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2010.01.14 13:42 quadshock Asian American Channel

Anything related to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, as well as other Asians who grew up outside of Asia. This includes news, discussions, pictures, or videos. While members of all races and nationalities are welcome, our purpose is to foster a sense of community among Asian Americans and their respective counterparts in the Asian diaspora. Topics do not necessarily need to be related to race as long as they contribute to the community.

2010.01.27 21:54 TheColonel Bourbon - America's Spirit

We talk about bourbon, rye, or any American whiskey here (yes, even Jack). Reviews and discussions are encouraged, check out the stuff we've compiled in the sidebar and our review archive!

2013.06.02 06:44 Capitan_Amazing A place for men of all shades

All are free here except those who seek to keep us in chains. We uplift our people by any means necessary. We protect Black women and children, defend our elders and support queer voices. All Black Lives Matter everywhere. ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼✊🏻

2020.11.25 04:43 SnooBananas4688 New community looking for more friends. There’s about fifty different people on the discord server at the moment. We plan on doing many movie nights and even playing some D&D. The server is 18+ only, SFW. The server is pretty active. We have a lot of nerdy members that love anime. Community is cool!

You are invited to our SFW small community. We have around fifty different people in it. The discord server is new but we plan on having weekly movie nights! We also plan on playing D&D together at one point as a group.
Our community members are from all around the world but most of our members are from UK/Canada/USA.
Message/comment for a invite! The server wasn’t made long ago. The server is for 18+ people only. The very majority of our members are Americans but anyone is welcomed. This community is only for friendship and we don’t allow dating-posts in our server.
A lot of the people on the server love anime and video games.
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2020.11.25 04:23 SnooBananas4688 New community looking for more friends. There’s about fifty different people on the discord server at the moment. We plan on doing many movie nights and even playing some D&D. The server is 18+ only, SFW. The server is pretty active. We have a lot of nerdy members that love anime. Community is cool!

You are invited to our SFW small community. We have around fifty different people in it. The discord server is new but we plan on having weekly movie nights! We also plan on playing D&D together at one point as a group.
Our community members are from all around the world but most of our members are from UK/Canada/USA.
Message/comment for a invite! The server wasn’t made long ago. The server is for 18+ people only. The very majority of our members are Americans but anyone is welcomed. This community is only for friendship and we don’t allow dating-posts in our server.
A lot of the people on the server love anime and video games.
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2020.11.25 03:43 SnooBananas4688 New community looking for more friends. There’s about fifty different people on the discord server at the moment. We plan on doing many movie nights and even playing some D&D. The server is 18+ only, SFW. The server is pretty active. We have a lot of nerdy members that love anime. Community is cool!

You are invited to our SFW small community. We have around fifty different people in it. The discord server is new but we plan on having weekly movie nights! We also plan on playing D&D together at one point as a group.
Our community members are from all around the world but most of our members are from UK/Canada/USA.
Message/comment for a invite! The server wasn’t made long ago. The server is for 18+ people only. The very majority of our members are Americans but anyone is welcomed. This community is only for friendship and we don’t allow dating-posts in our server.
A lot of the people on the server love anime and video games.
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2020.11.25 03:39 High_Quality_Box Getting to 90 days

Despite the fact that my badge is probably 1 day behind (I'm in Australia, and this badge is probably running on American time), I'm proud to say that I've managed to stay clean for 90 days. I've been watching pornography for the past 7 years; I started to consider it a problem just over 2 years ago - when I started to understand what it was doing to my brain - but I never really made any progress in recovery, mainly because I didn't want to let go of pornography.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, however, my addiction gave rise to a great deal of needless suffering, which I desperately wanted to end no matter what. Fortunately, I've managed to make the progress that I have and I've avoided returning to that hellhole of needless suffering for almost 3 straight months now. This post is going to give you an overview of the tools that I've used to accomplish this.

Practical/concrete elements

Abstract elements

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2020.11.25 03:30 Mcflo0f 13GF (genderfluid) having bad gender dysphoria, just want someone to talk to.

Im liza/finn (feeling more like finn today), hello. Im looking for friends
A bit about me
anyone is welcome to message me
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2020.11.25 03:19 Sorry-Operation Should I have been Permanently Banned from /r/Racism for this comment?

I recently posted something on /racism in reply to an Asian-American girl who has a white male partner. She had mentioned that his side of the family are unaware of their white privilege, and I politely stated that maybe the Asian-American girl is unaware of her own privilege in dating a white guy. At the minimum, I wanted to show her that we all have a privilege, even me, and some of you know how much I complained in the past about being a brown man in the USA.
Anyways, from your perspective, should I have been banned from that subreddit?
Also, do you agree with what I had rebutted back over to her?
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2020.11.25 03:15 ijustwanttosleep7242 AITA? I want sleep by myself at my parent's house, but my fiancé insists we sleep in the same bed

I have seen posts where parents forbid their children from sleeping with their partners, but my thing is a little different, so I thought I would post here.
I (27f) am Indian-American; I was born and raised here, but my parents are immigrants who have always held traditional values. They had a very loving arranged marriage, as does my older brother (they got quite lucky), and had always hoped I would have an arranged marriage as well.
Well, I actually fell in love with a white boy, and my fiancé (28m) proposed last January after knowing each other since college and dating for a year. My parents were disappointed, by the fact that I wasn't getting an arranged marriage and that I was marrying outside my culture. But, I think they knew it was a losing fight (a) because I love "love" and they probably knew I wasn't going to have an arranged marriage (b) my fiancé has been my best friends for years and everyone except for us knew we were in love with each other. Well, despite a brief argument between my parents and I (which was relatively quickly resolved and didn't involve my fiancé), my parents have accepted my fiancé and are just so happy to have such a handsome, nice and educated son-in-law lol.
To the actual story, my parents recently invited us to their house and my childhood home for Thanksgiving. Now, we were joking around about something and I mentioned how he would be sleeping in the guest bedroom at my parent's house. My fiancé got a little heated and said he wanted to stay with me in my childhood room, where I would be sleeping. I said no. (1) my parents are becoming progressive but we have to compromise on somethings and this was against everything they held dear (2) my room is hot pink and covered in princess posters because my parents haven't changed my decor since I was 5 (3) my parents room and my room was only divided by a wall so we can often hear what each other say (4) I like staying up late, talking to my mom.
My fiancé said he doesn't feel fully accepted, and I said he was being invited to Thanksgiving with all my family. And, obviously, once we are married, we will be free to share a room, so we just need to wait a few months; my parents are even building a room in the basement right now so my fiancé and I can have a large, nice room. I think it is important to compromise for a few days, but he seems hurt and disappointed since that conversation. He has been so good with respecting and appreciating my culture, and now I feel like I am an ass. AITA?
EDIT: We currently don't live together, but we are always at each other's places.
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2020.11.25 03:12 K9ninja Cute SFSU Gator Stickers

Hey everyone, wanna show your school pride with some cool stickers? Gator Meet-ups Club is doing a charity event for The American Red Cross. Please send us a receipt of a minimum donation of $15 to our Instagram account @/sfsumeetups (Dated After: November 24th 2020 - Dated Before: December 26th 2020).
Sticker art by: @/lowloelo on IG

Art by: @/lowloelo on IG
Thank you everyone, and we're excited to have you participate!
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2020.11.25 02:55 throwaway149290 36M and still don't understand dating

I was raised in a very conservative Asian family. In a way my parents raised me and my sister with a very rigid and unrealistic view of the world in terms of dating, courtship, marriage, etc..
They are both doctors and met in medical school in their early 20s. They got married and had me and my older sister. My dad once said he "dated as a young man" but since he is the typical emotionally distant Asian dad, he never really elaborated beyond that sentence. I think I subconsciously modeled my idea of romantic love on their marriage. I saw a lot of kids with divorced parents and I thought they were a success simply because they stayed married. It wasn't until much later in my adulthood I saw how much struggle they hid from us, all of the compromise and conflict and arguments behind closed doors. My mom did much to idealize my father as the perfect man and husband, and again it wasn't until much later in my adulthood that she admitted to me she would never have gotten married if she knew the things she was in store for (much of it has to do with my Dad's side of the family and his traditional chauvinistic attitude). I don't think either of them really dated that much before they met and got married.
I never dated in high school. I never dated in college. This obviously was not because I didn't want to. I've struggled with confidence and self-esteem issues that many Asian-Americans in American society face, especially in the dating world. When girls did show me interest, I didn't know how to reciprocate. My parents really put people who dated in high school down, like it was low-class trashy behavior. They treated all teens who dated like they were going be drug addicted, high-school dropout, teen parents living on welfare, so in a way I think they attached a lot of shame to the idea of it. I think thats why even when I was given the rare opportunity I did not take it. Throughout my teens, 20s, and now most of my 30s I have never had a girlfriend. All of my sexual experience comes from prostitutes. I lost my virginity to one at 18 and I carry a lot of shame, trauma, and regret with me. I honestly believed it was the only way I'd ever experience intimacy with a woman. Aside from this, I had some brief make-out sessions with a girl my last 2 weeks of high school. She was originally just a friend and she used me as a rebound when she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her. I don't think this would have happened it wasn't a boarding school I was going to, and the girl aggressively went for me, probably just to take her mind off of what was going on.
Now I'm in my mid-thirties I've started actually getting attention from women that I never really had before. I think a lot of it has to do with losing weight. The weight loss wasn't so much from exercise, but health problems. Due to stress and bad lifestyle habits (eating too much, eating late, smoking too much weed) I developed an extremely painful case of GERD. All told I lost about 45 pounds, going from 195 to 145 (I'm 5 foot 7) within a few months. Since the weight loss, women have tried to initiate conversation with me in elevators, while I'm shopping for groceries, and few times I've gotten smiles, winks/waves from them in cars at stoplights when I'm on my bicycle. Generally I am kind of "deer in headlights" and nothing comes from it.
Most of my social life revolves around practice of grappling (Brazilian jiujutsu). While my gym is mostly male, there are a few women here and there, many of whom have shown some interest. The problem is they are either older than me by a few years, often divorced with a child. On the other end of the spectrum there are high school age girls who have hit on me who are obviously off limits. I feel like Goldilocks. The women I want to date: attractive, athletic women (singles in their early 20s to early 30s, with no kids) I don't seem to come across in my social scene. In general think like most men I prefer to just date younger women.
Am I wrong to be so picky? I feel I naturally should be since I am not the type of guy who would ever cheat, and the whole point of monogamy is to pick one and commit. I feel if I went into a relationship with someone who I wasn't strongly attracted to off the bat, it wouldn't be fair to her or me.
TLDR: grew up in a conservative, rigid Asian family, didn't really approach dating until mid 30s. Not sure how to proceed and wonder if I am getting in my own way (namely being too picky)
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2020.11.25 02:15 Dead_Bloom Final Plug for r/ThomasPynchon's 'Vineland' Reading Group: Starting This Friday 27 Nov!

Howdy Books!
I announced this over here about 3 weeks ago, but I just wanted to give it a final plug:
ThomasPynchon, after successfully completing a robust reading group for Pynchon's infamously "impenetrable" 1973 novel, Gravity's Rainbow, will be continuing on with our wintesummer schedule of reading groups with his fourth novel, Vineland, later this month.
As you may or may not be aware, we've previously completed reading groups for his novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, and (as mentioned just a second ago) Gravity's Rainbow.
If you're interested in reading Thomas Pynchon, but are not sure where to start, this is a wonderful opportunity to dive-in. Vineland is one of his shorter novels (clocking in at only 400 pages or less in most editions) and is also considered among his most accessible. If you've seen Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of the later Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice, and enjoyed it, I highly recommend Vineland, which is, to my mind, a more successful rendering of the failures and disappointments of 60s counterculture movements as the United States faced off with '70s Nixonian shenanigans and '80s Reaganomics.
ALSO!: If you're interested in reading along with the group but don't have a copy of Vineland, don't sweat it; we got you covered with our Giving the Gift of Pynchon program.

