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Como assistir Philadelphia Union x New England Revolution Futebol AO VIVO – Major League Soccer 2020

2020.09.12 23:41 futebolstats Como assistir Philadelphia Union x New England Revolution Futebol AO VIVO – Major League Soccer 2020

O jogo envolvendo Philadelphia Union x New England Revolution será realizado neste sábado (12). A disputa é válida pela 11ª rodada da Major League Soccer de 2020. A partida está programada para começar às 20h30 (horário de Brasília) e o duelo entre as equipes vai acontecer nao Subaru Park, localizado na Pensilvânia, nos Estados Unidos.
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Através do site BET365* você poderá assistir o jogo de hoje ao vivo pela internet. Portanto, acesse o site pelo seu notebook, celular, tablet ou outro dispositivo. Além disso, poderá assistir o jogo através do aplicativo oficial.
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Philadelphia Union:Blake; Gaddis, Glesnes, McKenzie e Mbaizo; Martinez, Bedoya e Monteiro; Aaronson, Przybylko e Wooten.
Técnico: Ronny Deila
New England Revolution:Turner; Bye, Farrell, Kessler e Buttner; Bunbury, Polster, Fagundez e Penilla; Buksa e Bou.
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As duas equipes já se encontraram em 28 jogos oficiais na história. O Philadelphia Union já venceu a equipe adversária em 15 duelos. Já o New England Revolution conseguiu superar seu rival em 6 partidas. Assim como ficaram no empate em 7 jogos disputados.
Além disso, a equipe do Philadelphia Union já marcou 49 gols neste duelo. Enquanto o time do New England Revolution balançou as redes adversárias 32 vezes.
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2020.09.09 12:00 C19NewsBot Coronavirus Australia News Updates (9 September)

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2020.04.20 06:03 NewRCTID22 Who has scored the most goals against your team in the past decade

Data is based on each regular season and playoff match since 2011.
Atlanta United:
  1. Luciano Acosta (5)
  2. Sebastian Giovinco (4)
  3. Four tied at (3) - Bradley Wright-Phillips, Gyasi Zardes, Daniel Royer, Alexandru Mitrita
Chicago Fire:
  1. Bradley Wright-Phillips (10)
  2. Two tied with (8) – Sebastian Giovinco, Chris Wondolowski
  3. Kei Kamara (7)
Columbus Crew:
  1. David Villa (9)
  2. Bradley Wright-Phillips (8)
  3. Two tied with (7) – C.J Sapong, Ignacio Piatti
Colorado Rapids:
  1. Two tied at (9) – Joao Plata, Chris Wondolowski
  2. Diego Valeri (8)
  3. Three tied at (6) – Clint Dempsey, Alan Gordon, Fredy Montero
D.C. United:
  1. Bradley Wright-Phillips (12)
  2. Will Bruin (11)
  3. David Villa (9)
FC Cincinnati:
  1. Héber (4)
  2. Two tied with (3) – Gyasi Zardes and Josef Martinez
  3. Eight tied with (2)
FC Dallas:
  1. Chris Wondolowski (7)
  2. Kei Kamara (6)
  3. Six tied with (5) – Darlington Nagbe, Alvaro Saborio, Lamar Neagle, Robbie Keane, Fanendo Adi, Nicolas Lodeiro
Houston Dynamo:
  1. Bradley Wright-Phillips (8)
  2. Diego Valeri (7)
  3. Kei Kamara (6)
Los Angeles FC:
  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9)
  2. Two tied with (3) – Ignacio Piatti and Damir Kreilach
  3. Ten tied with (2)
Los Angeles Galaxy:
  1. Chris Wondolowski (11)
  2. Carlos Vela (9)
  3. Three tied with (6) – Alan Gordon, Joao Plata, Diego Valeri
Minnesota United:
  1. Two tied with (5) – Diego Valeri, Josef Martinez
  2. Three tied with (4) – Alberth Elis, Romain Alessandrini, Danny Hoesen
  3. Nine tied with (3)
Montreal Impact:
  1. Kei Kamara (13)
  2. Dom Dwyer (10)
  3. Thierry Henry (9)
Bonus: Federico Higuain, Jozy Altidore tied with (8)
New England Revolution:
  1. Bradley Wright-Phillips (9)
  2. Sebastien Le Toux (8)
  3. Four tied with (7) – Federico Higuain, Kei Kamara, Sebastian Giovinco, Gyasi Zardes
New York City FC:
  1. Bradley Wright-Phillips (12)
  2. Sebastian Giovinco (10)
  3. Cyle Larin (9)
New York Red Bulls:
  1. Dom Dwyer (8)
  2. Two tied with (7) – C.J Sapong, Chris Pontius
  3. Two tied with (6) – Alvaro Saborio, Erick “Cubo” Torres
Orlando City SC:
  1. Ignacio Piatti (9)
  2. Two tied with (8) – Kei Kamara, Sebastian Giovinco
  3. Josef Martinez (7)
Philadelphia Union:
  1. Three tied with (7) – Dom Dwyer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Josef Martinez
  2. Two tied with (6) – Kei Kamara, Sebastian Giovinco
  3. Four tied with (5) – Kenny Cooper, Marco Di Vaio, Nemanja Nikolic, David Villa
Portland Timbers:
  1. Chris Wondolowski (11)
  2. Two tied with (9) - Robbie Keane, Clint Dempsey
  3. Mauro Manotas (8)
Real Salt Lake:
  1. Chris Wondolowski (8)
  2. Three tied with (7) – Fanendo Adi, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane
  3. Two tied with (6) – Cristian Techera, Ola Kamara
San Jose Earthquakes:
  1. Robbie Keane (10)
  2. Seven tied with (5)
  3. Seven tied with (4)
Seattle Sounders:
  1. Robbie Keane (11)
  2. Chris Wondolowski (9)
  3. Fanendo Adi (8)
Bonus: Michel scored (5) goals against Seattle
Sporting Kansas City:
  1. Two tied with (7) – Bradley Wright-Phillips, Chris Wondolowski
  2. Three tied with (5) – Will Bruin, Michael Barrios, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  3. Seven tied with (4)
Toronto FC:
  1. Federico Higuain (10)
  2. Two tied with (9) – Bradley Wright-Phillips, Ignacio Piatti
  3. Two tied with (8) – David Villa, Chris Wondolowski
Vancouver Whitecaps:
  1. Chris Wondolowski (12)
  2. Four tied with (6) – Teal Bunbury, Kei Kamara, Landon Donovan, Maxi Urruti
  3. Five tied with (5) – Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Alvaro Saborio, Erick “Cubo” Torres, Diego Valeri
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2020.02.06 09:04 MyWaterDishIsEmpty WA Labor Government reveals Record funding boost to help homeless find common ground

The McGowan Labor Government will develop two 'Common Ground' facilities to house and support people who are sleeping rough or experiencing chronic homelessness.
The proven 'Common Ground' model of supportive housing offers a mix of permanent, affordable housing that is linked with dedicated, tailored support services that address the root causes of homelessness.
Its introduction to Western Australia demonstrates a shift in the way the State Government deals with the complexity of how people come to be experiencing homelessness, recognising that short-term crisis responses are only part of the solution.
Launching WA's 10-year strategy on homelessness, Premier Mark McGowan and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced a $71.8 million funding increase for homelessness services.
The new investment, which represents the largest-ever State Government funding increase for homelessness services, builds on the $150 million Housing Investment Package announced yesterday (December 3).
The McGowan Government's total investment of almost $222 million is directed at helping Western Australians strive for home ownership or a quality home to live in and will help tackle homelessness across WA.
The planning, design and construction of the 'Common Ground' facilities will receive $35 million over three years.
The model originated in New York City more than 20 years ago and has since been adopted in other Australian States and Territories.
It brings together people on low incomes and others at risk of homelessness in a residential complex that includes self-contained apartments, communal areas and office spaces.
For those with high needs, housing is coupled with an intensive, case-managed support program to help them maintain their tenancy and improve their lives.
The Department of Communities and City of Perth have commenced initial negotiations to determine the best location for the first facility in the central Perth area.
In addition, $34.5 million has been set aside over five years for a Housing First Homelessness Initiative (including rental subsidies) to extend successful housing-first collective impact approaches to new locations across WA including in Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury and Geraldton.
The co-ordination of, and access to, homelessness services will also be improved by new investment in in-house data and case management.
The new homelessness strategy, All Paths Lead to a Home - Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030, sets out a vision where everyone has a safe place to call home and is supported to achieve stable and independent lives.
The strategy, developed in partnership with the community services sector, is the result of 18 months of research and consultations around the State, and will focus on achieving outcomes across four areas:
The new funding is on top of the more than $90 million the State Government already spends on specialist homelessness services a year.
To learn more about the strategy, visit https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/homelessness-strategy
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2019.03.25 16:14 miroa12004 The fact that the ownership doesn't care about the team, doesn't hide that Friedel is a bad manager.

