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2020.10.22 19:25 Rude_LifeguardEvery group/soloist that debuted before 2017 paved the way for kpop to be what it is today in the us.
There is always alot of talk about who paved the way some people say that it was Bts and some people say that is was the second gen of kpop, but everysingle group and soloist that was popular betwen 2000 to 2017 had a hand at making kpop what it is today, this was not a one man job and i think saying that BTS did it on their own is disrespectfull to all of the people that came before them and saying that they had nothing to do with it is disrespectfull to what they have achived. Lest go dow the timeline of kpop in the us. 2005:
Rain performes at the Madison Square Garden in NY for an audience of 12000
MTV korea is launched in the us
Rain rankes #1 on TIME 100 poll
Rain rankes #1 on TIME 100 poll
JYP is the first kpop artist to be in the billboard magazine cover
Rain debuts in Hollywood
Rain is the first kpop idol to guest on the Late Night Show
BoA is the first kpop idol to performe at the IHear Radio music show
BoA´s album BoA is the first kpop album to enter the top 200 of Billboard
Wonder Girld open the Jonas Brothers concerts in their North America leg of the tour
Wonder Girls performes at the Wendy Williams show, first kpop act to performe in american tv
Wonder Girls´s "Nobody" is the first kpop song to enter the hot 100
Wonder Girls performe on "So you think you can dance"
SM Town live 2010 grosses 1.1 million dollar and is featured on Billboard´s hot tours top 10 at #10
Wonder Girls are the first kpop group to feature on Billboards "21 under 21" at #16
JYJ is the first kpop idol to performe at live at Billboard studios
JYJ is #5 on Billboard Readers' Poll Your Fave Album Of 2010
Wonder Girls is the #1 group voted "Best Mashup Monday of 2011" Billboard poll
Hyuna is featured on Billboards "21 under 21" at #17
Rain is #1 on TIME 100 poll
Girl´s Generation is the first kpop group to performe at a late-nigh show (Late Show with David Letterman)
Girl´s Generation is the first kpop group to performe on a us morning show (Live with Kelly and Michael)
Wonder Girls premiers a movie on Nick
Bing Bang´s "Bing Bang alive" is the second kpop album to chart on the top 200
Psy´s Gamgan Style goes viral
Psy is the #1 on social 50 chart, first kpop idol to do so
Psy is the first kpop idol to performen at the MTV music awards
Psy is the first kpop idol to hit #1 on Bubbling under Hot 100
Psy is the first kpop idol to performe at SNL
IU is on the "Billboard 21 under 21" at #15
Psy is the first kpop idol to hit #2 in the hot 100
Psy is #1 on the Hot rap song top 100
Psy is the 1st kpop artist performs on American Music Award show
Psy is the first kpop artist to performe at the NY new years eve celebration
Psy gets RIAA certification, first kpop artist to get it
Psy is the first kpop artis to win a Billboard Music award
G dragon and Shinee are the firts kpop idols to be on Billboard's World Albums Artists Year End chart
2NE1 guests on the Batchelor
2NE1 is #1, #1 and #3 on Billboard Girl Group Week Readers' Poll
Crayon Pop opens for Lady Gaga
2NE1´s i am the best is used on a Microsof ad for the US
Psy breaks the youtube number counter
2NE1 performes at ANTM
2NE1 is #6 on Rolling Stones " 20 best pop albums of 2014"
BTS first solo concerts
Exo has the largest album sales in the US
"Make it pop" is a kpop inspired tv show with three asian leads
Bing Bang is the 1st group with three #1's on World Digital Songs chart
Bing Bang is featured on Billboard Hot Tours top 10 at #10
Taeyeon hits #1 on the World Albums chart
Exo and Disney release "Light Saber"
Ta-ra is #1 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off
Got 7 is the 2nd artists chart on Artist 100 chart
Got7 peaks at #2 behind JB on Social 50 chart
Epik High performes at Coachella
Ta-ra is #1 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off
Cl is the 1st female soloist charts on Billboard Hot 100
BTS is the 1st group tops Social 50 chart
BTS is the 1st act with three albums on the Billboard 200 chart
In betwen 2003 and 2016 there were 90 kpop related concerts in the US
This is without mentioning all of the groups and soloist who had a hand at making kpop popular and respected both in korea and in japan. So, as you can see there were a lot of "first" before BTS came into the picture and BTS has become the "first" in different categories, and honestly we will have a lot of more "first" in the future, kpop hasnt hit its peak and there are still a couple of markets that they havent entered or grabbed with a tight fist yet, and all of the groups that are in the 4th gen will have to pave the way in those markets to make sure that Kpop is semented as arespect and longlasting genre in the music industry and doest become just a fluke
2020.10.22 06:20 Heineken20202Data and trends behind all of my Bumble matches over the years.
So I have been using Bumble on and off since about 2018 so it has been two years. I went dormant for about a year in 2019 due to work and because Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, and nightlife were treating me well. As soon as COVID-19 lockdowns hit, I started using Bumble again. After some boredom, I reflected on my results. Bumble is a tougher app to do well on. I feel like compared to Hinge where I have had 187 matches to date, on Bumble the percentage is significantly lower. I can do this post right now because I didn't have that much to observe. At the same time, I notice Bumble has the hottest girls and highest quality of all the apps in terms of pure looks. A little bit about me. I would say that as a 6'1 South Asian guy, a bit on the lighter skin side if that means anything, I have some work to do physically. I am not the 6 pack abs fitness model yet and lean slightly on the chubby side, has gotten worse since the pandemic. I am one of those guys who looks fit enough with clothes on but needs to put in time building that shredded body. Whatever failures I have had, I do not attribute them exclusively to race because I am not at my peak looks yet. Turning 28 in November so I better get on it. I did however have higher quality professional pics done for the app and that is when I started to get matches like crazy. I also moved cities and traveled to a couple foreign countries, using Bumble there. Used Bumble in Atlanta, NYC, Bogota, Miami, and Vancouver. Best was Bogota in terms of lots of matches in a short amount of time. I am also somewhat picky, I don't go for huge girls or girls who are hideous. My range is in that 6 to sometimes 8 range. In Colombia, I matches with the highest quality and quantity. My preference does lean more for good looking Indian, white, and Hispanic girls but I'll give any race a chance. Results so far. Matches that are still active/in conversations/valid profiles = 52 Matches overall = 80 (when we count in profiles that say "deleted user" but show the convos while the profile is no longer valid) Dates = 12 Lays = 5 I am not counting here likes and women who matched with me but never messaged, app deletes those after 24 hrs. If we were to count those, I'd be over a 100. Data behind the matches. I observed my 52 matches that are still active conversations. By race White = 22 Hispanic = 17 (overwhelmingly from my time in Colombia, like maybe 4 were American Latinas) Asian = 3 Indian = 4 Black = 2 (if you count mixed then 5) Mixed + other = 4 Digging down more on race and some trends. 1 - I noticed that the white girls I matched with were pure white, like they looked extremely white. My type is more of that Gal Gadot or Dua Lipa look, rarely match with that look. Most white girls I matched with were either blondes, a couple redheads, and the brunettes were just ghostly white looking (think Ireland, England, and that part of the world). I'd say pure white brunettes were my most common match tied with blondes. Even my European friends say that an Indian dude who is well put together can clean house in Ireland, Scandinavia, the UK, and Northern Europe but will struggle a lot in a place like Spain or the Mediterranean. I've also seen in real life that the white girls who are very receptive and cool to me are Irish, English, or Northern European background while white women of more Southern European background are very rude. 2 - While I match with Indian girls a fair amount on Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel, I rarely matched with them on Bumble. Then again, I did not notice that many of them on Bumble either. Despite all the narrative of the self-hate in the Indian community, I've done quite well with Indian women. I notice even the westernized ones are really cool with me and it has made me have an overwhelming preference for them over the years. Somehow, Indian girls largely seem to be okay with hooking up with and being with a cool Indian guy who is not the stereotype. I would say I am somewhat of a happy camper since some Indian girls have the kind of look I go crazy for (dark hair and olive skin). 3 - The most glaring one, I did really well with Latinas in Bogota and I think I had about 30 likes in my first day there, I do terribly with them in America. I was choosy in who I selected and landed matches with some dimes there. It really gets me how different my experiences with Latinas there were compared to the US where they have been largely negative, probably the worst of all the groups. From what I see, Latinas in the US are either whitewashed sellouts who passionately stick by whites or ghetto Latinas that prefer black guys. I have largely had a bad experience with the ones in the US which leads me to avoid most of them these days. 4 - An uptick in likes from blondes and Asian girls in 2020. I have seen that blondes and Asian women have taken a lot of interest in my brown ass in 2020, not sure what this tells of trends. Looking around in NYC, I have seen a lot more young Indian guys with Asian girls and blonde women as well. In terms of interracial relationships in NYC, it is usually white girls then Asian girls then black girls and a distant last place is Latinas. My thought is that Indian men are becoming mainstream in a somewhat uniquely appealing way. One other reason is that Northern European descent white girls and Asian girls head to college in large numbers and good schools which means they have probably seen some cool Indian guys who fit the mold of a frat star or cool guy so cool Indians have been normalized. Compare this to say a Latina or a white girl from a more Southern European background (Albanian, Italian, Greek, etc.) who prefers super macho guys and is raised to see men of my background as a stereotype. Now this could explain why I have done the worst with this demographic in an environment where pics are all they have to go off of. Stay tuned for my next observation on another app. I would like to contribute my observation and trends from Hinge and CMB. Hinge is gonna be tough since I will have to look through 187 matches!
2020.10.22 02:10 LuckyDuck99Andromeda - Series 5 - Thoughts and Observations - Part 6 - The Final Act!
But first, a word from our sponsors...... Well damn. I only just noticed I didn’t add the series 5 part in the last T&O title. Now it don’t be lining up. Sorry to all the OCD’ers out there. As you know Reddit don’t be letting you edit titles so there’s nothing I can do ( except re-post the whole thing of course but nobody wants that.... ) What can I say? I’m over 800 years old. These things happen when you get to that age. I’m surprised I even made it this far to finish this whole thing in the first place. What with the end of the world and folks dropping like flies left and right. In fact if you want my advice stop reading this nonsense right NOW and text that cute girl you like cause tomorrow might be too late. For those without crushes we now return to the programme. Well here we are at the end. Have you all been following along at home? If you go back and read all these parts in order I’m sure it would show my gradual decline in sanity but that’s just what life ( and reviewing old TV shows... ) does to you. Life burns us all out in the end. Still before the second end of the world potentially blows my flame out I have to finish this for you folks. ( and myself of course, that is after all why I did it.... ) So, the last two episodes ever of Andromeda. The series that shook the sci fi world to it’s core back twenty odd years ago. Well maybe not it’s core exactly more to it’s mantle? ..... shell?..... outer layer?...... oh it doesn’t matter. Still, fair play not many series go the distance and clock up 110 episodes. Of course the fact that about 108 of them were bad is another matter but there you go. The point is if we can say one thing about Andromeda it is this......... Rommie ( the android/interface/hologram ) was and still is the best thing ever!!!!! Take that short haired blondie out of Stargate!!!!! ( I’ve known nuns with longer hair..... ) But she was in the military they have to have it short, you say..... yeah, yeah, whatever...... So after a lacklustre 20 episodes we have to wrap up not only this series 5 plot line ( even though we did back in episode 20..... ) but the entire series as a whole. This is a HUGE task. Can the guys behind the scenes pull it off? ( Hmmmmmm, I wonder about that...... ) Lets find out. But first, lets recap. Last time on Thoughts and Observations....... Our hero had just about had it with all this. Wading through and then having to write reviews for episodes so bad they were making his head spin was not a smart thing to be doing. It was even less smart when he realised that he wasn’t getting paid for it, it was making his blood boil and he was wasting ( valuable? ) time doing all this. He was ready to quit. But then.... He remembered........ Everything is a waste of time in a Godless, senseless, meaningless universe that exists only as a joke largely to piss him off anyway and on top of that he’d wasted over 800 years already so a few more wouldn’t make any difference. So, renewed with a new sense of purpose he battled onwards. Determined to see this through to the bitter end just to be able to say.......... “And now the conclusion” ( see, like on Star Trek..... They used to say that on Star Trek when they did 2 part episodes. They used to say it at the start of part 2, well I mean it wouldn’t make any sense if they said it at the start of part 1 would it. Nurse Chapel used to say it in the voice of the computer, you could replay it over and over on VHS if you wanted, you folks don’t remember ANY of this, do you? No? Of course you don’t..... Damn, I’m old....... ) Episode 21. So we start on planet 1, where else, we blew up all the others. Where the natives are getting restless. The sudden influx of an additional 22 trillion people is already starting to take it’s toll just like the meat head guy warned. ( give it another 3 weeks and you’ll really see trouble... ) Hey, that’s the chick out of HIMYM. Son a bitch what’s she doing here, oh hang on you folks won’t know what HIMYM is, to your generation she is the chick out the Avengers movies. Let me start over. Hey that’s the chick out of those Avengers movies. Son of a bitch what’s she doing here???? Boi this is great, I love this chick and now she’s gonna be in a whole episode. I sure hope they don’t waste her in a blink and you’ll miss it cameo as some sort of mad refuge that only gets a few seconds of screen time............oh!.........ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Well that’s the first screw up right there. Why didn’t they make her someones wife. God damn it!!! I guess people are starting to understand that there just isn’t the food to feed the 22 trillion people that Dylan saved from EIGHT entire planets, well apart from the Asian cult members. He let seven billion of them die, but to his credit it was their choice, well I mean apart from a lifetime of brainwashing that lead them to make that choice.... yeah..... Now they face a slow painful drawn out death. Thanks Dylan. Then Andrea ( is she her own woman again now then and not part of the wonder twins?.... ) and Beka assault a meat head guy just to show you that sistas can indeed do it for themselves. ( well I mean as long as one of them is a super hyper powered robot at least..... ) And you all thought Girl Power was 2020. Hah. I was there back in 1798. Let me tell you it ain’t nothing new. Hell for that matter it was all going on back in 1068 BC and I wasn’t even around for that one. Hell, you can go all the way back to the damn Garden of Eden and even then it was going on. But it ain’t new, no sir. They just keep telling each new generation that it is. Trance who we can only assume is the good one puts on a light show like that moon guy did back in the Mature Woman / Trance love affair / Bounty Hunter episode, ( you figure out which one that was, I ain’t going back to check.... ) Later on back aboard the ship which is still in pitch darkness by the way Trance finally explains after 109 episodes what she could have explained in 30 seconds back in episode 2 of series 1..... Namely that she is part of a group of Super Gods that are at war with the Abyss and this War in Heaven if you will has played out throughout the ages. But she left because she wasn’t on board with their plans to win. Andrea calls Harper out on his BS. He in turn talks about Earth ( wonder if that will play out in some way later..... ) and then Andrea starts acting up. Trance teleports Dylan into the city of the Gods. Finally, some fucking light in this show. You see folks, you see how much better it is when you can actually see stuff? Damn, now everyone is Trance, as if one wasn’t bad enough. On the plus side it does save on the casting. Hey here’s an idea. You got the chick out of HIMYM hanging around, why didn’t you make her all the Trances? Rather than the one second you gave her as a food starved mad woman...... Hold up. Trance says they all adopt the same form. So why was Trance purple back in series 1/2 and had a fucking tail??????? Did all the other Trances look like that back then and we just never knew cause we never saw them till now?????? But then another chick shows up and she don’t be looking like no Trance. In fact she looks like a mature woman and you know how much luck they have in this series. This doesn’t bode well for her. Plus WHY doesn’t SHE look like Trance if they all adopt the SAME form?????? Anyway she takes Dylan walkabout and explains her plan. ( you all know Dylan is not into MILFS so he views her as an enemy..... ) Her plan is to blow up all three galaxies. Taking out the Magog and the Abyss along the way. Ok, I can sort of see now why Trance might have thought that wasn’t a very good idea. Plus wouldn’t it take like a a hundred trillion years to do anyway given that space is moving away from everything else every second very fast. Also the Abyss wants to blow up the universe as well so........ But the mature woman does make some valid points even more so for Gods that exist outside of all reality. Burn the universe down and do over. I can see her point. You know from their point of view you can’t really fault it’s logic. Dylan faults it and YOU will fault it but that’s only because neither he nor YOU can see the bigger picture. If I was a God that lived outside time I’d totally get behind this plan. The crew get together to talk about all this. Seems I was wrong, instead of taking tens of trillions of years to wipe out three whole galaxies Rommie says it will happen almost instantly. No idea how but hey look on the bright side everyone will die super quick, unlike all the people Dylan “saved” who will die very slowly, very soon now due to lack of food and water.... Either way there’s nothing we can do to stop it anyway since it’s back in the other universe. The one we can’t get too. We’ve now spent 21 episodes in this universe. There wouldn’t even be any point in going back to ours at this point. Time to call it Dylan. It’s over. But then..... Andrea gets a hologram message which is why she was acting up and it’s from.... The Seven Days guy who hasn’t been seen since the episode with the Goth chick in it and the locked shuttle. Damn that was episode 7 or 8 wasn’t it? He says that Dylan is now the last of the Jedi ( paradine... ) and then he dies for real this time, maybe..... Not really sure how that helped us but there you go. Dylan asks the mature woman to let them out of this galaxy for some reason, and she for some reason agrees. So that means all 22 trillion people that Dylan spent all those episodes saving will now starve to death with him nowhere to be found. You see, just like always. Create a problem then run away from it before it all goes pear shaped. Same old Dylan. People with hero complex’s always act like this. It’s just what they do. Everyone else is also eager to bail. The wrath of an angry mob would not have been pretty and 22 trillion people is a LOT to hold off. Even Andrea knows what’s up. She wants off too. So finally after 21 and a half fucking episodes we do in fact leave this system that the show has been trapped in. FFS, is it worth it at this point? The mature woman takes them to the cube thing with the silly name. You see, mature women always deliver. Time to fly through the cube and have a mini flashback to all the great moments of series 5.... yeah..... also we get the damn choir music from the end of series 4 again. It didn’t work then. It doesn’t work now. It does however waste a lot of screen time. Screen time that could have been better used to FLESH OUT THE STORY maybe??????????? And there you have it. 21 episodes and 23.30 minutes into this one and we finally get back to our own universe. It’s too bad about all those people that are going to die back in the pocket reality. With the ship still in dark mode we take on board one of those Tri guys and he says that the Commonwealth is dying......... ( yet again... ) and that the Magog World Ship is heading.... wait what!!!???? The Magog World Ship???? The one we blew straight to hell at the end of series 4???? THAT Magog World Ship???? What the fuck!!!! Trance went all supernova on it’s arse and it survived??? Well that’s it then. Fuck it. We might as well call it now cause that thing CANNOT be stopped. You see, I was right if the Magog had been wiped from reality at the start none of this would have happened. Dylan let me talk some sense in to you for just a moment. Get back to the pocket verse. The mature woman is RIGHT. Let the universe end and we start over. This time without the bastard Magog. Either way this universe is over. Face fucking facts just for once in your damn life. It’s over!!!!!! Seems only 4 days have passed back in this universe where as decades went by in the pocket universe where the whole gang fucked about doing all the crazy shit of series 5. Tri guy also has some info on Rhades wife. Wait, Rhades wife is alive? The one he kept harping on about in series 5 but forgot to mention in series 4 like AT ALL, and REALLY forgot to mention when he was carrying on with Number 1 from B5. But he kept saying she was dead. He played up about it episode after episode. All that damn drinking to forget.... I wonder who she is........ Son of a bitch that’s the chick out of HIMYM...... ( force of habit... ) .....those Avengers movies, what the hell, how can she be here? She was a mad refuge on planet 1. Now she’s Rhades wife, what the hell!!!! This is crazy!!! You gonna tell her all about that little adventure with number 1 right Rhade? ( yeah I know Rhade can have 50 wives if he wants... BUT don’t tell me they ain’t gonna be mad with each other. If Maria Hill here knew about Number 1 she’d be ready to go all Medea on his arse.... ) So was Rhades wife on planet 1 all along and we just never knew, but that wouldn’t make any sense, so she must be playing a DIFFERENT character to the refuge character we saw at the start of this episode which also doesn’t really make any sense either cause why would you cast the chick out of HIMYM ( even though that hasn’t happened yet..... well it has but not when this was happening........ you see when you start messing with time things get confusing real quick... ) .....those Avengers movies.... ( which also haven’t happened yet either, well not from the point of view of ..... oh never mind.... ) and then cast her again as a different character in the SAME story??? Also, this........ Why is this meeting taking place in a PITCH DARK corridor on Andromeda? The hell. This ship has like 6, 497 rooms, you couldn’t find one that wasn’t empty Rommie? OR SOME FUCKING LIGHTS???? And now he’s leaving??? Ok den. ( sure hope the chick out of HIMYM understands about the whole adultery thing..... He’ll tell her, I’m sure he’ll tell her.... won’t he?...... ) Now what? Oh we are going to Earth? Why though? Why are we going to Earth? I mean what for, what’s there that can help us in any way here? Meanwhile Rhade is back on the planet with his wife who doesn’t know yet that he cheated on her and the Tri guy is talking a lot of sense. He wants to flee the planet. Before all hell breaks loose. You see, THIS is why they put guys like this in charge and NOT Dylan. Cause this guy talks sense. Another person talking sense is the mature woman. Who once again points out that Dylan is wrong. Because Dylan IS wrong. He’s still giving noble speeches. But it wasn’t noble speeches that finally got him out of the pocket verse it was the power of a God. A God that can see the bigger picture here and can think outside the box. Hey It’s Rhades wife again.... dressed like a... well like a.... ummm...... something. Maybe she is really a Trance undercover and that explains why she was also a mad woman back in the pocket verse? If not I think she will take the infidelity pretty well, she seems like the forgiving kind. I mean he is going to tell her right? Right???? Harper is ( for some reason... ) going to Earth, but the question remains WHY ARE WE HERE????? Wait, he’s not coming back, so why is he going? Why did he drag us to Earth. I thought there might be a super weapon buried there that could wipe out the Magog, if not then why the hell are we here??????? Another goodbye in a dark corridor. So Harper is going home??? NOW??? HERE??? AFTER FIVE SERIES OF NOT GOING HOME, HE WANTS TO DO THIS NOW???? But then for SOME REASON it seems the whole God Damn Earth is going to blow up. Wait, what, that can’t be right. It don’t make any sense. You’d need a Death Star to blow up a planet. I’m betting it’s another fake out..... Oh damn, To Be Continued..... Damn it, if only we hadn’t wasted so much time with series 5 flashbacks and long goodbyes we could have seen what was going to happen. Damn, what a cliffhanger. A planet we went to once in series 2 might blow up. We don’t know how many people are on it, if any so we have no idea of the stakes. Plus the whole universe is due to end in a few hours anyway so I mean when you look at it like that the Earth was kinda of fucked anyway. Ah it’ll be fine. They won’t blow up an entire planet. Will they? So ends part 1 of episode 109 of Andromeda and 21 of 22 of series 5. What’s the verdict you ask? Well.................... The episode wastes time it should be spending on important stuff like the War in Heaven. The Abyss. The Magog. The State of the Universe. The World Ship. Rommie. And instead gives us flashbacks, long goodbyes that we all know won’t be goodbyes, The adulterous Rhade, and too much Harper. Of course it doesn’t help that we get back to our own reality literally half way through the episode of 21 of 22. Maybe if we had got here back at say episode 12 we could have fleshed things out over the last 10 episodes. But no, we wasted 21 episodes and now we don’t really know what to do or how to wrap things up. Plus why did Traces lot wait till now to blow up the universe. Why didn’t they do it back in series 1? Trance left cause she knew that’s what they wanted, so did they delay until they found her or what? Very little is explained. I still don’t know WHY WE ARE AT EARTH? What’s the reason for it??? There’s too much yapping. Not enough doing. But then when you’ve kind of wasted an entire series what can you really do at this point anyway? Stop the Magog? You couldn’t do in 5 whole series, how do you plan on doing it now? Stop The Abyss? Again you couldn’t do it before, what now is different? Oh Dylan has God like Jedi ( paradine ) powers now? We aren’t seeing any of those from Dylan. This is the problem. The series wrapped up last episode when the sun stopped and the Warlord / Abyss was shot. There’s your series 5 ending. This is just a tacked on extra adventure that has come far too late to matter or amount to anything. Is it bad? Well it has bad stuff in it. The whole Rhades wife thing didn’t need to be there. Neither did the chick out of HIMYM. The flashbacks were just a lazy time filler and money saver and all the endless goodbyes were done already back in series 4. So is it a good episode? Well.... it has some stuff in it that isn’t bad, put it that way. The Mature Trance God boss, who needed more screen time. The Tri guy who needed more screen time. Rommie, who yep, needed MUCH more screen time. The ideas about life/death/reality/fate/freewill/destiny/wa and so on needed wayyyyyy more screen time. But no we get Harper acting up for the 1018th trillion time. Ah well on to part 2.......................... Episode 22. Recap..... damn it!!! Things are looking tense.... The countdown is... well counting down. What!!! Those crazy bastards. They actually did it. They blew up the Earth!!!! This is amazing. This is game changing. This is the boldest move in any TV series ever.... and three seconds later it’s all forgotten about and is never mentioned again. Also how did the ship and Harper's little fighter survive a planetary explosion??? The mature woman tries to talk some sense into Dylan one last time. She rightly points out that the shit hole planet 1 will become a new paradise and if he uses some COMMON SENSE he could be a part of it. But this being Dylan and with his natural hatred towards MILF’s it means he won’t even entertain the idea. Then Trance asks her boss why all this is happening now? Good question. One of many of course that go unanswered. See Trance, it’s not so funny being on the other side of that crap is it? Harper and Dylan sit in a PITCH DARK corridor and are sad about Earth. Then the mature woman takes Dylan back to the city of the Gods, where he ( foolishly... ) tries to talk the other Trances into not blowing up all reality. Back at the Tri guys planet ( I guess.... ) It’s time for another conference meeting ( in a PITCH DARK room.... ) The gang ponder on what to do next to stop an army of SUPER BEINGS from doing what ever the hell they want. Dylan guilt trips everyone in to dying here and now in this universe when they could all go back to paradise and become Kings. All great leaders possess a cult like appeal that inspires others to die for them. Dylan is a true master at this. On the planet below Rhade and his wife the chick out of HIMYM who is still dressed as a.... as.... a..... well... something are getting ready to die. Should have listened to the Tri guy when he said lets leave. With all this going on Dylan and Trance find time to play cards, although how they see the cards in PITCH DARK is something I don’t know. Then Dylan walks through PITCH DARK corridors talking with Rommie who says a massive fleet of Nietzscheans is on the way to wipe them all out. Maybe you could direct them towards the World Ship, just a thought...... Then they show up!!!! Meanwhile Beka is also wandering around PITCH DARK corridors... BUT it’s down on the planet. Ha! you all thought it was aboard the ship didn’t you? So the planet doesn’t have light either? Jesus, Beka is still on about being the Mother of Dragons. Beka, shut the fuck up about that will you!!!!!!!! Then for ( some reason.... ) people start shooting at them. Andromeda takes on over 2,000 warships at once. Why couldn’t it do that way back in Series 1, Episode 1 then? Also where did all the weapons come from? We used all ours at the end of series 4 and we literally only just got back to this universe. Did the Tri guy have a stack of missiles on the planet just ready to be fitted? He never said he did.... The mature woman turns up again and opens the cube with the silly name. Giving Dylan one final, final chance to do the right thing and bail. Naturally he turns her down. For some reason we now take a time out in which the twins and Harper ( who has clearly gotten over the destruction of Earth... ) crack jokes and reflect on life, dreams and reality in general, all while they should be getting blown to a million pieces by those 2,000 plus ships outside. What the fuck was ALL that about????????? Then Beka turns up in her amazing ship that can also survive a 2,000 plus war fleet. Yeah she does it. She plays the Mother of Dragons card bullshit. For some reason it works!!!! Pity it didn’t hold any water in series 1/2/3 or 4 really wasn’t it. Pity Tyr never knew really wasn’t it. Say... why didn’t he know? It couldn’t be cause this whole idea is total bullshit could it? Maybe? All 2,000 plus ships are firing on the Andromeda but as always for ( some reason... ) the ship is now fireproof. If only it had been this way back in Series 1. Episode 1. The whole series would have ended there and then. The mature woman is revealed to be on the side of The Abyss..... wait though, her plan was going to destroy The Abyss.... So... how does that make any sense? Trance turns up and says we need to fly through the cube, isn’t that what the mature woman wanted though? Either way we do and you know what that means. It’s flashback time. This time to series 4 and the Ark. Hey there’s Number 1. Wait did going through the cube kill the mature woman? Cause she went through it the first time just fine so....... Damn. I liked her. This show just hates mature women I guess. Great, now we are back in the pocket universe again. For all Dylan’s noble speeches he sure took off when his own life was under threat. Those who would encourage death in others rarely seek it out themselves. Just ask Dorothy Parker. ( who??? Google her..... ) Dylan out of nowhere has a plan. Then another Trance beams in. Is this the bad one again? Harper continues to make sex jokes. Yeah he’s totally over the whole death of Earth ( and maybe 100 billion dead? ) thing. New Trance says old Trance is the bad one, but she could be lying..... But Dylan shoots old Trance anyway, for all the good it does. Wait... so now the Trance we saved from the sun was the DJ Trance? But wasn’t... wait what!!??? So Dylan shoots her again. So she was the bad Trance. I told you we had the wrong one back in episode 20. So where was the good Trance all this time???? None of this makes any sense!!!!! The crew all stand around on the PITCH DARK flight deck and big each other up as they prepare to tow ( somehow.. ) Traces sun through the cube with the silly name. Guess that means all 22 trillion people on planet 1 will now die but hey you do what you gotta do right? Here we go again. More flashbacks. Guess it’s a side effect of travelling through this damn cube. The Abyss has now for ( some reason.... ) become a mini galaxy and is stuck in the cube, wait, what!!!??? The ship escapes as The Abyss gets cooked by the sun. That’s it? Really? That’s how you end this? I need a drink......................... Sigh..................................................... So we are back in our universe and back at the Tri guys planet. What happened to the 2,000 plus ships that were there? We don’t know. We may never know..... Seems the cube is gone as well, now it’s part of slipspace. Did Trances sun go back in orbit on it’s own, cause if it didn’t, well you know, 22 trillion people..... Rhade turns up in his little ship because why not. Maybe everyone else on the planet is dead? Is the wife dead again? Is he gonna start carping on about that all over again? The crew all rush away to deal with him. Dylan stays a while and talks to himself. It’s possible he has finally gone insane. The last bit of power finally goes out and the ship, the episode and the show ends in PITCH DARKNESS. THE END. What the actual fuck!!!! As an episode this was bad. As a end of a 110 episode series this was bad. As television this was bad. As fantasy this was bad. As logic or common sense this was bad. Overall this was bad. You see, you see what happens when you whine on about giving shows more series? THIS. This is what happens. If ever a series should have ended at series 1 it was this one. Instead we end like this. Because “fans” just can’t let go. They ALWAYS want more. Well you got more. Just like you got more Star Wars. Look where it lead you in both cases. Just like part 1 of this all the important stuff that we should be focusing on gets no mention or screen time. Instead we get flashbacks, sex jokes, pitch darkness, talking, gunplay, more talking, a bizarre and totally out of place time out and pure padding that goes nowhere, does nothing and leads to this. The weakest ending to any TV series since... well the last one. What does all this teach us? It teaches us to never get caught up in mainstream media or pop culture because it will ALWAYS end like this. Don’t believe me? Check out this role call of shame of TV shows that people wasted years of their lives invested in just to be told at the end “it was about the journey” Lost. Battlestar. HIMYM. Star Trek Voyager. The Sopranos. The X Files. The Prisoner. Life on Mars. Ashes to Ashes. Etc. Etc. You know I’m right and if you don’t, you will. You WILL. But back to Andromeda. Final Thoughts....... And so ends the entire series. Not with a whimper but a bang.... no wait, sorry I got that the wrong way round. It did end with a whimper. But then all series that big up the stakes very often do. Because they can’t or won’t go through with any other type of ending. Leaving the gang in the pocket universe and REALLY blowing up ours would have been a bold ending. It would have got rid of The Abyss and a new Eden could have begun on that shit hole planet that would now become the new paradise. The crew could have reflected on the cycle of death and rebirth and that love leads to hate.... or something...... I guess you could say blowing up Earth was both bold and unexpected, but since we don’t know how many, if any people died or the fact we had no really connection to it in all five series, on top of the fact it’s forgotten about almost immediately anyway then it sort of loses it’s impact. Why did no one die? It’s not like Andromeda was ever coming back after this so this really was the last chance to sacrifice major characters. Then again how many fake outs has each one had over 5 series already. Would a real death here have had any effect anyway or would we have just said, he’ll/ she’ll be back. Rommie can always be rebuilt. Dylan’s died at least twenty times this series alone. Trance can’t be killed. Hold up.... that brings up a point I’d forgot about... Trance was trapped in the fake sun right. But when the real sun blew that one up wouldn’t she have just reformed again? Why did the other Trances expect that to kill her? Isn’t the whole point of being a Trance that you CAN’T die? A Lack of Magog. The universe’s biggest threat since series 1 and what should have been the whole backbone of the entire series is nowhere to be seen. In much the same way it wasn’t in series 2/3/4/5. Series 1 set these bastards up to be the ultimate menace but from series 2.1 we never saw them again in any real way ( outside of the series 4 end, but even there they had been watered down as a threat..... ) Of course as we all know the series REALLY ended back at the end of series 1. And what an ending that was. Dark, depressing, honest, raw. Harper and Tyr carted off to become dog food. The ship crippled and adrift lost deep in space, so far from home. Dylan and Beka dead and Rommie smashed beyond repair. Only Trance left alive to witness all this and watch as the Abyss, the Magog and the World Ship began their systematic destruction of all known life in the universe. Series 2/3/4/5 were just the dying dreams of a captain out of time, out of luck and out of life. No wonder so much of anything in them made any sense. Lets talk about the Abyss. The original writers idea was that the Abyss was the good guy all along, as in by putting an end to everything for all time he would end suffering. In other words the Abyss was the original Antinatalist! This can be seen in the last episode of series 1 when our not so favourite Magog looks in to the Abyss and see’s love behind all the hate. What this means of course is that for five series we have been cheering on the bad guys, the bad guys lead by Trance and her lot who only seek to see suffering continue forever just because.... This is certainly a... different..... take on things and for sure it paints the Abyss in a new light. I can’t say he’s wrong. YOU can and indeed YOU will but that is in part to you not having lived over 800 years. If YOU do you might feel very differently then than YOU do now, as I long ago once did. But this is TV land so of course the Abyss is bad, and has to be stopped. The end. It’s always so clear cut in TV land isn’t it. But was he? Really? All the Trance crew did was replay reality over and over just because they could. Just because that’s what they had always done. The Abyss saw beyond all that and sought to end it once and for all. You can call him a villain but he didn’t seek power or control. In the end all The Abyss sought was peace. Final Questions Raised..... If The Abyss was killing all the other Jedi ( paradines ) why didn’t he kill Dylan? Why did they blow up Earth? How did they blow up Earth? Now the pocket universe is back in ours, will those 22 trillion people stay on planet 1 or will we have to haul their arses off to another one yet again? What’s to stop The Abyss reforming? Even without The Abyss bad things will still happen in this new post Abyss universe. Does that make Trances lot right all along? What about the bastard Magog? The World Ship is still out there, so are they now no longer a problem with The Abyss gone? If they are then are we finally going to do what needs to be done and kill every single last one of them in the universe? We should probably add Nightsiders to the list as well... and Nietzscheans..... Just sayin’ Who or what were the White Vampires? Why did everyone keep shooting them? How can Trances die if they exist outside reality? ( The mature woman one died and they expected Trace to die in that fake sun.... ) If our Trance is the FIRST and OLDEST why isn’t she leading the rest of the Trances rather than the mature woman? Why did Trance think running away would stop the other Trances from blowing up the universe? ( wouldn’t it just make their job easier????? ) Was The Abyss leading the other Trances all along? If so why did he need the World Ship? So overall have I been too hard on series five? Maybe, but no, not really. Although it is fair to point out that in the whole of human history there has never been or will ever be a perfect TV series, film, game, book or play ever made because ALL of them are made by humans and humans are a flawed species. Which is what leads to all these projects that look and sound great on paper going off the rails when it comes to actually making them. Too many egos. Too many voices. Too many factors outside of people’s control ( right Rommie?.... ) It took me over 500 years to understand that so in that sense at least I was too hard on series five. Because despite it’s many flaws at least they tried..... sort of... a little.... maybe.... kinda? Plus, originally there wasn’t going to be a series five. Hence series four wrapping things up with everyone dead. The World Ship stopped and Dylan trapped in wonderland. So if you like, you can always pretend the series ended there........ ( it is a better ending...... ) And there you have it. The DEFINITIVE series 5 review. Even if I do say so myself. I’d like to say it’s been fun but that would be a lie. In reality it’s been a time consuming load of hard work that will have exactly zero reward for me other than to be able to say “I made this” ( remember that? I don’t, well I do or I couldn’t have just said it but I don’t remember where it’s from beyond the end titles of some crap TV series from 100 years ago. Might have been Buffy or something, whatever.... so much nonsense floating around in ones head after 800 years..... ) Will I be doing reviews for series 1 - 4 you ask. I will not. But that doesn’t stop YOU from doing them dear reader. Be inspired by my madness and have a crack yourself. ( Just like the school shooters... ok bad example, but you know what I mean... ) What have you got to lose? Time? You are losing that second by second anyway. For my part this is where I bow out, to continue battling a universe that just won’t seem to let me go. If we should meet again it really will be at Axeley 2........... Oh before I go remember when Rommie went all Anime wig wearing, blue chick style, Blade Runner inspired sex pot, come sex doll, Asian super babe, Roppongi After Dark in series 2? Yeah.... That was a mistake.
