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2023.06.02 22:54 Pavel_Sergievsky Ukraine vs. Russia: Russian perspective.
Dear Professor Peterson,
I realize that your schedule probably won’t allow you to read this letter, least to reply. I am not expecting either of these and will not be offended. Why do I write it, then? Well, most probably because in the past several years you have been for me the voice of reason from abroad. Too many things are going in a crazy and disastrous direction, and listening to your lectures and videos have been very inspiring. It always amazes me how deeply you investigate the problem and how thoroughly you analyze it. In many cases listening to what you say have been like hearing what I always felt was true, but could not formulate and justify it myself. Thank you for that experience.
During the past year, which not only attracted the whole world’s attention to a conflict in Ukraine (at last, I’d say, war started there in 2014), but also demonstrated the unwillingness of countries and people to hear each other, I felt the growing urge to share Russian understanding of current situation and of the events that lead to it with someone who could probably be able to hear. Your name was the first to come to my mind. I hesitated until some time ago I came across the interview that you have recorded – “Israel, Russia, China, Iran: The World in Conflict”
and it actually triggered me into writing. It occurred to me that, objective as you are, you may be unaware of some facts and interpretations, partly because modern media have mastered the art of being silent about some facts while shouting about the others, partly because you were born and raised in Anglo-Saxon civilization, with all embedded ideas and principles.
A bit about my background. Master’s degree in English language and literature, spent one year as a student in Connecticut, worked in American-owned companies for 17 years. That allows me to a certain degree to understand both sets of values.
I wanted to offer for your attention the view from the other side on what’s happening now between Russia and Western European civilization. I don't say that it is correct, I just say how Russians see it.
Very briefly, just point by point:
- Currently many people in the West are speaking about Russia as about a threat. But what makes you think that we see you differently? We see you as a growing threat. We don’t trust you. And we have plenty of reason for feeling this way.
- We see the West is regularly breaking its own rules and demonstrating double standards, so we can’t rely on its words.
- It has been clearly shown to us, that we will never be accepted by the West as an equal partner, so to us the West is neither a friend, nor a partner, but a competitor at best, an enemy at worst.
- We have seen what the West does to regimes that don’t obey and how the West does it, so West is a serious threat. Don’t come any closer.
3 basic principles of western foreign policy
Looking at the international events of past 30-40 years, we may see 3 basic principles of international policy that the West is utilizing.
- Democracy is the best possible society model.
Hard to argue – there is the strongest correlation between availability of human rights in society and its prosperity. Let’s accept it as it is, although it is much more complicated and there are other factors that should be taken into account, like, for example:
- Pure democracy is limited to small communities, and is impossible in big countries. Once a certain threshold is passed, democracy is either a burden to every decision made, or is executed via representatives. And representatives, being people with all their imperfections, gradually start spoiling and corrupting the idea.
- Democracy tends to evolve, or, I’d rather say, degrade into oligarchy. Examples are numerous. Ancient Greece and Rome, Novgorod Republic (XII-XV cc), medieval Poland, etc. Even now – with all our experience, we keep hitting the same wall. Legal practice of lobbying in USA is the desire of big money (oligarchs) to have more influence on country policy. In Russia lobbying is illegal, so the same goal is achieved by other means, but without digging deep into details, it is the same – democratic form of power, spoiled by natural human desire to grab more for oneself on the expense of others.
- The most prosperous regions now (North America, Western Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia) are the ones where capitalism appeared and developed earlier than in other parts of the world. That boosted production, country strength and wealth and eventually allowed them to have colonies in other parts of the world. Owning some overseas land gave enormous economic advantages. Remember “British East India Company”, which at its peak of wealth had an army of 160 thousand soldiers (more than some counties had!). The importance of having colonies can be best illustrated by the simple fact – one of the core reasons of the WW I was the desire of Germany, who was late to the table, to have its share of a pie. And even though political power of metropolises over colonies seized in mid-XXth century, economic bounds stayed much longer. If, let’s say, a uranium mine in Uganda belongs to French company, then which country benefits more from it? And to what extent the modern wealth of Europe and North America is due to other parts of the world?
- I doubt that democracy and human rights priority are possible in every country of the world. This idea just occurred to me, so I did not dig deep into finding the proof, but mentality (to put it narrower – religion) could prevent the society from accepting ideas that are just natural for another society. There are some facts I immediately recall that support this idea.
a) Majority of Noble prize winners are from protestant countries. Disproportional majority if you look at country population or wealth or other factors. Why? Maybe because Protestantism urges its followers to read the Bible on their own, whereas in Catholicism you study Bible under the priest’s guidance. Encouragement for independent research must have some effect.
b) After the ancient Rome fell, and Europe lived through the Dark Ages, Arabian countries preserved much of knowledge and science. At that time Arabian East was much more cultural and civilized than Europe. What happened to them later, why they stopped developing science, how could Europe overtake them? One of the explanations is that at some point of time Muslim theologians declared that “Koran has everything”, so scientific research stopped. The legend says that under this slogan the Library of Alexandria has been burnt by Arabian conquerors.
c) There is an interesting correlation between the agricultural conditions in a certain territory and some national traits of character. That’s more than a coincidence. For example, wheat was the main crop in Europe. It doesn’t require any special irrigation, so you can well grow and harvest it alone. That means you are less dependent on other people. Hence smaller states (Germany before mid-XIX century consisted of dozens independent states), hence more independent opinions. Compare it to China. Rice requires serious irrigation works, you’ll never do it alone. In order to harvest rice, you need to organize a fairly large group of people to do a job together. And as the population grows, you need to perform those works at a larger scale, also because the easiest-to-work fields are already busy. As a result, we see that Chinese value the society more than they value an individual. A single person sacrificing his wishes for the good of the others is more acceptable for them than for Europeans.
