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2020.09.29 02:29 AsaTJCrusader Kings 3 Patch 1.1 Notes: What They Actually Mean
Just because your dad is an asshole and called you a failure and cast you out of the family doesn't mean no one anywhere in the world will ever let you inherit anything. I mean, he was probably right about you but if you get on a boat to India they probably won't know or care yet.
If you spend hundreds of ducats of your own money building a fabulous new church, God's not gonna just be like "sure fine whatever I guess"
Lower-rank clan rulers won't get penalties for failing to have an entire harem anime going on.
If you are below the waifu quota for your rank, though, God is gonna be twice as mad about it. He tunes in to this show to ship you with various hotties and nothing on heaven or earth will save you if you fail to deliver.
Partition was all kinds of fucked up and would often explode from even momentary contact with certain other game mechanics. We're sorry. We're working on it.
Courtiers who you had an illicit love child with are less likely to dump the baby in your lap and disappear forever and not even pay child support.
Refusing a call to arms now does something, up from basically nothing.
It's now much harder to make literally everyone in the world love you just because you read a lot of books on rhetoric. Sorry political youtubers.
Characters should now experience a gradual decrease in fertility instead of knocking up all three concubines with quadruplets one day and suddenly having their balls turn to dust and blow away in the wind the next.
Greedy characters will no longer gain stress from giving away a city or temple, because as we all know, administering anything that isn't a castle gives poor feudal lords the hurty brain and it's just not practical to expect them to do it.
Heresies should no longer replace like 90% of all Catholic counties by two weeks in to every 867 game.
Inheritance succession can now go up to 6 generations upwards to find a distant relative rather than just 3 in case, say, you ended up getting the first 20 people in line for the throne killed because you keep forgetting to go click Forbid on the Knights screen.
It's now much harder to murder someone you're at war with and practically impossible to abduct them because they've seen the exploit videos, too, and they're not falling for that bullshit again.
Knights who are constantly swinging swords around and not getting killed will probably get better at it over time.
The Emperor of the HRE or any similarly impressive realm is probably not going to immediately prostrate himself and accept your weirdo naked incest religion even if you declared a holy war and are somewhat stronger than him.
You can no longer ask the Pope for money while at war with the Papacy. Just sack Rome and take it. Asking is for schmucks.
Tribal leaders who have massive armies that get paid in exposure will no longer have a harder time becoming famous for some reason.
That dumbass Radulf is now somewhat less likely to somehow get himself maimed multiple times in battles where you had a 3-to-1 numbers advantage.
Being in debt now does something, up from basically nothing.
Lustful characters will no longer lose stress every time they fail at No Nut November.
The Mongols are legit scary now and they heard you've been talkin' shit.
Weak realms are now much more likely to agree to subjugation by the Mongol Empire, unless you're the Shah of Khwarazm and have a nail in your brain or something.
Telling your failson to go shave his head and live in a dark building he's not allowed out of where he can only eat bread and sing hymns no longer gives you piety, because never having to see him again is its own reward.
That mission in KCD was pretty cool though, huh?
The AI is now reluctant to betroth boys to old women, even ones that have been described as total QILFs.
AI rulers should no longer recruit claimants to their court who are like, fifth in line for some desert village they've never heard of clear over on a different continent.
AI rulers who are bankrupt and facing rebellion should no longer froth at the mouth and scream from the parapets that they refuse to so much as discuss a white peace until you hit 350% warscore.
We've introduced a cap to living dynasty member Renown gain so you can't just rush all the perks by having 5000 stupid, ugly babies.
The Inbred trait is now less likely to be passed on as long as you don't take an already Inbred character and continue to inbreed them. We know you're gonna do it anyway, of course. You're all gross.
Successful Crusaders should no longer fold to a faction demand and convert to Islam 100% of the time.
Clan vassals who aren't allowed to bang at least one of your kids are going to be way more angry now, especially if they're powerful.
Partition succession should now look mostly at splitting up the total number of base level counties evenly, rather than saying Louis gets less land because he gets to keep the fancier hat, leaving him with like a third of the levies of each of his brothers to defend a realm that is now on the express train to disaster.
Björn Ironside has sat down with all of his vassals and explained to them that he probably can't protect them if they go conquer like, fucking Cyprus or something and they should prioritize grabbing counties that are at least within a few months' sailing distance of Scandinavia.
Said vassals should also concentrate on conquering counties in a single, contiguous geographic region now, instead of trying to, I don't fucking know, have at least one outpost in every de jure kingdom on the map? What exactly was your logic, there? It's not like you're grabbing centers of trade. This isn't EU4. Calm down and finish your Wales before you start trying to dominate North Africa.
When you win a Crusade, some of the Crusaders who came with you should stay around and help you man the fortifications instead of being like "gg c ya"
Wandering characters with absurd amounts of gold will now tend to spend it all on improving themselves booze and hookers so you can't invite them to dinner and then accuse them of witchcraft and seize all of their wealth.
AI spouses are finally getting over their netorare phase. Like, we get it but jeez. Find a new tag to follow.
The Alans in 867 have no longer somehow completely forgotten how to do horse archery.
The Pope will no longer let Catholics form the Empire of Germania. You'll have to create the HRE instead, unless you wanted to maybe Protest his authority.
Dynasty of Many Crowns now rewards you with something more than a shitty intramural soccer trophy that probably cost like $12
Peasant leaders may now pay their rabble in exposure.
You can no longer get the living legend achievement by simply starting a game as Haesteinn. It was simply OP to allow him to be as cool as we all know he was.
Characters whose religion involves reincarnation are less likely to reincarnate from a really shitty ancestor.
Alexandria is no longer a holy site for an East African religion practiced mainly by people who have never heard of Alexandria.
The AI will no longer go nuts writing long facebook posts about how all of your children are illegitimate that your dumbass vassals will read and believe in.
German vassals with Stammesherzogtum unlocked should now realize they can wield more power squeezing the desiccated corpse of the empire than they could claiming independence from it.
The Restore the HRE decision requirements are now Kinda Reasonable, down from Fucking Ludicrous.
You will now get ticking warscore against independence factions for holding any land in any of the rebel territories, not just the capital of the asshole who started it.
Brutally killed North Korea Mode. You're bad for using it and you should feel bad.
The AI should no longer decide in the middle of a war that a boat trip would be fun when the wargoal is like a kilometer away by land.
Vassals of a cowardly liege will no longer pretend to be cowardly when he's in the room to make him feel better.
Allied AI ultra-doomstacks should no longer roll up like "hey wyd" and try to have a chat with you while you're doing a siege if it would cause both armies to lose thousands of hapless souls to disease and starvation.
Varangians have been reminded that they're river vikings and they should stop trying to appropriate ocean viking culture.
The AI should no longer nope out with their 4000 troops, leaving your 3000 to fight a 5000 stack and get half your court killed when it would have been an easy win if they could have pulled their pants up and stayed still.
AI characters are less likely to join a claimant faction for a one-eyed, one-legged 90-year-old with leprosy and brain cancer.
AI understands that "matrilineal" marriage doesn't actually mean anything if you're keeping it in the family like a proper Crusader Kings player.
Your freaking worthless father-in-law should no longer call you into three consecutive offensive wars for one shitty tribal county when you're trying to desperately defend against a full-scale invasion of bloodthirsty foreigners.
AI characters who aren't of the same religion as a holy order will no longer be chill just letting the Templars hang out in one of their cities sharpening their swords and singing songs about how all heathens must die.
Lower-tier Norse rulers will be less likely to decide it sounds fun to sail all the way to Sri Lanka or something to raid when there is plenty of pillage to be had nearby.
Allied AI armies now have object permanence and understand that just because we can't see the enemy right now doesn't mean you can safely fuck off across the kingdom to siege some worthless barony and leave the player's army alone to get rekt the next time the bad guys show up.
The AI has been reminded that this game doesn't have naval combat so you don't have to row full-speed away from an approaching enemy fleet. Poseidon will rise from the seas and make sure no one is allowed to hurt each other's boats or anyone on them.
A whole bunch of other AI changes that could be at least partly solved by adding an "allow attachment" button to player armies.
AI will no longer treat enemy armies marching through neutral territory as "out of bounds" and therefore completely unable to be attacked.
AI will no longer park its second army right next to a relatively even battle in progress and kick back like, "I think you guys got this handled."
The little suggestions widget thingy will now let you know when a vassal is mad because you're not his rightful liege, and his rightful liege is mad because you're giving immediacy to his vassal, and it would have been really nice if someone had brought this to my attention before you both went and joined the independence faction because it's extremely easy to fix.
