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2020.11.13 19:17 salosaunders How I passed my Masters ASWB on the first try.

Disclaimer: YMMV! TL;DR: Buy the ASWB practice exam if you can. Build endurance. Structure your studies. Manage anxiety. Don’t waste time with memorization.
Very helpful: - ASWB practice exam. It’s worth the $85. I took it a week before my exam, and I passed with a good margin. This helped me feel more confident and identify areas for improvement. - Phil Luttrel videos on YouTube. I did not rely on any acronyms, but his method of breaking questions down was a extremely helpful. - Consistent daily study for three weeks. I gradually increased intensity so that I could build mental endurance for a 2-3 hour exam. - Making a plan for test-day anxiety. I was actually more nervous in the weeks leading up to the exam than on the actual day. I used rehearsal, visualization, grounding, relaxation, and mantras like “one question at a time” to reduce anxiety. You know, the stuff we tell our clients to do.
Moderately helpful: - Pocket Prep app. I bought the $20 version to get access to all 1000 questions. This was helpful because it initially drew my attention to things I wasn’t knowledgeable about. However, it did not train me for the application/reasoning questions. - SW to SW. This is a nice little $144 online course. I used it to guide my areas of study. Again, it didn’t prepare me for the style of the exam. - Therapist Development Center blog. I read through their entire blog and used the free practice questions therein. These were closest to the style of the actual exam.
Least helpful: - Memorization. This ain’t your garden variety multiple choice test. - Online flash cards. - Basically anything that is overly focused on details rather than the overall helping process.
If anyone has general questions please let me know! I combed this sub looking for advice, so I’m happy to help anyone in need.
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2020.11.04 21:15 Expat-life-rules POTS Links bonanza - Find all your questions below

Edit:Title should be: Find your questions in the below answer collection :)
Hey y'all!
As many are looking for information on POTS, I have summarized some links to sites that have a verified medical owner.
If you have other links, let me know :)
Hope this helps/ Fred
New to POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)? Start here: https://youtu.be/iJ9bv7jx-Ls (Video by Phil Fischer, M.D. Mayo Clinic)
My personal favourite POTS informative site is: https://myheart.net/pots-syndrome/
The first chapter is POTS: Explained by Doctors & Patients and provides education and guidance for newbies and to you who already know of POTS. The other areas are even better, as the texts include links to actual studies and abstracts for deep dives, see below. Hope you find it as informative as I did.
· Symptoms & Signs· Diagnosis & Testing· Causes· Treatments· Types of POTS· Best POTS Diet· Things to Avoid· Exercise· Sleeping Problems· Staying Hydrated· Lyme Disease· Brain Fog· Frustrations & Hope· POTS Syndrome Dictionary
US Medical centres:
Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center: POTS Informationen / Mayo Clinic; What is POTS / John's Hopkins Medicine: POTS Info from Hopkins /The Johns Hopkins POTS Program/ Cleveland Clinic: POTS Informationen
Franklin Cardiovascular Associates, Autonomic Dysfunction and POTS Center
o Do I have POTS
o A collection of clinical studies around POTS
Gastrointestinal problem with POTS
· Harvard Medical school: FODMAP for POTS I was saved by the FODMAP approach from severe cramps, aches and so on. I found out that I had Celiac disease thanks to it.
· Study: Gastrointestinal dysfunction in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
· Study: Postural Tachycardia Syndrome – Diagnosis, Physiology, and Prognosis
Hyperadrenergic POTS deep dive (I'm H/POTS)
· Wired to the Gills: The Hyperadrenergic POTS Group – The Dysautonomia International Conference #V
Articles from HealthRising.org on POTS
o https://www.healthrising.org/blog/category/research/pots-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome/
Articles from the 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference
o 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference I: Small Fiber Neuropathy, POTS, MCAS and Vagus Nerve Stimulation
o The 2018 Dysautonomia Conference Pt. II: Could You Have a Spinal Fluid Leak? An ME/CFS, POTS, FM Perspective
o Dysautonomia International Conference Pt III: The Autoimmunity Revolution in POTS
o “Sticky Blood” – Antiphospholipid Syndrome, POTS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – The Dysautonomia Conference #4
Retroactive Analysis
This one is excellent! It's a retrospective analysis, they reviewed the charts of 300 POTS patients being followed at the University of Toledo Medical Center from 2003 to 2010, and found 27 patients eligible for inclusion in this study. Gives a good idea about treatments and their successes.
o Cardiology Journal; Clinical presentation and management of patients with hyperadrenergic postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. A single centre experience
A case study with details on suitable medications amongst other
A patient case study published in the British Journal of Medical Practitioners which provides a complete summary of what POTS are and recommended treatments including medications and for which POTS its suitable for. I reviewed this with my doc and we adjusted some med according to this which helped me a lot.
British Journal of Medical Practitioners; Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS): Evaluation and Management
UK Info
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/postural-tachycardia-syndrome/
POTS UK Support organization: https://www.potsuk.org
Sweden (most in Swedish)
Swedens #1 POTS researcher and all Swedes POTS hero (and mine)! Artur Fedorowski, MD, Assoc.Prof. Skane University Hospital in Malmo and Lund University, Sweden
Artur Fedorowski, HRC 2019 – Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
Internetmedicin.net om POTS, bra att ha med till Svenska läkare: https://www.internetmedicin.se/page.aspx?id=7730
Svenska EDS Förbundet: https://www.ehlers-danlos.se/pots/
Blogg inlägg men med mycket bra referenser och källor. https://newsaboutdisease.com/2017/04/23/forskjutning-av-parasympatiska-till-sympatiska-nervsystemet-ar-inte-bra/
Other POTS info on Youtube:
Very informative and easily digestible by Dr. Sanyay Gupta, York Cardiology, UK
Dr Blair Grubb, Professor of Medicine and Paediatrics, University of Toledo, Ohio: Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)
POTS in real life told by:
o Aimee Esther: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYmC_220EO9aBG9aSUKegPQ
o Izzy Kornblau has POTS & EDS and has very informative tips: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-lNmAdKsYu3EZAwgqg5ow
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2020.10.31 19:31 John_Krolik MVP Tier Shooting list (WARNING: LONG)

Just a quick intro, because there’s a lot to get to. Since the 3-pointer is a part of every superstar’s game now, I wanted to see how good every MVP of the 3-point era were at shooting and rank them – shooting is literally the fundamental skill of basketball, but is it typical for the very best players to be the best shooter? The higher the tier, the better (although to be honest I didn’t really know where to put the Rose/AI/Westbrook tier, do with that what you like), and the list is in descending order – each player written about is a better shooter than the one above him. (Also, this is a repost from nba -- I legit just learned this subreddit exists today, and y'all seem to be a pretty cool bunch of dorks -- I say "dorks" as the highest of compliments, for reasons that should become apparent if you finish this monster of a post.)
Tier 8: Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal – 0.0 3PA, 0.45 3P%, 52.7 FT%
This is what interests me about Shaq: he broke both of his wrists at 11 years old, and they never healed properly, making it impossible for him to snap his wrist properly and develop anything approaching a passable jump shot or free throw stroke. (It’s been argued that Shaq had a fixable mechanical flaw or should have shot underhand, but we can talk about that another time.)
Shaq’s wrist issues meant that his scoring arsenal was essentially limited to a jump hook over his left shoulder or a drop-step leading to a dunk or right-handed bank shot. He also happened to be one of the most physically imposing big men of all time.
So the question becomes: if you have a player with the ability to create and convert shots at the immediate basket area at a historically high rate, is it the worst thing in the world if he is physically incapable of taking a difficult shot? How many missed free throws is it worth to have a dominant post player who never wastes possessions by falling in love with his 18-footer? Is it worth giving up the ability to dump the ball to Shaq at the mid-post and get a decent fadeaway out of it late in the clock in order to guarantee he’ll never take one early in the clock?
The sheer terror of what Shaq would have been if he hit 75-80% of his free throws keep me from going as far as saying Shaq’s messed up wrists were a blessing in disguise (we’ll talk more about this when discussing why Shaun Marion is accidentally one of the 5 most influential players of the 21st century), but I think the floor spacing and shot creation teams gave up by accepting Shaq’s limitations may not have been worth Shaq being forced to take every shot from a high-percentage area. When you consider Shaq’s somewhat laisse-faire approach to the game and prideful streak, it’s not terribly hard to imagine an alternate-universe version of Shaq firing up shot after shot in attempts to capture the scoring title and daring his coaches to bench him for it.
Tier 7: True Big Men
Moses Malone – 0.0 3PA, 0.96% 3PT%, 76.0% FT%
Gonna be honest, I know pretty much jack shit about Moses Malone other than that he was a dominant offensive rebounder and was one of the first players to win a Finals MVP with a team that did not acquire him on draft day. (There were 5 of them in 2011, now there are like 40.) Considering he lived underneath the basket grabbing those offensive boards and shot 49.5% from the field over his career, I’m assuming he wasn’t much of a marksman. although I do know enough about him to know his FG% was dragged down because he did a lot of his damage playing volleyball under the basket but ultimately coming away with the bucket. I could be wrong, though. Solid FT% for a center.
Tim Duncan – 0.1 3PA, 17.8% 3PT%, 69.6% FT%
I enjoy putting Tim Duncan all the way down here while being a massive Tim Duncan fan. When people talk about all the things that made Tim Duncan great – his efficient, no-flash approach, the beauty of his banker from the left block, his footwork and passing from the post, his quiet brand of leadership, his willingness to play whatever role his team asked him to, his defensive acumen, his work ethic, and his intelligence, they tend to forget a very important part of why Tim Duncan was so great: TIM DUNCAN WAS A FUCKING MONSTER.
I do not know why people are so willing to forget that Tim Duncan was a fucking monster. Perhaps it’s because, despite spending the vast majority of his career as a center, he got labeled as “The Best Power Forward of All Time” because he began his career next to David Robinson. Maybe it’s because nobody can really look like a fucking monster while standing next to David Robinson. Maybe it’s because he spent so much time as a crafty veteran. In any case, Tim Duncan in his prime was a huge man who would put his left shoulder into your chest, push you under the basket, and flip in a hook shot as you caught your breath. It was only once enough of those put the fear of god in his defender that he’d turn to his right shoulder and deliver that boring bank shot. He had an odd jumper where he put his guide hand under the basket that went in a decent amount of the time and his free throws, which he shot in one quick yank like he was trying to get them over with as fast as possible, were never a hack-a-Duncan level weakness, but he was a pretty bad shooter. The “Big Fundamental” is one of only 2 MVPs in the 3-point era with a career FT% under 70%. However, the “Big Fundamental” is also a fucking monster.
David Robinson – 0.1 3PA, 25% 3PT%, 73.6% 3PT%
Another person whose demeanor tends to overshadow the fact he was a goddamn freak of nature. David Robinson was literally a super-soldier. Just a good enough outside shooter to get himself in trouble sometimes (surprisingly low career FG% of 51.8%, considering he didn’t make 3s, although his TS% was always excellent because he lived at the line), but he also had enough shot creation ability to drop an extraordinarily petty 71-point game, which I respect. Discussion question: what if David Robinson had come into the league at 19 instead of 24?
Hakeem Olajuwon – 0.1 3PA, 20.2% 3PT%, 71.2% FT%
Seems low, right? Hakeem, with the beautiful fadeaway? Well, Hakeem took too many fucking jumpshots. He could make them, absolutely, but a guy with Hakeem’s physical ability and skill in the post has no goddamn business having a career FG% of 51.2% and a TS% of 55.3%. (The league average TS% over his career was 53.5%.) This is an idea I’ll expand more on, but in every competitive game of imperfect information, the player acting with initiative has to balance his action between how efficient it is and how deceptive it is. I think Hakeem chose the deceptive option too much. I call Hakeem’s choice to settle for more difficult (and aesthetically pleasing) shots the Ian Malcolm syndrome – he got so caught up wondering if he could make those shots that he never asked whether or not he should.
However, it can certainly be argued that against better defenses, such as ones teams face deep in the playoffs, deception gains value, as better defenses will be better at allowing their opponents to get efficient shots. Hakeem and his destructive playoff performances are certainly a good argument for this.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 0.0 3PA, 0.56% 3PT%, 72.1% FT%
Fun fact: Like Shaq, Kareem made exactly one 3-pointer in his career. This is a tricky one. Like another 6-time NBA champion you’ll see later on this list, Kareem was essentially completely unique as a shooter. On the one hand, Kareem was nobody’s idea of a stretch big, didn’t have much of a turnaround, and wasn’t a particularly good free-throw shooter.
On the other hand, he made 15,837 of the 28,307 shots he took (55.9%), and a whole lot of those 23,307 shots were skyhooks. And Kareem’s skyhooks were nothing like the jump hooks you see today. In fact, a very good answer to the question “why does nobody shoot the skyhook anymore?” is “it’s a fucking miracle anyone was able make that shot effectively, let alone someone 7 foot 2.” Look at this shit – a lot of those are closer to midrange shots than post shots, and he’s flicking the ball over his goddamn head with his body perpendicular to the backboard. That should not be possible.
Hence, the question of “is the skyhook a ‘shot’” becomes crucial to determining if Kareem was a fairly poor shooter or one of the best shooters ever. I’m going to put him at the top of this tier and shrug my shoulders. Kareem was really good.
Tier 6: Big Men With Some Stretch
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 2.1 3PA, 28.4% 3PT%, 72.2% FT%
First things first – Despite the fact Giannis is his team’s primary ballhandler and could easily be classified as a wing, I’m calling him a big. He’s 6-11, 242, shoots under 30% from 3, and a full quarter of his shots were dunks the first year he won MVP. He’s not not a big man.
I am writing this on the night of August 31st, 2020, a pretty bad night in Giannis’ career. The Miami Heat have just taken a 1-0 lead against Giannis’ Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Giannis was held to 18 points on 6-12 shooting from the field and 4-12 from the line. It currently looks like Giannis may have a true Achilles’ heel when it comes to teams that can wall off the paint effectively, and looking forward his shooting stroke seems built more for catch-and-shoot situations than it is for keeping defenses honest off the dribble. This all may change in a few weeks, so hang with me here.
Giannis’ rise to two-time MVP was atypical – generally, hyper-athletic players ascend to the MVP level when they “round out” their game by developing a jumper. Giannis won his first MVP by packing on muscle and doubling down on attacking the paint. In his first MVP season, his 3PT% fell from 30.7% to 25.6%, his FT% fell from 76.0% to 72.9%. (This season, Giannis’ overall effectiveness went up even though his FT% was a truly abysmal 63.3%.) He also dunked the ball 279 times last season and 197 times this year. Instead of working on his backhand, Giannis found more ways to run around his forehand. The next several weeks will show if that’s enough to take the Bucks where they want to go. Giannis is allowed to join the Warriors when LeBron retires and not before.
Charles Barkley – 1.9 3PA, 26.6% 3PT%, 73.5% FT%
Charles makes it easier than anyone else, especially pre-shot tracking era, to do a “loss leader” analysis of his shot selection. His 26.6% 3PT% for his career is the lowest among qualified players. He also had an absolutely ludicrous career TS% of 61.2% (league average TS% over his career was 53.5%), made 58% of his career 2-pointers, and led the league in 2-point shooting percentage 5 times in a row between 1986 and 1991.
Given that data, it’s fairly easy to conclude that Charles should have just pocketed the 3-point shot, but let’s do a little experiment. Let’s assume 2 things: that Charles was taking a relatively high percentage of 3-pointers compared to long 2-point jumpers, and the 3-pointers he did take helped “keep the defense honest” and opened up the floor for his drives. (It should be noted that Charles’ overall efficiency pretty much fell off a cliff from 2-point range as his athleticism dipped at age 30, so we’re talking about prime Charles here.)
Given those assumptions, did Charles Barkley take the correct amount of 3s? For our case study, we’re going to compare Barkley’s 89-90 season to his 90-91 season, as these were the last two years he led the league in 2-point percentage and he changed his shot selection fairly dramatically.
In 1989, Charles averaged 25.2 on 60%/21.7%/72.2%, for a league-leading TS% of 66.1%. In 1990, Charles averaged 27.6 points per game on 57%/28.4%/72.2%, for a TS% of 63.5%, which broke his four-year streak of leading the league in TS%. Charles also almost doubled his 3-pointers taken per game, going from 1.2 3PA per game to 2.3. Again, we’re going to assume that Charles could not have simply turned those 3-pointers into 60%+ 2-pointers, or that he could have shot the exact same percentage from 2 if those 3-point attempts simply disappeared entirely. Without further ado:
A 28.4% 3-point shot has a TS% value of 42.6%. The league average TS% in 1989 was 53.4%. This means that every Barkley 3 had an expected value of 0.972 points per attempt, compared to a league average of 1.068. This means Barkley cost his team .096 points per 3-point attempt in ’89. Barkley’s 2-point percentage that season was 59.7%, for a TS% (we’re not even factoring in FTr) of 1.194. That means the 76ers gained .187 points every time Charles shot a 2-pointer.
This means, by my quick-and-dirty math, Charles “gave back” the added value of his 2-point attempts about every 2 times he shot a 3 – if Charles had shot 1.95 as many 3s as 2s, he would have had league-average efficiency in 1991.
Based on the above, Charles taking 1.6 more 3-point attempts per game in 90-91 to get 1.4 more 2-point attempts per game was worth it for the 76ers, although not by an overwhelming amount. The 3s made Charles less efficient, but Charles’ efficiency was so far above the league average that it was worth sacrificing some of Charles’ efficiency for volume for the 76ers. (This version of the shot creation vs. efficiency argument is a variation on “is it selfish for your best hitter to take a 6-pitch walk with 2 outs and a man on 2nd?” question brought over from baseball.)
Forgive my math, especially since I’m not very good at it. The point is that Charles was a pretty bad shooter, but his 3-point attempts were probably worth the extra 2-point attempts they generated for him.
Karl Malone – 0.2 3PA, 27.4% 3PT%, 74.2% FT%
Alright, it’s the first person I’d call a good shooter! Malone is the exception to two rules: that players improve from the foul line way less often than you think, especially after their third season (Malone went from a 48% foul shooter his rookie year to 70% his 3rd year, and ended up with a career FT% of 74.2%), and that if you’re going to take a spot-up shot, you should always take it from beyond the arc, because nobody shoots better than 50% on long 2s – Malone shot 53.6% on long 2s in 96-97 and 52.8% on long 2s in 97-98. He ducked under that for the last years of his career and there isn’t tracking data from before 96-97, but it’s safe to say he was really good at knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Kevin Garnett – 0.4 3PA, 27.5% 3PT%, 78.9% FT%
We got robbed of the best version of KG, right? Not only did his giant pre-cap contract and the Joe Smith fiasco keep him from ever getting a good supporting cast in Minnesota, he was so much better suited to the post-handcheck, pace-and-space era (and no, it is not the “everyone arbitrarily decided to shoot a bunch of 3s” era) than the era he played in. The MVP version of KG lived on midpost fadeaways, and the version who won a championship played defense and shot spot-up 20-footers. Look at what Anthony Davis gets to do with LeBron feeding him the ball and the freedom to go beyond the arc, or what Giannis is doing, and tell me KG wasn’t tragically ahead of his time.
An aside: “KG went undefeated in the 2000 Olympic team’s 1-on-1 tournament” is one of my favorite basketball tall tales that are probably true, along with “when the UCLA Freshman team with Kareem scrimmaged the varsity team, who had just had an undefeated national championship season and were about to win another championship, Kareem fucking destroyed them,” and “lane violations were created because Wilt started dunking all his free throws in high school.”
Tier 5: Guards Who Weren’t Terribly Good at Shooting
Russell Westbrook – 3.7 3PA, 30.5% 3PT%, 79.9% FT%
It should be noted that Russ’ shooting is getting worse. He was a reliable free throw shooter during the first part of his career, and was a passable if below-average jump shooter, but his jump shot and free throws have both been trending downwards. (His FT% did bounce back to 76.3% this season after last season’s 65.6% nightmare.)
It’s not the most unique observation that Russ has more in common with Charles Barkley than just about any player, especially on the micro-sized Rockets, who traded away their center to leverage Russ’ strengths (his rebounding and ability to attack the basket) and minimize his glaring weakness (shooting).
However, while Charles managed to be hyper-efficient while hemorrhaging points from the 3-point line, Russ has not. Russ’ career TS% is 53.0%, with the league average over the course of Russ’ career being 54.5%. The reasons for this are essentially “all of the reasons” – a higher proportion of Russ’ shots over his career have been 3s, his free throw rate is lower than Barkley’s was, and most importantly, his career FG% on 2-point shots (46.9%) has been lower than the league average (49.6%). Russ is effective at the basket and nowhere else, and that hasn’t been a formula for efficiency for him.
Allen Iverson – 3.7 3PA, 31.3% 3PT%, 78.0% FT%
Would an efficient version of Allen Iverson been a better version of Allen Iverson? In the eternal struggle between shot creation and efficiency, Iverson is all the way on the side of shot creation. His ability to create a decent shot for himself is at a historic level, but it was a struggle for him to create particularly good shots – his career TS% was 51.8% against a league average of 52.8%.
Conventional Wisdom on Iverson is, of course, that he was saddled with horrible teammates during his prime years in Philadelphia, and I’m not arguing that he played with a particularly talented supporting cast. During his MVP season, the players who got the most minutes after Iverson were George Lynch, Aaron McKie, Tyrone Hill, Theo Ratliff, and Eric Snow, which is a war crime. (Dikembe was injured for the majority of the 2000-01 season.)
However, let’s flip this on its head for just a second and make the presumption that resource management is a crucial part of team-building. For example, if you spend the same amount of money for a good shooter as you do for a bad one, the bad shooter will be good enough at defense to have his value, in a vacuum, be exactly as good as the good shooter’s. (The draft, player empowerment, and other factors mean this isn’t quite the case in the actual NBA, but it makes enough sense as a concept.)
During the seasons Iverson played under Larry Brown, the 76ers chose to allocate their resources towards defense. They were a top-5 team in defensive efficiency from Iverson’s rookie season until Brown’s last year with the team, 2002-03, when they finished 12th in defensive efficiency. (They lost to the Pistons in the playoffs that year, Larry Brown said “fuck it, I’d rather be with that team than keep trying to make it work with this guard who shoots all the time but can’t shoot,” and won a championship with them the next season. Larry Brown was Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant.)
Iverson’s role on these teams was to be a sin-eater. Since the 76ers spent their resources on extremely good defensive players who couldn’t create shots of average quality, Iverson’s job was to try and drag the 76er offense towards league-average by getting up as many decent shots as he possibly could. During his MVP season, his 51.8% TS% was exactly at league-average, and he shot the ball 25.5 times a game. This took some shots away from more efficient players who could have benefitted from more of a creator (Ratliff and McKie, Mutombo and Kukoc when they were healthy), and it took the burden of shooting away from some truly horrific offensive players (Hill, Lynch, Snow. The end result was that Philadelphia’s TS% was league-average at 51.9%, and they managed to have the 13th-best offensive rating in the league to go along with their #5 defensive rating, and of course they ended up making the Finals that season.
I think Iverson certainly could have benefitted from playing on a team with enough talent to allow Iverson to take a higher proportion of the shots that were efficient for him (namely, ones at the basket) while playing championship-caliber defense, but I think the 76ers may have actually made the most of Iverson’s talents.
Iverson was never more efficient than he was on the 07-08 Carmelo/Iverson Nuggets, who played at the fastest pace in the league and finished 11th in the league in offensive rating, but had the 10th-best defensive rating in the league and were swept in the first round. I think there’s a legitimate argument that while Iverson was better on paper for the Nuggets than he was for the 76ers, he provided more value to the 76ers by allowing them to allocate all the rest of their resources to defense. A rising tide may not have raised Allen Iverson’s boat that much.
We should also probably talk about the 2004 Olympic team, where Iverson led the only “Dream Team” to ever fail to win the gold medal in FGA while shooting 37.7%/36.5%/71.1%. This feels significant to me.
Derrick Rose – 2.6 3PA, 30.4% 3PT%, 82.7% FT%
Like Iverson, Rose won his MVP for sin-eating on a defensively dominant Bulls team. People seem to forget that there’s a different MVP award handed out for every regular season. Rose’s MVP win over LeBron (and Dwight Howard) in 2011 probably wasn’t the best decision, but the Bulls had finished with a better record than the Heat after not being hailed as the superteam to end all superteams before the season, and LeBron had some real late-game gaffes that allowed the Bulls to get that better record. It made a lot of sense at the time! It wasn’t just “people were angry at LeBron and don’t like giving the MVP to one guy too many times.” In any case, people would remember LeBron ending Rose’s whole shit by destroying the Bulls in the ECF and locking Rose down defensively in the 4th quarter better if he didn’t follow that up with the Unforgivable Finals.
It should also be mentioned that Rose has managed to hang around the league despite the destruction of his entire body by being a guy who can come in and knock down some jumpers off the bench. Really good free-throw shooter, too. Also, people who like Derrick Rose fucking LOVE Derrick Rose and I don’t really understand why.
Tier 4 – Wings Who Were Decent Shooters:
Julius Erving: 0.1 3PA, 29.8% 3P%, 77.7% FT%
You might think that Erving playing in the ABA from 1971 to 1976 would have given him a head start when the NBA introduced the 3-point line in 1979. It did not. He didn’t shoot 3s in the ABA, and he didn’t shoot them in the NBA either. Dr. J was also a sub-80% FT shooter, which is not great for an MVP wing. As the wing on this list who spent the most time playing before 3-pointers were anything other than a gimmick, it makes a lot of sense he’s at the bottom of this tier.
Magic Johnson: 1.2 3PA, 30.3% 3PT%, 84.8% FT%
As much as I appreciate Magic turning himself into a shockingly good free throw shooter (Magic came into the league as an 81% shooter from the line, shot 76% in his second and third years, and was consistently shooting at or near 90% before his first retirement), the jump/set shot really wasn’t a big part of his game.
LeBron James: 4.3 3PA, 34.4% 3PT%, 73.4% FT%
I’ll limit myself here, as I’ve thought about LeBron James’ jumper more than pretty much any other single thing in the last 16 years.
Kobe Bryant: 4.1 3PA, 32.9% 3P%, 83.7% FT%
Kobe’s 3-point shooting percentage will age poorly, as it’s just under the Mendoza line (33.0%) for his career. It’s important to remember he came up before the pace-and-space era, and was really the first wing on this list to shoot 3s in volume. With Kobe, the somewhat deficient shooting from distance balances with his ability to get very, very hot from the field, one of the great mid-range games in NBA history, and an incredibly reliable free-throw stroke.
As much as I’d love to make a cute argument for LeBron over Kobe, can you really say that someone who shoots free throws like LeBron is a better shooter than Kobe, who casually bet Gerald Wallace $500,000 dollars he’d make a clutch free throw? I believe you cannot.
Tier 3: The Polar Opposites
James Harden: 7.7 3PA, 36.3% 3PT%, 85.8% FT%
It’s our first 85% free throw shooter on this list of MVPs! Free throws: harder than you think. Remember how back in the Giannis section it was August 31st? It’s now 1:38 on September 2nd. This project may have been a bad idea. In any case, Harden completely revolutionized the notion of when a player can shoot a 3-pointer with a chance of going in, and in a lot of ways is the next step in the Iverson evolutionary pattern – instead of being able to drag an offensively deficient bunch to the league average, Harden is an efficient offense in a can. This season, Harden shot 22.3 field goals per game, with the majority of those attempts coming from deep, averaged 34.3 points per game, had a TS% of 62.6% compared to the league average of 56.5%, and was assisted on 13.9% of his 2-point attempts and 17.1% of his 3-point attempts. That’s mind-bending. Also, this piece that tries to expose step-back 3s as being inefficient by saying “In other words, if NBA players (save for Harden) took step-back 3s all game, their teams would score about five points fewer per game,” is perhaps not as compelling as it thinks it is. I don’t know who exactly was saying it would be a good idea for a team to only shoot step-back 3s, but that guy sure made him look like a dick.
Michael Jordan: 1.7 3PA, 32.7% 3PT%, 83.5% FT%
As our good buddy Ethan Strauss pointed out, those 3-point numbers actually look better than they should because MJ was only any good at threes during that brief period of time when the NBA moved the 3-point line in. Remember back in the Kareem section when I said we’d be looking at another player with a completely unique shooting profile? This would be him. As Kirk Goldsberry, a pretend Harvard professor who revolutionized APBRmetrics through his mastery of dots, pointed out, MJ, at least post-baseball MJ, was completely unique in both the frequency and efficiency with which he shot mid-range jumpers.
Even looking at all the tape where MJ rose up and popped in those jumpers like he was tossing change into a toll basket, I always figured MJ must have been overrated as a jump shooter: He never shot 3s well, his career FG% is 49.7%, and he must have taken a lot of shots at the rim and converted a ton of them, so his mid-range shooting percentage must have been well under 50%, right?. No, it turns out that MJ was strangely bad at layups and an absolute mid-range savant. Seriously, there is no “lost art of the mid-range game” thing happening here – MJ was on another level from every human being at mid-range shooting. Saying the kids today just don’t work on getting a good midrange jumper like MJ had is like going to the Sistine Chapel and lamenting that artists today just don’t work on ceiling brushstroke fundamentals enough.
Re-watching old MJ film through the lens of his mid-range prowess, it does stand out how willing MJ is to “settle” for those turnarounds and pull-ups – as soon as he gets to one of his spots, it’s going up immediately, even when another dribble or two might get him all the way to the rim. Remember how I mentioned the tug-of-war between efficiency and deception earlier? If you have Kareem’s skyhook or MJ’s mid-range jumper, you don’t really need to worry about it. There are pitchers who dominate with pure stuff fired into the strike zone, pitchers who use changes of speed and location to fool hitters, and then every now and again you get a guy with Mariano Rivera’s cutter.
Ultimately, I’m putting MJ ahead of Harden as a shooter, as well as everyone else that’s come before him on this list, because MJ was mainly a jump shooter, and MJ was the best scorer of all time. When you put those statements together, MJ has a hell of a case.
Tier 2: The Legitimately Elite Shooters
Steve Nash: 3.2 3PA, 42.8% 3PT%, 90.4% FT%
I don’t have much to say about Steve Nash. It seems weird in today’s climate that Nash was such a reluctant shooter, but the offenses he helmed in Dallas and Phoenix were consistently the best ones in the league, so it’s hard to hold that against him. It does feel like Nash was a precursor to Curry – brilliant shooter, genius ballhandler, swashbuckling passer, incredible finisher around the rim for his size – but was used in essentially the exact opposite way, which is a little bit interesting.
Dirk Nowitzki: 3.4 3PA, 38% 3PT%, 87.9% FT%
Given the nuanced and unique nature Dirk’s game, which mainly relied on funky mid-post and face-up moves, it is truly bizarre how long Dirk’s reputation was “the tall white guy who can shoot 3s.” None of the players who were supposed to be “the next Dirk Nowitzki” played remotely like Dirk Nowitzki, but that didn’t stop teams from falling in love with them. If Steve Novak had been playing in the Bosnia league, he probably would have been a top-5 pick. The closest thing we have to a Dirk descendant playing now is probably Jokic – there’s a lot more Dirk in him than there is in Danilo Gallinari.
Kevin Durant: 4.9 3PA, 38.1% 3PT%, 88.3% FT%
Here’s the argument for Kevin Durant being the best offensive player of all time, and I think it’s a fairly decent one: is there one team, from the Mikan Lakers to now, who would not get instantly better offensively by adding Kevin Durant to their starting lineup? With LeBron, you need to space the floor with shooters and come up with ways to get him either downhill making plays or getting touches near the basket. MJ had his completely unique mid-range game that he needs the ball to employ. Same thing with Kobe. You need to install all kinds of off-ball actions to get anywhere near the maximum value out of Steph. Any of the great post players hurts your spacing at least a little bit. KD, though? Pop him in 1964 and he’s bullying everybody in the post. He’d look very good spacing the floor for Magic and Worthy. Put him with AI on the 2001 76ers and you probably have a better version of the Westbrook/Durant Thunder. Put him in the Ron Harper spot on the MJ/Scottie/Rodman Bulls and watch the destruction. (I feel like this would have the worst chance of working, since Jerry Krause would have never shut up about him and MJ may have subsequently started putting cesium in his food, or Phil might have insisted he only play 15 minutes a game for vague triangle reasons.) Heck, the Warriors he ran through the league with might have been the worst team for maximizing his skills, because the one knock on him is that he’s not all that enthusiastic about moving without the ball, which is the staple of the Warriors offense.
On the fast break, he’s a monster. He can destroy you off the dribble. He can post up anyone. He can knock down any catch-and-shoot 3. Give him the ball in space going towards the basket and you’re dead. Anyways, it’s fascinating to me that even though KD is 7 feet tall and pretty much unstoppable once he gets a stride away from the basket, his shot is dangerous enough so that almost everything he does is off the threat of it – every touch he gets, the first thing he looks for is whether he has the space for an open 3, and he forces every defender to close out hard on him despite how screwed they’ll be if he gets past them.
Players on this list who forced rule changes:
Larry Bird: 1.9 3PA, 37.6% 3PT%, 88.6% FT%
Even though I fully believe that Kevin Durant is “objectively” a better shooter than Bird, I’m putting Bird ahead of him for this reason: he was the absolute undisputed best outside shooter in the NBA when he played. In Korea, every so often there comes a competitive gamer who is so clearly the best in the world he gets called a “bonjwa.” (Yes, I’m running out of competitive endeavors to mine metaphors from.) It happens extremely rarely, because there’s almost always a solid argument for one player or another being the best, so it’s special when it does happen. Larry Bird was a shooting Bonjwa. He led the league in 3-pointers made while shooting better than 40% from deep twice. The NBA average 3-point percentage during his career was 29.7%. He won the first 3 3-point contests. He shot nearly 90% from the line. Larry Bird was the first truly great 3-point shooter, and he was great at shooting from everywhere else too.
Tier 1: Steph By God Curry
Steph Curry: 8.2 3PA, 43.5% 3P%, 90.6% FT%
Considering how putting a ball into a basket was the original basketball skill, it’s a little bit absurd how much better at shooting a basketball Steph Curry is than every other human to have ever lived. He’s the best spot-up shooter. He’s the best shooter off the dribble. He’s the best shooter at screens. He’s the best player at using (and setting) screens to get himself open. He’s the best from deep range. (Damian Lillard can be argued for this one.) He has the best free throw percentage of all time. In a time where absolutely everyone is shooting, Steph is an unquestioned shooting Bonjwa. Of course, we learned all the wrong lessons from Steph’s 3-point revolution, but that’s a story for another time.
“Steph is really good at shooting” isn’t news, so here’s a fun fact: No superstar has sacrificed more of their 3-point percentage in pursuit of buzzer-beaters than Steph. He is 4-77 on “heaves” in his career: if he had never attempted one, his career 3-point percentage would be an even 44.0% and he would jump from 6th to 4th on the all-time 3PT% list. For comparison, LeBron has “heaved” the ball 34 times in his career. Durant, 9. Kobe, 21. Dame, 17. You get the picture.
Okay, that should wrap it up. If you actually finished this, my sincere thanks.
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2020.10.19 19:25 3lijahlee Muriel Tramis The First Black Female Game Designer