Let's be honest, the guy is just there because he was Mike Burns' roommate in college.
He had one thing early on last year and that was the high pressing and he didn't do that correctly. The team was pressing very high in suicidal numbers and Matt Turner pulled some amazing saves early on last season to hide the flaws in Friedel's system.
Afterwards, the league figured out how he plays, and he didn't adapt. He didn't have a plan B. He just kept on trying the same exact lineups, and the same exact formation and when it failed, he blamed it on his players in non-measurable variables that pundits with no data use, like, effort, wanting it more, character, etc.
He kept using the words "mentality" and "character" after it became apparent that the team won't make the playoff for reasons of his failure and how he will change those things in the off season. He kept saying it was his first year and how next year, he will put a stamp on his team and we will see a team playing his system the way he envisioned.
Come this year, the only additions to the starting XI between now and then are Gil and Castillo. He still plays Bunbury up top, because of how quick he is, despite the fact that as a footballer, Bunbury is pretty average, he still plays Juan out of position, the same mistakes keep on happening at the back, and after every game, Friedel still blames everything and everyone but himself and to make it worse, he has no problems throwing players under the bus all the time, yet come the next game, he will start with almost the same exact XI.
The team doesn't have a system or a formation in place, wide players drop so deep next to the back four with the full backs tucking in next to the center backs, almost creating a back six, midfield presses but the back six stays on the same line and the forward doesn't press, effectively conceding a ton of space in the middle to the opposition who exploit that all the time. That's something that looks to be by design, yet somehow Friedel and his staff are oblivious to how open their team is. When the Revs do manage to get the ball, they quickly wait until everyone get back to their position because he off-ball positioning is so weird and to make it worse, Friedel on the touchline acts like a teenager with a playstation controller who is playing FIFA with these guys telling them exactly what to do with the ball, shouting at them like little kids and having zero trust in their decision making. Having seen few training sessions of top teams in Europe and then watching games from the stadium, the instructions Friedel gives in game, are the stuff you do in training during the week where you prepare for the game and you usually let the players do their thing and make sure you follow the instructions, maybe tweak a thing or two if things don't go to plan but not guide them step by step on where the pass should go.
It looks like the players have lost confidence in him, and why wouldn't they. He yells at them, throws them under the bus and have no trust in their abilities. He never owns up to his mistakes and to make it worse, guys he deemed not good enough to play for the team like Rowe and Nemeth are actually doing pretty good under a competent manager in Vermes which I am sure is on the back of a lot of the players' heads.
The end result is a team who only won 3 games since June 2018.
This is obviously not to absolve The Krafts, Brian Bilello, Mike Burns and the players of their roles in being responsible for the position The Revs find themselves in, but Friedel is also a big part of the problem and is arguably the worst manager out of the 24 head coaches in MLS right now.
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2019.01.27 15:24 Tntnnbltn The Death of New EX Raid Eligible Gyms: Changes to Niantic’s EX Eligibility Detection System since July 2018.

(Update #1)

Castal provided additional information that has refined the cut-off date for when new POIs stopped being eligible for EX raids. A POI approved Friday 27th July 2018 (synced Monday 30th July) turned into an eligible gym, but another POI approved Tuesday 31st July 2018 did not become eligible. The second gym was supposed to sync as part of the batch on Wednesday 1st August 2018, which was the start of the 6 day period when Ingress/PoGo submissions stopped synchronising. Given this new information, it appears I was correct in that this downtime was when something was changed about the POI eligibility system. I have updated the article to reflect this.

(Update #2)

raddle3 had a title change approved and synced with PoGo, and the gym did not become eligible. That may suggest that location edits are the only edits which can force EX eligibility for new gyms.

Abstract

Niantic’s systems are not automatically checking whether new POIs are EX eligible, and are not automatically applying 'EX Raid Eligible' tags to POIs when they are being converted to gyms. This has reduced the number of new EX eligible gyms. No new POIs created after August 2018 have been eligible, and no gyms at all (either newly created or converted from old stops) since 28th November have been eligible. One exception to this rule seems to be gyms which have received edits, but there is still very little information available about this.
Based on the collected data, in order to be an EX eligible gym, the gym needs to fit the following criteria:
  1. The centre of the level 20 s2 cell needs to fall inside an eligible OSM area (e.g. park), with the OSM data from ~July 2016. Also, the areas need to be marked as ways, not relations.
  2. The gym needs to be outside zones that block spawns (e.g. natural=wetland, amenity=school, natural=water, etc.)
  3. The gym needs to not be bound by a closed road (e.g. roundabout) or footpath. (way[highway](if:is_closed());)
  4. (New) The POI which is now the gym needs to have been synchronised to PoGo before 1st August 2018, either as a gym or as a Pokestop. This corresponds to needing to be approved in Ingress by approximately 9 AM UTC on the 31st July.
  5. (New) The POI needed to have been a gym before the 28th November 2018.
If a gym meets these criteria then it will display “EX RAID GYM” when viewed and will be able to hand out EX raid passes. Gyms not meeting these criteria will not. Portal location edits (and possibly other types of edits) may be able to override rule #4 and/or rule #5 (T.B.D.).

Introduction

Hi, I’m Tntnnbltn. You may remember me from posts such as the original research into EX eligibility criteria for gyms and the Photo Score model for influencing what POIs turn into gyms. I say this because by I hopefully should have a reputation for (a) having a good understanding of Niantic’s eligibility systems, and (b) being methodical in my data collection and analysis.
I’ve created over 200 portals of my own since reaching Level 10 in Ingress earlier this year, and through my own work and coordination with others, I have created over 100 new gyms. Since the discovery of the Photo Score model, I have been influencing which POIs become gyms in order to prioritise gyms that are EX eligible and accessible for large groups of people.
My original EX eligibility overpass-turbo query was good, but not perfect. There were always a few gyms which should have been EX eligible but never gave out passes. Since the release of EX tags, we have since been able to show that there are exclusion areas that block EX passes, such as closed highway junctions and OSM tags that blocks spawns (e.g. amenity=school) and this explains why some gyms never became EX eligible.
But over the last 6 months, something else has changed. Time and time again, gyms that should be EX eligible according to all known criteria simply haven’t been, with no other explanation. It is something I have noticed through my own gym creation. It is something that has also been discussed in various comment threads on thesilphroad, but without much attention from the wider public. (Even I was not fully aware of this until I started doing some digging a few days ago, and I tend to keep on top of all of the OSM/Ingress topics).
And so, I present to you my findings: The death of new EX eligible gyms over the last 6 months.

