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2020.10.23 10:33 Logiman43 How PIS destroyed Poland.

EDIT: This post is in an article format with pictures and graphs here
I can't be silent anymore. In 2018, out of 1076 abortions in Poland, 1 was because of rape, 25 because it was dangerous for the woman's life and 1050 because of an unhealthy fetus. It means that PIS just totally banned abortion in Poland
Too few Europeans are aware of the depth of this crisis. The current Polish government is destroying the country from inside-out with its nepotism, religious zeal, communistic tactics, social programs and funding verge organizations (or trolls). It breaks every single law, making unconstitutional laws since 2015 and destroying the court of law. How Poland is pushing EU into crisis - rise of populism. The video is 2 years old and now it's worst
PIS staffed every single judicial court with its own people (ending the impartiality of judges). The very aggressive social 500+ program increased the job inactivity of Poles to 48% (48% of 15+ Polish citizens are NEET. Unemployment is at 5-6%). The Job vacancies in Poland are at the lowest level in EU. The corruption and nepotism is rampant, more than 1000 family members and friends are in public companies or in different Ministries. Polish PIS high ranking politicians are also making money together with pimps and mafia (see scandals down there). They are also giving millions of euros from public money to the Catholic Church. They are paying trolls to spew hate on Facebook, via Whatsapp and on the web. Some of them are hiding and not prosecuting pedophiles in the Catholic Church. Poland has almost the lowest innovation in EU. In 15 indexes tracking freedom and democracy in Europe Poland went from an average position of 12 out of 28 in 2010 to 23 out of 28 in 2019. I mean, not to diminish Trump’s “awesomeness” but imagine if the WHOLE republican party in the US was Trump-like. Shady deals, family in the govt, creating discord, staffing courts with their own judges. I’m just mortified.
For further reading I recommend: Sadurski, Wojciech. "Poland's Constitutional Breakdown", Oxford University Press, 2019.
Acronyms and main characters:

PiS changes electoral rules in an unconstitutional move. Presidential "elections" 2020 are the Biggest legal blunder of the year

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Why Poland’s “ghost election” sends a warning about its democracy
Wikipedia about this blunder

Destruction of the rule of law.

Some of the passages below are taken from this pdf
No member state in the history of the EU has ever gone as far in subjugating its courts to executive control as the current Polish government. The Polish case has become a test whether it is possible to create a Soviet-style justice system in an EU member state; a system where the control of courts, prosecutors and judges lies with the executive and a single party.
Across Europe, national courts recognise the judgements of courts in other member states, whether these involve commercial law, the European arrest warrant or child custody. Judges must assume that courts across the EU operate according to common values and principles set out in the European Union Treaty and in its Charter of Fundamental Rights. Once judges across the EU have reason to doubt whether courts in any member state provide effective judicial protection, the legal order on which the EU rests collapses.
Freedom house - How PIS captured Poland’s Courts

Constitutional Tribunal changes

It all began with the constitutional crisis four years ago. Constitutional crisis and the destruction of the rule of law In 2015, parliament changed the law on the Constitutional Tribunal, which rules on the constitutionality of legislation. The changes allowed them to annul the nominations of three judges made by the previous parliament and appoint their own. It shortened the terms of the tribunal's president and vice-president from nine to three years. The tribunal ruled the move unconstitutional in an open rebellion, but the dispute remains unresolved. Julia Przylebska - was illegally named the president of the Tribunal court by the president. And now Kaczynski, the PM have meetings at her house. Nice separation of power
There's too much to describe. For further info please visit the link. It is an amazing summary of the whole ordeal. timeline

Supreme Court changes

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said one of the most controversial reforms was to do with the Supreme court, which, among other duties, is responsible for confirming election results. The idea was to lower the age of retirement for Supreme Court justices from 70 to 65, but allow the Polish president to grant a five-year extension to whomever they deemed worthy. In 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) — the EU's highest court —ruled this was illegal, after an interim decision ordered 20 already-sacked judges be reinstated. Of course, PIS chose 2 new Constitutional judges, A politician Pawlowicz with communistic past and Piotrowicz, also a politician and a prosecutor that was an active communist during the 80 that prosecuted Solidarnosc. Both of them are above 65 years old.

Ordinary court judges

There were also moves to try a similar tactic in the general court system for judges and public prosecutors, lowering the age of retirement for women to 60 and for men to 65, down from the current 67. Under the reforms the justice minister, who is appointed by the ruling party, would have the power to extend a judge's term. The laws were somewhat adjusted after pressure from the European Commission, but in November 2019 the ECJ shot down these laws, too, citing gender discrimination and political influence over the judiciary.

Disciplinary measures for judges

Another PiS addition allowed judges to be investigated and sanctioned for their court rulings. The disciplinary hearings and procedures were to be carried out by judges selected via parliament. These reforms were criticized by the European Commission because "judges are not insulated from political control and thus judicial independence is violated." The commission brought legal action against Poland on this matter in October 2019.

National Council of the judiciary takeover

In 2017 PiS remodeled the National Council of the Judiciary, which selects candidates for appointment as judges by the President of the Republic. This allowed it, in the short term, to control appointments to the Supreme Court – including to a newly created Disciplinary Chamber, which hears disciplinary cases against judges, and to a new Extraordinary Appeals Chamber, which adjudicates on electoral issues. Over time PiS’ take-over of the National Judicial Council allows it to reshape the entirety of the judiciary. Fifteen of the 25 members of the National Council of the Judiciary were previously elected by judges themselves, as is common practice across Europe for such bodies. These fifteen judges are now elected by the majority in the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament. The other ten members of the National Council of the Judiciary are: four members from the Sejm itself (all four members of PiS), two members from the Senate, one representative of the President of the Republic, the Minister of Justice, the president of the Supreme Court and the president of the Supreme Administrative Court. In total 23 of the 25 positions are directly appointed by political authorities.
After the election of the new KRS, a publication of the list with the names of judges declaring their support for specific candidates was refused. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that those names must be disclosed. However, the Chancellery of the Sejm has yet to carry out the NSA’s ruling. The Constitutional Tribunal (TK) and the President of the Personal Data Protection Office have been roped into guarding the secret. KRS destruction

Muzzle bill

The muzzle bill passed Dec 2019, victimize judges questioning the legitimacy of the government’s legal appointments, saying it is unlawful to “show hostility to other authorities of the Republic of Poland and its constitutional organs or to critisize the basic principles of the Republic of Poland.”The bill also delegalise the preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). The bill also allows to fire judges ( which is unconstitutional according to the Constitution). In average Ziobro dismissed a judge every day and a half from its position of president of court source

One of the worse Covid19 laws in EU.

Trampling Fundamental freedoms using a single ordnance and Critiquing the President will land you a year in jail. report.
In the latest special Covid19 law (already 4th lol) PIS smuggled an article straight from a communistic playbook about prosecuting people that critique the president. The sentence can be up to a year. They also smuggled a harsher law for abortions. Can someone tell me HOW it is related to Covid19? source
More Ruleoflaw

Political scandals

Illegal presidential pardon

Illegal presidential pardon for CBA chief Kaminski In 2013, Law and Justice (PiS) MP Mariusz Kamiński – who served as head of the anti-corruption agency from 2006 and 2009 – was found guilty of overstepping his powers. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was banned from holding public office for ten years. Polish President Andrzej Duda pardoned Kamiński even though he was still appealing his sentence at the time. The case against Kamiński was then discontinued. A supreme court judge said that the president interfered in the legal process because Kamiński was proven neither innocent nor guilty when he was pardoned, making a future ruling redundant. The judge said that the president can pardon someone after any final appeal has been heard “because then he is not interfering with the judiciary”.

Merging the General Prosecutor with the political Minister of Justice

The general prosecutor role was merged with the minister of justice Ziobro. source. This handed Ziobro and his subordinates greatly expanded power to politically interfere with rank-and-file prosecutors, their decisions, and their freedoms of speech and association. Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors
200+ public prosecutors that are loyal to the Minister of Justice Ziobro (from PIS) All of them got promotions (or someone from their family) or pay raises. another list

Destroying the military

The creation of a territorial defense unit- a civilian army led by the ministry of defense to control “the situation inside Poland”. In addition, there was a purge of generals. and killing multibillion deals with France. About 37 generals and 47 colonels left. Why? Because they had to answer to a 27-year old assistant to the Defense Minister, former pharmacy assistant without a university degree. The Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper reported that Misiewicz was given a top communications job with PGZ ( largest defense consortiums in Central Europe) that pays $12,500 a month, huge sum in a country where the average pre-tax wage is about $1,150 a month. source
PIS decides to overhaul 40-years old t-72 instead of investing in German tanks. Not enough ammunition, uniforms NVG and other gadget went to the above unit,
In 2015, the Defence minister Macierewicz raided the Nato center in Warsaw at 1am to take control of documents and place their man at the helm

The ministry of Justice is funding trolls to destroy judges

Ziobro-Piebiak paid Troll scandal The Onet news portal published a report alleging that Deputy Justice Minister Łukasz Piebiak “arranged and controlled” an online campaign against Judge Krystian Markiewicz, the head of Iustitia, a judicial organization critical of the government’s efforts to restructure the judicial system, as well as against other inconvenient judges. According to the Onet report, Piebiak operated and financed an online campaign by a woman called Emilia who allegedly sent over 2,000 letters and emails about Markiewicz to other judges as well as to pro-government right-wing media. The messages contained fabricated, semi-confirmed and gossipy details of the judge’s personal life. According to Onet, Emilia obtained Markiewicz’s personal address from Piebiak so she could send him one of the letters.

Taking over the state media

State media was taken over by PIS and is using mass propaganda and here Not only they are a propaganda tube but they also offend polish citizens ie – translation: defenders of paedophiles and alimonies-takers are the ones against judiciary reforms. They call every peaceful protest as a coup
The same can be said about the GUS – general statistical bureau. It is controlled by PIS and it is known to “change” metrics so every Inflation or unemployment metrics can’t be trusted.

LBGT-free zones and Xenophobia.

Fear against refugees and calls for xenophobia. A leaked draft of a new Polish migration policy discriminates against Muslims, ranks foreigners according to ethnicity and breaches human rights
PIS is supporting LGBT free zones where a thrid of Poland is declared as LGBT-free. During the presidential elections in 2020 Gay “ideology” is worse than communism, says Duda - PIS president . another source

Destroying education and HealthCare.

PIS cancels the in vitro program Polish government program that covered most of the in vitro costs was immediately cut by the Law and Justice Party when it came to power in late 2015, even though Poland has one of the lowest birth rates in the EU. Catholic Church opposition to IVF is widely seen as one factor in the Polish government's decision.
PIS also increased the minimum wage at the beginning of 2020. It created a weird paradox where a teacher and a starting MD is earning less than the minimal wage because they get paid from public money and the minimal wage change is for the private sector. And PIS wants to ban sex ed by labeling teachers as gay activists and pedophiles. Critics say Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party is wrecking the education system for political gain — and students are suffering.

No one cares for the environment.

Destruction of the oldest European forest in Poland by Minister of Environment Szyszko The Bialowieza Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sprawls across the border between Poland and Belarus, occupying almost 580 square miles of woodland and providing home to rare European wood bison among others. At least 10,000 trees are thought to have been felled in Białowieża, since the Polish environment minister, Jan Szyzko tripled logging limits there in 2016. The EU’s highest court has ruled that Poland’s logging in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest is illegal, potentially opening the door to multi-million euro fines.
“Our (water) resources are comparable to those of Egypt,” it said in the report bearing the ominous title: “Poland, European Desert”

Nepotism and colleagues in state-owned companies

PIS won the elections by wanting to fight nepotism. The most famous was “24yo Misiewicz, a former pharmacy assistant without a university degree was in the defense industry under Macierewicz. The apparent favoritism has raised ethics concerns in a party that won office promising to fight corruption.” source There is even a webpage listing more than 1000 cases of nepotism under PIS Pisiewicze
Latest data show 162M PLN to 84 PIS oligarchs and Colleagues

Illegal budget for 2017

The 2017 budget "was adopted" not in the Sejm assembly hall, but in a smaller room where the so-called parliamentary session was held immediately as a follow-up to the meeting of the parliamentary causus of PIS, where no reliable counting of vates was possible, and with many allegations taht the opposition MPs were not allowed in. [Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?, Oxfoord, 2018, p.268]

Ex-communists in PIS ranks. And PIS is very anti-left and anti-PRL.

