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I want to start a relationship but don't know how to or when

2020.09.20 06:18 Youstolemyuser I want to start a relationship but don't know how to or when

This is my first post and probably my last because I don't use Reddit and I could really use the help. Also I couldn't tell if this would fit in relationship_advice or dating_advice but I think I choose right.
So I have a an online friend (let's call her Emma) who will be 12 in October and I am 16 years old. I have been friends with Emma sense I was 12. We play on an online game (that I'm not going to say just in case someone I know reads this) We created a story and that was when I started to have feelings for her.
Now I have had some crushes on guys (I am female) but they either went away before I even talked to them or it never worked out (I will get to this later) With Emma though, I have never felt love so strong before and at the time I didn't know that she meant so much to me.
Fast forward to about 2 years ago. (I am 13 and she was about 10) It this point I knew that I loved her but I thought it wouldn't work out so I started to look for other people. After a year I got into a "relationship" with a guy (let's call him Steve). However, I never truly loved him because I still loved Emma. After a year I broke up with him for this reason and I felt bad because he was a great guy.
Little off topic but at this point I was aware of the LGBTQ+ community and based on my situation with Emma and my crushes I was starting to think I am Demiromantic but to this day I am still trying to figure it out.
Back on track. I've been thinking about it more and more and I want to start a relationship with her but there are factors on both sides that I should or should not start a relationship.
Why I should:
I love her and can't seem to stop thinking about her
I have a feeling she loves me back (We at a point sent each other heart emojis but it has been less often and I don't know if it was genuine or a friend thing)
Why I shouldn't:
We are 4 years apart from each other (not a bad thing but I'm worried about it)
She is baptist and I'm an atheist. I strongly don't believe in god and I don't want to fake it to be with her in case she finds out I'm faking it.
There are also things like. What would her family think about this relationship? My parents don't care if I'm dating a girl but I'm sure they will because of the age gap. Also I'm not stupid, she is 12 so I'm not going to date her right away. I'm waiting for her to turn at least 15 but the problem with that is if I wait, I'll lose my chance to date her. She also lives in a different state than I do.
If I remember other things to consider I'll edit them in. I'm just so confused on what to do. I really love her but I also think that it won't work out. Please help me!

Edit: I can understand how this post can seem creepy or inappropriate but I don't plan on doing anything sexually. I am aware that my age can lead me to trouble and I don't want that trouble. Please understand that I don't mean any harm to her like that.
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2020.09.19 08:05 secretymology TIL 10 things about Zoom software and its shadowy founder Eric Yuan

Having wondered about the readiness of Zoom (like the contact tracing contracts and pandemic protocols of Event201) to ’facilitate’ our current predicament, and never having heard of it until the lockdowns, I thought I’d delve further into its mysterious founder and foundation. A shallow skim revealed:
1) Founder was ‘inspired’ by Bill Gates:
When Eric Yuan was in his early 20s, he heard a speech from then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates about the promise of the internet, and Yuan decided he wanted to move from China to the US to be a part of the Silicon Valley tech boom.
Today, Yuan is the 49-year-old founder and CEO of videoconferencing cloud software company Zoom, which debuted on the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday in an IPO that currently values the company at more than $16 billion.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/18/zoom-ipo-bill-gates-speech-inspired-founder-to-move-to-us.html
2) Relationship with Gates (and Microsoft) not so friendly these days. Microsoft’s Skype pushing for pole position. Was Microsoft responsible for the “hacks”?
Zoom has been around since 2011, but many people discovered it for the first time as the novel coronavirus made social distancing a requirement and online meetings became more common.
But the company’s privacy and security isn’t up to par and hackers had a field day disrupting meetings with threats, homophobic and racist messages or by showing pornographic images, according to The Associated Press:
And that’s just to name a few.
On a newly created page on Skype’s website, Microsoft is promoting Skype’s features, which are similar to Zoom’s with better security.
https://investorplace.com/2020/04/zooms-missteps-are-an-opening-for-microsoft-stock/
3) For a man now apparently worth $17.7b, Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know - or want to reveal - much of Eric Yuan’s basic biography, his date of birth of even the name of his wife. Vagueness about his past, with a typical rags-t—riches narrative (dreaming of leaving China, refused US visa 8 times etc) might suggest a fabricated or sheep-dipped person.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Yuan
4) Great sense of timing - In 2019, Zoom became a public company via an initial public offering, at which time Yuan became a billionaire. His wealth has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, as Zoom has benefited from the shift to online work and teaching.
The 50-year-old billionaire's net worth jumped 396.5% to $17.7 billion in 2020 so far, as the rest of the world suffers through an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Yuan
5) In April 2020, Citizen Lab warned that having much of Zoom's research and development in China could "open up Zoom to pressure from Chinese authorities." In June 2020, Zoom was criticized for closing multiple accounts of U.S. and Hong-Kong based groups, including that of Zhou Fengsuo and two other human rights activists, who were commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The accounts were later re-opened, with the company stating that in the future it "will have a new process for handling similar situations."
Zoom responded that it has to "comply with local laws," even "the laws of governments opposed to free speech." Zoom subsequently admitted to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government.
https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/
6) Zoom initially claimed to use "end-to-end encryption" in its marketing materials, but later clarified it meant "from Zoom end point to Zoom end point" (meaning effectively between Zoom servers and Zoom clients), which The Intercept described as misleading and "dishonest".
https://theintercept.com/2020/03/31/zoom-meeting-encryption/
7) Whereas Huawei is currently mistrusted, Governments, Intelligence and various topical agencies clearly aren’t too worried about Zoom’s connections to China and the likelihood of espionage:
“Yesterday, Forbes revealed U.S. agencies handling the coronavirus response had spent a collective $1.3 million on Zoom tech in just a few days at the end of March. Not only had the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spent hundreds of thousands on Zoom for COVID-19-related webinars and calls, but other government agencies had bought into the tech, too. That included the State Department and one organization that was the alleged victim of a major Chinese hack, the Office of Personnel Management, in a breach that saw the private data of 21 million Americans leak. The U.K. government is also a well-known user of the tool, hosting critical cabinet meetings over Zoom.”
This is Forbes though, the organisation that recently brought us the advice not to question anything we hear and warned that speaking English can spread COVID...
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewste2020/04/03/warning-zoom-sends-encryption-keys-to-china-sometimes/#83f3bde3fd94
8) Zoom employees apparently ranked themselves happiest in US:
“Job-listing site Comparably just released its annual ranking of major U.S. companies with the happiest employees, and Zoom was ranked No. 1! The Happiest Employees 2019 list was based on anonymous employee feedback submitted to Comparably about fair pay, perks, benefits, and work environment.
The list was peppered with leading technology organizations, including Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce, with social media platform LinkedIn and retail giant Costco ranking Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. But it’s no surprise that the company whose core mission is “Delivering Happiness” is atop the list of organizations with the happiest employees.”
Judging by some of the other companies on this list, I’m not convinced this information can be fully trusted.
https://blog.zoom.us/zoom-employees-happiest/
9) Alongside other questionable billionaires, Yuan is helping to “combat the health crisis and boost the economy”:
“Billionaires like tech tycoon Bill Gates; Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom; Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and a host of others are using their financial resources to help combat the health crisis and boost the economy.”
No further details provided here about the specifics of this valuable assistance...I would assume the article might be referring to the use of zoom technology to connect patients and doctors etc, but surely this could hardly be construed as altruistic.
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/07/20/manny-villar-remains-philippines-richest-with-net-worth-at-p2829-billion-forbes
10) Not so great timing - The firm’s founder and CEO Eric Yuan has personally sold $38 million worth of shares already in 2020. He unloaded $10.5 million in January, $12.5 million in February, and $15.5 million in March, according to related SEC filings.
Strange timing. Can anyone explain why a man - and other major investors in Zoom - would do such a thing to his own company up until only days before the bonanza hit? Was he truly unaware of the goldmine awaiting him, or is this evidence of something more witting and nefarious?
https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2020/04/06/zoom-execs-sold-millions-stock-coronavirus-pumped-share-price/
Only just beginning, so there is definitely more to come here, as I delve deeper.
Please feel free to supply your own ZOOMachinations in the comments.
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2020.09.18 03:02 portlane Beverly Simmons (April 12, 1938 - Sept. 3, 2020)

Beverly Jean Simmons
April 12, 1938 - Sept. 3, 2020
Born in Eugene, Ore., to Vera (Du Bois) Walls and Glenn Walls, Bev was the sister of James and Gary. During her elementary school years, her family moved to Salem, where she graduated from South Salem High School. She received her degree from University of Oregon School of Nursing.
For many years, Bev served as Director of Nursing at West Hills Convalescent Center and Markham House in Portland. At work, she was known for her care for patients, their families and co-workers. Devoted to her beloved First Baptist Church of Portland, Bev was a long-time member of its choir, taught Sunday school and arranged church flowers among other activities.
Bev's family and friends will remember her for her joyful and welcoming spirit. Hosting holiday dinners, following the Oregon Ducks and celebrating Rose Festival were some of her favorite pastimes. Her laughter, compassion, thoughtfulness and love for her family, friends and those in need will be deeply missed.
She married Allen Simmons in 1959 and is survived by three children: Jayne Walker (Keith), Mark Simmons (Sherie Weisenberg), Scott Simmons (Stephanie); seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, James Walls and sister-in-law, Joyce Balaski. Her parents; youngest brother, Gary Walls; and granddaughter, Melissa Walker preceded her in death.
Private services will be held at City View Cemetery in Salem. A celebration of Bev's life will be planned next year. For those who would like to be notified of the date, please email [email protected]. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to First Baptist Church, c/o Bev Simmons Memorial Fund, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205, which will support the church's children's and Cambodian ministries. The family greatly appreciates all of Bev's friends and caregivers for their willingness to engage and help over the past year. For the full obituary and online tributes, please visit:
omegaservices.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=beverly-jean-simmons&pid=196814793
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2020.09.14 20:07 MaddDoodler I’m in love with my non-blood related cousin.....is it wrong to be in love with them...?

I have this cousin of mine that I’ve always been close to. And just recently about a year ago they betrayed my trust and everything I had for them and we haven’t talked since. This isn’t the first time it’s happen but before it was for more mental and personal reasons which I understand.
So here’s my story
Me and my non-blood cousin are/were both females and we are only 3 days apart (we were both supposed to be born on Valentine’s Day but I was 4 days late and they were 7) so we were always together. Out families say were related when we aren’t because I think our great grandfathers 6th cousins are cousins and it’s some weird bullshit like that.
Anyways we did everything together as kids and once we turned 12 we found anime. I took the artistic side of anime while they took the cosplay side. I was more cute and glittery anime at the time while they were more sports, dark and boyish anime’s. So as we still hung out I saw them cosplay as mostly male characters and I started to find that attractive when at the time she cosplayed as men. Though I used to shrug it off as I liked it when people cosplay as the opposite genders in sex and I do. But as we became 14 she started to dress and cut her hair like a male, which I didn’t mind and I supported them all the way. Then after one day of hanging out they just stopped talking to me or even wanting to see me.
As this happened I went into a small state of sadness and even some nights cried over them wondering what happened and what did I do wrong. We didn’t talk for 3 years and in that time I discovered more about myself and sexuality. I discovered I was Pan, I found my kinks, limits and I even went from glittery anime stuff to more darker, action packed and romance anime’s and shows.
One day out of the blue I get a text from their Aunt asking if I would want to go see the new Avengers movie as she got word from my mom that I was very into comics and superheroes. I said yes and she came to pick me up though when I saw my cousin again they looked so different and attractive. They wore all male clothes and had cut their hair fully into a BTS like hair cut and I hated to say it was hot. We went to the movies and afterwards decided to hangout a bit and as we did I discovered why they just stopped talking
They used to go to an all private baptist school and at the time she was starting to like girls, trans and started to want to become a male. And word got out at the school that she was dating a girl. And she was at the time but it was all online. The school called her in and offered to give her therapy and send to a sort of conversion therapy group change her. This caused her to have severe anxiety and huge depression.
And so she started to identify as they and they were still cosplaying now and had some (hate to say) shorty cosplay friends that mostly (and still do) use them for money, cosplay outfits, a place to crash (even though they don’t live alone) and even a free lover. As all their cosplay friends are all polysexuals(they like to have multiple lovers) and I don’t mind that but I hate how they treated them. And so now they were fine but still had very bad anxiety and depression fits.
Since the movie we hungout regularly and both got jobs working for the same company different locations. Then one day my cousin calls me and says if I would be willing to show them around my highschool since they would be going there for their junior year(they are a year behind me since they didn’t complete 1st grade due to the constantly moving my aunt did). I said sure and I was so happy I would be spending my senior year with them. So school starts and I find out we had a class together and we had lunch. I gave them rides to school as the only lived 2 mins away from me on the drive to school.
My feelings for my cousin only got stronger but I kept pushing them aside as I thought it was wrong. Then one day they just didn’t show up to class. This happened for 2 weeks until I called up my aunt and asked where were they and she was confused while they didn’t tell me they were transfering to our early graduation school. And that broke my heart they didn’t even tell me anything.
After that day we never talked again and we still haven’t. I had them on Instagram and wanted to check up to see if they were still active on social but when I looked I was blocked. I went to check my phone I was blocked there too. They had blocked me from everything. So I made a fake Insta to watch them and saw that they were happy and in better or more abusive poly relationships and that they are trying to save up money to get the testosterone shots and are comatose begging for money on their cosplay account.
Since then I progressed in work and have still cried over them and all the memories we had. What recently brought all these emotions back up again was when I transferred work places for a better position I didn’t know I had transferred to my cousins work place. I saw that I had a higher position then them and worked more. I’ve only seen them a few times at work but all they did was glare at me or avoid me at work meetings and work issued training.
Now that I’m on my own now. I keep getting calls and texts from my mom asking if I see my cousin at work and she says it’s always my aunt asking if I see them or if we talk. Not to mention my family members constantly as about them and if we still talk. I always get angry when they ask about them to me or ask if we’re still close friends. I sometimes even hold back tears and just shrug it off.
It hurts to remember them and to see them at work. But I hate to say it I’m still in love with them and would do anything to have any sort of emotional connection with them.
But a small part of me says it’s wrong to love them....
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2020.09.14 20:05 MaddDoodler I’m in love with my non-blood related cousin....is that a bad thing...?