2020.10.21 21:42 RocknockerOBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – I’ve got that run-down feeling…
That reminds me of a story. Well, it’s officially winter here in Waythefucknorthistan. Three inches of snow the other day, and now? So far, nine and counting. However, I still have to get to points A, B, and R (have fun there, you anagram aficionados) as I need to teach my in-person geology courses and videotape my other online courses. Is it just me, or do recorded, stock footage blasts lack the same sort of visceral panache that they do when you’re actually outside personally witnessing them, and dodging shrapnel? Bloody viral COVIDiocy. Anyways. I’ve got to get over to my office. I eschew walking through nearly a foot of freshly fallen snowman genetic material, so of course, I break out the Fat Bike. Sure, it’s still dark outside, but I have my trusty set of grudgingly issued Campus Security skeleton keys and automagical uPass doohickey that allows me passage to any sort of inner sanctum here on university grounds. Cutting through buildings is just so much faster than going around them, although I won’t make that mistake again with the Freshman Women’s dorm. Sheesh. It wasn’t like I trod on that pink-cheeked Frosh’s towel on purpose… Ahem. So, I’m kitted out in my de rigueur teaching and travel togs: Purple, Oman-army government-issued purple desert-camo cargo shorts (don’t ask), Hawaiian shirt (one of the really ghastly ones), black Stetson, Vuarnet VL 1315 glacier glasses, Agency vest, House of Cheviot Scottish Military Merino Rannoch Country Socks, and Vasque Trakker field boots of 16 EEE (US) size. The usual winter get-up. Trust me, I really stand out against the snowy white backdrop of the local scenery in this outfit. So, I saddle up my trusty steed, making sure the “Certain Death” fuck-with-my-bike-and-die warning system has been disarmed, Nitronox has remained unmixed, setting my Greenland coffee in its bespoke travel mug holder, adjust the windproof ashtray, and I fire up a fine Jamaican heater. There’s a rub. In the Middle East, all I could get was Cuban cigars, for the most part. Old, expensive, not-well-cared-for, non-cheap Cuban smogs. Blarf. Here, I can get Cuban cigars for a premium price, but I rather opt for the Jamaican, Nicaraguan, or Honduran cigars. Much cheaper, much fresher, and aged well; stored and cared for by folks who know how to handle a fine cigar. But I digress. I make my way over to my office, which lies nestled in a large alcove betwixt the Geology and Petroleum Engineering Departments as I’m attached to both. Not physically mind you, but during some late nights in the lab, it almost feels that way… Well, the snow has proved to impassable for exactly 100% of my in-person ‘Ultra Rocks’ class. Well, that’s just dandy. It gives me some spare time to whip up a spur-of-the-moment quiz for the next time we meet. Best check your campus emails, kiddies… A bit later, I grab a pair and spare of more-or-less willing graduate students. One to run the tape machine/camera, the other to handle sound, and the last to field calls from the police and fire departments. Hey! I’ve got this Mad Scientist street-cred up to which I have to live. That shit don’t come easy… Once the smoke clears and I have two more video lessons ‘in the can’, I realize that I’ve had exactly zero calories so far on this snowy, slightly blustery day. Plus, after a morning’s worth of Greenland coffees, I’ve got some spare caffeine to burn off. Seems I’m gone all peckish. Peckish, sir? Esurient. Eh? ‘Ee I were all 'ungry-like! Ah, hungry! In a nutshell. And I thought to myself, 'a little fermented curd will do the trick', so, I curtailed my geologizing activities, sallied forth, and plan to infiltrate some place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles! Come again? I want to go buy some cheese. And perhaps a bagel or two. That was the plan. It’s snowing like the Yellowstone Caldera let go the hydrological equivalent of it’s last blast back during the Miocene (have a peek at “John Day Fossil Beds” to make any sense of that last sentence). “Damn”, I muse, “I wish I had the carnal power of snow.” “People cancel everything and rearrange their entire lives just for six inches coming fast.” Anyways… I decide that I’ll head over to the local, just off-campus bakery. They have quite the carbohydrate-laden offerings, and make a killer smoked salmon and bierkase bagelwich. Yeah, breakfast cravings can be weird. So, I’m pedaling along, making great time as the bike’s 5” tires make short work out of the yet-to-be-plowed campus road-covering snow. But, it’s kind of breezy today. Damn, knocked the fire clean off my cigar. I pull up to a stop sign, as I adhere to all road rules and regulations. I note it’s quiet, nicely scenic and eminently deserted today on campus; thanks to what would be considered in most other places a blizzard. Here, it’s just the weather. I take this opportunity to trim my cigar and apply a new fire before I head off to breakfast, even though it’s rapidly approaching noontide. The stop sign where I’m currently standing astride my mount is at the junction of one very flat road, and the one hillock on campus. By hillock, I mean just that. A very small hill, where the road wraps around in a frankly sinistral manner. It is but a wee knoll; but to the locals, it’s the Matterhorn meets K2 meets Aconcagua worthy of Sherpas and Jean Claude Killy. I hear the horn blatting feverishly far too late. I was so concerned with lighting my stogie in the fresh gale that passes for a light breeze around here, that I didn’t see the white Campus-owned plain-Jane Dodge ProMaster 2500 15-Passenger Van come schussing around the corner. I did however see the driver, a young Asian chap, eyes wide as fine china (ahem) dinner plates, laying on the horn and spinning the steering wheel futilely in a slippery, snaky, snow-stimulated skid. He’s careening down that hill at speeds that must have been approaching 6 kilometers per hour! Evidently, he had lost control on that 0.3% grade. Not knowing how to drive in snow or not having much experience driving in naturally granulated hydrogen dioxide, his first reaction to sliding was to lock up the brakes and spin the steering wheel frantically. “Smooth move, ExLax.” I think. Which means he has absolutely no control over the forward-juggernauting course of the van. With wheels locked, he’ll slide in a more or less straight line until he runs out of gravity or hits something more or less immobile. Unfortunately, he chose the latter route. And I was the immovable object now being met by an irresistible force. Yep. He hit me. Slowly pushed me and my bike some two meters until my bike and I hit the curb. After bending my back wheel and sending it all sorts of out of true, the white Dodge van shuddered to a stop. I had enough agility, barely, to dismount while sliding and only went down on my right side as I tripped over my own damned size 16 EEE boots trying to get out of the way of the careening Detroit Iron chariot. Luckily, there was fresh snow everywhere and I was more or less completely uninjured. However… Irritated? Pissed off? Homicidal? Oh, yeah. But when the young mainland Chinese chap leaped out of the van, after securing the transmission in ‘Park’ and setting the emergency brake, I had hoped; I was less incensed. He was flat out freaking that he might have killed me. Worse, he might have damaged my means of conveyance. It was then I made the acquaintance of one Mr. Zheng Luoyang. “I am so terribly sorry!” he screeched in what I thought was a falsetto, “Are you OK?” I’m trying to right myself and stand up in the snow, which I have come to find out, is deposited over a very thin layer of rime and slippery as fuck. I was a little bit shaken, and even my trusty Vasque field boots were having a hard time finding purchase in the slop. Zheng reaches out a hand to help me up and of course, he grabs my left hand. The one of modified lifter’s gloves, keloids and technodigits. And immediately drops it like a live grenade. By this time, I have recovered my composure and was able to attain, more or less, verticality. I brushed the snow off my outfit, found my cigar, and re-applied a fresh fire. Zheng stood there, not knowing that it was he who was providing the windbreak that I needed at the moment. Now, my Chinese is nowhere near as fluent as my Russian. But when learning a new language, you always begin with the best curses. “你真傻！ 你可能杀了我！ 你不知道你在做什么吗”[Nǐ zhēn shǎ! Nǐ kěnéng shāle wǒ! Nǐ bù zhīdào nǐ zài zuò shénme ma?] “You silly sod! You could have killed me! Don't you know what you're doing?” I railed. He stood there looking at me like I’ve just sprouted another couple of heads. So I tried again. “什么妈的 你挖了我，博蒙特?” [Shénme mā de nǐ wāle wǒ, bó méngtè?] “What the fuck? You diggin' me, Beaumont?” I continued at a loudish volume. “I speak excellent English, sir.” Zheng finally said. “Well, why didn’t you say so?, I asked. “I was trying to figure out what you were saying. “ he said. “没有精通中文?” [Méiyǒu jīngtōng zhōngwén?]. “No savvy Chinese?” I asked, being a little bit more miffed and culturally abusive than usual. “Is that what that was?” he asked, sincerely. “Nice”, I groused, “What’s the deal, Skippy? Why plow into me? Not like I haven’t been plowed a bit of late…” Suddenly reality shook Zheng to the core as he sized me up. Oddly dressed? Silver Grizzly Adams beard? Cigar? Massacred left hand with Blade Runner technodigits? “Oh, my God!” he gasped, “Are you Dr. Rocknocker?” “Correct on the latter, not so much on the former.” I chuckled as I puffed my cigar back to life. “Call me Rock.” “I am sorry. So, so sorry. Sorry…” he stammered. “Yeah. You’re a sorry driver”, I replied, “I mean, what he fuck, Scooter? Don’t you know that you pump the brakes lightly in snow and steer where you want to go? You don’t firewall the brakes to slide in a most disorderly and uncontrolled fashion?” “I am sorry. So, so sorry. Sorry…” he stammered. “I’ve driven in snow before, but not here. Coming off the hill...” “Oh, for fuck’s sake”, I snarfed, “That little thing? Where did you last drive, the Groom Lake Area 51 Salt Flats?” “I am sorry. So, so sorry. Sorry…” he stammered. “Yeah. I’m hip.” I finally said. “Look. I’m fine. But holy shit, look at my ride! Double fuckbuckets!” “I am sorry. So, so sorry. Sorry…” he stammered. “You say that one more time and I’ll give you something for which to be sorry”, I replied in my most serious Dad voice. “Don’t worry, I won’t kill you this time.” “I am sorry. So, so sorry. Sorry…” he stammered. “Yeah”, I sighed. We’re getting along like a house afire… “As an ad hoc professor of Geology and Petroleum Engineering here at our beloved alma mater”, I continued, “I’m not going to call for the local federales, militia or first responders. But, what about the damages here?” “I am a student of aeronautics here, Dr. Rock.”, Zheng notes. “Groovy,” I reply. “How does that have any, if you’ll pardon the phrase, impact on the situation?” “I have many friends, all very good with tools.” He said with palpable pride, “I can take your bicycle to our shop. I’ll fix it up there and then I’ll bring it back here.” He was even sporting a Grinchy smile by this time. “Yeah, well”, I hesitated, “I was on a mission to get some chow. That mission seems to have been short-circuited.” “That is no problem”, he grins, “We’ll load your bike in the van. I will then take you to my apartment. My wife and daughters will be very happy to meet you. Please, they will make lunch. You will eat and rest, I will fix your bicycle and return forthwith.” “OK”, I agreed, “Esme, my darling wife, is out with the rental car shopping. I’ve evidently got no other lunch plans. Let’s load my mangled steed and we’ll proceed with your plan.” Zheng was visibly relieved. I could have gone all Old School and Boomerishly vengeful. I could have probably got him and his family tossed if I was of that ilk. But I’m not, and found the whole unraveling situation somewhat ridiculous. We load my bike in the back of the van, and I inform my new best friend “Yes, thank you.” as I grab the van keys. “I’ll drive.” Zheng almost began to object, but as I’m a professor of the University and large, intractable, and not in the mood to argue, he quickly acquiesced. We drove, quite uneventfully, to his apartment block. Oddly enough, it was less than 300 meters from ours. Mr. and Mrs. Zheng Luoyang live on the third floor of the block of apartments kitty-corner to our ground floor palatial estate. “Well, that’s convenient”, I muse quietly. We park and head to the elevator. Up approximately 30 feet vertically, and about 250 horizontally, I am introduced to Xin, Zheng’s wife, and daughters Mo, 3 and Zhe, 5. “Zheng”, Xin asks, “Who is this?” “A professor of Geology I ran into.” Zheng smiled. I admit that I was sort of impressed with his turn of phrase. I couldn’t make a joke in Chinese if I read it straight from the cookie… I introduced myself and we all retired to the kitchen for a warming cup of tea and further explication. Mo and Zhe, their darling little daughters, were evidently confused by my size and full beard, hid in their bedroom. They only risked furtive peeks at the apparition that had suddenly invaded their domicile. I, of course, waved and smiled every time they ventured to sneak a peek. They thought me frighteningly scary and equally hilarious. Zheng filled Xin in on the situation. His inability to drive in the snow. His inability to stop a massive vehicle. His inability not to run large, garishly-dressed people, down. Xin tutted and clucked. She was overly concerned that I might have indeed been injured and had not realized it yet. I was sporting a nicely polychromatic bruise on my left knee that I hadn’t noticed previously. It obviously was causing me great concern as I had yet to notice it’s appearance. In order to deal with my obvious pain, Zheng suggested that I partake of some oral anesthetic. Ancient Chinese recipe. Xin readily agreed and ran to retrieve the bottle of red Star Er Guo Tou. 120-proof ancient Chinese medicine. Hell, it’s well past noon here already. I accepted it with thanks. Nice. Light. Fruity. Paint-strippingly palate cleansing. Both Zheng and Xin joined me in a toast to our respective health. They were amazed when I slugged the drink down straight without so much as a hiccup or glitch. “Not many people can drink Red Star straight like that”, Zheng observed. “Oh, my young Padawan”, I chuckled, “I’ve been around this great, big old world several times. I’ve downed stuff that makes this look like mother’s milk. You want a stout spirit, sip Spirt in Siberia when you’re less than 100 from the Arctic Circle.” Zheng instructed Xin to feed and entertain me while he repairs to the mechanic’s lab over at the Aeronautical wing of the Campus to repair my ride. He instructs me to remain until he returns. Both he and Xin are overflowing with determination to get me as comfortable as possible, i.e., loaded, so I don’t have some sort of change of heart and get them deported to Taiwan. Especially a concern as they’re not from there. Zheng leaves and between sips of Red Star, Xin, and I have a nice little chat. Mo and Zhe, their darling little daughters, finally screw up enough courage to come out into the kitchen and confront the beast that had invaded their home. I explained that I had two daughters of my own and they were in cities separate and distant. They were enraptured with my beard, cool western hat, and of course, my black and silver 3/5ths of a left hand. Xin asked what had happened, and I recited for her and the kids a heavily edited, abridged, and bowdlerized version of my industrial accident. Xin was aghast. She had no idea that such awful things could happen in the wild. I would have liked to have mentioned that when things go awry in the Aeronautical industry, the one where her hubby was struggling to become a part of, it’s usually spectacular. Particularly when subject to unscheduled mid-air passenger transfers or spontaneous non-landing strip arrivals some distance from any airport. But decorum swayed my narrative. Xin showed genuine empathy and asked if I’d like a little more Chinese medicine. She was also making a batch of potstickers and steamed dumplings, because, just like in Russia, what’s a drink without a nosh? She brought out a bottle of Maotai Jiangxiang baiju. It was quite a savory spirit, reminiscent of Hunter’s Vodka back in the Former Soviet Union. Mo and Zhe had