The synopsis is as follows:
A group of Americans in Northern California in 1984 are struggling with the consequences of their lives in the sixties, still run by the passions of those times -- sexual and political -- which have refused to die. Among them is Zoyd Wheeler who is preparing for his annual act of televised insanity (for which he receives a government stipend) when an unwelcome face appears from out of his past.
Welcome to Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy and the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs ("Floozy with an Uzi"), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and illicit sex .

Here is the complete schedule below:
Dates Chapters/Events Discussion Leader
27 November 2020 Reading Commences -
4 December 2020 One u/acquabob
11 December 2020 Two u/veeagainsttheday
18 December 2020 Three u/Sumpsusp
25 December 2020 Four u/mythmakerseven
1 January 2021 Five u/the_wasabi_debacle
8 January 2021 Six u/Jklmnnnnn
15 January 2021 Seven u/Dead_Bloom
22 January 2021 Eight u/atroesch
29 January 2021 Nine u/sodord
y5 February 2021 Ten u/Tommyfromrugrats
12 February 2021 Eleven u/Loveablecarrot
19 February 2021 Twelve u/reefmantra
26 February 2021 Thirteen u/Kremlinbird
5 March 2021 Fourteen u/mattjmjmjm
12 March 2021 Fifteen u/acquabob
19 March 2021 Capstone Everyone

Happy Reading!
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2020.11.25 01:57 lolpolice88 Three (Million) Strikes and Still Not Out: The Crown as the Consummate Recidivist? - Ani Mikaere

