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A Complete Timeline of the Jurassic Park Universe! (sorta)...
2020.06.16 14:51 t6wsntmtA Complete Timeline of the Jurassic Park Universe! (sorta)...
Hi everyone! I’ve decided to create a complete timeline of every major event that has occurred in the Jurassic Park Universe to celebrate the upcoming “Jurassic World: Dominion” movie. Enjoy! :) c. 1,000 BCE • At some point, indigenous people from Central America come to live on Isla Nublar. This includes a tribe of Bribri people, who are known as the Tun-Si tribe. They may have arrived as early as the first millennium BCE. 1525 • Mount Sibo erupts, though the event is not significant to threaten the island’s inhabitants. Following this date, it becomes dormant for 492 years. • Isla Nublar is “discovered” by the Spanish carrack La Estrella under guidance of navigator Diego Fernandez. It is named Isla Nublar (meaning “Cloud Island”) by cartographer Nicolás de Huelva, possibly due to the clouds of black smoke emanating from Mount Sibo due to the recent eruption. 1526 • Some sources indicate that the Muertes Archipelago is discovered by Europeans this year; the date and other details of its discovery are disputed. 1913 • John Parker Alfred Hammond is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1930 • Sanjay Masrani is born in Bombay (Mumbai), British India. 1967 •Simon Masrani is born in Bombay, India to Sanjay Masrani. 1969 • John Hammond’s first animal preserve, dubbed “Animal Kingdom”, opens to the public in Nairobi, Kenya. Hammond hires Robert Muldoon as park warden. 1973 • February 16: The Masrani Global Corporation is established by Sanjay Masrani in Mumbai, India. 1975 • International Genetic Technologies (InGen) is founded by John P. Hammond in San Diego, CA with locations in the South Pacific and Europe. Benjamin Lockwood was his partner in business. 1982 • InGen signs a 99-year long lease for Isla Sorna and the Muertes Archipelago from the Costa Rican government. 1983 • Construction begins on Jurassic Park: San Diego. 1984 • The first test fertilization of an artificial ovum by InGen at the Lockwood estate transpires successfully. 1985 • The first successful extraction of paleo-DNA retrieved from amber transpires at Benjamin Lockwood’s residence. • Jurassic Park: San Diego is halted and suspended indefinitely as Hammond decides to relocate to Isla Nublar, Costa Rica. • Isla Nublar is leased from the Costa Rican government, becoming part of the 99-year lease InGen already has for the Muertes Archipelago. • InGen offers to relocate the native peoples along with providing education and medical care and assistance. The displaced locals are promised education, medicine, and housing by InGen and Costa Rica, but both benefactors fail to provide these services adequately. • Claire Dearing is born. 1986 • The first dinosaur, a Triceratops, is cloned on InGen’s facilities on Site B. 1987 • The last of the Tun-Si are resettled to the Costa Rican mainland. 1988 • Construction of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar begins. • “Rexy” the Tyrannosaurus is hatched within the facilities on Site B. She is the first of her kind. 1989 • A one-year old “Rexy” is introduced to her paddock in Jurassic Park. 1991 • September 20: Henry Wu discovers that genetic structures in the yellow-banded poison dart frog makes it DNA incompatible with some dinosaur genomes. While it successfully integrates with Dilophosaurus DNA, it fails in Velociraptor embryos 4x, 6x, and 7x, leading to death by karyolysis. This was remedied by Wu utilizing the common reed frog instead. 1992 • February 13: Henry Wu and Robert Muldoon observe high levels of collective intelligence in Velociraptor. • Sanjay Masrani dies at the age of 62. Simon Masrani succeeds his father as head of the company. 1993 • Henry Wu starts researching hybridization of different genera. • At some point, Maisie Lockwood visits Jurassic Park. Eventually, John Hammond and Benjamin Lockwood part ways due to Lockwood’s interest in InGen’s technology for human cloning. • June 7: John Hammond arrives in the Montana badlands to meet with Dr. Alan Grant. While there, he also meets Dr. Sattler and invites her along as well. They agree to visit the island when he promises to continue funding their digs for a further three years. • June 10: Lewis Dodgson meets with disgruntled InGen programmer Dennis Nedry in San José, Costa Rica. Nedry has agreed to help Dodgson obtain stolen dinosaur embryos for $750,000 up front and a further $50,000 for each viable embryo. • June 11 - 12: The 1993 Jurassic Park Incident occurs. • The deaths of Donald Gennaro, Robert Muldoon, and Ray Arnold, despite being covered up by InGen, result in lawsuits from the victims’ families which push InGen toward bankruptcy. • InGen braces for Hurricane Clarissa, and proceeds to evacuate and close down operations on Site B later in 1993. 1994 • May 12: Henry Wu has been shown evidence of the lysine contingency failing as well as nests where dinosaurs have bred. He suspects that common reed frog DNA may be to blame. • October 5: InGen publishes a report of dinosaur populations remaining on Isla Nublar, documenting proof that the dinosaurs have bred and that the lysine contingency failed to kill the last remaining populations. • November: Henry Wu returns to Isla Nublar to assist the clean-up teams in cataloging the animals and to determine how they were breeding. He discovers that the DNA from the common reed frog, which he had used to fill gene sequence gaps in dinosaurian DNA, included genes that allowed protogyny as a response to life in a single-sex environment. All of the DNA samples on Isla Nublar were lost to sabotage, temperature exposure, and water damage. 1995 • Henry Wu releases his book called The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts. This book details his ambition for creating brand new species. • Ian Malcolm publicly breaks his nondisclosure agreement on a television interview about the 1993 incident. Due to this, InGen begins a smear campaign against Malcolm, discrediting him in the eyes of many. Malcolm eventually loses his tenure at the university he works at for “allegedly” receiving money to spread rumors of dinosaurs, although he denied ever accepting any. Ludlow also gets the Washington Post and Skeptical Inquirer to publish articles harshly ridiculing Malcolm’s claims. 1996 • December 7: InGen publishes an updated form of its asset catalogue, including dinosaur information. Population estimates based on the October 1994 survey. The report has certain parts censored for security, including the investigation report detailing the loss of DNA samples. • December 17: A British family of a yacht cruise eventually stumbles upon InGen’s Site B. The family’s young daughter, Cathy Bowman, is injured severely by a flock of Compsognathus. She recovers in a hospital, but the Bowmans sue InGen following the incident. 1997 • May 21: Henry Wu and his research team at InGen create a hybrid genus of flowering plant, Karacosis wutansis, which they present to the International Society of Geneticists. This accomplishment gains international media attention and sparks Simon Masrani’s interest in acquiring InGen. • November 1: Hammond calls Dr. Malcolm to his residence and briefs him on the plan to document the dinosaurs and garner public support. Hammond’s team assembles in three hours and embarks for Isla Sorna later that day. • November 2 - 3: The events of the 1997 Isla Sorna Incident occurs. • November 4: The San Diego Incident occurs. • The US House Committee of Science begins reviewing the Ethical Negligence within Paleo-Genetic Resurrection Bill (ENPGR), which would extend endanger species rights to de-extinction animals, restrict access to the islands where these species live, and prohibit further de-extinction practices. John Hammond and InGen work on this bill as well. • John Hammond dies at the age of 84. According to Simon Masrani, Hammond’s dying wish was for Masrani to take InGen and restore it. • The ENPGR Bill, better known as the Gene Guard Act, passes. 1998 • May 17: The Masrani Global Corporation officially acquires InGen. • Within 100 days of the merger, InGen illegally restarts operations on Isla Sorna. Only a select few InGen members were involved, whose names are unknown. Over a period of nine months, animals were illegally bred on the island, including new species such as Spinosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Corythosaurus, and Ankylosaurus. • Jurassic World conceptual planning begins, with Masrani drawing exerts from all over the company. 1999 • InGen wraps up its illegal R and D and abandons their creations on Isla Sorna to fend for themselves. • October 23: Simon Masrani settles on a name for his resurrected Jurassic Park, deciding to call it “Jurassic World”. 2000 • Axis Boulder Engineering is founded by the Masrani Global Corporation in Dubai, UAE. • August 25: InGen researchers use a prototype iron analyzer to confirm that viable DNA can be obtained from a Mosasaurus fossil. • December: Henry Wu is promoted to lead genetic biologist at InGen. Wu is brought into the Jurassic World project. 2001 • July 18 - 20: The 2001 Isla Sorna Incident occurs. • InGen bribes government officials to bury certain parts of the survivors’ testimonies to avoid the illegal 1998-1999 operation being accidentally revealed to the public. • The Pteranodons that escaped from the aviary on Isla Sorna are sighted over Victoria, British Columbia. American security contractor Vic Hoskins is hired to “clean-up” the flying reptiles. Following his success, he is hired as the new head of InGen Security. 2002 • A press conference with Simon Masrani abruptly reveals plans for Jurassic World. • Timack Construction is established by Masrani Global in San José, Costa Rica specifically for construction of Jurassic World. • April: InGen Security lands on Isla Nublar and begins rounding up dinosaurs. Many of the dinosaurs are shipped to Isla Sorna and will be recollected when their enclosures have finished construction. • April 19: InGen Security recaptures “Rexy”. • Jurassic World construction begins on Isla Nublar. Axis Boulder Engineering and Timack Construction are contracted for preparation and planning prior to construction. Construction materials cost $1.2 billion dollars. 2003 • February 20: Henry Wu and his colleagues discover why their dinosaurs cannot grow feathers. The culprit is a null allele, a nonfunctional copy of a gene created by mutation; it was caused by the long-term manipulation of DNA in the animals and the inclusion of DNA from non-dinosaurian species. • March: A representative of Masrani Global makes a case for watering down the Gene Guard Act. Specifically, the prohibition of cloning and genetic engineering new species is asked to be removed in order to allow further medical research that would benefit humans, dinosaurs, and other animals. The UHCS allows the rollback of restrictions, but key members of the board were bribed by InGen to arrive at this decision. • Following the Gene Guard Act’s revision by the UHCS, InGen under Masrani Global is able to develop new gene splicing techniques and begin creating new dinosaurs for Jurassic World. 2004 • Scientists report a mysterious and alarming drop in dinosaur populations on Isla Sorna. Speculation on the cause includes territorial disputes, disease, or behavior patterns. However, the true cause was the sudden influx of new animals cloned by InGen illegally in 1998, which strained the ecosystem more than it was capable of handling. • Masrani Global Corporation begins shipping the surviving animals from Isla Sorna to Isla Nublar. The corporation is credited with saving the dinosaurs from death by ecological collapse, despite being covertly responsible for precipitating it. • November: Small batches of tickets for Jurassic World are sold online, and Simon Masrani also holds lotteries where the winners win all-expenses-paid trips to the park. This is intended to discourage ticket scalping. 2005 • Jurassic World’s construction is complete. • May 30: Jurassic World formally opens on Isla Nublar to 98,120 visitors in its first month. Simon Masrani thanks his employees for their effort in making it a success. 2008 • April 4: Simon Masrani has a board meeting. The Board unanimously decides that it wants a new attraction to impress Jurassic World’s investors. Masrani and Claire Dearing authorize Henry Wu to create whatever it takes to accomplish this. • Henry Wu and the InGen genetics division begin working on the Indominus rex. 2012 • The I.B.R.I.S. (Integrated Behavioral Raptor Intelligence Study) Project begins development under Hoskins’ guidance. Owen Grady is chosen to head this study. • Blue hatches, followed by Delta, Echo, then Charlie. 2013 • May 17: Owen Grady recognizes that the Velociraptor pack dynamic is more complicated than originally assumed. He requests that his old friend, Barry Sembène, be invited to join the project. Sembène soon arrived from France to Isla Nublar. 2014 • December 24: Simon Masrani is booked for the next six months and will be unable to see the Indominus rex until afterward. He current estimates May or early June. • InGen now houses the world’s most complete genomic library. 2015 • January: Simon Masrani announces a $225 million dollar boost in InGen funding, which will be distributed across the course of the next three years. Much of this will go to Security. He also publicly reveals Indominus rex. • Zia Rodriguez studies pre-veterinary medicine at the University of California at Berkeley, intending to become a paleoveterinarian for Jurassic World. • December 18 - 19: The 2015 Isla Nublar Incident occurs. • Following the incident, Claire Dearing speaks at a public testimonial regarding the incident at Jurassic World. She acknowledges that the disaster will spark outrage, but that this anger should not be directed to the dinosaurs. She speaks out against attempts at weaponizing the dinosaurs as InGen attempted. • Henry Wu and InGen are also under investigation for bioethical misconduct, but as Wu is nowhere to be found, he cannot represent himself. 2016 • March: The United States Congress opens up inquires into bioethical misconduct preformed by InGen and Dr. Henry Wu. Wu’s laboratory is raided and all his assets are seized; he is also stripped of his credentials. • June: A team of mercenaries sent by Eli Mills to retrieve a sample of Indominus DNA for Henry Wu. A sample is retrieved, but the mission suffers heavy casualties and the Mosasaurus escapes into the ocean. Wu, using this DNA sample, is able to create a miniature version of Indominus rex. The resultant hybrid genus is called Indoraptor. 2017 • February: A shift in the Cocos Plate opens fissures underneath Isla Nublar, causing Mount Sibo to become active again for the first time in 500 years. The Costan Rican Institute for Volcanology (CRIV) reports that there is no immediate threat to the island. The volcanic status level (VSL) of Mount Sibo is currently set at Magnitude 1. • March: Claire Dearing founds the Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG) in San Francisco’s Mission District. Around thirty members have joined, including Zia Rodriguez and former Jurassic World IT Franklin Webb. • September: A helicopter flies illegally over Isla Nublar, approaching Mount Sibo. The passengers witness lava actively rolling within the mountain’s crater and report it to the authorities. The CRIV uses harmonic tremor readings, satellite thermal scans, and seismic equipment to then determine that Mount Sibo is becoming more active. 2018 • January: The Costa Rican government pulls all remaining research teams and technology from the area near Isla Nublar as the eruption appears to be getting closer. Masrani Global has still made no effort to assist. • June 22 - 23: The 2018 Isla Nublar Incident • June 24 - 25: The 2018 Lockwood Manor Incident occurs. • The Mosasaurus is recorded in the Hawaiian Archipelago, where it causes the death of a surfer on the North Shore of O’ahu during the “Big Wave Surfing Competition”. It attacks a second surfer during a breaking news report on the incident, prompting the exaction of the beach. • “Rexy” the Tyrannosaurus rex is found to have broken into a Californian zoo, engaging in a territorial display against the facility’s pride of lions. • Three Pteranodons are sighted at the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. A man is attacked during the incident, sustaining potentially fatal injuries during the squabble between pterosaurs. • Blue arrives near Simi Valley, California. 2019 • A small pack of Compsognathus are sighted on a ranch in the American West. They are filmed chasing a young child, though it does not appear to be predatory behavior. • March 10: A Stegosaurus wanders onto the Angeles Crest Highway. At 3:09 PM local time, it causes a vehicular accident in which a car goes off the road. • April 21: One of the escaped female Allosaurus, now fully grown, and a Nasutoceratops family are involved in an incident at Big Rock National Park in which they threaten campers. The incident also confirms the first-known dinosaur hatched on U.S. soil since the release of the animals in the wild. • A Parasaurolophus is filmed near White River in Arkansas. Flyfishers are filmed approaching it. • The Mosasaurus is recorded feeding on a great white shark off the coast of New Zealand. • Wedding guests catch on-film a hunting Pteranodon, which had been attracted to the doves released during the ceremony and preyed upon one. THE END So far, the events of “Battle at Big Rock” have been the latest to occur in the JP Universe. If anyone was wondering, I got my information straight from the movies, in-universe websites, short film, and motion comics! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns just let me know! :)
So how bad has it been? When I started this, it was because I was bored. I wanted to see just how much shit has happened. Midway through, I was shocked. Then finally sad and angry. -Enjoy! 2020 Jan 1 -Australia is on fucking fire. Like all of it. And Hong Kong is too? Jan 2 I think Turkey just murdered an Iranian general in broad daylight. Great start so far, 2020. HK police are reported to have used excessive force. See, America is still an influence on the world! Jan 7. I heard there is a virus named because you drink Corona beer?? Shit sign me up, I can use a few days off. Jan. 8. Remember when Iran launched two missiles at a US Base? Also, Russia may have shot down a Ukrainian airline killing 173 but I'm not sure. Jan 11. That virus just killed someone. Shit don’t sign me up. Jan 16. Seriously, does anyone remember that the impeachment of President Trump was this year? I sure as shit didn't. Jan 20. The first 'Rona case in the US. Yes, this thing has a meme. Jan 23. Lockdown in Wuhan. Not the rap song, an actual lockdown of 11 million Jan. 26 fuck. Jan 31 I am sorry, did you say Brexit actually HAPPENED? Well January, you sucked. Taking Kobe was a real dick punch, but February has to be better. Feb 4. Iowa Caucus-shmacus, what is the hold up here? Feb. 5 How do you fuck this up? Trump really gets to stay. Wow. Feb 11 Due to the impact on Latin-created beer the virus is now known as Covid-19 Feb 24 Is this really the highlight of the year? Harvey goes to jail for being a rapist. Feb 27 Dow drops over 1100 in one day. Speculators rejoice! Meanwhile in Syria, Russia shows how much fucks it gives again and strikes 33 Turkish soldiers dead. God damn it, what the hell 2020? Mar 5 ICC allows for the Afghan War Crimes inquiry allowing US citizens to be investigated. Bet you didn’t know that one, huh? March 9 Dow drops 2013 in one day making Feb 27 look like baby cakes. March 10 Hey, remember when they locked down an entire city? Italy said, "I think that we can top it." March 11 The WHO declares the coronavirus a pandemic. What. The. Fuck. Mar 12 Dow drops 2352 in one day making 1929 look like baby cakes. Also, MLB postpones their season and I can decide which is more important here. Mar 13 RIP Breonna Taylor. President Chump, err... Trump declares national emergency finally. Mar 14 Spain lock-down Mar 15 Ides of March, aye? Mar 16 Dow drops 2352 in one day making... wait, is this the new norm? Mar 17 Iran announces millions may be infected. 90% of cases so far in the Middle East are here. Sorry Iran, shitty year for everyone, we will get through it. Mar 20 20k dead from Covid-19 so far. Oh man this is going to be bad. CA becomes first US state to lock-down. Ahh, no place like home. Mar 24 India goes into full lock-down. India. Yeah, the billion-plus India. Plus, no Olympics this year. Bummer. Mar 27 North Macedonia becomes the 30th country to join NATO. God damn it I am reaching for something good but I got nothing. NOTHING! Mar 30 A passenger train derails near Chenzhou, China, killing one person and leaving 127 people injured. Oil drops below $23, lowest since 2002 - ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Eyes closed: April will be better. April will be better. April will be better. April will be better. April will be better. Open eyes: FUCK!! Apr. 1 What the hell is Tiger King? Apr 2 Covid-19 coming in hot, number of cases passes 1M worldwide Apr. 4 Turkey hides Ministry of Interior after riots erupt in a large prison due to fears of Covid-19. Apr 5 QE II addresses the UK for the 5th time in 68 years. Also, do people really think 5G will give you Covid-19? Apr 6 Russian Imperial Movement is labeled a terrorist group. They are, but it also happened today. Apr 7 Japan passes $990B in relief of Covid-19. or 20% of their GDP. Apr 8 Say it ain’t so, Joe? Biden becomes presumptive dem nominee as Bernie drops out. Apr 9 NY state declares more Covid-19 cases than any country in the world. Yep, you read that right. Apr 10 Russia shows how much fucks it gives yet again by saying they do not have plans to discuss oil market turmoil. Death toll for Covid-19 hits 100k worldwide. And the first case of Ebola since Feb...wait, what the fuck? One virus at a goddamn time, 2020! Apr 12 Pope Francis live streams the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the second time in just a month. This is only supposed to happen at Christmas or Easter. Jesus. Christ. Literally. Apr 14 US President Trump announces the US is suspending funding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Yeah you read that right. Suspend during a fucking pandemic. Your President ladies and gentlemen. IMF also says we are going into something akin to the Great Depression. Apr 15 Tax Day delayed, so there is that. Covid-19 passes 2M cases worldwide. Tour de France also delayed. I guess steroids don’t work on the virus. Apr 17 UN announces Myanmar has been carrying out daily airstrikes that at least 32 civilians (mostly women and children) have been killed since March 23 Apr 19 Israel hits the streets in protest to Bibi and his corrupt government. 17 dead in a killing spree in Nova Scotia. Unrest starts to break out in Paris, Berlin and other cities opposing the lockdown Apr. 20 So let me get this straight, oil is so cheap you will pay me to take it? I see you, 2020, I see you. Also, The Industrial Bank of Korea to pay US$86M and will enter a 2yr deferred prosecution agreement to settle with US DoJ and the state of NY for a 2011 scheme to help transfer US$1B to Iran. Bibi finds a way somehow again to stay. Tom Thabane resigns from Lesotho as PM, showing that killing your ex-wife is wrong there too. Apr 21 Mozambique police say 52 male villagers were killed by Islamist militants for not joinging. Apr 22 Iran's Islamic RG Corps deploys the country's first military satellite. Apr 25 separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) announces the establishment of a self-rule administration in southern Yemen. This is bad, like, really bad. Also, the global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 200,000. Apr 27 The Pentagon formally releases three videos of "unidentified aerial phenomena" encountered by the United States Navy. Cases of COVID-19 passes 3 million worldwide Apr 28 Protests erupt in major cities across Lebanon for the second day over the country's continuing economic problems. Apr. 29 Who didn’t see this one coming? An asteroid zooms past Earth with an approach of 0.042 AU (6.3 million km; 16 LD). That’s pretty effing close, man. Apr 30 The government of Sudan criminalizes female genital mutilation. OH MY GOD SOMETHING POSITIVE!!!!!! I don’t want to do this anymore. May 3-4 Silvercorp USA and Operation Gideon. Blackwater eat your heart out. Silvercorp, you too. Please. Literally. I think we lost the driver of this bus somewhere in 2019. May 5 The UK death toll from COVID-19 became the highest in Europe at 32,313 after exceeding the death toll of 29,029 in Italy. May 6 New evidence indicates that an Algerian-born French fishmonger, who had not traveled to China and did not have contact with any Chinese nationals, was treated for pneumonia from an unknown source, now identified as COVID-19, on December 27, 2019. May 7 11 people die and over 5,000 fall ill from a styrene gas leak in India May 9 Chinese and Indian soldiers are injured in a cross-border clash at Nathu La May 10 The Iranian Navy frigate Jamaran accidentally strikes the Iranian support vessel Konarak with a missile, killing nineteen sailors in friendly fire. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 4 million worldwide. Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, reports its first coronavirus cases in more than a month May 12 Gunmen storm a maternity hospital and kill 24 people in Kabul. In Kuz Kunar a suicide bomber kills 32 at a funeral. May 14 The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 300,000. May 18 UN announces 700k affected in recent 2020 East Africa floods May 25 RIP George Floyd May 26 And the people react. May 27 RIP Tony McDade. RIP Calvin Horton, Jr. RIP David McAtee. RIP David Patrick Underwood. RIP Myqwon Blanchard. Also, China closes autonomous Hong Kong with legislation. U.S. death toll passes for Covid-19 100,000 - more Americans than were killed in the Vietnam War and Korean War combined and approaching WW1 levels. May 28 The Denver Post photographer is struck with pepper bullets. Not an accident. May 29 Omar Jiménez arrested while giving a live CNN television report in Minneapolis. Linda Tirado, a freelance photojournalist, was hit in the eye with a rubber bullet or a pellet by the police in the same city. In Louisville, Kentucky, an officer fired pepper bullets at a reporter from NBC affiliate WAVE who was reporting live on air for her station. May 30 RIP Barry Perkins. RIP James Scurlock. RIP Sarah Grossman. RIP Chris Beaty. RIP Marvin Francois. RIP John Tiggs. NYPD vehicles were recorded ramming into protesters. a Reuters crew were fired on with rubber bullets in Minneapolis. Deutsche Welle journalist Stefan Simons and his team were shot at by police in Minneapolis. Lesson of the day: DO NOT EVER GO TO MINNEAPOLIS. May 31 RIP Dorian Murell. Police pull Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young over, breaking the windows, yanking Taniyah out of the car and tasing Messiah. Justin Howell. Minneapolis PD thinks they are in GTA San Andreas and do drive-by chemical sprays. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, a reporter for Los Angeles NPPRI affiliate KPCC was hit in the throat with a rubber bullet. Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske reported reporters and camera crews being at the receiving end of tear gas by Minnesota State Patrol, while the same happened to an KABC-TV news crew in Santa Monica. Detroit Free Press journalists were pepper sprayed by the city's police, as was KSTP reporter Ryan Raiche along with other journalists. BBC cameraman, Peter Murtaugh, was purposely attacked by police on May 31 outside the White House. Murtaugh filmed a line of police officers charging without warning, whereby a shield-wielding officer tackled Murtaugh to the ground. Also, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 6 million worldwide We are killing each other. I. Don’t. Want. To. Do. This. Anymore. June 1 David McAtee RIP. Italia Marie Kelly RIP. In Cicero, Illinois, two men were fatally shot in separate incidents following an "afternoon of unrest" - Jose Gutierrez and Victor Cazares Jr RIP. In Las Vegas, police shot and killed Jorge Gomez RIP. Australian journalist Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers assaulted by United States Park Police. President Dickhead clears a path to an old church for a photo op with a bible. That path is cleared by tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades. June 2 Blackout Tuesday. Unidentified looter in Philly shot and killed and another severely injured while attempting to break into an ATM. RIP David Dorn. RIP Sean Monterrosa. Leslie Furcron shot between the eyes with a bean bag. Grand Rapids PD goes ballistic and pepper sprays everyone. $5B class action lawsuit is filed against Alphabet Inc. and Google, alleging the company violates users' right to privacy . June 3 RIP Robert Forbes. General Keith Ellison increases the charge against Derek Chauvin. Cyclonic Storm Nisarga hits Mumbai. 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River. June 4 Buffalo PD shows just how tough they are when they almost kill a 75 year old man. Then say Martin Gugino attacked them, only to change the story yet again when the video comes out. I see a running theme here with these folks. Also, Prez Chump puts new fencing to expand the White House perimeter, and continues to hide in a bunker. June 7 COVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 400,000. June 8 In Seattle, wannabe anarchists attempt to steal BLM movement with Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 7 million worldwide June 9 George is finally laid to rest, RIP. June 11 NASCAR bans Stars and Bars 150 years after those traitorous assholes lost. I guess better late than never. But 150 fucking years! Oh yeah and some jackass named Ray Ciccarelli quits because of it. Ugh, it never ends does it? June 12 Ok at this point 2020, can you please just give me a week where nothing happens that signals The End is near? How about a rainbow, you got any of those anymore? -OUT
2020.06.08 13:25 t6wsntmtThe Complete Timeline of the Jurassic Park Universe! (sorta)...