The following is a post from my blog that I decided to post here. You can read the post on my website here ( formated better than reddit) https://www.theicon.com/a-first-lady-of-gaming/
Took me over 6 months of research to find her. This post also contains our full interview. I hope you enjoy the story.
EDIT: Thanks for the gold! Never happened before 🙂

In February of this year, I decided to do a list video that would highlight the contributions made by people of color to the video game industry. The video was meant to go up during black history month. It did not.

Halfway through the list, I realized I only had black men. So, I wanted to include women, and then a thought came to me, “Who was the first black woman to work as a game designer?” I didn’t know the answer, so naturally, I went to Google.

(imagine an image of a google search here)

Yup, I googled “First black female game designer”, and Carol Shaw was the top result, the answer that Google with its sophisticated algorithm decided was the best fit for my query. I entered multiple variations of my search, even trying advanced searches, and yet, Google had no answers.

To be clear, Carol Shaw is an amazing woman and certainly deserves all of her accolades – and then some – for being the first female game designer. However, she wasn’t the person I was looking for.

I was shocked when Google had no answers, and furthermore, I didn’t even see anyone asking the question. How could this be? It seemed like such a simple question, but then, I had to take a good long look at myself, too. I pride myself on my knowledge of gaming facts and information, but I didn’t even know the answer and hadn’t thought to ask until now.

After Google let me down, it was time for some good old-fashioned research. I grabbed a few books, one of which was Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play by Meagan Marie, which is a series of interviews with and facts about women in the gaming industry. My fiancée went through and highlighted all the women of color in the book, while I went online to find a lead. I started my search by looking into companies from the 1970s through to the 1990s. I went through the company photos from the various video game studios, looking for black female employees. I went through page after page of lists of employees who worked at these companies, checking nearly every name and cross-referencing them with a list of known black IT graduates. After that, I looked up each name to see who they were and what they did. Originally, I was only going to look up feminine sounding names, but a combination of FOMO and paranoia had me look up every name, just to be thorough.

A couple of months later, and the only lead I had, was from the book I mentioned earlier, Women in Gaming. My lead was a woman by the name of Muriel Tramis. The beginning of her career was the earliest date I could find of any other black woman working as a game designer anywhere. I was fairly confident she was the first at this point, but I needed to be sure. My worst fear was overlooking someone.

I decided I needed help. I got in contact with Ed Smith, one of the first black men to work on a gaming console, by reaching out to Benj Edwards who wrote a magnificent article about Smith and the Imagination Machine.



Ed and I exchanged emails, and I asked him if he was aware of any black women working in the industry as a developer or designer at the same time he was. Unfortunately, he did not, so my next step was to reach out to to others who specialize in gaming and technology.

At this point, I have to take a moment to thank Tanya Depass the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, an organization that supports projects, research, and creative works by marginalized people. I was starting to get some pretty heavy impostor syndrome and didn’t think I was qualified enough to handle this story. Her advice really helped me through that.

Tanya also suggested that maybe there was already information on the first black female game designer, and it may just be behind some university’s paywall. So, I reached out to several professors who specialize in either gaming, communications, or technological history. Dr. Kishonna Gray was particularly helpful. She went above and beyond, quickly responding to my emails and even asked people she knew that work in the gaming industry for help. Mind you, this happened right after the tragic murder of George Floyd, and I, like the rest of the black community, was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. So, I can’t put into words how appreciative I was of her hard work.

After my extensive research and reaching out, all the information I gathered pointed back to Muriel Tramis, so much so that I am now confident in saying she was the first ever black woman to work as a game designer. I started to read more into her life and various projects, and I have been impressed beyond belief.

You can watch us summarize Muriel’s career with excerpts from this interview in this micro-documentary.
https://youtu.be/rHM0U-IBqxc
Muriel’s story began on the Caribbean island of Martinique. From a young age, she loved board games and eventually became interested in games that were based around strategy, like chess, go and Monopoly. It didn’t take her long, however, to realize that she’d rather be the one making the games than the one only playing them. So, she started creating her own games, such as authoring crossword puzzles and eventually, moving on to more elaborate things, like planning murder mystery parties for her friends.

After graduating high school, Muriel left Martinique to pursue a degree in engineering at the Higher Institute of Electronics in Paris (Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris). She then landed her first job out of school working for Aerospatiale, an aerospace company where she was responsible for optimizing maintenance procedures for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). However, Muriel eventually realized this wasn’t what she wanted to do.

After 5 years with the company, Muriel left Aerospatiale, took some time to study marketing, and then got a job at Coktel Vision, a video game development company that, at the time, was just starting up. Quickly recognizing her talents, Coktel Vision had Muriel start to design what would become her first video game: Méwilo.

To help write the story, Muriel collaborated with French writer and longtime friend, Patrick Chamoiseau. For the story, they looked to home and decided to base the game off “The Legend of Gold Jars”, an old Martinican legend. In the legend, it is believed that during the slave revolts, the masters of the plantations would hide their gold by telling a slave to place it in a jar and bury it. Once the holes were dug, the slaves were killed and buried with the gold, so their restless spirits would keep outsiders away.

The game is a first-person point-and-click adventure that has you play an expert in the paranormal on May 7, 1902, a day before the eruption of Mount Pelée, which was a real-life occurrence that killed approximately 29,000 people, making it the deadliest eruption of the 20th century. In Méwilo, the goal is to learn about the history of the island by investigating different areas, solving puzzles, and interrogating people who live there.

The following year, in 1988, the same year Super Mario Bros. 2 was released, Muriel released her second game, Freedom, a game about slaves fighting their masters.

Phil Salvador of The Obscurity said it best when he states:

“Freedom still shocks today, and that it debuted the same year as Super Mario Bros. 2 is almost unfathomable in the traditional framework of game history and culture.”


This isn’t to say that Mario and the other games of the time weren’t amazing and groundbreaking. To the contrary, those games were (and still are) excellent and deserve their praise, but an argument could be made that because they are so popular, they helped form the idea that video games were only for children and the child at heart. Even today, we still debate if video games are a medium that can handle serious topics appropriately.

Though recently games like the Last of Us, Tell Me Why, and a handful of others are just now in the last decade bringing heavier and more serious themes and topics to video games, Muriel in a way foreshadowed that just because it is a video game, doesn’t mean its story can’t be taken seriously and handled appropriately in a mature manner.

Muriel worked at Coktel Vision for many years, arguably helping to develop the company’s most recognizable games. But in 2003, after over a million copies of the games she helped work on had sold, Muriel left Coktel Vision and started her own company, Avantilles, a company that develops and publishes 3D and virtual reality products.

Though the video game industry still remains quite non-inclusive to women and people of color, Muriel counts herself lucky to have worked at a company that was as diverse and supportive as Coktel Vision.

Despite not facing discrimination as a woman or person of color in the early days of her professional career at Coktel Vision, Muriel realizes that women are still underrepresented in the fields of technology and science. So, for years, Muriel has traveled to advocate for and speak to young women to encourage them to consider careers in science and technology, stating that:

“Young girls are still too often pushed into so-called female jobs in art, psychology, or communications, while young boys are pushed into hard sciences. And We should work on girls’ ambition from an early age”


She has also worked to put a focus on prominent people of color in these fields to help show young people positive role models in order to inspire them by allowing them to see someone who looks like them do something that they want to do, making it a little less scary and little more encouraging because they have a reference for success.

Though many of us in the States may not have heard of Muriel’s groundbreaking hard work, her dedication to video games and activism have not gone unnoticed. In 2018, Muriel was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur) in France, which, if that sounds impressive, that’s because it is. It is the highest order of merit for civilians and military in France. This made Muriel the first female and second ever game designer to receive the merit.

We’ve put together a micro-documentary if you’d like to learn a bit more about Muriel. Also, at the end of the interview in this article, there are links to other resources, so you can find out more about Muriel and her incredible story.

What follows is an interview between Muriel and I that was conducted in August of 2020 in which we go over everything from the upcoming game release she’s most anticipating to her take on the Black Lives Matter movement.

An Interview With an Icon
Editor’s Note: Muriel Tramis’s answers have been transcribed and translated from French to English, and we have lightly edited them for clarity and grammar.


The Icon: When did you first start to suspect you were the first black female game developer?

Muriel Tramis: Well, it was very late, when I was given the opportunity to be a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2018.

So, I will explain what the Legion of Honor is. It is a medal of honor in France, so I’m not sure if it would be known outside of France. The medal is given to decorate people who are considered most deserving. Initially, it was mostly for people in the military and then it became for civilians, too.

So, in my case, the Ministry of Culture [Ministère de la Culture] nominated me. In fact, I received nominations from all the existing French Ministries that submit nominations to those they find deserving, and then the Chancellery chooses the candidates. So, my nomination coming from the Ministry of Culture means that my video games have been considered a ‘cultural tool’.

So, there it is, I found out I was the first woman – a pioneer so to speak – in the video game industry to design video games [in France] since my career started in 1987.


TI: Have you ever spoken about being the first black female game developer?

MT: Only the American media tells me about my Afro-descendant origins probably because the concerns of the community are widely accepted in the US; whereas in France, there is more reluctance to talk about this aspect. The French media has mentioned my Martinican origins, but they have mostly focused on my gender because the digital industry is predominantly male.


TI: What would it mean to you if when someone googled, “first black female game developer” that your name and picture appeared?

MT: You can speak in the present tense, since it still happens if you google it in French. I’m very proud of my family, my friends, my engineering school and my country of origin (Martinique).

If it appeared in English as well, I would be very proud for all the sisters (and brothers) in the world.


TI: Initially, what got you interested in technology and video games?

MT: First, I have a degree in basic computer engineering. I really started my career in armaments [i.e. military weapons and equipment]. Back then, I was programming military drones, which now drones are really trendy. And voilà, I started in the military field. After 5 years doing this work, it became far too much. I started to feel conflicted.

I wanted to change my field of work. I wasn’t sure where to go, but I was sure that I didn’t want to spend my entire professional career in that field. So, at that time, I took training in marketing to develop a complimentary skill because I didn’t want to be stuck solely in tech. After completing this kind of training [in marketing], you always have to do an internship to apply your new skills.

The school wanted the students to find an internship for themselves that would hire them afterwards. When looking for this, I was already starting to play video games. While doing my research, I came across a game development company that was starting to market educational games. Then someone told me about this small start-up company called Coktel Vision.

So, at the beginning I did a marking ad for them. This allowed me to see how they worked, to meet the different employees, and I liked it. At the end of my internship, I proposed to program a video game about the history of the West Indies [les Antilles].


TI: Do you have or have you had any mentors that you look up to?

MT: Yeah, I do have mentors, not really mentors, but people I admire from history. Also, I’m still sensitive to black people’s fight for civil rights. For example, like many black Americans, I admire Martin Luther King, Jr. and also Mandela from South Africa who both fought for black people’s rights. There are more people I admire in France, such as Christiane Taubira, though I do not believe she is well known in the United States.


TI: This is a bit of a personal question. You said that you didn’t want to program the drones anymore. What made you conflicted about whether or not you wanted to do that? Was it that you had a moral objection to it, or was it something you were no longer interested in?

MT: Well, it was both actually. It was already a moral question because I was around arms dealers whose mentality, I didn’t like at all. Secondly, I did not find this field of work creative enough, though really I hadn’t realized it at the time. It was afterwards, in retrospect, that I realized I wanted to create my own material and not program things I was forced to do.


TI: You once said you were spared from dealing with any real sexism or racism in your career in video games. Does that still hold true today? If so, how have you avoided such issues?

MT: Ever since I finished my studies, I have only worked in a male dominated universe. So anyway, I’m used to being an exception. I was confronted, not with sexism, but with the astonishment of the men around me that I was a minority and I had this label of ‘engineer’, so I asserted myself through my skills. Thus, I didn’t have to deal with sexism or racism at least during all that time working in weaponry.

After that, I spent 15 years with the company that produced educational games [i.e. Coktel Vision]. I stayed with that company for 15 years because the atmosphere was cosmopolitan, meaning that all the employees came from different backgrounds. I think this was mostly because the CEO of that studio was very open-minded, so there were people of all colors.

TI: I see, so it just goes to show why it’s so important that companies do create a safe space for people of different ethnicities and different genders.


TI: Many of your games deal with sexuality and slavery. Because the industry was in its infancy when you started, did you feel the need to pioneer these issues as a way of setting the industry on the right course as a place for telling adult-themed stories that celebrated diversity?

MT: I would say that video games are similar to cinema, like film d’auteur. I wanted to propose my own scenarios, like a movie director who desires a subject to be about something pleasing and motivating to them and makes them want to put it into cinematic pictures. Well, it’s a bit the same in video games with the themes that I wanted to explore, like sexuality or slavery. These are difficult subjects on which I wanted to experiment, and I had a way, a medium that allowed me to express myself.


TI: Not only is there a push for diversity in the video game industry, there is also a push for it in Hollywood. If cinema fully embraced diversity, do you think that would also help the video game industry?

MT: Yes, I think that would help, given that video games are a very close medium to cinema. Moreover, video games use the same language as cinema in narration, in the staging, in everything, even actors. One can find film actors in video games, like Keanu Reeves from The Matrix is going to be in an upcoming game. So, yes, the two industries are very, very interrelated.


TI: You talked about the importance of the company that you worked for, that they were diverse, and they were open-minded. Today, there is underrepresentation of people of color and women in video games, both as characters in the games and as employees in the actual industry. As someone who has fought for diversity most of her life, what steps do you think the industry can take to help improve its issues with diversity?

MT: I think it’s comparable to cinema. I find it is a comparable medium. Even today, there are not many black people in films or on the other side of the camera directing them. And, I think it’s the same in video games.

A change is coming. The actions we can take are those I have been taking from the beginning, like actively joining associations that will raise awareness among young people. For example, I am in an association here in France called “Women in Games” that works to promote careers in the video game industry to young women, though it is not specifically about cultural diversity.

Also [here in France], there is help from the CNC [Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée] for information and awareness about video games. It is an organization that is under the Ministry of Culture and helps both the cinema and video game industries. The CNC has a special diversity branch.

Voilà, these things should encourage authors to create video games and films concerning diversity with more diversity in the cast and the scripts.


TI: Do you think games like Grand Theft Auto and Mafia, have helped or hurt diversity in gaming?

MT: I think they have not helped. I think it is the contrary because they only show people as fighting, violent, and delinquent, such as all the theft and robbery. It was similar in cinema and rap music, showing theft, robbery, and violence. It’s like the scripts or scenarios could have been made by a Neo-Nazi. For sports, it’s not as bad. Sports are more uplifting of diversity.


TI: Why do you think it’s important to have more women in the video game and tech industry?

MT: Well, this is going to be a feminist activist response. Women are 50% of the population playing video games, so I think they should be 50% of the video game designers.

TI: I love that answer, and you know what? You don’t have to warn us about being a feminist. We love feminism here at The Icon so be very feminist.


TI: You mentioned before that you loved playing board games and that they inspired you to get into video game design. Do you still play board games? If so, do they still continue to inspire you today?

MT: Yes, I have continued to play letter games, not so much on paper anymore but often on TV, like the show Slam, not sure if you’d be familiar. I also love games on knowledge and quizzing, for example, Question pour un Champion, I’m not ashamed. [laughs] So, these are more game shows rather than board games.

Regarding inspiration, yes, I still get it from games. For example, I was asked to concoct a scenario for a game specifically for learning history, and I was interested in board games that revolved around that same question. I played around with them a bit to find some inspiration. So, yes, it happens that I actually go back and forth between board games and video games.


TI: Do you still play video games today?

MT: Very little, but I do watch what is coming out. However, I don’t like every style. I don’t watch fighting games, “shoot ’em up”, or platform games, etc. I tend to watch adventure games.


TI: Are there any recent video games that have come out that you find interesting, or are you looking forward to any games coming out?

MT: The Walking Dead. [laughs]


TI: How do you feel about the current Black Lives Matter movement?

MT: I was very moved and impressed. I was disgusted by what happened [to George Floyd], to see a murder in action. I was feeling like everyone else in the world, and I think it [the movement] is a reaction of good sense. Even in Martinique, there was action to destroy the statues of racist figures. I don’t know if destroying the statues is the right way to go. I think it would be better to put the statues in a sort-of museum of ‘bad actions’ or something like that, maybe build statues of ‘positive’ figures next to them.


TI: What’s next for you, Muriel? Are there any new projects that you are working on?

MT: I am working on a project, another historical video game. I will again return to the themes of my first two video games concerning the history of the West Indies [les Antilles]… To elaborate a bit, for now, it is called ‘Remembrance’. It is based on memory, on recollection, and you will explore Creole society when Martinique was still a French colony. You will be able to compare two time periods, before and after the abolition of slavery, through a saga over several familial generations, specifically of three characters who have known slavery and their descendants born after its abolition. And the player will understand the origin of “color prejudice”, which is the cause of the discrimination we still suffer today.


