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Lions Mock Offseason 1.0

2020.11.29 18:10 zedd_gaskin1 Lions Mock Offseason 1.0

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Usually it's my cousin who does some of these, but I wanted to take a very early stab at one myself, especially with all the excitement now that Quinn and Patricia are gone. Personally, sad it didn't workout for Bob Quinn, seemed like a good dude. Can't say I feel the same about Patricia, given how abrasive he was with a lot of players, doesn't seem like a dude I'd want to play for. Anyways, it's all behind us and Detroit is on to the future. In this Mock Offseason, I am playing the role of Supreme Overlord of the Lions, all decisions are mine and mine alone.

General Manager

Personally think there are a lot of good options that have surfaced recently as options for Detroit. My personal guess is that Detroit hires former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff for the position, aiming for some stability and experience after an untested Bob Quinn did not make it. However, that is not the direction I'll personally be going in.
For me, the top 4 names for first time GM's are...
I think there's some questions over whether or not Dodds wants to even take the next step, so I think that Hortiz and Morgan are a bit more realistic options for this exercise. I think Morgan and Borgonzi would give you clear inroads to try and land a head coach like Daboll or Bieniemy respectively. Wink Martindale or Roman seems like decent coordinators for Baltimore, but not sure either would top my head coach wishlist, however, we are going to go ahead and hire Joe Hortiz to be the next General Manager of the Detroit Lions. The Ravens have drafted well during his time there, and he understands what a winning culture should like after witnessing John Harbaugh establish one in Baltimore.

Head Coach

With Hortiz being hired as General Manager, I'm not sure there's anything specific that he'd really be looking to do that some of the others wouldn't, in terms of hiring a head coach. The goal remains the same, hire a head coach who can build a competent staff, rebuild a shoddy defense, retool the offense enough to get the last few years out of Stafford or find and develop his replacement, and install a winning culture in Detroit.
I specifically like these nine coaches...
Now, I think if Detroit could go grab Borgonzi as their GM right now, they'd have a good shot at landing Bieniemy to come be their new head coach. Outside of that, I think the reasons to go to some of the other teams are a bit higher than what Detroit has to offer. For Houston, Watson is an elite QB at a young age. In New York and Jacksonville, you'll get the chance to add top tier QB prospects like Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields while building your roster out with extra first round picks.
I'm unsure about whether Lincoln Riley would really leave OU, but he'd be fun to bring in for sure. Ultimately however, we are going to hypothetically land Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. His offense with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill have been fun to watch.
For Smith's staff, we'll go ahead and bring Titans offensive assistant Luke Steckel along as the new QB coach, given that he's been working as an assistant with QB's in Tennessee recently (not the QB coach to be clear). He'll get a promotion to join Smith and ensure the QB is on the same page. I think we'll hang onto to Lions WR coach Robert Prince and Special Teams Coordinators Brayden Coombs in the same roles. For the TE position, I'd love to see if Vrabel could use his OSU connections to recommend that Buckeyes TE coach Kevin Wilson join Smith and the Lions this offseason. At running back, we'll make an attempt to hire Anthony Lynn if the Chargers do in fact fire him, assuming he doesn't land an offensive coordinator gig elsewhere. If not, we can retain Kyle Caskey. Offensive line coach is another big one. I think Hank Fraley was decent in his first-season running the group, but perhaps Smith wants his own guy, perhaps bringing Titans asst. OL coach Matt Sullivan, who has been with Smith in Tennessee for quite awhile and worked with one of the better OL's in the league recently.
On the defensive side, this will be the biggest question, as Detroit's defense desperately needs to be reconfigured. Personally, I'd love to see Detroit take a chance on Cincinnati Bearcats DC Marcus Freeman, as the Bearcats have a fantastic defense and Freeman seems like a rising star at the position. If they want someone more established in the NFL, then 49ers LB coach DeMeco Ryans seems like an ideal candidate for a promotion, given how well the LB's have played. Let's go with Freeman in this one however.
There's no defensive coach internally worthy of being kept around, though LB coach Tyrone McKenzie was with the Titans before joining the Lions, so that could be a possibility. We'll keep him out however, as we'll assume Freeman roles with a bit more of a modern defense, not the approach Detroit took this past season. We are going to dip back into the college ranks for another hire however, bringing in Pitt Panthers DL coach Charlie Partridge, whose unit has been one of the better DLs in college football. For the OLB coach position, we'll try and scoop up one of the few salvageable pieces from the Jets coaching staff, LB coach Frank Bush. In the secondary, we grab Kris Richard, the former secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, giving Freeman a more experience hand on the backend. Probably a handful of other spots to fill, but we'll go with that coaching staff for now.


Detroit's going to need to shed a lot of dead weight this offseason, in order to gain some cap space with a reduced cap coming up.
The first casualty will be CB Desmond Trufant. His $10 mil cap hit is just a bit too rich for an inconsistent player like himself. Besides, he's at his best in heavy man coverage, and we're looking to mix things up a bit more. If you can find a trade partner for him, do it, but I doubt anyone would be keen to acquire his large contract.
Next up, cutting both DL additions from last season, Nick Williams and Danny Shelton. Both are mediocre players who provide very little for about $5 mil a piece. Additionally, TE Jesse James is cut, as he's overpaid for a very mediocre TE2. We'll still need an upgrade there, but he isn't going to cut it.
And lastly, we're gonna see if we can trade OLB Christian Jones to someone else. Probably can't get anything for him, so it'll be an outright cut here, but who knows, maybe a Patriots disciple will want him.
For trades, I am going to pull the trigger on trade. I'm going to send G Joe Dahl to the Panthers for a 5th round selection. Detroit has to keep Hal Vaitai in town for another season before they can cut him, so we'll start him at guard and pick up another draft pick for Dahl.
Finally, going to restructure the contract of QB Chase Daniel a bit, freeing up about $1.5 mil for Detroit.
Last thing we are going to do is franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay. Now obviously Golladay could threaten to sit out, but at this point we are going to hold Golladay on the tag as a trade target. I think the team that makes the most sense to acquire Kenny Golladay is the Indianapolis Colts, who will need a longer-term replacement for T.Y. Hilton. In this scenario, the Colts send their 2nd round selection in 2021, and a 6th round pick in 2022 to the Lions in exchange for Golladay and a 2022 7th.
Add in the rollover money from 2020, and this brings Detroit's cap space estimate to about $28.5 million by my best estimates. As we enter free agency, we have major needs at WR, DT, LB and FS, then also need role players at WR, TE, CB, and probably some depth on the OL and at RB as well. This is also doesn't even mention the plausibility of drafting a QB to replace Stafford soon anyways.

Free Agency

We are going to let a majority of our free agents walk. Notably, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Everson Griffen, and Romeo Okwara will be playing for new teams in 2021. Depending on the size of the contracts they bring in, and what Detroit spends, might actually see some compensatory selections coming back. Wouldn't count on it, but it's a possibility for sure.
First up, we are actually going to re-sign a few players internally. I'd love to see LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin in a defense that fits him a bit better, and he's still a valuable special teams piece, so a 1-year deal for Reeves-Maybin at around $1.1 million would probably be the most he'd command in my opinion. Next up is WR Jamal Agnew, who is an excellent kick returner and developing as a wide receiver. We'll give him 2-years at $5 million total to bring him back, splitting the cap hit to only count about $1.75 to $2 mil against the cap this season. And lastly, we're going to bring back a couple of our speciality restrictions, giving original round tenders to CB Michael Ford, FB Jason Cabinda and TE Isaac Nauta as restricteds, while using the ERFA tender to bring back QB David Blough and T Matt Nelson. We are not going to use the ERFA tag on P Jack Fox, as he's definitely proven himself and is deserving of a raise. We'll instead ink him to a 3-year, $9 million deal to remain in Detroit as their All-Pro punter.
Now dipping into the external realm, the first thing we're going to do is target some beef on the interior defensive line, as we've cut Shelton and Williams and cannot rely on Da'Shawn Hand to be healthy. One guy I'd love for Detroit to add is Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi, a talented but fairly inconsistent player. He's able to provide a certain degree of interior pressure, so hopefully a contract mirroring the ones Shelton got could cut it. 2-years, $10 million for what is hopefully an improvement at DT. Additionally, we're going to add a nose tackle to start and rotate with John Penisini, bringing in Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins on a 2-year, $9 million deal to boost the interior of the line. We may still look for another piece on the interior in the draft, but for now, we'll stick with these two as reinforcements.
Next up is some attention at WR. Rather than go bargain hunting, I want to make a splash, and while I'd love to land JuJu Smith-Schuster, we don't really have the cap space for that, so a smaller splash like Texans WR Will Fuller at 4-years, $56 million seems more appropriate. A productive WR at only 26-years old, he's not as dependent on his leaping ability the way Golladay is.
Now, we still only have 4 WR's on the roster, with JuJu joining Agnew, Quintez Cephus, and I believe Geronimo Allison given that he opted out of 2020. We'll add one more veteran to the competition, and actually, I forgot about Marvin Hall Jr. earlier, but I'd love to bring him back to Detroit anyways, a 2-year deal for about $3.6 million should be a worthy enough raise to run it back with Stafford and co.
Next up, I want to add a veteran TE behind Hockenson, and given the timeline of developing younger TE's, getting an established presence thru free agency seems most viable. I really like the idea of snagging TE Trey Burton from the Colts, as he's a decent pass catcher, and even doubling his 2020 salary only leads to a 1-year deal at $2 million.
At this point, we're running fairly low on cap space, and still need to sign our draft class, so adding a few low end veterans on what'll likely be minimum deals is the move. These players aren't going to really count against the cap, as they'll either replace the base minimum already assumed in those spots, or get bumped by draft picks at a lower cost anyways. We'll go ahead and bring in the following veteran minimum guys... RB Senorise Perry (TEN), T John Wetzel (ATL), G Ryan Groy (LAC) on offense and LB Alex Anzalone (NO) and CB Fabian Moreau (WAS).
At this point, if we need more cap space, you could look into restructuring the current deals of some long-term players like OT Taylor Decker or maybe CB Justin Coleman.

NFL Draft

Using the Mock Draft Machine, except inserting my own selections for the two added selections (via IND in the second and via CAR in the fifth - Tankathon).
Round 1, Pick 9: This was a pretty easy selection for me to make, as LB Micah Parsons was off the board and we already addressed the interior DL in free agency. Detroit selects WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama, a premier player at a big position of need. He's been exceptional for the Tide this year.
Round 2, Pick 41: With no starting free safety, wanted to land a day-one talent at this spot, so went ahead and selected S Trevon Moehrig, TCU to man deep center for Detroit.
Round 2, Pick 55 (via IND): I was really hoping that he'd make it to this spot, and indeed he did. We need some serious injection of speed and tackling at LB, and LB Nick Bolton, Missouri should be a crucial piece to Detroit's defensive rebuild. He's a bit short, but he's dominated the SEC this fall.
Round 3, Pick 73: We really need an upgrade at pass rusher, and given that Quintricia really only stocked it with run stuffing DE's, Detroit would benefit if DE Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh really does drop to the third round. He's one of the most productive pass rushers in college, and we just signed his DL coach to join us as well. Love this add.
Round 4, Pick 110: After addressing most of our top needs, we reinforce the offensive line here with a physical run blocker in G Ben Cleveland, Georgia. He, along with fellow SEC fourth rounder Logan Stenberg, give Detroit two young road graters to develop as depth.
Round 5, Pick 147 (via CAR): This late into the draft, really just looking for pieces that may have a shot at making the roster and developing into something useful. That leads to our selection of TE Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss, a very productive pass catcher who plays flex TE for Lane Kiffin and co.
Round 5, Pick 149: At this point, ideally I'd like to execute a trade down but as I don't have their trade machine feature, I'm just going to write it in here, say moving down to the 6th round to pick up a 2022 late round pick as well. Then in the 6th, we take K Blake Haubeil, Ohio State to replace Matt Prater.

Depth Chart

QB: Matthew Stafford / Chase Daniel / David Blough RB: D'Andre Swift / Kerryon Johnson / Senorise Perry FB: Jason Cabinda WR: Will Fuller / Marvin Hall Jr. / Quintez Cephus WR: DeVonta Smith / Jamal Agnew / Geronimo Allison TE: T.J. Hockenson / Trey Burton / Isaac Nauta / Hunter Bryant OR Kenny Yeboah LT: Taylor Decker / Matt Nelson LG: Jonah Jackson / Logan Stenberg C: Frank Ragnow / Beau Benzschawel / Russell Bodine RG: Hal Vaitai / Ben Cleveland / Ryan Groy RT: Tyrell Crosby / John Wetzel
DE: Trey Flowers / Austin Bryant DT: Johnathan Hankins / John Penisini / John Atkins DT: Larry Ogunjobi / Da'Shawn Hand / Jashon Cornell DE: Patrick Jones II / Julian Okwara LB: Jaime Collins / Alex Anzalone / Jahlani Tavai LB: Nick Bolton / Jalen Reeves-Maybin CB: Amani Oruwariye / Mike Ford / Fabian Moreau CB: Justin Coleman / Jeff Okudah FS: Trevon Moehrig / C.J. Moore SS: Tracy Walker / Will Harris
K: Blake Haubeil P: Jack Fox LS: Steven Wirtel
Overall, didn't really end up in a position to take a QB I liked, as all three of Lawrence, Lance and Fields were gone, and I'm not sold on Zach Wilson or Kyle Trask at this point, especially not at #9 overall. If Lance or Fields drops a bit, would totally love to see them end up in Honolulu Blue, but I don't think Detroit necessarily has to land a QB this season. Think safety would need a veteran add after looking this over, and potentially some better depth on the OL and RB, but those can be handled prior to the start of the season with camp cuts and such. I like our explosiveness at WR, and got some better LB's. Now if Okudah can improve under a new scheme, I think you could start to have something here. Obviously you've still got a lot of old starters on defense, but managed to at least cycle some new talent in on the DL and mix in some fresh blood at other spots. It'll take more than one year, but think this could be a competitive team quick enough to give Stafford one final shot. Regardless, probably drafting his successor in 2022 Draft, and I'd love to get ahold of Sam Howell from UNC, even if it means putting together a package of picks to move up for him.
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2020.11.29 17:34 deyazfootball [Advice] Discipline and life is a subtraction game.

Humans have a deep bias toward positive action. We look to add to our careers, our lives and our relationships. When faced with a condition we would like improved, our first thoughts are: What new tool should I use? What new habit can I implement? What new process must I put in place? We’re always on the search for something to add.
This is a mistaken approach. There is a different approach—a better one. In latin it’s called Via Negativa. The negative way. It works through the process of elimination. Nassim Taleb explains in Antifragile:
Yet, in practice it is the negative that’s used by the pros, those selected by evolution: chess grandmasters usually win by not losing; people become rich by not going bust (particularly when others do); religions are mostly about interdicts; the learning of life is about what to avoid. You reduce most of your personal risks of accident thanks to a small number of measures.
Most of success is, in fact, avoiding ruin. When we subtract the negative, we can avoid ALL the downside. The condition cannot deteriorate anymore. There is nothing left to damage it. The only way to go becomes up. Via negativa is a patently better strategy: Goal weights are reached more effectively by not eating junk than adding exercise. Productivity is achieved by not getting distracted rather than adding a new productivity app. Trouble is avoided by staying away from bad company rather than simply adding good friends.
The pros know this. In their lives and careers, they focus on removing negatives far more than adding positives. Warren Buffet’s first rule of investment is Never lose the money. The second rule is Never forget Rule 1. That’s his big secret: avoid the downside. “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten”, writes his partner Charlie Munger, “by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”
Taleb echoes these sentiments: “The greatest—and most robust—contribution to knowledge”, he writes, “consists in removing what we think is wrong—subtractive epistemology.” If we can merely remove what we know to be wrong, who knows how great the improvements might be?


Via negativa even applies to happiness and wealth. The idea is profound in its simplicity: Stop doing what you know to be wrong. You know what these are; We all do. We all know—in our heart of hearts—the stupid and peculiar ways we make life worse than it happens to be.
If you find you’re unhappy, stop smoking, stop lying, get rid of debt, get rid of toxic people in your life, quit wasting time on the internet and stop eating crap. Over weeks and months, observe how much better your life gets just from those omissions.
The ancients knew this of course. Ennius wrote, “The good is mostly in the absence of bad”; Nimium boni est, cui nihil est mali.
Wealth too obeys the rule. We know that, past a middle-class income, money has a very weak relationship to happiness. The bourgeoisie are not happier than the commoners. This is because most of money’s (psychological) benefits are subtractive. Money allows you to eliminate the stress of empty fridges, cold winters, cramped living and homelessness. Once those anxieties are removed, nearly all misery is avoided.
Taleb writes:
If true wealth consists in worriless sleeping, clear conscience, reciprocal gratitude, absence of envy, good appetite, muscle strength, physical energy, frequent laughs, no meals alone, no gym class, some physical labor (or hobby), good bowel movements, no meeting rooms, and periodic surprises, then it is largely subtractive.


Even success and achievement is benefited by a via negativa approach. In fact, subtraction is the very essence of productivity—productivity that is not just about doing more, but ACHIEVING more. Greg McKeown champions the maxim of Less, but better. He explains his philosophy of essentialism:
Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy
There are far too many opportunities and activities, he asserts, that we can choose to invest in; far more than we have the time and resources for. A lot of them may be good, but the fact is that most are trivial. There will, however, be one or two that are decidedly first-rate. These activities are the ones that will provide the GREATEST return. They are the wisest possible investment of your time and energy.
Concentrate on these activities, and these activities ONLY. Avoid all the good activities. The good activities will try to lure you away from the great ones. They will knock at your door as you’re working on your essential activities, enticing and tempting you with their low hanging fruit—their quick and easy rewards. This frame of mind is reflected especially well in Warren Buffet’s ‘not to do’ list.


From Antifragile:
Michelangelo was asked by the pope about the secret of his genius, particularly how he carved the statue of David, largely considered the masterpiece of all masterpieces. His answer was: “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”
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2020.11.29 17:30 deyazfootball Life is a subtraction game.

Humans have a deep bias toward positive action. We look to add to our careers, our lives and our relationships. When faced with a condition we would like improved, our first thoughts are: What new tool should I use? What new habit can I implement? What new process must I put in place? We’re always on the search for something to add.
This is a mistaken approach. There is a different approach—a better one. In latin it’s called Via Negativa. The negative way. It works through the process of elimination. Nassim Taleb explains in Antifragile:
Yet, in practice it is the negative that’s used by the pros, those selected by evolution: chess grandmasters usually win by not losing; people become rich by not going bust (particularly when others do); religions are mostly about interdicts; the learning of life is about what to avoid. You reduce most of your personal risks of accident thanks to a small number of measures.
Most of success is, in fact, avoiding ruin. When we subtract the negative, we can avoid ALL the downside. The condition cannot deteriorate anymore. There is nothing left to damage it. The only way to go becomes up. Via negativa is a patently better strategy: Goal weights are reached more effectively by not eating junk than adding exercise. Productivity is achieved by not getting distracted rather than adding a new productivity app. Trouble is avoided by staying away from bad company rather than simply adding good friends.
The pros know this. In their lives and careers, they focus on removing negatives far more than adding positives. Warren Buffet’s first rule of investment is Never lose the money. The second rule is Never forget Rule 1. That’s his big secret: avoid the downside. “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten”, writes his partner Charlie Munger, “by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”
Taleb echoes these sentiments: “The greatest—and most robust—contribution to knowledge”, he writes, “consists in removing what we think is wrong—subtractive epistemology.” If we can merely remove what we know to be wrong, who knows how great the improvements might be?


