Google This: Algorithmic Oppression--Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that’s replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it? aclu.org/podcast/google-a…
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The Youtube Algorithm's Oppression of Bronies.

Look at this shit.

Oh what? I can't be a manly adult man and also listen to songs made about a tv show for little girls? I'm literally shaking right now. This kind of oppression, that's right oppression, and that's definitely not too strong of a word for what's happening here, has gone on far too long now, and I think it's about time we did something about it!

Seriously though, I've been rewatching the show recently, and it made me want to go back to all the old pony music I used to love. I've been doing it for like a week or two now, but I guess I just watched one video too many, and now youtube reckons I'll like "Peppa Pig - Official Channel".

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Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. An interesting talk about weird things google does. youtube.com/watch?v=oqelq…
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Algorithms of Oppression

Given Grey’s interest in algorithms, I would love to hear Brady and him discuss Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression. She confronts, in a very readable way, how algorithms go wrong. Her main argument is to challenge the belief that search engines offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Could make for a great conversation between /u/MindOfMetalAndWheels and /u/JeffDujon!

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Challenging the algorithms of oppression (Safiya Noble)

This short (~12 min.) video of UCLA Information Studies professor Safiya Noble demonstrates how SJWs have taken over the noble profession of librarianship the consequences of Google and other commercial platforms controlling the information landscape, and what that means for how women and girls of color (in particular) are portrayed. She also explores the same issues in relation to young black men killed by the policy, as well as young white men who've murdered white folks.

If you prefer reading to watching, or just want to supplement the video, she goes into more detail in this article.

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Of course men's oppression algorithm is written in python, the most phallic programming languages. reddit.com/r/SubredditDra…
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Late Capitalism and the Active Participation in Surveillance Culture

With the advent of technology as we now know it, there have been countless sci-fi/horror films, novels, and even television series portraying the dystopian future of living in a simulated reality with constant surveillance. Looking back to the 1970s we can see films such as Dossier 51 by Michel Deville and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola as early foreshadowing into the psychological ramifications and the psychoanalytical implications of advances in surveillance technology. The 1980s brought on a new aesthetic and new type of thriller sci-fi film that portrays a cyberpunk dystopian future, most famously Bladerunner which was said to take place in 2019 - a year we have already passed. George Orwell’s novel 1984 which we teach high schoolers as an impossible totalitarian horror in fact fits perfectly in this dystopian landscape; an omnipresent watching eye that sees all like a computerized version of the eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. The year 2020 has brought us further into this predicted dystopian surveillance-culture future that is in fact now the present, with the pandemic and the necessity to work, communicate, shop, and live virtually. The reality that we as a society has seemed to avoid coming to terms with is that we in fact are now very active participants of our own surveillance. The surveillance culture brought to us by late capitalism, with our tastes and personalities transformed into data points, has impressively managed to brainwash us into basing our self-worth on numbers of views as we try to market ourselves to remain relevant.

I am writing about how first reality TV and now social media/streaming platforms have brainwashed us into being active participants in our own surveillance. How we are essentially free labor, as our data is worth real value and we contribute endless data through our views/likes and our posts. I am looking a lot at films - obviously The Social Dilemma, but others like Le Couple Temoin (English title The Model Couple), We Live in Public, Death Watch, They Live!, A Scanner Darkly, and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology...The Matrix and anything of the same concept are relevant also; Plato's cave analogy as the start of that type of concept we'll say, and then looking at literary sources like Debord's Society of the Spectacle, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Platform Capitalism, and Algorithms of Oppression...basically looking into

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Search Engines and Their Power Over us. Great Scholarly Read

Search Engines:

The Puppeteer of Society

When looking at the definition of literacy we typically fall to the basic defining factors of having the ability to read or write. At the most basic form of this definition we can assume that the medium in which reading and writing is taking place belongs on paper. Now, we simply cannot have this closed way of thinking due to the rise of digital technology and its ever so present racial and socioeconomic involvement. Like the transition from paper to screens, the word literacy has undergone its own form of transition to digital literacy. We now have to navigate an enormous amount of data every single day when accessing the internet. The best way to do this is using search engines like Google, Bing, Safari, and their slower sibling Internet Explorer. We look to these search engines to help us sift through all of the data, and sometimes jargon, the internet produces on an hourly basis. We insert a single word or phrase, and the search engine takes us to what it thinks is the most useful pages and puts them on a list of links for us to click to our heart’s content. Many people believe this is because the top pages showing up are the most popular pages visited, and this is usually true. But other times these top pages are governed by the interests of the company that owns the search engine and this can be both good and bad. This comes to my question of this paper. Do search engines shape the racial and socioeconomic views of younger generations?

Before diving into the racial/socioeconomic side of things we must first go over some key definitions and phrases that puts search engine use into perspective. Many of us have been using search engines since we’ve had access to a computer, but the terminology that goes along with search engines is sometimes lost in use. Most of the following terms will help further explain what parts search engine companies are using or abusing to sway the minds of the younger generation that is mentioned prior.

The first term is search algorithm. Dave Davies defines it as everyone else defines it, “a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations especially by a computer”. The search engine, or anything else you are using to search something, is programmed to do what it is asked and to give information to you by following a set of rules. While many of us know and recognize that there is an algorithm that sifts through the sea of d

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Historic Brawl needs to be permanent, but also a more robust ban list

We all know that Historic Brawl should be an option at all times, so I won't get into it here. But when that happens, holy hell does it need some more cards banned. In my humble opinion, it's these following cards. (Note: I'm also only talking about banning these cards in Brawl for Arena only, because they're all likely more kept in check in a multiplayer format.)

