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'In Vision' Commentary Notes - The Most Hated Family in America
2023.06.07 09:31 McGlone_Games 'In Vision' Commentary Notes - The Most Hated Family in America
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It only took 10,000 words to get here, but I finally got through all the 'In Vision' commentaries from 'The Strange and the Dangerous' DVD box-set. And we're ending with a bang that would split Hell wide open even more than Princess Diana, with the Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist Church, aka 'The Most Hated Family in America'.
\"BECAUSE, YOU ARE... A REBELLIOUS... BRAT!!\"
For this one Louis is joined by Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner who specialises in LGBT issues, and someone who has personally been told by Shirley Phelps that he is going to burn in Hell.
Cast of bigots: Fred (patriarch of the Phelps family and leader of the church), Shirley (one of Fred's daughters), Jael (one of Fred's granddaughters), Steve (former documentarian who married into the family)
- Louis: "Would they be so happy, if they weren't so hateful?"
- Louis first learned of the Phelps family in 1995, when one of his colleagues on Michael Moore's 'TV Nation' show produced a segment on them
- As someone he knew had already covered them, Louis "resisted" using them as a subject for Weird Weekends, and waited until enough time had passed for him to make a follow-up documentary
- Peter, who is openly gay, had been raised in a Baptist church that, unsurprising, was nothing like the Westboro Baptist Church
- There is a discussion of how homosexuality is "the absolute, defining point of their faith", along with criticism of the various ways the church attempts to justify it
- The family's excuse for wearing clothes made of "mixed fibres" was that there is a distinction between "ceremonial law" and "moral law"
- The family's excuse for one of Shirley's sons having a goatee (Leviticus states that trimming your beard is forbidden) was also to do with "ceremonial" vs. "moral" law, although Shirley was "shaken for a second" when Louis brought it up
- The family's excuse for why some men in the family were not circumcised was that Paul "released people from having to follow Jewish law"
- Louis was impressed by how many in the family had memorised such a wide repertoire of Bible verses and quotes, which he credits to them mostly being lawyers
- Peter notes that "SHUT UP!" is not "a very Christian response"
- If you look closely at the 'In Vision' commentary, Louis is mouthing the words yelled by the moustachioed man who drives past and swears at the family (he then repeats what the man said to Peter)
- Louis thinks that the man was going to say the family could only get away with what they were doing because they were protected by their right to free speech (remember that for later...), but he drove away before he could finish
- Of Shirley's "10 or 11" siblings, Louis says 9 of them were lawyers and they had a "legalistic" way of looking at the Bible
- They both think the Phelps' "compound" looks like it would be a nice place to live
- Louis was familiar with how people in cults can have a "dazed" or "damaged" look to them, but thought the female children seemed "healthy and outgoing" and "in a weird way, well-adjusted, other than their moral outlook"
- Peter had interviewed Shirley and compares it to "talking to a wall [...] she just carried on regardless"
- Louis states that a gay man visiting the Phelps' would not be "like a black man visiting the Ku Klux Klan [...] they would be reasonably welcoming, as weird as that may sound" (Peter looks ever-so-slightly sceptical)
- Louis implies that the family have an odd sense of equality, as they simply view everyone outside the family as Hell-bound sinners
- Shirley had told Peter that he was going to burn in Hell "in a very nice way"
- There is a discussion of how much weird stuff there is in the Bible, and how modern churches pick-and-choose what they want from it
- The crew made 3 trips, each lasting "a week, or slightly less", and they spent time with Jael on the second trip
- Louis says they tried to show the "human side" to the church members, with Jael being the "easiest to relate to" because of how there was some "turmoil there" (she is a nurse who was raised to believe that all her patients deserve to die and will burn eternally in Hell)
- Peter compliments the family's graphic design skills, "just a pity about the message"
- They both look amused by the idea that Princess Diana's death "split Hell wide open"
- Louis "really enjoyed" making the program and he was "relaxed" about arguing with Steve, as he knew he didn't have to worry about losing access to the family, because "they didn't really care what you threw at them"
- Louis: "They expected you to take issue with everything, and get into barneys and ding-dongs"
- The family had been "very involved in Democratic politics", though Louis suspects this may partly be because the Republican party was supported by other Christian groups that the family hated
- In his younger days, Fred had received an award from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) for his legal work during the civil rights movement
- Peter mocks Fred for using "Armenian" as an insult, before Louis corrects him to say that Fred is saying "Arminian" ("it's a theological... thing")
- Louis notes that Fred immediately disliked him and was "quite grumpy"
- At the time of recording the commentary, the family had been successfully sued for millions of dollars, after being found guilty of their picketing "causing mental anguish and distress" and Louis says "technically, they may be bankrupt"
- Louis: "Are they still active, do we know?"
- [What happened was that Synder vs. Phelps initially resulted in the family being ordered to pay $5 million, but the judgement was later reversed (with that reversal being upheld by the US Supreme Court) when another court determined that Fred Phelps was protected by his right to free speech]
- The family spent "tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars" each year to fly around the country and picket funerals
- The family makes "a reasonably good living" through their legal practice in Topeka, Kansas
- No-one from the church will represent you as a lawyer for your first divorce, but they don't have a problem with representing you for any subsequent divorce ("at that point, it became meaningless")
- Louis mentions how Shirley's family were the happiest and "her daughters seemed very self-assured", likely because they were "so close to the power" (Jael was not one of Shirley's daughters)
- Some of Shirley's brothers had wives who had been "excluded" from the church (they could live on the property, but not socialise with anyone), because of their "transgressions"
- Peter does not agree with taking children to any kind of protests where they do not understand what is being protested
- Being a member of the family essentially meant that you were forced to take part in pickets ("emotional blackmail", as Peter calls it)
- Peter on Shirley: "She loves the fact the world hates them."
- Louis: "It makes them think they've got something important to say."
- Louis mentions that they had followed and filmed interviews with the male children of the family, but none of it was included in the episode, because they simply weren't as "lively and interesting" as the female children
- When Peter asks, Louis confirms that the male children had exactly the same attitudes and opinions as the other family members
- The family's excuse for watching British TV shows like 'Ali G' and 'Trigger Happy TV' was that they could "find it amusing", while still thinking everyone involved in the production was going to Hell
- Louis: "It's not what goes into the vessel, it's... something-something, some line about how, basically, you can watch whatever TV you like."
- Peter notes how the family are sex-obsessed when it comes to the physical act ("to the point of, it's not really normal or healthy"), but never acknowledge the emotions associated with it
- Shirley's first child had been born out of wedlock with a man she did not go on to marry (surprisingly, the conversation Louis had with her about this "wasn't particularly interesting")
- Louis notes that Shirley and her siblings had a "complex relationship" with Fred, and claims that they had previously worked through feelings of "resentment and rebellion against him"
- They both (correctly) predict that Shirley might be "running the show" now, but she will have a problem becoming Fred's successor, because strictly adhering to the Bible means that women cannot preach in church, so she could not formally be put in charge
- Peter: "So they're misogynistic, as well as homophobic?"
- Peter points out how the women have their heads covered during the church service, as it says to do in the Old Testament
- Fred, literally, lived above the church, in living quarters with his wife
- Louis believes that Fred had tailored his sermon to target Louis (or a UK audience in general), as he had given it a "transatlantic flavour"
- The Bible contains "a recipe for bread that includes human excrement" ("Google it", Louis says)
- Peter: "I'll leave that to them, thank you."
- Personal Note: Did you really think I wouldn't Google it?
- Peter: "Gay men are sex-obsessed, for heaven's sake, but these people are even worse!"
