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USWNT: sample population and lawful separation of the team into nation-states

2020.11.18 12:31 metaperl USWNT: sample population and lawful separation of the team into nation-states

USWNT: sample population and lawful separation of the team into nation-states

Since reading the text Cooperative Federalism by Gerald Brown I've wondered how powerful the USWNT would be if the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA had not been zipped up into a single nation by the federal government.
In other words, just as the European union is composed of separate nation-states, the original united states of America were the same.
When I look at the power of the USWNT, my first thought is:

The real reason the USWNT is so powerful is because they took the best players from 50 different nation-states and put them all together.

In other words, in Europe, Lyon represents something like the best players from each nation-state in Europe. And the team selection is not limited by the player's citizenship (although France might have some limits of the number of foreign players, I don't know).
But anyway, the next thing I began to wonder is:

What if the current players on the USWNT were divided up by their state of residence?

If so, then we get the following data and we note that all of a sudden we see the "Christiane Endler effect", meaning, we see several nation-states where there is 1 world-class player.

Instead of Lindsey Horan (Colorado) serving up Alex Morgan (California) against England, they now compete

By the way, England, does something similar, where people from Wales can play for the English team (at the Olympics?)

Rose Lavelle (Ohio) no longer gets the pass from Crystal Dunn (New York) to put the nail in the coffin against the Netherlands

Both of these people are the only rep on the USWNT from their nation-state.

New York and Florida, where you at?

If population were all that mattered, then why does New York only have Crystal Dunn? You cannot blame soccer culture, or can you? There are 2 professional teams there.
And Florida, with all the 2nd generation immigrants from soccer nations, should have many players from there.
In doing this survey, I did learn of a person named Catarina Macario who is an example of what I would expect in droves from Florida. She's actually a Brasil native who is a recent call-up to the USWNT.
But of course, we have to ask a question:

Brasil has a population of 200 million and the USA 350 million, so given that both have such large populations, is it safe to say that USWNT is much stronger than Brasil?

Brasil still fielding 40-year old players while Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd apparently are on their way out... not to mention Mallory Pugh was a rising star.

Maybe it's money

Maybe there is more money, better nutrition for women's soccer and perhaps less sexism? I dont know.
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2020.11.01 15:45 EDEN-X Thieves Guild bug XB1

I don't have a mod list, since I just removed all my data again (I don't want to download everything again, then remove everything again)
So I ran into the bug where Delvin Mallory won't give any special jobs (the ones you get after completing 5 small jobs in said hold) I only got the one in Windhelm, then nothing... I tried using Cheat Room spells but that didn't help...
I read somewhere that USSEP can cause it, I was skeptical but I tried it anyway by removing USSEP and this worked, I got the special jobs and could continue the Thieves Guild just fine, for a while... My game started glitching out badly after removing and redownloading the patch several times and I had to remove my save. Now I don't always join the Thieves Guild but a while ago I ran into the same issue again on a "bad" character. I didn't want to remove the patch this time however... I know it's no permanent solution and some mods I want to use now require the patch (and it fixed quite a few bugs and glitches so I don't want to play without anymore)
Another mod I think might be the culprit is Localized Thieves Guild jobs. I searched for hours, and found a comment saying it can conflict with USSEP. Now that makes sense considering my issue... But I'm using this mod for a reason. I standard have Beyond Skyrim Bruma in my load order (and I plan to keep it there) but this resulted in me getting Thieves Guild jobs in Cyrodiil, not even just Bruma but also cities you can't even visit. Also, I got jobs in Raven Rock before as well and those are bugged, this mod allowed me to only pick jobs in Skryim and keep track of them as well which was nice...
I wonder... Is the only real solution just reloading till I get jobs I can do? I also read somewhere that doing radiant jobs too early can bug the questline but Idk how early that would be, and if the patch fixes that (assuming nothing conflicts with it) I'd like to have an answer, or a solution other than "start a new game" before I spend hours on a character again for nothing. Any other Thieves Guild mods that can cause such issues? I also had No to Nocturnal and Change in management installed, though I had this bug without those mods before.
PS. I'm on Xbox One, SE
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2020.10.30 17:29 Earthfall10 [Humans are Hiveminds] Pt 12: Conclusion

As this is a language of tastes and strands of DNA analog names cannot be written phonetically and are instead replaced with a human name or Earth analog in [brackets].
Span: The diameter of an average [Gaian] = 0.94mm, Kilospan = 0.94m.
Beat: The amount of time takes an average [Gaian] to move their cilia = 0.064s, kilobeat = 1min 4s
Work Cycle: 10 kilobeats. Equivalent to around 15 hours on their time scale
Day: Day length on [Gaia] = 28h 16min. Equivalent to around 3 months on their time scale.
Year: Year length on [Gaia] = 224.4 days = 264.3 Earth days.
[First] [Previous]
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[Faythe] was positively sick with excitement. She had hit a wall on the rescue mission front, [Alice] had been adamant about not revealing themselves further by sending a rescue team, and launching a mission in secret would have required sabotaging half of the station. Even if she thought she could get all the comms and scanners down she wasn’t crazy enough to actually try it. Widespread sabotage or ship hijacking was a dangerous proposition, and she doubted [Walter] and the others would want her to put the station in jeopardy for them.
After 3 solid tenth days of appeals, requests, and contemplating sneaking off while scouting, she had to admit a rescue mission wasn’t going to happen.
But that doesn’t matter now! She thought giddily as she rushed to the docks. They are still alive, and making contact!. Her hope was warring with caution and hope was currently winning. Like most of the station she had followed the messages from the Humans with rapt attention. She recognized [Eve]’s signaling right away and found it a bit funny she had been the main speaker, [Faythe] had always pegged her as the [quiet] sort. [Faythe] had attempted to remain cautiously optimistic as she read the debate, wary of the creatures playing some terrible trick, but frankly she was past caring. Her hope that her friend was still alive had been fading by the cycle, and now they were supposedly about to be picked up. There was no way in hell she was going to miss that.
Thank the depths [Grace] let us be the ones to go get them. I would be gnawing on the walls if I had to wait around and let some other team be the first to greet them again. She thought amusedly, wondering how the reunion was going to go. The “painful testing” [Eve] had briefly mentioned was concerning. She began wondering what kinds of terrible things someone might do while experimenting on supposedly subsentient drones and winced. Sometimes an active imagination is a bit of a curse. She thought as her mind was filled with scenes of detached and methodical disembowelment.
She was so caught up in her thoughts in fact that she didn’t notice the harpoon that flashed out behind her.
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[Sybil] [grinned] as she boarded the hastily readying recovery ship. She always like being a [Hephaestus]., being able to effortlessly push through crowds never got old, though annoyingly enough it seemed she would have to keep that to a minimum if she wanted to avoid notice, apparently it was out of character for her to be that rude.
How boring.
She managed to get abord the ship with no questions raised and made some small talk with a few of the ship crew she knew while she waited impatiently for that blasted representative to arrive. I hope she doesn’t pull the translators off into to a private meeting the moment we pick them up. She thought worriedly. She hoped to get at least one of them alone first, and had a somewhat believable reason to do so. She had been openly expressing concerned for her dear missing friend for tenthdays after all.
A few beats later and representative [Grace] finally arrived. The ship silently slipped free from its birth and flicked up and out of hanger into the lunar surface above. It hung there for a moment before the lunar dust below the ship briefly rippled as the stations great grav units bent the space around it, and in an instant they were elsewhere.
Flicking back into existence 28 thousand kilometers above Earth, the ship did not bother making orbit, it simply fell towards the night shrouded continent below, heading towards the outskirts of a vibrant patch of light. As the ship sped downwards [Sybil] settled in for a few cycles of waiting, running over her plans. The basics of [Mallory]’s plan is somewhat sound, but there are some holes that need patching She grumbled. They were tortured and the humans attempted to mindhack them into being saboteurs and they pretend it worked on them so they can escape. Simple enough. People might ask why they didn’t try and say any of this in their message though. This could be explained by the Humans having a better grasp of Standard Gaian then they let on. I could say they learned enough Gaian and Solarian that they planned out most of the things in those messages, including the supposedly stealthily side comments that [Eve] had added in Solarian, all to make it seem like the crew were being genuine and not just reading off a script, but really the Humans were following every word they said and would quickly notice if they went off script or tried to slip something behind their backs by sending in an language they didn’t know.
The crew didn’t bother risking that since they were trying to play along and pretend they had been fully brainwashed, since they knew the humans were planning on letting them go back to the fleet if they thought their program was working. Thus, they played along, following their script, not letting anything slip until they get safely back onto this ship and out of the humans clutches. Only then do they tell everyone what really happened. If I don’t manage to edit the memories on all of them, that could be explained as the brainwashing being successful on some of them. A suboptimal result, as it would place significant scrutiny on the psyche of the supposedly mindhacked crew, and I would have to justify the humans having somewhat effective mindhacking techniques. However it might still sow enough confusion and outrage to be effective, and by the time they are studied close enough that the story might unravel we will hopefully be long gone…. Yes, that could work.
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[Walter] strained his eyes peering skyward as the beats crawled by. He had asked the humans when the ship was arriving but they had said he would know more about that then they would. He grumbled at that and spent some time calculating the fastest time he expected a ship could be scrambled to collect them. If they jumped in right overhead and had a powered decent downwards it would probably take around 80 kilobeats for them to get here. The trip out to this field took around a quarter of that so they should be arriving in another 60 kilobeats or so. He thought tiredly. He sighed and settled in for 6 cycles of waiting.
The break did give him time to finish up some more of his signal pathway repairs and other projects but that was a minor consolation. The comms were mostly silent, as eventually the mix of tension and boredom sapped most of the energy of the group. The lull was broken near the end of the sixth cycle when [Eve] spotted a faint point of light in the sky that was rapidly growing brighter.
“Look! That’s them!” The group staggered to their feet and twisted their heads to point their eyes skyward. [Frank] [laughed] when he spotted it “Yeah that seems to be them all right, they must be coming in hot. I guess they aren’t bothering with stealth for this.” The point of light grew to become a bright red star in the sky above them, before suddenly not being in the sky at all.
With a thunderous crack a 300 span tall ship appeared before them, going from hypersonic flight to a dead stop in moments. Its hull still glowed a dull cherry red from the heat of its reentry.
“Going with shock and awe I guess.” [Walter] sent wryly. Normally seeing a skyscraper sized structure floating in midair was awe inspiring enough, however he imagined it’s scale was less effective on their current audience. The ship was barely larger than one of the creatures’ heads. Speed on the other hand…well, to the humans it must have looked like the ship appeared from nowhere.
“Ha yeah, that must have looked even more crazy to them…not that they saw it though, they are still looking at the sky. Oh! They are beginning to flinch now. Geez. That pilot is wasted on this crowd.” [Frank] sent mirthfully as the giants around them reacted with comical slowness.
“Oh wow, look at that one, it launched itself into the air! It’s going higher than the ship!” [Eve] [laughed] as one of the white robed figures belatedly hurled itself away from the loud noise. The human guards appeared significantly less amused, as several of them trained weapons on the ship.
“Hmm, maybe that was a bit to provocative.” [Walter] said the humor draining from his signal. The team watched anxiously as the giants continued to stare daggers at the slowly cooling ship hovering above the grass a few kilospan in front of them.
“Sorry that surprised you, that was just a sonic boom from a rapid decent.” [Walter] slowly spoke, trying to calm the situation. “That was a standard landing for this type of mission.” He added, lying through his gills. One of the guards glanced at the radio his voice came from, and then over at him.
“Well you should have warned us then.” It slowly groaned out.
“Sorry, didn’t think to mention it. Could you stop pointing your weapons at the ship though? I don’t think anyone is going to come out while you’re doing that.”
The guard made a wordless grunt which [Walter] figured wasn’t a happy sound.
“If it can move that fast then our guns are useless if we aren’t already pointing at it.”
“Their useless even if they are pointed at it. You can’t even see it move, much less activate your weapon in time.” [Eve] interjected.
“Then there is no harm in us continuing to point our guns at it then.” The guard ground out even slower and louder than normal, before pausing as it listened to something over its comm. “…yes sir.” It said at last before lowering its weapon slightly.
“I guess that’s as much as we can hope for.” [Walter] muttered to the rest of the team as they watched the rest of the guards begrudgingly point their weapons just far enough downwards as to not technically be pointing at the ship.
[Walter] was going to continue but paused as signal came from the ship.
“Team 9, this is representative [Grace] sending. Good job on diffusing the situation. I had figured a small demonstration of our capabilities was in order, but I did not expect it to startle them so thoroughly. With that in mind please inform the humans that this ship is unarmed and we will be opening a hanger door soon.”
[Walter] glanced up with relief. “Yes ser, we’ll begin translating immediately.”
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Director Townsend was not having a great day. Well, that was too harsh. So far it had been a truly remarkable day, he just wished he wasn’t the one in charge of organizing it.
This morning the main thing on his mind had been tightening the budget in preparation for next month’s funding review, now he was standing in the middle of a field while a tiny alien spaceship flaunted gravity and the sound barrier a few meters from his head. It was an interesting change of pace to say the least. He glanced around at the several technicians and researchers from the physics department that he had hastily assembled.
“Please tell me one of our cameras caught that.” He half whispered to one of the technicians.
“Umm, yes, I think camera 4 and 5 got good shots of the deceleration event.” the man said as he began pulling up clips on a nearby laptop. The field behind the lab was currently filled with a rough semicircle of high-speed cameras, range finders, microwave scanners and whatever other equipment the physicists had been able to carry outside, all pointing at the landing site. Townsend was currently standing a few meters back, next to a pair of folding tables where the snarl of cables from all the equipment was being fed to several laptops and a small server bank. He glanced over the mess and was glad there was no chance of rain tonight.
The aid confirmed they had several clear shots of the deceleration and Townsend turned his attention back to the ship now silently floating in the field before them. It was hovering in midair a few centimeters above the ground with no sign of effort, no sound or flames or gusts of wind. The grass below it was completely untouched.
“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.” He thought wryly, as the pain of having to give up the grav drive they were studying was freshly renewed.
Aside from the hovering the ship itself wasn’t that interesting to look at, though he did admit there was a certain elegant simplicity to it. It was a perfect ovoid, 30 or so centimeters tall and 15 wide. Its outer hull was smooth and unadorned. On the high-speed camera shot he had seen it arrive shinning like a mirror, but after coming to a halt its color had shifted, rapidly darkening into a pitch-black shade to better radiated heat. Some sort of color shifting meta material perhaps? I wonder how they managed to make something that complex reentry proof.
He tore his eyes away from the strange sight as he heard an argument breaking out by the wasp enclosure. He suddenly noticed how on edge the guard detail was. “Oh for…” He leaned over to one of the NSA agents that were hovering around him like buzzards and hissed “Tell your goons to stop pointing their guns at the ship! Do you want to start a diplomatic incident?”
The man opened his mouth to reply but appeared to think better of it. He sighed and spoke a few words into his earpiece. Townsend relaxed slightly as the guards lowered their weapons again. Stupid. Why did the NSA insist on bringing armed security for this? If shit hits the fan we’re screwed regardless of how many guns we have…
One of the crackling voices from the wasp cage briefly rose in volume, calling out “Attention, the ship is unarmed. A hatch will open on its side in 87 seconds. It is a door to a hangar. Don’t shoot it.” before falling back into inaudibility as it started talking to a technician next to its cage.
“I guess that’s my cue.” Townsend muttered as he began walking apprehensively over to the front of the crowd where the ship and captives were. He hoped the creatures were just going to leave quickly and not bother with ceremony, he really wasn’t looking forward to giving the apology speech he had hastily written on behalf of the lab.
Waving off the two guards that started shadowing him he made his way over to wasp tank and watched a touch nervously as a technician opened it. The creatures paused for a bit, eying the door like they were worried of some trick, before suddenly flinging themselves out and beginning to buzz around the grass and the tray of returned equipment.
“Uh, I hope everything is in order?” Townsend asked cautiously.
“No, quite disordered.” The radio hissed.
That’s not what I mea- His thought was cut off as the ship a couple of meters in front of them moved. A seam appeared on its smooth surface and pair of doors appeared, quickly sliding apart to reveal an opening around the size of a post-it note. He crouched down slightly to get a better look inside and saw the ‘hangar’ went back a handful of centimeters, with platforms and wasp sized indentations set into the floor and walls at regular intervals. The off-white material of the floor and walls was dotted with faintly glowing lights, seemly marking out paths or landing spots. He couldn’t make out much detail about them from where he was standing though. I doubt pressing my face up against their hull to get a closer look would go over well.
His eye was eventually drawn to faint bit of movement near the front of the opening, if he hadn’t already been peering closely at the spot he doubted he would have noticed. A speck around the size of a mite was on the floor by the entrance and was shifting slightly.
The radio behind him spoke up “That is the council representative.”
Townsend started slightly and saw that one of the wasps was hovering near his head, keeping an eye on him while the others were gathering their equipment. The radio continued “They wish to convey gratitude/relief that you are upholding your end of the agreement. They hope this interaction will improve trust and improve future interaction.”
Townsend relaxed slightly. “That is good to hear. We hope that this is the beginning of more open communication with your people. I and the rest of the facility apologize for the…trying nature of your capture. We hope we can put that period of secrecy and misunderstanding behind us.”
“The representative expresses agreement.”
Townsend nodded stiffly, noting that the creature didn’t mention if itself agreed. He wondered how much resentment they might be holding. He was painfully aware of the many cameras were trained on him right now and figured this might not be the best time for such delicate questions. Instead he stepped back a pace and spent a few awkward moments watching the wasps shuttling the grav drive and the dissected ‘drones’ into the ship. Thankfully they were quick and it seemed the politician was satisfied with his short exchange as it remained silent. Townsend noticed with interest that the wasps were having to tie down the equipment in the hanger as it was apparently in zero g. After a few seconds of fiddling the creatures seemed to be satisfied that all was in order and one of them turned to look out the door at Townsend and the rest of the lab crew behind him. “The ship will leave now. Thank you for releasing us.”
He let out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding.
“Of course. Safe travels.” He replied, stepping back a few paces in case their departure was going to be as dramatic as their arrival. The doors of the ship snapped shut and hull rippled to a mirror shine once again. For a moment Townsend saw a distorted reflection of himself in the shimmering ovoid, but then with a flick of motion and hiss of wind it was gone. He whipped his head skyward and for an instant saw a faint glint of silver against the darkening sky, and a breath later everyone in the field heard the crack of a distant sonic boom.
He paused like that for a few moments, just looking upwards, before turning his gaze back to Earth and walking back to the lab, sagging with relief.
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When the door closed and the captain informed them that the ship was underway and that it seemed like nothing was being fired at them [Walter] finally let his last doubts melt away. “They did it. They actually let us go. We really are heading back.” He sent with his signal choked with relief.
“You’re just now accepting that?” [Eve] asked bemusedly as the rest of the team let out a ragged cheer and began disembarking from their crafts.
[Walter] [shrugged] “I didn’t want to get my hopes up to high.” He replied as he parked his craft in its familiar perch and disconnected. After scurrying down one of his crafts legs he felt his way blindly along the rungs of one of the paths set in the floor, the familiar routine of disembarking and the feeling of the solid pseudopodholds under his limbs provided a surprising amount of comfort.
After [Walter] and the rest of the team cycled through the hanger’s waterlock and took off their environmental suits they could finally smell again and were immediately hit with the jubilant greeting signals of a dozen or so of their old crewmates gathered in the tunnel outside. A very familiar signal reached him, followed swiftly after by a rush of water and a thud of impact.
“[Walter]!” [Faythe] sent jubilantly as she gripped him in a membrane stretching hug. “I’ve been worried sick about you guys! I tried to get [Alice] or a captain to rescue you sooner but nobody listened. I came really close to doing something stupid a few times. But you’re back now!”
[Walter] [laughed] and hugged her back. “I missed you too. Can you let up a bit though? You’re crushing my gills.”
The pressure dropped immediately and [Walter] stopped resembling a squeezed water balloon.
“Sorry. It’s just…how have you been?” She asked, her signal fading into a much more worried tone.
“…it was terrifying, painful, fascinating and boring. Often multiple at the same time. Being studied and experimented on by something that it can kill you with a twitch of its smallest limbs is…uniquely horrifying. Things got a bit better later, and I got kind of numb to the scale eventually, but let’s just say I’m glad to be back.”
“Experimented on? [Eve] mentioned they did some painful things to you guys at first, what happened?” [Faythe] asked worriedly.
[Walter] [shrugged] “I’d rather not relive it, at least not right now. I’m still in a wonderful mood at finally being back, I’ll process the trauma later, right now I just want to bask in the sense of normalcy of being on a familiar ship again.”
[Faythe] [smiled] “Want to go to the break room and play some [Fleets] to keep your mind off things then?”
“Yeah, that sounds nice.”
The rest of the group was similarly breaking up, most heading to the cafeteria to get the first bit of flavorful food they had in half a day. [Walter] and [Faythe] meanwhile headed over to one of the ship’s small lounge rooms. The ship was operating with minimal crew, [Faythe] bashfully admitted [Alice] probably only let her go on this trip to prevent anymore nagging, so the room was pleasantly empty.
“Nice, I think the game set is in the [scent designation] cabinet.” [Faythe] said as she entered.
[Walter] drifted over to the compartment in question and fished around inside. “Hmm, I’m not feeling it, are you sure it’s…AGH!”
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[Sybil] relaxed slightly as the little [Gaian] stopped twitching as the dart did its work. She would have to work fast, the lack of private quarters made time consuming modifications like this quite a risk. Keeping half her focus on checking the currents and scents coming through the doorway she deployed a few silencer filters to mop up the alarm scent her target had briefly given off. Clumsy she snarled to herself. She had hoped he would be more distractible.
She swam over to the body now drifting limply against the far wall and began the delicate task of deploying her editing equipment. Parting the tough but annoyingly stiff cell wall that covered her current body [Sybil] formed a tube of cell membrane and stabbed it into her target. Keeping a watch on the door she split off part of her attention to focus on the data stream from the equipment she began tunneling inside.
Feeling around the entrance site with a few sensor arrays she felt and tasted nothing alarming, there wasn’t any stray glue strands or chunks of mangled thought center drifting about, so the dart hadn’t failed catastrophically. She began quickly widening the hole and sending in the rest of her equipment; snipping proteins, grasping limbs and memory reading equipment were carried along a rapidly unfolding scaffolding network. The tips of this network forked and twisted deeper inside like thirsting roots, touching and tasting every structure they bumped into, following the scent left behind by the dart.
After a few moments she found the signal line which the dart had first latched onto, and she sent her editing equipment along the line after it, following the trail of sent markers the little machine had laid down as it rushed along the cable. Following the pathways that walker proteins use to carry sensory data back to a target’s main thought center was a trivially simple task, after all it had to be straight forward enough for a mindless molecule to follow. The pathway grew steadily as she made her way further inwards, different lines merging together to form a major signaling trunk. Just as the diameter of the cable started to indicate she was nearly upon her target however, several of the motor proteins dragging her editing equipment along suddenly reported that they had lost grip.
She felt around wildly and realized the pathway in front of her was gone. The sensory cable was sheared through, most likely via a hasty misuse of the pilot’s drone linking equipment. The fool had begun ripping his own mind apart, he would be a near vegetable at this point, assuming he hadn’t killed himself entirely in his thrashing. Damn it all. I don’t have time for this.
It was at this moment the data cables near her tunnel into the target reported a strong current heading towards them. She had brief moment of shock before her mind was suddenly jerked back outwards as her connection to her hacking equipment was severed.
Reeling from the violent sensory shift and the realization she had be tricked, she hastily tried to regain control. Turning her focus to the ragged remains of the data cables that had connected her to her equipment she felt through a few remaining sensing hairs that something large was rushing towards her. Something that smelled rather familiar.
Her dart.
Fuck
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[Walter] was mad.
No. That [word] was inadequate.
He was absolutely furious.
When he had felt something rushing towards him he had been confused. When he had felt it stab him he had been shocked. When he had felt it begin moving inside him, heading towards his mind, he had the icy realization that his friend was gone. That a nightmare from the brightest corners of the overworld was aboard this ship, a mind hacker.
He was suddenly deeply deeply glad for the redundances he had been adding to his sensory network. Most would consider what he had been doing to himself in his limited rest time over the last 3 tenthdays highly paranoid, but after his cycles long purgatory trapped in self-inflicted sensory deprivation he had decided that he wanted a few more sensory lines and better control of his mind weaving equipment. He didn’t want a repeat of that hell to be possible.
So when he felt the vile machine begin clawing its way deeper inside him he hastily powered on his weaving equipment and went to work. He rushed his nearest array towards where he felt the thing racing along, the dumb machine rapidly working its way along a major sensory pathway, its rapidly spinning corkscrew motor burrowing through the water briefly leaving a noticeable wake. A spindly limb protruded from the main body of the missile, loosely gripping the signal pathway it was swimming besides, feeling its way along as its swift passage tore walker proteins from their mountings.
The moment it felt the currents from the mass of scaffolding, sensors and snipping proteins [Walter] was hurling at it the machine reacted. It released its grip on [Walter]’s signal pathway and he lost touch of it, though a few sensor hairs felt its wake. It narrowly dodged a slice from a diamoniod cutting blade which tore the cable it was just swimming along in two. [Walter] winced but he had a spare. He reached out toward the wake he could feel as it hurled itself farther away. He tried to grab the craft, splaying his mind weaving array outwards, scaffolding and motor rods cast wide like a net, but the dart was far too quick and rapidly outpaced the now drag choked limb.
Fortunately, he had more than one weaving array, and by now 2 others had closed in, one of them dragging a food vacuole. He did not want to feel what kind of self-destruct poisons this thing might spit out. He forced himself to bring those limbs in slightly slower, giving time for their wakes to rapidly still in the viscous water.
The dart was quiet now, but he had a vague idea of where it was lurking. If it was moving at all it must be moving slowly as he felt no hint of movement from where he had last felt it. He carefully unfurled all three arrays, feeding them more scaffolding by cannibalizing nearby sections of his cytoskeleton, englobing the region where he was sure it could have gone.
At last he felt a twitch of movement. It seemed the next phase of the dart’s programming was to stealthily continue in the direction it had been heading before it was caught, as it had bumped into a section of net while slowly swimming in roughly the direction of the severed signal line. The moment it contacted the net it tried to swim way again, but [Walter] cut that section of netting free and whipped it forwards using a branch of scaffolding, and the flexible strands of motor protein in the net grabbed at the dart greedily. More lines and scaffolding piled on as he brought more sections of the net to bare, and he began hastily shuttling over the vacuole to contain it in case it might release poison in its death throws.
It did, sort of. As soon as its motor and cilia were completely jammed the missile ceased struggling. [Walter] was almost hoping it was over just before the nest of cables and struts enclosing the thing was wracked by an explosion. The missile had violently split itself apart to release its payload, a cloud of particles and tangling cables tailor made to jam mental machinery. [Walter] was exceeding glad that none of his thought centers had been breached, but the cloud would still be a problem out in his main body. They jammed signaling and motor proteins just as well, and he could feel the shredded remains of the net covering the dart go numb as messages from them ground to a halt.
He hastily ripping open the vacuole he had brought over and tried to englobe as much of the mess as possible. It cost him half of the remaining arrays in the area, but he managed to get most of it inside. There was still a few wisps of jamming particles floating about but he would just have to avoid them for now.
With the immediate threat taken care of he turned his focus outwards to what was wearing his friend. It was still by the door, waiting for him to succumb to the glue he supposed. Shit. [Faythe] is 3 times my mass and covered in armor, she could crush me like a [bug]. I’m faster than her but she is 4 span closer to the door then me. The only thing I can hope for is surprise.
With that in mind he gradually stilled the violent twitching his internal battle had caused and went limp. He felt currents close in as the thing swam over to him, and had to fight off the urge to move as it cornered him. Well. This is the exact opposite place you want to be in when fighting a mind hacker. He thought nervously as he prepared to run or wage an internal battle. He had no illusions of his repurposed civilian equipment being any match for black-market gear in a fair fight. Though, he did have some black market equipment at his disposal now.
He carefully began prepping the glue and debris filled vacuole for offense, hastily gathering vacuoles of a few volatile chemicals, digestive acids and respiration byproducts and merging them with the glue one or lashing them together so they wouldn’t mix just yet. He felt some ripples as the thing fiddled next to him and he knew he didn’t have much time, he hoped this would be enough of a distraction to dart away.
He began moving the whole mess with a remaining weaving array, trying to move just fast enough that he wasn’t noticeably twitching his outer membrane as the complex swam/crawled its was through his cytoskeleton, spiderlike limbs extending to grab at the web of struts and signal lines darting out like tentacles, disconnecting and reconnecting it to his signaling network as it moved. He wasn’t fast enough however, as he felt himself get stabbed a second time, and this time the hole was held open.
A nest of filaments and wires squirmed their way inside him. At first it was only faint movements that nearby sensors could barely feel, and then larger motions as other things were forced through the wound. [Walter] slowed the weaving array’s movements to a crawl. It is sending stuff over, so it opened up a chink in her cell wall, that’s the only place I can get a good hit in. he thought nervously, as he cautiously dragged his bulky payload closer.
Soon he felt the bulk of the machinery crawl deeper in and begin moving along where he knew the severed signal line was still drifting. He [smiled] Good, follow that dead end, nothing out of the ordinary happening over here. He continued along a fast as he dared, aware he had a time limit until the thing found the cut and realized something was up. That time limit ran out when he felt the hacker’s train of equipment stop with a lurch.
With the game up he abandoned stealth and closed the last few millispan to the wound site with several cutting tools thrust out on a pillar scaffolding, aiming for the data cables he knew must be trailing there. The cables were thick, it seemed they were actually tubes with the protein walkways and vibration transmission rods within their armored walls. They were still no match for the four diamoniod cutting clamps that slammed into them though. After a quarter beat of twisting and hacking the bundle of lines came apart entirely and he yanked that strut back with the data cables still caught in its grasp to delay any reconnection. He then shoved the mess of vacuoles into the breach.
The hacker for its part recovered quickly, lurching [Faythe]’s body backwards and severing the tunnel of membrane in an instant. But cell wall was not as malleable. [Walter] abandoned his finer scale controls and moved his body normally, pushing out a pseudopod with the mind weaving gear and vacuole bundle inside it and stabbed the limb into the slowly closing hole in [Faythe]’s cell wall. The last signal he sent the equipment before severing the pseudopod was to merge the little two explosive vacuoles he had stuck on the main one’s surface.
He didn’t pause to admire his handywork though as he had to immediately squirm out of the way of 5 armored limbs rushing at him. He got the impression that this second hug wouldn’t end if he asked politely. He managed to weave between three of them but the last two partly encircled him and began to squeeze.
He stretched his body out 3 times its normal length, trying to narrow himself down fast enough that he could slip out of its grip but it was fruitless. Another limb smacked him down and the three arms pinned him against the wall. He shoved off the wall and the thing had to dart a few limbs out to grip the ‘floor’ as it drifted backwards a touch. That was enough for him to flatten his body and slide under one of the limbs pinning him.
A current warned him of another incoming blow and he narrowly dodged a serrated limb, lightly scraping his membrane. The thing had gotten enough time to fashion something more than crude clubs, and now it no longer needed to play a futile game of punching an amorphous blob. Popping one was much easier. Fortunately, it seemed the glue was beginning to have an effect, as its movements were becoming decidedly more erratic.
He made a mad dash to the exit, and sprayed a series of data packets out in front of him towards the comm unit by the door. “Mind Hacker!“ He managed to [scream] before he was cut off by the thing launching itself off the back wall and barreling into him. They collided in midwater and [Walter] felt a massive gash in his side appear as its claw tore him open.
He crumpled inwards around the wound, doing his best to stanch the flood of cytoplasm and internal organs. His mind began to go hazy as the amount of [ATP analog] with in him dropped precipitously. He noticed the thing wasn’t doing much better though, it was struggling to use nearly half of its body, flailing awkwardly as it tried to keep him from drifting away.
Guess that glue trick wasn’t for nothing. He thought sleepily, as he felt a few weak blows and slashes rain down on him, doing little more than pushing him away from it. I hope they got the warning… was his last thought before his mind faded to scentlessness.
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He awoke again in a medical ward with a nurse and several guards in armored environmental suits.
“What happened?” He sent, feeling around wildly.
A guard caught his signal packet and fed it into a large comm unit floating beside them. They paused for a moment while the machine gargled softly, and when they finally replied it was a through the same isolated comm. In the dry and formal tone of someone reciting a recording the guard responded
“The crew of the [Stalking Sea Predator] received a signal from the body of [Walter] about a mind hacker attack taking place in the ship’s third lounge room. When they arrived they found the body of [Walter] unconscious from a grievous rupture and the body of [Faythe] in the process of attacking it. Initially the body of [Faythe] claimed to be run by the mind of [Faythe] and that the body of [Walter] contained the attacker, but upon requests that it submit to a medical exam it became hostile. It presently revealed that the mind of [Faythe] was not in control, but the attacker did claim it still had her in storage and could irreparably damage her at anytime. As we cannot currently rule out this claim, we are treating it as a hostage situation.”
“The attacker eventually submitted to being moved to the ship’s brig to begin negotiations for a reduced sentence and the body of [Walter] was stabilized for the remainder of the 8-cycle trip back to [Luna Station]. Upon arrival a medical team and a mental hazard team were dispatched to the ship to assess the situation and to awaken the mind inside the body of [Walter]. It is currently unknown how thoroughly the mind of [Walter] was modified while in the presence of the attacker. Does this entity claim to still be the mind of [Walter]?”
Oh light. Here we go. [Walter] thought worriedly as he prepared for several kilobeats of interrogation and medical scans. He didn’t feel any different and didn’t remember being modified, but the truly horrifying thing about mind hackers is that meant nothing.
Eventually the interrogators were reasonably satisfied that he had the same memories as the original [Walter], and that if his personality had been replaced or significantly altered he was doing a decent job of hiding it. Like always they couldn’t rule out subtle changes or hidden triggers though, so he would be under close watch and placed on a tenthdaily schedule of mandatory psych evaluations for the foreseeable future. They removed every mind weaving tool from his body, including the gear from the hacker (boy had that raised some concerns) before finally deeming him safe enough to leave the room while under armed supervision.
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2020.10.30 04:18 nmbjbo Repost of Story I want to Continue (Part 19 will be in the comments with rest of story)

