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Today's Conspiracy Theory!! 2030!!

2020.09.29 20:29 BlancheFromage Today's Conspiracy Theory!! 2030!!

So you know how the next "significant" milestone the SGI has to look forward to is May 3, 2030.
May 3 - because Toda and Ikeda
2030 - because of Ikeda's deciding when the Soka Gakkai's forerunner organization, Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, an educators' group formed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, was founded in order to make his "Seven Bells" numbers end on the right year (1979). The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai held its initial meeting in 1937 so shouldn't that be the founding date?
So "2030" is a meaningless, manufactured "anniversary" to get the culty sheeple ginned up toward. What are their assigned goals going to be? My guesses:
Anything else?
Oh, wait - almost forgot about the Conspiracy Theory! There's one for the year 2030 - not lying!
Where's it coming from? Another ultraconservative, fascist secret society. The infamous and notorious Club of Rome that Ikeda bought his way into.
Here's your background:
Ikeda is an honorary member of the Club of Rome, right from their website The founding of the Club of Rome by Rockefeller in Bellagio, Italy Some more unraveling of the Club of Rome - take a look at the line up The Club of Rome has indicated that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as "useless eaters." The War Against Population - NSA and Club of Rome Yes, we live in a dirty world with the dirty elites running it - more on The Club of Rome
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome held Oct. 17–18, 2018, read at the annual general assembly on October 16, 2018.
This year marks the 110th birth anniversary of Dr. [Aurelio] Peccei, the Club’s co-founder. The memory of our encounters is indelibly etched in my heart and mind. Like a warm and trusting father, he shared with me—frankly and passionately—his most deeply held beliefs and insights. The impression that he made, and my sense of gratitude, will remain with me always.
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I would like to close this message of felicitation voicing my vow to continue to support the work of the Club of Rome by working with the world’s youth based on a sense of shared responsibility for the human future. - Message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome
Before It Is Too Late (hardcover) by Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda..........Price: $32.50 M/O#: 1104
Aurelio Peccei is the late Westernewartime resistance fighter, industrialist, and founder of the first think tanks to severely assess humanity's chances for survival. SGI President Ikeda and Mr. Peccei present their views alternately as individual statements and dialogues on the complex web of natural and human-made problems threatening the habitability of the planet Earth. Source
When I was a member I read "Before Its Too Late," written by both Ikeda and Aurelio Peccei, founder and first president of Club of Rome. I used to think the CoR was a great organization because Ikeda was in it and praised it! That's what goes on in members' minds, if the SGI or Ikeda is associated with something, it must be good, instead of investigating a person or organization based on its own merits.
What is unfortunate about SGI members is their lack critical thinking, as I lacked. Over the years being away from SGI I have made conscious efforts to apply logic to any situation, ask questions: who, what, where, when, and why. Those under mind control (as I was) do not ask these questions -- blind faith, denial, even where there is evidence that proves otherwise. When I discovered what a rotten organization the CoR is, I was horrified to think I indirectly supported it because of my involvement with the SGI.
The hypocrisy of Ikeda and the SGI is stunning -- they use the good principles of Buddhism for evil purpose. What happened to the "sanctity of life"? How does that fit in with the belief depopulation is good for the planet? We know the SGI is a cult, but I question: is the SGI a death cult? Or perhaps all cults are death cults? Just look to the cults of Jim Jones and Heavens Gate, for example; the members involved in those cults ended up dead.
You hit the target that mind-control blinds all of them. So true. Source
Now here's Club of Rome's position - the sanitized version:
Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic report The Limits to Growth. An update of the analysis sees much the same picture.
On the eve of one of the twentieth century’s most notable economic shocks — the 1973 oil crisis — an influential group of researchers released a now-iconic report entitled The Limits to Growth.
The work, which received wide attention and proved controversial, painted a bleak picture of humanity’s future. Left unchecked, it said, economic and population growth would deplete the planet’s resources and cause economic collapse around 2070.
More than four decades later, the report’s main conclusions are still valid, according to a group of independent researchers who have updated the work using more-sophisticated analytical tools. Like the 1972 report, the latest work was commissioned by the Club of Rome, a group of liberal scientists, economists and industrialists that was founded in 1968.
Whoever's paying gets to dictate the conclusion.
The update, released on 17 October in Rome for the club’s 50th anniversary, makes for a sobering read. Although its conclusions are not quite as drastic as those of the original report, it says that humanity finds itself in something of a catch-22.
Business-as-usual or accelerated economic growth will mean that the world will not be able to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) — a suite of social, environmental and prosperity targets for 2030 — the authors conclude. And even if governments were to substantially strengthen what the authors call “conventional” policies to meet social goals such as the eradication of poverty and hunger, and achieving quality education for all, they would be in danger of missing environmental goals.
“It is quite disturbing to see that we’re still facing the same dilemma the Club of Rome described almost 50 years ago,” says Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at the University of Leeds, UK.
Conventional policies won’t do
"Everybody's just gotta CHANT!"
The original report was a quantitative analysis based on a computer model that calculated likely future outcomes for the world’s economy. Criticism focused mainly on the authors’ assumptions about how long natural resources would last.
Some economists called the book’s pessimistic conclusions “irresponsible nonsense
Did someone say "SGI"??
while others criticized the validity of the model — World3, a dynamic economic model developed by US economist Dennis Meadow, co-author of the book — that the authors had used to predict energy consumption, pollution and population growth.
The latest version of the report was compiled by researchers with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. They used an Earth-system model that combines socio-economic and biophysical variables, alongside a wealth of historical and new socio-economic data, to draw up their conclusions.
This model’s elements interact with the passage of time, and it is much more robust than World3, says Steinberger.
The researchers found that the world is currently on track to meet only 10 of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Efforts to satisfy social SDGs with conventional policy tools will come at the price of unsustainable or wasteful use of natural resources such as water, land and energy. Hence, environmental goals, including stabilizing climate, reducing pollution and maintaining biodiversity, could fall by the wayside, they say.
To prevent human civilization from more environmental damage than it might be able to endure, the authors call on world leaders to consider policies that they deem unconventional.
Novel: Scientists FORCED to chant NMRK...FOR SCIENCE!!! Or "Why faith-based books should be BANNED!"
Only more extreme economic and behavioural changes will allow the world to achieve all 17 SDGs together, the authors say.
These policies might include rapid phase-out of fossil fuels , greater use of family planning to stabilize populations, and actively encouraging the reduction of wealth inequality so that the richest 10% of people take no more than 40% or so of income.
The report is a vindication of the Club of Rome’s initial world view and a welcome alternative to mainstream economics’ focus on growth and equilibrium, says Steinberger.
“Most of The Limits to Growth’s original conclusions still hold true,” said Johan Rockström, a sustainability researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a co-author of the report, at its release. “This is scientifically satisfactory, but for societies it’s not.”
Club of Rome has a skeptical take on the future
Forty years ago, the Club of Rome released "The limits of growth." Now, it has released another look into the future. But how accurate are such predictions?
This points to an old dilemma: Is a prognosis a neutral scientific statement or is it a call to action? Ossip Flechtheim, one of the fathers of modern future studies already in the 1950s described his field as a synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science.
"A synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science"?? How better to describe Ikeda's "grand vision"??
What do they want to do? Depopulate the world!
What's SGI's vision of its utopia? When 1/3 of the population is converted. That number will do nicely as a target population for the whole world! The rest can just be erased!
Where does THIS fit into the Club of Rome 2030 conspiracy theory? For such an important question, we of course must consult the ConspiracyWiki!
In the August, 1980 edition of Fusion magazine, Howard Odum, a marine biologist at the University of Florida, who was a member of the Club of Rome, was quoted, saying: “It’s necessary that the U.S. cut its population by 2/3 within the next 50 years.” He did not mention how this should be accomplished. Source
"Within the next 50 years" - given a start date of 1980, what's the end date? 2030!
And if the US cuts its population by 2/3, what's left? 1/3!
Throughout the world, the Club of Rome has said that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as “useless eaters.“
Oh dear!
U.S. Association of the Club of Rome
In 1976, the U.S. Association of the Club of Rome (USACOR) was created, its purpose is to shut down the U.S. economy gradually. Henry Kissinger was then, and still is, an high ranked member in the service of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, a member of the Club of Rome and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kissinger met with Ikeda, you know O_O. In 1975 - well after the Club of Rome had been created. The US Association of the Club of Rome did not emerge fully formed from Zeus' forehead as Athena, Goddess of War, supposedly did; by 1975, everybody involved was fully informed about what was going on.
Backtracking a bit:
The Club of Rome was created in 1968 by the Morgenthau Group, its original purpose was to create a New World Order by the year 2000.
Welp, missed that target!
The Club of Rome has an hidden agenda to divide the entire world into ten regions or kingdoms.
This gets interesting - bear with me. Here's the map. Notice something peculiar? JAPAN, which is all of about 10 square miles and 100 million people out of the world's >7 billion, gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! Not even the world power USA gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! So what's up with Japan's obviously "special" status?
Here's the list of the "Ten Kingdoms":
Imagine, the all-powerful USA having to share a "kingdom" with Canada and Mexico!. Notice how the "Kingdom" of "Western Europe" pretty much fits the outlines of the EU.
Can't talk about the European Union without talking about Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi:
Ikeda not only linked to Club of Rome, but met up with and praised the starter of the EU, Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi
We've been talking about Kalergi a bit - notice that he's got his OWN conspiracy theory, the Kalergi Plan aka "the Coudenhove-Kalergi Conspiracy" - far right, anti-semitic, white nationalist, etc. It's the kind of ethnically-superior, nationalistic rhetoric Ikeda would definitely get behind.
Richard von Coudenhove-Kalerghad his own idea for how the world's nations should be grouped - into five "superstates" (map from the 1920s). It pretty much keeps the British Empire intact; lumps Mexico, Central America, and South America in with the USA; sticks Japan in with China (serves them right); keeps the borders of the Soviet Union; and divvies up Africa among the continental Western European colonial powers (France, Belgium, Portugal, Amsterdam, whoever else), which are all lumped together. Can't we all just get along??
Coudenhove-Kalergi cuts quite an intriguing figure. Not only is he the one who proposed Beethoven's Ode to Joy as Europe's anthem, he also served as inspiration for Victor Laszlo, the fictional resistance hero in Casablanca. Source
Et tu, "Dr. Beethoven"??
Kalergi's mother came from a wealthy Japanese family, you know.
In 1922, Coudenhove-Kalergi co-founded the Pan-European Union, together with Austrian Archduke Otto von Habsburg. A year later, he published the manifesto Pan-Europa, and in 1924 he founded an eponymous journal, which ran until 1938. In 1926, the first Congress of the Pan-European Union elected Coudenhove-Kalergi as its president, which he would remain until his death.
Notice how, as soon as he seized the presidency of the Soka Gakkai, Ikeda changed all the rules to make himself dictator for life as well. Perhaps Toda wasn't Ikeda's most influential role model...
Ikeda intended to take over Japan, elevate Japan to World Power status alongside the USA and the Soviet Union, export his own minions throughout the world and use them to take over entire countries on a grassroots basis. BOY that didn't work O_O
"Some day 20 or 30 per cent of the people in the United States will become members of Nichirens Shoshu and disciples of President Ikeda." World Tribune
I'll take the world. Japan is too small. The world is waiting for me. Firmly protect the future of Japan for me! Ikeda
"...while I daydream plot scheme make plans to rule the werld! Muahahahahahahaha!!
And the best way to take over the world would be to take ovecolonialize the world's top superpower, the United States! I've described how (and why) this was such an Ikeda kind of goal here. He'd install his firstborn son Hiromasa as viceroy President of the United States (see "remaking the rules", above), which was the consolation prize for the firstborn being passed over for Daddy's inheritance rights - those were to go to the second son who resembled Daddy more strongly (again here). Hurts to be the ugly sister... Source
Just an aside - a company in Rome (since we're on the subject) claims to be on the forefront of human cloning...
So NOW - finally - on to the rest of the "1/3 of the world's population" bit.
Under the “business as usual scenario,” world society proceeds in a traditional manner without major deviation from the policies pursued during most of the 20th century. In this scenario, society proceeds as long as possible without major policy change. Population rises to more than seven billion by 2030.
And humanity gets an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2011 performance review!
But a few decades into the 21st century, growth of the economy stops and reverses abruptly.
Hmmm...how could anyone cause that to happen?? O_o
blah blah industrial decline, which forces declines in the service and agricultural sectors. About the year 2030, population peaks and begins to decrease as the death rate is driven upward by lack of food and health services.
Today we review a study from Australia that compares the business as usual scenario to 2100 presented by the Club of Rome in its Limits to Growth book to the observed trends in population, resource depletion and pollution for the last 40 years.Results indicate a very close match and leads to a fear that the collapse that was indicated in the BAU scenario around 2030 may still take place, given the reluctance of many of the world’s largest resource consumers and polluters (China, USA, Russia, Brazil, Canada, etc) to replace carbon fuel with alternative fuels. Added to that is the very real concern that the transition to renewable energy, along with decreased population rates recommended by the Club of Rome may not be possible before the impending collapse.
I'm afraid that there are too many very rich and powerful people who have way too much invested in fossil fuels and the status quo to embrace and promote a change to renewable energy.
“As pollution mounts and industrial input into agriculture falls, food production per capita falls. Health and education services are cut back, and that combines to bring about a rise in the death rate from about 2020. Global population begins to fall from about 2030, by about half a billion people per decade. Living conditions fall to levels similar to the early 1900s.” Source
The population of the US will likely peak at about 300 million by 2030, before declining (UN 1998 Revision).
And the US population earns an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2006%20%2D%2D%20The%20United%20States,the%20U.S.%20Census%20Bureau%20estimates.) performance review!
And no shortage of related crazy!
It appears that this plan has been green-lighted by the elite, as recent MIT research validates the conclusions drawn by Limits to Growth at this crucial time when we see the world economy imploding, and a jack-booted green police ready to hit the streets. According to MIT, we are headed toward a guaranteed planet-wide economic collapse and "precipitous population decline" if we do not heed the words of The Club of Rome. Source
The sky is always falling - somewhere...
This worldview was encapsulated in a follow-up book to Limits to Growth, called The First Global Revolution, which 21 years later laments and chastises the failure of wider humanity to aggressively implement the Club's previous suggestions, while openly touting manipulation as a way toward global unity.
There are many key passages in this book that give a clear indication of the mindset leading us through the present into the future, but a particularly striking section comes when they discuss the "limits of democracy:"
Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything, and is unaware of its own limits.
In its present form democracy is not well suited for the tasks ahead.
We overlook (psychologically speaking, we deny) our ignorance and say we lack the political will. The crucial need is to revitalize democracy and give it a breadth of perspective that will enable it to cope with the evolving global situation. In other words, is this new world we find ourselves in governable? The answer is probably not with the existing structures and attitudes. Source
Notice how neatly these points line up with Ikeda's disdain for democracy?
"When democracy is put into practice by the unthinking masses, liberty will be misinterpreted as license; rights will be claimed while duties remain unfulfilled; and the loss of order will allow evil to become rampant." - Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda, page 176
Rather than having a great number of irresponsible men gather and noisily criticize, there are times when a single leader who thinks about the people from his heart, taking responsibility and acting decisively, saves the nation from danger and brings happiness to the people. Moreover, if the leader is trusted and supported by all the people, one may call this an excellent democracy. - Ikeda, quoted in The Sokagakkai and the Mass Model, p. 238.
Don't like democracy? Just make up some other governing structure and call that "democracy"! Or maybe "Buddhist democracy"!
But within Ikeda's worldview, the 1/3 of the world population that will consist of his followers will be the ones calling all the shots, running the whole show - the only ones who count:
Dear Leaders, We received a call from Sensei's secretariat informing that Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda are very concerned about the Chennai floods. Sensei has further asked that the following message be conveyed to the members in Chennai: "Please convey my heartfelt sympathy to the members in Chennai who are affected by the recent flood. Along with my wife, I am sending daimoku." With best regards, BSG Administration
Notice how Ikeda's sole concern is for his OWN cult faithful. Everybody else can go rot.
The purpose of shakubuku is actually to DOMINATE others - FOREVER! So they'll be your servants in future lifetimes! It's PURE SELFISHNESS!!
"ALL of us in the SGI are "old friends of life", "old friends across eternity", precious beyond measure and linked by bonds from the `beginningless' past. We have treasured this world of trust, friendship and fellowship. How sad and pitiful it is to betray and leave this beautiful realm! Those who abandon their faith travel on a course to tragic defeat in life. ... IN our organisation, there is no need to listen to the criticism of people who do not do gongyo and participate in activities for kosen-rufu. It is very foolish to be swayed at all by their words, which are nothing more then abuse, and do not deserve the slightest heed." - Daisaku Ikeda
"IGNORE everyone who isn't in OUR group."
SGI does NOT want dialogue
If you aren't going to talk with anyone outside of your group, what's the use of having them around at all?? It's YOUR fellow members who are going to be running everything, making all the important decisions, after all:
"If you stick with me, if you devote your life to following this teaching and helping to spread it, you'll experience things you never believed possible. Think of your friends, the ones who are giving you such a hard time about practicing. I bet you that ten years from now they'll be married, working at gas stations or in offices, raising a couple of kids, going to the movies on weekends. Stick with me, and in ten years you'll be the leader of five thousand people, perhaps ten thousand. In ten years you'll have abilities that will change the destiny of this planet. Ten years from now the organization will be unrecognizable, compared to what you see today. Right now we're in a phase of developing leaders for the future. Once that phase is completed, those leaders will be ready to take charge of important areas of society. We'll have senators, doctors, lawyers, and yes, writers, developed through the [SGI]. Of course I cant tell you exactly how long that will take; it won't be a sudden transformation, either. But within ten years, I think it's safe to say you won't see anything remotely resembling what you see today. ...you will be growing up into one of the leaders of this country." SGI leader from 1970
"When Kosenrufu is accomplished, (Kosenrufu is a Buddhist term. According to Ikeda's interpretation, it is a situation where most people have become faithful Soka Gakkai members), some of us will have gained influential positions in Japanese politics such as in the House of Councilors or the House of Representatives. They will usually have at least 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen in their wallet. They will wear nice clothes which will not be purchased in monthly installments but will be paid for in cash. Let's meet in the Diet Building or the Prince Hotel. We must place the Soka Gakkai members in all the key positions of Japanese government and society. Otherwise Kosenrufu will not be accomplished." - Ikeda, September 6th 1957, Seikyo Shimbun (SG's daily organ newspaper)
Clearly, "kosen-rufu" depends on seizing political power FIRST. THEN they can impose whatever they want on everybody else.
And notice how SGI intends to destroy all culture and replace it with SGI's OWN Ikeda-centered "culture".
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2020.09.28 13:42 RamGopalSingh Is it safe to do hair transplant in Mumbai