Methodology

I compiled a list of all gyms I had created from April 2018 to present and ran them through osmcoverer. This provided a list of 58 gyms that should be eligible based on being in park areas. Gyms were then inspected to determine whether they have an EX Eligible tag as of January 2019, revealing 31 Eligible gyms and 27 Ineligible gyms. Gyms on the list that did NOT have an EX Eligible tag were checked for tags known to block EX status (http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/Fmx). Exclusion areas explained the lack of eligibility for three gyms (one due to natural=water, one due to being in a park surrounded by a closed-loop residential road, and one due to having a footpath around the playground that formed a closed loop). These three gyms were removed from list, leaving 24 gyms with unexplained ineligibility.
I collected dates from Ingress approval emails that corresponded to each gym. These dates are listed in the results table below. The gyms typically went live 1-2 days after the email, however there were multiple time periods in August-September where Ingress portal syncs stopped for up to a week. The decision to use Ingress approval dates rather than the dates that gyms went live was because the email dates were more consistent and easier to find information on, especially during times when portal syncs were not consistent.
Each gym was classified as either ‘New’ (if the gym spawned from the very last POI to be added to that cell) or ‘Converted’ (if the gym spawned from an existing Pokestop). For gyms that were converted, the date of creation for the POI that was converted was recorded if known.
I searched thesilphroad for terms related to ‘ex eligibility new gyms’ which turned up a number of relevant threads. I reached out to some people by PM to collect more data for my post. The data I received from PMs and through reading the comments in the Reddit thread were consistent with my findings, and some data from others was included in my results table if particularly relevant for showing trends or cut-off dates. I didn't personally check the EX eligibility of gyms sent to me by crusA2009 and newacountz as the rest of the post had been written by that stage, but none of their reported gyms were outliers with other data already collected.

Results

New POI gyms

This first table shows the eligibility of gyms created from new POIs. The date is the date of the Ingress approval with most gyms going live 0-3 days later. Most of the gym information is from myself unless otherwise indicated.
Date Title Eligible Source
2018-05-26 Laughton Park Playground Yes
2018-06-08 Queens Gardens Yes
2018-06-19 Ken Cantwell Park Yes
2018-06-21 Millbridge Bridge Mural Yes
2018-06-24 Splash of Colour Yes
2018-06-26 Nolan Avenue Reserve Playground Yes
2018-06-30 Water Tap Mural Yes
2018-07-06 Picton Ecoscape Trail Entrance Yes
2018-07-08 Pinaster Reserve Playground Yes
2018-07-09 Rock Around the Croc Yes
2018-07-18 Harwood Close Playground Yes
2018-07-27 [Gym reported by Castal] Yes Castal (link)
2018-07-31 ~9 AM UTC (PORTALS ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME GO INTO LIMBO AND DO NOT GET SYNCED UNTIL 6th AUGUST)
2018-07-31 4:02 PM UTC Rotary Friendship Park Entrance No Castal (link)
2018-07-31 6:45 PM UTC (POIs APPROVED BEFORE 31st JULY 2018 9AM UTC GO LIVE)
2018-08-01 6:49 PM UTC (FIRST THREAD POSTED NOTING THAT THE AUG 1st POI SYNC DID NOT OCCUR)
2018-08-06 (INGRESS/POGO SYNC RESUMES)
2018-08-19 Horizon Park SheltePicnic Area No Chris-Ben-Wadin
2018-08-28 Nazareth Borough Park Small Pavilion No WormWar1
2018-09-07 Pepsi Ball Field No Beezwax2017
2018-09-09 Bindoon Loop Reserve Playground No
2018-09-11 Nolan Avenue Reserve Basketball Hoop No
2018-09-13 (EX TAGS DATAMINED FROM APK)
2018-09-20 (EX TAGS GO LIVE)
2018-09-28 Pointless Pitstop No
2018-10-07 Spielplatz Wulfsbreede No crusA2009
2018-11-05 Spielplatz Kirchdornberg No crusA2009
2018-11-10 South West Phoenix Football Club No
2018-11-13 Spiellandschaft in Brake No crusA2009
2018-11-19 Spielburg aus Holz No crusA2009
2018-11-28 (EX TAGS UPDATED/FIXED)
2018-12-15 Merrill Basketball Court No
2018-12-24 Cadoux Promenade Reserve Playground No
2018-12-25 Redfox Crescent Reserve Basketball Hoop No
2019-01-06 Wielki Gościniec Litewski - Okuniew No newacountz
2019-01-07 Eaton Recreation Centre No
2019-01-14 Esperance Football Club No
2019-01-16 The Marcon No
2019-01-16 Esperance Netball Association No
2019-01-17 Ports Football Club No
2019-01-17 Chantilly Park Playground No
2019-01-17 Victoria Street Park Playground No
2019-01-19 Moorman Park Small Shelter No Beezwax2017
2019-01-19 Wavering Baseball Field No Beezwax2017
2019-01-19 Haven Place Reserve Playground No
2019-01-19 Kleiner Spielplatz No crusA2009
2019-01-20 The Castle No
2019-01-21 Bolzplatz im Stadtwäldchen No crusA2009
Sometime between 18th July 2018 and 19th August 2018, new POIs stopped being able to be classified as EX eligible ** (See edit below) *. This pre-dates the release of the EX eligible tag system in September, but may be related. For example, the OSM visual map update in late January 2018 used data from mid-December 2017, so it is possible that something was done in late July or early August to prepare for EX tags in September.
I included in the table the week that Ingress/PoGo sync stopped in early August. This was not the only time period when the sync stopped (there were another two periods in September at least) but given the time period it may be relevant. There were jokes at the time that the button-pusher was on holidays, but it may have been an intentional takedown while they were changing or updating something related to the POI database. It may be that other users reading this can provide more information which will help restrict the time period when new submissions stopped being eligible.
Edit: Castal was able to provide data which further refined this. It is now very evident based on the timing that the cut-off is indeed associated with the stoppage of PoGo/Ingress sync. Castal's POI that was synced on Monday 28th July became eligible. Another POI from Castal was approved Wednesday 31st July and was part of the first group of portals caught up in the week-long missing portal sync. This POI, and all subsequent new POIs, have not be EX eligible.

