Dating aites

Celebrating a Millennium of Peace

2020.11.29 07:22 TinyLittleFlame Celebrating a Millennium of Peace

Author's Reminder: All insects in Apisia are much much larger. Bees the size of hamsters, grasshoppers the size of chickens, beetles the size of a rhino, etc. Also, Apisia is a currency-free society. There are no "shops" per se. There are warehouses that distribute to you what you need as per your rations. On the rare occasion of festivals, rations are set aside and all the food-stalls, drinking dens are FREE.
The port town of Jirajen was often alive at night but tonight it was positively radiant. Strings of paper lanterns hung from rooftop to rooftop bathing the city in warm lights. Music could be heard in every street as musicians played where ever they could. Stalls lined many pavements offering all sorts of street foods and festive trinkets. Booze flowed freely in the many drinking dens that sprung up. This all you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink affair was fully financed by the city council in celebration of the millennium of peace since the Great War, and they had promised the party of the century.
Like a shooting star, a luminous green arrow went up in the air with light trailing behind it. Among the clouds it exploded into a brilliant display of green and red, momentarily lighting up the night time sky.
“I hear they do that to keep it from raining,” said Zavir.
“Casting spells by arrows,” said Lovisa. “I wonder why people think the Sahiri aren’t creative.”
“Creative? Most definitely. But they’re also chaotic and volatile. Trust me, I know first hand.”
“Oh yes, your sister is a mage, isn’t she? I’d like to meet her someday.”
“You say that now, but I wouldn’t be so sure you’d feel the same way once you meet her.”
Another arrow was shot from the rooftops at the sky.
“Come on, let’s get something to eat,” said Lovisa dragging her date by the hand.
Zavir bumbled along, clearly still gripping to terms that they were out on a date. Was it really that unbelievable?
He had cleaned up nicely for the occasion. His shoulder length hair was tied up in a pony tail, his beard was trimmed short and he was wearing a purple silk waistcoat over his white linen shirt. All in all, he looked quite delectable.
Meanwhile, Lovisa had taken the opportunity to wear her purple silk cloak over her sapphire blue dress. Her hair was done in a single long braid which she had inter-woven with a blue ribbon and small silver bells that tinkled softly with each movement.
They came to a food stall with oil bubbling in a large deep dish.
“What will it be?” Said the man behind the stall.
The man was a stack of boulders: absolutely round with thick painted arms and a large bald head. The only thing small about him were his eyes and nose, which were underscored by a bushy mustache that flew off his face to curl, and a smile warmer than a deep bowl of honey. He wore a drab apron over a drab shirt but his arms were painted in festive swirls of purple and red. He also sported a brass medal, his reward for volunteering to work during what was being touted as the celebration of the century.
“Two please,” said Zavir with a brief smile towards his date, Lovisa.
“Alright.” The man turned back to his helper. “Pass me a new egg, I am running short.”
His young lanky assistant pulled out a tangerine-sized egg from a crate and tossed it.
“Careful,” said the big man catching it. “Just ‘cause they‘re not from your rations, don’t go wasting good eggs now.”
He cracked the egg open, dumping the contents into a large bowl. Whisking them up, he tossed in a few grasshopper meatballs in.
“So, sticks or rolls?” He asked.
Lovisa looked over at Zavir. “Rolls?”
“Rolls,” Zavir affirmed.
“You heard them,” said the stall keeper to his assistant who immediately started flattening a pair of dough-balls with a rolling pin. “Stand back, little lady. The oil splashes.”
Lovisa was tugged back away from the bubbling oil with a firm grasp from Zavir. She hadn’t realise she had been leaning forward.
“You really like watching food be made, huh?” Asked Zavir.
“I am not great of a cook,” or even good for that matter, “but ever since I was little, I’d just sit by the kitchen and watch my mother make food. It’s just such a treat watching someone so apt at their work.”
The meatballs were now frying in the hot bubbling oil, along with flattened dough discs.
“Depends on the work, I guess,” said Zavir. “There’s no spectacle to watching a historian at work.”
“Or an office assistant, for that matter.”
The stall-keeped smiled at the two. “So you two want a spectacle, eh?”
He had taken out the fried dough-discs first and had been draining them of oil. He held one of them in one hand and with the other hand and a large spatula, he picked up the frying meatballs and tossed them in the air. Mid-flight he caught them in the dough-disc and rolled them up and served.
“Careful it, it’s hot,” he said.
Lovisa did a small clap and took her food. Once they had both gotten their rolls, they sat down on a nearby bench.
“Mmmm! They’re so good,” said Lovisa biting into the hot crunchy food.
“Mmhmm,” said Zavir smiling at the roll with a faraway look.
“Let me guess, you’re thinking about the history of this dish.”
He chuckled. “Well, there is a history to it. It isn’t strictly Apisian after all.”
“I guess it was invented within the past one hundred years.”
“Around thirty, to be a bit more precise.”
“Because we don’t grow wheat. Wheat is a major import from the Denru lands.”
“Precisely. It just amazes me how quickly it became such a major commodity considering we haven’t used it in our cuisine for the vast majority of our history.”
“Well, that’s because things made from wheat are delicious and it is a far more versatile ingredient than local alternatives. Rice flour and coconut flour don’t let you make this.” She held up the roll and then took another bite.
“It just amazes me how quickly the world changes. As a historian, I see these things all the time.”
“That reminds me, how is your research work going? I realised I forgot to ask you what you were working on.”
“Perfect place to ask this question.” He gestured all around them at the festival. “I am studying the Great War.”
She snorted. “Really? That has to be the easiest topic of all. It is the most well documented event in our history. We’re taught about it even when we were kids.”
“See, you’d think that, but you’d be wrong. We are taught what society wants us to know about it, but academically speaking we don’t know all that much about it.”
“But why not? There is a huge war memorial filled with preserved written accounts from that time.”
“The war memorial at Saviour Hill was ordered to be built on the hundredth anniversary of the end of the war. It took at least another decade or two to finish it and fill it with all those preserved accounts. By that time, all the people that had witnessed the Great War had died. All we have are second hand accounts passed down by the older generation. And most of them are just tales of how bad that era was.”
“Because it was a very bad era.”
“True, but it doesn’t really tell us a lot of substantial details. All we really know about it is,” he began counting on his fingers. “That it was started by a coalition of mountain tribes; It was led by the first Mage Queen, the self-styled Dragon’s Daughter; It led to a decade of massacres and mass displacement; and it ended due to wide spread disease amongst the crops and the bees resulting in the Honey Famine.”
“Well, it officially ended with the fall of the Dragon’s Daughter on the Field of Flame.”
“Yes, but her armies turned against her due to the Honey Famine.”
“You’re really summarizing it though. We know of many of the major battles, and the attrocities committed during the era.”
“Second hand accounts that lack far too many crucial details. We barely know with any certainty where half of those battles took place. The post-war generation hardly traveled enough to know where anything was.”
“Well we know men used to be in charge back then.”
“Ah yes, the one factoid every woman remembers and likes to bring up.”
She chuckled. “It just strikes me as odd. Apisia must have been such a different place back then.”
“Yes, and we barely know anything about it apart form the official narratives pushed through tribe scribes. I want to know more, gather all the information there is from all over Apisia. Heck, I haven’t even been to Saviour Hill yet!”
“That sounds like a lot of work to get a permanent position at the academy.”
“Oh, no, this is my long-term goal. For my thesis, I am just trying to poke holes in the things we do know to justify getting appointed to do a more detailed study of the subject. I’ll probably try to find some new information from the material at hand but it is unlikely.”
Lovisa just smiled at him. He was very passionate about his work, a blazing flame of a person, but the odds were stacked against. Unfortunately, he was a man, and those old ladies at the academy would rather die than let a man spend his life trying to upend the established narrative so many women had codified over centuries. It was a beautiful dream he had but one that was ultimately doomed to fail.
“Tell you what,” said Lovisa finishing up her roll and wiping her hands with a handkerchief. “Once the Academy approves your cross-island trip, I’ll convince my boss to let me travel inland. I’ll make up some excuse to get those travel documents. And then maybe we can travel together. See all the places you want to see.”
“Really? You want to take a trip with me?”
“Well, I am having a lot of fun with you tonight. A nice long trip doesn’t sound so bad either.”
“Wow. That... that would be so great.”
Highly unlikely, but yes that would be great. Maybe once he gets his official rejection, she’d try to get those travel documents anyway and see if she could bring him along somehow. His passion for his subject was endearing and she would hate to see him abandon it.
“I actually have been to Saviour Hill once,” she said.
“You have?” He was eating faster now, making up for time lost talking so much.
“Yeah, along with one of those annual peace pilgrimages. Was quite an educational experience. Gave me a lot of respect for our past and what we have today.”
A trio of pre-teen boys trotted past the couple, wearing a red dragon costume. Kikiri, the Dragon God of Flame and War.
“War! War! War!” They chanted.
Right behind them, a trio of girls flew, painted in purple, red and blue, colors of the three Goddesses. Between them they carried a large fishing net.
“Stop right there, Dragon!” Said the girl in purple, playing Goddess Arizume.
They threw the net over the costumed boys and the Dragon got tangled and fell to the ground in heap. The girls landed atop them.
“No war! No war! No war!” Chanted the girls.
Some of the adults around started cheering and joined the chant, Lovisa included.
“Have you ever played this game?” Asked Lovisa.
“A few years,” he said. “The last time I played, my sister had just joined mage school and practiced all her little tricks on me all night. I decided not to play the year after.”
“Awww.”
The girls were helping the boys out of the net by now and the whole group was laughing and talking.
“Too bad you never played with me,” said Lovisa. “I used to give the captured boys a kiss on the cheek afterwards.”
“Woah! That used to be a thing?”
“Well, my friends and I would have a group of boys all trapped up and at our mercy. Seemed like the perfect time to give them a kiss.”
“Should I go borrow that net from them, then?”
She laughed and punched his arm.
A paper bird swooped over them. It was painted with swirls of red and glowed a faint purple. A female voice emanated from it as it flew over the square.
“The Goddesses are coming! The Goddesses are coming!” It announced and then dove towards one of the side streets.
Sure enough, new music began to rise from that direction and people started walking towards it excitedly.
“Come on!” Said Lovisa rushing to her feet. “The parade’s my favourite part.”
They followed the crowd through side streets to a main street that had been bordered off. People were gathered along the sides and some of the women had glown up to ait on the rooftops. Lovisa and Zavir pushed their way to the front, hands tightly clasped.
First came the procession of priests and priestesses donning splendid white robes with varying colors of sashes, signifying the temple they belonged to. They played all manner of flutes and string instruments.
Recognising the tune, the crowd started to sway and sing the hymn:

O mother!
Gentle mother!
Take us in your ever-loving arms
Where we are safe from every harm

May there be honey on every lip
May she bless us with every sip

Behind the priests came a massive three-storey tall statue atop a wheeled platform. The statue depicted a beautiful naked woman with yellow skin and purple body paint, cradling an Apisian honey bee that suckled at her tit. This was the Goddess Arizume, the Mother Goddess of honey, peace and serenity.
Her platform was not drawn by any animals. Instead two Sahiri (mages) sat on either side of the statue, propelling it forward with magic. At the front of the platform, at the feet of the great statue, stood a middle-aged woman. She was painted just like the Goddess and wore nothing but a breechcloth. She was the High Priestess of Goddess Arizume.
The High Priestess raised the tip of an enchanted hollow cone to her mouth and said “No War! No War!”
Thr magic carried her voice above the music and the singing. Immediately, the musicians shifted to a mire up beat melody. The crowd grew more energetic and stomped along and punched the sky while singing:
Praise the Mother that fought to end the war
Praise the Mother that caught the gods of war

We shall not pray to the Gods of War
We shall not march to the drums of war
No war!
No war!

She ended the war and brought us peace
So we may lead our lives with ease.
With ease!

“I know it’s made of paper pulp,” said Lovisa in Zavir’s ear as the giant statue passed them by. “But look at the finishing and detailing on it. You can see everything.”
Indeed, from the contours of her muscles to the eyelashes and even the bumps on her bare areola, the statue was astonishingly detailed.
“Shaper mages,” said Zavir. “Sculpting is like the first thing they learn.”
“Let me guess. You learned that the hard way from your sister?”
He shrugged. “Mean older sister is like a running theme with me.”
“You must hate mages, huh?”
“On the contrary, I have dated one or two as well.”
Lovisa’s eyes went wide. “Oh I am squeezing all the details out of you later, mister.”
As Arizume’s ensemble passed, it gave way to the procession of sharply dressed men and women of all ages carrying all sorts of strange and wondrous devices: A series of flutes attached to a large cloth sack (bagpipes); bellows powered flutes; drums that play them selfs as their carrier marches; A crank-powered music box; and many more. The combined sound could hardly be called music. A log carved into the shape of a dragon caught Lovisa’s eye. A helper held a flaming torch in front of it and another compressed the bellows at the tail of the dragon. The dragon breathed fire! Three men alongside this device carried pails of water. Perhaps even they knew it was only a matter of time before something caught fire.
“Oh Gods,” groaned Zavir. “I recognise many of the women from the Academy.”
Indeed, this was the procession of mechanics and inventors (and their assigned male assistants). Adherents of Wayawa, Goddess of technological progress and Order, amongst other things.
“How come you’re not with them?” Lovisa teased.
“Because I suspect even Wayawa would hang her face in disappointment looking at this hot mess.”
Behind this procession, came four rows of runner birds pulling the large wheeled platform that carried the statue of Goddess Wayawa. The Goddess stood tall and proud, painted in her traditional patterns of blue over her yellow skin. In one hand she carried a book, from the other hung a pair of scales. Though, as the statue drew nearer, it was obvious that the craftsmanship wasn’t as fine and detailed as Arizume (the naked Goddess didn’t even have nipples!). Adherents of Wayawa disliked relying on Magic, and believed in The salvation of science. Things just got a lot harder that way.
At the front of Wayawa’s platform were three chairs where three older women sat. From left to right: the Dean of the Academy, the city’s Sarauniya (Tribal Queen) and the Hight Priestess of Wayawa. The first two wore beautiful gowns and robes of deep blue embroidered with golden thread. The third wore just a breechcloth and body-paint in the pattern of the Goddess. A High Priestess’ nudity was an emulation of the Goddess’ perfect divine form. Too bad the Priestess couldn’t do anything about her aging, saging body.
At the rear end of the platform was a giant wheel with crank levers on each side. A pair of strong men cranked each lever as the platform moved forward. Apparently, the runner birds weren’t enough to keep this massive thing moving.
As the statue of the Goddess passed, the crowd broke into another hymn, despite the lack of good accompanying music.

O Wayawa! Please show us the way.
From your path, we shall not stray

O Wayawa! Please show us the light.
O Wayawa! Teach us what is right.

What came after Wayawa could hardly be called a procession. They were the Sahiri, dressed in elaborate frilly dresses, colorful patchwork tatters or nothing at all. They danced, they twirled, they skipped and they flew; all the while casting all sorts of wonderful magic. Dragons made of water and flame slithered through the air, clashing and entwining, dissipating and reforming. Ethereal butterflies, floof-moths and even flutter-fae danced in the air, flying circles the spell casters. Enchanted string instruments floated along, playing a bashful melody while a towering stone golem marched in their midst, beating a large drum.
“Is that a war drum? In a peace festival?” Said Lovisa.
“That’s the Sahiri for you,” said Zavir. “As if the Dragons amidst the Goddesses weren’t offensive enough.”
Nonetheless, the cheered for the vibrant displays. Political-correctness aside, the Sahiri were down right entertaining. Behind their frolicking came the magically-drawn platform of the third Goddess, and it was a sight to behold. The Sahiri had opted to leave their beloved Goddess’ statue unpainted but instead of looking like paper-pulp, the statue’s surface looked more like polished white marble. Instead of demure body paint, her traditional triangular red patterns glowed across the expanse of her naked skin, as did her eyes.
Soyaya was the Goddess of Magic, Mischief, Beauty, Love, Sex and Fertility, and the statue played homage to her well. While Arizume’s statue, albeit beautiful, had depicted her more matronly figure, Soyaya’s statue was the epitome of youthful anatomical perfection. Firm slender legs, well-toned hips with just the right curvature, a slender waist, firm round breasts and a face that accurately captured her smug and mischievous nature.
Soyaya stood with a hand on her hip and the other arm stretched out. In the palm of her outstretched hand a gigantic flower bloomed. The flower was a glowing apparition woven from red and purple light. It shed a steady stream of glowing specks that fell like snowflakes trailing behind her. Wherever the specks fell on the crowd, a collective sigh was let out.
At the feet of the Goddess, upon an elaborate throne, sat the Mai Sahiri (Mage Queen). Similar to the High Priestesses, she was naked from the waist up. After all, a Mage Queen was the closest thing to divinity in terms of raw power. She must have been atleast forty years old, probably a decade more, yet her form was still as flawless as a maiden at the peak of her youthful beauty. Magic, that had to be it.
Her silky black hair flowed like an inky river down her arms. Upon her head sat an ornate crown made of the whitest, most lustrous metal Lovisa had ever seen. The Celestial Crown marked her as the Mai Sahiri. Many other Sahiri were lounging on the platform as well, chatting and occasionally casting a spell. Wait, was one of them waving in there direction?
“Oh, Gods, no,” said Zavir. “We should hide.”
“What, why?” Said Lovisa. “Was she someone you dated?”
“Worse, she’s my sister, Solenia.”
As the wheeled platform drew closer, Lovisa got a better look at the infamous Solenia. Similar to her Queen, the lounging Sahiri was naked save for a purple breechcloth and red body paint depicting the exact same patterns as the Goddess. Her hair was done in many thin braids, and golden chains spiralled around each braid. She was smiling at the couple and waving amorously.
Lovisa said, “She seems nice.”
More like drop dead gorgeous. Then again, Soyaya was Goddess of both Magic and Beauty so it was no surprise the Sahiri were blessed with both.
“Wait till you get to know her.”
Solenia snapped her fingers and a flock of icy white flutter-fae materialised around her. They swarmed one of the water dragon displays. Their combined touch made it explode into a flurry of snow. The icy fae scrambled to gather it all into a ball of snow and carried it over to Lovisa and Zavir.
Everyone around the couple saw in curiosity and awe as the fae carried over their trophy, which by now had turned into a melon-sized snow-white egg. The tiny humanoid creatures had lithe feminine forms with dragonfly wings. As they handed over egg to Zavir, red glowing letters on its shell read ‘For the happy couple.’
The fae then started flying around Lovisa inspecting her and talking excitedly in squeaky voices. She had never seen magic familiars talk before.
“She’s so pretty,” said one flying around her head.
“Look at her hair,” as one pulled at her silver bells.
“Look at her dress,” said a few tugging at the skirt of her dress.
“Umm... thank you?” Said Lovisa unsure if this was just Solenia commenting on her or magically intelligent familiars.
Then a few flew right under her skirt and up her naked legs underneath and she jumped from their ice cold touches on her skin.
The fae laughed, rolling over in the air and dissipated into white smoke. The letters on the egg’s shell changed to read ‘Good luck for tonight.’ The egg cracked open to reveal a pair of fae rutting like animals and making loud squeaky passion-filled noises.
The onlookers around the couple laughed and Lovisa clutched Zavir’s arm embarrassed.
“Just Solenia being Solenia,” said Zavir and tossed away the egg. It dissipated mid air.
By then, the platform of Soyaya had passed them by and they saw tiny glowing petals falling on them from the sky. This must have come from the giant flower in Soyaya’s hand. As the petals fell on Lovisa’s skin, she felt warm and fuzzy inside. The next moment she found herself in the tight embrace of Zavir’s arms. The coo’s and sighs from all around suggested the couple wasn’t the only one in a sudden display of public affection. Soyaya was, after all, the Goddess of love, affection and...
The image of the fae fucking briefly flashed in Lovisa’s mind and she snuggled deeper into his chest.
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2020.11.26 14:22 OkSilas Active Duty SM, Desperately needing help

