[Rhode Island Governor] Raimondo will lift ‘pause,’ gatherings still limited to one household for Christmas - WPRI - December 18, 2020 [Neighboring state; reopening gyms, casinos and indoor recreation; indoor restaurants 50% cap.; %positive reduced from about 10% to 6%]
On Friday, the United States Supreme Court declined to intervene on behalf of a Nevada church challenging the state’s ban on religious gatherings of more than 50 people while casinos are allowed to fill with thousands as long as they are at 50 percent capacity.
Supreme Court denied an appeal by a Nevada church to ease the state’s 50-person cap on worship to operate at 50% of capacity like casinos amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberal members to form the majority
Stokes's Bristol Nightclub incident in detail (From: The Comeback Summer by Geoff Lemon)
IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a place where misadventure could begin, you can’t go past Mbargo. The nightclub’s streetfront is painted a purple so bright you’ll see it in your dreams. Strings of giant sequins shimmer in the breeze. Its phonically inventive name is spelt in silver letters that climb its three-storey terrace facade. Inside are strips of burning neon, a few booths, floorboards so marinated in drink that they have an ingredients list. Bristol is a student city on England’s south coast crowded with music and nightlife and street art. This is Banksy’s home town, and the tourism board suggests in rather strong terms that ‘you would be a fool not to see his amazing work firsthand’. The same organisation describes Mbargo as ‘intimate’, which is fair for a place where you can catch an STI standing up. Students cram into its modest dimensions while people with names like DJ Klaud battle for billing with £1.50 drink deals over seven sloppy nights a week. To get a sense of the story about to come, consider that it’s the kind of place open until two o’clock on a Monday morning, and that at two o’clock on a Monday morning, Ben Stokes still thought it had closed too early. The Ashes of 2017–18 had disciplinary bookends. It was after that series that Australia’s two leaders went off the rails in South Africa. It was a few weeks before that Ashes tour that England’s biggest star windmilled his way into his own disaster. In the early hours of 25 September 2017, Stokes and teammate Alex Hales were barred from re-entering Mbargo after a night out on the piss. A Sunday thrashing of an abject West Indies in an ignored series at the fag-end of the season apparently required ample celebration. After arguing with the bouncer and hanging about at the door for a while, they wandered off to find a casino in the hope of more drinking. They’d barely made it around the corner before getting in the middle of a conflict between four locals. As is said on the internet, it escalated quickly. The 26 September reporting was bloodless. Withholding names, police stated that a man ‘was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm’ while another went to hospital with facial injuries. England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss separately confirmed that Stokes was the arrestee, adding that he had been released without charge and that Hales had gamely offered to ‘help police with their enquiries’. Administrators had a good chance of hiding behind that investigation, and the next day Stokes was named in the upcoming Ashes squad as expected. But that night the video emerged. Bristol student Max Wilson had shot it on his phone, then offered it to The Sun. What he thought was playing hardball was actually lowball: his opening price of £3000 was snapped up by a tabloid that would have paid ten times that. The Sun went on to make a mint by syndicating the rights worldwide. From a window above the fray, the vision showed six men on the street below performing the muddled choreography of a melee. One was right at the centre of it. One was waving a bottle, one dipped in and out, one tried to calm it. Two others floated around the edges. The central figure was unmistakable: red hair burning even in the streetlight as he launched into a series of blows against two of the men, falling to grapple with them on the ground, then following both across the street, swinging punches the whole way. Hales trailed behind, repeatedly and impotently shouting ‘Stokes! Stop! Stokes! Enough!’ The ECB could fudge issues that existed only in thickets of legalese, but not those captured in moving colour. Stokes was stood down from the next West Indies match, then suspended indefinitely. It emerged that he had broken his hand during the fight, something he’d done twice before while punching objects in dressing rooms. The response in Australia was fierce: Stokes was a thug, a lowlife, a selection that would disgrace England. It was not entirely coincidental that a ban for England’s best player would be handy for the Aussie team, but there was also a cultural split. In England, plenty of people still minimise pub fights as lads letting off steam. In Australia, heavy media coverage as a succession of young men were killed had inverted that tolerance. The discourse now saw any punch as potentially deadly and accordingly reckless. This was more poignant in a cricket context given that David Hookes, the dashing Test batsman and state coach, was killed in 2004 by a pub bouncer’s fist. The PR situation was bad for Stokes as details emerged of the injuries to the men he’d hit, and that one was a young war veteran and father. Stokes wasn’t officially removed from the Ashes squad through October but stayed behind when his teammates left, hoping for police to dismiss the matter in time for a late dash to Australia. His annual contract was renewed on the due date in case that came to pass. Then 29 October brought a twist in the tale. ‘Ben Stokes praised by gay couple after defending them from homophobic thugs,’ ran the headline. Kai Barry and Billy O’Connell had emerged. Not entirely out of nowhere: while Stokes had made no public comment, this story in his defence had initially been leaked to TV host Piers Morgan after the fight, as soon as the video appeared. Police body-camera footage played in court would later show that Stokes had given the same story to the arresting officer on the night. But no-one knew the identities of the fifth and sixth men in the video, and police appeals had turned up nothing. It was The Sun again with the breakthrough. Kai and Billy were perfect for a readership not keen on nuance. ‘We couldn’t believe it when we found out they were famous cricketers. I just thought Ben and Alex were quite hot, fit guys,’ said Kai, who was memorably described as a ‘former House of Fraser sales assistant’. The paper had the pair do a full photo shoot: layering the fake tan, showing off chest waxes, mixing Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton into a range of outfits. Their best shot had them standing back to back, heads turned to the camera, in a mirror-image Zoolander moment. Suddenly The Sun was the England team’s best friend. ‘Their claims could lead to the all-rounder being cleared over the punch-up and freed to play in the First Test in Australia next month,’ it gushed, then gave a tasting platter of quotes: ‘We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero.’ ‘If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us.’ ‘We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman.’ Would it be known forever as Kai and Billy’s Ashes? No. While the Bristol boys provided spin for Stokes’ reputation they didn’t influence the police. With charges still pending there was little choice – not given Strauss had previously sacked Kevin Pietersen for being annoying. Stokes remained suspended through the Ashes and a one-day series in Australia, and lost the vice-captaincy. It was January 2018 before the Crown Prosecution Service laid a charge. That charge surprisingly came in as affray, a crime that can carry prison time but is classified as ‘a breach of the peace as a result of disorderly conduct’. The men he had punched, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, faced the same count, charged as equal participants in a fight rather than Stokes being charged with assaulting them. Alex Hales was not charged, despite being seen in the video to aim several kicks when Ryan Ali was lying on the ground. Given the underwhelming standing of the offence, Stokes was cleared by the ECB to tour New Zealand, and kept playing until his trial in August 2018, which he missed a Test to attend. None of the three defendants would be convicted. The reasoning behind the charges was never released and was attributed vaguely to ‘CPS lawyers’. The service gave the case to Alison Morgan, a prosecutor of a class known as Treasury Counsel who usually handle serious criminal matters. Morgan had a scheduling clash and never ended up court for the case, but in 2018 and 2019 she would go on to win damages and admissions of libel from The Daily Mail, The Times and The Daily Telegraph variously for incorrectly reporting that she had been responsible for the inadequate and inconsistent charging decisions. Morgan’s successor on the case was Nicholas Corsellis QC, who on the first day of trial was permitted by the CPS to request two assault charges be added against Stokes. ‘Upon further review,’ claimed a CPS statement, ‘we considered that additional assault charges would also be appropriate.’ This was patent nonsense from the service that eight months earlier had chosen the lesser charge. Any lawyer knows that no judge will allow new charges once a trial has begun, because the defence hasn’t had time to prepare. But such a request could deflect criticism of the prosecution service by technically making the judge the one who disallows the charge. Working through the story from the trial and the tape is complicated. You had a Ryan and a Ryan, a Hale and a Hales, a Billy and a Barry and a Ben. You had several versions of events as to who knew whom, who was drinking with whom, who had insulted whom and who had merely engaged in ‘banter’, a word that in modern Britain has to do an unconscionable amount of lifting. The reporting had constantly mixed up the Ryans as to who had which injury, who was in hospital, who had played which part in the fight, and whose mum had which stern words to say about it. Let’s agree that from now Ryan Ali is Ryan One, the firefighter who ended up with a fractured eye socket and a cracked tooth. Ryan Two can be Ryan Hale, the soldier who scored concussion and facial lacerations. Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell are best known per The Sun as Kai and Billy. In scorecard parlance we’ll leave the cricketers as Stokes and Hales. Amid the confusion, Stokes and his lawyers built his case in a straightforward way. The UK legal definition of affray is ‘if a person threatens or uses unlawful violence or force towards another person, which causes another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their safety’. That means it doesn’t account for violence that harms a target, but violence that might frighten a theoretical bystander. The wiggle room for Stokes was with ‘unlawful’, because the charge excuses violence in defending oneself or others. This interpretation hinged on the beginning of the video, where Ryan One waves a beer bottle about and takes a swing at Kai. The version from Stokes was that he was minding his own business walking down the street when he heard homophobic abuse. He intervened verbally and was threatened verbally by Ryan One – something that Ryan One denied but that couldn’t be proved or disproved. In fear for his safety Stokes had to nullify that threat by bashing Ryan One before it went the other way. He registered Ryan Two in his peripheral vision as another possible threat, and again had only one recourse. Stokes also had to convince the jury to disregard testimony from Mbargo’s bouncer that he had been looking for a fight. A solid lump of a man, Andrew Cunningham had not enjoyed his patron’s attempts to get back into the club after the bouncer declined an offer of a bribe. ‘He got a bit verbally abusive towards myself. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a cunt and I replied, “Thank you very much.” He just looked at me and told me my tattoos were shit and to look at my job.’ Cunningham described these words as coming in ‘a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone’, and said that Stokes still seemed angry as he walked away. These were details the doorman had nothing to gain by inventing, but each of them Stokes denied. By his own accounting he had drunk a beer at the game and three pints at his hotel, then ‘potentially had some Jägerbombs’ along with half a dozen vodkas at the club. He insisted that after all of this he was not drunk. If I may take a moment here to call upon the wisdom of experience – a person who cannot definitively say whether they have had any Jägerbombs has definitely had some Jägerbombs. A Jägerbomb is an experience that does not pass one by. Further to that, a person who says they have ‘potentially’ done something has definitely done that thing and doesn’t want to admit it. A person who has had between 15 and 24 standard drinks in one evening is shitfaced. A person who tries to bribe a bouncer £300 – three hundred quid! – to get into Mbargo – Mbargo! – is beyond shitfaced. If Stokes admitted that he was drunk then the prosecution could say he was out of control. He claimed clear recall of assessing a threat, feeling fear and deciding to protect himself with force. He confidently denied details from the bouncer’s testimony, like using the word ‘cunt’ or mentioning gold teeth. Yet on other details he claimed a ‘significant memory blackout’. He didn’t remember the punch that saw Ryan One taken away by ambulance. He didn’t remember what the Ryans had said to Kai and Billy, only that those words were homophobic. With no head injury, as one of the few people who hadn’t been hit, he had supposedly suffered this memory loss despite being sober. The version from Kai and Billy was compatible but vague: they had been walking along, they ‘heard … shouts’ of abuse from an unspecified source, then Stokes ‘stepped in’ and thus they avoided possible harm. They claimed to have been bought a drink by Stokes at Mbargo, although CCTV showed them meeting outside. The overall implication from both accounts was that the cricketers had been pals with Kai and Billy, while the Ryans as per The Sun’s headline were a roving band of thugs. The reality though is that the Ryans were the ones hanging out with Kai and Billy at Mbargo. Police discussed CCTV from inside the club in questioning and at trial. On that footage the four Bristolians bought drinks for one another, danced together, and Kai was noted to have variously touched Ryan Two’s crotch and Ryan One’s buttock. Ryan One told police that all of this was taken lightheartedly and wasn’t a problem. Indeed, when the Ryans called it a night the other two left with them. This much is clear from footage out the front of Mbargo, which shows Kai and Billy exit the club and start talking with a subdued Hales and a demonstrative Stokes, who are stuck outside. The vision was played in court to determine whether Stokes was antagonistic towards Kai and Billy, as he appears to impersonate them and to throw a lit cigarette their way. More interesting is that after a few minutes the Ryans emerge, and all six actors in the fight video briefly form a prequel in the one frame. Ryan Two pats Billy on the chest in friendly fashion with his right hand before clapping him