Added explanation for the Unreformed Pagan Combat Bonus, which there's like a 60% chance you didn't even know existed until right this second.
Clicking a region in a cultural innovation tooltip now highlights it on the map, which I guess is okay but I'm still unsure why we don't have a regions mapmode.
You can no longer include an "OR ELSE!" clause in a vassal contract that is fair and both of you already agreed upon amicably.
Fixed the " has no reason to stay at court" message claiming the child is your stepbrother or sister rather than child. Although knowing you lot, it's very possible that they're both.
Fixed the Find Concubine window in some cases showing someone who is already your concubine. Listen, he just reinstalled the app as a joke. Why are you getting so upset about this?
The little icon that tells you how likely you are to win a battle should no longer be completely full of shit most of the time.
Fixed the game sometimes claiming a marriage has no chance of children despite both parties being fertile. Like, yes, she is way out of your league but I think her sense of duty is at least sufficient to lay back and think of the realm.
Victory screen for Crusades in which you didn't get any land should now tell you exactly how little your sacrifices mattered instead of simply saying it didn't.
Fixed unpause tooltip in single-player sometimes saying "Game is Paused by U̵͈̳̠̼͉̲͙̣̎̓̍̆͋͛̋͋͘͜͡N̸̨̲͈̗̱͎͂͋̿̿͒̕͢͜ͅK̨̛̙̙̮̻̯̫̙͒͗̀͘͜͞͞Ņ̹̗̗͙̳̫̈́̽̒̔̌͒͆́̕͞ͅO̷̡̧͙̖̮͉͂̈͒̾̓̇̈̚͘͡ͅŴ̸̡̢͓̜̠̫͙̙̩̀͆̋͊͗̐̉͡Ǹ̵̛̞̟̼̑͗͊̂̏͘̚͟͜"
Fixed you in some cases getting a "your child can marry" notification for someone you have no power to marry off, so you can call them and bug them about it repeatedly.
Hovering over options in the dropdowns in the Barber Shop will now show the resulting change on your character model so you don't have to spend twice as much time trying on hats as you do actually playing the game.
Made it clear in the Knight game concept that Knights represent both the character and their retinue of troops, even though everyone's head canon is going to say that they did personally cause 30 casualties because that's way more metal.
Made sure the friends panel can be expanded if at 8 or more, even though you will never have that many friends.
The "Pending Crusade Participation" alert now only shows up if the head of faith would actually be upset at you for not participating. You've disappointed him enough by now that he probably doesn't care.
The game will no longer claim that your guest's claim on a title that's already in your realm, or which has no holder, is useful
You now get a notification in the lower-right corner when a part of your realm gets sieged by someone you're hostile to, which is information that I guess your marshal didn't think you needed to have until just now.
South Indian/Dravidian characters no longer look like they were dunked in flour.
Also added Slavic, East African, and Arctic visual ethnicities. Remember when we would charge actual money for this and half the time it looked like they escaped from a haunted wax museum? Rejoice that we now live in more enlightened times.
Improved teenager animations to not be neutral and really get across the VIOLENT STORM OF PAIN AND ANGER IN THEIR SOOOOOOOULS
Added an alternative text for holy war if one has the pluralist doctrine to explain that it's like, you know, just kind of a chill holy war, dude.
Added description for Parliament Special Building explaining that this one structure which grants some passive modifiers meant to represent an entire sea change in the understanding of the role of a monarch is hopefully just a placeholder for adding real council mechanics back in later.
Changed the "Consolamentum" tenet to "Ritual Suicide" for anyone but Catholics so non-Catholics don't have to go look up what the fuck that word even means.
Children who are believed to be the reincarnation of a really shitty ancestor will no longer act super stoked about it.
Fixed a scope mis-match in the lover reveal event which caused the event to describe people having affairs with themselves. We all do it but the entire court doesn't need to hear about it, okay?
Re-named the 'West African' culture group to 'Guinean' to get everyone speculating about if we might add the Kongo later.
Renamed the Wendish Empire to the Southern Baltic Empire, which is a monumentally less cool but I suppose more inclusive name.
Updated the tooltip for Divine Marriage to clarify how it works even though we thought the memes had explained this pretty well by now.
Added a notification toast when your liege changes to inform you who your new liege is and why they became your new liege. Which, again, you'd think someone on your council would have thought to inform you about this rather important piece of information before now.
Broke up some of the ridiculous turbokingdoms at game start in freezing, pastoral Northern Scandinavia.
Made the Guiyi Curcuit an independent realm in 867 to help ease the pain of waiting for the inevitable China expansion.
Aquitaine is sexist and has been cancelled
We made up some extra Cumans specifically to prevent bordergore so don't say we never did anything for you.
Kashmiris no longer start with elephants because it's honestly not a great place to raise elephants.
Socotra is now part of the Duchy of Socotra. Aswan is still not in the Duchy of Aswan for some reason but we're getting around to it.
The Aghlabids are no longer independent in 867 because they weren't.
Volga Bulgaria is now feudal in 1066, because all the other steppe khanates had already labelled them as lame asses by then.
You can no longer farm Devotion by telling your court architect to start building something that costs a bunch of piety and then kicking it over and telling him to go home on the second day.
You no longer have to change at least one thing when reforming a pagan faith to prove that you're hip and modern.
Fix unnecessarily handling controller input and rotating/zooming the camera, which is something 90% of you didn't know you could do until just now.
If your religion requires approval for divorce but has no religious head, guess what asshole, I'm the queen so I'm the one that gives approval. Now get out of my sight before I have to have you dragged out of it.
Fix war participant tooltip not listing the number of knights but just repeating the word knight
Fixed an issue where, as a prank, you would tell some rando that came along on the Crusade that they were getting the county of Jerusalem just so you could immediately laugh in their face and take it away.
Fixed excommunication being available for faiths with Communion but non-spiritual heads. Malcolm is just up there chugging the blood of Christ and scratching his ass but there's nothing we can legally do about it.
Listen closely. I know he's well-spoken but no matter what the prince tells you, word of his father's death and his ascension to the throne does not grant him a "Get Out of Jail Free Card," you oaf.
The Reclaim Britannia decision no longer changes effects based on dejure drift. It's a damn island and it all belongs rightfully to the Celts.
Children should no longer run away from home purely out of boredom.
A faction will no longer courteously greet you before calling you a tyrant. It's called sarcasm but you spend your days torturing small animals and banging your sisters so we probably shouldn't have expected you to get it.
It is no longer possible to farm guardianship events by repeatedly encouraging your child to engage in animal abuse. I can't believe we're actually having to patch this but I guess nothing should surprise me at this point.
"Know Thyself" will no longer result in you getting daily texts from the reaper telling you the number of days until the Big Day and how excited he is.
Added an alert for when you have no player heir to your titles but there's someone landed in your dynasty still alive somewhere because of a marriage you totally forgot about arranging like 200 years ago. So anyway I hope you like Siberia.
Made it easier to kill grandma.
Added triggers to notifications so that marshal vassals don't gain opinion of themselves when they do something good. That asshole is already full of himself enough as it is. Yeah, yeah, tell us about the Battle of Acre again. We're not tired of that story at all, you old fuck. Get back to work. I don't want to have to fight another populist rabble.
Babies will no longer be assigned commander traits through a yearly event. I know everyone wants to brag about how smart your kid is but I'll believe he can pull off a double envelopment when he stops shitting in his pants.
Blocked Vlach rulers from taking the Unite the Slavs and Unite the Southern Slavs decisions after realizing that our Somewhat More Arbitrary new way of doing non-linguistic culture groups has some drawbacks.
Blocked the seduction of characters who are imbeciles or incapable. Again, not necessarily surprised we had to do this. Just disappointed.
Rad ass hats are now mandatory in the Byzantine Empire.
Characters who become wanderers are now less likely to just nope out of any relationships and vanish, leaving confused loved ones behind.
The Adamites have finally made a ruling on capes: Funny but no.
Children under 4 should no longer be lecturing their peers about theology.
You can't force someone in your prison to educate your shitty kids. Torture them. Maim them. Anything but that.
Children will no longer demand you hold a feast even though that seems like exactly the kind of thing your shitty, spoiled kids would do.
Courtiers of Theocracies and Mercenaries will no longer wear inappropriate clothes. We're trying to sell this as an honest operation, Helgi. Gods dammit take that ridiculous thing off.
Crusader Helmets will now always show up when appropriate, which is at all times.
Devouring people will now have a clearer impact on your stress level. I still have several questions.
Tribal MaA who are paid in exposure won't give you a discount on the amount of exposure based on traits you have that normally decrease upkeep.