'Time is a funny thing really,' I try to tell myself as a get ready to call my boss. Waking up seven, worst birthday in a while.
I had previously been on a pretty good streak, mid twenties to late thirties for over a decade, giving me solid work for the time. Jobs still has one year contracts, but they pay well when adults are a suggestion, not a guarantee.
Finally, I pick up my phone and dial my boss, dreading him picking up. As the phone rings, I eventually hear a, "what's up Rick?"
"Hey Kris... I know I promised I'd be able to get another year in, but I didn't luck out..." my squeaky voice bothering me a bit. "I'll be calling child care services after this call, I don't have anything for being this young."
An audible sigh is heard. "Really Rick? What are you, five? How do you not have anything when this could happen any year? You know what, whatever, just call me back after nine or so and I'll at least get you your gift."
"Thanks Kris, I'll make this up to you next year, I promise!"
"Just call child care before you get distracted by a butterfly or something, your medication isn't dosed for a kid." Kris says, then abruptly hangs up.
I put the phone down. "Oh yeah... I need to make sure I don't get distracted. ...Wait, did Kris say gift? That'll be fun!" I grin, then shake my head.
"Need to call child care...." I sigh, first time in over a decade, a real pain. 'What was the number...?'
'Let's see... I know it's on my phone somewhere, all phones have it right?' I pause, then frown. 'What do all phones have? Was it... Tetris? I have Tetris. I think I'll play a game of it,' I decide, pulling up the app to start a game.
As I play, I find reaching my high score difficult. 'Why can't I get the pieces where I want them? I'm sure they fit, I'm an engineer...'
'Well, I was, now I'm like seven, if that,' realization hits me, again. "Shit! I forgot to call child care!" I quickly begin scrambling through my contacts to try and find the annoying permanent contact. It's hard to read some of the letters.
"How is Child Care spelled... its... um..." I think aloud.
"Chuh is C and H... I think... so it'll be I'm the C section!" I manage to gather that much.
'Never was a high scorer in English, was I?' I think to myself, when suddenly my stomach growls.
I set the phone down and head to the kitchen, still in my pajamas from last night. 'Why are my pajamas...' "oh right!" I head back up to go call Child Care. Heaven knows I'll need it.
I get back on my phone to call Child Care, going to the C section in my contacts. "Where is H in the alphabet... A B C D E F G... H! There we go!" I grin as I finally hit the correct contact to call.
'...why am I calling them again?' I think as the phone rings on speaker.
"Hello, this is Child Care Services, how may we help you?" A woman, probably in her fifties or so, asks.
"Oh yeah! Hello miss! I turnt' seven- ...maybe six? Today!" I tell her. "Can someone come over?"
"Of course sweetie, just hold tight, alright? What's your name hun?" The woman asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I answer, not even aware of how hyper I've gotten.
"Alright, Ricky. Do you have any medicine you're supposed to take? If you do we can get you to a doctor to help you out." She replies.
"I have one!" I reply quickly. "Its um... Dianne.... dian... Dianne-avel"
"Dyanavel? Alright sweetie, we'll be sure the doctor will get you all set." The woman says. "There will be someone by your location soon to pick you up. Alright Ricky?"
"Okay! Who will be picking me up?"
"It will be a nice foster parent to make sure you get everything you need. Do you live with anyone else?"
"I live in my house!" I say proudly. "I got it 'cause I worked really hard!"
"I'm sure you did Ricky. Do you know if it's paid off?"
"Um... I think it is... It isn't very big," the house is enough to give another person or two a room.
"That's very good hun, cam you go to the front door and wait for the nice foster parent to show up?" The woman asks.
"I can do that," I reply, beginning to head downstairs again. As I walk down the steps, I trip on my massively oversized pajama shirt, meant for a well built adult, and fall down a few steps to the landing - thankfully carpeted.
"Ow ow ow..." I hold by rug burned arms and legs the best I can, forgetting the phone that is easily too broken to use now.
As I begin to tear up, I hear a knock at my front door.
With teary eyes, I look at the door, wondering who could be there.
"H-Hello..?" I choke out, trying not to cry from such minor injuries. 'Why am I so fragile right now? I'm about to cry like- ...right, I'm a little kid right now.' I remember.
The person at the door knocks again, replying through it, "Ricky, I'm here from Child Care Services, could you open the door for me?"
'Oh yeah! I was just on the phone with-' I look for my phone, eventually seeing that my lack of case had cost me. The screen is shattered so badly I wouldn't dare use it again. 'What am I going to do about my phone?' I think to myself, still trying my best not to cry from the stinging bruises.
They knock again. "Ricky? Are you there?"
"O-Oh! Sorry mister!" I yell to the door, the pain from the rug burn and fall bleeding into my voice. I get up and stumble to the door, only my old adult pajama shirt being on my at this point, though it is more than enough to look like a dress on me now.
I eventually manage to get the door open, after i get my hands out of my sleeves, and let the Child Care worker inside to see me.
"Hey there lil' Ricky, I heard your call cut out a little before I got here. What happened?" The man asks, looking to be on the very edge on being allowed to work. He's probably only around sixteen or seventeen.
"I-I um..." I look away from him, a bit embarrassed to admit I tripped on my pajamas.
"Hey, its okay buddy. You said you take medicine on the call. Could you tell me what its for?" The man asks, distracting me from the fall.
"Oh... um... I take a yucky drink for my brain... It's called ADHD, I think..." As I finish saying that, I remember my phone. 'Where did I put it? Stairs, right!' I hurry off from the caretaker back to the stairs, finding my shattered phone. ...Again.
The man walks over and sees as well. "Ah... You fell down the stairs, didn't you? Don't worry about it, I have bandages in my car. Want to come along so we can get you dressed and patched up?"
'Dressed? Why do I need to get dressed? I already came downstairs-' "...I'm still in my pajamas..." I have the realization out loud, getting a patient smile from the worker.
"Yes, and you have very nice pajamas. But we need you to be in proper clothes so you don't fall over again, can you come out to my car with me Ricky?" He asks again, and I nod.
The worker takes my hand, gentle but a firm grip for some reason. 'It's not as if I'd wonder off...' I see a really, really cool beetle on the sidewalk! It looks like it might be a rhino beetle. 'Am I being pulled? Why would I be pulled anywhere? Is this the Child Care worker?' I think as we get to the car.
"Why are we going in your car?" I ask the worker
"We're getting you some medicine to help you focus, Ricky. And we're getting you dressed. That still okay with you?" He asks
"Can I pick the clothes?" I ask, internally hoping for something blue. I like the color blue.
"Of course, as long as they fit little man," He smiles at me, and I feel as if I can't do anything but grin back. He has a nice smile.
Once in the car, I get to pick out an outfit from a little box. At least, I can after I'm measured by the worker. I pick out a really cool blue shirt that goes down to my knees and some blue pants. I have trouble getting the clothes on myself though, so the worker gets them on for me.
"Ready to go see the nice doctor lil' Ricky?" He asks.
"Yeah!" I feel excited. "Do you think they'll have lollipops? I like the blue ones!"
"Absolutely, and I bet you can get two blue ones if you ask nicely" He says as we begin to drive off. I'm giggling in excitement half the ride.
Soon after, we arrive at a big white building. "Where are we?" I ask the worker.
"This is a pediatrician's office. They help kids like you feel better, doesn't that sound nice?" He answers, I nod in response to his question.
"Do you think I can help kids feel better too?" I ask, which for some reason earns a laugh.
"Absolutely man, you'll do great!" He gets out of the car, unbuckling me not long after and taking me in the building. What was the building for again?
The worker takes me inside and I get to see a really clean looking place. I can't quite read the sign on the door where we go, but I there's a bunch of really colorful toys in a basket!
I get out a few of the toys and start playing with them. 'I don't remember the last time playing with blocks was this fun! I must have been like three!' I think to myself, ignorant to the fact I may be a bit younger than the seven I guessed.
Some time later my name gets called by a nurse. 'When did I give them my name? I don't remember' I shrug, the Child Care worker taking me back to a little doctor's office. Inside is a doctor with a really cool badge, it's super shiny.
"Hello there, you must be David and Ricardo, correct?" The doctor asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I say loudly, the doctor chuckling.
"Of course, you always liked that nickname, so the notes say. We'll be taking a few measurements and giving you a new prescription, alright?" The doctor more so asks David.
"That'll be alright, just be gentle. He tripped up before I was able to get to his house and get him here." David says
"Of course. Alright Ricky, could you follow me?" the Doctor asks. I nod, following him to a little scale and a thingy to get my height, and a few more thingies.
After some tests, he talks to David for a little bit. David eventually comes over and says, "Okay Ricky. We know how old you are now. You seem to be a bit younger than three, okay?"
"No! I was ten ten ten yesterday!" I say loudly. Thirty.
"Yes, you were, but today is your second birthday, okay?"
"No!" I refuse. He sighs at that.
Despite my protests, David picks me up and keeps talking to the doctor, while I grumble and pout and whine. I don't like it here. It's too boring. Too stiff. 'Wait, what was I doing?' Then I remember, 'Oh yeah! there's blocks in the one room!' So I try getting down, fail, and return to grumbling.
Eventually David finishes talking to the doctor, I don't know what he was talking about though. He carries me to a desk down the hall that gives me a lollipop!
"I like Lollipops!" I say, seeing them.
David smiles at me, "I know, do you want a blue one still?"
"Yes!" I reply quickly, getting the requested blue one. David seems to be doing something while I eat it, but I can't be bothered to look. It's really hard to read the letters, or maybe those are numbers? I can't remember. Either way, we eventually head out to the car again.
As I'm buckled in by David, I let out a yawn. When did I get so tired? It has been a long day I guess. 'Maybe I'll rest my eyes until we get there...' I think as I doze off to sleep.
I eventually wake up in a strange room. 'Why am I not at my house?' I think to myself, slowly getting up and seeing myself in a nearby mirror. "...I look like a tod- ...I didn't take my meds, I was probably a mess for whoever got me here." I sigh, getting out of bed.
I finally notice how colorful and fun the room looks, but shake my head at it. "I already messed up once... I need to not lose focus again..." I mumble, going straight to the door. I need my medication.
I attempt to open the door, but find I can't get a good grip on the doorknob because its too high. 'Am I really that short? How tall am I?' I wonder, now just knocking on it. It makes a nice sounds when I knock on it. I'm going to keep knocking on it.
While I'm knocking, someone opens the door, not sure how long I was knocking though. I look up to see who and am a bit shocked to see my boss, Kris. "...What are you doing here?" I ask him.
"Rick, you're barely older than a baby right now.” Kris says, “At least, according to the front desk here.”
“Where is here?” I reply.
“This is Child Care Services, remember? You told me a few hours ago you’d give them a call, and it looks like you managed.”
“Oh yeah...” I frown. “...Then why are you here?”
“You didn’t call after nine like I’d asked, and you weren’t at your house,” Kris replies. “So, I was right to guess you’d be here. Pretty sure my older brother is here too right now, he doesn’t like being seen as a kid though, so I don’t visit when he is one, but that’s off topic. I got you a birthday present.”
“A present?” I ask excitedly, then get a bit embarrassed at how childish I’ve already become. “...How old am I exactly?”
“Two,” Kris says, “But hey, not the end of the world. Mind if I come in?”
“You can,” I say, letting him in. He enters. Kris takes a seat on a chair in the room, I decide to sit next to him.
He not long after gets something out of his pocket, a notebook. “You always did like keeping notes on everything, but hey, now you have a place to keep any drawings you end up making,” Kris says, handing me the notebook. It’s as big as my torso!
“Where did you get one so big?” I ask
“It’s big, but not that big,” He replies, “You’re not even two and a half feet tall, so it seems bigger.”
“Oh...” I say quietly.
“Don’t feel bad about it,” He says, “Lets get you to your wing’s nurse, she has your prescription I think.”
“Oh yeah! ...What is it for again?” I ask Kris.
“Your ADHD, Rick, you should know you can’t focus,” He says, picking me up. I just pout at him.
“I can focus...” I grumble.
“On what?” He asks in return.
“Uh… ...what were we talking about…?” I have trouble remembering what I couldn’t focus on. ‘...that’s what he means.’ “...Yeah… lets go get it.”
“That’s the plan,” Kris says, carrying me off. The halls here have lots of pretty pictures and things. I like it.
We don’t take long to get to a really boring room, it’s just boring white everywhere, besides this one lady who looks maybe sixteen.
“Hello there sir, who is this you’ve brought with you?” The lady asks, her voice is pretty.
“This is my old employee, Rick. He needs his medication is all,” Kris says.
“Alright, just set him down on the table and I’ll look through the database to see if we have any medication for him,” she replies. So I get set on a table. The table has a sheet of paper over it for some reason.
“Can I have a pen?” I ask, a bit louder than I intended.
“What for?” The lady asks
“I wanna draw!”
“You can’t draw on the paper there Rick,” She says softly, “It’s just to keep the table clean.” Even though I know that makes sense, it still upsets me a bit.
So I stay put, being grumpy until the lady speaks up again. “It looks like his prescription is currently Vyvanse, we’ll be giving the chewable version as it will be easier for him to take.” She takes out a little bottle, taking out a tablet.
“Alright, Rick, can you eat this for us?” She asks, holding out the tablet. I nod. She has me eat the tablet, but it tastes a little yucky.
“That will last twelve hours, so given the time, he won’t need another until tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you miss..?” Kris starts.
“Dr. Thomson,” She replies.
“Right, we’ll be off the the common area then,” Kris picks me back up, I stick my tongue out at her for giving me such a yucky candy. She just smiles and waves us off.
I end up being carried to somewhere else, it looks like a little kids play room… but its so fun looking. I want to resist it, but I’m getting bored quickly. It seems for now, and probably the year, I’ll be spending a lot of time here… Hopefully I don’t get too used to it…
A year at the age of two goes by, until finally, all three hundred sixty five days later, it's my birthday again.
I wake up in a different room than usual at the Child Care Services building, used for kids about to grow up who might end up as adults. I woke up excited to see how I ended up, but... I don't seem much older. I let out a sigh, getting out of bed unhappily.
I go to the dresser and look for the right size clothes, eventually finding the right fit, and take a good half hour to dress myself. On the bright side, it's still my favorite color, blue.
Not long after my success, that one nurse, Dr. Thomson, enters the room to check on me. Her birthday was months ago, and she's easily in her late forties now, but aged pretty well, her voice is still really pretty too.
"Hey there Ricky, looks like you didn't luck out like you were hoping," She says with sympathy, "Why don't we go to my office so we can figure out how old you are now? You've grown a few inches." That last bit seems to just be to make me feel better.
"Okay..." I agree, a bit bummed to say the least.
She picks me up, and I let her, and she takes me over to her office. I've grown to know that office well, as I've had to go there every twelve hours to get my medicine. And I'll be getting it again today.
Once there, I get put on a scale, have my height measured, get a blood test, eye exam, and plenty more which is still a bit hard to tell, and I eventually get, "You seem to be four or so, with what we can tell based on your previous data and current results."
"But I wanna be big again..." I whine slightly, and she pats my head.
"I know Ricky, but life just doesn't work that way. Maybe next year," Dr. Thomas says, the comforting working a little. "Lets get you your medicine now, your new dosage isn't too much higher." I nod, and take the chewy tablet again. Sticking my tongue out after for it being so yucky.
"...Can I have breakfast now?" I ask with some hope, now that I'm four I can at least have big kid foods, like mac n' cheese and pizza.
"Breakfast isn't for another half hour still, why not go get set up in your new wing? I'll bring you over if you want," she offers, I just nod. I hate being a kid.
As we walk over, I can actually walk pretty well this time, mostly, we get to a new play place for older kids. There's a more people here than the last one, but its not like many people get as unlucky as I did, so that's no surprise.
Even with my medicine, I still get excited really easily, and try not to, but... I can't help but hurry over to play with a big chalk board. So many colors! I can't imagine who wouldn't want to play with this!
It isn't until breakfast that I remember that I wanted food, but I do still remember. That's an improvement. I go over to the mess hall with the rest of the kids, maybe fifty of us total in this current wing, and get served our breakfasts. It's eggs and bacon! I haven't had this in over a year!
I scarf down my food happily, enjoying that I got actual food, not the weird toddler food I had to eat before. It's really good.
After breakfast, which isn't very long in my case, someone new enters the play room. They're four, obviously, but look familiar...
They come over and sheepishly say, "...Hi Rick."
That's when it hits me. "Kris?! How long have you been little?" I never really learned his birthday.
"Well... about a month? I didn't have enough for both me and my wife to be little at the same time." He admits.
I give him a smile at the least, "Well, at least we're not alone, or babies," I mention. "I really want to be big again though."
"Maybe one day Rick, but for now, we're stuck," Kris says. "I see you got into drawing."
"Yeah! Drawing is super fun! And they got a bunch of colors!" I say, motioning to the chalk board I've been at.
"Can I join?" He asks
"Sure!" I allow it, handing him a chalk stick.
And thus, I get the next year or so as a kid with my boss. He still makes money, but isn't allowed to make financial decisions as a kid. Oh well, could be worse. We could be seven and have to go to school.
Maybe next year I can be an age that's not so little.
A few months pass by from my birthday, and the school season begins, so I go to preschool with everyone else in my age group. Apparently its important to treat everyone as their given age, but I don't care. I just like that we get to play with so many new toys.
Kris is in school with me at least, and we get to play blocks and color a lot. He seems to still like acting like an adult though, but I think he's having fun.
Towards the end of the school year, the class size starts growing pretty fast. I guess its just an unlucky week or something.
About a month after school lets out, Kris gets bigger again, he's eighteen now so he goes back home and to work.
I don't get so lucky though, I only grow to seven after my birthday passes, and get moved to the appropriate wing. It's really crowded though, not sure why, but hey, we get a television in this wing!
One of the kids here is actually Dr. Thomson, but she's just Mallory right now.
The T.V. usually has news on, because kids this age have some awareness and want to know whats going on. Turns out its a really bad week, most people are ending up below twenty, which explains how crowded it is.
A few weeks later, its reported that fifty percent of all birthdays in the last month have lead to people becoming younger than ten.
The wing actually fills completely, and stops accepting people until an opening happens. Kris actually offers to house me so more people can stay in the wing, so I get to pack up and go to his house.
Once there, he waves me over to the door. "Come on Rick, you get the guest room for a while," Kris says. I hurry on in.
"Thanks Kris, I owe you," I say, but he shakes his head.
"You don't owe me anything, just try not to break anything." I nod.
We end up playing board games when he's free, his wife, Alice, is currently sixteen, so she joins in sometimes too.
As time passes, I get word that the working age is lowered from sixteen to thirteen. That hasn't happened in over thirty years, I was only five then. Well, linearly at least. Linear age is what most people care about in jobs and stuff.
I end up home alone a lot because there's just such a shortage of workers with it being one of 'those' years that everyone gets the short end of the stick. Child Care Services is pushed to its limits.
One day, there's a knock at the door, so I get it. Outside is someone I don't recognize. I open my mouth to ask who they are, but quickly get a rag put over my mouth and start getting woozy.
I guess it doesn't matter who, because things are getting dark...
I wake up, feeling a bit ill. Wearily, I sit up.
Around me, I seem to be in some sort of prison cell, I think. It's got bars on one end, but also some sort of fine mesh so I can't stick my hands through the bars. In the cell-thing with me, I have a bed that I'm sitting on, what seems to be a door to another room to the side, a nightstand with a dark lamp on it, and a little table in the corner with a chair and some drawing supplies.
I get out of bed, giving a more thorough search, meaning the second room. It's a bit disappointing when its just a bathroom, especially that it only has a shower so I can't take baths. So, I just go back out of the bathroom and sit glumly at my table.
It's another hour before there's anything different, part of which I ended up doodling. The change is the sound of walking, which makes me tense up.
The sounds stops with an ugly man- ...woman..? I can't tell, standing in front of the cell.
"I see you've woken up," They say, still no real clear answer as to what they are. "Lets begin then, shall we?"
I meekly shake my head no, which doesn't seem to sway them any.
The door to my cell is unlocked, and they grab me without much difficulty. 'Maybe if I behave they'll let me go sooner....'
I get dragged to a medical bed, where I am strapped down. I try to resist that, but they're too strong for my small body.
"I expect results from you, you best hope you preform well," they say. I probably just end up looking more scared.
They start looking through their things, giving off a very clear mad scientist vibe despite wearing a sweater and khakis. Soon, they turn back around, and are holding a needle with a mystery substance in it.
"Lets see if this one cures this world's filthy affliction," They say, and inject the substance into a vein on my neck of all places. At least the pinch was almost unnoticeable, so they're considerate about that at the least. They even put a bandage over the spot.
As whatever it is starts flowing through me, it starts getting warmer and after that painful, I don't know how long passes, but I got unstrapped and moved to my cell at some point. I think I did at least? It's hard to tell, it just hurts.
It eventually gets to just be too much, and it goes dark again.
When I wake up, the room looks bigger than when I fell asleep. It might just be me though.
I dare not sit up, as to give away to whoever may be watching. It doesn't seem to work though, because the door squeaks as it opens up, which probably makes my act look even less convincing honestly.
I get picked up, which startles me, and I realize it doesn't feel normal when I am. I open my eyes to a disapproving look from the person.
"You've had the same issue I had, but worse, looks like this attempt was a failure. What was your name?" They ask
"I-I... Ricky..." I mumble, a bit startled at having a completely foreign voice that is definitely younger than seven.
"Well, Ricky, I hope you didn't have a wife. You have a pretty equal chance of aging linearly, not aging, or aging as usual from now on. Good luck when you figure out which."
"W-What!?" That's not at all what I expected.
"Well, since you aren't dead or brain damaged, you'll be getting an amnesiac and sent back home while you're out cold. Have fun~" a new rag is set over my mouth and nose, which puts me under even faster than last time.
I wake up in bed at Kris's house like usual. I stretch and get out of bed, or, to my surprise, fall out of bed. "Owie..." I get startled at my voice being so high pitched.
'Did I get younger? It's not my birthday... even if I did, my voice would be deeper,' I frown to myself, the pain from the fall stinging a little. I get up anyways, and notice everything is bigger than it usually is.
My thud must have been hard enough to alert Kris, or his wife Alice I guess, as someone starts thudding towards my room. Why such a hurry?
I get up as the door opens, both Kris and Alice towering over me, both looking confused.
"Who the fuck are you?" Kris asks me, which is a surprise.
"...It's Rick..? You let me stay here?" I reply, once again surprised by how odd my voice sounds, then I notice it. Kris has his gun on him. "...What's going on..?"
"Rick's been missing for weeks, and you're not even a guy are you?" Kris says, the question leading me to be even more confused.
I look down at myself and... "What the hell!?" I yell when I see it. I'm younger again, and probably a girl. "How...?"
Alice looks to Kris. "Honey... I... I think it might actually be them."
Kris frowns and says, "'Rick,' what did I get you for your birthday three years ago?"
"A notebook, but why the hell am I a girl?" I ask, really hoping for answers, I don't know what happened. Where could I have been for weeks that made me a girl? I thought I was just waking up from a nap!
He sighs and puts his gun down, then picks me up. "We're going to the doctor. Now." I nod in agreement, because I honestly just want answers.
'Oh! There's a squirrel outside the window! Wait, no, that's not important, where is my medicine?'
And with that, we begin to walk off, hopefully to find answers.
After a short time, we're in Kris's car and off to the hospital. At least Kris is prepared for that, he keeps booster seats in case they're needed, unlike me.
I can't believe I didn't notice I was a girl right away. At least... I think I'm a girl? I didn't really check. More than skin deep.
While driving, I watch outside the window. So many things wiz by while we drive. A house here and there, lots of trees, oh! A doggy! I like dogs.
Soon we're reaching city limits, which is honestly a sight I didn't expect. There's usually a homeless man or two, but there's more than usual. And they're all kids... why is that happening again? I feel like I know this one...
Besides that, we get to the hospital and go into the ER for some reason. Whose sick?
When we get in, Alice holds me in the sitting area and Kris talks to the desk lady, both seem confused about something. Oh hey! There's magazines!
I try to grab one, but a hand moves in the way. Then I here, "Rick, you need to stay focused," from Alice.
What did I need to focus on? Oh yeah, I'm not quite myself right now... ...and I could really use my medicine, its apparently been a week or something.
I end up getting distracted by the magazines a few more times before I get picked up again, I don't remember what I was focusing on.
I get carried to the back, and put in a hospital bed. All the stiff in here is boring. It's all white and mean and scary. Scary? Why is it scare again...
A doctor comes in, who, looking through some papers, looks confused. Maybe he grabbed the wrong ones?
"Are you Ricardo Babineaux?" The doctor asks, frowning to himself when I nod.
"We're going to need to do a few tests to verify that, for hopefully clear reasons." He says, more so to Kris and Alice than to me.
"That's fine," Kris says. "We're as confused as you."
"I'll be back in a moment then," the doctor replies, going to get the necessary materials. It could be a bit though, it is a hospital.
I don't really like it here, it looks sad and boring. Kris and Alice are talking, but I don't really care what they're talking about.
It's a while later when the doctor gets back, and I've almost dozed off by then.
"Alright, we'll be starting with a blood test, then moving onto a few different scans to see inside her. Alright?" Once again directed at Kris, who agrees.
Getting my blood drawn isn't an issue, though when we get past that I have to do an x-ray. I never really liked those.
They all eventually manage to 'convince' me to get it, more so don't give me a choice, and I get an x-ray.
The results are as expected, it looks like my other x-rays from around this age, except for my pelvis being a little wider and some parts of my bone seeming to have been removed or warped.
The removed parts are easier to see, as there's small bone shards around where it crushed into itself. Oddly, there is no fractures anywhere.
After that, the doctor seems more inclined to believe who I am, and the blood work gets back.
I dont really know what any of the stuff is, but everything matches up exactly with my most recent bloodwork from my birthday, except for there being some unknown chemicals added apparently. Well, and hormones they say girls have.
That seems to convince the hospital that I'm me, but doesn't give me any answers. No one knows what's going on, and there's even more questions now.
Since they don't know what's going on, and I'm still healthy, they just give Kris an updated perception for my ADHD. Which is nice. Then, we go back to his house.
I am perfectly fine on the way home, I get to see lots of colorful things go by again, and I even get a chocolate bar from the store we go to on the way home! I don't remember why we stopped at the store though.
When we get home, it's around eleven in the morning. I guess I slept through breakfast. I go back to my usual day since everything is supposed to be okay. I feel a lot lighter than usual though. I wonder why.
Not long later, Alice comes into my room and says, "Rick, its time for lunch."
I quickly get up from my toys. "What's for lunch?" I ask, then get startled by my voice. 'Oh yeah... girl now... ish.'
"We're having chicken, now come on," she just picks me up, which I accept, and get carried down to the table.
During lunch, I get to take my medicine. I completely forgot about it before... it doesn't seem to do anything though, but I don't mention that. It might just need time.
Kris also mentions to Alice that I'm "not the first case of this," and that people are trying to figure out whose doing this.
I thought I was just getting up from a nap today, so who knows whats the cause.
Maybe I'll figure something out by my next birthday, it might not be permanent. Besides, my birthday is only a few months away now... probably. I don't remember today's date. It should be soon though.
A few months pass and it's my birthday again. I wake up as an older kid. I might be a preteen actually, the evidence of that being very, very clear, as I'm still a girl.
So now, instead of being me, I'm probably going to start having periods or something. I don't actually know much about girls puberty, or much else about them either.
Well, about me, not just them now.
I sigh to myself, I can't even take my medicine because I need a new dosage. So, I just go to take a morning shower, might as well.
The shower is a little awkward for obvious reasons, but I manage, then dry off and wrap up in a towel. After that I go to find Alice to see if she has clothes I can borrow. If not, today gets just a little worse.
I eventually find her down the hall, in her room. Usually Kris would be there too, but he managed to go down to barely being one year old, if that, on his birthday just over a month ago. Alice's birthday was around three months ago, and she's in her mid twenties.
I knock on her door, and it is soon opened by her.
"...oh, I guess you didn't luck out like you wanted, Rick. Need clothes I'm guessing?" Alice says, then adds, "Yoy might want to consider a name change if this is permanent."
I shake my head at that suggestion. "Just clothes please. ...And maybe help getting them on. I haven't worn a bra or anything like it before..." the second part I say a bit more quietly.
She gives me a smile, ushering me into the room. "I can help with whatever you need, it's not like it's your fault you're like this," Alice says. She's always been considerate, even if we hardly hang out.
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2020.10.27 01:00 WarlockInTheTower Items/Perks with Updating Information