Hi everyone! I’ve decided to create a complete timeline of every major event that has occurred in the Jurassic Park Universe. Enjoy! :) c. 1,000 BCE • At some point, indigenous people from Central America come to live on Isla Nublar. This includes a tribe of Bribri people, who are known as the Tun-Si tribe. They may have arrived as early as the first millennium BCE. 1525 • Mount Sibo erupts, though the event is not significant to threaten the island’s inhabitants. Following this date, it becomes dormant for 492 years. • Isla Nublar is “discovered” by the Spanish carrack La Estrella under guidance of navigator Diego Fernandez. It is named Isla Nublar (meaning “Cloud Island”) by cartographer Nicolás de Huelva, possibly due to the clouds of black smoke emanating from Mount Sibo due to the recent eruption. 1526 • Some sources indicate that the Muertes Archipelago is discovered by Europeans this year; the date and other details of its discovery are disputed. 1913 • John Parker Alfred Hammond is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1930 • Sanjay Masrani is born in Bombay (Mumbai), British India. 1967 •Simon Masrani is born in Bombay, India to Sanjay Masrani. 1969 • John Hammond’s first animal preserve, dubbed “Animal Kingdom”, opens to the public in Nairobi, Kenya. Hammond hires Robert Muldoon as park warden. 1973 • February 16: Masrani Global is established by Sanjay Masrani, with the founding of “Mascom”, in Mumbai, India. 1975 • International Genetic Technologies (InGen) is founded by John P. Hammond in San Diego, CA with locations in the South Pacific and Europe. Benjamin Lockwood was his partner in business. 1979 • Mascom unveils its concept for fiber-optic communications in the telecommunications network. 1981 • Alexis “Lex” Murphy is born. 1982 • InGen signs a 99-year long lease for Isla Sorna and the Muertes Archipelago from the Costa Rican government. 1983 • Mascom launches its telecommunications network in India. • Construction begins on Jurassic Park: San Diego. 1984 • The first test fertilization of an artificial ovum by InGen at the Lockwood estate transpires successfully. • Tatsuo Technology is founded in Tokyo, Japan. • Timothy “Tim” Murphy is born. 1985 • The first successful extraction of paleo-DNA retrieved from amber transpires at Benjamin Lockwood’s residence. • Jurassic Park: San Diego is halted and suspended indefinitely as Hammond decides to relocate to Isla Nublar, Costa Rica. • Isla Nublar is leased from the Costa Rican government, becoming part of the 99-year lease InGen already has for the Muertes Archipelago. • InGen offers to relocate the native peoples along with providing education and medical care and assistance. The displaced locals are promised education, medicine, and housing by InGen and Costa Rica, but both benefactors fail to provide these services adequately. • Claire Dearing is born. • Kelly Curtis Malcolm is born. 1986 • The first dinosaur, a Triceratops, is cloned on InGen’s facilities on Site B. 1987 • The last of the Tun-Si are resettled to the Costa Rican mainland. 1988 • Construction of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar begins. • “Rexy” the Tyrannosaurus is hatched within the facilities on Site B. She is the first of her kind. 1989 • A one-year old “Rexy” is introduced to her paddock in Jurassic Park. • Eric Kirby is born. 1991 • September 20: Henry Wu discovers that genetic structures in the yellow-banded poison dart frog makes it DNA incompatible with some dinosaur genomes. While it successfully integrates with Dilophosaurus DNA, it fails in Velociraptor embryos 4x, 6x, and 7x, leading to death by karyolysis. This was remedied by Wu utilizing the common reed frog instead. 1992 • February 13: Henry Wu and Robert Muldoon observe high levels of collective intelligence in Velociraptor. • Sanjay Masrani dies at the age of 62. Simon Masrani succeeds his father as head of the company. 1993 • Henry Wu starts researching hybridization of different genera. • At some point, Maisie Lockwood visits Jurassic Park. Eventually, John Hammond and Benjamin Lockwood part ways due to Lockwood’s interest in InGen’s technology for human cloning. • June 7: John Hammond arrives in the Montana badlands to meet with Dr. Alan Grant. While there, he also meets Dr. Sattler and invites her along as well. They agree to visit the island when he promises to continue funding their digs for a further three years. • June 10: Lewis Dodgson meets with disgruntled InGen programmer Dennis Nedry in San José, Costa Rica. Nedry has agreed to help Dodgson obtain stolen dinosaur embryos for $750,000 up front and a further $50,000 for each viable embryo. • June 11 - 12: The 1993 Jurassic Park Incident occurs. • The deaths of Donald Gennaro, Robert Muldoon, and Ray Arnold, despite being covered up by InGen, result in lawsuits from the victims’ families which push InGen toward bankruptcy. • InGen braces for Hurricane Clarissa, and proceeds to evacuate and close down operations on Site B later in 1993. 1994 • May 12: Henry Wu has been shown evidence of the lysine contingency failing as well as nests where dinosaurs have bred. He suspects that common reed frog DNA may be to blame. • October 5: InGen publishes a report of dinosaur populations remaining on Isla Nublar, documenting proof that the dinosaurs have bred and that the lysine contingency failed to kill the last remaining populations. • November: Henry Wu returns to Isla Nublar to assist the clean-up teams in cataloging the animals and to determine how they were breeding. He discovers that the DNA from the common reed frog, which he had used to fill gene sequence gaps in dinosaurian DNA. 1995 • Henry Wu releases his book called The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts. This book details his ambition for creating brand new species. • Ian Malcolm publicly breaks his nondisclosure agreement on a television interview about the 1993 incident. Due to this, InGen begins a smear campaign against Malcolm, discrediting him in the eyes of many. Malcolm eventually loses his tenure at the university he works at for “allegedly” receiving money to spread rumors of dinosaurs, although he denied ever accepting any. Ludlow also gets the Washington Post and Skeptical Inquirer to publish articles harshly ridiculing Malcolm’s claims. 1996 • Masrani Oil Industries is founded Abu Dhabi, UAE. • December 7: InGen publishes an updated form of its asset catalogue, including dinosaur information. Population estimates based on the October 1994 survey. The report has certain parts censored for security, including the investigation report detailing the loss of DNA samples. • December 17: A British family of a yacht cruise eventually stumbles upon InGen’s Site B. The family’s young daughter, Cathy Bowman, is injured severely by a flock of Compsognathus. She recovers in a hospital, but the Bowmans sue InGen following the incident. 1997 • May 21: Henry Wu and his research team at InGen create a hybrid genus of flowering plant, Karacosis wutansis, which they present to the International Society of Geneticists. This accomplishment gains international media attention and sparks Simon Masrani’s interest in acquiring InGen. • November 1: Hammond calls Dr. Malcolm to his residence and briefs him on the plan to document the dinosaurs and garner public support. Hammond’s team assembles in three hours and embarks for Isla Sorna later that day. • November 2 - 3: The events of the 1997 Isla Sorna Incident occurs. • November 4: The San Diego Incident occurs. • The US House Committee of Science begins reviewing the Ethical Negligence within Paleo-Genetic Resurrection Bill (ENPGR), which would extend endanger species rights to de-extinction animals, restrict access to the islands where these species live, and prohibit further de-extinction practices. John Hammond and InGen work on this bill as well. • A bidding war for InGen begins, with the primary bidders being the Masrani Global Corporation and Tatsuo Technology. • John Hammond dies at the age of 84. According to Simon Masrani, Hammond’s dying wish was for Masrani to take InGen and restore it. • The ENPGR Bill, better known as the Gene Guard Act, passes. 1998 • May 17: Masrani Global officially acquires InGen. • Within 100 days of the merger, InGen illegally restarts operations on Isla Sorna. Only a select few InGen members were involved, whose names are unknown. Over a period of nine months, animals were illegally bred on the island, including new species such as Spinosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Corythosaurus, and Ankylosaurus. • Wind power trails for Masrani Oil are successful, and the division begins using wind power. • Jurassic World conceptual planning begins, with Masrani drawing exerts from all over the company. 1999 • InGen wraps up its illegal R&D and abandons their creations on Isla Sorna to fend for themselves. • October 23: Simon Masrani settles on a name for his resurrected Jurassic Park, deciding to call it “Jurassic World”. • Zach Mitchell is born. 2000 • Axis Boulder Engineering is founded by the Masrani Global Corporation in Dubai, UAE. • April 1: Masrani Global Corporation makes its NASDAQ market debut. • August 25: InGen researchers use a prototype iron analyzer to confirm that viable DNA can be obtained from a Mosasaurus fossil. • December: Henry Wu is promoted to lead genetic biologist at InGen. Wu is brought into the Jurassic World project. 2001 • Stock in Masrani Oil has risen tenfold since its 1996 establishment. • May 23: Eric Kirby is left stranded on Isla Sorna. • July 18 - 20: The 2001 Isla Sorna Incident occurs. • InGen bribes government officials to bury certain parts of the survivors’ testimonies to avoid the illegal 1998-1999 operation being accidentally revealed to the public. • The Pteranodons that escaped from the aviary on Isla Sorna are sighted over Victoria, British Columbia. American security contractor Vic Hoskins is hired to “clean-up” the flying reptiles. Following his success, he is hired as the new head of InGen Security. 2002 • A press conference with Simon Masrani abruptly reveals plans for Jurassic World. • Timack Construction is established by Masrani Global in San José, Costa Rica specifically for construction of Jurassic World. • April: InGen Security lands on Isla Nublar and begins rounding up dinosaurs. Many of the dinosaurs are shipped to Isla Sorna and will be recollected when their enclosures have finished construction. • April 19: InGen Security recaptures “Rexy”. • Jurassic World construction begins on Isla Nublar. Axis Boulder Engineering and Timack Construction are contracted for preparation and planning prior to construction. Construction materials cost $1.2 billion dollars. 2003 • February 20: Henry Wu and his colleagues discover why their dinosaurs cannot grow feathers. The culprit is a null allele, a nonfunctional copy of a gene created by mutation; it was caused by the long-term manipulation of DNA in the animals and the inclusion of DNA from non-dinosaurian species. • March: A representative of Masrani Global makes a case for watering down the Gene Guard Act. Specifically, the prohibition of cloning and genetic engineering new species is asked to be removed in order to allow further medical research that would benefit humans, dinosaurs, and other animals. The UHCS allows the rollback of restrictions, but key members of the board were bribed by InGen to arrive at this decision. • Following the Gene Guard Act’s revision by the UHCS, InGen under Masrani Global is able to develop new gene splicing techniques and begin creating new dinosaurs for Jurassic World. • Medixal Health is founded by the Masrani Global Corporation in New York, USA. • Drone footage of the under-construction Jurassic World leaks, including possible footage of the main gates. 2004 • Scientists report a mysterious and alarming drop in dinosaur populations on Isla Sorna. Speculation on the cause includes territorial disputes, disease, or behavior patterns. However, the true cause was the sudden influx of new animals cloned by InGen illegally in 1998, which strained the ecosystem more than it was capable of handling. • Masrani Global Corporation begins shipping the surviving animals from Isla Sorna to Isla Nublar. The corporation is credited with saving the dinosaurs from death by ecological collapse, despite being covertly responsible for precipitating it. • November: Small batches of tickets for Jurassic World are sold online, and Simon Masrani also holds lotteries where the winners win all-expenses-paid trips to the park. This is intended to discourage ticket scalping. • Gray Mitchell is born. 2005 • Jurassic World’s construction is complete. • Masrani Global Corporation signs an agreement with the Costa Rican Environmental Protection Society to protect the indigenous wildlife of Isla Nublar. • May 30: Jurassic World formally opens on Isla Nublar to 98,120 visitors in its first month. Simon Masrani thanks his employees for their effort in making it a success. 2007 • Mascom launches the GPS navigation system “Centaurs“, utilizing five satellites. • Aerospace Dynamix is founded by the Masrani Global Corporation in Toulouse, France. • InGen Security, Mascom, and Aerospace Dynamix collaborate to develop drone technology. 2008 • April 4: Simon Masrani has a board meeting. The Board unanimously decides that it wants a new attraction to impress Jurassic World’s investors. Masrani and Claire Dearing authorize Henry Wu to create whatever it takes to accomplish this. • Henry Wu and the InGen genetics division begin working on the Indominus rex. 2011 • Tatsuo Technology is acquired by the Masrani Global Corporation. 2012 • An InGen facility called Martel comes under construction in Siberia in order to extract DNA from animal remains in the permafrost dated at 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. • The Mascom Tanius 6J smartphone launches. • The I.B.R.I.S. (Integrated Behavioral Raptor Intelligence Study) Project begins development under Hoskins’ guidance. Owen Grady is chosen to head this study. • Blue hatches, followed by Delta, Echo, then Charlie. 2013 • Masrani Oil is commissioned to build the Cerberus Array, a set of wind turbines, off the coast of the U.K. The array powers 450MW of electricity from 120 turbines. • May 17: Owen Grady recognizes that the Velociraptor pack dynamic is more complicated than originally assumed. He requests that his old friend, Barry Sembène, be invited to join the project. Sembène soon arrived from France to Isla Nublar. 2014 • Masrani Oil begins development of 3-bladed wind turbines, with a projected completion of 2016. Masrani Global is also commissioned to build wind turbines in South Africa, the Philippines, and southwest Australia. Aerospace Dynamix collaborates with them on this $48-million project. • August: A hurricane in the East Pacific severely damages Masrani Oil’s Platform L-12, causing three of the legs to collapse and completely removing the derrick. Internal damage poses extreme threat to the rig’s crew, though no deaths are reported. A total of $12.5 million dollars in damage are caused. • October: Repairs begin on Platform L-12. Sixteen mooring lines will be installed to replace the original twelve, and the new lines are said to be 50% stronger than the old ones. Plans are in place to, five years from now, replace L-12 with a semi-submersible platform. • November 15: Martel is finally completed. It consists of a rotating crew of nine scientists and 45 excavation crew. The project was intended to last 18 months. The site drills into the glacial ice at 42 locations, and is believed to be situated over woolly mammoth carcasses preserved within. • InventiCon 2014 is held. At this event, Masrani Global Corporation unveils the XL25 wind turbine by Aerospace Dynamix, and the support this garners allows the project to move into Phase ll. • December 24: Simon Masrani is booked for the next six months and will be unable to see the Indominus rex until afterward. He current estimates May or early June. • InGen now houses the world’s most complete genomic library. 2015 • January: Simon Masrani announces a $225 million dollar boost in InGen funding, which will be distributed across the course of the next three years. Much of this will go to Security. He also publicly reveals Indominus rex. • March: InventiCon 2015 takes place. Masrani Global Corporation has a larger presence this year, as Simon Masrani himself appears to demonstrate the virtual reality technology his companies are working on. • April: Masrani Oil is rebranded as “Masrani Energy” to reflect its trend toward sustainable technology. • Zia Rodriguez studies pre-veterinary medicine at the University of California at Berkeley, intending to become a paleoveterinarian for Jurassic World. • September: Mascom’s Tanius 7 smartphone is released to the public. • December 18 - 19: The 2015 Isla Nublar Incident occurs. • Following the incident, Claire Dearing speaks at a public testimonial regarding the incident at Jurassic World. She acknowledges that the disaster will spark outrage, but that this anger should not be directed to the dinosaurs. She speaks out against attempts at weaponizing the dinosaurs as InGen attempted. • Henry Wu and InGen are also under investigation for bioethical misconduct, but as Wu is nowhere to be found, he cannot represent himself. 2016 • March: The United States Congress opens up inquires into bioethical misconduct preformed by InGen and Dr. Henry Wu. Wu’s laboratory is raided and all his assets are seized; he is also stripped of his credentials. • June: A team of mercenaries sent by Eli Mills to retrieve a sample of Indominus DNA for Henry Wu. A sample is retrieved, but the mission suffers heavy casualties and the Mosasaurus escapes into the ocean. Wu, using this DNA sample, is able to create a miniature version of Indominus rex. The resultant hybrid genus is called Indoraptor. 2017 • February: A shift in the Cocos Plate opens fissures underneath Isla Nublar, causing Mount Sibo to become active again for the first time in 500 years. The Costan Rican Institute for Volcanology (CRIV) reports that there is no immediate threat to the island. The volcanic status level (VSL) of Mount Sibo is currently set at Magnitude 1. • March: Claire Dearing founds the Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG) in San Francisco’s Mission District. Around thirty members have joined, including Zia Rodriguez and former Jurassic World IT Franklin Webb. • September: A helicopter flies illegally over Isla Nublar, approaching Mount Sibo. The passengers witness lava actively rolling within the mountain’s crater and report it to the authorities. The CRIV uses harmonic tremor readings, satellite thermal scans, and seismic equipment to then determine that Mount Sibo is becoming more active. 2018 • January: The Costa Rican government pulls all remaining research teams and technology from the area near Isla Nublar as the eruption appears to be getting closer. Masrani Global has still made no effort to assist. • June 22 - 23: The 2018 Isla Nublar Incident occurs • June 24 - 25: The 2018 Lockwood Manor Incident occurs. • The Mosasaurus is recorded in the Hawaiian Archipelago, where it causes the death of a surfer on the North Shore of O’ahu during the “Big Wave Surfing Competition”. It attacks a second surfer during a breaking news report on the incident, prompting the exaction of the beach. • Compsognathus are recorded near the home of an elderly man. • A flock of Pteranodons are recorded flanking a passenger jet, behaving in a threatening manner. • A duo of park rangers, presumably in rural California, are recorded encountering a Stegosaurus on the job. A minor conflict ensues, ending with the animal chasing the rangers. • Pteranodons are sighted diving into Lake Mead in Nevada. • The U.S. Emergency Broadcast System issued a nationwide emergency alert. Details about which prompted this are currently only speculative, but is assumed to be related to Pteranodon migration. • “Rexy” the Tyrannosaurus rex is found to have broken into a zoo, engaging in a territorial display against the facility’s pride of lions. • Three Pteranodons are sighted at the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. A man is attacked during the incident, sustaining potentially fatal injuries during the squabble between pterosaurs. • Blue arrives near Simi Valley, California. 2019 • A small pack of Compsognathus are sighted on a ranch in the American West. They are filmed chasing a young child, though it does not appear to be predatory behavior. • March 10: A Stegosaurus wanders onto the Angeles Crest Highway. At 3:09 PM local time, it causes a vehicular accident in which a car goes off the road. • April 21: One of the escaped female Allosaurus, now fully grown, and a Nasutoceratops family are involved in an incident at Big Rock National Park in which they threaten campers. The incident also confirms the first-known dinosaur hatched on U.S. soil since the release of the animals in the wild. • A Parasaurolophus is filmed near White River in Arkansas. Flyfishers are filmed approaching it. • The Mosasaurus is recorded feeding on a great white shark off the coast of New Zealand. • Wedding guests catch on-film a hunting Pteranodon, which had been attracted to the doves released during the ceremony and preyed upon one. THE END So far, the events of “Battle at Big Rock” have been the latest to occur in the JP Universe. But I will make sure to update the list after Jurassic World: Dominion comes out! If anyone was wondering, I got all of my information straight from the movies, in-universe websites, short film, and motion comics! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns just let me know! :)
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000
WWF developmental wrestler Russ Haas passed away this week from an apparent heart attack. It's the first death of an active WWF-contracted wrestler since Owen Hart. If you recall, Haas suffered a previous heart attack back in September following a match with Prototype (John Cena) at an HWA show. Following that heart attack, Haas had been cleared by his cardiologist to return to wrestling a couple of weeks ago. But WWF wanted to remain cautious and refused to let him return to the ring until he was cleared by a second cardiologist. Haas suffered this second, fatal heart attack just 3 days before he was supposed to meet that doctor. Haas reportedly felt great and was itching to get back in the ring and had already resumed weight training at the time of his death. Russ, along with his brother Charlie Haas, were seen as an up-and-coming tag team with a lot of potential. According to Russ' wife, they had some friends (other HWA wrestlers) over to their place after a show and they all hung out till the wee hours of the morning. At that point, his wife went to bed while Russ stayed on the couch in the living room watching TV. When she woke the next morning, she went into the living room and found him still on the couch, and it was clear he had been dead for several hours. Charlie Haas arrived soon after, as he had planned to pick up Russ for an HWA Christmas party they were going to attend, and when he arrived, the ambulance was already there, which is how he learned of his brother's passing. HWA went ahead with their TV taping the next day, dedicating the show to Haas and it was done very similar to the WWF's Owen Hart show. HWA promoter Les Thatcher ran a card with straight matches, no angles or gimmickry, and they did the 10-bell salute and played videos of Russ throughout the show. On WWF Raw, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross spoke about Haas' passing, even though most of the national WWF audience didn't know who they were talking about. As for Charlie Haas, he has been told to take as much time off as he needs and word is he was considering quitting wrestling at first, but decided that would be the last thing his brother would want right now. He's expected to return to the ring in January.
I was hoping to find the HWA tribute show they did for Haas but no luck. However, I did find the match between Haas and Cena that took place just a few hours before Haas suffered his first heart attack. So here's that. It's Russ Haas' final match. Dude was hella-talented. I know Team Angle was fun and all, but it's a shame we never got to see the Haas Brothers as a team on the main roster.
WWA announced plans to do a live PPV in Las Vegas in February. This leads Dave to talking about the companies springing up since WCW folded (WWA and XWF) and the fight they're likely going to have over available talent. The main star everyone wants is Sting, who interestingly enough doesn't seem like he even wants to return to wrestling. Sting's WCW contract expires at the end of the month and XWF and WWA are both said to be putting together big offers for him to work a limited schedule. Sting has had talks with WWF but he apparently isn't interested in whatever they're offering. Then there's the other big stars: Randy Savage reportedly wants so much money that nobody is even bothering to waste time talking to him. Hulk Hogan is playing it safe, not wanting to align himself with a promotion that isn't established and he's probably just hoping WWF calls soon. Kevin Nash is leaning towards WWA because he has a bunch of heat with the Nasty Boys and they're heavily involved behind the scenes of XWF, so they don't want him. WWA has made big offers to Nash, Hall, and Scott Steiner. WWF claims to not be interested in any of those 3 but that can obviously change given that Vince McMahon changes his mind on this sort of stuff on a near-hourly basis (yup, all 3 of them would end up in WWE in 2002).
Anyway, Dave thinks that WWA attempting to run a PPV in the United States makes zero sense right now because they have no television exposure. And they're not going to set the world on fire with Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg as their main top stars. Speaking of, Road Dogg and Grandmaster Sexay are both still using their old WWF names and gimmicks in WWA. As long as those shows are happening overseas, WWF doesn't seem to really care. But if they try to do a show in the U.S., Dave suspects Road Dogg and Sexay would be hearing from WWF's lawyers pretty quickly. And even if they do manage to bring in guys like Nash and Sting, Dave doesn't see this PPV doing well. Those guys weren't even drawing last year in WCW when they did have television exposure and they also had Hogan, Goldberg, Flair, etc. The only combat sports promotion in history to run successful PPVs in the U.S. without television exposure has been the UFC and that's only because they were presenting a new and unique product that people wanted to see. WWA, which is basically just WCW 2.0 with a lower budget and the same Russo-esque booking, doesn't stand a chance in the U.S. without TV. Speaking of Russo, there's rumors he may be secretly involved in booking WWA right now, but he's actually not supposed to be involved in any pro wrestling at the moment on advice from lawyers since he's still in the midst of a lawsuit with Hulk Hogan. Dave also talks about how Russo refuses to accept that his booking methods were a complete failure in WCW and continues to point the blame at everyone else.
Back on track, this PPV is a bad idea. Dave thinks the only non-WWF promotion that has even a prayer of doing a profitable PPV show in the U.S. right now would be CMLL or AAA. Both those promotions have TV shows in the U.S. on Spanish stations and if they decided to run a PPV in a heavily Hispanic market, they could probably draw and maybe do enough business to turn a profit. But aside from that, anyone else trying to run PPV right now with no TV is insane and is just begging to go bankrupt (in case you're wondering, WWA did indeed run a PPV in Las Vegas in Feb. 2002 and as predicted, it was a disaster. Flopped on PPV, flopped at the gate, a bunch of wrestlers no-showed and tried to hold up the promoter for money, etc. They never ran in the U.S. again).
Kazuyuki Fujita's torn Achilles tendon injury has completely wrecked plans for Inoki's New Year's Eve show and NJPW's Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome event and both shows are scrambling to put together new cards. Fujita was scheduled to defend the IWGP title at the NJPW show against Yuji Nagata in the main event, in a match that has been built up for months. That was already risky enough, since both Fujita and Nagata were scheduled to work shoot MMA fights against K-1 fighters at Inoki's show 5 nights earlier. Instead, NJPW will have Pro Wrestling NOAH's GHC champion Jun Akiyama facing Nagata instead, in a non-title match. Politically, it's interesting. NOAH can't afford to let its world champion lose to another promotion's star. Nagata is still scheduled to face K-1 fighter Mirko Cro Cop at the Inoki show and who knows how that's gonna go (spoiler: very badly for Nagata). Anyway, this leads to Dave talking about the long history of wrestlers vs. shoot fighters in Japan and running down the card of the Inoki show.
AJPW Triple Crown champion Keiji Muto is pushing NJPW to let him win the IWGP title that Fujita is expected to vacate at the Tokyo Dome, with the idea that he would be the first man to hold both the AJPW and NJPW top titles. Muto has almost single-handedly kept AJPW afloat the last few months with an incredibly successful run as Triple Crown champion and he's had a bit of a career resurgence from it. Dave talks about how decisions in NJPW are slow to be made because it's booked by a committee of several wrestlers and office employees. And once they all agree on something, they still have to take it to Inoki for approval before it can happen. And at any given moment, Inoki is liable to scratch their hard-thought plans in favor of putting all the titles on a kickboxer or some such dumb shit.
Tokyo Sports in Japan had their annual awards (which is voted on by all of the major sportswriters in the country) and to absolutely no one's surprise, Muto was named the MVP of wrestling for 2001 in a landslide. Dave notes that the awards are often very political (for instance, a foreign wrestler can't win the MVP award, which is something Kenny Omega was pretty outspoken about the last couple years he was there). Otherwise, the awards are pretty similar to the Observer Awards, same categories for the most part. Dave breaks down all the winners.
Dave breaks down the list of all the top-selling wrestling books on that amazon.com website where everybody buys books these days. The rankings vary greatly and seem to change hourly, with Kurt Angle's book spending most of the time at the top of the list. But Dave's own "Tributes" book has been at the top of the list a few times as well. The real success story is Missy Hyatt's "First Lady of Wrestling" book which got pretty bad reviews, but is doing strong sales.
Kenta Kobashi announced that his return match will take place in February after 13 months out of action. Kobashi has been out since January of this year after getting multiple knee surgeries (Kobashi does indeed return in February for this match....and immediately blows out his left knee again. He then misses another 5 months before returning for real in July).
Oh yeah, speaking of Kazuyuki Fujita's injury, he had surgery on his right Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for anywhere from 6-12 months. He suffered the injury while training in Thailand earlier this month. Naoya Ogawa is expected to replace Fujita at Inoki's New Year's Eve show in a matchup against a K-1 fighter. The network airing the special insisted on someone of similar star-power to replace Fujita, and Ogawa is pretty much the only person that fits that role. The problem is, Ogawa doesn't want to risk a legit shoot because a loss would wreck his aura and drawing power. So the two sides are kind of at an impasse right now (Ogawa doesn't end up working the show at all).
Jushin Liger is pushing to bring in Eddie Guerrero to help give some name value to the junior heavyweight division (he works a handful of shows there in March before returning to WWF).
After the controversy from their last match, Shinya Hashimoto officially won the NWA title from Steve Corino at a show in McKeesport, PA. It was a sellout crowd...of 250 people, in near-freezing conditions. The temperature inside the building was said to be around 40 degrees and you could see the steam rising from the wrestlers' bodies. After the match, a masked Dan Severn ran in and attacked Hashimoto, to build to a match between them. The following night, Hashimoto worked a 4-way match with Corino, Gary Steele, and Dylan Night that was said to be a great match, but it only took place in front of about 100 fans (I can't find video of the Hashimoto title victory but I do have this 4-way match. It's not really newsworthy but I only mention it because maaaaan this crowd is tiny, in a little shitty warehouse. It's interesting to see Hashimoto in this atmosphere considering how many sold out Tokyo Dome shows he's main evented just a year or two before this).
Remember the story last week of Randy Savage challenging Hulk Hogan to a match and talking about donating the proceeds to a local children's hospital? Well, as mentioned, Hogan was completely unaware of this. It's just Savage trying to stir some shit up on his own. The story got picked up by the local newspaper in St. Petersburg. Hogan appeared on the Bubba The Love Sponge show and addressed the issue and tried to be diplomatic about it. He said Savage's heart is in the right place, but he's going about it the wrong way by trying to put him on the spot like that. He also said he has prior commitments on the day Savage challenged him for. BubbaSponge wasn't as good humored about it, trashing Savage and saying he shouldn't be using children's hospitals for publicity stunts. Savage responded and went on a different local radio show and said he and Hogan could raise millions for the hospital by having the match broadcast on PPV and said HBO and Showtime were also interested in airing it ("now he's really getting delusional," Dave says). Savage also said he was challenging Hogan to a shoot, not a wrestling match because they've had issues with each other for awhile and he wants to settle it like men. Savage predicted their match could raise $10 million or more for the hospital. Aside from Wrestlemania 17, there hasn't been a pro wrestling event this year to generate even close to that kind of money, and Dave kinda questions Savage's sanity and thinks this whole thing is just sad and desperate (we're still 2 years away from the rap album but yeah, Savage was deep into his mid-life crisis at this point).
Comedy Central has reportedly purchased the entire AWA tape library from Verne Gagne and seem to be interested in running some sort of wrestling show. Dave can't imagine what they have in mind with that idea and a collection of AWA footage (pretty sure Dave got some bad info here. From what I can tell, WWE ended up buying the library from the Gagne family in 2003, so it doesn't appear Comedy Central ever bought it).
Chyna filmed an episode of "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" that is scheduled to air in March. She also appeared on "The Last Word" with Jim Rome this week and he pressured her to say whether wrestling was sport or acting. Chyna said it was both, and Rome just couldn't comprehend it. He also talked about bitter ex-wrestlers and asked Chyna if she was bitter towards WWF. She said she didn't agree with everything that was done in regards to her departure, but refused to knock Vince. She also said she made more money from her latest Playboy spread than she did in her 6 years in WWF combined. All in all, Jim Rome was basically a dick who hates the business and was trying desperately to get her to trash professional wrestling, and she wouldn't play along.
This week's National Enquirer has a story about Triple H and Chyna's breakup and while it's sensationalized a bit (because it's the Enquirer), the story is basically accurate. Chyna suspected Triple H was cheating on her with Stephanie and there were rumors in the locker room saying as much, but he denied it. One day backstage, they had an argument and he stormed off, at which point Chyna snooped through his briefcase and found a bunch of love letters Stephanie had written him, some dating back more than a year. She said she confronted Stephanie and Vince, with Vince claiming that he thought Chyna and Triple H had already broken up. Dave says this actually rings true to him. Dave makes it a personal policy to try not to know about people's personal relationships like this unless it affects business, but he says even back in mid-2000, he was hearing people whisper about Triple H and Stephanie having something going on and Dave also thought Chyna and Triple H were already broken up by then. But apparently not, or at least nobody bothered to tell Chyna. Anyway, a week after Chyna discovered the letters and confronted everyone about it, she was gone from the company. Chyna has been careful not to blame that on the reason her contract wasn't renewed, but you'd have to be pretty naive to believe it didn't play a part.
CZW ran a show at the old ECW Arena and packed the building, with one of the largest sellout crowds for an indie show this year. The show got mixed reviews, starting an hour late and running until almost 2am. They also ran a CZW vs. ECW angle, with a bunch of ex-ECW stars showing up but word is most of them showed up out of shape, didn't take it seriously, and the whole thing came off embarrassing. After the main event (which saw Justice Pain and Wifebeater take a huge bump off a scaffold on top of a cage), Rocco Rock, Gary Wolfe, Blue Meanie, and Tod Gordon came out wearing ECW shirts. Gordon cut a promo saying the fans turned on the ECW guys and then Sandman came out to seemingly be the hero, but he took off his ECW shirt to reveal a CZW shirt. Insane Clown Posse was booked to work this show, but it was announced that they had no-showed, leading Dave to ask why anyone even bothers trying to book them anymore considering how many times they've burned promoters. And in the weirdest side note of this whole thing, legendary boxer Joe Frazier was in attendance at this show.
Jacques Rougeau has booked a huge show at the Molson Center in Montreal that has sold nearly 6,000 tickets so far at press time, which is insane for an indie show. But Rougeau is a big name in Montreal and the show is mostly built around all the Rougeau family members teaming up for the first time in years. Sid Vicious, who hasn't appeared in pro wrestling since breaking his leg at that PPV back in the dying days of WCW is scheduled to be a referee on this show, because he's nowhere near ready to actually wrestle yet (I can't find any footage of it, but it's worth noting that a young Kevin Steen also worked this show).
RF Video's new promotion Ring of Honor is scheduled to debut in February and has announced a double main event. First is Eddie Guerrero vs. Super Crazy. And the other is a three-way match with Christopher Daniels vs. Low-Ki vs. American Dragon.
