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I Paid My Girlfriend For Every Kiss She Gave Me

February 24, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

I Paid My Girlfriend For Every Kiss She Gave Me


Hi everyone, my name is Terrence and I’m 17
years old. I depended on one girl so much, that I stole
for her. Let me tell you one thing at a time… Six months ago, I met a girl named Elizabeth
on Instagram. Of course, at first I only saw her Instagram
page, but she was incredibly beautiful in her pictures. She’s 17 too, and she lives a couple of blocks
away. I liked these coincidences… and I talked
to her for a week, and realized that we had a lot in common. For example, we both thought I was a great
guy, and most importantly, a good friend… This is my way of telling you guys that she
totally had me friend-zoned… it was a shame, but regardless, I believed that it was necessary
to fight for a girl, so I continued to talk to her, hoping for something more. I wrote to her often, but she ignored most
of my messages. Elizabeth didn’t tell me what had happened
to her parents, but she lived with her grandmother. According to her stories, they never had much
money, and over time, things got even worse. At some point, her grandmother started having
heart problems and most of their money was spent on medicine. Then it wasn’t just new things that Lisa couldn’t
afford, but also food. I wouldn’t say that I was happy about this
situation, but it helped me come up with a cool idea for how to help both Lisa and myself,
and even her grandmother. I asked Lisa to date me for money… (20 bucks per date). I know what you’re thinking, it sounds strange,
but I was tired of just seeing her online. She had doubts, but when I made it clear that
I did not expect for her to have feelings for me, and that I could only hope for them
to appear, she agreed. So we started “Dating…” This was one of those times where a girl is
even more beautiful in real life than in her Instagram pictures. I was glad that I had finally gotten the opportunity
to meet her in person. But unfortunately, our dates were very weird. Elizabeth felt like she was at work. I took her to the movies and cafes, and gave
her little gifts, but it was all in vain. Of course, I was very upset. My money was going to run out at some point. A week passed, and there were still no results. One day, after watching a movie with my parents,
I had another idea. In the movie, a frail man (just like me),
beat up a bad guy who insulted his girlfriend and won her heart – and the whole situation
had been set up by this guy in the movie. I decided to do something similar. One night, when I was walking Elizabeth home,
the “bad boy” – played by my friend Jason – began to harass us. Everything looked very realistic, the harassment,
and the fight. So the plan worked. When Jason “ran away in terror” from my strong
fists, Elizabeth was very impressed and even kissed me on the cheek. And even though I was really happy, that kiss
ended up not really changing anything. I stopped caring about classes and spent all
day trying to figure out how to make Elizabeth fall in love with me. At some point, I decided to ask my father
for some advice. I became interested how he had won my mother’s
heart. It turned out that they had experienced a
similar situation, except for the money aspect, of course. My mother also did not want to be with him
for a long time, but according to him, everything changed after a magic kiss. When she was about to blow him off again,
he just kissed her on the lips, and then it all started to spin… and at that moment
I thought, ” So this is what I’ve been missing.” I thanked my father for his advice, and went
over to Elizabeth’s house a couple of hours later. I want to clarify, at that time the idea “money
=dates” was firmly stuck in my head. So on one of our dates, instead of doing it
unexpectedly or romantically, I just asked how much she would expect for kissing me on
the lips… I am still surprised that I did not get slapped
in the face for asking… but apparently, she was also used to me paying for everything,
so she offered her price. It was 500 dollars… Man, I really wanted to kiss her, and I really
wanted to be with her. But $500 was out of my budget. It was too awkward to ask her for a discount
on this, but I could definitely have used one. Anyway, I assured myself that this kiss, as
my dad said, would change everything, so I started thinking about ways to get the money. I had some savings, of course, which I used
to pay for Elizabeth and I on our dates, but by then, it was almost gone. That’s when I remembered my parents ‘ savings… They kept most of their money in a Bank account,
but I knew for sure that they had some of it in a drawer in their room, and that they
also don’t look in there very often. I decided to steal it for the sake of love. Especially since I was still going to put
that money back after I got a job. So, when my parents were not at home, I looked
in that box and saw that there was much more than I needed, but I obviously only took $500. I closed the drawer and made it look like
I had never been there, and then I ran to Elizabeth. I was so excited about the kiss that I almost
fell as I was running. When I met her, I gave her the money, and
the truth hit me. I had already kissed girls before, but this
time… I’ll remember those 10 seconds for the rest
of my life … unfortunately, as you may have already realized, it was only amazing for
me. Elizabeth’s face showed almost no emotion
after the kiss… But at that moment, I was still fooling myself
that everything would change. After the kiss, we went for a walk. I reached out to kiss her goodbye, but…
but she didn’t want to kiss me again… When I got home, my parents were in some kind
of fight. As far as I could tell, mom suspected that
dad had a mistress. They were screaming, but to be honest, I didn’t
really get into it, because I had had enough of my own drama. Ah… But the worst was yet to come. Elizabeth and I went out much less often,
because, as I said, my savings were gone. Surprisingly, over time, I even began to think
about her less, but unfortunately not enough time had passed for me to forget her completely. One day, when I was walking with Jason (my
friend who played the bad guy in our “fight”), I noticed Elizabeth at a cafe with some guy. I was not about to jump to conclusions, you
never know who it could be. But at the same moment I went inside to say
Hello, she kissed him. I instantly forgot that I was with Jason. I felt dizzy. I thought it was only girls who get sick from
love. But as it turns out, thats not true. Elizabeth saw me and took me aside to talk. Basically, she told me what I was afraid to
admit… I listened, with tears in my eyes, when she
said that the guy she kissed was her real boyfriend. And she only sees me as a friend, a friend
that pays her to hang out with him. Why didn’t I end it after that kiss that didn’t
lead to anything?! It would have been much easier. But there in the cafe, being shocked and extremely
jealous, I did something stupid. I asked her how much money she would need
to leave her boyfriend and finally love me for real, without paying for dates and kisses. I was so naive to think that I could buy love
for money… She said she wanted $3,000, and as far as
I understood, if I could not pay it I was supposed to just leave her alone. But, I was ready to act… I told her to wait for me in that cafe… And she grinned, agreed, and sat back down
with her boyfriend… I ran home to get the money. My parents were at home, but in the kitchen,
so I managed to quietly sneak into their room for the money. I quickly counted out $3,000 and left, but
not before covering my tracks. When I returned to the cafe with the money,
Elizabeth was shocked. She thought I might have done something illegal
to get the money, but she didn’t ask about it. And maybe it was just because of the money,
or maybe it was because she saw what I was willing to do for her, but she broke up with
that guy. After that, we had a great date. She knew that I no longer had any money, so
she paid for me everywhere we went. It surprised me, because she had never done
this before… I was just so happy, that I blindly believed
that everything would change. What a jerk I am. My problems continued and my parents noticed
that the money was gone. When I got home, my mother asked me if I had
taken the money. Of course, I was afraid, so I said no. But my mother believed me. Her main suspect was my dad. Ever since she’d been paranoid about him having
a mistress, she’d been suspicious of him. Well, the disappearance of three and a half
thousand dollars confirmed her version… Dad also wondered where the money had gone
and asked me several times about it, but I just shook my head no. So a week passed and they were fighting all
the time, but I was hoping that I would have enough time to get a job, earn the money,
and put it back as if nothing had happened. To be honest, I don’t know what I was thinking
at the time. I’m a complete idiot… You might have already guessed, but my love
story was over as fast as that $3,000 ran out. We basically dated for a week after that,
but then she broke up with me. The dumbest thing is that I was surprised
by what happened back then. I’ll never get tired of calling myself a naive
fool… but the story with my parents wasn’t over yet. After they could not find the reason for the
disappearance of the money, my mother accused my father of spending it on a mistress, and
they decided to get a divorce. At that moment, my conscience was fully awake,
and I confessed. Of course, my parents were very angry that
I almost drove them to divorce, and that I stole their money… They did not kick me out of the house, but
they said that they would no longer help me financially. And of course, that I should get a job and
pay them back all the money I had taken… That’s my story… Have you ever been as far in the friend zone
as I was? Tell me in the comments how it was for you. And, of course, share this video with your
friends…

How GOOD Was Peja Stojaković Actually?

February 23, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

How GOOD Was Peja Stojaković Actually?


