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Halloween Story: Pale as a Ghost (Essex, Enterprise, Most of the Union Carriers Really...)

2020.11.01 02:07 TimesJay Halloween Story: Pale as a Ghost (Essex, Enterprise, Most of the Union Carriers Really...)

Decided to put an idea I've had in my head for a while now into words. Wrote all of this on Halloween day. Enjoy (?).
Essex pulls a prank that ends up going a bit WAY too far.
Warning: It's a serious emotional roller-coaster.
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"But none of this is part of Saratoga's Halloween plan."
Essex laughed. "Exactly. That's why it's a prank, Princeton. And you know how much Sara loves pranks~!" She shook the uniform in her hands playfully and offered it to the other girl once more, who was busy turning over the words in her head with a frown.
Standing in front of the large mirror across the room, Lexington adjusted her messy ponytail before pulling up on the top of her own uniform. "I don't know. This is a bit of a touchy subject, don't you think?"
"Oh, I'm sure it'll be fine, Lex. Those two know how to take a joke, though good luck getting Enty to laugh." Hornet interjected from the edge of Essex's bed as she closed her pocket mirror and picked up the brush sitting next to her. "Hey Wasp, why the long face? Your phone insult you or something?" She suddenly said as she pulled a wave out of her locks, prompting her half-sister to look up from the screen.
"No, nothing. It's just... Eagle brought the thing."
Hornet let out a gasp, immediately dropping her brush and coming to look over Wasp's shoulder at the phone with a massive grin. She used her own finger to scroll past an image of a bed-sheet ghost with a witch's hat (who was obviously Long Island) to the image the other girl been talking about. "She bought the wasp costume?!"
Wasp facepalmed slightly. "Yes. Which means I need to go out and pick up the eagle costume, a la betting rules." She turned to Essex and Princeton. "Can we hurry this up? I've got a date with utter humiliation tonight, apparently."
"Don't rush her, Wasp. It's Princeton's first Halloween here. And I'm not super thrilled about this idea either." Yorktown interrupted before grasping at something behind her back. "Uh, Lex, could you help me with this zipper?"
"Not thrilled at all, obviously." Hornet countered, earning a playful glower from her eldest sister as Lexington crossed over and zipped up the back of the uniform. The blond-haired sibling struck a pose. "The supernaturally protected Essex-class carrier from the best dockyards America has to offer! Guardian of the Apollo missions and the bane of all US military intelligence call-signs! CV-12, USS Hornet!"
Yorktown had no outward reaction other than a slight twerk upwards of her lips. Hornet responded by walking over and poking her in the cheek. "Hello? Fighting Lady? Anyone there?"
Her laugh turned into a shriek as Yorktown batted the hand away and started pinching at her cheeks, the two siblings quickly devolving into a play-fight as if they were kids again. Lexington stepped back to give them room and brought up a hand to stifle her own laugh. Even though they'd barely gotten time to know each other in their histories, one could tell how much these sisters loved each other today.
Lexington turned her head and looked in the mirror again, pulling a bit at her hair. She did resemble the famous Blue Ghost quite a bit, though anyone who looked at her for more than two seconds could tell the difference.
She noticed her own frown and she knew exactly why it was there. All of them dressing up in the Essex-class uniform... considering their pasts, was more than a rough memory to bring up. She sighed.
'No, Essex has obviously thought this through. It'll be fine."
She looked back over at the Yorktown-class girls as Yorktown had pushed Hornet back onto Essex's bed and was now tickling her, the younger one laughing without end but still fighting back eagerly.
'Definitely fine. Nothing more than a sisterly joke, right?'
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Heels clicked as Saratoga spun around, walking backwards ahead of Enterprise with a large makeup kit in her arms like it was a carry-on bag. "And you're sure you've memorized the lines?"
Enterprise hugged the idol outfit to her chest, hoping that no one from the Sakura dorms had noticed how incredibly pink it was as they'd walked back to the Union building from Akashi's. Not that it would matter when she'd be wearing the whole thing later. Nothing was going to stop this from getting out, even if the Commander tried. "Yes..."
"Good. Now we just get Lexington to do my face-paint and collect Yorky and Hornet." Sara flashed a disarming smile as she spun again to face forwards. "By the way, why'd everyone decide to meet at Essex's room?"
"No clue. Guess she was feeling like hosting a party?" Enterprise shook her head. Why'd she agreed to this again? It's not like she couldn't say no to her old pal, but when even Yorktown had agreed for the fun of it... maybe she felt like it would be rude to say no to her sisters too?
Saratoga trotted just ahead of her, eventually swinging behind her again and whistling the theme of the villain she was dressed up as, the red and purple gown of 'the evil magic girl who had come to plunge the world into darkness etcetera etcetera' of the magic idol show that Ayanami had shown her. The antagonist of the trio that Enterprise herself and her sisters were dressing up as.
She thought to herself how much Saratoga had been smiling since she'd arrived, the happiness radiating off her and infecting others, Enterprise included. She thought back to the end of World War II, when she'd seen the bright and true smile from her friend, smiling not just for others but for herself once again. A smile she hadn't seen since Lexingt-
Enterprise smacked her palms against her cheeks, almost trying to squeeze the negativity out of her head. 'No, even on Halloween, there's no point in bringing up old hurtful memories."
She let her grip on the pink dress loosen as she forced herself back to the present. They'd already entered the Union dormitory and were walking down the first wing. She decided to make conversation to distract herself. "Say, can't you just buy a mask instead of painting it on?"
Sara patted the kit with a smirk. "Come on, now. A mask is no replacement for the real thing, right?"
They reached Essex's room. Enterprise knocked. No reply came.
She quirked a eyebrow. They were supposed to be here by now, right? Whatever, Essex had said they could enter freely before. Huffing, she opened the door and turned back to Saratoga, a hand offering her to go first only to find a stunned look on the other girl's face. Confused, she followed the gaze-
And came face-to-face with the Blue Ghost.
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Essex's grin, finding herself finally able to one-up her seniors in terms of a prank on Halloween, quickly faltered as the tension in the room arose. Enterprise looked from girl to girl, from Lexington to Wasp to Princeton (still holding the uniform in her arms), finally landing on Yorktown and Hornet. When she did, she stopped moving entirely.
Saratoga's gaze similarly washed over the room, wandering on her sister and then Princeton (who promptly dropped the uniform as if it had burst into flames) and then finally looking up at Enterprise's face, clear concern and worry plastered across her own.
At once, it seemed like time itself stopped. Hornet's own smile had vanished, Lexington winced severely, and a knot began to form in Essex's gut. There was clear shame at how she'd likely overdone it and she reached out a hand for Enterprise's attention, holding the other to her heart. She started, "Uhm..."
Enterprise's knees suddenly buckled.
Saratoga reacted first, being just to her right side. Her eyes somehow widened even more than they already had, and she dropped the make-up kit without thinking, purple and cyan ink spilling out onto the white carpet. She immediately latched onto Enterprise's side and tried to hold her up against the force of gravity but, with the other girl being more than a head taller than her, she only succeeded in temporarily slowing down the fall.
Thankfully, Hornet reacted second. Also being relatively close, she ran over and mirrored the hold on the opposite side, her older sister's head coming to a rest on her collar. Yorktown quickly followed her, a hand on the former's shoulder and another moving a lock out of Enterprise's face, her own going disturbingly pale.
The rest of the room saw time resume as the remainder of the semi-circle of ship-girls around constricted, everyone lurching forward for a second before Hornet guided her sibling lightly to the ground.
Lexington ran over, her hands hovering over Saratoga's to make sure the latter didn't drop the girl until she was sure that Hornet was holding most of Enterprise's weight. Looking down at Sara, the scared look she got in return made her pull the hair-tie out of her ponytail and kneel down to hug around her sibling, gently taking small hands from the death grip they had on the fainting girl's shirt.
Wasp and Princeton also slowly approached, the former crouching behind her half-siblings and placing a firm grip on both of their backs (who themselves were practically on the ground), as though the gravity of the situation was about to pull them through the floor. The latter approached the Lexington sisters but kept standing, a hand over her mouth but averting her gaze as though it would be rude to stare.
Essex stood alone from the group, the hand that had come out as Enterprise fell slowly returning to her side, the other coming around to rub it. Shame turned to fear and the knot in her gut moved to her throat. Mercifully, she couldn't think of anything to say, though she realized it wouldn't have mattered much anyway. What was there to say? An apology would be useless right now.
'What was I thinking?!'
As Hornet's hand joined Yorktown's on their sister's face, nails making a pink trail up an otherwise ghostly white cheek, Enterprise's muscles twitched. Everyone's breath hitched again as her body started shaking. Hornet herself looked ready to faint. Enterprise's eyes opened slowly, only to immediately widen. Her breathing went from barely audible to a jackhammer's speed. Blood was roaring in her ears. A hand flew out and grabbed Saratoga's arm, nails digging into skin and causing the smaller girl to shriek in shock. The other one made a similar death grip on Hornet's untouched shoulder, but the younger carrier barely reacted to that.
"W-WHAT'S GOING ON?! WHY'S THE BUILDING SHAKING?! WERE WE- WERE WE HIT BY A BOMB?! IS IT AN ATTACK?!"
Lexington's hand almost immediately shot to the one that grabbed her sister, plying the hold free and gripping it just as strongly to ensure that Enterprise didn't move too much. Saratoga backed up into Princeton's arms (who'd joined them crouching on the floor), a single tear in pain rolling down her cheek. Her gaze remained locked on her panicking friend, however.
Yorktown moved around to in front of Enterprise, her hand staying tangled in white hair while Wasp dislodged her hand from her back, moving it to take the place on Hornet's now remaining free shoulder. Vibrating violet eyes finally managed to vaguely focus on blue, and the eldest sister spoke slowly in a calm, almost motherly voice.
"Enterprise, the building isn't shaking. You are. You fainted. Steady your breathing."
Almost at once, the scene changed. The shaking slowed, though it was concerning how obvious it still was. Enterprise finally seemed to gain awareness of her surroundings and control over her body, eyes moving to Hornet and Wasp's faces, who could only look back with sympathy. Her breathing also slowed, the gulps of air deepening as her hammering heart tried somehow to return to its normal tempo. Her gaze ghosted over Essex, who was a little too far away for her to focus on and rested on the Lexington sisters. The Blue Ghost had disappeared; Lexington's eyes were closed, and her long hair hung sloppily down over her shoulders. Saratoga was still in Princeton's arms, the latter with a hand on the former's head. Sara was obviously trying and failing to stop her sobs.
With her vision's sweep taking in everything she needed to know, Enterprise closed her eyes and did everything she could to force her body to stop panicking. Within seconds, her breathing finally returned to normal. Like train wheels screeching to a halt, the sign gave everyone a second to let relief wash over them. Saratoga's sobs faded as she brought up a hand to cradle her wound; Wasp released Hornet's back to take the loosened grip off the injured shoulder, though she cringed as her half-sister hissed, the pain suddenly flaring.
Essex, who felt like she'd just been through a train wreck herself, looked around her room for a second. It didn't feel like her room anymore, but that only made bile raise in her throat, as if she was chastising herself for trying to involuntarily pawn off her fault in all this. Slowly, she walked over to her nightstand and picked up her cell.
Contacts
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Vestal
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"So, Doc, do I have any serious brain damage?"
After a few seconds, Enterprise received a pinch on the nose for her trouble, though Vestal pulled her hand away before the carrier's arms could come up in response. Vestal sighed, the hand coming up to wipe sweat from her own forehead and readjust the devil horns around her cap.
"You will if you don't take your injuries seriously." Enterprise's teasing grin faded as a matching one formed on Vestal's face. "From what everyone said, you weren't out long enough for the lack of oxygen to do anything like that. Just remember to breathe in the future and you'll be fine."
Enterprise shuffled a bit in her cot, making a half attempt at a nod. As Vestal went back to rifling through the cabinets, the carrier looked over to the stand with a flower and a 'get well soon' card on it, with Wasp, Lexington and Princeton's names signed. She smirked; she wasn't in any condition that she wouldn't be sleeping in her own bed tonight, so the card was basically a joke to her.
"They got it for you because they were busy with other stuff."
The voice pulled her gaze to the door, where her little sister was leaning. Enterprise's eyes fell on the light bandaging and she offered Hornet a sad frown but her sibling just rolled her eyes in response. "Lexington offered to take Princeton back to her room, though from what it looked like, it was Princeton doing the escorting there. And Wasp is busy with... the thing."
Enterprise smile returned. She didn't need to guess what 'the thing' was.
Hornet entered the room proper, with Yorktown following right after. Saratoga was gripping the latter's skirt, but she released it and came over to hold Enterprise's hand. The girl's own bandaging elicited another sorry look, but Sara just shook her head.
A moving shape took Enterprise's attention; Essex had entered the room without her noticing and was walking towards the far side of the medical ward. Grabbing the nurse's attention, a conversation started, though it was too far away to make out any details. After a few seconds, Vestal herself gestured to the carrier to come closer and, when the other girl complied and leaned forward, discipline was delivered via a flick to the forehead.
Enterprise chuckled a bit.
She noticed Hornet, still standing near the ward's entrance, point a thumb towards the doorway. She spotted a white cat ear poking out the left side of the doorway and enough of Northampton's head to see one of her green eyes (not that the other was normally visible anyway). Though as soon as the latter spotted her looking their way, both disappeared around the corner. Her little sister could do nothing but shake her head and shrug.
The cot rocked lightly as Yorktown took a seat on the far end, a hand on her younger sibling's knee with a look of pure empathy. "You're going to be alright?"
Enterprise sighed. "Yeah, I'll be alright."
Yorktown's gaze moved to Vestal's back, who had returned nearby and was scribbling something down at a desk. Enterprise guessed that she wasn't looking directly at the pair of red devil wings the nurse's back, though.
Without looking up, Vestal called, "She'll be alright." Yorktown breathed a sigh of relief.
Essex had approached as well, rubbing her forehead a bit. She couldn't bring herself to look in her senior's eyes. Hornet walked next to her and give her a light elbow in the gut. Essex winced, before starting.
"Uhh..."
For a second, she looked unsure of what to do, before slowly bending forward almost like a bow, only for her legs to bend. Hornet elbowed her again, this time causing a more audible response. 'Oww! What?!' She hissed.
'What are you doing?!'
'Dogeza! It's a thing that the Sakura girls-'
'We're not Japanese! Apologize properly!'
Now Essex looked miserable. She brought herself up and sighed. "I'm..." she squeezed her eyes shut, her cheeks dusted in frustration, likely at herself, "I'm sorry. Seriously. For everything. For the whole prank. It wasn't right and I should have known better. I thought that because your sisters can treat their histories so lightly now, you'd think similarly, but I was very wrong. I won't treat the subject wrong in the future again."
"Annnnd?" Hornet said from the side.
"And I'm sorry for causing you to accidentally hurt Hornet and Saratoga."
"Annnnd?" Yorktown chimed in, somehow in a more exaggerated way than Hornet had. A massive blush broke out across Essex's face.
"And I'm sorry about ruining your guy's trick-or-treating night!"
Silence feel over the room, though if one listened closely, they could hear how hard Essex's heart was pounding in fear of-
"Okay. I accept your apology."
Essex's eyes flew open.
"W-what? Just like that?" There was still an audible tremor in her voice, as though she couldn't believe her ears. "After the fiasco I caused?"
"Essex. It's alright. I'm fine now. And I understand it was a mistake. You meant nothing from it. So, it's alright." Enterprise turned her head to Saratoga. "Right?"
Saratoga returned the smile. "Right. At least it's good to know that I'm not the only one who has had to apologize for a Halloween prank." She paused. "And, uh, sorry about your bedroom's carpet. I'll deal with it tomorrow, promise."
Yorktown put a hand on Essex's shoulder. "Besides, the rest of us deserve a piece of the blame here. Some more than others." She shot a look at Hornet, who scratched the back of her head.
With that, Essex's own knees buckled, and she sprawled her arms out over the cot, clearly mentally exhausted.
Suddenly, Saratoga's smile turned wicked. "Oh geez, Enterprise. It sure is unfortunate that you won't be able to come trick-or-treating with us."
Essex didn't visually react to this statement.
Hornet joined in. "Yeah, it sure is sad that you spent so much time practicing our act for the commander, only to be too exhausted to do it now."
Yorktown moved her hand to the top of Essex's head. "If only there was someone who could take your spot in our group, someone who feels the need to repay some sort of debt that they think they owe you."
Essex, whose face had probably reached a million degrees by now, slowly raised her hand.
Enterprise politely smiled, even though she knew Essex couldn't see. "Please and thank you. Hope you like pink."
Essex didn't respond. All she knew was that she never wanted to think of the word 'prank' again.
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So... I didn't mean to make Essex the target of tormenting in this story but considering the more innocent version of this would've required that I have the ability to draw... yeah. I must apologize to Essex myself. I do love this girl damn near to death and I usually avoid making her the butt-end of my memes.
At least she didn't get thrown out a window this time.
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2020.10.31 21:22 salirj108 My thoughts on the film, having rewatched it for the first time in 8 years.

LONG POST ALERT
I know the Lightning thief film gets a lot of hate on this sub, though the general feel seems to be that as a film in itself, it was quite enjoyable, but as an adaptation off the books, it was terribly disappointing. I watched it again just now and Im just going to give my thoughts on the film as a film, rather than all of the stuff it misses out from the books. I'm literally typing this as I watch, so Im just going to type everything going through my mind as I watch and then give it a bit of a summary at the end. I'm no professional film critic, so dont judge if a lot of what i say sounds stupid or is easily explained - just let me know.
To be clear, everything Im saying is as though it wasn't based off the books, so just imagine you've never read the books and read this from an objective point of view.
I also poured LOADS of time and effort into this, so I'd really appreciate if you gave the whole thing a read and shared your opinions down below.
I'd also love if everyone in the comments shared what they disliked about the film as a book adaptation, as well as their thoughts on it as an independent project.
  1. The opening scene, while setting up the events of the film nicely, completely glosses over why Zeus thinks it must be Percy who stole the bolt. Apart from that, I quite liked the confrontation, as well as both Gods' displays of power in being massive and blasting open the door. Also, as ridiculous as it is that Poseidon was on Earth in his massive size, I loved the animation of him turning into water and becoming human.
  2. Very convenient that both the place where Zeus and Poseidon met, and the place where Poseidon left the water, were deserted. I'm not American but I imagine the Empire State Building wouldn't be the sort of place where 2 gods could argue and flex their powers without being spotted by mortals. Also, have this conversation on Olympus. Jesus. Going to the ESB was such a waste of time.
  3. The way they drifted from the Empire State building to the title screen, and then to Percy in the pool, was really disjointed and should have been a lot smoother.
  4. The first classroom scene was kinda weird, although it did a good job as immediately presenting Percy as a troubled kid and an outcast who doesn't do well at school. I liked the quote on the board having 'Fury' in it as a little nugget for those who knew what was coming.
  5. Percy's first convo with his mum was ridiculous - 'I think this dyslexia thing is getting worse' - I mean, really? Also his mum did a shit job of reassuring him. The power struggle with Gabe and Percy was shown well, but Percy's mum saying 'he's been good to us' seemed like rather an inadequate explanation, so Percy's annoyance is quite justified.
  6. Brunner's explanation was a nice bit of exposition, and I liked the way the ancient Greek flowed into English, it was cool.
  7. The Fury was admittedly a terrifying monster, although it was a pretty clumsy way of trying to get the bolt from Percy when she knew Chiron was in the building - although it didn't seem like Chiron really could have helped there. Anyway, wouldn't have been hard for her to find a place where she could fully kidnap and interrogate him, instead of on a school trip in broad daylight.
  8. It made sense for Grover to warn Percy's mum that they were taking him to camp, but why did she go with them? Grover knew she wouldn't be able to get into camp and it would have been an unnecessary risk considering they were away from Gabe's stink and monsters had already found Percy.
  9. Percy's reaction to his mother's death was ridiculous. He doesn't know she's still alive, so as far as he knows, this world that he's just been thrust into has already killed his mum. The idea that makes sense it to run back into camp once she's gone, especially considering he has no idea how to kill the Minotaur. But then, when he wakes up, he just flatly says 'My mum's gone', pats Grover on the back and wanders around a bit and moves on. A 12 year-old kid who's just had all this mythology thrown at him so quickly and has seen his mum die before him isnt then rational enough to just wander around camp with Grover and do what Brunner says. You would expect a LOT more emotion and backlash coming from Percy, not 'Wow this place is so cool show me more.'
  10. Why does Percy go for the horn? It's shorter than Riptide, meaning he has to get closer to the Minotaur and within range of its hands, and as far as he knows, has less piercing power and it therefore much less likely to deal a killing blow. Apart from that, I liked the way it showed Percy to already have some natural battle reflexes, although I wish the fight had been a bit longer.
  11. Percy having killed the Minotaur goes WAY under the radar - apart from a brief mention by Chiron, both it's pursuit of Percy AND his having had killed it should have been major talking points. I would expect that sort of gossip to travel through camp like wildfire - 'Whoa, have you seen that new kid, I heard he killed a Minotaur!' Instead the Minotaur appears completely forgotten about, and Chiron doesnt seem to care much about it either, nor explain what it means for his mum.
  12. Grover being a ladies man... no. Just no. He's half- GOAT.
  13. The place Percy meets Chiron is REALLY cool - it looks amazing. So is the place Poseidon supposedly built for Percy.
  14. 'First, we must train' - for a week? Is it really going to make much difference?
  15. Chiron's explanation of what a gods war would mean for Earth is pretty good, but the plan to stop the war still seems pretty weak, and you would also imagine that Chiron wouldn't be the only person in the world trying to avert this war.
  16. I really liked Luke's first interaction with Percy, as the sort of older-brotherly figure. Makes his later betrayal that much more powerful. The fight he and Percy are in with a few of the red team was stupid though - most of those were kill shots. I loved the 'You guys take camp way too seriously' line. Also the way he took out a red soldier and then fell over running away.
  17. The capture the flag was generally a fun scene - I thought Percy's behaviour was pretty realistic and I liked his interaction and fight with Annabeth. Apart from 'stand up and fight. Hero' - that was pretty vindictive for a kid that hasn't done anything wrong except for show a bit of naivete as to the ease of the game. Also it was a bit weird how quickly 'capture the flag' became 'annabeth vs the new kid' - their duel wasnt a tie-break to decide the winner, I dont know why Percy was suddenly the figurehead of his team.
  18. Poseidon's telepathic messages to Percy, especially his very first one saying 'Everything is about to change' were a pretty weird plot device.
  19. Did the water give Percy confidence as well as heal his wounds? That was a bit weird, but again I liked the animation of the water healing him. Also, Percy's poses and the way he knocked one guy over by flipping him with the blade(?) were stupid as well. I cringed so hard when he widened his arms at the crowd as a 'are you entertained' and then just showed his blade to the 2 remaining guards. It's not a contest of which team has the single strongest fighter - the reds still very much could have won, either by finding the blue flag while the ENTIRE CAMP were watching the fight, or by overwhelming him with the dozens of red warriors who were still there. Still a fun scene though.
  20. Percy's personality changed WAY too much throughout this film. Where did the smooth girl-talker come from after the fight? His chat with Annabeth was pretty out of character for both of them.
  21. The Hades scene was generally weird - he wasn't a great villain, the reactions were much less panicked than one would expect and his voice was very emotionless.
  22. 'Bring me the bolt' - URGHHHHHH. Why does everyone think he has the bolt? Nobody has actually come up with a reason yet and i think it should be really clear to both Ms Dobbs and Hades that Percy is just a noob to the existence of Greek Mythology, and could never have pulled off a lightning-bolt heist.
  23. Everytime I hear Chiron's plan, it sounds worse and worse. Train for a couple days, go to Olympus, convince Zeus you're innocent. That's it. How did they intend to convince Zeus? If he is going to start a war because he thinks the most likely person to steal the bolt is Percy, he's clearly not reasonable enough to just believe Percy at his word. What proof did they have that Percy didn't do it? Chiron's plan to save Percy's mum isn't very good either - Hades is clearly pretty unpredictable and dangerous, so how will they get his mum back without the bolt to trade with?
  24. Percy's plan is also pretty shit - I know he's 12, but how did he expect to get to the Underworld by himself? He was also not at all considering his other responsibility to stop a war, although I can imagine the possibility of saving your mum would cause you to lose sight of other things.
  25. Luke's hideout is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Unrealistic, but still sweet.
  26. They set out a good plot for the film in this scene, which I can say at least gives the film a good backbone - they get a map off of a better equipped friend that will lead them to 3 pearls that they need to get out of the Underworld, then the map will lead them to the underworld where they will try save Percy's mum. This sets up the next hour of film well with a good plot, but still doesn't cover HOW Percy intends to somehow forcefully overpower or sneak past Hades without any intention of actually finding the bolt. However it is SHOCKING that not one of them considered they would need 4 pearls. Also the map is pretty specifically convenient but hey-ho.
  27. Y'all really went into this empty, creepy, derelict looking garden emporium and your first thought was excitement at 'free sodas'? It was a closed freezer - even i oculd have told you not to get your hopes up, considering the circumstances. CHECK MONEY
  28. How poor are they that theyre stealing money out of a wishing well? Didnt they think about the fact that they needed money for food and shelter before leaving on this quest? And what motivation would they have to take some coins of a foreign currency and just keep them? For luck?
  29. F*********K that lady grabbing Annabeth is scary.
  30. The 'Uncle Ferdinand - Medusa' connection was cool and scary but you're really telling me that Grover and Annabeth weren't able to guess that the creepy, empty statue shop on the way of their extremely dangerous greek quest belonged to Medusa before this?
  31. The difficulty it takes them to find each other is exactly why splitting up was a stupid idea to begin with. YOU ARE ON A QUEST AND HAVE IT ON GOOD NOTICE THERE ARE LOADS OF MONSTERS AFTER YOU. WHY ARE YOU NOT PREPARING FOR DANGER?
  32. Medusa is a much better villain than Hades was so far.
  33. Why does Annabeth seem a bit disappointing so far? Not only was she unable to deduce that this was Medusa's lair, she also completely panicked and didnt do anything to find Percy and Grover when that lady grabbed her and told her of the danger. Then she lets Medusa come right up to her and touch her face. Shouldnt she have pulled out a weapon before she got even close to her? Also now that she has worked out it's Medusa, why does she only say 'dont look' when she takes off the headwear? She really should have had her eyes closed the second she saw her, and should have properly warned the lady not to look as well, although her idiocy in opening her eyes isn't Annabeth's fault.
  34. WOW the ladys hand turning to stone around Annabeth's wrist would have been so shit-scary.
  35. 'Ill take care of her', says Percy, who is meeting a monster of legend and has barely any training with his weapon. By all accounts and purposes he shouldn't have stood a chance.
  36. 'I USED TO DATE YOUR DADDY' lol
  37. Once they're within her grasp, shouldnt it be very easy for her to forcibly open their eyes?
  38. LOL how can Annabeth drive? Also that plan had equal chance of killing Percy as it did of hurting Medusa.
  39. ...So he just sneaked up behind her and she somehow didnt notice. If her whole shtick is looking people in the eyes as opposed to being really good at combat, she REALLY should be more aware of her surroundings. Also lol i love how cocky Percy is with the sword spin he keeps doing.
  40. Lol they started driving before Grover said 'where to next?' Imagine if hed just had to turn around at the end of the motorway XD
  41. Grover FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!?!?!?!?! What's wrong with him? The amount of problems with that...
  42. 'Check this out' lol no way Percy had tried to heal someone else with water before. He'd have lost some major cool points if it didnt work, and it really shouldn't have - he's not the son of Apollo.
  43. One kid goes missing and hes on the news? Seemed like a pretty mainstream channel as well.
  44. They really didn't close the blinds on the windows? Why is that even possible, that anyone walking by has a clear, unimpeded view into the room?
  45. Lol not one of the janitors made enough of a noise after being shot for another one to turn around? Also, shooting the guy on the ladder was REALLY dangerous.
  46. Why did he rip of the whole top piece without even trying to pry out the pearl? Vandal.
  47. Urghh i know he's the hero but i will never not find it stupid how he suddenly starts flying and chopping heads of this massive monster, all while dodging flame and other attacks, despite the fact that he's had no practice and would realistically need weeks to become at all proficient at combining all these types of combat. Also he really should know about the 'two heads grow back'. Basic mythology.
  48. Who placed the Hydra? What was it's mission directive - if you see him, ask him once for the bolt because you're somehow capable of speech, the without waiting for an answer transform and try to kill him. That's definitely going to help them find the bolt. And once the Hydra got the bolt, what was it going to do with it? All 3 of the problems they face getting pearls - Medusa, the Hydra and the Lotus Casino, seem very random guardians of Persephone's pearls.
  49. Wait so to make Medusa's head work, all they had to do was take off the glasses? Then they should all already have been dead. Or did someone forcibly open her eyes and put her glasses back on, which, by the way, shouldnt do anything to stop her power from working? Weird. Also how did Grover know it would work on the Hydra, or that he wouldnt have been destroyed by the fire before it worked?
  50. Imagine how cool/scary it would be for the first person who then saw that statue. Massive, spectacularly detailed, really interesting and it sprung up in the middle of the Parthenon(replica) in the middle of the night. Tourism would exponentially increase and it would be one of the world's biggest mysteries ever for the next few 100 years. I wish something that cool would happen IRL.
  51. 'The gods are angry' so Zeus shows his anger by stirring up natural disasters in Earth? Why have they chosen Earth as their battleground anyway? If Zeus is tryna punish Poseidon, shouldnt they just fight up on Olympus?
  52. Their funding is confusing me. Are fuel and food free?
  53. ... so they just stroll into this extremely famous casino? Aren't they a little young, and shouldn't it be a lot harder to get in? They just park their car in front of the Casino with no problem, and walk through the doors. K then.
  54. Again, 'ladies man' Grover doesn't sit well with me.
  55. What is the Lotus Casino's aim? Not only is it impossible for the world not to realise that nobody who comes into the Lotus Casino ever comes out - if they disappear from the world, does nobody blink an eye? Also, none of them are paying any money... what's the aim of keeping them in the Casino? Who's in charge and how are they benefitting.
  56. 'This year. 1971.' Ok. That was scary.
  57. 'Percy Jackson's awake' so they also track every person in the Casino, and make it their aim to keep EVERYONE in. ......Why? And this 'LaIr oF tHe LoTus eAterS' was not a sufficient explanation.
  58. Was that extra hour really worth driving like a maniac? Theyd already have police following them - underage kids driving an extremely expensive car out of a casino at very high speeds is certainly grounds for police attention.
  59. LOOOOOL as if they can just climb up to the Hollywood sign and just wander around near it. Not only is it a ridiculous plan for them - idk what they expected to achieve - but i imagine that, if its legal, thered be more people, and if its not, thered be some security measures.
  60. 'the living are not permitted here' yet the massive opening in the hill just automatically opened for them for no reason. Not hard to keep the living out - get rid of your automated door system.
  61. So, finally we see that Grover somehow has loads of money in his backpack. Can I ask where he got it from?
  62. 'OR WHAT? WHAT WILL YOU DO? I'm already in Hell.' Ok, great line. I like Persephone.
  63. LOL Steve Coogan is Hades. Love it. The look and vibe they took for him was stupid though.
  64. Persephone rolling her eyes as Hades tries to impress her by transforming XD what a queen.
  65. 'Or say goodbye to your mother!' he says, and immediately gives Percy his mother back.
  66. Also, this is what I've been saying this whole time. 'I thought once you saw I wasn't the thief you'd give my mother back' come onnnnnn. Did you really believe that. Also 'IM HADES!!!!' love it. Exactly what i was thinking.
  67. Really didn't think about needing 4 pearls before?
  68. How does Sally know where the entrance to Olympus is? And later, the secret code to open the elevator doors?
  69. How did Luke steal the bolt anyway? Zeus needs a better security system.
  70. 'Remould the world in our image' If Luke's plan was for Hades to get the bolt and for the Big 3 to battle, how did Luke intend to gain power from that? One of the gods would eventually win, and they still wouldnt be weak enough for Luke to overthrow them. Especially not with an army of demigods at his back - for all his talk about 'our generation' he's a one man force right now.
  71. How does aiming at a helicopter help his plan? They cant just slip 'megalomaniacal, world-destroying tendencies' into his personality without giving us a reason. Very clumsy, weak explanation of Luke's motives.
  72. So Percy's parrying the hits from Zeus' all powerful master lightning bolt with... his sword. K then.
  73. 'Maybe you're no son of Poseidon' how on earth has he come to that conclusion? The writers were fumbling for a cool thing for Luke to say and they really came up short. Also he could have easily hit Percy with the bolt before he attacked Luke with water.
  74. So Zeus and Poseidon have reached the 'one-minute before' stage of their war and have already turned Earth into a battleground, yet theyre still somehow just arguing in the throne room. Really should be at battle stations by now. Or, you know, they could have waited for the actual deadline to pass before throwing a bunch of natural disasters at Earth.
  75. Midnight is a little late for 'lets be rational!' Come on Athena.
  76. So suddenly, inter-god diplomacy becomes so easy that Percy strolls in, gives them an explanation they have no reason to believe, an everything is solved?
  77. Zeus has the power to bring Grover back from Hades' realm? Even if he knew that Hades was incapacitated, which he didn't, this shouldn't be possible.
  78. Poseidon clearly has the power to watch over Percy - if all the gods can monitor the evets of the earth like this, wouldn't it be extremely easy to find out who the lightning thief was and work out that it wasn't Percy?
  79. 'You can receive all the training in the world but ultimately, you have to follow your instincts' - bit of a change of tune from the start of the movie, Chiron. Also this is a really bad mentality for a mentor of 100 demigods to have.
  80. Lol some of the poses Chiron and Annabeth struck with their weapons were ridiculous. Nice, happy ending though.
  81. Did Percy... intend for that to happen with Medusa's head?

