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2023.02.03 00:01 Klokinator The Cryopod to Hell 468: Beelzebub's Secret

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"You know, it wasn't your smartest idea to bring me here by my lonesome." Beelzebub says, as Yama's Shadow Realm swallows him, cutting him off from the outside world. "I can't take risks that would endanger those humans, or I'll suffer a painful backlash."
"What a coincidence! We have a similar problem!" Yama chortles, as vague images of his face flicker in the shadows. "We cannot attack women or we will suffer terrible pain! It seems the two of us are both being shackled by higher powers!"
"I accepted my shackles willingly." Beelzebub says while flicking a piece of lint off his should. "But for you to give up your predation of women? I doubt you accepted that restriction willingly."
Beelzebub smirks.
"So who made you their bitch, Yama? Was it Mephisto? Is that why you're slaving underneath him?"
"Not Mephisto." Yama says. "Satan the Devil."
Beelzebub cocks his head.
"Satan? That's not right. He died six years ago."
"Hehehe... we have told you enough." Yama gurgles, while amassing dark power in his unseen palms. "Figure it out yourself!"
The moment Yama starts to attack, Beelzebub exhales. Flames fire out of his nostrils and spray all over the pitch-black ground, momentarily illuminating the darkness. He catches a glimpse of Yama's indistinct figure right before ten shadow lances spike out of the ground, walls, and ceiling toward him, striking from tricky angles.
But Beelzebub fireports through the field of flames, dodging those attacks. He motions with his hands to conjure a swirling firebomb, then viciously chucks it in Yama's direction. The moment the fiery explosive leaves his grasp, it begins to weaken under the effect of Yama's complete control over the shadows!
Boom!
The firebomb explodes, but it doesn't catch Yama in its radius, nor anything else of note.
Beelzebub frowns. This domain of darkness is trickier than it looks...
Yama fires off a dozen more Shadow Lances. Beelzebub repeatedly dodges them through his fireportation ability, then detonates an aura of fire from within his core to try and push away the darkness!
"Break for me!"
Beelzebub roars angrily as he tries to shatter Yama's domain, but the darkness quickly swallows the light and heat, suppressing Beelzebub's power to a fraction of its former might.
Hardly has Beelzebub finished unleashing this blast before shadows swirl at his feet.
He starts to fireport, but before he can finish the action, a horde of Shadow-walkers and Shades bursts out from underneath him!
The male and female shadow demons grab onto Beelzebub's legs and arms, holding him taut and preventing him from forming any hand-signs. At the same time, Yama himself suddenly materializes in front of Beelzebub with his fist reared back.
THUNK!
Beelzebub's head snaps backward as Yama's fist batters his face, making him stumble and fall into the crowd of Yama's minions.
"Argh! Get off- GARGH?!"
Beelzebub chokes involuntarily as Yama suddenly spears a shadow lance straight into his mouth, tearing out the back of his head and 'killing' him on the spot.
In that brief moment during Beelzebub's unconsciousness, Yama fires off even more shadow-spears. He impales Beelzebub's hands and feet, his elbows and knees. He spears the Emperor of Hellfire to the floor, but does not appear happy about his success.
"Hold him! HOLD HIM, you idiots! He will regenerate soon! We only have to keep him here until Mephisto completes his ritual! Then, we will join Mephisto in attaining ultimate power! Ehehehe! The other Emperors only wish they could partake in this ritual, but they are unworthy!"
Yama flicks his eyes around, carefully monitoring Beelzebub's body as the fire-powered Emperor rapidly regenerates all of his injuries, even while unconscious. Yama repeatedly punches Beelzebub's head to shatter his skull, killing him over and over again!
But the frightening thing is, each time Yama hurts Beelzebub, the damage heals back a little faster than before! He shatters the Emperor of Hellfire's skull, spraying Beelzebub's brains out all over the shadowy floor. But within five seconds, Beelzebub's head rapidly reforms!
And when Mephisto shatters his skull again, the time needed to regenerate shortens just a little bit more...
"Damn, damn, damn!" Mephisto curses. "Is this what the evolution to Emperor did for him? How is Beelze-bastard regenerating so quickly?! Even Satan couldn't return at this speed! This is ridiculous!"
Yama launches another vicious punch at Beelzebub's head, but before it can connect, Beelzebub's hand abruptly tears away from the shadow-lance impaling it, regenerates instantly, and grabs onto Yama's wrist.
BOOM!!!
Beelzebub's body explodes with fiery power, shredding all of the shadow-lances impaling him and burning over a hundred Shadow-walkers and Shades to ash.
An instant afterward, he flickers to Yama's side with his palm aimed at the Emperor of Shadow's face.
FWOOSH!
Beelzebub unleashes a torrent of flames, burning Yama badly and forcing him to retreat.
"Aaah! You bastard!" Yama screams. "You burned us! Gah!!"
"And you crushed my head repeatedly." Beelzebub says, his voice betraying no emotion beyond boredom. "Do you understand how pointless this battle is? You can't beat me. I'm invincible now."
Yama grimaces, but doesn't answer Beelzebub's taunt. To him, delaying for time is all that matters.
"Hehehe. Little Beelzebub." Yama snarks. "You really think you're hot stuff, don't you? But you don't even know the truth about your powers. You probably think you're divinely 'gifted' or something. But you're not."
As Yama talks, he keeps his distance, extinguishing the stubborn flames clinging to his body while teasing Beelzebub with hints about... something previously unspoken...
Beelzebub frowns. "What do you mean?"
"Hehehehe..." Yama chuckles evilly. "I knew it. Agares never told you the truth, did he?"
"What truth?" Beelzebub asks. "What are you talking about?"
"Stupid bastard. Even after ten thousand years, you're still that same little naive Imp at heart." Yama says. "Think about it! Use your head. Why would a lauded Demon Duke randomly choose you, some no-name Imp, to become his apprentice? Didn't you find that odd?"
Beelzebub glares coldly at Yama's shadowy figure. "Don't slander my teacher, you rapist wretch."
"Slander? By no means..." Yama chuckles. "Agares never chose you, Beelzebub. You were assigned to him by his superiors... by Diablo, specifically. And it wasn't because you were special. No... it was because of the thing they found inside of you."
"What 'thing'?" Beelzebub asks, suddenly feeling discomforted by this line of discussion. "What the hell are you talking about?"
"Isn't it obvious?" Yama continues, drawing out his words to stall for time. "A Phoenix's Feather, of course. Somehow, that special item ended up inside of you through a means not one high-level demon could fathom. That's why you had such an easy path to the rank of Lord. Agares supported you because it was his duty."
"That's not true." Beelzebub growls. "Agares would have told me if it was! He and I were close!"
"Were you?" Yama asks. "You and him had to fight during the Black Witch's return. Why, on his deathbed, did he not tell you of this secret? Perhaps he didn't want you to know..."
"Or perhaps you're making this up." Beelzebub says. "I have no way to know if what you're telling me is the truth or not."
"Ah, but you do..." Yama coos softly. "When you were to be executed by the Wordsmith, did you not see that fiery apparition fly inside of your body? Every Emperor on-site witnessed it. Even we, who were not present, have heard of this news. It was clearly another fragment of the Phoenix, drawn to you by that feather inside your body!"
Yama chuckles.
"Hehehe... you're not special at all, Beelzebub. That ego of yours, so inflated. You're just a lucky bastard who got juiced-up by some ancient monster. The last time demonkind had to face the power of the Phoenix was during the War in Heaven, when the Valkyrie named Catherine smote dead the ancient Emperor, Valac. How you inherited her power is anyone's guess, but without it, you would still be a nobody. A useless, worthless Imp, wallowing in the mud."
Yama rises to his full height, which is only about four-feet tall.
"You're just lucky, Beelzebub. You were in the right place at the right time. Any other demon would have accomplished the feats that you have!"
For a brief moment, Beelzebub falls silent.
He ruminates on Yama's words.
Then he shrugs.
"Was that it? You hoped to shatter my ego and break my spirit with that little speech?"
Beelzebub also stands up straight, his height making him appear much more imposing than Yama.
"So what if I lucked out? I'm still amazing, and you won't convince me otherwise. Plenty of other demons got lucky with their access to powers and ended up becoming nobodies. Just look at you! You've become Satan and Mephisto's little bitch. As for me, I have grand aspirations. I don't think Emperor will be my final limit."
"What?" Yama asks. "You think you can ascend to Demon Deity? Laughable!"
"Maybe I can, and maybe I can't." Beelzebub replies. "But I'm still going to try. And even if I never go any further, I'll still continue with my ultimate goal of empowering demonkind. As for you, a small-minded worm who preys on women, how can you possibly comprehend my goals? You're so pathetic I can't even put my disgust into words. A shallow-minded, limp-wristed loser like you has no right to talk down to me."
Yama glowers at Beelzebub.
"Little brat. We have been around since the War in Heaven. We have observed countless battles among Titans and Angels, while you are still only a whelp who has barely exited the cradle."
