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Brian Stelfreeze...   nice with his!  8)


One of the things that both Afrikan and White people liked was my inclusion of Afrikan heritage amongst various ethnic groups of Drow. I made the most ancient Drow into AFRIKANS [ putting a whole new spin on the Drow-High Elven conflict ] and these Afrikan Drow weren't inherently evil. I also added the Aziza and Yumboes, who are the real life fictional and original Elves from Afrika predating European Elves. Many people found this approach to be both engaging and innovative. I infuse my worlds with real world Afrikan, AfriSan/Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and ancient Afrikan American [ Mayan, Incan, Olmec, etc ] history, intrigue, technology, spirituality and my innovations upon it...including a strong does of Afro-steampunk looking like Afro-Samurai meets the people of Tatooine in the backdrop of Al-Andalus mixed with   Having this in the same milieu that includes European sword and sorcery settings provides a gang of fun and truly original, spicy adventuring.

The first encounter PCs had with the rarely seen most advanced hypertech culture was with the Ptah-Setians, who are Afrikans who exist in a different dimension which is basically a combination of Star Wars , ancient Ethiopia and The Empire of Kongo, Maat+several Afrikan religions combined with Dune [ with the different religions falling along the divisions we see in Star Wars so The Empire had three defining religions and The Rebellion having two main religions with the remaining people having a welter of religions or none at all ], Robotech, Afro-Samurai, and The Arabian Knights/Nights.  This combo proved to be so popular? That I inserted many of these elements into my regular setting, while changing the original Ptah-Setians civilization to an even doper and better accepted combo that I'll keep secret for now. Lol.


Here's an article found in General Discussion that addresses those very concerns:

Friday, 3rd July 2o2o
'Dungeons & Dragons' Race Issues Have Deep Roots In The World Of Fantasy
by Jeremy Blum

Wizards of the Coast — the company behind the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest role-playing game,” “Dungeons & Dragons” — has committed to stressing diversity and removing racially problematic language from its product line, and fans are holding the company to account for its promises.

“Dungeons & Dragons,” commonly known as D&D, is a game in which a group of players creates characters, rolls dice and navigates a story overseen by a Dungeon Master.

Originally created in 1974, the game issued a fifth edition in 2014 that became its most popular, especially after livestreaming platforms such as Twitch and shows such as Netflix’s “Stranger Things” introduced D&D to new audiences.

The game’s newfound popularity, however, has also invited critiques.

Critics have pointed out that when creating a character, D&D players must choose a “race” — such as an elf, dwarf or gnome — and that this usage of the word is technically a misnomer.

“‘Races’ in D&D are fundamentally different than our concept of ‘races’ in the real world,” medievalist Paul B. Sturtevant told HuffPost.

“In D&D, races are based in deep biological differences, whereas we know that in the real world, race is a social construct based upon arbitrary and superficial differences. Using the word ‘race’ in the game where they really mean something more like ‘species’ promotes racist ideas.”

In a 2017 article, Sturtevant wrote that D&D’s idea of “race” is a holdover from “The Lord of the Rings” and author J.R.R. Tolkien, who “conflat[ed] race, culture and ability.”

In his novel, Tolkien outlined “the ‘racial’ characteristics of men, of dwarves, of elves, of orcs,” Sturtevant wrote, adding that Tolkien “created the blueprint for the troubling relationship between race and fantasy that would govern twentieth-century fantasies.”

This blueprint has been dissected by academics such as Helen Young of Australia’s Deakin University, who writes about fantasy and race.

In a 2017 interview with Pacific Standard, Young argued that Tolkien’s idea of race as a hard reality rather than a social construct was inherently racist, and while Tolkien may not have harbored extremist views personally, his work was filled with examples of “good” races with European cultural traits and “bad” races described through “orientalist stereotypes.”

A look at D&D’s “Player’s Handbook” and online resource database offers a glimpse at how modern fantasy has internalized Tolkien’s ideas about race.

Elves, for instance, are described as good and often depicted as white, except for a subset of the species known as “drow,” who are ebony-skinned, “more often evil than not” and occasionally called “dark elves.”

Half-orcs are similarly described as having “a tendency towards chaos” and “the most accomplished half-orcs are those with enough self-control to get by in a civilized land.”

In April, “orcs” began trending on social media after D&D players analyzed game guidelines to play as a full-blooded orc.