I have this cousin of mine that I’ve always been close to. And just recently about a year ago they betrayed my trust and everything I had for them and we haven’t talked since. This isn’t the first time it’s happen but before it was for more mental and personal reasons which I understand.
So here’s my story
Me and my non-blood cousin are/were both females and we are only 3 days apart (we were both supposed to be born on Valentine’s Day but I was 4 days late and they were 7) so we were always together. Out families say were related when we aren’t because I think our great grandfathers 6th cousins are cousins and it’s some weird bullshit like that.
Anyways we did everything together as kids and once we turned 12 we found anime. I took the artistic side of anime while they took the cosplay side. I was more cute and glittery anime at the time while they were more sports, dark and boyish anime’s. So as we still hung out I saw them cosplay as mostly male characters and I started to find that attractive when at the time she cosplayed as men. Though I used to shrug it off as I liked it when people cosplay as the opposite genders in sex and I do. But as we became 14 she started to dress and cut her hair like a male, which I didn’t mind and I supported them all the way. Then after one day of hanging out they just stopped talking to me or even wanting to see me.
As this happened I went into a small state of sadness and even some nights cried over them wondering what happened and what did I do wrong. We didn’t talk for 3 years and in that time I discovered more about myself and sexuality. I discovered I was Pan, I found my kinks, limits and I even went from glittery anime stuff to more darker, action packed and romance anime’s and shows.
One day out of the blue I get a text from their Aunt asking if I would want to go see the new Avengers movie as she got word from my mom that I was very into comics and superheroes. I said yes and she came to pick me up though when I saw my cousin again they looked so different and attractive. They wore all male clothes and had cut their hair fully into a BTS like hair cut and I hated to say it was hot. We went to the movies and afterwards decided to hangout a bit and as we did I discovered why they just stopped talking
They used to go to an all private baptist school and at the time she was starting to like girls, trans and started to want to become a male. And word got out at the school that she was dating a girl. And she was at the time but it was all online. The school called her in and offered to give her therapy and send to a sort of conversion therapy group change her. This caused her to have severe anxiety and huge depression.
And so she started to identify as they and they were still cosplaying now and had some (hate to say) shorty cosplay friends that mostly (and still do) use them for money, cosplay outfits, a place to crash (even though they don’t live alone) and even a free lover. As all their cosplay friends are all polysexuals(they like to have multiple lovers) and I don’t mind that but I hate how they treated them. And so now they were fine but still had very bad anxiety and depression fits.
Since the movie we hungout regularly and both got jobs working for the same company different locations. Then one day my cousin calls me and says if I would be willing to show them around my highschool since they would be going there for their junior year(they are a year behind me since they didn’t complete 1st grade due to the constantly moving my aunt did). I said sure and I was so happy I would be spending my senior year with them. So school starts and I find out we had a class together and we had lunch. I gave them rides to school as the only lived 2 mins away from me on the drive to school.
My feelings for my cousin only got stronger but I kept pushing them aside as I thought it was wrong. Then one day they just didn’t show up to class. This happened for 2 weeks until I called up my aunt and asked where were they and she was confused while they didn’t tell me they were transfering to our early graduation school. And that broke my heart they didn’t even tell me anything.
After that day we never talked again and we still haven’t. I had them on Instagram and wanted to check up to see if they were still active on social but when I looked I was blocked. I went to check my phone I was blocked there too. They had blocked me from everything. So I made a fake Insta to watch them and saw that they were happy and in better or more abusive poly relationships and that they are trying to save up money to get the testosterone shots and are comatose begging for money on their cosplay account.
Since then I progressed in work and have still cried over them and all the memories we had. What recently brought all these emotions back up again was when I transferred work places for a better position I didn’t know I had transferred to my cousins work place. I saw that I had a higher position then them and worked more. I’ve only seen them a few times at work but all they did was glare at me or avoid me at work meetings and work issued training.
Now that I’m on my own now. I keep getting calls and texts from my mom asking if I see my cousin at work and she says it’s always my aunt asking if I see them or if we talk. Not to mention my family members constantly as about them and if we still talk. I always get angry when they ask about them to me or ask if we’re still close friends. I sometimes even hold back tears and just shrug it off.
It hurts to remember them and to see them at work. But I hate to say it I’m still in love with them and would do anything to have any sort of emotional connection with them.
But a small part of me says it’s wrong to love them....
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2020.09.12 18:46 Darthfuzzy Megathread: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally

What is Damp May Never Dry!

This thread has been updated as of 3pm on 9/14
A storm is in the gulf and might be headed our way. As such, it's time for a megathread!
In order to make it easier and provide current information to individuals, please keep the conversations surrounding the storm to this thread. We are trying to consolidate the more serious conversations/information to this thread. It is highly recommend that you sort comments by new given the changing environment
For the time being, memes and funny-ish posts can be standalone posts. This is subject to change depending on how the situation evolves. Despite all the humor surrounding it, please take this event seriously and make plans based upon your needs.
Below is some general information/advice, but should not be taken as official recommendations. Please listen to local/national authorities in determining your next course of actions. I will try to update this post with current information when I can.
Once the storm gets closer to landfall, we will switch from this standalone post to the /TropicalWeather live thread as it's a great resource to get up to date information on the storm.
P.S. If you believe something should be appended/amended to this post, please let me know and I'll be happy to consider it.

What is happening?

Hurricane Sally is off the SE Coast of Louisiana and is anticipated to keep moving NW towards the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast over the next 48 hours. The storm is projected to reach hurricane force winds before making landfall sometime between very late Monday night/Tuesday morning. Most models are now predicting a Cat 2-3 landfall.
This storm is not necessarily going to be a huge wind concern - but due to the slow moving nature of the storm, this is expected to be a major rain event with up to 10" anticipated over the next week.
As of 2:40pm on 9/14, the storm has moved slightly more east and we're expecting an Gulfport/Biloxi landfall. We're still not out of the woods yet, but it looks like we might get some western rain bands (as dry as the western side looks). Expect the worst, hope for the best.

Where can I get more information on projected paths, evacuation notices, and general preparation information?

As always, we recommend paying attention to local and national media forecasts. Here are some official government links for you to monitor:
And some local news sources as well:

I'm a weather junky and I need my fix, what do you recommend?

Again, please take advice of your local and national government when making decisions. However, like you, I like knowing what the Euro, GFS, UKMET, HMON, HWRF, COAMPS and Navy models are all doing at all times. For these people:

Should I evacuate?

Please refer to the above local/national section when making your evacuation plans. Every person's situation is different. Please begin making preparations 3-4 days out. I will attempt to monitor and post evacuation updates below, but please refer to this article by WWLTV for more up to date information:
Mandatory Evacuations (As of 9/13):
Voluntary Evacuations (As of 9/13):

Cat 3 then flee, otherwise I'm staying.

Cool. Good For You! Some people aren't so lucky and can't afford to stay. However, here's some general advice for those of us who are new to those whole hurricane thing:

What should I buy?

/TropicalWeather has a fantastic mega-thread on this that I am stealing. I highly recommend visiting this link and making sure that you have all of these things in your household.
Also pop-tarts. All the pop-tarts. Brown sugar for life though.

How much alcohol should I stock up on?

Yes.

What about public transportation? Will it still be operational?

While a lot of people don't have reliable alternative transportation, always make sure you have a plan. In general, you shouldn't expect public transport to operate during a hurricane. Don't rely upon it. Make plans to move to a safe location or a shelteevacuation center prior to the storm.
Should you need evacuation notices and/or assistance, please review the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority's website for further information on public transportation and and out of the city in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Update as of 9/13 from RTA:
In preparation for expected impacts of Hurricane Sally to the Gulf Coast region, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will suspend all bus and streetcar service beginning at noon on Monday, September 14th. Ferry services will be suspended after normal operations on Sunday, September 13. Services will remain suspended until further notice.

What schools will be closed?

Schools will likely be closed the day before the storm. Depending on the extent of the damage and various other factors (power, water, etc.) it's unknown for how long the schools will be closed for.
It's recommended that you monitor your local parish's school district websites for up to date information on school closures. That being said, we'll post information as it becomes available. WWLTV tends to have a good up to date listing that's available here. Most private institutions abide by the local Parish's closures, but please refer to your specific school for up to date information.
For universities, please refer to your university's individual emergency guidance.
Orleans Parish
Jefferson Parish
St. Tammany Parish
Plaquemines Parish
St. Bernard Parish
Lafourche Parish
Terrebonne Parish
St. Charles Parish

Sandbags?

There is a complete list available from WWLTV. I will be publishing some of the major parishes below.
Orleans Parish:
Sandbags will be available beginning 8am on Sunday for Orleans Parish Residents:
St. Bernard Parish:
Self sandbagging will be available Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m., going on until sand runs out. Residents can fill their sandbags at the following locations:
Plaquemines Parish:
Beginning at 10 a.m., parish-wide sandbag locations will be open, but residents should bring their own shovels and only take what they need. Bags will be provided. Residents can fill their sandbags at the following locations:
St. Tammany Parish:
St. Tammany Parish Government will open six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to help the elderly and/or disabled at each location.
The locations will be open Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Can you sharpie this situation away?

Neither NOAA nor FEMA recommends this. It doesn't work.

What is Damp May Never Dry!

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2020.09.11 18:52 trifletruffles Jasper Greenwood-his badly decomposed body was found next to his car in Vicksburg, Mississippi in June 1964-Closed Case under the Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act

