2023.03.21 21:59 easterisland97 I'd like to share some Time/Temp charts I've made for Cricut Iron-on, Siser HTV, Thermoflex and more! I've got printable PDF versions available for free – follow the link in my profile!
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2023.03.21 19:36 Prince_vamp2900 I redeemed myself with this drawing I did (I had more time then the last and it’s based of the chains cover)
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2023.03.21 07:00 ArmyofSpies Cardano Rumor Rundown March 21, 2023
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2023.03.19 21:41 No_Gear_3054 The share price is not real. Here's an example of how Citadel's short-attack algo drove a company's stock price down 82% in just 10 minutes.
This Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent from Citadel posted on June 16, 2014 by FINRA describes how an algorithm created by Citadel caused “the share price of PC Group, Inc. (PCGR) to fall by 77% during an eleven minute period" while implementing a “software upgrade”.submitted by No_Gear_3054 to BBBY [link] [comments]
Below are some of the key points from the Letter in link above. On page 4 of the letter:
On April 7th, 2010, Citadel's equity market-making desk sold short 2.75 million share of PCGR, causing the share price to fall 77 percent during an eleven minute period. Then 2.75 million shares sold short equaled 567% of the average volume of 485,686 for the month of April 2010. The algorithm transmitted marketable sell limit orders for 100 shares at an average of 25 orders per second to the Exchanges.
Here are a couple of articles which PC Group commented on the unusual activity.
"On April 7, 2010, approximately 8.2 million shares of the Company's common stock traded at a range of prices from $0.13 to $0.71 per share. The Company had a total of 7,848,774 shares of common stock outstanding as of April 7, 2010. For the year to date period ended April 6, 2010, the Company's average daily trading volume was approximately 11,600 shares and, therefore, the Company considers the volume of trading that occurred on April 7, 2010 to be highly unusual."A very nice and more in depth analysis of the event can be found here:
Below are screen shots from the analysis provided in the link above.
Figure 2.1. PCGR share price vs time - Trades color coded by reporting exchange and NBBO (gray shading). On April 7, 2010, at 10:07:23, the stock opened at $0.57. The sudden activity and drop in price was from Citadel's rogue algo, which took the stock from $0.71 to $0.13, losing 82% of it's value (FINRA says 77%), in just under 10 minutes.
Figure 2.2. Same chart as above, but only showing 100-share trades. You can see the 100-share trade-rate accelerate in the last 3 minutes before Citadel shuts it off.
2.3. Close up of Chart 2.2, showing only 100-share trades. Chart shows 27,773 trades (2,777,300 shares). We know Citadel shorted 2.75 million shares, and inspection of short sales data from exchanges indicates the vast majority also had a size of exactly 100 shares: which means 99% of the trades shown below are most likely to be Citadel short sales. Note the algo selling rate increases as the price drops.
2023.03.19 03:02 LiechsWonder Form S-8 filed yesterday (Mar 17, 2023)
2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan
In connection with the Closing of the Business Combination, the Company adopted the 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “2021 Plan”), which authorized for issuance 63,575,425 shares of common stock in connection with the Business Combination. Under the 2021 Plan, effective January 1, 2022, our Board of Directors authorized the issuance of an additional 8,937,242 shares. In the third quarter of 2022, the Company’s stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “Amended and Restated 2021 Plan”), including a modification to the evergreen provision and an increase in the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the plan. As of December 31, 2022, the Amended and Restated 2021 Plan includes an aggregate of 104,983,148 shares of common stock authorized for issuance of awards. The Amended and Restated 2021 Plan allows for the number of authorized shares to increase on the first day of each fiscal year beginning on January 1, 2023 and ending on and including January 1, 2030 equal to the lesser of (a) five percent of the aggregate number of shares of common stock outstanding on the final day of the immediately preceding calendar year, and (b) such smaller number of shares of common stock as determined by the Board of Directors. The Amended and Restated 2021 Plan allows for the issuance of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units (including performance stock units), dividend equivalents and other stock or cash based awards for issuance to its employees, non-employee directors and non-employee third parties. Shares associated with option exercises and RSU vesting are issued from the authorized pool. "
2023.03.18 20:01 CatWatt March 18th Special Days - Featuring Bus Driver Freebies!
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2023.03.18 18:04 exploring_finance The Comex is in Far Worse Shape Than SVB if the Run on Physical Accelerates
Given the potential impacts of the ongoing banking crisis, I will start this article with the conclusion.submitted by exploring_finance to SilverDegenClub [link] [comments]
The current banking crisis could not have come at a worse time for the Comex system. Inventories have seen massive depletion over the last 2+ years as investors have slowly been pulling physical out of the vaults. I have previously called this a run on the vault but labeled it as a stealthy one. As though certain investors did not want to raise the alarm, but slowly take possession while inventory was still available.
Now that confidence in the banking system has been put to the test, people will look to alternative means to store their wealth and get their money out of the financial system. The easiest and safest way to do this would be to own physical precious metals, as people have done for thousands of years.
It is likely that demand for physical metal could increase significantly in the months ahead. The futures market is already showing a massive move in the price of gold, which is knocking on the door of $2,000. It’s only a matter of time before this moves into the physical market. When it does, the Comex vault run will pick up steam.
Investors looked at SVB and saw that it was undercapitalized and people could only get 80-90 cents on the dollar. If investors were to do the same due diligence on the Comex they would find an even worse fractional reserve system in the metals market. The recent discovery by the LME that some of their inventory was stones rather than nickel should only serve as another wake-up call that the supply of physical metal is extremely tight. If everyone rushes for physical at the same time, there won’t be nearly enough to satisfy demand at current prices (silver has 15 paper ounces per 1 physical ounce!).
We could be only months away from seeing a break in the Comex system. SchiffGold will be working all weekend to take orders. Best to get physical locked in at current prices while you still can.
Current TrendsThis analysis focuses on gold and silver within the Comex/CME futures exchange. See the article What is the Comex? for more detail. The charts and tables below specifically analyze the physical stock/inventory data at the Comex to show the physical movement of metal into and out of Comex vaults.
Registered = Warrant assigned and can be used for Comex delivery, Eligible = No warrant attached – owner has not made it available for delivery.
GoldGold is now in its 11th straight month of net outflows, seeing 285k ounces leave the vault so far in March. The exodus of metal has slowed since last year when some months saw almost 3M ounces leave Comex vaults.
Figure: 1 Recent Monthly Stock Change
As mentioned above, this could change quickly and may already be changing! As the chart below shows, this latest week was the busiest week of outflows in the last month. Given the price of gold finished the week at $1993, the ongoing banking crisis, and general fear in the market… it seems likely that demand for physical could be ready to soar. That could drive larger outflows from Comex vaults in the near future.
Figure: 2 Recent Monthly Stock Change
Pledged gold continues to decline, but similar to the inventory at large, the drop has been slowing.
Figure: 3 Gold Pledged Holdings
SilverOutflows in silver continue at a strong pace, seeing 3.5M ounces in outflows MTD...
Head over to SchiffGold if you want to see the detail on silver and a historical view.
2023.03.18 12:19 Ohsin Report No. 377 by Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Demands for Grants (2023-2024) of the Department of Space.
Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Changesubmitted by Ohsin to ISRO [link] [comments]
Report No. 377, Demands for Grants (2023-2024) of the Department of Space (Demand No. 95)
Some main points from report:
(…) the B.E. allocation to the Department for the year 2022-23 was Rs. 13,700 crore which was reduced substantially by almost 23 percent to Rs. 10,530.04 crore in R.E. 2022-23. Further, the Committee also observes that though the B.E. 2023-24 allocation of the Department (Rs. 12,543.91 crore) is higher by about 20 percent as compared to the revised allocation in 2022-23, it is still lesser than the B.E. 2022-23 allocation.Correction: \"December 2023\" in above should be \"December 2022\"
The Committee observes from Chart 1 that even though the budgetary allocation for B.E. 2022-23 (about Rs. 13,700 crore) is almost similar to that in B.E. 2021-22 (Rs. 13,950 crore), the R.E. 2022-23 allocation (about Rs. 10, 500 crore) is much less as compared to R.E. 2021-22 (about Rs. 12, 600 crore). Further, the B.E. 2023-24 allocation of Rs. 12,543.91 crore is the least in three years. This is also suggestive of the fact that the Department is transitioning from a research based institution to a more commercially oriented agency with buoyant internal revenues.https://preview.redd.it/j2mitlerdhoa1.png?width=690&format=png&auto=webp&s=700bca0734f3e478f12b19a1ca47ebaffe3f1c54
The Committee observes from Chart 2 that there has been a significant reduction in revised allocations for 2022-23 under some of the crucial schemes of the Department. The Scheme –‘Semi- Cryogenic Engine Development’ was allocated Rs. 200 crore in B.E. 2022-23 which was revised to only Rs. 50 crore at the R.E. 2022-23 stage, thereby leading to reduction of 75 percent. To add, the utilisation as a percentage of R.E. 2022-23 remains very low – at almost 50 percent. The allocation under this scheme in B.E. 2023-24 is Rs. 100 crore.https://preview.redd.it/hf0h8wswdhoa1.png?width=631&format=png&auto=webp&s=caf5c92568387ee3f19c486ebed61197da797fb9
The Committee observes from Chart 3 that the allocation under the scheme Gaganyaan was Rs. 2,000 crore in B.E. 2022-23 which was revised down to Rs. 950 crore in R.E. 2022-23- a reduction of more than 50 percent. Further the actual utilisation as a percentage of R.E. remains about 57 percent only. Further, the B.E. 2022-23 allocation to Autonomous Bodies of the Department was Rs. 795.5 crore which was revised down to Rs. 411.11 crore- a reduction of about 48 percent.
The Department informed that the allocations have been revised owing to the difficulties in procurement of key components which is because of the disruptions in global supply chains owing to the Russia – Ukraine conflict. Further, the unfavourable geo-political scenario has impacted many testing and R&D plans of the Department. In some cases, the Department informed, that the reduction in allocation at the R.E. stage is due to revision in launch timelines, project timelines and realignment of communication satellite programme based on the revised mandate.https://preview.redd.it/w6glxiscehoa1.png?width=605&format=png&auto=webp&s=fd16b40286e91fc9c9d5b3e657e423136e2f627e
The Committee observes from Chart 9 that the Revenue generated by New Space India Ltd. has been constantly increasing from Rs. 1,731.84 crore in 2021-22 to Rs, 3,509 crore in 2023-24 (as projected). This is an increase of more than 100 percent. Further, the Profit Before tax has also increased continuously, up from Rs. 459 crore in 2021-22 to Rs. 757 crore (projected) in 2023-24. The Committee appreciates the achievements of NSIL in such a short period of time and recommends the Department to provide all support to NSIL to enable it to act as an agency of international character and quality.https://preview.redd.it/sd7a9uthehoa1.png?width=605&format=png&auto=webp&s=f024fed428ba7f38626f83701c8142af2efa045c
The Committee observes from Chart 10 that there has been a constant increase in the funds generated by the Department which was at Rs. 929 crore in 2020-21 and is at Rs. 2,780 crore in 2022-23. This is an increase of almost 200 percent. The Committee appreciates the Department for increasing revenue as a percent of R.E. allocated each year and recommends that the Department should explore ways of further augmenting revenues through delivery of more value added services both in the upstream and downstream space sector.On import dependency (text highlighted in bold by me )
The Department informed that with regard to space transportation systems, continuous efforts by the Department has resulted in a reduction of the import content of 25-30% in the development phase to about 8-9% currently. Presently, the major import dependencies are related to electronic components and high strength carbon-carbon fibres. With regard to satellite programme, the major import dependencies are for sourcing EEE components, space qualified Solar Cells, Detectors, Optics and Power Amplifiers. Currently, the import dependency for satellite programme is about 50-55% for a typical satellite.
2023.03.18 10:57 GamerDJ PTS Feedback - Important MAX Considerations: Nanite Cost, Aegis Shield
Heads up, this is going to be very boring unless you are extremely interested in a couple specific MAX balance aspects. This is a collective effort involving everyone's favorite number one MAX player to address some holes left in MAX balance following the PTS patch notes released recently. This set of feedback does not aim to fix every problem with MAX units, only tidy up those left after the recent PTS patch.submitted by GamerDJ to Planetside [link] [comments]
The summary below hits the high points, but for detail as to why these changes are proposed and how they should be implemented, you should read further. If you decide to do so, here is a PDF version that may be a bit easier to read and less butchered by reddit (sorry old.reddit users this means you).
Sorry for gigaposting, this is a lot. But ask and you shall receive.
Request for Feedback in PTS Patch Notes
Summary / TL;DRMAX cost should NOT be reduced to 350 nanites. The reduction seems relatively minor (~22%), but actually results in a rough doubling of real MAX uptime.
Nanite Cost and MAX Accessibility
SynopsisMAX cost should remain at 450 nanites rather than seeing a reduction to 350 nanites. The lower cost of the MAX is much more than a simple ~22% reduction and has stronger implications across the board. Max uptime is actually doubled in the short term, chain-pulling becomes significantly easier, and other important accompanying nerfs are undermined.
Availability and Uptime of MAX Units
AssumptionsWhen discussing nanite costs, it is assumed that a player in question regenerates 50 nanites per resource tick. This is the standard nanite gain rate used on live for non-members and the limit imposed on Outfit Wars matches for fairness. Note that any restrictions on nanites discussed here are made substantially more lenient for membership holders with a regeneration rate of 75 nanites per minute.
Additionally, it is important to remember that only any one player is subject to the limitations provided by the game as far as nanites are concerned. More than one player working together can effectively negate nanite costs by juggling the MAX unit role. For example, a player dies in a MAX unit and switches to engineer, while the player who was previously playing engineer now switches to MAX. This can be done effectively indefinitely, even by low-skill players.
Current State (Preferred)Currently on live, it is not possible to instantly consecutively pull two MAX units. The nanite pool reaches zero upon the second pull because the player must wait for 150 nanites to regenerate immediately after the first. This is preferred behavior to prevent a single player from chain-pulling MAX units. To pull a third MAX unit, the player must fully regenerate their nanite pool from zero. The combined wait time between the first MAX pull and the third is 12 minutes.