on the back with his left. He moves past and does the same to Kai before leaving the shot. Ryan One stops to speak to Kai. They lean in for a moment, talking, then Kai turns and they walk out of frame together. Billy hangs around for a few seconds at the door and then looks after them and races to catch up. Stokes and Hales remain outside the club to remonstrate further with the bouncers. Whatever discord develops around the corner is between four men who left amicably together minutes earlier. There’s no way to know what caused that friction. If Ryan One did use homophobic slurs, he might have been drunkenly obnoxious for no reason. He might have had an insecure macho response to some extra flirtation. He might have thought unkindness was funny – ‘banter’ once again. Or he might have said something that was misunderstood, as both Ryans insisted in court that they had not used nor had the impulse to use any abusive language. What clearly didn’t happen was an attack by bigots on random passers-by. This kind of crime is regular enough that an audience understands the horror of it, and this is what was evoked by the public accounts of Stokes, Billy and Kai. All we know is that there was some verbal dispute among the Bristol locals, and that Stokes came along behind them and put himself in the middle of it. Ryan One responded to the interference aggressively and away they went. There are plenty of reasons to look sideways at the idea that Stokes was a saviour. Foremost, neither Kai nor Billy was called upon as witnesses in court. You’d think it would be ideal to have Stokes’ story backed up by those who benefited from his selflessness. But his defence team had developed the impression that the pair had shown a changeable recall of events amid a hard-partying lifestyle, and would be dismantled by the prosecution on the stand. That raises the question of whether The Sun coached their quotes for the 2017 interview. Despite missing court, Kai and Billy clearly enjoyed the attention. In 2018 after the trial they did a follow-up spread in the same paper about how poor Ben had been mistreated. They got a television spot on Good Morning Britain and glowed about his heroism. In 2019 The Sun wheeled them out once more to say that Stokes should get a knighthood. In 2017 they had ‘never watched cricket’ but by 2019 were supposedly volunteering sentences like, ‘He saved us, now he’s saved the Ashes.’ Whether they were paid for these appearances is not known, but the chance to be famous for a day can be lure enough. If you find this cynical, consider that on the night in question, the Bristol boys were so deeply moved and thankful for Ben’s intervention that they left him to be arrested and never attempted to find out who he was. Seconds after the video ended, an off-duty policeman reached the scene. You might think that someone grateful to a saviour would speak on his behalf. Instead, said Kai, ‘it all got a bit scary so we walked off. It was too much for me and we went to Quigley’s takeaway for chicken burgers and cheesy chips.’ They didn’t give their hero a thought for over a month while police issued multiple appeals for witnesses. As for Stokes, he told his arresting officer that ‘his friends’ had been attacked. After three minutes of chat outside a nightclub, these friends were so dear to him that he has never contacted them again: not after the newspaper piece, not after the verdict. He didn’t want to see how they were or thank them for their support. He didn’t mention them by name in his solicitor’s statement after the trial. The Stokes defence rested on Ryan One’s bottle, which he had carried out of Mbargo to finish a beer, not to use in a Sharks versus Jets amateur production. But once he turned it over to hold it by the neck it became a weapon. Intent and interpretation can change the material nature of things. Part of Stokes’ justification in court was that the bottle implied that the two Ryans might have ‘other weapons’ hidden away. You can understand how a jury could decide that created doubt. Not being convicted, though, doesn’t give the contents of the video a big green tick. It does not, as his lawyer claimed, vindicate Stokes. Looking in detail, Ryan One is belligerent but his movements telegraph a bluff. Hales is the person he’s gesturing at, but they’re several metres apart when Ryan One cocks his arm ostentatiously, showing off the bottle rather than bracing to swing. He skips forward but Hales skips back and Ryan One doesn’t follow. Kai stretches out an arm to impede Ryan One, who has a drunken stumble, nearly eats pavement, then staggers towards Kai and hits him in the back. That hand is still holding the bottle, but his strike is a side-arm cuff on a soft part of the body. It’s all pretty tame. This is where Stokes gets involved. Having moved across to protect Hales, he now takes three large steps to run around Kai and booms his first punch at Ryan One. They fall to the ground and the bottle clinks away. Stokes gets to his feet to punch down at the fallen man, while Hales arrives to kick him ineffectively then runs off across the street for some unknown reason. Ice-cream van? Stokes is soon back in the grapple having his shirt pulled up to show off his Durham tan. Ryan Two steps in for the first time to pull Stokes away, prompting a couple more random punches at this new target, then Stokes trips backwards over Ryan One and sprawls in the street. Hales chooses this moment to return and aim some solid kicks at the head of the man on the ground. Nothing so far is a triumph of moral philosophy or the pugilistic arts. But if it all stopped here, perhaps you could say it was somewhere approaching fair. Ryan One has behaved like a turnip and it’s not an entirely unjust world that would give him a whack across the chops. The antagonists have disentangled, Stokes has some distance, it’s time to dust off and go home. Ryan Two steps forward for this purpose with his palm raised in conciliatory style and says, ‘Settle down, stop.’ So Stokes punches him. It’s roughly his fifth punch overall, and he really winds up into this one. He misses so hard that he stumbles away into the shadows of the shop awnings along the road. Hales starts shouting for him to stop. Ryan Two backs into the street, still holding his palm up. Stokes closes on him from about five metres away, six large steps, to where Ryan Two is standing on his own. Stokes pushes him a couple of times, as Ryan Two keeps trying to placate him and saying ‘Stop.’ Stokes throws his sixth punch, largely missing as his target ducks. Ryan Two keeps pulling away and reversing, into the middle of the street now. Stokes follows him, grabbing his sleeve to drag him back. By this point Ryan One has found his feet and walked around behind his friend. Both of them are in the same line of sight for Stokes, and both are backing away. Stokes aims his seventh and his eighth punches, which Ryan Two tries to deflect, as Hales walks up behind Stokes to grab him. Stokes yanks away from his friend and switches to Ryan One instead, taking seven paces to grab him before throwing his ninth punch of the night. He grabs again; Ryan One blocks that arm and pushes himself back away from Stokes. Ryan Two again intercedes, putting himself between the two with his palms up and his arm extended. Stokes throws his tenth punch, a right-hander at the face of Ryan Two, then shoves him backwards. Ryan Two backs away once more, four paces. Stokes follows, steadies, lines up, then launches his strongest punch yet, his eleventh, a proper right hook from a solid base, one that cracks across the man’s head and gives him concussion. Ryan Two ends up flat on his back in the middle of the street, his hands still outstretched for a moment in useless protest until they twitch and drop to the blacktop. Stokes isn’t done. He once more shoves away the restraining Hales and follows Ryan One, who keeps backing away saying, ‘Alright, alright, alright.’ Five more paces from Stokes before another blow at the man’s head. Kai and Billy are now standing over the poleaxed Ryan Two. The video ends, but seconds later Stokes will punch Ryan One hard enough to knock him out too, before off-duty cop Andrew Spure arrives on the scene to bring down the curtain. When the body-camera footage kicks in some minutes later, Stokes is in handcuffs but Ryan One is still laid out in the street. Ryan Two has regained consciousness, folded his shirt under his friend’s head and is asking police for an ambulance. ‘At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others.’ This was how Stokes described that sequence to the court. An elite athlete with years of gym work and training to snap a bat through the line of a ball with astounding power and precision, swinging fists as hard as he can at men with none of those advantages. Punching so hard that he breaks his hand, and repeatedly shoving away a friend so he can punch some more. Frightened and threatened by two targets shouting ‘Get back!’ and ‘Stop!’ The off-duty officer testified that Stokes ‘seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to’ Ryan One, who was ‘trying to back away or get away from the situation’. The student who filmed the video can be heard on the tape at one stage exclaiming ‘Fuck!’ and testified that it was because ‘I felt a little bit sorry about the lad that had been punched and it looked like he had his hands up’. That tallied with the prosecutor’s depiction of ‘a sustained episode of significant violence that left onlookers shocked at what was taking place’. The defendant stuck to his strategy. ‘No, my sole focus was to protect myself.’ All up, in the 33 seconds of footage after he falls over, Stokes takes 35 steps forward to keep hitting two men who keep trying to get away. Not once is he hit back. After the verdict, Stokes’ solicitor positioned him as the victim. It had been ‘an eleven-month ordeal for Ben … The jury’s decision fairly reflects the truth of what happened that night … He was minding his own business … It was only when others came under threat that Ben became physically engaged. The steps that he took were solely aimed at ensuring the safety of himself and the others present …’ The statement was impossibly self-righteous and self-absorbed. If there was anyone to feel sorry for it was Ryan Hale, the second of our two Ryans. He’s the one who emerged from the club with a friendly arm around the shoulder for Kai and Billy. He’s the one who interposed himself to end the fight, then kept putting himself back in the firing line, trying to calm an intimidating stranger while dodging blows. For his show of restraint he got laid out regardless, concussed in the street, then was issued a criminal charge equal to that of the man who hit him, and described in national media as a violent bigot in an untested story to support that man’s defence. Lawyers for Ryan Two made a more convincing post-trial statement, noting that Kai and Billy, ‘neither of whom were relied upon by the prosecution or the defence team for Mr Stokes, have taken the opportunity to speak with various media outlets about the alleged homophobic abuse that they received in the early hours of September 25. Mr Hale has passionately denied this allegation throughout the course of this case,’ it continued. ‘It is upsetting to Mr Hale that although he was acquitted, the accusation that he was the author of such abuse remains. Both Mr Hale and Mr Ali were knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes, and although Mr Stokes has been acquitted of an affray, Mr Hale struggles with the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service did not treat him as a victim of an unlawful assault.’Good question. Avon and Somerset police were the investigating force, and they were frustrated by the decision. Ryan Two was filmed clearly not hurting anyone, but police were instructed by the CPS to proceed with a charge. Hales (the cricketer) was filmed fighting but ‘a decision was made at a senior level of the CPS’ not to proceed. Police expected Stokes to be charged with assault but the CPS declined. It doesn’t take a wild cynic to think that placing the same lukewarm charge on three men for vastly divergent behaviour might ensure that none would be convicted, even as the trial would maintain the pretence that a defendant of influential standing had not been given a free pass. A couple of years down the line, the original interview with Kai and Billy has disappeared. All traces have been scrubbed from The Sun website, its social media history, and even from the Wayback Machine internet archive. Given its headline of ‘homophobic thugs’ and text that names Ryan Two but not Ryan One, the libel liability isn’t hard to spot. Later interviews with Kai and Billy take the passive voice – they ‘suffered homophobic slurs outside a Bristol nightclub’. The article that was once claimed to exonerate brave Ben Stokes now links only to a missing content page, with a picture of a dropped ice-cream cone and the phrase ‘legal removal’ inserted into the web URL. In terms of consequences, Stokes missed one tour. When he resumed his career in January 2018, the Australians hadn’t yet ruined theirs. Their year-long bans looked much more stringent. But the Stokes case dragged on in other ways. With no criminal liability, the Australians confessed promptly enough for the sporting world to give them the full length of the lash. Their situation was ugly but there was closure. Stokes got stuck in legal stasis, unable to be fully backed or condemned. Instead his issue was always present, a browser full of open tabs that the ECB swore they would read any day now. Through 2018 Stokes was back but he wasn’t back, in the sunglasses and finger-guns sense. In his return one-day series he nearly cost England a match with 39 from 73 balls in Wellington. His first Test hit was a duck as England got rolled in Auckland for 58. At Trent Bridge while Stokes was injured, England posted a world record 481 against Australia. With Stokes three weeks later at the same ground they made 268. He crawled to 50 from 103, the second-slowest any Englishman had reached that milestone in 20 years. That span covered Alastair Cook’s whole career. It was apologetic batting, acting out responsibility via the scorecard. Stokes was creeping back into the team like he’d been kicked out in a blazing row and was hoping to tip-toe to the sofa. It was December 2018 before the ECB disciplinary committee ruled on him and Hales. In a ‘remarkable coincidence’, wrote Simon Heffer in The Telegraph, ‘the punishment both players faced in terms of bans from playing at international level was covered by the amount of games they had already missed when dropped by England’s selectors, in the furore that followed the incident’. The verdict compounded the omissions around the case by not addressing the violence at its heart. Nor did Stokes, apologising only ‘to my team-mates, coaches and support staff’, and then ‘to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute’. The implicit next step was to rebuild that reputation. It might have been easier had his court defence not meant that he wasn’t game to admit any fault at all. It might have been easier if he or his advisers had been willing to change tack once the trial was done. Imagine a world where Stokes had stood outside court and apologised for overreacting, for the injuries he’d caused, and for the time and energy he had sucked out of other people’s lives. That would have been a show of responsibility beyond a scorecard. When the time came around to assess forgiveness, it might have meant forgiveness was deserved.