On June 29, 1964, the badly decomposed body of Jasper Greenwood was found next to his car on a “lover’s lane,” about 100 yards off of Main Street in Vicksburg, Mississippi. One of the Jasper's family members reported him missing to the Vicksburg Police Department on June 21, 1964. According to a June 30, 1964 article in the Vicksburg Evening Post, no weapon was found near the Jasper's body. Additionally, a purse containing about $61 was found in Jasper's car which likely ruled out the possibility that he was killed during a robbery. As a result of the body’s condition, a coroner’s inquest could not determine the cause of death.
1964 FBI Investigation:
The FBI first opened the matter on June 30, 1964 after receiving a complaint from [name redacted] of the Jackson, Mississippi, Council of Federal Organizations. [Name redacted] told the FBI that Jasper had been found dead in a field on Main Street by two children. According to [name redacted], Jasper had last been seen alive leaving Jasper Lounge (a business he managed) with two white men on June 21, 1964. [Name redacted] noted that Jasper was not active in the civil rights movement or voter registration drives. However, Jasper's [relationship redacted in the closing memorandum] at one time babysat for Medgar Evers’ family. Additionally, on June 30, 1964, [Name Redacted 2] of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) also contacted the FBI and relayed similar information.
On June 30, 1964, Vicksburg Police Department (VPD) Chief Murray Sills informed the FBI that Jasper had been reported missing to the VPD on June 21. Jasper’s body was found at about 3:10 p.m. on June 29 by two boys. Jasper was found lying next to his car; the car was parked on a “lover’s lane” about 100 yards east of Main Street in Vicksburg. Jasper's body was too severely decomposed to allow for an autopsy, and the coroner could not ascertain Jasper's cause of death.
According to Chief Sills, VPD investigators determined that Jasper had last been seen with a married African-American woman sometime between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. on June 21, 1964. Chief Sills did not identify the woman to the FBI, but presumably knew who she was since he stated that [name redacted] "had been developed as a logical suspect" because [name redacted] had reportedly previously threatened Jasper for dating the woman. Chief Sills stated that both the woman and [name redacted] had disappeared.
On July 4, 1964, Chief Sills contacted the FBI and stated that the VPD had arrested Flossie Lee Minor on July 3. According to Chief Sills, Flossie admitted that she had gone with Jasper to “lover’s lane for a tryst." At some point, Jasper fell to the ground unconscious. When Flossie was not able to resuscitate Jasper, she fled the area. Flossie said that Jasper had apparently died of a heart attack and denied that there had been any foul play.
The FBI was contacted on July 31, 1964, by Dick Corigan, a reporter for the Washington Post, who received information from [name redacted] saying that Jasper's body reportedly had what appeared to be a bullet wound in his chest.The FBI interviewed [name redacted] who was in Vicksburg at the end of June 1964, and heard about Jasper's death. [Name redacted] then visited the Jasper's [relationship redacted]. Jasper's [relationship redacted] told [name redacted] that Jasper had been missing for about a week and had reportedly died of a heart attack. [Relationship redacted] mentioned she had not been allowed to see Jasper's body because it was too decomposed. Jasper's family had not requested an autopsy and "was undecided as to its necessity." When questioned about Jasper's civil rights activities, [relationship redacted] provided no information other than to say that he was a registered voter.
[Name redacted] recalled that a [redacted employee of the funeral home] that prepared Jasper's body for burial arrived at the [relationship redacted]'s residence while [redacted name] was present. According to the redacted employee, while examining Jasper's body, he noticed a hole at the base of Jasper's throat that could have been a stab or bullet wound. When asked whether he had reported the information to the police, the redacted employee said that he thought investigators already had the information and wanted to “keep it quiet;” it was [redacted name]'s understanding that the police report indicated that Jasper died of a heart attack.
[Name redacted] told the FBI that he investigated the matter further and determined that Jasper was not a member of COFO or any related organization and had not been involved in any voter registration drives or other civil rights work. Similarly, Charles Evers, the NAACP’s Mississippi Field Director at the time, informed the FBI that Jasper was not active in voter registration drives or the civil rights movement.
The FBI interviewed the redacted employee of the funeral home [same individual discussed in preceding paragraph]. According to the employee, a coroner’s inquest had been conducted at the site where Jasper's body was found. The employee did not conduct an inquest or examine Jasper's body. He stated that Jasper's body was in terrible condition and had significantly decomposed. The employee did see a hole at the base of Jasper's throat but the hole was full of small worms and he did not think it had been caused by stabbing or a bullet. The employee recalled being questioned by a man he thought was a member of the Greenwood family [Name redacted/same individual discussed in preceding paragraph] when he went to speak with the family about funeral arrangements. According to the employee, when [Name redacted] asked him whether he thought the hole in Jasper's throat had been caused by a bullet, he told [Name redacted] that he had no reason to believe that the hole had been caused by anything other than “nature and the worms.”
2009 Review:
The FBI contacted various acquaintances and members of Jasper's family [all names redacted]. One family member stated Jasper's mother (now deceased) went to look for Jasper when he went missing. She and other family members searched as far as Jackson Road, which Jasper frequently used, but they did not find him. An acquaintance [name redacted] was interviewed by a Mississippi Attorney General’s Office (MAGO) investigator in March 2009. The acquaintance stated that, within hours of Jasper’s body being found, she was interviewed by a Warren County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) deputy, at her place of employment, the Rockett Cab Company. The deputy told the acquaintance that she had been seen with Jasper that evening. She told the MAGO investigator that she worked the midnight shift at the cab company the entire weekend that Jasper went missing and she did not know why it was rumored that she had been with him at any time.
The FBI conducted an online search for Flossie Minor, who reportedly witnessed Jasper's death, and located a record for a Flossie E. Minor who died on April 2, 2005 in Liberty, Missouri. The FBI obtained a copy of Jasper's death record from James E. Jefferson, Jr., Funeral Director for the W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home. The record stated that Jasper died on June 21, 1964. Jasper's cause of death was listed as “undetermined” with “unknown” contributory causes. The FBI contacted the MAGO and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, but neither of those agencies had any records relevant to the Jasper's death.
At the conclusion of the FBI's investigation, the Department of Justice concluded that this matter does not constitute a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes as "neither the FBI’s 1964 nor its 2009 investigation uncovered sufficient evidence to contradict the reported results of the contemporaneous VPD investigation, i.e., that the victim died of a heart attack while in the company of an African-American woman." Accordingly, there is insufficient evidence that "a racially-motivated homicide occurred and, therefore, this matter lacks prosecutive merit and should be closed."
Links:
https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/jasper-greenwood-notice-close-file
I came across the Department of Justice’s cold case initiative while reading an article discussing journalists’ efforts to install a billboard on an Arkansas highway aimed at solving the 1954 lynching of Isadore Banks. The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice launched a website (linked above) to make information about the department’s investigation of cold cases from the Civil Rights Era more accessible to the public. Over the years, the Department “has assisted in prosecuting Edgar Ray Killen in 2005, making him the eighth defendant convicted for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi (the "Mississippi Burning" case); secured life sentences in 2003 against the perpetrators of the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama; and secured a federal conviction and life sentence of James Ford Seale for the kidnapping and murder of two teenagers in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1964.” Congress recognized the importance of these federal efforts when it enacted the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act in 2008.
Unfortunately, in many cases “legal and evidentiary barriers prevent the Department from moving forward with prosecution." In each case that is not prosecutable, the Department of Justice wrote a closing memo explaining the investigative steps taken and the basis for their conclusion. To date, the Department of Justice has uploaded 115 closing memos. I hope to be able to post on all of the closed cases as I share in the belief with the Department of Justice that “these stories should be told [as] there is value in a public reckoning with the history of racial violence and the complicity of government officials.”
Other posts from the Department of Justice's Cold Case Initiative:
  1. Isadore Banks-unsolved murder in Marion, Arkansas-June 1954
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h03esj/isadore_bankslynched_in_marion_arkansas_on_june_8/
  1. Willie Joe Sanford-unsolved murder in Hawkinsville, Georgia-March 1957
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h9v61n/willie_joe_sanfordfound_murdered_nea
  1. Ann Thomas-unsolved murder in San Antonio, Texas-April 1969
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/hdtv4b/ann_thomasfound_murdered_in_san_antonio_texas_on/
  1. Thad Christian-murdered on August 30, 1965 in Central City, Alabama
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/i4fetd/thad_christianmurdered_on_august_30_1965_in/
  1. Silas Caston-killed on March 1, 1964 by a Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Deputy in Jackson, Mississippi
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/idx701/silas_castonkilled_on_march_1_1964_by_a_hinds/
  1. Clifford "Clifton" Walker-unsolved murder in Woodville, Mississippi-February 1964
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/ihkenq/clifford_clifton_walkerfound_murdered_in_his_ca
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2020.09.06 06:18 OrmanRedwood How should I tell people I am, by the grace of God, going to convert to Catholicism?

"Or what king, about to go to make war against another king, doth not first sit down, and think whether he be able, with ten thousand, to meet him that, with twenty thousand, cometh against him?" (Luke 14:31 Douay-Rheims)
I cannot afford to be outside the Catholic Church. I have already calculated my maximum losses, it is nothing compared to what I will gain once I join the Catholic Church. I have not been able to start RCIA, but at this point, unless I turn from the grace of God, it is not a matter of if I will convert, but when. Currently, I have not found a way to get to a Catholic parish, I have no drivers license and know no Catholics, but this is now a question of "when will I get the chance to go" and not "will I go". I am physically stuck but certain I want to convert.
I don't want to recount the details, but here is the short outline of the story.
I become convinced of Orthodoxy because the Orthodox proved me wrong. I become convinced that the Catholics and Orthodox believe essentially the same thing. A Catholic on reddit begins to try and disciple me (he succeeded) I see Orthodoxy fall apart around me in the midst of my spiritual struggles. In early May, Fr. Michael O'loughlin's talk with Matt Fradd convinces me history is on the side of the Catholics. The next day, Jason Evert's talk with Matt Fradd emotionally converts me to Catholicism. In June, the Rosary and Fatima resolved spiritual struggles I had been experiencing relating to prophecy and so much that I have been dealing with since 2017. In July, with a life in peace, I recognized I was determined to convert. In August, with my life in peace, but sexual sin taking a renewed hold, I struggled with how my conversion would affect my life. Right now, I know I can do it, by the grace of God, and I know the losses won't be to severe compared to my gain.
So, not that I am here, decided, how should I present my decision to convert to Catholicism to my:
•Neo-Arian father (he knows) •My trinitarian family that is in the same house knows. •Family members who are out of the house who may not know (varied beliefs) •Baptist pastor's •Close friends •A specific friend who is a girl that is currently at quite a distance from me that will probably have serious questions if I am not at the first, second, third, or fourth church service she goes to when she comes back to our hometown, she also may have to high of a view of me, and I don't know what her view of Catholics is, but learning I am converting could throw her through alot and I want advice on how to approach that situation (we talk online). (Resolved) •Just other people in general. •Other long-distance friends who would not be seriously affected •Any other personal relations I might not be thinking of that are important.
I have, infact, decided to convert. I already have two friends I know will support me, which is good, I need to get in contact with them more. Please give me advice on the longest paragraph as that will hold back my heart the most. Pray for her to.
I am 16M, I am in a Baptist congregation, I have no drivers license or car, I personally know 0 Catholics in my hometown, there is 1 parish I can go to, I have no clue how to get there, but whatever it costs, I want to convert. That one thing that will hold back my heart the most is that friend that is a girl, not that we are together or that I am pursuing a dating relationship with her, that is not the case. Just the fact that she is currently in a vulnerable emotional position and once she learns about this it could affect her alot in unpredictable ways since I think we are close friends. I think. So, I am asking for advice on how to tell these people (especially her) that I am going to convert.
Edit: I talked to the girl I mentioned about it and she said "No. That is completely okay." Praise God.
Note: never defend the 4th Crusade, the crusaders were so bad they got excommunicated by the Pope. Call it an indefinsible evil when talking to the Orthodox cause that is what it was, it was the thing that solidified the great schism. Fr. Michael O'loughlin's saying that the fourth crusade was an indefensible evil and that the crusaders got excommunicated by the Pope was instrumental in my conversion.
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2020.09.05 02:26 dion_reimer Newbie Guide to Researching the Bible

(Posted this to TrueChristian to introduce people to the codices and to Strong’s Concordance.)
This is really for those who are new to the faith, most of you probably already know this stuff. We’ve been getting a lot of questions from atheists and new believers about how you can trust the Bible. I thought I’d go over how the Bible gets from the Greek manuscripts to the form we use today, and how to use it to study. This is just a real basic high level overview.
The scriptures have been around in some form for a long time. Antitheists sometimes like to suggest that the accounts about Jesus were legends that expanded over time and that none of the things in the Bible ever really happened. If this were true then we should see many versions of what happened, similar to the legends of the Greek pantheon. Instead we have several very old copies of parts of the scriptures that agree very closely with each other about who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
A few of these copies are especially important because they are almost complete manuscripts. Found in different locations at different times, and inscribed by different copyists, they are very similar to each other. The main surviving manuscripts of the Old Testament are called the Masoretic Text, the Septuagint, the Syrian Peshetta, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Masoretic Text is the main one, but sometimes your Bible will have a footnote about how one of the others is a little different.
The main surviving manuscripts for the New Testament are known as the Codex Ephraemi, the Codex Alexandrinus, the Codex Sinaiticus, and the Codex Vaticanus.
In addition to these, there are many ancient partial manuscripts which are called minuscules. There are over 5,000 partial manuscripts for the New Testament in Greek, and almost 20,000 in other languages! I like to look at them because it’s so cool to me to see how people used to write and do things long ago. Here is one in Hebrew called the Nash Papyrus, dated to the 2nd Century: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Papyrus#/media/File%3A2nd_century_Hebrew_decalogue.jpg
One of the most remarkable things about these manuscripts is that while each one has slight differences, an overwhelming majority agree with each other on 99% of the text. In fact, for 50% of the text, all the manuscripts agree, and 99% of the manuscripts agree on 90% of the text. That is why those are known as the Byzantine Majority Text. For people all over the world copying this by hand, to be this exact is really amazing when you think about it.
Here are the first two verses from the earliest gospel, the gospel of Mark, in Greek. This is how it looks in the Byzantine Majority Text. You’ll notice that there is no punctuation and no quotation marks. I love how graceful the Greek lettering is:
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου υιου του θεου ‭ως γεγραπται εν τοις προφηταις ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σου εμπροσθεν σο‬
Here is the Codex Sinaiticus according to von Tischendorf:
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου ‭καθως γεγραπται εν τω ησαια τω προφητη ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σο‬
And here is the Vaticanus as rendered by Westcott and Hort. The ‘VAR2’ is a note about their variation from the majority text here, W/H isn’t sure whether Jesus should be called the son of God.
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου {VAR2: [υιου θεου] } ‭καθως γεγραπται εν τω ησαια τω προφητη ιδου αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σο‬
You can see that these are not exactly the same, but many of the words are the same. But what do the Greek words mean? Well there is a tool for this, it’s called Strong’s Concordance. A concordance is a kind of index of individual words found in the Bible. Sometimes you have a little one in the back of your Bible. Strong’s is an exhaustive concordance that assigns a number to each distinct Greek and Hebrew word. You can look up a word and find all the ways it is translated in your Bible.
Here is what the Byzantine Majority Text looks like with the Strong’s numbers added. The extra letters are the parts of speech:
αρχη G746 N-NSF του G3588 T-GSN ευαγγελιου G2098 N-GSN ιησου G2424 N-GSM χριστου G5547 N-GSM υιου G5207 N-GSM του G3588 T-GSM θεου G2316 N-GSM ‭ως G5613 ADV γεγραπται G1125 G5769 V-RPI-3S εν G1722 PREP τοις G3588 T-DPM προφηταις G4396 N-DPM ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S εγω G1473 P-1NS αποστελλω G649 G5719 V-PAI-1S τον G3588 T-ASM αγγελον G32 N-ASM μου G3450 P-1GS προ G4253 PREP προσωπου G4383 N-GSN σου G4675 P-2GS ος G3739 R-NSM κατασκευασει G2680 G5692 V-FAI-3S την G3588 T-ASF οδον G3598 N-ASF σου G4675 P-2GS εμπροσθεν G1715 PREP σου G4675 P-2G‬
The first word, “αρχη”, is Strong’s Greek #746. There are searchable Strong’s online, and you can also download an app for it. Here is the list without the definition: https://biblehub.com/greek/strongs_746.htm
If you follow that link, you’ll see that that word is pronounced “arché” (the ch is hard like k) and it appears 56 times in the New Testament. Most of the time it is used to refer to a “beginning”, but not always. If you scroll down, you can see that it sometimes refers to a corner. A corner is a “beginning” of a wall. In this way you can learn a little bit about idiomatic word pictures and about how words are related.
It’s also good for double checking new translation ideas you encounter. You can look up the passage and check the Strong’s number. If the word is never used that way anywhere else and Strong’s says it means something different, you know that what someone just told you about the Bible is almost certainly inaccurate, which is great for building your faith.
I’ll use Strong’s to throw together a rough layman’s translation. You check me using your Bible.
“Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ son of God. As it is written in the prophets, behold I send out my messenger before your face which will prepare which your way before you.”
Rough, but pretty good for just using Strong’s and the word tenses.
Now if you turn in your Bible to Malachi 3:1, you will see the passage that this passage quotes. You can look up the Strong’s Hebrew definitions and compare them with the Greek definitions and learn the different words. You can see how the Bible prophecy 400 years before could be fulfilled in John the Baptist. With all the tools online, there’s so much more study you can do on your own now than even just a few years ago. Anyway, I hope this helps the Bible come alive for you in your personal studies!
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2020.09.05 02:21 dion_reimer Newbie Guide to Researching the Bible