They are accusing the opposition – PO - to consist mostly of ex-communists or communistic party members or collaborators. The issue is that most members of PO fought against the communism and spent months/years in prison in the ’80. On the other hand, the PIS party members scarcely fought for polish liberty and some of its party members are former communistic party members or communistic prosecutors like Piotrowicz! Some Polish TC judge are also ex-PRL members. Here is a list in polish of all current PIS party members who served as PRL members during the communistic era. So, PIS is fighting against itself. Another list with 20 names of ex-party members now in PIS

Funding the Catholic church with public money

PIS is very Pro-Catholic, most of their voters are devout Catholics. So it is no surprise that PIS is funding religious orgs from public money. Since Law and Justice came to power in 2015, Father Rydzyk’s businesses have received at least $55 million in subsidies from at least 10 ministries and state companies. His Radio Maryja station, which reaches millions and is often the sole source of information for many older voters in rural Poland, offers a daily diet of horror stories about a world without faith, where gay people control the political agenda, universities are corrupted by “neo-Marxists,” and the Roman Catholic Church is under mortal threat. Rydzyk Embroiled in Corruption Allegations
Hiding Pedophilia. Map of 259 victims of catholic pedophilia. When a documentary was released before recent local elections revealing devastating examples of how priests sexually abused children and how church officials covered it up, many in PIS saw it not as evidence of an institution that lost its way, but one that needed to be defended. Piotrowicz, the above communist prosecutor, dismissed in 2001 a case against a priest accused of raping six girls.
Polish PIS president Duda pardons a paedophile that raped his own daughter. He makes the pardon a week before elections

Smolensk commission

The so-called assassination of Kaczynski's twin president brother in Smolensk created 90M PLN of costs. PIS created a "cult" around his death and even created a special commission that would prove it was an assassination. Kaczynski was using it on every occasion Don't wipe your treacherous mugs with .... Ofc they didn’t prove anything and they buried the topic. Every 10th of every month for 3 years, PIS party leader Kaczynski was making a "show" commemorating his dead twin brother. He was using the police to secure his demonstration even if he has no lawful power (he is neither a president, neither the prime minister). New law expanding police surveillance and the police is getting raises after raises to keep them happy. The commemorations, the commission and the damages (paid only to the politicians’ families, not to the crew) amounted to 91M PLN.

The welfare revolution

PIS is also very pro-family. The party is giving away 500zl per month for every kid. In short, it has “bought” the elections. The polish economy is unable to sustain such an endeavor roots of populism. And it costs the economy 80B PLN between 2016 and 2019. The best part? Rate of births is negative for the last couple of years and inflation is still growing. According to the PIS Stats bureau it is 3.5% and growing. However, many journalists made their own baskets of normal good and services and the inflation is closer to 10%. Additionally there is a growing debt that PIS tries to hide by shifting some debt into other Funds. One of them is the “Solidarity fund” that is not counted in the overall polish GDP, that is to support people with disabilities will pay for the 13th and 14th pension of people 65+.

Funding propaganda and trolls

Computational Propaganda in Poland: Russian troll factories
PIS bought the Pegasus spyware to spy on its citizens In September 2018, private broadcaster TVN24 reported that Poland’s state audit body, NIK, was questioning an outlay of over 33 million zloty (€7.6 million euro) by the Justice Fund, a government fund to help victims of crime. According to TVN, the money went toward the purchase of a “new system to spy on telephones and computers, the most expensive system in the history of Polish secret services.” Reports that the covertly purchased system could be Pegasus — a top-performing spyware that is impossible to track — surfaced last week.
Polish troll farms promoting Duda and Kaczynski

Funding public TV stations

Polish public TV stations should be impartial and public. Not favoring any party nor government and give the same screen time to every party equally. Unfortunately, there was a purge of journalists the moment PIS won the election and the propaganda is stalin-like. Look at this graph how it changed. Polish TVP is the mouthpiece of the govt. In 2020 PIS voted to give an additional 2B pln per year for 5 years to public tv.
Public Main TV making fun of US ambassador by reading the tweet with a derogatory accent

Scandals

PIS has hundreds of scandals that each would destroy a modern government. They defrauded billions of PLN over the years, put 1000’s of family members in different state-owned companies. Below are listed the main sexual and financial scandals.
  1. Sex hotel of the head of the Audit office Marian Banaś , a Law and Justice (PiS) politician and recently appointed chief of Poland’s Supreme Audit Office has been heavily embroiled in a corruption scandal, another to hit the ruling party just weeks before the country votes in a parliamentary election. Mr Banaś served as finance minister from June to August this year, and is a key figure in the party. Mr Banaś concealed his possession of a tenement house in Krakow from his financial disclosures. This property was then revealed to have deep running connections with a local, criminally-run escort agency. He claimed that the house was given to him by an old friend whom he met in the Home Army, which he then renovated. In his disclosures he claimed he would sell the house, which never happened. Banaś claims that this was due to the buyer’s inability to get a loan. Investigations have further revealed that Mr Banaś agreed to rent the property for 5000 zloty a month, 10,000 zloty lower than its estimated market value, according to Gazeta Wyborcza. Just as the scandal could not apparently get any worse for Mr Banaś, further investigation by journalist Bertold Kittel revealed criminal links. When Mr Kittel entered the property he found at the reception an infamous Krakow criminal known as one of the brothers K – Wiesław or Janusz, who control escort agencies in the region. While still under investigation, there have been suggestions of contact between the two.
  2. "Alleged" Pedophila and Sex trafficking scandal of House speaker Wirtualna Polska learned the contents of the message of CBA officer Wojciech J. to the prosecutor's office about the failure of the head of the CBA, Ernest Bejda. In the background is a lost record with a recording of one of the leading PiS politicians who should have sex with a minor Ukrainian girl lost. His name falls on the document. In the message, Wojciech J. refers to several reports that he was the head of the office in connection with the "unauthorized access to his armored cabinet during his absence" submitted. From this vault, a record should be lost in escort agencies from the Podkarpacie region. One of the leading PiS politicians should have sex with a young Ukrainian in the recording. The statement signed by lawyer Beata Bosak-Kruczek mentions the name of Sejm spokesman Marek Kuchciński.
  3. Health minister Szumowski alleged to have bought £1m of PPE from ski instructor friend during pandemic. And givng away £65m grants to companies run by brother public anger has exploded after Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Szumowski bought masks with fake certificates from a skiing instructor who is friends with his businessman brother, Marcin. Poland’s Health Ministry reportedly spent five million zloty (£1m) on 120,000 FFP-2 type face masks and 20,000 surgical masks that were later found not to meet safety standards, Politico says. The company that sold the masks was registered on the 30 of March and won the govt. contract on the same day. Critics have also questioned Szumowski’s previous dealings in government. Polish news network tvn24 reports that while serving as deputy science minister in 2016-17, he gave 300 million zloty (£60m) in grants from Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) to OncoArendi Therapeutics, a research company run by his brother. Another company in which Szumowski was a shareholder, Life Science Innovation (LSI), was reportedly given a 24 million zloty (£5m) NCBR grant just days after he took up the ministerial post.
  4. Same Health minister Szumowski bought 1.2 thousand ventilators for PLN 200 million from a company owned by an arms dealer, not a single device was delivered
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My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.10.19 19:22 cozyplanes Reports of Apple Watch SE overheating issues in South Korea

Reports of Apple Watch SE overheating issues in South Korea

UPDATE THREE: 4 NEW CASES (CASE 10 ~ CASE 13), 1 CASE PENDING FOR ADDITIONAL FACT CHECK

South Korea USA Europe
12 (+4 since yesterday) 1 Pending
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If you are experiencing similar problems, please report to me ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) OR through Twitter DM) with the following information:
Model name / Date of purchase / Date of the first incident/ First 2 digits of the serial number (If S/N is A1B2C3, A1 is what I want to know)/ Description + Pictures
If you are a reporter of a news outlet and want to ask questions, contact me via the options listed above. 기자분들 중 질문이 있으시다면, 위 연락망을 통해 문의하시기 바랍니다.

The issues below seem to be a problem of a portion of the manufactured batch, but when remembering the Note 7 incident, it could be worse. I will share only the facts that are public for now below.
At the current time of writing, there are a total of 15 confirmed individual cases of Apple Watch SE overheating issues in South Korea and the United States total.
There are two kinds of overheating issues' consequences. The ones with a yellow mark and the others without a yellow mark. Since it is hard to explain cases without a yellow mark, I decided to mark the latter with the flair: without yellow spot, but count together as total cases.
They seem to be all Apple Watch SE 40mm models, both GPS and cellular, and in Silver and Space Gray. Nike Edition seems to be affected as well.
FIRST CASE OF WATCH SE 44MM OVERHEATING: REFER CASE 14 FOR DETAILS
You can see the picture below for details, but they all have the same location where possible overheating happened.
We don't know for sure how the Apple Watch SE is designed on the inside since there are no public teardowns from sites like iFixit, but considering that Apple has recycled the designs of the older Apple Watches, the overheating spot seems to be above the display connectors, between the Taptic Engine and the digital crown.
Since the spot is far from the battery, it doesn't look like a battery specific problem like Note 7, but no one knows for sure.
As an answer to inquiries about compensation apart from the device, but for the mental and physical damage, people have received an answer saying "no" by Apple since there is no policy made for this kind of situation yet. Apple promised to send "feedback" to the HQ, but nothing more than that.
For factory information, refer to the bottom portion of this post.
Teardown of Series 6
Case 1 was reported on October 17. The owner bought [Apple Watch SE 40mm GPS version Space Gray] from an official retailer. The owner received the device on October 17. When the owner was wearing in their wrist, it suddenly got hot. After using about 2 hours outside, and approximately an hour after charging, overheating happened. The owner got a refund via Apple online store. The device was manufactured in October. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.
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Case 2 was reported on October 18. The owner received the device on October 11, and the issue happened 3 days later. The owner charged the device in the charger and went to sleep. When the owner woke up, the watch was like the picture. The owner got a refund. The device was [Apple Watch SE 40mm Cellular] with the color unknown. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.

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Case 3 was reported on October 15. The owner used the device for about 3 days. It got hot when it was charging. It was manufactured in the H4 factory. Additional details are unknown
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Case 4 was reported on October 19. The owner received the product on the night of October 16. After setup the device, the owner used the device for 3 hours before the owner connected the device to the charger and went to bed. After waking up in the morning, the owner wore the watch again, and approx. after 1hr 15-20 min later, the owner felt something cold (describing hot feeling cold when it is really hot) and hot right after, so the owner took off the watch to find the wrist burnt. Apple offline center said the HQ will give a response personally sometime around 21~22th. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.

