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2023.06.03 17:05 Affectionate__Dog Why even say in the title you have the release date. why even make the article

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2023.06.03 17:05 ThomasGregorich Bomb Threat Called In to New York Court Where Trump Hearing Held

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2023.06.03 17:04 rogo725 Help me build a gaming PC in the next week or two.

Gaming PC for me please!
>**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
Id like to play MSFS, EFT, and some other steam games.
>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**
id like to keep the build around 1000-1500.
>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**
The next week or two
>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**
everything, except monitor, keyboard and mouse. I have 34" ultra wide monitor.
>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**
New York, USA. I live not to far from a microcenter. So that is definitely an option.
>**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**
Logitech MX Keys Advanced Wireless Illuminated Keyboard and mouse. Samsung 34" ultra wide.
>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**
nah, i dont have a reason too.
>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**
SSD and VR capable for the future.
>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**
Id like something small so it can sit on my desk and not be HUGE. im thinking maybe micro ATX case. maybe the Thermaltake Core V1, Hyte Revolt 3, Coolermaster NR200 but im open to suggestions.
>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**
Yes. but i can manage that part on my own if needed.
>**Extra info or particulars:**
I’d like small, quite and capable of really just playing those two games. I’m not overclocking and/or doing anything crazy.
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2023.06.03 17:04 edrocketsfan Marvel's Spider-Man is an amazing game, minus the mandatory stealth sections

Marvel's Spider-Man does so many things right. The story is pretty good. The game is stunning visually and it's very detailed in terms of the characters and New York City itself. Voice acting is top notch. The music is an absolute treat to listen to. Combat is challenging, fast-paced, hectic, and responsive. Web slinging and animations are fluid and smooth. This is the first Spider-Man game that makes the player actually feel like Spider-Man. There are a lot of gadgets and suit abilities that are helpful during combat. There is a huge selection of suits to unlock. The main game itself has a lot of content, aside from the main campaign, but it never feels bloated and padded. I like the characters as well. However, the mandatory stealth sections that involve Mary Jane and Miles Morales are a slog to get through. They aren't so much difficult as much as they are frustrating and irritating. You are forced to play at a snail's pace, which I don't think suits a game such as, Spider-Man. There are around 7-8 of those missions. By the time that I finished the last one, which is towards the end of the story, I was relieved. Sure, I came across a few small bugs or glitches, but they weren't game breaking by any means. Though, the mandatory stealth sections felt out of place. As I soon as I completed one of them, I just wanted to go back to web slinging and fighting enemies. I plan on playing Spider-Man Miles Morales and Spider-Man 2 when it releases later this year. I truly hope that the second game eliminates the mandatory stealth sections altogether if possible. What are your thoughts and opinions?
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2023.06.03 17:04 Full-Difference-8675 vent on why im quitting real estate

this is not to discourage anybody at all, this is just to vent out my frustrations and tell you all why I'm quitting real estate After 9 months in the business.
Before i go on about why I'm quitting, it only makes sense to tell you why i joined in the first place. To start I'm 21 years old, never went to college because I wanted to take on an Entreprenurial career path that i could start immediately on my own. So I managed to save enough money start an ATM and vending machine business at 19 years old. Needless to say, that didn't work out, because i did not take into account how often ill need to repair each machine, the cost of Maintenace, and taxes (smh on me).
So, After closing my business, I naturally discovered the world of endless possibilities...real estate. So of course, I took a liking to being a real estate agent. The rewards are worth my time after all. From the outside looking in, it seemed like the job for me. Thought to myself, well shit I have a strong drive, commitment, grit, etc. I don't see myself quitting at all. This.Is.Meant.For.Me. Did all the studying and binge watching of real estate content on YouTube as much as I can, as I was working on getting my license. once I finally did, It took me a while to figure out just what the hell to do and how to start, in terms of prospecting and figuring out whether or not I should join a team (FYI for newer agents. Fuck what anybody says, join a fucking a team...before its too late) Any way after figuring out a business plan and deciding to try things solo because I found someone to mentor me and because of course, my manager persuaded me not to join a team. I was off to the races I did everything. open houses, door knocking, cold calling, cold approaching, networking events, posting flyers, sending newsletters, farming, name it. eventually I began to build somewhat of a clientele for myself. Of course, Ive had my few hiccups, and bumps ...actually just straight misses to be honest with you.

Now what went wrong? truthfully i have no clue. Most of the clients that I was convinced were serious, ended up ghosting me, blocking me, or going with someone else. maybe its my babyface. If i had to guess i would say maybe the first impression i leave. all my life ive battled depression, issues having a low self-esteem, etc. perhaps people could tell that not only was i new but i come across as unconfident. Irl i sound a bit quirky i guess you can say, I'm not best at articulating myself however i can very much get a point across. What they don't tell you, is that people are extremely Judgy. perhaps its too obvious to say, but first Impressions are EVERYTHING in this business. Not only upon clients but upon realtors as well. Of course, it is tho, and i have no complaints about it. You have to grow tough skin. I am accountable.

Naturally ive fallen into deep depression. I still have people im helping out here and there but they're not ready to buy at the current moment, I can tell. thinking about quitting real estate or putting it on the side now because I'm just sick and tired of it all. I'm not myself. I've lost myself. I've lost the innate passion for success i use to have within myself. I feel like a whore for cash. Especially when waiting for hours for a client only to realize ive been ghosted at a showing. Everyday has become a battle between me and my psyche. Im daydreaming on all of my mess ups in the business. Why did i do this and not that. What if i told her this and not that, I should've done this, should've done that, what is it about myself, why am i like this, am I retarded,etc. I've come to realize everyone's journey to success in the business is completely circumstantial. I've tried contacting numerous team leaders about joining their team, they've all scoff at me and talk to me with their nose up, in "disbelief" that i haven't closed on a sale yet. "We prefer agents more seasoned, quality over quantity, when I started, I did 20, 30, transaction my first year, I wanted it more than you," I completely don't give a fuck about real estate anymore. For those looking for a secure career path, do what they tell you and follow the crowd. Go to school or get an actual education for fucks sakes. Become valuable to society. I used to think that those millions that quit the business are a bunch of pussies..well if majority of ppl are doing it there's a good reason. and sure, some people have done well for themselves their first year. cool. But again, I believe its completely circumstantial. I believe it takes the perfect mix of charisma, knowledge, and just being there at the right time, kind of thing. You can very much succeed in this business. It's a long-term game. but im looking to retire my mom by 25 and not 30. Guess ill have this on the side or back burner for now as i enter a real career. Will still be prospecting and doing the things i usually do. or just say fuck it, go for broke and buy some 1,000 dollar zillow leads.

