[English 102] Looking for a transition word for my essay

I'm looking for a transition that's the opposite of "as a result.''

One paragraph is describing a big event in the story and the paragraph after that explores possible reasons for the event.

I can't just switch the paragraphs because this way fits best in terms of the whole essay.

Any advice?

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Transitional Russian words for use in an essay

I want to find a list of the most common Russian transitional words to make my essays sound less choppy (ex. in reality, thus, regardless etc.). Can anybody recommend a website, or perhaps list the words they know to help me out?

Спасибо

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We both know you don’t have the time to read all that, give me my A.

Some very short context to this story: I am not a natural citizen, I am a naturalized immigrant. I was six when I arrived and (understandably) had issues with the language and was assigned ESOL classes. Once those were finished, I made it my goal to never get anything below a 90% on any written assignment that was graded. And right up until college, I’m very proud to say I never got below a 94% on any papers or essays or other writing assignments.

This happened a while back in college. I was forced to take a critical writing class, and multidisciplinary too. It was fun, getting to interact with people not in my major at the time. Unfortunately it also meant I was grouped with people who had no idea what I was doing, nor did I know what they were doing.

I get into this classroom and it’s very open. The campus I go to is notorious for constantly renovating buildings; in the seven years I was there, there was never a time that construction work WASN’T on site. This building had just been erected and was a brand new science building. In said science building were some modular classrooms, the campuses attempt to change things up and get rid of the traditional lecture style of teaching by forcing the professor(s) to walk among the students and teach. It was meant to encourage engagement and ease of access to students. Anyone who has sat in a lecture hall knows how irritating it is when Stacy in the middle of the row has a question during the exam and the professor or one of their TA’s has to grind their ass on everyone’s exam and unceremoniously twerk on some poor soul’s head as they squat down to listen to the question, just so they can answer with “do your best”, then leave their ass-print on the exams again as the sidle their way out.

This class began with the professor trying her best to be all fun and encouraging. Unfortunately, her method of fun and encouraging was to treat a bunch of adults like they were in grade school by making them all get up and share their names and fun facts at 7:20pm. After this debacle, when we’re all ready to get on with this first class of semester, she launches into the syllabus and explains things.

She states that, similar to standard lecture classes, which usually have three to four exams total, her class will have four papers to be turned in over the course of the semester. However, if the students weren’t happy with their grade, they had the option to either rewrite two papers once over, or rewrite the same paper t

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Prose is bad

Claim: Many genres of writing would benefit from abandoning standard prose style for other formats like outlines.

Scope of claim: A piece of writing should abandon prose to the extent that it intends to either 1) inform or 2) argue a point from reason

  • Central examples of the above:
    • News reporting
      • (Axios is a step in the right direction, I think.)
    • Scientific articles, textbooks, encyclopedias
    • Government announcements, press releases, business memos
  • Less central examples, for which a combination of prose and other formats might be an improvement over pure prose:
    • Popular nonfiction
      • (Competing value: entertainment)
    • Popular essays
      • (Competing value: pathos)
  • Genres that are out of scope:
    • Fiction, art

Argument:

  • Prose is bad for writers
    • Prose requires arranging ideas linearly (i.e., sequentially), but that may not be their natural shape
      • Ideas could be tree-shaped, etc.
      • (I think Paul Graham said this)
    • Prose requires time-consuming frills that add little value:
      • Smooth transitions
      • Varied sentence structure and diction
      • Satisfying/cute conclusions
    • Prose is difficult to edit
      • If you want to go back and insert something, you will probably have to rearrange or edit neighboring sentences to smooth things out
    • Prose is difficult to write for people who aren’t good at words, but who might still have good ideas
  • Prose is bad for readers
    • Prose is hard to skim and hard to parse
      • Readers must mentally rearrange the ideas back into their natural form (probably not linear)
      • Evidence: student notes and study guides regurgitate material in outline form
      • Evidence: In contexts where it is important that the reader understands something, writers are more likely to use broken-up prose with more headings, fonts, bullets than is considered good style. Examples: business memos, manuals and documentation, messages from your landlord about overdue rent
    • Prose can provide cover for unclear thoughts and poor arguments
      • [EDIT: Most of this section appears to be omitted due to Reddit limiting bullet depth :( ... reposting this section below as a comment]
      • Prose can do this by relying on tricks like juxtaposition and innuendo
      • In prose, it’s normal for
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An Embarrassment of Hot Takes about Abigail Thorn’s video Identity; or, What Happens When White Creators Use Content From Nonwhite Poets?

>Bengal Tiger
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>(from my verse narrative currently being written)
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>I was brought along to the revolution, I suspect,
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>Not as a sidekick, but as a fashion statement.
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>And yet: from that, what a statement was made!
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>I was nothing what I said. I was seen.
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>Which said, to me: a voice is just another noise.
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>Speak nothing. And what an Asian statement I made!
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>Not a precious China doll.
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>But a sexy jungle boy.

I have a hot take to deliver. Abigail’s coming-out video provides a window into the complex relationship between white consumption of nonwhite narratives. And on a loosely connected note, the real answer to Breadtube’s currently ongoing biannual reckoning of “why do we only have the white people” should not be “WELL I GUESS WE’LL NEVER KNOW’, but “y’all have eyes and ears, don’t you?”

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the take to the proper boil, let’s throw some rice on in and take this puppy down to a mild simmer. Abigail’s coming-out video was excellent. It was moving, impassioned, creatively staged, and highly informative. As a video, it represented Breadtube at its absolute best, much in the same way as how Abigail represents the best of Breadtube creators. My reaction was complex, but that speaks more to the broader situation of Breadtube and my own personal identity. By all accounts, Abigail’s video accomplished everything it set out to do with flying colors, doing so with all the articulateness and empathy for which she is known.

But I am desi. We do not make rice by tossing in the grains and letting them be. Oh no, ask any Bengali auntie. The dish has to be stirred, or else it just doesn’t turn out quite right. Come here, Babu, hold the spoon, stir for me. Why do I have a strong man in the house if he will not use his muscles?

So let’s stir. And in doing so, let’s use Abigail’s video as a jumping-off point to explore the broader interaction between creator and audience in Breadtube specifically, and why that relationship tends to be enjoyed more by white people. I’d like to share my personal reaction to her video with you. I hope you will come out of this with a more nuanced sense of things, one which encompasses not just Abigail’s full complexity as an individual, but also the inescapable potential for people to be complex in so many different ways.

I am complex. Well no I’m actually quite simple. I

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Worker Cooperatives and the Conventional Firm: An Objective Assessment of Employee Ownership.

Introduction:

Discussions concerning capitalism and socialism often involve comparing state ownership with private ownership, or the nationalization vs the privatization of industries such as USSR vs USA, East Germany vs West Germany, or North Korea vs South Korea. One part of the debate that is often overlooked is direct worker control of industries and economic sectors. This includes things such as cooperatives/labour owned firms, codetermination policies, Employee Stock ownership plans etc…

Liberterian socialists, Syndicalists, market socialists, and anarcho-communists often support cooperatives on both a moral and economic principle. They believe that it is more moral if a workplace were to be managed democratically by the workers who operate in it rather than by a few shareholders. They argue that workers would feel more engaged, They also believe that these firms would be far less wasteful, more efficient, and a meaningful countermeasure against inequality.

A relevant example to cooperatives is Mondragon in Spain. Mondragon is a federation of cooperatives, that is owned and managed by its workers. They mostly focus on retail and small scale industry. Mondragon has been able to climb all the way to the top, amassing more than 80 thousand workers, and having a total asset value that is one of the biggest in all of Spain. Such examples show that cooperatives are not entirely alien to our world and can even achieve a lot of success. However, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this model? Are there any to begin with? Would a partial, or even complete transformation be justified? What other types of employee ownership are there?

In this essay, I will attempt to answer those questions with the available data at hand. I will draw comparisons and parallels over a set of multiple criteria

 

Productivity:

 

Which structural firm is more productive?

This question is extremely difficult to answer. The reason is that finding company “twins” with controlled variables is not easy at all, and even if we were to find a difference in performance, it’s hard to gauge how much the structure of the firm contributes to that difference and not local factors and fluctuations.. Evidence remains rather inconclusive, and there is yet to be a consensus formed around the issue. However, I will use existing empirical evidence in order to formulate some form of general statement.

A 1995 study analyzed cooperative firms, and classic

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Debunking the communist masterpost on Xinjiang (part 2)

OK, so I'm back after a long break. Since the creator attempted to respond to my megathread, I had to spend time debunking his claims bit by bit, but I'm back! Now, let's jump in! For the curious, here is part 1 of the debunking.

Source 9: China bans anti-Islamic language on social media: https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1067405.shtml

>"It's necessary to timely remove radical phrases that discriminate against Islam and are biased against Muslims to prevent worsening online hatred towards the group. Those phrases severely undermine religious harmony and ethnic unity," said Xiong Kunxin, a professor at Beijing's Minzu University of China in Beijing.To achieve national unity and social stability, ethnic minorities including Hui and Uyghur people enjoy favorable policies including receiving extra points in China's college entrance examinations, more lenient family planning policies and securing a certain ratio of positions in government.

Yup, if you click on the article, it was published on September 20, 2017 (and updated on September 21, 2017), way before the major repressions. Also, this shows how China censors stuff (yes, tankies claim that China allows free speech). So this is another red herring.

Source 10: The UN did not report China has ‘massive internment camps’ for Uighur Muslims: https://thegrayzone.com/2018/08/23/un-did-not-report-china-internment-camps-uighur-muslims/

This blog post (written by a Marxist), debunks this entire article bit by bit. I'm not summarising the article, but I recommend this as a great resource.

