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2020.09.28 07:18 Vespertine-Valentine The Prometheus Project - Volumn III: The Perfect Story (Last Will & Testament)

What was V writing? Aengus couldn’t decide. He figured V must write about a lot of things—he was a writer, and in order for his dream to come true, he would need to take many names and many forms. He didn’t believe that one “sacred text” could inspire enough people. Instead, he would have to explore myriad formats and stories. But he wanted to boil it down to essentially The Perfect Story, that would be adapted to suit various needs and thereby gain the widest following. What were the main elements?
The basic plot would be about some large group of Good people who band together to overthrow the Evil and oppressive minority ruling class. Isn’t that always the story? Of course, it starts out as a small movement that spreads Enlightenment and Hope among the disaffected, and despite a struggle it triumphs in the end.
V wanted to spread that message in a variety of media, from poems to songs to video games. Aengus did too, but he wasn’t nearly as talented as V, and would need to recruit more people to assist with production. V also planned to make a comic book, something Aengus always wanted to do. He loved Coheed and Cambria (and of course V for Vendetta).
He figured the names and identities (physical, social, psychological) of the figures would vary based on whatever group is being targeted. He didn’t want to write about his own experience or perpetuate bias and prejudice in media. He wanted to break those paradigms. He wanted to appeal to everyone. Everyone needed to feel like a hero and be able to identify with the movement and message. Thus the characters and stories needed to reflect the needs of a broad swath of people, without being preachy or alienating anyone. Indeed, Project Prometheus required the will and action of a massive amount of people of all ages and backgrounds.
But V wanted these stories to be united by symbols. People may not identify with every piece associated with the project, but people could know other fans and adopters by the symbols they wear (on their body, their clothing and accessories, their vehicles, their digital personae, etc.). V hoped that other artists and similar minded folks would adopt the same symbols and contribute their own stories and ideas.
V wanted the idea to be viral. A virus of ideas, something infectious that would spread across the globe. He imagined memes being posted on social media. He also wanted it to be a conversation, to spark conversation.
Aengus paused. Perhaps he should research how to write a good story. Perhaps he needed to write a short story. Maybe that’s what V was working on? Either that or a list of all the things he needed to read and research—but that’s something Aengus needed to do. Maybe V was writing a draft? Where in the story are we?
Aengus wasn’t sure. He was having a hard time focusing. If only he were more like V, he wished.
He decided “why not start somewhere interesting?”
V was writing his will, including a set of instructions for the doomsday scenario fall back plan in the event of his demise. Put simply, it gave the order to commence Ragnarok. It was an insurance plan, in case V was threatened. And V had recently become quite paranoid. He knew he was being followed and that various elements of the world elite were aware of his revolutionary ideas. Recently, a few relatively high-level members of Project Prometheus had disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and allies of the movement were suffering similar oppression.
Ragnarok was a threat and a promise to the ruling class that it was in their best interest to give power up peacefully. Unfortunately, it would likely lead to untold suffering of innocents, so V was trying his best to avert it. It would be a foolish move to remove V, because his movement would not die with him; the documents V was writing should ensure that. If the powers that be wanted to make a martyr of V, he dared them to.
First, V described his succession plan.
But before we do that, let’s give a layout of the structure of the Project Prometheus organization. All members were referred to as Enlightened (sometimes stylized as Vnlightvnvd [e being the fifth letter of the alphabet made it interchangeable with v]). Those who were more committed to and invested in the project were known as Angels (sometimes stylized as Λngels). Angels actively contributed to the organization by whatever means they could (expertise, writing, information sharing, money, organizing, etc.). Above them were Archangels, those who were influential in the organization and helped organize and lead Angels. An offshoot of the Angels were known as One Winged Angels (sometimes called 1WΛ or ∀ngels). These were more prepared for the Apocalypse. They were well armed and often placed in military and policing organizations. They were not afraid to get their hands dirty and defend themselves and the Cause. A bit too bold for many members of the organization, but they were necessary and invaluable.
At the top, just below V, were the Keys. Keys could be considered something like generals, a cabinet, or a senate within the organization. There were a handful of them, and they tended to either be very close to V or very powerful outside the organization. They were critical to the maintenance, growth, and success of the organization. These were V’s most trusted advisers, but he was wary of some of them. At the top was V, the Torchbearer. But it was a rather diverse network. While V had been working on centralizing and unifying, he only had so much influence over what members did. For now, things were going smoothly.
V wasn’t exactly afraid to die, though he wanted to live to see the revolution through. He was worried about what might happen if he did die. He wanted to be responsible with the movement he had helped build. So he began describing the succession plan:
Were V to die, with member input, the Keys would elect a new Torchbearer who would serve until voted out by a supermajority of the Keys. Otherwise the structure of the organization would remain in tact according to the Management Committee unless altered by decree of Torchbearer and Keys.
And what did Ragnarok entail? It put the One Winged Angels on a war footing, and permission to engage the enemy. It would start with a large cache of documents being released. V and his colleagues had been gathering millions of documents laying out abuses of power, corruption, and inhumane, illegal activity from members of the ruling class in nations across the world. It would range from embarrassing to the truly heinous, and condemn thousands of the most powerful people in the world. This ranged from billionaires to heads of state to top politicians, bureaucrats, members of the judiciary, business people, religious figures, etc. The belief was this would be enough ammunition to spark massive protests, which began in stage 2.
How had they acquired all these documents? V was a hacker, and he had an army of hackers and people placed within a variety of organizations with sensitive data. It was a network of whistleblowers who had amassed a treasure trove of sensitive data. At the start, the data would be released to remove those in power. Over time, if demands were not met, the releases would include sensitive military information, trade secrets, etc. All of this should begin to destabilize governments and affect the bottom line of corporations and banks.
While this is going on, the Angels who were installed in social movements and political networks would help organize mass protests. Those with sway over unions would provoke massive strikes. At the same time, mass boycotts would begin. With people in the street, abandoning jobs, and halting the economy, the powerful might begin to listen.
But if that’s not enough, V had another card up his sleeve. V and his collaborators had been writing a series of viruses to take control of a large swath of computers, electric grids, communications systems, etc. They would begin by ransoming large corporations and government agencies. Then they would begin shutting militaries, spy agencies, and police forces out of their own networks, while erasing critical financial data. They would destroy trillions of dollars of wealth and debt. Simultaneously, they would begin tanking the stock market.
The world would be thrown into chaos, and with the help of Project Prometheus, heal. Or so the plan went. It was a gamble and it played with the lives of billions and would likely mean bloodshed and suffering. But it was the best bet for humanity to reform itself before the true Apocalypse, which the world elite were rushing the world towards. The Λpocalypse would be humanity’s last hope; desperate times called for desperate measures.
So if V was so hesitant to begin Ragnarok, why give the go ahead upon death? Well, for one, many of his adherents were calling for it already. But primarily it was because it spelled the end of Project Prometheus without swift action. If V was in danger, so was the Project. V had kept a fairly low profile and prided himself on his anonymity. While he was hyper vigilant and keen to protect himself in myriad ways, he knew he was being watched. He also knew there were spies in the organization. If the organization was compromised, and so was his life, it meant the rest of the members were in danger, as well as allies. Ragnarok meant leverage, power, and safety, and he wouldn’t allow his movement to go down without a fight.
While there was no way for V to keep a precise member count of Enlightened, he knew it was in the tens of thousands, possibly more (it depends where you draw the line of membership, as many members had their own bases, which, if counted, meant influence over hundreds of thousands). He knew there were thousands of Angels, and had a team that kept track of membership and contributions. Indeed, it was becoming a rather large bureaucracy that V was constantly overhauling. Building a movement was hard work. Thankfully, V had a committee comprised of those with expertise in management, from disciplines like political science to organizational studies to law to business, etc. This management committee studied the best way to adopt rules and administer justice within the organization. Essentially the task was to build The Perfect Organization, and it needed to be organic as it increased in size and complexity.
One part of that expanding bureaucracy dealt with managing money. Project Prometheus had tens of millions of US dollars of wealth in a variety of formats and accounts spread across the globe. A committee of Keys oversaw the purse, conferring V for any major decisions. Money came from many sources, including dues, donations, reappropriation, and profit from investments. It was spent wherever necessary to protect members. This could include legal fees, living and medical expenses, etc. It also paid for the labor of some Angels who were devoted to the project full time and lacked another income stream. Angels were protected in case of economic hardship. Funds were also used to purchase land, servers, 3D printers, and whatever capital members needed. It was also used for promoting the movement through physical media and sometimes promoting ally projects.
But V had far more in accounts he personally controlled. Like the Project, his liquid assets were in a variety of denominations and the assets included paper money, precious metals, stocks, etc. The vast majority, however, was in digital currency. His total assets were worth several hundred million US dollars. V had acquired much of that through theft from, and ransom and blackmail of Devils and Rulers. V liked to think of himself as somewhat of a modern-day Robin Hood. V had no qualms; the revolution needed money, and the people he took from did not. A double win for the world.
Instead of directly going to the coffers of the organization, V wanted these millions to be divvied up amongst the Project’s chapters. He wanted there to be some local control so resources would be fairly distributed during Ragnarok. V knew that Ragnarok would be painful, which is why he’d been trying his best to amass wealth for the sake of the movement. V hardly spent any of it himself. He used what he needed, but he kept a low profile and did not lead a lavish lifestyle. On paper, he didn’t make much money. And he didn’t particularly care to spend or own a lot; he was not driven by consumerism or materialism.
V signed the will with his signature Ⓥ✌️. Members often used the victory hand as greeting and farewell. One Winged Angels recognized one another with the Vulcan salute (🖖). The document featured the Project Prometheus logo, a genderless multiracial hand in a fist, holding a flaming rainbow rose. The fist holding a rose was a nod to democratic socialism. The rose was rainbow colored to represent diversity in all domains of life (including but not limited to gender, sexuality, religion, ideology, etc.), just as the fist was a combination of skin tones to represent the common struggle across race and ethnicity. The rose was on fire to represent enlightenment. Just like Prometheus, the Enlightened knew it was their purpose to steal the fire from the gods for themselves. The rainbow rose reinforced the notion of bringing light by including all colors of the visual spectrum. In emojis, it was often rendered thusly:
🔥 🌹 🤙
Aengus sighed. Part of him wanted V to dedicate something to his love in his will. Or maybe he would send out a cache of apologies to ex lovers? Unsent love letters? But Aengus didn’t imagine a love interest for V. Perhaps because he lacked a muse himself, perhaps because he didn’t want V to suffer such a weakness. Not yet, anyway. Romance is certainly useful for storytelling, but he wanted V to be pure, an untouchable messiah. He was torn. Perhaps that’s the reason V pushed so many away. He didn’t want to drag anyone into his world, and feared it would compromise his ability to lead. It would be irresponsible for him to fall in love. But he was human.
Aengus stroked his chin. So many things to consider. Who would V give this document to? How many details did it contain? Who could be trusted? Why was V so worried, and what did he plan to do next?
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2020.09.28 07:18 Vespertine-Valentine The Prometheus Project - Volumn III: The Perfect Story (Last Will & Testament)

What was V writing? Aengus couldn’t decide. He figured V must write about a lot of things—he was a writer, and in order for his dream to come true, he would need to take many names and many forms. He didn’t believe that one “sacred text” could inspire enough people. Instead, he would have to explore myriad formats and stories. But he wanted to boil it down to essentially The Perfect Story, that would be adapted to suit various needs and thereby gain the widest following. What were the main elements?
The basic plot would be about some large group of Good people who band together to overthrow the Evil and oppressive minority ruling class. Isn’t that always the story? Of course, it starts out as a small movement that spreads Enlightenment and Hope among the disaffected, and despite a struggle it triumphs in the end.
V wanted to spread that message in a variety of media, from poems to songs to video games. Aengus did too, but he wasn’t nearly as talented as V, and would need to recruit more people to assist with production. V also planned to make a comic book, something Aengus always wanted to do. He loved Coheed and Cambria (and of course V for Vendetta).
He figured the names and identities (physical, social, psychological) of the figures would vary based on whatever group is being targeted. He didn’t want to write about his own experience or perpetuate bias and prejudice in media. He wanted to break those paradigms. He wanted to appeal to everyone. Everyone needed to feel like a hero and be able to identify with the movement and message. Thus the characters and stories needed to reflect the needs of a broad swath of people, without being preachy or alienating anyone. Indeed, Project Prometheus required the will and action of a massive amount of people of all ages and backgrounds.
But V wanted these stories to be united by symbols. People may not identify with every piece associated with the project, but people could know other fans and adopters by the symbols they wear (on their body, their clothing and accessories, their vehicles, their digital personae, etc.). V hoped that other artists and similar minded folks would adopt the same symbols and contribute their own stories and ideas.
V wanted the idea to be viral. A virus of ideas, something infectious that would spread across the globe. He imagined memes being posted on social media. He also wanted it to be a conversation, to spark conversation.
Aengus paused. Perhaps he should research how to write a good story. Perhaps he needed to write a short story. Maybe that’s what V was working on? Either that or a list of all the things he needed to read and research—but that’s something Aengus needed to do. Maybe V was writing a draft? Where in the story are we?
Aengus wasn’t sure. He was having a hard time focusing. If only he were more like V, he wished.
He decided “why not start somewhere interesting?”
V was writing his will, including a set of instructions for the doomsday scenario fall back plan in the event of his demise. Put simply, it gave the order to commence Ragnarok. It was an insurance plan, in case V was threatened. And V had recently become quite paranoid. He knew he was being followed and that various elements of the world elite were aware of his revolutionary ideas. Recently, a few relatively high-level members of Project Prometheus had disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and allies of the movement were suffering similar oppression.
Ragnarok was a threat and a promise to the ruling class that it was in their best interest to give power up peacefully. Unfortunately, it would likely lead to untold suffering of innocents, so V was trying his best to avert it. It would be a foolish move to remove V, because his movement would not die with him; the documents V was writing should ensure that. If the powers that be wanted to make a martyr of V, he dared them to.
First, V described his succession plan.
But before we do that, let’s give a layout of the structure of the Project Prometheus organization. All members were referred to as Enlightened (sometimes stylized as Vnlightvnvd [e being the fifth letter of the alphabet made it interchangeable with v]). Those who were more committed to and invested in the project were known as Angels (sometimes stylized as Λngels). Angels actively contributed to the organization by whatever means they could (expertise, writing, information sharing, money, organizing, etc.). Above them were Archangels, those who were influential in the organization and helped organize and lead Angels. An offshoot of the Angels were known as One Winged Angels (sometimes called 1WΛ or ∀ngels). These were more prepared for the Apocalypse. They were well armed and often placed in military and policing organizations. They were not afraid to get their hands dirty and defend themselves and the Cause. A bit too bold for many members of the organization, but they were necessary and invaluable.
At the top, just below V, were the Keys. Keys could be considered something like generals, a cabinet, or a senate within the organization. There were a handful of them, and they tended to either be very close to V or very powerful outside the organization. They were critical to the maintenance, growth, and success of the organization. These were V’s most trusted advisers, but he was wary of some of them. At the top was V, the Torchbearer. But it was a rather diverse network. While V had been working on centralizing and unifying, he only had so much influence over what members did. For now, things were going smoothly.
V wasn’t exactly afraid to die, though he wanted to live to see the revolution through. He was worried about what might happen if he did die. He wanted to be responsible with the movement he had helped build. So he began describing the succession plan:
Were V to die, with member input, the Keys would elect a new Torchbearer who would serve until voted out by a supermajority of the Keys. Otherwise the structure of the organization would remain in tact according to the Management Committee unless altered by decree of Torchbearer and Keys.
And what did Ragnarok entail? It put the One Winged Angels on a war footing, and permission to engage the enemy. It would start with a large cache of documents being released. V and his colleagues had been gathering millions of documents laying out abuses of power, corruption, and inhumane, illegal activity from members of the ruling class in nations across the world. It would range from embarrassing to the truly heinous, and condemn thousands of the most powerful people in the world. This ranged from billionaires to heads of state to top politicians, bureaucrats, members of the judiciary, business people, religious figures, etc. The belief was this would be enough ammunition to spark massive protests, which began in stage 2.
How had they acquired all these documents? V was a hacker, and he had an army of hackers and people placed within a variety of organizations with sensitive data. It was a network of whistleblowers who had amassed a treasure trove of sensitive data. At the start, the data would be released to remove those in power. Over time, if demands were not met, the releases would include sensitive military information, trade secrets, etc. All of this should begin to destabilize governments and affect the bottom line of corporations and banks.
While this is going on, the Angels who were installed in social movements and political networks would help organize mass protests. Those with sway over unions would provoke massive strikes. At the same time, mass boycotts would begin. With people in the street, abandoning jobs, and halting the economy, the powerful might begin to listen.
But if that’s not enough, V had another card up his sleeve. V and his collaborators had been writing a series of viruses to take control of a large swath of computers, electric grids, communications systems, etc. They would begin by ransoming large corporations and government agencies. Then they would begin shutting militaries, spy agencies, and police forces out of their own networks, while erasing critical financial data. They would destroy trillions of dollars of wealth and debt. Simultaneously, they would begin tanking the stock market.
The world would be thrown into chaos, and with the help of Project Prometheus, heal. Or so the plan went. It was a gamble and it played with the lives of billions and would likely mean bloodshed and suffering. But it was the best bet for humanity to reform itself before the true Apocalypse, which the world elite were rushing the world towards. The Λpocalypse would be humanity’s last hope; desperate times called for desperate measures.
So if V was so hesitant to begin Ragnarok, why give the go ahead upon death? Well, for one, many of his adherents were calling for it already. But primarily it was because it spelled the end of Project Prometheus without swift action. If V was in danger, so was the Project. V had kept a fairly low profile and prided himself on his anonymity. While he was hyper vigilant and keen to protect himself in myriad ways, he knew he was being watched. He also knew there were spies in the organization. If the organization was compromised, and so was his life, it meant the rest of the members were in danger, as well as allies. Ragnarok meant leverage, power, and safety, and he wouldn’t allow his movement to go down without a fight.
While there was no way for V to keep a precise member count of Enlightened, he knew it was in the tens of thousands, possibly more (it depends where you draw the line of membership, as many members had their own bases, which, if counted, meant influence over hundreds of thousands). He knew there were thousands of Angels, and had a team that kept track of membership and contributions. Indeed, it was becoming a rather large bureaucracy that V was constantly overhauling. Building a movement was hard work. Thankfully, V had a committee comprised of those with expertise in management, from disciplines like political science to organizational studies to law to business, etc. This management committee studied the best way to adopt rules and administer justice within the organization. Essentially the task was to build The Perfect Organization, and it needed to be organic as it increased in size and complexity.
One part of that expanding bureaucracy dealt with managing money. Project Prometheus had tens of millions of US dollars of wealth in a variety of formats and accounts spread across the globe. A committee of Keys oversaw the purse, conferring V for any major decisions. Money came from many sources, including dues, donations, reappropriation, and profit from investments. It was spent wherever necessary to protect members. This could include legal fees, living and medical expenses, etc. It also paid for the labor of some Angels who were devoted to the project full time and lacked another income stream. Angels were protected in case of economic hardship. Funds were also used to purchase land, servers, 3D printers, and whatever capital members needed. It was also used for promoting the movement through physical media and sometimes promoting ally projects.
But V had far more in accounts he personally controlled. Like the Project, his liquid assets were in a variety of denominations and the assets included paper money, precious metals, stocks, etc. The vast majority, however, was in digital currency. His total assets were worth several hundred million US dollars. V had acquired much of that through theft from, and ransom and blackmail of Devils and Rulers. V liked to think of himself as somewhat of a modern-day Robin Hood. V had no qualms; the revolution needed money, and the people he took from did not. A double win for the world.
Instead of directly going to the coffers of the organization, V wanted these millions to be divvied up amongst the Project’s chapters. He wanted there to be some local control so resources would be fairly distributed during Ragnarok. V knew that Ragnarok would be painful, which is why he’d been trying his best to amass wealth for the sake of the movement. V hardly spent any of it himself. He used what he needed, but he kept a low profile and did not lead a lavish lifestyle. On paper, he didn’t make much money. And he didn’t particularly care to spend or own a lot; he was not driven by consumerism or materialism.
V signed the will with his signature Ⓥ✌️. Members often used the victory hand as greeting and farewell. One Winged Angels recognized one another with the Vulcan salute (🖖). The document featured the Project Prometheus logo, a genderless multiracial hand in a fist, holding a flaming rainbow rose. The fist holding a rose was a nod to democratic socialism. The rose was rainbow colored to represent diversity in all domains of life (including but not limited to gender, sexuality, religion, ideology, etc.), just as the fist was a combination of skin tones to represent the common struggle across race and ethnicity. The rose was on fire to represent enlightenment. Just like Prometheus, the Enlightened knew it was their purpose to steal the fire from the gods for themselves. The rainbow rose reinforced the notion of bringing light by including all colors of the visual spectrum. In emojis, it was often rendered thusly:
🔥 🌹 🤙
Aengus sighed. Part of him wanted V to dedicate something to his love in his will. Or maybe he would send out a cache of apologies to ex lovers? Unsent love letters? But Aengus didn’t imagine a love interest for V. Perhaps because he lacked a muse himself, perhaps because he didn’t want V to suffer such a weakness. Not yet, anyway. Romance is certainly useful for storytelling, but he wanted V to be pure, an untouchable messiah. He was torn. Perhaps that’s the reason V pushed so many away. He didn’t want to drag anyone into his world, and feared it would compromise his ability to lead. It would be irresponsible for him to fall in love. But he was human.
Aengus stroked his chin. So many things to consider. Who would V give this document to? How many details did it contain? Who could be trusted? Why was V so worried, and what did he plan to do next?
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2020.09.25 20:01 johnlee_erg Labbing Discord Results: Samus!

Project M Samus Tech Post:

Labbing Discord
Samus Discord
Samus carries over much of her Melee tech, which is to say that she remains a very technical character. The addition of her crawl attack, ice mode, and use of general PM tech adds some cool stuff too. Special thanks to Chevy this session for having already made essentially this entire post years ago. Any italicized sections are quoted more or less directly from that smashboards thread.

Super Wavedash

“An intentional reproduction of the infamous Melee glitch, PM's SWD functions similarly to it's predecessor. Because of a handful of mechanics new to Brawl, however, we have vastly more options available to us out of it.
A SWD is performed by holding left or right on the control stick on frame 40 of the bomb animation, and the opposite direction by frame 42. You must be grounded during these frames for this to work, however this doesn't mean you need to start on the ground.
The exact X coordinate of your stick when the second input is read controls how far Samus will slide, the best way to do this consistently is with angling, but we have better ways of controlling our distance.
There's a peculiar quirk in the physics engine that causes a character's momentum to be completely reversed if they crawl backwards. When you combine this with the ability to reverse your momentum you can gain near exact control of where Samus' SWD stops past a certain minimum distance.
Because we can reverse our momentum, we can position Samus back on top of the bomb that we used to initiate the SWD. You can also drop another bomb at any point during the SWD and start again. As long as the opponent cannot punish the initial minimum distance before we can act, the mixups are basically endless.
We also have a variety of ways to maintain SWD momentum when transitioning off stage.
Shield
Charge Shot
Charge Cancel
Bomb
Here's some more miscellaneous junk.
Input Flubber Mixup
Platform SWD
SWD OoS
B-Reverse
Reverse B-Reverse
Meme
SWD ScuttleDash B Reverse
Ledge Blast
More Niche Difficult Stuff
SWMW
Very Important Tech:
SWW
Optimal Ledge Grab
Ultimate Technique

Wall Climb

Like most characters with a cancellable neutral b and a wall jump, Samus can climb walls by wall jumping, b reversing neutral b, cancelling it with shield, and and then wall jumping again. Samus is one of the floatiest characters with this technique so its significantly less scary to try out, and it also opens up some really cool edgeguard options for her, if you can sneak some wavebounces in there:

MISSILE CANCELLING

“Samus' missile animation land cancels. This means 4 frames of landing lag while descending or 0 if your downwards velocity is low enough(no impact landing). I'm not gonna go too in depth myself at the moment but the idea is that you fire a missile a little bit before landing on a platform or the ground. There are better guides already written so I'll just link them for now.
Melee Missile Guide(~95% of this is the same)
ESAM's PM missile video guide(3.02 but once again it's almost identical)

AERIAL INTERRUPT

“Samus can manipulate her landing collision to force an early landing while she is rising by inputting an up-air. Luckily the collision shifts during autocancel frames so we go into the standard 4 frames of landing lag. This is particularly useful as a way to access platforms faster. Or as an invincible ledge option. Keep in mind you can do anything after the 4 frames of lag, this is something to try and work into a lot of different areas of your game…”

AERIAL INTERRUPT SHAI DROPS(AISD)

“I'm not going to explain Shai Dropping here, you can check out all the Melee details right here.
This is the big one that I want to talk about, I believe that is has a strong place in Samus' future metagame, in both Melee and PM. Lucky for us, you can buffer the Shai Drop out of landing lag in PM.
This means it's not incredibly hard to consistently perform if you can already execute aerial interrupts.
Basically just do a normal AI onto a platform, but after inputting the up-air, hold light press shield, and down on the control stick 6 frames before landing lag is over but not after 3 frames before landing lag is over, otherwise you will buffer spot dodge.
Most relevant platforms have a 2 frame window to Aerial Interrupt from full hop, the earlier and optimal window only has 2 frames of startup for up-air, the later window has 3 frames of startup, this is important because if you get the 2nd window for AI you have a frame that you can accidentally buffer shield for if you mistime it.
If successfully performed, you will drop through the platform the first frame after your normal landing lag.
This is Samus' fastest way to cancel a missile at ground level.
This also gives her a way to pseudo-shffl aerials.
Keep up the pressure.(this could definitely be performed a lot faster)
This opens up a lot of crazy ambiguous movement and mix-up potential with normal aerial interrupts,
possibilities are pretty wild if you can master this. ”

GRAPPLE JUMP

“Samus can input her grapple beam at any point during air dodge, we can exploit this by cancelling an upwards air dodge with the grapple beam to keep all of the upwards momentum of the air dodge with none of the frames that slow her down.
This is mostly a niche recovery tech, but it has application in a couple places.
Ideally you input the A button the frame after the initial air dodge for maximum height. You'll lose substantial height for every extra frame you are late but it's lenient enough to consistently get decent height. A max height grapple jump goes much higher than screw attack, and is sometimes your only way to recover.”
You can also make use of the hitbox on grapple jump to surprise people holding ledge, if you drift closer after zairing out of the tether range.
GRAPPLE DROPPING
“Samus can perform a grapple drop similar to her grapple jump, just air-dodge down instead of up, and the frame after input z-air. This is a potential mix-up to escape aerial juggles and regain ground positioning.
Hitboxes
This is handy if you find yourself in a bad situation and need to cover yourself and get down quickly.

Bomb Pressure

“Samus can act out of morph bomb frame 1 of the explosion after it either hits something or manually detonates. She can use this to waveland back to the ground or act in the air with anything. You can also use the bomb's KB to push shielding opponents off of ledges, and wavebomb to follow up.
Melee Links that are mostly the same:
Goomy bomb guide
Old Blu2 TAS

Double Bomb Triple Missile

Another application of bomb jumping with samus is using it to set up some quick land cancelled missiles in rapid succession. This is probably the fastest way to do these without platforms.

CRAWL BUFFERING

“Normally, it takes 7 frames before you can input boost ball, and 14 before your hurtboxes are fully shrunk.
Regular Crawling
However, any character can transition directly into their crouch animation from any normal landing lag.
Since Samus has a crawl, she can transition directly into crawl, and subsequently, crawl attack.
Buffering Crawl
Since Missiles land cancel into normal lag, you can missile cancel directly into crawl
Missile Cancel Crawl
You can also use this with aerial interrupts. Autocancel your up-air and hold your control stick at a crawl angle during landing lag.
AI Crawl
This provides a very good option from ledge as well.
Get Creative Dummies

Dashing Out of Crawl

“You might feel like your movement is a little bit restricted while crawling, but you actually have every grounded option available to you while in morph ball(grab is one frame slower because you must shield first). Dashing out of crawl is a little bit awkward but consistently do-able.
Samus can always dash backwards out of crawl, the stand up-animation is cancellable with a turnaround which transitions into a dash.
Unfortunately, the same is not true for dashing forwards. If you enter the stand up-animation you cannot dash forward during it. One way around this is to simply dash backwards first.
The other method is kind of tricky, but if you slide your stick along the bottom ridge of your control gate, you can dash directly out of stationary or backwards crawl. The input seems kind of inconsistent in frame advance, but you can go directly from stationary to just above bottom right notch and usually get it.”

Grapple Interrupt from Ledge

“ Samus can interrupt her grapple much like her up-air from ledge, the inputs are a little bit harder and a lot riskier but it nets you up to 10 frames of actionable grounded invincibility vs. 7 from tourney winner waveland or AI.
Problem with this technique is that even though the potential reward is moderate, the risk is huge. The benefit of having the 10 extra frames implies you were trying to do something with them. Unfortunately, messing up trying to input, say a d-smash from ledge by grappling too earlier or not drifting enough looks like this. Although this technique does not require your tether be unused off-stage, it does consume it regardless. So if you mess up you are low off-stage with no tether or jump. We can recover with charge climbing if it's a walled stage, but otherwise you're dead.”

Grapple Braking

“Samus can cancel her momentum after crouch cancelling a powerful hit or otherwise sliding off stage with unwanted momentum, similar to GnW's bucket braking. You just need to hit z as soon as you slide off a ledge, and hope you don't get killed by the tether glitch or fly too fast to catch ledge.
Be Quick
Don't Die

Forced Tether Hop Mixups

“The earlier Samus reaches ledge from her tether when being edge-hogged, the highers the forced jump begins. If you attach to ledge close enough, and reel in fast enough(earliest is the frame you hear the latch), then you will not suffer the normal 8 billion frames of landing lag.
Shield
Roll
Screw Attack
Waveland
Alternatively, you can purposefully wait until Samus is at the end of her tether for low jump mixups. These can be good if your opponent is going for greedier, slower punishes.”

Bombstooling

“Any time you bomb a grounded opponent you should be able to footstool them before the bomb jump pushes you too far away. If they are under the percent where bomb starts to knock them airborne(55-80ish, character dependent), then you can do a few things during the footstool stun. The best option is generally d-air since it's our best combo starter and puts opponent into crumple at very low percents, which is generally huge damage for us. Here's a spreadsheet for frames to land d-air on every character.
Once bomb starts knocking the opponent airborne, the footstool will put them in a tech situation. If they miss tech or tech in place there is a small window to hit them with a fast fall aerial. If they tech in a direction I don't believe you can follow up. I didn't thoroughly test this vs. every character but the time before fast fall + charge shot startup seems to be enough for any character to shield in time. You can also z-air reset off of missed tech, but this is fairly hard to do(maybe impossible on some characters), only works in a narrow range of percents(small window between bomb knocking airborne and z-air scaling too much to jab reset), and loses to any tech option or ASDI up.
You can also bombstool aerial opponents. This is functionally just a more difficult version of the footstool tech mix-up that every character has access to, perk is that you get an extra 8%. This is a little bit harder than the grounded version as you generally will need to drift towards the bomb's knockback to catch your enemy. Bomb sends slightly up and away so you generally just need to drift a little bit closer to them before footstooling. Careful not to accidentally cross them up with the bomb, this will reverse the angle.”

Shield Rebound Push-Off

Hitting an opponent's shield pushes the attacker back, as well as the defender. In PM this rebound will slide off of platform, unlike Melee. We can capitalize on this to get massive frame advantage when positioned near an edge that we can fall off of.
Dash attack is the most versatile tool we have to abuse this quirk with. D-smash has the highest potential advantage. Technically you can use pretty much any grounded normal but in this situations that we are trying to set up we want high shield damage, and large range; these two moves suit us best. Dash attack is up to +9 on block, and d-smash up to +11.
DA bair
(You must hit the front of their shield, otherwise the dash attack will launch you too far for the b-air to connect.)
(Can probably poke here but spacing is very difficult, once you go off with dash attack b-air is your quickest move to catch an OoS option)
DA Push Off N-air
DA Charge Shot Poke
DA Push Off Charge Shot (true confirm because of uninterruptible tumble)
AI DSmash Missile
Pivot Dsmash Charge Shot
Wavelanding
Real Life Application
Most of this is pretty gimmicky, but it's all super safe after the push off so even if your opponent starts to counterplay this stuff it's an advantageous position. These are just a few setups I thought of, you can do practically anything so play around with it cause it's cool as hell.”

Bomb Angling

“If a bomb collides with the corner of a surface, it'll bounce off at a 45 degree angle. This isn't too useful, but it can cover different space than a regular bomb off stage.”

Taunt Cancelling Beam Switch

“Samus can shorten her beam switch taunt by edge cancelling after the particle effect appears above her cannon. If you are in port 4 you will always respawn above a Battlefield side platform, allowing easy spacing for a switch on respawn. You can also make the timing very lenient by SWDing to a ledge and taunting.”

Drop Cancel Nair

Nothing too special, but samus can drop through a plat with nair and land if the nair connects or hits a shield. Good to know for combo extensions and pressure strings.