extract from Colonising Myths - Maori Realities: He Rukuruku Whakaaro by Ani Mikaere
Google Books link
Three (Million) Strikes and Still Not Out: The Crown as the Consummate Recidivist?
Introduction As in any election year, New Zealand politicians and media alike have whipped the community into a frenzy over the spectre of criminals 'running amok’2 in our midst despite the statistics indicating that, if anything, reported crime rates have been declining and rates of resolution with respect to the most serious offences have improved markedly during the past decade. During the election campaign Winston Peters pledged to ‘mount a war against crime', promising to ensure the imprisonment of violent criminals ‘until they are too old to commit crimes'.4 While it may be tempting to interpret his electoral demise as a rejection of his ‘get tough on crime' stance, the rise in the ACT party's political fortunes would suggest that this is not the case. Not to be outdone by Winston Peters in the weeks leading up to the election, Rodney Hide introduced his 'three strikes and you're out' policy, reassuring his party faithful that conviction for a third violent offence would result in a sentence of twenty-five years to life. He appeared to take special pleasure in going one better than Peters' vision of prisons full of senior citizens by adding that prisoners could [djie in there if need be'. Both Labour and National pledged to get tough on crime and promised increased expenditure on law enforcement and the continued expansion of prisons.
While most politicians avoided making an explicit link between the criminals they were promising to lock up and Māori,5 it is no secret that some 50 percent of all prisoners are Māori, as are 60 percent of all female prisoners. Nobody was left in any doubt, therefore, as to who was envisaged as constituting the bulk of this fresh prison fodder.
The Department of Corrections has described the disproportionate representation of Māori in the criminal justice statistics as ‘alarmingand 'a catastrophe both for Māori and ... for New Zealand as a whole'.' In looking to find possible reasons for the present situation, the department recently considered two explanatory approaches. One examined the possibility of bias within the operation of the criminal justice system, while the other focused on whether the life experiences of Māori put us more at risk of criminal behaviour.9
It seems to me, however, that a crucial consideration is being completely ignored here: the incorrigible criminality of the Crown. It is to the Crown's long and shameful history of criminal violence that I believe we should turn in order to truly understand the context within which its legal system now functions to criminalise and incarcerate Māori in numbers so excessive as to put New Zealand in the company of such record setting gaolers as the United States. 10
In fact, the illegal states of New Zealand and the United States have rather more in common than staggeringly high rates of imprisonment. In 1992 Russell Means of the American Indian Movement made the following statement:11
Against Indians, there's not a law the United States hasn't broken, not a Crime Against Humanity it hasn't committed, and it's still going on.
Substitute ‘Māori' for 'Indians' and 'the Crown' for 'the United States' and it would be difficult to find a statement that more succinctly summarises the Crown's conduct since its agents of empire first intruded upon our world. I fail to see how any serious discussion of the relationship between Māori and the New Zealand criminal justice system can begin without a thorough exploration of the Crown's historical and ongoing criminality. While a full investigation of this question cannot be undertaken within the time allowed today, it is my hope that even a relatively brief perusal of its conduct since arriving in Aotearoa will suffice to prove my contention that the Crown is the ultimate recidivist. Acceptance of this basic truth is a necessary first step to the discarding of a system that appears to have as its primary focus the criminalisation and punishment of Māori, rather than the achievement of justice for all.
The Crown as murderer Estimates of the Māori population of Aotearoa prior to contact with Europeans range from 100,000 to 500,000.12 While exact population figures before 1769 may not be certain, it is well known that they began to decline from that date, a process that accelerated dramatically during the mid to late nineteenth century.13 By 1896, when the Māori population had reached a low point of 42,000,14 our extinction was being confidently predicted by the colonists.15
That exposure to introduced disease was the main cause of depopulation during the first century of contact is beyond doubt.16 This outcome cannot sensibly be portrayed as an unforeseen consequence of Europeans coming to our part of the world. By the eighteenth century European colonisers had already seen, in the Americas and elsewhere, what happened when the full array of European pathogens was unleashed upon a population that lacked immunity to them. Historian William McNeill has observed that by the sixteenth century ‘Europe had much to give and little to receive in the way of new human
infections'.17 As Ronald Wright explains:18
Europe possessed biological weapons that fate had been stacking against America for thousands of years. Among these were smallpox, measles, influenza, bubonic plague, yellow fever, cholera, and malaria – all unknown in the Western Hemisphere before 1492.
When Columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492, the Indigenous population is estimated to have been between eighty million and 100 million: within sixty years, that figure had plummeted to ten million, a decline of up to 90 percent.19 Wright calls this the greatest mortality in history’.20 Of course, Columbus and his contemporaries cannot have understood that as they first stepped ashore in the Carribean, they constituted living, breathing agents of germ warfare. However, the correlation between the arrival of people from Europe and the dramatic death rates amongst the Indigenous population as a result of diseases hitherto unknown to them very soon became apparent. As Churchill notes, literature of the times frequently remarked upon it and even celebrated it as evidence of God's will.21 He concludes:22
Altogether, there was nothing at all unwitting, unintentional, accidental, or inadvertent about the way the great bulk of North America's indigenous population was 'vanished by microbe'.
Even less, then, could it be claimed that the 'vanishing by microbe' of the Māori population in Aotearoa some three hundred years later was an unanticipated result of the influx of British traders and settlers. 23 The Crown understood only too well the consequences of European contact for a previously isolated population such as Māori. Rather than discouraging British citizens who sought to establish ongoing relationships with Māori, however, it offered its tacit approval by establishing an official presence here in 1832.24 And in the years following the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840, the Crown actively facilitated the rapid expansion of the settler population, despite centuries of experience having already shown that increased exposure to European pathogens would lead to catastrophic population decline for Māori. There are only two possible explanations, then, for the Crown's choice to proceed with a course of action that it knew was likely to cause widespread death amongst Māori: either it actively sought our extermination, or it was simply reckless as to whether or not our extinction resulted. Either way, it is murder.
Nor should it be imagined that the negative impacts on our health and well-being resulting from the Crown's criminal conduct belong safely in the past. The current state of Māori health is inextricably tied to the events of the 1800s. To paraphrase Thomas Berger:25
A history of disease and death permeates relations between [Pākehā] and [Māori] today. Down the long passageways of time the memories of fire and epidemic occurring and recurring, manifesting themselves today in marginalisation and despair, form a chain, linking the past to the present.
While we may have largely absorbed the initial calamitous impacts of European disease, the pattern of Māori ill-health established during those early days of contact has continued, with lifestyle changes and increased reliance on introduced foods and addictive substances such as alcohol exacting an horrific toll on our contemporary well-being. The modern-day epidemics that currently plague us can be traced to the neglect or even the deliberate actions of the Crown just as surely as it can be held responsible for the dramatic population decline that we suffered during the nineteenth century.
The Crown as thief Less than two hundred years ago, all twenty-nine million hectares of Aotearoa were Māori land. While it would be inconsistent with a Māori worldview to declare that we ‘owned the land, iwi and hapū enjoyed an intimate relationship with each and every corner of Te Ika-a-Māui and Te Waipounamu. This included the obligation to care for the land as an atua, as an ancestress. The responsibilities inherent in this relationship could not be avoided or abandoned.
By 1996 the amount of Māori land had been reduced to 1.5 million hectares, a mere 5 percent of Aotearoa. The vast bulk of this reduction occurred during the nineteenth century as a result of Crown purchases, confiscation 26 and the Native Land Court process. All of these mechanisms have been the subject of Waitangi Tribunal claims over the past thirty years, each of them earning sharp criticism and findings of Crown culpability. Crown purchases have been condemned as marred by broken promises, 27 land confiscations pronounced unlawful28 and the Native Land Court famously described as “a veritable engine of destruction29 of Māori land tenure.
Speaking on the New Zealand Settlements Bill in the Legislative Council in 1863, Dr Pollen perhaps summed up best the Crown's approach towards the acquisition of land from the moment Hobson signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi:30
[F]rom that time to this every action of ours affecting the Natives had presented itself to their eyes, and had been capable of that interpretation, as showing that our object and business in this colony was to obtain possession of the lands of the Natives recti si possimus; si non, quoncunque modo [legally, if possible; if not, by whatever means].
It is not proposed to rehearse the length and breadth of criminal behaviour exhibited by the Crown as it has sought to satisfy its insatiable appetite for land. There are, however, two points that ought not to go unmentioned. The first is that there is an inescapable connection between the activities of murderer and thief: each reinforced the other. The theft of land from Māori produced poverty and dislocation - physical, emotional and spiritual – on an unprecedented scale. When combined with the lack of immunity to introduced disease, the effect was cataclysmic. In a particularly cruel twist, historian Keith Sorrenson has found that the mere act of attending Native Land Court hearings 'greatly enhanced the efficiency of disease diffusion', 31 with people gathering in urban centres for extended periods of time, being forced to stay in unhygienic conditions and then carrying newly acquired infections back to their homes.
The second point is that however strenuously the Crown might try today to distance itself from the thievery of its predecessors, theft of Māori land has remained very much a part of its repertoire. Compulsory acquisition of so-called 'uneconomic interests 32 and the reclassification of Māori land with fewer than five owners as European land33 during the 1950s and 1960s are both testament to this fact, as is the excessive load borne by Māori with respect to Public Works takings, right through to the present day.34 But the most blatant act of theft to have taken place in recent times must surely be the Seabed and Foreshore Act 2004. It serves as a timely reminder that the Crown remains, as ever, prepared to wield legislative power as a weapon against us in order to clothe its criminal acts with a show of legality.
The Crown as sexual predator Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to attend a hui where Andrea Smith and Sherene Razack spoke about the connection between sexual violence and colonialism. 35 Andrea Smith argued that colonisation marks native women as inherently rapable and, by extension, renders native lands and native people in general similarly defileable.36 In my view, the relevance of this analysis to our own situation is readily apparent. If the suggestion that colonisation marks Māori women as inherently rapable strikes you as a little extreme, I suggest you pause to consider the ways in which Māori women were characterised by the Pākehā men who first visited our shores. Incapable of understanding our apparent lack of sexual domination by men, they interpreted our autonomy as promiscuity:37
Eroticised in the journals of the European explorers of the Pacific, Polynesian and Māori women were constructed as dusky skinned, South Seas maidens, amorous, exotic, sensual and sexually available.
Is this an attitude long-since forgotten? I strongly suspect that if I were to ask for a show of hands from those who have experienced first-hand white men's delusional assumptions about how 'easy Māori women are, we would find that little has changed. As for the extension of the idea of the inherent rapability of Māori women to Māori land, I doubt that many of us would consider it too great a stretch of the imagination to describe the present-day desecration of Papatūānuku as an extreme form of sexual violence. In reality the rape of Papatūānuku is almost inevitable in light of the fact that Pākehā land tenure positions her as neither atua nor ancestress, but rather as the property of men. As owners, they exert power and control over her. As capitalists, it is not only their right but in fact their duty to exploit her.
With respect to the idea that colonisation marks native people generally as inherently violable, I found Sherene Razack's examination of the parallels between sexual violence and colonialism particularly compelling.38 She made the chilling observation that sexual violence makes ordinary men into kings, occupiers and conquerors. She also pointed out that for the coloniser, violence is an identity-forming activity and argued that colonisers have to go into the space of the colonised in order to truly know themselves. The simple logic of her analysis is difficult to dispute. For what is rape/colonisation if not the unwelcome and violent invasion of another's space? And what is it that drives the rapist/coloniser if not some deep-seated insecurity about their own identity, some perverted need to subordinate another in a desperate attempt to feel complete?
While historical examples of the Crown's incursions into our space abound, the most obvious being the military invasions that took place during the nineteenth century, I am more interested in focusing on its present day behaviour to illustrate how the compulsion to force itself upon us persists. The Seabed and Foreshore Act 2004, referred to earlier, provides a classic example: not content with having taken over all but 5 percent of the land mass of Aotearoa, the Crown's immediate response to the possibility of Māori rights and responsibilities being confirmed with respect to any part of the foreshore was to invade it, symbolically at least, by appropriating it. Another blatant example is last year's so-called 'anti-terrorism raids'. Alarmed at the prospect that the natives were growing restless the Crown, with an excessive show of force, sought to remind selected individuals and the community of Ruatoki that it is king, conqueror and occupier in this land. To note a particularly sickening parallel between the military campaigns of the 1800s and the para-military operation of 2007, in both instances the symbolic rape of Māori communities was accompanied by the sexual violation of individual Māori women. How else could one characterise the rape of women at Parihaka, 39 or the taking by police of young women's underwear as claimed evidence of terrorism some 120 years later?
Dramatic as this illustration might be, I am also mindful of the multitude of less obvious ways in which the Crown seeks to invade our space. By way of example, Te Wānanga o Raukawa has worked hard to become a place within which kaupapa Māori and tikanga Māori can flourish. We seek to conduct all aspects of our work in a manner that is consistent with our foundational kaupapa and considerable effort has gone into defending the integrity of the tikanga space that has been created. Nevertheless, the Crown is always searching for ways to enter our space. Its efforts to do so assume many forms, from its attempt to attach to its recent Treaty settlement with us numerous conditions that would enable it to keep interfering in our affairs to ensure compliance', to its constant efforts to monitor us via the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The consummate predator, it lurks constantly at the margins, watching and waiting for any opportunity to invade and occupy.
The logic of genocide The foregoing is but an overview of Crown criminality, historical and ongoing. As with any overview, it has the effect of glossing over the full extent of damage suffered by those on the receiving end of the Crown's campaign of destruction. However, it is hoped that it will suffice as a platform upon which to build the next part of this discussion, which seeks to understand the reasons for the Crown's apparent compulsion to commit crime. Tempting as it might be to dismiss the Crown's serial offending as a clear case of criminal insanity, I believe there is method to its madness, that can best be understood within the framework of what Andrea Smith has called the logic of genocide? 40
In Aotearoa, as in all settler-state colonies, the aim of the coloniser has been to supplant Māori within our own land. 41 Pivotal to the success of this project is our disappearance, as Andrea Smith explains:42
The pillar of genocide serves as the anchor for colonialism – it is what allows non-Native peoples to feel they can rightfully own indigenous peoples' land. It is okay to take land from indigenous peoples, because indigenous peoples have disappeared.
All the Crown's criminal conduct over the past two centuries – the murder, the theft, the sexual predation - can be understood as part of a general strategy to 'disappear' us.
So too can the raft of assimilatory policies employed in order to digest the residue of survivors43 from the holocaust of the nineteenth century. The attempt to remake us in the image of our colonisers, otherwise known as cultural genocide, has included the deliberate assault on our reo, our tikanga and our belief systems. Our language was replaced with English, our tikanga with English law and our belief systems with Christianity. While the Crown no longer actively pursues the death of the language, it has accorded it no more than a grudging degree of recognition by way of Te Reo Māori Act 1987 and limited support for such initiatives as kāhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, wānanga and Māori television. Tikanga, meanwhile, has been reduced to a shadow of its former self: once it prevailed over all who came here, but it has now been confined to the margins of ‘mainstream' society. Beyond contexts such as the marae, where it generally still assumes a central place, tikanga is only recognised to the extent that Crown law has chosen to 'incorporate' it. Our belief systems, on the whole, have either been rejected or have become so polluted by Christian concepts that they have changed almost beyond recognition.
Even that crudest of assimilatory tools, the blood quantum concept, still attracts a frightening degree of approval. It was not until 1974 that the Maori Affairs Amendment Act finally disposed of successive legislative attempts to define Māori identity on the basis of the amount of Māori blood that a person had. Nevertheless, some thirty years later Don Brash was very nearly elected prime minister, largely on the basis of an openly racist speech that suggested, among other things, that intermarriage had resulted in there being no 'real Māori left.44 A few months later Trevor Mallard, in his capacity as Coordinating Minister, Race Relations, insisted that Pākehā are now Indigenous and claimed that he regarded himself as an Indigenous New Zealander.45 Clearly the desire to supplant us in our own land remains high on our colonisers' agenda.
During the last one hundred years, a powerful new means of making us disappear has been found: it is called, somewhat incongruously, the criminal justice system. 46 Its central pillar is incarceration, both the threat of it and the actuality. Angela Davis has commented on how prisons are perceived as performing a feat of magic, making a multitude of social problems disappear from public view by relegating the human beings contending with those problems to cages. 47 However, she also notes that this is an illusion - in reality 'prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings'.48 Our involvement in the New Zealand criminal justice system, while initially small, grew steadily until about the middle of the 1900s, since when it has increased at an alarming rate.49 When we consider the indecent haste to build new prisons in this country, it is plain which particular human beings are being targeted to be ‘vanished' behind their walls.
We should pause for a moment to ponder the cruel irony of our current situation: the ultimate recidivist has designed and now implements its own legal system in order to further prey upon its victims. In a bizarre reversal of roles, the serial offender has become the arbiter of justice while we are now perceived as criminals.
When the criminal assumes control of the criminal legal system
In 1858, Governor Gore-Browne released a compilation of the laws of England, in English and in Māori, with the purported aim of assisting Māori in our journey towards the whole-hearted adoption of English law. Unsurprisingly, the publication presented English law in glowing terms:50
[T]he Maori is ... fortunate .... A wise and a generous people, the English, have settled in his land; and this people are willing to teach him, and to guide him in the well-made road which themselves have travelled for so many generations; that is, in the path of the perfected law .... Let there now be no doubt nor hesitation, but be patient and earnest and follow the direction of those who have been appointed to shew you the right and the finished path.
What, then, can it be said these 'wise and generous people have taught us? Apparently, that crime pays, the more outrageous the crime, the greater the reward. Not only has the Crown profited from its wrongdoing, it now wields the proceeds of its criminal conduct (its self-proclaimed authority and a rich resource base) in order to commit further acts of violence (arrest, imprisonment and the multiple infringements of personal space that accompany these activities) against us.
We should not be surprised that the power of the imposter state called New Zealand is inextricably intertwined with brutality, given the violent way in which that power was acquired. Indeed, it has been suggested that violence is an integral component of the modern state: 5
The modern State defines itself by its monopoly over the means of coercion and the exercise of force. The State is the institutionalised legitimisation of violence. In this framework, violence carried out by non-State actors and outside of State sanction is illegitimate, and ultimately the target of coercive action by the State to reassert its monopoly over violence.
In fact, with respect to the modern state of New Zealand, something rather less than actual violence is required in order to make you the target of such coercive action. If the state regards you as an activist the merest suspicion that you might be thinking violent thoughts has proven more than sufficient to bring armed goons bursting through your front door in the dead of night. 52
Seeking explanations for Māori over-representation in the criminal justice statistics We return now to the debilitating level of entanglement with the criminal legal system that Māori experience today. When viewed against the backdrop of the Crown's criminality it is difficult to take seriously most contemporary efforts to 'explain' the negative statistics. As mentioned earlier, the Department of Corrections recently considered two explanatory approaches: the first focussed on the suggestion that bias operates within the criminal justice system, while the second questioned whether a range of adverse early-life social and environmental factors result in Māori being at greater risk of ending up in patterns of adult criminal behaviour. 53
The sheer inanity of both lines of enquiry establishes beyond a doubt that the department excels when it comes to establishing the blindingly obvious. And for disingenuousness of approach to the question of why Māori so disproportionately experience adverse life experiences and circumstances, its conclusion is difficult to beat:54
For a range of social and historical reasons, many Māori appear to be unusually prone to experiencing such circumstances.
Appear to be unusually prone? Such coyness as to the reasons for the contemporary circumstances of Māori is, to say the least, bizarre. The Crown has been responsible for a relentless campaign of criminal violence against us. Every day that it continues to assert its authority in this land, it demonstrates that violence carries its reward and that crime pays. It has viciously attacked our physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being over a long period of time, thus setting in train a crippling cycle of violence from which some of us, unsurprisingly, have struggled to escape.
While the cycle of violence concept seems to have gained widespread acceptance as a way of understanding family relationships, the Crown appears to have real difficulty in grasping its applicability to the relationship between itself and the people whose home lands it has invaded. It refuses to acknowledge its own complicity in creating and perpetuating the cycle. When Tariana Turia raised questions about the phenomenon of post-colonial traumatic stress disorder in 2000,55 she was subjected to an outpouring of self-righteous indignation from many quarters, most visibly Prime Minister Helen Clark, who was particularly offended by her use of the word 'holocaust to describe our experience of colonisation.
Like all abusers, the Crown denies any responsibility for the dysfunctional relationship that it has created. In fact, it demands that its wrong-doings be forgotten or, at the very least, forgiven as relatively minor infractions when weighed against the benefits of the 'perfected law' that it has so generously bestowed upon us.
Yet, as Ward Churchill has spelt out:56
[T]here can be no absolution, no redemption of past crimes unless the outcomes are changed. So long as the aggressor's posterity continues to reap the benefits of that aggression, the crimes are merely replicated in the present. In effect, the aggression remains ongoing and, in that, there can be no legitimacy. Not now, not ever.
The constitutional question Any discussion of Crown law inevitably leads to the question of its legitimacy. I have argued elsewhere that tikanga Māori is the first law of Aotearoa.57 It served the needs of whānau, hapū and iwi for a thousand years before tauiwi arrived, providing a comprehensive philosophical framework within which relationships were negotiated and disputes resolved. We had no police force, no courthouses and an incarceration rate of zero percent.
Careful examination of Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840 and its antecedent, He Whakaputanga 58 o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni, clearly reveal a Māori intention to preserve the system of law that had served us so well, while creating a space for the Crown to implement English law amongst its own lawless subjects in our land. The implementation of English law was permitted by the granting to the Crown of kāwanatanga, a form of delegated authority that was subject to the overriding rangatiratanga of the Māori signatories.
In the intervening years, the Crown has managed to turn this arrangement on its head, redefining kāwanatanga as sovereignty and equating tino rangatiratanga with property rights or, at best, iwi self-management. It now asserts the right to determine what is criminal and what is not. It has taken for itself the power to coerce us into accepting its definition of criminality, from which it has taken care to exclude its own conduct as the supreme purveyor of violence and dishonesty.
It must be stressed that it has achieved this reversal in power relations not through any legitimate constitutional process, but rather as a direct result of the criminal conduct detailed above. This means that New Zealand is in fact an imposter state, a figment of the colonial imagination. It has no legal basis and the Crown has no legitimate claim to make laws for anyone other than tauiwi, subject to the overarching authority of Māori.
This fact of Crown illegitimacy has important ramifications for the way in which we define the problem of Māori offending, just as it must be borne in mind when working out solutions to the undeniab
issue of social harm within our communities.
Where to now? While the focus of this paper has been the criminal conduct of the Crown, this is not to suggest that social harm is not a serious problem within Māori communities. The deliberate or reckless infliction of harm on others has devastating consequences, for wrong-doers, for victims and for the whānau of both. Having said that, I must confess to tiring of the feeding frenzy that breaks out around any incident that is seen as providing the opportunity to portray Māori as inherently and irredeemably criminal. Reminding ourselves of the magnitude of the Crown's criminality may, if nothing else, help us to maintain a sense of perspective.
However, curiously satisfying as it might be to criticise the Crown, I am not doing it purely because it is enjoyable or easy. The reason that I have chosen to concentrate on the Crown's conduct is because I believe that our behaviour today cannot be seen in isolation from our relationship with the Crown. Unless we are clear about its role in creating the situation with which we are now faced, the choices we make about how best to move forward may well be doomed to failure. For instance, it would be illogical in the extreme to expect any effective solutions to the so called 'problem of Māori offending' to come from the Crown. The Crown is the problem, not the solution. As the Generation Five project notes:59
The conditions that allow all forms of violence to continue cannot be truly transformed by the State, being an institutional formation that is itself reliant on its exercise of violence.
A first step, then, in finding solutions to the current levels of Māori offending is to understand the complicity of the Crown in shaping our present circumstances. This can only lead to a firm decision to reject the Crown legal system in its entirety. It has been constructed upon a foundation of Crown criminality and it lacks any claim to legitimacy. Its criminal justice sector entrenches violence, both in its assumption of authority to define criminal offending as well as in the way it processes and imprisons Māori in such excessive numbers.
Rejecting the imposter legal system is an act of resistance against the colonising ethos of the Crown. Such resistance requires much more from us than fine-sounding words. It requires us to match our actions to our words. While we may have survived, in a physical sense, the genocidal policies of the past, we know that assimilatory policies and practices designed to make us disappear abound. We should also be mindful that the onslaught to which we have been subjected has created conditions that are highly conducive to our acting in ways that mean we end up making ourselves disappear. You might say that colonisation has programmed those who have survived its initial impact to self destruct over time. We need to take responsibility for our actions, ...
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2020.11.25 01:09 putinthefrog An never ending cycle, about to finally come to an end

