Updates

The Libertarian – November 2021

Cover by :alyss
No.ArticleSectionAuthor
1Team Leader IntroductionIntroductionEliza4Forever
2Where I StartedInterviewKerfuffle
3Dear Future MeDiaryDan.K
4Life Goes OnPoembayeryaz
5Who Are You?Storybayeryaz
6When I Was Your AgeInterviewhumania
7ThanksgivingInformativeYodar
8That Was My Childhood!ReviewM1k3yK
9Time is MoneyStoryStrongTiger
10My Diary FriendDiaryDan.K
11Personnel SpotlightStoryDan.K

Team Leader Introduction

By Eliza4Forever

Cover by chuuyaa

Hello everyone! On behalf of the Libertarian Team, we welcome you to the November 2021 Edition of the Libertarian.

The November Libertarian is based on the theme ‘When I grow up’, which is a topic that resonated with me personally. As a relatively imaginative (and optimistic) child, I would spend a considerable amount of time imagining what life would be like when I’m older, and what type of person I’d be. To this day, many of my childhood questions about the future remain unanswered, but I’d like to think I’ve made significant and meaningful progress towards discovering who I am as a person, and that my younger self would be proud of how far I’ve come.

The November edition of the Libertarian features multiple interviews with many of our USDF coworkers, where we discussed what they wanted to be as a child and other topics that had to do with beginnings, such as their experiences when they enlisted into USDF for the very first time. This edition also consists of many stories and articles that had to do with the progression of time – all of which are definitely worth reading about.

Our team of the most amazing writers and graphic artists have dedicated lots of their time and effort into creating beautiful stories, poems, graphics etc, which brought the November Libertarian to life. So, if you are reading this and ever come across our fellow writers and graphic artists, be sure to give them LOTS of love and a (virtual) pat on the back!

Without further ado – sit back, relax, and enjoy The Libertarian! <3

Regards,

Eliza.


The Libertarian

(Nov 2021 Edition) Team


Where I Started

By Kerfuffle

Cover by persol

What was your impression of USDF when you started?

Lt Gen WalkingBootz I first joined USDF with my real-life best friend. Not going to lie, we joined to troll. I remember sitting there in IRDT thinking, “Oh my god what is this? It’s super serious they aren’t going to let us join.”

Despite acting up in IRDT we made it through and were even given E2- you could award E2 at IRDT back then. After a few days and possibly some more trolling we decided that actually USDF was a nice place to hang out in and the people were super friendly so we stuck around. She went AWOL after about a month but 6 years later I’m still here. We don’t get to hang out as much now, but we try to meet up at least once a week. We still talk about USDF sometimes and I let her know when I get promoted and stuff.

CW5 MagicDealer Having participated in many military simulations and agencies, I was always aware of USDF presence on the Groups Floor. USDF always stood out as being stable and structured.

Mr. IonDABeast When I joined, USDF seemed like a community that portrayed aspects of the military very accurately while maintaining the fun experience a videogame should have. The people I first met were very kind to me, which immediately made USDF something I wanted to be a part of.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever When I was reinstated I had this feeling as if USDF is completely different than how it’s like a year ago, especially since most of the people I knew back in 2016 had resigned and went MIA. Fortunately, a few friends I knew since 2016 were still working there and they welcomed me back with open arms, which I greatly appreciated!

CWO5 Intervener12 Immediately after joining I was still just amazed, to be honest! The idea of going to trainings and FEATs was really cool to me, and the constant learning and promotions made me feel good. JNCO Life was pretty fun as well. I was just happy to start feeling more and more important and appreciated, as I started getting more responsibility as a JNCO, such as taking {S} for example and preparing myself for {L}.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17 My first impression about the USDF is that they look amazing since it is a military simulation where everyone is supposed to be disciplined, obeying the regulations which has attracted my interest and most importantly the people are friendly!

CMSAF HeyItsAllenArc When I started, my first impression was that everyone was serious and everyone was strict, I was young when I joined and I was confused.

CWO4 :uzumaki: I was out of the habbo mil for 4 years when I first saw USDF. I thought that I would just try to join and have fun learning how it works. It’s totally different from what I used to do. Back then around ’10-’12, I was an officer and never really bothered with the trainings and regulations, safe to say I don’t know anything about any of that as it never really played any important part. I only felt the importance of training and regulations when I joined USDF, used to feel like it’s free for all. I also never had a progression test like {L} & {W}.

CAPT coolchick1313 Overwhelming because I had so much to learn and I was an SNCO Selectee. Although everyone was really nice and I settled but it took time.

Mr. Controllable When I came back to Habbo Hotel, I was a bit overwhelmed by the fact Sycron had returned to the game and the many changes that occurred in the two years I was gone.  I was allies with DEPTNAV/USN many years before when I worked at USSO.  I decided to give another swing at Habbo and work for him again- and here I am nearly six and a half years later!

What was important to you back then? Did you have certain goals?

Lt Gen WalkingBootz Honestly I just wanted to have fun. I wasn’t worried about FEATs, offices, promotions, or anything really. I just wanted to hang out with the friends I was making.  Promotions and things still don’t bother me now either to be honest, USDF is still all about the community and helping others.

CW5 MagicDealer As someone who transferred in, you have to prove yourself. I would say making new friends & getting a command position were definitely a priority!

Mr. IonDABeast Using the experience I’ve gained, and applying it to improve myself in real life. I had a few goals, I was aiming to become a member of OJFD command, and later on move to OOT&E.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever I remember distinctly when I was an E3, I really wanted to get E4 as soon as possible because of the cool E4 uniforms. Around the same time, I was also super determined to become a member of OJFD so I could help others get the training they needed to progress. As for my long term goals when I was an NCO, I really wanted to be a WO despite failing {W} many times. (Spoiler Alert: I made it!)

CWO5 Intervener12 The most important thing to me was being able to progress into an HNCO position within my office at the time, which was OJFD. My big goal was to be the HNCO of ONET, in OJFD. After a lot of hard work and dedication, I was appointed, and this made me really happy.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17 To be honest, I don’t have any goals to begin with but later on, I found out it actually improved my English as I am communicating with other people often and that is where I decided to join the office that is involved with writing and communication.

CMSAF HeyItsAllenArc Back then all I wanted was to enjoy, meet new people. I was a former OPA and I enjoyed my time there. The most important thing for me was to enjoy and to have fun. Meet new people and learn more things.

CWO4 :uzumaki: When I first joined it was just for the nostalgia. Around ’15 when I first joined, classic warfare was dead at that point, I just wanted the opportunity to try other offices and see if I can make it far by doing something else.

CAPT coolchick1313 To be honest I got into OJSIG after my Selectee period and wasn’t sure what I wanted, but enjoyed my experience. I had no goals but I got SMA soon after.

Mr. Controllable. My number one goal was to get back into a commander/cabinet-level position.  As you know, I came from owning my own military for two years at Defense.gov, and co-founded Americas-Army after -=Tiberius=- closed his DoD.  I was not used to being a junior officer and that was a major transition for me, which I am glad to have made looking back.

Is there anything you have learned since that you wish you could have told yourself back then?

Lt Gen WalkingBootz I think looking back I think I would have told myself to believe in myself more and ask for help when it’s needed. That said, I don’t think I would have changed much though – I’ve always made sure to do what I enjoy when I feel ready and that is something I still tell people to this day as well. Throughout my time in USDF I’ve put off a lot of things: completing W, applying to OCS, turning down positions like SEAC and CSAF, and a bunch of other things because they just didn’t feel right at the time and I don’t regret these decisions one bit. There was a time when I really struggled though, with things that were happening and changes being made in USDF and I didn’t reach out to ask for support because I thought it was just me and I was being silly, speaking to people now about it though it wasn’t just me, and I realize now there is no shame in asking for help and just how important it really is.

CW5 MagicDealer I would probably tell myself it’s not a race? Enjoy every opportunity, and learn from it. Don’t rush to climb the ladder and appreciate those who support you on your journey. Growth & Leadership isn’t linear and what I mean by that is, don’t expect not to have a bump in the road!

Mr. IonDABeast I would’ve told myself to take everything one step at a time. Back then I used to burn myself out which backfired and slowed my progress.

CWO5 Intervener12 I would definitely tell myself that rejection is okay! Take the feedback you get and run with it, instead of just getting upset and not doing anything with the feedback. Overall, don’t give up, and work hard to reach your goals.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17 Yes, basically I don’t know how to write English properly but when I joined USDF/OISA I have learnt and improved a lot with my writing and communication skills. Not only that, when I got an opportunity to become a command member, I have gained leadership experiences to help people in ensuring they are motivated and doing well within the office.

CMSAF HeyItsAllenArc To never be afraid or shy with opportunities and chances. I’ve missed out on a lot of chances as I was shy and I was afraid of mistakes. Apparently, mistakes are what made us stronger and become the better version of ourselves. Don’t be afraid to take risks and as you make mistakes, discern and enjoy those moments.

CWO4 :uzumaki: I don’t really have any regrets that I would like to undo but I would like to tell myself to apply for a command position earlier and stop with the AWOLs.

CAPT coolchick1313 Don’t give up despite setbacks and have confidence in yourself.

Mr. Controllable. I would have said to have a bit more patience with the process.  I joined USDF only three months after its reopening and I had some really high expectations for myself, but I had yet to realize I was a part of a military that had a small handful of people that I worked with before on Habbo.

What are your goals now?

Lt Gen WalkingBootz DJFD 5ever! Honestly, though I’ve never really had goals, which might be a bit controversial but as long as I’m having fun and the people around me/in my office are supported & enjoying themselves then I’m happy. I’ve held a position at almost every level in USDF throughout my career here so although yes it’s nice to move up and stuff I’m happier doing my bit to make sure USDF is a safe and happy environment for others to grow in.

Mr. IonDABeast In terms of progression I’m aiming to become a branch chief, along with that I want to continue re-working the RTPs to make them more comprehensive and legible.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever My goals right now are to be recommissioned and to continue giving my all in everything that I’m doing. I also have a long term goal of learning to work with spreadsheets, learning how to wired and building rooms! 

CWO5 Intervener12 OCS would be my major goal right now. That’s the one hurdle that I need to get past right now. I’ve been working really hard to improve myself so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! I have a lot of longer-term goals, but mainly, I want to progress into the role of DOT&E one day. I care a lot about the education and development of others, and being in this role will allow me to ensure everyone is progressing in our organization!

1stLt SuperMarioZ17 I want to help people to advance in USDF as well, and of course, I will still keep improving my English.  As I am in OISA, I will do my utmost to gain more leadership experiences and climb up to the high ranks/positions such as ASD ISA? Who knows!  At the same time, I want to make my mentor proud, he is the one who encouraged and taught me about leadership.

CMSAF HeyItsAllenArc My goals at the moment are to progress with my career and to enjoy every single bit of moment that I have in USDF. Just like meeting new people, being friends with them, and cherishing every single moment that I’m with them. As the CMSAF, I want to inspire others and uplift those people who are currently lost or unmotivated with their pathways here in USDF.

CWO4 :uzumaki: Now, the goal would be to learn as much from OMP and use whatever I’ve learned in OJFD & OMP to try apply for a command position, if that’s achieved then if real-life doesn’t get too overwhelming I might try to apply for OCS in the future.

CAPT coolchick1313 Don’t expect too much but keep it real. I don’t really have any future goals just keep doing what I’m doing and see what happens.

Mr. Controllable. My goals remain the same as they have since I was DepSecDef – ensuring USDF remains the #1 military on Habbo Hotel.  I play a less active role in day-to-day operations since retiring as SecDef last fall, but the rest of the senior leadership team remains in constant communications behind the scenes!

What advice do you have for people that are just starting out?

Lt Gen WalkingBootz No stress just tea, naps and pineapple on pizza

To people just starting out, remember that at the end of the day it’s a game, make friends and enjoy yourself. I joined USDF knowing absolutely nothing about the military/agency side of Habbo, honestly, I still don’t – I’m USDF’s local nub. All the info you need will come in time, complete your training etc but most importantly try to get involved and talk with people, the community we have here is really what makes USDF so special. The friends I’ve made at USDF are what has kept me going through these 5 or 6 years and all the ups and downs that have come in that time. Also please take breaks and get enough sleep – to all USDF personnel.

Mr. IonDABeast I’d recommend they explore opportunities early on in their career, and settle down in an office they find most enjoyable. Exploring early on is a good thing because it helps you gain better insight in everything available to you, if you decide to try out new career paths later on in your career, you might find it difficult to adapt or see your progression briefly stop. Also, professionalism and courtesy go a long way.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever I’d say to cherish the memories and the friends you’ve made along the way, and to enjoy as much as possible while you’re still here! Be kind, work hard and stay hydrated!

CWO5 Intervener12 I’d honestly give newer people the same advice I gave myself when I was starting out. Do not give up if you feel demotivated or are facing rejection! Talk to your office and branch command- get to know them more so they can better help you reach your own goals within USDF. After all, they’re really there to help you out!

1stLt SuperMarioZ17 The advice to those who start out their career in USDF, of course, is to have fun and make more friends since we are in a big friendly community! If you have any goals in USDF, I would advise you to always do your best and never give up until you achieve your goals!

CMSAF HeyItsAllenArc To never be afraid of mistakes and to take risks. Failure is always normal but what matters the most is the experience, the things that you’ve learned and you have to correct.

CWO4 :uzumaki: I’ve seen a lot of personnel who rush too much to reach higher rank and use RST/MST to look for promotion but I’ve learned that people should just enjoy the ride even if it feels slow. Have fun and learn as much as possible from their offices, maybe try another 1 or 2 offices to learn how it works. Then with all the experiences and hardwork, the promotion will surely come.

CAPT coolchick1313 Don’t get overwhelmed and stick it out even if the going gets tough. It’ll work out in the end and never ever give up

Mr. Controllable. Do not quit!  I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people get frustrated (sometimes rightfully so) and quit out of emotion, only to end up asking to being reinstated a month or two later at a lower rank.  It just sets you back and let’s be honest, there really is no other community out there that can match USDF’s – whether it’s the programs/structure we have in place, to the fair opportunities that exist for promotion, or the environment we provide in client or on Discord.  It is truly a special place.


“When I Grow Up” Themed Artwork

By :alyss


Dear Future Me

By Dan.K

Cover by persol

Dear Diary,

I hope to learn a lot of new things and become knowledgeable in the future. I want to cement the mentality of improving myself every day physically, mentally, and eventually… spiritually. I think it’s important for me to do this at least for now. Consistency is an incredible quality to have. The only way to improve it is to not back down from your goals.

Books or just PDFs of books are valuable, so I hope I’ll be reading those and look for recommendations on Reddit. I’m planning to just continue gaining knowledge about various skills.

Exercise is important as well. I hope I’ll stay consistent with that for the future. Cardiovascular health needs to be a priority, especially when you live a lifestyle that has you sitting down a lot.

Consistency with diet changes. I want to continue to drastically reduce the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in my diet. I also want to continue watching ingredients and sticking with organic whole foods.

I want to get sun regularly. Throughout the pandemic I’ve been home a lot and I would like to go biking to a local forest preserve. There is supposed to be a nice biking trail further north and I would like to try it. The times I’ve gone to the local lake near me have been alright, but the path is way too fast. It’s too quick to do a lap around there. I need a larger location to play with so it’ll take me longer to circle around. I think having a bigger area would make the activity a lot more fun. However, biking is always a lot more fun anyway if you involve music. The path I take now around my local lake is more of a walking one, so I hope to find somewhere more suited for bikes.

I want to make more time for side projects and hobbies. Occupying myself with different means of entertainment helps me relax and enjoy the moment. Going to places I haven’t been to in a while like the amusement park would probably be a good time. I would like to create more potential business opportunities for myself through advertising and media. It would be nice if I could catch some luck with that.

I hope to gain a better understanding of myself in the future. I would like to look back and be happy with myself and the way I’ve spent my time. I hope that I will internalize “Improve Yourself Everyday” and stay consistent with it for a long time. That kind of thinking can really improve someone’s quality of life.

– Dan.K


Life Goes On

By bayeryaz

Cover by bayeryaz

We start out crawling on the floor all day,
not understanding a word people say.
We babble the ears of every person we meet,
Yet they are still eager to give us a treat.
No matter how much parents seem to prep,
they’re never ready for that first unsteady step.

One step quickly becomes a million,
but to our parents it may feel like a billion.
Before you know it, it’s our first day of school,
off we are sent with a face full of drool.
We beg, cry and make a big fuss,
hoping our parents won’t abandon us.
It is usually here where we make our first friend,
one that may be with us til the very end.

