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How to Trade societal collapse

Alright, first time poster so we’ll see if you retards like what I got as I put way more effort into this than you deserve (even some charts for you to look at as you pretend to read).
TLDR; guns & ammo, lots of people are buying lots of guns & ammo. SWBI, RGR, OLN, VSTO calls.
COVID-19, Riots, and Protests = Lots of New Gun Owners
It’s been highlighted in the news starting with COVID but with protestors calling for the defunding of the police (WCGW?) and police budgets actually getting slashed across the country people are understandably feeling a little anxious and becoming gun owners is massive numbers.
MILLIONS OF FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS DURING COVID-19
Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners
Street violence stoke demand
Even gun hating CNN commented on how many guns are being bought
The FBI keeps track of background checks for firearms through their NICS system. For the latest months data (May) there were over 3 MILLION background checks run. It’s not a direct comparable but this loosely means there were roughly 3 million firearms transaction in that month. Third highest ever recorded (March 2020 and December 2015 were higher). The clear trend is that these purchases are only increasing over the short term.
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Source: FBI NICS records
The FBI has provided a handy ‘Top 10” list and half of ‘highest days” and ‘highest weeks’ on record happened in 2020. Likely you’ll see a few more 2020 on that list by the end of the year.
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Election Years
Common fact that election years always see a spike in gun sales as the NRA and Republicans always fear monger their base into thinking the next Democrat is going to take away all of their freedoms and surprise it works. Gun sales are again spiking in 2020.
Why was this election years panic buying delayed compared to 2016?
In 2016 no one thought Trump was going to win and Hillary aka satan was going to take everyones guns away so people started buying earlier since the “writing was on the wall”. But whoopsies CNN and MSNBC got it wrong and guns were safe for another 4 years and sales declined.
In 2020 the polls and ‘experts’ assumed Trump basically had his reelection in the bag given how the economy was harder than a teenager on Viagra and was his to lose… and he lost it. COVID-19 tanking the economy with record unemployment and his attacks on protestors, stupid shit posted on twitter, all while threatening to deploy the US military has given Sleepy Joe a 10 point average lead in the polls by doing nothing but hide in his basement. So now everyone that thought their guns were safe are once again panic buying in earnest.
2020 is a bit different than years past in that Gun Control is a major part of the democratic policy platform that they are campaigning on. Francis O’Rouke in the primaries only had one policy that he was campaigning on and that was gun control with his famous "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."
Guess who Joe Biden picked to lead his gun control initiative? It rhymes with ‘Pork’. Here’s a few tid bits from Sleepy Joe’s gun control platform
· Ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
· Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act
· Buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
· Reduce stockpiling of weapons
How does an anti-gun presidential candidate help sell guns?
The greatest gun salesman in American history was good ole Barrack Hussein Obama and all he ever did was issue press conferences and talk a big talk but never actually did anything. Fun Fact: Donald Trump has issued more gun control edicts than Obamas entire presidency, but facts don’t matter, only perception does. People actually believe that the string pullers behind Joe Biden will go hard on gun control (but the NRA says that every election).
Basically, I’m saying there is a high probability that if Joe Biden wins the election he’ll replace Obama as the greatest firearms salesman of all time and there will be a whole lot of gun buying leading up to that.
Alright you’ve convinced me the world sucks and people are scared and buying lots of guns.
How do you play this?
Not to many names to choose from but we have 2 publicly traded companies that sell guns directly to the public and both have seen some big short term rallies, but there’s a lot of juice left in these names and the election is only going to create more gun & ammo buying. Both these names haven’t hit their 2016 peaks (last presidential election) and I think there’s enough other shit going on to help these names surpass those 2016 peaks due to new gun buyers (not seen in 2016) and panic buying because protests, rioters, and cops being terrible in additional to the normal and expected right wing buyers every election year. If we use 2016 as an example we see a trend upward as buying intensifies and then with the surprise Trump win a massive drop and then a continued trend down through his presidency as people stop panic buying.
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Here’s what I’ve done with the expectation that I’ll be buying more as the election cycle heats up.
TLDR; Gun play SWBI 7/17 22.5c and RGR 7/17 80c if you have balls of steel oryou can go longer dated and holding through the election.
Thanks for the tip asshole these names have already stonked…
Logic dictates that if you buy a gun you’ll buy ammo next. On top of that the panic buying of ammo goes hand in hand with the panic buying of guns. The hoarding of ammo is part of the American dream. The popular .223 and 5.56 rifle round has doubled in price since the end of 2019. The little 22lr has tripled in price.
Ammo.com did a special news update that ammo sales are through the roof from COVID. Directly from their site
· 602% increase in revenue
· 511% increase in transactions
· 242% increase in site traffic
· 84% increase in conversion rate
· 16% increase in average order value
We’re seeing the news report on this all over the country and this trend will only continue as we ramp up into election season. Couple examples.
'Ammo is really a scarcity:' Iowa gun stores feel effects of coronavirus hoarding
Panic At The Gun Shop
Floridians stockpiling guns and ammo amid national crises
You can bet all the major ammo suppliers are operating at full capacity to try and meet this new found demand. Federal Premium Ammo posted on facebook a pic of their president in the shop loading ammo into boxes. Obviously a PR stunt but point being demand for ammo is up.
https://i.imgur.com/BcvLnIU.png
The two biggest retail ammo manufacturers in the country are Federal Premium and Winchester owned by Vista Outdoor (VSTO) and Olin (OLN) respectively. Both of these names haven’t stonked like the others and will likely see uplift from ammo sales but there’s a catch. Winchester Ammo segment for OLN represents 10-15% of EBITDA for the company so even if ammo sales is through the roof the rest of the business may choke on COVIDS donkey dong tempering said uplift from ammo sales.
VSTO has higher exposure in that Federal Ammo represents 2/3rds of their sales but the other 1/3rd of the business is golf, camping, and camelbak gear that no one gave a shit about during COVID but could potentially see a resurgence in demand with lockdowns being lifted across the country.
TLDR; Ammo Play is VSTO 11/20 15c and if you understand chemical jargon that I don’t OLN 8/21 15c



***EDIT*** 6/21/2020 Update
Time for the follow up. If you bought at the time of this post all names are up with the clear winners being RGR and VSTO. OLN has been a kangeroo all week but I gave no promises on this one considering 70% of its EBITDA is tied to the energy sector which has more ups and downs than a bipolar teenager.
I was disappointed with the markets response to SWBI's earnings report out after thursday's close which the market met with a collective "meh" with the name trading off from its pre-earnings release run up. The gun segment of SWBI beat even the highest inflated expectations of the street but it seems this was lost on the $90 million write off for the non firearms business that is being spun out in August. Management was very instructive highlighting that this buying spree is different as it includes lots of new gun owners with the expectation that some percentage of these new buyers will continue in shooting sports. Take away is that gun demand is only going to increase in 2020 with most likely a cool off in demand in 2021. The 4 analysts that cover the name upped their price targets with the average being $22.50.
Hindsight is always 20/20 but if I could play SWBI again I would have bought the same 7/17 22.5c on Monday and then on Thursday you could have sold a 7/17 25c for more than what you'd paid for Mondays 7/17/ 22.5c locking in a 10% profit and essentially keeping a free call option through the earnings report.
RGR and VSTO were pure money ending the week up despite the broader market kangeroo court.

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Resident Evil 3 (Remake) - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Resident Evil 3
Platforms:
Trailers:
Publisher: Capcom
Review Aggregator:
Metacritic - PS4 - 80 Metascore - 53 reviews
Metacritic - PC - 76 Metascore - 13 reviews
Metacritic - Xbox One - 86 Metascore - 17 reviews
OpenCritic - 81 average - 80% recommended - 88 reviews

Critic Reviews

ACG - Jeremy Penter - Wait for Sale
A good title and enjoyable but very short and its replayability is limited greatly. The MP wasn't working even on day one and the beta MP was preventable. Not bad just not as excellent as RE 2
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
If you want a memorable action video game, RE3 Remake will deliver—albeit briefly. If you want that action coupled with cheesy, relatable humanity, on the other hand, RE2 Remake is a better bet, if not a dive into your favorite binge-worthy zombie TV series.
Attack of the Fanboy - Kyle Hanson - 3.5 / 5 stars
Fans will certainly be happy that the Resident Evil 3 remake exists, and will be excited for a potential Code Veronica followup, but unfortunately this adventure just wasn't as worthy of a revisit.
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 6 / 10
It’s hard to shake the feeling that most of the Nemesis encounters and big action beats highlight the limitations of the simple and somewhat dated classic Resident Evil design of the first few entries in the series.
CGMagazine - Lane Martin - 9 / 10
Resident Evil 3 joins its forbearer as another top notch remake. I'm happy to see what Capcom has been doing with the series and wonder where they'll take it next.
COGconnected - Rhett Waselenchuk - 94 / 100
While the game still stubbornly hangs on to a few of the original’s mechanical shortcomings, the vast majority of the package is a breathtaking recreation of material we fell in love with two decades ago.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 8.5 / 10
Resident Evil 3 Remake continues to the raise the bar of what it means to be a remake. It can feel rushed in places, but the sheer terror of Nemesis and the return to form of Jill Valentine makes it an experience you don't want to miss. Just be sure to bring extra clean underwear along for the ride.
Cultured Vultures - Jimmy Donnellan - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a mostly superb remake of a horror classic with many clever spins on the formula and fluid, enthralling gameplay. I just wish there was more of it.
DASHGAMER.com - Dan Rizzo - 8.5 / 10
Comparing it to the last entry of the reborn franchise will be hard to avoid, just as it was while reviewing the title. As a standalone experience, RE3 is quite solid. It's still an intense, fast paced, survival-horror adventure; jam packed with bombastic sequences, subtle comedy, and a cast of memorable characters that re-counts their story to an entirely new generation.
Daily Mirror - Jasper Pickering - 4 / 5 stars
Players who are just looking to experience the same single player action from Resident Evil 2 should wait until the game is released as a standalone title or after it has significantly dropped in price.
Daily Star - Lloyd Coombes - 5 / 5 stars
Just as the 1999 original was a more action-focused Resident Evil game that arguably helped pivot the franchise towards the iconic fourth instalment, this 2020 reimagining feels like last year’s game in many ways, only sped up and thirstier for zombie blood.
It treads the line between tension and action impressively, and Nemesis cements his legacy as one of the series’ most enduring creatures.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 8 / 10
The remake of Resident Evil 3 is going to be divisive, just as the original was.
Digital Chumps - Eric Layman - 7.5 / 10
Instead of modernizing 1999's Resident Evil 3, Capcom has remodeled 2019's remake of Resident Evil 2. Dazzling production and clever level design are still effective fuel for the survival horror engine, but this reliance on familiar techniques dissolves any expectation of novelty and ambition. In Resident Evil 3, Jill is less the subject of a despairing escape and more the product of a regulated, orderly departure.
Digital Spy - Laurence Mozafari - 4 / 5 stars
Overall, Resident Evil 3's gameplay is solid, fun and thrilling, it's definitely worth playing at some point, but tragically it's all too short lived.
Digital Trends - Lisa Marie Segarra - 4 / 5 stars
Resident Evil 3 is uncomfortable but exhilarating. There’s a thrill in the danger, like roaming a haunted house or riding a roller coaster.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 4 / 5 stars
Resident Evil 3 is a very, very fine example of what it wants to be, and anyone who loved the Resident Evil 2 remake should be won over all over again with this one.
DualShockers - Ricky Frech - 8.5 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is an excellent remake of a fan favorite game that features great action gameplay, jaw-dropping visuals, and not enough Carlos.
EGM - Mollie L Patterson - 8 / 10
It was always a long shot that a new take on Resident Evil 3 was going to be able to live up to the expectations set by 2019's Resident Evil 2 remake, and that's exactly the case here. Still, beyond a few examples of missed potential, this is another stellar attempt by Capcom to bring its survival horror series into the modern era, and retains a sense of individuality and personality that make it stand out from its peers.
Easy Allies - Michael Huber - 8.5 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is an action-packed journey through the streets of Raccoon City with fear chasing you every step of the way.
Eurogamer - Wesley Yin-Poole - No Recommendation / Blank
The Resident Evil 3 remake, like the original upon which it is based, is inferior to its predecessor.
Everyeye.it - Giuseppe Carrabba - Italian - 7.8 / 10
Therefore, despite being a title of undoubted thickness, this remake of Resident Evil 3 could have reached a certainly higher quality level.
Explosion Network - Ciaran Marchant - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is still a fantastic narrative experience that should be enjoyed by fans of the franchise as well as fans of the action-horror genre.
Game Informer - Ben Reeves - 9 / 10
This is another spectacular remake for the series, and Nemesis is an imposing enemy who relentlessly chases you throughout the game.
Game Revolution - Jason Faulkner - 4 / 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed escaping from Raccoon City again, and I loved the expanded story. Resident Evil 3 remake is a great game that is held back from being truly excellent by a few factors.
GameByte - Richard Lee Breslin - 9 / 10
Just like its predecessor, Resident Evil 3 will go down as one of the best games of 2020.
GameCrate - Justin Woo - 7.8 / 10
I've spent the last few thousand words explaining why RE3 isn't as good as RE2, but it's still a very good game. It's like a big, six-hour expansion pack. If you liked last year's RE2, you would enjoy this. Experienced players will want to give it a go on hardcore, as normal is pretty easy.
GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10
Resident Evil 3 Remake is one of the main hits of this year, which demonstrates how to adapt classic games, maintaining the overall atmosphere and outline of the story, combined with updated mechanics and modern graphics solutions. And even if just yesterday you decided to replay the original and remember every turn of the plot Resident Evil 3 Remake has something to surprise you besides bright chases, cinematic fights and fantastic graphics.
GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 9 / 10
In terms of thrills and spills, Resident Evil 3 offers what is perhaps the best Resident Evil campaign ever.
GameSpot - Alessandro Fillari - 6 / 10
Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 3 makes a strong first impression, but it eventually loses sight of what made the original so memorable.
GameWatcher - Gavin Herman - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3's remake might not be as surprising as REmake 2, but it is still a fun ride.
GameXplain - Mixed