This idea needs further thinking but it is quite possible that the liberalism and human rights developed in Western Europe to the extent we see due to a unique combination of religion, natural conditions and other factors. And it can’t be copied in other parts of the world. It can be brought to other parts of the world by immigration of people with European mentality, of course. But otherwise it can be done only by complete mentality change of local inhabitants. Not an easy task, could take generations and mean death of local culture.
- All people are seeking freedom and democracy, so it is our duty to help them achieve this goal. If some part of the society resists this help, it is the tyrannical part and it should be eliminated.
Yeah, really. Take up the White Man's burden… This idea is not dead yet, with all its prejudices.
In some part such understanding is based on the theory that appeared in history (history as a science!) in the UK in 18th century. This theory states that the process of human society development over time is a) linear and b) goes through the same stages in every society of the planet. One of the consequences of this theory was the statement that every society started from matriarchate – researchers came across some primitive society, ruled by women, and made their conclusion. This theory has long been proved wrong, but its influence is still alive.
Even if we accept that all countries, all societies are aiming at maximizing human rights, how justified will interference be? Good intentions are the pathway to hell. How long it took Anglo-Saxon civilization to reach modern state of human rights? Setting the Magna Carts as the starting point, it is a bit over 800 years, roughly 30 generations. Looking at the world history, we see how slowly societies change their organizational forms, evolving one into another. And you can’t forcefully speed it up. Imagine that our modern “crusaders of democracy” take time machine and show up at Hastings early in the morning on October 14th, 1066. “William, Harold, there is no need to fight. You need to run democratic elections, and everything will be ok…” Will they even understand the idea??? And what will happen the next day after they are left alone?
You have shown significant interest in Russian culture. If you care spending some more time on Russian books, I’d recommend you brothers Strugatsky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkady_and_Boris_Strugatsky
). The form of what they have written is science fiction, but the contents is all about ethics, morale, responsibility, conscience. Try «Escape Attempt», «Hard to be a God», «Overburdened with Evil».
Why I am mentioning them now is because among others they are exploring the topic of “progressors” – people from Earth of XXII century who try to speed up the history of other planets, to solve their problems, stop wars, etc. And it doesn’t end well. As one of their heroes says, “You can’t break up the natural course of history without breaking the spine of humanity.”
It’s hard to find examples of good revolutions when they are initiated from abroad. Change of regime should be supported by majority within the country – it is the guarantee that society is ready for it. What Anglo-Saxons and NATO frequently do is supporting the angry minority in its aspirations for power. And instead of peace, freedom and prosperity it brings chaos. The classic example is Libya. Over 10 years ago the country was “spared of Gaddafi’s tyrannical rule”… How do they live now? The GDP is still around 50% of what it used to be, the country is still not at peace, there are two major forces each claiming to be the legal power. How many lives it did cost already and how much time it will take free Libya to recover? Can such liberation be called anything but a disservice? In Russia we call it “bear’s help”. I don’t say that everything was good in the country when Gaddafi was alive, but aren’t they in the worse situation now?
The whole series of Arabian spring looks like a great mess, not a great success. I rely on the opinion of an expert – below is the brief translation of an article published in 2015-2016 by Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arab culture and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. I can’t find the original, unfortunately. December 2015 was the fifth anniversary of the events known as an ‘Arabian spring’. The world applauded the heroes of the streets in Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain. Now, five years ago, those countries are still battlefields, with no light ahead. What problems have prevented them from positive development? Most of them have developed over centuries and they still prevail in mentality, remaining the dangerous rudiment.
Throughout the XX-th century Europe tries to solve myriads of cultural problems of the Middle East, trying to create modern Arabic states that will fit Europe’s needs. The brightest example of Western misunderstanding of the East is the belief that Middle east can easily adopt democracy. Western democracy is based on western culture with equality of religious and social groups, minority rights, freedom of speech and opinions. Add to it religious freedom and free elections and you will get the list that is absolutely alien to Middle East.
- Tribalism*, that was always a survival factor in harsh natural conditions of the region. Now the conditions are different but mentality is still the same, when each person thinks of himself as a member of the clan first (family, tribe, tape, whatever…), not the citizen of the country.*
- Violence*. Resources are scarce, so anyone who is not the member of my clan, is a deadly threat. And the first reaction to a threat is violence.*
- Honour*, understood very specifically. Dishonoured person will seek revenge. It is not uncommon for a person to kill members of his own family if they dishonoured him. Honour is of primary importance in relations between countries and nations, sometimes more important than economics and healthcare.*
- Nepotism*, which has its roots in tribalism. Promoting your relatives to administrative positions is illegal in the West, but is part of normal practice in the East.*
- Corruption*. An office holder will invest in projects and regions where his tribe and supporters live, not otherwise. He feels financially responsible to his family, not to the country.*
- Multiple ethnic groups*, which protect their own languages and traditions. Marriages outside of a group are rare, coexistence with other groups is tense and hostile.*
- Islam*. Islamic extremists are sure that people who believe otherwise, are deserved to be killed.*
- Sunnites vs*.* shiites*. This conflict started back in 7th century as a conflict for control over Islam. Non-Islamic people see them analogous to Catholicism vs. Orthodox church, but in reality now, after centuries of religious wars, these are two separate religions, and the dialogue between them is very difficult.*
- Predominant culture*. Three main groups are Bedouins who live in deserts, fellahs who are the peasants, and inhabitants of the cities. Each group thinks stereotypically of other two, cross-marriages are rare.*
- Country borders*. British, French and Italian administration have been drawn the borders straight, just by a ruler and a pencil, paying no attention to the real borders between various groups which differ by religion and ethnicity. People who never thought about themselves as about having anything in common, are now the citizens of one country. And they don’t feel it this way.*
- Power change*. This is something which never happens peacefully in Arabic countries. The ethnic or religious group at power holds to it by all means.*
- Israel*. Arabs and Muslims don’t acknowledge Judaism as a live religion, Jewish people as a people. So for them the very existence of Israel is illegal. Plus Israel is very convenient as an external enemy, a good target for the aggression of the masses.*
- Oil has turned the countries of the Gulf into societies which don’t produce, but do consume without limits. The difference between wealth of the Gulf and poverty of other Arabian countries is shocking.