Our real personalities then begin to show,
let’s hope the best parts stay and the worst parts go.
Our bodies begin to go through change,
we go from looking cute to sometimes just strange,
but the acne and weirdness will fade,
whether it takes a few years or even a decade.

Some of us enjoy school, some of us no so much,
before we leave we tell our friends to keep in touch.
For the first time in our lives we are alone,
As we head blindly into the great unknown.
We are now met with one of life’s major crossroads,
not knowing what to do we often feel like lost souls.

Through all the uncertainty life seems to find its way,
we have to work hard but not forget to stop and play,
because life is short and ever fleeting,
do what makes you happy while your heart’s still beating.
Our time on earth will not last forever,
so put some heart into your every endeavour.
We will one day all be gone,
but the impact we leave behind will carry on.


Events Collage

By bluebell1994


Who Are You?

By bayeryaz

Cover by Eliza4Forever

I eat my morning oatmeal, freshly microwaved, while sitting on my well-worn leather recliner. I had saved up a bit in order to treat myself with a few frozen berries for my meal this morning. The pension fund seemed to stretch thinner these days. I finish up what’s left of my rations and walk over to the fridge to plan for my dinner. The fridge is empty. Oh, I seem to have forgotten to get groceries again. As the fridge door swings closed, the flattering of an old piece of paper attached to the fridge with a bottle opener magnet catches my eye. 

  • Take your Alzheimer’s medication, it is in the cabinet on the left of this note. 
  • Go to the doctors on Wednesdays at 9am
  • On Fridays visit your Grandson 

What day was it today again? I don’t remember writing the last point down and the handwriting didn’t seem to match either, but I let it slide. I reach to grab my phone on the countertop, it displays that it’s Friday. This brought a smile to my face. I sure do miss my sweet Grandson, Max. That poor boy had to go through so much, losing both his parents in that accident at the tender young age of 10. I took him in and raised him to the best of my abilities over the last 7 years, as his only living relative I had to, but I was never forced to. When my Alzheimer’s progressed I knew it was for the best that he attended a boarding school, since I could not rely on myself to take care of him anymore. It took all my savings and pension but I managed to get him in, a whole year’s tuition.

I check the calendar hanging on my door as I head out the house. Max’s graduation was circled at the end of the month, what a delightful surprise! He’s grown up so fast. I put on my dark wool coat and instinctively reach my hand into a pocket, pulling out a note. Directions to Max’s school, first up the bus stop. I slowly make my way there and plop myself down on a seat. The stranger next to me strikes up a conversation.

“It’s been a while, Pops.” he began. Max also calls me Pops. Now that I take a closer look at the man he happens to look just like Max, albeit a much older mature version of him. I told him about his resemblance to my grandson and he chuckled.

“Pops, it’s me Max. I left the note in your coat and the reminder on the fridge so we could meet on fridays. Getting out of the house always seems to help with your memory. ” the man continued. “I’ve really missed you, and I want to thank you again for everything you did and sacrificed for me, don’t you forget that.“

“Is it really you, Max? Oh it’s so great to see you!” I paused, “My, how long has it been? You’re looking more and more like a man, almost as if you travelled back from the future to see me!” I joked, though I don’t understand how he’s aged so much, he looks nothing like a highschooler. 

“It’s been a week, Pops. We’ve been meeting here ever since before I graduated High School, the doctors said it would be good to designate a place to meet. That it helps create some familiarity and stability for you. Do you remember the last time we met?” My blank stare must have prompted him to continue, “Uhm… I have a son now, he’s actually named after you. Here, take a look.” He pulled out a picture and handed it to me.

“Your son looks so much like my grandson, Max.” I said, surprised. “You know my Max is actually graduating high school this month! I am tremendously excited to attend the ceremony.” I look up and see a man, there is sadness in his eyes, was I talking to him? I can’t seem to remember.

“Excuse me sir, who are you?“ I asked.


When I Was Your Age

By humania

Cover by :alyss

What did you want to become as a child? 

Capt William.qwewy: When I was little, I wanted to become everything like, today it’s Policemen, tomorrow it’s Ultraman and the next is Spiderman. But I still remember my first ever dream is to become a Pilot!!! Cause let’s be honest, who doesn’t like airplanes?

CWO2 englishdon: I think I wanted to be an astronaut?

SgtMaj ki7_: I wanted to be a jockey because I was super obsessed with horses even though I’d never ridden one hahah, I just really loved all animals I guess.

CWO3 StrongTiger: I want to join the Army like my grandpa.

MGySgt Anoumalistc: Back when I was a kid I wanted to be an animator! Actually I called them drawer guys when I was a kid LOL.

CWO5 rona879: When I was a child, I wanted to become a pilot cause it’s really cool to see those pilots every time I go to the airport.

CCM randompixeldude: As a child I’d always wanted to be a paramedic.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17: When I was a child, I always wanted to be a soldier because I like to travel around and join the adventure with my friends. When I was a child, I always dreamed of becoming a soldier to protect my country and prevent it from war. Now I am proud of myself, I served as a soldier and an officer in Habbo USDF! I guess this is my fate?!

2ndLt AresK2: When I was little I always wanted to become a psychiatrist, I suppose that was fueled by my desire to assist people in need. Besides that, I always consider the human mind as a fascinating thing to examine, in order to improve the mental health of the patients and improve their quality of life.

CWO2 imkoreangirl: I wanted to be a cashier and no i don’t want to be one anymore.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever: I wanted to do a lot of things! One day it would be a nurse, the next day a teacher or hairdresser. I even wanted to be an actress at some point ;d

Do you still want to be one? If not, why? 

Capt William.qwewy: Urm well NO. Haha. WHY? I think maybe we’ve all grown up now and it was a dream that we used to have as a child.

CWO2 englishdon: Definitely not, not as interested anymore and probably won’t meet those school requirements ever LOL.

SgtMaj ki7_: Not anymore because I’m not great at horse riding lmao, now my dream job would probably be a painter or drummer because those are the only hobbies that I’m actually good at.

CWO3 StrongTiger: No. Because I’m wearing glasses already, and I found a new passion along the way which is backpacking.

MGySgt Anoumalistc: I still really want to become an animator! Drawing is my passion and what more to make profit out of doing what you love!

CWO5 rona879: No more since I learned that it will take years to be one and so many things to learn other than in school.

CCM randompixeldude: I was in university studying to become one, but I had an accident back in July which has meant I am no longer able to continue.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17: Now I am a grown up person, I have learned and gained knowledge. Maybe, I am not into the soldier anymore since I have to study a lot of things in my University but I am still interested in participating with the soldier drill training!

2ndLt AresK2: Nevertheless, in the next stages of my life I realized that this career would not be the one I would follow. Not only was I bad in most of the classes that would allow me to follow his dream career but I started to realize that I was better in other fields, especially in debating and communicating with others. Therefore, I became more interested in following a lawyer’s career.

CWO2 imkoreangirl: I want to be a housewife. Because I don’t want to work and I just want to sit at home all day.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever: Unfortunately not for most of the occupations previously mentioned, I’m not counting out teacher just yet tho..

What advice should you give to your younger self?

Capt William.qwewy: Dear little Willy, I hope you will always stay happy and don’t grow up too fast! Don’t be afraid to explore and try new things! Do whatever you want to do! Spread your wings! and FLY!!!! Before it all ends when you’ve become a grown up.

CWO2 englishdon: I’d say you don’t have to be like anyone around you as much as you think. Sometimes developing your character is good for you and you learn new perspectives and considerations in life but you can be yourself and make mistakes and that’s ok too. Do what you love how you love doing it, don’t mirror perfection.

SgtMaj ki7_: I would tell my younger self to keep up with my hobbies instead of forgetting I do them every couple of months LOL, and to actually focus on school 🙂

CWO3 StrongTiger: Stop playing too many computer games or you will regret wearing a pair of glasses in the future.

MGySgt Anoumalistc: Advice to my younger self is to be smart! Do what you love to do or you can also combine your passion with your work! I forgot to press enter ;-;

CWO5 rona879: You can plan ahead because doing so can provide you with a clearer direction of where you want to go, drive you, and motivate you. The planning process can teach you a thing or two. However, don’t become too fixated on a strategy. Plans are almost always subject to change, so be prepared! Life should be approached with open arms. You’ll end up where you’re supposed to be. Don’t be concerned.

CCM randompixeldude: As for advice for my younger self, that would be. It never gets easier, just try and be happy and keep pushing.

1stLt SuperMarioZ17: What advice should I give to the younger me? I believe it is good to try things out even though we’re at high risk but nothing is impossible!

2ndLt AresK2: A piece of advice I would give to myself would definitely be to continue being stubborn and passionate about things I wish to accomplish. My passion for my beliefs and ideas has often helped me in proving my point to others or allowed me to see different kinds of perspectives that work better for me.

CWO2 imkoreangirl: My advice is to enjoy school more before it’s gone.

CWO5 Eliza4Forever: I’d tell her to not care so much about what others think – ultimately, their opinions don’t matter most of the time.


Quotes By USDF

By StrongTiger


Thanksgiving

By Yodar

Cover by TheBeatleDude2

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in North America, which occurs on the fourth Thursday in November of each year.  Join me as we find out more about Thanksgiving Day and the origins of the holiday.

In September 1620, there was a small ship called the Mayflower and it left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers seeking passage to a new home where they can practice their faith and other individuals seeking the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After enduring 66 uncomfortable days of sailing, they have reached Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination, which was the Hudson River.  One month later, Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims started establishing their village. During their first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on the ship, and only half of the colonists survived the harsh winter and disease.  In March, the settlers moved to their village and were greeted by an Abenaki Native American who greeted them in English.

Later on, the Native American returned with another Native American named Squanto, who is a member of the Pawtuxet tribe that was kidnapped by an English sea captain and was a slave before escaping to London and returning to his homeland.  Squanto took them under his wing, and taught them how to survive by growing corn, extracting sap from maple trees, catching fish, and avoiding poisonous plants to ensure their future in the New World.  He also was able to assist the settlers to forge an alliance with a local tribe, the Wampanoag, to ensure harmony between the colonists and Native Americans., which has endured more than 50 years.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims first corn harvest proved successful, their Governor, William Bradford, organized a celebratory feast and invited their Native American allies, including Wampanoag Chief, Massasoit.  The festival lasted for 3 days, which was the first time Thanksgiving was held.  Many of the dishes were most likely to be prepared by using the Native American spices and cooking method (there was no oven and very little sugar supply), which means the meal did not have any pies, cakes or other desserts. In 1623, the pilgrims had a long drought that threatened the year’s harvest, and they celebrated with a second Thanksgiving, which prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast, which became a common practice in other New England settlements as well.

In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the government in the United States, and called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and successful ratification of the US Constitution.

In 1817, New Yorn and other several states officially adopted the annual Thanksgiving Holiday, each celebrating it on different days.

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale, a noted magazine editor and writer, launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a National Holiday, and worked hard for 36 years, for which she earned the nickname “Mother of Thanksgiving.” Abraham Lincoln heard her request in 1863 during the Civil war, and wrote a proclamation which has scheduled Thanksgiving to occur on the final Thursday of November and it was celebrated on that day until 1939, when Franklin D Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression, and in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving Traditions and Rituals

Nearly 90% of Americans eat Turkey – whether it is roasted, baked, or deep-fried – on Thanksgiving.  Other traditional foods that are included in the meal are stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.  Many people volunteer on Thanksgiving Day and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades are also becoming common in cities and towns across the United States because since 1924, Macy’s Department Store in New York City has hosted their annual parade and attracts 2-3 million spectators along the 2.5-mile route and is televised.  Parades usually feature marching bands, performers, and elaborate floats featuring various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like giant cartoon characters.

Starting in the mid-20th century or possibly earlier, the President of the United States holds an annual turkey pardoning ritual where they pardon 1 or 2 turkeys each year, sparing them from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement.


That Was My Childhood!

By M1k3yK

Cover by Eliza4Forever

When I was a kid, most of my precious hours were spent watching movies and something young me and current me have in common is that not much has changed. However, there was a specific movie that had me in a chokehold, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This movie, however weird and confusing, had me FASCINATED, and still does, proven in me watching it every few weeks at LEAST since I first saw it. The plotline, non-stop musical numbers, characters and cinematics, even to me now, make barely any sense, from beginning to end, it’s just confusion and some wacky songs, but it’s a masterpiece.

To summarize, if you haven’t seen or heard of it, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (also known as Rocky Horror) is a cult classic released in 1975. The main plot is that Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are driving one night to visit their old teacher, when their tire bursts, leaving them stranded in the middle of the woods. They head to an old castle nearby hoping to find a telephone, this, however, would change both of their lives forever. After knocking on the castle’s door a hunchback named Riff Raff answers, letting them inside and thus introducing us to the transylvanians and servants (Magenta & Colombia) of Franknfurter (yes you heard that right, Franknfurter), the owner of the mansion. Further events occur which end with them near death, heartbroken, in fabulous drag outfits and left outside in the rain where the castle once stood.

The movie was always an interest due to the wacky theatrics incorporated into it. Growing up a ‘theatre kid’ with my dad’s side of the family all being in plays and productions, Rocky Horror was a favorite of not only me but the whole family, all making it a halloween tradition to watch it together each year around October. The movie itself is outlandish, to say the least, but that didn’t stop me connecting with it on a deeper level than I have with very few movies. If you’ve seen the movie yourself, you’ll know what I mean when I say that it is possibly the most random hour and 40 minutes with one of the songs being called ‘planet hot dog’ and including the iconic Time Warp. 

As previously mentioned, not much has changed from when I was younger as it’s still one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. My favorite character is likely either Eddie or Colombia for the main reasons of Eddie being so underappreciated. Personally I find it a travesty that he only had the honour of being in the movie for a single song (darn you Frank) and Colombia’s outfits are just amazing, sequined shorts AND vest along with a top hat? Count me in.

Overall, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an insane trip from start to finish and I would 100% recommend it to anyone with time to spare and an interest in musicals. I would rate it a solid 9/10, losing a point for booting Eddie after his ONE song. I could go on and on about this movie. It was my childhood and has stayed in my life since then, not to mention it is 100% my dream to go to a live screening eventually. If you have some time to spare, watch it because I promise you that you’ll finish the movie pleasantly confused on what on earth just happened.


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Time Is Money

By StrongTiger

Cover by persol

It’s cold, the air seems dry, and the sky is so plain without any stars. Just like a blank canvas without any stain of paint. It has been 2 years since my mom slapped me into this reality. I was arguing with her that the concept of time is money is just unrealistic. Time is just an indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. It is a plane that continues to move forward, and with time it is impossible to pay for bills, food, loan and clothes. How can it be money if it can’t pay for things? I can say that I quickly regretted arguing with my mom when her slap brought me into this weird dimension where time is actually a currency that was used to pay for stuff. The richer you are, the longer you live. 

I am currently homeless in this reality, sleeping on the side of the road, asking for bread from any incoming people. If I am lucky, I can score a few loaves of bread that can last me for a few days; on my unlucky days, however, I get fist and kicks for my consumption. I am still investigating how this world works, and the best place to learn it is from the streets. What I can see is that everyone was born with a watch. And the watch indicates how long you live. When you touch your watch with another watch, you can transfer your time to the other person and vice versa. I heard stories that ever since the Great War that erupted between the Giants & the Smurf, and the way the world works was altered. The Victor of the War was neither the Giants or the Smurf, but an ancient Civilization that called themselves the Old Tigelol. Old Tigelol saw an opportunity and cast a magic that changed the whole world. The effect of the magic is that time can now be used as a currency.  Of course, It was Old Tigelol that was in the upper echelon of the society because they realized about the magic they cast earlier on, they lived for hundreds of years. While the remaining races such as the Giants, Smurfs and Humans were used as farm animals where their time would be milked out of them. No other races stood a chance against Old Tigelol due to the powerful magic they wield and the influence they possessed. You must be wondering, do I also wear a watch like the rest of the world? Nope, I don’t have a watch like the others. Therefore, I always hide my hands under my robe to avoid being seen, as this can cause lots of trouble for me. I might be taken away and be milked the time out of me, or I might also be taken to be experimented in some science laboratory with some weird science method, which I do not want to experience at all. Therefore, I have been trying to hide myself, by living in the streets. I move to a different street every week to avoid detection because usually, homeless people would die after 2 weeks because their time expired. It was sad at first. But the longer I stayed on the streets, the more numb I became to these situations. It is like a weekly scenario where I would see homeless people’s eyes just turn white and lie on the ground. An incinerator truck would then just come in, and a worker would just throw the lifeless body into the incinerator truck and be on their way. It is gruesome, and saddening. The morals are non-existent in this reality… how I wish I could go back to my own reality.  