Hey guys, I know many of you are in the same place as me or worse. I hope many of you are also in better places... So I’m not gonna act like I’m special, and I don’t really want sympathy or pity...
Let’s just start yeah? If you take the time to read about my worthless piece of shit life. I thank you for taking the time, and I hope I don’t waste it...
My life started of good, like everyone else’s I guess (not born in war or with sickness etc) but at the age of 9 my father died. That really fucked me up mentally for years... I didn’t just feel guilty for his death as we weren’t on the best terms when it happened... but I got what I call wish thinking, I had to repeat the same lines over and over again in my head for 6-7 years... if I didn’t I thought my family would die... didn’t help that the one day I forgot to do it, when I was 10... my grandma lost the fight to cancer...
I was suffering from anorexia from the age of 13... which I didn’t realize before I became 18. I was then 180cm and 55kg (sorry if you’re American I don’t know your metric system) and no one around me either caught up...
I had little to none social life. I had 2 friends growing up (age 13-18) One was a neighbor Kid, who actually called me fat when I was 13 haha, guess he wouldn’t have if he knew... but still. He was a bad friend in every way. We would make plans, I would meet up at the set time and he either canceled or didn’t show up most of the times (7\10 if I had to guess a number on it) my other “friend” I only saw in school... and as you understand that means one friend was constantly ditching me to hang out with other people (he didn’t feel any shame for letting me know I was 2-3-4-5 priority, but never first) and the other guy is a classmate not even a real friend haha. Stupid I was I didn’t understand...
Didn’t help my mother then got sick, and had to quit working... when all this was happening I went to drugs, and alcohol. I started smoking weed at the age of 13 and same w drinking... she caught up, and got worried, tried to micromanage me and never let me out of her eyes.. which led to me being just pushing her away... and I put her through a lot... but what really scarred me was her saying it was my fault she got sick, when I was 14... which she to this day refuses to admit. (Don’t get me wrong I love her, and she’s been an amazing mother. But parents are just humans, and they have their flaws and do mess up... but she always gave me love and tried to give me what I didn’t have... even tho we had no money) I respect the hell out of her for it all. But that comment it broke me inside... because it’s my mother, and she said I broke her basically... so from there on I felt a guilt everyday...
That’s when the depression started I think... after all the fights w school, police, child services... and then come home to a toxic environment. It even went so far they tried to send me to another home... I never had a rest, I never felt safe... I was just going to survive the day... and that was my “childhood”
When I became 18 I met this wonderful girl, online haha... she lived in another continent... but we started talking a little bit... she actually stopped me from taking my own life, and we actually dated for 2 years... she took care of me and tried to make me take care of myself. I started eating more, and working out... thanks to her, I became healthier in many ways... she actually gave me the 3 years of my life where I had some “light” in my days... (yes dated 2 years and have known each other the last 3 years)
This august my grandpa died, then my cat (of 15 years) and on top of that she broke up with me... and all I can get from her now is “leave me alone, stop trying to contact me”
My life hasn’t been easy, and I know a lot of people have it worse. But regardless I have let it pass 3-4 months since august... and I feel just the same way I did growing up... I don’t feel any hope, I don’t feel happy, all I feel is empty and numb... I don’t sleep a lot, I get sleep paralysis on the regular, I don’t feel much joy, and if I do it’s just not happy, it’s just like a moment where I can smile. Then back to the empty and numbness... and every time shit happens it feels 100x more than the joy I experienced...
Anyway as you might have understood if you read this far. I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was just a little kid, with a lot of other shit on top of that... but this time I don’t expect to meet a girl to change the outcome, that my whole life has been building up to... suicide. I know it’s selfish and it’s gonna hurt my mother and my brother... but I don’t see it going any other way... I feel like it’s just been my faith, my destiny... that my whole life has told me to kill myself... I’ve written a note already, and I’ve given myself time to enjoy one last Christmas with the family, so I won’t ruin their Christmas... When 2020 ends, I’m gonna end it... I’m gonna end this never ending cycle of shit and problems my life has been. I’m gonna end it... and I think I’ll be better off this way... even tho I feel guilty for what I’m gonna put my mother and brother through...
I hope I didn’t waste your time if you cared to read this... and thank you for taking the time to read my “biography” guess you know me better than everyone else now... except like 3 people... 2 of which I’m gonna hurt, and 1 who just don’t want me in her life any longer...
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2020.11.25 00:46 dgibso29 [A3: Main] Operation Beer Battered Take Me Home SAT NOV28 2000 UTC

Operation Beer Battered Freedom
By Gibbs and Bubbus
[A3: Main] Operation Beer Battered Freedom Take Me Home SAT NOV28 2000 UTC
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Map of AO
Thanksgiving threatened by Redcoats.
British oppressors.
American mettle.
Primary Objectives:
Terrain: West Virginiarus 2020
Respawn: Base respawn
Radios: Standard.
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IGN: (Your name) SLOT: Alpha 1 Rifleman Hi, I'm New! (If new) 

Slot Descriptions

Freedom Fighter Biographies

The Range Medic: Since getting into precision sports, this guy took a keen interest in combat medicine. He's armed with the finest medical education YouTube can offer, and *can't wait* to try out a tourniquet on you.
The Larper: Yeah, he's a Marine, he just hasn't talked to his local recruiter yet. Skirting dangerously close to Stolen Valor, the Larper owns every piece of personal equipment in use by the Corps including some you'd swear he really shouldn't have.
The AR Guy: It's reliable and modular! No, those were just ammunition issues, Stoner's design was *perfect*. Constantly found bickering with The AK Guy - you could swear they *hate* each-other, but for some reason you never see them apart...
The AK Guy: It's got tolerances! Rifle is fine! Swears his rifle is the superior choice, no matter what the ammo prices say. Never found too far away from The AR Guy, and you've learned not to read into it much. Out loud.
The Doctor: Where there's pain, there's profit. He's not really sure what happens when he presses the bullet button on his assault weapon - what he does know is emergency surgery, risk-reward analysis and your bank account number.
The Youtuber: The only one openly out here for clout over constitution, this guy runs the PR effort online. His "Destruction Dave" channel gathers millions of views from Real Patriots who want to see how many Redcoats a .50 BMG will go through today.
The Veteran: He left the jungle, but the jungle never left him. He and his wartime buddy keep grumbling about the "kids these days" and how they'd rather be back home, but you can tell they've been waiting for this. You're not sure how he got AT as a bring-back trophy, but you're not inclined to ask questions either.
Nambo Last Blood: Recently convinced to move home from Thailand, this retired machinegunner outwardly expected a quiet life on the ranch. The way he wields his old service weapon though, you begin to wonder. Never found far from The Veteran - the way they operate together gives you hope, even if the way they stare at the trees gives you pause.
Tier Zero: Uncompromisingly tight-lipped, and vaguely employed in "foreign affairs". He won't answer about why a diplomat needs a helmet or where he picked up that shemagh, and swears his AR was bought for home defense. Oh well. At least he's not the Larper.
The Neglected Weapon: Caught up in current events while on a cross-country business trip. A hopeless aficionado of all things French. Hasn't been seen wielding any weapon from the last decade, but seems to know everything about them.
The Hunter: More used to hunting big game, the hunter has become accustomed with pursuing the most dangerous game instead. He has yet to find the right call to use, but has found some success with "oi mate" and "hot innit".
The Reenactors: Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Reason enough to break out the muskets and relive the Good Old Days - though someone may want to tell these two that their cannon isn't exactly a historical piece.
The Frontiersman: Some ways of life never die, and this guy is an example of Rugged Individualism despite civilisation's very best efforts. When you're living on the edge, knowing how to patch yourself up is life and death. He doesn't know what a defibbylator is, but he'll sort you out - or you'll die.
The Patriot: "Yessir the US of A is the greatest nation that's ever graced this earth and don't you fuckin forget it you scumsuckin' \socialist* cus capitalism is the heart of the American Dream and that's why I *enjoy* my medical debt godDAMMIT."* (For some reason, people respect him.)
Blastin' Barry: In his state, legally, he's allowed to purchase small amounts of explosive material for sporting use. Nobody told him he's meant to use it all up before he goes to buy more. He's not an arsonist, because fire is too slow.
The Law: He's here because he's pretty damn sure the Limeys are doing something illegal. A goddamn good hunch as a matter of fact, and that's all he needs to start shooting. Has already engaged the enemy, and was pleasantly surprised to find out after the fact that these suspects were actually armed.
The Miniman: 5.56 is the finest example of American ingenuity and goddammit if I'm not about to show these tea-drinkers the red in "red white and blue" 700 times a goddamn second with the finest machine gun America ever invented. What do you mean it's Belgian?
The Reporter: Bringing us the finest in fair unbalanced reporting. He's also medically trained.
The Recoil Enthusiast: The M14 as every bit as good as the M16 and it has its thunder stolen and you damn well *know it*. It's every part as controllable, reliable and modular as the AR, see look at this, it's a Troy. No that's not a recoil pad it uh, it came like that. No I did *not* flinch when I moved my shoulder.
This list is not guaranteed to be up to date! Do a quick look through the comments to make sure your slot hasn't already been claimed.