Time Requirement Per Consecutive MAX Pull - 450 Nanites
This chart illustrates the amount of wait time currently required before the nth MAX unit can be pulled.
Nanite Pool Per Consecutive MAX Pull - 450 Nanites
This chart illustrates the number of nanites available to the player immediately after the nth consecutive and immediate MAX pull with current prices.
As the above charts show, wait time is imposed on the player immediately upon pulling the first MAX. This wait time is in the form of their nanite pool so they begin their wait while utilizing the MAX they've already pulled. After pulling their third MAX, the full nine minutes of wait time cost is realized.
So far, it has been assumed that the player will attempt to pull a MAX unit as soon as it is possible to do so. This would be representative of someone pulling a MAX and dying literally instantly before pulling another. This isn't a very realistic scenario, as even the lowest-skilled players will live for at least some amount of time after they pull their MAX. A fair amount of time to expect the average MAX unit to survive would be approximately five minutes.
Nanite Pool After MAX Pull - 450 Nanites, 5 Minute Uptime
This chart illustrates the number of nanites available to the player after each nth MAX unit pull performed once every five minutes.
The current cost of MAX units on live requires the player to wait (one minute) for nanites after the third MAX pull, assuming they survive for exactly five minutes per life. It then takes nine minutes to regenerate enough nanites for subsequent MAX pulls.
Future State (Not Preferred)On the public test server (PTS), MAX units cost 350 nanites. This means that theoretically, any player can instantly consecutively pull two MAX units with zero downtime in-between. Only when attempting to pull a third MAX instantly after pulling two previously is any wait time realized. That wait time is six minutes, exactly half of the wait time currently required to pull three MAX units immediately back-to-back, resulting in theoretically double the uptime in the short-term.
Time Requirement Per Consecutive MAX Pull - 350 Nanites
This chart illustrates the amount of wait time that would be required before the nth MAX pull if the MAX unit cost were reduced to 350 nanites.
Nanite Pool Per Consecutive MAX Pull - 350 Nanites
This chart illustrates the number of nanites available to the player immediately after the nth consecutive and immediate MAX pull if the MAX unit cost were reduced to 350 nanites.
If immediately pulling MAX units back-to-back, the full wait time is not realized until after the third pull, where the player must now wait only seven minutes (down from nine) before having enough nanites to pull another MAX. For reference, under the current system with a 450 nanite cost, the full wait time of nine minutes is realized after the second consecutive MAX pull.
Of course, this is still assuming the MAX pulls are immediately after each other. Using the five-minute approximate figure to calculate the remaining nanite pool after a reasonable life in each MAX unit, the difference becomes substantially more apparent.
Nanite Pool After MAX Pull - 350 Nanites, 5 Minute Uptime
This chart illustrates the number of nanites available to the player after the nth MAX unit pull performed once every five minutes if the MAX unit cost were reduced to 350 nanites.
Rather than having the ability to pull three MAX units before incurring any wait time, if the cost were lowered to 350 nanites, a player would be able to pull seven before incurring the same wait time of one minute.
It is important to remember that these values assume that nanites regenerate at only 50 nanites per one-minute resource tick. As mentioned previously, members regenerate nanites 50% faster, at 75 nanites per one-minute resource tick. This is a baseline scenario.
Nanite Cost Versus Revives
Cheaper MAX Units Undermine the Revive NerfAlongside the reduction in MAX unit nanite cost is a particularly noticeable nerf: the inability to receive a revive upon death in a MAX unit. Reducing the cost to 350 nanites would almost completely undermine this change in many situations.
Current Price MAX Units Without RevivesAs the game exists now, the revive nerf without a price reduction would have an effect of making MAX units a valuable target to take out rather than just one additional obstacle that is temporarily overcome. This is reinforced by the fact that MAX units cost 450 nanites to pull, meaning losing such a force multiplier too quickly without the option of a revive would rightfully prove costly. The amount of force a MAX unit can project on opponents is great enough that it should come with drawbacks: a relatively high cost (of a freely regenerating currency) and the lack of a revive option being good ones.
Getting revived in a MAX is appealing because (among other reasons) it's free. It does not cost nanites to be defeated in a MAX unit time after time as long as one medic is around to bring it back to life. Without revives, dying in a MAX is consequential because the player must spend another 450 nanites to pull another. Reducing this cost to 350 nanites reduces the consequence of dying in a MAX greatly, potentially even to the point where not getting revived doesn't matter.
350 Nanites? Just Pull Another!As shown in the data above, it would become significantly easier to repeatedly pull MAX units if the user is capable of surviving even five minutes per life. If that's the case, does it matter nearly as much if a MAX can't be revived? Besides running back to the fight (which varies greatly by base and spawns), what is the drawback to dying in a MAX if the cost to just pull another is lowered? Reducing nanite cost to 350 would massively reduce the impact that the removal of revives would have on MAX unit balance.
Decision Making and Chain-pullingReducing the price of MAX units makes them much more appealing to use, which is likely to not only increase their intermittent usage but also their continued use. A cheaper MAX cost also nearly negates most of the considerations made before deciding to pull a MAX at a fight.
Making a DecisionWhen a player arrives at a fight, there is a selection of factors that help determine whether they should pull a MAX. These factors include things like capture status, population split, map control, fight size, base design, etc. For good MAX players, the two most relevant considerations include:
Lowering the cost of MAX units to 350 tilts the decision making here to overwhelmingly favor the metaphorical green light. As shown previously, surviving for only five minutes per life allows a player to repeatedly pull several MAX units before reaching any limit, and significantly more than when the cost is the current 450 nanites.
Reducing the importance of this decision is also likely to result in an overall increased prevalence of MAX units, perhaps to the point that the nerfs they've received will not prove adequate enough to counter their oppressive nature. It does not seem healthy to make pulling a MAX unit at every fight more accessible, even if they cannot be revived. This is especially true in fights that are not particularly large or evenly matched.
Chain-pulling and Fight FairnessThis game has notoriously never had a great handle on force multiplier spam in overpop, and it also doesn't handle lower populations very well without at least some level of player cooperation. MAX units are a massive part of this issue, hence the strong and constant desire to get them brought in line over the years.
Data shown above lays out how much easier it will be to pull multiple MAX units in relatively quick succession, but that data doesn't touch on just how miserable chain-pulling can make things in less favorable situations. MAX units in massive battles were never close to as severe of an issue as MAX units in 1-12 or 12-24 fights, especially those with skewed population.
Many players frankly will not be familiar with this aspect of the game. Quite conveniently, it's also not uncommon for the same players who are constantly spotted surrounded by 70% or 80% teammates to be the same players who have no problem with MAX units. Not having to struggle against a horde of 20 people with MAX units as a half-squad of players must have that effect.
The Value of Killing a MaxUnfortunately, the new PTS patch notes do not include any limitations on MAX units that would prevent their usage in small fights or by the faction with substantial overpop at a fight. The one thing that keeps MAX units in check in these kinds of fights currently is the nanite cost, the only caveat being the ability for MAX units to take revives.