Bill Goldberg still has no interest in going to WWF but said he would love to run his own independent PPV and have matches against Steve Austin or The Rock when their WWF contracts expire. Needless to say, that's a pipe dream. Goldberg has been talking more about wanting to do MMA than return to wrestling and seems interested in going to fight for PRIDE. But Dave says there's almost no upside to that. If he wins, cool. But he's already rich and a big star. And if he loses, it pretty much destroys his aura and kills his drawing power in the future. Dave thinks it would be a bad idea.
Eric Bischoff is now working with K-1 and has been trying to get them a TV deal in the United States as well as talking with tour promoters to run shows here. Dave doesn't seem to have much hope for this, and Bischoff has tried several times this year to get TV deals for other wrestling and MMA ventures, with no success (yeah after the WCW/Fusient deal fell through, Bischoff spent the next year desperately trying to get pretty much anything off the ground but had no luck).
Remember last week how it was almost a certainty that WWF would be splitting the rosters and doing a brand split on the Jan. 7th edition of Raw? Well, once again, that's looking to be in doubt. As of press time, the company is wavering on whether to do it then or delay it again and Vince has reportedly changed his mind on it a million times. That Raw is going to be at Madison Square Garden and Triple H is expected to make his return on that show.
Notes from Raw: Dave says they had so much pyro during the opening that he thought they were trying to blow up the building. Austin did a promo and the crowd went crazy with the "what?" chants. Dave thinks it's probably fun for those in the building, but it makes for really annoying television (yuuup). Whole show was built around Booker T running from Austin, hiding in a church, shit like that. It was lame and ratings reflected it (plummeting throughout the show, 3rd lowest rated Raw of the year).
Notes from Smackdown: mostly a boring show aside from Booker T and Austin brawling in a grocery store, which was entertaining at first but Dave thinks it went on for way too long (Dave is wrong and should be ashamed of himself). They also did a Merry Christmas thing with Hugh Morrus who, in storyline, was fired last month when the Alliance lost to WWF at Survivor Series, but now he's back with no explanation and they're forgetting it ever happened, which is some WCW-level attention to detail. Jerry Lawler is still temporarily announcing both Raw and Smackdown and he's reaching a point of self-parody. Lawler has been a great announcer, but now he's just the guy who yells "Puppies!" multiple times per show and it's annoying.
Shawn Michaels met with Vince and Jim Ross last week, when he was brought in to appear on the Saturday night Excess show. Excess is a call-in show with pre-screened questions. Michaels was, of course, asked if he was ever going to return to the ring and he was non-committal and mostly avoided giving an answer either way. He said his top priority in his life right now is his son, not wrestling, and said he'd need to talk to his doctors before even considering it. Earlier this year, Shawn was scheduled to return and interfere in the Triple H/Undertaker match at Wrestlemania, but the week before, he showed up at Raw whacked out of his mind on pills and passed out backstage and that ended that. But the tension seems to have died off and Vince and Jim Ross were both receptive to the idea of Shawn coming back (yeah, at this point in his life, Shawn had finally started getting his shit together). Michaels hasn't wrestled in WWF since Wrestlemania 14 in 1998, although he did work one match for his own TWA promotion back in 2000.
Triple H has pretty much been living in Birmingham full-time since May when he tore his quad, only going to his real home a few times this year. He's been rehabbing full-time and has been on the road with WWF at TV events, hanging out backstage.
Zagat's Restaurant Guide, which is essentially the bible of New York restaurants, gave WWF New York a terrible review. It got the lowest score in Zagat's history for quality of food and one of the lowest for quality of service as well (the restaurant limps along for another year or so before they finally close it in 2003).
Prototype and Shelton Benjamin are going to go on the road in January and start working main roster house shows so the office can get a better idea of how they're progressing. Dave thinks Shelton Benjamin has all the in-ring tools to be a star, but he needs a lot of work on the other stuff. In particular, his promos aren't good (have they tried zooming in close on his face while he darts his eyes back and forth silently? Surely that's a winning gimmick). As for Prototype, his in-ring skills still need work, although he has improved a lot since coming to OVW. Out of everybody in developmental, Dave thinks Prototype has the most potential to become a superstar because he's got charisma and promo skills that are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, including a lot of main roster guys. In fact, if he came up to the main roster today, Dave thinks he'd be a better promo than all but maybe 4 or 5 WWF stars currently on the roster. Randy Orton is a better in-ring worker, but Prototype just has "it" and Dave predicts big things for him. Leviathan has a great presence and charisma but his in-ring work is still pretty rough. But Dave thinks both he and Lesnar also have a lot of potential to be big stars.
Rock has to re-shoot scenes for Scorpion King so he won't be working much in January so they can get the movie finished in time for the April release date. He'll still work TV and PPVs, but very few house shows.
ESPN.com listed Vince McMahon as a candidate for "Unsportsman of the Year." For, well, lots of reasons. The XFL flop, the Costas interview, the Kiss My Ass club stuff, etc. Forbes also listed him as the 13th "Most Fascinating Business Tycoon." Vince is also #364 on the Forbes 400 richest people in America.
There was a situation at an HWA show that got out of hand this week. It happened during a 6-man match with Rikishi & The Island Boyz (Umaga and Rosey) vs. Russ McCullough, Haku, & Elix Skipper. During the match, McCullough was holding Rikishi for Haku to kick him and the idea was Rikishi would move and Haku would kick his partner by accident. Except McCullough didn't let Rikishi go while holding him and it resulted in Rikishi accidentally taking a stiff kick to the head from Haku. Infuriated, Rikishi grabbed a plastic chair and started beating the absolute shit out of McCullough with it as hard as he could, legit, and started cursing him and challenging him to a shoot. If you recall from the last issue, McCullough was told last week that he was being released when his developmental contract expires this month. So he only had a week left in the company when working this show and he knew it. So he just said, "fuck this," and left the ring mid-match and went back to the locker room, never to return, leading the confused referee to call for the bell since Rikishi obviously got DQ'd. Going into the match, McCullough was already unhappy since he was booked to do the job and take a stinkface from Rikishi, neither of which he wanted to do. Following the match, Rikishi and McCullough got into a shouting match backstage. HWA promoter Les Thatcher went ahead and told McCullough that he could leave a week early, so he's officially done with the company now. As for Rikishi, there's a lot of people feel he could have handled the situation better, since he's the veteran who should know not to lose his temper and derail a match because of a blown spot and also because he's supposed to set an example for the developmental wrestlers on how to handle things like that. Giving a guy a receipt for stiffing you is one thing, but many felt that Rikishi went way too far by assaulting McCullough with a weapon and causing the match to get scrapped before they could do the planned finish (no video of this that I can find anywhere).
Speaking of HWA guys who were let go, Kid Romeo and Evan Karagis were also told their contracts wouldn't be renewed last week and rather than stick around for their last few weeks, both guys just quit, never to return. Allan Funk (formerly Kwee Wee in WCW) was also released by WWF and Les Thatcher has been pretty outspoken about that one, saying he wishes he could have kept him. Meanwhile, Tough Enough winner Maven is still working here for now and he's....not good. He's extremely charismatic and has been getting huge pops at all the shows because fans know him from Tough Enough. But when the bell rings, he's said to be so green that under normal circumstances, he wouldn't even be allowed in the ring yet. But because he's so popular, they're sticking him in tag matches to hide his inexperience and are still using him.
Following the interview with former referee Billy Silverman last week where he detailed the bullying and hazing he suffered in WWF, there's been a lot of talk about "ribs" in pro wrestling. Sometimes ribs are fine, just harmless pranks to break up the monotony of guys living on the road. For instance, Owen Hart was notorious for pulling funny, but ultimately harmless ribs. But sometimes, you get sadistic assholes (coughBradshawcough) who take it too far, doing things like shitting in people's bags, cutting up their clothes, and things like that. Actually, I don't know why I'm cough hinting at it. Dave outright names Bradshaw as the primary person who bullied Silverman right out of the company. Silverman has since threatened a lawsuit against the WWF over all this while also adding that he was harassed about being Jewish (he's actually not, "Billy Silverman" is just a stage name, but still). It's noted that Silverman did report the hazing to talent relations. WWF has an HR department, but he didn't report it to them at the time because he was smart enough to know that if he did, the bullying would have only gotten worse and he would have been shunned from the locker room for being a snitch. Regardless, Dave hopes this whole thing can maybe be an eye-opening experience that this sort of stuff isn't funny (nearly 20 years later, JBL still works for WWE and as Mauro Ranallo can attest, he hasn't changed a bit).
There's a TON of letters this week, and most of them are people complaining about how the WWF product has become totally stagnant and shitty in the last 8 months since WCW folded and how Vince McMahon refuses to listen to the fans who want something different. The more things change...
2019.08.20 20:55 derkimsterOn This Date In California Weather History (August 20)
2014: Thunderstorms in Nuevo and in Menifee (both in Riverside Co.) dropped hail one inch in diameter. Lightning struck a building and some palm trees in Riverside, knocking out power at a community college and igniting palm trees. 2003: High wind from a monsoonal thunderstorm led to power transmission line damage, subsequent power outage, and reports from spotters of visibility restrictions from blowing dust in the Lindsay area on the 20th due to a collapsing thunderstorm cell. A lightning strike ignited a stack of 800 bales of hay southwest of Porterville as well as two other locations within the city limits of Porterville. 2003: Monsoonal thunderstorms struck the mountains of eastern Kern County on this date. Water from nearby washes and small, normally dry creeks ran through the town of Lake Isabella late in the afternoon of the 20th. Rainfall rates of 1" in 15 minutes was reported by the Kern Fire Department with radar estimates of 1-3" per hour in the mountains to the east and south. Additional flooding was reported from Erskine and Bodfish Creeks just southwest of Lake Isabellaand also just east of the Walker Basin/Piute Kern County Fire Station. Trees and power poles were carried over Highway 178 in the water flow off nearby mountains ENE of Lake Isabella. Some of the heavier rain amounts reported for the 20th: 1.78" at Piute KCFD Station in the Kern Mountains; 1.24" at Blackrock RAWS in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains; and 1.24" at Laural Mountain in the Kern Desert. 2003: Thunderstorms developed in the mountains and the desert, dropping 3" of rain in at Yucca Valley, 2.63" in one hour and seven minutes in San Felipe Valley, and 1.92" in two hours in Ocotillo Wells. Flash flooding hit five residences in Yucca Valley. Three people lost their lives and two swift water rescues were made from trapped vehicles in Twentynine Palms. Numerous washes were flooded. Hwy. S2 near Warner Springs was closed to flooding. In all, flash flooding led to 21 swift water rescues and inundated 19 businesses and 125 homes 2.60" fell in Big Bear Lake, the greatest daily amount on record for August. 2001: The North Fork Fire was ignited by a rail-splitter accidentally and burned 4,132 acres southeast of Bass Lake. There were 2 primary structures lost but no fatalities or injuries. Damage was $4.1 million. 1997: The remnants of tropical storm Ignacio produced record rainfall over portions of northern and central California. 24 hour and 1 hour rainfall records were exceeded at San Francisco, and it was the second wettest August ever recorded in the City. General rainfall totals ranged from 0.5 to 1.5" in the northern San Francisco Bay Area with 0.5 to 2.27" farther south along the immediate coastal range. Along the central coast, Three Peaks in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Monterey County had a rain rate of just over 0.9" an hour and a 24 hour total of 2.2". The greatest hourly rainfall rate at San Francisco Duboce Park was 0.22" between 11 pm and midnight on August 19, which set a record one hour maximum rainfall rate for August. Redwood City received .81" of rain -- a record for the month. 1997: The remnants of Tropical Storm Ignacio tracked northward moving inland in central California with gale force winds over portions of the Southern California coastal waters. This occurred during the strong El Niño of 1997-98. 1997: Redwood City received 0.81" of rain -- a record for the month. 1995: Heavy rains during the night of August 20-21 drop 1.94" of rain on Mojave. This amount is 31.6% of Mojave’s normal seasonal rainfall of 6.14". The normal monthly rainfall for August at Mojave is 0.2". 1990: Portola recorded 2.02" of precipitation. 1988: A thunderstorm dumped 2" of rain in 45 minutes on the Calico Mountains near Barstow. The resulting flash flood sent a two-foot surge of water through the parking lot at Calico Ghost Town. At least 5 vehicles were heavily damaged. The flood then continued south inundating a portion of Interstate 15. 1984: Flooding at Onyx. Sodie Creek overflowed its banks resulting in four homes being damaged by mud and one home washing away. 0.66" of rain fell in just 40 minutes. 1973: The Las Vegas Wash Marina was severely damaged by a thunderstorm which struck the Lake Mead and Las Vegas, NV, area. First reports from the Park Rangers indicated that the dock walkway was collapsed "like an accordion." Damage was also reported at the Echo Bay Marina and the Callville Bay Marina. 1972: Dust storms in the far south end of the San Joaquin Valley cause two fatal chain-reaction accidents. One, on Interstate 5, involved 30 vehicles and resulted in four fatalities and 80 injuries. The other, on Highway 99 south of Bakersfield, involved 50 vehicles and resulted in 3 fatalities and 16 injuries. 1921: The remnants of a tropical cyclone tracked northward into western Arizona from central Baja California generating rainfall of up to 2" in the deserts and southern mountains of southern California on this day and on 8.21. This occurred during the La Niña of 1920-21. Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego 📷
16737 points: ggrieves's comment in Former Facebook exec: I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse,no cooperation;misinformation,mistruth. You are being programmed (2017)
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Evidence it was a Hollywood Set slide One of the main anomalies that leads me to believe that the Moon footage was taken on a film set is the fact that the same mountains appear on different Apollo missions which are supposed to be landed several hundreds of miles from each other. He added: "The panorama also gives a sense of how far the mountains are. Because there is no atmosphere on the Moon, objects do not become faded-out over distance and thus far-away mountains can appear very close, as they do in the two photos." "The claim that these known and mapped Moon mountains that are viewed from myriad angles in Apollo photos are really a fake backdrop that was accidentally used in two staged studio sets on Earth is not a theory but an exercise in silliness." slide Slide Van Allen Radiation Radiation plays a big part in space travel. Solar flares could have affected the astronauts at any time. The Apollo leaving Earth would travel through 2 specific areas of very high radiation called the Van Allen Belt. slide The first field is 272 miles out from Earth. The amount of radiation in the belts actually varies from year to year, but every 11 years its at its worst when the sunspot cycle is at its highest. 1969 to 1970 was one of the worst times to go, as this was the time where the radiation was at its peak. slide I have had numerous internet chats with sceptics who say that the radiation would not play a part in the missions because Man would have not been in the radiation belt for too long. My answer to that is, when Dentists or Doctors take X ray pictures they either leave the room or stand behind a sheet of thick lead to shelter from the radiation. Why did NASA only use a small sheet of aluminium to protect the astronauts when they knew that the radiation levels in Space and on the Moon's surface would be many hundreds of times more deadly? And why would they risk their astronauts to such conditions? In 1959 Bill Kaysing was privy to a study made by the Russians. The Russians discovered that the radiation on the moon would require astronauts to be clothed in four feet of lead to avoid being killed. Did you know that the US Government tried to blast a hole in the belt 248 miles above Earth in 1962? During Operation Starfish Prime a Megaton Nuclear Bomb was used to try and force an unnatural corridor through the Van Allen Belt... Unfortunately, the radiation levels actually got worse, not better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFXlrn6-ypg What they created was a third belt that was 100 times more intense than the natural belts, and as estimated by Mary Bennett in 'Dark Moon - Apollo and the Whistle-Blowers, by2002 this artificial zone will still have 25 times more radiation than the other 2 belts. There is no agreement to how wide these radiation belts actually are. Dr James Van Allen, the discoverer of the belts estimated that they were at least 64,000 miles deep, but NASA say they are only 24,000 miles deep. Each Apollo craft spent approximately 4 hours within the belts. So to what lengths did NASA take to shield the astronauts against the radiation? Its accepted that a minimum of 10 cm width of aluminium would be needed at the very least to keep out radiation. However the walls of the Apollo craft and capsule were made as thin and as light as possible and as a result the craft initially could not carry enough air inside to withstand the equivalent to sea level air pressure. NASA had to reduce air pressure inside the cabin to cope. One of the worst sun flares ever recorded happened in August 1972, which was between the Apollo 16 and 17 missions. This single flare would have delivered 960 rem of virtually instant death to any astronaut who was up in Space, and yet all of the Apollo astronauts were carrying out their missions in what amounts to nothing more than a thick linen suit. These pressure suits may have helped protect the astronauts against heat or micro meteorites, but certainly would not have given any radiation protection. By the way, there is no known method of registering when and how strong Solar flare activity will be. So, I guess NASA just struck lucky! The radiation would have greatly affected the film that was shot on the Moon. Physicist Dr David Groves Ph.D., has carried out radiation tests on similar film and found that the lowest radiation level (25 rem) applied to a portion of the film after exposure made the image on the film almost entirely obliterated. Why didn't that happen to the Apollo films? SLIDE COUNTER Charged particles are damaging to human bodies, but the amount of damage done can range from none to lethal, depending on the energy those particles deposit, the density of those particles, and the length of time you spend being exposed to them. In the case of the Apollo missions, the solution was to minimize the second two factors. We can’t control the energy of those particles, though they can be large. The density of the Van Allen belts is well known (from sending uncrewed probes through them), and there are hotspots you can definitely avoid. In particular, the innermost belt is a rather tightly defined region, and it was possible to stay out of it for the trip to the Moon. The second belt is much larger, and harder to avoid, but there are still denser regions to avoid. For the Apollo trips, we wanted to send the astronauts through a sparse region of the belts, and to try and get through them quickly. This was necessary in any case; the crafts had to make it to the Moon in a reasonable amount of time, and the shorter the trip, the less exposure to all sorts of radiation the astronauts would get. In the end, it seemed that these tactics worked; the on-board dose counters for the Apollo missions registered average radiation doses to the skin of the astronauts of 0.38 rad. This is about the same radiation dose as getting two CT scans of your head, or half the dose of a single chest CT scan; not too bad, though not something you should do every week. Slide slide Perspective Problems/Shadows Another example that appears to be faked is the footage of Earth taken from the Apollo 11 when it was 130,000 miles away. This is the very first view ever taken of Earth on the mission and it seems strange that Buzz Aldrin would film the Earth when he was stood far away from the window, why would he do that? Surely you would want to get close to the window to get the best picture and also to eliminate light reflections that are evident towards the end of this sequence? But no, we see the window frame come into view on the left of the shot. The camera isn't set to infinity either to get the closest shot. The window frame that comes into shot would have been out of focus if it was. Did the astronauts actually film a transparency of the Earth that was stuck to the window? You may think this odd, but a few minutes after filming the Earth, the cameraman adjusts his lens and focuses on Mike Collins inside the craft. What we see is what appears to be an exposure of the Earth taped to the window that is in the background to the right of him. That is the very same window that Aldrin was filming the Earth https://youtu.be/mCHG6uJH5L8?t=60 The video also asserts that a shadow can be seen, suggesting the camera wasn’t right up on the window as claimed. The assertion is that the porthole window is why the earth looks misshapen because they are much closer to earth than they are letting on.- video has been debunked- the “secret footage” that was leaked wasn’t secret. It was released by NASA. slide WEIGHTLESSNESS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz9Bzi_GyD0 - this video talks about how the weightlessness was done using wires- amazing hammer and feather-that was faked somehow- the hoaxers point to a recreation done by HBO that proves Hollywood can fake it- the recreation has a cut in the middle while the original video is a straight shot- harder to fake. Also show crazy experiment that is so obviously faked https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDp1tiUsZw8 original hammer and feather http://www.clavius.org/gravleap.html slide Why does this rock have a letter 'C' on it? There is also a 'C' on the ground in front of the rock. The use of the letter C on film props is well known by the people in Hollywood and is used to show where the centre of the scene should be. One sceptic on the Bad astronomy sceptics web group has even said it is a hair??? on both the rock and ground? Now who's trying to cover things up? If you have managed to get this far and still believe this claim, then let’s actually get to what’s really going on. Have you ever scanned or photocopied something? If so, you know that any little piece of dirt, hair, dust, or whatever that gets between your original and your imaging device will show up in the copy. That is what happened in the case of the infamous “C” rock – a hair (such as an eyelash) or a small piece of lint got caught between the image and the imager when they were making copies of it. Plain and simple. In the original photograph (closeup shown below), there is no “C.” slide In western Australia during the live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing, several people saw a very unusual occurrence. One viewer, Una Ronald watched the telecast and was astonished with what she saw. The residents of Honeysuckle Creek, Australia, actually saw a different broadcast to the rest of the World. Just shortly before Armstrong stepped onto the Moons surface, a change could be seen where the picture goes from a stark black to a brighter picture. Honeysuckle Creek stayed with the picture and although the voice transmissions were broadcast from Goldstone, the actual film footage was broadcast from Australia. As Una watched Armstrong walking on the surface of the Moon she spotted a Coke bottle that was kicked in the right hand side of the picture. This was in the early hours of the morning and she phoned her friends to see if they had seen the same thing, unfortunately they had missed it but were going to watch the rebroadcast the next day. Needless to say, the footage had been edited and the offending Coke bottle had been cut out of the film. But several other viewers had seen the bottle and many articles appeared in The West Australian newspaper. Western Australia received their coverage in a different way to the rest of the World. They were the only Country where there wasn't a delay to the 'live' transmission. slide Counter Clavius researcher Peter Barrett examined surviving copies of The Western Australian dating to the time in question and failed to find any mention whatsoever of Coke bottles in the moonwalk telecast. SLIDE SO HOW DID THEY DO IT, IF THIS IS ALL FAKE? Kubrick Connection 2001 A Space Odyssey was filming in the summer of 1965 when the Apollo missions were in the midst of final planning of the missions to come. slide Filming would continue for another 2.5 years and the budget ballooned from 6 million dollars to 10.5 million. The assumption here is that some of the 205 reported special effects shots were filmed for the US Government and they paid 4.5 million for them as a cover. The moon landing would be shot by Kubrick using the movie as a disguise. Over 70 corporations and government institutions were consulted for the film- again the cover of the movie allowed for various pieces of input on how the moon landing should look. slide Also the film was crucial to preparing Americans as to how space exploration should look. It set the expectation so all the government had to do was film the landing in accordance with those expectations that they themselves set. Kubrick confessed his (forced) involvement in the moon landing hoax of Apollo 11, two decades later. He did this by making deliberate changes in Stephen King’s original novel. slide The main character in this story, named Jack (played by Jack Nicholson), represents the part of Kubrick that was forced to direct the staged moon landing. His inner creative child wanted to rebel against this scam. Jack’s son Danny represents this rebellious voice within Kubrick. slide Therefore, in the film, Jack is warned about Danny’s plan to involve an external party, namely the audience. slide In King’s novel, room 217 was the scary hotel room. Kubrick changed this number to 237, as the (in those days) commonly used distance between Luna and Terra was (about) 237,000 miles. slide At a certain moment in the film, Danny is playing in the hallway. When he stands up, the Apollo 11 on this jumper symbolically lifts off, and goes into room No. 237. This room represents the film studio where the fake moon landing was staged. His visit of this room No. 237 wounded Danny, meaning that the artist Kubrick was damaged by this Apollo 11 scam. Later on, Jack also enters room No. 237. At first Jack sees temptation, before he realizes that he was actually caught in a horror. By this shocking scene in this film, Kubrick confessed that the huge budget for making his space odyssey film seemed very sexy at the beginning, before he realized how horrifically ugly the Apollo 11 scam really was. Further on in the film, Jack’s wife discovered that Jack had been writing the same sentence over and over again, for many dozens of pages. That remarkable sentence, which only briefly appears in King’s original novel, was: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy The first three symbols of this proverb are used by Kubrick as a hidden reference to the abbreviation of the Apollo 11 project: A11. Danny wears an Apollo 11 sweater (1); Room 237 (2) represents the moon-landing stage where Kubrick supposedly worked—the moon is about 237,000 miles from Earth; the prevalence of Tang cans (3) (created for astronauts) in the hotel’s pantry; the pattern on the carpet (4) where Danny plays matches that of Launch Pad 39A, from which the Apollo rocket took off. https://youtu.be/E1NsA\_FdbHg?t=69 bathtub scene Kubrick apparently experienced directing the Apollo 11 scam as boring work. In the film, he therefor makes Jack play with a tennis ball, instead of attending to his creative (writing) work. By choosing King’s “The Shining”, Kubrick found exactly the right storyline to make his hidden confession about his involvement in the staged moon landing of Apollo 11. On top of that, the numerological “coincidences” are that the value of “Jack” is 7 (representing the control freaks), and the value of “Danny” is 22, meaning communication! SLIDE PHOTOGRAPHY FILM THE VEGAS CONNECTION AKA HOW TO PULL IT ALL OFF Once the decision to simulate all moon voyages was made, NASA and the Defense Intelligence Agency moved swftly. A code name was created : ASP (Apollo Simulation Project), and the effort was divided into the following tasks : 1. Secret top level organization and management 2. Intensive security, including counter-intelligence 3. Undercover procurement of personnel 4. Clandestine equipment design, manufacture, installation and operation 5. Coverup communications, including wiretaps and taping 6. Covert planning and special projects (Aerospace "plumbers") it was no accident that the ASP base was located 32 miles east of Mercury, Nevada. The land surrounding the base has long been controlled by the U.S. Air Force and the Atomic Energy Commission - a double threat to any Interlopers. In this view of the region it may be seen that any trespassers would show up instantly on the screens of the constantly-on TV monitors. Also, control of personnel through the few checkpoints could be accomplished with efficiency and dispatch. The Mercury ASP base was desirable from a number of security-related standpoints: Strange shipments could be delivered inside trucks marked with the dreaded "radiation" sign. Staff could come and go via the heavily guarded airfield. An elaborate warning-wave-off radioradar protection system prevented any private planes from using the field except for dire emergencies. Even then, strangers were prevented from actually seeing anything of a compromising nature. Odd noises, weird devices, excavations were permissible since no outsiders had visual or audio Coded communications could be made by regular or incredibly high frequency microwave radio. Slide Tensions could be relieved by making the less-than-one-hour trip to Las Vegas, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week, anything-goes resort boasting more than 30 large casinos. Last but far from least, a liason was established with the hidden rulers of Las Vegas, the crime organization chieftans. When needed, services could be exchanged on a mutually beneficial basis, Le., large sums of money for use of expert "button men". The Cosa Nostra staff presented no problems for ASP Security; they had centuries of practice in remaining silent. U.S.-Mafia criminal cooperation was hardly new. Mafia chieftans aided American troops. During the invasion of Sicily during WWII Staffing ASP was not as difficult as it might appear to the layman. First, everyone has a price although sometimes the price is one's life. Notwithstanding diehards, recruiting of ASP people went swingingly. People love to know secrets and they also love to have lots of money to spend. ASP provided both. Salaries of $50,000 for minor technicians were not uncommon. We have deleted the pay of higher staff personnel out of sympathy for the taxpayer who might be reading this chapter. In addition to salaries, expense accounts for "rest and relaxation" were virtually unlimited. It is interesting to note that during the build-up of ASP facilities near Mercury, income for many of the Las Vegas casinos hit new highs. Three major categories of ASP personnel existed: Top level management, including DIA and supplemental agency support. Interface personnel, many on "need to know" basis. The astronauts themselves. Recruiting of the first two categories was done on a money first, patriotism second, basis. It was eminently successful. More descretion was required in obtaining the cooperation of astronauts. Slide For these dedicated and brave men, the following arguments were used: A. The moon mission was tremendously important to the continuance of the United States as a (or THE) power in political, military, scientific and technical areas. B. Billions of dollars and several lives had been spent so far; to scratch the mission at this point (1983) would be disastrous to the administration from a public relations standpoint. NASA was in the same position as a Vegas gambler who is in too deep to quit. (NASA's self-interest was also a strong influence: it is a truism that all bureaucracies seek to expand or at least perpetuate themselves.) C. There would be no danger since the men would not exit the earth's gravitational field. D. Fame and fortune would be theirs, tarnished only slightly by the fact that the voyage would be illusionary.= E. Intimations that refusal could bring reprisals ranging from demotion to in-flight "accidents". There was no need to remind the candidated of the eight astronauts who had died accidently during the early phases of Apollo slide NOTE: Thomas R. Baron, an employee of North American Aviation, Apollo's prime contractor, submitted a 500 page report on the inadequacies of the program following the fatal fire on Pad 34. Shortly thereafter, Baron was killed when his car apparently stalled in front of a locomotive. In addition to these cogent persuasions, the men approached had lifetime histories of obedience. All were or had been in the armed forces and were accustomed to accepting assignments regardless of risk or rather, in spite of risk. Most pilots are extroverted, game-playing individuals. Thus, it was a relatively simple matter to train the astronauts to play their respective roles in the high drama of ASP. slide Once a base was established and security ineffect, the preparation of simulation equipment could begin. A complete set of the moon was built in an underground cavern at the ASP base. Every location that would be used for landings was created in exact detail. This elaborate sound stage was code named Copernicus, after one of the lunar craters. It soon earned the name "Cuss" because of problems in lighting and sound. In addition, scale models of the earth, sun, moon and other bodies were carefully built and mounted within a planetarium-like device so that they could be positioned and photographed with accuracy, repeatability and believability. The underground sound stage resembled those at a major Hollywood studio complete with overhead catwalks for lighting, camera dolly tracks and other basic filming and TV equipment. In addition, there was a plethora of special effects tools, including high intensity lighting to imitate the harsh glare of sunlight on the airless moonscape. All scenes of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM)were filmed on this set with the astronauts as "stars". There were no more problems than would appear during the filming of "Star Trek", "2001, A Space Odyssey", or "Silent Running". After all, Hollywood grips and gaffers, cameramen and directors had acquired long experience in science fiction film production. A plus for the project was the advantage of filming silent. All voices and equipment sounds were dubbed in by an elaborate sound creation and dubbing studio immediately adjacent to the moon set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSvQ80p1ks slide VISUAL PRESENTATIONS Hair-raising for the simulators but most convincing to the public were the launches. After all, if people could drive to the Cape, park and see an immense rocket lift itself off the pad, was this not the ultimate proof that a trip was, indeed, being made to the moon itself? The fact that once out of sight, the vehicle traveled a sub-orbital trajectory to the south polar sea (and jettisoned), did not diminish in any way the blazing glory of the launch to the moon. The return to the earth by the astronauts in their re-entry module was far less risky than the launch. This was true since it waseffected by dropping the module from a C-5A cargo plane. Just prior to this drop, they were picked up at a super-secret, well camouflaged island south of Hawaii. It is interesting to note that the module was always dropped out of sight of the carrier's crew. Had the simulators desired, it would have been possible to drop the module into the Pacific from a far-ranging nuclear submarine. However, the plan method was chosen since it required a smaller crew "in the know" and ease of security that evolves from a hidden air base (Tauramoto Archipelago.) They are then flown back and sent to Las Vegas to party for two days then flown to the live set to do a taping of the moon landing with kubrick (why do this live?) slide