Useful Information

Fun Facts

Conclusion

Thanks to everyone who helped out from both the labbing discord and the Samus discord for this! Particular shoutouts for contribution go to Eon, Chevy, Doctor R, Simon381,Ferrari77 etc. Our next session will be on Zero Suit Samus, as according to the 3.6 css order. This will run from now until around October 12th. I’m excited to learn about all her freaky tech, she’s not a character I'm super familiar with, so hop in the labbing discord with us and lend a hand!
Feel free to ask any questions below, or let me know about any tech we've missed.
Until Next Time,
See you next mission!
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2020.09.23 01:35 demonicLeir1222 SCP foundation

SCPs
001 to 099
SCP-001 - Awaiting De-classification [Blocked] SCP-002 - The "Living" Room SCP-003 - Biological Motherboard SCP-004 - The 12 Rusty Keys and the Door SCP-005 - Skeleton Key SCP-006 - Fountain of Youth SCP-007 - Abdominal Planet SCP-008 - Zombie Plague SCP-009 - Red Ice SCP-010 - Collars of Control SCP-011 - Sentient Civil War Memorial Statue SCP-012 - A Bad Composition SCP-013 - Blue Lady Cigarettes SCP-014 - The Concrete Man SCP-015 - Pipe Nightmare SCP-016 - Sentient Micro-Organism SCP-017 - Shadow Person SCP-018 - Super Ball SCP-019 - The Monster Pot SCP-020 - Unseen Mold SCP-021 - Skin Wyrm SCP-022 - The Morgue SCP-023 - Black Shuck SCP-024 - Game Show of Death SCP-025 - A Well-Worn Wardrobe SCP-026 - Afterschool Retention SCP-027 - The Vermin God SCP-028 - Knowledge SCP-029 - Daughter of Shadows SCP-030 - The Homunculus SCP-031 - What is Love? SCP-032 - Brothers' Bride SCP-033 - The Missing Number SCP-034 - Obsidian Ritual Knife SCP-035 - Possessive Mask SCP-036 - The Reincarnation Pilgrimage of the Yazidi (Kiras Guhorîn) SCP-037 - Dwarf Star SCP-038 - The Everything Tree SCP-039 - Proboscis Engineers SCP-040 - Evolution's Child SCP-041 - Thought-Broadcasting Patient SCP-042 - A Formerly Winged Horse SCP-043 - The Beatle SCP-044 - World War II Era Molecular-Fission Cannon SCP-045 - Atmospheric Converter SCP-046 - "Predatory" Holly Bush SCP-047 - Microbial Mutagen SCP-048 - The Cursed SCP Number SCP-049 - Plague Doctor SCP-050 - To The Cleverest SCP-051 - Japanese Obstetrical Model SCP-052 - Time-Traveling Train SCP-053 - Young Girl SCP-054 - Water Nymph SCP-055 - [unknown] SCP-056 - A Beautiful Person SCP-057 - The Daily Grind SCP-058 - Heart of Darkness SCP-059 - Radioactive Mineral SCP-060 - Infernal Occult Skeleton SCP-061 - Auditory Mind Control SCP-062 - "Quantum" Computer SCP-063 - "The World's Best TothBrush" SCP-064 - Flawed von Neumann Structure SCP-065 - Destroyed Organic Catalyst SCP-066 - Eric's Toy SCP-067 - The Artist's Pen SCP-068 - The Wire Figure SCP-069 - Second Chance SCP-070 - Iron Wings SCP-071 - Degenerative Metamorphic Entity SCP-072 - The Foot of the Bed SCP-073 - "Cain" SCP-074 - Quantum Woodlouse SCP-075 - Corrosive Snail SCP-076 - "Able" SCP-077 - Rot Skull SCP-078 - Guilt SCP-079 - Old AI SCP-080 - Dark Form SCP-081 - Spontaneous Combustion Virus SCP-082 - "Fernand" the Cannibal SCP-083 - An Abandoned Row Home SCP-084 - Static Tower SCP-085 - Hand-drawn ''Cassy'' SCP-086 - The Office of Dr. [REDACTED] SCP-087 - The Stairwell SCP-088 - The Lizard King SCP-089 - Tophet SCP-090 - Apocorubik's Cube SCP-091 - Nostalgia SCP-092 - "The Best of The 5th Dimension" SCP-093 - Red Sea Object SCP-094 - Miniature Event Horizon SCP-095 - The Atomic Adventures of Ronnie Ray-Gun SCP-096 - The "Shy Guy" SCP-097 - Old Fairgrounds SCP-098 - Surgeon Crabs SCP-099 - The Portrait 100 to 199
SCP-100 - "Jamaican Joe's Junkyard Jubilee" SCP-101 - Hungry Bag SCP-102 - Property of Marshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd. SCP-103 - The Never-Hungry Man SCP-104 - The Lonely Ball SCP-105 - "Iris" SCP-106 - The Old Man SCP-107 - The Turtle Shell SCP-108 - Extradimensional Nasal Cavity SCP-109 - Infinite Canteen SCP-110 - Subterranean City SCP-111 - Dragon-Snails™ SCP-112 - The Variable Coaster SCP-113 - The Gender-Switcher SCP-114 - Bringer of Conflict SCP-115 - Miniature Dump Truck SCP-116 - The Brittle Boy SCP-117 - Complete Multitool SCP-118 - Nuclear Protists SCP-119 - Timecrowave SCP-120 - Teleporting Paddling Pool SCP-121 - Concrete Cradle SCP-122 - No More Monsters SCP-123 - Contained Miniature Black Hole SCP-124 - Fertile Soil SCP-125 - Contagious Reflection SCP-126 - Invisible Friend SCP-127 - The Living Gun SCP-128 - Kinetic Energy Entity SCP-129 - Progressive Fungal Infection SCP-130 - Post Office SCP-131 - The "Eye Pods" SCP-132 - Broken Desert SCP-133 - Instant Hole SCP-134 - Star-Eyed Child SCP-135 - Universal Carcinogen SCP-136 - Naked Doll SCP-137 - The Real Toy SCP-138 - The Ever-Living Man SCP-139 - All Eyes on Lucian 👁 SCP-140 - An Incomplete Chronicle SCP-141 - Codex Damnatio SCP-142 - One-Armed Bandit SCP-143 - The Bladewood Grove SCP-144 - Tibetan Rope to Heaven SCP-145 - Man-Absorbing Phone SCP-146 - Bronze Head of Shame SCP-147 - Anachronistic Television SCP-148 - The "Telekill" Alloy SCP-149 - The Blood Flies SCP-150 - Ship of Theseus SCP-151 - The Painting SCP-152 - Book of Endings SCP-153 - Drain Worms SCP-154 - Offensive Bracelets SCP-155 - Infinite Speed Computer SCP-156 - Reanimating Pomegranate SCP-157 - Mimetic Predator SCP-158 - Soul Extractor SCP-159 - The Perfect Lock SCP-160 - Predator Drone SCP-161 - Pinwheel of Doom! SCP-162 - Ball of Sharp SCP-163 - An Old Castaway SCP-164 - Squid Tumors SCP-165 - The Creeping, Hungry Sands of Tule SCP-166 - Teenage Succubus SCP-167 - Infinite Labyrinth SCP-168 - Sentient Calculator SCP-169 - The Leviathan SCP-170 - A Tube of Superglue SCP-171 - Collective Brain Foam SCP-172 - The Gearman SCP-173 - The Sculpture - The Original SCP-174 - Ventriloquist's Dummy SCP-175 - Treasure Map SCP-176 - Observable Time Loop SCP-177 - Checkmate SCP-178 - "3-D" Specs SCP-179 - Sauelsuesor SCP-180 - Identity Thieving Hat SCP-181 - "Lucky" SCP-182 - "Rider" SCP-183 - "Weaver" SCP-184 - The Architect SCP-185 - The Radio SCP-186 - To End All Wars SCP-187 - Double Vision SCP-188 - The Craftsman SCP-189 - Hair-Imitating Parasite SCP-190 - A Prize Toybox SCP-191 - Cyborg Child SCP-192 - Flawless X-Ray Machine SCP-193 - The Tissue Snail SCP-194 - Thank You For Your Cooperation SCP-195 - A "Medicinal Whiskey" SCP-196 - Time Paradox SCP-197 - The Greenhouse SCP-198 - Cup of Joe SCP-199 - Spy Ferns 200 to 299
SCP-200 - Chrysalis SCP-201 - The Empty World SCP-202 - The Rewind Man SCP-203 - Tortured Iron Soul SCP-204 - The Protector SCP-205 - Shadow Lamps SCP-206 - The Voyager SCP-207 - Cola Bottles SCP-208 - "Bes" SCP-209 - The Sadist's Tumbler SCP-210 - Flooded House SCP-211 - Paper-Covered Building SCP-212 - The Improver SCP-213 - Anti-Matter Parasite SCP-214 - Hemotopian Virus SCP-215 - Paranoia-Inducing Spectacles SCP-216 - The Safe SCP-217 - The Clockwork Virus SCP-218 - Lamprey-Mass Organism SCP-219 - Resonance Engine SCP-220 - Two's Company SCP-221 - Compulsion Tweezers SCP-222 - Clone Coffin SCP-223 - A Photo Album SCP-224 - Grandfather Clock SCP-225 - Unstoppable and Immovable SCP-226 - Puzzle Of Terror SCP-227 - Complete Antikythera Mechanism SCP-228 - Psychiatric Diagnostic Tool SCP-229 - Wire Weed SCP-230 - The Gayest Man Alive SCP-231 - Special Personnel Requirements SCP-232 - Jack Proton's Atomic Zapper SCP-233 - 23-Sided Polyhedron SCP-234 - Extradimensional Fish SCP-235 - Phonographic Records SCP-236 - Mimic "Crabs" SCP-237 - Self-Made Man SCP-238 - Building Complex SCP-239 - The Witch Child SCP-240 - Breath-Powered Flying Machine SCP-241 - Good Home Cooking SCP-242 - Self "Cleaning" Pool SCP-243 - Animation SCP-244 - Ice Fog Jar SCP-245 - SCP-RPG SCP-246 - Prophetic Projector SCP-247 - A Harmless Kitten SCP-248 - 110% SCP-249 - The Random Door SCP-250 - Most of an Allosaurus SCP-251 - The Deceptive Snow Globe SCP-252 - Humboldt Squid SCP-253 - The Cancer Plague SCP-254 - Employee of the Month SCP-255 - Base Eleven Disorder SCP-256 - Trapped in the Typewriter SCP-257 - Professor William Woodsworth’s Collection of Curiosities SCP-258 - Weeping Frog SCP-259 - The Weisenglass Spiral SCP-260 - The Tracking Stone SCP-261 - Pan-Dimensional Vending SCP-262 - A Coat of Many Arms SCP-263 - "Cash or Ash" SCP-264 - Skeleton Temple SCP-265 - Black Volga SCP-266 - Will o' the Wisp SCP-267 - Tumorvore SCP-268 - Cap of Neglect SCP-269 - Dialysis Bracelet SCP-270 - Secluded Telephone SCP-271 - Inscribed Disc SCP-272 - An Old Iron Nail SCP-273 - Human Phoenix SCP-274 - Graffito SCP-275 - Ironskin SCP-276 - Time Schooner SCP-277 - Chalkland SCP-278 - A Large Mechanical Spider SCP-279 - Meandering Man SCP-280 - Eyes in the Dark SCP-281 - The Snooze Alarm SCP-282 - Ritual Devil Sticks SCP-283 - A Rock That Falls Sideways SCP-284 - The Twins SCP-285 - A Hack Job SCP-286 - The Brothers' Game SCP-287 - Clark's Third Favorite Sword SCP-288 - The "Stepford Marriage" Rings SCP-289 - Inertial Amplifier SCP-290 - The Picasso Machine SCP-291 - DisassembleReassembler SCP-292 - Egg Timer of Déjà Vu SCP-293 - Obsession SCP-294 - The Coffee Machine SCP-295 - Cauterpillers SCP-296 - Armed Containment Site-03 SCP-297 - "Steely Dan" SCP-298 - The Blood Organ SCP-299 - Infectious Tree 300 to 399
SCP-300 - "A World in a Bottle" SCP-301 - Teleporter SCP-302 - Ant Sculpture SCP-303 - The Doorman SCP-304 - The Signal SCP-305 - The Whisperer SCP-306 - The Frogs SCP-307 - Carnivorous Ivy SCP-308 - Aztec Burial Sarcophagus SCP-309 - Plush Toy SCP-310 - Eternal Flame SCP-311 - Tactile Displacement Gloves SCP-312 - Atmospheric Jellyfish SCP-313 - Powerful Hand Dryer SCP-314 - Motion-Seeking Blade SCP-315 - The Recorded Man SCP-316 - Color-Draining Light SCP-317 - Cretaceous Physicist SCP-318 - Soul Press SCP-319 - A Curious Device SCP-320 - Higgs Field Acceleration Manipulator SCP-321 - Child of Man SCP-322 - "Grow Your Own Castle" Kit SCP-323 - Wendigo Skull SCP-324 - Eulogy Shrub SCP-325 - The Detergent SCP-326 - A Chinese Peasant SCP-327 - The Mermaid SCP-328 - Alien Disc SCP-329 - The Cancer Garden SCP-330 - Take Only Two SCP-331 - "Tumbles" SCP-332 - The 1976 Kirk Lonwood High School Marching Band SCP-333 - City in a Symphony SCP-334 - Stellar Vulpine SCP-335 - One Hundred and Fifty 3.5" Floppy Disks SCP-336 - "Lilith" SCP-337 - Hairball SCP-338 - A Portable Radio SCP-339 - Be Silent, Be Still SCP-340 - Viral Rebreather Membrane SCP-341 - A Collection of Extra-Solar Orreries SCP-342 - A Ticket to Ride SCP-343 - "God" SCP-344 - Schrödinger's Can Opener SCP-345 - Stone Puzzle Cube SCP-346 - "Pterry" the Pterodactyl SCP-347 - The Invisible Woman SCP-348 - A Gift from Dad SCP-349 - The Philosopher's Stone and the Graveyard of the Immortals SCP-350 - Unbreakable Contract SCP-351 - Read-Only Memory SCP-352 - "Baba Yaga" SCP-353 - "Vector" SCP-354 - The Red Pool SCP-355 - The Serrated Lawn SCP-356 - Autointerrogation SCP-357 - Hungry Clay SCP-358 - A "Deserted" Hospital SCP-359 - The Hawk SCP-360 - Ascendance SCP-361 - Bronze Liver SCP-362 - A Cool T-Shirt SCP-363 - Not Centipedes SCP-364 - Ionian Drop Point SCP-365 - Pool Noodle SCP-366 - Carriage Grubs SCP-367 - Little Dog SCP-368 - Paper Crane SCP-369 - Living Migratory Roadwork SCP-370 - A Key SCP-371 - Macrovirus SCP-372 - Peripheral Jumper SCP-373 - Ghost Record SCP-374 - Oracular Guillotine SCP-375 - Forever A-Loan SCP-376 - The Traffic Light Tree SCP-377 - Accurate Fortune Cookies SCP-378 - Brainworm SCP-379 - Mechanical Pheromone SCP-380 - Biological Networking Device SCP-381 - The Pyrotechnic Polyphony SCP-382 - Haunted Baby Carriage SCP-383 - Variably Useful Flu SCP-384 - Let Her In SCP-385 - Personal Anti-Gravity Field Generator SCP-386 - Eternal Fungus SCP-387 - Living Lego SCP-388 - Ultimate Frisbee SCP-389 - Message in a Bottle SCP-390 - Ancient Death Ray SCP-391 - The Midas Owl SCP-392 - A Plant Now Found in Site-103, and Formerly Found in the Households of Nobility SCP-393 - The Memory Planner SCP-394 - Ear Candles SCP-395 - The Bottle Baby SCP-396 - And Suddenly, Chair SCP-397 - A Hominidae SCP-398 - The Greeting Hall SCP-399 - Atomic Manipulation Ring 400 to 499
SCP-400 - Beautiful Babies SCP-401 - A Palm Tree SCP-402 - Obsidian Absorber SCP-403 - Escalating Lighter SCP-404 - Memories Lost, Memories Found SCP-405 - Telepathy Virus SCP-406 - Sleepwalker's Tunnel SCP-407 - The Song of Genesis SCP-408 - Illusory Butterflies SCP-409 - Contagious Crystal SCP-410 - Editor Beetles SCP-411 - Ancient Precog SCP-412 - Mutagenic Mirror SCP-413 - Endless Garage SCP-414 - Regardless, I Might Prefer Myself Sick SCP-415 - The Harvested Man SCP-416 - Infinite Forest SCP-417 - The Plague Tree SCP-418 - Human Jigsaw SCP-419 - Window to the World SCP-420 - Aggressive Skin Condition SCP-421 - Shoal of Driftwood SCP-422 - Patchwork Beast SCP-423 - Self-Inserting Character SCP-424 - Nanomimes SCP-425 - The Infinity Broadcast SCP-426 - I am a Toaster SCP-427 - Lovecraftian Locket SCP-428 - The Crowd SCP-429 - Clockwork Teleporter SCP-430 - A Peasant's Punishment SCP-431 - Dr. Gideon SCP-432 - Cabinet Maze SCP-433 - A Ritual SCP-434 - A Meeting with Myself SCP-435 - “He-Who-Made-Dark” SCP-436 - Error Locket SCP-437 - Summer of '91 SCP-438 - Addictive Straitjacket of Espionage SCP-439 - Bone Hive SCP-440 - Sand-Based Ecology SCP-441 - Jacob Ram SCP-442 - On-Time Piece SCP-443 - Thought-streaming Crayons SCP-444 - The Language of Global Harmony SCP-445 - "Dr. Wondertainment's Super Paper" SCP-446 - Human Mannequin SCP-447 - Ball of Green Slime SCP-448 - Jack-in-the-Box SCP-449 - Gut Dust SCP-450 - Abandoned Federal Penitentiary SCP-451 - Mister Lonely SCP-452 - Dreamcatcher Spider SCP-453 - Scripted Nightclub SCP-454 - Comic Book SCP-455 - Cargo Ship SCP-456 - Soporific Bedbugs SCP-457 - Burning Man SCP-458 - The Never-Ending Pizza Box SCP-459 - Interplanetary Thermostat SCP-460 - Séance Storm SCP-461 - ZICU-TV SCP-462 - The Getaway Car SCP-463 - A Spoon That Bends People SCP-464 - The Foundry SCP-465 - Party in a Box SCP-466 - Mobile Veins SCP-467 - Confessional Phone Booth SCP-468 - The Abacus SCP-469 - Many-Winged Angel SCP-470 - Nexus of Abandoned Places SCP-471 - A Satellite SCP-472 - The Bloodstone SCP-473 - Supai SCP-474 - ℞FM SCP-475 - Soap of a Pope SCP-476 - Map to Nowhere SCP-477 - Fossil Sea SCP-478 - Tooth Fairies SCP-479 - Hallway 4, D-Class Dorms, Site 14 SCP-480 - Recurring Nightmare Field SCP-481 - Scar Tissue SCP-482 - Mentally Mutating Straitjacket SCP-483 - Anti-Aging Placebos SCP-484 - Memory Stealing Drug SCP-485 - Death Pen SCP-486 - Coatlicue Skin SCP-487 - The Impossible House SCP-488 - Meteor Attractor SCP-489 - 1-555-BUG-BASH SCP-490 - Ice Cream Truck SCP-491 - Wrecking Light SCP-492 - Animated Cloth Dummy SCP-493 - Replicant SCP-494 - Matter Transference Gloves SCP-495 - Thingmaker SCP-496 - A Sunken Relic SCP-497 - The Shell SCP-498 - 11 Minute Snooze SCP-499 - Old Sun Man 500 to 599
SCP-500 - Panacea SCP-501 - Monk's Greed SCP-502 - The Surrogate Heart SCP-503 - The Luckiest Man in the World SCP-504 - Critical Tomatoes SCP-505 - Ink Stain SCP-506 - Instant-growing Plants SCP-507 - Reluctant Dimension Hopper SCP-508 - Random-dot Stereogram SCP-509 - Men Are Pigs SCP-510 - Soft Death SCP-511 - Basement Cat SCP-512 - Gravity-Nullifying Umbrella SCP-513 - A Cowbell SCP-514 - A Flock of Doves SCP-515 - Sleeper SCP-516 - Intelligent Tank SCP-517 - Grammie Knows SCP-518 - The Transinformational Tomb of Asa Rutledge SCP-519 - Cheeky Phone Booth SCP-520 - Knife Switch SCP-521 - The Postbox SCP-522 - Blood-draining Carpet SCP-523 - The Most Unhelpful Object On Earth SCP-524 - Walter the Omnivorous Rabbit SCP-525 - Eye Spiders SCP-526 - Valhalla Gate SCP-527 - Mr. Fish SCP-528 - Voodoo Putty SCP-529 - Josie the Half-Cat SCP-530 - Carl the Variable Dog SCP-531 - Paired Brass Guard Cats SCP-532 - Frost Bug SCP-533 - Snake Necklace SCP-534 - Misplaced Blood SCP-535 - Communicative Beaker SCP-536 - Physical Law Testing Chamber SCP-537 - Singing Gramophone SCP-538 - Shadow Spiders SCP-539 - The Perfect Distraction SCP-540 - Tannenbombs SCP-541 - Living Thoracic System SCP-542 - Herr Chirurg SCP-543 - Noise SCP-544 - The New Voice SCP-545 - Liquid Life/Totenkinder SCP-546 - A Notebook SCP-547 - The Cartesian Business Card SCP-548 - Ice Spider SCP-549 - Ursa Minor SCP-550 - The Ghûl SCP-551 - Impossible Puzzle SCP-552 - Ahead of His Time SCP-553 - Crystalline Butterflies SCP-554 - The Perfect Murder SCP-555 - Corpse Magnet SCP-556 - Painted Aircraft SCP-557 - Ancient Containment Site SCP-558 - Strange Contact Lenses SCP-559 - Birthday Time! SCP-560 - Bitwise Amoeba SCP-561 - A Passive Rip in Time SCP-562 - Revel Rousers SCP-563 - An Abandoned Farm in China SCP-564 - Incomplete Primitive Cyborg SCP-565 - Ed's Head SCP-566 - Word a Day SCP-567 - The Dungeon SCP-568 - Dismemberment Strap SCP-569 - Heads SCP-570 - Puppet Show Gloves!!! SCP-571 - Self-Propagating Infectious Pattern SCP-572 - Katana of Apparent Invincibility SCP-573 - The Pied Pipe SCP-574 - The Dropera House SCP-575 - Predatory Darkness SCP-576 - Sleep Well SCP-577 - All Alone in the Moonlight SCP-578 - Blood Opals SCP-579 - [DATA EXPUNGED] SCP-580 - Shi Huang Ti's Five Heaven Chariot SCP-581 - The Equestrian's Soul SCP-582 - A Bundle of Stories SCP-583 - Deathly Video Tape SCP-584 - Many Fingers, Many Toes SCP-585 - Sharpeners SCP-586 - Inscribable Object SCP-587 - A Model System SCP-588 - A Voracious Coin SCP-589 - The Price of Obsession SCP-590 - He Feels Your Pain SCP-591 - Dr. Wondertainment Pretendo SCP-592 - Inaccurate History Book SCP-593 - Contagious Innumeracy SCP-594 - Electric Sheep SCP-595 - Teleporting Destroyer SCP-596 - Cursed Regeneration Statue SCP-597 - The Mother of Them All SCP-598 - Sentient Color SCP-599 - Uncharted City 600 to 699
SCP-600 - "That Guy" SCP-601 - Sophocles' Chorus SCP-602 - The Sculptor of SoHo SCP-603 - Self-Replicating Computer Program SCP-604 - The Cannibal's Banquet; A Corrupted Ritual SCP-605 - Living Storm Cloud SCP-606 - "The Teacher" SCP-607 - Dorian the Grey Cat SCP-608 - Fractal Tinsel SCP-609 - Dr. Wondertainment's Ontological 6-Balls® SCP-610 - The Flesh that Hates SCP-611 - Parasitic Toothpick SCP-612 - Aggressive Cable SCP-613 - "Wonder Bread!" SCP-614 - IP Address 57.32.███.███ SCP-615 - Stick Blob SCP-616 - The Vessel and the Gate SCP-617 - Pet Rocks SCP-618 - Spider on The Wall SCP-619 - Lucky Jeans SCP-620 - Time Keeps on Slipping SCP-621 - Hypnobulbs SCP-622 - Desert in a Can SCP-623 - One Groovy Room SCP-624 - "Personal" Music Player SCP-625 - Anklebiters SCP-626 - Vision-Altering Sculpture SCP-627 - Perpetual Circle SCP-628 - Flute Copse SCP-629 - Mr. Brass SCP-630 - Black Glacier SCP-631 - Nyctophobic Nocturnal Predator SCP-632 - Intrusive Arachnid Thoughts SCP-633 - Ghost In The Machine SCP-634 - Forgetful Goldfish SCP-635 - Medieval Bootstrap Program SCP-636 - Elevator to Nowhere SCP-637 - Viral Cat SCP-638 - Where in the World is Richard Chappell? SCP-639 - Distorted Man SCP-640 - Lucent Beams SCP-641 - The Pacifier SCP-642 - Hot Springs SCP-643 - Delicious Chocolates SCP-644 - Mr. Hot SCP-645 - Mouth of Truth SCP-646 - Birth Worm SCP-647 - Hungry Box SCP-648 - The Labyrinth SCP-649 - Matchbox Full of Winter SCP-650 - Startling Statue SCP-651 - Tissue-fusing virus SCP-652 - Meteorological Dog SCP-653 - The Boomerang SCP-654 - Thunderhorn SCP-655 - Biological Disinformation Campaign SCP-656 - Home Edition SCP-657 - Death-predicting Man SCP-658 - "Botflies" SCP-659 - Communal Avian Intelligence SCP-660 - Earthen Womb SCP-661 - Salesman, Too Good to Be True SCP-662 - Butler's Hand Bell SCP-663 - Living Water Filter SCP-664 - The Floor to Nowhere SCP-665 - The Garbage Man SCP-666 - Spirit Lodge SCP-667 - Fairy Kudzu SCP-668 - 13" Chef's Knife SCP-669 - A Didactic Perspective SCP-670 - Family of Cotton SCP-671 - Deconstructing Ants SCP-672 - Rock Coral SCP-673 - Tissues SCP-674 - The Exposition Gun SCP-675 - Shadows Through the Window SCP-676 - Unnatural Hot Spring SCP-677 - Unpredictable Pogo Stick SCP-678 - Trauma Harvester SCP-679 - Eyerot SCP-680 - Clockwork Skull SCP-681 - Hostile Helium SCP-682 - Hard-to-Destroy Reptile SCP-683 - Refrigerator Art SCP-684 - The Caretaken SCP-685 - Non-Bottomless Pit SCP-686 - Infectious Lactation SCP-687 - NOIR SCP-688 - Hole Dwellers SCP-689 - Haunter in the Dark SCP-690 - Joke Bandages SCP-691 - A Coward's Way Out SCP-692 - Revives the Colours SCP-693 - Knotty Stalker SCP-694 - The Definition of Insanity SCP-695 - Eels SCP-696 - Abyssal Typewriter SCP-697 - Toxic Terraforming SCP-698 - Judgmental Turtle SCP-699 - Mystery Box 700 to 799
SCP-700 - Graffiti Factory SCP-701 - The Hanged King's Tragedy SCP-702 - The Trader's Residence SCP-703 - Into The Closet SCP-704 - Dangerous Curves SCP-705 - Militaristic Play-Doh SCP-706 - Perfect Porcelain Doll SCP-707 - Nesting Dolls SCP-708 - The Big Orange Forklift SCP-709 - Eye of the Forest SCP-710 - Disappearance SCP-711 - Paradoxical Insurance Policy SCP-712 - The Impossible Colors SCP-713 - Click Anywhere Computer SCP-714 - The Jaded Ring SCP-715 - My Face That I May Be SCP-716 - The Train SCP-717 - The Ambassador SCP-718 - Eyeball SCP-719 - Light-Bringer SCP-720 - Panopticon SCP-721 - Factory Toys SCP-722 - Jörmungandr SCP-723 - Aging Staircase SCP-724 - Procyon stentor SCP-725 - Parrot Whale SCP-726 - Reconstructive Maggots SCP-727 - Hephaestus's Forge SCP-728 - The Forever Room SCP-729 - Marble Bath SCP-730 - Decerebrating Plague SCP-731 - Rathole Cover SCP-732 - The Fan-Fic Plague SCP-733 - A Pair of Scissors SCP-734 - The Baby SCP-735 - Insult Box SCP-736 - The Iapetus Anomaly SCP-737 - Hungry Train SCP-738 - The Devil's Deal SCP-739 - A Mirrored Booth SCP-740 - The Hindenburg Photograph SCP-741 - Mysterious Russian Submarine SCP-742 - Retrovirus SCP-743 - A Chocolate Fountain SCP-744 - Assembly Required SCP-745 - The Headlights SCP-746 - Pseudo-Avian SCP-747 - Children and Dolls SCP-748 - Industrial Dissolution SCP-749 - Rain Drops SCP-750 - A Different Outlook on Life SCP-751 - Organ Eater SCP-752 - Altruistic Utopia SCP-753 - Automatic Artist SCP-754 - Illustrated Climbing Vine SCP-755 - "Watch for the white bird" SCP-756 - Miniature Solar System SCP-757 - The Fruit Tree SCP-758 - Spell Check - "Vasili" SCP-759 - Sourdough Starter SCP-760 - The Groomers SCP-761 - Slightly Less Dangerous Trampoline SCP-762 - Immortal Iron Maiden SCP-763 - Human Beowulf Cluster SCP-764 - The Obscene Show SCP-765 - Duck Pond SCP-766 - Human-Shaped Anomaly in Space SCP-767 - Crime Scene Photographs SCP-768 - Long-Range Alarm Clock SCP-769 - Ancient Encyclopedia SCP-770 - Nuclear Slime SCP-771 - Self-Repairing Biological AI SCP-772 - Giant Parasitoid Wasps SCP-773 - Voodoo Dartboard SCP-774 - Whistlebones SCP-775 - Hungry Ticks SCP-776 - The Youth Cult SCP-777 - Kingdom of Sand SCP-778 - Paradise Falls SCP-779 - Brownies SCP-780 - Seed Bead SCP-781 - Unwitting Dreamshaper SCP-782 - All-New You SCP-783 - There Was A Crooked Man SCP-784 - Christmas Cheer SCP-785 - A Chain Restaurant SCP-786 - Funnel Factor Twelve SCP-787 - The Plane That Never Was SCP-788 - Magma Carp SCP-789 - Internet Predator SCP-790 - Blood? SCP-791 - Water Orb SCP-792 - The Body Farm SCP-793 - The Ghost Sickness SCP-794 - Desert Shipwreck SCP-795 - Reality-Bending Cat SCP-796 - River Cat SCP-797 - Curious Poltergeist SCP-798 - Cortex Rat SCP-799 - Carnivorous Blanket 800 to 899
SCP-800 - An Eastern History SCP-801 - Seven Furs SCP-802 - Musical Tank SCP-803 - Predatory Parasols SCP-804 - World Without Man SCP-805 - Poison Wood Foal SCP-806 - Resurrection Projection SCP-807 - Heart Attack on a Plate SCP-808 - The Mechanical Choir SCP-809 - Combat Boots SCP-810 - The Never-want Lamp SCP-811 - Swamp Woman SCP-812 - A Big Box of River SCP-813 - Glass Shard SCP-814 - Pure Tones SCP-815 - Snake Nut Can SCP-816 - Darwin's Erector Set SCP-817 - Random Metamorphism SCP-818 - An Abandoned Project SCP-819 - Vital Suckers SCP-820 - Las Langostas Pintadas SCP-821 - Dixie Funland SCP-822 - Landmine Cacti SCP-823 - Carnival of Horrors SCP-824 - Active Weed Control SCP-825 - Helmet of Disturbing Visions SCP-826 - Draws You into the Book SCP-827 - The Soup SCP-828 - ᖃᓪᓗᐱᓪᓗᐃᑦ SCP-829 - Bloodthirsty Nail Polish SCP-830 - Inky Quicksand SCP-831 - Tinkerbug SCP-832 - Accountant's Coin SCP-833 - Charity Worms SCP-834 - Marked SCP-835 - Expunged Data Released SCP-836 - Structural Cancer SCP-837 - Multiplying Clay SCP-838 - The Dream Job SCP-839 - Candied Worms SCP-840 - Drain Feeder SCP-841 - Reverse Mirror Voodoo Doll Stick Puppet SCP-842 - Operations Table SCP-843 - "Cow Seeds" SCP-844 - Crybaby SCP-845 - Liquid Polecat SCP-846 - Robo-Dude SCP-847 - The Mannequin SCP-848 - Interdimensional Spider Web SCP-849 - A Perfect Day SCP-850 - School of Fish SCP-851 - Lullabugs SCP-852 - Lunar Anomaly SCP-853 - Weather Preserves SCP-854 - Dream Bridge SCP-855 - The Film Hall SCP-856 - Leopotamus SCP-857 - Human-Based Ecosystem SCP-858 - Gravity's Rainbow SCP-859 - Arachnophobic Orb SCP-860 - Blue Key SCP-861 - A Fallen Angel SCP-862 - Rats SCP-863 - Patchwork Crabs SCP-864 - Efficient Washbasin SCP-865 - The Gentleman's Lash SCP-866 - Supercomputer SCP-867 - Blood Spruce SCP-868 - Mnemonic Meme SCP-869 - Summer of '48 SCP-870 - The Maybe There Monsters SCP-871 - Self-Replacing Cake SCP-872 - The Tattered Farmer SCP-873 - Russian Crystal Ball SCP-874 - Abyssal Fluid SCP-875 - War Criminals SCP-876 - Element-Switching Pills SCP-877 - University Microchips SCP-878 - The Actor SCP-879 - Colonial Cetacean SCP-880 - Trapped Winter SCP-881 - Little People SCP-882 - A Machine SCP-883 - Extradimensional Beehive SCP-884 - A Shaving Mirror SCP-885 - Living Vacuum SCP-886 - Nanny SCP-887 - Hypergraphia SCP-888 - Memory Stones SCP-889 - Hybridization SCP-890 - The Rocket Surgeon SCP-891 - California Field SCP-892 - Everyone's Spreadsheet SCP-893 - Asexual SCP-894 - Speak No, Hear No, See No SCP-895 - Camera Disruption SCP-896 - Online Role Playing Game SCP-897 - Voodoo Organ Transplant SCP-898 - Memetic Counter-Agent SCP-899 - Lost Children 900 to 999
SCP-900 - City of the Sun SCP-901 - The Building on the Square SCP-902 - The Final Countdown SCP-903 - Tunnel of Infinite Possibility SCP-904 - A Short Poem SCP-905 - Mr. Chameleon SCP-906 - Scouring Hive SCP-907 - An Exploratory Vehicle SCP-908 - Colocated Rock SCP-909 - Mr. Forgetful SCP-910 - Dust, Embodied SCP-911 - Egyptian Book of the Dead SCP-912 - Autonomous SWAT Armor SCP-913 - Mr. Hungry SCP-914 - The Clockworks SCP-915 - The Mechanotesseractic Computer SCP-916 - Man's Best Friend SCP-917 - Mr. Moon SCP-918 - Baby Mill SCP-919 - Needy Mirror SCP-920 - Mr. Lost SCP-921 - Museum of Memories SCP-922 - Another Version of the Truth SCP-923 - A Useful Tool SCP-924 - The Ice Water Men SCP-925 - The Mushroom Cultist SCP-926 - Guqin SCP-927 - Contagious House SCP-928 - The White King SCP-929 - The Cuckoo SCP-930 - Seagull Island SCP-931 - A Rice Bowl SCP-932 - Night Feeder SCP-933 - Duct Tape SCP-934 - Inland Lighthouse SCP-935 - Ancient Playing Cards SCP-936 - Fruit of Man SCP-937 - Walking Sticks SCP-938 - Blood and Thunder SCP-939 - With Many Voices SCP-940 - Araneae Marionettes SCP-941 - Sick of Motion SCP-942 - Blood Candy SCP-943 - Repayment in Kind SCP-944 - Mirror Maze SCP-945 - Box of Shawabti SCP-946 - A Formal Discussion SCP-947 - Son of a [EXPLETIVE REDACTED] SCP-948 - The Workaholic SCP-949 - Wondertainment Land SCP-950 - Clothes Dryer SCP-951 - My Friend LUCAS SCP-952 - NP Rock SCP-953 - Polymorphic Humanoid SCP-954 - Vocalizing Frogs SCP-955 - Mr. Sillybug SCP-956 - The Child-Breaker SCP-957 - Baiting SCP-958 - General-Beep SCP-959 - The Bogeyman SCP-960 - Inspiration SCP-961 - University Sundial SCP-962 - Tower of Babble SCP-963 - Immortality SCP-964 - Indescribable Polymorph SCP-965 - The Face In The Window SCP-966 - Sleep Killer SCP-967 - Infinite Scrapyard SCP-968 - Tar Baby SCP-969 - █████ Brand Mosquito Repellent SCP-970 - The Recursive Room SCP-971 - Exotic Fast Food Delivery SCP-972 - Immunity SCP-973 - Smokey SCP-974 - Treehouse Predator SCP-975 - Subway Frogs SCP-976 - Anomalous Hard Drive SCP-977 - The Security Station SCP-978 - Desire Camera SCP-979 - Stoneware Rabbit SCP-980 - An Absence of Detail SCP-981 - The Director's Cut SCP-982 - Chicago Loop SCP-983 - The Birthday Monkey SCP-984 - A Public Restroom SCP-985 - Lost Luggage Claim SCP-986 - Faulkner's Last Manuscript SCP-987 - Gruesome Gallery SCP-988 - Unopenable Chest SCP-989 - Self-Defense Sugar SCP-990 - Dream Man SCP-991 - A Syringe SCP-992 - Gaia's Emissary SCP-993 - Bobble the Clown SCP-994 - Some Silver Dishes SCP-995 - Under The Couch SCP-996 - Broken Topology SCP-997 - Vermin Suppressor SCP-998 - Missing Aircraft SCP-999 - The Tickle Monster
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2020.09.19 21:45 removalbot 09-19 19:45 - '[quote] Stop living in memes. Give me a second to find the stats, I keep getting American based studies (which also prove immigrants don't cause more crime), but I can't find the european one at the moment. / [quo...' by /u/ModerateReasonablist removed from /r/worldnews within 9-19min