Removing the ability to take revives will increase the value of killing MAX units as an underpopulated faction, but if the MAX can simply be pulled again multiple times after it's defeated, this kill value is greatly decreased, arguably to a point that MAX units participating in fights like this will have effectively not been nerfed.
AlternativesIf for whatever reason it is off the table for the MAX unit cost to remain at 450 nanites, these are acceptable alternative solutions that would provide a similar enough effect. They are ordered by preference.
In Defense of Cooldown TimersAdmittedly, in a perfect world, an on-death cooldown timer should probably also accompany a 450 nanite MAX unit. In reality, it has unfortunately been made clear that it is considered acceptable for people to be able to constantly have access to a MAX on demand. Pushing for both a cooldown timer and the 450 nanite cost seems unrealistic at this time.
If the fight is longer and more drawn out than five minutes, there will be enough time for the timer to expire and the player can now pull another MAX. This also is likely to be the case in large fights where MAX units are less oppressive.
If the fight is short enough that the death timer does not expire before it ends, it's highly likely that the MAX unit would either not be needed or would not have made enough impact. In the case of a quick loss, a single last-minute MAX pull is very unlikely to make a difference. In the case of a quick capture, a quick capture timer almost always indicates one of the following:
Aegis Shield Balance
SynopsisAegis Shield, the NC MAX unit shield ability, is currently too powerful and receives no changes on the PTS. The shield plays a role that turns the NC MAX into an extremely powerful and even tankier force multiplier beyond what is acceptable or balanced in the infantry sphere.
Current State (Not Preferred)Currently, Aegis Shield has a separate health pool from that of the MAX unit. At rank 5, the shield has a maximum of 2,250 energy and inherits the MAX unit's resistances. Since a MAX has 2,000 base health (before resistances), this means the shield has the same health as 1.125 MAX units. To defeat a shielded NC MAX currently, a player must deal over two MAX units in damage. For reference, only the Aegis Shield's 2,250 energy has the following equivalents after resistances are applied:
Additionally, the shield can be held up indefinitely, only going down when triggered by the player or running out of energy due to taking damage ("breaking"). As long as the shield does not break, the player is free to raise and lower the shield at will, can reload while the shield is up and shoot while it is down, and the shield regenerates 150 energy per second while lowered. If the shield breaks it incurs a five-second cooldown penalty, during which it cannot be activated and its energy will not begin to recharge.
All that capability only hinges on making sure the shield energy doesn't reach zero, but even in the instance that it does there's only a five-second penalty on reuse and recharge. While this may seem more appropriate for larger fights, it is far beyond acceptable for any environment involving fewer players.
Proposed State (Preferred)Rather than simply nerfing the shield's stats to make it less strong, it should receive a minor rework to its functionality. The shield health and energy regeneration can remain the same and reloading while the shield is equipped can stay, but its mechanics should be different.
Rather than activating and deactivating the shield at-will, (think heavy shield or medic heal aura), the shield should require slightly more commitment to match the damage it can absorb. Upon lowering the shield, it begins a cooldown during which it cannot be raised. This cooldown should probably be around 20 seconds, emphasizing the shield's role as a powerful ability that enhances the already powerful nature of the MAX unit, and not an extension of its normal capability.
Additionally, the shield would be given a maximum duration of approximately ten seconds. This should be plenty of time to activate the shield and either get out of danger, or get into danger (whatever one may prefer).
For clarity, here is a step-by-step walkthrough of how the Aegis Shield would behave under this proposal:
An Alternative ProposalIf the above rework is completely undesirable to the point that it is unable to be tweaked to an acceptable point, there is another (much more boring) solution. The shield energy pool should simply be reduced significantly. It is unreasonable for one faction's MAX unit to have unlimited uptime on a shield that has more effective health than the MAX itself.
It seems likely that the resistances of the shield being inherited from the MAX unit itself goes beyond design choices and has its own technical reasoning, so that's not going to change in case it can't be changed. Instead, reducing the shield's maximum energy pool to 1325 base energy should be adequate. This change would have the following effects once resistances are applied:
In SummaryFor these MAX nerfs to have a real, observable impact on the live game, it is imperative that the nanite cost does not get reduced. It should absolutely remain at 450 nanites. The other MAX changes look pretty good, but many of them will be completely undermined and some existing issues may even be exacerbated if the cost is reduced. The appeal to releasing a "balanced" nerf wherein MAX units get some kind of benefit out of it is understandable, but not only is this not the way to do that, MAX units have been so oppressively powerful for so long that they quite frankly don't deserve a compensatory buff. The nerf does not have to be "balanced" in this way to be a fair one.
If MAX units are to be balanced adequately across factions, it is also extremely important that the Aegis Shield gets reeled in. It is many times more powerful than the other factions' MAX abilities, while also being ever-present in the NC MAX tool kit and far beyond what would be considered balanced on its own.
There are other changes that would round out this MAX change list quite well and bring them to a state that is less adversarial to the entire rest of the infantry game, but these two issues take precedent over others due to how lackluster the changes may be if they are not addressed. That does not mean that addressing these two issues alone will make things whole; they will not, but they will be a good step toward such a state.
2023.03.17 20:32 TastyWallet The Mathematics Behind Badges and Maximizing Rent
2023.03.17 18:41 Chico237 #NIOCORP~ U.S. MILITARY DEPENDS ON CRITICAL MINERALS VITAL FOR U.S. SECURITY plus- Critical Minerals for the EU, DoE/LPO updates, USGS Mapping & more...
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#NIOCORP~ U.S. MILITARY DEPENDS ON CRITICAL MINERALS VITAL FOR U.S. SECURITY plus- Critical Minerals for the EU, DoE/LPO updates, USGS Mapping & more...
MARCH 16, 2023, ~America’s Military Depends on Minerals That China Controls~ Rethinking supply chains is vital for U.S. security.By Morgan D. Bazilian, Emily J. Holland, and Joshua Busby
America's Military Needs to Detach Critical Mineral Supply Chains From China (foreignpolicy.com)
A conveyor belt carries chunks of cobalt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Feb. 16, 2018. SAMIR TOUNSI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
In 1944, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, the rapid advance of Allied forces across Europe suddenly stalled due to fuel shortages. In the famous words of then-Gen. George Patton: “My men can eat their belts, but my tanks have gotta have gas.”
Patton’s quote is a testament to the crucial role of supply chains and logistics in military operations. Simply stated, supply chains win wars and save lives. Materials need to be in the right place at the right time.
For the United States today, those materials include many more resources than fuel for tanks. A host of so-called critical minerals are essential to building and maintaining modern weapons systems. In today’s globalized world, the United States and other major world powers are alarmingly dependent on other nations—first and foremost China—for these materials. China’s rapid buildup of a sophisticated military has rendered it America’s most consequential strategic competitor and has set the so-called pacing threat for American defense strategy.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrated the dangers inherent in heavy dependence on another state, especially a hostile one. The war ushered in the most serious energy crisis since the 1970s and forced Europe, which had become dangerously complacent about reliance on Russian oil and gas, to spend billions of euros seeking alternate suppliers and insulating consumers from inflation and astronomical energy prices.
If you’ve heard of critical minerals before, then it was likely in the context of climate change and the energy transition. Lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite, and many other minerals are critical for building electric car batteries, wind turbines, solar panels, and other clean energy technologies. Russia’s war in Ukraine has hastened the clean energy transition and pointed a spotlight on the availabilities of these minerals.