I’m a PFC 11B (Infantry) currently stationed in Schofield Barracks. I’ve deployed and done a lot of cool stuff in the Army that I’ll never forget. Unfortunately I have PTSD now along with Major Depressive disorder, And severe anxiety. I suffer daily panic attacks, I’ve attempted suicide a number of times, I’ve been struggling for over a year now. Therapy, Meds, Procedures, Psychotherapy, Counseling’s, you name it and I’ve done it. The trials of trying to live with this illness has been a grueling test on my will to live. I have a 4 month old son, it’s been hard for me to connect with him (and everyone else) but he’s my reason. He didn’t do anything to deserve not having a father in his life. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, have ruined everything in my life. Everything. It’s the fault of the one who assaulted me and also my fault for being so ignorant to accepting al the treatment I have done. I always wanted to get better but never had any hope. Only way I thought I could get better is if I somehow was able to erase these memories that haunt me day in and day out. I am not the only one affected by this. I have a family. A newborn son who rarely has interaction with his dad beyond a diaper change or a rock on the chair trying to calm down. A family who has reached out to me, sometimes desperately just asking me to at least reply that I am alive or see there messages. Friends back home who think I just moved on from them. And a wife who sees the man she loved go cold and distant. No affection, no more spark in my eye, no more dates or movie nights. She saw the man she loved struggle to remember to do things, to take care of the house, to take care of her or the baby. She saw a child that used to be the man of her dreams. Saw him crying in his bed every night because he can’t stop the panic attacks, can’t stop the memories from fucking haunting him. Eventually she just all together stopped seeing me as her husband, and saw just a shattered broken shell of who I once was. I have hurt myself and tried to kill myself more times than I hope my son ever has to hear about. Luckily I failed a few months ago, that time I really tried to pull it off. But I failed which ended with me going to the psych ward. Turns out there is a place worse than dying or living and it’s not 30th AG, it’s probably any and every psych ward that’s ran by a military hospital. I didn’t learn my lesson though. I didn’t appreciate that I have life when others don’t. That what happened to me happened to someone else and they are still here. There is always someone who has it worse that still finds the will to live. I could not be that person. I didn’t want to be that person. I wanted these memories gone because nothing will stop these panic attacks, nothing will stop me from reliving those horrible experiences over and over again. Like I was fucking there. Just over and over again. I might as well be fucking there. There’s no lesson to be learned from what happened to me besides the fact that our brains are fucking powerful. They can blur the line between reality and what just in your head. Make you feel so shitty that your body starts to physically have complications and new problems emerge that inhibit your physically capabilities. I do not wish this disease or whatever you call it on anyone. Not even my abuser. I was raped, multiple times. Not gunna share details but it was by a superior and I had proof which is why the Army has decided to medically discharge me. Kinda like a “Hey sorry we couldn’t prevent this from happening to you and ruined your fucking life, but here’s some money every month!”. Yeah I know, I couldn’t prevented it and should’ve. I’m a fucking guy. Just fight back. Fight till the fucking death if you have to. That’s what any guy would do. It’s the “guy code”. Rather die than let someone fucking rape me. Every lives by that rule. I couldn’t fight back. It was a fucked up situation, I was still training. Just fucked up and I fucked up. I KNOW I FUCKED UP. Trust me I fucking know. Just fucked up, disgusting, horrible shit. Sometimes the best way to live on through trauma is to just tell yourself it never happened. Can’t think to deeply while you’re still training. The goal was to be a soldier. I fucked up and new this shit will haunt me, but I needed to be a soldier. I needed this blue chord, I needed to be seen as a soldier and not a fucking failure and a fucking victim. I was meant to be in the Infantry. I earned my right to be here. I qualified expert whenever tested, I ruck at ranger pace, I rock the APFT and ACFT. Land nav, Commo, Driving, Mount and Dismount tactics, Heavy weapons, I learned so much shit and loved it. Infantry is one of the shittiest jobs where you also get treated the shittiest. But we fucking fight wars boots on the ground and sometimes get to do shit no one else gets to that makes all the hard work and hardships feel worth it. I was a good soldier. As time went on and I stopped being the new private and everything started to get more relaxed and easy. My symptoms and problems just got way worse. I was already facing a Field grade article 15 for using Kratom. I fought that case and appealed to brigade and fucking won. I struggled with being in trouble, a pregnant ass wife, and being harassed as a new private. To being treated like a normal soldier, having a newborn son and literally beating an entire brigade legal team on my own. How did I celebrate? You guessed it, tried to kill myself. I had all these distractions that took my mind off of what happened to me. Once they ended or got easier, the memories came back and they fucking came for blood. This painful journey has made me realize that not everyone will be there for you. You’ll shut out most and the ones still in your life, the ones that can sympathize or empathize. They can only do so for so long. As more time passes but no progress is made. They lose sight of why you are struggling. They forget that you are struggling. They think you just don’t care about them. Think you are lazy, selfish, and just simply don’t care. My new leadership saw me as a problem soldier. I never told anyone besides my providers and Sharp NCO’s what happened to me. I wanted my company and anyone else here to either see me as my rank or my last name. I didn’t want to be seen as that guy who was raped, or that guy who claims he was raped, or what the fuck ever. I sought help on my own. I just wanted to get better but I can’t be normal if people didn’t treat me normal. So I kept this burden mostly to myself. No one new why I had problems. So of course I faced the dark side of Infantry and Army culture. I was treated like I just can’t handle Army life. Like I was weak and didn’t like to work. I have been called so many names and have been told so many stories about what people have said behind my back. It’s sickening. To see someone in the Army. Someone on your own fucking company that you deployed with. That has seen your accomplishments and your dedication to the cause. Just assume the worst in you because you are struggling. I try to hurt myself not just because of what happened but also because of this disgusting environment that preaches loyalty and respect but will cut you off and think the worst of you if you can’t keep up. Every time I felt like I was making progress with my treatment, I would get pushed the fuck back down either by service members or my own wife. My own wife?! Yes my own fucking wife. The women I fell in love with almost 3 years ago. The women I unfortunately had to share the horrible experience of a late term miscarriage with. That event brought us close but also pushed us apart. It hurt us. We stayed apart for a few months. During that time I moved to Indiana, I needed a fresh start. Everything kept reminding me of our lost baby. I wanted my fiancé back but I was too late. Found out she joined the National Guard and was in red phase of basic training. I wrote to her, I wanted her back. I still loved her and felt guilty we couldn’t try harder to be together. I felt like she deserved me to try harder because of that horrible experience. I failed. But that connection was still there and I drove 20 hours to her graduation and re-proposed to her. I always wanted to be in the Army. I always believed in and supported the Army. I admired what our soldiers have sacrificed to give us this country, and saw soldiers today as people who were strong and selfless. My life was good, my job was great, and my girl is back. I had the house, new car, fenced yard, beautiful and loyal German shepherd, and a solid network I built while I was in Indiana. I was content. I found a way to stop being so sad about losing our baby. He’s in heaven and won’t be alone forever. I’ll see him one day. Until then it was up to me to never forget about him. He did happen and I need to always remember that and keep his memory alive. Before I said goodbye to my wife and returned back to Indiana. I couldn’t stop myself from getting inspired to enlist. I never been on a base before, I saw all these new graduates who actually fucking did it. They didn’t just talk about doing it, they fucking enlisted and did it. I knew I needed to enlist. It was right for me to do it. It would give me that higher perspective and appreciation for life to just give up everything I worked so hard to get and trade it in for service of our country. On my way home I told my wife I’m thinking about enlisting, of course she said don’t do it. When I got back I made it apparent that I’m gunna try to enlist, she was very upset and wanted me to wait. Her reason was because she doesn’t want to wait for me. I was like “but I waited for you and still waiting for you to graduate ait”. Eventually she said to wait till she gets back so she can go to meps with me. I was like “why? That’s so weird”. Yeah well she wanted to make sure I don’t choose Infantry. She literally said she will leave me without hesitation if I join infantry. Well I already had meps scheduled later that week and you can prob guess the job I had reserved. Infantry was the only thing I wanted to do if I ever joined the army. Since I was a kid, I saw the army as the infantry. The ones who do the grown man shit. The ones who fight and win our wars. Well of course when she finished AIT and moved into my house. Everything was going good the first day until I went to work. Only took her two hours to find my enlistment contract. Boy did I get a earful but once I pointed out the 30k bonus, she started to not care. I should’ve seen that as a red flag. 45 days later and I’m off to Fort Benning. That year was a year of new love, tragedy, sadness, being lost and being found again. It’s a story that I’ll always appreciate. Because those events were so original and so impactful. I grew so much that year. I’ll skip the events that occurred during basic training and fast forward to the day my child was born. Imagine seeing your first born child and feeling NOTHING. Absolutely fucking nothing. I knew my problems were so getting worse. I can’t even connect with my first born fucking son. What the fuck is wrong with me? You’re supposed to feel something for your first born. It’s not fucking normal. Everything else got worse. I couldn’t keep up with the house work, all the problems I listed earlier just got worse. I wasn’t just doing nothing all day but my wife had to pick up my slack. She never accepted that. Since my problems started to affect her and our relationship. She never accepted that I was struggling. I would tell her over and over again that I’m going through some shit and it’s serious. Never accepted it. Even after I attempted and got out of the psych ward, she’d hold off for a few days before treating me like shit again. Even when my medical discharge got approved and I started the med board process, she still never accepted that I was struggling. I would tell her so many times “Babe I’m fucking depressed, the doctors are saying I have ptsd. I know you have to work harder but I’m fucking trying to get better. It won’t be forever. I’m the one whose been working and supporting us since we met. IM THE ONE WHOSE ACTIVE DUTY, I DEPLOYED, I GET TREATED LIKE SHIT IN THE ARMY LIKE ALL THE OTHER NEW PRIVATES”. But I always reassured her it’s not forever. I would tell her “I DID ALL OF THAT WORK, I SACRIFICED MY FREEDOM AND MY RIGHTS, I PAY FOR EVERYTHING. I deserve time to get better and fix myself. YOU! Owe me this time for me to heal. You don’t work and there’s not really much to do for the upkeep of the house. Baby is newborn and I still change the diapers”. No man wants to see his wife do more work because of his actions, but I was STRUGGLING. I was raised right, I know how to treat women and people fairly. But I’m as struggling. I am struggling. She never accepted it. Her arguments eventually went from “When are you going to get better?” To “You are selfish, You never do anything for me!, I do all the work and you’ve provided nothing for this family!” “You don’t care about me, You don’t even care about your own son, all you care about is yourself because you’re a fucking selfish piece of shit!”. If I had a few hours to write down all the horrible things she has said, all the times she has slapped me, hit me, threw things at me. She became a nightmare. I hated being at home more than I hated being at work. My home wasn’t a home. She would see me crying or sad or whatever. And still make me feel like fucking shit, why? Idk maybe it was the dishes or maybe I took to long in the shower. The smallest things made her blow up. Best way to make her mad? Yeah you guessed it....MONEY. All my paychecks were getting deposited into her account. She would give me half every payday. Thing is...I pay 90% of the bills. So since I’m the one working and paying all the bills, naturally I’ll need more money than her sometimes. She didn’t like that. She would get furious that I need HER money. Every time I needed to borrow money from her she would never let me live it down. My wife just got worse and worse and worse. To the point that’s even my therapist and psychiatrist agreed that I should divorce her. Imagine how bad someone’s relationship must be that your own therapists who’ve seen you in the hospital after a attempted suicide not even 2 months ago are giving you the green light to start divorcing your wife. That’s how bad she got. She used my problems to define me. My illness to manipulate me and my money to hold power over me. I was able to ignore it for so long because fighting the demons in my head was always the priority. But I had enough. I’d rather struggle on my own than live with someone who just encourages this disease to take control of me. I tried to divorce her in the past but always backed off whenever she’d get upset and want me back. This time I stood my ground. I made it past her sad phase and saw her be mean and heartless for not getting her way. We argued. She’d threaten to take my son and sell my stuff, I’d threaten to make her life hell if she did that. Near the end we came to a agreement. She can’t switch to active duty if she is single with a kid, so I told her I will give her as much a time as she needs to get her things in order before we divorce. I also told her to write down any number you see fit for monthly child support and I will put that in writing and we will put that in the divorce papers. I told her I will never hurt her because hurting her will affect our son. I told her I’m not mad at her, it’s just we aren’t meant to be.
 I owed a lot of money. Over 600$ negative in the checking account. I had to pay a lot of bills and was buying takeout for us too much and not paying attention to my spending. I could have remedied this and saved hundreds in fines if I asked my wife for money. But I chose to get fucked in fines instead of dealing with my wife treated me like shit day and and day out for spending HER money. She would make me feel so fucking shitty if I told her I ran out of money and need to borrow money. Wasn’t worth it. But I fucked and didn’t realized I owed 600! So I switched my paychecks to deposit in my account. I new money was gunna be real tight and needed to have control of it because my wife won’t hold back her spending or believe I only had a couple hundred left after having to make a car payment that was due on payday. My wife freaked out cuz it was payday and she just knew I switched the payments to my account. I think she had like a reminder on the app set and saw it deposited. Anyways I received hell for controlling our money behind her back and she asked me who I was spending the money on. I just ignored it cuz right after she asked for her half. I have her 100$ and told her why and to please try and stretch it as much as possible. I told her I have 200$ and want to keep track of it since I’m really worried we might run out early. I said if you need more money just ask me and I’ll give you more and then we can reassess what we have left. She didn’t like that. “You don’t care about me! I can’t live off this! You expect me and the baby to live off 100$!, You are just gunna screw me in the divorce I knew it!” And so much more. Now around the same time this was happening she kept telling me to move back into the barracks since we are getting divorced, that the house is meant for her and not for me, threatening me saying she’ll call the mp’s and say I’m abusing her if I don’t leave. but at the same time trying to sound nice and that she’s doing this or wants me to do this because it’s good for me! I wanna be alone so much so why not move into the barracks? I told her that makes no sense. But that weekend the day after I pay her, she tells me she needs money for gas. I was like ok 35$. She comes home, needs money for food and gas. I was like you spent all the money I gave you? That’s like half of what we had left in only a day! But she was calm and just kept saying she has a lot of stuff to do tomorrow and the next day. I knew something was up because she didn’t just have no money in her bank before I payed her. She always has at least a grand and will make my life hell of it ever falls below. But she simply said that she owes a lot on the credit cards so she needs money. I was like “but you only need to make a minimum payment on the cards” then she blew up saying because that one time I made two small Amazon purchases and mistakenly used her card and not mine (share the same account) that it’s my fault she owes 1500$ on her Amazon card. I’d name off all the times she’s used my card to buy shit everywhere but I’m sure you can imagine it’s more than what I’ve done to her. Whatever, pay her, she leaves and I go to work. After work my command sits me down and tells me that my wife filed a restraining order against me. That they are gunna escort me to my house and the mp’s and my wife will be there and I’m to get what I need to survive and they’ll move me into the barracks. I was shocked but in my head I was just thinking “ok she feels threatened by the divorce that I may try and take advantage, so she just letting me know not to fuck with her”. Well I get there and she’s telling them to give her my motorcycle because she’s the main signer. I tell ok I’ll just take my brand new fucking car. Oh what I shock they need proof and all my papers for my car were missing. Whatever, I started using testosterone because I used to be very muscular am 35 pound underweight because I don’t eat. Wife supported it and wanted me to get back to my normal size. Never a problem. Oh until the mp’s give my platoon leader the testosterone and tell them “it’s not illegal for him to have this, we are gunna do anything about this, but she told us to give it to you guys”. Steroids are illegal in the Army. Drug offenses carry the harshest punishment. Almost always a guaranteed career ender. I grabbed some clothes and my equipment and moved into the shitty barracks. They said they fear for my safety and fear I might retaliate so every hour I had to check in at staff duty and twice a night someone will pound on my fucking door waking me up to do a physical check in. So naturally as someone struggling with ptsd who just had every single thing that ever gave him comfort or sense of peace and security, has that all ripped away from him and then added measures that strip away what little privacy he has left, of course I downed a whole bottle of pills and ended up going to the hospital. I got released, had to lie and sober myself as hard as I could. But I was not gunna go back to the psych ward. I’ll never go back there. You don’t need much to file a restraining order and don’t even need any proof or evidence. But that wasn’t my wife. No she wrote that I threaten her, I threaten the baby, the dogs, I try to hurt her, I’m forceful on her, I steal her credit cards and she has to sleep with her cards under her pillow at night. I stole her engagement ring and sold it (kinda funny because she literally returned it while I was deployed and luckily she did it on my Amazon account cuz I have all the proof I need) she said the worst things any pissed off ex lover who was out for blood could do. Disgusting. Fucking disgusting that people can do that shit. I gave her everything, our sons got everything. Nothing touched him or came near him that wasn’t brand new and the best quality. My house had everything, brand new cars, 70’ TVs, TVs in every room, king sized foam beds in the bedrooms, Xbox, iMac, laptops, grill, baby clothes for th next two years, everything you could possibly need for a baby. Stroller, car seat, everything new and the best quality. We ate good we bought as much food as we wanted and whatever we wanted. I was a good provider and still a very decent husband even when my struggles were getting worse. I didn’t deserve this. I understand people are people. No ones evil. She loved me once and she’s doing this because in her mind it’s justified. Its what she needs to do. People are people. But I didn’t deserve this. I’m losing my medical discharge because she gave them the steroids. I’m facing a field grade article 15 and a bad conduct discharge after the punishment is completed. I’m not fucking fixed. I’m not prepared to be back in the civilian world without any retirement pay, without any transition support, no benefits. Nothing. A stain on my record showing I was kicked out of the Army. I can’t see my son, I can’t see my dog whose a trained and certified support dog, I lost everything. I didn’t secure all my stuff at my house so as the days went on she got on my computer and read all my messages and basically went through my entire phone (phone syncs to iMac). She maxed out my credit and debit card making a 200$ purchase on a website that literally only sells makeup and clothes. Also a 45$ purchase at Starbucks. And a fuck ton of attempted purchases on Amazon that gave me a lot of fees. She read all the messages between me and the legal assistance I was contacting for help. I was struggling to find help here and talked to multiple people and while they all said I can’t afford them they did give me pointers on how to fight this case. My wife saw it ALL. She told my mom to give her money because she saw me ask my money for money for food and my mom gave me 50$. She also told my command that I was withholding money from her. I fucking folded. I couldn’t stand this anymore. I kept seeing my son every time I blink and felt so fucking guilty that I didn’t try harder to connect with him. That I might not see him before the divorce is settled. I might be discharged and back on the mainland (I’m in Hawaii) before I can see my fucking son again. So I broke the restraining order. I called her and told her “look you fucking win, I give up. Everything I have is yours and the divorce will be in your favor. Just let me see me son, I need to see him.” Her only response was “Everything you own is already mine and you will never see your son again”. I called her again and she just started calling me names and saying I don’t deserve anything and all that horrible shit. Then hangs up. So I fucking texted her and told her what happened to me why I’m like this. She thinks I struggle because I don’t really struggle I’m just selfish? No I’ll let you know why I struggle. So I told her everything. Wrote my fucking heart out. What does she do? Well at first I just didn’t hear back from her. Ok whatever, it was worth a shot. Maybe she just didn’t want o reply or just didn’t care. Whatever. I’m just telling her I was depressed because I was raped and assaulted repeatedly. Whatever. Well a few hours later I get arrested. As soon as I called her she recorded me and send the videos and the texts to the police saying I violated a restraining order. I went to jail and got out yesterday morning. Jail is very hard especially when you have these kinds of demons in your head. I had 4 violations of breaking a restraining order. They take this very seriously in Hawaii I realized. First offense is minim and mandatory 48hours , second is minimum 30days, third is minimum and mandatory year in jail. I had 4 offenses. My bail was 7 grand that’s why I had to stay the night till I saw a judge. Luckily I was able to convince the judge to release me. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I will be spending it alone. I don’t know what to do Reddit I need help. Legal assistance is closed till Tuesday and I can’t even go in and schedule until I attend a briefing on Thursday. Court is Monday for the restraining order and Tuesday for the violation. My career, my freedom, my stuff, my dog, and most importantly my son. Can all and most likely will be taken from me right after I spend the whole weekend suffering alone while everyone is with there families. I need fucking help. I need to fight this. I served my fucking country. I payed karma her dues dealing with this sickness, I was a good husband and a great provider for my family. I deserve the chance to be with my son and not in jail. It’s not right for my wife to just do this and get away with it. You can’t just do that to someone. Like my wife is a service member also and she has her law degree. She knew what she was doing. My kid doesn’t deserve this. I won’t make it 2 days after courts over. I’m gunna lose. I have nothing prepared. It’s hard to prepare without any lawyers present. Just your fucking demons haunting your brain. I need fucking help. I can’t prove she’s lying, I have hard proof. I just can’t do this on my own. I’ve been fighting for too long. I want to fucking live and get better. I don’t want this to go down the way it’s heading. It’s not fucking fair. 
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2020.11.26 04:16 Droz_64 SMP MEPS help - Going soon, just want to make sure my ducks are in a row

So I go to MEPS next week for SMP (not to ship, just to confirm my scores, and do my physical). If I need to sign anything/"enlist," what MOS am I supposed to sign for? Don't want to accidentally end up actually going to a super long AIT or anything, as I can only fit in BCT/maybe OSUT this summer, then next summer, I'll have advanced camp, so I'd need to do something that fits in a summer (Either 09R for BCT only, or 12B possibly, depending on exact dates? I don't want to screw myself over and miss classes).
My recruiter said he'd talk to me again before I go, but I want to get everything in order anyway, as I won't see him in person again until that day. In addition, any advice for MEPS? I don't really know anything about what to expect.
Also - a really specific question; if I contract with ROTC in the spring, before attending BCT, am I still able to go? I want to, but want to make sure I don't screw myself out of it by contracting too early. I don't have an issue contracting as a 3 as opposed to a 2, and the ROO and my recruiter both didn't know.
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2020.11.25 13:02 infofrance Le conseiller d’Erdogan démissionne. Une profonde crise gouvernementale Turque.

Quelques semaines après que Barat Albayrak ait démissionné du poste de Ministre des finances, le tour est venu pour l’allié historique et ami de longue date d’Erdogan, Bulent Arinc qui occupait le poste de conseiller du président de suivre les pas d’Albayrak et de se retirer de la scène politique en déposant à son tour sa démission. Cette succession de départs à l’intérieur même du cercle proche du président turque Recep Tayyip Erdogan reflète une profonde crise au milieu de son gouvernement. on dirait que la Turquie se détériore et que Erdogan n'arrivera pas vraiment a bâtir son nouvel empir ottoman .
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2020.11.25 09:10 Exoticrobot22 is my relationship toxic and should I end it ?

