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2023.03.25 02:06 Dally-Llama Manager says I need to work after first day of absence medical leave

This is kind of just a rant and stress ramble but if anyones had similar struggles id love to hear what you did.
I won't get into everything that's happening health wise because that's not what this is about haha but the short version is I've had worsening health problems for a few years now and have applied for medical leave through Sedgwick my first day of absence having been yesterday. I have terrible memory loss that's gotten progressively more terrifying recently (my neurologist at Mayo Clinic referred me for a comprehensive memory test since I failed the short office one so badly) peripheral vision loss that's caused me to knock pitchers of refresher base onto myself three times now in the last month and headaches and brain fog... obviously all of this has made it really hard to work in general but I pushed through until last week when not only was everything worse but my mental health started really taking a turn with trying to just get through the day in general let alone in a service job that relies a lot on memory and focus. My sick leave was supposed to start in a week but after struggling through another shift and having a breakdown after I moved it up (and thank god because I'm getting to the point again I was 2 years ago when I could barely even leave my apartment let alone work).
I don't know if I'll ever get back to full functioning which is terrifying especially since I've had to put off college for so long. Ive been super open with my manager just so she has context to why I'm struggling and why I've been having a harder time with work. I called Sedgwick to move up my first day of absence and she told me I need to come in anyway for a shift she couldn't get covered. I fully understand why it's hard for the store to have a barista not able to work their shift but it is much much harder on me to not be able to work (I actually really like being a barista and enjoy my shifts).
When I texted her mid breakdown after that shift when I realized I couldn't do it anymore to explain how awful I was feeling and how hard it was and that I thought id need to move my leave up I didn't even get an acknowledgment until I told her that I was moving it up. It's fine, restaurant managers are very famously cavalier about employee health but what's bothering me is her insisting I work a shift when I moved my first day of absence because I CANNOT work. I can't even drive right now since my confusion and memory loss reached a point where I got lost in my own neighborhood, drove in the opposite lane and nearly wrecked with a truck. SHE KNOWS ALL THIS, SHE KNOWS MY SYMPTOMS and even if she didn't (as we all have a right to privacy) it still wouldn't be okay. I've called 8 stores in my district to look for coverage but it really fucking sucks to be on my managers bad side because of something that's beyond my control and already making my life hell in so many other ways.
I called sedgewick who said my claim was still in the review process but since my manager knows it was opened and I am past my first day of absence that I should just use PTO but I'm now on her bad side (she's expressed very clearly how difficult I've made life for her).
My anxiety is off the charts now and I'm really not sure what to do to protect my job... even if I use PTO and doctors note I feel like work is going to suck going back to after leave now, if I'm even able to finally move past this awful health chapter.
I don't know what to do I guess except hope that Sunday I feel magically better AND the extreme anxiety that has now cropped up around my work goes down.
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2023.03.25 01:37 argaki23 [Itinerary help] 10 days in Japan for group of 11 people (1st time in Japan)

Hi all, I will be travelling with a group of friends (age group from 28 – 35) next month.
We will be purchasing JR pass (7 days). One of the plans of attack is to focus shopping at the later part of the itinerary so we do not have much item to carry around at the train station. Cutting short on the introduction, please review and feedback on our itinerary whether it is too pack or anything to watch out for.
*We are coming from Asia, time difference is only 1 hour so assuming the jet lag will not be horrible.
19/4 – Wednesday:
· Morning: Arriving Narita at 8 am, Custom, JR Pass, Suica, Luggage Transfer
· Afternoon: Shinkansen and check in Osaka hotel
· Afternoon/Night: Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi-suji, Hozenji Yokocho Alley
20/4 – Thursday:
· Morning/Evening: Universal Studio Japan
· Night: Osaka-Umeda Station (HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel)
21/4 – Friday:
· Morning: Osaka Tenmangu, Tenjinbashi-suji,
· Afternoon: Kuromon Market
· Afternoon: Shinkansen, check in Kyoto Hotel
· Evening/Night: Nishiki Market, Pontocho Alley, Kamo Riverside
22/4 – Saturday:
· Rent Kimono
· Walk around Kiyomizudera, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park
23/4 – Sunday:
· 5 am: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Okochi-Sanso Villa, Tenryu-ji
· Afternoon: Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
· Night: Takashimaya Kyoto or Daimaru Kyoto
24/4 – Monday:
· Morning: Check out and Shinkansen to Tokyo
· Afternoon: Asakusa area and Sensō-ji Temple
· Afternoon/Night: Akihabara Radio Kaikan, Akihabara Gamers, Pop Life Department M's, Akihabara Gachapon Hall, Taito Station, Maidcafe Maidreamin Akihabara
25/4 - Tuesday:
· Morning: MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya
· Late Afternoon: Mario Go Kart
· Night: Cross Shinjuku Vision, Kabukichō, Shinjuku Golden Gai, Omoide Yokochō
26/4 - Wednesday:
· Morning: Hachikō (fast one)
· Morning: Harajuku, Kinji Harajuku, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Mirror, Omotesando Hills
· Afternoon: Shibuya 109
· Late Afternoon: Shibuya Scramble Square (Shibuya SKY), Shibuya Crossing
· Night: Tokyu hands Shibuya, Shibuya Parco, Shibuya LOFT
27/4 - Thursday:
· Morning: Starbucks Reserve Roastery
· Afternoon/Night: ABC Mart, Uniqlo Ginza, Muji Ginza, Ginza Six,
28/4 - Friday:
· Flight outbound time at 11 am. Will be taking NEX to Narita Airport.
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2023.03.25 01:22 atimilitary [Academic Repost] Veteran, Retiree, Guard, Reservist, and Active Duty US Military Service Members currently living in the USA (18+)

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2023.03.25 01:21 atimilitary [Dissertation Repost] Veteran, Retiree, Guard, Reservist, and Active Duty US Military Service Members currently living in the USA (18+)

Hello all! I am recruiting for a study that examines Veteran, Retiree, and Service Member attitudes regarding different groups of people who have served in the US military. The study consists of an online survey that should take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. With each survey completed the research team will be donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project. All participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time.
If you are a Veteran, Retiree, or current Service Member who currently lives in the US and would like to participate in the survey please click on the link below:
This study has been reviewed by the Palo Alto University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Their contact information is: PAU IRB, (650) 433-3870, [email protected], 1791 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto CA 94304
Please contact Katrina Daniels, [email protected], if you have any questions regarding this study.
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2023.03.25 01:20 atimilitary Veteran, Retiree, Guard, Reservist, and Active Duty US Military Service Members currently living in the USA (18+)

Hello all! I am recruiting for a study that examines Veteran, Retiree, and Service Member attitudes regarding different groups of people who have served in the US military. The study consists of an online survey that should take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. With each survey completed the research team will be donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project. All participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time.
If you are a Veteran, Retiree, or current Service Member who currently lives in the US and would like to participate in the survey please click on the link below:
This study has been reviewed by the Palo Alto University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Their contact information is: PAU IRB, (650) 433-3870, [email protected], 1791 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto CA 94304
Please contact Katrina Daniels, a[email protected], if you have any questions regarding this study.
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2023.03.25 01:15 DevilsChurn Sub updates