Callsign/Role IGN Equipment
CO (The Patriot) Khaki SCAR 7.62
MED (The Frontiersman) K R E P O S A shotgun
MK (The Hunter) 7.62 Hunting Rifle
ARTY (The Reenactor) A musket
ARTY (The Other Reenactor) Zefyr A musket
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FTL (The Recoil Enthusiast) Kennedy Troy M14
CLS (The Reporter) A camera (+ pistol)
AR (The Miniman) Bobby M249
DEMO (Blastin' Barry) Obv AR-15 + RPG + Charges
RIF (The Law) Rogue AR-15
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FTL (Tier Zero) Mk18
CLS (The Doctor) MP5, medical bills
RIF (The AR Guy) AR-15
RIF (The AK Guy) Waterplant AKM
MK (The Neglected Weapon) FR-F2, moustache
:- :- :-
FTL (The Larper) M16A4
CLS (The Range Medic) AR-15, "medical knowledge"
AR (Nambo: Last Blood) M60
LAT (The Veteran) M16A1, LAWs
MK (The Youtuber) AutarkOS A .50, yeehaw.
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2020.11.25 00:25 iconicicecubeater MY LITTLE MIX ALBUM RANKINGS- from best to 'least good' :D

1) has got to be Salute. The sheer influence it had on my life - i was like 9 the time it came out, I remember the little me video coming out. There's NO skips on this album- I don't know if I'd feel the same if I'd first listened to it now- but every single song, every masterpiece, on this album was so iconic to my childhood. From good enough, to boy, to my friend's still favourite song to this day Different Beat, the whole album just radiates positivity, energy, and flavourrrr. Just the beginning of nothing feels like you deserves a fucking Grammy. This shit inspired me for life. It taught me how to sing. It's the same with DNA. Salute was the fucking next step up- it's R&B, it's beautiful, it's sad, it's lyrically diverse , there hasn't been a better pop album since and that's fact. I don't know if it's just the fact that I grew up with salute on repeat, not knowing anything better, but man. It just grows on me the older I get, still. It's like you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone- you look back and think God I wish someone would make music like that again. I don't know if it's to my EXACT taste, or it just formed my taste 😂 even just stand down ... That song is so underrated. 2) get weird- I've got to say it's a close tie between this and number 3, but get weird is just so unique- it's like the brighter version of salute, with a more popified diversity. It's got ballads, it's got quirky tunes, it's got TWO I repeat TWO a capella tracks- without the beginning and the end this would've definitely been lower down. Again I don't think there's any skips- maybe ADIDAS! but this album really elevated little mix's career to the next level, it just reminds me of being in year 7, living my best life. Their music really grew up with me and I'm so grateful for that. Can we just talk about clued up and I won't for a sec- they had fucking Jessie J writing on this album let me add- the most inspirational songs ever. BEAUTIFUL. Close to perfect bubblegum pop- from hair to love me or leave me to GROWN- fucking bop by the way. They took ages to make this and it payed off. Their tour was amazing too, I did try to get tickets but I couldn't 😂 I think this was vocally one of the best albums. 3)Confetti- obviii, again it was very close to number 4, this was so hard to decide, but little mix are the world's biggest girl group now, I couldn't NOT give it to confetti! They really brought it back. Happiness is a bop, along with sweet melody, gloves up, confetti.. there's so many! I'd say it was definitely less diverse than the top two, most of the songs are pretty similar, and there's nothing wrong with that, I just think there's less to kind of, get your teeth into. This is the album with the best beat drops. It's very my taste now, I'm 16, and yet again it's grown up with me. I just wish there were more ballads or a capella, I feel like they only tapped into one or two styles, when they have so much more to offer. And of course they're writing more than ever now, which is amazing, I'm so proud of them. There are some minor skips here- to be fair there's not many songs to work with. :( 4) DNA- this again was released when I was literally 8 so it was a HUGE part of my childhood; me and my friends sung Wings and hey how ya doin at our school talent show 😂 This album taught me how to sing. I had this on repeat. Obviously when you look back now the production wasn't great, Perrie's tonsils hadn't been removed so she sounded weird, and some of the lyrics were fairly odd, but for us, at the time, DNA was GOLD. Even now there are no skips, at least for the pure nostalgia. I mean- the hair colours; the beatboxing; the Missy Elliot; TURN YOUR FACE. I genuinely don't think I'd have loved music so much if it weren't for this album. It had all the best songs to be engrained into our heads at such a young age: Wings, going nowhere, we are who we are- I never used to like that song, but now I love it. You get so comfortable thinking : this is music. We never realised how good it used to be. Note: I didn't have the deluxe version so none of this relates to the extra songs. 5) Glory Days- this was the one I saw in concert, we knew it was nothing compared to salute and get weird, but it was still good. I really like the platinum version, I think I like like it even more than the original. I mean is your love enough could knock both oops and beep beep right off their feet. Know what I mean? Anyway, we got the impression that they were REALLY trying to crack the American market with this one- from the mgk feature, to the more repetitive sound, but it just turned out pretty bland. It has a sort of wishy washy sound, with not as near as much emotion as the other albums. Even the styling and art for it was kind of bleh. I'll blame it on syco. I think the songs from it I'd listen to now are: freak, nothing else matters, power, reggaeton Lento (bop), touch acoustic, is your love enough, dear lover... I can't remember any others. Not a good sign. But to be fair their concert was AMAZING! Freak live was incredible. FU was pretty lit too. Forgot about that song- and gotta not. Huh. It'll probably be one that'll grow on me, I guess I just think it's very reminiscent of it's time , 2017-ish, and that was a very shit time for music. I remember feeling disappointed when touch came out, I just know my girls have such bigger potential- more complex, diverse songs, even lyrically, if they would only be given the time of day by the label. That's what frustrates me. I just wanted to see them being creative again. 6) LM5, of course. I was a little bit turned off by this album; if only because they changed direction so starkly! Woman like me is a bop, don't get me wrong. But it worried me when they started to go trap, I guess I'm not really into that. I didn't like Joan of arc and some of the others. I still think that woman's world is still one of their best songs to date, it had be crying for sure, but idk... It definitely made a statement- LM even said that themselves, they wanted to make a statement and that did. This was less fun- so much power! Wasabi, woman like me, strip, very fresh. But you know what I love Motivate. I don't know why but that saying just has one of the sickest drops! I love it. I guess apart from those ones, I wouldn't really come back to any of them. Quite a few skips. It's just for the songwriting, the vibe, I'm not into it, but I was still so proud of the girls and I still got the super deluxe CD and won and signed photo with it. They definitely grew up, but I was still only 14 or 15. It has a blandness that seemingly crept through from glory days, but I get they were trying new things and I respect that. I'll love it in 10 years!
Does anyone else agree? I'd love to create a discussion. All of their albums are great but Salute has a special place in my heart <3
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2020.11.25 00:19 gooselives_ The Transplant's Guide to Laredo

Buen día!
Welcome to The Gateway City. You're probably reading this because you are relocating to Laredo for work. Moving somewhere new can always be a chaotic experience, but I hope this extensive guide on all aspects of Laredo living will help make your time in Laredo as memorable as mine was. Grab a Dos XX with Tajin or a Margarita and enjoy. A bit about myself: I lived in Laredo from early 2016 - to late 2017 after I graduated from college for work. I periodically go back to visit friends since I live in Houston now. I didn't make a ton of money when I was there for my flying job, but I still had the time of my life. Please keep in mind these are my opinions and thoughts from my time there. I had a blast being there in my early 20's, but I know priorities and interests change as people age, however, I've tried to be objective when writing this guide for everyone.
Mods please please feel free to pin this post to help others out down the road.

Overall thoughts:
The best way I can describe Laredo is that it's like you took a trip to Mexico, but you get to keep all the cool benefits of being in the United States. It's kind of the best of both worlds, and I found both the people and culture of Laredo to be great. Grinding at work during the week, hanging out at the pool and day drinking with your friends during the weekend Carne's (short for Carneasada aka cookout), going out, and the after-parties. Oh, I forget to mention the food is AWESOME. Also worth noting, anyone that is not Latino in Laredo is a minority which is kind of a cool experience in itself.

The Weather:
Take a look at your weather app for Laredo right now, if it's winter you'll notice that it's probably in the 50-70s degree range. In very rare circumstances it has snowed in Laredo, but being from the Midwest I found the winters are super mild. Summer on the other hand is a whole other animal, expect hot temps in the low 100's especially in mid to late summer. In reality, there is Summer and Fall in Laredo. Fortunately, it is a normally dry heat. It can get slightly humid though if the winds are out of the East from the Gulf, but it depends on the day. It's usually sunny a majority of the time though which is cool. Your summer wardrobe will be in use 9-10 months of the year.

Where to live:
Like anything this depends on your budget, however, Laredo is a very affordable city when it comes to renting and buying. I lived off Bob Bullock Loop and 359 (Southside). Like anything, economically driven rent in the city fluctuates but is extremely affordable compared to almost any other city. I paid 1000/mo for a nicer 2 bed 2 bath. Around town, a nice one bed runs in the 600-850/mo range and 2/2 runs in the 1100-1200/mo area at the nicer complexes.
My roommate and I lived where we did because we flew out of the airport so it was a quick drive for us, but if I had to do it again, I would have probably lived in a bit more of a "busier" part of town in the McPherson and Delmar area or on the north side since we found ourselves driving there when we'd go out most of the time. This area is also considered to be some of the more "higher end" part of town with nicer houses and stuff. apartments.com has been my go-to source the past 6 times I've moved, give it a look if you are shopping around.
I highly recommend picking a place with a pool and/or a grill if you're remotely interested in that sort of thing. Due to Laredo's climate the pool and grilling out are a way of life. It's also a great place to meet people.

Getting Around:
Having a vehicle is the most practical answer for Laredo, however, Uber and Lyft markets have popped up in the last few years. The bus system is for the city is called El Metro. Laredo is pretty easy to get around, the only major highway is 35 which starts at the river (the Rio Grande crossing downtown) and goes to points North like SA, Austin, and Dallas. Bob Bullock Loop orbits the city to the East.
**Important Notes About Driving in Laredo*\*: Uninsured motorists are abundant meaning expect some sort of increase in your car insurance. I thought I knew how to drive until I came to Laredo. People drive fast, yellow lights mean speed up, and red lights/stop signs are optional. For some reason, drunk driving is also a very abundant thing, especially in the evenings/late night hours. I'm hoping this issue has improved since I lived there since Uber and Lyft are now a thing. Either way, stay alert, be a defensive driver, and you'll be fine.

What to do:
Many locals cite "things to do" while living in Laredo to be the toughest category. Bottom line, it's a small town, however, there is something for everyone in town!
Going out is the big thing to do in town most weekends as drinking is considered one of the biggest activities. I loved it, but I also know it's not for everyone. However, there are a wide variety of bars to pick from that each has different vibes. I've listed some of my favorites below. A lot of bars/restaurants have a DJ or band after a certain time. Bars are spread out across the city, but cluster in the McPherson/DelmaJacaman (pronounced Haca-man) area and now downtown. Bars close at 2 AM but people love to party till the sun comes up so after-parties at people’s houses are common.
So many good ones that can range from cheap to expensive, but the food is good at all of them! Here is my list of local spots, but Yelp is usually a good place to check for updated options.

Where to shop:
This one is a big no brainer for me personally, but HEB, the big Texas grocery chain, is the move. They have great selections (especially their meat and produce) and pretty good prices. If you want to save a bit more, Fiesta or Walmart is your only other big options that are worth a look. Laredo also has any major brick and mortar retail store Best Buy etc and a Mall with all the normal Mall stores. The outlet mall on the river is a super cool spot to I recommend doing some retail therapy at.