Yama motions with his hands. He begins absorbing the darkness around himself to empower his body.
"You want to talk to this Emperor about goals, Beelze-brat? We have our own goals! And you will not stop us from accomplishing them today!"
Yama's body increases in size. He jumps to five feet tell, then, six, and finally seven! His form becomes less misty and more corporeal. His muscles increase drastically, while amidst the darkness, strangely colored 'beads' materialize on his forehead.
He faces down Beelzebub with a grin on his face, relishing the beatdown he is about to unleash.
"You're unlucky, Beelzebub. We have not used our other powers for tens of thousands of years. But that does not mean we have turned rusty!"
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While Yama and Beelzebub fight, so do the other forces arrayed against Mephisto. Blinker battles Zamiel, Uriel staves off the pair of Brutes, and the fairies work together with the Archangel Constructs to push back the terrifying horde of monsters coming from the Death Gate.
But while those groups battle the strongest enemies, their human allies find themselves facing their own troubles!
Samuel Baker morphs into his Fairy Form while wearing his Rhino T-REX. He, Private Ashley, and the other soldiers bravely stand against Duke Raven and Baron Xena.
Xena, a trueblooded Baron lacking any magical powers, acts as the tank of her party. While Mephisto's undead swarm the humans, she does battle with Samuel Baker, frowning as her demonstone armor clashes against his Rhino armor.
"Who are you?!" Xena demands to know. "Another fairy, hiding among these humans?! You should have gone with the other three and stayed out of my way!"
Xena jumps into the air, lifts her leg up high, and slams it down on Samuel's arms, who resists her with the defense of his Rhino! His enhanced armor is more than capable of taking heavy abuse, though it isn't up to the task of dealing with Dukes and Emperors.
"I'm not a goddamned fairy!" Samuel barks, countering with a punch aimed at Xena's chest. She lithely dodges the attack, narrowly slithering out of the way. "I'm a human!"
"The hell you are! You're a fairy! And a MALE fairy at that! Which one are you?! I heard only a handful of you existed, and you're supposed to all be playing with your harems! Identify yourself!"
"My identity is Samuel Baker!" Samuel fires back. "And I'm not lying! I'm a human! I ain't no god-damn twinkle-toes fairy!"
He says this before flickering behind Xena and violently kicking her in the back, sending her sprawling onto her face. She immediately recovers with an improvised frontflip to face him again.
"I don't know what kind of games you're playing, fairy-boy, but if you want to drag your species into this conflict, be my guest! I bet those fairies over there are your personal playthings, eh?"
Samuel and Xena exchange several blows, with him flickering around and striking her with telekinetic attacks, while she relies on the raw power of her demonstone armor and Baron-level body to tank the blows with ease. Occasionally, a high-caliber sniper round fired by one of Samuel's allies will glance off Xena's armor, but she ignores the mice in favor of the more interesting opponent.
"Believe what you want, you arrogant bloodskin bitch." Samuel snarls. "I hate your kind. I hate all of you! Demons like you killed my brother! And I will NOT stand here and listen to you call me a god-damned fairy!"
Seemingly oblivious to the fact that he is, indeed, flickering around via fairy magic, Samuel confuses Xena with his resistance to the label. She eventually shakes her head, attributing his denial to some need for secrecy. Perhaps he's come here to assist the humans without the other fairies knowing. This might even be a conspiracy that goes right to the top!
But Xena doesn't care. Her days of scheming are over. Now, she is only a pawn working for Mephisto, lacking all agency.
She'd rather take out her rage on the annoying fairy-boy buzzing around her head!
Xena kicks the Labyrinth's floor, sending a spray of debris not only at Samuel, but the troopers behind him. These pebbles and rocks fly like high-caliber bullets, glancing off their armor, but also chipping the T-REX's in various places. The sheer strength behind even a mid-level demon's kick allows them to weaponize their environment with ease!
"Knock it off!" Samuel says, lunging toward Xena. Just before he can punch her head into the ground, an attack strikes him from the side.
A burst of... feathers?!
Indeed, feathers harder than steel rush at Samuel, stabbing into his Rhino and causing it serious damage. The armor system rapidly repairs the damage through its internal nanite storage, and Samuel jerks his head toward the attacker.
Raven, the Duke of Feathers, taunts Samuel. "Xena! Take care of those small fry! I'll handle this little fairy myself!"
"Hey!" Xena snaps. "You're not my boss! I wanna fight the fairy!"
"Do you? Then fight me first, idiot. Ca-caw!! I'm a Duke, so my word goes! Don't like it, I'll beat you down and embarrass you right in front of these humans!"
Xena grimaces. She realizes that as a Baron, and one lacking any magic, she hasn't a chance of defeating her Duke-level 'ally.' Raven would mop the floor with her face!
"Y-you! Fine! I'll kill the stupid humans! But after I'm done, I'm coming back to take down this fairy!"
Samuel grits his teeth. He wants to stop Xena, but compared to the terrifying threat of a Demon Duke, Xena isn't anything at all! Not only is Raven a Duke, but a long-lived, fully matured entity who fought during the Energy Wars!
She's a terrifying foe!
Raven flaps her wings. She leaps into the sky, then dive-bombs Samuel to try and kill him in one overbearing attack.
"Never should have come here, mystery fairy-man!"
Samuel flickers to the side, narrowly evading the attack as Raven crashes into the floor. He fires off multiple telekinetic blasts, trying to knock her away or slow her down, but Raven shrugs them off with ease.
"Hahaha! So you're a male fairy?" Raven laughs, relishing in the moment. "Maybe you weren't lying after all! Maybe you really are just a human! This magic is pathetic! The male fairies I know are peak powerhouses! They can go toe-to-toe with Dukes, let alone Emperors! But you're more like a baby waving around a magic wand! Did the Fairy Queens send you here to temper you? Hmm! I wonder what will happen if I pluck your little wings! What are they going to do? KILL ME? HAHAHA! I'M ALREADY DEAD!"
Raven flaps her wings. She rushes toward Samuel at a frightening speed, using her armored chest as a battering ram. Samuel hastily conjures a force field, but she breaks it with ease, slams into him, and sends him flying backward!
Samuel crashes into the dirt. He bounces off the ground twice before grinding to a halt. Protected by his Rhino, he doesn't suffer any injuries, but his T-REX shudders under the impact of that blow.
Samuel flickers to his feet, but his heart turns cold as he sees Xena casually marching into the battle lines of his fellow soldiers.
Humanity's Finest unload bullets into the undead rushing their position. Burner demons mix with undead Warpers as well as Burrowers. The Burners fling fireballs into their midst to try and smoke the human's vision, as well as heat up their suits. The Burrowers crush several people under falling rocks and boulders, killing them on the spot, while the Warpers continuously summon more grunts of different types to charge these people.
At the same time, the humans don't fail to notice Xena's approach. The problem is, none of them are nearly as equipped to deal with a Baron as Samuel is!
At least, with the sole exception of one human.
Private Ashley McCarthy!
Unlike the other people around her, Ashley is the sole person besides Samuel to have an S-rank species compatibility through her Power Glove.
But like Samuel, she finds her species to be... undesirable.
"Dammit! Nobody's ever going to want to date me if I pop this... but I don't have a choice!"
Seeing the imminent catastrophe of a Demon Baron marching toward her comrades, Ashley no longer hesitates. She activates her Power Glove and begins to morph inside her armor.
Her muscles triple in size. Her height increases. Her T-REX adjusts itself to conform to her new parameters.
Her comrades gasp in shock as Ashley jumps from five feet tall to nearly eight!
She towers above everyone, easily drawing Xena's gaze.
"What the- another aberrant? These humans are weird!"
Hardly has Xena registered this random new threat before Ashley begins thunder toward her. Her feet slam into the dirt! Her stride allows her to wade through the undead without even flinching!
Ashley lifts up her service rifle, transforms into into a specially customized Greathammer Mode made just for her, and brings it down on her enemy's heads.
Splatter!!
She kills five undead at a time while swimming through their ranks toward her opponent. Xena jumps toward her, not sensing any particular magic flow, and lunges her fist toward Ashley's chest.
But Ashley's hammer moves at a speed far faster than its size would imply. She swings it in an upward arc toward the incoming Baron of Collection.
BOOM!
The hammer crashes into Xena's stomach and sends her flying high into the air. Xena screams involuntarily under the power of that strike, before crashing into the ceiling five hundred feet above. She tumbles away and falls to the ground, halfway across the entire battlefield, ultimately landing in a heap.
Ashley doesn't revel in this victory, however.
Instead, she grumbles under her breath.
"...that damn demon bitch, can't believe she made me use the Orc transformation! God, I hope nobody sees me like this. I'll die of embarrassment!"
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2023.02.02 23:57 owloctave Psychopathy - not psychosis - is strongly correlated with violent crime