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2020.09.28 12:26 BlockDotCo Blockchain Use in Intellectual Property

Blockchain Use in Intellectual Property
Link to original article: https://block.co/blockchain-use-in-intellectual-property/
Patents, trademarks, and industrial designs, along with copyrights, are all types of intellectual property protections that help creators of written stories, inventions, artistic works, or symbols to stop people from stealing or copying their pieces of work. In this article, we will examine how blockchain is used in Intellectual Property rights.
Broadly speaking, Intellectual Properties (IP) are “unique, value-adding creations of the human intellect that result from human ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness.” (Kalanje, 2006).
By observing trends, we can identify a steady increase in the number of Intellectual Property applications worldwide. According to official statistics by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), applications worldwide of patents grew 72.3% over ten years, increasing to 3,326,300 from 2008 to 2018. Trademarks grew an astonishing 160% over the same period, to a record 14,321,800 number of applications, while industrial design applications were 1,312,600, growing by 61%. Every country has a specific authority where to apply for proper protection. However, it is becoming increasingly common that these jurisdictions will utilize blockchain technology to provide a smoother, faster, and cheaper application process and a system that ensures an incorruptible and secure timestamping through the hashing function.
How does it work?
Blockchain ‘trust’ is guaranteed by hashing algorithms, instead of third parties. Since, by default, hashes are unique and cannot be misinterpreted, nor two same hashes can be produced, it’s just easy to identify and match that hash with a unique document creating an unambiguous proof of existence. This way, a permanent ledger of data is created to prove the existence and the lifecycle of a specific IP right, enhancing its protection at a registry or in court.
Blockchain use in Intellectual Property potential is enormous, aiding in the evidence of creatorship and provenance authentication to registering and clearing IP rights; digital rights management; establishing and enforcing IP agreements, licenses, or exclusive distribution networks through smart contracts; and transmitting payments in real-time to IP owners.
In the case of patents, the real benefit of using blockchain lies in the immutable ledger of records with a tamper-proof code providing strong evidence of facts about an invention life-cycle. However, unlike copyrights, any new creation will still have to be patented with the proper authority or anyone else will be free to copy it or claim it without incurring any legal trouble.
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“Deploying blockchain technology within the patent system could reduce inefficiencies in recording and efficiently agreeing the time of registrations, perhaps across several national patent systems” (Boucher et al., 2017).
In the case of Copyrights, these do not need to be registered with a government authority, therefore blockchain can have a major role in ensuring that evidence can be provided of authorship, use, and status of a specific production. Particularly, in case of disputes in court, blockchain provides strong evidence to prove an inventor’s right on intellectual property, and protect legal rights on authorship. So, when including writing and literary or artistic works, creators get some type of protection automatically via blockchain, whereas with others, they have to apply for it.
Trademarks, on the other hand, are the IP protection type that can most benefit from blockchain because it can easily, quickly, and very cheaply prove how similar are two marks to each other and who can claim to have used it first, providing immutable and timestamped proof of dates and usage. By using blockchain, many of the questions which can arise about exactly when, where, and how the trademark was used, can be instantly answered.
Cyprus-based company Block.co provides services in a range of different industries, and timestamping trademarks on the blockchain is one of them. The company is a spin-off of the University of Nicosia, one of the biggest blockchain contributors globally, and its mission is to eliminate document fraud in all sectors, by transforming the way institutions manage digital records.
International business and technology lawyer Christiana Aristidou makes large use of Block.co’s services and especially in copyrights and trademarks for several of her clients.
“We consider the Block.co solution indispensable towards our objective of constantly enhancing the provision of our legal services through innovative technological solutions. The protection of copyright and other relevant intellectual property rights now involves a simple, fast, automated, and cost-efficient, blockchain-backed certificate issuance. Using blockchain, thereby ensuring a transparent, immutable, secure, time-stamped, and tamper-proof recording of data, the Block.co solution offers a revolutionary and innovative means to protect our clients’ intellectual property, instead of other time-consuming and costly traditional processes.” she recently stated.
“Specifically, our clients’ data and evidence supporting their authorship, invention, or creation of any property that warrants copyright protection, may now be recorded in a digital document, which is then verified in a trusted and time-stamped manner on a blockchain. Our clients retain ownership and control of their data, having been granted easy access to a self-verifiable blockchain-secured certificate of such data.”
Smart Contracts
Smart contracts could also represent an important asset of blockchain technology because they can be used in intellectual property to establish and enforce agreements such as licenses and allow the transmission of payments in real-time to IP owners. Indeed, they allow automatic payments for transactions between users and rights holders with no middle man, thereby cutting out intermediate fees, longer procedures, and bureaucratic hurdles.
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Blockchain in IP around the world
In Europe, various governmental agencies and IP registries such as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are actively involved in researching and promoting blockchain capabilities within the industry.
In particular, they believe blockchain can transform IP rights by highlighting, in one of their advanced research forums, that:
  • IP and blockchain are interrelated
  • Blockchain is transformative
  • IP protection will drive innovation in the ecosystem
  • Blockchain technology will transform IP protection and enforcement
  • Blockchain technology provides opportunities for both pirates and law enforcement
In India, the IPO (Indian Patent Office) is working on using blockchain and other innovative technologies like AI and IOT to enable smoother patent processes. A Blockchain-AI-based ecosystem is on the table to manage IP protection in India, intending to produce a much more efficient, straightforward, and faster procedure. IPO recently announced a tender called, “Expression of Interest for Making use of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT and other latest technologies in the Patent Processing system of IPO”, reinforcing their will to proceed along this line of work and stay up to date with the technological innovation that blockchain, AI and IoT can bring to the benefit of IP rights. A legal framework for a Blockchain-based IP registry to protect and commercialize smart ideas is one of the main and earliest initiatives the IPO is taking for the Indian IP industry.
In the United States, we find a clear example of how blockchain is used to protect American businesses from IPR theft by testing imports. Since blockchain has proven to be beneficial to streamline communication between multiple parties securely, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with the funding of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate, recently completed a proof-of-concept (PoC) of a blockchain platform with that specific aim. Personal data and trade secrets would be kept safe at all times using encrypted keys, with the blockchain acting as an immutable ledger to record trade transactions.
In Southeast Asia, Thailand is leading the way in developing blockchain technology for IP protection. Various organizations and government offices have invested in projects aimed at implementing the tech to make IPR processes more efficient and faster. The Ministry of Commerce has recently launched a feasibility study to explore the use of blockchain for IP registration in the country, while the Thai Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), in collaboration with the British Embassy, were designated to analyze the study and translate it into action plans for future developments.
Conclusion — Blockchain limits and benefits in IP
As with every new technology, especially the most disruptive ones, setbacks can be both from a technical and a systemic perspective. Enormous processing power and scalability are still the main issues from a technical point, whereas a system that could connect registries across the world through a single distributed ledger represents the main challenge, not only for IP-related industries. Thankfully, Block.co’s solution already uses the Bitcoin blockchain and its network effect for this purpose, envisioning truly decentralized and secure storage for IP rights, that will outlive any issuing institution itself.
An international standardized system and platform that could facilitate global communication and successful management of IP rights via blockchain is an ambition that is reflected in healthcare, law, and many other industries. On the other hand, blockchain based IP rights enforcement is already a huge achievement, especially for those small artists who could not afford teams of lawyers to defend them in disputes to prove records of their authorship.
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2020.09.28 05:01 gnikivar2 No Migrants In My Backyard: How Bad Urban Planning Created a Humanitarian Disaster in India

Rajesh Chouhan, a construction worker in the city of Bangalore, walked for ten consecutive days and 1,200 miles to reach his home village of Srinagar Babaganj in Bihar. Rajesh Chouhan was one of millions of migrants who, in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the government response to the pandemic, chose to return to their home villages. India in March of 2020 implemented one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world, closing nearly every worksite in the country, including the construction site Rajesh Chouhan worked upon. The threadbare Indian welfare state did not have The government had closed all between city transportation in an effort to stop COVID-19 from spreading city to city. As a result, Rajesh Chouhan and millions of other migrants, have faced hunger, thirst, and beatings by police to return home. To understand the desperate situation on Indian migrants, one must first understand the haphazard process of urbanization of India. In part one of today's podcast episode, I will discuss the problem of low urbanization in India, while in parts two and three I will focus on how an inability to build sufficient housing, and a welfare state that is not built to serve the needs of the migrant population.
At first glance, it might seem paradoxical to state that India suffers from a lack of urbanization. Between 1993 and 2018, India's urbanization rate increased from 26% to 34% and over 139 million people from rural areas have migrated to urban areas. However, urbanization in India has been slow when compared to other rapidly developing economies such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. India's low urbanization is especially clear in comparison to China. China's urbanization advantage isn't just a function of higher levels of development, and faster rates of growth. Over the last 6 years, per capita incomes in India and China have grown by similar amounts, but the rate of increased urbanization in China during this same period is three times that of India. The disparity can be explained by the fact that productivity in urban China, driven by a booming export oriented manufacturing industry is 3.2 times that of rural China, while productivity in the service driven economies of urban India are only 1.6 times more productive than rural India. At the same time, due to a regulatory framework that makes building new housing inordinately difficult, the cost of prime real estate in Beijing and Shanghai are half of those of Mumbai and Delhi.
The low rate of urbanization and geographic mobility acts as a severe brake on economic growth in India. Wages in rural India are 45% lower than in urban India, while the differential in China is only 10%. The poorest states in India has a per capita income in the richest states are 6 times that the poorest, with the gap only getting wider and wider. Similarly, poverty in rural India is at 29.6% while it is at 9.2% in urban India. Over the last 6 years, levels of consumption have actually declined in rural India, while it has grown at over 15% in the bottom to deciles of urban India, the fastest out of any region in India. Rural India is suffering from ever shrinking plots of land, and burgeoning environmental crisis, while India's most dynamic industries are concentrated in major metropolitan areas. Urbanization must accelerate if India's poor are to take advantage rapid economic growth.
One of the most important obstacles to urbanization in India is the difficulty of building housing in India. First, most urban zoning bodies in India maintain excessively low Floor Space Indexes, regulations on how high building can be built. In most urban areas allowed FSI in the urban core is between 5 and 15, while around .5 in the suburbs with legally mandated levels higher. Given India's high levels of density, one would expect allowed FSI to be much high in India. However, the opposite is the case. For example, in Mumbai, until 2015, allowed FSI of only 1.33 in the urban core and 1 in the suburbs. Similarly, FSI in Delhi is limited to between 1.2 and 3.5 in Delhi and to between 1.5 and 2.5 in Kolkata. Compounding this problem, Indian states maintain some of the strictest rent control laws in the world in the 1950s. These laws made it all but impossible to evict renters, and forced landlords to raise rents at rates less than that of inflation. Unsurprisingly, landlords became much less willing to rent to tenants. Between 1961 and 2011, the share of rental housing in urban India declined from 54% to 31%, with the trend most pronounced in the regions of India with the strongest rent control laws. In 1961, Mumbai had roughly even amounts of rental and owner occupied housing. By 2011, 95% of new housing stock was owner occupied, and only 5% rental. My own grandfather rented a house. Even after moving to the United States, we kept the property as the landlord was neither able to raise the rent or evict us. Eventually, the landlord said that given postage cost more than the rent we paid, we no longer even had to pay rent. When a developer wanted to build a taller building more people, he had to pay both the landlord and us to let him tear down a house we neither lived in or paid rent for.
Finally, purchasing agricultural land in India is a legal nightmare. One must first navigate a bureaucratic thicket filled with officials collecting bribes at every location to change land use from agricultural to non agricultural use. Moreover, land registers in India are woefully out of date. If a major developer wants to buy a piece of land, every individual plausible claim makes it. The developer must either wait for the courts to resolve the case, or to settle with each claimant individually. Indian courts suffer from a backlog of 31 million cases, and a quarter of land cases take more than a decade to resolve. The combination of low mandated Floor Space Indexes, rent control policies, and the difficulty of buying new land make building new housing in India artificially expensive, raising rents for India's urban to rural migrants. Due to extreme housing costs, the average resident of urban India has only 117 square feet to live in. In slums like Dharavi it is common for ten men to share a single room, and many laborers choose to live and sleep on construction costs to save on rent. It should hardly be surprising that such expensive costs deter many from moving to the city.
Finally, India's welfare system is poorly equipped to deal with rural to urban migration. India has long had systems of social insurance based upon caste affiliation. For poorer members of more prosperous castes, losing access to interest and collateral free loans, and assistance in case of emergency can cause many to choose not to move to distant urban areas where such networks become attenuated. At the same time, India's government sponsored formal sector exacerbates these problems. In India, it is the rural poor who vote more than anyone else, and poorly conceived redistricting means that rural votes count for more than their urban counterparts. One of the landmark welfare schemes of the previous government of Manmohan Singh was NREGA, a government sponsored public works program that provided all rural residents with 100 days of paid work. The public works program reduced migration to urban areas by rural people who could not read or write by 32%. Similarly, India's Public Distribution System, a network of stores that offers food grains and other essentials at highly subsidized prices distributes on the basis of the registration of one's ration card. Migrants are locked out of the system, making the cost of food substantially higher for them. At the beginning of 2020, the government of Narendra Modi introduced plans to make ration cards portable. However, only pilot programs for "One Nation, One Ration Card" had been introduced when the COVID-19 crisis began.
India's rural to urban migrants on one hand must pay higher rents due to inadequate housing construction, while at the same time receiving substantially less in welfare benefits. The negative effects of these two impediments to urbanization became clear when the COVID-19 crisis started. At first, the government tried to force migrants to stay in urban areas. However, it quickly became clear that the state did not have the administrative capacity to stop all migration. Moreover, heartrending stories of migrants facing hunger and extreme deprivation made such a strategy politically untenable as well. Various state government started repatriating large numbers of migrants, in the process spreading COVID-19 to poor states with limited hospital and testing capacity. At the same time, rural areas have been hard hit by India's economic crisis. There are few jobs available to returning migrants, adding more strain to already impoverished communities. Dealing with the twin public health and economic challenge will prove to be a Herculean challenge for India. Selected Sources: Emerging Pattern of Urbanisation in India, RB Bhagat Poverty and inequality in India: a re-examination, Angus Deaton, Jean Dreze Reforms and Regional Inequality in India, Sabyaschi Kal, S. Sakthivel Falling Water Tables - Sustaining Agriculture The challenges of groundwater management in India, Malik R.P.S Mumbai FAFSI conundrum, Alain Bertaud Decline of rental housing in India: the case of Mumbai, Vaidehi Tandel, Shirish Patel, Sahil Gandhi, Abhay Pethe and Kabir Agarwal Land Markets and Regional Government Rent Seeking Behavior, Kai Kajitani Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth, Kaivan Munshi , M The Impact of NREGS on Urbanization in India, Shamika Ravi, Rahul Ahluwalia
www.wealthofnationspodcast.com https://media.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/s/content.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/India-Rural_Migrants.mp3
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2020.09.28 05:01 gnikivar2 No Migrants In My Backyard: How Bad Urban Planning Created a Humanitarian Disaster in India