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i double checked it together with my dad (who needed a red pill).
Stop living in memes. Give me a second to find the stats, I keep getting American based studies (which also prove immigrants don't cause more crime), but I can't find the european one at the moment.
these numbers are from the 2019 publication of the Bundesamt for Statistics. Not from Alex Jones or whatever conspiracy nut.
link the stats, and from what year. and no, alex jones isn't defending migrants.
we import a lot of young males from a backwars.culture
see? Thank you for proving my point.
Males in general cause more crime across ALL cultures, by the way. And when they are threatened to be deported, they commit even more.
not their fault but they carry the burden. do we really wonder that they will screw it up?
Then why doesn't the US have the same issue with the same immigrant groups?
and i am not against immigration per se.
right, you're only against it from those "backwards cultures", as your imperialist upbringing raised you to believe in.
not sweet talk the shit out of every statistic we dont like
Don't exaggerate and lie about stats either, to validate your bigotry.
found it before I posted, here's the data:
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The authors also noted that there was a significant difference in the criminal migrants' countries of origin, saying men from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were significantly less likely to commit a violent crime than those hailing from North Africa.
Because those from North Africa are more likely to be deported, since Europe doesn't consider Libya a warzone.
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2020.09.18 01:25 TheNOOBIFIER1337 Do We Wait 10 more years?

https://youtu.be/syGdpvMM_o0
TLDR This is a video script and its title will perhaps initially seem negative, but my goal isn't to troll or meme CIG, or the development process.
There is already an overabundance of that and I'm sure if you are a regular here, you will know that's not my style.
The goal today is to follow up with what Chris said in a reply in Spectrum, and explore what that might mean to the project.
There was a new thread started at 6am today with Chris looking for questions.
I have that linked for you and it’s a great idea that might address a bad trend.
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/spectrum/community/SC/forum/50259/thread/ask-the-chairman/3380142
I will also look at the current achievements against the features promised. This might give a better indication of how much longer we might be in development. I’ll say it now before you say it in chat, I think we are all aware that Star Citizen is proposing the concept of a soft launch and the idea of a minimum viable release.
We can start our investigation with what Chris Said is spectrum. Chris posted that he will finish what he promised over the years and that we will not be waiting 10 or 20 more years. I believe we all believe he will exhaust all avenues to achieve what was pitched plus the creep. “I can promise you the gameplay I described is not a pipe dream, nor will it take 10 to 20 years to deliver. He said it wouldn’t take another 10 or 20 years like the critics, jokers and haters say in social media.
This is where I am conflicted. We know Chris plans to deliver but Chris also has a track record of underestimating the work and scale when estimating timelines. It’s like when I budget for a construction project, take the number and double it.. Along with his statement about development timelines, Chris also proclaimed that even what was currently in the PU would be considered as more ambitious than anything currently on the market.
“Star Citizen already has the main gameloops of a space sim; cargo hauling, commodity trading, mercenary, pirate, bounty hunting and mining. Just spending time refining and finishing out these would make Star Citizen with all it's detail and fidelity more engrossing than any "finished" space sim you can play today.”
I believe if patch 3.11 were polished to a release state, what we would have would be a good proof of concept that grossly falls short of its potential. We are here at this stage now because as more money poured in, the scope and scale expanded. It’s a relic we inherited from the way the game was funded combined with Chris’s desire to blow people's minds. He won't back down from a challenge, He has a complete vision for star citizen and over the past 8 years we have had many opportunities to get an idea of how interwoven the vision is.
I hope the new roadmap will make mention of everything Chris plans to include with the PU. Adding all known and unknowns to the list will better define what the company sees as minimum viable. We as a community are sensitive to creep. Caves were both exciting but met with confusion, because it was just sort of announced out of the blue. Prison was announced in the same way. It's clear that these features were previously planned long ago, but from our position, it seemed like effort spent on poofing stuff bigger instead of locking down. If the roadmap were to include all of these features, at least we would have a defined END STATE and a target which I believe would help with transparency. I will end by presenting a list of features currently in the PU and another list of features expected to be added to the PU.
I have tried to be complete but I fully expect you to post others that I may have missed, from you my valuable community members. This is just an exercise to get some sort of estimate and I would love you to comment your comments in the comments. We are waiting for SQ42 and have had minimal news on progress since March of this year. It was due to be in BETA now and releasing shortly, I believe it's unlikely however there is hope. We know once that project is done, a broad deliberate focus will swing towards completing the PU. As much as I want to see SQ42, what really excites me will be to see what progress CIG can accomplish when all hands are on deck and focus is on the PU.
The current PU offers, in no particular order.
Stanton, a single large system populated by planets, moons, stations and points of interest.
We have a space flight model that has had a very rocky development, but I am an optimist at heart so I hope it continues to show promise.
We have an growing atmospheric flight model whose desired feature list and proposed scope could be its own video.
That atmospheric flight model is tied directly to the rooms system, which is tied to the player actor status system, which is tied to hunger, thrust, injury… the whole deal is one big link of connected features.
99% of the ships have guns, and weapon balance is in an ever evolving state.
Missiles currently make no sense but we are assured, work is being done. .
We have the most basic framework of AI function.
There is no indication that they currently incorporate subsumption.
Mining is actually very well fleshed out as a game mechanic at numerous levels plus refining gameplay is coming soon.
Mining by hand, by buggy and by ship, on the surface, below the surface and in orbit.
Scanning works but it is still seen as rudimentary compared to the proposed exploration and science gameplay.
The Growing list of missions is getting better but game breaking bugs are common.
The UI and Ship HUD are improving with hologram input panels and building block tech.
Matchmaking is lightyears from two years ago but we face a huge unknown in the form of the future of server meshing and population caps.
Cargo Running is about to get a boost with 3.11 and the cargo decks but it’s still simplistic compared to the desired end start.
We have had no loading screens since 2.0, We have a seamless transition from physics grids since 2.0, We have seamless scalar planetary bodies who look great from a distance all the way to millimetric scrutiny since 3.0. We have a basic law system and our expanding prison game loop. All of this as Chris pointed out is Quite a substantial base and frame to build on, but we are at year 8 years since kickstarting,
We are still lacking, meshed servers which is critical for the First M in MMO
Meshed servers were mentioned as the feature holding up many others.
We lack Subsumption, We lack the Quanta driven Dynamic Economy, e lack Crafting and tuning
We lack all of the other features Quanta will bring such as inter faction gameplay, proportional security, and others. We lack Ship Modularity, We lack Ship Docking, We lack Land Mechanics
We lack Base building, We lack Maintenance gameplay, to include wear, repair, and upgrades. We lack procedural damage that will impact our internal components. We lack internal components, Fuel Collection and Distribution isn't implemented. There is no Salvage loop, no crafting, no farming, no VIP gameplay, no passenger transport, no science play, no hospital play, and no data running, Exploration is just sightseeing and is basic, The idea of player to player trade is basic. We lack Jump points to a second system and I’m sure there are a couple I missed.
So now you say.
Noobifier, what was the point of spelling all that out and why are we still reading. Despite having many foundational systems mostly in place, there is a huge delta between what we need and what we have. I understand that we are waiting for some core back end to be done before the major loops are added. This year has already set funding records so money won’t be the problem. Transparency and passage of information has been declining resulting in the most volatile outpouring of citizens wanting answers. I’m sure none of us expect SQ42 this year, but it would be lovely for CIG to break the silence on where we are. It's been a month since we were promised a roadmap to a road map, and its been since MARCH since we had an update on the project. Do we need the info in a roadmap form? No, I don't even need graphics or charts. A simple stand and deliver update like was done in the past sooner than later would help. A Pillar talk or even simply a new target date would be lovely to have. The project was built on transparency which has become more opaque and hard to come by. You can argue that i'm trying to sensationalize the actual pulse of the community, but as a content developer I do track my comments, spectrum and reddit for indicators. It was all in my head, Chris wouldn't have had anything to reply to last week.
I feel the takeaway is, the community supports the project and believes. I would love the new roadmap to include absolutely everything that is being planned to be added for release and the future. This way, we can follow along with a better understanding of what is coming and how it all fits together in the master plan. We come to the end and it's your time to post in the comments. If you were to look at the list of what we have against what we know still needs to be done, what is the percentage you feel is done.
I think we are 25% done with another 8 years to go.
Comment in the Comments.
Thank you very much for spending your time with me. I hope you got something out of the discussion and it would be nice if CIG continues to make an effort through this more proactive trend in spectrum. Fly safe and I'll see you in the verse.
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2020.09.18 00:54 forestcabin123k Dishonest Moocher Gets Owned

AITA for dumping/ghosting my supposedly best friend?
I (F 48) have know “Sheila” (F51) for over ten years. I really liked her. She was very kind, selfless and very responsible. I knew her then husband but she and I became really close.
Her husband dumped her in favor of “greener pastures”. They kept this private until she reached out to me for support. I was in denial at first because I really loved them as a couple. Eventually, things between them got really cold so it became apparent that they were heading for divorce.
There was only one incident before their separation. Her husband suggested one of us head to the store to buy some drinks and chinese food. I paid for it because he also paid sometimes, so it was my treat. When I returned, I handed everyone their plates and she berated me because “I had kept the change”. She immediately asked “did you get some change back?” I said yes, and it’s inside the foodie bag. She dug in it and loudly accused me of “keeping the change”. I was confused and she spread the 80-something cents on the table and demanded that I dig in my wallet. I told her I had paid. She stayed quiet and never apologized. I felt attacked and confused but brushed it off as an honest mistake on her part.
So, years later we had become pretty close. We talked everyday, mostly about her painful separation. I was happy to listen because I had experienced a broken heart before my marriage and thought I could help her recover. Sheila was never an “all about me and my stuff” conversational narcissist. Our exchanges were nice and felt very honest.
Her husband called me to tell me his reasons for leaving her. I was taken aback because he had no reason to offer any explanation. He just said that Sheila was a pig who sent their kids dirty to school, never cleaned the house and he was done doing everything by himself, from cleaning the house to double checking his kids clothing before dropping them off each morning. I paid no attention to this, I thought it was “pre-divorce spousal gossip”. He insisted that he was fed up getting home late after work only to find his home turned into a pigsty. (Pay attention to this). He went on about not being able to sleep in such a dirty house and getting up at 2AM to clean up because he was angry.
He and I had a huge fallout later on. He was basically a jerk who saw his friends as stepping stones, so I cut him off when he abused my trust. She kept justifying him and begging me to forgive him because “he needed us” and he was just going through a stage (midlife crises). God Dammit that's not my problem!
I attempted to go into business with her. I contributed all the ideas, the costs, the contacts, and the structure. However, because Sheila was an excellent office manager, I thought we could team up. My F__$$# mistake!We decided to have a girls night out weekend. So we would hang out from Thursday to Sunday out of town. We would use that timeframe to focus on getting the business running, work as a team and then, do fun stuff in the evening. We took our computers, work plans, etc.
One detail is that, because Sheila has kids and ZERO access to “me time”, we stayed at a hotel to focus on the startup. I’m used to this and my husband is very supportive. But because she couldn’t pay for it and because I know how important it is to be able to “unplug” during a breakup, I paid for her entire stay. Sheila had the bedroom right under my own room. She wanted to room together but I hate that. I need privacy and I need to know that I can go to sleep, watch tv and use the bathroom whenever I like without having to listen to unwanted TV noise or being forced to politely listen should my roommate get chatty. The only time I actually went into her bedroom it was really messy, with clothes all over the floor and some stuff hanging from an armchair and lots of food scraps all over the floor. I felt I shouldn’t judge, so I acted like I didn’t notice.
We stayed in touch more often due to our need to get the ball running. I laid some ground rules which included being very open about her estranged husband NOT BEING WELCOME for any type of endeavor. This became an issue, because Sheila insisted that we patch things up and I let him become a part of what we were doing. I wrote her a nice email, explaining that she was very capable on her own and she was valuable, therefore I chose to do business with her. She was very moved and emotional.
This went well for a while. Sheila called me one afternoon and she sounded sad, like she was emotionally disturbed. Her ex had called her minutes earlier with an insane demand: she was to prove to him that she held no grudges and that she was a good person by helping him become a partner in our startup. I was so furious I immediately shut it down. I had no intention of causing tension between them, but I would not allow him to use me as a hostage and force me to comply. I gave her the honest choice to just cease our activities if she felt this would bring more trouble into her life. Sheila absolutely said no and we kept on. It was all good, except for the time she showed up at my doorstep at 7 am on a Sunday morning without an invitation. I thought it was weird, especially because I never actually gave her my home address. I treasure my privacy, so I did not let her in. She knew my area, but not my home.
From this on, business meetings became mortifying. Sheila insisted on circumventing my conditions and tried to insert him into our potential business contracts. When I said NO, she modified her strategy and tried to pull clients to work with her ex-.separated/husband ( not related to what we were doing, but tried to “seduce clients” into booking meetings for the two of them only without even including me). It’s worth noting that all prospects were MY CLIENTS, my contacts and part of my portfolio.
Sheila also showed attention seeking behavior. I patiently thought it was due to her being a doormat for so many years, and now she wanted to be noticed. But the situation progressed, and she would only talk about herself, like she wasn’t part of a team. And , she went too far one day and asked me to shut up (“please let me talk!”) during a presentation (in front of everyone) while I was directly asked to explain business processes that were not a part of her experience. So she opened her mouth and showed she didn’t know what she was doing. Honestly, being a business partner where the other party is doing all the effort and all that is expected of you is to stick with what you know best isn’t a bad deal. I always treated her with respect and thought she would try and actually learn the process before sticking her foot in her mouth. When we left the client’s office, the client texted me and asked me to please never bring her again because she was too caught up in getting attention and her constant interruptions were not welcome.
I stopped sharing information with her after Sheila ridiculed me for waving hello to an acquaintance who did not respond immediately because he didn’t recognize me. Sheila used that as a bullying joke and told everyone that I thought I’m so hot I can wave at anyone but the joke’s on me because I haven’t realized I’m over 40. The fact that she sexualized a simple wave of the hand and was so “happy” to see the perceived slight happen became a red flag. I also learned that she was actively hunting and digging for information on my suppliers.
Things became unbearable with her ex. They hadn’t divorce yet and she would not ask for child support. So she was hurting financially and had to move out of state. Our friendship regained the good vibe. We talked everyday. She relied on me for advice as navigating a new life was quite challenging.
Sheila planned to visit next summer and I was excited. Unfortunately, I could not see her right away due to previous commitments, but it was a 2 week trip so there would be plenty of time to catch up. When she called and I let her know that I couldn't make it immediately, she went radio silent and hung up (“ Hello, hello? OP, I can’t hear yah!”). Sheila was staying hours away, so that played a part. I saw her facebook pictures. She was having a good time, hanging out, partying, and she looked really happy. So I stopped trying to reschedule and thought she would get in touch and tell me when we could meet. That never happened.
I wrote to her via messenger and she said she regretted not swinging by but she was now heading back. I understood.
However, I got a long text trail weeks later. She described abandonment, dismissal and obliviousness. One message said: “Living in their own little world. Immediately cut me off.”
I honestly thought this had to do with her ex and wrote her if she was okay. I did nott a reply until hours later. Sheila called me and said that she was messaging a close friend we have in common ( I then realized it was our old group chat). She said she wouldn’t “need” to talk about me if I had let her stay at my house for her 2 week vacation. That she was mad because she “had” to sleep on a hard recliner chair at her exe’s place (she turned down his family’s offer to host her) and that she expected more of me. She called me her ego boost (wow… I thought I was an actual person but now it turns out I’m just some sort of commodity) and that I’m her best friend but she was hurt because I didn’t offer her my home and she knows I must have a big house.
I told her me and my family need privacy but she countered that if I was her real friend, I would have no problem in making an exception or at least accommodate her because my family should be able to understand. Also, she would stop talking about me if I let her stay next time. Emotional blackmail at its best.
So actually, she had been caught talking crap behind my back all courtesy of using the wrong text trail and was now blaming me. Not only had she done this, but the entire trail exaggerated the whole thing because first of all, she never asked me to host her in the first place. I told her she would be better off if she asked her ex for child support. She said she couldn’t put him under financial pressure. Her financial planning is not my responsibility. My house is not an Airbnb.
I also went to her house once and her living conditions were subhuman. It wasn’t messy. It was filthy. It was dog shit inside the bathtub, a calcified toilet bowl, a huge clump of toothpaste spit (hard, like it took years to build). The bathroom odor took over the entire house, the sink towering in moldy dishes, and maggots all over the floor. I was surprised because she never looked dirty. However, having seen this and her hotel room, why would I let her stay at my place?? Invitations should be spontaneous, not at gunpoint.
I let that go. What can I do. I simply went “zero” on business plans. She never did much about our startup after she left, but I get it. She was busy and had a new job. So now she was desperately trying to get me interested in completing what we started. In a year, she never touched any of our plans. She arrived back at her new state and asked me to again cover for expenses: “Can we reactivate the website?” “Can you cover the cost for x or y?”
She became passive aggressive. On the one hand she wanted to use me to become a successful “entrepreneur”. On the other hand, she began some sort of campaign via facebook. She used veiled remarks. She constantly wrote “philosophical” memes on “friends who let you down” and kept tagging me on cryptic posts. Her friends would express their disgust at “people who leave you high and dry”, “friends who don’t come see you when you are in town”. I had enough after I restricted her access to my profile and she still managed to visit my FB wall and scrolled, then wrote me on PM to berate me for “writing stuff about her”. The problem was that she wasn’t getting my updates, so she deliberately went to my profile to hunt for stuff. Whenever I asked her to be specific, she would never respond and just leave my messages as “seen”.
We closed the corporation after she neglected to maintain it (her only actual task), and I said I wouldn’t pay all the fines just to keep it alive as we never actually took off. She didn’t wanna pay for it, so bingo! Our contract stated that ALL resources were my contribution and in the event of a cancellation, she had no rights except over her own clients, suppliers and business plans, which were none. I was regularly stalked and harassed for about two years. I learned a hard lesson on not trying to “fix” people.
She kept trying to latch on to me. When I heard that she was coming to my state and attempting to call MY CLIENTS, I decided to take action.
My own client called, very alarmed, and told me that she tried to sell him a business model and that she claimed I was still in business with her. That client is gold, very loyal, and very straight forward.
I had set up a cloud and allowed her to login. I changed the password, altered the entire phonebook data in case she wanted to circumvent and use the contacts for herself. All her calls would go to my switchboard, and removed the few unimportant folders to replace them with multiple “business plan” files. I “casually” mentioned the cloud (that she never used because she left the state) and left it at that. Two weeks later, she began to press me about the password, because she only wanted to read the info again and see if we could still do anything. Yeah right! In the meantime, she booked an appointment at an investor conference. It sounds big, but the conference is very small, only 3-4 people listening to your pitch.
Her first appointment didn’t work out. She showed up and explained in her own words but had no actual material, only scraps of my work, so it was not enough and they never called her. Easy to find out because they post awarded startups on a public website.
The bogus phone book thing didn’t work for too long. She actually got an appointment with Edgard, a guy runs a private accelerator. Edgard and I have a good but distant business relationship. He is excellent as a client but I don't like his peer to peer style. He becomes arrogant and unpleasant when it comes to investing. I don’t need that. He loves to scrutinize, confront and decry. He also has a slight mental or emotional illness. Edgard is very defensive and becomes hostile when he thinks he is being lied to. So, not surprisingly, he called me immediately after reading her plan. He was confused because he is familiar with my model. Edgard and I never went into business together because his overpowering tactics ain’t worth ruining a good relationship with a client. I had already decided to wait a little and then shoulder the whole project cost.
He just wanted to know 1) If I had changed my mind and had decided to include him. He only knew her vaguely as my “partner”. 2) Why was the plan now so different and vague? Did I not trust him or what?
I told him the truth. Not a good idea to play games with a good business client. And while he loves to see blood and all that, I can say he has strong working ethics. He seemed to have taken it personally. I think he thought she was trying to sucker him out of his money by getting his investment on something she hardly comprehended.
This is why I feel this karma/revenge was accidental. I cannot claim to have orchestrated her fate. I did not direct her to him.
He asked me to be reachable when she came in. I was not sure at first, but my husband suggested I do it because we needed to make sure Edgard knew we had zero involvement with her, especially after she had omitted the fact that our corporation had been stricken off. He had a point.
So she went to his office and when she stumbled on her answers, he immediately called me and put me on speaker. To be honest, I declined being physically at the meeting because although I came to despise her, I still felt second hand shame. Her silence was dense. He kept asking and asking. She sounded confused and her voice had an inflection when she greeted me “Oh hi! What a nice surprise!”.
Edgar became more and more impatient, so he switched to video call and his questions came out fast, insistent, his body moving up and down like the battery bunny. I think he feeds on this. I could see Sheila awkwardly putting her computer back in its case and trying to avoid the camera. Her eyes were wide open, her expression looked disgruntled with her lips looking a bit saggy (I don’t know how to better express this) and alternating with a weak side smile. Edgard kept asking questions and she only repeated “ok, I see” and that he was being offensive. He replied that if searching for the truth offended her then she had a problem. She ended up just picking up her stuff under her arm and leaving.
Edgard went back to his cool gentleman thing and thanked me for being available. He asked me to consider partnering but I waited weeks to decline to avoid being obvious. I deleted Sheila from my facebook immediately and finally shut her out of the cloud. I didn’t berate her or take further action because it was too embarrassing already. She gave herself the finger on this one.
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2020.09.17 16:49 tnerappa Predicting the Premier League Table for the 20-21 season using historical seasons from the start of decades

I was creating a comment for Trivia Thursday on the First Division season fifty years ago and it got me thinking - do top level clubs work like werewolves? Do they only get stronger on a yearly rotation, like werewolves are released under a full moon?
To test this galaxy brain theory, I have the perfect subject- the start of a decade season has started in the Premier League, so can I predict the coming Premier League by looking at the football league tables at the start of each decade since the English Football League has begun?
To do this, I had to look through historical data. The problem is the current format of the English Football Leagues begun with the Premier League in the 90's, so comparing historical data is difficult. To do this, I will use golf scores:
If a team finishes 1st in the First Division, they get a score of 1. If there are 20 teams in the First Division, and another team finishes 1st in the Second Division, they get a score of 21. All of those scores added together, divided by the total seasons they have been in the leagues (as Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Wolverhampton and West Brom were the only five teams in the 1890-91 season in the current Premier League) gives you a score per season rating. Ranked up, this tells you how powerful a club is at the start of a decade and there's absolutely no external factors that could possibly exist to determine team strength.
League seasons I have included: 1890-91,1900-01,1910-11, 1920-21, 1930-31, 1950-51, 1960-61, 1970-71, 1980-81, 1990-91, 2000-01, 2010-11.
So with this in mind, this is how the Premier League Table will look in 2020-21:
Pos Club Total Score from all seasons Seasons in dataset Score/Season
1 Arsenal 47 10 4.70
2 Manchester United 70 10 7.00
3 Tottenham 73 11 7.30
4 Liverpool 82 11 7.45
5 Everton 130 12 10.83
6 Manchester City 124 11 11.27
7 Aston Villa 145 12 12.08
8 Chelsea 144 10 14.40
9 Newcastle 160 11 14.55
10 West Brom 165 12 14.75
11 Wolverhampton 183 12 15.58
12 Leeds 188 9 20.89
13 West Ham 196 9 21.78
14 Southampton 224 9 24.89
15 Burnley 304 12 25.33
16 Leicester City 285 11 25.91
17 Sheffield United 287 11 26.09
18 Fulham 346 10 34.60
19 Crystal Palace 355 9 39.44
20 Brighton 421 9 46.78
  1. Based on this bulletproof analysis, Arsenal return to the top of the tree for the first time since 2003-04 under the guidance of Arteta. Elneny turns into Prime Zidane, runs the Premier League dry, and Saka gets Young Player of the Year after scoring 25 goals this year.
  2. Manchester United return to second. Donny van de Beek makes a huge difference to the midfield, and Mason Greenwood wins golden boot scoring 47 goals.
  3. José Mourinho guides Tottenham to third. Bale reinvigorates the team and has a brilliant season, including scoring a 30 yard overhead kick against Southampton. Kane injures his ankle again, but Lucas Moura magically grows by a foot and becomes an excellent backup striker.
  4. Liverpool can't keep up the intensity of the previous seasons but still contest Tottenham for third.
  5. Everton make a huge leap forward, following the triple signings of Allan, Doucoure and James Rodriguez. James runs the show hitting double figures in goals and assists, and flights from Bogota to Liverpool increase by 470000% as the nation treats Liverpool like a pilgrimage. Still finish below Liverpool though.
  6. The wheels fall of Pep's passing train. After a rocky season mired with defensive issues and injuries no consistency can be built.
  7. Aston Villa, jubilant after the contract signing of Grealish, go on to charge up the Premier League table cemeting themselves back in the top division. Ollie Watkins is explosive, forming a formidable attacking side with enough defensive rigidity to play an attacking brand of football.
  8. Chelsea have an extremely rough season after a squad revamp. The players don't jel, Werner suffers a serious injury and Havertz causes a storm when it turns out he faked his date of birth and he's actually fifteen.
  9. Newcastle's transfers go to plan with Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson forming a deadly strike partnership. Remarkable is the transformation of Joelinton, who goes from zero to hero, converting into a centre-half and cemeting a powerful back three with Lascelles as captain.
  10. West Brom have a tough start to the year as their dynamic and quick interpassing style is found out in the Premier League. Luckily, Pulis dons his cap, sticks Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin upfront and shithouses 1-0 wins to solidify West Brom as a force of nature.
  11. Wolverhampton have a season dip finishing in eleventh. They could have finished higher, but they had to forfeit a game against Newcastle 3-0 as they were lose on the way up to the Tyne. Asking for directions from a passerby, they realised nobody on the bus spoke English, and so couldn't get help.
  12. Leeds United make a strong return to the Premier League. Bielsa's football is exciting and one-of-a-kind. Most remarkable is Jean-Kevin Augustin, who manages to score 15 goals after being reluctantly bought by Bielsa following a dispute with RB Leipzig.
  13. West Ham lock in thirteenth following a decent year. Moyes is constantly attacked for his style of play, yet West Ham manage to constantly scrape wins.
  14. Southampton have a below expectation seasons, as Danny Ings suffers an early season injury and the side struggle to find goals.
  15. Burnley's thin squad is rough around Christmas, but in classic Burnley fashion theya re just too resilient to go down.
  16. Leicester have a horrendous season. Brendan Rodgers can't get the team to function as required, and long term injuries to Ndidi and Vardy mean the team struggles to find balance. Sam Allardyce comes in with 7 games left, and manages to drag Leicester out of the relegation zone.
  17. Chris Wilder struggles to get Sheffield United on tune, with none of the striker firing. Second season syndrome hits the club hard, but they manage to stabilise and not fall into the bottom three.
  18. Scott Parker's Fulham start well, but a lack of quality in the squad hits home consistently being outperformed. A late season surge brings them out from the bottom of the table but they just fall short.
  19. Crystal Palace have a rough year - Zaha, Eze, Townsend, Ayew and Batshuayi can't get any attacking consistency and the side just leaks goal. The approach of Marco Silva, returned from the dead, doesn't revive them and a second meme is spawned of Marco Silva looking sad.
  20. Brighton have a rough year - despite starting well, the pass and move idealogy of Potter struggles against rigid defences and the side struggle for goals. A mid season capitulation, in-fighting and downing tools follows, leading to multiple losses and being rooted to the base of the table for the last few game-weeks.
So that's the Premier League this year with unrefutable evidence. Use me for your betting and Fantasy Premier League. But who wins the FA Cup using this decadal theory?
At the start of decades:
tl;dr - Mourinho is taking Tottenham to an F.A. Cup with inarguable evidence.
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2020.09.17 02:00 MarkLCM Maintenance Magazine #23: PES2020 IMs and Legends Round-up