Kubrick apparently experienced directing the Apollo 11 scam as boring work. In the film, he therefor makes Jack play with a tennis ball, instead of attending to his creative (writing) work. By choosing King’s “The Shining”, Kubrick found exactly the right storyline to make his hidden confession about his involvement in the staged moon landing of Apollo 11. On top of that, the numerological “coincidences” are that the value of “Jack” is 7 (representing the control freaks), and the value of “Danny” is 22, meaning communication! SLIDE PHOTOGRAPHY FILM THE VEGAS CONNECTION AKA HOW TO PULL IT ALL OFF Once the decision to simulate all moon voyages was made, NASA and the Defense Intelligence Agency moved swftly. A code name was created : ASP (Apollo Simulation Project), and the effort was divided into the following tasks : 1. Secret top level organization and management 2. Intensive security, including counter-intelligence 3. Undercover procurement of personnel 4. Clandestine equipment design, manufacture, installation and operation 5. Coverup communications, including wiretaps and taping 6. Covert planning and special projects (Aerospace "plumbers") SECRET TOP LEVEL ORGANIZATION & MANAGEMENT After all, as most aerospace insiders know, the Apollo project was actually a military mission to determine the feasibility of using the moon as a military base of operations against foreign powers. Furthermore, almost 75 per centof all NASA effort was basically military - not space! When the capability of controlling orbiting H-bombs became a reality, the moon became far less important to the Pentagon's planners. Who needs a moon base when it's possible to destroy any or all of the planet with bombs disguised as communications satellites that orbit the earth 24 hours a day, they reasoned. However, despite this diminishment of interest, the military was still strongly supportive of any activity that would enhance U.S. prestige worldwide. Thus, the DIA was structured to provide services to NASA, as shown in the chart. How these various departments or divisions functioned is described in the interpretive tabulation. Although more than 300,000 persons were directly involved in the building of the atomic bomb (1942-45), no significant information whatsoever reached the public. Thus was established a viable precedent for ASP. The ASP managers could not only point to the Manhattan's success in secrecy, but could use their methods. After all, in an America which has been sliding towards a police state for years (wiretaps, no-knock, civilian surveillance), it was a relatively simple matter to apply these techniques of cloak and dagger to ASP. Rigidly tight security develops Itself a perfect position. Anyone can be excluded by the principle of "need to know". Since NASA has always been 75 per cent military and certainly ASP was in this catagory, preventing anyone high or low from seeing certain hardware, data or locations, was as easy as dropping a thick curtain. Further, anyone who comprised a threat or knew too much could be taken care of In a number of interesting ways. And all of these measures were justified as being the protection of the national interests. One of the first security measures undertaken by the ASP Security Staff was the establishment of a base of operations. It was the exciting appeal of a nearby resort city. Thus, it was no accident that the ASP base was located 32 miles east of Mercury, Nevada. The land surrounding the base has long been controlled by the U.S. Air Force and the Atomic Energy Commission - a double threat to any Interlopers. In this view of the region it may be seen that any trespassers would show up instantly on the screens of the constantly-on TV monitors. Also, control of personnel through the few checkpoints could be accomplished with efficiency and dispatch. The Mercury ASP base was desirable from a number of security-related standpoints: 1. Strange shipments could be delivered inside trucks marked with the dreaded "radiation" sign. 2. Staff could come and go via the heavily guarded airfield. An elaborate warning-wave-off radioradar protection system prevented any private planes from using the field except for dire emergencies. Even then, strangers were prevented from actually seeing anything of a compromising nature. 3. Odd noises, weird devices, excavations were permissible since no outsiders had visual or audio 4. Coded communications could be made by regular or incredibly high frequency microwave radio. 5. Tensions could be relieved by making the less-than-one-hour trip to Las Vegas, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week, anything-goes resort boasting more than 30 large casinos. Last but far from least, a liason was established with the hidden rulers of Las Vegas, the crime organization chieftans. When needed, services could be exchanged on a mutually beneficial basis, Le., large sums of money for use of expert "button men". The Cosa Nostra staff presented no problems for ASP Security; they had centuries of practice in remaining silent. U.S.-Mafia criminal cooperation was hardly new. Mafia chieftans aided American troops. During the invasion of Sicily during WWII Staffing ASP was not as difficult as it might appear to the layman. First, everyone has a price although sometimes the price is one's life. Notwithstanding diehards, recruiting of ASP people went swingingly. People love to know secrets and they also love to have lots of money to spend. ASP provided both. Salaries of $50,000 for minor technicians were not uncommon. We have deleted the pay of higher staff personnel out of sympathy for the taxpayer who might be reading this chapter. In addition to salaries, expense accounts for "rest and relaxation" were virtually unlimited. It is interesting to note that during the build-up of ASP facilities near Mercury, income for many of the Las Vegas casinos hit new highs. Three major categories of ASP personnel existed: 1. Top level management, including DIA and supplemental agency support. 2. Interface personnel, many on "need to know" basis. 3. The astronauts themselves. Recruiting of the first two categories was done on a money first, patriotism second, basis. It was eminently successful. More descretion was required in obtaining the cooperation of astronauts. For these dedicated and brave men, the following arguments were used: A. The moon mission was tremendously important to the continuance of the United States as a (or THE) power in political, military, scientific and technical areas. B. Billions of dollars and several lives had been spent so far; to scratch the mission at this point (1983) would be disastrous to the administration from a public relations standpoint. NASA was in the same position as a Vegas gambler who is in too deep to quit. (NASA's self-interest was also a strong influence: it is a truism that all bureaucracies seek to expand or at least perpetuate themselves.) C. There would be no danger since the men would not exit the earth's gravitational field. D. Fame and fortune would be theirs, tarnished only slightly by the fact that the voyage would be illusionary. slide E. Intimations that refusal could bring reprisals ranging from demotion to in-flight "accidents". There was no need to remind the candidated of the eight astronauts who had died accidently during the early phases of Apollo slide NOTE: Thomas R. Baron, an employee of North American Aviation, Apollo's prime contractor, submitted a 500 page report on the inadequacies of the program following the fatal fire on Pad 34. Shortly thereafter, Baron was killed when his car apparently stalled in front of a locomotive. In addition to these cogent persuasions, the men approached had lifetime histories of obedience. All were or had been in the armed forces and were accustomed to accepting assignments regardless of risk or rather, in spite of risk. Most pilots are extroverted, game-playing individuals. Thus, it was a relatively simple matter to train the astronauts to play their respective roles in the high drama of ASP. As with most machinery, strains may develop in humans under stress. The recent breakdown of Edwin A. Aldrin, the lunar module pilot, could be an indication of second thoughts. In summary, ASP recruitment was an unqualified success. That no information has been revealed to this day is not surprising. A CIA-sponsored group known as Air America is noted for its two distinct types of alumni: The silent and the silenced. SLIDE Once a base was established and security ineffect, the preparation of simulation equipment could begin. A complete set of the moon was built in an underground cavern at the ASP base. Every location that would be used for landings was created in exact detail. This elaborate sound stage was code named Copernicus, after one of the lunar craters. It soon earned the name "Cuss" because of problems in lighting and sound. In addition, scale models of the earth, sun, moon and other bodies were carefully built and mounted within a planetarium-like device so that they could be positioned and photographed with accuracy, repeatability and believability. The underground sound stage resembled those at a major Hollywood studio complete with overhead catwalks for lighting, camera dolly tracks and other basic filming and TV equipment. In addition, there was a plethora of special effects tools, including high intensity lighting to imitate the harsh glare of sunlight on the airless moonscape. All scenes of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM)were filmed on this set with the astronauts as "stars". There were no more problems than would appear during the filming of "Star Trek", "2001, A Space Odyssey", or "Silent Running". After all, Hollywood grips and gaffers, cameramen and directors had acquired long experience in science fiction film production. A plus for the project was the advantage of filming silent. All voices and equipment sounds were dubbed in by an elaborate sound creation and dubbing studio immediately adjacent to the moon set. SPECIAL NOTE: In the film "Diamonds Are Forever", with Sean Connery playing the role of Agent 007 - James Bond, there is a curious and unexplained scene. He enters a secret research facility in the Nevada desert by ruse. Suddenly he finds himself in a large room in which there is an authentic moon landscape. Lumbering about in their clumsy space suits are two would-be astronauts. Nothing happens, the scene is not explained, and the viewer is left to ponder Its significance. Could it be...? Yes, it could! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSvQ80p1ks SIMULATION PROPULSION HARDWARE SLIDE The term "hardware" became a standard term in the aerospace Industry for anything that was not stored in a file cabinet or recorded on tape. In short, it meant anything that was manufactured: from an Automatically controlled solenoid to an IDIOT (Intermediate Digital On-Line Transducer). From the date of the decision to simulate, a modified hardware program was conducted. For example, the Saturn C-5 moon rocket assembly was built to specifications with one major modification: instead of the totally unreliable F-l engines, five booster engines of the more dependable B-l type as used in the C-l cluster for the Atlas missile were used. Although a cluster of five B-l engines produced only one-half of the output of a single F-l chamber, the power (750,000 pounds thrust) was sufficient to launch the virtually empty Apollo vehicle. If the rocket had been in its designed form it would have weighed 6,000,000 pounds, or 3000 tons fully loaded. This is the weight of a U.S. naval destroyer, further pointing out the total impracticality of the venture. However, by eliminating every apsect of the moon voyage - fuel, heavy engines, LEM vehicles, etc., the total weight of the modified, shortrange, simulated voyage Apollo was less than one-twentieth of the original, or about 150 tons. This loading was well within the capabilities of the B-l propulsion units. Also, since the originally planned two million parts were reduced to a mere 150,000 gadgets, the success of the limited mission was virtually assured. However, even C-l Atlas engines were known to explode on the pad or shortly following launch. Thus, the escape module for the astronauts was left intact and functioning. If there had been an accidental loss of thrust or other mishap, it would have been simple to have the "saved" astronauts merge from the escape module after its recovery. COVERUP COMMUNICATIONS, INCLUDING WIRETAPS AND TAPING Although the most critical element from the standpoint of press and public relations interface, simulated communications and printed data were technically the simplest to produce. 62 First, an agreement was obtained by DIA and ASP representatives working with and through the semisecret Council on Foreign Relations. This agreement being a reciprocal one that would ensure silence on any revelatory Apollo Information by major foreign powers. Russia was the only nation that had the,sophisticated tracking radar capable of foUowing Apollo and thus sabotaging the simulation. But Russia was planning extensive commercial exchange with the U.S. and intelligently recognized that they would gain no real advantage by destroying the U.S. myth . After all, their space program had always been ahead of ours and this fact was weU-established worldwide. Actually, there has never been a real problem between or among major nations where control of the masses has been a consideration, i.e., cold and hot wars to keep the masses occupied while they are being fleeced before slaughter. . The presentation of "on-scene" data was divided into these categories: 1. Visual presentations to the public or uncleared personnel. A. Launch B. Re-entry (although out of sight of carrier crews) 2. Radio transmissions during launch, trip to moon, exploration and return. 3. TV transmission from the moon. 4. Still pictures; black and white and color. VISUAL PRESENTATIONS Hair-raising for the simulators but most convincing to the public were the launches. After all, if people could drive to the Cape, park and see an immense rocket lift itself off the pad, was this not the ultimate proof that a trip was, indeed, being made to the moon itself? The fact that once out of sight, the vehicle traveled a sub-orbital trajectory to the south polar sea (and jettisoned), did not diminish in any way the blazing glory of the launch to the moon. The return to the earth by the astronauts in their re-entry module was far less risky than the launch. This was true since it waseffected by dropping the module from a C-5A cargo plane. Just prior to this drop, they were picked up at a super-secret, well camouflaged island south of Hawaii. It is interesting to note that the module was always dropped out of sight of the carrier's crew. Had the simulators desired, it would have been possible to drop the module into the Pacific from a far-ranging nuclear submarine. However, the plan method was chosen since it required a smaller crew "in the know" and ease of security that evolves from a hidden air base (Tauramoto Archipelago.) They are then flown back and sent to Las Vegas to party for two days then flown to the live set to do a taping of the moon landing with kubrick (why do this live?) Was the Apollo project, real or otherwise, simply a gadget? Was it really one of the means that the controllers use to retain their control? I think the answer to that is yes. However, it was more than just a 30 billion dollar astrophysical toy; it was a replacement for a shooting war. As Shakespeare so wisely said, "Sweet are the uses of adversity." Although the Apollo project was adverse In the sense that it did little more than give employment to many people and advance certain sectors of science, it did allow the present warfare state to maintain the economy without killing a lot of people. In that repect, the Apollo was a "good" project. But viewed from the present day of $1 per loaf of bread and 50 cents a pound of sugar, It was really only a stopgap measure; one designed to maintain control for a few more years while the controUers worked on more lasting schemes . Apollo was a part of the economic disease that now threatens to create monetary havoc not only in the U.S., but worldwide. In that sense, it was genuinely adverse, but only for a limited time. It has been obvious to many that the American standard of living could not continue forever in the midst of abysmal poverty In many other parts of the world. Even though we have been able to live affluently in a wartime of quasi-wartime economy since about 1939, it was inevitable that one day we would no longer be able to borrow to support an unreal and profligate way of life. Ultimately, the pyramid-building phase (throwing money into unproductive projects) had to come to an end. RADIO TRANSMISSIONS Of utmost simplicity, once installed and checked out, was the radio data transmitted "from" the moon vehicle. Secret, leased and well-secured telephone lines were connected to the antennae inputs of all space communications centers. These included the major tracking stations in Australia, Africa and the west coast of the United States. To accomodate amateur radio operators who might want to tune it, identical broadcasts were made from an orbiting satellite. So perfect were all of these simulations, that the momentary blackout when the module was supposed to be behind the moon was faithfully reproduced. TELEVISION BROADCASTS Unquestionable the most interesting and entertaining for all concerned (simulators and fools alike) were the scenes of astronauts gamboling about the lunar set. In addition, these delightful frolics were really elementary exercises for the stage crews. After all, decades of special effects development for the motion picture industry preceded the need for this expertise . A curious anomaly occured with respect to this phase of the simulation. The set had to be photographed through filters and electronic "noise "had to be added to avoid a too-perfect picture. Otherwise these scenes would resemble too closely the action from "Star Trek" and other science fiction presentations. Even so, many viewers in bars and country clubs all over the U.S. suspected rather loudly that the scenes were a fake. Little of this reached the newspapers. Note in this montage of photographs of the astronauts "at work" on the moon that the simulation was simplicity itself. With a totally black space background, a rough but firm moon surface and the LEM featured prominently, the reasonably authentic lunar scene was well within the capabilities of motion picture set designers and special effects experts. The range marks lend an uncanny resemblance to reality - a tribute to the painstaking work of the simulators on an unlimited budget The simulators had a choice of several expensive earth models for their "blue-green-island-in-space" photos. Again, highly developed Hollywood techniques allowed many types of pictures to lie with great believability PLANNING AND SPECIAL PROJECTS This department was charged with the overall responsibility for planning and direction of the simulation. They also undertook (an appropriate word) to cover up any errors of theirs or any other ASP group. It included such elements as: FAVORABLE PUBLICITY RELEASED THROUGH ALL MEDIA The astronauts and their families as viewed through a bottle of syrup. The success of various flights and tests, heavily colored. Advantages of space flight. Many articles were ghostwritten for such characters as Wernher von Braun and appeared in popularized science magazines. Diagrams of space trips. Photographs of lunar landing vehicles, space suits, food and drink, including a new radiator cleaning agent called Tang. Puffery for such over-fed NASA pontiffs as James E. Webb. . Another example of the work of the PASP Group. APPENDD( SCHEDULE AND CHRONOLOGY OF SIMULATED MOON FLIGHTS ITEM REMARKS CLIPPED TIMETABLE FROM EVERNOTE Once the Saturn was out of sight and until the capsule "returned", all evidence of the "flight" was in the form of electromagnetic wares. These, of course, are simple to simulate and transmit. Any or all of the four systems described below could have been employed. Others may have been used but these appear to be the most logical. LEASED PHONE CONNECTIONS The basic system was provided by direct wire connections interspersed with microwave transmissions. All were basically Bell System communications on a CIA basis : no monitors, or total "hands off*' by the lessors. At the input were, of course, the synchronized tape decks that provided the complete moon landing simulation. It should be noted that these included the response and "recommendations" of Mission Control at Houston. In other words, these tapes were not just transmissions from the moon — they included all audio and the simulated video from the moon set. Thus, Mission Control at Houston and all other communicators were speaking into essentially dead mikes. Data sent into oscilloscopes, graphic recorders and TV screens showing data displays, computor recording banks, were all from this one master tape. Again, there could be no error since all events had been meticulously recorded even to the "boo-boos", jokes and seeming improvisations of the astronauts and their counterparts on earth. Experience for this masterful presentation was derived from decades of sound track effort for both motion pictures and TV presentations of science fiction adventures. LOW FREQUENCY TRANSMITTERS Unknown to most Americans is the existence of an ultra-low frequency transmission station in a northwestern state. This facility is used to broadcast messages to submerged nuclear submarines. The radio waves sent by this station are so long they are lethal to humans if the latter are adjacent to the transmitter. This permits automatic security. Also, the receivers are of special design and few amateurs would even dream of receiving this type of broadcast. Therefore, ULF was used as a backup to the other methods of transmitting Apollo simulation data of all types . SATELLITE The most sophisticated method was microwave satellite to microwave. As a backup, a special satellite contained a tape unit that could be triggered by the ASP control station at Mercury. Thus, there was redundance to the redundancy Buzz Aldrin was a Manchurian candidate? Research into his nervous breakdown
2018.12.07 20:03 LameJames1618Respect Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (Smallville)
Clark Kent, aka Kal-El, aka Superman is Earth's greatest hero and the main protagonist of Smallville. Hailing from the planet Krypton, Clark is a super-powered alien who was raised in Smallville, Kansas. He resided there until his early adult years, when he moved to Metropolis. Born as Kal-El to Jor-El and Lara-El, Clark was sent to Earth by his parents to fulfill a destiny in which he would become the savior of humanity: he was rocketed off of the planet just minutes before its destruction. Accompanied by a massive meteor shower, his spaceship crash-landed in Miller's Field in Smallville: there, he was found by farmers Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent to which they raised him as their son, instilling in him strong moral principles and teaching him to use his abilities for good. Thanks to the yellow sun, Clark developed many Kryptonian powers that grew stronger as he got older. He learned much about his origins from Dr. Virgil Swann, a journal and an artificial intelligence version of Jor-El. Clark secretly fought crime around his hometown during his high school years and moonlit as a vigilante throughout Metropolis initially known as the Good Samaritan, then as the Red-Blue Blur, and then simply as the Blur. By day, he works as a reporter at the Daily Planet and manages his family's farm. Clark Kent's powers and abilities have grown more powerful as he's gotten older while under Earth's yellow sun. As such, when hovering over each feat, a title will indicate which season it took place in. Except for feats which don’t seem to change over time, such as kryptonite or magic vulnerability.
• Super Strength • High Durability • Super Speed • Flight • Super Hearing • Super Breath • Healing Factor • Heat Vision • X-ray vision • Multi-spectrum vision • Super Vision • Solar radiation absorption • Increased Mental Capacity and Telepathic Resistance • Longevity • Reality Warping Resistance
"No tights, no flights" is a rule created by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The rule prohibited Smallville from having Clark Kent possess the ability of flight and also from wearing his trademark Superman outfit. Which is why Clark’s flight feats are so intermittent, and why he doesn’t fully learn how to fly until the end of the show when he dons the Superman suit.
After Clark temporarily lost his sight due to an incident with kryptonite. His parents try to help him train it. It’s too much at first, but he focuses on his father whispering in room with running farm equipment, and the drop of a nail sounds like a clang of an anvil.
As a Kryptonian, he heals very quickly, especially when exposed to sunlight. Although even with that consideration, the rate he heals seems rather inconsistent throughout the show. It doesn’t seem to get more effective like his other powers and sometimes just flat out doesn't work when he's injured even when kryptonite isn't present.
• Black kryptonite, a black colored variant of kryptonite. It’s been able to “split” individuals, such as the Kryptonian monster Doomsday from Davis Bloom, and once split Lex Luthor into a good and evil half.
• Gemstone Kryptonite, a variant of kryptonite which gives Clark the ability to hypnotize people after one exposure. (Ah yes, good old superhypnotism. What is this, Silver Age comics?) Even himself, but it doesn’t work on a person more than once, and when exposed to green kryptonite it negated the order he’d given himself.
2018.09.26 07:37 Torvosaurus428Fallen Kingdom: The Best Carnosaur Adaptation Ever
I preface this by stating I don't think a lick of this was intentional, just a hilariously ironic coincidence. Carnosaur the movie came out in 1993 and was an obvious cash grab on Jurassic Park, being speedily produced when the film was announced and beating JP to the theaters by a few weeks. Carnosaur was extremely, extremely loosely based on a novel by John Brosnan (under the penname "Harry Adam Knight" [H.A.K.]). Aside from one shared scene and choice in two dinosaurs, the movie and novel have nothing to do with one another with completely different settings and characters. The novel actually is a fun, if rare read with very Ahead-Of-It's-Time dinosaurs. Some renditions like the very bird-like manner of eating the Theropods had or thunder-roll-roars of the big Tyrannosaur were vindicated in the 2010s in this 1984 novel. But, I think Carnosaur accidentally got a much more faithful rendition... Tell me, which of these situations sounds familiar?
A bunch of dinosaurs in cages at a noblemen's estate. The cast of the dinosaurs include a large Tyrannosaurid as the main big Theropod, an Ankylosaurid, a Carnosaur, a Dromaeosaurid/"Raptor", a Megalosaurid, a Ceratosaurid, a non-dinosaur who inhabits a different habitat, a juvenile Sauropod, and a secret super predator. Specifically a Deinonychus, Tyrannosaurus, and Dilophosaurus appear.
A male and female lead, after being forced away from the action, break into the estate of a rich noblemen and a break out of the animals ensue.
A raptor stalks the main characters through a museum, crashing through several displays and clawing the female lead in the leg.
A Theropod is initially shot multiple times but promptly gets back up and a bullet falls out.
All the animals are turn loose, mauling the estate staff and running off into the wilderness.
The villainous raptor is killed by dropping onto a large sharp, pointy object after a fall.
A Tyrannosaurid breaks into a zoo and confront a pride of lions in a stand off before more chaos.
The non-dinosaur break-out attacks a festive location.
A Deinonychus invades a neighborhood complex.
A Megalosaurid chases several characters through some tunnels.
The villain, who is an amoral runner of a rich estate, locks the protagonists in a cell and is later killed by one of the escaping animals, but dies last in the story.
Story ends with an open ended situation where prehistoric life could potentially run rampant in modern society and the secret of how to clone them has gotten out.
I have just described large and small plot points from both Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Carnosaur, a novel by John Brosnan from 1984 which predated Crichton's work by about half a decade. While Carnosaur was adapted into a film by New Horizons Pictures, aside from one shared scene and using two of the dinosaurs from the novel there is absolutely nothing in common between the two. Here's some clarity on the plot points brought up.
A bunch of dinosaurs in cages in a noblemen's estate. The cast of the dinosaurs include a large Tyrannosaurid as the main big theropod, an Ankylosaurid, a Carnosaur, a Dromaeosaurid/"Raptor", a Megalosaurid, a Ceratosaurid, a non-dinosaur who inhabits a different habitat, a juvenile Sauropod, and a secret super predator. Specifically a Deinonychus, Tyrannosaurus, and Dilophosaurus appear.
A Large Tyrannosaurid, Tarbosaurus (C) and Tyrannosaurus (FK)
An Ankylosaurid, Scolosaurus and Ankylosaurus
A Carnosaur, Altispinax and Allosaurus
A Dromaeosaurid, Deinonychus and Deinonychus ("Velociraptor")
A Megalosaurid, Megalosaurus and Baryonyx
A Ceratosaurid, Dilophosaurus and Carnotaurus
A non-dinosaur, Plesiosaurus and Pteranodon
A juvenile Sauropod, Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus
Secret Super predator, Tyrannosaurus and Indoraptor
A raptor stalks the main characters through a museum, crashing through several displays and clawing the female lead in the leg.
The Deinonychus chasing Pascal and Jenny through Penward's museum vs. the Indoraptor chasing Owen, Claire, and Maisie through Lockwood's museum.
A Theropod is initially shot multiple times but promptly gets back up and a bullet falls out.
In Carnosaur a Dilophosaurus is stunned by getting shot several times but quickly rises and rushes the shooter again, Indoraptor does the same thing.
A Tyrannosaurid breaks into a zoo and confront a pride of lions in a stand off before more chaos.
During the breakout, the estate it takes place in in Carnosaur has more than just dinosaurs in its private zoo. There is also many modern animals. One noteworthy scene is the Tarbosaurus kicks down the fence to a lion paddock and gets into a fight with the pride. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, Rexy breaks into a zoo and yep, goes right for the lion enclosure.
The villainous raptor is killed by dropping onto a large sharp, pointy object after a fall.
The final Deinonychus is killed in Carnosaur by pouncing down out of a fall and running into a pitchfork, whereas the Indoraptor falls through a ceiling and lands on a Triceratops skull.
The non-dinosaur break-out attacks a festive location.
A Plesiosaurus attacks a pleasure and gambling party boat, the Pteranodon invade Las Vegas.
A Deinonychus invades a neighborhood complex.
Pretty self explanatory.
A Megalosaurid chases several characters through some tunnels.
A Megalosaurus chases the protagonists through the inner tunnel system to the Penward estate in Carnosaur, a Baryonyx chases and menaces Franklin and Claire in Isla Nublar's bunker in Fallen Kingdom.
The villain, who is an amoral runner of a rich estate, locks the protagonists in a cell and is later killed by one of the escaping animals, but dies last in the story. Another villain gets torn apart by two Theropods.
Lord Penward is a sociopathic, human hating monster who tries to have Pascal and Jenny killed by his men or thrown to the carnivores. In the end he is gored by a steer and bleeds to death. Lady Penward is killed by being slowly torn apart by two young Tyrannosaurus. Mills is a sociopathic, greedy bastard who tries to have Owen and Claire killed by his men and possibly thrown to the carnivores. In the end he is torn apart by Rexy and a Carnotaurus.
Story ends with an open ended situation where prehistoric life could potentially run rampant in modern society and the secret of how to clone them has gotten out.
While most of the dinosaurs in Carnosaur are killed, it's only after they cause dozens upon dozens of fatalities and destruction. But in the end, several dinosaurs are still unaccounted for or alive and the means of how Penward cloned them is made known. While most of the dinosaurs in Fallen Kingdom die from Mt. Sibo, it's only after several dozen are taken to the mainland. Several are sold off but the rest are released into the wilds unaccounted for in Northern California and the means of how Dr. Wu made them will become widespread with they and their material's release.