You can now tell a vassal who is mad that you're "not their rightful king" to sit down and shut up because you're the damn EMPEROR.
Taking someone as a concubine against their will might upset their family. You know, just a little.
No longer possible to farm divorces for personal profit. sigh
Fixed an error which caused the event 'Differences in Faith' to trigger for counties of your own religion even though that's basically what was going on everywhere all the time.
Fixed an inverted value that caused children with a 'bad' education affinity to do better at their education than children with a 'good' affinity even though everyone who has ever been labeled "gifted" relates to that pretty hard. (Credit for this joke goes to Rowan)
Fixed being able to send multiple Blackmail interactions to the same character while waiting for their first response because you keep coming up with even more fucked up things to threaten them with and just can't wait to talk about it.
Fixed broken god reference in a death transition text.
Fixed embracing English culture sometimes converting landed spouses or family members without their consent, even though that would be pretty accurate to English history.
Fixed lowborns getting kinslayer traits when murdering other lowborns. The proper trait for this is "Class Traitor".
Fixed the kingdom of Pontus capital being set outside its de jure area. The capital is now set a-WAIT WHAT THE FUCK PONTUS IS IN THIS GAME??
Guardians will no longer keep teaching your kids after fleeing the realm. We just didn't have the technology for distance learning in 867.
Guests with claims on your vassal's vassal's titles will no longer show up at your court and then be like, "Oh... well this is awkward."
Head of Faith looks at incest as a divorce reason based on faith's doctrines, so you can be like Henry VIII but with your own siblings. Don't pretend like you weren't already thinking it.
Historical characters will no longer be their own parent. But we're sure you would be if we gave you that option.
If you promise a vassal to educate their child they will now be miffed if you try to return the child after it turns out that they suck and you don't want to deal with it.
You no longer get tyranny for putting someone in horny jail if the secret is known and adultery is criminal in your faith.
Many achievements are now possible, up from impossible.
It's now possible to negotiate an alliance even if your family is very inbred. So all of you can finally use the alliance mechanic now.
Secret lovers should no longer expose themselves at a feast by trying to copulate through the bars if one of them is in prison.
Lowborn bastards no longer try to belong to a House. They dun wan it.
Lowered the amount of gold the recipient needs to have to unlock the Demand Payment interaction. Apparently my landlord worked on this patch.
Married couples will no longer be exposed as if they have an affair if they're also lovers, as shocking and scandalous as it must be that a married couple in the middle ages more than tolerates each other.
People that are terrified of you are now more likely to agree to marriage, as long as they don't have to marry you. I'm more than willing to sacrifice one daughter if you leave me alone forever. She's not even smart.
People will no longer judge you harshly for breaking a betrothal to an Eunuch. Except, I guess, said Eunuch.
Pilgrimages no longer come with a bunch of hidden fees they didn't tell you about when you booked it.
If someone you really don't like recovers from illness or injury, instead of losing stress you might be like, "Ah, fuck..."
Rebuffing the advances of a romantic interest now correctly ends their scheme instead of forcing you to become soulmates anyway. I tried that dating strategy at one point and it definitely does not work.
Reforming to Feudalism no longer involves setting your entire seat of power and everything in it on fire.
Rum now no longer takes dynasty names, always retaining its title name regardless of the holder's culture, so you'll never be left wondering why is the Rum gone
Sick characters now dress the part. That gambeson is fuckin' sick bro!
Split the Take Vows decision into two, one for "I hope you bleed out on the uncaring sands of the Levant" and one for "I just want you to go lock yourself in a room with some manuscripts and never talk to me again."
Spread Assyrian culture a little. ASHUBANIPAL IS PLEASED.
Svend II of Denmark now spawns as either bisexual or heterosexual, and either way I'm into it.
The Mongol Empire will no longer destroy itself when winning a war, as happened historically.
The Pope can no longer publicly accept cannibalism.
The elope scheme will now run smoother than it did for those two Italian kids.
The game will no longer tell you to take more concubines when you've had enough, which makes it more polite than most dating apps.
Two players having a child together will no longer have a screaming competition about the name. At least, not in-game.
If a vassal refuses a title revocation, you can't pretend it was just a joke and avoid the tyranny hit.
Unlanded characters will no longer be able to drag prisoners around in a big cage on wheels.
The stupid little widget will no longer constantly remind you that you can declare war when you're in debt and literally can't.
You can no longer tell a pregnant admirer to get her prenatal ass out there and kill a wild animal for you. Unless that's acceptable in your culture.
Women in equal or female-dominated realms with concubinage will get the same penalties as men for not meeting their Himbo Quota.
You can no longer attempt to find dead people's secrets even though I think that's the plot of at least half of all thriller novels.
You can no longer lose a friend you didn't have. So if you're reading this: look on the bright side!
You can no longer owe a favor to yourself because of a necklace. I think that was also the plot of a movie though.
You can't just constantly fire your child's tutors, Karen.
You don't have to break up with your concubines before asking them to marry you. It would still be pretty funny though.
If your spouse leaves the realm because you're an asshole, you get to keep the kids because you have castles and armies and they don't so suck it.
If your spouse really sucks you will not be sad when they die.
You will no longer think less or more of yourself depending on how good you are at romancing someone else, which is highly unrealistic.
You will now be told why you can't debate people 24/7: Because it's fucking annoying. Log off. Go outside. Have a real life.
You will now only be notified of the establishment of Norman culture if you're in Europe. The Maharaja of Bengal doesn't know or care what you're talking about.
You'll no longer get events in third person about how virtuous you are. You'll have to keep doing that in the mirror every morning before you load your save.
You can no longer Promote Christian Settlements in Hungary if Hungary has been Christianized for over 100 years.
Made Aethelred I significantly more unlucky whilst Alfred is alive and heir so maybe the English at least have a fucking chance.
Spouses can no longer be both happy and unhappy with their spouse even though that pretty accurately describes every marriage ever.
A beacon of the faith who is discovered to have a bastard child will only lose one level of devotion instead of being immediately yeeted directly into the deepest circle of hell with no appeal.
Having concubines no longer protects you from becoming a concubine. I think this means you can have polycules now but I'd have to test it out.
Seduction compliments now only has two outcomes, good or bad, as is true historically.
2020.09.28 03:23 xrous1In Brisbane there's a hotel with 100+ men detained inside, some for a year. I made a 9-minute documentary on the issue. Thoughts?
Around 100 refugees are detained in a hotel in the middle of Brisbane. I made this 9-minute doco not for an opinion on immigration or politics, but for a glimpse at this one specific situation. Link: https://www.facebook.com/xavier.w.rousset/posts/10158786332873554 YouTube link for those not on Facebook The men were brought to Brisbane from offshore detention centres to receive medical treatment. Some of the men have spent 1 year locked up in the hotel. Most of the men have spent the last 7 years in detention. They come from a range of countries such as Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka & Burma. I was able to speak to some people involved in the protests, but despite my attempts, no other officials were willing to comment on the issue. I'm looking to do a follow-up doco exploring the topic in more depth. Any feedback and thoughts about the situation and what I should cover next would be much appreciated!