Anyway, because of real estate I hate people more than ever now. You really start to see how people in general, are absolutely fucking selfish and that includes your fellow realtors. Say what ever you want trust me idgaf. feels nice that i can finally get this off my chest. peace.
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2023.06.03 17:03 wildact224 ACO email on questions their getting the most

We acknowledge good receipt of your message.
The requests regarding the 2023 LE MANS 24 HOURS (10-11 June) will be treated as a priority.
You will find hereafter some answers regarding most of the recurrent requests. If your email was regarding one of those topics, you will not receive another response.
Be assured that we do our best to reply to all other more specific requests in due course.
Download your tickets:
Your electronic tickets are available since the day of purchase on the Official Ticketing Website: Once logged in, click on your name/sign in in the top right corner of the page and on “Tickets” in the drop-down menu.
NB : if you booked your tickets with the « Guest Mode » without creating an account and do not find your email of booking confirmation: go on the Official Ticketing Website, do not create a new account and activate your account by choosing the “I forgot my password” option. Then, follow the steps as above.
Free access for children under 16:
As stated in the details of your tickets during purchase as well as in the practical information: No ticket will be delivered to children under 16 (born after 11th June 2007) and accompanied by an adult holding an entrance ticket. A wristband will be given at the entrance – proof of age shall be required. /!\ The free access to the grandstand is for the children under 8 yo (borne after 11th June 215) sitting on the laps of the adult.
Shortage for paying parking and campsite tickets:
We are no longer able to offer new camping areas. However, we have increased the number of free parking areas. They are communicated in the mail campaigns that you receive and are also available in the Practical Information page.
Official Resale Platform :
We have been sold out since December 21st, 2022. As a consequence, the platform is the only official website that will allow you to find tickets in case of cancellations. Please note that hundreds of people are logged in daily.
NB: Reminder on tickets bought on the black market (unofficial websites, classified ads, unofficial game contests): The Automobile Club de l’Ouest cannot guarantee the validity of these tickets and is not reliable if they are refused at the gates (double use, forgery, etc.) No compensation nor possibility to buy new tickets will be proposed, the access to the circuit will not be granted.
/!\ No tickets will be on sale at the gates, event for the Test Day and Practice tickets which are available online only.
Prepare your arrival (access, GPS coordinates, timetables for parking, campsites, shuttles buses, etc.):
Specific mail campaigns are regularly sent, we invite you to consult them. All details are also available in the Practical Information page.
TEST Day on Sunday 4th June: Only TEST DAY, the 2 DAYS PRACTICE ticket of the Pack “ESSAIS + COURSE”, FULL WEEK et FULL WEEK+PADDOCK+GRIDWALK tickets allow you to attend. The 2DAYS PRACTICE, WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY or SUNDAY TICKETS are not accepted.
Free parking will be available. Please check the Practical Information page.
Tuesday 6th June:
The access to the circuit will be granted only to holders of FULL WEEK and FULL WEEK+PADDOCK+GRIDWALK tickets.
Friday 9th June: The access to the circuit and evening shows and concert will be granted only to holders of FULL WEEK et FULL WEEK+PADDOCK+GRIDWALK tickets. The WEEKEND and 2 DAYS PRACTICE + WEEKEND do not give you access to it. If you have a campsite ticket, you will still be able to stay in your campsite. No ticket for Friday for sale.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Ticketing Service
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2023.06.03 17:03 subredditsummarybot Your weekly /r/BeatsNRhymes roundup for the week of May 27 - June 02

Saturday, May 27 - Friday, June 02

New Videos

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7 1 comments [New Video] Fly Anakin - Things Change feat. Demae [Sp] [AM] [BC] [SC]
5 0 comments [New Video] Rasheed Chappell - Show You How
3 0 comments [New Video] Ransom - Rise Of the Machines [Official Video] Directed by George "G Town" Rodriguez

New Songs

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7 2 comments [New] Eto x V Don - OATH OF OMERTÁ [Official Audio] [AM] [Dzr]
3 0 comments [New] Grafh and KXNG Crooked – Chew Em Up
3 0 comments [New] Planet Asia x 38 Spesh ft. A Plus Tha Kid & The Musalini - Upscale
3 0 comments [New] kurious - Tis the Season


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8 3 comments [Classic] Boogie Down Productions - My Philosophy (Extended Version) [Sp] [AM] [Dzr] [SC]
7 1 comments [Classic] Big L - Flamboyant (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999)🕯️ [Sp] [AM] [Dzr] [SC]
6 1 comments [Classic] MC Shan - MC Space [Sp] [AM] [Dzr] [SC]
4 0 comments [Classic] EPMD - You Gots To Chill (1988 Fresh/Sleeping Bag)
2 0 comments [Classic] DJ Hot Day with Super Kids - Go Queensbridge


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6 0 comments [Interview] Conway the Machine Interview - Juan Ep is Life


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6 1 comments [Freestyle] Nickelus F, Noah-O, Koncept Jack$on, Henny Lo, Radio B, Zuri, Micheal Millions, RICHMOND, VA Cypher 1


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6 1 comments [live] T La Rock and Mantronix - Breaking Bells (Live In London) [Sp] [SC]


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8 0 comments [BeatsNRhymes] MEYHEM LAUREN featuring SEAN PRICE - 'GROWN MAN PALETTES'
7 1 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Matt Maddox - Free Reign feat. Tone Spliff prod. by Nohokai [Sp] [AM]
7 0 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Tragedy Khadafi ft. Starvin B & Royal Flush - Lazarus Pit [SC]
6 2 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Nas - Queensbridge Politics (Prod. by Pete Rock) [Sp] [AM] [Dzr] [SC]
5 0 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Nowaah The Flood & El Maryacho - Keep Teaching


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3 0 comments [RiddemNVibes] Junior Reid - Jail House & Prince Jammy - Crowning Of Prince Jammy [SC]
3 0 comments [RiddemNVibes] Scientist - Upper Cut
3 1 comments [RiddemNVibes] Barrington Levy - Na Broke No Fight Over Woman [Sp] [AM] [Dzr] [SC]


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4 0 comments [Beats] Black Milk - Is It Just Me?


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7 1 comments [Throwback] Erick Sermon - Stay Real [Sp] [BC] [Dzr] [SC]
6 1 comments [Throwback] Mobb Deep - Street Life [AM] [SC]
5 0 comments [Throwback] The UMC's - Swing It To The Area
4 0 comments [Throwback] Eric B & Rakim - Untouchables
4 0 comments [Throwback] Wake Up Show Anthem '94 - Ras Kass, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Po, Saafir, Shyheim, Chino XL, Dred Scott


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4 0 comments [Bombin] Teenagers From Uranus - Serf, Mint, Goal, Lions, Host18, Katsu, Resk, Rate Tv, Tonek, Dr.Sex, etc..


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7 0 comments [Hip Hop Fact] Boogie Down Productions Released Their Second LP 'By All Means Necessary' 35 Years Ago

Top Remaining

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5 0 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Willie The Kid Feat. Action Bronson - Cork Fee
5 1 comments [BeatsNRhymes] V DON x eto – Influence (feat. Willie The Kid)
5 1 comments [BeatsNRhymes] Black Moon - Ease Back feat. Method Man & General Steele [Sp] [AM] [SC]
4 0 comments [BeatsNRhymes] XP The Marxman, DJ Rhettmatic & D-Styles - Get At A God
4 1 comments [BeatsNRhymes] BudaMunk & ILL Conscious - Fislisbach [Sp] [AM] [BC]
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2023.06.03 17:03 burnersforeveryone Theory about leaders with families.