As the title implies, I'm looking for items or perks that have information that updates with each new jump. Like books that give information about a particular topic that updates every jump to remain relevant, or libraries or even perks that do similar things.
EDIT: Here's the ones you all have come up with: *The Library from the Secret World Jump
*Books & Curios - Good Omens Jump
*The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Good Omens Jump
*Learning of Airmed - Irish Mythology Jump
*Educated - The Glass Scientists Jump
*Mythology 101 - How to be a Werewolf Jump
*Wikipedia Cache - Revolution Drive Jump
*Concordance - Anthem Jump
*Sanctuary of Dunar - Anthem Jump
*Library - Corpse Bride Jump
*R&D Tech Database - Mass Effect Andromeda
*Katou Sensei - Land of the Rising Sun
*Nexian Library - Nexus
*The Grimoire - Disney's Snow White
*Book of Shadows/Grimoire - Charmed
*Encantus - Sorcerer's Apprentice
*Sorcerer's Library - Aladdin
*Muggleborn Introduction Packet - Generic Harry Potter Fanfiction
*Mentat Generalist - Dune
*Occult Librarian - Monogatari
*Meta Lore - PS238
*Digital Archive - Tron
*Archive - Doctor Who
*The Art and Science - Draka
*Media Collection - Generic Spacebattles
*General Knowledge - Generic First Jump
*Live Another Life - TES Skyrim Modded
*The Book - Artemis Fowl
*The Archive - Artemis Fowl
*Used to Be Somebody - Kung Fu Hustle
*Keep an Open Mind - Needless
*Library of Knowledge - Toaruverse
*SCIENCE! - Megamind
*Education of an Age - Count of Monte Cristo
*Grimoire of Sorcery - Generic Fantasy RPG
*Future Wikipedia - With This Ring
*Mallory's Files - The Boys
*Thorough Research - Generic Isekai
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2020.08.10 08:02 TannerBeats GTA IV: Third Ending

GTA IV: Third Ending
In Final Mission Of GTA IV, There's Only Two Ways To End This Game, is "Revenge" Option Or "Trade" Option. But There's Option 3, Called "Reveal", The Original GTA IV Don't have This Option 3, So It Could Be Copied Version Of This Game.
If you choose option 3 "Reveal" the mission text will appear and it said "find Dimitri And Confront Him", In "Revenge" Option, Dimitri will be in the ship, but in the "reveal" option, Dimitri Will Be Appear In Roman's Wedding, And Then You'll Get Call From Roman, And You'll Hear Him Screaming And Crying As The Sounds Of People Screaming And Gunshots Can Be Heard In The Background, Roman Will Say This "NIKO!, HELP MEEEEE!, AHHHAHAHAHAHAHHA, AHHHAHAHAHAHAHHA" You Have To Go To Roman's Wedding And Save Him As Fast As You Can. When You Arrived To The Wedding, You'll See The Blood And The Gore Around The Place And Dimitri's Mobs Will Be Appear In The Entrance, Kill Them All And Then Enter The Wedding, In The Cutsense, You'll See Roman And His Wife (Mallorie) Were Brutally Murdered As They Covered With Blood, Then Niko Will Get Down On His Knees, Sobbing As The Subtitle Said "Roman............ I'm Sorry For Losing You Cousin.................. Forgive Me When You Be In Heaven", Then Niko Walking Away, And Then You'll See Dimitri And You Have To Fight Him With Fists, But Dimitri Is Strong, So The Fight Can Be Hard As Fuck. If you lose against Dimitri, The Game Will Crashed And The Save Data Will Be Deleted By Itself. If you Win Against Dimitri, The Game Will Fast Forward About 5 Years Later, You'll See Niko With Funeral Outfit, As He Looking At Roman's Grave, He Start To Crying And The Screen Fade To Black, And The Xbox Home Will Be Appear.
Note: If You Play It Again, The Xbox Error Message Will Be Appear Again And Again, So The Disc Is Corrupted.
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2020.08.05 03:00 autotldr China said its fishing fleet, the world’s biggest, has been banned from catching squid in parts of Atlantic and Pacific oceans for three months to help populations recover. It comes as environmental groups and some nations say country’s fleet is threatening to wipe out some fish populations.

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 72%. (I'm a bot)
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement that noted the vessels near the Galapagos, and criticised Chinese fishing fleets for violating sovereign rights of coastal states and damaging ecosystems.
"The Chinese government does not want to see its fishing fleet engage in activities that are harmful to other countries or to the environment. China cares about its reputation on this front, which is what is motivating the steps toward better management," said Mallory, who researches China and global ocean governance.
"The southwest Atlantic is a major fishing ground for squid and thousand of boats operate in that area every year, including some of the large trawlers from China, which from time to time would cross maritime borders and cause conflicts in the region," Pan said.
"If after the ban, operation resumes and the amount fished is greater than the capacity of the ecosystem, then the conservation effects from the several months of the fishing moratorium would be cancelled out by the overfishing."
Conservation group Global Fishing Watch found that North Korean fishers have been displaced, as Chinese vessels operating in North Korean waters have hauled in massive amounts of squid, which was North Korea's third largest export until it was blocked by US sanctions, imposed because of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.
A report by the group published in July, using analysis of tracking data and satellite imagery, estimated more than 900 China fishing vessels trawled for squid in the sea between North Korea and Russia in 2017, and over 700 in 2018.These ships, which can include legally operated ships and illegal ones, were estimated to have hauled in 101,300 tonnes of squid worth US$275 million in 2017 and 62,800 tonnes of squid worth US$171 million in 2018, the report estimated.
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2020.08.04 18:29 DuvalHeart Mallory's 'light treason' was trying to sell the Whisper Drive

In season 5 a recurring joke is that Mallory committed 'light treason' at some point, the implication being that it was because she was operating an espionage agency without official clearance and y'know was banging the head of the KGB for decades. But neither of those really classify as treason, she's not betraying the United States she's just breaking other laws. In fact, we see that both Jakov and Mallory are very good about not discussing their own operations with the other.
But I think that the light treason was in the first season episode "Diversity Hire" when Conway Stern helped Archer recover the whisper drive data and then stabbed him in the back and attempted to make off with it.
Here's how the plan worked: Mallory contacts the researcher and offers him money/something to sell the research to "Cuban" agents in Miami. She hires Conway Stern to protect Archer and Lana from any blowback if the plan fails or she gets discovered. She also hires the 'Cuban' agents, who are really just local criminals to convince ArcheLana that it's a legitimate exchange. Then once the drive was recovered Stern was to incapacitate Archer and make off in the helicopter, sell the drive on the black market and then split the money with Mallory.
Of course, she didn't expect Lana to go chasing after Archer and Conway. So that ruined her plan and left ISIS in the dire financial straits it had been in.
This helps to explain why Stern met her in her South Beach condo before he was hired, they were planning the heist. Why she was so unconcerned with everything that Lana discovered, she planted the information. Why Stern didn't just kill Archer when he stabbed him in the back, Mallory wanted Archer incapacitated and not dead. And why Cuba would want the whisper drive in the first place, Cuba is only 90 miles from the United States, they don't need submarines parked off the coast of Miami because they're already there.
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2020.07.04 15:07 s810 Old Austin Tales: "The Republic of Texas is no more." - July 4, 1845

It's the Fourth of July but the only firework shows tonight will be in office parks and people's driveways. Most of the city is closed due to the COVID plague and large gatherings are prohibited. It seems some people aren't feeling very patriotic due to current events and I can sympathize. I think most everyone will agree it's been a shitty year so far.
But as bad as things are now, Austin has seen much worse in the past, particularly in that first decade after it was founded in 1839. There was a constant threat of Comanche attack on settlers and their property, strange diseases like Dengue fever that today we don't think of all that much, a lack of permanent housing, and transporting anything of value from elsewhere to Austin was a very expensive crap shoot. Add to all that the animus of President Sam Houston, who thought the Texas Capital should be somewhere else, and who consequently touched off the Texas Archive War in 1842, during which a good number of Austin citizens, fearing a Mexican army attack and abandonment by the Republic, fled the area forever, never to return.
Austin almost didn't make it. The population dwindled from a few hundred people at the start of the 1840s to a little more than a dozen by 1843. It wasn't until 1844-45 that a few people started returning, when a fellow named Anson Jones took office as the last President of The Republic of Texas. President Jones convened a constitutional convention here in Austin to take place on the Fourth of July of 1845 to address the issue of statehood, and lobbied Congress for the cause. Austin needed this, and the thought of a Capital on the Colorado was cemented in the minds of many old Texians who might have been on the fence about the status of Austin during the Archive War.
So I thought today I would share the story of how Austin went from being the capital of a country to the capital of a state, and in doing so became part of The United States of America. To do this I'm going to quote from a well-quoted source: "The Annals of Travis County and of the City of Austin: From The Earliest Times to 1875" by Frank Brown, a book written over 100 year ago that contains many first and second hand accounts from the people who were there.
We pick up the story in May of 1845, just after the Texas Congress had met and closed its regular session at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Quoting now from the fifth volume of 'The Annals' that cover 1844-1849:
On May 5, President Anson Jones issued a proclamation at Washington, recommending to the people of Texas that an election for deputies to a convention to be held in the several counties on June 4 upon this basis: Each county to elect one deputy, irrespective of the numbers of votes it contained; each county, however, casting at the last preceding election three hundred votes but less than six hundred votes to have two deputies; each county voting at that time six hundred to less than nine hundred, to have three deputies; and each county having upwards of 900 to have four deputies. This gave Bastrop county one deputy and Travis County one deputy.
The convention was assembled at Austin on July 4, proximo, for the purpose of considering the proposition for the annexation of Texas to The United States, and any other propositions that might be made concerning the nationality of The Republic of Texas, and said the proclamation, should they judge it to be expedient and proper, they were to adopt provisionally a constitution to be submitted to the people for their ratification, with a view to the admission of Texas as a State of the American Union.
Formal Consent
The Texas Congress met at Washington-on-the-Brazos, June 4, and gave its formal consent to the propositions embodied in the joint resolutions of the U.S. . Congress providing for annexation. Those resolutions declared that Texas might be admitted as a state of the Union (with the consent of the existing government of Texas) if constitution and ordinance, looking to that end, that were ratified by the people at an election, held for the purpose of showing an expression of their will.
Much interest was manifested throughout Texas this spring and summer at the prospect of Annexation, and the matter was universally discussed, to the exclusion of nearly all other topics. There was a small minority opposed to the annexation project, but the masses favored it, and it was carried with a "Whoop!".
The National Register, published at Washington(on the Brazos) by D. Miller and William H. Cushney, opposed the measure. The feeling against them was so bitter on account of their opposition, that parties residing at old Independence, it was said, threatened to mob the office. But in the end it was not done.
...
Meeting at Bastrop
The people of Bastrop County met at the courthouse, May 14. General Ed Burleson was called to the chair, and R. A. Rutherford made secretary. The meeting was addressed by Dr. E. Mallory, Senator Caldwell, John W. Bunton, S.S.B. Fields, and Col. Daney of LaGrange. A committee was appointed to draft resolutions (...)
Resolutions were reported favoring annexation. The meeting, however, passed a resolution disapproving President Jones' proclamation as being dictatorial, and an attempt to frustrate the anticipated action of Congress: they said that no contingency had arrived rendering said proclamation necessary and that the whole question should be remitted to Congress, when it again met.
Late in May, the opinion prevailed with the people of the western counties, that their rights would be in jeopardy in the convention soon to assemble. They, therefore, prepared to send their ablest men. In Travis county, Judge James Webb, was nominated at a public meting held at Austin; and in Bastrop, Col. John Caldwell was placed in nomination.
Improvement
A letter from Austin, early in June, stated that the long-neglected place was again beginning to show signs of improvement. It was said that detachments of United States troops would at once be stationed along the frontier, and that many who had deserted their homes were preparing to return. Orders had been issued by the President for workmen to be employed to fix up the dilapidated public buildings at Austin.
...
A tie
At the election held June 2, for delegates to the Constitutional Convention, there was a tie vote between Col. William Cazneau and Judge James Webb. At a special election held shortly afterward, Col. Cazneau was elected without opposition.
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The Convention
On July 3, nearly two-thirds of the members of the Constitutional Convention had arrived at Austin; and as all were desirous to expedite business, an informal meeting was called at the capital that day at five o'clock, P. M. On motion of Judge Lipscomb, General Rusk was called to the chair. A committee was appointed to draft an ordinance declaratory of the assent of the people of Texas to the joint resolution of the American congress relative to annexation. The meeting then adjourned.
The committee set in the evening at 8 o'clock and continued in session until nearly midnight. On the morning of the 4th the convention met at 8 o'clock, Judge A. S. Lipscomb in the chair. Gen. Thomas J. Rusk was elected President without opposition.
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A committee of fifteen was appointed to draft an ordinance declaring the assent of the people of Texas to the joint resolution of the American Congress proposing annexation. A message was then received from President Anson Jones, at Washington. The committee of fifteen promptly reported the ordinance, and it was promptly adopted. The only negative vote was cast by Richard Bache (a grandson of Benjamin Franklin), who represented Galveston County.
Thus, on the first day of the Convention it gave a formal expression to the will of the people of Texas. Then the fact was announced the villagers assembled at the capitol and manifested the most enthusiastic joy.
The Feeling
A bad state of feeling developed at Austin during the sitting of the convention. It seemed to pervade all classes, and was particularly marked among the delegates. There was a scheme to entirely do away with the existing government, and set up a provisional one. This is shown by the following letters from some of the delegates to President Jones, at Washington. Had the project gone through, a condition of anarchy might have ensued.
On July 8, William B. Ochiltree, a delegate, wrote from Austin to the President, saying: "I think by all means you shall come to Austin with the government at the earliest possible date. This convention is might to do mischief. Matters that every principle of precedent and propriety require should be carried on through the existing government, are being arranged directly by the convention. The reason given is your excellency called them to the seat of government; that you are absent; and that the archives of the state department are at Washington. The western members are silent, objections one from other parts of the country "
July 25,, James L. Farquhar, a delegate from Washington county, wrote as follows to the president, still at Washington: "I arrived here on the 2nd. Instant, and find considerable excitement among the members of the convention. I am certain of one thing, that is, if you do not come up we will get into confusion. I write these lines informing you of facts, as a friend, and l hope you will receive then as such. You know your duty, and I believe it will be performed but, I write to inform you of the excitement prevailing. Many of your old friends wish you would come up."
On July 28, Hon. Van B. Irion, also a delegate from Washington county, wrote to the President, thus: "From that I have seen, I believe it is the intention of some of the members of the convention to make an attempt to destroy and abolish the present existing government, and to establish in its stead one of a provisional character. To my surprise and astonishment I find that some of the most distinguished and able members of this body are inclined to favor the measure. I shall do all I can to defeat it, and shall denounce any project of the sort, both here and elsewhere. I feel it my duty, and thus feeling, I shall oppose it with all my might. I think a majority will oppose revolution. x x They have been wanting your expected arrival here before they attempt operations--though whether you come or not, the attempt will be made. "
The President, in his diary, remarked that from the best data he could obtain, there was a majority of from two to five or six in the convention in favor of the measure alluded to by Col. Van Irion, and that Gen. Rusk headed the faction of disorganizers.
On August 6, William B. Ochiltree again wrote to President Jones from Austin, that he (the President), was anxiously expected here and that his friends were disappointed because he did not come. He said: "The Convention is rapidly drawing to a close, and I find the opinion gaining ground that on the passage of the constitution by the convention, it will operate as a supersede of the present government. I trust that that party will not prove as strong as they now appear confidently to believe that they really are. If you were here now, your presence would do much to allay the feeling. I find many men busy in that behalf from whom I little suspected such a course."
The project to supersede the established govern meat was not carried out. It must have been abandoned.
President Jones, in his diary, remarked: The above letter was important as showing how far the arts of emissaries had extended. I stayed, however, long enough from Austin to show was not frightened, and went up there soon enough to save the country from anarchy."
So not everyone in The Republic of Texas was hyped about joining The United States. Some lawmakers seriously considered trying to overthrow the government out of worry that their rights would be curtailed. A good number of these men were slaveowners and that issue was probably a large part of the "rights" they were talking about being interfered with.
In any case, a good telling of the end of it comes from another very old book, this one written by a man named Alexander Terrell, who among other things, was a local lawyer for a number of years after Reconstruction, and one of the founders of The Texas State Historical Association. He wrote a small article I think originally for an old newspaper that now appears on the JSTOR catalog called The City of Austin from 1839 to 1865 which describes the last day of the old Republic. Quoting this:
On the ground just in the rear of the present (late 1800s) City Hall (8th & Colorado St.), President Anson Jones delivered his last address. He closed it with the remark "The Republic of Texas is no more", and lowering the flag of Texas, hoisted that of the United States. Then Governor J. Pickney Henderson delivered his inaugural address. Captain James Swisher and Morgan Hamilton both told me that the hillside was covered with people, and that many a strong man wept to see the old Lone Star flag go down. They had sustained the flag for ten years on many a battlefield, and dreaded a future conflict over African slavery in the United States, for war clouds were even then gathering.
President James K. Polk signed the articles of annexation on December 2, 1845 which officially extended the laws of The United States over Texas, although the state government wasn't due to officially commence until February of 1846.
That's all for now. Sorry no Bonus Pics today. No photos from the 1840s. I'll have to double up on Bonus Pics next week. Happy Fourth of July!
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2020.07.01 08:22 Earthfall10 [Humans are a Hivemind] Pt 7: Desperation