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GameZone - Cade Onder - 7.5 / 10
While enjoyable and filled with plenty to enjoy, Resident Evil 3 unfortunately feels like an uneven mishmash of horror and action. It wants to do two things at once and while it does them in a passable way, it doesn't always feel like it reaches its full potential especially when following in the footsteps of Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Gameblog - Romain Mahut - French - 7 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a good game that doesn't manage to reach the heights that Resident Evil 2 did. Nemesis has a great new look but he doesn't instill fear like Mr. X did last year. The game is also quite short. Resident Evil Resistance has an interesting concept but suffers from balancing and technical issues.
Gamers Heroes - Johnny Hurricane - 80 / 100
While Resident Evil 2 Remake is the better game, Resident Evil 3 still makes for a good time. For those looking to pay a trip to Raccoon City and face off with Nemesis, give it a go.
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley - 4 / 5 stars
Another enjoyable reimagining for the Resident Evil series that nails the action but lacks depth.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 7 / 10
Resident Evil 3 constantly hints at greatness, but never quite reaches the heights of the PS1 original. It's a solid enough game, but not nearly as impressive as other recent Resident Evil titles, and not nearly as good as it could and should have been.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 7 / 10
Resident Evil 3 Remake manages to deliver a somewhat authentic remake of the classic game. While it lacks some iconic areas and enemies, it does keep you at the edge of your seat as you face some rather deadly threats. Once the game is over, you can purchase some items from the shop to enhance your next playthroughs like medals that grant health regen and over-powered weapons like a laser gun.. Will I go back and do another? I doubt it.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a superb remake of the original, with Nemesis being the clear highlight. Although inventory management and aiming can be a problem, it's still a fantastic game.
Hardcore Gamer - Cory Wells - 4.5 / 5
On its own, the remake of Resident Evil 3 is another hallmark achievement for Capcom. It may not satisfy purists of the original, but there's no reason that fans of what the RE2 remake accomplished won't enjoy this.
Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 92 / 100
Resident Evil 3 is a brilliant remake. It is faithful to the original 1999 PSX game, with updated gameplay and graphics, but Capcom has been able to deepen its storyline, characters and connections with RE2. On the downside, you can finish it under 5 hours (first round).
IGN - Lucy O'Brien - 9 / 10
With a sublimely detailed world and breakneck survival-horror gameplay, Resident Evil 3 is just as good as its 2019 predecessor. More, please!
IGN Italy - Davide Ambrosiani - Italian - 8.5 / 10
The return of Resident Evil 3 manages to maintain the balance between memory and adaptation. Even if the renunciation of certain characteristic aspects of the original game could disappoint the most avid fans, the care taken in the reconstruction of the atmosphere and of the feeling it is visible an above all, perceivable. Nemesis could have been more time on the stage, of course, but even so its presence hovers in the apocalypse of Raccoon City, and when it finally manifests itself it is as beautiful as it is distressing. Though: twenty years later, its threat it can be put back into perspective and the blows exchanged between peers.
IGN Spain - David Soriano - Spanish - 9 / 10
Resident Evil 3 Remake does a great job of reclaiming the potential the original already had, one of the franchise's most underrated installments. Some extra modes or replayability variety would have been welcome.
Kotaku - Heather Alexandra - Unscored
It takes last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake and hones it into something meaner and more intense. Embracing the chaos leads to an intense and confidently executed Resident Evil experience.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
The source material already had its problems, but this disappointing remake manages to make Resident Evil 3 seem even less inspired than it did originally.
Noisy Pixel - Azario Lopez - 9 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a heart-pounding nightmare that blends survival horror and action elements perfectly with the help of its two protagonists. There’s so much to explore and discover during every moment of this thriller that it’s easy to forget about the horrors that await just around the corner. However, the limited puzzles and short length make it tough to justify the full price. But, like a zombie hungry for brains, I can’t seem to get enough of this game.
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly - 58 / 100
Both the Nemesis and Raccoon City are massively underused in this disappointing step back for the series.
PC Invasion - 8 / 10
The Resident Evil 3 remake manages to take the core elements from the original and make them new again. The RE Engine also provides the right platform for extremely detailed facial animations and environments. Although this remake might run a rather linear course, don't let that deter you from jumping into this punchy, solid, action title that's extremely well-paced from start to finish. This is yet another example of Capcom taking an already great property and somehow making something new out of it while still respecting its own source material.
PCGamesN - Jordan Forward - 7 / 10
Capcom's latest is still one of the better entries to the series, but isn't quite sure if it wants to be po-faced and terrifying or a campy, blockbuster shooter.Jordan Forward
PCWorld - Hayden Dingman - Unscored
Maybe it will win me over yet. It’s running out of time though.
PSX Brasil - Ivan Nikolai Barkow Castilho - Portuguese - 90 / 100
Resident Evil 3 is another excellent Capcom title. Despite being a little short, it is challenging and encourages the player to finish it more than once. The story remains interesting and the gameplay is basically the same as in Resident Evil 2 Remake with some improvements (which is not a bad thing). The graphics and the sound effects are incredible. To make up for the short single-player campaign, Capcom presents us with the RE Resistance multiplayer, which has an interesting proposal and is a great addition to the package, but its long learning curve can keep some players away.
PlayStation Universe - Michael Harradence - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is another stunning-looking revamp from Capcom that effortlessly manages to switch between tension-packed moments of genuine horror and bombastic action set pieces. It's just a shame that some questionable changes were made from the original and there isn't more bang for your buck in terms of post-completion content.
Polygon - Michael McWhertor - Unscored
When I first fired up Resident Evil 3, I worried that its tale of a pandemic turning cities into disease-plagued ghost towns would be more of a depressing reminder of our current reality than escapist entertainment. To wit: A live-action cinematic starts the game with doctors in hazmat suits and government officials telling of a CDC-enforced quarantine.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 6.1 / 10
Resident Evil 2 set the standard for videogame remakes in 2019. Resident Evil 3 should serve as a cautionary tale for the pitfalls of videogame remakes in 2020.
Press Start - James Berich - 8.5 / 10
While some spirit has been lost in translation, Resident Evil 3 is superbly paced and one of the better modern Resident Evil games, and a chapter that any horror fan shouldn’t miss.
Push Square - Liam Croft - 7 / 10
Resident Evil 3 had the potential to better its classic predecessor, but a disappointing amount of cut content and the let down that is Nemesis hold it back from greatness. It's still an experience very much worth revisiting, with Raccoon City and the hospital receiving a lot of love and attention, however, it only makes us question what could have been that little bit more.
Rectify Gaming - Dave Rodriguez - 8.8 / 10
“Jill Valentine’s brash attitude and confidence give Resident Evil 3 a Paul Verhoeven 80’s feel that nobody should miss.”
Rely On Horror - Rourke Keegan - 6.5 / 10
Enter the classic world of survival horror with Capcom's Resident Evil 3 Remake, a retelling that may, or may not, be what you were hoping for.
Saudi Gamer - عصام الشهوان - Arabic - 10 / 10
Another slam dunk remake from Capcom; one that is faithful while still feeling contemporary and exciting. This is a faster, tighter game than the remake of Resident Evil 2, with a cast of interesting characters and a better flow than the original.
Screen Rant - Christopher Teuton - 4 / 5 stars
RE3 is good, but it's just more of the same.
Shacknews - David Craddock - 9 / 10
Every inch of Resident Evil 3 has been polished to a blinding sheen. From gameplay and replay value, to the overhauled story and environments, this game is a masterpiece, and the new standard bearer for Capcom's franchise.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored

Video Review - Quote not available

Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.5 / 10
Resident Evil 3 fails to reach the heights of Resident Evil 2 remake, has a shorter and easier campaign and cuts off some iconic locations like The Clock Tower and Raccoon Park.
Tech Advisor - Dominic Preston - 4 / 5 stars
This is a different beast to the Resident Evil 2 remake - and a lesser one, in all honesty - but it's been stitched together with just as much love and attention to detail. They just decided to give it a flamethrower for good measure.
The Digital Fix - Andrew Shaw - 10 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a worthy successor to the Resident Evil 2 remake in every respect. A perfect reimagining and one of the best entries in the Resident Evil franchise.
The Games Machine - Gian Filippo Saba - Italian - 8.4 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a really enjoyable action horror experience, but it's shortcomings in longevity and replayability are too deep, keeping it away from reaching the status of true masterpiece.
TheSixthAxis - Nick Petrasiti - 9 / 10
Capcom have done a marvellous job with Resident Evil 3, reviving another of their beloved survival horror classics and making it feel completely fresh once again. Nemesis is back and he's here to smash your face in.
TrueGaming - Arabic - 7.5 / 10
Fans of the series will be happy to go back to racoon city and face the nemesis again. Still, Resident Evil 3 is limited in its story and somewhat lacking in its content.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 3.5 / 5 stars
The narrative is still a campy blast, crafted in such a way that hardcore fans and newcomers alike will adore Jill Valentine’s debut in the modern era, even if her journey is all too fleeting. Chances are this won’t be the last remake we’ll see in the iconic survival horror franchise, I just hope it learns from some of the mistakes made here.
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 3.5 / 5
It’s so damn good, but it’s disappointingly brief. The game looks stunning and it plays fantastically well, but I’ve beaten it twice and I don’t feel as though my hunger for Resident Evil has been satiated.
USgamer - Caty McCarthy - 3.5 / 5 stars
Resident Evil 3 finally repositions its place as not just a true sequel to Resident Evil 2, but as a bridge to Resident Evil 4, both in action and plot. While it streamlines the formula of Resident Evil 2 into something more linear, it's still the best way to dodge through Raccoon City with Jill and Carlos, even with Nemesis always on your tail and the occasional clunkiness here and there. With a breezy runtime, Resident Evil 3 is well worth revisiting. Just maybe not Resident Evil Resistance.
VG247 - Kirk McKeand - 3 / 5 stars
It’s still worth playing, but Resident Evil 3 Remake is a step backwards for Capcom, coming off the back of one of the best games of last year. It’s gorgeous to look at, the jump scares will get you, and it’s like stepping into a comfy pair of slippers. But even though your feet are cosy, it never feels like home.
Video Chums - Trey Griffeth - 7.5 / 10
In the end, Resident Evil 3 suffers from not being as good as its predecessor. It's well-made with likable charismatic protagonists and is quite the roller coaster ride but when compared to the tense full-on survival horror game that preceded it, Resident Evil 3 feels like a step back. Still, if you're a fan and are dying for more, this is a solid game that will undoubtedly scratch that itch.
VideoGamer - Josh Wise - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a play for our imagination as much as our memory. It understands that the fear we felt long ago didn't fade; it took root in our brains and mutated into myth. And this is what it might look like.
Wccftech - Nathan Birch - 8.5 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is the franchise's best action-driven entry since the glory days of Resident Evil 4. A beautifully-balanced combination of white-knuckle mayhem and satisfying old-school tension, Resident Evil 3 is compulsively-munchable popcorn entertainment that, unfortunately, disappears all too quickly. If you're looking for value, there are certainly meatier games out there, but few that will leave you licking your fingers as happily as this one.
We Got This Covered - Eric Hall - 4.5 / 5 stars
Like a well-oiled machine, Resident Evil 3 delivers a chaotic burst of action in a short amount of time. Capcom has done an excellent job of bringing the classic into the modern era with tight gameplay, gorgeous visuals, and overhauled character designs.
WellPlayed - Zach Jackson - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 is a tight and slick action-adventure experience that doesn’t quite reach the heights set by its predecessor
Windows Central - Samuel Tolbert - 4.5 / 5 stars
While a couple of things could've been tweaked to provide a longer experience, Capcom provides a fantastic survival horror remake that carefully balances the action with the terror. You will fear Nemesis.
Worth Playing - Chris "Atom" DeAngelus - 8 / 10
Resident Evil 3 Remake is slightly disappointing after the stellar Resident Evil 2 Remake. It's still a good game, but its short length and lack of ambition mean that it will constantly be seen as the lesser sibling. The addition of the REsistance online mode should add some value for those who enjoy competitive online play, but the lack of single-player options is disappointing. All in all, it's a good follow-up to an amazing game, and as long as you're willing to forgive its foibles, RE3 Remake should be a fun return to Raccoon City for franchise faithfuls.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 85 / 100
Short it may be, but Resident Evil 3 is also delightfully sweet. Or as sweet as a survival horror game possibly can be, anyway. Pared back, streamlined and completely brilliant, you'll have a blast outrunning Nemesis all over again.
ZTGD - Jae Lee - 8 / 10
Despite missing a few defining features of the original, Resident Evil 3 makes for a thrilling experience that I’m sure will be enjoyed by both veterans of the series and new fans alike.
Thanks for the import, Opencritic!
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Cryptocurrency regulation in the world