I want to test a theory. In my market most of the leaders let go had tenured, families and needed/wanted more family time. Out of the leaders let go in my area almost all I know had family needs and only a few with family needs got offered jobs. How many of the ones let go had kids/families and needed some accommodation?
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2023.06.03 17:03 Alkymyzt Having to watch a guide is not new player friendly

Imo having anything other than in game resources/experience to help skill, quest, pvm is a flaw with the game. Rs3 would have to find transitionings that introduces types of game play availability.
(Love the work ethic rs3 mods n Jagex)
Reaching x Lvl of a gathering skill would announce what gameplay, bosses & areas a player has unlocked
Reaching x Lvl of a combat skill would announce what gameplay, bosses & areas a player has unlocked
Reaching x Lvl of a crafting skill would announce what gameplay, bosses & areas a player has unlocked
Where to start to experience certain gameplay, teleporting from the beast screen could telle the player outside of boss entrances
Have a help station ge size for players that 1. Are new 2. Are returning 3. Forgetting about most of the tutorial has taught them
A basic part of every city for new players
Clear quest traveling markers
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2023.06.03 17:03 armstrongclip My Pegging Experience ☃️❄️

A quick note on pegging… This is not going to be an instruction manual; there are plenty of those already. This is more about how it makes me feel.
Being penetrated is a very intimate sex act that everyone should experience, regardless of your gender or perceived sexual orientation. Being a woman, I am obviously quite familiar with being penetrated during sex but first time I was the one doing the penetrating… it was a life-changing experience and such a rush of emotions.
The first time I used a strap-on was with a woman and, emotionally, penetrating her was so beautiful that, afterwards, I was a changed person. We held each other and, frankly, a was a little teary eyed. The most profound detail was how she lovingly took me inside of her, such grace in that beautiful act of femineity. I felt so special to be the one inside of her. When I’m penetrated, and I take you inside of me, I’m giving all of me to you. I had no idea that when you penetrate, you can feel your partner giving themselves to you and just how very special that moment is for you both. Now, the other side of penetrating is the control I got to experience. I decided how she would be fucked. My thrusts ventured deeply inside of her body… inside her most delicate and guarded area. I felt intoxicatedly powerful.
Now, when you peg a man, it’s all those things AND SO MUCH MORE!! As a woman, being powerful during vaginal penetrative sex is more about your confidence than anything else because you are still the one getting fucked, even if you’re with the most caring and gentle lover. You are powerful for feeling how valuable your sex is and that you CHOOSE to give yourself to your partner. Now, when you peg a man… OMG! WOW! You probably feel MORE power and MORE control than what a man feels when he fucks you!
And the crazy thing is… men love being pegged. Especially when it’s being done by a woman they are incredibly attracted to who knows what they are doing. I kno
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2023.06.03 17:02 Spritti33 Appreciation for Deepa

In my opinion he is one of the most underrated villians and it sucks that he has never appeared in the manga.
He was the villian who made team 7 face real defeat. The sacrifice Mitsuki made, the devastated expressions on Borutos and Saradas face and how they stepped up their game, trained to become better and ultimately gave us one of the best team 7 moments when they defeated Deepa as a unit with Borutos new technique and Saradas/Mitsukis physical support.
What do you think?
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2023.06.03 17:02 maximusaemilius Human and their alien partners fight for the right to have interspecies relationships.