already finished their lunch and were getting a slight bit cranky. Xin decided it was naptime for the kids and time for the adults to converse. Once the children were bedded for their naps, Zheng rang. Seems they are going to need a part for my bike that the geniuses in the Aeronautical department could not fabricate. He would have to run to a town some 55 miles south to retrieve the part and return to get my steed back on its feet. I was not overly amused, but as my favorite saying goes: “it is what it is”. I advise him that he best attack this latest activity with all due alacrity. “After all”, I relate to him, “I don’t want to alert my Agency buddies. They are expecting a call from me later this afternoon. What would happen if it doesn’t arrive?” Zheng laughed loud and long. He thought the idea of me having Agency contacts absolutely hilarious. “Dr. Rock”, Zheng chuckles, “You are so funny. ‘Agency friends’. Government intelligence? Hah!” He pledges to be careful and retrieve the necessary part. He snickers one last time and rings off. I was a little miffed. Run me over with a Dodge van? No worries. Damage my sole means of wheeled winter transport? ‘eh. Semi-trivial. Tut at Agents Rack and Ruin and sully the idea of organized government intelligence? I can live with that. But besmirch my solemn word and think or believe I’m not being serious when I am? Those are fighting words. Xin asked me to move into the living room as she needed to clean up the kitchen and do some prep work for dinner. I mentioned that would be fine as I needed to make some calls. She escorts me to the living room and after I had removed my size 16EEEs, was upset she couldn’t find slippers in my size. I told her not to worry. My Scottish woolen socks were more than ample for the task. Besides, I had deviltry which needed attending. She made certain that there was a bowl of ice cubes and a fresh bottle of Red Star on the coffee table to keep me company. “No worries”, I remarked, “You take your time. I need to make a few calls. OK?” Xin agreed and bade me well as she skittered off to the kitchen. I jotted down the last call on my phone as my number’s available from the Campus registry. I placed a long-distance call to Langley, Virginia. About two hours later, Esme was still out shopping. I was transportless, so I decided to hang around and keep Xin company. The kids were still asnooze in their beds, and Xin was finally finished in the kitchen. “I am very surprised we have not heard from Zheng”, she remarked. I just sat there, smiling quietly to myself; sipping my drink. I knew why. Xin remarked that she needed to check on something in the kitchen, and I said that I’d call Zheng to get an update. “YES! YES!” Zheng frantically answered. “Oh, hello Zheng. What’s up? Xin and the kids were asking about you.” I replied calmly. “My phone’s been locked out. You’re the only one I can talk to. What’s happening?” he feverishly asked. “Nothing much”, I replied, “Your family’s safe and on their way to Bangladesh. They’ll be fine…” Zheng gasps. “Sorry, mate.”, I commiserate, “You really shouldn’t be so loud when laughing at a certain country’s intelligence community. Nor one of its operatives” “That wasn’t a joke?” He asks breathlessly. “Oh my, no”, I note, “I don’t joke. Neither do Agents Rack and Ruin at the Agency.” “Oh, god”, he gasps, realizing I really was in on the caper with the mention of our favorite spooks, who were not only in on the joke, but orchestrating it as well. I tried mightily to refrain from snickering. “What am I going to do?” he asks, defeatedly. “Well, for one, drive very, very carefully, if earlier today was any indication.” I reminded him. “And…” “YES?!?” “Do what the previous phone calls instructed you to do,” I replied. “Oh, I will!” he swore. “Then, there’s really nothing to worry about. “ I noted and rang off. I decided that this was just too much fun. I told Xin that I was going to step outside and have a smoke. I assured her Zheng was fine and on his way home. “Radio dead spots” I offered by way of explanation as to why his phone was acting wonky. Outside, I placed a call to Virginia again. “OK, Rack, call off the hounds. He’s adequately alarmed now.” I chuckled. “OK, Doc.” Rack laughed back. “Shall we instigate round 2 of ‘Operation Annoyance’?” “I think he’s been properly chastised”, I noted, “Make sure you get him to pull over and stop before your spring the trap. Don’t want any repeats of earlier today.” Ruin gets on the phone and reminds me that he’s glad I never got miffed with him or Agent Rack. “Yeah”, I replied chucklingly, “If that happened, I’d have to make some long-distance calls to the Former Soviet Union…” “Which countries?” Ruin quickly asked. “Not this time, Agent Ruin”, I chuckled back, “You’ll not catch me off guard that easily.” We had a good laugh all around and I told the agents I’d be sending them some dossier filler as they requested. I also thank them for their participation in needling the guy who ran me down that day. Five minutes later, my phone rings. It’s Esme and she’s asking why I’m standing outside of that apartment building having a smoke, and not our own. I give a brief history of the day’s events, and even over the phone, I can hear Es’ derision for my actions. “All in good fun”, I assure her. I tell her that I’m going to go back up to Zheng and Xin’s apartment to be there when Zheng’s call comes through. “Don’t you have any real work to do?” Esme asks. “You think this isn’t work? I ask, “It wasn’t easy coordinating all this. See you soon. Love ya’. Bye.” Back upstairs, I just am admitted to the apartment in question when my phone rings. It’s Zheng. He sounds either massively pissed off or utterly relieved. “Hello, Zheng” I reply, Want to talk to Xin?” I hand Xin the phone. She’s confused why Zheng would be calling me to talk with her, but I just smile in that sort of way that gives saltwater crocodiles a run for their money. “What? No, don’t be daft. We’re fine. Bangladesh? What are you on about?” Xin says. I really didn’t want to eavesdrop, but the apartment had great acoustics. I decided to look in on the girls now up from their respective naps, playing some sort of strange Pick-n-chew video games in the living room. Xin comes back and returns my phone. I ask if everything’s OK. She seems a bit perplexed. “Zheng is at the shop in the Aeronautics building. Once the part has been installed on your bicycle, he’ll be returning.” She recounted. “But he seems to be acting all strangely and out of sorts. I hope he didn’t stop at some bar…” “Nahh.”, I said, “I wouldn’t think he did. Although he might want a stiff one when he returns.” Xin looks at me in a quizzical manner. “Trust me”, I said, “As well as being a Doctor of Geology and Petroleum Engineering, I’m an expert on the subject of abnormal human behavior. In fact, I’m a type specimen.” Xin’s perplexed look did not diminish one bit as she excused herself and went to the kitchen once again. Twenty or so minutes later, Xin’s phone rings and she informs me that Zheng has arrived and that I should meet him downstairs in the front courtyard. Down in front of the apartment block, I’m inspecting my steed. It has been repaired as good as new, as save and except the rear wheel, there was no visible damage. However, the bike shone and gleamed in the winter light as I do believe it had been detailed, spit-shined, and Simonized before it was returned. “I hope everything still works”, I mention offhandedly to Zheng, “I’d hate to have to make any…long distance calls…” “Oh, it’s fine”, Zheng replies breathlessly, “Everything is as it was. No worries, Dr. Rock. I guarantee it.” I smiled slyly back to Zheng. “I hope you’re not too pissed at our little joke”, I said. “You scared the living hell out of me”, He replied, “I know of the odd American sense of humor. You really got me on that one.” “Yeah”, I replied, “Guess you never know who might be someone with a lot of contacts.” Zheng agreed and we both had a bit of a laugh. I figured he might be a bit more miffed, but not letting on. I sealed the deal with a manly handshake and offered him one of my cigars, which he readily accepted. Back at our apartment, Esme was simply shaking her head over the day’s events. “Well”, she sighed, “At least you weren’t terribly injured. And whatever damage to your prize bike was fixed.” “Yeah” I replied as I sipped a tall, cold drink. “Plus I met some new folks. You’d like Xin, she’s really quite a character.” Then the doorbell rings. Es tells me to relax and she’ll get the door. I cannot overhear what Esme was saying at the door, but she returned presently with a large platter of potstickers delivered by Zheng with his compliments. In fact, I had to tell him to stop after the fourth repeat of this little scenario a few days hereafter. Esme just sighs, “Are you ever going to grow up?” “I may grow old, but I’ll never grow up”, I smiled as I tip my tall, cold vodka and citrus in her direction…
2020.10.21 05:44 strugglingplzhelpAspiring Pre Dental Student - Chance Me (ED Duke, UCSB, Barnard, USC, Washington and Lee)
Hello, I'm an Asian 17 year old girl from Southern California. I attend a large competitive public high school. SAT: once junior year, 1360 (620 R&W, 740 Math); aiming for a 1400 when I take it again in November. GPA: UW 3.6, W 3.89 Coursework: APHUG (3), APUSH (3), AP Physics 1 (2), APES (4), currently taking 5 AP classes senior year. (bio, economics, Chinese, gov and lang) LOR: 1) From sophomore and junior year Honors English teacher who knows me extremely well, went to her Office Hours regularly, reached out for help, active participator in class, grew the most in her class as a learner. 10/10 2) APES teacher, who can speak to my grit and hard working character. 10/10 3) Student Government advisoteacher - nominated me to recieve the "school service award" junior year, appointed me as secretary senior year onto the Student Government Executive Board despite only having 1 year of experience. 10/10 Essays: common app essay 10/10, supplements 9/10 Activities: created a clothing brand, homemade baked goods business, and various other entrepreneurial pursuits. Lots of involvement with student government (spoke at leadership convention, cited by local newspaper, etc.) Shadowed dentist over summer, 100+ hours. Summer camp counselor for 3 years (actual hired and paid position for 1 year, other years accumulated 200+ volunteering hours). President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on campus. Intended Major: biology with some sort of entrepreneurship minor (at Duke: innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate) I'm planning on just trying to ED to Duke even though it's a long shot. Let me know if you have any suggestions of other schools to consider adding onto my list.
Strap in. So a couple of months I matched with this super pretty asian girl. Honestly out if my league. We start chatting. I was only looking locally in my city in the US. This girl tells me she actually is Korean living in Hong Kong and she is wanting to immigrate to the US. Instant red flags. We start talking a little more, because I'm not one to shy away from a chance at an interesting convo. Eventually our convo moves to WhatsApp. Now we get to talking about ourselves and what we do. She says she's a CFA who analyzes bitcoin, and basically gives clients advice and gets paid on commission. 10% commission...which is crazy to me. She claims to be making 10-20k a week. Now that's insane, but I didn't dismiss it right away because Hong Kong is pretty much the most expensive city in the world. She asked me if I know what Bitcoin is, which I do, and I own a small amount. She says I should consider trading with her company, and proceeds to tell me all about how much money she is able to make clients and all that. Now if you aren't familiar, investment scams, especially from pretty girls in Hong Kong is suuuuper common. People have lost tens of thousands of dollars to them. I'm not the smartest dude, but I'm smart enough to know how this is going to play out. I accept, she steals my money. So I decline. Only she doesn't stop talking to me. We talk almost daily throughout the day. What she does for fun, where she wants to live in the US and do when she gets here, we talk about families. I mentioned to her I rode horses most of my life, and even competed. She drew a small comic style picture of a person on a horse and sent me a photo of it right after I told her. I seriously start questioning if this is a scammer. One day she says she's going out to look at getting a new car and she wanted it to be a secret and would send a photo the next day of it. I mention cars and tell her my dream car is a mclaren 600lt. She sends a photo the next day with her in a mclaren gt. Huge red flag that says nope for sure scamming me. For a while now, I've been dismissve about this bitcoin thing but I can't blow it off any more. I registered on her site under all sorts of fake stuff, installed the app form their site on an old factory rest phone and...now I don't know where to go from here. I should also add that we've even video chatted... albeit just for a couple of minutes. She has to use a vpn so the quality was horrible. I've literally been talking to the girl for 2 months now, has told me if there was no covid, she'd fly me out to Hong Kong, and just...yeah. I'm still convinced it's a scam 100% but good Lord are they playing the long game. I even told them how much I have in Bitcoin and honestly it's not that much. Be aware and be safe.
2020.10.20 01:25 massivelydumbbitchHow do I find out if I'm still trans? I'm on hormones after falling into egg_irl's trap and...
Hello! So I currently have no idea what to think, so I wanted to make a post here. I asked elsewhere, and they said "if you're questioning it, you're probably trans" and I don't know if that's quite right. Thank you in advance for reading. :) tl;dr at the end is all you need though. It started when I got jealous of my girl best friend for getting so much attention from guys, and later coincidentally found out about egg_irl. I had little to no clue about anything trans related, but it made me fall into what feels like a MLM trap by showing how relatable everything is, but a bit further (not just "if you play female chars in a video game you're 100% trans," but also I loved cute things, wanted to look cute, had body issues all my life, and even enjoyed crossdressing before this). I was raised in an Asian + religious household, the two most traditional combinations that honor toxic masculinity among other things. So learning about the trans community made me have an identity crisis (I mean I always had one but it got worse haha), and went to therapy as well as look for a hormone specialist - I figured that since HRT is a long journey, it'd be best to start now and not regret it, and if I realize I'm not trans, then I can just stop it without having much change. I can hide from my transphobic mum since it won't be noticeable for a while. To be honest, I felt great after starting HRT - Dysphoria was gone, and I felt more emotions than the two default ones I had. My acne is all gone too! It's been around 6 months now, and I don't really feel dysphoria anymore - it's like everything became the norm for me. I started meeting up with a family friend (who is also a therapist), just to catch up. I told him about my journey and what he said next blew my mind. He told me that guys can also like feminine things??? W-what the. The professionals at egg_irl and traaaa never mentioned this before! So now we meet regularly, talking about toxic masculinity in history as well as misconceptions on the bible, and about my past as well. I'm so thankful for him. But now I'm re-questioning all my decisions... How do I know that I'm still trans? I think that I'm comfortable just being a guy (I wouldn't know if I still have dysphoria without stopping HRT entirely), but I'm also okay with continuing the transition, too. I can still hide my body for a while, thankfully. tl;dr I felt dysphoric, went to egg_irl and realized that since I loved cute things, crossdressing, etc. I must be trans - So I took hormones. Now I have no more dysphoria and dunno if I even have it at all now, but also found out that I was allowed to like cute things as a guy. (I think) I'm comfortable being either gender, so I'm not sure how to "decide" which path I take. Regardless of my outcome, I still stand for trans rights, and will forever ally with LGBT.