Me and my girlfriend are both 18 years old. We barely started dating during my senior year of high school. We knew each other for a while just never talked to each other until then. Well it’s been about 11 months and it’s been amazing. When we were together we hardly argued we both trusted each other. It was really a relationship like I never had before. Well... she ended up going to the army. She left for boot camp around June. So We only communicated through letter for about 3 and a half months. Well now she has her phone and she is currently in AIT. Which is her advanced training. And because of covid I cannot see her so I haven’t been able to see her since June. Well now she has her phone so we can text or FaceTime. The problem is she keeps getting mad at me for little things that she wasn’t at all before. I go out with my friends she throws a fit. She even blocked me on everything one time and said she was done with me. We ended up getting back together but I told her if it had happened again we cannot get back together. So we’ve been good but the only problem is she keeps getting on me for these little things like liking other girls pictures on Instagram. I seriously don’t even pay attention half the time and whenever she sees I liked a pic she’ll ignore me the whole day. I broke up with her because of this (yes, we broke up again) and now we’re “single” but still text and FaceTime as if we’re in a relationship. Whenever we get in an argument she’ll say, “you know what do whatever you want then. You’re single anyway and so am I”. Also, while she was here she was texting quite a few guys. One of them was her ex. I had asked her why she was doing that she said for “closure”. I was completely fine with it because I trust her more than anything and I have really bad trust issues. Well recently I found out they had been texting again because I was able to see that he was on her best friends list. I asked her about it and she said they were just having a normal conversation. The problem is that she said right after i I had broken up with her he had “randomly” texted her. I find it ironic that when we broke up he texted her. well as of now I guess we’re broken up lol. But it seems to me that when she comes back things will come back to normal. Although, I really am open to the idea of ending things with her now if she’s not going to be loyal to me while she’s away. I’ve waited for almost 6 months and I’m only 18 years old it wasn’t easy. She does have abandonment issues which is why I give her leeway, but I really am getting irritated now. Should I let go and see what happens in the future? Or should I stick with her through this?
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2020.11.22 18:23 examachine Bayesian Program Learning Papers Seem Inspired by my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory Design

Bayesian Program Learning Papers Seem Inspired by my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory Design

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The first “Bayesian Program Learning” paper used a strange term called “Bayesian Program Merging”. A colleague sent me the link of the paper a few years ago, he had found the paper while he was searching for one of my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory papers that introduce my long-term design for universal machine learning algorithms. Those papers were published at AGI-10, AGI-11, and AGI-14 conferences. I noticed that there was a great deal of similarity between that paper and a paper I submitted and published more than 1.5 years ago before this offending paper was published on the arxiv. At first, I thought that was not a problem, because the paper seemed like a technical report, and not published anywhere. I was wrong.
I had invented Heuristic Algorithmic Memory as a response to a challenge that Ray Solomonoff personally posed to me in 2005. He had said:
We can use stochastic context-free grammar to guide the search [in a Solomonoff induction approximation]. How are we going to update it if we already have a grammar?
It was Solomonoff that recommended me to play with stochastic context-free grammars, but he did not tell me how to solve the update problem. I solved the problem during 2006-2007, and I also solved a major theoretical problem which nobody else had noticed, and still do not understand, by the way. Solomonoff himself at AGI-10 had recommended using simpler heuristic compression tools like PAQ, PPM, etc., to capture the regularities therein. However, during my brief collaboration with Solomonoff, I had already tested that idea, and seen that it unfortunately did not work. Heuristic Algorithmic Memory was a partial solution to his challenge. It used a very powerful and fast update logic that captured algorithmic regularities in the solution corpus, and updated the stochastic context free grammar which acts as a guiding probability distribution of programs. Combined with a rigorous Levin search implementation, I obtained a powerful AGI prototype called first gigamachine (sequential version) and then teramachine (parallel version). Gigamachine was tested in early 2010 as part of the research of my government-funded AGI startup, and the results affirmed what Solomonoff was looking for. We could now solve a long training sequence and measure information transfer between problems.
I submitted to the AGI conference, because that is what Solomonoff was submitting to and he recommended me to. He reviewed my paper in private, and told me in an e-mail that out of the four update algorithms I proposed, the last two were completely new. However, he sadly passed away before AGI-2010, due to an aneurism, and was unable to give further feedback to the program committee. My reviews went to others, who tried very hard to kill my paper. My paper was not killed, but it was shortened to two pages from ten, and the program chair Dr. Ben Goertzel told me to link to my 10-page submission as a webpage. I also mistakenly added my advisor as a co-author in the 2-page summary, thinking we had to do that at my PhD program — I had heard stories of people being expelled because they did not write their advisor as a co-author. I was afraid, of course. At any rate, I published at AGI-2010, despite these adversarial reviews. In AGI-2010, my work was greeted with some enthusiasm and I was allowed to present it. I knew I was going to receive adversarial reviews in AGI-2011 as well, therefore I submitted to arxiv simultaneously, to avoid plagiarism in the future. Some people from Stanford (and I guess MIT) were too interested in my work, I remember. Sometimes, your “rivals” reject your paper with a poor excuse, then scoop the work, and appropriate it themselves without giving you proper credit. I had fully anticipated that to happen.
I did not wish that to happen, however. Unfortunately, that seems to have happened with the MIT DARPA PPL project’s group members, at least some of them. The paper I found had a different, much simpler, pattern inference phase, and a transfer learning phase that was very similar to my algorithm. It was great to see the algorithm work in a simple pattern discovery setting. However, it was not great to see a transfer learning algorithm that is virtually identical to the HAM algorithms, without citation. Noah Goodman, the last author of that paper that has an uncanny similarity to my transfer learning papers had given a tutorial session at AGI-2011. Before they published their work at arxiv, he had most likely seen my paper in the proceedings. It would be nigh impossible for him to miss a paper with the same subject as his own work. It also seems rather unreasonable to suggest that they made an adequate literature survey but failed to find my paper. My paper was in the most visible venue for a study on universal induction. That is where luminaries like Marcus Hutter published, I published in exactly the right place to cement my contribution. There it was, as a notable improvement over Juergen Schmidhuber’s OOPS that fixes a fundamental shortcoming in it and adding entirely new capabilities, and taking Ray Solomonoff’s work on incremental machine learning one step further. My first paper also boasted that I had achieved one-shot learning as Solomonoff had predicted. Yet, in the end, these three authors would feign ignorance, because they cannot possibly admit that they had seen and had gotten “inspired” by my paper. But the similarities are there, and I have cryptographic timestamps for everything.
Someone had pointed out that the algorithm in arxiv.org/abs/1110.5667 is too similar to my algorithm in https://arxiv.org/abs/1103.1003 published approximately 6 months before.
The paper titles, authors, and dates on arxiv are as follows:Inducing Probabilistic Programs by Bayesian Program MergingIrvin Hwang, Andreas Stuhlmüller, Noah D. Goodman(Submitted on 25 Oct 2011)
Teraflop-scale Incremental Machine LearningEray Özkural(Submitted on 5 Mar 2011)
This is quite unsettling for me. The transfer learning algorithms are virtually identical. As far as I can tell, only terminology has changed. They used terminology from PL literature instead of my (quite informative) inductive programming / inductive inference nomenclature. Their Bayesian Program Learning / Merging term is inaccurate anyhow, as all learning is Bayesian. There is no such thing as non-Bayesian learning. It is Algorithmic Memory. It solves the incremental machine learning problem, or transfer learning problem and is a model of long-term memory; it is not program learning as usual, as we often refer to the inference task by that, not the transfer learning task. I used the additional term Heuristic, because inductive systems invent heuristic solutions.
The term Bayesian Program Merging is also inaccurate, we are updating the guiding probability distribution. It is called the “update problem”. Not program merging. They also failed to cite Ray Solomonoff’s seminal 1989 and 2002 papers that introduced the update problem, and Schmidhuber’s 2002-2005 OOPS papers, of which my work is a continuation. This does not just seem like neglecting to cite. It looks like neglecting the whole artificial general intelligence (AGI) and algorithmic information theory (AIT) research community. Therefore, you should know that this is a situation that is beyond my personal contributions. I do not intend anyone else to appropriate Solomonoff’s original, ground-breaking research, for one. I am fed up with blatant violations of academic integrity. The authors should not be allowed to “deep learning” their way out of this as others did to Juergen, appropriating research they have not done themselves. It is nigh impossible for them not to know Ray Solomonoff’s aforementioned papers if they did something about program induction, even if we agree that they do not like me because they do not know my name, they do not like my “ethnicity”, or because they dislike the AGI community because we are not the AAAI community and we are not completely US-centered. None of which makes sense, and no such thing could excuse failing to cite a very visible and very relevant paper. I do not believe that their paper could be accepted by any venue as enthusiastically if they cited my work, and failed to mention the large similarities, and tiny differences. At least, they wouldn't look like the inventors of the algorithms.
The transfer learning algorithm seems about the same, it is merely applied to pattern recognition instead of universal induction, so it is much more limited in scope of course. They did not cite my work, and it looks like my algorithms found their way into at least one PhD thesis, and several nice publications at coveted venues, but my original contribution was neglected. Because according to Prof. Tenenbaum, AGI is a “minor” conference -- as he told me in an e-mail when I politely asked him to rectify the situation -- and that is normal — failing to cite relevant work that is. How can these allegedly “minor” conferences become “major” if everyone neglects the work published therein? This is a logical contradiction, and that argument is invalid. That argument is why I now have to let everyone in the AGI community know about the misappropriation of the innovative research published in AGI conferences. If you will use the theoretical models and algorithms from our research, you should cite and compare. That's why we publish those papers.
For the record, HAM is more general than BPL method, it precedes it by 1.5 years, and it should have been cited by their papers. They cannot say they did not see the paper, because it was on the arxiv 6 months before they put theirs on arxiv. That is exactly why I put it on the arxiv in March 2011. And I published and presented pretty much the same thing in AGI 2010 conference, and later published in AGI 2011 conference. I put it on arxiv for exactly this reason, I knew that it would appear somewhere else uncannily. I am not accusing anyone with a particular charge, I do not know what happened, but that does not matter. I think they simply will not cite papers from AGI conference -- they said so to me themselves, which looks to me like a serious ethical error. That attitude does not sit well with my understanding of academic integrity and peer review process. Even if they forgot, the reviewers should have detected this neglect. Therefore, this situation cannot be excused by either the authors or the publishers. They had 5 years to do their literature survey. Why have not they noticed it in the intervening years when they could have found it easily on google scholar or arxiv search using common technical terms like “arxiv context-free grammar machine learning”? My paper will come up in the first google results page with many such queries — third in that one. What is the probability of that happening, all else being equal? That is how the “informant” found the paper, he was apparently searching for my paper on arxiv, and found theirs, as well. If I did not tell anyone, people would likely keep pretending this did not happen. I am bringing this matter to your attention, for some “clever” people might attempt to erase my existence from the net even if with a small probability (<5%). I am not going to pretend that I am not worried about this. The papers downloaded from arxiv are archived and timestamped elsewhere in case anyone attempts to delete my arxiv account or destroy my contribution to AGI-10 and AGI-11 proceedings by some means I cannot yet imagine.
What is similar in the two algorithms, and what are different?
  1. The four update algorithms and their sequence looks about the same.
  2. Even the abstracts read very similarly.
  3. Their update is used in an evolutionary pattern recognition phase, something much weaker than universal induction, merely pattern space search. They did program space, later, in another paper, though, which is even more similar to HAM circa AGI-2010. HAM is still much more general.
  4. My algorithms use a stochastic CFG as the guiding distribution, theirs use my updates in a heuristic, mathematically incomplete way to merge patterns.
  5. The names and terms used in the update algorithms are different. However, their semantics are the same.
  6. HAM precedes the first BPL paper by 1.5 years and is a mathematically complete model of long-term memory for AGI. Whereas their paper is merely an application of the four update algorithms in a pattern search algorithm, which is of course much, much weaker.
  7. The third author Noah D. Goodman and the MIT PPL team know Moshe Looks and Google Brain group in person, to whom I explained my algorithms in person during AGI-2010. Goodman also presented a tutorial at AGI-2011.
  8. The first author Irvin Hwang was a Solomonoff student prize winner at AGI-2011. They likely had other people as attendees in AGI-2010.
Since two of the three authors were definitely at AGI-2011, it is likely they had a keen interest in the subject matter. It might be then that they got the idea in AGI-2010 or AGI-2011 that they would scoop some of the work in AGI conferences and nobody would notice because their professors think it is a “minor conference”. That two out of three authors were at the same conference where I published my teramachine paper that included the full formulation of the HAM design cannot be a coincidence. This all happened before they published their pattern search paper. I must stress that my paper is not the only paper that was scooped from AGI conference by the respectable MIT Computational Cognitive Science group. I believe they simply might not be citing any research that comes out of people they do not know personally, like Chomsky had done once upon a time. That is a serious violation of academic integrity in itself, and must have serious consequences for the authors in question.
I thought that they would eventually cite me. They had probably just missed my paper! How could they not know my work? It was so obviously similar, and my work preceded theirs by a very long period (for the Internet age!) at the premiere conference for general-purpose machine learning! How come? I could not know at the time that some discriminative biases of some academicians or supervisors might be at play. Who knows, perhaps somebody suggested to them that they should do this, because they could simply disregard the work of a non-American researcher. If it happened to Prof. Juergen Schmidhuber who is regarded as a genius in the AGI community, it can happen to anyone. And that, is something I do take an issue with. How can they not cite both Juergen’s and my work? How can they not know Solomonoff who invented the very concept of machine learning and incremental machine learning which I made a proper algorithm for? That is offensive to my sense of academic integrity, and I told as much to Prof. Tenenbaum. He told me had not yet reviewed the two papers, and only suggested me to rush with subsequent publications. However, what good would such publications be if people kept neglecting my work? In the end, they would make their work look more important, although I invented the basic method, and I cannot in good conscience cite their work positively. Currently, I will have to cite them as researchers who likely got inspired by my papers but failed to cite prior work that is essentially identical. How can that look good? That would probably be just used as another excuse to reject my subsequent research, and scoop it as well, which is why I am not keen on publishing much more. If people think they can lift work from conferences they label “minor conferences”, what is the point of publishing anything? If the scientific community has forsaken academic integrity, and has turned into an anti-intellectual sort of celebrity culture (?), what is the point of contributing? What is the point of authorship? Can they simply erase my research from history? These troubling questions upset me a lot, as you can tell.
I even tried to communicate this politely a few years ago, by mentioning the incredibly high relevance of my work on Heuristic Algorithmic Memory to the sibling PPL group that Dr. Frank Wood leads at Oxford in a sincere postdoc application to their project -- it was a friendly gesture, I get invitations to prominent faculties. I had assumed that the members of the DARPA PPL group would see my statement letter, and would eventually start citing my papers, and perhaps even make it up to me, but that did not happen either, which is why I was finally forced to make my case that the most important contribution in Goodman et. al’s paper seems to be derived from my prior 2010 and 2011 publications which I can document and prove the existence of. Their later publications are even closer to inductive inference papers that incorporate transfer learning as I did in 2010, 2011, and 2014 and their newer journal and conference papers, quite lengthy ones, still fail to cite our work that originally introduced this method (Solomonoff 1989, Schmidhuber 2002, Ozkural 2010). Have a look yourselves, and let me know what you think. Whose work is prior, and whose work is more general? This is quite important to me, because this invention is the cornerstone of my research in AI field. Everything in my career, my potential academic appointments, funding of my startup, research grants, depends on the proper recognition of my pioneering work in transfer learning. I have yet to receive any credit for it, and I have already been massively damaged financially as well as temporally because of this willful neglect, not to mention how my motivation might have been hampered.
PS: Much of this tirade was written when I was suffering from a long bout of suicidal depression when I understood that not one but multiple authors were systematically plagiarizing my groundbreaking work in AGI, so even if you will viciously attack blaming me for "Schmidhubering", please be gentle and considerate.
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2020.11.22 18:20 examachine Bayesian Program Learning Papers Seem Inspired by my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory Design

Bayesian Program Learning Papers Seem Inspired by my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory Design

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The first “Bayesian Program Learning” paper used a strange term called “Bayesian Program Merging”. A colleague sent me the link of the paper a few years ago, he had found the paper while he was searching for one of my Heuristic Algorithmic Memory papers that introduce my long-term design for universal machine learning algorithms. Those papers were published at AGI-10, AGI-11, and AGI-14 conferences. I noticed that there was a great deal of similarity between that paper and a paper I submitted and published more than 1.5 years ago before this offending paper was published on the arxiv. At first, I thought that was not a problem, because the paper seemed like a technical report, and not published anywhere. I was wrong.
I had invented Heuristic Algorithmic Memory as a response to a challenge that Ray Solomonoff personally posed to me in 2005. He had said:
We can use stochastic context-free grammar to guide the search [in a Solomonoff induction approximation]. How are we going to update it if we already have a grammar?
It was Solomonoff that recommended me to play with stochastic context-free grammars, but he did not tell me how to solve the update problem. I solved the problem during 2006-2007, and I also solved a major theoretical problem which nobody else had noticed, and still do not understand, by the way. Solomonoff himself at AGI-10 had recommended using simpler heuristic compression tools like PAQ, PPM, etc., to capture the regularities therein. However, during my brief collaboration with Solomonoff, I had already tested that idea, and seen that it unfortunately did not work. Heuristic Algorithmic Memory was a partial solution to his challenge. It used a very powerful and fast update logic that captured algorithmic regularities in the solution corpus, and updated the stochastic context free grammar which acts as a guiding probability distribution of programs. Combined with a rigorous Levin search implementation, I obtained a powerful AGI prototype called first gigamachine (sequential version) and then teramachine (parallel version). Gigamachine was tested in early 2010 as part of the research of my government-funded AGI startup, and the results affirmed what Solomonoff was looking for. We could now solve a long training sequence and measure information transfer between problems.
I submitted to the AGI conference, because that is what Solomonoff was submitting to and he recommended me to. He reviewed my paper in private, and told me in an e-mail that out of the four update algorithms I proposed, the last two were completely new. However, he sadly passed away before AGI-2010, due to an aneurism, and was unable to give further feedback to the program committee. My reviews went to others, who tried very hard to kill my paper. My paper was not killed, but it was shortened to two pages from ten, and the program chair Dr. Ben Goertzel told me to link to my 10-page submission as a webpage. I also mistakenly added my advisor as a co-author in the 2-page summary, thinking we had to do that at my PhD program — I had heard stories of people being expelled because they did not write their advisor as a co-author. I was afraid, of course. At any rate, I published at AGI-2010, despite these adversarial reviews. In AGI-2010, my work was greeted with some enthusiasm and I was allowed to present it. I knew I was going to receive adversarial reviews in AGI-2011 as well, therefore I submitted to arxiv simultaneously, to avoid plagiarism in the future. Some people from Stanford (and I guess MIT) were too interested in my work, I remember. Sometimes, your “rivals” reject your paper with a poor excuse, then scoop the work, and appropriate it themselves without giving you proper credit. I had fully anticipated that to happen.
I did not wish that to happen, however. Unfortunately, that seems to have happened with the MIT DARPA PPL project’s group members, at least some of them. The paper I found had a different, much simpler, pattern inference phase, and a transfer learning phase that was very similar to my algorithm. It was great to see the algorithm work in a simple pattern discovery setting. However, it was not great to see a transfer learning algorithm that is virtually identical to the HAM algorithms, without citation. Noah Goodman, the last author of that paper that has an uncanny similarity to my transfer learning papers had given a tutorial session at AGI-2011. Before they published their work at arxiv, he had most likely seen my paper in the proceedings. It would be nigh impossible for him to miss a paper with the same subject as his own work. It also seems rather unreasonable to suggest that they made an adequate literature survey but failed to find my paper. My paper was in the most visible venue for a study on universal induction. That is where luminaries like Marcus Hutter published, I published in exactly the right place to cement my contribution. There it was, as a notable improvement over Juergen Schmidhuber’s OOPS that fixes a fundamental shortcoming in it and adding entirely new capabilities, and taking Ray Solomonoff’s work on incremental machine learning one step further. My first paper also boasted that I had achieved one-shot learning as Solomonoff had predicted. Yet, in the end, these three authors would feign ignorance, because they cannot possibly admit that they had seen and had gotten “inspired” by my paper. But the similarities are there, and I have cryptographic timestamps for everything.
Someone had pointed out that the algorithm in arxiv.org/abs/1110.5667 is too similar to my algorithm in https://arxiv.org/abs/1103.1003 published approximately 6 months before.
The paper titles, authors, and dates on arxiv are as follows: Inducing Probabilistic Programs by Bayesian Program Merging Irvin Hwang, Andreas Stuhlmüller, Noah D. Goodman (Submitted on 25 Oct 2011)
Teraflop-scale Incremental Machine Learning Eray Özkural (Submitted on 5 Mar 2011)
This is quite unsettling for me. The transfer learning algorithms are virtually identical. As far as I can tell, only terminology has changed. They used terminology from PL literature instead of my (quite informative) inductive programming / inductive inference nomenclature. Their Bayesian Program Learning / Merging term is inaccurate anyhow, as all learning is Bayesian. There is no such thing as non-Bayesian learning. It is Algorithmic Memory. It solves the incremental machine learning problem, or transfer learning problem and is a model of long-term memory; it is not program learning as usual, as we often refer to the inference task by that, not the transfer learning task. I used the additional term Heuristic, because inductive systems invent heuristic solutions.
The term Bayesian Program Merging is also inaccurate, we are updating the guiding probability distribution. It is called the “update problem”. Not program merging. They also failed to cite Ray Solomonoff’s seminal 1989 and 2002 papers that introduced the update problem, and Schmidhuber’s 2002-2005 OOPS papers, of which my work is a continuation. This does not just seem like neglecting to cite. It looks like neglecting the whole artificial general intelligence (AGI) and algorithmic information theory (AIT) research community. Therefore, you should know that this is a situation that is beyond my personal contributions. I do not intend anyone else to appropriate Solomonoff’s original, ground-breaking research, for one. I am fed up with blatant violations of academic integrity. The authors should not be allowed to “deep learning” their way out of this as others did to Juergen, appropriating research they have not done themselves. It is nigh impossible for them not to know Ray Solomonoff’s aforementioned papers if they did something about program induction, even if we agree that they do not like me because they do not know my name, they do not like my “ethnicity”, or because they dislike the AGI community because we are not the AAAI community and we are not completely US-centered. None of which makes sense, and no such thing could excuse failing to cite a very visible and very relevant paper. I do not believe that their paper could be accepted by any venue as enthusiastically if they cited my work, and failed to mention the large similarities, and tiny differences. At least, they wouldn't look like the inventors of the algorithms.
The transfer learning algorithm seems about the same, it is merely applied to pattern recognition instead of universal induction, so it is much more limited in scope of course. They did not cite my work, and it looks like my algorithms found their way into at least one PhD thesis, and several nice publications at coveted venues, but my original contribution was neglected. Because according to Prof. Tenenbaum, AGI is a “minor” conference -- as he told me in an e-mail when I politely asked him to rectify the situation -- and that is normal — failing to cite relevant work that is. How can these allegedly “minor” conferences become “major” if everyone neglects the work published therein? This is a logical contradiction, and that argument is invalid. That argument is why I now have to let everyone in the AGI community know about the misappropriation of the innovative research published in AGI conferences. If you will use the theoretical models and algorithms from our research, you should cite and compare. That's why we publish those papers.
For the record, HAM is more general than BPL method, it precedes it by 1.5 years, and it should have been cited by their papers. They cannot say they did not see the paper, because it was on the arxiv 6 months before they put theirs on arxiv. That is exactly why I put it on the arxiv in March 2011. And I published and presented pretty much the same thing in AGI 2010 conference, and later published in AGI 2011 conference. I put it on arxiv for exactly this reason, I knew that it would appear somewhere else uncannily. I am not accusing anyone with a particular charge, I do not know what happened, but that does not matter. I think they simply will not cite papers from AGI conference -- they said so to me themselves, which looks to me like a serious ethical error. That attitude does not sit well with my understanding of academic integrity and peer review process. Even if they forgot, the reviewers should have detected this neglect. Therefore, this situation cannot be excused by either the authors or the publishers. They had 5 years to do their literature survey. Why have not they noticed it in the intervening years when they could have found it easily on google scholar or arxiv search using common technical terms like “arxiv context-free grammar machine learning”? My paper will come up in the first google results page with many such queries — third in that one. What is the probability of that happening, all else being equal? That is how the “informant” found the paper, he was apparently searching for my paper on arxiv, and found theirs, as well. If I did not tell anyone, people would likely keep pretending this did not happen. I am bringing this matter to your attention, for some “clever” people might attempt to erase my existence from the net even if with a small probability (<5%). I am not going to pretend that I am not worried about this. The papers downloaded from arxiv are archived and timestamped elsewhere in case anyone attempts to delete my arxiv account or destroy my contribution to AGI-10 and AGI-11 proceedings by some means I cannot yet imagine.
What is similar in the two algorithms, and what are different?
  1. The four update algorithms and their sequence looks about the same.
  2. Even the abstracts read very similarly.
  3. Their update is used in an evolutionary pattern recognition phase, something much weaker than universal induction, merely pattern space search. They did program space, later, in another paper, though, which is even more similar to HAM circa AGI-2010. HAM is still much more general.
  4. My algorithms use a stochastic CFG as the guiding distribution, theirs use my updates in a heuristic, mathematically incomplete way to merge patterns.
  5. The names and terms used in the update algorithms are different. However, their semantics are the same.
  6. HAM precedes the first BPL paper by 1.5 years and is a mathematically complete model of long-term memory for AGI. Whereas their paper is merely an application of the four update algorithms in a pattern search algorithm, which is of course much, much weaker.
  7. The third author Noah D. Goodman and the MIT PPL team know Moshe Looks and Google Brain group in person, to whom I explained my algorithms in person during AGI-2010. Goodman also presented a tutorial at AGI-2011.
  8. The first author Irvin Hwang was a Solomonoff student prize winner at AGI-2011. They likely had other people as attendees in AGI-2010.
Since two of the three authors were definitely at AGI-2011, it is likely they had a keen interest in the subject matter. It might be then that they got the idea in AGI-2010 or AGI-2011 that they would scoop some of the work in AGI conferences and nobody would notice because their professors think it is a “minor conference”. That two out of three authors were at the same conference where I published my teramachine paper that included the full formulation of the HAM design cannot be a coincidence. This all happened before they published their pattern search paper. I must stress that my paper is not the only paper that was scooped from AGI conference by the respectable MIT Computational Cognitive Science group. I believe they simply might not be citing any research that comes out of people they do not know personally, like Chomsky had done once upon a time. That is a serious violation of academic integrity in itself, and must have serious consequences for the authors in question.
I thought that they would eventually cite me. They had probably just missed my paper! How could they not know my work? It was so obviously similar, and my work preceded theirs by a very long period (for the Internet age!) at the premiere conference for general-purpose machine learning! How come? I could not know at the time that some discriminative biases of some academicians or supervisors might be at play. Who knows, perhaps somebody suggested to them that they should do this, because they could simply disregard the work of a non-American researcher. If it happened to Prof. Juergen Schmidhuber who is regarded as a genius in the AGI community, it can happen to anyone. And that, is something I do take an issue with. How can they not cite both Juergen’s and my work? How can they not know Solomonoff who invented the very concept of machine learning and incremental machine learning which I made a proper algorithm for? That is offensive to my sense of academic integrity, and I told as much to Prof. Tenenbaum. He told me had not yet reviewed the two papers, and only suggested me to rush with subsequent publications. However, what good would such publications be if people kept neglecting my work? In the end, they would make their work look more important, although I invented the basic method, and I cannot in good conscience cite their work positively. Currently, I will have to cite them as researchers who likely got inspired by my papers but failed to cite prior work that is essentially identical. How can that look good? That would probably be just used as another excuse to reject my subsequent research, and scoop it as well, which is why I am not keen on publishing much more. If people think they can lift work from conferences they label “minor conferences”, what is the point of publishing anything? If the scientific community has forsaken academic integrity, and has turned into an anti-intellectual sort of celebrity culture (?), what is the point of contributing? What is the point of authorship? Can they simply erase my research from history? These troubling questions upset me a lot, as you can tell.
I even tried to communicate this politely a few years ago, by mentioning the incredibly high relevance of my work on Heuristic Algorithmic Memory to the sibling PPL group that Dr. Frank Wood leads at Oxford in a sincere postdoc application to their project -- it was a friendly gesture, I get invitations to prominent faculties. I had assumed that the members of the DARPA PPL group would see my statement letter, and would eventually start citing my papers, and perhaps even make it up to me, but that did not happen either, which is why I was finally forced to make my case that the most important contribution in Goodman et. al’s paper seems to be derived from my prior 2010 and 2011 publications which I can document and prove the existence of. Their later publications are even closer to inductive inference papers that incorporate transfer learning as I did in 2010, 2011, and 2014 and their newer journal and conference papers, quite lengthy ones, still fail to cite our work that originally introduced this method (Solomonoff 1989, Schmidhuber 2002, Ozkural 2010). Have a look yourselves, and let me know what you think. Whose work is prior, and whose work is more general? This is quite important to me, because this invention is the cornerstone of my research in AI field. Everything in my career, my potential academic appointments, funding of my startup, research grants, depends on the proper recognition of my pioneering work in transfer learning. I have yet to receive any credit for it, and I have already been massively damaged financially as well as temporally because of this willful neglect, not to mention how my motivation might have been hampered.
PS: Much of this tirade was written when I was suffering from a long bout of suicidal depression when I understood that not one but multiple authors were systematically plagiarizing my groundbreaking work in AGI, so even if you will viciously attack blaming me for "Schmidhubering", please be gentle and considerate.
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2020.11.22 05:49 daviesparkles Contacting Unit after AIT