Rajesh Chouhan, a construction worker in the city of Bangalore, walked for ten consecutive days and 1,200 miles to reach his home village of Srinagar Babaganj in Bihar. Rajesh Chouhan was one of millions of migrants who, in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the government response to the pandemic, chose to return to their home villages. India in March of 2020 implemented one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world, closing nearly every worksite in the country, including the construction site Rajesh Chouhan worked upon. The threadbare Indian welfare state did not have The government had closed all between city transportation in an effort to stop COVID-19 from spreading city to city. As a result, Rajesh Chouhan and millions of other migrants, have faced hunger, thirst, and beatings by police to return home. To understand the desperate situation on Indian migrants, one must first understand the haphazard process of urbanization of India. In part one of today's podcast episode, I will discuss the problem of low urbanization in India, while in parts two and three I will focus on how an inability to build sufficient housing, and a welfare state that is not built to serve the needs of the migrant population.
At first glance, it might seem paradoxical to state that India suffers from a lack of urbanization. Between 1993 and 2018, India's urbanization rate increased from 26% to 34% and over 139 million people from rural areas have migrated to urban areas. However, urbanization in India has been slow when compared to other rapidly developing economies such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. India's low urbanization is especially clear in comparison to China. China's urbanization advantage isn't just a function of higher levels of development, and faster rates of growth. Over the last 6 years, per capita incomes in India and China have grown by similar amounts, but the rate of increased urbanization in China during this same period is three times that of India. The disparity can be explained by the fact that productivity in urban China, driven by a booming export oriented manufacturing industry is 3.2 times that of rural China, while productivity in the service driven economies of urban India are only 1.6 times more productive than rural India. At the same time, due to a regulatory framework that makes building new housing inordinately difficult, the cost of prime real estate in Beijing and Shanghai are half of those of Mumbai and Delhi.
The low rate of urbanization and geographic mobility acts as a severe brake on economic growth in India. Wages in rural India are 45% lower than in urban India, while the differential in China is only 10%. The poorest states in India has a per capita income in the richest states are 6 times that the poorest, with the gap only getting wider and wider. Similarly, poverty in rural India is at 29.6% while it is at 9.2% in urban India. Over the last 6 years, levels of consumption have actually declined in rural India, while it has grown at over 15% in the bottom to deciles of urban India, the fastest out of any region in India. Rural India is suffering from ever shrinking plots of land, and burgeoning environmental crisis, while India's most dynamic industries are concentrated in major metropolitan areas. Urbanization must accelerate if India's poor are to take advantage rapid economic growth.
One of the most important obstacles to urbanization in India is the difficulty of building housing in India. First, most urban zoning bodies in India maintain excessively low Floor Space Indexes, regulations on how high building can be built. In most urban areas allowed FSI in the urban core is between 5 and 15, while around .5 in the suburbs with legally mandated levels higher. Given India's high levels of density, one would expect allowed FSI to be much high in India. However, the opposite is the case. For example, in Mumbai, until 2015, allowed FSI of only 1.33 in the urban core and 1 in the suburbs. Similarly, FSI in Delhi is limited to between 1.2 and 3.5 in Delhi and to between 1.5 and 2.5 in Kolkata. Compounding this problem, Indian states maintain some of the strictest rent control laws in the world in the 1950s. These laws made it all but impossible to evict renters, and forced landlords to raise rents at rates less than that of inflation. Unsurprisingly, landlords became much less willing to rent to tenants. Between 1961 and 2011, the share of rental housing in urban India declined from 54% to 31%, with the trend most pronounced in the regions of India with the strongest rent control laws. In 1961, Mumbai had roughly even amounts of rental and owner occupied housing. By 2011, 95% of new housing stock was owner occupied, and only 5% rental. My own grandfather rented a house. Even after moving to the United States, we kept the property as the landlord was neither able to raise the rent or evict us. Eventually, the landlord said that given postage cost more than the rent we paid, we no longer even had to pay rent. When a developer wanted to build a taller building more people, he had to pay both the landlord and us to let him tear down a house we neither lived in or paid rent for.
Finally, purchasing agricultural land in India is a legal nightmare. One must first navigate a bureaucratic thicket filled with officials collecting bribes at every location to change land use from agricultural to non agricultural use. Moreover, land registers in India are woefully out of date. If a major developer wants to buy a piece of land, every individual plausible claim makes it. The developer must either wait for the courts to resolve the case, or to settle with each claimant individually. Indian courts suffer from a backlog of 31 million cases, and a quarter of land cases take more than a decade to resolve. The combination of low mandated Floor Space Indexes, rent control policies, and the difficulty of buying new land make building new housing in India artificially expensive, raising rents for India's urban to rural migrants. Due to extreme housing costs, the average resident of urban India has only 117 square feet to live in. In slums like Dharavi it is common for ten men to share a single room, and many laborers choose to live and sleep on construction costs to save on rent. It should hardly be surprising that such expensive costs deter many from moving to the city.
Finally, India's welfare system is poorly equipped to deal with rural to urban migration. India has long had systems of social insurance based upon caste affiliation. For poorer members of more prosperous castes, losing access to interest and collateral free loans, and assistance in case of emergency can cause many to choose not to move to distant urban areas where such networks become attenuated. At the same time, India's government sponsored formal sector exacerbates these problems. In India, it is the rural poor who vote more than anyone else, and poorly conceived redistricting means that rural votes count for more than their urban counterparts. One of the landmark welfare schemes of the previous government of Manmohan Singh was NREGA, a government sponsored public works program that provided all rural residents with 100 days of paid work. The public works program reduced migration to urban areas by rural people who could not read or write by 32%. Similarly, India's Public Distribution System, a network of stores that offers food grains and other essentials at highly subsidized prices distributes on the basis of the registration of one's ration card. Migrants are locked out of the system, making the cost of food substantially higher for them. At the beginning of 2020, the government of Narendra Modi introduced plans to make ration cards portable. However, only pilot programs for "One Nation, One Ration Card" had been introduced when the COVID-19 crisis began.
India's rural to urban migrants on one hand must pay higher rents due to inadequate housing construction, while at the same time receiving substantially less in welfare benefits. The negative effects of these two impediments to urbanization became clear when the COVID-19 crisis started. At first, the government tried to force migrants to stay in urban areas. However, it quickly became clear that the state did not have the administrative capacity to stop all migration. Moreover, heartrending stories of migrants facing hunger and extreme deprivation made such a strategy politically untenable as well. Various state government started repatriating large numbers of migrants, in the process spreading COVID-19 to poor states with limited hospital and testing capacity. At the same time, rural areas have been hard hit by India's economic crisis. There are few jobs available to returning migrants, adding more strain to already impoverished communities. Dealing with the twin public health and economic challenge will prove to be a Herculean challenge for India. Selected Sources: Emerging Pattern of Urbanisation in India, RB Bhagat Poverty and inequality in India: a re-examination, Angus Deaton, Jean Dreze Reforms and Regional Inequality in India, Sabyaschi Kal, S. Sakthivel Falling Water Tables - Sustaining Agriculture The challenges of groundwater management in India, Malik R.P.S Mumbai FAFSI conundrum, Alain Bertaud Decline of rental housing in India: the case of Mumbai, Vaidehi Tandel, Shirish Patel, Sahil Gandhi, Abhay Pethe and Kabir Agarwal Land Markets and Regional Government Rent Seeking Behavior, Kai Kajitani Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth, Kaivan Munshi , M The Impact of NREGS on Urbanization in India, Shamika Ravi, Rahul Ahluwalia
www.wealthofnationspodcast.com https://media.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/s/content.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/India-Rural_Migrants.mp3
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2020.09.28 05:00 gnikivar2 No Migrants In My Backyard: How Bad Urban Planning Created a Humanitarian Disaster in India

Rajesh Chouhan, a construction worker in the city of Bangalore, walked for ten consecutive days and 1,200 miles to reach his home village of Srinagar Babaganj in Bihar. Rajesh Chouhan was one of millions of migrants who, in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the government response to the pandemic, chose to return to their home villages. India in March of 2020 implemented one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world, closing nearly every worksite in the country, including the construction site Rajesh Chouhan worked upon. The threadbare Indian welfare state did not have The government had closed all between city transportation in an effort to stop COVID-19 from spreading city to city. As a result, Rajesh Chouhan and millions of other migrants, have faced hunger, thirst, and beatings by police to return home. To understand the desperate situation on Indian migrants, one must first understand the haphazard process of urbanization of India. In part one of today's podcast episode, I will discuss the problem of low urbanization in India, while in parts two and three I will focus on how an inability to build sufficient housing, and a welfare state that is not built to serve the needs of the migrant population.
At first glance, it might seem paradoxical to state that India suffers from a lack of urbanization. Between 1993 and 2018, India's urbanization rate increased from 26% to 34% and over 139 million people from rural areas have migrated to urban areas. However, urbanization in India has been slow when compared to other rapidly developing economies such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. India's low urbanization is especially clear in comparison to China. China's urbanization advantage isn't just a function of higher levels of development, and faster rates of growth. Over the last 6 years, per capita incomes in India and China have grown by similar amounts, but the rate of increased urbanization in China during this same period is three times that of India. The disparity can be explained by the fact that productivity in urban China, driven by a booming export oriented manufacturing industry is 3.2 times that of rural China, while productivity in the service driven economies of urban India are only 1.6 times more productive than rural India. At the same time, due to a regulatory framework that makes building new housing inordinately difficult, the cost of prime real estate in Beijing and Shanghai are half of those of Mumbai and Delhi.
The low rate of urbanization and geographic mobility acts as a severe brake on economic growth in India. Wages in rural India are 45% lower than in urban India, while the differential in China is only 10%. The poorest states in India has a per capita income in the richest states are 6 times that the poorest, with the gap only getting wider and wider. Similarly, poverty in rural India is at 29.6% while it is at 9.2% in urban India. Over the last 6 years, levels of consumption have actually declined in rural India, while it has grown at over 15% in the bottom to deciles of urban India, the fastest out of any region in India. Rural India is suffering from ever shrinking plots of land, and burgeoning environmental crisis, while India's most dynamic industries are concentrated in major metropolitan areas. Urbanization must accelerate if India's poor are to take advantage rapid economic growth.
One of the most important obstacles to urbanization in India is the difficulty of building housing in India. First, most urban zoning bodies in India maintain excessively low Floor Space Indexes, regulations on how high building can be built. In most urban areas allowed FSI in the urban core is between 5 and 15, while around .5 in the suburbs with legally mandated levels higher. Given India's high levels of density, one would expect allowed FSI to be much high in India. However, the opposite is the case. For example, in Mumbai, until 2015, allowed FSI of only 1.33 in the urban core and 1 in the suburbs. Similarly, FSI in Delhi is limited to between 1.2 and 3.5 in Delhi and to between 1.5 and 2.5 in Kolkata. Compounding this problem, Indian states maintain some of the strictest rent control laws in the world in the 1950s. These laws made it all but impossible to evict renters, and forced landlords to raise rents at rates less than that of inflation. Unsurprisingly, landlords became much less willing to rent to tenants. Between 1961 and 2011, the share of rental housing in urban India declined from 54% to 31%, with the trend most pronounced in the regions of India with the strongest rent control laws. In 1961, Mumbai had roughly even amounts of rental and owner occupied housing. By 2011, 95% of new housing stock was owner occupied, and only 5% rental. My own grandfather rented a house. Even after moving to the United States, we kept the property as the landlord was neither able to raise the rent or evict us. Eventually, the landlord said that given postage cost more than the rent we paid, we no longer even had to pay rent. When a developer wanted to build a taller building more people, he had to pay both the landlord and us to let him tear down a house we neither lived in or paid rent for.
Finally, purchasing agricultural land in India is a legal nightmare. One must first navigate a bureaucratic thicket filled with officials collecting bribes at every location to change land use from agricultural to non agricultural use. Moreover, land registers in India are woefully out of date. If a major developer wants to buy a piece of land, every individual plausible claim makes it. The developer must either wait for the courts to resolve the case, or to settle with each claimant individually. Indian courts suffer from a backlog of 31 million cases, and a quarter of land cases take more than a decade to resolve. The combination of low mandated Floor Space Indexes, rent control policies, and the difficulty of buying new land make building new housing in India artificially expensive, raising rents for India's urban to rural migrants. Due to extreme housing costs, the average resident of urban India has only 117 square feet to live in. In slums like Dharavi it is common for ten men to share a single room, and many laborers choose to live and sleep on construction costs to save on rent. It should hardly be surprising that such expensive costs deter many from moving to the city.
Finally, India's welfare system is poorly equipped to deal with rural to urban migration. India has long had systems of social insurance based upon caste affiliation. For poorer members of more prosperous castes, losing access to interest and collateral free loans, and assistance in case of emergency can cause many to choose not to move to distant urban areas where such networks become attenuated. At the same time, India's government sponsored formal sector exacerbates these problems. In India, it is the rural poor who vote more than anyone else, and poorly conceived redistricting means that rural votes count for more than their urban counterparts. One of the landmark welfare schemes of the previous government of Manmohan Singh was NREGA, a government sponsored public works program that provided all rural residents with 100 days of paid work. The public works program reduced migration to urban areas by rural people who could not read or write by 32%. Similarly, India's Public Distribution System, a network of stores that offers food grains and other essentials at highly subsidized prices distributes on the basis of the registration of one's ration card. Migrants are locked out of the system, making the cost of food substantially higher for them. At the beginning of 2020, the government of Narendra Modi introduced plans to make ration cards portable. However, only pilot programs for "One Nation, One Ration Card" had been introduced when the COVID-19 crisis began.
India's rural to urban migrants on one hand must pay higher rents due to inadequate housing construction, while at the same time receiving substantially less in welfare benefits. The negative effects of these two impediments to urbanization became clear when the COVID-19 crisis started. At first, the government tried to force migrants to stay in urban areas. However, it quickly became clear that the state did not have the administrative capacity to stop all migration. Moreover, heartrending stories of migrants facing hunger and extreme deprivation made such a strategy politically untenable as well. Various state government started repatriating large numbers of migrants, in the process spreading COVID-19 to poor states with limited hospital and testing capacity. At the same time, rural areas have been hard hit by India's economic crisis. There are few jobs available to returning migrants, adding more strain to already impoverished communities. Dealing with the twin public health and economic challenge will prove to be a Herculean challenge for India. Selected Sources: Emerging Pattern of Urbanisation in India, RB Bhagat Poverty and inequality in India: a re-examination, Angus Deaton, Jean Dreze Reforms and Regional Inequality in India, Sabyaschi Kal, S. Sakthivel Falling Water Tables - Sustaining Agriculture The challenges of groundwater management in India, Malik R.P.S Mumbai FAFSI conundrum, Alain Bertaud Decline of rental housing in India: the case of Mumbai, Vaidehi Tandel, Shirish Patel, Sahil Gandhi, Abhay Pethe and Kabir Agarwal Land Markets and Regional Government Rent Seeking Behavior, Kai Kajitani Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth, Kaivan Munshi , M The Impact of NREGS on Urbanization in India, Shamika Ravi, Rahul Ahluwalia
www.wealthofnationspodcast.com https://media.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/s/content.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/India-Rural_Migrants.mp3
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2020.09.27 05:16 wisdom_man1 Balancing Safety and Efficacy With Early Availability in the Regulation of Regenerative Medicine Products

Articles and insight from PMDA Chief Executive Yasuhiro Fujiwara:
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Early View
Perspective
Balancing Safety and Efficacy With Early Availability in the Regulation of Regenerative Medicine Product
Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Yoshiaki Maruyama
Futaba Honda
First published: 26 September 2020
https://doi.org/10.1002/cpt.2034
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PMDA's statement on covid19:
PMDA pledge to tackle COVID-19 Pandemic
Since the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic calls out to the world to respond efficiently and urgently. The PMDA, working together with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, MHLW, has expeditiously responded to this public health threat and emergency. As part of our commitment to promote access to innovative medical products to the public, the PMDA facilitates the development of medical products for COVID-19. Here I would like to share important steps the PMDA has taken to address this global health threat. 1. Close interaction with sponsors Our staff have worked closely with sponsors to further streamline the development of products for COVID-19. Countless meetings on specific products were held to discuss, and ensure the efficient development of products. The discussions continue in the coming weeks to further expedite product development, accelerating the delivery of products crucial in combating the coronavirus outbreak. When facing situations where some clinical trials were not performed as originally planned due to extraordinary medical situations, the PMDA provided sponsors with opportunities to consult relevant review offices to deal with diversions from the clinical trial protocol, and supported them to find other effective measures. 2. Clinical trials start without waiting for 30 days Under the Administrative Notice issued by the Pharmaceutical Evaluation Division and the Medical Device Evaluation Division of the Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau of the MHLW on 19th March, 2020, the PMDA now allows sponsors of candidate products for COVID-19 shorter clinical trial notifications (CTN) timelines in starting first in human clinical trials. The submission of CTN by the clinical trial sponsor to the PMDA on their plans is required 30 days prior to its planned starting date under normal circumstances. This Administrative Notice allows the sponsor to start clinical trials of COVID-19 candidate products without waiting for 30 days, as long as the required review of the clinical trial plan to safeguard public health can be completed by the PMDA. Currently, several CTNs for clinical trials for COVID- 19 are being submitted and processed expeditiously. All these efforts, among others, not only expedite development of products for COVID-19, but also provide the people affected with a variety of investigational medical products. Once these products are approved, there will be more options for people around the world to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. The PMDA continues to ensure that candidate products are safe and effective with reliable qualities. We will also continue our collaboration with other regulatory authorities to tackle this unprecedented threat and to protect global public health. FUJIWARA Yasuhiro, MD, PhD Chief Executive Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency
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Insight on the top priorities of PMDA Chief Executive Yasuhiro Fujiwara:
New PMDA Head Yasuhiro Fujiwara Sets Out Top Priorities for Japan’s Drug Regulator
written by Patrick Burton
on 09.03.2020
In April 2019, Yasuhiro Fujiwara was appointed as the new chief executive of Japan’s drug regulator and one of the world’s foremost regulatory bodies, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Upon appointment, Fujiwara coined the “Four Fs” strategy, urging PMDA employees to have a “patient first,” “access first,” “safety first,” and “Asia first” mentality.
Japan’s PMDA should be the one leading Asia Yasuhiro Fujiwara, chief executive, PMDA
Dr Fujiwara, 59, was previously deputy director of Japan’s National Cancer Center (NCC) Hospital, where he headed up the laboratory test division and clinical trial and therapy development division and was director-general of the NCC’s Strategic Planning Bureau. He took over the role from Tatsuya Kondo, who left the agency after 11 years at the helm. Fujiwara’s first term in office is set to last until 2024. With the PMDA having been involved in a series of scandals in recent years involving the misconduct of employees, Fujiwara has prioritised greater levels of consultation with agency staff in order to prevent the recurrence of these scandals.
Patient First
As Pharma Japan has reported, Fujiwara told a press conference in May 2019 that he wants PMDA employees to always put patients at the centre of what they do. In concrete terms, this has meant the establishment of a Patient Centricity Working Group which brings together stakeholders to discuss patient engagement. The working group aims to put forward ways to better involve patients in PMDA’s drug review and safety activities and will compile a guidance in near future. It will also discuss ways to better communicate information for patients and the Japanese public in general. Fujiwara said, “We want to see more patient participation in our drug review and pharmacovigilance activities. So, we set up the work group to discuss how we can do it.” He also expressed hopes to create more personnel exchange opportunities between the PMDA and hospitals, where young agency staffers can mingle with healthcare professionals on the frontline to understand actual medical needs and harness them in their review and safety work.
Access First
Fujiwara has also urged that the PMDA consistently make efforts to enable people’s early access to a variety of new technologies, whether it be drugs, medical devices, or regenerative medicine products. PMDA will step up efforts to facilitate the utilization of disease registries for submissions in order to quickly deliver innovative drugs and medical technologies to patients with rare cancers and other orphan diseases. As part of this push, the PMDA has introduced a pilot-based consultation service on the use of registries in regulatory submissions for drugs, medical devices, and regenerative medicine-based products and has already received enquiries seeking advice.
Safety First
Explaining the “safety first” strategy, Fujiwara noted that, “New drugs, medical devices, and regenerative medicine products are effective, but they might pose the risks of side effects or other problems. Employees should always keep an eye on safety when doing their jobs.” The PMDA has reinforced pharmacovigilance activities for medicines designated for the sakigake fast-track pathway and the conditional early approval system and also plans to enhance the MID-NET database.
Asia First
On “Asia first,” Fujiwara highlighted the importance of cross-border regulatory collaboration, leveraging the PMDA’s knowhow to develop regulatory frameworks in Asian countries via various channels including its ‘Asia Training Center for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Regulatory Affairs.’ He added, “What we have to do the most is ‘Asia first’ – enhancing our globalization efforts … Japan’s PMDA should be the one leading Asia.”
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2020.09.24 23:03 badpauly Significant Activist Hedge Fund Activity (Last 7 Days)

These are the latest Schedule 13D forms filed by activist investors in the last 7 days. Activist investors are investors that make an investment with the intention of influencing management in some way. There is evidence that following activist investors into investments can generate excess returns. Schedule 13G forms, in contrast, are filed by significant investors with no intention of influencing management (such as Index funds).
There is always a lot of interest in insider trades, but what a lot of people probably don't realize is that hedge fund activity is probably more predictive of future returns than insider activity. The reason is that hedge funds (a) have large research budgets, and (b) have a choice where to put their money. In contract, insiders have no choice where to put their money, but only when to time their transactions.