Source 11: An investigation into Adrien Zenz: https://thegrayzone.com/2019/12/21/china-detaining-millions-uyghurs-problems-claims-us-ngo-researcher/ https://chollima.org/who-is-adrian-zenz-the-christian-fundamentalist-leading-the-global-xinjiang-narrative/

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Why there are more openly detrans females than detrans males; or the current problem with outsider detransitioner discourse.

Back when I discovered the subject of detransitioning as a transgender person, something became obviously clear in my mind. I must not be the only one, considering that a lot of people have also noticed the same thing, and you would only need one quick look at this subreddit's population to notice it: there seems to exist more detrans females than detrans males. Quite a puzzling thing, if you ask me. So, then, the logical question becomes: why? Why is it that we see more female detrans stories than male ones? In this essay, I try to answer that question. More importantly, I'll try explaining that the answer is vital to understand why talking about detransitioning is so hard right now. Let's get right into it.

First, we need to address the elephant in the room: the numbers of existing detransitioners. We need to fix that problem before anything else, because if we can establish some kind of objective numbers behind the detransitioning phenomenon (and in our case, if there is a number difference in males and females), we have already made big advancements.

Unfortunately, there are problems with the current statistics presented in this issue. Indeed, this is already a massive problem that gives a good reason to never bother addressing the issues we face. After all, some people like to state the rate of regret of transitioning is less than 1%. Quite a convincing argument to convince people that this issue is completely irrelevant. Well, first of all, even if that was true, ignoring that people are suffering from these kinds of issues and saying it is not worth looking into is ethically wrong, especially considering that transgender people themselves reach those low numbers as well, and I am not sure transgender people would like having their issues disregarded because they represent a low percentage of the population. But we don't even need to ask the question, because it is quite logical that those numbers cannot be right.

Let's for example take a survey that is often cited to talk about detransitioning issues: The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. One would be very tempted to draw conclusions from such a study, but the flaw is very obvious: the survey is done on transgender people, not detransitioners.

>The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey examining the experiences of transgende

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(Spoilers Extended) The Optimist's Gambit: Why George RR Martin Always Thinks He's Closer Than He Actually Is, Part 2: THE WINDS OF WINTER

##Intro

A year after George RR Martin finished A Dance with Dragons, he updated his fans on The Winds of Winter:

> THE WINDS OF WINTER. Also known as "Son of Kong." Working on it. Lots to do.

Massive and very specific update on The Winds of Winter complete, George turned to another project:

> THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. The concordance. Elio and Linda are my partners on this one, a compendium of the history and legends of the world of Westeros. A coffee table book, lots of gorgeous art from such talents as Ted Nasmith, Justin Sweet, and others. Making good progress on this one of late, lots of great historical stuff that I think my readers will enjoy. Never before revealed details of Aegon's Conquest, the War With the Faith, The Dance of the Dragons, the Paramours of Aegon the Unworthy, etc.

Hm. That seems much more detailed. This would become a pattern for George in the early years after A Dance with Dragons’ publication. He’d update at length on all of the imaginary history he was inventing for The World of Ice and Fire while occasionally placing a single-yet-generous breadcrumb of an update about Winds into our porridge bowl of need.

This led to fans mostly being in the dark on GRRM's progress on Winds -- with more cynical fans wondered if George was working on on the book at all.

Here’s the thing: George was working on The Winds of Winter. I can prove it. And in 2015 when he optimistically predicted he could finish the book in six months, he had good reason for his optimism. What was that good reason? Because by 2015, GRRM had completed two plot arcs and had wrapped two major POV characters for The Winds of Winter.

You are skeptical. I will convince you. Follow me into the light.


##The Leftovers

In his retrospective on A Dance with Dragons, GRRM talked about the chapters he cut to The Winds of Winter, saying:

> First, my editors and I made some decisions as to where to end this book which involved shifting a few chapters back into the next volume, THE WINDS OF WINTER. With a series like A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, there are always judgment calls to make as to where to end one book and begin the next, since you're really dealing with one long story. Does this scene work best at the end of one book or the beginning of the next? Should this character go out with a cliffhanger or with some sort of resolution (be it p

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Evidence for TodoMomo (or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the ship) Part 2

Here’s the link to Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/BokuNoShipAcademia/comments/lsu10n/evidence_for_todomomo_or_how_i_learned_to_stop/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

Anyways:

Part 3: Small moments, spin off material, merch and more

Here we go.

So this part (or as I call the “This is not canon Horikoshi didn’t write it, idiot” part) is all about hints for them that aren’t exactly in the manga, but I feel are meaningful enough to bring up. The only thing I’m not gonna mention is here the video game lines, as while I did pay $30 on the game just for those (don’t give me money) I feel that is too distant from Hori or the people who work on the anime to really mean anything. Still check them out tho, they’re really cute. Anyways to start off, let’s go with: the anime!

Fun fact for you all: Shonen stories are typically released weekly and are often 20 pages long.

This is not long enough for a 22 minute long TV episode.

So to fill up this time episodes usually combine multiple chapters of the manga to fill up that time. However in the past episodes of animes would just...keep coming out. Weekly. So that means they would catch up to the mangas very quickly. And since the whole point of an anime is to sell you on the manga, that was a problem. So that’s way often times animes in the past, your Dragon Balls, Narutos, Bleach’s, they would have a SHIT TON of filler. Luckily eventually Japanese people realized “Wha-why are we doing it like this? Let’s just do this seasonally”. So now many modern animes have adapted the seasonal format. So shows like Attack On Titan, Demon Slayer, Doctor Stone, and yes, even My Hero Academia come out seasonally. Hell even Black Clover, which is arguably the most traditional shonen right now, is taking a break and many people are theorizing its so that way when they come back they can be seasonal. So now these shows will always be at least two years behind the manga, which essentially destroys almost any need of filler. At most My Hero will have a recap episode at the beginning of each season >!Don’t know how they’re gonna do that for Season 5 lmao!< and maybe an episode about Asui chasing underwater criminals or something. Except what you probably didn’t know is that’s NOT filler! Got you! Sometimes when working on a new season Hori will contact Bones and say “Hey I wanted to do this thing in the manga, but couldn’t cause of time. Can you guys add it in”? This inc

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The Hidden World: A Positive Essay

You guys responded, and the answer was clear: post the essay. So, here it is, in all its controversial glory:

The Hidden World is probably the most universally divisive thing in this franchise, and any attempt to defend it is sacrilege. No true fan would dare try, if they don't want to be ripped to shreds. Talking about it is bound to tear people apart, and me posting something like is probably just adding fuel to a fire that's already far too big. But frankly, my mind has been utterly consumed by these thoughts every time I see mention of the third movie, and I just need to get it in writing, for my own sanity. It is not my intention whatsoever to start a war; heck, conflict and hurting others are two of my biggest fears. Hence why I've agonized so long over making this introduction as non-confrontational as humanly possible.

And I'm hoping that maybe, some level headed fan might be willing to listen. Agree… probably not. But just listen and take into account the words of a longtime fan who genuinely thinks that THW is good. Hopefully what I've written is coherent and put together enough and not just "I LiKe ThIs MoViE sO yOu HaVe To AlSo" to be given some respect.

You see, I'm a fanfiction author, and have 37 entries into this franchise under my belt. That includes rewriting the first and second movies from Toothless' POV, and I'm very excited to add the third movie to that repertoire, once I finish my current big projects. It just shocks me how many fans wish it never existed. Every fan I know personally likes THW, and I was shocked when I joined this subreddit and saw how negative the connotations are for so many people. So, why is that? I'm going to take a look at the major points I've seen, and try and respond to them with my personal opinions.

Now, of course, what I've seen as the biggest complaint for this movie is the abandonment of the dragons, especially Toothless, to their humans. Is that an extreme decision? Most definitely. I can see why it's caused such a stir.

So here's the thing: Hiccup and Toothless' friendship is my favorite thing in this franchise. I could make an entire separate rant about why… heck, I HAVE made rants about it in the comment sections of fanfics I love. Almost all of my favorite pieces of these movies and shows and shorts have something to do with Hiccup and Toothless being the best friends ever. So, with the bond of this boy and dragon being part of my literal lifeblood, what did I think of their part

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Reddit and my faith transition: reflection on my cake day

One year ago today I came to Reddit specifically to deal with what had become a full-blown faith transition. I was called a troll on r/Exmormon for expressing doubt the church met every criteria of a cult (still don’t think so). Expressing my doubts on one of the faithful sites, of course got me banned. Then I found r/Mormon. Here I found a home. A place for open discussion.

My story is one of a gay Mormon growing up under SWK with the assurance that there were no gays, only perverts (yes, he used that word in GC). I was wicked and would be redeemed if I followed his strict edicts to stop masturbating and marry in the temple. Decades into my marriage, I was still gay and Packer’s hate-filled tirades directed at me over the years did not change that. Ridden with guilt, I packed on 100 lbs and maxed out on antidepressants. One day in 2014, after another guilt-inducing, fifth-Sunday lecture against pornography, I went PIMO. The church had fried me mentally and spiritually. In late 2019 I took a job away from home. By myself I stopped going to church. The depression lifted; the weight dropped. By January 2020 I was off antidepressants and I started the divorce process.

But what about the church? In my youth the church’s position had been that’s gays were to be hunted down and fired from their jobs. In this new, softer environment where gays exist in the church and should be celibate, was there a place for me? If God were directing the church, why such a drastic change in doctrine over my lifetime? Mentally, I had left the church knowing for a fact that modern prophets can and do lead the church astray. Kimball had no business telling me to get married. He clearly had led me astray. Perhaps, I could find on r/Mormon a home for this discussion. My hope was to find some argument that would make it all ok. Instead, I learned of the existence of the Gospel Topics Essays and the CES letter. The church had not only switched directions on gays but is now copping to all the “anti Mormon” lies of my youth. People had been excommunicated for stating what the church now admits is true. My dismay turned to rage as the discussions on r/Mormon exposed the extent of the church’s deceit. And the defense coming from the church? “Some things that are true are not very useful.” I could only describe this manipulative, callous disregard for the truth as evil.