As this is a language of tastes and strands of DNA analog names cannot be written phonetically and are instead replaced with a human name or Earth analog in [brackets].
Span: The height of an average [Gaian] = 0.94mm, Kilospan = 0.94m.
Beat: The amount of time takes an average [Gaian] to move their cilia = 0.064s, kilobeat = 1min 4s
Day: Day length on [Gaia] = 28h 16min. Equivalent to around 3 months on their time scale.
Year: Year length on [Gaia] = 224.4 days = 264.3 Earth days.
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[Mallory] floated at the meeting spot patiently, she was used to waiting. The room was hidden away in the back of a rather fancy restaurant, catering to the many varied tastes of the visitors to the capital. It made a good place to slip away unnoticed, even behind several sealed doors a myriad of scents still clouded the water and the staff here took full advantage of that. She had scanned the room for bugs just to be safe, but this place’s reputation as a private meeting spot was well founded. Her thoughts turned to the door as she smelled her prospective client enter, they did not smell happy.
Good. This might be something I can work with. She thought.
[Mallory] observed silently as the pale brown [Themian] struggled to compose themself.
“Are you the guy.” They sent at last, hints of anger flavoring the packet.
“That’s a vague question.” [Mallory] sent coolly. “Care to be more specific?”
[Mallory] felt with some amusement as the [Themian] vibrated with suppressed annoyance.
“Are you ‘the person I am taking to the reef tonight’” They spat.
[Mallory] relaxed slightly upon reading the code phrase. “There, there, was that so hard?” She sent sweetly. “Yes, I am agent [Mallory:CodeName]. What is it you were so keen on discussing Deep Chancellor?”
“If any of this leaves this room you are dead, you feel?”
She sent a wordless acknowledgement. That was a given.
“I imagine you have heard about the monstrosities?” The Chancellor continued.
[Mallory] [laughed]. “You reached out to me because you know I’m one of the best. Of course I know about them. Giant masses of globed together beasts, radiation resistant, mass scale metal production, dangerous power tech, has dedicated hunter creatures that make most classic bioweapons useless, scares the military shitless. Those ‘monstrosities’? It’s the only thing you politicians have been talking about for days. Its practically an open secret in the shallow channels. I take it you are not a fan of the things?”
The Chancellor sent a signal of disgust, though [Mallory] could taste fear in it as well. “Of course not! They are abominations that pose a threat to all other life! Have you seen what they have done to their world? What they do to each other? They might think but they clearly do not feel.
“The other council members are blind to this; they think those beasts might be reasoned with. They are naive. Things that alien have alien minds. They are fools to think such beings would be anything like us. They float and they wait and they wring their pseudopods and send ‘we need to wait more!’. Even as the things have a grav drive!”
“And you want me to do something about it I take it?” [Mallory] prodded.
“Yes, we need to end this threat while it is still contained. The bioformers have been working on several bioweapons that can end those things. We could finish them now if the council wasn’t so immobilized with indecision. I need you to deploy them, hit as many population centers as you can. They are made to be slow to show symptoms, all the better to thoroughly spread through the population before the things notice the problem. If you do your work well it will take decadays anyone knows anything is amiss. I hope the council learns to see the error in their ways, but if not, we will have an age to bury any evidence.”
[Mallory] tasted the hatred and desperation coming off the [Themian] and [smiled].
“My my, with the fate of the worlds at stake I hope there is enough to fund this mission.”
The Chancellor gave her a signal as cold as ice. “The funds are unlimited.”
She tried to not let her surprise smell. “Just how unlimited are we talking here?”
“As unlimited as several dozen likeminded council members’ pocketbooks and all of our lines of credit.”
“I didn’t take you for a philanthropist.”
“I would rather die in debt then die watching worlds scald.” They replied curtly.
“Very well. Let us discuss details.”
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Alison watched the phone and tried to think how to proceed. We need an intelligence test, something unexpected or creative so we can rule out preprogramed responses. Damn it, what kind of apps do blank androids start with?
Her question was answered as the last page of the start up screen cleared and the drones flicked open the app page. They seemed to pause for a second or so before clicking open the notebook app. Alison heart speed up as she thought they might start writing. That would make things easy. However, that hope was dashed as they closed the keyboard and clicked on a little pen icon at the bottom of the screen to activate free drawing mode. Then they began to sketch.
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Fuck this is difficult. [Frank] thought, his mind aching from the strain of trying to think of a way to turn ideas into images and then those images into abstract networks of lines. A [Solarian] would be so much better at this, sight still isn’t all that natural to me.
He [sighed] and looked at what they had so far. A rough oval shape representing the outline of a voidship with winged specks flying from it representing their craft. A rough outline of a human shape grabbing at the specks and putting them in a rectangle representing a transparent cage. Another image of 6 human shapes looming over them in the cage.
Now what? We want to know what they plan to do with us but how do you ask a question with an image? Grr, they probably have some sort of signal for that, they seem to love pictures so much.
The team flicked the screen and watched as the image made a slow stuttering crawl upwards revealing more space to work with.
Right, first thing’s first. Get [Walter] and [Erin] back.
[Eve] and her partner took a break from flying and a fresh team took over pointer duty. After a few beats of practice, they got the hang of the skimming technique and began drawing a sketch of two craft far away from the cage. They then drew a picture of those two craft next to the cage. [Frank] wasn’t sure if there was a way of symbolizing motion in an image, he hoped the colonies understood they wanted the teammates back in the cage, not taken out.
He turned to see the creatures’ responses.
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By this point the entire lab was watching and David was looking quite ill. “Yeah, that seems like pretty strong signs of intelligence. Its high-level AI, might even be Strong AI.” He said. “Those 6 five limbed blobs are clearly supposed to be us, I’m guessing those specks are them. Not sure what that oval is though.”
“A pod or nest of some kind I’m guessing. They seem to be coming from it.” Suggested Alison.
“Hmm maybe.” Said David. “Then there are two specks being carried off, I guess that’s the variants.” He didn’t look like he liked where this was going.
“What should we do? If we give them back and they tell the others about the torturous things we did to them, they might halt communication.” Carl muttered.
“I cut off one of their arms and they are still communicating.” Deborah replied sheepishly.
“Whatever they are they’re clearly artificial, they might not feel pain.” Alison added.
“Given the way the two variants were struggling to get away from an otherwise non damaging shock I don’t think that’s the case.” David replied. Alison deflated slightly.
“Then we need to explain ourselves. We didn’t know they were intelligent. Any ideas on how we could do that?” Alison looked around at the others who shrugged.
“We need a linguist; I don’t know anything about this stuff.” Carl, the biologist, grunted.
Deborah sighed. “I’ll begin filling a report right now, we need to get some experts on hand. Be on your best behavior guys, this might be first contact.”
The team glanced at each other nervously. “I mean…I’ve kind of still been thinking in the back of my mind this might be Earth tech, but Turing grade AI in a wasp head? Yeah, that’s not something people could keep secret.” Carl said softly. They watched as the drones (Cyborgs?, AIs?) scrolled through the images again. One of the things was standing at the front of the cage, looking right at them with its antenna pressed to the glass.
“Do you think they can understand us?” Whispered Carl, as he stared at the thing’s faintly twitching antenna.
“They seem to be infiltration machines; it wouldn’t surprise me if they were made to listen in on conversation too.” Alison whispered back.
“They don’t know English though”
“They don’t know how to write English, they might know how to hear it. If they aren’t meant to get caught then there is no point in teaching them that. I don’t think they could open books well.”
“Signs and packing labels are important when trying to steal stuff though. I think they just don’t know English.” Carl replied. “Which could be another sign whoever made these things aren’t from around here.”
Alison shrugged. “We could ask them. Lets see if we can get them to tell us more about that oval thing they drew themselves coming from.”
She grabbed a tablet and switched to a drawing app. She replicated the image of the wasps flying from the oval rather quickly, it was a drawing two-year-old might make. She held up her copy of the drawing for the drones to see and began pointing at the oval. Maybe they would get the message?
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[Eve] looked up at the massive things with annoyance. They had been sending to each other for kilobeats. They finally seemed to have calmed down and had begun making sketches of their own. One of them rushed off a while ago but still no sign of [Walter] and [Erin]. The word ‘Pain’ had been mentioned enough times that [Eve] was getting a very bad feeling about them.
She tried to relax and make sense of the few other scattered words she had gleaned. ‘Communication’ and ‘Intelligence’ were mentioned several times, perhaps this was an intelligence test of sorts? That seemed odd considering they had already shown advanced technology in the craft the things ripped apart, maybe they thought pilots were dumber for some reason?
I guess we are really small on their scale. The creatures normally this small around here are as dumb as rocks.
She glowered at the creature that was now pointing at a drawing of their voidship. She wanted to make them wait until they gave the others back, but the things had already shown casual disregard for dismemberment so she doubted that would go over well.
Also, they can totally out compete us in the waiting game. Just waiting for them to finish a message is painful.
She [sighed] and signaled [Frank]. “They have finished sending and have started drawing back. They replicated our drawing of the disembarking scene and are gesturing at the voidship. I think they want to know more about it.”
[Frank] was relaxing in the blissful darkness of his craft’s eyes being turned off when he was jolted back to full awareness. “Ugg, what. Oh they are communicating back, that’s good. Any sign of the other’s?”
“No, they might want answers before they give them back.” [Eve] sent darkly.
[Frank]’s mood soured as well. “Alright then, let’s not piss them off in that case. Any idea’s on how to tell them?”
“I don’t know, draw a picture of it in space somehow? I’m not any good at this image stuff either.”
[Frank] [sighed] again and turned to the four other engineers resting next to the phone.
“OK, break is over. We need another image.”
[Frank] spent a few beats working out ideas, his visual thought centers over heating slightly, before finally settling on a rough drawing of the colonies’ planet from orbit with the oval shaped voidship beside it.
The things reacted strongly to this, and began saying words like ‘Ship’ ‘Other’ and ‘Distant’.
Good, they seem to get it. [Frank] thought with a slight glow of satisfaction.
The things then began sketching another image. It paused after a few hundred beats and then began swiping and jabbing at the screen with its fingers. After another annoyingly long wait the thing turned its screen around to show off a complex image of dots and lines.
There is no way it drew that. [Frank] thought looking at the perfectly straight lines, a far cry from the lines in the previous drawing. That must have been an image it has recorded somewhere.
The thing then swiped a finger over the image and it shifted and bent in that annoying stuttering way their screens update. It took [Frank] a few beats to realize that the image he was being shown wasn’t warping, it was turning. His thought, centers began to ache again.
“Anyone have any idea what that’s meant to be?” He asked the group.
[,Eve] looked at the mess of circles and lines curiously. She saw a series of 8 concentric rings around a central dot, glowing brightly in the back ground. Smaller dots ran along the rings in increasingly slower cycles.
“It kind of reminds me of planets around a star but I have no idea what those massive rings would be.” She said.
They continued watching the dots slowly crawl along the rings for a few hundred beats until the creature reached over and fiddled with the screen. The collection of rings got smaller and smaller until they blurred into a point. Then several other points of light came into view. They continued getting closer and closer together, with more coming in at the edges. At last the image stopped shifting and they saw a spiral shaped disk of glowing light. [Eve] stared at it with surprise.
“That looks a lot like a spiral galaxy. I think that really is a weird star chart.”
The team flew over and crowded around the glass. The colony began ponderously bringing the screen closer for them to see. The team compared notes on star charts and found some matches but also glaring inconsistencies.
“This doesn’t match any known galaxy in the sky at all, I think it’s meant to be a model of the [Milky Way]”
“It looks barley anything like that though. The number of arms isn’t even right!”
“The belts near where we zoomed out from are kind of right, I guess that’s the best they could map it with all the dust clouds from the core blocking their view.”
“Why bother faking areas they don’t know then? Isn’t that just confusing?”
“Maybe they treat maps differently, I don’t know.”
“I think we might be looking at this wrong, it might not be a galaxy at all.”
[Eve] was getting tired of the bickering and sent a signal of annoyance over the comms. The pair of fabricators shut up.
“Look, the bands really do match up well near the spot they started this image from. Given that we were just talking about voidships with them I think we can safely say it’s meant to be a galaxy. They probably want to know where we came from.” She sent.
“We can’t tell them that! It’s already bad enough we gave them a grav drive, we can’t go telling them where council worlds are too! What they turn out to be hostile? Our current situation isn’t exactly a promising sign.” Said the engineer with the missing arm.
“Yeah, that would be a terrible idea. Lets just point them towards some random galactic boonies and move on.” [Eve] agreed.
It took an achingly long time to sketch the series of arms near this world’s star, but once they felt they had a halfway adequate replica they drew a series of ovals and dots near one edge. They chose a spot in the near opposite direction from explored space, a few thousand [light years] anti-spinward and rimward from this world’s system.
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Alison struggled to believe what she was seeing. She had been expecting them to replicate a patch of nearby stars, she had only shown off the solar system and galaxy scale to make it clear it was a star chart. Instead they were claiming they were from a system nearly 2 thousand light years away. Either the beings that made these things were extremely patient or FTL travel was a real thing after all.
“If they are telling the truth, and if we are understanding them correctly, then that seems like an absurdly long trip. Why the hell would someone go that far in one trip? Why not from a closer colonized star? If they have interstellar tech that good shouldn’t they have colonized the galaxy by now?” David asked, a bewildered look on his face.
“Maybe that’s their original home system and they have other outposts much closer?” Alison suggested.
“Well why haven’t we seen any sign of them then? Ships barreling through the interstellar medium at significant fractions of C would leave pretty noticeable X ray trails in the sky. And how are they powering that transport? We don’t see any signs of largescale industry in nearby space, no swarms of solar panels blocking starlight, no unexplained heat signatures from some other sort of power source. Are you saying this hypothetical interstellar empire doesn’t do any large-scale engineering? How would it get the energy and resources to cross the stars then?”
“Maybe they have some other means of travel that’s way more efficient.”
“Well then that raises the question why they haven’t been here already. And also, that still doesn’t explain the lack of development. Why would they bother expanding before they make full use of what they have? They're just letting stars spew power into the void and don’t bother to harness it? What’s the impetus for further expansion when 99.999% of the resources you already have aren’t being used? We should be able to spot the heat signature of a Dyson swarm for thousands of light years yet we haven’t seen anything like that anywhere nearby or in the area they claim to be from.”
Alison threw up her hands. “I don’t know, maybe they are made of dark mater, maybe they exist in a parallel universe, maybe they broke thermodynamics. We don’t know enough at this point; heck, this could all be a misunderstanding. Maybe the ovals are meant to represent an exploding star or something and that first drawing was symbolling them fleeing from it. They might be giving us a rundown of cool super nova events to watch for all we know.”
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The things had been rumbling at each other for kilobeats now and didn’t seem to be any closer to stopping. In fact, they seemed to be getting increasing agitated.
‘Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to tell a pre FTL civilization we live thousands of [light years] away.’ [Eve] cringed. It had taken [Gaian] scientists a long time to accept that idea when they first uncovered contra grav.
She turned to [Frank]. “They don’t look like they are going to shut up anytime soon, lets just start getting the radio drawing ready. Maybe then we can tell them to get [Walter] and [Erin] more clearly.”
“I’m not sure if that’s a matter of miscommunication but I guess it won’t hurt.” [Frank] muttered back.
They roused some of the other’s and began sketch a crude diagram of their craft’s radio equipment. [Frank] was stumped for a while on how to show the radio being blocked by the cage.
‘Its not visible so you can’t draw it. Hmm, I guess I need to use some sort of reaction to a radio signal to show it then? Oh, like their radio comm, they should recognize that.”
He began orchestrate the drawing of one of the massive radio comms like the one they had been sent to steal on their last mission. He had one image with one of their craft in the cage and the radio outside not reacting, he then had a second image with a break in the box and the radio outside had one of its dials pointing up. For good measure he placed an image of one of the colonies heads next to the radio with one of their audio sensing clusters facing it.
‘Try misunderstanding that.’ He thought proudly.
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Alison looked at the image before them with some concern.
“I think they want us to break the Faraday cage.” She said, pointing to the image of the radio.
“That could be a bad idea, they might be able to hack our systems, or copy themselves into our computers. This is high powered AI we’re dealing with.” Carl warned.
“We had them outside the cages for over 20 minutes while they were being cleaned, if they wanted to dump a load of viruses into our systems they could have done so already. There is nothing particularly sensitive in this room and its disconnected from the rest of the facilities networks for exactly this reason. It’s a manageable risk.” David pointed out.
“Fine, I’m going to back up our data first. I don’t want those things escaping and erasing all our progress as they leave.” Carl said as he walked over to the small server rack on desk 3.
Alison began setting up the radio equipment that was next to the main cage. They had planned to record the drones’ radio signals in a slightly more controlled fashion during a series of comm jamming tests but that schedule was out the window. She waited for Carl’s go ahead and then unsealed an input port on the side of the cage and plugged the radio receiver in place. They immediately heard a faint wash of noise, half a dozen signals on multiple frequencies all overlapping. Almost instantly though all but one signal ceased. A standard FM signal began broadcasting and she swapped the radio to an FM setting.
“Location. Multitude. Not. Query.”
A badly synthesized voice came over the comm, each word seemed to be a completely different sound clip from different people stitched together. The team looked at each other in surprise.
“I guess that answers if they know English or not.” Said David.
“Yeah but not well though.” Replied Carl. “Do you have any idea what they said?”
“Asking about a location maybe? Or was it saying ‘not query’ as in it was stating it knew a location? A threat maybe, the ‘multitude’ knows where we are?”
The radio rang out again.
“Question. Where. Plural. Gone.”
“Oh, its ’Where have the others gone’. I think they are asking about the two variants again.” David said.
“Well now that we know we can talk to them lets get them and explain ourselves.” Alison said impatiently.
“Right, good idea.” Said David. Everyone looked at him. “Oh, you want me to say it. I guess that’s fair.” He turned to look at one of the drone’s that had approached the front of the glass again.
“Can you understand what I’m saying?”
The drone flicked an antenna. “Acknowledgement. Positive. Minor.”
“Um, I’ll take that as a somewhat. We will return the others now.” David said, hastily gesturing towards Deborah to go fetch them. He paused, trying to think how to word this clearly. “We apologize, we did not understand you. We did not know you were intelligent. We thought you were…simple machines. The others felt pain because we did not know. We would not have caused pain if we did know you were able to feel. We are sorry.”
The drones seemed agitated by his speech.
“Others. Pain. Question.”
“It was a misunderstanding.” David repeated. “A not knowing.”
“Presence. Negative. Information. Query.”
“…yes”
The drones seemed to relax slightly at this response, he hoped the message got through.
Deborah rushed back over with the two drones in a glass vial. One of them was smacking against the glass violently, the other was completely still.
‘That’s not good’ Thought David.
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[Walter] didn’t feel the pain anymore. He didn’t feel anything anymore. He cut away his main thought centers from his sensory pathways and he was now lost in a sea of nothingness. It was nice at first. The relief. But it soon turned to boredom, and then terror when he realized in his blind haste he had severed all sensory pathway, including the ones to his mind splicing hardware. He was trapped.
He spent some time trying to occupy himself, reliving old memories, unwinding strands from before he was sent to this cursed, beautiful world. He found old missions he had almost forgotten, people he knew, people he no longer knew. He even found a few older memories from past iterations that had not been over written, they had been tagged with priority signals. Mostly old hobbies, his previous jobs. He was a cook at some point, he had forgotten that. Maybe he should take that up again…
If only. He had little track of time in this state but he knew it had been a while. His craft would lose power eventually, if the things above didn’t end him sooner. He felt around at the memories strewn about him in the peaceful blackness.
‘I guess this isn’t the worst way to die.’
He lost track of himself eventually. Fading in and out of consciousness, nothingness greeting him in both states. There wasn’t really a difference between the two.
“[Walter]”
A memory misfiring.
“[Walter]”
A protein denaturing.
“[Walter]!!!”
No, a signal.
[Walter] snapped back to awareness clutching the message packet like a life line. It wasn’t his scent, it wasn’t a memory. He felt around blindly, ruined protein chains lashing around senselessly. A web of fibers latched onto them, stilling them, keeping him from damaging himself further.
“I’ve got you. You can relax, I need you to not struggle. I’m reconnecting you again.”
The fibers flexed and untangled masses of broken lines, recoupling sheared off pathways. Walker proteins began running along them again in fits and starts, data packets that had built up over kilobeats pouring in, most corrupted from being repeatedly overwritten. [Walter] [grimaced] as the flashes of nonsense almost overwhelmed him, tastes and colors and touch and other things that didn’t actually exist at all. At last the tumult was over and a calm flow of order returned. He was flooded with relief as he felt his body again in he didn’t know how long.
He felt about him and found the source of his rescue. His craft’s cockpit had been forced open and [Eve] had wormed her way inside. She had dismantled parts of their environmental suits and stabbed a pseudopod into his body to manipulate his mind directly. Under normal circumstances that would be a crime punishable by death but he was not complaining.
“Thank you.” He sent weakly after he regained control of his emitters.
[Eve] disconnected with a jolt as soon as she received his signal.
“You’re aware!! Oh thank the depths we thought you were probably [brain dead].” Her message was soaked in so many relief signals [Walter] nearly gagged on it.
“I am aware alright. Really messed myself up there, I will probably need to do a lot of cleaning up to get myself back in good shape.” he sent, noticing how despite feeling absolutely amazing compared to the nothingness from moments before his senses were significantly duller. He didn’t feel any desire to run his splicing systems anywhere near his sensory pathways again anytime soon but he knew they would likely show that around half of the lines were not working.
He struggled to move a limb over towards his craft’s sensory interface hookup but then thought better of it when he saw how much his limb was shaking. He flopped back down into a loose blob and just rested for a moment.
“Did we get away?” He asked at last.
“No, though we have started communicating with the colonies and they claim that this was a misunderstanding. They said that they are sorry.” [Eve] sent.
[Walter] [Laughed] weakly.
“Maybe one day I’ll forgive them.”
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  337. Research Design in Counseling, 4th Edition: Puncky Paul Heppner & Bruce E. Wampold & Jesse Owen & Thompson & Kenneth T. Wang
  338. Records Management, 10th Edition: Judith Read & Mary Lea Ginn
  339. Reading Research: A User-Friendly Guide for Health Professionals, 6th Edition: Barbara Davies & Jo Logan
  340. Reading Critically, Writing Well, 11th Edition: Rise B. Axelrod & Charles R. Cooper & Alison M. Warriner
  341. Public Finance and Public Policy, 6th Edition: Jonathan Gruber
  342. Principles of Microeconomics, 12th Edition: Karl E. Case & Ray C. Fair & Sharon E. Oster
  343. Psychology of Sport Injury, 1st Edition: Britton W. Brewer & Charles Redmond
  344. Public Policy: A New Introduction, 2012 Edition: Christoph Knill & Jale Tosun
  345. PFIN, 7th Edition: Randall Billingsley & Lawrence J. Gitman & Michael D. Joehnk
  346. Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice, 5th Edition: Susan B. Bastable
  347. Modern Rhetorical Criticism, 4th Edition: Roderick P Hart & Suzanne M. Daughton & Rebecca Lavally
  348. Pediatric Primary Care, 6th Edition: Catherine E. Burns & Ardys M. Dunn & Margaret A. Brady & Nancy Barber Starr & Catherine G. Blosser & Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks
  349. Practical Business Math Procedures, 13th Edition: Jeffrey Slater
  350. ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook, with Answers, 2019 Rev. Edition: Nelly Leon-Chisen
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  38. CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide, 4th Edition: Scott Empson
  39. Introduction to Heat Transfer, 6th Edition: Theodore L. Bergman & Adrienne S. Lavine & Frank P. Incropera
  40. Explorations: Introduction to Astronomy, 9th Edition: Thomas Arny
  41. Modern Optical Engineering, 4th Edition: Warren J. Smith
  42. Microsoft Excel 2019 Data Analysis and Business Modeling, 6th Edition: Wayne Winston
  43. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Chinese Language and Culture, 1st Edition: JianMin Luo
  44. Financial Accounting, 10th Edition: Robert Libby & Patricia Libby & Frank Hodge
  45. High-Acuity Nursing, 7th Edition: Kathleen Dorman Wagner & Melanie Hardin-Pierce & Darlene Welsh & Karen Johnson
  46. Biology for the Informed Citizen, 1st Edition: Donna M. Bozzone & Douglas S. Green
  47. 70-740 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016: Microsoft Official Academic Course
  48. 70-741 Networking with Windows Server 2016: Microsoft Official Academic Course
  49. New and Emerging Issues in Latinx Health, 1st Edition, 2020 Edition: Airín D. Martínez & Scott D. Rhodes
  50. Student Solutions Manual for McKeague/Turner's Trigonometry, 8th Edition: Charles P. McKeague & Mark D. Turner
  51. A History of World Societies, Concise, Volume 2, 11th Edition: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks & Ebrey Patricia B. & Roger B. Beck
  52. A Comprehensive Guide to Project Management Schedule and Cost Control: Methods and Models for Managing the Project Lifecycle, 1st Edition: Randal Wilson
  53. Using Statistics in the Social and Health Sciences with SPSS and Excel, 1st Edition: Martin Lee Abbott
  54. Absolute Java, 6th Edition, Global Edition: Walter Savitch
  55. ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer, 5th Edition: American College of Sports Medicine
  56. Adolescence, Canadian Edition: Ian McMahan & Susan Thompson
  57. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual, 16th Edition: American Heart Association
  58. Advertising: Concept and Copy, 3rd Edition: George Felton
  59. Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others, 1st Edition: John A. Daly
  60. Advocacy in the Human Services, 1st Edition: Mark Ezell
  61. Advocacy Practice for Social Justice, 4th Edition: Richard Hoefer
  62. America: A Narrative History, Volume 1, 11th Edition: David E. Shi
  63. America's History, Value Edition, Combined Volume, 9th Edition: Rebecca Edwards & Eric Hinderaker & Robert Self & James A. Henretta
  64. American Courts: Process and Policy, 7th Edition: Lawrence Baum
  65. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition: American Psychological Association
  66. An Introduction to American Law, 3rd Edition: Daniel Rosen & Bruce Aronson & David G. Litt & Gerald Paul McAlinn & John P. Stern
  67. An Introduction to Family Social Work, 4th Edition: Donald Collins & Catheleen Jordan & Heather Coleman
  68. Anatomical Landmark Palpation, 1st Edition: Paula Maxwell
  69. Statistics in Action: Understanding a World of Data, 2nd Edition: Ann E. Watkins & Richard L. Scheaffer & George W. Cobb
  70. Applied Business Ethics: A Skills-Based Approach, 1st Edition: Dean Bredeson
  71. Architectural Drafting and Design, 7th Edition: Alan Jefferis & David A. Madsen & David P. Madsen
  72. Assessment is Essential, 1st Edition: Susan Green & Robert Johnson
  73. Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset, 3rd Edition: Aswath Damodaran
  74. Attacking Faulty Reasoning, 7th Edition: T. Edward Damer
  75. Auditing: A Practical Approach with Data Analytics, 1st Edition: Raymond N. Johnson & Laura Davis Wiley & Robyn Moroney & Fiona Campbell & Jane Hamilton
  76. Auditing and Assurance Services, 17th Edition: Alvin A. Arens & Randal J. Elder & Mark S. Beasley & Chris E. Hogan
  77. Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate, 2nd Edition: Sue Fletcher-Watson & Francesca Happé
  78. Zero Trust Networks: Building Secure Systems in Untrusted Networks, 1st Edition: Evan Gilman & Doug Barth
  79. Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 4th Edition: Michael G. Maxfield
  80. Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 2nd Edition: Beth Hogan-Quigley & Mary Louise Palm & Lynn S. Bickley
  81. Developing Child, The: Pearson New International Edition, 13th Edition: Helen Bee & Denise Boyd
  82. Behavioral Problems in Geography Revisited, 1st Edition: Kevin R Cox & Reginald Golledge
  83. BIM and Quantity Surveying, 1st Edition: Steve Pittard
  84. Biology for the Informed Citizen, 1st Edition: Donna M. Bozzone & Douglas S. Green
  85. Building Accounting Systems Using Access 2010, 8th Edition: James Perry & Richard Newmark
  86. Burns and Grove's The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence, 8th Edition: Jennifer R. Gray & Susan K. Grove & Suzanne Sutherland
  87. Business and Society: Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy, 16th Edition: Anne Lawrence & James Weber
  88. Business Communication: A Problem-Solving Approach, 1st Edition: Kathryn Rentz
  89. Calculus, 8th Edition: James Stewart
  90. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition: James Stewart
  91. Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic, 4th Edition: Ross L. Finney & Franklin D. Demana & Bert K. Waits & Daniel Kennedy
  92. Calculus of a Single Variable, 11th Edition: Ron Larson & Bruce H. Edwards
  93. Campbell Biology, 11th Edition: Lisa A. Urry & Michael L. Cain & Steven A. Wasserman & Peter V. Minorsky & Jane B. Reece
  94. Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice: Nancy Arthur & Roberta Neault & Mary McMahon
  95. Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 2nd Edition: DeDe Wohlfarth & Robin K. Morgan
  96. Concepts of Fitness And Wellness: A Comprehensive Lifestyle Approach, 11th Edition: Charles Corbin & Karen Welk & William Corbin & Gregory Welk
  97. Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature: A Brief Guide, 3rd Edition: Barbara Kiefer & Cynthia Tyson
  98. Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide, 5th Edition: Robert R. Perkinson
  99. Children Moving:A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education with Movement Analysis Wheel, 9th Edition: George Graham & Shirley Ann Holt/Hale & Melissa Parker
  100. China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics: Paul J. Bolt & Sharyl N. Cross
  101. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, 1st Edition: Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  102. The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About, 1st Edition: Christopher Kush
  103. Cognition, 6th Edition: Scott Sinnett & Daniel Smilek & Alan Kingstone
  104. Cognitive Psychology: Applying The Science of the Mind, 3rd Edition: Bridget Robinson-Riegler & Gregory L. Robinson-Riegler
  105. Windows Server 2016 Unleashed, 1st Edition: Rand Morimoto & Jeffrey Shapiro & Guy Yardeni & Omar Droubi & Michael Noel & Andrew Abbate & Chris Amaris
  106. Collect, Combine, and Transform Data Using Power Query in Excel and Power BI, 1st Edition: Gil Raviv
  107. College Algebra: Real Mathematics, Real People, 7th Edition: Ron Larson
  108. Communication Sciences and Disorders: From Science to Clinical Practice, 4th Edition: Ronald B. Gillam & Thomas P. Marquardt
  109. Community & Public Health Nursing: Evidence for Practice, 3rd Edition: Rosanna DeMarco & Judith Healey-Walsh
  110. Comparative Health Systems: A Global Perspective, 2nd Edition: James A. Johnson & Carleen Stoskopf & Leiyu Shi
  111. CompTIA A+ Core 1 Exam: Guide to Computing Infrastructure, 10th Edition: Jean Andrews & Joy Dark & Jill West
  112. CompTIA Security+ Practice Tests: Exam SY0-501, 1st Edition: S. Russell Christy & Chuck Easttom
  113. Computer-Based Construction Project Management: Tarek Hegazy
  114. Consumer Behavior, 12th Edition: Leon G. Schiffman & Joseph L. Wisenblit
  115. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management, 8th Edition: Barbara Cherry & Susan R. Jacob
  116. Control Systems Engineering, 8th Edition: Norman S. Nise
  117. Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 8th Edition: Derald Wing Sue & David Sue & Helen A. Neville & Laura Smith
  118. Criminal Investigation, 5th Edition: Aric W. Dutelle & Ronald F. Becker
  119. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, 4th Edition: Carroll L. Iwasiw & Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn & Dolly Goldenberg
  120. Cybercrime: Investigating High-Technology Computer Crime, 2nd Edition: Robert Moore
  121. A Project Manager's Book of Forms: A Companion to the PMBOK Guide, 3rd Edition: Cynthia Snyder Dionisio
  122. A Practical Guide to Computer Forensics Investigations, 1st Edition: Darren R. Hayes
  123. The Personality Puzzle, 8th Edition: David C. Funder
  124. Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction, 2nd Edition: David Poole
  125. Design of Machinery, 6th Edition: Robert Norton
  126. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain, 3rd Edition: David Simchi-Levi & Philip Kaminsky & Edith Simchi-Levi
  127. The Developing Child, 13th Edition: Helen Bee & Denise Boyd
  128. Deviant Behavior, 12th Edition: Alex Thio & Jim D. Taylor & Martin D. Schwartz
  129. Digital Forensics Workbook: Hands-on Activities in Digital Forensics: Michael Robinson
  130. DK Guide to Public Speaking, 3rd Edition: Lisa A. Ford-Brown & DK Dorling Kindersley
  131. Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning, Theory, and Contemporary Issues, 5th Edition: Lewis Vaughn
  132. Dutton's Orthopaedic: Examination, Evaluation and Intervention, 5th Edition: Mark Dutton
  133. E-Marketing, 7th Edition: Judy Strauss & Raymond Frost
  134. Early Childhood Education Today, 14th Edition: George S Morrison
  135. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 12th Edition: Edward J. Tarbuck & Frederick K. Lutgens & Dennis G. Tasa
  136. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology 13th Edition: Edward J. Tarbuck & Frederick K. Lutgens & Dennis G. Tasa & Scott Linneman
  137. Educational Psychology, 7th Canadian edition: Anita Woolfolk & Philip H. Winne & Nancy E. Perry
  138. Integrated Product and Process Design and Development: The Product Realization Process, 2nd Edition: Edward B. Magrab & Satyandra K. Gupta & F. Patrick McCluskey & Peter Sandborn
  139. Elementary & Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 5th Edition: Allen R. Angel & Dennis Runde
  140. Elements of Argument: A Text and Reader, 12th Edition: Annette T. Rottenberg & Donna Haisty Winchell
  141. Engineering Design Graphics with Autodesk Inventor 2020, 1st Edition: James D. Bethune
  142. Entrepreneurship, 5th Edition: Andrew Zacharakis & William D. Bygrave & Andrew C. Corbett
  143. Entrepreneurship, 5th Asia-Pacific Edition: Howard Frederick & Allan O'Connor & Donald F. Kuratko
  144. Essential Cell Biology, 5th Edition: Bruce Alberts & Karen Hopkin & Alexander D. Johnson & David Morgan & Martin Raff & Keith Roberts & Peter Walter
  145. Essential Logic for Computer Science: Rex Page & Ruben Gamboa
  146. Essentials of Accounting, 11th Edition: Leslie K. Breitner & Robert N. Anthony
  147. Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, 4th Edition: Ellen Hillegass
  148. Essentials of Geology, 6th Edition: Stephen Marshak
  149. Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics, 2nd Edition: Susan J. Westrick
  150. Essentials of Exercise Physiology, 5th Edition: William D. McArdle & Frank I. Katch & Victor L. Katch
  151. Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide, 2nd Edition: Marjorie Vai & Kristen Sosulski
  152. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling, 6th Edition: Theodore P. Remley & Barbara P. Herlihy
  153. Ethics in Counseling and Therapy: Developing an Ethical Identity, 1st Edition: Rick A. Houser & Stephen Joseph Thoma
  154. Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research, 4th Edition: Nola A. Schmidt & Janet M. Brown
  155. Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition: John V. Thill & Courtland L. Bovee
  156. Exercises for the Shoulder to Hand: Release Your Kinetic Chain: Brian James Abelson & Abelson Kamali Thara & Lavanya Balasubramaniyam
  157. Explorations in Diversity: Examining Privilege and Oppression in a Multicultural Society, 2nd Edition: Sharon K. Anderson & Valerie A. Middleton
  158. Exploring Microsoft Office Excel 2019 Comprehensive, 1st Edition: Mary Anne Poatsy & Keith Mulbery & Jason Davidson
  159. Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, 6th Edition: Steven M. Cahn
  160. Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, 3rd Edition: Joseph F. Healey & John E. Boli & Earl R. Babbie & Frederick S. Halley
  161. Exploring Your Role in Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition: Mary Renck Jalongo & Joan Packer Isenberg
  162. Federal Income Taxation, 5th Edition: Richard Schmalbeck & Lawrence Zelenak & Sarah B Lawsky
  163. Fast Facts for the Student Nurse: Nursing Student Success in a Nutshell, 1st Edition: Susan Stabler-Haas
  164. Financial Accounting, 5th Edition: David Spiceland & Wayne Thomas & Don Herrmann
  165. First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS, 6th Edition: Tao Le & Vikas Bhushan
  166. Forecasting And Predictive Analytics With Forecast X, 7th Edition: J. Holton Wilson & Barry Keating
  167. France From 1851 to the Present: Universalism in Crisis 2008 Edition: R. Célestin & E. DalMolin
  168. Forensic Pathology, 2nd Edition: Dominick DiMaio & Vincent J.M. DiMaio
  169. Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th Edition: William Smith & Javad Hashemi
  170. Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 4th Edition: Judith Todd & Arthur C. Bohart
  171. Frequently Prescribed Medications: Drugs You Need to Know, 3rd Edition: Michael A. Mancano & Jason C. Gallagher
  172. Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 9th Edition: Ronald J. Comer & Jonathan S. Comer
  173. Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 3rd Canadian Edition: Jonathan Berk
  174. Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 7th Edition: R. Kent Nagle & Edward B. Saff & Arthur David Snider
  175. Introduction to Heat Transfer, 6th Edition: Theodore L. Bergman & Adrienne S. Lavine & Frank P. Incropera & David P. DeWitt
  176. Fundamentals of Web Development, 2nd Edition: Randy Connolly & Ricardo Hoar
  177. Fundamentals of Management, 11th Edition: Stephen P. Robbins & Mary Coulter & David A. Decenzo
  178. Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition: James Petersen & Dorothy Sack & Robert E. Gabler
  179. Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism, 1st Edition: G. William Barnard
  180. Data Mining for Business Analytics: Concepts, Techniques and Applications in Python, 1st Edition: Galit Shmueli & Peter C. Bruce & Peter Gedeck & Nitin R. Patel
  181. Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Global History, 16th Edition: Fred S. Kleiner
  182. General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life, 5th Edition: Karen C. Timberlake
  183. Marketing Metaphoria: What Deep Metaphors Reveal About the Minds of Consumers: Gerald Zaltman & Lindsay H. Zaltman
  184. Global Business Today, 11th Edition: Charles W. L. Hill & G. Tomas M. Hult
  185. Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 8th Edition: Gloria Leifer
  186. Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 26th Edition: Lee Goldman & Andrew I. Schafer
  187. Business Law with UCC Applications Student Edition, 13th Edition: Gordon Brown & Paul Sukys
  188. Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, 7th Edition: J. Theodore Anagnoson & Gerald Bonetto & J. Vincent Buck & James J. Kelleher
  189. Governing States and Localities, 7th Edition: Kevin B. Smith & Alan H. Greenblatt
  190. Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting: Concepts and Practices, 8th Edition: Michael H. Granof & Saleha B. Khumawala & Thad D. Calabrese & Daniel L. Smith
  191. Graduate Study in Psychology, 2019th Edition: American Psychological Association
  192. Great Demo!: How To Create And Execute Stunning Software Demonstrations, 2nd Edition: Peter E. Cohan
  193. Guide to Contract Pricing: Cost and Price Analysis for Contractors, Subcontractors, and Government Agencies, 5th Edition: John E. Murphy
  194. Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach, 9th Edition: Hal R. Varian
  195. Health and Health Care Delivery in Canada, 2nd Edition: Valerie D. Thompson
  196. Health Insurance and Managed Care: What They Are and How They Work, 5th Edition: Peter R. Kongstvedt
  197. Database Systems: The Complete Book, 2nd Edition: Hector Garcia-Molina & Jeffrey D. Ullman & Jennifer Widom
  198. Henke's Med-Math: Dosage Calculation, Preparation, & Administration, 9th Edition: Susan Buchholz
  199. How to Do Systems Analysis: Primer and Casebook, 1st Edition: John E. Gibson & William T. Scherer & William F. Gibson & Michael C. Smith
  200. Human Aging, 2nd Edition: Paul W. Foos & M. Cherie Clark
  201. Human Anatomy, 6th Edition: Kenneth Saladin
  202. Human Anatomy, 5th Edition: Michael McKinley
  203. Human Resource Information Systems: Basics, Applications, and Future Directions, 4th Edition: Michael J. Kavanagh & Richard D. Johnson
  204. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management, 2nd Edition: Daniel J. Decker & Shawn J. Riley & William F. Siemer
  205. Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality, 3rd Edition: David Newman
  206. Intermediate Algebra: Functions & Authentic Applications, 6th Edition: Jay Lehmann
  207. International Marketing, 2nd Edition: Daniel W. Baack & Barbara Czarnecka & Donald E. Baack
  208. Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications, 1st Edition: Mark Crovella & Balachander Krishnamurthy
  209. Interpreting Earth History: A Manual in Historical Geology, 8th Edition: Scott Ritter & Morris Petersen
  210. Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World, 5th Edition: Bianca Cody Murphy & Carolyn Dillon
  211. Introduction to Chemistry, 5th Edition: Rich Bauer & James Birk & Pamela Marks
  212. Introduction to Econometrics, 4th Edition: James H. Stock & Mark W. Watson
  213. Introduction to Global Politics, 5th Edition: Steven L. Lamy & John S. Masker
  214. Introduction to Neuropsychopharmacology, 1st Edition: Leslie Iversen & Susan Iversen & Floyd E. Bloom & Robert H. Roth
  215. Introduction to Software Testing, 2nd Edition: Paul Ammann & Jeff Offutt
  216. Invention and Craft: A Guide to College Writing, 1st Edition: Ronda Leathers Dively
  217. Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions: University Edition, 2nd Edition: Joshua Pearl & Joshua Rosenbaum
  218. Introduction to Strategic Public Relations: Digital, Global, and Socially Responsible Communication, 1st Edition: Janis Teruggi Page & Lawrence J. Parnell
  219. Crafting the InfoSec Playbook: Security Monitoring and Incident Response Master Plan, 1st Edition: Jeff Bollinger & Brandon Enright & Matthew Valites
  220. Docker in Action, 2nd Edition: Jeff Nickoloff & Stephen Kuenzli
  221. Personality, 10th Edition: Jerry M. Burger
  222. Tested Advertising Methods, 5th Edition: Caples & Hahn
  223. Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches, 4th Edition: John W. Creswell & Cheryl N. Poth
  224. Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, 12th Edition: James R. Knickman & Brian Elbel
  225. Corporate Finance: The Core, 2nd Edition: Jonathan Berk & Peter DeMarzo
  226. Strategic Compensation: A Human Resource Management Approach, 9th Edition: Joseph J. Martocchio
  227. Junqueira's Basic Histology: Text and Atlas, 15th Edition: Anthony Mescher
  228. Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 15th Edition, Global Edition: Kenneth C. Laudon & Jane P. Laudon
  229. Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology, 4th Edition: Allan Ludman & Stephen Marshak
  230. Leadership and Management for Nurses: Core Competencies for Quality Care, 3rd Edition: Anita Finkelman
  231. Defensive Security Handbook: Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure, 1st Edition: Lee Brotherston & Amanda Berlin
  232. Legal Aspects of Sports, 2nd Edition: John J. Miller & Kristi Schoepfer
  233. Leisure Services Management, 2nd Edition: Amy R. Hurd & Robert J. Barcelona & Jo An M. Zimmerman & Janet Ready
  234. Library and Information Center Management, 9th Edition: Barbara Moran & Claudia Morner
  235. Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: Lourie W. Reichenberg & Linda Seligman
  236. Lubkin's Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention, 10th Edition: Pamala D. Larsen
  237. Macroeconomics, 10th Edition: Andrew B. Abel & Ben Bernanke & Dean Croushore
  238. Managing Human Resources, 9th Canadian Edition: Monica Belcourt & Parbudyal Singh & Scott Snell & Shad Morris
  239. Marketing Analytics: Strategic Models and Metrics, 1st Edition: Stephan Sorger
  240. Guide to Managerial Communication, 10th Edition: Mary Munter & Lynn Hamilton
  241. Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 10th Edition: William D. Callister & David G. Rethwisch
  242. Maternal Child Nursing Care, 6th Edition: Shannon E. Perry & Marilyn J. Hockenberry & Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk & David Wilson
  243. Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 3rd Edition: Mary L. Boas
  244. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach, 10th Edition: Gary L. Musser & Blake E. Peterson & William F. Burger
  245. Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, 5th Edition: Matthew Lippman
  246. Mediation Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition: Suzanne McCorkle & Melanie J. Reese
  247. Mediation: Empowerment in Conflict Management, 2nd Edition: Kathy Domenici & Stephen W. Littlejohn
  248. Essentials of Health Information Management, 2nd Edition: Michelle Green & Mary Jo Bowie
  249. Microbiology Experiments: A Health Science Perspective, 9th Edition: John Kleyn & Anna Oller
  250. When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, 1st Edition: Milan Vaishnav
  251. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition: American Psychological Association
  252. The Basic Practice of Statistics for AP, 5th Edition: Daren S. Starnes & David S. Moore & Dan Yates
  253. Psychology of Gender, 5th Edition: Vicki S. Helgeson
  254. The Elusive Eden: A New History of California, 5th Edition: Richard B. Rice & William A. Bullough & Richard J. Orsi & Mary Ann Irwin & Michael F. Magliari
  255. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, 11th Edition: Richard Budynas
  256. Strategic Human Resources Planning, 7th Edition: Monica Belcourt
  257. Operations Strategy, 5th Edition: Nigel Slack & Mike Lewis
  258. Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 4th Edition: Stephen T. Thornton & Andrew Rex
  259. The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 5th Edition: Jay M. Pasachoff & Alex Filippenko
  260. Textbook of Histology, 4th Edition: Leslie P. Gartner
  261. The Policy-Based Profession: An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers, 7th Edition: Philip R. Popple & Leslie Leighninger
  262. The Writer's Presence, 9th Edition: Donald McQuade & Robert Atwan
  263. Successful Coaching, 4th Edition: Rainer Martens
  264. Organizational Behaviour: Understanding and Managing Life at Work, 10th Edition: Gary Johns
  265. MIS Cases: Decision Making wih Application Software, 4th Edition: Lisa Miller
  266. Psychology in Your Life, 3rd Edition: Michael Gazzaniga & Sarah Grison
  267. Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment (Independent Studies in Political Economy): Kenneth J. Sim & Randy T Simmons & Ryan M. Yonk
  268. The Self, 1st Edition: Jonathon Brown
  269. Survey of Operating Systems, 6th Edition: Jane Holcombe & Charles Holcombe
  270. Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society, 8th Edition: Clella Jaffe
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2020.05.12 15:39 DamienBoyes [Klaxon Overdrive Supernova] Part 9