This is really for those who are new to the faith, most of you probably already know this stuff. We’ve been getting a lot of questions from atheists and new believers about how you can trust the Bible. I thought I’d go over how the Bible gets from the Greek manuscripts to the form we use today, and how to use it to study. This is just a real basic high level overview.
The scriptures have been around in some form for a long time. Antitheists sometimes like to suggest that the accounts about Jesus were legends that expanded over time and that none of the things in the Bible ever really happened. If this were true then we should see many versions of what happened, similar to the legends of the Greek pantheon. Instead we have several very old copies of parts of the scriptures that agree very closely with each other about who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
A few of these copies are especially important because they are almost complete manuscripts. Found in different locations at different times, and inscribed by different copyists, they are very similar to each other. The main surviving manuscripts of the Old Testament are called the Masoretic Text, the Septuagint, the Syrian Peshetta, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Masoretic Text is the main one, but sometimes your Bible will have a footnote about how one of the others is a little different.
The main surviving manuscripts for the New Testament are known as the Codex Ephraemi, the Codex Alexandrinus, the Codex Sinaiticus, and the Codex Vaticanus.
In addition to these, there are many ancient partial manuscripts which are called minuscules. There are over 5,000 partial manuscripts for the New Testament in Greek, and almost 20,000 in other languages! I like to look at them because it’s so cool to me to see how people used to write and do things long ago. Here is one in Hebrew called the Nash Papyrus, dated to the 2nd Century: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Papyrus#/media/File%3A2nd_century_Hebrew_decalogue.jpg
One of the most remarkable things about these manuscripts is that while each one has slight differences, an overwhelming majority agree with each other on 99% of the text. In fact, for 50% of the text, all the manuscripts agree, and 99% of the manuscripts agree on 90% of the text. That is why those are known as the Byzantine Majority Text. For people all over the world copying this by hand, to be this exact is really amazing when you think about it.
Here are the first two verses from the earliest gospel, the gospel of Mark, in Greek. This is how it looks in the Byzantine Majority Text. You’ll notice that there is no punctuation and no quotation marks. I love how graceful the Greek lettering is:
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου υιου του θεου ‭ως γεγραπται εν τοις προφηταις ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σου εμπροσθεν σο‬
Here is the Codex Sinaiticus according to von Tischendorf:
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου ‭καθως γεγραπται εν τω ησαια τω προφητη ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σο‬
And here is the Vaticanus as rendered by Westcott and Hort. The ‘VAR2’ is a note about their variation from the majority text here, W/H isn’t sure whether Jesus should be called the son of God.
αρχη του ευαγγελιου ιησου χριστου {VAR2: [υιου θεου] } ‭καθως γεγραπται εν τω ησαια τω προφητη ιδου αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σο‬
You can see that these are not exactly the same, but many of the words are the same. But what do the Greek words mean? Well there is a tool for this, it’s called Strong’s Concordance. A concordance is a kind of index of individual words found in the Bible. Sometimes you have a little one in the back of your Bible. Strong’s is an exhaustive concordance that assigns a number to each distinct Greek and Hebrew word. You can look up a word and find all the ways it is translated in your Bible.
Here is what the Byzantine Majority Text looks like with the Strong’s numbers added. The extra letters are the parts of speech:
αρχη G746 N-NSF του G3588 T-GSN ευαγγελιου G2098 N-GSN ιησου G2424 N-GSM χριστου G5547 N-GSM υιου G5207 N-GSM του G3588 T-GSM θεου G2316 N-GSM ‭ως G5613 ADV γεγραπται G1125 G5769 V-RPI-3S εν G1722 PREP τοις G3588 T-DPM προφηταις G4396 N-DPM ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S εγω G1473 P-1NS αποστελλω G649 G5719 V-PAI-1S τον G3588 T-ASM αγγελον G32 N-ASM μου G3450 P-1GS προ G4253 PREP προσωπου G4383 N-GSN σου G4675 P-2GS ος G3739 R-NSM κατασκευασει G2680 G5692 V-FAI-3S την G3588 T-ASF οδον G3598 N-ASF σου G4675 P-2GS εμπροσθεν G1715 PREP σου G4675 P-2G‬
The first word, “αρχη”, is Strong’s Greek #746. There are searchable Strong’s online, and you can also download an app for it. Here is the list without the definition: https://biblehub.com/greek/strongs_746.htm
If you follow that link, you’ll see that that word is pronounced “arché” (the ch is hard like k) and it appears 56 times in the New Testament. Most of the time it is used to refer to a “beginning”, but not always. If you scroll down, you can see that it sometimes refers to a corner. A corner is a “beginning” of a wall. In this way you can learn a little bit about idiomic word pictures and about how words are related.
It’s also good for double checking new translation ideas you encounter. You can look up the passage and check the Strong’s number. If the word is never used that way anywhere else and Strong’s says it means something different, you know that what someone just told you about the Bible is almost certainly inaccurate, which is great for building your faith.
I’ll use Strong’s to throw together a rough layman’s translation. You check me using your Bible.
“Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ son of God. As it is written in the prophets, behold I send out my messenger before your face which will prepare which your way before you.”
Rough, but pretty good for just using Strong’s and the word tenses.
Now if you turn in your Bible to Malachi 3:1, you will see the passage that this passage quotes. You can look up the Strong’s Hebrew definitions and compare them with the Greek definitions and learn the different words. You can see how the Bible prophecy 400 years before could be fulfilled in John the Baptist. With all the tools online, there’s so much more study you can do on your own now than even just a few years ago. Anyway, I hope this helps the Bible come alive for you in your personal studies!
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2020.08.28 21:07 portlane Dorothy Smith (June 25, 1920 - Aug. 20, 2020)

Dorothy Grace Smith
June 25, 1920 - Aug. 20, 2020
Dorothy Grace Smith, 100, died in Portland, Ore., of age-related causes Aug. 20, 2020, after a very long and fulfilling life. She was born in Cadwell, Ga., the second of two daughters, to Arthur Russell Smith and Grace Thurman Castellaw Smith, and grew up in downtown Atlanta, Ga.
One of her fondest memories of that time was being present at the opening of Gone with the Wind in 1939 as a 19-year-old. Shortly afterward, when on a bus in downtown Atlanta, she met her future mother-in-law, who told her that she wanted to introduce Dorothy Grace to her son, John. It was a match! She married John Andy Smith, Jr., of Talbotton, Ga., June 28, 1941 at First Baptist Church, Atlanta. Shortly after their marriage, John went off to World War II, and she moved back home to her parents' house on Tenth St., where she had her first child.
When the war ended, John went to law school at Emory University, and they had a second child. When John was subsequently called back to service in the Army, he joined the JAG Corps and was posted to Ft. Lee, Virginia, where their third child was born. A few years later, John was shipped to Korea. Dorothy Grace, once again, stayed behind in Atlanta with her, now, three children. Upon John's return to the U.S., they began their peripatetic married life in the military. Dorothy Grace met these constant moves with grace and humor and found small reasons to be happy everyday wherever she was living. The focus of her life was always her family, friends, and faith.
Dorothy Grace continued this adventurous life until 1966, when John retired from the Army, and they moved back to metropolitan Atlanta. In 1984, a little more than a year after completion of their dream home on a lake, Dorothy Grace was unexpectedly widowed. She chose to remain in her home and in 1987 married her friend and companion, Kimsey Ware Davis. After his death in 2006, she decided to leave Atlanta to be closer to family and, in 2007, she moved to Portland, Ore., to live with her daughter. In 2008, she moved to Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego, Ore. In 2017, she moved one final time–to Sylvan Crown Senior Care Home, where she found great warmth and received excellent care from Adela, Simona, and Codrin. Special thanks also go to the many volunteers who visited her from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, especially Laurel, and to her hospice nurse, Sarah. She is survived by her children, John Andy Smith, III (Kim Latham), Susan Grace Smith Mersereau (Peter), and Arthur Roy Smith (Lisa); her niece, Sara Elizabeth Davis Sigler (Michael); her grandchildren, Barrett Christopher Mersereau (Gulgun), Travis Ryan Mersereau (Carly), Courtney Leigh Mersereau, Nathan Charles Smith, and Jessica Kay Smith Doyle (Ben); and her four great-grandchildren, Max, Eren, Jaxon, and Zoe. She was predeceased by both husbands; and her only sister, Evelyn Winnifred Smith Davis.
A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta, Ga. Any remembrances should be made in her name to the charity of your choice.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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2020.08.26 18:31 CFB_Referee Hurricane Laura

Given how Hurricane Laura has progressed and how projections have shifted, we made the call to get a relevant thread up for folks. (Also, it is 2020, so who knows?) With football season comes hurricane season, even in times of COVID-19.

Relevant News

Please look to local news, local weather, and local and state emergency management agencies to find out more about how you may be affected, if you need to evacuate, and steps on getting prepared. Please everyone stay safe.
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Forecasts, Predictions, and Watches/Warnings
Tulsa
Preparedness & Planning
College students should check out their university's emergency alert system - if you're not signed up to get notices, you should!
Useful links on: hurricane preparedness, emergency kits, emergency supplies for your car.
Louisburg
Other things worth thinking about or getting:
  • General: A cooler. Fun/mental health stuff - books, games, etc. Cash. Weather radio and batteries. Flashlights > candles. Backup cell phone, laptop, or other batteries. Extra water. Hand sanitizer. Comfort items (a toddler's blankie, the puppy's favorite toy, your grandpa's watch you can't imagine losing).
  • Specialized: Transportation and assistive devices (think especially about children, pets, the elderly, people with disabilities).
  • Cars: Gas. Window breakeseatbelt cutter.
Gattaca Florida
Safety:
  • Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries!
  • Watch out for downed power lines. Never assume it is dead. Avoid it.
  • Assume floodwaters are deeper than they look. Turn around, don't drown.
  • Learn your flood and evacuation zones!
  • Food safety from the FDA and USDA.
  • If your home floods and you need to go up, head for the roof. Keep an ax in your attic to get out that way if you need it.
  • Be aware of potential 911 delays.
  • Evacuate! If you can, check on people you know to see if they need help evacuating if you can offer it or put them in touch with someone who can.
Hertfordshire
Documentation:
  • Bring it with you.
  • Store it in a plastic bag to they are together and stay dry.
  • House deed/rental agreement/lease.
  • Insurance information (home, car, renters, medical, flood).
  • Identification (ID card/driver's license, passport, Social Security card, marriage/birth certificates).
  • Take photographs of your home before you evacuate and when you return. Good documentation of the damage may help if you need to file an aid or insurance claim.
For long-term preparedness, check out CERT training information.
Holland
Evacuation

College Football Information

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Central Arkansas Austin Peay Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL 8/29 9:00 PM ET Still going ahead.