Cryptocurrency regulation in the world
Greetings. 👋🏻 Today we will tell you about the regulation of cryptocurrency in the world.

📌 Today, a new task has arisen for governments - the regulation of cryptocurrencies, operations with them, the integration of blockchain innovations in the financial and legal systems.
📌 The legal status of cryptocurrencies varies widely in different countries. In some countries, transactions with cryptocurrencies are completely legal. As a rule, they are regarded as a product or investment asset, and for tax purposes are subject to the relevant legislation.
📌 There is no regulatory framework in the world that sets reference rules for the regulation of cryptocurrency ICOs. This means that there are no legal protection mechanisms for both investors and individuals issuing cryptocurrency tokens. In some countries, there are already attempts to legalize crypto-investments and to give cryptocurrencies official status.

🔗 Despite this, the integration of blockchain technology is in full swing. The business is ready to use cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and other blockchain tools. World banks have already begun to introduce new blockchain modifications. FinTech industry calls blockchain one of the most promising trends of our time. Only the lack of legal status does not allow these new technologies to unfold fully.

🏆 PZMCash is a cryptocurrency created as a means of payment for a fast-growing ecosystem in which the economic motives of each individual participant provide an increase in overall wealth. The main strategic success factor for PZMCash is the bet on the growing scaling and balancing of the supply and demand of the money supply.
🏆 The key difference between PZMCash and the “classic” PoS concept lies in the mechanism of filling the network with the money supply. The PZMCash team refused to issue completely when generating the first block - only 1% of the total number of coins will be distributed when the network is launched using premining. The remaining coins will be issued during post-mining - payouts to loyal PZMCash holders for supporting the network.

Find out more about the features and benefits of PZMCash here: https://pzmcash.com/
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Wall Street Breakfast: The Week Ahead. I read this and thought it interesting. Enjoy from SeekingAlpha

Nike (NYSE:NKE) will headline a light roster of earnings reports in the week ahead, while Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) WWDC event sets the stage for the company's launch of the first 5G iPhones later this year. On the economic front, reports on existing home sales, jobless claims, consumer spending and a Q1 GDP revision will be the headliners. Fed heads are out in force next week, with virtual speeches on the docket for Raphael Bostic, James Bullard and Charles Evans. In a sign of normalcy, Ford (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) are expected to return to pre-pandemic production levels at U.S. plants, while results of Fed stress tests on major banks will be announced on June 25.
Earnings spotlight: IHS Market (NYSE:INFO) on June 23; BlackBerry (NYSE:BB), KB Home (NYSE:KBH) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) on June 24; Nike (NKE), Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) on June 25.
IPO watch: U.S. grocery store operator Albertsons (ACI) is expected to price its IPO next week and begin to trade. The company could have a valuation of over $10B if the IPO prices at the midpoint of the expected range of $18 to $20 range. Albertsons, which is looking to raise as much as $2B, is one of the grocery chains seeing a sales boom in business during the coronavirus pandemic. Stakeholders Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) and Cerberus Capital are both selling off shares in the offering. No other IPOs are due to price during the week.
M&A tidbits: The walk date for the Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR)-Eldorado Resorts (NASDAQ:ERI) merger arrives on June 24, although no surprises are anticipated. Shareholders vote on the Provident Financial (NYSE:PFS)-SB One Bancorp (NASDAQ:SBBX) deal on June 25. On the same date, Delphi Technologies (NYSE:DLPH) shareholders vote on the merger with BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA). It is almost a lock that there will be some more drama in the Taubman Centers (NYSE:TCO)-Simon Property (NYSE:SPG) duel.
Projected dividend changes (quarterly): Kroger (NYSE:KR) to $0.17 from $0.16, John Wiley (NYSE:JW.A) to $0.35 from $0.34, Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) to $0.27 from $0.53.
Spotlight on Nike: Nike will post its FQ4 report with more uncertainty in the air than almost any time before due to the lack of formal guidance from the company. The two biggest pullouts from the report are likely to be the pace of recovery in China and the momentum of the e-commerce business. Nike is one of the companies seen by Wall Street as in a strong position on the other side of the pandemic. "We see Nike as favorably positioned for both secular fitness/casualization trends and industry structural changes that benefit those with strong direct engagement with consumers," notes bullish-leaning Wells Fargo ahead of the print. Stocks that quite often move right along with Nike on earnings day include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) and Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS).
WWDC: Apple will hold its annual developers conference on June 22-26 in a virtual format this year. Apple is expected to announce its ARM-based Macs as the company advances its control of chips and architecture away from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Enhancements with iOS14, tvOS 14 and watchOS 7 are also anticipated, along with new products/R&D initiatives on the AR headset and wearables/AirPods front. Tim Cook will give the keynote presentation on June 22 at 10:00 Pacific time in what is likely to be his last presentation before the annual September iPhone reveal event.
Healthcare watch: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) has an investor series presentation next week covering its early pipeline/immuno-oncology on June 22 and hematology on June 25. PDUFA dates arrive for Karyopharm Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:KPTI) Xpovio on June 23, Zogenix's (NASDAQ:ZGNX) Fintepla on June 25 and Heron Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:HRTX) HTX-011 on June 26. The big event of the week in the sector is the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II running from June 22-24. A large number of potentially market-moving posters and abstracts are due to be released, as well as special sessions on COVID-19 and cancer research. Some of the notable companies due to present include Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), Phio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PHIO), Exicure (NASDAQ:OTC:XCUR), Xencor (NASDAQ:XNCR), ESSA Pharma (NASDAQ:EPIX), ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN), Molecular Templates (NASDAQ:MTEM), Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH), CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), Jounce Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JNCE), GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC), Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN), Provectus Therapeutics (OTC:PVCT), ORIC Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ORIC), Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY), aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE), TG Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TGTX) and Neoleukin Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NLTX).
Bank tests: The Federal Reserve will release results of the annual bank stress tests on June 25. Fed Vice Chair Randal Quarles noted that the test this year includes running banks up against three possible economic trajectories of varying severity to see how they perform due to the unprecedented uncertainty about the pandemic. The test will see how banks perform against a rapid V-shaped recovery, a slower U-shaped recovery and a rough W-shaped recovery. The test results could factor in to dividend decisions down the road for Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), while Capital One (NYSE:COF) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) are seen being pushed under the scenarios. Traders are making plays based on the results, with a notable amount of bullish options bets being placed on Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Some other bank names to watch when the results roll out are PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), Truist (NYSE:TFC), Regions Financial (NYSE:RF), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), HSBC North America (NYSE:HSBC), UBS (NYSE:UBS), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK) and Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN).
Analyst meetings and business updates: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) will host a fireside chat for the investor community with members of its management team on June 22. The impact of some of the games introduced at EA Play Live 2020 will be discussed. Hewlett Packard Enterprises (NYSE:HPE) is launching the first-ever HPE Discover Virtual Experience on June 23 to showcase the company's pivot to an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company. In the transportation sector, Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is participating in a Q&A webcast with Cowen on June 23. Also on June 23, Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) has an investor call with Morgan Stanley scheduled. Meanwhile, Sanofi is holding a virtual R&D day event on June 23. Bristol-Myers Squibb has an investor event covering immunology and cardiovascular on June 26.
Conferences rundown: The timing looks spot on for the Jefferies Virtual Consumer Conference on June 23-24 with the pandemic shifting shopping habits in the U.S. Companies due to present include Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS), Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT), Nu Skin (NYSE:NUS), Freshpet (NYSE:FPT), Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA), Sysco (NYSE:SYY), Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK), Shack Shack (NYSE:SHAK) and Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK). In the healthcare sector, the BMO 2020 Prescriptions for Success Healthcare Conference features virtual presentations by Humana (NYSE:HUM), Halozyme (NASDAQ:HALO), Horizon Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HZNP), Apellis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:APLS), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Replimune (NASDAQ:REPL) on June 23. Other conferences of note include the SVB Leerink CybeRx Series CNS Forum, BMO Chemicals & Packaging Conference, Wells Fargo Bricks to Clicks Digital Conference, Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Conference and the Morgan Stanley Zero Trust Architectures Virtual Thematic Conference. On the smaller side of the conference schedule, the mining and metals sectors will be in focus, with John Tumazos Very Independent Research virtual meetings set for June 23-24 on Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM), Western Copper and Gold (NYSEMKT:WRN), KORE Mining (OTCQB:KOREF), Amarillo Gold (OTCQB:AGCBF), Sierra Metals (NYSEMKT:SMTS), Foran Mining (OTC:FMCXF), Wolfden Resources (OTC:WLFFF), Trilogy Metals (NYSEMKT:TMQ) and Adventus Mining (OTCQX:ADVZF).
Ford F-150: Ford has a digital reveal event for the all-new F-150 set for June 25. The Ford team is expected to describe innovative features of the all-new F-150, including the new electrical architecture, a flat-lying passenger sleeper seat and over-the-air updates to key modules controlling vehicle performance and user experiences. The new truck is seen as a critical part of Ford's plan to slash $5B in warranty costs and push the automaker's vehicle connectivity platform. As a profit generator, the F-150 launch later this year will also help restore the company's balance sheet. The all-new Ford F-150 will be discussed by execs in detail during a June 26 conference call with Citi Research.
Deurbanization trade: Expect more talk from analysts next week about which sectors and stocks could benefit if the mega-trend of people and businesses moving out of downtowns of major cities becomes a reality. Jefferies got the ball rolling last week by singling out Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe's (NYSE:LOW), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Floor & Decor (NYSE:FND), At Home (NYSE:HOME), Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) and Wayfair (NYSE:W) as retailers that could gain from an uptick in suburban living and more spending on houses than metropolitan apartments. One of the bigger pure plays is Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO), which has racked up a 64% gain over the last 90 days.
RVs: Keep an eye on the RV sector with May shipment numbers due out from the RV Industry Association. Demand is expected to be on the rebound after RV shipments fell 82% in April. Looking ahead, there is a difference in opinion on Wall Street on the outlook for Winnebago (NYSE:WGO), Thor Industries (NYSE:THO), Patrick Industries (NASDAQ:PATK), LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII) and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH). Some firms like SunTrust Robinson Humphrey expect a RV boom as consumers gravitate toward safer vacations, while Bank of America has warned that the high rate of unemployment and salary cuts could keep discretionary spending in check.
Sports betting: Time is running out for the California Assembly to pass legislation on sports betting to move the issue to the November ballot. The bill has to pass through the legislature before June 25 to become an election issue. Why is it a big deal? California is forecast to have the potential for a +$30B sports betting market through sports books placed at tribal casinos, horse racing tracks and satellite wagering facilities. "California could easily become one of the most productive sports-betting markets in the world," observes gaming analyst Chris Grove. Tax revenue from sports betting would also help the Golden State with its budget issues amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Stocks of interest in relations to how sports betting in California plays out include DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG), William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHF), MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM), Caesars Entertainment, Fanduel (DUEL), Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ:RRR), Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).
Casinos: The Nevada Gaming Commission is meeting on June 25 to likely approve amendments to state regulations that would streamline the process for moving to modern payment methods. The casino industry in general wants to quickly adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor due to the risk of handling cash during the coronavirus outbreak. The casino reset could have implications for Visa (NYSE:V), Mastercard (NYSE:MA) and American Express (NYSE:AXP), as well as financial apps from Apple (AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). Casino operators like MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) would also welcome the change.
What's not playing: Warner Bros.'s (NYSE:T) feature animated film Scoob! will stream on HBO Max on June 26 after running in a premium video on-demand window. The children's picture was first scheduled for theaters on May 15 before opting for a 48-hour rental PVOD period price of U.S. $19.99. While Scoob! didn't make quite the splash that Trolls World Tour did in the spring when it nabbed $100M in digital sales over three weeks, it's another incremental step away from the traditional studio release format for major studios like Sony (NYSE:SNE), Universal Pictures (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Disney (NYSE:DIS). As for theater chains, auditoriums are likely to operate at 25% to 50% capacity as AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), Cinemark (NYSE:CNK), IMAX (NASDAQ:IMAC), Marcus Entertainment (NYSE:MCS) and Reading International (NASDAQ:RDI) open back up this summer.
Notable annual meetings: Companies with virtual annual meetings set next week include Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ:OLLI) on June 22, Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) on June 23, Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP) on June 24, At Home Group and Tailored Brands (NYSE:TLRD) on June 25.
Barron's mentions: The publication digs out four industrial companies whose stocks are called compelling. Midsize manufacturers RBC Bearings (NASDAQ:ROLL) and Wabtec (NYSE:WAB) join large-caps Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) and Ametek (NYSE:AME) on the short list of economy recovery picks. Of the four, Wabtec trades with the lowest forward PE ratio at 14.2. Brunswick (NYSE:BC) is also singled out this week as an advantageous product-mix shift and rising boat demand are seen helping to drive shares higher. Most of Brunswick's profit is derived from the high-margin Mercury engine business. The rally in tech names hasn't encapsulated the entire sector. Attractive names still trading at less than 4X sales include Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC), CACI International (NYSE:CACI), Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS), Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX), Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), Accenture, MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI), Intel and F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). The cover story this week hits on the rising inequality issue in the U.S., noting that it can be a breeding ground for all kinds of concerning things for the market like secular stagnation.
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Investing News Morning Roundup – July 15, 2020