2020.09.22 00:46 Lonestar767“You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”
An increasingly number of people are waking up to the fact that 99% of the Earth’s population is controlled by an elite 1% – but did you know that one family, the Rothschilds, rule everything, even that elite 1%? 📷 Behind the scenes the Rothschild dynasty is unquestionably the most powerful bloodline on Earth and their estimated wealth is around $500 trillion. Here is a complete list of all Rothschild owned and controlled banks. The U.S. entries might surprise you. Afghanistan: Bank of Afghanistan Albania: Bank of Albania Algeria: Bank of Algeria Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia Austria: Austrian National Bank Azerbaijan: Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic Bahamas: Central Bank of The Bahamas Bahrain: Central Bank of Bahrain Bangladesh: Bangladesh Bank Barbados: Central Bank of Barbados Belarus: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus Belgium: National Bank of Belgium Belize: Central Bank of Belize Benin: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority Bhutan: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan Bolivia: Central Bank of Bolivia Bosnia: Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana: Bank of Botswana Brazil: Central Bank of Brazil Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Bank Burkina Faso: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Burundi: Bank of the Republic of Burundi Cambodia: National Bank of Cambodia Came Roon: Bank of Central African States Canada: Bank of Canada – Banque du Canada Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Central African Republic: Bank of Central African States Chad: Bank of Central African States Chile: Central Bank of Chile China: The People’s Bank of China Colombia: Bank of the Republic Comoros: Central Bank of Comoros Congo: Bank of Central African States Costa Rica: Central Bank of Costa Rica Côte d’Ivoire: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Croatia: Croatian National Bank Cuba: Central Bank of Cuba Cyprus: Central Bank of Cyprus Czech Republic: Czech National Bank Denmark: National Bank of Denmark Dominican Republic: Central Bank of the Dominican Republic East Caribbean area: Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Ecuador: Central Bank of Ecuador Egypt: Central Bank of Egypt El Salvador: Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador Equatorial Guinea: Bank of Central African States Estonia: Bank of Estonia Ethiopia: National Bank of Ethiopia European Union: European Central Bank Fiji: Reserve Bank of Fiji Finland: Bank of Finland France: Bank of France Gabon: Bank of Central African States The Gambia: Central Bank of The Gambia Georgia: National Bank of Georgia Germany: Deutsche Bundesbank Ghana: Bank of Ghana Greece: Bank of Greece Guatemala: Bank of Guatemala Guinea Bissau: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Guyana: Bank of Guyana Haiti: Central Bank of Haiti Honduras: Central Bank of Honduras Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Hungary: Magyar Nemzeti Bank Iceland: Central Bank of Iceland India: Reserve Bank of India Indonesia: Bank Indonesia Iran: The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran Iraq: Central Bank of Iraq Ireland: Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Israel: Bank of Israel Italy: Bank of Italy Jamaica: Bank of Jamaica Japan: Bank of Japan Jordan: Central Bank of Jordan Kazakhstan: National Bank of Kazakhstan Kenya: Central Bank of Kenya Korea: Bank of Korea Kuwait: Central Bank of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic Latvia: Bank of Latvia Lebanon: Central Bank of Lebanon Lesotho: Central Bank of Lesotho Libya: Central Bank of Libya (Their most recent conquest) Uruguay: Central Bank of Uruguay Lithuania: Bank of Lithuania Luxembourg: Central Bank of Luxembourg Macao: Monetary Authority of Macao Macedonia: National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia Madagascar: Central Bank of Madagascar Malawi: Reserve Bank of Malawi Malaysia: Central Bank of Malaysia Mali: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Malta: Central Bank of Malta Mauritius: Bank of Mauritius Mexico: Bank of Mexico Moldova: National Bank of Moldova Mongolia: Bank of Mongolia Montenegro: Central Bank of Montenegro Morocco: Bank of Morocco Mozambique: Bank of Mozambique Namibia: Bank of Namibia Nepal: Central Bank of Nepal Netherlands: Netherlands Bank Netherlands Antilles: Bank of the Netherlands Antilles New Zealand: Reserve Bank of New Zealand Nicaragua: Central Bank of Nicaragua Niger: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Nigeria: Central Bank of Nigeria Norway: Central Bank of Norway Oman: Central Bank of Oman Pakistan: State Bank of Pakistan Papua New Guinea: Bank of Papua New Guinea Paraguay: Central Bank of Paraguay Peru: Central Reserve Bank of Peru Philip Pines: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Poland: National Bank of Poland Portugal: Bank of Portugal Qatar: Qatar Central Bank Romania: National Bank of Romania Rwanda: National Bank of Rwanda San Marino: Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino Samoa: Central Bank of Samoa Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Senegal: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Serbia: National Bank of Serbia Seychelles: Central Bank of Seychelles Sierra Leone: Bank of Sierra Leone Singapore: Monetary Authority of Singapore Slovakia: National Bank of Slovakia Slovenia: Bank of Slovenia Solomon Islands: Central Bank of Solomon Islands South Africa: South African Reserve Bank Spain: Bank of Spain Sri Lanka: Central Bank of Sri Lanka Sudan: Bank of Sudan Surinam: Central Bank of Suriname Swaziland: The Central Bank of Swaziland Sweden: Sveriges Riksbank Switzerland: Swiss National Bank Tajikistan: National Bank of Tajikistan Tanzania: Bank of Tanzania Thailand: Bank of Thailand Togo: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Tonga: National Reserve Bank of Tonga Trinidad and Tobago: Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia: Central Bank of Tunisia Turkey: Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey Uganda: Bank of Uganda Ukraine: National Bank of Ukraine United Arab Emirates: Central Bank of United Arab Emirates United Kingdom: Bank of England United States: Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Vanuatu: Reserve Bank of Vanuatu Venezuela: Central Bank of Venezuela Vietnam: The State Bank of Vietnam Yemen: Central Bank of Yemen Zambia: Bank of Zambia Zimbabwe: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Humansarefree reports: The Fed and the IRS Virtually unknown to the general public is the fact that the US Federal Reserve is a privately owned company, siting on its very own patch of land, immune to the US laws. 📷 This privately owned company (controlled by the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and Morgans) prints the money FOR the US Government, which pays them interest for the “favor.” This means that if we would reset the nation’s debt today and would begin reprinting money, we would be in debt to the FED from the very first dollar loaned to our Government. Also, most people living in the USA have no clue that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a foreign agency. To be more accurate, the IRS is a foreign private corporation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is the private “army” of the Federal Reserve (Fed). Its main goal is to make sure the American people pay their tax and be good little slaves. In 1835, US President Andrew Jackson declared his disdain for the international bankers: “You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.” There followed an (unsuccessful) assassination attempt on President Jackson’s life. Jackson had told his vice president, Martin Van Buren: “The bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me.” This was the beginning of a pattern of intrigue that would plague the White House itself over the coming decades. Both Lincoln and JFK have been murdered for trying to rid the country of banksters. The world’s Megabanks There are two Megabanks that offer loans to all the countries around the planet, the World Bank and the IMF. The first one is jointly owned by the world’s top banking families, with the Rothschilds at the very top, while the second one is privately owned by the Rothschilds alone. These two Megabanks offer loans to “developing countries” and use their almost impossible-to-pay-back interests to get their hands on the real wealth: land and precious metals. 📷 But that’s not all! An important part of their plan is to also exploit a country’s natural resources (like petrol or gas) via their covertly-owned companies, refine them, and sell them back to the same country, making a huge profit. But in order for these companies to operate optimally, they need a solid infrastructure, which is usually lacking in the so called “developing countries.” So before the banksters even offer the almost impossible-to-pay-back loans, they make sure that most of the money will be invested in — you’ve guessed it — infrastructure. These “negotiations” are carried out by the so called “Economic Hitmen”, who succeed by handsomely rewarding (i.e. bribing) or threatening with death those who are in the position to sell away their country. For more information on the subject, I suggest reading the Confessions of an Economic Hitman. The one bank that rules them all, the “Bank for International Settlement,” is — obviously — controlled by the Rothschilds and it is nicknamed the “Tower of Basel.” The true power of the Rothschilds goes FAR beyond the Banking Empire If you are not yet amazed by the power of the Rothschilds (I know you are), please know that they are also behind all wars since Napoleon. That’s when they’ve discovered just how profitable it is to finance both sides of a war and they’ve been doing it ever since. In 1849, Guttle Schnapper, the wife of Mayer Amschel stated: “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.” So, the world is still at war because it is very, very profitable to the Rothschilds and their parasite bankster bloodlines. And for as long as we will continue to use money, the world will never know peace. It is shocking for many to find out that the United States of America is a corporation ruled from abroad. Its original name was the Virginia Company and it was owned by the British Crown (it should not be mistaken for the Queen, which functions largely in a ceremonial capacity only). The British Crown donated the company to the Vatican, which gave the exploitation rights back to the Crown. The US Presidents are appointed CEOs and their business is to make money for the British Crown and the Vatican, who take their share of the profits every year. The British Crown covertly rules the world from the 677-acre, independent sovereign state, know as The City of London. This other Crown is comprised of a committee of 12 banks headed by the Bank of England. Guess who is controlling the Bank of England? Yup, the Rothschilds! In 1815, Nathan Mayer made the following statement: “I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.” The House of Rothschild is really at the top of the pyramid of power. They are behind the New World Order and the complete domination of the world agenda. They are behind the European Union and the Euro and they are behind the idea of a North American Union and the Amero. They are controlling all of the world’s secret services and their private army is NATO.
2020.09.18 15:16 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Barr-barrian At The Gate by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (09/17/20)
"That 100 million doses [by October] is the benchmark that we've set." - Mark Meadows, concert pianist (as long as we're all just making shit up)
Tellin' Of Troye
Attorney General Bill Barr may seem like an aspiring fascist who’s turning the Justice Department into an arm of the Trump campaign, but when you scratch beneath the surface, he’s actually much worse somehow!
Not only did Barr encourage federal prosecutors to go hog wild on protesters arrested for commiting property crime—up to and including sedition charges—he’s been looking for ways to arrest Democratic elected officials. Barr reportedly asked prosecutors in DOJ’s civil rights divisions to find out whether they could bring criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan over her refusal to declare war on protesters who established a police-free zone.