In a world that carries the philosophy of time equals money literally is indeed scary. If time is really the currency of the world, much more cruelty and injustice would prevail over the land as one being so hungry about time. We humans are never enough. Be it a second, a minute, an hour or even days. We will never be satisfied as that is our traits. Time is very valuable, we never know how gold it is until we lose it. Like the saying goes, people who suffer in the present wish they can go back in time to change things. It shows how time can leave such a huge impact on lives. Diving into the story above shows how scary it is if time is actually a currency that can be used to be transacted among us. Time is everything. We need to be aware and always be prepared to manage our time well to avoid losing our mind due to the enormous pressure due to our time fleeting away from us. What happened to the story you asked? Well, I continue to change streets and observe the world to get to know about it better. I am currently exploring the world and writing articles to let the world know about this kind of world.

 Am I back in my reality? I am not sure, I have now managed to escape to the mountains trying to run away from Old Tigelol. I hope anyone who finds this letter can publish it somewhere. I hope society knows about the plot that has been plaguing this world. The evilness of the Old Tigelol robbing people of their time. So to anyone who read this, remember. Time is money. Spend your time wisely with your loved ones, your friends, and even your pets. It can be used as an investment for a long term goal. Always think of the consequences you are doing now that may affect your future. I pray for your success to liberate the world from Old Tigelol, best of luck my friend. Rawr.


My Diary Friend

By Dan.K

Cover by chuuyaa

Dear Diary,

The sun shined on my skin and made my forehead shiny with sweat. Today I had a lot of fun with my loved one. I went to the park with my grandmother. The local park is where I like to spend time with her. I swung on the swing sets and slid down the slides. Sounds of children’s laughter fill the air. After an hour we started to get hungry as I could hear my stomach growl. My feet stumbled on the concrete path before me. My grandma offered me a trip to go to McDonald’s. I happily obliged and followed her and took her hand. 

Along the path we found a wounded sparrow. It was laying there, sleeping. I tried to wake it up, but my grandma quickly grabbed me away from the bird. “Don’t touch that!” grandma said. “It could have some type of disease.” I stood away from the bird and looked at it in confusion. Why didn’t she want me to touch the bird? At home we have one and I handle it all the time. I didn’t protest her decision. We walked towards the street’s intersection and waited for the sign so we could start walking. I look up and catch the moment the sign turns from the red stop hand to a white/yellowish glowing walking figure. That means go! My grandma started to walk with me. I see the McDonald’s in front of us now. 

As we approached McDonald’s I recognized the large gold arches in front of the building. I wondered how the people who assembled that put it there. It would look like a fun place to slide from. We entered the restaurant itself and immediately the smell of freshly cooked fries blew through our nostrils. “Okay honey, what did you want?” my grandma said. I told her I wanted a happy meal. My grandma didn’t get anything. We waited a few minutes in anticipation for our order to be ready. A lady with black hair and white rimmed glasses from behind the counter shouted, “Order 82, happy meal, is ready!” My grandma thanked me and took the bag from the McDonald’s worker and quickly took my hand. I followed her across the street again as we made our way towards home. I saw the old, weathered brown roof above me and I knew I was home now. We entered through the doors, and I sat down ready to eat my meal. My grandma gave it to me and I slowly began to open the box. Burger! Check. Fries! Check. Toy! Check.

I start to open the burger wrapper and suddenly smell something unfamiliar. I opened the wrapper and saw a single slice of American cheese on top of a golden patty? “What is this? Where’s my burger?” I asked my grandmother. “Honey, that looks like the Fish Filet. They must have given you the wrong order.” I sank down in my seat, tears beginning to fill my eyes. I could feel my voice start to tremble as I blurted out, “Oh my gosh this is the worst day of my life!” I sprinted back to my room and locked the door. Nothing was ever the same again.


Personnel Spotlight

By Dan.K

Cover by bluebell1994

Hello! My name is Dan.K, GySgt. In this month’s interview portion of The Liberatarian, we decided to put a spotlight on an array of friendly faces that you might see around HQ. I’d like to thank the participants for taking the time to answer. For anyone reading I hope you enjoy learning more about your USDF colleagues!

RADM HowBizarr
Chief of Naval Operations
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

Q: “Who is RADM HowBizarr?”
A: “My name is Brandi and I have been in militaries since the days of M-M (military-might) and The-HQ when raids resulted in people dcing from HQ due to the amount of clones coming in. The goal of these raids was to get the opponent’s RC banned, and sadly this happened to M-M.
Outside of habbo I am a horror fanatic and currently love playing DBD! Besides video games, I love to take long rides on my motorcycle and visit beautiful scenery whenever I have free time.”

Q: “What’s the best part about USDF for you?” 
A: “The best part of USDF for me is the friendship! I’ve made a lot of friends here and love being part of the community. It’s nice to have others to talk to about Habbo because idk about you all, but I don’t talk about habbo to other irl people lol.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “I would want to be a cat. They get to lounge around all day, sun tan, they can sleep wherever they want, and they get an endless supply of food and water? AND they get to knock stuff off of counters/tables whenever their humans aren’t looking? Yeah I’d love to do that.”

Q: “What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?”
A: “The biggest one for me is when I go to promote someone and I completely forget what rank I’m promoting them to. It happens a lot so I’ll have an awkward pause in my promotion attentions while I desperately find the sticky note in HQ that has the ranks on it. :D”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them?”
A: “ZENA. SECDEF XSTARLIGHT11. SHE ALWAYS YELLS AT ME BECAUSE I’M A POTATO AND THAT’S JUST HOW OUR FRIENDSHIP IS. BUT IT’S IN A POSITIVE WAY AND SHE’S THE BEST PERSON EVER. Zena has helped me through a lot at USDF and I couldn’t be more thankful for her.”

CAPT coolchick1313
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Joint Staff Directorate (JSD)

Q: “Who is CAPT coolchick1313?” 
A: “Hello I am CAPT coolchick1313, aka Chels. I collect dragons and enjoy listening to music :)”

Q: “What’s the best part about USDF for you?” 
A: “Meeting new people and building lasting friendships.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “A dragon, DUH” 

Q: “What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?”
A: “I dont really know?”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them? 
A: “USDF as a whole as it’s been a fun 3 years heres to more!!!!!!!

2LT theducksauce
Commanding Officer, Army Tests & Evaluations
Office of Operational Tests & Evaluations (OOT&E)

Q: “Who is 2LT theducksauce?”
A: “Well, my name is Ian and I’m from Asia. I’m currently a student irl, studying in a technical college but I’m about to graduate soon! (WOOOOO GRAD) Little more about me, the only real thing I do besides Habbo is sleeping (who doesn’t like sleeping? ;d). I honestly don’t have much going on irl so that’s basically it for who I am ;d” 

Q: “What’s the best part about USDF for you?” 
A: “Best part of USDF for me would be the community! Feels good to be surrounded by so many wonderful people who are willing to strike up a conversation at any moment.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “I think I’d want to wake up as a bear, reason being that they’re quick, agile, great hunters and most importantly, they’re cute and fluffy ;d”

Q: “What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?” 
A: “I can’t think of any embarrassing moments LOL, don’t really have any of those ;d”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them?”
A: “I do, indeed! I’d like to give a shout-out to my AD, MAJ 1998Hailey1998. She’s been there for me all the way, since I first joined OOT&E and has been such a great person overall!” 

CWO5 DeRoyTheHero
Executive Officer, Marine Corps Operational Tests & Evaluations
Office of Operational Tests & Evaluations (OOT&E)

Q:Who is CWO5 DeRoyTheHero?”
A: “My name is Tom and I am a lorry driver for a job. It sometimes requires me to work long hours but I enjoy being out on the road so that doesn’t bother me. I like to spend my spare time socializing with friends about motor vehicles or assisting in my roles at USDF. Currently I am XO MCOT&E for the OOT&E. I love my role and would recommend any W2+ to apply if a position opens up!”

Q: “What’s the best part about USDF for you?”
A: “I love my office and the roles I perform. It is what I am comfortable doing and what I feel I can excel best at.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “I’d be an eagle. A powerful bird with amazing eye-sight and being able to fly anywhere I’d like is a bonus!”

Q:What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?”
A: “I’ve said many things out of context whilst on DDO before. Sadly not PG13 to share. xD” 


Q:Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them?”
A: “I’d like to give a shout out to 2nd Lt Valorana for always being around to brighten my day. CWO5 BuNeOlum for being my fantastic CO and friend. CWO5 aiglet for being the most chill person and someone I really get along with. SgtMaj Ki_7, she is just a massive troll.” 

MSgt santiag45099
Office of Joint Force Development (OJFD)

Q: “Who is MSgt santiag45099?”
A: “MSgt santiag45099 is a hard worker, part of the USDF. Just joined the Air Force Events Council and applied for the Air Force Mentorship program. I am part of the OJFD, and just got an opportunity to be a DDO for the first time :). Outside of the USDF, I am a person who was blessed with the talent of music. I play the viola. I attend school and well yeah, that is MSgt santiag45099.”

Q:  “What’s the best part about USDF for you?”
A: “I believe that the best part of things is how they make you feel, and everyone in USDF have made me feel the best, they really have made the greatest impression. I think the best part about USDF is the people and the opportunities.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “If I woke up as an animal tomorrow I would love to be a monkey. My favorite animal has been the monkey for a while and so yeah I would love to be a monkey. I think I would just get on trees and climb trees for the rest of the day.” 

Q: “What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?”
A: “I haven’t really had embarrassing moments while working in USDF, but a moment where I did get a little embarrassed, was when I promised someone to make the SoW points goal, and I didn’t and got a strike.”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them?”
A: “I would like to shout out to @hoagie505, he was my mentor. During my time as a starter he helped me through everything. He just got promoted to CWO4 and he has been one of the most helpful people in USDF. Shout out to him.”

MSgt akinse
Office of Joint Force Development (OJFD)

Q: “Who is MSgt akinse?”
A: “TSgt/MSgt akinse is a member of the USDF’s Air Force under the OJFD. He is a young lad who seeks self-improvement through giving other people the feeling of validation. Aside from being someone who emits bubbly and sometimes cold aura, he is also a man of his words and a man made for others. Putting anyone above himself and attending to whatever is needed to be done is something he believes should be done at all times regardless of their roots.”

Q: “What’s the best part about USDF for you?”
A: “The best part about USDF is the people involved inside the community. From the recruits, the personnel, our loving officers, and the allies and VIPs whom reaches out to us every now and then. They are indeed those who make USDF successful and ensures a safe place and work environment for everyone and also for those who wishes to become part of the military. No medals nor recognition can be compared to the experience and relationships one can make throughout their stay.”

Q: “If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want to be and why?”
A: “I would like to be a cat, well cats are treated as a god and I want to experience how it is to be like one of them. If not a cat, then I want to be Yogi instead so that I can complete and go beyond the Minimum SoW required.”

Q: “What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had at USDF?”
A: “So far, I think the time when I was so eager to host my first (or second) FEAT in USDF and Sir Navita called an attention, I think it’s him, and I wasn’t aware of it because I’m tabbed out and when I came back, everyone was whispering me and I panicked big time. During my FEAT training, my mind is on the apology message I will send to him right after the session. LMAO, because of that I always make sure to check if any officers will call attention before hosting.”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to in this edition’s paper? What is their rank & username and why did you choose them?”
A: “There’s a lot, to be honest. I have a lot of people that I look up to but for now I would like to give a huge shout out to my mentor, the best mentor. CMSgt NothingButBrett, you are a legendary mentor and I owe you big time. You always told me that it is because of me that I was able to excel but I really looked up to you and you have my utmost support and respect. Will always think about you, my best mentor.”


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Finally they had got to the end, no camera appeared to have caught them and everything was still calm. As they slowly continued to make their way across to HQ, the pair each thought about the adventure they had just had. They were no stranger to adventure but this had definitely been their most thrilling yet. 


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The Libertarian – September 2021

Cover by chiari.cord
No.ArticleSectionAuthor
1Team Leader IntroductionIntroductionEliza4Forever
2OCS Class 052SpecialEliza4Forever
3Where Did Time Go?Poempikasyu
4I Am Thankful For…Diary Entryjesusrey91
5Lights, Camera, Action!Reviewjesusrey91
6March On, Soldier!Sub-Office Spotlighthumania
7How to Make: Pumpkin PieRecipepikasyu
8Autumn, Sweet AutumnOffice Spotlighthumania
9Labor DayInformativeJ-Naut
10Life as a Leaf CreativePromptis
11Am I Entitled To It?Poemhumania
12A Hint of FallQuotesjesusrey91
1332nd Ceremonial ParadeEvent Recapclaryboy2109
14A New DirectionExclusivejesusrey91
15The Adventures of a Curious Diplomat – Part 1Community Submissionwarzo00
16Time ManagementSpecialAneha
17Theme Related ArtworkExclusivemelisi142

Team Leader Introduction

by Eliza4Forever

Cover by chiari.cord

Hello there, and welcome to the September edition of the Libertarian.

As many countries in the northern hemisphere begin to transition into the Autumn season we have decided to reflect this on our theme this month.

Autumn is a highly symbolic season as it signifies maturity, reconnection, and, one of which stood out to me the most, change. We should be reminded that the only constant in this world is the fact that things are always changing, and hence, we should always be grateful for what we have. 

On that note, I would like to express my gratitude to the writers, graphic artists and contributors who not only worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this month’s Libertarian, but also made my very first experience as Team Leader a memorable one.

Without further ado, we hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Libertarian as much as we did creating it.

Lots of love, Eliza and The Libertarian Team.


ENS AresK2, 2ndLt chiari.cord, 2LT Creta, 2ndLt Valorana and ENS Fortunate_CT.


Where Did Time Go?

by pikasyu

Cover by melisi142

The amount of time that is really promising
Above all, and above others is that dawn
Dewy, deary and almost inviting 
A dawn – never to forget that auspicious time

The sun sets out into the human race
Caressing the arms that reach out towards the inviting sky
But where did time go after all that rain?
No shine
No rainbow
No birds fluttering by
No clouds
No wind
No love passing by

I saw the melancholic devastation of time,
As the day becomes the hottest
I mourn each sundown even thought the sunsets
Breathe the word beautiful into reality
Into the existence of something so volatile
Because time is what you make of it

But now, I’m just wondering why sundown is sad
The sundowner is a heartbreaking muse
The orchestra of two beating hearts
But do you see how constricted it is – to have you and I
Standing by the edge of our glory
A time that we call youth, a time that we are meant to enjoy
Only to look towards the ground which we can’t see
Covered by the clouds of our responsibilities

But where did time go after all that climb?
The cold night wind makes you shiver
Forcing your arms to wrap around you like
The vines around a tree
Creeping slowly into your skin, taking out your nutrients
Wishing for another hottest time of the day
Yet your eyes seem to lock onto the stars
Painting the night sky light splatters of gold and silver
The peripheral of your eye catches the moon
Inviting the doom of another day

But the day continues, into weeks, into months
The hours tick by eliminating each sparkle splatter in the sky
The clouds rain and the rainbows spout
And when you shiver, you become warm
And when you become warm, you wish for cool air
For that is how your breathe into each day
And eventually into years

The past eight moons phase just like my day
A little hope, and a little idleness
I seek comfort in the dark
And pray for a little shadow in the light
But where did time go after all these days?
Nowhere, as it will come again.


I Am Thankful For…

by jesusrey91

Cover by persol

It has been long, hasn’t it? We haven’t talked in a long time, just the two of us, but I am guessing this is as good a time as any. We are halfway through August 2021, still in lockdown, taking care of a sick family member and still trying to understand it all, and do you want to know something? I slowly understand how thankful I am for my past mistakes and grievances. 

I would have never thought that any of this would be something to be thankful about. But here I am, am I not? After being expelled from school, I learnt a lesson about how passion is a necessity that will drive us towards our dreams and objectives. Without it, we are never going to move forward. I am thankful for my parents’ divorce because I have understood what hurting and being hurt is, what true love should be about. I remember I used to joke about marriage when I was younger but now it is not a joke anymore, now I understand how important it is, how it means more than just opening one’s heart, but trusting our vulnerabilities to someone else and hoping they help us outgrow them. I am thankful for the chance to help my mother in the battle against her sickness. Without it, I probably never would have found out that my passion is medicine, and that not only I care for her, but I care for everyone too. It might seem heartless but truly understanding oneself while a loved one is in peril is a very honest way of finding out who we are. I am thankful for the extra time that has been given to her. I will never know when the time will come but appreciating and treasuring every moment is a lesson that we rarely understand when we are younger, especially concerning our parents. As a kid, mom and dad always seemed to be everlasting, but understanding they are not has made me appreciate better how much love and fun I have had with them. 