New Filings

This table lists new 13D filings in the last week. A new filing does not necessarily indicate a new position, as investors frequently accumulate in advance before reaching the filing threshold.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
09‑24 13D CVGI / Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. OLMA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Ltd 1,948,001 %
09‑23 13D ATIF / ATIF Holdings Limited Liu Jun 4,061,574 8.6%
09‑23 13D DESP / Despegar.com, Corp. LCLA Daylight LP 11,000,000 13.64%
09‑23 13D CBPO / China Biologic Products, Inc. Chow Joseph 111,509 0.3%
09‑22 13D CLRO / ClearOne, Inc. BAGLEY E BRYAN 1,580,814 8.4%
09‑22 13D AIH / Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group Ltd. Peak Asia Investment Holdings V Ltd 15,576,960 22.0% 0.00
09‑21 13D STEP / StepStone Group Inc. Class A Brem Monte M 53,157,491 64.5%
09‑21 13D STEP / StepStone Group Inc. Class A Argonaut Private Equity, L.L.C. 6,495,358 18.2%
09‑21 13D WTRE / Watford Holdings Ltd. Enstar Group LTD 1,815,858 9.1%
09‑21 13D MIXT / MiX Telematics Limited Frew Robin A 87,267,766 14.52%
09‑21 13D SJ / Scienjoy Holding Corporation Cosmic Soar Ltd 5,409,598 18.87%
09‑18 13D MFA / MFA Financial, Inc. STARWOOD CAPITAL GROUP GLOBAL II, L.P. 38,021,670 8.39%
09‑18 13D CLRO / ClearOne, Inc. CLEARONE INC 1,580,814 8.4%
09‑18 13D MHH / Mastech Holdings, Inc. NAYAR ARUN 7.3%
09‑18 13D GSH / Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd Grindrod Ltd 1,841,962 9.7%
09‑18 13D HUD / Hudson Ltd. GAMCO INVESTORS, INC. ET AL 1,087,156 2.76%
09‑18 13D DTF / DTF Tax Free Income, Inc. Karpus Management, Inc. 2,055,412 24.12% -0.74
09‑18 13D VRTU / Virtusa Corp. Austin HoldCo Inc 4,907,925 14.7%
09‑18 13D AHT / Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. Cygnus Capital, Inc. 1,012,231 7.8%
09‑17 13D EPSED / Epsilon Energy Ltd PARAGON ASSOCIATES & PARAGON ASSOCIATES II JOINT VENTURE 1,283,245 5.4%
09‑17 13D SPP / Sanchez Production Partners LLC SP Common Equity Subsidiary LLC 4,650,439 23.3%
09‑17 13D NHLD / National Holdings Corp. ASHER DANIEL 2,656,450 19.55% 0.00
09‑17 13D VCIF / Vertical Capital Income Fund Shares of Beneficial Interest Relative Value Partners Group, LLC 1,773,596 17.1% 27.80

Amended Filings

This table lists amended filings in the last week, and is useful for monitoring changes in existing investments or when a fund closes a position. I have eliminated all filings with less than a 5% change in ownership.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
09‑24 13D/A TMBR / Timber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. TardiMed Sciences LLC 5,437,517 45.2% -5.24
09‑24 13D/A BBI / Brickell Biotech, Inc. Palisade Concentrated Equity Partnership II, LP 1,073,374 3.86% -70.31
09‑24 13D/A FTK / Flotek Industries Inc. North Sound Trading, LP 6,600,000 9.3% 24.00
09‑23 13D/A XOMA / XOMA Corporation BIOTECHNOLOGY VALUE FUND L P 4,182,243 38.0% 90.10
09‑23 13D/A ETNB / 89bio, Inc. ORBIMED ADVISORS LLC 1,864,721 9.4% -21.01
09‑23 13D/A SREV / ServiceSource International, Inc. Edenbrook Capital, LLC 13,611,126 14.24% 15.77
09‑23 13D/A KNX / Knight Transportation, Inc. MOYES JERRY 9,034,826 5.3% -77.25
09‑23 13D/A DVD / Dover Motorsports, Inc. TIPPIE HENRY B 12,735,000 59.6% 39.25
09‑23 13D/A BFFTF / Biofrontera AG DEUTSCHE BALATON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 14,200,469 30.8% 6.94
09‑23 13D/A SBGLF / Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR GOLD ONE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 217,483,523 8.13% -12.01
09‑23 13D/A SBBP / Strongbridge Biopharma plc CAXTON CORP 10,280,682 15.2% -12.64
09‑23 13D/A IMXI / International Money Express, Inc. Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC 2,396,676 6.3% -7.35
09‑22 13D/A BBW / Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Philotimo Fund, LP 864,580 5.5% -42.71
09‑22 13D/A PLAY / Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC 4,225,800 8.9% 50.85
09‑22 13D/A CLRO / ClearOne, Inc. BAGLEY EDWARD D 10,152,405 54.1%
09‑22 13D/A CLRO / ClearOne, Inc. HAKIMOGLU ZEYNEP 1,067,856 5.6% 19.15
09‑22 13D/A 11040G103 / Bristow Group Inc Solus Alternative Asset Management LP 5,389,526 17.8%
09‑22 13D/A PLAY / Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. Hill Path Capital LP 4,448,542 9.3% 32.86
09‑22 13D/A EGI / Entree Gold Inc. RIO TINTO PLC 32,788,629 17.6%
09‑22 13D/A WHLR / Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. STILWELL JOSEPH 1,286,609 13.1% 9.17
09‑22 13D/A AGTX / Agentix Corp. Winterhalter Michael 150,000 0.004% -99.93
09‑22 13D/A FLWS / 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. MCCANN CHRISTOPHER G 22,062,176 38.2% -33.91
09‑22 13D/A SYNH / Syneos Health, Inc. ADVENT INTERNATIONAL CORP/MA 18,647,036 17.94% -17.14
09‑21 13D/A MRSN / Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. New Enterprise Associates 14, L.P. 5,963,114 8.7% -32.56
09‑21 13D/A FSLR / First Solar, Inc. Walton Lukas T 13,841,358 13.1% -40.37
09‑21 13D/A SYNH / Syneos Health, Inc. THOMAS H. LEE ADVISORS, LLC 16,010,301 15.4% -16.98
09‑21 13D/A ETNB / 89bio, Inc. RA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.P. 4,736,214 23.8% 16.67
09‑21 13D/A MJCO / Majesco Majesco Ltd 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑21 13D/A KFS / Kingsway Financial Services Inc. STILWELL JOSEPH 6,375,904 28.0% 6.87
09‑21 13D/A DVA / DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC 36,095,570 31.7% 6.73
09‑21 13D/A IMUX / Immunic, Inc. Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung 440,000 2.94% -52.96
09‑21 13D/A BWG / BrandywineGLOBAL - Global Income Opportunities Fund, Inc. Bulldog Investors, LLC 915,400 %
09‑21 13D/A SONM / Sonim Technologies, Inc. 180 DEGREE CAPITAL CORP. /NY/ 9,395,229 %
09‑21 13D/A WUBA / 58.com Inc. Tencent Holdings Ltd 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑18 13D/A SOLO / Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp. Ltd. KROLL JERRY 11,474,196 17.18% -60.41
09‑18 13D/A CWGL / Crimson Wine Group Ltd. Cumming John D. 3,017,861 13.0%
09‑18 13D/A LUB / Luby's, Inc. PAPPAS CHRISTOPHER JAMES 5,667,153 18.43%
09‑18 13D/A TORC / resTORbio, Inc. ORBIMED ADVISORS LLC 5,513,015 28.1% 105.11
09‑18 13D/A CRSP / CRISPR Therapeutics AG Versant Venture Capital IV, L.P. 2,087,120 3.0% -30.23
09‑18 13D/A MTEM / Molecular Templates, Inc. SANTE HEALTH VENTURES I LP 7,091,100 15.5% -9.88
09‑18 13D/A MHH / Mastech Holdings, Inc. WADHWANI SUNIL 2,548,314 22.4% -40.90
09‑18 13D/A IMVT / Immunovant, Inc. Roivant Sciences Ltd. 56,377,388 57.6% 6.27
09‑18 13D/A RGNX / REGENXBIO Inc. Fox Allan M. 3,120,235 8.3%
09‑18 13D/A CLRO / ClearOne, Inc. CLEARONE INC 1,067,856 5.6%
09‑18 13D/A WUBA / 58.com Inc. GENERAL ATLANTIC LLC 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑18 13D/A PSV / Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. Scorpio Services Holding Ltd 1,011,096 3.2%
09‑18 13D/A WUBA / 58.com Inc. Yao Jinbo 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑18 13D/A GARS / Garrison Capital Inc. STILWELL JOSEPH 244,274 8.2% 18.84
09‑18 13D/A FORTY / Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. ASSECO POLAND S.A. 5,733,574 37.5% -5.54
09‑18 13D/A FORTY / Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. Bernstein Guy 1,817,973 11.9% -11.19
09‑18 13D/A EDSA / Edesa Biotech, Inc. Edesa Biotech, Inc. 3,317,207 34.4%
09‑17 13D/A L / Loews Corp. TISCH JAMES S 16,829,404 6.1% 19.61
09‑17 13D/A REPL / Replimune Group, Inc. Atlas Venture Fund X, L.P. 2,524,866 6.3% -16.00
09‑17 13D/A PIH / 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. Hale Partnership Capital Management, LLC 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑17 13D/A GDL / GDL Fund, The GAMCO INVESTORS, INC. ET AL 2,573,150 17.86% 10.18
09‑17 13D/A FLGT / Fulgent Genetics, Inc. Gao Hanlin 803,379 3.6% -62.50
09‑17 13D/A MCS / Marcus Corporation (THE) GAMCO INVESTORS, INC. ET AL 713,650 3.08% -9.41
09‑17 13D/A REPCF / RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. Schutte Andrew 4,627,351 13.51%
09‑17 13D/A TTSH / Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. B. Riley Financial, Inc. 3,538,103 6.8% 21.43
09‑17 13D/A TLGT / Teligent, Inc. LIFE SCIENCES OPPORTUNITIES FUND II LP 153,490 2.83% -85.03
Source: Fintel.io/activists
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2020.09.24 20:46 fineprintdata DeJoy's Stocks vs. the 2020 Election

I’ve been trying to understand the web of financial interests surrounding Postmaster DeJoy. Here’s what I’ve got so far. A full graphic of his history with XPO is here, along with the following writeup.

TL:DR Postmaster DeJoy has a massive (187 to 1) conflict-of-interest between his stock in his ex-company, XPO Logistics, and his role as head of the Post Office. The conflict is so massive that his best financial interest is to stay in power as long as possible so in order to weaken the Post Office where it competes with XPO and/or increase Post Office outsourcing for services that XPO provides.
  1. The $-leverage-gap between DeJoy’s stock in his former company, XPO (estimated at $57 million on 9/18) and his annual salary as Postmaster General ($303,460) is 187 to 1.
  2. In the first 10 weeks of DeJoy appointment, USPS payments to XPO have increased by 412% over the same time period last year (although this contract does pre-date DeJoy's appointment, it came after he was floated as a replacement to Postmaster Brennan and after DeJoy's chief advocate, John Barger, was named to head the search process. ).
  3. Since DeJoy’s appointment, 7% of all First-Class mail has been delayed and 13% of the country's mail-sorting machines have been scheduled for decommission before the election.
  4. DeJoy’s changes have slowed mail, weakened confidence in the USPS, and decreased access to voting-by-mail. With a clear Democratic dependence on voting-by-mail, these policies increase the likelihood that Trump wins, so that DeJoy can weaken the USPS as a competitor to XPO and increase USPS outsourcing to XPO.
I looked at three primary sources to compile information about Postmaster General DeJoy’s financial interests. These are SEC insider trading filings as relates to his position as an executive at XPO, nonprofit 501c(3) disclosure filings for the DeJoy Wos Family Foundation, and the EIGA Annual Financial Disclosures and Periodic Transaction Reports for DeJoy and his immediate family.
### Background
Louis DeJoy is a former logistics executive and Trump campaign megadonor. He was confirmed as the 75th Postmaster General earlier this year, assuming the position on June 16, 2020. His wife, Aldona Wos, had served as Ambassador to Estonia under George W. Bush and had been considered for the position of Ambassador to Canada. Since DeJoy’s confirmation, concerns about conflicts of interest between his personal investments and USPS policy have grown, leading to inquiries by both the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Earlier this month, the House opened a separate investigation of DeJoy’s alleged campaign finance violations involving his former company, New Breed Logistics.
### XPO Logistics
Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, have an estimated $56 million stake in XPO Logistics, the multinational company that DeJoy helped run and a direct beneficiary of the new policies DeJoy enacted at the Postal Service. For context, as of late 2019, the couple have a combined net worth between $93 and $314 million, with income between $6 to $31 million. In other words, they have tied between 18 and 60 percent of their wealth to the financial success of a company that DeJoy regulates.
DeJoy ran his family company, New Breed Logistics, with his brothers from 1983 to 2014. He then sold New Breed to XPO Logistics for $615 million in the summer of 2014. As part of the deal, DeJoy was appointed President of XPO’s North America & Asia-Pacific supply chain business, due to his expertise in supply chain operations. He also agreed to purchase $30 million worth of restricted XPO shares, evenly divided between the pre-merger ($26.03) and post-merger ($32.45) share price. In December of 2015, DeJoy suddenly retired as President and joined the Board of XPO. In his ownership filings as a member of the board, we can only find evidence of him owning ~$15 million in XPO stock. It’s unclear whether the other $15 million stock purchase was ever executed, and if not, why.
Cross-referencing DeJoy’s SEC ownership filings and his exercised XPO options, we estimate that he currently owns 650,000 shares of XPO, valued at $56.8 million on September 18th. In contrast, DeJoy makes $303,460 annually as Postmaster General. As such, a change in XPO’s stock price of just 47 cents is the equivalent of his annual salary. On September 1st of this year, for example, DeJoy made more than four times his annual salary in total capital gains on his XPO stock, adding around $1,287,000 to his net worth in a single day.
As part of their delivery network, the Post Office contracts long-haul shipping jobs to a large number of private contractors, including XPO. While this does not represent the largest revenue stream for XPO, it does receive millions of dollars in federal contracts every year. Since DeJoy’s appointment, XPO has seen a 412% year over year increase in payments from these contracts, from $3.4 million over the same time period last year to $14 million.
### Power Through USPS Policy Changes
DeJoy’s policies have delayed 7 percent of all first-class mail. He has ordered the removal of 13% of all sorting machines used to help process mail-in ballots, and worries persist regarding the Postal Service’s ability to handle the expected volume of vote by mail ballots. Impeding the ability of the Postal Service to process mail-in ballots when evidence suggests that Democrats are vastly more likely to cast them would undoubtedly help Trump win reelection.
DeJoy’s policies have already degraded confidence in the Postal Service. Indeed, at least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over DeJoy’s changes. Even a small decrease in voter turnout or ballot delivery could affect electoral outcomes, often decided by a few swing states. A difference of around 100,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin would have changed the outcome of the 2016 election. With around one third of Americans planning to vote by mail, any interruption to the postal service could cause vote counting delays or prevent votes from being counted. In other words, in 2020, whoever controls the mail, controls the elections.
(edited to reflect comment by rusticgorilla below)
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2020.09.23 18:12 jonesava Reflective Material Market to Expand at a CAGR of 10.8% from 2020 to 20273M, ORAFOL Europe GmbH, REFLOMAX, Palho Group,etc.