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Case 5 was reported on October 19. The owner received the product on October 8. The owner slept with the watch on the wrist on October 9 night. Woke up on October 10 just to find the wrist is very hot. The owner quickly took off the watch to find the red wrist due to heat. No power signals from the watch, but the sound plays well when the watch is searched with the Find my Watch feature. The owner exchanged the device with a new product on October 16. It was manufactured in the H4 factory
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Case 6 was reported on October 10. The owner received the product on October 7. The owner was using the watch on the wrist until the owner felt the wrist being hot. The screen got yellow and the power doesn't turn on. Information about the manufactured factory is unknown. No additional details or pictures are shared.
Case 7 was reported on October 21. The owner received the product (Nike edition silver) on October 20. After syncing with the phone and sleeping with AutoSleep installed, the owner suddenly woke up at dawn to find her wrist so hot. She felt that the watch was a fire. So the owner slept more with the watch un-fastened to the wrist. In the morning, the owner found the watch with a yellow spot, the same as on the internet. The owner describes as no power, but since the green lights illuminate in the back for tracking health, what I think is that the only thing that is dead is the display. It was manufactured in the G9 factory.
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Case 8 was reported on October 20 from the United States. The owner gave the Apple Watch SE Silver model (mm unknown) to their family member on October 19. On October 20, the device got hot while charging, then leaving a permanent yellow mark on the right top side of the display, next to the digital crown. Information about the manufactured factory is being checked.
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Case 9 was reported on October 21 from South Korea. The owner received the product (40mm GPS Nike) on October 13. After charging for about 4 hours and checking back, the owner noticed the device was hot and the screen did not turn on with a yellow mark. Since the device reacted with a vibration when the digital crown was rotated and touched, it seems the display is the only part dead. It was manufactured in the G9 factory.
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Case 10 was reported on October 22 from South Korea. Her boyfriend bought the device in Week 42 (Oct 12~Oct 18). The owner got Apple Watch SE 40mm Silver from her boyfriend. The device received date is currently unknown. Overheating issues happened on Oct 22, then reported right after. Got refunded by Apple. Further details unknown.
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Case 11 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 19 from South Korea. The owner bought an Apple watch SE 40mm Space Gray color from the official retailer on Oct 14. Started using the device on Oct 18, and overheating issues happened at night on Oct 19. The device was about 40% off the battery and was charging. The display froze and did not take touch inputs. Force power off also does not work. Long pressing the power button registered and reported with a vibration. Accidently called 911 due to long-pressing as well. No sights of the yellow spot, but the owner claims as is. The device was returned to HQ for further inspection.
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Case 12 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 21 from South Korea. Further details about Case 12 is mostly unknown, but the owner felt the device was very hot with similar issues like Case 11. Returned to Apple and got a refund. No additional pictures are provided.
Case 13 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 22 from South Korea. The owner bought an Apple Watch SE 40mm Space Gray color from an official retailer on October 15.. Received the device on October 19. On Oct 22, the owner took off the watch in the workplace, then when it was time to go home, the owner wore the watch back on the wrist, to find out the display is dead. Tried charging in the charger, but it was overheating. (The owner already owns Apple Watch 4 so the owner can compare the two). The next day, before going to the workplace, the owner charged the device in the morning. The owner was able to check the battery on the iPhone. After work, and back to home, the owner found the watch with 0% battery. The watch was manufactured in Factory code H4. The owner got a refurb replacement device on October 23.
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Case 14 was reported on October 25 from South Korea. The owner received the Apple Watch SE 44mm cellular model on October 14. The owner is a mother, and she bought the device to give to her elementary daughter. The owner didn't unpack the device for 3 days. To test the connection, she unpacked the device with her iPhone. She then connected her daughter's iPhone 7 with the Watch SE on October 20. From October 22, she decided to test the device herself in her workplace before gifting to her daughter. While working, she felt her wrist itchy so she took off the Watch SE to found her wrist red (a light skin burn). She simply thought it was a skin allergy at that time. There were no other weird signs on October 23 and October 24. She saw the news about Watch SE overheating on October 24. The product was manufactured in the Apple Brazil factory, with the factory code DV. No additional product pictures are provided.
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Case 15 was reported on October 25 from South Korea. This case is from Apple Watch 6 40mm Aluminum Silver. The owner bought the device on October 14. The date of the product received is unknown. The overheating incident happened on October 24. Series 6 suddenly got hot compared to the normal state, sent an emergency request to 911, and the touch panel died. The owner got a replacement device from Apple. The product was manufactured in the factory code GY, precise location unknown. No additional pictures are provided.

Below is a short update to make a rebuttal against people saying these cases are fake, with the argument that these are one of Samsung's quiet advertisements, and to provide a possible factory defect information.

First things first. Here you go.
1. You wore it wrong! You wore it too tightly! That's why the skin is red!
No. This is related to Case 5.
I will directly copy-paste what the original post (excerpt) says in Korean.
<토요일 아침에 평소보다 일찍 눈이 떠졌습니다. 눈을 떠보니 손목이 뜨겁더라고요. 워치를 만져보니 정말 불덩이 같았습니다. 너무 뜨거워서 손을 댔다가 깜짝 놀랄 정도였으니까요. 그래서 바로 손목에서 워치를 빼내고 손목 먼저 확인했습니다. 시간이 조금 지났음에도 손목이 빨갛게 되었다는걸 확인하실 수 있으실겁니다... 워치를 꽉 조여서 착용한것도 아니고, 너무 느슨하게 착용하지도 않았습니다.>
If I translate this myself, I am sure people will say I translated wrong. So I will copy-paste what Google Translate translated.

Of course, your skin gets red when it is worn too tightly. But the owner here explicitly said "didn't wear the watch too tightly, nor too loosely" and says that the picture was not taken right after she took off the watch: "see that the wrist has turned red even after a while".
2. There is a yellow highlighter next to the picture!
Well, ok. I have no proof if the owner of Case 3 actually colored the display with the yellow highlighter. But think about it. Can you make the highlighter drawn like that in "glass"? No. It will separate as bubbles, not staying in a flat position, like when drawn on paper. Now you may say, there may be a film onto it. Sure, but 1. I can't see a film there. and 2. The film is still slippery. If you then ask me again that it may have been a paper-like film or anti-reflective film which has a matte feeling to it, I can then answer as, A: There is no paper-like film for Apple Watch since you can't use an Apple Pencil on the Apple Watch. and B: I can see the owner's camera reflecting on the screen which means there is no anti-reflective film on the watch.
And aside from all this nonsense, just look at that color once again. The middle is darker than the sides. It means temperature was the highest in the middle point, and gradually spread around.
3. You just burnt the display with a lighter!
No. This is related to Case 4. This owner got a real wrist burn for a day.
First, Korean excerpt.
<다음날 아침 일찍 일어나 착용 후 휴식을 취하던 와중 1시간 15~20분 정도 후 손목이 뜨뜻해짐을 느끼던 중 어느 순간 손목에 차가운기운이 확!!!!(너무 뜨거우면 찬 느낌을 받죠?)오더니 엄청나게 뜨거워 워치를 후다닥 풀었습니다. 화상은 사진에 덜 나와서 마음 아픔...!! 붓기는 하루동안 이어졌습니다. 애플워치는 저 부분에 노랗게 되며 전원이 꺼졌습니다. (후에 서비스센터 엔지니어분께서 말하기를 저부분은 배터리 부분이 아니며 센서가 들어있는 부분이라 했습니다.) 엔지니어 분께서 배터리가 아니라 센서 부분이라 하였고, 발열 부위가 같은 곳으로 여러 건의 발열 문제가 있는것으로 보아 애플워치SE 자체가 문제가 있는 것 같습니다.>
And here's Google's translation.

So the Apple Engineer said that the part that is faulty is the "sensor" part, not that the customer burnt the display with a lighter.

INFO BELOW IS OUTDATED AND CONTAINS WRONG INFO. WILL UPDATE SHORTLY

Now time to provide possible factory defect information.
What you are about to read is a RUMOR. It has not been confirmed by experts, and it is simply speculation. Since there are a number of units (currently, 13) affected, I am being careful of doing hasty generalization.
  1. Models that are sold in South Korea were produced in September and October.
  2. Most models were produced in ZHEJIANG and CHONGQING factories in China, with a factory code of H4 and G9 each.
  3. 5 cases out of a total of 7 were produced in ZHEJIANG (H4). 1 case out of a total of 7 was produced in CHONGQING (G9). Manufactured factory details for the other 1 case is unknown.
  4. Factory codes are the first two letters of your Apple Watch SE Serial Number. To find out more information, type in your serial number here.
  5. Problems occurred in a maximum of 3 days of actual use after unpacking
  6. Problems (specifically yellow spot in display due to overheating) happening in only 40mm models.
  7. There is an ongoing small batch of reports in other community sites where Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch 6 as well overheats while charging, screen blackouts, and does not turn on again, but yellow spots didn't appear.
If your model's serial starts with H4 or G9, just in case, be careful and don't wear it in bed for at least 3 days. If you are experiencing problems like number 7, I recommend you not to continue using it. Instead, seek support through your local Apple support or retailers to get a refund or a replacement device.
The reason why I am writing this has solely one purpose: to spread awareness. I am not a hater of Apple, just wanting an acceptable response regarding the issues. I hope no one will go through defects and no one gets hurt from this time of writing.
There is no official statement from Apple yet.
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2020.10.19 17:04 azoundria2 Bob The Magic Custodian



Summary: Everyone knows that when you give your assets to someone else, they always keep them safe. If this is true for individuals, it is certainly true for businesses.
Custodians always tell the truth and manage funds properly. They won't have any interest in taking the assets as an exchange operator would. Auditors tell the truth and can't be misled. That's because organizations that are regulated are incapable of lying and don't make mistakes.

First, some background. Here is a summary of how custodians make us more secure:

Previously, we might give Alice our crypto assets to hold. There were risks:

But "no worries", Alice has a custodian named Bob. Bob is dressed in a nice suit. He knows some politicians. And he drives a Porsche. "So you have nothing to worry about!". And look at all the benefits we get:
See - all problems are solved! All we have to worry about now is:
It's pretty simple. Before we had to trust Alice. Now we only have to trust Alice, Bob, and all the ways in which they communicate. Just think of how much more secure we are!

"On top of that", Bob assures us, "we're using a special wallet structure". Bob shows Alice a diagram. "We've broken the balance up and store it in lots of smaller wallets. That way", he assures her, "a thief can't take it all at once". And he points to a historic case where a large sum was taken "because it was stored in a single wallet... how stupid".
"Very early on, we used to have all the crypto in one wallet", he said, "and then one Christmas a hacker came and took it all. We call him the Grinch. Now we individually wrap each crypto and stick it under a binary search tree. The Grinch has never been back since."

"As well", Bob continues, "even if someone were to get in, we've got insurance. It covers all thefts and even coercion, collusion, and misplaced keys - only subject to the policy terms and conditions." And with that, he pulls out a phone-book sized contract and slams it on the desk with a thud. "Yep", he continues, "we're paying top dollar for one of the best policies in the country!"
"Can I read it?' Alice asks. "Sure," Bob says, "just as soon as our legal team is done with it. They're almost through the first chapter." He pauses, then continues. "And can you believe that sales guy Mike? He has the same year Porsche as me. I mean, what are the odds?"

"Do you use multi-sig?", Alice asks. "Absolutely!" Bob replies. "All our engineers are fully trained in multi-sig. Whenever we want to set up a new wallet, we generate 2 separate keys in an air-gapped process and store them in this proprietary system here. Look, it even requires the biometric signature from one of our team members to initiate any withdrawal." He demonstrates by pressing his thumb into the display. "We use a third-party cloud validation API to match the thumbprint and authorize each withdrawal. The keys are also backed up daily to an off-site third-party."
"Wow that's really impressive," Alice says, "but what if we need access for a withdrawal outside of office hours?" "Well that's no issue", Bob says, "just send us an email, call, or text message and we always have someone on staff to help out. Just another part of our strong commitment to all our customers!"

"What about Proof of Reserve?", Alice asks. "Of course", Bob replies, "though rather than publish any blockchain addresses or signed transaction, for privacy we just do a SHA256 refactoring of the inverse hash modulus for each UTXO nonce and combine the smart contract coefficient consensus in our hyperledger lightning node. But it's really simple to use." He pushes a button and a large green checkmark appears on a screen. "See - the algorithm ran through and reserves are proven."
"Wow", Alice says, "you really know your stuff! And that is easy to use! What about fiat balances?" "Yeah, we have an auditor too", Bob replies, "Been using him for a long time so we have quite a strong relationship going! We have special books we give him every year and he's very efficient! Checks the fiat, crypto, and everything all at once!"

"We used to have a nice offline multi-sig setup we've been using without issue for the past 5 years, but I think we'll move all our funds over to your facility," Alice says. "Awesome", Bob replies, "Thanks so much! This is perfect timing too - my Porsche got a dent on it this morning. We have the paperwork right over here." "Great!", Alice replies.
And with that, Alice gets out her pen and Bob gets the contract. "Don't worry", he says, "you can take your crypto-assets back anytime you like - just subject to our cancellation policy. Our annual management fees are also super low and we don't adjust them often".

How many holes have to exist for your funds to get stolen?
Just one.

Why are we taking a powerful offline multi-sig setup, widely used globally in hundreds of different/lacking regulatory environments with 0 breaches to date, and circumventing it by a demonstrably weak third party layer? And paying a great expense to do so?
If you go through the list of breaches in the past 2 years to highly credible organizations, you go through the list of major corporate frauds (only the ones we know about), you go through the list of all the times platforms have lost funds, you go through the list of times and ways that people have lost their crypto from identity theft, hot wallet exploits, extortion, etc... and then you go through this custodian with a fine-tooth comb and truly believe they have value to add far beyond what you could, sticking your funds in a wallet (or set of wallets) they control exclusively is the absolute worst possible way to take advantage of that security.

The best way to add security for crypto-assets is to make a stronger multi-sig. With one custodian, what you are doing is giving them your cryptocurrency and hoping they're honest, competent, and flawlessly secure. It's no different than storing it on a really secure exchange. Maybe the insurance will cover you. Didn't work for Bitpay in 2015. Didn't work for Yapizon in 2017. Insurance has never paid a claim in the entire history of cryptocurrency. But maybe you'll get lucky. Maybe your exact scenario will buck the trend and be what they're willing to cover. After the large deductible and hopefully without a long and expensive court battle.