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2020.08.20 21:01 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update August 20, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update August 20, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Daily Update Team
Note: We may need to paraphrase, but the notes are accurate
Watch here:
Headlines
Summarized (Full) Notes
QUESTIONS
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2020.08.20 05:03 broccolinislippers Strange Memorial by JNFather Doesn't Stop Siblings from Bonding

(TW:child abuse, in original post) Original post here: https://www.reddit.com/JUSTNOFAMILY/comments/i9i1ps/exhausted_is_the_kitten_worth_it/
When I described what happened to one of my close friends, she said the memorial sounds like an episode of "Black Mirror." It's just so odd and surreal. This is really long... maybe most of you won't read it and that's ok, but I need to tell the story to process it.
TLDR: update that we definitely are not getting the kitten from my dad and will have to wait and see on the adoption websites if he shows up. Surreal memorial that was not even about my mother, but about "Jesus" and my dad. It was basically like an "intervention" and the preachers definitely treated us like they had been told we were Satan's spawn. My dad put up a bunch of pictures in a display and conveniently did not display any but one that had me in them. My dad denied my moms wishes and got her ashes interred at a place we don't have any details about, when she wanted her ashes spread in a beautiful and/or meaningful place. My dad basically didn't talk to anyone but church people, did not see me or any of my mom's family before the service, and left immediately. He switched hotels last minute after embarrassing me and my husband by calling our (at the time mutual) hotel four times in the same night because he did not believe me that they agreed to have my mom's kitten in the room (that we were originally supposed to adopt while there). Despite all this, a good thing happened for my siblings and I, who got to spend time together and talk about my mom, and all of our spouses get along swimmingly.

My mother passed away on July 30th. She was a religious person, specifically catering to my fathers preference of very extreme, conservative, fundamental Baptist (Christian). For those of you in the US, the Southern Baptist Convention is too "liberal" for my father. My mom was only 52 and very healthy and died of an aggressive colon cancer, diagnosed a year ago. Her doctors said it would take her in 8 weeks without treatment, and since she got treatment at one of the best cancer centers in the world, she was able to get a whole year instead. Toward the end, she was suffering, and my father frequently refused medications prescribed by her physician teams, including her oncologists and palliative care doctors and nurses. He, despite my pleading, also refused pain medication while she was suffering dying, not because it was against our religion, but because "she doesn't need pain medicine, she isn't in pain she is just uncomfortable." She couldn't speak for herself, and I was pleading with him over the phone from states away because I was sick at my own home with COVID-19. I work in Critical Care and although I was trying to tell him the medication would help her be more comfortable, he was screaming at me not to "diagnose over the phone." He told me she was uncomfortable because she was sitting on her backside too much and she needed to be able to get up more and walk around, not pain medication. He was in complete denial of everything, would not get help for himself or my mother, would not make the house more accessible for her, and got offended at my asking for pain medication and cut off all contact with me except through my sister, who witnessed my moms pain in person and reported back concerned asking me what she can do, which was nothing. He was in control and my dying suffering mom had no one who could help her because of him. (part of this was in original post; sorry for repeating but I just want to re-emphasize how awful this is and how it made everyone, especially mom, feel).
I talked originally about mom's sweet kitten, and how my father will take him to the pound in September rather than giving him to us to adopt because he is "messy". I took y'alls advice and contacted the shelter in question via email, and pulled up their adoption policies so I am ready to adopt if he shows up there. No one got back to me yet, but they also use PetFinder online to post their pets for rehoming, so hopefully I will be able to see him on there if he does. My dad didn't mention anything about the kitten when I saw him, so I definitely won't be getting it from him. Thank you for your advice.
For the memorial, my dad had everyone drive/fly to South Carolina, 5.5 hrs drive from where he lived with her in Florida, to be at the last church they were members of (for only about a year, year and a half). Ok, this makes sense, sort-of. I'm not sure why they didn't ask a preacher who knew her better, but ok. What doesn't make sense, is that mom had said she wished to be cremated and specifically said to me "do not put me in the ground" and "do not come visit me or anything, I think that is weird" and then Dad went and had her ashes interred at a national cemetery in Florida. She had said to spread her ashes someplace meaningful or beautiful. I wanted to take them to the Grand Canyon, where my dad's favorite pic of her was taken, and where decades before that they took their honeymoon. Whatever. So instead of having the service there where he is putting the ashes, which is the city some of my BIL's family lives and much shorter drive for sister and her toddler (5 hours less), very close for my dad's mother, and close to my mom's home, everyone had to go to another state for this church? He also did not tell anyone he was doing this with the ashes or ask any opinions about it, or disclose the location to anyone. Hopefully he will give us this information later?
During the memorial, my dad also only talked about my mom in relation to Jesus. Her obituary said absolutely nothing about what a sweet and friendly person my mom was, how talented she was, how she was caring and giving and funny, etc, it just mentioned that she was a committed follower of Christ, wife to my dad, mother to me and my siblings. Ok, maybe it was to keep it to the point. But then, at the memorial, only the same theme was present. He gave a speech about her relationship with God throughout her life. He didn't say anything personal about her except the date they met and that he knew he needed to marry her because of a "voice in his head." He talked about her wanting only to make sure others came to Christ and would tell everyone she knew about The Lord. My mother wasn't a missionary or preacher... yes she was devoted in her beliefs and her faith, she told others frequently after her diagnosis that "God is in control" and she was not worried about what would happen to her because God had a plan. She didn't, however, try to convert anyone, do door to door witnessing, try to get any family members or friends go to church except my sister, try to explain how to be "saved" to anyone. She was a good person and faithful, but he made it sound like she was traveling the world converting everyone she met to Jesus, and did nothing else of value. He didn't mention any of her family outside of him and his children or any remorse that any other family would miss her or the time she spent with them. There was not any discussion or opening for anyone else to say anything nice or share memories about my mom either, only discussion of how she loved Jesus and she wanted everyone to come to Jesus. The preacher gave a long speech about how they weren't sad because they would all see Mom again in heaven while they are worshipping God, and everyone should be "saved." He went through explanations about how doing good deeds or going to church isn't enough, how the only way to get to heaven is their specific way, etc etc, you're all going to hell, blah blah... while we are trying to mourn and remember my mom. They said come talk to us later so we can make sure you know where you're going when you die. All the weird church people who didn't even know my mom came by to give a stern look and say "I'm praying for you" and it seemed that no one there even really knew my mom except two of her coworkers from many states away who had come to her memorial. (They actually talked with me a little about the best things about being around my mom and how she lifted up those around her.) It seemed like most people there had definitely been told that this was some kind of intervention for me and my siblings and extended family who weren't in their "cult". I don't mean to offend anyone who is religious- my whole family is Christian, some baptist/protestant, some Catholic. This was not just religious, it was aggressive and surreal that this service about my mom said nothing about her.
The display with all the pictures had couples pictures and family pictures, but I was in none of them but one, from when I was 4 years old (I am 32 now). The reason my dad gave was he wanted "more recent pictures" that "people would be recognizable in." I don't think anyone could recognize me at 4... he took pictures as a hobby and was constantly shooting photos growing up, and we took studio family photos every year. He had plenty "more recognizable" ones from when I was 17 or 18 before I left home. My brother and sister were featured in the display as 8 and 10 year olds, so they were recognizable then but somehow I am not? This was the first thing my family members noticed when they walked in, they would tell me later. It was so surreal... it was like I didn't exist, I didn't matter, my feelings didn't matter, my relationship with my mom didn't matter... all that mattered was my dad and Jesus. I had to sit there when I wanted to be remembering and honoring my mom and get talked down to by the preacher who had obviously been told by my dad, given the way he greeted me before his speech, that I'm some kind of heathen. Ironically, not to toot my horn or try to compete or anything like that, but just how nonsensical it all is, I did lots of witnessing and converting when I was a child and teenager. I was fully brainwashed and just trying anything really to get accepted by my abusive dad, who didn't even notice this or care. I did door-to-door witnessing, I took people to church, I led youth bible studies and participated in campus ministries. I reached out to many, many more people than my mother ever did, and yet all that was valid about her was her witness for Christ? That doesn't even make sense. She was a wonderful wife- she was eternally patient with him even though he is absolutely maddening... he couldn't even find his keys without her. She was creative, an amazing cook and baker, artistic, funny, nice to everyone she met, quirky, hardworking... she was loved by all her coworkers and a good boss when she managed people... so many wonderful things about her and he only wants to talk about her religion and kind of embellish it? I was so upset by all this. And he won't even talk to me.
I wanted to see if maybe I could talk to my dad since he had been shutting me out or texting me and taking it the wrong way but not allowing me to call. My dad kicked us out about ten minutes after the service because he needed to clean up his display and the church people needed to go. He had barely spoken to me except to mumble a "thanks for coming" and he continued to deflect me. He said he would not be hugging anyone or shaking hands due to the virus, but he hugged the preacher and random church people from a church he hasn't attended in over 8 mos and only attended for a year prior? He had long conversations with random nice people who were just making nice people small talk and didn't know him or my mom at all (evident by the types of questions they were asking), but I couldn't talk to him? The preachers and some of the church people weren't even in masks, and he was afraid to talk to us because he is at risk because he's had pneumonia before, but they don't pose a risk? We were definitely too infected for him to touch or talk to from traveling and having gotten COVID and gotten better, even with masks on and a few feet apart, but the church people don't even need a mask and he can hug them? It was all so weird and contradictory. My dad had also switched his hotel the day before to not be in the same one we were in-- the one he had called four times while he berated me and accused me of lying and being irresponsible via text message because I had asked them to let us have my mom's kitten we were supposed to adopt from him, and he didn't believe me that they were going to allow it. So we stayed in the hotel despite the embarrassment, so as not to make waves, but we find out he switched his hotel and won't talk to anyone before the service. He wouldn't talk to me during or after the service either. I invited him back to the hotel lobby where my mom's family was going to gather, and he said maybe but most likely no because he needed to preserve my moms funeral flowers right away. He texted later he wouldn't be coming. He didn't say he loved us, or tell everyone sorry I can't make it, or safe travels, or anything else. Whatever.
On the plus side, I was able to have family to our room because we got a room with a living room attached to it, and I asked everyone to go around the room and say what their favorite thing about my mother was. A lot of wonderful memories were shared (spoiler: none of them were about Jesus). After my aunt, uncle, and grandma went to the airport, my siblings and I and our spouses all had dinner and hung out in the hotel room after. Fortunately and unfortunately, we had all gotten COVID and recovered from it, so we didn't have to worry as much about pandemic precautions. We all expressed that the whole situation was super weird and I got overflowing support from both my siblings and extended family that they love and care about me, and did not understand or agree with how my father has treated me throughout my life or recently, or how terrible he was to me about my mom's treatment and the whole kitten situation. My siblings and I have gotten close as adults despite my parents at times trying to actively pit us against one another, especially my dad with his abusive treatment of me and excusing my sister from all wrongdoing and spoiling her. We had a great time spending time together and sharing memories about my mom, and we made plans to get together as soon as we can when the pandemic has cooled down. Over all, I have come to the conclusion that we all just have to remember and honor her in our own way, and that we have to make our own family now the way that WE want to love each other and WE want to treat each other. My dad can choose to be a part of that or not, but coming to us and being involved is going to be on HIM, not us, and especially not me. It's sad, but my mom was kind of in the position of spreading my dad's negativity and hate around, and with her gone, he doesn't have as much influence and the cloud has kind of been lifted in a way. We decided as the kids that we want to have a close, loving family, and he can do what he wants but that doesn't have to concern us.
I guess I don't really have any advice to ask, but if anyone has any, feel free to share. I also had a few AITA moments because my dad gaslights me and I can never tell if what he is saying/doing is intentionally hurtful/spiteful or just because of his (undiagnosed) mental condition which everyone thinks must be some form of autism. I don't want to be overly judgmental of what a grieving person does, and I can't imagine what he is going through. They were married 31 years. But I am not the asshole. I have done what I can. I'm not even sure I want any apologies from him... the last ones were more or less a trick to get what he wanted, so I don't think I could trust it.
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2020.08.19 09:17 MNLyrec I’m becoming what i hate

I don’t know how to flair this, and I don’t follow a lot of subreddits so I don’t know if this belongs here, but I have to get this out before it devours me.
I was raised in an incredibly religious southern baptist town with about a population of 1000. I made it out alive, left town, grew as a person and realized I didn’t have to be one of them anymore. That’s the cliffnotes version of my upbringing. Not abusive really, but forcefully Christian. My parents also divorced the year of my high school graduation, important.
About 4 years ago at the age of 22, I was in the midst of an identity crisis. I thought I was trans at the time (I’m more gender fluid than trans but it’s confusing) and came out. My dad, while not thrilled, didn’t outright reject me. My mom screamed at me over Facebook and tried to guilt me about how she “raised me to be better” and “how could she ever call me something other than what she named me”, just all kinds of reasons to relate it to herself. I kind of closed myself off from my family at that point, terrified to speak to them. It was almost a week after Trump was elected into office. I dated my first boyfriend (I was a 22m at the time) and things were quiet, but lonely.
As the years have gone by, I’ve become braver. The boy and I broke up, he was pretty toxic, but I’m in a solid relationship with the love of my life for over a year now. She is incredibly supportive, and backs me up, so I no longer feel like my opinions have to stay locked up in my head. I can be more of myself. This should be easier, right?
Not really. This past year, especially difficult. The virus hits, Trumps up for re-election, and my entire conservative family has rejected me, including my once supportive dad. Relatives on Facebook calling my beliefs and views “propaganda” and “all staged”. Some of them telling me to educate myself and to stop believing everything I’m told. Yelling at me in all caps about “THEM DEMS”. The worst is the “i love you but i can’t support you” line I got.
I’ve gotten more threatening messages from random strangers online. This one sucks because the internet is my escape. It’s just full of hate. It’s making me bitter. I’m beginning to lash back and become hateful towards the extreme republicans. I’m beginning to attack them the same way they attack the “left”. And I hate it. I hate that I’m becoming bitter and angry. I hate that i can’t say something contrary and have a discussion. It’s always just hateful rhetoric and the fact that I’m starting to lash back at them makes me feel even worse.
TLDR I’ve gotten more hate and threats for coming out as a liberal than i did when i came out as bi/trans/whatever i am. And it’s beginning to make me hateful and bitter.
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2020.08.19 03:51 femboySong28 Ex-queer saved by God. Updates and thoughts.