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2020.09.23 01:47 Leather_Term Revealed: Bill Clinton’s Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell

thedailybeast.com Sep. 22, 2020
The former president invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a cozy dinner in L.A. in 2014, years after she had been accused by a victim of procuring girls for Epstein’s sex ring.
After a star-studded gala in February 2014, Bill Clinton and his entourage headed to a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles for an intimate dinner with friends.
Their destination was Crossroads Kitchen, a Melrose Avenue hotspot that counts Beyoncé, Christina Applegate, and Katy Perry as fans, and features a menu with artichoke “oysters,” hearts of palm “crab cakes” and tagliatelle “bolognese.” That night, the restaurant was bustling. One insider spotted producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Bruce Willis, while TMZ recorded actor Sean Penn gliding through the front door.
Producer Steve Bing—Clinton’s friend, major Democratic donor, and investor in the restaurant who died by suicide this year—was already there waiting for the former president.
Former Clinton staffers Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and then-talent agent Michael Kives were also invited to the swanky soiree.
But two other unlikely guests joined the party that night: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell—accused of procuring underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein—and tech CEO Scott Borgerson, now rumored to be her husband.
According to information obtained by The Daily Beast, Clinton’s advance team secured seating for the invitees and specifically noted Maxwell and someone named “Scott” had RSVP’d for the Thursday gathering.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein. Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.
The sources told The Daily Beast that longtime Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band cut Maxwell out of the president’s network in 2011 before he left Clinton’s employ the following year. (Band flew on Epstein’s private jet, including for Clinton’s 2002 humanitarian trip to Africa, and was listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book.)
Information obtained by The Daily Beast indicates Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was attending the 2014 dinner, which he helped to organize. Davidson did not return messages seeking comment.
“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.,” said one source who was disturbed by the decision. “Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend.”
Schwerin told The Daily Beast he has no recollection or record of being at the dinner, while Kives said he did not attend and has never met Maxwell or noticed her at other Clinton dinners.
Angel Ureña, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to a statement he issued in 2019:
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes. The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.
“It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”
By the time of the Crossroads dinner, the press had widely reported on Epstein’s abuse of girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and lawsuits filed by victims of his trafficking scheme.
Claims of Maxwell’s involvement were known to Clinton staffers in 2011, when the Daily Mail reported on survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to Prince Andrew when she was 17. The report included a photograph of the British royal posing with Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home. In the picture, Maxwell smiles in the background as Andrew grips Giuffre’s bare waist.
It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle—at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014.
The night of the dinner, one person remembered Borgerson in particular because he wasn’t Ted Waitt, Maxwell’s ex-boyfriend and the billionaire Gateway co-founder. Waitt is a friend and supporter of the Clinton family, donating at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. “She had dated Ted Waitt for some time, so for her to go to a dinner like that, with someone who’s not Ted, was indicative that things moved on,” the source added.
TMZ reported Clinton dined with Penn that night but didn't mention any of the other boldfaced names. The gossip site published video footage of Clinton slipping into the back of the restaurant after a Secret Service motorcade parked, and of Penn striding through the entrance, ignoring a stringer’s questions about meeting Bill.
Hours earlier, the men rubbed elbows at the Unite4:Humanity gala at a Sony Pictures Studios lot, where singer Demi Lovato and other celebrities took selfies with the former president. Clinton, who received a “unity recognition award,” was the keynote speaker.
Clinton flew to New York the next morning, but Maxwell stayed in California. Three days after the group dinner with Clinton, Maxwell attended the Vanity Fair Oscar bash in West Hollywood, where a photographer snapped her with Elon Musk (who, in response to Twitter critics, claimed he was photobombed).
Another source with long ties to Clinton told The Daily Beast they were relieved Page Six or another outlet didn't catch wind of the gathering.
In 2014, Maxwell worked to reinvent herself through her oceans nonprofit, the TerraMar Project, and was photographed at a slew of society parties. She jet-setted to Alaska for the Iditarod, and spoke at a UN roundtable, Google’s Ocean Agenda conference, and a TEDx conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Maxwell, now awaiting trial for perjury and grooming girls for Epstein, was friendly with the Clinton clan for years. She had a front-row seat at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, reportedly as Waitt’s plus-one, at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Maxwell, Chelsea, and husband Marc Mezvinsky “flew together on a private plane to rendezvous with Waitt for a trip on Waitt’s yacht” around that time, Politico reported.
Last year, a spokeswoman for Chelsea told CNN the former first daughter was only acquainted with Maxwell because of Waitt.
Still, Maxwell’s ties to the Clintons run deeper. As The Daily Beast previously revealed, Maxwell and Epstein attended a reception at the White House during Clinton’s presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted the 1993 event for donors to the White House Historical Association, which funded Oval Office renovations including gold draperies and a new rug.
Maxwell’s dubious charity, the Max Foundation, showed a $2,500 contribution to the “Clinton Library and Foundation” in 2003. And in 2002 and 2003, the socialite traveled with the former president when he took trips on Epstein’s plane throughout Asia and Africa. Maxwell also flew from Miami to Westchester County, New York, with a group that included Epstein, Clinton, Secret Service agents and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and alleged accomplice.
In 2009, one attorney for Epstein victims hired an investigator to serve Maxwell with a subpoena as she schmoozed at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. “To say she was upset about being publicly served at this function is an understatement,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in his book.
Clinton isn't the only high-profile politician under fire over ties to Epstein and Maxwell.
President Donald Trump palled around with Epstein in the '90s and at least until 2002, when he called the hedge-funder a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump told the magazine.
In 1992, Trump held a “calendar girl” competition at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and Epstein was reportedly the only guest.
The same year, Epstein and Trump were videotaped at what appears to be a different party at Trump’s private club. Found in NBC archives, the footage was for a talk-show profile on Trump’s new life as a divorcee. The men ogle women on the dance floor, and Trump apparently tells Epstein, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot." Epstein smiles and nods before collapsing into giggles after Trump whispers something in his ear.
Jane Doe, one survivor of Epstein’s sex ring, said the financier introduced her to Trump in 1994, when she was 14 years old. Her lawsuit said Epstein “elbowed Trump playfully” before asking, “This is a good one, right?”
“Trump smiled and nodded in agreement,” Doe’s complaint alleges. “They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, was too young to understand why.” (Doe does not accuse Trump of any misconduct.)
Epstein and Trump “were good friends,” Epstein’s brother Mark told the Washington Post, adding that Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.” The financier’s address book contains multiple entries for Trump and now-First Lady Melania.
The men supposedly had a falling out over real estate in 2004, when Epstein tried to outbid Trump in a bankruptcy auction for the Palm Beach mansion of nursing home magnate Abe Gosman, according to the Post.
Three years later, Page Six reported Epstein was banned from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also apparently hobnobbed with Maxwell. At a COVID press conference in July, Trump told reporters he met Maxwell “numerous times over the years” but couldn’t answer whether he thought the beleaguered socialite would spill dirt on other famous people accused of partaking in Epstein’s trafficking scheme.
“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much,” Trump said. “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”
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2020.09.17 19:27 stake_pool Update and Few Thoughts, a (Well-Typed) transcript: Liza&Charles the marketeers, Voltaire kick-off, PrisM and Ebb-and-Flow to fuck ETH2.0 Gasper, the (back)log of a man and a falcon, lots of companies, September Goguen time, Basho, 2021 Titans, Basho, Hydra and much more thoughts and prayers