Hi guys. Just a few updates and housekeeping based on some recent changes.
I've updated the "Welcome!" post, which should explicate any of the rules that you may have questions about, as well as my vision for what I hope the sub can be.
I've also created some new post flairs (and kept a few old ones) that I would love to see used more consistently here - especially on factual posts, where flairs can help users who come to the sub for information more easily find what they're looking for.
Here are a few of them:
If I might add a personal note here: I originally started this sub about 18 months ago when I was unceremoniously banned from the AutismInWomen sub for merely suggesting that we have a separate place for women over 40. I didn't have a specific vision in mind, but I did know what I didn't want to see - a lot of which I had already witness/experienced on other subs for autistic women.
Now that the AutismInWomen sub has been reformed by new mods, and that there are a number of new subs for adult autistic women that were not in existence at the creation of this sub, I've decided to be more specific in the type of subjects and discourse we should attempt to entertain here - as users now have many alternatives if weirdoldbroads doesn't fit the purpose of specific posts they wish to make.
I was really gratified, especially in the early months of this sub, to see some valuable contributions made here - as well as lot of fun back and forth between users! I loved seeing our uniquely autistic ability to mix the elevated with the silly flourish in this space.
Unfortunately, nearly a year ago, there were some incidents of bullying and gratuitous drama created by a small number of users that also coincided with some serious medical issues and other difficulties in my life. I was at a loss as to how best to deal with this, or how to rejuvenate the sub after the "air went out of the sails", so to speak, as a result of these disturbances - and it didn't help that I had neither time nor energy to really address this for the better part of last year.
So, after several months' deliberation on my part, I decided to rewrite the "Welcome!" post to reflect my thoughts on what I would ideally like weirdoldbroads to be. A lot of it is based on my experiences with work groups, resource meetings, correspondence with long-time friends and, especially, dinner parties.
I want this to be a place for grown-ups to enjoy stimulating, entertaining and occasionally productive conversations - and not a support group, a dumping ground, a(nother) place for you to harvest "likes" or a source of surrogate parental sympathy/hand-holding/congratulations from our older members (particularly our mod, who was frankly exhausted by the demands of some younger users in the early months of the sub). We old broads are burned out enough as it is.
If this offends you, and you really want nothing to do with this place, then I feel safe in knowing that there are plenty of other subs for autistic women of all ages where you would be welcome (you are also, of course, perfectly free to create your own space - just as I did when I started this sub). I would rather have a handful of us here elevating one another than thousands of querulous souls weighing us down.
The purpose of this sub is to make a space for us old broads to let our weirdness out to play, and to help one another find ways to make this happen. Let's discuss, explore, learn and, especially play together, and celebrate our weirdness!
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2023.03.25 00:21 BadTakeBrian Enterprise Group ($E.TO, $ETOLF.OTC): Cash Flow Machine, Deep Value, Squeeze Potential

Enterprise Group ($E.TO, $ETOLF.OTC): Cash Flow Machine, Deep Value, Squeeze Potential
I should start by saying that the search for a company like Enterprise began under the following pretense: I have a bearish view of where I think broad markets are going by the end of 2023 and wanted somewhere to hide out while still maintaining the potential to double my investment under any broad market scenario.
Enterprise Group fits that bill. The Company is a niche energy service company that provides site infrastructure services to remote western Canadian production sites for pipelines, construction and oil and gas sectors in western Canada. I believe Enterprise is a fantastic and deeply overlooked company fit for retail investors (like me) who have the ability to enter a position ahead of institutions catching hold of the name.
The core thesis on Enterprise is:
- Low correlation to broad markets
- High growth and 30% cash flow yield
- Healthy balance sheet providing ~$20M in dry powder for potential non-dilutive M&A
- Share buyback in place to support stock
- Unique low-emission fleet of equipment to grow market share
- Structural market expansion

Enterprise was founded in 2004, though as it stands today, is a much leaner and higher growth business compared to what it was in the last bull market for energy in 2008-2014. Where many competitors went out of business during the bear market between 2014-2021, Enterprise wisely divested from lower margin business units, preserved its balance sheet and due to its unique fleet of equipment – was able to maintain cash flow positive during this time. M&A is part of the corporate DNA of Enterprise and has had a successful track record on that front.
While others were still reeling from previous years downturn or still trying to repair their balance sheets in 2020/2021, Enterprise was able to utilize the strength of its balance sheet and positive cash flows to countercyclically invest into new business units to position themselves for the eventual return of energy markets we are now experiencing. A great example of this is the launch of Evolution Power in 2022, which offers a fleet of low-emission microgrids that power the entire production site with natural gas, replacing diesel generators. In doing so, EP reduces CO2 emissions by 30%, gives Enterprise higher margins, is safer and more efficient for the customer. As one of the few “green options” in the energy sector, they are becoming the first choice for larger oil and gas clients subject to Canada’s “heavy emitter” penalties.

The large majority of Enterprise’s sales are derived from western Canadian energy producers, with a greater share of natural gas producers compared to oil producers within its book of clients. Though Enterprise profits have less commodity risk than their actual producing clients, the Company nevertheless is derivatively exposed to energy prices (though I believe there are some factors that reduce the correlation that I will get into later). After years of producers not investing into large exploration projects due to ESG mandates, regulations and low prices, the outlook on energy markets looks extremely promising for producers and has already begun to see a notable uptick in production levels that are expected to continue for a market that looks undersupplied in years ahead.
More specifically to Enterprise’s western Canadian market, there are some very visible demand drivers on the horizon based on new pipeline capacity that provide a near certain increase in demand for services like Enterprise. This demand is structured within tens of billions of dollars of sunk infrastructure capital to provide a roadmap of oil and gas (mostly gas) production expansion in western Canada. Beginning in 2023 with the completion of NGTL network expansion (gas) and TMX pipeline (oil), there will continue to be major new export capacity to come online nearly every year this decade, with recent first nations LNG projects advancing on the west coast.
For Canadian gas producers, the pipelines will allow them to access higher priced Asian markets, where prices are often multiples of those received in Canada or the US. You can bet there is going to be prompt increases to production to ship whatever they can to those markets, given the preferred economics.

Enterprise just recently released their full year 2022 financials March 20, 2023, where they posted fantastic results. Rather than do a deep dive into financials today, will simply share some important highlights and suggest reviewing their financials below: (
Additional items:
- Bought back 1.8M shares in 2022
- Secured US OTC listing to increase access to US investors
- Renewed buyback program
- Available tax losses of $0.17/share
- Purchased $5.6M of new equipment
- Subsequently signed one of largest contracts in company history in Jan 2023

Share Structure
Enterprise currently has 50.3M shares outstanding, with another 5M options exercisable at $0.45. Notably, management/board were buyers in the open market over the last few years and now hold over 40% of all shares outstanding.
This is where I think it gets uniquely attractive for us retail investors.
Since the last energy cycle, nearly all of the research analysts that covered the sector have moved on, meaning the few analysts left covering the space are focused on large-cap players and there are none covering companies the size of Enterprise. There is a window for retail to build a position in a hugely profitable company with a tight share structure subject to a potential squeeze before institutions begin to take notice.
Finally – and maybe most importantly – 2022 saw a unique trading dynamic occur due to a large shareholder selling down their position. This shareholder accidentally accumulated a >10% ownership position, unknowingly triggering a requirement to file any purchase/sale of stock (see sedi filings to confirm). That shareholder then spent the entire year reducing their position below 10% but because there was not a large float of shares trading hands, effectively put a ceiling on the stock the entire year and single-handedly compressed the multiple. This does not appear to have been done with ill intent but explains why the stock bounced between a floor of around $0.38 (supported by the buyback) and $0.42 (where the shareholder was selling) despite everything going right for the company operationally. In January, the company bought back the final tranche of shares needed to get that shareholder below the 10% threshold, thereby clearing the way for share price to better track the improving cash flow of the company.

Enterprise is currently trading at a deeply discounted valuation and historically low multiple, which is ironic considering this may be the best market they've ever operated in. As a particular point of reference, a comparison below for the 2020-2022 periods for EV/EBITDA and some other metrics that could influence the deserved multiple such as growth, profitability, and credit risk. I’ve also already listed a few reasons to be bullish on their future market (pipelines coming online beginning this year), which is consistent with management’s outlook from their MD&A that “…customers have indicated they will continue to operate at increased activities through the remainder of the year”. Though a 10-11x multiple shouldn't be expected moving forward, you can see the impact of having a large shareholder exiting with a small float and how a lack of share price movement can lose investor attention. Over the course of a year, Enterprise added over $5M in EBITDA (+175%) and barely saw its valuation change at all!
*2022 year using current share price
At a current 4.2x EV/EBITDA, Enterprise is trading far below the 6x it has traded in previous cycles and which seems very reasonable as a base case scenario. It would take very little notional buying for that re-rate to occur and for those able to establish a position at these prices, it would represent a 74% return.
Finally, if Enterprise is seen through a different valuation lens, the company just released in their earnings that equity holders would be due $0.68/share ($0.39 current share price) if the company simply sold all of their equipment at book value. Multiple arguments to show that Enterprise is undervalued.