He had expected this sooner rather than later, and it hurt to see.
He knew it wasn't going to work.
The Galactic Assembly was full of aliens, not humans. The things that got humanity's attention were the same sort of things that tended to scare the GA.
But of course, the average human couldn't have known that, and with their tendency to change creatures around them to become more human, the aliens with which they worked didn't see it either.
They were doing the right thing, but going about it the wrong way.
Still, that didn't stop his feelings of sadness and empathy for their plight.
Walking with Sunny, standing on the buddy pegs attached to her back, and examining the protest encampment around him, he couldn't help but be impressed by their bravery.
He knew for a fact that if he was in their shoes, he would be way more likely to hide, lie to everyone around him, and even himself.
But here they were out in the open, a shining beacon of defiance against the GA.
It was a difficult situation, of course he supported the GA wholeheartedly, and he always would, and with that support came an understanding.
But that didn't mean that he had to agree with them.
They were scared.
And people tend to lash out at things that scare them.
As it turns out, that seemed to be a common factor across the galaxy.
He reached down, hand caressing the tear gas canisters at his belt and the accompanying gas mask. He prayed, just PRAYED that he wouldn't have to use them, but how was he to know what would happen. When people got righteously angry about something they tended to act up, and when thrown into a group of like-minded people, the pack mentality was overwhelming.
He wanted everything to go well, he wanted them to make their point, to prove that they were the moral superiors, demonstrate to the GA that they weren't militant, and all they wanted was peace.
That was the sort of thing that would get across to the GA.
But with humans involved... He didn't really have much hope.
He glanced around at the assembled tents, looking for any sign of trouble.
He didn't see much, just the limp white flags, with the LFIL logo printed proudly on their front.
Still keeping an eye on his surroundings, he leaned against one of Sunny's shoulders.
"So, what do you think about this whole thing?"
Sunny turned her head to look at him, gold eyes and blue carapace glittering with the yellow sheen of the Rundi sky.
She shrugged, setting him a little off balance. She grabbed his feet to steady him as she continued up a small incline.
"It doesn't bother me, and I suppose I understand them."
"Imagine finding someone you connect with, someone who understands you more than anyone ever has. Imagine a Drev finding the greatest warrior in the galaxy, and then... Just having to suffer knowing you can never be with them. Granted none of the other species ever would have considered it an option without the humans, but now.... It makes sense. You connect with someone well enough, then beyond that there isn't much you can do. And now the GA has prohibited that."
"I agree with you completely, but let me play devil's advocate for a moment. They aren't even the same species, without the same genetics. It wouldn't be physically possible to produce a viable offspring wouldn’t it?”
She turned her head to look at him.
"And how does it work for your brother David and his husband Jordan?"
He laughed,
"Ok, ok, poor question."
"Adoption is a relevant option. Plus, this is coming from the guy who lent his DNA to some alien."
"Arguably she stole it, but I get your point."
They turned another corner scanning the crowd,
"Hear me out though. Humans are... Well, you know how humans are. They need... uhhm uhhh you know…”
Adam got a little red,
”…Affection and intimacy... How does that even... Work?"
"Oh, I am sure some human has found a way, besides, humans and Drev aren't so different in that regard..."
He tilted his head to look at her,
"How the hell do you know that?”
"Got into a discussion with Krill. He thinks it's possible, though he would never tell you humans. He already thinks you do a ton of stupid stuff anyway."
”Oh really what is he expecting? I don’t think anyone from our crew would jump at the opportunity to do it with a Drev be it man or woman… Besides with all these tall as hell Drev males, human women wouldn’t have much fun either would they?”
”Considering males who would be interested, aren’t you good friends with Ramirez? Why don’t you ask him, maybe he knows someone?”
”Okay damn fair point… but the female argument still stays.”
”Krill did some research, I swear I never saw him so… done with humans. He looked like he would drink away his sorrow to forget everything… if his body could tolerate alcohol.”
”So what did he find out about this time?”
”After another particularly massive aggressive rant about how and I quote “shitting freaking goddamn incredibly punk-ass weird” you humans are, he said some weird words in a context I didn’t understand. So, do you know what a dragon is and can you tell me why it is so bad?”
”Hmm what… wait a second…”
”Oh shit…”
"So uhmmm uhhh, let’s stop with humans and talk about Drev again okay? Don't you Drev guys also have a mating season?”*
"We did, but it was actually based on the magnetic fluctuation of our planet in time with the seasons. Now that we don't have that anymore, things are out of whack."
"Huh, I didn't know that."
"You never asked."
"Because that is a totally normal thing to ask someone. Hello, my name is Adam, and I am actually very curious about how... That stuff... works on your planet."
"That stuff, huh?"
He rolled his eyes,
"I was sheltered ok, give me a break."
They came to a stop at a crossroads, and Adam stepped down from her back and onto the dirt, tilting his head to listen, trying to detect any signs of a disturbance.
As of yet there was nothing.
He turned to the left, down another line of tents, passing into a more populated area of the protest encampment.
People wearing specially made clothing, with the LFIL logo, shirts, scarves, bandannas, jackets, hats etc. etc. walked about, openly with their alien companions, a few even brave enough to show overt affection towards each other.
A human hugging a Tesraki, while another stood on a box to kiss the cheek of their Drev partner.
"Now that, is something I couldn't do."
He said to Sunny, as they walked past.
"Kiss someone?"
"No, Kiss someone three to four feet taller than me. Way too much work."
"How do you know, maybe climbing up three feet would be worth it?”
Eyes followed them nervously as they walked past, their riot gear marking them as “the enemy”.
"I would rather not be in danger of twisting my ankle every time I wanted to show someone affection, thanks."
"You twist your ankle all the time anyway."
"That's my point. If I twist my ankle now, imagine what would happen if I had to do acrobatics on a regular basis."
They came to a halt as a group of protesters paraded in front of them holding up picket signs.
One of the protesters turned to glare at him,
"We aren't doing anything illegal!”
Adam held up his hands,
"I know. I'm just security to make sure no one gets hurt.”
The other human didn't seem convinced, angrily grabbing their alien companion around the waist before marching off.
The Tesraki looked uncomfortable, looking back at them apologetically.
Though Tesraki were generally cutthroat businessmen, they tended towards extreme submissiveness in relationships with humans.
Adam stepped through the gap left by the protesters and continued walking.
As they did, they early ran into a group of kids selling little white flags and bandannas.
They pulled to a halt, eyes widening in surprise and shock.
A young Tesraki pulled to a halt with them looking as if he was about to panic and run off.
However, the kid at the front's eyes widened and a big smile crossed his face,
“Holy shit! You, I know you!"
Adam smiled,
"You do now?"
"Yeah , yeah you're in that movie. You, you command the UNSC fleet."
For some reason, that exclamation calmed the other kids, and they squealed, shouting and asking for a picture. Of course, he was happy to oblige, posing with them for their pictures. Sunny stood to the side, happy to watch though she was dragged in for the next set of pictures once they realized who she was.
"What are you doing here?"
One of them asked, glancing down at his clothing. When she saw what he was wearing her smile was falling,
"You... aren't here to stop us, are you?"
Adam shook his head,
"No, of course not, protesting isn't illegal."
He motioned to Sunny with his other hand,
"Sunny and I are just here to make sure that you guys stay safe, and that no one gets hurt.”
Sunny nodded. One of the more skeptical looking teens looked up at him,
"How do we know you aren't here to stop us. You work for the GA after all."
Adam shrugged,
"I don't have much else to prove, other than my word."
The skeptic looked at them, a wicked smile appearing on her face,
"I know."
She reached into her cart and pulled out one of the bandannas,
"Wear this!”
It was clear she expected him to balk at the idea, but to her surprise, he smiled,
"Alright, sounds reasonable."
He held out his arm, and watched, still smiling as she tied it around his upper arm still glowering at him skeptically,
"Think you can spare one for my big friend?"
He patted Sunny on the arm.
That broke her skepticism, and she smiled openly, handing a second one over to him, which he tied around one of Sunny's upper arms.
He waved a goodbye to them, and stepped back up onto Sunny's back, walking away with her.
"That was nice of you."
He shrugged,
”Not really. I honestly agree with them. The GA has no right to tell them who they can and cannot be with. I know they have some reasons, but I feel like there is a better way of dealing with it."
Sunny hummed deep in her throat,
"Uh-huh, or you really just want a really tall girlfriend."
He sighed,
"Honestly I'd settle for any size girlfriend if I could just talk to her like a normal person without sticking my foot in my mouth. No Maverick and Dr. Katie do not count…"
"Your incompetence with women is acrobatic."
"I'm glad you're impressed.”
Together, they continued their slow circle around the encampment, drawing suspicious and confused eyes as they went. Sometimes they were recognized, and occasionally people would ask to take pictures with them, other times, they just wanted to talk.
The variety of people was... astounding.
A barely five foot human with a nine foot Drev.
A group of humans and a group of Tesraki.
A lawyer and a Finnari.
Two couples both as business partners with a Tesraki half.
They were young and old male-female, in all different pairings.
Old soldiers, and young students.
It was honestly quite stunning.
At one point they stopped off for water and ran into a massive bodybuilder with his Drev girlfriend, whose carapace at any other time would have marked her as ugly for a Drev.
At first Sunny felt bad for her, with her muddy brown carapace, mat without any shine.
The man turned and handed Adam some water.
”Here better stay hydrated brother!”
Adam raised the bottle,
The man looked him over, eyeing the bandanna around his arm.
"Interesting accessories for a GA affiliate."
"You can work for someone and disagree with them."
The man laughed,
"I suppose that's true."
He greeted Sunny as well, who was trying not to stare at the other female Drev for too long, lest it seem like she was staring.
He motioned to the arm band,
"Supporter, or-"
His eyes flicked between Adam and Sunny.
"We're just here to make sure everyone stays safe."
Off to the side the mat Drev looked at Sunny,
"I'm sorry."
Sunny glanced over at her nervously,
"Sorry for what?"
"You must have been treated very poorly on Anum."
Sunny shuffled her feet awkwardly,
"I was alright I guess..."
"Regardless. I hope things work out for you. The Drev beauty standards are unfair, and things need to change."
Sunny wasn't entirely sure how she was supposed to feel about that.
"They aren't so bad."
She ventured defensively.
"Then I am sure you are getting combat offers left and right with your coloring.”
Sunny went quiet again. She would have said this was passive aggressive, but the Drev didn't do passive aggressive, so was this just an open statement about how ugly she was? If that was the case, it kind of hurt.
"I have, because I am an experienced warrior."
Her voice was cold.
"Oh, so where is your partner?"
"I turned them down."
That seemed to surprise the female Drev.
Sunny felt her fists clench, but Adam placed a hand on her arm. She was quiet,
The two humans exchanged a look, the way that only humans can, speaking without actually saying anything.
”C’mon babe, lets look a little bit around and let these two be… It was nice meeting you brother! Also… good luck man…”
The human bodybuilder turned around, taking the Drev by one of her hands to lead her away.