TI: Apart from being the first black woman to develop a video game you are also the first female game designer to be appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor. To say you are a trailblazer, I feel would be an understatement. What lessons and ideas would you hope that a young woman could take away from your life and experiences?

MT: There are two mottos I would like to share: “Don’t dream your life but live your dream” and “She didn’t know it was impossible, so she did it”.

Throughout my career, I have followed my desires and passions to the point of having created my profession. When I started, the digital industry was in its infancy, and the game designer profession didn’t exist. Today, this discipline is taught in schools. There are still a lot of jobs to be invented. Go get ’em, girls!

And one last piece of advice, also valid for boys: increase your scientific culture, develop your critical mind and never forget literature and history.


TI: What advice would you give people of color who are interested in entering the tech and video game industries?

MT: I would not tell them to do things according to the color of their skin, but rather to integrate into the environment with their energy, their ambition.



Muriel’s story is an exceptional one, and it really is far from over. It’s time that we recognize her as being the first black woman to work as a game developer. In a time when very few women or people of color were even working in gaming, she was both. So, I hope you take it upon yourself to learn and share more about her.

It was honestly a joy and an honor to have gotten a chance to interview Muriel. She is truly an inspiration, and I hope her story and interview motivates those reading it to push forward with their passions, whatever they may be. The tech and video game industries are certainly big enough for all of us, and, what’s more, varying perspectives and experiences are needed today to help keep those industries evolving.

It’s diversity that makes our world and those industries amazing.

I spoke earlier about how seeing someone who looks like you, doing something you want to do can inspire you. Be inspired and in turn be someone else’s inspiration. The world will thank you for it.
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2020.10.14 12:54 John_Krolik MVP Shooting Tier List (Warning: Long)

Just a quick intro, because there’s a lot to get to. Since the 3-pointer is a part of every superstar’s game now, I wanted to see how good every MVP of the 3-point era were at shooting and rank them – shooting is literally the fundamental skill of basketball, but is it typical for the very best players to be the best shooter? The higher the tier, the better (although to be honest I didn’t really know where to put the Rose/AI/Westbrook tier, do with that what you like), and the list is in descending order – each player written about is a better shooter than the one above him.
Tier 1: Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal – 0.0 3PA, 0.45 3P%, 52.7 FT%
This is what interests me about Shaq: he broke both of his wrists at 11 years old, and they never healed properly, making it impossible for him to snap his wrist properly and develop anything approaching a passable jump shot or free throw stroke. (It’s been argued that Shaq had a fixable mechanical flaw or should have shot underhand, but we can talk about that another time.)
Shaq’s wrist issues meant that his scoring arsenal was essentially limited to a jump hook over his left shoulder or a drop-step leading to a dunk or right-handed bank shot. He also happened to be one of the most physically imposing big men of all time.
So the question becomes: if you have a player with the ability to create and convert shots at the immediate basket area at a historically high rate, is it the worst thing in the world if he is physically incapable of taking a difficult shot? How many missed free throws is it worth to have a dominant post player who never wastes possessions by falling in love with his 18-footer? Is it worth giving up the ability to dump the ball to Shaq at the mid-post and get a decent fadeaway out of it late in the clock in order to guarantee he’ll never take one early in the clock?
The sheer terror of what Shaq would have been if he hit 75-80% of his free throws keep me from going as far as saying Shaq’s messed up wrists were a blessing in disguise (we’ll talk more about this when discussing why Shaun Marion is accidentally one of the 5 most influential players of the 21st century), but I think the floor spacing and shot creation teams gave up by accepting Shaq’s limitations may not have been worth Shaq being forced to take every shot from a high-percentage area. When you consider Shaq’s somewhat laisse-faire approach to the game and prideful streak, it’s not terribly hard to imagine an alternate-universe version of Shaq firing up shot after shot in attempts to capture the scoring title and daring his coaches to bench him for it.
Tier 2: True Big Men
Moses Malone – 0.0 3PA, 0.96% 3PT%, 76.0% FT%
Gonna be honest, I know pretty much jack shit about Moses Malone other than that he was a dominant offensive rebounder and was one of the first players to win a Finals MVP with a team that did not acquire him on draft day. (There were 5 of them in 2011, now there are like 40.) Considering he lived underneath the basket grabbing those offensive boards and shot 49.5% from the field over his career, I’m assuming he wasn’t much of a marksman. I could be wrong, though. Solid FT% for a center.
Tim Duncan – 0.1 3PA, 17.8% 3PT%, 69.6% FT%
I enjoy putting Tim Duncan all the way down here while being a massive Tim Duncan fan. When people talk about all the things that made Tim Duncan great – his efficient, no-flash approach, the beauty of his banker from the left block, his footwork and passing from the post, his quiet brand of leadership, his willingness to play whatever role his team asked him to, his defensive acumen, his work ethic, and his intelligence, they tend to forget a very important part of why Tim Duncan was so great: TIM DUNCAN WAS A FUCKING MONSTER.
I do not know why people are so willing to forget that Tim Duncan was a fucking monster. Perhaps it’s because, despite spending the vast majority of his career as a center, he got labeled as “The Best Power Forward of All Time” because he began his career next to David Robinson. Maybe it’s because nobody can really look like a fucking monster while standing next to David Robinson. Maybe it’s because he spent so much time as a crafty veteran. In any case, Tim Duncan in his prime was a huge man who would put his left shoulder into your chest, push you under the basket, and flip in a hook shot as you caught your breath. It was only once enough of those put the fear of god in his defender that he’d turn to the righ shoulder and deliver that boring bank shot. He had an odd jumper where he put his guide hand under the basket that went in a decent amount of the time and his free throws, which he shot in one quick yank like he was trying to get them over with as fast as possible, were never a hack-a-Duncan level weakness, but he was a pretty bad shooter. The “Big Fundamental” is one of only 2 MVPs in the 3-point era with a career FT% under 70%. However, the “Big Fundamental” is also a fucking monster.
David Robinson – 0.1 3PA, 25% 3PT%, 73.6% 3PT%
Another person whose demeanor tends to overshadow the fact he was a goddamn freak of nature. David Robinson was literally a super-soldier. Just a good enough outside shooter to get himself in trouble sometimes (surprisingly low career FG% of 51.8%, considering he didn’t make 3s, although his TS% was always excellent because he lived at the line), but he also had enough shot creation ability to drop an extraordinarily petty 71-point game, which I respect. Discussion question: what if David Robinson had come into the league at 19 instead of 24?
Hakeem Olajuwon – 0.1 3PA, 20.2% 3PT%, 71.2% FT%
Seems low, right? Hakeem, with the beautiful fadeaway? Well, Hakeem took too many fucking jumpshots. He could make them, absolutely, but a guy with Hakeem’s physical ability and skill in the post has no goddamn business having a career FG% of 51.2% and a TS% of 55.3%. (The league average TS% over his career was 53.5%.) This is an idea I’ll expand more on, but in every competitive game of imperfect information, the player acting with initiative has to balance his action between how efficient it is and how deceptive it is. I think Hakeem chose the deceptive option too much. I call Hakeem’s choice to settle for more difficult (and aesthetically pleasing) shots the Ian Malcolm syndrome – he got so caught up wondering if he could make those shots that he never asked whether or not he should.
However, it can certainly be argued that against better defenses, such as ones teams face deep in the playoffs, deception gains value, as better defenses will be better at allowing their opponents to get efficient shots. Hakeem and his destructive playoff performances are certainly a good argument for this.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 0.0 3PA, 0.56% 3PT%, 72.1% FT%
Fun fact: Like Shaq, Kareem made exactly one 3-pointer in his career. This is a tricky one. Like another 6-time NBA champion you’ll see later on this list, Kareem was essentially completely unique as a shooter. On the one hand, Kareem was nobody’s idea of a stretch big, didn’t have much of a turnaround, and wasn’t a particularly good free-throw shooter.
On the other hand, he made 15,837 of the 28,307 shots he took (55.9%), and a whole lot of those 23,307 shots were skyhooks. And Kareem’s skyhooks were nothing like the jump hooks you see today. In fact, a very good answer to the question “why does nobody shoot the skyhook anymore?” is “it’s a fucking miracle anyone was able make that shot effectively, let alone someone 7 foot 2.” Look at this shit – a lot of those are closer to midrange shots than post shots, and he’s flicking the ball over his goddamn head with his body perpendicular to the backboard. That should not be possible.
Hence, the question of “is the skyhook a ‘shot’” becomes crucial to determining if Kareem was a fairly poor shooter or one of the best shooters ever. I’m going to put him at the top of this tier and shrug my shoulders. Kareem was really good.
Tier 3: Big Men With Some Stretch
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 2.1 3PA, 28.4% 3PT%, 72.2% FT%
First things first – Despite the fact Giannis is his team’s primary ballhandler and could easily be classified as a wing, I’m calling him a big. He’s 6-11, 242, shoots under 30% from 3, and a full quarter of his shots were dunks the first year he won MVP. He’s not not a big man.
I am writing this on the night of August 31st, 2020, a pretty bad night in Giannis’ career. The Miami Heat have just taken a 1-0 lead against Giannis’ Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Giannis was held to 18 points on 6-12 shooting from the field and 4-12 from the line. It currently looks like Giannis may have a true Achilles’ heel when it comes to teams that can wall off the paint effectively, and looking forward his shooting stroke seems built more for catch-and-shoot situations than it is for keeping defenses honest off the dribble. This all may change in a few weeks, so hang with me here.
Giannis’ rise to two-time MVP was atypical – generally, hyper-athletic players ascend to the MVP level when they “round out” their game by developing a jumper. Giannis won his first MVP by packing on muscle and doubling down on attacking the paint. In his first MVP season, his 3PT% fell from 30.7% to 25.6%, his FT% fell from 76.0% to 72.9%. (This season, Giannis’ overall effectiveness went up even though his FT% was a truly abysmal 63.3%.) He also dunked the ball 279 times last season and 197 times this year. Instead of working on his backhand, Giannis found more ways to run around his forehand. The next several weeks will show if that’s enough to take the Bucks where they want to go. Giannis is allowed to join the Warriors when LeBron retires and not before.
Charles Barkley – 1.9 3PA, 26.6% 3PT%, 73.5% FT%
Charles makes it easier than anyone else, especially pre-shot tracking era, to do a “loss leader” analysis of his shot selection. His 26.6% 3PT% for his career is the lowest among qualified players. He also had an absolutely ludicrous career TS% of 61.2% (league average TS% over his career was 53.5%), made 58% of his career 2-pointers, and led the league in 2-point shooting percentage 5 times in a row between 1986 and 1991.
Given that data, it’s fairly easy to conclude that Charles should have just pocketed the 3-point shot, but let’s do a little experiment. Let’s assume 2 things: that Charles was taking a relatively high percentage of 3-pointers compared to long 2-point jumpers, and the 3-pointers he did take helped “keep the defense honest” and opened up the floor for his drives. (It should be noted that Charles’ overall efficiency pretty much fell off a cliff from 2-point range as his athleticism dipped at age 30, so we’re talking about prime Charles here.)
Given those assumptions, did Charles Barkley take the correct amount of 3s? For our case study, we’re going to compare Barkley’s 89-90 season to his 90-91 season, as these were the last two years he led the league in 2-point percentage and he changed his shot selection fairly dramatically.
In 1989, Charles averaged 25.2 on 60%/21.7%/72.2%, for a league-leading TS% of 66.1%. In 1990, Charles averaged 27.6 points per game on 57%/28.4%/72.2%, for a TS% of 63.5%, which broke his four-year streak of leading the league in TS%. Charles also almost doubled his 3-pointers taken per game, going from 1.2 3PA per game to 2.3. Again, we’re going to assume that Charles could not have simply turned those 3-pointers into 60%+ 2-pointers, or that he could have shot the exact same percentage from 2 if those 3-point attempts simply disappeared entirely. Without further ado:
A 28.4% 3-point shot has a TS% value of 42.6%. The league average TS% in 1989 was 53.4%. This means that every Barkley 3 had an expected value of 0.972 points per attempt, compared to a league average of 1.068. This means Barkley cost his team .096 points per 3-point attempt in ’89. Barkley’s 2-point percentage that season was 59.7%, for a TS% (we’re not even factoring in FTr) of 1.194. That means the 76ers gained .187 points every time Charles shot a 2-pointer.
This means, by my quick-and-dirty math, Charles “gave back” the added value of his 2-point attempts about every 2 times he shot a 3 – if Charles had shot 1.95 as many 3s as 2s, he would have had league-average efficiency in 1991.
Based on the above, Charles taking 1.6 more 3-point attempts per game in 90-91 to get 1.4 more 2-point attempts per game was worth it for the 76ers, although not by an overwhelming amount. The 3s made Charles less efficient, but Charles’ efficiency was so far above the league average that it was worth sacrificing some of Charles’ efficiency for volume for the 76ers. (This version of the shot creation vs. efficiency argument is a variation on “is it selfish for your best hitter to take a 6-pitch walk with 2 outs and a man on 2nd?” question brought over from baseball.)
Forgive my math, especially since I’m not very good at it. The point is that Charles was a pretty bad shooter, but his 3-point attempts were probably worth the extra 2-point attempts they generated for him.
Karl Malone – 0.2 3PA, 27.4% 3PT%, 74.2% FT%
Alright, it’s the first person I’d call a good shooter! Malone is the exception to two rules: that players improve from the foul line way less often than you think, especially after their third season (Malone went from a 48% foul shooter his rookie year to 70% his 3rd year, and ended up with a career FT% of 74.2%), and that if you’re going to take a spot-up shot, you should always take it from beyond the arc, because nobody shoots better than 50% on long 2s – Malone shot 53.6% on long 2s in 96-97 and 52.8% on long 2s in 97-98. He ducked under that for the last years of his career and there isn’t tracking data from before 96-97, but it’s safe to say he was really good at knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Kevin Garnett – 0.4 3PA, 27.5% 3PT%, 78.9% FT%
We got robbed of the best version of KG, right? Not only did his giant pre-cap contract and the Joe Smith fiasco keep him from ever getting a good supporting cast in Minnesota, he was so much better suited to the post-handcheck, pace-and-space era (and no, it is not the “everyone arbitrarily decided to shoot a bunch of 3s” era) than the era he played in. The MVP version of KG lived on midpost fadeaways, and the version who won a championship played defense and shot spot-up 20-footers. Look at what Anthony Davis gets to do with LeBron feeding him the ball and the freedom to go beyond the arc, or what Giannis is doing, and tell me KG wasn’t tragically ahead of his time.
An aside: “KG went undefeated in the 2000 Olympic team’s 1-on-1 tournament” is one of my favorite basketball tall tales that are probably true, along with “when the UCLA Freshman team with Kareem scrimmaged the varsity team, who had just had an undefeated national championship season and were about to win another championship, Kareem fucking destroyed them,” and “lane violations were created because Wilt started dunking all his free throws in high school.”
Tier 4 – Wings Who Were Decent Shooters:
Julius Erving: 0.1 3PA, 29.8% 3P%, 77.7% FT%
You might think that Erving playing in the ABA from 1971 to 1976 would have given him a head start when the NBA introduced the 3-point line in 1979. It did not. He didn’t shoot 3s in the ABA, and he didn’t shoot them in the NBA either. Dr. J was also a sub-80% FT shooter, which is not great for an MVP wing. As the wing on this list who spent the most time playing before 3-pointers were anything other than a gimmick, it makes a lot of sense he’s at the bottom of this tier.
Magic Johnson: 1.2 3PA, 30.3% 3PT%, 84.8% FT%
As much as I appreciate Magic turning himself into a shockingly good free throw shooter (Magic came into the league as an 81% shooter from the line, shot 76% in his second and third years, and was consistently shooting at or near 90% before his first retirement), the jump/set shot really wasn’t a big part of his game.
LeBron James: 4.3 3PA, 34.4% 3PT%, 73.4% FT%
I’ll limit myself here, as I’ve thought about LeBron James’ jumper more than pretty much any other single thing in the last 16 years.
Kobe Bryant: 4.1 3PA, 32.9% 3P%, 83.7% FT%
Kobe’s 3-point shooting percentage will age poorly, as it’s just under the Mendoza line (33.0%) for his career. It’s important to remember he came up before the pace-and-space era, and was really the first wing on this list to shoot 3s in volume. With Kobe, the somewhat deficient shooting from distance balances with his ability to get very, very hot from the field, one of the great mid-range games in NBA history, and an incredibly reliable free-throw stroke.
As much as I’d love to make a cute argument for LeBron over Kobe, can you really say that someone who shoots free throws like LeBron is a better shooter than Kobe, who casually bet Gerald Wallace $500,000 dollars he’d make a clutch free throw? I believe you cannot.
Tier 5: Guards Who Weren’t Terribly Good at Shooting
Russell Westbrook – 3.7 3PA, 30.5% 3PT%, 79.9% FT%
It should be noted that Russ’ shooting is getting worse. He was a reliable free throw shooter during the first part of his career, and was a passable if below-average jump shooter, but his jump shot and free throws have both been trending downwards. (His FT% did bounce back to 76.3% this season after last season’s 65.6% nightmare.)
It’s not the most unique observation that Russ has more in common with Charles Barkley than just about any player, especially on the micro-sized Rockets, who traded away their center to leverage Russ’ strengths (his rebounding and ability to attack the basket) and minimize his glaring weakness (shooting).
However, while Charles managed to be hyper-efficient while hemorrhaging points from the 3-point line, Russ has not. Russ’ career TS% is 53.0%, with the league average over the course of Russ’ career being 54.5%. The reasons for this are essentially “all of the reasons” – a higher proportion of Russ’ shots over his career have been 3s, his free throw rate is lower than Barkley’s was, and most importantly, his career FG% on 2-point shots (46.9%) has been lower than the league average (49.6%). Russ is effective at the basket and nowhere else, and that hasn’t been a formula for efficiency for him.
Allen Iverson – 3.7 3PA, 31.3% 3PT%, 78.0% FT%
Would an efficient version of Allen Iverson been a better version of Allen Iverson? In the eternal struggle between shot creation and efficiency, Iverson is all the way on the side of shot creation. His ability to create a decent shot for himself is at a historic level, but it was a struggle for him to create particularly good shots – his career TS% was 51.8% against a league average of 52.8%.
Conventional Wisdom on Iverson is, of course, that he was saddled with horrible teammates during his prime years in Philadelphia, and I’m not arguing that he played with a particularly talented supporting cast. During his MVP season, the players who got the most minutes after Iverson were George Lynch, Aaron McKie, Tyrone Hill, Theo Ratliff, and Eric Snow, which is a war crime. (Dikembe was injured for the majority of the 2000-01 season.)
However, let’s flip this on its head for just a second and make the presumption that resource management is a crucial part of team-building. For example, if you spend the same amount of money for a good shooter as you do for a bad one, the bad shooter will be good enough at defense to have his value, in a vacuum, be exactly as good as the good shooter’s. (The draft, player empowerment, and other factors mean this isn’t quite the case in the actual NBA, but it makes enough sense as a concept.)
During the seasons Iverson played under Larry Brown, the 76ers chose to allocate their resources towards defense. They were a top-5 team in defensive efficiency from Iverson’s rookie season until Brown’s last year with the team, 2002-03, when they finished 12th in defensive efficiency. (They lost to the Pistons in the playoffs that year, Larry Brown said “fuck it, I’d rather be with that team than keep trying to make it work with this guard who shoots all the time but can’t shoot,” and won a championship with them the next season. Larry Brown was Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant.)
Iverson’s role on these teams was to be a sin-eater. Since the 76ers spent their resources on extremely good defensive players who couldn’t create shots of average quality, Iverson’s job was to try and drag the 76er offense towards league-average by getting up as many decent shots as he possibly could. During his MVP season, his 51.8% TS% was exactly at league-average, and he shot the ball 25.5 times a game. This took some shots away from more efficient players who could have benefitted from more of a creator (Ratliff and McKie, Mutombo and Kukoc when they were healthy), and it took the burden of shooting away from some truly horrific offensive players (Hill, Lynch, Snow. The end result was that Philadelphia’s TS% was league-average at 51.9%, and they managed to have the 13th-best offensive rating in the league to go along with their #5 defensive rating, and of course they ended up making the Finals that season.
I think Iverson certainly could have benefitted from playing on a team with enough talent to allow Iverson to take a higher proportion of the shots that were efficient for him (namely, ones at the basket) while playing championship-caliber defense, but I think the 76ers may have actually made the most of Iverson’s talents.
Iverson was never more efficient than he was on the 07-08 Carmelo/Iverson Nuggets, who played at the fastest pace in the league and finished 11th in the league in offensive rating, but had the 10th-best defensive rating in the league and were swept in the first round. I think there’s a legitimate argument that while Iverson was better on paper for the Nuggets than he was for the 76ers, he provided more value to the 76ers by allowing them to allocate all the rest of their resources to defense. A rising tide may not have raised Allen Iverson’s boat that much.
We should also probably talk about the 2004 Olympic team, where Iverson led the only “Dream Team” to ever fail to win the gold medal in FGA while shooting 37.7%/36.5%/71.1%. This feels significant to me.
Derrick Rose – 2.6 3PA, 30.4% 3PT%, 82.7% FT%
Like Iverson, Rose won his MVP for sin-eating on a defensively dominant Bulls team. People seem to forget that there’s a different MVP award handed out for every regular season. Rose’s MVP win over LeBron (and Dwight Howard) in 2011 probably wasn’t the best decision, but the Bulls had finished with a better record than the Heat after not being hailed as the superteam to end all superteams before the season, and LeBron had some real late-game gaffes that allowed the Bulls to get that better record. It made a lot of sense at the time! It wasn’t just “people were angry at LeBron and don’t like giving the MVP to one guy too many times.” In any case, people would remember LeBron ending Rose’s whole shit by destroying the Bulls in the ECF and locking Rose down defensively in the 4th quarter better if he didn’t follow that up with the Unforgivable Finals.
It should also be mentioned that Rose has managed to hang around the league despite the destruction of his entire body by being a guy who can come in and knock down some jumpers off the bench. Really good free-throw shooter, too. Also, people who like Derrick Rose fucking LOVE Derrick Rose and I don’t really understand why.
Tier 6: The Polar Opposites
James Harden: 7.7 3PA, 36.3% 3PT%, 85.8% FT%
It’s our first 85% free throw shooter on this list of MVPs! Free throws: harder than you think. Remember how back in the Giannis section it was August 31st? It’s now 1:38 on September 2nd. This project may have been a bad idea. In any case, Harden completely revolutionized the notion of when a player can shoot a 3-pointer with a chance of going in, and in a lot of ways is the next step in the Iverson evolutionary pattern – instead of being able to drag an offensively deficient bunch to the league average, Harden is an efficient offense in a can. This season, Harden shot 22.3 field goals per game, with the majority of those attempts coming from deep, averaged 34.3 points per game, had a TS% of 62.6% compared to the league average of 56.5%, and was assisted on 13.9% of his 2-point attempts and 17.1% of his 3-point attempts. That’s mind-bending. Also, this piece that tries to expose step-back 3s as being inefficient by saying “In other words, if NBA players (save for Harden) took step-back 3s all game, their teams would score about five points fewer per game,” is perhaps not as compelling as it thinks it is. I don’t know who exactly was saying it would be a good idea for a team to only shoot step-back 3s, but that guy sure made him look like a dick.
Michael Jordan: 1.7 3PA, 32.7% 3PT%, 83.5% FT%
As our good buddy Ethan Strauss pointed out, those 3-point numbers actually look better than they should because MJ was only any good at threes during that brief period of time when the NBA moved the 3-point line in. Remember back in the Kareem section when I said we’d be looking at another player with a completely unique shooting profile? This would be him. As Kirk Goldsberry, a pretend Harvard professor who revolutionized APBRmetrics through his mastery of dots, pointed out, MJ, at least post-baseball MJ, was completely unique in both the frequency and efficiency with which he shot mid-range jumpers.
Even looking at all the tape where MJ rose up and popped in those jumpers like he was tossing change into a toll basket, I always figured MJ must have been overrated as a jump shooter: He never shot 3s well, his career FG% is 49.7%, and he must have taken a lot of shots at the rim and converted a ton of them, so his mid-range shooting percentage must have been well under 50%, right?. No, it turns out that MJ was strangely bad at layups and an absolute mid-range savant. Seriously, there is no “lost art of the mid-range game” thing happening here – MJ was on another level from every human being at mid-range shooting. Saying the kids today just don’t work on getting a good midrange jumper like MJ had is like going to the Sistine Chapel and lamenting that artists today just don’t work on ceiling brushstroke fundamentals enough.
Re-watching old MJ film through the lens of his mid-range prowess, it does stand out how willing MJ is to “settle” for those turnarounds and pull-ups – as soon as he gets to one of his spots, it’s going up immediately, even when another dribble or two might get him all the way to the rim. Remember how I mentioned the tug-of-war between efficiency and deception earlier? If you have Kareem’s skyhook or MJ’s mid-range jumper, you don’t really need to worry about it. There are pitchers who dominate with pure stuff fired into the strike zone, pitchers who use changes of speed and location to fool hitters, and then every now and again you get a guy with Mariano Rivera’s cutter.
Ultimately, I’m putting MJ ahead of Harden as a shooter, as well as everyone else that’s come before him on this list, because MJ was mainly a jump shooter, and MJ was the best scorer of all time. When you put those statements together, MJ has a hell of a case.
Tier 7: The Legitimately Elite Shooters
Steve Nash: 3.2 3PA, 42.8% 3PT%, 90.4% FT%
I don’t have much to say about Steve Nash. It seems weird in today’s climate that Nash was such a reluctant shooter, but the offenses he helmed in Dallas and Phoenix were consistently the best ones in the league, so it’s hard to hold that against him. It does feel like Nash was a precursor to Curry – brilliant shooter, genius ballhandler, swashbuckling passer, incredible finisher around the rim for his size – but was used in essentially the exact opposite way, which is a little bit interesting.
Dirk Nowitzki: 3.4 3PA, 38% 3PT%, 87.9% FT%
Given the nuanced and unique nature Dirk’s game, which mainly relied on funky mid-post and face-up moves, it is truly bizarre how long Dirk’s reputation was “the tall white guy who can shoot 3s.” None of the players who were supposed to be “the next Dirk Nowitzki” played remotely like Dirk Nowitzki, but that didn’t stop teams from falling in love with them. If Steve Novak had been playing in the Bosnia league, he probably would have been a top-5 pick. The closest thing we have to a Dirk descendant playing now is probably Jokic – there’s a lot more Dirk in him than there is in Danilo Gallinari.
Kevin Durant: 4.9 3PA, 38.1% 3PT%, 88.3% FT%
Here’s the argument for Kevin Durant being the best offensive player of all time, and I think it’s a fairly decent one: is there one team, from the Mikan Lakers to now, who would not get instantly better offensively by adding Kevin Durant to their starting lineup? With LeBron, you need to space the floor with shooters and come up with ways to get him either downhill making plays or getting touches near the basket. MJ had his completely unique mid-range game that he needs the ball to employ. Same thing with Kobe. You need to install all kinds of off-ball actions to get anywhere near the maximum value out of Steph. Any of the great post players hurts your spacing at least a little bit. KD, though? Pop him in 1964 and he’s bullying everybody in the post. He’d look very good spacing the floor for Magic and Worthy. Put him with AI on the 2001 76ers and you probably have a better version of the Westbrook/Durant Thunder. Put him in the Ron Harper spot on the MJ/Scottie/Rodman Bulls and watch the destruction. (I feel like this would have the worst chance of working, since Jerry Krause would have never shut up about him and MJ may have subsequently started putting cesium in his food, or Phil might have insisted he only play 15 minutes a game for vague triangle reasons.) Heck, the Warriors he ran through the league with might have been the worst team for maximizing his skills, because the one knock on him is that he’s not all that enthusiastic about moving without the ball, which is the staple of the Warriors offense.
On the fast break, he’s a monster. He can destroy you off the dribble. He can post up anyone. He can knock down any catch-and-shoot 3. Give him the ball in space going towards the basket and you’re dead. Anyways, it’s fascinating to me that even though KD is 7 feet tall and pretty much unstoppable once he gets a stride away from the basket, his shot is dangerous enough so that almost everything he does is off the threat of it – every touch he gets, the first thing he looks for is whether he has the space for an open 3, and he forces every defender to close out hard on him despite how screwed they’ll be if he gets past them.
Players on this list who forced rule changes:
Larry Bird: 1.9 3PA, 37.6% 3PT%, 88.6% FT%
Even though I fully believe that Kevin Durant is “objectively” a better shooter than Bird, I’m putting Bird ahead of him for this reason: he was the absolute undisputed best outside shooter in the NBA when he played. In Korea, every so often there comes a competitive gamer who is so clearly the best in the world he gets called a “bonjwa.” (Yes, I’m running out of competitive endeavors to mine metaphors from.) It happens extremely rarely, because there’s almost always a solid argument for one player or another being the best, so it’s special when it does happen. Larry Bird was a shooting Bonjwa. He led the league in 3-pointers made while shooting better than 40% from deep twice. The NBA average 3-point percentage during his career was 29.7%. He won the first 3 3-point contests. He shot nearly 90% from the line. Larry Bird was the first truly great 3-point shooter, and he was great at shooting from everywhere else too.
Tier 8: Steph By God Curry
Steph Curry: 8.2 3PA, 43.5% 3P%, 90.6% FT%
Considering how putting a ball into a basket was the original basketball skill, it’s a little bit absurd how much better at shooting a basketball Steph Curry is than every other human to have ever lived. He’s the best spot-up shooter. He’s the best shooter off the dribble. He’s the best shooter at screens. He’s the best player at using (and setting) screens to get himself open. He’s the best from deep range. (Damian Lillard can be argued for this one.) He has the best free throw percentage of all time. In a time where absolutely everyone is shooting, Steph is an unquestioned shooting Bonjwa. Of course, we learned all the wrong lessons from Steph’s 3-point revolution, but that’s a story for another time.
“Steph is really good at shooting” isn’t news, so here’s a fun fact: No superstar has sacrificed more of their 3-point percentage in pursuit of buzzer-beaters than Steph. He is 4-77 on “heaves” in his career: if he had never attempted one, his career 3-point percentage would be an even 44.0% and he would jump from 6th to 4th on the all-time 3PT% list. For comparison, LeBron has “heaved” the ball 34 times in his career. Durant, 9. Kobe, 21. Dame, 17. You get the picture.
Okay, that should wrap it up. If you actually finished this, my sincere thanks.
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2020.10.12 18:36 ARCTIC-GOLD-DIGG3R ZYPHR. Read before going to bed.