Enterprise has a strong outlook on market fundamentals to support top line growth, increasing pricing power to maintain/increase margins and new revenue potential coming online with equipment additions.
Given history of M&A activity, balance sheet flexibility and the fact some targets are still not fully recovered from 2014-2021 period, it would be very surprising if the company did not make one or more acquisitions in the near-future. Management has said as much on their recent twitter spaces interview.
Fortunately for equity holders, management does not have to dilute shareholders while its equity remains undervalued. With $20M in unused credit at their disposal (their current market cap), they would have the ability to make a material acquisition without needing any equity at all. Even if they were to make an even larger acquisition, their debt providers are Ninepoint Partners (via Waygar Capital), who are home to none other than Eric Nuttall, who is the largest and most bullish energy fund manager on earth. You can bet that if the right target came along with the right assets/cash flow, Ninepoint would be more than happy to increase the size of that facility if they aren’t able to secure some seller's financing. If we assume a slight liquidity discount on a PrivateCo acquisition, $20M at 3x EV/EBITDA could buy around $6-7M of incremental EBITDA, effectively doubling the “cash flow” of the company before considering any synergies. Prospect of cross-selling new rental equipment would be high.
If something like this came to pass and they grew to a $15M EBITDA business, there would undoubtedly be a whole new supply of small institutions that would be interested and could be an attractive buyout candidate for private equity, who they’re currently competing with for acquisitions.
Commodity Risk:
This being the most obvious risk to the company. If we were to go back to the dark ages (2014-2021), there would be a material impact on Enterprise financials. I believe commodity risk for Enterprise is mitigated for 3 reasons:
1) A decade of underinvestment in global energy supplies has the entire spectrum of energy prognosticators projecting supply deficits for oil and continued growth in global natural gas demand. Continued regulatory hurdles, ESG capital restrictions, end of US shale hypergrowth, and return-of-capital mandates by EnergyCo shareholders make it less likely we see reckless supply additions. Adding to that, we’ve now got China reopening, OPEC defending prices, and US supposedly refilling the SPR at some point (we’ll see).
2) Infrastructure Developments: Canada has abundant reserves, with some of the cleanest and lowest-cost natural gas in the world with a painful lack of export capacity. A number of pipeline and LNG export facilities are set to come online, incentivizing a production increase to fill that pipeline. To me, this is the most powerful reason why I believe Enterprise has much lower commodity risk and has been repeated by recent research put out by RBC on the prospects of NE BC natural gas outlook.
3) Tier 1 Client Book: Enterprise’s clients are some of the largest energy producers in North America, meaning they plan their development programs with a multi-year outlook that is less sensitive to short term price action. Further, many of its clients are actual providing the supply for LNG Canada (Sinopec, Petronas,
Market Downturn:
No doubt we are entering a period of uncertainty, with global liquidity being reduced and the risk of recession on the horizon. I think this should be viewed in two ways:
1) Operations: Looking back, more often than not a significant global recession is more likely to reduce the rate of growth in oil demand rather than actually reducing demand. Natural gas is mostly used for heating and electricity generation, making it relatively inelastic as well. Global GDP is also more evenly spread between OECD and non-OECD, meaning growing countries like India will be less responsive to tightening financial conditions.
2) Share Price: Enterprise is tracking towards a trailing 4x EV/EBITDA, with structural growth catalysts on the horizon (ie. pipelines) and excess cash flow available for buybacks. Even in a market panic, it is likely cash flows can continue to grow, providing continued support to the share price via buybacks.
3) Recent meltdown in energy markets had almost no impact on Enterprise share price and would suspect that increased buybacks would be there for support if share price were to slide further.
It is the risk-adjusted return with fundamentals to back it up that make Enterprise special within the micro-cap space.
1) Operating conditions look very strong for the company based on energy cycle and the foundation of new pipeline-related production increases in western Canada.
2) Enterprise is a pure-play on western Canada with major well-capitalized nat gas clients poised for growth.
3) Small size and cap structure provide potential for significant torque in share price.
4) Enterprise has debt flexibility such that they don’t need to dilute equity at these valuations if M&A opportunities arise.
5) Extremely profitable with 30%+ cash flow yield and optionality for buybacks or further investment in expanding equipment fleet for evolution power.
6) Significant selling pressure from large shareholder has now ended after tendering shares to treasury in January 2023.
7) A single large new shareholder has potential to re-rate the stock to base case of 6x EV/EBITDA multiple.
8) Equity re-rate and M&A could see this company become very large, very quickly – drawing further flows of capital to the name at sufficient scale or be a prime takeout candidate for PE.
I own shares in Enterprise. This is not financial advise. Please do your own due diligence.
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This part is different someone has passed away and there getting part of my studies mrs holly the teacher that played a big role on who am today rest in peace i hope your in a better place she was the one she will be remembered forever
Near-Death Experiences are intensely vivid and often life-transforming experiences, many of which occur under extreme physiological conditions such as trauma, ceasing of brain activity, deep general anesthesia or cardiac arrest in which no awareness or sensory experiences of any kind should be possible according to the prevailing views in neuroscience. View Dr. Bruce Greyson’s informative personal Website.
A near-death experience, or NDE, is a common pattern of events that many people experience when they are experiencing intense threat, are seriously ill or come close to death. Although NDEs vary from one person to another, they often include such features as the following: feeling very comfortable and free of pain a sensation of leaving the body, sometimes being able to see the physical body while floating above it the mind functioning more clearly and more rapidly than usual a sensation of being drawn into a tunnel or darkness a brilliant light, sometimes at the end of the tunnel a sense of overwhelming peace, well-being, or absolute, unconditional love a sense of having access to unlimited knowledge a “life review,” or recall of important events in the past a preview of future events yet to come encounters with deceased loved ones, or with other beings that may be identified as religious figures While these features are commonly reported, many NDEs differ from this pattern and include other elements. For example, some near-death experiences may be frightening or distressing rather than peaceful. We are interested in hearing about all kinds of near-death and similar experiences, and in studying their effect on persons who have them. Veridical NDEs We are particularly interested in studying NDEs that may bear on the question of whether the mind can function outside the physical body, and on whether we may survive bodily death. One such type of experience is the so-called veridical NDE, in which experiencers acquire verifiable information that they could not have obtained by any normal means. For example, some experiencers report seeing events going on at some distant location, such as another room of the hospital; or an experiencer might meet a deceased loved one who then communicates verifiable information the experiencer had not known. Other kinds of NDEs that may bear on the mind/body question include those in which mental functioning seems to be enhanced despite physiological evidence that the brain is impaired. The causes of NDEs are complex and not fully known. While many medical and psychological explanations have been offered, they remain speculative and often fall short of explaining the entire phenomenon. Participate in Research:
1) Investigating physician barriers to acceptance of near-death experiences-IRB-SBS Protocol #5305 Call for research with physicians who have had a near-death experience. Dr. Marieta Pehlivanova and Dr. Bruce Greyson are recruiting physicians who have had a near-death experience (NDE) for an online study. The purpose of the study is to learn about physicians’ attitudes toward NDEs. These are personal and deeply transformative experiences that patients can experience when they are in a medical crisis or close to death. Patients sometimes report the feeling of leaving their bodies, going through a tunnel, strong positive emotions, and a sense of having a life review, among others. Because of the impact of NDEs on experiencers’ lives, patients sometimes talk about these experiences with their physicians. This research aims to improve these interactions. We are interested in your participation even if you have not had patients who have reported an NDE. Participation in the study will take about 15 minutes of your time and will consist of an anonymous online questionnaire. You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, are a physician in any specialty, have had a near-death experience, and are fluent in English. This research project has been approved by the University of Virginia’s Institutional Review Board for the Social Sciences (protocol #530 If you are a physician who has had a near-death experience, are fluent in English, and you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the investigators at [email protected] and [email protected] .
2) Near-Death Experiences, IRB-SBS Protocol #3365: Bruce Greyson and Marieta Pehlivanova are conducting ongoing research into NDEs. If you are over age 18, currently healthy, and would like to share a near-death experience of any type with the researchers at the Division of Perceptual Studies, please share your experience via Contact Us. 3) Near-Death Experiences: Comparing Two Scales of Near-Death Experience Features, IRB-SBS Protocol #4885 Call for research participants who have had a near-death experience Dr. Bruce Greyson and Dr. Marieta Pehlivanova at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies are recruiting individuals who have had a near-death experience (NDE) for an online study. These are personal and transformative experiences that sometimes happen when one is close to death or under the threat of death. This research asks for your opinion about the wording of questionnaires about NDEs and will allow researchers to improve these questionnaires to better reflect the experiences people have. Participation in the study will take up to 20 minutes of your time and will consist of a single online questionnaire. You are eligible to participate if you have had an NDE, are 18 years of age or older, and are fluent in English. You will not be paid for your participation. If you are interested in enrolling in this study, please contact Marieta Pehlivanova for the link to fill out the survey ( [email protected]). Please do not fill out this questionnaire more than once, if you receive it from different sources. Thank you for your support of this important research. Near-death experiencer Anita Moorjani and Dr. Brian Walker
Dr. Bruce Greyson, Anita Moorjani and Dr. Brian Walker visiting DOPS, May 2019 Author and NDE experiencer Anita Moorjani, and her former doctor at the time of her profound NDE, Dr. Brian Walker, visited Dr. Greyson in May of 2019 to exchange rich, thought-provoking ideas around the fascinating topic of near-death experiences. Dr. Brian Walker and Anita recorded an interesting interview while they were visiting us at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. We invite you to watch this video of Anita Moorjani and Dr. Brian Walker. Dr. Walker was a witness to Anita’s severely deteriorated medical condition before she had her profound near-death experience. In her best selling book “Dying to Be Me“, Anita writes about the life affirming changes she experienced after her NDE. In the book she describes the events and serious medical illness which led to her profound near-death experience. Near-death experiencers Anita Moorjani and Dr. Authors and near-death experiencers Eben Alexander and Anita Moorjani had complex, medically documented illnesses at the time they experienced their profound, life-altering near-death experiences. Both were gravely ill and their recoveries in both cases astounded and perplexed the attending medical professionals. Eben wrote a best selling book describing his transformative near-death experience and the dire medical circumstances leading up to them. His best selling book is called “Proof of Heaven“. Eben Alexander granted Dr. Greyson permission to review his medical records resulting in Dr. Greyson’s academic analysis of this case which can be seen here (pdf). Anita and Eben attended a meeting of the DOPS researchers to talk about their NDEs. We enjoyed a fascinating discussion with them regarding the many layers of life affirming aftereffects of near-death experiences.
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2023.03.24 23:28 katelovesmeiu A Professional Challenger Coach Verified Metafy Partner Seven Years of Proven Coaching Expertise Over 6.500 Sessions Held Over 3.000 Individual Clients US Collegiate Coach Guaranteed Improvement Personalised Coaching Plans Shelbion#8832