There have been a lot of comments about BK's mental health on the sub. One of the things I've seen the most confusion about is the difference between "psychopathy" and "psychosis", and their respective connections to violent crime (and in particular premeditated violent crime). It's understandable because the words are so similar.
I want to be very clear that I'm not "diagnosing" BK with anything. I'm providing information and hopefully beginning a fact-based discussion.
Instead of writing a novel, I'll just list some bullet points with links. I tried my best to find semi-decent online sources for you.
(Keep in mind that psychology is still a relatively new science and our understanding of the human mind and how it works is constantly evolving. So over the years there have been terms that have fallen in and out of favor, disorders that have been renamed and reclassified, etc. - which can add to the terminological confusion people have.)
Bullet Points:
  1. Psychosis and psychopathy are not the same thing. While psychopathy isn't a clinical diagnosis, it's generally considered to be associated with a personality disorder.
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/understanding-psychosis "Symptoms of psychosis include delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear). Other symptoms include incoherent or nonsense speech and behavior that is inappropriate for the situation."
https://arizonaforensics.com/psychopathy-vs-antisocial-personality-disorde "Psychopathy is a common term used to describe a grouping of personality traits that includes such things as impulsive behavior, lack of regard for others, lack of a normal range of emotional responsiveness and frequent deception or manipulation of others."
https://leb.fbi.gov/articles/featured-articles/psychopathy-an-important-forensic-concept-for-the-21st-century "Many psychopaths exhibit a profound lack of remorse...This central psychopathic concept enables them to act in a cold-blooded manner, using those around them as pawns to achieve goals and satisfy needs and desires, whether sexual, financial, physical, or emotional."
  1. The terms "psychopathy" and "sociopathy" are often used interchangeably, but many believe there is a distinct difference.
https://www.forbes.com/health/mind/sociopath-vs-psychopath/ "While sociopathy—when the term was still in use—was a disorder believed to stem from a person’s environment, psychopathy is believed to arise mostly from biology and genetics with some environmental influence, though research on psychopathy’s causes is ongoing.'
  1. Psychosis is not strongly correlated with violence and when it is, it's primarily attributable to drug use.
https://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observeobsonline/psychosis-and-violence-arent-strongly-linked.html “There is little evidence for a subgroup with exclusively psychosis-preceded violence"
https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2009-05-20-small-risk-violence-schizophrenia-unless-drugs-and-alcohol-are-involved "There is an association between schizophrenia and violent crime, but it is minimal unless there are also drug or alcohol problems, a large-scale study led by Oxford University has shown."
  1. The brain of a psychopath is different from that of a nonpsychopath.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/1149316 "Reduced gray matter volume within areas implicated in empathic processing, moral reasoning, and processing of prosocial emotions such as guilt and embarrassment may contribute to the profound abnormalities of social behavior observed in psychopathy."
https://www.livescience.com/17159-psychopath-brain-abnormalities.html "Those two structures in the brain, which are believed to regulate emotion and social behavior, seem to not be communicating as they should."
  1. Psychopaths "know" right from wrong, but they don't feel shame, guilt or remorse over their actions.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20053752/ "Psychopaths understand the distinction between right and wrong, but do not care about such knowledge, or the consequences that ensue from their morally inappropriate behavior."
  1. Not all psychopaths are violent.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-neuroscientist-who-discovered-he-was-a-psychopath-180947814/ "Eventually, based on further neurological and behavioral research into psychopathy, he decided he was indeed a psychopath—just a relatively good kind, what he and others call a “pro-social psychopath,” someone who has difficulty feeling true empathy for others but still keeps his behavior roughly within socially-acceptable bounds."
  1. Violent psychopaths have high rates of recidivism.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01065856 "The Psychopathy Checklist alone performed at least as well as any combination of variables and also improved upon the prediction based on criminal history variables. Psychopaths continued to recidivate at a higher rate than nonpsychopaths even beyond age 40."
  1. Psychopathic killers are more likely to premeditate/plan.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12150419/ "Nearly all (93.3%) of the homicides by psychopaths were primarily instrumental in nature compared with 48.4% of the homicides by nonpsychopaths."
  1. Psychopathy has generally been considered to be resistant to psychotherapy.
https://link.springer.com/chapte10.1007/978-1-4615-1367-4_9 "Successful therapeutic modification of human behavior requires an emotional bond between the therapist and the client, cooperation, openness, expressiveness, reciprocal affirmation, and an adequate duration of treatment. However, it is exactly these criteria that psychopaths do not fulfill."
  1. Psychopaths have very strong reward systems, which offers some hope regarding future treatment.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/psychopathic-traits-linked-brain-reward-system "The results in both cases show that people with higher scores for impulsive and antisocial traits had greater responses in the dopamine reward areas of the brain."
https://www.science.org/content/article/psychopaths-keep-their-eyes-prize "Because of the mesolimbic system's connection with addiction...the findings could ultimately have "huge implications" for substance abuse treatments that seek to dampen activity in dopamine circuits."
TL;DR: People who are psychotic (and not under the influence of drugs) are not much more likely to become violent than the average psychologically healthy person. Whereas psychopaths are far more likely to commit violent crimes - especially premeditated ones - than the average person.
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2023.02.02 23:54 Gogreennn36 Don't know what to do in my career?