Omnath Locus of Creation

Banned in Standard for good reason, no less oppressive in a singleton format. Impossible to trade 1-for-1 with it without counterspells or [[Hushbringer]] shenanigans. Often gains 4 life every turn, halting aggro in its tracks. Easily gets bonus mana to storm off. Just, no.

Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy

Do you have 2-3 ways to shut down Kinnan and/or all his mana dorks/rocks in your starting hand? No? Then you just effing lose. A card that is both ramp and ramp payoff all in one, for only two mana. If they ever, ever, ever untap with Kinnan you're about two turns behind them unless they somehow kept an all-land hand with their free mulligan. And the algorithm sure ain't working when my [[Gargos]] deck is getting paired with this toxic asshole.

Niv Mizzet Reborn

If this card isn't hit with a counterspell, you've already lost, because they have now a Flying 6/6 and the best 3-5 cards in the top 10 cards of their deck. No removal will save you, because of the massive card advantage. There is no possible way to beat this deck without 1) insane bad luck on the Mizzet player's part, 2) aggro their face off before turn five, or 3) counter spell their Niv every time. Niv Mizzet Reborn makes playing a midrange deck without counter spells useless, aside from automatically conceding every time this turd dragon appears in the versus screen.

Paradox Engine

This card is banned in EDH, why the hell is it allowed here? What the hell do you do when this hits the field of a Kinnan or [[Emry]] player who can just combo off immediately with it? Oh sure, blow it up; Kinnan still has a billion mana, Emry just replays it (kill Emry? She just gets replayed for U anyway.) This one card allows anyone with mana dorks and rocks to just go infinite way too easy.

Ugin the Spirit Dragon

I'm actually A-OK with Ugin in Standard, to be honest. Because you can just tell when its coming. Only certain decks can get away with running him, and you can tell by all the ramp that they're gearing up for Ugin, or Genesis Ultimatum into Ugin, so you can prepare somewhat. Plus, in Bo3, you h

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Feb/9/2021: (1) Hemp legalization: what to expect? (2) Armenian drone uses AI to detect target (3) You can ship meds (4) Shipping $ down (5) Tuition subsidy (6) POWs return (7) Azeri opposition & Aliyev's sister complain (8) Rumors & rebuttals (9) Trade unblock (10) Healthcare Min. about vaccines...

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##re: Armenia will grow "industrial weed" / possible CBD $$$ / industry details

Unless you have been sleeping in a camel's ear, you probably know by now that the government plans to legalize hemp farms on an industrial scale. It is not the marijuana that makes you high. The legalization is meant to bring revenues and encourage the cultivation of lands that are currently gone unused (around half of the arable lands).

Interview with Garegin Miskaryan, an enterpreneuer and the co-founder of political party "Citizen's Decision" (QO).

Question: what is technical hemp and what's your opinion about the govt's decision to legalize it?

So far we only know that it will be legalized. The process of issuing and revoking a license is important. We need to know how the sale of seeds will be done. Overall, I welcome the decision. Approximately 250,000 hectares of land are currently unused.

Growing hemp is beneficial for the soil and is a low-maintenance plant. It can withstand cold and hail. It needs 4x less water than other plants in Armenia. It doesn't need water in altitudes above 1,500m.

It was banned after the 1961 UN convention about narcotics (thanks, boomers). But today everyone talks about it and how it was the oil industry that was behind the ban (sorry boomers, thanks Exxon). Why did they lobby for the ban? Because hemp began substituting the oil-based products. Hemp was competing against oil. A global lobbying campaign was launched against hemp.

This is unrelated to marijuana, although the two are from the same [family]. Hemp has 113 unique types, with some having psychoactive substances while others having none. The industrial hemp has none.

Question: what are some uses for hemp?

To produce things that are currently produced by oil, wood, and cotton. Fuel, bio-plastics, wood, paper, clothes, shoes. Around 50,000 types of products.

Question: there are concerns that marijuana can be secretly grown disguised as industrial hemp.

In areas where industrial hemp is grown, marijuana cannot grow because the hemp flower pollination will "convert" marijuana into hemp. Anti-narcotics teams around the world use this technique to fight against marijuana; they conduct artificial pollination of the region with the use of hemp's flower.

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Our Founding Fathers would declare war on us. And you know they would.

If this post scares you, then good. What is happening in this country is plain tyranny. Banning the (currently sitting) president, people who disagree with the current cultural zeitgeist, and even people who are with them makes me think we've fallen into an alternate dimension where the United States has become its Cold War enemy the Soviet Union. Even nations like Mexico and China were appalled at the blatant censorship. Not to mention just how much Democratic policies have hurt the economy and literally lambasted essential rights that Americans enjoy.

It goes without saying that this is in extreme contrast to the ideals of our Founding Fathers. More than 25,000 Patriots died just so we could live in liberty and freedom and we're just here pissing on them. It was George Washington himself who said that there should be no political parties. And while Jefferson and Hamilton went against his wishes, they would be shocked to see what partisanship has let the nation they helped create. So this leads me to this conclusion: America's founders would undoubtedly go to war against us today.

They would see the Big Tech corporations as oppression and take arms against them. I can see it now: Hundreds of thousands of Patriots following them into battle in order to preserve liberty. Thomas Paine would surely hand out his pamphlet Common Sense. And millions of people who join the cause by becoming amateur engineers and disabling Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others algorithms. And by doing so Washington can lead his calvary without much resistance (as I'm sure law enforcement and military would be on his side). After that, I'd imagine a second Continental Congress will take place in Washington DC and meet to discuss on how to really heal this nation.

Is it far fetched? Yes but I have some merits. A new black hole was recently discovered and it is the closest to our solar system. And it can likely spew out different figures from their time periods to here. So yes the very idea that helped create the United States is in jeopardy and I believe that the original men are the only ones who can really restore this nation back to how it was: A place for liberty and justice for all

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Road to Rank 24 - My Journey So Far (⚠️Long Post⚠️)

If you’re tired of success stories, this post is for you.