Adam took Sunny by the arm and raised his water at the man,
"Uhm what? Huh anyway, good luck to you too?"
Before turning to walk away, the other Drev cut in at the last second.
"I hope you find a worthy battle partner."
Adam Squeezed Sunny's arm tighter, but she turned her head anyway snapping,
"I already have."
Before marching off without another word.
Adam was forced to scamper after her, his legs much shorter.
"Wow, wow, hold your horses!”
She finally slowed to a stop, still fuming.
"Who the hell does she think she is!?”
"Calling me ugly to my face!"
"I should have challenged her to a duel right then and there!"
She turned to look at him,
He climbed back up on her back, patting her shoulder,
"She was obviously just insecure and jealous. I mean come on, look at you, blue is the rarest color in the galaxy and most attractive for a Drev, and we all know that height is the least important attribute of Drev beauty standards. The better you can fight, the more you make up for it, besides it's not her fault that she can't accept someone as being valid unless they are in a pair."
Sunny grunted. He frowned,
"Speaking of which, coming from her it seems like a double standard. You fight with me, and I'm fucking awesome, so by default you have to be too."
"Wow Adam, you really know how to make a person feel better."
"I know."
They were crossing back to the other side of the encampment, when they ran into some familiar faces.
Ramirez and Maverick appeared from the crowd, waving the two of them down with greeting hands.
They pulled to a stop, and the commander motioned to the white bandanna on Ramirez's arm,
"Nice accessories."
"I like yours too."
"I didn't know you were a supporter?”
Ramirez laughed,
"Man I am a supporter of whatever the hell people want to do with themselves."
Off to his side Maverick had tied one of the white bandannas to her belt.
"And you?”
"Personally, I don't give a shit. I don't even think it should be an issue, but by banning it, the GA created a problem for themselves and took away the freedom of choice for these people. Even if I did disagree with what they are doing, I would still support their ability to make that choice for themselves."
She tugged on the bandanna,
"But hey, would I be wearing this otherwise?”
The commander nodded his head, surprised and pleased at his men for being so open minded, though he supposed it should make sense. They worked with aliens every day. Where others might have fostered a sense of fear based on unfamiliarity, they had experience.
"Let’s just hope this all goes over well tomorrow. I don't want to have to use any of this."
He motioned down to his gear.
The commander sighed.
"Isn't that like the catch 22 thing?”
Loyal to one side.
Sympathetic to the other.
Empathetic to both.
He would be relieved when it was finally fixed.
Though how he could help was beyond him.
"Please everyone, calm yourselves. The Galactic Assembly is addressing the issue as we speak."
The crowd roiled and churned like the bubbles in a pot of boiling water. Flags waved and voices rose high into the air.
The chanting increased in fervor.
The Rundi struggled to raise his voice high enough to be heard over the crowd, who only grew with strength and intensity.
Commander Vir keyed his mic,
"Delta units to the GA side of the crowd, some of these protesters are looking extremely agitated. Let's make sure they don't do anything we're all going to regret.”
He stood with his back to the GA chambers, its wide arching courtyard devoid of life, except for those unfortunate Rundi ordered to carry messages from one side of the compound to the other, otherwise they tried to keep their distance from the front facade of the building and the churning mass of protesters.
White flags waved and fluttered.
Commander Vir held the energy shield with one arm, pressing it back firmly against the crowd, so they could not pass the dedicated marking point.
"Commander, the crowd over here is getting violent."
He grimaced and reached a hand down to open the line,
"Stun them and let them calm down, do NOT catch anyone else in the crossfire. We do not want this escalating."
"Yes sir."
Something pushed against his shield and he grunted, pushing back.
The white bandanna on his arm was pressed against the clear blue force field and helped to at least confuse the crowd before them.
And luckily, they would be kept too confused to get violent.
The aliens among the human protesters helped as well.
If this was on earth, things would have broken out into a riot by now, but the Drev the Tesraki and the Finnari tended to be more levelheaded when it came to these kinds of things, and they managed to reign in their humans from doing something stupid.
He closed his eyes tight for a second, praying that the GA would rethink their position.
It hurt him to watch these people struggle like this.
It just felt so strange that anyone should be here in the first place.
Beside him, Sunny had taken control of two young humans who were getting a bit more than rowdy,
"Let’s keep this a protest, and not a riot."
She growled, giving them a look that would have made anyone quell in their boots. It sort of made him half smile, Sunny was such a badass, he wanted to be more like her when he eventually grew up.
His thoughts were cut off, as the crowd churned a bit, pressing into his shield.
He keyed his mic again, prepared to go over the loudspeaker and tell them that if they didn't calm down he was going to turn this protest into a mass nap time.
He had the power to do that if things got out of hand, though he honestly didn't want to.
The GA needed to see this.
He was so preoccupied with the crowd, that he barely noticed as the Rundi ran up from the inside of the compound, flying forward on its long spindly legs.
It stopped by the first Rundi to say something, and the conversation that passed between them didn't look particularly encouraging.
HIs heart sank into his stomach.
He felt... Surprisingly disappointed, very sad for all those people who were going to get their day ruined.
The Rundi waffled around at the front of the crowd for a bit before turning and looking over to where he stood.
Oh great.
The Rundi walked over, and he backed off from the crowd, allowing Sunny to take a step in his place with her shield at the ready.
The people looked as if they were about to start something, but seeing her expression, they decided not to.
He dropped his shield and lowered his head to hear the Rundi over the roaring of the crowd.
"The GA is not budging."
The Rundi whispered,
"They are asking the protesters to leave."
Adam growled in frustration.
Behind him someone in the crowd pointed at him,
"They're saying no aren't they!?”
Others took up the call, and soon enough the rest of the crowd had been alerted. Adam was forced to run back to support Sunny, as everything suddenly grew more intense.
Fights were breaking out on the left and the right.
People were hitting the ground as the guards were forced to stun them.
That only agitated the rest of the crowd who also began to buck and fight.
Adam keyed the mic for real this time, filling the intervening space with his booming voice,
The aggression in the crowd died down, though the anger remained sizzling at the surface.
Overhead clouds passed over the sun, before him the crowd roared like a wave, and behind him the GA council chambers were as silent as a ghost town.
It sort of felt as if he was floating.
The world around him hardly seemed real though that was not the best way to explain it.
The crowd died down a bit,
"You may not understand this! And I have said it before, but these are not humans. Protests don't work on them. When they see a group of angry humans, they get scared and when they get scared, they double down even further. I know it does not make any sense to you NOT to protest for what you believe in, but if you are going to do this, you MUST remain civil. Even now the GA is frightened by you. They don't believe you are rational, and they are not going to listen to you if this keeps up."
The crowd had quieted down to a milling sort of confusion.
"Then what should we do!"*
The shouting came from somewhere and in anger, though he couldn't pinpoint the source.
In frustration he nudged Sunny, and she allowed him to climb on her back as he had before.
The crowd could see him now, and he could see them for the most part.
He waved them down trying to cut off the others who had taken up the chant.
"I understand what you are trying to do, and I support your efforts, but you are only hurting ourselves. The GA can only be won by rational discussion."
"The GA won't see any of our representatives. They are debating only on their own facts and opinions."
One of the crowd's people snarled. The call was echoed and Adam stared at them in shock,
"Wait what!? Are you serious?”
There was a muttering throughout the crowd.
"For fuck's sake."
He muttered under his breath,
"The Rudi think none of us are high ranking enough to be allowed into the council chambers, and none of the representatives will take up our cause. The human ambassador thinks we are disgusting, so she won't do anything and says she won’t represent our minority."
The muttering through the crowd grew louder.
Adam looked around, head turning to see all the angry faces, blushed with red, or streaked with tears.
These people were frustrated, and hurt, and he understood why.
This wasn't right!
He closed his eyes again and took another deep breath.
What was he thinking!?
He stepped down from Sunny's back and walked over to one of the protestors in the front row, pointing to his large flag on a pole that was about eight feet tall.
"May I borrow your flag?"
The protester stared on at him in confusion,
"What, why?"
"Because, I am going to give you the representative you need."
Commander Vir and Sunny walked alone down the length of the GA outer courtyard.
A billowing white flag streamed lazily over his head, suspended there by way of the pole which rested heavily on his shoulder. The white of the fabric had been marred now by many colors as hundreds of rushed signatures had been scrawled on its face.
He was armed with the backing of a thousand protesters, a hundred signatures, and more than a few dozen stories.
Sunny turned her head to look at him, and he fancied that maybe he saw an expression of pride in her eyes, though she didn't say much except,
"Pretty brave."
He didn't feel very brave, and as they walked through the front doors of the GA atrium, his hand was shaking against the cold metal of the flagpole.
He was stopped by a pair of Rundi guards on his way into the chamber, but was let in after they recognized who he was.
He could hear voices up ahead, and the sounds of the protest going on outside had all but died away,
"They have proven that they cannot be civil, and based on the humanizing effect, we can assume they will do similar things to any non-human lifeform that they encounter."
"I may not agree with their decision counselor, but that sounds like your prejudice against humans is seeping through."
There was an uproar in the council chamber.
He paused for a moment, staying with Sunny just out of line of sight and took a deep breath.
She lay a hand on his shoulder.
"Here goes nothing."
He muttered, before stepping his way out onto the GA floor.
At first no one noticed his presence as he made his slow way into the center of the circle, but his large, white flag soon changed that.
The council chambers went silent.
The chairwoman stood,
"Commander, what are you doing here. Shouldn't you be taking care of the protesters?”
His lips drew into a thing line,
"With all due respect councilwoman, I am."
He rammed the flagpole against the stone, sending a loud cracking sound out and around the wide atrium silencing the council,
"I have been made aware that you refuse to see their representatives based on a ranking issue, well I assume my rank is high enough."
The Human rep leaned forward,
"Commander, this is not your place!”
He shot her a look,
"Then whose place is it counselor? I heard a certain democratic counselor refuses to speak for them because they are and I quote “a too small and insignificant minority”…”
He turned his head in a wide arc at the watching crowd,
"Counselors, you have known me, longer than you have known any human currently in this galaxy. You understand that I know your rules and your customs. You understand that I have only ever striven to protect and uphold the GA and the planet's it encompasses. I have thwarted wars, signed treaties, and broken my own body for your best interests."
There was silence about the room.
"Will you let me speak now, with the understanding that my loyalty has never wavered from you, and never will?”
The silence continued.
Aliens understood the power of human loyalty.