And you want to advertise this increase in risk, the lapse of judgement, an accident waiting to happen, as though it's some kind of benefit to customers ("Free institutional-grade storage for your digital assets.")? And then some people are writing to the OSC that custodians should be mandatory for all funds on every exchange platform? That this somehow will make Canadians as a whole more secure or better protected compared with standard air-gapped multi-sig? On what planet?

Most of the problems in Canada stemmed from one thing - a lack of transparency. If Canadians had known what a joke Quadriga was - it wouldn't have grown to lose $400m from hard-working Canadians from coast to coast to coast. And Gerald Cotten would be in jail, not wherever he is now (at best, rotting peacefully). EZ-BTC and mister Dave Smilie would have been a tiny little scam to his friends, not a multi-million dollar fraud. Einstein would have got their act together or been shut down BEFORE losing millions and millions more in people's funds generously donated to criminals. MapleChange wouldn't have even been a thing. And maybe we'd know a little more about CoinTradeNewNote - like how much was lost in there. Almost all of the major losses with cryptocurrency exchanges involve deception with unbacked funds.
So it's great to see transparency reports from BitBuy and ShakePay where someone independently verified the backing. The only thing we don't have is:
It's not complicated to validate cryptocurrency assets. They need to exist, they need to be spendable, and they need to cover the total balances. There are plenty of credible people and firms across the country that have the capacity to reasonably perform this validation. Having more frequent checks by different, independent, parties who publish transparent reports is far more valuable than an annual check by a single "more credible/official" party who does the exact same basic checks and may or may not publish anything. Here's an example set of requirements that could be mandated:
There are ways to structure audits such that neither crypto assets nor customer information are ever put at risk, and both can still be properly validated and publicly verifiable. There are also ways to structure audits such that they are completely reasonable for small platforms and don't inhibit innovation in any way. By making the process as reasonable as possible, we can completely eliminate any reason/excuse that an honest platform would have for not being audited. That is arguable far more important than any incremental improvement we might get from mandating "the best of the best" accountants. Right now we have nothing mandated and tons of Canadians using offshore exchanges with no oversight whatsoever.

Transparency does not prove crypto assets are safe. CoinTradeNewNote, Flexcoin ($600k), and Canadian Bitcoins ($100k) are examples where crypto-assets were breached from platforms in Canada. All of them were online wallets and used no multi-sig as far as any records show. This is consistent with what we see globally - air-gapped multi-sig wallets have an impeccable record, while other schemes tend to suffer breach after breach. We don't actually know how much CoinTrader lost because there was no visibility. Rather than publishing details of what happened, the co-founder of CoinTrader silently moved on to found another platform - the "most trusted way to buy and sell crypto" - a site that has no information whatsoever (that I could find) on the storage practices and a FAQ advising that “[t]rading cryptocurrency is completely safe” and that having your own wallet is “entirely up to you! You can certainly keep cryptocurrency, or fiat, or both, on the app.” Doesn't sound like much was learned here, which is really sad to see.
It's not that complicated or unreasonable to set up a proper hardware wallet. Multi-sig can be learned in a single course. Something the equivalent complexity of a driver's license test could prevent all the cold storage exploits we've seen to date - even globally. Platform operators have a key advantage in detecting and preventing fraud - they know their customers far better than any custodian ever would. The best job that custodians can do is to find high integrity individuals and train them to form even better wallet signatories. Rather than mandating that all platforms expose themselves to arbitrary third party risks, regulations should center around ensuring that all signatories are background-checked, properly trained, and using proper procedures. We also need to make sure that signatories are empowered with rights and responsibilities to reject and report fraud. They need to know that they can safely challenge and delay a transaction - even if it turns out they made a mistake. We need to have an environment where mistakes are brought to the surface and dealt with. Not one where firms and people feel the need to hide what happened. In addition to a knowledge-based test, an auditor can privately interview each signatory to make sure they're not in coercive situations, and we should make sure they can freely and anonymously report any issues without threat of retaliation.
A proper multi-sig has each signature held by a separate person and is governed by policies and mutual decisions instead of a hierarchy. It includes at least one redundant signature. For best results, 3of4, 3of5, 3of6, 4of5, 4of6, 4of7, 5of6, or 5of7.

History has demonstrated over and over again the risk of hot wallets even to highly credible organizations. Nonetheless, many platforms have hot wallets for convenience. While such losses are generally compensated by platforms without issue (for example Poloniex, Bitstamp, Bitfinex, Gatecoin, Coincheck, Bithumb, Zaif, CoinBene, Binance, Bitrue, Bitpoint, Upbit, VinDAX, and now KuCoin), the public tends to focus more on cases that didn't end well. Regardless of what systems are employed, there is always some level of risk. For that reason, most members of the public would prefer to see third party insurance.
Rather than trying to convince third party profit-seekers to provide comprehensive insurance and then relying on an expensive and slow legal system to enforce against whatever legal loopholes they manage to find each and every time something goes wrong, insurance could be run through multiple exchange operators and regulators, with the shared interest of having a reputable industry, keeping costs down, and taking care of Canadians. For example, a 4 of 7 multi-sig insurance fund held between 5 independent exchange operators and 2 regulatory bodies. All Canadian exchanges could pay premiums at a set rate based on their needed coverage, with a higher price paid for hot wallet coverage (anything not an air-gapped multi-sig cold wallet). Such a model would be much cheaper to manage, offer better coverage, and be much more reliable to payout when needed. The kind of coverage you could have under this model is unheard of. You could even create something like the CDIC to protect Canadians who get their trading accounts hacked if they can sufficiently prove the loss is legitimate. In cases of fraud, gross negligence, or insolvency, the fund can be used to pay affected users directly (utilizing the last transparent balance report in the worst case), something which private insurance would never touch. While it's recommended to have official policies for coverage, a model where members vote would fully cover edge cases. (Could be similar to the Supreme Court where justices vote based on case law.)
Such a model could fully protect all Canadians across all platforms. You can have a fiat coverage governed by legal agreements, and crypto-asset coverage governed by both multi-sig and legal agreements. It could be practical, affordable, and inclusive.

Now, we are at a crossroads. We can happily give up our freedom, our innovation, and our money. We can pay hefty expenses to auditors, lawyers, and regulators year after year (and make no mistake - this cost will grow to many millions or even billions as the industry grows - and it will be borne by all Canadians on every platform because platforms are not going to eat up these costs at a loss). We can make it nearly impossible for any new platform to enter the marketplace, forcing Canadians to use the same stagnant platforms year after year. We can centralize and consolidate the entire industry into 2 or 3 big players and have everyone else fail (possibly to heavy losses of users of those platforms). And when a flawed security model doesn't work and gets breached, we can make it even more complicated with even more people in suits making big money doing the job that blockchain was supposed to do in the first place. We can build a system which is so intertwined and dependent on big government, traditional finance, and central bankers that it's future depends entirely on that of the fiat system, of fractional banking, and of government bail-outs. If we choose this path, as history has shown us over and over again, we can not go back, save for revolution. Our children and grandchildren will still be paying the consequences of what we decided today.
Or, we can find solutions that work. We can maintain an open and innovative environment while making the adjustments we need to make to fully protect Canadian investors and cryptocurrency users, giving easy and affordable access to cryptocurrency for all Canadians on the platform of their choice, and creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and problem solvers can bring those solutions forward easily. None of the above precludes innovation in any way, or adds any unreasonable cost - and these three policies would demonstrably eliminate or resolve all 109 historic cases as studied here - that's every single case researched so far going back to 2011. It includes every loss that was studied so far not just in Canada but globally as well.
Unfortunately, finding answers is the least challenging part. Far more challenging is to get platform operators and regulators to agree on anything. My last post got no response whatsoever, and while the OSC has told me they're happy for industry feedback, I believe my opinion alone is fairly meaningless. This takes the whole community working together to solve. So please let me know your thoughts. Please take the time to upvote and share this with people. Please - let's get this solved and not leave it up to other people to do.

Facts/background/sources (skip if you like):



Thoughts?
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2020.10.19 16:09 MythicalMankey Earthquake #59

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 59th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Whats the prize?
Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
NOG Showcase
With NOG we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.
Earthquake
Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of NOG as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-59/details
Yoshi Mains Welcomed :)
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.19 16:08 MythicalMankey Earthquake #59

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 59th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Whats the prize?
Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
NOG Showcase
With NOG we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.
Earthquake
Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of NOG as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-59/details
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.19 16:08 MythicalMankey Earthquake #59

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 59th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Whats the prize?
Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
NOG Showcase
With NOG we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.
Earthquake
Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of NOG as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-59/details
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.19 16:06 MythicalMankey Earthquake #59

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 59th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Whats the prize?
Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
NOG Showcase
With NOG we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.
Earthquake
Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of NOG as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-59/details
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.19 12:48 cozyplanes Reports of Apple Watch SE overheating issues in South Korea

UPDATE FOUR: 2 NEW CASES (CASE 14 ~ CASE 15), 1 CASE PENDING FOR ADDITIONAL FACT CHECK

South Korea USA Europe
14 (+2 since yesterday) 1 Pending
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If you are experiencing similar problems, please report to me ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) OR through Twitter DM) with the following information:
Model name / Date of purchase / Date of the first incident / First 2 digits of the serial number (If S/N is A1B2C3, A1 is what I want to know) / Description + Pictures
If you are a reporter of a news outlet and want to ask questions, contact me via the options listed above. 기자분들 중 질문이 있으시다면, 위 연락망을 통해 문의하시기 바랍니다.

