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The Canadians I know will tell you that the human rights abuses are lies. American propaganda. When they visit Cuba that's what the people tell them when they learn about the revolution.

The Cubans I know (and there are a lot here) of course have something different to say. When I describe that to the Canadians they still maintain that's its lies. Lies Cubans have agreed to repeat at the insistence of the US government.

I knew visiting scientists from Cuba when I lived in Canada. Once they got over their fear that I was secret police they would open up some.

One day, 2 of them (a married couple) simply failed to show up. Reps from the Cuban embassy soon came by. Nobody knew anything. We found out they defected that morning.

I ran into her years later at a conference. It was awesome to see the personality change that comes from not living in fear.

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I'm not a fan, but I do have an aquintance who is. But he does describe himself as a Stalinist. So grain of salt there... I think many of the people who admire him do so because he resisted the perceived US imperialism in the Western Hemisphere. I could get on board with that without being on board with the human rights abuses...

I suppose this is another example of perspective and duality...

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I know a lot of people who would love to cut you up for saying anything nice about the man... somehow I knew this would turn political. You guys need way more people in those bullshit threads. :-)

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I know a lot of Canadians who consider him a hero.

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If you dont view the ashes you get shot...gotta love Cuba

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It's actually worse.

They are sending his ashes on a 5-day trek across the island, retracing in reverse his March to Havana in 1959...

I have my mother in laws ashes at my house.

Trust me, they could shovel the remains from his fireplace and no one would know the difference...

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Did I hear this correctly?

On my drive to work this morning, the news reader said they are going to put Castro's ashes on display...

Huh???

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H&K - Like Scamp, I can't know for sure what the deal was with the couple. Maybe they had legitimate concerns, maybe they were fakes/flakes.

However, as I said in that email exchange we shared, more pics can only help you. Having just one face pic in your gallery to share during emails proves nothing. That pic can be of anyone.

If "gumbies" email us it's an automatic "not interested". Your profile pics need not identify you. You can fuzz out the face or crop the pic BUT you should have a few pics (not all selfies) to help show that you are real and confident.

You should also have several face and body shots (clothed is fine) in a private gallery to open for interested parties. And they should open theirs to you.

We had an SM (in another state from us) contact me while I was away on a trip and available for SF play. He had great certs (including one from a member of this forum if I remember correctly) and some body shots but no face shots. When we were texting I asked him to take a selfie and send it to me so I could see what he looked like. He replied he wasn't a "picture person" then proceeded to ask me to come straight to his house instead of meeting at a restaurant or bar.

My answer was "No". He couldn't understand what my issue was.

Was he real? Probably. He had enough certs but that wasn't enough for me to be comfortable and he wasn't willing to do anything to help get me into the comfort zone.

He blew it and probably still can't understand why. Sometimes what seems like a little thing to one party is a HUGE thing to the other and you may never fully understand what that thing was. See what I'm saying?

~rabbit~

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Not sure how the communication went but if you were asking to see more pics or using more sexual innuendos as the conversation went on, some may consider that a red flag. They may have felt you were a pic collector or just getting your jollies from the fantasy of meeting and that you weren't really interested in meeting.

Just a shot in the dark but something to consider in future correspondence.

And yeah, getting a cert or two might help.

~S~

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Humble_and_Kind, without knowing the specifics of your conversations, I couldn't offer an opinion about whether or not your *vibes* are a problem.

However, the reaction you just described sounds as though the problem was on the other end and not you. There are many things that you can do to improve your chances while managing the obvious hurtles that SMs face, but I won't bore anyone with my thoughts on that here.

@onegoodguy: I agree with you that smooth's suggestion is a good one; however, I will comment that it is most likely Mr Smooth making it. Ms Smooth very rarely posts, and she will almost always sign the post if/when she does.

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