Hello all, this is my first time posting in here but I occasionally comment so a couple of readers may be familiar with the team I have been running in an attempt to make rank 24.

I'm under no illusions that this might be too long for some, so there is a TL/DR at the bottom.

Intro

A bit about me, I've played Go since its release and have participated in all PvP seasons. Other than last season (the filler/ experiment of Niantic) I have only made the top rank once, and that was season 2 or 3, so as you can tell, I'm by no means one of the best but I make rank 9 with no problems and push close to the top rank consistently.

I'd like to think if I spent my dust and candies, I could make rank 10/24 every season, but that's something else about me, I don't easily let go of my resources as it usually takes me so long to get a hold of them. With this in mind, I'm usually a season or two behind the best picks and by that time the meta has changed, so typically I just get by with what I have until I'm 100% sure in an investment.

Anyway, with this ultra long season I felt confident that I would have the time to meet my goal of rank 24 but it hasn't worked out with the steady climb I had hoped.

I don't know about anyone else, but I feel with this extended time the meta shifts a lot more often so it's a lot harder to create a consistent team, people are so willing to experiment which is great, and the move additions have certainly been welcome for that too.

But it has meant I have yo-yo'd like never before. I think I entered at around 2270 MMR, got to around 2600 before UL came in the first half of the season, then declined back to 2300. This continued to happen several times, but with it I crafted the team I hope would bring home the metaphorical bacon.

My Team

Kingdra lead - Dragon Breath, Octazooka and Outrage

Tangrowth - Vine Whip, Rock Slide, Power Whip

Venusaur - Vine Whip, Frenzy Plant, Sludge Bomb

Indeed, a double grass line! But could it work? Previously I had been running several different combinations including Toxi, Swampert, Venusaur, Charizard and Muk, and getting them aligned against what I needed them to was becoming a real issue, and I could not settle on a line of three.

It's also worth noting - as alluded to previously, I hadn't built many competent ULP picks; no Gallade, no Lapras and no Obstagoon. I could power up two of the latter but was unwilling on

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The Argument Against Ebert

###For Context

I enjoy the odd contrarian when they come from places you don't expect. Even if an opinion is popular in the niche itself, seeing otherwise sacred figures as something other than untouchable is really refreshing, really inviting for more than just copy-and-paste praise that strong-arms the more uncertain away from the conversation.

(I know I am saying that in a thread where many of the comments will be defending Ebert and his place in the film criticism canon. Do know that I consider most of the defenses of Ebert to be redundant, not because they are bad arguments that could never ever change my mind, but because he is so popular and so beloved to begin with.)

Popular food YouTuber Adam Ragusea has gone on record several times criticizing not only Chef Gordon Ramsey's public image, but also how his ideas affect public discourse about food. His attitudes about food, as a contrast to Ragusea or even some other celebrity chefs he cites like the infamous Mario Batali, are about the "right" way or the "correct" way to do things. Food, like film, is an artform, and while it may be important to set a specific example, it is as important if not more so to leave things open for variation. The way Gordon Ramsay cooks something need not be the "proper" way, because unless you are a restaurant chef meeting some quota of consistency, you should not feel so restrained. Art isn't some pinnacle to be met and unquestioned. Dismissing those who see art so differently as yourself, all the while upholding this unconscious structure of what good art should be rather than what it can be, is a bit thoughtless.

And so I like to revel in contrarian takes now that I am more confident in my own experience with film. This isn't because my opinion is somehow the best, or because more films watched makes you the "wiser" mind when it comes to cinema... it is simply seeing how silly a cinematic canon can be when left completely unquestioned. I am not so bold as to suggest Ingmar Bergman or Stanley Kubrick are "bad" directors, in part because I don't think that at all. But it might be easier for me to have accepted them as the best if I was only ever allowed to know of them as the best, or among the best. A lot of people seem quick to call Akira Kurosawa one of the best who ever lived, but it is a lot easier to make that claim when you simply assume he was above all of his peers. It is a little harder to be certain when even just that one era in that one country brings

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Stop making Myanmar’s Coup about AASK’s karma or whatever. My country does not deserve this. EVERYONE is at risk

I am frankly tired of all the posts from those who can only see good vs evil. I do not like daw Aung San Suu Kyi ever since she denied the Rohingya genocide, but the situation with the Tatmadaw (military) is more complicated than whatever’s floating around on Western media. There was a pseudo-democracy ever since she won after house arrest. The military has always been under control. The MILITARY are responsible for these civil wars against the ethnic minorities. A lot of us Burmese people did not support the genocide. Facebook has also been a culprit in manipulating the algorithm to put out negative things about the Rohingya muslims which caused even more strife. Facebook is one of the most popular platforms for international calls and texting in Myanmar. It is how my family connects with relatives back home.

My family has fled Myanmar years ago, because of the military raising prices, murdering innocent people, and rejecting democracy for its country. My aunt has participated in the 88 uprising and went to jail until my cousins were in middle school—my mother had to take care of my older cousins for almost a decade. My dad who is ethnically Burmese was against the military’s actions and helped students who were almost caught. It’s very disheartening to see some people blaming instead of sending support. I can only say so little, but this is NOT karma when millions are at risk here. After 1962, the military has been on crackdown for every ethnic minority including the Rohingyas. This has been happening for a very long time and it’s a shameful part of Myanmar’s history and present. It’s not the time to blame ASSK for this coup.

The real enemy here is the military. Don’t make this about daw/naw Aung San Suu Kyi. People are in danger. One 19 year old girl has been fatally injured via getting shot in the head amidst the protests. They are using rubber pellets, water cannons, tear gas, and LIVE AMMUNITION. It can only get worse.