They pointed out that the language describing orcs was laden with biological essentialism — the idea that certain traits are innate and unchangeable — and pointed to rules that gave orc characters lower intelligence, as well as sentences that said orcs could potentially be “domesticated” but would always have “blood lust flow[ing] just beneath the surface.”

James Mendez Hodes, a game designer and cultural consultant, wrote a comprehensive analysis of such language on his website.

He pointed out that Tolkien, widely acknowledged as the creator of orcs, had initially described orcs in letters as “degraded and repulsive versions of the (to Europeans) least lovely Mongol-types.”

Subsequent fantasy media such as D&D have since described orcs with the same language used to denigrate nonwhite peoples of the real world, specifically those of Asian or Black ethnicity.

In a statement issued last week, Wizards of the Coast specifically addressed these concerns.

The company said it would downplay biological essentialism in future releases and would also emphasize diverse hiring.

The company added that one of its goals was to ensure that players would be able to “see positive reflections of themselves within our products, ... not just fantasy versions of northern Europeans.”

“Throughout the 50-year history of D&D, some of the peoples in the game — orcs and drow being two of the prime examples — have been characterized as monstrous and evil, using descriptions that are painfully reminiscent of how real-world ethnic groups have been and continue to be denigrated,” the statement said.

“That’s just not right, and it’s not something we believe in. Despite our conscious efforts to the contrary, we have allowed some of those old descriptions to reappear in the game. We recognize that to live our values, we have to do an even better job in handling these issues. If we make mistakes, our priority is to make things right.”

Wizards of the Coast went on to highlight recent releases that painted a more nuanced version of orcs and drow and emphasized that the company had revised “racially insensitive” language in “Curse of Strahd,” a D&D book that was released in 2016, and “Tomb of Annihilation,” released in 2017.

The books feature the Vistani — an ethnic group rooted in tropes of the Roma people — and Chult, a jungle region vaguely inspired by parts of Africa.

Previous versions of the books referred to the Vistani as drunks and called Chult a “savage” and “exotic” land.

D&D fans on social media reacted to Wizards of the Coast’s statement with a mixed response.

Some were in favor of the changes; others called them “political.”

Multiple voices argued that promises of respecting diversity rang hollow as the company has had an alleged problem with hiring game designers of color in the past.

Sturtevant, Young and Mendez Hodes greeted the announcement with a combination of cautious optimism and skepticism.

“I think this shift is a good start, but they must go further,” Sturtevant said.

“It’s a problem that [Wizards of the Coast] don’t seem to be getting rid of their use of the term ‘race’ altogether.”

Young echoed this sentiment.

“Racism isn’t just negative stereotypes; it is also an underlying belief that a particular group of people have something inherently in common with each other and also that they are also inherently different from other groups,” she said.

“The change so that orcs and drow aren’t necessarily evil is superficial if that racist logic of inherent difference is still there,” Young said.

She stressed that removing gameplay concepts such as orc characters starting with a lower intelligence would be a “much bigger step because it could remove the basic logic of race.”

(Wizards of the Coast indicated in its statement that it would be moving towards this in future releases.)

“Hopefully the diverse hiring will be more than a token move,” Young added.

“Employing people of color from different backgrounds and genuinely valuing everything that they bring will make the game more original, creative and interesting, as well as less racist.”

Mendez Hodes said it was vital to note that Wizards’ announcement followed years of advocacy and that many D&D fans of color who have criticized the game in the past were accused of “politicizing” it by other players who were unwilling to see characters such as orcs as anything more than disposable, evil enemies.

“For almost all of D&D’s history, systemically oppressive norms masquerading as harmless fun dominated both game content and community interactions,” Mendez Hodes told HuffPost.

“What I most want changed are the [D&D] community’s oppressive power dynamics. Right now, being ourselves and expressing our preferences invites gatekeeping and vitriol from players whose fun relies on unexamined cruelty to a sapient Other.”

While it remains to be seen if Wizards of the Coast will truly make good on its aims, the company’s willingness to acknowledge its faults nevertheless gives Mendez Hodes hope.

“I know D&D’s creative team will err many more times on the way to fulfilling [its promises] — which is OK, if they acknowledge and iterate on their mistakes graciously rather than defensively,” he said.

“To level up, D&D must highlight vulnerable players’ perspectives. Only when we may safely speak can they begin to listen.”