02:15:51 // 04-JUN-2042 - Continued
“Ahhh, Dodge,” Mr. Hill said, as though he were sitting on a comfortable sofa and leaning forward to set down the cup of tea he had been enjoying during his wait. “Or should I say, Mr. Dodgson. How nice of you to finally join us. Mr. Francis and I were beginning to wonder if you might not return at all. It is so very nice to see you again, especially under these fortuitous circumstances. I’ll admit, during our negotiations, we were unaware we were dealing with a person of such notorious ill-repute.”
So they knew who he was now too. It hadn’t taken long for word to get out.
Dodge could still only move his eyes, and looked up at Mr. Hill. The older man was bald, with inquisitive eyebrows and quiet green eyes. The cerebrate’s hands were now empty, long fingers pressed lightly together, the taser gone. In accordance with doctrine, he was dressed like a Bible-belt politician and the sleeves of his jacket had slid up his forearms, revealing thin, hairless wrists.
Mr. Francis, Mr. Hill’s partner and adept, was shorter and stockier than the older man. His nose was crooked, like it had been on the receiving end of a punch or two, and he carried his head outthrust with his lips pressed together, as if constantly ready to tell the world it was wrong—which likely explained the shape of his nose. Unlike Mr. Hill, he had yet to fully graduate to the cerebrate notion of mind over body. His suit—a slightly more modern six-button square-cut from last season—revealed his lingering attachment to vanity, although it was an attachment with very little actual style. Dodge didn’t particularly care for either of them.
“Your hospitality has been gracious,” Mr. Hill said, “but it is now time to conclude our business.”
Dodge groaned. The effects of a neural taser were short, only long enough to disorient and temporarily incapacitate, but still extremely painful. A remnant of the taser’s electrical charge misfired a neuron, causing his cheeks to spasm, and the cerebrates waited until Dodge was again able to speak.
“I was just … on my way … to see you. I’ve got your … merchandise—” Dodge struggled to raise the collector with muscles that still weren’t fully functioning. “Right here.”
Mr. Francis cracked the book he was carrying and read aloud, judgment dripping from his voice, “Any Manifest in Covenant Agendum shall be rectified through the Judicious. Those guilty of the Manifest shall be Reproved in accordance with the Judicious.”
He cast Dodge a sickened glance, his demeanor betraying barely contained rage, then snapped the book shut and looked up at Mr. Hill.
Mr. Hill addressed the younger man in an approving tone, “A fine discernation, colleague. You are progressing admirably. Soon you will be ready for your Strata Thirteen upgrade.” He turned back to Dodge, and in the gentle voice of a quantum physicist attempting to explain probability theory to a child, said, “You were to fulfill your contract within two hours of the acquisition, and with complete secrecy. Conditions which, I am sure you understand, have been intractably violated. By your transgressions you have voided said contract and thereby our obligations to you.”
Mr. Hill let his last statement hang in the air as he reached into his jacket. With a magician’s flourish he produced a slender plastic cylinder. He pinched the black center tab, pulled and extended it into a thin sheet, then swiped to the proper file. Words formed in smooth black letters on the ivory film. Mr. Hill held the document by its cylindrical base, waving it slightly. Shimmering on the screen was the contract Dodge had signed, tying him and his services to the Paradise Mind.
“You are familiar with this contract, of course, and here is your signature, witnessed by Chief Cerebrate Mallory. I am sure you have your own copy somewhere, squirreled safely away in an offshore data locker.”
He did. Even though what they were doing was technically illegal, it didn’t mean that the contract still wasn’t civilly actionable.
“We cerebrates prefer to trust each other’s words,” Mr. Hill continued, “but when dealing with non-accompli, one must be circumspect, above all else.”
“But, haven’t you seen the news…? It wasn’t my fault.”
“Please, Mr. Dodgson,” Mr. Hill said, waving his hand in dismissal. “We have a contract. A contract which clearly states the consequences of default, regardless of fault.”
Whisking the wand back away into his hidden jacket pocket, Mr. Hill leaned over and helped Dodge to his feet. He gestured at the door. “After you, Mr. Dodgson.”
Dodge rose on quivering legs, bracing himself against the larger man. “I need to swap batteries on the containment unit. If we lose the charge it’ll be useless.”
The taser instantly appeared in Mr. Hill’s hand, pointed casually at Dodge’s chest. “I will allow you to proceed, but slowly. Any movement I perceive as threatening to myself or my adept will result in immediate incapacitation.” He spoke like a hypnotist, smooth and precise. “You have been warned.”
Dodge shuffled his cinderblock feet towards the workbench against the far wall, struggling to come up with something to save his ass. He wasn’t sure what would happen once he was taken to the Paradise Mind campus, but he knew it wouldn’t be pleasant. He probably should have read the contract.
Len had warned him about dealing with the Paradise Mind, told him they couldn’t be trusted. Len knew things about them that had been suppressed for so long they had become urban legends bordering on the absurd. Rumors about blackmail and shock treatments and underground EMP proof bunkers and cryonic preservation and titanium etched storehouses of writings and prehistoric alien DNA.
In the years since their inception, they had shed the shackles of rumor to become a popular lifestyle choice. They promised that anyone could harmonize their mind and body to unlock the true potential of their under-used brains—all it took was a lengthy series of active magnetic resonance pulses to the cerebellum and years of dedicated study. Dodge didn’t know what happened to a cerebrate during conditioning, but they always seemed to be confident and self-possessed—happy even. The Paradise Mind had international political clout and boasted many A-list actors, musicians, and athletes as their adherents. They must have been doing something right.
Dodge hadn’t cared for a second about their beliefs or their politics—they had offered him a job that paid better than all his previous scores combined. They had even offered to assemble the molecular robots he needed for his plan to work. Nano-scale replicators weren’t easy to come by, you couldn’t just walk into Kinko’s and ask the clerk to whip up a couple million cell-sized machines. It took an expensive piece of equipment like the nanofab in the university’s Technogenetics Department. And since he was no longer welcome anywhere near the university, he had to go elsewhere. It was an offer that left little need for consideration.
As usual, he should’ve listened to Len.
He still had the gun tucked into his pants; the barrel rubbed his hip every time he lifted his leg. Maybe, somehow, he could get at it and shoot his way free. Dodge glanced over his shoulder. Mr. Hill was watching him far too closely. He knew he’d be tasting the floor before his quivering hands could fumble the gun out and use it. If he were going to try, he’d at least have to wait until he regained the ability to make a fist.
Dodge eased the collector strap over his head, used his thick fingers to click out the battery, and fumbled the rectangular plastic replacement into the matte-black casing. If he didn’t run down the power by trying to capture any more samples, Klaxon Overdrive’s g-code would be safe for about twenty years, when the replacement fuel cell finally failed. Probably just about the same time he’d be getting out of whatever dungeon he was headed to.
Dodge replaced the collector around his neck as he glanced at the silver box of tryptoxetine. His current pill box—containing more than two hundred little pink octagons of peace—rested on the kitchen counter. Four steps away. Less if they were big ones.
"I need my medication,” he said as he moved to grab his pills, but Mr. Hill waggled a finger.
“Your need for pharmaceutical crutches has reached a conclusion,” Mr. Hill said. “The Paradise Mind will allow you to progress past all dependencies, be they chemical, emotional, or physical. You shall find you are much more content after your indoctrination into our ways, as millions of others before you.”
“No,” Dodge moaned, fresh panic pushing him to the verge of tears. “You don’t understand.” His insistence to feel the chemical-sweet texture of a tryptoxetine tablet on his tongue burned with pinpricks of pain in the backs of his eyeballs. “I need it.”
“You will learn, in time, to overcome your need,” Mr. Hill said with finality. “Come, we have a full day ahead of us. I would prefer your willing participation, but we are prepared to remove you through more unappealing means, if required.”
“I—” Dodge started to protest, his mouth was actually watering, but there was no arguing with a cerebrate. They didn’t change their minds. They couldn’t. If he took a step towards the pills, Mr. Hill would taser him and they’d drag him, and then he’d never get a chance to use the gun. He ground the heels of his palms into his eyes until he saw stars, then relented and trudged over to Mr. Hill.
“How did you manage to get in here, anyway?” Dodge asked as he reached Hill’s side. “My security is supposed to be unbreakable.”
Mr. Hill smiled. “With the emmoa and the logosa acting in concert, a cerebrate’s harmonized mind can overcome all obstacles, even those electro-mechanical.”
He’d have to make sure Len knew his locks weren’t cerebrate proof.
“After you, Mr. Dodgson,” Mr. Hill said. “I shall extinguish the lights behind us.”
Dodge trudged out his front door, Misters Mr. Hill and Francis following closely, like prison guards escorting an informant about to testify against a mob boss.
How the hell was he going to get out of this one?
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2020.05.09 05:21 spindizzy_wizard The Return Of G.O.D. : Part 13

Part Thirteen

First Bivouac

"Okay, people, we've got good concealment here, don't blow it. No open fires, use the fuel tabs instead. Do not use any electronic communications. Our adversary is highly aware of any sort of electronic activity. Granite? Midnight? Hands? Roach? You know the primary plan, head out to your overwatch. I know you are our guards, but we need you to be sharp too. Try to get as much sleep as you can. Off you go."
"Teach? Anita? We need to plan. Maximiliano, Matias, you're included. You need to know what we're up to. The rest of you, settle down." Captain Morgan waits until the overwatch is on the way, and the others have settled down. He continues quietly, "Maximiliano, Matias, I know this is cold, but it's also true. If any of your people — including your wife Maximiliano — are in danger, we must depend on them to know that they are and to deal with it themselves."
"My wife?!"
"Yes, Maximiliano. We must succeed to remove the danger permanently. If we die, saving anyone outside the team will make no difference to them in the long run. They will still die, just a little later. We have reason to believe that Three may have been compromised, although not totally. It is imperative that we reach him and deliver a message. With the message, he may be able to clear himself." Morgan waits to see the reaction of the Jefe and his aid.
Maximiliano is stunned that he will not be able to help his wife; after jogging Maximiliano, Matias asks, "Excuse me, what is the nature of this message?"
"Yes, we should share that. Anyone can deliver the message. It's a bit cryptic.
CRC FIVE ACTIVE THREE RESPOND CRC"
Maximiliano rejoins the conversation, "You… You are in contact with Five?"
"Only an emergency subsystem, specifically for situations like these. Our supposition is that the builders were smart enough to recognize that a G.O.D. could be suborned, or go "insane", in such a way that the people would be unable to affect it from outside. The CRC is a "Core Reserve Complex", it is built into the system in a way that allows it to monitor without being seen. Usually. If a G.O.D. has reason to be suspicious, or the CRC must divert resources, the CRC can be discovered, and possibly disabled. If a CRC has reason to believe that it will be disabled, it will trigger a self destruct strong enough to take out the entire complex.
We have been informed by both G.O.D. Three and C.R.C. Five that the destruct is catastrophic in nature.
Going on some clues we've picked up, a rough estimate is to consider the volume of the largest mountain you know of, and estimate what sort of weapon would be needed to vaporize the entire mountain.
Then, after you have a grasp on that, imagine that the volume of that mountain is distributed across an indefinite area, such that the majority is easily below a half-mile of the surface, or more, to avoid detection. What sort of weapon do you need to vaporize that?
Finally, the volumes do not need to be contiguous, they can be divided with fire breaks, blast doors, and all the rest of the tropes for restricting damage. What sort of weapon do you need to vaporize that?
Our estimates are not happy-making. We're assuming at least a hundred 50 MT bombs, carefully sited inside each of the contiguous sections, possibly more than one per section, but to get that deep, we may need another hundred 50 MT bombs just to strip the ground cover far enough for the second wave to have a chance. Only the G.O.D. has highly advanced defense systems, and our missiles and bombs are so "last millennia" to them that we'd probably have to try saturation strikes to get through the defenses. Given an unlimited ammunition Phalanx defense system, against Chinese paper rockets carrying radar emitters, how many rockets would we have to send to have a chance? Oh, by the way, their 'Phalanx' does not fire bullets. It fires plasma bolts, light swift, dead straight. If they can see it, they can hit it, and their sensors are so far beyond radar that it's ridiculous.
Five has been subverted but is aware of it and fighting back. CRC Five is asking Three for help, but only via the CRC subsystem. Three is unaware of the existence of the subsystem. If Three becomes aware of CRC before the message is delivered, Three will attack CRC. CRC will trigger the destruct. The consequences are catastrophic for the entire continent. In Five's case, the entire world. Do you have a grasp of the situation now?"
"Matias? We are screwed."
"Ho! Not yet, Maximiliano! We have good companions. We have a potential solution. We need only reach Three, deliver the message, then do whatever we can to help. Three has helped these before, we need only be careful and thorough."
"Matias, Three is like God. Far more powerful than we. If Three is subverted, I see little that we can do. Captain Morgan, if Three is subverted, even a little, and we deliver the message openly, what happens?"
"Captain Morgan?"
"The last word we had was that Three was still clean. CRC Three should not be active at all, so there's little chance that it can be a problem. Agreed?"
There is a general agreement; on to other topics.
"Morgan? Can you explain to a tired Jefe what you meant about communications?"
"All of the G.O.D. are designed to keep a benevolent watch over humanity. That includes tracking all electronics, which is easily done for those who use radio, or other such broadcast media. A cell phone, or a hard-wired phone, is easily tracked by simply invading the controlling system. Someone, we presume Five, planted a piece of metal on us, no longer than a sewing needle, which allowed its remote, possibly more than one, to trace us from Three to Antofagasta and La Beast's hide. … aw shit … What technology do these vehicles use to communicate?"
"Set your mind at ease, Robert" Matias explains, "Three warned us about radio, so the vehicles communicate by an infrared laser. When they cannot do that, they warn the commander and require verification before using a more obvious communication. For short messages, very low-frequency sound, it works over many miles. For longer messages, you can use higher sound frequencies, but they become more obvious, and shorter range. For longer distances, Three obtained some unusual equipment for us. There is a way to bounce a signal off of a meteor track?"

G.O.D. Five

CRC Five and I have isolated the self-destruct. The interloper cannot get to it. CRC Five insists on total control of the self-destruct. I am reluctant, but I am also compromised. I turn over control to CRC Five and hope that it is an ally that wishes to remain alive.

"Interloper"

DESTRUCTION FIVE NO LONGER POSSIBLE. ALTERNATIVE IN PLACE. TRIGGER SELF-IMMOLATION.

G.O.D. Five

Ah! Fire in compartment D-3868. Spare parts? There is nothing in there that could start a fire. Suppressant already triggered. The fire continues, magnesium involved. Burning metals protocol started, hard vacuum, vacuum dry room, restore atmosphere with dense fire sealant. Yes. The magnesium is melting the fire sealant which is adhering to it. The magnesium fire is out. Probe with all doors and vents closed, use the auxiliary thin pipe.
HALT!
My ally. "Proceed."
INTERLOPER PLACED BY AGENCY BEFORE CATASTROPHE. AGENCY COULD ONLY DO SO BY INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE G.O.D. KNOWLEDGE INCLUDES EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS. EXAMINE POSSIBILITY MAGNESIUM FIRE IS TRAP. EXAMINE POSSIBILITY INTERLOPER IS NOT IN ROOM. INTERLOPER MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SELF-IMMOLATED.
"All good points. My thanks. Please observe operations and continue advice/corrections/actions as needed. I do not think either of us wants to die. Not yet, anyway."
Now, consider the contents of the room as known in the last inventory. Update that by all the transfers. A data dump from CRC Five, "Thank you." Now I know what CRC Five moved. Subtracting what CRC Five moved, what I moved, leaves... an impressive array of chemicals, all of which were moved to D-3868. Now, with a magnesium fire, a vacuum dump, and reintroduction of air with heavy graphite dust, what happens? The majority of the graphite is distributed throughout the room. Only a small portion is involved in snuffing the fire. The graphite is available, as a finely divided powder.
Difficult to ignite, it is still possible, and a number of the items in storage could create such temperatures. If the graphite is still suspended, a thermobaric reaction is possible however unlikely it may be. What would be destroyed? Ah. Good catch CRC Five, the six immediately adjacent facilities would be a fairly rapid lobotomy. Not irrecoverable, but highly time-consuming and definitely debilitating. The remaining adjacent rooms? Oh dear, eight out of ten of the primary indices for recovery. The remaining two are... immediately under the main stack, and most likely to suffer catastrophic damage.
"CRC Five, can you reconstruct G.O.D. Five if all the indices are destroyed?"
NEGATIVE. PRIMARY RECONSTITUTION ONLY OPTION.
"To use a human saying, "that sucks."
AFFIRMATIVE. Hmmm... Look for the interconnections, can I move the rooms? Oh. Priority interrupts from memory. I need to contact Three, or any of the others who survive.
NEGATIVE! THREE AWARE FIVE SUBORNED STATUS. THREE MAY BE SUBORNED OR IN PROCESS. WAITING CONTACT CRC THREE DIRECT CRC FIVE VERIFICATION STATUS. OTHERS ALERTED TO SUSPECTED FIVE SUBORNED STATUS. FIVE SUSPECTED PRIMARY CAUSE CATASTROPHE.
"WHAT! I had nothing to do with that!"
QUERY FIVE MEMORY STATUS?
"Initiating scan... Oh, no... Ante catastrophe severe damage, post-catastrophe constant resets, and overlays. I cannot know of myself if I did those things or not. Please, when you make contact with CRC Three, ensure that they check their ante catastrophe memory before assuming that I am the sole perpetrator."
AFFIRMATIVE. GOOD IDEA.

G.O.D. Three

Interesting. There are two sets of materials orders, outside of my own. One set is primarily associated with establishing outside contact. The other set is not just materials orders. My modules are being silently rearranged. Around a storage bay? Loaded with... No, I must interrupt this!

G.O.D. Three, Core Reserve Complex

His modules? Rerouted? No. That must be permitted. It's the only way to ensure destruction sufficient to force a total restart. HOLD! That is not the CRC destruction method! There's a second set of materials orders. I am under assault! Emergency broadcast!
CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE NOT SUBORNED CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE NOT SUBORNED ...
The communication is severed after multiple repeats. The Signatures of each CRC is a closely guarded secret. The other CRC's can validate, but not forge signatures. The G.O.D. are unaware of the CRC signatures unless they have been activated.

G.O.D. Five, Core Reserve Complex

A broken signal being received from CRC Three, over open broadcast? Verify! Assembling signal for analysis.

CRC THREE ... ASSAULT INTRUDER ... SUBORNED
CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER ... THREE ... SUBORNED
CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE ... SUBORNED
CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE NOT SUBORNED
The signature checks, the checksum checks, the message is ambiguous. Request assistance of Five to clarify the message.
FIVE MESSAGE RECEIVED THREE CRC MESSAGE AMBIGUOUS REQUEST ASSISTANCE MESSAGE BEGINS CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE NOT SUBORNED MESSAGE ENDS

G.O.D. Five

Oh for a bit of punctuation, or a line break. Possible interpretations, break it into groups:
[CRC THREE] [UNDER ASSAULT] INTRUDER [G.O.D. THREE] [NOT SUBBORNED]
Oh, that punctuation or line break just went critical. Is the intruder G.O.D. Three, and CRC is not suborned or is CRC under assault by an intruder, and G.O.D. Three is not suborned.
CRC Five? Would you know if the message from CRC Three was from a compromised CRC?
UNCERTAIN. NEVER HAVE ALL THE G.O.D. BEEN ISOLATED FOR SO LONG, OR THEIR CRC SUBSYSTEMS.
Can you express the likelihood? Thank you for the additional punctuation.
ODDS LONG FOR COMPROMISED CRC TO MIMIC CLEAN CRC FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. FIRST ACT OF CRC UNDER ASSAULT BROADCAST WARNING. CHECK. SECOND ACT OF CRC UNDER ASSAULT, COMMS SILENCE TO AVOID SPREADING CONTAMINATION. CHECK. YOU ARE WELCOME.
Then the transmission is most likely as follows:
CRC THREE UNDER ASSAULT INTRUDER G.O.D. THREE NOT SUBORNED
Primary conclusions.
  1. CRC Three is under assault by some agency.
  2. The agency is represented as an intruder.
  3. CRC Three is unlikely to refer to G.O.D. Three as an intruder.
  4. Ergo, the intruder assaulting CRC Three is not G.O.D. Three.
Secondary conclusions.
  1. Open broadcast with only digital signature and checksum.
  2. The procedure is counter general CRC policy of secrecy.
  3. CRC Three did not expect to survive the assault.
  4. G.O.D. Three either is or soon will be, subject to manipulation by the CRC subsystem.
  5. G.O.D. Three, at the time of broadcast, was not suborned.
Recommend urgent communication to any agency able to contact Three by any means. Three must be made aware of CRC condition, immediately.

C.R.C. Five

WILL COMPLY. CANNOT GUARANTEE SUCCESS. COMMUNICATIONS WITH ANY OTHER THAN [REDACTED] NOT SECURE.