The issues below seem to be a problem of a portion of the manufactured batch, but when remembering the Note 7 incident, it could be worse. I will share only the facts that are public for now below.
At the current time of writing, there are a total of 15 confirmed individual cases of Apple Watch SE overheating issues in South Korea and the United States total.
There are two kinds of overheating issues' consequences. The ones with a yellow mark and the others without a yellow mark. Since it is hard to explain cases without a yellow mark, I decided to mark the latter with the flair: without yellow spot, but count together as total cases.
They seem to be all Apple Watch SE 40mm models, both GPS and cellular, and in Silver and Space Gray. Nike Edition seems to be affected as well.
FIRST CASE OF WATCH SE 44MM OVERHEATING: REFER CASE 14 FOR DETAILS
You can see the picture below (shared in link format) for details, but they all have the same location where possible overheating happened.
We don't know for sure how the Apple Watch SE is designed on the inside since there are no public teardowns from sites like iFixit, but considering that Apple has recycled the designs of the older Apple Watches, the overheating spot seems to be above the display connectors, between the Taptic Engine and the digital crown.
Since the spot is far from the battery, it doesn't look like a battery specific problem like Note 7, but no one knows for sure.
As an answer to inquiries about compensation apart from the device, but for the mental and physical damage, people have received an answer saying "no" by Apple since there is no policy made for this kind of situation yet. Apple promised to send "feedback" to the HQ, but nothing more than that.
For factory information, refer to the bottom portion of this post.
Teardown of Series 6: https://bit.ly/2Hf5mXT
Case 1 was reported on October 17. The owner bought [Apple Watch SE 40mm GPS version Space Gray] from an official retailer. The owner received the device on October 17. When the owner was wearing in their wrist, it suddenly got hot. After using about 2 hours outside, and approximately an hour after charging, overheating happened. The owner got a refund via Apple online store. The device was manufactured in October. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.
1-1: https://bit.ly/2HeB9YK
1-2: https://bit.ly/31kdA7X
Case 2 was reported on October 18 from South Korea. The owner received the device on October 11, and the issue happened 3 days later. The owner charged the device in the charger and went to sleep. When the owner woke up, the watch was like the picture. The owner got a refund. The device was [Apple Watch SE 40mm Cellular] with the color unknown. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.
2: https://bit.ly/3dEAJGZ
Case 3 was reported on October 15 from South Korea. The owner used the device for about 3 days. It got how when it was charging. It was manufactured in the H4 factory. Additional details are unknown.
3: https://bit.ly/3o1Fuzg
Case 4 was reported on October 19 from South Korea. The owner received the product (Nike edition) on the night of October 16. After setup the device, the owner used the device for 3 hours before the owner connected the device to the charger and went to bed. After waking up in the morning, the owner wore the watch again, and approx. after 1hr 15-20 min later, the owner felt something cold (describing hot feeling cold when it is really hot) and hot right after, so the owner took off the watch to find the wrist burnt. Apple offline center said the HQ will give a response personally sometime around 21~22th. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.
4-1: https://bit.ly/2IKYjqn
4-2: https://bit.ly/3jcWAXo
Case 5 was reported on October 19 from South Korea. The owner received the product on October 8. The owner slept with the watch on the wrist on October 9 night. Woke up on October 10 just to find the wrist is very hot. The owner quickly took off the watch to find the red wrist due to heat. No power signals from the watch, but the sound plays well when the watch is searched with the Find my Watch feature. The owner exchanged the device with a new product on October 16. It was manufactured in the H4 factory.
5-1: https://bit.ly/3dCwR9H
5-2: https://bit.ly/3dGGLH3
Case 6 was reported on October 10 from South Korea. The owner received the product on October 7. The owner was using the watch on the wrist until the owner felt the wrist being hot. The screen got yellow and the power doesn't turn on. Information about the manufactured factory is unknown. No additional details or pictures are shared.
6: https://bit.ly/3dNzfdO
Case 7 was reported on October 21 from South Korea. The owner received the product (Nike edition silver) on October 20. After syncing with the phone and sleeping with AutoSleep installed, the owner suddenly woke up at dawn to find her wrist so hot. She felt that the watch was a fire. So the owner slept more with the watch un-fastened to the wrist. In the morning, the owner found the watch with a yellow spot, the same as on the internet. The owner describes as no power, but since the green lights illuminate in the back for tracking health, what I think is that the only thing that is dead is the display. It was manufactured in the G9 factory.
7-1: https://bit.ly/3kg01Oo
7-2: https://bit.ly/3dGXwlG
Case 8 was reported on October 20 from the United States. The owner gave the Apple Watch SE Silver model (mm unknown) to their family member. The device got hot while charging, then leaving a permanent yellow mark on the right top side of the display, next to the digital crown. Information about the manufactured factory is being checked.
8: https://bit.ly/3m6IgBr
Case 9 was reported on October 21 from South Korea. The owner received the product on October 13. After charging for about 4 hours and checking back, the owner noticed the device was hot and the screen did not turn on with a yellow mark. Since the device reacted with a vibration when the digital crown was rotated and touched, it seems the display is the only part dead. It was manufactured in the G9 factory.
9: https://bit.ly/31pvxlm
Case 10 was reported on October 22 from South Korea. Her boyfriend bought the device in Week 42 (Oct 12~Oct 18). The owner got Apple Watch SE 40mm Silver from her boyfriend. The device received date is currently unknown. Overheating issues happened on Oct 22, then reported right after. Got refunded by Apple. Further details unknown.
10: https://bit.ly/3dRaXQa
Case 11 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 19 from South Korea. The owner bought an Apple watch SE 40mm Space Gray color from the official retailer on Oct 14. Started using the device on Oct 18, and overheating issues happened at night on Oct 19. The device was about 40% off the battery and was charging. The display froze and did not take touch inputs. Force power off also does not work. Long pressing the power button registered and reported with a vibration. Accidently called 911 due to long-pressing as well. No sights of the yellow spot, but the owner claims as is. The device was returned to HQ for further inspection.
11: https://bit.ly/3of4Utb
Case 12 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 21 from South Korea. Further details about Case 12 is mostly unknown, but the owner felt the device was very hot with similar issues like Case 11. Returned to Apple and got a refund. No additional pictures are provided.
Case 13 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 22 from South Korea. The owner bought an Apple Watch SE 40mm Space Gray color from an official retailer on October 15.. Received the device on October 19. On Oct 22, the owner took off the watch in the workplace, then when it was time to go home, the owner wore the watch back on the wrist, to find out the display is dead. Tried charging in the charger, but it was overheating. (The owner already owns Apple Watch 4 so the owner can compare the two). The next day, before going to the workplace, the owner charged the device in the morning. The owner was able to check the battery on the iPhone. After work, and back to home, the owner found the watch with 0% battery. The watch was manufactured in Factory code H4. The owner got a refurb replacement device on October 23.
13: https://bit.ly/35n8BEQ
Case 14 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 25 from South Korea. The owner received Apple Watch SE 44mm cellular model on October 14. The owner is a mother, and she bought the device to give to her elementary daughter. The owner didn't unpack the device for 3 days. To test the connection, she unpacked the device with her iPhone. She then connected her daughter's iPhone 7 with the Watch SE on October 20. From October 22, she decided to test the device herself in her workplace before gifting to her daughter. While working, she felt her wrist itchy so she took off the Watch SE to found her wrist red (a light skin burn). She simply thought it was a skin allergy at that time. There were no other weird signs on October 23 and October 24. She saw the news about Watch SE overheating on October 24. The product was manufactured in the Apple Brazil factory, with the factory code DV. No additional product pictures are provided.
14: https://bit.ly/3jrusjs
Case 15 (without yellow spot) was reported on October 25 from South Korea. This case is from Apple Watch 6 40mm Aluminum Silver. The owner bought the device on October 14. The date of the product received is unknown. The overheating incident happened on October 24. Series 6 suddenly got hot compared to the normal state, sent an emergency request to 911, and the touch panel died. The owner got a replacement device from Apple. The product was manufactured in the factory code GY, precise location unknown. No additional pictures are provided.

Below is a short update to make a rebuttal against people saying these cases are fake, with the argument that these are one of Samsung's quiet advertisements, and to provide a possible factory defect information.

First things first. Here you go.
1. You wore it wrong! You wore it too tightly! That's why the skin is red!
No. This is related to Case 5.
I will directly copy-paste what the original post (excerpt) says in Korean.
<토요일 아침에 평소보다 일찍 눈이 떠졌습니다. 눈을 떠보니 손목이 뜨겁더라고요. 워치를 만져보니 정말 불덩이 같았습니다. 너무 뜨거워서 손을 댔다가 깜짝 놀랄 정도였으니까요. 그래서 바로 손목에서 워치를 빼내고 손목 먼저 확인했습니다. 시간이 조금 지났음에도 손목이 빨갛게 되었다는걸 확인하실 수 있으실겁니다... 워치를 꽉 조여서 착용한것도 아니고, 너무 느슨하게 착용하지도 않았습니다.>
If I translate this myself, I am sure people will say I translated wrong. So I will copy-paste what Google Translate translated.

Of course, your skin gets red when it is worn too tightly. But the owner here explicitly said "didn't wear the watch too tightly, nor too loosely" and says that the picture was not taken right after she took off the watch: "see that the wrist has turned red even after a while".
2. There is a yellow highlighter next to the picture!
Well, ok. I have no proof if the owner of Case 3 actually colored the display with the yellow highlighter. But think about it. Can you make the highlighter drawn like that in "glass"? No. It will separate as bubbles, not staying in a flat position, like when drawn on paper. Now you may say, there may be a film onto it. Sure, but 1. I can't see a film there. and 2. The film is still slippery. If you then ask me again that it may have been a paper-like film or anti-reflective film which has a matte feeling to it, I can then answer as, A: There is no paper-like film for Apple Watch since you can't use an Apple Pencil on the Apple Watch. and B: I can see the owner's camera reflecting on the screen which means there is no anti-reflective film on the watch.
And aside from all this nonsense, just look at that color once again. The middle is darker than the sides. It means temperature was the highest in the middle point, and gradually spread around.
3. You just burnt the display with a lighter!
No. This is related to Case 4. This owner got a real wrist burn for a day.
First, Korean excerpt.
<다음날 아침 일찍 일어나 착용 후 휴식을 취하던 와중 1시간 15~20분 정도 후 손목이 뜨뜻해짐을 느끼던 중 어느 순간 손목에 차가운기운이 확!!!!(너무 뜨거우면 찬 느낌을 받죠?)오더니 엄청나게 뜨거워 워치를 후다닥 풀었습니다. 화상은 사진에 덜 나와서 마음 아픔...!! 붓기는 하루동안 이어졌습니다. 애플워치는 저 부분에 노랗게 되며 전원이 꺼졌습니다. (후에 서비스센터 엔지니어분께서 말하기를 저부분은 배터리 부분이 아니며 센서가 들어있는 부분이라 했습니다.) 엔지니어 분께서 배터리가 아니라 센서 부분이라 하였고, 발열 부위가 같은 곳으로 여러 건의 발열 문제가 있는것으로 보아 애플워치SE 자체가 문제가 있는 것 같습니다.>
And here's Google's translation.

So the Apple Engineer said that the part that is faulty is the "sensor" part, not that the customer burnt the display with a lighter.

INFO BELOW IS OUTDATED AND CONTAINS WRONG INFO. WILL UPDATE SHORTLY

Now time to provide possible factory defect information.
What you are about to read is a RUMOR. It has not been confirmed by experts, and it is simply speculation. Since there are so small a number of units (currently, 13) affected, I am being careful of doing hasty generalization.
  1. Models that are sold in South Korea were produced in September and October.
  2. Most models were produced in ZHEJIANG and CHONGQING factories in China, with a factory code of H4 and G9 each.
  3. 5 cases out of a total of 7 were produced in ZHEJIANG (H4). 1 case out of a total of 7 was produced in CHONGQING (G9). Manufactured factory details for the other 1 case is unknown.
  4. Factory codes are the first two letters of your Apple Watch SE Serial Number. To find out more information, type in your serial number here.
  5. Problems occurred in a maximum of 3 days of actual use after unpacking
  6. Problems (specifically yellow spot in display due to overheating) happening in only 40mm models.
  7. There is an ongoing small batch of reports in other community sites where Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch 6 as well overheats while charging, screen blackouts, and does not turn on again, but yellow spots didn't appear.
If your model's serial starts with H4 or G9, just in case, be careful and don't wear it in bed for at least 3 days. If you are experiencing problems like number 7, I recommend you not to continue using it. Instead, seek support through your local Apple support or retailers to get a refund or a replacement device.
The reason why I am writing this has solely one purpose: to spread awareness. I am not a hater of Apple, just wanting an acceptable response regarding the issues. I hope no one will go through defects and no one gets hurt from this time of writing.
There is no official statement from Apple yet.
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The introduction of crypto-currency over the last few years has shown some signs of promise in the online gaming space. As the general public gets more accustomed to the idea of Bitcoin and its uses, we will see it adopted across more traditional purchasing. The gaming industry has adopted the technology from the start, with several Bitcoin-only sites popping up in 2013 and beyond. Recently, many providers have added cryptocurrency to their traditional payment methods, offering special bonuses for players to use the option.
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Golden Star Casino is owned and operated by Jubise International N.V. Casinos, a Curacao based company. Established in 2012, the company also has a gaming license from the Curacao Gaming Authority. This license isn’t exactly rock-solid for players; the country tends to turn a blind eye to company behavior until it is too late. With the license, however, Jubise is able to attract the payment processors and software vendors it needs to provide you with a positive gaming experience at their site.
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Even though the company is licensed in Curacao, which would clearly give the impression that they would take players from the U.S., Golden Star doesn’t allow Americans to deposit or gamble. Well, actually… there is a way, but you need to be aware of what you are getting into. It seems that U.S. players who use Bitcoin to deposit can actually create real money accounts and play at the tables. However, there have been several instances of players trying to withdraw their funds which, once it was determined they were in the U.S., had those funds confiscated and accounts closed. It is hard to say if you can withdraw right into your Bitcoin account without it being detected, but for the time being, I do not advise you try this from the States unless you are willing to take the risk that your deposit may be taken away from you.
As for other restricted countries, here is the list:
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • United States
Also, please bear in mind that certain software suppliers restrict what countries are allowed to access their games. As a result, you may find some of the games written about in this review are not actually available in your country. The best thing to do is to create an account, and you will be able to see all the options for your casino play.

Software Suppliers

As mentioned, Golden Star has chosen to work with several software partners for their brand. This is excellent news for you; the company has chosen a broad spectrum of vendors including some of the most prestigious in the industry. You can find games from the following companies currently at Golden Star Casino:
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  • Betsoft
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The casino games at Golden Star are available in a no-download format, meaning you can play them instantly through your browser. Many of the games are also formatted to be able to be played on most mobile phones or tablets, allowing you to take your casino experience on the move with you no matter where you are.
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Jackpots

I love a casino that not only has several progressive jackpots available for its players but one who isn’t shy about telling you who has won them. At Golden Star, you can select from over 20 different jackpot games, and if you look on their jackpots page, there is a scrolling bar of recent winners; no one like to see that a jackpot isn’t paying out. Give some of their jackpot games a go if you want to get a little something extra out of your slots experience.