Converted POI gyms

The following table shows the date of gyms created by converting an existing POI (i.e. a Pokestop) to form a gym. The left column shows the date that the final POI was added to the cell to cause the gym conversion. On the right is the date when the gym itself was added as a POI. If no date is listed, then the POI is ‘old’ (created prior to July 2018).
The ‘Eligible’ tag refers to the current tag displaying on the gyms. A number of these gyms did not have the tag when they were first created and picked up either EX eligible tags at a later date. This will be discussed in more detail below.
Date (last POI) Title Eligible Date (POI that became gym) Source
2018-04-27 Dalyellup Wentworth Playground Yes -
2018-05-26 Horseshoe Lake Pagoda Yes -
2018-05-30 Bunbury Football Club Yes -
2018-06-08 Bunbury Soccerdrome Yes -
2018-06-26 Clifton Park Yes -
2018-06-29 Robinson Park Gosnells Yes -
2018-07-01 Len Ferguson Park Yes -
2018-07-04 Central Park Avenue Reserve Yes -
2018-07-05 Sanctuary Waters Gazebo Yes -
2018-07-05 Piara Water Playground Yes -
2018-07-24 Armstrong Park Sign Warton Road Yes -
2018-07-27 Working With The Environment Yes -
2018-08-01 (INGRESS/POGO SYNC STOPS FOR 6 DAYS)
2018-08-04 Lofthouse Park Yes 2018-06-20
2018-08-28 Church of St. Mark Yes -
2018-09-04 INRI Jesus am Kreuz Yes 2018-07-20 crusA2009
2018-09-09 Atelier Farbenspiel (altes Bauernhaus) Yes - crusA2009
2018-09-13 Ranford Road Parklands Yes -
2018-09-13 (EX TAGS DATAMINED FROM APK)
2018-09-20 (EX TAGS GO LIVE)
2018-09-21 Badmington Sign Yes -
2018-10-14 Setlers Hall Yes -
2018-10-17 Melaleuca Park Playground No 2018-10-13
2018-10-29 West Shelter Yes 2018-07-08 Chris-Ben-Wadin
2018-10-29 Sindhi Park Sign Yes -
2018-11-06 Bunbury Archery - Club Rooms Yes -
2018-11-07 Field #1 Yes - Chris-Ben-Wadin
2018-11-08 Frank Buswell Foreshore Yes -
2018-11-15 Horizon Park Playground No 2018-09-02 Chris-Ben-Wadin
2018-11-28 (EX TAGS UPDATED/FIXED)
2018-11-29 Plac Zabaw Falenica No - newacountz
2018-12-05 Kletterparadies Schlosshofstraße No 2018-09-14 crusA2009
2018-12-06 Chatter Box No -
2018-12-07 Siłownia Plenerowa Wisełki/Osterwy No 2018-06-16 newacountz
2018-12-08 Lofthouse Park Playground No 2018-06-17
2018-12-10 Ryde St Playground No -
2018-12-10 Amherst Playground No -
2018-12-11 Waldspielplatz No 2018-11-24 crusA2009
2018-12-14 Spielplatz Saarstraße No 2018-08-24 crusA2009
2018-12-24 Siłownia Plenerowa Ul. Żwanowiecka No 2018-12-07 newacountz
2018-12-27 Szkółka Roślin No 2018-06-18 newacountz
2018-12-29 Kuhl Park No -
2018-12-29 Outdoor Gym No -
2018-12-30 Abenteuerspielplatz Campus Quartier Süd No 2018-08-09 crusA2009
2019-01-02 Yilgarn Way Adventure Playground No -
2019-01-13 Dreiecks Statue No - crusA2009
2019-01-15 Rutschenturm No 2018-12-27 crusA2009
2019-01-16 Bayonne Park No 2018-12-11
2019-01-17 Blaues Spielgerüst No 2018-01-17 crusA2009
When EX raid tags were originally launched, there were initially some issues. Some gyms which should have received tags did not, including gyms which had previously handed out EX raid passes and a number of sponsored gyms. On 28th November 2018, Niantic ‘fixed’ something which resulted in these gyms getting their tags back (thread #1, thread #2). It was also noticed at this time that some, but not all, newly-created gyms received EX raid tags for the first time (thread). The various comments in the thread seems to indicate that it was only gyms converted from older POIs which picked up tags, and this data support this hypothesis.
The EX Eligible column shows the current tag for each gym. I don’t have data for whether each gym had an EX tag when it launched on September 20th, or whether they only picked up tags on November 28th, but crusA2009 recalls that ‘INRI Jesus am Kreuz’ had an EX tag initially whereas ‘Atelier Farbenspiel (altes Bauernhaus)’ only gained an EX tag on 28th November. These gyms were made only 5 days apart, so I suspect that all of the eligible gyms on this table that were approved between ~9th September 2018 and 28th November 2018 only picked up their tags when the 28th November refresh occurred.
There are some gyms of key importance in the period of September to November which are important to note: Melaleuca Park Playground (POI created 13th October 2018, converted to gym 17th October 2018) and Horizon Park Playground (POI created 2nd September 2018, converted to gym 15th November 2018). Both were gyms prior to the refresh, but did not pick up tags. Both had the initial POI approved after the July/August cut-off, so it appears that this lines up with the data from the ‘new gyms’ table.
For gyms converted after the 28th November, no gyms have become eligible, regardless of when the POI was created. This is demonstrated by ‘Plac Zabaw Falenica’ which was converted on 29th November from an old Pokestop but is not eligible. Meanwhile, GuldfiskenHolm posted that their gym was created half an hour before the EX refresh and it gained an EX tag (link).

Explaining the Data

The following is some hypothesising of Niantic’s internal processes based on the collection of data observed…

The Exception… Portal Edits

On 7th January 2019, H2OPsy posted a topic titled ‘Portal Edit forced ex raid tag’. They had a gym which was not in a park area and was not eligible, but the portal was slightly misplaced. The OP submitted an edit request, which was approved in early January. When the portal sync occurred, not only did the gym moved but it also picked up an EX tag.
This indicates that Niantic’s system is automatically re-checking EX eligibility and re-applying EX Eligible tags when portals are moved, but not when POIs are created and/or converted into gyms. I have no idea why this difference would exist. Possibly it is so EX raid passes can be cancelled if a gym is moved to a non-eligible area, and this is just a side effect?
We do not have data about whether title and/or description edits would achieve the same effect.
I was on the fence about whether to mention this at all, as I worry that it will lead to an inundation of useless OPR edits. I am at 12,900 portals analysed through OPR, and I can testify that no OPR reviewers want a deluge of useless portal edits. It clogs up the system and is frustrating trying to tell apart two close-together location edits on a grainy satellite map with no Streetview.
For those people think that portal edits will solve their EX eligibility problems, my experience with edits is that they have very rarely even come back. Excluding the portals I submitted yesterday, I have received responses to 263/266 portal submissions. Meanwhile, I have received responses to 6/260 portal edits, with edits dating back to 2017 still not processed. Edits only get received by local OPR reviewers (unlike portal submissions which can get received by people across the entire country) so different areas will have different response times depending on the number of local reviewers. If your area is anything like mine, it will be faster for Niantic to fix their system than to rely on edits to refresh EX eligibility.

Questions Still To Be Answered

Closing Thoughts

My Message to Portal Submitters

Hopefully this resolves ongoing questions which I have been seeing about EX eligibility of new gyms. Basically, anything which is being created now-ish won’t be eligible, and outside of portal edits there isn’t anything you can do to make it eligible.
If you have a POI approved which will make a new gym and there are two EX eligible candidates – one old and one new – it might be better to make the older POI become the gym. Neither will be EX eligible right away, but if Niantic does something identical to the process run on 28th November 2018 then we might see another wave of old-POI gyms gaining EX tags while post-August POIs continue to miss out.
Portal edits are only available through Scanner Redacted at the moment, so if you are not an existing Ingress player you cannot submit edits. If there are edits which improve the quality of the POI then that would benefit the POI database, but trying to move a bunch of gyms by a few inches is going to cause frustration. I don’t know for sure whether title and description edits can also force gym to gain EX eligible status (it does other things like update the portal photo so it might), so maybe correcting a typo in a title or adding a good description could be better ways of inducing edits. If the POI is legitimately in the wrong place, a location edit is valid but consider adding a correctly positioned and correctly oriented photosphere to help reviewers see which location is correct, especially if not clear from the available Streetview or satellite imagery.

My Message to Niantic

Dear Niantic devs, I hope that this information actually reaches you (it seems that some issues only seem to get addressed when they blow up on Reddit).
The issues outlined above with respect to EX eligibility have a negative impact on players, and in particular is most detrimental to players in rural areas. People in rural areas likely had less areas mapped on OSM in 2016, have less POIs available to turn into gyms, and have less ability to travel to EX eligible gyms. Being able to add new gyms into EX eligible parks was the one hope that a lot of rural communities probably had to potentially gain their first EX gym, but given their rural nature it would take longer for players in those areas to reach Level 10 in Ingress and be able to make portal submissions, and they may not have been able to do this before the cutoff for new POIs in August 2018.
It is also going to be a growing area for complaint if/when Pokestop submissions are released to more countries, as more and more gyms will be created which won’t be able to be EX eligible.
The following changes would immensely benefit the community:
  1. The EX eligibility code is (still) based on OSM data from July 2016. This should be updated periodically, preferably along with the nest data and visual map data so that all three bits of data are in sync with each other.
  2. New POIs should be checked for EX eligibility when they are created or converted into gyms, and all eligible gyms should gain their EX eligible tag and status automatically if they meet the criteria to be an eligible gym.
  3. If changes/fixes are made, then greater communication and openness with the community about these changes is needed, e.g. through the Developer Insights or some other platform, so that we know the issues have been resolved and what to expect in the future. Often it feels like Niantic is trying to be the 'magician behind the curtain', but researchers in the community have been able to determine how various features in the game are related to things such as openstreetmap.org data and s2 cells. We are ready to hear developer insights that communicate to a similar level of detail to what we already know rather than generic support copy-and-paste statements, or no statements at all.
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2018.09.16 21:21 Tntnnbltn Ingress Photo Score Theory for New Gym Selection: 3 Months of Additional Data

Introduction

On 12th June 2018, I proposed a working model for how the algorithm selects which Pokestop will become a gym once the gym birth threshold is surpassed.
Since then, I have been using this model to influence which portals in my local area become gyms with great success. In the last three months, I have had 75 portals approved and have created over 30 gyms, which provides me with a strong data set for testing my own model.
The following is a short and long version of my findings from the last three months.
 