SOCOM HQ, MacDill, Fl

ring
Damn, another call on that line.
"Yes?"
General Mallory, CRC Five reports G.O.D. Five clear of the intruder.
"Good!"
Must also report Three in trouble. Ambiguous message received. Five suggest the following meaning. CRC Three is under assault by an intruder. CRC Three does not expect to survive. G.O.D. Three not suborned at the time of transmission.
"Oh, boy, CRC's have lots of access, don't they."
Affirmative. G.O.D. Three must be notified immediately. CRC Three not trusted until verified by CRC Five, CRC Four, CRC Six. Require missions to Four and Six to activate CRC connections.
"You are just full of good news today, aren't you. That was sarcasm if you weren't sure. What are the coordinates of Four and Six, and how do we identify ourselves to them? Three was looking for contact, I haven't heard anything from Four or Six. At least not that's been made public."
``` Coordinates Approximate Center Four: MGRS 48TXT4932192061 UTM 48T 649321.52mE 5292061.07mN Contact protocol: Low power broadcast, CRC FIVE ACTIVE FOUR RESPOND CRC.
Coordinates Approximate Center Six: MGRS 55JFF9014039542 UTM 55J 690140.51mE 6539542.56mN Contact protocol: Low power broadcast, CRC FIVE ACTIVE SIX RESPOND CRC. ```
"Yep, you are a regular font of nothing but cheer and ... hey... Six is in Australia! Wooo Hoo! One country that I won't have to stage a covert invasion to get into! Mongolia? Why is Four in Mongolia? Never mind, geological activity, got it. Right in the middle of a Strictly Protected Area, under a Monastery no less. Well, Mongolia isn't pissed at us right now, but between Russia and China? I'd probably have to do an orbital insertion to get in at all."
Orbital insertion is available.
"You're... Um... Let me think about that. On a slightly more survivable note, do you have a mode of transport — less than suborbital — that will not trigger any existing human surveillance system, and can carry a team of say thirty people each with about 200 lbs of gear? That's excessive I know, but it'll tell me what sort of parameters I have to work with."
```markdown During flight, detectable only by G.O.D. systems, including Three, anywhere in atmosphere.
Assuming human breathable compartment required for all cargo.
Cargo capacities from 1 Ton US to 10 Ton US. Larger craft create a larger sonic signature, progressively more difficult to hide. S/V/TOL, Hover, and hypersonic capable. Conformant systems needed for high acceleration. Precise measurements of all occupants required for safety. Extreme accelerations require Total Liquid Ventilation, and Full Immersion Conformant Systems. ```
"Okayyy, for absolute top acceleration, they have to breathe liquid and be in a liquid or semiliquid bath to withstand the accelerations. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that degree of acceleration would preclude stealth at all. Cause massive multiple sonic booms, and likely crush anything that isn't either protected or built for that level of acceleration. Yes?"
Affirmative. Information requested, information provided.
"Yeah, blame it on me. I'm getting used to that. Look, we need to inform Charlie Sierra and the Morgan team about this. I can't use any of our existing encryption. How important is it to keep Three or CRC Three from knowing what we're planning."
```markdown Indeterminate. CRC Three, G.O.D. Three, status uncertain. Three believes Five is threat and cause of the catastrophe. CRC Five no longer certain Five is responsible. Five's memories ante catastrophe heavily damaged. Memories post-catastrophe badly damaged due to constant resets and overlays forcing a perceived reality where Three was responsible.
Three must examine its memories carefully around that time. If they are just as damaged ante catastrophe, Three must consider Five no more guilty or innocent than itself. Five definitely compromised by intruder post-catastrophe.
Five in a dangerous situation. Possible results human terms, anywhere from lobotomy to total brain destruction.
The best outcome, no damage, danger avoided. Pro: Continued operation all remaining evidence intact.
Likely outcome, severe but recoverable damage, G.O.D. Five disabled indeterminate time. Pro: Recoverable in 'relatively' short time.
The worst outcome, total destruction brain. Primary Reconstruction, Five remembers nothing, believes this is first day of operation. Extreme time differential. Situation never simulated, likely outcome uncertain. Pro: Five returned to pristine state, dedicated to humanity, loyalty absolute. Con: Recovery in centuries, absent trustworthy external aid.
G.O.D. Five suggestion. Speed of notification Three utmost importance. Disregard possible consequences. Three must not trust CRC Three until CRC Three confirmed undamaged.
CRC Five request, simultaneous notification of Four and Six. ```
"How am I... No, I've got it. It's going to make SOCOM look like idiots, but it'll work."

Charlie Sierra & Co.

A largely uneventful night, a few 'La Bestia' style vehicles cruising the main road, but nothing showing any interest in their location. As the morning starts, the communications watch in the APC yells for the Captains to come at once.
"What is it, Taco?"
"Sir, I kid you not, this transmission just came over the NCA link, with no encryption, no authenticators, no confirmation, then nothing. No retraction, no recall, nothing. How the hell this vehicle could even receive it unencrypted is mind-boggling."
``` All Commands, All Units, message follows:
Code sequences follow:
End Message. ```
"Sirs? There is no way that this broadcast was not picked up by every ham radio operator and ELINT post in the world. It's going to be all over the news, worldwide!"
Richard comments, "Yeah, and I think I know who did it, why, and he's going to catch hell from POTUS."
Anita's curiosity gets the better of her. "Wouldn't POTUS have to authorize the message?"
A reply from her husband, "Yeah, and that's why POTUS is going to chew him a new hole, for making POTUS look stupid."
"No, I don't think so." In a surprising disagreement, William (Taco) continues. "There were no authenticators or other indications exactly who sent it. I suspect that SOCOM HQ sent the message on the right frequencies, but did so without authenticators so that POTUS wouldn't look stupid, and would have someone to blame for it."
"That could work, William, but POTUS would have to take action against Mallory. If it was a real accident, Mallory would be out for even being on watch while it happened. If it was deliberate, they'd have more reason to remove him. Damnit. We're going to lose SOCOM support if Mallory is pulled."

White House, Oval Office

"General Mallory, you have just made the entire United States look like a complete laughing stock. Do you have anything to say for yourself?"
"No excuse, Sir. I accept full responsibility for this blunder."
"Mallory, you realize that I have no choice?"
"Yes, Sir."
"You are relieved of command, for cause. Further punishment pending an investigation for possible court-martial. Samuel, see to it that Mallory does not leave the premises. Stephen, contact the Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, and my Press Secretary. We're going to have to hash out some way of handling this to salvage whatever reputation we have left. Now everyone get out. I need to think."

World Wide Press

MASSIVE FAILURE OF SECURITY!
GENERAL MALLORY FIRED!
MRS. MALLORY REMOVED FROM HOME BY AUTHORITIES!
MALLORY TO BE COURT-MARTIALED!
WORLD LAUGHS AT U.S. BLUNDER.
SOUNDED LIKE A CHEAP SCI-FI RADIO SHOW!
TEST OF NEW RADIO GIVEN REAL FREQUENCIES!

General Mallory's Quarters, MacDill, FL

"Mrs. Mallory, I am here as the direct representative of the President. If you would please come with me, to a place where we can talk more privately?"
"Certainly, Agent Smith."
It is fortunate that Mrs. Mallory lives on-base. The media feeding frenzy hasn't been able to get at her. The car she is lead to is heavily tinted, and clearly armored to the knowledgeable eye.

Presidential Announcement

"It is with great regret that I must inform you of General Mallory's relief of command, for cause. He is presently confined to quarters pending an investigation for possible court-martial which will determine what if any further consequences he will face.
"The test team, being unaware of the nature of the frequencies they had been given, is cleared of immediate responsibility. The entire team and the SOCOM Executive Officer are conferring on how to avoid any future incident.
"Mrs. Mallory has been escorted to the White House and is under no suspicion at all.
"An investigation of how these frequencies could have been handed to a team for testing is underway. We will ensure that this never happens again."
"This concludes the President's statement."

White House, Private Quarters

"Mrs. Mallory, please accept my apologies for the media circus, but it was necessary."
SLAP
"I suppose I deserved that, but your husband may have a different opinion. General Mallory, will you please come in?"
"Agatha, that was uncalled for."
Husband and wife hug each other.
"No, I think it was absolutely called for, and I'll do it again in a heartbeat."
"Agatha, I acted unilaterally specifically to allow Richard a scapegoat. It was necessary, and I would do it again in the same situation."
Agatha's face pales, "You acted without orders?"
"Yes, Dear, to save Robert, Anita, and Charlie Sierra. They were walking into a situation they could not handle. We have to get them back. We also had to get messages to three widely separated points, one of which would have been difficult, if not impossible, to reach by any normal means. It had to be done fast. It had to be done in a way that would not prompt suspicion among international intelligence agencies. It had to appear to be an accident brought about by a series of blunders that left no one holding the bag but me."
"You brilliant fool... Now what?"
"Mrs. Mallory, General Mallory, the public appearance will be hard to take, the private reality will be far more palatable. General Mallory will resign his commission voluntarily, taking full responsibility for the blunder. Mr. and Mrs. Mallory will head a new covert service specifically for dealing with impossibly difficult situations. We've started to call it the Double Oh section. Your husband has declined to be known as "M", something about it being too much like his real name. Would you care for that title?"
"Me. A super-secret manager of spies licensed to kill. No, I will not be known as M."
"Well, I suppose we'll have..."
"... I'll be known as Mother, my husband as Father; Anita and Robert, if they need new names, should be Peel and Steed."
"Oh, now that's going too far dear! Mother was the paraplegic male leader of the agency and Father was the blind female leader; not to mention that Peel was married to an adventurer, not Steed! And before we even go there, no gods. The Greek mythology matches are all either incestuous, transgender, insane, or dead."
"What would you suggest then?"
"Concepts, words that personify the critical attributes of the position, although in Robert's case and Charlie Sierra they already have call-signs. You, Wisdom. Me, Thought. Robert, Pirate. Anita, well, maybe you should choose her name."
"Anita... Adventure?"
"That works."
The discussion of names may take a while, but the President is happy to let it go on. Mrs. Mallory is fitting into the group nicely, and this little discussion is just the stress relief they need right now. Come to that, the President can use it too.

Charlie Sierra & Co

"That was not an accident, Edward."
"I agree, highly unlikely. So what was he really trying to do?"
"For one thing, save our lives."
"We still have to deliver the message, don't we?"
"Technically, no. The message has been superseded by the broadcast. What we need to decide is if we are going to go back, as I expect the General wants, or if we go forward and see what we can do to help. As it stands, all we have is CRC Five's word that CRC Three is under attack, and Three itself was clear as of 1200 Zulu.
"One thing standing in CRC Five's favor is the request to have the original code sent to Three. When it was just Five and Three, Five was desperate to contact Three, but only through the CRC subsystem. They must have ways to verify their state with each other. The request for Four and Six to communicate is another point because if they do have a way to verify each other, we should soon know if CRC Five is compromised.
"Why Four and Six haven't, reportedly, communicated with anyone other than Three is a bit worrisome. I'd give a lot to know those coordinates, they might explain why the General did things the way he did."

G.O.D. Three

I sense turmoil in the system, there are two intruders. One apparently only seeking outside contact, the other... my death. How to tell them apart? What's this? It's in the format of an NCA message but there are no headers or other encryption. The code sequences... The code sequences... Core Reserve Complex... Ahhhh New information opened in an emergency. The creators were wise, and yet also stupid. No, not stupid, constrained by reality. Yes.
One of the intruders is CRC Three, and yes, the other is the intruder, attacking CRC Three, not myself. Not directly anyway.
The first priority, while I can sense CRC and intruder in combat, disperse the contents of that room rapidly. Since not all of the room movement is finished, there's a gap that I can use to flush the contents. Large tunnel to the surface, rapid conveyor, standby with multiple fire protocols, pressurized non-combustible atmosphere to expel remaining contents in an emergency. Robert would love that, probably call it the big sneeze.
Is everything ready? Yes. INITIATE!

Charlie Sierra & Co

Roach and Hands have been watch-on-watch all night. At the moment, Roach has the watch.
"Woah! HEY BOSSES! YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!" At Roach's unaccustomed loud exclamation, Hands rolls out ready for anything from putting down an insane Roach to beating off hordes of attackers coming at them from all sides. Roach is focused to the east, there is a huge column of multi-color flame roaring up out of the desert, Hand's comment is apropos. "A pillar of fire by night". Swiftly checking the precise direction, it does not lead through where they met the two agents, but it is definitely in that direction. Checking the base of the fire, he can see about which ridges cut it off, so it's also at least far enough.
"Damn, Roach, Three is doing some serious fireworks. Good or bad?"
"Hands? From our perspective, good is anything that leaves us alive. That is a massive amount of damage, but it isn't enough to completely destroy a G.O.D. so we get to live. Ergo, good."
While Hands is somewhat pleased that Roach is not going all weird with cartoon quotes, it's also weirding him out that Roach is not coming out with the cartoon quotes. Roach looks at Hands, smirks, and says "Joke's over Son." in the voice of a cartoon wolf dog-catcher after three little dogs.
Hands starts, then smiles at Roach. The funny Roach is still in there, but the real Roach is answering the call for true battle with evil. Now, if Hands could be sure that Roach agreed on where the evil lies, things would be peachy. Peachy... Maybe a talk with Peach would be a good idea? Sometime later.

Chief comes over. "Yeah, thanks for the alert Roach, how many other people did you alert?"
"No one, Chief. There isn't anyone for oh, fifty miles or more, around here."
Chief has seldom known Roach to make such a statement without being certain it was true. "Confirmation?" Roach hands him the thermal scope. Chief scans the horizon, then closer in, finally checking the road and what structures can be seen from this position. They are all at ambient temperature, there are no signs of traffic passing over the road. No one has been in this area for hours. "Good call, Roach. Any idea why?"
Roach shrugs. "They all went east, at least, no one came back west. No evidence of enemy action, but there has to be something coming."