- Louis (with a big grin on his face) gets Peter to explain what "scat" is
- Louis is still unsure about how serious the family was when they talked about things like gay men drinking "feaccuccinos" (coffee made with faeces)
- Louis doesn't do much with the little time he has to speak to Fred, because he was expecting to have a sit-down interview that never happened
- Louis explains that the church's focus on homosexuals began in the late 1980s, when a local park was being used by gay men for sexual encounters and the council would not act against it
- Louis notes that you can hear his voice begin to crack when he reads the dead soldier's obituary, because "sometimes when I'm tired, I get more emotional", and he genuinely was starting to cry
- The family were fully aware that picketing the funerals of, for example, miners who died after being trapped underground would get them more attention than simply protesting against politicians
- Louis mentions how the family had been stopped from picketing the funerals of some very young children who had been shot by a "madman", after a local DJ offered them an hour of airtime as an alternative
- The family's excuse for being so nice to each other, yet awful to everyone else, was that they reserved their "Christian virtues" for fellow members of the church
- The family's excuse for constantly judging people was that "thou shalt not judge" didn't mean you can never judge, and the Bible makes judgements that they are expected to follow (Louis grudgingly admits that they do have a point with that one)
- There is an interesting discussion after Peter challenges Louis on why a small "sect" that has almost no real influence deserves to be the subject of a documentary, with Louis essentially saying that an otherwise intelligent family group following such an extreme interpretation of a religious text makes them significant
- There is a far less interesting discussion when Louis asks Peter, an atheist, how a gay man may struggle to be Christian
- Peter points out Jael's prolonged sigh during her conversation with Louis in the car (neither of them predict that she will end up married to a postman from Bradford)
- Louis: "They create the animosity that then makes them feel as though they're right."
- They both laugh at Jael's whiny "What did we do to them?!"
- Louis notes how the family would "change the meanings of words" (they weren't "picketing", they were "preaching")
- Louis: "I think they were quite pleased with the documentary. [...] They got a lot of hits on their website."
- Peter: "I think a lot of hits on the website doesn't necessarily mean to say a lot of people were supporting them."
And that's the end of the commentaries! Thank you to everyone who's been following along and reading these. A fish with a rude word in its name asked me to recap 'Louis and the Nazis' (now, there's something you can only say on reddit), but after that I'll take a break from spamming the subreddit with my waffling.
And if you haven't read my other 'In Vision' commentary recaps, then here are the links to them:
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2023.06.07 04:24 Bramborough Through the first crisis
New to BB and loving the game. After several tries, just now finally "completed" first campaign. Only in the sense that I got through the first crisis (Undead) and the game says "congrats! you've won! retire?".
Which I'm not; definitely continuing this run. Day 116, my highest bro is level 9. Most of my guys still in the raider gear. One toon has better stuff (I think looted from a bandit leader). But nothing famed other than one decent shield. I did "camp-bust" a good bit looking for such as I'd read on here, but didn't find anything. 73 battles. 12 fallen bros in the Obituary (one of whom was with us 99 days...that one was depressing lol).
I've read many comments that early "fight density" is important, I probably should have more fights than 70-ish by now, and that's why my highest guy is still only at 9. Tried to do that, but sometimes just don't run across anything "attackable" for a while. lol or lose a lot of time running from Lindwurms (yeah, THAT encounter was an unabashed save-scum moment).
In any case, no doubt a n00b-ish run, but even at beginnebeginner, challenging nonetheless. Great game.
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2023.06.07 04:02 PandaNo2416 Please give me F(20) advice on college, life, graduate school, and the fear of having no passions
I, (20)F am going into my junior year of college and I want to change my major. I know, I know, that changing your major in itself is not a huge deal. But I’m really struggling with this decision and the paths that I could go on. I’m just feeling lost and would love any opinions!
My first thought is to major in marketing and minor in graphic design. I would still graduate on time and I could just be done with school. I’ve been having a lot of family issues and stressors lately, so I would really love to be just DONE. I want to move away from where I currently live (rural Pennsylvania) and just start my life. I really enjoy creative work. However, my fear is that I will spend my whole life doing marketing for some company I don’t care about while struggling to make ends meet. I have this nightmare where my family is reading my obituary at my funeral and my future kid reads: “my mom was the best person I knew, she worked at (insert company here: swifter, bic pens, Marlboro) for 40 years and sold ( mops, pencils, cigs) for that time. Now, she’s dead”. Is that really my life’s passion and work???
My second option is changing to psychology with the intent on graduate school (OT, PA). I would also still graduate on time. I really enjoy connecting with people, taking care of them, and feeling like I find purpose in my work (INFJ). However, with everything going on in my life, this is a huge stressor with having to acquire patient care hours, volunteering, shadowing, leadership, etc. I would be in so much debt after PA school. My life has always been so turbulent and the thought of completing more school after undergrad is overwhelming. But I know I would like this career and the stability it brings.
I’m struggling with finding any advice because most adults in my life live and work in the small town. Ex. Your parents work at a small company, your friends parents work at the beer distributor, the casino in town, at the local school district, or are nurses.
At the end of the day, all I want is to move to the south, have a job I like, and not live this overwhelming craziness. I know moving away won’t solve every problem.
I just have no idea what to do! Anything helps :)
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2023.06.07 01:43 onewatt The Coming Revolution in Gospel Study - or "how nerds read scriptures"
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AI Interpretation of hype levels in the church when we get semantic search!
Beep boop beep.
Despite the vast amounts of hype-vomit related to "AI" in recent months, a lot of which is unwarranted, there are some really exciting possibilities out there in technology land. I've gone back to AI and AI-adjacent tools to solve a few problems related to study and research in the gospel setting. What I found is surprising and thrilling. In fact, it sucked me in HARD the past few weeks.
I'm so excited about what is possible I want to write a super long post about it! Here is my report. Young people will be powerful speakers with AI help! Also apparently ice cream will appear at the pulpit!
Writing a talk.
I was asked to speak in church recently and, on a whim, decided to "talk" with ChatGPT for part of that process. I asked it for advice on a certain subject, tried outlining, etc. The results were very boilerplate and uninspiring. I would say this could be a good tool to get started, brainstorming ideas, creating a first outline, or distilling points from a talk. I imagine youth speakers could get a lot of mileage out of using it! :) Use cases for talk writing:
- Brainstorm: Paste the text of your assigned conference talk and tell ChatGPT to distill it down to its main principles or points. See if any of those resonate with stories from your life.
- Outline: explain you are giving a talk on your given subject and ask it to provide an outline for a X minute talk. You can then use that as a starting point, cutting and replacing sections you don't like.
- Expand ideas: Try asking the program to expand a concept. For example: "How could I explain Christ's Healing Power in a talk? Are there scriptures that I could cite which relate?" If you do this in a conversation where you have already made it clear this is for a talk in the LDS church, the program will know to include our unique doctrines and scriptures in its response.
What it can't do: Write a joke.
According to AI, this is what \"Latter-day Saint News Reporter\" looks like. Nice.
Eliminate clickbait from Latter-day Saint News? Check. What is it?
For many years I have been aware of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Latter-day Saint focused blogs, news sites, online magazines, etc. The problem, of course, is that ain't nobody got time for that.
I've tried a few different solutions to this, relying on google alerts to find me relevant articles, but it often gets overwhelmed when something hits the news, or by false positives like obituaries, church building construction announcements in regional news outlets, or even ads. I tweaked and tweaked and finally gave up on that, resorting to just a simple feed aggregator.
The downsides of a feed aggregator are that A) many sites nowadays don't have feeds, and B) It can still be way way way too much since you still have clickbait titles, unclear titles, and, well, a decades-old technology that isn't really approachable.
So I tried an experiment. Could ChatGPT read the article for me
and let me know if it's something I actually care about? The AI News Flow:
- A website posts an article.
- New articles are sent to ChatGPT with the instructions to summarize the article in the style of a news roundup email. That summary is saved in a google sheet.
- Once per day, all the new rows of the google sheet are put together as a single "post" and sent to Chat GPT with instructions to:
- Read the post and generate a fun, social-media style title based on the content.
- Read the post and generate a welcome paragraph or two based on the content.
- The daily roundup post is emailed to me with the title as the subject, and the body as the welcome plus the list of summaries.