Via negativa even applies to happiness and wealth. The idea is profound in its simplicity: Stop doing what you know to be wrong. You know what these are; We all do. We all know—in our heart of hearts—the stupid and peculiar ways we make life worse than it happens to be.
If you find you’re unhappy, stop smoking, stop lying, get rid of debt, get rid of toxic people in your life, quit wasting time on the internet and stop eating crap. Over weeks and months, observe how much better your life gets just from those omissions.
The ancients knew this of course. Ennius wrote, “The good is mostly in the absence of bad”; Nimium boni est, cui nihil est mali.
Wealth too obeys the rule. We know that, past a middle-class income, money has a very weak relationship to happiness. The bourgeoisie are not happier than the commoners. This is because most of money’s (psychological) benefits are subtractive. Money allows you to eliminate the stress of empty fridges, cold winters, cramped living and homelessness. Once those anxieties are removed, nearly all misery is avoided.
Taleb writes:
If true wealth consists in worriless sleeping, clear conscience, reciprocal gratitude, absence of envy, good appetite, muscle strength, physical energy, frequent laughs, no meals alone, no gym class, some physical labor (or hobby), good bowel movements, no meeting rooms, and periodic surprises, then it is largely subtractive.


Even success and achievement is benefited by a via negativa approach. In fact, subtraction is the very essence of productivity—productivity that is not just about doing more, but ACHIEVING more. Greg McKeown champions the maxim of Less, but better. He explains his philosophy of essentialism:
Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy
There are far too many opportunities and activities, he asserts, that we can choose to invest in; far more than we have the time and resources for. A lot of them may be good, but the fact is that most are trivial. There will, however, be one or two that are decidedly first-rate. These activities are the ones that will provide the GREATEST return. They are the wisest possible investment of your time and energy.
Concentrate on these activities, and these activities ONLY. Avoid all the good activities. The good activities will try to lure you away from the great ones. They will knock at your door as you’re working on your essential activities, enticing and tempting you with their low hanging fruit—their quick and easy rewards. This frame of mind is reflected especially well in Warren Buffet’s ‘not to do’ list.


From Antifragile:
Michelangelo was asked by the pope about the secret of his genius, particularly how he carved the statue of David, largely considered the masterpiece of all masterpieces. His answer was: “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”
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2020.11.29 00:35 SWGalaxysEdge ** Sun 11/29 - Christmas TV shows - ALL CHANNELS ** - part 2 of 3

All times Eastern USA - check your local listings.
continued from part 1
Christmas on the VineTomorrow, 12:00 PM / LIF-E 38On Christmas vacation a marketing executive works on an assignment to help a family-owned winery struggling to stay afloat, and along with the stubborn winery owner, she tries to save the business from being acquired by a giant wine corporation.
A Heavenly ChristmasTomorrow, 12:00 PM / HALLMV 84A workaholic suffers an untimely death and becomes a Christmas Angel-in-training in Heaven, and even though she's not good at her new job, she is assigned a hard luck case that helps her learn the true meanings of Christmas and love.
A Christmas BlessingTomorrow, 12:00 PM / TVONE 146A woman facing the reality of raising her four children without their father, who was killed in action, and a man struggling to get custody of his two sons after a divorce cross paths during the holiday season and learn lessons about family.
T.O.T.S. - Santa Baby; Shear MadnessTomorrow, 12:15 PM / DISNEYJR 179Pip and Freddy attempt to teach the joy of giving during Christmas to a magical baby reindeer; Pip and Freddy frantically try to figure out how to fix the situation when they mistakenly shave all the wool off a baby sheep.
Muppet Babies - A Very Muppet Babies Christmas; Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday SurpriseTomorrow, 12:40 PM / DISNEYJR 179Kermit is the only one of the babies who is not happy about the secret Santa gift they received when the babies celebrate Christmas in the playroom; Piggy tries to bring Summer's traditions to the playroom when a snowstorm cancels her trip home.
Die HardTomorrow, 12:45 PM / HBO2W 209A New York cop, who is visiting Los Angeles, finds himself pitted against a group of ruthless terrorists who have taken a large number of hostages in a high-rise office building, and he is forced to fight for their survival alone.
A Royal Christmas BallTomorrow, 1:00 PM / WXPX-TV 17/ ION
Jessie - Christmas StoryTomorrow, 1:00 PM / DIS-E 40The family worries that Morgan and Christina will not make it home in time for Christmas when they become stuck in a blizzard; Jessie shops for the children's Christmas gifts; Jessie takes the children to the mall to see Santa Clause.
Puppy Dog Pals - A Very Pug Christmas; The Latke KerfuffleTomorrow, 1:05 PM / DISNEYJR 179When Bob's very special Christmas gift goes missing from Santa Claus' sleigh, Bingo and Rolly join in to help Santa search for the lost present; Bingo and Rolly help Bob cook latkes for his neighbor's traditional Hanukkah party.
Good Luck JESSIE: NYC ChristmasTomorrow, 1:30 PM / DIS-E 40Teddy and PJ from Good Luck Charlie travel to New York City to tour the university there and they cross paths with Jessie and the gang when a blizzard prevents them from returning home, which results in all kinds of holiday high jinks.
A Fairly Odd ChristmasTomorrow, 1:30 PM / NTOON 144An ordinary ten-year-old boy with an extraordinary fairy godfamily sets out on a quest to save Christmas after granting too many wishes, but first, he must go on a quest to find an ancient Elf with the power to take his name off the naughty list.
Doc McStuffins - A Very McStuffins ChristmasTomorrow, 1:35 PM / DISNEYJR 179Donny's Christmas present is just about ready for delivery until Tobias the elf accidentally breaks off an important piece of the gift; hoping to have Donny's present fixed before Christmas, Doc journeys to Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
Arthur ChristmasTomorrow, 1:37 PM / STRZFK 274With a vital task that must be completed as quickly as possible, Santa's youngest son attempts to use his father's technologically advanced business to accomplish the undertaking, and along the way, he comes to further understand his family.
A Taste of ChristmasTomorrow, 2:00 PM / LIF-E 38After learning her cousin has to cancel the Christmas Eve launch of her new restaurant, a woman tries to find a way to make the opening happen, but she must convince the restaurant chef they can pull it off with three days until Christmas.
Holiday Wars - When Toys Come Alive... and Go WildTomorrow, 2:00 PM / FOODTV 56When too much holiday magic accidentally brings all the toys to life on Christmas morning, host Raven-Symone asks the five teams to show judges Shinmin Li and Erin Acevedo what happens when the toys come alive, escape from their boxes, and go wild.
A Shoe Addict's ChristmasTomorrow, 2:00 PM / HALMRK 68When a woman is accidentally locked inside a department store after closing, she is shocked to receive a visit from a guardian angel, who takes her on a trip to Christmases past, present and future to rediscover the true spirit of the holiday.
A Godwink ChristmasTomorrow, 2:00 PM / HALLMV 84When a St. Louis antique appraiser accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, her aunt invites her to her Nantucket home near Martha's Vineyard, but while there, she meets a charming inn owner and begins to fall in love with him.
Santiago of the Seas - A Pirate ChristmasTomorrow, 2:00 PM / NGN-E 125Santiago and crew must help Santa save Christmas.
Spookley and the Christmas KittensTomorrow, 2:00 PM / DISNEYJR 179Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Mistletoe stumble upon three kittens who are searching for a home in the middle of a strong winter storm, but the two friends could be just the help they need if they all agree to work together.
Black ChristmasTomorrow, 2:10 PM / HBO 201Students at a college head home for the holidays to spend time with their families, but as a group of sorority sisters prepare to have fun at some seasonal parties, a mysterious person in a cloak begins to leave a bloody trail around campus.
Raven's Home - Bah HumbuggedTomorrow, 2:30 PM / DIS-E 40Booker experiences a vision about his parents reuniting over the holidays and attempts to reproduce each of the family's Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza traditions in the hopes of setting the mood; Raven and Garrett confront each other.
Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Mickey Saves SantaTomorrow, 2:50 PM / DISNEYJR 179Christmas is in danger of not happening this year when Santa's sleigh breaks down on Christmas Eve and he is unable to deliver all of the presents in his bag, so Mickey and friends come to Santa's aid and help ensure all the gifts are given out.
A Prince for ChristmasTomorrow, 3:00 PM / WXPX-TV 17/ ION / HDTVA prince rebels against his parents after they try to force him into an arranged marriage and runs off to the United States, where he meets and falls in love with a young waitress working in a small town diner who doesn't know his true identity.
K.C. Undercover - 'Twas the Fight Before ChristmasTomorrow, 3:00 PM / DIS-E 40K.C. plans to give her dad an amazing Christmas gift by having his father visit him, but her plan backfires when she discovers the two don't get along well, and her grandfather is unaware that his son's family is a family of spies.
Buddy vs. Christmas - Christmas ExtravaganzaTomorrow, 3:00 PM / FOODTV 56Buddy Valastro and his team build a life-size gingerbread house to compete against a life-size snow globe designed by award-winning scenic designer David Gallo, his partner, Viveca Gardiner, and their team; Jason Chatfield and Courtney Quinn judge.
Merry Christmas Drake & JoshTomorrow, 3:00 PM / NTOON 144Drake and Josh take jobs as Santa's helpers in a shopping mall where they promise a little girl that she will have "the best Christmas ever," and a run-in with the police forces them to keep their promise to stay out of jail.
T.O.T.S. - Santa Baby; Shear MadnessTomorrow, 3:20 PM / DISNEYJR 179Pip and Freddy attempt to teach the joy of giving during Christmas to a magical baby reindeer; Pip and Freddy frantically try to figure out how to fix the situation when they mistakenly shave all the wool off a baby sheep.
K.C. Undercover - Holly Holly Not So JollyTomorrow, 3:30 PM / DIS-E 40Although K.C. tells everybody that she is going to pick up a gift for Christmas, she instead goes to have a meeting with The Organization's therapist.
Tacoma FD - A Christmas StoryTomorrow, 3:30 PM / TruTV 55Ike, Andy, Lucy, and Granny attempt to get Eddie into the Christmas spirit, and Chief has a special gift that he believes could do the trick.
Vampirina - Gargoyle Carol; Deliver-eeek!Tomorrow, 3:50 PM / DISNEYJR 179The Christmas Ghost takes Gregoria on a journey through time to instill lessons about the importance of the holiday spirit and human traditions; Vampirina's family is elated to learn that a specialty service offers items from Transylvania.
Homemade ChristmasTomorrow, 4:00 PM / LIF-E 38An ambitious freelance assistant is given an opportunity to save a Christmas party and impress the man she has a crush on, but as Christmas gets closer she begins to develop feelings for another guy, and she struggles to make a choice between them.
Coop & Cami Ask the World - Would You Wrather Get a Moose Angry?Tomorrow, 4:00 PM / DIS-E 40The children come together in order to fulfill Jenna's wish to have a classic Wrather Christmas, but their hopeful holidays plans are soon thrown into chaos in the wake of a major snowstorm and the actions of a particularly disgruntled moose.
Five Star ChristmasTomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALMRK 68A travel writer arrives at a familys bed and breakfast unexpectedly, so they all try and pretend to be guests to try and get a good review, but things start to become complicated when one of them starts to fall in love with the guest.
A Bramble House ChristmasTomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALLMV 84When a young man discovers that his recently deceased father left $50,000 to his nurse, for her to open a bed and breakfast, he goes undercover to investigate the reason why she was given his family's money, and discovers her noble intentions.
Merry Ex-masTomorrow, 4:00 PM / TVONE 146When a mild mannered, single mother discovers that her ex, who she shares custody of her daughter with, has fallen for another woman and is planning to get married on Christmas, she devises a diabolical plot to ruin their fairytale wedding.
Coop & Cami Ask the World - Would You Wrather Lose Your Presents?Tomorrow, 4:30 PM / DIS-E 40Jenna hides the children's gifts to teach them that there is more to Christmas than just receiving presents, but the Wrathers are forced to find them when they mysteriously vanish and come to learn the holiday's true meaning along the way.
A Texas Music Scene ChristmasTomorrow, 5:00 PM / WWSBDT 7/ ABC
A Christmas PrincessTomorrow, 5:00 PM / WXPX-TV 17/ ION
Sydney to the Max - How Syd Stole ChristmasTomorrow, 5:00 PM / DIS-E 40Sydney manages to rediscover her old love of Christmas after she experiences a memory related to her late mother, the reason she began to feel negatively about the holiday in the first place, and some advice she had forgotten long ago.
Gentle Giants - Draft Horses and Christmas TreesTomorrow, 5:00 PM / RFDTV 98Viewers get the opportunity to participate in a special ride as the hosts get the chance to drive draft horses through a Christmas tree farm.
Green Acres - An Old-Fashioned ChristmasTomorrow, 5:00 PM / WMOR-DT2 630/ METVSam Drucker starts selling artificial Christmas trees that squirt genuine spruce spray from the top and ooze fake sap from its trunk, which horrifies Oliver as he wants an old fashioned Christmas tree; Lisa makes fruitcake.
Black ChristmasTomorrow, 5:10 PM / HBOWAL 208Students at a college head home for the holidays to spend time with their families, but as a group of sorority sisters prepare to have fun at some seasonal parties, a mysterious person in a cloak begins to leave a bloody trail around campus.
Puppy Dog Pals - A Very Pug Christmas; The Latke KerfuffleTomorrow, 5:15 PM / DISNEYJR 179When Bob's very special Christmas gift goes missing from Santa Claus' sleigh, Bingo and Rolly join in to help Santa search for the lost present; Bingo and Rolly help Bob cook latkes for his neighbor's traditional Hanukkah party.
Liv and Maddie - Fa-la-la-A-RooneyTomorrow, 5:30 PM / DIS-E 40Liv is paired up with a nine-year-old singer to sing a duet at the town's holiday celebration, but things do not go quite as planned; Pete and Maddie have to work together in order to decorate the town Christmas tree; Joey sets up a Santa booth.
The Beverly Hillbillies - The Christmas PresentTomorrow, 5:30 PM / WMOR-NG2 630/ METVJed attempts to get his downtrodden family members into the spirit of the winter holidays by encouraging them all to find temporary jobs in order to better afford the kind of gift they believe that Mrs. Drysdale deserves.
PJ Masks - Gekko Saves Christmas; Gekko's Nice Ice PlanTomorrow, 5:40 PM / DISNEYJR 179Christmas is at risk of being ruined by Luna Girl, who has decided to steal all the Christmas presents, so Gekko steps in to save the day; Romeo devises a plan to transform the city into a huge ice rink.
Christmas UnwrappedTomorrow, 6:00 PM / LIF-E 38An ambitious reporter is given a career-changing opportunity when she is assigned to profile a man who uses mysterious funds to donate Christmas presents for the town every year, insisting that Santa Claus has always been his financial backer.
Christmas WaltzTomorrow, 6:00 PM / HALMRK 68After a womans storybook Christmas wedding gets canceled, a dance instructor helps her face her fears in life by fulfill her dream of learning how to dance.
The Love Boat - Santa, Santa, Santa; Another Dog Gone Christmas; Noel's Christmas CarolTomorrow, 6:00 PM / WMOR-NG2 630/ METVThe cruise schedules three men to play Santa Claus for the seasonal trip; Vicki lets a lonely comedian borrow her dog; a woman hopes that Ace will accept her marriage proposal and pose as her fiancé during the duration of the trip
continued on part 3...
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2020.11.28 09:35 fewfiet [Saturday Social Media Summary Extravaganza] 28 November 2020

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2020.11.25 01:18 jocker12 Chinese Self-Driving Startups Plus and Hesai Considering Going Public

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High-profile Chinese autonomous driving tech startups are getting ready to go public, tempted by special purpose acquisition companies and heady valuations on Wall Street and in China’s own booming domestic stock markets.
Autonomous trucking startups Plus and TuSimple, as well as lidar sensor maker Hesai Technology, are considering different ways of going public in either the U.S. or China, according to people familiar with the discussions. The companies hope that their stock listings will attract investors following the success of recent listings by Chinese makers of electric vehicles. But investing in self-driving vehicle developers requires a greater leap of faith than investing in EVs, given that fully autonomous driving software is far from perfected or commercially ready.
On top of that, trouble may be coming for Chinese firms looking at U.S. markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing to pass a regulation by the end of the year that could force Chinese companies to delist for not complying with U.S. auditing rules. Here’s a look at each company’s situation.
Among the Chinese mobility companies furthest along in the process of going public is Plus, a developer of self-driving trucks based in the U.S. and China formerly known as Plus has hired Goldman Sachs to find a SPAC it could merge with, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter. Among the SPACs Plus is considering are Qell Acquisition Corp. and CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp.
Qell CEO Barry Engle and Plus advisory board member Dennis Mooney, a former executive at truck maker Navistar, both worked at General Motors. Qell raised $330 million in its initial public offering and says it is targeting mobility enterprises with valuation above $1 billion.
CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp. is led by Wang Fanglu, a senior managing partner at CITIC Capital, the alternative investment unit of Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group. CITIC Capital previously invested in Quanergy Systems, a Silicon Valley–based lidar company.
Qell and CITIC declined to comment.
Plus has also been contemplating a parallel IPO in China, according to two of the people. Under that scenario, the company would spin off its China unit and list it on Shanghai’s technology-focused Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board, China’s equivalent to Nasdaq, also known as the Star Market. The target timeline for the domestic listing is likely toward the end of 2022, according to this person.
The company, which currently has no revenue, would have to reach at least 200 million yuan ($30.4 million) in annual revenue to list on the Star Market. Plus’s domestic listing will likely be led by Chinese investment banks CICC and Guotai Junan Securities.
Plus raised $60 million earlier this year in a round led by Guotai Junan that valued the firm at $700 million. The startup is in talks to raise a further $40 million by the end of this year that would value it at up to $1 billion after the new investment, according to two people who have direct knowledge of the matter.
Plus has aggressive projections for its growth, telling investors that it has signed preliminary agreements with Chinese online retailer and logistics giant SF Express to sell thousands of trucks in the coming years. Plus is telling potential investors its revenue will hit $250 million in two years and $1 billion by 2023, although given that Plus currently has no revenue, those projections may be optimistic. The self-driving car industry has seen many ambitious projections fall by the wayside.
Chinese lidar company Hesai Technology, which has sold spinning laser sensors to U.S. and Chinese developers of fully self-driving car prototypes, is taking a different approach. It plans to go public on the Star Market early next year, according to CEO David Li. The valuation could be more than $1 billion, according to a person who’s familiar with the matter.
The Star Market was founded last year and has become a hot destination for Chinese tech stocks. Alibaba’s Ant Group was supposed to be listed in both the Star Market and Hong Kong before regulators suspended the deal.
Li said he decided to pursue a China listing because domestic markets have been rewarding companies with rich premiums over those of other exchanges and because it would be easier for the company to pursue a domestic listing. China has strict capital controls that limit the flow of currency across its borders.
Hesai, which is backed by Chinese search engine Baidu, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and German engineering and tech firm Bosch Group, is building a factory in Shanghai, which will be ready by the end of 2021, according to the company. The factory is expected to produce a million units per year, a huge step up from current annual output in the tens of thousands.
The company sold a few thousand lidar units in 2019, which generated between $45 million and $60 million in revenue, according to a person who’s familiar with its financials. Revenue in 2020 couldn’t be learned.
Hesai this summer signed an agreement with rival Velodyne Lidar allowing them to cross-license each others’ technology. Velodyne had earlier accused Hesai of stealing its intellectual property.
One more China mobility startup looking at a possible listing is TuSimple. Bankers are also talking with TuSimple—the largest self-driving startup by head count, with operations in China and the U.S.—about going public.
The company prefers a traditional IPO to a SPAC merger, according to one person who has discussed the matter with the firm’s executives.
But there are some indications that TuSimple is also laying the ground for a SPAC merger. Steve Girsky, a former General Motors executive and founder of VectolQ, a SPAC that recently merged with Nikola Corp., is leading TuSimple’s $250 million Series E fundraising, along with Charlie Chai, a longtime Fidelity investor who recently started his own fund. TechCrunch earlier reported Girsky’s interest in investing in TuSimple.
TuSimple didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Girsky declined to comment.
TuSimple was valued at $1 billion ahead of its most recent funding round, which brought in $147.5 million, according to data disclosed privately to investors in the company. That’s 31% less than the $215 million in funding it had previously announced. It’s unclear what accounts for the difference between TuSimple’s data and what it said publicly.
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2020.11.24 02:59 NerdyOutdoors Exeter City 21-22 Preview (AND 20-21 Wrap) [Story Time!]