Albeit a week late, I want to share my 2021 portfolio for documentation purposes and for whoever is interested. I aimed to balance risk in this portfolio with some growth names and legacy plays. Down to brass tacks, I am putting my money in the highest quality companies (in my view) across a diverse set of industries I find attractive. Some of these names are overvalued in the short term. However, I have realized I am not in the business of beating Wall Street’s pricing, but would rather hold high-quality companies that I believe will grow faster that the market in the long term. In other words, I am totally fine paying a short-term premium for growth and quality. Below is a summary of the portfolio and big picture reasoning behind each investment. I'm definitely open to any feedback.
ARK Genomic Revolution ETF
Evolution Gaming Group
ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (BATS: ARKG) - Invests in companies advancing genomics. The companies held in ARKG may develop, produce or enable: CRISPR, Targeted Therapeutics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Diagnostics, Stem Cells, Agricultural Biology.
Innovative industry. Since 2003 the cost to sequence a human genome has dropped from nearly $3bn to less than $1,000. ARK believes that as costs continue to drop, genomic sequencing will become a standard of care in oncology. It will introduce more science into healthcare decision making, enable personalized medicine, and accelerate drug discovery. ARK estimates that genomic sequencing revenues will grow 43% at an annual rate, from $3.5bn last year to $21bn in 2024.
Cathie Wood. She’s a beast stock picker. Out of all the ETFs she runs, her closest competitor trailed by 60%. Her worst ETF still doubled investors' money. Her strategy is to make investments into companies that she considers incredibly transformational and she has seen success doing it.
CrowdStrike (NASDAQ: CRWD) - Cybersecurity technology company that provides endpoint security, threat intelligence, and cyber attack response services.
Best in class technology. Remember about a week ago a bunch of Russian hackers breached SolarWinds? The same hackers also tried to hack CrowdSrike at the same time but were unsuccessful. I’ve wandered on to a bunch of cybersecurity forums, and the general consensus is CrowdStrike has developed the best cybersecurity solution by miles. CRWD is the undisputed leader in cybersecurity.
“Pick-and-shovel” investment into the world’s increasing digitization. Even in the absence of COVID, cybersecurity remains a key component of the world’s increasing digitization as cyberthreats have been an ongoing issue from the onset of the internet. In the last decade we have seen a bunch of hacks where companies have exposed sensitive customer information. It seems companies are just starting to realize the importance of cybersecurity.
Disney (NYSE: DIS) - Worldwide entertainment company that you all are probably familiar with.
Reopening trade. In 2019, parks generated 45% of total operating income for DIS. Full reopening and attendance in parks will be slow, but certainly benefit DIS when it happens. The company has been executing on several other segments in the meantime (i.e. streaming). It has proved competitive, increasing the margin of safety if parks take longer to reopen.
Fast-growing streaming division. DIS has proved agile as it successfully launched a streaming service, Disney+, that has already gained 86mn+ subscribers which was the company’s original 5 year target. This is promising as it shows management can adapt to rapidly changing technology trends.
Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) - Designs and manufactures software-driven home energy solutions that span solar generation, home energy storage and web-based monitoring and control.
Shift to clean energy; ENPH emerging as market leader. Going into 2021, sentiments towards solar have been at an all time high. This trend is expected to continue, especially after the Georgia run-off results. Solar firms are expected to benefit from extended tax incentives on both the consumer and producer ends.
Technological advantage. ENPH has developed the industry leading solution and is rapidly taking market share from its primary competitor, SolarEdge. Pricing reflects this, but it's expected to continue. Among key competitors, Enphase has been one of the lowest cost producers. Its low-cost structure is a major contributing factor to its improving margins.
Evolution Gaming Group (OTC: EVVTY) - Swedish company that develops, produces, markets and licenses integrated B2B live casino solutions for gaming operators.
Early mover advantage. Evolution’s lack of competition enables it to rapidly grow in new markets and create a loyal customer base, with high switching costs. The company has effectively grown EBITA margins from 41.6% in 1Q18 to 64.8% in 3Q20. Margin expansion is expected to continue.
Massive untapped markets. Europe is estimated to be around $2.5bn (EVVTY has 50% market share), Asian market is ~15x the size of Europe (150% YoY growth for EVVTY in Asia). North America’s market is ~$210mn, a 42% increase YoY, with NJ and PA the only states currently operating (NY looks promising). Management thinks the US will be the largest in the long-term.
Undetected from Wall Street. Evolution has almost no analyst coverage in the US and very minimal coverage in Europe, presenting opportunity for additional growth as institutional money managers recognize this opportunity and draw attention to the stock. Additionally, Evolution has a founder-led management team that is highly aligned with shareholders (mgmt owns over 30% of the stock).
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) - Enables people to connect through devices. It’s products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus.
Zuck. It’s not a question of who is the next Jobs/Bezos/Gates/Zuck, because Zuck is super young. He has a history of being able to execute: IG acquisition / transition from desktop to mobile / denying multiple acquisition opportunities in his twenties.
Undervalued. FB is the cheapest among the FAANG stocks, yet has some of the highest growth rates. This is mainly because of its continuous political scandals. With Trump out of office, I think FB has a chance to stay out of trouble and start to realize higher multiples. The antitrust lawsuit is not a threat imo, it is actually an opportunity. If the govt forces FB to break up, we would get shares in the spin-offs, which would be valued at a higher multiple than FB. For example, if Instagram spun off from FB and traded at the same multiple as SNAP, Instagram’s market cap would be larger than FB’s.
Digitization of Real Estate (i.e. “iBuying”). Technology in RE is moving from being informational to transactional. Redfin’s iBuying service is dubbed “RedfinNow.” The service basically buys homes from sellers looking for a quick and convenient sale (close deals within 10-30 days). This segment isn’t profitable yet as it is just getting started, but promising as the management adapts to technology trends.
Inter-US Migration and housing outlook. People are moving out of the cities because of COVID / trying to avoid taxes / etc. which increases demand for Redfin’s services. With interest rates extremely low (and no expectation for them to increase), homebuying demand should continue to grow.
RDFN most attractively valued compared to Z and OPEN, with the most upside potential given its market cap ~$7bn. Some are predicting RDFN might start offering rental services as well. RDFN has the best LT margin potential.
Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC) - Provides virtual healthcare services on a B2B basis to its clients and provides services to consumers directly and through channel partners.
Competitive positioning in industry ripe for disruption. Healthcare is a huge market yet to be significantly disrupted. COVID has accelerated this disruption. Providers who were once opposed to telemedicine now realize its benefits and several regulatory changes are promising for telemedicines growth potential. Medicare and other government-sponsored coverage is expected to include telemedicine benefits, increasing TDOC’s TAM.
Livongo acquisition. From the consumer POV, this will increase access to healthcare at a lower cost. Teladoc will have access to a larger amount of data it can interpret to refine its services and monetization strategies.
Sea Ltd (NYSE: SE) - Digital entertainment, electronic commerce, and digital financial services. The Company operates three business segments: Garena, Shopee, and SeaMonkey. The Company’s digital entertainment business, Garena, is a global game developer and publisher with a presence in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Latin America. Garena provides access to mobile and personal computer online games. Shopee provides users with a shopping environment that is supported by integrated payment, logistics, fulfillment, and other value-added services. SeaMonkey business is a digital financial services provider. SeaMonkey offers e-wallet services, payment processing, credit related digital financial offerings, and other financial products.
Diversified consumer internet company with market-leading position. Sea caters to Southeast Asia and Taiwan, providing its online gaming, e-commerce, and payment platforms. Shopee has overtaken competitors, it is widening its market share lead. ESports is a rapidly growing market (15.7% YoY to $1.1bn in 2020) and Sea is outpacing market growth.
Pay for quality. The best companies keep going up for years in a row, and I think Sea is in the early stages of being classified as such a company. It’s worth $100bn but has effectively proved its ability to identify opportunities and expand business lines.
Still early stages of developing its consumer banking business, so we get the security of a bigger, established company with upside for an additional, lucrative business line such as fintech.
Waste Connections Inc. (NYSE: WCN) - Waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services.
Recession resilient; re-opening trade. The waste management industry is recession resilient, it will always be around.
Non-hazardous waste collection. With a progressive government likely to push climate initiatives, recycling and non-hazardous waste collection are likely to benefit on the back end.
WCN has a large moat; there isn’t much of a competitive threat the way the industry operates. Management’s strategy is to generally only spend what FCF is available. This enables the company to make acquisitions while handling its debt load. Great for stable growth.
P.S. I have two other accounts - one with about 40 growth stocks and another with about 10 big names / ETFs. However, this portfolio has the largest allocation for 2021. My first time trying a more concentrated approach.