2020.10.19 06:05 ConfoOsedBrideMy JNMOM’s obsession with my weight and appearance made me willingly endure torture as a child
Hi! I’ve been a lurker on this site for a couple years and am just getting the resolve to write down and reflect on the abuse I endured from my JNMOM and JNDAD, who I’ve managed to maintain NC for 3 years now. Edit: JNMOM has increased her attempts to contact me which is what prompted me to finally post here for support... I (30 F) have so many things I want to touch upon but I’ll start with my parents obsession with my weight. Btw, I was born and raised in the US while my parents are immigrants from Asia. Growing up, outer appearance and reputation were so important to my extreme Narcissist parents. They obviously favored my JMB (JustMaybeBro) who was adorable as a child and grew more ‘attractive’ as he got older. I’m gonna admit first that my JNMOM was and is really pretty. She is small, thin, fashionable and looks a lot younger than she is (due to both lucky genetics and cosmetic procedures). My JNMOM was always showered with compliments when her friends came to visit or she introduced my JMB to other people about how handsome he is. They said he should be on tv, that he’s so fit/sporty, that he should go try out for Asian dramas (Asian dramas are praised for good looking actors.) I, on the other hand, started to gain a lot of weight as I went into elementary school and was rarely referenced beyond ‘oh this is my daughter’ as other people showered my JNMOM and bro with compliments. Looking back at pictures, I actually was never as big as I felt. There were a lot of things I endured for my JNMOM and JNDAD as a child in hopes of getting their approval and for them to be proud of me. I’ll touch upon the more...memorable things I went through.
when I was I between 11- 13 (timeline is a little hazy) my JNMOM took me to an Asian spa that had these steam rooms to ‘sweat out the fat’. I really don’t understand how the employees allowed such a young child to go through that but my JNMOM knew a lot of shady salons and spas that had...questionable standards. Anyways, I was put in a tub full of hot water in a small steam room by myself. I remember how hot it was and how hard it was to breathe but I told myself ‘this is worth it..’. When I finished, the people at the spa said that they did not want to continue the treatments because I was too young. I remember being disappointed because I really wanted to lose weight.
for a couple months (around age 9/10), I endured acupuncture once a week. The thing is...I HATED needles as a child. I would freak out whenever I needed a shot. BUT. The promise of losing weight was worth being ‘lightly pricked’ all over and not being able to move for a half hour. The doctor put needles all over me..face, feet, ankles, stomach, arms, toes as I would become drenched with sweat from fear. If anybody has seen the acupuncture scene from the movie ‘Nutty Professor’, you know what I’m talking about. ( SPOILER: it didn’t work )
for years on and off from elementary to high school, I drank NASTY BITTER ‘natural’ weight loss concoctions of Asian herbs, roots, plants etc made by a traditional Asian holistic doctor. I actually eagerly drank these even though they’d make me tear up and gag...because I wanted to lose weight so bad.
growing up, JNMOM and JNDAD frequently stole things off my plate and told me that they were doing it as a ‘favor’ for me. I was thankful because I was fat and saw it as help.
JNMOM tried to convince me in high school to go to Germany over the summer to my aunt (who is a ‘doctor’ practicing holistic medicine) to get coffee enemas to help me lose weight. I adamantly declined this ‘kind’ offer. This was the time I started growing my spine.
this one isn’t weight related, but JNMOM told me she was going to send me to her home country (a place where even children can get cosmetic procedures) for surgery for my high school graduation present. All throughout my childhood, my JNMOM would point out my problem areas. My nose was too small and flat so solution was a nose job. My jaw and chin are too square and wide so I need to shave my jaw down for the classic Asian oval face. My thighs need to be half the size they are now. I’m too stocky so I need limb lengthening surgery Etc etc. All this was said directly to my face and in a way that implied that I should be happy for this procedures...like...‘don’t worry about your flat nose! We can fix it!’ LOL
when I was in undergrad, I had to visit my parents for the holidays. My JNMOM and I went to the Asian grocery store that also has a small shop selling clothes imported from Asia. The thing is...Asian clothes size are TINY compared to me...even the Large. At that point, I was NOT fat. I was on the university crew team, bulimic, and at the lowest weight I’d been. I just wasn’t small and Kpop star thin like she wanted me to be. She took me to the clothes store under the guise of wanting to buy me something nice. I, as well as the store owner realized right away that NONE of the clothes my JNMOM wanted for me to try on would fit me. She TOLD my mom that she didn’t have anything that she thinks I can comfortably wear but my JNMOM still kept pulling out clothes for me to try on over my clothes in public. It got to the point that I started crying and threw the clothes she handed me back on the table and walked out to start bawling inside the car. My JNMOM calmly gets into the car...and the first thing she tells me is ‘Do you see what I mean when I said you have to lose weight?’ I think she knew what she was doing. She wanted to shock/embarrass me into losing more weight. That realization hurt.
when I started dating my VERY VERY DearHusband in undergrad, she would literally tell me during every damn phone call that I need to dress better and lose weight or else I will lose my DH. She made me SO insecure and I realized that the only time I ever fought with DH (then BF) was after those phone calls! After that, I started hanging up with a loud ‘BYE’ mid sentence the moment she mentioned anything about my weight and wouldn’t pick up again till the next day. Lol. It took some time but she got the message haha.
Every night in elementary school, I prayed SO hard before bed, promising God that I would be a good girl if he made me thin.
There are more things I probably could write about..but these are the first things that come to mind. My JNMOM and JNDAD behavior really affected my self esteem and made me feel like I am nothing if I’m not thin. I was diagnosed and medicated for extreme anxiety and bipolar 1 disorder for about a year now and been in therapy to work on not associating my weight with my identity and other abuse I went through. After I lost my childhood dog (who was my literal reason for living as a child) and went NC with my parents just 3 months later, I gained 70lbs and spiraled into depression where I lost the will to live, lost complete interest in my passions and had constant thoughts of ‘I’m really really fat now..nothing matters anymore so why try’. My motivation to get myself out of this hole was my DH who encouraged me to find a personal trainer and helped me stick to my sessions. I’ve lost 30lbs in the last 3 months, but thanks to my DH, therapist and personal trainer, I’m starting to understand that I want lose weight for myself, for my health and for DH so we can have a long future together. I’m sorry that this got so long but I just got on a roll with all the memories. I wanted to share my experience with you guys and also get some advice/vent because my JNMOM has started trying to contact me more frequently as the holidays approach and the guilt of NC is creeping back. I’m not 100% decided if I want NC with her to last permanently. I have her blocked on all my social media, except for the website dedicated to my artwork so there is one line of contact for emergencies. But maybe putting all my thoughts out here will help me figure out future boundaries if I ever decide to see or talk to my JNMOM again. Thanks for reading my essay. Edit: formatting and typos Edit 2: I wanted to also add that I’m struggling with the idea that my JNMOM actually had good intentions for me. That she just wanted me to have a good life based on her wrong values. It’s like I gaslight or manipulate myself sometimes to see her as the victim and need to hear from others that what she did was still wrong and she is an adult who made the decision to hurt me for her benefit, not mine... Edit 3: thank you SO much for taking the time to read this long post and for all the support. I will get back to more comments tomorrow since it is 4 am where I am. I sincerely am so thankful for this group and I’m glad I posted here. It’s nice to be able to talk to more people who understand the unexpected difficulty/guilt of going NC with abusers. I am relieved to be validated by others that I’m not being selfish or a bad person for wanting to not think about how my JNMOM is doing in order to preserve my own fragile mental health.
Awhile back I made a post about how I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted this. From what I’d seen, Rania wasn’t the shock, their company thought they would be. After hearing what Alex, former Rania member; only non asian member, went through, I for sure knew I didn’t want this. However... After watching their debut MV, I’m kind of impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention on bashing any of the members or their company and I see what they’re trying to do, emphasis on trying. But I’m still not 100% sure how to feel. With that being said, I do like the song. The vocals are decent, their outfits are decent and the members themselves are very pretty, not to mention, actually seem like they’ve had some type of training. The only part I didn’t like was the rap, but I won’t judge too harsh because it is their debut and I’m sure she was pushed into the position. As I said, I do like the song and the name of the group. After watching the video, I’m actually sort of excited to see what happens with them. As a Kpop fan of 6 years, I’ve come to really appreciate the content we receive from Kpop artists. So I look forward to their progress. As far as where I stand, I support the group. After giving Lana a chance, I decided that maybe other ethnicities in Kpop isn’t such a bad thing. And that if the person truly wants to sing and chooses to be an idol, it’s alright with me. But don’t get it twisted, I’m well aware of the bs that’s about to be said and I don’t want to hear it. Anyways, you guys can go watch the MV if you want, it’s called: BLACKSWAN - Tonight Goodbye Rania. They’re a 5 member girl group consisting of three Koreans, one Japanese/Brazilian member and one Senegal member, from what I’ve heard. Correct me if I got their ethnicities/races wrong.
2020.10.18 10:36 lost_grad_2020Gifts for Korean boyfriend's family?
My BF is technically a Korean American, but I can say his family and him are 100% Korean; they all live in America. I'm Asian, but not Korean. We have been dating for almost 1.5 years now. Due to COVID, our planned meeting to meet his family, including his parents and his sister in April was cancelled. We are also doing LDR but will close the gap very soon. Since I will have some transit time in Incheon airport, I'm thinking if I should get some gifts for his parents and sister. And if I should, what gifts should I get for them? His dad is 60, mom 50s, and sister 30s. FYI, I met his sister before. We have a big age gap, and I did not really know what to talk about during the dinner (I am business-oriented, my BF is an engineer, and his sister is a music artist, so the topics were limited). After the meeting, she had an impression that I dont know how to socialize, and that I'm too "aggressive" for my BF. I'm not the typical "soft and gentle" Asian girl to say the least, but I'm trying to improve on how I express myself. So, if possible, I want to use this occasion to improve/change her impression of me. I would really appreciate any advice :)
2020.10.18 07:40 yeetdog209I [18M] need help with advancing platonic and/or romantic relationships with my peers [18-20 F/M]
This post might be a little out of the focus of this subreddit, since I'm asking about building relationships with an unspecified number of people as opposed to a specific relation situation, so let me know if I need to repost this elsewhere. I'll describe my history and it'll be fairly lengthy. Feel free to skip to the bolded tl;dr where I try to lay it out in bullet point form. Some background details about me (I don't think all of these details are relevant, but more information never hurts): ethnic minority from rural town now in an urban setting for first year of college. I'd describe my physical attractiveness as being high enough to not cause any problem in forming relationships but low enough to not be of any particular help. I grew up as the "smart kid" of the class, graduated top of my class with impeccable test scores and lots of achievements. I spent most of my life alone. Relating to people in my class was pretty difficult, since the boys had pretty solid futures in taking over their parents' farms (rural school), so to put it kindly, they didn't have much interest for school, and I didn't have much interest for ranking girls on attractiveness or sports. The girls were nicer, but it was difficult for them to be friends with me since I wasn't friends with the guys and was technically a loner. The fact that I was the only Asian in my class certainly didn't help. Most of my social interactions came from helping people with homework and athletics (I ran track). I personally felt like I got along pretty well with people, but when the assignment or season was done, I went back to my loner life. Things improved my senior year (2019-2020) because I tutored someone that was kinder than everyone else I'd helped so far. I want to note that I attribute this to his kindness rather than any improvements in my social skills. He invited me to parties, and that started my role of being the popular loner. When I arrived at parties, there was a massive cheer. Everyone liked me, generally speaking, but they didn't feel compelled to get to know me better past their good impression (probably from me helping them with something). But alcohol changes everything and I figured that I might have more luck chatting people up if they were drunk. It was easier to get a conversation started, but maintaining it was difficult. We just didn't have much in common. After a while I gave up and just enjoyed getting free alcohol and being drunk. Eventually COVID came around and effectively ended the school year, and the parties with it. I hadn't thought about changing my personality in a radical way before the summer after my senior year, such as studying up on popular sports or making an effort to watch popular movies, etc, because I figured that I would make it into a good college and find people that I shared more interests with. Turns out I shouldn't have been so confident. I got into an Ivy League, a bunch of great state colleges, and a couple private schools, but in all cases the financial burden was too much, especially for a pre-med student. I settled for free tuition and room/board at one of my state school and started panicking at being surrounded with virtually the same people I'd been with throughout high school. Over the summer before college, I tried to brush up on "popular" topics and try to break out of being a popular loner once college started, but I was working pretty much full time at a hospital and some of the stuff people like is honestly so boring that it was like having another job after coming back from my job. I watched a couple popular TV shows (The Office, Parks & Rec, Black Mirror was all I could manage), tried to get a crash course in popular music, learned about drugs & alcohol, and tried to get familiarize myself with sports. There wasn't enough time for much else, so I hoped that that would be enough and that my quick wit could do the rest of the job. It has now been 8 weeks at college and I think I'm a popular loner again. All the signs are there. People are excited to see me when I show up to parties/bars, but don't reach out to me otherwise, unless they need help with homework. The difference is that I'm not stuck with the same group if things don't work out and there are hundreds of other friend groups that I can try to associate with if one doesn't work out. But 100 times 0 is still 0; I haven't had success in that regard either. Despite the general gloomy tone of this, I can definitely see myself improvement in social situations. I can pretty consistently get myself invited to a party the first time meeting a member of a new group. It just seems that I've hit a road block to the next step. tl;dr:
I've spent most of my life as a "popular loner", everyone generally likes me but won't go out of their way to develop a deeper friendship with me, and attempts from my end seem ineffective. This has persisted into college.
I probably have some form of mild social anxiety. I don't think it manifests in my behavior, but I perceive all social outings as either a chance to prove myself or failure and consequent stagnation in my lacking social situation. It's probably not healthy to attribute so much weight to social outings.
I would say my social competency is fine, but too limiting. I'm too afraid of going too far and offending people, so I stick to absolutely safe topics at the expense of being probably pretty boring. This is something that'll improve with practice.
My interests: technology, psychology, computer hardware, Melee, anime (not the really weird shit though), pro tennis, politics, philosophical issues
Artificial interests that I've developed to try to get along with people better: drugs & alcohol, popular music, TV shows, American football and basketball
I have a problem with being too willing to help in the hopes that it'll make me favorable to people. It does in the short term, but not in the long term. I feel like my relationships get distorted into some sort of quid pro quo where I'll help with things on the academic side in exchange for being invited to social outings, which is not healthy. This is a habit developed for a very long time and one I'm working to dampen.
I want to break out of having only surface level relationships with people, because I really don't want another 4+ years of this.
Here are some things I'm looking for specifically, though I'd appreciate any advice:
other popular topics/areas of interests that might help me in maintaining a conversation
any communities that look to help people like myself - I've looked around but I mostly see communities focused on dating strategies. I need help at a deeper level than dating.
details about conversations you have with people. I know this is a little creepy, but the best way to learn about social interaction, if participation is failing, is to observe it, and it'd be of great help to know what people talk about and how they talk about it
I wouldn't mind reading some literature but I'm cynical of its ability to help and have enough cryptic literature to read from my internship anyway
Thanks so much. Please let me know if there's any other details you'd like to know.