So I grew up in America but my family is rather conservative so a lot of the issues on here resonate with me better.
I have typical Indian parents that want me to succeed in life (nothing wrong with that) and as a child they hoped I'd get into Harvard, become a CEO, and give them a few million dollars. It's safe to say that none of that happened. I struggled in school with focus and had mental issues (still do) and ADHD. I used to score pretty low marks, especially in math, and couldn't understand subjects well. I had behavioral issues as well. I was basically a non-conventional Indian kid. Of course Indian parents don't understand mental health or learning challenges, so I didn't get any help. I was supposed to compete with every other smart Indian and try to get a 32 on the ACT while I couldn't get past 22.
I ended up getting into a pretty good state school and told my parents I wanted to become a teacher. I have always been a "rebel" type that doesn't listen to them. I hate people controlling me or telling me what to do. I didn't want to be a doctor or engineer. I wanted to be different, even though I hated kids lol. So I finished the education program and then realized I literally hated teaching. My parents told me to just finish and do the job because it pays well and you get benefits. But I realized I hated it and they wouldn't let me change. I wanted to switch to English or Women's Studies or psychology but they said no way. They forced me through education.
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What I want in a job:
Simple tasks (computer work)
Professional, office job
Full benefits
Get sucked into work/hyperfocus so the day goes by fast
Casual dress code
Opportunity for 4 day work week
Can leave at 3 or 4 pm
Lots of time off
Work stays at work
Lots of support and training
Kind people/management, support neurodiversity
Not selling or constantly talking to people
$65,000 salary
Hybrid/Remote eligible