But beyond the national security implications of energy security, a steady and secure supply of critical minerals is just as essential if the United States wishes to maintain its role as a military superpower.
This national security aspect of critical minerals does not garner the same public attention as the energy transition due, in part, to the necessary secrecy that surrounds military preparedness and planning. But the fact remains: The United States and its allies do not produce anywhere near enough of these minerals to maintain our military’s technological edge in the coming decades.
The U.S. Defense Department has also been a longtime leader in materials science and advanced weaponry, fields that require abundant minerals and metals and where demands can suddenly and dramatically jump. Consider the massive shipments of armaments that are going to Ukraine or the armaments that must be stored up for possible postures in the South China Sea.
But maintaining the U.S. military’s existing stockpiles is only one challenge. Despite the fact that the United States is not engaged in direct conflict, the war in Ukraine has depleted U.S. stocks of some types of ammunition to “uncomfortably low” levels. The U.S. Army is now conducting research into how to support its current ammunitions industrial base and has asked Congress for $500 million a year to upgrade ammunitions plants. Developing advanced weaponry will require new critical minerals and the supply chains that deliver them. Advanced semiconductors are crucial components of missile guidance systems, cyberwarfare, and artificial intelligence capabilities. These semiconductors require materials, including gallium, arsenic, and neon—much of which are located and produced in Russia, China, and Ukraine. The United States does not produce gallium, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine halved the world’s supply of semiconductor-grade neon.
The U.S. Geological Survey keeps a list of these and other minerals critical to U.S. national security, economic, infrastructure, and energy needs. In 2018, the list comprised 35 minerals. By 2020, it had grown to 50 minerals, with many focused on military applications. Some of these minerals include titanium for aerospace components, high temperature superalloys for turbines and hypersonic missiles, ceramic matrix composites, and hypersonic thermal protection systems. Another mineral on the list—lanthanum—is used for night vision goggles. Beryllium is used for targeting and surveillance systems as well as for fighter jets.
Some critical minerals are used for the sonar, radar, and surveillance systems that form the U.S. military’s first line of defense. Neodymium and samarium are used for powerful magnets that can withstand high temperatures. Germanium is used for infrared devices and in solar panels on military satellites. Niobium is used in the superalloys that jet engines are made from, and holmium is needed for solid state lasers.Although some of these minerals can and are sourced by ally-shoring, other minerals and intermediate products are sourced primarily from China. Moreover, after mining, these minerals must be refined and processed along an international value chain. The same lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles in the suburbs also have military applications, including electric-powered tactical vehicles, autonomous systems, and austere operational concepts. In 2019, although China mined less than 20 percent of the world’s total supply of lithium, it controlled more than 60 percent of its refining and production capacity.
Graphite is another key mineral used in battery production for electric vehicles. In 2022, the U.S. imported 100 percent of its graphite, nearly a third of which was sourced from China. Currently, China controls 100 percent of the refining and production of spherical graphite needed for anodes in battery production.
For its part, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) lists more than 50 such materials on its website, all with key military uses. Each year, it conducts strategic sales as well as acquisitions based on future needs. And those do not include the massive needs of the Pentagon’s main defense contractors.
At last count, the DLA had an emergency stockpile of 47 commodities with a market value of more than $1.5 billion. This stockpile was initially founded after World War I, when “leading American scientists sought to educate industrialists and those in government on the necessity of having a national minerals plan in hope that America would not return to its old isolationist thinking,” according to an official history.
Last fall, Congress authorized $1 billion for the National Defense Stockpile to acquire strategic and critical materials, an important step toward creating additional buffer stocks in the event of crises and disruptions in supply chains. However, the appropriation for fiscal year 2023 only included $93.5 million for the stockpile and about $373 million for minerals-related purchases under the Defense Production Act.Over the past few years, the Pentagon has pushed to strengthen domestic production of critical minerals. A framework for this plan was pursued under the 2019 use of the Defense Production Act and was expanded under the Biden administration to include battery materials. But the Pentagon cannot work alone. To overcome regulatory and legal hurdles that have hamstrung U.S. mining, production, and supply chain sectors for decades, elected officials, regulators, and environmental groups must put aside their differences and work together.
The impetus for this crucial collaboration would be justified by climate change concerns alone. But as security and geopolitical challenges of the 21st century continue to mount, it is abundantly clear that the future of the U.S. military also relies on a more robust domestic supply chain for critical minerals.Morgan D. Bazilian is the director of the Payne Institute and a professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines.
Emily J. Holland is an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
Joshua Busby is a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Reposting SEE ~2023 National Defense Act Calls out NIOBIUM & TITANIUM & SCANDIUM & the need to establish a U.S. Industrial Base for the Supply & Processing of ALL! (Pages # 242-#256)~https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20220711/CRPT-117hrpt397.pdfSCANDIUM PAGE # 246 Briefing on the Establishment of Domestic Scandium Processing Facilities in the United States
"Therefore, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, to provide a briefing to the House Committee on Armed Services not later than May 1, 2023, on public and private sector activities, working with allied nations, to establish scandium processing facilities in the United States, especially facilities based on more efficient, cleaner, and less energy intensive technologies. This briefing will also include how these processing facilities will help the United States reduce dependence on and compete more effectively with China and Russia."
Department of Defense on NIOBIUM PAGE #250 Control of Niobium by the Chinese Communist Party
"Therefore, the committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to provide a briefing to the House Committee on Armed Services by December 31, 2022, on current global sources of supply of niobium along with a cost-benefit analysis of establishing a domestic supply of high purity niobium oxides. The briefing shall: (1) differentiate between ferroniobium and high-purity niobium (the critical niobium oxide precursor); (2) address the possibility of using underutilized byproduct niobium feedstocks from coproduced materials in the United States to strengthen the domestic industrial base for other key refractory materials such as tantalum; and (3) include a list of defense programs that are significant users of niobium or where niobium is a critical component."
TITANIUM PAGE #250 & #253 Department of Defense Access to Titanium
"Therefore, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the heads of other appropriate Federal departments, to submit to the House Committee on Armed Services an unclassified briefing not later than December 31, 2022, that includes: (1) a description of the public and private sector activities to cooperate and establish efficient titanium processing facilities in the United States or in trusted partner countries; and (2) an analysis of how such facilities will help the United States reduce dependence on strategic competitors."