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A New Season, A New Challenge, As Exeter City Earn Promotion
Exeter City topped League 2 last year, and found themselves rewarded with promotion to League 1, amidst a challenging contract renewal situation and the lingering financial malaise from the economic fallout of COVID 19. Undeterred, manager Dru Lefebvre, Director of Football operations Julian Tagg, and the playing squad look to make a serious go of it in League 1. “We expect this to be a competitive and challenging season,” Lefebvre said, “as we step into a new league. I expected us to take a few weeks to adapt, to get our legs about us, but the lads looks strong and fit.”

The Irishman's brace helped seal the win at Swindon
Indeed they did, as the opening match of the new season saw Exeter thrash Swindon Town 4-0 to launch their League 1 campaign, on the back of a Glen McAuley brace. The scoring was opened by Archie Collins, who angled away from his marker to lash home a beautiful cross from Randell Williams in the 23rd minute. McCauley notched his first on a through ball that caught the defense far too high up the pitch, as Collins threaded the pass behind the defenders. The striker’s second came in the 55th, with a Joel Randall cross served on a platter; while Collins finished the game with a 68th minute goal assisted by McAuley, who help up the ball outside the box, then found Collins with far too much space to run into. The strong performance bolsters the hopes of Exeter fans, who hope to see the team solidify in the middle of the table.
June and July
However, it was not an entirely smooth ride to reach this point. Exeter opened the campaign in 2020 with a stunning 22 contracts set to expire in June, and the limited finances of the club always meant that some hard choices would have to be made. Throughout the season, the club was able to secure the contracts of key players, though not at the clip fans would have hoped. Ultimately, most key players were brought back, although a few notable names opted for other locales.
The club were able to make a small but, for Exeter, significant profit on some player transactions. Striker Alex Fisher, Goalie Johnny Maxted, and youth academy prospect Finn Olavsson were won on paid transfers, with Olavsson bringing in 2.1 million to the club (although manager Lefebvre was only handed 1.5 of that for operating in the transfer market.
By the time the January window opened, the club had nailed down important contracts, including Williams, centre-back Tom Parkes, captain Jon Taylor, fullback Lewis Page, and attacker Matt Jay. However, with the uncertain finances, and looking for game time, several notable players opted to transfer, including assist leader Nicky Law, striker Nicky Ajose, and most painfully for fans, stalwart defender Pierce Sweeney, who had been Exeter’s highest-rated defender through the campaign. By the end of the season, Exeter had made pivotal decisions on some other players, unable to renew Ryan Bowman and Rory McArdle, but inviting Joel Randall, Josh Key, and Will Dean to renew.
Exeter's 20-21 contract moves are shown in the table below.
White=no change; Green = renewed; Red = not renewed; Blue = sold; Gold = transfer in or promoted from academy
These moves resulted in the need to sign a surprising 7-10 players for the club, operating via the free market, as Exeter remain cash-strapped even after promotion. “That promotion money doesn’t magically appear,” said Tagg in a radio interview. “The club waits on it, and uses current accounts to handle day-to-day operations; the promotion monies are more properly accounted in July and August of the new season.” Even so, Exeter cannot spend with the big boys in the league.
Instead, Exeter opted for careful business, signing two candidates to play crucial roles in the coming season. First, the team secured backup at the goalkeeper position, signing Ross Laidlaw on a free to cover for Lewis Ward, who impressed greatly through the spring.
Veteran Scot Laidlaw brought in to back up starter Ward
The team found Tom Naylor available on a free and signed the League 1 veteran away from Portsmouth. His work through the preseason was instrumental in organizing the defense and midfield, and he looked strong and active in the game against Swindon, with assured tackling and calm passing. Naylor is expected to be an almost every-match starter for the club.
Naylor brings significant experience in League 1 to the otherwise young midfield
After Naylor’s signing came news that the club had secured the services of Jordan Willis, most recently at Sunderland. The centre-back brings physicality and speed to a backline that has occasionally looked overmatched by attackers.
Another League 1 veteran
Willis is likely to partner, for the time being, with Exeter youth star Morgan Weaver in the center, while Parkes serves a rotational role and key bench player. Weaver has also impressed since his call-up from the academy, and provides an imposing presence in the middle. “Once Morgan gets his assignments down and gets used to the pace of the professional game, he’ll be a force to reckon with,” says Lefebvre. Nevertheless, we suspect the manager should not count on the services of the young prospect for long, given Exeter’s history of developing and selling great prospects.
New Year, Same Bank Accounts
Exeter entered the new season only marginally in better financial shape than in previous years, although the expectation is that TV money in League 1 should yield slightly better revenue. A week-by-week cashflow statement showcases Exeter’s struggles--and these are mirrored by many League 2 teams who don’t have rich owners.
In the chart below, Exeter’s operating profit is represented in blue, while weekly and monthly transactions: TV payments, ticket sales, merchandising, travel and scout fees, and youth academy expenses, are represented in red. All values are in millions of dollars. The Pre-season tournament supplied the Grecian with a significant earning of over 1.6 million, which was enough to make it until December. However, the costs of travel and operating the youth academy are significant impairments on the club finances-- the significant steps down in the profit, seen around matchdays 17, 28, and 48, correspond with significant investments in the academy.
The two large spikes in transactions are the sales of players on deadline day, and the final league prize money. Without those infusions, Exeter would barely be hanging on
Only the significant sale fees from Olavsson’s transfer, and the financial rewards of promotion, helped Exeter make ends meet. Expect Exeter to need to sell more players as they navigate League 1, with its increased pressure and skill. Star man Randell Williams remains a significant worry for fans, as the club may need to restructure his contract again this season and offer a significant raise.
“Fans cannot expect us to pay significant transfer fees at all-- and should not expect us to buy unless we sell first,” Tagg noted. “We will continue to operate with significant fiscal prudence.”
A Busy August
With an eye on the bank, the club continued to make moves on the free-agent market. The first moves came by promoting two more academy players who are expected to contribute minutes through the season. First was 18-year-old winger Frimann Olavsson, who fills an important spot behind Joel Randall. Olavsson lacks Randall’s pace, but has proven just as capable a crosser and tackler in spot duty, and can play almost any spot across the midfield.
The club also promoted attacking midfielder Bjarki Eljarn, another member of the small Icelandic contingent recruited by head of scouting Mason Corbyn. “We found that players were eager to get their shot at the EFL and were willing to join the academy setup,” Corbyn noted.
Next, with veteran midfielder Nigel Atangana opting not to renew, the club needed depth in the middle of the park. After a tryout, the team opted to offer terms with Bobby Grant.
At 31, Grant is not likely a long-term solution, but he has all the physical attributes needed to find room as a super-sun and as an occasional starter. He earned a respectable 5.7 rating in his preseason matches with the team and will likely join Jon Taylor as a bench substitute on match days.
With Lewis Page making the switch to the right side, the team wanted a flexible solution at the fullback position, and found it in 20-year-old David Boateng.
20-year-old Boateng arrives to back up the fullbacks
Deemed surplus to requirements at Crystal Palace, the youngster joins Exeter hoping to re-start his career after his promising period in Palace’s u-23 side. Boateng has impressed in limited duty from the bench and seems likely to compete with Jake Caprice for minutes.
“We have done well to strengthen the squad,” Lefebvre noted in a call with reporters, “but I told Julian that we cannot be finished yet. We are clearly light on forwards who can play in the center, and there is not much depth on the wings behind Joel [Randall] and Randell [Williams]. So I said that those positions needed to become a priority. You can also never have too many midfielders.” While there are some academy players in those positions, it is thought that they might need a season on loan before stepping into the side.
Many suspect that Exeter will do remaining deals via the loan market, hoping its reputation for developing youth will attract suitors interested in farming out its youngsters. Exeter reportedly have scouts watching Tyreece Alexander, currently at Crewe Alexandria, as well as West Ham's Dan Kemp. Charlie Jolley, at Wigan, is another rumored loan target.
And there is still time for more heartbreak, as evidenced by the departure of unhappy goalkeeper Lewis Ward just after the pre-season. “Lewis told us it was time for a new challenge, and that a team was interested in paying his release clause,” Lefebvre said. “That’s part of this job, and Lewis handled it like the professional he is. Many players are looking for that fresh start, or a chance to elevate their game, and I cannot grudge him that.” Swedish champions Malmo FF paid the million-dollar release clause and brought the goalie north to provide cover for European games and a chance to win more silverware.

Ward moves to European football at Malmo; Hamer returns
Exeter clearly had a plan in place, immediately bringing in the experienced Ben Hamer, who was released from Huddersfield Town. “It’s great to be back,” Hamer notes, recalling his short-term loan spell with Exeter in 2011. “I learned much the first time, and hope I can repay the club’s trust in me.” The veteran Hamer has demonstrated ability, leading Brentford to the League 2 title in 2008-09, and making 6 starts for Premier League Leicester in their 2015 and 2016 seasons, including a Champions League appearance against Porto. However, with Huddersfield opting for youth between the sticks, Hamer was made available and agreed terms with the Grecians.
What to Expect from the Coming Campaign
Most pundits suggest that Exeter looks like a middle-of-the-road team, although McAuley’s stellar second half to the season (16 goals 9 assists from January through May) could indicate more to come from the 20-year-old Irishman. With Collins and Bates growing by leaps and bounds, could the team be poised to boss midfields? After the stellar performance at Swindon, established League 1 sides need to be at least a little worried about the low-budget threat.

The preferred formation
Lefebvre is expected to line up in the 4-3-3 that she prefers, although the League 2 campaign --and several striking wins in cup competitions--showed her to be willing to make mid-match tactical changes to create space or to take away options for the opposition.
The win against Swindon demonstrated this flexibility. As Exeter struggled to create opportunities through the opening minutes, the manager opted to shift into a 4-2-3-1, with Collins behind the striker. This formation notably was used in the shocking cup upset at Selhurst Park last season, with Collins further back and the now moved-on Law playing in the CAM spot.

A common shift, although the coach has occasionally dropped to a 5-2-3
Exeter will also work diligently to keep their stars, but the play of several men has not escaped notice. After turning down Hull City’s offer to move to League 1, is Randall Williams satisfied with Exeter? Or could a Championship side turn his head this year?
Jack Sparkes has positively, well, sparkled at the fullback spot, and there are rumors that sides further up the pyramid could look to him as a solution.
And hometown lad Weaver could go the way of Ollie Watkins--lured to bigger clubs that match his phenomenal potential. There is much drama around St. James’ Park as Exeter launch their new season: which players will be around to see it? Will Exeter make noise as League 1 new lads? Or will they fade with a whimper and find themselves stuck in a relegation battle? Watch for more Exeter City updates right here!
Exeter will also work diligently to keep their stars, but the play of several men has not escaped notice. After turning down Hull City’s offer to move to League 1, is Randall Williams satisfied with Exeter? Or could a Championship side turn his head this year?
Jack Sparkes has positively, well, sparkled at the fullback spot, and there are rumors that sides further up the pyramid could look to him as a solution.
And hometown lad Weaver could go the way of Ollie Watkins--lured to bigger clubs that match his phenomenal potential. There is much drama around St. James’ Park as Exeter launch their new season: which players will be around to see it? Will Exeter make noise as League 1 new lads? Or will they fade with a whimper and find themselves stuck in a relegation battle? Watch for more Exeter City updates right here!
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2020.11.22 09:24 imdefinitelynotapedo Looking for a writing partner for upcoming projects

I'm looking for a partner to bounce ideas and write stuff together. I want to write for T.V. primarily and some ventures into film, primarily focusing on existential dramas, dark comedies, and occasionally sci-fi.
I would like to try working with someone because I feel I can be too indulgent or "weird" and just need someone to keep me grounded. I'm also a very neurotic writer obsessed with perfectionism.
I just recently graduated uni and am excited to start working on projects. I'm currently working on an idea for low-budget dark comedy/coming-of-age drama, a Alan Moore-meets-Hideaki Anno Sci-fi, and a deadpan comedy-horror that could be described as Yorgos Lanthimos collaborating with Larry David.
influences: PTA, Todd Solondz, Jean Paul Sartre, Yorgos Lanthimos, Haruki Murakami, Peep Show, Woody Allen, Larry David, Thomas Pynchon, The Simpsons, James Joyce, The Sopranos, The Coen Bros., Breaking Bad/BCS, Alan Moore, and Charlie Kaufman.
**(you dont necessarily need to like what I like, just trying to give you an idea of where I'm coming from creatively)
If I sound like someone you could work with, please DM me and let's discuss our influences and goals and see if we have chemistry.
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2020.11.20 06:41 btlkhs [OWL WATCH] IOTA TIME; 40_41

Disclaimer: This is my own editing of 'last week' happenings, so there could be some misunderstandings. Let's get over 'CMC-bullshit-and-blue' and stay positive.
IOTA TIME and OUR TIME will come eventually.

• Secure Supply Chain – led by BT, R3 and IOTA, is exploring how the Corda DLT can provide an immutable record of the Intel SDO ownership certificates to secure the virtual supply chain, and how the IOTA Tangle leveraging IOTA partners, Zebra and PING, can be used to secure the physical supply chain. This work is extending the work of Phase I and Phase II to be sure that everything is fully automated with fully repeatable patterns so that the zero-touch end to end orchestration is maintained and enhanced.

• Smart Grid – led by the Agile Fractal Grid, is looking at developing a blueprint from concept to operations, exploring the rollout process and testing several integration points with partners around edge computing, 5G, security and a vision for Digital Twins.

• Smart Manufacturing – led by BT and leveraging Maxbyte Industry 4.0 use cases is further broken down into several streams.****..
And a third is led by IOTA and is exploring zero-touch deployable and dynamically flexible smart factories, with an IOTA Tangle wallet-enabled factory device.
from: Digital Business Marketplace Phase III_ TM Forum
[around the use of IOTA technology]
yeah, we're definitely using iota technology
in the secure supply chain at the physical layer to track the devices we're using
in smart manufacturing for factory machines and for micropayments​
and we're using it in smart grid for the energy transactions

IOTAFanClub - Michael Guard어제 오후 9:53
**[**Who is speaking in the YT video? ]
Lead for the presentation is Andrew Thompson from BT (British Telecom) and speaking was Gary Bruce also from BT
This is really a wide reaching solution, and many top businesses involved.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 12:29
Because we're effectively rebuilding IOTA from the ground up. It's not a simple upgrade and there are many moving parts. We give aggressive ETAs because we want to be optimistic, but naturally in software development there are unexpected roadblocks, particularly in a project of this complexity.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 12:33
The information we give on estimated completion timeframes is not intended to guide your investment in iota, it is for people who are building things in the ecosystem to know when to expect work packages to be completed.
2-3 weeks ago the estimated completion date of Chrysalis was still end of year. The re-estimation was made this week and shared in the dev status update this week.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 12:38
u/Starter87 Estimations come from within engineering and are approved by the board

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 12:39
u/TheIota The alternative is for us to provide no estimations and then you will be completely in the dark about when to expect updates.

Jakub Cech [IF]어제 오전 12:49
Not providing any estimates is always the easiest solution if you have to deal with biz-dev, management or investors
That's actually a strategy of many roadmaps, just show what's in progress. We also considered that when building ours, but then decided we want to provide more information than that.

Dave [EF]어제 오전 8:46
You only realize a loss if you sell the Iota you own. Most of us own Iota on its potential and realize that the current situation is only temporary. We are helping out where we can to ensure that Iota is successful
The more people that take this perspective and help out will increase the chance that things will be successful

Jelle Millenaar [IF]2020.11.13.
Testnet is the most important step. It shows the code exists and is running. People can start migrating projects over to the new data structures and test everything out.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:19
u/in4it If you were actually aware of how good Chrysalis will be, you would be less fussed about the price right now and happy to wait. The network will be more performant, the token usability will improve significantly, and the wallet we are building will be a joy to use (one of the very best in the space). We will have much better designed core libraries that will make development on IOTA simpler and faster. We will have new libraries that enable new use cases with a new wallet library, Streams, Identity and Access. I wouldn't worry about the delay and I wouldn't worry about the next few months. The future for IOTA is really actually quite bright.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:20
[but, people want to get rich, don't care about the future of IOTA]
I mean the two go hand in hand if you think about it...

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:29
u/The Coordinator I think IOTA is currently very undervalued but it will all change quite quickly
the market operates at a delay, and the achievement comes with Chrysalis.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:35
yeah I get you, I don't think it is constructive to dismiss price
of course it is important, the foundation's funding is also affected by the price

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:36
but I think people in the IF are confident with what lies ahead
in terms of tech, partners, upcoming integrations
so there's less concern for the price right now

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:37
and man I am down on my average buy in personally, I'm sure most are
but it's just not a huge concern, it is imo, short term

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 9:54
I don't think partners really mind all that much that we have a coo
u/Julien we've had feedback about the more fundamental things like ternary and WOTS (a factor in their removal) and surveyed on things like library design and languages, bindings, IoT board support etc. But also we have partners directly involved in the requirements for libraries like Streams and Access

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 10:07
u/gj**!!!** We have a reusable signature scheme implemented and the original plan was to have WOTS as an optional alternative. The plan has changed to removing WOTS in entirety
So yeah, all addresses would be reusable

Charlie [IF]어제 오후 8:28
[is there a solution now how to remove wots?]
u/DinoDrill17 we've specced out the different approaches and will be meeting once more to decide

dom오늘 오전 3:46
[are you all in in IOTA?]
All in

dom오늘 오전 6:28
Look on GitHub lol
Everyone is really focused on work

dom오늘 오전 6:31
**In hindsight, we would have done hundreds of things differently...**we are building a plane while trying to fly it. And now we have a clear path on how to actually fly it.
Who would have thought that DLT is incredibly complex?