This works pretty ok. It could work great if I was willing to pay for ChatGPT4 to do the work but that would cost me about 20 dollars per month instead of a buck or two in processing time. By using ChatGPT 3.5 it costs me next to nothing, but it often forgets to return the link to the original post or to format properly. I'm not too fussed about that. You can see the results of this experiment in /mormonism
where I have MoroniBot post the results daily.
I really like this because I can skim the email or the post in /mormonism
once per day and get a pretty good idea of what's available to read without dealing with clickbaity headlines. I'd love your feedback. What would be neat:
If I were feeling bold I would work on a system where ChatGPT actually ranks each article based on relevance and other factors. That ranking could then be used to eliminate false-positives, repetitive content, etc. and allow me to go back to using Google Alerts which would make the feed more news-like instead of just blog focused. The downside, of course, is that this would cost a lot (maybe an extra 20 - 30 bucks per month?) since GPT4 is really the best for this kind of qualitative task.
Second, while I can gather videos from youtube, if they don't include a lot of details in the video description then there's not much for ChatGPT to go on. It would be cool to send any new videos that hit the feed to Assemblyai or some other transcription tool before GPT analysis. Then even videos with blank descriptions could be included. Same with podcasts. This, of course, would add significantly to the cost for a casual user like me, but it's crazy to think that the possibility is out there! Tools used:
- Pipedream - for automation, cron, email, etc. Cost: free
- Google sheets - to store article summaries. I could also use pipedream for this, but eh. Cost: free
- OpenAI API - used to connect to ChatGPT. Cost: couple dollars per month based on processing time
- Reddit API - used to post on reddit. Cost: free
- FreshRSS - used to gather blog posts. Cost: free
This little experiment shows just how disruptive LLM enhanced algorithms will become in the future. Imagine if Youtube, which already HAS the transcripts for its countless videos, is able to implement GPT-style analysis at scale. It suddenly stops being a case of "here's videos that people LIKE you also watched" but instead "Here are more videos which are like the ones you already enjoy." Ideally this will eliminate those annoying false-positives like when searching for Latter-day Saint related subjects and you also get bombarded with all the anti-mormon content. (The scary truth side of that is: ideology bubbles would only be made stronger. You'd have to actually want
to see a different perspective before finding it.)
Speaking of improved searches:
Massive-handed President Nelson cavorts through data using Semantic Search!
Semantic Search What is it?
Of everything on my list, this excites me the most!!
Underpinning the recent AI developments is a technology called "vectors." This is not new tech. In fact it's decades old. For our purposes, think of it this way: Instead of storing a word in a database, you convert that word into a shape. (That's the vector) Every letter, word, sentence, and paragraph could be turned into a unique shape depending on how your program works.
Why is this useful? Well, computers are bad at comparing words, or making sense of natural language. But they are VERY good at math problems like comparing shapes. See where we're going? So if you use vectors, you might be able to get a computer to identify when words are "pretty close" to other words.
Stick a bunch of words, phrases, and terms that mean "hate" in a vector database and a computer might be able to compare Yelp reviews to that database and figure out which reviewers hated their meals - even if they never used that word - simply because the shape of the review
was mathematically similar or "close" to the shape of hate-related terms.
What makes the latest AI so powerful is that they are very very very good at generating vectors based on meaning or "semantics." So, for example, the words "hot dog" and "mustard" will be more similar than "hot dog" and "dog." But what about in a gospel setting?
If this works right, it will mean much deeper studying and learning for us. Imagine l jump into the gospel library and search for "How can I access physical healing?" and get some great results in conference talks and articles which talk about that exact issue. But if I search "semantically" I might also get things like the gospel topic essay on death
, and the one on adversity
, since those are closely related semantically to the need for physical healing.
- A search for "What is the purpose of suffering" will return not just articles about that subject but also topics like:
- Council in Heaven
- Heavenly Parents
- Original Sin
- Complex questions in conversation style can still get relevant results
- Well trained AI can translate your human-style question into a more targeted query if needed
- Well trained AI can examine all the returned results and summarize them for you
- Scriptures can be connected not just by footnote, but by meaning
I tested this out in an app using "streamlit" and a database of general conference talks, scriptures, and other documents. I fed large chunks of the talks to OpenAI which created a vector for each. Then the app uses a user query to search those vectors for similarity. You can try it out here: https://topical-guide.streamlit.app/
It's not well done, and crashes often, (just try again if it happens to you) but I have had a great experience using it.
In the last few weeks I have used this tool to research reddit questions on this subreddit. Inevitably I find resources and insights I hadn't thought of before.
What's crazy is that I have ZERO programming and engineering experience and I was able to make something that I feel gets me some great results. A whole gospel search engine made from scratch by a total amateur in a matter of a couple of days!
I expect that real programmers and engineers will be able to create tools that will let members search through our vast gospel library MUCH more powerfully. Especially in the scriptures, where finding answers can be difficult, and meaning isn't always clear. I look forward to see what people create. What would be neat:
There are incredible libraries out there that we ought to be searching through. The reality is that we just don't have the time to read the text, categorize it, and find places to include it in the existing gospel library. A semantic search engine fixes all of that!
I added BYU Studies and BYU Devotional texts to my app, but there's so much more. It would not take much to create a database that searches through much more than we currently have in the gospel library, but still be focused on faith. I hope to add more documents, to my test and if you have any ideas of resources that should be in my database let me know. I'd also love to see an app that can return results based on date of the talk, maybe even sorting by weight for "authoritativeness" in some way. There's some very interesting opportunities here. Tools used:
- ChatGPT - to tell me how to write python scripts that will do what I want, and to generate vectors. - 20 / month for gpt4
- Python - you know, for doing things. - free
- Streamlit - creates an "app" from my hokey code -free
- Supabase - database for the text and vectors - free
A perfectly average Latter-day Saint volunteer answers questions in chat, circa 1997
Trained AI What is it
A process called "Fine Tuning" is how you train an AI into acting the way you want. ChatGPT is a large language model that has been fine tuned by having tens of thousands of conversations with real humans who then correct it and give it examples of the "right" way to talk. While this cost millions of dollars, some companies are creating trained AI for as little as 600 dollars by simply letting the big AI do all the training instead of actual humans.
Ideally you will upload a large database of questions and responses to your model, thousands and thousands of examples of how you hope it will behave, the types of answers it should give, the temperament it should have, etc. But creating that database is a big challenge. For example, if I want to create a chat bot for a law firm, I'd have to spend months and months finding and inserting common legal questions and the right kind of non-legal-advice responses that would be appropriate. So these fine-tuned models are still only options for bleeding-edge tech companies.
Right? The Gospel Angle
For decades, we've been chatting online, human-to-human, about gospel questions, needs and desires. I can think of two massive databases:
- The Church Missionary Department, which ran live chats with missionaries for many years
- FAIR Latter-day Saints, which has been offering email-based human responses to questions for decades.
I'd be very very interested to see how a Fine Tuned model could be adapted to answer simple questions for websites like FAIRLatterDaySaints.org
. FAIR in particular could really power up their search function by combining semantic search and a Fine-Tuned model to summarize search results. And the crazy thing is it wouldn't cost a lot. It might be a couple thousand to do the fine-tuning, but the database and the individual queries would be only a few dollars per month.
In essence, we could end up with a search function where the article you find isn't the static subject matter page with additional resources, but a custom response written specifically for your need and presented in the style of the thousands of faithful members who have volunteered their time to help people just like you. It could express sympathy for your unique struggles, and offer encouragement tailored to your perspective.
Perhaps most importantly, it could be trained to offer a gentle prompt in the right direction for many, encouraging users to reach out for help.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts.
2023.06.07 00:42 ruchenn Françoise Gilot, painter and memoirist, has died, aged 101. (unlocked New York Times obituary)
2023.06.06 21:51 jonesinjosie My MIL announced our pregnancy in an obituary.
I’m 9 weeks FTM, and we hadn’t told anyone yet. The only reason she knew is because I passed on wine and charcuterie at a family dinner two weeks ago and she guessed. We confirmed her suspicions, but told her under no circumstances should she tell anyone else. At the time, I hadn’t even been to the doctor to confirm.