Peja Stojaković was one of the greatest shooters
in NBA history. From all areas of the floor he was a sniper,
incredibly accurate with a smooth quick release on his jump shots. He was up there with Ray Allen when it came
to shooting. During the 2000s both of them were at the
top of their games but unlike Allen nobody really talks about Stojaković anymore even
though in my opinion Stojaković would be a perfect fit for this modern era of basketball. How’s it going fellas? My name’s Andy and today we’re gonna take
a look at Peja Stojaković. How good was he actually and what kind of
play style did he have? Peja was drafted in the legendary 1996 NBA
Draft. Selected right between Kobe Bryant and Steve
Nash. But unlike the other stars from that class
paisa did not play in the NBA until two years later. In those two years he was still playing basketball
overseas in Greece. In 1997 and 1998 peja was an all-star in the
Greek league and also won MVP in 1998. Fun fact, in the 1998 season in Greece Peja’s
team would play Panathinaikos in the finals. Coincidentally in that series a 20-year-old
Peja will play against his future coach Byron Scott. At that time Byron Scott’s NBA career just
ended and he spent his last year playing professional basketball in Greece. Unfortunately for Peja he would lose the series. However, shortly after the loss he announced
that he was coming over to the NBA. In his first couple seasons he was mainly
coming off the bench as a backup small forward to Corliss Williamson but even at a very young
age he showed flashes of star potential. Early on he was primarily a jump shooter who
stood at the three-point line and waiting for the ball to come to him. Occasionally he would pull out some moves
off the dribble and some cool passes that came out of nowhere. Eventually after Corliss Williamson was traded
in the summer of 2000 Stojaković became the full-time starter. The 2000 to 2001 season would be his first
full season as a starter and he instantly proved that he was a star. He averaged over 20 points a game and hit
40 percent of his threes. Over the next few years he would continue
to improve in every aspect of the game. His shooting, his defense, his passing and
his ability to finish at the rim which was surprisingly a very strong part of his game. For his career he shot 67 percent at the rim
between zero and three feet’s. Back then that was a great percentage for
a small forward especially for a guy like Peja, who is not exactly a super athlete. Peja’s success over the next few years resulted
in three straight All-Star selections, one All-NBA third team selection and he won the
three-point shootout twice in 2002 and 2003. However, despite Peja’s incredible play
during the regular season there were many times when he struggled in the playoffs. The most notable instance was in the 2002
Western Conference Finals. This was the series that’s you know, maybe
the refs were favoring the Lakers a little bit but what was swept under the rug was Peja’s
ridiculously bad performance. Yes, I do know Peja just recently came back
from injury and he probably was not 100% but still he returned for the last three games
of the series and played horribly. In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter
in game 7, Hedo Türkoğlu passed the ball to a wide-open Stojaković and he air-balled
the shots badly by like three feet over the rim. He finished the game with 8 points, shot 3
of 12 from the field and missed all 6 of his three-pointers. Even if we don’t look at the series there
were other times when Peja underperformed when the team needed him the most. 2 years after the series against the Lakers,
the Kings would face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2004 playoffs. This year Peja had the best season of his
entire career averaging a career high 24 points a game. As he finished second in the entire league
in scoring. But in the playoffs, he laid another egg. His scoring and shooting dipped across the
board and in the deciding game 7 against the Wolves it was Deja Vu or Peja Vu. Once again, he capped off an underwhelming
game 7 with 8 points on 3 of 12 shooting in 46 minutes of playing time. The Kings would lose the series and that was
the last chance they had. That was the end of that era as they would
blow up their team after the loss. Although Peja had his difficulties I don’t
want to call him a playoff choker. He did have some great playoff series as well. There were a couple reasons for his playoff
struggles. The main one was because defenses started
to focus on him more. The best player on those Kings was Chris Webber
but just like Peja he had some injuries and whenever Webber was injured Peja became the
focus of the other team. It didn’t help that Peja himself always seemed
to have some nagging injuries whenever the playoffs rolled around. While he was a very versatile scorer, he still
had trouble creating his own shot against great defenses. This is what separates great shooters like
Peja from a guy like Steph Curry for example. If the defense shuts down Peja’s open looks
he wasn’t good enough to consistently create off the dribble and attack the rim. So, instead he had to settle for a lot of
difficult contested jumpers. Teams would always focus on preventing shooters
from getting open looks and with the way the Kings offense worked everybody was cutting,
everybody was making passes and running around trying to get open. But this type of ball movement does not work
well in the playoffs because the game slows down, and it becomes a half-court game. This kind of exposed Stojaković since a large
part of his offensive game was because of the Kings ball movement. Anyway, as the years pass by Stojaković would
be traded a couple of times. He would spend four years in New Orleans playing
alongside a young Chris Paul and David West. Unfortunately, this was when his injuries
really started to pile up. He missed most of the 2006 to 2007 season
because of back problems and eventually he had to get back surgery to fix the issue. You guys know what happens when people have
back problems. Unlike a broken leg or a broken hand, back
problems never go away, and it was clear that Stojaković could no longer maintain his all-star
level play. But despite the injuries he was still a solid
role player in New Orleans. Occasionally he would show flashes of his
former self. One time he even scored 20 straight points
for his team. His time in New Orleans had his highs and
lows and the injuries were the lowest points of his career. Overall, those Hornets teams had other injuries
that prevented them from reaching their full potential. On paper those teams actually looked amazing. You had Chris Paul who was very young, but
he had the best seasons of his career when he was there. He was an MVP caliber player. You also had David West who was an all-star. Tyson Chandler was the guy in the middle and
with Peja on the wings they had a very good team from top to bottom. If it weren’t for the injuries, they could
have done a lot more than just a second-round exit. To cap off his NBA career he played a crucial
role in helping the Mavericks win their first-ever championship. After the 2011 season Peja felt that his back
problems and the soreness in his knees were too much for him to continue playing. He retired right after winning the championship
at the age of 33. During that championship run he stated that
“Being part of this run is something special. Having injury after injury you don’t always
have the same strength to work and get back, but patience is the key word. I’m happy everything worked out”. So, how good was Peja actually? Well, he’s hard to evaluate because he’s one
of those guys whose impacts goes way beyond his box score numbers and even then, his numbers
are great too, but it was way more than that. In his prime the spacing he provided for those
Kings teams allowed the entire system to work. That team played like a prototype version
of the Warriors using ball movement and a lot of screens to set up all their plays. With that being said I’d say in his prime
Peja was probably somewhere between top-10 to top 15 in the league. In my opinion he also made the greatest pass
of all time. You can see it right here. Even though he averaged fewer than two assists
per game he was a much better passer than those numbers indicate. It’s just that his role on his team was to
shoot and score not pass. Additionally, patient impact on the transformation
of the NBA. As one of the most efficient scorers in his
prime he and the Kings in general had a major impact on the current day offenses. In fact, in today’s game at 6 foot 9, 230
pounds Peja could easily play power forward and he would be a matchup nightmare. Up until this day he’s still the greatest
NBA player to ever come out of Yugoslavia. Nobody can challenge him for that title and
that’s because well, Yugoslavia does not exist anymore. Anyway, that’s all folks. That sums up the story of Peja Stojaković,
one of the greatest European players of all time. Let me know your thoughts on Peja, what would
be the best comparison for him? Let me know in the comments. Thank you all so much for watching and as
always, I’ll see you next time. Peace.