Here’s an interesting one that isn't really permitted to talk about on Reddit. The only other topics that are about the same taboo are Palau and the Ocean Society. That's for another day.
Also, I am not suicidal.
If you haven’t read my last article and this one, make sure you do on my blog (find it yourself, since my link is automatically triggering a shadowban or a sort of downvote by bots. I got deleted from Reddit a month ago too!), before or after you read this one. The hyperlinks are lost here, so I recommend you visit the original post.
You might get a little bit lost if you read this one first but by all means, go ahead.
David Goldberg was a whistleblower that shared with us a year ago the Globalist Agenda for the extermination of the American people between 2020-2025.
Here is what he said in mid-2019 that came true in 2020:
That’s 7 predictions that came true in 2020... From 2018 or 2019. Too close for comfort.
What he predicted for the end of 2020 and 2021:
What he got wrong:
Agenda 21 was always about 2021, to lay the path of their utopia technocrat world post-2030. Ann Bressington was right in 2012. Max Spiers was right in 2015. Phil Schneider was right in the late 90s/early 2000s. Will Dave Golberg be proven right?
If they could kill thousands of people on 9/11, and millions indirectly through a war that should have never happened in the first place, they can and will kill millions again. Their goal is their extermination of the white people of North America or something like that. Deagel forecasts a 70% population reduction before 2025 in the US (again, I go in deep on that on the website that shall not be named –hint: the most beautiful world, article flatten the curve 53 and 54). It does not say that they will die, but rather that they will “move” somewhere. However, no other countries show a huge migration of people. Therefore, maybe David Goldberg was right when he said that they would be moving into a deep underground military installation.
There is a dark agenda at play folks. I hope that I am wrong, but so far, seeing that Canada is building an internment camp for 2021 (going viral in the news at this moment), that the UK and Australia are going full 1984, the writing is on the wall.
We call all wish for a better day. We are at war at multiple fronts: against the communist taking over the world, against the force of darkness itself, and against the zombies around us, willing to call the cops if we disobey.
We are in a zombie apocalypse. Look around you. People wearing a mask for disease less infectious than the common flu. People willing to surrender their rights for that! Zombies and drones will be the one coercing us into concentration camps, make no mistake.
If you got time and money and are free, consider moving to Malta or Georgia (the country, not the state). Mexico, Brazil is a good place to “lose” yourself in the crowd. Do not go to Chile or Argentina or any western European country, albeit Austria, Switzerland, and Germany might be a safer place to be than it appears.
I hope David was wrong. But he hit the nail damn on the head, you know. His source was right about the passport revocation thing TO THE DAY, and that, a year early. Okay, the US did not revoke patriot’s passport, but more or less the same by canceling the ability to get a new one. He also said that Americans won’t be able to come to Canada, which has been true since March 2020.
Everybody would have dismissed the poor guy a year ago. It sounded crazy, right? But now, 17 months after he blew the whistle (and got killed for doing so), it doesn’t sound so crazy, doesn’t? After all, a Mossad agent was in charge of simulating a power blackout after the election (or during), in November 2019, to prepare for November 2020. Wherever Mossad agents are, you know they are up to no good.
The man that predicted that Trump was going to be claimed “the king of Israel”, that Americans won’t be able to come to Canada, that a flu-like pandemic will confine everybody home in an international lockdown, the man that did say that passport would be suspended on April 4, 2020, that man… was right. We are talking about 6-7 big points, absolutely crazy and unbelievable simply 8 months ago… that were found to be true and accurate. Will he be right about the next 4-5 points? I fear that he is.
Now let’s think about it from a critical point of view:
What was Dave’s motive to do such fear-mongering, if all of it was bs? Money. But how? Exactly. Many shills expressed the fact that David was trying to steal Bitcoin from people, yet anyone that spends any amount of time listening to David Golberg or friends of David Golberg (before the whole website got nuked), know that this isn’t true. It would be like me telling you and my readers to transfer their money into Bitcoin or Ethereum due to an incoming financial collapse: I would not profit at all. It would be for your good.
Now why the US? Why not exterminate Christians and patriots in Germany, Hungary, Brazil or Croatia? Good question. All I can think of is that the US and Canada to a certain extent are the last bastion of the free world, the only thing in the way of China and the zionist. Remember how Dr. Carol Baker (a Jewish… zionist too?) at a CDC meeting back in 2017 said “I have the solution…Vaccine refusers… We will just get rid of the whites in the United States.”
I shit you not. This video has been deleted over and over on youtube, so here’s another copy. Please download a copy of it and share it. Full quote: “So I have the solution. Every study published in the last five years, when you look at vaccine refusers. I’m not talking about…hesitance, most of them we can talk into coming to terms. But refusers. We’ll just get rid of all the whites in the United States,” Baker said at the “Achieving Childhood Vaccine Success in the U.S.” expert panel discussion sponsored by the National Meningitis Association in New York City on May 9, 2016. “Guess who wants to get vaccinated the most? Immigrants.”
God help us. I want this nightmare to be over, I want Dave to be so badly wrong. It sounds too terrific but the writing is on the wall.
Now, now you know. If anyone could help me doing so sort of rational thinking in concern to ZYPHR, that would be great. The fact that Tom Hanks posted a picture (again, go on the original blog post to see it) with a typewriter with the logo ZEPHYR and CORONA on it back in 2017 isn't really comforting.
out
Arctic
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2020.10.01 19:21 Jaohn How to Open Aaghi LMS Portal? AIOU Islamabad

How to Open Aaghi LMS Portal? AIOU Islamabad

Aaghi LMS


I am here explaining the full procedure to Open Aaghi LMS Portal in detail as described by the Allama Iqbal Open University. Many of the students are unaware of the procedure. Don’t, worry the simple method is as under: Semester Spring 2020 students will do the online assignments and workshops for B.Ed, BS, and all postgraduate programs. Open the website of www.aiou.edu.pk and you will see there written “Aaghi LMS Portal”. The students will use at the end of the registration number @aiou.edu.pk as USERNAME. It means just they will add @aiou.edu after their registration number and it will be their Username. For Example: User Name: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) Password: The students will enter their challan number of the semester spring as the password. After doing this process, the students can easily log in to send their assignments online. They can also join their online workshops through this portal. Note: If the students still face any difficulty or issue to enter their login then they can email at the following email ID: [Lms_[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) For more information, they can call at the AIOU Help Line: 051-111112468 I hope you will have learned all the procedures to enter your username and password in the Aaghi LMS Portal.
ISLAMABAD - In view of prevailing crisis (COVID-19), Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to hold academic workshops (semester Spring 2020) at Post-Graduate-level through the use of new technology. Director Admissions revealed that the University has activated Learning Management System, by launching ‘Aaghi LMS Portal’.”Through this Portal, the teachers of the University’s main Campus will hold Online learning interaction with their students across the country”, he added. For this purpose, all the enrolled students for the semester were being informed about the Log-in password, through SMS. The relevant information about the LMS has also been provided at the University’s Website.
The students will be required to upload their academic assignment on the Aaghi portal as per the new arrangements. However, the University will hold academic workshop as per the old traditional practices for the students of the far-flung regions. The Online academic arrangements have been made in line with the government’s policy and the instructions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Meanwhile, the AIOU is also in process of digitalizing its entire management system including admission, examination, finance and academic activities, in line with the vision and the initiatives of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum.
The decision of holding Online learning practices is also in accordance with concept of new learning platform or 21st century Virtual classroom that is supported with text, voice and video for interaction between tutor and students.

How to Login AIOU Aaghi LMS Portal Resest Password & User Name

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What is Aaghi LMS Portal how to upload assignments
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In which platform AIOU Aaghi Portal you can receive AIOU Tutors 2020 address letter complete information belonging to AIOU Aaghi Assignments How to Submit in this site. That was newly inauguration by the administration of the educational institute for the overseas students and also individual in the country each of us is taking benefit from the online aiou aghee portal without wasting their time in the various study centers. There a lot of things in the blog of Allam Iqbal check the following options are available in them.

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2020.09.29 14:23 LordChozo Hindsight is 2020: #4 - The Lamia

from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1974
Listen to it here!
Let’s talk about perspective, shall we? Point of view. Narrative reference. These are literary ideas, and so might seem a strange thing to discuss when talking about music. But then, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is a strange album, isn’t it? Running 94 minutes and change and revolving around a concept that is real, Rael, and everything in between, this isn’t your average listening experience. If any album might be ripe for analysis in literary terms, this is probably the one.
And so, perspective. Within the storytelling world there are various forms of viewpoints an author might choose. First-person is when we see the story through the eyes of one or more of its characters, as though they themselves were sharing the tale with us. This is where we find pronouns like “I”, “me”, “we”, and so forth. Second-person view is much less common, involving the audience directly as a kind of character-by-proxy. It invites us to feel like we’re taking a more active role in the story, as characters might speak to us knowingly (called “breaking the fourth wall” in certain contexts). Fittingly then, the pronouns involved here tend to be, simply, “you” or its variations.
Third-person view is by far the most common narrative device out there, incorporating in its style a sense of distance from the subjects. The story is being told by someone who is not part of it, which opens up some flexibility. As a result, third-person perspective can itself be divided into two forms: omniscient and limited. In the omniscient variant, the narrator knows all and relays all the important elements to the audience, who therefore become privy to details some of the characters within the story may not even know. In the limited variant, the narrator only relays information pertaining to a single mind, or location, or some other fixed target, which ends up making this style feel more like an expansion of the first-person perspective as opposed to its own unique thing.
Each of these styles has its own advantages and disadvantages, its own method of shaping the way we receive and think about the story it sends us. Deciding on which type of perspective to use for a work is one of the most important artistic choices any writer faces. It’s a decision that has to be informed by a deep understanding of the kind of story that’s being told, how the drama of that story should unfold, how intimately the audience should know the story’s characters, etc. What point of view a piece of writing uses - first-person, second-person, or third-person - tells you an awful lot about it before you’ve even read a word.
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway uses all three.
Let’s put that second-person viewpoint aside for a moment, as it’s rare even in this context, and focus for simplicity’s sake on the first- and third-person perspectives. To aid me, I’ve made a handy chart illustrating the way these perspectives break down on a song-by-song basis over the course of the album. To get these figures, I worked through the lyrics and tallied every time I found a line written distinctly in first-person from Rael’s viewpoint (e.g. “I’m counting out time” or “This is the one for me”) as well as every time I found one written from the third-person style (e.g. “Rael imperial aerosol kid” or “he knows he must be near”). Then I just totaled the tallies and divided to get the percentage of each song’s lyrics in one style or the other. The results are, well, pretty striking.
If you notice some tracks missing from this chart, don’t fret; I didn’t forget them. Of the six missing songs, four are fully instrumental, while the other two (“Broadway Melody of 1974” and “Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist”) solely describe things other than Rael, and so can’t be said to clearly fall in one bucket or the other. But I’m sure it only took a slight glance at the diagram to catch onto the anomaly here. “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, “The Lamia”, “The Light Dies Down on Broadway”... Why are these three songs - and only these three - sitting at less than 100%? Why do they contain the only instances in the album of the story going “off perspective” and shifting into the third-person? Is there something special or meaningful about these tracks that warrants such treatment? Or was it just an accident - an “oopsies” on an otherwise meticulously crafted effort? What’s really going on here?
Let’s zoom out a little to the writing of the album in general. Due to severe time constraints as well as The Lamb being positioned as a concept album, it was (begrudgingly) decided that there should only be one lyricist for the entire double LP: Peter. His main point was that a concept album needed a coherent story (ha!) and that in order to create that coherence, a single lyricist was needed. Thus, the expectation might be that Peter would pick a point of view and stick with it for the sake of consistency. And indeed, for roughly three quarters of the album, that’s exactly what you get: Rael’s journey told through Rael’s eyes.
But Peter did something else with this album too. He knew that no matter how well he maintained his lyrical flow-through, there would be little gaps and jumps between songs. He also knew that the more bizarre and surreal his imagery and details became, the harder it would be to actually follow the plot of the story at all. To that end, he wrote additional non-lyrical story snippets; extra narration that would explain what happens before, after, and frequently during the actual songs. This story would be printed in the booklet, or liner notes of the album, and was meant to be a companion to the listening experience. And right at the outset of this additional material, Pete employs a particular narrative device to act almost as a kind of disclaimer on the whole thing: he sets up The Lamb as a frame story.
While I write I like to glance at the butterflies in glass that are all around the walls. The people in memory are pinned to events I can't recall too well, but I'm putting one down to watch him break up, decompose, and feed another sort of life. The one in question is all fully biodegradable material and categorized as 'Rael'. Rael hates me, I like Rael, - yes, even ostriches have feelings, but our relationship is something both of us are learning to live with. Rael likes a good time, I like a good rhyme, but you won't see me directly anymore - he hates my being around. So if his story doesn't stand, I might lend a hand, you understand? (i.e. the rhyme is planned, dummies).
To loosely translate: “I am the narrator and I am going to tell you the story of Rael. I like rhymes and poetry, so I’m going to tell you his story in song form, kind of like an opera. This does mean that sometimes I’m going to say things in an unclear manner in order to preserve the musical aspect of the thing, but when that happens you can refer to this more straightforward narration for guidance.”
And so the album opens with “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, the album’s title track. Look at the verses of that song and what you find is that they are purely descriptive. Again, it’s like an author adding lots of little details to bring a scene to life. But in context, in a very literary sense, this is setting. It’s the narrator telling us how and where the story starts. When Rael is introduced, it’s in third-person: “Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid.” I’ve been comparing this to literature proper, but what we soon realize is that this is a play. The third-person narration is telling us what the backdrop looks like, and then it’s “Enter Rael, stage left.” The final verse of the song then shifts; now that Rael is fully on stage and properly introduced, he can tell his own story. The third-person narration won’t return until the end of the album’s third side. It’s all eyes on stage, now. We who’ve read the liner notes know that this is all really just the narrator speaking in character like you’d hear on an audio book, but the effect is the same. The Lamb is configured as one narrator effectively reading us a script. Layers of style.
Meanwhile back in the real world, other members of Genesis are bristling a bit at not getting to put words onto their songs.
Peter: To try and keep everybody happy, there would be parts of it where we’d be discussing lyrics and throwing some of the words around for different bits. And so “The Lamia”, which was sort of Tony’s musical piece, or “Supernatural Anaesthetist” which Steve had brought in...they would discuss some of the lyrical stuff with me because they’d sort of got the writer’s ticket. 1
Tony: I think the lyrics [on the album], although they’re good lyrics...no song really kinda stands out on its own. You know, what could have been some really pretty song like “The Lamia” for example. I mean, if you start singing that out of context it makes no sense at all. You know, sort of about snakes and stuff. So I slightly resent that aspect of it, I suppose. 1
On top of that, there were still the aforementioned time constraints, where Pete was having to absorb the music the other four guys were writing, figure out what part of the story he wanted to tell over them, and then come up with lyrics that would sing well, flow well, relay the story well, and so on. It’s exhausting work. And though he didn’t want to concede any kind of creative control, pressures from time and peers closed in on him.
Peter: There was the odd argument about having to do [the story] democratically, so I conceded on sharing some of the lyrics. 2
By “some” Peter means “one song.” And by “concede” he means “I gave Mike and Tony a plot outline and made sure that what they wrote followed it.” The result was “The Light Dies Down on Broadway”, which is, if you’ll recall, another of the tracks featuring a hybrid first- and third-person viewpoint. Now, we’re entering the Unsupported By Direct Evidence Theory Zone (brought to you by Dr. Pepper) so bear with me, but I think it’s a hybrid precisely because it wasn’t Peter who penned the words. Musically, as is obvious from the title of the song, the band here was reprising the album’s title track. Mike and Tony had to write lyrics and follow a plot thread while also calling back to that earlier piece with the lyrics. So what do you think they did? Did they just cross their fingers and hope it all worked out, or did they look at the lyrics Pete had written for “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and try to imitate that style? I think the latter is far more likely, and they would’ve seen in those lyrics this hybrid POV at work. And of course, at the time they didn’t have the benefit we do of seeing Peter’s companion prose, and thus wouldn’t have any reason to know that this was a frame story configured like a play. Without all that context, it feels like the song just switches from third- to first-person on a whim as suits the flow of the melody, and I believe that’s exactly what Mike and Tony did.
That said, Mike and Tony had another reference point for their lyrical effort as well: “The Lamia”. As was helpfully pointed out to me in the comments of my post for “The Light Dies Down on Broadway”, that song reprises not only the album’s title track but also the primary chorus melody of “The Lamia” in its verses. It does wonders for the album’s musical cohesion and is also likely why I enjoy “Light Dies Down” even more than “Lamb Lies Down” in general - more on that later in this post. Look at the chronology of the album's writing, which took place from June to August 1974, with the recording stretching into October. Consider that Mike and Tony did "Light Dies Down" because of time concerns, which means it must have happened late in the process. And then consider what Tony has to say about the timing of the lyrics for "The Lamia".
Tony: “The Lamia”...was quite fun as Pete had written all these lyrics over Christmas 1973. I took them all back with me [and] just fitted them on top of this basis that we had for “The Lamia”. I just weeded it down and used just one word in five. We didn’t have the melody line but we had the piece written, and Pete had all these lyrics which were like poetry. I tried to get them to fit the melody and essence of the song, which was fun to do. I enjoyed that. 3
This is Tony getting that “writer’s ticket” and feeling like he’s got some kind of control, which was critical to keep the peace. But at the same time, he’s just editing down from what Peter already wrote, and what Peter wrote was something that again had a hybrid POV style about it. Until partway through the second set of verses, everything in this song is told from that third-person perspective. Then it shifts as Rael enters the pool; his body begins to transform at the same time the POV itself transforms, returning to the first-person viewpoint of the rest of the album. As a capstone, the final line of “The Lamia” says “the stage is set,” explicitly reaffirming the album’s “narrated play” style of delivery.
It could be that if Peter had had more time to review everything, he may have shifted the first half of "The Lamia" into first-person as well for consistency's sake. But the benefit of retaining that hybrid viewpoint is clear: now anyone listening to “The Light Dies Down on Broadway” doesn’t need to be confused. The lyrical perspective of that song isn’t shifting randomly, but rather it’s part and parcel of that “Lamia” reprise. Even as the musical melodies return, so too does the rare third-person POV. It’s a reminder once again that we are watching an opera, or at least listening to the retelling of one. What could’ve been a clunky fumble caused by bringing in not one but two additional lyricists is deftly morphed into a tasteful reference, strengthening the album’s cohesion even further.
As for that second-person point of view? It comes up two times over the experience of The Lamb, both in very similar ways. The first is that last line of “The Lamia” again. It’s not just that the stage is set, but “the stage is set for you.” We have been taking this journey alongside Rael and for the first time we are invited directly to share his experiences. This makes “The Lamia” significant in that it actually contains all three POV styles within a single song; that it does so tastefully and effectively makes it an exquisite lyrical accomplishment, snakes or no.
Steve: To my mind this is the most poetic song on The Lamb... It expresses...magic amidst the urban sprawl of Rael's tale. It's a song that speaks to women as much as men. 4
The second and final “you” of the album comes again at an ending - this time of the accompanying story in the album’s sleeve. As “it.” dissolves into a purple haze, the ball moves into the listener’s court: “It’s over to you.” It’s the storyteller’s goodbye, turning the story over to our care to make of it what we will. Notably in the liner notes themselves, after some legal credits the story then starts over again from the very beginning until the page runs out of space. Perhaps that’s us becoming the narrator, telling this story again to the next audience, following a grand oral tradition and ensuring The Lamb always lives on.
Regarding my personal opinions on “The Lamia”, the obvious thing is that it’s in my top five Genesis songs of all time, so I think it’s fair to say I believe this song is doing something right. I actually generally agree with Tony about the lyrics, too: they don’t work out of context from the story and therefore the song has a lot of trouble standing apart from The Lamb as an independent piece of music. And given that I also agree with Tony about not being overly fond of the story of The Lamb itself, it seems like this one would be something I might quickly write off as “that one snake song with Pete standing in the blue cone.”
Phil: One [song where the visuals got in the way] was “The Lamia”, where this thing came down and Peter was in the middle of it. And sometimes the microphone cord would get caught up at the top or the bottom of it. And so either it didn’t move or he had to move with it. 1
Peter: In this post-MTV world it’s very hard for people to imagine how strong being bombarded with different visual images in parallel with the music was for audiences at the time. Film had always been my passion and that was really the only place audiences had seen great images and music working extremely well together. We didn’t get there always, but I think we got there more than most at the time. 2
Nevertheless, even if I’m not a particular fan of what the lyrics are describing, I’m a huge fan of how they craft those descriptions. Pete’s words have a fantastic poetic quality to them, here more than almost anywhere else on The Lamb or indeed in his time with Genesis as a whole. And Tony did a bang-up job of selecting the right phrases to go over the melodies so that it all just flows gorgeously out.
Speaking of melodies, that’s what does it for me with this song. I’ve said before in this countdown that I’m a melody kind of guy, and let me tell you: in my opinion, “The Lamia” is the greatest melody Genesis have ever done. Period. It’s a haunting track, but not the overt ghostly kind of haunting like a “Home by the Sea”. It’s the kind of haunting that stays with you, just out of your conscious awareness, but always lurking around your mind. Once I was logging into a voice chat for an online game, and had this song playing in the background while I was the only person in the channel. One of my friends, who is not a Genesis fan, logged in and was immediately intrigued: “What is that? That sounds really nice.” I told him it was a Genesis song called “The Lamia”, and he didn’t really care, as I wouldn’t have expected him to. But perhaps two hours later, in an idle moment, he began humming the song’s chorus melody to himself. He’d heard it once and didn’t even register it as anything more than “hey, that’s kinda pretty,” but it had already snared him. He caught himself doing this and, surprised, announced, “Wow, that song is actually really good, I’m going to have to look it up.”
That’s the power of “The Lamia”. It gets everything right. The grand piano on the verses? Perfect. The mini solo that could almost be a flute thing but for some reason isn’t? Still perfect. Making Steve and Phil and Mike sit on their hands until the chorus? Perfect. Because that means their tasteful restraint upon entry in the chorus can be perfect too. Phil’s backing vocals and drum fills near the chorus’ end? Perfect. The Mellotron choir, Steve’s guitar synth, the build to bring the chorus to a climax? Perfect. The transition returning down into the spareness of the verse? Perfect. The addition of ethereal backing vocals on the back half of the second verse? Perfect. The intensity of the final section where Pete sets the stage for us? And that guitar solo???
Steve: I was proud of my guitar on..."The Lamia"... 5
Perfect. And it’s spelled with a taste of that very flute we were denied earlier in the song, as though it was being saved just for this moment. In a song about the dangers of giving into blind temptation, we’re shown by the music the value of delayed gratification. It’s marvelous.
So don't fret, lyrics. You don’t need to be about something other than snake people. You don’t really need to be about anything at all. Because everything around you is very nearly as good as it gets. And maybe, just this once, we should take a cue from Rael and jump in blind ourselves. Just turn off our brains and see what happens when we let this rose-water music wash over us. Who knows? Maybe we’ll find some magic.
Let’s hear it from the band!
Tony: What I can say is my whole experience of music is very pure. I hear music as music. I don’t hear it in any other way. So, I try not to analyze it. If I do, then it becomes something else. When I don’t analyze music, there’s something going on in my brain that is completely unrelated to anything physical. It’s something totally outside of that. 6
Steve: It’s funny, you know...The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, you have this New York City, and of course it’s also, the contradiction is it’s a mythological journey for Rael, the imagined character. And you have this song that is I think the most romantic part of The Lamb. Although it’s in New York City, you have this idea of the character wandering into this realm of female temptresses, the Greek idea of the Lamia. Subject matter that wasn’t unknown to the Pre-Raphaelite artists, who were very fond of this kind of image of these girl-women that look very innocent [and] sweet on the surface but underneath... The underlying idea is of course that they are potentially lethal. So in a way it’s that kind of poetic contradiction of the two. And it’s part of Rael’s journey. But in a way I personally was very drawn to this. In the midst of the urban angst that was driving Rael - and the band at that time - I think there were two types of Genesis. There was this forward motion thing, but then there was always the nostalgic looking backwards that characterized so much of the band’s work. And I think this song embodies those contradictions. You get these very whimsical, impressionistic moments: “only a magic that a name would stain.” Beautiful, beautiful lyrics from Pete. Absolutely gorgeous. Still love it. 7
1. 2008 Box Set
2. Genesis: Chapter & Verse
3. The Waiting Room, 1994
4. HackettSongs, 2012
5. HackettSongs, 2018
6. Innerviews, 2019
7. Steve Hackett, 2020
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2020.09.26 23:31 nisaaru States secret Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik

The guy worked for Goebbels in the background and then worked for the SSD/KGB/Stasi complex afterwards in propaganda where he developed subversion technics and "silencing" of anybody they wanted.
It shows what kind of persons do these jobs and that there was no real difference for the controllers. Nazi or UdSSDDR didn't matter to them. The same applies to the USA, imho. I made a quick and dirty google translation from the german blog comment written by his son. If you can read german I suggest going there as it also comes with pictures. The entry is to the end of the webpage.
https://hardballsite.wordpress.com
Nobody really wants to hear from old Nazis and communists anymore, but this is a very bizarre case that has been kept a secret until today. Everyone knows the names "Goebbels" and "Carl Eduard von Schnitzler", 2 of the most notorious propagandists in Germany. But one name has been kept a secret to this day because it provided its amazing skills to both the Nazis and the Communists. In addition to Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Speer etc., but nobody knows the name of the man in the picture who walks between Speer and Hitler.
Get to know him at last - more than 70 years after the end of the war.
It was to remain a secret forever: The then press spokesman for the Propaganda Ministry and later SED - party secretary and designer of the Cold War in the "GDR", Dr. Kurt Willimczik in his white SS uniform in 1939 in the Munich Feldherrenhalle.
Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik (9/29/1907 - 11/26/1995) was next to Dr. Goebbels one of the most important propagandists for Hitler. He worked u. a. for the Reich Ministry of Propaganda in the Department of Modern German Literature History and as President of the Theater Chamber he had a very important position in the war effort.
Dr. Kurt Willimczik in the fifties as SED party secretary in Blankenfelde During the war he had also headed a propaganda squadron with a murder assignment. He described himself as a freelance writer, philosopher or literary scholar, Germanist. (Let the reader's imagination run wild here.)
What this man had done was kept secret until well after the fall of the “Third Reich” and the “GDR”. Now, when doing research on Goebbels, people come across the name “Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik “, which had never been on the Internet before and just post it. You dont know what you are doing!
This name disappears very quickly from this website.
National Socialist German Workers' Party Reich Youth Leadership, Kurt Willimczik, Otto Zander - Publisher: Limpert, 1938
Then he reappears elsewhere. An internet avalanche arises, which even the many still active members of the SSD can no longer stop. What kind of person was he? His highest goal in life was to inflict the greatest possible damage on other people with hidden, subtle methods, which he described in a letter to his wife at the time. “I feel good when others are badly off.” He himself called it the “law of the greatest meanness” and was his best executor. He took his son as a laboratory rat and tested how far a person could be tortured with this method (it was not until much later that it was called "decomposition"). For his son he was a vicious monster who ruined his life; for Nazis and communists he was an indispensable expert in the fight of evil against good.
But let's let him speak for himself and take a look at his work of which he was particularly proud: E.T.A. Hoffmann: the three realms of his world of shapes
He speaks about the "Third Reich" in a somewhat veiled form, but with full devotion.
"In his building the great view of national history can be recognized, which leads from the myth of primeval times to the theater to higher reality and thus to the recovery of the myth and the golden age." (Page 336).
He describes his great German plans for the education of the human race, the establishment of a theater as a moral institution, or as the plans for a third empire and age were otherwise called.
In the chapter on the “principle of evil” he describes the fundamentals of every terrorist state: the principle of the greatest meanness.
With “Faustian majesty” he speaks about “the struggle against people” (59).
It would be the primer for every budding terrorist if it weren't so complicated to write. He hides his diabolical thoughts behind garlands of beautiful and sometimes difficult to understand words. The devil is always a genius of language.
"He believes that he has been consecrated to battle and to rule over the spiritual principle of life, which nature itself placed in us and therefore cannot punish" (60)
“The highest sense of the theater is the animation of the everyday struggle and the leadership of the people.” (337) The people should gain “strength and purity”.
The theater serves for the self-presentation of the people. "Its special form is that of the festival and game (read war), which the whole people, working together, commits as a large crowd of lay people."
Hitler thought the same way, appointed him president of the theater chamber and sent him to the spiritual front as one of his greatest propagandistic guns (Hitler loved big guns).
The moral justification for killing had to be instilled into the soldiers on the Eastern Front over and over again. In this respect, Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik is just as important as Speer, who provided the ammunition for the war - and that is why Hitler takes him between himself and Speer, as can be seen in the picture.
In the West Prussian Yearbook, Volume 58, it can be read: “Goebbels once again commissioned Drs for the war-important promotion of German culture in the East. Kurt Willimczik. "
From the annual report of the NS-Gemeinschaft KdF of November 27, 1941: "Where the German soldier stands today, thanks to our close cooperation with the Wehrmacht High Command, the NS. Community Gemeinschaft Strength through Joy’ is with him. In the far north, where our care work is welcomed twice as joyfully and gratefully during the polar night, under the scorching African sun, in the east that is opening up every day, in France, Belgium, Denmark, in Holland, Serbia, in Greece or on Crete Everywhere today the German soldier experiences this ninth birthday of 'Kraft durch Freude' with us as part of festive events.
The area that we have to look after today expanded as our armies advanced victoriously, and corresponds to eight times the size of the greater German area. We have overcome the impassable roads that the former Poland had, Norway's mountains, snow and cold, and we are also able to cope with the considerably greater difficulties that we face in Russia. Evening after evening, the homeland speaks to the German soldier under the sign of the sun wheel. ... If you take into account all of the difficulties described, then you can only fully appreciate the performance that results from the KdF troop support at the beginning of the armed forces. From September to December 1939, 12,400 events, in which 7 million soldiers took part, were held. In 1940 137 8o2 events recorded 51 530 000 visitors. In 1941 the number of events rose to 187 198 and the number of visitors to 67 789 569. Since the beginning of the war, 337 400 events with 126 319 569 visitors took place outside the borders of the Greater German Reich for our soldiers. ... The KdF.-game plan itself shows an extremely versatile face. "
(http://www.kultur-neukoelln.de/client/media/48/4_frontmusik.pdf)
To make his work in the conquered areas a little clearer, here is a verbatim reproduction of his letter from Greece to his mother on her birthday:
"1.10. 1943
Dear mother
…… .Today I showed educational films in front of workers who go to the Reich. Although in a communist area, everything went smoothly.
A few days ago we hung up two black marketeers who had sold oil too dearly. I was back in the streets with my loudspeaker van. The commune even applauded us and asked for 2 to be hung again the next day. That style will probably continue like this. -
Congratulations again and best regards!
Hail Hitler!
Your Kurt "
“Workers who go to the Reich” naturally meant forced laborers. The good Kurt prepared these for their journey too ...
He managed, armed only with a loudspeaker van, that the Greeks shouted for "more" than two of their compatriots were hung up. (Let everyone draw their own conclusions from this.)
As the head of a propaganda squadron, he not only gave the soldiers a victory-conscious cultural escort from a large loudspeaker truck, but also accompanied the doomed to death acoustically up to the gallows. He announced to the prisoners who went to the Thousand Year Reich as forced laborers how happy they were that they were now allowed to go to the Greater German Reich, where they would be looked after like their own children. “Culture must be” was his motto. The music for it was hand-picked - e.g. B. from Wagner's opera “Götterdämmerung”, which he put on the more often the closer the downfall came. (If we were to expect the end of the world tomorrow, he would be the right man to play the right music.) As eloquent as a snake, he always found the right musical background, even for evil
Rand Comment: The same man who was afraid of the communists in the east wrote this one too - not when he attacked Greece, but about a physicist named Professor Havemann, who was just under house arrest in the east: “... he's talking about it a general freedom. That means nothing other than paving the way for the revanchists' urge to go east. ”(Neues Deutschland, March 13, 1964)
He practically said to the soldiers: “In your great historical battles you have to play your roles as if on a stage - until the Führer drops the curtain.
Goebbels said at the end. "We go into the final battle like a church service."
While the time for Goebbels, Hitler, Himmler etc. came to an end after the fall of the Third Reich, the Nazi propagandist Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik a new sun - blood red.
The Americans first moved into Erfurt at the end of the war. That is why his wife fled with her small children from Rangsdorf near Berlin to Erfurt, where at some point her husband also appeared from somewhere. He forbade his wife to tell the authorities anything about his Nazi past. She followed his request and was therefore immediately dismissed from teaching as a student councilor.
In July 1945, in accordance with the treaty, but unexpectedly for the people, the Russians entered Erfurt. They had a list of wanted war criminals and Kurt W. was arrested. Instead of writing on them and talking about tin, he immediately punched tin for typewriters in prison. It was the only time in his life that he did anything useful.
But it didn't last long. The Russians were urgently looking for traitors to track down all other hidden Nazis. Traitors became the pillars of the state, to which Stalin then gave absolute power as the SSD. They were allowed to suspect, investigate and condemn anyone as an "enemy of the state" - all in one - and secretly.
In addition, the communists urgently needed German experts in propaganda. Where should you get new specialists from so quickly? So Dr. Kurt Willimczik "denazified" overnight, which meant that his Nazi past became a state secret from now on that nobody was allowed to talk about under the death penalty. This was not published - you just had to know. (It is not known whether he was also "de-socialized" after the fall of the Wall.)
When he was released from prison he was suddenly no longer a Nazi and immediately began his steep socialist career in 1945 as a “comrade from the very beginning” by betraying his own people and giving them to the knife. The KGB (or a special department of the Red Army) used it to lure more Nazis into his apartment and arrest them or shoot them right away, which his mother and son had to experience in Erfurt. She should commit herself to absolute silence about this event and the Nazi past of her husband. She refused to sign and automatically became a dangerous public enemy. She has just been punished for hiding his Nazi past; now she would be punished for not doing it. This is called “socialist education”. “Not comrades with me” she said, did not sign this confidentiality agreement and instead divorced her husband (November 22, 1948) and moved to Blankenfelde, which was no longer of any use to her, however ...
The freshly baked Nazi communist Kurt W. took his son to the conspiratorial meetings in Erfurt in order to make them appear a bit more "familiar" and used him as a watchdog to watch out for the motorcycle he used for his "work" from the Russians Had been provided.
Goebbels killed all of his children. Kurt W. missed this opportunity, although he did everything after his boss. So he just wanted to let his son starve to death, which wouldn't be noticed right after the war ended. The Russians watched and
but controlled the whole scene. It so happened that a Red Army officer prevented a high-ranking Nazi from murdering his son - one of the little miracles that happened at such a time. He had his son driven to a hospital in Erfurt. It was one of the many green-boarded ambulances that had taken the wounded from the battlefields.
On December 18, 1949, Stalin ordered the creation of the SSD, a German part of the KGB. (not to be confused with "MfS" or "Stasi")
With this, the responsibility for maintaining the state secret was transferred from Kurt Willimczik from the KGB to the SSD. The object of desire had changed hands. The SSD wanted to be better than the KGB and worked according to the slogan “only the dead don't talk”.
After Dr. Kurt Willimczik had received an ultimatum, "his divorced wife Irmgard Kirsten (April 22, 1906 - July 20, 1950) died". (This choice of words is necessary because the SSD / STASI never “murders”, as he himself claims.) She was one of the first victims to protect the state secret “Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik ”. She was secretly taken to a certain hospital in Altglienicke, where she was "treated" to death free of charge. (The doctors in Königs Wusterhausen had refused).
The communists had achieved what Hitler had never succeeded in getting the medical profession to carry out the many murders. Doctors had to join the SED, where, like any soldier, they had to obey orders. The Nazi communist Kurt W. explained it like this: “Whoever pays for what happens!” The communists paid for medical care and therefore determined what happened to the sick person, even if he was not sick at all.
From 1950, immediately after the obstacle had been removed, the Nazi communist Kurt W. himself was allowed to prepare for the Cold War in the Ministry of Culture in East Berlin. However, the Ministry in East Berlin was no longer called the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, but simply the Ministry of Culture (culture was propaganda). The best minds from the Reich Ministry for Propaganda now constructed the Cold War for the Communists - their former arch enemies. It worked because the methods were the same. However, it is not known whether the same typewriters were used, especially since the angry workers during the popular uprising on June 17, 1953 threw the typewriters of this hated ministry out of the window.
("We'll take over what's good," said Captain Wagner from the SSD in Potsdam, where the SSD had set up a university and where he delivered his doctoral thesis on the fight against scientists ...)
As the party secretary of Blankenfelde, Kurt W. drew the anger of the population, which was good for him, because his goal in life was to destroy other people's lives. He believed in the law of the "greatest meanness" and was his best vicarious agent. So he belonged to a very specific kind of people. With this knowledge, one can understand not only the misdeeds in World War II, but also the entire post-war catastrophe called "socialism". The characters of a Nazi and a Communist are identical.
He liked to start his speeches with the words: "Friends!" ...
For him there were only “friends” and “enemies” - nothing in between.
If at the end of his speech you felt as strong as a hero from old German legends and the next day set out to slay your enemies, then he had won his propaganda battle again. (Who was just the "enemy" was added in the small print.)
He has also made a great contribution to the upbringing and fighting of his son. After boarding school at the SSD, 2 years in the army and dozens of unpaid work assignments, he (and the comrades of the SSD who stood behind him like a man) sent his son to the information hole in Dresden to study physics at the "Technical University" to train as a spy to be completed. (The latter was of course kept secret from him. The SSD had made the TH-Dresden into a TU (that was the gift) and has since abused it as a training facility for spies. And this is how it worked: Entrance exams for physics were canceled and hundreds of unsuspecting people Students, while only 5 foresters were trained every few years - exactly as many were needed.
The disgruntled professors reacted accordingly. They increased the difficulty of the exams to such an extent that over 50% of the students were kicked out. This is exactly what was intended. It was the high school of human seduction. Some saved themselves in other courses of study, others were left with nothing - no training - no work - no money (there had never been any unemployment benefits in the "GDR"). Such a "half physicist" suddenly offered two well-dressed men a very lucrative job; one with enough money and even with paid trips abroad to the west ...
It all happened in secret. As a shining example with experience, Klaus Fuchs directed these secret events from the background.
There is not a single picture of these "physics students", either before, during or when the diplomas were awarded. (If someone has photos, they should use them.)
Nobody noticed what - really? There was an unusually high death rate among professors. This might be a lead. The best physics professor, who was specially brought to Dresden as a draft horse, was suddenly dismissed and died in an insane asylum ... Everything has not been clarified to this day. So his son should not become a physicist but a spy. His father called it, however, "Scout" and explained it to him that way. The spies smuggled in as painters at Siemens got hold of all the papers, but only brought the circuit diagrams of the lighting system and stuff like that with them. In order to assess what you have in front of you, you need people with half a degree in physics. His son was now behind him in 1964 and was now trapped. No matter how he decided - it will destroy his life. To be seen as a communist spy would be worse for his son than death. When his son reacted to this opening, Kurt W. first turned red - then turned blue and gasped for air. Then Dr Kurt W. - as always when he gets into too much distress - shit his pants. For his protection, however, he had posted comrades in front of the door of his villa in Berlin Pankow. (Many high-ranking comrades settled in this district.) After he returned from the bathroom, he continued: He only came to the West as a “scout”. There was no point in fleeing, as one could ensure that he would be treated as a "spy" in the West - whether he was or not. (This is what happened later and the victim knew it too, but there was nothing to prevent it. The SSD was in control of the state.
The investigation into alleged secret service agent activity, file number 7 BJs 255/81, was opened by the federal prosecutor who had come to power through the murder of the right man and who admitted on his deathbed that he had worked for the SSD. Certain reasons that would comply with the law have not been given to this day. It's called decomposition.)
After graduating, his son wanted to improve his ridiculous physicist salary through inventions. Judge Wilde from Königs Wusterhausen first gave him a warning, then he gave him 18 months in jail and at the same time his father received an honorary pension for his services in the fight against his son.
No company was allowed to adopt his son's inventions - strangely enough, in East and West alike; Unless the SSD appointed another - presentable "inventor" with the right awareness and marketed what Hptm. Wagner had found in a thick notebook of the physicist - and confiscated. At the same time, the SSD invented the method of "decomposition" against the real inventor, which is still used very successfully today.
Hptm. Dr. Wagner ordered: “The inventor Willimczik does not exist!” (His doctoral thesis
deals with the fight against scientists.) An army of SSD’s people follow their orders, which can be easily followed on the Internet ...
To top it off, the Nazi communist Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik (whom Hptm. Wagner referred to as “coat wearer”) in the “GDR” on topics such as “Inventing made easy”.
Just as the Nazis had propagandistically worked on miracle weapons before their demise, “inventor schools” were finally set up in the “GDR” to ensure that everyone first develops the right socialist awareness before they are allowed to “invent”.
http://www.problemlösendekreativität.de/probl-loesenmitsystem.html
"The initiator and translator was the outsider Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik, Germanist, active in the information institute of an industrial branch. "(Is the SSD called an" industrial branch "? It would be big enough.)
Typical for the experts from the Reich Propaganda Ministry were articles in “New Germany” of March 13, 1964, such as the “Communication on Prof. Havemann”. What kind of state is it where an old Nazi publicly punishes a famous physicist for thinking out loud about freedom? Nazis set the tone in socialism. They were in abundance, and everyone was silent about their past, because otherwise the people might have learned that a new Nazi state was emerging in the "GDR". On December 18, Stalin also ordered the preservation of such state secrets. In 1949 an organized gang of murderers - the State Security Service or SSD. (Not to be confused with "MfS" or "Stasi") Their motto was: "Only the dead don't talk."
Since the end of the war they roamed the country murderously, but now in search of “enemies of the state”, because all useful Nazis came into the civil service. Therefore, the red bloodhounds were now allowed to hunt everyone else. Anyone could be an “enemy of the state”. because they themselves determined who one was, investigated against him and also judged him themselves. That could happen very quickly sometimes, right on the wall of your own home. This frightened the neighbors and triggered the first great wave of refugees to the West. In the GDR there was no longer a housing problem, because many houses were suddenly empty.
The leaders of the SED recognized the problem and reassured the population by putting a "controlling" ministry over the SSD created by Stalin - the MfS. So it happened that SSD’ers sat next to the new comrades from the MfS, who were supposed to control them. In practice, that meant that a murder should never be recognizable as such. The comrades became artists in the murders. So it came about that to this day none of her many murders have been solved. The conglomerate of SSD’s and MfS’ers was later given the self-proclaimed nickname “Stasi”, and the Stasi murders were not announced.
Some think: So a Nazi more or less - so what?
Why did the KGB and SSD go to such great lengths to keep this name secret? Why were so many people "disappeared" or murdered who recognized him as an old Nazi and reported it to the GDR authorities?
No colleague, no neighbor survived this man.
Answer:
Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik is not only the personification of evil, but also personified proof of the fact that the communists' propaganda was made directly by experts from the Reich Ministry of Propaganda, i.e. by red Nazis, whose only life task was that of everyone else To ruin life.
With this the last remnant of the ideological bulwark of socialism collapses.
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2020.09.22 08:04 emotoaster Tampa Bay Lightning Scouting Report (from a Lightning Fan)