I’ve hung out quite a bit on Fairmormon. The apologetics range from mildly interesting to absurd. Having sex wi

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Responses and Testimonies on EA Growth

Follow up to Monday's post Why Hasn't Effective Altruism Grown Since 2015?

I’m honored to have received responses from Scott Alexander, Katja Grace (AI Impacts), Peter Hurford (Rethink Priorities), and Rob Bensinger (MIRI), among many other insightful replies.

This is a long post, so I’m going to put the summary first:

  • EA has shifted from “earning to give” to “talent-focus”, leading to less of as mass movement.
  • By some metrics, EA is continuing to grow. Most notably, non-Open Phil donations to Give Well causes are way up the last few years.
  • Good Ventures is intentionally holding off increased giving while Give Well and Open Philanthropy build capacity.

In short: EA is stagnating in some ways, and not in others. Overall, this seems to be according to plan, and is not a failure of growth funding to achieve its stated cause.

EA has shifted from "money-focus" to "talent-focus", and is bottlenecked by research debt

Scott Alexander provides a useful history: Around 2014, Good Ventures stepped in and started providing a huge amount of money. For comparison, Giving What We Can has recorded $222 million in donations ever, Good Ventures gives around that much every year. This made "earning to give" much less compelling. [1]

Second, as EA has grown, it’s become harder and harder to rise quickly and get a “good” job at a top institution:

>there’s a general sense that most things have been explored, there are rules and institutions, and it’s more of a problem of learning an existing field and breaking into an existing social network rather than being part of a project of building something new.

These are both compelling to me, but we shouldn’t be fatalistic about the latter and just accept that intellectual movements have limited capacity. Effective altruism is aware of the problem, or at least of something similar From MIRI:

>Imagine that you have been tasked with moving a cube of solid iron that is one meter on a side. Given that such a cube weighs ~16000 pounds, and that an average human can lift ~100 pounds, a naïve estimation tells you that you can solve this problem with ~150 willing friends.But of course, a meter cube can fit at most something l

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Akatsuki no Requiem: The Ultimate Breakdown

In this veeeery long wall of text, I will be breaking down the Akatsuki no Requiem MV, which has garnered the attention of many manga fans out there with its possible connection to the long-anticipated ending of Attack on Titan. With only 3 chapters left, there are only a few endings that Isayama can do without making the story an encore of the last season of Game of Thrones. One of them is the Akatsuki no Requiem theory. For this, I will be explaining both the video and the song's lyrics, as well as their connection to the story so far. If you haven't the time to read through 5k words of text, then I advise you to turn away and just move along. If you do, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

NOTE: I highly recommend you watch the MV I’m referring to before reading this. Things will get confusing for you if you haven’t. You can also watch it while reading if you want, so here’s the link to the video.

Akatsuki no Requiem

  • "Akatsuki" translates to "dawn" or "daybreak"
  • Requiem means a "mass for the dead" or a "chant for the repose of the dead"
  • Basically, it translates to "Dawn of the Dead"
  • Chapter 130's title is "Dawn of Humanity", and in that exact same chapter, we see the horror of the Rumbling as Eren continues to move forward. Many casualties are already shown in various pages. You could say that this theory all begins with this chapter, the day where humanity will meet its end.

"Why did the Earth and Heavens separate from one another?"

  • In this portion of the video, a fluffy-looking furball is sitting beside a little plant, looking up at the scenery beyond him. Let's assume that this furball is a young Eren, who is easily overtaken by his emotions and his own idea of “freedom”. As the readers, we all know that Eren preached about killing every single titan out there in order gain his freedom. This important bit will come into play later on.
  • Chapter 135's title is "Battle of Heaven and Earth", showcasing a fight between past titan shifters (Heaven) and the current ones (Earth). In relation to the question above, it's showing a possibility for all the titan shifters to die.
  • "Why did the Earth and Heavens separate" is like saying "Why are they separated? Shouldn't they be together?" From how things are shaping up for the ending, it is becoming more and more likely for the shifters: Reiner, Annie, Falco, Armin, and Pieck to kick the bucket. We have no
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"You were never really trans": How this sentence hurts trans people, detransitioners, and society as a whole; or the conceptual problem of transgenderism.

As the title states, we as detransitioners face a very peculiar problem. A very recurrent response to any of us saying that transition was not helpful in fixing the distress we felt/feel over some sexual characteristics, or saying that we have found alternative means of alleviating that distress, is this one:

"You were not really trans in the first place."

The purpose of this essay is to explain and showcase why such a statement hurts anyone who has ever suffered from any distress regarding their birth sex. It will also explain why that very sentence exposes a deep rooted problem within the word "transgender" in the first place. So let's get right into it.

First of all, let's quickly talk about why some transgender people feel the need to say this. Generally, the reason is not a concern for truth, it is a concern of personal safety. Transgender people are framed as this group of people who feel distress over their sexual characteristics (or "gender"), and whose only means of healing is to undergo a certain form of transition, whether it is physical or social. When we understand that concept, we can establish why it is vital to say we were never like them. Transgender people value this form of healing at all cost. They believe with all their heart that there is no other solution, and that any other suggestion is tantamount to suggesting they should suffer unnecessarily. There is a deep sense of self-preservation that is present within those words. Suggesting that transition does not alleviate this problem in some cases, and that there are parallel or alternative pathways to heal, is an existential threat. As such, an easy way to completely avoid the threat is to discard it: if detransitioners are not like them, then there is no need to put in question the validity of transition, and in turn, question themselves. It also implicitly might imply that transgender might only be a phase. After all, if detransitioners felt dysphoric during a portion of time, and felt after a while the need to detransition, and might very well heal and present a better life and mental state than they had during transition, surely it might suggest that these feelings might only be temporary. That is a catastrophic insinuation. Is this illumination transgender people go through about their "gender" temporary? Will they regret it one day? It's better not to think about it and further dissociate from these cases. Protection of one's feelings is a strong motivator.

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Some tips for first-years and students heading towards post-uni life

Original post here

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Sup, I finally graduated from uni with my BA/LLB (Hons) degree last year! I like to share some tips at the start of every year for incoming first years so it’s a bit less daunting for y’all. I still get a ton of DMs with people asking for advice. Feel free to hit me up

I’ve also added some tips for those who are about to graduate now that I’m working full-time with my degree!


General


  • If you want to do well -- and be a bit more relaxed -- it's essential that you organise your workload. I've found it super useful to print out my timetable for each semester (or just the first six weeks), put it on the wall, and mark down all my assignments and tests. You need to make sure that you can balance your time across all of your papers

  • Depending on the course, you can save money on buying textbooks. Ask around on how useful the book is for the course -- that, or just hold out on buying it for a week. Some courses will be heavily focused on a book, others will just use it as a reference for further/supplementary readings

  • You can still have time for a social life. Try to treat uni like a 9-5 job

  • Definitely try to join a social club or two. Don’t worry if you’re not feeling it; you can always leave! But there’s a range of them so I’m sure you’ll find something that you’re interested in

  • You can get the app for Canvas on your phone and get notifications from your papers

  • Look through www.sjs.co.nz for part-time/casual/summer work

  • This PDF converter is super useful for some papers -- can convert powerpoint/word documents to PDFs & vice versa

  • Use a list of transition words when writing out assignments

  • There are cold water filters in the kitchen areas of the HSB and Engineering buildings

  • The Grammarly Google Chrome extension is good for running your work through - it's better than the Word grammar checker. The only issue that it's only available in the US English, but it's still helpful

  • You can use Student Course Review to get some insight into your papers. Just don't take them all as gospel -- there are some wack reviews out there, e.g. LAW 121G

  • Take

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I’m 20 and my parents won’t let me leave the house and have restrictions on my phone

So when I (20F) first started college, I moved to a different city. My parents helped me with rent and such, but I still had a job and went to school full time. When I started college I was thinking of becoming a nurse and my parents were super into that idea, my mom (45F) got a little too into it. She likes to fantasize about my future and they always would make jokes about how I would be the one taking care of them and buying them a new car since nurses make good money. She wanted me to go all the way into getting a masters in nursing. My dad (45M) would always brag about it to his friends and customers at his bar.

When classes started, I had a tough transition and had to retake some of my classes, especially with covid hitting and everything switching to online. Plus the anatomy and lab classes were just hard for me and you need straight A’s to get into the program they wanted me to do. The program also only takes like thirty people a year. I never told them about the classes I had to retake, I think they just assumed I was getting straight A’s. After the first year, things started to get better and the classes weren’t as hard anymore but I was struggling with if I actually wanted to do nursing and figuring out what I wanted to do. When covid hit I moved back home with my parents.

During all of this, I started to date my boyfriend (21M). He hasn’t finished college yet, he’s taking a break right now and we met at work. I work at a restaurant and it has a couple other locations, he was usually at the other one but he was at mine for a bit and that’s how we met. His family doesn’t have as much money as mine and he’s on his own paying for everything, that’s something that never bugged me. My parents aren’t too into that though. They think I should be dating someone in college who comes from, in their words, not a “broken family”. He met my parents and they asked him two questions and then ignored him the rest of the time

My mom laid on the on the dog bed where he couldn’t see her and my dad was high out of his mind playing on his phone. They didn’t even have anything planned for dinner. Which I asked if he could come over for dinner and I worked it around my dad’s work schedule so he could be there. My mom didn’t like that he wasn’t asking her questions. My bf hit it off with my brother really well and my best friends love him, he’s a really sweet guy. He makes me stuff all the time and buys me a new bouquet of flowers every week. Just a really nice d

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Filtering posts from usernames suggested on signup

I noticed that a lot of the lowest quality content in my subreddits often comes from users who select a suggested username on account creation. You know, that name format that's often "Adjective-Noun_Number", always with the first letter of each word capitalized, and optionally dashes or underscores between each element. This may or may not be the case for you, but when someone is looking for a quick throwaway account, they'll often use a username suggested by Reddit.