Key Background Info

 

TL;DR - The Short Story

Using photo scores, I successfully picked 35 portals to become gyms. So long as I met the criteria for the photo score model, the portal with the highest photo score became the gym without exception. The probability that those 35 gyms happened to be selected purely by random chance is 4.7x10-12 .
 

The Long Story

The following table shows the photo scores for the new POI and the existing POIs for all gyms created since 12th June 2018, plus three gyms from a few days before 12th June 2018 as I had saved the data about the photo votes for these gyms. The numbers after each gym name is the photo score as of 10 hours before each respective portal sync.
 
Date New POI Old POI 1 Old POI 2 Old POI 3 Old POI 4 New Gym
08 Jun 18 Queens Gardens: 2 Heritage Gazebo: 1 Gazebo By The Boats: 1 Water Sensitive Urban Design - Demonstration Park: 1 Red Mill Store: 1 Queens Gardens
08 Jun 18 Tuart Plaque: 1 Bunbury Soccerdrome: 4 Des Ugle Indigenous Artwork: 3 Boolkaala Plaque: 1 Djiridji Plaque: 2 Bunbury Soccerdrome
11 Jun 18 Fenian Park Playground: 1 Glen Iris Skate Park: 2 - - - Glen Iris Skate Park
17 Jun 18 Wildlife Way Twin Gazebos: 11 Reformed Church of Southern River: 8 - - - Wildlife Way Twin Gazebos
18 Jun 18 We Live in a Biodiversity Hotspot: 1 Holmes Street Bushland: 1 - - - We Live in a Biodiversity Hotspot
19 Jun 18 Ken Cantwell Park: 2 Cute Little Gazebo: 1 - - - Ken Cantwell Park
21 Jun 18 Green Dinosaur Slide: 2 Gosnells Archers: 1 - - - Green Dinosaur Slide
22 Jun 18 Bradley Street Playground: 2 Silkie's Link Leaf Gazebo: 3 - - - Silkie's Link Leaf Gazebo
24 Jun 18 Splash of Colour: 2 Livingston: 1 - - - Splash of Colour
26 Jun 18 Clifton Park Playground: 1 Clifton Park: 2 - - - Clifton Park
27 Jun 18 Robot Park BBQ Area: 1 Robot Park's other fallen robot: 3 - - - Robot Park's other fallen robot
27 Jun 18 Leipold Pavilion: 1 Sutherland Playground: 1 - - - Sutherland Playground
27 Jun 18 Masjid Ibrahim: 1 Southern River Community Hall: 2 - - - Southern River Community Hall
29 Jun 18 Robinson Park Playground: 1 Robinson Park Gosnells: 3 - - - Robinson Park Gosnells
03 Jul 18 Gosnells Golf Club: 1 Nolan Avenue Reserve Playground: 2 - - - Nolan Avenue Reserve Playground
04 Jul 18 The Billabong Community Centre: 1 Central Park Avenue Reserve: 3 - - - Central Park Avenue Reserve
05 Jul 18 Raeside Way Gazebo: 1 Sanctuary Waters Gazebo: 3 - - - Sanctuary Waters Gazebo
05 Jul 18 Burtonia Gardens: 1 Piara Water Playground: 3 - - - Piara Water Playground
06 Jul 18 Picton Ecoscape Trail Entrance: 2 Picton Ecoscape Information Boards: 1 - - - Picton Ecoscape Trail Entrance
08 Jul 18 Waterperry Reserve Gazebo: 2 Waterperry Drive Reserve Sign: 1 - - - Waterperry Reserve Gazebo
08 Jul 18 Pinaster Reserve Playground: 3 Pinaster Boulevard Reserve: 2 - - - Pinaster Reserve Playground
09 Jul 18 Rock Around the Croc: 2 Spyglass Park: 1 - - - Rock Around the Croc
09 Jul 18 Monticello Parkway Playground: 1 Terracina Rope Pyramid: 2 - - - Terracina Rope Pyramid
11 Jul 18 Lansdowne Park Playground: 4 Fimister Parkway Reserve: 3 - - - Lansdowne Park Playground
14 Jul 18 Harrisdale’s Colourful Birds: 1 Heron Park: 3 Harrisdale Post Office: 2 Stockland Harrisdale Play Area: 2 Victory Street Playground: 1 Heron Park
16 Jul 18 4 Paws B&B Mural: 2 Jandakot Regional Park: 1 - - - 4 Paws B&B Mural
16 Jul 18 Cristal Rehabilitation Info Board: 1 Daablone Park Playground: 2 - - - Daablone Park Playground
18 Jul 18 Harwood Close Playground: 2 Sikh Temple Perth: 1 - - - Harwood Close Playground
18 Jul 18 Trent Street Reserve Playground: 1 3 Native Wildlife Pillar Art: ?? - - - 3 Native Wildlife Pillar Art
24 Jul 18 Lakeside Reserve Playground: 1 Lakeside Reserve: 1 Lakeside Reserve: 2 Armstrong Park Sign Warton Road: 6 Armstrong Park Playground: 1 Armstrong Park Sign Warton Road
27 Jul 18 Mary Carroll Park Nature Reserve: 1 Working With The Environment: 3 - - - Working With The Environment
27 Jul 18 Chelsfield Street Playground: 2 Brigham Court Reserve: 6 - - - Brigham Court Reserve
29 Jul 18 Orlestone Street Reserve Playground: 1 Nicholas St Park: 6 - - - Nicholas St Park
17 Aug 18 Piara Central Park Playground: 1 A-Mazing Courtyard: 4 - - - A-Mazing Courtyard
17 Aug 18 Rusthall Way Reserve Playground: 1 Isaacs Court Reserve: 1 Balfour Street Reserve: 1 Balfour Street Reserve Playground: 1 Isaacs Court Reserve Rainbow Webs: 1 Balfour Street Reserve
28 Aug 18 Wollaston House Historical Marker: 1 Church of St. Mark: 14 - - - Church of St. Mark
30 Aug 18 Tenterden Way Playground: 1 Seaforth Train Station: 12 - - - Seaforth Train Station
02 Sep 18 Rossiter Pavilion: 2 Piara Waters Sound Garden - Balance Beam: 1 - - - Rossiter Pavilion
09 Sep 18 Bindoon Loop Reserve Playground: 2 Rosebud Close Reserve: 1 - - - Bindoon Loop Reserve Playground
 
 

Concluding Thoughts

The Ingress photo score theory is well supported with data. This is a documented 35 times out of 35 times when the gym with the highest photo score has been selected to become the gym. This is not occurring randomly.
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2018.05.29 03:46 soccerbot League Roundup: Major League Soccer [2018-05-29]