Or at least they should…
The chairwoman took a seat,
"Very well, commander."
He lifted his head, feeling his heart slow as he took a few deep breaths. There was a muscle in his face that had begun to twitch, like it always did if he was extremely angry or nervous, but he held it down,
"I understand you are frightened, and I understand that you are confused, but I want you to know first of all that those people outside are good average people. They don't mean you any harm. They are hurting, and they are afraid for themselves, and they are trying to get your attention. Historically, humanity has used protests to right the injustices of government to combat prejudices brought on by one's sex or the color of their skin. You must understand that they see this as an impingement on their happiness and a decision made out of line."
There was a murmur around the room.
"So, I ask you now, that I may, perhaps, answer your questions and ease your worries. Why are you so against them?"
"It's unnatural."
It was the Bran representative that had spoken, and he did it quite emphatically.
The commander asked,
"Because they aren't even the same species."
The Bran seemed caught off guard,
"They... It's not natural. They can't reproduce, so it isn't... A thing that should be done."
The commander shrugged,
"So if one can't reproduce then they aren't natural? I see a couple issues in that logic relating to prejudices against people with infertility."
There was a murmur around the room.
"So, they can't reproduce, so what? You know who we can reproduce with though... Adaptids."
There was a sort of hushed exclamation form around the room.
The commander shrugged,
"They can't have kids.... Hardly a good enough argument to bring to the floor of a government discussion."
"What he is trying to say is that this practice equates itself to bestiality. It is utterly disguting!"
It was the human representative this time, and she stared at him with her eyes narrowed in anger.
He kept his cool, though he very much did not like her.
"That is absolutely disgusting and wildly insulting of you because that implies that one or both parties are no better than animals, beasts as you will."
The room was silent,
"So which one is it, are humans animals, counselor, are the Finnari or the Rundi animals?"
He turned to the Drev counselor,
"Are the Drev just dumb animals that have no understanding, and no decision making abilities?”
The Drev representative stood, angrily cracking his spear against the stone,
"We are most certainly not!"
The commander held up his hands,
"Then what is so bestial about it? Bestiality is absolutely disgusting because you are taking advantages of a creature that can neither understand nor protect itself from what you are doing. It cannot say yes, and it cannot say no. It has no greater understanding than that of a child, and so cannot make its own decisions."
He looked towards the Finnari representative,
"Tell me counselor, is your species a species of children, with no greater concept of their own decision making?”
"Of course not. Why would you even imply such a thing!?”
"I imply nothing, counselor. This is what YOU imply with your decision. So far we have established that all parties are intelligent consenting creatures, and none of you have managed to give me an actually good reason for banning the practice."
The floor was growing more agitated.
"They will be a poor example for the rest of the galaxy. If we make it legal others will surely follow."
Adam turned his eyes on the speaker, an Iotin,
"You're worried that they are going to turn the rest of the galaxy extrial?"
He laughed,
"That is a poor argument which is not only selfish, but foolish. People should be allowed to make their own decisions. And assuming you are right, what then? Oh no... There are a few more extrials... And it does... What exactly?"
He turned in a wide circle,
"If you are worried about population growth or in this case population falloff due to this issue then you should be reminded that extrials comprise a percentage of the human population so small that I could fit the greater majority of them on my ship comfortably. This occurrence is not common, and even if the numbers were to rise, it would not be of enough significance to cause issues."
His heart was hammering hard inside his chest. He felt like he was doing alright, but that might mean nothing.
"In any event, these relationships do not affect the vast majority of the galaxy. Humans cannot be with the Bran or the Rundi due to the water we shed from our skin. The Gromm and the Iotins are out for similar reasons. Vrul and Gibb are incapable of having feelings for humans in that way as far as we know, and both the Tvek and the Celzex are too different from humans for either party to be interested."
He walked around in a circle, allowing the flag to trail behind him,
"Furthermore, the humanization phenomenon happens with or without romantic intent, and as it is, its mention is more a mark of prejudice on humans than it is an argument against the two groups being together."
He left the floor open for a little while, as the council muttered with each other.
Finally, the Drev representative stood,
"My species culture and our way of life has been upturned by the GA. I fear relationships with humans will result in the loss of our culture. We have already strayed far from what we originally were. We are hardly recognizable as Drev anymore."
The commander let his voice soften,
"I understand that the Drev have lost a lot in joining this..."
Sunny held up a hand, and in surprise he was cut off.
She took the floor,
"Your Glory…"
She said bowing her head,
"If you would have truly upheld those ideals, you would not be sitting on this council."
The Drev pulled back in surprise at her words,
"Yes, we lost a lot in joining the GA, and after the war, but I would argue that some of that was for good. Before the GA people like me, with perceived imperfection were cast into the fire and perceived as no better than animals. This practice still takes place on our planet, where these traditions are still alive and well."
Her words made the room shift nervously,
"However, culture changes and adapts, and it must to survive. We changed in order to live among the GA. We found other alternatives to fighting that still maintain our honor and our prowess in war, and this includes the sports that the humans have brought to us. Furthermore, the vast majority of the Drev I see who are with humans are those of us who would not be accepted by our own kind, perceived as ugly or malformed. If this is the case then your traditions remain sound, and those like me are removed from the mating population."
The counselor almost looked ashamed at her words, turning his head away so as not to look her in the eyes.
"As far as a change of culture goes, it was bound to happen, and it seems you are more worried about change than you actually are about relationships."
She went quiet, and Adam nodded to her taking the floor again.
A Finnari counselor stood,
"I am simply worried about our birth rate. The Finnari were farmed by the Gnarlak for many years, and we are only now replenishing our population."
"I don't think you need to worry. The amount of relationships is so small that it will not affect the Finnari population in any significant manner."
The chairwoman stood,
"Your arguments have been heard commander, but, what the others do not mention is the issue of disease. We have seen a great increase of human transmitted illnesses."
"I hate to cut you off chairwoman, but that is NOT related to interspecies relationships, it has another explanation: human tourism."
"You all know that humans are not allowed to leave their planet, unless tested for all communicable non-treatable diseases. This means that those of us that you see here cannot physically pass our diseases off onto other people. In this case these issues did not stem from relationships at all, but poor vaccination, the poor regulation of tourism, and allowing aliens to travel onto earth where infected humans are located, not testing them as they leave. You see? You don't even have problems with them, but you are using them as a real scapegoat for the actual issues. In fact you are causing more problems by banning this! The more you push, the harder they will push back, eventually someone is going to get hurt. Also since they are not allowed to be together legally, they do it illegally, and because they do it illegally, they end up in dangerous places exposed to greater rates of crime. They get hurt, and they get involved in things they would otherwise not have gotten involved in if you had not banned it. Just look at Noctoplis. It has the highest rate of extrials living there and the lowest policing force and the most corrupted system. There are no legitimate jobs there, so we see an influx of crime by desperate people who won't be accepted anywhere else. Not to mention that it increased the depression rates, which increases suicide rates. Your laws have ostracized them, forced them to become criminals, and turned many of them to killing themselves, rather than living in a world where they are seen as disgusting."
He had to take a deep breath,
"Earth has seen all of this before, and one way or another, eventually someone will see what I am trying to say."
He rested the flag on the floor beside him, feet planted at shoulder width.
"I hope that this rational conversation will allow a more open mind on the council. I encourage you to talk to their representatives. They are more rational and educated than I am, and they can give you hard facts and statistics. But please, they don't want to cause trouble, if you allow them to do as they will, you might find these problems going away for you."
The human representative clearly did not seem convinced, but he didn't expect to convince her, he expected to convince the others who were more afraid than they were prejudiced.
"It seems as if we have some other potential policies to discuss, commander."
The chairwoman said, tapping her fingers on the table before her.
"I have a suggestion, ma'am."
"And that is?"
"A temporary revocation on the ban, that way you can SEE what the universe will be like without it, and you can judge for yourself whether The ban does any good. You don't have to overturn the law just yet, but temporarily suspend it, that way you can re institute at any time. Then you will have concrete proof. You can do testing, and polls and whatever else, then you would know for sure."
His suggestion turned into a discussion, that dragged on for many minutes before the chairwoman raised her hand,
"It has been decided, all in favor of this temporary proposal please indicate."
The voting lights flashed above them.
He walked from the venue, hours after he had entered.
The flag felt heavy in his hands, his boots thudded with exhaustion on the white marble below him.
Outside, the protest field was surprisingly silent, though he could still see their flags.
As he walked closer, he could see that the crowd was sitting down.
Their voices reached him from a distance at first, until he realized they were calmly singing with each other.
Suddenly the first people from the crowd noticed the two silhouettes coming from the chambers towards them.
A lone man and Drev, walking from the building.
The man was wearing riot gear, a full helmet, a shield, and carrying their flag, resting against his right shoulder.
The group of them began to stand, rising to their feet and yelling.
They quieted as he got closer.
"What did they say!? What did they say!?”
He passed the flag to the original protester who looked on at him with such an expression of pleading that he felt his eyes tingle a bit with rising emotion.
He had to look away, boosting himself onto Sunny's back, keying his mic.
The crowd was silent.
"I spoke to the GA. After a long debate, and a slim majority the GA have decided to temporarily revoke the ban on inter-species relationships until a-"
He didn't get to finish his sentence, drowned out by a powerful wave of noise and joy so overwhelming that he was nearly knocked backwards off his feet.
The crowd surged forward and Sunny staggered as the group surrounded them.
Adam found himself on the ground on his feet, enclosed by hundreds of pairs of arms, as every person tried their best to get one hand on him.
He was deafened by cheering and an outpouring of gratitude so profound he had simply never experienced such emotion.
He looked up at Sunny, pressed in with him by the enthusiastic crowd, she nodded her head in approval.
He grinned, he had to admit this felt pretty good.
Though, whether it was all over was a question for another time.
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2023.06.03 17:02 TomakaTom What’re your thoughts on this concept?