Hi Stars fans! I'm a Lightning fan coming in peace. Congrats on making it this far and I know this is going to be a tough series. (I know this is late but better then never right? Maybe?)
I wanted to see what the fans here thought of the Lightning and try to get a "scouting report" on the Stars since I don't know a bunch about them. I figured why not go to the source! In return I'm providing a report on the Lightning. Please take this with a grain of salt as I'm just a fan and probably will get most of this stuff wrong. Also obviously I'm a homer. GO BOLTS!
Overall System/Style of Play
When the Lightning are on we are all about speed and skill and going North/South while playing solid team defense. We want to use our skill and speed to control the puck and keep pressure up in the offensive zone. Usually this means carrying the puck in off the rush but lately our dump and chase and puck retrieval has been a lot better. Because of our team speed we can hound pucks and surprise defensemen into making mistakes. Also don't be surprised when any of our defensemen activate on offense and join the rush, cycle the puck, or shoot a laser beam for a goal.
At our best we can look like the hockey version of the Globetrotters (Example: Game 2 Period 1) with how well we can move the puck and keep the other team trapped in their own zone. Offense is the best defense after all. Sometimes though it seems like we can get a bit cocky and make too many passes and have a bad turnover which can leave Vasy and the D out to dry. We also have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties though our Penalty Kill and Vasy are pretty good at bailing us out. Our Power Play is pretty inconsistent even though we have a ton of fire power. It started to warm up in the Boston series after Cooper moved Kucherov to his offside. I also think he swapped out Tyler Johnson for Ondrej Palat. It was hit and miss during the Islanders series and was cold against the Stars in Game 1 of the SCF and went back to being on fire in Game 2 so who knows what version you'll get...
If the Columbus, Boston, and New York series are any indication our depth is what really separates us from most teams. Any of our lines are a threat to score and there is a consistent next man up philosophy. No excuses and no quit.
Lately we've been running 11 Forwards and 7 Defensemen. That started because McDonagh was hurt. He's been back but we've continued to run that lineup. Coop has stated that he likes doing that because it gives the team a different dynamic and allows him to double shift some of our forwards. We've been banged up lately though so that could backfire on us. If Stammer does come back I do see us switching back to 12 and 6.
With our new additions though we are willing to play any style of play and aren't afraid to be more patient and methodical or dump and chase. Team Defense has been really really strong. We've got some grit and won't back down against anyone (see the any of the previous series). In other words we've finally embraced "Playoff Hockey" and doesn't let that hold us back. That seems to be the biggest thing that separates this team from any of the other versions during the CoopeStammer Era (2013-2020).
Head Coach
Jon Cooper: NBC will tell you he used to be a lawyer a million times during the series. Technically the longest tenured coach in the league currently (with one team). Has won championships at every level except the pros but has coached the Bolts to 4 Eastern Conference Finals in 6 years. Not bad. Known to be a players coach. Some of the fanbase thinks he has a hard time adjusting but that seems to be changing.
Offense
(Keep in mind this is assuming Stamkos is still out. If Stammer is back he will most likely take Palat's place on the top line, though he can also center his own line. I would then expect Palat to go to the 2nd line and Killer would go down to the 4th but that is just a guess. They could even run Stammer just for the Power Play and keep 11-7 for the 5 on 5...) Offense is what most people know us for. When we're on we can score at any time. During the regular season we averaged 3.5 Goals Per Game which was tops for the entire NHL.
1st Line - Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
These guys can and will control play and score at will and this is without Stammer! Better pucker your butthole and say some prayers for your goalie and D when they are feeling it.
Ondrej Palat: Don't forget about Drej! He's been a monster during these playoffs and has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points. He is the guy that goes in deep to retrieve pucks for the 1st line to setup Point or Kuch and is a great defender. Does all the little things extremely well. Has a pretty good shot as well. Ondrej Palat quietly continues to produce in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Brayden Point: He's the engine of the first line (and potentially the entire team) and usually is the one controlling play or stealing the puck on D. Great combination of skill, IQ, vision, speed, and hands (Short Version and Long Version). Can do it all and is only 23. Getting better and better every year! I could argue that he is already a top 5 center in the league. Keep an eye on him, especially during OT, since he has a tendency to score the game winner.
Nikita Kucherov: I highly doubt I need to introduce the one and only Kuch! Arguably the best Right Winger in the game and was the MVP of the entire league last year reminder here. His shot is disgusting whether it is his super hard one timer or his sneaky fast backhand or forehand. Can truly make insane plays look effortless. Recently his defense has really improved. His hockey IQ is off the charts. Biggest downside to his game is his tendency to make a bad pass instead of taking a shot especially on the Power Play . Can also get frustrated against well structured/disciplined/good teams which leads to bad penalties and play.
2nd Line - Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Overall this line has kind of disappeared during the playoffs. When they are on they are our shutdown line and can go up against the other team's top line. Hope they can wake up soon.
Alex Killorn: Killer seems to be the punching bag on the team as far as the fan base is concerned since he may be overpaid and we no longer have Matt Carle or Andrej Sustr to yell at. If you look up inconsistent in the dictionary you'd see his face. NBC will remind you he went to Harvard(!). One of the few "power forwards" we have on the team. Has been taking a lot of bad penalties lately and hasn't had a great playoff. Hopefully that changes soon. Can go Super Saiyan!
Anthony Cirelli: You may recognize his name as he was the undrafted rookie that scored the OT winner for the Oshawa Generals in the 2015 Memorial Cup Finals. He also scored the game winner in OT against the Islanders to get the Bolts to the Stanley Cup Finals. He can be one of the best players on the team and is all heart. He is a tenacious puck-hounder and will not leave the other team alone. Some journalists even consider him a dark horse for the Selke. More evidence here. He's only 22 so it won't surprise me if/when he eventually does win it but right now his production has dried up besides that big OT goal. Definitely a player to keep your eye on.
Tyler Johnson: TyJo is one of the Lighting's best offensive producers in the playoffs. Speed is the name of his game and he can be a game breaker at a moments notice, though he is struggling as well. While he is tiny at 5'8 he will not back down from anyone and can score crazy clutch goals. His run in 2015 was incredible.
3rd Line - Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Grind time! This line is T E N A C I O U S and will not stop forechecking. They have been arguably the biggest difference for the team during these playoffs and is a huge mismatch for most teams. Probably the best 3rd line in the league/playoffs. Their Corsi For has been insane at around 60%.
Barclay Goodrow: One of the new guys on the team. I don't have a ton to say about him but he's been solid. He did score that OT winner for the Sharks in 2019 and isn't afraid to fight.
Yanni Gourde: THE GOURDE IS THE WORD! Speed! Speed! Speed! One of our young guys, he can be inconsistent and has had terrible puck luck (was on a 35 game scoreless drought earlier this year). Ever since this 3rd line was put together and he was put back to center he's been amazing. He's really stepped his game up and has been one of the unsung heroes of this run.
Blake Coleman: Pickles is a madman and can do it all. He's one of our best Penalty Killers and has fit in perfectly on the 3rd line. Really underrated and has surprising hands and a knack for scoring short handed goals. Didn't score a goal for the team until the postseason but now he seems to have really found his groove. Reminds me of Ryan Callahan but with better hands and speed.
4th Line - Pat Maroon -Cedric Paquette (If we run 12 and 6 then Mitchell Stephens will be the most likely player in but it could vary.)
Cooper likes to use this line as a typical 4th line and definitely checks the hardest. If anyone is going to fight it is probably going to be Maroon or Paquette. They can score though so don't sleep on these guys.
Pat Maroon: Maroon AKA Fat Ass is the only guy on the team that has a Cup win which was with St. Louis last year (I'm sure y'all remember him). Brings a ton of grit and leadership to the team. Gives no fucks and likes to screen the goalie and cause a bunch of havoc. FIGHTING MONTAGE!
Cedric Paquette: To put it simply, Hot Paguette is our pest. This French Canadian will most likely do something that will piss you and your team off. I can only imagine the things he says to other players in French... Has surprising hands and can score but not very often. Will drop the mits and doesn't afraid of anything.
Mitchell Stephens: The young gun is 22 but has meshed pretty well on the 4th line. Has great speed and can score. Keep an eye on him if he is in the line up. His game is definitely still developing though. Could be replaced by Carter Verhaeghe.
Defense
Overall I think our defense has been severally underrated (some how) and has been the unsung heroes of this run. There isn't a weak spot anywhere and I don't think most teams can boast about that. During the regular season we averaged 2.64 goals against which was 7th in the league.
1st Pair - Victor Hedman - Zach Bogosian
Victor Hedman: Do I really need to say anything Victor (Sexy Swede) Hedman? He's a perennial Norris finalist (with 1 win) and IMO is the best defenseman in the league. He can legit do it all with size and speed and doesn't have a weakness in his game beside maybe not using his body to finish checks enough. He is a stick checking monster though and has the speed of a top line forward. His skating seems effortless. You'll probably get pissed when he comes out of nowhere Randy Orton style (shout out to /SquaredCircle) to stop a breakaway/scoring chance and then effortlessly bring the puck up himself or make a stretch pass that sets someone else up the other way. Lately he's been playing even more aggressive on offense and has been finding his groove. Has 9 goals so far in the playoffs and is one of the top picks for Conn Smythe! Personally he's my favorite player on the team and I can't say enough good things about him. Even Nicklas Lidstrom has praised Hedman and that guy was pretty good...
Zach Bogosian: Bogo was added this off-season after Buffalo let him walk, seemingly because of a nagging injury. It appears he's benefited greatly from the time off because of COVID since he seems to finally be at 100%. He's been the perfect partner for Hedman and has surprising puck moving and shooting skills. He had that monster play against Boston to setup Coleman. Great pickup that has been paying dividends.
2nd Pair - Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh: IMO he is still a legit Number 1 Dman which goes to show how much depth Tampa has on the back-end. He is getting older but is a shot blocking machine. He doesn't put up a ton of points but is the prototypical NHL Defenseman. Doesn't make many, if any, mistakes.
Erik Cernak: Cernak is a younger guy (22) that has seemingly come out of nowhere to pair up with McDonagh and become our "shut down" pairing. He has a lot of grit to his game and is not afraid to drop the gloves and throw the body around. Another guy you'll probably hate by the end of the series. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Can make noticeable mistakes at times but has been constantly improving since joining the team from LA.
3rd Pair - Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Mikhail Sergachev: Serg is one of our newer players but he's really taken a step forward this year. He's been throwing the body around a lot more and just seems overall more confident. He is still developing though and can make mistakes. He is one of our QBs on the power play and has great offensive skills. His shot from the point can be deadly. Has number 1 defenseman potential in my eyes.
Kevin Shattenkirk: He has been a God send for us and I need to take this opportunity to say "Thank You!" to the Rangers for giving up on him. His shot is top notch and don't be shocked if he gets a game winner or two. Lately though his play seems to be trending down though. This would be a 2nd pair Dman for most teams IMO.
Rotation Players (probable scratches unless injuries happen or we stick with 11 and 7)
Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn, and Jan Rutta are our defenseman in rotation when we go to 7 on D. Not much to say but they have played pretty well especially for being out of the starting lineup most of the time. Won't make many mistakes but probably won't turn the game around either though. Coburn can make some pretty great plays at times but age is catching up with him. Rutta just got back from injury.
Goaltending
Starter - Andrei Vasilevskiy
Andrei Vasilevskiy: What is there to say about Vasy? He's a perennial Vezina contender (won last year) and seems to be getting better and better as his confidence grows. After all he is only 25 (!). Ever since his bad series against Columbus last year he's really turned it up to 11. Currently he has a .929 Save Percentage and a 1.88 Goals Against Average in the playoffs. He is the backbone of our team. He is in the running for MVP of the team IMO (along with Point and Hedman). His nickname is Big Cat and when you watch him play you can see why. He's big but also fast and flexible. He makes acrobatic saves look easy. His puck tracking can be inconsistent at times though. He's gotten a lot calmer at playing the puck but isn't at Ben Bishop's level. If he is on his game and the defense gives him any kind of support it will be really tough for you to score more then once.
Backup - Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney: Hasn't played a game in these playoffs. Unless Vasy is hurt I wouldn't expect him to play but he has been solid when we've needed him.
Special Teams
Power Play
Power play has been nonexistent until recently. With the injury to Stammer we have been missing his one timer. Usually it's him on one side and Kucherov on the other trading off one timers with Point, Headman, or Sergachev being the quarterback. Coach Cooper recently moved Kuch to his off side and it's seemed to open things up. If Stammer comes back I would imagine it would go back to the regular setup. With our skill you'll probably want to stay out of the box as much as possible. Appears to be at around 17% for the playoffs.
Penalty Kill
The PK has been pretty consistent throughout the entire year and sits at around 80% for the playoffs. Our new additions (such as Goodrow and Coleman), Cirelli, and the defense aren't afraid to lay everything out on the line to get a clear. Pretty sure it is a top 5 unit. We do have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties so our PK ends up having to bail us out more times then not. This could obviously lead to problems and it isn't infallible. We averaged 9.8 Penalty Minutes (per game) during the regular season which was 29th in the league.
Favorite Song related to Lightning: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Lightning Fun Facts
While the flashes we see as a result of a lightning strike travel at the speed of light (670,000,000 mph) an actual lightning strike travels at a comparatively gentile 270,000 mph.
Florida is considered the "Lightning Capital" of the US. Guess there are more hazards then the average Florida Man, gators, Carole Baskin, or elderly drivers...
Random Links
Stats: https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/
Great Article on the construction of the team (by ESPN no less): https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29786360/how-tampa-bay-lightning-built-perennial-contender-player-player
Great Blog Site: https://www.rawcharge.com
Subreddit (We like MS Paint and Memes. Fuck Boston!): https://reddit.com/tampabaylightning
Salary Cap breakdown: https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/lightning
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Lightning
More Lightning Facts: https://bestlifeonline.com/lightning-facts/?nab=0
TL;DR: Lightning are pretty good. We like to score but still play great defense and have a top goaltender. Good luck Stars Bros. <3
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2020.09.18 01:02 nerdfucker69 The Clone High Reboot: What we know right now

Tl;Dr some light theorizing about how the reboot will link to the original series, and all of the information that we have on it as of today: september 17th, 2020.
so, i just finished my second watch-through of clone high. the one thing that hit me was that since the series ended with them being cryogenically frozen with scudworth and Mr B outside of the room the series could effectively carry on with them being exactly the same age (save scudworth) but in 2020. not sure how that would fly with new viewers, but in my opinion it’s probably the best scenario. and also the smoothest transition from the original series to the reboot. this probably won’t happen, but if it doesn’t it’s (IMO) a waste of a perfectly good setup.
further, though, even if they retcon the finale (which i don’t put past them) there are a couple things i’m still wondering about. while wikipedia confirms that Phil Lord (scudworth) , Chris Miller (JFK) , and Bill Lawrence and Erica Rivinoja (screenwriters) are all returning for the reboot, there’s no word from any other actors about whether they will star as well. I also won’t immediately assume that any of the original voice actors are actually voicing characters, because they also all have their places as writers on the show.
as well as not having much news about voice actors, we also have no dates or even an official estimation for when the series will air, only that it will be airing on Comedy Central... which is up in the air as well. There’s a lot of talk about whether or not Comedy Central will even continue after Viacom “gutted Comedy Central’s talent and development team”,(NYtimes) making off with 20 of the 30 people in charge. There have also been mergers, cuts, and as covid fucks the world small things like a clone high reboot don’t seem to be the first priority of huge corporations.
Though, there is some hope considering that the original announcement for Clone High’s reboot was only 2 months ago, and though not much has gotten better since then it was still pretty bad. if they felt stable enough about clone high’s reboot then, that should still speak for something. and as long as everybody on the writing team makes it in the end there will always be a possibility... according to Lord and Miller, "[their] entire career has just been about getting Clone High back on the air". (though this was said in a joking manner, there’s obviously some genuine meaning behind it as to the way they feel about the show.)
i guess i’ll look back on this when (if?) the reboot airs, in however many years... assuming this blog is even still running by then. i don’t expect this revival to last until the (currently imaginary) airing date, but i’m sure i’ll appreciate it no matter how it turns out, even just because of the nostalgia it will most likely hold.
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2020.09.06 09:48 emotoaster Lightning Scouting Report from a Lightning Fan

Hi Islander fans! I'm a Lightning fan coming in peace. Congrats on finally putting away Philly. You've done the entire league a great service by making sure that foul beast Gritty doesn't get any closer to Lord Stanley's Cup. Who knows what that evil soulless creature would do with it?!
I wanted to see what the fans here thought of the Lightning and try to get a "scouting report" on the Islanders since I don't know a bunch about them. I figured why not go to the source! In return I'm providing a report on the Lightning. Please take this with a grain of salt as I'm just a fan and probably will get most of this stuff wrong. Also obviously I'm a homer. GO BOLTS!
Overall System/Style of Play
When the Lightning are on we are all about speed and skill and going North/South while playing solid team defense. We want to use our skill and speed to control the puck and keep pressure up in the offensive zone. Usually this means carrying the puck in off the rush but lately our dump and chase and puck retrieval has been a lot better. Because of our team speed we can hound pucks and surprise defensemen into making mistakes. Also don't be surprised when any of our defensemen activate on offense and join the rush, cycle the puck, or shoot a laser beam for a goal.
At our best we can look like the hockey version of the Globetrotters with how well we can move the puck and keep the other team trapped in their own zone. Offense is the best defense after all. Sometimes though it seems like we can get a bit cocky and make too many passes and have a bad turnover which can leave Vasy and the D out to dry. We also have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties though our Penalty Kill and Vasy are pretty good at bailing us out. Our Power Play is pretty inconsistent even though we have a ton of fire power. It started to warm up in the Boston series after Cooper moved Kucherov to his offside. I also think he swapped out Tyler Johnson for Ondrej Palat.
If the Columbus and Boston series are any indication our depth is what really separates us from most teams. Any of our lines are a threat to score and there is a consistent next man up philosophy. No excuses and no quit.
Lately we've been running 11 Forwards and 7 Defensemen but that was because McDonagh has been hurt. He's back now so I imagine we'll go back to 12 Forwards and 6 Defensemen unless Cooper thinks we should continue with what has been working since we beat Boston with 11 and 7. With our new additions though we are willing to play any style of play and aren't afraid to be more patient and methodical or dump and chase. Team Defense has been really really strong. We've got some grit and won't back down against anyone (see the Columbus series). In other words we've finally embraced "Playoff Hockey" and doesn't let that hold us back. That seems to be the biggest thing that separates this team from any of the other versions during the CoopeStammer Era (2013-2020).
Head Coach
Jon Cooper: NBC will tell you he used to be a lawyer a million times during the series. Technically the longest tenured coach in the league currently (with one team). Has won championships at every level except the pros but has coached the Bolts to 4 Eastern Conference Finals in 6 years. Not bad. Known to be a players coach. Some of the fanbase thinks he has a hard time adjusting but that seems to be changing.
Offense
(Keep in mind this is assuming Stamkos is still out and Kucherov is back. If Stammer is back he will most likely take Palat's place on the top line, though he can also center his own line. I would then expect Palat to go to the 2nd line and Killer would go down to the 4th but that is just a guess.) Offense is what most people know us for. When we're on we can score at any time. During the regular season we averaged 3.5 Goals Per Game which was tops for the entire NHL.
1st Line - Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
These guys can and will control play and score at will and this is without Stammer! Better pucker your butthole and say some prayers for your goalie and D when they are feeling it.
Ondrej Palat: Don't forget about Drej! He's been a monster during these playoffs and has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points. He is the guy that goes in deep to retrieve pucks for the 1st line to setup Point or Kuch and is a great defender. Does all the little things extremely well. Has a pretty good shot as well. Ondrej Palat quietly continues to produce in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Brayden Point: He's the engine of the first line (and potentially the entire team) and usually is the one controlling play or stealing the puck on D. Great combination of skill, IQ, vision, speed, and hands (Short Version and Long Version). Currently leads the team with 18 points. Can do it all and is only 23. Getting better and better every year! I could argue that he is already a top 5 center in the league. Keep an eye on him, especially during OT, since he has a tendency to score the game winner.
Nikita Kucherov: I highly doubt I need to introduce the one and only Kuch! Arguably the best Right Winger in the game and was the MVP of the entire league last year reminder here. His shot is disgusting whether it is his super hard one timer or his sneaky fast backhand or forehand. Can truly make insane plays look effortless. Recently his defense has really improved. His hockey IQ is off the charts. Biggest downside to his game is his tendency to make a bad pass instead of taking a shot especially on the Power Play . Can also get frustrated against well structured/disciplined/good teams which leads to bad penalties and play. 2nd on the team in the playoffs with 16 points.
2nd Line - Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Overall this line has kind of disappeared during the playoffs. When they are on they are our shutdown line and go up against the other team's top line. Hope they can wake up soon.
Alex Killorn: Killer seems to be the punching bag on the team as far as the fan base is concerned since he may be overpaid and we no longer have Matt Carle or Andrej Sustr to yell at. If you look up inconsistent in the dictionary you'd see his face. NBC will remind you he went to Harvard(!). One of the few "power forwards" we have on the team. Has been taking a lot of bad penalties lately and hasn't had a great playoff (7 points but -2). Hopefully that changes soon. Can go Super Saiyan!
Anthony Cirelli: You may recognize his name as he was the undrafted rookie that scored the OT winner for the Oshawa Generals in the 2015 Memorial Cup Finals. He can be one of the best players on the team and is all heart. He is a tenacious puck-hounder and will not leave the other team alone. Some journalists even consider him a dark horse for the Selke. More evidence here. He's only 22 so it won't surprise me if/when he eventually does win it but right now his production has dried up (5 points and -1). Though he did score a clutch goal late against the Bruins in game 5 so that might be changing. Definitely a player to keep your eye on.
Tyler Johnson: TyJo is one of the Lighting's best offensive producers in the playoffs. Speed is the name of his game and he can be a game breaker at a moments notice, though he is struggling as well (6 points and -3 during the playoffs). While he is tiny at 5'8 he will not back down from anyone and can score crazy clutch goals. His run in 2015 was incredible.
3rd Line - Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Grind time! This line is TENACIOUS and will not stop forechecking. They have been arguably the biggest difference for the team during these playoffs and is a huge mismatch for most teams. Probably the best 3rd line in the league/playoffs. Their Corsi For has been insane at around 60%.
Barclay Goodrow: One of the new guys on the team. I don't have a ton to say about him but he's been great. Has only 3 points but is +7. He did score that OT winner for the Sharks in 2019 and isn't afraid to fight.
Yanni Gourde: Speed! Speed! Speed! One of our young guys, he can be inconsistent and has had terrible puck luck (was on a 35 game scoreless drought earlier this year). Ever since this 3rd line was put together and he was put back to center he's been amazing. Currently tied for 5th on the team with 7 points and is +8.
Blake Coleman: Pickles is a madman and can do it all. He's one of our best Penalty Killers and has fit in perfectly on the 3rd line. Really underrated and has surprising hands and a knack for scoring short handed goals. Didn't score a goal for the team until the postseason but is now tied for 5th on the team with 7 points and is +6. Has really found his groove. Reminds me of Ryan Callahan but with better hands and speed.
4th Line - Pat Maroon - Mitchell Stephens - Cedric Paquette
Cooper likes to use this line as a typical 4th line and definitely checks the hardest. If anyone is going to fight it is probably going to be Maroon or Paquette. They can score though so don't sleep on these guys.
Pat Maroon: Maroon AKA Fat Ass is the only guy on the team that has a Cup win which was with St. Louis last year. Brings a ton of grit and leadership to the team. Gives no fucks and likes to screen the goalie and cause a bunch of havoc. FIGHTING MONTAGE!
Mitchell Stephens: The young gun is 22 but has meshed pretty well on the 4th line. Has great speed and can score. Keep an eye on him if he is in the line up. His game is definitely still developing though. Could be replaced by Carter Verhaeghe.
Cedric Paquette: To put it simply, Hot Paguette is our pest. This French Canadian will most likely do something that will piss you and your team off. I can only imagine the things he says to other players in French... Has surprising hands and can score but not very often. Will drop the mits and doesn't afraid of anything.
Defense
Overall I think our defense has been severally underrated (some how) and has been the unsung heroes of this run. There isn't a weak spot anywhere and I don't think most teams can boast about that. During the regular season we averaged 2.64 goals against which was 7th in the league.
1st Pair - Victor Hedman - Zach Bogosian
Victor Hedman: Do I really need to say anything Victor (Sexy Swede) Hedman? He's a perennial Norris finalist (with 1 win) and IMO is the best defenseman in the league. He can legit do it all with size and speed and doesn't have a weakness in his game beside maybe not using his body to finish checks enough. He is a stick checking monster though and has the speed of a top line forward. His skating seems effortless. You'll probably get pissed when he comes out of nowhere Randy Orton style (shout out to /SquaredCircle) to stop a breakaway/scoring chance and then effortlessly bring the puck up himself or make a stretch pass that sets someone else up the other way. Lately he's been playing even more aggressive on offense and has been finding his groove. Has 5 Goals and 4 Assists in these playoffs and is +11! Personally he's my favorite player on the team and I can't say enough good things about him. Even Nicklas Lidstrom has praised Hedman and that guy was pretty good...
Zach Bogosian: Bogo was added this off-season after Buffalo let him walk, seemingly because of a nagging injury. It appears he's benefitted greatly from the time off because of COVID since he seems to finally be at 100%. He's been the perfect partner for Hedman and has surprising puck moving and shooting skills. He had that monster play against Boston to setup Coleman. Great pickup that has been paying dividends.
2nd Pair - Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh: You should probably know Ryan McDonagh from his days on the Rangers. He is still a legit Number 1 Dman which goes to show how much depth Tampa has on the back-end. He is getting older but is a shot blocking machine. He doesn't put up a ton of points but is the prototypical NHL Defenseman. Doesn't make many, if any, mistakes.
Erik Cernak: Cernak is a younger guy (22) that has seemingly come out of nowhere to pair up with McDonagh and become our "shut down" pairing. He has a lot of grit to his game and is not afraid to drop the gloves and throw the body around. Another guy you'll probably hate by the end of the series. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Can make noticeable mistakes at times.
3rd Pair - Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Mikhail Sergachev: Serg is one of our newer players but he's really taken a step forward this year. He's been throwing the body around a lot more and just seems overall more confident. He is still developing though and can make mistakes. He is one of our QBs on the power play and has great offensive skills. His shot from the point can be deadly. Has number 1 defenseman potential in my eyes.
Kevin Shattenkirk: He has been a God send for us and I need to take this opportunity to say "Thank You!" to the Rangers for giving up on him. His shot is top notch and don't be shocked if he gets a game winner or two. I have no complaints on his defense either. This would be a 2nd pair Dman for most teams IMO.
Rotation Players (probable scratches unless injuries happen or we stick with 11 and 7)
Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn are our defenseman in rotation when we go to 7 on D. Not much to say but they have played pretty well especially for being out of the starting lineup most of the time. Won't make many mistakes but probably won't turn the game around either though. Coburn can make some pretty great plays at times but age is catching up with him.
Goaltending
Starter - Andrei Vasilevskiy
Andrei Vasilevskiy: What is there to say about Vasy? He's a perennial Vezina contender (won last year) and seems to be getting better and better as his confidence grows. After all he is only 25 (!). Ever since his bad series against Columbus last year he's really turned it up to 11. Currently he has a .931 Save Percentage and a 1.91 Goals Against Average in the playoffs. He is the backbone of our team. He is in the running for MVP of the team IMO (along with Point and Hedman). His nickname is Big Cat and when you watch him play you can see why. He's big but also fast and flexible. He makes acrobatic saves look easy. His puck tracking can be inconsistent at times though. He's gotten a lot calmer at playing the puck but isn't at Ben Bishop's level. If he is on his game and the defense gives him any kind of support it will be really tough for you to score more then once.
Backup - Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney: Hasn't played a game in these playoffs. Unless Vasy is hurt I wouldn't expect him to play but he has been solid when we've needed him.
Special Teams
Power Play
Power play has been nonexistent until recently. With the injury to Stammer we have been missing his one timer. Usually it's him on one side and Kucherov on the other trading off one timers with Point, Headman, or Sergachev being the quarterback. Coach Cooper recently moved Kuch to his off side and it's seemed to open things up. If Stammer comes back I would imagine it would go back to the regular setup. With our skill you'll probably want to stay out of the box as much as possible. Appears to be at a 17.1% for the playoffs.
Penalty Kill
The PK has been pretty consistent throughout the entire year and sits at 81.3 for the playoffs. Our new additions (such as Goodrow and Coleman), Cirelli, and the defense aren't afraid to lay everything out on the line to get a clear. Pretty sure it is a top 5 unit. We do have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties so our PK ends up having to bail us out more times then not. This could obviously lead to problems and it isn't infallible. We averaged 9.8 Penalty Minutes (per game) during the regular season which was 29th in the league.
Favorite Song related to Lightning: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Lightning Fun Facts
While the flashes we see as a result of a lightning strike travel at the speed of light (670,000,000 mph) an actual lightning strike travels at a comparatively gentile 270,000 mph.
Florida is considered the "Lightning Capital" of the US. Guess there are more hazards then the average Florida Man, gators, Carole Baskin, or elderly drivers...
Random Links
Stats: https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/
Great Article on the construction of the team (by ESPN no less): https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29786360/how-tampa-bay-lightning-built-perennial-contender-player-player
Great Blog Site: https://www.rawcharge.com
Subreddit (We like MS Paint and Memes. Fuck Boston!): https://reddit.com/tampabaylightning
Salary Cap breakdown: https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/lightning
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Lightning
More Lightning Facts: https://bestlifeonline.com/lightning-facts/?nab=0
TL;DR: Lightning are pretty good. We like to score but still play great defense and have a top goaltender. Good luck Islander Bros. <3
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2020.08.30 13:22 calleddetectives What episode guides/companions/ "additional texts" do you read and recommend?