The federal state of Hessen in #Germany is testing a new water distribution system in #agriculture, #IOTAqua, which uses #IOTA to enable the exact amount of irrigation to be recorded in real-time & shared with third-parties such as the local municipality.

In order to ensure a tamper-proof and free data transfer, in addition to the energy-efficient wireless standard “LoRa”, the “IOTAqua”IOTA data protocol is used. The Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) used by IOTA, which was already convincing in the previous "IOTAgrar" project, creates a decentralized data interface.​​

“The greatest challenge is to guarantee the legal security of the data while at the same time leaving data sovereignty with the farmer. Since the data from the water meter is also used by the Irrigation Association for billing purposes or by the authorities to document the operating resources used, they must not be changeable. I think with the DLT data protocol IOTA, we have found an interesting option to offer a decentralized data interface that can meet these criteria ” .

Jelle Millenaar [IF]오늘 오전 6:01
[other projects in Gaia-X?]
Our Tangle EE partner Software AG is very involved with Gaia-X


Mike Bennett
Well I have finally finished re-drafting the IOTA Standards blog post, hopefully it will go out soon.

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 2:25
**[**Are you guys optimistic we will see Honey on mainnet next year?]
I am
I've gone on record and said I'll quit if we don't deliver Coordicide in 2021, so...

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:09
I am absolutely confident that Coordicide will arrive in 2021. If it doesn't, it would mean that the leadership of IOTA would have to implode entirely. I don't think that is even remotely possible...

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:31
I won't abandon my child, so there's no way that Coordicide won't happen in 2021

Bas오늘 오전 9:08
[Am I right that chrysalis 2 on mainnet will have higher tps as well?]
From what I understand, theoretically it should have a higher performance since bundles and ternary conversions are removed.

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:00
[why the absence of big partner's update?]
When we do an announcement, IF has to align with the departments in X company; it's not up to IF to answer later questions until X partner is ready to do so, in multi-billion dollar entities that is often a much slower process than we'd wish, but that's reality.

Bas오늘 오전 3:17
And IOTA Smart Contracts are becoming quite fucking awesome, in absense(no need) of dedicated (ternary) hardware. I think that’s a win.
scalability with inter chain communication and contract chains is going through the roof.

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:36
[do you think coordicide will happen before ETH 2.0?]
of course, ETH 2.0 will take 3-5 years

Bas오늘 오전 3:55
[eth could copy IOTA SC?]
Big benefit of ISC is feeless inter chain communication. Any idea how to copy that on ETH?

David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:01
It's as if people don't realize that removing WOTS won't just give performance improvements, but also a whole new score of entities listing and utilizing IOTA out the gate

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 5:40
when the results come and chrysalis is delivered, you will start to regain your trust, I can promise you that
and the market will too

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:19
Remember that coordicide already has a team,
coordicide is being developed in parallel,
and when Chrysalis is delivered, many of those people will be reassigned to coordicide

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:20
[why chrysalis was delayed?]
Imo, the original time estimations were incorrect, but they were determined given the information at the time
This WOTS transition solution does add additional work too

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:22
chrysalis completely overhauls the base protocol, coordicide then takes that base and applies it in a decentralised setting.
all the changes we are making for chrysalis part 2 are retained with coordicide

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:29
[how p2 is enterprise ready?]
u/Bryan remove the entry barriers from trinary and an overly complex protocol, remove the impracticality of wots addresses, add a much better wallet, add much better libraries (including core client lib but also the use case libs like identity, streams and access), add much more performant node software together with a more efficient protocol yielding improved network performance
there's lots that makes it enterprise ready

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:30
I consider chrysalis the point at which iota goes from being an experiment to a very serious protocol

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:31
this is a vast oversimplification but you can compare it as - old IOTA (much of CFB's design) vs. new IOTA (entire IOTA Foundation's research and engineering departments' design)
that's chrysalis for me

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:33
[how much work is left?]
we have an internal testnet already and in my team we are testing the new client library and wallet library against it, fixing up any bugs (because the libs were developed in parallel against specifications when we didn't have a network to work against)

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 6:35
[is p2 groundbreaking?]
I wouldn't say groundbreaking, no, because we reuse a lot of existing things. We've just chosen what we consider to be the best selection of them. The ground will be broken with Coordicide

Bas오늘 오전 8:15
[about the hype around 'ocean'?]
I’m still not sure how Ocean is going to compete, being an erc-20 token.
Ocean looks very good on the outside, but every peek inside I did was unconvincing
An erc-20 coin production ready? With the underlying Ethereum being 3-5 years away from 2.0?

Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 2:18
Coloured coins will not be in the first version of the wallet, nor in the first Chrysalis release
The wallet priority order for me after initial Desktop release is: Mobile app, Contact system/Chat, Coloured Coins (though the prioritisation of the last two might change we'll see)
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2020.11.18 15:59 usagispetrabbit Are there any gif using roleplayers here? ( Discord rp cliche master post)

Are there any people out there who like to use gifs for their roleplays? I come from the magical (trash) land of tumblr and though it hasn’t been too long, I really miss the visual that comes with using gifs in roleplays and couldn’t help but wonder if anyone on here liked using them too. This post makes me sound mean (in my head) but hear me out maybe?
About me:
I’m 32, lit/advanced lit. English is my first language. I generally write 4-6 paragraphs on average (2000+ words) and I am a really big fan of being descriptive. I have been roleplaying for 10 years (or so) now and writing a bit longer so I consider myself good at it. I really love layered plots with angst and fluff and drama and action as variety is the spice of life. I have played considerably more males than females in that time and as a female I would generally like to get a chance to play them a bit more, so this is a post for f/m plots with me playing the female. Please don’t message me and ask if I will play the male for you instead. I find it a little rude to disregard my request and frankly am playing a great deal of men already.
PLOT IDEAS ( please note that these are all intended to be ship/romantic plots)
Popstar x Bodyguard
Rockstar x groupie
Modern day Bonnie and Clyde
Caregiver and patient
Hitman who falls for target
Single father x nanny
The handsome guy across the hall ( apartment sol)
Werewolf x Human
New (detective) partners
Bad boy x good girl
Bad girl x good boy
Older woman x younger man
Older man x younger woman
The bad boy next door
Mrs. & Mrs. Smith
Rich guy who gets every girl meets the one girl who isn't into him and now is determined to make her fall for him
Olivia Taylor Dudley, Diana Silvers, Melissa O'neil, Gillian Anderson, Phoebe Tonkin, Tessa Thompson, Levy Tran, Fola Evans Akingbola, Yvonne Strahovski,Emeraude Toubia, Deborah Ann Woll, Olivia Munn, Kat Dennings, Julia Fox, Hayley Atwell, Chloe Bridges, Adrianne Palicki, Kylie Bunbury,Sarah Gadon, Alice Pagani, Anna Silk,Ksenia Solo, Diamond White, Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Chan,
Chris Evans, Derek Theler, Tom Holland, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Tom Ellis, Tom Hiddleston, Dylan Sprayberry, Timothee Chalamet, David Castañeda,Casey Deidrick,Nick Bateman,Tom Hardy,Shazad Latif, Hugh Jackman,Jesse Lee Soffer,Joe Manganiello,Steven R. McQueen,Louis Garrel,Charlie Hunnam,Jacob Elordi, François Arnaud,Sebastian Stan, Alex Roe, Theo James,Aaron Tveit,Thomas Doherty, Michele Morrone, Cody Christian, Grant Gustin, Justin Hartley, Oscar Isaac
This post is long enough and I doubt anyone will go for it, but if you are (by some miracle), please message me with the plot that interested you (or one you create on your own!) and the face claim you’d like to play and we can go from there. Thanks for indulging my trash post if you made it to this point. I hope you’re having a great week and that good things come your way. Stay safe and I hope to hear from you!
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2020.11.15 15:39 sk-88 Squad Depth Chart for 20/21 Season

Bold is on duty in Autumn Nations Cup
Italics is currently known to be injured

Pos 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice 4th Choice 5th Choice
Loosehead Ellis Genge Facundo Gigena Luan de Bruin Ryan Bower James Whitcombe
Hooker Tom Youngs Charlie Clare Shalva Mamukashvili Jake Kerr Archie Vanes
Tighthead Dan Cole Nephi Leatigaga Joe Heyes Osman Dimen Jack Rowntree
Lock 1 Tomas Lavanini Harry Wells Cameron Henderson Ollie Chessum
Lock 2 Callum Green Blake Enever George Martin Tom Manz
Blindside Hanro Liebenberg Sam Lewis Henri Lavin Emeka Ilione
Openside Jordan Taufua Tommy Reffell Luke Wallace Kit Smith
No.8 Cyle Brink Jasper Wiese Tom Smith Jordan Coghlan Ollie Ashworth
Scrum Half Ben Youngs Ben White Richard Wigglesworth Jack van Poortvliet Jonny Law/ Sam Edwards
Fly Half George Ford Joaquín Díaz Bonilla Zak Henry Johnny McPhillips
Inside Centre Matt Scott Guy Porter Tom Hardwick
Outside Centre Matías Moroni Jaco Taute Dan Kelly
Wing 1 Nemani Nadolo Harry Potter Harry Simmons Joe Browning
Wing 2 Kobus van Wyk David Williams Jordan Olowofela Sam Aspland-Robinson
Full Back Freddie Steward Kini Murimurivalu George Worth

This is how I think Borthwick will see it anyway. Some of them it is a bit more nuanced, for instance Heyes starts ahead of Leatigaga, but Leatigaga is on the bench ahead of Heyes when Cole starts.
I could see van Poortvliet jumping White and fulfilling a similar role with Wigglesworth and Youngs starting with him benching behind both.
In terms of signings, I think we need a "first choice" lock to partner Lavanini once fit, that will nicely round out the locks at 9 which is what we usually require, I worry we'll go short term with an injury cover. If we're going short term we might as well go "big" and get Itjoe on loan for 6 months, if we want to change the mindset of the players we have he'd do it!
We have the room for another big player (as in size not name) in the backrow, though Chessum could step up. I'd guess the idea prior was perhaps to have George Martin do that role so if his injury is not too severe we may crack on here.
The centres still look thin on both quality and numbers, I like Porter and Kelly has looked promising but I think we will be looking for a player there too.
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2020.11.13 04:18 btlkhs [OWL WATCH] IOTA TIME 39;

Disclaimer: Sorry, guys, I kind of broke my decision. It's too difficult to stay away from this scene completely, though I reduce my time of checking 'what's going on' significantly.
Anyway, this edited summary is 'from around for the last 10 days', and of course, there could be some misunderstandings and exaggerations.
I share this for winning over some negative sentiments for an understandable a-little-bit delay.
Let's stay foolish, hungry, and positive...

Antonio Nardella [IF]오늘 오후 5:16
[about private tangle]
once the need to transport information globaly between parties is needed, they can easily switch to the main Tangle by simply changing nodes. Other more flexible companies are already using the mainnet**:**
IOTA has to be used by the companies, a private Tanlge achieves exactly that.. Make the companies feel comfortable in using it and explore future scenarios..
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:54
[mana business possibility? early entry?]
If we're talking 3-5 years down the line and IOTA has become the de facto standard, definitely
It's not a bad idea. The goal of the 'serious' DLT space is definitely to disrupt 'Infrastructure as a Service'
Bas오늘 오후 8:20
Initiatives like INATBA and the Horizon2020 smart cities are paving the way for regulations to accommodate the use of crypto. It’s a delicate balance to introduce them into law...
Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 1:01
u/ThomasQv I'm very much overinvested. But I know the price in the future will be a lot higher than it is now, and I don't need to cash out any time soon. So I'm chilled about the price movements..
dom오늘 오전 12:43
[moon still in scope?]
u/DLTeethead absolutely, just gotta stay focused and not lose sight. We'll get there
Who knows man, anything is possible
dom오늘 오전 12:52
Honestly, as long as Bitcoin goes up I'm happy. Everything else will follow and fall in place**. A higher Bitcoin means more capital flowing in and more excitement for crypto in general. We will seriously position IOTA over the coming weeks with everything that we have in the pipeline, so I'm super excited.**
JonComer오늘 오전 3:29
u/Dan S [IF] you still around?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 4:05
He's working around the clock
The less he is active here simply means he's too busy with his job
Antonio Nardella [IF]오늘 오전 4:06
Ensuresec reached it first milestone.. not to underestimate..
Evaldas [IF]2020.11.06.
It was a very busy month and the next will be even more busy. We are also expanding our smart contract team. Currently it consist of 4 developers.
the target is a big team.
Billy Sanders [IF]어제 오후 5:01
That was with CA. According to our simulations, the mana based sybil protection system should make FPC robust enough to withstand any type of voting violation attacks.
The key to the security of FPC is the random number generator. Since they cannot predict the threshold by which each round will be judged, they cannot manipulate the vote.


Regine made the list of the best marketers in Blockchain for 2020 – a list of 35 individuals whose organizations were measured by the lift in FCAS Rating, which indicates user and developer activity as well as overall market risk, and growth in Twitter mentions as measured by The Tie.

Regine: It was a wrong assumption that the rapidly progressing success of IOTA could be directly reflected in the coin value. Other factors play a role here as well, such as a certain dependence on the performance of Bitcoin. But with further market maturity, new markets like DeFi and further development of the IOTA technology, this dependency will definitely dissolve.

The Tie worked with us to analyze IOTA’s growth on social media. Looking at Twitter, they found that your number of mentions grew by over 68% since the beginning of 2020, from an average of 87 mentions a day to 146.


Krzysztof Taraszka [IF]오늘 오전 5:27
the pt2 testnet? is here, but still remain private.
the plan is to release it ASAP, but for example, we have spotted during the weekend that we need more power, so our engineering team spent hours after working hours on Monday delivering better machines for the testnet for example. everybody at IF is working so hard
Krzysztof Taraszka [IF]오늘 오전 5:38
u/Lazlotabor I am super hyped, not only me, I think entire organisation is. we know how big it is, and how much effort it's there. and what is important to everybody: what gates it will open and how many opportunities
interesting times are ahead of all of us
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:13
Atm the Chrysalis p2 testnet is already up and running, and we’ll have more performance metrics soon
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:17
[pt2 mainnet this year?]
Probably not, it might need more audits and testing once we have the tech out
Yeah, esp when people are starting to go on holiday as well. We’ll have the tech up and published for sure, and then head into the audits. Chrysalis is one of the largest breaking changes, even coordicide will have (probably) fewer changes from a developer / user perspective
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:54
[what says the companies? Are we too late?]
No, we are not too late
Lots of DLT fatigue esp with Eth
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 8:26
we’ll publish the Dev update tomorrow, then Jakub will address it. But it’s not such a big thing (IMO), in comparison to all the breaking changes which will happen, and the parts which will have to work together smoothly. So many new features, so let us publish it “soon” and then test it out, audit it, and finalize the transition plan for mainnet
muXxer오늘 오전 5:44
[p2 this week possible?]
It will take more time than this week , since it is not only related to the full node development. All IOTA parts have to be switched to the new system at the same time. All client libs, wallets, explorers, full nodes, exchange implementations, etc. So this is not in our hand, the only thing we can do is pushing forward with the hornet development. But yes, an internal testnet is running**.**
I can only talk about hornet 📷
and with hornet not much is missing, we are refactoring to make things cleaner right now

Jakub Cech [IF]오늘 오전 12:11
The ETAs we publish are goals that are often aggressive, but also give us something to aim for and strive towards. And with things like Chrysalis, you only get to see more clearly what is there still to resolve, once you start testing the thing as a whole and the components come together. A lot of things change throughout the testing phase. We will now be publishing weekly updates on what is at which stage in Chrysalis and what we're still resolving. I hope that helps with showcasing the whole effort and how it's progressing.
dom어제 오후 7:14
Guys trust me, it will all work out just beautifully. Just
dom어제 오후 7:22
[despite all the progress, price is not moving?]
That's what everyone said in mid 2017 as well u/ThomasQv
Spec early 2017 was as depressive as it is these days lol
ThomasQv어제 오후 7:23
We can all agree that the price «could» shoot up rather quick. Bosch announcemt took us up 2$ in 2 hours. But, due to hanging low for years that sounds totally unrealistic atm, tho even tho its doable.
dom어제 오후 7:23
Why unrealistic?
Especially with BTC going to new highs, the sky is the limit
yeh gotta focus on work right now
excitement comes soon
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 12:47
Wait there was whining about delay? ^^; so people didn't see that we expanded scope of Chrysalis to remove WOTS and instead implement a vetted PQC scheme with the team who has developed it?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 12:51
One change that is upcoming though is weekly status updates; we want to include everyone to follow the project's development more clearly.
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 1:09
It's not necessarily February, it could very well be January, but a safety buffer against panic. However, again, there's several variables that were added in since July. Once you expand scope, you stretch ETAs.
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 1:15
[coordicide could delay, too?]
u/Coinnave No, since we haven't extended the scope of Honey/IOTA 2.0. So it should not suffer significant delays.
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 1:16
Coordicide is such a huge undertaking that adding extra stuff would be irresponsible. For instance sharding will not come until IOTA 2.5, we would not try to rush that into the first release. No one is more eager to get rid of the Coordinator than the people in IF
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 1:19
Keep in mind that Chrysalis is IOTA 1.5 for a reason, it's built in such a way that evolving into IOTA 2.0 (Coordicide) is adding further lego blocks to the foundation set in place by Chrysalis.
Antonio Nardella [IF]오늘 오전 1:31
u/Bananajoe IOTA and bleeding edge development is not a religion and has nothing to do with belief 📷 .. The main goal is the industry adoption and standardisation..
Antonio Nardella [IF]오늘 오전 1:41
I am a maximalist in the sense of what tech will be used in the future and IOTA is what I see as the most probable solution compared to the rest of technologies I have seen so far..
Charlie [IF]오늘 오전 2:07
So now we have Streams, Access and Identity in alpha. When these stabilise, developers are going to have a suite of libs to build interesting use cases. Looking forward to the community projects that come out of this
Gianfranco Campos오늘 오전 3:14
We have built an oximeter that tracks oxygen levels in blood for patients, and we would like to use IOTA Identity.
Jelle Millenaar [IF]오늘 오전 3:16
Awesome, that is a very good fit with IOTA Identity! Make sure to read and checkout all the resources in the blog and I am sure you'll become very happy with this release
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:12
there are several variables we are currently discussing with partners... constant tps or burst tps? Does real-time matter or is sending when the network is free “good enough”? Mana as a service? Hold crypto yourself or through a custodian who provides you with mana? Estimation of Mana/TPS relation (1% of 1000 tps vs 1% of 100.000 tps, vs rising demand etc )
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:14
The really cool thing is that all of those scenarios will be possible, but I’d like to make the onboarding as simple as possible for the most common company scenarios and requirements
Plus some other options were discussing with the research team
TangleAccountant오늘 오전 7:17
u/Holger Köther [IF] Do you think you guys will be involved in setting up these mana directing custodian services or do you foresee them popping up organically with the IF giving the stamp of approval? Or have you already talked to well established companies that are interested in getting into the MaaS business?
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:21
u/TangleAccountant we have to look into it, who would be best suited, after we grasp the demand and settle on a final version. I expect both, professional and also organic, or maybe some iota holders providing a % mana for free
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:22
u/Serno Peda we’ll publish more around supply chain soon
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:30
For now I’m excited about chrysalis, reusable addresses and eddsa, to reduce the tx size and thus have more throughput especially in Lorawan scenarios
Holger Köther [IF]오늘 오전 7:39
u/Doug Dimmadome (Carlos’s Cousin) I’m here to share a bit more what’s happening at the IF, I’m not often here during the day, bu****t I hope having a normal conversation is in everyone’s interest who doesn’t want to read these negative killer phrases all day here.
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2020.11.11 03:02 portlane Carolyn Krieger (July 17, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2020)