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Hey there, my name is Shelbion and I've been an avid League of Legends player for over a decade. In Season 4, I reached Challenger for the first time and even considered pursuing a professional career. However, after much reflection, I decided to pursue other challenges within the game itself.
Some of my notable achievements as a player include:
In addition to my experience as a Player, I am also the Founder of Noxus Coaching - a rapidly growing, educational community on Discord. Our community is a great place to find new friends to play with, have a good time, and most importantly, improve your skills.
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As a coach with over 6.500 hours of experience, I have a passion for helping others improve and reach their goals. By studying the techniques of renowned coaches such as LS and MagiFelix, I have developed my own unique coaching approach that has helped countless individuals and over 20 teams advance their competitive play across 5 different continents, including members of various College and University E-Sports Teams.
Some of my notable achievements include:
I am dedicated to continuously honing my skills and providing the best coaching experience possible to all of my clients, regardless of their rank or location.
How Does it Work?
We will schedule an initial Interview during which we can discuss your goals and I can provide a more detailed explanation of my coaching services. This interview will typically last for 3-5 minutes.
The First Session is designed to assess your current level of gameplay and identify areas for improvement. After conducting an analysis, I will create a Personalized Coaching Plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan will outline a series of sessions designed to maximize your improvement.
The Coaching Plan may include various session types, such as:
All sessions will be personalized and created specifically for each student's needs. By following this plan, you can feel confident that you are taking the most effective steps to achieve your goals.
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In addition to the structured coaching sessions, I offer personalized support to my clients on a 24/7 basis. Whether you have a specific question or just want to debrief after a tough game, I am always available to help. Simply message me and I will respond as quickly as possible.
I am able to cover any server and any timezone! Rates for both Private and Team coaching are negotiable. We will easily get the sessions to fit your budget and your needs. Payments are usually done through PayPal, however other forms of Payment such as Direct Transfer can be discussed.
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2023.03.24 23:21 Standard-Penalty-876 Neuroscience Major Rejectedx3 Can’t Take It Anymore 💔

Demographics: Caucasian male, bi, semi competitive public in Michigan, EFC=0
Intended Major(s): Neuroscience/cognitive Science
SAT:* 1540 (750 EBRW, 790 Math), single-sitting
UW/W GPA and Rank: 4.0/4.237, no official rank, but an honors program I was accepted to internally ranks applicants from your school and takes the top 5%, so probably around there; also graduating with highest honors
Coursework: 8 AP’s (psych, gov, chem, bio, Lang, micro, macro, French) 2 5’s (psych, gov), Most Rigorous Courseload on the Course Ranking System
Top 5 at International Medical comp (out of 300). Research study that began at the conference went on to be published in an international undergrad journal
Neuroscience Award in design. Based on the Neuroscience competition. Award received for Neurotechnology presentation.
Neuroscience award in outreach. Based on outreach project that got published.
Semi finalist in international science poster competition. Made poster on a literature review performed on the neurological disorder I’m at risk of inheriting.
1st in HOSA regional conference in Behavioral Health (1/35). Going to states in a couple months.
Nonprofit founder — worked on neuroscience and mental health education. Raised money for and provided self-care items to the homeless in Detroit
Neuroscience Club Founder — raised money for the neurological disease I’m at-risk for, encouraged neuroscience education
Neuroscience International Competition — selected as one of 20 students to compete. Our presentation on Neurotechnology was published on the organizations website as was the outreach project we developed
Rotary Interact Club — co-president. Helped raise $20k for the city club. Received president’s award (which is given to less than 3% of rotary chapters)
Mental health essay writer for nonprofit. Wrote 9 long-form mental health essays before the nonprofit closed down… Wrote a series on mental health in the school system, especially during quarantine
ESL (English as a Second Language) Tutor. Tutored the same student for two years every week. Raised his reading level from below average to partially advanced.
French Honors Society — vice-president. Helped run club meetings and fundraise for francophone STEM causes like coding in Haiti. Also planning on minoring in French, so that was listed on my academic interests.
Key Club E-board officer —main thing was planning group bond activities. Also planned a day to send 600 cards to st. Jude’s and make tied blankets for those in temporary housing and hospitalized kids.
Co-section leader and volunteer at music camp every summer. Did institute a new cleaning protocol for the dining hall of the camp during COVID, which is being used there still.
YouTube channel (only freshman and soph years). Had like 20k views and 250 subs lol
Poured my heart into these essays. Personal statement was about living at risk of neurological disorder and how it motivated me to pursue medicine and neuro. Had AP Lang. teacher review and he said it’s the best he’s seen. Supps were very good too imo.
Worst essays were USC’s and Hopkins (7/10) Best were the ivies, Michigan, Duke (9/10)
Chem — 8/10. She really liked me but I’m guessing she’s not the most compelling writer
AP Psych — 10/10. I still talk to her every other day and she said she wrote a very good one.
Rotary Advisor — 9/10. Loves me and had a creative writer help her write.
Harvard: 9/10, he said I had the most nonprofit work he’s seen and had an extremely impressive academic profile. He also said he recommended me for admissions which he does for about 1/2 of applicants. I made it clear Harvard was my first choice — 1/2 true.
Princeton: 8/10 slightly worse since it was online and shorter. He was really interested in neuro tho and we talked about neuro + music because he was in the choir there.
  1. Columbia
  2. HYP
  3. Duke
  4. Brown
  5. Penn
  6. NYU
  7. UCLA (rejected 😭)
  8. USC (deferred -> rejected 😭)
  9. Michigan (In-state, LSA)
  10. UCSD (would commit if it wasn’t $60k/yr 💀 & UCI (accepted)
  11. UCD (accepted)
  12. CWRU
  13. Hopkins (rejected 😭)
  14. Vandy
  15. American university (accepted w/ presidential scholarship)
  16. Safeties: Accepted w/ max merit aid (cmich, msu (w/ honors college), rit (w/ honors college - top 1% of applicants), Loyola chicago, etc)
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2023.03.24 22:16 Midasmit Eye Floaters Prevalence Study