(37M) Just finalized divorce yesterday, and it feels great AMA
I wish I had found this sub years ago. Reading through these posts is really eye-opening and I see so many similarities to my own marriage. Long post ahead. I married at 18 for all the wrong reasons. She was 21. We were high school sweethearts. We were in love, but, in retrospect, neither of us were ready to get married. I kind of knew it at the time, but I went against my gut and did it anyway. We were married for 19 years. No kids. There were so many red flags over the years, but, in my eyes, none of them were worth ending the marriage. I never cheated. To my knowledge, neither did she. It just became a never-ending cycle of her treating me like a man-child which got progressively worse over the years. I even have a text message thread from several months ago where she claimed I wanted her to be "my mommy" (this couldn't be further from what I wanted) and that's why she treated me like this. She pushed me (not in a good way, but I'm glad she did) to advance my professional career. Any job I had was never good enough for her, and I never made enough money for her. Red flag. However, this caused me to rapidly climb the corporate ladder in my 20s. At 29 I was able to quit my FT 6-figure job and start my own business, doubling, then tripling, then quadrupling my income over the next couple of years. Certainly no regrets here. We have also been able to buy several houses, become landlords for 6 years, and pretty much live where we wanted. But she resented me for it. I was required to be at the office *a lot* and she hated that I wasn't home until 9 pm on any given weekday. Our last house was a solid 2-3 hour drive (depending on traffic) from the city center. So I often had to leave the house by 6:30 am and wasn't back until late in the evening. Yeah, she was lonely. She wanted me to watch TV with her every night (I became very disinterested in TV anyway) which just wasn't possible. I could have kept a somewhat cushy corporate job that wasn't demanding in terms of hours, making much less money, but that wasn't good enough for her. Rewind back to 2001. I put her through college and sacrificed my own college education for her. I worked 2 jobs, 7 days a week, for years to support us when I was 18-21. We were living in a crappy apartment and barely making ends meet. But she was going to make something of herself, then I was going to go to college and do the same. Like you are supposed to do. I tried to go to college while working 2 jobs for 60-70 hours per week, but it was way too much. My grades made it unable for me to advance, so I dropped out. She graduated in 2004... then never really tried to get a decent job. The 'best' job she ever had was a retail store manager for a small store (making like $15/hr) and she hated it. She was perfectly capable of making 6-figures at a corporate job, but she never even made an attempt. She hopped between entry-level and minimum wage jobs, never spending more than a couple of months at any of them. Don't take this to mean I ever really cared about how much money she made. What I cared about was the effort she put into being a responsible adult. We were still having trouble making ends meet. In 2006 (married for 5 years) I got my first big pay jump when I switched companies. I increased my income by 70% overnight and I was starting to see light at the end of the work-till-you-die tunnel. It was finally going to be good with my new income and hers, right? Wrong. A couple of months into my new job she brought up the idea of her quitting her job to be a 'full-time homemaker'. Remember, we didn't have kids and didn't want any, and she is the one with the degree and the college debt we would be paying down for the next 15 years. It started as an idea, then over a couple of weeks, it turned into her begging me to let her quit her job for good. I resisted, explaining to her that it made no financial sense. Besides, how was she going to keep herself occupied throughout the day? Laundry only needed to be done once a week, dishes only take a few minutes a day. So, against my wishes, she quit working for good and never looked back. She did take to cooking more, but she basically sat at home and watched TV. This went on for years. She knew I was against it. Without her income, we were in a worse financial situation than before I got my new job. But, (her words) because I was the man, "I was supposed to support the family" She was bored all the time. The free time gave her much more time to find things to get upset about and dwell on. For example, she would start a big fight if I left a single bowl in the sink for *me* to wash later. Or if I used the stove or microwave and she found a single spec of splattered food. Or if I turned a perfectly functional knob on the washing machine to wash my own laundry. She would absolutely blow up -- "I did [insert thing here] on purpose so I could get out of doing [the thing] in the future." Thank god we had our own bathrooms. She resented me for these things and I had no chance for retribution. She did do most of the housework for a few years, but I always did 100% of the yardwork. And almost 5 years ago we bought and lived on a farm -- got several dozen animals from horses to sheep to donkeys to ducks and geese. Just like in her professional 'career', she helped take care of them for a little while. Until she decided it was too much work. Then I was the one left by myself rounding up the animals, fixing broken fence, thawing out frozen water pipes, etc at 2 am on a weeknight when I had an 8 am meeting the next morning. As you would expect, the sex decreased significantly over the years. It was good when we were in our teens and early 20s. But she became less and less interested over the years. It went from several times per week, to several times per month, to every few months, to... almost never. She wanted sex to be very mundane. She didn't like it when I went down on her. She absolutely refused to go down on me, and never did. She didn't like it when I tried to use my hand to please her. She didn't like foreplay. She never wanted to do anything other than missionary. We talked about how to spice up our sex life for years. I brought all sorts of ideas from the table from roleplaying to toys to things on the kinkier side, but she never actually wanted to do anything about it. I had also been struggling with PE throughout my later 20s which made the situation worse. And the PE was "my fault" and "I needed to do something about it". I did see a urologist who diagnosed me as perfectly normal and sent me on my way. He suggested both of us see a sex therapist together, which she was not ok with -- because this was "my problem". Until we separated and I put myself out there, I hadn't had sex in about 4 years. Fast forward to 2018. I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer -- like fewer than 100 cases per year in the entire country. The physician knew very little about it -- the hospital hadn't seen a case of it in over 5 years -- and referred me to a specialist in a city a few hours away. It was a few months before I knew anything definitive or could get it treated. When I told my ex about the diagnosis, she preceded to inform me how I don't "have cancer" (but I did) and made it clear it was my own problem. I had an all-day surgery with the specialist to remove it -- I told her it was going to be an all-day surgery in advance. A couple-hour drive each way. Did she offer to drive me there or support me in any way? Nope. I got to drive myself there and back. Did she help me clean the huge surgical wound (it was like 10 inches in diameter) I had for the next 3 months? I even asked for her help cleaning and dressing it. She refused. So I had to figure out how to do it by myself. Did she express the slightest interest in talking to the specialist about it to get her own answers and put her mind at ease? Nope. She already knew better. This when it became painfully obvious she didn't care about me at all. And I still financially supported her 100%. At this point, she hadn't had a job for over 10 years and spent most of any given day watching TV. In 2017 she started an Etsy sewing shop -- which didn't take much of her time, but it gave her something to do. We were vendors at lots of local festivals together when those were still a thing. We were doing this almost every weekend from April through December. She didn't have more than 200 orders per year until 2020. When the lockdowns and mask shortages started in March she started sewing cloth masks. She did really well for a couple of months, doing 50-100 orders per day. I told her I was proud of her. I also tried to help her when she was having trouble keeping up. I spent a whole day helping her get caught up on orders. I can't sew, so I was helping her pack envelopes, print shipping labels, and iron decals onto the masks. She showed me how to do the iron-on transfers. It's so easy a 10-year-old could do it. I did a couple hundred of them that afternoon. She came to inspect them before they got shipped out. And she blew-the-fuck-up. I did it *exactly* how she showed me and they looked great. But she could still see a crease in the fabric where it was folded. It was "my fault" and, as usual, I had done it "on purpose" so I could get out of helping in the future. Sound familiar? I immediately stopped helping and left. I was done with her acting like a child. She is 40 years old and still acts like she is 12. Did she ever thank me for helping? No. Did she still ship the orders? Yep, so they weren't bad were they? Did she apologize for blowing up again? Nope. And I forgot to mention -- we have been basically separated for the better part of 4 years. Sleeping in different rooms in the house. I've been living in an 'apartment' in the basement of my own house. She kicked me out of the bedroom when she was throwing a fit about a short business trip I was going on. I needed to "tell them I wasn't going". She threw all of my stuff down the stairs and that was the end of that. I wasn't allowed to use the stove that I paid for. If I had food in the microwave and she wanted to use it, she would throw away whatever I had in there. She would throw away my dishes if I wasn't watching; I found them in the trash all the time. I spent the next several months thinking about all of this and much more. One thing I came to realize: in the 19 years we had been married I couldn't think of a single instance where she apologized for blowing up about something meaningless or admitted she was wrong. Not a single one. I even challenged her about it. Could she think of a single time she did either one of those? She couldn't come up with one concrete example. BTW, I apologized thousands of times. I never once blew up about anything in our entire relationship -- that's not the kind of person I am -- but I have apologized for things I said that made her feel bad and admitted I was wrong many, many times. At her insistence, I even admitted to doing lots of meaningless things that I didn't actually do just to put a fight to bed and keep the relationship in-tact. There is no point in fighting over BS. 2020 also brought on a lot of financial stress. At the beginning of the year, I had signed contracts that would make this the biggest year since I started the business. Clients were in sports, restaurants, casinos, and live entertainment. I lost all of them, and most of them are unlikely to survive 2021 without a bankruptcy. I laid off my entire staff. Our income took a nosedive. We burnt through most of our savings because she couldn't control her spending habits, and she had zero interest in financially contributing to the household. This was the straw that broke the camel's back. She made it abundantly clear she didn't care about me, and, at the same time, she expected me to financially support her do-whatever-she-wants consequences-be-damned lifestyle. I prepared the divorce papers and presented them to her on a whim when she was blowing up about dishes in the sink or something like that. I just couldn't deal with it anymore. I don't know why she acted surprised. She had told me she wanted a divorce plenty of times in recent years, and a couple of times in 2020. But she never had the balls to do it. This was something I had been thinking about for a few years, but I was likely to be on the hook for $10k/month in alimony for the rest of my life if it weren't for COVID. We live in a midwest state with divorce case-law which strongly favors women, and I have lots of male friends/colleagues who got screwed royally in a divorce -- even if their spouse cheated. So it was kind of the perfect storm. Depleted savings and drastically reduced income meant there was nothing for the court to grant. All we really had left was retirement savings and home equity. The house sale is closing in 10 days and we already liquidated the 401k, which she used to buy her own house. That was everything. Sorry for the long post, but I needed to rant to some strangers on the internet. There is obviously much more to tell over 19 years of marriage, but I'll leave it here for the sake of brevity. This post may sound very one-sided, but I really tried to keep it together. I tried to be a good husband. To give my wife what she wanted. To be there for her when she needed me. To make her happy, at the expense of my own happiness. Happy wife, happy life, right? As I put in the title, the court granted dissolution yesterday. It was very easy. No attorneys, we didn't fight about any remaining property. We each own our own vehicles free and clear and had no interest in the other's. She stole a few thousand more dollars from our joint account and sold some valuable things without my permission, but it wasn't worth fighting over. I just let it go. I'm finally free and I feel better than I have in years. Ask me anything.
Before you spend money on this game, consider this.
I've been seeing a lot of posts where people are upset or complaining that they didn't get anything after spending "x" amount of money. I just want to put my two cents in there since this is how I look at the game. Before spending any money on primogems, consider these things:
"If I get this character with $x, is it even worth $x?"
You're essentially paying to play with a character. Except in this case, paying for a chance to play with that character. What about the people who have spent thousands on this game? After getting Diluc or Mona for $3,000, was it worth it? Think of all the things you could buy with that money. A Nintendo Switch costs $300. A game costs up to $60, and you know what you're getting. Rent money is $1,000-$3,000. The list goes on.
You're never guaranteed anything.
The ONLY exception to this is pity rolls. The maximum you'd need to spend is 28,800 primogems (around $400+) to guarantee getting the featured character on the banner. This is assuming that you didn't get any 5-stars before hitting the pity the first time, your first pity wasn't the featured character, and you hit the pity a second time to guarantee them. Is any single character worth $400? Other than the featured character, it can be REALLY difficult to pull any other character. You want Diluc? If you roll on the featured banner, its 50% chance you'll get the featured character. That means 50% chance you'll get a different 5-star. Since there are five 5-stars at this moment (not counting the featured), you have a 1/10 chance of pulling Diluc when you get a 5-star from this banner. On top of that, it's a 0.6% chance that you'll even pull a 5-star to begin with. As for the standard banner? The chance is even smaller with all the weapons thrown in. To those complaining that they spent $100, $500, $1000 and didn't get what they wanted, you were never guaranteed it to begin with. It's all RNG, you aren't owed anything because you spent money on the game.
There will always be a new character that you'll want.
So you spent $400 on getting Venti. You needed him, he's your favorite character right? Of course you had to spend for him, he's the best character you've ever seen and you couldn't enjoy this game without him. A few months later, a new character is released and you're in awe. Their skills...their looks....their element...you NEED them. Well, that's another $400 you'd have to shill out to guarantee them. What's that? You only want to use them if you have their first constellation? Well better get that credit card out again, looks like you'll need to pull some dupes. This is a never-ending cycle. I've run into this feeling countless times in video games. The new shiny thing will always be tempting you. Not to mention power creep. New characters are often made to be better than older ones. As the game progresses, people who don't have newer characters are often at a disadvantage (mainly with DPS). In a gacha game like Genshin, it would be very expensive to keep up with this if power creep occurs within this game in the future. It's best to make the most of what you have.
Gacha = Gambling
When you go to a casino, do you walk in expecting to win millions? The odds are never in your favor when gambling. Rates are low for a reason. If everyone could spend $50 and get the exact characters they wanted every time, Miyoho wouldn't be making as much money as they are. Gacha games have always been about gambling for characters. As stated previously, you're neverarely guaranteed anything, and by the time you've gotten what you wanted (unless extremely lucky), the company has already gotten what they wanted.
Don't be blinded by sunk-cost.
Sunk-cost is the idea that you've already put so much into something, and it'll go to waste unless you continue putting resources into it to get it. Do not be blinded by this when doing gachas. Say you spent $100 and didn't get Qiqi. You've already put so much into the game, and not getting her would mean your money went to waste right? What if it would take another $1,000 to get her. Would that be worth it? It's best to cut your losses and walk away. Thinking about the sunk cost of something is what gives many people difficulty walking away, and causes them to over-spend.
Your party has limited space.
Yes, I know abyss is the exception. But overall the majority of the game only allows 4 characters at a time. You can't play with them all. It feels real bad to put a character you spent a lot of money on aside because they don't fit your current comp anymore. ------- This comes from someone who is largely free-to-play in games like this. The only gacha game I've ever spent money on was Love Live a few years ago. I spent $125 and never got a single ultra-rare with my pulls. From that I realized what I was doing. Even if I could afford putting $30 per 10-pull, was the card I was going to get really worth that? No. I learned from that experience and see gacha games for what they are.
PS: If you are aware of all this and still want to spend $$/disposable income on primogems, by all means go ahead. But for many people it's easy to lose sight of what they're really paying for. I hope this is helpful in some way. Feel free to disagree with any of this, but this is my perspective on the game and I get really sad seeing so many posts on the subreddit about how depressed people are after spending and not getting anything, and feeling entitled to it. TL;DR: It's easy to sink lots of money into this game if you don't recognize you're gambling and never guaranteed anything. This is a warning post, not a criticism of anyone. EDIT: As reddit user u/zapzya summarized: "...not everyone actually has the financial stability to invest in such a product, yet will do so anyway because they are not particularly knowledgeable in gambling mechanics or because shady tactics like the currency change ($$ genesis crystals primogems fates) actually work."