Set in a world like ours, but a few hundred years in the future. The fear of death that plagues nearly all living beings, has led humanity down an obsessive path towards self-preservation and extension of life. Most people now live their entire lives cocooned inside a life support pod, which monitors their bodies and sustains it for as long as possible. Some people even live as long as 300 years inside one of these pods.
Whilst inside the pod, the person is still able to live as if they were outside in the real world, by means of a robotic android which is hooked up to their brains. To them, they see the world through the androids eyes, exactly as if they were a real person, all from within the safety of their pod.
Much like the matrix, or avatar (the blue people one).
Big companies provide mass pod warehouses, where a person can rent out a pod, and use their android to work in order to pay for it. Dangerous jobs, like deep sea diving, construction etc. are performed by the androids with little concern for safety, since a fatal injury is easily solved with a replacement android and the person controlling it is perfectly fine.
These companies provide a range of android models with varying price ranges. The rich and powerful can afford state of the art models that are indistinguishable from humans and simulate life perfectly, and they often have their own private life support pods in a secure location. The models degrade in quality further down the class chain, but even the cheap, lower class models that perform these dangerous jobs are good enough considering a person could prologue their life inside a pod. The poorest of the poor, however, cannot afford even the cheapest of models.
Generations of androids living amongst people, has left society bigoted towards those who live in their natural bodies. So much so, that if you come from a family of these natural bodies, unless you acquire a lot of money, the companies won’t even consider giving you a pod. There is a waiting list, but the spaces are usually taken up by people already living inside a pod who decide to have a child and pay upfront for their pod space until they can begin working for it themselves.
The world is a dangerous place for natural bodies; it is common for disputes to be settled with violence and murder, since the cost of a replacement android for your victim is a small price to pay for the satisfaction of showing them your anger. Reckless behaviour is rife in the streets, as regard for personal safety has become an afterthought. Any natural body living amongst these streets must always be alert and cautious, as they cannot afford to partake in such reckless behaviours.
The story is about a young natural bodied man, who by some whirlwind of events, finds himself caught up with a group of rich and powerful androids, who mistake his natural body for a top end android body like their own. It follows as he tries to blend in with the androids and maintain the ruse that his body is disposable, from extreme cliff dives, to high speed chases, to near fatal drug consumption, and all manner of abuses. The young man grew up idolising these people for their freedom and he wanted a slice of it, but after tasting it for himself, he realised that it wasn’t as sweet as he imagined. He slowly tries to convey to the others his own ideas of freedom and life; the feel of a hug on a level deeper than just its physical sensation, or the satisfaction of a full stomach on top of just the taste of the food. Things that only a true human could appreciate.
The group becomes suspicious and forces him to prove for certain that he is android, but when he can’t, they turn on him. They would have killed him, were it not for one member of the group who had been particularly intrigued by his descriptions of life in a natural body. The pair escape, and eventually manage to take down their android pursuers for good, before releasing the friends body from its pod and allowing him to experience life - true life - as his natural body.
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2023.06.03 17:02 Acceptable-Quiet3407 Driving instructors Luton/harpenden