Hi everybody this is Charles Hoskinson broadcasting live from warm sunny Colorado. I'm trying a new streaming service and it allows me to annotate a few things and simulcast to both periscope and youtube. Let's see how this works. I also get to put a little caption. I think for the future, I'm just for a while going to put: "I will never give away ada". So, when people repost my videos for giveaway scams they at least have that. First off, a thank you, a community member named Daryl had decided to carve a log and give his artistic impression of my twitter profile picture of me and the falcon so that always means a lot when I get these gifts from fans and also I just wanted to, on the back of the Catalyst presentation, express my profound gratitude and excitement to the community.
You know it's really really cool to see how much progress has been made in such a short period of time. It was only yesterday when we were saying "when Shelley"? Now Shelley's out and it's evolving rapidly. Voltaire is now starting to evolve rapidly and we're real close to Goguen. At the end of this month we'll be able to talk around some of the realities of Goguen and some of the ideas we have and give some dates for certain things and give you a sense of where that project is at. The good news is that we have gained an enormous amount of progress and knowledge about what we need to do and how to get that done and basically people are just executing and it's a much smaller task than getting us to Shelley. With Byron to Shelley we literally had to build a completely new cryptocurrency from the ground up. We had to have new ledger rules, new update system, we had to invent a way of transitioning from one system to another system and there's hundreds of other little innovations along the way: new network stack and so forth. Byron cosmetically looks like Shelley but under the hood it's completely different and the Shelley design was built with a lot of the things that we needed for Goguen in mind. For example, we built Shelley with the idea of extended UTXO and we built Shelley understanding what the realities were for the smart contract model and that's one of the advantages you get when you do this type of bespoke engineering. There's two consequences to that, one, the integration is significantly easier, and two, the integration is significantly faster. We won't look at that same complexity there.
The product update at the end of the month... We'll really start discussing around some of these things as well as talk about partners and talk about how the development ecosystem is going to evolve. There are a lot of threads throughout all three organizations that are happening simultaneously. Emurgo, they're really thinking deeply about DeFi and they've invited us to collaborate with them on things like stablecoins for example but we're also looking at oracles (oracle pools), DEX and these other things and because there are already people in market who have made mistakes, learned lessons, it gives us the benefit of hindsight. It means we can be much faster to market and we can build much more competitive things in market and the Cardano community gets first access to these next generation DeFi applications without a lot of the problems of the prior generations and that's super beneficial to us.
You know, the other side of it, is that Voltaire is going to have a systemic influence not just on community funding but also the overall evolution and direction of the platform. The longer it exists the more pervasive it will become. Probably first applied towards the Cardano foundation roadmap but later on it will definitely have a lot of influence and say over every element aspect of the system including the launch dApps and these other things. Basically, long term, the types of problems that Cardano solves so that's incredibly appealing to me and very exciting to me because it's like I have this giant community brain with the best and brightest of all of you working with us to get us where we need to go.
You know, another thing that was super encouraging, it's a small thing, but it shows us that we're definitely in the right direction was that we recently got a demo from Pramod (Viswanath) and his team out of university of Illinois on a protocol they create called PrisM which is a super fast proof-of-work protocol and they wrote this beautiful paper and they wrote code along with it that showed that PrisM is a ten thousand times faster than Nakamoto consensus. If you take the bitcoin proof-of-work protocol, you strip it out, you put PrisM in, you can run the entire bitcoin system 10000 times faster. They have these beautiful benchmarks to show that. Even in bad network conditions. (I'm) promoting this team, they're, they're real researchers, and they're real engineers, they use a lot of cool HPC concepts like springboarding and other things like that to accommodate that. Then I asked him in the presentation, I said well, how much faster if you replay the Ethereum chain? He says, well, that it takes a big performance hit, could be only maybe a hundred times because that model is not as easy to optimize and shard with standard computer science concepts. In fact in some cases there are limitations there that really can't be overcome. It turns out that we're more on that UTXO side than we are on the account side. As a coincidence or intent of the design of extended UTXO we're gonna have a lot easier time getting much higher performance where and when it's necessary.
I also approved this week a scaling up of the Basho project. In particular, to build a hydra prototype team. The science has gotten to a point where we can make a really competitive push in that particular direction. What does that mean? It means that in just a few short months we can de-risk technological approaches that long-term will give us a lot of fruit where and when the community decides that they need infrastructure like hydra. Now, here's the beautiful thing about hydra. If you watch my whiteboard back in September of 2017 when Cardano first hit market with Byron I talked about this concept of looking at scalability with a very simple test which is as you get more people in the system it stays at the same performance or it gets faster. We all experience systems that do this, for example, bittorrent, more people downloading something you tend to be able to get it faster and we all experience the converse which is, the system gets slower when you get more people. What does this mean? It means that hydra is an actual approach towards true scalability in the system and it's a lot easier to do than sharding even though we have a beautiful approach to get the sharding on the ledger side if we truly desire to go down that way. There's beautiful ideas that we are definitely in deep discussions about. That's a very complex thing. There was recently a paper ("Ebb-and-Flow Protocols: A Resolution of the Availability-Finality Dilemma") out of Stanford that showed that the Gasper protocol as proposed for ETH2.0 does have some security concerns and it's going to be the burden on the shoulders of the Ethereum 2.0 developers and Vitalik to address those concerns from those Stanford professors. Whenever you have these very complex protocols they have so many different ways they can break and things can go wrong so it's much more appealing when you don't have to embrace complexity to achieve the same. The elegance of hydra is that stake pool operators are very natural parties to put hydra channels on and every time we add one we get much more performance out of that and the system as it gets more valuable. The k factor increases which means you get more stake pull operators, which means you get more hydra channels, so with growth we get appreciation, with appreciation we get more decentralization, with more decentralization we get more performance. In essence, this spiritually speaking, is really what we meant when we said scalability. That the system will always grow to meet its particular needs and we have a very elegant way of moving in that direction that doesn't require us to embrace very sophisticated techniques. It's not to say that these techniques don't have a place and purpose but it says that the urgency of implementing these is gone and we then have the luxury to pick the best science when it's ready instead of rushing it to market to resolve a crisis of high fees. We'll never have that crisis so there's a beauty to Cardano that is missing, I in my view, from many cryptocurrencies and blockchains in the marketplace and we're now seeing that beauty shine through. Not only through our community who are so passionate and amazing but in the science and the engineering itself and how easy it is for us to navigate the concepts. How easy it is for us to add more things, to take some things away, to clean some things up here and there and our ability to move through.
I never imagined when in 2015 I signed up to go in on this crazy ride and try to build a world financial operating system we would have made as much progress as we made today. We've written more than 75 research papers as an organization many of which are directly applicable to Cardano. We've got great partners who work with Nasa and Boeing and Pfizer, massive companies, that have 10 years of history and millions of users to come in and help us grow better. We've worked with incredible organizations, major universities like university of Wyoming, university of Edinburgh, Tokyo, tech professors all across the world. We've worked with incredible engineering firms like VacuumLabs and AtixLabs and Twig and Well-Typed, runtime verification, QuviQ and dozens of others along the years and despite the fact that at times there's been delays and friction throughout this entire journey we've mostly been aligned and we keep learning and growing. It gives me so much hope that our best days are ahead of us and an almost fanatical belief that success is inevitable in a certain respect. You see because we always find a way to be here tomorrow and we always find a way to make tomorrow a better day than today and as long as that's the trend you're monotonically increasing towards a better tomorrow, you're always going to have that outcome, you're always going to be in a position where Cardano shines bright. Towards the end of the month we'll have a lot more to say about the development side and that'll be a beginning just like Voltaire is the beginning and then suddenly you now notice the beautiful parallelism of the roadmap. Shelley continues to evolve, partial delegation is coming, in fact, I signed the contract with vacuumlabs to bring that to Ledger (and Trezor). The Daedalus team is hard at work to make that feature apparent for everyone as is the Yoroi team.
You see that, with now Voltaire, and soon was Goguen, and these are not endpoints, rather they're just beginnings and they're never over. We can always make staking better, more diverse, more merit-based and entertain different control models, have better delegation mechanics, have better user experience. The same for smart contracts, that's an endless river and along the way what we've discovered is it's easy for us to work with great minds and great people. For example with testing of smart contracts I would love to diversify that conversation above and beyond what we can come up with and bring in some firms who have done this for a long time to basically take that part with us shoulder to shoulder and build beautiful frameworks to assist us. For example, runtime verification is doing this with, the EVM with a beautiful project called Firefly to replace Truffle. I believe that we can achieve similar ends with Plutus smart contracts.
When you ask yourself what makes a system competitive in the cryptocurrency space? In my view there are four dimensions and you have to have a good story for all four of those dimensions. You need security and correctness. A lot of people don't prioritize that but when they get that wrong it hurts retail people, it hurts everyday people, billions of dollars have been lost due to the incompetence and ineptitude of junior developers making very bad mistakes and oftentimes those developers faced no consequences. The people who lost money were innocent people who believed in cryptocurrencies and wanted to be part of the movement but didn't protect themselves adequately. That's a really sad thing and it's unethical to continue pushing a model that that is the standard or the likely outcome rather than a rare edge case. You have to as a platform, a third generation platformn invest heavily in giving the developers proper tools to ensure security and correctness. We've seen a whole industry there's been great innovations out of Quantstamp and ConsenSys and dozens of other firms in the space including runtime verification who have really made major leaps in the last few years of trying to improve that story. What's unique to Cardano is that we based our foundations on languages that were designed right the first time and there's over 35 years of history for the approach that we're following in the Haskell side that allows us to build high assurance systems and our developers in the ecosystem to build high assurance systems. We didn't reinvent the wheel, we found the best wheel and we're giving it to you.
I think we're going to be dominant in that respect as we enter 2021. Second, you look at things like ease of maintenance, ease of deployment, the life cycle of the software upgrades to the software and as we've demonstrated with things like the hard fork combinator and the fact that Voltaire is not just a governance layer for ada and Cardano but will eventually be reusable for any dApp deployed on our system. You have very natural tooling that's going to allow people to upgrade their smart contracts, their dApps and enable governance for their users at an incredibly low cost and not have to reinvent the governance wheel each and every application. This is another unique property to our system and it can be reused for the dApps that you deploy on your system as I've mentioned before. Performance is a significant concern and this was often corrupted by marketers especially ICO marketers who really wanted to differentiate (and) say: "our protocol tested on a single server in someone's basement is 500000 transactions per second" and somehow that translates to real life performance and that's antithetical to anyone who's ever to study distributed systems and understands the reality of these systems and where they go and what they do and in terms of performance. I think we have the most logical approach. You know, we have 10 years of history with bitcoin, it's a massive system, we've learned a huge amount and there's a lot of papers written about, a lot of practical projects and bitcoin is about to step into the world of smart contracts. We congratulate them on getting Schnorr sigs in and the success of Taproot. That means entering 2021, 2022, we are going to start seeing legitimate dApps DeFi projects, real applications, instead of choosing Ethereum or Algorand, EOS, Cardano, choosing bitcoin and they're adding a lot to that conversation. I think that ultimately that model has a lot of promise which is why we built a better one. There are still significant limitations with what bitcoin can accomplish from settlement time to the verbosity of contracts that can be written.
The extended UTXO model was designed to be the fastest accounting and most charitable accounting model ever, on and off chain, and hydra was designed to allow you to flex between those two systems seamlessly. When you look at the foundations of where we're at and how we can extend this from domain specific languages, for domain experts, such as Marlowe to financial experts, and the DSLs that will come later, for others, like lawyers and supply chain experts in medical databases and so forth and how easy it is to write and deploy these. Plutus being beautiful glue code for both on and off chain communications. I think we have an incredibly competitive offering for performance and when hydra comes, simply put, there'll be no one faster. If we need to shard, we're going to do that and definitely better than anybody else because we know where our security model sits and there won't be surprise Stanford papers to blindside us that require immediate addressing.
In terms of operating costs, this is the last component, in my view, and that's basically how much does it cost you the developer to run your application? There are really two dimensions, one is predictability and the other is amount. It's not just good enough to say: it's a penny per transaction today. You need to know that after you spend millions of dollars and months or years of effort building something and deploying something that you're not going to wake up tomorrow and now it's five dollars to do what used to cost a penny. You need that cost to be as low as possible and as predictable as possible and again the way that we architectured our system and as we turn things on towards the end of this year and as we enter into the next year we believe we have a great approach to achieve low operating cost. One person asks why Cardano? Well because we have great security and correctness in the development experience and tools with 35 years of legacy that were built right the first time and don't put the burdens of mistakes on your customers. They ask why Cardano and we say: well the chain itself is going to give you great solutions with identity value transformation and governance itself and as a consequence when you talk about upgrading your applications having a relationship with your customers of your applications and you talk about the ease of maintenance of those applications. There's going to be a good story there and we have beautiful frameworks like Voltaire that allow that story to evolve and we keep adding partners and who have decades of experience to get us along. We won't stop until it's much better. They asked why Cardano? We said because at the moment we're 10 times faster today than Ethereum today and that's all we really need for this year and next year to be honest and in the future we can be as fast as we need to be because we're truly scalable. As the system gets more decentralized the system improves performance and where and when we need to shard we can do that. We'll have the luxury of time to do it right, the Cardano way, and when people ask why Cardano? Because the reality is, it's very cheap to do things on our platform and the way we're building things. That's going to continue being the case and we have the governance mechanisms to allow the community to readjust fees and parameters so that it can continue being affordable for users. Everything in the system will eventually be customizable and parameterizable: from block size, to transaction fees and the community will be in a good position to dynamically allocate these things where and when needed so that we can enjoy as an ecosystem predictability in our cost.
In the coming weeks and months, especially in my company, we're going to invest a lot of time and effort into comparison marketing and product marketing. When I see people say, oh well, you've launched proof of stake, a lot of other people have done. I don't think those people fully appreciate the magnitude of what we actually accomplished as an ecosystem and the quality of the protocols that are in distribution. That's not their fault, it's our fault, because we didn't take the time in simplistic terms, not scientific papers and deep code and formal specifications, but rather everyday language, to really show why we're different. I admit that that's a product failing and that needs to be corrected so we hired a great marketing director, named Liza (Horowitz?) and she is going to work full time with me and others in the ecosystem, a great team of people, every single day to get out there and explain what we have done is novel, unique, competitive and special to our industry. Everything from Ouroboros and contrast to major other protocols from the EOSes and Algorands and the Tezos of the world. Why we're different, trade-offs we chose over them, to our network stack, to the extended UTXO model, to Plutus, to Marlowe and we're going to keep hammering away at that until we get it right and everybody acknowledges and sees what has been accomplished.
I've spent five years of my life, good years of my life, and missed a lot to get this project where it needs to go. All of our employees have invested huge sums of their personal lives, their time, their brand, their careers, in trying to make this the really most magical and special cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure around. No one ever signed up in this company or the other companies working on Cardano to work on a mediocre protocol. That's just another blockchain, they signed up to change the world, they signed up to build a system that legitimately can look at you in the face and say: one day we have the potential to have a billion users! That's what they signed up for and they showed up to play. They built technology that evolves in that direction with some certainty and great foundations and we have an obligation to market in a way that can show the world why, succinctly, with clarity. Understandably, this has been a failing in the past but you know what? You can always be better tomorrow that monotonically increasing make it better and that's what we're going to do. We recognized it and we're going to invest in it and with Voltaire if we can't do it. You the community can do it and we'll work with you. If you can do a better job and the funding will be there to get that done. In addition to this, we think about 2021 and we ask where does the future take us? I've thought a lot about this you know I've thought a lot about how do we get the next five years as we close out 2020 and here's the reality: we're not going to leave as a company until we have smart contracts and multi-asset and Voltaire has evolved to a point where the community can comfortably make decisions about the future of the protocol and that the staking experience has solidified and it's stable.
I don't care if this costs me millions or tens of millions of dollars out of my own pocket to make happen. I'm going to do that because that's my commitment to you, the community and every product update will keep pushing our way there. We'll continue to get more transparent, we'll continue to get more aggressive and hire more and parallelize more. Aware when we can, to deliver that experience so that Cardano gets where it needs to go. Then when we ask about where do we go next? The reality is that the science as an industry, the engineering as an industry has given a menu of incredibly unique attractive and sexy things that we can pursue. What we're going to do is work with the community and the very same tools that are turning on today, the Voltaire tools, the cardano.ideascale.com tools and we're going to propose a consortium and we're going to bring the best and brightest together and give a vision of where we can take the system in another five years. With the benefit of hindsight, massively improved processes, better estimation capabilities and the fact that we're not starting with two people at IOG. We're starting with 250 people and the best scientific division in our industry and the legacy of almost, nearly by the end of this year, 100 scientific papers. That's us, you know what, there's dozens of companies throughout the history who have worked on Cardano. It's about time to scale them up too and get client diversity. So come next year when the protocol has evolved to the point where it's ready for it, we'll have that conversation with you the community and that's going to be a beautiful conversation. At the conclusion of it, there's going to be certainty of how we're going to evolve over the next five years to get ourselves beyond the cryptocurrency space. I'm very tired of these conversations we have about: are you going to go to (coindesk's) consensus or not? Or who's going to be the big winner? What about Libra or what about this particular regulation and this crypto unicorn and this thing?
You know I've been in the space a long time and I've noticed that people keep saying the same things year after year in the same venues. Yes, the crowd sizes get larger and the amount of value at risk gets larger but I haven't seen a lot of progress in the places where I feel it is absolutely necessary for this technology to be permanent in the developing world. We need to see economic identity. People often ask what is the mission for Cardano? For us IOG, you look at economic identity and you take a look at a roadmap. For it, you scale up and down, and each and every step along the way, from open data, to self-sovereign identity, to financial inclusion. You can keep going down: to decentralized lending, decentralized insurance, decentralized banking. Each and every step along the way to economic identity. When you admit a blockchain tells you that, there's a collection of applications and infrastructure that you need to build.
My life's work is to get to a point where we have the technology to do that. The infrastructure to do that, with principles, and so we'll keep evolving Cardano and we'll keep evolving the space as a whole and the science as a whole until I can wake up and say: each box and that road to economic identity, for all people not just one group, we have a solution for that. I'm going to put those applications on Cardano and success for me is not about us being king of the crypto hill and having a higher market cap than bitcoin or being entrepreneur of the year coindesk's most influential person. It's meaningless noise, success for me is reflecting back at the things that we have accomplished together and recognizing that millions if not billions now live in a system where they all matter, they all have a voice, they all have an equal footing. The Jeff Bezos of the world have the very same experience as the person born in Rwanda and we're not done until that's the case. It's a long road, it's a hard road, but you know what? We're making progress, we have great people in Africa, we have great people in eastern Europe, we have great people in southeast Asia and great partners all along the way. Great people, Latin America, great people in south America, great people here in the United States.
When we talk about economic identity there are millions, if not tens of millions of Americans who don't have it. Same for Canadians, hundreds of thousands, who don't have it. Developed western cultures, it's the greatest blind spot of policy and as we enter into a depression as a result of coronavirus, add millions if not tens of millions more onto that list. Generations are being disenfranchised by this legacy system and we as an ecosystem, we as an entire community are offering a different way forward. Not hyper centralizationn not social credit but a way forward where you own your own money, your own identity, your own data. You're not a victim of surveillance capitalism, you're not a victim of civil asset forfeiture. When you say the wrong things, you get shut out of society. Each and every human being matters and I'm optimistic to believe that when you remind people that they matter they're gonna rise to the occasion. That is the point of my company. In the things that we do each and every day, that's our mission to give the platforms to the world so that those who don't have economic identity can get it and they can keep it and no one can take it from them and they can enjoy an ever increasing growth of standard of living wealth and prosperity.
However you want to measure that this is my goal post, I couldn't care less about the cryptocurrency space. It was a great place to start but the space needs to be reminded why it exists. Bitcoin was given a mandate on the back of the 2008 financial crisis to do something different. It was not given a mandate to go be a new settlement layer for central banks or a new way for the old guard to make more money and banks get bigger and for those who are in control to preserve their power. The whole point of doing something so crazy as to buy a coin that doesn't even exist in real life, that's just a bunch of numbers in the cloud, the whole point of that was so that we as a society could do something different than the way that we'd been doing things before. So, each and every member of the cryptocurrency space needs to remind everyone else from time to time why we're here and where did we come from and where are we going to go.
The beauty of Cardano is we have already achieved for the most part a decentralized brain and that momentum is pushing harder than ever. More and more scientists are waking up, more and more institutions are waking up, getting us there. The code we have, the right approach and I think we have a great competitive offering for 2021 as we go and battle the titans and that's going to be a lot of fun but we know who we are and where we're going and we're in the right places. It's so incredibly encouraging to see the stake pool operators not just be from California or Texas or New York or Canada. To see a lot of stake pool operators from the place that need the most, help everybody does matter and it means a lot to me for the people who are there but it means a lot to everybody to say that we have created an equal platform. It makes the participation of all of us so much more meaningful. We're not just talking to each other, we're talking to the world and by working together on this platform we're lifting the world up and giving people hope. That's the point, there's a lot more to do, we didn't get everything done. You never do you aspire, you work hard, you set a moon, shot and sometimes you can just get to orbit with the first go but you know what? When you build the next rocket you can go to Mars.
Thank you all for being with me, thank you all for being part of this. Today was a damn good day with the announcement of Voltaire. Go to cardano.ideascale.com. You can participate in that, so end of September is going to be a good day too. There's a lot of good days to come, in between a lot of hard days, doing tasks sometimes entirely forgettable but always necessary to keep the revolution going and the movement going. I cannot wait for 2021, our best days are ahead of us, because of you. You all take care now .
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFa9zL_Dl_w
Other things mentioned:
https://cardano.ideascale.com/
https://www.atixlabs.com/blockchain
https://www.well-typed.com/
https://www.vacuumlabs.com/
https://medium.com/interdax/what-is-taproot-and-how-will-it-benefit-bitcoin-5c8944eed8da
https://medium.com/interdax/how-will-schnorr-signatures-benefit-bitcoin-b4482cf85d40
https://quantstamp.com/
https://bloxian.com/bloxian-platforms/ (TWIG)
https://runtimeverification.com/firefly/
https://www.trufflesuite.com/
https://experts.illinois.edu/en/publications/prism-deconstructing-the-blockchain-to-approach-physical-limits (PrisM and not our Prism https://atalaprism.io/)
Ebb-and-Flow Protocols: A Resolution of the Availability-Finality Dilemma (aka Gasper and ETH2.0 fucker) https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.04987
http://www.quviq.com/products/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnorr_signature
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2020.09.17 06:23 crusader_blue The Weekly Binge: Prison Playbook - Episodes 7 - 8

Welcome to the fourth Weekly Binge Discussion of Prison Playbook episodes 7 - 8. On Sunday, we will discuss episodes 9 - 10 of the drama.
So, based on a few comments in the last batch of episodes, I set out to have a little investigation into the doctor-patient confidentiality laws in South Korea and if they line up with their use in Korean dramas...and I wrote a bit too much...ah well. Anywho, the key piece of legislation is the Medical Service Act, which was enacted in 1950 and has since been revised on multiple occasions. Article 19 of the present version covers Confidential Information. This is referenced in the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Seoul National University Hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in South Korea.
Coming as a surprise to probably no one, South Korea has similar laws to most other countries with regards to medical privacy wherein medical personnel and medical institutions cannot disclose confidential information except where they have consent from the patient or when it's legally necessary, such as for certain criminal investigations etc.
If you want an actual discussion from an expert in the field, I found a Korean talk show called Abnormal Summit which aired on JBTC and featured topics of Korean culture through the eyes of foreigners. Episode 125 featured an emergency physician, Namkoong In who, among other topics, discussed the perceptions and stereotypes of medical professionals in TV dramas. I haven't watched the episode myself but he went into the inaccuracies portrayed in medical dramas, including those surrounding doctor-patient confidentiality.
There does appear to still be some social issues around the privacy laws in spite of the Medical Service Act. One that was mentioned in a few places was the concern that confidential information had been divulged to employers in instances where the company were paying the medical bills of employees. This appears to be one aspect where the rules in this area have been tightened up in recent years and I also saw that there have been amendments to this part of the Act as recently as 2016. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything from the last few years to suggest whether this was an ongoing problem or if these changes had successfully addressed the previous concerns.
Finally, we'll add a 2020 spin to this because earlier this year, there were some real-life medical privacy issues with the Covid-19 alert system in South Korea and the volume of information sent to citizens' phones. I will preface this by saying that South Korea wasn't alone in these kinds of issues, because many countries have had debacles with controlling the release of patient information.
But there was a specific way the alert system in South Korea revealed details about the cases that caused social stigma in communities where these people were easier to identify. This was mainly due to these alerts containing the age and sex of the patient along with where they had been in the recent weeks whilst they were likely contagious (and sometimes where they were likely to have contracted the virus itself). In some instances, this included sexual harassment classes, bars, and motels known for being by-the-hour. Despite the fact that for the most part these people weren't named, there were examples of people familiar with those locations connecting the dots and instances of those people (whether the identity was accurate or not) were then doxxed in online communities. That BBC article linked above also mentions one instance where the Gumi City Mayor released the surname of a patient from his city (population: 427,770), where her age, place of work and involvement in a religious sect had been released.
SCHEDULE:
The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Date of Discussion: Episodes being discussed:
Sun, Sep 20th Prison Playbook 9 - 10
Thu, Sep 24th Prison Playbook 11 - 12 + Nominations
Sun, Sep 27th Prison Playbook 13 - 14 + Voting
Thu, Oct 1st Prison Playbook 15 - 16
WEEKLY BINGE GUIDELINES:
Anyone is welcome to join the Weekly Binge.
Every week we host two discussions (Thursday/Sunday) in which we discuss approximately three hours/two episodes of a selected drama (only two episodes for Prison Playbook due to their 90 min runtime), in total approximately 6 hours/4 episodes per week. We are all from different time zones so there is no need to panic about being late to the party (we do operate on KST as a standard).
Within the frame of the two episodes, you may discuss anything you can think of. Whether it is a one-off post to say you were once sent to prison for kidnapping your favourite kdrama actor, episodic notes, essays on how you have now attained bromance status with your postman as your only connection with the outside world this year, rants about the importance of watching kdramas to pass the time, haikus about screaming out your frustration in a congregation or not trusting the people you are isolating with or even your favourite recipe for quarantined prison wine, the choice is yours.
If you have previously completed the drama, or, got ahead on the binge please be courteous of those who are watching the drama for the first time. When in doubt spoiler tags are your friend.
When we get close to the end of a drama we open up nominations (third last post) for a new drama, those dramas are then short listed by regular members of the Weekly Binge before we open up voting to members of KDRAMA (second last post). Every time we have a new restriction for the type of drama, so that we will not repeat the same type of drama over and over, and so that the Binge will be attractive for different people with different tastes.
Please only vote on drama selection if you plan on joining in watching and discussing the chosen drama with us. Yes, you may love said drama and want us to watch, but, there are other ways to express that love, i.e. posting a review to KDRAMA that will convince others to watch it.
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2020.09.16 09:16 SarahMathews95 On-Demand Construction – One place for Builders, Suppliers, Contractors and Customers

The concept of on-demand involving delivering and receiving products or services in real-time has revolutionized businesses all over the world and the construction industry is not behind. Construction businesses especially need to keep up with these technological on-demand changes as a lot of investment is at stake. The on-demand construction service apps enable contractors, builders and renovators to manage their operations timely and efficiently.

On-demand construction apps – the perfect solution

The reason why on-demand construction app development is especially a perfect solution for construction management/services is that it can be used to tackle two main problems in the construction industry.
One is the growing cost which has become a major cause of concern. The only way to reduce costs is to outsource as many services as possible. Moreover, construction companies are frequently searching for reliable sources from where they can hire equipment to prevent maintenance and other issues. However, even if construction companies figure out that hiring and outsourcing is an effective solution to reduce cost but then how can they find the right person or material at the right time for work? The on-demand solution can tackle this problem and we will show you exactly how. (So, keep scrolling).
The second major concern is completing the project on time and for this, it is necessary to stay connected to all the parties involved. The on-demand solution allows everyone to be connected on one platform so that changes and updates in schedule and creation of change orders can be shared in real-time.
Moreover, since everything is in one place, a construction manager can easily analyse how one decision will impact the cost, quality, safety scope and function of the project. Through Construction management apps, Business owners can maximize their team’s time and resources that can eliminate productivity loss.