Bitcoin Slots

This is an interesting option for players; there are slots in the casino lobby that are designed for Bitcoin-only play. Why would a casino do this? Well, with the fluctuating value of Bitcoin these days, players may not want to get hosed on exchange rates. Also, this is an excellent way to have players learn about Bitcoin by having to think regarding the cryptocurrency throughout their entire casino experience.
Satoshi’s Secret is the most popular Bitcoin game in the industry, and you can try it at Golden Star Casino for free if you like to get a feel for the slot machine.

The Bad Stuff

Complaints about Terms and Conditions

No one likes to see complaints about an online casino, and many times I can dismiss them as individuals who are just upset that they lost their money. However, there are recurring concerns about the changing Terms and Conditions at Golden Star Casino. The company denies that they have made any changes without letting their players know, and have taken a strong stance on that accusation. I will continue to monitor that situation; if I find it to be actually happening, then it will be a big strike against the casino.

Games limited by Country

I’ll add this to the Bad Stuff because I live in Canada, and as a result, I am not able to access some of the better games that Golden Star Casino has on their site. While I totally understand why the casino isn’t allowed to offer all their games to all their players, it would be beneficial to have this information laid out in a clear manner somewhere on their website. I would much rather know going in instead of reading a review like this only to find out a game I love is not available when I make my deposit.

Game Selection

As I mentioned, you will find over 900 games at Golden Star Casino. I am going to take a look at all the different categories in more detail for you now.

Slots

It isn’t surprising to hear that the majority of available games in the Golden Star Casino lobby are slots games – this goes for almost every casino in the industry, whether online or land-based. However, having the multiple providers allows this casino to provide you several different looks to their slots catalog. They range from the fantastic content of the Microgaming slots to the 3D slot games that made Betsoft famous.

Table Games

The table games options at Golden Star Casino are a bit underwhelming considering how many suppliers the company has partnered with. Now, I may be missing some of the table games because of where I am reviewing the site from; all accounts are that they aren’t using Microgaming or NetEnt for games outside North America.

Video Poker

Along the same theme, there aren’t as many video poker variants as I would like to see at Golden Star Casino. I know that I am in the minority when it comes to video poker; I like the game more than most people do. Still, an online casino should easily be able to offer as many games as they can. Maybe they will read this review and add some from their vendors; I know they are available!

Specialty Games

One area where Golden Star Casino has apparently spent some time in development is in the Specialty Games offering. Using their partners like Quickfire, the casino gives you many different types of games to play that are not like the typical table games and slots. Many of these games have worse chances of coming out a winner, but I always consider them to be a nice way to take a break from a long session at the Blackjack table.

Live Dealer

Golden Star Casino has selected Ezugi as their Live Dealer provider. While the studios and dealers used by Ezugi are quite nice, there isn’t much in the way of selection from a games perspective. You can play the following games via the Live Dealer function:
  • Bet on Numbers (Bingo variant)
  • Keno
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
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The promotions at Golden Star are pretty bland overall. They are focused on the deposit bonuses as their primary form of attracting to you to their brand. Here is an overview of the bonuses currently available on the website:

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The company does have one ongoing bonus for players who play on the weekend. They have a “Have A Nice Weekend” recurring bonus of 50% up to $50 or 50 mBTC.
Overall, it is pretty disappointing to see no leaderboard or jackpot promotions, especially given how many games they could use for these types of offers.

Tournaments

Golden Star Casino does have a large selection of tournaments running on a daily and weekly basis. For someone who gets bored with slots play pretty quickly, I enjoy the tournament concept; if I go on a long run, I can make some additional cash, and it is the only way I actually see any other screen names while I am at the casino.
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Banking

As I have discussed many times in this review, the company seems to be very focused on making you a Bitcoin user, offering special games and bonuses for players who use the cryptocurrency. Golden Star does also have traditional payment methods available to its players; of course, each will be restricted by what countries are available. The most up-to-date payment methods for your country will be listed in the cashier section of the lobby after you login to your account.

Deposit Methods

  • MasterCard
  • Neteller
  • Visa
  • iDEAL
  • Sofortuberwaisung
  • QIWI
  • Trustly
  • Skrill
  • Yandex Money
  • Sberbank Online
  • Cubits
  • Comepay
  • Mobile Commerce

Withdrawal Methods

  • Bank Wire Transfer
  • Neteller
  • Visa
  • iDEAL
  • QIWI
  • Skrill
  • Trustly
  • Yandex Money
  • Cubits
  • Comepay
  • Evroset
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Sberbank

Comp/VIP Program

Golden Star Casino does offer its players a hybrid Comp/VIP program. In essence, this is a comp program that has tiers to it, giving you more enticing conversion rates for your comp points. While I am a big fan of casinos that give you comp points that you can cash in for real money, I am disappointed that there isn’t more to the VIP part of the program. I am hopeful that there is a more individual program that they just don’t advertise.
Here are the levels of the system and what conversion rates come with each level.
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2020.10.17 02:53 Steve_J0bs My Experience With United’s Rapid Covid Test (SFO)

I just tested negative for COVID at SFO’s Rapid Testing Site. Returning results in 15 minutes using Abbott’s “BinaxNOW” test, this testing site is the first of its kind in the nation, and only on its second day of operation. My experience, overall, has been pretty wild.
• Firstly, I had already been tested earlier this week by “Project Baseline”; a partnership between several states and a major, reputable pharma company (Verily) to offer free drive-through testing sites. Unfortunately, this test isn’t good enough for the State of Hawaii. Hawaii wants you to get tested only through one of 11 of their “Trusted Partners”. CVS and Walgreens are listed as trusted partners, but in Colorado, they won’t let you schedule a test unless you’re symptomatic... makes sense, right? Seemingly, living in Colorado, my only option was to use United Airlines, also listed by Hawaii as a ‘trusted partner’.
• The info online provided by United sucks. You’re supposed to receive an email from United regarding the rapid testing option “7 days before your departure date”, but what if you book less than 7 days before departure, as I did? I even called United twice asking for info about the program, hoping to book my slot. Neither time were they any help whatsoever.
• If you don’t have the email from United, the link to find the scheduling page is nearly impossible. When I finally found it, “no appointments available” was the only result I received. Refresh after refresh, hour after hour, I found no luck. Even now, negative results in hand, I was never able to “book a slot”.
• At one point, I saw that passengers with a layover in SFO weren’t eligible for the rapid test, only itineraries that originate in SFO. I damn near rage-quit. I had to cancel my original United itinerary (DEN ➡️ SFO ➡️ HNL), book DEN ➡️ SFO with Southwest, then rebook SFO ➡️ HNL with United... All for compliance. What a mess.
• When I landed at SFO this morning, the scheduling website still showed no appointments available. I decided to simply walk to the testing area and ask for myself. When I got there, I saw an EMPTY line for walk-ins! Nowhere on United’s site or anywhere else is there mention of walk-in availability. In fact, they say the opposite. I had zero idea that was even an option.
• The staff were helpful, friendly, and quick. Before the swab, they made me sit down and Skype with a doctor who gave me a quick assessment by asking several questions. The swab was worse than Project Baseline’s: it went pretty deep. It wasn’t THAT bad though. You can’t beat 15 minute results, in hand, ready to show the Hawaiian authorities. Zero uncertainty is a powerful thing.
• The amount of difficulty and dead-ends I faced during this process was unbelievable. I spent HOURS working on getting this right and still encountered surprises. But now, FINALLY, I’m happy to say that after endless haranguing, hoop-jumping, and hair pulling, I finally got my golden ticket to freedom in beautiful Hawaii this week! Thank you!
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2020.10.16 23:44 Jonsmith78 Anyone signed up for Containers for Change yet?

Edit:
Looks like you don't have to give your details to take containers back.
Not sure why you need to sign up at all - maybe to use the bag drop feature?

So, am in process of signing up to this.
Find it odd that they were asking for my Gender, Age Range, and Post code.
Haven't clicked the tick box for accepting the terms and conditions yet.
The privacy policy (see below) looks like they want a lot of info, and are gonna use this info for advertising, marketing, research or whatever the hell the want, and will share your info with whoever they want.
Not keen on accepting all this. for a measly 10 cents a container.
Am I overreacting, or does this seem like a bit of an overreach on their part?:

https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/privacy
In this Privacy Policy, ‘us’ ‘we’ or ‘our’ means WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd ACN 629 983 615. We are committed to respecting your privacy. Our Privacy Policy sets out how we collect, use, store and disclose your personal information. We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act.
By providing personal information to us, you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and any other arrangements that apply between us. We may change our Privacy Policy from time to time by publishing changes to it on our website. We encourage you to check our website periodically to ensure that you are aware of our current Privacy Policy.
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Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Tsunami our Weekly tournament series will be having its 4th addition in the series. on Friday @[5PM CST](3PMPST6PM EST if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
Nintendo Online Global Showcase
With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/tsunami-4/details
This Tournament is a Melee Event.
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.16 21:30 MythicalMankey Tsunami #4

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Tsunami our Weekly tournament series will be having its 4th addition in the series. on Friday @[5PM CST](3PMPST6PM EST if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
Nintendo Online Global Showcase
With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/tsunami-4/details
This Tournament is a Melee Event.
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.16 21:29 MythicalMankey Tsunami #4

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Tsunami our Weekly tournament series will be having its 4th addition in the series. on Friday @[5PM CST](3PMPST6PM EST if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
Nintendo Online Global Showcase
With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/tsunami-4/details
This Tournament is a Melee Event.
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.16 21:27 MythicalMankey Tsunami #4

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Tsunami our Weekly tournament series will be having its 4th addition in the series. on Friday @[5PM CST](3PMPST6PM EST if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.
Why Should i Join?
If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.
Can i counterpick?
Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent.
How is the Community?
Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.
Nintendo Online Global Showcase
With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few
Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/tsunami-4/details
This Tournament is a Melee Event.
This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.14 08:48 blackwoodsix My experience applying for BTO as a first timer single