Hi all!
My wonderful driving instructor has had surgery and won’t be able to work for 4-6 months so I am now in the market for a new instructor.
I live in north west London but booked a test in Luton for October which is the only test centre I could find. I’m thinking that it would be a good idea to find an instructor in Luton/harpenden area instead of trying to get a cancellation in London.
Does anyone have any recommendations for instructors in Luton? My old instructor was a recommendation from my brother so not really sure how people even find instructors!
I already travel 40 minutes to get to my current instructor so the travel out to Luton doesn’t bother me.
Thanks I’m advance!
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2023.06.03 17:01 ai_jobs [HIRING] Director, Data Engineering in New York City, United States

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2023.06.03 17:01 thegigglepuss The last 2 years have been the most depressive of my life, and I feel like I almost hit rock bottom

wall of text warning*
At the end of 2019 I felt on top of the world. I was in good/decent shape and happy with myself. I got accepted to my dream school for a graduate program, and got to move to the country I had wanted to for so long.
At the very start of the pandemic (feb 2020) I moved to South Korea right when the first cases were being confirmed and the infamous cult caused the first major outbreak of Korea. I had intended to go to University and start my Masters there at the most prestigious school in Korea (SNU). Basically, as a foreign student, for the major that I chose I needed to meet a language requirement so I enrolled in their Korean Language program. I did that for about a year and met this great girl who really truly loved me and I honestly didn't know how to handle that because it was the first time that I really felt like that.
Towards the end of the first year there I was (what I would consider comfortably fluent) very proficient in Korean, around ~topik level 5 or 6, but covid was only getting worse and I didn't feel like I could go forward with my plan because of classes moving online and added stress of not being able to earn an income on a student visa, so I decided to become an English teacher. Well, right when I started to do interviews I broke up with this girl because I was stressed out and I thought that she was being too attached. It was an extremely rough breakup and I don't think that I ever really emotionally recovered from it.
Fast forward a bit and I got a job teaching English at a private academy in the most competitive neighborhood in Seoul, called Daechi. If you've ever seen the 'Attourney Woo' drama, that episode about the kids is based on this neighborhood. Skycastle too. It's really that intense. Anyways, I worked there for a year and decided that I hated it. I worked overtime most days (unpaid because school owners aren't regulated at all and we effectively have no power to check them on that). While working there, I gained weight, developed back problems, and wasn't able to have any sort of relationship because of my emotional trauma of that breakup. I met a couple of nice women, but it was me holding things back. All this time I've been paying off credit card debt accumulated throughout my grad-student year. The conversion rate for Korean Won was abysmal so I was living paycheck-to-paycheck.
I moved to a new school in 2021 and it was much more relaxed, the pay was better and life seemed alright. I finally caught covid for the first time in March of that year and gained a significant amount of weight after even though none of my habits changed. This just added to my stress (and back problems) and really caused me to have self esteem issues.
Now currently, I'm still at the same school, my relationship with management has deteriorated significantly but I can't quit because of how the visa system works. I've gained even more weight and now I'm extremely dissatisfied with myself and my decisions. I've been single ever since I broke up with that girl from my Uni. We've since gotten in contact with each other again and finally had talks about our breakup, but it just kinda reopened old wounds. Though some time has passed since then so currently I think we're neutral with each other again. I've only had a couple of flings here and there over the past couple of years but my self confidence is almost nothing at this point. My Korean language ability has also degraded significantly too because while I'm working I'm not allowed to speak Korean to students. I have to pretend that I do not understand any Korean. On top of that, most of my social circle just speak English because it is really quite hard to meet new people in Korea, and if you do there's a very high chance that they will be at least somewhat proficient in English. It feels like the language proficiency that I worked so hard for is fading away.
On the bright side, I have been getting more into the local music scene and developed a lot of good rep with people in the community. I have a couple of bands that I play with and I've been getting recognized going out sometimes, so that feels nice. When I (hopefully) get my Long term visa next year, I plan on quitting teaching and transitioning into other fields of work because I feel like Teaching English at private academies has been one of the most unhealthy things of my life that I've done in terms of my mental health. I just turned 31, but I'm still persevering, living in a one-room apartment smaller than my childhood bedroom. I'm not able to save up money well because I'm always sending money home to pay for my American credit cards despite the conversion rate, and I'm really wondering if all of this will be worth it in the end. I just want to be happy with someone, earn enough money to enjoy my music hobbies and travel regularly. I don't gaf about being rich, I just wanna be happy. Except for when I'm doing music, It feels like I forgot how to be happy.
tl;dr: I'm really, really fucking struggling to get myself together. I just don't really know what to do or how to fix my situation right now because I feel like no matter what I try it isn't going to be enough. Sorry for the rant, but I'm at my wit's end. Any advice would be appreciated.
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2023.06.03 17:01 Endalyne Covid's parting gift is pink eye, I guess.

Over a week ago I tested positive for the first time. The fever came and went for days, the congestion lingered and is slowly fading (mostly gone but occasionally pops up), the coughing lingers, but the phlegm and mucus and everything else is finally drying up. I've gotten my husband and my dad sick but I'm feeling energetic again. My taste and smell are back, fully. My airways are a little irritated from coughing but I'll go hours without coughing now and will be fine until I cough a little bit before going without coughing for hours again. Much better than earlier in the illness, so it would seem like I'm healing.
And then this pink eye shows up last night. Last night one of my eyes was a little dry and then I wake up and it's red and a tiny bit goopy. Not excessively, it's just like my eye is a little watery. No pain or irritation, just a little annoying, but the worst part is I thought I was DONE. I wasn't developing any new symptoms and I'm on Day 9 so the really scary part might've been over. Argh!
For people who developed pink eye at some point, how long did it last for you? A few days?
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2023.06.03 17:01 Maxpower9969 Appreciation for test Server because..

It let us know in advance that most upcoming survivor skills in the new banner are mid at best and not really worth rolling for.
Just gonna roll for transpheres and call it a day.
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2023.06.03 17:00 Proletlariet Composite Bond - Main Body

I admire your luck, Mr...?
Bond. James Bond.
Special Agent 007, James Bond is the star agent of MI6. Always cool under pressure and licensed to kill, James is sent to infiltrate enemy organizations and destroy them from the inside. Over the decades, James Bond has gone from serious to campy and back again, but always manages to get the job done through wit, physical ability and superior equipment.
Bond generally wields a sidearm with lethal efficiency, along with a number of incredible gadgets developed by the geniuses at Q Branch. With his remarkable physical ability and ever-changing bag of tools, there isn't an international crime organization that Bond has failed to take down. The only thing that could possible distract Bond are his own vices: women or booze, both of which have gotten one over on him in the past.
James Bond Respect Threads by Actor
Sean Connery- 1962 to 1967, once more in 1971. Physically strong, numerous gadgets disguised as everyday items. Adept in traditional spy skills, like infiltration and observation.
George Lazenby- Once in 1969. Very similar to Connery in his craftiness, skilled specifically in winter sports.
Roger Moore- 1973 to 1985. Downright campy, making use of almost cartoonish skills that actually work in-universe. Skilled driver and pilot with a variety of gadgets.
Timothy Dalton- 1987 to 1989. Colder and more quick to become violent than the others. Usually carries a firearm and a lethal gadget to kill enemies.
Pierce Brosnan- 1995 to 2002. Best variety of gadgets of any Bond. Great feats of endurance and athletic ability.
Daniel Craig- 2006 to 2021. The most realistic Bond, yet has some of the most impressive physical abilities in any of the movies. Low variety of gadgets, but excels in gunfights.
Hover over a feat to see the film it’s from. Additionally, the name of any gif on Gfycat contains the last name of the actor that accomplished it.


You have a nasty habit of surviving.
Well, you know what they say about the fittest.
Blunt Force

Combat Skill

Problem solver?
More of a problem eliminator.
Unarmed Combat
Quick Knock Outs
Against Individuals
Against Multiple Attackers
Against Armed Attackers
With Weapons
Blunt Objects
Unorthodox Items
Environment Focused


You wouldn’t kill me. You’d miss me.
I never miss.
Against Vehicles
Rifles/Submachine Guns
Other Firearms
Non-Firearm Accuracy

Other Skills

I always enjoyed learning a new tongue.
You always were a cunning linguist, James.
Piloting Aircraft


Right, now pay attention 007. I want you to take great care of this equipment. There are one or two rather special accessories.
Q, have I ever let you down?

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2023.06.03 17:00 All-subjective An article from 1917 describes the situation of the Jews in Palestine under the Turkish occupation “we will make the Jews suffer the fate of the Armenians” 8000 Jews driven out of Jaffa. Some who resisted were hung 300 from Jerusalem. Many Houses looted before the guns even left

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