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Technology / Re: GAMERS THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 11:39:02 am »
Friday, 3rd July 2o2o
Evo Online canceled following accusations of sexual abuse against CEO
by Charlie Hall

The online version of the Evolution Championship Series (better known as Evo) was canceled Thursday following accusations of sexual abuse made against its organizer and CEO, Joey Cuellar.

Evo said in a statement on Twitter that it has relieved Cuellar from his responsibilities and is working to completely separate him from the company

“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first in a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company,” the company said in the statement.

“Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making Evo a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek.”

Allegations against Cuellar first surfaced on Twitter Wednesday via Mikey “CrackPr0n” Pham, who said the abuse occurred when he was just nine years old.

That led to many organizations pulling out of the event, including Capcom, NetherRealm, and Bandai Namco, as well as several popular competitors.

Cuellar has has since apologized.

“I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone,” Cuellar said in a statement, also made on Twitter.

“I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person.”

Accusations against Cuellar come amid a torrent of similar stories, which call out abuse, harassment, and racism in video gaming, tabletop gaming, and comics.

The repercussions from these scandals could have a lasting impact on these industries in the years to come.

Evo 2020 was originally set to take place this year in Las Vegas, but was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
The online event was intended to take its place.

According to the official website, the tournament will return in 2021.

Writing / Re: Carl Reiner, Who Always Left Them Laughing, Dies at 98
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:18:12 pm »
Was amazed to learn that Mr. Reiner was the creator of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.  :)

This link goes nowhere.

What are you doing?   

Technology / Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« on: June 29, 2020, 07:54:19 pm »
Monday, 29th June 2o2o
--- AND AGAIN!!!
by Bobby Allyn

Reddit announced on Monday that it is shutting down a forum dedicated to trunk's most ardent fanatics, saying it repeatedly violates the online platform's rules against harassment, hate speech and content manipulation.

The community forum, known as a subreddit, was called The_donald and had nearly 800,000 users.

trunk himself has been known to share memes that posted to The_donald and other parts of Reddit.

Long a magnet for conspiracy theories and sharp attacks on trunk's critics, The_donald has faced backlash before.

Reddit has taken action over content encouraging violence and had threatened to block the subreddit completely if the moderators — who are volunteers — did not take down the abusive material.

Now, officials at Reddit have determined that the forum where die-hard trunk fans congregate online cannot police itself.

"Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence," the company said in new content rules it unveiled on Monday.

Reddit, which is the sixth most popular website in the U.S., announced the crackdown on The_donald as part of a wider enforcement of its hate speech policies.

It said it was banning some 2,000 Reddit communities, including the left-leaning subreddit Chapo Trap House, over rule violations.

Reddit said the vast majority of the subreddits affected were already inactive.

Reddit has introduced eight additional rules for its content, including measures intended to prevent harassment and respect personal privacy.

Examples of the type of content Reddit will ban include "mocking people with physical disabilities" and "describing a racial minority as sub-human and inferior to the racial majority," the company said in a statement.

"Communities and users that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned," Reddit said in its new policy guidelines.

After Reddit closed The_donald, its former moderators took to Twitter to point out that many trunk loyalists have already abandoned Reddit for an alternative site known as

Geared toward conservatives, it looks and functions similar to Reddit but without the rules against hate speech and violence.

"Well, Reddit accomplished one thing today. They got people to go there for the first time in months to see if we were really banned. Myself included!" one former moderator tweeted.

Reddit is the latest social media company to announce new limits on what users can post.

It is part of a broad shift away from the hands-off approach long embraced by online platforms that have claimed to be neutral in the face of whatever users publish.

Now, Reddit and other popular sites that help define political discourse are drawing lines that the companies say cannot be crossed on speech that glorifies violence or hate.

Twitter has placed labels on trunk tweets deemed to include factual distortions or be seen as inciting violence.

fakebook, which had been reluctant to take any action on trunk's posts, recently has removed trunk content.

Last week, it announced it will be placing warning labels on problematic posts and will remove content that incites violence or attempts to suppress voting.

fakebook's policy reversal arrived as a growing number of major advertisers, including Starbucks, Ford Motor Co. and Cola-Cola, join a boycott of the social network that's meant to draw attention to hate speech and misinformation on the platform.

Snap, which owns Snapchat, has said it will no longer promote trunk's account after determining that comments to the president's posts could be seen as encouraging violence

Also on Monday, Twitch, the Amazon-owned site for streaming games, said it temporarily suspended trunk's account, according to a Twitch spokesperson.