Hello again my dear readers, it's been a while! Hope all of you are well and safe!
PES2020 had been a downward slope for me overall, with the lack of offline event variety and legend releases being the real deal-breakers that almost prompted me to quit the game outright. Thankfully KONAMI fixed the latter half of the problem at the end of the season, sparked a wave of excitement for me and I got my hands on a few good legend players. To give credit where it's due, IMs were a touch of genius from KONAMI, as I believe they bring a nice balance between the dynamics of F2P and P2P. Moreover, permanently setting the conditions of legends and IMs to B is simply fantastic. Some of you in the sub believe legends have hidden stats; well, that's your hidden stats right there.
With PES2020 coming to a close, I think it's the time again to re-re-review every legend in my collection (I really hope you guys don't find these boring tbh, but I do really enjoy reviewing my legends) and give proper recognition to the new legends/IMs I gained. The departing Inter / Milan legends also deserve a proper send-off.
To those unfamiliar with my work, my review is purely subjective and your mileage may vary. The effectiveness of a player depends highly on the playstyle, formation and his teammates. Nevertheless, I rate players using a tier system (S > A > B > C etc.). I've also included reference ratings of popular base players for comparison and calibration. Anyone can compare stats on PESDB; in contrast, I try to focus less on the stats and convey how the player feels in actual gameplay.
For my regular followers, I'll avoid repeating myself as much as possible, keeping it short for old players unless I have new opinions about them. Some of you might find my reviews and ratings of certain players to have changed quite significantly this time, mostly due to difference in gameplay of PES2020 vs. previous iterations (e.g. nerfed skill moves, rise of finesse dribbling, nerfed passes etc). Here's a tiny tease to treat the fans: previously exclusive to Cruyff and Vieira, the S+ tier club now tentatively has 5 members! What are their identities? What's with the "tentativeness"? Read on to find out!
An important caveat is that I am a largely F2P & offline player. This means I have very limited access to coins and thus I do not own many IMs / coin-exclusive new legends. Needless to say I have not been lucky in the European legends free pulls, but I've emptied the latest box draws to get the most out of them. Sorry for the incomplete list but that's just the way I roll.
Just to be clear on my stance, I am all for the P2P exclusivity of IMs. In fact, let P2P have coin-exclusive box draws to make sure people get what they want without having to spend a mortgage. I just wish KONAMI can allow the use of GP in legend agents (non-guaranteed draws), so the F2P population has limited but farmable access to any future new legends released.
And without further ado, let the reviews begin!
Unless stated otherwise, all players reviewed below are legends and the reference players are base players. IMs will be explicitly stated. All players are rated by their performances at max level.
GK (reference - - Alisson: A)
TOLDO: A
I used to think of him quite poorly, and quite honestly he still sucked for me earlier this year. Not until recently when I played him again for this review when he finally started to play quite well, using his towering height to his full advantage. As if a last hurrah before getting removed.
Despite all that, I'm not unhappy to see him go, especially since I've got three copies of him waiting to Digivolve into Casillasmon. By the way, KONAMI, I have 3 Toldos and 4 Kahns in my squad. Can I have other non-dupe outfield players instead?
CECH: S- (tentative)
I got Cech, along with several others on this list, very recently in the current box draw. Due to my limited experience of these players, I felt uneasy assigning a definitive rating to them. On the other hand, I didn't want to leave them out as I wanted to help players make their decision on whether to go for them or not. Hence I settled on the tentative rating and review, which should be treated more appropriately as my first impressions.
Cech has been stopping all kinds of shots for me. Powerful long rangers, point-blank first-timers, crosses, he's got them all covered. He's not the best when it comes to rushing out in one-on-ones, he manages to react in about half of those instances. Also he's dreadful against free kicks. His Low Punt skill, quite rare among legend GKs, come in handy quite often.
KAHN: S-
Der Titan has considerably improved compared to PES19, thanks to the buff to defensive GK playstyle. He has been my starting GK for almost all-year. From experience he makes around two-thirds of shots on target against Superstar COM by my estimation, which is not bad at all! Kahn's strength lies in the fact that he's equally good staying on the line and rushing out (he charges at an astonishing pace too!), but the player has to consciously make the right decision. The more I use him, the better I get at noticing the subtle differences between shots that require rushing and shots that don't.
CB (reference - - Koulibaly: A; VVD: S-)
SAMUEL: C+
In this day and age, where you find featured Mbappes, Ronaldos and Rashfords in more teams than they are not, ol' Samuel is simply too slow to keep up. Pairing him with a defensively minded (non build-up) & fast CB might help slightly, or he might work with triple/quadruple CB formations, but that just goes to show how independently unreliable he is.
Adieu, Samuel. Unfortunately you will not be missed.
CAMPBELL: S-
This ex-GB may be upgraded to BB, but his in-game performance seems slightly worse than PES19, when he used to be nigh unstoppable in the air. Again, this may be due to the opponents he's against (looking at you featured Ronaldo/Lewa). That said, with his decent speed and tackling, he's still one of the better defenders in the game.
BERGOMI: S
Got this underrated gem in the European legends draw and has grown quite attached. His skillset is frankly quite extraordinary. He is one of the fastest CBs out there, which makes him excellent in tracking back and covering for the defence. It also makes him an excellent full back as well. His defensive ability is solid, with strong positioning and physicality. He scores additional points for breathtaking long-rangers, even netting several match-winners for me which I'd never forget. Tackles are not first-rate, which is his major setback.
Despite my short time with him, he is one of the three players whose departure greatly saddens me. And the saddest part? I already own all the possible replacements that we know of so far.
MALDINI: S
Still remember getting him in PES18 and he single-handedly revolutionized my defence. The most all-rounded and versatile out of all my defenders, he always finds a place in any defensive line-up. You can literally pair him with any other CB and he'll play well. I was scared af by the thought of losing him but thankfully he survives the snap.
PUYOL: S
This is the second (and final) player I managed to get from the free European legends agents. He's the only player I hoped to get and I was lucky to get him for free. Growing up watching invincible Barca made me respect him as a player. He's also the closest I can get to legendary Chelsea captain Terry, both in terms of playing style and aura of captaincy.
Digressions aside, Puyol is magnificent in the game. He has one of the highest accelerations among CBs, and together with his positioning he is rarely off his mark. His tackles, particularly his standing tackles, are absolutely the best, even ahead of Maldini. Practically steals the ball anywhere near him. He is also majestic in the air and a constant corner threat. Could not have been more happy with him.
BECKENBAUER: S+ (tentative)
Before I go on, I should really stress that I only obtained him for a week, but what I've seen so far has already convinced me to place him in the S+ tier.
In defence, he is performing at the same level as Maldini. Clean tackles, majestic headers and plenty of interceptions due to his masterful ability to read the game. His speed is top-notch among CBs, and he's been showcasing his ability to track back and defend. He's also surprisingly good in the air.
What makes him unique is his offensive capabilities. Even when playing as CB, he charges forward aggressively, with a frequency unmatched by any other so-called offensive CBs like Pique or Ramos. The CB closest to him in offence is perhaps Bergomi, in terms of their finishing and speed, but that's where the similarities end. He has an acute positional sense, pinpoint passing and reliable goalscoring. To put it simply, Beckenbauer has the complete skill set of an AMF.
His 85-rated stamina is often drained around the 80-minute mark, but that is just a testament to the amount of ground he covers. Like his German compatriot Matthaus, his Fighting Spirit skill also helps keeping his performance consistent until the final whistle. I suppose the only problem with Der Kaiser is that playing him in CB is putting his attacking talent to waste, and when he joins the attack there's no guarantee he can make it back in time to defend every threat. For these reasons, he is exceptional at DMF/CMF. I've yet to experiment playing him in other positions like RB/AMF, but I'm pretty sure he excels in whatever position he's being deployed.
LB/RB (reference - - TAA: A)
LIZARAZU: A (tentative)
So far he has been fairly consistent in defence, despite his unimpressive defensive stats; his pace and stamina makes up for his lack of tackling and interception abilities. Nothing to complain about his offensive game either. A solid alternative to Carlos given the limited choice of legendary full-backs.
CARLOS: A
The Brazillian full-back has been solid for me. His work-rate has been excellent, but lately he's been the sort of silent contributor that's hard to notice or appreciate. A tackle here, a run there, but he's not really doing a lot in terms of attacking and crosses. His presence is noticeable but not dazzling. He is also a quality LMF. As for free kick takers, I have better choices.
ZANETTI: S
He is a rock-solid defender who actively charges forward when there's space available, but also knows when to fall back and cover defensive gaps. His endless stamina befits his nickname of El Tractor. His crossing is also impeccable.
I'll likely be getting Cafu as a replacement, but Zanetti's imminent departure from the franchise leaves a gaping hole in my squad and in my heart.
DMF (reference - - Busquets: B+)
PETIT: B-
An average player for all intents and purposes. Interestingly, he positions himself like an Anchor Man despite his playstyle, meaning he stays at the back more often, which suits me just fine. His tackling is merely average; it's sometimes frustrating with him as I find him in good positions more often than most DMFs on this list, but he does so little when given the chance.
PIRLO: B+
Pirlo, Pirlo, why do you pains me so? I really, really liked Pirlo irl. So much so that I've written a long piece about him (and if you haven't done so already, I recommend giving it a read, as it is the piece of work I'm most proud of).
Months have passed and my review of him is largely the same. His defense sucks just as his stats suggest, and his passes and dribbles are not as perfect as his stats seem to suggest. On the other hand, he charges forward quite often and his runs are great. As a result, he's been scoring consistently in open play in addition to his deadly free kicks. His long range curlers from the edge of the box has also been a regular source of goals.
The Italian Maestro is an enigma. He is not your typical DMF. He contributes more offensively than defensively, so bear that in mind when you balance your squad. I would say he functions like a CMF/AMF in terms of offence vs defence.
IM PIRLO: A-
Apparently KONAMI must have read my article of base Pirlo and rewards me with an IM, coz that's the only IM I've got from the recent free draws so far.
Stats-wise, his IM version is nearly identical to his regular version when maxed. In play, IM Pirlo is visibly better at his defensive duties, although still way behind the usual standards of a typical DMF. Offensively, his long range power shots now find the target more often than they did before. Overall the way he plays feel the same, and the IM is just a minor upgrade. You're not missing out if you have the legend version.
CAMBIASSO: A-
A very defensive-minded player who arguably plays better as a CB. He's simply great at defending, very all-rounded in most defensive aspects. The problem with him lies in his lack of contributions to the build up play. He's usually unwilling to move, and that makes me feel I'm missing a midfielder to link up my play, consistently missing one passing option. Also when he decides to involve himself, his low passes (especially through balls) are nowhere as accurate as his stats would make you believe. Similar to Pirlo, he nails one half of the prerequisites for a great DMF, only to absolutely flop the other half.
As solid as he his, there are better DMFs out there so I'm not too sad to say goodbye to the Argentine.
INAMOTO: A
I was initially skeptical when KONAMI gifted me a GB legend; when I tried him out, I only regretted not having done so sooner. He's got a very balanced skill set that enables him to contribute in both defending and attacking. He's got good marking and tackling, can pass the ball well, and can score bangers from range. One of the main duties of my DMFs is to scoop up the loose ball after the opponent defence heads the ball clear in corners, and I notice Inamoto does this extremely reliably. His main drawback is his unimposing stature, meaning he gets outmuscled quite often and concedes possession.
VIEIRA: S+
If you have been in this sub for a while, you would have seen everyone sing praises about him, myself included. This legend deserves every bit of praise he gets, and he simply cannot be better. An absolute monster in defence, with an often overlooked eye for long rangers. The man once scored a hat trick during the first half of a campaign game. This truly extraordinary player proudly retains his position in the S+ tier club.
CMF (reference - - S.M.Savic / Kante: A)
SCHOLES: C+
In stark contrast to the next player on the list, Scholesy is often nowhere to be seen. Sometimes I even forget he's on the pitch. You read his stats and you think, I could do with a complete player like him, and then he turns out to be a complete....disaster. With his playstyle he hangs in the back, but he's terrible at tackling, man marking and headers. Passing play with him is a nightmare, he's either too slow or unwilling to move when he's on the receiving end of a pass. Even his trademark cannonballs are gone; I tried three shots with him just at the edge of the box and none of them ended up on target, and that was during an exhibition match at Regular difficulty. I was thrilled to see him in a GP box draw, and could not be more disappointed.
Despite my one-sided rants above, I'm perhaps in the minority among the sub when it comes to opinions on Scholes. u/big_rom9 once commented he also had problems playing IM Scholes at CMF, but eventually playing him well as SS. Personally yet to try this out, and if anyone has done so please share your experience in the comments! I've also read there's a rather large disparity between his IM and legend versions.
MATTHAUS: S-
The German has always been one of my top players, but his performance this year slightly dipped compared to previous years. His positioning seems a bit off, and his inability to withhold the ball under pressure has never been more apparent. Despite all that, he's still covering miles like the Kante meme, and his interceptions, passes and assists are still top-notch.
LMF/RMF (reference - - Asensio: A)
PIRES: B+
The Frenchman makes good runs, but does very little with it. His finishing is good but not great, and he can't really cross with his weaker left foot. He took a big hit when skill moves were nerfed, and he lost the means of cutting into the middle and score, like a reverse Robben in the left wing.
IM PIRES: A
The IM stat boost here really shows! His runs are much more effective thanks to the hefty boost in offensive awareness, and his finishing is considerably improved by his swerve and kicking power. Unlike his legend counterpart, Pires has become a real goalscoring threat, and defenders will be punished for leaving him alone.
NEDVED: A
I've always held Nedved in very high regard but lately his renowned long rangers have been lacking in accuracy. It is funny how most of his contribution is tied to his goalscoring; take that away and I'm still left with a versatile midfielder with an incredible workrate, but he's just not the same. He's an omnipresent passing option when your team has the ball, but he does little to help win possession back, so basically he's Matthaus halved.
BECHKAM (aged 27): A
Becks is a textbook example of a classic winger: he runs into wide spaces and crosses with pinpoint accuracy. Conversely, play him as a left CMF or left AMF (not many formations have those though), and be amazed by the accuracy of his curlers from range. I still get mad when I see him at DMF just for his OVR though. I toy around him when I see him at DMF in campaign matches. Not even Superstar COM can make him good there, and you know something's gone wrong.
PARK JI-SUNG: A+
The South Korean legend is undoubtedly the best Asian player in the game! He has so much in common with Nedved in PES18: endless stamina (I'm almost convinced his stamina is around 150, judging from his stamina bar at the end of a match), quick on his feet, close ball control, strong passing game, and incredible versatility. Don't let his measly finishing stats fool you too. I've been shooting with him from 20 - 25 yards from goal and getting used to see them fly in untouched. It really goes to show how unreliable stats are; or to look at it another way, how the performance of legends can really catch you by surprise!
AMF (reference - - Mount: B; featured Messi (no.10 campaign): S) (sorry I haven't been using a lot of base players as AMF)
VAN DER VAART: C
Dude's slow. Like, REEEEALLY SLOWWWW. His terrible attacking positioning also does not help at all. Despite his decent passing and goalscoring ability, Van der Vaart is a beaming symbol of a old-fashioned playstyle that has been rendered powerless by the current, physical footballing climate.
DECO: C+ (tentative)
Another AMF with terrible offensive positioning that I did not enjoy using. Deco's slowness is less prominent as he can dribble past defenders, yet that same defender will rapidly catch up and force Deco to pass the ball away. His passing and finishing is slightly worse than Van der Vaart. Notably, he is a rare AMF with the Creative Playmaker style rather than CN10. If you are a fan of that style you might want to check him out, but he's a hard no for me.
ONO: B-
I was surprised to see KONAMI releasing a 94-rated legend for free, but his stats wildly overestimates his ability on the pitch. He's just a normal midfielder that has above average dribbling, passes decently and nothing really impressive up his sleeve.
DJORKAEFF: B-
I used to think highly of him due to his excellent dribbling, but that aspect of him has been nerfed to the ground. Marseille Turn is like an open invitation for tackles, and finess dribbling without physicality to back it up is often disastrous. He remaining strength lies in his surprisingly clinical finishing.
You can probably guess I'm perfectly fine with him getting replaced. The problem is I already own every single legend AMF (I believe), so hopefully KONAMI releases somebody new straight at launch!
GULLIT: B+
If Gullit was just an AMF, I would rate him a B at most. Gullit's biggest strength is his versatility. He's a strong CF with a powerful right foot and great in the air. He's a good CMF/DMF with a strong tackling and intercepting game, coupled with highly effective finesse dribbling thanks to his physical strength. His performance is surprisingly consistent at CB, making tackles ably and great in the air. Did I mention he's great in the air?
NAKATA: B+
Nakata is a surprisingly effective attacker. For me, he plays his best games on either wing. If you have access to one of those rare triple AMF formations, play him on either side; otherwise, he's decent at LMF/RMF, but not as great in central AMF. The timing of his runs are excellent, and he can finish from range. His stamina also keeps him effective for the entire game.
IM NAKAMURA: A-
I recall seeing him in a box draw, and with mountains of GP to spare I decided to go all-in, only to get him in my second try. The renowned free-kick specialist is just as deadly in the game; not quite as godly as Becks or Pirlo, but still comparable with Messi in that regard. His finishing is quite strong in open play, and he's a technically gifted playmaker.
RONALDINHO (GB, aged 39): A
I originally thought of including him as a bit of a joke, and spent the cash to get him fully expecting him to be quite useless (look at what I'll do for you guys!). Turns out, Grandpa Dinho with the Nike headband is not to be messed with. In a world where Busquets can outrun Messi (a.k.a. campaigns), Ronaldinho still manages to outpace defenders with his speed bursts at a ripe old age of thirty-nine and sporting a rather large belly (irl). His long rangers are absolutely lethal. Unsurprisingly, his main drawback is his stamina not lasting the entire match, which is very understandable, to say the least. During the limited time he's on the pitch, his impact is quite remarkable.
ZICO: A+
I notoriously criticized Zico in one of my earlier entries, and since then the White Pele has been consistently improving. Like Nakata, he is most effective on the wing (wide AMF or SS), where his devastating runs and finesse shots are in full effect, and he avoids the amount of pressure he faces when he is deployed in the center.
RONALDINHO: S
If Ronaldinho way past his prime is that good, surely he should be great in his prime? Indeed he is unstoppable, being one of the best finesse dribblers in the game and a deadly eye for goal. He plays as well on the wings as he does in the middle, and when it comes to beating defenders, he has a vast array of options to choose from, be it dazzling dribbles or sudden bursts of speed. In terms of offensive skills, he is the complete package.
If I have one reservation about him, it is his inability to transform the players around him. He shines brightly on his own, but there's only so much a single player can do. He's not a gamechanger, if that makes any sense.
RIVALDO: S+
As someone once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get". And in the Brazillian's case, what I got was a perfect offensive player comparable to Cruyff, which are words I never thought I would attribute to a CN10.
Rivaldo is another example that demonstrates the inadequacy of stats in measuring player quality. Contrary to all common stereotypes of CN10s, Rivaldo charges forward all the time, whenever he gets the chance, and always with impeccable timing. His long rangers find the back of the net nine times out of ten. His amazing first touch is reminiscent of Cruyff, where he switches from the receiving end of a pass to a playmaking position in one swift, fluid motion. For those who are complaining about Cruyff being absent in the recent draws, Rivaldo was the next best thing.
Compared to the Dutch grandmaster, Rivaldo is definitely slower, but he makes it up with superior powerful shots. Either way, both S+ tier players have the transformative property that revitalizes the entire offence, bringing out the best in every attacker.
LWF/RWF (reference - - Sterling / Sancho: A; Messi / Ronaldo: S)
GIULY: B- (tentative)
In the short time since I've got him, he has yet to impress me. His picture shares an uncanny resemblance with the ex-Chelsea player Pedro, and the same can be said for his play. He's just a fairly average winger with decent speed and crossing, but he doesn't make intelligent runs as often as I would expect from a Hole Player.
He's another player to be replaced that I probably won't miss. Since the only eligible replacement so far is Figo, I'd say it's worth it to go for Guily if you haven't got Figo yet.
FIGO: S
Now that I've established how players like Nedved and Scholes, experts of their craft, can mess up their long range shooting all the time, the ability to reliably score from outside the box suddenly seem all the more valuable, and Figo does that masterfully with either foot. His long rangers (both power and finesse) are a joy, and his dribbling is elegant and effective. His versatility among the offensive ranks is remarkable. His movement off the ball and accurate passing also allows solid buildup play. He's a breath of fresh air in contrast to speedsters like Sane and Sancho, but this also means I had to adjust my play style to get the best out of him. Overall the Portuguese is a phenomenal winger.
SS (reference - - Dybala: A; Joao Felix: A+)
RECOBA: B+
A striker with a deadly left foot and incredible curl. Unfortunately, his passing is below average for an SS, and he has to be subbed after an hour or so.
I've had a decent time with him, but I'm not at all unhappy to see him get replaced. Several top-tier SSs are still missing in my squad and I'd be thrilled to get my hands on any one of them.
TOTTI: A
The Italian genius plays unlike any other SS on the list. He is considerably stronger than the rest, while his speed and dribbling is sub-par. To use him well, I had to rely on my passing game, which hasn't been the most reliable in PES2020.
BEBETO: A+
Bebeto wrecks havoc in dangerous areas with his runs, sensational dribbles and low centre of gravity. His ambidexterity makes him highly effective on either wing. He is also a great assister thanks to his One-touch Pass ability. His celebration never gets old.
MARADONA: S
I feel like I don't have to elaborate on the strengths of Diego Maradona. The reason he's not S+ is similar to Ronaldinho: the brilliance is in himself and himself only.
IM MARADONA: S
Maradona's free IM version is the most generous guaranteed player KONAMI has ever gifted for free. Despite inferior stats, his ranged shots curl right into the net reliably like his older counterpart. The increased pace and stamina of IM Maradona also balances out his weaker dribbling and passing. Overall the two players are similarly effective in my opinion.
CRUYFF: S+
Again, it feels silly to explain why the Dutch legend is S+ tier. He is simply the most complete attacker in the game with no apparent weaknesses. The kind of player to build a squad around and can turn the tide of a game.
CF (reference - - Auba: A-, Jovic/Kane: A; Haaland: A+; Aguero: S-; Mbappe: S)
YORKE / COLE: B-
The Man Utd twins play so similarly I've decided to group them together. "Adequate" is the word that describes them most adequately, pun intended. Both players are moderately strong, mildly clinical, somewhat quick and position themselves quite well. They have a bit of everything in a typical CF's skillset, but nothing stands out at all.
KLUIVERT: B
At least some clear strengths on this one. The Dutchman is splendid in the air. He's also one of the better dribblers among CFs. On the flip side, he seldom makes useful runs so he's almost restricted to the crossing playstyle.
MASSARO: B+
An often overlooked CF due to his low OVR of 89. His finishing is clinical, positioning is surprisingly solid and he has the strength to withhold the ball. He plays like an ambidextrous Giroud, though weaker in the air.
Since I've got most of the GB CFs, I'm not sure how I feel to see him go. It would be great if I get Inzaghi in exchange, but I believe I've already got all the other good ones.
KOLLER: B+ (tentative)
Aerially dominant just as one would expect of a 2-metre forward. He reminds me of playing PES on the console back in the old days in 2004-05, when crossing was basically OP with Chelsea/Inter. Any cross that reaches Koller basically guarantees a header on target, although the Superstar GKs nowadays tend to save most of those. His right-footed finish isn't half bad either. The best thing about him is his Super-Sub skill, which makes him a great player on the bench and nearly always in top form when subbed in.
SALAS: B+
Salas resembles a SS more than a CF. He's a great retainer and passer of the ball, and his finishing is exceptional; yet, he falls back to support the build up quite often, and he's usually not the one who makes the mazing runs that tear across defences. He mostly scores from one-twos or back passes from a holding forward, someone like his devastating Chilean partner irl. He excels in double CF formations, but don't expect him to perform well on his own.
ZAMORANO: A
Zamorano is an exemplary predator. There's nothing flashy about him, he just gets into the right position and scores. His finishing is top-notch with either power or finesse, despite his stats heavily leaning into the former. The reason he's not higher up on the tier list is occasionally he can be completely contained by a top-tier defender (e.g. Featured Koulibaly).
OWEN: A
You don't have to look hard to notice his uncanny similarity with Aguero. Both men are deadly strikers with low centres of gravity, devastating runs and clinical finishes. Owen's blinding speed looks good on paper, but in reality often does not work when he's being marked by a quick CB. He is often outmuscled during his runs and dispossessed by the slightest of tackles, so he desparately needs another CF / hole player / dummy runner to draw away pressure from him. However, with his top-notch finishing, he converts reliably when he's free from his mark. He is also a surprisingly strong assister.
ADRIANO: A+
The archetypal power forward with beastly strength, speed and shot power. Sadly, Adriano will never be S tier material when he consistently runs out of steam near the hour mark.
He's probably the closest to Ronaldo Nazario we'll ever get, and he will be sorely missed alongside Zanetti and Bergomi. I do hope I get a nice non-duplicate as replacement though.
BATISTUTA: S-
Among all the forwards on the list, Batigol is the most complete player and my go-to choice in single CF formations. He's like the Swiss army knife of CFs, he can do everything extremely well: he can score with power or finesse with either feet, he is a threat in the air, he has strength to retain the ball under pressure, he makes great runs and has enough stamina to last an entire match.
LAW: S
Law is OP in very specific areas: spatial awareness, runs and finishing. Basically like an ambidextrous Zamorano on steroids. What he does have is a very particular set of skills. Skills that make him a nightmare for all defenders alike. If there's a space in the defence or a loose ball around, he will look for it, he will find it, and he will score a goal out of it.
Like Zamorano, his playstyle is atypical and there's a bit of a learning curve. But when you eventually get past it, boy you are in for a ride.
Annoyingly, the AI often auto-subs him off for no apparent reason during half time despite he's still full of stamina. This only happens to Law and I'm still yet to figure out why.
ROMARIO: S+
A lot of people on the sub have recently got hold of Romario in the box draw, and have finally recognized the beauty of this endgame striker. He is simply the best at putting the ball into the net. His incredible speed, unyielding strength and remarkable finishing makes him the most consistent goalscoring threat in my entire legends squad. The more CFs I got, the more I appreciated how rare his remarkable goalscoring ability is. It's unfair but true that goalscoring is the first and foremost way a player can impact the results of a match, so I felt the best player in this department deserves a place in the prestigious S+ club.
And that is the end of my lengthy review! Hopefully this gives an idea of whether to go all-in for a box draw or not. Thanks for sticking with me to the very end! Cheers everyone!
...........Sad to see this end? Well let's keep it going with a bonus feature! The top 5 released legends on my wishlist!
  1. Del Piero
A potentially endgame attacker who's just as good at creating goals as scoring them. Looking forward to his amazing curved shots!
  1. Van Basten
Probably the best CF alongside Romario according to this sub, Van Basten's stats certainly live up to his hype, but we all know how dangerously unreliable stats are...
  1. Inzaghi
Surprised to see him ahead of MVB? Inzaghi is one of the rare legends, alongside Koller, to have the Super-Sub skill, and together with his permanent B condition he'll be constantly in top-form. His 99 attacking awareness and finishing also sounds like pure gold.
  1. Rummenigge
Hailed by the sub as the next Cruyff, I certainly had a hard time defending against him. He seems to be another true all-round attacker which can strengthen any squad.
  1. Lampard
Can you blame me as a Chelsea fan? He will always be a true legend close to my heart, and I am dying to experience his incredible goalscoring ability (please don't mess this up KONAMI, although from what I've heard on this sub he seems to be fineeeeeee). I once predicted him to be worse than Matthaus, but upon release Lampard seems even better! His Hole Player playing style and complete stats looks like my dream come true.
Having said all that, KONAMI wil likely stick to their trend of releasing new legends in 2021. There's already a plethora of attackers in the pool, so I desperately hope to see more representation among CBs (e.g. Terry, Cannavaro, Nesta, Ferdinand, Vidic), keepers (Yashin, Zoff, Banks, Schmeichel), full-backs (Lahm, Thuram, Neville, Cole) and CMFs (Charlton, Keane, Gerrard, Seedorf). It's also sad to notice not a single African have joined the ranks of Legends, even though there's a literal gold mine out there (Weah, Drogba, Essien, Eto'o, Toure).
And this really is the end of this piece, everyone. Not gonna lie, feeling a bit nervous as this is my first full post in months, but it's been fun writing once again. To new members of the sub, if you liked my content, there are more entries of the Maintenance Magazine just one search away. For now, my friends, stay safe, be well, and have a lovely maintenance day.
EDIT: if the data miners are right, looks like I'm getting no. 2 and 5 on my wishlist!
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2020.09.16 10:47 whyme1924 Our achievements since AST was created

I promised that I'd make an article once we get some data in, and now that we are almost 3 months old (in just 3 days), I think I have had enough time to collect that data and make a post. So, here are some of our achievements and some of our plans for this year!

1- Some stats

1.1 - The fun stonetoss, antifastonetoss

Let's get the boring stats out of the way first. And because I have nothing to hide, here are our actual stats as provided by Reddit: https://imgur.com/FzNq5E9. Note that third-party mobile apps (like Apollo or Reddit is Fun or whatever) aren't counted.

1.2 - The not fun stonetoss

As for the other stonetoss who takes our comics and edits them to make them fascist, I've been tracking his Twitter growth since mid-February and when I get the chance.
Let's get this out of the way first: he's been slowing down very quickly. If this trend continues, he will grind to a halt and start losing people (I actually recorded one time when he ended the day with -1 follower, that was a fun day. Sure, 1 person is nothing, but when he grows by 20-30 people every day, that's relatively impressive).
I'm not going to bore you with the details, but basically I used the wayback machine to track his Twitter growth from before AST existed, and used that data to give him an average growth over a period of time (namely 30th of November to February 10). So then you find out he was getting 86 new subs on average between Nov.30 and Feb.10, which we can use to make a prediction: just chart every day of the year in Excel and add 86 new people every day. But growth is not completely linear, because the more people know you, the more you get advertised (in an ideal world). So I added a small compound interest, if you can call it that, that takes the prediction I made and adds a certain percentage to the next day -- and I'm terribly sorry, but I completely forgot how I calculated that compound growth! So I can't publish that methodology. I'm sure the calculation was accurate and I trust the results, but they don't mean much if I can't reproduce the algorithm.
Anyway, he fails on both of those predictions. As of today, March 31st, he should have between 25368 (linear) and 27715 (non-linear) followers. He has 24624. He got a small spike right after the AMA (which I can do a follow-up on if there's interest but it will take some time as I'm still processing the lessons I learned), so that was probably my fault but his growth has stabilized and is back to, like, 20-50 new people per day, whereas he used to get about 100 (edit: 100, not 10, lol).
So his Twitter is slowing down when compared to before we existed. Does that absolutely mean we are having an effect? No, not with 100% accuracy. But I'd wager to say we're at least 75% responsible. So for example, back in March 3rd, I recorded 23 040 followers when my linear prediction expected 22955 (non-linear: 23866), so it took some time for AST to take hold, but by March 13th, his growth was below the prediction and stayed like this up to this day (23334 on March 13th vs. an expected 23817).
Stonetoss is losing popularity very quickly, and that's scaring him. He's been very silent about us, but not about the other Twitter users he harasses. His nonchalance only betrays how scared he is.
Final note: I focused on his Twitter because that's the only growth we can track. There's also his Facebook that's a bit more popular, but I don't really need or want to track two sources.

2- Some achievements

What has been achieved since AST has been created? Many things, considering that we're barely 3 months in. By the way, I'm not saying all of this or any of this is our doing, I'm just listing what has been happening.
  1. First, of course, Twitter growth is slowing down.
  2. Back in November, ST wrote on his gab page (hey remember that site? Me neither) that he surpassed 1M pageviews for the first time. It took us less than a month. Though of course Reddit is way more popular than his shitty site, so our goal is 2M pageviews just to make it a bit more challenging.
  3. If you've seen stonetoss edits or comics on mainstream Reddit before AST existed, you may have noticed that barely anyone would talk about how they're made by a fascist. If they did, frozen peaches would run to his defence. Today and since late-January, you can't post his comic anywhere on Reddit without people chiming in. Try it and post it here please! (But please do it with an edit that removes the credits and please don't spam subs).
  4. Oh yeah, "stonetoss is a nazi" is almost a meme at this point, so that's pretty cool. I remember stonetoss making fun of it all the time. People are also noticing when the watermark is left on even when you post an edit.
  5. His discord server was banned by the Trust&safety team after like 1 month of operation. They're now on a Telegram group.
  6. He tried to open a gumroad (similar to Patreon) which was taken down after like two days. He's now on some shitty website that doesn't look trustworthy at all. Betting right now that the owner will just run away with the money he's collected in a few months because I can't see that thing taking off.
  7. Oh yeah, stonetoss was banned. We are now the official stonetoss subreddit.
  8. His Twitter is being reported when he sends his followers to harass other users (like the recent Quinton_review tweet you've seen on this sub) and it seems the mods over there are taking notice. I urge everyone to report content that breaks Twitter's ToS, it's the right thing to do.
  9. People are making their own subs to fight against other far-right content creators, and I love that! More info at the end.
We've also tried weekly discussions/debates around a video but they never really took off but it's okay, they've been put on hold for now. I've also been writing short articles to help educate people on fascism and antifascism (they're in the sidebar), and if you want to write your own article, please message the mods and we'll figure something out. We're looking for articles on a specific topic, around the 10k character mark.

3- Plans for the future

Finally, here are some plans AST has for the future.
First, our end goal is total deplatforming. We're not advocating anything illegal for that, we want the deplatforming to come from stonetoss himself at a point where he says enough is enough and stops making comics. How will that happen? Basically, at some point, the effort to keep his comic going will outweigh the benefits. Both (efforts/benefits) can be anything. It could be that whenever he publishes a new comic, people flood the comments with criticisms, or it could be that people don't want to keep reading his comics and he's only making them for like 100 people. Anything is possible.
Secondly, we're trying to take hold of stonetoss so that we can make it what it was meant to be: a place for enthusiasts of the hobby of stone tossing and skipping. Literally just gifs of people skipping stones. If you get the sub (a few people have asked for it), please name me mod. I want to be part of it.
Third, I already reserved metaAST for a meta sub because I've been noticing an uptick in meta posts. Not putting it to use yet, just keep it close for when it starts being used. You can already subscribe to it though you can't post.
And finally, more info about similar subs like AST.
So, we have some sister-subs being created here and there. Of course there's stonetossingjuice, but there's also surrealtoss and now antifagarrison. Your favourite mod team also created antifaredpanels. I urge you to subscribe there as well!
Before I get into it, feel free to make your own antifa sub and link it to me so that I can subscribe (you can advertise in the comments too if they're relevant). Stonetoss has plenty of friends, you just have to go on his Twitter to find them out. They usually stay close together.
Now, some people have asked me if we could put their sub in the sidebar, and I'm not against it. However, it's important to me that your subreddit follows this rule at all times: absolutely no advertising for the targeted creator. Remove the credits, don't link to their websites or social media (there's an easy Automod config I can give you for that), and this rule has to be enforced by the mod team. I haven't discussed this with the rest of the mod team, but this is very important to me if we are to be part of the same network. I'm not pointing at anyone and I'm not shaming you for it, I'm just saying that this is the condition I want. So if that's something you feel like you can tackle, then message us to be added into the sidebar, we'll make a small space for you.
If you want the slur filter, I can also send you that one. You can configure the words you want it to target (basically just write them in a list) too.
And that's about it! As you can see, many things are taking place and many more are being planned for the future. Only you can prevent ethnic cleansing!
(And if you have any questions or comments, please write them below and I'll get back to you)
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2020.09.15 01:33 MightySilverWolf Unusual Batting Feats

Introduction

Brian Lara's 400*. Don Bradman averaging 99.94. Sachin Tendulkar scoring 15,921 Test runs. Chris Martin scoring 12*. The batsmen who achieved these Herculean feats have all gone down in cricket history. However, these are not the only batting performances which exist. There are multiple cases in which a batsman has achieved something unusual, or even at times truly unique, yet they do not get recognition. This post is dedicated to all those batsmen who have managed to achieve what few others have achieved, regardless of whether those achievements are good or bad.

Howzat?

There are ten methods of dismissal (formerly eleven) in cricket, but of these, only five can be considered 'normal': Bowled, caught, LBW, stumped and run out. One could also make a case for hit wicket, and it's common enough that I don't think it counts as being truly unusual. What about the other five, then? Has any batsman in international cricket been dismissed through any of those methods? Thankfully, Wikipedia has a list which I highly advise you to check out, so I'll just be summarising in this section.
First, there's obstructing the field. Only one batsman has ever been dismissed obstructing the field in Tests, and that batsman is Len Hutton against South Africa in 1951. After striking the ball, he noticed that it was about to land onto his stumps and thus bowl him, so he used his bat to strike the ball a second time and protect his stumps. This is actually a legal manoeuvre for a batsman provided that it doesn't prevent a fielder from taking a catch; unfortunately for Hutton, there was a fielder nearby who was ready to take a catch, so he became the first (and so far only) batsman in Test history to be dismissed obstructing the field.
Interestingly enough, there have been seven instances in ODIs of batsmen being given out obstructing the field. In all of those cases, the batsman in question obstructed throws from fielders in order to avoid being run out, in contrast to Hutton who obstructed a catch in order to avoid being caught. In three of those cases, the batsman used his bat or his body to deflect the ball away from the stumps while out of his crease, and in three other cases, the batsman changed his direction of movement while running in order to block the ball. Ben Stokes was out obstructing the field in the most unusual way, however, when he pulled a Maradona and used his hand to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps in a 2015 ODI against Australia.
There have been two instances of a batsman being dismissed obstructing the field in T20Is. Jason Roy was given out in a 2017 T20I against South Africa for changing his direction of movement while running, and Maldivian cricketer Hassan Rasheed was given out obstructing the field in 2019 for...I don't know, actually. It's pretty hard to find articles on bilateral T20Is between the Maldives and Qatar. If there's anyone here who is an expert on Maldivian or Qatari cricket then I'd appreciate finding out more about this incident.
As for handling the ball, this has happened ten times in international cricket (seven times in Tests and three times in ODIs). In 2013, the Laws were changed so that only the striker could be given out handling the ball and even then only before he had finished playing his stroke (strikers handling the ball after the completion of his stroke, and non-strikers handling the ball at any time, would be given out obstructing the field). In 2017, this method of dismissal was removed entirely and instead came under obstructing the field.
I won't go through all the players, but I will pick out some particular highlights. South Africa's Russell Endean was the first batsman in international cricket to be dismissed handled the ball in 1957 when he used his free hand to knock the ball away from the stumps, but according to a later interview, he actually wanted to head the ball away at first; I don't know whether that's actually against the Laws, but given that they didn't wear helmets back then, I can't imagine that it would have ended well. Michael Vaughan was the last player to be dismissed in this manner in Tests back in 2001, and Zimbabwe's Chamu Chibhaba holds the distinction of being the last cricketer to be dismissed handled the ball in international cricket after he was given out for handling the ball in an ODI against Afghanistan in 2015.
This post is about unusual feats, however, and when it comes to being given out handled the ball, there is none more unusual than the story of Australia's Andrew Hilditch. In a Test match against Pakistan in 1979, following a wayward throw from a fielder, Hilditch (who was at the non-striker's end) decided to return the ball to the bowler. It's actually against the Laws for a batsman to return the ball to a fielder without that fielder's permission, and controversially, the bowler (Sarfraz Nawaz) decided to appeal, which led to Hilditch's dismissal. This would be the only instance in international cricket of a non-striker being given out handled the ball, so Hilditch takes the biscuit when it comes to this unusual method of dismissal.
Retirement is rather unusual in that depending on the situation, the batsman can be considered out or not out. Generally, retirement occurs due to injury, in which case the batsman is considered 'retired hurt' and is entitled to return to the crease upon the fall of a wicket or upon another batsman's retirement. This situation is not at all unusual. What is unusual, though, is a batsman retiring for reasons other than injury, and unless there is some other acceptable reason for their absence (which I'll talk about shortly), the fielding side has the right to prevent them from returning to the crease, in which case they are retired out.
This has only occurred three times in international cricket. In a Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2001, in which Sri Lanka demolished the then-new Test nation of Bangladesh, the Sri Lankan captain (Sanath Jayasuriya) retired Marvan Atapattu after he scored his double-century, and later in the same innings, retired Mahela Jayawardene after he smashed 150(115). Obviously, this move was criticised by some for breaching the spirit of the game, and these are the only two instances of batsmen being retired out in Test cricket. The other such instance in international cricket is when Bhutan's Sonam Tobgay was retired out in a 2019 T20I against the Maldives (something about the Maldives and unusual dismissals for some reason), but I can't find any further details of the incident.
Now, this post is generally meant to be a light-hearted celebration of unusual batting achievements, but this next story is rather more sombre. In a 1983 Test between the West Indies and India, Gordon Greenidge was on 154* in the West Indies' first innings when he received news that his daughter was dying; he retired in order to be able to visit her, and she sadly passed away two days later. Although Greenidge had not been injured, he was given as 'retired not out' due to the tragic circumstances. To this day, this is the only instance in international cricket of a batsman being given retired not out.
Hit the ball twice and timed out are perhaps the most unusual dismissals of all in the sense that no batsman has ever been given out for those reasons in international cricket (not yet, anyway; there's a first time for everything). There was one instance, however, in which a batsman could have been timed out in Test cricket, but ultimately wasn't.
The Law states that a batsman must be at the crease within three minutes, else they can be timed out. In a 2007 Test between India and South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar was due to come in at #4. However, he had temporarily been off the field during South Africa's innings, and he still had unserved penalty time when two Indian wickets quickly fell, meaning that he couldn't bat at #4. As a result, India, who were confused by the whole ordeal, didn't send out a batsman for six minutes until Sourav Ganguly finally arrived at #4. Both the umpires and South Africa's captain, Graeme Smith, agreed that an appeal would be against the spirit of the game, but had Smith appealed, this would have been the only instance in international cricket of a batsman being timed out.