Being thankful for what hurts is a difficult lesson to be learnt. A person can only grow so much without looking at its past, without looking inside for a while. It will do us good to remember all of this as we return to med school, as we help people with their sicknesses, as we share precious moments with our family, as we meet new people or as we find love. 

Thank you for making those mistakes, I know you do not understand how important they are yet but soon you will. 


Lights, Camera, Action!

by jesusrey91

Cover by persol

Gather around squad, because Task Force X aka “The Suicide Squad” has arrived in all its gory glory to our screens. 

Disclaimer: This movie is Rated R due to explicit content. If you are not 17 years or older, refrain from watching this movie alone. Let’s continue!

Origin

“The Suicide Squad” is the second film based on the DC comics team of the same name. The original “Suicide Squad” comic book debuted in 1957 but it was not until 1987 that the comic book introduced the concept of a supervillain team called Task Force X, which was in charge of participating in “suicidal” covert operations carried by the government. It was not until 2016 that we got our first live-action version of this team, but sadly it did not live up to the expectations of audiences or critics. 

But 2021 has arrived and now we have got a second movie of Task Force X under the direction of James Gunn, who you might remember for being the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and 2 as well. 

Enter Task Force X

“The Suicide Squad” is a bombastic movie from start to finish, which at no point slows down or trips on its own feet. As a fan of superheroes and comic books, the films that are based on this media can start to feel derivative, repetitive, or downright boring after some time. However, the duty of the filmmakers is to avoid this and make each iteration feel fresh, and James Gunn masterfully achieves this by respecting the original work and the audience. 

As the film begins, two things become very clear: this film can be watched by anyone, even if there is no prior knowledge of the team’s origin, concept, or team composition. The members of this supervillain team are quickly introduced one after another in what can only be described as an explosive gore fest which serves both as exposition to the team’s job and a clear message of the movie’s rating. 

Not long after the introduction, the central characters of this movie start to get fully fledged. Their motives, personal relations and quirks are quickly shown but not fully developed yet, as this becomes part of the narrative towards the rest of the movie. In a film where a team is the central part of the entire story, Gunn’s experience with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” shines, as no character feels underdeveloped or ignored in the rest of the film. 

Good stories are not told but shown!

The writing of the movie is nothing extremely deep or complex, as the film’s synopsis can be written in a single sentence: Team of supervillains is sent to destroy an experimental laboratory. Yes, that simple. But as simple as the plot is, the cast is a terrific one and their portrayal of each character is very convincing, poignant where it matters, hilarious when it should be and most of all, fun. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn beautifully portrays the madness of her character, Idris Elba as Bloodsport and John Cena as Peacemaker are both stoic, effective and show decisiveness in their actions, Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag serves as the team leader that shows us the differences between a “normal” person and the supervillains. However, out of all the cast members, Viola Davis leaves everyone behind with her acting talent. She portrays Amanda Waller, the person in charge of organizing and overseeing Task Force X, an extremely cold, calculating, uncaring and objective driven individual. You will hate her guts, and when you hate a character so much, you know the actress did a phenomenal job. 

That is music to my ears

As it is James Gunn’s tradition, he uses a diverse list of licensed music, but unlike the 2016 version of the film, it does not feel out of place, shoehorned in or disruptive to the flow of the film. Again, this is all thanks to the director’s experience with “Guardians of the Galaxy”. However, unlike Marvel’s film, the soundtrack has no element on the narrative or character development, which works better for “The Suicide Squad”. 

The eye candy! 

And while the music, character development and narrative are important, every movie needs to be visually attractive in its own way. From mind-bending films like “Inception” to gorgeous films like “Gravity”, the photography of each film is unique and is the biggest tool the filmmakers have at their disposal. In the case of “The Suicide Squad”, James Gunn implements title cards and framed shots where the action is captivating and understandable as well. While films like “Transformers” have scenes where the CGI clutters each shot, or motion pictures like “Batman Begins” that resort to shaky cams during fights, Gunn frames everything so the viewer can easily pinpoint the participants and their movements. Apart from that, many of the title cards used throughout the movie reminisce the media which this is based on. From blood-soaked water showing the initial credits to trees set on fire telling us we are currently watching a flashback; you start to get the feeling you are reading a comic book.

But unfortunately, not everything can be perfect… 

While James Gunn uses well-timed jokes, there are two of them, which I will not disclose to avoid spoilers, that do not land as well. They are not cringey or bad, they just seem to be out of place or unnecessary, especially because they happen during the final act while the action and tension of the narrative are on a boiling point. Another thing that I found a bit frustrating was the constant use of the “X minutes earlier” trope, which usually sets up a flashback. While this is something that is repeatedly used in comic books to establish the time at which the panels are happening, it feels a bit awkward to watch happen more than a couple times during a movie. 

Conclusion

“The Suicide Squad” is a fantastic movie which shows James Gunn’s experience in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as his ability to understand and respect the source material he is working with. While the movie has plenty of bloody or gory scenes, they seem to fit well thanks to the supervillains which participate in the cast, but all these characters are three dimensional, they do have backstories, personalities, and motivations. No movie is perfect, and James Gunn has a couple of mistakes here and there, nonetheless those mistakes are unimportant when so much is accomplished in every other aspect of the film.  

Rating: 4.5 popcorn out of 5 


March On, Soldier!

by humania

Cover by melisi142
  1. How did you hear or know about JDT?

CWO4 Horus: I knew about JDT from a few years back when I used to work in USDF around 2017, but I never really thought of joining because I didn’t think that I’d be able to commit. However when I reenlisted this year I wanted to try something new so here I am!

CW5 chris81258: So I learned about JDT through hosting FEAT {H} and it became something I was easily interested in as I was hosting it time and time again and drilling ended up being something I loved. I then had a few people in JDT at the time influence me into wanting to apply to be a member of JDT so I had submitted my app and luckily was accepted shortly after. Getting the white belt was something I had always wanted to get so luckily I was able to do just that about a month ago.

CWO5 eyeFad: From 2015! I believe that was around May when I first got involved with JDT.

CW4 claryboy2109: I first heard about JDT through FEAT {U}, and from there it just caught my attention. I then decided to look through the careers thread and read more about it!

  1. What were your thoughts about JDT the first time you heard it?

CWO4 Horus: It was definitely cool! I have always wondered how drillers were able to be so precise in terms of timing and coordination. It was also a tad bit scary because I didn’t think that I’d be able to do what I have always watched (the performances).

CW5 chris81258: The very first time I heard about it I thought it was impossible to be able to sync with other members on a consistent basis, and I never really thought I was going to be good at it. It took lots and lots of practice and very quickly I was able to get the hang of it and it was never something I had expected. I always knew JDT was known for performances throughout USDF and other militaries/agencies on Habbo, and I thought it would be great to be a part of that.

CWO5 eyeFad: When I first learned about JDT, I thought I couldn’t do it. You know, all the synchronization and memorizing all the moves. But when I saw them perform, I was amazed and thought it was SUPER cool!

CW4 claryboy2109: I remember being in something like that before on Habbo, and have enjoyed it. It was just something that has always piqued my interest.

  1. What made you want to join JDT?

CWO4 Horus: One of the reasons why I chose to apply for JDT was to try out something new, but a bigger reason is to join my group of close friends who are also in the same JDT team since we live in roughly the same time zone range.

CW5 chris81258: One of the main reasons I wanted to join JDT was because I really had a passion for hosting FEAT {H} and teaching my fellow personnel to drill and it was something I had always been interested in since joining USDF. Along with that, I always wanted to wear the white belt around HQ, so I was really dedicated to get into JDT and get a performance done. Lastly, you build many friendships and relationships with the other members of your drill team so it’s always a fun time during practices and meetings.

CWO5 eyeFad: It’s a great experience. Not to mention meeting new people with the same interest. I joined because I saw it as a challenge, a big one, and I like challenges

CW4 claryboy2109: For starters, it’s something different to the main offices. It can also be fun, rewarding and we get to work together with others as well. We also get to perform for others after countless hours of hard work. I’ve always loved performing in real life therefore being able to do performances with friends really got me interested

  1. Can you tell me what things you get in JDT that makes you different from other office regular members?

CWO4 Horus: Hmm, you gain experience in drilling and performing scripts. It’s interesting because it’s really different from what you learn in FEAT {H}. Another thing is the fun and laughter together during practice sessions, you really get to bond with other fellow members, it’s just a beautiful experience!

CW5 chris81258: The main thing you really get from JDT is being able to wear the white belt inside of HQ after you do a performance whilst being in JDT. You also get to attend practices daily and it’s something you may be able to use as experience for certain positions you are applying for in the future. The last thing you get from being in JDT and after doing a performance is you get to teach FEAT {I}, which allows personnel permission to host FEAT {H}.

CWO5 eyeFad: Hah! This one’s pretty obvious: the white gun belt. Kidding aside, of course the experience, teamwork, and knowledge about drilling. It’s not just about synchronized movement, you also have to work with your team. It’s really great to be in JDT!

CW4 claryboy2109: Well, after performing in a performance, we get to wear the white gun belt! As JDT, we learn a lot of the same things as a regular member of USDF, for example, teamwork, determination, patience etc. But with JDT, we also learn how to be in sync with one another in the team and learn to be creative in different ways for our performances.

  1. Have you ever made a mistake in the JDT?

CWO4 Horus: I have actually, both in practice and in performance, but that’s how you learn and get better at it. Every time you make a mistake and correct it, you learn not to do it again and over time you just get more and more familiar with the timing/steps. I have even memorized the entire script for the recent Jumanji performance!

CW5 chris81258: I along with every other personnel in JDT have at once made a mistake, lol. Being able to sync on a consistent basis and knowing exactly when others are going to make their move for a total of about 40-60 moves for a performance is nearly impossible. The main goal is to make it as best as possible for every drill session/performance, knowing that you are going to mess up and make mistakes along the way.

CWO5 eyeFad: I did, a lot. In 2016, I was mostly a sub. I had to memorize all 4-6 scripts made for each performer. There was a performance where I had to sub and the script literally just jumbled in my brain. Luckily the audiences don’t know about it, so I’m good. Haha!

CW4 claryboy2109: We all have made mistakes, but that is what practices are for! We learn from our mistakes, and once it’s time for the performance, we put on the best show we can ever do! Even if someone makes a mistake in a performance, the audience doesn’t know and we just have to run with it as long as it continues! The audience might think that it was actually planned!

  1. How do you plan to achieve your career goal(s) with you being a member of JDT?

CWO4 Horus: In terms of my career in JDT, I want to apply for a command position and hopefully become a squad leader myself one day. If we’re talking about in general, I’m able to juggle JDT as a side commitment as it only takes about 2 hours a week if we are preparing for a performance so that isn’t really an issue!

CW5 chris81258: I plan on achieving my career goal while being a member of JDT by using JDT as something in which I can learn many lessons and strengths down the road. An example for this is JDT thus far has really built and developed my communication and focus skills. Being a member of this office, you need to communicate very well with your other drillers, along with having to stay focused at all times to ensure you are doing your very best. I will look to use these traits and strengths that I build from being in this office to use in the near future when I will need them most.

CWO5 eyeFad: Honestly, at this moment, I’m happy with whatever I do in JDT. I do not plan to get a command position at the moment since I have a lot on my plate, but definitely in the future! Experience wise? I’m happy to say that I’ve achieved them long ago.

CW4 claryboy2109: I’m currently a command member of JDT (SL VDT). It has been helping me grow little by little. As the command, I will have to be organized, host practices and ensure that things run as smoothly as possible. Whether I am in command or just a regular member, I feel like it’s helping me learn about what I enjoy at USDF and ways I know I still need to improve on. I will always have something to improve on, but being able to know what they are, and working on it. It will help me in my future USDF career goals.


How to Make: Pumpkin Pie

by pikasyu

Cover by TheBeatleDude2

The modern pumpkin pie that we know now was first introduced in 1796 – where the pumpkin pie changed from containing layers of fried pumpkin that are combined with sugar, spices and other fruits like apple into the one we would recognise today. Now, pumpkin pies would be made of stewed and strained pumpkin, eggs, sugar, cream or milk and sometimes these pies would include molasses.

Let’s try to create a pumpkin pie that is not only perfect for the autumn chill but also to warm our hearts a little during these really ‘cold’ times. A pumpkin pie may look simple, but it is a tricky one to master.

Here’s what you’ll need to bake the best pie with tender and gently spiced filling, yet one with a flaky crust so that it won’t crack as it cools! Disclaimer, this recipe serves 8-10, or similar to one 9-inch deep dish pie.

For the crust:

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour – Make sure it is spooned into a measuring cup and leveled with a knife to ensure perfect measurements.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter – Make sure it is cold, and preferably sliced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening – Make sure it is cold, and separated into 4 pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz) – This should be about 1 ¾ cups
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ light brown sugar – Make sure it is packed if you want it a little more sweet
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1¼ cups evaporated milk

Instructions for the crust:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a food processor. Pulse a few times to make sure all are well-mixed.
  2. Add pieces of butter and shortening. Pulse until you have coarse crumbs with lots of pea and chick-pea size clumps.
  3. Add half of the water and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  4. Slow add water and pulse until the mixture is evenly moistened and very crumbly.
  5. Place the crumbly dough out onto a work surface and gather it into a ball.
  6. Pat the dough into a 5-inch disc and wrap in plastic. Do not worry if it cracks.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to rest. However, do not let it go over 3-4 hours.

Upon taking the dough out:

  1. Let it sit on the countertop for 10-15 minutes so that it’s malleable enough to roll.
  2. Dust the work surface with flour, place the dough on top and sprinkle some flour over the dough.
  3. Knead the dough softly into a smooth disc – Ensure that you do not overwork it.
  4. Keep repeating steps 1-3 until the dough doesn’t stick and enough into a 13-inch circle.
  5. Transfer the circular dough into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan. Make sure the pan is at least 1 – 1½ inches deep.
  6. When fitting the dough into the pan, ease it inward instead of stretching it outwards. If it tears, patch it up immediately.
  7. Trim the edges or create a rim on the crust.
  8. Place the panned crust in the fridge for 30minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C.
  10. Cover the pie crust with a parchment paper and fill it about halfway full with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove the crust from the oven and remove the parchment paper as well as beans/weights as well.
  12. If you prefer the edges to be a little dark/burnt, you may skip this step. However, if you wish for it to be golden brown, cover the edges with foil. Bake for another 20 minutes.
  13. Remove the crust from the oven, and reduce the temperature to 325°F / 162°C.

Instructions for the filling as well as last steps:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together first.
  2. Once well-combined, add all the wet ingredients to the mix.
  3. Whisk it all up until it is silky smooth.
  4. Pour the filling into the pre-baked crust and bake the pie for 50-60 minutes. Keep a lookout at your oven at around the 40-minute mark to see if the filling is set. If the pie looks dry around the edges and the center should jiggle a little, it is ready.
  5. Cool the pie on a rack to room temperature before you serve.

A pumpkin pie is very tedious to prepare, however, it is very delicious due to the amount of time and effort put into making it. When you bake pumpkin pie, you can smell the deliciousness of it and the autumn season dancing in the breeze. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think of it!


Autumn, Sweet Autumn

by humania

Cover by persol

What are your thoughts when you first hear the word “Autumn”? 

CWO2 BetterGarlic381 (OJFD): Probably a maple leaf and just a complete forest with falling leaves, all different shades of brown. 

CW5 chris81258: Fall, trees, leaves, fruits, September to November, and school starting.

CWO5 Intervener12: Hmmm haha, I would say it’s a time where things are changing like the colors on trees. Oh and pumpkin spice! I love pumpkin spice! 😀

CWO5 Doritota: When I first heard the word, I thought how familiar it sounds to me as the word “aunty”. And why aunty? When I was a kid, my aunty baked awesome apple pie. With those juicy apples from our countryside. 

CWO4 Horus: I think of maple leaves, brown leaves falling from trees covering the pavements in a park or the sidewalks along roads.

What do you like about this specific season? 

CWO2 BetterGarlic381: The drop in temp, cold weather is SO much better than hot weather.

CW5 chris81258: It’s getting closer to Christmas, I like the rain in the fall, the leaves falling off the trees, and thanksgiving.

CWO5 Intervener12: Definitely the colors haha. I love red/orange so seeing it on the trees is really beautiful. And then like I said before, I absolutely love pumpkin spice! It’s also a break from the humid heat and weather, so I like that it’s cooler haha.