Where to Workout/Active Stuff:
There are all sorts of gyms between cross fit, yoga, Orange Theory, and your brick and mortar gyms (Crunch, Anytime, Golds, etc.) If you're into outdoorsy trail stuff North Central Park has a nice set of trails and Lake Casablanca State Park on the East side has some pretty good trails for the area also. If golfing is your thing there are a couple of golf courses, Casablanca Golf Course is your run of the mill Par 3 and the Laredo Country Club is the nice golf course in town. I know Laredo also has some rec sports adult leagues if you're into that like Flag football and stuff, Google should be able to help you find out more about those.

Safety and Crossing the border:
Laredo like any mid-size city has its share of crime, however, there is a very large presence of Local and State Police, DEA, FBI, and Border Patrol in the city due to its proximity to Mexico. Like any major city, lock your doors and take out any valuables in your car. The few homeless people stick to the I-35 corridor mostly. Lock your doors and windows and you'll be fine. There are sketchier parts of town the further south you go, but I never had issues as many of these people are often very humble and respectful people.
I remember watching the Border Wars show before I moved and thinking "Oh shit, what did I sign up for?" Cartels are simply a reality of life especially on the border, but they also exist in any major city around the world, they just happen to be a bit more prevalent in their activities at the border. They exist and have a hand in many things both in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo (businesses, politics, etc.). Like anywhere keep a street smart head, vigilant attitude, and don't hang out with the wrong types of people and you will be fine in Laredo. LADIES, please carry some sort of protection with you like mace and stay in groups when out, especially when downtown.
I'll start with this disclaimer that I'm a 6' white guy, so I don't blend in that well. However, I dated a girl I met at a bar who lived across in Nuevo Laredo for 10 months so I got my full share of the crossing experiences. I'm witting this during COVID times so things are a bit different atm. The crossing is an experience I could and probably should do a thread about on its own, but I'll summarize what I can here.
There are two ways to cross: 1. Driving or 2. Taking the footbridge both located downtown. I walked every time because my GF at the time would pick me up on the other side, but a word of caution. If you drive understand that having non-expired US plates and a nice car makes you a target for robbings and other non-fun stuff. I recommend getting a bank such as Charles Schwab with zero international ATM fee's and that gives you a 1:1 exchange rate when pulling out cash from an ATM, however, the border exchange places near the bridges work in a pinch. Cash is king there. If you do cross you need to at least have a remote working knowledge of the Spanish language or be with someone who does, it's amazing how different life can be across a 20-foot body of water.
I often heard stories where people crossed to go to places like Jose Frog's and other bars and shops every weekend in the ‘80s, but times have unfortunately changed since. There were relatively calm periods and today there are periods of literal war in the streets. Please ask one of the many locals that commute to Laredo daily for work if they think it is safe to cross for that day since it is truly a dynamic environment. If you work in any sort of government or law enforcement line of work, DO NOT CROSS.
If you do want to cross, understand that I recommend the following:
Looking back I was pretty reckless at times when I went across because I was with my GF, her brothers, or her family most of the time so I felt relatively safe. Please live through my expeirences if you are dying to push the envolope with crossing. If you're considering a visit to "La Zona", don't. It's cool, but you can get the same experience in Vegas without the fear of being kidnapped or killed. Going out over there is super cheap, but the bars all pay a "toll" to the cartels weekly to operate. It's not out of the ordinary for Federales/Cartel to come through a packed bar with AR-15's or the cartel to kick everyone out if the business didn't pay that week. We got stopped by the cartel a few times asking why I was visiting so much. They watch the bridges 24/7, they know the second you step on their turf, and they know what you do and who you do it with. Remember that you can also easily get mixed up with the wrong people on the Laredo side of the river which is equally as dangerous. Know who your friends are!

Closing tips:
-Laredo is what you make it, if you do nothing and sit around it’s going to suck so make the best of it.
-I wish my Spanish was a bit better before I moved there. It comes in handy A TON as Spanish is the preferred language and a majority of folks speak it. Knowing it will make your life easier.
- Get one of those windshield sun shades for your car, they are a necessity in the hot weather
- Gentlemen. If your single don’t be creepy, go talk to that girl and ask her to dance! Latin culture is very cool, open, confident, and fun.
- Embrace the culture and enjoy it
- Go to a Quinceañera and a traditional Mexican wedding
- Learn how to Line Dance and Cumbia!
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2020.11.24 23:55 gopher2110 CMV: Student loan forgiveness is bad policy

One of the first policy initiatives that the Biden adminstration may wrestle with is student loan debt. If I were to use social media as a poll, it seems like there is overwhelming support to forgive substantial amounts of student loan debt. On the other side, there are many people who say it's unfair, but seem to be villified for that view.
Because of my personal experience, I'm definitely on the side that believes it's unfair. Listen, I get it, it's extremely appealing to people who graduated within the past 5 years, or are currently accruing debt at a pricey undergrad or graduate program. When I was 23 - 28, I would've been all about it and found ways to justify it to those who opposed it. But the reality of it is, it's not fair. Moreover, it doesn't correct the real issue - the inflated cost of obtaining a degree that in many instances leads to underemployment.
Every person who sacrificed to repay their loans is short-changed. And that includes people who incurred debt during the time when tuition and fees rose well above the rate of inflation and wages stagnated. In other words, there will be a large group of people who are 'victims' of the supposed student loan crisis who are nonetheless left behind. Indeed, this isn't a new problem.
Further, from a dollar perspective it's easy to see how unfair it is both in the short-term and long-term. In the short-term, by discharging the debt, the government is essentially giving the debtor money (for anyone who disagrees, keep in mind that the Federal tax code treats the discharge of debt as taxable income). In other words, the government is giving only a fraction of Americans a valuable benefit without regard to income or need, and perhaps with no strings attached. Indeed, the selection of who receives this benefit is practically based on the timeframe when someone incurred the debt. Basically, the temporal proximity of when a person incurred the debt increases the likelihood that their debt will be discharged. Indeed, those people are more likely to still be carrying student loan debt. In sum, in the near term, only a relatively small amount of the American population will be "given money," and it will disproportionately benefit younger Americans.
The long-term demonstrates the real inequity. Let's assume Tom, Dick, and Harry all incurred the same amount of student loan debt, but graduated at different times but were all 21 when they graduated. All three accrued $50,000 in federal student loan debt, but Tom received his degree in 2010, Dick received his degree in 2015, and Harry received his degree in 2020. We'll also assume that they are subject to the standard repayment term of 10 years at 5% interest. Finally, we'll assume that legislation passes in 2020 that discharges all current federal student loan debt.
Tom paid off his loans in full in 2020. His total repayment was $63,639, by making the minimum monthly payment of $530.
Dick made payments for five years at $530 per month, costing him $31,800.
Harry never made a payment. He will never have to pay the $530 Tom or Dick did.
Now, let's assume they are all prudent (because it is inherent in student loan forgiveness that the beneficiaries of such legislation will not just waste that additional $530 per month) and save that money in some sort of investment vehicle, like a IRA or 401(k), etc until they retire at 65. We'll also assume that the investment grows at a rate of 6% annually.
Tom started saving that $530 per month in 2020 at the age of 31. By the time Tom retires, his investment account grows to $680,638.72. Not bad.
Dick started saving that $530 per month in 2020 at the age of 26. By the time Dick retires, his investment account grows to $947,675.61. $267,036.89 more than Tom.
Harry started saving $530 per month in 2020 at the age of 21. By the time Harry retires, his investment grows to $1,305,031.21. Harry retires with $624,392.49 more than Tom, who retires just 10 years earlier, and $357,355.60 than Dick, who retires only 5 years earlier.
These are not insignificant amounts of money, and frankly really illustrates the long-term inequity of such a policy. Student loan forgiveness substantially increases the wealth of only a certain class of people, which in most cases will be based on their date of birth.
Ironically, one of the reasons people strongly advocate for student loan forgiveness is because prior generations in, say, the 60's, 70's, and 80's didn't have to borrow so much money to obtain a degree. In other words, because they attended college during a certain time frame, they don't face the same struggles as more recent borrowers. Meaning, older Americans seem to have an unfair advantage because of their date of birth. Well, the date of birth becomes the same justification being used to screw over those people who paid their student loan debt, but were also subject to exorbitant tuition. Basically, the government would be saying people born roughly in 1992 and later, are the beneficiaries of this policy. Within that, the younger you are, the better the benefit. Everyone else before then, especially those who also faced the student loan crunch, are SOL. It's hypocrisy. On one hand people justify the cancellation of debt because, in part, it's not fair, but then use the same arbitrary cutoff to gain a benefit.
There is another way to think about why it's short sighted. I won't take credit for this because I saw someone else on Reddit make this point, but unfortunately I don't know their username so I can't give appropriate credit. In any event, as this Redditor pointed out, the boost to the economy will cause increased demand, driving up prices for all sorts of goods and across different economic sectors, including housing. Again, those who didn't receive the benefit of student loan forgiveness will now be forced to pay higher prices because of the increased demand. Well, remember, they couldn't save as much as they wanted and don't have the same disposable income as those who received loan forgiveness.
But let's not forget the parents who saved money to pay for their children's tuition. You could use the same model applied to Tom, Dick, and Harry, but apply it to parents who saved for college and those who didn't. The parents who did save get screwed, while most younger Americans and many parents get an unwarranted leg up towards wealth.
There is also all those people who didn't attend college. Where is their break? Many of those people struggle too. Will the people not poor enough for social welfare programs like housing vouchers and food stamps get some sort of subsidy?
Overall, I agree student loans are a problem and something needs to be done about the cost of education. It's outrageous how expensive it is to obtain a degree, but mass student loan forgiveness is not the answer.
The easiest legislation to pass in the near future is to make it easier to discharge student loans in bankruptcy. That helps people who are destitute, but also remains fair to those who have sacrificed and diligently repaid their loans. Because in reality, only the people who are really in financial trouble will see their loans discharged just as is the case in other types of bankruptcy cases.
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2020.11.24 23:47 LantisEscudo Current status of teams (as of 11/24)

With the rush of shutdown announcements, I figured a master list of where teams stand could be useful. If I missed anything, let me know. I'll try to keep this up-to-date as we go along.
Last updated 11/24, 6PM EST
Atlantic Hockey (plus LIU) Started Play Holy Cross - Next scheduled game 11/27 @ Bentley Robert Morris - Next scheduled game 11/27 vs. Canisius Long Island University - Next scheduled game 12/4 @ AIC
Scheduled to begin play 11/27 Air Force (@ AIC) American International (vs. Air Force) Bentley (vs. Holy Cross) Canisius (@ Robert Morris)
Scheduled to begin play later Army (12/4 vs. Bentley) Sacred Heart (12/4 @ Holy Cross) Mercyhurst (12/5 @ Bowling Green) Niagara (12/9 vs. Clarkson) RIT (12/11 vs. LIU)
Big Ten (plus Arizona State) All teams currently playing
ECAC Cancelled Season Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, Union, Yale
In Shutdown Quinnipiac - Until 12/15 St. Lawrence - Until 12/19
Started Play Clarkson - Next scheduled game 12/9 @ Niagara Colgate - Next scheduled game 12/23 vs. Clarkson
Hockey East In Shutdown Maine - Until 12/8 Northeastern - Until 12/18 Vermont - Until 12/19
Started Play UMass-Amherst - Next scheduled game 11/27 @ BC Connecticut - Next scheduled game 12/11 @ BC
Scheduled to begin play Boston College (11/27 vs. UMA) UMass-Lowell (12/4 vs. BC) New Hampshire (12/4 @ UMA) Boston University (12/11 vs. UMA) Merrimack (12/19 @ UNH) Providence (12/19 @ UMA)
NCHC All teams scheduled to begin pod play 12/1-2
WCHA Cancelled Season Alaska-Anchorage
In Shutdown Northern Michigan - Until 12/11
Started Play Lake Superior - Next scheduled game 11/27 vs. Ferris Bowling Green - Next scheduled game 12/1 @ Robert Morris Michigan Tech - Next scheduled game 12/4 vs. Minnesota State Minnesota State - Next scheduled game 12/4 @ MTU Alabama-Huntsville - Next scheduled game 12/4 @ Ferris Bemidji - Next scheduled game 12/12 vs. MTU
Scheduled to begin play Ferris State - 11/27 @ LSSU Alaska-Fairbanks - 1/1 @ LSSU
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2020.11.24 22:49 yeoldehedgehog Looking for reasonably priced caterers for a small quarantine wedding in a few months!