It’s 20 days until my graduation date for AIT, and I haven’t had any contact worth my NG Unit, the 138th Chemical Company, and I don’t know how to contact them. How should I go about contacting my unit and getting in processing started? Thank you in advanced
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2020.11.21 22:15 Tryrshaugh Comprendre les produits financiers dérivés sur indices d’actions : futures, options européennes et swaps

Comprendre les produits financiers dérivés sur indices d’actions : futures, options européennes et swaps
Dans ce post je vais parler de 7 instruments financiers différents qui forment un écosystème essentiel pour qu’il soit possible de répliquer des indices boursiers indirectement (synthétiquement), écosystème appelé le marché à terme. Voici une brève introduction, nous allons les voir en détail et les lier ensemble plus tard. Ne cherchez pas à investir dans des dérivés sans les comprendre complètement, ce sont des produits avec des effets de leviers intrinsèques et qui démultiplient tous les risques de leurs sous-jacents. Le but de ce post est de donner une explication approfondie des mécanismes de ces produits.

Introduction

En premier lieu nous avons 3 instruments « classiques » dans la mesure où ils sont négociés sur le marché spot (au comptant).
Le premier instrument est l’indice sous-jacent, qui est un panier d’actions cotées qui n’a réellement d’existence que conceptuelle, les paniers sont rarement réellement échangés dans cet écosystème, il n’y a pas de bourse où on peut directement acheter un panier, il faut faire les courses soi-même si on veut réellement le détenir. Ce qui est un peu plus réel, ce sont ses plus-values/moins-values et ses dividendes. On peut faire trois choses importantes avec le sous-jacent : l’acheter, l’emprunter ou le prêter pour une certaine durée et le vendre.
On a ensuite deux instruments qui forment le pilier central de l’écosystème, l’emprunt et le monétaire, généralement sous la forme de la marge ou de l’emprunt bancaire et du compte de dépôt. Il s’agît de la dette dont on se sert pour effectuer les opérations pendant une période donnée sur le sous-jacent dans le cas de la dette, et de là où on dépose les liquidités excédentaires quand on veut les sécuriser pendant une certaine période, dans le cas du monétaire. Ce sont deux côtés d’une seule et même pièce. On suppose au départ que que les institutions financières sur ces marchés dérivés ont un taux plus ou moins identique au dépôt et à l’emprunt et qu’elles ont zéro risque de défaut (ce qui est faux dans la réalité, mais ce n’est pas le sujet pour l’instant).
Ces instruments sont notre base sur laquelle nous allons construire les dérivés qui vont suivre.
On a le contrat à terme qui est pour son acheteur une obligation contractuelle d’acheter l’indice sous-jacent à une date déterminée dans le futur, à un prix déterminé à l’avance. Pour son vendeur c’est une obligation de vendre le sous-jacent à cette date, au prix déterminé. Le contrat à terme existe sous deux formes : La première est le forward, qui est un contrat négocié entre deux parties au gré-à-gré (en dehors de la bourse, en privé). C’est un contrat basé sur la confiance mutuelle entre les deux parties à ce que l’autre remplisse son obligation.
Quand vous allez voir votre maraîcher local et que vous faites un contrat pour qu’il vous livre un panier de légumes tous les mois pendant un an à 15 euros le panier, réglables à chaque livraison, vous achetez en réalité une série de 12 forwards sur sa production, espacés tous d’un mois. Vous prenez le risque que la récolte soit mauvaise ou qu’il y ait une forte déflation l’année suivante, lui prend le risque que vous ne soyez plus solvables à l’avenir et qu’il n’ait personne à qui revendre ses poireaux ou encore que l’inflation augmente brutalement l’année suivante.
La forme du contrat à terme dont je vais surtout parler dans ce post est le future, qui lui est échangé en bourse avec une entité centrale qui marie anonymement les acheteurs et les vendeurs et qui garantit la solvabilité de tous les participants, avec une immense pile de cash à sa disposition en cas de faillite d’un des participants, afin de compenser les contreparties du participant défaillant. C’est pourquoi cette entité centrale s’appelle la chambre de compensation. La plupart du temps, la bourse crée un future pour chaque mois de l’année, si la demande est suffisante pour le sous-jacent.
La particularité des futures est que le prix fixé sur le contrat est réajusté une fois par jour ouvré, généralement en début d’après-midi, et que tous les participants doivent rembourseencaisser les variations de ce prix à ce moment-là, on appelle ça le mark-to-market (MTM). Si on est acheteur (vendeur) et que le prix du futures a augmenté (baissé) aujourd’hui par rapport à hier, on encaisse la différence et s’il a baissé (augmenté) alors on paye la différence. On peut par ailleurs se défausser de l’obligation que nous impose le future à tout moment si nous le revendons sur le marché (ou si nous le rachetons si nous étions courts), ce qui peut soit nous amener à rembourser la dette accumulée sur la journée, soit à encaisser la créance accumulée, selon les mouvements du prix du sous-jacent dans la journée.
Nous avons ensuite les créances contingentes. Le deuxième dérivé est l’option d’achat, le call. C’est un contrat qui donne le droit à son acheteur d’acheter le sous-jacent à une date donnée à un prix donné. Le vendeur du call est dans l’obligation de vendre le sous-jacent si l’acheteur décide d’exercer son droit (on dit qu’il exerce son option). Le troisième est le miroir du call, l’option de vente, le put, qui donne le droit à son acheteur de vendre le sous-jacent à un prix donné (qu’on nomme strike), à une date donnée. Symétriquement au vendeur du call, le vendeur du put est obligé d’acheter le sous-jacent si l’acheteur décide d’exercer son option.
Pour utiliser le jargon financier, quand on achète un instrument dérivé, c’est-à-dire quand on rentre dans un contrat financier dérivé où on est le payeur, on dit qu’on est long sur le dérivé et quand on est vendeur on dit qu’on est court (short en anglais). Il est important de noter que l’on peut être vendeur d’un dérivé que l’on ne détient pas, on dit en anglais que l’on est la partie qui rédige le contrat (to write a derivatives contract), d’où la distinction entre « to sell » (quand on détient déjà un contrat) et « to short » (quand on le rédige), même si en pratique les financiers mélangent les deux en parlant.
Quand nous sommes longs d’un future ou d’un call ou bien courts d’un put, nous sommes indirectement longs sur le sous-jacent, c’est-à-dire quand le sous-jacent prend de la valeur, ces positions sur les dérivés devraient en prendre aussi pour des raisons que nous allons voir. Inversement, quand nous sommes courts d’un future ou d’un call, ou long d’un put, nous sommes courts sur le sous-jacent, nos positions sur ces instruments devraient prendre de la valeur quand le sous-jacent en perd.

La construction et la valorisation d’un contrat à terme

Essentiellement, acheter un contrat à terme sur des biens et les revendre immédiatement après livraison, pour une quantité et un prix donné, devrait rapporter, dans un monde imaginaire avec des marchés financiers parfait, exactement la même chose que de prendre un emprunt d’une somme suffisante pour pouvoir acheter la quantité de biens voulue aujourd’hui, acheter ces biens aujourd’hui et rembourser son emprunt lors de la vente des biens à l’échéance. En d’autres termes, prendre un contrat à terme est équivalent à acheter le sous-jacent complètement à crédit.
Nous allons illustrer ça avec un exemple fictif : L’once d’or est à 1867 USD aujourd’hui (ce qu’on appelle son prix spot, au comptant en français) et je souhaiterais acheter 100 onces pour 2 ans. Je peux aller à la banque et prendre un emprunt de 186 700 USD à un TAEG de 2% pour 2 ans (intérêts capitalisés jusqu’à l’échéance), acheter l’or aujourd’hui, le revendre dans 2 ans et rembourser le prêt avec ce que j’aurai gagné (ou perdu) avec la revente de l’or. Mon banquier me propose alternativement un contrat à terme pour 100 onces d’or dans 2 ans pour un prix fixé à 190 450 USD. Que dois-je choisir ?
Eh bien avec un TAEG de 2% sur 2 ans sur 186 700 USD, je vais devoir rembourser à la fin des deux années 186 700 * (1 + 2%)2 = 194 243 USD à mon banquier. C’est donc moins cher pour moi de prendre le contrat à terme que me propose le banquier. En d’autres termes, mon banquier me propose avec son contrat à terme, un crédit à deux ans avec un TAEG de (190 450 / 186 700)1/2 – 1 = 1%, à condition que j’achète son or dans deux ans, ce qui m’économise 3793 USD d’intérêts par rapport à l’alternative. La seule différence dans l’histoire c’est que mon banquier fait ce qu’il veut de l’or pendant les deux années si je choisis le contrat à terme, alors que si j’emprunte pour acheter l’or maintenant j’en fais ce que je veux pendant 2 ans. Je tiens cependant à préciser que comme pour un emprunt classique, dans la réalité on vous demande un apport pour rentrer dans un contrat à terme et c’est ça qui détermine l’effet de levier (la marge).
Compliquons un peu cette histoire.
Certaines entreprises se servent d’or comme monnaie d’échange ou comme garantie pour certaines transactions. Imaginons qu’un ami qui a un poste important dans une telle entreprise a besoin de cet or pour une année à partir d’aujourd’hui. Il est prêt à me payer 3780 USD si jamais j’arrive à lui procurer cet or (ce que je peux faire si j’emprunte pour l’acheter, mais pas si je prends le contrat à terme). Je me souviens que mon compte de dépôt me rend 0,5% d’intérêts par an, donc si mon ami me paye 3780 USD dans un an pour le prêt de mes 100 onces d’or, et que je dépose cette somme pour un an sur mon compte, j’aurai 3799 USD à l’échéance de mon emprunt, soit 6 USD de plus par rapport à si j’avais choisi le contrat à terme sur 2 ans. Je vais donc décider de choisir l’emprunt plutôt que le contrat à terme.
L’or a en réalité des inconvénients. Il faut le garder sous protection en cas de vol. Vous pouvez soit investir dans un coffre-fort et prendre une assurance sur vos 2,8kg d’or, soit payer votre banquier pour qu’il le garde au chaud dans un de ses coffres. Disons qu’une fois que mon ami m’a rendu l’or au bout d’un an, je dois investir dans un coffre et des caméras de sécurité pour 1500 USD. Immédiatement, on voit que je n’ai pas intérêt financièrement à faire cette transaction et en plus je prends un risque de me faire voler mon or malgré mes précautions. J’opterai donc pour le contrat à terme.
J’ai ainsi illustré les 4 facteurs qui déterminent le prix que l’on fixe sur un contrat à terme
  1. Le prix du sous-jacent aujourd’hui
  2. Les taux d’intérêts en vigueur à l’emprunt
  3. Le cash que l’on espère obtenir en « exploitant » le sous-jacent pendant la durée du contrat (ici en le prêtant à quelqu’un qui en a besoin, mais ça peut être aussi des dividendes ou des coupons versés par le sous-jacent)
  4. Les coûts estimés de la détention physique du sous-jacent pendant la durée du contrat
Le grand avantage des marchés à terme, c’est de pouvoir répartir les frais et les risques de la détention d’un actif parmi les participants. Cela permet que ce soient ceux qui peuvent stocker l’actif de façon la moins chère et la plus sûre, qui ne veulent pas prendre directement de risque de prix, qui seront les intermédiaires qui détiendront l’actif et seront au global net vendeurs de contrats à terme, et que ceux qui veulent spéculer sur le prix qui seront au global net acheteurs de contrats à terme, jusqu’à ce que de vrais acheteurs et vendeurs soient trouvés. Le marché à terme sert de pont quand la liquidité du marché au comptant du sous-jacent fluctue fortement au fil du temps ou quand le sous-jacent est difficile à se procurestocker à tout moment, d’où son origine historique dans l’agriculture.
A aucun moment l’anticipation du prix futur du sous-jacent ne rentre dans le calcul du prix fixé à l’avance dans le contrat à terme. Si jamais je suis un gros fonds qui achète un paquet de futures sur un actif parce que je pense qu’il va s’apprécier à l’avenir, je vais certes faire bouger le prix du futures à la hausse, mais comme ce n’est pas un changement dans les taux d’intérêts, le rendement en terme de cashflows de l’actif ou des frais liés à sa détention, ça va affecter directement le prix du sous-jacent aujourd’hui, car tous les autres participants de marchés qui m’ont vendu les contrats vont s’ajuster pour refléter ma demande en achetant directement l’actif, vu qu’ils sont pour reprendre mon exemple, ceux qui vont à la banque emprunter pour acheter l’or, le mettre dans un coffre et vendre un contrat à terme derrière pour couvrir leur opération.
Tout ça pour dire que ce qui se passe sur le marché spot du sous-jacent affecte le marché à terme et vice versa et que les prix des futures ne sont pas les anticipations des prix futurs du sous-jacent.
Pour donner un exemple concret avec un indice d’actions, essayons de valoriser un futures SPX qui expire dans 4 mois (prenons le cas du FCEH1 Index, le futures sur le CAC 40 à échéance mars 2021). Je tiens avant de commencer à vous introduire à une autre particularité des futures. Certains sont à livraison physique, d’autres sont réglés en cash. A ma connaissance (mais je peux me tromper) tous les futures sur indices sont réglés en cash. Autrement dit, si vous gardiez un futures jusqu’à expiration, vous règleriez vos dettes avec le vendeur du contrat de sorte à faire comme s’il vous vendait le contrat au prix fixé initialement et que vous revendiez immédiatement le sous-jacent. Si votre vente fictive rapporterait une plus-value alors le vendeur vous la verse et si c’est une moins-value c’est vous qui la versez au vendeur. Exemple : si le prix fixé est à 100 et que le sous-jacent est à 102 à l’échéance, vous recevez 2 euros * la quantité fixée dans le contrat, si le sous-jacent est à 97, vous payez 3 euros * la quantité.
Vendredi 20 novembre à 15h30 heure de Paris, le CAC 40 spot était à 5496 points, l’euribor 4 mois à environ 0,27% et la quantité fixée sur les futures est de 10 unités de CAC 40 par contrat (on dit que la valeur du point vaut 10 euros).
Avec ces informations, on sait que si le CAC 40 ne rapporte pas de cash et ne coûte rien à détenir, sa valeur théorique serait environ de : prix spot * (1 + taux d’intérêt) = 5496 * (1 + 0,27% * (4 * 30 / 360)) = 5501 points (55 010 euros si on multiplie par la quantité)
Comme l’Euribor 4 mois est coté à un taux annualisé, le 4 * 30 / 360 est une approximation de la correction qu’il faut appliquer pour obtenir le taux d’intérêt réellement payé sur la période.
Or le FCEH1 cotait à 5469 points à la même heure, soit 32 points plus bas que le prix théorique qu’on a calculé et 27 points plus bas que le spot. Vous comprendrez donc que cette décote est en réalité une compensation pour les dividendes attendus sur les 4 prochains mois sur le CAC 40, vu qu’il n’y a pas de coûts associés à la détention d’actions. On peut d’ailleurs estimer le rendement annualisé des dividendes attendus par le marché : (5496/5469 – 1) * 360 / 120 – 0,27% = 1,2% de dividend yield espéré sur les 4 prochains mois. Si vous pensez que c’est trop optimiste comme espérance, vous pouvez emprunter un panier de CAC 40, le vendre, mettre l’argent sur un compte en banque et être long sur le future, si vous pensez que c’est pessimiste, vous pouvez acheter à crédit un panier de CAC 40 (pour récolter les dividendes) et être court sur le future (NB : on appelle ça un arbitrage et c’est risqué, laissez ça aux hedge funds, ne vous amusez pas à faire ça vous-mêmes).
Je tiens à préciser que la réalité est un peu plus complexe et que je simplifie beaucoup.