My husbands aunt passed away not unexpectedly on Saturday, they posted the obituary (that MIL wrote) today and in the section talking about family it says “aunt to XYZ, and soon to be great aunt to the child of husband and jonesinjosie”. I was at work, hadn’t seen the obituary, and had no idea until his family’s group chat and the Facebook post started blowing up with people congratulating us and asking if we’re pregnant. Then (because people were tagging us in the comments on Facebook), all of my family and all of our friends saw it and now they know as well.
I’m just so sad. I had a cute way planned to tell my parents, and instead they found out from a social media post. It’s our first and the first grandchild on both sides, so I was really excited and looking forward to telling people in person and seeing their reactions. I’m also just not comfortable with people finding out this early, I’m terrified that something is going to happen, we haven’t even had our dating ultrasound yet. My husband talked to his mom and told her that really wasn’t okay, and her response was sort of “I didn’t realize it would be a big deal, but there’s nothing we can do now”. I don’t even feel like I can be upset with her because she is grieving the loss of her sister, but I also feel like she took something away from me that I can’t get back. How big of a deal do I make about this?
Update: I can’t possibly reply to all of you lovely people, but thank you for validating my rage 😅 all of your kind words make me feel not so alone. This has definitely been a wake up call to who my MIL actually is.
She is NOT normally like this, she is normally so lovely, which is why I was trying to have a little grace with her. I was able to talk to my husband after he came home from work, and he is just as devastated as I am. He lost his dad when he was really young, so he’s very close to mine and was so excited to tell him. We decided to call her together and explain exactly why what she did was so hurtful. She sobbed the entire phone call and tried to claim that she didn’t know we hadn’t told my parents, which neither of us believe and we told her as much and that even if she really thought that, it was still not her place to announce it. She asked us repeatedly if we could forgive her, to which we gave a resounding no and told her not only can we not forgive her, we can no longer trust her. We basically ended the call by telling her we don’t really want to talk to her right now, and to please not contact us until we reach out.
My husband also sent this text to his family’s group chat, which obviously his mom is in: “Hello all. Thank you so much for all of the love and congratulations. We are expecting, but it is still very early in the pregnancy and this is not how or when we wanted everyone to find out. To be very honest, this is how jonesinjosie’s parents found out, and we are both quite upset about that. We so appreciate and love all of you, but kindly ask that we be given a bit of space for now and at the funeral this weekend, as we are still processing the disappointment of not being able to tell everyone in our own way.”
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2023.06.06 21:50 Falconerelectronics Mina Miller Edison: A Powerful Force
Mina Miller Edison lived an incredibly inspiring life. She thrived in numerous aspects. Especially since she played many roles throughout her impressive lifespan. Highly educated, confident, ambitious and determined represent the characteristics that describe Mina.
She displayed a deep committed to her family. This includes being the loving wife to inventor, entrepreneur and American icon Thomas Edison. She was also a loving and dedicated mother.
In addition, Mina demonstrated a strong passion for her community with the endless organizations that she contributed a tremendous amount of time and energy.
Mina was born into an entrepreneurial family on July 6, 1865. As the Miller family continued to grow, Mina was the seventh of eleven
children born to inventor Lewis Miller and Mary Alexander. Her parents had a love for education. Mina attended and graduated from Akron High School in Ohio. After high school, she went on to study at a home and day school in Boston.
Mina’s Father the Inventor and Founder
Mina Miller Edison was born into a family that was used to being in the spotlight. Lewis Miller was a successful inventor. He also became one of the founders of Chautauqua Institution. The Miller family spent summers in their home along Chautauqua Lake. Her families love for Chautauqua was passed down to Mina. Therefore, when she had a family of her own she brought them to her family home at Chautauqua Institition.
Mina’s father and husband both had a passion for inventing. However, what they chose to invent was different from one another. While Thomas concentrated on technology and electronics, Lewis focused
on farm equipment. They shared the common goal of making life easier with their inventions.
Chautauqua Institution sets on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State. The Institution was originally called the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly. It was founded in 1874
as an educational experiment
in out-of-school, vacation learning by industrialist Lewis Miller
and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent. Hence, a place where spirituality meets continuing education
“The original scheme was a Christian educational resort . . . [where] pleasure, science, and all friends of true culture should go side by side with true religion.”
We call Chautauqua County
home which is also the birthplace of the National Historic Landmark
, Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua Institution is a 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake that attracts 100,000 visitors each summer who explore spirituality, philosophy, cultural vitality and the arts.
President Theodore Roosevelt once called Chautauqua Institution: “the most American thing in America
The mission of Chautauqua Institution (or as locals call it, CHQ):
CHQ is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.Each summer season celebrates four program areas: The Arts, Religion, Education and Recreation. A summer at Chautauqua is loaded with lectures, concerts, religious services and as well as amazing displays of literary and performing arts. Chautauqua Institution attracts world-class talent that performs ballet, theater, opera, symphony and dance. Click here to check out this season’s exciting events.
The Multiple Achievements of Mina Miller
Marriage to Thomas Edison
When Mina Miller met Thomas Edison, she was promised to her gentleman suitor, George Vincent
, the son of Bishop Vincent. Edison learned that Mina would be staying the summer at Chautauqua, he arranged to spend time there to win her and meet her family. Thomas Edison’s hearing was badly compromised by this time from when he was a child so he taught Mina to send and receive Morse code. That summer, he used it to ask her to marry him. He tapped “Will you Marry Me?” on Mina’s hand, and she said “Yes.”
The next step was getting permission from Mina’s Father Lewis, to which Thomas wrote this:
“I trust you will not accuse me of egotism when I say that my life and history and standing are so well known as to call for no statement concerning myself. My reputation is so far made that I recognize I must be judged by it for good or ill. I need only add in conclusion that the step I have taken in asking your daughter to entrust her happiness into my keeping has been the result of mature deliberation, and with the full appreciation of the responsibility and the duty I have undertaken to fulfill. I do not deny that your answer will seriously affect my happiness, and I trust my suit will meet with your approval.”
won the approval of Mr. Miller. The date for the wedding was set for February 24, 1886, hardly more than a year after they met. She was only 20 years old. Oak Place, the Miller home in Akron, was to be the site of the wedding. Father Miller and his Mary Valinda spared no expense in seeing that the nuptials were an occasion to be remembered.
Managing a Home Full of Staff and Children
When Mina and Thomas Edison got married she was much younger then her husband. She became the stepmother to his three children. Still being young herself she was not fully ready for motherhood. However, Mina Miller Edison took charge of the household. Often times Thomas was not around due to his work. This left Mina in charge of hiring the house staff as well as raising the children. Furthermore, she gave herself the title of “home executive”. Mina also held ownership of Glenmont
. The home she shared with Thomas. Owning and managing her own home was the first of many successes for Mina.
Children of Her Own
Two years after their marriage Mina and Thomas added to their family with their first child, Madeleine. This started the same pattern of children Thomas had with his first wife. Their daughter was soon followed by two sons, Charles and Theodore.
Madeleine Edison Madeleine
was born on May 31st, 1888, the first child born to Mina. She was born in Glenmont, the Edison Family home in New Jersey. Madeleine married John Eyre Sloane. She married him in the Drawing Room at Glenmont on June 17, 1914. Madeleine and John had four sons, who happened to be Thomas Edison’s only grandchildren from either marriage.
Madeleine briefly ran for Congress in 1938, she sadly lost. During World War II she gave much of her time to blood drives for the New Jersey Red Cross. She also administered the Edison Birthplace in Milan, Ohio after her mother’s death. She died on February 14, 1979.
Charles Edison Charles Edison
was born into the Edison Family at the Glenmont on August 3,
1890. He married Carolyn Hawkins, whom he had met in 1912 then married on March 27, 1918. Finally, he became president of his father’s company, Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated, in 1927. He ran the company until it was sold in 1959.