So. Done. In the end, it was generally a relatively enjoyable film to watch, as long as I can keep the anger and annoyance it the difference from the book out of my head while watching. Putting aside all the disbelief at how lots of the plot flows together very conveniently and not realistically, they build up a good structure for the film and personally I was quite hooked watching it. I'm not sure if it would have worked well as part of a 5-film series, but considering how much they missed out of the books which tied the 5 books into an amazing series, I doubt it. Ah well.
Let's hope we get better luck with the DISNEY PLUS TV SERIES!!!!!
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2020.10.31 04:43 taich220 Dev Diary 2: The Argentine Republic

Hola everyone! My name’s Taich and I’m here to introduce you to our second Southern Victory Dev Diary, after a long wait. More dev diaries will be published from now on a bit more often (without a precise date for them yet). Today we will be talking about the Argentine Republic and (a bit) about the South American Front.
Late 20s and early 30s in Argentine politics were not stable at all, so it was a very nice challenge to replicate its situation without ever leaving aside what we know from the country in the books. Without further ado, let's get into it!

Part 1: Aftermath of the Great War

Argentina joined the Entente during the Great War, and ended up invaded by its neighbors. Confederate and British aid were not enough to make a difference against the Chilean and Brazilian armies, which marched into Argentine soil drastically reducing the Entente’s supplies, due to the Brazilian and American blockade.
Strong restrictions were imposed on the losers, reducing their army and economic potential, adding that a part of Patagonia was now totally occupied by Chilean rule under a Military Governorate.
With a very weakened government and morale on the ground, the economic crisis post-war just made things worse. Large groups of workers started to manifest against the current president, all around the country. In 1919, a series of riots and massacres against the workers’ population were held in Buenos Aires, known as the Tragic Week (La Semana Trágica), involving a paramilitary group led by Manuel Carlés, known as the Patriotic League (Liga Patriótica).
Lots of reforms were carried out by Yrigoyen to improve workers conditions, which had a very good impact on society. With the Radical Party figure on the rise due to reforms, and without a strong opposition to defeat them, Marcelo T. de Alvear won the elections in 1922, and Yrigoyen was elected again in 1928, leading to a slow but continuous growth and peace in the streets.
The Market Stock Crash in 1929 paralized the country. Everything went to the ground again, and the people were not ready to face another crisis. Manifestations began again, and incumbent president Hipólito Yrigoyen had to take desperate measures to appease the current situation. With his political figure almost vanished again due to the second economic crisis during his term, the memories of defeat in the Great War and the Tragic Week, some parts of government pressured him to go further against the workers, betraying his will and principles to prevent the manifestations to spiral out of control. Workers' manifestations started to occur almost everyday in different spots of the country, and the security forces were not enough to hold them. A debatable move was carried out by the government, involving President Yrigoyen to logistically and politically support the Patriotic League in order to finish off the leaders of the labor movements. This led to one of the darkest clashes between the civilians and the security forces in Argentina, ending the lives of approximately 25.000 workers, but none of the labor leaders lost their lives, although the majority fled to Patagonia or went to exile in Chile.
That was the breaking point, and the ending of Yrigoyen's political career, which ended up resigning months after, in 1931. Enrique Martínez, the vice president of Yrigoyen, assumed the presidency after the resignation of the Head of State. A lot of concessions were made to the workers to reduce violence and riots at the streets. A Workers bloc, named “Partido Obrero'' was allowed in government, along with more improved workers conditions, vacations and subsidies. These actions taken by the government angered some groups, such as The Patriotic League, which menaced with a military coup. The heads of the paramilitary group were sent to prison in 1932.
Martínez was reelected president in 1934. He kept his appeasement policies to the Workers Party, a group that started to gain a lot of popularity and power in government. In the same year, a mutiny occurred in the prison where Manuel Carlés was imprisoned, allowing him to escape. Small confrontations were held in some spots of Buenos Aires. Since then, The Patriotic League has been reinforcing and gaining more members, pressuring the president. More minor riots between the Patriotic League and members of the Workers Party have been held in the country since 1935.
With that brief explanation of the Argentine situation between 1918-1935, let's get into the spicy stuff now, gameplay-wise.

Part 2: The Republic Staggers

Argentina is undoubtedly the most industrialized country in the region with a big difference over its neighbors (except Brazil, who can catch up quickly due to the current argentine situation), but their starting situation in 1936 is very fragile: a crippled economy, a divided army, nationalists and leftists trying to seize power, tense relations with Chile and some territorial skirmishes between Paraguay in the north and the Patagonian Governorate in the south.
Main goal of the player in the short term will be trying to fix some of these problems:
  1. Resume diplomatic talks with Chile in order to reach an agreement, or break any kind of relationship with them, that’s up to you.
  2. Taking a side in Argentine politics: Martínez’s appeasement was clearly not the best option, making everything worse: the power struggle needs a strong leader to fully neutralize internal disputes before it is too late...
  3. And last, but not less important: addressing the General Strike of 1936, which fully paralized the Argentine production during late 1935 and January 1936. Hearing what Unionists want might be the best idea unless you want massive riots all around the country.
Let’s suppose everything goes smoothly: you managed to neutralize both extremists sides, achieved a majestic Non-aggression pact with Chile and Unionists are extremely happy with your proposals. Nothing can go wrong, right? It is time for Martínez’s second term to start shining and make Argentina a great power again.
Well… Bad things happen. But don’t worry, Marcelo T. De Alvear will take his place and keep his course… Or maybe not. Unlike Martínez, De Alvear supported a different internal faction of the UCR Party, which was divided from the Yrigoyenists, the Antipersonalists. More conservative-like, and directly opposing the figure of the old president Yrigoyen, the Antipersonalists will begin the first steps in order to rebuild a fractured nation.

Part 3: Reconstructing the Country

Industry
The first steps to rebuild the country will start after choosing between two options: players can either devalue their currency, or try to keep its current course, without earning or losing any benefit.
Industrialization plans shall start after that, developing the interior of the country and also trying to attract investors to the country, who see with good eyes having in their possession the Argentine oil reserves, which haven’t been fully exploited yet.
After finishing the Industrialization focuses, the Exports branch will unlock, granting a series of bonuses to the country thanks to its exports of meat, soy and fish.
Foreign Influence
Entente members, specially the United Kingdom and France to a lesser extent, had a pretty important influence in Argentina, the Railways were privatized around 1880 and passed into the hands of the countries mentioned above, several economic pacts were also signed in order to secure United Kingdom disposal to keep buying Argentine exports at a lower price and the financial debt is always on the prowl.
If the player decides to maintain the Roca-Runciman Pact and signs the Eden-Malbrán pact, Argentina will keep its trade benefits with the United Kingdom, allowing it to deepen the exports concessions. Doing this will obviously drain the Argentine resources, but France and the United Kingdom will reward you with some good bonuses to industry, allowing the country to speed up its recovery and become the most important regional power.
For those who frown upon letting foreign powers intrude on their country, the option to Crack Down on Foreign Monopolies will be unlocked if the Roca-Runciman pact is not extended, leading to the Nationalization of the Railways and searching for new trade partners around the world.
Military
Argentina has too many problems to deal with internally, and the military is one of them too. The Argentine army is split into two internal factions which will collide if several measures are not taken: the more conservative branch of the army led by Agustín Pedro Justo, and the nationalist branch under Arturo Rawson.
Purging a side of the army will eventually prevent them from launching a coup, but will also make you get rid of a plenty of generals and get some debuffs for a long time. If the player decides not to reform the army and does not purge a side, well… good luck with that. You will be hanging on a wire, and even the smallest problem could trigger a coup.
Foreign Policy
No matter the ideology, the entire Argentine population wants one thing: having revenge against the Chileans. What varies is the approach: the Saavedra Lamas Plan created by the awarded diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize winner!) Saavedra Lamas is a diplomatic strategy to defeat Chile by securing alliances with its neighbors, by enacting a Non-aggression pact with Brazil and promising Bolivia to have their rightful territorial claims again. Besides that, under the Foreign Policy branch, players can opt to form their own faction with other South American countries, or fully join the Entente to secure the continent, and maybe retake Falklands peacefully.

Part 4: The Power Struggle

The Patriotic League and the Workers Party
Like I have explained before, Nationalists and Leftists are always seeking to seize power. Granting concessions to one side and crushing the other seems like the best option, but angering a side too much will eventually lead into a coup. If you decide to fully befriend a faction, this will also anger the opposite side! So be careful how you manage it. Decisions to befriend or crush both the Workers Party and the Patriotic League will be unlocked once the Power Struggle focus is completed, but its support will vary from the start of the game through events and focuses.
Following the Power Struggle Branch, the political branch will begin with two options: Bolster the Workers Party, giving them even more influence in Congress, or either trying to reduce it, securing Conservative and Nationalist support.
By supporting the Workers Party it is nothing but going for a Socialist state. There is no going back: it is up to you to wait for it or speed things up by completing Red Dawn focus.
Reducing Socialist Influence is the opposite outlook to the focus mentioned above, leading to another two options: players can either Ban the Patriotic League to prevent them from launching a coup and try to maintain a democratic government, or ally them by merging the different nationalists groups of Argentina: the Patriotic League, Conservatives and the Nationalist Youth. Doing this will undoubtedly end with the Republic.
Reaching the end of both political extremist sides will eventually unlock new paths.
The Revolutionary Ashes
If you thought that only the Military, Nationalists and Socialists wanted to seize power, you are wrong. There are some guys that would like to take control too: the Anarcho-Syndicalists. With most of their leaders exiled in Chile or hidden in Patagonia, they are waiting for the perfect moment to launch their attack. Allied with the Workers Party, they do not have a strong influence in Congress but the will of the masses are enough to prepare a rebellion if the government isn’t capable of solving the population’s problems.
Antonio Soto, the main leader of the rebellion which started in 1920 is well hidden in Patagonia, but everything can change if the player decides to approach him. Maybe he isn’t a bad guy at all and just wants workers to be treated better in the south, right? Take him on a train to Buenos Aires for a meeting with the president.
Wait… How did everyone know that the president just had a private meeting with a fugitive revolutionary leader? The Military isn’t going to like that at all, and the Patriotic League either…
Good luck fixing that mess, Mr. President.

Part 5: Finishing off

Reaching the end of today’s progress report, that was the overview of one of the upcoming South American nations in the next update of Southern Victory (Yes, there will be more).
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2020.10.30 18:21 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 8 - Philadelphia Eagles(2-4-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-5)
Sunday Night Football will host the most popular match in its history as the Dallas Cowboys will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Prime Time Sunday Night. It will be the 15th Sunday Night meeting between the clubs. The match up however is far from what it was on paper before the season started. Both teams are dealing with injuries all over the field with Dallas dealing with the biggest injury after losing Dak Prescott for the season with a fracture and dislocated ankle. The Cowboys will also be without Andy Dalton who is still in the league’s concussion protocol after an extremely dirty hit by Washington’s Jon Bostic last week. The Eagles are coming off their first division win and getting healthier as rookie WR Jalen Raegor will return to the lineup Sunday Night and give Wentz another speedy threat in the receiving corps just as he is finding rhyme with his other speedy rookie John Hightower. If Wentz can get the passing game, the Eagles should have no problem putting up points against the porous Dallas defense. Even if Eagles RB Miles Sanders can’t go, the Eagles should still be able to move the ball on the ground with Boston Scott and Corey Clement as the Cowboys have the last ranked run defense in the league giving up 178 yards per game on the ground. For Cowboys they will see what they have in 3rd string QB Ben DiNucci. Schwartz will most likely look to pressure the young QB and rattle him into making mistakes. However, if DiNucci can stand in there and avoid the pressure he still has a number of dangerous targets who have the ability to gash the Eagles defense which has been weak this season. The Eagles are heavily favored, but this is an NFCE matchup on a national stage, so we can most likely expect a sloppy game with turnovers that ends closer than it should. Go Birds!
General Information
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Date
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
7:20 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
6:20 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
5:20 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 52°F
Feels Like: 52°F
Forecast: Light Rain. Rain in the afternoon and evening.
Chance of Precipitation: 67%
Cloud Coverage: 95%
Wind: East-Southeast 5 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Eagles -10
OveUnder: 43
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 2-5, Dallas 0-7
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will attempt to provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
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Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Dallas Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network Brad Sham returns for his 42nd season in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. Beloved by Cowboys fans, Sham's award winning play-by-play has provided the soundtrack to many of the most memorable moments in Dallas Cowboys history. Babe Laufenberg returns as the Network's full-time color analyst. A fixture on the sideline, veteran reporter Kristi Scales provides instant updates from the field.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game nationally with Tom McCarthy handling the play by play and Ross Tucker will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Streaming 825) SIRI 81 (Streaming 823)
XM Radio XM 225 (Streaming 825) XM 226 (Streaming 823)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Streaming 825) SXM 226 (Streaming 823)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 2-4-1 .357 1-2-1 1-2 1-1 2-2 163 196 -33 1w
Football Team 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 2-1 1-3 133 165 -32 1W
Cowboys 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 1-1 2-4 176 243 -67 2L
Giants 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 1-2 1-5 122 174 -52 1L
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (69-53)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2650-2401)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 3-5 against the Cowboys
Mike McCarthy: 4-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Mike McCarthy: McCarthy leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 2-4
Ben NiDucci: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Ben NiDucci: First Meeting
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 10-7
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Series tied: 6-6
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 21 - Cowboys No. 29
Record
Eagles: 2-4-1
Cowboys: 2-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Eagles 17 - Cowboys 9
This was the game Wentz needed to win, his spirit growing after the Eagles rallied on the final drive in two straight weeks to beat the Giants and Redskins and thrust themselves back into the playoff picture. He rallied the Eagles with a pep talk in the tunnel before they hit the field for perhaps the biggest game of the 26-year-old QB's career. Perhaps fueled by the emotional edict, Wentz came out connecting on almost every pass, and a maligned wide receiver group that suffered a season-long case of the drops suddenly made plays. The Eagles took a 17-3 lead when Wentz hit former college quarterback Greg Ward for 24 yards and Miles Sanders scored on a 1-yard run on the final play of the third quarter for a 17-3 lead. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys fought back and Dak had the Cowboys in position to tie the game when Sidney Jones broke up Dak’s 4th down pass to Michael Gallup and Jerry Jones exited the box with 1:15 on the clock as the Eagles prevented Dallas from clinching the division with the win.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/22/2019 Eagles Cowboys 17-9
10/20/2019 Cowboys Eagles 37-10
12/9/2018 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/11/2018 Cowboys Eagles 27-20
12/31/2017 Cowboys Eagles 6-0
11/19/2017 Eagles Cowboys 37-9
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 8 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Giants Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 163 278 58.6% 1760 10 10 74.3
Prescott 151 222 68.0% 1856 9 4 99.6
DiNucci 2 3 66.6% 39 0 0 109.7
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 71 434 86.5 6.1 3
Elliott 113 458 65.4 4.1 5
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Fulgham 23 357 89.3 15.5 3
Cooper 53 583 83.3 11.0 2
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 6.0 24
Smith 4.0 13
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 57 32 25 1.0
Smith 75 39 36 0.5
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod/Mills 1 3
Awuzie 1 1
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 32 1630 66 50.9 45.3 12 2 0
Jones 21 905 54 43.1 41.4 5 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 12 8 66.7% 54 11/11
Zuerlein 12 10 83.3% 46 14/16
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 9 167 18.6 25 0
Pollard 17 394 23.2 67 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Ward 9 50 5.6 11 0 11
Lamb 12 85 7.1 27 0 4
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 345.4 25th 418.0 3rd
Rush Offense 188.6 15th 101.9 24th
Pass Offense 226.9 24th 316.1 1st
Points Per Game 23.3 T-23rd 25.1T-18th
3rd-Down Offense 43.4% 15th 42.5% 17th
4th-Down Offense 36.4% 26th 53.9% 22nd
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 60.9% T-20 60.9% T-20th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 350.9 12th 408.1 27th
Rush Defense 130.4 24th 178.3 32nd
Pass Defense 220.4 7th 229.9 12th
Points Per Game 28.0 2nd 34.7 32nd
3rd-Down Defense 42.1% 19th 50.5% 27th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-12th 83.3% 28th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 75.0% 29th 64.3% 16th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. -5 T-28th -13 32nd
Penalties/Game 5.7 T-16th 6.4 T-24th
Penalty Yards/Game 45.3 16th 51.3 20th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles faced off against the division rival Giants who were coming off their first win of the season and were looking for a 2nd for first year coach Joe Judge. The Eagles have moved to 2-4-1 on the season after rallying to defeat the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football, 22-21. After New York gave its best punch of the night -- a 97-yard touchdown drive headlined by Daniel Jones -- to go up 21-10 with just over six minutes to play, Philadelphia scored 12 unanswered points to earn the win. Carson Wentz led a 71-yard touchdown drive to give the Eagles the lead with just 40 seconds to play after connecting with running back Boston Scott on an 18-yard reception. Along with the comeback, he finished his night with 359 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception while completing passes to eight different Eagles receivers. He also ran for 15 yards and a touchdown. As for the Giants, they mustered just 325 yards of offense and struggle to protect Daniel Jones throughout the contest
Cowboys - The situation went from bad to worse for the Cowboys, who had no answers for Washington's defense. After a goal-line stand on Washington's opening drive, a strip sack by Landon Collins on Andy Dalton led to an early Washington safety. Washington then marched down the field, extending their lead to 9-0 on a 12-yard touchdown run by Antonio Gibson. The Cowboys responded with their only points of the afternoon on a Greg Zuerlein field goal. However, Washington would score two more touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach for Dallas. With this loss, Dallas dropped to 2-5 on the season. Quarterback Andy Dalton would leave the game in the third quarter following a late hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, who was subsequently ejected. Rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci would finish the game in place of Dalton, who was evaluated for a concussion.
Connections
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Cowboys DB Coach *Al Harris * played 5 seasons for the Eagles from 1998-2002.
Cowboys DT Justin Hamilton played one season for the Eagles in 2017.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who was told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was rooting for the Cowboys.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OT Tyron Smith (starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott
TE Zach Ertz G Zack Martin (starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) C Travis Fredrick
LS Rick Lavato (Starter) LB Jalen Smith (1st Alt)
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) WR Amari Cooper (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Jerome Boger
Philadelphia hosts Dallas for the first time since Week 16 of the 2019 season, when the Eagles defeated the Cowboys, 17-9.
Carson Wentz is tied for the 5th-most offensive TDs (10) in the NFL since Week 4, trailing only Tom Brady (13), Kyler Murray (12), Deshaun Watson (11) and Justin Herbert (11).
In 7 games against the Cowboys, Wentz has completed 174-of-255 attempts (68.2%) for 1,713 yards (244.7 ypg), 12 TDs, 2 INTs and a 99.4 rating (100+ rating in 3 of last 4 games vs. Dallas).
Travis Fulgham ranks 2nd among NFL WRs with 357 receiving yards since Week 4 (when he was promoted from the practice squad to the Eagles active roster), behind Robby Anderson (362). Fulgham’s 357 yards are the most by any player in their first 4 games as an Eagle since Terrell Owens in 2004 (364).
Brandon Graham is tied for the 3rd-most sacks in the NFL (6.0), trailing only Myles Garrett (9.0) and Aaron Donald (8.0). Graham ranks 3rd with 9 TFLs, behind T.J. Watt (12) and Vince Williams (12). He is the only NFL player with 6.0+ sacks and 9+ TFLs.
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
WR Jalen Raegor WR CeeDee Lamb
QB Jalen Hurts CB Trevon Diggs
LB Davion Taylor DT Neville Gallimore
S K’Von Wallace CB Reggie Robinson II
OT Jack Driscoll C Tyler Biadasz
WR John Hightower DE Bradlee Anae
LB Shaun Bradley QB Ben DiNucci
WR Quez Watkins
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Cowboys
S Will Parks QB Andy Dalton
DT Javon Hargrave TE Blake Bell
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman OT Cameron Erving
CB Darius Slay DE Aldon Smith
CB Maurice Canady
K Greg Zuerlein
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Cowboys
S Malcom Jenkins WR Tavon Austin
CB Ronald Darby WR Randall Cobb
RB Jordan Howard WR Devin Smith
WR Nelson Agholor TE Jason Witten
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL Cameron Fleming
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill C Travis Fredrick
RB Darren Sproles DE Michael Bennett
DT Timmy Jernigan DE Kerry Hyder
LB Nigel Bradham DE Robert Quinn
DT Maliek Collins
DT Christian Covington
DT Daniel Ross
CB Byron Jones
S Jeff Heath
K Kai Forbath
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15951) needs 49 yards to reach 16000 passing yards.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (970) needs 30 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Stats to Know
Gingers Under Pressure
Everybody knows there are some fantastical magical forces at play when it comes to redheads. They are a curious bunch. This week, we were almost set to witness the Battle of the Gingers in a matchup of piss-poor teams. Surely, the two were going to be under immense pressure to assert himself as the Supreme Ginger...and thus, we will be discussing the two under pressure, even though Andy is surely going to miss this coming game after a dirty hit to the head against the WFT. In 2020, a season demolishing both Dallas's and Philadelphia's Offensive Lines, not a single other NFL QB has been under pressure as much as Mr. Wentz (118 pressure dropbacks). His pressured dropback % is at least slightly better (36.9%), good for 9th-highest. He's also experienced the 6th-highest sack rate (23.7% of pressured dropbacks resulted in sacks) and the 7th-lowest Completion % when pressured (40.0%), 12th-lowest NFL Rating when pressured (51.0%), and 9th-lowest Adjusted Completion % (59.7%). Meanwhile, Sir Dalton in limited snaps thus far has done something spectacular - he has a 100.00% Adjusted Completion % when under pressure (8 completions on 17 attempts and 72 pressure dropbacks), which PFF defines as the % of aimed passes thrown on target (completions + drops / aimed). 8 completions for 58 yards and 1 TD, spectacular! While all 4 NFCE teams' Offensive Lines feature in the top-10 league wide for most pressures allowed, at least Dallas's per-snap Pass Block Efficiency rating is borderline top third, while the Eagles are 2nd-worst in both metrics. And here enters QB Ben DiNucci. Good luck. The question of Ginger Supremacy will have to wait for another day.
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Defensive Line vs what is left of the Cowboys Offensive line
This has been one of the premier matchups in football over the last few seasons, however it is a shell of what it once was due to injuries. The last few years the Cowboys had one of the best offensive lines in football, but they lost one of their best players in the offseason when Travis Fredrick retired for health reasons after missing 2018 with Guillain-Barré syndrome and returning to play last year. His replacement Joe Looney is currently on the IR and could return this week, though a more likely return date for him is week 9. The Cowboys are also missing starting RT La’el Collins who started the season on the IR for his hip, but later needed season ending surgery and All-Pro Tyron Smith recently underwent season ending neck surgery. Smith’s replacement Brandon Knight recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and landed on the IR. The Eagles DL which has been one of the strengths of the team this season should feast. Brandon Graham, who is tied for 3rd in the league with 6 sacks, is currently slated to go up against an undrafted rookie and Fletcher Cox is slated to go up against a rookie 4th round pick. This is one of the best DLs in the league vs one of the worst OLs. The Eagles DL need to take advantage of this matchup and pressure rookie QB Ben DiNucci into making mistakes.
Darius Slay vs Amari Cooper
These games are the reason the Eagles went out and acquired Slay this offseason. In four games since Amari Cooper has arrived in Dallas he has torched the Eagles secondary with 25 catches for 422 yards and 5 TDs. According to Mike Clay, Slay and Cooper have faced off twice before while Slay was in Detriot, first in 2015 where Slay covered Cooper on 20 of 27 routes limiting Cooper to 0 catches on 3 targets in the game. Slay faced Cooper against last season where he shadowed Cooper on 26 of his 30 routes limiting him to 3 catches on 8 targets for 38 yards. Both players are having great seasons as Cooper is on pace for 1300 yards, though most of those were with Dak Prescott in the lineup and Slay has been as advertised shutdown opposing number 1s on a weekly basis. If Slay can shut down Cooper it will limit DiNucci’s to Gallup and Lamb who are both also extremely explosive, but taking away one of those weapons for the rookie QB will be huge and could force him into mistakes on plays where Cooper is the first read.
Eagles Rushing Attack vs the Dallas “run defense”
Unfortunately for the Eagles, it looks like Miles Sanders will miss his second straight week with a sprained MCL, which I am sure he is bummed about because he could have had a huge day vs a run defense ranked dead last giving up 178.3 yards a game. Last week the Redskins had more rushing yards in the first half than they have all season vs Dallas and Redskins RB Antonio Gibson had a career day. With Sanders out the Eagles will rely on RBs Boston Scott and Corey Clement who have not had the same success as Sanders on the ground this season. Clement has not been the same since an injury in 2018 which caused him to miss most the season and the 5’8 Scott is more of a change of pace back, but both have speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. If the Eagles get the run game going, I don’t see Dallas being able to stop this offense as the running game will set up play-action-pass and RPOs which have caused the Dallas secondary to bite this season and allow for big plays. This could be especially dangerous with the return of Jalen Raegor who can fly. Raegor who is always dangerous with the ball in his hands may see a couple of runs himself on a jet sweep or a toss play.
Special thanks abenyishay for his help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.10.30 17:28 decho Pre-Match Thread: Alaves vs Barcelona [La Liga]

Match Information:

 
Match: Alaves vs Barcelona
Competition: La Liga
Date: Saturday, 31st of October 2020
Time: 21:00 CET / 16:00 EDT - Convert to local time
Venue: Mendizorrotza, Vitoria-Gasteiz - 19840 capacity
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
 

Lineups and Squads:

 
Barcelona - Official squad confirmed
GK: Ter Stegen, Neto, Iñaki Peña, Arnau Tenas
DEF: Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Firpo
MID: Busquets, Aleñá, Pjanić, Riqui Puig, Coutinho, Pedri, Matheus, De Jong
ATT: Griezmann, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Trincão, Ansu Fati, Konrad
Unavailable: Ter Stegen, Araujo, Umtiti, Coutinho (injured)
Not called: Riqui Puig, Matheus
 