Yall have asked for updates. So here are some.
I've been doing research about the lgbt agenda, listening to ex-gay testimonies, informing myself of the cultural norms of non-western cultures in regard to queerness....
I did not deserve salvation.
But God saved me anyway.
I talked to God tonight. Deeply. Cried to Him. Thanked Him. He must see potential in me. Enough to have saved me. He put me through the test of a lifetime. Over 20 years of depression and anguish. Yes, I've been depressed and mentally ill since I was a child. I've done terrible things.
But He saved me. I don't know why. I can't know. But i have my ideas. I'm a talented artist and musician. With all my problems Ive gone through, I have a cleverness about me and a compassionate heart. And now that I'm stabilized by medication and peer support, all my good qualities are shining.
He is bringing me friends. In person friends, multiple ones. I haven't had multiple in person friends since elementary school (I'm late twenties now). He brought my beloved cat back to me 😭 Lol even little things he is giving me. I've wanted a pink salt lamp and a bike for a while. Well i made friends with a homeless man who sold me a salt lamp and said he'd get the bike to me in time. He's sending women into my life whom I can love, as a man. Platonically! I only want one partner of course, haha! But I get a sense that because of my developed femininity He wants me to platonically love other women... So of course Satan would have me lust for men. Because it directly interferes with God's will.
Things are falling into place. MY CAT IS BACK 😭 I'm gonna finish my degree! I went to church last Sunday, and I'm gonna check out another church this Sunday! They are both Baptist.
My SSA diminishes more and more every day. Today I met in person the last man I attempted to date (we met online). I recognized him as an attractive man, and though the temptation was there, i felt no lust for him. God is real. Christ is the truth. I'm still only on the beginning of my journey. But He is already changing my life and answering my prayers.
Oh, and my second date with the woman I like is Friday! 🙏
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2020.08.17 23:11 SummeR_76 My Therapist Said To Write Book

My therapist said to write a book- I don't think it's worth it to be honest. I don't feel like what I've experienced is out of the ordinary really... but I do need to feel seen. I spend a lot of the time trying to be normal, with my childhood just circling my brain everyday all day. It's exhausting. My mom and dad lived together until I was about 10. I am the oldest of 6 kids. Our house was always a mess, dishes never done. My dad yelled at my mom because dinner wasn't ready after church and he threw all of our food and dishes onto the driveway. He would regularly beat me, he called it discipline God told him to administer. He used the long plastic rod used to close the window blinds and would have me take my clothes off and he would hold my head down in the bathtub and pin my legs between his while I screamed until I passed out. He always told my mom, you know I have to do this, and she would agree, and he would lock her out of the bathroom. I would wake up in her lap with ice packs on my bruises. He would crawl on the ground to me and promise to never hurt me like that that he loved me. I remember hating him, but being too scared to do anything but say I forgave him. He would call a family meeting and tell us we were too expensive to feed so he and my mom needed to get rid of some of us. And then he would laugh while we all cried. My mom left him a few times but always went back eventually until I was 12 when she moved to my relatives basement on a farm. He got the kids and I on the weekends. While we were with him he would let us watch pornographic films. He would call us into his room one at a time for special time. Mine entailed undressing because he said I looked uncomfortable and rubbing his back and feet for hours until he said I could stop and then he would lay on me and lick my ears and neck and tell me he was just tickling me but I shouldn't tell anyone because they wouldn't understand and the police would take us kids away. He would talk about suicide and how he would kill himself but the Bible said that people who commit suicide go straight to hell. When I was riding in the car with him if I made him unhappy he would swerve the car and make me smack my head on the window. He would joke in front of his friends about how I was the fat ugly daughter. When I got my first bra he wouldn't stop touching it. He pinched my butt and always had me sit on his lap. One of his friends took his penis out and chased me and when I told him he laughed and said I hadn't understood what the situation was. My parents were Baptist and their church didn't believe in divorce so they had to have meetings with the elders and my mom had to give proof as to why she needed to divorce my dad so it was all a very public mess and we lost a lot of friends. My dad would tell us kids that my mom claimed he forced her to have sex. Details no kid should hear. He would show us old lingerie photos he had of her. Meanwhile, my little sister told my mom what my dad was doing and my mom said to not keep secrets from her but then never did anything.. my mom was gone a lot so I cooked and cleaned and too care of my brothers and sisters. I did everything I could to make my mom happy. The basement where we lived was always filthy. Dog feces everywhere. We didn't have enough food so my mom would go through the expired groceries that the stores took out and would get our breads and such from the dumpster. She also homeschooled us, but she didn't teach us anything just had us do chores and clean. My mom would spend a lot of time sleeping. Looking back now I realize that was depression. Because we were so dirty we got sick. We all got parasites for several months and I couldn't leave my bed. I lost a lot of weight. Around that time I started to pretend I had a hole inside of me. Because I got into trouble showing emotions I would just pretend that I didn't have any I just had a hole and so no one could hurt me because I wasn't there. I started to feel grey and I would lose track of where I was, but it felt a lot better then being in the real world. My mom would have long talks with me and tell me she couldn't do any of it without me, which I knew was true. I felt close to her and I loved her very much. But nothing I did seem to make her happy enough. She always seemed empty. She started online dating, met a man several states away. She flew out to meet him and stayed with him a few weeks. I was scared she wouldn't come back. She came back and got engaged. We finally got to meet him, he didn't talk to us. But I had this vision in my head of our happy family and I would have a dad to hold my hand and keep my monsters away. Who would tell me I was a good daughter and would be proud of me. When it was time for them to get married the pastor said he wouldn't marry them unless I approved. I said I didn't know him but I wanted my mom to be happy so yes they could get married. My mom told us we were moving out of state and gave us 24 hours to pack and leave. Her new husband was a silent man as old as my grandpa. When he did speak it was to yell at us to be quite and to make fun of us etc.. but my mom was happy. We had new rules. No radio/music/TV/computephone no dancing no ungodly singing, no sleep overs no friends no certain books, we went to church 3 times a week and on Sunday went 2x. My brother became violent. He would call me a stupid slut or druggie and hit me but I understood why, my step dad was the meanest towards him. And boys handle pain in their hearts differently. My mom fasted a lot and didn't eat much and really valued being thin. I was always heavy. But I started fasting and lost 100 lbs and everyone started telling me I was beautiful so I became bulimic and anorexic. I like drawing and I entered a painting into the state fair where it won best of show. My mom refused to pick it up though because the girl in the painting was smoking and it went against the family values. We were still homeschooled but my mom continued to not teach us. I knew I was behind because I was 15 and didn't know my multiplication or division. The only thing I was good at and currently can do is read. Thank God for Google. I begged and cried to go to a real school but I wasn't accepted into them because I couldn't test into the appropriate grade. She finally started me a a school run by her church. All the teachers there would mock me and say this is why you don't homeschoole. I just wanted to learn but it was too much so I stopped trying. They said it was because I wasn't a Christian and didn't love God. And told me I was going to hell. I started cutting. I would rub salt into the cuts and duck tape the salt in so the wounds wouldn't heal. My step dad took me to a purity ball and I had to vow to stay pure until marriage. No dates sex kissing. My mom started sending me to a religious camp in Arizona every summer. I would beg her not to make me go. She would send me with no phone. I would get up at 3:30am and work in their kitchens until 8:30PM with lots of church and Bible study. No tight clothes or makeup. No music. If anyone was offended by you they could report you and you would be counciled on how you were leading the men astray with your ungodly body. One time I came back to find she had moved me into my sisters room and had painted all over the pictures I had painted on my walls because they were ungodly. I tried to kill myself. Several times. No one wanted me. I asked for therapy because I knew there was something wrong with me but my mom only sent me to pastors who told me it was my job to submit to my parents. When I was 18 I moved back with my dad. Why? Because I wanted to die and I wanted some closure first. He denied everything. But then spent the whole year I was with him calling me a stupid bitch. A whore. A slut. I worked two jobs because he called me lazy, he took all my money because I owed him. He and my step mom drugged tested me because I couldn't be trusted. When I went out he would follow me and call me all the time. His friends would steal my underwear and he would laugh. He would make my little step sister and her friends show him their breasts. He would make my step sister beat me until I hit her back because I needed to toughen up. Eventually they kicked me out, I was homeless a bit. Ended up in some abusive relationships. Got pregnant. My mom called me and said she wanted to help me, and I thought that meant she was going to love me and was changing. But when I came back it was the same stuff. When I wanted to get on birth control I was a whore because it meant I was killing a baby every time I had sex and cheating on my future husband. My grandmother said that since I got a tattoo no good man would love me. So I moved into my own apartment with my daughter. I couldn't afford enough food, my family refused to help me with groceries or rent or bills or babysitting. Because I was living a sinful lifestyle. I received groceries once and that was because it was winter time and my daughter had gotten pneumonia and I had no food or money for her medicine. Praise God for the Doctor at the time, I was crying explaining that I couldn't buy the tylenol needed for her fever because I had no money so the doctor wrote a prescription for everything. My car was repossessed. I washed my clothes in my bathtub. But with my baby girl I was happier then I'd ever been. I had someone to love and new standards to set for us both. No more toxic people. I still wanted my mom to love me though. She stopped letting my little brothers and sisters come see me because I was living a sinful lifestyle but said when they turned 18 they could come over. That broke my heart. I met a good man. He started helping me with groceries, bills, he held me through every panic attack and nightmare. He was gentle and kind to my daughter. He suggested therapy. I was against it honestly, and it wasn't a good experience the first few months. But its been 4 years with him and 2 years of therapy, I'm on meds now and life is like heaven. I dont have as many nightmares, I eat more, I've stopped trying to make my mom love me and accept me. I'm about 70 lbs heavier but he loves me. And I've learned to love myself. He bought my daughter and I my dream house, and my youngest brother lives with me now because I want to help all of my siblings I can. They all are badly lacking in education and my 16 year old sister reads and writes like a 8 year old. But they have me, and I have my man and daughter and therapist who has adopted me unofficially. I am supposed to tell myself that I am good, that I deserve good things. I am working on that. I don't like to be around people. But I'm trying to change that. I know trauma is hereditary and I want my little girl to have a life that I always wanted as a child. With no lack of love or acceptance. I know this is long. But if it helps anyone it's worth it. If you are stuck there now, it won't be forever. As long as you don't give up and give in to what the negativity tells you. We are all worthy. And yes I have bad days, some days life feels too exhausting. But I have a good support system and it never lasts forever. 🌻 please don't give up, and if you need a virtual hug I'm here 🌻
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2020.08.17 22:33 SummeR_76 My Therapist Said To Write A Book