- West that interferes into the region to solve its own problems. Oil, gas, weapons – all is targeted to use natural resources of Middle East.
- Al Jazeera as a catalyst of social and religious unrest.
Here’s an article by the same author on the same topic – https://fathomjournal.org/why-we-keep-getting-the-middle-east-wrong/
Here’s an interview with him – https://chicagopolicyreview.org/2015/07/28/americans-still-dont-understand-the-middle-east-this-man-wants-to-help/
In one of your interviews you discussed the competition between China and the US for influence in Africa. And your opinion was that China wins due to corruption of local elites. Let me offer another reason for your consideration. It is the same reason that allows Russia to gain influence in Middle East, Africa, South America. When China or Russia come to some country to cooperate, they come to cooperate, not to teach, not to judge, not to interfere into the internal affairs of the state. And people appreciate this.
- We have the right to decide who is democratic and who is not.
This one is undoubtedly wrong. As a psychologist, you can diagnose it, I guess. What will you call such mental blindness, when a person considers himself flawless and assumes the right to judge and punish others, like in “The House of Pride” by Jack London. And here we see a group of countries that consider themselves the best in the world, that judge other countries and feel it righteous to interfere into their life, to change it without being asked. I understand why leaders of these countries have that blindness, but I wonder how many people in these countries actually understand that it is not a radiant crusade for democracy, but a destructive raid of Normans.
De furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine.
One of the principles of democracy is separation of three powers – legislative, judicial and executive. So why then countries that consider themselves “leaders of democratic world” forget about this principle in international relations. They make the rules, they judge and they punish.
One of American diplomats said recently that USA supports international rules-based order. Sounds good, sounds undoubtedly right. But why USA and NATO forget about the rules when it is convenient? Or is it “We support international rules-based order, but our own actions should not be limited by these rules”? What immediately comes to my mind without web search:
- Kosovo, 1999. Civil war or genocide or whatever it may be called. How it should have been handled according to the rules? UN Security Council makes the decision, ‘blue helmets’ move in and stop the hot phase of the conflict. How it was done? NATO forces moved in without UNSC mandate. Forget the rules.
- Iraq, 2003. USA and its allies invaded Iraq based on false claims that Saddam had mass destruction weapons. The Center for Public Integrity stated that the Bush administration made a total of 935 false statements between 2001 and 2003 about Iraq's alleged threat to the United States. International lies-based order?
Speaking more about the rules… We are tired of seeing double standards. As an illustration, I will use just one aspect – the principle of integrity of the state vs the principle of the right of nations to self-determination. It looks like the West supports integrity of the state, when this state is allied or friendly to the West, and supports nation’s self-determination when the state is not. Let’s go through some examples.
- Chechnya (an autonomous republic within Soviet Union) wanted to become independent after 1991. It quickly started to use terrorism to achieve this goal. It took a lot of effort to stop the war and bring the region back to safety. Reaction of the West – support of chechens, their leader fled to London and was not deported to Russia despite all requests.
- Abkhazia (an autonomous republic within Georgian republic which was part of Soviet Union) wanted to become independent from Georgia when Georgia became independent from Russia. Resulted in a war. The conflict is still not solved. Abkhazia now is an independent state which is acknowledged by very few countries in the world. Reaction of the West – they still consider Abkhazia as a rebellious part of Georgia. Same situation about South Osetia – another region, that was an administrative part of Georgia until 1991 and that also seeks independence.
- Donetsk and Lugansk wanted to become independent from Ukraine after 2014 coup. Ukraine tried to subdue them by force and failed. Then the workplan has been signed in Minsk – what the parties of the conflict agree to do to settle. The result should have been – Donetsk and Lugansk return to Ukraine but have extended political rights, etc. Ukraine did nothing of its promises. Reaction of the West – support of Ukraine.
- Catalonia is seeking independence. And I remember that leaders of independence movement have been under political and criminal pressure.
- Scotland had a referendum about independence. And even though results were in favour of the UK, I remember how nervously London reacted.
Russia – NATO relations after 1991
This is best said by Vladimir Pozner, a journalist who spent years of his work in the USA, Russia, Europe and is one of the most known journalists of the old school (comparing to modern propagandists). Here’s the link to his speech in Yale University on September 27, 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X7Ng75e5gQ&t=2556s
His speech takes around forty minutes, the rest is the Q&A. To save you time, I’d summarize it here in just a couple of phrases. After Soviet Union collapsed, there was an illusion that we aren’t enemies anymore, that the world is open now, and that we will be partners or even friends. Russia dismissed the Warsaw Treaty union and agreed for Germany to unite, that looked just right – why keep a military union when we aren’t enemies anymore? Sometime later Russia made an offer to join NATO to provide world security together and was denied. Russia offered to join the EU, and was denied. Russia was promised that NATO would not expand eastward and less than 10 years later this promise was broken. Since then, we’ve been witnessing NATO getting closer and closer to our borders, inviting countries that are our neighbours and aggressively supporting those candidates to country leadership in East Europe who declared anti-Russia views. So now the illusion is over. We are enemies. And what’s worse – we don’t trust US anymore, so negotiating some new principles of coexistence will be problematic.
Briefly about history, in more details about recent times and present situation.
In 16-17th century the territory of modern Ukraine was controlled by two forces with no clear border between them. Northwest (where the city of Lvov is now) was under Polish rule, center and the region along river Dnepr – under control of “kazak military democracies” – gatherings of all people, who fled from Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Crimea and who with time formed Ukrainians as a nation. They were ruled by elected chieftains and made their living largely by either joining some military campaign for money and loot, or by robbery raids to Poland, Crimea, Turkey. They were allied to Russia due to same religion – Orthodox Christianity.