Carolyn Krieger
July 17, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2020
Carlyon Krieger, 86, was born in Portland Ore., July 17, 1934, to Carl and Myrtle Velguth. While she lived a full, worldly, and eventful life, she passed away Oct. 19, 2020 only three blocks from where she grew up, in the neighborhood of Eastmoreland, after a several year battle with dementia. She will be remembered by all for her enthusiastic passion and creative talent, her industriousness combined with a keen attention to detail, her silly sense of humor and desire to participate in everything she could, and her zest for life. Carolyn was, truly, a unique and authentic individual who had a lasting impact on everyone she met.
Carolyn loved everything that was Oregon and will be remembered for her incredible knowledge of its history and places. She attended Duniway Grade School, Cleveland H.S. and, after beginning her college career at Oregon State University (remaining mostly a "Beaver" at heart), graduated ('56) with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon; pursuing her passion for the arts which was an influential driver the rest of her life. Carolyn was an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she developed many close lifelong friends. While at university she met her husband, David Krieger, who, at the time, was attending U of O Law School. Needing a partner for a dance date, as David's then girlfriend was out-of-town, Carolyn was happy to substitute and, not surprisingly, it was not long after, Carolyn became the new girlfriend.
After graduating, Carolyn immediately began a career teaching art at Evergreen Junior H.S. in Vancouver, Wash. She married David in 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Portland, and in 1960 started their family when, Erik, was born. Whether it was encouraging her children's activities in sports, music, and educational programs or getting actively involved in community groups, Carolyn kept a busy schedule; she rarely let a moment go by without being committed to some mission or project.
Carolyn was nothing less than very creatively talented. Over the years she put those talents to work; painting (multiple forms from oils to Tole), calligraphy, silk screening (which included petroglyph and tombstone rubbing), flower arrangement (including the growing and gardening), seamstressing, ceramics, and a love of piano. Beyond her art endeavors, Carolyn was a keen collector as evidenced by her home being famous for the variety of unusual art objects it held. Extensive collections of marbles, seashells, agates, Japanese Kokeshi dolls, Christmas ornaments only scratch the surface of what she was interested in. As an active member in Junior League, Albertina Kerr, Portland Garden Club, Eastmoreland Garden Club, Scandinavian Woman's Chorus and athletic & social clubs including Multnomah Athletic Club, Columbia Edgewater, and Waverley Country Clubs, Carolyn built lasting friendships, sharing her creative talent and establishing herself as a mentor to younger women throughout Portland.
Friends were a central part of Carolyn's life. Both her parents passed away early in her life which made her appreciate having others close. She loved to participate in almost any event. Accordingly, Carolyn mastered the art of cooking and became a wonderful and gracious host. She would throw luncheons on Halloween or host Christmas-Day "Golden Glow" parties for those who could break away for the afternoon. Carolyn did not limit her connections to people, as she was a huge fan of animals; over the years adopting stray cats and giving them silly names such as "Big," "Little," and "Mean."
Carolyn loved to travel, especially with David and friends. She was an avid reader, had an appetite for adventure, and relished new experiences. Over their time together she and David traveled extensively to many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, as well as throughout the U.S. She did not limit her active life to travel as she was an avid skier early on and, for over 50 years straight, never missed the extended family camping adventures. Her love for the Oregon Coast led her and family to spend significant time later in life at their house in Surf Pines.
Carolyn is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, David; brother, Charles Velguth; son, Erik Krieger, his wife, Susan and their children, Morgan, Max and Kennon; and daughter, Amelia Rodriguez, her husband, Arnie and their children, Charlie and Michael. Carolyn loved being a grandmother; watching the kids grow up, participating in their lives, and encouraging them to pursue the paths that made them most happy.
The family gives special thanks to Dorina and Dumitru Crainic who lovingly cared for Carolyn and the family for many years at the end of Carolyn's life. Services will be held in private at Willamette National Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Carolyn in remembrance may make a donation to the National Alzhiemers Foundation.
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2020.10.30 13:46 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: I Ain't No Halkbank Girl by Sarah Lazarus and Crooked Media (10/29/20)

"You think Rupert Murdoch would let them print false material?" - Rudy Giuliani, with logic as tightly zipped as his pants

Cheats Of Philadelphia

The polls look good! The early voter turnout is huge! Your worst uncle in Michigan said he’s voting for Sleepy Joe, which was confusing, but you’ll take it! Five days out, there’s good reason to feel confident, but it’s worth taking a good long look at Pennsylvania to see how quickly this could go south if we don’t turn out every last voter.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is out here (checks notes) appealing to voters in order to (squints at notes, pulls out magnifying glass) win the most votes.
That’s where you come in. As infuriating as it is to read about the president openly trying to undermine the election, it all falls apart if people vote in overwhelming numbers, and do it on time. Keep your foot on the gas, run through the tape, mix your metaphors, do whatever you need to do. Five days left.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

If you read this newsletter, you've probably already voted. Amazing! But your job isn’t over. Now we have to make sure everyone else votes. How do we do that? It’s easy. We take a few minutes out of our days—minutes that we’d otherwise be spending anxious about polls, or scrolling through Twitter aimlessly, or whatever it is—getting out the vote. Go to to find all your options to get involved between now and Election Day.

Under The Radar

President Trump moved to shut down a Justice Department investigation into a Turkish bank at Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request, in the latest edition of The President Put His Own Interests Ahead of the Country’s, Which Would Normally Be Pretty Big News. When Trump came into office, the Justice Department was investigating Halkbank, a Turkish bank suspected of violating U.S. sanctions and funding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Erdogan, who had already asked then-Vice President Joe Biden to shut down the investigation (to no avail, because that’s not how DOJ works), asked Donald Trump to step in. Two attorneys general then pressured prosecutors to go easy on Halkbank (because that’s how DOJ works, now). At the same time, Trump was receiving income from his private businesses in Turkey, and former White House officials said they worried Trump was kowtowing to foreign strongmen in anticipation of personal favors down the road. There probably isn’t time to impeach him again five days before an election, but that’s what this warrants.

What Else?

The FBI has warned that there’s an imminent threat of a wave of ransomware attacks on American hospitals, just as those hospitals are dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients.
States are facing their biggest budget shortfalls since the Great Depression. Without further federal stimulus, the total budget shortfall nationwide could exceed the K-12 education budget for every state combined.
White House Nihilism Advisor Scott Atlas pushed Florida health officials to slow down testing shortly after his arrival on the coronavirus task force, with the help of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). That campaign “coincided” with a dramatic drop in testing across Florida through the end of the summer.
Three people were fatally stabbed in an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France. The attack came less than two weeks after the beheading of a teacher outside Paris who had shown students cartoons of the prophet Muhammed published in Charlie Hebdo.
Polish women have launched a nationwide strike in protest of a court ruling that imposed a near-total ban on abortions, on a sixth straight day of demonstrations.
Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s funds for Trump’s re-election effort, party officials said, as Brad Parscale sped away in a Lamborghini in the background.
As eagles want to fly, as fish want to swim, Elizabeth Warren wants to be Treasury secretary.
Tucker Carlson’s tranche of incriminating Hunter Biden documents got plucked out of the mail by the Deep State, but UPS has found it now.
Congress’s disaster loan program for small businesses was plundered by scammers, thanks to an automated system that sent out $10,000 grants to just about anyone who asked for one.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) said she was “nOt fAmiLiAr” with the Access Hollywood tape.
In light of that beautiful display of loyalty, here’s how Donald Trump introduced Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), a GOP senator struggling to hold on to her seat, at an Arizona rally: “Martha, come up just fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick. You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don’t want to hear this, Martha. Come on, Martha. Let’s go. Quick, quick, quick, quick. Come on. Let’s go.”

Be Smarter

Given what we now know about the aerosol transmission of coronavirus, we need to adjust how we think about the risks of indoor settings. A group of scientists has used real outbreaks to develop a tool that estimates the risk of transmission depending on the measures taken, which you can see here in action in a living room, a bar, and a classroom. When masks are consistently used and the spaces are well ventilated, the risk of transmission drops dramatically in all three settings—even in scenarios that would otherwise create a superspreading event, like an infected teacher speaking loudly to a roomful of students. Superspreading events increasingly look to be a critical way that coronavirus spreads, and as colder weather forces people indoors, mitigating risk by controlling the things we can will be key to containment.

What A Sponsor

Abortion is a constitutional right and The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to make sure it stays that way. As President Trump has vowed to only appoint justices to the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the future of legal abortion is at stake.
Already, anti-abortion politicians have succeeded in pushing abortion out of reach for too many people across the country. We have work to do to make sure everyone can get an abortion who needs one, regardless of race, class, or zip code. The ACLU will continue to fight so that all people are able to access reproductive health care, including abortion, without obstacles, shame, or stigma.
You can help by joining the fight. Click here to add your name today to help protect the right to abortion.

Is That Hope I Feel?

As a side effect of spending millions to unseat Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Democrats have been helping save local newspapers.
Michael Bloomberg will donate an additional $600,000 to mobilize Black voters in Florida, to round out his $1 million spending pledge.
Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff bodied Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) so hard in Wednesday night’s debate that Perdue canceled their final debate.
Paul Rudd’s out in the rain handing out cookies to people waiting in line to vote.


Conner O'Malley on Twitter: "Ok this is EPIC!"
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2020.10.22 09:26 Small-Round5485 Who created Air Force 1?

Who created Air Force 1?
The Air Force is a range of athletic shoes made by Nike that began with the Air Force 1 and went on to include the Air Force 2, Air Force 3, Air Force STS, Air Force 5, Air Force XXV and Air Force 09. The Air Force 1 was created by designer Bruce Kilgore and was the first basketball shoe to use the Nike Air technology. The shoe is offered in low, mid and high-top.

This is the original version of the Nike Air Force 1 shoe, not the retro.

Air Force 1 History

The Air Force 1 (or AF1 or AF-1) was never originally called the Air Force. Bruce Kilgore designed the shoe. The name is a reference to Air Force One, the plane that carries the President of the United States. The shoes are sold in 5 different styles, low, mid, superlow, high and super high. The mid comes with a connected strap. The high-top Air Force 1s come with a velcro strap; the mid-top strap is secured to the shoe while the high-top's strap is movable and removable on some versions. Although the shoe comes in different colors and color schemes, the most common Air Force 1s sold are solid white (also referred to as "white on white"), the second most common being solid black ("black on black").

Another identifying characteristic of an Air Force 1 shoe is a small medallion secured to the bottom of the laces but with holes on either side so it can be removed by sliding it off the shoe lace. The medallion is engraved with the inscription "AF-1", with the year "'82" inscribed beside it, and has historically been made out of a silver-colored metal (perhaps pewter). Its original design was more circular, but after a redesign the Air Force 1's 25th anniversary in 2007 the medallion is now rectangular. (The redesign also involved encasing the inscription in white plastic; that was discarded in favor of the original medallion material.)

The Air Force 1 was produced in 1982 and discontinued in 1984. It was re-released in 1986 with the modern italic Nike logo with a Swoosh on the bottom on the back of the shoe. Little has changed to the Air Force One since its creation in 1982, although the original stitching on the side panels is no longer present in modern versions of the shoe. Since then, over 1,700 color variations have been produced, bringing in an estimated 800 million USD/year in revenue. The selling of the Air Force Ones online by certain retailers used to be prohibited by Nike who had restricted supply of the sneaker.Nike now allows retailers to offer the shoe for sale online.

As a performance shoe, the AF1 is still used for street play as well as for professional play. NBA players Jerry Stackhouse (who now wears Adidas) and Rasheed Wallace have worn AF1s on court.

Nike Air Force 1s were originally considered the favored shoe of inner-city youth, especially in Harlem, New York; hence the nickname "Uptowns". Rapper Nelly and his group, St. Lunatics, collaborated on a 2002 single entitled "Air Force Ones" about the shoes. The shoe is also a focus of the 2007 single "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)", a collaboration between Kanye West, Nas, Rakim and KRS-One, that was produced by DJ Premier

The Air Force One has become a favorite of sneaker collectors, often referred to as sneakerheads. Certain rare styles can command several times their retail value.

Later versions

The Air Force 2 shoe introduced in 1987 is a newer variation of the original. The shoe is a typical flat-soled, casual-wear sneaker that can be made in many different variations of colors. Also, Air Force 2s were re-released internationally in the early 2000s. They can be made in either the low-cut or high-top style.

The shoe can be custom made in any color, but typically it has either a white or black based background with almost any color used to fill in the Nike Swoosh and back heel.

The Air Force 3 introduced in 1988 was the most popular version of Air Force series. It was worn by many basketball players at the time.[citation needed] The Air Force III was more rugged looking and more durable than the previous two versions. The original colorway was white/medium grey/black, however several other colors were introduced shortly after. An actual "Air FORCE" logo was introduced on this model as well, with an image of half of a basketball on the tongue. This logo would be used on the rest of the Air Force series. The Air Force III was re-issued in 2006 in a very limited edition of colorways of the high top, and several colorways for the low top version.

The Air Force STS (also known as Air Force 4 or Air Force IV) was introduced in 1989. It may be a reference to the Space Transportation System, the official name for the Space Shuttle. It was regularly worn by David Robinson in his rookie year. The Air Force STS features Nike's elephant print and is also slightly higher than the first three versions of the Air Force series.

The Air Force 5 was introduced in 1990. The Air Force V was the first model to make the airbag visible on the side heels of the shoe. The most popular colorway was white/medium grey/black/orange. Just like the previous version it was slightly higher than the first three versions. This was also the last original Air Force model to be made.

Retro versions

In 2007, for the 25th anniversary of the original Air Force 1, Nike created the Air Force XXV, which took inspiration from the original Air Force 1 invented in 1982. This version featured a mismatched set of medallions to commemorate its twenty fifth anniversary; one being from the original Air Force 1s with the other from the Air Force 25s. Since its introduction, many different Air Force 1 signed or inspired by celebrities and athletes.

Also in 2007, to further commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Air Force One, two high-end makes of the shoe were introduced. They were hand-crafted in Italy, one from crocodile leather and the other from anaconda leather, and both were adorned with gold-tipped laces. They were sold in extremely limited quantities and had a list price of $2000, making them some of the most expensive sneakers ever to enter the marketplace.

In 2009, Nike created Air Force 09, an update of the original shoe. The shoe comes in a solid black or white.

In 2010, Nike commissioned DJ Clark Kent to design a Nike Air Force 1 Low pack of special limited edition Air Force 1 shoes.

From 2008-2014, Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam) wears his trademark white-on-white retro low-top Air Force 1s throughout Sons of Anarchy, until they are discarded in the final episode of the series.

In 2016, Quicksilver (played by actor Evan Peters) uses a custom silver-colored Air Force 1 in the movie X-Men: Apocalypse.

In 2017, Nike partnered with Don C, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Errolson Hugh, Travis Scott and Virgil Abloh for the 35th anniversary of the shoe.
A pair of \"white-on-white\" retro low-top Air Force 1s
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2020.10.20 23:57 jlmaddock1 TOP 50 FARGO CHARACTERS