Investing News Morning Roundup – July 14, 2020
Positive news flow on vaccine progress is feeding a risk-on move today, building on the momentum of the last 2 weeks.
Apple wins $14.9 billion tax bill ruling against EU anti-trust officials
Apple received a favorable court ruling in its case against EU anti-trust officials who claimed the company’s tax arrangement with Ireland was illegal. The case is a huge loss for EU anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager who has led the fight against such tax arrangements which she has deemed unfair. The EU court said anti-trust officials failed to show how the tax arrangement was illegal, saying specifically, they “did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage.” Apple reminded the market it has paid over $100 billion in taxes around the world over the last decade and said this court fight “was not about how much tax we pay, but where we are required to pay it.”
Ford introduces new Bronco, first 3,500 already sold out
Ford (F) reintroduced its iconic Bronco in the last week and the highly anticipated return of the truck was well received. Ford opened advanced registration to buy 3,500 copies of the most expensive version and very quickly all were sold. Ford will introduce the Bronco as a 2021 model. Ford is betting heavily on the success of the Bronco as it focuses almost exclusively on SUVs (it still sells its Mustang muscle car). Analysts think the Bronco could contribute up to $1 billion in revenue for Ford if the truck is a blockbuster.
Google confirms $4.5 billion investment in India’s Reliance digital services arm
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google confirmed it will invest $4.5 billion in the digital services arm of India’s Reliance. Google will acquire 7.7% of Jio Platforms, Reliance’s digital arm. Google is the latest US tech company to partner with Reliance, following moves by Facebook (FB), Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM), all of which seek to reach the legions of first-time tech users in India. Google will work on a number of endeavors, with the development of affordable mobile phones being highlighted in their presentation of the deal.
Facebook white paper calls for clear, standard privacy disclosures
Facebook (FB) published a white paper on privacy as governments around the world look to tighten regulations on privacy. Facebook wrote that present disclosures are too tough for users to understand. The white paper was written by Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan. She wrote, “…current practices for informing people about how companies use their data, and the laws setting out transparency requirements, may be insufficient to provide meaningful notice to people.” Facebook has been particularly focused on privacy in the wake of its $5 billion fine from the FTC over user data privacy problems. Facebook supports greater regulation of privacy issues as a way for it and other tech companies to be clear on their obligations.
Sony planning to double PlayStation 5 production amid pandemic demand
Sony (SNY) has informed suppliers its is doubling its planned production of its new PlayStation 5 to 10 million units as the stay-at-home trends amid the pandemic have driven demand for PlayStation. A potentially prolonged virus episode has led Sony to increase its demand expectations for the new console, which will hit the market this holiday season. Production of the new machine began last month and increasing production by that much may pose a serious logistics challenge for Sony. This will be Sony’s first new console since 2013.
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[FT] Rise in margin lending stokes fears of China bubble

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Rise in margin lending stokes fears of China bubble

Sharp rally in stock market draws comparisons with 2015 downfall
Thomas Hale in Hong Kong and Wang Xueqiao in Shanghai
Margin loans to buy equities in China have risen to their highest level in five years, prompting fears that speculation on rising prices could lead to a rerun of a notorious stock market bubble that burst in 2015.
Total margin finance in China reached Rmb1.27tn ($184bn) on Tuesday after more than a week of consecutive daily increases, according to Wind, a data service. Separate figures show investors rushing to open new accounts that give them access to loans from brokers.
The CSI 300 index, a gauge of the country’s biggest stocks listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen, leapt almost 6 per cent on Monday and continued to climb on the following days, after state media extolled the benefits of a “healthy” bull market at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has hit economic activity.
But the rally has drawn comparisons with the events of 2015, when state media urged individual investors to pile in to stocks as the economic backdrop weakened. Sustained in part by a crescendo of margin lending, prices doubled over the course of a year before losing more than 40 per cent of their value in a matter of months.
“I think people are getting greedy, because liquidity is abundant and there is policy support from the top,” said Hao Hong, head of research and chief strategist at Bocom International. “You can sense the speculative atmosphere.”
Image: https://i.imgur.com/JtdHONC.png
Trading on margin can be risky, because if the value of collateral falls the borrower may have to deposit more cash or securities. Pledged assets can also be sold without a customer’s consent, perhaps at fire-sale prices.
Margin lending is still well below the peak it reached in 2015, when it rose above Rmb2.2tn in June after doubling from its levels in February, according to Wind. But analysts say the momentum resembles the early stages of the previous boom.
On Monday turnover in “A shares”, which trade on the two main exchanges, was Rmb1.57tn, according to Morgan Stanley. That marked the highest level since the 2015 correction, indicating “high participation from not only institutional but also retail investors”, the bank’s analysts said.
Mr Hong estimates that so far this month about 12 per cent of daily trading volumes are being completed through access to margin finance, compared with 8 per cent in late June. That kind of proportion “tends to raise eyebrows”, he said.
Data from the China Securities Finance Corporation, a state-owned company which provides the country’s brokers with funding, showed that over 85,000 new margin trading accounts were opened in June — more than a one-third increase on the average over the previous year.
One user on Weibo, a popular social media site, noted that securities companies “that had not been in contact in a long time” were again advertising services offering margin trading.
Late on Wednesday, China’s securities regulator published a list of 258 platforms that it said were illegally offering margin finance. Under Chinese law, only approved brokers can provide securities financing.
Support for the capital markets has come alongside measures from China’s central bank to reduce the cost of credit as the economy grapples with the consequences of the pandemic.
“The government has been gradually loosening its monetary policy, so some of this loosening will find its way into the stock market,” said Nicholas Yeo, head of China equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments in Hong Kong.
Despite apparent cheerleading for the market across state media outlets, some suggest the government, wary of the events of 2015, will exercise caution when it comes to allowing investors to bet with borrowed money.
Ken Cheung, chief Asian foreign exchange strategist at Mizuho, expects leverage will remain the main driver of the market in the “medium term”, but expects the government to keep it at a “more controllable rate”. He noted that state media “refrained from adding fuel to the fire” after Monday’s rapid move upwards.
Morgan Stanley analysts say that margin finance appears moderate for now, equivalent to about 4 per cent of the total capitalisation of the stock market, compared to about 10 per cent at the peak in 2015. New investor registrations, meanwhile, despite rising sharply month-on-month, are a long way from the 700,000 of December 2014.
That could indicate that the rally has further to run. Michael Every, global strategist at Rabobank, says China’s market is just one example of a wider trend, also present in the US, where governments seek to boost sentiment while their economies are under heavy pressure.
“If you have a strategy of just pumping up asset prices, it’s going to end in tears,” he said. “We would all sleep much better if this was all fundamentals-driven, everywhere.”
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Online gambling legislation and regulation. Starting your own gambling product.

Online gambling legislation and regulation. Starting your own gambling product.

Mobile gambling
If you plan to develop an app with the ability to deposit and withdraw real money, then such a product automatically falls into the category of gambling and you will need to license your business for successful operation.
Mobile and Web Based Apps
So let’s talk about the different kinds of online gambling apps available on web and mobile. We’ll be covering both free-play gaming apps and real money casino app games you can find for iOS, Android devices and web browsers.
Mobile gambling is more common for poker, casino, bingo, and skill games. They have advantages in terms of a low barrier to enter the market, instant liquidity, product knowledge, and marketing expertise, minimal infrastructure costs, and the ability to bring a brand to the market quickly. Consequently, this form of gambling does not sit neatly with jurisdictional boundaries. Multiple gambling opportunities are available, including betting on various events and markets, in a relatively simple format. Gambling products can also be integrated into betting on television shows or virtual racing and sports games as well as offering lotteries, bingo, poker and casino games.
Most Popular Gambling Apps
Sports betting, casino, poker and lotteries are the most popular forms of online gambling. However, other forms are available too. These include the following: Bingo, slot machines, different card games, roulette and other game of chance. One of the best things about online gambling and betting apps is the number of choices you have.

Sports Betting

Betting means making or accepting a bet on the outcome of a race, competition, or other event or process, the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring, or whether anything is or is not true. Today most sports betting is done via mobile-friendly sites and apps.
Today most sports betting is done via mobile-friendly sites and apps.
The introduction of live betting for sports like soccer and tennis means that bettors who are sitting inside stadiums watching games can now pick up their mobile devices and find real-time betting value with the best sports gambling apps. This has really unlocked a door to the future of sports gambling and the popularity of online gambling apps.

Poker

Many sites offer free poker, where no real money is wagered, although in some cases players can accumulate credits that can be exchanged for prizes. This is the case why people are going to play for real money. There is an ongoing debate over whether poker should be classified as a game of chance or skill. The parameters of legal poker playing are still unclear and differ between jurisdictions. Since you are not gambling with money, I’m pretty sure under the law it’s just a video game for now.

Blackjack

Blackjack is the game of choice to many high-rollers and do you know why? Because blackjack is a challenging, logic and skill-based game where your thinking, strategy, and calculations determine the outcome of the game.