2020.10.16 22:15 MainStageProdHollywood producers are racist lmao especially towards East Asian males. Example (the 100 on CW and Netflix, Sense8, Quentin Tarantino dream sequence of Bruce Lee in once upon in Hollywood)
Hi guys, So I have been watching The 100 ever since I was a freshmen in college as I thought it was an interesting and entertaining show. However, I did notice an issue with this show and in regards to the creator of the show: Jason Rothenberg (as he probably sets up the social dialogue and story of the show) So let me explain based upon my observation: I believe the show portrays Asian Males as a Nerdy Insignificant Third Wheel undesirable character. The infamous stereotype that surrounds asian males in Hollywood. (If you aren’t aware, plenty of links/sources online you can find) I have examples: In season 1, when the camp of the 100 all got high from the hallucinogenic nuts, Monty also got high. He then rushed into Finn and Raven having sex while spewing out mathematical/scientific theoretical nonsense while Finn was covering Ravens tits with the blanket. Finn even said “Monty really? Come on”. Again, asian male is a third wheel and is almost embarrassing and cringe while White guy gets laid with Top-Tier girl (Raven). I say top-tier because it is important. (Subconscious and conscious digestion from audience members) Okay sure, I guess it’s just one time. Let’s keep watching. Now moving to season 7, This involved minor side characters . White guy and Asian guy are working on maintaining a nuclear reactor. Pretty girl dressed nicely walks in, goes up to asian guy, and says, I can take it from here. The asian guy says thanks, and the white guy and girl anxiously wait until the asian guy is out of the room. And the white guy gets with the pretty girl and starts making out immediately.... Again, another blatant third wheel moment, showing white guy gets pretty girl, while asian guy is just indifferent and doesn’t get laid. Just an unimportant worker standing in the way of the pretty girl and white guy making out. In both situations, the East Asian Male Was portrayed as the third wheel obstacle standing/interrupting the way of the white guy and attractive girl. Now, this issue has been talked about before by other redditors and I’ve seen some common counter arguments. Let me address these. “What about Bellamy!? He’s half Filipino and seen as the hot alpha leader!? “ Sure he is half Filipino, however, he is white passing. Def does not look blatantly East Asian. (Monty and the side character asian guy are both obviously East-Asian, which is more aligned with the stereotypes rather than an ethically ambiguous but mostly white dude like Bellamy) “Monty got with Harper!?!? They have a son” Sure, Monty does. However, Harper is not a top-tier girl like Raven, Echo, Enori, Clarke, and etc. It’s a matching of two low social status people. Monty, well, because he is portrayed as an East Asian Nerd who grows weed and acts soft/nerdy. And Harper, because, she is not as hot as Raven, Clarke, Echo, Octavia etc. She is a secondary female character and her looks are objectively secondary. It’s a simple matching of two secondary characters. Ofc, the male secondary character is asian. The primary character will never be full East Asian. And Jason Rothenberg actively promoted this. Now some of you might say: “So you’re calling Harper ugly?” “No, she is just not as pretty or as important (in regards to the show) as the other top tier female characters. It’s evident she is a secondary character. And you might also say : “Youre over Analyzing this” I wish I was just over analyzing this but based on Hollywood”s known treatment and portrayal of East Asian Males, it’s really not hard to see it. In fact, it’s almost easier to see it as people have become more aware of the blatant social racism subconscious conditioning of Hollywood. Based upon Jason Rothenbergs portrayal and the history of Hollywood with asian males, it’s really no surprise and was a little too obvious for people who are self aware of these social issues. I’ve heard Jason has had problems with Ricky Whittle (Lincoln) as well, and Ricky claimed that Jason was professionally bullying him based on his ethnicity. Take that as you want. And just my own personal observation: I know dudes like Jason Rothenberg Irl. They usually are racist bitter white Jewish males. Not saying his personality is like the ones I met, but I can put money on it. 75 % chance he Is. and he’s the runner of the show. Now this is just on in depth example of one show. There are other movies and shows that do this. Feel free to discuss with me in a civil manner. Please debate effectively with evidence. Won’t be replying to inappropriate or just poorly built comments/arguments. Thank you guys!!
2020.10.16 21:07 MainStageProdThe 100 (CW) show is again perpetuating Asian Male stereotypes.
Hi guys, So I have been watching The 100 ever since I was a freshmen in college as I thought it was an interesting and entertaining show. However, I did notice an issue with this show and in regards to the creator of the show: Jason Rothenberg (as he probably sets up the social dialogue and story of the show) So let me explain based upon my observation: I believe the show portrays Asian Males as a Nerdy Insignificant Third Wheel undesirable character. The infamous stereotype that surrounds asian males in Hollywood. (If you aren’t aware, plenty of links/sources online you can find) I have examples: In season 1, when the camp of the 100 all got high from the hallucinogenic nuts, Monty also got high. He then rushed into Finn and Raven having sex while spewing out mathematical/scientific theoretical nonsense while Finn was covering Ravens tits with the blanket. Finn even said “Monty really? Come on”. Again, asian male is a third wheel and is almost embarrassing and cringe while White guy gets laid with Top-Tier girl (Raven). I say top-tier because it is important. (Subconscious and conscious digestion from audience members) Okay sure, I guess it’s just one time. Let’s keep watching. Now moving to season 7, This involved minor side characters . White guy and Asian guy are working on maintaining a nuclear reactor. Pretty girl dressed nicely walks in, goes up to asian guy, and says, I can take it from here. The asian guy says thanks, and the white guy and girl anxiously wait until the asian guy is out of the room. And the white guy gets with the pretty girl and starts making out immediately.... Again, another blatant third wheel moment, showing white guy gets pretty girl, while asian guy is just indifferent and doesn’t get laid. Just an unimportant worker standing in the way of the pretty girl and white guy making out. In both situations, the East Asian Male Was portrayed as the third wheel obstacle standing/interrupting the way of the white guy and attractive girl. Now, this issue has been talked about before by other redditors and I’ve seen some common counter arguments. Let me address these. “What about Bellamy!? He’s half Filipino and seen as the hot alpha leader!? “ Sure he is half Filipino, however, he is white passing. Def does not look blatantly East Asian. (Monty and the side character asian guy are both obviously East-Asian, which is more aligned with the stereotypes rather than an ethically ambiguous but mostly white dude like Bellamy) “Monty got with Harper!?!? They have a son” Sure, Monty does. However, Harper is not a top-tier girl like Raven, Echo, Enori, Clarke, and etc. It’s a matching of two low social status people. Monty, well, because he is portrayed as an East Asian Nerd who grows weed and acts soft/nerdy. And Harper, because, she is not as hot as Raven, Clarke, Echo, Octavia etc. She is a secondary female character and her looks are objectively secondary. It’s a simple matching of two secondary characters. Ofc, the male secondary character is asian. The primary character will never be full East Asian. And Jason Rothenberg actively promoted this. Now some of you might say: “So you’re calling Harper ugly?” “No, she is just not as pretty or as important (in regards to the show) as the other top tier female characters. It’s evident she is a secondary character. And you might also say : “Youre over Analyzing this” I wish I was just over analyzing this but based on Hollywood”s known treatment and portrayal of East Asian Males, it’s really not hard to see it. In fact, it’s almost easier to see it as people have become more aware of the blatant social racism subconscious conditioning of Hollywood. Based upon Jason Rothenbergs portrayal and the history of Hollywood with asian males, it’s really no surprise and was a little too obvious for people who are self aware of these social issues. I’ve heard Jason has had problems with Ricky Whittle (Lincoln) as well, and Ricky claimed that Jason was professionally bullying him based on his ethnicity. Take that as you want. And just my own personal observation: I know dudes like Jason Rothenberg Irl. They usually are racist bitter white Jewish males. Not saying his personality is like the ones I met, but I can put money on it. 75 % chance he Is. and he’s the runner of the show. Feel free to discuss with me in a civil manner. Please debate effectively with evidence. Won’t be replying to inappropriate or just poorly built comments/arguments. Thank you guys!!
2020.10.15 20:43 ineedsomethinghumanHi!! I’m very new to budgeting and I need some help/support. I want to save money but I feel like I’m constantly losing it.
Hello All! I am a college sophomore and I have $100 to my name. Not an exaggeration. My bank statement says $102.05. That’s all of my money outside of change. My biggest charges are gas, groceries, and insurance. I have no idea what I’m doing, how to budget, how to be frugal, but I want to be. I need to be able to save for necessities AND fun stuff like trips to see my boyfriend (long distance) and movie nights and stuff. I need to save money, but even though I don’t eat out, I don’t spend on unnecessary things, I don’t have to pay bills, I just keep bleeding money. I have two paying jobs and an art thing on the side, but the jobs are both $10 an hour and I haven’t made any sales on art. I can’t keep losing money like this, it’s ridiculous. Please just give me some pointers, anything for a beginner, or even just some support. I’m terrified and I feel so shitty, I just want things to work out. Now for some context: like I said, my biggest money suckers are gas, groceries, and insurance. Gas- I drive a 2005 Subaru Forester. It takes $25 to fill it from completely empty. I fill it with about $15-20 each time. But I also drive a lot, there isn’t a way around that, so I fill my car about once or twice every two weeks. So basically $10 a week on gas. Groceries- I don’t buy any junk food, I don’t splurge, I only buy exactly what I need at a given time. I also practically live off easy meals like lean cuisine, spaghetti, or microwave Asian dishes. I spend about $45 on groceries every two weeks. I do spend some money on bottled water because I live in a place where the tap water makes me sick. Insurance/monthly bills- Luckily I’m a smart poor girl so I got scholarships for school, so I’m not paying bills, but I am paying for car insurance. I’m on my moms plan, it’s $100 a month, otherwise it would be about double. We looked into it. I’m sure there’s a way to bring this cost down, right? I’m on State Farm. Another monthly bill is my paper statement fee from my bank. I never wanted paper statements and I told them that when they set up my account. I have made it very clear multiple times that they need to stop charging me for paper statements because I never wanted them. Stop sending them. They won’t. They still come, they still charge me, I just don’t get it. 🤷♀️ So, like i said, I’m very very new to being frugal and I’m trying my best but I just feel like I’m bleeding money. Please help me figure this out, please offer some beginners advice, anything. I don’t shop, I work hard at all my jobs, and I still feel so helpless. Please help me if you can. Thank you ❤️❤️
2020.10.15 20:27 ineedsomethinghumanHi! I’m new. I need some help.
Hello All! I am a college sophomore and I have $100 to my name. Not an exaggeration. My bank statement says $102.05. That’s all of my money outside of change. My biggest charges are gas, groceries, and insurance. I have no idea what I’m doing, how to budget, how to be frugal, but I want to be. I need to be able to save for necessities AND fun stuff like trips to see my boyfriend (long distance) and movie nights and stuff. I need to save money, but even though I don’t eat out, I don’t spend on unnecessary things, I don’t have to pay bills, I just keep bleeding money. I have two paying jobs and an art thing on the side, but the jobs are both $10 an hour and I haven’t made any sales on art. I can’t keep losing money like this, it’s ridiculous. Please just give me some pointers, anything for a beginner, or even just some support. I’m terrified and I feel so shitty, I just want things to work out. Now for some context: like I said, my biggest money suckers are gas, groceries, and insurance. Gas- I drive a 2005 Subaru Forester. It takes $25 to fill it from completely empty. I fill it with about $15-20 each time. But I also drive a lot, there isn’t a way around that, so I fill my car about once or twice every two weeks. So basically $10 a week on gas. Groceries- I don’t buy any junk food, I don’t splurge, I only buy exactly what I need at a given time. I also practically live off easy meals like lean cuisine, spaghetti, or microwave Asian dishes. I spend about $45 on groceries every two weeks. I do spend some money on bottled water because I live in a place where the tap water makes me sick. Insurance/monthly bills- Luckily I’m a smart poor girl so I got scholarships for school, so I’m not paying bills, but I am paying for car insurance. I’m on my moms plan, it’s $100 a month, otherwise it would be about double. We looked into it. I’m sure there’s a way to bring this cost down, right? I’m on State Farm. Another monthly bill is my paper statement fee from my bank. I never wanted paper statements and I told them that when they set up my account. I have made it very clear multiple times that they need to stop charging me for paper statements because I never wanted them. Stop sending them. They won’t. They still come, they still charge me, I just don’t get it. 🤷♀️ So, like i said, I’m very very new to being frugal and I’m trying my best but I just feel like I’m bleeding money. Please help me figure this out, please offer some beginners advice, anything. Thank you ❤️❤️
2020.10.15 18:54 MangoAway17Just Dance 2021 Unknown Coaches Song Predictions (updated)
There was a song list leaked in July, and so far it has been 100% right. Based on the songs from that list that aren’t in the game yet, there are a few that I can pin to some of the coaches that we’ve seen but don’t know what song they are from. My guesses for some of the unconfirmed songs are as follows: Rain On Me: Black and green futuristic-looking coach with the cool black sleep mask thing and tied up hair Touch My Body: Leaked coaches/choreo with the three asian ladies who wear solid, primary-colored outfits with black stripes and have a sassy choreo Volar: Female coach and background with the turquoise, purple, and orange circles and chill vibes (the coach has the same outfit as the girl from the Volar music video but in different colors ... thought it was Say So but the outfit makes me think that it’s Volar) Lacrimosa: Ballerina with the red outfit for the coach (though the bumble bee guy with the red tutu doesn’t really make sense for this one unless there’s like a bunch of him in the background or something) Rare: Coach with the pink hair and blue outfit/hat The Sweet Escape: Kids song with the girl with the pink hair and yellow dress in a crazy house Adore You: Guy in the blue and red/orange blazer with the orange hat and pants Run the World (Girls): Four sassy female coach silhouettes Yo Le Llego: Silhouettes of two (male?) coaches, both wearing hats (this might be Kick It because of the chains that one of the coaches has, but I think that Kick It will be a quartet) The Other Side: Swag panda wearing chains and a cool pink, cyan, and yellow jacket Every other song: Not revealed yet Songlist Video Unknown Coaches Unknown Coaches part 2 What do you guys think?