La construction et la valorisation d’une créance contingente et la notion de delta

Juste pour clarifier la terminologie, tout comme pour les contrats à terme, il y a des créances contingentes cotées en bourse et d’autres négociées au gré-à-gré / dans des marchés organisés par des banques. Dans le premier cas on les nomme « options » et dans le second « warrants ». Je vais parler d’options par la suite car c’est plus digeste comme terme.
Dans la réalité, les options sont toujours exercées quand elles sont exerçables à leur échéance. C’est-à-dire qu’un call (put) sera exercé si jamais le prix du sous-jacent est au-dessus (en-dessous) du strike de l’option à l’échéance. Donc si jamais j’ai envie de répliquer une obligation d’achat à un prix fixé à une date donnée, quel que soit le prix du sous-jacent à cette échéance (vous comprendrez que c’est la même chose qu’un contrat à terme à cette date à ce prix), je serai long d’un call et court d’un put à ce strike. Quoi qu’il arrive à mon sous-jacent, ce sera soit mon call, soit le put que j’ai rédigé qui sera exercé et je serai obligé d’acheter le sous-jacent à l’échéance si garde cette position. On l’appelle un contrat à terme long synthétique et symétriquement un call court et un put long forment un contrat à terme short synthétique.
Un call tout seul se comporte un peu comme un future long, mais avec deux grosses différences.
  1. Moins il est probable qu’il soit exercé à l’échéance, plus il perd de la valeur et moins il devient sensible aux mouvements de prix du sous-jacent. Inversement, plus il est certain qu’il soit exercé, plus il se comportera comme un futures long. On mesure cette sensibilité au prix du sous-jacent avec le delta et on peut aussi assimiler ça à la probabilité que l’option soit exercée (en valeur abolue pour les puts). Un futures est d’ailleurs appelé un dérivé « delta one », car il est sensible à plus ou moins 100% des mouvements de prix du sous-jacent et on peut l’imaginer comme une option avec 100% de chance d’être exercée.
  2. Le prix d’achat sur le contrat (le strike) est fixé à la rédaction du contrat et ne change pas tous les jours. Pour imiter cela, il faut vendre puis racheter son call à un nouveau strike en reflétant l’évolution des prix du sous-jacent, ce qu’on appelle le delta hedging, car ça maintient une sensibilité au prix plus ou moins constante et, soit dit en passant, c’est sur ce principe que fonctionnent les ETF à effet de levier.
L’équation pour savoir comment arbitrer une option est
C - P = (F – K) / (1 + r) = S – K / (1 + r)
Acheter un call et vendre un put ça coûte la même chose qu’acheter un future et compenser la différence entre le strike et le prix du future ou acheter le sous-jacent à crédit. Avec de l’algèbre élémentaire on obtient :
Acheter un call c’est la même chose que
C = (F – K) / (1 + r) + P (acheter un future et un put)
Acheter un put c’est la même chose que
P = (F – K) / (1 + r) + C (acheter un future et un call)
Vendre un call c’est la même chose que
-C = -(F – K) / (1 + r) – P (vendre un future et un call)
Vendre un put c’est la même chose que
-P = -(F – K) / (1 + r) - C (vendre un future et un call)
Je vais vous donner un exemple (complètement fictif et à ne pas prendre au sérieux) pour illustrer ces concepts.
Vous êtes un très bon « forecaster » et vous prédisez que si les démocrates remportent les deux sièges sénatoriaux en Géorgie, le SPX va se retrouver à 3650 points en janvier dans deux mois sur des espérances d’un Green New Deal à 3,5 billions de dollars, sinon il va être à 3500 points à cause des confinements des Etats démocrates où se concentre une grande partie des consommateurs et entreprises américaines et du manque de stimulus fiscal. Le SPX est à 3558 points et a un dividend yield estimé à 1,88% annuel sur les prochains mois.
Vous estimez que les démocrates ont 30% de chance de réussite. Le 2 month US Dollar Libor est à 0,17%. L’option Put Janvier 2021 à un strike de 3540 points cote à 98,21 dollars. Dans le scénario victoire démocrate le put ne vaut rien (car le SPX serait au-dessus de 3540 points donc le put serait inexerçable) et dans le scénario défaite démocrate il vaut 3540 – 3500 = 40 dollars. Vous estimez donc sa valeur présente à partir de vos deux scénarios à
70% * 40 / (1 + (0,17% - 1,88%) * 2 * 30 / 360 ) = 28,08 dollars (car le put ne vaut rien en cas de victoire démocrate dans vos scénarios et que la défaite a une probabilité de 70%). Pour vous le put est donc beaucoup trop surévalué donc si vous avez une confiance aveugle en vos talents de prévisionniste, vous allez être court sur le put. Dans le scénario victoire votre gain est de 98,21 * (1 + 0,17% * 2 * 30 / 360) = 98,23 dollars car le put expirera inexercé et on suppose que vous avez mis la recette de la vente du put dans un compte bancaire qui a le LIBOR comme taux d’intérêt et dans le scénario défaite votre gain sera de 98,21 * (1 + 0,17% * 2 * 30 / 360) – 40 = 58,23 dollars car le put sera exercé 40 dollars en-dessous de votre strike, donc vous devrez cette somme à l’acheteur de votre put (vu que le SPX n’est pas un actif livrable). Bien évidemment, si vous vous trompez et que le SPX chute bien en-dessous de 3500 points, vous risquez de perdre bien plus que la valeur du put.
Contrairement aux futures, les anticipations des participants de marché influent directement sur la valorisation des options et il existe tout un tas de façons de tenter de trouver leur « juste valeur » (arbre bi/multinomial, BSM, stochastic jumps etc…). Vous noterez aussi dans mon exemple que les options se comportent très différemment des futures, elles perdent de la valeur au fil du temps et peuvent même perdre de la valeur alors qu’elles finissent par être exercées et que le sous-jacent a évolué dans leur sens (hausse pour le call, baisse pour le put).

La construction des Equity Swaps

Le dernier contrat dérivé important dans cet écosystème est le swap, qui est un contrat financier négocié au gré-à-gré. Un swap sur des actions est appelé un Equity Swap, ou Total Return Swap (TRS) et sa forme la plus commune est une obligation contractuelle d’échanger à intervalles réguliers le rendement d’un actif contre celui d’un autre.
Vous vous souvenez du maraîcher au début du post ? Celui avec qui vous vous êtes mis d’accord d’acheter un panier de légumes pour 15 euros tous les mois pendant un an ? Je ne vous ai pas tout dit mais en réalité, on donne un nom à une série de contrats à terme, on appelle ça un swap – car c’est un échange à intervalles réguliers à prix fixé, lui vous donne sa production et vous lui donnez 15 euros fixés à l’avance.
Bon, imaginons un peu qu’au lieu de paniers de légumes d’un maraîcher, vous avez en face un banquier qui vous propose de vous vendre tous les trimestres un panier de SPX pour un montant initial de 1M de dollars (ce qu’on appelle le montant notionnel) tous les trimestres pendant 3 ans. Ca ne fonctionne pas exactement comme notre swap avec le maraîcher car 1) Vous n’avez qu’un million de dollars et pas 1 million tous les trois mois à mettre sur le SPX et 2) Un panier de SPX c’est embêtant à se procurer. Ce que vous faites avec votre banquier c’est que vous vous mettez d’accord sur la chose suivante : au lieu de s’échanger une pile de cash contre un panier d’actions tous les mois, vous faites comme si vous déteniez une obligation d’un montant notionnel d’un million de dollars avec une échéance dans 3 ans à taux fixe et coupon trimestriel et comme si le banquier détenait un panier de SPX de la même valeur initialement. Lui vous donne chaque trimestre le rendement total de l’indice (plus/moin-value + dividendes) et vous lui donnez les coupons de votre obligation fictive.
Pour déterminer le taux fixe à payer, on doit déterminer le taux d’intérêt qui ferait en sorte que votre obligation fictive soit valorisée au « par », c’est-à-dire au juste prix du marché aujourd’hui. Pour faire ça on soustrait à 1 l’inverse de 1 + le taux américain à 3 ans et on divise le résultat par la somme de l’inverse de 1 + tous les taux spots sur le LIBOLes obligations d’Etat américaines pour chaque trimestre où on s’échange nos rendements. Dans notre exemple ça nous donne 0,076% du notionnel à payer tous les trimestres au banquier, soit 760 dollars tous les trois mois pendant 3 ans.

Le discount factor c’est 1/(1 + LIBOR(N))^N où N est la maturité.
Les 760 dollars resteront fixés jusqu’à la fin du swap. Disons que vous décidez de régler vos dettes quotidiennement, le SPX gagne 1% la première journée et la courbe du LIBOR se déplace de 0,5bp plus haut. On calcule donc la valeur présente de votre obligation fictive avec la nouvelle courbe des taux : (taux fixe * La somme des nouveaux discount factors + le dernier discount factor) * Montant notionnel. Comme les taux ont augmenté, votre obligation à taux fixe fictive a perdu de la valeur, ce qui représente une dette de 148,90 dollars envers le banquier, mais en même temps, comme le SPX a pris 1%, le banquier vous doit 10 000 dollars, donc le banquier nette le tout et vous verse 9851,10 dollars aujourd’hui.
Il y a différentes façons de structurer un equity swap. L’obligation fictive peut avoir un taux fixe comme dans notre exemple, un taux variable ou un mélange des deux. Dans ce swap, le SPX est ce qu’on appelle l’ « equity leg » et votre obligation fictive à taux fixe la « fixed leg » et si le taux était variable alors cela aurait été une « floating leg ». De votre point de vue ce swap est un « receive equity, pay fixed » (le taux fixe s’appelle le swap spread), mais du point de vue du banquier c’est un « receive fixed, pay equity ». Les contreparties de ces equity swaps sont généralement des banques qui détiennent des actions en trop dont elles ne peuvent pas se débarrasser sans faire brutalement bouger les prix et veulent se couvrir pour diminuer leur exposition au risque de marché.
La forme de l’equity swap qu’utilisent les ETF synthétiques unfunded est le « receive equity, pay equity ». Selon comment le swap est structuré, l’ETF va généralement payer un spread + LIBOR + le rendement d’un panier et va recevoir le rendement d’un autre panier.
Imaginons un ETF synthétique qui rentre dans un swap sur 5 ans avec une banque où il reçoit le SPX verse le SX5E (Eurostoxx 50) avec des payements trimestriels d’un EURIBOR 3 mois + 1bp de swap spread (0,25bp par trimestre). Le montant notionnel du swap est 1M EUR et la banque vous confère 1M d’euros de paniers de SX5E en collatéral et vous réglez vos dettes quotidiennement. Imaginons un scénario catastrophe complètement fictif, une grosse banque américaine a vendu trop de dérivés avec un levier énorme sur un sous-jacent qui s’est cassé la figure et avait maquillé ses comptes, mais se retrouve en défaut de payement aujourd’hui et devait beaucoup d’argent à la banque partenaire de l’ETF. Le SPX casse et s’écrase à -21% et s’arrête au troisième circuit breaker, le SX5E chute de 18% suite à la nouvelle, avec la plupart de ses actions sous-jacentes franchissant 2 circuit breakers consécutifs sur Euronext. La courbe des taux s’invertit et passe à 7% sur l’Euribor 3 mois et 5% sur le taux spot 5 ans, autrement dit c’est la catastrophe.
Vous vous dites, heureusement et malheureusement, la chute est amortie car vous payez un Euribor et un swap spread de 1bp, donc la valeur présente de vos paiements d’intérêts futurs vous fait bénéficier d’un gain de 8,755% en plus des 3% de différence entre les indices en votre faveur, pour compenser la perte de 21% de votre panier de collatéral. Le banquier annonce que sa banque est en défaut de paiement, donc tout ça ne veut plus rien dire, le swap est terminé. Etant donné que votre panier de collatéral est 3% plus bas que l’indice que vous êtes censé suivre et que celui-ci devient votre panier physique et vous décidez de le liquider le lendemain à l’ouverture, ce qui vous fait perdre 2% de plus.
Voilà l'illustration du risque de contrepartie d’un ETF synthétique. Je ne cherche pas à être dramatique, je maintiens qu'il faut vraiment que ce soit catastrophique pour en arriver là.

TL ; PL

Être long sur un contrat à terme sur un sous-jacent est équivalent à acheter à crédit le sous-jacent, mais sans la liberté de l’exploiter comme on le souhaite pendant la durée du contrat, être court c’est comme emprunter le sous-jacent, le vendre et mettre le liquide sur un compte en banque. Si le prix fixé sur le contrat à terme est trop élevé par rapport à l’alternative, un arbitrageur (un investisseur qui corrige les décalages de prix d’actifs théoriquement équivalents) va acheter à crédit le sous-jacent et devenir court sur le contrat à terme et profiter du décalage. Si le prix fixé est, au contraire, trop faible, il va emprunter le sous-jacent, le vendre immédiatement et devenir long sur le contrat à terme, pour profiter du décalage. Seules les institutions financières avec des taux d’emprunts faibles peuvent faire des arbitrages efficacement.
Les créances contingentes reflètent les anticipations (de volatilité des prix du sous-jacent) des participants de marché et en les combinant on peut recréer un future. Acheter un call et ajuster le strike en fonction des mouvements de prix du sous-jacent, c'est un peu comme être long sur une fraction de future, cette fraction c'est le delta de l'option.
Un swap est équivalent à une série de contrats à terme avec juste l'échéance qui change entre chaque contrat.
Pourquoi faire un un swap et pas de la réplication physique ? Ça permet de limiter l'erreur de réplication et les frais de transaction, de ne pas faire bouger d'énormes quantités de capitaux sur les marchés et affecter les prix par la même occasion.
Pourquoi un swap et pas un contrat à terme ? La grande différence entre un swap et un contrat à terme est qu'un swap est comme un achat du sous-jacent à crédit pendant une période donnée, mais en payant les intérêts trimestriellement. On évite ainsi la capitalisation des intérêts à payer et cela fait en sorte que les frais du swap évoluent en fonction des taux d'intérêt, donc de profiter des baisses de taux. Les deux sont toutefois des dérivés delta one et exposent autant aux mouvements du sous-jacent. Les swaps sont beaucoup plus adaptés pour l'investissement long terme. Les futures sont beaucoup plus intéressants pour l'investissement court terme car ils minimisent les frais de transaction encore plus.
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2020.11.20 17:34 Sad_Tangerine_939 Holiday block leave questions

I am an ait student and I don’t have my orders cut, but I missed my report date because my orders weren’t cut in time.I am trying to go on holiday block leave but since they don’t know my report date they are not sure if they are going to let me take holiday block. they don’t know if I will have enough time to quarantine before the report date. Is there any way I can find out my report date without having orders in hand; and if I can’t get my report date is there any way I can make sure I can go on holiday block leave?
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2020.11.20 12:34 glouns1 Les ravages de la Covid - états d'âme d'une prof en collège qui n'en peut plus

Ce texte risque fort de me servir d'exutoire en cette période lugubre, mais je veux aussi qu'il serve de témoignage des conséquences de la crise sanitaire sur l'école en général et sur nos élèves.
Alors voilà, date réelle: 20 novembre; date ressentie: 20 juin. Ce début d'année scolaire est épuisant.
Bien sûr la crise sanitaire est bouleversante pour tout le monde, on ne sait pas comment on va sortir du marasme, on est tous un peu flippés par ce fichu virus, on ne peut plus avoir de vie sociale, culturelle, sportive...On n'est autorisés qu'à aller travailler. J'ai la chance de continuer à travailler, de toucher un salaire. J'ai cette chance inouïe d'être fonctionnaire et que la crise sanitaire n'ait donc aucun impact ni sur mes finances ni sur ma carrière.
Mais franchement, que c'est dur... Depuis septembre (enfin, depuis la reprise en juin en fait -- je suis dans une ancienne zone rouge où les cours n'ont repris officiellement que début juin 2020) on n'a plus nos salles, ce sont les élèves qui ont une salle attitrée, sauf pour les cours d'EPS, de sciences, de technologie, d'art et de musique où ils se déplacent dans la salle de l'enseignant. Je suis prof d'anglais et je me retrouve à faire cours dans 6 salles différentes dont deux ne sont pas de vraies salles de classe (une salle de réunion et une salle de permanence). Non seulement l'aménagement des tables en autobus n'est pas propice à l'enseignement des langues, mais en plus, chaque salle a son équipement informatique propre - et souvent défaillant malheureusement. Ici un Tableau Blanc Interactif (dont je ne sais pas me servir), là un ordi portable et un vidéo projecteur mobile qui n'est jamais bien configuré, ailleurs un équipement informatique correct mais un aménagement de salle pas optimisé car les tables des élèves doivent être écartées, distanciation oblige. On se retrouve à ne pas pouvoir circuler entre les rangs, et les pauvres élèves ne voient strictement rien au tableau dans des salles plus larges que longues. Quand j'arrive en cours je dois prendre le pouls de la classe, voir si tout va bien, tout en m'installant, en branchant mon disque dur externe, en lançant les activités...Activités qui se résument bien souvent à peau de chagrin parce que, Covid oblige, je ne peux pas utiliser tout mon petit matériel manipulable par les élèves, et on ne peut pas trop faire bouger les élèves donc exit les travaux de groupe et la vraie interaction orale. Les élèves, eux, sont sérieusement en manque d'attention et ne savent plus se comporter en groupe-classe. Ils ont été habitués, avec l'école à la maison, à travailler tous seuls, et bien souvent très vite fait. Impossible pour eux de maintenir leur attention plus de quelques minutes, difficile d'écouter une consigne convenablement, insurmontable de devoir apprendre une leçon. Beaucoup sortent un bouquin ou un dessin dès qu'ils ont fini une activité, et certains passent leur heure de cours à gribouiller...Je suis démunie face à ça, je ne sais pas comment faire pour les "rééduquer" à leur métier d'élève. Et puis bien sûr il y a ce foutu masque qui m'oblige à faire répéter 15 fois les élèves quand ils me parlent, qui m'émpêche d'enseigner correctement la prononciation, qui cache les sourires et les expressions du visage, qui m'empêche parfois de respirer. On est contraints de trouver des solutions de rechange pour plein de trucs. Réunion parents-profs par téléphone plutôt qu'en présentiel, par exemple. Dans mon bahut tous les adultes sont stressés et surmenés, l'ambiance est beaucoup moins bon enfant qu'à la reprise de juin dernier, tout bonnement parce qu'on ne sait pas où on va et on ne sait pas quand les choses reprendront comme avant.
En bref, je fais au mieux mais j'ai surtout l'impression de faire de la merde.
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2020.11.19 21:22 Majestic_Ad7963 AITA for driving while under the influence after my date told me I was fine to drive?

So, first of all, I know that yes, OBVIOUSLY I’m the asshole for driving after drinking. But what I’m wondering is if I’m the ONLY asshole, or if my date was too.
This was many years ago, when I was 23. I had just started drinking (never tried alcohol while I was underage) and didn’t have a lot of experience or know my limits very well, which my date was aware of. He said that he’d keep an eye on me and “make sure that I didn’t turn into a hot mess.” I thought I could trust his judgment since he was a lot older than I was (31) and drank a lot more often.
We went out for dinner and I had a couple of drinks with my meal. Afterwards I was feeling pretty tipsy, but not to the point where I would say I felt drunk. My date told me that if that was the case, I was fine to drive myself home. I listened to his assessment and he left to go to his car, and I went to mine. Obviously, I was NOT okay to drive, and I ended up scraping up the side of my car pretty badly while leaving the parking garage.
I realized afterwards, and my date later admitted, that he knew full well that I was too drunk to drive. He just didn’t want to have to bring me home because it was about an hour’s drive, and he didn’t want to bring me back to his place because as it turned out he had a secret girlfriend and was hiding us from each other. He said that he assumed I’d get to my car and figure out that I was too drunk to drive myself home, but of course that didn’t happen until after I had already collided with a pole trying to back out of my parking spot.
I feel like some of the blame is on my date’s shoulders for knowingly letting me drive drunk, but he said that I’m my own person and should have known myself better. AIT(only)A, or is he the asshole too?
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2020.11.18 04:41 tlozone Could I post-pone AIT after I complete BCT? USA Army Reserve

Hi,
So far I’m still in the beginning process of things and have only started talking to an Army Reserve Recruiter a week ago.
My in laws and I were supposed to go to Mexico for a birthday in May 2020 but because of Covid, my in-laws decided to reschedule. They just now told my husband and I that they rebooked the dates for the trip to May 2021. I had wanted to start the process and hopefully head to BCT around February.
Is it at all possible to complete BCT, go home for the Mexico trip my in-laws paid for, and then leave to AIT after I get back from the trip? So far, the info I find online says BCT and AIT are usually back to back.
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2020.11.16 22:35 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (11/9/2020 to 11/15/2020)