What blogs/ episode guides do you read and recommend, either just out of interest or to accompany a rewatch? Both for classic and revived Who.
One of my favourite parts about Doctor Who is is being able to find so many production-stories, and reading analyses and theories - I'm currently on a rewatch and I've got a bit of a ritual to watch each story and then go find all the information I can.
For me, the TARDIS Eruditorum is absolutely incredible for literary analysis of the whole show and where it fits in a broader context, and I'd absolutely recommend it (although it might not be for everyone - Dr Sandifer's analysis of some stories are, often by her own admission, a little "out there", and she makes no attempt at hiding her political leanings).
I used to love the official BBC Classic Doctor Who episode guide for trivia and behind-the-scenes information, but it now seems relegated to the Wayback machine, so is a little bit more awkward to access and some pages are a bit janky.
The only other "guide" I've ever consistently used is Adventures of the Wife in Space, for the hilarity more than as a source of information/analysis.
(Not sure about the rules on posting links to products, but I'd feel a bit weird recommending Eruditorum and Wife in Space without mentioning that both are available in book/ebook form, so you can support the authors if you're so inclined.)
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2020.08.16 22:15 Dave81j6 Three Months Before Next-Gen Release, Microsoft is Pushing Value and Choice [Opinion]

TL;DR

Microsoft is giving gamers so much choice and value it's ridiculous.
Forward Compat, Back Compat, Xbox Game Pass, xCloud included in Game Pass Ultimate (at no additional charge), and every single Xbox Game Studio is hard at work making new games for next-gen and Game Pass.
Heck you don't even need to own an Xbox console to participate. PC player, sure. Mobile player, you're welcome here. Want to do it the old fashion way and just buy the games you want! and nothing else, you can come too.
Note on Forward Compat, all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio games that are being released over the next year will also work on Xbox One.

Value

Xbox One Generation (One, One S, One X)
For those of you who do not upgrade to the next-gen console right away (through financial or personal decision), you will still have the opportunity to play all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio game that are being released over the next year.
Xbox Game Pass
Games Pass remains an incredible value of $10 a month. Access to 100+ games, including all of Microsoft exclusive titles day one. You will not get AAA 3rd party titles (for a long time), so if you exclusively game that specific category, read up prior to subscribing. Otherwise, the service is stocked full of great games and excellent value.
Want to learn more, here you go ...techradar, "Xbox Game Pass has set a new standard for value in this console generation, and is now arguably essential for players on both [Xbox] and PC as a subscription service for Xbox games new and old." pcmag "there’s no bargain more compelling than Xbox Game Pass"
WAIT!!! When will Microsoft Increase the Price to Xbox Game Pass?!!! I fully expect Microsoft to one day (2021, 2022, etc) raise the 10$/mth price of Xbox Game Pass. Until they do (and possible even after), the service is one of the best values in gaming. For the time being, Phil Spencer has gone on record saying Xbox Game Pass as a business is sustainable (source gamerant)
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
You don't need a console any longer $15/month. Everything in Game Pass for console, plus Game Pass for PC, plus xCloud and Xbox Live Gold. You could game next gen without ever owning a console. Though it's unanimous that local play is superior is all regards, so read up before deciding to play exclusively via xCloud-streaming.
Studios Hard at Work to Add More Value
Doubling down on the already great value Xbox Game Pass represents, every Microsoft game studio is currently working on "next-generation games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass". (source gamesradar (via Microsoft Blog Post))
Back Compat
There used to be a time when this was the first point to be made regarding value. The effort Microsoft has put forth making so many games backward compatible remains one of the best heartfelt/goodwill stories this last generation. All without asking for any money from gamers. And they continue to hold that torch as we approach next-gen. I ❤ Xbox Back Compat.

Choice

- Choose How to Buy
(a) subscribe to Xbox Game Pass (download and play locally, no streaming required)(b) purchase games individually (how it's been down for decades)
- Choose How to Play
(a) buy the newest console (Series X, Series S) cool!(b) keep the old one for another year-or-two (you'll still get all some of Microsoft's new games)(c) pass up consoles altogether and play on PC(d) play via xCloud on PC or mobile (via xCloud)
The biggest offense (if you can even call it that) Microsoft is committing by giving players this much choice is that Xbox Game Studio games need to work cross generations (next-gen and last-gen) for the first year or two. OK, NBD. If that really bothers you, then you can choose to stay with Xbox One generation for another year. Or whatever other options you think are best for you.
The second biggest offense is Microsoft has loosened its original stance from ALL to SOME. Originally all Xbox Game Studio's released over the next two years were supposed to play on Xbox Series and Xbox One generations. That seems to no longer is the case (source The Verge, source Aaron Greenberg (via Twitter))

EDIT: typos
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2020.08.16 22:14 Dave81j6 Three Months Before Next-Gen Release, Microsoft is Pushing Value and Choice [Opinion]

TL;DR

Microsoft is giving gamers so much choice and value it's ridiculous.
Forward Compat, Back Compat, Xbox Game Pass, xCloud included in Game Pass Ultimate (at no additional charge), and every single Xbox Game Studio is hard at work making new games for next-gen and Game Pass.
Heck you do even need to own an Xbox console to participate. PC player, sure. Mobile player, you're welcome here. Want to do it the old fashion way and just buy games the game you want! and nothing else, you can come too.
Note on Forward Compat, all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio games that are being released over the next year will also work on Xbox One.

Value

Xbox One Generation (One, One S, One X)
For those of you who do not upgrade to the next-gen console right away (through financial or personal decision), you will still have the opportunity to play all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio game that are being released over the next year.
Xbox Game Pass
Games Pass remains an incredible value of $10 a month. Access to 100+ games, including all of Microsoft exclusive titles day one. You will not get AAA 3rd party titles (for a long time), so if you exclusively game that specific category, read up prior to subscribing. Otherwise, the service is stocked full of great games and excellent value.
Want to learn more, here you go ... techradar, "Xbox Game Pass has set a new standard for value in this console generation, and is now arguably essential for players on both [Xbox] and PC as a subscription service for Xbox games new and old." pcmag "there’s no bargain more compelling than Xbox Game Pass"
WAIT!!! When will Microsoft Increase the Price to Xbox Game Pass?!!! I fully expect Microsoft to one day (2021, 2022, etc) raise the 10$/mth price of Xbox Game Pass. Until they do (and possible even after), the service is one of the best values in gaming. For the time being, Phil Spencer has gone on record saying Xbox Game Pass as a business is sustainable (source gamerant)
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
You don't need a console any longer $15/month. Everything in Game Pass for console, plus Game Pass for PC, plus xCloud and Xbox Live Gold. You could game next gen without ever owning a console. Though it's unanimous that local play is superior is all regards, so read up before deciding to play exclusively via xCloud-streaming.
Studios Hard at Work to Add More Value
Doubling down on the already great value Xbox Game Pass represents, every Microsoft game studio is currently working on "next-generation games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass". (source gamesradar (via Microsoft Blog Post))
Back Compat
There used to be a time when this was the first point to be made regarding value. The effort Microsoft has put forth making so many games backward compatible remains one of the best heartfelt/goodwill stories this last generation. All without asking for any money from gamers. And they continue to hold that torch as we approach next-gen. I ❤ Xbox Back Compat.

Choice

- Choose How to Buy
(a) subscribe to Xbox Game Pass (download and play locally, no streaming required) (b) purchase games individually (how it's been down for decades)
- Choose How to Play
(a) buy the newest console (Series X, Series S) cool! (b) keep the old one for another year-or-two (you'll still get all some of Microsoft's new games) (c) pass up consoles altogether and play on PC (d) play via xCloud on PC or mobile (via xCloud)
The biggest offense (if you can even call it that) Microsoft is committing by giving players this much choice is that Xbox Game Studio games need to work cross generations (next-gen and last-gen) for the first year or two. OK, NBD. If that really bothers you, then you can choose to stay with Xbox One generation for another year. Or whatever other options you think are best for you.
The second biggest offense is Microsoft has loosened its original stance from ALL to SOME. Originally all Xbox Game Studio's released over the next two years were supposed to play on Xbox Series and Xbox One generations. That seems to no longer is the case (source The Verge, source Aaron Greenberg (via Twitter))
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2020.08.16 22:12 Dave81j6 Three Months Before Next-Gen Release, Microsoft is Pushing Value and Choice [Opinion]

TL;DR

Microsoft is giving gamers so much choice and value it's ridiculous.
Forward compat, Back Compat, Xbox Game Pass, xCloud included in Game Pass Ultimate (at no additional charge), and every single Xbox Game Studio is hard at work making new games for next-gen and Game Pass.
Heck you do even need to own an Xbox console to participate. PC player, sure. Mobile player, you're welcome here. Want to do it the old fashion way and just buy games the game you want! and nothing else, you can come too.
Note on Forward Compat, all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio games that are being released over the next year will also work on Xbox One.

Value

Xbox One Generation (One, One S, One X)
For those of you who do not upgrade to the next-gen console right away (through financial or personal decision), you will still have the opportunity to play all some of Microsoft Xbox Game Studio game that are being released over the next year.
Xbox Game Pass
Games Pass remains an incredible value of $10 a month. Access to 100+ games, including all of Microsoft exclusive titles day one. You will not get AAA 3rd party titles (for a long time), so if you exclusively game that specific category, read up prior to subscribing. Otherwise, the service is stocked full of great games and excellent value.
Want to learn more, here you go ... techradar, "Xbox Game Pass has set a new standard for value in this console generation, and is now arguably essential for players on both [Xbox] and PC as a subscription service for Xbox games new and old." pcmag "there’s no bargain more compelling than Xbox Game Pass"
WAIT!!! When will Microsoft Increase the Price to Xbox Game Pass?!!! I fully expect Microsoft to one day (2021, 2022, etc) raise the 10$/mth price of Xbox Game Pass. Until they do (and possible even after), the service is one of the best values in gaming. For the time being, Phil Spencer has gone on record saying Xbox Game Pass as a business is sustainable (source gamerant)
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
You don't need a console any longer $15/month. Everything in Game Pass for console, plus Game Pass for PC, plus xCloud and Xbox Live Gold. You could game next gen without ever owning a console. Though it's unanimous that local play is superior is all regards, so read up before deciding to play exclusively via xCloud-streaming.
Studios Hard at Work to Add More Value
Doubling down on the already great value Xbox Game Pass represents, every Microsoft game studio is currently working on "next-generation games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass". (source gamesradar (via Microsoft Blog Post))
Back Compat
There used to be a time when this was the first point to be made regarding value. The effort Microsoft has put forth making so many games backward compatible remains one of the best heartfelt/goodwill stories this last generation. All without asking for any money from gamers. And they continue to hold that torch as we approach next-gen. I ❤ Xbox Back Compat.

Choice

- Choose How to Buy
(a) subscribe to Xbox Game Pass (download and play locally, no streaming required) (b) purchase games individually (how it's been down for decades)
- Choose How to Play
(a) buy the newest console (Series X, Series S) cool! (b) keep the old one for another year-or-two (you'll still get all some of Microsoft's new games) (c) pass up consoles altogether and play on PC (d) play via xCloud on PC or mobile (via xCloud)

The biggest offense (if you can even call it that) Microsoft is committing by giving players this much choice is that Xbox Game Studio games need to work cross generations (next-gen and last-gen) for the first year or two. OK, NBD. If that really bothers you, then you can choose to stay with Xbox One generation for another year. Or whatever other options you think are best for you.
The second biggest offense is Microsoft has loosened its original stance from ALL to SOME. Originally all Xbox Game Studio's released over the next two years were supposed to play on Xbox Series and Xbox One generations. That seems to no longer is the case (source The Verge, source Aaron Greenberg (via Twitter))
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2020.08.03 06:30 nmitchell076 What's New in Music Theory? August 2020

What's New In Music Theory? August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of /musictheory's "What's New in Music Theory?" megathread, a monthly digest of the latest publications, videos, conferences, and other resources from the wide world of music theory.
Have more to add? Let us know in the comments!

New Books

New Dissertations

(Note: only dissertations listed on Proquest or the MTO dissertation database are included here. Links are provided only to open access materials)

New Journals & Other Scholarly Publications

Conferences

New Videos

Podcast Episodes

Blogs & Misc.

["What's New in Theory?" Archive]
n.b. the symposium published in the Journal of Schenkerian Studies has caused quite a stir due both to several anti-Black comments, especially in Jackson's essay, as well as the unethical way that the issue was assembled--giving dissenting voices longer time to draft their essays than those sympathetic to Ewell's talk, failing to invite a response from Ewell or to send him a copy of the journal, and allowing one contributor to remain anonymous. In response, an open letter condemning the issue was made and signed by a very large number of SMT members, and several members of the journal's editorial committee have resigned. You can read a summary of a lot of the drama in Megan Lavengood's blog post above. The podcast Offbeat also features an unrelated response to Ewell's essay that has garnered far less attention.
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2020.07.23 14:12 sugardaddyseeking Top 10 Dating Tips For Online Sugar Daddy Dating

Top 10 Dating Tips For Online Sugar Daddy Dating
How do you meet someone on a sugar daddy dating site?
There are many ways to have success with meeting a quality sugar daddy or sugar baby. Sugar Daddy Dating is so popular now; just check out a Google Search and you will see what I mean! There are lots of sugar babies looking for rich men to take care of them and lost of sugar daddies looking for young, attractive women as girlfriends and companions. What once was taboo to talk about is being discusses on sugar daddy dating sites, blogs, and being featured on TV.

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1. Research
If you are inexperienced it is okay if you are a little nervous if you are new to the sugar daddy lifestyle. So many people are interested in being a sugar daddy or sugar baby with the popularity of sugar daddies all over the TV and Internet. Read a beginners guide to learn the ins and outs of getting into the swing of things. Online dating and Sugar daddy dating go hand in hand. Currently there is the only book written to address this subject. Also, there are several TV interviews on YouTube and other websites that feature sugar daddy and sugar baby examples. Some of these people have appeared on 20/20, Dr. Phil show, the O' Reilly Factor, and other shows. Some of the examples are not realistic for the novice but will give you a good idea what the lifestyle has to offer.
2. Dating Profile Introductions
Your introduction should be friendly and grab the attention. Here is a good example: Hi, my name is Carrie, like Sex in the City (wink). This is good dating introduction. Its friendly, sexy, identifies with a popular show and movie, sounds confident, and will definitely attract a good guy online. Take a look at other sugar daddy dating profiles to get an idea of what people are saying. Be yourself and be interesting. Since this is not mainstream dating like on Match.com you can be sexy and more direct in saying what you like in a relationship. That doesn't mean for you to be pornographic and vulgar since that will turn off most people.
3. Be Safe When Dating Online
When sharing information online, do not give address or personal info. Get to know someone first before you date them and invite them to your home. Online dating is great for meeting people, but sometimes with sugar daddy dating, crazy people come out of the woodwork. Use common sense with online dating. You should be safe first before you give or receive the sugar!
4. Dating Profiles Should be Accurate
How many times have you clicked on a profile and seen a picture that was grainy and looked like it was an old snap shot from 1980's? Then when you meet a sugar daddy or sugar baby and they are 20 lbs. overweight, older than stated, ugly, no hair, looking nothing like the picture in the profile. I have even heard cases where people use another person's picture on their profile just to meet people! Use current pictures, NO Photoshop. Dating is hard enough as it is, don't fool your date into thinking you are Brad Pitt or Halle Berry. Men typically like to date attractive sugar babies. Ladies should look good and emphasize their other attributes, you don't have to look perfect but sugar daddies don't want someone obese either.
5. Respond to Ads The Right Way
When responding to dating ads make sure to be friendly and to personalize your responses based on the profile. Don't copy and paste a letter. Reference some information in the dating profile that appeals to you. If you share common interests then point that out, too. If a dating ad stands out then that means that sugar daddy or sugar baby is getting bombarded with lots of emails. You need to respond in a way to get their immediate attention.
6. Have Realistic Expectations
Competition is stiff to find a real sugar daddy or sugar baby. There are many time wasters, cyber pen pals that will come your way when using online dating. Know that if you are a guy and want a Playboy type model to be your sugar baby then she will not be cheap. She will want a large allowance, maybe $10,000 allowance plus shopping and trips. However, you can get a young college girl that will only expect help with books and paying her inexpensive rent. Ladies, if you are not a professional model or exceptionally beautiful, then do not expect to have the world handed to you on a silver platter. Be prepared to get some money for hair and nails, some gift certificates and a modest monthly allowance.
7. Don't be Flaky
Show up for dates on time, follow through on arrangements, don't be mean, set boundaries, and respect the other person's privacy. Nothing shows class better than a sugar baby and sugar daddy that dates in an upscale and worthy manner.
8. Realize That Many People Play Games
There are many people on sugar daddy sites that are not real so you have to be careful. It is common to have Nigerian scammers put up fake profiles seeking men to send money. There are also men that have no money wan to be fake sugar daddies to sugar babies. Ask questions to see if someone is real. Do they work? Are they reluctant to talk on the phone? Do they have excuses about not meeting right away? Does their information check out? If you get red flags just walk away and look for someone else to date. It may be a lot of sifting through dating sites and dating profiles, but you will get better results by being selective. Understand that in this type of dating it will attract tons of game players that have nothing better to do than to waste your time.
9. Know What You Want
If you are single and don't want something serious make that clear upfront. If you are married person let that be known right away because not everyone wants to date an attached person. If you want to date several people at one time then make that known since some in the sugar daddy lifestyle want one-on-one relationships.
10. Join a Support Group
There are many groups out there to share experiences in the sugar daddy lifestyle. It is great to be able to ask common dating questions, where to go meet sugar daddies and sugar babies, feedback on dating profiles, people to check on you when you go on dates, someone to be a sugar daddy buddy or sugar baby friend. You may even meet a sugar baby or sugar daddy in a sugar daddy support groups. Yahoo has several Yahoo groups dedicated to the sugar daddy lifestyle and there are many sugar baby blogs on Blogger and other blog sites. Also check for sugar groups on MySpace.
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2020.06.30 12:57 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Bounty Punter by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (06/29/20)

"See, well, Kagan." - Justice Elena Kagan, citing the work of, well, Kagan

Russian Gall

Pour one out for President Trump, whose peaceful weekend of golfing and ignoring record-setting coronavirus numbers was interrupted by the revelation that he also ignored Russia paying cash rewards for dead American soldiers.
Undeterred by the conversation about his unacceptable deference to Russia, Trump seamlessly pivoted to flagrant racism.
The Russian military intelligence unit offering bounties in Afghanistan, GRU, was also the unit implicated in election interference in 2016. Trump deferred to Putin over U.S. intelligence when that interference came to light, and Russia’s subsequent targeting of American troops has done nothing to change his stance.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

The final episode of Wind of Change has dropped on all platforms! If you haven't yet gone on this international journey of espionage and hair metal, you're truly in for a treat. Binge the full series now on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts

Under The Radar

The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana abortion law that would have closed nearly every clinic in the state, in the first abortion ruling since two Trump appointees joined the court. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal justices, but gave future litigants a roadmap for rolling back abortion rights: The Louisiana law was almost identical to a Texas law that the Court struck down four years ago. Roberts emphasized that his decision today was bound by that precedent, while signaling that he’s totally open to gutting or even overturning Roe v. Wade on other grounds. So, a huge relief for abortion access advocates, but a temporary one.
In another major decision, the Court ruled that the president can fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for any reason. The good news: The justices rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the bureau should be shut down altogether, and the ruling will allow Joe Biden, if he wins, to replace the current director with someone committed to protecting consumers. The bad news: The CFPB will now be less independent, and it’s not immediately clear if the decision is a first step towards freeing up an array of independent agencies for Trump to politicize.

What Else?

One person was fatally shot in Louisville, KY, on Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a protest against the police killing of Breonna Taylor. A day later, a white couple in St. Louis, MO pointed guns at protesters outside their home.
A federal judge has ordered ICE to release immigrant children held at family-detention centers by July 17, after an independent monitor reported that 11 immigrants had tested positive for coronavirus at a Texas facility.
Texas’s largest hospital complex announced that it had reached ICU capacity, then removed ICU metrics from its website. Okay! Meanwhile, Florida, which just reported over 8,500 new cases three days in a row, hasn’t been reporting statewide hospitalization data at all.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Trump over the drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani. Trump hasn’t included that development in his wanted poster tweetstorm, for some reason.
Jacksonville, FL, announced that all residents and visitors must wear masks indoors and in public spaces, ahead of the RNC convention there in August. That should go over well with Trump, who moved the convention to Florida to avoid public-health restrictions, and whose campaign made the arena he spoke at in Tulsa remove thousands of social-distancing stickers before his rally.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) ordered bars closed in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, and Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has hit pause on New Jersey’s plan to reopen indoor dining.
Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder in Sacramento, CA. DeAngelo will avoid the death sentence, under the terms of his plea deal.
Reddit banned a forum for Trump supporters as part of its crackdown on hate speech, Twitch temporary suspended Trump’s channel, and YouTube shut down white supremacist channels belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer. Facebook did not realize this assignment was due today and is hiding in the bathroom.
Sacha Baron Cohen pranked a far-right militia, getting some rally attendees to sing along with him about injecting Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci with the “Wuhan flu.” This deflates, but does not altogether destroy, our last-ditch hope that the year 2020 is one elaborate Sacha Baron Cohen prank.

What In The World?

The Chinese government has forced birth control on Uighurs and other minorities in an effort to suppress the country’s Muslim population. An Associated Press investigation found that China regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces IUDs, sterilization, and abortion on hundreds of thousands. The government uses mass detention to enforce those population control measures, both as a threat and a punishment for those who don’t comply. Having too many children is one of the major reasons ethnic minorities are sent to detention camps. The result of those policies is a climate of terror around having children, and birth rates in predominantly Uighur regions plunged by more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018. President Trump is complicit here: He endorsed China’s detention camps, as John Bolton’s book revealed, and his policies have created a global leadership vacuum that an increasingly genocidal regime is all too happy to fill.

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Is That Hope I Feel?

Mississippi lawmakers voted to change the state flag, the last one in the nation to feature the Confederate battle emblem.
Starbucks, Coca Cola, and Hershey’s, among other companies, have joined the Facebook advertiser boycott.
Eleven mayors have formed a coalition committed to advocating for guaranteed-income programs.
The Stonewall Inn will remain open thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Gill Foundation.