As Poland grew stronger, its pressure on the territory grew, which led to periodic rebellions. Poland is a Catholic state, and people of Orthodox Ukraine were severely oppressed. Seeking protection, Ukrainian chieftains asked Russia to include those territories into Russian state. First request came in 1591. Russia rejected this request and several others. Only in 1654 part of Ukraine, controlled by kazaks, was included into Russia. Consequences – war with Poland and tens of thousands orthodox people fleeing from Polish-controlled lands into Russian-controlled lands.
From then on Russians and Ukrainians were really ‘brother nations’. Well, it was not heaven, but it was the best available option. Same religion, very close language and mentality. And forget about oppression. Ukrainians were oppressed as much as Russians themselves.
When the WW I started, Germany and Austria-Hungary were looking for collaborators in occupied territories of Russian Empire. They promised independence to nationalists in Western Ukraine, and found people who bought the idea. Not surprisingly, the most dedicated nationalists came from the least developed region of the country. Ukraine did not become independent at that moment, but the ideas stayed and gave their fruit during WW II, when Ukrainian collaborators actively participated in Nazis’ crimes. In one of your videos you described what Unit 731 of Japanese army was doing and you warned your listeners that they will never forget it. If you will find and read witnesses’ accounts of Volhynia massacre, you will never forget it either. I read it once long ago and I never want to read it again. It was a shock to me that people are capable of such things.
In the period between 1945 and 1991 Ukraine had the same rights as any other republic. There were no impediments to preserving and developing local culture. If you lived in any republic, you learned two languages – Russian and local. National literature was actively translated into other national languages of the Soviet Union, there were no impediments to education. Soviet Union with all its flaws, really tried to unite all of its nations into one big family. (What surprises me though is why antisemitism remained. You could come from Georgia, Uzbekistan or Yakutia and pass exams to Moscow university, no problem if you are smart enough. But it could be problematic for a Jew…)
After 1991 Russia and Ukraine remained friendly states, tightly bound by economic, cultural and even family ties. Ukraine tried to get the most out of relations both with Russia and with the West and it worked fairly well for 30 years. But with time attempts to elevate significance of their own nation led Ukrainians down a dangerous path. They started to slowly eliminate all other cultures that were present in the country. This process sped up dramatically in 2014, when after a coup the nationalist forces gained influence on the government.
Official Kiev denies being nationalistic, but don’t trust what the person is saying, see what he is doing.
- Open Kiev map and you will find two prospects – one named after Bandera, another after Shukhevich. Those two stand behind Volhynia massacre and numerous other crimes. Now they are heroes.
- During WW II Ukrainian nationalists were gathered by Nazis into the division “Galicia”. Collaborators and traitors, they did not show much on the battlefield, but were always victorious in the punitive raids against civilians. Now they are heroes.
- Ukraine is banning and denying Russian language and Russian culture. And it did not start last year. It started much earlier, when bit by bit Russian-speaking people had more and more difficulties teaching their children in Russian, buying books in Russian. It even shows itself historically – famous writers, artists, musicians, etc. of the past are proclaimed Ukrainians if they were born or lived on the territory of modern Ukraine. Aivazovskiy was Armenian by nation, lived in Crimea which was Russian at the time. Repin was Russian, Kuingi was Greek. Gogol and Bulgakov called themselves Russian and wrote in Russian. Shevchenko wrote in Russian, and now his books in Ukraine are translated from Russian.
I live in Moscow region, so all these processes for me were just an echo of a far-away thunder. My friends who lived in Crimea, Kiev, Donetsks, Kharkov many times said how difficult it was to live in a country that is so obsessed with its own magnificence that it becomes absurd. Massive renaming of streets, destruction of monuments that signified joint Russian-Ukrainian history, rewriting of history, when traitors and criminals become heroes, heroes become butchers. Anne, daughter to Yaroslav the Wise, wife to Henry I of France is known as Anne de Russie or Anne of Kiev. But now there are attempts to call her Anne of Ukraine, even though the very term Ukraine appeared at least a hundred years after she died.
We see those nationalistic ideas demonstrating themselves in a number of ways, and we have seen them before and we know what threat they can bring if left unattended. Pay attention to a dragon when it is small, you may be unable to win when it grows up.
I don’t say that our perception is correct, I just say how we see it. And to us modern Ukraine is like a younger brother who joined a bad company and who is becoming dangerous.
Now combine these two. Ukrainian nationalism plus NATO. Two threats, one well known historically, another the most dangerous rival of the past 70 years. We see them uniting and it is really an existential threat to us. In such circumstances could we afford being blind to it, just sitting and waiting what comes next? We tried to settle it peacefully. Many times Russia said that we are worried by NATO expansion, that we are worried by Western support of nationalistic movements in our neigbour countries. No effect. The last attempt was made in autumn of 2021, when Putin offered a negotiation that should have resulted in guaranteed safety. No reply.
If there is a conflict and your rival refuses to talk, he is asking for a fight. I don’t say that war in Ukraine is the right way to solve the conflict, but who can say that we did not try to set it by negotiations?
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2023.06.02 22:11 Violet-The-Detective Looking for volunteer EMT opportunities in SoCal
I recently finished my EMT course and am taking the NREMT soon. I want to start gaining experience once I’m certified, but since I’m still doing college next semester I don’t think I’ll be able to find a job that will work around my school schedule near me and most places in my area are only hiring full time. I don’t want to lose my skills during the time I’m not working and I’m really itching to get out in the field. I’m having trouble finding any volunteer opportunities near me by just googling. I live in the Coachella Valley area in Riverside County, I’d prefer not to have to travel anymore then 75 miles away. Do any of you know of volunteer EMT opportunities in Riverside or neighboring counties?