Charles is the best known because of his second career, in public service. In the mid-1930s he served in the cabinet of President Franklin Roosevelt. First as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, then as Acting Secretary. New Jersey voters elected him as their governor in 1940. He also founded a charitable foundation that now bears his name, the Charles Edison Fund. He died on July 31, 1969
Theodore Miller Edison Theodore Miller Edison
was the last to be born at Glenmont on July 10, 1898. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he earned his physics degree in 1923. He was the only member of the Edison family to graduate from college.
Theodore did work for his father’s company after graduation. After starting as an ordinary lab assistant, he worked his way up to technical director of research and engineering for Thomas A. Edison, Inc. He eventually founded his own company, Calibron Industries, Inc. Also, he built his own smaller laboratory in West Orange. Theodore earned over 80 patents in his career. In 1925 he married Anna Maria Osterhout, a graduate of Vassar. He became an ardent environmentalist. Theodore lived in West Orange with his wife Anna until his death on November 24, 1992
With the marriage between Thomas
and Mina, she took on his three children from the first marriage
. Marion, twelve years old, Thomas, Jr. ten years old, and William Leslie eight years old. She continued to struggle with her relationship with her stepdaughter. Mina’s stepchildren did not take education as seriously as she did. They believed that Edison’s fame could make their future for them. Finally, due to this belief, Mina’s stepchildren went on to live less acclaimed lives as the other Edison children.
Marion Estelle Edison Marion
was the first born of Thomas Edison’s children. She was born on February 18, 1873, and gained the nickname “Dot” as a child after Morse Code. In 1895 she married Karl Oscar Oeser, a German army lieutenant. They lived in Germany through the First World War. Unfortunately, her marriage ended in divorce in 1921. Finally, she then returned to the United States, where she died on April 16, 1965.
Thomas Alva Edison Jr
Thomas Alva, Junior, was born on January 10, 1876. He had the nickname “Dash” after Morse Code like his sister. He went on to marry stage actress Marie Louise Toohey in 1899. However, the marriage ended within a year. He next married Beatrice Heyzer. Thomas Jr sold the use of his name to advertise “quack” medicines and dubious inventions. His father disapproved of this and eventually asked him to change his name. Thomas Jr. briefly went by the name of Thomas Willard. His efforts at inventing and starting a mushroom farm failed. Finally, he died on August 25, 1935.
William Leslie Edison
William Leslie was born on October 26, 1878. He went to school at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. Then also attended J.M.Hawkins School on Staten Island. He later studied at the Sheffield scientific school at Yale. William soon married Blanche Travers. William Edison served in the military during the Spanish-American War in 1898. He also served again in the First World War. Like his brother he turned to farm life, breeding chickens. Finally, he died on August 10, 1937.
Chautauqua Institute and Mina’s Influence
Mina’s father’s love for Chautauqua
was passed down to his daughter. Mina dedicated herself to many organizations locally. She supported many land and wildlife conservation. Often times Mina would donate her own funds to projects for Chautauqua. Mina became a trustee of the institute. Others involved in Chautauqua held Mina in high regards. Also much like her father, Mina continued her involvement with her beloved Institute
until her passing in 1947.
Mina was active in many different organizations and clubs including:
The Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
After Thomas Edison passed away, Mina started The Thomas Alva Edison Foundation in his memory. The foundation combined both Thomas’s and Mina’s passions. Mina’s love for education and Thomas’s love for science. However, later on, the nature of the foundation changed. It was no longer dedicated to advancements in science and education. Finally, it became a foundation aimed at preserving Thomas Edison’s name and accomplishments
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2023.06.06 19:40 astoriacutlery Astoria Cutlery Update: Service Relaunch - Broken Arm is now a little less broken!
Hope everyone is having a great start to their summer! Thanks for all the thoughtful messages and gestures, and apologies for the service gap. The humerus is coming together nicely so I have a couple of updates on my end.
I am going to bring wheel sharpening
back online. This is a much more mechanical (and faster) method of sharpening. The results are still crazy sharp, but it leaves a slight hollow grind on the secondary bevel; it isn't as aesthetically pleasing. I recommend this service for those loose-drawer Ikea knives and the like.
Out of respect to the makers, I might try to talk you out of any knives above the $75 range. If you have been waiting to get your favorite beater tuned up but found my whetstone services cost prohibitive this is the time!
I'm still a little way out on whetstone sharpening. The doctor won't give me a real date to return, but it looks like early July will be my relaunch for hand sharpening. You can get on the waitlist here.
We also still have classes
available next week! At the time of writing this, we have one 2-person seat left for date night on Friday 9/16. We also have sharpening classes at 9 AM and 12 PM on Saturday 9/17 available.
As always, we still have gift cards and hand-printed shirts in the store if you want to gift or rep your favorite neighborhood knife biz.
Thanks again for your continued support. I have missed you all dearly and am excited to see all of your smiling faces again. Keep a lookout, we're going to be in the Queen's Gazette on June 16th!
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2023.06.06 19:23 SchlesingerMindy323 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in KY Hiring Now!
Hey guys, here are some recent job openings in ky. Feel free to comment here or send me a private message if you have any questions, I'm at the community's disposal! If you encounter any problems with any of these job openings please let me know that I will modify the table accordingly. Thanks!
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2023.06.06 19:19 Crypto_US_Tax Is Now the Time for Plan Fiduciaries to Think About Bitcoin? Tick Tock – Why It is Helpful to View Bitcoin Halving Cycles Like a Clock
Is Now the Time for Plan Fiduciaries to Think About Bitcoin? Tick Tock – Why It is Helpful to View Bitcoin Halving Cycles Like a Clock
In April 2024, the fourth Bitcoin halving will occur. The halving means that the portion of the block reward that is a fixed number of bitcoin a successful miner receives for their work will be cut in half. Currently, a successful miner receives 6.25 bitcoin for each block it mines plus the amount of transaction fees associated with the block. The fixed number of bitcoin a miner who successfully mines a block will receive after the next halving will be 3.125.
A Bitcoin halving occurs every 210,000 blocks. A block is mined approximately every 10 minutes and the Bitcoin protocol assures the blocks are mined approximately every 10 minutes by adjusting the difficulty of the hash rate every 2,016 blocks. The difficulty adjustment moves the target hash
up or down depending on how fast the previous 2,015 blocks were created which is strongly correlated to the hashing power being used over that time period.
One interesting way people have begun viewing the halving cycles is in terms of a clock. A halving occurs approximately every 4 years ((210,000 blocks * 10 minutes)/(365.25 days * 24 hours * 60 minutes) = 3.99 years). Every 52,500 blocks would represent approximately one year of the four-year halving cycle. The next halving is scheduled to occur on April 15, 2024
. Viewing the halving cycles as a clock provides myriad interesting insights as the chart below illustrates.
Sorry I can't get the chart to copy into post but it is here at the link - https://cryptoustaxattorneys.com/tick-tock-why-it-is-helpful-to-view-bitcoin-halving-cycles-like-a-clock/
The top of the clock, where a 12 would be on a typical clock, represents the point where the halving occurs. This represents a reset in the halving cycle and the count towards the next 210,000 blocks begins. The orange line on the chart represents the price of bitcoin and each circle represents bitcoin’s price denominated in United States dollars starting at $0.001 and growing by a 10x multiple all the way to $1,000,000 at the outermost circle.
The blue dots on the chart represent the price of bitcoin reaching an all-time high. At Bitcoin’s inception, before a halving even occurred (which could be referenced as the genesis cycle), the price of bitcoin reached an all-time high in each of the first three years of the genesis cycle. However, discounting the genesis cycle appears appropriate as Bitcoin was truly in its infancy and no supply shock had been introduced into the system.