Construction Industry is set to reach new future milestones

On-Demand Construction App Development

There are multiple types of apps for construction bidding and management.
1. On-Demand Construction Management App
A Construction project has a lot of money/investment stake and there are many things that could go wrong. Construction management apps allow the contractors to manage the plans, blueprints, budgets, workers, subcontractor scheduling; thus, running all the activities smoothly. They can also track progress, generate reports and estimate the costs. BuilderTrend is such an app that brings the whole building world together in one application.
2. On-demand Construction Material Delivery app
This app solves the problem of last-mile delivery issues and material shortages with the press of a button. Instead of a trip to suppliers which costs time, money and productivity, fast easy and affordable delivery of construction material can be provided on demand. TOOLBX is such an app that allows the contractor to browse through thousands of products from hundreds of suppliers and source all the materials in one place.
3. Apps for Construction Bidding
These apps assist customers particularly in finding the appropriate bid for the construction projects such as a repair and remodel in the residential, commercial and corporate domains. Normally the first thing would be searching for a contractor and sorting through multiple options with each contractor claiming to provide the best service. The on-demand platform provides a solution that saves the hassle of searching for contractors and hiring one that leaves unfinished or low-quality work. BidSquad is the best example of such a construction service app.
BidSquad
BidSquad is one of our success stories and is an on-demand construction/renovation service platform with intelligent bid filtering software. Whenever a customer has a project, BidSquad sends trained technicians to the location to perform a detailed scope of work. Through BidSquad the technician will reach out to a network of high rated contractors who will bid for the project. The customer can choose the bid according to their desired price.

On-Demand Platform for Builders, Contractors and Renovators:

ODTap offers the best modules and features ensuring the rapid growth of your business in the construction industry through on demand Construction app development. Here are a few of the core features that are provided to the customers and the contractors.

Next Step

Now that you are aware of the Construction industry statistics and all kinds of On-Demand Construction the next step is to make your mark in the construction industry. The success of your business depends upon the quality, efficiency and interface of your application.
Today where On-demand has taken over the businesses, many start-ups suffer from a lack of product innovation and originality. It is not the case with ODTap. We are constantly searching for new ways to realize your idea into a brilliant and successful business. Contact us so we can start working on your construction app today.
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2020.09.15 16:06 PrecisionGripGorilla J&K News: August

UN Human Rights Chief Raises Kashmir at Start of HRC Session:
In her section on India, Bachelet mentioned that in the last one year in Jammu and Kashmir, “incidents of military and police violence against civilians continue, including use of pellet guns, as well as incidents related to militancy”.
https://thewire.in/world/un-human-rights-chief-michele-bachelet-kashmir-45th-unhrc-session
Cabinet approves Hindi ,Kashmiri, Dogri, and English other than Urdu as official languages of J&K
https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/09/02/cabinet-approves-hindi-kashmiri-dogri-and-english-other-than-urdu-as-official-languages-of-jk/
PDP’s first meeting after Art 370 abrogation foiled in Srinagar:
Senior PDP leader said that at least twenty leaders who were scheduled to attend the meeting today were put under house detention.
https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/09/03/pdps-first-meeting-after-art-370-abrogation-foiled-in-srinaga
Exclusive: Why delay in DNA test results of three missing youth from Rajouri?
https://thekashmirwalla.com/2020/09/exclusive-why-delay-in-dna-test-results-of-three-missing-youth-from-rajouri/
J&K GETS 2ND ENTRY AS ATAL SETU BRIDGE OPENS IN KATHUA:
The bridge is situated on Dunera (Pathankot) to Basohli road and was built to improve connectivity between Punjab and J&K UT. http://www.kashmirtimes.com/newsdet.aspx?q=104815
Pellet Guns Fired On Srinagar Muharram Procession, Leading To Blindings
https://thewire.in/rights/muharram-shooting-srinagar-kashmir-pellet-guns-blindings
CONFLICT WATCH:
Now BSC student, another youth go missing from J&K’s Pulwama:
Pertinently, four youth including a BUMS student from same village have joined militancy in last two months. Among them, one was killed and other was arrested during Shopian encounter last week.
https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/09/09/now-bsc-student-another-youth-go-missing-from-jks-pulwama/
Family of Srinagar’s missing scholar demands CBI probe:
Earlier, the police had claimed that Mr. Dar had joined militant ranks, a claim vehemently refuted by family. On 23 June, the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, had claimed that Mr. Dar had joined Hizbul Mujahideen. “We won’t arrest him if his family brings him back,” he said.
https://thekashmirwalla.com/2020/09/family-of-srinagars-missing-scholar-demands-cbi-probe/
Army trooper’s brother goes missing in Pulwama; family appeals him to return:
Earlier, the brother of another army trooper also went missing, who later announced his joining militant ranks through an unverified audio. (KNO)
https://thekashmirwalla.com/2020/09/army-troopers-brother-goes-missing-in-pulwama-family-appeals-him-to-return/
Army soldier injured after his service rifle accidently goes off in Bandipora:
https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/09/13/army-soldier-injured-after-his-service-rifle-accidently-goes-off-in-bandipora/
CRPF man posted in Sector Headquarters Jammu kills wife, self, injures sister-in-law
http://kashmirwatch.com/crpf-man-posted-in-sec-hqrs-jammu-kills-wife-self-injures-sister-in-law/
Srinagar, July 20: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, suicide and fratricidal incidents among Indian security forces especially paramilitary CRPF men have shown an upward trend in the Valley with ban on availing leave to go home and meet families being cited one of the major reasons for suicidal tendencies among forces personnel.
38 days on, no whereabouts of missing soldier from Shopian: https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/09/11/38-days-on-no-whereabouts-of-missing-soldier-from-shopian/
Grenade attack in Baramulla, Six civilians injured:
A senior police officer said that militants attacked Army convoy with an grenade, However the grenade missed the intend target and exploded on roadside in which 06 civilians were injured.
https://thekashmirpress.com/2020/08/31/grenade-attack-in-baramulla-06-civilians-injured/
80 youth joined militant ranks from South Kashmir alone this year: J&K Police: http://kashmirwatch.com/80-youth-joined-militant-ranks-from-south-kashmir-alone-this-year-jk-police/
Three Hizb militants killed in Pattan encounter, say Police, Army: http://kashmirwatch.com/after-more-than-four-years-three-hizb-militants-killed-in-pattan-encounter-say-police-army/
COVID WATCH
COVID-19: J-K records 1,686 cases in a day; tally 54,096
https://thekashmirwalla.com/2020/09/covid-19-j-k-records-1686-cases-in-a-day-tally-54096/
Covid-19 Claims 17 More Lives In J&K, Toll 897
https://kashmirobserver.net/2020/09/14/covid-19-claims-17-more-lives-in-jk-toll-897/
OPINION PIECES:
Will India listen to an international outcry against Human rights violations in occupied Kashmir?
Indian forces fire pellets (called `bird shots’) with pump-action shot-guns against unarmed protesters or stone throwers, even women, and children five to eight years old. A New York Time report portrays a gruesome picture (“An Epidemic of ‘Dead Eyes’ in Kashmir as India Uses Pellet Guns on Protesters”, New York Times, August 28, 2016`) It says` the patients have mutilated retinas, severed optic nerves, irises seeping out like puddles of ink’. Doctors call them `dead eyes’. A similar report appearing in Washington Post is no less poignant ( In Kashmir, Indian security forces use pellet guns that often blind protester, Washington Post dated July 12, 2017).
The otherisation of Kashmir:
The discourse has largely been dominated by the magnitude of loss — physical, mental, economical — due to the decades-long conflict. But nothing scares the majoritarian thought as much as the fact that Kashmiris are telling their stories themselves. Here, the majoritarian thought wants to obliterate the stories of the Kashmiris and tell those again, censored, and manufactured to their ideological ends.
https://thekashmirwalla.com/2020/09/the-otherisation-of-kashmi
Kashmir Media Policy: Accentuating the Curbs on the Freedom of Press: https://www.epw.in/engage/article/kashmir-media-policy-accentuating-curbs-freedom-press
Journalists reporting from Kashmir have always worked under immense pressure, facing intimidation, assaults, and arrests. The latest media policy, announced by the Kashmir administration in May 2020, is a continuation of measures taken to curtail the free flow of information in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. Its larger aim is to make media a mere carrier of the “news” that the government intends to disseminate, and to prevent it from peddling “fake” news and indulging in “anti-national” activities.
POINTS MADE: Journalism under Repression, Monopolising the Flow of Information by the State, A Laboratory in the Making, An Orwellian Scenario, No Advertisements for ‘Anti-national’ Media, Sticks and Carrots

Should India be offended by BBC, Washington Post, New York Times coverage of Kashmir?
https://theprint.in/talk-point/should-india-be-offended-by-bbc-washington-post-new-york-times-coverage-of-kashmi285069/
Modi government sparks language anxieties in Jammu and Kashmir – and fears of Hindi imposition
· Communities that speak Gojri, Pahadi and Punjabi are protesting against their exclusion.
https://scroll.in/article/973087/modi-government-sparks-language-anxieties-in-jammu-and-kashmir-and-fears-of-hindi-imposition
‘Like a land of permanent sorrow’: A visiting Indian photographer documents life in Kashmir
https://www.washingtonpost.com/photography/2020/04/10/after-more-than-three-decades-violence-kashmir-feels-like-land-permanent-sorrow/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/world/asia/Kashmir-lockdown-photos.html
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2020.09.15 01:57 Skindiacus Sept. 14th 2020 Q&A Session

Here's a compilation of the answers from today's Q&A session. If you want more accurate sources, just search one of the questions in the #questions channel in the Chiv 2 Discord.
 
Q: Will the game be available at launch with multiple editions ? (classic, legendary, collector, etc... )
A: Multiple editions are planned. You'll have to wait and see for more info on that.
 
Q: Will there be more "meet the devs" posts akin to the one by Marc?
A: Indeed! We'd like the community to meet more of the team so expect more of these in the future.
 
Q: Will there be special events or game modes? For example like archers only, infection, ballerina moves enabled, etc.
A: Yes, we are planning on creating cool modes and then rolling them out on a certain basis. The fun will be kept alive!
 
Q: Will there be themed patches?
A: Chivalry 2 will continue to receive updates after launch, as for what those entail you'll have to see then
 
Q: Is the game ever coming to Steam? If so, is there a planned date for it?
A: We do plan to bring Chivalry 2 to Steam, approximately 1 year after the Epic Games Store launch.
 
Q: Do you have any plans for mods?
A: Post launch, we do want to pursue mod support.
 
Q: Will you run this game like a live service so we get a ton of updates for years rather than a Chivalry 3?
A: We plan on a long life for Chivalry 2 with a ton of post-launch support and updates. The proof will be in the pudding!
 
Q: There will be support for the south america servers?
A: our current plans are launch day official server support for SA, NA, AUS, ASIA, NA, EU
 
Q: Will there be a sickle as a weapon, specifically one you can spawn in as?
A: We have a good number of tools as weapons but you need to find them in the levels to use them.
 
Q: Are you guys back in the office? Are you guys enjoying development? Is everyone okay?
A: We are still working from home. Everybody is fine and safe, thank you for caring!
 
Q: I know it super early to ask, but will there be DLC's when the game is finished? Thanks for your work
A: Yes there will be DLCs of various sizes and content. We intend to keep the game alive as long as possible!
 
Q: Will chivalry 2 have splitscreen on both console and pc ?
A: No splitscreen planned
 
Q: will there be a darkforrest remake?
A: Dark Forest will return as a location but not a direct remake
 
Q: Will there ever be a limit to classes?
A: We're exploring this as a balancing option
 
Q: Will there ever be directional weapon swinging/blocking like in the mount and blade games?
A: No, mouse direction will not be used as the input for swing directions or blocks etc. Of course, you can do regular vs. alt direction swings using keyboard or mouse button input like in Chivalry 1.
 
Q: When we chop of someones head will we be able to pick it up and throw it ? this is a real question
A: Sharpen your swords and get throwing
 
Q: will there be weapon durability ?
A: That could be an interesting mechanic. But no, handheld weapons cannot be damaged currently. You will drop your weapon if you run out of stamina and are struck, though.
 
Q: WIll chiv 1's old maps be in chiv 2???? (E.G Belmez, Kings Garden, etc.)
A: Chivalry 2 will progress the story of the first Chivalry which means that canonically old battles won't be repeated. However, it's not impossible that old locations may be relevant in the continuing story
 
Q: Will you translate Chivalry 2 on Russian?
A: Russian will be an available localized language
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2020.09.14 22:07 TakumiYamamoto [GB] SA Jadeite - September 14 - October 16

Good evening (ish, it's 4pm here) from the East Coast of the United States. I thought I'd swing by and make a post for the launch of SA Jadeite!
Some vendors don't have their pages up, so go bug them! (Although they're probably sleeping right now)
Also, I hope you all are doing well. If you are a front line worker, I thank you for your service. For those stuck inside, like myself, let's do our part and not make this the new normal.
SA Jadeite
Vendors
Pricing
Kits
Special Stuff
Geekhack Thread
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2020.09.14 12:07 helloworddd AppGallery is Working with Global Partners to Strengthen the Ecosystem and Enrich the Lives of Many

AppGallery is Working with Global Partners to Strengthen the Ecosystem and Enrich the Lives of Many
• AppGallery helps global brands and locally popular brands such as TomTom, Bolt, Emirates, Sberbank and Kumu achieve business success
• Additional initiatives to work closer with partners include building three new global ecosystem cooperation labs and five new global developer service centres
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Dongguan, China, 10 September 2020 – Huawei has today shared important updates on AppGallery at the Huawei Developer Conference 2020 (Together). Delivering his keynote speech, Mr Wang Yanmin, President of Global Partnerships and Eco-Development at Huawei Consumer Business Group highlighted AppGallery’s achievements in the first three quarters of 2020, outlined the comprehensive support Huawei provides for its global partners and shared success stories to inspire developers.
“Despite increasing challenges, AppGallery and the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem has continued to show progress this year, all thanks to our global partners. With this strong support and recognition, we will continue to invest in the ecosystem as we build one of the top three app distribution platforms in the world. We are confident that as we continue to work closer with our partners, we can help them to grow and achieve their business goals, especially for those locally popular names who are looking to expand into other global markets,” said Mr Wang Yanmin.

AppGallery and the HMS ecosystem continue to flourish in 2020
AppGallery now dedicates itself to meet the diverse needs of 490 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in over 170 countries/regions with. Within the first half of 2020, user app downloads reached 261 billion, underscoring the popularity growth of this app marketplace among users.
Currently, 1.8 million developers globally have joined Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem and more than 96,000 applications have integrated with HMS Core worldwide, offering users even more unique experiences.

Meeting user need by bringing diversified local apps
An underlying priority for AppGallery is reaching the diverse needs of users across different regions and provide them with relevant and quality app services. AppGallery’s ‘Global + Local strategy’ is an innovative approach to app listing that provides consumers with an enhanced experience by focusing on popular local apps.
Some globally popular apps and services will always be the preferred choice for consumers around the world. With the support of influential global partners, Huawei’s ecosystem continues to grow, with partners such as Bolt, Deezer, Foodpanda, TomTom Go Navigation, LINE, Qwant and Telegram joining AppGallery to make life more convenient for users.
Local developers are quickly realising the wide-ranging benefits of listing with AppGallery as consumers also often prefer their own local apps and services too. In Middle East & Africa, the favourite local messaging app Imo and the well-known online shopping platform noon shopping are available on AppGallery. In Europe, BBVA, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and Allegro, a popular online shopping app has come on-board the AppGallery platform. In Latin America (LATAM), AppGallery has onboarded Bancolombia, one of the largest bank in LATAM, and Linio, the leading e-Commerce marketplace. In Asia Pacific, the popular travel booking app Agoda and Lazada, one of the top e-commerce sites are listed in AppGallery.

Developers are at the heart of Huawei’s innovation
Partners are joining AppGallery to utilise Huawei’s innovative technology and HMS core, enabling traditional sectors to fast-track digital transformation. Huawei’s fully open HMS Core helps accelerate app innovation and elevate user experience. With these capabilities and services, users will be able to enjoy differentiated experience from apps, thus to bring more business opportunities for add developers as well.
Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia with more than 67 million active customers locally, partnered with AppGallery to launch its own Near field communication (NFC) contactless payment supported by HMS. Within 11 days, over 21 million users have downloaded the app with 3.2 million installation.
Separately, Grabjobs, a leading recruitment platform in Asia, is integrated with Caas Kit that allows the app to conduct in-app recruitment and interviews. Meanwhile, 3D facial recognition payment via PayBy supported by Security kit makes payment securer. Sweet Selfie also managed to add super night mode and anti-shaking in its features list after integration with Camera kit.

AppGallery’s full-spectrum support sees partners achieving business success
AppGallery provides full-spectrum operational support for developers worldwide and assist them to unlock new opportunities, such as cross-region operation and global exposure. To date, a number of partners from various regions have benefited from AppGallery.
Tom Tom, one of the world’s leading navigation brands, has both of its popular navigation apps TomTom Go Navigation and TomTom AmiGO listed on AppGallery. Through joint marketing efforts with Huawei, TomTom AmiGO saw 22 times growth in download rate; Bolt, a ride-hailing application saw an increase of 136 times in European and Africa downloads from week one to week thirteen; Kumu, a TV livestream app from the Philippines, worked with AppGallery to launch a Mother’s Day campaign. In the first 15 days, there was 220% increase in Kumu’s premium users, and its revenue grew more than 40 times.
Huawei also has extensive support to assist developers explore business opportunities in China and other global markets, by providing relevant consulting service, localization and integration, marketing and campaign services. A spokesperson from newly joint partner Emirates said: "It’s our pleasure to build a collaboration with Huawei in order to provide the best possible customer experience…The engaging tools that are available on the AppGallery can help us create closer bonds and experiences with more customers, especially in China, which is a significant market for us. The next phase of our collaboration will roll out soon and is aimed at benefitting passengers at every step of their journey, from trip planning to arriving at their destination.”
Since last year, Huawei has helped over 700 partners enter the Chinese market.