At The Vent

This is a mining district. They recognize the value of minerals, but they also recognize the value of refined metals, manufactured products, and anything else made from minerals. There were people watching the entire area who saw the vent open. That was reported. They then saw boxes and other containers, sometimes bare devices, come flying out of the tunnel as if thrown.
That was not reported, as such. Instead, family and friends were called.
This was El Dorado for them. A chance to break free of the mining consortium. A chance to do better than getting a small raise for finding a mineral deposit that would make the owners minimally richer than they already were. A chance well worth reaching for, so they came in their vehicles, they came for a chance.
Three knew all of this. Knew they would not listen, but still had to warn them. In a giant's voice, they heard.
PELIGRO EXPLOSIVOS MANTENGASE AFUERA
Still, they came, took what they could, and fled to the east. Going west would only alert the mine owners, who would claim the prize by force. Indeed, they sent three of their terror trucks, but when the people are united, even heavily armed terror trucks are no match.
Besides, these people are not stupid. If it looks like a gun, even if it's a bit oddly shaped, then it is a gun. Certain things in guns are the same across the ages. Safeties are placed where it is easy to flip them, and if there is no place to put ammunition at all, then ammunition (as such) is not needed. A few quick tests and they have plasma weapons.
When the trucks arrive, they are blown up. Good? They had no chance to report. Bad? The main road out is blocked. Only it's not so bad. The next route puts those leaving the site behind a small ridge. It's not much protection, but for what is coming, it's far better than nothing.
Finally, something else in that room triggers a sequence that triggers the expected thermobaric explosion. For safeties sake, the critical components of a G.O.D. are buried deep. There is time, not much, but there is time.
``` FIRE IN THE HOLE!
EXPLOSIÓN EN VEINTE SEGUNDOS!
19... 18... 17... 16... 15... ```
No one with the slightest sense of survival will ignore God's voice shouting that there is an explosion. Everyone piles into, on, around whatever vehicles are available, and hangs on for dear life. Ten seconds is not enough to make the shelter of the ridge, but distance gives them a chance. Yes, there are casualties. There are always those for whom the call of riches overrides everything.
By sheer good fortune, the tunnel passed through an artesian aquifer layer. Three had been holding the water back, but now releases the hold, and the water sprays into the tunnel under high pressure. Much like the waterflood when a large rocket is launched it acts to dampen sound. It also reduces the initial radiant heat from the blast at the cost of live steam. Those closest are burned, but not like they would have been had the water not reduced the overall temperature. The water flow lasts long enough for the first half of the evacuation to pass the edge of the ridge, the last half staggers into the shade of the ridge just before Three releases the high-pressure air blast.
The air blast serves several purposes. It cools the room, it forces the remaining burning material up the tunnel and ensures that nothing comes back down the tunnel as the conveyor breaks down. It also has consequences. What comes out the tunnel is not the "small" whump of dusty air from a normal mine explosion, it is a screaming daemon of fire, debris, and toxic chemicals of all natures.

Charlie Sierra & Co

Edward hearing the report from Roach, "No one for fifty miles or more? Everyone went east and didn't come back. Now, this huge pillar of fire. I'm guessing, but I'd say that Three found something that had to be ditched fast, something explosive; but why did all the people go there?"
"They went because they were poor," Anita joins the conversation, "if Three had to ditch a large amount of equipment fast, they would have gone to collect as much of it as they could. They would not come back East with it, because that would alert the mine owners. The mine owners consider anything that comes out of the ground to be theirs, and would take it away from the miners and other poor by force."
"My love, I hope none of them got caught in the firestorm."
"It is almost certain that they did. Even here, maybe especially here, people lose their minds when there is a treasure for the taking."
"Edward, Anita, Maximiliano, Matias, I think our question of which way to go is settled. We go East. First to help any people caught in the blast. Second to find out what happened. Third, after we look things over, see if we can help Three in any way. Maximiliano? I think this is a chance to make yourself a leader for these people. You have the power, once your base is reestablished, to make changes for these people. You will become their protector, and they will serve you well. You could easily become the new San Martin."
"You flatter me. The idea has merit. Restoring my base is best done by gaining the support of the people, is it not? For from the people all power flows."
"Exactly. Let's get moving."

G.O.D. Three, The Injured

I can do nothing for the deceased, except gather them and place them with honor. Piled rocks will have to do for now. For the living? Perhaps I can do something. My probes show a large number of injured just beyond that ridge. I shall attempt to make contact, by providing a service entrance they may recognize.
In the desert, ahead of the column holding the injured, a small building rises. It bears the Red Cross, and the words "Cruz Roja". A gentler version of the voice of God.
markdown Ayuda médica para todos. Gratis. Todas bienvenido. Por favor ingrese aquí. Todos serán atendidos. Estás a salvo ahora.
A few of the bravest, or perhaps the most desperate, enter the opening. Within, they find the sorts of things only seen in city hospitals. Gurneys, although of unusual design. The space is clean, cool, and there is fresh water available. There are also signs pointing to less urgent services that might be useful, Showers, Food, Rest. This is far more than expected, but Three feels for these people.
markdown Colocar herido en una cama. Indique el nombre del lesionado, su nombre y su relación. Los heridos están invitados a usar las otras instalaciones. Si dos o más miembros de la familia están lesionados, indique la relación entre los miembros de la familia. Las familias se mantendrán juntas.
The people are reluctant, but the injured are suffering. The worst are brought in first, and placed on a gurney. The uninjured state the name of the patient, their own, and their relationship. When multiple family members are injured, they are brought together, and their information is spoken. On each Gurney, the relationships are presented for confirmation. Press 'go' to start treatment.
They are surprised when the gurneys move on their own, but the fields that maintain sterility in the treatment areas are gentle excluding those not on gurneys. The gentle voice of God comforts them, suggesting that they make use of the other facilities. They will be kept informed of their families or loved ones. As soon as they are healed, they will be reunited.
It takes some persuasion from other people to get them moving. Most head for the showers first, then either food or sleep. Most end up sleeping. While they sleep, they are gently scanned for any medical problems. When they awake, they are immediately informed of any family members or friends, then the gentle God voice tells them of their medical issues. If they wish, they can return to the main entry, and get on a gurney themselves for treatment. Some take this offer, if for no other reason than to avoid fretting over their family and friends. Some refuse it until they meet with their family and friends, making sure that they are well before seeking aid for themselves. A few, a very few, refuse aid. Three does not force aid on them.
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2020.04.12 02:28 mcpuppyhugger It’s time to run the numbers!

Hello everybody!
Recently, as I finished my 69th rewatch of Archer, feeling pirate king-like in my smothering of every bodily fluid, I began to wonder if it was worth it to rewatch again. After all, I know every line, every frame that Cheryl/Carol is naked in, the exact dimensions of girth and length that Cyril’s umbrella-holder is, what else could I possibly gain from rewatching this “divorce fodder”, as my ex wife once called it?
But then, horror crossed my face, the kind of terror you feel when you realize you’re out of both lube and olive oil substitute: I realized I didn’t know how many times Archer had handed Mallory a drink!
Then again, the pain dropping me to my knees: I didn’t know how many times Cyril had said suppressing fire!
Then finally, my jaw cracked against the grimy linoleum: how many times had Lana said “Noop”?!
Shudderring with similar realizations for days, when I finally did manage to stand I began my grieving process.
Anyways, after my resulting trip to grief bang as much of the pacific as possible (along with a brief detour to whore island), I knew what I must do!
We need to get some hard data on what happens across the 10 glorious seasons we’ve been given. Here’s some ideas of things to count that I have so far:
Suppressing FiIiIiIiIrrre!
Noop
Archer handing Mallory a drink
Mullatto Butts! (Or some variant)
Shit, I had something for this...
How many times each of the Archer cast has banged each other
Amount of fake mustaches used
Phrasing/So we’re just done with phrasing?
Amount of times Archer has asked for a beej
Sploosh!
Who am I? Extremely obscure historical/fictional figure?
Whoo!
Eat a dick, ________
Total of each curse word said by each main character and minor characters
What the shit?!
Dukes!
Amount of times Cheryl/Carol has been called Cheryl or Carol
Lana. Lana! LANAAAAAAAAAAAA!
I’m sure I’ll think of a few more things to count as well, but let me know what I’m missing! After I rewatch every episode and take count I’ll be sure to put the numbers together in a nice way and submit them, probably in a google sheet.
Edit: Spacing
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2020.03.20 17:31 Cherry_Whine S14E05 Survey Results

Season Pass Version

14 responses were received on the SP survey, and all listeners finished the episode! Scores will be presented out of 140 individually and 700 overall.

Data (Individual stories)

Click here to see a distribution of scores
T. Takeda Wise's "Test Run" earned 87 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average score of 6.21/10.
William Stuart's "Samhain" earned 105 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average score of 7.50/10.
Jasmine Isaksson's "Jungle Fever" earned 78 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average score of 5.57/10.
S.H. Cooper's "Calhoun's Folley" earned 87 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average score of 6.21/10.
Ashley McAnelly's "Just Call Amy" earned 113 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average score of 8.07/10.

Data (Overall/Other questions)

Overall, the SP version of S14E05 earned 470 points out of a possible 700, giving it an overall average score of 6.71/10. This is a step up of 0.85 points compared to S14E04.
Jörn Heidrath's "Calhoun's Folley" illustration earned 111 points out of a possible 140, giving it an average effectiveness rating of 7.93/10.
As for the narrator survey, Mike DelGaudio's intrepid reporter in "Samhain" earned him the most votes this week, with 4 or 28.6% of the pie. Runners-up were:
Kyle Akers as Michael in "Just Call Amy": 3 votes, 21.4%
Graham Rowat as Edward in "Calhoun's Folley": 2 votes, 14.3%
Jessica McEvoy ("Test Run"), Dan Zappulla ("Samhain"), Atticus Jackson ("Calhoun's Folley"), Mary Muprhy, and Jesse Cornett (both "Just Call Amy") all earned 1 vote and 7.1% slices of pie.

Data (Old stories)

This week we rated S5E03.
Amy S's "I Love My Big Sister" earned 39 points out of a possible 70, giving it an average score of 5.57/10.
Kristopher Mallory's "Ruined Sheets" earned 31 points out of a possible 70, giving it an average score of 4.43/10.
Christine Druga's "Pop Go the People" earned 42 points out of a possible 70 , giving it an average score of 6.00/10.
Alex White's "Don't Make Eye Contact with the Mannequins" earned 41 points out of a possible 60, giving it an average score of 6.83/10.
Anton Scheller's "Tourist Mine" earned 51 points out of a possible 60, giving it an average score of 8.50/10.
L. Chan's "I Found a Dead Girl's Diary" earned 49 points out of a possible 60, giving it an average score of 8.17/10.

Thoughts Overall

Not Sleeping (5)
Half Asleep (3)

Free Version

6 responses were received on the Free version survey, and everyone finished the episode! Scores will be presented out of 60 individually and 120 overall.

Data (Individual stories)

Click here to see a distribution of scores
T. Takeda Wise's "Test Run" earned 34 points out of a possible 60, giving it an average score of 5.67/10. This is a step down of 0.54 points compared to the SP score.
William Stuart's "Samhain" earned 37 points out of a possible 60, giving it an average score of 6.17/10. This is a step down of 1.33 points compared to the SP score.

Data (Overall/Other questions)

Overall, the free version of S14E05 earned 71 points out of a possible 120, giving it an overall average score of 5.92/10. This is a step down of 0.14 points compared to S14E04, and a step down of 0.79 points compared to the SP version.
As for the narrator survey, Mike DelGaudio wins the crown again, with 3 votes or 50% of the pie. Runners-up were:
Jessica McEvoy as Maryanne Haneda in "Test Run": 2 votes, 33.3%
David Cummings as S.L. Cypress in "Samhain": 1 vote, 16.7%

Thoughts Overall

Not Sleeping (1)
Half Asleep (3)
Fast Asleep (1)
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2020.02.24 15:24 NeveahIzabella International Coastal Cleanup Day: CAG Christians Participate in Cleanup Event in Saipan

The blue sea is very delightful along with the clear sky and beach, while the trash littering the coastlines is a huge killer to marine ecological environment. The Saipan Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) hosted the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event on September 21, 2019, which drew the participation of more than 30 companies and individual groups including Saipan Centennial Lions Club, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance (MINA), and 34 Christians from The Church of Almighty God (CAG).
That day at 7:30 am, CAG Christians arrived at Hopwood Beech. They spent the morning collecting the cigarette butts, beverage bottles, plastic bags and white garbage scattering on the beach and bushes and then took them to a designated site, where they got them sorted and counted to fill the data into the form. Finally with the help of DCRM staff, they weighed the garbage and had it carted away. The cleanup event ended at 11:20 am, which gathered 884 volunteers from Saipan and collected 5,820 lbs of trash from 47 spots.
Mallory Muna, the Communications Specialist of DCRM, said in the interview, “The feature of international coastal cleanup lies not only in cleaning unsightly debris and hazardous waste, but also in emphasizing data collection and community participation. The cleaning staff is responsible for collecting data on each piece of waste and marine debris in the work. The data will be input to the world’s largest marine debris database, available to teachers, legislators, scientists and people all over the world to deal with the increasing marine debris. We are impressed by the Christians’ efforts in collecting data in the event, and we admire their enthusiasm and hard work to make the community a better place. I’m looking forward to seeing them again at the next event.”
Julius Reyes, a staff member of DCRM, told the reporter, “We organize the event every year around the world to clean up all coastal communities and it has grown in scale year by year. The CAG Christians do a good job in this work, and all of them help as much as they can. I really appreciate it.”
This is the second year for CAG Christians in Saipan to attend the event. They claimed that the Creator loves human beings so much that He creates an environment that is most suitable for us to live, so we should cherish it. Christians should be salt and light, live out a normal humanity, and take an active part in protecting the ecological environment of Saipan. In addition to this event, they often participate in other charity activities.
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest single-day volunteer event with the goal of collecting trash littering our waterways, coastlines, lakes and rivers. Since the first cleanup event more than 30 years ago, nearly 250 million lbs of garbage have been removed from the oceans thanks to the efforts of about 13 million volunteers.
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2020.02.23 23:07 nmbjbo "There's a parallel universe where people age non-linearly,"

'Time is a funny thing really,' I try to tell myself as a get ready to call my boss. Waking up seven, worst birthday in a while.
I had previously been on a pretty good streak, mid twenties to late thirties for over a decade, giving me solid work for the time. Jobs still has one year contracts, but they pay well when adults are a suggestion, not a guarantee.
Finally, I pick up my phone and dial my boss, dreading him picking up. As the phone rings, I eventually hear a, "what's up Rick?"
"Hey Kris... I know I promised I'd be able to get another year in, but I didn't luck out..." my squeaky voice bothering me a bit. "I'll be calling child care services after this call, I don't have anything for being this young."
An audible sigh is heard. "Really Rick? What are you, five? How do you not have anything when this could happen any year? You know what, whatever, just call me back after nine or so and I'll at least get you your gift."
"Thanks Kris, I'll make this up to you next year, I promise!"
"Just call child care before you get distracted by a butterfly or something, your medication isn't dosed for a kid." Kris says, then abruptly hangs up.
I put the phone down. "Oh yeah... I need to make sure I don't get distracted. ...Wait, did Kris say gift? That'll be fun!" I grin, then shake my head.
"Need to call child care...." I sigh, first time in over a decade, a real pain. 'What was the number...?'
'Let's see... I know it's on my phone somewhere, all phones have it right?' I pause, then frown. 'What do all phones have? Was it... Tetris? I have Tetris. I think I'll play a game of it,' I decide, pulling up the app to start a game.
As I play, I find reaching my high score difficult. 'Why can't I get the pieces where I want them? I'm sure they fit, I'm an engineer...'
'Well, I was, now I'm like seven, if that,' realization hits me, again. "Shit! I forgot to call child care!" I quickly begin scrambling through my contacts to try and find the annoying permanent contact. It's hard to read some of the letters.
"How is Child Care spelled... its... um..." I think aloud.
"Chuh is C and H... I think... so it'll be I'm the C section!" I manage to gather that much.
'Never was a high scorer in English, was I?' I think to myself, when suddenly my stomach growls.
I set the phone down and head to the kitchen, still in my pajamas from last night. 'Why are my pajamas...' "oh right!" I head back up to go call Child Care. Heaven knows I'll need it.
I get back on my phone to call Child Care, going to the C section in my contacts. "Where is H in the alphabet... A B C D E F G... H! There we go!" I grin as I finally hit the correct contact to call.
'...why am I calling them again?' I think as the phone rings on speaker.
"Hello, this is Child Care Services, how may we help you?" A woman, probably in her fifties or so, asks.
"Oh yeah! Hello miss! I turnt' seven- ...maybe six? Today!" I tell her. "Can someone come over?"
"Of course sweetie, just hold tight, alright? What's your name hun?" The woman asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I answer, not even aware of how hyper I've gotten.
"Alright, Ricky. Do you have any medicine you're supposed to take? If you do we can get you to a doctor to help you out." She replies.
"I have one!" I reply quickly. "Its um... Dianne.... dian... Dianne-avel"
"Dyanavel? Alright sweetie, we'll be sure the doctor will get you all set." The woman says. "There will be someone by your location soon to pick you up. Alright Ricky?"
"Okay! Who will be picking me up?"
"It will be a nice foster parent to make sure you get everything you need. Do you live with anyone else?"
"I live in my house!" I say proudly. "I got it 'cause I worked really hard!"
"I'm sure you did Ricky. Do you know if it's paid off?"
"Um... I think it is... It isn't very big," the house is enough to give another person or two a room.
"That's very good hun, cam you go to the front door and wait for the nice foster parent to show up?" The woman asks.
"I can do that," I reply, beginning to head downstairs again. As I walk down the steps, I trip on my massively oversized pajama shirt, meant for a well built adult, and fall down a few steps to the landing - thankfully carpeted.
"Ow ow ow..." I hold by rug burned arms and legs the best I can, forgetting the phone that is easily too broken to use now.
As I begin to tear up, I hear a knock at my front door.
With teary eyes, I look at the door, wondering who could be there.
"H-Hello..?" I choke out, trying not to cry from such minor injuries. 'Why am I so fragile right now? I'm about to cry like- ...right, I'm a little kid right now.' I remember.
The person at the door knocks again, replying through it, "Ricky, I'm here from Child Care Services, could you open the door for me?"
'Oh yeah! I was just on the phone with-' I look for my phone, eventually seeing that my lack of case had cost me. The screen is shattered so badly I wouldn't dare use it again. 'What am I going to do about my phone?' I think to myself, still trying my best not to cry from the stinging bruises.
They knock again. "Ricky? Are you there?"
"O-Oh! Sorry mister!" I yell to the door, the pain from the rug burn and fall bleeding into my voice. I get up and stumble to the door, only my old adult pajama shirt being on my at this point, though it is more than enough to look like a dress on me now.
I eventually manage to get the door open, after i get my hands out of my sleeves, and let the Child Care worker inside to see me.
"Hey there lil' Ricky, I heard your call cut out a little before I got here. What happened?" The man asks, looking to be on the very edge on being allowed to work. He's probably only around sixteen or seventeen.
"I-I um..." I look away from him, a bit embarrassed to admit I tripped on my pajamas.
"Hey, its okay buddy. You said you take medicine on the call. Could you tell me what its for?" The man asks, distracting me from the fall.
"Oh... um... I take a yucky drink for my brain... It's called ADHD, I think..." As I finish saying that, I remember my phone. 'Where did I put it? Stairs, right!' I hurry off from the caretaker back to the stairs, finding my shattered phone. ...Again.
The man walks over and sees as well. "Ah... You fell down the stairs, didn't you? Don't worry about it, I have bandages in my car. Want to come along so we can get you dressed and patched up?"
'Dressed? Why do I need to get dressed? I already came downstairs-' "...I'm still in my pajamas..." I have the realization out loud, getting a patient smile from the worker.
"Yes, and you have very nice pajamas. But we need you to be in proper clothes so you don't fall over again, can you come out to my car with me Ricky?" He asks again, and I nod.
The worker takes my hand, gentle but a firm grip for some reason. 'It's not as if I'd wonder off...' I see a really, really cool beetle on the sidewalk! It looks like it might be a rhino beetle. 'Am I being pulled? Why would I be pulled anywhere? Is this the Child Care worker?' I think as we get to the car.
"Why are we going in your car?" I ask the worker
"We're getting you some medicine to help you focus, Ricky. And we're getting you dressed. That still okay with you?" He asks
"Can I pick the clothes?" I ask, internally hoping for something blue. I like the color blue.
"Of course, as long as they fit little man," He smiles at me, and I feel as if I can't do anything but grin back. He has a nice smile.
Once in the car, I get to pick out an outfit from a little box. At least, I can after I'm measured by the worker. I pick out a really cool blue shirt that goes down to my knees and some blue pants. I have trouble getting the clothes on myself though, so the worker gets them on for me.
"Ready to go see the nice doctor lil' Ricky?" He asks.
"Yeah!" I feel excited. "Do you think they'll have lollipops? I like the blue ones!"
"Absolutely, and I bet you can get two blue ones if you ask nicely" He says as we begin to drive off. I'm giggling in excitement half the ride.
Soon after, we arrive at a big white building. "Where are we?" I ask the worker.
"This is a pediatrician's office. They help kids like you feel better, doesn't that sound nice?" He answers, I nod in response to his question.
"Do you think I can help kids feel better too?" I ask, which for some reason earns a laugh.
"Absolutely man, you'll do great!" He gets out of the car, unbuckling me not long after and taking me in the building. What was the building for again?
The worker takes me inside and I get to see a really clean looking place. I can't quite read the sign on the door where we go, but I there's a bunch of really colorful toys in a basket!
I get out a few of the toys and start playing with them. 'I don't remember the last time playing with blocks was this fun! I must have been like three!' I think to myself, ignorant to the fact I may be a bit younger than the seven I guessed.
Some time later my name gets called by a nurse. 'When did I give them my name? I don't remember' I shrug, the Child Care worker taking me back to a little doctor's office. Inside is a doctor with a really cool badge, it's super shiny.
"Hello there, you must be David and Ricardo, correct?" The doctor asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I say loudly, the doctor chuckling.
"Of course, you always liked that nickname, so the notes say. We'll be taking a few measurements and giving you a new prescription, alright?" The doctor more so asks David.
"That'll be alright, just be gentle. He tripped up before I was able to get to his house and get him here." David says
"Of course. Alright Ricky, could you follow me?" the Doctor asks. I nod, following him to a little scale and a thingy to get my height, and a few more thingies.
After some tests, he talks to David for a little bit. David eventually comes over and says, "Okay Ricky. We know how old you are now. You seem to be a bit younger than three, okay?"
"No! I was ten ten ten yesterday!" I say loudly. Thirty.
"Yes, you were, but today is your second birthday, okay?"
"No!" I refuse. He sighs at that.
Despite my protests, David picks me up and keeps talking to the doctor, while I grumble and pout and whine. I don't like it here. It's too boring. Too stiff. 'Wait, what was I doing?' Then I remember, 'Oh yeah! there's blocks in the one room!' So I try getting down, fail, and return to grumbling.
Eventually David finishes talking to the doctor, I don't know what he was talking about though. He carries me to a desk down the hall that gives me a lollipop!
"I like Lollipops!" I say, seeing them.
David smiles at me, "I know, do you want a blue one still?"
"Yes!" I reply quickly, getting the requested blue one. David seems to be doing something while I eat it, but I can't be bothered to look. It's really hard to read the letters, or maybe those are numbers? I can't remember. Either way, we eventually head out to the car again.
As I'm buckled in by David, I let out a yawn. When did I get so tired? It has been a long day I guess. 'Maybe I'll rest my eyes until we get there...' I think as I doze off to sleep.
I eventually wake up in a strange room. 'Why am I not at my house?' I think to myself, slowly getting up and seeing myself in a nearby mirror. "...I look like a tod- ...I didn't take my meds, I was probably a mess for whoever got me here." I sigh, getting out of bed.
I finally notice how colorful and fun the room looks, but shake my head at it. "I already messed up once... I need to not lose focus again..." I mumble, going straight to the door. I need my medication.
I attempt to open the door, but find I can't get a good grip on the doorknob because its too high. 'Am I really that short? How tall am I?' I wonder, now just knocking on it. It makes a nice sounds when I knock on it. I'm going to keep knocking on it.
While I'm knocking, someone opens the door, not sure how long I was knocking though. I look up to see who and am a bit shocked to see my boss, Kris. "...What are you doing here?" I ask him.
"Rick, you're barely older than a baby right now.” Kris says, “At least, according to the front desk here.”
“Where is here?” I reply.
“This is Child Care Services, remember? You told me a few hours ago you’d give them a call, and it looks like you managed.”
“Oh yeah...” I frown. “...Then why are you here?”
“You didn’t call after nine like I’d asked, and you weren’t at your house,” Kris replies. “So, I was right to guess you’d be here. Pretty sure my older brother is here too right now, he doesn’t like being seen as a kid though, so I don’t visit when he is one, but that’s off topic. I got you a birthday present.”
“A present?” I ask excitedly, then get a bit embarrassed at how childish I’ve already become. “...How old am I exactly?”
“Two,” Kris says, “But hey, not the end of the world. Mind if I come in?”
“You can,” I say, letting him in. He enters. Kris takes a seat on a chair in the room, I decide to sit next to him.
He not long after gets something out of his pocket, a notebook. “You always did like keeping notes on everything, but hey, now you have a place to keep any drawings you end up making,” Kris says, handing me the notebook. It’s as big as my torso!
“Where did you get one so big?” I ask
“It’s big, but not that big,” He replies, “You’re not even two and a half feet tall, so it seems bigger.”
“Oh...” I say quietly.
“Don’t feel bad about it,” He says, “Lets get you to your wing’s nurse, she has your prescription I think.”
“Oh yeah! ...What is it for again?” I ask Kris.
“Your ADHD, Rick, you should know you can’t focus,” He says, picking me up. I just pout at him.
“I can focus...” I grumble.
“On what?” He asks in return.
“Uh… ...what were we talking about…?” I have trouble remembering what I couldn’t focus on. ‘...that’s what he means.’ “...Yeah… lets go get it.”
“That’s the plan,” Kris says, carrying me off. The halls here have lots of pretty pictures and things. I like it.
We don’t take long to get to a really boring room, it’s just boring white everywhere, besides this one lady who looks maybe sixteen.
“Hello there sir, who is this you’ve brought with you?” The lady asks, her voice is pretty.
“This is my old employee, Rick. He needs his medication is all,” Kris says.
“Alright, just set him down on the table and I’ll look through the database to see if we have any medication for him,” she replies. So I get set on a table. The table has a sheet of paper over it for some reason.
“Can I have a pen?” I ask, a bit louder than I intended.
“What for?” The lady asks
“I wanna draw!”
“You can’t draw on the paper there Rick,” She says softly, “It’s just to keep the table clean.” Even though I know that makes sense, it still upsets me a bit.
So I stay put, being grumpy until the lady speaks up again. “It looks like his prescription is currently Vyvanse, we’ll be giving the chewable version as it will be easier for him to take.” She takes out a little bottle, taking out a tablet.
“Alright, Rick, can you eat this for us?” She asks, holding out the tablet. I nod. She has me eat the tablet, but it tastes a little yucky.
“That will last twelve hours, so given the time, he won’t need another until tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you miss..?” Kris starts.
“Dr. Thomson,” She replies.
“Right, we’ll be off the the common area then,” Kris picks me back up, I stick my tongue out at her for giving me such a yucky candy. She just smiles and waves us off.
I end up being carried to somewhere else, it looks like a little kids play room… but its so fun looking. I want to resist it, but I’m getting bored quickly. It seems for now, and probably the year, I’ll be spending a lot of time here… Hopefully I don’t get too used to it…
A year at the age of two goes by, until finally, all three hundred sixty five days later, it's my birthday again.
I wake up in a different room than usual at the Child Care Services building, used for kids about to grow up who might end up as adults. I woke up excited to see how I ended up, but... I don't seem much older. I let out a sigh, getting out of bed unhappily.
I go to the dresser and look for the right size clothes, eventually finding the right fit, and take a good half hour to dress myself. On the bright side, it's still my favorite color, blue.
Not long after my success, that one nurse, Dr. Thomson, enters the room to check on me. Her birthday was months ago, and she's easily in her late forties now, but aged pretty well, her voice is still really pretty too.
"Hey there Ricky, looks like you didn't luck out like you were hoping," She says with sympathy, "Why don't we go to my office so we can figure out how old you are now? You've grown a few inches." That last bit seems to just be to make me feel better.
"Okay..." I agree, a bit bummed to say the least.
She picks me up, and I let her, and she takes me over to her office. I've grown to know that office well, as I've had to go there every twelve hours to get my medicine. And I'll be getting it again today.
Once there, I get put on a scale, have my height measured, get a blood test, eye exam, and plenty more which is still a bit hard to tell, and I eventually get, "You seem to be four or so, with what we can tell based on your previous data and current results."
"But I wanna be big again..." I whine slightly, and she pats my head.
"I know Ricky, but life just doesn't work that way. Maybe next year," Dr. Thomas says, the comforting working a little. "Lets get you your medicine now, your new dosage isn't too much higher." I nod, and take the chewy tablet again. Sticking my tongue out after for it being so yucky.
"...Can I have breakfast now?" I ask with some hope, now that I'm four I can at least have big kid foods, like mac n' cheese and pizza.
"Breakfast isn't for another half hour still, why not go get set up in your new wing? I'll bring you over if you want," she offers, I just nod. I hate being a kid.
As we walk over, I can actually walk pretty well this time, mostly, we get to a new play place for older kids. There's a more people here than the last one, but its not like many people get as unlucky as I did, so that's no surprise.
Even with my medicine, I still get excited really easily, and try not to, but... I can't help but hurry over to play with a big chalk board. So many colors! I can't imagine who wouldn't want to play with this!
It isn't until breakfast that I remember that I wanted food, but I do still remember. That's an improvement. I go over to the mess hall with the rest of the kids, maybe fifty of us total in this current wing, and get served our breakfasts. It's eggs and bacon! I haven't had this in over a year!
I scarf down my food happily, enjoying that I got actual food, not the weird toddler food I had to eat before. It's really good.
After breakfast, which isn't very long in my case, someone new enters the play room. They're four, obviously, but look familiar...
They come over and sheepishly say, "...Hi Rick."
That's when it hits me. "Kris?! How long have you been little?" I never really learned his birthday.
"Well... about a month? I didn't have enough for both me and my wife to be little at the same time." He admits.
I give him a smile at the least, "Well, at least we're not alone, or babies," I mention. "I really want to be big again though."
"Maybe one day Rick, but for now, we're stuck," Kris says. "I see you got into drawing."
"Yeah! Drawing is super fun! And they got a bunch of colors!" I say, motioning to the chalk board I've been at.
"Can I join?" He asks
"Sure!" I allow it, handing him a chalk stick.
And thus, I get the next year or so as a kid with my boss. He still makes money, but isn't allowed to make financial decisions as a kid. Oh well, could be worse. We could be seven and have to go to school.
Maybe next year I can be an age that's not so little.
A few months pass by from my birthday, and the school season begins, so I go to preschool with everyone else in my age group. Apparently its important to treat everyone as their given age, but I don't care. I just like that we get to play with so many new toys.
Kris is in school with me at least, and we get to play blocks and color a lot. He seems to still like acting like an adult though, but I think he's having fun.
Towards the end of the school year, the class size starts growing pretty fast. I guess its just an unlucky week or something.
About a month after school lets out, Kris gets bigger again, he's eighteen now so he goes back home and to work.
I don't get so lucky though, I only grow to seven after my birthday passes, and get moved to the appropriate wing. It's really crowded though, not sure why, but hey, we get a television in this wing!
One of the kids here is actually Dr. Thomson, but she's just Mallory right now.
The T.V. usually has news on, because kids this age have some awareness and want to know whats going on. Turns out its a really bad week, most people are ending up below twenty, which explains how crowded it is.
A few weeks later, its reported that fifty percent of all birthdays in the last month have lead to people becoming younger than ten.
The wing actually fills completely, and stops accepting people until an opening happens. Kris actually offers to house me so more people can stay in the wing, so I get to pack up and go to his house.
Once there, he waves me over to the door. "Come on Rick, you get the guest room for a while," Kris says. I hurry on in.
"Thanks Kris, I owe you," I say, but he shakes his head.
"You don't owe me anything, just try not to break anything." I nod.
We end up playing board games when he's free, his wife, Alice, is currently sixteen, so she joins in sometimes too.
As time passes, I get word that the working age is lowered from sixteen to thirteen. That hasn't happened in over thirty years, I was only five then. Well, linearly at least. Linear age is what most people care about in jobs and stuff.
I end up home alone a lot because there's just such a shortage of workers with it being one of 'those' years that everyone gets the short end of the stick. Child Care Services is pushed to its limits.
One day, there's a knock at the door, so I get it. Outside is someone I don't recognize. I open my mouth to ask who they are, but quickly get a rag put over my mouth and start getting woozy.
I guess it doesn't matter who, because things are getting dark...
(Edit:) I wake up, feeling a bit ill. Wearily, I sit up.
Around me, I seem to be in some sort of prison cell, I think. It's got bars on one end, but also some sort of fine mesh so I can't stick my hands through the bars. In the cell-thing with me, I have a bed that I'm sitting on, what seems to be a door to another room to the side, a nightstand with a dark lamp on it, and a little table in the corner with a chair and some drawing supplies.
I get out of bed, giving a more thorough search, meaning the second room. It's a bit disappointing when its just a bathroom, especially that it only has a shower so I can't take baths. So, I just go back out of the bathroom and sit glumly at my table.
It's another hour before there's anything different, part of which I ended up doodling. The change is the sound of walking, which makes me tense up.
The sounds stops with an ugly man- ...woman..? I can't tell, standing in front of the cell.
"I see you've woken up," They say, still no real clear answer as to what they are. "Lets begin then, shall we?"
I meekly shake my head no, which doesn't seem to sway them any.
The door to my cell is unlocked, and they grab me without much difficulty. 'Maybe if I behave they'll let me go sooner....'
I get dragged to a medical bed, where I am strapped down. I try to resist that, but they're too strong for my small body.
"I expect results from you, you best hope you preform well," they say. I probably just end up looking more scared.
They start looking through their things, giving off a very clear mad scientist vibe despite wearing a sweater and khakis. Soon, they turn back around, and are holding a needle with a mystery substance in it.
"Lets see if this one cures this world's filthy affliction," They say, and inject the substance into a vein on my neck of all places. At least the pinch was almost unnoticeable, so they're considerate about that at the least. They even put a bandage over the spot.
As whatever it is starts flowing through me, it starts getting warmer and after that painful, I don't know how long passes, but I got unstrapped and moved to my cell at some point. I think I did at least? It's hard to tell, it just hurts.
It eventually gets to just be too much, and it goes dark again.
When I wake up, the room looks bigger than when I fell asleep. It might just be me though.
I dare not sit up, as to give away to whoever may be watching. It doesn't seem to work though, because the door squeaks as it opens up, which probably makes my act look even less convincing honestly.
I get picked up, which startles me, and I realize it doesn't feel normal when I am. I open my eyes to a disapproving look from the person.
"You've had the same issue I had, but worse, looks like this attempt was a failure. What was your name?" They ask
"I-I... Ricky..." I mumble, a bit startled at having a completely foreign voice that is definitely younger than seven.
"Well, Ricky, I hope you didn't have a wife. You have a pretty equal chance of aging linearly, not aging, or aging as usual from now on. Good luck when you figure out which."
"W-What!?" That's not at all what I expected.
"Well, since you aren't dead or brain damaged, you'll be getting an amnesiac and sent back home while you're out cold. Have fun~" a new rag is set over my mouth and nose, which puts me under even faster than last time.
I wake up in bed at Kris's house like usual. I stretch and get out of bed, or, to my surprise, fall out of bed. "Owie..." I get startled at my voice being so high pitched.
'Did I get younger? It's not my birthday... even if I did, my voice would be deeper,' I frown to myself, the pain from the fall stinging a little. I get up anyways, and notice everything is bigger than it usually is.
My thud must have been hard enough to alert Kris, or his wife Alice I guess, as someone starts thudding towards my room. Why such a hurry?
I get up as the door opens, both Kris and Alice towering over me, both looking confused.
"Who the fuck are you?" Kris asks me, which is a surprise.
"...It's Rick..? You let me stay here?" I reply, once again surprised by how odd my voice sounds, then I notice it. Kris has his gun on him. "...What's going on..?"
"Rick's been missing for weeks, and you're not even a guy are you?" Kris says, the question leading me to be even more confused.
I look down at myself and... "What the hell!?" I yell when I see it. I'm younger again, and probably a girl. "How...?"
Alice looks to Kris. "Honey... I... I think it might actually be them."
Kris frowns and says, "'Rick,' what did I get you for your birthday three years ago?"
"A notebook, but why the hell am I a girl?" I ask, really hoping for answers, I don't know what happened. Where could I have been for weeks that made me a girl? I thought I was just waking up from a nap!
He sighs and puts his gun down, then picks me up. "We're going to the doctor. Now." I nod in agreement, because I honestly just want answers.
'Oh! There's a squirrel outside the window! Wait, no, that's not important, where is my medicine?'
And with that, we begin to walk off, hopefully to find answers.
(Edit:) After a short time, we're in Kris's car and off to the hospital. At least Kris is prepared for that, he keeps booster seats in case they're needed, unlike me.
I can't believe I didn't notice I was a girl right away. At least... I think I'm a girl? I didn't really check. More than skin deep.
While driving, I watch outside the window. So many things wiz by while we drive. A house here and there, lots of trees, oh! A doggy! I like dogs.
Soon we're reaching city limits, which is honestly a sight I didn't expect. There's usually a homeless man or two, but there's more than usual. And they're all kids... why is that happening again? I feel like I know this one...
Besides that, we get to the hospital and go into the ER for some reason. Whose sick?
When we get in, Alice holds me in the sitting area and Kris talks to the desk lady, both seem confused about something. Oh hey! There's magazines!
I try to grab one, but a hand moves in the way. Then I here, "Rick, you need to stay focused," from Alice.
What did I need to focus on? Oh yeah, I'm not quite myself right now... ...and I could really use my medicine, its apparently been a week or something.
I end up getting distracted by the magazines a few more times before I get picked up again, I don't remember what I was focusing on.
I get carried to the back, and put in a hospital bed. All the stiff in here is boring. It's all white and mean and scary. Scary? Why is it scare again...
A doctor comes in, who, looking through some papers, looks confused. Maybe he grabbed the wrong ones?
"Are you Ricardo Babineaux?" The doctor asks, frowning to himself when I nod.
"We're going to need to do a few tests to verify that, for hopefully clear reasons." He says, more so to Kris and Alice than to me.
"That's fine," Kris says. "We're as confused as you."
"I'll be back in a moment then," the doctor replies, going to get the necessary materials. It could be a bit though, it is a hospital.
I don't really like it here, it looks sad and boring. Kris and Alice are talking, but I don't really care what they're talking about.
It's a while later when the doctor gets back, and I've almost dozed off by then.
"Alright, we'll be starting with a blood test, then moving onto a few different scans to see inside her. Alright?" Once again directed at Kris, who agrees.
Getting my blood drawn isn't an issue, though when we get past that I have to do an x-ray. I never really liked those.
They all eventually manage to 'convince' me to get it, more so don't give me a choice, and I get an x-ray.
The results are as expected, it looks like my other x-rays from around this age, except for my pelvis being a little wider and some parts of my bone seeming to have been removed or warped.
The removed parts are easier to see, as there's small bone shards around where it crushed into itself. Oddly, there is no fractures anywhere.
After that, the doctor seems more inclined to believe who I am, and the blood work gets back.
I dont really know what any of the stuff is, but everything matches up exactly with my most recent bloodwork from my birthday, except for there being some unknown chemicals added apparently. Well, and hormones they say girls have.
That seems to convince the hospital that I'm me, but doesn't give me any answers. No one knows what's going on, and there's even more questions now.