2020.10.13 02:21 oddnttCelebrating Indigenous People's Day
So we were asked to share something about our indigenous history, and I figured I'd share the product here. I'd like to note that I didn't cover recent ongoings because it isn't quite history yet. I'd also like to say that this isn't an all-encompassing history and is meant to be a general summary. We wanted to write a little bit about our history as the indigenous people of Hawai’i for indigenous people’s day. we know that it is expected of us to tell you a happy story about beautiful island girls and commercialized experiences of fanciful traditions, but this day should be used to tell you something real. Just a little bit of truth. A story about a people shackled by capitalism, and a culture deformed to fit foreign appeal. we feel the best way to start this tale is in the same way as our ancestors: with a story of our ancient past. This tale was written by King Kalākaua, our last King, from traditional chants and stories of old Hawai’i. Hua of Hana ruled over eastern Maui in around 1170 CE. One day when the Makahiki (or new year festival celebrated between October and march with events similar to the Olympics) came, Hua refused to make a sacrifice, and he subsequently killed the Kahuna (like a priest/doctor). Upon the death of the Kahuna the rains simply stopped. Crops died and the soil turned to sand, and Hua, along with his subjects, fled the area. Eventually, he fled the island of Maui for the Kona side of Hawai’i island, but when he arrived the rains stopped there too. It shouldn’t be surprising that when Captain Cook visited Kealakekua Bay in Kona in late January of 1779 the Ali’i nui of the area Kalaniopu’u gifted Cook his ahu’ula (cloak) and mahiole (helmet). We must stress here that these were not simple gifts. An ahu’ula is made of a single feather from around twenty thousand birds and is among the most prized of Hawaiian possessions, and similarities could be drawn to Native American wompoms. Cook left, but a storm brought him back to the Bay for repairs shortly on February 11 and on February 14th Cook attempted to kidnap Kalaniopu’u which resulted in the death of Captain Cook. Cook’s men fled back to the ship, and his body was ceremoniously prepared (in the way of an ali’i’s death) and returned to the ship, but because Hawaiians regarded the bones as the source of one’s power and removed the flesh in the preparation, a myth that Hawaiians were cannibals propagated until very recently. This early period is defined by the monarchy attempting to find a converging point between our culture and the cultures of the world. We banned the old Kapu system and, within 2 years, made way for christian missionaries and accepted them with open arms. Hula, a traditional religious dance was banned in public by 1830. None of this ready assimilation changed the concept that our leadership was a possession that could simply be taken. In 1842, President Tyler extended the Monroe Doctrine to Hawai’i as part of the American westward expansion, and a British lord overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy the next year, but the English monarchy quickly returned the throne to the Kingdom of Hawai’i. King Kamehameha V said upon its return, “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” ("The life of the land is preserved in the righteousness of the people"). The United States doubled down and President Polk declared a strict enforcement of westward expansion. This timeline is largely seen as the beginning of the U.S. Annexation of Hawai’i. By 1850 the ruling monarch, as part of adopting capitalistic economic concepts, decided to officiate the concept of land ownership instead of stewardship through a rule known as the Mahele. A process by which ⅓ of lands went to the Monarchy, ⅓ to the Ali’i(nobles), and ⅓ to the Maka‘ainana (commoner). Simply to gain ownership the former steward just needed to travel to the island’s major city and apply for it, and any unclaimed lands would be available for transferred ownership to outsiders. This couldn’t have come at a worse time. A lethal combination of the whooping cough, flu, and cholera mark 1850-52 as a period in which there were no children in Hawai’i. Hawai’i’s annual census in this period indicated that there were 0 children alive in these years. Needless to say, this began the domination of Hawai’i by plantation owners, and a western board of health was also established which only allowed the seeking of local remedies if approved by a western doctor (success rates of traditional Hawaiian medicine were about the same as western medicine until modern western medicine post-1900). This period between 1850 and 1900 is filled with monarchical attempts to help curb the disease that eventually would take the lives of over 95% of the total indigenous population by 1900. Which includes the story of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV who created the women’s and children’s hospital in 1856 to care for the people of Hawai’i where our son had his eye surgery and my(OddDad) mother had her cancer treatment, in both cases at very little cost to us. I wish I could expound further on Queen Emma here, but brevity begs us onward. In the 1880s King Kalākaua, seeing very little positive effects from western medicine, sought to reinstate the Kahuna medicinal practices but the western board of health refused to license them to practice medicine. So the King created his own board of health in 1886. The King’s changes were seen by white plantation owners as hostile, and by 1887 a militia known as the Honolulu Rifles, made up of white settlers, forced the King to sign a new constitution that transferred monarchical powers over to a settler-friendly legislation. When King Kalākaua died, his sister, Liliuokalani was elected as Queen and she fiercely began fighting for a restoration of political powers to the Kingdom. This led to the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i; again brevity forces me to painfully skim over most of the details. In the Bib I will include a long quote written by one of the people who overthrew the Kingdom that describes its reasoning. Though I must say that the indigenous women made quilts that were distributed in protest of the annexation, and recent research has shown that over 98% of the people of Hawai’i objected to Hawai’i becoming a territory in the first place, and blood quantum discussions usually argued that the indigenous people were not a problem because they would soon be bred out. To obtain political office during the annexation we were required to take an oath of allegiance to the very people who imprisoned us, and the Hawaiian language was banned. It really isn’t a mystery why such a small percentage of whites managed to rule over Hawai’i since that point. Even when a commission was formed to address rampant indigenous poverty in 1920, the land provided was inarable and remote through a blood quantum of 50%. It was not available to Hawaiians with Asian lineage. We are so shackled that had our statehood been decided one year later (1960), it would have been required that we be given the option of sovereignty. It’s no wonder that our motto is a dying cry for liberty that harkens back to the first overthrow: “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” ("The life of the land is preserved in the righteousness of the people"). I must also note that a leprosy colony was established that was so impactful that all living Hawaiians can point to a family member who was segregated there (and often never allowed to be seen again), until the 1970s. Protests were held publicly for the first time since our overthrow, in part because after abandoning the segregated leprosy colony, the State of Hawai’i wanted to sell the land to developers and isolate the victims of Hansen’s disease in hospital wards .The 1970s brought about the first Hawaiian Renaissance in which children were finally taught our native tongue for the first time in nearly 100 years and our traditional values no longer had to be hidden from public view. We realized that assimilation was something that we’d never be allowed to do. Native Hawaiian women are currently the most convicted ethnicity among women in the U.S. and most of that is meth (60%). The likelihood of an indigenous person of Hawai’i achieving a Bachelor’s Degree (17%) is almost as common as a Master’s among whites (11%). Because our constitution was overthrown before we became annexed we do not qualify for tribal status in the US, and are noted as the largest group of indigenous people without any form of compensation. We could go on endlessly about all the wrongs that have been done and the direct impact of an institution built to serve foreigners. In all this, we find our parallel with the story of Ali'i nui Hua of Hana. This is our drought. It is a quick summary of our plight, but one lost meal in a story of starvation. Though, the story of Hua did not end in a perpetual drought. Eventually he died and his bones dried and cracked in the dry-heat of the sun. The Kahuna’s son who became a great Kahuna himself, was offered a sacrifice and from his forgiveness came the rain. But that’s the beautiful part about stories; they can afford happy endings. Hua of Hana: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/56597/56597-h/56597-h.htm#ch5 Makahiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makahiki Kalaniopu’u ahu’ola: https://www.oha.org/kalaniopu Cook Death: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook#Death Disease: https://www.oha.org/wp-content/uploads/Volume-I-Chronic-Diseases-FINAL.pdf Sovereignty Restoration Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereignty_Restoration_Day Monroe Doctrine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine Queen’s Medical Center: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen%27s_Medical_Center Bayonet Constitution: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/jul6/bayonet-constitution/#:~:text=King%20David%20Kalakaua%2C%20nicknamed%20the,of%20much%20of%20its%20power.&text=On%20July%206%2C%201887%2C%20King,the%20kingdom%20of%20Hawai'i Ku’e Petition: https://library.wcc.hawaii.edu/hwst115/records/kue#:~:text=Background%20Information,the%20United%20States%20of%20America A.W. Armstrong Long quote: “This proposal is not ‘democratic,’ but is based on the necessities of the case. If we were here alone, very little government would be quite sufficient because the true Anglo-Saxon does not require much government; each man rules himself. It must be distinctly understood that, besides ruling themselves, the whites must create a form of government through which they can rule natives, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese, in order to prevent being ‘snowed under.’ That is, we need two distinct forms of government made up into one form; one for ourselves and one for aliens, who outnumber us. That which may be quite sufficient for us would probably be utterly insufficient for them if we wish to keep control.”
2020.10.13 02:19 oddnttCelebrating Indigenous People's Day
So we were asked to share something about our indigenous history, and I figured I'd share the product here. I'd like to note that I didn't cover recent ongoings because it isn't quite history yet. I'd also like to say that this isn't an all-encompassing history and is meant to be a general summary. We wanted to write a little bit about our history as the indigenous people of Hawai’i for indigenous people’s day. we know that it is expected of us to tell you a happy story about beautiful island girls and commercialized experiences of fanciful traditions, but this day should be used to tell you something real. Just a little bit of truth. A story about a people shackled by capitalism, and a culture deformed to fit foreign appeal. we feel the best way to start this tale is in the same way as our ancestors: with a story of our ancient past. This tale was written by King Kalākaua, our last King, from traditional chants and stories of old Hawai’i. Hua of Hana ruled over eastern Maui in around 1170 CE. One day when the Makahiki (or new year festival celebrated between october and march with events similar to the olympics) came, Hua refused to make a sacrifice, and he subsequently killed the Kahuna (like a priest/doctor). Upon the death of the Kahuna the rains simply stopped. Crops died and the soil turned to sand, and Hua, along with his subjects, fled the area. Eventually he fled the island of Maui for the Kona side of Hawai’i island, but when he arrived the rains stopped there too. It shouldn’t be surprising that when Captain Cook visited Kealakekua Bay in Kona in late January of 1779 the Ali’i nui of the area Kalaniopu’u gifted Cook his ahu’ula (cloak) and mahiole (helmet). We must stress here that these were not simple gifts. An ahu’ula is made of a single feather from around twenty thousand birds and is among the most prized of Hawaiian possessions, and similarities could be drawn to Native American wompoms. Cook left, but a storm brought him back to the Bay for repairs shortly on February 11 and on February 14th Cook attempted to kidnap Kalaniopu’u which resulted in the death of Captain Cook. Cook’s men fled back to the ship, and his body was ceremoniously prepared (in the way of an ali’i’s death) and returned to the ship, but because Hawaiians regarded the bones as the source of one’s power and removed the flesh in the preparation, a myth that Hawaiians were cannibals propagated until very recently. This early period is defined by the monarchy attempting to find a converging point between our culture and the cultures of the world. We banned the old Kapu system and, within 2 years, made way for christian missionaries and accepted them with open arms. Hula, a traditional religious dance was banned in public by 1830. None of this ready assimilation changed the concept that our leadership was a possession that could simply be taken. In 1842, President Tyler extended the Monroe Doctrine to Hawai’i as part of the American westward expansion, and a British lord overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy the next year, but the English monarchy quickly returned the throne to the Kingdom of Hawai’i. King Kamehameha V said upon its return, “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” ("The life of the land is preserved in the righteousness of the people"). The United States doubled down and President Polk declared a strict enforcement of westward expansion. This timeline is largely seen as the beginning of the U.S. Annexation of Hawai’i. By 1850 the ruling monarch, as part of adopting capitalistic economic concepts, decided to officiate the concept of land ownership instead of stewardship through a rule known as the Mahele. A process by which ⅓ of lands went to the Monarchy, ⅓ to the Ali’i(nobles), and ⅓ to the Maka‘ainana (commoner). Simply to gain ownership the former steward just needed to travel to the island’s major city and apply for it, and any unclaimed lands would be available for transferred ownership to outsiders. This couldn’t have come at a worse time. A lethal combination of the whooping cough, flu, and cholera mark 1850-52 as a period in which there were no children in Hawai’i. Hawai’i’s annual census in this period indicated that there were 0 children alive in these years. Needless to say, this began the domination of Hawai’i by plantation owners, and a western board of health was also established which only allowed the seeking of local remedies if approved by a western doctor (success rates of traditional Hawaiian medicine were about the same as western medicine until modern western medicine post-1900). This period between 1850 and 1900 is filled with monarchical attempts to help curb the disease that eventually would take the lives of over 95% of the total indigenous population by 1900. Which includes the story of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV who created the women’s and children’s hospital in 1856 to care for the people of Hawai’i where our son had his eye surgery and my(OddDad) mother had her cancer treatment, in both cases at very little cost to us. I wish I could expound further on Queen Emma here, but brevity begs us onward. In the 1880s King Kalākaua, seeing very little positive effects from western medicine, sought to reinstate the Kahuna medicinal practices but the western board of health refused to license them to practice medicine. So the King created his own board of health in 1886. The King’s changes were seen by white plantation owners as hostile, and by 1887 a militia known as the Honolulu Rifles, made up of white settlers, forced the King to sign a new constitution that transferred monarchical powers over to a settler-friendly legislation. When King Kalākaua died, his sister, Liliuokalani was elected as Queen and she fiercely began fighting for a restoration of political powers to the Kingdom. This led to the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i; again brevity forces me to painfully skim over most of the details. In the Bib I will include a long quote written by one of the people who overthrew the Kingdom that describes its reasoning. Though I must say that the indigenous women made quilts that were distributed in protest of the annexation, and recent research has shown that over 98% of the people of Hawai’i objected to Hawai’i becoming a territory in the first place, and blood quantum discussions usually argued that the indigenous people were not a problem because they would soon be bred out. To obtain political office during the annexation we were required to take an oath of allegiance to the very people who imprisoned us, and the Hawaiian language was banned. It really isn’t a mystery why such a small percentage of whites managed to rule over Hawai’i since that point. Even when a commission was formed to address rampant indigenous poverty in the 1920, the land provided was inarable and remote through a blood quantum of 50%. It was not available to Hawaiians with Asian lineage. We are so shackled that had our statehood been decided one year later (1960), it would have been required that we be given the option of sovereignty. It’s no wonder that our motto is a dying cry for liberty that harkens back to the first overthrow: “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” ("The life of the land is preserved in the righteousness of the people"). I must also note that a leprosy colony was established that was so impactful that all living Hawaiians can point to a family member who was segregated there (and often never allowed to be seen again), until the 1970s. Protests were held publicly for the first time since our overthrow, in part because after abandoning the segregated leprosy colony, the State of Hawai’i wanted to sell the land to developers and isolate the victims of Hansen’s disease in hospital wards.The 1970s brought about the first Hawaiian renaissance in which children were finally taught our native tongue for the first time in nearly 100 years and our traditional values no longer had to be hidden from public view. We realized that assimilation was something that we’d never be allowed to do. Native Hawaiian women are currently the most convicted ethnicity among women in the U.S. and most of that is meth (60%). The likelihood of an indigenous person of Hawai’i achieving a Bachelor’s Degree (17%) is almost as common as a Master’s among whites (11%). Because our constitution was overthrown before we became annexed we do not qualify for tribal status in the US, and are noted as the largest group of indigenous people without any form of compensation. We could go on endlessly about all the wrongs that have been done and the direct impact of an institution built to serve foreigners. In all this we find our parallel with the story of Ali'i nui Hua of Hana. This is our drought. It is a quick summary of our plight; but one lost meal in a story of starvation. Though, the story of Hua did not end in a perpetual drought. Eventually he died and his bones dried and cracked in the dry-heat of the sun. The Kahuna’s son who became a great Kahuna himself, was offered a sacrifice and from his forgiveness came the rain. But that’s the beautiful part about stories; they can afford happy endings. Hua of Hana: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/56597/56597-h/56597-h.htm#ch5 Makahiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makahiki Kalaniopu’u ahu’ola: https://www.oha.org/kalaniopu Cook Death: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook#Death Disease: https://www.oha.org/wp-content/uploads/Volume-I-Chronic-Diseases-FINAL.pdf Sovereignty Restoration Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereignty_Restoration_Day Monroe Doctrine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine Queen’s Medical Center: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen%27s_Medical_Center Bayonet Constitution: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/jul6/bayonet-constitution/#:~:text=King%20David%20Kalakaua%2C%20nicknamed%20the,of%20much%20of%20its%20power.&text=On%20July%206%2C%201887%2C%20King,the%20kingdom%20of%20Hawai'i Ku’e Petition: https://library.wcc.hawaii.edu/hwst115/records/kue#:~:text=Background%20Information,the%20United%20States%20of%20America A.W. Armstrong Long quote: “This proposal is not ‘democratic,’ but is based on the necessities of the case. If we were here alone, very little government would be quite sufficient, because the true Anglo-Saxon does not require much government; each man rules himself. It must be distinctly understood that, besides ruling themselves, the whites must create a form of government through which they can rule natives, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese, in order to prevent being ‘snowed under.’ That is, we need two distinct forms of government made up into one form; one for ourselves and one for aliens, who outnumber us. That which may be quite sufficient for us, would probably be utterly insufficient for them if we wish to keep control.”
2020.10.12 20:55 mr_tyler_durdenNotes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 12, 2020
Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 12, 2020 Notes bymr_tyler_durdenand Daily Update Team Check your registration status, ballot status, or how to vote here! Note: Thank you to the people who have given awards to these posts but I do want to say: Please don’t spend money to give these posts an award or if you want to give thendonate it here instead. These people need your help more than I need awards. I guess if you are just spending reddit coins that you already have then that’s fine but don’t spend new money, donate it instead. Thank you all! Watch here:
New deaths by county: 79 M Boyd, 67 F Fayette, 61 M Grayson
Dr. Stack: Situation Update for the state of Kentucky today. As the governor has already expressed, our case levels remain high. I remain concerned that we are still in an escalating situation. This is concerning, because our level is about 200 cases per million per day, which is substantially elevated. If we continue to escalate from here we could get up to the levels, where we start to see substantial increased hospitalizations and people particularly ill. And then obviously, the consequences that follow that. This is within our ability to influence. We can wear our masks, socially distance, and also practice good hygiene, with our hands and surfaces. Additionally, if you are sick please stay home. If you have a fever, cough, or runny nose, loss of smell or taste, please don't go out in public, don't go to work, don't go to school. That's important in a normal year; it's critical this year that we don't spread any kinds of infection that we can avoid spreading so there's no confusion about whether it's the coronavirus or some other condition.
Dr. Stack: The governor's quarantine, as he's already explained, I want to go over this a little bit why this is so important. So we don't have any cure for this disease yet. We don't have a vaccine, yet, that will prevent you from getting it. Those things are hopefully going to come down the road. Certainly we hope a vaccine will be something we can start offering people in the next few months ahead. But until then what we have are prevention and public health interventions. Prevention involves the things we talked about: social distancing or physical distancing more than six feet, wearing a mask whenever you're around anyone who's not from within your household, and perhaps sometimes even within your household if one of your members of the family thinks they may have been exposed. Also, washing your hands often, covering your cough, and then I told you previously don't leave your house if you have fever, cough, infectious symptoms, stay home until you feel better, or seek medical care if you're particularly ill. And if you think you could have COVID-19, please get tested. That'll help you to understand and put your mind at ease that you know that that's what the problem is and help others give you good advice for what you should do. But the governor is quarantined because he was exposed to someone who tested positive. This is done to take someone who was exposed to an infected patient and keep them from being around others until they are outside of the window where they themselves could develop the infection. This is important because we are doing this to break the chain of transmission, and those words have meaning in public health. We're going to break the chain of transmission, meaning if the governor the First Lady or his children should become positive for COVID-19, and we all hope that won't be the case, but if they should they have not been in contact with anyone since they found out about their exposure. So the chain of transmission will end with them, meaning they won't spread it to anyone else because they won't be in any proximity to other people, for the period of time that they're in quarantine. This is very important. It's what we're asking others of you to do throughout the state. It's what I would do for myself if I were to be exposed.
Since businesses are lax in self enforcement. Will you implement tougher enforcement including fines on individuals who break the mask mandate in order to increase compliance to keep Kentuckians safe? -- We have several groups that are out and working on enforcement. They include our ABC, which is bars and restaurants, there have been fines, there have been closure orders. Also our labor cabinet: making sure that those that are working, the employees that are working in businesses, where lots of people come through, are in a safe environment, meaning they are wearing masks, all the other employees are wearing masks, and the customers are wearing masks. But again, we need others out there working to do this, too. We need folks not to try to come up with reasons that they can be the exception, but want to be a part of the solution.
