Confession Time

Zara

Legend
I was in a very patient mood on Monday. Nothing bothered me. Even the heavy snowfall in November and the late train.

Yesterday I was in a hectic mood. I rushed everything or felt like rushing.

Today I am in an irritating mood. I am irritated by every little thing.

Wonder what kind of mood I will be in tomorrow. :unsure:
 
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Chadalina

Guest
I was in a very patient mood on Monday. Nothing bothered me. Even the heavy snowfall in November and the late train.

Yesterday I was in a hectic mood. I rushed everything or felt like rushing.

Today I am in an irritating mood. I am irritated by every little thing.

Wonder what kind of mood I will be in tomorrow. :unsure:
Everyday can be a new adventure :) Instead of watching your oled tv in bed, eating chocolate, brush your teeth and look foreward to what challenges tomorrow brings.
 
it's possible some perceptive people kinda somehow sensed it already, but i have to confess to you guys that i don't like the nadal too much...

i know it might come as a surprise but please, don't be shocked.

PS: i also happen to make my old teddy bear 'talk' to my cat.
 

Zara

Legend
I was in a very patient mood on Monday. Nothing bothered me. Even the heavy snowfall in November and the late train.

Yesterday I was in a hectic mood. I rushed everything or felt like rushing.

Today I am in an irritating mood. I am irritated by every little thing.

Wonder what kind of mood I will be in tomorrow. :unsure:
I am feeling a bit lost today. I leave very soon and there’s still so much to do. Also feel sleep deprived. Got only a few hours of sleep this week.
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Working from home and watching Nadal's match at the same time. I leave tomorrow.

Take care, guys and don't be too naughty and oh, and don't forget to confess once in a while.

You were an entertaining poster.

Where is Zara going:

* Off to Mira Mesa to learn at the feet of the Maestro?
* Following the path of the Buddha in search of a new head (for her statue)?
* Following the path of @Sentinel, she's traveling the world feeding stray cats?
* She confessed and will now serve her time?
 
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Chadalina

Guest
Working from home and watching Nadal's match at the same time. I leave tomorrow.

Take care, guys and don't be too naughty and oh, and don't forget to confess once in a while.

Hope you have a great vacation
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
Hi Guys - just wanted to say that I've taken care of my Buddha. You don't see the gorilla glue anymore, now do you? and in fact, it makes sense because, in his lazy time, he can count the beads when I am away. Isn't it the cutest Buddha ever?

lolololololol i still can see bit yellow scar under his chin...........could be better to get the similar yellowish/golden color 1s n less contrast n easily blended into:?))):-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D........................
 
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Chadalina

Guest
Hi Guys - just wanted to say that I've taken care of my Buddha. You don't see the gorilla glue anymore, now do you? and in fact, it makes sense because, in his lazy time, he can count the beads when I am away. Isn't it the cutest Buddha ever?


Zara after fixing her buddha.

Really like your inconsistent brick in background. Chairs have a very clean pattern, table color is dark (center piece), makes it blend nicely.

That mirror thing on the wall??? Little circles? The wall looks much better without it

 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
That mirror thing on the wall??? Little circles? The wall looks much better without it

actually it's a wonderful ideal to have a set of mirrors like dat..........'mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of them all:?)))' zara can always ask the next 1 until she get the answer she wants:love::love::love::love::love::love::love:........................
 
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Chadalina

Guest
do i sense anything weird abt 'Farewell Zara':?))...................from wat:?))) she's leaving:?))) might be better just say 'Farewell Zara's buddah':-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D........................
 
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ChaelAZ

Legend
IC - I keep thinking I wanna get back on track to eating better and working out, but...pizza and beer convince me otherwise.
 
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Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Data leak reveals how China 'brainwashes' Uighurs in prison camps

Leaked documents detail for the first time China's systematic brainwashing of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in a network of high-security prison camps.
The Chinese government has consistently claimed the camps in the far western Xinjiang region offer voluntary education and training.

But official documents, seen by BBC Panorama, show how inmates are locked up, indoctrinated and punished.

China's UK ambassador dismissed the documents as fake news.

The leak was made to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which has worked with 17 media partners, including BBC Panorama and The Guardian newspaper in the UK.

The investigation has found new evidence which undermines Beijing's claim that the detention camps, which have been built across Xinjiang in the past three years, are for voluntary re-education purposes to counter extremism.

About a million people - mostly from the Muslim Uighur community - are thought to have been detained without trial.

The leaked Chinese government documents, which the ICIJ have labelled "The China Cables", include a nine-page memo sent out in 2017 by Zhu Hailun, then deputy-secretary of Xinjiang's Communist Party and the region's top security official, to those who run the camps.