TOP 50 FARGO CHARACTERS: The Official Ranking (Based Solely On Opinion) of (Almost) Every Fargo Character (Because Season 4 Has 50 New Characters Alone and It’s Not Done Yet
I became a big Fargo fan this year, it helped me get through quarantine and I am now on the ride for season 4. It’s nice to be here so I’ll start off with a bang and give you what I believe to be the ranking of the Season 1-3 characters. I included, mostly all of them. Some got excluded like that lawyer or that cop, but for the most part the gang’s all here. And like the title says, it’s all opinion. But I’m right so let’s get going.
1.Lester Nygaard
Pretty much everything that Fargo is can be summed up with Lester’s turn to evil. If you want to introduce someone to the show, you begin with him. Lorne may steal the show, but Lester’s inner evil being unleashed it far more fascinating as a character study. It’s a strong arch and offers a very revealing role for Martin Freeman to sink his teeth in, and is arguably one of the retreads of the show from the movie that actually might be an improvement.
2.Gloria Burgle
The best version of the morally centered cop this show has to offer, comes very close to standing next to Marge. Her relationship to her work and her family, as well as her struggle with her inadequacies make for a fascinating and extremely captivating character to follow in a season full of madness. She is powerful and remains uptight in her investigation but her moments of fear and stress felt extremely real, and I appreciated this more than the two other variations on this list.
3.Mike Milligan
If I didn’t try to hide my bias, Bokeem Woodbine’s absolutely legendary and retro performance as the Kansas City wannabe-king would certainly rank at number one. There is nothing I don’t enjoy about his role. Made me a Bokeem fan for life. I would take a whole new season about him purely to bathe in new footage of this perfomance.
4.VM Varga
Evil incarnate has never been so enjoyable to watch as it is with David Thewlis delightfully monstrous antagonist. Season 3 has its flaws, but I could always count on Varga’s consistency for vile and disgustingly cruel anecdotes for becoming rich to sink my teeth in. One of the rare villains that has his shadow linger over the whole show. He is only closely followed by
5.Nikki Swango
Who not only manages to be the biggest badass of the season, but also manages to be the only character smart and quick enough to outthink Varga. I remember it being quite haunting when we see Varga off his game, and I could feel the power of Swango’s character throughout the rest of the season. Her undoubtable love for Ray only provides more of a reason to root for this character’s revenge. Undoubtedly the best antihero the show has to offer (sorry #26 fans)
6.Lou Solverson
Now I LOVE both versions of Lou, they’re both adorable and endearing. Season 2 is certainly fleshed out more and given a lot more to do, but with that season in hindsight it’s very interesting to see the inner cop Carradine carried on in scenes such as his encounter with Lorne or his desire to help his daughter, sitting on the porch just like he always has. Wilson brought a much needed charm that made him an extremely reliable character for all of season 2. Both are extremely strong contenders for the show’s best boy scout.
7.Lorne Malvo
Some may be upset at his ranking, but don’t get me wrong Lorne is everything. His dark humor mixed with his love for violence makes for an eerie and hilarious antagonist for season 1. His humor is more successful than any other character.
8.Ray Stussy
Baby Ray, such a tragic character. This one’s here for me guys. Ray’s arch and its conclusion made me realize how much I loved him, and at the same time made me realize how much I don't have a very similar character. He was very endearing throughout his course in the season, and I wish him the best wherever he is.
9.Bear Gerhardt
Another strangely endearing and tragic character who is probably the most relatable and understandable member of the Gerhardt Family. Definitely my favorite, and his dark turn towards the end of the season just highlights the downfall of the entire family structure.
10.Gus Grimly
Molly is the star of Season 1 but I’d say Gus ended up being a more compelling character for me. He had one of the more satisfying arcs and I enjoyed seeing a character who was just...not good at his job but wanted to do the right thing. Hank’s very friendly performance added to the heart of the show and boy what a satisfying ending for him.
11.Hanzee Dent
I love rooting for murderous psychopaths, but man wasn’t he a badass? Hanzee’s storyline of oppression and emancipation was a storyline that I enjoyed its entirety of, even if I was somewhat disappointed with the seeming lack of a resolution surrounding the events with the grocery store. Although, I don’t mind the Moses Tripoli thing, the Wrench/Numbers part of that scene is what was a stretch for me.
12.Rye Gerhardt
How do you steal an entire season with only one episode? Kieran Culkin’s performance as Rye deserves an Emmy and you can’t tell me he doesn’t. He’s hilarious, and I think he has the perfect amount of screentime for his type of character. “There’s two ways this can go.”
13.Dodd Gerhardt
The most despicable Gerhardt? Definitely, but Jeffery Donovan is incredibly entertaining to root against and has some of the funniest moments of the season. His relationships to the other characters also creates great intrigue.
14.Hank Larsson
Is there any other man you would want by your side in the battle? I wish it was him saying FUBA with Lou in the end instead of who we got, but man is Ted Danson just great in this show. First of all he somehow FITS Fargo perfectly, but his character is just very dependable. Very similar to...
15.Betsy Solverson
Only second to Hank is Lou’s reliable wife is Betsy, whose impending doom gives the family structure of season 2 quite the shake up it needs. It offers Lou a chance to express emotions that his beefy facade attempts to hide, and her willingness to assist and take arms is just lovable. Speaking of dedication...
16.Sy Feltz
Sy...poor Sy. He warned Emmit from the beginning and sticks with him even when he is accused of being in bed with the enemy. He had no reason to stay by his side except for his morals and ethics and the fact that he just cares about his friend. His ending is one of the one things in that show that truly makes me sad when I think about it. I don’t know if I’d want a different ending, but SY DESERVED BETTER.
17.Molly Solverson
Molly is everything she needs to be. She’s honest, she’s hardworking, and despite what everyone says about her the most surprising part of her character is she knows when to stop. In the end, she has moved on. Lester is the same character, he is the same evil. Molly knows this and in the end, knows she can’t help him. Their battle gave a compelling season-long arc that kept me motivated to come back each week when I originally watched it, and even though Lou and Gloria get first place for me in the ranking, Molly’s impact can not be stated. I’d love to see her get a drink with Marge.
18.Simone Gerhardt
Simone’s 70s spirit is a ride. She certainly has the most spunk out of the Gerhardts, gives a surprisingly emotional performance, and gives arguably the best line of the entire show.
19.Emmit Stussy
JUDAS. Only high on this list because of McGreggor’s excellent performance, multiple sides and shadows of emotion make him such a compelling part of this show. Emmit is incredibly hard to read, and every episode is a new kind of feeling about him. But there’s no question, in his final scene, I cheered. He doesn’t deserve anything like what Ray and Nikki have let me just say that.
20.Peggy Blumquist
Peggy is frustrating, but that’s what makes her compelling. On one hand you can see Peggy’s side of things, but on the other you can understand Ed. Peggy gets the upper hand here because she represents a lot of other things in this world, and Dunst was able to bring enough reliability and honesty to mix with the crazy.
21.Karl Weathers
Although I always enjoy Nick Offerman, I was a little worried at this character’s initial appearance. Noah Hawley has a knack for writing some one-note characters as you’ll see later on in this list, but what turned me around was his appearance in Episode 6, most specifically his intense interaction with Bear. His surprising intelligence and wit in this interaction was really compelling.
22.Floyd Gerhardt
Being a Watchmen fan, it was awesome to see Laurie Blake to show up to kick some more ass in this show. Floyd’s a complicated character, and I enjoyed her gradual descent into loss of control, both mentally and physically. She was a stone-cold power figure, who honestly I wouldn’t fuck with.
23.Ed Blumquist
Jesse Plemmons gives a grade-A performance in this one, and his character has just as many twists and turns emotionally as Peggy gets to have, though I wish they had gone further down his routes at times. We see his dedication, where he breaks and where he picks his feet up. But I don’t know, I just would have personally liked to have seen more.
24.The Kitchen Brothers
Love my Prague rock-band boys. Of the henchmen’s they’re my favorite. It’s just a personal preference because I love their style. They also manage to be completely badass without saying a single word.
25.Winnie Lopez
So, I don’t know the general consensus on this character, but I kind of loved her. She and Gloria are a badass team, it was nice to have someone working somewhat directly close with the main cop of the show. You know in Season 1, Molly had Gus but she was mostly on her own and Lou had help from a few other people but again mostly had to fly solo. Winnie believed in Gloria and wanted to do what she could to help her. I’m gonna think about how much I love them real quick…………..that was nice. Alright, time to explain myself with this next one.
26.Mr. Wrench
I know fan favorite Mr. Wrench being placed at 26 is making some people tweak right now, but listen….he’s great. I agree, he’s entertaining. Wrench and Numbers, they’re some great blokes. BUT LISTEN…….Season 1 they just didn’t grab me. I don’t know, like I enjoyed their scenes because I thought they were a good dynamic hitman duo with enough quirks to warrant their inclusion but I did not leave the show wanting more from them. It wasn’t till Season 3 that I found myself in a greater appreciation for him. Because you know, apart of me was like, “Oh boy Noah is really pulling out of his ass for this one.” But at the same time, he and Nikki made a damn good team. And if I can go with other coincidences in this show, I can go with that one. Please don’t burn me alive, I admit he’s entertaining but there are way more compelling characters in my opinion. Actually, one I would credit with being just that is...
27.Charlie Gerhardt
Who gave one of the most surprising performances of the season. I enjoyed his arch of wanting to be apart of the family, and although I felt like his conclusion was somewhat lackluster after he’s in the cage, I still enjoyed his overall inclusion and I think that’s due in part to Allan Dobrescu’s natural charisma.
28.Paul Marrane
I was so happy when Ray Wise showed up, and his supernatural nature seems fitting. I think he was served better than aliens if we’re having that debate.
29.Joe Bulo
I enjoyed his interactions with other characters (Milligan, Floyd) more than his character overall. A very Fargo crime boss.
30.Meemo and Yuri Gurka
Though some would argue they deserve separate spots as they’re two very different forms of crazy, but I feel about the same of both. They are expounded upon enough without being overly exaggerated and provide some good thrills/scares. I think I like Meemo’s style here though, so sorry Yuri you’re 30.5.
31.Mr. Numbers
Adam Goldberg is an actor I enjoy seeing whenever he shows up and that is no more in effect than with his role as Numbers. The only issue is I couldn’t tell you a single thing about his character except for his devotion to and relationship with his partner.
32.Bill Oswalt
Bob Odenkirk will be remembered as one of the finest actors of his time, no question. It’s a shame his role but more one-note than noteworthy but it just shows his power to hone in a good performance despite the content.
33.Don Chumph
GLENN. HOWERTON. Any Sunny fan was happy to have him, and though his exaggerated ego is a bit much, it offered a lot of laughs and a good role for Howerton to play in between Philly seasons. Obvious bias, let’s move on.
34.Noreen Vanderslice
I enjoyed her presence. Solid dark comedy. Not much else.
35.Pepper and Budge
In moments I loved them, in moments I could’ve gone without them. Key and Peele are delightfully entertaining (I love seeing Peele act in general now that it’s so rare), but sometimes they just feel horribly out of place. This show is filled with character actors but this inclusion just always felt weird to me. They do offer one of the best moments of the show, that being the car scene with Lester.
36.Stravos Milos
I guess he’s not a fan favorite, but it helped that I enjoy Oliver Pratt enough to enjoy his inclusion in the show. I also appreciate at least one real and honest reference to the movie being put in there. If any storyline from the film could continue, it’s obviously the money and it provided a nice welcome into the world before the craziness of season 2.
37.Vern Thurman
Included because he left such a charming impression.
38.Maurice LeFay
I hear the criticisms of being one note, although I enjoyed seeing Scoot show up if only for one episode. What a killer way to go out though.
39.Sonny Greer
One of those other one note characters, this time one that serves much less of a purpose. Karl outshines him in every scene.
40.Greta Grimly
A heartwarming addition to the Season 1 storyline. Next.
41.Chaz Nygaard
Unlikable and uncharamastic but his blissful ignorance is a welcome folly for Lester’s rampage.
42.Moe Dammick
The problem with this character isn’t even that they repeated the same cliche from Season 1 with Odenkirk’s character but rather that they did nothing to add or subvert expectations with it. He ends up pretty much staying the same way throughout the season, even after multiple moments where he should be convinced otherwise. He is simply the same character with a harsher edge, which is a shame because Shea Whigham is another one of those actors who I normally just love whatever role he’s in, so this one was a little disappointing.
43.Ben Schmidt
Everyone’s favorite police yuppie. Absolutely terrible cop, incredibly hilarious to watch him fail. “You’re a shit cop, you know that?”
44.Linda Park
Offers Lester one of his most fucked up moments, but did not offer much in terms of a character outside of a couple of laughs.
45.Donny Mashman
Down low because he has no backbone.
46.Constance Heck
Gave a great performance in her scene with Hanzee, but did not get much out of her little screen-time.
47.Gina and Sam Hess
Characters that exist solely for the purpose of progressing Lester’s character arch. Toss em to the curb.
48.Ruby Goldfarb
That twist was just lame and not shocking, I’m sorry. Like it happened, and I was just like...okay? Who cares at this point. Did not need it. Also very one note.
49.Ennis Stussy/Thaddeus Mobley
Not even the worst performance wise just, frustrating. There are certain times where I give Noah Hawley his side roads even if they end up going nowhere just because I enjoy the world of Fargo, but Thaddeus’s storyline is just so unnecessary. I enjoyed the inclusion of the story with the robot and how it related to Gloria’s arch, BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH SIR. Realizing I’ve rewatched every episode of Fargo except S03E03 oops.
50.Skip Sprang
The most annoying and useless typewriter salesman in the world. I could watch Mike torture him for hours.
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2020.10.12 20:42 jonisantucho Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition

Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity.
Then, COVID-19 happened.
And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far).
Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story.
Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead.
But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up.
-Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance.
-Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category.
-Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play.
-Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day.
-Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag.
-French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one.
-Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast.
-Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot.
-I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes.
-Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight.
-Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win.
-Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank.
-Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name.
-News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air.
-Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell.
-On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes.
-One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way.
-Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad.
-Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw.
-Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress.
-Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers.
-Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold.
-Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated.
-Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves.
-Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late.
-The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm.
-The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago.
-The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated.
-The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory.
-The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica.
-The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time.
-The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason.
-The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash.
-Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying.
Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
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2020.10.03 20:15 Hitch42 links from September 27 to October 3, 2020 - 31 Days of Horror edition is an online directory of audio drama and spoken word websites, with at least one new link added to it each day. As of this post, there are 5,000 published articles.
For the month of October, presents 31 Days of Horror, normally featuring one new horror audio drama or spoken word link every day. However, this year the total has increased to one hundred links throughout the month.
You can see the previous years' listings in this post featuring almost 200 links. Visit's horror category page for over 1,000 horror audio drama links.
Here are the newest articles from the previous week:
  1. Forgive Me! (Full Cast Comedy Series) Father Ben left his congregation in Binghamton, New York, in the cover of night for the smaller, quieter pastures of St. Patrick's. As our new, young, and at times progressive priest begins to acquiesce to his new surroundings, he finds himself butting heads with the eccentric parishioners who come to him seeking solace and advice. Whether he's trying to understand Old Margaret's "usual" confession; parsing out how Tom can better help care for his wife's pet pig, David; or getting to the bottom of the Christmas Eve Mass Incident, Forgive Me! explores the intertwined lives in Ben's new community and the funny, sad, and sometimes painful experiences that come out of confession and the Catholic experience.
  2. Short of Breath (Full Cast Drama Series) Short of Breath is a limited-run, small-scale socioeconomic thriller focusing on problems relevant to contemporary working-class American life. While rooted in real human interactions, the series has the tenor, structure, and tempo of a melodrama and thriller. Set in the days leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Short of Breath follows Olissa, a single mother and recovering addict in her early 30s who loses her factory job in the series' first scene. It's terrible luck and even worse timing. This event, happening at the end of a shift on a Friday, starts a ticking clock for Olissa, as a judge refuses to postpone a custody hearing for her young daughter scheduled just three days away. It's an all-or-nothing, last-chance situation for Olissa. She has only that weekend to find a decent job and clean up her act once and for all, or risk losing her daughter.
  3. The Boston Project Podcast (Full Cast Drama Series) SERIES 1: The Usual Unusual - The Usual Unusual is a scrappy and quaint bookstore where Boston's LGBTQ+ community has gathered to shop, organize, and flirt since the 70's. When the store's charismatic founder Penn announces his retirement, neurotic staff-member Charlie persuades him to pass leadership on, rather than close the store. The staff's efforts to unite a fractured community under one banner – or simply coordinate a weekly reading night — stoke generational disputes about identity, community, and trauma, and lead to fraught and hilarious results.
  4. Quantum Paradox (Full Cast Science Fiction Horror Series) Quantum Paradox is a 21st-century audio drama, released as a weekly podcast. Somewhere like here, sometime like now but far below the surface, lie strange and supernatural contradictions. If you think everything looks normal, look closer.
  5. Teddies in Lockdown (Full Cast Comedy Series) A scripted audio fiction about our suburban guardian angels: the teddies behind the glass. They're here to raise your spirits and pledge to keep watch in the window bay until the masks come off and this pandemic is declared over. Welcome to Teddies in Lockdown.
  6. The Hunt? (Full Cast Comedy Mystery Series) Anxious to validate her recently-deceased mother's wild conspiracy theories, a young podcaster recruits a poorly-reviewed private eye to help uncover the truth behind a ludicrous urban legend. But after witnessing a murder while searching the Santa Cruz Mountains, they find themselves at the forefront of a sensationalized investigation where every townsperson, news outlet, and internet rando has their own opinion about what really happened.
  7. Da Silva Linings Ghostbook (Full Cast Comedy Series) Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the psychic medium Sylvester Da Silva in the news recently. He will talk to only one person, and that's journalist Carrie Saxon. Will he talk about why he's in the news? Will he get to the point at all? Find out in this new comedy podcast. Devised and Performed by Jacqueline Davies & John Parry for Deliciously Bright Productions.
  8. The Afro-Existential Podcast (Full Cast Comedy Series) This season, we present DEAD WAIT: A JOURNEY IN AFRO-EXISTENTIALISM by Blaine Sparks-Teamer. A black comedy, DEAD WAIT tells the story of a modern all-American family: people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: abandonment, poverty, death, and Los Angeles traffic.
  9. A Candle Against the Dark (Full Cast Drama Series) Done in the style of the radio plays from the early 20th Century, A Candle Against the Dark tells the story of one family's experience with polio in 1942. In addition, the stories of others who were affected by the disease — patients and doctors, parents and nurses — recall a time in our history when we were helpless against a seemingly invincible foe. We hope it becomes a memorial to all those who have worked so hard to achieve near-total elimination of polio from the world... Summit Theatre Group is a community theater company in Lee's Summit, Mo — a suburb of Kansas City.
  10. Through The Attic Door (Full Cast Urban Fantasy Comedy Series) Step through the attic door, and into the wacky and whimsical work of Hotel Elsewhere! Join the residents, The Scientist, The Gremlin, Brian the Robot, The Demon and more, within the upper most room of this elaborate building. Join them in their adventures as they attempt to figure out the truth about the Hotel Management... and all of the other mysteries that cross the path of the Attic Gang's rather short attention span, with the aid of their trusty radio.
  11. The Midweek Drama (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) Bamalam Productions: Providing a platform and vehicle for new creative talent. Content perfect for those who don't have time to stop. Just press play. Listen and enjoy. A collection of audio dramas written by contemporary writers and performed by new acting talent. Connecting new talent across the world with the performing industry.
  12. The Exploring Series (Narrated Multigenre Folklore Anthology) Lore, mythology, and history summaries in easy to understand and easy to digest formats. The series aren't totally comprehensive, but they provide a great springboard for someone just dipping their toes into a new franchise or topic. So far, I've covered the Cthulhu Mythos, Middle-earth, Star Wars, The Elder Scrolls, Norse Mythology, Celtic Mythology, the SCP Universe, and Warhammer 40k, but I hope to continue doing this for many years.
  13. Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Full Cast Drama Series) "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," is a fictional, original audio drama podcast series by writers Terrell Jackson and Ember Stone. The lead, Naomi Martin, is a young woman from Kansas City, MO, torn between her dream of becoming a world-renowned vocalist, and the more seemingly realistic goal, set for her by her father, to finish school and have a practical, "safe" existence.
  14. Tales of What!? (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) Fiction from the weird side. The Twilight Zone meets Adult Swim. The Outer Limits directed by David Lynch. Franz Kafka doing Creepshow. Welcome... to the Tales of What!?
  15. The Other Stories (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
  16. The Harrowing (Full Cast Horror Thriller Series) A once-in-a-century storm hits the remote Scottish Island of Toll Mòr. As the isolated community take shelter, a barbaric crime sets off a chain of events which heralds the rise of an ancient evil and threatens to change the course of history. Starring Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt as Police Sergeant Jackie O'Hara, this 8-part supernatural crime thriller is created by celebrated writer and director Mark Healy and produced by Storyglass.
  17. The Forest (Narrated Horror Series) Have you ever wanted your life to be more like a fairy tale? Are you sure? In this terrifying and unique interactive story, brought to you by Richard MacLean Smith, you get to make the choices as you find yourself trapped deep inside one fairy tale you'll wish you'd never come across... Can you find a way out before it's too late?
  18. Creepers (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Creepers is a paranormal, horror comedy show. Lots of fun!
  19. Miscreation (Full Cast Horror Anthology) Each episode brings a scary new tale, performed by our band of actors at Acast's studio. So sit back, and witness our Miscreation.
  20. The Weird Tales Podcast (Narrated Horror Anthology) Tycho Alhambra is a lover of the weird and bizarre. Here are his readings of his favorite Weird Fiction. Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, Blackwood, Chambers. They're all here.
  21. Spooked! (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Join Damien Doepping and Cody Crain every Monday for.... SPOOKED! The improvised scary story podcast, where it's never scary and it's sometimes a story.
  22. Shadows of a Dark Past (Full Cast Horror Series) Claysville - a colonial town in Massachusetts, founded in the 17th Century by the wealthy and influential Clayton family. However, some say there is a curse on the family, as not a generation has gone by without horrible tragedy. Time and time again, the family pulls itself up, and time and time again the fates break them back down. It seems an endless cycle. Things have been relatively quiet since 1971, but it is not the tranquility of peace - rather, it feels like the calm before the storm. When local psychiatrist Mark McCain suspects the arrival of a supernatural presence in Claysville, the rumbles of that storm approach. The evil that seemed to be slumbering now stirs, and the calm begins to break down as the modern Clayton family is once again eclipsed by dark shadows from centuries gone by. Can the curse be overcome, or will the shadows of their dark past consume the Clayton family once and for all?
  23. On the Threshold (Narrated Horror Series/Anthology) Human understanding of the cosmos is like a tiny, flickering candle. This podcast follows Phil Glazer as he chases down accounts of those who have wandered to the edge of the candlelight, and becomes drawn ever further into the shadows himself.
  24. Unknown 9: Out of Sight (Full Cast Horror Series) Blake Elrich, an urban explorer with a haunted past, travels the country in an old RV with his partner and producer Lazari. At every stop along their journey, they encounter an inexplicable occurrence—something that could not be happening. What's more, they're beginning to suspect that someone is leading them to each strange case. Events intensify when an enigmatic figure emerges, terrorizing whole communities. Blake and Lazari must now race to undo the damage that's already been done and prevent a terrifying force from emerging...
  25. Scary Story Podcast (Narrated Horror Anthology) Scary Story Podcast features scary stories about darkness, unexplained phenomena, and the paranormal. A collection of short original horror tales made to unsettle you.
  26. Dead Sirius (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Follow the story of Sirius, a man who took matters into his own hands when the zombie apocalypse began, and joined the ranks of the dead before they could force him to. Now a walking, talking, thinking corpse, how will Sirius handle the later stages of the zombie invasion?
  27. Evil Zodiac (Narrated Comedy Horror Series) Humberto will be your guide to the future...for a Price. A comedy horror show that 100% guarantees that it will help you believe nonsense about your future. Using the powers of the occult and the stars.
  28. Georgie Romero Is Done For (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Georgie Romero has risen from the grave, driven to solve the mystery of her former human life with the help of an inept witch and a cynical ghost.
  29. Copper Shock (Narrated Horror Anthology) Copper Shock is a story telling channel in the form of old radio Foley sounds and music. Sit back and enjoy original scary stories read by Tasha Wheelhouse. Some stories are based on true life events, while others explore the dark and unexpected.
  30. Tongue Torn (Narrated Horror Anthology) A series of short stories written and read by Lily Kuenzler. In this series, I will share with you a collection of stories: weird, wonderful, fantastic and dark. I hope you enjoy the ride.
  31. Tales From The Bud (Narrated Horror Anthology) Welcome buds! Tales From The Bud is a Horror Story Telling Podcast hosted by Dr. Haze & Sir Midnight. Back to back episodes of chilling horror stories every week!
  32. The Shadow Dispatch (Full Cast Urban Fantasy Horror Series) Salem's best source for late-night news, discussion, and information on all things magical, political, and supernatural.
  33. Sibling Horror (Narrated Horror Anthology) Short horror stories written by The Fradd Siblings (Emma and Matt Fradd).
  34. The Haunted Hour (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) The Haunted Hour broadcasts from the town of Lantern, North Carolina. Explore abandoned pools, convenience stores that move, and things that go bump in the night in this horror comedy from Emerson College.
  35. The Dark Magazine (Narrated Horror Anthology) A mix of dark fantasy and horror short fiction by both established and rising stars, from The Dark Magazine—and with recent stories reprinted in year's best anthologies, listed on Locus Recommended Reading List, and a subscriber base growing every month, "this new dark fantasy zine is settling well into its niche, which is picking up weirdness as it grows"—Locus.
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2020.10.02 19:41 badpauly Significant Activist Hedge Fund Activity (Last 7 Days)