Hi everyone, my name is Michael Smith and I’m a third year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as someone who suffers from bothersome eye floaters. I’m posting this on behalf of myself and my collaborator Dr. Matt Mazewski, an economist and fellow floater sufferer with whom I’ve been working to design a survey-based study on the prevalence of floaters among the adult population in the U.S. As we explore a number of different options to obtain the funding needed to complete this study, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with the Indiana University Foundation that we hope will help get us as close as possible to our goal.
Somewhat shockingly, there has been to our knowledge no methodologically rigorous research on exactly how many people are affected by floaters – more technically known as “myodesopsia” – or to what extent their daily lives are impacted by the condition. This lack of data on prevalence is a major obstacle to attracting more investment from government and industry to develop better treatments, so our objective is to provide the very first credible estimates of the number of sufferers and the overall societal burden of the disease.
The principal investigator on the project is Dr. Amir Hajrasouliha, a vitreoretinal surgeon and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Indiana University, and we are pleased to have as a co-investigator Dr. J. Sebag of UCLA and the VMR Institute in Huntington Beach, CA, who is known to many in the floater community as an advocate for more research on the condition. The study has already received ethics clearance from an institutional review board at IU, so we believe that we are well-positioned to begin the data collection phase shortly after we have funding in place.
The questionnaire itself will be administered by a professional survey company with experience in social science research, which will also be responsible for identifying a random sample of participants. Our target enrollment is 3,000 adults and we project that the total cost of the project will be around $75,000. Since the goal is to obtain estimates that are representative of prevalence in the general population, please note that this is NOT a study for which we are seeking volunteers.
We would be enormously grateful for financial support from anyone who feels they are in a position to give, and would also appreciate your help in circulating information about the project to others who may be interested in contributing. The donation page can be accessed by following this link:
We are eager to share even more information about our plans for the study with the community, and to that end we’re doing two things:
We are making available a PDF with a more detailed technical overview of the project for those interested in understanding more about how we intend to proceed. You can download that document here:
We will be hosting a Q&A in the coming weeks that will be posted online in which we will discuss the study and answer some questions from the community. We would encourage you to submit a brief note about anything you would like us to address in a Q&A by using this form: We’ll also do our best to respond to questions in replies to this post, though we’re both quite busy so please be patient!
As floater sufferers ourselves we both know firsthand the enormous challenges that living with this condition can entail. Whether it takes the form of a donation or just some words of encouragement, we humbly ask for your support as we do our best to make real change for those afflicted by myodesopsia.
Thanks everyone!
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2023.03.24 21:47 Philip19967 American Aires Inc. Provides Corporation Updat

American Aires Inc. (CSE: WIFI), a provider of scientifically-proven EMF modulation technology, provides an update to investors on its activities and important developments that took place in 2022 following the recent announcement of the revocation of the Ontario Securities Commission's Cease-Trade Order and the resumption of trading of the Company's shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange
Scientific research has proven that EMF from your electronics has an impact on your health, acting as a stressor to your nervous system.
Scientific research on the long-term impacts of the rapid increase in technology has not been conducted.
In the last 20 years alone, there has been an exponential increase in the amount and prevalence of technology in your daily life.
As research is conducted to inform further regulation, we developed a solution so you can proactively protect your long-term health and well-being
During Q3/2022, the Company continued to enjoy the tailwinds from the marketing strategy revamp which commenced in August 2021 and remained on track for a continuous and gradual increase in advertising spend. Based on preliminary and unaudited financial results, the Company continued to build on the strength in demand and realized 2022 sales of $5.8 million, a 128% increase on a year-over-year ("YOY") basis. Advertising expenses increased 57% YOY during 2022 to $4.8 million. The Company achieved record monthly sales surpassing CAD$900,000 (up 124% YOY) in November 2022, despite facing inventory challenges during the last two quarters of the year. Advertising expenses increased 91% YOY in November 2022. The gross profit margin during 2022 was 60% versus 39% a year ago.
"We are incredibly proud of our team's resilience and determination to achieve its sales numbers, particularly during the crucial Q4 period, despite the supply challenges. Consumer demand, even during out-of-stock situations, attests to the genuine market need for our product offerings. This accomplishment highlights our capacity to evolve and innovate. Our success in this period underscores the team's commitment to our vision and further bolsters management's confidence in our ability to drive growth in a challenging and volatile market landscape," said Josh Bruni, CEO.
In addition, along with the Company's long-term strategy of disciplined geographic expansion, sales during 2022 continued to benefit from the launch of fulfillment centres in Australia and Europe in Q1 and Q2, respectively. Through reduced fulfillment time and cost, the new fulfillment centres had a net positive impact on sales in the respective regions. The Australian location helped open up the Oceania geography while the location in Poland, having a much smaller footprint, still added to the growth in sales by increasing the Company's exposure to the European market.
Additionally, in Q4 2022, the Company launched its latest product, the FLEX, which expands the Company's EMF modulation technology lineup, known as Lifetune. The FLEX is a versatile addition to the current range of 4 products, carefully positioned to bridge the gap between personal protection and area protection categories. The FLEX builds on the Company's existing technology and its design allows for flexibility, serving as both a personal and area protection solution by offering a larger field of protection while maintaining a smaller size, making it ideal for use as a wearable.
"We are thrilled to unveil the FLEX as a data-driven design that enhances the Lifetune lineup. The FLEX integrates our powerful C28S microprocessor into a compact and durable form factor. The FLEX meets our customers' demands for advanced EMF protection on the go and underscores our commitment to continuous expansion of revenue streams and revenue growth," said Chief Product Officer, Dimitry Serov.
Press release for more details ->
American Aires Inc. is a Canadian-based nanotechnology company which has developed proprietary silicon-based microprocessors that reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The technology was developed by a team of highly accredited scientists and confirmed by independent third-party validation including peer-reviewed studies and publications in scientific journals
For more info about the company visit
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2023.03.24 21:39 AIKiller1997 Hi, I need an honest CV review advice and feedback I want to know If I can get a job as a Computer vision engineer at MAANG company or not. My CV is in the link below.
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2023.03.24 21:28 adastrasemper I guess IMF is nobody

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2023.03.24 21:27 Max_Goof Anyone’s chronic vision field cut (hemianopsia) improve?

The neuro-ophthalmologists insist that a few months after an ischemic stroke, vision loss won’t improve and not to try. But I feel like that’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, since few post-stroke conditions will improve without effort.
I’ve seen a handful of published scientific case studies on people who have allegedly had big improvements over the years after stroke-caused vision cuts, but my doctors just insist those must be bogus, even coming from peer-reviewed journals.
So I was wondering if anyone here has had any improvements they would like to share?
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2023.03.24 21:14 A_Tank_With_Internet The Ravenous Star Chapter 2