I've heard mixed things regarding 12B/12C. Is it like 11X where you get selected as either 11B/11C at basic, or do you actually sign as a 12B/12C and that's the training you get?
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So I was looking into 17c and was wondering how often do they ship out? Because I was under the assumption they try to line up the end of Basic with the start of AIT and was confused on how often AIT is scheduled as I know it is pretty long and split into two parts. Is it like an every month thing or every couple of month thing. Thank you!
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About to PCS to Fort Leonard Wood to be a drill sergeant. Does anyone know if I will be required to quarantine when I get there?
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Does anybody know if there's a free service that does medical evaluations for guardsmen? I'm in RSP and the MEPS doctor said I have to get cleared by a primary care physician for hyperglycemia to ship to basic and my recruiter is saying the Army doesn't want to pay for it. I really don't want to come out of pocket because money is so tight for me and I don't have insurance.
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Before I start, thank you for your service!
I'm a person who's trying to join the army as mos 11b. I'm from south Korea and I'm here as green card holder. I took military service when I was in South Korea as a member of special force(2 years mandatory. was not actual special force) have an experience of deployment (8months in Africa). But I'm a bit nervous about training. Is that difficult to pass all the training? I'm thinking about adding Air Bourne and ranger school if that is possible.
Also, I want to reclassify mos 17c later if that also is possible.
I really need your advice what I need to prepare for training and how to reclassify mos 11b to 17c.
And again thank you for your service and I hope yall safe🙏
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Does anyone know when we should expect the results from the SFC Evaluation board?
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Shipping out tomorrow morning, any tips? Going to fort jackson
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Ranger Physical Concern
I have a ranger slot for 01 MAR and an upcoming ranger physical. I recently began having some bad chest congestion, mostly in my sleep but a little throughout the day too. It doesn’t affect my physical performance but things were getting kinda scary at night with the amount of buildup that was accumulating. I went to the doc and he prescribed me an albuterol inhaler although he says he thinks it’s not asthma. I was researching ranger physicals and it says that you have to be off the inhaler for a year to get a waiver. Does anyone have any experience with this?
TL;DR - Doc prescribed an albuterol inhaler two weeks before my ranger physical. Am I screwed?
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Difference between 1 Day Order and RMA for reserves.
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Has anyone had problems with the CID application portal lately?
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I want to go into law enforcement after 3 years. Im stuck between these two options and I know all that MP does is check ID's at get but I have questions besides that point.
What is schedule like for these two mos (How many days off/on what time do you go in and come out)
Which one would look better for LE.
How often is deployment for the two.
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I'm about to join the national guard, planning to ship in January. I'm 18, and a computer engineering major freshman. I got a 92 on the ASVAB.
I'm having a hard time deciding on an MOS. I like stuff like programming, electronics, networking, and cybersecurity.
Right now the ones I'm considering are 17C, 17E, 25N, 35T, and 94F.
My recruiter suggested 25B but i looked on this sub and it seems pretty unpopular.
Any suggestions or things to consider?
Thank you.
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Has anyone ever ordered a pc with name and rank sewn on from anywhere online? I live a couple hours from the nearest px and anyone I trust to sew it on so I was just going to order a pc with the stuff sewn on already.
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I'm about to head off for DCC and the Army has asked for my top 8 locations from a list of currently available posts. Basically, I don't have any qualms about going to Korea (single, no kids, officer, and a big fan of bibimbap), but it's not my first choice. Currently I have it ranked 5 or 6.
I asked some friends that are former Army for advice and to look over my list. Overwhelmingly they said that as long as Korea is on my list, I'm going to get Korea. Is this true? I have some of the big, major installations at the top of my list (Bragg, Campbell, etc.), and I assumed that I would get picked up for those posts first.
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If you are medically DQ'd by Army prior to doing any service, is that record kept on file anywhere?
I'm trying to help someone locate his record if one exists.
I know this is reaching but here are the details:
He was drafted by the Army between 1966 - 1969 but found ineligible due to asthma.
He did not serve due to being disqualified.
Sent Standard Form 180 to National Military Personnel Records in St. Louis and they said they had no record.
Is there no other way we might collect record of his being tested for asthma by the Army?
Thank you.
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Hello all!
Was looking into enlisting in the army, but I have one tiny problem
I got caught with weed, and a pipe and grinder back in ‘14. Got 90 days court supervision and paid the fines. No run ins with the law since then.
I just contacted a recruiter and he said he’s willing to submit the waiver.
So my question is, what kind of jobs should I be expecting to be disqualified from.
My ASVAB line scores are all between 110-112.
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If I put in for terminal / transition leave and it gets approved, do I have to take it? Not sure if there are special rules for ETS leave.
Still on the fence whether I want to sell or take, but I don't want to submit too late and not get approved.
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Why are there so many shitty and toxic leaders in the Army? Likes it’s almost impressive so many slip throw the cracks.
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Can anyone tell me exactly what a “combat support battalion” is? Is that any BN that isn’t a line BN?
I’m commissioning into MI soon and I saw in DA PAM 600-3 that as an LT I will likely either be an assistant S2 or a combat support BN S2. Are these BNs just smaller and that’s why they have LTs instead of CPTs filling S2 slots?
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I keep hearing that people are able to reclass while in basic. But nobody seems to know anyone that has done it. Is this actually possible?
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Last year I enlisted in the Army but ended up being a DEP loss due to a broken bone. Im all healed up now and restarting my enlistment process. This time around I am considering a job with a TS clearance (last MOS had a secret clearance) and had some questions about obtaining that TS. Do they start the process as soon as I sign for the job and can you leave for Basic training before the clearance is obtained? Also I know they interview references and then get more references from those references, but do they also interview you?
And now the sort of embarrassing part. When I first enlisted, despite having read on here that I should not lie about using marijuana, I did not tell my recruiter I have smoked twice in the past. I only smoked twice in high school, about five of my close friends know I smoked, and there are no pictures that document the experience anywhere, so I wrongly thought Id be in the clear about leaving it out. Definitely recognize I was wrong, and regret it.
While in the process of getting the TS clearance, should I come out and say I have smoked marijuana twice before or should I stick to my guns at this point.
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Hello everyone!
I’ve just got a couple in regards to OCS coming from the active duty side. I’m currently active duty and in the middle of doing my packet. When you submit your application for OCS and you get a class date, are you competing for an Active duty Spot? I was told this by a dude who went through ROTC and commission from active duty that way. I just needed some clarification for that.
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Does anyone have any experience with the 35 P mos? I’ve recently entered the Future Soldier Program and I got 35 P. I’ve read up as much as possible, I’m just wondering if there’s any information on the job that isn’t 2 years old. Any help is greatly appreciated .
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AIT, HBL question from a Pvt. We were told not to drive at all during HBL or rent a car, If you rent a car will they trace it back to you or do they not give a fuck enough to?
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Hey y’all, I am in the final stages of everything prior to heading to meps. I just took the BCA properly and I’m down to 27.4 BF%. I have lost over 50 something lbs to enlist since January. Has anyone got any tips to push passed the last few percent so I’m eligible? With the WYANG I’m eligible to do a provisional entry at 26% granted I lose the additional 2% before BCT. I have been running my guts out and cutting carbs. Can you think of anything that could help?
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Okay so my husband is thinking about joining the military. The problem is my daughter (his step-daughter) has a different dad, and we share joint custody. So if my husband joins the military, can we go live on base housing with him? Like can he put my daughter as a dependent even though me and her dad share joint custody or would we have to get full custody of her?
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I’m currently in the process of re-enlisting and it’s been dragging to say the least. Today I checked my ERB and I had an AEA Code of “M” along with my current DEROS (I’m in Korea)... Does this mean my re-enlistment is finally being processed?
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Anyone reenlist recently and get their bonus yet? I re-enlisted over 30 days ago and still nothing. Called DFAS they have no record of it when my retention NCO told me it’s pending payment at DFAS.
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I’m currently an e5 in the marine and I’m transferring to the army in 2 months, I was told that if I go through AIT I would have the opportunity to go straight to sfas directly after I graduate. Or I was given the option to keep my same job when I transfer then request to go to sfas after I check in to my unit. Is this information true? And which one is more beneficial. Thank you for the help in advance.
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I would love some advice from you all. I’m currently half way through a degree in Finance and I want to go reserves as a 36B. My end goal after service would be to eventually become a financial advisor for veterans. I was going to enlist back in the summer but I got COVID and I’ve taken a lot of time to get my athleticism back for BCT. With this extra time I attempted to research the MOS only to see mixed things about it. Before I speak to a recruiter again, is there any current/former 36Bs or really anybody familiar with the area that would be willing to tell me a thing or two about going in?
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I've been talking to a recruiter about going to OCS (I graduate college in the spring), right now I'm just working on getting medical paperwork taken care of and filling out my enlistment packet. But I'm thinking now I might want to enlist after college instead of going to OCS. Is changing my mind at this point going to screw my recruiter over or make some of their work go to waste? Idk how much paperwork they would have done already and stuff like that. I haven't signed anything yet, I've just been brining in my medical records to the recruiting office as I get them
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I was medically disqualified for myopia and I also had an eye surgery (scleral buckle) that apparently did me in according to cadre. I can see perfectly fine with contacts or glasses and I can function as a human without either so I don't understand why I'm not able to serve. I was medically DQed in 2019 after being in ROTC for three years including going to several FTXs and Basic Camp, all of which went smoothly despite my eye conditions. I still really want to join the Army so I'm wondering if just because I was disqualified in DoDMERB and ROTC, is it hopeless to enlist? Are the criteria the exact same? Is it possible to get a waiver? I'm trying to talk to recruiters about this but I want to get as much info as possible. Thanks.
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I tried searching and couldn’t find too much information on the subject. Does anyone know of a waiver being approved for Keratoconus? I found out yesterday during meps I have it. They didn’t say too much just that I’d need a waiver and it’d be job dependent. I was going 18x and have high test scores, so I’m hoping that may work in my favor.
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For those of you who went from NCOs to Officer through OCS what was it like?
Did you get the branch you had hoped for?
I’m currently an e5 in the reserve and I want to go active but I am looking at going officer.
Edit: follow up, would I come in as an 0-1 or an 0-1E after my 6yr reserve contract?
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Considering commissioning as an Officer?
Hello all. Been lurking around here for a while and I figured I’d go ahead and ask you all something that’s been on my mind. I’m currently 25 years old and lost my job recently. I have a bachelors degree and can speak 4 languages, and have been considering commissioning in the Army as an officer.
Although, I feel like maybe I am too old? What benefits are there that you would say make it worth commissioning? What route would you recommend taking as an officer? Is it worth it? What should I be aware of? I’m nervous about the contract and mandatory service. 4 years sounds like a lot of time, although not much if I was younger, but at 25, 4 years seems like a massive chunk.
Anything else you guys think would be relevant for me to know, I’d appreciate it. Thank you.
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2020.11.16 22:35 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (11/9/2020 to 11/15/2020)

I've heard mixed things regarding 12B/12C. Is it like 11X where you get selected as either 11B/11C at basic, or do you actually sign as a 12B/12C and that's the training you get?
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So I was looking into 17c and was wondering how often do they ship out? Because I was under the assumption they try to line up the end of Basic with the start of AIT and was confused on how often AIT is scheduled as I know it is pretty long and split into two parts. Is it like an every month thing or every couple of month thing. Thank you!
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About to PCS to Fort Leonard Wood to be a drill sergeant. Does anyone know if I will be required to quarantine when I get there?
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Does anybody know if there's a free service that does medical evaluations for guardsmen? I'm in RSP and the MEPS doctor said I have to get cleared by a primary care physician for hyperglycemia to ship to basic and my recruiter is saying the Army doesn't want to pay for it. I really don't want to come out of pocket because money is so tight for me and I don't have insurance.
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Before I start, thank you for your service!
I'm a person who's trying to join the army as mos 11b. I'm from south Korea and I'm here as green card holder. I took military service when I was in South Korea as a member of special force(2 years mandatory. was not actual special force) have an experience of deployment (8months in Africa). But I'm a bit nervous about training. Is that difficult to pass all the training? I'm thinking about adding Air Bourne and ranger school if that is possible.
Also, I want to reclassify mos 17c later if that also is possible.
I really need your advice what I need to prepare for training and how to reclassify mos 11b to 17c.
And again thank you for your service and I hope yall safe🙏
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Does anyone know when we should expect the results from the SFC Evaluation board?
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Shipping out tomorrow morning, any tips? Going to fort jackson
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Ranger Physical Concern
I have a ranger slot for 01 MAR and an upcoming ranger physical. I recently began having some bad chest congestion, mostly in my sleep but a little throughout the day too. It doesn’t affect my physical performance but things were getting kinda scary at night with the amount of buildup that was accumulating. I went to the doc and he prescribed me an albuterol inhaler although he says he thinks it’s not asthma. I was researching ranger physicals and it says that you have to be off the inhaler for a year to get a waiver. Does anyone have any experience with this?
TL;DR - Doc prescribed an albuterol inhaler two weeks before my ranger physical. Am I screwed?
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Difference between 1 Day Order and RMA for reserves.
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Has anyone had problems with the CID application portal lately?
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I want to go into law enforcement after 3 years. Im stuck between these two options and I know all that MP does is check ID's at get but I have questions besides that point.
What is schedule like for these two mos (How many days off/on what time do you go in and come out)
Which one would look better for LE.
How often is deployment for the two.
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I'm about to join the national guard, planning to ship in January. I'm 18, and a computer engineering major freshman. I got a 92 on the ASVAB.
I'm having a hard time deciding on an MOS. I like stuff like programming, electronics, networking, and cybersecurity.
Right now the ones I'm considering are 17C, 17E, 25N, 35T, and 94F.
My recruiter suggested 25B but i looked on this sub and it seems pretty unpopular.
Any suggestions or things to consider?
Thank you.
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Has anyone ever ordered a pc with name and rank sewn on from anywhere online? I live a couple hours from the nearest px and anyone I trust to sew it on so I was just going to order a pc with the stuff sewn on already.
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I'm about to head off for DCC and the Army has asked for my top 8 locations from a list of currently available posts. Basically, I don't have any qualms about going to Korea (single, no kids, officer, and a big fan of bibimbap), but it's not my first choice. Currently I have it ranked 5 or 6.
I asked some friends that are former Army for advice and to look over my list. Overwhelmingly they said that as long as Korea is on my list, I'm going to get Korea. Is this true? I have some of the big, major installations at the top of my list (Bragg, Campbell, etc.), and I assumed that I would get picked up for those posts first.
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If you are medically DQ'd by Army prior to doing any service, is that record kept on file anywhere?
I'm trying to help someone locate his record if one exists.
I know this is reaching but here are the details:
He was drafted by the Army between 1966 - 1969 but found ineligible due to asthma.
He did not serve due to being disqualified.
Sent Standard Form 180 to National Military Personnel Records in St. Louis and they said they had no record.
Is there no other way we might collect record of his being tested for asthma by the Army?
Thank you.
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Hello all!
Was looking into enlisting in the army, but I have one tiny problem
I got caught with weed, and a pipe and grinder back in ‘14. Got 90 days court supervision and paid the fines. No run ins with the law since then.
I just contacted a recruiter and he said he’s willing to submit the waiver.
So my question is, what kind of jobs should I be expecting to be disqualified from.
My ASVAB line scores are all between 110-112.
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If I put in for terminal / transition leave and it gets approved, do I have to take it? Not sure if there are special rules for ETS leave.
Still on the fence whether I want to sell or take, but I don't want to submit too late and not get approved.
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Why are there so many shitty and toxic leaders in the Army? Likes it’s almost impressive so many slip throw the cracks.
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Can anyone tell me exactly what a “combat support battalion” is? Is that any BN that isn’t a line BN?
I’m commissioning into MI soon and I saw in DA PAM 600-3 that as an LT I will likely either be an assistant S2 or a combat support BN S2. Are these BNs just smaller and that’s why they have LTs instead of CPTs filling S2 slots?
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I keep hearing that people are able to reclass while in basic. But nobody seems to know anyone that has done it. Is this actually possible?
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Last year I enlisted in the Army but ended up being a DEP loss due to a broken bone. Im all healed up now and restarting my enlistment process. This time around I am considering a job with a TS clearance (last MOS had a secret clearance) and had some questions about obtaining that TS. Do they start the process as soon as I sign for the job and can you leave for Basic training before the clearance is obtained? Also I know they interview references and then get more references from those references, but do they also interview you?
And now the sort of embarrassing part. When I first enlisted, despite having read on here that I should not lie about using marijuana, I did not tell my recruiter I have smoked twice in the past. I only smoked twice in high school, about five of my close friends know I smoked, and there are no pictures that document the experience anywhere, so I wrongly thought Id be in the clear about leaving it out. Definitely recognize I was wrong, and regret it.
While in the process of getting the TS clearance, should I come out and say I have smoked marijuana twice before or should I stick to my guns at this point.
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Hello everyone!
I’ve just got a couple in regards to OCS coming from the active duty side. I’m currently active duty and in the middle of doing my packet. When you submit your application for OCS and you get a class date, are you competing for an Active duty Spot? I was told this by a dude who went through ROTC and commission from active duty that way. I just needed some clarification for that.
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Does anyone have any experience with the 35 P mos? I’ve recently entered the Future Soldier Program and I got 35 P. I’ve read up as much as possible, I’m just wondering if there’s any information on the job that isn’t 2 years old. Any help is greatly appreciated .
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AIT, HBL question from a Pvt. We were told not to drive at all during HBL or rent a car, If you rent a car will they trace it back to you or do they not give a fuck enough to?
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Hey y’all, I am in the final stages of everything prior to heading to meps. I just took the BCA properly and I’m down to 27.4 BF%. I have lost over 50 something lbs to enlist since January. Has anyone got any tips to push passed the last few percent so I’m eligible? With the WYANG I’m eligible to do a provisional entry at 26% granted I lose the additional 2% before BCT. I have been running my guts out and cutting carbs. Can you think of anything that could help?
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Okay so my husband is thinking about joining the military. The problem is my daughter (his step-daughter) has a different dad, and we share joint custody. So if my husband joins the military, can we go live on base housing with him? Like can he put my daughter as a dependent even though me and her dad share joint custody or would we have to get full custody of her?
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I’m currently in the process of re-enlisting and it’s been dragging to say the least. Today I checked my ERB and I had an AEA Code of “M” along with my current DEROS (I’m in Korea)... Does this mean my re-enlistment is finally being processed?
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Anyone reenlist recently and get their bonus yet? I re-enlisted over 30 days ago and still nothing. Called DFAS they have no record of it when my retention NCO told me it’s pending payment at DFAS.
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I’m currently an e5 in the marine and I’m transferring to the army in 2 months, I was told that if I go through AIT I would have the opportunity to go straight to sfas directly after I graduate. Or I was given the option to keep my same job when I transfer then request to go to sfas after I check in to my unit. Is this information true? And which one is more beneficial. Thank you for the help in advance.
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I would love some advice from you all. I’m currently half way through a degree in Finance and I want to go reserves as a 36B. My end goal after service would be to eventually become a financial advisor for veterans. I was going to enlist back in the summer but I got COVID and I’ve taken a lot of time to get my athleticism back for BCT. With this extra time I attempted to research the MOS only to see mixed things about it. Before I speak to a recruiter again, is there any current/former 36Bs or really anybody familiar with the area that would be willing to tell me a thing or two about going in?
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I've been talking to a recruiter about going to OCS (I graduate college in the spring), right now I'm just working on getting medical paperwork taken care of and filling out my enlistment packet. But I'm thinking now I might want to enlist after college instead of going to OCS. Is changing my mind at this point going to screw my recruiter over or make some of their work go to waste? Idk how much paperwork they would have done already and stuff like that. I haven't signed anything yet, I've just been brining in my medical records to the recruiting office as I get them
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I was medically disqualified for myopia and I also had an eye surgery (scleral buckle) that apparently did me in according to cadre. I can see perfectly fine with contacts or glasses and I can function as a human without either so I don't understand why I'm not able to serve. I was medically DQed in 2019 after being in ROTC for three years including going to several FTXs and Basic Camp, all of which went smoothly despite my eye conditions. I still really want to join the Army so I'm wondering if just because I was disqualified in DoDMERB and ROTC, is it hopeless to enlist? Are the criteria the exact same? Is it possible to get a waiver? I'm trying to talk to recruiters about this but I want to get as much info as possible. Thanks.
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I tried searching and couldn’t find too much information on the subject. Does anyone know of a waiver being approved for Keratoconus? I found out yesterday during meps I have it. They didn’t say too much just that I’d need a waiver and it’d be job dependent. I was going 18x and have high test scores, so I’m hoping that may work in my favor.
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For those of you who went from NCOs to Officer through OCS what was it like?
Did you get the branch you had hoped for?
I’m currently an e5 in the reserve and I want to go active but I am looking at going officer.
Edit: follow up, would I come in as an 0-1 or an 0-1E after my 6yr reserve contract?
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Considering commissioning as an Officer?
Hello all. Been lurking around here for a while and I figured I’d go ahead and ask you all something that’s been on my mind. I’m currently 25 years old and lost my job recently. I have a bachelors degree and can speak 4 languages, and have been considering commissioning in the Army as an officer.
Although, I feel like maybe I am too old? What benefits are there that you would say make it worth commissioning? What route would you recommend taking as an officer? Is it worth it? What should I be aware of? I’m nervous about the contract and mandatory service. 4 years sounds like a lot of time, although not much if I was younger, but at 25, 4 years seems like a massive chunk.
Anything else you guys think would be relevant for me to know, I’d appreciate it. Thank you.
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2020.11.15 16:16 Cress-Evening A propos de séparatisme et de cancel culture, un quiz (partie 3)