Barr’s authoritarian fantasies don’t stop at throwing mayors in jail. A National Guard whistleblower told lawmakers that the federal officials who violently cleared protesters out of Lafayette Square for Trump’s bible photo-op (on Barr’s orders) had sought out more lethal weapons for the job. That morning, officials amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition, and tried to get their hands on an acoustic device or a “heat ray” weapon designed by the military to make people feel like their skin is burning. The Pentagon deemed that device too unsafe and unethical to use in the Iraq War, but who’s got time to worry about that when there are First Amendment rights to violate?
Barr’s increasingly aggressive defense of divisive Trump administration policies comes as Trump finds ever-grosser ways to politicize the pandemic itself.
On Wednesday Trump tried to argue that his coronavirus response was a great success when you ignore all of the dead Americans in states that didn’t vote for him: “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at.” What’s cool about this psychopathic dismissal of human suffering is that it’s also a lie: There have now been over 90,000 deaths in red states, a total which itself would put us behind only Brazil in the global death-toll rankings.
If there’s one silver lining to how horrendous all of this is, it’s that no Republican with a shred of a conscience can ignore it. Olivia Troye, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the coronavirus task force, is the narrator of a powerful ad endorsing Joe Biden. Troye explains how from her front row seat, Trump’s pandemic response showed a “flat out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection.” Also, he was psyched about not having to shake hands with all of his disgusting supporters. Please send it to the uncle you no longer talk to.
Bill Barr’s Summer of Fascism and Donald Trump’s open disregard for American lives are two sides of the same coin: Trump and his allies have no concern greater than maintaining power, and no legal or moral boundary they won’t cross to make that happen. How nice would it feel to stymie them by making a few phone calls?
Look No Further Than The Crooked Media
On this week's Campaign Experts React, Dan Pfeiffer is joined by Alex Wagner, host of Showtime's The Circus. Dan and Alex react to The Lincoln Project's Susan Collins attack ad, Biden's digital ad on Trump's soldier remarks and a Trump ad that is VERY reminiscent of The Purge. Come for the analysis, stay for the video team's impressive color correction of Dan's wildfire lighting → youtube.com/crookedmedia
Under The Radar
Facebook appears to have no problem with content urging violence against American political movements, nevermind that similar content on the platform has already fueled real-world violence around the globe. As of Wednesday, a post calling for the government to “engage BLM & Antifa and wipe them out” had been shared 72,000 times. In 2018, Facebook’s failure to remove disinformation and hate speech led to horrific spates of violence in Sri Lanka and Myanmar—after human rights advocates had urgently warned Facebook officials about the danger. Facebook rumors have also led to offline attacks in Indonesia, India, and Mexico. There’s no reason to panic that the same outcome is inevitable here, but given what Facebook has already had to apologize for, it’s a shocking abdication of responsibility.
Today in Lives the Trump Administration Could’ve Saved But Chose Not To, the USPS had a plan to send face masks to every American, and the White House scrapped it. Newly released documents show that in April, Postal Service leaders were set to announce a plan to distribute 650 million reusable masks nationwide—enough to send five to every household. The Trump administration shut it down because, according to one official, “There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic.” A charming echo of the nonsensical excuse Trump gave Bob Woodward for not giving Americans the information they needed to protect themselves, and one that similarly leaves off the “[in the stock market]” clause that would make it true.
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2020.09.17 11:47 ConcretemachineyThe Following Is Where To Find One Appropriate Crusher Machine
Do you really need a crusher machine because if you do, then you'll want to find out where one can choose. The truth is there are numerous places where you can consider when you wish to get a unit. Having said that, this is where to find one appropriate crusher machine. https://preview.redd.it/j7wcnzzoion51.jpg?width=500&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=43dbeec120d98a4e2deeb74f30dc438e35d8ae02 Manufacturers The best places to find crusher machines is by the websites of manufacturers in Sri Lanka. Manufacturers that produce this equipment is by far the most reliable sources since they know everything imaginable in regards to the machines they sell and their equipment will typically be included in a warranty. Not only that, but if you have inquiries at everything about the equipment you're planning to buy, then they'll be able to answer them for yourself and handle any issue that arises rapidly. What you want to do is find and compare at least 3-5 manufacturers and find out what equipment these are selling, the characteristics of people equipment and also the prices of those equipment. Heavy Equipment Retailers There are retailers that specialize in heavy equipment, which suggests they may sell crusher machines. Its not all retailers sell crusher machines, so you will need to do a little bit of research to locate retailers in your area which do sell it. All you want do is use the web and check for "crusher machine retailers inside my areas" and you'll be shown results that contain retailers that sell crusher machines. One of the better reasons for going through a heavy equipment retailer is because they sell affordable equipment. Furthermore, they could offer in-store warranties in addition to the manufacturer's warranty. This gives you double the assurance. https://preview.redd.it/kmmzc396jon51.jpg?width=500&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4a13186d6e5df0a4be92648598897089b7b1caa0 Marketplaces You can find marketplaces that one could try, and a few types of marketplace sites include Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and Amazon for example. However, we propose that these types of sites will be the last places to find heavy-duty equipment, including crusher machines. This is because there is generally more risk linked to buying heavy equipment through marketplaces. If you want to go this route, then take a look at several marketplaces. Only buy equipment from somebody that seems trustworthy and it has been verified through the site they may be selling through. The worst thing you should do is get stuck with poor quality machinery. Alibaba One other good destination to buy heavy equipment, including crusher machines is Alibaba. This web site is among the largest eCommerce platforms in the world and you can find manufacturers and businesses selling everything onto it. Make absolutely certain one does research in the sellers you are considering buying from. Regarding how to locate machinery on the webpage, that's easy because all you need to do is enter a search term and you'll be shown results. In terms of finding the right crusher machine, you would like to check the websites of manufacturers. Don't forget to actually check out a few heavy equipment retailers and browse Alibaba for that equipment. Marketplaces are worth looking into too, but do be sure to compare as much crusher machines as you possibly can before choosing one.
2020.09.14 16:10 partypastorUnreached People Group of the Week - Arab (Gulf Spoken) of Qatar
Welcome back to the UPG of the Week! Sorry I missed last week, I was on a very long and very wonderful/fun road trip and completely forgot on Labor Day. Now, without further ado, meet the Arabs of Qatar. How Unreached Are They? The Arabs of Qatar are only 0.5% Christian (if that). That means that out of their population of 500,000, there are maybe 2,500. Thats 1 believer for every 200 unbeliever. There is not a fully completed bible in their language (Arabic, Gulf Spoken) [Edit: Fromu/jakeallen]
there are good translations into Modern Standard Arabic. If someone in this group learns to read, they learn to read MSA, not a dialect. The internet can do some good. Facebook ads can lead people to the right messaging. But in person witnessing will build the church, which is the hardest thing to do right now.
What are they like? Typical qualification that all people groups can't be summed up in small paragraphs and this is an over generalization.
Life for Saudi Arabs is one of harsh existence with few material belongings. Their main possession is the home - a long tent made from woven goat or animal hair. These tents are not permanent dwellings and are divided into two parts by a decorative partition called a gata. Typically, half of the tent is for the women, children, cooking utensils, and storage, while the other half is for the men. The men's section, which contains a fireplace built in the dirt, is used for entertaining guests. Men sit and make plans for the group, while the women do most of the work. Animals are very important to the Saudi Arab lifestyle. Those who stay close to the desert's edge herd goats and sheep; whereas, those who travel and raid in the desert rely solely on camels. Sheep and goats are raised for monetary value, and camels are used for transportation. Dairy products have been the traditional food source for Saudi Arabs. Camel's and goat's milk is drunk fresh or made into yogurt and a kind of butter called ghee. Most Arab meals consist of a bowl of milk or yogurt, or rice covered with ghee. Round loaves of unleavened bread are also served when available. Dates, which can be found in desert oases, are eaten as desserts after meals. Meat is served only on special occasions, such as for guests, marriage feasts, or special ceremonies. Reflecting the influence of their Muslim religion, the Saudi Arab practice endogamous marriages (marriage within a small social circle). Inheritance is patrilineal (inherited by the next male family member). Saudi Arab clothing is designed for the harsh climate. It is made of lightweight, light-colored fabric and is also loose-fitting, allowing for the circulation of air. Joshua Project
Saudi Arabia is home to a number of different Arab groups. Saudi Arabs (more commonly known as the Gulf Arab) live primarily along the southern edges of the Arabian Desert in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Saudi Arabs in Qatar speak a language called Arabiya or, as it is more commonly known, Gulf Arabic. The Arab culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. From there, some of them later migrated into northern Africa. There are two basic classes of Arab: the true nomads and the fellahin-those who have embraced farming. The nomads are best known for their treks across barren deserts on camels, occasionally raiding caravans crossing their paths. The fellahin are more settled, living on the edge of the desert. Most Saudi Arab are herdsmen, who move into the desert during the rainy winter season, then back to the desert's edge in the dry, hot summer. Joshua Project
What do they believe?