Co-Authored by me and u/Research-Apart (but mostly u/Research-Apart), enjoy ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
> Access File: Hybris (2)
Notice from Department of Extrasolar Records: These records were discovered in a floating black box data recording in the Gliese 832 system. These transcriptions contain the memories of prominent individuals who were directly involved with the events detailed below. The components of the transcription technology used are under review by the Department of Xenotechnology, and any transcriptions found within the data logs will be transferred directly to the Department of Extrasolar Records for further processing.
Memory transcription subject: Governor Tarva of the Venlil Republic
Date [standardized human time]: March 1, 2143
A loud thudding tore into my dreamless slumber like a railgun slug through a ship's hull. Startled, I jolted upright with the covers falling away from my shoulders. Looking at my clock, I saw that it was the middle of my rest paw. There was another loud knocking; I got up and shambled towards the door with irritation. I was completely disheveled with my fur in a tangled mess and a bit of dried drool on my snout. I threw open the door ready to demand an explanation, only to find Kam standing in the door frame in seemingly worse condition than I was.
My anger evaporated and was replaced by confusion “Kam, what’s going on here? Did something happen?” I inquired. “We received an urgent alert half a claw ago from our system’s defense perimeter. We need you in the conference room” he answered, his tail quivering in agitation. My ears pinned back in horror. “I’ll be there momentarily!” I called over my shoulder as I sprinted across the suite. ‘Where the Arxur really here? So soon?’ I grabbed my datapad, rinsed my snout, and tidied the more unruly clumps of fur. I still had to look somewhat professional after all. I quickly grabbed my coat before leaving the room and following Kam. Together, we sprinted through the mansion, passing several officials and aides similarly sprinting to and from.
I burst into the conference room to find the rest of the security council already assembled. Quickly sitting down at the head of the table, I took a deep breath, steadying my nerves to address the situation at hand more calmly. “How many ships breached the perimeter?” I called out, considering possible battle strategies. Depending on how large the raid was, we might be able to stand our ground long enough for Federation reinforcements to arrive. We would need to evacuate as many as we could and get those we were unable to vacate into the underground shelter- “It’s not the Arxur ma’am” the defense commander said.
My train of thought completely derailed and exploded into a fireball. “Excuse me? D-Did you just say it wasn’t the Arxur?” I asked, stuttering at the sudden curveball. I looked at the security council before me, but no one challenged his statement. “Then what is it that we’re dealing with?” I asked, dumbfounded. The council briefly exchanged glances before Kam stood up with a datapad in his paws. “It would be easier if we showed you,” he stated. After scrolling through his datapad, he displayed an image on the main screen above. My jaw dropped and my tail went limp; I gave out a very undignified squeak as I tried to process what the speh I was looking at: Orbiting the System's only gas giant was a large moon. If I remembered astronomy class correctly, that planet didn’t have any moons.
“I… I don’t understand. How was something this large able to enter our borders undetected?” I asked, trying to find a reasonable answer to explain the impossible sight. Kam, sensing my mounting confusion, jumped in, “We don’t know or understand either. Orbital instruments around the heliopause never saw it coming or detected any kind of movement at the edge of the system. it just appeared in Venlil Beta’s orbit half a claw ago.” I stared at him flabbergasted. Eventually, I found my voice and rebutted “That’s not possible. Rogue planets, no matter how big or small, can’t just appear without being seen. There must have been some sort of malfunction in the detection array o-or we received false readings!” Yes, that must have been the case, it was an error that had been taken far too seriously! I tried to rationalize and find a logical answer, but deep down I knew they were telling the truth. “The sighting was confirmed by 9 patrol craft and 17 sensor stations in orbit around both Venlil Prime and Beta. There was no error” the Commander stated, dispelling any hope I had of a reasonable answer.
While the security council began debating on how the moon entered the system and what the next step should be, I stared back at the image before me trying to understand what we were faced with. The possibility of it being a super weapon by the Arxur was extremely unlikely since it would have been next to impossible to keep a project this large hidden. Before I knew it, a sense of trepidation washed over me and interrupted my line of thought. As I stared at the crimson landscape, the fear I found myself experiencing was nothing I have ever felt before: not with the mass graveyards made by war, not with the Arxur raids, or even the Arxur themselves. This feeling was new, more direful. Without noticing, I was tightly hugging myself with my claws digging into my arms as I began to tremble. ‘What was this? This foreboding feeling?’ It was like I was staring face to face with Arxur, but more monumentous. The terror I felt was overwhelming to the point of complete dissociation from the world around me.
Before this feeling of perturbation consumed me, Kam called out my name and snapped me back into reality. I looked over at Kam and saw the worry on his face. I glanced over the rest of the council and they all mimicked the same expression. “Governor Tarva, are you alright? You look like you just witnessed an Arxur raid.” I didn’t know what to say at this moment, but before I could formulate a response I felt a sharp pain in my arms. When I looked to see what was wrong, I realized I held myself so tightly I pierced my own skin! I hurriedly released myself, the sudden movement sending orange streaks across the table. I stared at my claws in horror, my own blood slightly glistening in the harsh fluorescent light.
Kam bolted up from his seat, the chair swaying as it fought to stay upright. Hurrying over, he grabbed me by the shoulders and hoisted me up to my paws. Escorting me to the door he called over his shoulder that the meeting would take a 10-minute recess. I for one just wanted to curl up into a ball and pray that this was all just a bad dream. I huddled into Kam’s side with blood soaking my fur and his. 'My claws must have damaged a major artery.’ We stormed into the infirmary, and the medical specialists recoiled in surprise at our sudden intrusion. When they saw my injuries they sprinted over, quickly guiding me onto one of the beds. They quickly applied a standard wound sealant and injected an antimicrobial solution to prevent infection.
As they worked I stared up at the ceiling, it felt like a fog had filled my brain. My awareness faded as it felt like I was sinking into a vast ocean of nothingness. I just wanted to rest, to sleep, to get as far away from that ‘moon’ as possible, to- “TARVA!” The sudden shouting tore me back to reality. Looking around I saw Kam standing next to me, squeezing my paw so hard that it hurt. “You were going into shock, try to stay alert,” he answered my unspoken question. I gave a weak tail flick, indicating that I understood. He grabbed a nearby chair and scooted to the side of my bed, wiggling my paw as he relaxed his grip. “Tarva, what happened?” he asked, his head turned to focus on me.
I stared back into that glassy orb, images of that moon floating up into my vision. I took a shaky breath, trying to gather my resolve. “While I was studying that picture, I felt… I don't know what I felt. It's- It's hard to put into words. It was like watching a child weep as they watch their parents get murdered, but worse.“ As I continued to talk he sat there, ears flicking to catch every word, his fingers lightly stroking my paw as I threatened to break down again. When my ramblings finally died down he stood up, “Tarva, I won’t challenge what you felt, but none of that makes any sense. Though given everything else that should be expected.” Walking over to the door he opened it, gesturing out to the hallway. “That being said, we need to figure out what is going on, and for that, we need to get back to work. You feel okay enough to return?” He asked, one of the medics stepped forward as if to object, but before she could I slid off the bed, wincing as my arms protested.
Slightly stumbling as the last vestiges of shock wore off, I followed Kam down the hallway. As we entered the rest of the Council turned to look at us. One of the councilors gave an inquisitive ear flick and I explained the feelings of dread I had felt. Several other councilors then said how they had experienced a similar sensation, although much more constrained in comparison to me. An awkward silence filled the room as everyone exchanged glances with each other. No one knew what to say, so I decided to break the silence “I have a reason to believe that despite this object’s unknown influence, it does not pose a threat as far as we know. If all it does is create feelings of unease in those who observe it, that won’t be much of an issue. That being said, I believe we need to send a team to investigate and collect as much information as we can about this object so we can understand its properties.”
After several moments of thought, Kam raised a paw, “I believe it would be best to first redirect civilian traffic away from the object, the fewer people that are aware of this, the less likely it will spark mass panic. We also need to send a small patrol ship carrying a research team to inspect the moon from the surface and begin gathering data.” After a minute of contemplative silence, I stood up, “Very well, we will now have a vote, all in favor of General Kam’s proposal?” Every paw went up, “Motion passes, begin making the necessary arrangements, unless there's anything else, this emergency meeting is adjourned,” I declared. As everyone began packing up I checked the clock, I still had time to rest before the official start of my day, I had to be somewhat well-rested for work.
As I laid on the couch back in my suite and closed my eyes, that thing appeared in my vision once again. I tried to forget it, but the sight of that thing was burned into my mind. When recalling the emotions I had previously experienced, it felt like I witnessed the death of my daughter for the second time, but the burden was significantly more overwhelming. I looked at my paw as my thoughts continued to linger on that moon. That thing might have been inanimate, but it felt like as I stared at it, It stared right back; it was almost as if it knew I could see it.
[Subject consciousness lost Memory transcription ended]
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2023.03.24 21:02 BasedChurchill B1513 - Fiscal Management Bill - Division