Huawei pledges to work more closely with developers and partners
Going forward, Huawei continues to expand developer services. Huawei is building three global ecosystem cooperation labs in Russia, Poland, and Germany to serve global developers and provide enablement, testing, and certification services. Five global developer service centres will also be established in Romania, Malaysia, Egypt, Mexico, and Russia, providing local services and platforms to help developers better grow and innovate.
Huawei has always and will continue to welcome global developers to join the HMS ecosystem. We believe that by working closely together, we can bring a better, smarter app experience to global consumers. After all, when tiny stars come together, they form a brighter constellation.

For more information, please visit the Huawei Developer website at https://developer.huawei.com/consumeen/ or the Huawei Developer Forum at https://forums.developer.huawei.com/forumPortal/en/home
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2020.09.12 16:53 Morc35 [WP] The nations of the world collapsed when plants began to secrete a deadly poison. Eat a carrot? Dead. Corn? Dead. Strawberry? You guessed it, dead. 10 years later, a group of survivors finds a seed bank. Part 2

Prompt by u/Sane_Colors
Part 1 Here

Part 2:
The air vent made a lot of noise when I removed it - I had to stand on Karl's shoulders and apply a screwdriver to the screws that had begun to rust it in place, then pry it out of its housing. It hit the ground with a clatter and elicited an "eep!" from Glinda when it nearly collided with her head.
"Sorry!" I said. I grabbed the lip of the air vent and hauled myself inside, Karl pushing up on the soles of my boots. The exertion of removing the vent had kept me from getting too cold, but the bare metal was chilly enough to be uncomfortable when it touched exposed skin. I shimmied forward in the narrow space until I reached a junction. My flashlight cast deep pockets of shadow all around me. The ventilation tube was down the vent to my left and disappeared past another junction. I squirmed forward, trying not to think about how tight a space I was in, and reached the tube: it was round, seemed to be made of canvas and had metal ribs inside to hold its shape. And it was blocking my progress.
"Well, great," I muttered. No one had thought this through before sending me into the vents. I squirmed my free hand down to one of my many pants pockets and freed the multi-tool I had just put away once more. I opened the blade and stabbed it into the canvas: it cut through with surprising ease. The canvas was old and thin, and after a noisy, banging struggle I'd managed to split the tube in half. The tube slid slowly away from me, back down the vent, then picked up speed as its weight dragged it away down the shaft until the material bunched up at a corner. I squirmed after the ribbed tube, pushing it forward ahead of me. It blocked my vision of the shaft going forward, and I missed the blindingly obvious signs that it must have a downhill portion until suddenly dropped away from my vision and I nearly plummeted after it. I caught myself with my head and shoulders sticking out in the room with the generator. The space was larger than it had seemed from the opposite side of the door. I squirmed onto my back, grabbed the lip of the exposed air vent, and hauled myself out until my feet were hanging and I could drop to the ground, narrowly missing the generator.
The room looked like a storage area, rows of steel racks filling most of the space. Old cardboard boxes, empty and sagging, were scattered here and there, some of them ripped into pieces. There were steel filing cabinets in one corner, the drawers opened and empty of their contents. A set of once white double-doors led into the rest of the facility.
A knock from the service door drew my attention. "Coming, coming." I walked over to where Elisa was waving at me through the tiny window. A faux-wood desk had been dragged in front of the door and loaded with plastic containers. I didn't know what was in the plastic containers but there were heavy, and I was soon sweating from the exertion.
Elisa began pounding on the window. "I'm working on it!" I snapped angrily and looked up at her. She was waving frantically and pointing behind me. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I whirled in time to avoid a black piece of metal that was about to collide with the back of my skull.
"Fuck!" I yelled and scrambled away from my attacker. He was dressed in a thick coat and camo pants and was wielding the baton like a small bat. He hit one of the tall racks with his next swing and sent it crashing into another rack. His eyes were wild behind his thick beard and dirty face.
"Whoa, whoa!" I ducked away from him, hands up. "Wait, we're friendly!"
He lashed out again and I backpedaled past another rack. While he recovered from the swing I toppled the rack onto him. He flailed as it knocked him into another rack, then it landed on him, pinning him for a brief moment. I jumped onto the rack above him and used my weight to hold it down. The baton had spun from his hands and we was struggling to reach it.
"Hey! Hey!" I shouted at the wild man to get his attention. His eyes, dull gray but still wild, flicked to me. "We're friendly, I promise." I held up both hands, still using my weight to pin him. "I promise. We're not dangerous." I realized his jacket had a name on it, sewn into the fabric over his heart. "Johnson? My name is Becca. We're not dangerous."
The name elicited a new reaction. He stopped reaching for the baton. "What?" His voice was rough, cracked from disuse.
"We're not dangerous, I promise." I started piecing things together. "You were with the National Guard, right?"
A pause, then a short nod. "Yeah."
"Good god," I breathed. "How long have you been here?"
"What's...what's the date?" He licked his lips.
"February fifteenth, twenty-forty seven."
Johnson paused a long moment. "Seven years."
"God," I said again. "Alone?"
"Most of it."
I looked back at the door. Karl's thick beard was in the window now. I looked back at Johnson. "Johnson, I'm going to let you up now. If I do, promise you won't hurt me?"
"Can't let you in," Johnson insisted.
"Johnson, we need to get in here," I said, patiently.
"No. The seeds," he said. "The seeds are dangerous. Can't let you in. Not until I get the order."
"Not all of them," I said. "Just the domestic ones."
He stared at me, uncomprehending.
"The Wasting only affected domestic strains, Johnson. There are wild strains in this facility. They ran tests in Norway, figured out part of the genome sequence that...went wrong." I was explaining it badly, but I'd been a law student, not a scientist - this was Glinda's and Elisa's department. "Parts of Europe and Asia are recovering. They're growing food there. Now we need to do that here. Understand?"
Johnson shook his head stubbornly.
I sighed. "Johnson, if the orders to open the seed banks were coming, don't you think they would have by now? America is gone. We didn't make it." I gestured to the empty room and the torn boxes. "You're running out of supplies, out of kindling, and it looks like you barely leave the facility. You orders were to keep this place safe until they found a way to grow safe plants, right? Well, we did. And aren't you tired of doing this alone?"
I saw the tension bleed out of Johnson's face and he sagged, his eyes losing their wild look. I slowly got off the rack and stepped back. "I'm going to let my friends in now."
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2020.09.11 02:00 DuncnIdahosBandurria Pepsi-Cola PH to delist: "Sundin ang Tender-Offer!" (Friday, Sept 11)

Happy Friday, Barkada --

The PSE closed down 30 points to 5902 ▼0.5%.

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Main stories covered:

  • [UPDATE] Pepsi-Cola PH [PIP 1.70 susp] to be delisted... Korean firm Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd. acquired a majority stake in PIP, in part through a tender offer for shares, and acquired enough of the publicly traded shares of PIP to fall below the PSE’s minimum float requirements for listing. Only 2.1% of PIP trades publicly, which is well below the 10% minimum requirement. Lotte will now conduct a follow-on tender offer to try and scoop up the remaining 77.8 million common shares, and delist PIP from the PSE.
    • MB: The stock has not been traded since June 17, so this news isn’t going to gap up or gap down on anyone. Theoretically, the PIP board could have attempted a follow-on offering to sell a block of shares back to the public to satisfy the PSE’s minimum float requirement, but the board opted to go with the de-listing after reviewing its options and rejecting a follow-on, because, well, “prevailing market conditions.” That’s an understatement.
  • [NEWS] Cebu Pacific [CEB 36.65 ▼3.04%] tries to pump up sales with a seat sale... the embattled airline, owned by the Gokongwei Family through parent company JG Summit [JGS 60.55 ▼1.86%], will conduct a seat sale for “all local and international destinations” for one-way base fares as low as P99. The sale will run from September 9 to September 11, so... looks like today’s the last day. Haha, sorry.
    • MB: I’m sure we won’t hear a lot about the air travel industry until Q3 numbers are due (sometime around the start of October we’ll start to see the news prepping investors for the carnage), but it will be interesting to see how the traveling public reacts to seat sales such as this. Fundamentally, the issue is not one of price; if you won’t fly at P99/way today, you’re not going to fly at P50 or P20... or even for free. P99 is such a low fare so as to be considered as good as free. The real challenge for CEB, Philippine Airlines [PAL 5.77 ▼1.20%], and AirAsia PH, is a psychological one: people are afraid to fly, people are apprehensive of the hassle of flying, and people are turned off by the thought of being in close proximity to other humans for extended periods of time in poorly-ventilated environments. Assuming, for argument, that CEB had made flying perfectly safe, it’s in CEB’s best interest to give flights away for free to (1) demonstrate the safety with as little transactional friction as possible, (2) generate some “post-COVID” positive testimonials, and (3) re-build the habit of flying that has been so thoroughly given up. Of course, all this fails spectacularly if the CEB experience is still bogged down by tedious delays, COVID infections rise or are traced to flights, or the public’s repulsion at flying cannot be overcome even if the product itself is free. CEB’s Q3 report is going to be a riveting read.
  • [NEWS] First Gen [FGEN 25.00 ▼1.96%] suffers outage at 414-MW San Gabriel plant in Batangas City... the natural gas-fired power plant, commissioned in late 2016, suffered some kind of fault early yesterday and was shut down for investigation. Early reports indicated an electrical fault in the generator. FGEN said that the plant will remain unavailable until the issue is resolved, but that a timetable for that resolution was not available yet.
    • MB: The plant is FGEN’s third largest in the Philippines, but it is a “peaking and mid-merit” power plant, meaning that it only operates during the peak consumption times of the day to take advantage of the higher prices during those times of higher demand. This is not baseload power, but investors will want to see the company resolve the issue because time is money and lost time is never recovered.
  • UPDATE MacroAsia [MAC 4.79 ▲0.42%] prepares for distribution of 20% stock dividend... Lucio Tan’s airport services company initially declared a cash dividend of P0.25/share, payable on May 4, 2020, but the board amended that to be a stock dividend, with a record date of August 14, and a payable date of September 11. This means that all MAC shareholders of record on August 14 will receive a stock dividend in the amount equal to 20% of the number of MAC common shares held on August 14. It also means that all MAC shareholders that came on-board after August 14th are about to get diluted.
    • MB: The cash-preserving play to amend a cash dividend to a stock dividend is an interesting one, but completely understandable given, well, everything. The dividend will introduce 315,159,630 common shares to MAC’s existing 1,618,146,293 shares, for a new total of 1,933,305,923 listed shares. Year-to-date, MAC is down over 65%, but... hey, free shares? Except for all the new investors after August 14, but that’s a good example of the importance of due diligence for mid/long-term investors.
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2020.09.10 14:38 AlYlNG Asian Parents Rant

Sorry if I’m doing this wrong, but this is my first ever post on Reddit, so please forgive me if I mess something up. To start, I live in South East Asia and am currently being raised by Asian parents. I’m sure many of you know this, but corporal punishment is a widely accepted part of parenting in Asian culture. To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s considered abuse since it’s so commonplace here. As a child, my mother was very physically and emotionally abusive towards me. Also, I was heavily bullied in school, and my grades were affected because of my poor social life. I tried going to my parents for help about my social situation, but only got yelled at for being “bad at making friends.” To improve my terrible grades, my mom would sit next to me and have study sessions where I’d basically repeatedly drill through problems in exercise books over and over again. If I made a mistake, I’d get spanked by her hands, rulers, hangers, etc. She’d also pull at my ears and knock on my head really hard. Along with that, she’d say things like “I wish you weren’t my daughter,” or call me stupid and useless, with a myriad of other insults. One particular session I remember vividly involved a math problem. It was a question I didn’t know the answer to, and every time I got the answer wrong, I got spanked. I just kept repeating the same answer over an over again, because I didn’t know what to do. By the time my mother was exasperated enough with me to end the barrage, the affected area was swollen, red, and pulsing like I’d never felt before. Also, if I came back with bad test scores, or made her mad in general, I would have to do 200 squats and count them out loud, and if I ever became too quiet in my counting, she’d add 10 more to my total. The same punishments also applied should I have done poorly on my piano or ballet lessons, which was quite often. I became so scared of her punishments that I’d try to hide from her whenever she became mad. Of course, this wouldn’t work and I’d get in more trouble for trying to avoid it. My mother also gaslighted me many times, to the point where I didn’t really trust myself anymore, and got angry over the simplest things. For example, in elementary school, my teachers would make us write essays in composition books and we’d skip a page so that our teachers could leave comments and corrections on the blank pages. My mother got mad at me for skipping pages, and when I tried telling her that I was simply following orders, I got hit, because “composition books were expensive,” and she didn’t want to spend more money buying more than necessary. Also, she once got mad at me for walking behind her in a shopping mall and threatened to hit me when we returned home. Speaking of shopping malls, I once had a high fever while accompanying her during one of her excursions, and when I cried because my body was aching so much, my mom made fun of me for being weak and sick. Due to my poor school and home life, I started to contemplate suicide for a bit, and made the mistake of voicing this to my mom. As expected, I got scolded and lectured for thinking such “stupid thoughts” because I had such a “good life and and so much to live for.” My family also had a pet dog that my older sister got as a reward for doing well on her SPM test (think of it as the equivalent of the SAT). As she went into college, my sister had a rebellious phase and stayed out many nights. As a result of this, my mother and I would be the one to take care of her dog, and once, when our pet got scared during a thunderstorm and ran upstairs, my mother found her and kicked her down 2 flights of stairs. She also hit me and took away my devices for “not noticing” that our dog had ran up. When I turned eleven, my family planned to move to America because of a job opportunity my father had. I was unsure about the idea, and my sister and parents both had differing opinions. My sister ended up making me cry by telling me how I’d miss my friends and what not, and brought my dad to watch me “air my concerns.” When my sister wasn’t around, my dad told me that she was just trying to manipulate me because she didn’t want to lose her dog, since we’d be sending our pet to my aunt’s while we were in America. I realised that both of them were actually trying to manipulate me to their side, and became very untrusting of them after the event. When we finally moved, I became very withdrawn from my parents and mostly stayed in my room because of my past experiences. My mother, of course, didn’t like this and, for a little while, demanded that I never close my room door. We were living in an small single floor apartment at the time, and my bedroom was connected to the living room, so anyone from there would have a bird’s eye view of what I was doing at any moment. Since I became so introverted and emotionally blank, my mother thought I was literally becoming psychopathic. She read a news article about some quiet girl who poisoned someone, and and told me that I was going to become a “monster” like the girl because I started acting socially distant. She also cried because I was a “木头人(wooden block, basically showing no emotion),” and didn’t care about her. After moving to a new American middle school, I started getting more friends, and since I was so badly bullied in Asia, this was basically like a dream for me. When I told my mom about how I’d let my friends rant to me about their problems, she said that I had no friends, that they didn’t care about me, and that they were just using me as their psychologist. When I ran off crying, she told my dad that it was good, so that I’d “learn my lesson,” whatever the lesson was. When she was teaching me how to make an egg sandwich, she also hit me for putting pepper on the wrong side of the sandwich. When I moved to high school, I started learning about how corporal punishment and abuse was wrong in Western culture. I was shocked at how my friends had so much freedom, had such healthy relationships with their parents, and could speak to them so freely. As a child, many of the books I read and all the adults around told me to just love and respect my parents, and that everything they did was for my own good. I thought that I was being a selfish and bad daughter for not liking the way they treated me. My teachers also noticed that I said “sorry” a lot, even when I apparently didn’t need to, which was something I couldn’t help. Now, I’ve moved back to South East Asia. My grades have improved much more, and I’ve just graduated from high school a few months ago. I’m going to enter college for a major in biomed next year. It kinda sounds pathetic to admit, but I just spend my days holed up in my room while waiting. I lost contact with my Asian friends long ago, so the only other contacts I have that aren’t my family are my American friends, who I still talk to online. When I look back on my childhood, everything is a blur. I can barely remember any happy events from that time, and there are many gaps in my memory. Many of my family members express surprise when I tell them that I don’t remember much. I’m not sure if this is my brain blocking out the trauma or just the natural process of time. I occasionally get nightmares about my parents, and many of them are about memories I didn’t even know existed until I wake up crying. I’ve started to keep a dream journal and noting down the dates and contents of the nightmares, in an attempt to organise my thoughts. I’ve also recently broken down over seeing a piece of furniture I accidentally broke as child. I don’t remember what my mother did to me then, but all I know was that I was very scared. My mom has mellowed out over the years, but I try to avoid her. She gets a bit peeved that I don’t spend time with her, but I’m not going to tell her the reason why I do so. My dad in particular has gotten a bit more aggressive and prideful, refusing to admit any faults and getting angry the moment someone disagrees with him. He also lectures me way more now, and tried to get me to ignore the way my mom mistreated me, since it’s “not nice to her.” Although he’s hard to talk to, I manage. Since I’m going to college next year, I’m moving in with my sister, who suggested going to therapy. I’m interested, but also a bit apprehensive, since I know it’s going to open up old wounds which I’ve tried to hide and potentially make me talk to my parents more. I really don’t want to do that, because I’ve slightly considered cutting contact with them when I become financially stable. They are my parents though, and I do owe them for providing for me for so many years, so I don’t think it’s the best course of action. Hopefully I’ll figure something out when I get older. To anyone who’s made it this far, thank you so much for reading this. You have no idea how good it feels to finally get this off my chest. The only other person I’ve ever told this to was my teacher in America, and I had to convince him not to call social services for me since I didn’t want my mom to get arrested. Well, I guess this is all I have to say. I’ll see if I can update this post if I remember anything else.
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