Bingo

Bingo is one of the most popular and socially accepted games in the world. Bingo is a traditional form of gambling that has seen considerable innovation in recent years. It is also the only form of gambling recognized in the Gambling Act that does not have a specific statutory definition, the Act providing simply that “bingo” means “any version of that game, irrespective of by what name it is described”. Bingo must be played as an equal chance game. For game to be classed as “bingo” it must meet the Act’s definition of “equal chance gaming” (as opposed to casino gaming). Thus, it: must not involve playing or staking against a bank, and must be a game in which the chances are equally favorable to all participants in the sense that each ticket or chance has the same probability of success as any other.
Licensed bingo is a well-regulated and socially responsible form of gambling that takes place in a safe environment. Many sites offer multiple forms of bingo with different features, types of games, and costs of play. These sites often cater specifically for women and some research suggests that they may appeal to markets who would not typically engage in traditional forms of gambling.

Slots

Slot machine is one of the most beloved game among the gambling community and it has been a part of the industry for a long time. They provide fun and entertainment and their simplicity allows gamers to start playing at once. This can play out in different ways depending on the machine you’re playing. For instance, there’s Pick a Fortune, a five-reel, 20 line game that puts players right in the studio of a television game show, including the potential to play a Deal or No Deal-style bonus round. A super trend over the past few years is mobile-friendly slot games. These apps and websites were developed to enable players to enjoy their favorite games on their smartphones at any time. Another dominant slot trend is licensed branded slots that are based on popular movies, television, and musicians.
Virtual Money vs Real Money
Let’s find out the difference between social gambling and real money gambling, as well as the differences between gambling through apps and gambling through a web browser. It can be quite confusing trawling through all the casinos, slots, and lotteries available, both through your mobile web browser as well as through mobile app stores, in the form of downloadable apps.

Virtual money

The main difference between virtual money and real money gambling is that the in-game virtual currency in social games and gambling-type games is used only like credits that are not paid out as winnings or anything given to player in cash, making these games exempt from gambling regulations.
Virtual money is loaded on user game accounts via in-app purchases in mobile applications or the game balance funding from a card via web based applications.

Real money gambling

Real money gambling via your mobile device is only allowed in countries where laws have been passed that allow for this type of gambling online, or there are no laws in place that prevent it. The payment systems are the legal way of services payment in the gambling app, performing as the intermediary between the gambling facility and the client. With their help, users replenish deposits and withdraw funds to personal accounts in financial institutions. If the application uses the payment system of a well-known brand, that gives players additional confidence in the resource. Nowadays, there is a wide range of payment systems, some of which operate all over the world, other systems are oriented towards the citizens of one or several countries. A number of services accept money of different world currencies, while others allow currency transactions of one state only.
What is an Online Gambling Licensing
The internet has a global audience, there’s no single piece of legislation that covers the legality of online gambling for the entire world. Mobile gambling doesn’t typically accept customers from every single country in the world. It often focuses on certain specific regions.
Instead, most countries have their own local laws that deal with the relevant legal and regulatory issues.
Ultimately, questions of legality all go back to the location of the casino or where the website operates out of. In closed regulatory systems, such as Italy, France, and the Netherlands, licenses, and advertising rights are limited to domestic providers, which must be located within their country’s geographical boundaries and these are only permitted to offer some types of products. Some jurisdictions, for example, Norway, Sweden, and Canada legalize and regulate online gambling, but this is limited to a single site that is owned by the government. Under such an approach, the government becomes the operator and regulator and all revenues are returned to the government.
Remote gambling is generally permitted. That means that an operator that is licensed may provide gambling services to citizens in the country via all forms of remote communication (and using equipment that may be located in the country or abroad). Equally, a remote operator may be licensed to offer gambling services to citizens in any jurisdiction in the world using equipment located in the country. The law provides that, for each type of gambling (betting, gaming, and participating in a lottery), there will be two forms of license available: remote and non-remote forms (land-based). If you provide facilities for remote gambling, online or through other means, and advertise to consumers you will need a license from the licensing jurisdictions or local licensing authorities. Before an online gambling site signs up its first customer, before it accepts its first bet before the first card is dealt, it must be licensed by a recognized governmental entity.
Certain regions in the world have specific legislation in place that allows them to license and regulate companies that operate online gambling sites or provide industry services (such as the supply of gaming software). These regions are referred to as online gambling jurisdictions or licensing jurisdictions.
Depending on what type of entertainment you are going to implement in your internet establishment, you will have to apply for the corresponding permissions. Online gambling laws in Europe vary from one country to the next. The industry is well regulated in some countries and less so in others. There are several online gambling jurisdictions located in Europe. Some of these are members of the European Union (EU), and thus subject to the various rules and regulations of that body, while others are independent. Each of these jurisdictions has an authority that’s responsible for approving gambling sites for licenses that enable them to offer their services legally. They also regulate their licensees.
Countries that Provide Gambling Licensing
Today there are lots of licensing jurisdictions located all over the world and offering different terms for their customers. Depending on the country, licenses can be local, international (distributed in several countries), have a different set of documents for registration, costs of registration and further support, various operating conditions and other special details.

Which gambling license is both internationally recognized?

The government of Ireland offers casino operators, software, and service providers in the gambling industry, with a gambling license that allows gambling operators to conduct business related to casino, lotto, and other gaming-related activities. Ireland Gambling License is one of the most popular license for online casinos worldwide. Ireland has long been recognized as one of the preferred locations for Online Gambling operators to base their operations. This success has been due to a combination of factors, such as a progressive legislative system, political stability, first-rate telecommunications facilities, and a well established financial services industry. A wide range of gambling sites operates out of Ireland including sports betting, casino sites, poker, bingo, and more.
In stark contrast, the UK is the largest regulated market for online gambling in the world, and corporations are already comfortable exploiting the intersections of gambling and gaming, betting in-play, social gaming, Bitcoin, financial trading and spread betting, betting exchanges, e-sports and, most profitably, mobile gambling. 40% and 60% of online gambling in the UK took place in Gibraltar.

International licensing

Europe is home to the following online gambling jurisdictions: Alderney, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Malta. Malta is currently the country that is most accommodating to gambling companies, and the license offers whitelisted online gambling in sports and casino games in many European territories. But takes an extreme amount of time in paperwork and background checks. Also, you pay 5% of all your gross profit to the EU.
Among countries offering gambling licensing services, the attention should be paid to Curaçao jurisdiction, which is considered to be one of the most promising for the online gaming business.
Curaçao Internet Gaming Association (also known as Curaçao eGaming) is both a regulator and a licensor, and its licensing works worldwide except Curaçao itself, USA, France and Netherlands. Using Curacao as an example, let us examine in detail the process of obtaining a license, the necessary documents and expenses.
How to get a License on Curaçao
  • Documents necessary for company registration:
  • criminal record;
  • passport scans;
  • bank account confirmation;
  • documents proving payments for utility services.
After the company is registered, an operator can apply for the license providing the following documents:
  • a document certifying the right of domain possession;
  • description of games planned to be used in the project;
  • a list indicating countries of potential operation;
  • illustration of server locations to be used in the project;
  • a copy of the agreement with a software provider.
Gambling license cost:
  • Bank account opening $1000
  • Company registration $3600
  • Company management per year $3600
  • Application processing fee $1000
  • License fee per year $4800
  • Equipment/software fee starting from $1500
  • Server maintenance per year $6000
Apart from that pay for technical support and maintenance every year. The entire license issuing process takes between 2-4 weeks. Curacao Internet Gaming Association (CIGA) also has the power to review a license and, if it finds that an operator has breached a license condition, has the power to impose a range of sanctions including revocation of the license.
Apple and Google Gambling Rules
You’ll be surprised at the limited number of real money gambling app options available on the AppStore and Google Play Store. Most real money casino gaming is done through gambler’s mobile web browsers and not through mobile gambling apps that you’ll find for iPhone and Android phones. Apple allows online gambling applications in a few forms, and not just in places where it is explicitly permitted. They do not allow any payments through the applications – those have to be done on the websites. Apple has far stricter developer guidelines for iOS apps than Google does for Android apps, so it’s fine to assume that whatever you choose to download from iTunes is usually safe, secure, and meets a certain standard.
Any real money casino in the iTunes app is required to have proper licensing and permissions before Apple will approve the app for use or downloads. While Google Play is technically regulated, it is much more loose in what can be hosted.

Apple Store

Gambling, gaming, and lotteries can be tricky to manage and tend to be one of the most-regulated offerings on the App Store. Apple has rules for apps that support real money wagering, including sports betting and poker. Those apps and lotteries must have necessary licensing and permissions in the locations where the App is used, must be geo-restricted to those locations, and must be free on the App Store, and Apple rate even simulated gambling apps as appropriate only for users 17-years-old and up.

Play Store

Google keeps the reigns tight. To be able to successfully upload apps to the Google Play store, developers need to have a valid license for the specific countries they are targeting and comply with their regulations. The app must be free to download and must prevent under-age users from gambling in the app. As a final precaution, all gambling apps are required to display prominent information regarding responsible gambling practices. This brings its policy in line with the Apple App Store.
Countries where gambling is illegal
It is also important to remember that while gambling is growing rapidly in many places, in others it is totally or partially prohibited. As well as in the majority of the US, sports betting is illegal in India, Pakistan, and China, three of the largest gambling markets in the world. Most countries have rules against gambling. Almost all Islamic countries prohibit gambling of every kind, but many turn a blind eye to online gambling or simply do not have regulations in place for this grey area.
In the United Arab Emirates, however, any kind of gambling is prosecuted. National lotteries are the only legal forms of wagering on the Asian country’s mainland. Cambodia, North Korea strictly forbids online and offline gambling amongst its own citizens but allows tourists to participate in these activities.
Qatar is the strictest country of all when it comes to gambling laws. All forms of gambling activities are considered illegal, and even sports betting is not permissible.
Starting your own gambling product
Numerous online casino platforms in the market offer fantastic casino games like bingo, poker, roulette, and many more.
If you have an idea, but don’t know where to start, we advise you begin with a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to pilot your proof of concept for investors. MVP spotlights your core features and lets your investors know there are bigger and better things to come.
For MVP you do not need a large team, just a few people are enough to create a fully functioning prototype. In the case of successful numbers of your prototype, the further development of a full-fledged product will require more team, resources and time, however you will be sure that your development and your costs will pay off.
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Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online – TechCrunch

Article included for those not wanting all the trackers and scripts

Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online – TechCrunch

Zack [email protected] / 2:30 pm GMT•June 19, 2020
Have you ever wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about?
There’s no big conspiracy. Ad tech can be creepily accurate.
Tech giant Oracle is one of a few companies in Silicon Valley that has near-perfected the art of tracking people across the internet. The company has spent a decade and billions of dollars buying startups to build its very own panopticon of users’ web browsing data.
One of those startups, BlueKai, which Oracle bought for a little over $400 million in 2014, is barely known outside marketing circles, but it amassed one of the largest banks of web tracking data outside of the federal government.
BlueKai uses website cookies and other tracking tech to follow you around the web. By knowing which websites you visit and which emails you open, marketers can use this vast amount of tracking data to infer as much about you as possible — your income, education, political views, and interests to name a few — in order to target you with ads that should match your apparent tastes. If you click, the advertisers make money.
But for a time, that web tracking data was spilling out onto the open internet because a server was left unsecured and without a password, exposing billions of records for anyone to find.
Security researcher Anurag Sen found the database and reported his finding to Oracle through an intermediary — Roi Carthy, chief executive at cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock and former TechCrunch reporter.
TechCrunch reviewed the data shared by Sen and found names, home addresses, email addresses and other identifiable data in the database. The data also revealed sensitive users’ web browsing activity — from purchases to newsletter unsubscribes.
“There’s really no telling how revealing some of this data can be,” said Bennett Cyphers, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechCrunch.
“Oracle is aware of the report made by Roi Carthy of Hudson Rock related to certain BlueKai records potentially exposed on the Internet,” said Oracle spokesperson Deborah Hellinger. “While the initial information provided by the researcher did not contain enough information to identify an affected system, Oracle’s investigation has subsequently determined that two companies did not properly configure their services. Oracle has taken additional measures to avoid a reoccurrence of this issue.”
Oracle did not name the companies or say what those additional measures were, and declined to answer our questions or comment further.
But the sheer size of the exposed database makes this one of the largest security lapses this year.