After the first halving, which occurred on November 28, 2012, the price of bitcoin reached an all-time high within the first year of the halving cycle. The price of bitcoin continued to fluctuate until it surpassed its previous all-time high in the second year of the halving cycle. The bottom of the second halving cycle, which is marked by the red dots in each cycle on the chart above, came in the third year of the halving cycle
After the second halving, which occurred on July 9, 2016, the price of bitcoin reached an all-time high at the end of the first year of the new cycle and again in the first half of the second year. The second halving cycle’s all-time high was achieved almost exactly halfway through the second year of the halving cycle. The bottom of the second halving cycle occurred almost exactly halfway through the third year of the halving cycle.
After the third halving, which occurred on May 11, 2020 and is the current halving cycle, the price of bitcoin reached an all-time high in the second half of the first year. The third halving cycle’s all-time high, just like the second halving cycle’s all-time high, was achieved almost exactly halfway through the second year of the halving cycle! And, just like the bottom of the second halving cycle, the bottom of the third halving cycle, at least to date, occurred almost exactly halfway through the third year of the halving cycle.
There is a trend for bitcoin to reach an all-time high within the first 78,750 blocks of a new halving cycle. In fact, it is almost precisely at that point, 78,750 blocks into a new halving cycle, that bitcoin has reached its all-time high for that particular cycle. Similarly, the halving cycle lows of the past two cycles are each roughly 131,250 blocks in to the new halving cycle.
Another interesting insight the chart provides is the line representing the bitcoin price never intersects anywhere in the chart. In other words, the price of bitcoin has never been less at that specific point in the halving cycle compared to the previous halving cycle. The spiral has only grown outward. Will that continue until the final block reward is paid out in 2140? I’m skeptical. However, it would not be a surprise to see this trend continue for several more halving cycles as Bitcoin continues to become intertwined with the world’s economy.
Bitcoin recently entered the fourth year of the current halving cycle. If history is any indicator, this has been a good time to buy bitcoin. Admittedly, Bitcoin has never existed during a recession which could be looming over the world economy. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day volatile swings of the price of bitcoin and the mainstream media’s sensationalized claims that Bitcoin has died (474 times and counting
), but viewed through the lens of the halving cycles a pattern may be emerging. A sound strategy may be to allocate a small percentage of one’s portfolio to bitcoin and then forget about it for two halving cycles without following the predictable price fluctuation that occurs over the short-term.
Even if a plan fiduciary is not ready to make bitcoin available to plan participants or place on a pension fund’s balance sheet, it is time for all plan fiduciaries to have a deep understanding of Bitcoin’s fundamental properties. One question that plan fiduciaries should ponder is: If this market cycle is not the right time for plan participants and plans to invest in bitcoin, how many more successful market cycles are needed?
I would highly encourage those who are interested in learning more about the Bitcoin halving cycle phenomenon to watch this insightful, concise presentation
from the 2023 Bitcoin Conference. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to [contact us](mailto:[email protected]
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2023.06.06 15:22 Soul-Reaper-of-Hell My Life Story (so far, no TLDR)
Well you see, nearly 10 years ago, my grandmother called CPS on my mother, for weed of all things. She was a good mother, she was nice, and CPS decided to take away her rights to me and my siblings.
I'm the oldest, I spent my life so far in 3 different foster homes, 2 mental hospitals, and 12 different schools. My father left when I was 4.
My life got fucked up, at the first mental hospital, it was like forced Christianity. They were psychotic.
Second one was my aunt and uncle's, aunt was just fucking rude, uncle was a drunk asshole.
Then a the first mental hospital, it was alright. Once got my toenail pushed in from a pull out chair there. A few days later I was tosses into an ambulance (not for the pushed in nail) and sent to another mental hospital, with a bunch of other kids up in North Dakota.
One girl there ripped her toenail off, me and another kid got someone's key card and ran to the door and nearly got out.
They got me, I had the card and they took it. Half a year later and I got let out and sent to the third foster home, good foster mom and great foster dad, and I loved my foster sister. Closest person I had. Things were great for 2 years, then a new kid game, a girl, an asshole named Marissa.
She played football, once I accidentally hit her leg, she got pissed, I ran all the way up to my room, she caught me and threw me at my wall and started just kicking me, full force. I hated her with all my being.
Then A got a boyfriend, (not even gonna censor his first name) Lee, I hated him. He drank and smoked all fucking day, and got A to start as well. S started becoming cold to me, and Bitch (Marissa) always hung out with her.
They hated me together. One day A blamed me for taking Lee's microphone for his headset, I didn't, they found it in my room. S and Bitch planted it in my room to get me in trouble. They took my Chromebook, I needed it for school work and without it I had nothing to do. And when I tried explaining why I wouldn't take it, because my Xbox controller was taken by them, they didn't care.
I ran away that day, it was raining. All I had was an umbrella, a hoodie, sweatpants, and my shoes that I'd worn all day. It was starting to become nighttime, and I had nowhere to go. So I started yelling, asking people passing by to call the police.
Eventually the cops got to me and brought me back to Hell, ("home") and I was shivering half to death, I got a warm shower, and S said "oh, so now he gets special treatment?!" By the way this was the early days of TikTok, after it was changed from Music.ly.
and BOOM! TIME TRAVEL!
A few years before things got fucked upside down and up the ass, they asked if I wanted to be adopted, I said yes. Then things got fucked upside the ass and then I didn't. The last year, okay, short part of the year, I was asked by a new social worker (old one was a bitch who cares only for money) if I wanted to go back to my grandmother, I said yes.
Then when it was time, I said my goodbyes, Sis didn't care, and A was crying, oh and Lee was gone at the time, main reason I left then was because I didn't have any reason left to stay.
Anywho, then I was back with my grandmother and grandfather, things were okay. My mom came back and I cried then, tears of joy. We all were living okay. But I still didn't get to see my siblings.
My blood sister, I missed the most. I still do. I've been here for five years... closest I've gotten was talking with her father, Steve Litzau. I remember my mother's Boyfriend (I like him, he's cool) asking him when a good time is. Steve's answer was "never, he's never gonna see her." And Steve can kill himself for all I care. Oh, and my sisters grandmother is Lori La Bey. She may seem like a kind lady, founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, truth is she's a terrible person. She's the reason I can't see my siblings, she fed lies to CPS and they believed her. Or she paid them. One of the two.
Family is supposed to help each other, so why did my aunt adopt my brothers and my grandmother adopt me?! My mother's brother died at 9 years old, hit by a train. Grandmother recently said to my mother in one of their thousand arguments, which granny cries for sympathy after each one, she said to my mom "I wish you died instead of [uncle's name here]!"
I dislike my grandmother greatly, and she's always rude to my grandfather who is currently on oxygen, he has to sleep on the couch apparently. Many inconsistencies in my life story because I've stuffed those memories deep, deep down, I'd rather not remember.
Oh, and S died in 2021. (If you want the obituary link, ask) I cried for the rest of the year. And all the ones after. (Let's just say that Pneumonia and Asthma are not a good combination) I'm still fucked up, depressed, damn near suicidal. And I feel miserable, empty. I rarely eat. I don't cry anymore.
OH! and I know why things got fucked at my old foster home. Marissa Jasso or some shit, she fucked with everything, IF SHE DIDNT SHOW HER UGLY ASS FUCKING FACE THINGS WOULD'VE TURNED OHT GREAT! I WOULDNT BE SO FUCKING MISERABLE RIGHT NOW! EVERY OUNCE OF HAPPINESS THAT I USED TO HAVE IS GONE! I'M FUCKING EMPTY! and that emptiness is overwhelming...
I visited FMom, she was doing much better, and she knows she did wrong back then, plus she lost her foster license...
Steve still hasn't gotten any reprocussions, but he will... one day.
Welp, that's my life story! Do with that as you will.
Sorry if you read this and wasted your time.
-My Life Story (so far, no TLDR) by V.
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2023.06.06 13:18 orderofservice An Important Guide to Honor Your Loved Ones
Funeral preparation may be a difficult and distressing experience. The funeral order of service design is a critical component since it details the ceremony's flow and directs mourners as they pay their respects. This article will examine a sample printing order of service funeral
, go through tips for writing a funeral obituary, describe the typical sequence of events during a funeral procession, and offer suggestions for what should be included. This order of services for a funeral is meant to help you plan a funeral that is meaningful and personal, regardless of whether you are planning a conventional, contemporary, religious, or non-religious service. I was wondering, what exactly does a funeral service order consist of?