Hi, all, the title pretty much says it all. My fiance and I had to change plans yet again for our wedding and we've decided to more or less do a small quarantine wedding of less than 15 people, including ourselves, in the comfort of our home on our intended wedding date. We are looking for catering recommendations since we would like somewhat of a New American cuisine menu and would be at the most, about $25-$30 per person. They would also have to be willing to drop off the food at our home with chafers and the like and we would just set it all up.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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2020.11.24 22:31 Kal-El-SUPERMAN Top 10 GIANT Discoveries in North America

by Hugh Newman and Jim Vieira
January 18, 2016 from AncientOrigins Website

Jim Vieira and Hugh Newman have been working together investigating Native American stone and earthen constructions, Native oral history and the giant skeletons of North America for nearly ten years. They starred together on the History Channel TV show Search for the Lost Giants (2014) and have recently co-authored Giants On Record: America's Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files (2015). Jim and his brother Bill also starred on the recently aired History Channel special Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony (2015). Jim is a stonemason and lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Hugh is an explorer, antiquarian and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Patterns of Gaia's Sacred Sites (Wooden Books 2008). He has several articles published on Ancient Origins website and has been a regular guest on History Channel's Ancient Aliens. He lives in Glastonbury, England. His websites are www.megalithomania.co.uk and www.hughnewman.co.uk


The Iroquois, the Osage, the Tuscaroras, the Hurons, the Omahas, and many other North American Indians all speak of giant men who once lived and roamed in the territories of their forefathers. All over what is now the U.S. are traditions of these ancient giants. 1

Over 1000 accounts of seven-foot and taller skeletons have reportedly been unearthed from ancient burial sites over a two-hundred-year period in North America.
Newspaper accounts, town and county histories, letters, scientific journals, diaries, photos and Smithsonian ethnology reports have carefully documented this.
These skeletons have been reported from coast to coast with strange anatomic anomalies such as double rows of teeth, jawbones so large as to be fit over the face of the finder, and elongated skulls, documented in virtually every state.

Figure 1: Map of giant reports in North America. Created by Cee Hall.
Smithsonian scientists identified at least 17 skeletons that stood at over seven feet in their annual reports, including one example that was 8 feet tall, and a skull with a 36-inch circumference reported from Anna, Illinois in the Smithsonian Annual Report of 1873, (an average human skull is about 20 inches in circumference).
The Smithsonian Institution is mentioned dozens more times as the recipient of enormous skeletons from across the entire United States.
The skeletons mentioned no longer seem to exist regardless of their actual size, and the remaining ones that were on display were removed and repatriated by NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).
While the authors certainly support this law, it does present a moral and ethical conundrum in terms of trying to ascertain the proof everyone wants to see - physical evidence of giants.

Figure 2: Selection of news accounts featured in the book

In this unique Top Ten, we look at some examples of giant skeletons that were reported from across ancient North America (although we warn you now that Number 1 is so large, we admit it may not be authentic). Our countdown begins at one of the most important mound sites in America, and quite possibly the world.

Figure 3: Various sized skulls found at Potomac Creek, Stafford County, Virginia, 1937.

  1. Serpent Mound, Ohio, 1890s - 7 ft tall skeleton

Serpent Mound survey by Squire and Davis.

The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,370ft long prehistoric effigy mound located near Peebles that has been thoroughly researched by Ross Hamilton, who has written extensively about its mysteries and the giants discovered in the area.
Recent radiocarbon analysis dates it to around 321 BC. This puts it in the realm of the Adena civilization who were present in the area at this time.
In the 1890s, Professor Frederic Ward Putnam excavated some of the mounds next to Serpent Mound and found only 6ft tall skeletons, but a postcard showing one 7 feet in height was recently rediscovered by researcher Jeffrey Wilson.
It may have been one of those excavated by Putnam, as he was the only person to dig at the site.
Ross first published this in his book A Tradition of Giants, and it clearly states it was from Serpent Mound on the postcard, but there is still debate as to where this photo of a 7ft skeleton was actually taken.
Notice that the legs are cut off at the knees, so is "7ft" what we actually see, or is it an estimation if he had his lower legs and feet attached? Could it have been more like 8 feet tall if the shins and feet were intact?

The 7 ft skeleton from Serpent Mound cut off at the knees. Courtesy of Jeffrey Wilson.

  1. Cresap Mound, West Virginia, 1959 - 7ft 2in skeleton In 1959, Dr. Donald Dragoo, the curator for the Section of Man at the Carnegie Museum unearthed a 7 feet 2 inch skeleton during the complete excavation of the Cresap Mound in Northern West Virginia:
"This individual was of large proportions. When measured in the tomb his length was approximately 7.04 feet. All of the long bones were heavy."

7ft 2 inch skeleton with top part of skeleton burnt.

Ground Plan of Cresap Mound showing Clay floor level and below.The giant skeleton is on the middle right.

Dragoo published a photo of the actual skeleton in his book so there is no doubt it was authentic.
Dragoo joins many other university-trained anthropologists and archaeologists who reported discovering skeletons over seven feet in length in burial mounds, often with anatomical anomalies.
A few of the professionals reporting these skeletal finds were,

8. Mounds in Iowa, 1897 - 7ft 6in skeleton This account from The Worthington Advance (November 18, 1897) describes the ethnological work of the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Eastern Mounds, and quoted the Director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the time, John Wesley Powell.
The image below accompanied the news report.
"It is a matter of official record that in digging through a mound in Iowa the scientists found the skeleton of a giant, who, judging from actual measurement, must have stood seven feet six inches tall when alive.
The bones crumbled to dust when exposed to the air."

Illustration showing the excavation of a giant skeleton.

  1. Steelville, Missouri, 1933 - 8ft skeleton As part of the Search for the Lost Giants show, Jim and fellow researcher James Clary investigated the following account that had this heading:
"An Ancient Ozark Giant Dug Up Near Steelville: Strange discovery made by a boy looking for arrowheads, gives this Missouri Town an absorbing mystery to ponder."
From The Steelville Ledger (June 11, 1933):
"…he turned up the complete skeleton of an 8 foot giant.
The grisly find was brought to Dr. R. C. Parker here and stretched out to its enormous length in a hallway of his office where it has since remained the most startling exhibit Steelville has ever had on public view."
While reading through the microfilm at the Steelville library three reports of the find where uncovered including the photo that shows Les Eaton, a 6-foot man, laid out next to the 8-foot skeleton in Dr. Parkers office.

Les Eaton on the floor next to the 8-foot skeleton.
The Steelville Ledger reported that the skeleton was packed up and shipped to the Smithsonian, never to be heard of again.

6. Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Ohio - 8ft 1.5 inch skeleton Miamisburg Mound is believed to have been built by the Adena Culture, anywhere between 1000 to 200 BC.
It is the largest conical burial mound in Ohio, once nearly 70 feet tall (the height of a seven-story building) and 877 feet in circumference. Hugh investigated this site in September 2012 and after talking to some researchers at the local historical society, he found there were other skeletal remains reported in the nearby area.

Old illustration of Miamisburg Mound.
Numerous skeletal remains were uncovered from the mound, including a giant jawbone and " bones of unusual size," but it was the discovery half-a-mile away that became a national sensation and was reported in The Middletown Signal, January 17, 1899 with the headline: "Bones of Prehistoric Giant Found Near Miamisburg":
"The skeleton of a giant found near Miamisburg is the cause of much discussion not only among the curious and illiterate but among the learned scientists of the world.
The body of a man more gigantic than any ever recorded in human history, has been found in the Miami Valley, in Ohio. The skeleton it is calculated must have belonged to a man 8 feet 1.5 inches in height."
Professor Thomas Wilson curator of prehistoric anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, said the following after examining the find:
"The authenticity of the skull is beyond any doubt.
Its antiquity unquestionably great, to my own personal knowledge several such crania were discovered in the Hopewell group of mounds in Ohio. The jaws were prognathus (projecting beyond the face) and the facial index remarkably low."

Illustration of over 8-foot skeleton discovered near Miamisburg.

5. The San Diego Giant, 1895 - 8ft 4 inch mummy This fascinating discovery reports on a giant mummy found in San Diego (that is currently believed to be a hoax).
However, let's take a closer look, as there is some intrigue and inconsistency with this popular story. This first report appeared in 1895 with the sub-headings "Nine Feet High and Probably a California Indian - Measurement Well Authenticated - Other Big Men and Women of Fact and Fable Who Are Famous Types if Gigantism."
When accurately measured it turned out to be 8ft 4 inches and was,
"carefully inspected and measured by Prof. Thomas Wilson, Curator of the Department of Prehistoric Anthropology in the Smithsonian Institution, and by other scientists."

The San Diego giant was purchased by the Smithsonian for $500 (over $14,000 in today's money) in 1895, although they later claimed it was a hoax.

Thirteen years later - in 1908 - when the mummy was being exhibited, the Smithsonian ran some tests and suddenly dismissed it as a hoax, saying it was made from "gelatin."
The fact that it took that long, and after spending $500 to acquire it, plus the fact that it was "carefully inspected" by experts thirteen years earlier does suggest there may be more to this story than meets the eye.
Interestingly, Aleš Hrdlička, joined the Smithsonian in 1903, right in between the discovery and the final debunking. He was not interested in giants and made a concerted effort to eradicate them from the historical record.
It is also interesting to note that the Director of Prehistoric Anthropology, Thomas Wilson, and the ethnologist in charge W.J. McGee, were both involved in this story, and were obviously keen to make sure the Smithsonian got it back to their headquarters at an immense cost ($500 in 1895 equates to $14,285 today).
But why would they bother doing that if it was simply a sideshow hoax?
The strange twists, and Smithsonian involvement, and the immense amount of money spent on this makes this worthy of inclusion in this Top Ten.
A similar mummified giant also turned up at Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma. It measured 8ft 5 in and was on display for a few months, where it was seen by several people before it disappeared. 4

4. Catalina Island, California - 9 ft 2 inch skeleton (and other 7ft - 8ft examples) The Channel Islands off the coast of California have turned up numerous oversized skeletons.
The story is intriguing and controversial, and it stars amateur archaeologist Ralph Glidden and his bizarre museum, but before the main act, a German naturalist got the story going in 1913.
Dr. A.W. Furstenan reported unearthing an 8 ft tall skeleton with artifacts such as mortar, pestles and arrowheads on Catalina. He was told of a legend while in Mexico of a giant and noble race that lived on the Island, who existed long before the white man and had since vanished. 5
Amateur archaeologist Ralph Glidden unearthed and collected a total of 3,781 skeletons on the Channel Islands between 1919 and 1930.
Working for the Heye Foundation of New York he unearthed a 9ft 2 in skeleton and several measuring over 7 feet:
"A skeleton of a young girl, evidently of high rank, within a large funeral urn, was surrounded by those of sixty-four children, and in various parts of the island more than three thousand other skeletons were found, practically all the males averaging around seven feet in height, one being seven feet eight inches from the top of his head to the ankle, and another being 9 feet 2 inches tall."

The skeleton in the picture is 7ft 8 in example.

As part of Search for the Lost Giants, Jim and Bill Vieira visited Catalina to investigate the contents of the box, and indeed there were photos of hundreds of skeletons and skulls, excavations, artifacts, and burials.
They also uncovered an account of a 28-inch femur unearthed by Glidden on San Nicolas Island reported by the judge of Avalon, Earnest Windle.
This would make the skeleton over 8 feet tall.