These are the latest Schedule 13D forms filed by activist investors in the last 7 days. Activist investors are investors that make an investment with the intention of influencing management in some way. There is evidence that following activist investors into investments can generate excess returns. Schedule 13G forms, in contrast, are filed by significant investors with no intention of influencing management (such as Index funds).
There is always a lot of interest in insider trades, but what a lot of people probably don't realize is that hedge fund activity is probably more predictive of future returns than insider activity. The reason is that hedge funds (a) have large research budgets, and (b) have a choice where to put their money. In contract, insiders have no choice where to put their money, but only when to time their transactions.

New Filings

This table lists new 13D filings in the last week. A new filing does not necessarily indicate a new position, as investors frequently accumulate in advance before reaching the filing threshold.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
10‑02 13D JHG / Janus Henderson Group plc TRIAN FUND MANAGEMENT, L.P. 18,066,612 9.9%
10‑02 13D IVZ / Invesco Ltd. TRIAN FUND MANAGEMENT, L.P. 45,457,427 9.9%
10‑01 13D ALXO / ALX Oncology Holdings Inc. venBio Global Strategic Fund II L.P. 9,799,331 26.9%
09‑30 13D PRLD / Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated BAKER BROS. ADVISORS LP 10,121,228 31.1%
09‑30 13D CQP / Cheniere Energy Partners, LP BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. 204,321,313 42.2%
09‑29 13D GTX / Garrett Motion Inc. Sessa Capital (Master), L.P. 6,912,204 9.1% -6.19
09‑28 13D HYBG / HYB Holding Corp. Rubin David 6,465,442 66.6%
09‑28 13D U / Unity Software Inc. OTEE 2020 ApS 29,514,500 11.2%
09‑28 13D SMMT / Summit Therapeutics plc Zanganeh Maky 5,330,258 7.8% 9.24
09‑28 13D SMMT / Summit Therapeutics plc DUGGAN ROBERT W 46,209,732 64.89% -0.08
09‑28 13D NCNA / NuCana plc Abingworth LLP 3,333,333 6.6%
09‑28 13D MTCR / Metacrine, Inc. New Enterprise Associates 16, L.P. 3,060,527 11.8%
09‑25 13D AHACU / Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp. Unit AHAC Sponsor LLC 3,080,000 23.3%
09‑25 13D RST / Rosetta Stone, Inc. GAMCO INVESTORS, INC. ET AL 880,860 3.58%
09‑25 13D UPP / UPPER ARLINGTON OHIO GO VAR PURP LTD TAX BDS 2015 Mossman Benjamin 1,607,043 5.7%
09‑25 13D ZMTP / Zoom Telephonics Inc. MANNING FRANK BLASE 2,228,273 9.3% -5.10
09‑25 13D LN / LINE Corporation SoftBank Corp. 15,617,335 6.5%
09‑25 13D NUZE / NuZee, Inc. HIGASHIDA MASATERU 5,048,545 33.9%
09‑25 13D NUZE / NuZee, Inc. Eguchi Katsuyoshi 913,576 6.3%

Amended Filings

This table lists amended filings in the last week, and is useful for monitoring changes in existing investments or when a fund closes a position. I have eliminated all filings with less than a 5% change in ownership.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
10‑02 13D/A BW / Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. B. Riley Financial, Inc. 16,254,342 30.5% 11.72
10‑01 13D/A ASFI / Asta Funding, Inc. STERN GARY 100 100.0% 161.78
10‑01 13D/A PER / SandRidge Permian Trust Montare Resources I, LLC 2,695,363 5.1% 24.39
10‑01 13D/A 12769G100 / CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT INC Recreational Enterprises, Inc. 8,604,325 4.22%
10‑01 13D/A GECC / Great Elm Capital Corp. Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. 5,509,320 25.4% 16.51
10‑01 13D/A AGRX / Agile Therapeutics, Inc. ProQuest Investments III, L.P. 4,219,900 4.8% -73.63
10‑01 13D/A AP / Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. 2006 Irrevocable Trust of Laura W. Van Loan for the Benefit of Mary M. Crawford 1,948,443 10.26% 92.50
10‑01 13D/A RAPT / RAPT Therapeutics, Inc. COLUMN GROUP II, LP 5,652,997 23.1% -9.77
10‑01 13D/A JFR / Nuveen Floating Rate Income Fund Saba Capital Management, L.P. 6,681,845 11.7% 15.84
10‑01 13D/A GLNG / Golar LNG Ltd. BW Group Ltd 5,642,317 5.77% 8.46
10‑01 13D/A PRNB / Principia Biopharma Inc. GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑30 13D/A OXY / Occidental Petroleum Corp. ICAHN CARL C 107,932,184 11.37% 5.96
09‑30 13D/A GRSHU / Gores Holdings, Inc. Hostess CDM Co-Invest, LLC 6,632,772 5.1% -7.27
09‑30 13D/A BREW / Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. ANHEUSER-BUSCH COMPANIES, LLC 6,069,047 100.0% 221.54
09‑30 13D/A SGMS / Scientific Games Corp. MacAndrews & Forbes Inc. 13,318,493 14.0% -25.93
09‑30 13D/A CTGO / Contango Ore, Inc. ROYAL GOLD INC 0 0.0% -100.00
09‑30 13D/A RPAY / Repay Holdings Corporation Class A Alias Shaler 3,193,132 4.2%
09‑30 13D/A AHT / Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. Cygnus Capital, Inc. 1,088,305 8.3% 6.41
09‑30 13D/A SRLP / Sprague Resources LP Hartree Partners, LP 2,086,858 9.1% 12.48
09‑30 13D/A DSNY / Destiny Media Technologies, Inc. VESTERGAARD STEVE 947,899 9.07% -54.65
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09‑29 13D/A MRNS / Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Domain Partners VI, L.P. 619,221 2.0% -88.89
09‑29 13D/A ALIM / Alimera Sciences, Inc. Domain Partners VI, L.P. 239,394 4.8% -57.89
09‑29 13D/A SALT / Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Scorpio Services Holding Ltd 2,852,751 23.0% 8.49
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09‑28 13D/A BRFH / Barfresh Food Group Inc. Ibex Investors LLC 22,674,337 15.4%
09‑28 13D/A PER / SandRidge Permian Trust Montare Resources I, LLC 2,133,493 4.1%
09‑25 13D/A TUES / Tuesday Morning Corp. Delta Value Group Investment Partnership, LP 47,905 0.1% -98.29
09‑25 13D/A ONEW / OneWater Marine Inc. Class A Troiano John 481,802 4.79% -49.04
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2020.09.21 15:22 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: More Mueller criminal referrals closed

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
I'm working on a big project, hoping to post it towards the end of the week. For that reason, I tried a new, shorter way of writing Lost in the Sauce. If you like it, I can do it this way in the future.

The Mueller probe

Documents released by the DOJ related to investigations started by Mueller revealed that his team found evidence that a Trump Campaign vendor and pro-Trump PAC violated numerous laws. The cases were referred to other offices for potential charges, but none were ultimately brought (see the last page in this document). The cases have since been closed.
  • It also appears that the investigation into Erik Prince was closed.
Top Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann describes the challenges and failures of the Mueller probe in his new book, Where Law Ends. The Atlantic has excerpts from the book and an interview with Weissmann:
“The specter of our being shut down exerted a kind of destabilizing pull on our decision-making process.” Where Law Ends describes numerous instances, large and small, when Mueller declined to pursue an aggressive course for fear of the reaction at the White House... They “feared that hauling [Ivanka] in for an interview would play badly to the already antagonistic right-wing press—Look how they’re roughing up the president’s daughter—and risk enraging Trump, provoking him to shut down the Special Counsel’s Office once and for all.”
Weissmann blames this persistent timidity on one of Mueller’s other top deputies, a lawyer named Aaron Zebley... “Repeatedly during our twenty-two months in operation,” Weissmann writes, “we would reach some critical juncture in our investigation only to have Aaron say that we could not take a particular action because it risked aggravating the president beyond some undefined breaking point.”
...In our interview, I asked Weissmann if Mueller had let the American people down. “Absolutely, yep,” Weissmann said, before quickly adding: “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”

Russian interference

FBI director confirms "very, very active" Russian efforts to interfere in election, “primarily to "denigrate Vice President Biden” (Axios and video clip).
  • Trump Attacks FBI Director Christopher Wray for Warning on Russian Election Meddling (DB).
U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy’s ‘Russian Agent’ Pal. For a year and a half, U.S. intelligence warned that Andriy Derkach was suspected of election interference. Yet Trump associates and supporters, including Giuliani and Sen. Johnson, still used his information (DB).
  • In December 2019, then-Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) warned Johnson that his committee’s probe may only further Russia’s ambitions to undermine the 2020 election. Johnson's pushed ahead away.
Senate panel authorizes subpoenas in Republican probe targeting Obama officials. The list includes former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (Politico). At the hearing, Romney said the Biden investigation “has the earmarks of a political exercise,” citing Johnson’s recent comments:
  • Johnson (again) admitted his committee’s investigation of Biden and Ukraine is politically motivated and is meant to interfere in the election: “What our investigations are uncovering, I think, will reveal this is not somebody we should be electing president of the United States,” Johnson told a local Wisconsin TV station on Tuesday. Importantly, this is an investigation into Biden's conduct as VP that ended 4 years ago, but only began when Biden started winning primaries, and is being rushed for pre-election.
  • Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) tried to pass a resolution urging senators "to immediately cease any activities that allow Congress to act as a conduit" for election interference efforts or Russian disinformation. Watch video of their speeches and Johnson’s response.
State Dept. provides House Dems docs previously given to Ron Johnson's Biden probe (Politico).
U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links (DB). However, U.S. government lawyers say that Rohrabacher was not acting with Trump’s backing.

Court cases

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday granted a request from 14 states to temporarily block operational changes within the U.S. Postal Service that have been blamed for a slowdown in mail delivery (WaPo).
“It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services’ changes is an intentional effort on the part the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections,” Judge Bastian wrote.
  • Related: Postal Service turned a $1.6 billion profit on Amazon shipping in the fiscal year that ended last September.
The Trump administration is trying to get a federal judge to help shield thousands of internal documents about the 2020 census from the public. The DOJ missed its deadline to turn over 8,800 documents last week; the judge ordered the remainder to be produced this week (CNN).
  • “Constitution doesn't require census to be accurate, Trump administration says,” CNN
The White House said Friday that the administration will ask the Supreme Court to review a district court decision blocking the president’s order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count. Due to the rare makeup of the three-judge district court panel, the Supreme Court cannot decline to hear the appeal.
A federal law, known as the “Three-Judge Court Act,” specifies that constitutional challenges to federal or state legislative districts are to be considered by a three-judge federal district court panel, with direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eric Trump is willing to be interviewed by the New York State Attorney General's Office for its investigation into the Trump Organization… but not until after the presidential election (CNN).
On Thursday, prosecutors in New York leveled new charges against Lev Parnas and David Correia, associates of Rudy Giuliani, alleging they used more than $2 million of Fraud Guarantee investors’ money on personal expenses while promising the money would only be spent on the business.
According to the New York Times, in 2018 Parnas and Correia agreed to pay Giuliani’s consulting firm $500,000 in exchange for his public endorsement of Fraud Guarantee.
The Supreme Court set arguments for Dec. 2 on the House of Representative’s bid for access to grand jury secrets in the Mueller report.

Trump keeps profiting

President Trump’s luxury properties have charged the U.S. government more than $1.1 million in private transactions since Trump took office — including for room rentals at his Bedminster, N.J., club this spring while it was closed for the coronavirus pandemic (WaPo). In other words, the Secret Service pays $17,000 a month for a cottage at Bedminster, even when Trump is in DC. Just in case he decides to visit.
The Qatari government is paying Trump $135,000 a year for an unused office in a San Francisco skyscraper, an apparent violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause. The Qatari sovereign wealth fund decided to lease space in the San Francisco building just as the Trump administration was siding with Saudi in its fight with Qatar. Soon after, the White House patched things up with Qatar.
  • In 2019, Trump welcomed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, and about one third of the Qatar Investment Authority’s board of directors in the Treasury Department’s Cash Room. “I have to say that the investments that you make in the United States,” he told his guests, “are very much appreciated.”
A previously unknown company owned by Rudy Giuliani got between $150,000 and $350,000 in taxpayer-backed PPP money through a small bank tied to the Trumps and Kushners.
A group of tenants filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Kushner Companies of illegally collecting rent and creating dangerous living conditions (CNN).
Negotiations on a deal between the White House and pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices broke down last month after Mark Meadows, the president's chief of staff, insisted that drugmakers pay for $100 cash cards to be mailed to seniors before the election (Axios).
  • Reminder: Trump's name was added to the physical coronavirus stimulus checks approved under the CARES Act and sent to millions of Americans earlier this year.
Trump's campaign, Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, and other GOP committees have together taken money from 80+ people representing themselves as employees of Qanon… which is a conspiracy theory, not an employer. These donations may violate federal election law, which explicitly forbids making ‘materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent’ statements to a federal agency.
One Trump donor who gave the president's re-election effort $140 identified his employer as "QAnon" and his occupation as "agent." Another "QAnon" employee listed his occupation as "soldier," while several others described themselves as a QAnon "digital soldier" or "patriot." Several others list either their employer or occupation as "WWG1WGA" — shorthand for the QAnon slogan, "where we go one we go all."
A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and Russian models dressed as soldiers (Politico).
  • Russia mocks the Trump campaign for using a picture of Russian jets: “Obviously, this is a mistake caused by the beauty of Russian weapons. Probably, the designer was so impressed that he forgot to check the country of origin... we hope that he will not be punished severely."
Turning Point Action - an affiliate of right-wing provocateur Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA - reportedly paid teenagers in Arizona, some of them minors, to flood social media with pro-Trump messages, including disinformation about the coronavirus and mail-in voting (WaPo).

Immigration news

At minimum, 17 women have spoken out about experiencing “forced, invasive procedures” by a gynecologist at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. Some of these women allege they were subject to unwanted hysterectomies and other unnecessary medical procedures with the “clear intention of sterilization,” according to a statement released by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who was briefed on the subject.
  • There is still a level of uncertainty regarding the initial complaint filed by a nurse at the detention center. Dawn Wooten said that she included the allegations in the report with the intention of triggering an investigation into whether or not the claims were true. At the very least, it appears safe to say there is a systemic lack of informed and legally valid consent to perform procedures that could result in sterilization.
  • More: “ICE Hysterectomy Doctor Wasn’t Even a Board-Certified OB-GYN,” Daily Beast. “ICE Almost Deported Immigrant Woman Who Says She Got Unwanted Surgery While Detained,” NPR.
Inside Ice's pattern of medical neglect as immigrants flown on its planes. Heart attacks, miscarriages, and even a death have all occurred on Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights, investigation finds.
The U.S. government deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault and harassment at an El Paso, Texas, immigrant detention center.
  • According to the complaint, ICE guards would take advantage of camera blind spots at the El Paso facility, offer women money in exchange for sexual favors, and warn them against reporting anything, saying no one would believe them.
ICE is expected to begin collecting the DNA samples of people arrested across the country starting next month. The expansion opens DNA collection up to include people who are awaiting deportation and those who are not charged with a crime, such as undocumented immigrants.
A federal appeals court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to terminate a program that lets at least 300,000 immigrants live and work in the U.S. - and allows their 200,000 U.S-born children to stay. The ACLU plans to seek further appeals.
  • The ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit. A Trump judge and a W. Bush judge were in the majority; an Obama appointee dissented.
Rep. Ilhan Omar warned that a deportation flight scheduled for Somalia last week may include passengers with COVID-19 symptoms. Omar noted that Somalia, which has only 15 intensive care unit beds for a population of 15 million, has refused to take deportees who are positive for COVID-19. Lawyers report their clients are not being regularly tested for the virus.