To account for this, I put together an AutoModerator rule that will filter posts from these users, here:

type: submission
author:
    name (regex, case-sensitive): ^((Aardvark|Abalone|Abbreviations|Abies|Ability|Abject|Able|Abroad|Abrocoma|Academic|Acadia|Acanthaceae|Acanthisitta|Acanthocephala|Acanthopterygii|Acceptable|Access|Accident|Accomplished|According|Account|Accountant|Accurate|Acrobatic|Act|Action|Active|Activity|Actual|Actuary|Actuator|Ad|Adagio|Addendum|Addition|Additional|Address|Adept|Adeptness|Adhesiveness|Administration|Administrative|Admirable|Adorable|Advance|Advanced|Advantage|Adventurous|Advertising|Advice|Advisor|Aerie|Affect|Affectionate|Afraid|After|Afternoon|Age|Agency|Agent|Aggravating|Aggressive|Agile|Agitated|Agreeable|Aide|Aioli|Air|Airline|Airport|Alarm|Alarmed|Alarming|Albatross|Alert|Alfalfa|Algae|Alive|Alone|Alps|Alternative|Altruistic|Amazing|Ambassador|Ambition|Ambitious|Amoeba|Amount|Amphibian|Analysis|Analyst|Ancient|Angle|Animal|Animator|Annual|Answer|Ant|Anteater|Antelope|Antique|Anxiety|Anxious|Any|Anybody|Anything|Anywhere|Apart|Apartment|Appeal|Appearance|Apple|Apples|Application|Appointment|Apprehensive|Appropriate|Apricot|Arachnid|Archer|Area|Argument|Arm|Armadillo|Army|Aromatic|Arrival|Art|Artichoke|Article|Artist|Artistic|Arugula|Ashamed|Aside|Ask|Asleep|Asparagus|Aspect|Assignment|Assist|Assistance|Assistant|Associate|Association|Assumption|Astronaut|Astronomer|Athlete|Atmosphere|Attempt|Attention|Attitude|Attorney|Audience|Author|Automatic|Available|Average|Avocado|Avocados|Award|Aware|Awareness|Away|Awkward|Baby|Back|Background|Bad|Badger|Bag|Bake|Baker|Balance|Ball|Banana|Bananas|Band|Bandicoot|Bank|Bar|Barber|Barnacle|Barracuda|Base|Baseball|Basic|Basil|Basis|Basket|Bass|Bat|Bath|Bathroom|Battle|Beach|Beans|Bear|Beat|Beautiful|Bed|Bedroom|Bee|Beginning|Being|Bell|Belt|Bench|Bend|Beneficial|Benefit|Berry|Best|Bet|Better|Beyond|Bicycle|Bid|Big|Bike|Bill|Bird|Birthday|Biscotti|Bison|Bit|Bite|Bitter
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Looking for a project to Copyedit for free/experience

Hi there! I am currently enrolled in an editing program, and for the final project, I need to edit something written by an author. This project is basically a way to get me out there and edit in the real world. I'm open to edit just about anything but, I do favor line editing over copyediting.

This is an unpaid service. Completely FREE. I get paid in experience.

Even if this post might be a dead-end, any help or information to find what I'm looking for would be greatly appreciated.

A little bit about me:

I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a major in English and a minor in creative writing. I've spent the last few years bartending and managing bars, but with Covid, I decided to shift towards something I love. The program has been incredible, and I'm excited to make this transition into editing professionally.

What kind of editing can I do?

  • copyediting
  • line editing
  • structural/organizational editing
  • substantive / content editing
  • developmental editing

What am I looking to edit?

  • chapter of a novel, a short story, poetry—any kind of fiction
  • essay, memoir excerpt, magazine, or news article—any nonfiction
  • academic paper, journal article, academic-book excerpt, etc.
  • business document such as a brochure, press release, report, white paper, etc.

The project needs to be at least 500 words and no more than 2,000 words.

If you've made it this far, thank you so much for your time! dead-end

TLDR: I need a manuscript and a willing author to practice my editing on.

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Juniors, read books to prepare for the impending Essay-Writing Marathon!

Yo what's poppin' Junior A2C folks! I'm a senior (so take this with a grain of salt) and I've always been a lurker, but I wanted to share something that helped me write my essays this cycle. I'm not sure if it'll be helpful for you guys, but hopefully it'll at least provide another interesting perspective out of the hundreds already available to consider.

What makes classic or best-selling books really really good? It's probably a combination of the actual story and the author's choices on how to write the book, like his/her prose or structure.

College Essays are kind of similar, but on a much smaller scale due to the word limit. First, you need an idea—the story you want to tell and reflect on. Then, you need to figure out how to express your vivid imagination of your story onto paper in a way that your reader can see the same things that you do.

Both parts are tricky, but the writing step especially so because you need to make deliberate choices in your writing that are invisible to your reader. In any good story, you (the reader) are nudged from scene to scene and mood to mood in a way so soft that it makes you feel like you are in control (kind of like in Inception). Using the right literary choices and overall structure achieves that enthralling takeaway you want your reader to feel as they breeze through your essay. Using the wrong choices can make them feel as if you're dragging them by their feet from scene to scene, or even worse: creating gaps and inconsistencies in your story that leave your reader puzzled.

But what deliberate choices should you make that would still let you fit within the word limit?

Well, it's more than likely that when you first read your favorite book, you didn't notice the ways the author was deliberately leading you to perceive certain things and how the author was introducing you to different characters, conflicts, and settings. It just kind of happened and you were swept along. But go back and read again for the sole purpose of finding the moments (words, sentences, sudden breakaways) you didn't initially notice that may have transitioned to a different idea or implicitly characterized something. Put yourself in the author's shoes: what did he/she do when he/she was thinking "How can I go from his to that? How can I introduce Edgar?".

The literary choices used are oftentimes not too difficult to conceptualize, but we've never been exposed to them because of the way College Board has pavloved us into writing identic

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[Web Animation] That time a fish and a bird were a popular ship and half a fandom lost its collective minds (the story of RWBY and Fair Game)

> So what's RWBY and what's its history with LGBT rep?

RWBY is a web show made by Rooster Teeth that focuses on four girls with big weapons who fight monsters. Originally advertised off the hype-factor of showrunner and lead animator Monty Oum, the series has gradually progressed from a garage project with a shoestring budget to Rooster Teeth's flagship show, elevating the company and being sort of a big deal. It's a very contentious show that depending on who you ask is the biggest deal for pop culture since the invention of the flip book, the worst thing since the Hindenberg exploded... or just an overall 6/10 show with good moments alongside bad ones that's just good enough to not drop but frustrating enough that you wish you could. To quote the HBomberguy review of it, "I want to just call RWBY bad and move on with my life, but it's not that simple."

I think for anime fans, nothing sums up the general reaction I see to RWBY more than the quote "It's Sword Art Online if made by the West." The first seasons aren't very good and are made on very bad animation software with footage that wasn't even rendered. RWBY's production in general is a mindfuck that I could and have in the past talked at extensive length about, which I may do next time I want to write something without it being academically inclined.

As the series has progressed, it's begun tackling more mature themes and has done more in the realm of representation, both racially and sexually. As the series has gone on, RWBY has introduced a variety of female LGBT characters, ranging from lesbian Ilia Amitola, Coco Adel, Saphron and Terra Cotta-Arc, and May Marigold, who is transgender. I would include two of the protagonists, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long in there as the show is teasing a relationship between them, but after Supernatural's eleven years of queerbaiting, let's make sure they don't go to Super Hell before we cast judgement.

However, for all these leaps in representation, there has been one category left quite unfilled, and that's the topic of male LGBT representation. With the exception of one named character (who himself had two lines of dialogue and hasn't physically appeared in show for half a decade), RWBY has never had a male LGBT character on screen. It codes a lot of men as queer (coding being a term that means "the subtextual portrayal of a queer character in media whose identity is not explicitly confirmed within canon") but when it comes to pulling t

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A spoiler review of "The Shadow Rising" by me, a guy with an opinion

"The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety. And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation. All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again. May the Light save us from him"

Well then. Hi there r/Fantasy! It's me again. Maybe you've caught my previous two reviews of "The Dragon Reborn" and "The Great Hunt" but if not, I'm reading the Wheel of Time for the first time and posting my reviews of the books here to spark discussion and all that jazz. Before we get into the review I'd like to give a special shout-out to u/thedanielgreene, my favorite YouTuber whose insistent talking about the series got me to read it. Well, I made it to the fourth book, like you always said to do.

"The Shadow Rising" is the longest book in the Wheel of Time, and the installment that many consider to be a turning point in the series and one of the best, so finishing it feels something like a milestone to me. It's a monumental book, both is word count and plot, and had a lot to deliver on; "The Dragon Reborn" left me with high expectations. Did this one deliver? Yes, by the light, it did. On the whole, this series has managed to do an important thing that not all series do: it's gotten better with every entry.

But first, the negatives. Like the previous entry, most of my criticisms are (relatively) minor, and they are fewer than "The Dragon Reborn". The first and perhaps the biggest is: the DRAMA between certain characters. Oh dear God make it stop. I'm talking mainly about two sets of characters here: Perrin and Faile and Rand and Aviendha. To Jordan's credit, he did actually manage to resolve the Faile/Perrin drama halfway through the book, and everything after that was great, but good Lord, the first half of Perrin and Faile's storyline was absolutely painful to get through. Look, I'm not a huge fan of romantic drama in the first place, so maybe I was doomed to hate it, but it was still terrible. ESPECIALLY when the thing that set it off was the "I don't want you to get hurt around me so I'll act like an ass to get you to leave instead of talking about my feelings like a responsible adult" cliche, which I despise.