Alaves - Official squad to be confirmed
GK: Fernando Pacheco, Antonio Sivera, Aritz Castro
DEF: Rubén Duarte, Rodrigo Ely, Laguardia, Adrián Marín, Martín Aguirregabiria, Ximo Navarro, Javi López, Alberto Rodríguez, Florian Lejeune, Abdallahi Mahmoud, Tomas Tavares
MID: Rodrigo Battaglia, Pina, Edgar Méndez, Burgui, Pere Pons, Borja Sainz, Manu García, Sergi García, Pepe Blanco, Jota Peleteiro
ATT: Lucas Pérez, Joselu, John Guidetti, Luis Rioja, Deyverson
Unavailable: Pere Pons (injured) Rodrigo Ely (doubtful)
Not called:
 

Head-to-head:

 
 

Form guide:

 
Alaves
Barcelona
 

Comments (Post-match thread):

 
Author: sandeep_11 Score: 225 pts Source
So Messi's bad season is so good that he is again the highest la liga scorer and with 20 assists and papa perez thinks benzema deserves Ballon d'or. Messi is victim of his own standards. Edit :- 21 assists crazy stats
Author: sp3co92 Score: 158 pts Source
"The attitude and commitment that the team has shown today is the way forward. We leave with better feelings thinking about the Champions League." "Pichichi award? It's secondary to me. I wish we had won La Liga, like last year." "The main thing, which is internal self-criticism, we already did. We haven't had a good season either in terms of performances and in terms of results, today the attitude was good. What the coach said is true, we've had good moments, but we need to be more regular." "We need this break, have peace of mind and refresh." "We've already said everything we need to say. We need to stabilize now. We don't need to talk anymore. We need to show that we've made a change."
Let's go boys. Let's fucking go !!!
Author: iLucifux Score: 156 pts Source
Nothing to say but Puig, Fati and Araujo are so promising! They ooze confidence.
This win is a morale boost to our squad and hopefully see Barca repeat the same or better performance in the CL.
The funniest fact is that when we want Messi to score he gives us assists and when we want him to assist, he gives us goals. Unpredictable.
Author: Caspoor11 Score: 92 pts Source
Arturo Vidal should be kept and not sold. This is not a reactionary comment because of his good performance this game, but since the start of the season and post covid as well.
Author: i798 Score: 86 pts Source
So happy that Puig and Fati are finally being integrated into our first team. Great match by both of them and also happy for Messi breaking the assist record and possibly winning his 7th Pichichi. I know we lost the league but this was a great way to end the season, minus the Lenglet injury ofc. Great match and onto the champions league now!
Author: Itaney Score: 69 pts Source
I still can’t believe Araujo ran 34.9km/h. That makes him by far our fastest player and the fastest player in La Liga. Here is La Liga’s official twitter page listing the 10 fastest players. I’m pretty sure that makes him the fastest CB in the world — Joe Gomez was running 34.3 and he was supposed to be the fastest CB. And Araujo is doing this weighing 14kg more than Gomez(?!) Not to mention he’s 21, so he can get even faster.
His speed can be a game changer.
Author: ApolloFin Score: 65 pts Source
That Puiq, Roberto, De Jong midfield trio kinda is the midfield I wanna see against Napoli.
I know I know, it doesn't sound exactly defensively sound but at least we have player on the pitch that can do foward passes, carry the ball up themselves and who can also make runs in behind.
Three players with that amount of stamina and speed is something we haven't had for a while in our midfield.
Busquets is slow but his defensive positioning is so great that we might miss it in our game but I think de jongs ability to move faster, turn faster, make forward passes more often and carry the ball himself up the field over rides busquets defensive presence and some flashes of brilliant forward passes.
Author: sp3co92 Score: 52 pts Source
Riqui Puig created 3 big chances against Alavés - it was the first time a Barcelona player not named Messi created that many in a single match since April 29 2018, when Luis Suárez created 5 against Deportivo La Coruña. [ SofaScore ]
 

Quotes:

 
❝It's good competition.❞ – @RonaldKoeman, on deciding between @sergino_dest and @SergiRoberto10 at right fullback - src @FCBarcelona
❝Diego Maradona, in his time, was the best player. As of today, I think #Messi is the best player.❞ – @RonaldKoeman, on Diego Maradona, who turned 60 today - src @FCBarcelona
❝He's a very humble kid, he's got his feet on the ground.❞ – @RonaldKoeman, on @Pedri - src @FCBarcelona
❝He's still got a little way to go before he's ready to play.❞ – @RonaldKoeman, on @mterstegen1 - src @FCBarcelona
Koeman: "I have no complaints about Griezmann either in training or in games. He has quality, he lacks a goal, but he gives us a lot." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Araújo has a lot of future and a lot of quality, we're counting on him. He has a lot of future, although he has to improve on some aspects, like in building from the back and his first touch. But I'm happy with him." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "In his time Maradona was the best, but today Messi is." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "For young players the advice is to wait and always be prepared, because you never know when you will have to prove your worth." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "In several games we've had 23 players, but for me it's too many players. It's better to travel with 20, 21 at most. I prefer that players train intensively rather than just travel." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Riqui is not with us because of a technical decision." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Ansu has to keep working and improving. Yesterday I was talking to him for a while about concentration, this is an aspect that needs to be improved so as not to lose balls. He's a talent, he is a very good player, we have to care about him." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Dembélé today is physically much better. He has trained well and has participated in the last games. He's creative, he's got speed, he's good one-on-one, and he can play on both wings." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "I don't know how the departure of Bartomeu will affect me, I will focus on winning titles and we will see who takes his position in the future." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Pedri is a very humble kid, it's normal for him to be praised for his work, but he has his feet on the ground." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Umtiti needs more training sessions to be able to count on him." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Ter Stegen is fine, but he lacks a bit to play. He needs a couple more training sessions to be physically well." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "We analyse our game well, we must play with a high rhythm like the other day. The team is getting bigger and better, and we have good players." - src @barcacentre
 

Latest News:

 
[Article] - The squad for Alavés v FC Barcelona - fcbarcelona.com
[Article] - The lowdown on Alavés - fcbarcelona.com
[Article] - Five facts you should know ahead of Alavés v Barça - fcbarcelona.com
[Training] - Ter Stegen and Umtiti at training - fcbarcelona.com
[Article] - When and where to watch Alavés v FC Barcelona - fcbarcelona.com
 

TV/Online:

 
Livesoccertv Liveonsat FCBarcelona.com
 
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2020.10.29 01:12 hiphopthewalrus Offseason Key Dates

The Major League Baseball Offseason™ (presented by Camping World) is an exciting time, and it is full of key dates and things to look out for. Unfortunately, the MLB’s official calendar inexplicably leaves out many of the events that are scheduled to happen. So I put together this more-or-less comprehensive guide of things to keep an eye on over the next few months, so fans don’t miss out.
Oct. 28: Offseason opens. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora, and Jeff Ludnow can now do Zoom interviews for open positions. They each eventually purchase new computer microphones after team executives complain about a strange buzzing sound on the audio of their calls.
Nov. 1: Deadline for exercising/declining options and extending qualifying offer. Notably, the Indians decline Carlos Santana’s option and refuse to make a QO out of sheer terror that he might accept it. The Dolan family sleeps well this night. The Pirates decline Chris Archer’s option, with owner Bob Nutting citing financial troubles after losing millions on his latest business venture: a series of children’s books on the dangers of happiness. Likewise, the Cardinals decline to pick up Kolten Wong’s option after their own troubles with their beer business, which assuredly lost tons of money during a pandemic when people had much better things to do.
Nov. 2: Alex Cora is announced to return as manager of the Red Sox. President Chaim Bloom says during his introductory press conference that the Red Sox missed his “steady hand over the last two seasons.” When a reporter points out that Cora has only been absent for one year, not two, Bloom suddenly remembers that Cora was the manager for the disappointing 2019 season. “I’ve made a huge mistake” he says.
Nov. 4: The White Sox announce the return of 76-year-old Tony La Russa as their new skipper. La Russa wastes no time in his introductory press conference denouncing Kevin Cash’s World Series decisions and the entire field of “math.”
Nov. 5: Tigers GM Al Avila surprises everyone by announcing that his son, Alex Avila will join the Tigers as a playemanager. The elder Avila says he loves working closely with his son and is excited for the chance to fire him midseason.
Nov. 7: The Phillies hire some guy from the Rays front office to be GM. Ownership pretends to know who he is, but they actually just picked the person with the best sounding name from Tampa’s website. Regardless, it seems to appease the irrationally angry Philadelphians, who are slightly less stabby this day.
Nov. 8-Dec. 6: Literally nothing happens.
Dec. 6-Dec. 10: Winter Meetings. Nothing happens, but we talk a lot more about it.
Dec. 10-Dec. 20: Nothing happens.
Dec. 21: On the winter solstice, a crowd of angry yinzers burns Bob Nutting in effigy outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh, as is tradition.
Dec. 22-Dec. 25: Nothing happens.
Dec. 26: Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto trades in all his Christmas gifts for things that are slightly more expensive and less useful.
Dec. 27-Dec. 31: Nothing happens.
Jan. 1: Ken Rosenthal writes his 57th article of the offseason on why nothing is happening. He quotes eight anonymous front office personnel who all contradict each other. He concludes by listing all the things that could happen but aren’t happening. The article is instantly posted to baseball where half the comments are just people complaining about The Athletic’s paywall.
Jan. 2-Jan. 8: Nothing happens. This time in 2021.
Jan. 9: In a cost-saving measure, the Cubs trade former MVP Kris Bryant to the Braves for Austin Riley. Cubs ownership tries to deflect away from the news by leaking that they are maybe, possibly, sorta open to working on a Javier Baez extension. The trade goes mostly unnoticed by a fanbase busy drinking themselves to sleep after watching the Bears lose in the first round of the playoffs 13-6. Atlanta begins working on their own extension talks with Bryant but give up quickly when they realize that he wont accept a deal at 30% of his market rate, which is the upper limit for the Braves when offering players extensions.
Jan. 10: Rob Manfred and Union Chief Tony Clark meet in an attempt to broker a deal in the case that attendance is limited to start the 2021 season. The two sides say they are “hopeful” an agreement can be reached that will end the free agent freeze.
Jan. 11: Talks break down after it leaks that the owners asked the players to accept 15% of their fully guaranteed contractual salaries, citing the harm to their financial wellbeing that the 20% decline in 2020 profits caused.
Jan. 12: Players take to Twitter to call out owners. Trevor Bauer says he will not play for any owner that would try to force players to take pay cuts to protect profits. His agent frantically makes 30 phone calls.
Jan. 15: New Mets owner Steve Cohen flexes his financial muscle by signing George Springer to a 7-year $210M deal. Springer slips on some ice and separates his shoulder while leaving the press conference and is out indefinitely. It is revealed that the White Sox offered Springer a 1 year $25M deal that could have been a 9 year $250M deal through a series of options that vest at 700 plate appearances each season. White Sox brass and talking heads alike are dumbfounded that Springer did not take the deal, which they considered to be “better in some ways than New York’s offer.
Jan. 16: The Indians trade Francisco Lindor to the Dodgers in a three-team deal involving the Padres. The Padres receive an 18-year old short-stop who is highly regarded and also at least 4 years away from the majors. The Indians get back a starting pitcher, drafted in the 16th round, who shares a name with an early-2000’s Disney Channel star, and who will post a 3.25 ERA as a rookie. Rounding out the return for Cleveland are three outfielders who will combine to contribute 0.5 fWAR.
Jan. 18: Arte Moreno, who has gone full Jerry Jones and is now acting as GM of the Angels as well as owner, signs Trevor Bauer to a 7-year $200M deal with opt-outs after each season. When asked about his approach to team building Moreno says, “why have many good player when few good player do trick?” The Angels subsequently sign Shelby Miller and Carlos Rodon to 1 year, $10M deals each to round out the rotation. They are projected to win 76 games.
Jan. 25: The market for Marcus Stroman, now the top remaining free agent pitcher, is heating up. Bob Nightingale tweets that Stroman and the Yankees have reached a deal. 5 minutes later Stroman announces that he is actually opting out of free agency altogether via a tweet that just reads, “sike, bitches.
Jan. 28: Rockies GM Jeff Bridich once again proving that he is baseballs closest equivalent to a living, breathing embodiment of the Dunning-Kruger effect, uses his entire offseason budget to sign relievers Brandon Workman, David Phelps, and Hector Neris away from the Phillies. When faced with criticism from reporters and fans, Bridich replies that, “being a GM is a lot harder than it looks.” Nolan Arenado makes a public request for a trade, but this is completely ignored by the team.
Feb. 2: The Oakland Athletics, in their first offseason without Billy Beane at the helm in 23 years, go on an unprecedented spending spree that includes extensions for Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, and Marcus Semien as well as picking up JT Realmuto and DJ LeMahieu in free agency. Majority owner Lewis Wolff tells reporters, “the money was always there, Billy just refused to spend it.”
Feb. 6: Despite their free spending ways, the A’s are beaten out by Toronto in their quest to resign closer Liam Hendricks, who is brought in to replace the departing Ken Giles. This marks the one acquisition Rogers Communication approves for the Jays all winter. As such, GM Ross Atkins makes a celebration of the signing, calling it “a great day for the Toronto Blue Jays, and therefore, the world.” The mood is dampened somewhat when Hendricks, a native of Australia, posts a video of himself on Instagram Live drunkenly fist fighting with an endangered tazmanian devil. Per Australian law, his punishment is to be kicked in the ass with a large boot. MLB.tv does a live broadcast of the booting except of course for blackout restrictions in New England, the northeastern quadrant of Alabama, Carson City, Nevada, and the state of Iowa.
Feb. 14: The MLBPA and Manfred finally reach an agreement on the season. The players will receive their full salaries in exchange for the complete elimination of the minor leagues. Current minor league players will enter into indentured servitude stitching baseballs by hand until their bonus amounts have been repaid. Both sides are very happy with this compromise.
Feb. 15: Manfred also announces a few rule changes for the 2021 season. To reduce strikeouts, a 4th strike has been added. To speed up the game, pitchers are now required to hold their breath between pitches or be fined. Manfred applauds his own innovation and says that these new rules in no way change the character of the game.
Feb. 20: Bitter rivals, Red Sox and Yankees wage a very public war over who can stay further under the luxury tax. Fans of poorer teams look on in envy, dreaming of the day that they too can have inane arguments about the luxury tax threshold.
Feb. 27: Spring training begins. The Dodgers announce that Cody Bellinger has suffered a severe concussion during practice after Joe Kelly threw a ball 15 feet over the head of the bullpen catcher and hit Bellinger as he was shagging fly balls in the adjacent field. Bellinger takes questions from the media and is not noticeably acting any different. The MLB suspends Kelly for 8 games.
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2020.10.27 14:37 IEscapedFromALab If You See a Downed Aircraft in the Everglades, Avoid It

About three years ago, a buddy named Will and I went kayaking and slough slogging (think a combination of hiking and swimming) in the Loxahatchee remnant of the Everglades. I had just gotten engaged to my girlfriend of seven years and he was celebrating three years of avoiding painkillers and sticking to weed that started after our third amigo, Cory Walton, passed away from an overdose. Will had been partially responsible, having fled instead of calling the police to avoid trouble and had never forgiven himself. I had difficulty with it from time to time, so I tried to consider not hating him for it a burden to work on and he agreed to work on his painkiller habit.
So we had brought some shrooms and weed with us to really enjoy the wilderness. Our friendship went back more than fifteen years, all the way to our High School group of hooligans so I couldn't just give up on him. My name is Jason Grover and this is the story of what me and my friend found in the swamp.
We paddled out with our old kayaks from the Arthur R. Marshall park in West Palm Beach, Florida. We planned so that we could camp a few miles in, grill up some fish and enjoy mother nature. We decided to go much deeper in than we normally did, but our adventures had become a ritual since Will started getting clean and we had a variety of gps devices so that we didn't go missing like so many others. After four or five hours we noticed it was getting dark and Will suggested we find a good spot to camp.
"Hey man, check out this tunnel" Will suggested, pointing at a waterway that went below a thick canopy of trees that formed a tunnel like structure.
There were plenty of invasive species, like Australian pine, climbing fern and brazilian pepper in the areas we had passed, but we most have gotten pretty deep because I hadn't seen a single invasive species for nearly an hour. There was a skinny woman dressed in all white standing on a patch of land covered in tall grass, but she wasn't facing us and walked into the grass when we came near.
"Hey, lady! Is there good solid ground here?" Will tried to ask, but she didn't respond or return. He shrugged and we decided to go through the verdant tunnel ahead of us.
Most of the canopies were formed by mangrove and cypress working together to horde what passed for solid land in the natural state of Florida and this one was particularly thick. This one was so thick that it blocked out the sun almost entirely for about four hundred feet, creating a dark tunnel of tropical colors with only occasional holes for the dark orange and purple sunset to cast light through. There were tons of strange purple bromeliads, beautiful flowers that formed nest like structures to grow from the crevices of trees and branches so that they would not need soil.
"Wow, what the fuck do you think brought it down?" Will asked. I looked at him in incomprehension until he pointed at a spot in the canopy above us.
In addition to the vines and flowers, letters could be seen through a rare area that wasn't covered in foliage. The canopy had been formed by a downed aircraft, and a big one by the looks of it. The Everglades used to enjoy a similar reputation to the Bermuda Triangle and it wasn't uncommon at all to find old military service planes here and there throughout the wetlands. This particular wreck looked ancient, so it didn't surprise me that we had never heard of it.
"Welp, a pity we don't have any choice in exploring the fuck out of this, it's going to eat into our time." Will quipped happily.
"Yeah, we pretty much have to." I said, after I had recovered from my shock.
"Yeah, I'd say so." He said with a triumphant laugh. "AbandonedPlaces is going to absolutely shit its pants."
I nodded in awe as we realized that what appeared to be a cockpit lay some distance ahead of us. A severed wing had propped itself up against a particularly hearty pond cypress tree that seemed to partially wrap itself around the metal, as if embracing it.
We set up camp, putting up our mosquito net over a natural lean-to created by the wing of the downed aircraft and setting up every insect repellent known to man. On closer inspection, the formerly robust looking tree that had seen some better days. The words "La Cigu" were spraypainted near the cockpit of the plane, but the vines obscured anything else. I would have camped elsewhere but Will wanted to get a mosquito net up quickly and thought it looked cool.
It was the winter which made the mosquitos less of a problem, but not enough of a difference, the swamp could exsanguinate a cow in thirty minutes without enough Deet. I couldn't blame him for wanting to get it ready. Once the sun was down we decided to make a fire and warm up our dinner consisting of some fish we had caught, muscadine grapes, purslane, spiderwort, swamp cabbage, betony, young cattail stalks and ringless honey mushrooms, which we added together with some lettuce and ground provisions to make a gigantic weird salad which was quite delicious. In addition, Will decided to rush ahead with some magic mushrooms, although not even close to a full dose. Just enough to make the scenery a little weird, I assumed.
After some time we noticed some soft blue lights and the sounds of people talking and laughing in the distance and figured we must not have been too far from civilization after all.
"Cool, maybe our neighbors might like to party." Will suggested. There was a wild peel of a woman's laughter that encouraged us to believe that this was at least possible.
After enjoying our salads Will decided that he wanted to explore a bit. Despite it being late, I couldn't blame him.
He headed straight for the cockpit of the downed craft. It had broken off from the fuselage and was laying face down in the water, which didn't exactly bode well for the pilots. One of the wings had been thrown several hundred feet ahead. Despite not being able to get the door into the cockpit open, he was able to find something interesting.
"Dude...how did we not hear about this?" He asked, in amazement.
"It probably went down years ago, the Everglades are full of these wrecks." We had even passed an ancient Cessna that nature hadn't taken nearly as much of a liking to.
"No, it doesn't look like that's the case." he said, pointing to a laminated piece of paper that had survived the crash intact. At the top of the page was the date, only three months prior to us finding it. A list of passengers showed nineteen passengers were originally on the list.
"What the fuck?" I asked, in audible amazement. I set up a floodlight on the interior of what was once the craft and immediately saw that despite mother nature's ferocity, there were many signs that it had once recently maintained life. Several first aid kits were still in the craft, only two of them open and only one missing its contents, some rations that had been untouched and still in their packaging. Near the wing we had not camped under there were signs of a campsite.
After unpacking and preparing our camp, we decided to hit out before the sun went down to see as much as possible of the mysterious wreck.
There was only a single sign of death, a skeleton that we hadn't noticed in one of the darker areas of the fuselage that we had kayaked through. Its arms and legs held it to the wall of the fuselage by vines, allowing the partially shattered torso to sag slightly as if it had been crucified. It looked like it had been picked clean and now had a beautiful bromeliad growing from one of its eye sockets, making it look like it had one dark purple and green eye that still watched us with an amused expression. There was a hole in the ribcage and most of the bones around it wrenched forward slightly, if it weren't for the downed aircraft I would have suspected a gunshot.
"Holy shit dude" Will said with an incredible sense of awe as he snapped photo after photo. "We have to check out that campsite!" He was clearly thrilled. Despite the creepiness, he seemed ecstatic, I hoped the trip went well for him.
Will took as many pictures as possible, especially of the beautiful skeleton, before we got back in our kayaks and maneuvered to the campsite on the opposite side of the fuselage, amidst a group of small, grassy islands. It seemed strangely far away from a lot of decent, even partially covered places to sleep, being out in the open on a small, easily submerged island generally the worst spot to camp in the Everglades.
Well set up a floodlight so that we could see the area better. It had been a while since a fire had been started there, but there was another corpse, this one not nearly as picked clean. It was wearing a bright yellow sundress and still had some desiccated flesh sticking to the bones. Most of the skeleton was curled into a fetal position, but one of its arms was several feet from it and one of the legs had been shattered. A few feet away from the scene was a now extremely rusty revolver. I guessed and looked around the skeleton and sure enough, deep in the sand there was a bullet where someone must have shot this woman in the leg for some reason.
"What do you think happened?" Will asked, and at first it seemed like a stupid question, until I thought about it. There were plenty of rations left in the plane, plenty of ways to avoid exposure, she seemed to have a radio. There was no reason for whatever happened here to happen. I grabbed the rusty gun, just in case something attacked them.
"It looks like someone shot her in the leg? Where is everyone else from the crash? Why the fuck wasn't this in the news?" I asked aimlessly, as Will was more wrapped up in his trip. We checked around the area of land, but I didn't see anything. I was about to suggest leaving, but Will began taking pictures of the wing, specifically the motor on the wing.
"Alright, there might be an award or something for this!" Will said with delight. I turned the corner and found what had let him in a good mood: the propeller on the rig was filled to the brim, and I mean all the way, with the dead corpses of birds. Most of them were just skeletons and feathers, and the mass of twisted birds looked like a horrible Halloween prop.
"Yeah, we should contact authorities right away, just so we look alright."
Will was a good guy, but he tended be extremely focused on his on search for personal luxuries, often to the point of causing problems for himself. You had to remind him from time to time. He was about to respond when suddenly we heard a loud shriek coming from our campsite.
"Aww man, I hope this doesn't turn into a bad trip." Will said.
I didn't want to make things worse by telling him that we clearly had picked the wrong spot to camp. As we swung our kayaks to head back out to our camp, we heard chittering, bizarre laughter. Someone ran through the tall grasses and said something along the lines of "I wish we had picked some up the last time we were at the store." in a high pitched, slightly nasal woman's voice as if in a normal conversation.
"Hey! Hey! Hello!" I shouted. Will looked confused. "Where did that come from?" He asked.
Suddenly another voice rang out. "It was just a telemarketer, get some rest." whoever it had a New York accent and was somewhere behind us, but when we looked there were only some water grasses.
I flashed my light in the direction it came from but saw only shadows moving. I started paddling away from whoever was speaking and towards the camp. Will looked terrified as we headed through the plane again, especially at the skull, which seemed to regard us with the same hostile amusement it had when we first met it and was now considerably less cool.
"Alright, maybe we oughtta just get the fuck out of here. Someone here wants to fuck with us. I'm sorry man, I hope this doesn't fuck up your trip." I said with as much firmness in my voice as I could muster.
"Yeah, yeah, it's cool, it's cool." Will said, very obviously to himself as much as to me. He was shaking pretty badly and seemed to have some difficulty following me. I had to keep him from tipping over repeatedly.
When we got to our lean-to camp, it was obvious someone had been through our stuff, but none of it was destroyed. Instead, all of our belongings had been laid out neatly outside of our tent in overlapping circles, like an insane Venn diagram. Much of the vegetation and scrap in the surrounding area had been cleared away. I could now see that the spraypaint on the side of the aircraft said "La Ciguapa" in a desperate hand. Strange symbols now covered the cockpit as well.
"La Ciguapa" I said aloud. I remembered a friend of mine telling me it was a mythical demon from the Dominican Republic, but he had described it kind of like a mermaid.
"Dude, what the fuck?" Will said, rushing to our tent to check for further damage. His flashlight lit up hundreds of bizarre symbols that had been painted on the interior of the mosquito net.
"I understand that the schedule is tight, but this meeting is a priority." Came a stern woman's voice from the far distance.
"Dude, do you think those are the people who survived the crash?" Will asked, not even bothering to speak to whoever it was.
For once he had the right idea and I hope he stuck to it. I just shook my head. I was shocked that anyone could survive a crash like that, but something was now clearly wrong with those fucking people. I would get them help later once the authorities came by. I hoped that Will wouldn't suggest going to speak with them.
"Well, where did the bodies go then?" He asked, quietly. There was a chance that the tail had broken off, sucking people out, but it was hard to tell. And why had that skeleton been shot in the chest? Will sounded like he was breathing hard enough to hyperventilate, so I had to calm him down before he panicked further and then call the authorities, as if it was going to be easy to help us out there.
"Dude, where did the bodies go, why did we not hear about a missing plane, what the fuck happened here?" He was freaking out, and it was raising the chances of both of us dying. He took out his cellphone and tried to make a phone call, but stared at his phone oddly after a moment.
"I can't get any reception to open a browser and when I try to make an emergency call I heard was some woman singing in Spanish!" He almost cried in despair.
"Let me get in contact with the authorities, it's cool dude. Just chill out a second. Just chill."
I took out my own phone and tried to use every emergency system I had in place for this situation. My phone essentially told me to fuck off, even for emergency calls. I found our radio equipment, surprisingly undamaged, among the bizarre circles. Will smoked a joint the size of his forearm, which was a relief to see considering his own situation.
When I finally got a line of communication up, all I heard was a woman's voice, singing a strange sounding song in a language I didn't recognize. I speak Spanish fluently, and whatever I was listening to had nothing to do with the language. It didn't even sound like a Romance language. Every channel that should have been useful seemed to play it endlessly. I tried not to mention anything, but Will probably noticed the look of frustration, and began toking more rapidly for it.
"Hey, dude, maybe we should ask those people for help. There are some more, over there." He pointed in the distance ahead of us and I noticed lights blossoming some ways away. A cold chill went up my spine and I remembered the nonsense phrases that were uttered in response to us asking for help. And the gun near the woman.
"They didn't seem very helpful, I'm going to set up a PLB first." A personal locator beacon, or PLB, was something you wanted if you were going into the wild, whose only job was to send out a powerful S.O.S. that was difficult for search and rescue teams to miss. Then I fired up our satellite messenger, which should have allowed me to have access to Facebook and Twitter. Except this time nothing loaded correctly. I turned the thing off, the on again and it came out worse. Every single thing I read was in some weird language, bizarre syllables spelled out on otherwise blank webpages. I couldn't even use it to send an S.O.S., so I kept the PLB in my pocket.
"Get anyone?" Will asked, with obvious fear in his voice. Getting him to calm down was difficult enough when he wasn't on shrooms.
"The S.O.S. beacon is working, just give it some time dude, it's cool. We may end up camping out here while we wait." I hoped he would listen to what I said for once, because if he lost his shit we could have ended up in trouble out there. Death was not something I wanted to think about, but it was absolutely a possibility, especially with Will not being helpful. I was happy he was smoking weed just to keep him out of the way. He must have loved it too, because nearly an hour went by before I heard from him again.
"Dude...look." He said, barely above a whisper. At the very far edge of the clearing, more than 600 feet away from us the woman we had seen much earlier was standing quietly. Just like before, she was standing with her back to us, moving around as if she was working on something that we couldn't see. Her white blouse and khaki shorts hung from her body and she was utterly emaciated. Both of her hands and her legs were jet black with what looked like incredible bruising. A long river of black hair flowed to the ground. She was muttering strange phrases mixed with the strange song I had heard on my phone. I quietly tried to turn off my lights and warn Will, but it was too late.
"Hey, lady, do you need any help?" Will asked, shining his flashlight on her before I could motion for him to shut the actual fuck up.
A long, horrifying shriek emerged from the woman and she began to run at us at an incredible speed while still backwards. Without thinking twice, I took the gun out of my pocket, hit the safety and pulled the trigger in its general direction, but if I hit it didn't seem to do anything. Instead, I couldn't hear anything and the fucking thing flew out of my hand. Will took a moment, staring in shock, but eventually followed my cue of running to the kayaks. Before I did, I noticed that the woman's feet and knees seemed to move in a way that implied they were facing us.
"Shit, shit, shit, shit!" I couldn't hear the words coming out of my mouth, the ringing in my ears covered everything up. Will was shouting something to me that I couldn't make out as he pushed his kayak out with him laying on top of it instead of in it. I struggled to use my paddle to push myself as far away from the land as possible, and almost landed in the water in the process, but managed to keep my ship right. When I looked back, I noticed small, pale hands sticking out of the water in front of where Will was moving his kayak and knew they were going to be able to catch the small craft.
I slowed down and reversed just slightly, allowing him to slide onto the top of my kayak right as two pale bodies shot from the water, hair covering their faces and grabbed the kayak. It was amazing mine didn't simply go under.
Will was screaming something and I paddled as hard as I could as Will cut loose any extra weight that he could find, including the only supplies we had that weren't on the island. We managed to make it to the aircraft and when I looked back, the woman was still standing there as well as two others, a man and a younger looking girl. All had their backs facing the kayak they were tearing apart, matted hair covering their faces.
I paddled us through the aircraft and saw that the strange flower growing from the skeleton was now glowing with a powerful blue light, just like the ones we had seen in the distance. Will and I stared in awe and horror as we realized what had become of the survivors. I wondered if perhaps the flower was the real culprit. It wasn't unheard of for some parasites to force their prey to perform labor, perhaps this was a similar mechanism.
We paddled for at least half an hour, only to find ourselves returning to the aircraft again. This time, a man stood just off to the side, not facing away from us, wearing absurdly bagging clothes. We kept quiet and left, but kept coming back, again, and again. Another one eventually appeared on the edge of the aircraft, a child by the looks of it, who stood up as we neared. We left quietly every time.
Without our GPS units our chances of finding a way out were seemingly non-existent, and with Will laying on top of my craft if one of those things chased us again we would probably be joining them or getting eaten or who knows what. Will began to sob uncontrollably as we realized we had gone in a circle for the fourth or fifth time. I was fucking exhausted and there were more of those things, those people, every time we came near.
"Will. We have to go back." I could see shock and horror cross his face.
"No, no man, don't. Let's just keep trying." I could barely hear his words over the ringing in my ears.
"If we don't get our GPS map, we're never going to be able to figure out how to leave. Something is fucking with us, it's keeping us here. We need that thing." I said, knowing that sternness had crept into my voice. I could see his lips forming the word "No" over and over again and it pissed me off. "Do you want to die out here, Will? Because they'll be happy to help. Let's just do this, and get it done with." He seemed to quiet down after that. I paddled in silence for another fifteen minutes before we reached the edge of the aircraft again.
"Ok, we're going to do this as quickly as possible." I told him, and he simply nodded in terror.
We didn't see any more of them around the exterior of the aircraft. I paddled through the green tunnel until we came to the edge of the clearing where our belongings had been left. Will's kayak was ripped to shreds on the edge of the water. No one creepy backwards people, though. We landed as quietly as possible, and Will slid off of the kayak, allowing me to get free. Our stuff was in circles again, but this time different circles. I looked through the one closest to us and found some batteries, but nothing else useful.
Will poked around, but didn't seem very focused, instead he was watching the woods around us as he half ambled over to the wing where we had built our camp under. Hopefully he was looking for supplies and not weed. I went back to searching and eventually found a radio and GPS system. I put in the batteries and it kicked to life, albeit in a strange language. The map was still visible. I also grabbed the gun, which although it had fallen, hadn't gone far. Thank God La Ciguapa didn't care for them.
From every direction, that song was now flowing to us, slowly and steadily getting closer. I stared in horror as first one, then two, then at least half a dozen emaciated bodies came from the woods. Each had blackened arms and legs, turned all the way around. There were two that were very close to the kayak and the gun didn't have many bullets left.
Before I could think about it, I shot the tree that was holding up the airplane wing. The wing came down with a sickening crack and a tremor, landing on top of Will. He screamed a long, impossible scream and even from the distance on of our floodlights illuminated dark pink foam that had started to flow from his mouth. I backed away from my friend as he flailed pitifully against the structure which had surely crushed his ribcage.
"I got better! Please help me! I got better!" Will screamed and gurgled.
The backwards people came rushing to him, and at first it looked like they were going to help, but then the screaming intensified. As they ran to him I could see their faces, frozen in fearful grimaces, their eyes no longer seeing, their limbs blackened and turned around. They flocked to Will and seemed to be tearing the flesh off of his bones in strips, and I ran to the now undefended kayak.
"I'm sorry!" I screamed as I fled, but the only response was the singing growing louder.
I managed to get out of there, and got home the next morning. By then, Park Rangers were out in the exterior area, but didn't seem to be searching for anyone. They drew their weapons at me when they saw me, but lowered them after a tense moment or two of me begging for my life. They sunk my kayak and told me not to mention any of what happened to anyone. I mentioned Will but they just shrugged and said "He's gone now." They had me fill out paperwork saying that he drowned on accident and that there wasn't going to be an investigation and told me to never come back.
I plan on keeping that promise, and you should probably avoid the Everglades too.
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2020.10.27 13:19 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 27th, 2020