The Hound of Hounslow (How an Autist Broke the Market)
On May 6, 2010, Jim Cramer’s brain broke. “That is not a real price,” he yelled to his monitor. “OK? That is not a real price.” Proctor & Gamble had just fallen 25% in a manner of minutes, then 29%, then 31%. Cramer had never seen such a shiny knife, such a beautiful buy, and he searched frantically for the right camera to beg his followers to add PG to their portfolio. There weren’t enough buttons on Cramer’s soundboard to fully capture how he felt about the quickest drop in Dow Jones history. In what would later be dubbed “The Crash of 2:45” or simply “The Flash Crash,” over a trillion dollars was wiped from the stock market in a manner of 15 minutes. The odd thing was, despite dropping more than 9% at one point, the market would rapidly recover a bit after 3 PM and would close only 3% lower for the day. In the ensuing days and weeks, journalists and financial commentators and United States Congressmen would try and determine where this volatility had come from. Something weird had just happened. # In the investigations that followed, regulators would consider a couple of theories. Was this a “fat-finger trade” where a trader inadvertently placed a large sell order, triggering a domino effect of sorts where algos would in turn sell? Was this a well-coordinated cyberattack, aimed to cripple American institutions? Was it simply a dip exacerbated by high-frequency traders? Had Janet Yellen forgotten to change the printer toner? Nobody knew. But five months after the flash crash, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a joint report that on May 6, 2010 the market was “so fragmented and fragile that a single large trade could send stocks into a sudden spiral.” They stated that a group called Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. had inadvertently played a role in the crash by initiating a sale of 75,000 E-Mini S&P contracts ($4.1 billion total) as a hedge to an existing position. This, the report said, coupled with the high-frequency traders trying to sell the long futures contracts they had just picked up from Waddell & Reed, led to a game of “hot potato” where the contracts were resold to other HFTs. The report though was leaving out a crucial player. # In 2005, Navinder Sarao was living the dream. At 27 years old, he still lived with his parents in Hounslow, a working-class suburb outside of London, demanding tendies to be delivered to his bedroom by his sweet emigrant mother. To the people who knew him, Navinder, or Nav, was known to be quick-witted and quick to anger. He was dominant at Halo and FIFA, and he had a proclivity to focus on one task for hours and hours on end until he mastered it. He was almost obsessive in his interests. Despite still living with his parents, young Nav had aspirations. In 2006, he responded to an ad in the Evening Standard that read, “Wanted: futures traders. Must work well under pressure.” That’s it. That was the ad. And Nav, with no experience and a honey mustard-stained tie, went to the FutexLive headquarters—a drab office situated above a supermarket 45 minutes outside London—and successfully hid his Asperger’s and got the job. He was now a professional trader. Nav picked things up quickly. Realizing that he was surrounded by day-trading retards, he moved his desk to the corner of the shabby trading floor and bought a pair of noise-canceling headphones. He’d found success trading E-mini S&P Futures, which is the primary futures trading vehicle for the S&P 500. And with his noise-canceling headphones, Nav would follow the orders that would enter and leave the markets. His coworkers would marvel at the autist in the corner and the returns he was regularly pulling in. Then 2008 happened. By the time the financial crisis was in full swing, Nav was almost thirty and had decided to leave Futex. He had accumulated $2 million from his trades the last couple of years, and he figured the most prudent move as a budding millionaire was to set up his command center in his bedroom. He still lived with his parents. # Nav realized something early on in the mortgage crisis that not everyone else did. He realized that governments would be forced to step in and save these retarded institutions, and he knew the banks wouldn’t be allowed to fall. And he bet $2 million—his whole net worth at the time—that he would be right. He made this bet on a Friday, and the following Monday, George Bush announced the TARP plan. Prices proceeded to recover 19% over the next couple of weeks, and Nav rode the wave and turned his $2 million into $15 million. Did he rest on his laurels? Fuck no, this kid’s retarded! Nav didn’t want a wife and a home with a couple of kids running around. He wanted GLORY. # Around 2010, the markets were seeing an influx in high-frequency trading, and Nav took personal insult to these robots. People were getting scalped by these algos, and those scalps belonged to Nav. Those profits were rightfully his. In order to beat the robots, Nav decided to build his own robot. And unsurprisingly, fueled by Code Red and autism, Nav’s algo worked magnificently. Pretty soon, he was regularly pulling in half a million a day. All the while living in a cramped bedroom of his parents’ home that cost $300,000. # May 6, 2010, started out as a regular day for Nav. The markets were sliding a bit, and Jim Cramer was flailing about his studio as though he were fighting a cloud of bats, but this was roughly on par for the time. Nav’s algo was pumping E-mini sell orders into the market—$200 million worth of orders to be exact—which ultimately resulted in a loss of liquidity (don’t ask me how this worked, I’m still confused why my PLTR 12/11 40C aren’t printing). At around 1:40 EST, or 6:40 in Hounslow, his mother called from the bottom of the steps to inform Nav that din-din was ready and would he please come down. So Nav logged off. And exactly one minute after that, the market began to fall at a rate that had never seen before. Nav had no idea though; he was in an argument with his father about why he needed to chew with his mouth open in order to let the scalding tendy fumes out. A trillion dollars had been wiped from American markets, and the instigator of it all was too retarded to know what he’d done. The tendies were good though. # The trillion-dollar loss turned out to be not that big of a deal. The DOW snapped back from the 9% freefall like a rubber band, like any stock that Andrew Left has deemed to be a casino. But the NYSE and NASDAQ officials proceeded to meet over the next couple of months to try and determine what caused the nosedive and rapid recovery. In the reports that they would write, regulators made no reference to manipulation and no reference to Nav. In fact, he wasn’t even aware there was an investigation going on. He wasn’t aware he did anything wrong. But regulators eventually began to notice that Nav was canceling a lot of orders. The CFTC sent him an email and asked if he could explain what he’d been up to. What was the reason for his canceling an obscene number of orders? That’s what big banks did. And that’d usually be fine and all, but Nav was a singular trader and that made it suspicious. Nav wrote back to the CFTC explaining in careful terms that he had nothing to apologize for and that the CFTC could kiss his ass. He actually sent that. He told the CFTC to kiss his ass. Which, in hindsight, might’ve been a bad idea but the regulators were still too stupid and boomery to charge him with anything at the time. Nav would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for a blabbermouth desk trader in Chicago who months later reported a different block of Nav’s trades to the CFTC, rekindling the case against Nav. The investigation and case were dragged out over months and years, and I know 99% of you were too impatient to get this far, so I’ll give the cliff notes for the rest. Basically, Nav would eventually be charged with “spoofing,” which is the purchase of a large block of orders with the intent to cancel them. Spoofing artificially drives prices higher or lower. So the FBI and other concerned parties showed up on the doorstep of Nav’s Hounslow townhome in 2015, and he was extradited to the U.S. The judge learned he was worth $50 million, so he set bail to $7.5 million. Curiously enough though, Nav couldn’t access the $50 million or pay bail, and it was later determined that he’d somehow lost the fortune, seemingly to various shady investment advisors who promised to keep his money safe. (I personally like to think he’s stashed his earnings into a Caribbean account and that he’ll return to his private island once things blow over) Over the next couple of months, Nav worked with investigators and taught them how market abuse happens. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s by a prison doctor, and the judge, sensing the moral dilemma of incarcerating an autist, and sensing Nav had received punishment enough from being scammed out of his $50 million, recommended a year of house arrest. So Nav is currently serving his year of house arrest in the same bedroom where he amassed $50 million. But now he’s penniless at 41. TLDR: Some autist beats the system, but the casino is angry and creates new rules to retroactively punish him for his winnings.
First post...be kind! This happened way back in the dark ages, 1986. I was 21 at the time and working for a gas station that was associated with a certain grocery store chain in Washington state. It was owned by a company not affiliated with said chain, but had locations at nearly every one. As this was long before the days of debit cards, this was a cash only gas station. We didn’t even take credit cards. Customers would pull up, pump their gas and then come to my window to pay. We also sold cigarettes. No drinks, no snacks...customers couldn’t even get into my booth. I had been working there about a year when the company announced it was closing the location. My manager and I were offered positions at another location upstate and we both accepted. We moved our respective families and started our new jobs. As new hires (ugh). This station was incredible busy. We did more business in 8 hrs than my old location would do in a week. This location also had a different set up: here you would pull into the station from a single entrance, pump your gas, and then drive forward to a single exit where the “Pay Here” booth was located. There were always 2 cashiers on duty. Each cashier had a cash drawer. One thing I should note, there were also no computers. So closing the drawer down between shifts was timing consuming and tedious. We had to manually count the cigarettes remaining, and count the cash drawers. We would fill out an end of shift report listing the starting balances and the ending balances. We also had to list the gallons sold from each pump. At the end of the shift the total of gallons sold and the total cigarettes sold should equal the cash balance. It is important to note here that not once in the year I had worked for the previous location had I been off by more than 10 cents. The following morning after my first shift I was informed by the manager that I was short $50. Impossible I said, I balanced out yesterday. He said that I must have stolen that money after I had completed the paperwork. I just looked at him and said, no I didn’t. He gave me a verbal warning and said if it happened again I would be fired and the stolen money would be deducted from my paycheck this week. In the 5 days that followed I realized quickly the manager was up to something. My old manager who was just another worker now, was also accused of stealing. As was one other new employee. I can’t vouch for the other employee but I’m pretty sure she did nothing wrong. The employees that had been there awhile were never accused of anything. I did some checking and found out this manager was relatively new (had only been there about 6 months) and the other cashiers had been here before him. Only new cashiers were being accused of stealing. And that location had been having “stealing problems” for about 6 months and the turnover was high with the new employees. I came to work at 6am on a Monday only to be told I was being fired. For cause. The manager accused me of taking $500 out of my drawer the previous Friday. He said he only discovered it this morning (even though he had worked Sat and Sun). I said ok and left. I was pretty angry and instead of going home, I parked in the grocery store parking lot and proceed to settle in to watch the gas station. I knew that at 9am sharp, he would take the cash in the safe and make the weekend deposit. At 9am he left the gas station and headed to the bank. But instead of walking into the bank, he walked into the Indian “casino” next door. It’s not really a casino like we think of today, but more of a betting parlor for the races. It did have slot machines, but no card tables. I think “Well, this is interesting”. He comes out of the casino at exactly 10 am, walks next door to the bank, does his business and then heads back to the gas station. I head home with a plan. Every morning I follow him from the gas station to the casino. I take a picture of him leaving, and one of him arriving at the bank and walking into the casino. I take pictures of him coming out and then heading to the bank. I do this for 5 days straight. He even went on Saturday. On day 3 my old manager was fired for “stealing” $150. I get the film developed (no digital camera in the dark ages) note the times and dates on the back of each one. Then I call the main office of the gas company. It’s after 5 but I’m hoping someone is there. And there is. I speak to a woman and explain my situation and she says she knows exactly who I should speak to and transfers me. By some grace of God, she has transferred me to none other than the President/CEO of the company! I tell him my story and tell him I did NOT steal from his company and could prove who actually did. He took down my information and said he would be in touch. I’m thinking to myself “yeah right”. The next morning I went to the station to perform my usual observation of the manager. At 9am he leaves for the “bank”. At 10 am he comes out. At that moment 2 stern looking gentlemen approach him. One pulls out his wallet and shows him something. The other one is talking. The manager goes pale and takes a step back. Next thing I know he is being escorted to a car I hadn’t noticed and they drive off. I lose them at a traffic signal so I head back to the station. They all show back up about 5 min later, and a few minutes after that a police cruiser pulls in. The officer talks to the stern gentleman and proceeds to place the manager in handcuffs. The other man says nothing but is glaring daggers at the manager. The President called me later that after noon and informed me that the manager had been arrested for embezzlement (turns out that in 6 months he had managed to steal about $5k). He would take the store cash into the casino and gamble with it; if he won, he would make the normal bank deposit. If he lost, he would make the deposit and note in his records that we had been short the previous day. The CEO had already been focusing on that location because of the stealing and high turnover rate, but my information helped them figure out what exactly had been going on. I was thanked and sent a substantial check as a reward. My old manager was offered the manager’s job and I was offered my old job back. I declined as I had already found another job that I liked more and paid better. The gambling manager was sentenced to 1 year in jail and ordered to attend counseling for his gambling addiction. His wife divorced him and took their 3 children to California. His house was foreclosed on and he ended up in a homeless shelter. Don’t accuse me of stealing. I will get revenge. ** UPDATE** Thank you for the likes and awards! 