Less painful but still annoying was the whole deal between Rand and Aviendha. Look, I don't know ho

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Translation: Report of the investigation of India(part one to five) (From Luke wen)

This is an article from Luke Wen, a Chinese author analyzing things based on data. He like to use data, charts and diagrams to explain things. He travelled to India for a month for this report, and this report is also the very beginning for me to really start to know something about India.

Some background knowledge:

  1. This article was written in 2019, a time when majority Chinese still know nothing about India, but start to be curious about this country. With the Modi’s visit to China, the atmosphere is looking good, and people starting discussing investments in India, which is also a reason Luke did this investigation. This article later became very, very popular in China(my estimation about its viewership should be at least 5M) and is in fact the first article many Chinese have read about India.
  2. This article contains another half, I will finish it later as it was published separated.
  3. The title “Report of the investigation of India” is a tribute to Chairman Mao’s essay “Report of the investigation of peasant movements in Hunan”, which is the very first article of the book " SELECTED WORKS OF MAO TSE-TUNG "
  4. The author Luke Wen is a hard-core supporter for Chinese economy model, so you should be prepared for a lot criticizes on India.
  5. I removed some contents discussing China issues in this article, if you are interested maybe I can do a China post from Luke lol.

Corrections or refutations on this article are welcome and precious, and I will post them back to Chinese internet.

If you have any questions about China you can leave comments below, I'm planning to make a summary post to answer your questions(maybe will not answer them right now).

This translation contains about 5000 words.

Title: Report of the investigation of India

View count: 100K+ (Wechat only shows this much)

donate count: 2085

Time:04-12-2019

Part One

Women and Cows

When I saw Natarajan, this 66-year-old farmer was working in the farmland. My translator called him in Tamil on the roadside. Natarajan bent down and washed his hands, smiled and walked barefoot to me from the farmland.

It was the last one good weather before I left India. The sun was shining, and Natarajan looked pretty dark in the distance. He is a Dravidian, with junior high school education. His eyes were deep, beard and hair were white. He was wearing a white towel and was barebacked, and

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169Q / 169V - My Takeaways

I just took the GRE today and wanted to make my first post on Reddit about a few takeaways/lessons I've learned through this channel and my own experience, since the posts I've read on here have been tremendously helpful! A few of these echo what others have said previously, so a huge thank you to everyone who has posted about their experiences, questions, and advice!

Apologies in advance for the verbosity; I'm still trying to organize my thoughts and did not proofread this as well as I should :)

As a background, I was planning on taking the GRE in summer 2020 and half-studied on and off for about 2 months before calling it quits because I couldn't take the exam at home. I tried again in late Dec 2020 and studied for ~2-3 hours per day before taking it in Feb 2021.

To start with, here are a few sources that I found extremely helpful. There are a plethora of useful and inexpensive resources online so I recommend checking these out first!

  • GRE Prep Club - a literal lifesaver! u/Carcass74, you are amazing, thank you so much for putting this valuable resource together. I studied the quant and verbal collections and then made my way through the question banks (filtering for ETS questions). Having a variety of questions aggregated in one place was extremely helpful for me.
  • Greg Mat - I hopped on the Greg Mat fan club too late in the game, but the videos I did watch were extremely instructive in understanding how to approach AWA and reading passages, two things I was not as comfortable in. u/gregmat does a fantastic job dissecting the prompts and passages and walking you through how to answer them (and has a very soothing voice). Some videos I found that were very helpful were:
    • Argument essay walk-through (here)
    • Issue essay walk-through (here)
    • Reading strategies (here)
    • Long passage (here)
  • Manhattan Prep 5lb Book - the first book that I used, and the book that convinced me that I was not going to get a single vocab question right. I recommend this book solely for the quant section---the problems tested on critical concepts, and the explanations in the back of the book were thorough.
  • Magoosh vocab app - the primary source of vocab studying for me. The decks make studying very manageable.

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The Letter of Continued Interest - 2021 Edition

The 2021 admissions cycle is well underway, which means that some of you may have been deferred from your top choice schools. Whether you have recently been deferred or whether you are waitlisted down the line, you should know that this is meant to be an active process. The students who are most successful in gaining admission in the second or third waves are those who work for it. So what exactly does that mean? Below is our article on writing a Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI), which was originally published on our blog and Reddit around this time last year. But before you read on, I want to take a moment to specifically address the 2021 landscape for admissions.

Deferrals in the age of pandemic

As you already know, this was a strange and difficult year for admissions due to school lockdowns, test-blind/test-optional policies, and the general chaos of an unprecedented global health crisis. Already, schools were receiving incredible volumes of applications, but this year they were met with the added challenge of reviewing applications one by one in cases where test scores would have been used liberally in the past. Moreover, there has been discussion of what the pandemic might do to enrollment when accounting for potentially fewer foreign students, students who took gap years, students who might plan to take a gap year until circumstances improve, and students who will be negatively financially affected and will thus require greater aid. So what does this mean for admissions offices?

First, schools are always looking for a sure thing. Although EA and ED application rates reached incredible new highs (sources say MIT alone experienced 60%+ more EA applications this year versus last year), schools are still keen to admit students who they are sure will attend, if admitted. This is reiterated as some schools, like Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins, are actively promoting ED2 in an attempt to attract even more “sure thing” students. Second, based on these numbers, we know that many more students were deferred than in past years based on sheer volume of applications alone.

Based on these factors, here is our take-away: If you were deferred from your top choice school and you are still sure that you want to attend, if admitted, it is very important that you make this known

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*ESSAY* My story of successfully living as a hetero man with AGP

Disclaimer:

Before we begin, let's establish some boundaries: I'm not able to speak for every person with AGP. I haven't been conducting in-depth studies for years on thousands of patients. All I can tell you is my story, and my observations in my life. I've been commenting on others' posts with little tidbits and excerpts from my life and my stances, but I've now received several private messages asking for more info - one person in particular asked for me to write out my "full story" more or less...so perhaps this is more effective, to have it all in one place.

There are many examples of "successful" trans stories, and tragic tales of de-transitioning, yet we don't see or hear much about AGP men leading a happy, successful life into middle-to-old age...which I think is mostly self-evident: if you happily manage it, you aren't likely to want to bring up old memories again in some reddit post. However, after so many years of not having anyone to understand me, I am enjoying wading in these waters, and absolutely feel it as my duty to share my story of success.

One more time for emphasis: AGP seems to affect people very similarly in some ways, and very different in others. Someone who was molested is likely to have a harsher trauma than someone who was told they looked like a girl one time - but it's actually not certain. We have SUCH limited data and awareness as a society on this thing, that it's almost all anecdotal other than a handful of doctors/authors. And while I write this to give hope to many, I understand that an 18 year old who already knows they have AGP has a way better chance of breaking habits as opposed to a 48 year old who's been indulging them since puberty. That said, perhaps the 48 year old has more willpower than the 18 year old! Point being, my story will explain what's worked for me. Perhaps it could work for you as well, or perhaps you actually want to feed into the AGP.

This got very long. I've divided it up into 3 parts:

  1. Early life + teen years. This is the longest due to the importance of formative years + the relevance to a lot of young guys reading this. Writing about these parts was like looking into a different world, so guys, please have patience with your developing mind.
  2. College years up until discovering "AGP" as a concept at 27. This is the shortest section, due to its relatively static nature.
  3. 27 "the year of destiny"-present. This is also long because I begin with my discovery of AGP, an
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The Buety Of Wonder Egg Priority - The Scariest Yuri Anime

The Winter 2021 season has just started and it's already one of the most iconic seasons in anime history

An abundance of highly anticipated sequels airing with grand positive reception from the fans, such as: AOT S2, TPN S2 and Re: Zero Season 2.

While also generating MANY engaging controversies. Sucking in anime fans all over the globe, into vast debates over topics such as AOT's contentious CGI, crunchyrolls incomprehensible production of Ex-Arm, and Redo of healer's disturbing (rape) subject matter!

Regardless of how you feel about the quality of the anime this season, we all have to agree on how important this season is for uniting the anime community at large.

***HOWEVER***, there are a great deal of new unique anime left in the dust of a stampede of sequels. Urasekai picnic, SK8 the infinity, Kemono Jihen and many more... But I'm not here to talk about why you should be watching those anime; I already covered them in previous post

My mission today is bring attention to one of the most poetically beautiful hidden gems out there; the dark horse of the season, A.K.A "Wonder Egg The Priority"

The perfect way to describe Wonder Egg The Priority in one word, is to define the core of the show; "ABNORMAL"! Wonder Egg is NOT an easy show to digest, you will be lost in it's gorgeous animation mixed perfectly with it's astonishly fantastic aesthetics.

So, I'm going to have to peel off a layer one by one to unveil it's curious nature. And remember, it's only two episodes, so these are just my impressions; I encourage you to respond with your own thoughts on what this show is truly about. Now let's dive in shall we!

AI OHTO

Wonder Egg follows an aloof [eye-catching girl](https://imgur.com/rmwBzaY) named Oito in her everyday life; everything seems seemingly normal, almost boring even. However, the one thing that keeps her mundane life interesting is the [egg](https://imgur.com/j8ep6DT)***; "***just an ordinary hard boiled egg with no special qualities at all". Therefore, when she chooses to step out of her comfort zone, hell erupts! The scenery around her changes from your average nightlife street to an [eerie high school void of life](https://imgur.com/FZIh5Z8).