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2023.06.02 21:54 SBxRiedel I cant find another Job/Career to save my life
For context I work 2 jobs and my background is not so good. I was young and got into a lot of trouble with the law. I haven't been to prison but I have been in county more times than I count.
I work my full time job during the week and my part time job on the weekends. I've worked everyday, going on 6 months. I barely make enough to pay my bills. But when something comes along like a medical bill or court fees that I didn't pay when I was young and dumb. I'm struggling to pay those. But I do because I know its the adult thing to do. Then after that I have no money for food or gas, so I have to use those loan apps. Which put me behind and then I'm stuck in a cycle of having to use the loan apps. I have been applying on Indeed and Ziprecruiter for the past couple of months. AND NADA, not a damn thing. I had a couple interviews, that did not pan out. I've called and checked on statuses of my applications and they went for someone else.
Tbh idk what to do anymore. Its getting very frustrating and I'm losing hope. I feel like I'm destined to sit down and not be shit for the rest of my life. SORRY FOR THE RANT.
Anyone else going through the same problems and if so how are you dealing with it?
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2023.06.02 21:17 IncredibleHoltX Sterling Background Check
I started looking for another job late March, early April. Finally after numerous times of finding an opportunity that most would consider an upgrade to my current employment I went through the interview, selection process and offered a position with this new company. I signed the offer letter and consent forms May 2nd, 2023. Completed the physical and drug tests same week. Spent a lot of time with representatives of Sterling trying to figure out why its taken so long to complete the Criminal portion of my background when I know I haven't been convicted of any major crimes in the 22 years I've lived here is Ga. Sterling has mentioned a couple of times that they are waiting for the County Courts on the matter. I offered to go down to my local Sheriff's Department and pay the required fee and wait 5 minutes for the results. They declined. I also asked a Sterling Rep if I could talk to their Fulfillment Team's Court Runner and meet them in person at the Courthouse to expedite the results, they declined and said it goes against their protocol.
Update: As I honestly began writing this post the new Job as well as Sterling contacted me and I will be starting my new job soon. I waited a month for a process that shouldn't have taken this long and escalated the matter 3-4 times hoping to resolve the issue soon praying that the company wouldn't rescind their offer of employment. Stay persistent and determined!
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2023.06.02 20:36 lollipop998 which would look better on my resume?
I don’t plan on applying for law school for another two years. I just graduated undergrad and got two job opportunities one at my state’s attorney generals office and another my county prosecuting office. One is higher paying than the other, both are entry level. I’m a bit stuck on which to take. What do you think would look better on my resume?
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2023.06.02 19:57 Legal_Elk1350 Seeking Legal Advice on Chip Support Case
I am a custodial parent of two kids and I live in Virginia. My original court order was signed in 2017 and since then, a lot of changes have occurred. My ex-husband has been paying support as if my oldest is still in childcare; however, she is 16 and this is no longer the case. I told my ex-husband on numerous occasions for years that he needed to file with DCSE for an adjustment and stop blaming me. He wanted us to work it out without the court, and was not understanding that because the amount was a payroll deduction and DCSE was involved that was not an option. I did not trust him either as I have caught him in numerous lies regarding finances. Instead of filing, he took me to court last year to fight for 50-50 and said he was overpaying support and wanted the girls more as they wanted that as well. My attorney pointed out this screams money, and not custody. He lied to the judge, and said I verbally agreed to 50-50 in a conversation we had about a year ago. This was not true, nor could he prove it since nothing was on paper. He is a detective, and was previously a deputy in the county in which, the court is located. I was told both in 2017 and recently that the judge can recuse themselves but more than likely any judge will say they had professional dealings with my ex-husband due to his position. I had an attorney, but ex represented himself. He has a lot of experience with court proceedings, so he was comfortable representing himself. The judge allowed him to plead his case, and he lied about almost everything. However, I was only asked one question, and instead of letting me explain the judge told me just answer yes or no. At the end of the hearing, the judge looked at me and said she found it hard to believe that my ex-husband would have moved further away from his job if I had not agreed to 50-50. She then said, dismissed, giving us no chance to respond. If she would have let me explain, I could have given additional details like he was in the same county in 2017, but got evicted and chose to move out of the county which was about 45 minutes away from his job. If he really wanted the girls 50-50, he would have stayed in the County. My attorney did a very good job pointing specific things out, but the judge either didn’t care, or was not paying attention. He ended up withdrawing everything, to include the child support and blamed everything on me, saying he would’ve never gone to court if he knew I was going to fight. I have never thought he’d be able to take care of the kids even part-time, so I am thinking he thought by playing the victim, the judge would side with him. I do believe the judge wanted to side with him, but because there was nothing in writing, proving his theory, she could not and excepted the withdraw instead. She did ask my ex-husband if he was positive he wanted to withdraw everything ( assuming she was referring to the support since part of his argument was overpaying support). He said yes, which raised a red flag to me. If he in fact was over paying then there would be no reason for him to not go forward with the support piece. I decided to file for an adjustment myself, so everything would be on paper and fair, and he cannot complain anymore. For years I have been under the impression that the support would be lower if he filed so I felt bad and have not been asking for medical reimbursement since 2018 even though it is in the court order. I received a notice from DCSE saying they received my request and per their calculation, the obligation may need to be changed thus resulting in him paying more per month than what he currently pays. Not what I was expecting. When I saw the income they had for him, I was shocked to say the least. During court last September, he told both my attorney and the judge that he was making 85,000 a year but when my attorney asked for his paystub, he provided an outdated one. My attorney asked if he had a recent one, and he said no but he could obtain. The judge didn’t question any of this. There is no way for me to prove my theory, but I think he withdrew because he was hiding income, or knew he was making more than what he said in court, which might increase his support. He didn’t respond to discovery and rather than take a chance, he withdrew instead. There are several things that make me angry but the fact that he got away with so much and now knowing he may have lied in court, makes me even more angry. I drained all of my funds on an attorney, so I cannot afford to ask for representation again. Is there a way I can confirm my theory about him lying in court and making more than what he stated? The figure DCSE provided says he now makes 117,000 a year. The fact that he went from 85 to 117 in less than a year is suspicious to me. He did get a promotion from lieutenant to captain, but whether or not that could result in that much of an increase is not something I’d know. My fear is he will lie in court again to try to alter the amount, and say he shouldn’t be paying that much. One thing he might bring up is though I am paying for before, and after care for my youngest, she only attended once a week because I was able to telework. this is true but we were told telework situation might change so I had to keep her enrolled in the event we went back full-time. She was also involved in clubs, which resulted in her, having to stay after school. Our organization has not put out the updated telework policy but I do know I will have to go into the office more due to the change. Can the judge agree and say they are not factoring in the child care? He also told the judge that he was withdrawing until he could find a house in the girls school district. Knowing where I lived, and what schools they were assigned to, he moved to a place in Stafford that was not in their school district. In court, he said everything was too expensive so he couldn’t afford it but he just put a contract down on a new build with his girlfriend And it is not in the girls school district. He told the girls he tried to find some thing, but could not afford it. They just got out of school and my theory is if he can afford a new build, he could have waited and continued to look for something that is in their school district. Sorry for the novel, but any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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2023.06.02 19:48 MeMyself_N_I1 Moving PRIOR to the U.S. naturalization application
I am having several instances of changing addresses prior to applying for U.S. citizenship. I am unsure whether I can appky now, since this USCIS link
claims that I must wait with my application for 90 days after moving.