It’s not the time to say Myanmar deserves this. I know a lot of people may have their own opinion, and that’s okay. I’m not here to argue. I just want to spread more awareness about how this issue has so many more layers and years worth of oppression behind it.

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Mass Effect: Logical Conclusions, Twin Discoveries

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Mass Effect: Logical Conclusions, Twin Discoveries

Solidarity is the secret to defeating any tyrant or would be oppressor. The weak will perish alone but united they shall overcome.

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March 23rd, 1962, 10:00PM Greenwich Mean Time

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, UK

Alan Turing sat alone in his office looking over his latest attempts to decode the alien signals. The world had changed immensely since his younger days and he could hardly believe it. Down the hall an American and two Soviets were diligently working towards cracking the most complex code ever presented to a human mind, an alien language. What’s worse, he was facing at least a half dozen languages and several dialects, though that knowledge itself was a hard fought victory.

“No dammit, none of this is right.” Turing leaned back in his chair and fought off the anxiety and depression that threatened to consume him. His coworkers normally left it unsaid but he was unwanted here. Sure the Soviets put on shows of acceptance but it couldn’t make up for the looks the Americans gave him or the slurs his countrymen whispered behind his back.

“Well let’s give it another go. Hopefully someone can get those aliens onto a TV.” Turing leaned forward onto his desk and wished that someone could figure out how to handle the video signals. The television had revolutionized the world and Turing had watched with no small amount amazement as humanity had taken its first tiny steps beyond earth.

“One more try before the night ends.” Turing began to punch out the instructions for the computer that dominated the room. He’d built most of it by hand to assist his current work since his department had been forced to share resources with the space program, the only space program, as all of humanity had signed onboard with developing the species' interstellar capabilities. Well the entirety of the UN had at least.

Finishing his task, Turing began feeding his code into the machine and waited patiently as it began to spit out various different possible combinations. It wasn’t going to crack the alien language, he’d need megabytes of

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anyone else noticing #dogecoin has practically disappeared on twitter?

earlier today it had 200k+ tweets and was the #1 trending topic, then moments later it’s nowhere to be seen. the weird thing is if you search for #dogcoin you will see that people are still tweeting and using the hashtag quite frequently. if there are still a large number of people tweeting about doge, why isn’t twitters algorithm picking this up? my theory is that by removing #dogecoin’s trending status, twitter purposely aimed to sweep the whole thing under the rug in an effort to lower #dogecoin prices. seems to me like robinhood and twitter are making a joint effort to silence and oppress people into selling their shares so the prices will drop.

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/r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 32: MUSE

Regionality is a heck of a thing. What is popular in one corner of the world is absolute garbage in another area. One man’s yard sale is another man’s rummage sale. You call it the boot, I call it the trunk. I say running shoes, you say tennis shoes. If you want a glass of water in New York, chances are it comes with ice...but if you order a glass of water in Nanjing, it is far more likely to be just shy of boiling hot. Goddammit, it is a water fountain, not a bubbler. You say it is soda, and I say FUCK YOU, it is POP.

But at least we can agree that those people that call all soft drinks “Coke” are just whack.

This week’s band are absolutely HUGE in Europe, and sell out massive Football stadiums (American translation: Handegg stadiums) wherever they go. When they come to North America, they play venues like hockey arenas. They get decent airplay here, but at home people lose their shit over them and get tattoos.

Their career is like a parallel line beside Queens of the Stone Age - moving in similar directions, maybe, but never touching. Unlike the changing lineup of our Desert Rockers, they have remained remarkably stable and unchanged. QotSA varies in the number of musicians; these guys have committed to the Power Trio. Queens digs through the fuzz and the blues for inspiration; these guys are alternative and progressive rock.

Our band this week is a true contemporary of Josh and the lads, but boy have they done things differently. Today we are going to check out MUSE

About Them

Muse are a band with two drummers in their power trio.

Not kidding.

Matt Bellamy is not a drummer. He is a guitarist with a falsetto that is even better than Josh’s. His v

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Mad ranting, and lots of

TL;DR: Legally psychotic girly man, mostly venting under the impression this cannot be solved. Posted here believing if there is a solution or path forward this sub seemed the most likely to have the mindset/experiences/knowledge to find or have it. With this in mind, the exposition is thick and palpable. I'm a Dyslexic typist. I do not believe I understand grammar enough to promise a readable experience, from what I can understand run-on sentences and sometimes dangling participles are an issue. =^)

Key:

- The TL;DR first, because this is going to be a LLLOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG one, I'll try and minimize the exposition when I can. Time is an nonrenewable resource and must be spent wisely for greatest effect. - In order to explain the current circumstances and issues, I must breakdown all the factors involved. Attempts for reader convenience to the best of My understanding, have been made, I sincerely apologize for My lack of understanding to provide a more pleasant reading experience. The best I can promise is new thoughts being sorted before typing them, taking the time to find a good place to fit them without breaking anything.

- OCD-levels of attention to detail, and legally psychotic from the experimental seizure medications I was on for the first 4 years of My life. I manage by looking at life as a giant MMORPG, while this façade is a major part of My life, it doesn't hold up well to scrutiny. I do welcome such questions, as they allow Me to further develop the world and mechanics, in a manner of speaking. Life is what we make it, and I chose to be a Gamer.

- Personal pronouns addressing Myself will be capitalized, mostly out of habit and the inability to switch between and maintain multiple typing styles. The capped letter, for those not familiar, a habit from Domination/submission chat rooms I frequent, though I lack the superiority complex, masochist heart, and usually avoid the more..... hardcore areas of the lifestyle. Any referring to the reader or others in My life, will be expressed as those involved being vanilla or not D/s.