Then we witness something crucial to the theme of the anime; Look at these two faceless distorted students creepily laughing a

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Open letter regarding Professor Douglas Farrow

Our open letter regarding Professor Douglas Farrow:

[resources for students and a link to the Google document version of this statement with hyperlinks are below]

To the School of Religious Studies—

We are writing to you today to express concern over publications and comments made by Professor Douglas B. Farrow, a theology professor within the School of Religious Studies (SRS), which we feel are both troubling and exclusionary. Dr. Farrow has been employed at McGill’s SRS since 1997, before many of SRS’s students were even born. During that time, many students of the McGill community have deemed Dr. Farrow’s academic approach and perspectives on gender and sexuality as creating exclusionary and unsafe environments in his classes for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Dr. Farrow teaches Principles of Christian Theology 2 (RELG 434) and Theological Ethics (RELG 470) in the Fall semester and is currently teaching Principles of Theology 1 (RELG 333) and Christian Thought and Culture (RELG 334) during the Winter semester. Three of these courses are required for the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program and the topics of these classes are of interest to many Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) students in the SRS. The fact that Dr. Farrow teaches three mandatory classes is of great concern to the student body, as we would hope that both McGill and the SRS prioritize the wellbeing of their marginalized students.

Many of Dr. Farrow’s publications are on display in the Birks lobby, of which Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage, we feel, is particularly troubling. In this book, Dr. Farrow refers to same-sex marriage as a “casualty” that has reduced both the institution of marriage as well as the family. He writes that “same-sex marriage makes bastards of us all,” which “marks an important milestone on the path to state tyranny.” It is difficult to read this quotation without immediately perceiving it as a deliberate homophobic attack, which he reiterates in his article “Happy Canada Day, Bastards!”, written in reaction to the landmark Supreme Court decision in the United States legalizing gay marriage.

Dr. Farrow continues his arguments against gay marriage in Desiring a Better Country. In [Theological Negotiations](http://bakerpublish

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Ralph Miliband & Marcel Liebman- Beyond Social Democracy

In this essay, we seek to answer two closely related questions: first, why socialists in advanced capitalist countries should want to move beyond social democracy; and secondly, what are the requirements and implications of such a move. Until not so long ago, the first of these questions would have seemed rather indecent: of course all serious socialists wanted to move beyond social democracy. Today, no such intention or desire can be taken for granted. For even where there is sharp criticism of the limitations and derelictions of social democracy, there is also an implicit acceptance of it, based upon a despairing uncertainty about what else is possible. So both questions do need to be probed.

An answer to the first of them – why socialists should want to move beyond social democracy – requires a brief recapitulation of its nature and record. An initial distinction needs to be made for this purpose between social democracy before 1914, and social democracy after World War I and particularly since 1945. In its earlier formative phase, social democracy unambiguously stood for the wholesale transformation of the social order, from capitalism to socialism, on the basis of the social appropriation of the main means of production, distribution and exchange, a far reaching democratisation of the political system, and a drastic levelling out of social inequality. This was to be achieved by way of a long series of economic, social and political reforms, to be brought about by way of a parliamentary majority reflecting a preponderance of electoral and popular support. There were many differences between socialists as to the precise nature of the reforms to be realised, and the strategy to be employed in their advancement and there were also revolutionary socialists in the ranks of social democracy, of whom Rosa Luxemburg was the most notable representative, who proposed a strategy of mass struggle far removed from the electoralism and parliamentarism of the predominant current. Still, ‘reformists’ could still very plausibly argue that they too were fully committed to the socialist project. As Jean Jaurès once said about the French Socialist Party, ‘precisely because it is a party of revolution ... the Socialist Party is the most actively reformist’. [1]

What gave ‘reformism’ its pejorative connotations and made it all but synonymous with class collaboration

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On "On Authority" and its use

Let me get straight to the point and tell you that this is mainly about the obsession some self-proclaimed "leftists" have with this text, about how the text itself contributes to this phenomenom and about how it isn't about what those people think it's about.

A Summary of "On Authority" and my Interpretation of it

"On Authority" is a text, barely a few paragraphs long, written by Friedrich Engels in 1872. It is essentially a hitpiece on those who Engels calls "Anti-Authoritarians". He describes them as such:

> All Socialists are agreed that the political state, and with it political authority, will disappear as a result of the coming social revolution, that is, that public functions will lose their political character and will be transformed into the simple administrative functions of watching over the true interests of society. But the anti-authoritarians demand that the political state be abolished at one stroke, even before the social conditions that gave birth to it have been destroyed. They demand that the first act of the social revolution shall be the abolition of authority.

I will now summarize the text from start to finish and add my comments as Notes

Engels begins by explaining his motivation for writing the text. He claims that a subgroup of socialists have been hindering discourse by using accusations of adherence to the "Principle of Authority" i.e. Authoritarianism as a kind of thought-terminating argument - meant to slander anyone who may disagree.

He continues to describe this "Principle of Authority":

> Authority, in the sense in which the word is used here, means: the imposition of the will of another upon ours (...)

He then continues to comment on the material conditions of his time.

> (...) we find that they (the conditions) tend more and more to replace isolated action by combined action of individuals. Modern industry, with its big factories and mills, where hundreds of workers supervise complicated machines driven by steam, has superseded the small workshops of the separate producers

Note: I find this overview of a society of individuals transitioning into a society of collectives to be oversimplified. While it is true that the magnitude of interdependent cooperative projects such as factory production or field work has sharply increased, this does not mean that previous societies must have been a mere collection of independent individuals. In fact, cooperation itself preceeds humanity as a whole as it i

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Transfer Deadlines Are Upon Us. Here's Some Helpful Tips And Resources For Polishing Your Essays

If you've finished your essay or even just a draft and you need some help revising it, here are some tools you can try. Feel free to suggest more in the comments.

#Proofreading Tips

1. Read your essays. Then give yourself a break and do something else for a while to clear your mind, or maybe even wait until the next day. Go back and read them again – the break will help freshen your mind to what you've written. It's a common tip, but it works well to read your essays backwards too. This way you won't get blinded by the familiarity of them and you will catch things that you would have missed. One other tip for self-review is to actually print out your essays. Studies have shown that printed words are viewed and processed differently than those on screen, and nearly everyone has printed something they've written only to discover an error afterward. Remember to check and double check your spelling, grammar, spacing, punctuation, verb tense, active voice, use of quotes and commas, etc.

2. Have someone else review your essays. They will catch things you won't and offer an outside perspective. They can let you know if it reads like a thesaurus exploded on your desk or if it actually sounds sincere. They can tell you if parts need more detail or explanation, if it's overall just way too negative (which is sadly common for transfer essays) and if anything just doesn't sound right. Bonus tip if your friend is a real one: go to Google, /r/CollegeEssayReview, or (gulp) College Confidential and pull 4-5 other essays and have them read those first. Then they'll be in the same mindset AOs are in when they get to you.

3. Read your entire application including your essays from start to finish (maybe even out loud), then craft a two minute summary of it highlighting the most important things and clearly communicating the theme, narrative, or academic arc of the app. Why? Because this is what AOs have to do to present your app to the admissions committee. If preparing this summary is really hard for you to do, guess how the AO will feel? After you're done, go back and tweak your application to make this summary more coherent and stronger.

4. Make sure all of your essays are about you​ including your "Why [School]" essay or any non-traditional prompts. No AO wants to read ANOTHER list of great things about their school - they want to know what about you makes you a good fit for the school. They also don't want to read another rehash of the ECs, awards,

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How to Fix Martha- An Analytical Critique

((So, uh, you ever get the big sad when listening to the Heathers soundtrack and just decide to write an essay? No? Just me? Anyway, I originally intended this analysis to be like two pages, but I somehow ended up at eight pages. So fair warning that this is one long ass essay, and thank you in advance to any of you who decide to read anyway! <3))

When assessing the Heathers analytically, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a more mystifyingly inconsistent subject than Martha in terms of apparent authorial intent. While, to their credit, the playwrights do a remarkably clean job at keeping authorial bias to a minimum in favor of relying on listener interpretation, as a writer- hell, as an adaptor- one must make decisions in prioritizing storylines in order to keep themes and tone in focus. On the whole, I’d say that the Heathers has some of the most solid writing to come out of Broadway in the last ten years. However, as with anything crafted by human hands, it does have notable shortcomings and flaws. And, I’m gonna be real with you guys: I think O’Keefe and Murphy did my girl real dirty on this one.

To start us off, I think it’s imperative to establish Martha’s place in the narrative and why she’s so important. By all means, the Heathers is Veronica’s story. Not because she’s the protagonist, but because her character arc is the emotional focal point of the play. When you push past all the sex and murder, it essentially boils down to a coming of age story for your typical moody teenage girl. But, what really makes this story stand out is the use of symbolism and satire to encapsulate the absurdity of the teenage experience. To that end, every character in the script plays three roles within the larger narrative: First, their surface-level individual characterizations; Second, their symbolic characterizations in relation to Veronica; Third, their thematic characterization in relation to each other and society. In Martha’s case, she is characterized as socially awkward, overweight, conventionally unattractive, and naïve; but, also, loyal, intelligent, warm-hearted, and kind. Symbolically, she’s a personification of Veronica’s receding childhood innocence and simplicity- the nostalgic kindness that our blue “Heather” vocally claims to crave while spending the majority of the play actively pushing away. Hence her connection with her cutesy hair style, her unicorn sweatshirt, and the color pink- typically symbolic of innocence, youth, swee

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Popheads Album of the Year 2020 #20: Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG

Artist: Bad Bunny

Album: YHLQMDLG

Release Date: February 29, 2020

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music


November 22, 2019

> It's a beautiful, warm day at [Insert any beach in Latin America]. You lay on the sand with your friends as you enjoy your drinks and the ambiance around you; the sun on your skin, the vendors trying to sell your seashell jewelry walking by, the random kids playing around with too much sunscreen on, and your speakers trying their hardest to be louder than the group next to you that's also playing music. You're lost in thought until one of your friends calls your attention... > > "Hey!, can you play the new Bad Bunny song"

Vete (“Go Away”)

  • Go away // No one is holding you back and the door is open

Benito Antonio Martinez, otherwise known by his stage name Bad Bunny is a figure you’re way too familiar with, in fact, it’s fair to say that most people in a Spanish-speaking country are not only familiar with him and his works but have a strong opinion about it. The Puerto Rican artist became an overnight sensation in 2016, after being found on Soundcloud and starting to work with a label. From then on, he became a major player in the Trap scene, getting thrown into every remix and feature possible, but with this level of success and notoriety, so came a lot of criticism, a lot of it being in bad faith. Like most artist in the “Urban” genre, Bad Bunny got backlash for the content matter of his lyrics being “too violent and sexual”, but he also got mocked for his extravagant style, so very quickly boomers and those Rock music dudes that wear t-shirts with the cover of The Dark Side Of The Moon made him the main target of their r/lewronggeneration-core memes, but that didn’t become too much of a problem, as he had grown a strong enough fan base, which came in-handy in 2018 when he parted ways with his label *Hear Th

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I've spent the last few months in hell. Just looking for some help in coping.