BEVERLY HILLS
"'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' newest diamond-holder is... Crystal Kung Minkoff!
The entrepreneur and mom of two is set to join the franchise for its upcoming 11th season, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The new Housewife is married to Rob Minkoff, who directed the original Lion King movie. The couple tied the knot in 2007 and share son Max, 8, and daughter Zoe, 5. They celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in September.
"13 years ago we got married. Best decision I've ever made," Crystal, 35, captioned a photo of the two on their wedding day.
Rob, 58, also marked the occasion on Instagram. "13 years ago she said, 'I do.' How lucky can one guy be?" he captioned his post.
The filmmaker also directed The Haunted Mansion, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 among others. Crystal is the founder of Real Coco, a company that offers coconut products, including coffee creamer, water, milk and chips.
Crystal joins the cast after Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Denise Richards' exits."
“Well, God knows. I did that for a long time on the show,” Richards, 51, exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, October 22, of mixing work and family while promoting Annual Mammogram Day. “I think it would be interesting and fun. I feel like it’d be an adventure, and people know from watching the show that we’ve gone through some rough times together but we’re great. We talk every day, many times a day, and we laugh. And so, I think it’d be fun.”
The Bravo star would not go so far as to confirm reports that Hilton, 61, will be a part of the next season. “I don’t know. I cannot … I don’t know. I don’t know,” she said. “We’ll see.”
A source told Us that Hilton is in talks for a part-time role for season 11."
POTOMAC
"Ashley shared an update on that postnuptial agreement during her appearance with Gizelle Bryant on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on October 25. "No, we haven't signed it. I've been a little lackadaisical about it, merely because Michael's been on his best behavior, let me tell you guys. I haven't had to sniff any drawers," Ashley said alluding to how she checks in on her husband, as revealed earlier this season of RHOP.
Flexing her new talk show muscles as one of the hosts of Bravo's Chat Room, Gizelle then asked Ashley a follow-up question about her relationship with Michael as the couple prepares to welcome their second child in February. "With baby two, baby No. 2 coming, do you think potentially [Michael] might feel isolated and lonely again?" she asked Ashley.
"We're really trying to not go down that road," Ashley said in response. "We're using tactics that we got from the therapist now. So we do these little worksheets and stuff on Sunday night, because we're really trying. We're really making an effort to be together."
Ashley opened up more about how her relationship with Michael has improved during the WWHL After Show. "Our relationship is definitely better. We have made a lot of progress, honestly, saying things that we never talked about before and really being open when we don't want to," she said. "It's not that easy for my husband, so he's trying."
"Monique Samuels and Karen Huger's friendship hit a bit of a snag in the October 25 episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac, when the Not for Lazy Moms podcaster learned of comments the grande dame had made regarding the winery incident. The friends cleared the air with a series of Instagram posts following the episode, sharing where their relationship stands today.
Alongside a photo of the duo at one of her live podcast events, Monique reflected on her reaction to Karen’s comments, as well as the fact that she was unable to attend her event during the episode.
“Back up off my sis officialkarenhuger! This woman has shown me more love CONSISTENTLY than any other woman in this circle! She said what SHE would have done and that’s that. Also, as you see in the sneak peak, I was very emotional at that time and dealing with a lot,” wrote Monique. “I hated that my girl couldn’t make my third show (I was being greedy) but guess what —she was at the first 2 notforlazymoms live events that I’ve done (2018 and 2019). Right by my side and supporting me every step of the way. This is a Grande Dame STAN account and that won’t ever change. Love you sis. Now make sure y’all grab a bottle of La Dame because it’s officially on sale at BLOOMINGDALES!”
Karen replied to Monique’s post in the comment section, writing, “We all are human! You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. It was a very raw and emotional time for you and Candiace. I get it and thank God that I’m made of TEFLON,” adding a kiss face emoji.
Later, Karen shared a post of her own, writing, “Monique, so sad that I had to miss your second Not For Lazy Moms event. The hubby and I can’t wait to take the mike and support you again soon!”
Monique replied, “Thank you sis! My greedy a** wanted all your time sunni. Totally didn’t even consider the other 2 live event you showed up and showed out for! Love you babe! You’re a real one and thank you for loving me through my ‘human’ moments always.”
BRAVO
Q: During the first presidential debate, I lost track of the number of tweets and Instagram comments that demanded you host the next one, given your experience with Housewives reunions. What was your reaction when you first saw all of those comments?
A: I mean, I was flattered. I think the fact that the president is a reality star who behaves recklessly and impetuously, with a loose relationship to facts, makes the comparison to a Housewives reunion or a Bravo reunion apt.
But when I was watching the first debate, I started to get offended on behalf of the Housewives and the work that we do at Bravo on these reunions because actually, he was so much lower than the tenor that we go. What you have to remember is he is not capable of modulating himself, so that was 90 minutes straight of that. So I was offended on behalf of the Housewives … because he was way lower than we ever are. And we are certainly a mix of low and high.
The other thing that’s different is we aim to have some resolution and end on some positivity. So while the discourse may get heated during our debate — if you want to call it that — I try to land the plane so that people have come together or issues have become resolved, and then we end on a hopeful note. I think he wasn’t even able to do that.
Q: You have done Zoom reunions. What did you think when Trump backed out of the virtual debate?
A: It’s a hard format for anyone, for a reunion or a president or anybody. I will say, [Trump] is someone who has spent the last 20 years or so on his life on television, so if anyone should have been able to look in the camera and be comfortable doing so, it should have been him.
Q: It seems to me that on Bravo reunions, the Housewives don’t really care how wild they look to the viewer because if they’re interesting, that means they have a better chance of staying on the show. Watching Trump interrupt Biden [in the first debate] reminded me of that, as if he almost didn’t care how he came across.
A: That’s the interesting thing, because that’s a misconception. If Housewives go in there and they’re too nuts at a reunion, there’s no way to modulate them … it can go the other direction and really turn people off. There has to be some kind of reckoning and calm and variety of moods, because if you’re at a fever pitch for an entire reunion, the audience is going to turn on you.
Q: How do you keep it together during reunions when you have so many people yelling and trying to get in a word in? I know sometimes you just have to yell “stop,” but what is your secret while doing this?
A: It’s my job and I’m the EP of the show, and I kind of know what we need to get. And it’s my job to host the reunion and get good television and go through all the topics. I know what I’m there to do. And no one is leaving the room before it’s done. [Note: On Friday, Cohen weighed in with his thoughts on the final debate between Biden and Trump: “It’s amazing that just getting through the debate without losing your mind constitutes as ‘presidential’ these days. Also — WHERE WAS THE MUTE!?"]
Q: Speaking of Trump, I wanted to ask about the famous “Watch What Happens Live” polls in 2016. Multiple polls on the show predicted Trump would win and, at the time, your show was one of the only places saying that. Do you remember what you thought when you first saw the results?
A: I was really stunned. I kept telling my friends, “We can’t underestimate people’s strong feelings about Hillary Clinton.” As strongly as we were for her, there were people who were as strongly against her. And I guess that poll really reaffirmed it to me and blew me away.
Q: Why do you think it was that your audience got it right?
A: That’s an interesting question, because the other thing is, you could also look at it and say, “Well, maybe Trump voters are more likely to vote in polls on a late-night talk show.” I’m sure Nate Silver could add several layers of analysis to why the poll came out the way that it did.
Q: When we talked last year, we talked about Hillary Clinton and how she didn’t come on your show in 2016. She did go on your show this year. What did you think of her episode?
A: I thought it was really great — she really came to play. I wish that she had done my show and “Howard Stern” before the 2016 election. I think people would have seen a different side of her.
Q: In 2017, you told the New York Times that you weren’t shocked by Trump’s victory, partly because of the popularity of Real Housewives — where you hear people give nicknames like “Jesus Jugs,” which you compared to something like “Crooked Hillary” — and how viewers were captivated by that. Do you think people are tired of this kind of thing after four years?
A: I’m surprised that more people are not exhausted by it. It’s noise that you cannot ever shut up. It doesn’t ever stop. Again, there’s no variety, there’s no modulation of it. It’s not like he’s presidential at one moment and then he’s childish at another. He’s only childish. If he were a Real Housewife, he would have been fired by now. There aren’t any Real Housewives that I can think of who have behaved as he has in this way, without showing any vulnerability or humanity, that have remained on the show.
I think Housewives gets a bad rap. If the Housewives was only table-flipping and wine-throwing, I really don’t think that it could still be on 15 years later. But it’s not. It’s also relatable: It’s got friendship and motherhood and being a wife and being a sister. It’s about a whole lot more. And he is 24/7 on the speed of a table-flip.
Q: I feel like people don’t usually think of Real Housewives and politics together, but Season 9 of “New York” had a whole story line about Hillary Clinton supporter Carole Radziwill and her reaction to Trump winning. Ramona Singer has also been criticized recently for going to a Trump fundraiser. How do you decide whether to incorporate politics into the show?
A: It wasn’t a conscious decision to include the election in that year of “New York,” but we were shooting and the women were active. Same thing, we were shooting “Beverly Hills” when the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were on, and that sparked a big fight between Lisa Rinna and Camille [Grammer] and it was really interesting. And it was real.
Q: Bravo fans, and even Housewives themselves, have called for more diversity in the franchise. “Salt Lake City” seems like it has a pretty diverse cast, and Eboni Williams is joining “New York” as the show’s first Black Housewife. I’m curious about the conversations at Bravo: What steps is the franchise taking to ensure there are a range of voices and people across all the shows?
A: You know, I think it’s something that we haven’t gotten right. We’re in a moment of reckoning right now. And so it’s only on us to make it better and make it right and that’s what we’re doing.
Q: There were the “Vanderpump Rules” and “Below Deck” firings from over the summer for people’s racist statements and acts, and some episodes of “Southern Charm” were removed. Have there been discussions about more changes to any of the shows, or how to ensure this doesn’t happen with future cast members?
A: Well, listen, I think it’s challenging because we employ a lot of outspoken, unpredictable characters who people are drawn to, either to judge or connect with or laugh at. So it’s a delicate balance and the line is always moving. We’re always adapting. I think it’s a constantly evolving dance that we’re doing to create entertaining programming with outspoken people without offending a group of people.
Q: Is there a role for Bravo or its shows to play in bringing people together?
A: The thing that I hear constantly, everywhere I go, is “Bravo is a place that, no matter if I’m fighting with my mother or my wife or my daughter or my sister or my friend, Bravo … is a place that we can go and escape and enjoy.” When I talk to people, literally with terminal illnesses, they have said, “Bravo takes my mind off of my problems.”
Bravo is one of the few brands left on TV. People don’t say, “I’m going to go home and watch ABC” or “I’m going to go home and watch TNT.” But they say, “I’m going to go home and watch Bravo.” And Bravo, I think, is synonymous and an escape and fun and entertainment, and that’s what we are going to continue to do. And for that reason, I think we really do bring people together."
ORANGE COUNTY
"Vicki Gunvalson is responding to fan speculation that she and fiancé Steve Lodge have called it quits.
After one fan account pointed out that the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 58, and Lodge, 61, unfollowed each other on social media — and haven’t posted a photo together since last month — Gunvalson fired back.
“I have no fricking idea where this came from,” she exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, October 26. “Someone bored trying to stir up crap.”
The OG Real Housewives star confirmed that the pair “are fine” and are still engaged.
“[We] live together and live a very private romantic life,” she explained. “We don’t follow each other on social media and haven’t for a long time, and we don’t post photos of each other – what’s the point?”
The Coto Insurance CEO added: “This is a complete joke and not worth even commenting, but I did.”
"Kirschenheiter, 36, who moved in with boyfriend Travis Mullen in February after six months of dating, exclusively told Us Weekly that she doesn’t “really care” about what Braunwyn, 42, has to say about her relationship. The move also came eight months after she ended her relationship for good in June 2019 from ex-husband Matt Kirschenheiter.
Gina, instead, thinks the Laguna Beach native should worry about her own household.
“I think right now, honestly, [I] think Braunwyn and her family are in crisis,” Gina told Us on Monday, October 26. “And I’m not going to put much stock into anything she said, and I feel for her family and you know, [but] I’m not trying to make things worse for them.”
“I’m not a judgmental person, you know what I mean?” Gina said of the pair’s modern marriage. “So, if it works for them [then fine].”
The New York native explained that “it’s easier” to not get divorced, so she understands why the pair might be legally together even if Braunwyn is in another relationship.
“If he’s OK with that — I think it might get a little sticky if he met someone new, that person would like to marry him. I don’t know if that would survive the modern marriage,” she said. “But if it works for them now, I mean, it’s less paperwork, it’s less money out of your pocket. It’s less of a headache and it’s, you know, it’s less messy for the whole family.”
ATLANTA
NEW YORK
CHESHIRE
"Reality show star Dawn Ward is accused of racially abusing two men at Euston Station when she was also allegedly caught carrying cocaine.
The 47-year-old, who stars in Real Housewives of Cheshire, is set to face a criminal trial over the allegations, which date back to an incident at the busy railway station in October last year.
The mother-of-four and wife of ex-Premier League striker Ashley Ward is accused of targeting Samuel and Jake Jacobs on race grounds, intending to cause both of them “harassment, alarm or distress”.
It is said Ward was also in possession of a small amount of class A drug cocaine at the time of the incident.
She denies all the charges, but will not face her trial until March 2022 due to chronic delays in the criminal justice system.
Ward, an interior designer who lives in a £15 million Cheshire mansion, shot to fame as a central character in the ITVBe reality show Real Housewives of Cheshire.
She missed her first court appearance last month after being struck down - along with her husband and daughters Charlie and Aston - with coronavirus following a family holiday to Mykonos.
The businesswoman said she spent several weeks in bed recovering from the virus, suffering from aching, shaking, and headaches.
At Inner London crown court yesterday, Ward appeared before Judge Jeremy Donne QC via videolink from her luxury Warford Hall home.
Wearing a blue jacket over a white top, the WAG only spoke to confirm her name during a brief hearing that was beset by technical problems.
She was unable to enter pleas to the charges due to the poor quality of the videolink connection, but her barrister Lisa Judge told the court: “It is not guilty to all three counts.”
Ward’s case will be ready for trial in March next year, but it will have to wait another 12 months to be heard due to the current backlog of cases in the justice system.
Judge Donne agreed that Ward will formally enter her pleas on the first day of the three-day trial, which is set for March 14, 2022.
“I apologise for the poor sound quality but we’ve been able to do everything that would normally be done at this hearing,” he told her. “Dates have been set for the preparation of this case.”
Ward, who had been a rumoured contestant on the latest series of Dancing on Ice, returned to ITVBe screens this month for the 12th series of Real Housewives of Cheshire.
She has been freed by the court on unconditional bail until her trial in 18 months’ time.
Ward is accused of two counts of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, or distress – contrary to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 - and a charge of possession of a class A drug."
"Ampika shared to her Instagram stories that she reason she left RHOCheshire after season 5 was because Dawn ‘racially abused [her] and make [her] life a... living nightmare on and off the camera.’She further posted a video on Twitter, directed towards ITVBe: ‘I really sincerely hope that ITVBe do the rightful thing and... don’t allow people like [Dawn] with their nasty, viscous ways to be portrayed on TV as some superstar, some hero because I think the article [which reported on Dawn’s charges] just about sums [her] up.’
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2020.10.27 04:53 dev_yo3 Story Time: Comandante Rey de Reyes.

Story Time: Comandante Rey de Reyes.
Subject: Juan Reyes Mejia Gonzalez "Comandante Rey de Reyes" Rey de Reyes literally translates to "King of Kings". Here is a photograph of him.
Born November 18, 1975, Rey de Reyes at this point known as R1, was a commander in Los Rojos of the Gulf Cartel. In mid-2011, he was a candidate for being the plaza boss of the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, but he was instead sent to command Miguel Aleman, Camargo, and Ciudad Mier, which were all war zones, where the fight against Los Zetas was raging. The position of Reynosa plaza boss was instead given to Samuel Flores Borrego "Metro 3" by the Gulf Cartel leader El Coss who favoured the Los Metros faction over Los Rojos. This triggered a war between Los Rojos, who allied themselves with Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel, and Los Metros, loyal to El Coss, leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Rey de Reyes, still known as R1 joined forces with Rafael Cardenas, the nephew of Osiel Cardenas, to kill Samuel Flores Borrego of Los Metros, who had been given the plaza boss position. On September 2, 2011, two bodies were found, shot multiple times, in an abandoned Ford F-150 truck on the Matamoros-Reynosa highway. One of these bodies was presumed to be Flores Borrego, and DNA testing confirmed that Flores Borrego, Reynosa plaza boss, had been killed. This was the doing of Rey de Reyes or R1. This triggered an all out war between Los Rojos and Los Metros. However both sides still continued fighting Los Zetas, Los Rojos with the help of Chapo Guzman.
A few months later, a video emerged. It was filmed on April 2, 2012. It started off with the message "Comandante Diablo, Comandante Rey de Reyes, and El Chapo are planting terror in Ciudad Victoria. Watch out Zetas assholes, we are coming for you." The video showed sicarios arriving at a prison in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, and shooting dead two police officers. The video then cut to two Zetas being interrogated by sicarios in a wooded area. They are then both shot and dumped on a roadside. The video ends with another message saying "For all those Zetas assholes that are getting involved in Ciudad Victoria, the only person in command is Comandante Diablo under the orders of Comandante Rey de Reyes". However, this is just the start of Rey de Reyes, now operating under the name Rey de Reyes and his second in command Diablo.
A few days later, late at night in Ciudad Victoria, authorities discover 10 decapitated and dismembered bodies, along with a banner that says something like "These are only the first 10 of yours to fall, if you don’t stop messing in Ciudad Victoria, you and all your dogs will be dead soon. To Z-40 and his rats. Atte. Comandante Diablo under the command of Comandante Rey de Reyes". At this point, Rey de Reyes was barely fighting Los Metros anymore, and was receiving orders directly from Chapo Guzman, sitting in the mountains of Sinaloa.
On May 14, 2012 a video is uploaded to YouTube by an account called "anim trent", titled "Comandante Diablo and Rey de Reyes have fun with Los Zetas". The video starts with a sicario beheading a teen while he is still alive and then carving a "Z" on his stomach to show he was a Zeta. It then cuts to two older men, Zeta sicarios. One is shot in the head and then his arms and legs are chopped off. The other is beheaded and his head is held up to the camera, right before the video cuts to the end.
After this video is released, the identity of the mysterious Rey de Reyes is leaked as Juan Reyes, R1, the Los Rojos boss by Los Zetas. He was previously even speculated to be a pseudonym of Chapo Guzman. Diablo’s identity is also leaked as Hugo Alberto Banderas Padilla.
Two months later, a grisly torture video emerges. 3 women and a man, kneeling, are interrogated by uniformed sicarios bearing the Zetas emblem. A typical video, right? Except when they are asked their name they state "Banderas Padilla". Their mouths are sealed with duct tape. The Zeta in command turns towards the camera, laughs and says, "Look, here’s your shit family, Comandante Diablo". The Zetas then take a wood 2x4, and beat Comandante Diablo’s mother, sister, wife, and brother to death with it. After they are beaten into a literal bloody pulp with the 2x4, the Zeta commander says "To the dirty motherfuckers of Sinaloa and the Gulf, they don’t have balls. Atte. the ones who gave the Gulf their power, Los Zetas".
On July 25, 2012, another video emerges, it slowly starts with someone singing a creepy tune, the kind used in horror movies, sounds very much, a lot like Habanera by Maria Callas. Apparently the translation of the part he sings is:
"Nothing helps... neither threat nor prayer. One man talks well, the other's mum; it's the other one that I prefer. He's silent but I like his looks”
The man is Comandante Diablo, Rey de Reyes’ second in command, whose family was beaten to death by Los Zetas. He turns towards a Zeta, who he has captive, and he tells him to apologize for what he did. The Zeta says "I’m sorry Comandante Diablo and El Senor Comandante Rey de Reyes, forgive me for being part of the filth" Diablo then leaves the room, playing the creepy song that sounds like Habanera on a speaker (I watched the video, the song is very very creepy).
As the song plays, Diablo’s sicarios take a knife and cut out the Zeta’s tongue, then they proceed to stab him and cut him all over, and take out what looks like to be internal organs, and finish by beheading him. Comandante Diablo returns then says "You already fucked my family up but no problem we all know what kind of work we are into. You will cry blood and we'll see who's more of a badass fucking assholes and all the dirty motherfuckers "Zetas" are gonna get fucked up along with all their families like you already did to me so now it’s my turn".
By now, Los Metros has all but defeated Los Rojos, as Rey de Reyes was only fighting Los Zetas, and was working de facto for the Sinaloa Cartel. Because of Los Metros being the only dominant Gulf Cartel faction, Chapo Guzman had made peace with them, and their leader, El Coss, supporting their fight against Los Zetas, giving them weaponry and money, while Rey de Reyes and Diablo also fought the Zetas, effectively also ending the Rojos vs Metros conflict with a Metros victory. However, there were certain elements within the Gulf who blamed Chapo for everything that had gone wrong, all the way since Osiel Cardenas’s capture to the Gulf-Zetas split. These men have killed Comandante Guerra, a Gulf Cartel commander who let Sinaloa drugs pass through his territory without any fees.
To try and fix the situation, it is decided a meeting would take place in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where Chapo Guzman and Mayo Zambada would be present, representing the Sinaloa Cartel, and El Coss’s lieutenant Mario Ramirez known as "El Pelon" along with another Gulf Cartel high rank, Miguel Villareal "El Gringo". Unknown to Chapo or Rey de Reyes, was the fact that El Pelon is one of those men who have killed Comandante Guerra and are secretly plotting against Chapo. However El Gringo is not a plotter. The date for this meeting is set as August 8, 2012. The day before the meeting, a squad is sent to Matamoros on the request of Chapo Guzman to prepare for the meeting. This squad is led by Rey de Reyes and Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno "El Azul", the Sinaloa Cartel leader.
By 7 pm, August 7, 2012, the squad, led by Comandante Rey de Reyes and the old timer Sinaloa capo El Azul reaches Matamoros from Ciudad Victoria to prepare, and set up the meeting spot. As they are driving towards the safehouse, around 8 pm, a series of blockades is setup around the city. Unbeknownst to Chapo or Rey de Reyes, it is El Pelon who has ordered these blockades, because he is one of those men in the Gulf, who are secretly against El Coss and Chapo. The squad runs into one of these blockades, where they are identified and receive heavy fire. They speed away in their trucks, thinking it is Los Zetas who have attacked them, trying to disrupt their peace meeting with the Gulf Cartel. However, they are informed by an anonymous voice on their radio frequency that certain elements within the Gulf Cartel have betrayed them (I want you to guess in the comments who the anonymous voice was). Back in Sinaloa, Mayo informs Chapo Guzman about the situation, and he decides to send backup, however somehow, the backup never made it to Rey de Reyes and his squad.
The squad is chased by sicarios working for El Pelon, who shoot at their trucks, which makes the lead vehicle with Rey de Reyes, and the Sinaloa Cartel capo El Azul, break down. The squad gets out and returns fire to the Pelon’s sicarios with machine guns and grenade launchers. Miraculously, no one in the squad is killed, however some are wounded, and El Azul is shot multiple times. Rey de Reyes drags him to safety inside one of the other trucks, (in a Corrido about El Azul, it’s mentioned "Y tu Rey de Reyes, Vamos pa adelante, Gracias Matamoros, tu un dia me salvaste", which roughly translates to "And you, Rey de Reyes, thanks for Matamoros, that day you saved me") and the squad hastily speeds back, heading south. They are chased for about 50 kilometers out of Matamoros, after which they lose El Pelon’s sicarios. They reach Ciudad Victoria, where Rey de Reyes radioes his old friend Comandante Diablo for help. Comandante Diablo arrives along with many sicarios, and they take the squad away to safety.
Because of this the Sinaloa Cartel ends their alliance with El Pelon, however they keep their alliance with El Coss, and El Gringo, who was also supposed to be at the meeting, as he sincerely informs Chapo he was not the one who betrayed the squad, but El Pelon. Comandante Rey de Reyes severes the last of his ties with the Gulf and he and Diablo brand themselves as Sinaloa Cartel from then onwards, directly receiving orders from Chapo Guzman.
Just over a month later, El Pelon gives up El Coss to the Marines, who is captured September 12, 2012 without firing a single bullet. El Pelon now becomes the leader of the Gulf Cartel. El Gringo, however, incredibly angry because of Pelon’s betrayal of the squad and El Coss, breaks away from the Gulf and starts working with Comandante Rey de Reyes.
Heavy fighting continued between Comandante Rey de Reyes, and El Gringo on one side vs El Pelon and his men on the other. Both sides also simultaneously fought Los Zetas heavily. It was during this time period that Heriberto Lazcano (Z-3) was killed by Mexican Marines. The fighting continued for around 6 months, until, one night, on March 10, 2013, El Gringo’s convoy was ambushed by forces loyal to El Pelon, in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. A three hour gun battle took place, with no Mexican forces arriving until well after the fighting. Two civilians were killed according to the Mexican government, and more than 50 sicarios combined from both sides were killed. El Gringo was one of the men killed that night.
Soon after his death, the Sinaloa Cartel kidnapped several of Pelon’s sicarios, tortured, beheaded and dismembered them, and then dropped their limbs and heads outside a Gulf Cartel safehouse along with a message. The message read:
"Only as a traitor could you be somebody, Mario Pelon. You betrayed those who fed you just to gain power. However, the Metros decided to trust you, and you ordered an attack from behind on my other associates in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas. I'm referring to the man who had my total trust and was the chief of security for El Coss, El Comandante Guerra. You knew that by getting him out of the way you could weaken El Coss's organization, and like a good, treacherous dog, you hit him from behind. Then you set up my principal associate, El Coss, with the Navy in Tampico. Finally, you also betrayed El Gringo; you knew he was in your way to becoming the only leader. And I'm not forgetting what you did to my people when I sent El Azul, El Rey de Reyes and El Comandante Diablo to Matamoros to fix those problems you were having. Again, you attacked from behind, you attacked them when they entered Matamoros. You told me it was Los Zetas; El Azul almost didn't make it, had it not been for El Rey de Reyes. You have failed the Sinaloa federation. That's why, starting right now, the Sinaloa Cartel will cease having any connection with the Gulf Cartel. La Frontera Chica will be my next target. You and all that bunch of Metros who are only good at betrayal, repent all you can because soon I will be in those places, Miguel Aleman, Reynosa, Rio Bravo and Matamoros are too much for you, more than you can handle. Only a capo can control them. You're just a dog who came from the ministerial police.
Atte. El Chapo Guzman"
Chapo sent heavy reinforcements to Comandante Rey de Reyes in Tamaulipas, who fought El Pelon in a prolonged fight for control of Tamaulipas. Eventually on August 17, 2013, just over a year after when he had betrayed Rey de Reyes on that night in Matamoros, El Pelon was captured in a joint operation by the Mexican Army and Marines. Chapo’s reinforcements returned to Sinaloa after this.
Six months later, on February 22, 2014, headlines broke out around the world. The most wanted man on Earth, El Chapo Guzman had been captured by Marines in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. After his capture, Rey de Reyes did not have the backing of Sinaloa anymore, as he had no deal with Mayo or Los Chapitos, and he could not have predicted Chapo would escape by Christmas the next year, so Rey de Reyes ditched the name Comandante Rey de Reyes and started being known again as El R1, leader of Los Rojos. He and his remaining men, along with remaining cells of Los Rojos, together were once again called Los Rojos. In November 2014, two narco-banners appeared in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, a few days apart.
Both narco-banners announced the alliance of Los Rojos with a Comandante Kelin of a Zetas faction called Los Zetas Unidos. Comandante Kelin was Rogelio Rolando Gonzalez Pizana. Z-2. Supreme Leader of Los Zetas after Z-1 and before Z-3. He had just been released from prison after serving 10 years. However this arrangement didn’t last very long. One week after the second banner was placed, Z-2 was killed by Los Metros along with family in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Comandante Rey de Reyes is still alive and free. He will turn 45 years old in three weeks. The DEA offers $5 million for information leading to his capture. Here is his latest photograph.
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2020.10.26 21:45 NotABotaboutIt Hurricane Zeta

Zeta is currently strengthening as a Category 2 Hurricane before it makes landfall in the US.