The instructions make it clear that the camps should be run as high security prisons, with strict discipline, punishments and no escapes.

The memo includes orders to:
  • "Never allow escapes"
  • "Increase discipline and punishment of behavioural violations"
  • "Promote repentance and confession"
  • "Make remedial Mandarin studies the top priority"
  • "Encourage students to truly transform"
  • "[Ensure] full video surveillance coverage of dormitories and classrooms free of blind spots"
The documents reveal how every aspect of a detainee's life is monitored and controlled: "The students should have a fixed bed position, fixed queue position, fixed classroom seat, and fixed station during skills work, and it is strictly forbidden for this to be changed.

"Implement behavioural norms and discipline requirements for getting up, roll call, washing, going to the toilet, organising and housekeeping, eating, studying, sleeping, closing the door and so forth."

Other documents confirm the extraordinary scale of the detentions. One reveals that 15,000 people from southern Xinjiang were sent to the camps over the course of just one week in 2017.

Sophie Richardson, the China director at Human Rights Watch, said the leaked memo should be used by prosecutors.

"This is an actionable piece of evidence, documenting a gross human rights violation," she said. "I think it's fair to describe everyone being detained as being subject at least to psychological torture, because they literally don't know how long they're going to be there."

The memo details how detainees will only be released when they can demonstrate they have transformed their behaviour, beliefs and language.

"Promote the repentance and confession of the students for them to understand deeply the illegal, criminal and dangerous nature of their past activity," it says.
"For those who harbour vague understandings, negative attitudes or even feelings of resistance… carry out education transformation to ensure that results are achieved."

Ben Emmerson QC, a leading human rights lawyer and an adviser to the World Uighur Congress, said the camps were trying to change people's identity.
"It is very difficult to view that as anything other than a mass brainwashing scheme designed and directed at an entire ethnic community.

"It's a total transformation that is designed specifically to wipe the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang as a separate cultural group off the face of the Earth."

Detainees are awarded points for their "ideological transformation, study and training, and compliance with discipline", the memo says.

The punishment-and-reward system helps determine whether inmates are allowed contact with family and when they are released. They are only considered for release once four Communist Party committees have seen evidence they have been transformed.

The leaked documents also reveal how the Chinese government uses mass surveillance and a predictive-policing programme that analyses personal data.
One document shows how the system flagged 1.8m people simply because they had a data sharing app called Zapya on their phone.

The authorities then ordered the investigation of 40,557 of them "one by one". The document says "if it is not possible to eliminate suspicion" they should be sent for "concentrated training".

The documents include explicit directives to arrest Uighurs with foreign citizenship and to track Uighurs living abroad. They suggest that China's embassies and consulates are involved in the global dragnet.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50511063
 
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Zara

Legend
I am watching this House Hunters International on HGTV and this episode is set in New Zealand and the agent that's showing the houses to the newly wedded couple took them in the backside of this particular house and I swear to God she said and I quote, 'this is the d!ck you are after'. lmho

She meant 'deck' obviously but I didn't know the accent was so thick in New Zealand?
 
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Zara

Legend
lolololololol i still can see bit yellow scar under his chin...........could be better to get the similar yellowish/golden color 1s n less contrast n easily blended into:?))):-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D........................
But that's because you know about the scar. I prefer the black & white contrast. I should probably just get rid of it but it's just so cute. It's like a little boy trying to meditate with a cute smile on his face.
 
There are 4 stages with cults when they recruit and indoctrinate followers. People don’t start off choosing to join a destructive cult. It’s a process that is

1. Love Bombing- they attract/recruit by painting such a loving/pretty picture

2. Confession- they extract info about you, thereby extracting info that can later be used against a follower.

3. Brainwashing/Thought Reform/Indoctrination-slowly the former self is gone while the follower is brainwashed. Techniques include sleep deprivation, lack of food, endless chanting/praying, and excessive labor. Beliefs and behavior are shaped.

4. Exit Costs- leaving the cult becomes more and more difficult. Cognitive dissonance sets in. Leaving the cult appears to a terrifying proposition. Now the cult follower is trapped with no easy way out.

 

Zara

Legend
Zara after fixing her buddha.

Really like your inconsistent brick in background. Chairs have a very clean pattern, table color is dark (center piece), makes it blend nicely.

That mirror thing on the wall??? Little circles? The wall looks much better without it

A little bling is not so bad. It's a big wall after all and that's the only thing on the wall. Having said that, it's time I change it something else. I get tired of the same thing. A bit much.
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
There are 4 stages with cults when they recruit and indoctrinate followers. People don’t start off choosing to join a destructive cult. It’s a process that is

1. Love Bombing- they attract/recruit by painting such a loving/pretty picture

2. Confession- they extract info about you, thereby extracting info that can later be used against a follower.

3. Brainwashing/Thought Reform/Indoctrination-slowly the former self is gone while the follower is brainwashed. Techniques include sleep deprivation, lack of food, endless chanting/praying, and excessive labor. Beliefs and behavior are shaped.