TW: Suicide, DPDR

This is probably going to be long, so please try to bare with me. I was diagnosed with OCD a few years ago, and got a pretty decent handle on it. But recently my entire world has fallen apart and I'm losing the ability to function. For starters, I got completely hooked on the idea of existence and non-existence, or life and death. I became obsessed with my own mortality and the implications of death (is there an afterlife? If there is, is it bad? Am I going to hell? What if I'm already dead and THIS is hell? Is there afterlife just a place where evil gods are going to torment me for eternity? etc, etc.) I also got hooked on the idea of NO afterlife, and what the cessation of consciousness and overall loss of my self and ego actual entails. In this sense I was also hooked on the notion of time, and whether I die now or at 80 doesn't make a difference, because all there is is the present and you always die in the present. "Now" will be "now" then; "someday" will be "today" then. I also am afraid of the process of dying. I scared not so much of pain, but the transition into the afterlife/destruction of my mind and memories and oblivion/hallucinations and chemicals that may or may not be released at death that alter my perception of time and lock my in a psychedelic purgatory forever.

To me, it seemed like if I'm going to die someday anyway, what's the point in doing anything? And that nihilistic thought really gripped me; for awhile I struggled to get out of bed, inevitably pulling myself out at 3 in the afternoon just to skip class and call into work, then rinse and repeat. I was once a straight A student, and now with all my class skipping and procrastination I'm struggling to maintain a decent GPA.

Along with these ideas came other existential questions that I couldn't answer; why do I exist in the first place? Why here and now, in this body and this time period? Why is there something instead of nothing? I spent a bit trying to find God, and, well, I haven't. Constantly thinking like this has brought with is repeated bouts of depersonalization/derealization. I sometimes doubt my own existence and the things external to my mind.

And I get spooked over coincidences. For example, I had a final due that was essentially an essay on a specific historical figure. I got onto social media for a bit, and one of the first things I see is a meme posted by a guy with a profile picture of the person I was intending to write about. And it's not

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My ADHD Handbook Part I: Insight and practical strategies

Upon glancing over this, I realise how fucking disjointed, redundant and long-winded it is. Hey at least you know it’s authentic...

It was originally something I’d written for myself over a few weeks, which I decided to edit a bit and post here.

Broken into 2 parts because it was too long to post.

I’m not expecting anyone to read it all closely.... the length has probably caused most people to leave already, but if you do decide to read...hopefully you can find a helpful strategy or just gain more insight into the disorder.

Disclaimer: I'm no expert, just someone who's lived with the disorder and developed some mindsets and strategies to help.

Don't be too hard on yourself...but don't be too soft either...

Tough love simply doesn’t work in my experience. But self-compassion doesn’t mean allowing yourself to wallow in self-pity and accepting your shortcomings without challenging them…what would be compassionate about that? Similarly, trying to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and scream internally like a drill sergeant then scolding yourself for slipping up doesn’t work either.

Anger is never a good motivator, and since many of us are prone to impulsive behaviour, it can be particularly dangerous. Even if you feel that you have just wallowed in apathy for years and thrown away countless opportunities, that’s still no reason to hate yourself – even people who have done horrible malicious deeds can reinvent and redeem themselves – you have just succumbed to your mental disorder(s) – but it’s never too late to turn around and steer yourself in the right direction.

ADHD can cause you to feel like the laziest, most careless motherfucker on the planet – and sometimes we start to entertain the idea that perhaps we don’t actually give a fuck about anyone or anything - but we need to remind ourselves that’s a false narrative. Fuck that shit. No matter what society says, no matter what your parents or your partner or your friends or your boss or your teacher tells you…you are worthy of self-respect, and as long as you’re trying and challenging yourself (or at least setting an intention) to improve that’s all you can ask for from yourself.

Other people can’t see inside your skull, they can’t see the internal struggle and appreciate the micro progress you’re making, they generally just judge you based on your performance.

Unfortunately, for as much as every manager masturbates to the phrase these days, society still doesn’t really honour a

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Popheads Album of the Year 2020 #23: Meghan Trainor - Treat Myself (Deluxe)

Artist: Meghan Trainor

Album: Treat Myself (Deluxe)

Label: Epic Records

Released: Standard edition January 31st, Deluxe edition July 17th

Listen: Apple Music / Spotify


#Intro:


Meghan Trainor fans are called Megatronz (with a "z") and I'm proud to call myself one. I've developed a reputation around this sub for being the #1 Meghan Trainor stan and while I may amp it up a bit at times for comedic effect, my love for her is completely genuine. I love her voice and her music, she was one of the artists who helped me really get into pop music and I'll always have a special place in my heart for her because of that.

Unfortunately, not everybody else is as warm and fuzzy towards her. I've spoken at length before about just why exactly I think that people dislike Meghan with such a passion so I won't repeat myself but suffice to say, watching following the release of this album was certainly interesting because people were constantly jumping out of the woodworks to say she was a flop and her music was bad.

Those bitches were wrong. Okay maybe not about the flop thing because this album did (unfortunately) have very poor numbers, but they were wrong about it being bad because Treat Myself is actually a fantastic pop album with a lot of great songs that I think was unfairly ignored by the pop community. I was hoping that in the age of poptimism Meghan and her music would be embraced but that didn't seem to happen, so I guess that means I'm going to have to be the one to offer her the critical reevaluation...

Buckle in kids, I'm going to take you on a guided tour through the past three years of being a Megatron and the genesis/revelations of Treat Myself (Deluxe), one of the most under appreciated pop albums of 2020.


#No Excuses:


In March of 2018, after two years without an album, the Megatronz were finally blessed with the lead single of Meghan’s third studio album: “No Excuses”

A bright burst of pop energy with a colorful music video showing off Meghan’s newly slimmed down figure, “No Excuses” (on paper at least) seemed like a smart idea for a lead single because it’s everything people liked about her biggest hits cranke

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Switching to GRE after 5 GMAT attempts

Back in 2017, after experiencing the horrible side of Big 4 Consulting (in terms of work life balance, meagre pay, pathetic management and crappy office politics), I planned to get an MBA. Main aim of getting an MBA is to get international exposure and get out of a rut which was nowhere in sight in my stuck up job. Started the GMAT journey and in a span of 3 years, gave 5 unsuccessful GMAT attempts, never crossing 660 (Might have been the darkest phase in my life. More on this in another post). When I had almost accepted my fate, I made the decision to give one final shot - the GRE. Did some research and understood that GRE Quant was definitely easier than GMAT - so this aspect was not an issue. However, vocab was definitely a challenge, but I was ready to spend couple of months to build and polish vocab.

May 2020 :

Started with Magoosh word list and tried to memorize 100 words each day. However, I noticed that I couldn't retain the meanings beyond a week or so. For quant, went through the general topics and Manhattan books.

June/July/August/September 2020 :

Continued with the prep in a cursory manner. Never had the heart to give a mock as an unexpectedly low score would have put a stop to the prep. Went through the OG, Verbal and Quant Review.

October 2020 :

After much persuasion from family and my dear God-send, angelic husband, decided to give GRE a full throttle effort. Sometime in mid October, I came across u/gregmat and how I thank God for creating such an amazing human!! After going through few of his Verbal Strategy videos, I subscribed to GregMat+ and followed the 1 month study plan.

November/December 2020 :

Started on Big Book tests and worked on weakness areas. For Verbal it was mostly not understanding the big picture and Quant was mainly silly mistakes. Went through all of Greg's strategy videos for TC and RC and practiced these strategies forcibly in practice questions. Guys - this might sound lame or repetitive or even obvious, but as Greg mentions in his videos, it is imperative to force your brain to come out of old habits while solving questions and meaningfully apply the strategies.

January 2021 :

I started seeing increase in accuracy in RC and TC questions post applying Greg's strategies. After a month of deliberate practice, it had become second nature to catch the transition words in an RC or TC or to 'REASON' with quant questions instead of jumping into solving them.

Diagnostic test (October 2020) PP1 - 313 (V153 Q160)

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the mod of r/joannerowling, a ban evasion sub for r/gendercritical and r/jorowling, made a mega trans panic post which is just a huge rendition of Ray Blanchard's autogynephilia theory. also, the mods have an extensive history of transphobia.

one of the mods of r/joannerowling made a mega trans panic post which is basically just a huge rendition of Ray Blanchard Autogynephilia theory as well as transition/detransition scare, a favorite talking point of JK Rowling who has successfully lobbied for withholding essential medicine against trans patients.

for context, Ray Blanchard is a sexologist who coined the autogynephilia theory after his biased, uncontrolled study based on unscientific methods solely relying on speculation and inductive reasoning. it can basically be broken down into two major points which are

  1. trans people are gay
  2. trans women are straight men with crossdressing fetish

which are pretty much consistent with JKR's and TERF's talking points since they consider

  1. trans men (and trans masc like Elliot Page) as lost lesbians
  2. trans women as straight male rapist infiltrating female spaces

another major part of the post is baseless transition/detransition scare which I have addressed here.