CWO5 Doritota: In autumn, I feel I begin a new clean chapter in my life. I start studies, come up with new ideas and intentions. I love those sights of colorful forests with leaves falling. That’s it. 

CWO4 Horus: Mostly the cooling temperature compared to Summer, it’s a relaxing period of time for me. On top of that, it also signifies a rebirth for nature and also a harvest season for others.

Do you have any specific tradition during fall?  

CWO2 BetterGarlic381: Not really, my family and I don’t follow many traditions other than things like Christmas and Easter.

CW5 chris81258: Not really, except for meeting up with friends/cousins for Thanksgiving and seeing friends for Halloween.

CWO5 Intervener12: Well Autumn is the time for Thanksgiving in my country, so I always visit my family and have a big Family Thanksgiving 😀

CWO5 Doritota: I love going mushrooming with my granny, that’s a whole another atmosphere I really enjoy. That’s it. Because I am usually busy with my studies during that time. 

CWO4 Horus: Yes! For us Chinese, we have Mid-Autumn Festivals where we will eat mooncakes and light up lanterns. When I was young, my family would bring me to the neighbourhood parks to light up candles too. It’s fun and it’s also a good and needed break away from technology to enjoy the little things in life.


Labor Day

by J-Naut

Cover by TheBeatleDude2

“Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!

Aforementioned are some lines from the anthem for the worker’s, Eight Hours, created by Isaac G. Blanchard and Jesse H. Jones. This was the song the workers, laborers and craftsmen were singing on May 1, 1886 during the first nationwide strike in the USA which had been planned for nearly 2 years by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, succeeded by today’s AFL-CIO. 

Since the Civil War ended in 1865 the working conditions for hundreds of thousands of people in the USA as well as the millions around the globe had gone for a toss. The 10-hour work day was the norm and a number of workers used to work 7 days a week, including women. With no laws to prohibit the employers from keeping inhumane standards at the workplace, the workers were agitated and furious. They felt that such a life did not let them pursue goals beyond their work, like spending time with their family, exploring their talents and participating in their community. This common frustration across various sectors of the modern, industrial world led to the creation of labor unions. Some of the biggest unions were – Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor (K of L), Central Labor Union (CLU), American Federation of Labor (AFL) and National Labor Union (NLU). The National Labor Union (NLU) being the first large labor union in the USA, founded in 1866 and dissolved in 1873, set the stage for its successors like the K of L and AFL.  

One of the major reasons for this poor way of living imposed on the lower class population was the Gilded Age in the United States, which was an era which saw a boom in the industrial sector leading to rapid economic growth. This time period, from the 1870s to the 1900s, brought a huge increase in wages of workers. The average annual wage per industrial worker (including men, women, and children) rose from $380 in 1880, to $564 in 1890, a gain of 48%. Hearing about such advances in wages, millions of immigrants from various countries flocked into the country leading to a greater supply of workers than there was a demand. This situation created a considerable disparity in the wealth distribution and consequently the living conditions for many people. Add to this mess two economic disasters – the panics of 1873 and 1893 – which caused conjugative social and political upheavals in society, things were going from bad to worse.

On May 3 one person was killed and several injured as police intervened to protect strikebreakers and intimidate strikers during a union action at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company that was part of a national campaign to secure an eight-hour workday. To protest police brutality, anarchist labour leaders called a mass meeting the next day in Haymarket Square. That gathering was pronounced peaceful by Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison, who attended as an observer. After Harrison and most of the demonstrators departed, a contingent of police arrived and demanded that the crowd disperse. At that point a bomb was thrown by an individual never positively identified, and police responded with random gunfire. Seven police officers were killed and 60 others wounded before the violence ended; civilian casualties have been estimated at four to eight dead and 30 to 40 injured. This tragedy would forever be marked in the annals of history as the Haymarket Riot, Haymarket Affair or the Haymarket Massacre. 

2 years later, the American Federation of Labor decided to again organize a strike for the demands of an eight-hour work day on May 1, 1890. AFL president, Samuel Gompers, wrote about this decision in a letter to the Second International – an organization of socialist and labour parties, formed on 14 July 1889 at a Paris meeting in which delegations from twenty countries participated. Upon receiving said letter, the organization called for a resolution for a greater, international demonstration so that workers everywhere could voice their demands for an eight hour work day in an organized strike on the same date. This would later become the International Worker’s Day. 

Though America played a vital role in establishing May 1, popularly known as May Day, as the International Worker’s Day; its own Labor Day is not celebrated on this date. The American Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September every year. The credit for this anomaly is shared in parts by the Central Labor Union, Knights of Labor and former president Grover Cleveland. On September 5, 1882, the CLU organized what is known as the first Labor Day celebration in the USA. A year later in 1883 the second Labor Day parade was organized. By 1894 more than 23 states had adopted the holiday. Conservative Democratic President Grover Cleveland was one of those concerned that a labor holiday on May 1 would tend to become a commemoration of the Haymarket affair and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that backed the May 1 commemoration around the globe. In 1887, he publicly supported the September Labor Day holiday as a less inflammatory alternative, formally adopting the date as a United States federal holiday through a law that he signed in 1894.

The federal law, however, only made it a holiday for federal workers. As late as the 1930s, unions were encouraging workers to strike to make sure they got the day off. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories have subsequently made Labor Day a statutory holiday.


Life as a Leaf

by Promptis

Cover by KyleDillPickle

The crunch of fallen leaves under combat boots, the smell of maple-scented pine cones outside of the grocery store. The taste of caramel apples at the town fair, the feeling of wearing a knit sweater and huddling close to your friends.

A little leaf was heard to sigh and cry, as leaves often do when a gentle wind is about. And the twig said, “What’s the matter my child?” and the leaf had responded with “Why do some people leave and some stay? Will they ever come back?”

The twig told the branch who it lay upon as he huddled closer to the branch. The branch looked at the tree who he was attached to and then looked back at the leaf; the tree sighed. The tree said, “Oh little one. Don’t be afraid. Everyone will die at one point. Just hold on tight and you will remain as long as you should.”

And so, the leaf stopped sighing, but went on nestling and singing. Every time the tree shook itself and stirred up all its leaves, the branches shook themselves and the little leaf danced up and down merrily, as if nothing could ever pull it off. And so, it grew all summer long, till October.

And when the bright days of autumn came the little leaf saw all the leaves around becoming very beautiful. Some were yellow and some scarlet, and some striped with both colours. Then it asked the tree what it meant. And the tree said, “All these leaves are getting ready to fly away, and they have put on these beautiful colours because of joy.”

Then the little leaf began to want to go, too, and grew very beautiful in thinking of it, and when it was very happy in colour it saw that the branches of the tree had no bright colour in them, and so the leaf said, “Oh other friends, why am I so dark and dull whilst you are so bright and happy?”

“We must keep on our work-clothes, for our life is not done – but your clothes are for holiday, because your tasks are over,” said the branches.

Just then a little puff of wind came, and the leaf let go, without thinking of it, and the wind took it up and turned it over and over and whirled it like a spark of fire in the air, and then it dropped gently down under the edge of the fence, among hundreds of leaves, and fell into a dream, and it never wakes up to tell what it dreamed about.

The trees looked below and smiled at the kids playing below it and adults digging leaf piles and slowly getting rid of them and making space. The trees nodded towards each other in smiles and hope. Leaves will always come and go and won’t be attached forever, stay strong.


Am I Entitled To It?

by humania

Cover by partyicon

When everyone doesn’t see what the meaning of a game is.
Harass me, yet I have no shame. 
Because I have found the source of my happiness.
Here, ladies-in-waiting cover the beard, it’s a must.
Everyone I love, more than my own parents.

Everything is like a beautiful dream, but smeared with bitter reality.
Everyone can prostrate, but they can also be pointy.
The coup of my world’s restlessness, became the harmony of our everyday friends.
They’re here and she cheers. 
They are beautiful to me.
They enjoy learning while playing in Miami.
They do good.
Yes, they’re here clean and smooth.
Don’t leave me, friend.
I don’t want this to end. 

There are times when helplessness makes me non-existent.
Sometimes I feel lost in the wilderness, it’s apparent.
Mother and father were shunned and rejected by their neighbors.
Or am I just stranded in the market?
I talk but people don’t hear.
They tear up books and laugh at ideals that I couldn’t bare.
I’m angry, I’m scared, I’m shaking.
But I failed to compose the language I’m thinking of.

Outside of the analysis boxes,
my love for you is there.
You are not beautiful, but beautiful and young.
Definitely not immaculate, but a myth
in my heart.

Until here, I end my contemplation of my love for you.
If you follow it, there will be no end.
I sincerely present to you.
My love for you has timed
This verse will also time.
Still, am I entitled to it?


A Hint of Fall

by jesusrey91

Cover by TheBeatleDude2

Autumn is fast approaching, and we can almost start to hear the rustle of the leaves, to feel the colder weather, to taste the delicious hot cup of coffee, tea, or chocolate. But Fall also represents change; it symbolizes our growth and our ability to shed the bitter parts of most of our year as if they were a skin. 

With that in mind, we approached some members of USDF to ask them a little bit more about what they think of this approaching season!

  1. We are slowly leaving summer behind and that means Fall is getting closer and closer. What are your thoughts on this coming season, what are the things that excite you the most about Autumn?

TSgt PiersonP: My favorite part of autumn is the sunset-colored leaves falling from the trees. I love the brisk weather that allows me to cuddle up and dress in New York fashion!

CWO5 Merilon: What excites me most about Autumn is that the leaves, trees, and nature are going to change colours. I think it really looks beautiful. Oh! Also don’t forget Halloween is almost here!

CWO4 Horus: Hmm, I don’t really have many plans for this coming season because it’s still quite restrictive over here due to Covid, however I am thankful for the cooling weather compared to Summer and I’m most looking forward to eating mooncakes! Which is something we eat in my country to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festivals!

SrA imkoreangirl: The seasons don’t show in the city, since there’s not a lot of trees, so it will be exciting to go up the mountains or visit lakes to see the colors of the trees and get fresh air. Plus, the temperature outside will be just right.

SGM Manuel.Vazquez4: The thing that I like the most about autumn is the weather, I guess this season will be exciting and full of mini goals that I want to achieve.

  1. Is there any event or food you are looking forward to in this coming season? Are there any Fall related celebrations where you live? 

TSgt PiersonP: I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving and the cranberry sauce there! It’s one of my favorite holidays due to the familial feeling!

CWO5 Merilon: Yeah, I actually like pumpkins so since they are going to become more popular, I can’t wait to try out various recipes! As for fall celebrations, my country has a few actually, but I don’t think I will be attending unfortunately.

CWO4 Horus: Yes! We usually have mooncakes, braised duck, and pomelos. As Chinese, we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festivals, and we would usually eat different kinds of foods as they all have a story or a meaning behind the dish.

SrA imkoreangirl: I guess we will eat warmer food and snacks, something like tteokbokki but the foods won’t change much during fall. Celebrations are going to be things like music festivals where people go on stages at the park to sing, but it’s like locally hosted, there’s no real big one for the whole country.

SGM Manuel.Vazquez4: Of course. In Mexico we have some events that we celebrate during this season, for example my favorite is “El día de los muertos” because we eat a special sweet bread accompanied with chocolate or coffee. We also have “La Revolución Mexicana” which most people celebrate with a delicious roast beef or traditional Mexican dishes.

  1. With everything Autumn symbolizes, it can be seen by many as a season representing change or transition. With that in mind, would you share with us a couple of words about what Fall, change and transition mean to you? 

TSgt PiersonP: Fall is a time for new beginnings and to leave old weights behind. Let all that’s holding you back fall away like autumn leaves.

CWO5 Merilon: My favorite quote about fall transition is: ”Autumn whispered to the wind, I’ll fall; but always rise again.”

CWO4 Horus: Here’s a famous saying from where I come from; “There is no flower that will bloom for a hundred days and no one person will have a thousand days of fortune.” What this means to me is that there will always be ups and downs, treat it as a cycle of life just like seasons and learn to embrace changes as they come.

SrA imkoreangirl: I like Fall because it precedes a season of bigger festivities, the winter season, which I prefer since it unites us and brings us closer together. 

SGM Manuel.Vazquez4: In my opinion, I think the Autumn season represents the beginning of the second part of the year, a change of weather, a different type of schedule, etc. I also think that Autumn season represents the beginning of new school and job activities.


32nd Ceremonial Parade

by claryboy2109

Cover by melisi142

Recently, we had the 32nd Ceremonial Parade on the 1st of August. Congratulations to all personnel who have received an award, promotion or appointment! I got together with 10 personnel to talk to them about their achievements at the parade.

  1. Were you expecting to get anything during the 32nd ceremonial parade?

LTC srirachax: I did expect to get a medal at least but I wasn’t expecting to attain those, it was a nice surprise though.

1stLT misteromorg: At most I was expecting to get an Achievement or Commendation medal. Never thought I’d get a legion of merit.

2d Lt Interion: I had a few people tell me to expect a promotion even before the parade, but as the parade got closer, I was half assuming they would just throw my promotion in the parade. I didn’t fully know if I was going to be promoted or not though, because then I would outrank my CO. This did happen, and it was fixed by switching branches from Army to Air Force.

OC2 theducksauce: I was! Going into the parade, I was expecting to get a GCM and hopefully an MSM, but I got an ESM which was amazing.

CWO5 MIsterShine.: Honestly no I wasn’t.

CWO5 ThePugPatrol: Yeah I was expecting a medal of some kind but the LoM was a nice surprise, I expected something a little less in all honesty

CW5 rundealrun: I expect that I will get promoted to W5 only on the ceremonial because I met the RST. ESM medal is one of the things that I never expected to get. I feel blessed because USDF has recognized my hard work, especially the command team in OJFD.

CW2 Xylanneal: To be honest, I did not expect anything at the 32nd ceremonial parade.

SGM TageAQ: I really wasn’t expecting anything but I always had a thought that I hoped I would get at least one thing and not like 3 things so it was a good surprise when I got everything aha

MSG Dendimon.: Ohh I didn’t attend because not at all and I’m not in the office at that time so I never knew that I would get a promotion and when I entered the sentry I was shocked.

  1. How did you celebrate your achievements and your friends’ achievements?

LTC srirachax: I think a big part of these ceremonial parades is to celebrate our achievements together as a whole or even within our friend groups and offices. I personally congratulated some of my friends as well as some of my office and branch peers on Discord, it was nice to see everyone’s work pay off.

1stLT misteromorg: I was in OJFD at the time so we sort of had an office celebration echoing the congratulations within our office channels.

2d Lt Interion: I’m often in vc with some of my close friends that I have made, so we did some cheering and do what we do best, go badge hunting!

OC2 theducksauce: I congratulated my friends who achieved something during the parade! As for myself, I didn’t really celebrate much but I was really ecstatic knowing I had gotten a medal too!

CWO5 MIsterShine.: Oh I actually applied for the position I am currently in, because it motivated me even more because it was highly unexpected but appreciated. I took a leave prior to the Ceremony because of demotivation but that helped me to feel appreciated for my efforts. Also, I didn’t really celebrate it per se, it was more like a feeling of appreciation, everyone messaged me in the chat and I felt really good.

CWO5 ThePugPatrol: We had a little office party and took a picture of our fancy new medals, it was good fun.

CW5 rundealrun: We vc together and congratulate each other. I am very proud of my friends, who also received awards during the ceremony. Some of them got two awards, and some got nothing. I help encourage my friend who didn’t receive any award so that they will not feel demotivated.

CW2 Xylanneal: Oh well, you know me, we congratulated each other for the achievement we got and their hard work for the past month, they deserved it!

SGM TageAQ: So I actually didn’t really celebrate it in a way but I did get to congratulate everyone that got their rewards and I got congratulated myself so that is a win for me I would say 🙂

MSG Dendimon.: Oh I celebrated for myself like I applied for OJSIG and hoped E7 is enough but nope and some personnel/friends congratulated me in HQ for getting promoted.

  1. Do you have tips/ advice for someone who didn’t receive anything?

LTC srirachax: My tip is not to compare your effort and hard work with someone else’s. It’s easy to pick out names from the medal list and compare, but practice awareness and celebrate your friends’ achievements as well. Everyone will have their time to shine and yours will come sooner or later.

1stLT misteromorg: Don’t let it dishearten you! Speak to your command team and express your concerns, your office and branch command are there to hear the concerns and help you where possible

2d Lt Interion: There’s personally a lot of people that I know that feel like nobody notices their hard work. Sounds annoying but the best answer I can give is to reach out! Know your worth and hard work, and reach out displaying your concern about feeling as if your work went unnoticed! To be honest, when this happens to me, I work extra hard to prove a point, and make sure that I prove myself among USDF!