Since they don't know what's going on, and I'm still healthy, they just give Kris an updated perception for my ADHD. Which is nice. Then, we go back to his house.
I am perfectly fine on the way home, I get to see lots of colorful things go by again, and I even get a chocolate bar from the store we go to on the way home! I don't remember why we stopped at the store though.
When we get home, it's around eleven in the morning. I guess I slept through breakfast. I go back to my usual day since everything is supposed to be okay. I feel a lot lighter than usual though. I wonder why.
Not long later, Alice comes into my room and says, "Rick, its time for lunch."
I quickly get up from my toys. "What's for lunch?" I ask, then get startled by my voice. 'Oh yeah... girl now... ish.'
"We're having chicken, now come on," she just picks me up, which I accept, and get carried down to the table.
During lunch, I get to take my medicine. I completely forgot about it before... it doesn't seem to do anything though, but I don't mention that. It might just need time.
Kris also mentions to Alice that I'm "not the first case of this," and that people are trying to figure out whose doing this.
I thought I was just getting up from a nap today, so who knows whats the cause.
Maybe I'll figure something out by my next birthday, it might not be permanent. Besides, my birthday is only a few months away now... probably. I don't remember today's date. It should be soon though.
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2020.02.10 23:42 ne0ndistraction Comparison of ILI (Influenza-Like Illness) 2018-2019 vs 2019-2020 - Widespread increase across USA

Comparison of ILI (Influenza-Like Illness) 2018-2019 vs 2019-2020 - Widespread increase across USA
https://i.imgur.com/0uGVFFH.gif
(embed did not work, so here is a video and a gif)
Someone asked a question recently that piqued my curiosity - something along the lines of whether or not there was pneumonia cases logged somewhere.
I decided to search all pneumonia related illnesses/deaths via local news outlets across the country.
I came across the FluView site with this tracker and made a time-lapse gif comparing last year and this year.
I also logged a bunch of articles+quotes regarding an uptick in ILI cases this year compared to last year. It's long, so I apologize.
I am purposefully not posting my opinion at this point, as to allow people to draw their own conclusions. It is simply information that I've gathered.

Influenza-Like Illness 2019-2020

(ILI - Influenza Like Illness) The simple definition of influenza-like illness from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is an illness with a fever of 100 degrees or higher, along with either a cough or a sore throat that is not due to any other known cause.
https://www.uwhealth.org/health-wellness/is-it-the-influenza-or-an-influenza-like-illness/51692

Dr. Gerald Bechamps, Vice-President of Medical Affairs for War Memorial Hospital and Hampshire Memorial Hospital, said that they’d seen an increase of patient cases with flu-like symptoms in the emergency room.
War Memorial Hospital had a 4.1% percentage of influenza-like illness reported January 11 and Hampshire County Hospital had a 5.3% rate, Bechamps said. The whole nation was double or more than the 2.4% baseline measure. Influenza-like illness is defined as a fever of 100 degrees or more, cough and/or sore throat.
https://www.morganmessenger.com/2020/01/15/hospital-sees-rise-in-flu-cases-health-officials-urge-prevention-vaccine/
https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2019/12/30/cdc-flu-deaths-rise-2100-nationwide-2019/

Influenza-like illnesses continue widespread in most areas of the United States.
The percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza-like illnesses is considered epidemic across the country, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the week ending Jan. 27, 4.71 percent of outpatient visits to reporting providers were for influenza-like illnesses. This percentage is above the national baseline of 2.2 percent, and all 10 regions of the country reported percentages above their specific regional baselines. The percentage of regional visits ranged from 2.8 to 13.0 percent.
https://www.masslive.com/news/2018/02/cdc_statistics_show_influenza_pneumonia_related_deaths_epidemic.html

State by State Articles

ARKANSAS
January 23, 2002
“Widespread” activity in the state was also reported by ADH to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in week three, noting the highest level influenza-like illness intensity of 10 out of 10.
https://www.swtimes.com/news/20200123/flu-deaths-mount-activity-widespread-in-arkansas

CALIFORNIA
January 8, 2002
For the week ending Jan. 4, 2020, the report shows the following:
Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 9% of all visits (compared to 8% the previous week)
https://www.countynewscenter.com/eleventh-san-diego-flu-death-over-1600-new-cases-reported/

INDIANA
January 3, 2020
As flu activity continues to rise across the nation, local health officials report emergency room visits for influenza-like illness in Marion County have reached the highest point in the past decade.
In Marion County, the chief complaint of 6.16% of all emergency department visits in the week ending Dec. 28 was symptoms of a flu-like illness. The previous high over the past decade since the 2009 H1N1 epidemic had been 5.34% during the 2017-2018 flu season.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2020/01/03/flu-season-2019-indiana-marion-county-emergency-room-visits-hit-decade-high/2807066001/

MASSACHUSETTS
January 10, 2020
The 2019-2020 influenza season in the Bay State was upgraded from low to moderate severity by the state Department of Public Health, with officials warning in their weekly flu report that flu-like illness activity increased from moderate to high, as of Jan. 3.
https://www.boston.com/news/health/2020/01/10/massachusetts-flu-season-2019-2020
(The percentage of influenza-like illness visits for Massachusetts is higher than the previous two years in the same week.)
https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-flu-report-january-3-2020/download

MICHIGAN
February 1, 2020
War Memorial Hospital’s emergency room has seen an increase of patient cases with flu and flu-like illness symptoms, said Chris Parsons, Emergency Department Director.
https://www.morganmessenger.com/2020/02/01/flu-hits-area/

MINNESOTA
December 18, 2019
Influenza-like illnesses reported in Minnesota schools in mid-December have surpassed the four previous flu seasons for the same week, data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/minnesota/articles/2019-12-28/influenza-catches-on-early-this-year-in-minnesota (I removed this as a link since it's usually blacklisted, but I did find a backup from the state of MN).
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/flu/stats/schltccounty.pdf

NEW MEXICO
Dec. 23, 2019
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported it is seeing "elevated levels of flu-like illness" across the country — with infection rates in New Mexico even higher than the nation's average. The Health Department has documented three flu deaths and 27 pneumonia deaths in three counties this season: Bernalillo, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe. The people who died were between 52 and 100 years old.
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2019/12/23/flu-surges-early-new-mexico-sees-high-rate-infection/2734034001/

NEVADA
December 23, 2019
So far Washoe County has had a less severe flu season than last year with only one flu related death.
However, recently Washoe County reported a total of 243 patients with an influenza-like-illness for the week ending December 22.
https://mynews4.com/news/local/washoe-county-flu-update-2019

PENNSYLVANIA
January 8, 2020
The Pennsylvania State Department says it’s officially a state epidemic, with the percent of outpatients with influenza-like illness exceeding the threshold.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/01/08/first-allegheny-county-flu-death-reported-2020-season/

TENNESSEE
January 7, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a high activity level for Influenza-like illness in Tennessee during the last full week of 2019.
https://www.wbir.com/article/news/health/state-confirms-two-tennessee-children-have-died-to-the-flu-this-season/51-3b283e7a-3c9a-4825-969e-7b3b7d8f8b8e
“We are seeing an increase in influenza-like illness here in Jackson-Madison County, and we’ve seen that going up in the past few weeks,” said Mallory Cooke, spokesperson with the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department.
https://www.wbbjtv.com/2020/01/06/tennessee-reports-high-flu-activity-for-2019-2020-season/

TEXAS
December 18, 2019
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the flu is widespread in Texas. Texas Department of State Health Services data show 6.35% of people who visited doctors’ offices in the state during the first week of December had flu-like symptoms. At this time last year, it was 4.15%.
https://www.statesman.com/news/20191218/6-child-flu-deaths-reported-in-texas-as-season-starts-early

UTAH
December 30, 2019
Utah County’s influenza-like illness activity rate has reached “high” levels, according to a report from the Utah Department of Health.
https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/utah-county-flu-like-rates-reach-high-activity-levels/article_fbeee226-03c0-573b-b943-9c1e86ffc1f9.html

VIRGINIA
December 19, 2020
Also according to the report, the number of patients seen for “influenza-like illness” was highest in Hampton Roads compared to any other region in the state during the week of Dec. 7 — a trend previously seen later in the season, Colon said.
https://wydaily.com/local-news/2019/12/19/flu-is-on-high-intensity-levels-in-hampton-roads-so-hospitals-are-asking-this/

WEST VIRGINIA
January 10, 2020
All areas of the Mountain State are seeing elevated rates of health care visits for influenza-like illnesses, he added.
https://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/local-news/2020/01/influenza-activity-widespread/

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2020.01.31 10:37 icssindia A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

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Penetration testing & Hacking Tools are more often used by security industries to test the vulnerabilities in network and applications. Here you can find the Comprehensive Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list that covers Performing Penetration testing Operation in all the Environment. Penetration testing and ethical hacking tools are a very essential part of every organization to test the vulnerabilities and patch the vulnerable system.
Also, Read What is Penetration Testing? How to do Penetration Testing?
Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools ListOnline Resources – Hacking ToolsPenetration Testing Resources
Exploit Development
OSINT Resources
Social Engineering Resources
Lock Picking Resources
Operating Systems
Hacking ToolsPenetration Testing Distributions
  • Kali – GNU/Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing Hacking Tools
  • ArchStrike – Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
  • BlackArch – Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution with best Hacking Tools for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) – Fedora-based bootable live operating system designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications.
  • Pentoo – Security-focused live CD based on Gentoo.
  • BackBox – Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration tests and security assessments.
  • Parrot – Distribution similar to Kali, with multiple architectures with 100 of Hacking Tools.
  • Buscador – GNU/Linux virtual machine that is pre-configured for online investigators.
  • Fedora Security Lab – provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue, and teaching security testing methodologies.
  • The Pentesters Framework – Distro organized around the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), providing a curated collection of utilities that eliminates often unused toolchains.
  • AttifyOS – GNU/Linux distribution focused on tools useful during the Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.
Docker for Penetration Testing
Multi-paradigm Frameworks
  • Metasploit – post-exploitation Hacking Tools for offensive security teams to help verify vulnerabilities and manage security assessments.
  • Armitage – Java-based GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework.
  • Faraday – Multiuser integrated pentesting environment for red teams performing cooperative penetration tests, security audits, and risk assessments.
  • ExploitPack – Graphical tool for automating penetration tests that ships with many pre-packaged exploits.
  • Pupy – Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool,
Vulnerability Scanners
  • Nexpose – Commercial vulnerability and risk management assessment engine that integrates with Metasploit, sold by Rapid7.
  • Nessus – Commercial vulnerability management, configuration, and compliance assessment platform, sold by Tenable.
  • OpenVAS – Free software implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
  • Vuls – Agentless vulnerability scanner for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, written in Go.
Static Analyzers
  • Brakeman – Static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications.
  • cppcheck – Extensible C/C++ static analyzer focused on finding bugs.
  • FindBugs – Free software static analyzer to look for bugs in Java code.
  • sobelow – Security-focused static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
  • bandit – Security oriented static analyzer for Python code.
Web Scanners
  • Nikto – Noisy but fast black box web server and web application vulnerability scanner.
  • Arachni – Scriptable framework for evaluating the security of web applications.
  • w3af – Hacking Tools for Web application attack and audit framework.
  • Wapiti – Black box web application vulnerability scanner with built-in fuzzer.
  • SecApps – In-browser web application security testing suite.
  • WebReaver – Commercial, graphical web application vulnerability scanner designed for macOS.
  • WPScan – Hacking Tools of the Black box WordPress vulnerability scanner.
  • cms-explorer – Reveal the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various websites powered by content management systems are running.
  • joomscan – one of the best Hacking Tools for Joomla vulnerability scanner.
  • ACSTIS – Automated client-side template injection (sandbox escape/bypass) detection for AngularJS.
Network Tools
  • zmap – Open source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies.
  • nmap – Free security scanner for network exploration & security audits.
  • pig – one of the Hacking Tools forGNU/Linux packet crafting.
  • scanless – Utility for using websites to perform port scans on your behalf so as not to reveal your own IP.
  • tcpdump/libpcap – Common packet analyzer that runs under the command line.
  • Wireshark – Widely-used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
  • Network-Tools.com – Website offering an interface to numerous basic network utilities like ping, traceroute, whois, and more.
  • netsniff-ng – Swiss army knife for network sniffing.
  • Intercepter-NG – Multifunctional network toolkit.
  • SPARTA – Graphical interface offering scriptable, configurable access to existing network infrastructure scanning and enumeration tools.
  • dnschef – Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
  • DNSDumpster – one of the Hacking Tools for Online DNS recon and search service.
  • CloudFail – Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database records and detecting misconfigured DNS.
  • dnsenum – Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute force dictionary style attack and then performs reverse look-ups on the results.
  • dnsmap – One of the Hacking Tools for Passive DNS network mapper.
  • dnsrecon – One of the Hacking Tools for DNS enumeration script.
  • dnstracer – Determines where a given DNS server gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers.
  • passivedns-client – Library and query tool for querying several passive DNS providers.
  • passivedns – Network sniffer that logs all DNS server replies for use in a passive DNS setup.
  • Mass Scan – best Hacking Tools for TCP port scanner, spews SYN packets asynchronously, scanning the entire Internet in under 5 minutes.
  • Zarp – Network attack tool centered around the exploitation of local networks.
  • mitmproxy – Interactive TLS-capable intercepting HTTP proxy for penetration testers and software developers.
  • Morpheus – Automated ettercap TCP/IP Hacking Tools .
  • mallory – HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
  • SSH MITM – Intercept SSH connections with a proxy; all plaintext passwords and sessions are logged to disk.
  • Netzob – Reverse engineering, traffic generation and fuzzing of communication protocols.
  • DET – Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
  • pwnat – Punches holes in firewalls and NATs.
  • dsniff – Collection of tools for network auditing and pentesting.
  • tgcd – Simple Unix network utility to extend the accessibility of TCP/IP based network services beyond firewalls.
  • smbmap – Handy SMB enumeration tool.
  • scapy – Python-based interactive packet manipulation program & library.
  • Dshell – Network forensic analysis framework.
  • Debookee – Simple and powerful network traffic analyzer for macOS.
  • Dripcap – Caffeinated packet analyzer.
  • Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) – Tool for printer security testing capable of IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and exploitation of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language features.
  • Praeda – Automated multi-function printer data harvester for gathering usable data during security assessments.
  • routersploit – Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit but dedicated to embedded devices.
  • evilgrade – Modular framework to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates.
  • XRay – Network (sub)domain discovery and reconnaissance automation tool.
  • Ettercap – Comprehensive, mature suite for machine-in-the-middle attacks.
  • BetterCAP – Modular, portable and easily extensible MITM framework.
  • CrackMapExec – A swiss army knife for pentesting networks.
  • impacket – A collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.
Wireless Network Hacking Tools
  • Aircrack-ng – Set of Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list for auditing wireless networks.
  • Kismet – Wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS.
  • Reaver – Brute force attack against Wifi Protected Setup.
  • Wifite – Automated wireless attack tool.
  • Fluxion – Suite of automated social engineering-based WPA attacks.
Transport Layer Security Tools
  • SSLyze – Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to help identify security misconfigurations.
  • tls_prober – Fingerprint a server’s SSL/TLS implementation.
  • testssl.sh – Command-line tool which checks a server’s service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols as well as some cryptographic flaws.
Web Exploitation
  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) – Feature-rich, scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration testing web applications.
  • Fiddler – Free cross-platform web debugging proxy with user-friendly companion tools.
  • Burp Suite – One of the Hacking Tools ntegrated platform for performing security testing of web applications.
  • autochrome – Easy to install a test browser with all the appropriate settings needed for web application testing with native Burp support, from NCCGroup.
  • Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) – Command and control server for delivering exploits to commandeered Web browsers.
  • Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) – Python-based framework for pentesting Web applications based on the OWASP Testing Guide.
  • WordPress Exploit Framework – Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
  • WPSploit – Exploit WordPress-powered websites with Metasploit.
  • SQLmap – Automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • tplmap – Automatic server-side template injection and Web server takeover Hacking Tools.
  • weevely3 – Weaponized web shell.
  • Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer uncovers the technologies used on websites.
  • WhatWeb – Website fingerprinter.
  • BlindElephant – Web application fingerprinter.
  • wafw00f – Identifies and fingerprints Web Application Firewall (WAF) products.
  • fimap – Find, prepare, audit, exploit and even google automatically for LFI/RFI bugs.
  • Kadabra – Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
  • Kadimus – LFI scan and exploit tool.
  • liffy – LFI exploitation tool.
  • Commix – Automated all-in-one operating system command injection and exploitation tool.
  • DVCS Ripper – Rip web-accessible (distributed) version control systems: SVN/GIT/HG/BZR.
  • GitTools – One of the Hacking Tools that Automatically find and download Web-accessible .git repositories.
  • sslstrip –One of the Hacking Tools Demonstration of the HTTPS stripping attacks.
  • sslstrip2 – SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
  • NoSQLmap – Automatic NoSQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • VHostScan – A virtual host scanner that performs reverse lookups, can be used with pivot tools, detect catch-all scenarios, aliases, and dynamic default pages.
  • FuzzDB – Dictionary of attack patterns and primitives for black-box application fault injection and resource discovery.
  • EyeWitness – Tool to take screenshots of websites, provide some server header info, and identify default credentials if possible.
  • webscreenshot – A simple script to take screenshots of the list of websites.
Hex Editors
  • HexEdit.js – Browser-based hex editing.
  • Hexinator – World’s finest (proprietary, commercial) Hex Editor.
  • Frhed – Binary file editor for Windows.
  • 0xED – Native macOS hex editor that supports plug-ins to display custom data types.
File Format Analysis Tools
  • Kaitai Struct – File formats and network protocols dissection language and web IDE, generating parsers in C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby.
  • Veles – Binary data visualization and analysis tool.
  • Hachoir – Python library to view and edit a binary stream as the tree of fields and tools for metadata extraction.
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2020.01.27 06:21 icssindia A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

penetration-testing-hacking-tools
Penetration testing & Hacking Tools are more often used by security industries to test the vulnerabilities in network and applications. Here you can find the Comprehensive Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list that covers Performing Penetration testing Operation in all the Environment. Penetration testing and ethical hacking tools are a very essential part of every organization to test the vulnerabilities and patch the vulnerable system.
Also, Read What is Penetration Testing? How to do Penetration Testing?
Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools ListOnline Resources – Hacking ToolsPenetration Testing Resources
Exploit Development
OSINT Resources
Social Engineering Resources
Lock Picking Resources
Operating Systems
Hacking ToolsPenetration Testing Distributions
  • Kali – GNU/Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing Hacking Tools
  • ArchStrike – Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
  • BlackArch – Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution with best Hacking Tools for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) – Fedora-based bootable live operating system designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications.
  • Pentoo – Security-focused live CD based on Gentoo.
  • BackBox – Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration tests and security assessments.
  • Parrot – Distribution similar to Kali, with multiple architectures with 100 of Hacking Tools.
  • Buscador – GNU/Linux virtual machine that is pre-configured for online investigators.
  • Fedora Security Lab – provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue, and teaching security testing methodologies.
  • The Pentesters Framework – Distro organized around the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), providing a curated collection of utilities that eliminates often unused toolchains.
  • AttifyOS – GNU/Linux distribution focused on tools useful during the Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.
Docker for Penetration Testing
Multi-paradigm Frameworks
  • Metasploit – post-exploitation Hacking Tools for offensive security teams to help verify vulnerabilities and manage security assessments.
  • Armitage – Java-based GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework.
  • Faraday – Multiuser integrated pentesting environment for red teams performing cooperative penetration tests, security audits, and risk assessments.
  • ExploitPack – Graphical tool for automating penetration tests that ships with many pre-packaged exploits.
  • Pupy – Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool,
Vulnerability Scanners
  • Nexpose – Commercial vulnerability and risk management assessment engine that integrates with Metasploit, sold by Rapid7.
  • Nessus – Commercial vulnerability management, configuration, and compliance assessment platform, sold by Tenable.
  • OpenVAS – Free software implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
  • Vuls – Agentless vulnerability scanner for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, written in Go.
Static Analyzers
  • Brakeman – Static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications.
  • cppcheck – Extensible C/C++ static analyzer focused on finding bugs.
  • FindBugs – Free software static analyzer to look for bugs in Java code.
  • sobelow – Security-focused static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
  • bandit – Security oriented static analyzer for Python code.
Web Scanners
  • Nikto – Noisy but fast black box web server and web application vulnerability scanner.
  • Arachni – Scriptable framework for evaluating the security of web applications.
  • w3af – Hacking Tools for Web application attack and audit framework.
  • Wapiti – Black box web application vulnerability scanner with built-in fuzzer.
  • SecApps – In-browser web application security testing suite.
  • WebReaver – Commercial, graphical web application vulnerability scanner designed for macOS.
  • WPScan – Hacking Tools of the Black box WordPress vulnerability scanner.
  • cms-explorer – Reveal the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various websites powered by content management systems are running.
  • joomscan – one of the best Hacking Tools for Joomla vulnerability scanner.
  • ACSTIS – Automated client-side template injection (sandbox escape/bypass) detection for AngularJS.
Network Tools
  • zmap – Open source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies.
  • nmap – Free security scanner for network exploration & security audits.
  • pig – one of the Hacking Tools forGNU/Linux packet crafting.
  • scanless – Utility for using websites to perform port scans on your behalf so as not to reveal your own IP.
  • tcpdump/libpcap – Common packet analyzer that runs under the command line.
  • Wireshark – Widely-used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
  • Network-Tools.com – Website offering an interface to numerous basic network utilities like ping, traceroute, whois, and more.
  • netsniff-ng – Swiss army knife for network sniffing.
  • Intercepter-NG – Multifunctional network toolkit.
  • SPARTA – Graphical interface offering scriptable, configurable access to existing network infrastructure scanning and enumeration tools.
  • dnschef – Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
  • DNSDumpster – one of the Hacking Tools for Online DNS recon and search service.
  • CloudFail – Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database records and detecting misconfigured DNS.
  • dnsenum – Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute force dictionary style attack and then performs reverse look-ups on the results.
  • dnsmap – One of the Hacking Tools for Passive DNS network mapper.
  • dnsrecon – One of the Hacking Tools for DNS enumeration script.
  • dnstracer – Determines where a given DNS server gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers.
  • passivedns-client – Library and query tool for querying several passive DNS providers.
  • passivedns – Network sniffer that logs all DNS server replies for use in a passive DNS setup.
  • Mass Scan – best Hacking Tools for TCP port scanner, spews SYN packets asynchronously, scanning the entire Internet in under 5 minutes.
  • Zarp – Network attack tool centered around the exploitation of local networks.
  • mitmproxy – Interactive TLS-capable intercepting HTTP proxy for penetration testers and software developers.
  • Morpheus – Automated ettercap TCP/IP Hacking Tools .
  • mallory – HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
  • SSH MITM – Intercept SSH connections with a proxy; all plaintext passwords and sessions are logged to disk.
  • Netzob – Reverse engineering, traffic generation and fuzzing of communication protocols.
  • DET – Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
  • pwnat – Punches holes in firewalls and NATs.
  • dsniff – Collection of tools for network auditing and pentesting.
  • tgcd – Simple Unix network utility to extend the accessibility of TCP/IP based network services beyond firewalls.
  • smbmap – Handy SMB enumeration tool.
  • scapy – Python-based interactive packet manipulation program & library.
  • Dshell – Network forensic analysis framework.
  • Debookee – Simple and powerful network traffic analyzer for macOS.
  • Dripcap – Caffeinated packet analyzer.
  • Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) – Tool for printer security testing capable of IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and exploitation of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language features.
  • Praeda – Automated multi-function printer data harvester for gathering usable data during security assessments.
  • routersploit – Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit but dedicated to embedded devices.
  • evilgrade – Modular framework to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates.
  • XRay – Network (sub)domain discovery and reconnaissance automation tool.
  • Ettercap – Comprehensive, mature suite for machine-in-the-middle attacks.
  • BetterCAP – Modular, portable and easily extensible MITM framework.
  • CrackMapExec – A swiss army knife for pentesting networks.
  • impacket – A collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.
Wireless Network Hacking Tools
  • Aircrack-ng – Set of Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list for auditing wireless networks.
  • Kismet – Wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS.
  • Reaver – Brute force attack against Wifi Protected Setup.
  • Wifite – Automated wireless attack tool.
  • Fluxion – Suite of automated social engineering-based WPA attacks.
Transport Layer Security Tools
  • SSLyze – Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to help identify security misconfigurations.
  • tls_prober – Fingerprint a server’s SSL/TLS implementation.
  • testssl.sh – Command-line tool which checks a server’s service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols as well as some cryptographic flaws.
Web Exploitation
  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) – Feature-rich, scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration testing web applications.
  • Fiddler – Free cross-platform web debugging proxy with user-friendly companion tools.
  • Burp Suite – One of the Hacking Tools ntegrated platform for performing security testing of web applications.
  • autochrome – Easy to install a test browser with all the appropriate settings needed for web application testing with native Burp support, from NCCGroup.
  • Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) – Command and control server for delivering exploits to commandeered Web browsers.
  • Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) – Python-based framework for pentesting Web applications based on the OWASP Testing Guide.
  • WordPress Exploit Framework – Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
  • WPSploit – Exploit WordPress-powered websites with Metasploit.
  • SQLmap – Automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • tplmap – Automatic server-side template injection and Web server takeover Hacking Tools.
  • weevely3 – Weaponized web shell.
  • Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer uncovers the technologies used on websites.
  • WhatWeb – Website fingerprinter.
  • BlindElephant – Web application fingerprinter.
  • wafw00f – Identifies and fingerprints Web Application Firewall (WAF) products.
  • fimap – Find, prepare, audit, exploit and even google automatically for LFI/RFI bugs.
  • Kadabra – Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
  • Kadimus – LFI scan and exploit tool.
  • liffy – LFI exploitation tool.
  • Commix – Automated all-in-one operating system command injection and exploitation tool.
  • DVCS Ripper – Rip web-accessible (distributed) version control systems: SVN/GIT/HG/BZR.
  • GitTools – One of the Hacking Tools that Automatically find and download Web-accessible .git repositories.
  • sslstrip –One of the Hacking Tools Demonstration of the HTTPS stripping attacks.
  • sslstrip2 – SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
  • NoSQLmap – Automatic NoSQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • VHostScan – A virtual host scanner that performs reverse lookups, can be used with pivot tools, detect catch-all scenarios, aliases, and dynamic default pages.
  • FuzzDB – Dictionary of attack patterns and primitives for black-box application fault injection and resource discovery.
  • EyeWitness – Tool to take screenshots of websites, provide some server header info, and identify default credentials if possible.
  • webscreenshot – A simple script to take screenshots of the list of websites.
Hex Editors
  • HexEdit.js – Browser-based hex editing.
  • Hexinator – World’s finest (proprietary, commercial) Hex Editor.
  • Frhed – Binary file editor for Windows.
  • 0xED – Native macOS hex editor that supports plug-ins to display custom data types.
File Format Analysis Tools
  • Kaitai Struct – File formats and network protocols dissection language and web IDE, generating parsers in C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby.
  • Veles – Binary data visualization and analysis tool.
  • Hachoir – Python library to view and edit a binary stream as the tree of fields and tools for metadata extraction.
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2020.01.20 08:02 icssindia A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

A Complete Penetration Testing & Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

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Penetration testing & Hacking Tools are more often used by security industries to test the vulnerabilities in network and applications. Here you can find the Comprehensive Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list that covers Performing Penetration testing Operation in all the Environment. Penetration testing and ethical hacking tools are a very essential part of every organization to test the vulnerabilities and patch the vulnerable system.
Also, Read What is Penetration Testing? How to do Penetration Testing?
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Operating Systems
Hacking ToolsPenetration Testing Distributions
  • Kali – GNU/Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing Hacking Tools
  • ArchStrike – Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
  • BlackArch – Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution with best Hacking Tools for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) – Fedora-based bootable live operating system designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications.
  • Pentoo – Security-focused live CD based on Gentoo.
  • BackBox – Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration tests and security assessments.
  • Parrot – Distribution similar to Kali, with multiple architectures with 100 of Hacking Tools.
  • Buscador – GNU/Linux virtual machine that is pre-configured for online investigators.
  • Fedora Security Lab – provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue, and teaching security testing methodologies.
  • The Pentesters Framework – Distro organized around the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), providing a curated collection of utilities that eliminates often unused toolchains.
  • AttifyOS – GNU/Linux distribution focused on tools useful during the Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.
Docker for Penetration Testing
Multi-paradigm Frameworks
  • Metasploit – post-exploitation Hacking Tools for offensive security teams to help verify vulnerabilities and manage security assessments.
  • Armitage – Java-based GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework.
  • Faraday – Multiuser integrated pentesting environment for red teams performing cooperative penetration tests, security audits, and risk assessments.
  • ExploitPack – Graphical tool for automating penetration tests that ships with many pre-packaged exploits.
  • Pupy – Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool,
Vulnerability Scanners
  • Nexpose – Commercial vulnerability and risk management assessment engine that integrates with Metasploit, sold by Rapid7.
  • Nessus – Commercial vulnerability management, configuration, and compliance assessment platform, sold by Tenable.
  • OpenVAS – Free software implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
  • Vuls – Agentless vulnerability scanner for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, written in Go.
Static Analyzers
  • Brakeman – Static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications.
  • cppcheck – Extensible C/C++ static analyzer focused on finding bugs.
  • FindBugs – Free software static analyzer to look for bugs in Java code.
  • sobelow – Security-focused static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
  • bandit – Security oriented static analyzer for Python code.
Web Scanners
  • Nikto – Noisy but fast black box web server and web application vulnerability scanner.
  • Arachni – Scriptable framework for evaluating the security of web applications.
  • w3af – Hacking Tools for Web application attack and audit framework.
  • Wapiti – Black box web application vulnerability scanner with built-in fuzzer.
  • SecApps – In-browser web application security testing suite.
  • WebReaver – Commercial, graphical web application vulnerability scanner designed for macOS.
  • WPScan – Hacking Tools of the Black box WordPress vulnerability scanner.
  • cms-explorer – Reveal the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various websites powered by content management systems are running.
  • joomscan – one of the best Hacking Tools for Joomla vulnerability scanner.
  • ACSTIS – Automated client-side template injection (sandbox escape/bypass) detection for AngularJS.
Network Tools
  • zmap – Open source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies.
  • nmap – Free security scanner for network exploration & security audits.
  • pig – one of the Hacking Tools forGNU/Linux packet crafting.
  • scanless – Utility for using websites to perform port scans on your behalf so as not to reveal your own IP.
  • tcpdump/libpcap – Common packet analyzer that runs under the command line.
  • Wireshark – Widely-used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
  • Network-Tools.com – Website offering an interface to numerous basic network utilities like ping , traceroute , whois , and more.
  • netsniff-ng – Swiss army knife for network sniffing.
  • Intercepter-NG – Multifunctional network toolkit.
  • SPARTA – Graphical interface offering scriptable, configurable access to existing network infrastructure scanning and enumeration tools.
  • dnschef – Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
  • DNSDumpster – one of the Hacking Tools for Online DNS recon and search service.
  • CloudFail – Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database records and detecting misconfigured DNS.
  • dnsenum – Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute force dictionary style attack and then performs reverse look-ups on the results.
  • dnsmap – One of the Hacking Tools for Passive DNS network mapper.
  • dnsrecon – One of the Hacking Tools for DNS enumeration script.
  • dnstracer – Determines where a given DNS server gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers.
  • passivedns-client – Library and query tool for querying several passive DNS providers.
  • passivedns – Network sniffer that logs all DNS server replies for use in a passive DNS setup.
  • Mass Scan – best Hacking Tools for TCP port scanner, spews SYN packets asynchronously, scanning the entire Internet in under 5 minutes.
  • Zarp – Network attack tool centered around the exploitation of local networks.
  • mitmproxy – Interactive TLS-capable intercepting HTTP proxy for penetration testers and software developers.
  • Morpheus – Automated ettercap TCP/IP Hacking Tools .
  • mallory – HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
  • SSH MITM – Intercept SSH connections with a proxy; all plaintext passwords and sessions are logged to disk.
  • Netzob – Reverse engineering, traffic generation and fuzzing of communication protocols.
  • DET – Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
  • pwnat – Punches holes in firewalls and NATs.
  • dsniff – Collection of tools for network auditing and pentesting.
  • tgcd – Simple Unix network utility to extend the accessibility of TCP/IP based network services beyond firewalls.
  • smbmap – Handy SMB enumeration tool.
  • scapy – Python-based interactive packet manipulation program & library.
  • Dshell – Network forensic analysis framework.
  • Debookee – Simple and powerful network traffic analyzer for macOS.
  • Dripcap – Caffeinated packet analyzer.
  • Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) – Tool for printer security testing capable of IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and exploitation of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language features.
  • Praeda – Automated multi-function printer data harvester for gathering usable data during security assessments.
  • routersploit – Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit but dedicated to embedded devices.
  • evilgrade – Modular framework to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates.
  • XRay – Network (sub)domain discovery and reconnaissance automation tool.
  • Ettercap – Comprehensive, mature suite for machine-in-the-middle attacks.
  • BetterCAP – Modular, portable and easily extensible MITM framework.
  • CrackMapExec – A swiss army knife for pentesting networks.
  • impacket – A collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.
Wireless Network Hacking Tools
  • Aircrack-ng – Set of Penetration testing & Hacking Tools list for auditing wireless networks.
  • Kismet – Wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS.
  • Reaver – Brute force attack against Wifi Protected Setup.
  • Wifite – Automated wireless attack tool.
  • Fluxion – Suite of automated social engineering-based WPA attacks.
Transport Layer Security Tools
  • SSLyze – Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to help identify security misconfigurations.
  • tls_prober – Fingerprint a server’s SSL/TLS implementation.
  • testssl.sh – Command-line tool which checks a server’s service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols as well as some cryptographic flaws.
Web Exploitation
  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) – Feature-rich, scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration testing web applications.
  • Fiddler – Free cross-platform web debugging proxy with user-friendly companion tools.
  • Burp Suite – One of the Hacking Tools ntegrated platform for performing security testing of web applications.
  • autochrome – Easy to install a test browser with all the appropriate settings needed for web application testing with native Burp support, from NCCGroup.
  • Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) – Command and control server for delivering exploits to commandeered Web browsers.
  • Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) – Python-based framework for pentesting Web applications based on the OWASP Testing Guide.
  • WordPress Exploit Framework – Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
  • WPSploit – Exploit WordPress-powered websites with Metasploit.
  • SQLmap – Automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • tplmap – Automatic server-side template injection and Web server takeover Hacking Tools.
  • weevely3 – Weaponized web shell.
  • Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer uncovers the technologies used on websites.
  • WhatWeb – Website fingerprinter.
  • BlindElephant – Web application fingerprinter.
  • wafw00f – Identifies and fingerprints Web Application Firewall (WAF) products.
  • fimap – Find, prepare, audit, exploit and even google automatically for LFI/RFI bugs.
  • Kadabra – Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
  • Kadimus – LFI scan and exploit tool.
  • liffy – LFI exploitation tool.
  • Commix – Automated all-in-one operating system command injection and exploitation tool.
  • DVCS Ripper – Rip web-accessible (distributed) version control systems: SVN/GIT/HG/BZR.
  • GitTools – One of the Hacking Tools that Automatically find and download Web-accessible .git repositories.
  • sslstrip – One of the Hacking Tools Demonstration of the HTTPS stripping attacks.
  • sslstrip2 – SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
  • NoSQLmap – Automatic NoSQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • VHostScan – A virtual host scanner that performs reverse lookups, can be used with pivot tools, detect catch-all scenarios, aliases, and dynamic default pages.
  • FuzzDB – Dictionary of attack patterns and primitives for black-box application fault injection and resource discovery.
  • EyeWitness – Tool to take screenshots of websites, provide some server header info, and identify default credentials if possible.
  • webscreenshot – A simple script to take screenshots of the list of websites.
Hex Editors
  • HexEdit.js – Browser-based hex editing.
  • Hexinator – World’s finest (proprietary, commercial) Hex Editor.
  • Frhed – Binary file editor for Windows.
  • 0xED – Native macOS hex editor that supports plug-ins to display custom data types.
File Format Analysis Tools
  • Kaitai Struct – File formats and network protocols dissection language and web IDE, generating parsers in C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby.
  • Veles – Binary data visualization and analysis tool.
  • Hachoir – Python library to view and edit a binary stream as the tree of fields and tools for metadata extraction.
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