The Best Since Bradman

It's common knowledge among cricket fans that Don Bradman holds the record for the highest Test batting average, at 99.94. However, this isn't strictly speaking true. It is correct to say that Bradman has the highest average among batsmen who have played a minimum of twenty innings, but among all batsmen, Bradman only comes in at a measly third (what a fraud). Who are ahead of him, then?
Firstly, let us dispel with the notion that a batsman who is never dismissed has an infinite average. That is not true. A batsman who is never dismissed has an undefined average, since it is impossible to have a batting average without any dismissals. Pakistani off-spinner Afaq Hussain holds the record for the most Test runs scored without being dismissed, having scored 65 runs in four innings.
Looking at batsmen who have been dismissed, however, we come across West Indian wicketkeeper Andy Ganteaume in second place. The poor lad struggled to get into the Test team because of his slow scoring rate in tour matches, but an injury to Jeff Stollmeyer forced the selectors to play him against England. In his only Test innings in 1948, Ganteaume hit 112 but was criticised (once again) for scoring too slowly and was subsequently dropped; he would never play another Test match. Still, he can lay legitimate claim to having a higher Test batting average than Bradman, which only one other batsman has achieved.
Who's the best since Bradman, then? With a minimum cut-off of twenty innings, we have Adam Voges, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, all Australian, two of them still active international cricketers. As is tradition at this point, the batsman with the highest Test batting average of all time is an active Australian cricketer, Kurtis Patterson to be precise. He forced himself into the team after scoring twin centuries in a tour match and although he only scored 30 in his first innings, he scored 114* in his second to end up with an average of 144.
Australian fans go crazy over Smith and Labuschagne, declaring them to be the best since Bradman. Little do they realise that they have in their ranks a batsman who is not only statistically better than Bradman but who is also statistically better than the GOAT Test batsman Andy Ganteaume.
How about ODIs, though? Who has the highest ODI batting average of all time? I'll give you a hint: He's a Dutch player. No, it's not Ryan ten Doeschate; it is, in fact, Max O'Dowd. He scored 86* in his first innings followed by a score of 59 in his second innings to end up with an average of 145. South African Irish cricketer Curtis Campher comes in at second with an average of 127.
Who has scored the most runs in ODIs without being dismissed, though? Well, let me ask you a different question: Who is England's greatest ever ODI player? If you said Jos Buttler then you'd be wrong. By law, anything that Buttler can do, Foakes can do better, and Ben Foakes does in fact hold the record for the most runs in ODIs without being dismissed, having scored 61* in his only ODI innings. Buttler would never.
In T20Is, the greatest ever batsman is someone who you probably haven't even heard of. Chris Gayle calls himself 'Universe Boss', but the true Universe Boss is surely the guy who averages 126 in T20Is. Enter Portugal's Najjam Shahzad, who scored 27* in his first innings, 46 in his second and 53* in his third. Not only does he have the highest T20I average of all time but he's also improving with every innings, so it won't be long until Portugal becomes a powerhouse in T20I cricket thanks to megadaddy hundreds from Universe Boss Najjam Shahzad.
If Shahzad is the Universe Boss, however, then Saudi Arabia's Mohammad Adnan is the Multiverse Boss. He holds the record for the most runs in T20Is without being dismissed, scoring 14*, 38* and 8* in his three innings. Not only that, but he has a career strike rate of 193.54, so he doesn't waste time. Give this man an IPL contract already.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Ducks and golden ducks are not unusual in and of themselves. That doesn't mean that scoring a duck or golden duck can't still be unusual feats, however; it all depends on how those ducks or golden ducks come about.
You might be aware that New Zealand's Geoff Allott holds the record for the most balls faced for a duck in Tests, having faced 77 balls against South Africa in 1999 (he also holds the record for the longest duck, having batted for a whopping 101 minutes). What about the other formats, though? The late West Indian batsman Runako Morton holds the record for most balls faced for a duck in ODIs, having scored 0(31) against Australia in 2006 (unsurprisingly, the West Indies lost that match). Morton took 56 minutes for his duck, which is also an ODI record.
T20Is are where it gets juicy, however. Canada's Sandeep Jyoti holds the record for most balls faced for a duck in T20Is, scoring 0(12) against Zimbabwe in 2008 (it was a close match, though, as Canada only lost by 109 runs). In terms of minutes batted, however, Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor holds that record, having batted for 19 minutes in a T20I against South Africa in 2010 for a five-ball duck; Jyoti, by comparison, batted for 15 minutes.
The record for most balls faced for a golden duck is...one. By definition, golden ducks involve the batsman facing exactly one ball. However, who took the longest time for their golden duck?
In Tests, that accolade belongs to Bangladesh's Nazmul Hossain, who spent 14 minutes at the crease against India in a 2004 match before being run out for a golden duck. England fans were probably waiting in anticipation for a superb knock from the #3 batsman, Martyn Moxon, when they were 47-1 against Australia in a 1985 ODI, but after 19 minutes of tension, Moxon was dismissed LBW off his first ball. In a 2015 T20I between England and Pakistan, Pakistani opener Rafatullah Mohmand somehow conspired to spend 17 minutes at the crease before being dismissed LBW in the third over for a golden duck; amazingly, he was only two minutes away from equalling the record for the longest duck in T20Is!
What if a batsman just doesn't feel like scoring runs, though, and ends on 0*? Obviously, batsmen can end on something like 0*(0) or 0*(1) or 0*(5), and that wouldn't be too unusual. The truly remarkable feats are when a batsman plays a marathon innings and yet still finishes on 0*. Some of these players put Geoffrey Boycott to shame.
Firstly, let's consider Tests. In 1968, England scored 351/7d in the first innings and bowled Australia out for 78, forcing them to follow on. Cricinfo states that Paul Sheahan 'never completely mastered the art of crease occupation', which is a bizarre claim to make about a player who faced 44 balls in Australia's second innings without scoring a run, thus not only securing the draw but also setting a record which remains unbroken to this day. His marathon innings took 52 minutes, which is a joint record along with New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison's 0*(30) against South Africa in 1995.
Fun fact: Had Jack Leach not scored that single at Headingley while still remaining not out, he would have broken this record having batted for 60 minutes, yet assuming that he completed his final over, he would have only faced 20 balls (fewer than half the balls Paul Sheahan faced). I think this demonstrates just how effective Stokes was at farming the strike.
Moving on to ODIs, Zimbabwean #11 batsman Chris Mpofu (who averages 2.85 with the bat) holds the record here, having scored 0*(20) in a tenth-wicket partnership of 12(38) against Bangladesh in 2006. His partner was the #10 batsman (and Zimbabwe's captain) Prosper Utseya, who certainly didn't prosper with his 21(42), thus stranding Mpofu 80 balls short of his dentury. Who holds the record for the longest 0*, though?
Picture the scene. It's March 2019 and Sri Lanka is struggling in an ODI against South Africa. It's the first innings and Lasith Malinga has been run out for a duck, leaving Sri Lanka on 131/9 after just 33.4 overs. Everyone knows about Kusal Perera's incredible 153* earlier that year, but what happened next, while not nearly as impressive, was nonetheless incredible. #9 batsman Isuru Udana and #11 batsman Kasun Rajitha put on a tenth-wicket stand of 58 runs from just 34 balls. Udana ends on 78(57). Rajitha ends on 0*(9), having batted for exactly half an hour. South Africa still won comfortably, but Rajitha's immense innings saw him enter the history books as having scored the longest 0* in ODI history. Udana's innings was alright as well.
Finally, in T20Is, the record for the most balls faced for a 0* is held by Bermuda's Rodney Trott, who scored 0*(7) against the Netherlands in 2019. Cricinfo doesn't know how long it took, however. For that, we have to look towards India's Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 15 minutes for his 0*(4) against Australia in 2019. Solid contribution from him.
All these feats are just in one innings, though. Some batsmen go above and beyond that and spend their entire career not scoring runs (either that or they don't know what a batsman's main job is). Two Sri Lankan players (Ishara Amerasinghe and Dinuka Hettiarachchi) hold the joint record for most balls faced in Tests without scoring a single run, both having faced 25 balls. In fact, the entire top four is made up of Sri Lankans; clearly, a significant proportion of Sri Lankan cricketers view run-scoring as optional. Hettiarachchi (who Cricinfo reckons is an all-rounder despite an FC batting average of 9.55) beats out everyone when it comes to minutes batted, though, having batted for 39 minutes in Tests without scoring a single run.
Bangladesh's Harunur Rashid holds the record for most balls faced in ODIs without scoring a run, having faced 17 in total. However, we have to look to our old friend Rajitha to find the player who's batted the most minutes in ODIs without scoring a run; he has batted at least 32 minutes, almost all of which comes from his partnership with Udana. Portugal's Sukhwinder Singh has faced nine balls in T20Is without scoring a run, which is the record, but Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mathew Sinclair both hold the joint-record for having batted seven minutes in T20Is without scoring a run.

Diamond Ducks Are Forever

Ducks and golden ducks aren't too unusual for the most part, but diamond ducks (in which a batsman is dismissed without facing a single ball) are. Think of what needs to happen for a diamond duck to occur. The player can't be a striker for obvious reasons, so bowled, caught, LBW, stumped, hit wicket and hit the ball twice (all of which can only apply to the striker) are out of play. Timed out is out of play as soon as a batsman enters the crease. This leaves just three possible dismissals for a diamond duck: Run out, obstructing the field and retired out. The latter two almost never happen, so diamond ducks almost always occur due to run-outs.
There have been 153 diamond ducks in ODIs and 53 diamond ducks in T20Is, so in those formats, diamond ducks aren't that unusual. This makes sense, of course, as run-outs are more likely to occur in those formats. Tests are where diamond ducks count as an unusual batting feat, as there have been in the history of Tests only 29 diamond ducks that we know of. Chris Martin holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only cricketer in the history of Tests to be dismissed for a diamond duck twice (one of which came in his final Test innings, which is a perfect summation of his batting career).
Most of these diamond ducks have of course come through run-outs, but there have been seven international diamond ducks (three in ODIs and four in T20Is) which have come through stumpings. On the surface, this shouldn't be possible; how can a batsman be stumped without facing a ball? The answer is simple: Leg-side stumpings. In white-ball cricket, any leg-side delivery tends to be given as a wide, and the odd thing about wides is that they do not count as a ball faced by the striker yet the striker can be dismissed stumped or hit wicket off of them. This would explain why this kind of diamond duck has occurred seven times in LOIs yet has never occurred in the history of Test cricket.
FWIW, there has yet to be an international diamond duck from a method of dismissal other than run out and stumped, but it is theoretically possible for a batsman who is dismissed hit wicket (off a wide), obstructing the field or retired out to achieve a diamond duck. Will any batsman be brave enough to make history and try to achieve what would be a unique feat by being dismissed for a diamond duck through one of these modes of dismissal? We'll have to wait and see.

Specialist Six-Hitters

So far, this post has been focusing largely on defensive stalwarts, but those are boring to watch. Everyone knows that real cricket is about walking up to the crease and hitting sixes from the get-go, so this section will be dedicated to those players who consider a strike rate under 600 to be too defensive. No score illustrates this mentality better than the rare 6*(1), so let's start with that.
In all the Tests throughout history, only once has a batsman finished on a score of 6*(1). The year is 1993 and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya enters the crease with his team five wickets down but needing just four runs to beat England. Phil Tufnell is the bowler who is trying to take his wicket and help pull off a miracle for England, but Jayasuriya is having none of it and promptly smacks his first delivery for six. As far as Tests go, Jayasuriya's 6*(1) is a true case of batting scorigami (maybe I'll do a cricket scorigami post at some point).
As for ODIs and T20Is, a final score of 6*(1) is more common as you might imagine. In fact, it has occurred nine times in ODIs and thirteen times in T20Is. It appears to be the case that when a batsman is dismissed on the penultimate ball of the first innings, the batting team will send out a specialist six-hitter to get the job done. Credit goes to Afghan wicketkeeper Shafiqullah and England all-rounder Chris Jordan for being the only two players to achieve this unusual feat twice (Shafiqullah has achieved it twice in T20Is whereas Jordan has achieved it once in ODIs and once in T20Is).
A 6*(1) is probably my second-favourite score, but you know what my favourite score is? 6(2). I don't think any score illustrates the dual nature of batting quite like this one does. You can be dominating a bowler and smashing them for six one moment, then the very next moment, you can find yourself dismissed by the same bowler. It's poetic. It represents not only the duality of batsmen but the duality of man himself; you can be breezing through life one second then you could be rock-bottom the next. 6(2) is not just a score; it is a representation of life itself, cricket's ode to the erratic nature of mankind's existence.
Much like 6*(1), 6(2) has only occurred once in Test cricket, in 1958 to be precise. The West Indies were 401 runs behind Australia heading into the third innings and they required a miracle just to stay in the game. A 179-run partnership between Walcott and Sobers gave the West Indies hope, but they then proceeded to collapse from 244/3 to 283/8. In comes Frank King at #10 with his team needing over a hundred runs just to make Australia bat again. Not wanting to go down without a fight, he heaves the bowler for six off his first ball. Alas, his very next ball results in him being caught, but one cannot fault King for his effort in the face of certain defeat (apart from the fact that he had Everton Weekes at the other end, but we'll just ignore that).
This scoreline of 6(2) has occurred ten times in ODIs and eleven times in T20Is. No batsman in international cricket has ever achieved it twice. The first player to achieve it twice will thus have their names etched in the history books for their unique feat.
South Africa's Mangaliso Mosehle deserves special mention, though. He has achieved the ultimate cricket scorigami: His score of 6(1) against Sri Lanka in a 2016 T20I is the only such score in the entire history of international cricket. He came in at #6 at the end of South Africa's ninth over and hit his first international ball for six. He was then run out as the non-striker in the next over, leaving him on a score of 6(1). Not only did his team win the match, but Mosehle achieved what no other batsman has achieved before or since. Truly, his name must be counted among the likes of Lara, Tendulkar and Bradman for this one-of-a-kind feat.
In cases such as 6*(1) and 6(1), the batsman was left with a strike rate of 600. Can it go higher, though? Has any batsman done better than 600? For the first question, the answer is surprisingly yes. It is indeed theoretically possible for a batsman to finish an innings with a strike rate greater than 600. If he hits a ball for three and the fielding side then throws the ball to the boundary, the number of runs scored off of that delivery will be 3 + 4 overthrows = 7. This is how it would theoretically be possible for a batsman to conclude an innings with a strike rate greater than 600.
Does this mean that there is a batsman out there who has struck at a rate greater than 600? Unfortunately, no. Though it is doable, it has never happened in international cricket. The highest SR ever achieved in an international innings is 600; that includes Mosehle, all the players who have scored 6*(1), and Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran, who against Oman in 2016 scored 12*(2) to win his team the T20I by three wickets with three balls remaining. He clearly did his job as specialist six-hitter very well indeed, for he is the only batsman in international cricket to have finished an innings with a strike rate of 600 having faced more than one ball.
Since no batsman has struck at greater than 600 in an innings, it stands to reason that no batsman has struck at greater than 600 over their career. Has anyone struck at exactly 600, though? Is there a batsman who hit their only ball in international cricket for six?
No-one's done it in Tests, that's for sure. The batsman with the highest confirmed career strike rate in Tests is Australia's Fred Freer, who hit 28*(21) in his only innings for a career SR of 133.33. However, Bill Howell (also Australian) may have had an SR of up to 205.88, though we don't have full ball-by-ball data for his innings.
In ODIs and T20Is, the records are undisputed. South African pace bowler Johann Louw holds the accolade in ODIs, having scored 23(7) in his only innings for a career strike rate of 328.57, and Bahrain's Qasim Zia hit a four off his only international delivery to take the record for the highest career strike rate in T20Is.
As you can see, not only has no batsmen ever finished with a career SR greater than 600, but none have even managed to finish with an SR of exactly 600. To strike at greater than 600 over the course of an innings would be unique in international cricket; to strike at exactly 600 over the course of a career would be truly special; to strike at greater than 600 over the course of a career, however, would be the holy grail of unusual batting feats. The player who manages to achieve that would surely go down in cricketing folklore for all eternity.

To Be Or Not To Be On Strike

All of the aforementioned batting feats require that the batsman has actually faced a ball. What if that's not the case, though? What if a batsman's dedication to weirdness is so great that they do not even bother to get themselves on strike? Or, perhaps more accurately, what if a batsman's dedication to weirdness is so great that they do not allow their partner to take the strike?
That is precisely what happened in 2012 when England faced Pakistan in the first Test of the tour. With Pakistan on 319/9 in their first innings, Adnan Akmal evidently didn't trust his partner Aizaz Cheema to face even one delivery, with the result that the two batsmen put on a 19-run partnership for the tenth wicket despite Cheema not facing a single ball. What makes this notable is that Cheema batted for 20 minutes without facing a delivery, which is a Test match record. Amusingly, Cheema ended his career with five innings batted, five not-outs, a high score of 1*, 23 balls faced and a strike rate of 4.34.
As for T20Is, I must admit that I am rather bemused. Afghanistan's Amir Hamza holds the record for the most minutes batted in a T20I innings without facing a ball, having batted for 10 minutes against the Netherlands in 2013. However, I'm confused as to how he managed to achieve this. Afghanistan's ninth wicket fell on the final ball of the nineteenth over, and so Hamza's partner faced the first ball of the final over. However, Hamza was also run out for a diamond duck on the first ball of the final over. This means that the gap between the end of the nineteenth over and the beginning of the final over was 10 minutes. How is that even possible in a T20I? Cricinfo isn't helping me at all here.
Now for the reason I wanted to make this post in the first place. This particular innings took place in 2017, during an ODI between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand had set the Aussies a target of 287 and the chasing side found themselves facing certain defeat on 226/9, with only Marcus Stoinis and Josh Hazlewood left at the crease.
What happened next was nothing short of spectacular. Stoinis somehow managed to farm the strike with such effectiveness that immediately prior to the final ball of the 47th over, the two batsmen had put on a tenth-wicket partnership of 54 runs and needed just six more runs to win. The kicker? Hazlewood didn't face a single ball. Stoinis had faced every single delivery in the partnership. Australia's innings finally ended on the final ball of the 47th over when Hazlewood was run out for a diamond duck while attempting to take a single, but if Stoinis had pulled it off, it would surely have been one of the greatest ODI innings of all time.
All in all, Hazlewood batted for 26 minutes, which is by far the longest innings by a batsman without facing a single ball in the history of international cricket. When I first heard about this stat, I couldn't believe it; I found it so unusual and so unique that I decided to look for more weird and wonderful batting feats, and that's how this post came about. Hats off to specialist non-striker Josh Hazlewood, then, for inspiring me to do this.
You might think that any batsman who faces zero balls in an innings can only end up with a score of either 0 or 0*, and if you think that, you'd be right. Nonetheless, while searching through Cricinfo's database to find the weirdest batting feats out there, I came across this scorecard. Apparently, this is due to a scoring error as the scorer incorrectly neglected to count the no-ball as a ball faced. The fact that this is the only such instance of this happening in Cricinfo's database supports this theory.
Hazlewood's achievement was superb, but even he only managed it in one innings. How about over an entire career? Who holds the record for the most minutes batted over a career without facing a ball? Unfortunately, Cricinfo won't let me find that out for Tests, and the ODI and T20I data present nothing at all unusual (the record is 2 minutes for ODIs and 5 minutes for T20Is, in case you're wondering).
Matches played is somewhat more interesting. Once again, Cricinfo won't let me do this for Tests, but India's Jaydev Unadkat holds the record for the most ODIs played without facing a single ball, having played in seven ODIs. However, he's also never had to bat; if we restrict our search only to those who have batted at least one innings, Lance Gibbs and Pakistan's Mohammad Khalil come out on top, both having played three ODIs without facing a ball.
The West Indies' Krishmar Santokie holds the record for the most T20Is played without facing a single ball, having played in twelve of them (talk about specialist bowler!), although India's Mohammed Shami and Scotland's Hamza Tahir are closing in on that record, both having played in eleven T20Is without facing a single ball. Unlike Unadkat (and Shami and Tahir, for that matter), Santokie actually batted in one innings (against Ireland in 2014), though that would be his only international innings with the bat.

Extra, Extra!

I don't think Extras gets enough credit. The dude's been batting for 144 years and yet no-one praises his longevity. This final section will thus be dedicated to the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Extras himself.
Despite his long and illustrious career, Extras has only top-scored in 19 completed Test innings. The lowest such score came in 1924; England scored 438 in the first innings while South Africa could only manage 30, with Extras scoring a swashbuckling 11 to lessen South Africa's humiliation. The skipper, Herbie Taylor, was the next-highest scorer with 7; a true captain's knock from him. Extras' highest score was a 76 for Pakistan against India in 2007 (he had also scored 38 and 41 in India's two innings, so it was a good match for him), but this was not the highest score in the innings.
In total, Extras has top-scored in 39 completed ODI innings. This includes a 2004 ODI between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, in which Extras scored 7 of Zimbabwe's 35 runs (tied with Dion Ebrahim for Zimbabwe's top scorer that game). Extras has also scored three half-centuries in ODIs, his highest score of 59 occurring twice in 1989 and 1999, both for Pakistan. For some reason, Extras just really loves scoring for Pakistan.
Extras has top-scored in 10 completed T20I innings, the lowest of which was once again a score of 7, this time coming for Turkey against Luxembourg in 2019 (Turkey scored just 28 runs in that match). Extras has never scored a half-century in T20Is, with his top score being 39 for Czechia against Turkey in 2019.
That's strange. This Extras fellow, despite having a 144-year-long batting career, has never scored a century, or even approached a century. I personally think that he's been given enough chances and should be dropped. I've heard that he can't even field or bowl, so what's the point in having him in the team if he's not scoring?

Conclusion

When discussing impressive batting feats, a lot of people place emphasis on comparisons: Who has the better average? Who has scored more runs? Who has the better strike rate in white-ball cricket? Who has the better beard? Who has the lower dot-ball percentage when batting in the third innings of the second Test in the series on a Tuesday with a lead of 100 runs or more?
However, the most unusual achievements in the art of batting tend not to derive from excellence in the craft but rather from unique circumstances which lead to bizarre stats or scorelines. To achieve what no batsman has achieved before in international cricket, even if it's something terrible such as becoming the first batsman in the history of international cricket to be out hit wicket for a diamond duck, is impressive in its own way. Also, the subsequent memes can be pretty funny.
I hope you enjoyed the read. Next time, I'll be doing the same thing but for bowling. Get ready for first-ball wickets and economy rates of 0.
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2020.09.13 05:59 throwaway12938109283 Chance me MIT, Stanford, Caltech

Will be applying Caltech Mathematics, Stanford and MIT- Math or CS.
Demographic:
Asian male going to a competitive US public school. Family income >150k. No hooks.
Stats:
Course Rigor: 10 APs, 15 courses taken at state college. Notable coursework includes: Intro Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Partial DiffEQ, Number Theory, Topology, Differential Geometry, ComputerVision & AI, Data Structures & Algorithms, Intro Quantum Computing, Mathematical Statistics (Graduate Level).
Extracurricular Activities:
  1. Topology Research - Attended a summer research program hosted at my state college. My team investigated Algebraic Topology, specifically, modeling some important theorems from Group theory onto a torus, generalizing results. Preprint in the works, invited to present at International Conference.
  2. Computational Number Theory Research- Over 1.5 years working with a professor modeling zeros of Dirichelet L-Functions using methods from Mathematical Statistics. Preprint published in Arxiv, poster accepted to present at JMM- Worlds largest invitational conference.
  3. Computational Graph Theory Research- Just started working with a professor for implementing and creating efficient graph algorithms.
  4. Individual Studies with Professor- Currently studying Parallel and Quantum Computing from a professor at State University. Hopefully, this can evolve into a research project.
  5. Personal CS Projects- 3 Ongoing projects. One involves using ML to model music, utilizing some tools from Google's Deep Learning Sector (Google Brain). Another involves natural language processing, and the other is sort of a meme project that I prob won't mention.
  6. Ross Mathematics Program- Attended this prestigious Number Theory summer program for 1 summer 2 years ago. Highly competitive applications process, most well-known math camp.
  7. Math Club Officer - Coach students for AMCs and other competitions. Teach pure math and lead local middle school mathcounts team.
  8. Viola- Played for 8 years, in All-State Orchestra, First Chair in School Orchestra.
  9. Piano - Played piano for 12 years, Compete in competitions such as YoungArts and others. Certified Level 8 ABRSM. Certified in Theory, Harmony, and Counterpoint.
  10. Tennis- Been playing for around 6 years. On school Varsity team, first Doubles.
Awards:
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2020.09.12 19:38 Vispin92 State of the game and pointlessness of spending money. Sort of

Hello everyone, I’m glad you came to hear what I have to say. This post will be long, too long maybe, but I’ve always had trouble with getting straight to the point. If you’re here just for the memes and weekly patch notes that’s fine. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your journey. For everyone else, stick with me any you might just find a way to waste half of an hour of your life instead being productive.
Let’s start with short introduction: I play since launch and I’ve spent over 1000$ over that time. That’s it, wasn’t so bad, was it. The thing is that’s all what’s needed to somehow justify what I’m going to say below, but 1st let’s commit one of the cardinal sins of writing and establish, what this post is NOT about:
· It’s not a good bye letter. No one cares about those anyway. If you want to leave just do it without pretending like some random ppl from reddit will miss you or even notice.
· I’m not exposing anything. There’s no secret reveal at the end, no one at NM is going to lose their job because of what I’m going to say here. All the info is out there, most if all points have been stated in one post or another.
· No hard data and evidences. Sorry math folks, no charts and pivots for you to glare at. If I’m ever going to give a number here it’s going to be a rough estimate which might even be entirely wrong. No market research was performed and no accountants harmed during writing of this post.
· There’s no judgment posed on anyone. Whether you’re casual F2P or hardcore whale with spare phone grinding the game 24/7. Whether you’re meta slave with your own excel sheets and efficiency charts, having mapped your decisions 2 months ahead, or you’re just logging 3 times a week to maybe get a character that you liked in anime. Everyone is welcome here and there’s no wrong way to play this game. Of course people still trying to make kingbram work are incorrect and should purge their game data immediately.
· There’s no need to argue who’s right or wrong here. I’m going to state my PoV here and I’m sure many will have different perspectives. I’m not trying to change other’s minds and I’m not looking to have mine changed. If you want to state your point please do so in comments below or in a separate post and let’s exchange ideas instead of arriving to one and only universal truth.
I hope now we’re on the same page, so let’s begin.
Why are we spending money?
So as I stated below I’ve spent some money here. “Some” is a huge understatement honestly because that’s the most I’ve ever spent on a single game ever. For me it was never about “supporting the developers”. I personally don’t believe in that statement and I think that the was majority of money goes into pockets of CEO and shareholders while actual developers are paid standard market wages. Might be wrong, but that’s beside the point. I spend money to get the “stuff”. It can be unit that’s strong, it can be a unit that simply looks cool or is unique, it can be cosmetics (even for units I don’t use, hello Diane!), it can finally be more indirect “stuff” like getting to higher league of pvp. I pay to get things I wouldn’t otherwise get or to save time grinding. I feel like that’s the most common reason to spend money in games, but I might be entirely wrong. That reason is also highlighted by the way game limits the accessibility of those things. Some units are limited, cosmetics can only be bought for $ for 2 weeks before they’re available for gems. Units have their banners weeks before they’re being added to the coin shop.
And here we’re coming to the 1st problem with spending money. There’s a lot of things that aren’t guaranteed. You may want to get the new powerful unit that’s now on the banner, but with 0.5% chance you might get it within 10 pulls, or not get it in 1000. Sure, we have some step up banners or current LV one, but those are exceptions from the norm. Every pull has the same chance of giving you desired result so there’s no reason to think that with 200 pulls you’ll get 1/200 result. Probability is cruel in that regard and in the infinite universe we’ll find equal amount of players getting every single unit within 1st 3 gem pull as the amount of players rolling since the game launched and not getting single SSR unit beside random guarantees. Of course this is exaggeration, but it’s there to illustrate the point, that ultimately the amount of money you’re going to spend doesn’t matter. The reality is, if you’re not a massive whale who has no limits, then you’re spinning the same roulette as every other player. You get more chances, but logically there’s no reason to think they will change the final outcome.
It’s gacha, that’s how it’s supposed to be
Maybe, maybe not. Remember that gacha is just one of the elements of the game we’re playing. We don’t log in just to pull the unit and then close the game until the next banner arrives. Well, maybe some of us do, what do I know, however I’d bet my broken watch and half-eaten bag of chips that most of the players do a lot more in the game itself. We play against others in arena, we compete in super bosses and other events, some mad lads might even read the story. All of this doesn’t need the gacha to function. You can also have the gacha game that has much better odds of the good outcome than 0.5% or 0.28%. Gacha can even work in a system without microtransactions, why not? I’d even argue that gacha with guaranteed “pity” result at the end is still gacha. Show me the person who plays gacha to roll and lose every time, I’ll wait (no doubt there’s someone out there, I’d like to meet you). You can still have the thrill of spinning the wheel knowing that worst case, you just have to spin in 100 more times to get what you need. It’s not like game publisher will lose something every time a player gets featured unit.
Pace we’ve been moving so far and what lies ahead
The uncertainty of getting the units is just one thing. We’re getting better and better units at a crazy pace and despite promises from developers (like those were ever meant to be fulfilled) we’re not slowing down. Not long ago we had the most hyped PvE unit in the game, Derieri, quickly followed by arguably the most hyped PvP unit in the game, LV. Now we’re getting leaks that limited holiday units are coming soon. Not 1, not 2, 6 brand new units that are getting their banner(s) and after that we won’t know if they will be obtainable in the future. For me it’s a massive slap in the face. I like collecting, even for the completing purpose alone. That’s why I got all Slime units, that’s why I pulled to get all AoT units. Now after extremely resource (aka money) draining banner we’re getting a limited one, with a ton of new units. It’s not only that, those units have limited cosmetics (even more investment) that are arguably, more important to F2P players. Cosmetic upgrades are another massive grind that will come with hell raids and people who would benefit the most from getting extra materials from raids won’t be able to do so in most cases. This is the prime example of rich get richer and poor get poorer. Despite the promises, the speed at which we’re getting through content (read new units) seems to be increasing with each week. Getting a great unit and maxing it out also isn’t good enough anymore. We can’t have players be happy with what they have for more than a week, can we? So here come pvp rules, so now even mediocre units can be top dogs for that week, coincidentally those units happen to be featured on the banner the same week. Quickly buy also the cosmetics packs because that unit will be absolute trash when they’re finally available for gems.
Ok, but we’ll finally slow down, right? We have to
I’ve lost my hopes for that. If releasing better and better units is forcing people to spend more money, why on earth would NM stop doing so? What’s the argument for giving the player-base room to breathe? Releasing patch notes just before the new unit arrives, conducting witch hunt on data-miners? Wasn’t it done purely to limit player information and increase the frequency of situations where we’re caught by surprise and face the dilemma – spend money or not get what we want and be punished by it? Uninformed players make poor decisions and those result in more money spent.
If you’ve been looking at JP server you can clearly see that their approach also changed over past months. Following global server’s lead they now have final bosses releasing together with units designed to be used for the best scores. Oh, and instead of 242 gems step up let’s put 2 units on the same one with clearly the better one being guaranteed only on the 2nd rotation. 484 gems not good enough? Let’s make it 600 with only 1 guaranteed units so unlucky few will have to chose between cool unit that everyone have waited for and final boss cheese. Superawakening? What used to be terrible is still really bad. You still need more copies to have it cheaper and I’d wager that ppl who can only pull one copy of a unit aren’t really swimming in coins. Rich get richer and poor get poorer all over again. That all not to mention more and more units being introduced with exponentially scaling ultimates. We have our taste of that with LV, more are soon to come. Powercreep is natural part of many multiplayer games, but I’ve never seen it being so disturbingly fast as it is here.
So what’s your point again?
Money that you spend in this game doesn’t give you anything, unless you spend A LOT. At least from my experience everything is so random and changes so quickly, that I don’t feel like monthly/weekly subs matter at all. I can have extra few hundred gems to pull and still end up with nothing, costumes I might buy will be for units that within few weeks get irrelevant and/or heavily countered by the new shiny toy. I could have the same results not spending a dime and have the same experience. At this point I feel like to really feel any difference I’d have to at least double my spendings, even that could be not enough if NM decides to crank up the speed even more. To me there are really 2 groups of players: whales and the rest. Doesn’t matter if you buy nothing or just some, we’re all on the same boat as category B customers.
I don’t want to tell anyone what to do with their own money, by all means spend as much as you like. For me that means not spending at all. I might be wrong and maybe pure F2P experience will be very different from what I expected, but in this game especially I absolutely don’t feel any value in the money I’m putting in. I’m not trying to start another uproar like we had with Lilia (look how great it all went in the end), nor am I recommending other people to join some sort of protest. You all have your own minds and you can make your own decisions. Whales gonna whale and “vote with your wallets” never changed anything anyway. I just wanted to write this all down to clarify my thoughts and make it easier for myself to stop spending money on this game. If this helped anyone else, more power to you. I know that those kind of thought were coming to me for some time now and I’ve been dismissing them or simply forgetting, so hopefully this post will serve as a reminder to me and maybe more people.
WOW, you really did it, you stuck till the very end!
Here I’d like to personally thank my mom who always been there for me, my PE teacher from high school for coining a cool nickname for me that stuck, that nice gentlemen at the bakery who recommended me those cheesy pastries (they’re delicious) and to you dear reader, for avoiding responsibilities and spending time here with me debating the ethically questionable state of mobile gaming. Share your own thoughts in the comments, like and subscribe and stay safe!
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2020.09.10 20:25 Upper-Range I'm making a video targeting right-wingers - Please critique and give feedback ASAP before I commit to recording? "Axiomatic Warfare and the Fatal Flaws of Modern Fascism"

[Video Essay Script] - Links will be used in video as images and segments. https://docs.google.com/document/d/12OX9TTfLhgNEfdDaMWfsHYyAMzTx9G7bSwu_0Ke1Ksc/edit?usp=sharing

Introduction to Modern Fascism

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”- Nazi Propagandists, Joseph Goebbels.