In the recent Aug 2020 BTO sales launch, I decided to apply for a 2 Room BTO as a single. I am detailing the process here in hope of helping other similar first timers trying to apply for a BTO flat. I thought a guide would be useful. Some of these may look like common sense but bear with me la.
Before applying, things to take note:
  • Check on your eligibility to apply via the HDB website. The whole application process is outlined in the site. But there were still a few times I wished I had more guidance on the process. Single Citizen Scheme is only applicable for 2 room BTO in non mature estates.
  • First timer singles applying for BTO flats need to pay $15K in addition to the flat price. The flat price may also be much higher than what is stated during the sales launch by anything from 10-30K depending on the unit your choose. Higher floors come at a premium, corner flats come at a premium, unblocked flats come at a premium and ofc bigger flats (47sqm vs 39sqm) cost about 20K more than the smaller ones which I feel is a bit wasteful for a hallway. But I'm quite giam siap lah lol. When you add 15K to it, that's quite a huge difference from the advertised sales launch price. That kind of price usually is for the low level (Eg level 4) 39 square metre flats that are blocked & corridor unit. Do your homework and work out your finances (what kind of loan, if any, you need) before you start applying to save a lot of grief. Of course there is the EHG grant but if you're earning a decent salary it's probably just a meagre figure that won't help much. The grants for family nucleus is much more attractive for obvious reasons.
  • Keep your old pay slips. You need the past 12 months pay slips or income letter, also your CPF contribution history and previous year CPF Yearly Statement, but these can be obtained online.
  • I repeat again, do your homework. At first I had this stupid mentality that everything will work out on its own but that's not gonna do you any favours. This is a major purchase. Choose your flat before the appointment, work out your finances, keep your documents, apply early and you won't have as many nasty surprises/disappointments.
  • Sales Launch
BTO Sales is launched. You are given one week to apply for the flat. I recommend applying as soon as you can because I think the ballot number is based on order of application. At this point you should start preparing your HDB Housing Loan Eligibility letter (HLE) from HDB, or Approval in Principle (AIP) from the bank, whichever institution you decide to loan from. I can't advise on this because I'm using neither. I don't like borrowing money heh.
  • Ballot results
Wait for results. After about two weeks, the ballot results will be out. If you sign up for the SMS alert they may or may not alert you via SMS (Or be late about it). You can check the HDB portal periodically for the status, or if you check daily thread people will usually post about their ballot number being too high/quite small. Apparently this is like tioing TOTO. My first time round applying it was Sales of balance flats and I failed to get any number. This time my ballot number was three digits, a little bigger than the number of flats available, so I'm quite lucky I guess. Even if your number is like 20 more than the ballot number, you might still have a chance because the numbers before your might cancel their application.
This is where I got a little confused. I excitedly went into the HDB portal, clicked on my ballot number and there was a button for open booking of flats. It stated that "there are no available flats left for singles left". So of course I thought I no longer had a chance in booking a flat but...
  • Invitation to book your flat
You receive an invitation to book your flat. Mucho confusion. I thought no more flats for singles left? During the days up to the appointment date so many wild thoughts were running through my mind because of the earlier message. But I decided to chalk it up as a glitch in the system and went ahead and prepared the documents. Even now, after I have booked my flat I still have this innate fear that it wouldn't be approved because of this.
You have to download the application form, annexes, HLE or AIP, required documents, EHG application form, Appointment letter (You need this for gaining access to HDB sales office during Covid period. I'm not sure about before or after Covid). Just print out everything la better be safe than sorry. This is where your pay slips for past 12 months come into play cos you need them for grant application. Try to clear your date and time for the appointment because you can't change it. Alternatively, you can ask somebody else to go in your stead but why would you entrust that to someone else, unless it's your SO or someone with a good grasp on what you want.
My SIL and bro drove me to the site before the appointment date so that I could make an informed choice on which is the ideal unit among those left. I highly recommend visiting the site before your appointment. Study the site map and unit placements to choose your unit. As my ballot number was greater than the available flats, the good units (no blocked view, corner unit, higher floor) were all taken liao so left with some that had shortcomings, but what to do. I didn't want to waste my chance. You can check the units that are still available on your HDB web portal, when you click on "application status" there will be a "Flats available" option.
Edit: (courtesy of u/brownriver12's input: have a list of flats ready in case yours really gets potong jalaned.
i think like check the night before (when selection has closed for the day), then make up to 30 choices, depends on what time is your appointment slot. also once you reach the counter, yell your unit so the hdb officer can 'chope' the unit while she processes your documents.
  • Go for the appointment
Go for your appointment. And bring all those documents your printed. Check and double check the night before. I put mine in a folder. Do not be late for your appointment lest your flat choice be potong jalaned by someone else. If you miss the appointment time they'll give your slot to the next person in the ballot queue. Then you gg might have to wait until 12noon or something. While you are waiting, there will be displays on monitors at the waiting area mounted on the pillars, and you can see for yourself what are the flats slowly getting booked by other applicants. Don't think it really helps with the jitters leh. Really macam betting TOTO or at the stock exchange. LMAO.
  • Pay option fee, submit documents etc
The HDB officer will process your documents and ask you to sign a bunch of stuff, explain your flat price, assorted legal fees and your financing options. You'll have to pay an option fee of $500, which will be refunded when you make the down payment. During this process my heart was pounding and I almost teared up because it is a poignant moment when I'm making one of the major decisions in my life.
Your grant application will be approved in one to two month's time and the appointment to sign the lease agreement about two or three four months time.
Aaaand this is where I'm at right now, waiting for the results with mixed feelings. Did I make the right decision? Too late, I've already done the deed. So now I have about two years, give or take, to plan and save for my renovation and furniture. Argh.
Please note that all the forms I stated above are correct at present time. But the government may decide to change the grant (last year got more grants for singles!) again so check again ok?
Edit: some formatting issues and added some details.
Please excuse any inaccuracies because I'm just basing this on what I (don't) know/remember.
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2020.10.13 22:46 cincbus Introducing: The Spanish Royal Family