My parents used to live in GA, and I am a dependent college student. I studied at a university in GA. Now, at the same time as we got eligibility to apply, they bought a house in SC, which is now their permanent residence state. I am going to intern in IL. In 3 months, I'll be back in GA, but at a different address (although, in the same county) due to being a college student, while my parents will stay in SC.
I am unsure if I can apply now, or if I'll have to wait till I am back in GA and three months on top of that. I have the last week here before I set out for the internship. I am just thinking of the scenario that they ask me to come in person for some sort of procedure, say, a month after I apply, and I'll have to ask for a day off and fly in from Chicago, which I'd really rather avoid.
The issue with waiting instead of applying asap is that I'll be done with school and will likely move again, permanently, wherever I find a job. That means I am risking being put at the end of the stack again and will have to wait for over a year more to get the citizenship.
So, should I apply now or wait? And if I apply, do I keep my address, or do I report moving to SC/IL/another place in GA?
Thanks. Sorry for posting so many questions here, I am just trying to avoid violating any of their procedures and/or having this process take twice the time it needs.
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2023.06.02 19:47 Radiant_Secretary_73 Civil Service Rules- Clerk Typist
Hi! I apologize ahead of there is confusion. This is difficult to put into words what I am asking.
Would anyone know the rules for NY/Nassau County Clerk Typist? How would someone be “reachable” who is at a score grade level 75 or 80 on their clerk typist test?
Do you need to offer the position to every single person who is above grade score 75? Do you need to offer only to the top 3 scores and then you can move down to the next 3 scores like 85,80,75?
I work in a school district, I am being told everyone needs to be offered the position and then all decline before they can get to me. I scored an 80, but another woman whom I work with scored a 75, we were both told we are “not reachable” so now we have to wait and watch everyone interview and potentially be offered our positions before we can even get a chance to interview again for our positions.
We are getting multiple different answers, from civil service, other school districts, our district, union, the rule book online, etc. I just need help understanding what is the process, what are my chances now even finding a job or keeping this job.
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2023.06.02 19:37 No_Competition4897 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in WY Hiring Now!
Hey guys, here are some recent job openings , feel free to comment here if you have any questions, I'm at the community's disposal! If you encounter any problems with any of these job openings please let me know that I will modify the table accordingly. Thanks!
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2023.06.02 19:09 PritchettRobert506 [HIRING] 20 Jobs in Columbus Hiring Now!
Hey guys, here are some recent job openings in columbus. Feel free to comment here or send me a private message if you have any questions, I'm at the community's disposal! If you encounter any problems with any of these job openings please let me know that I will modify the table accordingly. Thanks!
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2023.06.02 18:59 SnooGiraffes6294 Process server lied saying that they served my husband and I. is there any legal action I can take?
My husband and I received two letters from another county's courthouse. They were both for judgements for two payday type loans that we had from over 5 years ago. We had both forgotten about these (at the time both lost our jobs and unable to pay back) our credit showed, these closed and not reported anymore, so we didn't think anything of it. At the time, we lived in another county, so apparently, the court was set for that county. We both missed our court dates as we never were served or knew about the court date. I have already cleared it up with the courthouse and set up a payment plan to pay these back. And was assured neither of us would get a failure to appear. However, I still want to know if there's any kind of legal action I can take towards the server that lied because this is very unprofessional and unethical.
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2023.06.02 18:54 PritchettRobert506 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in OH Hiring Now!
Hey guys, here are some recent job openings in oh. Feel free to comment here or send me a private message if you have any questions, I'm at the community's disposal! If you encounter any problems with any of these job openings please let me know that I will modify the table accordingly. Thanks!
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2023.06.02 18:40 ImprovementHead7426 U.S.A Citizenship fraud:
I know of a family. That came to the USA with Mexican visa back in the early 1970’s. However, when they arrived in Texas. They, met a midwife. And the midwife, went in front of the courts and told the courts that she delivered all her five children including the mother. So, they were granted birth certificates from the Bexar county. Making, them all U.S. citizens. Question: Can, they still be deported and what’s happens if the mom passes away and claim life insurance. Please note that the mother was the only one that changed her name on her new birth certificate.
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2023.06.02 18:16 Jumpy_Target_5024 School List Help/Recommendations!