Axioms are our base assumptions about the world. They act as filters for new information coming into our consciousness.
In classic philosophy, an axiom is a statement that is so evident or well-established, that it is accepted without controversy or question. As used in modern logic, an axiom is a premise or starting point for reasoning.
We use these axiomatic assumptions to build our internal models of the world around us. They allow us to compare new information we receive from the outside with our internal narratives, which helps us to decide whether to reject or accept that new information. They are, for want of a better world, your "common sense" beliefs.
So how do you go about changing a relatively normal person's core beliefs and base assumptions to the point of rejecting their fellow citizens as traitors, committing acts of murderous terrorist or vigilante violence like Fascist white supremacists running down protesters in acts of terror, ISIS beheadings or mass genocide?

Shock Treatment and Slow Repetition

When I was a child I was subjected to regular mental and physical abuse from my dad. I would also see my mother repeatedly beaten up and then flee to a women's refuge where I would stay with her.
Each time my mom left, whenever I visited my dad at weekends, he would constantly try to pressure and manipulate me into convincing my mom to get back together with him.
This never worked of course. But what it did do, is make me highly sensitive to manipulation techniques.
I was fascinated by people like the magician Derren Brown and the economist Naomi Klein - who both reveal the tricks of the trade used in the advertising and marketing industries to convince people.
One way of changing people into killing machines or obedient sheep is through a big shock to the system, like how electroshock therapy allows for a clean slate to rebuild peoples intern mental models.
Psychedelics are another way, having a similar effect in the brain. Encouraged by the alt right and alt-light influencers like Jordan Peterson and Rebel Wisdom as they try to “Red Pill” people (an expression taken from the film The Matrix as a metaphor for revealing revealing the truth about the world).
They use this shock and disorientation as a way to prepare a “blank-slate” in order to rebuild peoples internal axiomatic models with different core beliefs.
Remaking people by shocking them into obedience and gas-lighting them about their existing internal models, making them seem irrational, silly or outdated. Reducing them to a mental state of a child and then rebuilding them with a new ideology and worldview, known as “shock therapy”.
As Naomi Klein explains in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, these techniques work on larger scales with use of trauma and shock to influence political outcomes has been used since at least Milton Friedman coined the term “Economic Shock Treatment”. He advised that politicians push through painful and unpopular policies all at once during a time of crisis, before people could regain their footing.
The technique is used in economic markets on the large scale, and also against individuals on a small scale with individuals too. Economics and politics is just human interaction on a larger scale, after all.
Regular repetition and gentle suggestions of ideas can also instil new axiomatic models and core beliefs into people's minds. As Derren Brown demonstrates how powerful subtly suggestions can be alone, without the need for hypnosis, shocks or drugs.
But used in combination, shock and repetition can shift people until they have moved their positions, perceptions and beliefs about the world, to a place they could never have imagined.
But luckily once you deconstruct the deception and understand how the trick works, the illusion falls apart.

Defining and Deconstructing Modern Fascism

Firstly, we must define Modern Fascism. Modern Fascism ticks every box of the traditional definitions in Umberto Eco’s essay Ur-Fascism, and not only does it fulfil every criteria, it reveals other motivational forces and has evolved to include new aspects, and has changed into something worse, while it’s main weakness remain the same - the fact that it is primarily motivated by weakness.
As General Franco said in a 1938 interview with Henri Massis: "Fascism presents, wherever it manifests itself, characteristics which are varied to the extent that countries and national temperaments vary. It is essentially a defensive reaction of the organism, a manifestation of the desire to live, of the desire not to die, which at certain times seizes a whole people. So each people reacts in its own way, according to its conception of life… What can it have in common with Hitlerism, which was, above all, a reaction against the state of things created by the defeat, and by the abdication and the despair that followed it?"
This quote perfectly illustrates the transient nature of the ideology, but also the core motivations of Fascism. It is an ideology based on the assumption of weakness which yearns for restoration of a past greatness or to get revenge and recognition. But the way that it manifests itself is different in each place it takes hold.
Therefore the aim of this isn’t to make the case that any particular party or country has embraced out-right fascism (plenty of other people have made that case already), the aim is to reveal the underlying motivations, highlight threats and weaknesses and analyse the less obvious negative effects of Modern Fascism.

History Doesn’t Repeat, But It Rhymes

A false equivalence that is often used is that Liberal Imperialism is just the same as Fascism. And while it is true that imperialists use fascist dictators to extract cheap labour and resources and also dominate smaller counties in a similar way to how fascist empires aspire to rule, the key difference is that the populations of those countries are not gripped by the same fear based delusions.
And therefore more Liberal democracies are better equipped to hold their imperial position of power long term because they are better able to assess risks and react accordingly, rather than over-react based on paranoia and competing egos under excessive pressure.
This false equivalence was also used in 1930’s Germany, because far-left Communists had been co opted and infiltrated by Fascists. They would repeat the mantra that “the Social Democrats were the real racists”.
Contrary to the assumptions of most people, Fascism, as an ideology and political system of government is very distinct to white supremacy. It does of course include white supremecists, but In fact includes many other groups who have been co-opted by Fascist propaganda, or who implicitly support and enable their agenda.
Examples of modern opposition which has been repeatedly infiltrated or just simply made up by Fascists include innumerable conspiracy theories, police groups like Blue Lives Matter, militant Black nationalists, the Boogaloo movement who call for a race war, the “Proud Boys” and even sometimes supposed Anarchists, far-left Communists and Left Accelerationists.

Motivations of Fascism

Fascism distilled down to its core reason for existing is the suppression of opposition who represent workers rights and economic justice. So they patently DON’T look after their own people. They con them into submission of the state by generating jingoistic fear of “the other” - whoever is convenient on that day to blame for their problems.
Fascism is is an economic shock doctrine upon the inhabitants of the country. We don't spread fascist propaganda in tip-pot dictators because we care about the indiginous people there. We install Fascist dictators in order to remove workers rights and open up access to their natural resources.
Artificial moral panics can be engineered and real disasters used to allow corrupt oligarchs and financial predators to consolidate power further by buying up small innovative businesses who don’t have the excess capital to survive the turmoil on their own without external support. Or as a way to eradicate public services by sabotaging them and building mistrust.
They are used to erode faith in public services and institutions by rich people who simply want to pay less tax and don’t see why they should subsidise other human beings who haven’t had the same luck as them. So a major motivation of fascism is to suppress the opposition left-wing party who represent workers rights and egalitarian freedoms.
Populists claim to be against free trade and to some extent they are, but whatever they do will fail because they are interfering with the markets, so they will retreat to the power of market domination. They use their threats of trade barriers as more just more shock treatment for markets, rather than protecting actual jobs or industries.
This is a trick that has been played by Neoliberals too. But while Neoliberals use fascism as a tool for opening markets to Imperialism, they differ from Libertarians, not only because they embrace guns and weed, but they are starting from different positions to achieve the same goal;
Neoliberals seek to remove already existing public services and workers rights that lift bargaining power. But Libertarians want to STOP the government from ever providing those services and investments into the poor or enshrining workers rights.

Modern Fascist Ideology has TWO Core Reasons to Exist; Fear and Freed.

I have been researching and analysing how economic systems differ, using a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threads). For each economic system I tried to be as neutral, fair and balanced as possible - which included Fascism.
I might seem strange that someone who is anti-Fascist would want to explore the strenghts and opportunities of Fascist ideologies, but in doing so it reveals the real weaknesses and threats which are too important for us to ignore.
So what exactly IS Fascism? Is it just an economic doctrine or a personal philosophy about the world? The answer is both.
The ideology has TWO core reasons to exist, and TWO distinct audiences types - with one based primarily on fear and the other greed, with each having a malignant and symbiotic relationship with each other.
Fear - Authoritarian/Conservative Fascists
Greed - Libertarian Fascists
There are very few people who actually buy into full Fascist ideology, most believe a watered down version of which resembles Conservatism or right-wing populism or accelerationism, and most of them genuinely believe they aren’t fascist, even though they are being constantly fed subtle suggestions fascist ideology or that align with their plans.
But the most ironic thing is that these groups are mostly being used by the second group of rich Libertarians globalist elites pulling a confidence trick on the host nation. Often posing “anti-establishment” conspiracists who actually uphold the establishment through misinformation. See: Russia Today and Youtube Bitcoin and Gold shills who subtly suggest fascist talking points.
With those rich Libertarians at the top more than happy for those below them, who they deem less worthy, living in even more delusional ideologies with fake enemies to fear, often resembling traditional Christian but values wrapped in modern conspiracies with added elements of “satanic panic”.
Modern Fascism has clearly inspired the modern day equivalents of Brownshirts and Blackshirts, self-styled vigilantes like QAnon, The Proud Boys and “The Boogaloo” - white nationalist violent extremists who want to accelerate towards a full-on race war.
It has also infiltrated numerous alternative groups, such as hyper-evangelical “end times” cults, alternative health scenes, internet conspiracy scenes like flat earth and occult magic.

Lockdown Conspiracies

A commonly missing hallmark of fascism that is present in history during the rise of fascism is a controlled opposition and explicit suppression of opposition. This distorts a healthy society and has unforeseen consequences and blowback.
Fantasies and political thought bubbles are self delusional custom realities resembling an episode of Black Mirror. They act as coping and escape mechanisms. Especially during the Covid 19 lock-down, these tendencies have gone into overdrive with massive events entering the real world featuring David Ike leading protesters alongside fascists as people ignore rising Fascism, climate change destruction and Covid deaths tolls.
Using disasters like Covid or irrational scare tactics such as the "Satanic Panic" style Fascist propaganda from QAnon, can shock people using their fear and disgust response, while making them distrust the news - allowing the government to evade valid criticism from experts while suggesting to people that government public services are inherently evil or Communist.
This type of propaganda is a Libertarians wet dream - making a population not only give up on tax funded public services, but actively fear them. An example is Trump trying to discredit and defund the US Postal Service and other public institutions and regulatory bodies.
Anti Semitism has been used throughout history by those in power to provoke an “us vs. them” mentality, leading to today's establishment still sanctioning and allowing Qanon on major media platforms, provoking and agitating terrorist attackers from the far-left and the far-right.
Those in power in fascist regimes allow and encourage mistrust in the mainstream media, while the long-tail niche political and interest groups keep people separated from each other, who each live in their own custom realities while the real elites continue to dominate and increase their power.
With each bubble framing realities based of identity, race, class, nationality, or even subculture special interests like alternative medicine and “gamer bro” culture, so that when they interact in real life or online, they are speaking past each other because they don’t even agree on the basic principles of how they view society.

The Fatal Flaws of Living in a Fantasy

While the main flaws and weaknesses of Fascism remain the same, they are in-fact exacerbated by this new hybrid model. It’s main weakness is the very fact that it is motivated by weaknesses, fear and greed - rather than true strength, self-confidence or heroic benevolent power, as their adherents like to believe.
A misconception of fascists themselves that it is based on strength, when it is actually based on weakness - even when the driving force is greed rather than fear. Libertarian fascists want to extract labour and materials at cheaper prices, while inflating their own asset values.
In other words; international financiers with little allegiance to any country. Ironically the very type of people who Conservative fascists claim to be opposed to.
Fascism claims to make society more successful, but it actually accelerates the destruction of the culture, country or people, rather than preserving and conserving it, because it betrays a fundamental weakness of insecurity. Competitors and rivals can easily see through the charade of and take advantage.
If anything does the exact opposite. Russian and China are clearly goading Western nations into becoming more divided and totalitarian, as they themselves benefit from becoming more Liberal and open and reap the competitive advantages that brings. See Kraut’s excellent video about Trump on China as an example.
Keynesian investment in the country and people, giving workers more rights, opportunities and a more bargaining power is what makes a country successful and innovative, rather than the faux Keynesian policy of giving kickbacks to corrupt officials for government contracts and widening inequality by supporting the already rich, rather than the ordinary people.

Who Benefits in This Memetic War?

Who is going to war with who? Who is winning? A modern adage is that tankies are just fascists because of their support of authoritarian proto-fascist leaders and regimes who often claim to be Communist.
But from my experience talking to actual fascists, they crave a more multi-polar world where other strong leaders rise up as competition and form alliances with dictators.
So to me, it looks like Fascists are the real Tankies; wishing our enemies be stronger and wanting to accelerate towards race war or civil war that weakens the society.
Not only did Donald Trump have knowledge of Russia allowing ISIS bounties on US troops and withhold that from the public while courting Putin, I have personally heard white supremacists backing extremists Islamists in Discord servers.
Trump jumped to the defense of the people who put a 17 year old with a gun against civil rights protesters and assumed the intent before saying that the outcome should be decided by the legal system.
They share common values and beliefs like Anti Semitism, accelerationist end-times fantasies, patriarchal traditional values and a fear of outside progressive cultures. In fact modern extremists white supremecist groups share recruitment and terrorist strategies and tactics with militant islamists.
You could argue that it was inflicted by Russian or Imperialist propagandists onto the German people in order to take control of larger areas of Europe after the destabilisation of war.
Hitler and Stalin came to a non agression truce called The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which as was a secret non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that enabled those two powers to partition Poland between them.
The pact, signed in Moscow on 23 August 1939 by German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov was officially known as the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
They divided Poland under the banner of fighting “Polish Fascism” nearly a century ago with both sides ultimately lying to their own people about spreading freedom while being authoritarian to their core and being able to blame “the other” as being the cause of all their problems.
But these days fascism seems to be a rogue meme that no longer serves any particular group. It is pathologically damaging to any society that it happens to grip.
Even the aforementioned Libertarians and accelerationists who think they are benefiting are only temporarily gaining by market price volatility. They ultimately lose through the blowback effect of the whirlpool they create.

Psychopathy, Alienation Nihilism and Insecurity

It is well established that Fascist dictators are driven by psychopathic characters and tendencies. They either don’t care about the truth, or disregard it if it’s not convenient to their narrative.
In totalitarian despotic societies facts are reversed. As George Orwell proclaimed throughout his writings; “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”.
Similar to how authoritarian Starlinist Communists harnessed people’s alienation and tricked them into thinking that it’s possible for the state to fully decommodify everything without having markets, money to account for things, domination or hierarchy or try to convince people that a revolution is just around the corner.
But of course, a council representative is still the head of an organisation, for all intents and purposes, because they wield executive power over others, even if the name has changed. Markets are emergent properties when groups of humans want or need a certain commodity when it becomes available.
But while both Communist and Fascist ideologies are based on lies that harness peoples alienation, fear and envy, Fascism is also especially to the weak. It is attractive to those who want to be strong again (or were never to begin with), or those who want to have a strong leader to help them.
Fascism betrays to others the inherent weakness. Like the insecure kid in school who lashes out - others around can see that it is because of their own insecurity which makes them appear even weaker. Fascism is a psychopathy driven by insecurity.
When people become so absorbed in an ideology there is a phenomena of people to self identify as an actual ideology? This produces a phenomena called Identity Protective Cognition, where people's self worth becomes attached to a belief system or ideology. So that when new information contradicts their worldview it is seen as an attack on the person themselves.
Therefore irrational, emotional quick fix thinking is the default when there is too much pressure and they feel attacked. They no longer use their slow effortful reflective thinking. (See Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow)
This approach has parallels in evolutionary biology, in which a central issue is the ability to adapt to changing environments. Competency - over-competitiveness in management causes chaos which STOPS hierarchies of competence. (Insert video clips of Sapolsky on Chaos vs Reductionism etc. timestamps linked).
Fascists try to reduce variability in culture and outcomes - causes weakness of less adaptability - because as Sapolsky explains, the variability is not just noise in that type of system CAS (Complex Adaptive Systems) - the variability IS the system. It is fractal and scale free. The noise and variability is an intrinsic part of the system.
But the system doesn’t function properly when the agreed-upon parameters that individuals believe to be true aren’t universal enough to have any form of group coherence.
Birds and swarms of animals can produce amazing complex phenomena, which are greater than the sum of their individual parts. There is a “network effect” once a certain threshold and certain conditions and rules are met.
These rules can be very simple, like repulsion or attraction, or staying a certain distance apart while traveling in a similar direction, but collectively they create patterns that emerge with complexity and I dear say, a certain amount of beauty.
So what happens when millions of people are being brainwashed and misled by cults that are leaving them with a reduced ability to make decisions?
Giving them shit-for-brains just so that some rich people at the top can pay a few percentage less tax? That is the sign of a deeply sick system that cannot continue to function effectively. It is sick on so many levels.

Emergence, Complexity and Human Evolution - A Social-Biological Analysis

The problem with viewing the world through only one lens of analysis (or bucket of knowledge) is that you can fall into unnecessarily reductive thinking. (Sapolsky clips)
I describe myself as a philosophical anarchist. Which does NOT mean I want total chaos and disorder - it means I want the optimal solution to emerge - including the influences and experiences from the bottom-up.
I also think that a bottom-up (or anarchist) lens of analysis is necessary for society to run cohesively in an optimal state. If it is repressed it distorts the overall picture of reality for everyone - similar to a CEO that doesn’t listen to employees and workers on the ground.
I interpret as constantly holding authority to account - to justify its existence and reason for dominating others. I also believe it is every citizen's responsibility to hold authority to account. This would be necessary under ANY economic system or society.
Anarchists also believe in stigmenric, rhizomatic action to make the world better, organically, not from a top-down authority, which fascism seeks to instill on society.
Human beings are collectively parts of a bigger chaotic but stable system known as a CAS (Complex Adaptive System). CAS’s are chaotic systems that can reach periodic steady states of equilibrium.
As Professor Sapolsky explains, humans uniquely exist with a mixture of both communal and individualistic tendencies; known in the scientific world as Tournament vs. pair bonding.
All the evidence suggests that this tendency has greatly improved our success as a species. But those tendencies distorted too far one way or another lead to pathologies and the worst collective misdeeds and wars.
Because as Professor Sapolsky also explains in his brilliant lecture series (which I have condensed the pertinent parts of into a 4 part YouTube video) about CAS; the signals coming from the randomness is being suppressed or repressed, it interferes with the functioning of the system.
Pressure in the system makes the patterns more complex but at a certain point of increasing pressure in the complex system, it stops being linear and the doubling of patterns and periodicity totally stops. Order completely begins to break down because of the butterfly effect.
Fascist regimes fettishise order and rigidity but in a complex adaptive system, the noise IS the phenomena, not a byproduct to be discarded, ignored or repressed.
The majority of people on the right genuinely want to help society by bringing order, using top-down draconian measures if necessary. Whereas the left generally wants to help society by proactively building from the bottom up.
I think both of these approaches are necessary to be balanced properly for a healthy functioning society to emerge.
It seems our tendency to harness both traits and to focus intently on one or the other is our greatest collective strength, while also being our greatest weakness.
And similarly, on an individual level I believe our greatest strengths and weakness are the fact that our brains work efficiently by categorising information to filter out the unimportant bits that slow us down.
As the book by Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow, brilliantly explains, slow deliberate, consideration thinking takes energy and time, so our brains developed filters which come out as biases. This is an inherent weakness of the human brain.
Now imagine the butterfly effect on the life of just one person who is influenced by the brainworms of QAnon cults or conspiracies which distorts their internal models of the world which they use to filter information about the world
The sad and shocking stories on forums like QanonCasualties show the devastating effects on their close friends, family and work life - amplified by their ever increasingly disconnected lives. (insert Flat earther clip - zoom in on idiot rolling head)
Now scale that up to the level of a whole of a society, a country, or the world? This is a collective madness to cope with and avoid the reality facing us as a species.
Only collective action with agreed basic facts to work from will do to avoid the total descent into actual chaos and destruction.

TLDR; Conclusion and Final Thoughts

In this essay I will have put forward the case for the following four key arguments being true and I have present supporting evidence to explain the logical reasoning for why our current definitions need updating and the threat levels reassed, from a non-hysterical but critical perspective. The overall claims I made are:
  1. Modern Fascism has taken over right-wing populism and bears all the hallmarks of early 20th Century Fascist ideologies.
  2. The ideology has two main reasons to exist, and two distinct audiences which both have a symbiotic, pathological relationship with each other.
  3. The main flaws and weaknesses of fascist ideology remain the same as ever - that fascism is motivated by irrational fears, greed and self deception.
  4. Modern Fascism has major unforeseen damaging consequences for individuals, governments, organisational dynamics, and society at large.
This reality is something I think a lot of fascists, ultra-nationalists and people who have been influenced by the propaganda know deep down on some level already - that they are avoiding the realities of pandemics and ecological harms of ignoring science and reality as it is.
They ignore it because fantasies are simpler to understand. And a narrative based on fear of the other is a simpler way to to process a complex world.
It is also attractive to the part of us that is drawn to conflict and drama - that hunger for something genuinely interesting to happen.
But I would argue from my experience that the beautiful complexity of life in all it’s shades of grey is much more interesting, fun and genuinely fulfilling to understand and engage in, even if it might be harder to deal with and even harder to explain.
I believe doing so is also vital for the very survival of our species - we can no longer afford to live in a fantasy, we need to collectively take responsibility for the world as it exists in reality.
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Introduction to Modern Fascism

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”- Nazi Propagandists, Joseph Goebbels.

Axioms are our base assumptions about the world. They act as filters for new information coming into our consciousness.
In classic philosophy, an axiom is a statement that is so evident or well-established, that it is accepted without controversy or question. As used in modern logic, an axiom is a premise or starting point for reasoning.
We use these axiomatic assumptions to build our internal models of the world around us. They allow us to compare new information we receive from the outside with our internal narratives, which helps us to decide whether to reject or accept that new information. They are, for want of a better world, your "common sense" beliefs.
So how do you go about changing a relatively normal person's core beliefs and base assumptions to the point of rejecting their fellow citizens as traitors, committing acts of murderous terrorist or vigilante violence like Fascist white supremacists running down protesters in acts of terror, ISIS beheadings or mass genocide?

Shock Treatment and Slow Repetition

One way of changing people into killing machines or obedient sheep is through a big shock to the system, like how electroshock therapy allows for a clean slate to rebuild peoples intern mental models.
Psychedelics encouraged by the alt right and alt-light like Jordan Peterson and Rebel Wisdom as they “Red Pill” people - another way to prepare a “blank-slate” to rebuild peoples internal axiomatic models.
Remaking people, shocking them into obedience and by gas-lighting them about their existing internal models, making them seem irrational, silly or outdated. Reducing them to a mental state of a child and then rebuilding them with a new ideology and worldview, known as “shock therapy”.
As Naomi Klein explains in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, these techniques work on larger scales with use of trauma and shock to influence political outcomes has been used since at least Milton Friedman coined the term “Economic Shock Treatment”. He advised that politicians push through painful and unpopular policies all at once during a time of crisis, before people could regain their footing.
The technique is used in economic markets on the large scale, and also against individuals on a small scale. Economics and politics is just human interaction on a larger scale, after all.
Regular repetition and gentle suggestions of ideas can also instil new axiomatic models and core beliefs into people's minds. As Derren Brown demonstrates how powerful suggestion can be, or the multi-billion dollar marketing and advertising industries demonstrates.
Used in combination, shock and repetition can shift until you have moved to positions, perceptions and beliefs to a place you never could have imagined yourself. But luckily once you deconstruct the deception and understand how the trick works, the illusion falls apart.

Defining and Deconstructing Modern Fascism

Firstly, we must define Modern Fascism. Modern Fascism ticks every box of the traditional definitions in Umberto Eco’s essay Ur-Fascism, and not only does it fulfil every criteria, it reveals other motivational forces and has evolved to include new aspects, and has changed into something worse, while it’s main weakness remain the same - the fact that it is primarily motivated by weakness.
As General Franco said in a 1938 interview with Henri Massis: "Fascism presents, wherever it manifests itself, characteristics which are varied to the extent that countries and national temperaments vary. It is essentially a defensive reaction of the organism, a manifestation of the desire to live, of the desire not to die, which at certain times seizes a whole people. So each people reacts in its own way, according to its conception of life… What can it have in common with Hitlerism, which was, above all, a reaction against the state of things created by the defeat, and by the abdication and the despair that followed it?"
This quote perfectly illustrates the transient nature of the ideology, but also the core motivations of Fascism. It is an ideology based on the assumption of weakness which yearns for restoration of a past greatness or to get revenge and recognition. But the way that it manifests itself is different in each place it takes hold.
Therefore the aim of this isn’t to make the case that any particular party or country has embraced out-right fascism (plenty of other people have made that case already), the aim is to reveal the underlying motivations, highlight threats and weaknesses and analyse the less obvious negative effects of Modern Fascism.

History Doesn’t Repeat, But It Rhymes

A false equivalence that is often used is that Liberal Imperialism is just the same as Fascism. And while it is true that imperialists use fascist dictators to extract cheap labour and resources and also dominate smaller counties in a similar way to how fascist empires aspire to rule, the key difference is that the populations of those countries are not gripped by the same fear based delusions.
And therefore more Liberal democracies are better equipped to hold their imperial position of power long term because they are better able to assess risks and react accordingly, rather than over-react based on paranoia and competing egos under excessive pressure.
This false equivalence was also used in 1930’s Germany, because far-left Communists had been co opted and infiltrated by Fascists. They would repeat the mantra that “the Social Democrats were the real racists”.
Contrary to the assumptions of most people, Fascism, as an ideology and political system of government is very distinct to white supremacy. It does of course include white supremecists, but In fact includes many other groups who have been co-opted by Fascist propaganda, or who implicitly support and enable their agenda.
Examples of modern opposition which has been repeatedly infiltrated or just simply made up by Fascists include innumerable conspiracy theories, police groups like Blue Lives Matter, militant Black nationalists, the Boogaloo movement who call for a race war, the “Proud Boys” and even sometimes supposed Anarchists, far-left Communists and Left Accelerationists.

Motivations of Fascism

Fascism distilled down to its core reason for existing is the suppression of opposition who represent workers rights and economic justice. So they patently DON’T look after their own people. They con them into submission of the state by generating jingoistic fear of “the other” - whoever is convenient on that day to blame for their problems.
Fascism is is an economic shock doctrine upon the inhabitants of the country. We don't spread fascist propaganda in tip-pot dictators because we care about the indiginous people there. We install Fascist dictators in order to remove workers rights and open up access to their natural resources.
Artificial moral panics can be engineered and real disasters used to allow corrupt oligarchs and financial predators to consolidate power further by buying up small innovative businesses who don’t have the excess capital to survive the turmoil on their own without external support. Or as a way to eradicate public services by sabotaging them and building mistrust.
They are used to erode faith in public services and institutions by rich people who simply want to pay less tax and don’t see why they should subsidise other human beings who haven’t had the same luck as them. So a major motivation of fascism is to suppress the opposition left-wing party who represent workers rights and egalitarian freedoms.
Populists claim to be against free trade and to some extent they are, but whatever they do will fail because they are interfering with the markets, so they will retreat to the power of market domination. They use their threats of trade barriers as more just more shock treatment for markets, rather than protecting actual jobs or industries.
This is a trick that has been played by Neoliberals too. But while Neoliberals use fascism as a tool for opening markets to Imperialism, they differ from Libertarians, not only because they embrace guns and weed, but they are starting from different positions to achieve the same goal;
Neoliberals seek to remove already existing public services and workers rights that lift bargaining power. But Libertarians want to STOP the government from ever providing those services and investments into the poor or enshrining workers rights.

Modern Fascist Ideology has TWO Core Reasons to Exist; Fear and Freed.

I have been researching and analysing how economic systems differ, using a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threads). For each economic system I tried to be as neutral, fair and balanced as possible - which included Fascism.
I might seem strange that someone who is anti-Fascist would want to explore the strenghts and opportunities of Fascist ideologies, but in doing so it reveals the real weaknesses and threats which are too important for us to ignore.
So what exactly IS Fascism? Is it just an economic doctrine or a personal philosophy about the world? The answer is both.
The ideology has TWO core reasons to exist, and TWO distinct audiences types - with one based primarily on fear and the other greed, with each having a malignant and symbiotic relationship with each other.
Fear - Authoritarian/Conservative Fascists
Greed - Libertarian Fascists
There are very few people who actually buy into full Fascist ideology, most believe a watered down version of which resembles Conservatism or right-wing populism or accelerationism, and most of them genuinely believe they aren’t fascist, even though they are being constantly fed subtle suggestions fascist ideology or that align with their plans.
But the most ironic thing is that these groups are mostly being used by the second group of rich Libertarians globalist elites pulling a confidence trick on the host nation. Often posing “anti-establishment” conspiracists who actually uphold the establishment through misinformation. See: Russia Today and Youtube Bitcoin and Gold shills who subtly suggest fascist talking points.
With those rich Libertarians at the top more than happy for those below them, who they deem less worthy, living in even more delusional ideologies with fake enemies to fear, often resembling traditional Christian but values wrapped in modern conspiracies with added elements of “satanic panic”.
Modern Fascism has clearly inspired the modern day equivalents of Brownshirts and Blackshirts, self-styled vigilantes like QAnon, The Proud Boys and “The Boogaloo” - white nationalist violent extremists who want to accelerate towards a full-on race war.
It has also infiltrated numerous alternative groups, such as hyper-evangelical “end times” cults, alternative health scenes, internet conspiracy scenes like flat earth and occult magic.

Lockdown Conspiracies

A commonly missing hallmark of fascism that is present in history during the rise of fascism is a controlled opposition and explicit suppression of opposition. This distorts a healthy society and has unforeseen consequences and blowback.
Fantasies and political thought bubbles are self delusional custom realities resembling an episode of Black Mirror. They act as coping and escape mechanisms. Especially during the Covid 19 lock-down, these tendencies have gone into overdrive with massive events entering the real world featuring David Ike leading protesters alongside fascists as people ignore rising Fascism, climate change destruction and Covid deaths tolls.
Using disasters like Covid or irrational scare tactics such as the "Satanic Panic" style Fascist propaganda from QAnon, can shock people using their fear and disgust response, while making them distrust the news - allowing the government to evade valid criticism from experts while suggesting to people that government public services are inherently evil or Communist.
This type of propaganda is a Libertarians wet dream - making a population not only give up on tax funded public services, but actively fear them. An example is Trump trying to discredit and defund the US Postal Service and other public institutions and regulatory bodies.
Anti Semitism has been used throughout history by those in power to provoke an “us vs. them” mentality, leading to today's establishment still sanctioning and allowing Qanon on major media platforms, provoking and agitating terrorist attackers from the far-left and the far-right.
Those in power in fascist regimes allow and encourage mistrust in the mainstream media, while the long-tail niche political and interest groups keep people separated from each other, who each live in their own custom realities while the real elites continue to dominate and increase their power.
With each bubble framing realities based of identity, race, class, nationality, or even subculture special interests like alternative medicine and “gamer bro” culture, so that when they interact in real life or online, they are speaking past each other because they don’t even agree on the basic principles of how they view society.

The Fatal Flaws of Living in a Fantasy

While the main flaws and weaknesses of Fascism remain the same, they are in-fact exacerbated by this new hybrid model. It’s main weakness is the very fact that it is motivated by weaknesses, fear and greed - rather than true strength, self-confidence or heroic benevolent power, as their adherents like to believe.
A misconception of fascists themselves that it is based on strength, when it is actually based on weakness - even when the driving force is greed rather than fear. Libertarian fascists want to extract labour and materials at cheaper prices, while inflating their own asset values.
In other words; international financiers with little allegiance to any country. Ironically the very type of people who Conservative fascists claim to be opposed to.
Fascism claims to make society more successful, but it actually accelerates the destruction of the culture, country or people, rather than preserving and conserving it, because it betrays a fundamental weakness of insecurity. Competitors and rivals can easily see through the charade of and take advantage.
If anything does the exact opposite. Russian and China are clearly goading Western nations into becoming more divided and totalitarian, as they themselves benefit from becoming more Liberal and open and reap the competitive advantages that brings. See Kraut’s excellent video about Trump on China as an example.
Keynesian investment in the country and people, giving workers more rights, opportunities and a more bargaining power is what makes a country successful and innovative, rather than the faux Keynesian policy of giving kickbacks to corrupt officials for government contracts and widening inequality by supporting the already rich, rather than the ordinary people.

Who Benefits in This Memetic War?

Who is going to war with who? Who is winning? A modern adage is that tankies are just fascists because of their support of authoritarian proto-fascist leaders and regimes who often claim to be Communist.
But from my experience talking to actual fascists, they crave a more multi-polar world where other strong leaders rise up as competition and form alliances with dictators.
So to me, it looks like Fascists are the real Tankies; wishing our enemies be stronger and wanting to accelerate towards race war or civil war that weakens the society.
Not only did Donald Trump have knowledge of Russia allowing ISIS bounties on US troops and withhold that from the public while courting Putin, I have personally heard white supremacists backing extremists Islamists in Discord servers.
Trump jumped to the defense of the people who put a 17 year old with a gun against civil rights protesters and assumed the intent before saying that the outcome should be decided by the legal system.
They share common values and beliefs like Anti Semitism, accelerationist end-times fantasies, patriarchal traditional values and a fear of outside progressive cultures. In fact modern extremists white supremecist groups share recruitment and terrorist strategies and tactics with militant islamists.
You could argue that it was inflicted by Russian or Imperialist propagandists onto the German people in order to take control of larger areas of Europe after the destabilisation of war.
Hitler and Stalin came to a non agression truce called The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which as was a secret non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that enabled those two powers to partition Poland between them.
The pact, signed in Moscow on 23 August 1939 by German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov was officially known as the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
They divided Poland under the banner of fighting “Polish Fascism” nearly a century ago with both sides ultimately lying to their own people about spreading freedom while being authoritarian to their core and being able to blame “the other” as being the cause of all their problems.
But these days fascism seems to be a rogue meme that no longer serves any particular group. It is pathologically damaging to any society that it happens to grip.
Even the aforementioned Libertarians and accelerationists who think they are benefiting are only temporarily gaining by market price volatility. They ultimately lose through the blowback effect of the whirlpool they create.