An order of service funeral is a booklet or program that contains the funeral service's events and proceedings. Funeral order of services often consists of a greeting, readings or prayers, tributes or memorials, musical selections, a period of meditation, and the committal or last farewell. It acts as a map for guests, directing them through the service, and giving them something physical to remember the deceased by.
📷 How do you properly document a funeral?
Incorporating all necessary information into a written obituary takes time and thought. Begin by giving the full name of the dead along with their birth and death dates. Specify the time and place of the funeral ceremony and any other events in funeral orders of service, like visitations or receptions, that will be held in conjunction with it. If there will be any speakers or officiants at the wedding, be sure to list them. Think of using important passages from the person's favorite books, poems, or scriptures. Finally, make sure to include any special requests or directions in order of service for funeral
, such as a dress code or a charity gift in place of flowers. What happens when people show up for a funeral?
There is a standard format for a funeral service, but it can be modified to fit the needs of the family & the religious or cultural norms being observed. The usual order of services for funerals is as follows:
- Attendees are gathered and welcomed.
- Remarks of introduction or a message of welcome
- acts of worship such as readings and prayers
- Memorial or commemorative addresses
📷 What elements constitute proper orders of service funeral?The following should be considered while designing an order of service:
- Title page featuring the decedent's name, a photograph, and the date of death
- An opening or introductory statement
- Timeliness and order of occurrences
- Prayers, readings, and songs led by a select few
- Tributes from the heart
- Lists of songs, complete with artists and titles
- Directions for quiet contemplation or group activity
- Specifics of the funeral or other farewell
- Where to find help or how to get in touch
- Thank you and acknowledgments
- Final thoughts, a quotation, etc.
An important component of paying tribute to a deceased person and commemorating their life is putting together Order Of service for funerals. A funeral ceremony with a well-planned schedule of events can be a source of solace, direction, and significance for those in attendance.
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2023.06.06 05:37 SwagDawgButOnReddit Models Not Found (Help Me)
This is a long and detailed post asking for modding help, be warned: So, I need some help. I got deep into Kenshi mods and now when I try to make a game, basically every modded race says "Error: Character model for race (race) not found" and I cant use nor load them. The problem started after I installed Genesis, Lost in the Ashlands, RE_Kenshi, and PerformanceFix. I have not tried to use Genesis and LitA enabled at the same time. I have fully deleted the games appdata and workshop files and tried again to no avail, I have tried different load orders, I have tried restarting, I have tried using Kenshi Mod Manager, I have tried uninstalling genesis, I have fully removed performance fix, nothing has worked. The models that arent working come from RBLS, Kenshi 40k, Advanced Character Creation, and playable Hive Pretorians. Some others work and dont but I am not sure what mods they come from. The races are still all options in the menu, and the race stats work. But the models do not appear and the race can not be played. I genuinely have no clue of what to do but don't want to give up on Kenshi, if anyone has experienced this problem, knows what the cause is, or has any advice or even ideas I am eager to hear them. Thanks, -Clueless Idiot
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2023.06.06 02:53 Trick-Ad9660 My family won’t tell me how my Uncle died. I’m not allowed to go to his house. I don’t know where his remains are. I’m not allowed to speak to anyone and I’m not allowed to know.
TLDR: I’m in the UK I don’t know how to find any of this out. I don’t remember his birthday or the know the date and cause of death. I only have his name and address. No one will tell me anything and it’s making my grieving process so so much harder I don’t know what to do.
The relationship with my Dad has been frosty. I was being abused by my sisters so I stood my ground with them and refused to attend family functions until they acknowledged their behaviour was abusive. My Dad wasn’t happy with this and felt I should retain my place as the family scapegoat. He stopped talking to me meaning I couldn’t easily retain contact with my Uncle as we live far away. He was sick and a boomer so didn’t use social media. I lost his phone number. Now it’s too late.
The last time I saw him we were supposed to hang out after my Grandads funeral but again - my sisters were being abusive, fighting screaming. I ended up leaving in tears without keeping my promise to him. His face lighting up when I asked him to come with me is the thing I remember.
My Dad answerd the phone to me for the first time in years. We had a conversation like o was a normal human. I said I wanted to grieve and go pay my respects at his home with him as someone hid my uncles death and has stolen his remains. My Dad agreed to see me for the first time in years. Me - a moron I messaged my sisters to ask if they were coming? Suddenly my Dad won’t answer the phone to me. My sisters are telling me I’m “interfering” and I’m not welcome and specifically told me I’m not allowed to know anything that’s happening. I sent my Father a text letting him know I’m still coming to visit him and the grandchildren. I asked when is a good time? After a week of ignoring me his tone suddenly changed back to being aggressive and nasty. He told me I’m not to come see him nor am I allowed see any of my family. I said again - I’m very upset about the death of my uncle, I also had an old friend die too and I’d already booked my (expensive) travel tickets and accommodation to visit. He’s ignoring me again. I feel like it’s only me & Dad that cared about my Uncle at all. They didn’t care at my grandparents funeral and used it as another opportunity for abuse. I’m upset on so many levels right now and have to grieve for him alone.
I’ve been looking for funeral and obituary announcements in his local newspaper and can’t find anything. I know he had friends and a girlfriend but they’re all kinda addicts so - I don’t know how he was treated while he was sick? what cancer killed him? did he know? Did he have a funeral? My uncle and grandparents were the only adults in my life I have happy memories of. They’re the only ones who treated me as a normal kid and not a scapegoat. My sisters were put on a pedestal so don’t appear to really care about them as they weren’t a big part of their life but they meant everything to me and I’m deeply cut up my Uncle died suffering, neglected and alone.
I’m partly writing this just to get it out. I don’t know anyone else that can understand how I feel right now. Also - if anyone knows how can I find out something by myself without any help please let me know. I live about 12 hours away but I’m thinking of going and knocking door to door asking about him to try and find out what happened. I can’t even find a photo of him. I looked on Ancestry.com and couldn’t find anything. All the people who would’ve been able to help me now are dead. I just want some closure.
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2023.06.06 02:45 nekro_mantis CMV: The Development Of Powerful Ideologies Asserting Racial Hierarchy/Essentialism In The Colonial Era Is Causally Linked To The Black Death
Most explanations of European colonialism hinge on economic/technological essentialism, arguing that colonial empires emerged out of historically banal competitive proclivities which were delimited in specific nations by key innovations including guns and naval technology. Historical analyses of why Europe achieved these advancements in technology and economic structures have also been done ad nauseum which include arguments about the impact of The Black Death (relaxation of malthusian pressure), and disease is also factored into these stories specifically in regards to new world colonies.
The assertion of this post will be that the realized inclination to dominate and dehumanize otherized peoples by asserting a ideology of racial hierarchy/essentialism cannot be reductively painted as a non-unique display of general human nature in ambition amplified by the arrival of key innovations in technology and economic systems, nor can it be chalked up to a nebulous evil inherent to colonial peoples. Instead, The Black Death likely induced cultural evolution of European communities toward heightened suspicion, wariness, and scrutiny of outsiders as a disease avoidance adaptation. The presence and easy manipulation of this instinctual fear would have been a non-trivial factor contributing to the cruel, dehumanizing nature of European colonial powers and their engagements with foreign cultures during their empirial tenure.
Here are a few things that are suggestive of this conclusion:
1.The Black Death has already been implicated by historical analysis as responsible for the intensification of persecution against otherized people within Europe at that time (Jews, Romanis, Lepers, ect.)
- Many of the nations hardest hit by the plague would later become major colonial powers (U.K., France, Spain, later Germany).
- Contemporary evidence of infectious disease exposure being predictive of racial bias that, interestingly, shows a greater effect in white study participants.