The more it knows

BlueKai relies on vacuuming up a never-ending supply of data from a variety of sources to understand trends to deliver the most precise ads to a person’s interests.
Marketers can either tap into Oracle’s enormous bank of data, which it pulls in from credit agencies, analytics firms, and other sources of consumer data including billions of daily location data points, in order to target their ads. Or marketers can upload their own data obtained directly from consumers, such as the information you hand over when you register an account on a website or when you sign up for a company’s newsletter.
But BlueKai also uses more covert tactics like allowing websites to embed invisible pixel-sized images to collect information about you as soon as you open the page — hardware, operating system, browser and any information about the network connection.
This data — known as a web browser’s “user agent” — may not seem sensitive, but when fused together it can create a unique “fingerprint” of a person’s device, which can be used to track that person as they browse the internet.
BlueKai can also tie your mobile web browsing habits to your desktop activity, allowing it to follow you across the internet no matter which device you use.
Say a marketer wants to run a campaign trying to sell a new car model. In BlueKai’s case, it already has a category of “car enthusiasts” — and many other, more specific categories — that the marketer can use to target with ads. Anyone who’s visited a car maker’s website or a blog that includes a BlueKai tracking pixel might be categorized as a “car enthusiast.” Over time that person will be siloed into different categories under a profile that learns as much about you to target you with those ads.
The technology is far from perfect. Harvard Business Review found earlier this year that the information collected by data brokers, such as Oracle, can vary wildly in quality.
But some of these platforms have proven alarmingly accurate.
In 2012, Target mailed maternity coupons to a high school student after an in-house analytics system figured out she was pregnant — before she had even told her parents — because of the data it collected from her web browsing.
Some might argue that’s precisely what these systems are designed to do.
Jonathan Mayer, a science professor at Princeton University, told TechCrunch that BlueKai is one of the leading systems for linking data.
“If you have the browser send an email address and a tracking cookie at the same time, that’s what you need to build that link,” he said.
The end goal: the more BlueKai collects, the more it can infer about you, making it easier to target you with ads that might entice you to that magic money-making click.
But marketers can’t just log in to BlueKai and download reams of personal information from its servers, one marketing professional told TechCrunch. The data is sanitized and masked so that marketers never see names, addresses or any other personal data.
As Mayer explained: BlueKai collects personal data; it doesn’t share it with marketers.

‘No telling how revealing’

Behind the scenes, BlueKai continuously ingests and matches as much raw personal data as it can against each person’s profile, constantly enriching that profile data to make sure it’s up to date and relevant.
But it was that raw data spilling out of the exposed database.
TechCrunch found records containing details of private purchases. One record detailed how a German man, whose name we’re withholding, used a prepaid debit card to place a €10 bet on an esports betting site on April 19. The record also contained the man’s address, phone number and email address.
Another record revealed how one of the largest investment holding companies in Turkey used BlueKai to track users on its website. The record detailed how one person, who lives in Istanbul, ordered $899 worth of furniture online from a homeware store. We know because the record contained all of these details, including the buyer’s name, email address and the direct web address for the buyer’s order, no login needed.
We also reviewed a record detailing how one person unsubscribed from an email newsletter run by an electronics consumer, sent to his iCloud address. The record showed that the person may have been interested in a specific model of car dash-cam. We can even tell based on his user agent that his iPhone was out of date and needed a software update.
The more BlueKai collects, the more it can infer about you, making it easier to target you with ads that might entice you to that magic money-making click.
The data went back for months, according to Sen, who discovered the database. Some logs dated back to August 2019, he said.
“Fine-grained records of people’s web-browsing habits can reveal hobbies, political affiliation, income bracket, health conditions, sexual preferences, and — as evident here — gambling habits,” said the EFF’s Cyphers. “As we live more of our lives online, this kind of data accounts for a larger and larger portion of how we spend our time.”
Oracle declined to say if it informed those whose data was exposed about the security lapse. The company also declined to say if it had warned U.S. or international regulators of the incident.
Under California state law, companies like Oracle are required to publicly disclose data security incidents, but Oracle has not to date declared the lapse. When reached, a spokesperson for California’s attorney general’s office declined to say if Oracle had informed the office of the incident.
Under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, companies can face fines of up to 4% of their global annual turnover for flouting data protection and disclosure rules.

Trackers, trackers everywhere

BlueKai is everywhere — even when you can’t see it.
One estimate says BlueKai tracks over 1% of all web traffic — an unfathomable amount of daily data collection — and tracks some of the world’s biggest websites: Amazon, ESPN, Forbes, Glassdoor, Healthline, Levi’s, MSN.com, Rotten Tomatoes, and The New York Times. Even this very article has a BlueKai tracker because our parent company, Verizon Media, is a BlueKai partner.
But BlueKai is not alone. Nearly every website you visit contains some form of invisible tracking code that watches you as you traverse the internet.
As invasive as it is that invisible trackers are feeding your web browsing data to a gigantic database in the cloud, it’s that very same data that has kept the internet largely free for so long.
To stay free, websites use advertising to generate revenue. The more targeted the advertising, the better the revenue is supposed to be.
While the majority of web users are not naive enough to think that internet tracking does not exist, few outside marketing circles understand how much data is collected and what is done with it.
Take the Equifax data breach in 2017, which brought scathing criticism from lawmakers after it collected millions of consumers’ data without their explicit consent. Equifax, like BlueKai, relies on consumers skipping over the lengthy privacy policies that govern how websites track them.
In any case, consumers have little choice but to accept the terms. Be tracked or leave the site. That’s the trade-off with a free internet.
But there are dangers with collecting web-tracking data on millions of people.
“Whenever databases like this exist, there’s always a risk the data will end up in the wrong hands and in a position to hurt someone,” said Cyphers.
Cyphers said the data, if in the hands of someone malicious, could contribute to identity theft, phishing or stalking.
“It also makes a valuable target for law enforcement and government agencies who want to piggyback on the data gathering that Oracle already does,” he said.
Even when the data stays where it’s intended, Cyphers said these vast databases enable “manipulative advertising for things like political issues or exploitative services, and it allows marketers to tailor their messages to specific vulnerable populations,” he said.
“Everyone has different things they want to keep private, and different people they want to keep them private from,” said Cyphers. “When companies collect raw web browsing or purchase data, thousands of little details about real people’s lives get scooped up along the way.”
“Each one of those little details has the potential to put somebody at risk,” he said.
Send tips securely over Signal and WhatsApp to +1 646-755-8849.Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online – TechCrunch
Zack [email protected] / 2:30 pm GMT•June 19, 2020
Have you ever wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about?
There’s no big conspiracy. Ad tech can be creepily accurate.
Tech giant Oracle is one of a few companies in Silicon Valley that has near-perfected the art of tracking people across the internet. The company has spent a decade and billions of dollars buying startups to build its very own panopticon of users’ web browsing data.
One of those startups, BlueKai, which Oracle bought for a little over $400 million in 2014, is barely known outside marketing circles, but it amassed one of the largest banks of web tracking data outside of the federal government.
BlueKai uses website cookies and other tracking tech to follow you around the web. By knowing which websites you visit and which emails you open, marketers can use this vast amount of tracking data to infer as much about you as possible — your income, education, political views, and interests to name a few — in order to target you with ads that should match your apparent tastes. If you click, the advertisers make money.
But for a time, that web tracking data was spilling out onto the open internet because a server was left unsecured and without a password, exposing billions of records for anyone to find.
Security researcher Anurag Sen found the database and reported his finding to Oracle through an intermediary — Roi Carthy, chief executive at cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock and former TechCrunch reporter.
TechCrunch reviewed the data shared by Sen and found names, home addresses, email addresses and other identifiable data in the database. The data also revealed sensitive users’ web browsing activity — from purchases to newsletter unsubscribes.
“There’s really no telling how revealing some of this data can be,” said Bennett Cyphers, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechCrunch.
“Oracle is aware of the report made by Roi Carthy of Hudson Rock related to certain BlueKai records potentially exposed on the Internet,” said Oracle spokesperson Deborah Hellinger. “While the initial information provided by the researcher did not contain enough information to identify an affected system, Oracle’s investigation has subsequently determined that two companies did not properly configure their services. Oracle has taken additional measures to avoid a reoccurrence of this issue.”
Oracle did not name the companies or say what those additional measures were, and declined to answer our questions or comment further.
But the sheer size of the exposed database makes this one of the largest security lapses this year.

The more it knows

BlueKai relies on vacuuming up a never-ending supply of data from a variety of sources to understand trends to deliver the most precise ads to a person’s interests.
Marketers can either tap into Oracle’s enormous bank of data, which it pulls in from credit agencies, analytics firms, and other sources of consumer data including billions of daily location data points, in order to target their ads. Or marketers can upload their own data obtained directly from consumers, such as the information you hand over when you register an account on a website or when you sign up for a company’s newsletter.
But BlueKai also uses more covert tactics like allowing websites to embed invisible pixel-sized images to collect information about you as soon as you open the page — hardware, operating system, browser and any information about the network connection.
This data — known as a web browser’s “user agent” — may not seem sensitive, but when fused together it can create a unique “fingerprint” of a person’s device, which can be used to track that person as they browse the internet.
BlueKai can also tie your mobile web browsing habits to your desktop activity, allowing it to follow you across the internet no matter which device you use.
Say a marketer wants to run a campaign trying to sell a new car model. In BlueKai’s case, it already has a category of “car enthusiasts” — and many other, more specific categories — that the marketer can use to target with ads. Anyone who’s visited a car maker’s website or a blog that includes a BlueKai tracking pixel might be categorized as a “car enthusiast.” Over time that person will be siloed into different categories under a profile that learns as much about you to target you with those ads.
The technology is far from perfect. Harvard Business Review found earlier this year that the information collected by data brokers, such as Oracle, can vary wildly in quality.
But some of these platforms have proven alarmingly accurate.
In 2012, Target mailed maternity coupons to a high school student after an in-house analytics system figured out she was pregnant — before she had even told her parents — because of the data it collected from her web browsing.
Some might argue that’s precisely what these systems are designed to do.
Jonathan Mayer, a science professor at Princeton University, told TechCrunch that BlueKai is one of the leading systems for linking data.
“If you have the browser send an email address and a tracking cookie at the same time, that’s what you need to build that link,” he said.
The end goal: the more BlueKai collects, the more it can infer about you, making it easier to target you with ads that might entice you to that magic money-making click.
But marketers can’t just log in to BlueKai and download reams of personal information from its servers, one marketing professional told TechCrunch. The data is sanitized and masked so that marketers never see names, addresses or any other personal data.
As Mayer explained: BlueKai collects personal data; it doesn’t share it with marketers.

‘No telling how revealing’

Behind the scenes, BlueKai continuously ingests and matches as much raw personal data as it can against each person’s profile, constantly enriching that profile data to make sure it’s up to date and relevant.
But it was that raw data spilling out of the exposed database.
TechCrunch found records containing details of private purchases. One record detailed how a German man, whose name we’re withholding, used a prepaid debit card to place a €10 bet on an esports betting site on April 19. The record also contained the man’s address, phone number and email address.
Another record revealed how one of the largest investment holding companies in Turkey used BlueKai to track users on its website. The record detailed how one person, who lives in Istanbul, ordered $899 worth of furniture online from a homeware store. We know because the record contained all of these details, including the buyer’s name, email address and the direct web address for the buyer’s order, no login needed.
We also reviewed a record detailing how one person unsubscribed from an email newsletter run by an electronics consumer, sent to his iCloud address. The record showed that the person may have been interested in a specific model of car dash-cam. We can even tell based on his user agent that his iPhone was out of date and needed a software update.
The more BlueKai collects, the more it can infer about you, making it easier to target you with ads that might entice you to that magic money-making click.
The data went back for months, according to Sen, who discovered the database. Some logs dated back to August 2019, he said.
“Fine-grained records of people’s web-browsing habits can reveal hobbies, political affiliation, income bracket, health conditions, sexual preferences, and — as evident here — gambling habits,” said the EFF’s Cyphers. “As we live more of our lives online, this kind of data accounts for a larger and larger portion of how we spend our time.”
Oracle declined to say if it informed those whose data was exposed about the security lapse. The company also declined to say if it had warned U.S. or international regulators of the incident.
Under California state law, companies like Oracle are required to publicly disclose data security incidents, but Oracle has not to date declared the lapse. When reached, a spokesperson for California’s attorney general’s office declined to say if Oracle had informed the office of the incident.
Under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, companies can face fines of up to 4% of their global annual turnover for flouting data protection and disclosure rules.