Hi everyone! I'm in the midst of pre-writing secondaries, and I just want to make sure my school list looks okay before I get too deep into it lol. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!! Profile: GPA:
3.76 sGPA, 3.78 cGPA MCAT:
519 (130/128/132/129) State of Residence:
CA, ties to NY (went to undergrad and work full time in NYC now) Undergrad Institution:
T5 ivy ORM:
Asian male SES:
Low SES - FAP, EO2 designation on AMCAS primary, born and grew up in two medically underserved counties Extracurriculars: Clinical paid (2432 hours total):
Research (1775 hours total):
- Interfacility EMT during COVID: 552 hours over 6 months
- Clinical Research Coordinator - Cardiology: 1880 so far, 2640 projected (full time gap year job)
- Also did extensive research
- Two accepted abstracts and posters at national conferences (one first author)
- Two submitted manuscripts for review as a mid-author
- Currently working on a first author manuscript to be submitted in one month and a first author abstract to be submitted in one month as well
Volunteering: Clinical (338 hours total):
- Ophthalmology Lab
- 375 hours over 2 years
- One abstract and one poster at national conference (same project)
- Organic Chemistry Lab
- 400 hours full time over one summer at a T10 med school
- Received $10k grant from my undergrad institution to do research here
- One publication in a medium to high impact journal
- Bioengineering Lab
- 1000 hours at home institution over one summer and two years
- Received $5k grant to do research here full time for one summer, SURF program
- One poster presentation at university's SURF symposium, one abstract and poster at a national conference (same project)
Non-clinical (712 hours total):
- Founded a chapter for a international organization to measure blood pressure for the homeless (338 hours over 3 years)
Teaching/Tutoring (1421 hours total):
- Crisis Text Line (312 hours completed over 3 years, 128 projected)
- Founded a grocery delivery service for immunocompromised and elderly people during COVID (400 hours over 9 months)
Work Experience (720 hours total):
- Four year work-study position tutoring low-income individuals in Harlem (965 hours)
- General Chemistry Lab TA (150 hours over one semester)
- MCAT Tutor (306 hours completed over one year, 390 projected)
Shadowing (74 hours total):
- Bouncer for my college bar (720 hours over 3 years)
- 40 hours orthopedic surgeon
- 24 hours gastroentrologist
- 10 hours cardiologist
- 2 science profs, 1 non-science prof, 1 research LOR from my current PI, 1 research LOR from my PI over the summer in my organic chem lab, 1 from the founder of the international org for the homeless
- Decently strong LORs (would say 8.5 or 9 out of 10) - I had two of them sent to me and wrote two of my own. The other two are from very strong relationships that I have sustained since my freshman year of college in 2018.
I am planning on only applying to MD's for this cycle. So far, I have pre-written around 15 secondaries but I just want to double check that my school list is fine before I commit to more. I'm pretty happy with the other parts of my application, and I want to make sure that my school list doesn't screw me over since I know my stats are a bit too low for the amount of T20s that I'm applying to. I am planning on shotgunning as many schools as I can since I received FAP and started prewriting early. Please let me know if any of my schools are significantly out of reach or if there are any low to mid tier schools that would fit my stats/mission fit. Thanks so much! MD:
St. Louis Univ
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2023.06.02 18:15 WHO0113 Difficult time finding a public school jobs but I keep getting offered Charter school positions.
As the title says, it's June and nearing the end of the year, and I've been applying left and right for any public school social studies positions I could get my hands on. I would even email HR and the principals my resume, showing my interest in working at their school across multiple districts. If I ever did get a response, it would tell me that they have no positions at this time but would keep my name on file. This desperation caused me to begin applying to charter schools in hopes of securing a job. My former professors warned us about working in charter schools and assured us that with the teacher shortage, we have more of a say than before, or so I thought.
I am a recent graduate and certified. I live in Michigan, and thus far, my only offers have been from charter schools, where the salary has been the same (if not better) than in public schools. But I've been hesitant about accepting these offers after reading the contract and finding vague details about the PTO and the support they offer. The position is in 6th and 7th grade social studies, and they offered me 59k. There is also a mention in the document that if I resign during the school year, they have the right to suspend my license, which had me thinking: 'why would they add that unless it's a common occurrence?' There is also no 401(k) provided, and it's not a secured job. Their answers to my questions are vague because, quote, "the final schedule is still being worked out. Due to the early transfer, we do not yet have completed school schedules." I want to hold off signing the agreement until I have an answer, but I have until Tuesday to do so. I understand how charter schools are viewed in this subreddit and how they have a tendency to snatch up new graduates and overwork them. Believe me, I prefer public schools, but there's no offer, and because the pay for this position is good, I don't know if I should risk losing the offer in hopes of getting a public school position, which is not a guarantee, or if I should accept it and risk being overworked and burnt out since I doubt there is a union and they were so quick to offer me this position.
Currently, I'm subbing long term at a high school that doesn't have any social studies openings, and like I said, I've been reaching out to all secondary public schools in my county in hopes of getting an interview, but one did reach out and then ghosted me after a month even after I followed up.
I don't know what to do, Virtual schools and moving out of state are not options for me because my fiance's job requires him to live close to his work. I'm at a loss on what to do. My family is telling me that it's just experience and to only do it for a year. None of them are in the teaching field, so I'm not sure how good their advice is given the horror stories I hear about charter schools on this subreddit. My fiance supports whatever decision I make. Which is why I'm here; what should I do?