OC2 theducksauce: Of course! Don’t be discouraged that you didn’t receive anything, there’s always another parade to look forward to! Continue working hard and striving to achieve more, you’ll eventually get what you want. Determination conquers all!

CWO5 MIsterShine.: Actually, I do, I would tell them not to feel down but to give themselves short term goals and work towards achieving them. Also, keep trying and never giving up, as I understand the feeling of disappointment. But it’s not how you fall but how you rise again as a wise person once told me. I would also suggest to them to seek feedback regarding their progress within their office, so they have an understanding on where they can improve on. I would also suggest to them to work on their weak points, look to improve as an individual and continue to seek guidance from their peers.

CWO5 ThePugPatrol: I mean it’s easy to take that kinda thing personally but all it achieves is upsetting yourself. I think speaking to your command team to see how you can improve is a good way to motivate yourself if you go into it with the right mindset. Taking everything in stride and learning wherever you can will always give better results than beating yourself up over everything that doesn’t go right

CW5 rundealrun: In my opinion, to anyone who did not get an award, do not worry because there are also people who see you working hard and are willing to help anyone in need. Keep trying, and don’t give up.

CW2 Xylanneal: Yes, I know some people may be disappointed for not getting any awards, but hey awards are not everything. Great experience and good friends are also the awards of your journey in USDF. But if you want really some awards, let’s say do your best in anything, awards are just a bonus

SGM TageAQ: Don’t get demotivated, do ur best and then one day they can also get a promo/medal, and promos and medals aren’t everything so don’t get demotivated!

MSG Dendimon.: Yes, just keep doing what you can do in HQ even if you don’t have an office or a commissioned officer and it will go back to you. Like what happened to me, by sitting in the front row it all starts there!


A New Direction

by jesusrey91

Cover by KyleDillPickle

In today’s interview segment, we have reached a member of the National Security Council of USDF, the one and only Deputy Secretary of Defense TheRealMatrix, to ask him a couple of questions regarding some very important changes that are being done to how USDF operates as a whole! Without much further ado, here we go!

Good day, sir! Doing the roundabouts in USDF, rumors have been circulating about a certain incoming change to how we do things, and I talk specifically about USDFs new direction where our engagement will be focused primarily in-client. Can you give a general idea of what does this focus on in-client engagement encompass and where will this change be most evident? 

DepSecDef TheRealMatrix: Well, you’ve seen some of it go into effect already and other offices moving towards it by the end of August. The focus isn’t primarily client focused; it’ll be a balance as not everything can be done there. Let’s just say that interaction on client is a lot more fun, encourages people to hang out and simply sets our direction in the right path. OJSIG have done it for example, a lot of their work is now client based and they’re enjoying it too.

That is very interesting, especially because of how particular OJSIG’s work is! I cannot wait to see how this new mindset affects more of our Offices, including OPA of course. What would you say is the next step after reaching this objective? What new projects and goals does the future hold for USDF now that this new direction has been put into 5th gear?

DepSecDef TheRealMatrix: Working with staff to extend the Army Bootcamp line, adding new additions and changes to our HQ. Essentially, we believe there needs to be more collaboration and support between Habbo Staff and Groups such as Militaries and Agencies.

Now that you have mentioned other Militaries and Agencies, are there any more organizations that are participating in this new philosophy where the engagement is balanced towards being primarily in-client? If so, how have they affected USDF’s development into this new strategy?

DepSecDef TheRealMatrix: Not to my knowledge. Unfortunately, agencies are now relying on population clones and alts for visibility on the front page of the navigator (excluding 1 or 2 agencies). It’s disappointing and while we do wish them luck in their communities, we must unite and stand together at some point to fight this negative trend and focus on client-based activities in general.

Before we finish this interview, is there something you want to tell everyone that is reading The Libertarian? The stage is yours! 

DepSecDef TheRealMatrix: Keep reading, be patient with us and watch how USDF will grow more fun by the day. A lot is coming up, but we want to make sure we get things done right.

You heard our Deputy Secretary of Defense TheRealMatrix, a lot is coming up, and everyone at USDF is super excited to be part of it. We hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about USDF’s future and how we fit in into it!


The Adventures of a Curious Diplomat – Part 1

A Community Submission

By warzo00

Video by melisi142

THE FAN HUNT

There was once a curious OISA diplomat named Richard and one day… his curiosity got the better of him. It was just another ordinary day, just another ordinary mission to find a FAN, so Richard ventured out into the agency floor. He visited agency after agency, “why can’t I find an FAN”, he thought to himself as he entered the Secret Service HQ for a quick visit… or so he thought it would be. 

As he entered the Secret Service, he noticed there was no one active “No FAN today then I guess” he frustratingly thought to him, as he was about to leave. As Richard turned to leave the SS HQ, he noticed a teleporter in the far side of the lobby, “I wonder where that goes”, he wondered to himself while carefully and cautiously walking towards it. Upon getting close to the tele, Richard noticed a ‘Do Not Enter’ sign near the tele, but he took the risk and entered the tele regardless…

After entering the tele everything went dark… suddenly he landed in a spiralling corridor… “where on earth am I?” he called out. There was no reply, no one around, just a neglected, abandoned spiralling corridor, that he slowly ventured further into. As he ventured further into the corridor he realised that there were teles on both sides of the walls, each carefully labelled with a name of an organisation. As he entered each one, he realised they didn’t actually lead to any of the agency’s headquarters, so he returned to the corridor once again, in a state of pure confusion. He eventually got to the end of the corridor, dazed in a state of confusion, he noticed one final door that he had yet to explore. “Hmm,” he thought to himself, “I can’t stay here forever, I wonder if that’s the way out” he said as he cautiously opened the last door in the corridor. 

As he entered the last room, he noticed it was different from the rest. It was much bigger and had a lot more design, he noticed a vent on the ceiling with a broken cover, “hmm, that’s strange”.The vent was visibly old, rotting in flaky black rust, the cover hanging on by two single screws, it was clear the room hadn’t been maintained properly. Scanning the room, he knew he had to explore the fragile vent, but first, he just needed something to break the remaining screws with. Abandoned in the corner, he noticed an old filing cabinet, it was falling apart, as fragile as a piece of old glass, “that’ll do”. He hurried towards the old cabinet and picked up part of the broken metal, now he just had to build his way up the ceiling vent. Cautiously, Richard placed the old desks and cupboards on top of each other, ensuring each one was steady enough to climb on, before making his way up with his metal bar and approaching the vent. Reaching the vent, he carefully wedged the metal bar under a small gap under one of the screws, it was stiff from the rust but after a few pushes on the bar, the screw finally broke. 

Just one more screw standing between Richard and the mystical adventure through whatever may lay behind the vent cover. After a few minutes of aggressive tugging at the remaining screw, he was able to break off the vent cover; now all that was left was to explore… He carefully heaved his way into the vent and began to crawl his way through until he came to a cross section. There was no clear indication which way to turn, hesitatingly he paused, what way next? After a few silent moments, Richard let out a quiet sigh and slowly decided to turn right. 

After a few long moments of crawling, he suddenly saw a beam of light coming from his left, cautiously he made his way towards it. Eventually, he found the vent letting through the light. Peering down, Richard could see rows and rows of uniforms and berets, “hmm, how strange”. 

Knowing this could be his way out, Richard quickly grabbed the metal bar he had previously used, in the attempt to break open the vent. After several long moments, he finally broke the vent and began to lower himself into the room. Upon entering the room properly, he clarified what he thought he had seen, this was indeed, what appeared to be USDF’s uniform storage room. With piles and piles of uniforms everywhere, Richard stood bewildered for a moment, taking in the room, when he heard the creaking of the door. 

Startled and a little worried, he quickly ducked down, was he allowed here? Who was coming in and was he going to get in trouble? The door opened and Richard could hear the light sound of footsteps entering the room… “Hello?” They called out… they must have noticed the broken vent, Richard thought to himself, conflicted about what to do. “Richard!” called out the voice… Richard looked to the right of him and there in front of him was his mate James… ”James??”. “I’m lost, exit out of here and there’s just a maze of USDF rooms that I didn’t even know existed”, James exclaimed… you could hear the panic in his voice, “I don’t know where we are”. Skeptically Richard followed James out of the door and sure enough there just appeared to be a maze of rooms, some locked, some not. 

After trying a number of doors they finally reached a large room, it looked a similar shape and size to HQ but it was relatively empty; they curiously began to explore it. Several minutes passed of them exploring the room and quietly talking… “Shhh, I hear something” Richard suddenly said and sure enough, there was something to be heard. The sound of footsteps and intense chatter seeped slowly into the room from above, what was going on? As they carefully ventured further into the room, they noticed a small, spiralling staircase that they had never seen before. For a moment they stood staring, the stairs didn’t look that old, still sturdy and well designed, they paused and looked at each other before slowly stepping onto the staircase. 

As they began their ascent up the staircase they noticed it led to a much smaller floor, filled with 2 teles. As they got to the floor they noticed each door had a sticky note above it, one reading ‘DO NOT ENTER’, the other blank… What was behind the ‘do not enter’ door? Inquisitively, both diplomats looked at each other, each knowing what the other one was thinking… they had to explore beyond the bold do not enter warning. As they edged closer and closer to the door, they noticed the handle was frail and the lock was damaged slightly, they pulled the handle and realised the door was, as expected, tightly locked. James unexpectedly pulls out a card from his pocket, “I can pick this lock, don’t worry”, he reassures Richard. “Maybe we shouldn’t, the warning would be there for a reason, maybe it’s dangerous”, but it was too late, the door was already opened now and they stood shocked looking in. 

Inside was a small room, with a desk and several lamps and in the corner, perhaps the most shocking of all, appeared to be a small torture section, they quickly slammed the door closed with a worried expression on their face. What room was that? Had they just found some sort of interrogation room? They were still curious, but they certainly weren’t going in to investigate, their fear was already crippling. 

Still in fear, they looked at the second door, the sticky note was blank, but there was something familiar about the door… they just couldn’t think what. They both looked at each other, should they try it? They were both still scared but the familiarity of the door felt welcoming. Richard slowly, but carefully, tried the handle, it was unlocked so they both ventured in. 

Inside was the warm, familiar feeling they had longed for hours, this was the external R&R room. “FINALLY!” They both exclaimed, relieved to have finally found their way back from the long, terrifying adventure. They quickly brushed the dust off themselves and made their way into HQ, the ASD ISA was sat in R&R. “Where did you boys get to? Yikes, you’ve been gone for hours!”  The ASD ISA asked curiously. Both boys looked at each other, a slight smirk on their face, they both knew this would always remain an unknown story, neither would breath a word of it to anyone, like true best friends, this had been their own secret adventure.


Time Management

by Aneha

Cover by KyleDillPickle

Time management is the process of planning how to carry out tasks and choosing when to do tasks along with how much time is spent on tasks. This conscious choice surrounding time helps to manage and control tasks and activities more effectively with benefits of reducing time wastage, procrastination and promotes prioritization of tasks.

A few hot tips to help manage time:

  • Make lists, know what you need to do and how to do it.
  • Identify what is more important and prioritize, take into consideration deadlines and your tasks affect on others.
  • Plan ahead, know what you need to do, what is coming up and give yourself enough time to complete tasks.
  • Use a calendar, do things when you say you will do them, stick to your timeline.
  • Always give yourself breaks, everyone deserves a rest and to destress. Breaks between tasks and full day breaks.
  • Always ask for help EARLY, trying to figure out things on your own and not getting anywhere is a waste of time.
  • Finish when you say you will finish. There will ALWAYS be another task to do, more work, don’t make that your life.
  • Don’t give up your hobbies or things you love to do in your spare time, know what is important.
  • Be realistic with yourself and others.
  • Nutritional foods, sleep and exercise can also boost productivity, energy and concentration.

So I know this article is meant to focus primarily on time management, but everyone always talks about time this and time that with time management being something that’s quite widely explored in offices and branches alike.

But what is so important about time? What even is time?
Well… Time is something I’ve always found quite interesting – so let’s get a little sciencey for a ‘minute’.

Most people perceive time as a linear concept to help understand the physical nature of events as they occur to an observer. It is the quantifiable measurement of the continued existence of something which is irreversible. It is the interval between past and present or the duration of an event, and essentially in terms of physics, it is ‘what a clock reads’. But time is actually much more complex than that.

Most of you would have been taught that time is measured in seconds, minutes, hours. Or that time is a universal measurement in relation to the speed of light calculated by how long it takes for conventional matter, energy or any signal carrying information to travel through a vacuum in space. It takes about 8 minutes and 17 seconds for the sun’s light to travel from the surface of the sun to the average surface of the Earth. However, time and space are actually two separate concepts that go hand in hand – time being one dimensional and space being three dimensional that when combined create a four dimensional spacetime manifold.

This explains why observers see things differently as to where and when they occurred but may actually be looking at the same event of something that happened simultaneously. This reflects Einstein’s theory of relativity and is explained in his parable of how two people see lightening strikes on a train differently affecting their perception of time due to their position in space and speed or motion of something moving at the same time as light. His theory also further explains how people in space age slower than people on Earth and how time can be distorted and dilated especially around blackholes.

Some can argue that time is a known and unknown construct, and has often been a concept explored throughout history, religion, philosophy and science which then poses questions of material reality and conscious experiences. This leads to exploration of time as it is perceived in reality as apposed to time perceived subconsciously for example a dream that may feel like an hour when in reality it was only 10 minutes.

Honestly, if I don’t stop myself there with the concept of time I’ll just keep going on and on. Yes, I did just get a little carried away. We all seem to take time for granted. Many of us live as though time doesn’t matter, or we waste time putting things off to do later. There’s no sense of urgency to get things done in the now, and this mentality can lead to procrastination throughout life. We put off being healthy, or leaving a toxic job or relationship, we put off life goals and use excuses that it’s just not the right time or later will be better. But why do we do this? No one knows what the future holds, when will there ever be a ‘right time’?

On average, a person spends 15 years of their life in education for a standard 8 hours a day. Those who complete further studies past high school, often working and studying at the same time, can spend up to 29 years of their life in education. On average throughout our life we spend 9,490 hours sleeping, which is 26 years of our life spent asleep. We also spend 7 years trying to get to sleep. You’ll then spend 90,000 hours of your life at work and a further 2208 hours of your life time on the toilet.

We all have a limited number of days, some will live longer than others, but in the end, we will all face the one thing that we cannot outrun. We all know that the time will come eventually, and many of us have experienced loss of friends and family always wishing we had more time. Always wishing we did things differently, or spent more time focusing on the things that really matter in life. Time will always be one of our greatest regrets.

Why do we waste so much time when in reality, it’s quite limited? All those times you think, gee where has the time gone? Or wow this year has gone so fast! Well guess what? It’s not going to change. Don’t miss out on more life. Experience all this world has to offer. Time is set, the clock is ticking… What are you going to do with your time?


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1Team Leader IntroductionIntroductioneyeFad
2First day of School!Office Spotlightchiari.cord
3To cram or not to cram?!Informative,-Spell
4Are you {L}ost and {W}orried?Informativeclaryboy2109
5Make the leap and take the lead!Program Spotlight / Interview_StarLord_
6One kick is all it takes!InterviewEliza4Forever
7#20Questions with the DepSecDefInterviewJayceei
8A High School RomanceCreativePromptis
9Those were the days!Creative / Poempikasyu
10The Reader’s Corner – Hunger Games: Catching FireInformativeEliza4Forever
11Back to School Bento Box RecipesRecipechiari.cord
12Back to School RebusGamekoleq

Team Leader Introduction

by eyeFad

Cover by chubbycheeks549

Welcome to the August edition of The Libertarian! August is the National Back to School month and we’re all eager to get back to studying after a long summer break. For this edition, we are going with a Back To School theme!

Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh notebooks, new bags, and meeting new friends? I’ve always enjoyed my first day at school. It’s the best time to make new friends and share your worst and funny experiences in school. We’ve covered a variety of topics from both real life and Habbo experiences!

This month has been a very challenging month for me. I have been involved with too many projects at once, not to mention that this is my first time being a Team Leader and being in The Libertarian. Throughout the project, I’ve learned a lot and my team has nothing but a gem; They have made this project possible and I’d like to thank them for all their work and patience with me as their team leader.

I hope that you enjoy this month’s The Libertarian: Back To School!

Regards, Usef (eyeFad) and The Libertarian team.


First day of School!

by chiari.cord

Cover by pikasyu

First days of school can cause a lot of different emotions in students. Sadness, because the break is over. Nervousness, since you’re wondering what you’re going to do, or who you’re going to talk to. Excitement, due to seeing your friends again, or making new ones. It also creates expectations, as you think to yourself “how am I gonna get through this year???” All in all, there are loads of different ways to feel about the start of a new first school day.