Amazing Fantasy Vol. 1 #15; The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #654 (as Venom); Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Alpha (as Anti-Venom)
The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #800
Civilian Life: Despite the flashy (heh) outward exterior he presented through much of his life, Eugene "Flash" Thompson actually suffered a traumatic childhood and home life. He had an abusive, self-loathing alcoholic for a father, and his mother did nothing to protect him when his father would physically abuse him and his sister, Jesse. (Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #-1) It was this home life which led him to becoming a bully in high school, targeting students such as the shy but brilliant Peter Parker. (Amazing Fantasy Vol. 1 #15) Even his ardent fandom of up-and-coming costumed superheroes like the Human Torch, and especially Spider-Man, for whom he created one of only three fan clubs in the country while still in high school, was influenced by his home life. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #3/17/574) In fact, Flash found inspiration in Spider-Man - relating to the hardships Spider-Man faced every day. He saw Spider-Man's struggle to do the right thing despite being misunderstood and hated by the world at large as a parallel to his own story, persevering through his traumatic home life. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #574) And even in high school, Flash showed early signs of bravery - especially where his idol Spider-Man was concerned. For example, when the world thought Spider-Man was a coward for running from a fight with the Green Goblin (since his Aunt May was sick), Flash Thompson dressed up in a makeshift Spider-Man costume to fight crime and salvage Spidey's reputation, with no regard for the danger he was placing himself in. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #18) Flash was also an extremely proficient football player in high school, being awarded a scholarship to Empire State University for his athletic skills. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #29) It was at university that Flash finally grew out of his bullying ways, burying the hatchet with Peter Parker just as Flash left to join the army. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #47) Becoming a Soldier: Flash had a tumultuous time as a soldier in the Vietnam War. When he was stranded from his platoon, he had been taken in and cared for by the priest (and his daughter Sha Shan) of a secret sacred temple. However, due to the secrecy of the temple's location, the US army decided to bomb it, not heeding Flash's pleas otherwise. Despite Flash's courageous actions, he was unable to save the temple, and earned the ire of all the temple's followers, who mistakenly blamed him for the bombings. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #108/109) Once Flash got back home, this experience notably changed his behaviour, as he was wracked with guilt over what happened. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #105/106) Returning Home: As soon as Flash returned home, he had to be placed under protection with the US Government due to the angry Vietnamese people who were coming after him. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #107/108) Despite that, Flash was still kidnapped and about to be sacrificed by the priest's followers before Spider-Man and Doctor Strange saved him and revived the priest, leaving Flash finally safe and able to enjoy life as a civilian. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #108/109) With his newfound maturity came a stronger friendship with Peter Parker, as he invited Peter to stay over with him when Peter was left unexpectedly homeless. It was then that the two friends realized just how much they actually had in common. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #138) Soon, he fell in love with Sha Shan, starting a relationship with her. For a while, it seemed like Flash's life was going great! (Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #18) However, the good things couldn't last - and Flash himself was the one to mess up his newfound happiness. He cheated on Sha Shan with Betty Leeds (Peter's former girlfriend) and even hit her when she confronted him about it. This lead to her leaving him, and him earning the enmity of Ned Leeds. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #275) Flash's anger at this turn of events got him to publicly call out the Hobgoblin on live TV - but this turned out to be a very bad idea when the angry Hobgoblin got back at him by framing him and leading to his arrest. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #276) Despite the setback, Flash doesn't lose his courage. In fact, he clears his name by helping Spider-Man fight the real Hobgoblin, nearly dying in the process. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #289) Becoming a Cripple: Soon after, Flash decided to rejoin the army, this time to fight as a soldier in the Iraq War. As usual, his courage was on full display, as he helped save his platoon from an ambush - however, this act of heroism took a heavy toll, despite earning him a Medal of Honor. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #574) His actions cost him his legs, leaving him crippled. Initially, Flash took this in his stride, making huge strides towards progress. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #591) He entered into competitions and won them, while also getting back together with Betty. But things got worse from there. Flash soon began going through the five stages of grief backwards, getting more and more unstable. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #622) However, life started looking up for him once he recovered. In fact, he even managed to reconnect with both Sha Shan and his father, who had become sober. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #622) Despite all his hardships and mistakes, Flash Thompson had truly shown he was a hero at heart. But he was soon to become so much more... Symbiotic Soldier: Having a regular life just wasn't good enough for Flash. He soon volunteered for the experimental Project Rebirth 2.0, the US military's effort to create a more effective Captain America for the modern era. (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #654) This involved using the Venom symbiote (along with copious countermeasures) to empower Flash into a super soldier. And Flash, a patriot at heart, was truly proud to serve his country. (Venom Vol. 2 #1) However, when Captain America learned about this unsanctioned operation to replicate his success, he came to shut it down. This was when Flash went AWOL, stealing the symbiote. He rationalized it by saying he needed it to save his family, who were being threatened, but he also feared losing the power and connection with the symbiote. (Venom Vol. 2 #10) Realizing the danger this put his family through, Flash made the sacrifice of breaking up with Betty. (Venom Vol. 2 #12/13) Through all this turmoil, Flash continued to be a hero - even teaming up with people like Red Hulk to save Las Vegas from a demon invasion. His heroic efforts were rewarded by Captain America's official recognition and a spot on the Secret Avengers. (Venom Vol. 2 #14/15) His heroic activities even earned him a sidekick of sorts in Mania, a teenage girl called Andi who was in the gym class he taught. When Jack O'Lantern attacked Andi and her father, Flash was forced to give her a piece of the symbiote to save her life - but it did a lot more than that, turning her into a bona-fide superhero. (Venom Vol. 2 #32/38) Flash's status as a hero continued to grow, as he received a special assignment from Tony Stark to go to space and join the Guardians of the Galaxy. (Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD 2014) This was when Flash had the chance to visit the symbiote homeworld, and learn about the origins of the symbiote (now revealed to be a member of the Klyntar species). He also received new powers and abilities, as well as a complete cleanse of his body, in preparation to be an Agent of the Cosmos and a force for good around the galaxy. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 #23) But this wouldn't last long. Due to the Earth conflict known as Civil War II, Flash and the rest of the Guardians returned to Earth to help Carol Danvers. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4 #12; Venom: Space Knight #11) While on Earth, Flash caught up with his protege, Mania, and realized he had neglected his duties as her mentor. As such, he formally decided to stay on Earth, quitting his job as Guardian of the Galaxy and Agent of the Cosmos. (Venom: Space Knight #13) A Hero's Goodbye: But things all went wrong during a routine patrol session. Flash was ambushed by a secret agent with high tech armor and sonic weapons, and was forcibly separated from Venom. In the scuffle, the symbiote was lost, and Flash could no longer find his partner. (Venom #150) By the time Flash eventually tracked Venom down, it was bonded to its old host - Eddie Brock. In a fight to reclaim the symbiote, Spider-Man interfered, resulting in Flash becoming Anti-Venom. This blocked Flash from bonding with his partner, so he was eventually forced to give up the symbiote - though he ended up approving of Eddie's partnership with the symbiote and continuing to do good as Anti-Venom. (Amazing Spider-Man & Venom: Venom Inc.; The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #796) This development didn't last long. When Norman Osborn came back into the fold as a villain, wielding the Carnage symbiote and knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity, Flash's powers made him one of the few who could foil Osborn's plans. And that's exactly what he did, figuring out Spider-Man's secret identity on his own and then spending his own powers to cure everyone Osborn infected with the Carnage symbiote. However, this left him depleted, and it was in that moment of weakness that Osborn struck the fatal blow. Flash Thompson was dead. But he hadn't just died a hero - with his last words, he helped Spider-Man get his old symbiote under control, ensuring Osborn's eventual defeat. He had died as his hero's own hero. And what more could such a huge Spider-Man fan have asked for? (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #800)
Powers & Abilities Overview:
I'll mainly stick to Flash's time as Venom for his powers and feats, since that's where most of his notable feats are from.
In addition to a couple more exotic powers, the symbiote also grants Flash some pretty cookie cutter powers by increasing pretty much all of his physical attributes. I'll post a couple feats to showcase the relative "tier" Flash occupies with each of those stats. Strength:
Spectacular Spider-Man Minus 1 (Flashback issue regarding Flash's childhood.)
Amazing Fantasy #15 (First appearance; a comic classic.)
Amazing Spider-Man #108-109 (Flash's return home from the Vietnam War.)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #12-15 (Flash's first chance to be a hero on-panel, by saving Sha Shan.)
Amazing Spider-Man #574 (Basically the starting point for all his modern stories.)
Amazing Spider-Man #622 (Flash coming to grips with losing his legs.)
Amazing Spider-Man #654 (Flash becomes Venom.)
Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 (Flash's first mission.)
Venom Vol. 2 #1-10 (The intro to Flash as Venom and why he does what he does. It's very well written in general.)
Venom Vol. 2 #17-22 (Climactic event tying together story threads from many past issues. It's a great event.)
Venom Vol. 2 #38-42 (Flash's original story comes to a close.)
Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD 2014 (Joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.)
Venom: Space Knight #1-13 (Fun adventures in space with Flash and a few friends he picks up along the way.)
Amazing Spider-Man #796-800 (Flash showing his heroic chops without the Venom symbiote, before he gets killed.)
My full reading order for Flash Thompson since he gained the Venom symbiote can be found here.
Why He's Great:
Unlike most characters, Flash has gone through a lot of character development which has actually stuck. From being an irredeemable bully to an abusive boyfriend to a war hero and intergalactic champion, the character has evolved over time, instead of being stuck in that cycle which most popular comic characters are beholden to - the dreaded status quo. This is part of the reason I find Flash to be a much more relatable character than the likes of Peter Parker, for example. Flash is literally just a regular person, from being a football junkie to being a Spider-Man fanboy. When he faces hardships, he doesn't always manage to rise above them. He falls, and falls hard - whether it's being unable to hold Venom back from brutally murdering someone or just sinking back into his drinking habit. He doesn't even manage to always pick himself back up. But despite all that, he always tries to follow in the footsteps of his hero. He's so inspirational to me because he gives an example of what a regular person can do with enough motivation, determination, and the right mentors. He shows that you don't need to be some sort of moral paragon, have unnatural levels of willpower, or an unhealthy guilt complex to do the right thing. Anyone can be a hero - and that includes all of us.
2018.07.21 04:00 autotldrGrandfather arrested after 4-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old cousin to death in San Bernardino County
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 75%. (I'm a bot)
A grandfather of a slain 2-year-old girl was arrested Friday, July 20, after a 4-year-old boy who discovered a gun in their Muscoy home accidentally shot his cousin to death, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. The boy found the gun and fired a single shot, striking the girl. Another neighbor, Danitra Lewis, 56, lives with two grandchildren - a 9-year-old and a 15-year-old - and said she could not understand how a boy as young as 4 could be left alone long enough to find a gun. Children up to 12 years old who died from gunshot wounds were 10 times more likely than children ages 13 to17 to die from accidental or undetermined intent shootings, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The father of a 4-year-old Tennessee boy who fatally shot himself in the head was charged, as were the parents of a 4-year-old in Las Vegas who died after accidentally shooting himself. No charges were filed against the parents of an 11-month-old boy shot to death by his 2-year-old brother in Alabama.
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2018.06.25 10:09 WittyFunnyUsernameRebooking Every WWE PPV from WrestleMania I to WrestleMania 35- Party Seventy-Nine (Long)
No Mercy 2017 (Raw) Pre-Show: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs Titus Worldwide (Akira Tozawa & Apollo Crews w/ Titus O'Neil) (12:43) (Not much story here. Just both these teams want future shots at the tag titles.) Main Show: United States Championship-No Disqualification Match: Elias Samson vs Finn Balor (c) (17:23) (After SummerSlam, Elias says that he didn't lose to Finn Balor, he lost to The Demon. He challenges Finn to another match where he faces Finn the man, not The Demon. Finn accepts. The next week, Elias attacks Finn with his guitar again which prompts Finn to make the challenge for a No Disqualification Match.) Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick vs Mustafa Ali & Austin Aries (11:54) (Jack Gallagher turns heel by attacking Mustafa Ali after a Six Man Tag Team Match against Tony Nese, TJ Perkins, and The Brian Kendrick. After attacking Mustafa, he shakes hands with Kendrick and a new alliance is born. In this match, Kendrick pulls out an old classic to hit Aries with Sliced Bread No. 2 after Mustafa accidentally kicks Aries in the face. After the match, Aries attacks Mustafa and locks him in the Last Chancery.) Raw Women's Championship-Fatal-5-Way Match: Bayley vs Emma vs Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss (9:40) (Not much story here. Just all five women wanting to be Raw Women's Champion. Bayley returns from her injury and is added to the match. Sasha and Bayley tease a feud pretty heavy in this match.) Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (c) (Double Count Out) (15:55) (The Bar invoke their rematch clause. They say that Ambrose & Rollins got lucky and snuck away with a win but that won't happen again. Ambrose & Rollins say that The Bar simply aren't as good as they thought they were and ran their mouth too much. This match ends in double count out when all four men brawl into the crowd. The brawl ends when The Bar gets the upper hand and lays out the former Shield mates.) Cruiserweight Championship: Enzo Amore vs Neville (c) (10:40) (Enzo Amore shows up on 205 Live after the feud with Big Cass ends in Cass' injury. Neville is annoyed by Enzo's very existence and the fact that Enzo gets a championship match. Enzo says that he is what 205 Live needed. Enzo wins when he low blows Neville and rolls him up.) Universal Championship: John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman (c) (19:24) (John Cena shows up on Raw after SummerSlam and immediately stakes his claim for a shot at the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns interrupts Cena and says that Cena hasn't earned a damn thing to get a match for the Universal Championship. Braun Strowman declares he has no problem facing both men and destroying them both.) Hell in a Cell 2017 (SmackDown) Pre-Show: The Hype Bros vs American Alpha (9:02) (Not much story, just these two teams wanting to get momentum in the tag division. After the match, Mojo looks really upset.) Erick Rowan vs Luke Harper (9:00) (On an episode of SmackDown, Rowan attacks Harper. Rowan simply repeats the two phrases, "Betrayal" and "Traitor" when asked why. Harper says that he hopes possibly he can snap Rowan from Bray's spell.) Main Show: SmackDown Tag Team Championship-Tag Team Hell in a Cell Match: The New Day (Xavier Woods & Big E w/ Kofi Kingston) vs The Usos (c) (22:00) (The New Day throws down the challenge for this match. They say that they know themselves and The Usos are the elite teams on SmackDown and it's time to finally see who really is the best. The Usos accept, eager to show they are better than The New Day. After the match, the two teams shake hands.) Rusev vs Randy Orton (11:40) (Rusev defeats Randy Orton in a SummerSlam rematch. The next week, he declares Rusev Day and has Aiden English sing a song for him. Orton interrupts Rusev day to deliver an RKO to English which prompts Rusev to make the challenge for the rematch.) Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura (c) (23:11) (The night after SummerSlam, Kevin Owens invokes his rematch clause for a match with Shinsuke for the Intercontinental Championship. After a twenty-four minute match that main events the show, Shinsuke is celebrating when Bobby Roode comes from the crowd and attacks Shinsuke; planting him in the center of the ring with the Glorious DDT. The next week, Shinsuke says he'll put his newly won title up for grabs in a match against Roode and Roode happily accepts this match.) SmackDown Women's Championship: Charlotte vs Natalya (c) (By Disqualification) (12:15) (Natalya defeats Naomi in Las Vegas in Naomi's rematch. The next week, Charlotte defeats Becky Lynch and Naomi to become number one contender. Charlotte says she finally has another chance to be SmackDown Women's Champion and she won't let it slip through her fingers. Natalya says that she'll prove once and for all that the Harts are better than the Flairs. This match ends when Natalya attacks Charlotte with a chair.) WWE Championship-Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match: Bray Wyatt vs AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin (c) (22:55) (Both Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles invoke their rematch clauses. Bray Wyatt does so by interrupting a match between AJ Styles and Baron Corbin for the title on SmackDown. He says that he feels empty without his title now. AJ says that he has worked harder than anyone and wants the title to show for it. Corbin says none of the "little guys" or "bearded freaks" on SmackDown can touch him.) Dolph Ziggler vs Tye Dillinger (10:22) (Tye Dillinger and Dolph Ziggler are put in a Triple Threat Match with Bobby Roode to determine a number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship which Roode wins by pinning Dillinger. After the match, Ziggler attacks Dillinger and blames him for the loss. That leads to this match.) Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell Match: Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens (39:00) (Kevin Owens blames Shane McMahon for all his misfortunes since coming to SmackDown Live. He says that since day one Shane has had a vendetta against him. He goads Shane into attacking him then threaten to sue, which brings out Mr. McMahon. Vinnie tells Owens that he never loses in court, and Owens offers his legal rebuttal with a head butt that opens Vince up and follows with a Frog Splash. This event leads to Shane challenging Owens to this match. The match ends when Shane tries to elbow drop Owens, who is lying on the announcer's desk, from the top of the cell but misses when Sami Zayn pulls Owens out of the way before laying him over Shane for the win.) TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2017 (Raw) Pre-Show: Emma vs Sasha Banks (12:04) (In the Fatal-5-Way Match at No Mercy, Sasha takes Emma out of the equation by locking her in the Bank Statement at the top of the ramp. The following night, Emma attacks Sasha during a match Sasha is having with Alexa Bliss. Thus this match is made.) Main Show: Alicia Fox vs Asuka (3:11) (Not much story. Alicia convinces Kurt Angle to allow her to be the first one to face Asuka.) Cruiserweight Championship-Triple Threat Ladder Match: Kalisto vs Neville vs Enzo Amore (c) (16:44) (Neville invokes his rematch clause, even though he beats the hell out of Enzo when Enzo has a contract from Kurt that says no one from 205 Live can touch him. Kalisto is put into the equation when he defeats Enzo on 205 Live. This was supposed to be a regular match but an incident with another match on this card causes Kurt Angle to tell Enzo on the Pre-Show that this match is a Ladder Match.) Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide vs Elias Samson (12:09) (On an episode of Raw, Apollo defeats Elias by roll-up which prompts Elias to attack him with his guitar the next week. Titus O'Neil makes this match. He says that it's a good chance for Apollo to prove himself.) Raw Women's Championship-Chairs Match: Alexa Bliss vs Bayley (c) (11:09) (Alexa Bliss invokes her rematch clause. She says that if it were a fair one-on-one match, Bayley would have never left No Mercy with the Raw Women's Championship. Bayley responds by saying that if she had been healthy at SummerSlam, Alexa would never have arrived at No Mercy with the title. After this match, Bayley is celebrating when Sasha Banks attacks her from behind and locks her in the Bank Statement before holding up the Raw Women's Championsip.) AJ Styles vs Finn Balor (18:20) (Originally scheduled to be Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor in a Ladder Match for the United States Championship, Roman comes down with a case of the bloody flux and has to be pulled from the show so Kurt Angle gets a favor from Daniel Bryan to have this match made. After the match, Finn and AJ give each other the Too Sweet. The Roman vs Finn match happens on an episode of Raw.) Mustafa Ali vs Austin Aries (11:17) (Mustafa feels betrayed by Aries so challenges him to this match. Aries says that he thought Mustafa could have been something big but just doesn't have "it." Ali wins with a lucky roll-up. After the match, Aries brutally attacks Ali with a chair which leads to a blow-off No DQ Match on 205 Live.) Universal Championship-Tables Match: Big Show vs Braun Strowman (c) (10:01) (Big Show shows up on Raw and challenges Strowman to a match. He nearly beats Strowman but Strowman leaves. This causes Kurt Angle to give Big Show this match for the Universal Championship. Strowman says he'll put Big Show away for good and be the only giant in WWE. Big Show says he'll be on top one more time. After this match, Big Show goes off to have hip surgery.) Raw Tag Team Championship-Tag Team TLC Match: The Bar vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (c) (26:31) (After the non-finish at No Mercy, The Bar demand another match with Ambrose & Rollins. Ambrose & Rollins are happy to oblige, wanting to may The Bar pay for the beat down at No Mercy. Ambrose & Rollins make the challenge to have the match be a TLC Match and The Bar accept.) NXT TakeOver: WarGames Kassius Ohno vs Lars Sullivan (5:11) (Not much story. Just a big man match to start the show off.) Velveteen Dream vs Aleister Black (14:37) (This match is all about Velveteen Dream wanting Aleister Black to say his name. Aleister says he doesn't respect Velveteen Dream and only calls him by Patrick. After the match, Aleister calls him Velveteen Dream.) NXT Women's Championship-Fatal-4-Way Match: Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay vs Kairi Sane vs Nikki Cross vs Ember Moon (9:52) (After Asuka relinquishes the NXT Women's Championship, William Regal puts these four women into this match to crown a new NXT Women's Champion. Peyton Royce wins with the help of Billie Kay.) NXT Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega vs Drew McIntyre (c) (14:52) (After another win over Johnny Gargano, Zelina Vega stakes Andrade's claim for the NXT Championship. She proceeds to officially challenge Drew McIntyre and Drew accepts. Andrade says that everything he's trained for has led him to this moment while Drew says that he wants to continue to blaze his new trail in NXT. After this, Drew is put on the shelf injured.) WarGames Match: The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong w/ Paul Ellering vs Sanity vs The Undisputed Era (36:37) (After being attacked by The Undisputed Era in Brooklyn, Sanity declares war on the new trio. Meanwhile, The Authors of Pain return and attack The Undisputed Era and form an uneasy alliance with Roderick Strong because they all three hate The Undisputed Era. William Regal makes this match, much to the chagrin of The Undisputed Era.) Survivor Series 2017 Pre-Show: Cruiserweight Championship: Kalisto vs Enzo Amore (c) (8:45) (Kalisto defeats Mustafa Ali to become number one contender for this match. Enzo says that Kalisto hides behind a mask because he knows his ugly mug isn't made for TV. Kalisto says he'll shut Enzo up for good.) American Alpha vs Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens (12:04) (On the go home episode of SmackDown for this show, American Alpha confront Zayn & Owens and call them whiners who think everything should be handed to them which leads to this match being made. After the match, Gable tries to help Jordan up but Jordan shoves him away and leaves.) Matt Hardy vs Elias Samson (7:02) (Not much story. This match is made after Matt Hardy stops Elias from attacking Goldust on Raw. After this match, Matt is sitting in the corner screaming "Delete" and making a swiping motion with his hand. He continues this until he is forcefully removed by security.) Main Show: Survivor Series Tag Team Match: Team SmackDown (Lana, Tamina, Carmella, Naomi, & Becky Lynch) vs Team Raw (Alexa Bliss, Emma, Mickie James, Nia Jax, & Asuka) (18:35) (Not much story here, just brand warfare. Asuka is the sole survivor of her team.) The Usos vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (22:04) (Once again, not much story. Just brand warfare.) Raw Women's Championship: Sasha Banks vs Bayley (c) (16:49) (Sasha Banks says that everyone is calling her a backstabber and a bad friend, but the truth is she loved Bayley like a sister but Bayley let her ego get ahead of her. She says that when Bayley got injured she was the one who stood up for her but Bayley's never done anything like that for her. Bayley says that Sasha makes up scenarios like this in her head to justify her being a terrible person.) SmackDown Women's Championship: Charlotte vs Natalya (c) (13:00) (Charlotte finally gets a one-on-one rematch with Natalya. Daniel Bryan declares that if Natalya gets herself disqualified she'll be stripped of the title. Natalya says she doesn't need a chair to beat Charlotte. Charlotte promises to finally reach the top of SmackDown.) SmackDown Women's Championship-Money in the Bank Cash In: Carmella vs Charlotte (c) (0:36) (Charlotte is in the ring celebrating when Carmella comes from the crowd and nails her with the briefcase. She hits a Superkick for the win to claim her first championship in WWE.) WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin (c) (18:43) (AJ Styles defeats Randy Orton to become number one contender for the WWE Championship. He says now that he finally has a chance to face Corbin one-on-one he'll walk out of Survivor Series the new WWE Champion. Baron Corbin says he'll make all of AJ Styles' years of hard work obsolete when he embarrasses him.) Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs Braun Strowman (c) (9:11) (Brock Lesnar shows up on Raw after Braun has a match with Finn Balor and levels Braun with a massive F5. The next week, Paul Heyman officially announces that Brock Lesnar is invoking his rematch clause. Braun says that he's beaten Brock down once and he'll do it again.) Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team SmackDown (Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, & Shane McMahon) vs Team Raw (Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Triple H, & Kurt Angle) (36:20) (This match is booked wildly different. The first eliminated is Roman Reigns by Bray Wyatt. The final three for SmackDown come down to be Randy Orton, Shane McMahon, and Shinsuke Nakamura while for Raw it's Finn Balor, Triple H, and Kurt Angle. Triple H turns on Kurt Angle and levels him with a Pedigree which allows Randy Orton to pin him. Then, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens show up and attack Shane McMahon then Orton when Orton tries to break it up which allows Triple H to pin Shane and Orton. Then, Nakamura nails Triple H with a Kinsasha. Balor and Nakamura then have a mini-match that ends when Balor nails Nakamura with the Coup de Grace for the win.) Clash of Champions 2017 (SmackDown) Pre-Show: Zack Ryder vs Mojo Rawley (9:14) (Mojo Rawley turns on Ryder after a loss to Rusev and Aiden English. He says that Ryder held him back and Ryder says that without him Mojo would have never made it to SmackDown.) Main Show: Last Man Standing Match: Luke Harper vs Bray Wyatt w/ Erick Rowan (16:53) (After Survivor Series, Luke Harper has a run-in with Bray Wyatt that ends in Rowan and Wyatt attacking Harper. Harper says that he has to finally rid himself of his demons and challenges Wyatt to one more match. Wyatt accepts, on the one condition that it's a Last Man Standing Match so he can make Harper truly pay.) SmackDown Women's Championship-Triple Threat Match: Natalya vs Charlotte vs Carmella (c) (11:04) (Both Natalya and Charlotte invoke their rematch clause. They put their differences aside for the common goal of getting the title off Carmella, until the actual match where they quickly turn on each other which allows Carmella to roll Natalya up and sneak off with a win.) Intercontinental Championship: Tye Dillinger vs Bobby Roode (c) (14:23) (Tye Dillinger defeats Dolph Ziggler and Jinder Mahal to get this match. He says that he will finally win a Championship in WWE and it will be at the expense of the most egotistical man on SmackDown. Roode says that every single time he's stepped in the ring with Tye Dillinger, it always ended the same...with Tye Dillinger looking up at the lights.) SmackDown Tag Team Championship-Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Match: The Fashion Police vs Aiden English & Rusev vs The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods) vs The Usos (c) (12:54) (Not much story here. Just all four teams wanting to be the best team on SmackDown.) Tag Team Match with Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon as the Special Guest Referees: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura (21:37) (I know, this stipulation was ridiculous but I thought it actually resulted in a pretty fun match so I'm keeping it. Randy Orton wants to get his hands on Zayn and Owens for costing him the match at Survivor Series and recruits Nakamura to help him. Shane McMahon announces himself as the referee when he makes the match. On the go home show, Bryan makes himself a referee after it appears that Shane will screw Zayn and Owens. After a disagreement with Shane, Bryan fast counts a roll up Zayn has on Orton to give Zayn and Owens the win.) Jason Jordan vs Chad Gable (10:04) (After Survivor Series, Jason Jordan tells Chad Gable that he is tired of spinning gears and wants American Alpha to actually get somewhere. Gable says they can do that together but Jordan says he isn't sure. After a match where they lose to The Usos, Jordan and Gable get in a shoving match that leads to a scuffle. Gable goes to Daniel Bryan and has this match made. After the match, Gable extends his hand to Jordan but Jordan hugs him instead and the two men walk out together.) WWE Championship: Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles (c) (22:09) (Baron Corbin invokes his rematch clause. He says that AJ Styles got lucky and snuck his way to a win at Survivor Series but that won't happen twice. He says that he'll send AJ back to Japan. AJ says that now that he has the WWE Championship, he won't let it go. He says he'll beat Corbin and anything else put in front of him.) Thanks for reading! I'll be back tomorrow with part eighty (which was supposed to be the end of this series originally) which will cover the first Women's Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber matches, John Cena's journey to WrestleMania, and the rise of El Idolo!