The founding of Islam in the seventh century profoundly altered the course of Saudi history. Today, the great majority of Saudi Arabs in Qatar are Hanbalite (Wahhabite) Muslims. In the mid-1700s, Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab formed his fundamentalist sect, and today, the Saudi see themselves as the preservers of the true Islamic faith. The Wahhabites reject all innovations introduced into Islam after the third century of its existence and are very traditional in their practice of Islam. Their desire is to maintain and propagate what they see as the "true" path of Islam. Joshua Project
How can we pray for them?
Ask the Lord to open the doors of Qatar to the preaching of the Gospel.
Ask the Lord to save key leaders among Saudi Arabs who will boldly proclaim that Jesus is Lord.
Ask God to raise up a mighty army of prayer warriors who will intercede for Saudi Arabs.
Pray that strong local Christian fellowships will be raised up among Saudi Arabs.
Pray for our nation (the United States), that we Christians can learn to come alongside our hurting brothers and sisters and learn to carry one another's burdens in a more Christlike manner than we have done historically.
Pray that in this time of chaos and panic that the needs of the unreached are not forgotten by the church. Pray that our hearts continue to ache to see the unreached hear the Good News.
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1) ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Here are the previous weeks threads on the UPG of the Week for Reformed
As always, if you have experience in this country or with this people group, feel free to comment or PM me and I will happily edit it so that we can better pray for these peoples! Here is a list of definitions in case you wonder what exactly I mean by words like "Unreached"
2020.09.06 14:37 plantsplainingDid anyone use Letternet to write to pen pals in Germany through Deutsche Post?
Growing up in Sri Lanka it was all the craze and I had a few pen pals that I wrote to for a few years. My sister had a pen pal she wrote to for about 13 years, even after moving continents! One of my old pen pals actually found a letter I wrote to her many years ago and connected with me on Facebook last month. It was so much fun to wait for a letter from across the world! Especially at a time when the internet wasn't widely used and social media wasn't really a thing (particularly for children). I also enjoyed the monthly magazines they sent, it was such a highlight. Just wanted to see if anyone else used it and have any wholesome memories to share :)
For more details, click here I was able to pass ERPM in my first attempt (ERPM Part A, D in July 2019 and ERPM Part B, C in December 2019) as I managed to find the proper guidance, motivation and support from the people around me. That is why I decided to write this article, to direct you on a brighter path which I believe is right. Everything I have mentioned here, is my personal opinion based on my personal experience. Get Degree Approval Letter This is the first thing you need to do, to get the eligibility to sit for ERPM. Visit SLMC and follow the procedure that they advice you to do. (This procedure changes frequently) After submitting all documents, they will provide you the degree approval letter in about 1 month. Do The Research Find out the ERPM classes that you want to attend. Classes are held at….
Sipna Institute – Colombo 4
Sigma Institute – Kirulapone
Ideal Academy – Wallawatte Remember to spend less time in classes and more time in self studying. Sigma institute, Kirulapone conducts comparatively more number of classes than Sipna institute, Colombo 4 which I think is a huge disadvantage. Therefore I attended classes at Sipna Institute and Ideal Academy Find An Apartment This is highly recommended for the ones who lives far away from the institute, to reduce the time wasted because of traveling. I stayed in Colombo – 4, as majority of the classes I attended was at Sipna Institute Avoid Locums Or Any Other Part-time Jobs (Research Assistant, Medical Assistant or Demonstrator) Unless you are having severe financial difficulties, try to avoid them. For the time being you may think that it’s a cool way of earning, but this will minimize the effort that you put into the exam or may eventually be carried away by the money. Attend Classes – ERPM Part A and D Attend classes regularly, because all the stuff that they teach is not included in their handouts. Write down the additional stuff that they teach, as it will come handy when attempting questions later on. Become familiarized to the exam pattern and questions. This does not mean you have to attempt a ton of questions, remember to study smarter, not harder
Prepare all documents and stationary (pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener) prior to the exam date
Have adequate sleep, to aid better judgement
Take something to eat in the middle and water to refresh yourself before the second paper begins
Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery papers can be finished at least 40 mins prior to the finishing time (Personal opinion)
Give the paper and leave to get more time to study for the next day exam
I marked the mark sheet initially with a pencil, then marked with a pen while reviewing the questions
Remember that there is negative marking in MCQs and avoid marking doubtful MCQ stems, unless you haven’t marked enough MCQs to get the pass mark or you do not know the whole MCQ
Allocate hospitals for clinical practices You should do this soon after the exam, as everyone is in a rush to do this. So if you don’t do this early, you want be able to get the desired hospital. For this you have to go to Office of Provincial Director of Health Services at Maligawatta and follow the instructions provided from the office. Attend classes – ERPM Part B and C Classes will start soon after finishing the written exam before the results are published. I attended the same set of classes. You will feel like you have studied less than ERPM part A, that’s because they assess your clinical skills. communications and cooping with emergencies in this chapter of the exam. Do not study a lot of theory parts as they would not question about it. All classes that I attended, covered all histories with related questions, the art of questioning patients, examination technique, case presentation For emergency viva – Be more practical and always try to imagine yourself working as a HO and then you will be able to answer questions more easily
The clinical exposure under the guidance of Dr. Lalindra Dias at Nuwara Eliya District General Hospital was very beneficial
I strongly advice to go for these clinic visits with him (Twice is more than enough) because you will be able to identify your weaknesses and gradually strengthen them
The sole reason that I passed the CVS short case in my exam was because I attended his cardiovascular clinical visit
Attending Dr. Ruwanka De Livera’s practical sessions are ultra important to brush up the inadequate paediatric exposure
He does not conduct practical sessions, but his teaching and demonstration is enough to apply the knowledge on a patient
Dr. Rohana Gamage will do role play, him acting as the patient and you have to take the history from him
My communication skills are so bad, this method helped me to improve my communication skills
I also attended one practical session arranged by Dr. Dileepa Banagala where I was able to examine a lot of patients at a shorter duration (If you have adequate hospital exposure, no need to attend for this)
Dr. Wasantha Kumara taught examination techniques on actual patients which was helpful
He covered all topics very quickly which left us time to attend hospitals
I added some extra points for the histories, just to make it complete, but his teaching is enough to pass
Finish studying this part as soon as possible as it contain most of the theory parts that we studied for part A
Find the notes from someone who attended the class before, get their notes and go through them
In classes, this part is done at the very end, sometimes you might not have enough time to go through them if you wait that long
Go For Hospital Visits
After you get the letter from the Ministry, go to hospital visits This is the most crucial element in passing the exam After you practice examination techniques at home, perform on patients to achieve perfection. Always concentrate on time (6 mins) when performing examinations Take histories from patients Try to present both long and short cases (Equally important as problem identification, as you can strike the examiner with a good impression just by talking)More effective when going along with a small gang (2 – 4 friends) and them to assess your performance and criticize on the mistakes Waiting for the letter from SLMC Till you receive this letter, you will have no idea on the exam date Mostly you will receive the letter mentioning your exam station two weeks prior to the exam Therefore you have to be prepared by then, as you will not have time to cover everything, if you are doing all four subjects If the station that you got is far away from where you live, you’ll have to reserve a hotel as well ERPM Part B and C – Exam Day
Prepare all documents required prior to the exam
Ensure that you have all instruments prepared prior to the exam
Get adequate amount of sleep
I have no special advise here, because the exam depends on multiple factors (Patient, examiners, language barriers, what you give as answers, etc…) Hope this helped and wishing you good luck!