The decision was made following the president rebroadcasting on his Twitch channel a 2015 campaign speech in which he disparaged Mexican immigrants and remarks he made at a recent Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally linking Hispanics to crime.

"Hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation," said the Twitch spokesperson.

Technology / Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« on: June 29, 2020, 07:37:22 pm »
Monday, 29th June 2o2o
by David Thier

Popular video game streaming website Twitch has temporarily suspended team trunk, the account tied to trunk’s campaign.

When contacted for comment, a Twitch representative said that the account had been suspended for violating the company’s policy on hateful conduct.

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, trunk’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."

The company pointed to two examples of offending statements from recent and older rallies:

1. 2016 campaign rally, recently rebroadcast on Twitch: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”

2. Tulsa Rally:  “Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, “I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.” By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping.”

trunk has been increasingly been at odds with the social media networks that have proved such a key component to his rise to power and have continued to be crucial parts of how he communicates with the public.

Twitter has flagged several of trunk’s tweets for misleading or dangerous information over the past few months, drawing ire from trunk and his henchmen.

fakebook has taken a more hands off policy, refusing to flag or remove some of the same posts that Twitter took action against.

The social media company has faced significant backlash for its decisions, facing a broad advertiser retreat from companies ranging from Unilever to Starbucks.

The company unveiled new labels for some posts in response.

In the past few weeks, a string of sexual misconduct and harassment accusations have rocked the world of Twitch and video game streaming, leading to renewed promises from the service to become more aggressive with bans and punishments, even against large accounts.

Last Friday, Twitch also suddenly banned Dr. Disrespect, one the service’s most popular streamers.

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In The News / Re: 40 YEARS LATER... AN ARREST
« on: June 29, 2020, 11:01:59 am »
Monday, 29th June 2o2o
California's Golden State Killer just plead guilty Monday in Sacramento
by Associated Press

(SACRAMENTO, California) — A former police officer who terrorized the Sacramento region as a serial rapist and went on to kill more than a dozen people across California and then evaded capture for decades pleaded guilty Monday to the first of 13 murders.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. had remained almost silent in court since his 2018 arrest until he uttered in a hushed, raspy voice the word “guilty” to killing a community college professor in 1975, the first homicide in his decades of burglaries, rapes and other crimes that were later dubbed the work of the Golden State Killer.

DeAngelo acknowledged at the beginning of the hearing that he would plead guilty to 13 murders and acknowledge dozens of rapes that are too old to prosecute in exchange consecutive life sentences and no chance of parole.

The frail-looking 74-year-old sat in a wheelchair and spoke behind a plastic shield to prevent possible spread of coronavirus.

He was arrested in 2018 after authorities used DNA to track him through a popular genealogy website.

A plea deal will spare DeAngelo any chance of the death penalty for 13 murders and 13 kidnapping-related charges throughout California.

In partial return, survivors of the assaults that spanned the 1970s and 1980s expect him to admit to up to 62 rapes that he could not be criminally charged with because too much time has passed.

“I’ve been on pins and needles because I just don’t like that our lives are tied to him, again," said Jennifer Carole, the daughter of Lyman Smith, a lawyer who was slain in 1980 at age 43 in Ventura County.

His wife, 33-year-old Charlene Smith, was also raped and killed.

Investigators early on connected certain crimes to an armed and masked rapist who would break into sleeping couples’ suburban homes at night, binding the man and piling dishes on his back.

He would threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall while he raped the woman.

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Add this to that list:

Public Enemy featuring DJ Premier -  "State of the Union (STFU)"

Monday, 29th June 2o2o
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions
by Adam Liptak

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law that could have left the state with a single abortion clinic.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. voting with the court’s four-member liberal wing but not adopting its reasoning.

The chief justice said respect for precedent compelled him to vote with the majority.

The Louisiana law, which was enacted in 2014, requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The law’s supporters said the law protects the health and safety of women seeking abortions, and that the requirements for obtaining admitting privileges helps ensure the competence of doctors.

Opponents disputed that, saying that hospitalizations after abortions are rare, that women would receive medical care at hospitals whether their doctors had admitting privileges or not and that abortion providers are often unable to obtain admitting privileges for reasons unrelated to their competence.

Only two of the five doctors who provide abortions in Louisiana have obtained admitting privileges, one in New Orleans and one in Shreveport.