Does liberalism have a future? (1996) | THINK TANK


Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg.
As we head into the 1996 presidential election, some issues already seem to have been settled,
at least rhetorically. It’s not whether to balance the budget; it’s how soon. It’s
not whether the government should be shrunk; it’s how much it should be shrunk. It’s
not whether welfare should be reformed; it’s how. Now, these are conservative ideas in the saddle.
Is liberalism in retreat? Joining us to sort through the conflict and
consensus are E. J. Dionne, author of “They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate
the Next Political Era”; Ronald Walters, chairman of the political science department
at Howard University and author of “Black Presidential Politics in America”; Todd
Gitlin, professor of sociology at New York University and author of “The Twilight of
Common Dreams”; and Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute. A few weeks ago on this program, we looked
at the future of conservativism. The question before this house: Does liberalism have a
future? This week on “Think Tank.” Ben Wattenberg: This is not the first time
that liberalism has been declared dead. Listen to this. Quotes: “Liberals meet in Washington
these days, if they can endure to meet at all, to discuss the tragic outlook for all
liberal proposals, the collapse of all liberal leadership, and the inevitable defeat of all
liberal aims.” End quotes. Does that sound like 1995 or 1996? Archibald
MacLeish wrote those words in 1944. Well, so where is liberalism today? Since
World War II, a central idea of liberalism was to strengthen the role of the federal
government. But here is what President Bill Clinton, a Democrat and often described as
a liberal, has to say about that. President Bill Clinton [from videotape]: The
era of big government is over. [Applause.] Ben Wattenberg: Affirmative action, another
hallmark of recent liberalism, is unpopular and under attack. In California, a statewide
referendum seeks to ban it entirely. And critics, like our panelist Todd Gitlin, argue that
some liberals are so hung up over issues of race, ethnicity, and sex, the so-called identity
politics, that the broader liberal coalition has been fractured. And finally, economics. Liberalism promised
that government intervention would result in growth and job security. But in an era
of global competition, high technology, and downsizing, economic problems seem immune
to liberal remedies. Union membership, for example, is sinking. Economic insecurity is
rising. The government seems paralyzed. Well, that’s a nice picture. Let us go around
the room once, starting with you, E. J. Dionne. Is liberalism dead, or does it only look dead,
which is almost the title of your book? E. J. Dionne: I think liberalism is coming
back to life, almost precisely for the reasons you said: that when people are going through
a period of economic insecurity and uncertainty, they look for some new rules and they look
for some help to seize the opportunities of a new era. In the past, that’s when they’ve
turned to liberal progressive politicians, and I think they’re going to do so again. Ben Wattenberg: Okay. Will Marshall. Alive,
dead, moribund? Will Marshall: Well, a certain kind of liberalism,
New Deal liberalism, interest group liberalism, I think is moribund, or at least we should
regard it as being in an honorable retirement. The question then is: How does liberalism
adapt itself to a whole new set of national challenges? And the good news for liberalism
is that the alternative today, anti-liberalism, doesn’t address those challenges, either. Ben Wattenberg: Ron Walters. Alive, dead? Ronald Walters: Well, I think that it can’t
die. I think also it depends on how you actually define it. You can’t have a liberalism which
is dead with respect to interest group politics because this country is multicultural-izing,
so is the globe, and so you really do have to have a philosophy which looks for the expansion
not only of government, but for the expansion of opportunity. Ben Wattenberg: Okay. Todd Gitlin. Todd Gitlin: I think liberalism has hopes.
And what is going to make the difference in terms of whether it converts its hopes into
actuality is whether it convinces enough people that if they don’t get serious about finding
some common dream, that they will just lapse into the arms of big business and all of the
reasons why big government came into existence in the first place. Ben Wattenberg: Your common dreams, as I understood
what Ron Walters said, are not Ron Walters’ common dreams. Todd Gitlin: We have to have a discussion
about what common dreams are. I mean, I think there will be a debate. Republicans will say
the common dream is that everybody gets to be an entrepreneur. I think that’s ridiculous,
but that is an idea about what people have in common. My idea and many other people’s idea is
that what people have in common is that they have certain obligations to the maintenance
of a society that’s whole and certain needs, which include life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness, but also a right to a decent livelihood, a right to security of person,
a right to public institutions, like schools and public transportation, that people need
to live. I don’t know if we disagree on that, but
I think a lot of people do agree on what’s happened in the recent years. Ben Wattenberg: Ron goes beyond that. Is that
correct? Ronald Walters: I would certainly go beyond
that. I think he’s right in terms of the dream, but I think the difference is between
the dream and the reality. When you look at the reality — we share the dream, but the
reality is that some people are much closer to the dream than others, and therein lies
the problem. Are you going to have a definition of liberalism which only gives us sort of
an intellectual vision of that dream, or are you going to have a definition of liberalism
which is functional? And if you do, you’ve got to run up against the ability of government
to provide expanding opportunity. Ben Wattenberg: Yeah, but you are saying,
on a race-specific or gender-specific or ethnically specific grounds, is as a way to measure? Ronald Walters: I would say yes. Otherwise,
you really don’t have a measuring rod. You can’t define it, I think, only by economic
opportunity. You’ve got to look at these groups that are coming into society, immigrants
included, and say to yourself, if the demographics are right, by the year 2050, only 52 percent
of this country is going to be white. So there is a tremendous continuing discussion about
the nature of America, about the changes that are going to go on, and therefore the basis
of liberalism. Todd Gitlin: Excuse me, but those demographics
aren’t right. There’s no way to predict how people are going to feel about who they
are two or three generations hence. What will it mean to be white? What will it mean to
be Hispanic? There is a tremendous amount of intermarriage already. The confidence with
which these claims are made by the Census Bureau I think is scientifically invalid. E. J. Dionne: What I’d like to say is if
you go back to — Ben Wattenberg: I think you’re right. E. J. Dionne: If you go back to sort of what
the liberal idea has been on these subjects, the issue is not: Are we going to be an all-quota
society or a color-blind society where we pretend there’s no such thing as racism?
Liberals have always asserted that cultural pluralism is a good thing, recognizing the
enormous contributions of all groups to this country, that that’s a good thing, that
racism is a particular problem that we continue to have. That’s very different from saying that we
want to racialize every question, that every issue, whether it’s public schools or public
transportation or how you’re going to get a job, that these are all racial questions.
Most African Americans don’t think that way. Most white people don’t think that
way. Most Hispanics don’t think that way. Now, I think liberals have always asserted
that we respect the fact that we’ve got to do something about racism, which is a particular
problem. We also respect the fact that we are one country that has always had a common
dream, as Todd has said. Will Marshall: I agree that that’s a traditional
view of liberalism and one we desperately need to get back to, but it’s not the current
view. Liberalism today is bound up with the notion of biology is destiny and the politicization
of all issues around this corralling of people into racial, ethnic, and gender categories. And I think that’s a tremendous liability
to contemporary liberalism because what it does is it prevents us from having the kind
of civic empathy that we need to have, prevents us from looking beyond our group identity
toward some broader community. And I think before we get back to that, it’s going to
be impossible for Democrats and liberals to reconnect to the economic anxieties and aspirations
of the middle class. And that, after all, is the big political challenge we’re facing. Ronald Walters: But you know, I think that
will only happen when you really do address the issue of groups. You can’t leap over
groups because groups were the basis of a certain sense of subordination in this country.
Slavery was based upon groups. At the time of the manumission of slaves in 1865, 90 percent
of all blacks were in slavery. There was a group basis of that subordination. And so if you look even down as far as 1960
and ask how many blacks made the average family income, it was only 5 percent. Ninety-five
percent, as the basis of subordination of blacks, didn’t make even the average family
income. So you can’t then leap over, 30 years later, to start talking about individuals
unless you deal with that basis of group subordination, which is part of the legacy of this country. Ben Wattenberg: Let me just go back to what
we said in the setup piece and just see if we are in agreement on that, that the current
consensus in the country is that we do want a balanced budget, that we do want to reduce
the size of government, that we do want serious welfare reform, and that in fact those ideas
and many others that we could all list are in fact — have their roots in the conservative
ideology, and that seems to be the way the country is going. E. J. Dionne: Yes, Americans in principle
think we shouldn’t run a big deficit. But we just had a controlled experiment in 1995.
And the Republicans said, okay, we want to cut back the growth in Medicare, Medicaid,
education spending. We want to cut back on environmental regulations. And the electorate
quite clearly said, wait a minute, that’s not what we think we voted for in 1994. So
the public — sure, the public wants fiscal sanity, but it also believes that a lot of
these things, including things you helped fight for when you worked for LBJ, have been
successful programs that they want to save. Todd Gitlin: The thing about it is Americans
want everything at once. They want all these things. They want apple pie, but they also
want — they want pie à la mode. They also want health care. They also want raising of
the minimum wage. They also want a lot of things that they think they’re entitled
to get. Will Marshall: It’s so important that we
don’t let this notion that any attack on bureaucratic liberal programs is a conservative
one. Take welfare, for example. Fundamental welfare reform is something that 80–90 percent
of the people of this country are for. It cuts across all racial and class lines, and
it doesn’t — you don’t have to be conservative to want to reform the welfare system. Daniel
Patrick Moynihan and other notable liberals have been trying to do it for decades. Ben Wattenberg: Yeah, but the notable liberals
who ran the Congress in 1993 and 1994 were not anxious to reform welfare. You know that
better than anyone. Will Marshall: I do. E. J. Dionne: They didn’t pass health care
reform, either. They failed in Congress. Will Marshall: I’m not saying that liberals
are not defending failed bureaucratic programs. They are, and that’s one of their principal
— or another liability. My point is that the alternative all too often is simply kind
of a mirror image agenda on the right that says let’s tear down the liberal achievement
edifice that they built over the last 60 years, but they don’t have any idea about what
they’re going to replace it with. And that’s where they keep failing. It’s a dismantling
agenda, not an agenda that replaces programs that aren’t working with approaches that
hold out more promise. Ben Wattenberg: Let me ask a tactical question.
As we have this discussion in mid-April, for all the moaning about how poorly liberalism
is doing, Bill Clinton is beating Bob Dole in the polls by about 12 to 15 points. Is
Clinton riding high because there is a resurgence of liberalism or because he has, at least
cosmetically, made a U-turn? E. J. Dionne: How about neither? I mean, I
think in one sense, Bill Clinton defined himself first with a — he had a fight with the Republican
Congress, and he said, “Look, I stand for this, this, this, and this. I disagree with
them on that.” Wherever you stood on the issues, I think that helped give him a presence
in this country. It was something people respected. He could define himself against the Republicans. I think secondly, a lot of these things he’s
talking about — for example, throwing criminals out of housing projects, talking about the