A note on the name: When we go past 21 named hurricanes in a season, we switch to the Greek alphabet. It is 21 because in the English alphabet name list we do not use Q, U, X, Y and Z. This has only happened once before, in 2005. Here's the Greek alphabet, for reference: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron Persei 8 , Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, Omega. You can learn more about hurricane names here.
 
 
Please look to local news, local weather, and local and state emergency management agencies to find out more about how you may be affected, if you need to evacuate, and steps on getting prepared. Please everyone stay safe.
 
U Forecasts, Predictions, and Watches/Warnings
 
Tulsa Preparedness & Planning
College students should check out their university's emergency alert system - if you're not signed up to get notices, you should!
Useful links on: hurricane preparedness, emergency kits, emergency supplies for your car.
 
Louisburg Other things worth thinking about or getting:
  • General: A cooler. Fun/mental health stuff - books, games, etc. Cash. Weather radio and batteries. Flashlights > candles. Backup cell phone, laptop, or other batteries. Extra water. Hand sanitizer. Comfort items (a toddler's blankie, the puppy's favorite toy, your grandpa's watch you can't imagine losing).
  • Specialized: Transportation and assistive devices (think especially about children, pets, the elderly, people with disabilities).
  • Cars: Gas. Window breakeseatbelt cutter.
 
Gattaca Florida Safety:
  • Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries!
  • Watch out for downed power lines. Never assume it is dead. Avoid it.
  • Assume floodwaters are deeper than they look. Turn around, don't drown.
  • Learn your flood and evacuation zones!
  • Food safety from the FDA and USDA.
  • If your home floods and you need to go up, head for the roof. Keep an ax in your attic to get out that way if you need it.
  • Be aware of potential 911 delays.
  • Evacuate! If you can, check on people you know to see if they need help evacuating if you can offer it or put them in touch with someone who can.
 
Hertfordshire Documentation:
  • Bring it with you.
  • Store it in a plastic bag to they are together and stay dry.
  • House deed/rental agreement/lease.
  • Insurance information (home, car, renters, medical, flood).
  • Identification (ID card/driver's license, passport, Social Security card, marriage/birth certificates).
  • Take photographs of your home before you evacuate and when you return. Good documentation of the damage may help if you need to file an aid or insurance claim.
 
For long-term preparedness, check out CERT training information.
 
Holland Evacuation
College Information
We'll be updating this list as we get information.
 
/CFB Ball Louisiana
University or College Status Source
LSU CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Southern *CLOSED 10/27/2020 1400 CT
Southeastern Louisiana Closed 10/28/2020 1400CT
Tulane CLOSED 10/282020 1400 CT
New Orleans Online Classes for Wed (10/28) - Shelter in Place 10/27/2020 2200 CT
Nicholls State CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Loyola University New Orleans CLOSED 10/27/2020 2200 CT
Louisiana Lafayette Monitoring 10/27/20 1341 CT
Xavier University Louisiana CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary CLOSED 10/27/2020 2200 CT
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Dillard University CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Holy Cross New Orleans Classes Cancelled Wed (10/28)- Shelter In Place 10/27/2020 2200 CT
Southern University New Orleans CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Baton Rouge CC CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Northshore TCC Online Instruction Through Thurs (10/29) 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Fletcher TCC CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Delgado CC CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
Nunez CC Online Instruction Wed (10/28) 10/27/20 2200 CT
River Parishes CC Online Instruction Wed (10/28) 10/27/20 2200 CT
South Louisiana CC Monitoring 10/27/20 2200 CT
/CFB Ball Mississippi
University or College Status Source
Southern Miss CLOSED 10/28/2020 1400 CT
William Carey Campuses Closing Throughout Wed (10/28) 10/28/20 1400 CT
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC CLOSED - Limited Operations 10/28/20 1400 CT
Pearl River CC CLOSED 10/28/20 1400 CT
/CFB Ball Alabama
University or College Status Source
South Alabama Online Classes. Limited Operations. All activities Cancelled Thursday 10/28/20 1400 CT
University of Mobile Online Classes - limited operations 10/28/20 1400 CT
Spring Hill College CLOSED - Limited Operations 10/28/20 1400 CT
Bishop State CC CLOSED 10/28/20 1400 CT
/CFB Ball Other States
University or College Status Source
West Florida CLOSED 10/28/20 1400 CT
Gulf Coast State College (FL) Monitoring 10/27/20 2200 CT
 
Touchdown Game Information Penalty Flag
We'll be updating this list as we get information.
This list includes all games played with teams in affected states. Many may not be affected, but given the ripple effects of things like travel and the particular complications of scheduling this season, we've listed them all here for reference.
Date Time (ET) Home Team Away Team Game Location Update
10/29 7:30pm Georgia Southern South Alabama Statesboro, GA
10/31 12pm Tulane Temple New Orleans, LA
10/31 4:30 pm Auburn LSU Auburn, AL
10/31 8 pm Texas State Louisiana San Marcos, TX
 
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2020.10.23 23:33 sean_from_ea [PATCH NOTES] TU40 - MADBALLS

Need for Speed No Limits – Utter Madness Update Notes
Get ready to have a ball this Halloween as the iconic Madballs roll onto the streets of Blackridge! It’s utter madness as you must take down a driver possessed by a Madballs character who is wrecking havoc on the streets! The seasonal madness begins in this spooktacular update:
NEW CARS
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Car Class: Super
PR Level Max 6-Star = 898 7-Star = 949 8-Star = 987
Top Stats Speed: 8,183 Acceleration: 10,989 Nitro: 10,544
Earnable in: Utter Madness - 7 day event Starting Window: October 26 16:00 PST - November 2 16:00 PST
Uh oh! Things have gotten out of control and it seems that only you and Tyler can save the city from the growing menace. Complete the latest Special Event to earn the Chevrolet Corvette Stringray!
1965 Shelby Daytona Car Class: Classic Sports
PR Level Max 4-Star = 679 5-Star = 714 6-Star = 744
Top Stats Speed: 6,192 Acceleration: 6,420 Nitro: 6,937
Earnable in: Proving Grounds: Shelby Daytona - 7 day event Starting Window: November 1 16:00 PST – November 9 16:00 PST
Ivy has brought in a true classic. Beat the latest Proving Grounds to earn the 1965 Shelby Daytona - and the envy of car enthusiasts everywhere!
SPECIAL EVENT RERUNS
Special Event Reruns 1:
Starting November 7 16:00 PST, take on returning Special Events in order of eligibility:
· Need For Speed 25th Anniversary - Bugatti Chiron
· Eclipse - Polestar 1 (NFS Heat)
· Proving Grounds: Lotus Exige Cup 380
· Lights, Camera, Traction! - Ford GT (2017)
Special Event Reruns 2:
Starting November 13 16:00 PST, take on returning Special Events in order of eligibility:

Special Event Reruns 3:
Starting November 19 16:00 PST, take on returning Special Events in order of eligibility:

CAMPAIGN CHAPTER 23: ???

SPECIAL EVENT VAULT
NEW VAULT EVENTS
Stories
· SYNDICATE
o Underworld - McLaren P1
§ Prior unlock node requirement: Complete 15 Story Events
o Underworld: Downfall - Koenigsegg Regera
o High Stakes Invitational - Ferrari FXX-K Evo
o Speedbreakers - Aston Martin Vulcan
· DEVIL’S RUN
o Tidal Run - Lamborghini Murciélago SV
§ Prior unlock node requirement: Complete 5 Breakout Events
o Brute Force - Bentley Continental GT
o Blackridge Royale - Ferarri 488 Pista
§ Prior unlock node requirement: Complete 5 Proving Grounds Events
o Midnight Boulevard - Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Bounties
· NOVICE
o Breakout: Honda NSX (1991)
o Fastlane: Nissan 370Z
o Fastlane: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI
· INTERMEDIATE
o Proving Grounds: Mercedes AMG SLK55
· PRO
o Fastlane: Ford GT (2006)
o Proving Grounds: Ferrari F50
· EXPERT
o Proving Grounds: Ferrari Enzo
o Proving Grounds: Lamborghini Veneno
· NEW GROUP: MASTER – UNLOCK REQUIREMENT: COMPLETE 25 BOUNTY EVENTS
o Breakout: McLaren P1 GTR
CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS
· Fixed an issue where certain low-riding cars would frequently emit sparks when driving - this issue was only visual and did not affect vehicle speed
· Updated the lighting of numerous 3D environment car scenes to be brighter
· Updated the Vault Menu to remember your scroll position when backing out from a Vault Event Group
· Fixed environmental sounds playing on loop while players are stationary at the start line on certain tracks
· The "Claim Daily Assignments" progress tracker now reads "Daily Assignments Claimed" rather than "Daily Assignments Completed"
· Adjusted the volume of skid and police siren sound effects
· Minor adjustments to numerous car engines' audio
UNDERGROUND RIVALS SCHEDULE:
Landslide Start Date: Monday, 9 November 2020 Driver: Dodge Charger T, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Speedster: Honda NSX (1991), Ford Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8) Breakneck: Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari, Koenigsegg Regera
Rain Check Start Date: Monday, 16 November 2020 Driver: Subaru BRZ, BMW M3 GTR, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8) Speedster: Ford Shelby GT500 (2020), Porsche GT3 RS, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Breakneck: Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FXX-K Evo, Koenigsegg Agera RS
Blackridge Outskirts Start Date: Monday, 23 November 2020 Driver: Nissan Fairlady 240ZG, Toyota 86, Shelby Daytona Speedster: Ford Fiesta ST (Ken Block), Mazda MX-5 (Speedhunters), McLaren F1 LM Breakneck: BMW M5, Polestar 1 (NFS Heat), Bugatti Chiron
Sandstorm Showdown Start Date: Monday, 30 November 2020 Driver: Ford Mustang Boss 302, Nissan 370Z, Shelby Daytona Speedster: Ford Mustang (Hoonicorn), Renault Sport R.S. 01, Aston Martin Vulcan Breakneck: Hot Wheels Gazella GT, SRT Viper GTS, Koenigsegg One:1
Red Eye Start Date: Monday, 7 December 2020 Driver: Volkswagen Golf GTI, Nissan Silvia Spec R, Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Speedster: Porsche 911 (993) Carrera, Beck Kustoms F132, Aston Martin DB11 AMR Breakneck: McLaren 650S, McLaren Senna, Hennessey Venom GT
Mountain Madness Start Date: Monday, 14 December 2020 Driver: BMW M3 Coupé (1999), Honda S2000, Jaguar XKR-S GT Speedster: Porsche 911 (991) Carrera, BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R, Ford GT (2017) Breakneck: Hot Wheels Time Attaxi, Lamborghini Huracan, Koenigsegg Regera
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS:
Double Rep November 2 00:00 UTC - November 4 00:00 UTC November 16 00:00 UTC - November 18 00:00 UTC
Tuner Trials All-Access Pass November 9 00:00 UTC - November 10 00:00 UTC November 23 00:00 UTC - November 24 00:00 UTC
Replay Races Bugatti La Voiture Noire November 2 00:00 UTC - November 4 00:00 UTC
Ferrari 812 Superfast November 4 00:00 UTC - November 5 00:00 UTC
VW Beetle 1963 SH November 5 00:00 UTC - November 6 00:00 UTC
Koenigsegg Regera November 9 00:00 UTC - November 11 00:00 UTC
Ford Shelby GT500 November 11 00:00 UTC - November 12 00:00 UTC
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon November 12 00:00 UTC - November 13 00:00 UTC
Koenigsegg Agera RS November 16 00:00 UTC - November 18 00:00 UTC
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera November 18 00:00 UTC - November 19 00:00 UTC
BMW M3 GTR November 19 00:00 UTC - November 20 00:00 UTC
Bugatti Chiron November 23 00:00 UTC - November 25 00:00 UTC
McLaren F1 LM November 25 00:00 UTC - November 26 00:00 UTC
Nissan Fairlady 240ZG November 26 00:00 UTC - November 27 00:00 UTC
Koenigsegg One:1 November 30 00:00 UTC - December 2 00:00 UTC
Aston Martin Vulcan December 2 00:00 UTC - December 3 00:00 UTC
Nissan 370Z December 3 00:00 UTC - December 4 00:00 UTC
Hennessey Venom GT December 7 00:00 UTC - December 9 00:00 UTC
This update will be available for download October 26, 2020 PST.
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2020.10.23 15:46 FishStyxRP AAR The Yamata Project

Overview
Background
Target location is an ET property in Snohomish that is a research farm on the surface, underneath it is a refitted missile silo that has been converted into a black site. The lab itself is working on developing AI systems that mimic living or once living people and techno experimentation.
Meet
As stated in the posting……
For those that accept the job and are chosen, you will be meeting the J in an old run down office building on the edge of downtown. The outside looks as you would imagine it, beat up and dilapidated. Once inside however, things are different. The J has gone to the trouble of renovating the lobby and elevator that takes you to the 4th floor while you are escorted by armed guards. The elevator opens and leads to a perfectly clean white room with a black onyx glass table and five premium leather seats. The drop ceiling is new and the walls put in place are so paper thin that you can easily detect all eight heavily armed guards standing behind them ready to light up the room should you make a move towards the J. She is a well dressed older blond woman wearing high fashion clothing and smells of perfume and fine tobacco. She has one request of you. You are to acquire a systems board from a computer in an underground laboratory.
Players saw footage of the facility but not much, just enough for a basic layout and confirmation that the item they wanted was in the facility somewhere.
Payment: 220,000 with 20,000 upfront for expenses per individual.
Run
Due to the fact that the front of the blacksight was a farm, the players couldn’t get near the sight without being seen or detected.. They were also out of matrix range… They used caution and didn’t send in drones or fly in on the astral. They did use a massive extended spatial sense spell and get a layout of the area. After sometime, they figured that blitzing the place was better than risking infiltration or detailed recon. They spotted the R8 host, but did not pursue it. They instead took a relatively low tech approach with a high degree of skill in planning. They decided to JAM all of the systems they could once inside and take their chances by sealing off the facility from the inside so that HTR or a response team could not be sent in to help.
To get in, they rented an area about 230 meters away from the farm and used tunneler drones combined with a sound barrier to make the tunnel over the course of 10 days. During this time, tremor sensors were hacked and made to ignore the disturbance. The got the tunnel to run down the back side of the lab so that all three floors would have a point of entry that would be opened by a shaped charge. The plan also involved the team riding Yamaha Growler off road bikes with gecko grip in the facility to save time and make a quick exit.
Prior to go time, rockets that twere setup above ground fire at the two barns stationed over top of the facility entrance. Many people died...
At go time, they blew through the wall on the first floor and blitzed the security room. Because the main blast door leading to the facility was on this floor, they disabled it with 10 hits to a skill check so that reinforcements could not enter. During combat, the GM did not hold back and used edge. Neuro stun was also released by the facility halls while staff locked down in rooms, but of course the players had chem seel. In the event of physical damage, the seel would have become broken. The players drove, yes drove, down the stairs to the second floor where one of the players threw a grenade at some guards. The guards ran towards the player because they were both on Kami and were honorable Japanese MCT rather die than quit guards. They then beat the player down with stun batons until he was unconscious. Because of the Neuro Stun, a stim patch was not applied. Just after clearing up some guards on the second floor, they heard a sound from beneath them on the 3rd basement floor. Suddenly they had to dodge APDS fire from below them as a large MCT mech abomination, previously seen in the footage, exploded the ground beneath them with gatling gun fire. Everyone dodge and this left a massive hole in the second floor leading down into the 3rd basement floor. This was intended to be an awesome introduction to a massive group of forces beneath them and the GM expected a back and forth battle with APDS, grenades and about a dozen gerbils (Don’t Ask), and god knows what else they players had. Instead, like the legend they are, La Espuela embarrassed the bad roll they had on combat monster and jumps into the hole to kill a man. They do in fact kill a dude straight out. Epic! They guards buddies then light La Espuela up like a christmas tree and they die instantly. BOGUS! Much respect to this player. They were super in character, super chill and embarrassed the fallout like a champ. Dying sucks, but this is the kind of reaction we like to see in players and GMs.
Things were on the fence…. It’s a prime… Discount ED-209 is about to unleash a special kind of hell and they guards are about to fire HE nades of their own upstairs. Beefton, being on a prime, opens up and casts a massive electrical spell with 28+ damage and -12 AP (working from memory) This microwaves everyone in the area and melts the hull of the mech. JFC. They interrogate a surviving scientist and grab the computer system board.
HRT is for sure on sight by this time with VTOLS in the sky and roto drones searching the area. They trigger the explosive behind the wall on the 3rd basement floor which grants them access to the tunnel system they made. They then ride out on bikes through the tunnel and make it back to the main vehicle. 10 hits with a post edge break the limit let them get away.
The players made a true blitz and used speed as the key to success. A very well planned and epic run with a good balance of brilliance and insanity that shadowrun is known for.
Aftermath
Because of C2 being used to clean up, no blood evidence was left behind. Beefoton’s massive spell left behind a signature that lasts a very long time. He has spent several days in hiding under a ward.
Expenses
Rockets, bikes, drones, gear, rental property, gerbils armed with lite pistols.... ect… Players divided the costs.
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2020.10.21 22:46 AliceOfSinnoh [USA] [H] CIB Pokemon Ruby (GBA), CIB Pokemon SoulSilver (DS), CIB Pokemon Colosseum (GCN), Gunstar Heroes (Genesis), Persona 5 Take Your Heart Edition (PS4), CIB PS Vita Assassin's Creed Edition, PS4 games, GBA games, 3DS games, Megaman games and collectibles, more [W] specific CIB Pokemon games

Hello everyone, I'm a collector trying to knock out the last few gaps in my CIB Pokémon collection. Thanks for looking at my thread! Hopefully, you'll find something here that interests you.

What I'm trading:

Name System/Type Condition/Notes Pics
Battletoads Genesis Case and game only. Case is missing hang tab. Cartridge is in good condition with some light wear. Here
Gunstar Heroes Genesis CIB (case and manual). Cartridge is in good condition, though the label has darkened with age. Case is missing hang tab, case art has a crease on the back. Manual has some creasing. Here
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The Adventures of Batman & Robin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is in good condition, but missing its registration card, and has some minor sticker residue on the cover (near Clayface's hand). Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case, manual, and foam spacer). Manual is in very good condition; registration cards are intact. Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Here
Road Rash SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is worn (heavily creased); registration cards are intact. Disc is in good condition with some scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
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Rayman Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is scuffed and shows shelfwear. Here
Tomb Raider Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is in fair condition (cracks, scuffs, and some shelfwear). Here
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Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast Disc only. Disc is in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
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Chrono Cross PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches, disc 2 appears to have been polished/resurfaced). Manual and art in good condition, but the case is pretty much a writeoff (cracked/broken, price sticker residue). Here
Final Fantasy Chronicles (Greatest Hits) PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches). Case is in good condition. Manual shows some creasing and wear. Here
Medarot R (JP) PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman 8 Anniversary Edition PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X4 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X5 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X6 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Super Adventure Rockman PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Misadventures of Tron Bonne + strategy guide PSX CIB (case, manual, and demo disc). Former rental. Discs are in very good condition (some minor scratches). Case has minor crack on the inside flap. Manual cover has been reinforced/"laminated" with plastic tape. Strategy guide has some shelf wear and what appears to be water damage, but the pages are perfectly readable. Here
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Megaman Anniversary Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X7 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some light shelfwear. Case has a price sticker on the front corner. Here
Megaman X8 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front corner. Here
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Borderlands: the Handsome Collection PS4 CIB (case and insert). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition PS4 CIB (case, insert, and poster). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy PS4 New. Sealed. Here
CTR Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled (Nitros Oxide & Pin Bundle) PS4 New. Sealed. Includes preorder bonus dashboard bobble figurine. Here
Marvel Iron Man VR PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 1 is CIB (case, inserts, and stickers), 2 is the game and case art only. Discs are in very good condition. Here
Megaman X Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Zero/ZX Legacy Collection PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition PS4 New. Sealed. Here
SpongeBob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Playstation 4 DualShock Wireless Controller PS4 New. Sealed. Here
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PS Vita Assassin's Creed III Liberation Limited Edition Bundle Vita CIB (big box, inner cardboard box, instruction booklet, quick start guides, insert card, game and memory card tray, power cable, AR card packet, system). I bought this new when it first came out solely to play Persona 4 Golden, and didn't log very much time with this system (maybe about 20 or 30 hours total). The screen has had a protector on it to protect from scratches (which I've since removed and discarded in order to take photos). It's spent most of its life in a soft padded carrying case and hasn't seen any play whatsoever in the last several years. Cosmetically, the system is in excellent condition. I never played the included game at all, and left the inserts in the box (the AR cards are still sealed). A padded carrying case and third-party grip are also included. While testing the system, the touchscreen is sometimes too sensitive and sometimes not sensitive enough. I don't know if that's common with the Vita or not, nor do I know if it's an easy fix. It plays Persona 4 Golden just fine. I'm offering this system as is. Here
Persona 4 Golden Vita CIB (game card and case). Game card is in excellent condition. Here
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Megaman's Soccer SNES Cart only. Good condition. It's a bit difficult to tell, but the back "half" of the cartridge's plastic seems to be a very slightly different color than the front "half". Here
Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures SNES Complete (box, insert tray, dust cover, manual, poster). Cart is in very good condition, box is intact but has some shelf wear and damage (scratches, a small puncture on one of the sides). Here
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Megaman Network Transmission + strategy guide GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Overall very good condition. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
Pokémon Colosseum (Player's Choice) GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Case is in good condition with some minor shelfwear. Manual is in very good condition with some very light creasing. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
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Starlink Battle for Atlas Switch New. Sealed. (Game only, none of the bundle items included.) Here
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Megaman X-Treme GBC CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in excellent condition. Cart is in very good condition (some minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
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Advance Wars GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman Battle Network 3 Blue (EU) GBA (English language.) Loose, cart only. Some label damage. Here
Megaman Battle Network 4 Blue Moon GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in good condition with some minor scratches/wear on the back. Here
Megaman Zero GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches/wear on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 2 (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches and markings on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Colonel (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman & Bass GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in good condition with some shelfwear. Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 3 + strategy guide GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in very good condition (minor crease on the front right corner, near the "3"). Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on the back). Strategy guide is in good condition with some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front. Overall very nice condition. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Pokémon Ruby GBA CIB (box and manual). Box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition (some very minor scratches on back). Manual is in good condition with some minor creasing. Cardboard insert tray is a third-party replacement. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 2 strategy guide GBA Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and price stickers on the front right corner. Here
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Megaman ZX Advent DS CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Here
Pokémon Pearl (UAE Version) DS (English language.) New. Sealed. Here
Pokémon SoulSilver DS CIB (big box, case, manual, inserts, and Pokewalker). Big box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition. Pokewalker has some very light scratches on the surface. Here
Megaman ZX strategy guide DS Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and a crease on the front right corner. Here
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Cooking Mama (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Ranger (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Diamond (Manual) DS Manual and insert only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
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Pokémon Sun 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Here
Pokémon X 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Case has a small crack at the bottom of the spine. Here
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Neo Geo Pocket Color (Console) NGPC Loose, console only. Some very minor scratches on the screen, and some wear on the casing. Battery terminals are clean, works well. Here
Rockman Battle and Fighters NGPC Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition. Here
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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter Rewards Collectible New. Manual and "US-Style" box, unfolded, from Udon and Fangamer, as a reward for backing the game to a certain point. Here
Metroid Other M Art Folio Collectible New. Sealed. Preorder bonus for Metroid Other M. Here
Borderlands 3 Claptrap Vinyl Figure (Tiny Tina Edition) Collectible New. Box has some shelf wear. Here
Shovel Knight "Plague Knight" Plush Collectible New. Sealed in a drawstring bag (this is how it came from WeLoveFine). Here
Team Fortress 2 "Pink Mini Balloonicorn" Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade Pin Trading Set of 4 Collectible New. Sealed. Four pins featuring the RED team's Spy, Pyro, Soldier, and Scout. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade "Balloonicorn" Pin Collectible New. Here
Dota 2 Coaster Collectible New. Sealed. At least, I think it's a coaster...? This came from PAX West. Here
Persona 4 Yasogami High School Deluxe Lapel Pin (Sanshee) Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Persona 4 Keychain set of 2 (Sentai Filmworks) Collectible New. Sealed. Keychains featuring Teddie and the Persona 4 tarot card design. Here
Persona 4 Teddie Pin set of 3 (Udon) Collectible New. These are "blind bag" pins made by Udon; the black bags below each pin are how they were distributed at PAX West. Three different expressions (surprised, angry, and Shadow Teddie). Here
Medarot (Medabots) Official Card File Collectible New, but loose. "Not for sale" promo folder that holds trading cards, featuring art of various Medabots. Dated 1997/2000, art looks to be circa Medarot 3. Here
Medarot (Medabots) Sailormate Keychain Collectible New with tag. It's a keychain of a "chibi" version of Sailormate. Here
Sonic the Hedgehog Action Figure Collectible New. Sealed. Articulated figure of Sonic with various expressions and accessories on a stand, made by Tomy. Here
"SegaSonic" Sonic the Hedgehog 1991/1992/1993 Iron-on "Wappen" Patch set of 8 Collectible New. Sealed. Set of eight different Sonic iron-on patches from the early 90s, released circa the Sonic 1 through Sonic CD era. Here
Megaman X4 Racing Champions "Double" Die Cast Car Collectible New. Sealed. Card has a little shelf wear, some minor creasing. Here
Rockman X3 (Megaman X3) Carddass System File Collectible New. Sealed. Album that holds trading cards. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Memorial Anniversary Calendar 2002 Collectible New. Sealed. Vintage Japanese wall calendar from around the time of the first Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) game's release. Includes an unused sticker sheet featuring mostly Megaman Battle Network characters, but also some Megaman Legends characters. Here
Rockman EXE 5 e-Capcom Knightman Wristband Collectible New. Sealed. "Not for sale" preorder bonus through e-Capcom for Rockman EXE 5 (Megaman Battle Network 5), featuring Knightman's emblem. Here
Protoman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). Same as the one above, this one also has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Sad) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a sad expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Crying) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a crying expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Dizzy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a dizzy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Bobble Buddy Collectible New. Sealed. It's a bobblehead shaped like a ball -- the body tucks inside the head for storage. Here
Rockman (Megaman) Zero 4 e-Capcom Canvas Tote Collectible Loose, but in good condition. It's a small canvas tote bag made as a tie-in with Megaman Zero 4's Japanese release. Here
Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) "Official Center ID Capsule Pendant" Collectible New. Sealed. It's a pendant made as a tie-in for one of the Megaman Battle Network games. Here
Ryuusei no Rockman (Megaman Star Force) Geo's Pendant Collectible New. Sealed. This was a preorder bonus for buying the Japanese version of Megaman Star Force. Here
Rockman DASH (Megaman Legends) Pencilboard Collectible New. Front side features the Servbots, reverse features the Japanese box art for Megaman Legends. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Anniversary Decal Sheets Collectible New, unused. Three large sticker sheets total. These are adhesive decals that were given to video game stores in Japan to advertise Megaman's 15th anniversary (which puts them at around 2002). Here
Capcom Promotion Express Newsletter Set of 3 Collectible New. These are three different issues of Capcom's newslettemagazine, used to advertise their then-upcoming games around 2005. Each comes in a cool clear plastic folder featuring the Capcom logo. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#12" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a crying expression and comes with a cannonball accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#32" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a dizzy expression and comes with a wrench accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#36" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a nervous expression and comes with a paper airplane accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#39" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a sleeping expression and comes with a paper airplane accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#40" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a screaming expression and comes with a curried rice plate accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a crying expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a dizzy expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a laughing expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a happy expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a scared expression. Here

What I'm looking for:

Right now, I'm only really interested in CIB games in good condition to finish my Pokémon set. Loose cartridges don't interest me much. As for boxes, I don't mind some shelfwear (these are older games after all) but I'm looking for ones that will display nicely.
Highest priority wants:
Lower priority wants:
If you think you have anything I might want, feel free to make an offer. Thanks again for looking!
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2020.10.20 09:31 thesquaremedia Places to Visit in London: The National Gallery

When it comes to the city of London, there are many places to visit that you can spend your time at. And while the parks and the museums are usually on the list, it’s the galleries that can dominate the proceedings. Why? Well, art is art at the end of the day. Seeing how people have represented the times they live in and the pains of human experience is strangely rewarding. We all like to be moved by what we see, and London’s art galleries have many paintings that can elicit multiple emotions.
Out of all the ones in London, the National Gallery is one of the best places to visit in London for a dose of high art and exceptional wonders. It has hordes of paintings from the great masters that will take you aback. No longer will you have to flick through old art books to see the top works, you can now see them close up.
So don’t just stay wrapped up in your serviced apartment in London, or your hotel/hostel room, get out there and see the marvellous works that have inspired countless generations.
About the National Gallery
Founded in 1824, this unique gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings that date from the mid-13th century to 1900. The National Gallery was not formed by nationalising an existing royal or princely art collection, rather it came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein back in 1824.
While the collection is smaller than other national galleries across Europe, it is far more encyclopaedic in its scope with most of the major developments that occurred in Western art being shown in some form throughout the gallery. Back in the old days, it used to be one of the few national galleries that had all its works on permanent exhibition, but in the present day, this is no longer the case due to its obvious expansion over the many decades.
Given its broad collection, works from the British Isles and the world can be found within the echoey halls. Whether it’s the might of JMW Turner’s later works, the depth of Van Gogh’s vivid madness on the canvas, the unique techniques by Seurat or the gloom of Vermeer, you will surely find a piece in here that you’d love to take home with you. Just go to the gift shop and buy a copy of the painting and get it framed.
Entry to the museum is free of charge, as are all the best places to visit in London, but you are encouraged to donate £5 or £10 as
Top 10 Paintings in the National Gallery
Within even a collection as broad as this one, there are undoubtedly the artworks that stand out amongst the rest. And while the list below is subjective and based on my own fine tastes, I’m pretty sure that many of these will appear on your own list once you have explored the gallery for yourself. It might feature the usual suspects but they represent, by far, the greatest outputs of all artists in history.
Arguably one of his most popular paintings, this shows the painter at the height of his craft with his chromoluminarism and pointillism techniques. Very fine dots of colour create the feel of the late 19th century. Look in close and you’ll see how he has constructed an absolute beauty of a painting by plotting the finest dots of colour. Forget broad strokes, this is a painstaking way to get the finest of details right.
His most recognised work, you’ll have to join the crowd of tourists that pile on top of each other to get the perfect view and to take a quick snap for their Instagram feed. If you can spend time looking at it without being shoved away, pay particular attention to the colours. Over time, the original colours have faded to create the ones that we see now. It might look a bit ugly to some people but you will be more than captivated by it.
If Turner was renowned for capturing anything, it was the progress of innovation that occurred during his lifetime. While his mythical pieces and countryside paintings are still a great part of his collection, they pale by what he was able to capture from the coastline. Combining the march of progress and the power of Britain at sea, it’s an emotional piece of an old ship being towed away for the last time before its eventual demolition.
Ok, o it’s not the Mona Lisa, but there is so much more to the great Leonardo than that. An inventor as much as a painter, he could capture the beauty of the world around him whilst still painting biblical wonder like this. Pay attention to his combination of colours and shadows as well as the rich textures.
One of Britain’s underrated geniuses, Constable was the chronicler of Britain’s countryside and its rural life. And this one shows his craft in fine detail. Not content with romanticisation, he shows all the rugged colours of the countryside and all the rich textures.
We’ve heard of him, and the gallery has one of his simple yet richly textured works. May attention to how he’s captured the emotions of the woman and child, and the pale tones of their skin. Despite clear hardship, the painting oozes warmth and affection.
While he is famous for his painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” thanks to the novel and subsequent adaptation, there is more to Johannes Vermeer’s work than that one painting. His use of dark colours and gloomy textures is present in this piece, showing off his usual style for painting domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. The grey and pale skin of the girl contrasts with the bright and healthy tones of the painting within the painting - reality over fantasy.
A long title, a huge painting. Rich in detail from the reflections in the canal to the people that dot the landscape and those that wander on the side. Capturing a snippet of life in 18th century Venice, the painting is simply remarkable and shows off the crumbling yet refined architecture that is a part of the Venetian feel. Take a seat on the chair nearby and take a long hard look at this piece. You can almost hear the sounds of the waves and the people shouting across the canal.
Another one of Van Gogh’s greatest works, this shows off his vivid colour application in even more detail. The style and the appreciation of movement are incredible and hard to emulate. While he may have been a tortured soul, works like this show off the true beauty of his mind and his ability to capture the ordinary in such a rich way. If you stare at it long enough, you may even be able to feel the countryside breeze in the painting on your own face. As usual, the maestro knows how to elicit deep and profound emotions from something normal.
As mentioned before, JMW Turner had a detailed and appreciative eye for the innovations that were happening around him. And this painting of a steam train is the perfect demonstration. Using the abstract form that became synonymous with his latter (and better) period of painting, the greys and blacks fuse together to create the feeling of motion so you think that the train will come bursting out of the canvas. And let’s not forget the burning red that rumbles through the end of the train, showing the scorching fire that makes the lightning speed possible. Sit back and marvel at this piece dedicated to the aspirations of human inventions.
COVID19 Measures and Guidelines
While new rules now exist inside the gallery due to the COVID pandemic (subject to change), you can still explore the gallery’s greatest treasures with ease. Just pick one of the three routes that have been set up. Whichever you choose will largely depend on what art you like. Route A take right to the very start of the collection in the 13th century, route B goes a little bit further and features works of Vermeer and Raphael before concluding with Turner, Monet and Van Gogh, while route C is the impressionist lovers top choice as it goes through the works of Cezanne, Seurat and more before it leads you out of the exit and back into the modern world.
Like many of the other best places to visit in London, you have to wear a mask throughout your time here. It may be a bit distracting but it ensures that the gallery can stay open. Also, you need to book a ticket before you arrive via their website. Select a time and be sure you turn up 10-15 minutes before your booked time to prevent delays. It is worth noting also that the routes end at the same place so the Monet and Van Gogh sections may be slightly crowded and you may have to queue before entering the rooms.
National Gallery Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN
Other London Galleries You Need to Visit
There are other galleries in London aside from the National Gallery that you need to visit. They either showcase specific periods or hold special exhibitions for up-and-coming artists that are taking the contemporary art world by storm.
Britain’s top painters and sculptures can be found here. JMW Turner has a dedicated wing that shows off his works right from his more traditional pieces right up to the unfinished paintings that were left behind after he died. Even William Blake and John Constable have dedicated areas where you can appreciate their wild talents. Other than that, British sculptors like Henry Moore and Reg Butler have a few of their works scattered around.
Address: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
Showcasing the very best of international modern art, the Tate Modern is a fun experience if abstract works are more your cup of tea. Andy Warhol, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Masami Teraoka, Rasheed Araeen and Sonia Boyce are just some of the art world’s recent names to have their works on display here.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Sitting next door to the National Gallery is this remarkable addition to the art world. Boasting paintings of monarchs that appear in all the history textbooks, and notable figures throughout history, this is a rare treat and be sure not to miss it.
Address: St. Martin's Pl, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HE
Charles Saatchi opened this gallery in 1985 to show off his own collection and to give new voices exposure. With works that transcend the usual and temporary exhibits throughout the year, this is one gallery that shouldn’t be missed.
Address: Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
A divine location gives way to a divine collection. With exhibits that focus on ecology and other reputable themes, this is a treat if you’re heading to the royal palace or happen to be out near Hyde Park. Take a friend and see the wonder within.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
One of many free museums and essential places to visit in London, this gallery in Hertford House has a collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and arms and armour for you to peruse when you want to waste a few hours before heading out in the evening.
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
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2020.10.19 19:19 JBL_0 Old-school Gulf Cartel figure 'Rafita 82' killed in Nuevo León

Old-school Gulf Cartel figure 'Rafita 82' killed in Nuevo León

Rafael Isassi Garcia held significant power in Tampico, Tamaulipas, as a Gulf Cartel plaza boss
Rafael Isassi Garcia, commonly referred to by his alias "Rafita 82", was killed in a drive-by shooting in Santiago Municipality, a suburb in the Monterrey metropolitan area. Investigators say four armed men attacked Isassi while he was heading to a ranch.
Neighborhood residents told the police that they heard at least nine gunshots and saw a Dodge Durango vehicle leave the crime scene at a high speed seconds after the attack. Paramedics were called to the site and confirmed that Isassi was killed instantly. He was traveling with his nephew Javier (aged 20) who survived with minor injuries. Surveillance cameras close captured the Dodge Durango vehicle in question. Authorities have the vehicle's license plates but did not confirm if they were able to see the assailants' faces.
Isassi was a high-ranking Gulf Cartel member who once held a top cartel role in the Tampico, Tamaulipas, plaza for many years. He worked under former cartel boss Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna, a close henchmen of legendary kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen. Both of his former bosses are serving prison time in the United States after being extradited from Mexico over a decade ago.
Background
Isassi was an old-school boss whose membership dates back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. At that time the top cartel boss was Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the former leader of the co-organization of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas.
Although he held ties with Matamoros, the Gulf Cartel's bastion, Isassi was based in Tampico and helped cement the cartel's presence in southern Tamaulipas. He worked under Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna (alias "El JC"), a former state police officer. Both El JC and Cardenas Guillen were extradited to the U.S. in 2007 and are serving prison time. They will be released from prison in 2021 and 2024, respectively.
Isassi's former boss Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna was the plaza boss of Tampico from 2001 to 2007. He is currently imprisoned in the U.S. for bribery charges and is expected to be released next year. According to his U.S. indictment, he will be deported back to Mexico.
While Isassi was based in Tampico in the 2010s, the Gulf Cartel was experiencing a civil war between several local cells. While contesting the Tampico plaza, Isassi's men reportedly killed Lazaro Martinez Rodriguez (alias "Escorpion"), the suspected plaza boss of Ciudad Madero. His body was dumped outside of the bar he owned with a written message stabbed on his chest.

It was rumored that Isassi helped the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) set a foothold in northern Veracruz in 2011 to help combat the rival Zetas gang. At that time Isassi was a regional boss in southern Tamaulipas and also had ties with Veracruz and San Luis Potosi. However, in September 2019, the CJNG publicly announced that they wanted Isassi dead and exposed details of his criminal network.
Isassi was the shareholder of Garcher Evolution, a residential and commercial painting company based in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon. His company was working with construction firms near the new Mexico City airport. According to a Mexican newspaper, two of Isassi's projects were operating illegally in 2019.
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2020.10.17 21:30 AliceOfSinnoh [USA] [H] Popful Mail (Sega CD), Misadventures of Tron Bonne (PSX), CIB Pokemon SoulSilver (DS), CIB Pokemon Colosseum (GCN), Gunstar Heroes (Genesis), Persona 5 Take Your Heart Edition (PS4), CIB PS Vita Assassin's Creed Edition, PS4 games, GBA games, 3DS games, more [W] Specific CIB Pokemon games

I've moved to a new thread! This one's probably outdated by now, so check my profile to see my newest swap thread!

Hello everyone, I'm a collector trying to knock out the last few gaps in my CIB Pokémon collection. Thanks for looking at my thread! Hopefully, you'll find something here that interests you.
10/12 update: Added a ton of new games including several boxed Pokémon games and some SEGA CD and PS2 titles. (Pardon my dust! I'm cleaning up the thread a bit to make it easier to read, and also moving image hosting over to imgur. Let me know if one of the links doesn't work so I can fix it!)

What I'm trading:

Name System/Type Condition/Notes Pics
Battletoads Genesis Case and game only. Case is missing hang tab. Cartridge is in good condition with some light wear. Here
Gunstar Heroes Genesis CIB (case and manual). Cartridge is in good condition, though the label has darkened with age. Case is missing hang tab, case art has a crease on the back. Manual has some creasing. Here
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The Adventures of Batman & Robin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is in good condition, but missing its registration card, and has some minor sticker residue on the cover (near Clayface's hand). Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case, manual, and foam spacer). Manual is in very good condition; registration cards are intact. Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Here
TRADED Popful Mail Magical Fantasy Adventure SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case, manual, foam spacer, and insert card). Manual is in very good condition with minor wear on the embossed SEGA CD logo; registration cards are intact. Disc is in excellent, almost new condition. Longbox case has some very minor wear (mostly light scuffing, very typical for a game this age), but it's intact with no damage that I can see. Overall excellent condition, displays very nicely. Here
Road Rash SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is worn (heavily creased); registration cards are intact. Disc is in good condition with some scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
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TRADED Cyber Troopers Virtual On Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in very good condition (few minor scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox has some shelfwear and scratches. Here
Rayman Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is scuffed and shows shelfwear. Here
Tomb Raider Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is in fair condition (cracks, scuffs, and some shelfwear). Here
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Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast Disc only. Disc is in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
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Chrono Cross PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches, disc 2 appears to have been polished/resurfaced). Manual and art in good condition, but the case is pretty much a writeoff (cracked/broken, price sticker residue). Here
Final Fantasy Chronicles (Greatest Hits) PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches). Case is in good condition. Manual shows some creasing and wear. Here
Medarot R (JP) PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman 8 Anniversary Edition PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X4 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X5 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X6 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Super Adventure Rockman PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Misadventures of Tron Bonne + strategy guide PSX CIB (case, manual, and demo disc). Former rental. Discs are in very good condition (some minor scratches). Case has minor crack on the inside flap. Manual cover has been reinforced/"laminated" with plastic tape. Strategy guide has some shelf wear and what appears to be water damage, but the pages are perfectly readable. Here
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Megaman Anniversary Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X7 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some light shelfwear. Case has a price sticker on the front corner. Here
Megaman X8 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front corner. Here
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Borderlands: the Handsome Collection PS4 CIB (case and insert). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition PS4 CIB (case, insert, and poster). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy PS4 New. Sealed. Here
CTR Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled (Nitros Oxide & Pin Bundle) PS4 New. Sealed. Includes preorder bonus dashboard bobble figurine. Here
Marvel Iron Man VR PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 1 is CIB (case, inserts, and stickers), 2 is the game and case art only. Discs are in very good condition. Here
Megaman X Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Zero/ZX Legacy Collection PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition PS4 New. Sealed. Here
SpongeBob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Playstation 4 DualShock Wireless Controller PS4 New. Sealed. Here
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PS Vita Assassin's Creed III Liberation Limited Edition Bundle Vita CIB (big box, inner cardboard box, instruction booklet, quick start guides, insert card, game and memory card tray, power cable, AR card packet, system). I bought this new when it first came out solely to play Persona 4 Golden, and didn't log very much time with this system (maybe about 20 or 30 hours total). The screen has had a protector on it to protect from scratches (which I've since removed and discarded in order to take photos). It's spent most of its life in a soft padded carrying case and hasn't seen any play whatsoever in the last several years. Cosmetically, the system is in excellent condition. I never played the included game at all, and left the inserts in the box (the AR cards are still sealed). A padded carrying case and third-party grip are also included. While testing the system, the touchscreen is sometimes too sensitive and sometimes not sensitive enough. I don't know if that's common with the Vita or not, nor do I know if it's an easy fix. It plays Persona 4 Golden just fine. I'm offering this system as is. Here
Persona 4 Golden Vita CIB (game card and case). Game card is in excellent condition. Here
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Megaman's Soccer SNES Cart only. Good condition. It's a bit difficult to tell, but the back "half" of the cartridge's plastic seems to be a very slightly different color than the front "half". Here
Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures SNES Complete (box, insert tray, dust cover, manual, poster). Cart is in very good condition, box is intact but has some shelf wear and damage (scratches, a small puncture on one of the sides). Here
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Megaman Network Transmission + strategy guide GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Overall very good condition. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
Pokémon Colosseum (Player's Choice) GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Case is in good condition with some minor shelfwear. Manual is in very good condition with some very light creasing. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
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Starlink Battle for Atlas Switch New. Sealed. (Game only, none of the bundle items included.) Here
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Megaman X-Treme GBC CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in excellent condition. Cart is in very good condition (some minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
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Advance Wars GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman Battle Network 3 Blue (EU) GBA (English language.) Loose, cart only. Some label damage. Here
Megaman Battle Network 4 Blue Moon GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in good condition with some minor scratches/wear on the back. Here
Megaman Zero GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches/wear on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 2 (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches and markings on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Colonel (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman & Bass GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in good condition with some shelfwear. Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 3 + strategy guide GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in very good condition (minor crease on the front right corner, near the "3"). Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on the back). Strategy guide is in good condition with some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front. Overall very nice condition. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Pokémon Ruby GBA CIB (box and manual). Box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition (some very minor scratches on back). Manual is in good condition with some minor creasing. Cardboard insert tray is a third-party replacement. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 2 strategy guide GBA Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and price stickers on the front right corner. Here
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Megaman ZX Advent DS CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Here
Pokémon Pearl (UAE Version) DS (English language.) New. Sealed. Here
Pokémon SoulSilver DS CIB (big box, case, manual, inserts, and Pokewalker). Big box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition. Pokewalker has some very light scratches on the surface. Here
Megaman ZX strategy guide DS Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and a crease on the front right corner. Here
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Cooking Mama (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Ranger (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Diamond (Manual) DS Manual and insert only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
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Pokémon Sun 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Here
Pokémon X 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Case has a small crack at the bottom of the spine. Here
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Neo Geo Pocket Color (Console) NGPC Loose, console only. Some very minor scratches on the screen, and some wear on the casing. Battery terminals are clean, works well. Here
Rockman Battle and Fighters NGPC Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition. Here
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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter Rewards Collectible New. Manual and "US-Style" box, unfolded, from Udon and Fangamer, as a reward for backing the game to a certain point. Here
Metroid Other M Art Folio Collectible New. Sealed. Preorder bonus for Metroid Other M. Here
Borderlands 3 Claptrap Vinyl Figure (Tiny Tina Edition) Collectible New. Box has some shelf wear. Here
Shovel Knight "Plague Knight" Plush Collectible New. Sealed in a drawstring bag (this is how it came from WeLoveFine). Here
Team Fortress 2 "Pink Mini Balloonicorn" Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade Pin Trading Set of 4 Collectible New. Sealed. Four pins featuring the RED team's Spy, Pyro, Soldier, and Scout. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade "Balloonicorn" Pin Collectible New. Here
Dota 2 Coaster Collectible New. Sealed. At least, I think it's a coaster...? This came from PAX West. Here
Persona 4 Yasogami High School Deluxe Lapel Pin (Sanshee) Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Persona 4 Keychain set of 2 (Sentai Filmworks) Collectible New. Sealed. Keychains featuring Teddie and the Persona 4 tarot card design. Here
Persona 4 Teddie Pin set of 3 (Udon) Collectible New. These are "blind bag" pins made by Udon; the black bags below each pin are how they were distributed at PAX West. Three different expressions (surprised, angry, and Shadow Teddie). Here
Medarot (Medabots) Official Card File Collectible New, but loose. "Not for sale" promo folder that holds trading cards, featuring art of various Medabots. Dated 1997/2000, art looks to be circa Medarot 3. Here
Medarot (Medabots) Sailormate Keychain Collectible New with tag. It's a keychain of a "chibi" version of Sailormate. Here
Sonic the Hedgehog Action Figure Collectible New. Sealed. Articulated figure of Sonic with various expressions and accessories on a stand, made by Tomy. Here
"SegaSonic" Sonic the Hedgehog 1991/1992/1993 Iron-on "Wappen" Patch set of 8 Collectible New. Sealed. Set of eight different Sonic iron-on patches from the early 90s, released circa the Sonic 1 through Sonic CD era. Here
Megaman X4 Racing Champions "Double" Die Cast Car Collectible New. Sealed. Card has a little shelf wear, some minor creasing. Here
Rockman X3 (Megaman X3) Carddass System File Collectible New. Sealed. Album that holds trading cards. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Memorial Anniversary Calendar 2002 Collectible New. Sealed. Vintage Japanese wall calendar from around the time of the first Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) game's release. Includes an unused sticker sheet featuring mostly Megaman Battle Network characters, but also some Megaman Legends characters. Here
Rockman EXE 5 e-Capcom Knightman Wristband Collectible New. Sealed. "Not for sale" preorder bonus through e-Capcom for Rockman EXE 5 (Megaman Battle Network 5), featuring Knightman's emblem. Here
Protoman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). Same as the one above, this one also has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Sad) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a sad expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Crying) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a crying expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Dizzy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a dizzy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Bobble Buddy Collectible New. Sealed. It's a bobblehead shaped like a ball -- the body tucks inside the head for storage. Here
Rockman (Megaman) Zero 4 e-Capcom Canvas Tote Collectible Loose, but in good condition. It's a small canvas tote bag made as a tie-in with Megaman Zero 4's Japanese release. Here
Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) "Official Center ID Capsule Pendant" Collectible New. Sealed. It's a pendant made as a tie-in for one of the Megaman Battle Network games. Here
Ryuusei no Rockman (Megaman Star Force) Geo's Pendant Collectible New. Sealed. This was a preorder bonus for buying the Japanese version of Megaman Star Force. Here
Rockman DASH (Megaman Legends) Pencilboard Collectible New. Front side features the Servbots, reverse features the Japanese box art for Megaman Legends. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Anniversary Decal Sheets Collectible New, unused. Three large sticker sheets total. These are adhesive decals that were given to video game stores in Japan to advertise Megaman's 15th anniversary (which puts them at around 2002). Here
Capcom Promotion Express Newsletter Set of 3 Collectible New. These are three different issues of Capcom's newslettemagazine, used to advertise their then-upcoming games around 2005. Each comes in a cool clear plastic folder featuring the Capcom logo. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#12" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a crying expression and comes with a cannonball accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#20" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a blank expression and comes with a headset accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#28" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a scared expression and comes with a fish accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#32" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a dizzy expression and comes with a wrench accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#36" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a nervous expression and comes with a paper airplane accessory, among others. Here
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2020.10.17 12:00 LeoAstrology Daily Leo Horoscope - Oct 17, 2020