MARCH 2023 ~ Securing Europe's supply of critical raw materials The material nature of the EU's strategic goals ~
Securing Europe's supply of critical raw materials (europa.eu)739394_EN.pdf)
SUMMARYOver the past centuries, humanity has used an increasing share of the known elements to foster technological innovation, in particular metals. Today, a wide range of key technologies across all industries, from chips to batteries, medical imaging to tanks, rely on the unique physical properties of some specific critical raw materials (CRMs). Demand for CRMs is projected to skyrocket in the coming years. However, as the transition to 'net-zero' and the digital age is particularly materialsintensive, it remains uncertain whether supply will keep up with the expected needs. Moreover, recent pledges for higher defence spending will also require more CRMs. The EU's ambition to become a climate-neutral economy by 2050, and its ability to sustain the green and digital transitions and achieve strategic autonomy, all rely heavily on reliable, secure and resilient access to CRMs. CRM supply chains are global, complex, and fragile, which makes them vulnerable to a wide range of risks, including those linked to geopolitical tensions. The supply of CRMs is often more concentrated than that of fossil fuels. Furthermore, the EU's reliance on imports ofCRMs is extremely high, sometimes reaching 100%(e.g. for rare earth elements– REEs). The EU's strategic dependency in the supply of REEsis a notable example ofthe challenges linked to the EU's over-dependence on supply chains dominated by third countries. Over the past few years, to avoid replacing its dependency over fossil fuels by another,on CRMs, the EU has reviewed all relevant policies to foster its security of supply, mixing industrial, research and trade policies with international partnerships. It is expected to go further with the announced proposal for a CRM act. Possible measures that could help the EU tackle these challenges include diversifying CRM primary sourcing; promoting a fully circular approach to CRM use; and implementing contingency planning, mitigating and emergency measures, including stockpiling. The European Parliament has promoted an integrated approach throughout the CRM value chain under a European strategy for CRMs, to increase the EU's supply. It has recently emphasised that a new European Sovereignty Fund should increase European investment in the raw materials sector.
Home - NioCorp Developments Ltd.NIOCORP WILL MINE, SEPARATE & PROCESS ALL THREE! ~NIOBIUM, SCANDIUM & TITANIUM. ONGOING FINAL PATENT PENDING FINAL DEMONSTRATION PLANT OPERATIONS ARE ALSO WORKING TOWARDS PROVING OUT VIABLE REE'S IN ADDITION TO IMPROVED RECOVERIES FOR NIOBIUM & TITANIUM INCLUDING POTENTIAL UPGRADING OF OXIDES!
*GIVEN JIMS RESPONSE ON 3/13/2023 To the following Questions as a NASDAQ listing approaches. ***
A) Is/Could an "ANCHOR" Investos still have interest in the Elk Creek Project? Comment If you can... (A,B,C,D.... as all options are on the table.)Response: ~"YES."~
B) Is Niocorp still engaged with "Several Federal Agencies" other than the EXIM Bank as sources for "Debt" or Off-take agreements? Comment if you can...Response: ~"Yes, multiple federal agencies, elected officials in the Congress, and the WH."~
ON MARCH 6th 2023 ~Export-Import Bank of the United States Issues Letter of Interest to NioCorp for Potential Debt Financing of up to $800 Million for NioCorp’s Elk Creek Critical Minerals Project~Export-Import Bank of the United States Issues Letter of Interest to NioCorp for Potential Debt Financing of up to $800 Million for NioCorp's Elk Creek Critical Minerals Project - NioCorp Developments Ltd.
~DoE/LPO Monthly Application Activity Report for Feb. 2023~(Could Other Options (A, B, C, D... also be on the table???)
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MEANWHILE USGS CONTINUES THE SEARCH ~ Mar 17, 2023, ~A government program hopes to find critical minerals right beneath our feet!~ By Maddie Stone
Federal scientists are using recon flights and field research to track down metals that are key to the energy transition.A government program hopes to find critical minerals right beneath our feet Grist
While the U.S. government frets over shortages of the metals and minerals needed to transition off fossil fuels, it also lacks the basic geological knowledge needed to say where many of those resources are. Less than 40 percent of the nation has been mapped in enough detail to support the discovery of new mineral deposits, hampering the Biden administration’s plan to boost domestic mining of energy transition metals like rare earths and lithium, an essential ingredient in electric vehicle batteries. But the administration and Congress are now attempting to fill the maps in, by ramping up funding for the USGS’s Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI.
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A partnership between the federal government and state geological surveys, Earth MRI was established in 2019 with the goal of improving America’s knowledge of its “critical mineral” resources, a list of dozens of minerals considered vital for energy, defense, and other sectors. The initiative was quietly humming along to the tune of about $11 million per year in funding until 2022, when Earth MRI received an additional influx of $320 million, spread out over five years, through the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Since then, Earth MRI has kicked into overdrive, with the USGS launching dozens of new critical mineral-mapping efforts from Alaska to the Great Plains.
The USGS will be hunting for minerals both in the ground and at abandoned mines, where there may be valuable metals sitting in piles of toxic waste. The deposits they identify could eventually be extracted by mining companies, though experts say lawmakers and regulators will need to carefully weigh the benefits of mining against its social and environmental costs.
For now, says Earth MRI science coordinator Warren Day, the goal is to accomplish something that’s never been done before. “Nobody’s ever mapped all the critical minerals for the nation,” Day told Grist. “This is a huge undertaking.”A fine-grained volcanic rock, found on Pennington Mountain in Maine, that hosts rare earth elements, niobium, and zirconium. United States Geological Survey / Chunzeng Wang, University of Maine-Presque Isle
Indeed, the process of mapping the Earth is both labor intensive and time consuming: Geologists must be sent out into the field to record observations and locations of geological features like faults, take measurements, and make detailed interpretations of a landscape. Those interpretations might be augmented with laboratory analyses of soil and rock samples, as well as data collected by aircraft and other remote sensing instruments. It can take several years for researchers to synthesize all of that information into a map with a resolution of an inch to 2,000 feet, the standard scale that state geological surveys work at. Those geological maps don’t fully characterize ore deposits to determine whether they are economical to mine. But they often form a starting point for private companies to conduct that more detailed exploratory work.
“Our part is the definition of the geological framework where deposits could occur,” Day said. “Private industry takes that and tries to define the resources.”
That industry-led exploration can take an additional several years, after which it might take up to a decade to permit and build a mine, says Allan Restauro, a metals and mining analyst at the energy consultancy BloombergNEF. The mismatch between the time from exploration to mining, and the anticipated near-term ramp-up in demand for energy transition metals, has led many experts to predict we’ll see shortfalls of resources like lithium within the decade.
“Even if something were to be discovered right at this very instant, it may not be an actual producing mine until beyond 2030, when demand has shot up,” Restauro told Grist.
To help close the gap between mineral discovery and future demand, Earth MRI scientists are racing to collect as much baseline geological data as they can. The federal government is contracting private companies to do airborne geophysical surveys — flying specialized instruments over a region to measure specific properties of the rocks underfoot. The primary approach the USGS is using, called aeromagnetic surveying, measures slight variations in the Earth’s magnetic field that relate to the magnetic properties of local rocks. In some cases, the agency is also conducting radiometric surveys, which detect natural radioactive emissions from rocks and soils containing elements like thorium and uranium. These elements can indicate the presence of specific mineral types of interest: Thorium, for example, is often found alongside rare earth elements.
As the USGS is conducting reconnaissance from the air, state geologists are sent out to the field for detailed surface mapping and sampling.
Earth MRI scientists have identified more than 800 focus areas around the nation — regions with at least some potential to host critical minerals. With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law boosting the initiative’s total budget to $74 million annually from 2022 to 2026, the effort to survey all of them has ramped up “significantly,” says Jim Faulds, the president of the American Association of State Geologists. About twice as many states are now engaged in mapping projects as before the law, and individual projects are receiving three times the funding they were before. That’s expected to be a major boon for Western states like Nevada and Arizona, which have only had a quarter to a third of the land mapped in detail and are among the most promising places in the country to find energy transition metals.