United States

Major League Soccer

Fixtures

All times shown in GMT.
Sat 26/05/18 Toronto FC 0 - 1 FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo 3 - 1 New York City FC
LA Galaxy 1 - 0 San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders 0 - 1 Real Salt Lake
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - 3 New England Revolution
Sat 26/05/18 New York Red Bulls 0 - 0 Philadelphia Union
Orlando City 1 - 2 Chicago Fire
Minnesota United 2 - 0 Montreal Impact
Colorado Rapids 2 - 3 Portland Timbers
Los Angeles FC 1 - 1 DC United
Sporting KC 0 - 0 Columbus Crew SC
Wed 30/05/18 Philadelphia Union 23 : 30 Chicago Fire
New England Revolution 23 : 30 Atlanta United FC
Real Salt Lake 01 : 30 Houston Dynamo
LA Galaxy 02 : 30 FC Dallas

Eastern Conference

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Atlanta United FC 12 8 1 3 26 16 +10 25 WWLWL
2 Columbus Crew SC 14 7 4 3 18 10 +8 25 DWWWD
3 New York City FC 13 7 3 3 26 19 +7 24 WLDWL
4 New York Red Bulls 11 7 1 3 26 12 +14 22 WWWWD
5 Orlando City 12 6 1 5 22 20 +2 19 WWLLL
6 New England Revolution 12 5 3 4 21 18 +3 18 WLWLD
7 Philadelphia Union 12 4 3 5 12 15 -3 15 LLWWD
8 Chicago Fire 12 4 2 6 17 21 -4 14 LWLLW
9 Toronto FC 11 3 1 7 14 20 -6 10 WLLWL
10 Montreal Impact 13 3 0 10 14 29 -15 9 WLLLL
11 DC United 10 2 3 5 14 18 -4 9 WLLWD
Final Series Final Series Play-offs

Western Conference

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Sporting KC 13 7 4 2 24 13 +11 25 LWWDD
2 Los Angeles FC 12 6 3 3 24 19 +5 21 DWDLD
3 Portland Timbers 11 6 2 3 19 17 +2 20 WWWWW
4 FC Dallas 11 5 5 1 17 11 +6 20 LDWDW
5 Houston Dynamo 11 5 3 3 26 18 +8 18 LWDWW
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 14 4 5 5 19 27 -8 17 LDDDD
7 LA Galaxy 12 5 1 6 16 19 -3 16 LLLWW
8 Minnesota United 13 5 1 7 16 22 -6 16 WLLDW
9 Real Salt Lake 12 5 1 6 15 25 -10 16 LLWLW
10 San Jose Earthquakes 12 2 3 7 18 23 -5 9 LWDLL
11 Seattle Sounders 10 2 2 6 7 12 -5 8 LDWLL
12 Colorado Rapids 11 2 2 7 13 20 -7 8 LLLLL
Final Series Final Series Play-offs

Top Scorers

Player Team Goals
J. Martínez Atlanta United FC 8
David Villa New York City FC 8
B. Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 8
G. Zardes Columbus Crew SC 8
A. Elis Houston Dynamo 7
C. Vela Los Angeles FC 7
M. Almirón Atlanta United FC 6
T. Bunbury New England Revolution 6
D. Dwyer Orlando City 6
D. Hoesen San Jose Earthquakes 6
N. Nikolić Chicago Fire 6
M. Urruti FC Dallas 6
D. Badji Colorado Rapids 5
S. Blanco Portland Timbers 5
F. Gutiérrez Sporting KC 5
● data from soccerway.com ● generated by soccerbot ● requested by fantasyMLShelper
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2018.05.14 20:03 soccerbot League Roundup: Major League Soccer [2018-05-14]

United States

Major League Soccer

Fixtures

All times shown in GMT.
Wed 09/05/18 Columbus Crew SC 1 - 0 Philadelphia Union
Atlanta United FC 0 - 2 Sporting KC
Toronto FC 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders
Chicago Fire 1 - 0 Montreal Impact
Los Angeles FC 2 - 0 Minnesota United
Sat 12/05/18 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 2 Houston Dynamo
Minnesota United 1 - 3 San Jose Earthquakes
Montreal Impact 0 - 2 Philadelphia Union
FC Dallas 3 - 2 LA Galaxy
Sat 12/05/18 Columbus Crew SC 3 - 0 Chicago Fire
New England Revolution 3 - 2 Toronto FC
Real Salt Lake 3 - 2 DC United
Colorado Rapids 1 - 2 New York Red Bulls
Portland Timbers 1 - 0 Seattle Sounders
Orlando City 1 - 2 Atlanta United FC
Mon 14/05/18 Los Angeles FC 2 - 2 New York City FC
Thu 17/05/18 Vancouver Whitecaps 02 : 30 San Jose Earthquakes

Eastern Conference

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Atlanta United FC 11 8 1 2 25 13 +12 25 WWWLW
2 Columbus Crew SC 12 6 3 3 17 10 +7 21 DWDWW
3 New York City FC 11 6 3 2 21 16 +5 21 DLWLD
4 Orlando City 10 6 1 3 20 16 +4 19 WWWWL
5 New York Red Bulls 9 6 0 3 23 11 +12 18 WLWWW
6 New England Revolution 10 5 2 3 18 14 +4 17 LDWLW
7 Chicago Fire 10 3 2 5 13 17 -4 11 WDLWL
8 Philadelphia Union 10 3 2 5 8 14 -6 11 LWLLW
9 Montreal Impact 11 3 0 8 14 26 -12 9 LLWLL
10 Toronto FC 9 2 1 6 12 18 -6 7 LDWLL
11 DC United 8 1 2 5 10 16 -6 5 LLWLL
Final Series Final Series Play-offs

Western Conference

# Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form
1 Sporting KC 11 7 2 2 23 12 +11 23 DWLWW
2 Los Angeles FC 10 6 2 2 22 16 +6 20 WWDWD
3 FC Dallas 9 4 4 1 14 9 +5 16 WWLDW
4 Portland Timbers 9 4 2 3 14 14 +0 14 LWWWW
5 Vancouver Whitecaps 11 4 2 5 12 20 -8 14 LLWLD
6 Real Salt Lake 10 4 1 5 13 21 -8 13 LWLLW
7 Minnesota United 11 4 0 7 13 21 -8 12 LWWLL
8 Houston Dynamo 9 3 3 3 20 15 +5 12 DWLWD
9 LA Galaxy 10 3 1 6 14 19 -5 10 WLLLL
10 San Jose Earthquakes 9 2 2 5 15 17 -2 8 DLLLW
11 Colorado Rapids 9 2 2 5 11 13 -2 8 WLLLL
12 Seattle Sounders 9 2 2 5 7 11 -4 8 WLDWL
Final Series Final Series Play-offs

Top Scorers

Player Team Goals
J. Martínez Atlanta United FC 8
G. Zardes Columbus Crew SC 8
M. Almirón Atlanta United FC 6
D. Dwyer Orlando City 6
C. Vela Los Angeles FC 6
B. Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 6
D. Badji Colorado Rapids 5
S. Blanco Portland Timbers 5
T. Bunbury New England Revolution 5
F. Gutiérrez Sporting KC 5
R. Lamah FC Dallas 5
M. Manotas Houston Dynamo 5
N. Nikolić Chicago Fire 5
I. Piatti Montreal Impact 5
J. Russell Sporting KC 5
● data from soccerway.com ● generated by soccerbot ● requested by fantasyMLShelper
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2018.01.06 16:34 Tntnnbltn How to determine which gyms are eligible from EX Raids: Findings from a worldwide analysis of 1000+ EX Raid locations

Updates as of 2018-01-16

 

1.0 Background

Last week I posted an analysis of 49 EX raid locations in Western Australia. The key findings were:
 
There still remained some follow up questions:
 
To answer those questions I have spent a good chunk of the last week performing a larger analysis of EX raid locations from around the world. The following post describes my key findings.
 
Note #1: Throughout this article where I refer to ‘parks’, I am generally referring to the entire collection of tags on OSM which lead to nests, including landuse=recreation_ground, leisure=garden, landuse=grass, etc. If I want to refer to leisure=park polygons specifically then I will use that term.
 