My ERPM Journey This journey began the day I left Bangladesh completing the one year internship on 21st February, leaving my ever loving fiancée (Dr. Janani Rajamanthri) in Bangladesh all alone. She asked me only one thing the day I was going back to my hometown, that was to pass ERPM at one go, to compensate the loneliness that she will endure from our temporary parting. This is the main reason that kept me motivated throughout the exam. After submitting all documents to SLMC to get the degree approval, the first and most important thing was to decide on what classes I was planning to attend. For this I contacted some of my friends who passed the exam in their first attempt and the ones who failed the exam in their first attempt. I specially asked about the amount of classes and the study time that we have for ourselves. Final verdict on the classes was most of the students were attending the Sigma institute at Kipulapana which will hold classes the whole week and on most days there will be classes the whole day leaving us neither time to review our notes nor to attend in self study. Most of the guys from my batch was attending those classes, whom I did not wish to see again. There were another set of classes held at Sipna Institute at Milagiriya which will have less amount of classes (Paediatrics, Gyn and Obs, Surgery – 1 class per week, medicine 2 – 3 classes per week). I was really impressed with that schedule and further reassured by my friends Dr. Sanjeewa Weerasinghe and Dr. Shanuka Dilshan, therefore I decided on perceiving these classes. Then I inquired about Community medicine and Forensic medicine and left me with doubtful thoughts. I myself decided to attend community medicine classes held at Ideal academy at Wallawatta which will have only one class per week and for Forensic medicine Dr. Sanjeewa Weerasinghe convinced me to go through the past papers and prepare by myself without attending for any classes. I will consider this as the second most important decision that I made for my success in the exam, that was to rent an apartment at Colombo 4, close to the academic institution. I would recommend this to anyone who is residing far away, to rent out an apartment close to the institute, so that you can avoid unnecessary travel time as this is one of the crucial elements of passing the exam even though it doesn’t sound like much of a big deal. When I started attending classes, I was already too late. ERPM – Part A and D Medicine classes were conducted by Dr. Lalindra Dias who is almost always late. He had completed up to Endocrinology when I joined the class. I took the previous notes from my friend Dr. Sanjeewa Weerasinghe who attended all the classes since day 1. He will conduct past paper revision classes covering all the exam questions and this will prepare you to handle any medicine question that would be given to you at the exam. He will also give an answer script which will provide additional information. He took me to a level where I would believe that I would pass Medicine even before appearing the exam. Paediatric classes was conducted by Dr. Ruwanka de Livera, the youngest of all teachers who will teach you from the scrap covering all the basic to the much more advance stuff, with the intention of teaching all students at all levels of education. His teaching was quite slow paced, but helped me to catch up as I began late. He had finished two systems when I started attending classes. His notes are precise, straight to the point without unnecessary stuff. This saved me a lot of time, because I wasn’t trying to remember unwanted stuff. He did not pay much attention in doing past papers. The only thing he kept on telling was to keep the basics solid and then you can handle any question that they throw at you. He will also asked questions from previous lessons, which will help you to keep in touch with the past topics. We did only 5 past papers before the exam and this kept me a bit worried. But ultimately it turned out what he said was true all along even though I didn’t realize it at that moment. Surgery classes were conducted by Dr. Rohana Gamage. When I was going to attend his lectures all of the theory classes have been finished and I was going to attend for his revision classes. My friends told me to follow his revision, even that is enough to pass the exam and he had only passed surgery on his first attempt which provided me enough evidence to trust his statement. So I did not try to find the older theory notes, instead I followed only the revision classes. He taught us a concise edition of Surgery, directly exam based covering almost all questions that would appear in the exam. He will straightaway tell what to study and what not to study. 18 questions (Same model) that were discussed in the class were there in the ERPM surgery SBA paper. Gyn and Obs classes were conducted by Dr. Wasantha Kumara who is always late to finish the class. Sometimes I left the class early because I wanted to have a rest before attending Community medicine classes. He had also completed a lot of topics when I started to attend for his classes. Got the notes from the same person and started studying them. I was really scared of Gyn and Obs because most of my friends had failed in this subject. I studied the notes and attended the revision classes, but a totally different paper was there in the exam. ERPM SBA questions were mostly practical questions which you would learn by working in a ward. He is jovial person, I can still remember the jokes that he makes during his class Community Medicine were conducted by a group of teachers (Dr. Mahesh Kambukage, Dr. Ashan pathirana, Dr. Chathura Wijesundara, Dr. Himan Galappaththi, Dr. Kumudu Nanayakkara) who will deliver lectures on their specialties. These teachers will try to do the best for the student. The only aim of them is to try and get us passed by at least getting 45 marks. I was terrified the first the I attended to that class. I did not understand a single word they said. Most of the terms they used were abbreviation which I did not understand. There were no one in the class that I knew, all were strangers to me. Immediately when I came to my apartment, I called my friends and asked who had attended that class previously. Luckily there was some people that I knew attended that class, even though they were absent on the day that I went. Then I called Dr. Himesh Kasthuriaarachchi and got all the note. This was the other subject I was scared about. But these teachers made that fear go away. They will arrange revision classes close to the exam. I strongly recommend you to attend for those classes, where they will discuss all the relevant questions from past papers. Forensic medicine, I just heeded my friends advice and I also followed a book called “Forensic Medicine And Medical Law” written by Dr. Hemamal Jayawardena who happened to be my apartment owner and he provided me with a free copy of his book. His book helped me clarify all the doubts that I came across while going through the papers of Dr. Christy Rajeev‘s. I would like to thank Dr. Dulaj Weerasekara for providing me with the latest papers which were done in his class. I always remembered to complete the latest note and one previous note to eventually get me back on the right track. It did not take me much time to caught all up, because I wasn’t disturbed by a lot of classes. I’m not a study freak who studies all day. I played PUBG mobile till the last moment, so if I can do it anyone can. Always remember that you can pass this and hold on to something to keep you motivated. Our exam was held without any gaps in the middle. Keep the required documents prepared without waiting till the last moment. It is crucial to have adequate amount of sleep, so that you can have a clear judgement when answering questions. This duration may differ from individual to individual, so do what suits you the best. Take two pencils along with a sharpener, two pens and an eraser. I initially marked all answers using a pencil, so that you don’t have to suffer for your mistakes. Then I went through the paper again marking all with a pen, this will reduce the room for error. You will have enough time to do this except for Community medicine and Forensic medicine. Therefore remember to be swift during those two exams. The most important thing is to only mark the MCQs stems that you know. If there is any doubt, mark it on the paper (not the answer sheet) and count the ones that you are certain, and see if it’s enough to get you through the exam. It’s better to leave that stem rather than risking for a negative marking. I marked only 64 stems in Gyn and Obs MCQs. In the evening paper, I always left 30 mins before the exam ends, to get a time advantage for the next days paper. After completing the exam, I was anxious about Gyn and Obs because I only marked 64 MCQs and I did not know whether the SBAs was correct or not. Out of ERPM Part A and D, I think Gyn and Obs was the most difficult paper in July 2019 followed by Forensic Medicine, may be it’s because I did not attend any classes for it. ERPM – Part B and C After ERPM part A and D exam was finished, classes were started for part B and C. I attended the same classes. Classes were held at the same schedule, so I had enough time to attend the wards. Medicine – He taught us the art of taking histories and sample presentations of short cases. Sometimes I had my doubts whether his teachings were enough or not. After appearing at the exam I realized that I was total fool of doubting myself. He took us for clinic visits at District General Hospital Nuwara Eliya where we heard a lot of murmurs and both short cases that I got for my exam was covered during that visit to Nuwara Eliya. I will recommend you to go there and get the appropriate clinical exposure under proper guidance. Only downside was that he conducted the classes at mid night, so you would have to bear with that. But in emergency viva, I encounter a question which he didn’t teach, but I remembered what he taught for part A and I managed to survive that question. It was about Addisonian Crisis. Paediatrics – He will provide you with everything that you need to pass the exam. He will provide you with a proper theory note, history taking pattern, all short cases with proper art of presentation. I would recommend you to attend his practical sessions, specially the cardiovascular session, which is extremely beneficial to brush up the inadequate clinical exposure. He will also give the list of all instruments that is needed for the exam and this was very beneficial for me at the last moment. I had extra help from my mom and sister who is a paediatrician and a paediatric registrar respectively. But even without the additional help anyone who follows him will pass without any doubt. Surgery – Same as part A, a concise version of surgery was taught. All long cases were discussed along with the pattern of taking the history and the clinical questions. He taught us the pattern of examining short cases and the relevant questions which are going to be asked from them. He tried to remove the fear by asking us to take the history from him where he played the role of the patient. I also attended one practical session which was arranged by Dr. Dileepa Banagala, where one of my friends provided me with a registration number to enter the Sigma Institute, but if you have