My therapist said to write a book- I don't think it's worth it to be honest. I don't feel like what I've experienced is out of the ordinary really... but I do need to feel seen. I spend a lot of the time trying to be normal, with my childhood just circling my brain everyday all day. It's exhausting. My mom and dad lived together until I was about 10. I am the oldest of 6 kids. Our house was always a mess, dishes never done. My dad yelled at my mom because dinner wasn't ready after church and he threw all of our food and dishes onto the driveway. He would regularly beat me, he called it discipline God told him to administer. He used the long plastic rod used to close the window blinds and would have me take my clothes off and he would hold my head down in the bathtub and pin my legs between his while I screamed until I passed out. He always told my mom, you know I have to do this, and she would agree, and he would lock her out of the bathroom. I would wake up in her lap with ice packs on my bruises. He would crawl on the ground to me and promise to never hurt me like that that he loved me. I remember hating him, but being too scared to do anything but say I forgave him. He would call a family meeting and tell us we were too expensive to feed so he and my mom needed to get rid of some of us. And then he would laugh while we all cried. My mom left him a few times but always went back eventually until I was 12 when she moved to my relatives basement on a farm. He got the kids and I on the weekends. While we were with him he would let us watch pornographic films. He would call us into his room one at a time for special time. Mine entailed undressing because he said I looked uncomfortable and rubbing his back and feet for hours until he said I could stop and then he would lay on me and lick my ears and neck and tell me he was just tickling me but I shouldn't tell anyone because they wouldn't understand and the police would take us kids away. He would talk about suicide and how he would kill himself but the Bible said that people who commit suicide go straight to hell. When I was riding in the car with him if I made him unhappy he would swerve the car and make me smack my head on the window. He would joke in front of his friends about how I was the fat ugly daughter. When I got my first bra he wouldn't stop touching it. He pinched my butt and always had me sit on his lap. One of his friends took his penis out and chased me and when I told him he laughed and said I hadn't understood what the situation was. My parents were Baptist and their church didn't believe in divorce so they had to have meetings with the elders and my mom had to give proof as to why she needed to divorce my dad so it was all a very public mess and we lost a lot of friends. My dad would tell us kids that my mom claimed he forced her to have sex. Details no kid should hear. He would show us old lingerie photos he had of her. Meanwhile, my little sister told my mom what my dad was doing and my mom said to not keep secrets from her but then never did anything.. my mom was gone a lot so I cooked and cleaned and too care of my brothers and sisters. I did everything I could to make my mom happy. The basement where we lived was always filthy. Dog feces everywhere. We didn't have enough food so my mom would go through the expired groceries that the stores took out and would get our breads and such from the dumpster. She also homeschooled us, but she didn't teach us anything just had us do chores and clean. My mom would spend a lot of time sleeping. Looking back now I realize that was depression. Because we were so dirty we got sick. We all got parasites for several months and I couldn't leave my bed. I lost a lot of weight. Around that time I started to pretend I had a hole inside of me. Because I got into trouble showing emotions I would just pretend that I didn't have any I just had a hole and so no one could hurt me because I wasn't there. I started to feel grey and I would lose track of where I was, but it felt a lot better then being in the real world. My mom would have long talks with me and tell me she couldn't do any of it without me, which I knew was true. I felt close to her and I loved her very much. But nothing I did seem to make her happy enough. She always seemed empty. She started online dating, met a man several states away. She flew out to meet him and stayed with him a few weeks. I was scared she wouldn't come back. She came back and got engaged. We finally got to meet him, he didn't talk to us. But I had this vision in my head of our happy family and I would have a dad to hold my hand and keep my monsters away. Who would tell me I was a good daughter and would be proud of me. When it was time for them to get married the pastor said he wouldn't marry them unless I approved. I said I didn't know him but I wanted my mom to be happy so yes they could get married. My mom told us we were moving out of state and gave us 24 hours to pack and leave. Her new husband was a silent man as old as my grandpa. When he did speak it was to yell at us to be quite and to make fun of us etc.. but my mom was happy. We had new rules. No radio/music/TV/computephone no dancing no ungodly singing, no sleep overs no friends no certain books, we went to church 3 times a week and on Sunday went 2x. My brother became violent. He would call me a stupid slut or druggie and hit me but I understood why, my step dad was the meanest towards him. And boys handle pain in their hearts differently. My mom fasted a lot and didn't eat much and really valued being thin. I was always heavy. But I started fasting and lost 100 lbs and everyone started telling me I was beautiful so I became bulimic and anorexic. I like drawing and I entered a painting into the state fair where it won best of show. My mom refused to pick it up though because the girl in the painting was smoking and it went against the family values. We were still homeschooled but my mom continued to not teach us. I knew I was behind because I was 15 and didn't know my multiplication or division. The only thing I was good at and currently can do is read. Thank God for Google. I begged and cried to go to a real school but I wasn't accepted into them because I couldn't test into the appropriate grade. She finally started me a a school run by her church. All the teachers there would mock me and say this is why you don't homeschoole. I just wanted to learn but it was too much so I stopped trying. They said it was because I wasn't a Christian and didn't love God. And told me I was going to hell. I started cutting. I would rub salt into the cuts and duck tape the salt in so the wounds wouldn't heal. My step dad took me to a purity ball and I had to vow to stay pure until marriage. No dates sex kissing. My mom started sending me to a religious camp in Arizona every summer. I would beg her not to make me go. She would send me with no phone. I would get up at 3:30am and work in their kitchens until 8:30PM with lots of church and Bible study. No tight clothes or makeup. No music. If anyone was offended by you they could report you and you would be counciled on how you were leading the men astray with your ungodly body. One time I came back to find she had moved me into my sisters room and had painted all over the pictures I had painted on my walls because they were ungodly. I tried to kill myself. Several times. No one wanted me. I asked for therapy because I knew there was something wrong with me but my mom only sent me to pastors who told me it was my job to submit to my parents. When I was 18 I moved back with my dad. Why? Because I wanted to die and I wanted some closure first. He denied everything. But then spent the whole year I was with him calling me a stupid bitch. A whore. A slut. I worked two jobs because he called me lazy, he took all my money because I owed him. He and my step mom drugged tested me because I couldn't be trusted. When I went out he would follow me and call me all the time. His friends would steal my underwear and he would laugh. He would make my little step sister and her friends show him their breasts. He would make my step sister beat me until I hit her back because I needed to toughen up. Eventually they kicked me out, I was homeless a bit. Ended up in some abusive relationships. Got pregnant. My mom called me and said she wanted to help me, and I thought that meant she was going to love me and was changing. But when I came back it was the same stuff. When I wanted to get on birth control I was a whore because it meant I was killing a baby every time I had sex and cheating on my future husband. My grandmother said that since I got a tattoo no good man would love me. So I moved into my own apartment with my daughter. I couldn't afford enough food, my family refused to help me with groceries or rent or bills or babysitting. Because I was living a sinful lifestyle. I received groceries once and that was because it was winter time and my daughter had gotten pneumonia and I had no food or money for her medicine. Praise God for the Doctor at the time, I was crying explaining that I couldn't buy the tylenol needed for her fever because I had no money so the doctor wrote a prescription for everything. My car was repossessed. I washed my clothes in my bathtub. But with my baby girl I was happier then I'd ever been. I had someone to love and new standards to set for us both. No more toxic people. I still wanted my mom to love me though. She stopped letting my little brothers and sisters come see me because I was living a sinful lifestyle but said when they turned 18 they could come over. That broke my heart. I met a good man. He started helping me with groceries, bills, he held me through every panic attack and nightmare. He was gentle and kind to my daughter. He suggested therapy. I was against it honestly, and it wasn't a good experience the first few months. But its been 4 years with him and 2 years of therapy, I'm on meds now and life is like heaven. I dont have as many nightmares, I eat more, I've stopped trying to make my mom love me and accept me. I'm about 70 lbs heavier but he loves me. And I've learned to love myself. He bought my daughter and I my dream house, and my youngest brother lives with me now because I want to help all of my siblings I can. They all are badly lacking in education and my 16 year old sister reads and writes like a 8 year old. But they have me, and I have my man and daughter and therapist who has adopted me unofficially. I am supposed to tell myself that I am good, that I deserve good things. I am working on that. I don't like to be around people. But I'm trying to change that. I know trauma is hereditary and I want my little girl to have a life that I always wanted as a child. With no lack of love or acceptance. I know this is long. But if it helps anyone it's worth it. If you are stuck there now, it won't be forever. As long as you don't give up and give in to what the negativity tells you. We are all worthy. And yes I have bad days, some days life feels too exhausting. But I have a good support system and it never lasts forever. 🌻 please don't give up, and if you need a virtual hug I'm here 🌻
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2020.08.16 16:15 oh-oh-livinonaprayer Helpful guide on Christian designations, denominations, and categorizations (Fundie vs. Fundie-lite vs. Conservative vs. Progressive vs. Liberal)

A few disclaimers:
  1. While this post has been mod-approved, it is NOT meant to be authoritatively true NOR is it reflective of all members or mods of this sub.
  2. These categories are the opinion of the author (not a mod) and the author alone
  3. Each person has their individual faith background, and may not fall completely into any category perfectly. This is a spectrum, not boxes.
Where this information comes from: my personal knowledge and studies from within fundamentalism:
FUNDIE:
FUNDIE-LITE:
Mainline Protestant Christian:
Conservative Christian:
Progressive Christian:
Liberal Christian:
Outliers & Not-Covereds:
Note from u/sassiestpants: "Catholics are Christian, and identify themselves as the 'original' Christians. Catholic leadership traces itself back to Peter the Apostle. Almost all non-Roman Catholic Christian denominations were originally derived from Roman Catholicism."
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2020.08.16 16:14 oh-oh-livinonaprayer {REPOSTING DUE TO EDITS & FEEDBACK} Helpful guide on Christian designations, denominations, and categorizations (Fundie vs. Fundie-lite vs. Conservative vs. Progressive vs. Liberal)

A few disclaimers:
  1. While this post has been mod-approved, it is NOT meant to be authoritatively true NOR is it reflective of all members or mods of this sub.
  2. These categories are the opinion of the author (not a mod) and the author alone
  3. Each person has their individual faith background, and may not fall completely into any category perfectly. This is a spectrum, not boxes.
Where this information comes from my personal knowledge and studies from within fundamentalism:
FUNDIE:
FUNDIE-LITE:
Mainline Protestant Christian:
Conservative Christian:
Progressive Christian:
Liberal Christian:
Outliers & Not-Covereds:
Edit: Note from u/sassiestpants:
"Catholics are Christian, and identify themselves as the 'original' Christians. Catholic leadership traces itself back to Peter the Apostle. Almost all non-Roman Catholic Christian denominations were originally derived from Roman Catholicism."
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2020.08.13 20:37 TheDemonUnderThaBed M h m-2.0