Fiscal Management Bill

enshrine rules of maintenance of fiscal responsibility and ensure due adherence of the same.
Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows —
(1) Fiscal Policy
(a) It is the duty of the Secretary of State to make a formal request of the Treasury and make a reasonable attempt to ensure that the fiscal deficit of any Budget shall be under 2% of the Gross Domestic Product.
(b) The Secretary of State, shall lay a statement along with the Finance Bill, explaining reasons if any if the fiscal deficit of any Budget proposed will be over 2% of the Gross Domestic Product.
(c) The Secretary of State, shall lay, upon the adoption of this Act, to both Houses of Parliament, an Order describing the various fiscal management principles, indicators, and targets, that will be utilized by the Treasury when developing the Budget and determining the Fiscal Deficit, and other economic indicators.
(d) The Secretary of State must, upon the enactment of this Act, lay an Order to both Houses of Parliament, providing a suitable target wherein the fiscal deficit of the economy shall be eliminated as a whole.
(e) The Comptroller and Auditor-General must review periodically as required, the compliance of the provisions of this Act and such reviews shall be made and laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament.
(f) “fiscal deficit” means the excess of total disbursements, from the Consolidated Fund, excluding repayment of debt, over total receipts into the Fund (excluding the debt receipts), during a financial year.
(2) Borrowings from the Bank of England
(a) The Treasury, shall not borrow from the Bank of England, under any circumstance excluding situations, as deemed fit by Section 3 of the Act.
(3) Financial Emergencies
(a) The Secretary of State, may, in case of any situation deemed as a financial emergency and improper to execute the duties outlined in this Act, through a motion approved by the House of Commons, be exempt from specific provisions of this Act for a period not exceeding two years.
(4) UK National Emergency Fund
(a) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State, to create a fund entitled the UK National Emergency Fund (UKNEF) and allocate funding as deemed appropriate, to the same under every Finance Bill.
(b) The main purpose of the Fund shall be to serve as an alternate source of borrowing, should any need arise, such as a Financial Emergency, as defined by Section 3 of this Act or any other force majeure event.
(c) The Secretary of State, shall lay an Order, defining the interpretation of “force majeure event” to both Houses of Parliament, as mentioned in Section 4(b) of this Act.
(d) The Secretary of State, shall be empowered, to lay an Order, to both Houses of Parliament, defining the management, execution, and the utilisation of the UK National Emergency Fund.
(5) Short Title, Repeals, Extent and Commencement
(a) This Act can be cited as Fiscal Management Act 2023
(b) This Act shall extend to England United Kingdom only.
(c) This Act shall commence in the immediate financial year upon receipt of Royal Assent.
(1) Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act 2003 (India)
This Bill was authored by the Rt Hon. Sir Sir_Neatington LG LD LP DCB OM PC, Member of Parliament for Central London, as a Bill in the name of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
Opening Speech
Madame Deputy Speaker,
With the recent government mismanagement and misrepresentation of Public Debt, it has become clearer than ever before, that the need of the hour is clearer fiscal transparency, and this Bill achieves that. Taking inspiration from the successful FRBM Act 2003 from India, this Act intends on creating a formal fiscal framework which future Governments will have to abide by sound Financial Regulation, which will prevent such incidents in the future.
This Bill firstly establishes a requirement that the Fiscal Deficit of a Budget must remain under 2% of the National GDP, in this case, it will be all the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom. It also sets out a formal definition for Fiscal Deficit to ensure that future Governments do not misuse the wordings of this Act, to not make vague announcements on adherence to Fiscal Policy.
This will be regulated by the fact that a Statement must be presented with the Budget, explaining how the Government has adhered to this rule, and if they have breached, what were the due reasons for the same. Section 1(c) will mean that the Secretary of State will have to lay down fiscal responsibility rules to the House, which will be followed by that Government in preparing the Budget. This section is intentionally left this way, to allow some wiggle room for Governments from across different parties and ideologies to make their own rules, to be followed.
This Act complements the guidelines laid down in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2010. Section 1(d) ensures that the powers given by 1(c) on making their rules is kept to a bay, by mandating that a proper time frame be instituted for the purposes of eliminating the Fiscal Deficit, and repaying all borrowing obligations. Section 1(e) allows for the Comptroller and the Auditor General of the United Kingdom to serve as an impartial body which can monitor the progress of Governments in adherence to their targets and by presenting reports on its progress to Parliament, allowing for greater scrutiny of Government Officials.
Section 2, establishes that the Government may not borrow a loan from the Bank of England, unless there exists a ‘financial emergency’. This sets into law the precedent that the Government will not ordinarily borrow from the Bank of England, unless there presents extenuating circumstances. Section 3 defines the ability of the Government to bypass the rules of this Act, for a period not exceeding two years, with the approval of the House of Commons. Section 4 is an innovation which will allow for future borrowings without having to work through debt instruments.
Section 4 establishes the UK National Emergency Fund, a funding pool which the Westminster annually allocates funds to, which can be used as an alternate source of borrowing, should uncertain events occur. By allowing this fund to be established, we have established another funding pot, should a natural calamity or other force majeure events occur in our British soil. This section provides for enough autonomy for the Secretary of State, to create the conditions, emoluments, execution and maintenance of such funds.
While I do understand that Fiscal Discipline is not an issue that many may share my passion in, we do realise that it is key to ensure that our future is secured, and that happens through our Fiscal Management Act, and thus I urge all members to vote in favour.
I commend this Bill.
This division shall end on Monday 27th of March at 10pm GMT.
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2023.03.24 20:55 bostonglobe Why do the new Red and Orange Line cars beep so much?

There have been so many problems with the MBTA’s new Red and Orange Line cars — derailments, a battery explosion, loose brake bolts, malfunctioning doors, disconnected wiring, years-long delays — that weary riders have likely forgotten one of the long-awaited cars’ most criticized features: The incessant, loud beeping sound they make when the doors are open.
Now — four years after the first new train began carrying passengers — the T is retrofitting the fleet with a different, less frequent sound.
The change is the result of testing last year with riders who are blind or visually impaired. The sound is meant to guide riders to the doors and indicate that the doors are still open.
The retrofitting began in January, said Laura Brelsford, the T’s assistant general manager for systemwide accessibility. So far, 64 of the 82 new Orange Line cars and all 12 of the new Red Line cars have the new sound, said T spokesperson Joe Pesaturo.
The new sound aims to address concerns from the general riding public — that the beeps are disruptive and too loud — without sacrificing the benefits for riders who are blind or visually impaired, Brelsford said.
“We had reason to believe that this was a new feature that was going to take folks a while to get used to,” she said. “We really began looking into it as complaints persisted.”
The beeping feature is a much-welcomed assist for riders who are blind and visually impaired, said Reggie Ramos, director of Inclusive Public Transit at the Institute for Human Centered Design, the Boston firm contracted by the T to test the feature.
Eleven riders reviewed their experiences using the new Orange Line trains from October to December last year, Ramos said, and chose a new chime from five options provided by the T. The group reported that the feature was “extremely helpful,” Ramos said, especially when boarding.
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“Manufacturing Competence” (1960s) is a color, promo film presented by the General Electric (G.E.) Computer Department headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The film discusses the development, manufacture, and testing of computers. This film features copious scenes of women's role on the assembly line, automatic production methods, and shots of the ERMA 100 Series and 200 Series machines. ERMA stood for Electronic Recording Machine, Accounting. This was a computer technology that automated bank bookkeeping and check processing. It was developed at the nonprofit research institution SRI International under contract from Bank of America starting in 1950. The first production ERMA system, known as the GE-100, was installed in 1959.
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2023.03.24 20:11 InfinityOracle Considerations About Zen in Modern Times