Trackers, trackers everywhere

BlueKai is everywhere — even when you can’t see it.
One estimate says BlueKai tracks over 1% of all web traffic — an unfathomable amount of daily data collection — and tracks some of the world’s biggest websites: Amazon, ESPN, Forbes, Glassdoor, Healthline, Levi’s, MSN.com, Rotten Tomatoes, and The New York Times. Even this very article has a BlueKai tracker because our parent company, Verizon Media, is a BlueKai partner.
But BlueKai is not alone. Nearly every website you visit contains some form of invisible tracking code that watches you as you traverse the internet.
As invasive as it is that invisible trackers are feeding your web browsing data to a gigantic database in the cloud, it’s that very same data that has kept the internet largely free for so long.
To stay free, websites use advertising to generate revenue. The more targeted the advertising, the better the revenue is supposed to be.
While the majority of web users are not naive enough to think that internet tracking does not exist, few outside marketing circles understand how much data is collected and what is done with it.
Take the Equifax data breach in 2017, which brought scathing criticism from lawmakers after it collected millions of consumers’ data without their explicit consent. Equifax, like BlueKai, relies on consumers skipping over the lengthy privacy policies that govern how websites track them.
In any case, consumers have little choice but to accept the terms. Be tracked or leave the site. That’s the trade-off with a free internet.
But there are dangers with collecting web-tracking data on millions of people.
“Whenever databases like this exist, there’s always a risk the data will end up in the wrong hands and in a position to hurt someone,” said Cyphers.
Cyphers said the data, if in the hands of someone malicious, could contribute to identity theft, phishing or stalking.
“It also makes a valuable target for law enforcement and government agencies who want to piggyback on the data gathering that Oracle already does,” he said.
Even when the data stays where it’s intended, Cyphers said these vast databases enable “manipulative advertising for things like political issues or exploitative services, and it allows marketers to tailor their messages to specific vulnerable populations,” he said.
“Everyone has different things they want to keep private, and different people they want to keep them private from,” said Cyphers. “When companies collect raw web browsing or purchase data, thousands of little details about real people’s lives get scooped up along the way.”
“Each one of those little details has the potential to put somebody at risk,” he said.
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Unusual Option Activity for June 25th, 2020 FLIR

Welcome to another daily Unusual Options Activity post. Why do DD when you can see what stocks people are heavily investing in?
Context – The S&P 500 closed +1.1% higher today. The financial sector performed especially strong +2.7%. This gain is a rebound from yesterday’s more substantial losses. The market initially was lower due to a new daily record for CoVID-19 cases. The rebound, led by the financial sector, occurred after regulators eased restrictions on the Volcker Rule for banking institutions. Today, Texas and Florida announced a pause on their reopening plans. CDC officials mentioned that CoVID-19 cases might be up to ten times higher than what has been reported. The weekly jobless claim report decreased 60,000 to 1.480 million for the week ending June 20.
Recap – The picks from yesterday did well considering the market increased by 1.1% with FSLY as the notable outlier. CNX (bearish play) 8.86 -.10 (-1.12%), FISV 97.43 +.82, (+0.85%), FSLY 81.41 +5.34, (+6.98%), AMD 51.91 -0.48 (-0.92%). FTCH, a pick from 06/08/20 had an increase of (+19.64%) ending at 17.79. The price at that time of the post was 15.58.
Today’s Option Activity Fast Facts (Stocks >$6)
Sentiment – CBOE Put/Call Ratio - 0.99, VIX: (33.54, -0.30, -0.9%)
Highest Multiple over Daily Avg (with ADV >1k) – CRBP with 12x it’s ADV of 2,714. There were 24,222 Calls and 10,361 Puts traded.
Ticker with Most Contracts Traded – INO with 282,139 contracts traded. 191,292 Calls and 90,847 puts.
Largest Put to Call Ratio (w/ Option volume over 10k) – CNX with a P/C ratio of 27.89. There were 17,684 Puts and 634 calls traded.
Largest Call to Put Ratio (w/ Option volume over 10k) – CCXI with a C/P ratio of 143.9. There were 19,572 calls and 136 puts traded.
MOMENTUM UNSUAL OPTION ACTIVITY -
Ticker: FLIR
Spot Price : 39.88 +0.94 (+2.41%) Special Considerations : None
Sector: Technology Industry : Scientific & Technical Instruments
Company Summary (from Yahoo Finance):
FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locater systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and threat-detection solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Industrial Business Unit, Government and Defense Business Unit, and Commercial Business Unit. The Industrial Business Unit segment offers thermal and visible-spectrum imaging camera cores and components for parties that create thermal, industrial, and other types of imaging systems; and products, such as thermal imaging cameras, gas detection cameras, firefighting cameras, process automation cameras, and environmental test and measurement devices. The Government and Defense Business Unit segment offers airborne, land, maritime, man-portable multi-spectrum imaging systems, radars, lasers, imaging components, integrated multi-sensor system platforms, CBRNE detectors, and nano-class UAS solutions, as well as services related to these systems. The Commercial Business Unit segment provides thermal and visible-spectrum security cameras, digital and networked video recorders, and related software and accessories; networked marine electronic systems that include multi-function helm displays, navigational instruments, autopilots, radars, sonar systems, thermal and visible imaging systems; communications equipment for boats, traffic cameras, sensors and associated traffic management software; and handheld thermal imagers. FLIR Systems, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Next Earnings Date: 08/06/2020
Option Information :
Today's Option Volume: 34852.0 ***Option OI:***48203.0
ADV: 4063.0 Multiple of ADV: 9.0
Total Calls: 34010.0 Total Puts: 842.0 C/P Ratio: 40.39
Calls at Ask: 41% Calls at Bid: 27%
Puts at Ask: 26% Puts at Bid: 29%
Notable Strikes :
JUL 17 ’20 45C had 22.8k VLM with 6.88k OI.
JUL 17 ’20 40C had 21.78k VLM with 3.13k OI.
OCT 16 ’20 45C had 5.06k VLM with 5.10k OI.
News : None on briefing or IB. Last print was June 09, 2020 where FLIR announced that the US Army and Navy had placed orders for their products.
My Impression : This stock gained considerable momentum when the pandemic first started. There was focus on possible deals with the military as well as increased need for thermal imaging systems. On May 8th the stock was $50 and has trended down since then. This seems like a solid bet given the current CoVID-19 environment and previously having traced down from it’s high without any negative news that I can find.
DISCLAIMER – These are my observations that I have made at the end of each day and trades that I am considering placing or watching. I am not responsible for your financial losses if you follow any of these trades. As always, do your due diligence.
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Developers' Diary 8: Generic focus tree and lots of goodies

Developers' Diary 8: Generic focus tree and lots of goodies
Hello everyone, the team's scripter DRAFT (and translator Red, hi guys) is in touch and today we will talk about a wide variety of mod changes.
This diary is very huge, so stock up on tea and cookies :)

  1. General changes
Migration systems and non-national conscription laws were added.
Additional laws window
1.1 Migration
Migration works in much the same way as the familiar legitimacy. From time to time, depending on the situation in the country, you will receive messages informing you about the current level of migration in the country.
There are 8 levels of migration/emigration.
From disaster to increase
However, in the case of migration, you can influence this indicator by setting the country's policy in this area.
https://preview.redd.it/gi6r8cl38vc51.png?width=883&format=png&auto=webp&s=fabde004dce140fcf6c2e78aba1d66cedb5038a9
Migrants coming to your country will require a certain level of security, but they will naturally contribute to your demographics. Leaving, naturally, reduces the burden on the economy, as well as the opportunity for scientific insights (the industry did not touch, so as not to drive the country into even more despondency).
It's up to you to block out unwanted elements or open the door for everyone.

1.2 Non-national conscription.
Here the situation is a little simpler. You can set a country's policy for recruiting from non-national regions.
https://preview.redd.it/9lmvd7yg8vc51.png?width=832&format=png&auto=webp&s=ec12d3adb5a89a8e5512fbc7526f154f3437ff15
If you are a huge colonial power, it makes sense to get more human resources by recruiting the local population into their ranks, while for relatively small powers, it makes sense to focus on national armies, increasing their defensive and offensive capabilities on home soil.
The AI has been given some priorities depending on the ideology, but these are not strict targets.
I am sure that this law will allow you to adjust the style of play to suit yourself.

1.3 Hospitals
A new building was added. The hospital slightly increases the overall population growth of the country.
https://preview.redd.it/tv1zye5o9vc51.png?width=417&format=png&auto=webp&s=b1ece30183ef8d9a4b150d21d58680adbe1bd989
Hospitals belong to shared buildings and do not occupy common slots in the region. The maximum for building in each region is 5 units. AI is also trained to build them.
By the way, the maximum number of building cells in the region has been increased to 36, and the infrastructure now gives +0.5 slots (+1 slot for 2 infrastructure levels).

1.4 Conscription laws
Small changes were made to the vanilla draft laws and no, we did not add new ones.
The biggest change was made to the law «only volunteers». Based on the logic of its name, it is very strange to observe the situation that the law gives just a concrete number of recruits for the army. We have corrected this and now the law has a dynamic component, depending on the popularity of the ruling party and support for the war.
https://preview.redd.it/07nuvqlr9vc51.png?width=455&format=png&auto=webp&s=b2852cda6f7637974a52f8014bbac06888d0e358
For especially nerds who want the formula is given.

Thus, with 100% popularity of the ruling party and 100% support for the war, the maximum cumulative increase in conscripts will be 4.5% (1.5% of the law and 3% of the dynamic component), which forced us to adjust subsequent laws. Thus, the extensive conscription began to give 7.5%, and service by requirement - 12.5%.

As you may have noticed, all the innovations above were aimed at increasing the country's human resources, and there is an explanation for this. HoI4 is a wargame where almost any action can lead to unexpected consequences. Even a United East under the banner of the Saadabad Pact can be a headache for the Axis or the Comintern. Many minors can unite to fight back against a common enemy. In most cases, they are toothless. But not in NW.
Oil Human resources are the «fuel» of war. It is in them that all game conflicts are buried. The measures above will slightly increase the combat potential of a number of countries that may be unwittingly drawn into global conflicts, but usually do not play any significant role.
We do not want to give countries an infinite supply of it, but we want to allow them to fill it up normally.
If some of you are afraid for their calculators - do not worry. A little later (already, it's an old diary), we will also talk about measures to reduce the load on the computer's brains.
Although, of course, the overall system requirements have really increased. Especially after the protracted conflicts in the peace conferences. Here, alas and Ah - nothing can be done.

1.5 Technologies
It would be too loud to say that we have somehow radically changed them. Therefore, this is not a separate paragraph, but only a sub-paragraph.
We will talk about this division.
In our view, the division between concentrated industry and dispersed industry is too weak.
Personally I have met two opinions:

Dispersed industry is not necessary because the most important bonus of branches is an increase in production. In the number of slots, they are equal, so if you have a brain, then you take a concentrated industry. After 5 studies, you get a 25% increase, which is very good.
and
Right now, I would like to raise a fuss about 5% and refuse a bunch of even less useful bonuses, but in General, greatly raising our survival rate in wartime. Yes, we only lose 5% per study, but we get a bunch of everything else.

Now bonuses look like this:
«Deep» and «wide»
I will immediately note that the screenshots do not reflect the final version of the changes, but the proposed changes will balance the contradiction above, making it possible to change the tactics of the game by placing more emphasis on industrial potential when choosing a concentrated industry, and increasing the slots for construction, and, as a result, a more flexible industrial policy when choosing a dispersed industry.
So it turns out that one tactic is aimed «deep», and the other «wide», as intended. We only emphasize this more strongly.

2. Technocracy
We continue to diversify the possible ways of development, and we wanted to display state models where the authorities are not politicians, but scientists, engineers and economists who are specialists in their fields.
In General terms, the technocratic social system is characterized by the fact that the process of production and distribution of income is under the control of society and delegated to the most qualified specialists. As a rule, the economy of a technocratic society has a non-market character. The social structure of such a society is based not on property relations, but on knowledge and skills, which makes it a kind of meritocracy.
Actually, thanks to this man, the technocracy appeared.
Of course, not every country has its own leader for the technocracy, but we have managed to do so for several.
Find them and get a bag of nothing.
Initially, we wanted to portray this trend within the framework of authoritarianism, but as we studied, our appetites grew and information became more and more, which eventually led to the creation of technocracy as a separate ideology.
I will not hide that in the intervals between modding NW, I wanted to create a mod for technocracy, but I did not calculate my strength a little. Therefore, some of the ideas will be implemented within the framework of NW with special reservations. At the moment, this is a good start for the future.