But the Shreveport doctor testified that he could not handle the clinic’s work alone.

If the law went into effect, a trial judge concluded, there would be a single doctor in a single clinic, in New Orleans, available to provide abortions in Louisiana.

The judge, John W. deGravelles of the Federal District Court in Baton Rouge, struck down the Louisiana law in 2017, saying it created an undue burden on women’s constitutional right to abortion.

The experience of the clinic in Shreveport, Hope Medical Group for Women, showed, he wrote, that the law was a solution in search of a problem.

“In the last 23 years, Hope Clinic, which serves in excess of 3,000 patients per year, had only four patients who required transfer to a hospital for treatment,” Judge deGravelles wrote.

“In each instance, regardless of whether the physician had admitting privileges, the patient received appropriate care.”

The law, Judge deGravelles ruled, was essentially identical to the one from Texas that the Supreme Court struck down in the 2016 decision, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer, writing for the majority in that decision, said courts must consider whether the benefits claimed for laws that put restrictions on abortion outweigh the burdens they put on the constitutional right to the procedure.

There was no evidence that the Texas law’s admitting-privileges requirement “would have helped even one woman obtain better treatment,” Justice Breyer wrote. But there was good evidence, he added, that the requirement caused the number of abortion clinics in Texas to drop to 20 from 40.

The vote in that decision was 5 to 3, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority.

It was decided by an eight-member court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia that February, and since then, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch was appointed to succeed Justice Scalia and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Kennedy.

In 2018, a divided three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in New Orleans reversed Judge deGravelles’s ruling and upheld the Louisiana law notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s decision in the Texas case, saying that the law’s benefits outweighed the burdens it imposed.

“Unlike Texas, Louisiana presents some evidence of a minimal benefit,” Judge Jerry E. Smith wrote for the majority. In particular, he wrote, “the admitting privileges requirement performs a real, and previously unaddressed, credentialing function that promotes the well-being of women seeking abortion.”

Judge Smith faulted doctors seeking to provide abortions in the state for not trying hard enough to obtain admitting privileges and said abortions would remain available after the law went into effect.

In dissent, Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham wrote that the majority’s ruling was impossible to reconcile with the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in the Texas case and with its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which banned states from placing an “undue burden” on the constitutional right to abortion.

“I fail to see,” Judge Higginbotham wrote,

“how a statute with no medical benefit that is likely to restrict access to abortion can be considered anything but ‘undue.’”

The full Fifth Circuit refused to rehear the case by a 9-to-6 vote.

In dissent, Judge Stephen A. Higginson wrote that the Louisiana law was “equivalent in structure, purpose and effect to the Texas law” invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2016.

“I am unconvinced that any justice of the Supreme Court who decided Whole Woman’s Health would endorse our opinion,” Judge Higginson wrote.

“The majority would not, and I respectfully suggest that the dissenters might not either.”

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Vox Populi / Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« on: June 28, 2020, 07:37:46 pm »
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o

According to Kristen Clarke on Twitter, "BREAKING: After 126 years, Mississippi’s state flag bearing Confederate battle emblem REMOVED."

“I can’t believe it. I am so emotional. Medgar’s wings must be clapping.” —Myrlie Evers, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Vox Populi / Re: The Moral dilemna of Columbus Day
« on: June 28, 2020, 07:01:20 pm »
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o
Colorado will replace Columbus Day with Cabrini Day
by Alisha Ebrahimji

Colorado passed legislation Tuesday to replace Columbus Day with Cabrini Day because bill sponsors say it doesn't represent their community members.

The first Monday of October will now honor Frances Xavier Cabrini, who according to the bill, is the woman responsible for creating 67 schools, hospitals, and orphanages in the United States and South and Central America throughout her lifetime.

Senator Chris Hansen, one of the bill's sponsors, told CNN that Cabrini is a local Colorado hero because of the work that she did.

Chicago and New York join Colorado in honoring Cabrini with a shrine dedicated to her, Representative Adrienne Benavidez, another one of the bill's sponsors, told CNN.

"We need holidays to recognize the contributions of women across history," Hansen said.

Benavidez said Cabrini Day would be the first paid state holiday recognizing a woman in the US.

There are some holidays dedicated to other prominent women throughout history like Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, but those are days of recognition, not paid state holidays, according to Benavidez.

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Vox Populi / Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« on: June 28, 2020, 10:03:30 am »
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o

In front of the Executive Mansion, the andrew jackson monument:

Almost there...