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2023.02.02 23:49 TrentBobart Singing the Wrong Sort of Songs . . . En Temerant Voistra: "To Hold the Art of Singing" and "To Keep the Art of Listening"

This post took countless hours to put together, so I hope you'll enjoy!
. . . I may have finally cracked the 9-year-old riddle of "En Temerant Voistra"
(TL:DR at the bottom)

The Art of Naming:

To begin, we know that the art of naming is the backbone for the Kingkiller Chronicle. It is as Elodin tells us:
In ancient times, before mankind existed, there was only one world, one sky, and one moon. There were those who were name-knowers, and those who became shapers:
But now in the present day, the art of naming has diminished. Elodin tells us how things are nowadays:
Elodin, Master Namer of the University, is now one of the best namers in the world. He knows the true shape of the world and has the ability to not just look at you, but to look into you and see your deep name. . . He is one of the few remainders of people who support and understand the ancient ways of naming, and it's importance to the world.
Elodin's Class: Introduction to Not Being a Stupid Jackass:

Conclusions:

Singing and Listening:

Singing and listening: how do these concepts apply to the art of naming?
When Kvothe calls the name of Felurian, here is what he says:
Kvothe did something very impressive here. Elodin was very impressed as well:
Elodin tells Kvothe that what he did was extremely rare and powerful because of the complexity of the name he called. . . And when he called the name, he SANG the name!

Kvothe sang the name. . .

Singers: When the Chandrian are in Kvothe's camp, Haliax is reminding the others about who keeps them safe from harm:
The Chandrian are kept safe by Haliax. The Singers are a group of people who seek to harm them. So, when do we see an example of a Chandrian member being harmed?
Calling Cinder's deep name brought him to pain. Naming him caused him pain because Haliax wished it. The Singers are people who can name living creatures, so of course they don't want the singers to harm them. Singing their names is something the Chandrian want to avoid. Hence, the wrong sort of songs. (More on this below)

Conclusions:

Singing the Wrong Sort of Songs:
Let's put everything together now.

"Someone's parents have been singing entirely the wrong sort of songs." . . . They had killed my parents for gathering stories about them. They had killed my whole troupe over a song." - Chapter-27 NOTW

Listening:
Not only is singing heavily implied when discussing naming, but listening is also important:
I have many other examples of listening, such as Denna's speech about learning to listen to things, and the entire story of Jax and the old man teaching him how to listen, but I don't want to make this post too long. . . The point has been proven. Singing and listening are very important for naming.

Conclusions:

En Temerant Voistra:

Back in 2014, Pat posted the following comment on twitter:
I have exhaustively gone through every possible anagram of "En Temerant Voistra" in both Pat's native language of English, but also in Latin, a language from which many other languages are derived. Because there are literally thousands of possibilities, I narrowed my search of possible anagrams to either "2" or "3" word phrases. Here is what I found:
Latin:
En Temerant Voistra can be rearranged to spell "Ovantis Artem Tener"

Get ready for all of your minds to be completely BLOWN!
Again, En Temerant Voistra can be rearranged to spell "Ovantis Artem Tener"

Ovantis Artem Tener

When you translate this phrase with each of the words capitalized, it translates as follows:
When you translate this phrase with each of the words in lower case , it translates as follows:

Try it for yourself: Click this link and see for yourself!

Singing and Listening:
Why would a Master Namer tell his class to find a book named En Temerant Voistra (a name that Pat himself tells us is an anagram)? And this book happens to be "un-findable." And it is called "Ovantis Artem Tener" which literally translates to both singing and listening . . . If this isn't the answer then I'll eat my hat. . .