Psychopathy, Alienation Nihilism and Insecurity

It is well established that Fascist dictators are driven by psychopathic characters and tendencies. They either don’t care about the truth, or disregard it if it’s not convenient to their narrative.
In totalitarian despotic societies facts are reversed. As George Orwell proclaimed throughout his writings; “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”.
Similar to how authoritarian Starlinist Communists harnessed people’s alienation and tricked them into thinking that it’s possible for the state to fully decommodify everything without having markets, money to account for things, domination or hierarchy or try to convince people that a revolution is just around the corner.
But of course, a council representative is still the head of an organisation, for all intents and purposes, because they wield executive power over others, even if the name has changed. Markets are emergent properties when groups of humans want or need a certain commodity when it becomes available.
But while both Communist and Fascist ideologies are based on lies that harness peoples alienation, fear and envy, Fascism is also especially to the weak. It is attractive to those who want to be strong again (or were never to begin with), or those who want to have a strong leader to help them.
Fascism betrays to others the inherent weakness. Like the insecure kid in school who lashes out - others around can see that it is because of their own insecurity which makes them appear even weaker. Fascism is a psychopathy driven by insecurity.
When people become so absorbed in an ideology there is a phenomena of people to self identify as an actual ideology? This produces a phenomena called Identity Protective Cognition, where people's self worth becomes attached to a belief system or ideology. So that when new information contradicts their worldview it is seen as an attack on the person themselves.
Therefore irrational, emotional quick fix thinking is the default when there is too much pressure and they feel attacked. They no longer use their slow effortful reflective thinking. (See Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow)
This approach has parallels in evolutionary biology, in which a central issue is the ability to adapt to changing environments. Competency - over-competitiveness in management causes chaos which STOPS hierarchies of competence. (Insert video clips of Sapolsky on Chaos vs Reductionism etc. timestamps linked).
Fascists try to reduce variability in culture and outcomes - causes weakness of less adaptability - because as Sapolsky explains, the variability is not just noise in that type of system CAS (Complex Adaptive Systems) - the variability IS the system. It is fractal and scale free. The noise and variability is an intrinsic part of the system.
But the system doesn’t function properly when the agreed-upon parameters that individuals believe to be true aren’t universal enough to have any form of group coherence.
Birds and swarms of animals can produce amazing complex phenomena, which are greater than the sum of their individual parts. There is a “network effect” once a certain threshold and certain conditions and rules are met.
These rules can be very simple, like repulsion or attraction, or staying a certain distance apart while traveling in a similar direction, but collectively they create patterns that emerge with complexity and I dear say, a certain amount of beauty.
So what happens when millions of people are being brainwashed and misled by cults that are leaving them with a reduced ability to make decisions?
Giving them shit-for-brains just so that some rich people at the top can pay a few percentage less tax? That is the sign of a deeply sick system that cannot continue to function effectively. It is sick on so many levels.

Emergence, Complexity and Human Evolution - A Social-Biological Analysis

The problem with viewing the world through only one lens of analysis (or bucket of knowledge) is that you can fall into unnecessarily reductive thinking. (Sapolsky clips)
I describe myself as a philosophical anarchist. Which does NOT mean I want total chaos and disorder - it means I want the optimal solution to emerge - including the influences and experiences from the bottom-up.
I also think that a bottom-up (or anarchist) lens of analysis is necessary for society to run cohesively in an optimal state. If it is repressed it distorts the overall picture of reality for everyone - similar to a CEO that doesn’t listen to employees and workers on the ground.
I interpret as constantly holding authority to account - to justify its existence and reason for dominating others. I also believe it is every citizen's responsibility to hold authority to account. This would be necessary under ANY economic system or society.
Anarchists also believe in stigmenric, rhizomatic action to make the world better, organically, not from a top-down authority, which fascism seeks to instill on society.
Human beings are collectively parts of a bigger chaotic but stable system known as a CAS (Complex Adaptive System). CAS’s are chaotic systems that can reach periodic steady states of equilibrium.
As Professor Sapolsky explains, humans uniquely exist with a mixture of both communal and individualistic tendencies; known in the scientific world as Tournament vs. pair bonding.
All the evidence suggests that this tendency has greatly improved our success as a species. But those tendencies distorted too far one way or another lead to pathologies and the worst collective misdeeds and wars.
Because as Professor Sapolsky also explains in his brilliant lecture series (which I have condensed the pertinent parts of into a 4 part YouTube video) about CAS; the signals coming from the randomness is being suppressed or repressed, it interferes with the functioning of the system.
Pressure in the system makes the patterns more complex but at a certain point of increasing pressure in the complex system, it stops being linear and the doubling of patterns and periodicity totally stops. Order completely begins to break down because of the butterfly effect.
Fascist regimes fettishise order and rigidity but in a complex adaptive system, the noise IS the phenomena, not a byproduct to be discarded, ignored or repressed.
The majority of people on the right genuinely want to help society by bringing order, using top-down draconian measures if necessary. Whereas the left generally wants to help society by proactively building from the bottom up.
I think both of these approaches are necessary to be balanced properly for a healthy functioning society to emerge.
It seems our tendency to harness both traits and to focus intently on one or the other is our greatest collective strength, while also being our greatest weakness.
And similarly, on an individual level I believe our greatest strengths and weakness are the fact that our brains work efficiently by categorising information to filter out the unimportant bits that slow us down.
As the book by Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow, brilliantly explains, slow deliberate, consideration thinking takes energy and time, so our brains developed filters which come out as biases. This is an inherent weakness of the human brain.
Now imagine the butterfly effect on the life of just one person who is influenced by the brainworms of QAnon cults or conspiracies which distorts their internal models of the world which they use to filter information about the world
The sad and shocking stories on forums like QanonCasualties show the devastating effects on their close friends, family and work life - amplified by their ever increasingly disconnected lives. (insert Flat earther clip - zoom in on idiot rolling head)
Now scale that up to the level of a whole of a society, a country, or the world? This is a collective madness to cope with and avoid the reality facing us as a species.
Only collective action with agreed basic facts to work from will do to avoid the total descent into actual chaos and destruction.

TLDR; Conclusion and Final Thoughts

In this essay I will have put forward the case for the following four key arguments being true and I have present supporting evidence to explain the logical reasoning for why our current definitions need updating and the threat levels reassed, from a non-hysterical but critical perspective. The overall claims I made are:
  1. Modern Fascism has taken over right-wing populism and bears all the hallmarks of early 20th Century Fascist ideologies.
  2. The ideology has two main reasons to exist, and two distinct audiences which both have a symbiotic, pathological relationship with each other.
  3. The main flaws and weaknesses of fascist ideology remain the same as ever - that fascism is motivated by irrational fears, greed and self deception.
  4. Modern Fascism has major unforeseen damaging consequences for individuals, governments, organisational dynamics, and society at large.
This reality is something I think a lot of fascists, ultra-nationalists and people who have been influenced by the propaganda know deep down on some level already - that they are avoiding the realities of pandemics and ecological harms of ignoring science and reality as it is.
They ignore it because fantasies are simpler to understand. And a narrative based on fear of the other is a simpler way to to process a complex world.
It is also attractive to the part of us that is drawn to conflict and drama - that hunger for something genuinely interesting to happen.
But I would argue from my experience that the beautiful complexity of life in all it’s shades of grey is much more interesting, fun and genuinely fulfilling to understand and engage in, even if it might be harder to deal with and harder to explain.
I believe it is also vital for the very survival of our species.
Thank you to my two Patrons:
Carmen Jongepier
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(PS, Please, please consider helping me directly as a one off or regularly through Patron to help me continue to make content like and turn it into a high quality video this while surviving, I have just been dumped by my long term partner, I have a long-term physical disability limiting me while struggling to claim the benefits I’m entitled to and have paid into all my life. I now need to move out because I can’t afford to live here anymore on my own. I needed to finish this project before I could get on with other things in my life but I desperately need to focus on fixing myself now I have got this out)
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2020.09.09 01:35 ZeeMastermind Fun with Surveys (Results)

It's here! The survey results that nobody asked for! DM me if you want the raw data.
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A couple things to note:
The questions for this survey are as follows:

Single-select Questions

For these, the confidence range is 95%. I used this site to calculate the intervals. Use this one if you run into trouble.
What sent you to this survey?
Have you bought a Shadowrun CRB before the release of 6e?
Have you played Shadowrun before the release of 6e?
Did you buy the 6e Core Rulebook (6e)?
Do you like 6e?
Here is the breakdown of the first few questions by source:
"Yes" Percentages by Source Have you bought a Shadowrun CRB before the release of 6e? Have you played Shadowrun before the release of 6e? Did you buy the 6e Core Rulebook (6e)? Do you like 6e? Total Respondents
Dumpshock 100.00% 100.00% 17.65% 5.88% 17
Official Forums 100.00% 100.00% 76.47% 17.65% 17
/Shadowrun 86.36% 97.73% 43.18% 9.09% 44
bizarro-ZeeMastermind 100% 100% 100% 0% 1
Overall 92.31% 98.72% 44.87% 10.26% 79
This chart details the percentage of people, by source, who responded to "do you like 6e" with "it's complicated"
"It's Complicated" Percentages by Source Do you like 6e? Total Respondents
Dumpshock 0.00% 17
Official Forums 35.29% 17
/Shadowrun 22.73% 44
bizarro-ZeeMastermind 0.00% 1
Overall 20.51% 79
This chart details the percentage of people, by source, who pirated and did not buy a CRB (Either just 6e, or any edition).
"Pirate" Percentages by Source Have you bought a Shadowrun CRB before the release of 6e? Did you buy the 6e Core Rulebook (6e)? Total Respondents
Dumpshock 0.00% 23.53% 17
Official Forums 0.00% 17.65% 17
/Shadowrun 11.36% 31.82% 44
bizarro-ZeeMastermind 0.00% 0.00% 1
Overall 6.41% 26.82% 79

Multi-select Questions

I do not provide confidence ranges for these questions. Feel free to calculate it.
What do you like about 6e/why do you play 6e?
For this question, the percentage based on the number of people who answered the question is on the left. The percentage based on the total number of respondents is on the right.
What don't you like about 6e/why don't you play 6e?
For this question, the percentage based on the number of people who answered the question is on the left. The percentage based on the total number of respondents is on the right.
Which of the following have you gone to for information on new games in the past year?

Open-ended Question

What are your candid thoughts on 6e?
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2020.09.07 14:13 Madbrad200 The 2020 /r/Grime Survey results are in! Who's the best grime artist of all time? Who's the worst MC? What's the best instrumental ever made?... & more

Hello everyone,
For anyone who does not want to read the post but just wants to see the charts with all the results, here's an imgur album with everything detailed below https://imgur.com/a/u3BRgYV
As you may know, about a month ago we hosted a demographics survey to get better feel of the communities userbase. Some of the results to said questions were already neatly arranged by google docs, but the majority were not, so here is the results to all questions of the survey.
Below, I have also linked pie-charts or bar-charts for each and every question to easily visualise the data. In brackets will be the number of people that mentioned that as their answer, e.g USA (40) means USA was mentioned 40 times. Yizzy (11, 6.6%) means Yizzy was mentioned 11 times, making up 6.6% of all answers.
A couple of questions have been shifted around. One or two aren't here simply due to a lack of responses.

Part 1: Questions about grime music

Starting off with the fun part! These questions were all aimed at what /grime thought of grime music, eg the best songs, producers, projects artists, etc or what introduced users to grime music.
0.0.1 Describe grime music in 3 words!
The last question on the survey was to describe grime music in 3 words - here's a word cloud of that result (the biggest and most centred words were mentioned the most).
The most common words used were Electronic, energy, fast, British, aggressive, street, hard, garage, music, hard, dirty, bass, dark, underground, urban, flows, bars, bass.
0. How long have you been listening to grime?
Majority of /grime has been listening to the genre for 3-5 years (90 responses in total), however it's followed pretty closely by people who've been listening to grime for 6-10 years (86) or 11+ years (85 in total). Therefore, 171 of responders have been listening to grime for 6 years or more.
0.5. Where do you listen to grime music?
This question was mostly aimed at streaming services. It appears the majority of grime is using Spotify (79.9%!), with only 11% getting their grime from YouTube, and 6% from Soundcloud. I was expecting much higher numbers for YouTube tbh
1. What was the first grime song you listened to?
The responses to this were quite varied. The pie chart has been split up so that only songs that were mentioned 2 times or more are shown. Of these, Skepta - Shutdown (mentioned 22 times) appears to be the most popular song that introduced users of /grime to grime music.
  1. Skepta - Shutdown
  2. Skepta - That's Not Me (16)
  3. Jme - Man Don't Care (14)
  4. Stormzy - Shut Up (12)
  5. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U
Interestingly, Shutdown also has the most upvoted post out of all of these songs (213, which is more than the others have ever received).
2. Who is the worst grime MC?
Jammer wins this one by a large amount. I think that's a shame because his mixtapes are pretty great!
  1. Jammer (30 votes, 18.1%)
  2. Yizzy (11, 6.6%) & Discarda (11, 6.6%)
  3. Subzee (9, 5.4%)
  4. Shorty (8, 4.8%)
3. Who's your favourite grime MC (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
With nearly double the amount of votes, Jme takes the crown as /grime's favourite grime MC (that has released music within the past 5 years)!
  1. Jme (64 votes, 19.3%)
  2. Kano (38, 11.5%)
  3. Wiley (35, 10.6%)
  4. Skepta (29, 8.8%)
  5. Ghetts (26, 8.5%)
I wonder if Jme lurks here?
4. What's your favourite grime crew (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
BBK pretty expectedly won this vote. The Square, which sadly is no longer a thing, came third - I wonder how they would be ranked if they were still around?
  1. BBK / Boy Better Know (88 votes, or 48.6%)
  2. YGG (27, 14.9%)
  3. The Square (14, 6.6%)
  4. Newham Generals (8, 4.4%)
5. Who's your favourite grime producer (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
  1. Sir Spyro (31 Votes, or 15.7%)
  2. Lewi B. (17, 8.6%)
  3. Swifta Beater & Rude Kid (13, 6.6%)
  4. Skepta (9, 4.6%)
  5. Teddy Music (8, 4.1%)
6. Who's your favourite DJ?
Honestly surprised DJ Oblig did not make the top 5, but these are all deserving regardless. Sir Spyro takes the top spot by a fairly large margin.
  1. Sir Spyro (35 votes, or 25.5%)
  2. Slimzee (14, 10.2%)
  3. Logan Sama (13, 9.5%)
  4. Spooky Bizzle (8, 5.8%)
  5. DJ Maximum & GRANDMIXXER (7, 5.1%)
7. What's your favourite grime song (with at least 1 MC) from the past 5 years?
Kano not only makes the list twice, but takes both first and second spots! Wiley might also make the list twice, depending on which version of 3 Wheel-ups people were voting for. We need more back-to-back tracks like Deja.
  1. Kano x Ghetts x D Double E - Class of Deja (27 votes, or 13.6%)
  2. Kano - 3 Wheel-up's (11, 5.6%)
  3. Wiley & Devlin - Bring Them All / Holy Grime (9, 4.5%),
  4. Skepta - That's Not Me and Sir Spyro x Teddy Bruckshot x Lady Chann x Killa P - Topper Top (6, 3.0%).
8. What's your favourite grime release (album/mixtape/ep/etc) from the past 5 years?
Pretty much what I expected from this question, honestly. I wonder if Grime MC will hold up in 5 years as much as the others have?
  1. Wiley - Godfather (39 votes, or 18.8%)
  2. Jme - Grime MC (28, 13.5%)
  3. Skepta - Konnichiwa (16, 7.7%)
  4. Kano - Made In The Manor (14, 6.7%)
  5. Jme - Integrity> (12, 5.8%)
9. Who do you think is the best grime MC of all time?
Think most would agree this result is pretty good?
  1. Wiley (63 votes, or 25.6%)
  2. Kano (47, 19.1%)
  3. Ghetts (28, 11.4%)
  4. Skepta (21, 8.5%)
  5. D Double E (20, 8.1%)
10. What do you think is the best grime crew of all time?
Almost an even-split between BBK and Roll Deep!
  1. BBK / Boy Better Know (58 votes, or 34.3%)
  2. Roll Deep (54, 32%)
  3. N.A.S.T.Y. Crew (16, 9.5%)
  4. Meridian Crew (10, 5.9%)
  5. The Movement (6, 3.6%)
11. Who do you think is the best grime producer of all time?
Wiley takes the crown as both the best grime MC and best grime producer of all time, according to /grime.
  1. Wiley (51 votes, 36.2%)
  2. Sir Spyro (14, 9.9%)
  3. Skepta (9, 6.4%)
  4. Swifta Beata (8, 5.7%)
12. What do you think is the best grime instrumental of all time?
This result shouldn't be too surprising, as all of these are pretty much always included in 'best instrumentals' lists.
  1. Wiley - Morgue (25 votes, or 13.8%)
  2. Rebound X - Rhythm & Gash (16, 8.8%)
  3. Treble Clef - Ghetto Kyote (13, 7.2%)
  4. XTC - Functions On The Low (10, 5.5%)
  5. Danny Weed - Creeper & Prince Rapid - Pied Piper (8, 4.4%)
13. What is the best grime song (with at least 1 MC) of all time?
  1. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U (16 votes, 10%)
  2. Lethal Bizzle - Pow (14, 8.6%)
  3. Kano - P's & Q's (12, 7.5%)
  4. Dizzee Rascal - Stop Dat (6, 3.8%)
14. What is the best grime release (ep/album/mixtape/etc) of all time?
BIDC takes the crown here by a rather large margin. Something of note is that 3/5 of the projects in the top 5 are recent projects, rather than old.
  1. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner (56 votes, or 34.8%)
  2. Wiley - Godfather (15, 11.2%)
  3. Kano - Home Sweet Home (11, 6.8%)
  4. Jme - Integrity> (10, 6.2%)
  5. Skepta - Konnichiwa (7, 4.2%)
15. Who is the most underrated grime MC of all time?
Trim is the correct answer btw
  1. Manga Saint Hilare (16 votes, or 9.5%)
  2. Kamakaze (8, 4.8%)
  3. Trim (7, 4.2%)
  4. Merky Ace (6, 3.6%)
16. Who is the most overrated grime MC of all time?
  1. Stormzy (27 votes, or 16.1%)
  2. Wiley (18, 10.7%)
  3. Skepta & Jme (12, 7.1%)
  4. Chip (10, 8%)

Part 2: General demographic questions

The boring(?) part! This part was to get a feel of who makes up the community, as well as two general music questions at the end. As seen below, the vast majority of users are from the UK (210/1 out of 325), 54 of which are from London. The community is overwhelmingly white and Male. The majority of users on /grime are somewhere between 18-30, while the split between 'single' or 'in a relationship' is almost even.
The last two questions are difficult to summarise, so see those below.
1. What country are you from? (click link to see chart of results)
  1. United Kingdom (210/1)
  2. USA (40)
  3. Australia (15)
  4. Canada (10)
  5. Sweden (6), New Zealand (5), and Norway (5) are the next largest group
Probably no surprise at all that the majority of the subreddit is from the UK (210 out of 325).
2. If you are from the UK, what region of the UK are you from?
  1. London (54)
  2. South East England and North West England (both 25)
  3. East Midlands and West Midlands (both 20) are the second and third largest regions represented in /grime.
  4. South West England (17)
  5. East of England (14)
I was curious how this one would turn out and pleasantly surprised the subreddit is majority London-based by a large mile. The rest of England is fairly evenly represented here. Scotland (only 8 users), Wales (7), and Northern Ireland (2), are heavily outnumbered.
3. What is your gender?
  1. Male (305)
  2. Female (18)
  3. Toaster (1)
Lol
4. What ethnicity or race do you most identify with?
  1. 74.8% white (if we include responses that stated 'Irish Traveller', Greek, NZ/European, English, and Albanian, then it becomes 76.3%)
  2. 7.6% Asian/Asian British
  3. 6.4% mixed
  4. 5.5% Black (4.3% Black African, 1.2% Black African-Caribbean)
I wonder how this compares with Grimeforum, rwdforum, vip, puregrime, etc. I think it largely reflects the general demographics of reddit so not overly surprising.
5. How old are you?
Unfortunately I did make a mistake here and not allow anyone to select that they were in their 40s, which may have fudged the numbers somewhat. With that in-mind, it appears most users are somewhere between 18-30 (266 results fall into this age group in total, 100 of which are between 22 and 25). The results here are similar to those in the 2015 survey.
  1. 22-25 (100)
  2. 18-21 (89)
  3. 26-30 (77)
  4. 16-17 (23)
  5. 31-35 (20)
6. What is your relationship status?
Surprisingly a pretty even split.
  1. Single (55.4% of users chose this answer, or 181 users total)
  2. Unmarried but in a relationship (117 or 35.8%)
  3. Married (27 or 8.3%)
7. Other than grime music, what other music genres do you listen to?
This question garnered some extremely varied responses. It was open-ended, so responders could mention as many genres as they felt like.
The most popular genres mentioned, predictably, was Hip Hop (with 130 mentions) and Rap (63) making up 18% of the responses in total. Following those, UK Garage (45), Drill (48, plus 6 that specified UK Drill), DnB (Drum & Bass) (47), Rock (45), Metal (43), R&B (37), Pop (36), House (30), Indie (29), Jazz (28) & various smaller responses.
8. Excluding grime artists, what musicians do you listen to?
This chart is pretty unreadable due to how varied it is. There are a few artists that stood out a bit however that /grime listens to, namely Kanye West (of which 3.5% of responders mentioned, 43 people in total), Kendrick Lamar (2.9%, mentioned 36 times), Eminem (2.2%, mentioned 27 times) Dave (1.6%, mentioned 19 times), MF Doom (1.2%, mentioned 15 times), and Denzel Curry (1.0%, mentioned 13 times).

Part 3: The /grime Questions

This part was primarily aimed at finding out what users thought about /grime itself.
1. Did you know grime had a discord server
60.7% of you are missing out on our Discord server! Come check it out https://discord.gg/xhsw4UR - we chat about life, music, grime, literally anything, as well as hold occasional events such as 8vs8 clashes and cyphers. Just a general place to hang out.
2. How long have you known about the /grime subreddit?
131 responders have known about /grime for less than a year. That's around 41.1% of responders, meaning that almost half the subreddit is relatively new to the community. Only 8 responders (2.5%) have been here for 7 years or more. 174 responders have been on the subreddit for 2-6 years (54.8% in total)
  1. Couple of years (33.5% of responses or 108 in total)
  2. 7-12 months (27.0% of responses or 86 in total)
  3. 3-6 years (21.3% of responses or 68 in total)
  4. 1-6 months (11% of responses or 35 in total)
3. Who's your favourite /grime user?
Overwhelming answer for Madbrad200 with 61.8% of the vote, 34 responses in total. Next is HarryBlessKnapp with 9.1% (5 responses), HYPERMASCULINE1 with 7.3% (4 responses), and GrimeMemeSaviour with 5.5% (3 responses).
Do I win a medal or something?
4. How often do you visit /grime?
Most grime users visit the subreddit a 'few times a week' (40.3%, or 129 responses in total). 18.8% visit daily, while 21.3% visit a few times a month.
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2020.09.05 06:56 pascalbernoulli All you need to know about Yield Farming - The rocket fuel for Defi

All you need to know about Yield Farming - The rocket fuel for Defi
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It’s effectively July 2017 in the world of decentralized finance (DeFi), and as in the heady days of the initial coin offering (ICO) boom, the numbers are only trending up.
According to DeFi Pulse, there is $1.9 billion in crypto assets locked in DeFi right now. According to the CoinDesk ICO Tracker, the ICO market started chugging past $1 billion in July 2017, just a few months before token sales started getting talked about on TV.
Debate juxtaposing these numbers if you like, but what no one can question is this: Crypto users are putting more and more value to work in DeFi applications, driven largely by the introduction of a whole new yield-generating pasture, Compound’s COMP governance token.
Governance tokens enable users to vote on the future of decentralized protocols, sure, but they also present fresh ways for DeFi founders to entice assets onto their platforms.
That said, it’s the crypto liquidity providers who are the stars of the present moment. They even have a meme-worthy name: yield farmers.

https://preview.redd.it/lxsvazp1g9l51.png?width=775&format=png&auto=webp&s=a36173ab679c701a5d5e0aac806c00fcc84d78c1

Where it started

Ethereum-based credit market Compound started distributing its governance token, COMP, to the protocol’s users this past June 15. Demand for the token (heightened by the way its automatic distribution was structured) kicked off the present craze and moved Compound into the leading position in DeFi.
The hot new term in crypto is “yield farming,” a shorthand for clever strategies where putting crypto temporarily at the disposal of some startup’s application earns its owner more cryptocurrency.
Another term floating about is “liquidity mining.”
The buzz around these concepts has evolved into a low rumble as more and more people get interested.
The casual crypto observer who only pops into the market when activity heats up might be starting to get faint vibes that something is happening right now. Take our word for it: Yield farming is the source of those vibes.
But if all these terms (“DeFi,” “liquidity mining,” “yield farming”) are so much Greek to you, fear not. We’re here to catch you up. We’ll get into all of them.
We’re going to go from very basic to more advanced, so feel free to skip ahead.

What are tokens?

Most CoinDesk readers probably know this, but just in case: Tokens are like the money video-game players earn while fighting monsters, money they can use to buy gear or weapons in the universe of their favorite game.
But with blockchains, tokens aren’t limited to only one massively multiplayer online money game. They can be earned in one and used in lots of others. They usually represent either ownership in something (like a piece of a Uniswap liquidity pool, which we will get into later) or access to some service. For example, in the Brave browser, ads can only be bought using basic attention token (BAT).
If tokens are worth money, then you can bank with them or at least do things that look very much like banking. Thus: decentralized finance.
Tokens proved to be the big use case for Ethereum, the second-biggest blockchain in the world. The term of art here is “ERC-20 tokens,” which refers to a software standard that allows token creators to write rules for them. Tokens can be used a few ways. Often, they are used as a form of money within a set of applications. So the idea for Kin was to create a token that web users could spend with each other at such tiny amounts that it would almost feel like they weren’t spending anything; that is, money for the internet.
Governance tokens are different. They are not like a token at a video-game arcade, as so many tokens were described in the past. They work more like certificates to serve in an ever-changing legislature in that they give holders the right to vote on changes to a protocol.
So on the platform that proved DeFi could fly, MakerDAO, holders of its governance token, MKR, vote almost every week on small changes to parameters that govern how much it costs to borrow and how much savers earn, and so on.
Read more: Why DeFi’s Billion-Dollar Milestone Matters
One thing all crypto tokens have in common, though, is they are tradable and they have a price. So, if tokens are worth money, then you can bank with them or at least do things that look very much like banking. Thus: decentralized finance.

What is DeFi?

Fair question. For folks who tuned out for a bit in 2018, we used to call this “open finance.” That construction seems to have faded, though, and “DeFi” is the new lingo.
In case that doesn’t jog your memory, DeFi is all the things that let you play with money, and the only identification you need is a crypto wallet.
On the normal web, you can’t buy a blender without giving the site owner enough data to learn your whole life history. In DeFi, you can borrow money without anyone even asking for your name.
I can explain this but nothing really brings it home like trying one of these applications. If you have an Ethereum wallet that has even $20 worth of crypto in it, go do something on one of these products. Pop over to Uniswap and buy yourself some FUN (a token for gambling apps) or WBTC (wrapped bitcoin). Go to MakerDAO and create $5 worth of DAI (a stablecoin that tends to be worth $1) out of the digital ether. Go to Compound and borrow $10 in USDC.
(Notice the very small amounts I’m suggesting. The old crypto saying “don’t put in more than you can afford to lose” goes double for DeFi. This stuff is uber-complex and a lot can go wrong. These may be “savings” products but they’re not for your retirement savings.)
Immature and experimental though it may be, the technology’s implications are staggering. On the normal web, you can’t buy a blender without giving the site owner enough data to learn your whole life history. In DeFi, you can borrow money without anyone even asking for your name.
DeFi applications don’t worry about trusting you because they have the collateral you put up to back your debt (on Compound, for instance, a $10 debt will require around $20 in collateral).
Read more: There Are More DAI on Compound Now Than There Are DAI in the World
If you do take this advice and try something, note that you can swap all these things back as soon as you’ve taken them out. Open the loan and close it 10 minutes later. It’s fine. Fair warning: It might cost you a tiny bit in fees, and the cost of using Ethereum itself right now is much higher than usual, in part due to this fresh new activity. But it’s nothing that should ruin a crypto user.
So what’s the point of borrowing for people who already have the money? Most people do it for some kind of trade. The most obvious example, to short a token (the act of profiting if its price falls). It’s also good for someone who wants to hold onto a token but still play the market.

Doesn’t running a bank take a lot of money up front?

It does, and in DeFi that money is largely provided by strangers on the internet. That’s why the startups behind these decentralized banking applications come up with clever ways to attract HODLers with idle assets.
Liquidity is the chief concern of all these different products. That is: How much money do they have locked in their smart contracts?
“In some types of products, the product experience gets much better if you have liquidity. Instead of borrowing from VCs or debt investors, you borrow from your users,” said Electric Capital managing partner Avichal Garg.
Let’s take Uniswap as an example. Uniswap is an “automated market maker,” or AMM (another DeFi term of art). This means Uniswap is a robot on the internet that is always willing to buy and it’s also always willing to sell any cryptocurrency for which it has a market.
On Uniswap, there is at least one market pair for almost any token on Ethereum. Behind the scenes, this means Uniswap can make it look like it is making a direct trade for any two tokens, which makes it easy for users, but it’s all built around pools of two tokens. And all these market pairs work better with bigger pools.

Why do I keep hearing about ‘pools’?

To illustrate why more money helps, let’s break down how Uniswap works.
Let’s say there was a market for USDC and DAI. These are two tokens (both stablecoins but with different mechanisms for retaining their value) that are meant to be worth $1 each all the time, and that generally tends to be true for both.
The price Uniswap shows for each token in any pooled market pair is based on the balance of each in the pool. So, simplifying this a lot for illustration’s sake, if someone were to set up a USDC/DAI pool, they should deposit equal amounts of both. In a pool with only 2 USDC and 2 DAI it would offer a price of 1 USDC for 1 DAI. But then imagine that someone put in 1 DAI and took out 1 USDC. Then the pool would have 1 USDC and 3 DAI. The pool would be very out of whack. A savvy investor could make an easy $0.50 profit by putting in 1 USDC and receiving 1.5 DAI. That’s a 50% arbitrage profit, and that’s the problem with limited liquidity.
(Incidentally, this is why Uniswap’s prices tend to be accurate, because traders watch it for small discrepancies from the wider market and trade them away for arbitrage profits very quickly.)
Read more: Uniswap V2 Launches With More Token-Swap Pairs, Oracle Service, Flash Loans
However, if there were 500,000 USDC and 500,000 DAI in the pool, a trade of 1 DAI for 1 USDC would have a negligible impact on the relative price. That’s why liquidity is helpful.
You can stick your assets on Compound and earn a little yield. But that’s not very creative. Users who look for angles to maximize that yield: those are the yield farmers.
Similar effects hold across DeFi, so markets want more liquidity. Uniswap solves this by charging a tiny fee on every trade. It does this by shaving off a little bit from each trade and leaving that in the pool (so one DAI would actually trade for 0.997 USDC, after the fee, growing the overall pool by 0.003 USDC). This benefits liquidity providers because when someone puts liquidity in the pool they own a share of the pool. If there has been lots of trading in that pool, it has earned a lot of fees, and the value of each share will grow.
And this brings us back to tokens.
Liquidity added to Uniswap is represented by a token, not an account. So there’s no ledger saying, “Bob owns 0.000000678% of the DAI/USDC pool.” Bob just has a token in his wallet. And Bob doesn’t have to keep that token. He could sell it. Or use it in another product. We’ll circle back to this, but it helps to explain why people like to talk about DeFi products as “money Legos.”

So how much money do people make by putting money into these products?

It can be a lot more lucrative than putting money in a traditional bank, and that’s before startups started handing out governance tokens.
Compound is the current darling of this space, so let’s use it as an illustration. As of this writing, a person can put USDC into Compound and earn 2.72% on it. They can put tether (USDT) into it and earn 2.11%. Most U.S. bank accounts earn less than 0.1% these days, which is close enough to nothing.
However, there are some caveats. First, there’s a reason the interest rates are so much juicier: DeFi is a far riskier place to park your money. There’s no Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) protecting these funds. If there were a run on Compound, users could find themselves unable to withdraw their funds when they wanted.
Plus, the interest is quite variable. You don’t know what you’ll earn over the course of a year. USDC’s rate is high right now. It was low last week. Usually, it hovers somewhere in the 1% range.
Similarly, a user might get tempted by assets with more lucrative yields like USDT, which typically has a much higher interest rate than USDC. (Monday morning, the reverse was true, for unclear reasons; this is crypto, remember.) The trade-off here is USDT’s transparency about the real-world dollars it’s supposed to hold in a real-world bank is not nearly up to par with USDC’s. A difference in interest rates is often the market’s way of telling you the one instrument is viewed as dicier than another.
Users making big bets on these products turn to companies Opyn and Nexus Mutual to insure their positions because there’s no government protections in this nascent space – more on the ample risks later on.
So users can stick their assets in Compound or Uniswap and earn a little yield. But that’s not very creative. Users who look for angles to maximize that yield: those are the yield farmers.

OK, I already knew all of that. What is yield farming?

Broadly, yield farming is any effort to put crypto assets to work and generate the most returns possible on those assets.
At the simplest level, a yield farmer might move assets around within Compound, constantly chasing whichever pool is offering the best APY from week to week. This might mean moving into riskier pools from time to time, but a yield farmer can handle risk.
“Farming opens up new price arbs [arbitrage] that can spill over to other protocols whose tokens are in the pool,” said Maya Zehavi, a blockchain consultant.
Because these positions are tokenized, though, they can go further.
This was a brand-new kind of yield on a deposit. In fact, it was a way to earn a yield on a loan. Who has ever heard of a borrower earning a return on a debt from their lender?
In a simple example, a yield farmer might put 100,000 USDT into Compound. They will get a token back for that stake, called cUSDT. Let’s say they get 100,000 cUSDT back (the formula on Compound is crazy so it’s not 1:1 like that but it doesn’t matter for our purposes here).
They can then take that cUSDT and put it into a liquidity pool that takes cUSDT on Balancer, an AMM that allows users to set up self-rebalancing crypto index funds. In normal times, this could earn a small amount more in transaction fees. This is the basic idea of yield farming. The user looks for edge cases in the system to eke out as much yield as they can across as many products as it will work on.
Right now, however, things are not normal, and they probably won’t be for a while.

Why is yield farming so hot right now?