family — he’s done that since 1992. Ben Wattenberg: You don’t feel that in 1993
and 1994, when you had a Democratic president, Clinton, and an all Democratic Congress, that
he went substantially to the left of what he ran on? Because he believes that. E. J. Dionne: See, I don’t think the voters
— if you look at Clinton’s first two years, I think a lot of voters did not say he went
too far to the left or too far to the right. They say, “Gee, the Democrats failed. They
said they’d give us health care reform, and it failed. They said they’d give us
welfare reform, and it failed. They said they’d give us political reform, and it failed. They
said they’d help give us job training and education, and that kind of got shrunk in
the budget.” So I think a lot of voters pull back not because of the ideological stuff,
but because they sense, “Gee, we expected more from these guys.” Ronald Walters: Let me just say, these were
the seeds of 1994, too. That accounts for the election of 1994. But in seizing a conservative
mandate as a reaction to that, what happened is I think that the Newt Gingrich politics
hit a wall. And I think that’s what the American people are responding to. Will Marshall: What the polling shows now,
interestingly, is that Republicans are down. There’s no question about it. Something
in their rush at the budget and this array of programs, many of which are still popular,
scared a lot of folks, and they are down. But Democrats have not gone up correspondingly.
I mean, that’s the era we’re in now. We’re in a three — you know, it’s a three-way
split now. There’s a huge group of unaffiliated, nonaligned voters who hold the balance of
American politics. That’s why I would be most unconfident if I were a Democratic strategist
now about this temporary uptick in Bill Clinton’s popularity ratings. But let me go back to the point E. J. made.
I mean, E. J.’s right about the failure of Clinton and the Democratic Congress to
deliver, but the problem is much more fundamental than that. The Democratic Party and contemporary
liberalism is defending a regime that’s dying. It’s defending an old top-down, bureaucratic
way of solving problems that people simply lack confidence in. It’s the same problem,
I think, of parties of the democratic left in Europe, which is why many of them have
been out of power for a long time. We’ve got to think through what governance
means in a new era and find new ways of solving problems. That’s what the public’s looking
for. That’s the kind of — [Cross talk.] Ben Wattenberg: Wait. Hold on a minute. Todd Gitlin: Parts of the government work
well. You know, you call Social Security for advice, you are going to get it much faster
than if you call a lot of private corporations. People want the government to be active. They
want the government to get results. They’re pragmatic about where the results come from. I think that what liberalism has to make sure
it doesn’t do is to sacrifice its soul, and its soul has rested on a matter that we
haven’t really talked about yet, which is a real conviction about equality, equality
of persons, equality in access to opportunity, equality in an absolute rejection of discrimination.
And I think it’s extremely important, whether Bill Clinton wins or not, that that side of
the liberal vision not be sacrificed. Will Marshall: That’s very true, and I agree
entirely, but I want to make a distinction between ends and means. You’re exactly right
about equality. That’s the soul. That’s — we have to maintain that commitment. But
it doesn’t follow that there’s one monochromatic way of going about that. Todd Gitlin: Right, but let’s say we want
to make sure that it’s absolutely intolerable to discriminate in employment or housing or
lending. How are you going to do that without calling a government agency in to enforce
the law? Will Marshall: Well, of course no one’s
saying repeal antidiscrimination laws. That’s not what I’m — Todd Gitlin: No, we have laws, but they’re
not enforced. We need enforcement. Will Marshall: They should be enforced. I
agree with stepped-up enforcement. But my point is there are lots of things that we’re
trying to do in government, some of them under the rubric of equality. Let’s take our social welfare policies,
which we know now — the evidence is overwhelming — that they’ve been failing. They’ve
become dysfunctional. They’ve begun to underwrite problems in inner-city communities. And yet
we’ve been unable to come to grips with those problems and reimagine the way we try
to lift people out of poverty. Todd Gitlin: See, that — Ben Wattenberg: Let me just interrupt here
for a moment. You know, there’s an old saying, “If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be
a bus,” okay, “but she doesn’t have wheels.” You guys, particularly you, Will,
but many of you, certainly you, E. J., just now, are saying, oh, if liberalism would just
change this and just change that and just recognize that you really have to do welfare
reform and you have to do this and you have to do that, then they would be back — but
that’s not what liberals have been doing for 30 years. They’ve been going bananas
by my light. Yes? E. J. Dionne: But we’re not talking about
years. We’re talking about, I think — Ben Wattenberg: They wouldn’t be liberals. E. J. Dionne: — a real reform in the way
— look at Todd’s book, for example. Take Todd’s book, “The Twilight of Common Dreams.”
Todd wrote a very good critique of a certain style of multiculturalism. And it was a critique
from the left because he said, “The problem with this is not just the things the conservatives
say about it. The problem with this is that in fact it takes our eye off the ball of a
genuinely fair and equal society.” That’s — Todd’s book is an example of this. I think some of Will’s ideas have been accepted
by large numbers of liberals about the need to — I mean, for example, all the stuff
Will has written about civic life and the importance of strengthening our civic sense
and third sectors in society. Some of those ideas started on the right. They didn’t
all come from the right. Actually, some of them came from the new left, but this notion
that you need a strong civic life, that’s popular, too. Ronald Walters: But you know, you’ve got
an intellectualism of both the left and the right here, which I think is wrong, because
so much of this really is spinning without the people who are really affected. When you
come to assess things like poverty, yes, you’re right, Will, a lot of people want changes
in the welfare system. But the fact is you cannot say that it didn’t do what it was
designed to do. The fact that people want to change it now is quite another discussion
altogether. They want to turn it into a jobs program. Now, we had a jobs program, and Reagan
killed it, so that now they want to turn the welfare program into a jobs program. That’s
fine. But we really have to be honest about the
ideological currents which come through and change things. We can’t say that everything
failed because these things haven’t. We have to talk to the people who came through
welfare and who made an honest living today out of a welfare system that worked for what
it was designed to do. Ben Wattenberg: If Sen. Dole wins the election
in November of 1996, you will have for the first time in at least 70 years a Republican
conservative — mainstream conservative president, a Republican conservative Senate, House, sympathetic
Supreme Court, control of the governorships, and probable control of the state legislatures
and state legislators, as well as the mayors of Los Angeles and New York. This is unheard
of in contemporary American politics, unheard of. If that happens — and that’s just
on the election of Dole — is liberalism really in the ditch for a long time to come,
because won’t the other guys really get their shot? E. J. Dionne: Well, first of all, that’s
like, “If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bus.” I mean, you are positive — Ben Wattenberg: Oh, no. That’s just one
election. That’s who’s going to win the election. Todd Gitlin: If one of her wheels falls off,
she’ll be in a ditch. E. J. Dionne: No, but two things. One, that
scenario you just described is actually Clinton’s ace in the hole, because what all the polls
show is the country really is uncomfortable with the prospect of this kind of unified
conservative government because they think they’ll go too far. To go back to your history, you worked for
LBJ. A lot of the stuff you guys did worked for the country. Medicare worked, food stamps
worked, civil rights worked, voting rights worked. This is a good legacy. Ben Wattenberg: I agree with that. E. J. Dionne: There’s nothing to be ashamed
of in this legacy. Ben Wattenberg: I agree with that. Don’t
you think that many of those programs were carried by liberals over the edge too far? E. J. Dionne: Well, how too far? I mean, has
Medicare gone too far? Is it too expensive? Sure, all — the whole health system is.
Has it gone too far? I don’t think so. Todd Gitlin: These programs were popular at
a time when the country felt rich, the country was unrivalled, and Americans felt, “Well,
let’s do more of the same. There’s no bad price for it.” Today people feel you
can’t have everything at once, but this doesn’t mean that these were not great achievements.
It also means that they have to be reformed. But nobody’s willing to get rid of them. Ronald Walters: That’s what I mean by change
in the intellectual mood, and I think we have to look at the forces that were responsible
for that. I mean, you had — in two or three decades, you had a downturn in the economy.
You’ve got people now who are very afraid, and I think that when people get afraid, they
start changing their evaluation. It’s not that the programs changed; it’s that the
evaluation has changed. Ben Wattenberg: What would you — if you
had to — if you had a paragraph to tell liberals how to govern and recapture the mainstream
of American thought and action, what would you tell them to do? E. J. Dionne: I think the main concerns for
Americans right now are both economic and moral. The economic is a sense of economic
insecurity and worry, as President Clinton said, that people who work hard and play by
the rules aren’t going to be rewarded. That in turn is a moral question. Now, I think liberals have to be unabashed
about saying that economics and morality are linked and that if we want liberalism to revive,
it’s going to have to do what it did for about a hundred years in our country, which
is tell people to use government not to make people dependent, but to enhance people’s
opportunities, to let them seize the chances in this new era, and to create a sense that
the rules are fair that they’re competing under. Ben Wattenberg: Okay. Todd. Todd Gitlin: I would say liberalism has to
support the fiber of the country. It has to be committed to those institutions which increase
the access of all people to their common human heritage, and that includes reinvented government,
government that works, and it also includes unions and it includes public schools and
it includes metropolitan government and all of those forces that enable Americans to live
in a world with each other. Ben Wattenberg: Ron Walters. Ronald Walters: You’ve got to show people
a vision of the future. You’ve got to show them that this country is becoming more diverse.
I don’t think you can roll that back. I don’t think we need to be frightened of
it. I think we need to have a rational vision of what this country is going to be like,
and I think that we have to locate somewhere the source of our economic fears, I think,
because you can say that the white males are leading a conservative revolution, but at
the end of the day, someone has to explain to them in nonracial terms, nonimmigrant terms,
what is happening to them. And I think that once we get some of these explanations right,
I think then liberalism can show the path to leadership, and government has to play
a role. Ben Wattenberg: Will Marshall, you’re batting
cleanup. Will Marshall: I think liberalism has to adapt.
It’s got to identify itself once again as the party of innovation and new thinking.
For about the last 20 years, we’ve been in rearguard positions, defending the old
achievements, unwilling to admit criticism of them, and unwilling to offer something
better. Until we get into the arena and fight, you know, the battle of persuasion with the
American people that we have better ideas that are updated to new circumstances, we’re
not going to be competitive electorally. Ben Wattenberg: If it had wheels, it would
be a bus. Thank you very much, E. J. Dionne, Will Marshall, Todd Gitlin, and Ron Walters.
And thank you. And now we would like to announce part two
of our bumper sticker contest. In part one, we asked viewers to make up bumper sticker
slogans for or against President Clinton. For example, the anti-Clinton winning entry
was: “Clinton: 99 percent fact free.” A pro-Clinton entry was: “Clinton sax beats
Dole-drums.” This time we are looking for bumper stickers
for or against the Republican nominee, Bob Dole. So please send your entries plus any
other comments or questions to New River Media, 1150 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.
We can be reached by email at [email protected] or on the World Wide Web at www.thinktank.com. For “Think Tank,” I’m Ben Wattenberg. Announcer: This has been a production of BJW
Inc., in association with New River Media, which are solely responsible for its content.