- Other analysis has shown historical particularities can have a lasting impact shaping cultural dispositions of groups who lived through them. The Black Death was a historical event of devastating scale and importance that is hard to overstate.
TL;DR: Hatred and Contempt for difference are a way of remedying the uncertainty of fear. In this case, fearful disposition was a historically contingent characteristic of relevant populations with an identifiable cause. CMV
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2023.06.06 02:44 PreparationDue9432 The ghost in my house is pretending to be me (reupload for edits)
Hi Courtney! I've been a big fan for a long time and finally decided to submit my story so hopefully, it gets seen! I've submitted this story before and am resubmitting it in an easier to read format!
I moved into the house I live in now with my family in 2017, however, my mom and brother moved out and I now live here with my best friend, sister, and boyfriend. We had a few other roommates at one point too but they have moved out now. For a little background, we believe our ghost is named Norman, as when we moved in we found an old obituary in the attic for an 18 year-old boy named Norman along with lots of old furniture and what we like to call the "exorcism kit." We don't really know what it is but it was an old box lined with velvet that had a silver cross, an old glass jar with a cork that was labeled "holy water" (like literally engraved into the glass), a rag, two little cups, and a booklet titled "instructions for the sick room" telling you what to do when a family member is dying (turn out the lights, light a candle, call the priest, etc.) Weird stuff like footsteps and scratching on the attic doors were pretty common but I wasn't really freaked out until people started seeing "me" around the house.
The first time this happened I was still living with my mom and had been home alone all afternoon. My room was all the way up on the third floor along with the attic storage space, and I had been up there for at least a few hours. My mom came home from work and yelled out for me to come downstairs. I came down and she asked me if I was just downstairs. I said no pretty confused and she said it was okay I wasn't in trouble she just wanted to know. When I told her I had been in my room for hours she told me that as she pulled in the driveway she had looked through our living room window and had seen a girl who looked just like me standing in our living room spinning in circles with something in her hand. She assumed it was me on the phone with a friend. All the doors were locked and I had been upstairs, so there was no way it was anyone in our house.
The next time someone spotted "me" was when my mom had moved out and we had some friends living with us. They had been walking back towards the house after going out and had a similar experience where they had seen "me" through the living room window, except this time because of the angle they were at it was just my face from my chin up staring out at them. When they came inside and I wasn't in there they came into my room to ask about it and we all rightfully freaked out because it wasn't me and no other girls were home. They also said it was very clearly my face that they saw.
The most recent encounter with ghost me happened to my best friend. She very recently moved back in with us and she painted her walls. We like to joke that she pissed the ghost off by doing that because she started waking up at almost exactly 3:30 am feeling like she was being stared at so intensely that she was scared to look around the room. A few nights ago she told me she woke up again in the middle of the night and heard me loudly whispering "hey" over and over again with a final whisper shout loud HEY she figured something must have happened and I woke her up to warn her so she turned around expecting at least her door to be open to find her room empty with the door closed and the house silent. She swears it was very distinctly my voice, and she had even turned around pissed off that I was in her room waking her up.
Those are just a few of the scary stories I have from this house but Id love to share more! Sorry for how long this was!!
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2023.06.05 19:26 halfahulkface I need to make a reading goal for each week
2023.06.05 16:35 5teeeve what to do with profits?
Hi all, just wanted to ask a question of the group. Aside from reinvesting back into your inventory, what do other resellers/flippers do with your profits? Guess this question is geared more towards part time flippers such as myself (meaning the profits aren't going mostly to living expenses). I realized almost all of my profits are going into the savings account and collecting dust. I have all the gear I need for my hobbies and don't collect anything material. So what do you look forward to doing with your profits?? Thanks!
Edit/update: I'd like to share more on my background. I stayed at my parents for two years after college and paid off my loans. I was raised frugal so I don't spend on material items, I don't drive a cool car or buy fancy clothes and do not have any cc dept. I saved money after paying off my loans for 6 years and saved enough for a down payment on a nice home, so I have a flush savings that is currently collecting decent interest. I hunt, fish, and camp and have all the equipment that I need and am comfortable with.
I just lost a friend at work. They worked their ass off and died young from cancer. Their obituary stated only how they dedicated their life to work. Mortality hit me like a ton of bricks and the fact that I work so hard and have a hard time treating myself which needs to change because life is short. I just don't really know where to start.
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2023.06.05 15:00 NSFWorld2 Citadel of Ash Gazette -No. 22 "The statistics of [IXXXI] and [TERRA] War. Day: 199 Season 19 Week: 12
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Citadel of Ash Gazette, Monday 5 of June, 2023
This is the Citadel of Ash Gazette, an Albionian
"i'll create a new post whenever i am in the mood",
newspaper based in the dungeons under the Citadel with a continental influence and readership.
[STRNG] AND [IXXXI] ARE PAYING 500 MIL. SILVER PER DAY TO THEIR HANDHOLDERS.
This was the last week
of season 19
and it was the less active week
from both sides in this war. They massed only
for four CTAs
Battleboard Season 19 Week 12 (29-05-2023 - 04-06-2023): 29-05-2023, 17:35 UTC - 04-06-2023
This was a boring week
with only 4 CTAs
, small masses and few fights. Lets see the weekly handholding and no handholding battleboard of [STRNG]/[IXXXI] and [TERRA]/[WARL].
[IXXXI]/[STRNG]+[BOBER]Fax+[SRN] Mayhem Corp+Confidentiality+Paura vs [TERRA]/[WARL]+ Mono Con Navaja when they are handholding. 29-05-2023, 17:35 UTC - 04-06-2023
As you can see even if [IXXX]/[STRNG]
brings more alliances and guilds to protect them
, they have more deaths than kills
. Especially [IXXXI],
this week they went 15/62
[IXXXI] vs [TERRA]: when they don't handholding. 29-05-2023, 17:35 UTC - 04-06-2023
Of course [TERRA]
had way more people
. They caught them away from their protectors, that day was Paura
, and they instantly die before their reinforcements come.
According to Dazroun
, guild master of [BOBER] Fax
, his guild is getting paid
from [IXXXI]/[STRNG] 200mil. silver per day
to protect them. If we include 100mil. silver
for [SEND] Escalation
and hundrends of millions
that they pay
, [SRN] Mayhem Corp
, the other small random guilds
, and the regears
after the "friendly fights
" with [FFlow]
they are doing if there is no contend with [TERRA]/[WARL],
it's about half a billion per day
. What a silver sink. Dazrounn guild master of [BOBER]Fax.
is paying four handrend to half a billion
-depending who are they calling for help- every time their territories are launched, they mass for over one hour, most of the time they are running around because [TERRA]/[WARL]
will not take outnumbered fights like this, and at the end they give "friendly fights" with their protectors.
My personal opinion thats not a good economically long-term plan
To the other side, [TERRA]/[WARL]
are massing for over an hour, and then, most of the time they are running around avoiding to get in outnambered fights and they are denying contend to their enemies.
A very very very very boring
and annoying plan
for their members.
If both of the sides continue with these plans, who do you believe will broke first? The economy of [IXXXI]/[STRNG]?
or The morale of [TERRA]/[WARL]?
Total kills and deaths
[IXXXI]: kills: 11.305 deaths: 13.119
[TERRA]: kills: 13.861 deaths: 15.575
[STRNG]: kills: 5.230 deaths: 5.950*
*including deaths and kills when they were handholding with [TERRA].
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Thank you and see you next week.
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2023.06.05 11:45 AutoNewspaperAdmin [Local] - It's crunch time in Harrisburg as state budget season goes into full swing Pgh Post-Gazette
2023.06.05 08:10 coursejunkie Local lighting designer Kelly Berry passed away
For those of you involved at Georgia Southern or at the Averitt Center, one of the local theater professors, Kelly Berry, passed away on Saturday. He was 50 years old. https://www.joineranderson.com/obituaries/Kelly-Berry-2/#!/TributeWall
I have more memories of Kelly than anyone else at Southern and I wasn't even an undergraduate theater major. I was a graduate student... in psychology who did theater part time.
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