Sunday, 28th June 2o2o

To this day, we still don't know what was discussed at that infamous Helsinski 2018 Summit meeting between the person pretending to be an American president and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That press conference afterwards was unlike anything anyone have ever seen.

Some intriguing written commentary posted by someone on Twitter last year claiming to be a body language expert; here is what he deduced from his perspective:

Body Language Analysis No. 4327: trunk and Putin just prior to Helsinki 2018 Press Conference - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

This image (and the following close-ups) show trunk and Vladimir Putin just prior to beginning their joint press conference during last week's Helsinki 2018 Summit.

It is only an instant in time - but from a nonverbal perspective, it's very telling (see below for other, more comprehensive analyses of this same presser).

Look at the overall posture of each man.

Putin's spine is upright - perpendicular to the floor with his shoulders relaxed and squared.

Holding notes, his hands and arms are flexed with mild activity.

His body looks relaxed, ready, and confident.

trunk's arms should not be resting at his sides in this moment - for it gives him the appearance of an enlisted man, standing at attention (or a subordinate facing reprimand).

trunk also forgot to button his suit-jacket (or prefers it).

In this setting, such casualness elevates President Putin (making him look athletic, classy, and assertive) and diminishes trunk.

It also accentuates their age difference (the Russian is 65 and the American is 72).

Putin's posture projects health, vigor, and dominance - while trunk's configuration conveys a tired, stressed, and submissive emotional tone.

trunk's head, neck, & eyes are all directed downward during this crucial entrance onto what is, very much, the World Stage.

The expression on trunk's face is projecting anxiety & low confidence.

trunk is preoccupied.

He's not fully present - he's not 'in the moment'.

President Putin's expression projects a smug confidence.

He knows he's 'already won' before the first word is spoken.

Vladimir Putin looks like he wrote the script - while trunk looks worried, shocked, acquiescing - as if he's trying to remember his lines.

SUMMARY: trunk's nonverbal behavior in this pre-presser moment is worried, tired, and subservient - while Putin is confident, relaxed, and dominant.

See the difference?

Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« on: June 28, 2020, 08:44:53 am »
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o
by David Sachs

A public hearing meant to last 30 minutes flowed late into the evening Monday as scores of protesters took over Denver City Council Chambers to demand drastic police reform and an end to systemic racism.

Just before the city council’s weekly legislative meeting was set to begin at 5:30 p.m., a crowd rushed the chambers and chanted

“Defund DPD.”

The group, which included members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, demanded control of the microphone.

Council President Jolon Clark and his colleagues acquiesced, giving them free rein and throwing out the three-minute limit and decorum rules.

For two-and-a-half hours, residents demanded — often with brimming anger — a shift away from the status quo.

Demands ranged from redirecting taxpayer money away from law enforcement and toward behavioral health services to abolishing the police department altogether.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

“The people have stood up. The table is flipping. And I want you all to understand right now you will be held responsible,” Candace Bailey, who has worked with children in the criminal justice system, told council members.

“You each have blood on your hands.”

Protesters repeatedly named Black and Latinx people killed by officers and deputies with the Denver Police Department and Denver Sheriff Department, including Michael Marshall, William DeBose, Marvin Booker, Jessica Hernandez, Paul Childs and Ryan Ronquillo.

Ivette Mendez, sister to 16-year-old Alexis Mendez-Perez who was shot and killed by off-duty Department of Corrections worker Desmond Manning while he ran through the man’s backyard, said she wanted justice for her brother.

“They got the guy who shot my brother and he’s dead,” Mendez said.

“What more evidence do they need? I also just want to be my brother’s voice. I just want justice for my little brother.”

Rosie DuPree, who grew up in the era of Paul Childs, a teenager killed by a Denver police officer in 2003, said that was the year she learned that “police kill children, too.”

“I am a child of this city. I pay taxes in this city,” DuPree said.

“I’m a business owner in this city and we need more eyes on who makes the decisions, on who trains the people who interact with our children.”

At times, frustrated residents cursed at council members and trolled them.

Council members listened without talking back.

Some protesters blamed the legislators for being complicit, while others acknowledged that the legislative branch has relatively little power compared to the mayor’s office.

At about 8:15 p.m., as the crowd began to disperse, Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca pleaded with the protesters to stay and watch the much less exciting legislative meeting and see how the government sausage gets made.

Most obliged.

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