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MY LIFE | UVHD | $3.50 [NOT MA] MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE | ITUNES | $3 [NOT MA] MIDDLE OF NOWHERE | VUDU SD | $3 [NOT MA] MIDSOMMAR | VUDU HD | $8 [NOT MA] MINIONS | VUDU HD | $4 MINIONS | ITUNES 4K | $4 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT | VUDU HD | $4.50 [NOT MA] MISS YOU ALREADY | VUDU SD | $3.50 [NOT MA] MONSTER HIGH: WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH | ITUNES | $3 MORTAL  | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $8 [NOT MA] MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: SCORPION'S REVENGE | MA/HD | $7 MORTDECAI | UVHD | $4.50 [NOT MA] MOTHER | VUDU HD | $4 [NOT MA] MOTHER | ITUNES | $4 [NOT MA] MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN | MA/SD | $4.50 MY HERO ACADEMIA: MOVIE | FUNIMATION | $7 NINJA TURTLES  | VUDU HD | $4.50 [NOT MA] NINJA TURTLES  | VUDU HD | $4.50 [NOT MA] NOBODY’S FOOL | iTunes | $5 [NOT MA] NO GOOD DEED | MA/HD | $4.50 NON-STOP | ITUNES | $3 OBVIOUS CHILD | UVHD | $5.50 [NOT MA] OUIJA | UVHD | $3 OUIJA | ITUNES | $3 OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL | VUDU HD | $4.50 OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL | ITUNES | $4 OUR BRAND IS CRISIS | MA/HD | $5 OFFICIAL SECRETS | VUDU HD | $5.50 [NOT MA] OFFICIAL SECRETS | ITUNES | $4.50 [NOT MA] ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD | MA/SD | $3.50 OVERDRIVE | VUDU HD | $4 [NOT MA] OVERDRIVE | ITUNES 4K | $4 [NOT MA] PARASITE | MA/HD | $6 PAVAROTTI | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $8.50 [NOT MA] PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS | MA/HD | $5.50 PET SEMATARY  | ITUNES 4K | $6 [NOT MA] POPEYE | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $7.50 [NOT MA] PSYCHO | MA/HD | $6 PLAYING WITH FIRE | ITUNES | $5.50 POMS | ITUNES HD | $5.50 [NOT MA] THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE | MA/HD | $8 THE PRODIGY | VUDU HD | $7.50 [NOT MA] POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE HERO | VUDU SD | $3 POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE: SKY STRIKE | VUDU SD | $3 PREDATOR COLLECTION | MA/HD | $18 PRICELESS | ITUNES | $4 THE PURGE COLLECTION | MA/HD | $12 [4 FILMS] QUEEN & SLIM | MA/HD | $9 A QUIET PLACE | VUDU HD | $4.50 A QUIET PLACE | ITUNES 4K | $6 RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD | VUDU HD OR ITUNES 4K | $6 [NOT MA] RAMPAGE | MA/HD | $5 READY OR NOT | MA/HD | $9.50 REPLICAS | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $6.50 [NOT MA] RESIDENT EVIL: DAMNATION | MA/HD | $5.50 RETALIATION | VUDU HD | $8 [NOT MA] ROBIN HOOD | VUDU HD OR ITUNES 4K | $6.50 [NOT MA] THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW | MA/HD | $6 ROGUE 2020 | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $7.50 ROUGH NIGHT | MA/HD | $5 SAW | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $6.50 [NOT MA] SCOOB! | MA/HD | $5.50 THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL | MA/HD | $6.50 THE SECRET: DARE TO DREAM | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $6.50 THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 | MA/HD | $6 SERENITY  | MA/HD | $6 SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO | VUDU HD | $6 [NOT MA] SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO | iTunes | $5 [NOT MA] SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE | VUDU SD | $3 [NOT MA] SHREK: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION | MA/HD | $21 SHAFT | MA/HD | $7 THE SILENCING | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $8 SHIVERS | VUDU HD | $7 [NOT MA] SMILEY FACE KILLERS | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $7.50 [NOT MA] SNATCHED | ITUNES 4K ⇒ MA | $5.50 SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL | VUDU SD | $3.50 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG | VUDU HD OR ITUNES 4K | $6.50 [NOT MA] SPACE JAM | MA/HD | $6.50 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING & FAR FROM HOME | MA/HD | $8 SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING | MA/HD | $5 SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE | MA/HD | $6 SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE | MA/SD | $4 STAR TREK: BEYOND | iTunes 4K | $4 [NOT MA] STAR TREK COLLECTION | ITUNES 4K | $15 [NOT MA] STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY BAKE SHOP | MA/HD | $4 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY TALES | MA/HD | $4 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: CAMPBERRY STORIES | MA/HD | $4 SULLY | MA/HD | $5 SUPER TROOPERS 2 | MA/HD | $5.50 SURVIVE THE NIGHT | VUDU HD OR ITUNES 4K | $6.50 [NOT MA] THE SWING OF THINGS | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $7.50 [NOT MA] TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES | MA/HD | $6.50 TENET | MA/HD | $9.50 TERMINATOR: DARK FATE | ITUNES 4K | $6 [NOT MA] TOMB RAIDER | VUDU HD | $6.50 TRANSFORMERS COLLECTION + BUMBLEBEE | VUDU HD | $20 TRANSFORMERS COLLECTION + BUMBLEBEE | itunes 4K | $20 TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION | UVHD | $3.50 [NOT MA] TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION | ITUNES 4K | $4.50 [NOT MA] TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND | MA/HD | $7.50 TROLLS/TROLLS 2 | MA/HD | $10 TROLLS: WORLD TOUR | MA/HD | $6 THE TURNING | MA/HD | $8 TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN 1 | iTunes | $4 TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN 2 | VUDU HD | $4 TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $6 [NOT MA] TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN | VUDU HD | $5.50 [NOT MA] TYLER PERRY’S HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED | VUDU SD | $3 UNBROKEN | UVHD | $4 UNBROKEN | ITUNES | $3.50 UNCLE DREW | UVHD OR ITUNES 4K | $6.25 [NOT MA] UNFORGETTABLE | MA/HD | $5.50 UNHINGED | VUDU HD | $7.50 [NOT MA] THE UPSIDE | iTunes HD | $5.50 [NOT MA] US | MA/HD | $5 USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE | VUDU HD | $5.00 [NOT MA] VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS | VUDU HD | $4.50 THE VANISHING | VUDU HD | $7.50 VICE | MA/HD | $8 VIVARIUM | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $9 THE WAR WITH GRANDPA | MA/HD | $9 WARCRAFT | VUDU HD | $4.50 THE WAY BACK | MA/HD | $7.50 WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS | VUDU HD OR ITUNES | $8.50 WHAT MEN WANT | VUDU HD | $5.50 [NOT MA] WHAT MEN WANT | ITUNES 4K | $4 [NOT MA] WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY | VUDU SD | $3.50 [NOT MA] WHILE WE’RE YOUNG | VUDU SD | $3 [NOT MA] WIDOWS | MA/HD | $5.50 THE WILD LIFE | ITUNES | $4 WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: 1971 | MA/HD | $6.50 WONDER PARK | ITUNES | $6 [NOT MA] WORLD WAR Z | VUDU HD | $4.50 [NOT MA] WRONG TURN 6: LAST RESORT | MA/HD | $4.50 XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE | ITUNES 4K | $4 [NOT MA] Z FOR ZACHARIAH | VUDU SD | $3.50 [NOT MA]
BALLERS: S2 | iTunes | $5 BALLERS: S3 | UVHD | $7.50 BALLERS: S3 | iTunes | $5 BAND OF BROTHERS | ITUNES | $8 BAND OF BROTHERS | GP | $7 BATMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES | VUDU HD | $25 BATMAN BEYOND: TV SHOW | VUDU HD | $25 BIG BANG THEORY: S8 | VUDU HD | $8 BLACK SAILS: THE COMPLETE SERIES | VUDU HD | $18 BLACKLIST: S2 | VUDU HD | $8 CHERNOBYL: S1 | VUDU HD | $8 GOT: S1-S8 | VUDU HD | $32 GOT: S1-S8 | GP | $24 GOT: S4 | VUDU HD | $8 GOT: S4 | ITUNES | $7 GOT: S4 | GP | $7 GOT: S5 | VUDU HD | $8 GOT: S5 | ITUNES | $7 GOT: S5 | GP | $7 GOT: S7 | VUDU HD | $8 GOT: S7 | ITUNES | $7 GOT: S7 | GP | $7 GOT: S8 | ITUNES | $7 GOT: S8 | GP | $5 GOTHAM: S1 | VUDU HD | $8 HANNIBAL: S3 | VUDU SD | $5 [NOT MA] HIS DARK MATERIALS: S1 | VUDU HD | $13.50 THE LAST SHIP: S5 | VUDU HD | $9.50 MY DINNER WITH HERVE | VUDU HD | $4.50 MY DINNER WITH HERVE | ITUNES | $3.50 MY DINNER WITH HERVE | GP | $2 THE OUTSIDER | VUDU HD | $12 RICK & MORTY: S1-S3 | VUDU HD | $20 RICK & MORTY: S2 | VUDU HD | $7 RICK & MORTY: S3 | VUDU HD | $7 RICK & MORTY: S4 | VUDU HD | $12 SCHITT’S CREEK: S1 & S2 | VUDU HD | $9 SHARP OBJECTS | iTunes | $6 SHARP OBJECTS | GP | $4 THE SOPRANOS | VUDU HD | $35 THE SOPRANOS | ITUNES | $28 THE SOPRANOS | GP | $25 SUPERGIRL: S5 | VUDU HD | $9 TRUE DETECTIVE: S3 | VUDU HD | $10 TRUE DETECTIVE: S3 | ITUNES | $7 VEEP: THE FINAL SEASON | VUDU HD | $8 THE WALKING DEAD: S9 | VUDU HD | $10 WATCHMEN: S1 | VUDU HD | $8.50 WESTWORLD: S3 | VUDU HD | $12 THE WIRE | VUDU HD | $35 THE WIRE | ITUNES | $28 THE WIRE | GP | $25
DISNEY ANIMATED & LIVE
101 DALMATIANS | MA | $7
101 DALMATIANS | GP | $6 ALADDIN 2019 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 ALADDIN 2019 | GP | $6 ALADDIN [ANIMATED] | GP | $5 ALADDIN: THE RETURN OF JAFAR | GP | $7 ALADDIN & THE KING OF THIEVES | GP | $7 ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY | MA | $7 ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY | GP | $6 BAMBI 1 | MA | $7 BAMBI 1 | GP | $6 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [ANIMATED] | GP | $6 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [LIVE] | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $6.50 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [LIVE] | GP | $4.50 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED XMAS | GP | $7 BIG HERO 6 | 4K UHD/MA | $8.50 BIG HERO 6 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 BIG HERO 6 | GP | $6 BOLT | MA/HD | $8 THE CALL OF THE WILD | 4K UHD/MA | $7.50 THE CALL OF THE WILD | MA/HD | $7 THE CALL OF THE WILD | GP | $6 CHRISTOPHER ROBIN | MA | $7 CHRISTOPHER ROBIN | GP | $6 CINDERELLA [LIVE] | GP | $6 CINDERELLA 1 [ANIMATED] | MA | $7 CINDERELLA 1 [ANIMATED] | GP | $6 DISNEYNATURE: BORN IN CHINA | MA | $7 DUMBO [LIVE] | 4K UHD/MA | $8 DUMBO [LIVE] | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 DUMBO [LIVE] | GP | $6 FOX AND THE HOUND 1 | MA | $7 FOX AND THE HOUND 1 | GP | $6 FOX AND THE HOUND 2 | MA | $7 FOX AND THE HOUND 2 | GP | $6 FROZEN 1| 4K UHD/MA | $8 FROZEN 1| GP | $6 FROZEN 2 | 4K UHD/MA | $9 FROZEN 2 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 FROZEN 2 | GP | $7.50 HERCULES | MA | $7.50 HOCUS POCUS | 4K UHD/MA | $7.50 HOCUS POCUS | GP | $6 THE JUNGLE BOOK [LIVE] | 4K UHD/MA | $9 THE JUNGLE BOOK [LIVE] | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 THE JUNGLE BOOK [LIVE] | GP | $6 THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 [ANIMATED] | MA | $7 LADY AND THE TRAMP | GP | $6.50 LILO & STITCH 2 | MA | $7 LILO & STITCH 2 | GP | $6 LION KING [LIVE] | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 LION KING [LIVE] | GP | $6 LION KING [ANIMATED] | 4K UHD/MA | $9 LION KING [ANIMATED] | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 LION KING [ANIMATED] | GP | $6 LION KING 1.5 | MA | $7.50 LION KING 1.5 | GP | $6.50 THE LITTLE MERMAID | 4K UHD/MA | $9 THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEAS | MA | $6.50 THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA | GP | $5.50 THE LITTLE MERMAID III: ARIEL’S BEGINNING | MA | $6 THE LITTLE MERMAID III: ARIEL’S BEGINNING | GP | $5.50 THE LONE RANGER | MA | $7 THE LONE RANGER | GP | $6 MALEFICENT | 4K UHD/MA | $9 MALEFICENT | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 MALEFICENT | GP | $6 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL | 4K UHD/MA | $9 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL | GP | $6 MARY POPPINS RETURNS | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 MARY POPPINS RETURNS | GP | $6 MARY POPPINS  | GP | $6.50 MOANA | 4K UHD/MA | $8 MOANA | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 MOANA | GP | $6 MULAN 2020 | 4K UHD/MA | $7.50 MULAN 2020 | MA | $6 MULAN 2020 | GP | $4.50 MULAN 1 | 4K UHD/MA | $7 MULAN 1 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $6 MULAN 1 | GP | $5 MULAN 2 | MA | $7 MULAN 2 | GP | $6 THE MUPPET MOVIE  | GP | $7 MUPPETS MOST WANTED | MA | $8 MUPPETS MOST WANTED | GP | $7 THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS | 4K UHD/MA | $9 THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS | GP | $6 OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE | MA | $7 OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE | GP | $6 OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL | MA | $7 OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL | GP | $6 PETE’S DRAGON | MA | $7 PETE’S DRAGON | GP | $6 PIRATES 5 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 PIRATES 5 | GP | $6 PLANES | GP | $6 PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE | GP | $6 POCAHONTAS 1 | MA | $7 POCAHONTAS 2 | MA | $7 POCAHONTAS 2 | GP | $6 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG | 4K UHD/MA | $8 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG | GP | $6 QUEEN OF KATWE | MA | $7 QUEEN OF KATWE | GP | $6 ROBIN HOOD [ANIMATED] | MA | $7.50 ROBIN HOOD [ANIMATED] | GP | $6 SANTA CLAUSE 1 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 SANTA CLAUSE 3 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 SANTA CLAUSE TRILOGY | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $17 SANTA CLAUSE TRILOGY | GP | $14 WD: SHORT FILM COLLECTION | MA | $7 WD: SHORT FILM COLLECTION | GP | $6 SLEEPING BEAUTY | MA | $7 SLEEPING BEAUTY | GP | $6 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS | MA | $7 SPIES IN DISGUISE | MA | $7.50 SPIES IN DISGUISE | GP | $6 TANGLED | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 TANGLED | GP | $6 THE SWORD IN THE STONE | MA | $7 TOMORROWLAND | GP | $6.50 A WRINKLE IN TIME | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 A WRINKLE IN TIME | GP | $6 ZOOTOPIA | 4K UHD/MA | $9 ZOOTOPIA | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 ZOOTOPIA | GP | $6