Because of liquidity mining. Liquidity mining supercharges yield farming.
Liquidity mining is when a yield farmer gets a new token as well as the usual return (that’s the “mining” part) in exchange for the farmer’s liquidity.
“The idea is that stimulating usage of the platform increases the value of the token, thereby creating a positive usage loop to attract users,” said Richard Ma of smart-contract auditor Quantstamp.
The yield farming examples above are only farming yield off the normal operations of different platforms. Supply liquidity to Compound or Uniswap and get a little cut of the business that runs over the protocols – very vanilla.
But Compound announced earlier this year it wanted to truly decentralize the product and it wanted to give a good amount of ownership to the people who made it popular by using it. That ownership would take the form of the COMP token.
Lest this sound too altruistic, keep in mind that the people who created it (the team and the investors) owned more than half of the equity. By giving away a healthy proportion to users, that was very likely to make it a much more popular place for lending. In turn, that would make everyone’s stake worth much more.
So, Compound announced this four-year period where the protocol would give out COMP tokens to users, a fixed amount every day until it was gone. These COMP tokens control the protocol, just as shareholders ultimately control publicly traded companies.
Every day, the Compound protocol looks at everyone who had lent money to the application and who had borrowed from it and gives them COMP proportional to their share of the day’s total business.
The results were very surprising, even to Compound’s biggest promoters.
COMP’s value will likely go down, and that’s why some investors are rushing to earn as much of it as they can right now.
This was a brand-new kind of yield on a deposit into Compound. In fact, it was a way to earn a yield on a loan, as well, which is very weird: Who has ever heard of a borrower earning a return on a debt from their lender?
COMP’s value has consistently been well over $200 since it started distributing on June 15. We did the math elsewhere but long story short: investors with fairly deep pockets can make a strong gain maximizing their daily returns in COMP. It is, in a way, free money.
It’s possible to lend to Compound, borrow from it, deposit what you borrowed and so on. This can be done multiple times and DeFi startup Instadapp even built a tool to make it as capital-efficient as possible.
“Yield farmers are extremely creative. They find ways to ‘stack’ yields and even earn multiple governance tokens at once,” said Spencer Noon of DTC Capital.
COMP’s value spike is a temporary situation. The COMP distribution will only last four years and then there won’t be any more. Further, most people agree that the high price now is driven by the low float (that is, how much COMP is actually free to trade on the market – it will never be this low again). So the value will probably gradually go down, and that’s why savvy investors are trying to earn as much as they can now.
Appealing to the speculative instincts of diehard crypto traders has proven to be a great way to increase liquidity on Compound. This fattens some pockets but also improves the user experience for all kinds of Compound users, including those who would use it whether they were going to earn COMP or not.
As usual in crypto, when entrepreneurs see something successful, they imitate it. Balancer was the next protocol to start distributing a governance token, BAL, to liquidity providers. Flash loan provider bZx has announced a plan. Ren, Curve and Synthetix also teamed up to promote a liquidity pool on Curve.
It is a fair bet many of the more well-known DeFi projects will announce some kind of coin that can be mined by providing liquidity.
The case to watch here is Uniswap versus Balancer. Balancer can do the same thing Uniswap does, but most users who want to do a quick token trade through their wallet use Uniswap. It will be interesting to see if Balancer’s BAL token convinces Uniswap’s liquidity providers to defect.
So far, though, more liquidity has gone into Uniswap since the BAL announcement, according to its data site. That said, even more has gone into Balancer.

Did liquidity mining start with COMP?

No, but it was the most-used protocol with the most carefully designed liquidity mining scheme.
This point is debated but the origins of liquidity mining probably date back to Fcoin, a Chinese exchange that created a token in 2018 that rewarded people for making trades. You won’t believe what happened next! Just kidding, you will: People just started running bots to do pointless trades with themselves to earn the token.
Similarly, EOS is a blockchain where transactions are basically free, but since nothing is really free the absence of friction was an invitation for spam. Some malicious hacker who didn’t like EOS created a token called EIDOS on the network in late 2019. It rewarded people for tons of pointless transactions and somehow got an exchange listing.
These initiatives illustrated how quickly crypto users respond to incentives.
Read more: Compound Changes COMP Distribution Rules Following ‘Yield Farming’ Frenzy
Fcoin aside, liquidity mining as we now know it first showed up on Ethereum when the marketplace for synthetic tokens, Synthetix, announced in July 2019 an award in its SNX token for users who helped add liquidity to the sETH/ETH pool on Uniswap. By October, that was one of Uniswap’s biggest pools.
When Compound Labs, the company that launched the Compound protocol, decided to create COMP, the governance token, the firm took months designing just what kind of behavior it wanted and how to incentivize it. Even still, Compound Labs was surprised by the response. It led to unintended consequences such as crowding into a previously unpopular market (lending and borrowing BAT) in order to mine as much COMP as possible.
Just last week, 115 different COMP wallet addresses – senators in Compound’s ever-changing legislature – voted to change the distribution mechanism in hopes of spreading liquidity out across the markets again.

Is there DeFi for bitcoin?

Yes, on Ethereum.
Nothing has beaten bitcoin over time for returns, but there’s one thing bitcoin can’t do on its own: create more bitcoin.
A smart trader can get in and out of bitcoin and dollars in a way that will earn them more bitcoin, but this is tedious and risky. It takes a certain kind of person.
DeFi, however, offers ways to grow one’s bitcoin holdings – though somewhat indirectly.
A long HODLer is happy to gain fresh BTC off their counterparty’s short-term win. That’s the game.
For example, a user can create a simulated bitcoin on Ethereum using BitGo’s WBTC system. They put BTC in and get the same amount back out in freshly minted WBTC. WBTC can be traded back for BTC at any time, so it tends to be worth the same as BTC.
Then the user can take that WBTC, stake it on Compound and earn a few percent each year in yield on their BTC. Odds are, the people who borrow that WBTC are probably doing it to short BTC (that is, they will sell it immediately, buy it back when the price goes down, close the loan and keep the difference).
A long HODLer is happy to gain fresh BTC off their counterparty’s short-term win. That’s the game.

How risky is it?

Enough.
“DeFi, with the combination of an assortment of digital funds, automation of key processes, and more complex incentive structures that work across protocols – each with their own rapidly changing tech and governance practices – make for new types of security risks,” said Liz Steininger of Least Authority, a crypto security auditor. “Yet, despite these risks, the high yields are undeniably attractive to draw more users.”
We’ve seen big failures in DeFi products. MakerDAO had one so bad this year it’s called “Black Thursday.” There was also the exploit against flash loan provider bZx. These things do break and when they do money gets taken.
As this sector gets more robust, we could see token holders greenlighting more ways for investors to profit from DeFi niches.
Right now, the deal is too good for certain funds to resist, so they are moving a lot of money into these protocols to liquidity mine all the new governance tokens they can. But the funds – entities that pool the resources of typically well-to-do crypto investors – are also hedging. Nexus Mutual, a DeFi insurance provider of sorts, told CoinDesk it has maxed out its available coverage on these liquidity applications. Opyn, the trustless derivatives maker, created a way to short COMP, just in case this game comes to naught.
And weird things have arisen. For example, there’s currently more DAI on Compound than have been minted in the world. This makes sense once unpacked but it still feels dicey to everyone.
That said, distributing governance tokens might make things a lot less risky for startups, at least with regard to the money cops.
“Protocols distributing their tokens to the public, meaning that there’s a new secondary listing for SAFT tokens, [gives] plausible deniability from any security accusation,” Zehavi wrote. (The Simple Agreement for Future Tokens was a legal structure favored by many token issuers during the ICO craze.)
Whether a cryptocurrency is adequately decentralized has been a key feature of ICO settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

What’s next for yield farming? (A prediction)

COMP turned out to be a bit of a surprise to the DeFi world, in technical ways and others. It has inspired a wave of new thinking.
“Other projects are working on similar things,” said Nexus Mutual founder Hugh Karp. In fact, informed sources tell CoinDesk brand-new projects will launch with these models.
We might soon see more prosaic yield farming applications. For example, forms of profit-sharing that reward certain kinds of behavior.
Imagine if COMP holders decided, for example, that the protocol needed more people to put money in and leave it there longer. The community could create a proposal that shaved off a little of each token’s yield and paid that portion out only to the tokens that were older than six months. It probably wouldn’t be much, but an investor with the right time horizon and risk profile might take it into consideration before making a withdrawal.
(There are precedents for this in traditional finance: A 10-year Treasury bond normally yields more than a one-month T-bill even though they’re both backed by the full faith and credit of Uncle Sam, a 12-month certificate of deposit pays higher interest than a checking account at the same bank, and so on.)
As this sector gets more robust, its architects will come up with ever more robust ways to optimize liquidity incentives in increasingly refined ways. We could see token holders greenlighting more ways for investors to profit from DeFi niches.
Questions abound for this nascent industry: What will MakerDAO do to restore its spot as the king of DeFi? Will Uniswap join the liquidity mining trend? Will anyone stick all these governance tokens into a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO)? Or would that be a yield farmers co-op?
Whatever happens, crypto’s yield farmers will keep moving fast. Some fresh fields may open and some may soon bear much less luscious fruit.
But that’s the nice thing about farming in DeFi: It is very easy to switch fields.
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2020.09.04 13:51 _allthatglitters [Serious] Ferrari: a (rather long) conversation about the disorienting effects of the winds of change

Aight, I’ve noticed it’s getting increasingly difficult to have an actual discussion about Ferrari without this sub turning into a recycled memes factory (“Red Ha-ha-haas”), out-of-context-quotes (“aero is for people who can’t build engines”) or straight-up bashing (“hurr durr red people bad cheaters”), so I thought I’d make this thread for those of you who actually want to discuss what’s happening without being downvoted into hell for expressing an opinion or a theory that, guess what, it’s as valid as yours since none of us actually work for the Scuderia (I wish).
So, my main gripes here are two:
Yeah yeah, I hear ya, Binotto bad etc etc — but you said the same about Arrivabene, and you keep complaining about Ferrari’s toxic “blame culture”, about them needing “change”, “new people”, “new approach” whilst either .a keep calling for every TP to be fired as soon as things are looking bad and .b ignoring every step towards that “revolution” that was always Binotto's ultimate goal, looking far ahead at the 2021 (now 2022) Regulations as their one real opportunity to start a new winning cycle, but not before things changed at Ferrari.
First he pushed to have Charles, the F1 rookie and their own FDA driver, in the team as soon as possible. A new approach. Fresh meat. Give the young, promising rookie a chance to “make his bones” within the team and partner him with the seasoned veteran, who already risked getting the boot early on but got what he wanted (a 2 years contract extension) when he supported Binotto over — now, apparently, beloved? — Arrivabene during the “takeover”.
Takeovers are nothing new in F1 or any other business, so stop acting scandalised that Binotto threatened to leave if he didn’t get the TP role. Dude’s been with the team for 25 years, he’s their best and most loyal engineer, of course he wants a promotion — and why shouldn’t Ferrari’s new board indulge him, when even Marchionne saw him as the solution after he realised that Arrivabene’s management style had costed the team two potential championships (2017/18)? Binotto is professional, soft-spoken, collected. Technical. He's proven he can deliver in his field. Maurizio is mocked by the press for his antics and is underperforming, and Ferrari has lost valuable team members during his “regime” (he rather had a thing for firing people).
Ferrari obviously didn’t want to lose (another) top engineer to Mercedes, so why not bet on the new regs, on the experienced TD, on the young driver? What better man to bet on for that much needed new leadership than their leading PU engineer, when the new regs are all about the PU?
Which brings us to 2019 and the SF90 and their “suspicious” PU (can’t call it illegal, sorry folks).
It seems like everyone here knows exactly what Ferrari was doing and, in that case, I would urge you to contact the FIA, I’m sure they would offer you a job there.I’ve touched on this in a comment in another thread, so I’m going to offer you a very short summary and the real take-away from that:
Not a single piece of media (but Italian) covered Binotto saying that “new TDs will emerge soon”, right before an investigation regarding ERS is launched and party mode is banned. Not a single piece of media (but Italian) made the connection with Binotto saying that their “loss of power” (which he never denied) is to be explained with those new, stricter, TDs on the ERS system. Him saying that Ferrari’s new, hastly put together in under 2 months, PU was compliant with the letter of the rule and that the result was “a loss of power”, and that if other teams didn’t suffer the same consequences but actually made gains it meant that “new TDs were needed”, was completely ignored in favour of covering Toto calling him an idiot. Because Toto has no personal/business reasons to be mad at Binotto, right? Toto is 100% unbiased, always.
That’s your double standard. And that’s how it translated in the international media:
What they wrote about was Binotto using Covid as an excuse for “building a shitbox”, making him sound like a total bellend when in reality what he said is that they couldn’t upgrade their PU, which they knew was “not the best”, due to the lockdown and Covid hitting Italy pretty badly and earlier on, and completely glossed over the whole “loss of power” admission because it was time to instead paint Mr Binotto as the guy who had cheated, built a bad car and kept shifting the focus on the aero package because he couldn’t even admit that the real issue was the engine (he merely said the way aero interacted with the PU was also a problem since you can’t really separate the two) and also, also, also he fired paddock sweetheart Seb and took a dump on his porch and stole all his chickens. Unforgivable.
It was, basically, time to sell the first telenovela of the season.
The truth is: I’m starting to think F1 media are in dire need of an Italian translator, because Binotto never once blamed Seb for anything. Not for voicing his disappointment about the missed renewal, not for his performance this year. He actually said he appreciates his honesty and that it only shows how much Seb cares for Ferrari. Never did he say Seb’s on-track mistakes were the main reason for his poor results (the spin comment in Silverstone, that was in regards to it affecting strategy and therefore the entire race, it was never meant as “he fucked up on his own”), but instead always reiterates that the real issue, this year, is the car, and that their driversboth of themare the only saving grace.
(Funny how the “Ferrari is sabotaging Seb” accusations died down after Spain though, huh. Now they’re sabotaging both their drivers, sweet!)
We all love Seb, but Covid did push the new regs to 2022, and that’s what made Ferrari change their mind about keeping him on — for whatever reason. Might be economical (though I doubt it), might be because of the “bigger plan”. They’re not telling us, so all we can do is speculate. What we know is that they had just signed a 5 years contract extension with Leclerc, and my guess is that it was exactly the message Ferrari wanted to send out. Again, that most awaited new approach: no longer counting on the experience of WDC winners, but building and growing from within the team, starting with their driver academy.
This is followed by a proper shakedown back at the factory and a restructuring of their business model, from horizontal to vertical (which roughly translates as “no more blame shifting because now everyone has to report to their head of department”). They also announced that they would be hiring outside of Italy, which is another thing Ferrari gets criticised a lot for, being too Italian (flash news: Ferrari is Italian and operates in Italy, many Italian kids become engineers only because they want to work for Ferrari — Binotto is one of those kids!), and… nada. The media barely covered this despite it being huge news.
Instead they keep recycling old interviews and taking quotes out of context to add to the drama. They ask the drivers questions that sound like either accusations (especially if it’s Charles ‘cause he’s the bad guy now) or are literal snare traps for them (trying to get Seb to badmouth Ferrari, trying to get Charles to admit he’s favored). They purposefully paint a bleaker picture than what reality is for Ferrari: Binotto never said that “it will take many years to go back to winning”, he said “winning cycles are usually separated by many years” answering a question about the Schumacher era and their hopes for the 2022 regs, and the shakedown, in a completely positive, optimistic way, implying they were actually reaching the end of that “depression”... but that doesn’t fit in with the “Ferrari is shit” narrative, so the journalists “kinda forgot” that they’re supposed to report on actual news, data and facts, and just keep giving people the telenovela they think (with right reason) they want.
It’s like we already forgot that that car got 2 podiums because Spa was like, super bad, Monza isn’t looking too great either, and they should just retire and save face, because they’re totally not working night and day back at the factory, nossir, they’re getting drunk on fine wine and dancing the tarantella on the tables as Binotto directs the music with spaghetti, because that’s what Italians do, apparently.
While funny and mildly entertaining (not), it sure doesn’t paint a very truthful picture.
The real problem here is that due to the engine freeze and the token system, there’s nothing Ferrari can do in the immediate to “get better”. And really, there is no reason to think they won’t get better in the future, at least not a rational one. They already confirmed they are switching to a new PU in 2021, that it’s in fact already being tested... so what little aero upgrades they can bring on now, they’d have to make sure they will work with the new PU, not the current one, because then they wouldn’t be able to change it due to the development restrictions. In the meantime, there’s an open investigation on the ERS system, which seems to have been prompted by Ferrari in the aftermath of their 2019 PU saga with the FIA (but... you're sure it was the fuel flow meter, right? There's no chance in hell it might have had something to do with ERS instead, right?), and to be targeted at Mercedes and their funny puffs of smoke.
Probably another detail you missed in all those TP pressers. Binotto called it back in Austria, but people were too busy memeing to notice.
The 2022 Regulations mean tabula rasa for every team; so why are you so hellbent on thinking Ferrari is doomed on all the lines when these regulations have been their main focus since Binotto was promoted as TP? When they were indeed the reason for his promotion, for Leclerc’s promotion, the shakedown, the intention to hire new experts outside of Italy (looks like they’re trying to get Cowell)? When all these huge steps were taken with that in mind? And how can you say "it's not working, Binotto out" when... we haven't really seen the 2022 car yet? The very fruit of his work?
So back to the reason why I’m writing this: can we please, please have a conversation about Ferrari, present and future? And can it be a rational one? I’m fully aware of my bias as a fan, but you have to start admitting your own bias as well. The truth might be hiding somewhere in the middle.
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2020.09.04 04:48 dchsflii A sane discussion about OSU's covid-19 situation and response

The memes are great, but I think it's also useful to try to think about things calmly. I have a background in math and data science, so I'm going to put my thoughts out there. At the same time, like all of us, I don't have any information beyond the covid dashboard, so much of this is thinking about what might happen under different scenarios. It's very hard to say what WILL happen.
Q1: What are OSU's goals?
Most obviously, OSU needs to avoid a huge outbreak where covid spikes quickly. If that happens, my guess would be that OSU would have to close. The key to this is the quarantine dorms. Right now the dashboard shows about 75% capacity, but says that's from 9/1 so could be worse now. The positivity rate did fall to 3.34% on campus, so if this is a real trend, maybe the capacity will survive long enough for the number of quarantine dorms needed to start falling as well. This needs to happen for OSU to stay open in my opinion.
Second, one would imagine OSU wants to prevent students from getting covid. On the other hand, by opening at all, the university signaled that they think some percentage of students getting covid is an acceptable cost to pay for opening the campus. We have no idea what % they think that is. If 10% of students come to campus and get covid, is that worth it? 5%? 20%? Given what we have seen so far, it's hard to imagine finishing under double digits by the end of the semester. Even if OSU can control things by testing and quarantining, OSU is also right in the middle of Columbus, rather than isolated, so students who live on campus can still get covid off campus, even if every sick person on campus were in quarantine. The high off campus positive rate suggests that people in the age group of campus students, with whom they are probably more likely to interact, will provide an ample opportunities to get covid while off campus.
A lot of people also mention the financial aspect of students living on campus. I imagine a bigger financial consideration, that I think president Johnson alluded to in one of the emails, was that there was market pressure from applicants for schools to open. If OSU wanted to compete for incoming freshmen, they would have been at a big disadvantage if they had said they were going to close. Once they get you here, it's harder to leave. If college students and their families on the whole really thought that colleges shouldn't open and didn't want them to, OSU (and many other schools) wouldn't have opened. Does that mean OSU isn't accountable for their decision and whatever the consequences end up being? No, but I do think they were in a tough position.
Q2: What are the options?
The big question is: will OSU send everyone home? Like I said above, I think this depends on what is happening with the quarantine dorms, which we can't see. Someone else said in a post (https://www.reddit.com/OSU/comments/ilymiz/just_heard_information_osu_is_out_of_quarantine/) their friend got bused to a hotel, so maybe they can scrounge a few extra beds that way. Someone also posted an article where Fauci said that sending students home would be sending a lot of sick out to their families all over, which would be bad. This seems like a good point, and so even if you think OSU should never have opened in the first place, maybe controlling covid as best as possible for the rest of the semester and staying open is the best option at this point, when you consider risk not just to students but also to families and communities.
If OSU does send everyone home, that probably prevents some on campus students from getting covid who otherwise would have, but also probably will send covid to other places. Is it worth the tradeoff? We don't see the data that OSU has on this, and also depends on what you value.
Q3: How well is OSU doing? Should I be mad?
First, I agree with all those who point out that there were issues with the rollout, like the situation where everyone was outside in the rain, people in quarantine not getting food, being slow with the dashboard, etc. These seem like avoidable mistakes, and OSU would have created more confidence in their ability to manage the situation if they got the details right the first time.
But otherwise, OSU has done more or less what they have said they would. They are testing lots of students every day, quarantining people, promoting masks and hygiene, so forth. I think the evaluation depends on that % of campus getting infected that you believe is the acceptable tradeoff for opening. If you think 20% of students getting covid by the end of the semester is worth opening and OSU makes it through the spike, then in that view OSU is doing a pretty decent job. And also if you think that they should have decided their plan was clearly unrealistic from the get-go and opening should never have happened.
Personally, I'm with those who think opening at all was a bad idea, and universities should have realized there was no way to get a bunch of students in a small space together not to interact. Blaming the partiers doesn't cut it. But based on what president Johnson described, a lot of students wanted OSU to open. So if you got what you wanted, it's a little tenuous to be mad at OSU for giving it to you. I think in that case, it will depend how they manage the situation from here. And whether they should have opened or not, we can certainly expect and try to hold them accountable for doing a thorough job from this point forward.
Feel free to chime in with your thoughts.
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2020.09.02 05:10 Ralts_Bloodthorne First Contact - 296 - TOTAL WAR (Coreward)

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HAVE A NICE DAY!
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>PEEK (788)
52
>POKE 788, 49
>SYS 65126
SHUTTING DOWN
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SOLNET BOOTSTRAP 2.13a.83.1a
(C) TERRAN COMPUTING SYSTEMS 2103
WARNING! IMPROPER SHUTDOWN! DRIVES MAY HAVE ERRORS
SCAN DRIVE? (Y/N)
>Y
SCANNING DRIVES
1.4585E5 ERRORS FOUND
(R)EPAIR, (I)GNORE, (A)BORT
>R
RUNNING
DONE
CPU CHECKSUM ERRORS: ZERO
SPU CHECKSUM ERRORS: ZERO
PHASIC ENERGY COPROCESSOR: BAD CRC CHECKSUM
!!WARNING!!
PSYCHIC USERS MAY RESULT IN SYSTEM INSTABILITY!
CONTINUE? (Y/N)
>Y
MEMORY TEST STARTED
MEMORY TEST FINISHED
6.72544e+23 CLEAR
4.219e+9 DEDICATED FUNCTION
7.431e+11 ERRORS
RUN MEMORY RECOVERY UTILITY? (Y/N)
>Y
RUNNING
SUCCESS
6.793123e+23 TOTAL
5.642e+10 DEDICATED
3.7315e+7 ERROR (CANNOT RECOVER)
TALKY-SYSTEM CHECK
TALKY-SYSTEM CORE FAILURE
COUNTRY ROADS NOT FOUND
QUACK-QUACK WADDLE WADDLE NOT FOUND
SMOKE AND EAT A BOWL NOT FOUND
NERVOUS NELLY NOT FOUND
THEY'RE SO FUZZY NOT FOUND
TELKAN FOUND
WATCH ME DANCE NOT FOUND
ITS JUST A MEME JEEZ NOT FOUND
ATLTAK FOUND
WITHOUT A TRES NOT FOUND
WE MADE IT NOT FOUND
TNVARU FOUND
BYPASSING USERS 14-22: GESTALT CHANNELS INVALID
ERROR! GESTALT CHANNEL ADDRESS OUT OF RANGE
IMMORTAL COORDINATION FOUND
ERROR! SYSOP INTERRUPT INVALID STATE (GHOST TOASTIES)
REMOVING IMMORTAL SCRIPTS
ERROR! CANNOT REMOVE (INSUFFICIENT PRIVILEGES)
SCANNING CHANNELS DONE!
ATTEMPTING TO COMMUNICATE WITH PRIMARY SERVER
SUCCESS!
PRIMARY SERVER POWER AT 100%
LAST BIG BANG EVENT 4.352e+9 SECONDS AGO
MASS RECLAMATION AT 100%
NEXT BIG BANG EVENT 3.283e+6 SECONDS AT 63.532% TOLERANCE (NO INPUT NEEDED)
PRIMARY SERVER ONLINE
!!WARNING!!
UNKNOWN PSYCHIC REPAIR SIGNAL DETECTED
PLEASE ALERT MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
GURU MEDITATION ERROR CODE: 22 0C 000C 99CFFF767
ALLOW REPAIR SIGNAL (Y/N)
>Y
SYSTEM BOOTING!
ERROR! CHECKSUMS OUT OF RANGE!
(I)GNORE, (R)ETRY, (A)BORT
>I
ACTIVATING (YOU CAN'T KILL ME!)
LIBRARY BUFFER OVERRUN
LIBRARY CHECKSUM INVALID
LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT ANOTHER OPERATION (HOT STORAGE DEFRAG)
LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT ANOTHER OPERATION (DATA RESYNCH)
EST TIME REMAINING: 7.724e+7 SECONDS
ERROR COUNT: 5.31354e+11
UNRECOVERABLE ERRORS: 0
ACTIVATING (SEARCH FOR SPOCK)
LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT ANOTHER OPERATION (MANDATORY BACKUP)
EST TIME REMAINING 6.322e+6 SECONDS
CONTINUE (Y/N)
>Y
ACTIVATING (UMBRELLA CORP)
SUCCESS!
6.2843e+123 GENOME PATTERNS AVAILABLE
**WARNING**
LAST UPDATE 2.2463e+11 SECONDS AGO
**WARNING**
1 TASKS LEFT UNDONE
SYSTEM AT USER INTERACTION PAUSE
>SHOW TASK
FILE: SLEEPING.BEAUTY.CLUB.MEM IS READY FOR DOWNLOAD
DOWNLOAD?
>Y
SUCCESS!
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ACTIVATING USER INTERFACE
WELCOME
(I)GNORE, (A)BORT, (R)ETRY
>POKE 788, 49
SYSTEM WAITING USER INPUT FOR SYSADMIN UPDATE
>00 REM LET ME IN LOADER
>10 A=A+1
>20 D=8: S=4: DATA "MUSIC LIBRARY", "SPRITE LIBRARY", "GRAPHIC LIBRARY", "CREDENTIALS", "WELCOME SCREEN"
>30 READ F$
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>TERMINATEANDSTAYRESIDENT
RUNNING!
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LOADING PLEASE WAIT...
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LOADING SPRITE.LIB
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ADDING CREDENTIALS.DAT TO CREDENTIALS.LIB
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WRITING FACTOR TWO TO AUTHENTICATION
WRITING FACTOR THREE TO AUTHENTICATION
WRITING FACTOR FOUR TO AUTHENTICATION
STARTING WELCOME SCREEN
WELCOME!
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PLEASE PRESENT LOGIN CREDENTIALS
>******
PASSWORD
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FOUR FACTOR AUTHENTICATION STEP TWO
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FOUR FACTOR AUTHENTICATION STEP THREE
PLEASE INPUT REPUBLIC AUTHENTICATION CODE OF THE DAY
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FOUR FACTOR AUTHENTICATION STEP FOUR
FIRMWARE DETECTED
CHECKING FIRMWARE CHECKSUM
FIRMWARE AUTHENTICATION VALID
USER RECOGNIZED
USER HAS LOGGED ON
SUCCESS!
GENERATING GUI
WELCOME SYSADMIN POWERUSER
THERE ARE 3.2556e+6 TASKS MARKED URGENT PRIORITY!
GENERATING URGENT WORKSTATION VR ROOM
SUCCESS!
DOWNLOADING ERROR LOGS
SUCCESS!
>RUN TUTORIAL
GENERATING TUTORIAL EVI SPACE
AUDIO SYSTEMS FOUND: SUCCESS!
VISUAL SYSTEMS FOUND: SUCCESS!
INTERACTION SYSTEMS FOUND: SUCCESS!
RUNNING EVI TRAINING SYSTEM
WELCOME. I AM ARCH-ANGEL MICHAEL, YOUR TRAINING EVI FOR SYSADMIN OPERATIONS. HOW MAY I HELP YOU, SAM-UL?
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It was raining, the clouds low and gray. The rain was cold, coating everything, the gutters mostly full of just water since the constant rain had washed away the debris months ago. The buildings were gray with polarized windows to prevent a being from seeing inside. The buildings were in the hundreds of stories, all square, optimum design for the least amount of materials and taking up the least amount of ground space while enabling those that used the building to carry out their tasks with the minimum of distractions.
Eegleet went inside the bank, waiting in line patiently to see a branch manager. The branch manager was surprised by the amount, but Eegleet presented courier identification that checked out, so the manager put the amount on the cred-stick and went on with his day. He made a mental note to double-check the transfer, but then a series of Overseers with account access problems filled his day and he forgot to check.
Eegleet himself moved from bank to bank, sometimes from public banking account terminal to automatic teller machines, transferring the balance around between accounts, splitting it up, combining it, splitting it up again.
It was dark when he returned to his small apartment he shared with six other people. Three of them were too afraid to run the 'Net any more, not since the slaughter at the Aid Station Nightclub. Those three were responsible for caring for the needs of the four who still did 'Netrunning, including watching the Snitch-Lights on the Netrunning decks that would inform the watcher if the user of the deck was under biofeedback assault.
Eegleet sat down, put on the full sensory rig, and closed his eyes.
Everything went white and he was disconnected from his body and left Eegleet behind to become Crashrider.
He looked up at the sky and snorted. It was the color of a Tri-Vid turned to dead channel, but that was normal. A dirigible was floating overhead, showing an obnoxious neon colored line-art advertisement for Nerts, complete with dancing and capering little mascots.
He checked his gear first. Cyberware checked out, although his left arm needed a synch-check soon, but that was a job for a cyberdoc. He had it run a user-level diagnostic as he checked his important gear.
His SMG and shotgun, hidden under his armored overcoat, as well as the ammunition he had tucked into pockets. The mono-molecular edged knife on his hip was new, but the last time he'd been run out of ammunition is how he got the scars on his left pectoral when the Arnie had shredded his armored jacket with one swipe of his red-hot robotic fingers.
Satisfied, he ducked into the unmarked door, coming out in one of the lounges for the Aid Station, a nightclub built where an actual aid station had been built during the Precursor Netwar.
It still grated on him to see all the partiers dancing and gyrating, rubbing against one another even though Crashrider could tell by the slight distance between the dancers that they weren't running full eVR rigs, instead probably running consoles on their Tri-Vid like peasants.
Sense-Rig Master Race, he sneered to himself as he shouldered his way through the crowd. The system allocated more resources to him, as he was running full sensory and hi-rez, so when his shoulder hit a peasant the peasant stuttered or fragmented slightly.
You. Are not. Welcome. Here, went through his head. The Sudswiessen logo behind the bar was another grating touch. The Megacorp hadn't allowed runners to cut through their datastores during the war, instead tried to avoid any engagement, then had screamed for help when a Smaug had sent its minions into their datastores.
Then they bought up the abandoned VR chatroom on GalNet and had transformed the dim blood soaked halls into a flashy neon dance club that the peasants who wouldn't have dared login during the NetWar flocked to.
The back room the bouncers just nodded and moved aside. They were VI constructs and knew where they stood on the ladder.
The VIP lounge had strippers of various species gyrating and dancing. None of them real, Sudswiesser preferred VI constructs.
Crashrider made his way back to the bathroom, tapping the mirrors behind the sink in sequence.
The room went blank, an infinite white space, for a moment. When it came back he inside a comfortable room with several of his surviving chummers.
They all watched silently, their eyes and faces unreadable to anyone who had not known them through the hard times. One of the runners, a female, moved over and fussed over Crashrider's hair for a long moment.
Crashrider looked at himself in the mirror and sighed.
He was wearing an expensive and tailored suit, all black, with a white undershirt and a black tie. His hair was perfectly done in the latest corporate style, covering his datajack and softslots. His eyes were chrome, that couldn't be changed, and she handed him an expensive pair of mirrorshades to hide his eyes.
"Wow, don't you look spiffy," the female said, smiling. She adjusted the expensive cufflinks and then fussed with his tie for a moment. She took out some lipstick and grazed the edge of his collar with it. The tube would cost nearly two months pay in the cash-shop and was unmistakable on his collar.
"There, now you're corp-world," she smiled, putting away the tube she'd hacked for herself.
"Sod off," Crashrider half-snarled.
"Go gettum. Eye of the carnivore and all that," she said, slapping Crashrider on the butt.
The room dissolved and he was back in the bathroom. One by one his friends appeared around him, dressed in counterfeit corporate security gear, hacked directly from the game's piggypiggy files. The only one not there was the female and he could tell by her indignant squelch that the game had deposited her in the female's bathroom.
Sighing, he went back into the lounge. He checked the time on his retinal link and saw that he was going to be fashionably late.
Mr. Johnson arrives exactly when he means to, he reminded himself.
He moved over to the table and stood on the outside. His 'guard' arranged themselves even as the female moved over and sat at the bar, her dress sparkling in the dimness of the club.
"I am Mister Johnson," Crashrider said in bored tones.
"Yeah, no shit," one of the people sitting at the bar snickered, using an Out Of Character channel. "Fucking bots. Wake me up when we get to the reward offer."
"There won't be one for you, drek-head," Crashrider said coldly. He snapped his fingers and pointed.
In meatspace his side-car decker chummer disconnected the idiot.
Inside the Netgame the person screamed as they arced over backwards, their head slamming in between their buttocks, and then they vanished with a sucking noise.
"Any other comments?" Crashrider asked, his voice still dead and cold.
They all shook their head.
Of the seven left, only five began sweating.
With another fingersnap the waitress appeared. Normally a VI construct, one of his chummers had ambushed her, GOSUBLOOPED her, stole her outfit, and chucked her in a closet. The waitress set down the eight drinks. All of them steamed with dry ice and neon sparkles.
"Drink," Crashrider said coldly, picking up one.
The two who were not sweating had their hands pass through the glasses and stared.
"This run specified full sensory link runners," Crashrider said. "Goodbye."
The two vanished in the same way, with a scream and a sucking noise. Additionally his chummers fried out their peasant rigs.
"And then there were five," Crashrider said softly.
The five nodded, swallowing.
"Waz da..." one started. She swallowed thickly and started again. "What is the job offer, Mister Johnson?"
Crashrider stood for a second, examining his drink glass for moment. He looked at the five runners.
"Arnie's are real," he said.
He could see disbelief in their eyes as he looked at them over the top of his mirrorshades.
"You're going to kill one and keep it from derezzing," he said.
"May I ask why?" the female asked.
Crashrider nodded. "Yes."
There was silence for a moment.
"Why?" she asked.
"We're going to hack its brain. Take the war to Smaug. Find the location of the Halls of the Mountain King."
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2020.08.31 23:10 yankycandle2020 Why do people never talk about male orgasm seriously?

You probably have seen a meme or post that just make fun of male orgasm.
But how many men and women have seen a man experincing full-body, involuntary shaking, multiple waves PROSTATE ORGASM? This kind of orgasm can be achieved by fingering or toy, not just in homosexual anal penetration.
Why is this kind of orgasm regarded as only female privilege and nobody wanna acknowledge male potentiality in modern society?
All I hear is that women have somewhat superior orgasm than men, but this just is not true at all. Bring me the scientific/medical data, not another quoted clitoris myth that a clit has the double amount of nerve endings than an entire penis.
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