An over 7-foot skeleton found on Catalina Island.

3. Beaver Lake, Ozark Caves, Arkansas, 1913 - Nearly 10 ft skeleton and huge skulls This account from an Ozark cave in Arkansas is found in The New Age Magazine (Volume 18, 1913) given by the highly regarded reporter Victor Schoffelmeyer.

Skulls of giants with cranial deformation.

During the filming of Search for the Lost Giants, the site of the cave was investigated.
It had been flooded with the damming and creation of Beaver Lake between 1960-1966.
Bill Vieira and professional scuba diver Mike Young dived into the lake and found a huge shelter cave believed to be the site of the skeletal finds.
While a 70ft stone wall was found at the entrance of the cave, showing likely human habitation, no more clues were forthcoming.
Text from the original article reads as follows:
"While the historical features of the Ozarks held our attention, by far the most fascinating discovery was one made by an aged recluse and naturalist who for ten years had lived in a shelter cave near where we camped.
'Dad' Riggins spent much of his time digging in the ashes which form the floor of many of these caves.
At a depth of more than three feet he found the remains of several giant human skeletons, including an almost perfect skull which differed in many particulars from a modern specimen. When partly joined the largest skeleton was almost ten feet tall.
'Dad' Riggins showed us hieroglyphics covering the Palisades thought to be thousands of years old."

2. Lompock Rancho, California, 1819 - 12 ft skeleton Hugh investigated this famous report back in November 2008, by visiting the area of the ranch it was discovered on.
"In 1819 an old lady saw a gigantic skeleton dug up by soldiers at Purisima on the Lompock Rancho. The natives deemed it a god, and it was reburied by direction of the padre." 8
This short report re-emerged with a broader range of details in 1833 and now various authors and websites repeat the same story.
It goes something like this:
Soldiers digging a pit for a powder magazine at Lompock Rancho, California, hacked their way through a layer of cemented gravel and found a 12ft sarcophagus.
The skeleton of a giant man about twelve feet tall was found inside. The grave was surrounded by carved shells, huge stone axes, two spears and thin sheets of porphyry (purple mineral with quartz) covering the skeleton.
These were covered with unintelligible symbols. He had a double row of teeth, both upper and lower.
The soldiers consulted a local tribe of Indians, who after going into trance, exclaimed they were geographically displaced Allegewi Indians from the Ohio Valley area.
When the natives began to attach some religious significance to the find, authorities ordered the skeleton and all the artifacts secretly reburied.
No further information is available so it is impossible to verify this information, but numerous other skeletons of this height have been reported in such newspapers at The New York Times.
Two further 12ft examples were reported in Jeffersonville, Kentucky ( The New York Times, May 22, 1871) and Barnard, Missouri ( The Providence Evening Press, September 13, 1883).
Furthermore, a 13ft example was said to have been unearthed in Janesville, Wisconsin (The Public Ledger, August 25, 1870) and even bones that were estimated to be from a skeleton 14ft tall at Etowah Mounds (The New York Times, April 5, 1886).
These are all well out of the normal range for humans but are worth noting here as these immense sizes pop up again and again in well-respected newspapers.

1. West Hickory, Pennsylvania, 1870 - 18ft skeleton The headline of this chart-topper reads: "The Cardiff Giant Outdone: Alleged Discovery of a Giant in The Oil Regions."
This report originally came from the Oil City Times in 1870 and underneath the immense armor, it revealed some startling anatomic oddities, and a skeleton that reached a staggering height (the tallest example we have come across):
"They exhumed an enormous helmet of iron, which was corroded with rust. Further digging brought to light a sword which measured nine feet in length."
The report continued that they had discovered:
"…a well-preserved skeleton of an enormous giant… The bones of the skeleton are remarkably white. The teeth are all in their places, and all of them are double, and of extraordinary size."
It was estimated to be 18 feet tall, and the bones were being prepared to be sent to New York. Clearly, however, this could be an exaggeration, as 18ft is unheard of in the historical record, but the matter-of-fact description is intriguing.
Interestingly the discovery was reported to be buried 12 feet below a mound, so it could suggest a deep antiquity, however tall he was.

The report from 1870 describing an 18-feet-tall giant skeleton.

We hope this tiny selection of accounts leaves one realizing there may be some truth to these reports (although numbers 9 and 10 cannot be verified, and they are well beyond the established scope of human height).
We do not believe they are all authentic, but what you have read here constitutes only 1% of what we have in our archive. We include 250 of these accounts in our book 'Giants On Record: America's Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files.'
The genesis of the North American giants is shrouded in mystery, but we believe that they were involved in the sophisticated Mound Building cultures of the Mid-West, as royal tombs with reported enormous skeletons were often found within them.
There are many Native legends that place them in the era of the Megafauna (mammoths, mastodons, sabre-tooth tigers etc.) at around 13,000 years ago. There are dozens of oral histories that revere them as gods, and sometimes as fearsome cannibalistic warriors.
Great wars were said to have taken place between these titans, and prehistoric battlefields with oversized bones and weapons were frequently reported by early colonial farmers.
Eyewitness accounts of live giant giants were reported by English and Spanish explorers and even some of the early presidents.
Mystics such as,
...as well as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons all regarded giants as a reality.
The origins of the North American giants are hotly debated by independent researchers, academics and skeptics, but there is now enough data to begin serious research into the subject.
We cover all the theories of their origins in our new book, ranging from the Denisovans of Siberia to the Nephilim of the Bible Lands.
There is also compelling evidence that the giants may have originated within the Americas. Hundreds of Native American creation myths and oral histories attest to this, with the giants being mentioned in the stories from remote times.
One example can be found in the writings of Tuscarora Indian David Cusick in his book 'Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations' (1825). He states that when the Great Spirit made the people, some of them became giants.
However, most people don't believe in giants, but rather scoff at the idea, saying it's all just folklore that got mixed up and sensationalized by newspaper journalists.
We disagree, as there is ample evidence within,
Native American mythology
...to suggest otherwise.
Now is the time for academia to take a look at this data, and to investigate what really happened at the Smithsonian, as an important chapter in human history is on the verge of being lost forever.
Wilkins, Fate Magazine, January, 1952 Don W. Dragoo . Mounds for the dead. Annals of Carnegie Museum, Vol. 37. McDonald and Woodward / Carnegie Museum.1963. p.72 The World, October 7, 1895 Giants On Record: p.128 The Pittsburgh Press, July 20, 1913 Ogden Standard Examiner, Sunday, November 10, 1929, pg.32 The New Age Magazine, Volume 18, 1913, pg.207 Hubert Howe. The Native Races of the Pacific states of North America. 1875 Jeffrey Goodman Ph.D. American Genesis: The American Indian and the origins of modern man. Summit Books. 1981
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2020.11.24 22:20 LovingLife177 This was going to be another future FB post but DW issued cease and desist orders because some of my past posts have ruffled the feathers of some of our TBM family and friends. I guess their faith is too sensitive to be questioned.

In my opinion, when someone exercises faith in something, he/she is making the assumption that something is true without 100% proof. After all, if you have 100% proof that something is true, then you aren’t really exercising faith. In other words, faith fills in the gap between what we know and what we don’t know so that we feel comfortable taking action on a belief without knowing the outcome 100% ahead of time. Again, this is just my opinion about how faith works. I would love to hear others opinions/descriptions.
Now, since it would be impossible to accurately identify the exact percentage of what we know vs what we don’t know, because it is subjective, I like to use a technique that compares the likelihood of something happening or being true vs something else happening or being true. For example, I would ask myself, “Is it more likely or less likely that I will get in a car accident if I drive to the store for groceries?” Based on driving statistics and my past experience, I can quickly conclude that it is less likely that I will get into a car accident and can move forward with the assumption that I will not get into a car accident and go and get the groceries. Of course, I could be wrong and end up getting into an accident but the evidence strongly supports the belief that I will not get into an accident. So, with the support of that evidence, I can exercise faith that I will not get into an accident. If I decided that it was more likely that I would get into a car accident, I could continue to use this technique to compare alternate scenarios (car accident vs starving to death, etc) until I come to a final conclusion of whether I want to exercise faith that I will not get into a car accident and go and get the groceries.
When it comes to religion, I use this same technique. For example, “is it more likely or less likely that Jesus Christ was a real person that was born around 1 CE?” Based on the evidence that I am aware of, I would conclude that it is more likely that he existed and, in my opinion, I can comfortably exercise faith that he was a real person that lived on this earth. However, just because we choose to exercise faith in something doesn’t automatically make that thing true, no matter how much we want it to be true. That is why, in my opinion, it is very important to determine how much faith we are willing to exercise in a belief relative to the amount of evidence that supports or contradicts that belief.
When it comes to the LDS church specifically, I have asked myself many questions using the “based on the evidence available today, is it more likely or less likely that [insert specific LDS belief or historical claim] is true” method.
For example:
Which is more likely, that multiple civilizations mentioned in the Book of Mormon (BoM), consisting of millions of people, associated with various cultures, set in numerous geographically distinct cities, existed on the American continent, but have oddly left no evidence for their existence, or that Joseph Smith made it up?
Which is more likely, that all of the anachronistic things mentioned in the BoM (horses, cattle, oxen, sheep, swine, goats, elephants, bees, wheels, chariots, wheat, silk, steel, and iron) really did exist here on the American continent during the BoM timeline, but have oddly left no evidence of their existence, or that Joseph Smith made it up?
The BoM teaches that the Nephites had horses and chariots. The earliest examples of wheels are from Mesopotamia and date from about 3500 to 3000 BC. Lehi and his party obviously would have had knowledge of the wheel. Since there is no evidence of the wheel in the Americas during the BoM timeframe, is it more likely that Lehi and his party brought knowledge of the wheel to the American continent from Israel around 600 BC but that knowledge was lost over time through the Native American cultures and any archeological or DNA evidence to support this claim has disappeared? Or, is it more likely that Lehi and his party did not come to the Americas from Jerusalem around 600 BC and that the American Natives actually originated from Asia during a human migration across the Bering land bridge about 20,000 years ago before the wheel was invented, as supported by archaeological and DNA evidence?
With the Native American DNA evidence of Asian (not Israeli) decent, the anachronisms, the lack of archeological evidence, the translation vs dictation method issues, the reformed Egyptian characters issues, the evidence of influence of other contemporary writings, problems with the Jaredite story, problems with the Tower of Babel story, problems with the Global Flood story, the thousands of corrections made to the BoM after being declared “the most correct of any book on earth”, and the unreliability of the BoM Witnesses’ testimonies, it is more likely that the BoM really is a historical record of God’s dealings with ancient Israelites (Jaredites, Lehites, and Mulekites) on the American continent despite all these identified issues, or that Joseph Smith made it up?
Joseph Smith claimed to have translated the BoM, Book of Abraham (BoA), the Kinderhook plates, claimed to identify a dictionary of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and claimed to have corrected errors in the Bible through inspired translation (JST). We have the original documents for the BoA and the Kinderhook plates and both of those translations have been proven false and both are acknowledged by the Church. We also have historical evidence supporting the misidentification of a greek psalter as a dictionary of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, also acknowledged by the church, as well as evidence that Joseph Smith plagiarized some of Adam Clarke’s Bible commentary and passed it off as his own work in JST Bible according to a recent BYU study. We also have Joseph Smith’s claim of being able to speak Egyptian completely debunked by modern Egyptologists. With a proven 5/6 fraud record for “translations”, is it more likely that Joseph Smith produced a correct “translation” with the BoM or another fraud, especially when considering the Native American DNA evidence of Asian (not Israeli) decent, anachronisms, lack of archeological evidence, translation vs dictation methods, reformed Egyptian characters, influence of other contemporary writings, problems with the Jaredite story, problems with the Tower of Babel story, problems with the Global Flood story, the thousands of corrections made to the BoM after being declared “the most correct of any book on earth”, and the questionable reliability of the BoM Witnesses’ testimonies?
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