- Written under emotional duress, long-standing and deep-seeded suicidal depression, unfortunately this is a real bad episode. I sincerely, regardless of what follows, wish to avoid disrespect, degrading/flaming is not intended or wanted in any way. There is ZERO intention or desire to rub this intellect in anyone's face. I am not trying to boast or gratify Myself in any way shape or form. I wish I could prom

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How many people lost friends over mask and other “political” debates? It sucks.

We really are more divided now than ever before, thanks to the rampant spread of fake news and social media algorithms allowing for echo chambers for every view on politics and the pandemic.

I lost 2 friends who I used to be close with, due to polarizing views and it’s not fun. They’re still alive, I just have them blocked on all social media.

Really, having to wear a mask isn’t a “violation of human rights and freedoms”, and if you’re going to insult my intelligence over this debate then you’re not worth keeping in my life. Or if you think that BLM is funded by communists and black people aren’t systematically oppressed, you’re also not worth keeping around. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but I don’t have time for friends who are conspiracy nut jobs or anti-mask racist idiots. It sucks but I had to do it. I wish it didn’t have to be this way but it is.

Anyone else going through anything similar?

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👤︎ u/ShuuyiW
📅︎ Sep 22 2020
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2.3 Mega Update Version (FULL DEV VERSION)

Hi there,Heroes!!

It's time for the in-depth, full Dev version, of the notes fort this coming update.

Overview

The 2.3.0 MEGA UPDATE (Live tomorrow- November 25th 2020) is our most feature rich update ever! Grab a snack and a beverage, this is going to be a long one.

Region Select

Rocketeers around the globe, rejoice! Players can now switch regions if they’d like to matchmake using servers in a different location. You can access the Region Select in the Settings Menu in the Front End UI. Here’s the rundown:

-The available regions are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia

-The game will default to your recommended or fastest region

-You will only matchmake with your selected region

-Once a match is made in a region, the lowest ping dedicated server in that region will be selected for the group

-The matchmaker will use the party leader’s region if party members have different regions selected

Performance Based XP Progression

We heard your feedback about XP, so we added more! We also reworked the system to focus on rewarding players for participating and taking part in the action. Now, after completing a match, players will gain bonus XP for their personal Damage, Assists, and KO’s. Player’s will also receive XP based on their team’s combined performance in the game, such as Rocketball Goals, Mega Rockets Captured, etc. The more you and your team play, the more XP you receive! You will also still receive the normal match completion XP and win bonuses.

All Artifacts Unlocked

To help even the playing field for new users, all players will now have every Artifact unlocked from the start! All existing players will have the Artifacts they don’t have unlocked, and any new Artifact released in the future will be unlocked as well. Players will still level up their Artifacts by equipping and playing with them, but by unlocking all Artifacts from the get go it will help new players get right in the action without committing tens of hours to unlock them all.

Major Controller Update

One of the main goals of this patch was to improve the controller experience of Rocket Arena. We wanted to make sure the game not only plays and feels awesome, but to help close the gap between controller and mouse and keyboard users. To do so, we’ve completely overhauled aim assist systems, added several more features under the hood, and updated our tuning values to improve overall responsiveness.

**Aim Assist Rework

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👤︎ u/nyxi117
📅︎ Nov 24 2020
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MUST-READ!!!! News article:"Religious data platform 'targets mentally ill, vulnerable people'"; persecution from churches, or cults/sects/order (Illuminati); experiments? Linking targeting to Cambridge Analytica & churches for psychological profiling, online targeting & radicalization🤔 PART 1 OF 2

The news article ties well into my own research to date & my general theory that the same "cult" ("Illuminati") of cults/sects/orders & churches have been targeting me via THIRD PATRTIES (such as NSA & independent NSA-contractor Palantir with access to Facebook & Twitter) online since 2013 ,a few months before my 25th birthday on June 1st. That birthday coincided (artificial synchronicity?) exactly with Edward Snowden leaks that started then & Snowden, with his revelations, came forward on June 9th. The online targeting is under the same means illustrated in "The Great Hack" Netflix documentary which social media operations were used to win 2016 U.S. election for the far-right Neo-Conservative Christian coalition (which Palantir's liberal & gay founder & CEO Peter Thiel supported, "strangely"), which I wrote about in many previous posts.

This post will view Gang Stalking primarily from a religion & spiritual point of view with technology & psychology as assistance for weaponizing it & thus persecuting targets.

This particular post is my longest & most extensive so far, I ask you to please be patient & understanding - it's a very complex topic. This information is important for EVERYONE in the targeting operation to read. It is 8000+ words, or 17 (!!) A4-pages, long; link to mentioned article further down. It's worth the time.

//INTRODUCTION

I can honestly conclude that ANYONE can be a perpetrator irrelevant of religion. I've had all of them perpetrating. This is about how the "cult" uses belief systems such as Christianity to mess with a target's & a target family's lifes & heads. Obviously, they use Christianity AGAINST me as I was raised on that belief system along with my family, relatives & whole bloodline. As religion & spirituality become ever more so topical in the targeting community the recent year, we have to question it all at the core & view it from a sceptical eye - why has there been a majority in targeting community focusing in religion & spirituality?

We have pure targeted-oriented channels such as "Nubreed" with almost 100 000 subscribers that daily upload about various topics related to targets being "Israel's chose people" as well as many videos being about self-help & gaining wisdom. This is the thing about ancient "cults" & beliefs: THEY LOVE WISDOM & BELIEVE IT'S DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE "MOST HIGH". Simply, if you lack it, or

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📅︎ Dec 15 2020
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Allyship, Transgender Rights, Freedom of Speech, Thought Police

On Friday Dori Monson was suspended indefinitely from both the Seahawks pregame and postgame show, as well as his own daily radio show. This was due to a tweet he made (now deleted) during the recent gubernatorial debate, where he said “Inslee: we follow science in WA. The state where I could go to Olympia tomorrow and change my birth cert to say I was a girl on 10/2/61 HAHAHAHAHA.”