Just like feelings, there are lots of memories and anecdotes which are different, and depend on who you’re talking to. For this interview, I took this idea and asked four different OPA members about their experiences with first days of school. Take a look at what they had to tell us!


Are you currently studying or going through any course?

CWO5 Science99: I am currently trying to earn my associate’s degree in Science for college.

CW5 koleq: Yes, I am currently a junior high school student. I am approaching senior high school and will be taking Japanese language courses.

CWO2 Peaches.,: I start my master’s program on August 1st! It’s a Master of Education, Learning & Technology. I’m excited to start it; I’ve been wanting to continue my education for a long time.

MSgt Combined-Union: Yes, I’m enrolled at university but at this very moment I’m on summer break. Classes start back up in August.

Overall, how do the first days of school make you feel? Thinking back to them, are they generally positive or not so good?

CWO5 Science99: To be honest, I think the first day makes me think “this year is gonna suck” because it always sucks. But then I think “I’m gonna be stuck sometimes and then be on track sometimes”.

CW5 koleq: First days of school make me feel overwhelmed, mainly because I have no idea what will be ahead of me. We get introduced to new courses that we didn’t get to know of beforehand, and then there’s a chance that there also may be new students – there’s a lot of things you won’t expect; in a positive way. Because who knows? This year’s courses might just be the perfect fit for you, and maybe you can even find new friends. First days of school can be nerve wracking, but you can’t say that you don’t feel the least bit excited.

CWO2 Peaches.,: As a student, I’m always incredibly nervous. I think that’s just my nature, though. New places and new people are always kind of scary to me, but I always get so excited to buy new school supplies! I’m a sucker for organization, planners, and colorful pens, hehe. After the first few days, I always settle in and feel more comfortable.

As a teacher, it’s incredibly exciting! I love starting a brand new classroom with a clean slate and getting to know the kiddos, and what they’re excited to learn about. I make sure to tell my students right away that I’m here to make learning a fun, hands-on, engaging experience, not just lecture them from the white board for an hour. In the first days, I always give out assignments where the students write about themselves, their hobbies, and their interests and it’s so fun getting to know them!

MSgt Combined-Union: Hmmm, I’ve never been much of a school person so for me I would always dread the first day back just because that was the end of summer and freedom and the start of prison, but now that I’m in college I actually look forward to the first day of school which is weird to say.

Can you tell us one remarkable situation you went through on the first days of school?

CWO5 Science99: Well I once had a wrong schedule and had to get that checked out before I could go to my real classes. I did make it in time though, they cleared it out for me.

CW5 koleq: My favorite experience would have to be when I transferred schools a few years ago. I wasn’t treated very well in my previous school, so I was very nervous about what the next school had in store for me. We were able to choose where we wanted to sit once we entered the classroom. I wasn’t surprised when no one sat next to me. I had an entire row of seats all to myself, and I just accepted it. The atmosphere was very tense. Lunchtime came, and just as I thought that I would be sitting by myself again, a fellow classmate reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to sit with her and her friends. Of course, I accepted right away. I didn’t enjoy sitting alone at all. She and I are still friends up to this day, even if she already transferred to a different school. This small act of kindness has moved me so much, and now that I am no longer a new student, I do the same thing to transferees who come along to make sure that they feel included.

CWO2 Peaches.,: On the first day of school in 6th grade, I had P.E. as my first class. Classes are an hour-ish long. The uniform was a white T-Shirt and grey sweatpants. So, we do this activity for class, I don’t even remember what it was, and at the end the gym teacher called the girls to go get changed first and the boys stayed behind on the bleachers until we were all out of the locker room.

I get up and go with my friend to the locker room and all the boys start CRACKING UP and I was just like??? man that had to be a good joke or something.  I got to the locker room to change into regular pants and apparently I got my FIRST EVER PERIOD. I had a HUGE red stain all over my butt – the grey sweatpants didn’t hide it at all – and I accidentally also left a huge bloody spot on the floor where I was sitting.

So, if you ever think you did something embarrassing on the first day of school, at least it wasn’t as bad as mine.

MSgt Combined-Union: Honestly weirdly enough, the first memory of the first day of school I ever had was my first day of kindergarten all those years ago. Even at a young age, I have always been independent, and my mom makes sure to remind me of this all the time, but basically she was dropping me off for my first day, and all around us were a bunch of kids crying because that’s just what happens at that age, and moms were escorting them into class. Well my mom looked at me and asked me if she wanted her to walk me in, and I just looked at her and said a stern, “No” and waddled my way into class all alone. Basically even at four years old I had my badass attitude.

What do you enjoy the most about the first days of school?

CWO5 Science99: Nothing really, it was boring and very long. The only thing I enjoyed about it is walking out that door.

CW5 koleq: My favorite part about the first days of school has to be when me and my friends meet up again. It’s funny to see how little or big we changed throughout summer vacation. I love catching up with my friends and sharing what experiences we’ve encountered. Especially during lunch. It’s much more enjoyable to talk over food and tell jokes that make us snort chocolate milk out of our noses.

CWO2 Peaches.,: Seeing old friends again after summer, the fun new school supplies, and not starting my period!

MSgt Combined-Union: I think my favorite part, especially in college, is meeting my teachers, and seeing all my old teachers. Now that I’m older the teacher student bond has become more of a friendship, so it’s like seeing that friend that was gone on some wild vacation all summer again. I spend HOURS talking to my teachers just catching up about summer and everything. I even have some of their phone numbers because that’s just the bonds that I’ve created with them now. I don’t know if I’m allowed to admit this, but I have gone to bars outside of school hours with a couple teachers…


After interviewing all the members, I definitely got some funny and some heartwarming anecdotes. It also made me see how it is actually different for everyone. If I’m being honest, I thought I was gonna get all the same answers, but I was impressed by how diverse these were. Personally, I do enjoy going back to school and going through the first day. As much as I don’t like the rest of the year, that one singular first day feels really special. Coming back, meeting everyone again after a long break, telling each other everything you did during the time you weren’t at school, it’s all really nice to me. I do tend to get really nervous, mostly about how it’s gonna go, and what professors I might have. However, being with my friends again makes up for it, and I always have a really fun time during the beginning of the year.

Now take some time and think about your own experiences! If you are or were in school, how did your first days of school go? What are the good things you can take from them?


To cram or not to cram?!

by ,-Spell

Cover by chiari.cord

To cram or not to cram, that is the question. Studying and revision are incredibly difficult skills to learn, let alone to master. Luckily I have a few hot tips for all of you students out there to study effectively and memorise information!

In scientific speak, we could repose the question of “to cram or not to cram” as spacing versus massed study. Spacing is when information is revised repeatedly over a few days or a longer span of time, and studies show that this increases the likelihood of retaining into the long term memory, as opposed to the short term memory. To do this “spaced” study, you could revise a poem and make connections with another poem, then looking at key aspects of the aforementioned poem in another session and at the end of the week revisiting all that you have learned. Massed study, or cramming, is great for short term memory recall, so if you are in the hours prior to an exam or test this is great for you!

Another great technique to use for effective study is using worked examples. What this means is that you use past pieces of exemplar work or even create your own and create a template of sorts for revision and your work, and eventually your work will blossom into the work that you are modelling from. This is especially useful for subjects such as English as there is no right or wrong answer, you simply have to purvey your point or opinion in the most effective manner.

Finally, a technique that I personally find very helpful is testing yourself regularly. Of course it’s great to read through pages and pages of content, however the best way to truly drill information into your head is by repeatedly testing your knowledge. I personally use flashcards and on one side have a question and on the back have an exemplar answer and get someone to read the questions off one by one. This works particularly well with small acts of memorisation, such as equations, however if you do it enough then over time you could quite easily memorise an entire paragraph!

So, those are my hot tips to help you be a top student when you go back to school! Hopefully you find them helpful, and if you would like to find more there are many other tried and tested methods, such as the Pomodoro Method, that you can read about on the internet.

Happy studying!


Are you {L}ost and {W}orried?

by claryboy2109

Cover by chiari.cord

Have you ever been scared to take or start FEATs {L} or {W}? Here is some advice from someone that once struggled, as well as an OOT&E member!

What are FEATs {L} and {W}?” you might ask

FEAT {L}, also known as SNCOLC, is an exam that you will need to get from E6 to E7. You will need to be E5+ to request it. For more information about the requirements for FEAT {L} and how to request them, head here: https://habbousdf.boards.net/thread/33043/training-feat-exam-requirements-information

FEAT {W}, also known as WODC, is the exam you need to get to CWO ranks!  To request for FEAT {W}, you will need to be rank E8+, be in an office and have passed FEAT {L}. For more information about the requirements for FEAT {W} and how to request it, you can head here: https://habbousdf.boards.net/thread/33044/training-feat-exam-requirements-information

What are some tips and advice you would give someone taking FEATs {L} or {W}?

Ensure that you use all available sources on forums, and take your time. Always think twice or thrice before answering and be concise as much as possible. From personal experience, do not give up! If you struggle with any of them, I do recommend getting help from OOT&E either through the forum message they sent your exam in or by requesting OOT&E PE via #office-requests.


Have you ever wondered who is in charge of FEATs {L} and {W}? I got together with a member of OOT&E to explain more about it. 

What is OOT&E and what do they do?

CW5 Sorraia: OOT&E is the Office of Operational Tests and Evaluations. Depending on what division you are in within the office depends on what you do. I am apart of PE with is Personnel Education so I am responsible for FEAT {L} and FEAT {W} exams. We grade these exams and host counselling sessions for those who are struggling.

Ah yes, speaking of FEAT {L} and {W}, do you have any tips and advice for someone taking them for the first time?

CW5 Sorraia: Take your time. Use all resources that are available to you, these are included in the enrolment letters sent to you by our team. Don’t rush through the exam, it’s not a race. Read questions carefully, and multiple times before answering them. Double and triple check answers before sending the exams in.

How about someone that is struggling? I know from personal experience that it is okay to ask for help.

CW5 Sorraia: Reach out, this is what we are here for. Send myself or my XO a DM and we will get you enrolled in a counselling session. We are here to see you PASS. We want to help make your journey a successful one.

What should someone do if they’re afraid to ask their XO or CO for help?

CW5 Sorraia: Don’t be. We rise together, we fall together. No one will ever be left behind. We also do reach out if we see someone struggling and will send you an invite to counselling. Counselling is not forced, but if you are struggling these sessions can really help you.


Make the leap and take the lead!

by _StarLord_

Cover by _StarLord_

In this article, I would like to briefly explain about OSP&C’s FOLP, also known as the Future Officer Leadership Program. FOLP is an improved and advanced version of the Officer Shadow Program. It has a total of 4 phases and each phase has an activity that will be completed with coordination of both the WO (mentee) and the Officer (mentor). These 4 phases include manning the Officer Command Position, a critical thinking exercise, a Q&A session with mentor, and a seminar hosted by one of the mentors. The phases in this program will let the Warrant Officer get the gist of the duties of an officer including handling HQ operations, how to work under pressure, and even building the relationship between our Officer and WO corps. The Future Officer Leadership Program is managed by the DASD SP&C, and overseen by the AD and Director of OSP&C.

The program works like the JNCO Mentorship Program; you will be assigned to a mentor and they will reach out to you as soon as you are assigned to them. You will go through the phases and after finishing the program you will receive a graduation letter. The FOLP will take 2 weeks to complete. Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers are welcome and encouraged to apply to be mentees and mentors respectively.  

As you enter the program, a mentor that is close to your timezone will be assigned to you. If you are interested in joining this program, as a mentee or a mentor, follow the link attached below. The link will redirect you to the FOLP briefing thread where you can find more information about this program! Remember you must be at least W3 If you would like to join this.


One kick is all it takes!

by Eliza4Forever

Cover by TageAQ

Before we begin, could you give us a brief introduction about USDF Titans to our readers?

CW5 domdomds (Titans coach): The main idea behind Titans is to bring together some of the more football enthusiastic people within USDF to have fun and learn new skills within the game. We have members of all different time zones and skill levels, so it’s just a fun way to bond and to gain valuable teamwork skills, whilst playing a game we all love.

To start off with, what made you want to join?

CW5 domdomds: I’m quite an avid football fan in real life, and since returning to USDF in 2019, I wanted to make it my goal to get on the team. I had applied in my first stint here but didn’t manage to make it to any sessions – so this time around I was determined. I knew a few people who already played for the team too, so I thought I might as well go for it. I hadn’t played Habbo football at all prior to joining so it was all a new experience for me, but definitely a fun one.

CWO5 Im__Batman: Back in 2016/2017, I was over in USM and was a part of their equivalent of Titans and I loved it, so of course eventually I had to join the Titans here.

Colonel idolyainerz: Branch Wars 2020 got me interested in joining Titans! I attended one of the Marines’ football practices for a BW Game before, and I enjoyed playing it so much. I got to join the Titans Academy and eventually Titans with my friends too so it was really fun to go play with them.

Gen -I-Bella: I joined more than 3 years ago for the first time. I think other people convinced me back then because I didn’t really know how to play Habbo football. This wasn’t a problem and they all helped me a lot. I returned to Titans after I was on R2 because I enjoy the team spirit and it’s a very fun environment!

Mr. IonDABeast: I am a huge fan of football IRL, so having the ability to play really got me interested.

CWO5 SuperMarioZ17: Honestly, I am interested in Habbo Football. I have seen people playing football, and they showed incredible skills especially in dribbling and teamwork! I was attracted to that. One day, I saw titans playing against the other agencies. The game was great, they performed amazingly which made me want to join the titans and learn from them.

Who did you play against in your first match, and what was it like for you?

CW5 domdomds: My first match was actually on the .nl server, although I’m struggling to think who against (it was so long ago). Back then we had quite a few members so we were in various leagues for different kind of skill levels. This .nl league was different to the way we would usually play, with different rules and such, but I hadn’t had much experience in any game anyway. I actually ended up getting Player of the Match in this match which was a huge surprise, but it was pretty cool seeing all these fans from both USDF and the team we were playing all saying congrats etc.

CWO5 Im__Batman: My first match in actual titans was SWAT, and very recently. I didn’t play, personally, but from watching, it was eye-opening. Dom’s a great GK and I learn from watching, but SWAT was on another level. It made me realize if I’m gonna start a game, I need to get better.

Colonel idolyainerz: I remember my first match was a friendly game with an agency, but I don’t recall who it was sadly. I remember I was teamed with PearIyn and CheesyRyan, which lessened my nervousness in my first match. It was thrilling and exciting because it was the time for me to show off what I have been learning throughout the practices, and I didn’t want to let the team down.

Gen -I-Bella: I honestly don’t remember much about that. I just know I was very nervous for matches against agencies before.

Mr. IonDABeast: I believe it was a match against the SS but I’m not sure. It was a very enjoyable, but intense experience. Especially as someone who was still relatively new to the game.

CWO5 SuperMarioZ17: First match was back in 2017 I believe. It was tough since it was my first time and I felt nervous when I was subbed on to play against Police Amsterdams (PA) from Habbo Netherland. From there, I have learnt to analyze and improve what to do to become a better player.

  1. What is your favourite memory from being a member of the Titans?

CW5 domdomds: I would say getting that Player of the Match was a big memory, but also when we won the Flash Cup just before Habbo2020 was introduced. It was a big big tournament due to the changes that Habbo2020 was set to bring and so it brought together all the different teams for one “final” cup. We had some really good players and amazing team morale, and it all led to us moving through the competition. The final was tense but we managed to pull through, and it was a really great moment for us all as we all thought Habbo2020 would bring the end of Habbo Football. Thankfully it didn’t xD

CWO5 Im__Batman: Watching Sara frantically try to GK in practice.

Colonel idolyainerz: In all honesty, my favorite memory is having Titans Practices with all our Titans members, it brings out the best of everyone. As someone who doesn’t have a high caliber in football, I get the privilege to learn new skills and improve my performance from our pro players. Not only that, it builds team chemistry for the upcoming games.

Gen -I-Bella: I really enjoyed it when we had a match against MinDef on the Dutch Habbo server. They also had a radio broadcast and it was just a very fun match to play!

Mr. IonDABeast: There are way too many! A very memorable activity we had in the team was the “pre match rituals” where we’d gather at our field shortly before the game was scheduled and just went crazy & had fun.

CWO5 SuperMarioZ17: My favourite memory, when I was still inside of the academy. I have learnt a lot from there, the coaches were very sporting and always give tips or advice to ensure that we are performing well.  We do win a league as a champion, but I forgot what the league was. Pretty sure that’s the best memory I have from being a member of Titans. Also to add more, probably when myself and FeastBeast called as an unstoppable duo in the game where we had great timing on passing and scoring goals!