  1. Introducing SCP-682 to SCP-002 "just to see what will happen" is NOT recommended. Don't even think about.
    1. I SAID STOP THINKING ABOUT IT!
  2. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to interview new personnel.
    1. Even Especially not if they ask for him.
  3. Dr. Bright is not Kenny. We also ask new researchers (and Bright) to stop referring to him/self as such.
  4. Dr. Bright is not allowed to play "SCP Roulette" with SCP-173, a light switch and any combination of D-class and new personnel.
  5. Dr. Bright is not to ask SCP-738, "What would you want in exchange for not making this deal with me?"
  6. Dr. Bright works for the SCP Foundation, not the Terminus Foundation. He does not possess a degree in psychohistory.
    1. And no Group of Interest is the "Second Foundation"
  7. The fact that SCP-682 regenerates all lost tissue does not make it an "infinite hamburgers machine".
    1. Most especially because they tasted horrible.
  8. Dr Bright is not allowed to use SCP-127 to place projectiles under his pillow for the "Tooth Fairy" to give him money.
  9. Dr Bright is not allowed to use SCP-252-ARC on Fred Phelps any member of the Phelps family any person or organization affiliated with Westboro Baptist Church.
    1. Dr Bright is not allowed to attempt to "sic the Horizon Initiative" on the above religious organization.
    2. Dr Bright may not request a pool of D-Class recruited solely from members of the above religious organization.
  10. The Manna Charitable Foundation does not host an annual Labor Day Telethon, and Dr. Bright is not allowed to offer the services of Foundation employees as performers or phone bank operators for such.
  11. Dr Bright is not allowed access to Popular Science Magazine. That How 2.0 section is way too dangerous for Bright to see now that they've shown how to create cyborg cockroaches.
  12. Dr. Bright is not allowed to "go on crusade".
    1. Or on "jihad".
    2. Dr. Bright is not permitted to issue fatwas against anyone or anything.
  13. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to declare "After ten thousand years I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!" upon assuming a new host.
  14. All Foundation personnel are now required to attend a seminar on the difference between an original idea and a good idea before being allowed new or continuing contact with Dr. Bright, Dr. Clef, or Dr. Kondraki.
  15. Dr. Bright does not have ten tons of gold hidden somewhere at Site 19.
  16. SCP-963 is not to be given away as a "good luck charm".
  17. Dr. Bright is not a wizard, no matter what he might tell you.
    1. He is not an alchemist either, and is not to be consulted regarding alchemical issues.
    2. Or a witch.
    3. Dr. Bright is not magic and cannot perform magic, and must give sufficient explanation for any actions he undertakes.
  18. Dr. Bright is not, nor has he ever been, the "Undisputed SCP Intercontinental Champion".
  19. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to run through Site 19 any site while screaming "THE KETER IS LOOSE" unless it's an actual emergency.
    1. Claiming it's for research on the effects of social engineering is not an emergency.
    2. Nor is using it to clear out the areas Dr. Bright is otherwise restricted from entering due to reasons given on this list.
    3. Dr. Bright may not start referring to any persons or SCPs as "The Keter" in order to circumvent these rules, unless they are actually classified as Keter.
  20. Dr. Bright is not allowed to perform any tests or experiments utilizing the reproductive organs of any dead or living being, including himself.
  21. Dr Bright may not tell D-Class Personnel newly recruited staff anyone that SCP-920 will ''show them to their quarters''. Again. We are still looking for 12 D-class Personnel who have disappeared in the Pyrenees.
  22. Dr. Bright may never attempt to ingest SCP-184 "to win a pie eating contest", nor any other kind of eating or drinking contest.
  23. After what happened last month, Dr. Bright is not allowed to watch Firefly ever again. I think most of the people involved (that are still alive) are still in the psychiatric ward.
    1. Dr. Bright is not a Brown Coat, and we CAN stop the signal.
    2. Dr Bright IS a leaf on the wind, watch him so- Still too soon? Okay.
  24. Dr. Bright is not allowed to come within 5 meters of any explosive device or detonation device. Remember what happened at Area-█.
    1. Not even if Dr. Iceberg asks nicely
    2. Trying to "Blow Up 682" is not a valid excuse.
  25. Attempting to make "shadow puppets" with SCP-017 is forbidden.
    1. Trying to entertain SCP-053 is not a valid excuse.
  26. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to stand in a corner and twiddle his thumbs.
  27. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to use the words "swag" , "swag it", "swagginator", "swaggify", or "super swag" to define himself or any other person(s).
  28. 'YOLO' is not an excuse for anything. Most especially because it does not apply to him.
    1. Neither is 'Why not?'.
  29. Dr. Bright is not allowed to order D-class personnel convince new personnel any personnel ask anybody ever to play a game of patty-cake with SCP-049.
  30. Dr. Bright is not allowed to ask Mr. Deeds to do any of the things on this list.
  31. Dr. Bright is not allowed to bring chocolate into a restroom Dr. Bright is not allowed to bring food into a restroom.
  32. Dr. Bright is not allowed to speak in a voice resembling a movie character.
    1. Dr. Bright is not allowed to reenact any movie. Even G-rated ones? Even G-rated ones.
  33. Dr. Bright is not allowed to learn cheerleader routines dress like a cheerleader do ANYTHING relating to the sport of cheerleading.
  34. SCP-957 is NOT a prerequisite to becoming possessed by Dr. Bright
  35. Dr. Bright is not allowed access to SCP-1197 for the purpose of corroborating with himself.
    1. Dr. Bright is not allowed access to SCP-1197 for the purpose of propositioning himself.
  36. As of 9/26/20██, Dr. Bright is not allowed access to any hotel for any reason. Site-██ budget does not allow for extra clean-up fees, especially not as a result of Dr. Bright's actions.
  37. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to say "Everything the Bright touches is our kingdom"
  38. Dr. Bright may not attempt to digitally enhance any of the original Star Wars movies.
  39. Dr. Bright is not allowed to advertise himself on online dating services.
  40. Dr. Bright is not allowed to use this list as a to-do list.
  41. Dr. Bright is not L. Ron Hubbard incarnate, and is not allowed to tell personnel otherwise.
  42. Dr. Bright is not Sherlock Holmes and is not allowed to say what he thinks a person's appearance means about them to any reality bending SCP.
    1. Dr. Bright is not allowed to cause a containment breach of any kind just so he can have a "case."
    2. Neither is he allowed to convince anyone to be Watson.
  43. Dr. Bright may not urge bereaved staff members to "look at the Bright side".
    1. Nor is he allowed to refer to any name-related puns as "[his] Bright ideas".
    2. Dr. Bright is not allowed to refer to any SCPs, Foundation resources, or personnel as his "fancy dancing pants".
  44. Dr. Bright is not allowed to use SCP-1994-J with Dr. Kain. Hours of actual productive research are as of yet to be recovered.
  45. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to play chicken with members of any department.
  46. Dr. Bright is not allowed to order 'the works' from the cafeteria.
    1. Dr. Bright is also not allowed to put anything on his 'tab.'
  47. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to commit "Seppuku."
    1. Even if he has an audience.
    2. Especially a captive one.
  48. Dr. Bright is not in possession of any of the following: A bright-mobile, brighterangs, a bright-claw, a bright-suit, or a baseball-bright.
    1. Dr. Bright is not allowed to yell "To the brightcave!".
  49. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to sing "Silent Night" following the "All is Bright" incident
  50. Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to commission, produce, advertise, or display animated videos to containment staff anyone with the subject, "What Happens When You Fuck Up Containing SCP (insert SCP here)"
    1. NO, it is NOT educational, Bright. Not the way you show it.
  51. Dr. Bright is not allowed funding to replicate the experiments of Doctor Krieger from Archer.
  52. Dr. Bright is not allowed to try to convince personnel to replicate "his famous high dive into SCP-120."
    1. He is not allowed to talk about his "famous high dive into SCP-120."
  53. Dr. Bright is not to be referred to as "Rainbow Bright".
  54. Dr. Bright is not allowed access to infants for the purpose of becoming "the Baby New Year".
  55. Dr. Bright is not allowed to create a "The Things Dr Bright Is Allowed To Do At The Foundation" list by listing everything that isn't on this list. Just because it isn't on this list doesn't mean you should do it.
    1. He may however request for one to be created.
    2. He may not, however, suggest what should be on said list.
  56. Dr. Bright is not to attempt to neutralize SCP-1013 just because he "can do Fluttershy's stare."
  57. Dr. Bright must not create an infinite logical loop to less feeble minded individuals.
  58. There is no such department known as "The Bright Ideas Department." Furthermore, if such a department did exist, Dr. Bright would not be in the employ of this department.
  59. Dr. Bright is not allowed to throw himself through a window "to prove that the glass is unbreakable." for any reason whatsoever.
  60. Dr. Bright is not allowed to convince D-Class anybody to cough in front of SCP-049
  61. Dr. Bright is not allowed to use any green dyes for the purpose of "being creative".
  62. "Because reasons" will no longer be accepted as a viable excuse for removing ANY SCP from containment.
  63. Dr. Bright may not refer to anyone as a "peasant."
  64. Dr. Bright is not allowed to attempt to convince D-Class new personnel ANYONE that shouting "Bing bong, bring it on!" while ringing SCP-513 will negate its effect.
  65. Dr. Bright is not allowed to arrange gladiatorial arena combat between D-class, even ESPECIALLY if any SCPs are used as weapons.
  66. SCP-173 does not "just want a hug" and Dr. Bright may not attempt to convince anyone otherwise.
  67. "Because there's an alternate universe me who wouldn't do it" is no longer a valid reason for violating containment procedures.
  68. Dr. Bright is not allowed to attack instances of SCP-217 claiming that "the Borg have attacked".
  69. Dr. Bright is not allowed access to visual or audio recordings of the dance craze dubbed the "Harlem Shake" anything deemed "viral".
  70. Dr. Bright is not allowed to start any drag races between D-classes in cars and SCP-096.
  71. Dr. Bright is not allowed to yell out "Immigration!" near any foreign personnel.
  72. Dr. Bright is not allowed to reenact any scene from "Pulp Fiction".
  73. Doctor Bright is not allowed to convince new personnel ANYONE to "have a friendly staring contest with SCP-096."
  74. Dr. Bright is not allowed to open SCP-1025 on random pages in front of anyone.
  75. Dr. Bright is not allowed to dare anyone to finish SCP-1997.
  76. Dr. Bright is not allowed to send a Slinky down SCP-087.
  77. Dr. Bright is not an instance of SCP-1000, and is not allowed to claim otherwise.
    1. Especially not when using the body of a primate.
  78. Dr. Bright is not allowed to use SCP-884 for shaving purposes.
    1. Nor any other personal care purpose.
    2. Nor for any non-approved purpose whatsoever.
    3. Especially not for the purpose of making people doubt that he's not allowed to use it.
  79. Dr. Bright is not allowed to claim that Researcher Zyn Kiryu is the new "Master of Butterflies" due to her extensive work on butterfly-related SCP items.
    1. "King of the Booterflies" is not an inheritable title. No, not even if Kondraki really is dead, which, if true, Dr. Bright isn't cleared to know.
    2. Researcher Zyn Kiryu is also not to be referred to by Dr. Bright as "Queen of the Butterflies", "Mistress of the Butterflies", "Supreme Princess of the Butterflies", "Great Shepherd of the Butterflies", "Second Cousin of the Butterflies", or "Major Associate of the Butterflies," or any other grandiose title referring to butterflies.
  80. Dr. Bright is not allowed to tell new Foundation recruits fictional horror stories involving his family.
  81. Dr. Bright is not allowed to tell new Foundation recruits factual horror stories involving his family.
  82. He is definitely not allowed to edit the list just to mess with people on Tumblr.
  83. We do not talk about Bottle Dick.
    1. Especially not over the site intercom/loud speakemega phone/group chat/email, or any other device intended to speak to large numbers of people at the same time.
  84. We really mean it about editing the List to mess with people on Tumblr.
  85. Dr. Bright is not allowed to transfer his consciousness into a YouTuber in order to make serious videos about himself or his family.
    1. ESPECIALLY if it's all true.
  86. Okay, who thought it was a good idea to let him have a tiktok account to read off all of these? u/capnduckman on TikTok.
  87. Dr. Bright is not Hades, nor any other greek god.
    1. I don't care of it's Hercucles version or Lore Olympus, wash off the blue body paint, NOW.
    2. And please stop trying to set your hair on fire.
  88. There are NO plans to shut down any site to prevent Corvid-19 infection
    1. That being said, if certain staffers do not start WASHING THEIR GODAMN HANDS after using the bathroom, Dr. Bright has full permission to be himself at them. I'm looking at you Magnus.
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2020.08.06 23:24 ManonFire63 What is a Seer?

I have been dwelling on God's Law towards gaining in understanding of God and The Spiritual. I have been posting somethings over on /theology the past three years, and I haven't been satisfied. I suppose I gained in some understanding of some complex spiritual things, and would like some feedback from learned men.
What is a Seer?
Given The Bible, and we are looking to apply and wield The Bible through The Spirit of God to its fullest, what is a Seer? What do I mean by applying and wielding The Bible? Someone doesn't have a doctrine or ideology or false belief or perception they are working to fit the Bible into, they are "doing" and meek before God seeking understanding, and making associations that work. Doing this, and seeking to answer this question, may be uncomfortable. It may hurt. The Truth hurts. Knowledge brings sorrow. Ignorance is bliss?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8)
Given someone was a Seer, they may be able to see what has been happening in the darkness. He may have some knowledge about what happens behind closed doors. He may have been aware of Satan. He may have been engaging in Spiritual Warfare. He may have been aware of many uncomfortable things that some people would rather have had hidden. God is scary. Being aware of God may bring a fear of God, and some people may have been working against God, and working to hide away God. To more clearly understand what the spiritual is, how it works, and what was going on behind closed doors, someone may end up hated for a time. Christians are to bring people into the truth gently. At times, like an Apocalypse or an opening of the eyes, it may come suddenly in the right context, by the right person, as shepherded by God. Given someone was a Theologian, and had a career being wrong due to ideologies or certain doctrines, and being ego invested in his work, an understanding of The Spiritual and God and the Bible, may hurt. I understand.
Song: "Dangerous."
The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired person a maniac. (Hosea 9:7)
Why?
Given someone was fulfilling or appeared to fit into the profile given in Hosea 9:7, he may have been a seer, with God's Fatherly love. He may have been given vision into what happens in The Darkness, and was aware of sins and wrong doings. (Not specifically claiming Hosea 9:7, but working towards understanding.)
At this point, someone may be curious the theological and denominational background and grounding of The Author.
Given I was going to walk someone through what I believe may have been most important towards growing in Faith in a similar way as I did, I may offer Conceptual_Biblestudy. I have tried to stay out of major doctrinal issues between Catholics and Protestants towards other people also growing in Faith, having a relationship with God, and through the Spirit of God, also, working to build The Kingdom of God.
Illusions and False Perceptions
One way of seeking understanding of what a Seer is may be working to understand some of the barriers that have kept a regular Christian from being one. Have you have heard someone say "Masturbation will make you go blind?" Spiritual blindness or blindness to God. Young man around age 12-13 was out playing with his friends, and one of his buddies had a playboy, and he starts lusting. He starts looking and thinking about women wrong. His friends have stories about exploits with the "Girls next door" in sin?? That was perceived as cool where someone receives attention and accolades from his friends? That is playing on the ego. Someone may have ended up a "self-centered seeker of pleasure." He became a blind man. How was a man blind? God is love. God's love is fatherly. Someone looking at a woman in lust, wanting to use her outside of marriage, he was blind to God's Fatherly love.
After reading that, a man who went to public school may need to sit back and reflect. Has he been in competition with other men in terms of dating or relationships? Even if he was married, and he had been in a competition, he may have had a wondering eye. That wondering eye may have had to do with false perceptions and his ego. A lot of that may have been in his subconscious. He didn't think about it a lot, but various perceptions and his ego compelled him forwards, and he was in sin. Moving forward, he may need to drop his ego, not care, be happy with what he has, and seek God's will and plan.
Looking at this from a different angle, man meets pretty girl. He likes the idea of her. He creates some sort of image in his head of who he would like her to be. He was not interested in her, who she was, what she had done. He was interested in the fantasy image of her. He may have been a blind man who had illusions. These illusions gave him a false perspective. Given she tried to tell him certain things about who she was, and her past, or give him hints about it, it was in one ear or out the other or just didn't compute?
The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true." (John 4:18)
No false beliefs. No illusions. Jesus looked at someone, and conversed. Jesus was intuitive and perceived through his Spirit.
Song: I like the Idea of You.
Someone who was experiencing God, being taught by God's Holy Spirit, who saw into the dark, may have seen a lot of ugly hard to deal with things. Was someone's mom or grandma in sin, doing the wrong things? He may have become aware of that through the Spirit of God. Did someone's parents lie to them a lot? They may have become aware of the Truth. Having Truth, he may have ended up in conflict with his family? Given a lot of people suddenly had vision into the dark, as Shepherded by The Lord Jesus Christ, there may be a fulfillment of Matthew 10:34-37?
An understanding of what a Seer is, may bring a lot of understanding to The Bible that someone didn't have previously.
How may someone potentially develop this through the Spirit of God? I don't 100% know. I have not walked anyone else through it in person. I have mostly been in an online ministry offering hard to deal with truths in ways people choose. That is, they chose to read it. They didn't have to. Given I was to highlight what I have seen or been shown as important towards growing more in Faith:
They start with a good foundation.
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