2018.06.22 09:04 DSynergy29th with Esper Gifts at the Las Vegas GP: a report and walkthrough
Hello all...this is my first reddit post so I hope it is a valuable one for people. It is long so feel free to skim. Edit: The report is meant to be mostly tongue in cheek, which unfortunately my shitty sense of humor did not convey well based upon some of the comments. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I played as well as I could just like my opponents did considering how long and grueling each day was, especially with the technical difficulties CFB experienced. Overall, my opponents were very personable and the matches were solid and interesting. Anyway, I've made some updates and removed the names of opponents. About Me I am a software engineer from Colorado, a world-traveler (36 countries and counting), dachshund lover, and a semi-competitive mtg player. I recently did very well with a brew of mine in Las Vegas and have had a pretty insane amount of interest in the deck from that, likely because of how unique it is. I even saw that Gabriel Nassif tried playing (a severely butchered version without gifts) today on MO. Background As my avid fan knows, Grixis faeries is my deck of choice and it has treated me well over the last few years for the most part. Sadly though, the recent meta-shifts have been bad for the sick-ass fully altered killer tier 3 beast, leaving me scrambling to find a suitable choice for the massive Las Vegas Grand Prix. I ended up dusting off an old favorite brew that I would play occasionally when I felt like saying 'no' a lot: Esper Gifts, a toolbox hard control deck, which was born from old mystical teachings extended lists I used to play. (Remember that format extended? Back when things were pure and good oh so long ago?) Anyway, I had some minor success with a much clunkier and shittier version back in 2014: https://mtgdecks.net/Modern/esper-control-decklist-by-dustin-gault-74497 but things have of course changed dramatically so updates where in order. Got to keep that spice level up though boo or it wouldn't be my deck. This is the list I piloted - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1152998#paper: a streamlined pile of answers, value, Elesh Norn, and spice. I'll talk more about the list and the deck after the report. Feel free to skip ahead to Appendix B2cii. In any case, I played well and the deck was running hot: I ended up going 12-3 finishing 29th out of 2800 people. It has always been a seemingly unattainable life goal of mine to top-8 a grand prix with a brew and fucking a, holy shit, I almost fucking did. 1 more win or that 2nd bye even would have put me 13-2, making top-8 and getting an invite to the ProTour. Panties can drop now ladies. #NerdLife Anyway, let's do it: my tournament report for Las Vegas with Esper Gifts (Gault Gifts if you will?! Eh? Eh?) ------------------------- Let's get to the report I might have gotten a little carried away so forgive me if this is a bit lengthy. This is completely from memory as I was too focused on the each match to take notes. My grand prix tactic that I have had the most success with is to purely focus on winning the single game that I am playing at that current moment: nothing else matters. 0-0 Round 1: Bye 1-0 Round 2: 2-0: Bant Value CoCo G1 Path and snappy hold off early until I land t4 Jace t5 Teferi: a control player's wet dream. No coming back from the value and tempo of bouncing, burying and brainstorming. Attacking with tarpit and then untapping 2 lands with teferi is fucking dirty. Very glad I acquiesced at the last minute and increased Teferi to 2. G2 He drops early voice and courser but I have a wrath in my opener and use my t2 search for azcanta to ensure land drops. Easy street. However, he taps for blue in response to my wrath on t4 with a hierarch, and alarms bells start ringing: I saw no blue at all G1. He drops a negate and suddenly I am in serious trouble. I tank when my search reveals gifts next turn and do some math. I choose to keep it, drop a fetch and pass back immediately. I end up going to 2 his next turn as he drops a 2nd voice. I crack my fetch to go to 1 life and eot gifts for elesh norn and unburial rites giving him 2 tokens, which I know will be irrelvant. I untap, cast elesh, and then path his courser in response to the other 2x voice triggers completely wiping his board and stabilizing at 1 2-0 Round 3: 2-1 Boggles G1: He gets a t1 boggle and t2 rancor and ethereal armor on said boggle and I get completely run over, blankly staring at my push, path, and snappy in hand. Bro, why you got to do a thing G2: Epser charm shines by sniping his important auras at attack phase and I am able to actually trade with a snappy. Snapcaster the esper charm on drawstep for discard leaves him hellbent and annoyed. Snap and shambling beats end it. G3: He gets t2 t3 auramancer and starts drawing a bunch of cards but he overextends and I wrath t4. He can't find a third land and my multiple cryptics hold him off until the Gravy Train comes in with his 2 zombie buddies. Game over man 3-0 Round 4: 2-0 Affinity I have the goods with push, path, snappys early. T4 sweeper g1 and t4 gifts for elesh ends the match in less than 10 mins. He bitches about how lucky it was that I saw my 1-of sweeper, which I respond with a solid blink. 4-0 Round 5 at table 3: 2-0 Jeskai Jeskai is one of my best matchups so I am happy to see the colonnade and sulfur falls. They get bolts, I get discard and instant speed card draw. They get colonnade, I get a goddamn grave titan. G1: I t4 gifts eot to bait a counter for t5 teferi, followed up by lingering souls to protect him. He can never kill T$ and he is buried.G2: Esper charm discard, thoughtseize snap thoughtseize, and an active azcanta grind him out, even though he gets to resolve a solid secure the wastes 5-0 Round 6: 2-1 Affinity G1: He drops multiple signal pests and an overseer early on the play. I end up disallowing a steel overseer trigger on attacks on t3 so that I can go to 7 instead of 4. This seemingly janky play turns out to be crucial as he responds with a galv blast to my wrath on t4 putting me at 3. He still has red mana, so I play cautiously passing back and forth for multiple turns. I eventually draw a thoughtseize and decide to go to 1 to see what he is sandbagging. He responds with a galv blast for lethal, which I cryptic. I wait until I have enough mana to be able to grave titan + cryptic backup and the game is over quickly G2: t2 rest in peace makes my logic knot and snappys look silly in my hand. I can't find any gas and get wrecked by an unanswered etched champion with counters on it G3: The game goes long and he gets an aethergrid online. He is at 20 and I am below 5. I eventually get to a spot of being able to cryptic tap his team and bounce his grid and then esper charm destroy it when he replays it. I drop a baneslayer and he can't kill me in time before those life totals switch places. 6-0 Round 7: 2-1 Tron G1: She sat down and noticed her deck was missing...thankfully it was at her old table and was found quickly. The game went long but she resolved a relic t1, which kept the value down. Her later resolved Karn did too much work exiling all my dual lands for me to keep up forever. G2: T2 Stony silence slows her down, field keeps her off tron. T6 Grave titan, t7 Elesh is 20 with earlier played snap G3: I mull to a 6 with stony silence again. She gets stuck on 4 non-tron no green lands for too long with a board full of stars and spheres. Jace is able to keep bouncing a TKS. I finally get to a comfortable enough point to attack with tarpit and vent with cryptics for protection. 7-0 Round 8: 2-1 Elves G1: He keeps a 1 lander with a heritage druid, which I push on sight. He passes back to me with only 1 land and I use my esper charms to make sure I always have cryptics or answers when he finally draws mana. I make sure to not show him gifts or elesh G2: He keeps another 1 lander, but is rewarded with 2nd land on t2. He plays the green 1 drop enchantment that draws him a card when his creatures are targeted t1. I get stuck on 3 lands for the rest of the game and he beats down with 3x nettle sentinel, while my hand rots with 4 drops G3: He keeps a third 1 lander, again plays the 1 drop enchantment and stumbles 1 turn on land. I sculpt my hand until I have a cryptic, a wrath and a gifts. I eventually let him go off until he tries to resolve a coco with ezuri on board. Cryptic, then wrath cleans things up. Next turn elesh is unbeatable I end up undefeated Day 1...I know that Day 2 will be much harder 8-0: Round 9: 1-2 Humans G1: We get deck checked. I shuffle a lot but not enough and get mana-fucked G1, stuck on plains and field of ruin for the 5 turns it takes for him to finish it. I needed to mull and didn't and got burned hard G2: It goes long...I get to gifts for elesh norn, but he is able to dire fleet daredevil the unburial rites out of my yard before I can resolve it. He takes a wrath early with a freebooter. I desperately use my cryptics to tap-draw until I get to resolve 1st lingering souls to stall, then baneslayer, which I wait to play until I can cut him off 3 lands with a field of ruin (I can tell he has a reflector mage in hand the way he is playing). Eventually I get to 8 lands and Jace bounce his guy and wrath a 10 creature board away. He never recovers. If he didn't tick his vial up to 4, he wins with that reflector mage turns earlier G3: I have a push push path wrath hand...he drops champion t1 thalia t2, which I push his champion in response. He drops a t3 mantis rider, which I choose to crack a fetch and push. I pass back again and he attacks with thalia, I attempt to path and he resto blinks. I should have pathed on upkeep and walked into it. I eventually get to draw enough mana to d sphere a meddling mage naming wrath of god then wipe his board at 2 life. My opponent top-decks a mantis rider and I die in turns. Shit happens. gg. 8-1: Round 10 feature match: 0-2 Burn G1: This is the low-point of the tournament. I played out the wrong land on t5 game 1, which lead me to not be able to attack with shambling vent with negate backup the next turn without shocking. I know he has multiple skullcracks from my Peek info. I get burned out on t6. G2: I keep a somewhat questionable 7 on the play with 2 snappys, a logic knot and a grave titan. I get punished by drawing 3 running lands. He plays t2 eidolon which I try to snap block and he makes it indestructable. I then snap block again on t3 to kill it. I still have no action. I get a geist on t5, but he 3x burns me from 9. I likely should have mulled...maybe I value snappys too much. 8-2: Round 11: 2-1 Humans G1: He has a slightly slow start and teferi and jace on the board together with cryptics bury him G2: He gets t1 champion, t2 champion champion, t3 thalias lieutenant. Dead G3: Lingering souls holds off his attacks until unburial rites, elesh makes them all 3/3 fliers. The match reminds me that humans is slightly favorable for me 9-2: Round 12: 0-2 Bant Value CoCo G1: He accidentally flips a path during shuffling so I expect jeskai, but he plays t1 hierarch. I get to unburial for elesh but he has a path for it in response to voice of resurgence triggers. He plays a courser, and noble, I follow with a Jace and bounce his voice token. T6 He attacks jace with courser but I chump a snappy. I play a teferi and bury his courser and this looks like a win with the dynamic duo at work again. 6 turns later, he proceeds to get 2x running cocos for 3 more voices and a spell queller the following turns, while I precede to brainstorm with Jace and draw with teferi looking for any action or sweepers but instead draw into lands over and over. I draw 15 lands total that game and end up losing a game I was very comfortably ahead. Variance is a thing G2: The game goes long again. I draw all 4 snappys and multiple cryptics but he lands an early Thrun. I get an active azcanta but after 4 activations cannot find a sweeper. I lose the game to an unanswerable kessig wolf run on Thrun....and lose my chance to top 8 :( 9-3: Round 13: 2-0 Affinity G1: I don't think he realizes what I am playing and he overplays his hand. I field of ruin t3 a manland and wrath turn 4 leaving him with a lone blinkmoth to attack with. I end up slow rolling and win off snappys and creeping tarpit so as not to show him the gifts ungiven that is in my hand. G2: He gets an early etched champion and multiple manlands, a ravager, and a steel overseer and I fall behind. I push and field of ruin to try and slow him down. He gets 1 counter on his etched champion before I can snap push his overseer. I draw my elesh norn earlier, which makes gifts no longer an out. Instead, I use my esper charms to keep drawing 2 in search of land drops and sweepers. I cryptic tap his team twice but I am in lethal range from his etched for multiple turns. I eventually get a blessed alliance to gain 4 and have him sac one of his manlands to give me a few more turns. He gets me down to 2 but I finally draw my 7th land and I hard cast an elesh norn at 2 life. His etched champion lives with the counter and he crackes me down to 1. I crack back with a shambling vent going back up to 5 and the dude life tilts. He throws his hand down, cards go everywhere on his matte and he furiously scoops everything up in anger. He keeps yelling “did you fucking see that!” to his friends who were all watching the match as I try to calm him down by telling him it was a great game, which he ignores. Seriously, I thought Canadians were supposed to be chill AF? 10-3: Round 14: 2-1Burn G1: I mull and keep a mediocre 6 on the draw as he mulls to 5. I commiserate with the mull until he plays t1 goblin guide and then 2x grim lavaman on t2. I frown a bunch and lose several turns later with a hand better suited to deal with anything else. G2: I keep better 7 with a dispel, jace, something, and a disallow. We both pass back and forth until he cracks his 2nd fetch eot, which I disallow the trigger. He untaps and drops another land and an eidolon which I am assuming he drew, but the disallow play keeps him stuck on 2 lands the rest of the game. I t5 Jace bounce eidolon to tempo him out to capitalize on the disallow play. He is forced to tap out to kill Jace and I Esper Charm, Esper Charm on t6 to make him discard 4 making him hellbent: he reads the card in disbelief and crumples in his chair. I eventually draw a baneslayer to seal the game G3: He mulls to 5 but has a good hand, which I Peek at in response to his t2 eidolon consisting of skull crack, helix, charm. His turn 2 eidolon however is countered by my t3 geist, which suddenly puts him in an awkward position. Cryptic bounce eidolon, cryptic on the way back down and he just can't get enough burn in before geist kills him. For mulling as much as he did late in the tournament, he was a good sport about the match. 11-3: Round 15: 2-1 Affinity G1: He wins on t3 with a t1 ravager t2 moe and t3 plating through a fatal push. G2: T2 Stony silence is lights out. He can never get any traction G3: Early removal, lingering souls on t3 and flashback on t4 and and Baneslayer angel on t5. Final: 12-3 I am fucking exhausted. Goddamn...who knew playing a completely non-linear tutor control deck for 15 rounds/20 hours of intense magic would be so draining. Oh right, that is why I stopped playing legacy miracles in tournaments forever ago. ------------------------- The Deck Well after that entertaining tête-à-tête, let's actually talk about this 61 card pile: 25 Lands 1 [EXP] Hallowed Fountain 3 [EXP] Polluted Delta 3 [XLN] Field of Ruin 1 [UNH] Swamp 2 [UNH] Plains 4 [EXP] Flooded Strand 1 [TE] Reflecting Pool 3 [UNH] Island 1 [EXP] Godless Shrine 1 [XLN] Drowned Catacomb 1 [EXP] Watery Grave 2 [WWK] Creeping Tar Pit 1 [BFZ] Shambling Vent 1 [XLN] Glacial Fortress 6 Creatures 4 [ISD] Snapcaster Mage 1 [M12] Grave Titan 1 [MM2] Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite 30 Spells 2 [AER] Fatal Push 1 [THS] Thoughtseize 3 [XLN] Opt 1 [10E] Peek 2 [DDI] Path to Exile 1 [M15] Negate 2 [XLN] Search for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin 1 [FUT] Logic Knot 1 [AER] Disallow 1 [DKA] Lingering Souls 3 [ALA] Esper Charm 4 [MM2] Cryptic Command 1 [RTR] Supreme Verdict 1 [EMA] Jace, the Mind Sculptor 1 [10E] Wrath of God 2 [CHK] Gifts Ungiven 2 [DOM] Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 1 [ISD] Unburial Rites // Sideboard SB: 1 [FD] Engineered Explosives SB: 2 [C13] Nihil Spellbomb SB: 1 [M11] Duress SB: 2 [WWK] Dispel SB: 1 [KTK] Disdainful Stroke SB: 2 [ISD] Stony Silence SB: 1 [EMN] Blessed Alliance SB: 2 [ISD] Geist of Saint Traft SB: 1 [RTR] Detention Sphere SB: 1 [TSP] Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir SB: 1 [M11] Baneslayer Angel -------------- The Breakdown and Analysis So let's get down to brass tacks: I know my list is very unique and out there but it has been honed through YEARS of testing and tweaking. I've tried an As Foretold/AV version, a much more heavy black version and various forms of non-gifts UW/UB control lists. Esper charm though is an insanely powerful and versatile card, which makes 3 colors worth it. Gifts lets you toolbox out the deck more, which I think is important in such a wide meta, and explains the plethora of 1-ofs with overlapping functionality. Gifts is also an insanely powerful instant speed draw card, which modern control really lacks, and is absolutely essential to the deck. First: 61 cards Yes I choose 61 cards on purpose, and yes it is better than playing 60 due to the nature of how a gifts deck functions. The reasons are two-fold: 1) I want a 25/61 lands ratio, not 24/60 or 25/60 and want to also have access to the third field of ruins; 2) I also want to have more bullets in my deck for gifts and to be slightly less likely to draw said bullets. Honestly, at one point I was rocking 64 cards, but eventually of course the increase in variance will outweigh any benefit of having access to more tools. Playing more than 60 in an aggro deck or a combo deck is foolish and shouldn't be done. Playing more than 60 in a tutor control deck is actually legitimately better. See number 4 and number 5 of this well-written article on why you all need to get over your 60 card or bust fanaticism: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/frank-analysis-is-playing-more-than-60-cards-always-a-bad-idea/ Second: the gifts packages The nature of a gifts deck is to be a responsive control deck that has answers. These can come in the form of bullets, or sweepers, or threats, or a pile of value, or a rack of counters. What to get at what time is where the deck requires thought and insight into their deck and the current board state and your game plan. This is where the deck shines, but also what makes this a very difficult deck to pilot well. The 'combo' with the deck is to t4 gifts for the 2 cards unburial rites and elesh norn (you can get up to 4, not exactly 4), to be able to t5 reanimate elesh norn sweeping their board. While this is a strong line, and against the current meta is a very good reason to play this deck, it is not the main purpose of gifts. Gifts is NOT a 2x entomb. It is instead one of the best draw spells ever-printed. It gets you the exact cards you need at exactly the right time, and with snapcaster makes their choice of piles for the most part always wrong. Here are just a few of the more common scenarios. Board cards change these: Is it time to turn the corner? Get grave titan, elesh, snap/souls, and unburial in the yard Do you have a fuckton of mana? Time to get Jace, Teferi, Titan, Elesh and end the game Are you empty handed? Go get snappy, cryptic, 2nd gifts/walker, and an esper charmAre you behind on board? Go get path, push, snappy, and X. Are you playing against combo? Negate, cryptic/disallow, seize, snapThey have gone wide? Wrath, verdict, snappy, X Is the board full of X/2s and they struggle with creature removal? Elesh norn, unburial rites Are you playing against midrange decks like Jund? Grave titan, unburial rites, cryptic command, snappy/teferi Third: Some of the card choices Disallow: A very solid all around counter that randomly does crazy shit with stifling triggers. I wouldn't cut but I also boarded out against cavern decks and fast swarmy decks for more specific answers often Peek: BUY THEM NOW BEFORE THEY SPIKE. This card is legitimate and serves a double-function. It is the 4th 1 drop cantrip in the deck for early mana fixing, snap draw on t3 and it also gives you what is very important for control decks in tournaments: information. Remember how good gitaxian probe is at sorcery speed?? I could quite honestly see running 2x if I didn't also get a similar effect with thought seize. DO NOT CUT unless you plan on running a 2nd discard spell (prob IoK) AND more cantrips. (I played 1-2 anticipate for a long time, and it was acceptable). If you do that, you lose more space from the deck, which if you are okay with less bullets, then that is fine. Cryptic Command: 4x is non-negotiable. This is the glue that holds the deck together, the oil that keeps the gears moving, the sauce that keeps the board under control and your opponents pissed and without it, the deck can flounder. Snapcaster mage: 4x is important...I don't think you should cut to 3 as almost every card in your deck is a good target. You tend to lose games where you don't draw a cryptic or a snappy. That said I did run 3 for awhile and it was okayish. Elesh, grave titan, and uburial rites take up only 3 slots but give gifts the threats it needs to turn the corner and deal with bad board states. Do not change Esper charm: This is similar to cryptic in that it does all the things you want at certain times. I have run 3 for a long time due to the harsh mana color requirements but maybe it is time to go back to 4. Do not cut and use aggressively. Making them discard their last 2 value cards on their draw-step WINS GAMES. Remember you can also float mana in response to blood moon to kill it. Random enchantment hate has proven very good and frees up some SB slots Fatal push + path: This is more preferential. The split worked alright for me, but could be 3-1 1-3 3-2 2-2-1 with another removal spell just as easily. Experiment here Thoughtseize: fucking money. It way over-performed in breaking open stalled boardstates where they are sculpting their hands against your (sometimes non-existent) counters. I wouldn't play 2, but am looking to add an IoK probably. Gifts ungiven: obviously you can't cut this card (hint gabriel nassif, hint). I would honestly like to go up to 3 gifts, but the mana curve is already pretty high and getting stalled out at 3 lands is a serious problem for this deck. Maaaaaybe cut 2nd azcant for it Teferi + Jace: They did great although they were also boarded out a decent amount of the time against super linear aggro. Jace could be SB. Teferi I find it hard to not play 2x at this point after how much it has over-performed. They are excellent together on the board, which I found out this tournament multiple times Opt: Important. Opt is essentially scrying for land early and non-land late. Pretty simple. Do not play serum visions. Seriously...don't. This deck is instant speed and serum is not doing what you want it to do anyway. It is really a crutch in a lot of decks and plays poorly with snappy. If you refuse to believe me, at MAX try 2 serum visions in addition to 3x opt...but really in that case you want actual card advantage later though, which is why search for az >>>>> serum. Fourth: The sideboard I don't have strong opinions here. The main deck I think is highly optimized but the board is whatever bullets you want. Make sure you have cards with different names that have overlapping responsibilities. I was overall fairly happy with the board. I lost to burn, humans, and CoCo company so maybe there needs to be even more creature hate. Dispel, stony silence, and baneslayer angel did the most work. D stroke is iffy. Maybe the third sweeper belongs here or just trim some cards and play 3x leyline of sanctity for the more annoying matches. I played 2x ghostly prison at one point which was decent. Experiment. Scientific method this bitch. Final thoughts: -The deck has no real terrible matchups and brings game against anything. It also doesn't have great matchups either beyond maybe jeskai or decks that completely fold to elesh like affinity or elves. Maybe valakut is bad? When it loses, it is often to itself...with a common scenario being not making your 4th land drop or keeping a hand with exactly the opposite answers against the deck you end up actually playing against. If you know what your opponent is playing, it helps tremendously game 1. -Logic knot was weak overall and needs to be replaced. It is a bad tutor target and still feels mediocre even on t2 with a land in the yard. IoK might be better -The mana-base was rock solid. Everyone wants to add a colonnade...I don't really think it is smart but well if you do, don't cut the other 3 manalands. Instead cut the glacial fortress. Also don't be that guy and talk shit about reflecting pool, considering it is the best land in the deck after tarpit. I wish I could play more than 1 but that can lead to more mulligans if both are in your opener. -I boarded out search for az a lot. I might go back to 1, I am not sure-I did end up missing my 3rd sweeper, which should likely be a terminus. Main or board is up for debate -I don't like Iona as it is uncastable if you ever draw it. That said, it is still a legitimate SB card and running a collective brutality in the board could help this slightly. I will test it. -My burn matchup is worse than I thought it was. Collective brutality + iona or 3x leyline of sanctity will go back in my board after all -I used to play gearhulk and dragonlord oujati both in the deck in addition to elesh and titan. I realized the deck didn't need more threats, but 1 could go back in maybe. -Wall of omens in side?? Holy shit that took forever to write. I hope you have found it mildly interesting to read, even if half of you are doing that on your phone while on the shitter. :) If you choose to sleeve up the list just know that unless you are an experience control player, it will take quite a few reps to start to get a feel for it. Be patient and expect to lose close games. Change the sideboard to your meta...and finally know the joys of a resolved gifts ungiven
2017.11.09 04:35 EschewObfuscation10HERE ARE YOUR OCTOBER, 2017 SHOOTING FIGURES AMERICA! (mass, domestic, accidental, suicide and DGU shootings)
MASS SHOOTING CASUALTIES IN THE U.S. THROUGH OCTOBER 2017 So far in 2017 (through October) there have been :
370 verified mass shootings
502 people killed
1,771 people wounded
2,273 total casualties (killed & wounded)
The figure for "wounded" above is still an estimate, as the number of people injured by gunshot during the Las Vegas mass shooting is still uncertain [source]. In addition, the figures above do not include the 46 men, women and children shot during the Sutherland Springs, Texas mass shooting on November 5th. The figures above only represent victims of mass shootings (when four or more people were shot in an event, or related series of events without a cooling off period). Not included are victims of shootings where three or fewer people were shot. For more information, check out GrC's Mass Shooting Tracker.
Bonus Mass Shooting Fun Facts for October
So far there has been an average of 1.22 mass shootings per day in 2017.
The top 10 states for mass shootings so far in 2017 (# per million people) are: Mississippi (3.34), Louisiana (3.03), Illinois (3.03), Tennessee (2.16), Kansas (2.07), South Carolina (1.88), Ohio (1.81), Maryland (1.69), Missouri (1.65), and Kentucky (1.59) (for states with at least two mass shootings).
DOMESTIC, ACCIDENTAL & SUICIDE SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S. THROUGH OCTOBER 2017 Of course, mass shootings account for only a small fraction of the total number of shootings that occur every day, many of which involve domestic violence, accidents, suicides, children, and a much smaller number of justified "defensive gun uses" (DGUs). On average, 93 Americans are killed and 222 injured with guns every day[source], resulting in approximately 9,450 gunshot casualties each month. In the U.S. between 2012 and 2015 – the last year for which CDC data is available – 1 of every 76 deaths was caused by gunshot[sources].
So far in 2017 (through October), there have been approximately 22,915 Americans killed or wounded in domestic, accidental and suicide shootings, as presented in the table below (this number does NOT include tens of thousands of non-domestic homicide and attempted homicide shootings):
Suicide shootings are estimated based on CDC data for 2015; the list of "accidental" shootings by children (age 0-11) is a subset of accidental shootings.Domestic violence, accidental, and suicide shootings have accounted for over a fourth of all gunshot casualties so far in 2017. There have been 601 children (age 0-11) and 2,729 teens (age 12-17) killed or wounded by gunshot so far in 2017 (excluding firearm suicides).
DEFENSIVE GUN USES (DGUs) IN THE U.S. THROUGH OCTOBER 2017 By comparison, so far in 2017 (through October) reddit/dgu lists 760 apparently justified human DGUs in the U.S. where gunowners attempted to prevent crimes (including incidents where no shots were fired). There were also 71 "animal DGUs", 98 "bad DGUs" ("DGUs gone wrong"), and 52 "tragic DGUs" ("DGUs ending tragically for the victims, including members of the gun owner's family or non-estranged intimate partners"), as presented in the table below:
"Justified" human DGUs -----------------------------
For "human" DGUs the casualties listed above are for potential criminals only, while for "bad" and "tragic" DGUs the casualties are for innocent victims only.There was one "bad" or "tragic" DGU for every 5.5 "justified" DGUs so far in 2017. Note that 15% of the listed "justified" human DGUs were cases in which the gun owner shot somebody they knew (e.g., domestic incidents), and that in the majority of the DGU cases the perpetrator (i.e., the "bad guy") had a gun that was either legally owned or had previously been legally owned.
The figures above indicate that, so far in 2017, gunowners were 30 times more likely to shoot themselves, a family member, an intimate partner or an innocent bystander (accidentally) than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime (see chart). Even if gun suicides are excluded, gunowners were still 5.4 times more likely to shoot themselves, a family member, an intimate partner or an innocent bystander (accidentally) than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime. Women are 100 times more likely to be killed by a man with a gun than to use a firearm in self defense[source]. For more in depth analysis, see Gun Threats and Self-Defense Gun Use and Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use.
Finally, so far in 2017 there have been approximately 250,000 to 500,000 cases in which guns were stolen from private owners, more than enough to provide a weapon for every instance of gun violence in the country [source]. This indicates that gunowners were at least 329 times more likely to have a gun stolen by criminals than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime.
2017.10.05 02:58 EschewObfuscation10HERE ARE YOUR SEPTEMBER, 2017 SHOOTING FIGURES AMERICA! (mass, domestic, accidental, suicide and DGU shootings)
MASS SHOOTING CASUALTIES IN THE U.S. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017 So far in 2017 (through September) there have been :
336 verified mass shootings
407 people killed
1,219 people wounded
1,626 total casualties (killed & wounded)
The figures above do not include the 59 people killed and hundreds more wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooing on October 1st. These people were victims strictly of mass shootings (when four or more people were shot in an event, or related series of events without a cooling off period). Not included are victims of shootings where three or fewer people were shot. For more information, check out GrC's Mass Shooting Tracker.
Bonus Mass Shooting Fun Facts for September
So far there has been an average of 1.23 mass shootings per day in 2017.
The top 10 states for mass shootings so far in 2017 (# per million people) are: Louisiana (3.03), Mississippi (3.01), Illinois (2.95), Tennessee (2.00), South Carolina (1.88), Kansas (1.73), Missouri (1.65), Ohio (1.64), Maryland (1.52), and Kentucky (1.37) (for states with at least two mass shootings).
DOMESTIC, ACCIDENTAL & SUICIDE SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017 Of course, mass shootings account for only a small fraction of the total number of shootings that occur every day, many of which involve domestic violence, accidents, suicides, children, and a much smaller number of justified "defensive gun uses" (DGUs). On average, 93 Americans are killed and 222 injured with guns every day[source], resulting in approximately 9,450 gunshot casualties each month. In the U.S. between 2012 and 2014 – the last year for which CDC data is available – 1 of every 77 deaths was caused by gunshot[sources].
So far in 2017 (through September), there have been approximately 20,614 Americans killed or wounded in domestic, accidental and suicide shootings, as presented in the table below (this number does NOT include tens of thousands of non-domestic homicide and attempted homicide shootings):
Suicide shootings are estimated based on CDC data for 2014; the list of "accidental" shootings by children (age 0-11) is a subset of accidental shootings.Domestic violence, accidental, and suicide shootings have accounted for over a fourth of all gunshot casualties so far in 2017. There have been 544 children (age 0-11) and 2,429 teens (age 12-17) killed or wounded by gunshot so far in 2017 (excluding firearm suicides).
DEFENSIVE GUN USES (DGUs) IN THE U.S. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017 By comparison, so far in 2017 (through September) reddit/dgu lists 686 apparently justified human DGUs in the U.S. where gunowners attempted to prevent crimes (including incidents where no shots were fired). There were also 62 "animal DGUs", 82 "bad DGUs" ("DGUs gone wrong"), and 48 "tragic DGUs" ("DGUs ending tragically for the victims, including members of the gun owner's family or non-estranged intimate partners"), as presented in the table below:
"Justified" human DGUs -----------------------------
For "human" DGUs the casualties listed above are for potential criminals only, while for "bad" and "tragic" DGUs the casualties are for innocent victims only.There was one "bad" or "tragic" DGU for every 5.8 "justified" DGUs so far in 2017. Note that 15% of the listed "justified" human DGUs were cases in which the gun owner shot somebody they knew (e.g., domestic incidents), and that in the majority of the DGU cases the perpetrator (i.e., the "bad guy") had a gun that was either legally owned or had previously been legally owned.
The figures above indicate that, so far in 2017, gunowners were 30 times more likely to shoot themselves, a family member, an intimate partner or an innocent bystander (accidentally) than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime (see chart). Even if gun suicides are excluded, gunowners were still 5.4 times more likely to shoot themselves, a family member, an intimate partner or an innocent bystander (accidentally) than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime. Women are 100 times more likely to be killed by a man with a gun than to use a firearm in self defense[source]. For more in depth analysis, see Gun Threats and Self-Defense Gun Use and Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use.
Finally, so far in 2017 there have been approximately 225,000 to 450,000 cases in which guns were stolen from private owners, more than enough to provide a weapon for every instance of gun violence in the country [source]. This indicates that gunowners were at least 328 times more likely to have a gun stolen by criminals than to use a gun in an attempt to stop a crime.