TL:DR:


Thanks for Reading!
For those of you who think this is too tinfoil, or who believe this is far-fetched, please note that "En Temerant Voistra" can also be an anagram for the following Latin phrase:
torvis amant tenere
This translates to: "They love to hold their grudges" . . . lol

Have a good day. One Family!
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2023.02.02 23:11 griii2 Systemic Sexism: UN's Gender Inequality Index does not measure gender inequality

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Last time we talked about how UN manipulates the Gender Development Index to hide the fact that men are the less developed gender (according to their own definition). Today I will explained why the GII does not measure gender inequality in any meaningful way, and what is really represents.

Inequality, but both ways

The Gender Inequality Index (GII) is published annually by UN's agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Let's look at what UNDP says the GII measures:
- GII is a composite metric of gender inequality [...] a low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men
- It ranges from 0, where women and men fare equally, to 1, where one gender fares as poorly as possible in all measured dimensions
Source: https://hdr.undp.org/data-centethematic-composite-indices/gender-inequality-index#/indicies/GII
This is very important: GII does not measure whether women are disadvantaged compared to men, it measure whether men's and women's lives are different. In theory, a high value of inequality could be caused by men being worse off than women. Or both genders being just slightly disadvantaged but in different areas. That is indeed the case: one of the indicators used in the formula is the difference between male and female shares of population with at least secondary education. In some countries, like Australia, Finland or New Zealand, this share is higher for women than for men (according to UNDP's own data), and this makes the inequality go up, not down!
The term inequality is used in its literal sense, meaning "not the same", not "privileged vs oppressed".

Enter female reproductive health

This of course does not make the index biased - unless you use it in a biased way, pretending high inequality means that women are worse off than men. No, there is a much bigger problem.
The formula for calculating the index is very complex - indeed its complexity is even criticised on Wikipedia. Just look how UNDP explains it:
The index is based on the general mean of general means of different orders—the first aggregation is by a geometric mean across dimensions; these means, calculated separately for women and men, are then aggregated using a harmonic mean across genders.
Now forget all about that. All you need to know about GII is that it measure just three dimensions represented by five indicators:
Dimension Indicator
Health Maternal mortality ratio (MMR)
Adolescent birth rate (ABR)
Empowerment Female and male population with at least secondary education
Female and male shares of parliamentary seats
Labour Market Female and male labour force participation rates
Source: https://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2021-22_HDhdr2021-22_technical_notes.pdf
You may be asking, is the ratio of parliamentary sets a good measure of differences between genders? Well, maybe not, but you should be looking at a different metric: if they measure maternal mortality (female health) and adolescent births (female health), how do they compare it to male health? The answer is: they don't.
The UNDP puts it this way:
Health should not be interpreted as an average of corresponding female and male indices but rather as half the distance from the norms established for the reproductive health indicators—fewer maternal deaths and fewer adolescent pregnancies.
In other words, if women's reproductive health is below some arbitrary norm, then there is gender inequality. Regardless of the men's health.
They even provide this neat example about Afghanistan:
Male health Female health
Maternal mortality n/a 638
Adolescent births n/a 82.6
Formula n/a SQRT( (10/630) * (1/82.6))
Index 1 0.0138
Then the heath inequality is simply the average of male and female indices which is (1+0.0138)/2 = 0.5069.

What does the GII actually represent?

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that maternal mortality in Afghanistan is not horribly high. What am I saying is that you can not use maternal mortality in Afghanistan to measure gender inequality unless you take into consideration that you are - in Afghanistan. People in that country die of preventable diseases at horrible rates - both women and men.
But how good predictor of quality of life is reproductive health anyway? Let's look at another country from the GII dataset - New Zealand:
Indicator Value
Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) 9
The MMR number is per 100,000 live births. In 2021, NZ had some 63,557 live births, meaning there were approximately 6 maternal deaths. In a similar period NZ had approximately 105 fatal occupational injuries (source), of which 80% are usually males. That is cca 80 dead working men. Why does the index care about 6 more women than men dying in reproduction but not about 60 more men than women dying in employment?
The way it is calculated, the Health dimension correlates with country's wealth, not gender equality. But combined with the Empowerment and Labour Market dimensions, the whole GII does not represents anything meaningful. Except maybe one thing: UN's bias against men.
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2023.02.02 23:09 smencik ISC2 Update, By-Laws, Election, and more