BRAVE | 4K UHD/MA | $9 BRAVE | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 BRAVE | GP | $6 A BUG’S LIFE | 4K UHD/MA | $8 A BUG’S LIFE | iTunes 4K → MA 4k | $7.50 A BUG’S LIFE | GP | $6.50 CARS 1 | 4K UHD/MA | $8.50 CARS 1 | GP | $6 CARS 3 | GP | $5 COCO | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 COCO | GP | $6 FINDING DORY | 4K UHD/MA | $8 FINDING DORY | ITunes 4K → MA 4K | $6 FINDING DORY | GP | $4.50 FINDING NEMO | 4K UHD/MA | $8 FINDING NEMO | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 FINDING NEMO | GP | $6 THE GOOD DINOSAUR | 4K UHD/MA | $8 THE GOOD DINOSAUR | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 THE GOOD DINOSAUR | GP | $6 THE INCREDIBLES 2 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 THE INCREDIBLES 2 | GP | $6 INSIDE OUT | 4K UHD/MA | $8 INSIDE OUT | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 INSIDE OUT | GP | $6 MONSTERS, INC | ITUNES 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 MONSTERS, INC | GP | $6 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | 4K UHD/MA | $8 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | GP | $6 THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS | MA | $7 THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS | GP | $6 ONWARD | 4K UHD/MA | $8 ONWARD | MA/HD | $6 ONWARD | GP | $5 RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET | 4K UHD/MA | $6.50 RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $6 RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET | GP | $5 RATATOUILLE | GP | $5 TOY STORY OF TERROR | GP | $7 TOY STORY 1 | GP | $6 TOY STORY 3 | 4K UHD/MA | $9 TOY STORY 3 | GP | $6 TOY STORY 4 | MA | $4.50 UP | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $8 UP | GP | $7 WALL-E | 4K UHD/MA | $8.50 WALL-E | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 WALL-E | GP | $7 WRECK IT RALPH | 4K UHD/MA | $10
AQUAMAN | MA/HD | $5 BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE | MA/HD | $6 BIRDS OF PREY | MA/HD | $9.50 DCU: BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN | MA/HD | $6.50 DCU: JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR | MA/HD | $6.50 THE DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN | MA/HD | $8.50 DEATHSTROKE: KNIGHTS & DRAGONS | MA/HD | $7 JUSTICE LEAGUE | MA/HD | $5.50 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR | MA/HD | $9.50 JUSTICE LEAGUE THRONE OF ATLANTIS | MA/HD | 6.50 LEGO BATMAN: DC SUPER HEROES UNITE | MA/HD | $6 REIGN OF THE SUPERMAN | MA/HD | $6 SHAZAM | MA/HD | $5.50 SHAZAM! & WONDER WOMAN | MA/HD | $10 SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW | MA/HD | $6.50 SUPERMAN: RED SON | MA/HD | $6.50 WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES | MA/HD | $6.50
ANT-MAN | GP | $6 ANT-MAN & THE WASP | 4K UHD/MA | $7.50 ANT-MAN & THE WAS | GP | $6 AVENGERS 1 | GP | $6 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | 4K UHD/MA | $8 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | GP | $5.50 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR | MA | $7 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR | GP | $6 AVENGERS: ENDGAME | 4K UHD/MA | $7 AVENGERS: ENDGAME | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $6 AVENGERS: ENDGAME | GP | $5 BLACK PANTHER | 4K UHD/MA | $9 BLACK PANTHER | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 BLACK PANTHER | GP | $6 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER | GP | $6 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER | 4K UHD/MA | $9 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | 4K UHD/MA | $8.50 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | GP | $6 CAPTAIN MARVEL | 4K UHD/MA | $8 CAPTAIN MARVEL | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 CAPTAIN MARVEL | GP | $6 DR. STRANGE | 4K UHD/MA | $8.50 DR. STRANGE | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 DR. STRANGE | GP | $6 GUARDIANS VOL. 1 | 4K UHD/MA | $9 GUARDIANS VOL. 1 | GP | $6 GUARDIANS VOL. 2 | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7.50 GUARDIANS VOL. 2 | GP | $6 THE INCREDIBLE HULK | 4K UHD/MA | $7.50 IRON MAN 1 | GP | $5 IRON MAN 2 | 4K UHD/MA | $8 IRON MAN 2 | GP | $6 IRON MAN 3 | 4K UHD/MA | $8 IRON MAN 3 | GP | $6 THE NEW MUTANTS | MA | $7 THE NEW MUTANTS | GP | $7 THOR 1 | GP | $5 THOR: THE DARK WORLD | 4K UHD/MA | $9 THOR: THE DARK WORLD | GP | $5.50 THOR: RAGNAROK | 4K UHD/MA | $8 THOR: RAGNAROK | iTunes 4K → MA 4K | $7 THOR: RAGNAROK | GP | $5.50 X-MEN: BEGINNINGS TRILOGY | MA/HD | $16
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Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts to Put Pennsylvania on Pause through Early January
https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-announce-new-protective-mitigation-efforts-to-put-pennsylvania-on-pause-through-early-january/ As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today implored Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and stand united against the virus by adhering to existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today. “Today I am announcing additional, temporary COVID-19 protective mitigation measures in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. “With these measures in place, we hope to accomplish three goals: First, stop the devastating spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Second, keep our hospitals and health care workers from becoming overwhelmed. And third, help Pennsylvanians get through the holiday season – and closer to a widely available vaccine – as safely as possible. This is a bridge to a better future in Pennsylvania.” The new, limited-time mitigation orders take effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021. “Each of the last two days we have reported the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr. Rachel Levine said. “In the past week, we have reported close to 1,100 new deaths from COVID-19 across Pennsylvania. The virus continues to strain our health care systems and the dramatic rise in cases among all age groups, including among school-age children, is alarming. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 37,500 cases among children age 5 to 18, yet 9,500 of those cases occurred in the past two weeks.” The Order provisions outlined here are accompanied by supportive data used in part to make these decisions. The data provides a sampling of research that supports why limiting gatherings, reducing occupancy, and temporarily suspending some activities, among other efforts, are considered vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Two recent studies, one by Yale University and one by Stanford University, substantiate more than one of these mitigation efforts. Links to the full studies and additional data and research can be found on the Department of Health’s data page, here. Limited-Time Mitigation efforts announced today include: In-Person Dining and Alcohol Sales
All in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry, including, but not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social clubs, and private catered events is prohibited.
Outdoor dining, take-out food service, and take-out alcohol sales are permitted and may continue, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law, or this or any other Order issued by the Sec. of Health or by the governor.
Multiple studies have found indoor dining to drive case increases and fatalities. A study by JP Morgan analyzed credit card spending of more than 30 million Chase cardholders and Johns Hopkins University’s case tracker and found that higher restaurant spending in a state predicted a rise in new infections there three weeks later. Additionally, research from Stanford University found that restaurants accounted for a significant amount of new infections while research from Yale University found that closing restaurants reduced fatality rates. Indoor Gatherings and Events
Indoor gatherings and events of more than 10 persons are prohibited.
Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services, these institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. While this an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, particularly at this time of year, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19.
A new study from Stanford University and published in the journal, nature, used cellphone data collected from 10 U.S. cities from March to May to demonstrate that restaurants, gyms, cafes, churches and other crowded indoor venues accounted for some 8 in 10 new infections in the early months of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic. Outdoor Gatherings and Events
Outdoor gatherings and events of more than 50 persons are prohibited.
According to a Yale University study, limiting outdoor gatherings was among consistent policies found to reduce fatality rates. The CDC states that medium-sized outdoor gatherings carry a higher risk of COVID-19 spread, even with social distancing. CDC notes that the more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading, and that the higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering. Capacity Limits for Businesses
All in-person businesses serving the public may only operate at up to 50% of the maximum capacity stated on the applicable certificate of occupancy, except as limited by existing orders to a smaller capacity limit.
The same Stanford University study that collected cellphone data also noted that limiting indoor capacity can reduce COVID-19 transmissions. Gyms and Fitness Facilities
Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities are prohibited.
Outdoor facilities and outdoor classes can continue, but all participants must wear face coverings in accordance with the Sec. of Health’s Updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings, including any subsequent amendments, and practice physical distancing requirements.
According to a Yale University study, closing businesses like gyms was among consistent policies found to reduce fatality rates. Entertainment Industry
All in-person businesses in the entertainment industry serving the public within a building or indoor defined area, including, but not limited to, theaters, concert venues, museums, movie theaters, arcades, casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and all other similar entertainment, recreational or social facilities, are prohibited from operation.
The CDC puts movie theaters and other indoor settings on its list of higher-risk activities for contracting COVID-19. In-Person Extracurricular School Activities
Voluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity’s governing body or administration are suspended, but these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs, and school dances.
Our top priority is stopping the spread of this virus so students and teachers can return to their classrooms as soon as possible. Data from the Department of Health notes that one-quarter of the cases of COVID among school-age children have occurred within the past two weeks, increasing the need to keep children safe outside of school so that they can return to classrooms. K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports
All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports are paused.
The Pennsylvania Principals Association is recommending a delay to the start of the winter sports season. The surge in cases among school-age children increases the risk that asymptomatic participants will spread the virus at a game or practice, in the locker room, while traveling to and from events, or at team meals, parties or other gatherings. Professional and Collegiate Sports
Professional or collegiate sports activities may continue in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health.
Spectators may not attend such sports activities in person.
Here's the update, typed as he was talking, apologies if I missed anything. NO FURTHER SHUTDOWNS ANNOUNCED! Pause is EXTENDED through 1/15/2021.