There is a lot for me to unpack here. To start, a little about myself. I consider myself a white straight male. Despite this I try to practice Allyship to the best of my ability. For those that do not’ know, Allyship, as defined in Wikipedia is the practice of emphasizing social justice, inclusion, and human rights by members of an ingroup, to advance the interests of an oppressed or marginalized outgroup. Allyship is part of the anti-oppression or anti-racist conversation, which puts into use social justice theories and ideals.

In practicing Allyship we aspire to be an Ally to all. We do not want to marginalize one group to benefit another. Rather we want to be a force for unity and understanding between all within our community. It is not always straightforward how to navigate these difficult waters, which is why we strive for it, even if it is not always attained.

In this scenario we have Mr. Monson, an apparent libertarian with strong conversate leanings. I occasionally listen to his radio show. Not because I align with him politically. Rather, I want to understand why right leaning people feel the way they do. Mr. Monson does an exceptionally good job describing the world through his lens. I often disagree with him, but I come away better informed on opposing viewpoints. I feel that more people show listen to opposing viewpoints with an open mind. Unfortunately, tools like the Google news feed, and Facebook’s algorithms are designed to keep our eyeballs glued to the screen. In doing so they show us content that aligns with our views, creating an echo chamber that reinforces our viewpoint. Mix in the 24 news networks and a highly polarizing presidential administration and you have an ideological war on your hands.

This war is often fought with control of information. The best way to fight your enemy is to silence them. This is what cancel culture has brought us. Does Dori Monson deserve to be silenced? In my opinion, no. So am writing this in the spirit of Allyship to all. I want to attempt to be an ally to both the transgender community and to conservatives (wh

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📰︎ r/SeattleWA
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📅︎ Oct 12 2020
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Come together! Let’s create a world EMIT

>Protagonist: Aaron
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>January 6th, 2121
>
>Location: Plato
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>"Ding ding ding", the sound of the alarm clock wakes Aaron up. He rubbed his drowsy eyes, puts on his clothes, then rush to the bathroom to wash up. After a quick tidy up, he glanced at the "Space Searcher" on the wall, the neon LED light flashing the number 0.0031415. "Fuck", he thinks to himself: If not rent out the "shovel" (meaning the quality had not improved at all), with all these years of little cultivation, I may have long been able to join the "Shovel Industry Association". Although the daily output of the "Earth Element" is also pathetic, but the value is much higher than the "Light Element" (the figure shown on the LED). The right choice really is more important than effort.
>
>In the kitchen, Aaron enjoys a cup of espresso and a crispy biscuit with honey, prepared by Alice, the intelligent assistant. After having a hearty breakfast, Aaron picked up the flying umbrella leaning against the corner and looked at the deteriorating wall in front of him, regretting even more about renting out the "Shovel", because the housing maintenance industry, which consumes the "Earth Element", has become increasingly important recently.
>
>Out the door, Aaron straddles his flying umbrella, which seems to read his mind and starts up on automatically, playing the news as it flies toward its work destination. The noise of the engine made Aaron's mood a little irritable, thinking that he would have to change his fusion engine when his salary arrived next month, and that there were still obvious flaws in the engine that consumed the "BCH-Attributed" "Wind Element". The engine that consumes the "BCH-Attributed" "Wind Element" is different, smooth, and contains the noble "Earth Element".
>
>*Buzz… at the thought of his pay, Aaron seems to wake from a dream. Yesterday, the damn code was pushed through to GIT&DeWe without any testing. Hopefully it hasn’t yet been released. Otherwise, the "Axe" Industry Association accredited river I was using will face a default risk. If I were punished again, I may be looking at being down-graded. Why are there so many rules in the damned "Axe" Industry Association? The "Hammer" Industry Association is much better. It’s decent and easy to develop an AI system there. Humph, if I am punished again, I will resign right now. The worst thing for me is to have to develop my shovel all over again, to

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📰︎ r/CryptoEMIT
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👤︎ u/RowleyPea
📅︎ Jan 17 2021
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Cory Doctorow: The Shitty Tech Adaption Curve – oppressive technology is normalized and distributed through all levels of society.

Cory u/Doctorow created a Tweetstorm that is worth including here.

For those who are unaware, he's a noted author and longtime activist fighting fights that we care about.

Without further ado:


The Shitty Tech Adaption Curve

The Shitty Tech Adoption Curve describes the process by which oppressive technology is normalized and distributed through all levels of society. The more privilege someone has, the harder it is to coerce them to use dehumanizing tech, so it starts with marginalized people.

Microsoft Productivity Score graphic

Asylum seekers, prisoners and overseas sweatshop workers get the first version. Its roughest edges are sanded off against their tenderest places, and once it's been normalized a little, we inflict it on students, mental patients, and blue collar workers.

Lather, rinse, repeat: before long, everyone's been roped in. If your meals were observed by a remote-monitored CCTV 20 years ago, it was because you were in a supermax prison. Today, it's because you bought a home video surveillance system from Google/Apple/Amazon.

The lockdown has been a powerful accellerant for shitty technology adoption curve: the combination of an atomized polity that can't have in-person solidarity conversations and overall precarity has kicked off a powerful #shockdoctrine for tech surveillance.

Pre-pandemic, work-from-home call-center workers (mostly poor Black women) lived under surveillance that transformed "work from home" to "live at work." The tech preserved the fiction that these misclassified employees were "independent contractors."