Your mind might be stimulated today, Leo, so stay alert and open to new information. If you feel tired, take a short nap. It's better to operate at top speed and full capacity than go through your day only half present. Don't rely on external stimulants like caffeine to pick you up. These things will deceive your body and do damage to your nervous system.
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2020.10.16 18:08 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 6 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
The Eagles dug themselves deeper into a hole and lost their title as Kings of Shit Mountain with their disappointing loss to the Steelers last Sunday. Rookie WR Chase Claypool made the Eagles defense look silly over and over on his way to 4 TDs, including a 35 TD reception with under 3 minutes to go to seal the game. Jim Schwartz thought that he is smarter than everyone else and believed it was a good idea to put his failing LB Nate Gerry on Claypool despite the fact Claypool had already scored 3 TDs on the day and Gerry has given up 23 receptions on 23 targets for 267 yards 4 TDs and a 154.6 passer rating. Schwartz will most definitely trott Gerry out there this week against the Baltimore Ravens who will have reigning MVP QB Lamar Jackson out there who can pick apart defenses with his arm and his legs. Schwartz will have to gameplan better than he has in previous weeks to keep Jackson contained and ensure talented Baltimore TEs Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle have someone covering them who isn’t named Nate Gerry. The Eagles have the talent on the defensive line to keep Jackson in the pocket and force him to beat them with his arm where the Eagles will get a boost in the secondary with the return of Will Parks who will make his first start for the Eagles after signing in the offseason. That said, the talent hasn’t been missing on the defense outside of the LB position, instead the gameplans have been nonexistent from Jim Schwartz who consistently decides his scheme is the most important piece and he can just run it regardless of what the offense runs. If that mindset continues expect another L for the Eagles and another big fantasy day for Lamar Jackson. On the other side of the ball the Eagles actually look like they are beginning to click. The offensive line held the Steelers top rated pass defense in check for the better part of the day and a weapon has emerged from the depths of the practice squad. In the past two games, Carson Wentz has a perfect passing rating when targeting Travis Fulgham who has consistently been able to find openings in the defense and make big catches for the QB. Wentz may get Jackson and Jeffrey back this Sunday as well which would give him some more confidence that guys can get open and make catches, both are currently listed as questionable, so we will see. This game most likely ends up as another L for the Eagles, but if they want any chance to win they are going to need their QB to make some big plays and they are going to need their defense to slow down the Ravens high powered offense. Go Eagles!
General Information
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Date
Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10L00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 61°F
Feels Like: 61°F
Forecast: Clear. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 10%
Wind: South-Southeast 6 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Ravens -7.5
OveUnder: 46.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 1-4, Baltimore 3-1-1
Where to Watch on TV
CBS will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Ian Eagle will handle the play-by-play duties and Charles Davis will provide analysis and Evan Washburn will report from the sidelines.
TV Map - Week 6 TV Coverage Map
Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Ravens Radio
Ravens Radio Gerry Sanduskey will return for his 14th season to handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Ravens Former Ravens players Dennis Pitta and Obafemi "Femi" Ayanbadejo will provide color and analysis during the game.
National Radio
Sports USA will broadcast the game nationally with Josh Appel handling the play by play and Brandon Noble will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel RavensChannel
Sirius Radio SIRI 133 (Streaming 825) SIRI 82 (Streaming 802)
XM Radio XM 227(Streaming 825) XM 383 (Streaming 802)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 227 (Streaming 825) SXM 383 (Streaming 802)
Eagles Social Media Ravens Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: bltravens
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 2-3 .400 2-1 0-2 1-0 2-2 163 180 -17 1W
Eagles 1-3-1 .300 0-1-1 1-2 0-1 1-2 113 145 -32 1L
Football Team 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 89 142 -53 4L
Giants 0-5 .000 0-2 0-3 0-1 0-4 81 133 -52 5L
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles vs Baltimore Ravens. Series tied 2-2-1
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 16th, 1997 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, MD . Philadelphia Eagles 10 - Baltimore Ravens 10
Points Leader
Ravens lead Eagles (106-82)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Ravens
John Harbaugh: 1-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs John Harbaugh: Harbaugh leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Ravens: 0-1
Lamar Jackson: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz v Lamar Jackson: First Meeting of QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Ravens: 2-0
Record @ M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens lead Eagles 2-0
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 20 - Steelers No. 6
Record
Eagles: 1-3-1
Ravens: 4-1
Last Meeting And Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Ravens 27 - Eagles 26
Baltimore (8-6) had a 27-17 lead and a first down at the Philadelphia 11 when Joe Flacco threw an interception to give the Eagles (5-9) another chance. Rookie Carson Wentz directed a drive that produced a field goal with 2:22 remaining. The Eagles got the ball back at their 41 with 1:39 to go. A 24-yard completion to tight end Zach Ertz and a pass interference call against rookie Tavon Young set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Wentz that got Philadelphia within a point. First-year coach Doug Pederson dropped his balls on the table and went for the victory, declining the conversion kick for a 2-point try. "I wanted to win the football game," Pederson said. Wentz threw over the middle to tight Jordan Matthews, who couldn't get his hands on a tipped ball and the Ravens won by a single point 27-26.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/18/16 Ravens Eagles 27-26
9/16/12 Eagles Ravens 24-23
11/23/08 Ravens Eagles 36-7
10/31/04 Eagles Ravens 15-10
11/16/97 N/A N/A 10-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Ravens Ravens
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 6 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Ravens Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 117 195 60.0% 1188 6 9 68.5
Jackson 86 135 63.7% 949 9 2 100.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 62 316 79.0 5.1 3
Jackson 41 238 47.6 5.8 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Fulgham 12 207 104.5 17.4 2
Brown 22 319 63.8 14.5 1
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham/Sweat 3.0 18
BowseJudon/Elliott/Queen 2.0 16
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 40 21 19 0.0
Queen 42 30 12 2.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod 1 2
Peters 2 3
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 21 1080 62 51.4 45.7 10 2 0
Koch 15 684 53 45.6 44.3 7 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 9 7 77.8% 54 10/10
Tucker 11 10 90.9 47 17/17
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 7 124 17.7 25 0
Dunernay 7 238 34.0 93 1
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Ward 5 19 3.8 8 0 6
Proche II 10 88 8.8 17 0 6
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Total Offense 322.4 28th 339.6 24th
Rush Offense 108.0 18th 160.8 3rd
Pass Offense 214.4 26th 178.8 31st
Points Per Game 22.6 23rd 29.8 T-8th
3rd-Down Offense 48.7% 7th 43.3% 16th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% T-28th 66.7% T-13th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.7% T-12th 62.5% 19th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Total Defense 355.2 13th 335.0 6th
Rush Defense 114.2 17th 92.0 5th
Pass Defense 241.0 17th 243.0 18th
Points Per Game 29.0 23rd 15.2 1st
3rd-Down Defense 44.9% 18th 36.5% 5th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-13th 33.3% T-5th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 73.3% 27th 70.0% 26th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 T-30th +5 T-4th
Penalties/Game 6.2 T-20th 5.0 11th
Penalty Yards/Game 50.4 14th 37.4 8th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles took on their cross state rival after coming off their first win of the season the week before and the Eagles feel flat on their face making the trip across the state. Jim Schwartz showed up with zero game plan and had no answer to runs by Chase Claypool, despite the fact the Steelers used similar plays earlier this seasons. Claypool owned the Eagles Sunday scoring 4 TDs including one with under 3 minutes left to put the nail in the coffin when Jim Schwartz put one of the worst coverages LBs in the league Nate Gerry on Claypool 1v1 with no help. The offense played their best game of the year this season with a break out game by Travis Fulgham, but Jim Schwartz and the defense never gave them a shot.
Ravens - The Ravens took on their division rival Bengals in Week 5. The Baltimore Ravens defense arguably put up the best performance by any team in the NFL this season, allowing just a field goal to an overmatched Cincinnati Bengals team in a 27-3 victory Sunday. Baltimore shut down Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati offense, holding the Bengals to just 205 yards on the afternoon while forcing three turnovers and completely dominating the line of scrimmage in the win. The Ravens would have had a shutout if not for a late field goal by the Bengals that was purely done to break the shutout.
Connections
Baltimore Head Coach John Harbaugh coached 10 years years for the Eagles as their Special Teams Coordinator and DB coach from 1998-2007.
Baltimore Assistant head coach/pass coordinatowide receivers Dan Culley spent 13 years with the Eagles as their WR coach and Senior Offensive assistant 1999-2012. Culley and Doug Pederson coached together from 2009-2015 as part of Andy Reid’s staff with the Eagles and Chiefs.
Baltimore QB Coach James Urban coached 7 years with the Eagles from 2004-2010 as an assistant to the head coach, offensive assistant/quality control coach and QB coach.
Baltimore LB LJ Fort played part of last season for the Eagles before he was cut, so that Jim Schwartz’s love child Nate Gerry could get more playing time.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Andy Weidl worked for the Ravens as a scout from 2005-16.
Eagles Player Personnel Executive TJ McCreight worked for the Ravens as a scout from 1997-2004.
Eagles assistant director of player personnel Ian Cunningham worked for the Ravens for 9 years as a scout from 1998-2007.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Ravens
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Lamar Jackson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) K Justin Tucker (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) RB Mark Ingram
LS Rick Lovato (Starter) FB Patrick Ricard (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz TE Mark Andrews
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) LT Ronnie Stanley(Starter)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt G Marshal Yanda (Starter)
OT Orlando Brown Jr.
OLB Matthew Judon
CB Marlon Humphrey
CB Marcus Peters
FS Earl Thomas
LS Morgan Cox (Starter)
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
Philadelphia has produced a 2-2-1 record in the all-time series vs. Baltimore, including a 2-0 mark at home. The Ravens are one of nine NFL teams that the Eagles have never lost to at Lincoln Financial Field (since the 2003 season).
Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NFL with 18.0 sacks, trailing only L.A. Rams (20.0) and Pittsburgh (20.0). Brandon Graham (54.0) – tied for the team lead with 3.0 sacks – is 1.0 sack shy of surpassing Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ‘04) for the 4th-most sacks in Eagles history, behind Reggie White (124.0, 1985-92), Trent Cole (85.5, 2005-14) and Clyde Simmons (76.0, 1986-93).
Miles Sanders has produced the 3rd-most rushing yards (316) in the NFL since his season debut in Week 2, trailing only Dalvin Cook (439) and Todd Gurley (319) in that category.
Travis Fulgham led the Eagles with 10 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. Fulgham is one of only three NFL players to register 10+ catches for 150+ yards and 1 TD in a game this season (also Davante Adams and George Kittle).
Draft Picks
Eagles Ravens
WR Jalen Raegor LB Patrick Queen
QB Jalen Hurts RB JK Dobbins
LB Davion Taylor DT Justin Madubuike
S K’Von Wallace WR Devin Duvernay
OT Jack Driscoll LB Malik Harrison
WR John Hightower OT Trye Phillips
LB Shaun Bradley OG Ben Bredeson
WR Quez Watkins DT Broderick Washington
OT Prince Tega Wanogho WR James Proche
LB/DE Casey Toohill S Geno Stone
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Ravens
S Will Parks DE Calais Campbell
DT Javon Hargrave LS Nick Moore
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman DE Derek Wolfe
CB Darius Slay ILB Jake Ryan
OT Parker Ehinger
TE Jerell Adams
RB Kenjon Barner
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Ravens
S Malcom Jenkins TE Hayen Hurst
CB Ronald Darby OL James Hurst
RB Jordan Howard CB Brandon Carr
WR Nelson Agholor OL B.J. Finney
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai WR Seth Roberts
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill DT Michael Pierce
RB Darren Sproles DE Chris Wormley
DT Timmy Jernigan ILB Josh Bynes
LB Nigel Bradham ILB Patrick Onwuasor
S Earl Thomas
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15379) needs 294 yards to move up to 4th on the Eagles all-time passing yards list moving ahead of QB Norm Snead.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (907) needs 93 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (54) needs 1 sack to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Eagles TE Zach Ertz needs 112 receiving yards for 6000 career receiving yards.
Ravens RB Mark Ingram (1223) needs 27 yards to move up to 12th on the Ravens all-time rushing lists passing RB Javorius Allen and 112 yards to move up to 11th on the list passing RB Bernard Pierce
Stats to Know
Deep Passing
The body types are totally different, but WR Hollywood Brown poses a major deep threat to the Eagles defense, just as WR Chase Claypool did last week No WR in the league has more deep targets (beyond 20 yards) than Brown does, at 15, also catching 4 of 4 catchable deep balls. The next closes for the Eagles is Desean Jackson with 6 targets and 2 catches on 2 catchable deep balls.We don’t know if Desean will be a go for this game, but tell me which Eagle(s) you want defending Brown’s speed on deep balls or on end-arounds. Slay’s out and Mills is not fast. Looking at the QBs slinging these deep balls, Lamar Jackson is 7th in deep ball %, at 16.3% yet 24th in Adjusted Completion % (focusing the stat on QB agency). Wentz is slightly better in that statistic, good for 19th at 40%.
Matchups to Watch
Ravens Multifaceted Offense vs.Eagles Predictable Defense
The Ravens have a diverse offensive attack led by the reigning NFL MVP and a creative Offensive Coordinator that is more than capable of shredding the vanilla Eagles defense. Thus far in 2020, Schwartz has shown little in the way of molding his defense to help cater to the personnel he has in place that has also regressed in his tenure. I’ve said repeatedly throughout this season, as well as in the run up to this season, that the Eagles defense took several steps back in personnel and overall talent to where their strengths really can’t hide the deficiencies in the back end. Other than Darius Slay, the only member of the back seven who can cover, the Eagles struggle to match against opposing offenses in man and zone coverage. They have several hybrid players who theoretically are jacks of all trades and masters of none; in a cruel twist of fate, that was entirely predictable, the Eagles defense has players that struggle with any kind of basic trait that helps a modern defense leaving them as effectively jacks of no trade. Lamar Jackson will execute a diverse rushing attack with 3 capable RBs and his own athleticism that presents a unique challenge for every NFL defense to defend. The Ravens also have a quality offensive line to aid him in targeting a very good Tight End in Mark Andrews and other capable receivers. This offense uses motions and other misdirection plays, as well as play action, at near league leading rates. This is a problem for the Eagles defense as not only are they not talented enough to stop it, they struggle in alignment and execute against motion, misdirection, and play action. Their linebackers are unable to process coverage assignments and frequently blow assignments leading to big plays. Their corners, outside of Slay, struggle to cover at all. It’s a bad recipe for an overmatched defense. Schwartz will need to get this group to play at the level they did two weeks ago in San Francisco in an effort to slow down the Ravens offense. This is one of the best teams in the NFL. The Eagles offense can’t be counted on to continue to match its opponents in a shootout given their personnel limitations on that side of the ball. And when they do find success, the defense struggles to play complimentary football - just like last week. This unit needs to show up or this will likely be a blowout.
Eagles Receiving Weapons vs. Ravens Secondary
Even without Earl Thomas, the Ravens still field one of the best secondaries in the NFL and are capable of executing a number of coverage assignments. They possess two outstanding corners, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, who are able to match up with whatever scrubs the Eagles pull off the street this week. Travis Fulgham is fresh off a career day and looks like the first viable receiver the Eagles have had in some time but you have to figure at some point his sudden meteoric rise will normalize soon. That normalization could likely be this week against a formidable secondary. Regardless of when that comes, Fulgham has acquitted himself nicely in the offense and should be a full time starting forward. Absent the return of Desean Jackson or the season debut of Alshon Jeffery, this is a receiver group that is still mightily undermanned due to injury and a lackluster front office. Philly could stand to see a reemergence of Zach Ertz from the struggle bus and produce more than the very little he’s contributed this season so far. Lastly, the Eagles need Carson Wentz to pick up where he left off after a strong performance against the Steelers. PFF graded Wentz as a top 5 QB last week and it was easily his most complete performance of the season which is a notable brightspot in an otherwise disappointing start to the season. This Ravens defense is no joke and is very opportunistic as they force a lot of turnovers. Wentz’s margin for error is already very small given the situation around him but this game requires him to better manage the game on each play to give the offense a shot.
Eagles Decimated Offensive Line vs Ravens Attacking Defensive Front
The Eagles Offensive Line is a surprisingly decent group despite the ridiculous amount of injuries they continue to take on so far this season. The only projected starter left on the offensive line is center Jason Kelce. Lane Johnson is questionable heading into Sunday’s contest and hasn’t practiced this week. He likely won’t go as he’s been dealing with an ankle injury that’s plagued him since training camp. Even if he does return, Johnson is likely to continue to be plagued with the injury bug as long as he isn’t on injured reserve. Jeff Stoutland deserves all the praise in the world for coaching up the current cast of characters on the OL as they haven’t played as horribly as you might imagine against stiff competition. The Steelers defensive front is one of the best in football and the Eagles OL did more than enough to help put them in a position to win last week. They face another difficult test Sunday as they face a complete Ravens front with a DC in Wink Martindale that loves to blitz more than any DC in the NFL. Matthew Judon, Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and Calais Campbell are a strong unit; Martindale isn’t afraid to bring anyone on a blitz. This offensive line needs to continue to communicate well to handle the onslaught of pressure they are about to face on Sunday. They don’t have the depth of talent to be expected to win consistently; if they play like they did last week, that could be good enough. It’s a very tall order though.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.10.16 13:13 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 24: METALLICA

Every once in a while, a band comes along that inevitably grows to become synonymous with their genre. We’ve all seen it happen - names like Nirvana, New Order, Death, and King Crimson all invoke strong images of their respective musical styles. Hell, one of the best examples is right close to home: Josh helped define the entire genre of Stoner Rock during his time with Kyuss.
See, bands of this caliber don't come around often, but when they do, they’re some of the most influential, well connected, and creative people in music history.
Today’s band is certainly one of those elite few - and for them, Thrash Metal is the Lingua Franca. They have a history full of wicked turns, devastating heartbreak, bitter rivals, blistering riffs, and Danish knights. Okay, well, there’s only one Danish knight in this story, but having more than one sounds cooler.
Yep. If you’ve somehow never listened to them, your hearing is probably still pretty good. If you DID listen to them back in the 80s, don't worry, I’ll make sure to yell for the important parts of the write up. Ahem. Oh, sorry, I meant to say “I’LL MAKE SURE TO YELL FOR THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE WRITE UP”.
That’s right, you guessed it. Today’s featured artist is none other than METALLICA.
About Them
Ah yes, the 80s. Home of new wave, big hair, and MTV - A decade of strange culture, set in a post-disco world that seemed to have a disturbingly high number of synthesizers.
But the synth wasn't exactly what was on the mind of Danish immigrant Lars Ulrich. No, that would be tennis.
Or at least, it would have been, if he made it on the 7 man elite tennis team of his high school… but it wasn't meant to be. A shame, really - the world may never know the greatness of Ulrich’s tennis career. Instead, he decided to go for his fall back option: Music. He had a kit, and he could drum, but he didn’t know any metalhead guitarists. So, he did the only logical thing he could do in the situation: he put out a classified ad in a local newspaper.
Two people answered the call of metal: guitarist James Hetfield, and mildly less notably guitarist Hugh Tanner. Hetfield and the future Sir Ulrich sparked a serious musical connection, and after deciding to record a song for an upcoming compilation album, Metallica was officially brought into this world. The name was taken by Ulrich from a friend of his, who was trying to start up a metal fanzine. Apparently, his friend had narrowed it down to either “Metal Mania” or “Metallica”. Ulrich instantly swiped the Metallica name, and the rest is history.
Poor Hugh Tanner: consigned to be a musical footnote for all of eternity. I hope that he is now a middle manager at Home Depot with two kids and a dog.
Anyway, the newly christened Metal Mania Metallica went about recording their first song, Hit The Lights, and picked up a few more members while they were at it. The bassist from Hetfield’s band, Ron McGovney, officially joined Metallica after they started playing live. One “David S. Mustaine” responded to another Ulrich Certified™ Classified ad, this time for the position of Lead Guitarist. Mustaine barely even had to audition. Ulrich and Hetfield just let him in when they saw how expensive his equipment looked.
You think I am exaggerating, but I assure you I am not.
Success came early for these boys, and they were soon generating a fair bit of buzz in the underground metal scene. They managed to record a few rough demos in this time, including many songs that would later be re-recorded on their first album. It seemed they were finding their feet, and the future was bright.
Well, OK, that was not true. I mean, not true at all. At this point, they were a young, dinky bar band with some good amps and rampant internal issues.
Yep, Metallica had already run into some significant problems. McGovney contributed jack all to the songwriting process. Mustaine was a massive drunk. Hetfield’s early voice on the demo recordings is super high pitched. This one isn't necessarily a problem, I just think that it’s kind of hilarious. Either way, the band had to get over these speed bumps.
First, McGovney was given the boot when Hetfield and Ulrich ran into someone better: Cliff Burton. After seeing Burton play live, Hetfield and Ulrich knew they wanted him in the band - they were just that blown away by his performance. Although he wasn't interested at first, Burton eventually joined on the condition that the whole band shuffle on up to San Francisco.
Ah yes, San Francisco. That Mecca of metal.
Mustaine was a whole other problem. Evidently, he was a fucking BEAST on the guitar, even back then. Unfortunately, the only thing he shredded more than his fretboard was his liver. It got to the point where he almost always showed up to practice completely plastered, and the band just got fed up. So, when they drove to Rochester to record their debut album, Mustaine was unceremoniously kicked out. Yep. After going all the way across the country, Mustaine was dumped at a bus terminal with nothing but his gear and a one way ticket to LA.
Sounds like they were asking for a bitter rival at this point. I mean, come on, they just made him into a Disney villain...if Disney featured 19 year old drunks with a penchant for thrash metal. Truth was, this was a man who could not let go of this conflict.
I’m looking real hard at you, Hans Westergaard.. Wait, was that movie set in Denmark?
Mustaine was replaced, in that afternoon, by Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett. Talk about a kick in the nads. Mustaine went on to found the rival band Megadeth, and has gone on record multiple times regarding his hatred for Hammett, calling him a ripoff that stole every lead he had written on those early demo tapes. He was even angry enough to include Mechanix on the first Megadeth album, which is basically just The Four Horseman but F A S T E R. That band is a story for another day though, so let’s get this write up back on track.
With their line up set, the boys went about recording their first album: Metal Up Your Ass. Yep. We all know that famous Metallica album, the graciously and beautifully named Metal Up Your Ass.
If you are into that sort of thing, you may be in the wrong subreddit. Or not. I’m really not here to judge.
Okay, the label didn't quite like that name (I wonder why?) so they ended up changing it to Kill Em All. Nice and PG now, as you can see. ‘Cause we all know that threatening genocide is much more palatable than anal sex.
This record was not necessarily a financial success, but damn did it earn them some respect. The tempos were high and the riffs were loud. Hetfield’s aggressive vocal style came into fruition, Mustaine’s Hammett’s solos gave people permanent neck damage, and Burton’s bass probably caused a few earthquakes somewhere overseas (seriously, Anesthesia is a goddamn masterpiece). Oh, Ulrich was also there.
People loved their sound, and through word of mouth, they garnered an ever more dedicated underground following. The band had hit the ground running, and weren’t about to stop.
After a tour, they were back in the studio for another round of recording (this time in Denmark - the true home of metal. Fuck you, San Franciso.) And in 1984, Ride the Lightning was released.
Interestingly, a French label accidentally printed the album cover in Green, and this is now considered a precious and highly desirable collectible. But apparently when I paint my skin green for a date I'm “weird” and “scaring the other bar patrons”. What a double standard.
Ride the Lightning was even more successful than their first album. It saw a further progression in their sound, featuring acoustic intros and lyrical themes other than “METALL FUCK YEAHHH”. Okay, they still included that theme, but there’s also Cthulhu, the Bible, and Ernest Hemingway on this record. Look, man, there’s nothing more metal than classic literature.
This album earned them a record deal with Elektra, and led to some serious financial success. Soon, they were playing for crowds numbering in the tens of thousands. Metal was spreading, and Metallica was breaking into the big time.
But there was one album that really pushed them over the edge. One record that many still see as their true magnum opus. An album that has drawn countless teenagers into the world of long hair and distorted guitars.
Master of Puppets released in 1986, and has since reached a certified triple platinum in total sales. It needs no introduction. Each and every track is a work of art. If you somehow haven't heard it, what rock have you been living under, man? Please, go fire it up right now. Also, if the volume isn't high enough that your neighbors can hear it, you’re doing it wrong.
Master of Puppets saw even more growth for the band. It earned them a place on tour with Ozzy Osbourne, which exposed them to an entirely different genre of metalheads. Sales were up, and shows were well attended: everything seemed to be going right.
Disaster has a funny penchant for following success. In September of 1986, the band was in Sweden for the European leg of their tour. The bus’ beds were trash, and knowing this, Hammett and Burton decided to draw playing cards for the first pick. Burton won, and claimed Hammett’s bunk - Hammett responded by sleeping up front instead. This random chance event would come to haunt Hammett for the rest of his life.
In the early hours of the morning, the bus skidded off the road, rolling several times before coming to a screeching halt. Burton, who was sleeping at the time, was thrown out of a window directly into the path of the rolling bus. He was pinned, and died shortly thereafter.
Burton’s death left Metallica heartbroken and doubtful about the future, and is a fucking terrible loss not only for the band, but for music as a whole. Metallica decided that Burton would want them to carry on, and after a wave of auditions, Jason Newstead (of Flotsam and Jetsam) was added to the band.
So, after a tumultuous two years, Metallica went back to the studio. What came out the other side was a different band - one with bass lines so good, you can’t even hear ‘em.
That’s right. Although the songs were still amazing, the production on ...And Justice For All sucked all kinds of ass. And not the good ass, like Metal Up Your Ass type of ass. This was the bad kind of ass. And the root of the problem? One very bitter Lars Ulrich, who was behaving like an ass (The bad kind of ass). Evidently, he was angry at Jason Newstead for not being Cliff Burton, and deliberately pushed the producer to make all the bass parts completely inaudible. Man, what a prick.
But even without bass, this album still slaps. Blackened’s riff has been in my head for the last 10 years, send help. Dyers Eve features one of the thrashiest guitar lines in the band’s discography, and actually has some decently impressive drumming on it. Finally, I'm pretty sure that One inspired an entire generation of guitarists to learn how to finger tap.
Actually, it’s such an iconic, amazing song that I’m not going to wait for the link section to make you listen to it. Here, take this, and put it on right now.
Shit, wrong One. Here’s the real one.
God dammit, not again. Okay, third time’s the charm.
Fuck it. Close enough.
So after numerous tours, strings of massive sold out venues, and widespread attention, Metallica was on top of the world. When it came to their next album, what do you think they did? Did they keep with what was working, honouring their Thrash Metal roots? Did they decide to step into Death or Power Metal for an album? Maybe throw it all away in favour of a hip-hop career?
Nope. After 4 albums of Thrash, Metallica opted for hard rock. That’s right, it's time to talk about the black album - a record that, and I quote, “was remixed three times, cost a million dollars, and ended three marriages”. Oh yeah. You know it's gotta be good when the divorce lawyer shows up.
This record was a beast. Their other albums had made them popular, but the black album turned Metallica into the best selling Metal band in history. Their new sound was more accessible compared to their earlier work, and the album’s production gave them this monumentous, huge tone that people just couldn't get enough of. Songs like Wherever I May Roam, Sad but True, and especially Enter Sandman got boat loads of radio play. The doors were opened to a whole new audience, and sales hit an all time high. Metallica was king.
They really could have put a neat bow on their discography right there, but they decided to record more albums and we all have to live with the consequences. Let's get through them quickly, just to ease the pain.
Load (1996) was decidedly “meh”. It further moved them away from their Thrash roots, and things got kinda weird. I’m talking “the album cover is a mixture of cow blood and some guy’s semen” levels of weird. Yeah, I wish I was making that up.
Reload picked up where Load left off, this time with PISS and blood. The music was notably southern and bluesy, and even further off from pure Thrash. It wasn't necessarily all bad though. Notably, it has the song Fuel on it, and I mean, there’s nothing better than Hetfield screaming “GIMME FUUL GIMME FAHH GIMME DABBADIDESAH” directly into your ear.
Then they released an album full of covers, got into a huge legal battle with Napster, and lost another bassist. On top of Newstead jumping ship (I guess being systematically produced out of an album leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth?), Hetfield also checked into rehab for a few years to deal with his alcoholism. Look man, a lot of shit happened. Honestly, you should just watch the documentary “Some Kind of Monster” (which they also managed to record amidst all this drama).
Then they recorded the album St. Anger. It sucked.
Let’s move on. Shortly after the-record-that-should-not-be, Metallica managed to find a permanent replacement for Newstead - Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo. Between performances, I’m pretty sure he enjoys benching cargo trucks and drinking roof nails. Seriously, this guy looks like he can break you in half without even trying. He remains their bassist to this day, and I think his bass has gotten progressively lower to the ground with every performance.
Okay, only a few more albums left to go. It's time for a (Ride the) Lighting round. Death Magnetic (2008) was meh. Lulu (2011) was a strange-ass collaboration with Lou Reed, and also sucked. Beyond Magnetic (2011) was an EP that was released, I guess. Metallica: Through the Never (2013) was put out as a live album that soundtracked a wacky concert movie by the same name. Finally, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016) was a halfway decent record. Honestly, I think it may have been released just as an excuse to tour.
Oh and fun fact about Hardwired.. - Hammett was barely involved in its writing process. As it turns out, he forgot his phone at an airport and lost the hundreds of riffs he had stored on it. Who knows - some air terminal janitor may be jamming out to a secret Metallica album right now, laughing at the rest of us. Damn you, oh lucky janitor, damn you to airport hell.
And that's about it for the band, besides Ulrich somehow earning knighthood in Denmark. These guys have got one hell of a history, and one hell of a backlog of albums. They are an interesting case study in how a band changes from record to record, and how drama and infighting can utterly destroy a group. Above all, they are icons: and even now, I’m sure that somewhere, some 16 year old is struggling his way through the intro solo of One, breaking in the strings of his first electric guitar.
If you haven’t heard of them, who are you and how did you get here? Actually, that doesn't matter, you should listen to them anyway. Now if you don't mind me, I’ve got a date in an hour, and a LOT of green paint to put on. Metallica forever.
Links to QOTSA
Metallica actually played a huge role in giving Josh his first proper stadium rock concert experience. To explain this, we need to go back, way way back, to the far off year of 1993.
After the release of their second album, Kyuss had caused quite the uproar in the world of music. This is understandable, since Blues for the Red Sun is a fucking amazing record. Meanwhile, Metallica was in the midst of a dilemma - they had not yet found a band to open for them at nine of their upcoming shows in Australia.
So the inevitable happened, and Metallica asked Kyuss to open at all nine of these concerts. Apparently, the members of Metallica loved Kyuss’ style and were more than happy to give them this opportunity. Garcia, Bjork, Reeder, and Homme proceeded to kill it night after night, and blew the minds of those Thrash Metal audiences. Many would note that Kyuss was even heavier than Metallica, and I'm sure that these nights converted many to the ways of Stoner Rock.
The shows proved incredibly important in the coming years. They propelled Kyuss further into the public eye, thereby heavily influencing the path of Homme’s musical career. They also gave him some serious concert experience, which he inevitably carried forward into QotSA.
Besides this major connection, there are a few other things worth mentioning. Hammett and Trujillo joined Joey Castillo in a group for a few one-off classic rock covers back in 2019. Also, Josh has kind of ripped on Metallica, stating that they stole a lot of stuff from Kyuss when they wrote Load and Reload. Whether or not they “stole” anything is debatable, but I think it's kind of sick that even Metallica could be influenced by that low down desert groove.
Their Music
Hit The Lights -- this time without the super high pitched vocals.
(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth -- check the seismograph, this one’s moving some earth.
Mechanix The Four Horsemen -- “original riff pls do not steal and rerecord onto a the album of a rival band”
For Whom the Bell Tolls -- terrifying war stories, any one?
Fade to Black -- I HAVE LOST THE WILL TO LIIIIVEEEE
Creeping Death -- nothing more metal than passover.
Orion -- rock on Cliff, rock on.
Battery -- Beautiful intro, and then the riff slaps you in the face before doing donuts on your front lawn at 3 am. You then join in, cause the riff is just that fucking good.
Master of Puppets -- no description necessary. Listen to it, now.
Blackened -- Bass solo starts at 6:40.
Dyers Eve -- Man, it’s wild that they went from this to Enter Sandman in under 3 years.
One -- The real one this time.
Wherever I may Roam -- Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, drifter, freebooter, itinerant, migratory hobo, etc.
Fuel -- please bestow unto me these three things: firstly, I would like some form of gasoline or diesel, next I request the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, and finally I ask for anything else that I happen to crave. Ahem. OOOOOOOooHH, YE-HEA.
Spit Out The Bone -- probably one of the most Thrashy songs Metallica has released since the 80s.
Show Them Some Love
/Metallica - they’re beating us at 57,690 members boys, we’ve got work to do if we want to pass them. I say we start by getting them into Kyuss, and then pushing them into the QotSA self titled record - that should get their inevitable Josh Homme addiction going.
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2020.10.13 01:31 AliceOfSinnoh [USA] [H] Popful Mail (Sega CD), Misadventures of Tron Bonne (PSX), CIB Pokemon SoulSilver (DS), CIB Pokemon Colosseum (GCN), Gunstar Heroes (Genesis), Persona 5 Take Your Heart Edition (PS4), CIB PS Vita Assassin's Creed Edition, PS4 games, GBA games, 3DS games, more [W] Specific CIB Pokemon games

I've moved to a new thread! This one's probably outdated by now, so check my profile to see my newest swap thread!

Hello everyone, I'm a collector trying to knock out the last few gaps in my CIB Pokémon collection. Thanks for looking at my thread! Hopefully, you'll find something here that interests you.
10/12 update: Added a ton of new games including several boxed Pokémon games and some SEGA CD and PS2 titles. (Pardon my dust! I'm cleaning up the thread a bit to make it easier to read, and also moving image hosting over to imgur. Let me know if one of the links doesn't work so I can fix it!)