Avec beaucoup de retard (désolée si des fois vous guettiez la publication du post), voici la dernière partie de ma série de quiz sur le séparatisme, l'anti-républicanisme, la cancel culture.
(Partie 1 ici, partie 2 ).
[Content Warning : citations comprenant de nombreuses minimisations de crimes et délits ainsi que des incitations à la haine.]
[Les sources sont à retrouver dans la partie commentaires. Dans un souci d'alléger le post.]
Qui a dit ou écrit ...?
1) " Marianne a le sein nu parce qu'elle nourrit le peuple, elle n'est pas voilée parce qu'elle est libre ! C'est ça, la République !"
Réponse Manuel Valls, lors d'un discours en Août 2016.
2) "Je pense que cette tendance à vouloir mettre les hommes et les femmes à égalité est purement idiote. Je pense que c'est le résultat des progrès de la médecine. La pilule a beaucoup changé les femmes de notre temps, en les masculinisant"
Réponse Roman Polanski, lors de la conférence de presse à Cannes pour La Vénus à la fourrure, en mai 2013.
3) "La France est le pays de l'amour courtois, c'est la nation où les femmes président les tables, où la liberté avance le sein dénudé [...] chez nous la virilité ne consiste pas à lever la main sur une femme, mais à lever la main sur celui qui ose lever la main sur une femme."
// Réponse, c'était difficile, Guillaume Bigot, éditorialiste sur CNews, 13 septembre 2020.
4) "Cette salope !"
Réponse Patrick Devedjian, en 2007 près de l'Assemblée nationale, à propos d'une ex-députée : Marie Comparini.
5) "J’avais préparé une vanne mais vu que je suis un mâle blanc hétéro, je vais fermer ma gueule."
Réponse Guillaume Gallienne, sur la scène des César 2019.
6) "J'ai été heureux pour plein de prix, après je m'interroge quand même sur le choix de la famille du cinéma français à vouloir tout le temps prôner la diversité culturelle et tout ça, parfois je ne sais pas à quel point le moteur de tout cela est artistique ou politique."
Réponse Guillaume Gallienne en 2016, à propos du film Fatima.... qu'il n'avait pas vu.
7) "Si d'un seul coup on dit : "Les femmes sont payées comme les hommes" tout le monde va applaudir mais les entreprises vont avoir beaucoup de mal à encaisser ce surcoût de main d'oeuvre."
Réponse Christophe Barbier sur France 5, en 2017.
8) "Et puis si on est au SMIC, ben faut peut être pas divorcer dans ces cas là. A un moment donné faut prendre sa vie en main, faut arrêter de se plaindre, faut assumer."
Réponse Julie Graziani sur LCI, novembre 2019.
9) Pour expliquer pourquoi certains ne changent de slip qu'une fois par semaine : "En général, la femme fait la lessive une fois par semaine. Si vous aviez un peu la connaissance du travail quotidien ..."
Réponse Jean Claude Dassier sur CNEWS, en mars 2020.
10) "depuis longtemps, dans la société française de souche, que ce soit le judaïsme ou le catholicisme, on ne peut pas dire qu’il y ait une oppression des femmes."
Réponse Elisabeth Badinter, au Magazine l'Arche en 2003.
11) "Ce n'est pas une messe qui ébranlera notre République, mais plutôt certaines dérives inadmissibles que nous combattons, dont le voile islamique à l'école, l'ouverture des piscines réservées aux femmes, les menaces à l'encontre des gynécologues hommes, la polygamie etc"
Réponse Chantal Brunel, porte-parole UMP, en septembre 2008 à l'occasion de l'accueil réservé au pape par Nicolas Sarkozy et des débats sur la laïcité "positive".
12) "Je fais des opérations très difficiles avec mes tripes, donc aux choses auxquelles je ne crois pas, je ne les fais plus. Nous nous ne sommes pas la pour retirer des vies" "Ce n'est pas un homicide" "Si, madame".
Réponse Bertrand De Rochambeau, président du Syndicat national des gynécologues (Syngof) à Quotidien, en septembre 2019. Ce syndicat invitait ses membres à faire la grève des ivg pour se faire entendre sur le sujet de collègues condamnés pour faute médicale.
13) "La liberté de conscience est le droit le plus fondamental de toute société. Une société qui l'annihile, ça s'appelle une dictature. L'objection de conscience fait partie du droit médical et elle est intouchable. Ce droit doit être absolument préservé, je peux vous dire que les médecins vont réagir durement si on y touche".
Réponse Michel Aupetit, archevêque de Paris et ancien médecin, en septembre 2018.
14) "Philosophiquement et compte tenu de ma foi personnelle, je ne peux pas approuver l'avortement".
Réponse François Fillon, lors d'un meeting, le 22 juin 2016.
15) "Oui, j'ai participé deux ou trois fois aux "Marches pour la vie" . Cette question de l'IVG est une conviction personnelle que j'assume."
Réponse François-Xavier Bellamy, tête de liste LR, au JDD, le 20 janvier 2019.
16) "Il est inenvisageable de débattre de l'IVG dans la sphère politique parce que l'Église a renoncé à mener ce combat. La société paye une forme de complexe ecclésiastique parce que, soit disant l'église catholique aurait collaboré, aurait colonisé."
Réponse Marion Maréchal Le Pen à KTO, en février 2017.
17) "En réalité elle est bénéfique aux femmes. Ce n'est pas parce qu'on supprimera la double clause de conscience qu'on aura plus de médecins qui pratiqueront l'IVG."
Réponse Agnès Buzyn, alors ministre de la santé, à l'AN en 2019. A mettre en parallèle avec les certificats de virginité.
18) à propos d'un collègue jugé puis condamné pour agressions sexuelles : "[Il] n’est coupable de rien, si ce n’est des petites choses sur le plan du comportement" et "[elles] ont été séduites-déçues, ce qui les a rendu sans pitié"
Réponse Israël Nisand, président du collège national des gynécologues et obstétriciens, lors d'un colloque en 2016.
19) Au sujet de Greta Thunberg : "Elle a le visage, l’âge, le sexe et le corps d’un cyborg du troisième millénaire: son enveloppe est neutre. Elle est hélas ce vers quoi l’Homme va."
Réponse Michel Onfray, sur son blog, juillet 2019.
20) "des photos t’ont récemment montré partout sur la toile aux Antilles enlaçant un beau black, bodybuildé en prison et luisant de sueur tropicale, ce qui semblait te ravir jusqu'au plus profond – si tu me permets l’expression…"
"c’est proprement manquer de doigté envers la République que de se laisser mettre de la sorte en arborant ce sourire radieux qui témoigne de ton contentement."
"Ce sourire, c’est le même que tu arborais sur les marches de l’Elysée le jour de la fête de la musique en compagnie d’une brochette d’individus, eux-aussi férus de ce très subtil langage des signes. On ne dira pas que tu caches ton jeu. Il n’y a que les crétins pour feindre que tu dissimules. Tu es du genre à nous le mettre bien profond,"
"Qu’y-a-t-il entre lui et toi pour que se trouvent détruites les preuves des coups tordus de cette affaire ? De quels doigts et de quels fondements symboliques, ou non, est-il ici question ?"
" Tout le monde a pu voir que tu étais capable de changer la loi pour récompenser Philippe Besson qui est à ta personne ce que Heidegger fut à Hitler, Sartre à Staline, Sollers à Mao"
"Un homme qui est capable de passer par-dessus la loi pour récompenser un intellectuel qui le…, qui le…, disons, qui chante ses mérites,"
Réponse Michel Onfray, sur son blog, octobre 2018.
21) "La bonne mère est nécessairement incestueuse et pédophile" et "En vérité, pas de bonne paternité possible sans l'acceptation de son homosexualité latente, et un soupçon de pédophilie !"
Réponse Elisabeth Badinter dans XY, De l'identité masculine, 1992.//
22) “Je voudrais adresser un salut républicain à monsieur Christophe Girard, qui m’a donné hier une grande leçon de dignité et je veux saluer l’homme.”
Réponse Didier Lallement, au Conseil de Paris.
23) "normal que l'on demande aux jeunes filles, lorsqu'elles commencent à être désirables, de faire en sorte qu'elles ne provoquent personne."
Réponse Xavier Darcos, le 9 octobre 2003 sur LCI, alors ministre délégué à l'enseignement scolaire, à l'époque où l'"on débattait" non pas du burkini ou du crop top mais du string.
24) "Des chefs d'établissement ont réagi en interdisant le string à l'école. C'est une bonne chose.[...] Après, on s'étonne que les adolescentes soient victimes d'attouchements ou de violences sexuelles."
Réponse Ségolène Royal, également en octobre 2003, alors députée et ex-déléguée à l'enseignement scolaire.
25) "Bah bien sûr que ça déconcentre les garçons. Moi quand je vais dans la rue, des jeunes filles avec le crop top, ça me déconcentre."
Réponse Alain Finkielkraut sur LCI, septembre 2020.
26) "Il y a des phénomènes de violence [sexuelle] qui s'exprime parce qu'on nie une réalité corporelle qui est la différence sexuelle."
Réponse Xavier Breton, député LR, lors d'un débat sur LCP titré "L'éducation sexuelle à l'école est-elle tabou ?" Mais qui en réalité était un débat "pour ou contre respecter la loi ?", face à Alexandra Louis, qui n'a donc pas de souci à s'y plier gentiment. Moins choquée que par les """mensonges"""" des militantes féministes sur la loi pour laquelle elle était rapporteure.
27) "... au Canada, dans un collège […] où l’écriture inclusive concerne les catégories suivantes : LGGBDTTTIQQAAP. C’est-à-dire lesbiennes, gay, genders, queers, bisexuels, demi-sexuels, transgenres. Et ils ont oublié les onanistes, les fétichistes et les pédophiles. On ne voit pas pourquoi ils seraient exclus."
Réponse Pascal Bruckner sur France 5, en octobre 2017.
28) "13 ans à l’époque, c’est peut-être pas 13 ans aujourd’hui. Aujourd'hui maintenant la morale..."
Réponse Vincent Cassel, sur France 2 en octobre 2017, à propos de son interprétation de Gauguin.
29) A Matzneff : "Vous avez vu quand même comme les temps ont changé parce qu'il y a quelques décennies vous étiez célébré et aujourd'hui vous êtes presque mis à l'index."
Réponse Franz Olivier Giesberg sur France 2 en 2009.
30) A Matzneff : "Vous qui êtes un écrivain du bonheur, qui célébrez à la Stendhal la joie de vivre..."
Réponse François Busnel sur France 5 en 2015. Piece of shit.
31) " Gabriel Matzneff dans son écriture et dans la façon dont il s'adresse aux jeunes, ce qu'on lui a d'aileurs suffisamment reproché, est éternellement jeune. Moi Matzneff m'a toujours donné envie de boire, de lire et de baiser."
Réponse David Abiker sur Paris Première en 2017.
32) "Moi, ça me donne envie de dire aux réactionnaires qui nous tombent dessus en ce moment: oui je suis pédophile, oui je suis gay, oui je suis lesbienne. Evidemment, toute cette affaire est dégueulasse pour Dany Cohn-Bendit."
Réponse Romain Goupil en Février 2001.
33) "Klaus Barbie, ok, tu t’acharnes sur lui jusqu’au bout. Polanski, j’ai vraiment du mal. Faut pas mettre tout le monde dans le même panier" et " J’espère qu’on va continuer à se séduire."
Réponse Mathieu Kassovitz, en Février et Mars 2020 à Paris Match et sur la scène des César. (= l'Etat français qui refuse d'abolir la prescription des crimes sexuels en utilisant l'argument des crimes contre l'humanité).
34) "J'aime beaucoup Gabriel Matzneff, dont je crois avoir tous les livres. J'aime son style, ses formules, son rythme. J'aime ce qu'il dit et comme il le dit."
Réponse Pascal Praud, au Point.
35) "Lorsque j'achève un livre de Gabriel [Matzneff], je jubile. C'est un bonheur, d'abord, d'être son ami. C'est un bonheur, surtout de se dire que des êtres comme lui existent encore aujourd'hui."
Réponse Alain de Benoist, date ?
36) "Polanksi n'est pas pédophile. Sa victime [...] n'était pas une fillette, une petite fille, une enfant, au moment des faits. [...] La France est en proie à une véritable fureur de la persécution."
Réponse Alain Finkielkraut, le 9 octobre 2009 sur France Inter. La victime avait 13 ans.
37) "Et moi je m'interroge toujours, est-ce qu'on peut parler de pédophilie à propos de Gabriel Matzneff ? On peut sans doute parler de détournement de mineur, mais pédophilie non. J'ajoute que tous les pédophiles ne sont pas des Dutroux. Si l'on met de côté Manille."
Réponse Alain Finkielkraut sur France Culture le 29 février 2020.
38) "Gabriel Matzneff Il se trouve que je le connais et je vais faire en sorte qu’on ne le traite pas comme si c’était l’ogre de je ne sais pas où. Les dizaines d’enfants etc tout ça est assez fantasmatique. On a 2 cas."
Réponse Elisabeth Lévy sur CNEWS, juillet 2020.
39) "En 68, on voulait changer le monde et on a réussi, dans le sens que le féminisme, l'égalité ... "Vous avez fait une libération sexuelle qui a permis à Matzneff d’exister, c’est bien on est content."
Réponse Virginie Martin à Romain Goupil sur LCI le 3 février 2020. Elle a été rayée de la liste des débatteurs réguliers suite à cette intervention. Elle avait cherché à le cancel.
40) "séducteur, sûrement ; charmeur, ami des femmes et, d’abord, de la sienne, naturellement ; mais ce personnage brutal et violent, cet animal sauvage, ce primate, bien évidemment non, c’est absurde."
Réponse BHL, le 16 mai 2011, sur son site.
41) "Quelle image donnons-nous au monde quand les télévisions de la planète entière montrent un prestigieux Français pénétrer dans le tribunal de New York, piteux, mal rasé et toujours menotté, pas mieux traité que les malfrats de couleur déférés avant et après lui devant le juge ? "
Réponse Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette, le 19 mai 2011 dans Le Point. Elle est dorénavant membre du CSA.
42) "Qu'il y ait eu une imprudence on peut pas le... (rire gourmand), j'sais pas comment dire, un troussage, euh, de domestique."
Réponse Jean-François Kahn le 16 mai 2011 sur France Culture.
43) "[...] ne pas libérer, alors qu'il n'y a pas mort d'homme, ne pas libérer quelqu'un qui verse une caution importante, ça ne se fait pratiquement jamais."
Réponse Jack Lang, sur France 2, le 16 mai 2011.
44) "Qu’est ce qui se serait passé si Polanski était noir ?" "Rien. On l’aurait applaudi."
Réponse Jean Messiha sur CNEWS.
45) "Par 2 fois déjà la justice a donné raison à Gérald Darmanin et puis d’après ce que dit la presse, cette jeune femme a un passé un peu trouble donc c’est pas non plus une oie blanche sortie d’un couvent."
Réponse Bruno Millienne (député MoDem) sur LCI en juillet 2020.
46) "Cette professionnelle a été condamnée, pour menaces, pour extorsion, pour chantage, et pas à une amende mais à de la prison. Elle a pris deux ans ferme, et avec mandat d'arrêt, pour chantage. Cette professionnelle est une menteuse. Elle est une menteuse délinquante".
Réponse Pierre-Olivier Sur, avocat de Darmanin, sur RTL, en janvier 2018. (C'est faux, la plaignante n'est pas "une professionnelle".
47) "J'ai eu une discussion avec lui, parce que c'est un responsable politique qui est intelligent, engagé, qui a été aussi blessé par ces attaques, donc il y a aussi une relation de confiance d'homme à homme, si je puis dire."
Réponse Emmanuel Macron sur France 2, le 14 juillet 2020.
48) "Ils n’ont rien à faire ici, ils sont voleurs, assassins, violeurs, c’est tout ce qu’ils sont, il faut les renvoyer. Et si pour cela il faut sortir de la Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme. [...] Moi je pense aux femmes violées".
Réponse Eric Zemmour sur CNEWS, le 30 septembre 2020, juste après une énième condamnation.
49) "Dès que je vois une meute, je me méfie et là, en plus, ce sont vraiment des méthodes étonnantes de délation. Pendant la guerre, on aurait dit de libérer la parole aussi, #dénoncetonjuif, ça aurait été parfait"
Réponse Eric Zemmour sur Europe 1, en octobre 2017.
50) L’un des objectifs de la campagne #balancetonporc était de noyer le poisson de l’islam : oubliée Cologne, oubliée la Chapelle-Pajol, oubliés les cafés interdits aux femmes à Sevran ou Rillieux-la-Pape, on traquait le sexisme là où il était une survivance honnie et l’on couvrait du voile pudique de la lutte contre les discriminations les lieux où il façonnait encore les mœurs."
Réponse Alain Finkielkraut au Figaro Vox en novembre 2017.
51) "Ce n'est pas monstrueux. Il faut que l’homme soit un prédateur sexuel civilisé. Il y a une attente de virilité, il y a une attente de violence. Donc il faut de la virilité, il faut de la violence."
Réponse Eric Zemmour, sur France 2.
52) "Moi j'angoisse parce que je sais que je vais être envahie par 5 ou 6 femmes avec des bébés qui vont m'agresser devant ma glace, taper devant la glace.(...) Pourquoi ils dégueulassent systématiquement les trottoirs? Pourquoi ils nous agressent systématiquement à 5 ou 6 autour d'une voiture? Merde!"
Réponse Claire O Petit, députée LRN en 2011 sur RMC.
53) "Très franchement, quand je vois un barbu en djellaba qui traverse au feu rouge, j'ai envie d'accélérer, je vous le dis." "Moi ça me l'a toujours fait hein, c'est pas nouveau."
Réponse Claire O' Petit, en novembre 2012 sur RMC.
54) "Les noirs veulent monopoliser la lutte anti-raciste. Il est hors de question que je laisse la lutte anti-raciste entre les mains des noirs, de quel droit ?"
Réponse Yann Moix sur Cnews, en septembre 2020.
55) “Les jeunes issus de l'immigration (...) sont tous des voleurs, ils sont tous des assassins, ils sont tous des violeurs.”
Réponse Eric Zemmour, 30 septembre 2020, Cnews.
56) " Avec ou sans l’Euro, notre actuel territoire national occupé par une joyeuse population métissée de Peuls, de Bambaras, de Berbères et de quelques “Caucasiens” ne serait plus la France. "
Réponse Laurent Dandrieu, de Valeurs Actuelles et proche de François-Xavier Bellamy, tête de liste LR aux dernières européennes.
57) "Je veux qu'ils reculent, je veux qu'ils rendent gorge, je veux qu'ils soient écartés du débat public. Non pas par l'interdiction, ce n'est pas le sujet. Mais qu'ils perdent, qu'ils perdent ce combat, cette bataille d'idées. Nous la menons pour la République et je la mène pour les musulmans de France. Parce que c'est nous qui les protégeons. C'est pas Edwy Plenel et ses sbires."
Réponse Manuel Valls, 15 novembre 2017 sur BFM.
58) "Ma deuxième inquiétude, c’est l’action d’un déséquilibré, d’un extrémisme, qui va aller tirer sur une mosquée ou frapper des femmes voilées : si un tel événement se produisait ou se répétait plusieurs fois, nous perdrions l’avantage moral que nous avons gagné en tant que nation victime du terrorisme islamiste."
Réponse Pascal Bruckner, sur France Inter, le 22 octobre 2020.
59) "La France, c'est la République et celle-ci aussi se trouve aujourd'hui ébranlée dans ses fondements par la coalition de ses ennemis terroristes, complotistes, séparatistes, communautaristes, dont les armes habituelles de la violence, dans la rue comme dans l'espace privé, et de la lâcheté souvent garantie par l'anonymat permettant [le] recours dévoyé aux réseaux sociaux, ont pris ces dernières années une intensité inquiétante."
Réponse Jean Castex, en juillet 2020 lors de son discours de politique générale devant la représentation nationale.
60) "Allez visiter les quartiers où des petites filles de trois ou quatre ans portent le voile intégral, sont séparées des garçons et, dès le plus jeune âge, sont mises à part du reste de la société, élevées dans un projet de haine des valeurs de la France."
Réponse Emmanuel Macron, 4 novembre 2020.
61) "La civilisation française sublime la femme, elle la met sur un pied d’égalité avec l’homme, et non 40 niveaux en dessous de lui, voilée de la tête au pied !"
Réponse Marine Le Pen, 1er mai 2016.
62) "c'est toujours les mêmes, comme on dit – moi, quand j'étais maire, on me disait « Monsieur le maire, vous savez bien, c'est toujours les mêmes » - toujours les mêmes qui dealent du shit en bas de l'immeuble, c'est toujours les mêmes qui cambriolent les bagnoles, c'est toujours les mêmes qu'on revoit et qui sont sortis du système scolaire, c'est toujours les mêmes, et ça fait des dizaines d'années que la crise d'autorité, elle ne vient pas simplement de l'Etat, les parents, une partie des parents ont démissionné, une partie de l'école a pu démissionner, une partie des services sociaux ont pu démissionner."
Réponse Gérald Darmanin, le 7 septembre 2020.
63) "les gilets jaunes ont été infiltrés par «40 à 50 000 militants ultras qui veulent la destruction des institutions».
Réponse Emmanuel Macron, à Bruno Jeudy en janvier 2019.
64) "Il nous faudra donc rétablir les conditions de la tranquillité publique partout, par la tolérance zéro enfin appliquée, la neutralisation des caïds et des milices d’extrême gauche partout."
Réponse Marine Le Pen, le 1er mai 2016.
65) "Le boxeur, la vidéo qu'il fait avant de se rendre, il a été briefé par un avocat d'extrême gauche. Ça se voit ! Le type, il n'a pas les mots d'un Gitan. Il n'a pas les mots d'un boxeur gitan. Nous n'avons pas construit, comme beaucoup de nations autoritaires, les anticorps au système. Donc, nous, on est des pitres !"
Réponse Emmanuel Macron, au Point en janvier ou février 2019.
66) "dans l'affaire Benalla comme Gilets jaunes, la fachosphère, la gauchosphère, la russosphère représentent 90 % des mouvements sur Internet. De plus en plus, des chaînes d'information disent « ceci est important, ceci est légitime » parce qu'il y a du mouvement sur Internet. Ce mouvement est fabriqué par des groupes qui manipulent, et deux jours après, ça devient un sujet dans la presse quotidienne nationale et dans les hebdos."
Réponse Emmanuel Macron, au Point en janvier ou février 2019.
67) "Ici, à la Pitié-Salpêtrière, on a attaqué un hôpital. On a agressé son personnel soignant".
Réponse Christophe Castaner, le 1er mai 2019.
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2020.11.14 16:19 shrekedyourlastshrak Are ship dates forever binding in my contract?

Hey,
I’m in a weird situation right now and I would appreciate any info I can get.
This is my third time going back to MEPS and it's for my contract. I'm going into the national guard band and it's needed in my state, but since training seats are so limited, my recruiter has had to work to get me split option training for basic this summer and AIT next summer. However, I have been told by my recruiter and the officers from the band that stuff might shake up in December and I might get a better date. If that happens, will my recruiter be able to change the ship dates listed in my contract? He seems to be avoiding the question.
Thank you
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2020.11.14 16:13 shrekedyourlastshrak Are ship dates forever binding in my contract?

Hey,
I’m in a weird situation right now and I would appreciate any info I can get.
This is my third time going back to MEPS and it's for my contract. I'm going into the national guard band and it's needed in my state, but since training seats are so limited, my recruiter has had to work to get me split option training for basic this summer and AIT next summer. However, I have been told by my recruiter and the officers from the band that stuff might shake up in December and I might get a better date. If that happens, will my recruiter be able to change the ship dates listed in my contract? He seems to be avoiding the question.
Thank you
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2020.11.12 22:31 A1986G Tricare Enrollment

Hi everybody. Recent NG enrolee here (1 month). I do no ship for BCT/AIT until 02/06/2021 (there was a ship date available 2 weeks after my enrollment but I was told it's not going to happen because my MOS - 25Q - requires a security clearance, which I am still in the process of getting). I already have my CAC though. From what I am reading on Tricare.mil, I am not eligible to enroll until my ship date. Is that correct ? If yes, since I will be in Basic, with no outside communication allowed, will that be an automatic process or how does it work ? And more importantly, when would I be able to also enroll my wife, or is that something she is going to have to do for herself ? Thank you.
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2020.11.10 10:01 Ernacram A quelle rupture la crise actuelle du capitalisme appelle-t-elle ?

Retranscription de l’intervention en visioconférence de Rémy HERRERA du 6 novembre 2020 lors du débat organisé pour le centenaire du PCF, publiée sur le site Réveil Communiste.