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2023.06.02 18:15 boinabbc 14 New NYC Data Science, Data Engineering and Machine Learning jobs
|Job Title ||Company ||Location ||Country ||Skills |
|Data Analyst ||SynergisticIT ||New York ||United States ||Python, Java |
|Data Scientist - Enterprise AI Consultant ||NVIDIA ||New York ||Remote ||Machine Learning, Deep Learning |
|Data Analyst ||Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. ||New York ||United States ||Machine Learning, Scala |
|Entry level Data Analyst - Full time (Remote) ||TRIOTEK IT INC ||New York ||United States ||Modeling, Data Visualization, Business Intelligence |
|Data Scientist ||CVS Health ||New York ||United States ||Data Visualization |
|Data Analyst ||Fi ||New York ||United States ||AWS, Tableau, SQL |
|Business Data Analyst ||Clear Street ||New York ||United States ||Python, SQL |
|Remote Sr. Network Data Engineer ||Global Channel Management, Inc. ||New York County ||Remote ||Python, SQL, Modeling |
|Data Analyst ||Sphere Entertainment Co. ||New York ||United States ||AWS, SQL, Python |
|Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Financial Crimes ||Square ||New York Flat ||Remote ||Machine Learning, Scala |
|Lead Data Scientist, Credit Card ||Dave ||New York ||Remote ||Python, SQL |
|Data Engineer ||Kasheesh ||New York ||United States ||ETL, AWS, Python |
|Data Engineer ||Octaura ||New York ||United States ||Business Intelligence, AWS, Python |
|Human Resources Data Analyst ||Tandym Group ||New York ||United States || |
Hi, here are 14 New NYC Data Science, Data Engineering and Machine Learning jobs.
For more, check our Google sheet with more opportunities in Data Science and Machine Learning (updated each week) here
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Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!
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2023.06.02 17:49 Devil_Caat just found out about this guy through Evelien's vids and decided to join the subreddit! he seems pretty cool, totally deserves a bigger audience! :D
2023.06.02 17:34 No_Competition4897 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in TX Hiring Now!
Hey guys, here are some recent job openings , feel free to comment here if you have any questions, I'm at the community's disposal! If you encounter any problems with any of these job openings please let me know that I will modify the table accordingly. Thanks!
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2023.06.02 17:33 fitnessjobs_global 📲 New Job: Group Fitness/Boot Camp Instructor at GYMGUYZ Greater Morris County in Warren, New Jersey, us 💪
2023.06.02 17:18 moderatenerd What to do when a company moves waay too slow for your taste, but you have no other options?
I've been a help desk analyst at my company for about a year and a half now. This coming from a faster paced sysadmin position at a charity with 5X more users and more responsibilities and freedom. I took this job because it pays twice as much as my last job due to hazard pay (on-site county jail position).
I mainly work with about 100 end users to reset passwords and fix their crappy EMR application. I can fix any problem that pops up within 15 mins whilst remaining inside my contract. If I try to ask to assist other teams I get a big NO from the county. So I am stuck working on side projects most of the day.
My previous job I could touch all the tech that they had there, but it was antiquated and didn't help me advance MUCH in my industry. This job I can advance but my bosses say go slowly and get certified. Problem is, I am much more fast paced than that. I already got 9 certifications in my downtime.
On top of that to show you how much free time I have on my hands I learned and have written about 20 python applications in the past two weeks. This isn't fulfilling to me, because I am not contributing anything to any team, or adding to my PROFESSIONAL experience.
I also seem to have a horrible track record about picking companies and getting offers from companies. Before these two jobs I have about ten years in various customer service roles all relating to technology. I love learning about new software and I can find my way around new software relatively quickly. I am also usually the first one to volunteer and learn a new task, skill, project that a company may hand down. Yet I don't seem to be getting this across in interviews or I am not applying to the right roles.
Problem is, I haven't had good exposure to a company that works like this. All my job offers have either been commission sales, help desk, or customer support... After 11 years I am burnt out of these positions and just want a simple somewhat technical job that I can hopefully do remotely but still feel fulfilled.
One sales job I had was sort of like this, but I couldn't stand the micromanagement and the manager literally told me that I was just a body and to stop trying to be something you are not. This really hurt me and has driven me to get to where I am now, but again, I am stuck. Recruiters and other companies are acting like I am an idiot or some low level tech with no experience. How can I change this?
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2023.06.02 17:13 dawind24 What’s the current job outlook in outpatient hands in Orange County, CA?
Finishing up my 1st year of my OTD, and I’m interested in hand therapy and SNF/inpatient acute.
I’m currently needing some advice on which setting I should aim to do my IIB + Capstone in?
I know the hand therapy is hard to get into so I was considering doing this as my IIB + capstone. However, I’m a little more in the SNF/inpatient world at the moment, so I’m having a little trouble on making my decision.
I also hear that there is a high saturation of hand therapists in Southern California from an OT who owns a clinic here. Not sure if that’s true?
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2023.06.02 17:02 AverageHungry6981 Last update to my son’s hit & run!
If this isn’t allowed, please let me know. I wanted to update everyone with what has happened since and ask some actual finance questions finally.
The crime he’s been charged is a Class B misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is 6 months in jail and up to $2000 fine. The prosecutor has asked for the max on both. We worked with an attorney who told us from the get go that this case won’t be dropper and best we can hope for is a lower punishment.
I spent countless hours dealing with this. Our attorney was able to negotiate 5 months in county jail and a $1,500 fine. That’s all the prosecution would budge on. The alternative was the full 6 months in jail and $1,000. Attorney advised that we should take it because a judge would throw the max penalty in this county, especially since there’s clear footage and really nothing to dispute or excuse the crime. Other lawyers had the same opinion.
My son is freaking out and scared shitless about jail time and now having a criminal record. He’s been crying and just a mess. That’s besides the finance aspect, so anyway.
Financially, this has put us in a deeper hole than we were before. Now my son won’t be able to work during the summer because he’ll be in jail. He’s missing the college start because of it too. We need to come up with: $1,500 fine + $1,000 lawyer fees + $350 misc court fees. I don’t have any available credit lines, so I’ll have to start borrowing or working an extra job.
The biggest unknown is insurance. They might drop us after this. If not, I need to also factor in the premium increase at the next renewal, which will probably be a lot.
It’s definitely a big lesson for him (and me too I guess, since I never thought to explain he shouldn’t drive off after hitting someone/something).
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