Enjoy

Joe 😷 Hanson on Twitter: "One of the greatest things that has happened as a result of this pandemic is these black bears wrasslin' on the patio of Big Bend National Park basin lodge because all the humans are gone"
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2020.06.25 13:09 CommonEmployment2 Dear Women, Help stop Toxic 5G Male Extinction

The first men to go extinct from academic circle jerk asphyxia were bipedal lizards bred by a space fungi named Phil McCrackin millions of years ago. Eventually the subterranean lizards crossed pigs with apes to make humans. Now human males are going extinct, and only women can stop them.
Atom Ant Vs The Evil Dust, scene one take two and call me in the morning:
Dear women, if you think you don't eat breathe drink enough nano plastics now, just wait 5 years.
5G is made of miniature toxic metal plastic antennas hiding in everything everywhere.
You cannot have 5G and a microplastic nanoparticle free world.
5G means billions of plastic metal antennas everywhere. Car tire brake and combustion all create nano particles that attack the brain and organs. This is causing all vertebrate males to become sterile feminised and demasculated and less sexually reproductive.
Most males will be sterile by 2060 and hi tech will drive it.
GM petrochemical food and water and 5G microplastic nanoparticles will drive us to extinction. And if god invented a magic battery tomorrow morning it will just drive over the cliff harder too.
5G is a nanoparticle microplastic toxic metal merry go round with microwaves tossed in for good measure. In 2017 over 200 published EMF scientists called for a moratorium on the electrosmog data gold rush.
Non of these things can be recycled because they are too embedded and small. It sells safety over health. It's been that way for 100 years.
You can't spend trillions on green energy and trillions on the pentagon at the same time. The world doesn't work that way. To stop runaway hothouse mass extinction you have to stop toxic 5G male extinction first. Bees hate 5G, Bayer and Dow. Grass thinks Rachael Maddow is a cereal killer.
5G MALE DEMASCULATION STERILIZATION FEMINIZATION
Most males will be extinct by 2060 here's overwhelming evidence why:
Male Extinction = Petrochemicals + 5G saturation
Male extinction is caused by electromagnetic and petrochemical saturation. The world is full of micro/nano toxic metals and plastics, and 5G IOT promises to open the floodgates. All 5G IOT devices are made of toxic metals and petrochemical plastics. 5G requires way more toxic plastic metals everywhere. We already eat 4 credit cards per month. We eat breathe and abosrb toxic plastic metals all the time.
Recycling doesn't work. Most of the chemicals and plastics last forever as micro/nano toxins but are too poor quality for high tech reuse. Recycling materials uses more energy than mining and are lower quality each time.
Chemical use will grow 7X faster than population between 1990 and 2030. Global chemical production has almost doubled since 2000. By 2030, the industry will almost double again from 2017 levels. China will account for 50% of 2030 world market. Covid is a mere blip to petrochemical and greenhouse gas growth.
Green energy and 5G will destroy the environment, you can't save the males and have 5G toxcic plastic metal junk everywhere.
This is still a work in progress, like a hobby. I call it confirmation bias OCD.
I am submitting this unfinished in case i bid my dong.
5G WASTE STREAM OVERVIEW
E-waste will only increase with the Internet of Things - June 2018
The True Cost of 5G Technology - June 2019
EMF/RF RADIATION HEALTH AND SAFETY
Planetary Electromagnetic Pollution30221-3/fulltext) - The Lancet 2018
We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe - Sci Am 2019
5G Wireless Communication and Health Effects - NCBI 2019
5G: Eight great harms caused by EMF exposures - Wash State U 2018
How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development - NCBI 2018
5G Telecommunications - Physicians for Safe Technology - MD Safe 2018
Risks to Health and Well-Being Radiation Emitted by Wireless Devices - NCBI 2019
Memory Performance in Adolescents - NCBI 2015
5G Technology: A shift from Brain Cancers to Skin Cancers? - NCBI 2019
Birds, Bees and Humankind: Electro Smog Destroying Nature - Warnke 2009
5G HEALTH DANGERS - Trends Research 2020
The EMF Effects on the Endocrine System in Children and Adolescents - NCBI 2015
The Zapping of America - Brodeur 1977
Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults - Science Direct 2014
Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health - Science Direct 2018
Exposure of Insects to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields from 2 to 120 GHz - Nature 2018
History of Cell Phone Radiation - Pro Con 2018
Mobile phone cancer warning as malignant brain tumours double - Telegraph 2018
Brain tumour risk in relation to mobile telephone use: results of the INTERPHONE international case-control study - NCBI 2010
5 billion people now have a mobile phone connection - Venture Beat 2017
New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer - Sci Am 2018
Rise in Glioblastoma Multiforme Incidence in England 1995–2015 - Hindawi 2018
Devra Davis and cell phone danger - wiki 2020
Impact of radio frequency radiation on DNA damage of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations - Research Gate 2017
Cancer Expert Declares Cell Phone and Wireless Radiation as Carcinogenic to Humans - google 2020
The Blood Brain Barrier For Kids - Chudler 2017
What is the blood-brain barrier and how can we overcome it? - Gotz 2017
47 Reports On EMF Radiation on Brain Blood Barrier - EMF Research 2012
Allan Frey discovered in 1975 that microwave radiation causes the blood-brain barrier to leak - google 2020
Mobile phones, cordless phones and rates of brain tumors in different age groups 1998-2015 - PLOS 2017
Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: The Role of Cell Phones - Moskoswitz 2020
Mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen - NCBI 2015
Exposure to electromagnetic fields causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment - Science Direct 2015
EMFs = Adverse Reproductive Effects - EMF Research 2012
CDC Issues Precautionary Health Warnings about Cell Phone Radiation - PRLOG 2014
Mobile phones and head tumours. The discrepancies in cause-effect relationships in the epidemiological studies - NCBI 2011
Children Face Higher Health Risk From Cell Phones - google 2020
Blue LED light can damage the eye's retina disturb sleep rhythms - AFP 2019
Too much sceen time linked to myopia among young - Medical Xpress 2019
Child Screen Time Effects Alarming - WEF 2018
Pollution Causing Feminization of Males Across Multiple Species, The Independent - Banderas 2008
Environmental impact of estrogens on human, animal and plant life - Science Direct 2017
Warming warning over turtle feminization - Phys Org 2018
Environmental Warming and Feminization of Sea Turtle Populations31539-7) - Cell 2017
Demasculinization and feminization of male gonads by atrazine: Consistent effects across vertebrate classes - NCBI 2011
Are Endocrine Disruptors Blurring Issues of Gender? - NCBI 2005
Background fish feminization effects in European remote sites - Nature 2015
Endocrine Disruption Found in Fish Exposed to Municipal Wastewater - Aquatic Toxicology 2007
Evolution or Extinction of Men - Homone Matters 2012
Pharmaceuticals, Care Products, and Endocrine Disruptors in Wate - Environmental Engineering 2003
PFAS/PFOS = male infertility + smaller penises - Michigan Radio 2018
These scientists think that plastics are shrinking men's penises - Sydney Herald 2018
Pesticide residue on fruits and veggies tied to infertility - Reuters 2017
Food Packaging Shrinking Dicks - Sun 2018
PFAS: Insights from Past Actions to Inform Today’s Decisions - Nature 2019
PFAS/PFOS = Most western men will be infertile by 2060 - Independent 2017
PFAS/PFOS = Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water And Air - Science 2019
Drugged Waters – how modern medicine is turning into an environmental curse - UN Environment 2018
Anti-Depressants And Violence - Ammo 2020
Over-diagnosis and over-treatment of depression is common in the U.S. - Johns Hopkins 2013
Your Cosmetics May Be Killing You - Walrus 2020
Dental flossing and other behaviors linked with higher levels of PFAS in the body - Silent Spring 2019
Nano-plastics penetrate the blood/brain barrier in fish causing behavioural disorders - Nature 2017
It's not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that make 10% of our oxygen - Phs Org 2019
PFAS/PFOS in Drinking Water: Hazardous at Ever-Lower Levels - EWG 2019
Scientists discover large amounts of tiny plastic particles falling out of the air in a remote mountain location - Nat Geo 2019
Dirty air at age 12 quadruples chances of depression by age 18 - Guardian 2019
Teenage psychotic experiences linked to high levels of air pollution - New Scientist 2019
More than 90% of the world's children breathe toxic air every day - WHO 2018
Air pollution is impeding our children's brain development - Quartz 2018
Air pollution may be damaging every organ in the body - Guradian 2019
Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence - Guradian 2018
City life damages mental health - Pop Sci 2019
Neurological Disorders from Ambient (Urban) Air Pollution - Springer Link 2016
Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media (think girl in stuffy bedroom) - Guardian 2019
Endocrine Disruptors and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Pregnancy - NCBI 2018
Environmental causes of cancer: endocrine disruptors as carcinogens - NCBI 2014
Endocrine Disruptors - NIH 2020
Endocrine Disruptor Fact Sheet - NIH 2020
Low-dose BPA exposure induces marked adverse effects - Nature 2019
Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles - Phys.org
Effects of Microplastics on Human Health - Facts & Guide 2018
Pervasive Fluorochemical Exposure Continues - Real Natural 2015
Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment - Guardian 2019
Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe- Guardian 2019
Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist - Guardian 2019
Wide Range of Diseases Linked to Pesticides - Beyond Pesticides 2010
High Rates of Suicide, Depression Linked to Farmers’ Use of Pesticides - Sci Am 2014
Glyphosate Fact Sheet: Cancer and Other Health Concerns- Right To Know 2020
Side Effects of Herbicides - Health Fully 2018
Pervasive Fluorochemical Expsures Continue - Real Natural 2015
After putting nano-silver in food, hygiene and container products, let's see if it's safe - Science Daily 2018
Impact of Nanoparticles on Brain Health - NCBI 2018
Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria - Med News 2019
Propionate causes obese diabetes, used as anti-fungal in baked goods - Harvard 2019
REFORMAT MOVE UP DELETE DOUBLES FOR NEXT BLOCK
Microplastic pollution ‘number one threat’ to humankind - Eviro Journal 2019
Dr. Ivone Mirpuri, a leading hormone specialist, says that through her research and observations, chemicals in plastic have triggered rising levels of abnormal development and illnesses over the past five decades, ranging from stunted fertility and male/female sex malformations to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart attacks and cognitive, behavioural and other brain-related problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADH).
Toxicity of Nanoparticles on the Reproductive System - Pharmacology 2017
Health implications of engineered nanoparticles in infants and children = World Ped 2015
Pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environments: Evidence of emerged threat for marine organisms
Plastic Particles In Drinking Water - Earth Day 2020
Nanoparticles and female reproductive system - Onco Target 2017
Modest levels of nanoparticles may harm brain cells - Nebraska State U 2015
Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain
Expert reaction to magnetite, air pollution and Alzheimer’s
Warning: Plastic Teabags Release Billions of Microparticles and Nanoparticles into Tea
Direct harmful effects of nano- and microplastics may be of physical and/or chemical in nature. The latter include the leaching from plastics of carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting contaminants, such as monomers, plastic additives and polymer-associated chemicals. In addition, due to their large surface area to volume ratio, small-scale plastic particles can become heavily contaminated.
Microplastics in seafood. Human activity has led to microplastic contamination throughout the marine environment. As a result of widespread contamination, microplastics are ingested by many species of wildlife including fish and shellfish. Because microplastics are associated with chemicals from manufacturing and are absorbed from the surrounding environment, there is concern regarding physical and chemical toxicity.
Scientists have discovered that nanoplastics accumulate in marine organisms over time. This could pose harm to aquatic food chains and human health.
Nanoplastics in low concentrations cause damage to the DNA, to cell membranes and produce oxidative stress.
Tiny bits of plastic have seeped into soil, fish and air, posing a threat to animal and human health. Pesticides are attracted to plastic, leading to health effects such as liver damage.
Nine Things to Know About Microplastics
Microplastics pose a threat to plants
Plastic planet: How tiny plastic particles are polluting our soil
High levels of Bisphenol A found in the urine of teenagers
Nanoparticles enter the body from breathing the air, or from eating food and water where they enter directly into the bloodstream, and also by passage through the skin. They also have the potential to penetrate the blood–brain barrier due to their small size. Nanoparticles can interact with proteins and enzymes, alter gene expression, and thus affect the biological behavior at the organ, tissue, cellular, sub-cellular, and protein levels.
Silver nanoparticles have lethal and sublethal adverse acute and chronic effects on development and longevity.
Silver nanoparticles lead to the formation free radicals in cells and changes in the form and amount of proteins. Many serious diseases are characterized by an overproduction of free radicals in cells. This applies to cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Researchers warn that a combination of nanoparticles and contaminants may form a cocktail that is harmful to our cells. In their study, 72% of cells died after exposure to a cocktail of nano-silver and cadmium ions. We should not look at nanoparticles isolated when we investigate and discuss the effects, they may have on our health.
The toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles depends on their size, morphology, rate of migration and amount consumed. Titanium nanoparticles can induce inflammation due to oxidative stress. They can also have a genotoxic effect leading to, among others, apoptosis or chromosomal instability. After inhalation or oral exposure, titanium nanoparticles accumulate in, among other places, the lungs, alimentary tract, liver, heart, spleen, kidneys and cardiac muscle. In addition, they disturb glucose and lipid homeostasis.
Metal nanoparticles are hazardous to the central nervous system in terms of nano­neurotoxicity via several possible mechanisms, such as oxidative stress, autophagy, and lysosome dysfunction, and the activation of certain signaling pathways.
Metal Nanoparticles Damage Brain DNA - Tech Net 2018
The toxicity of nanoparticles on insects - Tarihi 2018
Nanoparticles affect fish and move up the food chain - Science Nord 2012
Carbon nanoparticle inhalation leads to accumulation in the olfactory bulb, inducing an inflammatory response by activating the microglial cells.
PESTICIDES, PETROCHEMICALS AND OTHER ORGANIC CHEMICALS IN DRINKING WATER
Pharmaceuticals in Water Excellent Graphic Included
One study found even Lake Michigan’s high water volume couldn’t completely dilute the presence of chemicals.
11 terrifying things that could be lurking in your tap water
Study: Newer PFAS Chemicals ‘Pose More Risks’ Than Those They Replaced
For Decades, Polluters Knew PFAS Chemicals Were Dangerous But Hid Risks From Public
Neonic Pesticide May Become More Toxic in Tap Water NRDC
How DuPont Poisoned the World with Teflon
PFOA AND PFOS CAUSE LOWER SPERM COUNTS AND SMALLER PENISES, STUDY FINDS
The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese
PFAS Chemicals Harm the Immune System, Decrease Response to Vaccines - EWG 2019
Pathologizing Kids, Pharma Style
Toxic technology: How social media is making us dumb, angry — and addicted
Spike In Autism Linked To Preservative In Processed Foods
How Modern Life Is Transforming The Human Skeleton
Thank Evolution For Your Messed Up Teeth ( smaller jaw = sleep apnea )
Spermacidal Junk Food
It’s a myth that environmental regulations stifle economic productivity. Harmful chemicals cost the US $340bn a year - Guardian 2019
Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes
Refined sugar intake is associated with lower cognitive performance across the cognitive continuum
Excessive consumption of carbohydrates causes insulin resistance. And insulin resistance is associated with Cognitive Decline among older Koreans
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2020.06.24 00:37 Qualiafreak In light of the Mixer Dump, let's talk about Microsoft. An overview of what happened to them this generation and what they're doing going forward.

We know so much about the culture of Sony from the guys (about Kaz Hirai and his influence on the PS3, for example), but there hasn't been much of a dive into Microsoft (besides "Don Mattrick was a meanie" lol, which we can all agree on), so I just want to talk about it so we have more perspective about what's going on.
A Bit of History of the Current Xbox
In February of 2014, Satya Nadella became the new CEO of Microsoft. This was a change from Steve Ballmer, who had been the CEO since 2000. He wanted to completely change Microsoft which had been stable but fairly stagnant in stock growth for decades. Obviously by this point windows 8 was deemed a failure and windows 10 was next on the docket, and he wanted to follow that sort of idea.
One of the first things he did was elevate Phil Spencer to the Head of Xbox, and Phil Spencer really had a major impact. Here is a link to an interview I think everyone should read: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/phil-spencer-is-exactly-who-you-think-he-is/1100-6468846/ It really is quite thorough. But an important thing to pick out of this huge interview is this:
A few months later, Spencer took over as head of Xbox. Whatever jubilation he felt was short-lived; a few weeks into the job, he got a call from Satya Nadella... 'I don't actually know a whole lot about why we're in gaming,' Nadella told him... Many developers who had worked on the Xbox One felt let down by Microsoft's big vision; it was, as some told Spencer, not in line with 'the soul' of what Xbox was. 'Satya was transparent that there could be a future where gaming isn't a business that Microsoft should be in,' Spencer told me... He looked at where Xbox had failed, and how the brand could be saved — if at all. When he finally called Nadella back, it was to say this: 'If we're going to stay in the gaming space, then let's make sure we're all-in. The last thing I wanted to do was run the gaming organization here as kind of an afterthought of the company and kind of half-in, half-out. Let's go fix who we are.'
This was the big turning point. According to him, Spencer would go on to convince Nadella to buy Minecraft and Mojang. And it's only continued from there.
Nadella wrote a book in 2017 called "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone". This sort of stuff is incredibly valuable to read, and anyone who is interested in business should really be consuming books written by CEOs because you can learn a lot from the most successful people on the planet. The main point here is that Nadella sees opportunity for Microsoft to be the sort of company it once was, at the forefront of things and full of that spark of ingenuity. And Spencer has had HUGE impact and influence on Nadella during this time. From what we know, it really isn't too bold to say without Spencer's influence, there is a non-0 probability that there would be no Xbox Series X. There's a reason Ryan McCaffrey at IGN really really likes this guy, it makes sense.
Xbox Strategy of Theseus
Let's compare Microsoft and Sony valuation. When the consoles launched in 2013, Microsoft share value was about 38 bucks. Sony's share value was about 18 bucks. Compared to now, share values are about $201 and $71, respectively. "Surely that's a mistake, Qualiafreak!" I hear you exclaim, "Isn't that like 5 times valuation for Microsoft?" You're absolutely right it is, and don't call me Shirley. Microsoft has been busy, particularly with Azure Cloud technology, which I won't get too into, and has made a ton of money. But in gaming, the perspective is different. In Fiscal Year 2018 Microsoft revenue was about $10.35 billion, and Sony revenue made $20.8 billion for their respective gaming divisions. Those are some big numbers but you'll notice that Microsoft is making half the money Sony is. And this is just for one year. Similar numbers over the past 7 years? That's a big difference.
Microsoft is about triple the company that Sony is, but only half the gaming company that Sony is. Nadella and Spencer have invested billions, with a B, into gaming with acquisitions of Mojang, Compulsion Games, Double Fine, inXile, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, and Undead Labs, and continuing to do conferences over the past couple years that cost millions (was E3 2019 actually worth it for them?). They did this on half the revenue of Sony, who has not been spending millions on conferences. Sony did acquire Insomniac Games. Sony's a muscular man staying bulked up, and Microsoft is a scrawny man carb loading for the future.
Xbox has been selling Game Pass for a dollar, eliminating a major share of income from first party game sales and allowing those games to come to subscription. The next xbox is going to be one of the strongest consoles made, and at the same time Spencer said in an interview with Ryan McCaffrey that they are going to be "agile" with the pricing of the next xbox. Holy crap that's total insanity. They are throwing around their weight like they have never done before. It's an exciting time, especially as an investor (which I'm not btw but point of reference has it exciting for them). And they even had a streaming service, with technology behind it that's more advanced than twitch and has been spoken about by Nadella multiple times as a major part of their gaming strategy-
Oh wait, they just took down Mixer like a confederate statue on public grounds. And what's that? They're partnering with Facebook gaming?
Beam was purchased by Microsoft for an unknown amount in 2016 (I can't find the info anywhere, let me know if you guys find anything) and integrated it into Xbox. They pushed money to rebrand it, buy exclusivity contracts from guys like Ninja, Shroud, and KingGothalion. Millions and millions and millions dumped right in. And right before the new console release, right before it might have become popular had Xbox developed a larger percentage of market share, it's gone?
Well, everyone should be familiar with the numbers about how Mixer was not doing well and literally every other streaming service has had at least double digit, some triple digit percentage growth, in the month of April when Coronavirus lockdown was in full swing. Here's a link to some numbers on that: https://blog.streamelements.com/state-of-the-stream-april-2020-valorant-and-valorant-streamers-top-the-charts-music-is-having-d503aad6c2e7 0.2% is really, really bad. But even so, this was right before the big push that could make it work, that could make it make sense. Why did it get dropped?
Spencer has a blog post (https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/22/bringing-more-players-into-our-gaming-vision/) talking about how it wasn't working out, and how the community is being pushed to facebook and the technology is being pushed to microsoft Teams (History is repeating itself for microsoft. Coronavirus lockdowns requiring video calling, why was Zoom, a company basically unheard of, chosen over microsoft's skype or microsoft teams? Why didn't Zune catch fire? Windows Phone? Bing? Why does this keep happening?).
It seems that they just didn't think it was going to take off. I don't know if it was Nadella who said there can't just be infinite red from Xbox investments and something has to be cut, or if Spencer himself didn't believe in it, but it is absolutely finished. There is a financial perspective here that does make sense, and just because it might have taken off doesn't mean it would have, and it already has had a shot for years.
When Phil Spencer first showed up, there were some cancellations of games. Some companies went under. Massive restructuring occurred. Then it was basically infinite investment (and then scalebound was cancelled). Just investment after investment after investment. Taking advantage of a year without Sony marketing. Working on fostering good will with gamers. Moving forward we have Phil Spencer's vision for the Xbox. But Mixer's cancellation is the biggest shake up in years with the Microsoft strategy, and it is the first evidence that there's more pressure on Xbox than we might have thought. And it means that this narrative of an incredibly cheap xbox series x is not looking good. And if this stuff doesn't work, things will be chopped and changed. The pressure is enormous.
The Series Launch
So what should we expect? The xbox one x was 499.99 when it was revealed. The xbox one s was 299.99, with the all digital edition being 249.99 on release. If you've been watching Kinda Funny for a while, then you know the guys were VERY aggressive about what they thought the price points might be for these updated consoles. Common wisdom at the time underestimated the price (I remember $199.99 being thrown around). From what we've seen, Xbox is making the services dirt cheap but is keeping the console prices at industry standards, not really going too crazy.
So here's the deal. I think the next xbox is going to have at least 2 SKUs just like the playstation, and at least one will be discless (it might be Series X disc, SX no disc, Series S(you have to see this is going to be the name) disc, and Series S no disc, or series X with disc and series s no disc imo, with the 2 sku set up more likely). As "agile" as he wants to be, Spencer is looking at the culmination of never before seen investment, and executives are willing to put things, huge things, on the chopping block. I'm thinking the Series X cannot possibly be greater than 50 bucks less than the PS5 because at that price there will already be a major loss, as the Series X is more powerful, and Microsoft has not once made a crazy hardware cost play. That is the agility he is talking about. As for the Series S, the "Lockhart", it could be as cheap as a hundred bucks less, but maybe even more if the rumors about the Lockhart going to be less powerful than the Xbox One X are true (https://www.vg247.com/2019/12/10/xbox-lockhart-raw-power-less-than-xbox-one-x-report/). But it cannot be too low because they don't want to devalue the flagship device. This is an old article and the idea keeps being scrapped and brought back so who really knows. It might be a discless Series X after all.
Series X at $500, Lockhart/Series S at $450/400. Then you have Ultimate Game Pass at $15 a month. Maybe they come out with free game pass for a year or 6 months something. That's my theory about the launch.
There you have it. There's a rundown on the insanity of the past few years for Xbox, both the launch disaster, salvation by Spencer, complete restructuring of the gaming division and its priorities, and now the drop of Mixer. I don't know what we're looking at if Xbox doesn't do well this launch (they've been downplaying it but not one financial action they've taken shows this launch to be any less tremendous for the future of the company than any other launch) but now you should know that Nadella is a money man on a mission and Spencer is in a vice grip with the team he chose for himself, but a vice grip nonetheless. It's going to be interesting to see how this launch goes but I'm very excited.
TL;DR - Xbox Launch bad, new CEO good, Phil Spencer take control good, much money in investment, Mixer given up on shows there will be consequences if this doesn't work out, and maybe xbox $500.
This turned out too long. Sorry. Let it spur your own interest and research like the guys have done mine. And I just want to throw in here that I'm sure I messed up something somewhere because I'm stupid so you should really absolutely do your own research. I didn't go too much into the service side of things because I have to stop typing this and go back to my real life eventually but I think the exact importance of this part of the strategy depends entirely on how this console launch goes.
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2020.06.20 04:22 enqueuefilm Anti-Social Engineering the Hyper-Manipulated Self

When one does philosophy, one dismantles strings of concepts into their respective parts to examine both the parts themselves and the relationships the parts have with each other. This semantic reduction provides us the best possible opportunities for finding truth. This was exactly the type of skill Brian Taylor needed to write his new book Anti-Social Engineering the Hyper-Manipulated Self, postpaper publishing, ISBN: 978-0-557-99909-5
The book began as a series of blogged essays in a response to the “Authenticity” movement presented by the like of Eckhart Tolle, Andrew Cohen and to a lesser extent, Dr. Phil. These men, and others, were coming to conclusions on the idea of authenticity that were, among other things, subjective fallacies, rife with interpretation and possibly counterproductive. On the other side of the coin we had skeptical guru Michael Shermer or perhaps Richard Dawkins making up one half of the “four horseman of the non-apocalypse.” These men, “scientists,” were and still are guilty of the same faults as their spiritual counterparts, interpretations rather than knowledge. Brian Taylor wanted to know, “Are there any actual answers in the arena of the self and its power?” As it turns out, reality is far stranger than ever before known and we actually know so much less than we think we do, if it can be said that we know anything authentically, at all.
After four years of research into our ideas about the self through the ages, the sciences of the self and what the self is, this book comes to the conclusion that the modern self, you and I today, are not only manipulated, but that manipulation is sought out, required and pre-programmed. This is a book about how we are all being intentionally hyper-manipulated without our knowledge, by whom and to what end.
To “anti-social engineer” is to counter this phenomenon of modernity through critical consciousness, dubbed “assignee's prerogative.” This self direction is aimed toward eudaemonia, which is an Aristotelian idea roughly meaning “happiness and promotion,” and it is further suggested that virtue is found in the mean between excess and deficiency, in these concerns. This sounds rather simple in such a paragraph form, rest assured, chasing the meanings and relationships of these ideas to any philosophical depth requires a maze of rabbit holes and someone to guide you through them. Taylor is nothing if not thorough in this regard.
Entertaining, personal, conversational, exact and profound, this book has a strange undercurrent, almost a charge running through it. Most clearly defined in it's most opinionated moments, there is a subtext, not a call to arms but to a social contract. Taylor says, throughout the book, that it is specifically battling social engineering, the command, hidden or not, “think this about that.” Yet, he too wants us to think a certain way, a centrist “golden mean,” a path of no extremes. Making an argument against his ideas is difficult, regardless of the talking points he uses. (These vary from possible moral objections we may hold for prostitution or murder, to social norms such as supporting the troops or the war on terror.) In his most controversial moments, when objectivity is at its thinnest, the author's existentialism shines through and he suggests it's better to not claim to know something than to suspect something incorrectly. The exception to this rule is when the social engineering is secret, malicious, degenerative or merely in error.
There are things that we can do anti-social engineer our hyper-manipulated selves and Taylor spells these tasks out clearly. Firstly, social engineering, be it delivered by a television commercial, ideology, civility, social construct, etc. is to be expected and recognized. Then Taylor presents us his Philosophy Generator which is described as “a dismantling of paradigm” and a way to determine if any particular social engineering is more persuasive or manipulative. If we are able to first know what it is we are deciding, then do our best possible thinking on the matter, which is what working through the Generator is for, we should be able to be confident in our decision, whatever it may be. Furthermore, given the standardization of awareness, contemplation and centrist philosophy, it should be expected that the same benefit experienced by individuals would transfer to societies.
The book ends with a chapter called “God wears a yellow hat.” It is concluded with a list of 24 interesting intentions, (23 actually, one of them is missing,) this list is not meant to be a complete index of the topics discussed, but rather an indication of the book's scope. The war on terror, the war on drugs, food transportation, consumerism, capitalism, communism, false flags, dehumanization via technology, God, 2012, patriotism, culture, globalization, human rights and religion. There is an entire chapter devoted to a reasonable discussion between the two sides divided over the conspiracies associated with September 11, 2001. This book discusses conspiracy as it dismantles thought, which is a strange dichotomy. Taylor seems to want to convince us that he is a reasonable man, with a reasonable method and if such a man can find a reasonable conspiracy, we can take the suggestion from the fringe to the mainstream. He may be right. However, this is not a conspiracy book, this is a book about thinking.
One comes away from the experience of reading this book enticed to do more and this is the goal. Anti-Social Engineering the Hyper-Manipulated Self is about taking responsibility and looking ahead, prudently. It doesn't want to take anything away from you, you're entitled to have your beliefs as the author has his. We need our beliefs and we even need social engineering, these things are part of a natural, healthy species. The dangers of our beliefs are represented by the lack of awareness of them and the inability to think critically about them. Taylor argues that, if in fact we are not thinking well about the things we believe, we are not living up to the reasonable purpose we have as human beings. This appreciation of hyper-reality and our place in it defines our authenticity and is the promise expressed by the 21st Century Enlightenment.

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