Call Center Workers Pay For The Privilege

Within days of the lockdown, this technological oppression raced up the privilege gradient in the form of "invigilation" software like @proctorio, cruel surveillance tools inflicted on university students. The compa

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📰︎ r/privacy
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👤︎ u/trai_dep
📅︎ Nov 26 2020
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Dead Space looks great on Xbox Series X with Auto HDR

Anyone played this on the new system?

I’m surprised how nice this looks on the Series X with the consoles new Auto HDR feature. If you don’t know, the XSX uses a type of machine-learning algorithm to auto-map SDR games into a HDR container, all without the need for developers to officially patch it. Results may vary, but generally it works far better than it has any right to.

To my eyes Dead Space is a great example of that. I know the cohesive visual element is already one of the games strong suits, but it seems even more striking with this added feature. The industrial-design aesthetic, paired with the atmospheric lighting system, really meshes with the new look: gloomy mechanical passageways seem even more unnerving pierced by that solitary, guiding light at the end of the corridor. Your suit HUD LEDs pierce the surrounding darkness with sterile harshness. The ship feels extra oppressive and alien.

Seriously, check it out if you can. I’d love to get the opinion of a longtime fan of the series on the look. As I said, it seems tailor-made to take advantage of HDR. Feels great playing it again - reminds me once again that is a damn shame this series hasn’t been resurrected.

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📰︎ r/DeadSpace
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👤︎ u/-TheShape
📅︎ Nov 28 2020
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Living The Screen Life #productsmakemehappy

Original Author

Important official legal disclaimer: This is a short work of fiction. Any resemblances to real people (including myself); people you may know; people you think you may know; etc.; is entirely deliberate.

When I’m at work I’m staring at a screen. When I’m not at work I’m staring at screens. Checking social media. Scrolling through updates. Scrolling through friends. Scrolling through #instagram. Scrolling through #amazon. The customer is always right. Make sure the product you’re selling is something that people want to buy.

On the subway we’re surrounded by people that we don’t know and never will. Our heads are tilted down, eyes connected to smartphones and pod devices. Playing free games. Bright lights and colorful shapes. Swipe swipe swipe. Group texts. #netflix. Fantasy football updates. #snapchats. The anxiety of being human. New Yorkers avoid looking at or talking to one another. Once in a while there will be a crazy person on the train and all of us normal passengers can smile at each other and sigh. At least we’re not crazy.

The subway tunnels are the arteries and veins of the city, the passageways of the busy hive. If you close your eyes the movement through the tunnels feels organic, alive. A buzz of worker bees on our way. Where are we going?

I don’t want be a part of the hive. But I’m a human being. I need other human beings.

Something is broken in me. I hate myself. I don’t feel connection in any aspect of my life. friendships, family, romance, work. Ennui and alienation are my reality. A city of 8 million people. A hive of loneliness.

My life is no tragedy. I don’t have any real reasons to be sad but I’m sad. I wasn’t abused. My parents love me. I went to college. I had all the benefits of a middle class upbringing. I’m a white male in a society that has persecuted anyone and everyone who isn’t.

I eat mostly fast food. Chinese delivery. #mcdonalds. #kraft macaroni & cheese. #dominos. Microwave dinners. High sodium. High Fructose Corn Syrup. MSG. Intense flavors. Addictive flavors.

There was a terrorist attack and the nation was in shock. A maniac with a gun shot up a shopping mall. The president offered his condolences. We had an all-staff call at work to discuss how we felt. It’s important for us to remember that terrorists are evil.

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📅︎ Jan 15 2021
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Late Capitalism and the Active Participation in Surveillance Culture

With the advent of technology as we now know it, there have been countless sci-fi/horror films, novels, and even television series portraying the dystopian future of living in a simulated reality with constant surveillance. Looking back to the 1970s we can see films such as Dossier 51 by Michel Deville and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola as early foreshadowing into the psychological ramifications and the psychoanalytical implications of advances in surveillance technology. The 1980s brought on a new aesthetic and new type of thriller sci-fi film that portrays a cyberpunk dystopian future, most famously Bladerunner which was said to take place in 2019 - a year we have already passed. George Orwell’s novel 1984 which we teach high schoolers as an impossible totalitarian horror in fact fits perfectly in this dystopian landscape; an omnipresent watching eye that sees all like a computerized version of the eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. The year 2020 has brought us further into this predicted dystopian surveillance-culture future that is in fact now the present, with the pandemic and the necessity to work, communicate, shop, and live virtually. The reality that we as a society has seemed to avoid coming to terms with is that we in fact are now very active participants of our own surveillance. The surveillance culture brought to us by late capitalism, with our tastes and personalities transformed into data points, has impressively managed to brainwash us into basing our self-worth on numbers of views as we try to market ourselves to remain relevant.

I am writing about how first reality TV and now social media/streaming platforms have brainwashed us into being active participants in our own surveillance. How we are essentially free labor, as our data is worth real value and we contribute endless data through our views/likes and our posts. I am looking a lot at films - obviously The Social Dilemma, but others like Le Couple Temoin (English title The Model Couple), We Live in Public, Death Watch, They Live!, A Scanner Darkly, and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology...The Matrix and anything of the same concept are relevant also; Plato's cave analogy as the start of that type of concept we'll say, and then looking at literary sources like Debord's Society of the Spectacle, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Platform Capitalism, and Algorithms of Oppression...basically looking

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📅︎ Dec 19 2020
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Late Capitalism & the Active Participation in Surveillance Culture