a good hospital exposure no need to attend for this. But for the short case I got a AV fistula at the elbow which was not taught before, luckily I somehow managed it. I’m also grateful for the surgeon at District General Hospital Gampaha who taught us about short cases during our hospital visits I also referred the app “Short Cases In Surgery” developed by RER MedApps which I would recommend to all. Gyn and Obs – He taught us how to take obs histories and gynae histories and the pattern of answering questions. For some histories, I myself added few extra points to make it look complete. He requested us to come to his hospital to learn how to insert a speculum. But I did not go as it was too far. I also had help from Dr. W. H. A. Semasinghe who taught me the practical method of handling Gyn and Obs cases. In the exam, I screwed up the Gynaecology case, but I managed to pass because I aced the obstetric case. Keep the required documents and instruments prepared without waiting till the last moment. After appearing for the exam, what I understood was that, clinic visits are truly beneficial. So it is ultra important to go to the hospitals and to see the patients. Try to practice clinical examinations initially with a pillow later perfect it by doing it on a patient. Always keep track of time when doing these examinations. It is equally important practice your presentation skills, because this is an area where you can impress the examiner by showing your confidence and to gain more marks. Take histories and see what points you miss often. Pairing up with a friend or a small gang would be more beneficial as it would help to improve the communication skills and to the find out the errors that you do. Most examiners would not ask you sophisticated post grad stuff, they will try to assess whether you have the knowledge of a house officer that would not harm / kill the patient. Emergency viva – They will provide you with a scenario in all subjects. You can study and answer for the questions in Paediatrics and Medicine emergency vivas. But for Surgery and Gyn and Obs, they expect you to give practical answers based on the ward set up. They will not assess your theory knowledge here. So try to improve your logical thinking, by imagining that you are a house officer working in the ward. And most importantly do not forget to study about blood transfusion. To be honest, I hated hospital visits, I just went because my friends are asking my to come there. So a special thanks to Dr. Deeptha Pathiranage, Dr. Sanjeewa Weerasinghe and Dr. Dinath Diyasena for including me in their gang and motivating me to attend those clinic visits. I would like to thank Dr. Deeptha Pathiranage and his fiancée Dr. Dulashi Uluwaduge who provided me the instruments (Stethoscope, X-Ray tube, Building blocks, Torch, Illuminating light) which I did not prepare prior to my exam. I would also like to thank Dr. Kasun De Alwis who taught me blood transfusion without even having his dinner and telling us the important Paediatric cases when we went for hospital visits. I should also mention Dr. Shanuka Dilshan who provided me guidance which lead to a success in facing ERPM exam. My preparation for Part B and C was terrible, maybe it’s because I hate dealing with patients. You don’t have to study 24/7 to pass part B and C. Improve your communication skills and develop a clinical eye to tackle short cases. They expect you to approach cases in the practical way. I did not study a lot of theory stuff for part B and C, because I was disturbed by COD mobile which I recommend you all to try out. I’m truly grateful for all the teachers that I have mentioned above, all my friends who was with me during this journey, my fiancée (Dr. Janani Rajamanthri) who kept me motivated and my family (Mom, Dad and Sister) who provided me with knowledge and support to pass this exam in my first attempt.
2020.08.30 20:19 rippan9Spousal Sponsorship - Indian Citizen and Canadian PR
Hello, my girlfriend and I are looking for advice and information on the spousal sponsorship program. Sorry for the long post! Background: My gf and I have known each other since 2009 when we added each other on Facebook because we had a mutual friend in high school. We have been online friends since then and kept in touch throughout the years (supporting text transcripts will be available). From 2017 onward, our relationship started to take shape. In 2018, we decided to meet up and I visited her in person in Kolkata, India and we made things official. Since then, we have been on multiple trips, including Malaysia (June 2019), Oman (September 2019) and recently to Indonesia and Vietnam (March 2020). We are genuinely looking to spend our lives together. During the Malaysia trip, we decided to stop by in Mumbai to meet my parents and they also completely adore her. Her parents also know about me and support this relationship. I am well settled in Canada right now with a stable and well paying job and own a condo where I currently live. I have been a permanent resident of Canada since Mar 2019. She also has a well paying job with a multinational company in India and has completed her MBA prior to this. She intends to keep working for the duration of the application too. During her MBA, we tried to apply for a TRV for her to visit me in Canada, but that application was refused because she was a student back then with no financial independence or significant ties (makes sense?). I believe we have enough supporting documents in the form of photos, texts, gifts, travel bookings over a span of more than 3 years. We have mutual friends in both the countries. Current Plan: I would like for her to move to Canada and for both to start living together. The best way to do so seems to be the spousal sponsorship and we are happy to get married. I am in fact planning on getting a diamond ring to propose to her. Since we like travelling so much, we are talking about getting married in a resort in Sri Lanka and getting the marriage certificate attested at the Indian High Commission so that it is registered in India. Our wedding ceremony will be simple with vows being exchanged at a beach or garden in a civil ceremony. Nothing religious. We are planning on the wedding ceremony being done just for the two of us and no guests, not even parents, even though they fully approve of us. Once the wedding is done, we are planning on hosting a small reception in Mumbai where the families will join us. Questions: Now the reason we are doing this is, my gf and I are atheists and do not believe in the "standard" religious ceremony that usually accompanies an Indian Wedding. Based on our readings of posts here, it seems CIC looks for what is "standard" in the applicant's culture? Is it not ok for a non religious couple to have a simple yet decent wedding ceremony? How do we get around the fact that a religious ceremony over 5/6 days is just not acceptable to us? Is there any potential red flag that you note here that might be of concern? We also did not want to do the wedding in India because again, you have to register under a specific religious act and we are against that idea. Additionally, there is a 30 day waiting period from when you give notice to the marriage officer to when the actual wedding can take place.
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2020.08.22 08:01 autotldrFacebook’s Role in 2019 Indian Elections Under Scrutiny After Allegations of its Link With the Ruling Party
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Photo courtesy of Susana Bates / AF. After a Wall Street Journal report alleging that Facebook was complicit in allowing hate speech by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, more claims of the company endorsing the ruling political party have come to light. The August 14 WSJ report alleged that Facebook's Ankhi Das opposed applying the company's hate speech rules, to remove controversial posts by at least four Hindu nationalist individuals or groups associated with the BJP which were "Flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence." The Real Face of Facebook in India, a book that Thakurta co-authored, talks about Shivnath Thukral, a former journalist who helped the BJP launch a website in the run-up to the 2014 parliamentary election. "I noticed patterns of Facebook removing content that were making statements against India's ruling government, but did not violate their hate speech policies, while any hate speech posted by the right-wing stayed on the platform, despite me reporting it multiple times," Pennu told VICE News. The BJP has refuted the claim that Facebook was selective in censoring hate speech. Malviya cited a 2019 takedown of more than 700 pages, groups and accounts in India, most of which he claimed were propelling a nationalist narrative, to justify that Facebook did not favour the BJP. Facebook has previously been pulled up for its complicit role in inciting hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as well as the hate speech on the platform that led to the 2018 religious riots in Sri Lanka.
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2020.08.20 18:33 butcher1239International Apostasy Day on 22 August 2020
International Apostasy Day
Join #ApostasyDay to commemorate victims of apostasy laws, call to end criminalisation & death penalty in countries under Islamic laws, end shunning, & affirm freedom of conscience Petition 22 August 2020 is being established as the first Apostasy Day by an international coalition of ex-Muslim organisations. Apostasy (ردة or ارتداد) is the abandonment or renunciation of religion. It is punishable by death in Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, UAE, and Yemen and a criminal offence in many more Muslim-majority countries. In Pakistan, a disbelief in God is punishable with the death penalty under a blasphemy law. In Saudi Arabia, atheism is equated with terrorism. In some countries without the death penalty, Islamists kill those deemed apostates, including in Bangladesh and Muslim-minority India. In many countries, such as in Europe and North America, apostates can face threats, shunning and honour-based violence, including from their families. Individuals from Orthodox Jewish, Christian, Hindu and other backgrounds can also face shunning and violence for apostasy. 22 August is being chosen as Apostasy Day because it is the UN Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. Moreover, late August marks the start of a second wave of mass executions of apostates in Iran in 1988 after brief “trials”. Thousands who responded negatively to questions such as ‘Are you a Muslim?', 'Do you believe in Allah?', 'Is the Holy Qur'an the Word of Allah?', 'Do you accept the Holy Muhammad to be the Seal of the Prophets?', 'Do you fast during Ramadan?', 'Do you pray and read the Holy Qur'an?' were summarily executed. On the newly established Apostasy Day, we renew calls for the:
commemoration of the victims of apostasy laws
an end to the criminalisation and the death penalty for apostasy in countries under Islamic laws
an end to shunning, threats and honour-related violence from families of apostates
affirmation of freedom of thought, conscience and belief as well as opinion and expression in
compliance with the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 18 & 19).
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