Aliens | Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts


In a galaxy of adventures,
there’s nearly every kind of alien you could imagine. And some of them have
been great heroes. Some look like humans. Some definitely do not. Aliens can have really big heads,
or only one eye or three eyes, or eyes that glow. Some have long years and
have even longer tongues. Some have tails growing
out of their heads. Some have many limbs. Some have long snouts. Some have horns. Some have suction
cups on their fingers. Some have wings that
allow them to fly. Some are really slimy. And some are really furry. They all wear different outfits,
from simple robes to elaborate masks that help them breathe. And they hold every different
kind of job you can imagine. Some are peaceful. Some are warriors. But you’ll see a lot
more aliens serving in the ranks of the
Heroic Rebel Alliance than you ever will
in the Empire. And without heroes like
Chewbacca and Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel Alliance would
never have stood a chance. What kind of alien
would you like to meet? [MUSIC PLAYING]

TOP 5 Football boot technology that actually works – no gimmicks!


My friends Today we’re looking at a pretty cool top-five list over the boot technology that actually works See in these times of big ballertechnology and boundaries constantly being pushed or the football brands they need a standout technology to really set them apart from everyone else and to stay top of mind in your head when you need to go out and buy a fresh pair of boots, and sometimes some of these innovative technologies turn out to be nothing more than um gimmicks with zippers and other times they actually work extremely well So today we’re doing the top five boot technologies or features that actually work that you can visibly see when you’re on the pitch Now of course keep in mind that despite the fact that the technology or feature on your pair of football boots might not be on the list, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad technology Maybe it’s just doing its job, so well that you don’t really notice that it’s there anyway, let’s kick it off with the list Number five is the ACC technology also known as all conditions controls from Nike and NSG known as Non-stop grip from Adidas, and these two technologies are kind of similar in the sense that they both promise you to give you better control in the wet And while that might be a little bit of a stretch you actually do feel that the both of them work So if you go outside, you bring a football and it`s wet out there you clearly feel how there’s much more grip on the ball with the boot that has either non-stop grip or ACC compared to a boot that doesn’t, it simply grips the ball more when both the ball and the boots are wet Will it change your game much? Well being honest it It won’t, but the fact of the matter is that the technology it clearly works In fourth I brought the formskin technology from the Under Armor Magnetical that promises you an extremely personal fit that feels broken in from the moment you’ve put it on and um somehow it actually really delivers on that promise because this upper is not just soft It has a suppleness that’s extremely difficult to describe but somehow Extremely pleasant on your foot, and the way it stretches to match every foot shape and feel extremely personal like it’s made just for you, but at the same time not feeling overly flimsy or fragile while Under Armour They’re on to a winner with the formskin, I`m a fan Now number three is a bit of a funny one because the anatomical soulplate on the Nike Mercurial boots Kind of feels a bit horrible at first because if you feet aren’t used to it They’re gonna cramp up and it’s gonna hurt, and it’s not gonna be very nice at all But if you give it a bit of time, and you actually get used to it. It feels downright amazing and extremely fast See the thing is that the anatomical plate is made to follow The natural curvature of your foot so your foot kind of sinks in a little bit to the plate instead of just plainly sitting on Top of it And it gives you the sensation of being a little bit more one With the boot and being more securely locked down to make you feel like you’re not moving inside the boot at all and that’s really good for when you want to accelerate basically like you’re firmly placed inside your rocket ship Ready to explore and okay it might mainly happen in your head, but hey if it works I’m all for it Now number two is another technology that just hands-down works, no questions asked Anti-clog technology from Nike the promise is to give you better traction in the wet because you won’t have any mud clogging up your soulplate And if you remember to actually moisten up the plate to make it lubricious Before you go out and play with all the mud and all the dirt And the grass is just gonna slide right off because well it is lubricious and Nothing is gonna stick and not only is it gonna make your traction a million times better because the studs will actually be free It’s also gonna weigh less because you won’t be carrying around half of the football pitch Now of course the anti-clog played itself it weighs considerably more than the normal FG plates do so I only use it when it’s really really wet but if you regularly play on wet muddy pitches This is gonna be a very best friend But before we move on to the Big Boss number one I want to give a shout out to some of the other technologies that do a pretty good job And the first one is the CT-Frame on the Mizuno Rebulas because it’s this form skeleton that gives you a lovely stability and a really great padding and texture on the ball. I absolutely love it No nonsense there Then there’s also the forged knit technology on the Predator 18+`s and the 18.1`s that somehow goes in to give you stability a 3D texturing for better grip on the ball and somehow also keeps the upper extremely maddeningly Insanely soft and supple. Second only actually to the Under Armour Magnetical So big up to ever Invented forged knit and then there is the last thing, a thing that’s been used on football boot for ages Laces talking about technology that actually works laceless boots are all cool They have a lot of advantages, but when it comes to straight-up lockdown nothing does it better than a pair of laces And that’s how it is but number one is the net fit technology From Puma and actually may know I’m a big big fan of net fit. Now the thing is that Execution-wise is actually a pretty low tech thing It’s a woven net sitting on the outside of the Puma Future But the idea behind it is absolutely brilliant because it allows you to customize and personalize your lacing system Completely to the way you want it so if you want more lockdown you can get that if it’s to accommodate for a really wide fit or Basically to make it huck your very slim foot you can do that. You can even clean up the striking surface If you so please in other words you can do Whatever you want now of course if you don’t understand Ned Fodor you suck at net fitting well The technology in itself might suck as well, but if you get good at it You can turn a decent fit into a fantastic fit and when it comes down to it seeing that Fit in the football boot is king something that can help you achieve more or less the perfect fit well That’s good enough for me. That’s number one. So there you go my friends five boot technologies that actually deliver as they say they will now of course keep in mind that just because a certain technology your boot feature isn’t on the Doesn’t mean that it sucks Now for instance some of Adidas`s boots have a lot of technologies around the fit And as we know fit is really really important so while they do their jobs They might not be as should we say directly visible on the pitch as some of the technologies I have on the table And maybe that’s where technologies work the best at least that’s [foot for thought?] But guys which of the boot technology is mentioned on the list or basically on any football boot do you think works as promised? You should let me know in the comment section right down below now if you want to see more videos We’ve got more top 5s. If you click the playlist right down here, but before you do that You should go make sure you subscribe with the notifications on of course by clicking the green bubble over my head And if you want some of these awesome boots you can grab a pair for yourself by clicking the link right over here With that said guys. I’m gonna sign off for today cheerio

true names [CC]

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true names [CC]