Note #2: This research will only deal with the crietria that allows a non-sponsored gym to be eligible to host EX raids. It does not deal with the selection mechanism (i.e. which gym is chosen each week).
 

2.0 Methodology

2.1 Data collection

Data was collected about EX raids from locations worldwide. This was sourced through collections previously posted on Reddit, local Discord groups and data sent to me as response to a thread I posted a few days ago (both publically and via PMs). The following table shows the number of gym locations from each country/region. The distribution of gym locations is also shown in the following graphic: https://i.imgur.com/QnL1vPe.png
 
Region Number of EX Raid Locations
Canada 248
Australia 224
Hong Kong 140
Singapore 134
United States 130
United Kingdom 61
France 52
Brazil 29
Germany 22
Belgium 15
United Arab Emirates 5
Total 1060
 
The dataset included non-sponsored gyms only. Dates of EX raids ranged from 30 September, 2017 to 25 December, 2017 (encompassing all non-sponsored EX raid dates prior to the latest January wave). 1010 out of the 1060 were for dates ranged from 11 November, 2017 to 25 December, 2017.
 

2.2 Analysis of parks

Data was exported from OSM using overpass-turbo. A list of the exported tags is available here: http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/vs3. Data was exported from one-month intervals (1 Mar 2016, 1 Apr 2016, 1 May 2016 … 1 Jan 2017). Data was also exported from the date of the latest nest update (22 Jan 2017), the date of the visual map data in the game (13 Aug 2017) and current (1 Jan 2018).
 
I analysed gyms using each month’s data via a point-in-polygon method using R (see description here). For gyms which failed the point-in-polygon test I checked level 20 s2 cells using osmcoverer by MzRed which was being developed as I was completing my analysis. (At that stage osmcoverer did not have gym marker capability or I would have just used osmcoverer instead of R). For any gyms which showed a difference in the monthly data (e.g. fell inside a park polygon using data from Jul 2016 but did not fall inside a polygon using data from Jun 2016) the data was manually investigated on OSM to check for the specific date resulting in that change.
 

3.0 Findings

3.1: Changes in EX raid eligibility criteria over time

My previous analysis only included data from December 2017, whereas now I had collected data dating back to 30 September, 2017. After analysing which gyms fell inside or outside parks, it became clear that Niantic changed the way that non-sponsored gyms were chosen for EX Raids between the 20 October EX raid and the 11 November EX raid.
 
EX Raid Date % Parks % Non-Parks
30 Sep/1 Oct 41% 59%
20 October 27% 73%
11 November 100% 0%
18 November 100% 0%
26 November 100% 0%
3 December 100% 0%
11 December 100% 0%
18 December 100% 0%
25 December 100% 0%
 
Since the change, 100% of non-sponsored gyms can be explained using OSM tags, without exception. This could also explain why there was a three-week break in non-sponsored raids; during this time Niantic was modifying their selection algorithm to target parks.
 
Future research will need to pay attention to EX raid release dates, as the difference between pre-November and post-November raids does affect analysis. A number of comments in my previous thread provided examples of EX raids not in parks, however follow ups confirmed that these invites were for raids in SeptembeOctober. Additionally, there is no guarantee that Niantic will not change the formula again.
 
Implications: Unfortunately, if your town's park areas were not adequately mapped in OSM and you don’t have sponsored gyms then it appears you are out of luck for EX raids. Despite having over 1000 EX raid locations from November and December, not a single instance was found of a non-sponsored EX raid occurring without a corresponding OSM tag.
 

3.2: Use of level 20 s2 cells to determine if gyms are inside parks

In my previous thread I established the idea that the boundaries of parks are defined by level 20 s2 cells. This was used to account for three gyms in Western Australia which had EX raids despite falling just outside the polygon of the parks on OSM.
 
I can confirm after looking at the expanded dataset that this was not a coincidence. In total there were 40 gyms (out of 1060) which fit this circumstance: they could only be explained based on s2 cell overlap. A few examples from these 40 gyms are shown below (maps generated using osmcoverer by MzRed).
 
Gym Latitude Longitude Map of s2 cells
Pavilion of Yew Tee Park 1.397505 103.744281 link
Circle of Pillars 1.345777 103.693723 link
Alumni Field Commemoration 43.473968 -80.525313 link
 
I am confident enough to say that this confirms that level 20 cells are used to determine whether gyms are in parks.
 
Implications: Previous tools which have looked solely at whether gyms lay within polygons might have excluded a small proportion of eligible gyms. Based on this dataset, ~4% of gyms would not have been predicted to be EX raid eligible if level 20 s2 cells were not considered.
 

3.3: Date range for OSM data

Establishing the earliest date of OSM data is straightforward: look for locations that have had EX raids, and then look for when the corresponding OSM feature was created. There are three gyms which were able to place the earliest starting date in July, 2016:
 
Gym Latitude Longitude Creation date of corresponding tag
Medford Statue of Liberty 42.323083 -122.876866 6 July 2016 (OSM link)
上帝古廟 22.326202 114.185189 9 July 2016 (OSM link)
九龍城立方體地標 22.327121 114.185292 9 July 2016 (OSM link)
 
Finding the oldest possible date of the data is expected to be more challenging. It requires an EX raid to be held at a place that has had the tag removed, either because the park itself has been removed or because the park was plotted incorrectly and has been corrected. Finding the oldest possible date for the data therefore depends on luck.
 
Gym Latitude Longitude Removal/modification date of corresponding tag
Towers Baptist Church 49.142106 -123.109827 6 January 2017 (OSM link)
[Golf course gym] [Withheld] [Withheld] 17 November 2016
Jin Fu Gong Temple 1.340732 103.690463 31 August 2016 (OSM link)
南洋公园 1.340382 103.690883 31 August 2016 (OSM link)
 
LimboMon had already discovered a possible date of August, 2016 for the OSM data based on a Singapore gym which had landuse=greenfield. At the time it was difficult to assert this with confidence for two reasons: firstly,landuse=greenfield was a tag that had not previously been linked to nests; secondly, not enough data had been collected to clearly establish that 100% of EX raids correspond to OSM tags.
 
Using a separate line of data I have been able to prove that the EX raid data pre-dates the nest data (January 22, 2017). Towers Baptist Church in Canada (49.142106, -123.109827) held an EX raid on 18th December, 2017. Until 6 January 2017 the gym was covered by a leisure=park polygon which covered the church, however after this date a user modified the park polygon to exclude the church building. Compare the level 20 overlay before 6 Jan 2017 and after 6 Jan 2017.
 
In my last analysis thread, DrKillerZA provided me coordinates of an EX raid in South Africa which was at a golf course. The polygon for the golf course had been modified in November 2016 which removed the gym from the range of the golf course (compare the level 20 overlay before 17 Nov 2016 and after 17 Nov 2016). I was recently able to confirm that the EX raid at this gym occurred on December 18, which means it was subject to the parks requirement for non-sponsored EX raids, and hence the OSM data must be prior to 17th November 2016.
 
Finally, I can also reconfirm the Singapore data. In addition to Jin Fu Gong Temple (1.340732, 103.690463), which held an EX raid on 11 November 2017, there is now also 南洋公园 (1.340382, 103.690883) which held an EX raid on 11 December, 2017. Both of these gyms were in range of a landuse=greenfield tag that was removed 31 August 2016 when a nursing home was built on the site. There are no other nearby tags which could trigger EX raid status, even when considering level 20 s2 cells.
 
Based on the above evidence we can conclude that the date range for the OSM data used for EX raids is from somewhere between 9th July 2016 and 31st August 2016. It is likely more towards the July date, given that park additions are more common than park removals and therefore the earliest possible OSM date is easier to locate than the latest possible OSM date.
 