President Trump has given tentative approval to a deal that will keep TikTok alive in the U.S., essentially funneling a 20% stake in the successful company to supporters Larry Ellison and Doug McMillon of Oracle.
  • It appears that Trump is more interested in making another quid pro quo deal for himself. The president expressed disbelief that his lawyers advised him there is no “legal path” for the government to get a payout from the private deal. "Amazingly, I find that you're not allowed to do that — you're not allowed to accept money.” (clip)
  • Trump seems to have invented a deal wherein TikTok’s parent company would set up a $5 billion “patriotic education” fund. Parent Company ByteDance said Sunday it had never agreed to such a fund. In a speech on Thursday, Trump decried what he said was a "twisted web of lies" being taught in U.S. classrooms about systemic racism in America, calling it "a form of child abuse."
Top American officials could be charged with war crimes for approving bomb sales to the Saudis and their partners. Yet rather than taking steps to address the legal issues, State Department leaders have gone to great lengths to conceal them, including heavily redacting an IG report on the issue so “lawmakers with security clearances could not see them.”
Foreign Affairs Cmte. Chairman Engel: "The picture is starting to come into focus: a top priority at Mike Pompeo's State Department was to go around Congress to sell weapons, and his senior aides worked hard after the fact to obscure their indifference to civilian casualties."
U.S. Sending More Troops to Syria to Counter the Russians. The deployment of armored vehicles, advance radar, and more fighter jets comes in response to a Russian convoy ramming an U.S. ground patrol, injuring seven soldiers (NYT). On the same day, Trump declared that American troops “are out of Syria,” except to guard the region’s oil fields (admitting to a war crime, again: “We kept the oil. I kept the oil.”)
  • Former Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk: Trump says “nothing happened” after he abandoned NE Syria to Putin and Erdogan. But according to a new UN report, “war crimes”—rape, murder, abduction, looting, forced displacement—happened in areas we abandoned (and getting worse).
  • Russian jets bombed rebel-held northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes in six months.
The Trump Administration ordered an Al Jazeera affiliate to register as a foreign agent, following a furious lobbying campaign by the United Arab Emirates. Al Jazeera condemned the order, saying it was a precondition of the UAE to participate in Trump’s Isreal-UAE-Bahrain accord ceremony.
  • The UAE paid Aiken Gump nearly $2 million to convince lawmakers that Al Jazeera should be registered as a foreign agent. It worked on a bunch of conservatives - like Cruz, Rubio, Cotton - who pressured the DOJ to do it.
  • Read human rights attorney Noura Erakat’s analysis of the accords: “Trump 'peace' deals for Israel, UAE and Bahrain are shams. They boost oppression, not amity.” For instance, as a result of its agreement with Israel, the UAE was able to purchase high-tech weapons from the United States
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2020.09.21 05:46 btlkhs [OWL WATCH] Waiting for "IOTA TIME" 21-24;

Disclaimer: This is my editing for the last 1-2 weeks, so there could be some misunderstandings and exaggerations, especially because many of these convos are from 'spec channel', so please don't take it 100% fact-wise. I share this summary to help survive this patient game and spread good spirits of IOTA.

Charlie [IF]어제 오전 8:26
I think chrysalis will bring a nice pamp
people will see how well the protocol works through a nice new wallet
we'll have a suite of libraries for people to build with
new exchanges
maybe not to the same extent as coordicide but it'll increase our market rank significantly, imo
Mark Schmidt [IF]어제 오전 8:49
As soon as the majority of tokens are bought for actual use, we can speak of proper valuations. Until then we will have speculation based valuation.​
In IOTA you don't even have sheets. You just talk to each other and whenever you see a conflict you ask a few other people in the room if they saw the conflict in the same order as you.
Jelle Millenaar [IF]어제 오후 8:10
IOTA Identity does the same using standards. That's always the difference between IOTA and others**. We are not a specific DLT that does one thing, we are a platform that can do it all (Well most of it).**
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오전 5:53
as I said earlier I think its an interesting idea to increase trust in payments that need fast confirmations
but if you don't have finality then it definitely doesn't work
I just say that it doesn't work without a concept of finality
and that's usually the hard part
in distributed consensus
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오전 6:09
and if you have a permissioned group of coordinators then you can just run hashgraph
and an open and permissionless system is hard because you usually never reach true finality
but only probabilistic finality
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오전 6:46
I am pretty sure that any consensus always involves voting and the quest for the best consensus is the quest for the best voting scheme but maybe I am wrong
toothless어제 오후 7:18
The current goshimmer peering protocol mixes peer ID with salt to determine an ordering to select 8 peers for 2 hours. Anyway. Maybe you are not familiar with that system.
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오후 7:18
I designed that system
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오후 7:20
that's how multiverse works - every message is a statement by the issuing node which conflict it likes
and the subtangle with the most approvers wins
that works
but that's consensus
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오후 7:23
finality requires consensus
consensus always requires voting
I just think that I have a pretty deep understanding of what is necessary for consensus.
I have researched this for years now
Hans Moog [IF]어제 오후 8:01
the trilemma by definition only applies to blockchain
The trilemma is bullshit. The more decentralized the network is the more secure is it because you have more redundancy and its harder to corrupt a sufficient amount of validators. And since the answer to scalability is sharding, more validators also means easier sharding and therefore better scalability.

Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda • 3rd+
Distributed Ledger Technologies (#DLT) / #blockchain and #AI are recognized by the EU commission as "foundational technologies that will underpin the future of digital transformation across the whole economy".
​Excited to follow the 400-500M EUR European Investment Fund being set up aimed at boosting DLT & AI startups across Europe.

steven vanpeltout of network
ah the parasite chain attack. like in any pow, pos system. for now coordinator prevents this in the current network. iota coordicide has manaFpc for fast finality to prevent this. we will see mana working in a few weeks,

ricardosnow오늘 오후 8:36
Dom from 1 to 10 how much are you pumped for the Q3/Q4?
dom오늘 오후 9:18
10 ofc
Wynt오늘 오후 9:25
what's your favorite task then?
dom오늘 오후 9:27
Organisation / strategy work
Wynt오늘 오후 9:28
ah good good 📷 regarding the entire IF or more focussed on a specific project?
dom오늘 오후 9:41
IF and some specific projects
Yann오늘 오후 4:43
Buffy’s IOTA Facts
Hot take: Mana specs: I have questions
Mana is Coordicide’s main sybil protection mechanism, 15+ months in the making. The specs that were just released create more questions than answers.
Billy Sanders [IF]오늘 오후 4:51
Does anyone know what specification they[buffy] are actually referring to? We haven't made any of the specifications public
Navin Ramachandran [IF]오늘 오후 4:52
I presume it is this.
Billy Sanders [IF]오늘 오후 4:53
Ah I see
Well one reason for the complications is we want a study on goshimmer which mana calculation method is better, method 1 or method 2
He raises a lot of good points that we have addressed internally
But the document above probably doesn't communicate
Billy Sanders [IF]오늘 오후 5:12
We have specs for most of the protocol, and we hope to make them public in a few months
Sissors오늘 오후 5:17
why a few months? You want to have them finalized before revealing them?
Hans Moog [IF]오늘 오후 6:34
Writing specs that are concise enough to leave no open questions takes time and people are pretty busy + things are also still being optimized. While you implement and design data structures, you suddenly realize that some things can be solved in a much more efficient way than initially envisioned. We are for example thinking about increasing the number of other messages a message can reference as the tip selection has become orders of magnitude more efficient. This solves the last "problematic" attack vector of blowballs where an attacker tries to inflate the number of available tips. This change also massively decreases things like confirmation times. We are also getting rid of the nested value tangle and replace it with the "approval reset switch" that we discussed a few days ago so we only have 1 tangle in a single layer that contains everything. This will not only lead to a better perception of things like confirmation confidence as even data messages are contributing to the approval of value transfers but it also makes a lot of algorithms much simpler that would otherwise have to take the separation of the layers into account. If we would have tried to spec the state before these optimizations then this would have essentially been a lot of wasted time. The same goes for mana - while we implement the first version of it we expect a few interesting insights not only into how it behaves but how it can be optimized regarding its implementation. Once we feel confident that aspects are more or less final we will write concise specs but for now, the focus is on optimizations and learning from the real-world implementation.****(수정됨)
toothless오늘 오후 6:38
Hans I reverse engineered your autopeering protocol. I would just like to say. It's beautiful.
It works well
Boot 500 connected nodes in minutes
At first, I did not like the UDP layer but now it makes total sense. Genius system
Hans Moog [IF]오늘 오후 6:48
There are internal specs for pretty much everything and of course, you need them to implement stuff but internal specs and public specs are two different things as internal specs sometimes also name a few different "options" how to do things whereas public specs are usually very concise and leave very little room for discussions.****(수정됨)
Hans Moog [IF]오늘 오후 6:50
It's just different scopes - just look at the little mana document that we have in goshimmer. Everybody who internally works on goshimmer knows that "access mana" controls the influence on rate control and your throughput in the network while "consensus mana" controls the influence in voting
Hans Moog [IF]오늘 오후 6:53
It's two different aspects that are not necessarily related and the fact that we have 2 mana vectors totally confused cpt. WTF to a degree where he felt like he needs to write another article where he again tells everybody that he doesn't understand shit
Ideally, public specs wouldn't leave these kinds of questions open so people don't get confused

dom오늘 오전 3:56
the highest priority right now is really Chrysalis and delivering that on the mainnet.
for the testnet October is what we're aiming for
with that, we can then already speak with exchanges about integrations etc.
ThomasQv오늘 오전 3:59
Is there something else going on behind the scenes that we will bee seeing this year? Kind of feel it will be all hands on deck this year for chrysalis so not much other news will be expected
dom오늘 오전 4:00
more product announcements by us / partners will also come
aye we'll get there. Let's not get distracted by the defi craze....
ThomasQv오늘 오전 4:02
Haha no it's just a bit sad to see us getting pushed aside time after time by other projects. But hopefully, these new products and partners are able to push us back in the game
dom오늘 오전 4:04
sure it sucks and can get you frustrated. But fundamentally nothing has changed about our value proposition, delivery and focus. So while the market is high on defi atm and every other coin is announcing their own form of DeFi, we can't lose focus like that and diverge from the roadmap we defined
dom오늘 오전 4:07
one thing that has been proven is that you can really not acquire a sustainable ecosystem and adoption in this space. So it is much better to really stay focused to deliver on the largest and most important upgrade of the IOTA protocol yet, and then with that accelerate adoption and more use cases. Everyone is super excited about it (partners + team + community) and what it will enable for our future.
ThomasQv오늘 오전 4:08
I think we can all agree that if everything goes as planned iota will be pretty big in the future
dom오늘 오전 4:09
we'll get there
ThomasQv오늘 오전 4:15
Can't argue that when dom and the rest of the IF joins these talks and talk about how everything is going well and what's to come the sentiment change at the second. It helps a lot on the community
dom오늘 오전 4:15
if I answer that question I get hanged because of pre-announcing and unnecessarily hyping lol
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:25
It’s painful but I know it will be rewarding for all of us so 📷
ThomasQv오늘 오전 4:36
Dan, are u waiting for chrysalis before u call tell us more?
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:36
Blogchain at the ready
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:37
Seriously though, EDDSA can’t come soon enough
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:37****​
Y’all in spec will see it coming but nobody else will
I guess that’s a good thing 📷
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:39
All I’m promising is that we had some serious blockers in North America, and those are no longer here. Maybe one day over some discord chat/coffee/drink hour I’ll go over the whole story.
Hapa오늘 오전 4:39
If iota does not hit $5 next month,
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:39
Next month damn that’s close
[luckily enough], I think by end of year is a real possibility
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:41
What I mean is that North America was really hard to get into
We got a serious legal approval by the Crypto Ratings Council
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:42
And we’ve gotten some other regulatory approvals - but the market here generally didn’t like us cause we weren’t willing to do all the pay to play stuff
Hyperware오늘 오전 4:42
So glad that things are smoother now though
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:42
Yeh 100%
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:42
It just took like, a year to get a lay of the landscape and diagnose how to solve it
Blockers were first step
Phase 2 is next step
Dan S [IF]오늘 오전 4:49
Yes this is required before though
[SCs and color coins are just soo slept on in terms of impact]
Charlie [IF]오늘 오후 9:31
Meanwhile, we are concentrating on things like Streams, Access, Identity to enable actual use cases in the real world
Charlie [IF]오늘 오후 9:36
u/SWISH We will just have to grind our way back up the rankings. I think it’ll happen quite organically.
Charlie [IF]오늘 오후 9:38
SCs will are super important yeah. But the use cases afforded through streams/identity/access will also build the ecosystem out
We do plan to expedite SC development
simon오늘 오후 9:46
u/SWISH I think actually it's the opposite. Streams, Identity etc. are stuff that need to be standardized for the ecosystem to grow.
Charlie [IF]오늘 오후 9:47
Yeah each of them will be a standardized protocol
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:52
u/shonuff We have been in dialog with some of the big titans of S Korea before, but it was too early for them and too early for IOTA's tech
However, there are contact points there. After Chrysalis v2 things will hopefully start rolling
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:55
u/ThomasQv It's very hard to give broad estimates, but there's certainly a lot of European and American companies that are eagerly awaiting Chrysalis v2, but whether that happens before or after Christmas is hard to say. These cycles within companies are hard to predict
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 3:58
Chrysalis v2 is definitely a catalyst, it will make listing of IOTA as basic as most other projects as well, not just for exchanges but for other fintech applications
It's great to see the consequences of fees and people starting to realize "Oh, it's actually a real problem"
dom어제 오후 10:59
u/ricardosnow lots happening behind the scenes. More product releases coming soon (Streams + Access)

domToday at 4:47 PM
u/JacQ there are some very interesting applications, especially when combined with micropayments. Think about being able to lease machines at low interest rates and paying back per usage. That would be a pretty amazing and real world defi application.
domToday at 4:50 PM
it is much more suitable for most of what ETH is being used for today, and will not have the same problems (fees + scalability). We're very excited to actually accelerate the development there and are staffing up the team.
domToday at 4:58 PM
btw did you guys never think that it's actually amazing that we have an ecosystem which is contributing and developing outside of the IF?
Navin Ramachandran [IF]Today at 4:58 PM
The research and engineering teams do the base research. Many teams may implement it
Navin Ramachandran [IF]Today at 8:22 PM
Also "Integration of IOTA wallet into the cars’ hardware would be kind of a ‘hacking’ and not feasible for general replication."
**[8:22 PM]**
I presume they are talking about Trinity or a software wallet here
But there is no reason why we can't have a wallet on embedded hardware
dom어제 오후 7:07
u/Gerrit the whole promise of cryptocurrencies are no counterparty risks, censorship resistance and permissionless protocols. I don't think a digital euro will be competition for that, I really think it will help accelerate adoption even further
dom어제 오후 7:08
absolutely We already now have many companies building on IOTA, 1.5 will just really help them further develop new applications and will make them confident that we are on our path to be production ready

domToday at 5:09 PM
good times will come lol
Mike Bennett
​International standards setting is kind of the opposite of surprises. We have some nice surprises from IOTA Foundation in the form of draft Coordicide specs but these are not ready to go into the formal standard until Engineering have gone through them.
​Today I gave the OMG an update on the current state of the IOTA Protocol. The (Research) raw specs are still in draft, I hope to have a more substantive draft for December but we can only submit formally once the IOTA2.0 specs are implemented on Mainnet, for March.
I hope to put out the blog post on standardization after this week's OMG meeting. So I can include updates on what we are doing this week.
dom어제 오후 11:31
we will explain and clearly communicate all the changes + what to do obviously 📷
more importantly, the wallet will take care of most of the heavy lifting
so it should be pretty seamless
Ryan G.어제 오후 10:41
**And why would the IF be hiring a software engineer with experience in the Automotive industry?**
Looks to me they need help working with some large automotive partners.
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:30
If there's a real demand for DLT, IOTA won't [sink]
It's that simple
Those who deliver survive in the long run
Those who promise everyone to become millionaires overnight prosper in the short term
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:31
If Coordicide isn't delivered in 2021 I will personally resign ^_^;
knight오늘 오전 5:33​
u/David Sønstebø Delivered on mainnet?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:33
u/knight Yes, of course. Anything else would be an abject failure and I would abdicate my position​
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:35
Marketcap, as you pointed out, is a whole another topic. Again, most are manipulated, IOTA's isn't. I can't predict the future, all I can give you is my own commitment. More than 95% of my wealth (which I have to pay a damn wealth tax on every year in fiat) is in IOTA.
ThomasQv오늘 오전 5:36
Yeah.. whats the most exciting things about the near future are you able to tell us without breaking any NDA?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:37
u/ThomasQv I will let the news speak for itself
Chris Mueller오늘 오전 5:40
do companies actually tell you about their plans with iota or is this something you don't even know of - or does it depend on the company?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:43
u/Chris Mueller A lot do, but more excitingly, most no longer do. I.E. IOTA is being adopted organically by major players. One of the biggest service providers in Germany just told us casually in a call last week that they had 'over 80 entities' inquiring about IOTA. This is what we've been fighting for. This was an off-the-cuff comment, but truly made me more content with my time and energy investment over the past 5 years than almost any other IOTA related news.
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:44
I don't want IF to become the 'hub' that all entities go through, that would defeat IOTA's purpose. The fact that there's such a demand for IOTA in the industry, without us even being aware, is the epitome of success for me
sexypotato오늘 오전 5:45
I think many of us underestimate the Trojan horse IOTA is using with a data protocol. With this.. the IOTA token has several X more chances of being adopted than all other coins out there
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:46
u/Chris Mueller Germany is definitely 'more pronounced' so to speak. IIRC IOTA is the most searched crypto tech in all of Germany. However, this is echoing the 'trend' we see across other countries (including my own) that we have been very active in... Of course, I can't divulge details, but let's just say that the demand is hard to keep up with from an organization perspective
Chris Mueller오늘 오전 5:48
u/David Sønstebø I see - are these companies who want to start from scratch or has the space matured to such a degree that you can build upon knowledge on their side?(수정됨)
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:53
u/Chris Muelle****r I'd say 50/50. I know that isn't a particularly satisfying answer to your question, but... it's just reality. Virtually all relevant companies have dipped their toes into 'BLOCKCHAIN WILL CHANGE THE WORLD' by now, but the technical understanding is lacking across the board, and when it comes to differentiating "Tangle vs Blockchain", often you might as well ask people to differentiate between interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 5:54
Just a quote on that
"Bitwise's study in 2019 claimed that 95% of volume on unregulated exchanges was fake. Chainalysis' new study follows a report by crypto index fund provider Bitwise Asset Management claiming that as much as 95% of volume on unregulated exchanges appears to be fake or non-economic in nature"
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 6:09
I'll ensure that a Board AMA happens by end of Oct ; )
Octo오늘 오전 6:12
David, do you firmly believe in another bull market?
David Sønstebø오늘 오전 6:13
u/Octo As you know, I'm probably the most prominent anti-spec people in crypto's history, so I am not sure if I'm the right guy to ask. All that being said: Yes, I do. There's too many billions of dollars invested and circulating the cryptosphere on a daily basis for the 'overall market' to not have more bull runs. How IOTA is positioned in those bullruns is of course a whole 'nother topic
Personally, I keep 95%+ of my wealth in IOTA. That's the strongest sentiment I can express

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