If you have been reading my posts last summer and fall regarding the ISC2 Board of Directors Elections and the vote on the proposed By-Laws, then this update is for you. The designated 5 people put on the ballot by the Nominating Committee won the election for the Board as expected. The write in candidacy of Wim Remes failed. The vote on the By-Laws proposal resulted in those proposals being defeated by about a 2 to 1 margin. Thanks to all of you that cared enough to vote on those By-Laws. There were about twice as many votes in the By-Laws vote than in the BoD Election.
In December I submitted more than 530 petitions to call for a vote on an alternative set of By-Laws (see https://jsweb.net/isc2) . Thanks to the many of you that signed that petition.
On Tuesday, 1/31/2032, I was at ISC2 HQ in Alexandria, VA and met with
· Clar Rosso, CEO
· Yiannis Pavlosoglou, Board Chairperson
· Tammy Georgelas, Board of Directors Counsel
  1. We each gave brief introductions of ourselves and backgrounds. Yiannis seemed generally surprised at the amount of experience I have in the field and the many things I have worked on over the years, I explained that having been affiliated with NSA all these years, I generally kept a low profile, but since I am nearing retirement now, that doesn’t matter as much. I gave him some specific things he could look up if he was not familiar with what I have accomplished, including being the technical lead for the CARNIVORE evaluation, the NSA evaluator of the original RADIANT MERCURY guard, and having implemented an NSA proprietary PKI algorithm in the early 1980’s before the techniques were even widely known. I think that put him in a different frame of mind, as I think he thought I was just some troublemaker.
  2. The petition submission to call for a special meeting to vote on the alternative proposals for the By-Laws has been accepted.
The initial submission of 530+ had 498 valid signatures. I was given a list of those that were not accepted, and a list of general reasons why they wouldn’t be accepted. I submitted another 35 that came in while the original submissions was being validated. There were at least 2 of that group that were valid, putting the total number over the 500 threshold. The Board lawyer said that since there are no defined procedures for just submissions, there is no reason why the 500 could not come from multiple submissions, and because of the nature of the petition, there is no time limit for gathering the signatures, the petition drive is deemed successful.
  1. The BoD is forming a By-Laws Committee.
I was asked to serve on this Committee. I said that I would do so, but not until after the vote on the proposals submitted. I suggested that the work of that Committee should wait to see the results of that vote, so they know the baseline from which to start. Yiannis tried to convince me that I should just work with the Committee. I explained that the proposals are not just mine. I coordinated them with dozens of people that made suggestions for improvement, many of which were accepted. Therefore, while I am representing this effort, I am hardly the sole author and therefore cannot simply set aside the work of others just to work with the new Committee instead. I also noted that over 500 members have ask to have a vote on these proposals. It is not up to me to simply set aside the wishes of over 500 of our members.
Yiannis said that in accordance with the by-laws, he would within 90 days set a date for the meeting and vote. First steps though are to have the lawyer and the Committee to review the proposal to ensure that the proposals do not create conflict with Massachusetts Corporate Law or create undue risk for the corporation. He does not know of any based on his reading, but it is a necessary step. Estimated time for the review is no more than a month. At the end of that review, we will get together again to discuss the results and how to proceed. If there are minor tweaks to be made or if the proposals move on as is. Yiannis will set the special meeting date after this has been completed.
I noted that I should not be part of that review, and they agreed. However, I offered that if there was any question of intent of the by-laws changes that was not already adequately explained in the rationale, I’d be happy to participate from that respect.
Bottom line is that progress is being made.
  1. I was given a number of documents to review, including the minutes of all the 2022 Board meetings. The minutes are written at such a high level that there really isn’t much to be gained by reading them. There were one or two interesting tidbits, which because I had to sign an NDA, I cannot disclose. Nothing too exciting.
  2. We then turned to free flow discussion.
First topic was the election. I expressed that I thought the open call for nominations was a great change because in the past, there was nothing to explain how people got nominated in the first place. However, submitting oneself was pretty much a “fire and forget” exercise. There was no information provided to anyone on what the process would be from the point of submission and forward. Clearly I understood that they did not have the time to interview all 87 candidates. There had to be a down-selection to narrow that focus. I asked if the developed and used some kind of Rubric to score the initial applications (they did, but not discussed), how they reconciled scoring differences between evaluators. Supposedly they got together to review the individual scores, and those kinds of discrepancies. Once they got to 17 candidates, 1 dropped out, and 1 they could never agree on a time for interviews, so only 15 people were actually interviewed. They claim that each candidate was asked the same set of questions. It was also noted that they were careful to recuse themselves for any members with which they had prior knowledge or affiliation. Yiannis noted that all this explanation was coming from Clar, as he recused himself from the whole process due to being a candidate.
Then we got to the contentious part of only 5 candidates being selected for 5 open positions. I said that while I was disappointed not to have been chosen for the ballot, with as many people that submitted, I was sure there were plenty of qualified people. What really upset me was that the membership was having their voice taken away by not having a choice. The perception is that the Board and the Nominating Committee think they know what is best for the organization and the membership is not qualified to make that judgement. It created the perception that they knew in advance who the candidates would be, and simply got them to self-submit and what do you know, they popped out the back end of the process as the candidates. Whether or not that is the way it happened, that is the perception, and perception is often reality.
I then moved on to the request that we made for a one-time email announcing that we would be trying to petition our way onto the ballot. It was rejected because we were told the rules had changed. I noted that I just finished reading the 2022 minutes of the Board meetings, and there was no mention of this. Yiannis said it was true that they did change that rule. I pointed out that it was never announced to the membership and the Election FAQ still said that such an email would be sent. The FAQ was changed the day after our request without even noting the update. I called that practice unethical. If the Board screwed up by not announcing the change and not updating the FAQ, then ethically and professionally they should have honored the request. The best I got from Yiannis and Clar was an admission that yes they screwed up and should have granted the request.
I noted that one of the emails about the election or the results stated that the Committee interviewed more 80 candidates. Clar interrupted and said, “reviewed and evaluated submissions from over 80 candidates”. I said that if it had said that, I wouldn’t be complaining, but it specifically said “interviewed”, which is a lie. If the organization is going to issue what is essentially a press release, the organization needs to ensure that facts are correct,.
There was then more discussion about “slate” vs. “ballot”. I said I didn’t want to debate the semantics of either word. The issue is that the selection choice was taken away from the membership. I was certain there were plenty of qualified people to present 10 people for 5 open positions. Clar stated there were dozens of qualified people. I then asked why the Nominations Chair, Jill Slay (now vice-chair of the BoD) was quoted as saying, “We were never in the situation where we had to exclude really good people as far as I am concerned.” I noted that I personally took that as an insult and so did many of the other candidates that were not selected. I said that if she really feels that way then she is not fit to serve on the Board of Directors and should resign. I offered to get them to the exact minute and second of the BrightTalk session in which she said that. They declined, but insisted she must not have meant exactly what came out, but I noted that it was her justification for only 5 names.
Conversation moved onto the by-laws proposal. It has been stated by Zach Tudor that the Board did engage with membership before submission. I have yet to find anyone that knew the contents of the proposal until the day it was released, which was right as the vote opened. Yiannis asked how the Board should have engaged. I said there were multiple ways. First, there is a members-only section of the Community Boards on the ISC2 website. A perfect place for such collaboration. However, except for a few “Hi, I’m running for the Board, ask me anything” posts, the Board has never used the Community Board. I noted the Board has always been invited to the [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) discussion group. There are groups on LinkedIn, Reddit, and other places that are more public, but would still reach the membership. Even an email blast that explained that this has been proposed, we want you to review and provide feedback would have been helpful. I noted that the proposals submitted with the petition were coordinated using several of those methods. Yiannis agreed there needs to be much better interaction between the Board and the Members, but did not state any particular initiative to make that happen.
Other than the above, I did have a conversation in private with the attorney in which I discussed the makeup of the Ethics Committee and what is required by the By-Laws. She agreed that the plain English reading calls for 1 Director and 2 or more non-Directors as members of the Committee. I said that the current Committee was not validly constituted, and hasn’t been for some time, since there are multiple Directors on the Committee. I noted that the Committee was designed to hear ethics complaints against members and thus it was to be a committee of their peers, not discipline by the BoD. Thus it was set up to have a Board member run the Committee, but all the other members to be non-Directors. She agreed to look into this.
That pretty much sums up what I think was a useful discussion, but the proof of whether it really was useful will be seen in what happens going forward.
Steve Mencik CISSP-ISSAP, ISSEP
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2023.02.02 23:06 griii2 UN's Gender Inequality Index does not measure gender inequality