2017.08.19 23:38 jionerinpvwerinugvweHow I Would Divide The Series Up If It Were a Netflix Show
Percy Jackson, Netflix Show Season 1: The Lightning Thief Episode 1: I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher Percy is on a class field trip to the history museum, where Nancy Bobofit is bullying Percy’s friend, Grover. Percy tries to brush it off, but eventually snaps and “pushes” Nancy into a fountain of water. His substitute math teacher, Mrs. Dodds, takes him inside the museum to reprimand him, but transforms into a Fury and attacks him. Mr. Brunner, his latin teacher, appears and throws him a pen which transforms into a sword. With the sword, he kills the Fury, and when regrouping with his class is shocked to learn no one else, including Mr. Brunnner, has any recollection of Mrs. Dodds. At the end of the semester, Percy and Grover take a bus back to his home in Manhattan, where the bus breaks down and Percy sees the Fates cut a strand of rope. This freaks Grover out, and an uneasy Percy ditches Grover and goes back to his house. His mother Sally, suggests they take a vacation to the beach at Montauk, and he gladly accepts. That night at the beach, a distraught Grover approaches them and tells them that Percy needs to come with him. Percy is confused, but Sally seems to understand and tells them to get in the car. On the car road, Grover reveals himself to be a satyr, and has been watching over Percy for the past year, protecting him form monsters. His bizarre encounter with the Fury is proven true, and their car crashes in the storm. They continue to their destination by foot, but the Minotaur catches them. Grover and Percy make it up the hill to their destination, but Sally cannot enter, and is caught by the Minotaur and disappears in a golden flash of light. Enraged, Percy confronts the Minotaur, and manages to break of its horn and stabs the Minotaur with it. Percy passes out from his injuries as Grover drags him up the hill to a lodge, where the last thing he sees are Mr. Brunner and a blonde girl. Episode 2: We Capture A Flag Percy wakes up in the lodge, his injuries healed, and Grover, Mr. Brunner, and a raggedy alcoholic are waiting for him. Mr. Brunner explains that he is not a latin teacher, but actually the mythical centaur Chiron, and that the myths of Greek legend are real. The alcoholic is introduced as Mr. D, Dionysus, who runs the camp. The blonde girl, Annabeth, daughter of Athena, then takes Percy on a tour of camp, introducing him to the concept of gods and their children, demigods. Percy is taken to the Hermes cabin, where he will be staying as he has not been claimed by his heavenly parent, and meets Luke, the counselor of the Hermes cabin. He also meets Clarisse, the tough daughter of Ares, who forces Percy into an initiation by attempting to dunk his head in the toilets. However, the bathroom plumbing explodes, drenching Clarisse but not Percy, infuriating the girl. Percy gets adjusted to camp, meeting several people including Connor and Travis Still, sons of Hermes, Charles Beckendorf, son of Hephaestus, Katie Gardener, daughter of Demeter, and Silena Beauregard, daughter of Aphrodite. That night, the camp has an organized game of Capture the Flag, with it being essentially Athena and Hermes vs. Ares and Apollo. Annabeth has Percy patrol an out of the way part of the forest, and is ambushed by Clarisse and a few other Ares kids as revenge for the toilet incident earlier. Percy is overwhelmed and repeatedly hit by Clarisse, but falls into the river and is able to then beat her. This was all a ploy for them to distract and win CTF, but everyone comes to see Percy being healed by the river and are shocked to see a trident above him, meaning Poseidon claiming him as his son. The next day, Mr. D, Chiron and Annabeth call Percy to the Big House, where they reveal that no child of “The Big Three” have existed in over 70 years because of an oath they took to prevent a prophecy. They also reveal that someone has stolen Zeus’s lightning bolt, and Percy is the culprit. Mr. D allows Percy to go on a quest to prove his innocence and find the bolt from who he believes stole the bolt, Hades. Percy receives his prophecy from the Oracle in the attic, along with a gift from Luke, a pair of winged shoes, and then he, Annabeth, and Grover go out on their quest. Episode 3: I Plunge to My Death Percy gives Luke’s shoes to Grover, as he doesn’t have any magical equipment, like Percy’s sword or Annabeth’s hat. The three of them board a bus heading west, and a trio of old woman board with them. Percy initially thinks they are the Fates, but it is actually the Furies, who attack shortly after the bus takes off. They are able to escape the bus before it explodes, and run into the New Jersey forest. They walk for a few hours until they come upon Aunty Em’s Garden Emporium, a store on the side of a highway. They meet Aunty Em, who offers the children food, but realize that the stone statues in her store are actual people, and that she is Medusa. Using a mirror to be able the see Medusa without looking at her, Percy decapitates her, and mails the head to Olympus to be rid of it. Using the money in the store, they are able to buy train tickets as far as St. Louis. On the train ride we get a bit of backstory about Annabeth’s past, how she ran away from home, her relationship with her parents, and her being stuck at Camp Half-Blood for the past 5 years. They get off in St. Louis, and they transfer trains to Denver, but their is a layover. While waiting for the train to Denver, they decide to visit the Gateway Arch. They are attacked there by the monster Echidna and her pet the Chimera. Grover and Annabeth are able to make it down the Arch, but Percy is poisoned and cannot defeat the Chimera. He jumps through a hole in the side of the Arch, and lands in the Mississippi. He discovers that he is not dead, and that he can breath underwater. A Nereid appears to him, encouraging him to visit the ocean before he goes to the Underworld, and Percy is able to climb out of the river. Episode 4: A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers Percy regroups with Grover and Annabeth, and they get on the train to Denver. They are dismayed that their is no further train travel west, and that they will have to find another way to travel west to LA. They are approached by Ares, who offers them a trade of retrieving his shield from a nearby abandoned water park in exchange for transportation west. Percy and Annabeth go to the water park while Grover stays with Ares. While looking, the rivalry between Athena and Poseidon is explored, explaining why Annabeth has been a bit standoffish. They find the shield, along with Aphrodite’s Scarf, but are caught in a trap made by Hephaestus to trap his wife, Aphrodite, cheating with Ares. They endure the trap, and return to Ares with the shield, although angry that Ares didn’t warn him. Percy snarks at him and angers Ares, although he does provide transportation via an animal truck. He also tells Percy that his mother is indeed alive, being held hostage by Hades. On the truck ride, Annabeth’s reaction to the trap and spiders is explored. Grover also explains how he found Thalia, Luke, and Annabeth, and how he got them to Camp Half-Blood, although Thalia sacrificed herself and was turned into a tree to preserve her life. The truck ride stops in Las Vegas, short of their destination of Los Angeles, although they still have 5 days before their deadline. They stop at the Lotus Hotel and Casino, and are greeted warmly and given accommodation despite having no money to pay for it. After perusing the casino for a bit, Percy realizes that another boy there thinks the year is 1977. After a bit of investigating, they discover that there are people from various times there, and that the hotel makes time pass at an accelerated pace relative to the outside world. They immediately leave and are relieved that it is still the same year, but are dismayed to learn that several days have passed and they only have one day left before the solstice. Using a credit card from the hotel, they are able to pay for a taxi ride from Vegas to LA. Episode 5: We Find Out the Truth, Sort Of When they arrive in Los Angeles, they stop at the ocean like the Neried instructed. Percy enters the water and meets her again, where she gives him three pearls on behalf of his father, and advice to only use them when in great need. While he is in the ocean, Annabeth and Grover find the address to DOA Records, the entrance to the underworld. When they arrive, the attendant, Charon, will not allow them to pass because they are not dead and they cannot pay for passage. Grover produces a golden drachma, which Charon accepts and ferries them across the River Styx. They then come across the actual entrance to the Underworld, where the 3 Furies are patrolling along with Cerberus, the three headed dog. They evade the Furies, but are caught by Cerberus. Annabeth plays fetch with him, allowing the trio to pass. While passing by the entrance to Tartarus, Grover’s shoes, the gift from Luke, start dragging him to the pit. He is able to kick the shoes off before he is dragged into the depths, but the trio wonders if someone had cursed his shoes. They finally meet with Hades, and they are both under the impression the other is the thief of the lightning bolt and Hades’s Helm of Darkness. Percy realizes he has been set up by Ares when he discovers the bolt is in his backpack, given to him by Ares, in an effort to start a war between Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Hades tries to bargain for the bolt using Sally’s life, whom he currently holds. Percy refuses, and they use the pearls to escape the Underworld via the sea. When they return to the shore, Ares is waiting for them, surprised that they made it out alive. He reveals Percy was supposed to die, to kickstart the war. Percy duels Ares, and manages to wound him. Ares decides not to kill him after what seems like divine influence, and they secure both the bolt and the helm. Percy delivers the helm to Mrs. Dodds, who pursued them from the underworld to absolve him of the crime. The trio then risks a flight back to New York to deliver the bolt to Zeus on Mt. Olympus, and manage to due so before the deadline. Percy briefly meets Poseidon for the first time, and he says he is proud of Percy, and that Sally has been returned to New York by Hades. Percy returns to camp, and enjoys the rest of the summer with his new friends. At the end of summer, as everyone is preparing to leave, Percy and Luke hang out in the woods, where Luke lets loose a deadly scorpion on Percy, revealing himself to be the Lightning Thief on behalf of Kronos, and voices his frustration with the gods neglecting their children and asks Percy to join him. Percy refuses, and the scorpion stings him, leaving Percy to stumble back to camp before he dies. Chiron is able to cure Percy, and he, Percy, and Annabeth discuss Luke’s betrayal. Annabeth then leaves Camp Half-Blood for the first time in 5 years, going to try and reconnect with her step family. Percy then leaves camp, meeting his mom, and repeating his warning to any half-bloods who might be listening. Season 2: The Sea of Monsters Episode 1: I Play Dodgeball with Cannibals Percy has a dream of Grover running from a cyclops in a wedding shop, and he hears an unknown voice taunting him. When he wakes up, he sees a shadow outside his window that disappears when he looks at it. Percy then goes to school, where he and his awkward friend Tyson are stuck playing dodgeball. Their opponents turn out to be Laistrygonian Giants, who summon explosive dodgeballs in an attempt to kill Percy. He is protected by Tyson, who is unaffected by the heat and lethality of the balls. Annabeth appears and saves the two by stabbing the last giant in the back. The gymnasium they were in has taken significant damage, so they flee the scene and call upon the Gray Sisters and their taxi. The Gray Sisters accidentally reveal crucial information about Percy’s future, and he blackmails them using their one shared eye. When they finally reach Camp Half-Blood, they discover it under attack by two Bronze Bulls. Annabeth explains that the tree that protected the camp from monsters, Thalia’s tree, had been poisoned and was dying, allowing monsters in. After being granted entry by Annabeth, Tyson is able to subdue one of the bulls with help of his heat resistant person, and Clarisse manages to subdue the other one with the help of Percy. Percy finally realizes that Tyson is a cyclops, which was why he was able to defeat the bulls and the giants earlier. Because Tyson is a cyclops, and Poseidon is the father of all cyclops, this makes Tyson Percy’s half-brother (although he is not a demigod, he is a monster). Episode 2: Demon Pigeons Attack After the fight, Percy learns that Chiron has been fired from his job at camp, because he is a prime suspect of poisoning Thalia’s tree because he is the son of Kronos. He has been replaced by a man from the Underworld, named Tantalus, who is cursed with hunger and thirst but cannot eat or drink because he served human flesh to the gods. Percy is embarrassed by his relation to Tyson, because while he is good meaning, he is rather awkward, childish, and a monster. Tantalus announces that a chariot race will be held instead of their usual capture the flag. Percy and Annabeth fight over including Tyson on their chariot team, and briefly stop talking to each other. During the chariot race, Stymphalian Birds attack the camp, and Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson are able to drive them away via Chiron’s collection of opera music he left behind. Although they drive the birds away, Tantalus hates Percy and ignores that, heaping favor on Clarisse for winning the chariot race. He punishes Annabeth, Tyson, and Percy with kitchen duty. While on kitchen duty, Percy and Annabeth reconcile while Percy explains the vision he had of Grover in the previous episode, and Annabeth deduces he is trapped by Polyphemus, Jason’s enemy, in The Sea of Monsters. She also guesses that he holds The Golden Fleece, and that it could save Thalia’s tree.That night, at the campfire, Percy demands that Tantalus send a quest, revealing the information about the Golden Fleece, and the information the Gray Sisters gave him. Tantalus relents, and sends Clarisse, alone, on the quest. Percy wanted to take the quest instead, and while walking on the beach, meets Hermes, who convinces him to go on his own quest. He also mentions that he wants him to try and save Luke, believing there is still good in him. He gives Percy several gifts, including vitamins and a thermos filled with wind. Annabeth and Tyson approach Percy after Hermes leaves, and he explains there visit. The three of the them decide to sneak off, and Percy summons some Hippocampi to traverse the water to a passing cruise ship, the Princess Andromeda. Episode 3: We Hitch a Ride with Dead Confederates Shortly after coming aboard the cruise ship, they discover that it is abandoned and that Luke is now using it to transport the fledgling Titan army. They are captured and brought to Luke, and discover that his true intentions are to resurrect Kronos using the Golden Fleece and help him overthrow Olympus. Percy and Annabeth again refuse his offer to join them, and they are able to escape the Titan army by jettisoning a lifeboat and using the thermos Hermes gave them as an engine. Tyson pilots them to Virginia while Percy and Annabeth sleep. When they wake up, Percy tells Tyson to go find them some food as a way to speak to Annabeth in private about her obvious animosity with Tyson. Annabeth explains that she has an aversion to all cyclops due to a bad experience in her childhood, but before she can expand Tyson returns with food. Percy is surprised, because they are in the middle of nowhere, but he discovers a convince store, Monster Donut. They are suspicious, and it turns out it is connected to the life force of the Hydra. Percy fights the Hydra, but is unable to defeat it as it keeps growing heads. They are saved by a Civil War battleship captained by Clarisse, who invites them on. Clarisse is obviously unhappy to see them, but accepts their help on her quest. They travel to The Sea of Monsters entrance off the coast of Florida, and have to choose between sailing into Scylla or Charybdis. Clarisse decides to try and sail through Charybdis, but sails to close to the cliffs of Scylla. Several crewmen and Percy are snatched, but Percy manages to free himself. The ship is unable to handle the strain of going through the whirlpool, and the engine breaks. Tyson volunteers to fix it, and while he is down there, the ship explodes. Percy is launched into the sea, through the entrance, but losing consciousness. Episode 4: Annabeth Tries to Swim Home Percy wakes up on a life raft, having been fished out of the water by Annabeth. Annabeth explains that she used the remaining wind in the thermos to guide them through the sea. She also managed to save a bag of supplies, including some food, some money, and the vitamins. She explains that she searched for Clarisse and Tyson but she couldn’t find them. The raft eventually washes up on an island, where they are greeted by a spa attendant. Annabeth and Percy are taken to separate rooms for a spa treatment, where Percy meets, Circe, the sorceress. Circe reveals that this is actually a prison for men, which she turns into guinea pigs. She turns Percy into a guinea pig, and then meets Annabeth, attempting to seduce her to abandon her quest and join the ranks of her sorceresses. Percy believes that Annabeth will be tempted by the offer, and she asks for some time to consider the offer, Circe and her attendant leave, and Annabeth deduces that Percy is one of the many guinea pigs trapped in the cage in the room. She finds the vitamins in the bag and pours them into the cage, and the guinea pigs rush to eat them. The vitamins turn all the guinea pigs back into humans, one of them being Blackbeard. The pirates rampage against Circe, and Annabeth and Percy use the distraction to escape aboard one of the ships docked there. After sailing for a bit, Annabeth expresses her desire to hear the song of the sirens, a famous monster that dwells in the Sea. Sailors who hear their song realize their deepest desires, but are killed upon searching for the song. Annabeth devises a plan to have Percy block his hearing and tie Annabeth to the mast, so that she can listen to the song without swimming to their death. As they pass by the Sirens, Annabeth begs Percy to free her, but he turns away from her. When he looks again, Annabeth has used a knife in her pocket to free herself and swim towards the shore. Percy swims and saves her from reaching the shore, and they return to the ship. Annabeth reveals that her fatal flaw is pride, and she relates the story of why she hates the cyclops. We flash back to a young Luke, Annabeth, Grover, and Thalia on the run to Camp Half-Blood, where they are kidnapped by cyclops who almost kills them all, and scarred Annabeth emotionally. As she finishes telling the story, they arrive at Polyphemus’s island. Episode 5: Nobody Gets the Fleece Percy and Annabeth land on the island, and discover another ship there, indicating that Clairsse or Tyson or both have survived and made their way there. They discover that Polyphemus kidnapped Grover because he thinks that he is a female cyclops and wants to marry him. They sneak inside the cave by hiding on the underbelly of Polyphemus’s sheep, and see that he has captured Clarisse and is preparing her as dinner. She reveals that Grover is not a female cyclops, and actually a satyr. Polyphemus switches his plan, intending to marry Clarisse and eat Grover. Percy and Annabeth confront him, and Annabeth uses her hat to become invisible and tricking him into thinking he was being attacked by Nobody. Tyson is able to remove the boulder that blocked the entrance to the cave, and help everyone escape. Polyphemus realizes Tyson is a cyclops, and explores him to kill the intruders and help his brother. He asks Poseidon to curse his enemy, like he did with Jason, but Percy is confident he will not. Tyson is seemingly torn, but does not help Polyphemus, and the five of them manage to escape with the Golden Fleece, leaving Polyphemus cursing Nobody for besting him again. They make their way back to Miami via Hippocampi, and everyone agrees to send Clarisse back to camp via plane, using the little money they had left. Clarisse is at first reluctant to do this, as she does not want to leave her friends behind, and that she does not deserve to succeed in her quest when Percy did a lot of the work, but she eventually does. Tyson and Percy have a discussion about Polyphemus, where Tyson reaffirms his brotherhood with Percy, calling Polyphemus fat and spoiled and arrogant, and that they are not brothers. As they start to head back to New York the long way, they are again captured by Luke aboard his cruise ship. Luke plans to let Percy due the heavy lifting and steal the fleece, then take it from him, but he is foiled when he reveals Clarisse is already on her way back with he fleece. Percy then creates an iris message to Camp Half-Blood and gets Luke to admit that he poisoned Thalia’s tree, not Chiron. The camp, including Mr. D, hears this, and banishes Tantalus back to Hades. Luke cuts the message, and duels Percy, severely injuring his leg, but are saved by Chiron and his centaur brethren. They all travel back to Camp Half-Blood, where they place the Golden Fleece on Thalia’s tree and recuperate. One night, they discover a girl lying at the base of Thalia’s true, with Chiron commenting that the Fleece did its job too well. The girl reveals herself to be Thalia, daughter of Zeus. Season 3: The Titan’s Curse Episode 1: My Rescue Operation Goes Very Wrong 6 months after the previous season, Percy, Thalia, and Annabeth are meeting Grover at a boarding school to collect two powerful demigods Grover had found there. Thalia demonstrates her ability to manipulate the mist to infiltrate the school, who are in the middle of a school dance. Grover meets up with them, and identifies the two demigods: Bianca and Nico di Angelo. He also points out Dr. Thorn, the vice principal who Grover suspects is a monster. Percy and Annabeth dance to blend in, and Percy notes that she has ages since their last meeting. Percy sees Dr. Thorn walk out of the building with the two, and he follows by himself, as the others are not readily available. Dr. Thorn transforms into a manticore, and stabs Percy with a thorn, poisoning him. Percy mentally calls out for Grover for help, and stalls Dr. Thorn, getting him monologuing about ancient monsters awakening. Grover, Thalia, and Annabeth show up, and Dr. Thorn attacks. They are saved by a volley of silver arrows fired from the bushes. It is the Hunters of Artemis, and they are about to kill the manticore when he grabs Percy and Thalia, who have both been wounded. Annabeth leaps on his back to rescue them, and the hunters shoot another volley at him. He falls from the cliff, taking Annabeth with him, and leaving no trace of either of them except Annabeth’s hat. Episode 2: I Make a Dangerous Promise Artemis appears and has the Hunters set up camp and meets with Percy. He is surprised to see that Artemis takes the form of a girl younger than himself. Percy conveys the message that Dr. Thorn had said about ancient monster reawakening, and decides that she is going to go alone to hunt a powerful monster. She places her lieutenant, Zoe Nightshade, in charge of the Hunters in her absence, but instructs them to wait at Camp Half-Blood until her return. Bianca also chooses to join the Hunters, instead of become a demigod at Camp, which Percy objects to but does not stop. Artemis calls her brother, Apollo, and has the demigods and the Hunters drive to Camp Half-Blood via the sun chariot. Apollo lets Thalia drive, being a daughter of Zeus, lord of the skies, but the ride is rough because Thalia is deathly afraid of heights. They crash into the lake at camp, and Nico is lead to the Big House to talk with Chiron and Mr. D, who forbid Percy and Thalia from going after Annabeth on their own. That night, Percy dreams of Annabeth being tricked into holding up the ceiling of a cavern by Luke, and Percy realizes that she is actually carrying the sky, the burden of the Titan Atlas. Percy confides this in Grover, who tells him that he overheard Annabeth and Thalia discussing joining the Hunters. Percy attempts to speak to the oracle, but the oracle is silent. While training with Thalia and the Hunters, Percy and Thalia get into an argument with subtext about Annabeth, and they come to arms when the oracle walks towards Zoe and gives a prophecy. A meeting of the Hunters and the Camp counsellors is convened, and it is decided that Zoe, Thalia, Grover, Bianca, and a hunter named Phoebe will travel on the quest. Percy protests, but isn’t allowed to go partly because the Hunters aversion to men, and party because his motivation is mostly Annabeth. Percy has another dream in which Artemis takes Annabeth’s place holding the sky to save her life. Luke chains Annabeth up and holds her captive, as bait for the demigods. Percy wakes up to a pegasus asking for his help to untangle a sea creature. Percy helps the sea creature, who he affectionately calls Bessie, escape, and when he returns, he finds Nico eavesdropping on the Hunters. Donning Annabeth’s hat, he joins and discovers that Phoebe has become bedridden and they will leave without her. He stops Nico from trying to join the quest, promising that he will go on the quest and protect Bianca, which Nico accepts. Percy then trails the quest on horseback with his pegasus Blackjack, when he is caught by Mr. D, who toys with him. Percy convinces him to let him keep following the quest, and he eventually relents with indifference. Episode 3: I Learn How to Grow Zombies After following the quest for several hours, they stop at the Smithsonian museum. Dr. Thorn and a man referred to as The General are there, using fossils to create skeletal warriors, who will track and kill the questers using a piece of fabric with their scent. While invisible, Percy steals the fabric so they cannot get their scent, but instead the warrior get his scent. Percy meets up with the others and fills them in on the Annabeth, Artemis, and the skeletal warriors. Zoe is furious that Percy is here with them, but resigned to the fact that he must be part of the quest.As they are debriefing, the Nemean Lion attacks, and everyone is unable to pierce his hide. Using astronaut food, Percy is able to get the Lion to open its mouth wide enough for Zoe to shoot it, killing it. Zoe gives the pelt to Percy, who devised the plan even though she dealt the killing blow. Percy offers to leave since the skeletons are pursuing him, but Zoe insists that he now part of the quest, and she will not leave anyone behind. The run away and share a fire with a homeless man in a train yard, who speaks in rhyme and is actually Apollo in disguise. They board a train and head west to New Mexico. Percy has another dream, in this one he is receiving Riptide from a girl he does not recognize. They are taking a small break when Grover passes out and the skeletal warriors attack again. Bianca is able to permentanly kill one, although no one knows why. Grover recovers, saying he felt the presence of the long lost Pan along with a gift from him, the Erymanthian Boar. They hitch a ride on the Boar who carries them further into the desert towards San Francisco. They disembark in the junkyard of the gods, where Zoe warns them not to take anything. Percy meets with Aphrodite, who has taken an interest in the relationship between Annabeth and Percy. Percy denis this, but Aphrodite insists. She also mentions that when they get to San Francisco, they should find Nereus, to give them important information. They walk through the junkyard without incident, although when they leave, a giant statue, Talos, comes to life and starts attacking. Bianca reveals that she had taken something, a little statuette as a gift for her brother. Bianca sacrifices her life in order to defeat the statue, entrusting the statue with Percy to give to Nico. The statue is defeated, and the four remaining lament their loss with realization as the prophecy given comes true. Episode 4: I Have a Dam Problem The group finds a truck in the junkyard and drive until they reach a river, and they steal some canoes to head upriver. They go as far as they can, reaching closer to the Hoover Dam. Grover and Percy lament the fact that Annabeth isn’t there to see it, as it is her favorite architecture. They visit the landmark in order to find some maps to get to San Francisco. Percy separates himself when he hears Bessie mooing, and he wonders what the creature is doing all the way up here. Bessie alerts him to the skeletal warriors, who are closing in on the group. As he tries to escape, he gets stuck with a tour group who descend lower into the dam. The tour guide seems to be Athena, who gives Percy cryptic advice on how to escape this situation. Percy manages to evade the skeletons, but is surprised by a mortal, whom he mistakenly attacks. Luckily, the sword cannot harm mortals, but she notices the oddity unlike all the other mortals. Percy tries to manipulate the mist like Thalia did earlier, but it does not work. The girl, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, sees the skeletons and throws them off Percy’s trail, allowing him to regroup with Thalia, Grover, and Zoe. He alerts them to the warriors, and Thalia prays to her father for a means of escape, and he sends giant metal statues of angels to carry them off to San Francisco. During their flight, Thalia confides in Percy that she is terrified of heights, which is why she has been hesitant to do anything involving the skies. When in San Francisco, they heed the advice of Aphrodite and visit Nereus, who tries to escape but Percy forces him to tell them whatever it is they need to know. He informs them of the powers of Bessie, who is the master that Artemis was hunting. Whoever burns the entrails of Bessie gains the power to overthrow Olympus. Dr. Thorn shows up, and tries to seduce Thalia to kill Bessie and take the power for herself, but she resists. They get a message to Camp Half-Blood, and Mr. D saves them by killing Dr. Thorn. Percy decides to send Grover and Bessie to Olympus, and sacrifices the Nemean Lion pelt to Poseidon to ensure they get there safely. After this, Zoe, Thalia, and Percy visits Annabeth’s father’s house, where they borrow his car to travel to Mount Tam to save everybody. He wants Percy to tell Annabeth that she will always have a home with him. Episode 5: A Friend Says Goodbye They reach the entrance to Mount Tam, the Garden of the Hesperides. Zoe reveals that she use to live there with here sisters until she helped Hercules steal from the tree protected by Ladon, a giant dragon, and that her father is Atlas. She was banished from the Garden, and told never to return. Zoe distracts Ladon while Percy and Thalia sneak past to Mount Tam. Zoe seemingly makes it, but is bitten by Ladon and is poisoned. They find Artemis holding up the sky, and are taunted by Luke and Atlas, who are holding Annabeth hostage there. Thalia engages Luke in a fight, while Percy and Zoe attack Atlas. Learning he hopelessly outmatched, he instead goes to Artemis and takes her burden while she fights Atlas. In the ensuing fight, Atlas kills Zoe by throwing her against the rocks, while Thalia defeats Luke when falls into a hole and disappears. Artemis forces Atlas into a position where Percy can foist the sky back on Atlas, forcing him to retake the burden. They rescue Annabeth, and everyone heads back to Olympus, but not before Artemis memorializes Zoe as a constellation in the sky. Annabeth, Thalia, and Percy are summoned to a meeting of the gods, where Thalia announces her intention to join the Hunters of Artemis, stopping her from reaching 16 and fulfilling the prophecy. Percy is relieved that Annabeth did not express interest in joining. Ares and Athena suggest killing Percy before he turns 16 so he cannot fulfill the prophecy, but Poseidon and Artemis convince them not to. They also allow Bessie to live and live on Mount Olympus. Percy has a brief meeting with Athena, who informs her of her disapproval of his relationship with Annabeth. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover return to Camp Half-Blood, where Percy realizes he needs to tell Nico that Bianca died on the quest.Nico is furious that Percy did not keep his promise, although Percy tries to give him the statue that she died for. The remaining skeletal warriors appear, still hunting Percy, and Nico in his rage opens a fissure in the Earth that swallows them. Nico leaves the camp, and Percy realizes that his godly parent is Hades, another of the Big Three. When he and Annabeth are talking about Nico later, Grover interrupts, excitedly telling them he has heard the voice of Pan, long missing. Season 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth Episode 1: I Battle the Cheerleading Squad Percy is at his freshmen orientation when he notices that Rachel Elizabeth Dare, the mortal he met at the Hoover Dam, is there as well. Rachel tells Percy that two of the cheerleaders are monsters, and flees to the gymnasium, where Percy follows. Kelli and Tammi, two empousai, attack them, and Percy kills Tammi but Kelli gets away. Having caused damage to the school, Percy and Rachel flee when they run into Annabeth, who had come to meet Percy for a date. Rachel tells him that she will come up with a story to cover, and that he and Annabeth go on their way. They arrive at camp, and Annabeth leaves to talk with Clarisse about a secret mission. Percy meets the new sword master, Quintus, and his pet hellhound Mrs. O’Leary. Percy is wary of him, but Chiron vouches for him. Chiron, Percy, Annabeth, and Clarisse go to the woods where Grover is being accused of heresy for proclaiming that Pan spoke to him. He is given one week to find Pan, or he will be exiled from nature. Later, Tyson returns from his home under the seas and fixes Percy’s shield that was previously damaged. That night, he receives a message from someone, showing him that Nico is conversing with the dead, who are advising him the to bring someone back to life requires the taking of someone’s life. Percy thinks that Nico will be coming after him to kill him. The next day, while scouting in the woods, Percy and Annabeth are attacked by some scorpions, and they hide in some rocks, and fall into a dark cavern. Annabeth freaks out, and they quickly find their way out. Annabeth reveals that they fell into the labyrinth, and she has been working with Clarisse to discover it, as she fears Luke may use it as an invasion of camp. Annabeth receives a quest to find Daedalus to control the maze, and she takes Grover, Percy, and Tyson into the maze. Episode 2: I Scoop Poop The maze is dark and confusing, and they end up going in circles for a bit. When they come upon two diverging pathways, the Roman god Janus, who offers a key to one of the doors, but forces Annabeth to make a chance while trying to confuse her. Before Annabeth chooses, Hera appears and drives Janus away, saying she has only postponed Annabeth’s choice, but offers her a wish. Annabeth wishes for a way to navigate the maze, and Hera tells her she already has what she wishes for. The path they end up taking leads them to Alcatraz, where Brirares, a hundred handed cyclops, is imprisoned by the dragon Kampe. They rescue Briares, but he is so disheartened by his imprisonment that he refuses to help. The foursome fends off Kampe, and return to the labyrinth. They come across a cattle ranch ran by Geryon, a three headed monster. Nico is also there, trying to make a deal with Geryon, but bristles as he sees Percy. Geryon imprisons Annabeth, Grover, and Nico, and agrees to set them free if he cleans the stables. Percy succeeds by summoning the water from seashells in the stables, but when he returns Geryon does not let his friends go. Percy attacks him, but because he has three bodies and three hearts, he cannot be killed unless they are all taken out at the same time. Percy takes a bow from the ranch, and with a prayer to Hera, shoots all of his hearts out simultaneously. Geryon’s rancher, gives them a compass to find Hephaestus, who can guide them to Daedalus. Nico refuses to accompany the quest, and summons the ghost of Bianca, who reveals she sent the message about Nico to Percy. She tells him not to blame Percy and to remember not to hold a grudge. Nico forgives Percy, but still refuses to travel with them. Annabeth and crew follow the compass, a spider, deeper into the labyrinth. Episode 3: I Take a Permanent Vacation Traveling back in the labyrinth, the four run across the Sphinx, who instead off giving a riddle, attempts to administer a standardized test. Annabeth is upset that this is not a good proof of wisdom, and kills the Sphinx instead. Continuing onward, they reach the forges of Hephaestus, who agrees to guide them to Daedalus on the condition they find out who is using his forges in Mount St. Helens. They traverse the labyrinth, and at a juncture Grover senses the presence of Pan. The team splits up; Grover and Tyson follow the scent of Pan, while Annabeth and Percy continue on to the forges. They discover telekhines using the forges to make a weapon for Kronos. Percy is spotted and they start attacking the duo. Annabeth kisses Percy as he protects the retreat, and eventually releases a tidal wave of water to put out the fires of the forges. This causes the volcano to erupt, and the eruption sends Percy flying literally out of this world. He wakes up on the island Ogygia, where a young woman named Calypso has been healing him. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Percy insists that he must get back to the mortal world to help his friends. Calypso reveals that he must make a choice: he can either stay with Calypso on the island and become immortal, or he can leave Ogygia and never return. While Percy mulls his options, Hephaestus arrives and explains to him what has happened. Percy caused the eruption of the volcano which woke the ancient monster, Typhon, who slept there. He also helps Percy how to navigate the labyrinth, and Percy decides to leave. Calypso is not suprised by his choice, but it breaks her heart regardless. She gives him some moonlace to plant back in New York, so that he will remember her. As Percy leaves, he ponders if this will be his biggest regret in life. continued in comment