“Many Western states are mineral rich,” Faulds said. “But we don’t necessarily know where those minerals are.”
Even in places where large mineral deposits have been discovered already, we don’t necessarily have detailed maps of the region. That’s the case for the Thacker Pass area near the Oregon border, host to some of the largest lithium resources in North America, as well as an area of west-central Nevada that has large lithium deposits. New Earth MRI-funded survey work in these areas will help define the full extent of these resources, says Faulds, who directs Nevada’s state Bureau of Mines and Geology.
In the eastern U.S., where some states are relatively well mapped, there’s still a potential for new discoveries. Geologists had no idea, for example, that the Pennington Mountain area of northern Maine was host to rare earth-rich rocks: Earth MRI funded a project in the area because it had previously been mined for elements like copper and manganese, said Anji Shah, a USGS geophysicist who contributed to the study.
“When we chose the area, we were thinking about those particular mineral resources,” Shah said. “It was only when we got the [airborne survey] data and we noticed some anomalies that we said, ‘Hey, this might be high in rare earth elements.’” Follow-up work in the field and lab confirmed not just elevated levels of rare earths, but also niobium and zirconium, minerals used in jet engine components and nuclear control rods.
Discoveries like this could ultimately lead to the establishment of new mines and new domestic supply chains for critical minerals, a key policy goal of the Biden administration. But as companies start clamoring to dig these rocks out of the ground, the administration will have to think carefully about how to balance its climate and national security priorities with the potential harms of mining, which can degrade local ecosystems, cause air and water pollution, and transform rural communities. Projects that aren’t sited carefully are likely to meet local resistance, as illustrated by a proposed lithium mine at Thacker Pass that recently began construction despite fierce opposition from conservationists, a local rancher, and Native American tribes.
“We’re going to discover many more deposits” out of Earth MRI, said Thea Riofrancos, a political scientist at Providence College in Rhode Island who studies the intersection between resource extraction and green energy. But the benefits of extracting those minerals, Riofrancos said, “should not be presumed.”
Riofrancos would like to see the government thinking holistically about better and worse places for mining, perhaps combining maps of mineral deposits with maps showing biodiversity, water resources, historically marginalized communities, and Indigenous lands, where a large fraction of today’s energy transition metal mining occurs, according to a recent study. (Day says the USGS always obtains written consent from tribes before mapping reservation lands.) Taking all of these factors into account when deciding where to permit new mining will help ensure that harm is minimized, Riofrancos says.
One of the more attractive places to hunt for energy transition metals could be abandoned mine land, which has already been degraded. Coal mining waste, for instance, can be enriched in rare earth elements; scientists with the Department of Energy are currently working out the best ways to extract them. Several years ago, Shah and her colleagues discovered that mining waste at abandoned 19th- and 20th-century iron mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains in New York is also enriched in rare earths — in particular, the so-called heavy rare earths that are more economically valuable.
Riofrancos sees the USGS’s inclusion of mine wastes in its mapping efforts as a positive sign. “The more industrially developed an area is, the less new harm is created by mining,” she said, adding that it might be possible to extract new metals from mine waste in tandem with environmental cleanup efforts.
But ultimately, it’s private companies that will decide, based on the trove of new information the government is collecting, which areas it wants to explore further for possible mining. And at this point, Faulds says, “there’s quite a bit of interest at all levels” in Earth MRI data.
“I would say companies are on the edge of their seats,” he said.
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2023.03.16 16:52 Intelligent_Page2732 Squid Game Token - Here's a blast from the past, well, the not so long ago past
About one and a half years ago we witnessed the launch and rugpull of $SQUID or SquidGameToken based on the TV show Squid Game, with the scammers taking over $3.3M worth of assets.submitted by Intelligent_Page2732 to CryptoCurrency [link] [comments]
It was certainly a very interesting time, while the mighty bullrun was raging on at that time and meme/shit coins were being created left and right faster than you could purchase them.
The popularity of meme coins like Shiba Inu and Dogecoin with no utility but massive returns helped the token gain a following as investors are always on the lookout for the next 10,000x gains.
Player 456 desperately looking for life changing gains
One token took the spotlight for a little while all thanks to the hype surrounding the TV show Squid Game, however the coin was in no way defenitely not affiliated with the Netflix show.
Let's take a little look at what happened back than:Within a couple days it amassed more than 57,000 followers and it's Telegram channel had more than 71,000 subscribers.
The token was launched on the Binance Smart chain on the 26th of October 2021 and after an interesting run of 6 days, the value of a Squid Coin rose by more than 23 million percent, from a little more than a mere cent to $2,861.80, and than back to almost Zero.
Squid Coin - typical rug pull chart
On the 1th November of 2021 the scammer deployed a un-verified malicious smart contract, essentially rugging all those 'poor investors.'
Deployment of malicious smart contract
BscScan located the wallets being associated with the Squid Game scam here. As you can see here the scammers swapped their BNB in batches of 100 and later sent it Tornado to steal the money of over 40,000 investors.
Shortly after this the scammers came with the following explanation:
But the pain for many investors could have been avoided, while it was launched it was almost clear from the beginning that $SQUID was a scam with a huge amount of 'red flags', but that didn't stop anybody from throwing money at it.
Red flags:How could you see if Squid Coin was a scam? Well, you could put real money into the Cryptocurrency, but there was absolutely no evidence you could ever take it out.
Just a couple 'red flags' pointed out:
What now?Back in 2021 a spokesperson of Binance accounced that their team launched an investigation, but to this day nothing has been recovered yet.
Statement from Binance
Somehow the token is still being traded and bought to daily according to Coingecko and Coinmarketcap. At this point throwing money in this Token is based on pure speculation and a complete gamble but be very wary with this because the scammers could come back anytime and steal the rest of investors money!
These types of scam projects have become all too common in the DeFi space as speculative crypto investors seeking the next ‘moon shot’ are quick to invest in projects without doing the appropriate due diligence.
Be careful out there!
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2023.03.15 16:57 SealLionGar What Rockford International Airport did to Bell Bowl Prairie.
Rockford International Airport bulldozed 10 acres of the 15, leaving only 6.2 acres left. They split the prairie in half, and ruined the most ancient part of it.submitted by SealLionGar to rockford [link] [comments]
They could've just left it alone, but due to demand of Amazon and UPS shipping, they expanded.
The one reason why they put a road right in the middle of Bell Bowl, was because a curved road around it, would have led to accidents.
They already had a road in place, but since they were so greedy they had to have two.
This grassland meadow wasn't touched for 8,000 years. I would have loved to visit it, but they fenced it off from the public.
Also, this place was home to endangered species, that should have been protected for the rest of time,
But due to a loophole allowed the airport to develop in the prairie. The Endangered Species Act didn't work, and the grassland didn't have legal protections.