First I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to improving my understanding of Zen history and exposing the great depth of ignorance on my part. Despite heavy criticism of zen it is my view that zen actually reflects very much the modern evolution of Zen in our areas of the world pretty well. The conflicts that exist here reflect the various attitudes, beliefs, discoveries, and understanding of Zen as it has been uncovered for us. No doubt this is an ongoing and ever changing evolution that deals directly with the matter of Zen.
I hope to present a few things for consideration, as well as expose any ignorance that is remaining on my part concerning the matter for clarification and meaningful discussion.
An overview
As it appears to me, Zen came to most of us due to a sparked interest in Zen in the west from an array of sources. Primarily through various streams coming from Japan. Anything from anthropologists studying Japanese culture, to various Roshis and leaders coming to our area of the world to share Zen. Secondly from other scholarly and academic sources interested in narrowing their understanding of Buddhist history throughout the world, records, translations, and so forth, and publishing the works for public consumption.
This all forms the basis of information we have on Zen as it has been presented to us in modern times. As with any study, there are major areas of controversy, misrepresentation, theories of various sorts, as well as traditional ties, political and religious motives, to sift through in an attempt to understand a clearer picture of Zen in our times.
At the heart of much of the controversy we are confronted with a few distinct areas of contention I hope to address here.
Tradition vs Record
Much of the initial information on Zen came to us through traditional means. That is, from practitioners of modern schools presenting Zen to us as their traditional institutions have preserved it in their own cultural frame. Historically, the first traditional presentations occurred going back to 1893, when Soyen Shaku and four other priests, representing Rinzai Zen, Jōdo Shinshū, Nichiren, Tendai, and Esoteric schools, spoke at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Shaku later sent D. T. Suzuki to the US, and he became the foremost leading academic on Zen Buddhism in the West. Active movements to present this traditional perspective of Zen was introduced by Hsuan Hua in 1962. With him was brought Chinese Pure Land, Tiantai, Vinaya, and Vajrayana Buddhism. A decade later Sheng-yen brought Japanese Soto and Rinzai.
Most sources at that time through modern traditions, though the former was a more academic avenue, while the other was in the form of accepting students in the tradition. These two distinctions persist in contrast to one another to this day.
Though D.T. Suzuki's contribution was invaluable, it has been through a much broader academic study that much of the Zen record itself has come into a clearer light. In the process, it shed some unfavorable light on the modern transitions. Drawing into question claims about lineage, teachings, and practices of those modern traditions in contrast to the historical records.
Modern Adaptation of Tradition and Consensus
As academia attempts to form a functional consensus concerning Zen, modern traditions have started to adapt their teachings to catch up. This has been presented to me in a number of ways. In the tract of traditional modern teachers, it is obvious that some handwaving goes on. It is like they are saying "Yeah we know that our lineage was formed on a poor basis, but that doesn't matter now because we really get it" Yet they maintain a claim of lineage. It makes sense to me that they are very invested in the tradition, and don't know how to reconcile the matter yet. Though clearly they have been adapting their teachings to more conform with parts of the historical record. Utilizing new discoveries found in the record as they are translated in various languages by scholars.
I see two major conflicts that confront the three main schools of modern tradition as it has appeared to me.
I admit my knowledge on Buddhist Zen as it exists today is limited. However, it is my view that the conflict here is that other elements of Buddhist schools of thought have been overlaid upon the Zen record which were not a part of the 1000 year records. Zen masters spoke on various matters, no doubt related to Buddhism. However, they clearly did not emphasize elements of Buddhism, which modern traditions of Zen do. At very least that draws into question how well modern traditions actually represent Zen, or how much they are merely repackaging other schools of Buddhism under the title of Zen. For example, the hyper focus on the EFP in contrast to the four statements of Zen, or the reliance on religious practice and ritual in contrast to the simplicity that the Zen record illustrates. In some circles they are quickly adapting. They cannot help but to recognize the Zen record as it stands, and are minimizing the impact by changing how they interpret the record and interpret the modern tradition. In the western front, this is directly seen in one form as it was described to me, a reshaping of structure, power, motive, and influence. While others appear to still be in the mode of ignoring the Zen record and essentially handwave it away to maintain authority representation of their tradition.
A conflict I see within the Rinzai sect relates to their heavy reliance on koan study. As it appears to me the Zen record never indicates that one should be hung up on a koan. The closest to this concept was Wumen's expedient means of utilizing doubt, wonderment, or anxiety to encourage students to directly confront the whole matter and break through. The notion of a list of questions with predetermined answers is completely at odds with the actual Zen record. I can hunt down the text that addresses this at some point. But from my understanding the Zen masters said if you do not instantly understand the metaphors or other statements of the masters, to immediately discard them and move on. This makes complete sense to me, because the fundamental matter is instantaneous in nature.
Lingering on words is constantly mentioned by the masters as a disease, pit, nest, or other similar terms. This school too is adapting their practices and implementing changes trying to conform to this truth in various ways. Yet it really draws into question the "enlightenment" of its teachers for a number of reasons. Foremost is the near deceptive nature of such adaptations, while also considering the fact that they claimed enlightenment through means the ancient Zen masters said were all pits. Conceptual traps of thinking claimed to be deep insights into a fundamental matter beyond words.
The fact they may have solved a mental puzzle itself isn't proof of enlightenment according to the Zen record, in fact the puzzles as they appear to be, were not puzzles to solve in the first place. They were to confront the student by placing them into an unsolvable realization of the nature of reality. To end such conceptualization, is the opposite of using a conceptualization to approve enlightenment. I find it nearly impossible for such a school to reconcile this issue aside from a complete disavowing of the school as it has been. Publicly, officially, and honestly.
The Soto school faces a similar plight. For years they clearly taught mindless sitting as though it is the ultimate goal. While modern teachers might claim now that it isn't the case as they conform their teachings to modern academic revelations, it is clear that for years they actually approved this as valuable insight.
The Zen record shows this to be in error, describing it as cultivating lumps of clay, or mocking it as pointless sitting rituals. Academia has been slowly approaching the fundamental issues of this school for some time, clearly sensitive to the tradition, while also presenting the facts as they come to light. The main issue being that the school's lineage is riddled with inconsistencies and its teaching seeming to completely depart from anything found in the Zen record. In a similar way we see an effort to adapt occurring, yet the same issues are present as the Rinzai school. I find it nearly impossible for such a school to reconcile this issue aside from a complete disavowing of the school as it has been. Publicly, officially, and honestly.
Modern Enlightenment
This brings me to some of the claims made about these various schools. That enlightenment has occurred within the school. This is certainly possible, that regardless of the fact these schools claim specific fixed paths, the ancient masters actually taught that there is no fixed path. Therefore, even within notions of a fixed path, enlightenment can occur.
I have not personally resolved this, as I haven't met any modern person claiming to be a master yet. However based upon the testament of others, I am willing at this point to accept that possibility.
At the same time, I have some questions for these masters. Mainly surrounding the topic as it has been presented here. Why have they not publicly, officially, and honestly come out about these facts the Zen record has exposed? Why do they continue to claim a lineage that has been shown to be invalid. Why do they continue to teach a formalism that was discouraged by the ancient Zen masters? And so on. If they are truly enlightened, these questions should easily be resolved.
Oscillations of Insight
Within even the 1000 year old record we see oscillations, times when Zen rapidly expanded or quickly retracted. It is my view that the active interest in Zen may represent a move towards such a Zen movement. At the heart of this movement are those truly interested in studying Zen, not willing to take substitutions or false representations of the matter the Zen record points to.
There are a number of elements that must exist for this to be successful I won't go into much detail about here. But some of them are as follows. It must be honest, and it must at very least match what we see in the record in essence. I can't stress the essence enough, as it is the basis of enlightenment, and the basis for how such a system is to arise. It is part of human nature to fall into suffering. The Zen masters point out the relation that nature has, with trying to formalize the teaching itself into a fixed nature. When the essence of Zen actually has no such fixed nature.
This brings me to my final point for now on these matters. That is zen and the modern developments. I'm not convinced that the Zen masters had any sense of formalism to their own schools. While it might be true that the tradition involves expedient methods one might call distinctions between various schools, the Zen masters describe them as expedient for good reason.
This is perhaps easily seen in Mazu's sudden change between Buddha is mind, and mind is not Buddha. The essence of the teaching did not change at all, the expedient means seem to have changed dramatically. But the essence is not dual in nature. Mind is Buddha is not distinctly different from Mind is not Buddha. Nor is the idea that Mind is both Buddha while also being Not Buddha the essence either. In fact no nest of conceptualization or understanding can be made.
It cannot be canonized in this way. When the Zen masters refer to the tradition, they do so in the most casual way if at all, or discredit the importance of such a notion altogether by mocking students for seeking the drool of the master's lips, or so on.
So what would a modern Zen master look like? How would they pass on the lineage?
In my view, they wouldn't look like a Zen master. The main reason has directly to do with the expedient means. The expedient means exist proportional to circumstances behind the phenomenon of the society in which it arises. Dealing with the student right where they are. Not as some pretend ancient Zen master, trying to maintain a tradition as though it is 1000 years ago in ancient China.
We have the freedom to operate well outside of formalistic appearances to appease political powers enough to allow our ability to teach. So there is very little if any reason for any appearance of formalism to persist.
How does one prove their lineage as a valid teacher so they can teach students? What is a valid reason for such proving in our modern times? Much less a teacher attracting students?
The simplicity is the basis of enlightenment. That is the lineage if there ever was one, and without enlightenment, the lineage is false anyway. What is the need in a formal recognition of this enlightenment in the modern age?
To me there isn't one. There is more of a basis to reveal fake teachers or unenlightened banter, than there is to have a formal system people place a reliance on. This seems consistent to what the Zen masters taught, regardless of the fact the system they were in had the appearance of formal values.
With this knowledge comes two resolutions. That while there is a growing value in the honesty, and consistency of reviewing the record, there is also the possibility of enlightened people who have the appearance of formal lineage.
I say if you're enlightened from such a formal lineage, fairly and honestly address these matters. If you're unaffiliated to any formal lineage examine the record and fairly bring forth the matter with consistency and honesty.
It appears to me that is a major functional component of zen and maintaining those standards are of the utmost importance if we dare to uncover the matter of Zen.
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