Since the dawn of time and the invention of human language, names have given many people trouble. Are they merely random noises we call each other by- or rather powerful magicks that, if found out, give other people power over us? NOT TODAY EVIL SPIRITS! It’s ma- magicks. They’re magicks. Of course they’re magicks. Have you seen my whole- like- deal today? BUT ALAS! How do we determine which is true and which is not? For only the real holds that power, and people are cunning, and like to trick us. [in german] The queen will never win the game, for Rumpelstiltskin is my name! [in german] Rumpelstilskin! [in german] OH NO! You figured it out! [in german] Hmmmm, I don’t know. Sounds kind of made up. [in german] … What? [in german] Come on, tell me your REAL nameee! [in german] W- What do you mean my REAL name? [in german] My name is Rumpelstilskin. [in german] You figured it out! You solved the riddle! [in german] You won! Congrats! [in german] Ok, but like, your -real- name, your, like, person name. [in german] I’m an evil imp, not a person?? [in german] So, the one- the one that’s like on your passport. [in german] I- [in german] I make deals and steal children, I don’t HAVE a passport! [in german] I live here in the forest, what’d I need a passport for?? [in german] Ok, so the one your parents gave you. [in german] We forest sprites don’t really have the same familial structures as you mortals- [in german] Ok, but Rumpelstilskin isn’t a name. [in german] -It’s not on the list sorry.
-See, that can’t be your name. [in german] Guess we’ll never find out, and then you’ll still come to take our first born! [in german] Tha- That wasn’t the d- deal.. [in german] Okay? Great! [in german] WHAT?? Hi! It’s me! Ren! OR IS IT??? People are obsessed with names. Although not because of magic these days. Maybe a little because of magic. When a trans person changes their name, people make SUCH a fuss about it. From a change-averse: “Can’t I just keep calling you by your old name?” to a newly acquainted: “Ok but- what’s your REAL name?” Yes hello, I am trans, and a witch. Happy Halloween. This is what this video is about. This notion that so many people have of a “real name” is fascinating to me, because- the way we actually use names, doesn’t abide by it. It’s called hypocrisy! There is no such thing as a “real” name. But let me elaborate. One. This isn’t only a trans issue. From nicknames to shortforms to middle and last names being used as first names- marriage, name changes for whatever reason Plenty of people go by a name other than the one they were assigned at birth. They go through similar things as trans people in that regard and would profit off of the same systems put in place to respect preferred names. As an example: Earlier this year, I was invited to do some talks for our uni’s staff about gender and trans people and how to make life a bit less miserable for us on campus. At one of those talks, the campus chaplain was in attendance, and she related to the concept of dead names. Trans people’s former names that they no longer use and that can be severely detrimental to their mental health if they’re being used anyway. She talked about how she herself was going through a divorce and she was struggling to ch- change her name back to the one it was before that and about how exhausting it was to still have to see the old name everywhere. Like even her little ID card on her lanyard still had the old name on it. At another talk, some of the lecturers were talking about how inconvenient it was that our uni’s system didn’t allow to put the preferred name of people on the register. Which made it harder to get it right. This didn’t only suck for trans people, but also international students that pick a different name to better fit in in their country of residence. Some of my asian classmates picked new names to make them easier to pronounce in english. A portuguese coursemate didn’t like the way her name was pronounced in english so she just picked a fully different one. And a russian friend’s spelling got changed to match the english version, replacing an “f” with a “th” Two. What even is a real name, let’s be real. Do you know Lady Gaga’s real name? Me neither. Until I looked it up for this video and immediately forgot it again. Hi wikipedia, show me Lady Gaga. (laughs) Please.. I will now read an excerpt from- uhum- Lady Gaga’s wikipedia page, like a professional. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born March 28th 1986 known professionally as “Lady Gaga” is an american singer, songwriter and actress. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Art Pro- Arts Project 21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a music career. Gaga’s second full length album, Born This Way 2011, explored electronic rock and techno-pop. It peaked at- (laughs) It peaked (laughing) in 2011 F*ck. I’m so sorry Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016 Gaga is one of the world’s bestselling music artists. You might notice that it states her real name the one that I assume is on her ID and stuff but then immediately goes back to calling her by her stage name. But- didn’t we just learn her real name? Why keep up the charades? Because that’s the name we know her by. You wouldn’t talk to your friend about “that movie Stefani Germanotta was in” cause they wouldn’t know who the hel you’re talking about. Lady Gaga is the name we use for her in any context we, as the public, interact with her Let’s look at another example. Which is superman’s real name? Is it his birthname Kal-El? To his dead space dad it probably is. Is it his human name Clark Kent? To literally anyone he knows in his private life it probably is. His, you know, adoptive parents, anyone who works with him at the Daily Bugle or whatever the DC equivalent is. Is it Superman? Most of the public knows him by that name, if we’re going by numbers that would be the one, right? It’s probably the one that- is on his wikipedia page. Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. Although Superman was not the first superhero character he populari- It’s f*cking Superman. I was f*cking right. I was f*cking absolutely f*cking right. (laughs) It’s Superman, and- and Superman said trans rights. Superman said trans rights, y’all. Superman said trans rights. (gasps) Oh my god. Clark Kent has his own wikipedia page. I was not prepared for this plot twist. But- So they’re just straight up like- They’re like: “He has too much of a life, we need to separate it into two articles.” But wikipedia does ackno- acknowledge that, you know, it should be merged because they’re the same person. Which is the real name of the kids I grew up with that only went by their last name? If it wasn’t for role calls and facebook I wouldn’t know them boys had a first name. Their parents called them by their first names, but- to everybody else that wasn’t- it. What about my international friends who picked a new name to better fit english tongues? What is their real one? Three. Practical use is all that matters. I don’t know how many trans people you, my dear viewer, know but I know over a hundred of them at this point. I keep a list. I counted them recently. It is insane. So, believe me when I tell you: It makes more sense to use a trans person’s preferred name just because that’s the one that corresponds to the gender they live as. I know the dead names of several of my friends and I literally forget them sometimes to the point that my friend will have to REMIND me that that was their dead name when they’re telling a story related to it. Their dead names don’t correspond to the person I know and interact with so it isn’t relevant to me doing so. As for my own case, cause I’m- I’m sure you’re all anxious to learn about me (laughs) My full name these days is Ren Catherine Thomas Zoller. A mouthfull, I know. Feel free to ignore the middle names they’re just there for decoration. I didn’t initially wanna change my birthname of Catherine, which is now my second name because of- just because it has a- had a female connotation cause I was young and naive and I was like: “If it has a connotation I don’t like, I’m just gonna SINGLEHANDEDLY CHANGE THE WORLD!” Turns out it’s just easier to change your name, like- I mean, look at me. This isn’t a Catherine! Or a Thomas for that matter. I mean, I g- I guess it could be if I was like a- gender-nonconforming intersex woman, or- a very femme, very early transition trans guy? But my point is I am neither of those things which is why those names and their connotations do not fit me as a first name. DECORATION. Four. So why do people make such a big deal out of trans people changing their names? For a lot of trans people changing their name is part of correcting a mistake that was made a long time ago. To them it is not so much a change as it is an improvement in communicating who they are and generally have been for a long time. Mind you: Not all trans people change their name. Not all of us give up the old one. And not everybody sticks to the first name they pick because it might take some time to find the right one. It’s all a matter of finding the best way to express yourself in who you are. But, because other people aren’t inside yer brain, to them the motivation behind that change might not be as clear. People equate names with individual identity, meaning if you change your name you effectively become a fully different person and, because there is attachments to the person they used to know you as that can be a hard change to swallow. You don’t see drag performers getting hate-crimed over using a stage name. You wouldn’t be mad at Valentine, would you? I mean, look at this face! How could you be mad at that? If there is still a “real name” beneath, all is well. Even if you don’t know that name. The person you knew is still “under there”. It’s a temporary mask over an unchanged reality. People don’t like when reality itself changes. Five. Reality. The name we consider a person’s “real name” is whichever one fits the narrative we like best for them. We don’t always use people’s birthname or their legal name as their “real name” yet the transphobic notion of your birthname being your real name still exists because the transphobic narrative behind the question “But what’s your REAL name?” is that the person’s trans identity is the fake one. A crossdressed pretense over their original “real” sex. Meaning their names must follow the same pattern, right? Ren hasn’t always been my real name. But Catherine isn’t it either anymore, even though it was at one point. Birthnames aren’t always used. Legal names can be changed. Nicknames can be awarded and stage names can be acquired. Names aren’t absolute or static, and a person isn’t defined by their names. I’m actually going through the last bit of my own legal change at the moment trying to get my passport updated back home. I’ve been using this name for two years. It’s the one people know me by. I have a deed poll in the UK. It’s on my bachelors diploma For all intents and purposes, this is my name and it’s the realest one you’re gonna get. Beware of the people who want to trick you into believing that something as mundane as a piece of paper could determine something as powerful as a name for only in your heart, and the hearts of those around you a TRUE name can be found. I hope you enjoyed this video. And remember: Superman said trans rights. International stu- (clears throat) oh my god. Voice breaks. No, it was “who the hel”. Ok. Cool. Cool, script. I got that. Great! It’s almost like I wrote this. Is it his birthname, Kall-Ell? Kahl- Kahl-Ell. Kal-El? I don’t want the Superman stans to get on my dick So fa- So F*CK WHY? (laughs) Gimme a second, editing-me, I’m sorry, I’m sick, be nice to me. You can yell at me when I’m not sick and filming, okay, but you can’t yell at me when I’m sick! Nya.. Editing-meeee pleaseee That is just a sentence that is a paragraph. Ok note for next time: Run-on sentences suck. Why do I do this? We can do this better. This is going on our acting reel, excu-use you. Again, please, do the whole sentence. I know it’s a paragraph again, I know. I keep doing this. I’m so sorry. Tiddies. How does it- I cannot wait for top surgery, but, boy howdy, am I gonna have some fun before that. How do you like gur- girl form? (laughs) (gasps) Glasses! I forgot about the glasses. Ok. [in german] No glasses! We’re in medieval times! [in german] They didn’t have glasses yet! [in german] Come, on! Tell me you- This voice is exhausting, turns out, that is an exhausting voice. Oh my god, I cannot read any- I am blind. Editing-me, you- you will see wonders that I could never imagine for I cannot see what the f*ck I’m doing right now, I hope I look nice [in german] Ok, but Rumpelstilskin not a- I know words. In several languages. This is one of them. [in german] Not on the list, sorry Deep. Deep voice. This is the king. The king has a deep voice. [in luxemburgish:] Why am I wearing the belt, if you can’t see the belt?? [in german] Got a- deep voice! And we’re the king! And we have a LIST! [in german] And we have ONE LINE! [in german] Sorry, it’s not on the list. [in german] Sorry, it’s not on the list. I have a belt! I have a belt, okay?? But you can’t see! I am emo anime child Rumpelstilskin and I am here to entertain you. [in german] -Rumpelstilskin is my name! Oh god.. I have died, I am dead, I have perished. Why did I make this choice? Why did I make this hair choice? Hi. I also jump around a campfire at night and proclaim my name to the world because tha- that’s trans culture now. Hi. My name is Wumpewstiwskin and I dance around caaampfires and I am very emo.

5.7×28 ammo actually designed for defense? Speer Gold Dot 5.7


shot show 2020 was all in a lather
about 5.7x28mm. that’s that cartridge that we’ve had for a good
long while but really it hasn’t been able to generate the continuous interest
because of a couple of factors first off the firearms themselves tend to be quite
expensive you have the FN p90 or the ps90 and then you have the FN five-seven
and both of those yeah they’re kind of pricey they’re kind of proprietary
they’re their own thing and they’re not very easy to get into it’s not the sort
of thing that you go to your local gun store and you can find it there on the
shelves the ammo is another really big issue because for the longest time we
had two loads we had a full metal jacket load from FN and then we had a blue tip
sort of varmint style cartridge with it with a Hornady projectile that was also from
FN and then in recent years we have at least had one other less expensive and
more universally available option and that’s the federal American Eagle those
guys at least had a good plinking ammo but really there was a big gap there
we’ve had these ammunition types that aren’t necessarily that great for
terminal performance so if you wanted to be able to use one in a defensive
handgun or rifle you’re not exactly sure what you’re gonna get and FMJ might
tumble it might not it kind of depends maybe on distance on twist rate all
kinds of other things and then those Hornady blue tips I’m gonna put links to
videos here they do have really good performance but then in ballistics gel
it seems to be kind of spotty you’re never quite sure if they’re gonna open
up all the way what the wound channel is gonna look like there have been
different people that have produced these videos and gotten different
results and that I think leads to this next announcement at shot that for me
was the one that really stood out because finally okay yes we have the
Ruger 57 that was announced and everybody’s you know really happy that
we finally have a more affordable accurate and just more ergonomic it
seems like it’s going to be a really great pistol option for the cartridge
and then on the rifle side we have see MMG releasing a couple of different
ways to get at the cartridge they have their full rifles they have their uppers
and now they have that special kit where you can either build using parts or you
can slap a full upper onto a normal AR and you can start using the cartridge
using magazines that will fit into the AR mag well which is just really cool
and it’s actually what we’re going to be doing here on the channel so make sure
that you hit the notification bell down below to see when these videos come out
we’re gonna be building an upper actually I think we’re just going to be
slapping one on top we’re gonna take one of their full built uppers put it on
there and show just how easy it is to take an existing pistol lower and put an
upper on there and then turn it to five seven but the the big gap that we’re
still looking at is ammunition because we don’t have a dedicated high
performance defensive ammunition and at shot show we finally got the
announcement that we’ve been waiting for the ammunition is not available yet and
there’s just about no data on it however Speer is going to release a forty
grain gold dot load for this cartridge which is going to really fix a lot of
things yes it’s probably going to be a bit on the expensive side especially
compared to like the blinking ammo that you get from federal American Eagle so
great if you want to go to the range and fire the the American Eagle that’s gonna
be much less expensive and you’ll be able to kind of get used to your firearm
but then if you want to be able to load up your defensive sidearm or maybe you
have a truck gun maybe you have one of the the AR style pistols whatever you
want to build this out as you finally are gonna have something that will have
consistent terminal performance at least that’s what I expect so far there have
been no details like I mentioned about there’s nothing about velocity about
overall length we just have some photos and an indication that it is going to be
a forty grain projectile we have been testing gold dot projectiles for the past
couple months now in 223 and we’ve tested a couple
different weights as well so we’ve done 55 grain 62 grain in 75 grain and as you
can see in the inset footage that I’ve put right here the results are wonderful
this is exactly what you’re looking for in a defensive or a hunting cartridge
this will work great for both first off the projectiles themselves tend to be very
precise and depending on how you’ve developed your hand load as it is in my
case then you can get very precise results accuracy wise so these right
here this is a six point five millimeter that I loaded up for 65 Creedmoor and
was putting through CMM geez excellent endeavour 300 that’s their big heavy
rifle it’s more of a prone rifle and we were getting point four MOA with these
guys and we’re gonna see what the terminal performance was like here in a
little bit that terminal performance as you know you saw in some of the the
footage here these projectiles when they strike yes they’re going to be accurate
yes they’re gonna be able to get on target and then when they hit they very
quickly open up into that star shape just a perfect star shape and they start
cutting a wide swath through the gel I think that’s exactly what we can expect
from the five-seven load that gold load I think that it’s going to you know
first off it’s gonna fly at that high speed and with that kind of semi exposed
lead tip it’s going to initiate expansion very quickly and we’re gonna
get a nice wide channel what I’m really curious about is to see at what
distances how it performs because that’s one of the things that we saw with the
the 55 grain 223 load within if we fired it a hundred yards which by the way
that’s my thing now a lot of ballistics gel tests are done at about 10 yards or
you know practically touching the gel and you’re not going to get realistic
results because as I showed with a 55 at a hundred yards you would get a pretty
different result then if you were back at 200 at 200 yards
the projectile has plenty of time to kind of slow down and has a lower B see it just
weighs less overall and when it hits it did expand wonderfully
but it didn’t open up as wide as some of the others so there’s a good you know a
good reason to go with maybe some of the heavier projectiles as you’re going to be
stepping back in distance I’m really curious to see how the Speer load is
gonna work at practical distances we’re gonna do some of the closer ones like
seven yards where you know most of most of our action is actually going to take
place and then stepping back a little bit I think at maximum 250 yards to see
how this performs and I’m really expecting good things to ensure that you
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SAD SATAN – EL PELIGROSÍSIMO JUEGO REAL DE LA DEEP WEB (MISTERIO RESUELTO)