Situation: We are at a critical point and here is why.
Encouraging news on vaccine: FDA granted emergency use. Western States panel approved.
First vaccine shipment on Monday, frontline healthcare workers to get immediate vaccination.
Did a test run for vaccine delivery process, will keep Nevadans posted.
Dr. Fauci predicted a surge on top of a surge, that's where Nevada is headed.
We are just now beginning to see the effects of the holidays. Small decline in cases and testing over the holiday, big surges now.
Seeing big increases in hospitalizations, 1700 Nevadans since Friday.
In Southern Nevada we have NOT peaked yet.
Protecting healthcare infrastructure is the main priority. Setting up hospitals in parking garages just in case.
No doubt our hospitals are seeing an increase in strain, as well as actual healthcare workers.
COVID deaths on the rise. 2539 Nevadans dead.
Statewide pause summary, talked about mitigation, capacity limits, etc.
As of November 30th, 74% Nevadans wore masks when leaving home. If we were at 95% compliance we would save more lives by Spring.
Noted that Nevadans are under stress, worried about health, jobs, school. Wants everyone to do what we can to reduce strain on hospitals.
EXTENDING CURRENT NEVADA PAUSE THROUGH JANUARY 15TH, NO ANNOUNCED SHUTDOWNS.
All current restrictions are still in place.
Sisolak says that if his health officials see cases rise more, he will shut more things down.
Sign an eviction moratorium in place tomorrow to protect Nevadans, through March 31st.
Better to leave Nevadans in homes versus in shelters and homelessness.
When people are evicted it becomes impossible to stay home, they will be forced outside and potentially spread COVID-19.
Talked about how tenants are still obligated to pay rent. Talked about rental assistance programs. Supported with federal assistance dollars, funds are low though.
Realizes this will be hard on landlords, asking landlords to continue to sacrifice and do more to help tenants. Promises to look into assistance for landlords.
Vaccine on the horizon, please continue to be strong. Fight the virus, not each other.
Says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about lives and our economic structure.
Acknowledges that we have record cases, but realizes that families are suffering, with little financing assistance.
Claims no winning options, picked whatever option hurts Nevadans the least.
Federal government has yet to grasp the complexity of our situation. Federal government says that states are not doing enough. Sisolak admits mitigation policies, our complete shutdown, would be best. However without funding and paying Nevadans to stay home, is not realistic. Says shutdowns don't work without people getting paid.
State is trying desperately to balance health and economy.
Families are teetering on the brink. We have lost 250,000 jobs, NV had highest unemployment rate in the country.
142,000 Nevadans have exhausted their UI benefits, won't be able to file again until March 2021, says NV needs more federal help.
State of Nevada had a savings account, a rainy day fund, which was their safety net. As of today, there is no more money. No more rainy day fund. CARES Act funding ends at the end of the year.
According to our state economist, another shutdown will put us in a just as bad or worse state than the Great Depression.
Says that if he could write a check to pay everyone, he would, but can't.
Gaming industry. Under the same or tougher restrictions as everyone else. Gaming Control Board is the most regulated business in the state.
When he thinks of the gaming industry, he loses sleep because under a state at home order, NV lost 250,000 jobs. Cooks, dealers, valet, entertainers, etc.
Gaming matters in this state. If we shut down again, state loses $52 million in tax revenue a month. That same revenue supports Nevadans, health, benefits, the safety we need. That's why he has kept the casinos open.
(Side note: so basically, casinos need to be open so that the state can fund UI and benefits for the State)
This week it was reported that NV has seen a 50% increase in opioid and drug death. Does not believe its a coincidence.
People won't be healthy if they lose their job, benefits, housing, etc.
Relied on the science and health officials to make decisions.
COVID-19 is the first and last thing he thinks about every day.
Praises healthcare workers for their sacrifices.
Says his blood boils when the federal government says that States do not do enough.
Says that everyone is stepping up, task force has gotten millions of masks and PPE. Had to do it themselves versus rely on the federal government.
Says federal government promised PPE, but help never came.
Invites McConnell to look at the hospital wards, foreclosed homes, to look at all affected Nevadans when he said citizens did not need the extra help.
Compromise is hard, but possible if both sides toss politics aside.
We must figure things out on our own, if not, more shutdowns will be forced.
Vaccine is on the way. Stay strong. Says he has made the best decision for our state all things considered.
Called upon all Nevadans to come together, again, to do this.
If we cannot control cases, he will impost further restrictions.
We are all frontline people, tired, worn out, ready to give up. We have a choice to think of things as every man for themselves, or to support each other and have each others backs.
Look after each other. Love our neighbors.
We face all challenges together. Nevada will make it through this. The end result will be based on how much we care for each other.
A Nevadan is testing positive every 40 seconds. 1 hour and 15 minutes a Nevadan dies.
Please, protect yourselves and one another by wearing a mask, washing hands, and socially distance.
Macau is the world casino capital. Gambling is responsible for 50% of the state's economy, and generates more gaming revenue than the Las Vegas Strip, despite comparatively having only a little more than one quarter of the casinos.
Virginia, one of the few states in the country without a casino, is poised to be the first to regulate the online daily fantasy sports industry. State lawmakers have voted to impose rules and a $50,000 registration fee for the online contests that attracted intense scrutiny last year.
Hotels & Resorts stocks are overpriced as fuck and the market hasn't realized it yet - $MGM 58k YOLO
In fact, most of the boomer stocks are overpriced right now due to the recent PFE and MRNA's vaccine news, but hotels & resorts stocks ($MGM, $MAR, $HLT) are the most inflated out of them all and will soon be given a reality check. This is just my speculation but I believe the public is overly optimistic about vaccines and how the subsequent distribution and logistics will pan out. I'll keep my DD short and sweet.
The Race between the 4 Biotechs:
50 mill doses to be produced by the end of 2020
Must be kept at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit)
Submitted to FDA for Emergency Use Approval (optimistic timeline for approval = end of 2020)
People with special licenses can administer the vaccine shots
20 mill doses to be produced by the end of 2020
Must be kept at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit)
Hasn't been submitted to FDA for EUA yet, but getting documentation prepared
People with special licenses can administer the vaccine shots
Currently in Phase 3
Expected to release data by the end of 2020
Currently in Phase 3
Expected to release data in February 2021
Relative Pricing and Comparison
MGM Resort International (MGM):
-14% pps of pre-covid levels
Occupancy rate 44%
Revenue: -68% vs last LYQ3
25% employees terminated
Other Industry Leading Boomer Stocks
CCL (cruise) = -57% pps of pre-covid levels
AAL (airlines) = -54% pps of pre-covid levels
SPG (mall) = -42% pps of pre-covid levels
JWN (retail) = -48% pps of pre-covid levels
LVS (casino) = -18% pps of pre-covid levels
MGM is inflated compared to the other boomer stocks as it's very much near pre-covid levels.
A sub-premise of this post is that whatever brough MGM's stock price to what it is today was artificial and it isn't reflective of a healthy incline. The volume popped off per vaccine news, but now the volume has significantly dropped at the current levels. Buyer power is at its tipping point and a single bad news can easily trigger a large sell-off as the good news have now all been priced-in. But what will trigger the sell-off?
The Sell-off Triggers
The relief bill's benefits is all set to end on Dec 31 (this includesgovernment bailouts). We were expected to make stimulus negotiations post-election, but both sides aren't looking to work with one another. Other analysts predict that productive negotiations will only resume once Biden is in office which is in January.
Rising COVID cases. US COVID cases hasn't yet peaked as we continue to set new hospitalization and case records every day.
Thanksgiving is cancelled, but maybe even Christmas and New Years celebrations, too. Hotels&Resorts are one of the greatest attractions during Christmas, but it seems like we're going to stay in lockdown.
Vaccine Distribution&Logistics issue. As mentioned, countries and states will continue to face big challenges in vaccine delivery. One logistic issue in the headlines can induce great amounts of fear triggering sell-offs.
Conclusion: In the short to medium term, there are no news that awaits for hotel&resort stocks that points bullish. The buyer power has peaked and now, they are headed for a big correction. Position: $MGM 26.5p 12/31 Proof: $MGM 26.5p 12/31
Make DKNG Great Again DraftKings is on the bill for legalization in NY and could be passed soon, potentially by the end of the year if politicians aren't cucks for once.. As states are desperate for revenue look for more and more of them to legalize sports betting, and DKNG is the market leader with projections of close to 50% market share in 2021. Disney says that sports wagering is a "key opportunity" and "important area of growth for the company". Guess who owns about 6% of DKNG? DIS. ESPN + DKNG ='s many autists. Sports ratings are down, Covid-19 still exists and it doesn't matter. $936.1 million in autist money is a record for NJ and they only have one hockey team. Upcoming events: NY bill, NBA season, NFL playoffs It's been hovering around 50 for a couple of weeks now and looks like it's ready to breakout again and hopefully retest the ATH of around 64. I'm in for a little over 5000 shares. TL;DR - politicians suck, dis owns 6%, people are betting on sports
13 of 17 counties flagged for elevated transmission.
State positivity rate record 16.5%.
Surpassed 2000 deaths and 2,416 cases in one day, new record.
Case rate growth at “wild fire level”.
All available models indicate Nevada is still a RED ZONE.
10% of all cases reported in the last seven days. 1 Nevadan per minute. Hospitals having record numbers of patients.
Patients being treated in parking lots, staffing shortages in hospitals due to workers in quarantine.
Community spread is resulting in outbreaks.
Main goal is to protect the public health system.
COVID is filling up hospital beds which threaten Nevadans resulting in poor access to non COVID related issues.
One inescapable conclusion, we are in a rapid upward curve. Time to act.
Balancing economy and health of Nevadans especially with the lack of diversity within our economy.
We are in a no win situation.
NOT issuing a shutdown, only restrictions.
Effective Tuesday at 12:01am. Statewide pause.
Strengthening mask mandate. Requiring masks during private gatherings, especially with different households.
Reduce capacity in high risk areas.
Restaurants and bars: 25% capacity, indoor and outdoor. No more than 4 people per table. Reservations are required, no walkins allowed.
Bartops continue to be open.
Gyms, fitness, dance studios are now reduced to 25% capacity. Mask mandated inside at ALL times unless actively drinking. Intense workout exemption included. No mask, no workout.
Museums, art galleries, arcades, bowling alleys, amusement parks, etc 25%.
Gaming occupancy reduced to 25%.
Restaurants and bars inside casinos reduced to 25% capacity.
Public gatherings reduced to 50 people or firecode capacity to 25% whichever is less. Includes theaters, worship, casino showrooms, weddings, funerals, celebrations.
No large gathering plans are approved at this time. All large gatherings over these limitations must be cancelled.
Private gatherings restriction to 10 people or fewer from no more than two households, indoors OR outdoors. Face coverings now required in public AND private settings even with social distancing.
Thanksgiving to be spent only with household members.
Pause on adults and youth sports tournaments cancelled.
Retail stores are not effected by the pause capacity, can still operate at 50%.
Retail employees required to be outside to count patrons.
Every business venue is required to post new capacity limits. 25%.
What won’t change: brothels, strip clubs, night clubs remain CLOSED.
Hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, piercing establishments not affected by new pause.
Our casinos, hotels, restaurants and bars are restricted but remain open to protect our economy. Admitted schools are struggling. Schools closed and economy closed are not mutually exclusive. Both work hand in hand.
Protect vulnerable populations.
Children need our support, despite not being as prone to COVID, still are suffering the negative effects. Many students are lacking food, shelter, etc.
Asking us to stay strong and follow through restrictions, especially for our students and children. Citing student and child suicide due to pandemic.
Getting children back to school key for education, support, etc.
Nevada 3 week pause to assist with getting kids back to school sooner.
Remind local governments to implement stronger measures. Take action.
Statewide pause in effect for three weeks. During the pause they will monitor cases, transmission rates, and positivity rates.
If we slow the spread and plateau, they will evaluate if we need more time to pause or not. If numbers get better, they will consider loosening restrictions.
If the situation worsens, he will take stronger actions, more shutdowns such as indoor dining and gyms.
Doing all he can to avoid restrictions, but now it’s time to act.
We are too close to a vaccine to give up now. We do not have a vaccine yet, we just adhere to restrictions and do what we can to fix our own state.
Asking all Nevada leaders, to intensify efforts to educate everyone until vaccine happens until we fully reopen.
Citing Nevada’s independence and ability to make good decisions on our own. To protect each other.
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