3. Generic-focuses
Relatively recently, you have seen the majestic Iran and in the future many more countries will be represented, but not all HOI IV players are interested in large countries with huge trees, where the development paths are closely intertwined with specific stories and which, despite their extreme interest, are also their Vice.
Yes, Yes, I also say those who love minors. Of course, within the mod there are minors with their own tree of tricks, such as Luxembourg and the Dominicana, so I will specify that we are talking about fans of countries with generic focuses.
We decided to significantly rework the political tree compared to vanilla, but by coincidence we did not announce it specifically.
It hasn't changed much and now it looks like this.
Political branch of generic focuses

3.1 Technocracy (again?!)
But a sharp eye will notice some changes. First of all, it is the emergence of a new branch of technocracy.
https://preview.redd.it/irb7af1gevc51.png?width=757&format=png&auto=webp&s=5ffdcad8610652db60a061fff51ca3d42d9cdcf1
In your path to building a technocracy, you can choose two paths — through the primacy of engineers or humanitarians. (Of course humanitarians, awawa)
They strive to increase the industrial potential of the country, as well as wider opportunities for resource self-sufficiency.
The efforts of the latter are aimed at increasing the scientific potential of the country, considering this to be its main priority and the essence of a technocratic society.
The crown of your system will be the development of the concept of Technate.
«Technat» denoted an area in which a technocratic society would apply thermodynamic methods of calculating energy needs instead of the method of money. All the resources and industry of this area of the Earth would be used to provide an abundance of goods and services, within a viable environmental context, to its citizens according to the energy needs calculation program.
Now it is quite possible to bring the light of knowledge to other peoples, and at the same time take their resources for the benefit of Technate.

3.2 Monarchy
The second change is the revision of the monarchical branch.
https://preview.redd.it/g1gxnqvmevc51.png?width=614&format=png&auto=webp&s=279215d1545faa9eaf9c0b49165567d48615f02f
Now you can either bet on the absolute power of the monarch, or slightly limit the power of the king, making the country a dualistic monarchy. In the second case, you will have a number of decisions to interact with the Parliament, which will help support the state's policy.
So, Parliament
When creating a Parliament, you can bet on the aristocracy, which will allow you to get deputies completely controlled by the monarch. Or you can allow all segments of the population to elect their representatives. In this case, despite the very limited powers, the deputies will sometimes try to contradict the policy of the monarch, but the decisions of the Parliament will give large bonuses and last longer… well, in which case the Parliament can always be dissolved for a while.

3.3. The final focuses of branches
The third innovation is the seemingly inconspicuous final focus of two political branches (right and left).
Located each under its own branch, both triplets are completely identical in their effects. Being at the end, they are not such in meaning at all. Let's look at each of them.

3.3.1 Ideological fanaticism / Fierce patriotism
In addition to not particularly significant national spirit, each of the focuses opens a special category of decisions.
This system of decisions will allow you to focus on self-strengthening by strengthening your own territories.
https://preview.redd.it/mmwoi605fvc51.png?width=968&format=png&auto=webp&s=ee1b47d8827975ca320bb72f4b148d0e49ea7e31
The gradual modernization of territories is aimed at increasing the number of recruits from a particular region, as well as other small pleasant bonuses.
All this will require you to spend a lot, but it will allow you to expand the country's mobilization potential. Note that not every country has time to reach this group of focuses, so you should not expect an abundance of countries with a lot of menpaver.
In most countries the priority is this focus, particularly the Democrats, authoritarians and monarchists will try to go into it.

3.3.2. Ideological enthusiasm / Patriotic inspiration
This time, we will be given a stimulating national spirit, reflecting the government's efforts to unite the people for scientific breakthroughs.
And with it, the category of solutions for self-improvement. I think it is clear that this category is aimed primarily at technocrats, but everything happens in life. Why shouldn't the monarchists also take the scientific lead?
Starting on the path of improvement, we must lay the Foundation for our scientific and technological achievements — to open a Technopark. A specialized place in the country where all the geniuses of the nation will gather.
Oops..

Our little Ireland will not be able to make a scientific breakthrough without a proper material and technical scientific base. But let's say we did it.
https://preview.redd.it/2is2peidfvc51.png?width=518&format=png&auto=webp&s=522b2008d3238adee717daecda0be8c63de41dfd
Having built a Technopark, we will be able to use it for the benefit of the Motherland.
At first, the functionality of this megadevice will be very limited, but after certain sanctions and upgrades, it will be able to increase our industrial or scientific potential.
And after giving the sanction to use the Technopark for military purposes, we will be able to search for and influence the carrier frequencies of our opponents. True, if we have studied Radio technology.
https://preview.redd.it/lnyhorjifvc51.png?width=896&format=png&auto=webp&s=bc82c91e7ad4445581010ea9471a2a166787af7d
P.S. Yes, we are aware that in 1.9 introduced espionage and cryptology and decryption of the enemy signal.. These decisions were made at least half a year before the release of the DLC, and in our opinion, our system is made much more interesting. In General, there is no reason to refuse it yet.

3.3.3. Ideological expansion / Patriotic zeal
The effects of these focuses were aimed primarily at the Trotskyists. But the Democrats won't mind competing with them, either.
This category of decisions will allow your country to start a real ideological expansion to other countries whose ideology differs from yours. Only it would be stupid to watch how conditional Ireland pressed Britain or Germany.
In this regard, a parameter was added that allows you to compare the conditional potentials of countries. If we have more potential, we can influence the processes within our goal.
The potential assessment includes various parameters, including industrial and scientific potentials, the popularity of the ruling parties and the stability of the state, and of course the size of the States (Oh, Yes, the USSR will be difficult to influence).

Only three other countries within the same ideology can «put pressure» on one country. All subsequent requests will extend the validity of the national spirit.
With 50% popularity of your ideology in the target country, we can provoke a civil war there.
https://preview.redd.it/ih3oiqyqpvc51.png?width=887&format=png&auto=webp&s=eb12451a0efbe58bb85eae34129fa728ac5a88bd

3.3.4 Industry and military branches
I don't know what to say. Branches, like branches.
https://preview.redd.it/x812ywf1kvc51.png?width=2689&format=png&auto=webp&s=ba3221a057fa307e4a9490960e0f456b12d6d904

3.3.5 Colonial branch of the metropolis
I once wondered why the game almost does not take into account the fact that countries can own puppets, but almost never get profit from them.
With this question, the implementation of one of the large-scale ideas for countries with generic focuses began.
https://preview.redd.it/z7h7grs5kvc51.png?width=1843&format=png&auto=webp&s=e610cac28f415fb1366cf39b1a5e42759a9b2f69
Now not only great Britain will be able to build its own colonial Empire, but many other countries!
By establishing a colonial Department, we can make a choice:
— In the first case, our efforts will be aimed at strengthening our subjects, which will ultimately allow us to build an abstract Commonwealth with a single Constitution.
— In the second case, our efforts will be aimed at pumping the juice out of our subjects with their possible integration in the format of a single Empire.

3.3.6 Colonial branch of puppet
Continuing the logic of the previous branch, we will ask the question, what can a puppet do, being in colonial dependence on another country? I don't think there are many options.
https://preview.redd.it/smca14mbkvc51.png?width=1558&format=png&auto=webp&s=8a410c644a647198f5bfa19f361ef2d7a4a082ff
Once we accept our status, we can choose our «specialty» within the colonial Empire and eventually stand guard over the Empire with a few troops.
In the second option, we will make efforts to distance ourselves from the metropolis. By taking control of various areas of our country's activities, we will be able to declare the holding of internal elections, thereby confirming the local government. Most likely, the metropolis will not like this very much and will try to interfere in the process. Depending on the outcome, we will either lose the opportunity to further gain freedom, or continue our struggle for freedom. In this case, we will be able to make a choice on what to bet when organizing the upcoming uprising against the mother country. And also, try to find like-minded people.

Tired of reading? And I've scripted it all -_- (AND I TRANSLATED)

***Full version of the generic focus tree***

Yes, generic will be great. It seems that now the minors have become majors. In other things, this is what I added: to make it comfortable and interesting to play for each country, and the opportunities were much wider than the standard ones.
And to confirm my words we added a new scenario -_-

4. New scenario
I'm not kidding!
After creating down the monster that was above, we were interested in what the game might look like, where all countries have approximately the same path of development.
Full world, europe, africa, northern america, southern america, asia
The third scenario is sharpened for the game only with generic focuses. There is no special plot in it, but it is possible to customize the game for yourself.
Players with weak computers and fans of a low start can remove all countries initial armies — this will greatly reduce the load on the system, as well as equalize all countries in terms of military potential. Industrial, alas, you will have to develop yourself.
Choosing the aggression mode will allow you to either start immediately or delay ad. In any case, it will begin. Try to survive in this battle Royale.
Well, the status of alliances will allow you to regulate the growth of local conflicts to the global level. A ban at the start will only delay the creation of alliances (until you learn the necessary tricks in the generic tree), and will not remove them completely.
Of course, we understand that such a scenario will quickly get bored and make it a flagship is an extremely stupid idea because it contains nothing but randomness and is, in fact, a kind of sandbox within HoI IV, but I personally find it very interesting :)
A certain adjustment of the rules, including the mechanics of miracles and the use of other elements of the game, which we discussed above, will add much more sensations.
In my case, for example, after quite a long discussion between Trotskyists, technocrats, and anarchists, the anarchists showed everyone the power of decentralization.

5. Revolutionary Marxists mechanics
This mechanic has been maturing in our heads for a long time, but the introduction of the third scenario (and several new countries as part of the current mod update) forced us to implement it.

Radical supporters of the left movement believe that the world is stuck in the remnants of the past, not wanting to recognize the advent of a new, socialist order that can level the rights and opportunities of everyone. The current governments of States are not in a hurry to change their structure, and the supporters of this idea promised to bring the future to their land with the fire of revolution!

When the first Rev. Marxist appears, a button opens the information window.
https://preview.redd.it/t2is1a9fnvc51.png?width=448&format=png&auto=webp&s=5965af947e6980343b9bfc81a5f8513152656ad2
At the same time, each Rev. Marxist will receive a dynamic modifier, the values of which are tied to the level of revolutionary aspiration.
— Each new country that takes the path of revolutionary Marxism will add from 1% to 3% to the aspiration, depending on its status (minomiddle/major);
— Any war of a revolutionary Marxist with a representative of another ideology will add 1% of the aspiration;
— A war between Marxists discredits the current and reduces the value of aspiration by 5%.
Actually, the conclusion is simple: more Rev. Marxists — more than the total exhaust from bonuses. When reaching 25% of the revolutionary aspiration, in the environment of roar.the Marxists will raise the question of creating a full-fledged Fourth international, with the aim of forming a United front.

6. Headlines
We released a separate mod (Dynamic News Headlines) for newspaper headlines for vanilla. Of course, all this time we did not sleep and enriched our file. I won't list all the headlines, but at the moment NW has headlines for 49 countries, if not all, then most ideologies. Those countries that failed to find a unique title for their ideology usually have a universal title for the country as a whole.

7. Atomic bombs killing units
As in the previous paragraph, a separate mod for vanilla was released, which was also built into the NW framework. The capabilities of HoI IV 1.9 have expanded the functionality of atomic bombs and now they can demolish all (even your, cap) units in the radius of destruction. This game element can be configured within the rules.

8. The number of operatives depends on the size of the industry
A separate mod for vanilla was also released and implemented in the NW framework.
– maximum operative slots increased to 500;
– 2 slots of the operatives in the establishment of the Agency;
– the number of agents depends on the level of industry. There is a possibility to configure: for every 5/10/15/20/30/50 factories, 1 operative slot is given;
– «Illusive Gentleman» gives 2 slot machine operatives. We also added a generic version for all countries.

That's all for today (FINALLY), next time we'll talk about anarchists!

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