With the advent of technology as we now know it, there have been countless sci-fi/horror films, novels, and even television series portraying the dystopian future of living in a simulated reality with constant surveillance. Looking back to the 1970s we can see films such as Dossier 51 by Michel Deville and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola as early foreshadowing into the psychological ramifications and the psychoanalytical implications of advances in surveillance technology. The 1980s brought on a new aesthetic and new type of thriller sci-fi film that portrays a cyberpunk dystopian future, most famously Bladerunner which was said to take place in 2019 - a year we have already passed. George Orwell’s novel 1984 which we teach high schoolers as an impossible totalitarian horror in fact fits perfectly in this dystopian landscape; an omnipresent watching eye that sees all like a computerized version of the eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. The year 2020 has brought us further into this predicted dystopian surveillance-culture future that is in fact now the present, with the pandemic and the necessity to work, communicate, shop, and live virtually. The reality that we as a society has seemed to avoid coming to terms with is that we in fact are now very active participants of our own surveillance. The surveillance culture brought to us by late capitalism, with our tastes and personalities transformed into data points, has impressively managed to brainwash us into basing our self-worth on numbers of views as we try to market ourselves to remain relevant.

I am writing about how first reality TV and now social media/streaming platforms have brainwashed us into being active participants in our own surveillance. How we are essentially free labor, as our data is worth real value and we contribute endless data through our views/likes and our posts. I am looking a lot at films - obviously The Social Dilemma, but others like Le Couple Temoin (English title The Model Couple), We Live in Public, Death Watch, They Live!, A Scanner Darkly, and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology...The Matrix and anything of the same concept are relevant also; Plato's cave analogy as the start of that type of concept we'll say, and then looking at literary sources like Debord's Society of the Spectacle, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Platform Capitalism, and Algorithms of Oppression...basically looking into

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📅︎ Dec 19 2020
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Late Capitalism & the Active Participation in Surveillance Culture

With the advent of technology as we now know it, there have been countless sci-fi/horror films, novels, and even television series portraying the dystopian future of living in a simulated reality with constant surveillance. Looking back to the 1970s we can see films such as Dossier 51 by Michel Deville and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola as early foreshadowing into the psychological ramifications and the psychoanalytical implications of advances in surveillance technology. The 1980s brought on a new aesthetic and new type of thriller sci-fi film that portrays a cyberpunk dystopian future, most famously Bladerunner which was said to take place in 2019 - a year we have already passed. George Orwell’s novel 1984 which we teach high schoolers as an impossible totalitarian horror in fact fits perfectly in this dystopian landscape; an omnipresent watching eye that sees all like a computerized version of the eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. The year 2020 has brought us further into this predicted dystopian surveillance-culture future that is in fact now the present, with the pandemic and the necessity to work, communicate, shop, and live virtually. The reality that we as a society has seemed to avoid coming to terms with is that we in fact are now very active participants of our own surveillance. The surveillance culture brought to us by late capitalism, with our tastes and personalities transformed into data points, has impressively managed to brainwash us into basing our self-worth on numbers of views as we try to market ourselves to remain relevant.

I am writing about how first reality TV and now social media/streaming platforms have brainwashed us into being active participants in our own surveillance. How we are essentially free labor, as our data is worth real value and we contribute endless data through our views/likes and our posts. I am looking a lot at films - obviously The Social Dilemma, but others like Le Couple Temoin (English title The Model Couple), We Live in Public, Death Watch, They Live!, A Scanner Darkly, and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology...The Matrix and anything of the same concept are relevant also; Plato's cave analogy as the start of that type of concept we'll say, and then looking at literary sources like Debord's Society of the Spectacle, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Platform Capitalism, and Algorithms of Oppression...basically looking into

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📅︎ Dec 19 2020
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Come together! Let’s create a world EMIT

https://preview.redd.it/vjgls7csggb61.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ec557ee752c0b36758c4d0f7fa3e15e2f00826a1

>Protagonist: AaronJanuary 6th, 2121Location: Plato "Ding ding ding", the sound of the alarm clock wakes Aaron up. He rubbed his drowsy eyes, puts on his clothes, then rush to the bathroom to wash up. After a quick tidy up, he glanced at the "Space Searcher" on the wall, the neon LED light flashing the number 0.0031415. "Fuck", he thinks to himself: If not rent out the "shovel" (meaning the quality had not improved at all), with all these years of little cultivation, I may have long been able to join the "Shovel Industry Association". Although the daily output of the "Earth Element" is also pathetic, but the value is much higher than the "Light Element" (the figure shown on the LED). The right choice really is more important than effort.
>
>In the kitchen, Aaron enjoys a cup of espresso and a crispy biscuit with honey, prepared by Alice, the intelligent assistant. After having a hearty breakfast, Aaron picked up the flying umbrella leaning against the corner and looked at the deteriorating wall in front of him, regretting even more about renting out the "Shovel", because the housing maintenance industry, which consumes the "Earth Element", has become increasingly important recently.
>
>Out the door, Aaron straddles his flying umbrella, which seems to read his mind and starts up on automatically, playing the news as it flies toward its work destination. The noise of the engine made Aaron's mood a little irritable, thinking that he would have to change his fusion engine when his salary arrived next month, and that there were still obvious flaws in the engine that consumed the "BCH-Attributed" "Wind Element". The engine that consumes the "BCH-Attributed" "Wind Element" is different, smooth, and contains the noble "Earth Element".
>
>*Buzz… at the thought of his pay, Aaron seems to wake from a dream. Yesterday, the damn code was pushed through to GIT&DeWe without any testing. Hopefully it hasn’t yet been released. Otherwise, the "Axe" Industry Association accredited river I was using will face a default risk. If I were punished again, I may be looking at being down-graded. Why are there so many rules in the damned "Axe" Industry Association? The "Hammer" Industry Association is much better. It’s decent and easy to develop an AI system there. Humph, if I am punished again, I will resign

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👤︎ u/RowleyPea
📅︎ Jan 14 2021
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