2017.06.28 01:14 kazoidbakermanGrixis Control At GP Vegas: in review
INTRODUCTION Hey everybody! I’ve been playing Grixis control brews in modern for two years and decided to attend GP Vegas for my first major tourney! I took Corey Burkhart's control list and was piloting a slightly modified version of it on day 1 on GP Las Vegas. I was out on day one, but I just wanted to make this post to help myself most of all honestly, and hopefully get some feedback on tournament viability, along with a round-by-round breakdown of how the deck performed overall. First of all, the list: MAIN DECK 4x Thought Scour - see more cards 4x Ancestral Vision - draw more cards 4x Serum Visions - select more cards 4x Terminate - Playing a high amount of this because the creatures which scare me the most in terms of simply threatening to kill me or outvalue me. Grixis shadow's most threatening creatures to me are Gurmags and Tasigurs, and I was worried about eldra-tron. 4x Lightning Bolt - I know. I know. "It's not good." "Too many creatures don't die to it." "This thing literally kills nothing against too many decks." I understand. BUT... I feel like this card has its place. Against Death's Shadow, this is my favorite win condition. Against counters company it is still a high functioning removal spell. Still deals three damage as it always has. And, with the four terminate mentioned above, I think running less fatal pushes is reasonable. 4x Snapcaster Mage - Fire Emojis, this card is awesome. 4x Cryptic Command - Likely the best counterspell in the format, it's still just a very good card, and does everything. 3x Tasigur, the Golden Fang - The wincon, a high value one-mana four five (almost a shadow!) which gives you a clock, a cheesy turn two on occasion, and recurs cards. Likely the best option available. 3x Kolaghan's Command - this card is extremely high value and can lead to very busted loops, burn kills, and is capable of thoughtseizing the top of opponent's deck. 2x Fatal Push - I know. Its really good, but on four terminates and three bolts, I have enough efficient removal for both early and late game creatures, I run these to give me a consistent t1/t2 removal spell package, and I do like the power of the card. I just like bolt in the control-style deck a bit more, as it provides alternate wincons. 2x Countersquall - A good counterspell, most decks play non-creature spells, and this is what you get over negate in UBx control. Just a decent card. 4x Scalding Tarn 4x Polluted Delta 3x Island 2x Swamp 2x Steam Vents 2x Watery Grave 2x Creeping Tar Pit 1x Blood Crypt 1x Mountain 1x Sulfur Falls Manabase: Fairly straightforward, I played one less Steam Vents for one extra island over my previous iterations, as a concession to Blood Moon and, to a lesser extent, burn. I run the blue fetches because you're most likely turn one play you are making is blue, and sometimes you don’t want to shock for whatever reason happens to come up. Also had a Sulfur Falls because I accidentally forgot to put in a Spirebluff Canal, though I feel Spirebluff is better, I never actually had a situation where I wanted either one over the other in the tournament. Creeping Tar Pit is an alternate wincon, Liliana assassin, and occasional chump blocker SIDEBOARD 4x Fulminator Mage: This is a choice I made, as this was possibly a slot for 4x Leyline of the Void. This is because my two worst matchups, just in testing against the top 15-20 decks in the metagame, are Dredge and Tron variants. The reason I went with this was actually simple in the end, I expected more Tron variants than Dredge decks, and minor graveyard interaction usually wasn’t an oppressive strategy against me (Kolaghan’s command, mirrored Snapcasters, etc.), so I went with the Fulminator Mages. 3x Surgical Extraction: This is a decent catch all, I bring it in against Lingering Souls decks, or linear combo decks, and this can just replace cards I deem bad in certain matchup. It also fully shuts down the Tron package. 3x Ceremonious Rejection: Tron, Eldrazi Tron, Bant Eldrazi, Affinity, Ad Nauseum, Lantern Control, Eggs, this is a good flipping card, and I really like it. 2x Rakdos Charm: this is my small concession to Dredge, along with Surgical Extraction, as Dredge is my worst matchup outside of Tron. Also comes in against Affinity, Ad Nauseum, Eldrazi Tron, Lantern Control, Eggs, and Storm. 1x Izzet Staticaster: Very good against Counters Company, Affinity, and Lingering Souls Decks, and just comes in against random stuff that I feel it's good against, Generically good card. 1x Damnation: A board wipe, I don't run any outside of this, I just bring this in in any creature matchup. Good card, don’t like it against decks that run less than 20 creatures though, because of my extremely heavy spot removal package. 1x Counterflux: For Storm mostly, but came in a lot more against the control matchup for me, as I was in the x-x-1 bracket the whole tournament. . ROUND BY ROUND BREAKDOWN Round one: Junk (Abzan Midrange) This matchup is slightly in their favor, even though Ancestral Vision makes my BGx matchups fairly reasonable if I resolve one, it is hard for my deck to win through paths, Lilianas, and Lingering souls. Additionally we saw Gideon of the Trials in the deck, which was sweet and kind of tore me apart once it resolved. Game 1: Very Grindy standard matchup, took about 15 minutes worth the time, but I got there with a turn one Ancestral Visions on the draw, as he was not able to resolve a Liliana, and hit three lingering souls, but only after he had lost tempo and had to chump block for an extended period of time. Game 2: Pretty free for him, got hit with his t0 Leyline of the Void (2 out of the board), and while I fought the good fight, I wasn’t winning through it. Pretty disgusting game, fairly slow, but not in my favor at any point, really. Tried hard, lost in about 10 minutes. Game 3: This was the grindiest, dirtiest game out there. Lord help me, this is a game neither player on either deck wants to play. I turn one go land-pass, I get Inquisitioned, which was fine, and Thought Scour myself, milling a Tasigur and land, and during his priority he surgical extractions my Tasigur. This is bad for me, and against lingering souls makes it very hard to win the game. But then, on this t3 he resolves a Liliana, makes us both discard, throws out a Lingering Souls which I then Surgical Extraction. I bolt his Liliana and fire up a Creeping Tar Pit to kill it. At this point, me and my opponent proceed to stare at eachother as he slowly dies to tar-pit, but then at three life and about 30 seconds of the clock, he resolves a gideon of the Trials, preventing my man-land from doing damage. During my turn 4 of the five turns, I top-deck a tar-pit which wins the next game as he draws a land for his turn 5 and passes, ending it in a draw. Result: 1-1-1 draw Record: 0-0-1 Round two: Tempered Steel Affinity This deck was super sweet, and after getting to look through my opponent's deck post-match with his permission, I found it was the stock affinity list, cutting Blinkmoth Nexus for Plains, Galvanic Blast for Despise, and Master of Etherium for Tempered Steel. A really cool deck that I had only ever heard about, as I started playing MTG for the first time during Return to Ravnica. Game 1: I opened on a bolt, a Fatal Push, and an Ancestral Visions on the play, then drew into two Kolaghan’s Commands. Outgassed a decent Affinity opener, but by no means was it his best draw. Game 2: Opened with a Ceremonious Rejection and 2 bolts, drew into a Kolaghan’s Command and Cryptics and closed the game out on the burn plan after he kept an opener that drew 2 plains in his first few turns. Result: 2-0 me Record: 1-0-1 Round three: Selesnya Chord ft. Spicy Tech First of all, I want to say this deck was not the usual counters company deck. Forgoing black altogether, it cut the Finks-Viscera seer combo and Devoted Druid, and the color black, and instead went for 4 Archangel of Thune, 2 Spike Feeder, and 1 Thrun the last Troll in the Mainboard. Now this configuration may not be the best, but it was really fun to play against, and according to my opponent, to play with as well. Also runs four mainboard Worship, which I think is his choice for the Death’s Shadow menace, and Death’s Shadow tempo plan doesn’t pack enough removal to keep him off of it after it resolves. That being said, Thoughtseize is a hell of a card. Game 1: I killed his combo-centric creatures, then Snap-Cryptic soft-locked a few running Archangel of Thunes while beating him with Snaps. Very hard for the GW creature decks to beat me once I establish onboard tempo without just comboing off. Game 2: He brings in a few cards notably cutting on some spike feeders to bring in other stuff that was not Voice of Resurgence, which I found questionable, but I don’t play his deck, I don’t know what the deck sides into. I did get Thrunned at one point, but he just died to a Creeping Tar Pit the next turn, so I felt pretty ok about it, though I will say Thrun is a nasty card against control that is very capable of singlehandedly winning it all against draw-go decks. If you are on a deck playing green, just consider sideboarding one if you haven’t. Not saying it's correct, but getting Thrunned with two mana up is real bad for mine and other control decks, nearly unbeatable. Result: 2-0 me Record: 2-0-1 Round four: Grixis Shadow Grixis Shadow was the deck I anticipated the most coming into the tourney, and I like my matchup against it. Four Terminate makes the matchup pretty ok, even with Gurmags and Tasigurs and the like. Basic Gameplan, kill their stuff, play my unanswerable threats (at least for their deck) and beat them in face. The secondary gameplan is holding a few burn spells and bursting them down from 9 health with bolt/bolt/snap/bolt or other silly things. My deck does have a reasonable amount of it. Game 1: We mirror tasigur’s for a few turns, but after drawing a terminate I’m able to go pretty deep and hit him twice with my Tasigur and kill him. Very straightforward, I kill some stuff, he makes me discard some stuff, very simple. Game 2: I got super messed up my a t2 Deaths Shadow draw into the Stubborn Denial that I didn’t play around when I had the opportunity (dropping a land before main phasing a Fatal Push, thereby having mana for Countersquall) Game 3: This game is the prime example of why I like bolt against shadow. Opponent goes fetch-shock-Thoughtseize on turn one and sees a hand consisting of a bolt, a Snapcaster Mage, a Fatal Push, Kolaghan’s Command, and three lands. After some grinding and killing a Death’s Shadow I draw into a snap, and mill a bolt as the game progresses. My opponent Thoughtseizes again while we have , down to 8, sees my hand, and takes a Kolaghan’s Command, signaling what in my opinion must be multiple Stubborn Denial, or else I think he would have taken a Snapcaster. With this information and a pair of mirrored Tasigurs I am able to burn him out through his two copies of Stubborn Denial (he drew into one more) with a Cryptic and a Snapcaster Mage. Result: 2-1 me Record: 3-0-1 Round five: Counters Company This was the traditional Counters Company list, with the older finks combo, and that new-fangled Devoted Druid combo. Again, I do think Counters Company is arguably my best tier one/two matchup, as it's nigh-impossible to lose game one unless they draw two running company at some point AND get lucky AND I don’t have removal in hand. Game 1: I draw removal, and counter a Collected Company and resolve an Ancestral Vision, so I win the game pretty handily with a burn/tar-pit kill. Game 2: Not much more interesting, as he has to Path to Exile a snapcasteambush viper on his turn 3 to protect an overeager Vizier of the Sands, then plays a Devoted Druid while hitting his land drop, giving me the opportunity to Fatal Push and Lightning Bolt both down on my main phase the next turn, while holding up a countersquall for shenanigans. I get his collected company, and the game basically ends right there. After the game, my opponent showed me he was going for the finks/vizier to gain infinite blockers, and later infinite life but topdecked the druid with a Duskwatch Recruiter in hand and played for that instead. If someone could let me know if that is correct in the comments, I’d appreciate it, because I’m not sure if it is or not, I don’t play creature decks and don’t fully understand which of their lines are correct in a given situation. Result: 2-0 me Record: 4-0-1 Round six: Mardu Nahiri & Friends This is a matchup I knew of (I guesstimated this deck to be the 38th most popular in modern in my handy-dandy sideboard notebook), but did not think it worth to plan for (as I still maintain is correct) even though it is a terrible one. My deck does not line up against path and lingering souls, which is why I have a less than ideal matchup into Junk. Additionally, a resolved walker is nearly impossible for me to deal with out of a control-style deck, particularly if those walkers have action and a wincon attached to them, it's almost tar-pit or bust, and in this matchup I will explain why that did not matter. But I did have the most interesting game I had ever played in game 2, so it was well worth seeing and honestly a lot of fun. I think this deck is awesome, and even though I understand why it's not the best, it's still really cool, and I doubt I can beat it without some serious reps and PW hate. Game 1: I fight the good fight, but just kind of get my hand picked apart, and can’t win through a resolved Nahiri bringing down Emrakul. Game 2: This is where it gets interesting. I side in some Surgical Extractions because I’m 90% sure I know how Emrakul works, I play an ancestral t1 and pass. Opponent inquisitions me and takes my countersquall, seeing my hand of snaps and removal. Then I go to my turn, play a land, serum visions, and pass. Then my opponent pulls out the super sick plays, and plays a Rest in Peace. I immediately call a judge to whisper into his ear about the interaction is has with Emrakul (exiling it, as Emrakul is never allowed to hit the graveyard). Opponent understands this, and a few turns later sticks a nahiri, and pluses without drawing. I now know my out, making him draw the nahiri. A few turns later, he pluses nahiri, discarding a concealed courtyard, and I now know that he has drawn Emrakul. So we commence draw going for two more turns, and I counterspell a Liliana of the Veil and a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, as I cannot hit a sixth land drop to cast my two copies of Tasigur I have ended up with. But then, my opponent plays the card that I will soon to be the bane of my existence in control matchups, Gideon of the Trials. He starts beating, and then after I topdeck a Creeping Tar Pit, starts to plus Gideon on the pit, while then pathing the two Tasigurs I play. He then plays and cracks EE on 2 to kill his own Rest in Peace, then pluses Nahiri discarding Emrakul, which promptly gets Surgical Extractioned. Eventually, he gets to beating with Gideon of the Trials after he hits a Fatal Push for my land, and I lose. But I had a a great time with this game, it was hilarious. Result: 0-2 Opponent Record: 4-1-1 Round seven: Jeskai Control/Walkers This is actually my most played matchup on my Grixis control deck, as my testing partner of two years plays this deck with a passion (though he bought the tempo counter-burn deck to the gp). After years of testing, I have come to a conclusion: this is a losing matchup. They have lower cost counterspells, the same number of Cryptics, and the same number of Negate effects (2 of Negate to my 2 of Countersquall). Additionally it’s hard to get value out of Kolaghan’s Command when the vast majority, if not all, of their removal is going to be exiling or Condemning to the bottom. Additionally, as noted before, I have a planeswalker problem as my only real removal for them is Creeping Tar Pit over multiple turns during which the walker is getting value. Game 1: I get bodied by a Gideon resolving after a counter war, and life is just generally hard. Most of my stuff got killed, and I definitely got got by an Electrolyze on two snaps. Eventually got beat to death my my old friend, Gideon of the Trials. Game 2: With 11 minutes left in the round, I recognize at this point, I am playing for time, and try to get aggressive as best as possible. But, this is just not a winning strategy for my deck. In the end, I just get outvalued by his deck and burn killed after I give up a window for him to resolve a Sphinx’s Revelation. Result: 2-0 Opponent Record: 4-2-1 Round eight: Eldrazi Tron As explained in sideboard, this is the deck (over dredge) I decided to dedicate a massive amount of sideboard to, as I cannot beat tron on t3. Traditionally Tron vs. Control has always been in Tron’s favor, at least in g1, so I packed the full hate package. I’m basically conceding game one to this deck by playing Grixis control, so I need to win games 2 and 3. Game 1: Lesson! When you are de-sideboarding MAKE SURE you actually count your cards in deck before your next round! I suspend an Ancestral Vision on t1, and during his t2 I cast a Thought Scour targeting myself and mill a Snapcaster Mage and a Counterflux, draw my card, and call a judge immediately. I am given a (fair) game loss for Deck Problem, and I must say this as well: even if it is your infraction, be a nice person, CALL A JUDGE. We thank you for it! Game 2: This was a pretty solid and straightforward game for me, I hit a Fulminator Mage on t4, and my opponent did not have anything close to Tron, so I was able to blow up a Cavern of Souls. This freed me up to go on the Snapcaster-Ceremonious Rejection plan and just tempo him out with 2-1s and burn spells. Game 3: This was an interesting game, I blew up a Tron land on my t3 after he fetched for his third piece with an Expedition Map, using a Fulminator Mage. He plays a Cavern of Souls and passes, and I topdeck a Serum Visions, scry my two cards, bottom both, then look at my hand and see that beautiful beautiful Surgical Extraction off of my Serum Visions card. I slam it, and my opponent proceeds stall for two turns, missing his fourth land drop once, and his fifth land drop once, and once he hits his fifth and a Reality Smasher, I was able to hit him for enough dmg to just hit him with a Creeping Tar-Pit and a bolt. Turns out his hand was running 3 straight Reality Smashers after than, and I probably would have lost if I didn’t get pretty lucky with Fulminator Mage and his draws being meager. But we take our W’s. Result: 2-1 me Record: 5-2-1 Final round: W/U Walker Hard Control This was a very late-game based dual win-con ft. Colonnade control deck in Blue/White. Pretty much the classic list, but updated to include a Gideon of the Trials along with its singleton Elspeth and Jace, Architect of Thought. These matchups are very hard for me, as with three mainboard negates and the full slew of Mana Leaks, Cryptic Commands, and Logic Knots, coupled with removal such as Path to Exile and Detention Sphere, it’s very hard for me to win with my general strategy. Game 1: This game took 28 minutes. Ouch. We did play extremely fast, but when it comes down to it, these games are basically us stalling until he resolves a walker. He actually almost won off of milling me out, but forced through the last four dmg on his Gideon of the Trials 2 turns before I would have died. I think I may have wanted to scoop fairly early into the game, but I honestly don’t know. Game 2: This game was actually fairly quick (comparatively) and took about 15 minutes, I was able to stick an early Tasigur and counter his two removal spells. He did kill it eventually, but I did get through enough burn to force the kill after a few more turns of durdling. Game 3: This game started at about 7 minutes, and we tried to again, play as quickly as possible, but we just drew pretty early on into our game. I think I may have won, I was on 5 cards, he was on one, and I had a handful of counterspells, but my opponent did play to the turns out in that he was recognizing himself as behind early and just tempo’d me out until we hit the fifth turn. This was the end of my tournament. Sidenote: Opponent, I’m really sorry I didn’t just give you the game, I honestly forgot I was able to just concede, the judge was there, and I didn’t really want to ask if I was allowed to concede, because I didn’t know if that would be considered cheating and I don’t know how WOTC suspends players but didn’t want to risk it. I fully regret it, and if you read this, my B. Result: 1-1-1 draw Record: 5-2-2 http://pairings.channelfireball.com/personal/39/17722904322328745 NOTES ON TOURNAMENT VIABILITY So, I’m going to keep this short and bulleted. These are the reasons, followed by a quick conclusion, about why the Grixis Control deck is and isn’t large-scale event viable. PROS •I know this deck like the back of my hand •Caters to the vast knowledge I have of even the jankiest and darkest corners of the format (I have a sideboard plan for Mardu Nahiri and Faeries) •Is a very easy deck to win with once you turn the corner •Has a burn kill, and a turn 2 4/5 potentially •Has enough removal to deal with most tempo decks •Has counter magic to punish spell combo decks •Packs enough removal to deal with creature combo decks •Has a 50/50 against affinity game one CONS •I cannot stress this enough: I quite literally lost (drew, but essentially losses especially on day one) because the control and grindier matchups can just go to time, which is really bad •Is very weak to faster hard aggro decks (like zoo, burn) •Has to concede massive amounts of the sideboard to your “unwinnable” g1 matchups ◦This means that 4+ slots in your board are gone to a menace that messes with your deck (for me tron, potentially dredge depending on meta game) •If you do not know the deck you are playing against, you are severely disadvantaged •You often have to dodge an entire matchup if you want to go super deep (For me it was dredge and the control mirror, dodged dredge, the control mirror? Not so much) •You do rely on your opponent to play fairly quickly as well, which gives them the ability to slow roll you (I know, it's scummy, but it could happen) •Requires a LOT of reps •May get you mad salt at fnm (luckily in our 24 person modern fnms, we definitely have 4-5 lantern control decks so I’m pretty scott free) CONCLUSION I love this deck, but I cannot swear by it. I’ll keep playing it in the future, for sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s tier one by any means. It can certainly win, and I wish I could see better players than my scrubby self on the deck (shoutouts to Corey Burkhart). In addition to it just not being an optimal choice as of late, unless you are greased lightning on the deck, it is very likely you just get bodied by the clock. Even if you play fast (I play relatively fast) the clock is still your secondary opponent in grinder matchups, or control mirrors. I love this deck, I think its very playable. But if you are simply looking to win, without a lot of play with a deck, don’t play this. It’s not actually that great. Thanks! -Kazi Baker
And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves defeated by a threat too powerful for all of them to face, leaving behind only those insignificant enough to be overlooked.
Chris Powell - Darkhawk! Bio: Chris was the son of a seemingly crooked police officer who accidentally picked up a mysteriously abandoned alien device called a "raptor amulet" while trying to escape from a group of gangsters along with his little brothers. The amulet gave him the ability to swap his body with a powerful robot that he controlled with his consciousness. Chris used this power to fight crime in his area, but it came with a price - a faulty connection to the alien technology, never meant to be used by a human, gave him severe anger issues that worsened with time. Chris tried to give up use of his powers, even joining a support group for former teenage superheroes, but was caught up in the galaxy-spanning war of kings when it turned out that the raptor amulets were used by an ancient alien species in order to brutally maintain order throughout the Shi'ar empire. He now devotes his life to finding and destroying the rest of the amulets, to prevent them from falling into the hands of their creators. Origin, as shown in Darkhawk #1 Powers: The Darkhawk robot is extremely fast, strong, and durable, and comes with a series of gadgets such as a projectile claw and razor sharp wings. The robot is able to fly and fire blasts of darkforce energy from its chest, which can be used either as an offensive beam or a defensive shield. If the robot is damaged Chris can simply switch back to his human body and then transform again, since a new robot body is used every time.
Laura Kinney - X-23! Bio: X-23 was the product of an offshoot of the Canadian Weapon X program, whose mission was to create a perfect clone of the original Weapon X, Wolverine. The only available DNA of Wolverine was too damaged to create a perfect clone, so instead of proceeding with the project as intended the damaged Y chromosome was discarded and the X chromosome was duplicated, creating a female clone. She was carried in the womb of the scientist who created the clone, and who eventually grew feelings of affection towards her, unlike the others who saw here merely as a weapon. When she reached age 11, she was sold out to various high bidders as an extremely effective assassin. Eventually her mother, realizing that what they were doing was evil, gave her one final mission to destroy the facility that had created her. She completed this task, but during the process her mother was splashed with the trigger scent, causing X to kill her as well. Before passing away, her mother gave X her real name: Laura Kinney. Laura spent a few years wandering the world aimlessly, even spending a short time as a prostitute. Eventually she was found by the X-Men and joined a few of their teams, most notably X-Force. Most recently she has assumed the mantle of Wolverine after the death of the original. Origin, as shown in X-23 #1 Powers: X has all of the original Wolverine's abilities: a powerful "healing factor" that lets her regenerate from normally fatal wounds, highly enhanced senses, and retractable claws that burst from her wrists. Unlike Wolverine, only X's claws are made of indestructible adamantium metal, her skeleton is normal. She also has only two claws on each hand, but a single claw on each foot. She is highly trained in armed and unarmed combat and is physically peak human.
Greg Willis - Gravity! Bio: Gravity was just a kid from Rural Wisconsin who, like most children, grew up idolizing famous superheroes like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, and one day dreamed of being one. Unlike most children he kept this dream past puberty, and was able to make it into a reality when he was sucked into a strange gravity vortex on a boating trip with his parents and granted the power to manipulate the fundamental force of gravity. He moved to New York after being accepted into college there and finally had the chance to become a big-city superhero. After a few early mistakes Gravity cleaned up his act and eventually joined several superhero groups such as the Young Allies and the 50-State Initiative. Origin, as shown in Gravity #5 Powers: Gravity can manipulate the force of gravity. This is his only power, but he can use it in a wide variety of ways and is very creative. He can make things heavier or lighter, levitate and manipulate objects without touching them, increase the force of his punches, and create force fields, just to name a few applications.
Shreck - Terror! Bio: Terror is ancient warrior belonging to the Vandal tribe whose village was massacred by a demon summoned by the Roman army. He managed to slay the creature but was cursed by its blood, which prevented him from ever dying. This curse didn't prevent his flesh from decaying, meaning that he constantly needs to replace his old and rotting body parts with fresh ones. The only part he never replaces is the left arm that once belonged to his lover, which is mystically preserved in enchanted armor. Over the years he has primarily worked as a mercenary through his business Terror Inc., although he's willing to accept pretty much any job as long as it pays. Origin, as shown in Deadpool #7 Powers: Terror can replace his body parts with new ones, almost like a zombie Swiss Army knife. He can use this ability to repair himself when damaged or simply to make sure he has the right parts for the job. He inherits the memories, skills, powers, and emotions of the pieces he uses. The fact that he's made of dead flesh increases his strength since his body no longer has the subconscious emotional limits on strength that keep living humans in check. He also has a few abilities left over from the demon which cursed him, such as demonic tentacles that sprout from his body when he loses conscious control of himself.
Rick Sheridan - Sleepwalker! Bio: Sleepwalker is an alien who serves as a kind of police for the dimension known as the mindscape, which is attached to the minds of every living creature and can only be accessed through dreams. While battling an enemy known as Cobweb Sleepwalker accidentally lost his "Imaginator" device which allowed him to teleport between minds, leaving him trapped in the mind of a New York man named Rick Sheridan. Sleepwalker is only able to emerge from Rick's mind while Rick is asleep, but continues his same agenda as before, this time serving as protector of the Earth from bizarre supernatural threads. It's worth noting that in League of Losers Sleepwalker is separated completely from Rick's mind and is no longer bound to him. Origin, as shown in Sleepwalker #3 Powers: Earth's gravity has no effect on Sleepwalker, giving him highly superhuman strength, speed, and durability. He is able to warp reality using a power known as warp gaze which can affect anything in his field of view, albeit with a diminished effect after a certain range. Sleepwalker can also use his warp-gaze as a form of telekinesis. He has no offensive telepathy while in the waking world but amplifies the telepathic abilities of others nearby. Sleepwalker can also fly at high speeds.
Tandy Bowen - Dagger! Bio: Dagger is a member of the duo Cloak and Dagger, a pair of superheroes who fight crime (especially drug dealing) in the streets of New York. The two were exposed to an experimental drug at a young age which killed almost everyone it was given to, but granted superhuman powers to those who survived. Cloak and Dagger have always fought on the side of the angels but they remain on the outskirts of the superhuman community and are generally content to keep to themselves. Origin, as shown in Cloak & Dagger #4 Powers: Dagger is able to manipulate life force in the form of special beams of light which she uses as projectiles. These beams can heal, paralyze, purify, or even kill the targets they touch. Years of experience and practice also make her extremely agile and a skilled fighter.
Robbie Baldwin - Speedball! Bio: Robbie was an average teenager working at a science laboratory who was exposed to an experimental form of energy when his curiosity got the better nature of him. This energy gave him a spiffy new costume as well as a variety of kinetic energy related powers, which he used to fight crime as Speedball. His solo efforts aided the community he lived in greatly but after a fight with Terrax the Tamer, former herald of Galactus, Robbie joined up with other teenage superheroes who had arrived on the scene and formed the New Warriors, popularizing the concept of a teenage super-team and leading to the formation of many others such as the Young Allies over the years. The New Warriors suffered from a constantly changing roster and eventually were reiterated as a reality TV show following the group of heroes as they confronted supernatural threats. Speedball's antics on TV soon caused national outrage after his recklessness in leading his team led to the destruction of a school and the death of 800+ civilians who were caught in an explosion caused by the supervillain Nitro. Nitro's blast nearly killed Robbie and the trauma of what he had caused scarred him mentally, causing him to adopt the new persona of Penance, an extremely dark superhero whose powers were activated by pain. With lots of therapy Speedball has been somewhat able to recover but still relies on self harm to activate his abilities, a fact which he is extremely ashamed of. Origin, as shown in Speedball #1 Powers: Speedball is extremely... bouncy. This may not seem like an impressive power, but coupled with extremely high durability due to kinetic force fields and the ability to accelerate to extreme speeds this power becomes quite dangerous. Whenever an enemy strikes Speedball he ricochets right back at them, like a human version of Captain America's shield. Speedball also has a more general control over kinetic energy allowing him to generate forcefield bubbles and fire the standard superhuman blasts of energy. While in costume he is incredibly hard to hurt, and easily moves fast enough to dodge bullets.
Anya Corazon - Araña! Bio: Anya's mother passed away at a young age, leaving her father to take care of her and see her through school. She was always a strong and somewhat aggressive teenager but after being injured in the crossfire from a mystical battle she was resurrected with the power to use her aggression for good. She was infused with the power of a totem, similar to the one which powers Spider-Man, and was granted mystical powers which she used to fight crime, although she generally spent more time fighting for her life against forces intent on capturing her. Origin, as shown in Amazing Fantasy #2 Powers: Anya's powers have gone through a series of changes over the years, so I will mention only the powers which she had during the League of Losers story line. Her powers are linked to a mystical tattoo on her left arm which grants her superhuman physicals and allows her to generate a form of mystical armor that further amps her. She also uses a "Spider-Bola," a whip-like projectile attached to her wrist which she uses as a weapon.
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