We can see in the minute 1.20 that you start to hear some sounds of a kind of boy or girl like screaming * sounds * (sub. by MegaMax) that sound first of all is that it is slowed down and has more bass tones, that is to say it has tones below Jordi wild or better known as the corner of giorgio one of the best known Spanish-speaking channels three days ago uploaded a video talking about a sad seitan videogame in the giorgio briefly explains what this videogame that supposedly came up of the deep web and that maybe the creator of that game I had mental problems the video the truth is that it captivated me a lot of curiosity and I said I will try to investigate more about this video game and see how real is this story because probably the question we have asked ourselves if we have seen the video or if we know said videogame is if the creator of this videogame really had mental problems or just did it on purpose Well, guys welcome once more to my channel and welcome to the analysis of sad seitan To begin with, we are going to make certain concepts clear in case there is any clueless who still does not understand these concepts the first thing that everything is deep web the deep web is so to speak the dark side of the internet is a very very internet side but that very large which with Normal browsers cannot access that is if you are looking for a domain that is a web page that is from the deep web with a normal search engine like google chrome mozilla firefox or something like that you won’t be able to access and normally said deep web is used to sell weapons to sell drugs to sell child pornography content to sell a lot of things illegal that obviously on the internet that everyone knows because you can not sell well supposedly Schatz Seitan is a video game that has emerged from the deepest corners from the deep web Satse tan is a game that does not lack an argument or a meaning, that is to say literally It lacks everything that a video game should have is a fairly dark game that practically only has two colors: white, black and its infinite grayscale would define it as a fairly gloomy game with very high contrasts and with very strange sounds in fact the game is absolutely sickly any normal person who starts playing that game or who sees a gameplay of this game is going to realize that it is not a normal game in fact it costs me to call it videogame because I do not see it as such This video game became famous thanks to a channel called obscure horror corner is a channel of a completely unknown person who was dedicated to upload the gameplays that is the only one he did was record the screen while playing the video game and then upload it without a voice without 2.0 without editing with nothing and obviously due to the strange and extravagant this game turned out to be sad seitan did not take long to go viral in all youtube I have not found the tweets of this youtuber but I stop playing it because supposedly he began to feel strange things in his house and all this happened at the end of 2015 I will not deceive you I discovered that this video game existed thanks to the fact that Giorgio uploaded the video three days ago as many of you will know, I sometimes entered the deep web and recorded videos and investigating things because of the deep web and I’ve been practically two whole nights looking for this video game on the deep web because obviously in it clearnet that is the internet superficial you can not download this video game and I promise that I have not found anything the video game cannot be downloaded at least the version cannot be downloaded original of this videogame yes it is true that found pages that tell you that this is the video game but the truth is that I don’t I was attracted in some confidence, so I didn’t download anything because it could get me into a host problem downloading any strange file with some kind of virus or something done on the internet superficially in reddit and they forced me into it but I have not found anything true about this video game it is apparently a game played by this man dark horror corner or so we know it but there really is no source where you can download this game is very and since I’m obviously not going to download the video game I had to analyze the videos that went up dark horror corner that is the parts and things more importantly I signed them in this freedom here I will explain briefly the way I have had to analyze This videogame is a videogame in which many rather strange sounds are heard and then these sounds and you put them in programs such as audacity you can determine if that sound belongs to a song or belongs to a trace of a file that has been uploaded to youtube or that has been uploaded to any platform and what I discovered I think you will like quite a bit at the beginning of part number one we can see in the minute 120 that you start to hear some sounds of a kind of boy or girl like screaming That sound first of all is that it is slowed down and has more serious tones that is to say it has all below if we increase it and accelerate it we simply hear a normal voice of someone talking, that is to say a recording of any site that sincerely I have not found the source but it has to be from anywhere and honestly nothing out of the ordinary nothing nothing strange Throughout this video until 730 minutes if they hear strange sounds’ but nothing out of the ordinary that catches my attention especially but in the 7th minute 30 you hear something very disturbing or a very very sound but very strange That sound was very simple to recognize the truth or not I No no no Ah Let’s see the song has a very strange name that is not pronounced so you have the name here in case you want to look for it in 10 10 minutes approximately It starts to be heard as a kind of quite strange noise as if someone were talking It sounded like the voice was upside down so what I did was take that mp3 file I put it back in sony vegas it was super super random I accelerated it and invested it Later render I made this little mp3 fragment and put it in audacity In other words, if you think about it, it has no mystery very shortly afterwards at the same minute in the 10 45 you see an image that the truth is that I have seen in many places When you search for schatz seitan on the internet it appears a lot of times this image and this dear friends simply by giving him google search we can find that it is a photo of a photographer called walter sanders and that belongs to a work of his from the second world war that is to say we meet again with something that neither it’s going out of the ordinary and up to here guys we get to the part analysis number one from my point of view for now only with part number one is that it is a game that the truth is that it’s very well done because what it’s trying to do is scare people to be scary that it’s gloomy belongs to a person who is mentally ill I don’t know what the following parts are going to bring me, I have no idea but what I said supports the video left a like if you want me to analyze the second part of this video and subscribe if you are not because that’s how you are aware of all this thank you very much guys for watching the video see you as always in the next one I remind you that I have my official social networks down here in which you can follow me to find out all the activity that I have and without much more than anything we see each other as always the next video a very strong kiss and bye