Bonsoir à toutes et à tous, camarades.
Je veux remercier les organisateurs de cette initiative pour leur invitation à parler, à reparler de socialisme. C’est heureux, car cela fait des lustres que le PCF a renoncé à en parler et, en réalité, a renoncé au socialisme tout court. Et je pense, personnellement, que c’est notamment à cause de ce renoncement que le Parti est là où il est, c’est-à-dire au plus bas.
Le problème, c’est qu’en abandonnant le socialisme – qui est une voie, qui est une transition –, le Parti a aussi abandonné la recherche de l’idéal communiste ; d’où cet état actuel de dérive, ou cette impression de perdition.
Donc, je vous avoue que – je suis certes très satisfait de cette initiative, mais que – je me sens un peu comme un prêtre ouvrier invité à un concile du Vatican, ou un membre des alcooliques anonymes invité à un salon des vins et spiritueux pour dire : « il faut arrêtez de boire ! ». Permettez-moi de dire ça en plaisantant pour ne pas être trop déplaisant.
J’ai accepté d’être là et de participer à ce débat, non pas pour diviser, mais pour contribuer, modestement, à l’unité de celles et ceux qui veulent parler de socialisme pour engager une transition socialiste, en rupture avec le système dans lequel nous vivons, et dans lequel nous vivons de plus en plus mal.
Ce système est en crise. Cette crise ne date pas d’hier, elle remonte à au moins un demi-siècle, elle est structurelle, grave, gravissime même, elle est multidimensionnelle. Elle est systémique, ce qui veut dire que le système ne trouvera pas de solution de lui-même. Le capitalisme décline, le capitalisme dégénère, et s’il ne s’effondre pas rapidement, c’est parce que son État le soutient à bout de bras ; comme ce fut le cas en 2008 quand le pan financier du système s’est écroulé, et comme c’est encore le cas à l’heure actuelle avec la crise dite « sanitaire » et une économie qui vit sous perfusion.
Ce que je dis, c’est qu’il n’y aura pas d’issue au problème sanitaire avec des gens qui détruisent l’hôpital public ; ni d’issue au problème financier avec des banques qui continuent à spéculer. Il n’y aura pas d’issue au problème environnemental avec des écologistes plus néolibéraux les uns que les autres, pas davantage qu’il n’y a eu d’issue aux problèmes sociaux avec les sociaux-libéraux du PS. Et j’ajouterai qu’il n’y aura pas non plus d’issue au terrorisme religieux avec les marchands du temple qui ont affaibli l’éducation nationale et la laïcité en les vendant au secteur privé, confessionnel de surcroît.
Le capital ne trouvera jamais de solution par sa logique interne du profit pour des raisons profondes, et multiples, notamment : parce que ses nouvelles technologies tendent à économiser beaucoup de travail humain et sapent la création de valeur, parce que le travail improductif gagne du terrain sur le travail productif, parce que les contradictions du capital exigent une intervention de l’État qui coûte de plus en plus cher, mais aussi parce que la suraccumulation provient désormais surtout du capital fictif et que la finance enferme tout le système dans une spirale de destructions, de conflits, de guerres qui finit par nous menacer toutes et tous de mort.
Voilà pourquoi vouloir engager une transition socialiste, ce n’est pas seulement répondre à un esprit de justice, c’est répondre à l’appel de la raison, c’est même une question de survie pour l’humanité, pour la vie. On en est là, camarades.
Le socialisme n’est pas qu’un mot, c’est une lutte. Ce n’est pas une fin, mais un processus de transition, long, difficile, qui peut prendre mille formes sur la voie de l’émancipation, sur la voie de la libération du travail de la domination du capital. Parce que le capitalisme, c’est ça, c’est la domination du capital sur le travail.
J’en entends qui diront : on a déjà essayé, et ça a mal tourné. Mais quand au juste le socialisme a-t-il été tenté dans ce pays ? En 1981 ? En 1981, ce que l’on a eu, c’est du mitterrandisme et « l’invention du néolibéralisme d’État », mais pas du socialisme. C’est ce que j’explique dans mon dernier livre, En Lutte !
Et l’URSS, et l’Europe de l’Est, n’est-ce pas un échec, ça ? Si. Ce que je vous dirai à ce sujet, c’est que le capitalisme a mis des siècles à émerger et à se dégager du féodalisme, alors pourquoi le socialisme, lui, avec une ambition autrement plus belle et autrement plus juste, n’aurait-il pas droit, lui, au temps long ? Et d’ailleurs, est-il le socialisme est le même partout ? Si c’était le cas, alors il aurait échoué partout. Or, ce n’est pas le cas, ce n’est pas du tout le cas. On fait croire que le socialisme a échoué partout pour que les travailleurs abandonnent la lutte et se soumettent, pour que les peuples du Nord et du Sud croient qu’il n’y a pas, qu’il n’y a plus d’alternative.
C’est là que les expériences de la Chine, du Vietnam et de Cuba sont intéressantes pour nos luttes.
La Chine, c’est la plus grande réussite économique du monde, et même de l’histoire du monde. Nos ennemis disent : la Chine ? C’est du capitalisme ! Alors nous, nous devrions les croire, répéter ça et attribuer le succès chinois au capitalisme ? Mais ces éloges, le capitalisme ne les mérite pas ! Non, ce succès chinois est dû principalement, essentiellement, au socialisme. Aucune des réussites chinoises récentes n’aurait été possible sans une lutte acharnée contre le capitalisme, sans un contrôle strict des capitalistes, sans la révolution socialiste qui a commencé en 1949, qui a extirpé le peuple chinois de la misère et de la guerre, et qui lui a apporté le progrès social, l’éducation, la santé, les infrastructures publiques, l’indépendance, la dignité.
Donc restons modestes – mais pas soumis. Les Chinois disent : on explore une transition longue au socialisme. Cherchons à comprendre, apprenons, soyons respectueux.
Qu’il n’y ait pas ici de malentendu : la Chine est loin, très loin de l’idéal communiste ; il y a beaucoup trop d’inégalités, beaucoup trop de défauts à cette étape de la transition, qui est une étape initiale du socialisme. Mais ce qui est certain, c’est que le peuple chinois et ses dirigeants sont jetés dans la bataille de la transition socialiste. Comment ça finira ? Je n’en sais rien. Mais il est impossible de nier leur volonté. L’histoire n’est pas finie.
D’ailleurs, camarades, imaginez un instant la France avec une propriété des sols et des sous-sols collectivisée ; avec la plupart des grandes entreprises industrielles sociétés d’État ; avec toutes les infrastructures nationalisées ; avec la monnaie, la banque, la finance contrôlées par l’État ; contrôlé aussi le comportement des transnationales étrangères sur le territoire national ; plus la planification et, au sommet du pouvoir, pour superviser un État surpuissant, quoi donc ? Un Parti communiste ! Imaginez-vous notre pays organisé comme ça, c’est-à-dire comme l’est la Chine actuellement. Alors, qu’est-ce qu’on dirait ? Que c’est du capitalisme ? Vous rigolez ! On dirait : c’est du socialisme. Nos ennemis capitalistes diraient même : c’est du communisme ! Disons plutôt que c’est une forme de socialisme de marché, avec des capitalistes bien sûr, mais des capitalistes strictement contrôlés par le pouvoir politique d’un Parti communiste.
La Chine n’est certainement pas communiste, mais elle est en lutte avec le capitalisme pour tenter de le dominer. Il faut essayer de comprendre tout ça, de penser par nous-mêmes et, d’abord, de se libérer de l’idéologie dominante, de l’oppression des médias dominants, qui sont devenus chez nous le premier obstacle à la liberté d’expression.
Au Vietnam, c’est un petit peu la même chose qu’en Chine depuis le « Doi Moi », c’est-à-dire le renouveau du socialisme, un processus d’économie de marché socialiste, commencé après les années très difficiles de l’après-guerre, après que l’armée des États-Unis ait déversé sur le Vietnam trois fois plus de bombes que tous les belligérants de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale réunis. Et tout récemment, la manière remarquable dont le Vietnam a su faire face à la pandémie de covid19 a été ici, en France, complètement passée sous silence, au prétexte que ce n’était pas possible, au prétexte que les Vietnamiens mentent. Mais c’est notre gouvernement à nous, soumis à la finance et en guerre contre tout un peuple, qui ment !
De ces trois expériences socialistes actuelles, c’est Cuba qui est la plus éloignée du capitalisme. C’est donc logiquement que ce soit contre Cuba que l’impérialisme s’acharne le plus – en lui imposant le blocus. Sans le socialisme, Cuba n’aurait jamais pu tenir après la chute de l’Union soviétique. Mais sans la résistance de Cuba, on ne parlerait plus aujourd’hui de socialisme en Amérique latine. Or, partout sur ce continent latino-américain, les peuples sont debout et luttent pour le socialisme. Regardez la Bolivie et la toute récente victoire de son peuple, magnifique ! On dira : c’est la pénurie à Cuba. Mais c’est le blocus impérialiste qui crée la pénurie à Cuba, pas le socialisme. Il y avait de tout à Cuba avant la chute de l’URSS. Maintenant, Cuba manque de beaucoup de choses, matériellement, mais elle ne manque certainement pas d’esprit de solidarité. Les Italiens le savent bien, tous les pays africains et presque tous les pays du Sud le savent aussi, qui reçoivent depuis longtemps les soins des missions internationalistes cubaines. Chers camarades, Cuba est absolument fondamentale pour nous parce que les Cubains prouvent qu’il est possible de résister.
Ce que nous apprennent ces trois pays, c’est donc :
● d’abord, qu’il faut résister, même si l’impérialisme impose un blocus, même si l’impérialisme a rasé votre pays ;
● ensuite, qu’il y a une alternative, que cette alternative s’appelle le socialisme, que c’est aux Partis communistes d’assumer leurs responsabilités ;
● et enfin que le socialisme reste d’actualité, qu’il doit, qu’il peut même dépasser le capitalisme, qu’il n’est pas synonyme d’inefficacité et de pénurie, mais de partage, d’opulence même (une certaine opulence, comme le souhaitait Marx, comme le souhaitait Lénine).
Ce qu’il faut donc comprendre, c’est que le capitalisme est finissant, que le capitalisme agonise, qu’il va déchaîner une violence extraordinaire contre tous les peuples avant de disparaître, et que c’est le socialisme, la solidarité, qui marchent avec l’histoire.
Mais à part ces leçons, importantes, que pouvons-nous tirer plus concrètement de tout cela ? Les expériences socialistes cubaine, vietnamienne et chinoise sont évidemment inexportables, en plus elles sont immensément perfectibles, dans tous les domaines, mais elles nous intéressent parce qu’elles fusionnent trois dimensions clés : la dimension d’émancipation sociale (anticapitaliste), la dimension d’indépendance nationale (antiimpérialiste) et la dimension de l’humanisme égalitaire (antiraciste). C’est l’articulation de ces trois dimensions qui définit leur transition socialiste respective, qui définit leur « projet communiste ». Et même si ces trois révolutions, qui sont toujours debout à l’heure présente, qui tiennent, ont chacune des conditions historiques, socio-économiques et culturelles singulières – ce qui signifie qu’il faudra trouver, nous, en France, nos propres formes de lutte, renouvelées, adaptées pour être plus efficaces face aux défis actuels –, l’analyse des ressorts profonds de ces trois révolutions est, il me semble, utile pour nous. Les trois sont, je l’ai dit : 1. antiracistes ; 2. antiimpérialistes ; 3. anticapitalistes. Ça donne quoi, pour nous ?
  1. L’antiracisme, bien sûr, parce que combattre le racisme de l’extrême droite et du système est devenu une priorité absolue. Mais pas à la façon de la droite, qui monte les communautarismes les uns contre le autres ; ni comme le fait la « nouvelle droite » social-libérale du PS, antiraciste en paroles, mais dont les actions visent à neutraliser les luttes populaires, surtout dans les cités, dans les quartiers. Non, notre combat à nous contre le racisme n’est pas sociétal, il est politique, il est socio-économique. Et c’est d’ailleurs la même chose d’autres combats fondamentaux, liés, le combat pour la démocratie, celui pour l’égalité homme-femme, celui pour la protection de l’environnement, qui sont à placer, aussi, au cœur de nos luttes communes pour le socialisme. À ce propos, l’Islam politique, comme tous les autres fascismes, ne veut pas du tout rompre avec le capitalisme ; au contraire, il est l’allié et le complice de l’impérialisme. Donc ici encore, le choix du socialisme sera pour nous le plus sûr rempart contre tous les fascismes, y compris contre le fascisme de l’islamisme politique.
2. L’antiimpérialisme, ça veut dire non seulement mettre fin à la logique de guerres de l’OTAN sous hégémonie des États-Unis, mais aussi se libérer du joug européen. Je souhaite de tout cœur bon courage à Fabien Roussel au PCF s’il veut parler de socialisme en restant dans la zone euro. L’Union européenne a été construite précisément pour empêcher le socialisme, c’était même son but premier. Bon courage aussi à Laurent Brun à CGT s’il veut rester à la Confédération européenne des Syndicats, eurolâtre, social-libérale, entièrement soumise au capital. Vraiment bon courage à eux deux s’ils veulent réformer l’irréformable. En attendant Godot – cette Europe sociale qui n’arrivera jamais, pour la raison que le cadre européen tel qu’il existe l’interdit –, ce sont la droite et l’extrême-droite qui occupent le terrain de la contestation que nous avons décidé de déserter. Car je rappelle que le concept de souveraineté nationale est né de nos rangs (à Valmy). En fait, la censure du débat sur l’euro n’est pas seulement antidémocratique, elle est simplement suicidaire. Nous ne reconstruirons pas de perspective socialiste, ni même sociale, même modérément sociale, sans remise en cause radicale de l’euro.
  1. L’anticapitalisme, ça signifie nécessité de rompre avec le système de domination du capital en bout de course, dépassé, devenu presque uniquement destructeur, meurtrier, criminel même. L’alternative anticapitaliste, c’est la transition socialiste. C’est la seule alternative raisonnable. Cela veut dire quoi, pour nous ? Cela veut dire, plus concrètement :
● des services publics forts, conçus comme conditions de la citoyenneté ;
● la planification, pour l’application d’une stratégie de développement, socialiste ;
● le contrôle de la monnaie, de la banque et des secteurs stratégiques de l’économie, ce qui implique donc des nationalisations, à repenser totalement par rapport aux expériences passées ;
● une propriété des ressources naturelles collective et l’urgence d’une protection de la nature ; ● des formes de propriété certes diverses, mais orientées vers la socialisation des forces productives ;
● une hausse très forte des revenus du travail, beaucoup plus rapide, avec un objectif de justice sociale, une optique égalitaire ;
● des relations extérieures garantissant l’échange gagnant-gagnant et fondées sur la paix ;
● et, bien sûr, une forme de démocratie politique élargie, non pas fictive comme aujourd’hui, mais authentique, largement participative, rendant possibles et concrétisant les choix collectifs stratégiques.
Alors ensemble, délégitimons le capitalisme qui promet l’abondance, mais généralise la pénurie (on voit ce que ça donne en pleine pandémie !). Décrédibilisons ce système capitaliste qui nous vend du bonheur en publicité, mais nous pousse dans la pire crise depuis 1945 ; qui sacralise la liberté individuelle, mais démantèle nos droits, détruit nos services publics, appauvrit de plus en plus d’êtres humains. Déboulonnons ce système archaïque qui parle de démocratie, mais impose la dictature de la finance. Camarades, on n’aménage pas une dictature, on la combat. L’ordre que nous impose le capital financier est, aujourd’hui, une dictature. Notre devoir immédiat à toutes et tous est de nous unir pour y mettre fin.
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2020.11.09 22:56 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (11/2/2020 to 11/8/2020)

I'm prior service (Marine Corps) coming in as an E-4. The recruiter said I keep my TIG (1yr 9mos), which is fine, but it occurred to me that there is no fitness test of record as far as I can tell with the ACFT getting pushed back, and I'd imagine that's a pretty integral part of getting promoted. So my question is how will this affect my promotability? I'd rather not be torpedoed into waiting until the ACFT becomes the test of record, as that's a pretty long time to wait to get promoted.
I know that probably sounds a bit extra as I'm sure there's many a specialist who waits for much longer, but I'd hate to get stuck because of an administrative issue and have every other requirement met as far as PME etc.
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I want to become an 18B however from from my research I noticed I need to be at least 19.5 to go into 18X and i am only 17 so I was wondering if a certain MOS will help prepare me for the Q course or make transferring easier and if so what is it?
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Am a dumb cadet and need to get my CAC renewed, I'm going to local guard base DEERS, do I need to be in uniform for that?
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This is a general ASVAB/RecruiteDLAB question, but everyone feel free to chime in: Is there any way someone can re-take their ASVAB after taking it once at MEPS? I'm enlisting, already spoke to my recruiter and he said no. I'm in a bit of a dilemma because I wanted to enlist with a military intelligence MOS, yet the only one I can go for with my GT score, is 35P. My recruiter said I can try my luck at the DLAB. Long story short: I fucked up not studying for the ASVAB, thinking I could retake it and get a better score. If that is impossible, I take full responsibility for that. Is there also any way I can try and get a passing score on the DLAB? I know it isn't a conventional test like the ASVAB, but I'm nervous and trying to get the best score possible. Any and all tips or suggestions are welcome.
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Criminal record for "criminal mischief" AKA graffiti from more than 10 years ago -- I paid a fine, still waiting on the court to send a letter of disposition but I'm thinking it will come back as a guilty plea...
Y'all think I have a good shot at getting in with a moral waiverequest for exception?
Recruiter says requests for exception have not getting approved lately... I'm staying positive.
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If college becomes free, wouldn’t my GI Bill lose half its value?
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Hello guys. I am graduating next spring with both my highschool diploma and an associate's in liberal arts. Here are my questions.
  1. If I go into the reserves right after my graduation how early can I go back to college? Additionally, how do I make sure I immediately go to basic training the summer after my graduation?
  2. If I do get into the reserves am I still eligible for scholarships?
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So I’m in BLC and joined as an E-4 in July 2019. I went to basic and AIT and only ever took record ACFTs. I’m a quarter the way done with BLC and they are trying to tell me I need a record APFT. I swear there is something that says I’m grandfathered in to only taking the ACFT. I don’t think I’d be able to pass the APFT run currently. Someone help me out please.
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Starting SFL-TAP soon
Any gems of the program I should be aware of? Things people typically overlook but are worthwhile?
I'm finishing a degree up and I intend to go into IT/Network security when I'm out. Is there any way to get some certs from the program? I already have Net+, Sec+ and CySA+, but im looking at getting CCNA next.
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I am currently a 2LT and have been a Platoon Leader for approximately 40 days. Today, I heard from somebody in the S3 that the HHC Commander will be handing me a statement of charges shortly for property I was signed for back when I was in the S3. When we returned from NTC in September, another LT (in S3) and I conducted our inventories. After our inventories were complete, I was moved from the HHC roster to my current company's roster. I asked if there was anything else I needed to do in terms of property, and the HHC Commander told me he had not looked at it yet and that he would get around to it. Fast forward to now, he says the time for Field Loss Memos from NTC has passed, and he is going to hit me with a statement of charges. Immediately, I went to my Supply NCO for more information. He claimed because I have been on my current company's roster for over 30 days, the HHC Commander has now defaulted to being responsible for that property.
Does anybody with property experience have any regulations or resources where I can find information on this? I made several attempts to ask what paperwork I needed to complete and informed him we had shortages, but he blew it off over the last month plus of time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi everyone. This isn't a question about joining, I've been in for a minute, but I'm looking at applying for an opportunity that would have me working alongside SOF. I'm female and about 100lbs soaking wet. Generally good at PT but I want to make sure I'm as competitive as I can be for the selection process. The position is specifically looking for females. What level of fitness should I be shooting for? Other than "as good as possible" obviously. Like APFT/ACFT score, rucking ability, etc. I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect.
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I have a ranger slot for 01 MAR and an upcoming ranger physical. I recently began having some bad chest congestion, mostly in my sleep but a little throughout the day too. It doesn’t affect my physical performance but things were getting kinda scary at night with the amount of buildup that was accumulating. I went to the doc and he prescribed me an albuterol inhaler although he says he thinks it’s not asthma. I was researching ranger physicals and it says that you have to be off the inhaler for a year to get a waiver. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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2020.11.09 22:56 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (11/2/2020 to 11/8/2020)

I'm prior service (Marine Corps) coming in as an E-4. The recruiter said I keep my TIG (1yr 9mos), which is fine, but it occurred to me that there is no fitness test of record as far as I can tell with the ACFT getting pushed back, and I'd imagine that's a pretty integral part of getting promoted. So my question is how will this affect my promotability? I'd rather not be torpedoed into waiting until the ACFT becomes the test of record, as that's a pretty long time to wait to get promoted.
I know that probably sounds a bit extra as I'm sure there's many a specialist who waits for much longer, but I'd hate to get stuck because of an administrative issue and have every other requirement met as far as PME etc.
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Where can i find out which GI bill i have or if i have one at all? My classmates and i arent having it taken out of our pay, and our iperms show the documents are unsigned. Our instructors arent sure where we should look for this info either. Thanks
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I want to become an 18B however from from my research I noticed I need to be at least 19.5 to go into 18X and i am only 17 so I was wondering if a certain MOS will help prepare me for the Q course or make transferring easier and if so what is it?
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Airborne question Will the ruck March still be a requirement/event we do in airborne school? Besides that, what other changes can others going into airborne know about and prepare for?
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Am a dumb cadet and need to get my CAC renewed, I'm going to local guard base DEERS, do I need to be in uniform for that?
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This is a general ASVAB/RecruiteDLAB question, but everyone feel free to chime in: Is there any way someone can re-take their ASVAB after taking it once at MEPS? I'm enlisting, already spoke to my recruiter and he said no. I'm in a bit of a dilemma because I wanted to enlist with a military intelligence MOS, yet the only one I can go for with my GT score, is 35P. My recruiter said I can try my luck at the DLAB. Long story short: I fucked up not studying for the ASVAB, thinking I could retake it and get a better score. If that is impossible, I take full responsibility for that. Is there also any way I can try and get a passing score on the DLAB? I know it isn't a conventional test like the ASVAB, but I'm nervous and trying to get the best score possible. Any and all tips or suggestions are welcome.
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Criminal record for "criminal mischief" AKA graffiti from more than 10 years ago -- I paid a fine, still waiting on the court to send a letter of disposition but I'm thinking it will come back as a guilty plea...
Y'all think I have a good shot at getting in with a moral waiverequest for exception?
Recruiter says requests for exception have not getting approved lately... I'm staying positive.
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If college becomes free, wouldn’t my GI Bill lose half its value?
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Hello guys. I am graduating next spring with both my highschool diploma and an associate's in liberal arts. Here are my questions.
  1. If I go into the reserves right after my graduation how early can I go back to college? Additionally, how do I make sure I immediately go to basic training the summer after my graduation?
  2. If I do get into the reserves am I still eligible for scholarships?
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are us troops allowed to vote ?
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So I’m in BLC and joined as an E-4 in July 2019. I went to basic and AIT and only ever took record ACFTs. I’m a quarter the way done with BLC and they are trying to tell me I need a record APFT. I swear there is something that says I’m grandfathered in to only taking the ACFT. I don’t think I’d be able to pass the APFT run currently. Someone help me out please.
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Starting SFL-TAP soon
Any gems of the program I should be aware of? Things people typically overlook but are worthwhile?
I'm finishing a degree up and I intend to go into IT/Network security when I'm out. Is there any way to get some certs from the program? I already have Net+, Sec+ and CySA+, but im looking at getting CCNA next.
Thanks
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Do enlisted to officer SMs typically stay within their MOS, or is it usually not taken into account?
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currently on quarantine at ft benning with a negative result, just graduated airborne school. family emergency happened and someone in my immediate family passed away unexpectedly, am i stuck here or can a red cross message get me out?
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Looking to enlist atm
can I put estimated dates for the birthday/marriage of my siblings and it not be a problem?
2nd: for a security clearance, recruiter said I needed 3 references that live stateside. I've lived in Europe all my life, can I not have friends from Europe be character references?
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Question about ACFT-
I'm 5'2 and 105lbs, I'm pretty damn concerned about my deadlift. I'm 17 and looking to enlist, and I'm not sure how much I can lift because I don't have access to a gym or anything.
Any tips?? A 240lbs deadlift seems impossible for my stature, but I'm gonna give it hell
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Question about property:
I am currently a 2LT and have been a Platoon Leader for approximately 40 days. Today, I heard from somebody in the S3 that the HHC Commander will be handing me a statement of charges shortly for property I was signed for back when I was in the S3. When we returned from NTC in September, another LT (in S3) and I conducted our inventories. After our inventories were complete, I was moved from the HHC roster to my current company's roster. I asked if there was anything else I needed to do in terms of property, and the HHC Commander told me he had not looked at it yet and that he would get around to it. Fast forward to now, he says the time for Field Loss Memos from NTC has passed, and he is going to hit me with a statement of charges. Immediately, I went to my Supply NCO for more information. He claimed because I have been on my current company's roster for over 30 days, the HHC Commander has now defaulted to being responsible for that property.
Does anybody with property experience have any regulations or resources where I can find information on this? I made several attempts to ask what paperwork I needed to complete and informed him we had shortages, but he blew it off over the last month plus of time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I didnt lost a local ER visit on my enlistment paper and went through MEPS. What is the chance they Will find this and What should i do?
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Hi everyone. This isn't a question about joining, I've been in for a minute, but I'm looking at applying for an opportunity that would have me working alongside SOF. I'm female and about 100lbs soaking wet. Generally good at PT but I want to make sure I'm as competitive as I can be for the selection process. The position is specifically looking for females. What level of fitness should I be shooting for? Other than "as good as possible" obviously. Like APFT/ACFT score, rucking ability, etc. I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect.
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Ranger Physical Concern
I have a ranger slot for 01 MAR and an upcoming ranger physical. I recently began having some bad chest congestion, mostly in my sleep but a little throughout the day too. It doesn’t affect my physical performance but things were getting kinda scary at night with the amount of buildup that was accumulating. I went to the doc and he prescribed me an albuterol inhaler although he says he thinks it’s not asthma. I was researching ranger physicals and it says that you have to be off the inhaler for a year to get a waiver. Does anyone have any experience with this?
TL;DR - Doc prescribed an albuterol inhaler two weeks before my ranger physical. Am I screwed?
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