From the Save Bell Bowl Prairie website:
"Bell Bowl Prairie is a Category I Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI) site, a designation granted by state biologists that reflects the site’s very high ecological quality. Bell Bowl Prairie contains some of the most intact and undisturbed natural plant communities found anywhere in the state of Illinois. There is less than one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%) of prairie remaining in the state of Illinois. Gravel prairies such as Bell Bowl occur on steep slopes, usually facing south or southwest, with abundant, low-growing grasses and wildflowers. Only a tiny fraction of this specific prairie type remains today in Illinois. Losing 5 acres of high quality gravel hill prairie is an unacceptable loss that cannot be mitigated with any effort known to science.
Several state and federally Threatened and Endangered species occur at Bell Bowl Prairie.
The Federally Endangered rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) was documented at Bell Bowl Prairie in August 2021. Young queens of this species overwinter in the soil. Ideal overwintering sites include uncompacted, sandy soils, abandoned rodent nests, downed logs, and soft soil under leaf litter. The soil at Bell Bowl is sandy and gravelly, uncompacted, with abundant low growing vegetation, and frequent animal burrows, providing ideal habitat. Several acres of trees and shrubs surround the prairie to the south and west. Impacts to this habitat could result in an illegal “take” (killing) of this federally Endangered species.
The site also supports habitat and contains many plants that co-occur with the federally Threatened prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya), which is known to occur in the region. As of the November 2019 Environmental Assessment, no search for this rare species had been conducted.
Threatened and Endangered species seen at Bell Bowl Prairie and on Rockford Airport grounds include:
I will never understand how the airport got away will developing over this habitat, I feel that the system is broken.
There's not so many of these grasslands left, and now I know that the state of Illinois doesn't give a damn about their remaining prairies.
They tore right through Bell Bowl, with no regard for the wildlife the live there.
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One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to improve your home is paint. Whether it is the outside or the inside, both areas will look new and transformed. Pick neutral shades and brighter trim colors. Plain white walls tend to make your home look like a rental and not owner occupied.
Before starting any project, you must have a good idea of the changes you will be making. A concrete plan is essential if you want your project to be within your budget and completed on time. Changing your plan in the middle can create problems both from a practical and monetary perspective. If you know what you want before you begin, it will be easier to keep your contractor happy.
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Is it cheaper to do it yourself or pay someone else? If you decide to completely re-do your bathroom, but know nothing about plumbing, it might be beneficial to pay a plumber to come in. Also, you can check out the self help books at your local building supply. Don't be afraid to ask. A simple project shouldn't cost more because of inexperience.
If you are concerned about adding value to your home, do not put in a swimming pool during your next home improvement project. The upkeep on a pool is very time consuming, and they are also difficult to clean. Your energy would be better spent on a project (such as a garden) that will give you a better return on the amount of money you are spending.
If you are hiring a contractor to work on your home improvement project, it is important to check their license number. Do not just take what the contractor tells you at face value; you can check their credentials online to ensure that they are licensed to perform the type of work you require. Unfortunately, some people will attempt to scam you, so it is best to be certain that you know who you are hiring.
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A normal wood fireplace 🌐Dark Age Defence Reviews used for heating might not be such a great idea. Aside from the looks, the heat created by a wood fire mostly escapes through the chimney. Even worse, maintaining a fire consumes a great deal of oxygen from the air in your house.
Opt to do your laundry every time your hamper fills up, instead of waiting for your dirty laundry to pile for a week. Throwing your laundry in the washing machine every two days cuts down the amount of time you need to spend folding, waiting for the washing machine and the dryer and puts less strain on your machine.
Homeowners undertaking major renovation work on high-value homes should engage an architect. While their services are expensive, architects make back their cost on large, complex projects. They help homeowners manage complex jobs involving multiple contractors and sub-contractors and have the aesthetic sensibilities which can preserve and increase the market value of an expensive home.
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An average-sized home that is poorly insulated can lose as much as 25 percent of its heat during the autumn and winter months. While updating your attic with glass fiber insulation materials may seem like a significant cost up front, you will quickly break even with the amount of money saved on your monthly heating bills.
Don't make the mistake of not sealing your grout after you put down tile. Properly mixed grout is quite porous. If you do not seal it, moisture can seep into the grout, promoting mold and mildew. Also, when grout is unsealed, it stains easily. If you seal your grout you will not have to fix it because of mildew.
If you want to remodel your kitchen, but the cost and time involved are too big of a commitment, consider refacing your kitchen cabinets. Refacing requires only the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and frame surfaces to be replaced. This usually only costs one-half to one-third of what a full cabinet replacement would cost. In addition, the work can be completed in a fraction of the time.
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It's a good idea to have an outlet put in the cabinets above where your microwave will go. When your microwave's plug is tucked away, it'll look great. Simple improvements like this can help you avoid a bunch of dangling cords in the kitchen.
Quotes and feedback from contractors should be viewed with a degree of skepticism. Contractors, even those with stellar reputations, could take advantage of homeowners who place too much trust in them. Problems and issues raised by the contractor should be verified before the homeowner considers spending more money or extending the construction schedule.
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Are you tired of getting bit up by bugs every time that you step outside of your home? Why not screen in your patio so you and your family can sit outside happily. Screening your patio is a great way to keep your home looking great all year long.
Do you have an older bet set? If so, you might want to consider building bed furniture yourself. It can prove to be challenging, but with some determination and perseverance, you can end up with furniture that is truly unique and reflects your own personality.
As the article states, there are many resources out there to assist with home improvement projects. A conscientious homeowner will do much research before beginning any type of home improvement project to insure that they have the correct materials and tools on hand to complete the project and ensure a successful improvement.
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2023.03.06 23:32 mountainextension Average volume is down 5.7x post splividend. Don't forget this is still a squeeze play, and DRS is all we can do to reduce the lendable supply.
Market reform is great and all, but let's remember the facts:submitted by mountainextension to Superstonk [link] [comments]
I've taken this line of reasoning and looked at some volume and price metrics over the last 2 years using Yahoo historical data to see if we can notice anything that might give us some insight into their current supply of shortable shares, and whether they could have closed at some point. (I don't like using Yahoo any more than the next guy, but I don't really see an alternative here.)
Here's a table summarizing the data I was looking at:
\Splividend occurred on 7/22/22.*
Given the extent of the shorting, I think it would take a while to unwind these positions, so these monthly averages seemed like a practical length of time to look at.
A couple other ways to slice this data:
Average volume post-sneeze, pre-splividend (2/5/21 - 7/22/22): 29.2 million
Average volume post splividend (7/25/22 - 3/6/23): 5.1 million
29.2/5.1 = 5.7
In other words, volume is down 5.7x after the splividend. I didn't want to include the January '21 volume data in here since it was so anomalous, and the report stated they didn't buy to close at that time, but it would obviously be down even more if we included that.
If you want to exclude the other anomalous months, here are those averages for 2022 before the splividend and after:
Average '22 volume before splividend (1/3/22 - 7/22/22): 16 mil.
Average '22 volume post splividend (7/25/22 - 12/30/22): 5.3 million
16/5.3 = 3.02
Not sure why exactly, but it seems like the splividend did something to turn off the unlimited share faucet.
Same data charted out here:
Average volume vs. price analysis over last 2 years indicates they haven't closed. Volume is down 5.7x since splividend. Keep buying and DRS until we can't.