What I'm trading:

Name System/Type Condition/Notes Pics
Battletoads Genesis Case and game only. Case is missing hang tab. Cartridge is in good condition with some light wear. Here
Gunstar Heroes Genesis CIB (case and manual). Cartridge is in good condition, though the label has darkened with age. Case is missing hang tab, case art has a crease on the back. Manual has some creasing. Here
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The Adventures of Batman & Robin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is in good condition, but missing its registration card, and has some minor sticker residue on the cover (near Clayface's hand). Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case, manual, and foam spacer). Manual is in very good condition; registration cards are intact. Disc is in very good condition with some minor scratches. Here
Popful Mail Magical Fantasy Adventure SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case, manual, foam spacer, and insert card). Manual is in very good condition with minor wear on the embossed SEGA CD logo; registration cards are intact. Disc is in excellent, almost new condition. Longbox case has some very minor wear (mostly light scuffing, very typical for a game this age), but it's intact with no damage that I can see. Overall excellent condition, displays very nicely. Here
Road Rash SEGA CD CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Manual is worn (heavily creased); registration cards are intact. Disc is in good condition with some scratches. Longbox jewel case is a new (third-party) replacement. Here
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Cyber Troopers Virtual On Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in very good condition (few minor scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox has some shelfwear and scratches. Here
Rayman Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is scuffed and shows shelfwear. Here
Tomb Raider Saturn CIB (longbox jewel case and manual). Disc is in good condition (some scratches). Manual is in good condition, but has some creases; registration cards are intact. Longbox is in fair condition (cracks, scuffs, and some shelfwear). Here
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Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast Disc only. Disc is in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
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Chrono Cross PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches, disc 2 appears to have been polished/resurfaced). Manual and art in good condition, but the case is pretty much a writeoff (cracked/broken, price sticker residue). Here
Final Fantasy Chronicles (Greatest Hits) PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs are in good condition (some minor scratches). Case is in good condition. Manual shows some creasing and wear. Here
Medarot R (JP) PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman 8 Anniversary Edition PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X4 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X5 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Megaman X6 PSX CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Super Adventure Rockman PSX CIB (case and manual). Discs in good condition (some minor scratches). Here
Misadventures of Tron Bonne + strategy guide PSX CIB (case, manual, and demo disc). Former rental. Discs are in very good condition (some minor scratches). Case has minor crack on the inside flap. Manual cover has been reinforced/"laminated" with plastic tape. Strategy guide has some shelf wear and what appears to be water damage, but the pages are perfectly readable. Here
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Megaman Anniversary Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X Collection PS2 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman X7 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some light shelfwear. Case has a price sticker on the front corner. Here
Megaman X8 + strategy guide PS2 CIB (case and manual). Disc in good condition (some minor scratches). Strategy guide has some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front corner. Here
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Borderlands: the Handsome Collection PS4 CIB (case and insert). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition PS4 CIB (case, insert, and poster). Disc is in very good condition. Here
Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy PS4 New. Sealed. Here
CTR Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled (Nitros Oxide & Pin Bundle) PS4 New. Sealed. Includes preorder bonus dashboard bobble figurine. Here
Marvel Iron Man VR PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 1 is CIB (case, inserts, and stickers), 2 is the game and case art only. Discs are in very good condition. Here
Megaman X Legacy Collection 1+2 PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Zero/ZX Legacy Collection PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition PS4 New. Sealed. Here
SpongeBob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated PS4 New. Sealed. Here
Playstation 4 DualShock Wireless Controller PS4 New. Sealed. Here
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PS Vita Assassin's Creed III Liberation Limited Edition Bundle Vita CIB (big box, inner cardboard box, instruction booklet, quick start guides, insert card, game and memory card tray, power cable, AR card packet, system). I bought this new when it first came out solely to play Persona 4 Golden, and didn't log very much time with this system (maybe about 20 or 30 hours total). The screen has had a protector on it to protect from scratches (which I've since removed and discarded in order to take photos). It's spent most of its life in a soft padded carrying case and hasn't seen any play whatsoever in the last several years. Cosmetically, the system is in excellent condition. I never played the included game at all, and left the inserts in the box (the AR cards are still sealed). A padded carrying case and third-party grip are also included. While testing the system, the touchscreen is sometimes too sensitive and sometimes not sensitive enough. I don't know if that's common with the Vita or not, nor do I know if it's an easy fix. It plays Persona 4 Golden just fine. I'm offering this system as is. Here
Persona 4 Golden Vita CIB (game card and case). Game card is in excellent condition. Here
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Megaman's Soccer SNES Cart only. Good condition. It's a bit difficult to tell, but the back "half" of the cartridge's plastic seems to be a very slightly different color than the front "half". Here
Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures SNES Complete (box, insert tray, dust cover, manual, poster). Cart is in very good condition, box is intact but has some shelf wear and damage (scratches, a small puncture on one of the sides). Here
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Megaman Network Transmission + strategy guide GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Overall very good condition. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
Pokémon Colosseum (Player's Choice) GCN CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Case is in good condition with some minor shelfwear. Manual is in very good condition with some very light creasing. Disc is in good condition with some minor scratches. Here
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Starlink Battle for Atlas Switch New. Sealed. (Game only, none of the bundle items included.) Here
TRADED Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Switch New. Sealed. Here
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Megaman X-Treme GBC CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in excellent condition. Cart is in very good condition (some minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
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Advance Wars GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman Battle Network 3 Blue (EU) GBA (English language.) Loose, cart only. Some label damage. Here
Megaman Battle Network 4 Blue Moon GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in good condition with some minor scratches/wear on the back. Here
Megaman Zero GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches/wear on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 2 (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Blues (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in fair condition with some scratches and markings on the case. Here
Battle Network Rockman EXE 5 Team of Colonel (JP) GBA Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition with some minor scratches on the back. Here
Megaman & Bass GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in good condition with some shelfwear. Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on back). RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 3 + strategy guide GBA CIB (box, manual, and inserts). Box is in very good condition (minor crease on the front right corner, near the "3"). Cart is in very good condition (some very minor scratches on the back). Strategy guide is in good condition with some shelfwear and a price sticker on the front. Overall very nice condition. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Pokémon Ruby GBA CIB (box and manual). Box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition (some very minor scratches on back). Manual is in good condition with some minor creasing. Cardboard insert tray is a third-party replacement. RetroProtection box protector included. Here
Megaman Zero 2 strategy guide GBA Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and price stickers on the front right corner. Here
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Megaman ZX Advent DS CIB (case, manual, and inserts). Here
Pokémon Pearl (UAE Version) DS (English language.) New. Sealed. Here
Pokémon SoulSilver DS CIB (big box, case, manual, inserts, and Pokewalker). Big box is in good condition with some creases and shelfwear. Cart is in good condition. Pokewalker has some very light scratches on the surface. Here
Megaman ZX strategy guide NDS Strategy guide only. In very good condition with some minor shelf wear and a crease on the front right corner. Here
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Cooking Mama (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Ranger (Manual) DS Manual only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
Pokémon Diamond (Manual) DS Manual and insert only, no box or game. Good condition. Here
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Pokémon Sun 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Here
Pokémon X 3DS CIB (case and inserts). Case has a small crack at the bottom of the spine. Here
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Neo Geo Pocket Color (Console) NGPC Loose, console only. Some very minor scratches on the screen, and some wear on the casing. Battery terminals are clean, works well. Here
Rockman Battle and Fighters NGPC Loose, cart only. Cart is in very good condition. Here
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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter Rewards Collectible New. Manual and "US-Style" box, unfolded, from Udon and Fangamer, as a reward for backing the game to a certain point. Here
Metroid Other M Art Folio Collectible New. Sealed. Preorder bonus for Metroid Other M. Here
Borderlands 3 Claptrap Vinyl Figure (Tiny Tina Edition) Collectible New. Box has some shelf wear. Here
Shovel Knight "Plague Knight" Plush Collectible New. Sealed in a drawstring bag (this is how it came from WeLoveFine). Here
Team Fortress 2 "Pink Mini Balloonicorn" Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade Pin Trading Set of 4 Collectible New. Sealed. Four pins featuring the RED team's Spy, Pyro, Soldier, and Scout. Here
Team Fortress 2 Pinny Arcade "Balloonicorn" Pin Collectible New. Here
Dota 2 Coaster Collectible New. Sealed. At least, I think it's a coaster...? This came from PAX West. Here
Persona 4 Yasogami High School Deluxe Lapel Pin (Sanshee) Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Persona 4 Keychain set of 2 (Sentai Filmworks) Collectible New. Sealed. Keychains featuring Teddie and the Persona 4 tarot card design. Here
Persona 4 Teddie Pin set of 3 (Udon) Collectible New. These are "blind bag" pins made by Udon; the black bags below each pin are how they were distributed at PAX West. Three different expressions (surprised, angry, and Shadow Teddie). Here
Medarot (Medabots) Official Card File Collectible New, but loose. "Not for sale" promo folder that holds trading cards, featuring art of various Medabots. Dated 1997/2000, art looks to be circa Medarot 3. Here
Medarot (Medabots) Sailormate Keychain Collectible New with tag. It's a keychain of a "chibi" version of Sailormate. Here
Sonic the Hedgehog Action Figure Collectible New. Sealed. Articulated figure of Sonic with various expressions and accessories on a stand, made by Tomy. Here
"SegaSonic" Sonic the Hedgehog 1991/1992/1993 Iron-on "Wappen" Patch set of 8 Collectible New. Sealed. Set of eight different Sonic iron-on patches from the early 90s, released circa the Sonic 1 through Sonic CD era. Here
Megaman X4 Racing Champions "Double" Die Cast Car Collectible New. Sealed. Card has a little shelf wear, some minor creasing. Here
Rockman X3 (Megaman X3) Carddass System File Collectible New. Sealed. Album that holds trading cards. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Memorial Anniversary Calendar 2002 Collectible New. Sealed. Vintage Japanese wall calendar from around the time of the first Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) game's release. Includes an unused sticker sheet featuring mostly Megaman Battle Network characters, but also some Megaman Legends characters. Here
Rockman EXE 5 e-Capcom Knightman Wristband Collectible New. Sealed. "Not for sale" preorder bonus through e-Capcom for Rockman EXE 5 (Megaman Battle Network 5), featuring Knightman's emblem. Here
Protoman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Plush Collectible New. Sealed. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Happy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). Same as the one above, this one also has a happy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Sad) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a sad expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Crying) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a crying expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Keychain (Dizzy) Collectible New in package. This is an articulated figure of a Servbot from Megaman Legends, made as a tie-in item with "Toron ni Kobun" (Misadventures of Tron Bonne). This one has a dizzy expression. Here
Megaman Legends Servbot Bobble Buddy Collectible New. Sealed. It's a bobblehead shaped like a ball -- the body tucks inside the head for storage. Here
Rockman (Megaman) Zero 4 e-Capcom Canvas Tote Collectible Loose, but in good condition. It's a small canvas tote bag made as a tie-in with Megaman Zero 4's Japanese release. Here
Rockman EXE (Megaman Battle Network) "Official Center ID Capsule Pendant" Collectible New. Sealed. It's a pendant made as a tie-in for one of the Megaman Battle Network games. Here
Ryuusei no Rockman (Megaman Star Force) Geo's Pendant Collectible New. Sealed. This was a preorder bonus for buying the Japanese version of Megaman Star Force. Here
Rockman DASH (Megaman Legends) Pencilboard Collectible New. Front side features the Servbots, reverse features the Japanese box art for Megaman Legends. Here
Rockman (Megaman) 15th Anniversary Decal Sheets Collectible New, unused. Three large sticker sheets total. These are adhesive decals that were given to video game stores in Japan to advertise Megaman's 15th anniversary (which puts them at around 2002). Here
Capcom Promotion Express Newsletter Set of 3 Collectible New. These are three different issues of Capcom's newslettemagazine, used to advertise their then-upcoming games around 2005. Each comes in a cool clear plastic folder featuring the Capcom logo. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#12" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a crying expression and comes with a cannonball accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#20" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a blank expression and comes with a headset accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#28" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a scared expression and comes with a fish accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#32" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a dizzy expression and comes with a wrench accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#36" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a nervous expression and comes with a paper airplane accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#39" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a sleeping expression and comes with a paper airplane accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "#40" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a screaming expression and comes with a curried rice plate accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Action Figure "Red Head Parts" Collectible New in package. "Not for sale" promo item released as a preorder bonus for the Japanese release of "Misadventures of Tron Bonne". It's a small articulated figurine of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one is the "red head parts" favorite that Tron Bonne selects at the end of the game. He has a frowning expression and comes with a sack of zenny accessory, among others. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a crying expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a dizzy expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a laughing expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a happy expression. Here
Kobun (Servbot) Squeezable Stress Gripper Collectible New in package. This is a squeeze toy of a Servbot from the Megaman Legends games. This one has a scared expression. Here

What I'm looking for:

Right now, I'm only really interested in CIB games in good condition to finish my Pokémon set. Loose cartridges don't interest me much. As for boxes, I don't mind some shelfwear (these are older games after all) but I'm looking for ones that will display nicely.
Highest priority wants:
Lower priority wants:
If you think you have anything I might want, feel free to make an offer. Thanks again for looking!
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2020.10.10 01:43 artistique1 [R&D] US Directed Energy Weapons Updates

United States Department of Defence
The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States
 
United States Directed Energy Weapon Programme Updates
 
Directed energy weapons continue to be one of the forefronts of US research and design through into the 2020s as the applications of them for defence against aircraft, missiles, and more makes them invaluable for the future battlefield as defence against physical interceptors rapidly increase.
Following on from a congressional request for programme updates from the DoD, the Pentagon has prepared this list of current in-development weapons.
 
F-35 Block 5 - ABC System
The Aero-Adaptive, Aero-Optic Beam Control, also known as ABC, continues to overcome design hurdles. The ABC itself is a 360o gimbled laser system designed for use on the F-35 to target incoming missiles or aircraft via a 50-150Kw variable frequency beam.
The ABC has been tested extensively now at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, with over 250+ successful test fires of the ABC mounted to a business jet. The largest issue remained for incorporation into the F-35, with the aerodynamics of the jet and its speeds being unsuited for use of the ABC which would cause it to succumb to intense turbulence.
However Lockheed has now announced that their next generation aerodynamic and flow-control technology built into the ABC will counter-act this however coming at the cost of the removal of the forward-facing internal fuel tank on the F-35 A & C variants (the B has a vertical lift fan here instead) allowing for two ABC turrets to be mounted in the space below, with a single AN/SEQ-3 LaWS mounted to the top.
In order to counter this, Lockheed has designed a prototype conformal fuel tank to replace the internal fuel tank now removed, with the requirements being to ensure the range of the aircraft is maintained as well as its RCS with the addition of the outside fuel tanks.
The ABC also features automated integration with the AN/AAQ-37 sensor suite present in the F-35 allowing it to autonomously engage targets via the ABC and LaWS systems.
IOC on the Block 5 is expected to be in 2027, with FOC in 2028. Further block 5 upgrades will be announced at a later date.
 
High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System - HELLADS
 
HELLADS continues along at a good pace with DARPA and the AFRL now regularly testing the weapon at White Sands against rockets, artillery and air target drones. Last year in 2020 the first move from a static ground-based demonstrater to an airborne prototype took place with the HELLADS system being incorporated onto General Atomics own Avenger UCAV.
The HELLADS will be used on the Avenger as a 150kw laser primarily designed for engaging land and surface targets however is capable of engaging aerial targets if necessary through links to the Avengers LYNX synthetic aperture radar and Advanced Low-observable Embedded Reconnaissance Targeting (ALERT) systems providing it with targeting capability.
Additionally on from the Avenger UCAV version, General Atomics is currently testing both a ground-based mobile platform version of the system as well as a Gen 3 prototype for the navy capable of being fitted onto the Arleigh Burke and John Paul Jones class vessels.
The ground-based HELLADS will be mounted onto HMMWV and JLTV and will feature a maximum 100kw laser. The purpose of the HEL-MD is to configure ground formation units together in order to amplify the effect of multiple laser targeting against various ground based targets as well as potential air-defence applications.
Avenger-based HELLADs will be operational by 2025
Ground-based HELLADS will be operational by 2026
Naval-HELLADS incorporation is set to be operational by 2028 upon Arleigh Burke Flight III and John Paul Jones class vessels.
 
Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator
SHiELD has now moved on to active testing in the form of a Northrop Grumman built 200kw laser pod built for use on legacy aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16. As testing continues the pod has seen effective use whilst installed upon the AC-130W aircraft currently testing it whilst research continues into incorporation onto smaller jets given power supply and aerodynamics issues.
Due to the success of Lockheeds own ABC system, the intention of placing SHiELD systems into legacy aircraft has now been discontinued and funding cancelled for this, instead SHiELD shall instead fulfil the AFSOC requirement for a HEL system in place upon the AC-130J Ghostrider with remaining R&D funding from SHiELD instead pooled to cover the $58m funding gap the AFSOC was facing regarding this.
The SHiELD system will now be utilised for targeted support missions alongside SOF insertion and will begin rollout on the AC-130J as standard.
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2020.10.09 14:03 BlueJayin NightOwl Halloween Drop: Descriptions, Info, FAQ and Tips

This will be the last I'll post in-regards to NightOwl drops.From now on drop info will be posted in the NightOwlseeds subreddit
We can only pin 2 posts at a time, and it can get confusing for new and existing users.
I will be updating this thread throughout the day, check last edited.- NightOwl subreddit linked,

THE NIGHTOWL STORE IS CLOSED.

Link to The Seed Bazaar

F.A.Q

"My pack has a blank label, how do I know what I have?"

Those are the "Secret Owl Society" packs, they come labeled with UV ink. Daz almost always provides a small blacklight keychain, use it to reveal the pack name.

"Can I make multiple orders and get the tester pack?"

As long as the combined total is $250, and hasn't been shipped yet, then you get 1 tester pack ($500 for 2 tester packs).
A new bit of info, you get another tester pack per $250 spent, dealer's choice.

"Do I need to purchase on TSB Premium?

No, go to the regular store page

"Do I need TSB Premium to make a purchase?"

No, you don't need TSB Premium to make a purchase. This was an option for paying members to get a chance to access the drop early. Nothing was exclusive to premium, everyone has access to all the strains.

"I got a confirmation email, it still says "processing", should I be worried?"

As long as you have a confirmation email (maybe a paid email), then there's nothing to worry about your order has been received.

"How do I register for a free account?"

There should be a sign-in button at the bottom of the page, or the NightOwl Store page. Look at this image to help.

"Is there any freebies?"

Like Mephisto, Nightowl will give you 2 extra seeds on 3 seed pack orders. Same cultivar. No freebie tiers like Mephisto.

Order related issue?

Email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
I will update with more FAQs as the day goes.

DROP DAY INFO NOW PAST

When purchasing NightOwl seeds from The Seed Bazaar on 10/10 at 12 AM, WHATEVER IS IN YOUR CART, ISN'T RESERVED.
NEW TIPS
ITEMS ARE ADDED/UPDATED ONE BY ONE.
THERE ARE TWO PAGES OF SEEDS.
IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH YOUR ORDER EMAIL [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
PREMIUM ISN'T NECESSARY.
It's best to purchase what you want FAST, everything is and always has been limited in quantity. Don't leave the item(s) in your cart and go check your plants and start some LST or a res change, don't go start cleaning your tent, CHECK YOUR ITEMS OUT FAST.
Orders usually are combined to help with shipping, this should help with ordering fast, and comments have been enabled at checkout too 👍.
Last tip, make an account ahead of time, and login. Should help speed up the checkout process.
Price per pack is $50 USD. Website and packaging say 3 seeds but typically get 5 no option for other pack sizes, plus free international shipping.
This is the LAST SCHEDULED DROP from NightOwl till Valentine's day, which is expected to have the new F4 photo to auto cultivars. This is if there aren't any delays or setbacks in the timeline.
The new NightOwl Sweater doesn't have a set date yet, could be some time in November.
Chocolates are for the US only, food and customs don't go together. I THINK Daz said put it in the comments if you'd like the chocolate and he'd get back to you to figure out how to ship it (might have to pay for packaging and postage).
Only If there are chocolates or ashtrays left, Daz will offer them up as an item on the seed bazaar for the cost of shipping which is usually around $15.
Seedopoly boards are being sent out, pieces won't go out till the New Year, and the prizes are US only.

Promotion:

Tester packs are labeled, but unknown till you receive it.

Scratch Card Game

Match the Mummies, scratch card game *WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, 1st COME 1st SERVED\*

Descriptions (Quick Description from Daz)

Limited Edition:

Galaxy Brain 1:30:00

Zamaldelica Express x Cosmic Queen
75/25 Sativa/Indica
75-80 days from sprout
A long time coming, the Galaxy Brain is finally here! These large, branchy plants are covered with frost from the stems up! Piercingly sweet fruit scents and mouth coating flavors accompany a soaring euphoric head high, along with a relaxing body effect that doesn’t hamper your daily activities. I’m expecting this one to become a staple in the autoflower connoisseur’s garden. The reversal used was selected from over 40 Cosmic Queens and was extremely sativa dominant. I used this same expression for an unreleased seed run a few years back and she produced some of the most exquisitely beautiful and flavorful flowers. The female used was extremely pungent, with sappy and bulbous resin heads that stink up the whole room when burst. She also had extremely fat calyxes, providing massive amounts of surface area for the resin heads to call home.

Spotless Mind 1:39:00

Fugue State x Cosmic Queen
True F1 Hybrid Limited Edition
75/25 Sativa/Indica
75-85 days from sprout
2-4 ounces average
3 Feminized Seeds
Large, easy growing sativa dominant plants with heavy branching and intense crystal production. Super sweet, peppery, and buttery flavors accompany an intensely uplifting head high and an electrically charged body feel. The Spotless Mind name gives a tip of the cap to the Amnesia Haze in her heritage, which carries through to this cross. Overindulge and you will find yourself becoming forgetful and may experience recollection difficulties, but in a fun way. She has also been known to encourage bedroom activities, making for a nice nightstand stash. If you are looking for an anytime sativa that won’t make your mind race aimlessly, look no further. The same reversal that was used for Galaxy Brain and Cosmic Apprentice was also used for this Limited Edition.

Secret Owl Society:

Electric Qoolaid 1:32:18

Blue Microverse F4 x Cosmic Queen F4 *Quick Finish*
50/50 Sativa/Indica
65-75 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium to large plants with creamy blue raspberry lemonade golf ball buds running along the side branches, leading up to chunky top colas all wrapped in gooey, long-stemmed trichomes. Another beautiful true F1 hybrid with a 50/50 blend for a balanced, comforting mind and body experience. Great for relaxing after work when you’re ready to start winding down. For the reversal I used a stocky, faster finishing Cosmic Queen as the pollen donor which will help add vigor and potency while keeping the stretch down.
**Be sure to keep airflow and humidity in check during the final few weeks, as the flower density can lead to bud rot in the wrong conditions. **

Judy Gemstone 1:32:44

Strawberry Nuggets F4 x Cosmic Queen F4 *Quick Finish*
40/60 Sativa/Indica
65-75 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium-sized bushes with very sturdy branches that reach up and fill the canopy alongside the main cola. Rock hard nugs of pinks, purples, emerald, and blue hues will create all the bag appeal you could ask for, with a sweet cheesy strawberry funk that will have you smelling the bag again and again. Another true F1 and the heaviest indica hybrid of the lot, ranging from therapeutic to narcotic depending on your intake. Perfect for a dessert smoke or nightcap to relax your body before sailing off into the dream world. For the reversal I used a stocky, faster finishing Cosmic Queen as the pollen donor which will help add vigor and potency while keeping the stretch down.
***Be sure to keep an eye on these during early as the Strawberry Nuggets line can throw a ball or two during sexing, right where the side branches meet the main stem. It is rare, but can be brought about by stress or too strong an application of nutes during the sexing stage and seems to be most common when using humic acid. If you do see a ball pop up it can be removed and the plant will continue on fully female to finish her life. Also, keep airflow and humidity in check during the final few weeks, as the flower density can lead to bud rot in the wrong conditions. **\*

Karmic Connection 1:33:03

(Chem City Blues x Chemdogging) X Cosmic Queen F4 *Super Sativa*
60/40 Sativa/Indica
75-85 days from sprout
2-4 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect large, easy growing plants with satellite branches that reach up to the shoulders of the canopy, but be sure to stake her before she goes too far into flower or she will buckle under the weight of her blooms. The piercing old school perfumes she puts off range from skunky blueberries to creamy chems, and her soda can cola structure is sure to impress! This F1 polyhybrid is recommended for heavier smokers and those looking for help with pain management, and can be a bit too much too fast for the uninitiated. Carbon filters are always a must indoors, and best to make sure they’re in proper working order before running these. The Cosmic Queen reversal used for this cross was what I consider the super sativa expression of CQ. Tall, stretchy, thinner leaves, incredibly sweet resin, bag appeal, pest, and pm resistant with an elongated bud structure that is excellent for outdoors and in. Don’t miss out!

Mango Sunrise 1:34:28

Mango Smile x Cosmic Queen F4 *Super Sativa*
70/30 Sativa/Indica
75-85 days from sprout
2-4 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect large, easy growing plants with sturdy branching and individual bud sites running their length, met with a small cola cluster at their end. This true F1 hybrid has beautiful tropical citrus flavors that will send you off on an island vacation, while the effects will leave you physically and mentally heightened and ready for anything the day throws your way! Extremely pleasant all day/everyday smoke, sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The Cosmic Queen reversal used for this cross was what I consider the super sativa expression of CQ. Tall, stretchy, thinner leaves, incredibly sweet resin, bag appeal, pest, and pm resistant with an elongated bud structure that is excellent for outdoors and in. Don’t miss out!

Milk and Qookies 1:35:15

Forum Stomper x Cosmic Queen F4 *Quick Finish*
60/40 Sativa/Indica
65-75 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium-sized bushes with stout branches that reach up and form a canopy surrounding the main cola. Incredibly resinous chunky white nugs and dark forest green foliage fade to the deepest purples and blacks under cooler temperatures. She will have true F1 hybrid vigor and produce a delicious mix of forum cookies and cosmic cream flavors along with an abundance of “fall off the stalk” gland heads that will put everything else around your trimbin to shame. Effects are stoney, both physically and mentally, without the couchlock. She could easily fill the role of all day/everyday smoke if you have a decent tolerance already. For the reversal I used a stocky, faster finishing Cosmic Queen as the pollen donor which will help add vigor and potency while keeping the stretch down.

Space Station Orange v.2 1:36:50

Super Orange Haze F4 X Cosmic Queen F4 *Super Sativa*
70/30 Sativa/Indica
70-80 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium-sized, easy growing plants with shorter side branches that reach about half the height of the main cola. Floral and sour citrus flavors with an uplifting effect that is great for early morning and afternoon indulgences. Bag appeal is also of no concern, as this true F1 hybrid has it in spades! The Cosmic Queen reversal used for this cross was what I consider the super sativa expression of CQ. Tall, stretchy, thinner leaves, incredibly sweet resin, bag appeal, pest, and pm resistant with an elongated bud structure that is excellent for outdoors and in. Don’t miss out!

Star Krunch 1:37:18

Toof Decay x Cosmic Queen F4 *Quick Finish*
50/50 Sativa/Indica
65-75 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium-sized bushes with stout branches that almost reach the height of the main cola. Extremely dense buds covered in sweet bakery and candy-flavored resin that will leave you wanting more. Cooler temperatures can bring out some beautiful fall colors that only add to her visual appeal. Stoney without the narcotic effect, great for an afternoon delight or as a post-meal treat. For the reversal I used a stocky, faster finishing Cosmic Queen as the pollen donor which will help add vigor and potency to this true F1, while keeping the stretch down.
***Be sure to keep an eye on these during early as the Toof Decay line can throw a ball or two during sexing, right where the side branches meet the main stem. It is rare, but can be brought about by stress or too strong an application of nutes during the sexing stage and seems to be most common when using humic acid. If you do see a ball pop up it can be removed and the plant will continue on fully female to finish her life. Also, keep airflow and humidity in check during the final few weeks, as the flower density can lead to bud rot in the wrong conditions. **\*

Creme De La Cosmos 1:38:23

Creme de la Soul F1 x Cosmic Queen F4 Quick Finish
50/50 Sativa/Indica
65-75 days from sprout
1.5-3 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect medium plants with stout satellite branches reaching up to the shoulders of the main colas. Dense nugs covered in oily resin ranging in smells from red berries and sneakers to creamy grapes, this F1 polyhybrid has a lot to offer! Cooler temperatures can bring on fades of reds and purples, making her an absolute beauty in her final days. She has a balanced physical and mental high, leaning towards the stoney end of the spectrum, and will make for a great evening smoke. For the reversal I used a stocky, faster finishing Cosmic Queen as the pollen donor which will help add vigor and potency while keeping the stretch down.
Be sure to keep airflow and humidity in check during the final few weeks, as the flower density can lead to bud rot.

Shekinah 1:40:55

Supernatural OG x Cosmic Queen F4 Super Sativa
70/30 Sativa/Indica
75-85 days from sprout
2-4 ounce average
3 Feminized Seeds
Expect large, easy growing plants with sturdy branching and individual bud sites running their length, met with a medium cola cluster at their ends, with a large main cola. This F1 poly hybrid is chock full of hazey goodness! Flavors range from effervescent lemon-lime, to heavy juniper laced gin and tonic. The juniper flavors are my personal favorite and tend to kick my ass and get me super stoney, while the citrusy ones are more motivational. There’s a variety of outstanding expressions to be found in these, all on the sativa end of the spectrum. The Cosmic Queen reversal used for this cross was what I consider the super sativa expression of CQ. Tall, stretchy, thinner leaves, incredibly sweet resin, bag appeal, pest and pm resistant with an elongated bud structure that is excellent for outdoors and in. Don’t miss out!
Blessed by Hoodoo Moses I

Restock

Cosmic Apprentice (No Video)

Wizard’s Apprentice F4 x Cosmic Queen F4
Sativa
75 days from sprout
"Ready to get heady? Crossing a big-bodied sativa dominant Wizard’s Apprentice to the rush inducing Cosmic Queen resulted in a whole new variety that will keep your head in the clouds! Large plants with denser buds than Cosmic Queen, an overload of frost, and nostril piercing neon sweet and hazey scents finishing right around 75 days. If you’re into uplifting sativa effects with chunkier buds then she is definitely worth checking out."

Cheech Biggums 1:40:42

Wizard’s Apprentice F4 x Tyrone Stomper F6
Indica
70 days from sprout
A long time coming, the Cheech Biggums is sure to impress! Using a heavy Cheech Wizard dominant Wizard’s Apprentice mated to the ever-impressive Tyrone Stomper will produce medium to large, extra vigorous true F1 hybrids with fruity OG gas flavors and an occasional piney/floral expression in a quick 70ish days from sprout.
Picture of Post

February Drop Info

Copied from Daz's IG post.
Thank you all for your patience with me these past few weeks. I've been handling a lot of business behind the scenes in preparation for big things next year. 2020 was the year of staying off the radar with most of my big projects and not drawing any unnecessary attention. 2021 is the year of getting licensed and really showing you what it's all about! Thank you for your trust and faith in me during my overly cautious past few months/years. I won't let you down.🙏🌱🦉🌱🙏New photo to autos scheduled for the first half of 2021:
Pre '98 Bubba Kush x Auto Skywalker F4
Dosidos x Forum Stomper F4
Purple Punch x Forum Stomper F4
Sunset Sherbet x Forum Stomper F4
*Latest Update*The next scheduled drop Daz is aiming for is Valentine's day. This drop should include the new F4 photo to auto cultivars listed above, again as long as nothing delays this.

Originals and Regular seeds Restock

They are a work in progress
, Originals and Regular seeds shouldn't be expected till February earliest, and will MOST LIKELY be mid-2021 If there are no setbacks.

Seedbanks that carry NightOwl, and the Seedbank Drop

Not always up to date, post a comment if something has changed.
SeedBank Squanch Queen Foot Cheese Head Cheese Payment International Carry Mephisto Freebies
Neptune Seedbank Yes Yes Yes Credit Card (US Only), Bitcoin, PMC Gold, Cash Yes Yes *Need User Input
Supreme Seedbank Yes Yes Yes Money Gram/ Venmo/ Cash App/ Zelle, Money Order, Debit/ Credit (US ONLY 3.5% fee), Custom payment, Bitcoin, eGiftCertificate Yes Yes *Need User Input
Treestar Seedbank Yes Yes Yes Credit Card, Bitcoin, Money Order, Cash, Western Union, Cash App, Zelle Yes Yes Yes In-house freebies
Harvest Mutual Yes Yes Yes Cash, Money Order, Credit Card, Paypal Yes Yes Yes Masonic Freebies
Insane Seeds Yes Yes Yes Bitcoin, Cash, Credit Card Yes Yes No SALE ON HEAD CHEESE %25 OFF
DC Seed Exchange Yes Yes Yes Debit Card, Cash, Money Order, eCheck, Cryptocurrencies No Yes Sometimes / Use "5%DCSEEDS" for 5% off
Oregon Elite Seedbank Yes Yes Yes Cash, Money Order, Cryptocurrencies Yes No *Need User Input
Hembra Genetics No Yes Yes Cash, Cash App *need user input No No No / $45/pack
RMH719 SOLD OUT No No No Cash, Bitcoin *need user input No No Sometimes In-house Freebie
RMHCA SOLD OUT No No No Cash, Bitcoin, E-transfer No No Sometimes In-house Freebie

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