Royal Family Twitter: u/CasaReal
King Alfonso III (1886-1941)
Gonna go back one more generation than usual to start this wild ride.
Alfonso the III's father, Alfonso XII, died while his mother was pregnant with him, thus he was King upon his birth in 1886. She served as regent until his 16th birthday when he assumed full authority as King. After a series of poor choices, he aligned his fortunes to the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, who fell from power in 1930. Municipal elections in 1931 resulted in a landslide victory for the Republican and Socialist parties, and they demanded the King abdicate the throne. The King went into exile but refused to abdicate.
While exiled, his eldest son, Alfonso, renounced his right to the throne to marry a commoner.
His second son, Jaime, renounced his rights to the throne because he was deaf.
This left his third son, Juan, as heir apparent. In 1947, General Francisco Franco declared Spain a monarchy yet again, calling it a “restoration”. However, he did not trust Juan as heir. As a result, in 1969, his son, Juan Carlos, was selected as King.
King Juan Carlos I (b. 1938) (abdicated)
Juan Carlos is the grandson of Alfonso XIII, the last king of Spain before the monarchy was abolished in 1931. He was born in exile in Rome, however was allowed back to Spain in 1948 to be further educated there. He joined the army, completing his officer training from 1955-1957. Afterwards, he spent time in both the naval school and the air force school, and later studied law, international political economy and public finance at the University of Madrid.
He was selected to be King of Spain over his father, Juan, by General Franco.
So, why did Franco bring back the monarchy? I found this answer online:
“We’re accustomed to believing a tyrant like Franco could do anything he wanted. Yet, in reality, his options were very limited, amounting to:
a) Do nothing OR appoint another military strongman to take his place.
b) Restore the republic.
c) Restore the monarchy.
There really are no further choices. Regarding (a), Franco was well aware that dictatorships are little more than the cult surrounding the person of the dictator, who is unable to transfer the cult to any 3rd party. So, a dead dictator equates to a dead dictatorhip, perhaps not immediately but before very long the ‘Franco Regime Without Franco’ was bound to implode. Franco accepted this to be an awkward truth, but he swallowed the bitter pill nonetheless.
Option (b) was never in the cards — Franco detested the Republic he fought to unseat and never even considered bring one back to govern Spain post-mortem.
That only leaves option (c). For Franco, the issue was not Monarchy Vs. Republic but rather (i) what sort of monarchy, and (ii.) incarnated by whom? The choices might seem straight-forward, but reality was rather complex since the legitimate heir to the throne (Juan de Bourbon, Count of Barcelona) was a man with whom Franco agreed on practically nothing. The Count of Barcelona made his political philosophies publicly know in the so-called Laussane Manifesto (Mar, 1945), the contents of which were diametrically opposed to the Franco Regime on practically all matters of importance.
Hence, in ’47 Franco did the only thing he regarded as workable — restoring the monarchy in theory but leaving the throne vacant, pending an eventual nomination to fill the seat. The temporary vacancy last 22 years when the Count’s son (Juan Carlos I) was officially designated as heir to the dual roles of head-of-state & commander-in-chief of the armed forces.”
Furthermore, Franco disliked Juan (father of Juan Carlos), whom he suspected of being an Anglophile (Franco despised the British and referred to Great Britain as “perfidious Albion”); he was also determined to be the sole arbiter of Spain’s destiny. And so he was. For the next thirty-six years, Franco remained the country’s unchallenged caudillo, or strongman, and although he declared Spain a monarchy once again, in 1947, he kept the throne empty, leaving Don Juan to languish and fret in neighboring Portugal, even as Franco himself assumed the role of dispenser of noble titles.
In a cruelly Shakespearean twist, Franco asked Don Juan to send him his son, Juan Carlos, who was then ten, to be educated and groomed under Franco’s supervision. In 1969, when Juan Carlos was thirty-one, Franco summoned him and informed the young man of his decision to make him his successor, with the title of King of Spain . (Excerpt from this article)
Juan Carlos met and consulted with Franco many times, standing next to him at ceremonies, publicly supporting his regime, and praising his government. Franco gave full control to Juan Carlos 3 weeks before his death in 1975. Juan Carlo’s position was further legitimized on 1977 when his father formally renounced his claim to the throne.
On paper, Juan Carlos retained fairly extensive reserve powers. He was the guardian of the Constitution and was responsible for ensuring that it was obeyed. In practice, since the passage of the Constitution (and especially since 1982), he took a mostly non-partisan and representative role, acting almost entirely on the advice of the government.
Juan Carlos enjoyed extreme popularity in Spain for many years until multiple scandals (detailed below) were made public about him and his family. As a result, he abdicated the throne on behalf of his son.
Coup D'Etat
Ever since the dictator Francisco Franco had died in 1975, Spain had been changing at the speed of light. Democratic reform was the watchword of the decade, and each reform came one after the other. King Juan Carlos had handed power to parliament and instituted a new constitution. It was all way too fast for Spain's conservatives. According to history.com, it came to a head on February 23, 1981. Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero led 200 members of the civil guard in invading the Cortes, Spain's legislature building. They fired shots in the air and took the parliament hostage.
Spaniards were glued to their television sets for 18 hours as the band of civil guards held the Cortes. King Juan Carlos appealed to the Spanish army to condemn these renegades and affirm their loyalty to the new constitution. The army did and the bandits had to retreat in shame, thus preserving Spain's democracy.
Shooting of Little Brother
In 1956, at age 18, he shot his younger brother Alfonso in the head while the two were playing with a revolver. He has maintained throughout his life that it was an accident, however Alfonso passed away as a result of his injuries.
The financial scandal
Juan Carlos’s daughter, Princess Cristina, is married to Inaki Urdangarin. Urdangarin and his ex-business associate, Diego Torres, were the leading figures in the Nóos Institute, a non-profit that secured no-bid contracts from the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearic Islands using Urdangarin’s influence.Urdangarin and Torres also used their non-profit to divert around €6.2 million from public contracts secured for organizing sports events into private accounts. Urdangarin’s wife, Cristina de Borbón, sat on the board of a company, Aizoon, that was allegedly used to channel part of these funds. She was made to testify in the case, and was ultimately fined for having benefited from her husband’s scheme, but was acquitted of tax fraud complicity.
In June 2018 he was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison; he is currently imprisoned in Ávila.
The hunting trip
In 2012 the King injured himself on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana. At a time when Spainairds were suffering from a lagging economy, this trip was viewed as obscene in terms of expenses and extravagance. Spain’s unemployment was at 23%, and nearly 50% for young workers. To make matters worse, he was the honorary president of the Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund.
The public was only made aware of the trip because the King was injured and had to be helicoptered from the scene. Even worse - his mistress was there with him.
Abdication
In 2014 Juan Carlos announced his plans to abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Felipe.
Post-Abdication Scandals
More recently, it emerged that Juan Carlos had accepted a previously undeclared “gift” of a hundred million dollars from Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah—allegedly a bribe in return for his help in arranging a lucrative fast-rail-construction contract.
Further roiling the public, one of Juan Carlos’s former lovers, a Danish-born events organizer named Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein—who had accompanied him on his Botswana safari—has acknowledged that Juan Carlos had given her, some years ago, sixty-five million euros (worth about eighty-four million dollars at the time). This “gift” is believed to have come out of the funds given to Juan Carlos by King Abdullah.
The latest bombshell shaking the royal house involves secret audio recordings of princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a German aristocrat living in Monte Carlo who for years has been romantically linked to the 80-year-old former king and now accuses him of using her name to buy property in Morocco, of accumulating a secret fortune hidden in several Swiss bank accounts under the name of one of his cousins, Alvaro d'Orleans Bourbon, of using fake cut-outs to commit tax fraud and of taking millions in commissions on state contracts.
As a result, the current King Felipe announced he would renounce his personal inheritance from his father and that his father would no longer receive a royal allowance. Afterwards, Juan Carlos vanished.
Exile
In August of this year (2020), Juan Carlos sent a public letter to King Felipe VI, saying that he would be leaving the country due to “the public repercussions that certain past events in [his] private life are generating.” Later reports speculated that he had either gone to Portugal, where his father, Don Juan de Borbón, lived in exile for part of his life, or to the Dominican Republic, which he has visited multiple times. It’s a sign that the figurehead of Spanish democracy understands that he has endangered his legacy—and the monarchy itself.
It has not been published where Juan Carlos is currently living, however photos have been obtained that appear to show Juan Carlos disembarking a plane in Abu Dhabi.
Read more:
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/08/juan-carlos-former-king-why-is-he-in-exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53642283#:~:text=Juan%20Carlos%20abdicated%20in%202014,took%20during%20Spain's%20financial%20crisis.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51902673
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53415781
Marriage:
Juan Carlos married Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of the King of Greece in 1962. In an effort for young, suitable European royals to meet and mingle (and also to boost tourism in Greece), Sophia’s mother arranged a Mediterranean cruise on the Greek yacht Agamemnon in 1954. Several teenaged and twenty-something royals were invited on the trip touring a handful of Greek islands. Juan Carlos and Sofia were among the young royals on the cruise.
They met up at additional weddings and events over the next several years, and were officially reunited in Rome at the 1960 Olympic Games. The Greek royal family held a dinner for the Spanish guests onboard their ship, Polemistis. Following the Olympics, Juan Carlos and his family were invited to spend Christmas 1960 in Greece.
In 1961, Sofia traveled to the UK to attend the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Juan Carlos was picked to serve as her escort. Following the wedding, Juan Carlos spent the summer of 1961 in Greece and the two announced their engagement in 1961.
Due to Juan Carlos’ uneasy position in Spain, an Athens wedding was planned for May, the beginning of the tourist season in Greece. The celebrations involved 4 ½ months of nearly round-the-clock preparation headed by Colonel Dimitri Levidis, Grand Marshal of the Greek royal court.
Their marriage has never been a happy one and Juan Carlos is known to have had multiple affairs. Though the King is in exile, they remain married, however it is known that they have lived largely separate lives for many years.
Their wedding and more
You can see him giving a speech in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4FJczB_aco
Queen Sofia (b. 1938)
Sofia is the eldest child of King Paul of Greece, and is the daughter, sister, wife, and mother of a King. She was educated at a boarding school in Germany, then studied childcare, music, and archeology in Athens. She was a reserve member of Greece’s gold medal winning sailing team at the 1960 Olympic games.
Sofia is now immensely popular in Spain. She is known to quietly endure the monarchy’s trials, putting her own professional obligations ahead of anything else. This was not, however, always the case. Throughout her reign she has been regarded with skepticism because of her foreign background and mediocre Spanish skills.
In 2008, Queen Sofía shared some of her political ideology during an interview with journalist Pilar Urbano. One of them was her belief that same-sex marriage should not be called marriage. "If those persons want to live together, dress up as bride and groom and get married, they can do so, but that should not be called marriage because it is not," the queen is quoted as saying in Urbano's book.
Her controversial comments about same-sex marriage particularly elicited outrage among liberal groups, and the Royal Palace quickly shared an apology but qualified it by implying she had been misquoted.
Though her husband is in exile, Sofia has remained in Spain and continues to undertake official duties on behalf of her son, the King. She is a vital weapon in Felipe VI’s battle to shore up the popularity of a monarchy hit by scandal and now, suggestions from some politicians that it might have seen better days. Consistently one of the most admired members of the Spanish Royal Family, the enduring affection and respect that Queen Sofía inspires will be needed by her son as he faces a turbulent future for the monarchy.
She speaks Greek, English, German and Spanish.
See her giving a speech in English
King Felipe VI (b. 1968)
Ascended the throne in 2014 upon the abdication of his father. He is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces. He attended high school in Canada and studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He completed his academic studies by obtaining a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown, where he was the roommate of his cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.
From 1985-1993 he spent time completing his military training.
Felipe speaks Spanish, Catalan, French, English, and Greek.
He was a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the Barcelona games in 1992 and was the Spanish team’s flag bearer.
Marriage:
The exact details around how Felipe and Letizia met are unknown, however it is reported that they met at a dinner party in 2003. They dated in secret for more than a year before surprising the public with their engagement in 2003.The two were married in 2004 in Madrid.
Her Gown
More on the wedding, more here
Watch their wedding (it POURED rain)
See Felipe meet Barack Obama (in English)
Author's Note: Google photos of Felipe. You won't be sorry.
Queen Letizia (b. 1972)
Letizia was born in Spain, the daughter of a journalist and registered nurse. She completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a master’s degree in audiovisual journalism. She worked as the evening anchor of the TVE evening news, the most viewed newscast in Spain. She reported from Washington DC in 2000 on the presidential elections, 2001 from Ground Zero, and 2003 from Iraq.
She was actually married once before Felipe to a writer and high school teacher after dating for almost 10 years. Their marriage lasted one year.
Letizia is far from Spain’s most popular member of the royal family. There was a public spat with her mother-in-law, and it made news when she scolded her fiance for interrupting her during their engagement interview.
She is known for her fashion and beauty. In 2008 she underwent surgery on her nose to “correct a respiratory problem”, however afterwards her nose was notably different.
Author's Note: I feel like I gave a negative impression of Letizia here, but to be honest it's a bit hard to find information about heher personality. I would love someone who is more familiar to fill us all in.
Watch her speak in English here
Felipe and Letizia have two daughters:
Crown Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias (b. 2005)
Leonor is heir presumptive to the throne of Spain. She does not go by Crown Princess, but rather by Princess of Asturias, the title given to the heirs in Spain (like Prince of Wales in the UK). The Spanish monarchy operates under a system of male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning if Felipe were to have a male heir he would replace Leonor in the line of succession. Felipe and Letizia appear to be done having children, however.
In 2018, she was invested by her father with the Order of the Golden Fleece, the most senior order in Spain and the highest award the King can bestow. She is one of only 4 females to be inducted into it.
The other 3 women are Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrix, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark (no big deal!!!)
See the proud fathedaughter moment here.
In 2019, at age 14, she gave a speech in both English and Spanish at the Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony. (such poise!!)
Another speech (her proud parents *I'm crying*!!)
Infanta Sofia (b. 2007)
Sofia is the second daughter of the King and Queen. She is a student in Madrid.
See photos of the family from Spain’s National Day on 10/12. https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/1315601785382416384?s=20
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (b. 1963)
Elena is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, however because Spain operates under male-preference cognatic primogeniture, her younger brother Felipe is King of Spain.
She married Jamie de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada in Seville and has two children:
  • Felipe (b. 1998)
  • Victoria (b. 2000)
Elena and Jamie divorced in 2009. She undertakes engagements on behalf of her brother, the King.
Infanta Cristina, (stripped of title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca) (b. 1965)
Cristina was born in Madrid, the younger daughter of the King and Queen. She is a sailor and competed in the 1988 summer Olympics. She completed a degree in political science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, then an MA in international relations from New York University in 1990. She then worked at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French, and Greek.
Cristina married handball player Inaki Urdangarin in Barcelona in 1997. They have four children:
  • Juan Valentín (born 29 September 1999),
  • Pablo Nicolás Sebastián (born 6 December 2000),
  • Miguel (born 30 April 2002),
  • Irene (born 5 June 2005).
I talked about this above, but she and her husband were investigated and tried for fraud for their ties to a corruption scandal involving a company they owned. Cristina was acquitted, however her husband is currently serving a prison sentence.
Because of the scandal, her brother officially stripped her of her title in 2015. Her right of succession and the royal title of Infanta were unaffected.
Read more about the scandal here
Jewels
http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/p/spain.htmlhttp://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2017/07/the-top-ten-spanish-royal-tiaras.html
http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2017/07/the-top-ten-spanish-royal-tiaras.htmlhttps://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/g28621289/spanish-royal-family-summer-holiday-mallorca-photos-2019/
Vacation
Random note but the Spanish royals vacation in Palma de Mallorca for the summer each year and always produce some of my favorite family photos.
See some here, here, here, or just google them.
A Monarchy in Trouble
Though Felipe and his mother, Queen Sofia, are well-liked, support for the monarchy in Spain has always been thin at best. Coupled with all of the scandals discussed above, Felipe is tasked with saving a monarchy that at times is extremely unpopular with the public. He has had to publicly distance himself from his father, his sister, and other family friends involved in these scandals. This has eroded the appearance of family unity in the monarchy.
From an article:
Despite his attractive family and relative youth, Felipe has struggled to maintain the level of popularity he had heading into his current position. As head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces as well as king, he looks all-powerful on paper, but like many other royals his role is more figurehead than policy-maker. Spain's monarch is looked to for guidance and leadership, though, and he can certainly still be blamed when things go wrong.
Felipe, who in 2015 cut his own salary by almost 20 percent as the country continued to pull itself out of its recession, received a four-minute ovation after delivering his annual address marking the opening of Spain's new legislative session in February, in which he said that the opposing parties that have formed the current coalition government must come together, that "the time has come for words, for arguments and for reasoning, from a position of mutual respect."
To add to his troubles, Catalonia has been trying to split from Spain and gain independence for quite sometime, and Catalonian’s do not want a monarchy. In fact, they recently passed a non-binding motion condemning the monarchy in the wake of Juan Carlos’s departure from Spain. The proposal “Catalonia is a republic and does not want a king” was passed by 69 votes in favor and 65 against. In a recent article out of Catalonia, less than 15% of Catalans prefer having a king to a republic.
As a result, Felipe and Letizia have been pulling out all of the stops to present a united family front and a strong monarchy to the public - they have been undertaking public engagements more often, invited the press into their home, and we’re seeing more and more of their two daughters in an attempt to improve their favorability in Spain.
From 2018 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2018/08/12/royal-family-in-trouble-spanish-monarchy-mired-in-new-ugly-scandal/#5b40b53d480a
From 2019 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2020/06/09/spanish-monarchy-under-fire/#7910b8d41b26
From 2020 - https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/13/is-spanish-spain-juan-carlos-corruption-royal-family-finished/
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2020.10.12 18:59 MythicalMankey Earthquake #58

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 58th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.

Why Should i Join?

If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.

Whats the prize?

Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.

Can i counterpick?

Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.

How is the Community?

Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.

Nintendo Online Global Showcase

With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.

Earthquake

Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of Nintendo Online Global as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started NOG.

Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-58/details

This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.12 18:59 MythicalMankey Earthquake #58

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 58th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.

Why Should i Join?

If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.

Whats the prize?

Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.

Can i counterpick?

Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.

How is the Community?

Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.

Nintendo Online Global Showcase

With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.

Earthquake

Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of Nintendo Online Global as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started NOG.

Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-58/details

This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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2020.10.12 18:58 MythicalMankey Earthquake #58

Hello Smash Players My name is SOGMonkey and i am a TO over at Nintendo Online Global. Today i want to inform you that Earthquake our Weekly tournament series will be having its 58th addition in the series. on Monday at (3PM/PST6PM EST) if you are a smash player and want to come join the fun and play online tournaments with a competitive ruleset come join us.

Why Should i Join?

If you are a person who doesn't like a competitive aspect of smash that's as you wont lose anything by entering Nintendo Online Global Tournies are free to join and wont cost you anything. If you are also someone who wants to experience competitive but doesn't want to jump right in because your skill level isn't there or you just aren't comfortable going to your local this is perfect for you. As we introduce the Competitive ruleset to our players new or pro. Admins are always understanding of new players and our regular players are always welcome to meet new friends. And Lastly if you are a person who is already in the competitive scene, we host regular competitive rulesets for free weekly so it is great practice for you to learn some matchups or just have a good time learning some new combos. I as the head TO participate in the local scene pretty regularly and i host my own local in my area so we are almost like a local online.

Whats the prize?

Well like i stated this is a free entry tournament and meant for practice for all skill levels, so we cant offer much but sense this is kinda of its own scene we host seasons with Power Rankings and much more. The more Set wins you have the higher you place in the season every member to participate in a tournament in a season is automatically registered into the power rankings so you will be able to see how you did throughout the season. we offer roles for tournament wins as well.

Can i counterpick?

Indeed you can the site we use has a in site coinflip system to ban stages. We Have a list of starters and couterpicks you can only begin with your starter picks. Winner of the game bans loser picks as well as character couterpicking is allowed for the loser. Winner can switch but must inform opponent. "Dave's Stupid Rule" is in affect so be sure not to pick a stage you won on last.

How is the Community?

Our Community is pretty welcoming and offer advice and tips for our new players. Many Players have entered our community getting almost last place to winning tournaments almost regularly. At Nintendo Online Global our players tend to see progress within the community. and even doing friendlies out of our tournament dates. I sometimes may even host some friendly sessions.

Nintendo Online Global Showcase

With Nintendo Online Global we love to find new ways to improve the experience for our players and admins. So every once in a while we host NOG Showcase kinda like a Nintendo Direct were we showcase what we been working on in the past few days.

Earthquake

Earthquake our weekly series was started May 16th 2019 as our first Super Smash Bros Weekly and the beginning of Nintendo Online Global as a whole. Granted NOG began in March 2019 we didn't host a named weekly series till May. with each week getting better and better in quality. Smash Online Global the original state of NOG was the path that started NOG.

Tournament Link
https://smash.gg/tournament/earthquake-58/details

This tournament is based in the United States and Wired Connections are highly Recommended.
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