>Of everyone who starts even the preliminary steps (e.g., changing the name or pronouns one uses socially), only about 8% detransition, and of those who do 62% go on to transition again later - meaning only 3% detransiton permanently. Among those who do detransition, nearly all cited external factors as their reasons for doing - e.g., intolerable levels of anti-trans harassment or discrimination (31%), employment discrimination (29%), and pressure from a parent (36%), spouse (18%), or other family members (26%). And nearly all of those who detransition permanently do so soon after starting transition and realizing it's not for them, when physical changes are minimal or nonexistant.
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>ie. the majority of those who detransition still identify as trans but choose to detrans because of transphobia.

in this thread, the owner came clean that the purpose of the sub is to platform transphobia. they take issue with the main JKR sub that has since decided to ban transphobia

>It's a cult.
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>People should open their eyes. High-profile people make supportive statements to receive woke points FROM A CULT.
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>A new scientology has emerged.

being

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Worker Cooperatives and the Conventional Firm: Assessment of Employee Ownership.

Introduction:

Discussions concerning capitalism and socialism often involve comparing state ownership with private ownership, or the nationalization vs the privatization of industries such as USSR vs USA, East Germany vs West Germany, or North Korea vs South Korea. One part of the debate that is often overlooked is direct worker control of industries and economic sectors. This includes things such as cooperatives/labour owned firms, codetermination policies, Employee Stock ownership plans etc…

Liberterian socialists, Syndicalists, market socialists, and anarcho-communists often support cooperatives on both a moral and economic principle. They believe that it is more moral if a workplace were to be managed democratically by the workers who operate in it rather than by a few shareholders. They argue that workers would feel more engaged, They also believe that these firms would be far less wasteful, more efficient, and a meaningful countermeasure against inequality.

A relevant example to cooperatives is Mondragon in Spain. Mondragon is a federation of cooperatives, that is owned and managed by its workers. They mostly focus on retail and small scale industry. Mondragon has been able to climb all the way to the top, amassing more than 80 thousand workers, and having a total asset value that is one of the biggest in all of Spain. Such examples show that cooperatives are not entirely alien to our world and can even achieve a lot of success. However, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this model? Are there any to begin with? Would a partial, or even complete transformation be justified? What other types of employee ownership are there?

In this essay, I will attempt to answer those questions with the available data at hand. I will draw comparisons and parallels over a set of multiple criteria

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Productivity:

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Which structural firm is more productive?

This question is extremely difficult to answer. The reason is that finding company “twins” with controlled variables is not easy at all, and even if we were to find a difference in performance, it’s hard to gauge how much the structure of the firm contributes to that difference and not local factors and fluctuations.. Evidence remains rather inconclusive, and there is yet to be a consensus formed around the issue. However, I will use existing empirical evidence in order to formulate some form of general statement.

A 1995 study analyzed cooperative firms, and classic

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Breaking Down the Akatsuki no Requiem MV

In this veeeery long wall of text, I will be breaking down the Akatsuki no Requiem MV, which has garnered the attention of many manga fans out there with its possible connection to the long-anticipated ending of Attack on Titan. With only 3 chapters left, there are only a few endings that Isayama can do without making the story an encore of the last season of Game of Thrones. One of them is the Akatsuki no Requiem theory. For this, I will be explaining both the video and the song's lyrics, as well as their connection to the story so far. If you haven't the time to read through 5k words of text, then I advise you to turn away and just move along. If you do, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

NOTE: I highly recommend you watch the MV I’m referring to before reading this. Things will get confusing for you if you haven’t. You can also watch it while reading if you want, so here’s the link to the video.

Akatsuki no Requiem

  • "Akatsuki" translates to "dawn" or "daybreak"
  • Requiem means a "mass for the dead" or a "chant for the repose of the dead"
  • Basically, it translates to "Dawn of the Dead"
  • Chapter 130's title is "Dawn of Humanity", and in that exact same chapter, we see the horror of the Rumbling as Eren continues to move forward. Many casualties are already shown in various pages. You could say that this theory all begins with this chapter, the day where humanity will meet its end.

"Why did the Earth and Heavens separate from one another?"

  • In this portion of the video, a fluffy-looking furball is sitting beside a little plant, looking up at the scenery beyond him. Let's assume that this furball is a young Eren, who is easily overtaken by his emotions and his own idea of “freedom”. As the readers, we all know that Eren preached about killing every single titan out there in order gain his freedom. This important bit will come into play later on.
  • Chapter 135's title is "Battle of Heaven and Earth", showcasing a fight between past titan shifters (Heaven) and the current ones (Earth). In relation to the question above, it's showing a possibility for all the titan shifters to die.
  • "Why did the Earth and Heavens separate" is like saying "Why are they separated? Shouldn't they be together?" From how things are shaping up for the ending, it is becoming more and more likely for the shifters: Reiner, Annie, Falco, Armin, and Pieck to kick the bucket. We have no
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Assessment of Cooperatives, Market Socialism, and Employee Ownership.

Introduction:

Discussions concerning capitalism and socialism often involve comparing state ownership with private ownership, or the nationalization vs the privatization of industries such as USSR vs USA, East Germany vs West Germany, or North Korea vs South Korea. One part of the debate that is often overlooked is direct worker control of industries and economic sectors. This includes things such as cooperatives/labour owned firms, codetermination policies, Employee Stock ownership plans etc…

Liberterian socialists, Syndicalists, market socialists, and anarcho-communists often support cooperatives on both a moral and economic principle. They believe that it is more moral if a workplace were to be managed democratically by the workers who operate in it rather than by a few shareholders. They argue that workers would feel more engaged, They also believe that these firms would be far less wasteful, more efficient, and a meaningful countermeasure against inequality.

A relevant example to cooperatives is Mondragon in Spain. Mondragon is a federation of cooperatives, that is owned and managed by its workers. They mostly focus on retail and small scale industry. Mondragon has been able to climb all the way to the top, amassing more than 80 thousand workers, and having a total asset value that is one of the biggest in all of Spain. Such examples show that cooperatives are not entirely alien to our world and can even achieve a lot of success. However, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this model? Are there any to begin with? Would a partial, or even complete transformation be justified? What other types of employee ownership are there?

In this essay, I will attempt to answer those questions with the available data at hand. I will draw comparisons and parallels over a set of multiple criteria

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Productivity:

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Which structural firm is more productive?

This question is extremely difficult to answer. The reason is that finding company “twins” with controlled variables is not easy at all, and even if we were to find a difference in performance, it’s hard to gauge how much the structure of the firm contributes to that difference and not local factors and fluctuations.. Evidence remains rather inconclusive, and there is yet to be a consensus formed around the issue. However, I will use existing empirical evidence in order to formulate some form of general statement.

A 1995 study analyzed cooperative firms, and classic

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Looking for a project to Copyedit for free/experience

Hi there! I am currently enrolled in an editing program, and for the final project, I need to edit something written by an author. This project is basically a way to get me out there and edit in the real world. I'm open to edit just about anything but, I do favor line editing over copyediting.

This is an unpaid service. Completely FREE. I get paid in experience.

Even if this post might be a dead-end, any help or information to find what I'm looking for would be greatly appreciated.

A little bit about me:

I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a major in English and a minor in creative writing. I've spent the last few years bartending and managing bars, but with Covid, I decided to shift towards something I love. The program has been incredible, and I'm excited to make this transition into editing professionally.

What kind of editing can I do?

  • copyediting
  • line editing
  • structural/organizational editing
  • substantive / content editing
  • developmental editing

What am I looking to edit?

  • chapter of a novel, a short story, poetry—any kind of fiction
  • essay, memoir excerpt, magazine, or news article—any nonfiction
  • academic paper, journal article, academic-book excerpt, etc.
  • business document such as a brochure, press release, report, white paper, etc.

The project needs to be at least 500 words and no more than 2,000 words.

If you've made it this far, thank you so much for your time! dead-end

TLDR: I need a manuscript and a willing author to practice my editing on.

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We both know you don’t have the time to read all that, give me my A.

We both know you don’t have the time to read all that, give me my A.

Some very short context to this story: I am not a natural citizen, I am a naturalized immigrant. I was six when I arrived and (understandably) had issues with the language and was assigned ESOL classes. Once those were finished, I made it my goal to never get anything below a 90% on any written assignment that was graded. And right up until college, I’m very proud to say I never got below a 94% on any papers or essays or other writing assignments.

This happened a while back in college. I was forced to take a critical writing class, and multidisciplinary too. It was fun, getting to interact with people not in my major at the time. Unfortunately it also meant I was grouped with people who had no idea what I was doing, nor did I know what they were doing.

I get into this classroom and it’s very open. The campus I go to is notorious for constantly renovating buildings; in the seven years I was there, there was never a time that construction work WASN’T on site. This building had just been erected and was a brand new science building. In said science building were some modular classrooms, the campuses attempt to change things up and get rid of the traditional lecture style of teaching by forcing the professor(s) to walk among the students and teach. It was meant to encourage engagement and ease of access to students. Anyone who has sat in a lecture hall knows how irritating it is when Stacy in the middle of the row has a question during the exam and the professor or one of their TA’s has to grind their ass on everyone’s exam and unceremoniously twerk on some poor soul’s head as they squat down to listen to the question, just so they can answer with “do your best”, then leave their ass-print on the exams again as the sidle their way out.

This class began with the professor trying her best to be all fun and encouraging. Unfortunately, her method of fun and encouraging was to treat a bunch of adults like they were in grade school by making them all get up and share their names and fun facts at 7:20pm. After this debacle, when we’re all ready to get on with this first class of semester, she launches into the syllabus and explains things.

She states that, similar to standard lecture classes, which usually have three to four exams total, her class will have four papers to be turned in over the course of the semester. However, if the students weren’t happy with their grade, they had the opti

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