I Proposed My Bf To Marry Me At The First Date

February 23, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

I Proposed My Bf To Marry Me At The First Date


Hi everyone, my name is Sarah. Recently I had to tell my husband that he
was not the father of our child. The worst part is it was true. I did have an affair with somebody else. But it’s not that simple. I was 19 years old and grew up in a single-parent
family. My father left us when I was very young. So my mom raised me alone, and she didn’t
have time to start a new relationship. Even when she had boyfriends, their relationship
would end when he found out that my mom had a kid. So, all this time she’s been very lonely. It must have affected her a lot, because after
I turned 18, she kept trying to set me up with her friend’s son, Mark. She was really obsessed with this idea. Sometimes my mother and I just walked in the
park, and “accidentally” met them. And usually, after ten minutes of conversation,
our parents would hint for to us to go for a walk by ourselves. Or rather, they didn`t hint, but actually
said it pretty clearly. Oh, it was so annoying! Mark had had a crush on me since we were teenagers. But I didn’t like Mark, and I didn’t want
to date him! The thing is, I already had a boyfriend, I
just didn’t tell my mom about him. His name was Victor, and he was the love of
my life. And there was an important detail that I have
to tell you. He was 27 years old. This may seem strange, but don’t judge us. We had a good time together, precisely because
he was an adult and a mature guy. Unlike my peers, Victor was smart, calm, and
made a good living for himself. Obviously, it was better to date a guy like
that, than 18-year-old boys who looked more like rabbits than men. They thoughtlessly ran about with crazy eyes
and didn’t know what they wanted. But I’m sure you heard me say earlier, my
mother didn’t know that I was dating Victor. The thing is, she banned me from seeing him. A year ago, our relationship was just beginning,
and a couple of months later, I wanted to introduce him to my mother. Victor came to our house for dinner, and as
soon as my mother saw him, she almost fainted. For her, the relationship between an 18-year-old
girl and a 27-year-old man was something that was unthinkable. Mom started screaming and swearing and just
kicked him out of the house. But despite my mother’s orders, I continued
to date him, only now we kept our relationship a secret. I told my mother I started dancing, and I
went to dance school four times a week. Just so you understand, I was going out with
my boyfriend this whole time. But the rest of the time, my mother kept bothering
me with this Mark guy. At one point, I realized that she would not
leave me alone until I agreed to go on a date him. I decided that Mark would be a great disguise
for my relationship with Victor. So the next time he visited us, I took the
first step myself and asked him out. Oh, my mother was over the moon. Her cherished dream had finally come true. But my life remained the same. I told my mom that I was going on a date with
Mark, and then I told Mark that I was going to a dance class. It was perfect. This went on for about two months, but then
something happened that changed my life forever. I got pregnant. It wasn’t bad news for me. I didn’t have anything with Mark, and I knew
for sure that the baby was Victor’s. So as soon as I saw the two stripes on the
pregnancy test, I rushed to Victor to tell him the good news. But his reaction put me in a stupor. He got scared and started talking some nonsense
about how he wasn’t ready to have a baby and stuff. I thought he was just in shock, and that he
just needed a little time to accept it. But the next day, it got even worse. He tried to persuade me to get rid of the
baby. Oh, my Gosh, I didn’t expect this from a grown
man. Was Victor really that kind of person? It seems like it. I wasn’t going to get rid of the baby, I couldn’t
even think about that. So my relationship with him was over. But my problem still stayed with me. I was thinking about how I could tell my mom
that I was having a baby. And I didn’t know how to do it. In my head, she would just destroy me for
lying to her for so long. So I needed a plan. And he appeared all by himself. Mark wrote to me and asked if I wanted to
meet him. Hell yes! We picked a time and a restaurant, and as
soon as I got there, I started telling him that I loved him and that I wanted to spend
the rest of my life with him. He was stunned by this information. Then I suggested we get married right away. You should have seen his face. It was a mixture of surprise, confusion, and
happiness. But he agreed. That same day we told our parents everything,
and a couple of days later we were officially husband and wife. It was quick and unexpected, but Mark was
happy to finally have the girl he had loved since childhood, and my mom was happy that
I married a good guy. Then I waited for about a week and a half
and told my husband that I was pregnant. This was hard news for him, but unlike Victor,
he didn’t look for an escape plan. I have to say, Mark showed himself to be a
perfect man during the time I was carrying the baby. He was sweet, patient, and caring. And it was a little embarrassing. Because when I was planning my deception,
Mark was the annoying neighbor kid. But now I saw his true identity, and my conscience
began to gnaw at me for using him. I didn’t expect Mark to be able to arouse
any feelings in me. But I saw how he tried to take care of my
child, how tired he was, and how little sleep he had. And I understood that he was an amazing man,
and that he shouldn’t have to raise someone else’s child. So I decided to pay Victor a visit and get
him to start taking care of the baby. But during this year that we hadn’t seen each
other, his life had changed a lot, and I saw it as soon as the door of his house opened
in front of me. But the person who opened it was not Victor,
it was some 18-year-old girl. When I said that I needed Victor, she screamed
“Honey, someone is here to see you!” Honey? A year ago he swore eternal love to me, and
now he was living with this silly girl! I literally went crazy at that moment. I broke into his house, started screaming,
and just smashed everything I could get my hands on. It was his repayment for leaving me alone
with the baby. Then I turned around and left. It was a good punishment for him. But Victor didn’t think so. That evening he called me and started yelling
at me, he was really angry, and he blamed me for ruining his relationship. And then Victor started to blackmail me. He demanded that I reimburse him for all the
money he had spent on planning a trip with his girlfriend since they had broken up because
of me. Otherwise, he promised to tell my secret to
my husband. I had two days to make a decision. And during both of these days a war was literally
going on in my head. The army of light told me that I had to confess
everything and to accept my punishment. And the army of darkness was trying to persuade
me to somehow find the money and hide my deception. Unfortunately, the dark forces had better
arguments. After all, if Mark leaves, I’ll have to raise
the baby alone, just like my mom. So I came up with a plan, and to do that,
I had to lie to my husband again. For the last time. I told him that I needed money for a training
course for young mothers. And as soon as Mark realized that the money
was needed for our child, his eyes lit up with kindness, and he ran to get his credit
card. But I couldn’t accept the money. Mark was too kind to me. He was willing to give everything up for a
child that wasn’t even his, and I was just using him. Suddenly there were tears in my eyes, and
I just fell to my knees and begged for forgiveness. Mark was dumbfounded and did not understand
what was happening. Then I told him everything. Absolutely everything. I didn’t expect him to understand or even
forgive me, I just felt sorry for what I had done. That next second, he turned and walked away. Then I heard the car pull away from our house. Mark was absent until that night. All this time, I just stood by the crib and
cried, imagining Mark kicking me out of the house, then my mom cursing me for my lies,
and finding myself on the street, alone, with a baby. It was just awful. But then I heard a car honk outside. It was my husband! When I ran out of the house, I saw Mark and
Victor outside. My ex looked like he’d been in a fight, and
he had a very guilty face. He apologized and promised to help me with
the upbringing of our child. Then Mark let him go, and he hurried away. But this was not the end. Mark pointed to the car and told me to get
in. I went in and got the baby, and I knew where
we were going, so I wasn’t surprised when the car stopped at my mother’s house. Yeah, I had to tell her everything. I think I’ll skip this part of the story. It’s still hard for me to remember. What about Mark and I? Of course, he was very upset when he found
out the truth, but he wasn’t going to give up on me. During the time he had spent with the baby,
he had already fallen in love with him, and he didn’t want to part with him – he considered
him his son. As for me… I was sorry that I had done so many bad things
to such a good man, and I hope that Mark can forgive me. I want to start all over again. Only now there will be no lies in my life,
because I want to build our relationship based on love and trust. Thank you for your attention. Give me some advice on how to earn Mark’s
trust again? I would be very grateful. Also, don’t forget to share this video with
your friends. Bye!

15 UNBELIEVABLE Behind the Scenes Facts from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Hello and welcome to the channel! In this video you’re going to learn 15 behind
the scenes facts about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. [film slate sound effect] The third film in the Harry Potter franchise was going to be very dark in comparison to the first two films and the series’ new director–Alfonso Cuarón–wanted to prep the three young leads by having them each write an essay about how their characters had changed over the past two films. When it was time to turn in their papers,
Daniel Radcliffe had written a one page summary, Emma Watson wrote a 16 page research paper, and Rupert Grint didn’t write anything at all. However, instead of being disappointed Alfonso was happy that each of their responses to the assignment showed how well they understood
their characters’ behavior. Some other actors who had homework to do were: Gary Oldman, who had only read the first book in the series, and David Thewlis and Michael Gambon who hadn’t read any of the books before being cast in their respective roles. However, all three actors committed themselves
to read the third book before filming began. [Welcome, Welcome to another year at Hogwarts!] Before Michael Gambon was cast as Dumbledore a few well-known actors were considered for the role after Richard Harris passed away, and one of them was Sir Ian McKellen. However, the problem was that before dying
Richard Harris said McKellen was a “passionless” actor… “You shall not pass!” [Narrator]…so ultimately the Lord of the Rings star turned down the role of Dumbledore because he felt
it would’ve been inappropriate to replace someone who didn’t approve of his work. To help the young teenage actors begin to
develop more unique personalities, Alfonso Cuarón gave the actors permission to wear
their uniforms however they wanted. In addition to that he also wanted Harry,
Ron, and Hermione to wear regular clothes more often than their Hogwarts uniforms to
allow them to show more of their characters’ personalities throughout the movie. Harry Melling who played Dudley Dursley was
almost recast because of all the weight he had lost between the second and third film. But instead of casting someone else in his role the filmmakers decided to have him wear fat suits to maintain his pudgy appearance
throughout the rest of the films in the series. One of the new characters that brought a darker tone to the story were the ghoulish looking Dementors, who were inspired by creatures J.K. Rowling saw in her nightmares while she had depression before her success with the Harry Potter novels. To bring the Dementors to the big screen,
Alfonso Cuarón was nervous about using CG at first, so he initially tried using practical effects with water tanks. However, their tests weren’t producing the
results he wanted so he decided to have the Dementors be CG instead, but they used the footage from the water tanks as a reference to help design the creatures’ movement with
the computers. Even though the story’s tone was darker,
the cast and crew still had some fun to keep things lighthearted on the set. For example, during the sleeping bag scene
Daniel Radliffe had asked to be placed next to a girl he liked, but what he didn’t know
is that Michael Gambon put a remote-controlled whoopee cushion inside it so the filmmakers could embarrass him while he was trying to stay in character for the shots. [Whoopee cushion noise] The Prisoner of Azkaban
was the first time the series was filmed on location and they used Scotland to serve as the Hogwarts castle grounds, but filming there came with the challenge of dealing with the rainy weather conditions. They decided to film in May since they believed
it would be the least rainy month of the year; however, when they got there it rained every
day for 28 days straight, and the ground became so wet that they had to fly in a helicopter
to dump gravel on the ground to keep it from washing out from underneath them. Robbie Coltrain’s costume was very heavy
weighing more than 60lbs, and filming the forest scenes in his thick, heavy costume
was very hot with temperatures rising up to 100 degrees outside. So he was given a special vest to wear with
plastic tubing that ran ice water through it to keep him cool while filming. To film the Hippogriff scenes they used a
combination of practical and CG visual effects. To help the actors’ performance on the set
they used an animatronic that took four months to build and was so convincing that some of
crew had to keep reminding themselves it wasn’t a real animal. To make Harry’s flight with Buckbeak look
more convincing they placed Daniel Radcliffe on a motion rig and then superimposed his performance
on top of a CG Buckbeak. And to get the exterior shot of Hogwarts castle they built a small scale model and then added all the components together during post-production. The Knight Bus was actually a real vehicle that they built by cutting a double decker bus in two parts and then installing a middle section between them. The Knight Bus was also built to travel twice
the speed of a real London bus. And to get the shots of Harry being tossed
around inside the bus, they built a hydraulically controlled motion base in a sound stage to film the bus interior. For Professor Lupin’s transformation the
make up process was very long and tedious and took 6 hours to get David Thewlis ready
for his scenes. Even some of the animals went through a transformation for their roles such as the cat they used for Crookshanks. They put jelly and eye shadow around his eyes
to make them look sad and angry, and he went into hair and make up everyday where they
took the loose hairs of his undercoat, rolled them into a ball, and clipped them to his
fur to make him look mangy. Is The Prisoner of Azkaban your favorite film
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