What are you doing this week to encourage local law enforcement of your mask mandate. Have you given specific suggestions to local officials, and if so what are they? -- So I haven't had a conversation with what I would call law enforcement- sheriffs or police chiefs around the state, I have talked to the mayors and the county judges, and I asked them to work with their local health department for enforcement, But one of the things that I asked is that they're out and about too, and if people see us as leaders, in a grocery store where people aren't wearing masks, we need to mention something to the manager. Other stores as well. And if we can show that type of of reaction, but pushing people to do the right thing, we can resolve a lot of this. And we really need from our businesses, a no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service. And it seems that we moved in some, from a policy that some of our larger companies had that required it, to one where they're not going to ask people. Well here in Kentucky, you have to. That's the way that we ultimately beat this virus. But at the end of the day we can't enforce our way into the practices we need to defeat COVID-19. Team Kentucky needs to come together to do that. It's got to be self-enforcement. Personal Responsibility.
What will be my testing regimen going forward and when was my last negative test? -- I last tested negative Thursday. I'm going to get tested, I believe, tomorrow. But regardless of that test, I will still be in quarantine I guess if it comes back positive I'll be in isolation. I will then be tested on Friday, as well, and then into next week.
Hi everybody. It's Andy, it's four o'clock, that time we come together every day to get an update on this battle against COVID-19. Now, things look a little different today, but things in our lives are different, it seems, every week. I am at a part of the governor's mansion broadcasting to you, with just me and a camera- with our crew that helps typically put on these updates elsewhere. This is how we're going to do it, each day, until I'm done with this quarantine. Let me tell you, we're doing great. I feel great. My family feels great. We are trying to be really positive about this situation. My kids have generally taken it well, though, they're still kids. And we've decided that we're going to try to make the most of the extra family time we have. I want to thank everybody who has sent their well wishes, and not just for my health, but also the member of my security detail who tested positive. He's got some mild symptoms, but he's doing fine, he is a very good person, we don’t put any blame on him or anybody else. We're all just trying to do our best to get through this, and to get through this together.
And to get through this together it means that we all have to make sure that we remember those top 10 rules to ensure that we can defeat COVID-19. Defeating the coronavirus, in the beginning, was something that we hoped that we would learn about as we went. Now, we know the steps that we can take, and the most effective steps that we can take to stop the spread of this virus. They start with wearing masks. Today, I'm wearing John G Carlisle Elementary School from Covington, Kentucky. Appreciate them trying to keep their kids safe, and it's a great mask. Folks, wear it. It's a requirement in Kentucky, just like almost every state surrounding us. The more you wear them, the less virus will spread, the more things will stay open, the more we can open capacity, the better chance our kids can be in school learning more often, and will save a lot of lives and that should be enough, in and of itself. You got to engage in social distancing and it's not a mask or six feet, it's a mask and six feet and being outside doesn't let you sit two feet from each other without wearing a mask. So please put it on, keep it on. I know we won't be perfect, but do your best, have one with you, and if you're alone outside that's fine but somebody comes close, you know, put the mask on, try to protect them, try to protect yourself, and your family. That's something pretty important to me. There's a lot of other rules that are up there that you can see but one of them is answering the call. Dr. Stack will talk a little later today about how we can't test our way out of COVID. Instead we engage in social distancing, we wear masks, but then we also answer the call when we have been around somebody who has tested positive. That's when the contact tracers ask us to do what my family and I are doing right now, which is to quarantine, to stay away from other people- so that if we were to develop the virus that we will not infect anyone else. And we're trying to live that example, right now, even being the first family. I've always believed that you don't put yourself above the families of Kentucky when you are governor, you do everything that you would ask them to do, and that's what we're doing. And thankfully in this situation that last person outside of myself, my wife, and our two kids that we were around was that potential exposure. So this is an example where answering a call can stop the virus from spreading. At least, if it would have spread through us. I'm doing it and I'd ask each and every one of you all to do it too.
Also want to make sure that we thank all the people out there who are doing it right. I know that member of my security detail was wearing a mask the entire time he was around me as was I , and so I appreciate that. This is just an example of why masking up can be so important. So I want to start at the top today to make sure we're celebrating the good news, those doing it right. So much of, whether it's our media coverage or cable news or the rest, focuses on what I think is a small minority of people that maybe they're tired, maybe it's denial, but aren't doing the things that would protect those around us. You know what? Why don't we instead lift up those that are doing it right, that set positive examples and try to encourage everybody else to do it too.
We'll move into our COVID update, and then we will hear from Dr Stack, and from the Lieutenant Governor, and then answer some questions- we may have technical issues today, right now it's going great, but please bear with us. We're all doing our best, and we've got the whole crew from Kenneth at home to James in a different part of this facility and everybody else doing everything they can to make sure this works well.
So today. Again, our escalations continue. Today is the largest number of cases we've ever had on a Monday. Remember Mondays are fewer cases than most of the rest of the week because of the lab schedules.
Positive cases today: 643 - If you look back at the last couple of weeks- last week Monday was 543, the week before 456, the week before 406. So you can see a steady increase. That means that we've got to do better, because we have more contacts out there, whether it's our kids in schools or the activities they’re doing. We just have to make sure we're following these practices, and we want to moderate. We want to spread out the amount of contacts we have in any given day in any given week.
Total tests conducted: 1,679,411 (PCR: 1,565,097, Serology: 78,700)
Positivity Rate: 4.37% - Again, we're happy that that is under five, but we need to continue to push that down. Now, there are certainly other states where it is lower, we'd like it to be lower and when we have as many cases as we do. Even at a positivity rate of 4.37% can result in a lot of Kentuckians getting sick.
Total hospitalized: 6,121
Currently hospitalized: 672
Total in ICU: 1,590
Currently in ICU: 180
On a ventilator: 93 - Please pray for them. These are folks, especially on the ventilator but also in the ICU that are very sick and they need your help, and their families need your support.
Total recovered: 13,615
New deaths today: 3
Total Deaths: 1,255
New deaths by county: 79 M Boyd, 67 F Fayette, 61 M Grayson
Let's support them too. Continue to light our houses up green until we don't have to anymore. That's how resilient we can be.
Racial breakdown of all cases: 78.76% Caucasian, 12.84% Black or African-American, 1.67% Asian, 6.20% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all cases: 90.54% non-Hispanic and 9.46% Hispanic
Racial breakdown of all deaths: 83.49% Caucasian, 12.68% Black or African-American, 1.04% Asian, 2.78% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all deaths: 96.47% non-Hispanic and 3.53% Hispanic
Day Care Facilities: 19 new facilities, 12 new staff, 14 new children. 289 facilities, 235 staff, 172 children. This is the one new update I think that we're going to do today and we'll have the others In these categories tomorrow. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
With that, I think we are going to try to kick it over to Dr Stack to tell us where he believes things are to give us some additional advice, and to tell you a little bit about quarantining, why we're doing what we're doing and why we need others to do it when they get the call as well. So Steve.
Let me show real quick if I can. (James, do you have the Ballard High School infographic that I was going to project here?) We talk a lot about people getting sick and hospitalized, and potentially having consequences as bad as death. There's another possibility though. We're finding that some people, maybe up to 10% or so, can have lingering symptoms that go on for weeks or months, things like brain fog- difficulty concentrating I guess is how I would translate that. Shortness of breath, fatigue, persistent loss of smell or taste. Those are obviously problematic. But we also know in children that we can have this multi-system inflammatory syndrome, and that this can be particularly serious. And so I don't know if the image is projected, but we do have a slide for them in COVID-19 news for a Ballard High school student. And this was in the media. For this student named Taylor Crites, whose story was shared by her mother Janell Barden. And she got sick, Taylor got sick, in June, she was positive for her test for about three and a half weeks and she had relatively mild symptoms as the report goes, with loss of taste and smell. But she was cleared to return to field hockey and other activities and during her athletic activities she was experiencing chest pains and difficulty breathing, and it was found that she was having heart difficulties related to her COVID syndrome. She developed a fever, got ill, and was admitted to the intensive care unit. So obviously all these things are terrifying for a young person in high school and for their parents. When she was in the hospital, she was cleared and released, and then had to be called back because she developed what appears apparently to be a viral meningitis. And so this poor young woman has had a relatively protracted course. And these are the kinds of things that can happen. And this is not of course the typical nursing home patient or senior citizen or someone with chronic medical problems. This is a young, healthy, athletic person who started developing symptoms for the post-inflammatory problems that happen after COVID-19. So I would urge everybody please, this is not the time to be dismissive about this disease or to be cavalier about it. It's time to double on our efforts and really make sure we minimize how much disease is in the community and how much spreads. And to that point I come to my last point for today. The governor's quarantine, as he's already explained, I want to go over this a little bit why this is so important. So we don't have any cure for this disease yet. We don't have a vaccine, yet, that will prevent you from getting it. Those things are hopefully going to come down the road. Certainly we hope a vaccine will be something we can start offering people in the next few months ahead. But until then what we have are prevention and public health interventions. Prevention involves the things we talked about: social distancing or physical distancing more than six feet, wearing a mask whenever you're around anyone who's not from within your household, and perhaps sometimes even within your household if one of your members of the family thinks they may have been exposed. Also, washing your hands often, covering your cough, and then I told you previously don't leave your house if you have fever, cough, infectious symptoms, stay home until you feel better, or seek medical care if you're particularly ill. And if you think you could have COVID-19, please get tested. That'll help you to understand and put your mind at ease that you know that that's what the problem is and help others give you good advice for what you should do. But the governor is quarantined because he was exposed to someone who tested positive. This is done to take someone who was exposed to an infected patient and keep them from being around others until they are outside of the window where they themselves could develop the infection. This is important because we are doing this to break the chain of transmission, and those words have meaning in public health. We're going to break the chain of transmission, meaning if the governor the First Lady or his children should become positive for COVID-19, and we all hope that won't be the case, but if they should they have not been in contact with anyone since they found out about their exposure. So the chain of transmission will end with them, meaning they won't spread it to anyone else because they won't be in any proximity to other people, for the period of time that they're in quarantine. This is very important. It's what we're asking others of you to do throughout the state. It's what I would do for myself if I were to be exposed. And I think we should be very grateful that the governor here is obviously doing what he believes to be best for his family and those around him and doing importantly, what's right for the state of Kentucky to prevent any risk of him spreading infection, should he turn positive; but also to model the good behavior that we ask of everyone else. So I'm grateful for his partnership in this as we navigate this. I’ll also introduce one last term, and that's isolation. And isolation is different from quarantine, isolation is when we separate someone who we have shown to have infection from other people, because we know that they could spread infection. So in this case the individual who may have exposed the governor to COVID-19 is in isolation, until he is cleared from the illness, the governor and his family are in quarantine, in case they were to develop the illness so they don't spread it. So, we do similar things for them, but the difference in the two terms is very important. So thanks for bearing with me as we, as I and the rest of us, all learn how to adapt to this new format. I'll be back I think tomorrow with some additional updates on other topics. But thank you very much and I think I'm supposed to now tee up the lieutenant governor to address other topics.
Good evening, Kentucky. First, I want to begin by commending you, Governor Beshear, for doing the right thing. We talk a lot in this administration about our “where” , which is: wages, health care, education, retirement, and the last one is example. And so thank you, so much thank you to the First Lady, thank you to Will and Lila, for being good examples for the rest of Kentucky. You guys answered the call and you are doing what it takes to mitigate this virus and we appreciate you being a great example for everyone across Kentucky. Your staff has been flexible, your family has been flexible, and you've been able to work 100% from home today, just like thousands of Kentuckians have had to get used to doing since March. And so I want to thank you for walking the walk and I want to thank you for being a great example. On behalf of Team Kentucky, we wish you all well. And we also want to wish well the member of our detail who has contracted the virus, we're sending you hope for a speedy recovery. So, I'm here today to give an update about the Team Kentucky fund. Last week, I got to announce that we surpassed the million dollar mark for dollars that have been distributed across the state to help folks who have fallen on hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm happy to say that this fund continues to be a lifesaver for our friends, for our families, and for our neighbors, and it is only possible because of the generosity of Team Kentucky. And for all of you who have contributed to this fund, you have helped make someone's life a little bit easier, you've taken a little bit of stress off of our families, as we try to trudge forward during this pandemic. So I'm going to give you a breakdown of the contributions and what they've been used for. So far, we have been able to help provide funds for 1,308 households, and the average assistance to each household is about $780. Nearly two thirds has gone to help Kentuckians with their mortgage or rent, you can see that that takes up the vast majority of the pie there. That totals more than $675,000. Over $150,000 has been used by Kentuckians to buy food and groceries. Over $130,000 is being used to help pay electric bills. More than $43,000 is being used to pay water bills. And then finally, about $20,000 is being used for natural gas, sewage, propane, and waste. So I'm going to say again if you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, please visit http://teamkyfund.ky.gov/ We still have a need for applications, particularly in many rural areas of the state. We've partnered with Community Action of Kentucky to make sure there is an office in every county across Kentucky that can help with this application. And also if you want to give and you want to help your fellow Kentuckians, like so many others have done, you can visit http://donate.ky.gov/, and know that each gift is tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go directly to help your fellow Kentuckians in need.
And so today I'm going to close out with a little reminder for everyone- to take care of your mental health. Our world has been upended since March. What we know to be as normal, and convenient and perhaps things that we've taken for granted, have gone by the wayside and we have to make sure that we are taking care of our physical health, as well as our mental health. Just a couple days ago, on Saturday this weekend, that was recognized as World Mental Health Day. And so in addition to doing things like staying physically healthy, and which are the things we have to do like washing our hands, wearing our masks, staying socially distanced, I encourage you to regularly check in on your own mental health, and the mental health of those that you care about: your friends, family members, and co-workers. Find a hobby. Find a passion. Do something that allows you to step away from the anxiety and the stresses of regular life, but certainly life during the pandemic. We've got to continue to be kind to each other, and be kind to ourselves, and to extend that kindness on to others. So with that, I will kick it back over to Governor Beshear and tell you that it's great to see you and hope that you are doing well.
Thank you. Jacqueline, I so appreciate everything you bring to Team Kentucky. Just a couple things that I wanted to make sure we mentioned first to Taylor, our student from Ballard, that was willing to be courageous and share her story to help others: Team Kentucky cares about you. You got 4.4 million people in the state rooting for you, and a whole bunch of others, maybe, that tune in every now and then to see these updates. We are all on your side, and look forward to everything that you are going to do in the future. I'd like to think somebody at your age, willing to set this type of example- your future, your potential is absolutely unlimited. Second, I wanted to give a brief update, heard from Virginia, she is doing well. I know she will have probably an update later in the week. We love having Rachel, who I can see on the screen, but both Rachel and I miss Virginia too, and want to see her back as soon as we can. And finally did you all notice that behind Dr. Stack. There had to be like eight diplomas. I'm not sure all those can be real. So, when this is all over, and I'm out of quarantine, we will go check that out.
Today, the questions we had were sent in, we will try to do it in a way in the future, where maybe they can be asked by reporters live. I also want to work on something maybe while we're in this situation, where we can do a Q&A with Dr Stack where I might be able to read questions to him from Kentuckians who are still wondering or curious about some different things. So we're going to try to make lemonade out of lemons. We're going to be as positive as we can about this experience. And so we'll get through these questions, and then we will continue to work to provide a good experience but mainly the information that you need- the transparency.
Answer to a question about the security detail? -- The individual has minor symptoms. He's a tank, he's gonna be great. We know he'll make a full recovery and we're checking on him every day.
2020.10.12 17:49 lizsanchhChanceme: international student for (a scholarship at) LMU :<<<
Demographics: I'm from Metro Manila, Philippines Intended major: international relations or global studies I'm from an exclusive catholic all-girls school and specialise in humanities and social sciences in my last 2 years of high school GPA: 3.7 or 92.34 on the 100 scale (consistent for all 4 years) I'm not submitting my SAT/ACT as the pandemic made it difficult to go out for test-taking, our school also doesn't provide the class ranking as to remain holistic awards:
school award for being a national athlete
2nd overall at national championships
2nd at the 500m, 77m, and 1000m
3rd in the 3000 women's relay
award for competing in the 1st children of asia winter games sanctioned by the international olympic committee
extracurriculars would be:
Part of the pioneering short track speed skating national team (2018)
National athlete (2018-present)
Ambassador for Each One Teach One (organisation that teaches women and children in rural areas)
Participated in an international training camp for short track speed skating in Seoul, South Korea
Student assistant for English for Academic and Professional Purposes (s.y. 2019-2020)
Ambassador for winter sports during the South East Asian games (assisted the judging panel for figure skating, technical panel of short track speed skating, and assisted several international officials)
Assisted the judging panel for figure skating during the South East Asian games
Took part in the technical panel for short track speed skating during the South East Asian Games
Participated in Model United Nations and delegate for Harvard Model Congress Asia 2021
Correspondent in the school newspaper (2017-2019)
Learned French, Korean, and Russian for 3 years, each respectively
Head for programs committee of Senior High School Culminating Week (s.y. 2019-2020)
Finances: ideally 70-90% (it's a dream to attain but might as well) depending on the school colleges on my list would be: Pitzer College, Loyola Marymount University (first choice :'< ), Seattle University, and California state university, Northridge
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