Last time we talked about how UN manipulates the Gender Development Index to hide the fact that men are the less developed gender (according to their own definition). Today I will explained why the GII does not measure gender inequality in any meaningful way, and what is really represents.

Inequality, but both ways

The Gender Inequality Index (GII) is published annually by UN's agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Let's look at what UNDP says the GII measures:
- GII is a composite metric of gender inequality [...] a low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men
- It ranges from 0, where women and men fare equally, to 1, where one gender fares as poorly as possible in all measured dimensions
Source: https://hdr.undp.org/data-centethematic-composite-indices/gender-inequality-index#/indicies/GII
This is very important: GII does not measure whether women are disadvantaged compared to men, it measure whether men's and women's lives are different. In theory, a high value of inequality could be caused by men being worse off than women. Or both genders being just slightly disadvantaged but in different areas. That is indeed the case: one of the indicators used in the formula is the difference between male and female shares of population with at least secondary education. In some countries, like Australia, Finland or New Zealand, this share is higher for women than for men (according to UNDP's own data), and this makes the inequality go up, not down!
The term inequality is used in its literal sense, meaning "not the same", not "privileged vs oppressed".

Enter female reproductive health

This of course does not make the index biased - unless you use it in a biased way, pretending high inequality means that women are worse off than men. No, there is a much bigger problem.
The formula for calculating the index is very complex - indeed its complexity is even criticised on Wikipedia. Just look how UNDP explains it:
The index is based on the general mean of general means of different orders—the first aggregation is by a geometric mean across dimensions; these means, calculated separately for women and men, are then aggregated using a harmonic mean across genders.
Now forget all about that. All you need to know about GII is that it measure just three dimensions represented by five indicators:
Dimension Indicator
Health Maternal mortality ratio (MMR)
Adolescent birth rate (ABR)
Empowerment Female and male population with at least secondary education
Female and male shares of parliamentary seats
Labour Market Female and male labour force participation rates
Source: https://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2021-22_HDhdr2021-22_technical_notes.pdf
You may be asking, is the ratio of parliamentary sets a good measure of differences between genders? Well, maybe not, but you should be looking at a different metric: if they measure maternal mortality (female health) and adolescent births (female health), how do they compare it to male health? The answer is: they don't.
The UNDP puts it this way:
Health should not be interpreted as an average of corresponding female and male indices but rather as half the distance from the norms established for the reproductive health indicators—fewer maternal deaths and fewer adolescent pregnancies.
In other words, if women's reproductive health is below some arbitrary norm, then there is gender inequality. Regardless of the men's health.
They even provide this neat example about Afghanistan:
Male health Female health
Maternal mortality n/a 638
Adolescent births n/a 82.6
Formula n/a SQRT( (10/630) * (1/82.6))
Index 1 0.0138
Then the heath inequality is simply the average of male and female indices which is (1+0.0138)/2 = 0.5069.

What does the GII actually represent?

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that maternal mortality in Afghanistan is not horribly high. What am I saying is that you can not use maternal mortality in Afghanistan to measure gender inequality unless you take into consideration that you are - in Afghanistan. People in that country die of preventable diseases at horrible rates - both women and men.
But how good predictor of quality of life is reproductive health anyway? Let's look at another country from the GII dataset - New Zealand:
Indicator Value
Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) 9
The MMR number is per 100,000 live births. In 2021, NZ had some 63,557 live births, meaning there were approximately 6 maternal deaths. In a similar period NZ had approximately 105 fatal occupational injuries (source), of which 80% are usually males. That is cca 80 dead working men. Why does the index care about 6 more women than men dying in reproduction but not about 60 more men than women dying in employment?
The way it is calculated, the Health dimension correlates with country's wealth, not gender equality. But combined with the Empowerment and Labour Market dimensions, the whole GII does not represents anything meaningful. Except maybe one thing: UN's bias against men.
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