If you could describe your experience as a Titan within just 5 words, what would those words be?

CW5 domdomds: Uplifting, Enjoyable, Motivating, Entertaining, Fun.

CWO5 Im__Batman: Definitely a worthwhile experience.

Colonel idolyainerz: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d say: Determination will pay off success.

Gen -I-Bella: Team spirit, fun, sportsmanship, perseverance, entertainment.

Mr. IonDABeast: Enjoyable, Rewarding, Demanding, Intense, Memorable.

CWO5 SuperMarioZ17: I love titans, they’re amazing.

To conclude, what would you like to say to personnel who are interested in becoming members of the USDF Titans?

CW5 domdomds: To definitely go for it! Me and Sara are always looking for new members to teach and involve in what we do. It doesn’t matter about your skill set or how much you know about the sport, we’re here to help you! If you’re looking for some fun, team based activities to improve various valuable skills, Titans is the place for you – we’ll be waiting for your applications!

CWO5 Im__Batman: Go for it. You don’t need to be an amazing player. I’m on the main team yet I’m still learning to play better. Don’t be scared of the team, half of us are harmless.

Colonel idolyainerz: Go for it. Joining Titans is also a good way to destress from all the USDF workload, and at the same time you get to develop your skills and friendships. Don’t worry if you think you’re not good enough, nothing hurts to try and we will help you improve 🙂

Gen -I-Bella: Don’t let thoughts like ‘I don’t know how to play’ or ‘I’m not good enough’ hold you back! There is enough time to learn and it’s a great way to meet more people in USDF and relax!

Mr. IonDABeast: I encourage you to try. The key to success is dedication and hard work, practicing on your own and outside of the schedule will help you improve significantly. Best of luck and I can’t wait to see you on the field!

CWO5 SuperMarioZ17: Hello Team! If you are interested in becoming members of the USDF titans, you definitely should join! Even If you are not confident, there is no need to worry, since you will be trained well and learnt a lot there.  If you like Habbo football, join us! We will train together and most importantly we’re having fun here!


#20Questions with the DepSecDef

by Jayceei

Cover by cagliore

Today I have decided to sit down with one of our finest National Security Council members, Mr. TheRealMatrix. Gathered here today we got a 20-question interview to get to know our beloved DepSecDef better. Without further ado, let’s start!

  1. How did you become the DepSecDef?

TheRealMatrix: I became DepSecDef after Icerz retired, after a long journey of 3 years and a half. As to how as in the specific process, I’m not sure other than the fact I was chosen by the SecDef.

  1. If you weren’t the DepSecDef here, what would you be doing right now in terms of USDF?

TheRealMatrix: I’d probably still be National Security Advisor, mainly because I have a love-hate relationship with the role itself.

  1. What surprised you the most about getting your current position?

TheRealMatrix: The amount of responsibilities that stack up along with the oversight and involvement across all portfolios. We have 476 channels on the main server alone, over 300 others on the command server.

  1. Who’s the most important mentor you´ve had so far in your habbo career?

TheRealMatrix: I can’t narrow it down to any specific person, really. I know it’s meant to be the most impactful, but there’s genuinely no singular person that’s played a role in my growth here

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment coming from an enlisted to 2ic?

TheRealMatrix: Draining the swamp… of Habbo. Illegal Warfare is the most ridiculous practise to exist on Habbo and people who exercise it tend to be inferior or even ignorant in the art of intelligence and warfare. Cutting corners always leads to failure, and that’s why we’ve constantly won various “cold” wars in the past 3 years without actually being in the state of war-time. In a nutshell, I’d say my proudest accomplishment is securing our repeated victories.

  1. What’s the most unbelievable thing that’s ever happened to you in terms of Habbo?

TheRealMatrix: I’d say the rap battle fiasco in 2019, my raps went viral and I got invited to this public Habbo rap battle where I dropped some bars on people I didn’t even know and got called a Habbo Shakespeare. Whether that was an insult or compliment, I will never know.

Very interesting getting to know our DepSecDef better in terms of Habbo and USDF. Let’s expand this knowledge as we move on to some other questions getting to know him more as a person.

  1. Moving on to something non-habbo related, if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

TheRealMatrix: Either something off a BBQ or just plain cheese pizza (Pizza Margherita). Meat is good, has protein and you genuinely can’t develop a balanced and nutritious eating diet without it. Meat and vegetables are necessary for human beings. As for pizza, I just really love it.

  1. If you could have superpowers, what would your ideal one be?

TheRealMatrix: Invincibility without weaknesses or crutches. Once they can’t kill or harm you, everything else is possible.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

TheRealMatrix: Not doing enough in life.

  1. What would you change about yourself if you could?

TheRealMatrix: Nothing. I have no regrets so far.

  1. Do you have any hidden talents, or any surprising hobbies?

TheRealMatrix: I like to read, write and cook. I’m talented at all 3 – or so I believe.

  1. What do you find the most funny?

TheRealMatrix: Dark humor, edgy memes and the sheer stupidity of online bullies.

  1. Do you consider yourself a clean or messy person?

TheRealMatrix: Clean for sure, hygiene is important to me.

  1. If you had a glass in front of you, would you say it’s half full or half empty?

TheRealMatrix: Half full. To have a cup that’s half empty means you filled it to the half, therefore incompletely filling it to the brim. But to have a cup that’s half full, it means it was complete at one point and you drank or lost half, so you refer to it as half-full because it did mature to fullness. – But that’s just philosophy.

  1. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

TheRealMatrix: Introvert, most likely.

  1. What’s the weirdest compliment you’ve ever gotten?

TheRealMatrix: Haha well that one is very easy but it’s also very inappropriate so I’ll pass on answering that.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

TheRealMatrix: Never assume your predecessors have done their due diligence, always be pro-active.

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

TheRealMatrix: WARNING: HIGHLY FLAMMABLE

  1. If you were to describe yourself with one word, what would it be?

TheRealMatrix: Pragmatic.

  1. Who is the best question asker?

TheRealMatrix: It’s me for sure.


A High School Romance

by Promptis

Cover by DaesungLover

It was the first day of University at Seoul in Korea and Mark was already in class, except it was the beginning class so they were not being taught. It was awkward; it is the time when everyone hangs out with mates and talks about boring stuff. Everyone had mates apart from Mark, he had always been a loner in class and mostly kept to himself and kept his head down and studied hard.

5 minutes later, a head teacher and a student came into the room, ‘Who’s he?’ Mark thought. Mark guesses he was new to this school; the head teacher started talking to the new boy and then left the room. Marks’s teacher said, “Silence class, I have an announcement to make.” At that moment, everyone was quiet. “This is our new student; would you like to introduce yourself?”

“Uh, hello I’m Donghyuck Lee. It’s nice to meet you all.” The boy said. Donghyuck had brown hair, it was not that short and was not that long, but it was not girly it was boyish a bit, but also girly at the same time if that makes sense, he wore glasses and wore a purple jumper and black pants, he smiled at the end of his sentence.

“I hope you will enjoy this class, Donghyuck. You can sit next to Mark.” The teacher said. Donghyuck came and sat over next to Mark, “Hi there. Welcome. I’m Mark, and if you need any help ask me.” Donghyuck nodded, he did not say anything, just nodded his head.

Mark felt happy for once in his life, like he had just made a new friend. And maybe this is how it is supposed to be.

“Mark Lee please come to the head teacher’s office.” The speaker said. I groaned, way to interrupt my conversation with Donghyuck. It had been two weeks since Donghyuck and I had met and now we are excellent friends, I was right about making a new friend. “See you later?” Donghyuck asked, I nodded “of course.” I waved off and walked away, heading towards the teachers’ office, I finally got there and knocked on the door, and heard shouting saying ‘Do come in.’ so I did. As soon as I got in there, I sat down on the chair, and we talked… the head teacher and me. Donghyuck also got summoned a few minutes after.

All he said was I need to improve my grades and then sooner or later Donghyuck came to the office, he looked shocked he did not even know why he was here. “Donghyuck and Mark, I hear you’re great friends, yes?” The head asked. We both nodded, “good because I see that Donghyuck has excellent grades – almost perfect – so Donghyuck I want you to tutor Mark.” Donghyuck gasped and then accepted the request. We were told to leave, so we did, and as soon as we got out the room we stood near our lockers – because our lockers were so close together – and basically, we talked, I gave Donghyuck my address so he could come over and help me study and I gave him my number and then we left.

The bell rang a few moments later.

As soon as I got home, all that I was thinking of was ‘Donghyuck.’ I wonder if I like him. I mean I do not even know my sexual orientation… I do not know if I am gay or bisexual or just straight. I have dated a girl before but that was ages ago.

A few weeks later, Donghyuck came over and help me studied a lot over the past weeks and I think I have developed a crush on him, I mean he is just too adorable, and I have to say he is fit as hell. It is random, but it feels right. You know? He comes over later today, so I guess I could try and make a move on him.

– 5 hours later –

Donghyuck came over with two pizzasc; heese pizza and a pepperoni pizza. “No garlic bread or chips?” Mark complained. Mark could not complain though, I mean he did not even say he was going to do this he just did, so yeah, I think it made Mark like him even more you know. They sat down and ate the pizza before getting out some paper and Donghyuck got out the textbooks. Luckily it was science night, so it was not that bad. “Mm, this pizza is lovely.” Mark spoke. Donghyuck nodded in agreement.

5 Minutes later, we finished the pizza and then got to work on studying, Mark tried to make that move and I put my hand on top of his hand, Donghyuck blushed but did not think about pulling anyway any time soon. The next thing I did was try and cuddle up to him. “Uh, Mark, are you okay?” he asked me, eyebrows furrowed.

“Yes, I am, why?”

“Because you’re being really weird…” Donghyuck said.

“How?” Mark asked.

“By all your weird flirty things.” He spoke.

“Oh, I see, sorry…”  Mark looked away trying to hide the sadness of my face. I did not think I was being weird.

“Uh… do you maybe like me?” Donghyuck asked.

“Yes, I do, and I can’t not admit it. As soon as you came into my class, I was gobsmacked because of how beautiful and adorable you was. I am sorry if I am being weird, but I like you in a love-romantic boyfriend way. And I know that you do not like me the same way, but I think I love you.” Mark said, blushing. His ears and face went bright pink. As soon as he said that Donghyuck picked up his stuff and left the house… he never said anything to me ever again.

Well actually, I never saw him again. It is like he moved school.

I think he may have gone… my first ever friend.


Those were the days!

by pikasyu

Cover by chubbycheeks549

Those Were The Days

And the future holds many more.

It’s time for your soul to rest – amidst the dust…

Along the edges of the wooden chairs

and over the xoxos on your favourite desk.

A tear grazed the cheek of your homeroom teacher

As he said, “I can’t wait for what the future holds.”

With every breath, he choked…

And with every smile, he cried.

The chalk stopped making screeching sounds

The pens stopped dropping on the floor

The rustling of books every Monday morning –

singing songs of forgotten homework and unorganised folders

The clocked ticked even louder

The hallway screamed in silence

And keys on the Principal’s belt as he walked down didn’t scare you anymore.

But then he choked again,

and you held your breath.

And the chorus of tears created a surround sound in your brightly lit classroom.

Yearbooks were passed down

And the pens dance a little swirl, an extravagant dash and a defining dot.

The defining time.

The defining moment.

Of the end of your journey.

But then the bell rang, your soul came to rest

In the favourite corners of your school

And the bell rang once again – you look up onto the ceiling

Yet – and yet again…

From the corner of your eyes you could see him leaning on the door

As if he wanted to block the cheers and the tears of the children leaving

As if he wanted to stay another year and go through the turmoil again

But he smiled.

Those were the days,

And the future holds many more. 


The Reader’s Corner

by Eliza4Forever

Cover by DaesungLover

“Remember who the real enemy is.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins in 2009. This book serves as a sequel to the first book in the series ‘The Hunger Games’, and a prequel to the third and final book of the trilogy titled ‘Mockingjay’. Catching Fire tells the story of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s life shortly after she, along with her ‘star-crossed lover’ Peeta Mellark, were crowned victors of the 74th Hunger Games.

We are first introduced to the events that occurred before and during Katniss’ and Peeta’s Victory Tour, along with some indications of uprisings happening within each district. Believing that Katniss’ victory in the previous Hunger Games somehow inspired those uprisings, President Snow threatened the lives of the people she loved. 

Later, it is revealed that for the third Quarter Quell (also known as the 75th Hunger Games), tributes will be chosen from an existing pool of victors from each district – an act that is directly targeted at Katniss as she will be the only female victor alive in District 12. The book will go on to describe the 75th Hunger Games from Katniss’ point of view. Some of the scenes described were personally difficult for me to read, as I tend to avoid reading books that contain violent and gory material. Despite this, Catching Fire, along with the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy were one of the few books containing violence that I am willing to read, and this is all thanks to its eye-catching storyline and the character development that is involved. On a lighter note, my favourite tribute of the third Quarter Quell would have to be Finnick Odair from District 4, who was the victor of the 65th Hunger Games.

One thing I love about Catching Fire is how much Katniss’ relationship with Peeta developed throughout the story. Earlier in the series, Katniss truly believed that their relationship was nothing more than just an act. But as the story goes on, Katniss’ belief is challenged and both would eventually recognise the bond that has developed between the two. I also love how Haymitch’s role has developed from being a complete alcoholic to being a complete alcoholic who offers good advice and really cares about both his victors.

Overall, despite some gory descriptions that would sometimes make it hard for me to read,  it is inevitable especially for a book that is literally about sending young adults to an arena to fight to the death. Therefore, I would give this book a 10/10 for the amazing plots, character development and the many unexpected twists that will keep you hooked and second guessing what will happen next.


Back to School Bento Box Recipes

by chiari.cord

Cover by chiari.cord

Bento boxes are the go-to option when it comes to preparing a school meal. These are organized lunch boxes, filled with small sized food which you can open and eat anywhere you are. During the time between classes, you don’t want to be carrying a whole ten course menu for yourself, so these can be an extremely convenient option, they are easy to fit in backpacks, and include the right amount of food to keep you with energy for the whole day. I’m sure you don’t want to miss out, so today we brought some ideas to take on your way back to school!

Overall, there are some things you want to keep in mind when preparing a bento box. Firstly, keep it balanced, the idea of this is to keep you going for the rest of the day, so make sure to use ingredients and recipes which will give you enough energy. Use vegetables, fruits, and carbs in your meal! Then, you will also want to make it simple. After all, the idea is for it to be a quick meal. I recommend you to use recipes which are easy to eat (for example, a sandwich), and which can also be eaten cold, so you don’t waste time heating up the food.

So, now that we know these things, let’s get into making the box! The steps to follow are:

1 – Pick a box: This might seem like an easy step, but you have to stop and think about what you want to include in it. If you want to add a lot of food, try going with a bigger one. However, maybe you’re planning to eat less, then a smaller one would fit it. What you have to do is to plan ahead, and see which will fit your food the best.

2 – Prepare your food: As it was said before, try making dishes which can be eaten cold. For example, you have vegetables (both raw and cooked) which you can make into a salad or as snacks (like carrot sticks). You can also use other snacks, like nuts, seeds, or salt crackers. Another idea would be to use proteins, like chicken bites, or small meat pieces.

3 – Create your menu: Balance the proportions of your ingredients to have what you need from each of them, and keep it delicious. You can also guide yourself on how the box looks, using appetizing bright colors. This can be done with the use of lots of vegetables and fruits. Organize your food, and just have fun preparing it!

We also have some suggestions for you to prepare a full bento box. These are the following:

– As the star of your box, you can have a ham & cheese sandwich. You might want to add some fresh vegetables to this, like cucumber slices. Lastly, add some good fruit in there, such as watermelon or some apple!

– You can start off one with a salad. Add whatever you want here, I also recommend trying cold pasta, because when you mix it with vegetables, it tastes amazing. As a side food, maybe cut and include little cheese squares for you to have. Finish this box with some good yoghurt as a quick dessert!

– This one will require more preparation, but you can do chicken wraps with vegetables, slice them in half and put it in your box. These would go great with some cherry tomatoes, as well as some salt crackers. End this meal with some grapes, and you got yourself some lunch!

Evidently, bento boxes are really easy to make. They don’t require much, only creativity to come up with good food combinations. Going back to school can be stressful, so having a quick and easy to prepare lunch will definitely take some of the worries away. Try making these boxes, see what you can come up with, they are really nice and will take you out of a hurry!


Back to School Rebus

by koleq

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