4. Exit Costs- leaving the cult becomes more and more difficult. Cognitive dissonance sets in. Leaving the cult appears to a terrifying proposition. Now the cult follower is trapped with no easy way out.

Peer pressure and ridicule of anyone who doesn't conform is also a big factor.

When analyzing behavior, I often think of the millions of years of evolutionary selection pressure that precedes "civilized" societies. People lived in small groups and survival was based on being accepted by the group. Think of groups of chimps or gorillas, with their hierarchies and submission to the alphas.

I've never understood the primitive bullying and insistence on conformity seen in schools (and many other places) until I contextualized it as base instincts that meant survival in ancient times. Access to food and reproductive opportunities depended on status, and status meant keeping down those ranked below you. Non-conformity to group norms meant tension and possibly being chased from the protection of the group.

Modern societies should supersede the most base human instincts, but cults and fascist leaders know how to manipulate the fears and buried emotions that make people submissive to a leader who is likely not acting in their interest.
 
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Chadalina

Guest
I am watching this House Hunters International on HGTV and this episode is set in New Zealand and the agent that's showing the houses to the newly wedded couple took them in the backside of this particular house and I swear to God she said and I quote, 'this is the d!ck you are after'. lmho

She meant 'deck' obviously but I didn't know the accent was so thick in New Zealand?
I always wanted a big deck :(

Glad to see your watching some hgtv, i have "love it or list it" on now
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
A little bling is not so bad. It's a big wall after all and that's the only thing on the wall. Having said that, it's time I change it something else. I get tired of the same thing. A bit much.
i like zara's multi-angled mirrors.............lolololololol n it's 'mirror mirror on the wall' 2.0 evolving from authoritarian single mirror towards more democratic q/a system. a lot more ans for u to choose from, if most of them give u the same/similar ans then surely u know which's the right 1:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D...............................
 

Zara

Legend
I always wanted a big deck :(

Glad to see your watching some hgtv, i have "love it or list it" on now
That sounds vulgar.

Anyway, HGTV is almost always on whenever I watch TV. My favourite is tiny houses especially on the mountains where you get this incredible view all around. But I can’t afford to have one now. Just don’t see myself living in the middle of nowhere. I’ll be ***** and then brutally murdered. And the next thing you know I Spit on Your Grave part 3 will come out with me in it. No thank you. Not until I get very old.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
Sorry not sure what happened there.
~a mth back chad mentioned something quite scary like 'farewell zara....' n i asked why but no clue........then zara offlined for ~a mth. pre-xmas holiday:?)) a lot of ppl here took combo holiday all the way to feb nxt yr:love::love::love::love::love::love::love:.....................
 
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tennishabit

Hall of Fame
is dat the puzzy cat luckily survived the horrific bush fire:?)).....................drought for yrs then 000s n 000s hct + >1000 properties gone with smoke though it's just the start n a long dry summer's ahead...............confess now wata gonna do if no where to confess later:?))o_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_O............................

glad dat so far none of the churches got burnt but not sure in the next a couple of mths. the air quality has never been so so fkn bad.......omfg simply disastrous, manohman:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:...........................
 
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Zara

Legend
Start your own company/business? Be your own boss? Would that be possible for you?
I'd love that but that would also mean a lot more work than now. Also, I have no idea as to what kind of business I'd start given that my interest in anything doesn't last too long unless it's interior design and that's a very competitive field and I'll have to go back to school again. I must do something I really enjoy doing; anything else and I'll struggle and will have to go back to corporate world again.
 
I'd love that but that would also mean a lot more work than now. Also, I have no idea as to what kind of business I'd start given that my interest in anything doesn't last too long unless it's interior design and that's a very competitive field and I'll have to go back to school again. I must do something I really enjoy doing; anything else and I'll struggle and will have to go back to corporate world again.
Definitely find what you love to do. That’s key. It’s true you may end up working more but you’d be focused on what you want to do and you’d set your own schedule. It could become more like a lifestyle. With computers and smart phones these days, telecommuting with your own business can be a very viable, profitable option. Maybe give it some thought. Good luck. I hope you find a nice balance.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
I'd love that but that would also mean a lot more work than now. Also, I have no idea as to what kind of business I'd start given that my interest in anything doesn't last too long unless it's interior design and that's a very competitive field and I'll have to go back to school again. I must do something I really enjoy doing; anything else and I'll struggle and will have to go back to corporate world again.
i know wat business ya'd surely start., buddha repairing business:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D..............
 
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