Implications: OSM received a flurry of attention in Dec 2016-Jan 2017 on Silph Road when the links between OSM and Pokemon Go became increasingly clear. This led to a lot of players checking out OSM and mapping parks in their area to attempt to get nests. Unfortunately, the EX raid data pre-dates this. Players may have been targeting gyms incorrectly believing that they can host EX raids when they actually cannot.
 

3.4: OSM tags associated with EX Raids

My initial study showed that leisure=park and landuse=recreation_ground were the two most common tags associated with non-sponsored EX raids. I wanted to use the larger dataset to explore which additional tags can be proven to lead to EX raids. For this stage of the analysis, I first removed every EX raid that could be explained using leisure=park or landuse=recreation_ground (including those which were covered by level 20 s2 cells). This accounted for 912/1010 gyms. For the remaining gyms, I manually checked the corresponding way(s) on OSM.
 
The following table shows the raw number of gyms which SOLELY matched each tag and no other.
 
OSM tag Matching gyms Example gym
landuse=grass 36 Church of Canada (45.493796, -73.575442) (OSM)
leisure=playground 16 Kam Ying Fountain (22.422243, 114.23617) (OSM)
leisure=garden 15 Confucious Statue (29.721873, -95.387988) (OSM)
leisure=recreation_ground 8 Dancer and the Clock (1.348024, 103.756122) (OSM)
leisure=pitch 8 Don Dawson Oval (-33.904022, 150.933424) (OSM)
landuse=meadow 7 CSI Campus Centre (40.601612, -74.148523) (OSM)
leisure=golf_course 2 Casino Grove Entry (-38.118564, 145.25032) (OSM)
landuse=greenfield 2 Jin Fu Gong Temple (1.340732, 103.690463) (OSM)
natural=scrub 1 Autobahnkirche Ruhr (51.496269, 7.188764) (OSM)
landuse=farmyard 1* Parkgutt/Gutt med sydvest i bronse (59.895986,10.812309) (OSM)
natural=grassland 1* Kukkiva Maisemapelto (61.475845,23.824455) (OSM)
boundary=physiogeographical 0 -
boundary=nature_reserve 0 -
leisure=nature_reserve 0 -
natural=heath 0 -
natural=moor 0 -
landuse=farmland 0 -
landuse=orchard 0 -
landuse=vineyard 0 -
 
Edit 1: Added landuse=farmyard example mentioned here.
Edit 2: Some people have asked about parks, etc. tagged as relations instead of ways (rel[leisure=park] instead of way[leisure=park]). 100% of the gyms I tested could be explained only using ways. If you find an example of an EX raid gym that requires relations to explain it, let me know.
Edit 3: MzRed provided me two examples of gyms which can only be explained using natural=grassland. I have added this to the table and have modified the overpass-turbo query.
 
This confirms the ability of 11 tags (including leisure=park and landuse=recreational_ground) to generate EX raids. The lack of results for the last six OSM tags does not mean that they cannot spawn EX raids. These tags may be rare, may not contain gyms, or may not be in well-frequented areas (or possibly all three).
 
Implications: It appears that most tags that lead to nests can lead to EX raids, however keep in mind that EX raids use older data than current nests so there is not a 1:1 correlation.
 

4.0 Application of new findings

4.1 Western Australian gyms: A case study

I have a copy of location details for all gyms in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury, Western Australia. Using these I had previously used the point-in-polygon method using OSM data from 22 January, 2017 to create a map of predicted EX raid gyms. However the latest studies have shown that I would have had some false positives (gyms matched as positive when due to older-than-expected data they should’ve been negative) and some false negatives (gyms outside polygons but inside level 20 s2 cells).
 
I re-ran the gym prediction tool on my Perth gyms dataset using OSM data from different dates, and with and without accounting for s2 cells, resulting in the following numbers:
 
OSM source date Gyms using OSM polygon method (incorrect) Gyms using s2 cells method (correct)
22 Jan 2017 956 1082
31 Aug 2016 932 1058
9 Jul 2016 928 1054
 
Overall there was a net increase in the number of eligible gyms, thanks to the extra gyms which were bordering parks and fell inside level 20 s2 cells. There were 24-28 gyms, however, which do not count due to the OSM data being older than I initially anticipated.
 

4.2 How to analyse your own map data

For this to work, you will need a:
 
The csv needs to be structured with three columns: name, latitude and longitude. Do not include a header row. Example:
Clean and Green Plaque,1.340817,103.743898 Lookout Tower at Yishun Pond,1.425504,103.840164 Autobot Evac,1.254207,103.821722 Clock Tower at Tampines Central Park,1.354006,103.936181 
 
If any of the gym names have commas, either remove those or enclose the gym name in quotation marks. Latitudes and longitudes need to be exact given the precision of level 20 s2 cells – use the Ingress Portal or another source to obtain exact latitudes and longitudes.
 
Go to http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/vs3. Zoom to your town/suburb and click run. This will collect the OSM data. The linked query is backdated to 2016-07-10. Confirmed areas will show up as blue, unconfirmed areas will show up as grey. Export the OSM data; Click “Export” then “Download as GeoJSON”.
 
Open Command Prompt and navigate to the osmcoverer directory. Use the following command:
osmcoverer -markers=gyms.csv input.geojson 
 
osmcoverer will output a file called “markers_within_features.csv” which will contain a list of all gyms inside level 20 s2 cells of OSM parks, etc. It will also generate a .geojson file which has the park polygons, s2 cells and colour-coded markers. This can be visualised by going to http://geojson.io/ and opening the export file. osmcoverer has more options such as being able to generate a level 12 s2 cell overlay for gyms, so it is worth checking out.
 

5.0 Directions for further research

 
 
 
And yes, I made a typo in the title :(
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2017.12.30 13:32 Tntnnbltn What defines whether a gym is in a park?: An analysis of 49 Ex-Raid locations in Western Australia

Background:

There have been some studies posted relating EX Raids to OpenStreetMap (OSM) tags. The most significant was an analysis by LimboMon looking at OSM tags of 73 EX Raid gyms in Singapore. The vast majority of gyms corresponded with nests. One of the gyms was not currently tagged, but was tagged as leisure=recreation_ground in January when the last nest update occurred, suggesting that Niantic may be using older data for their definitions of parks.
 
A Silph Road report in December determined that ~80% of EX Raids occurred in either parks or sponsored gyms, with 20% from universities, statues, monuments or churches. However this data was collected through a survey and the respondents likely does not consider the OSM tags associated with their gyms. For example, a statue might be in a location which is marked in OSM as landuse=grass. A gym which happened in my state this month was at a university, but when looking at OSM that gym actually lined up with a small park within the university grounds.
 
There has been limited other significant research in this area. One of the challenges in this research area is that people are often unwilling to share their data as they fear it will lead to spoofers targeting their EX raid capable gyms. Additionally, analysis of third-party data has been complicated by people posting partial information (e.g. not stating whether EX Raids were before or after trial period, not stating whether they were looking at current OSM tags or historical OSM tags, not stating which OSM tags they checked, etc.)
 
Recently I had been working on generating maps to show which gyms were in nest areas ("parks") using data from OSM. (For more information on this, see my post with instructions here. I sought to verify my map by comparing it to historical EX raid data. The following is a summary of my findings to date.
 
 

Methodology:

The area studied includes Perth and Mandurah (total pop. 2 million) and the regional city of Bunbury (pop. 70,000) in Western Australia. Combined these cities have over 2700 gyms. There are no sponsored gyms in Australia.
 
Data about EX Raids was collected from the primary social networks used in each region: Discord in Perth/Mandurah and Facebook in Bunbury. I have a very high confidence in the completeness of the Bunbury EX Raid data due to the small close-knit raiding community. The Perth EX Raid data may be missing some EX Raids due to the much larger population and chance of local raiding groups who do not use the city-wide Discord.
 
EX Raids in the dataset were restricted to those which occurred after Niantic’s late November announcement (see table below):
 
EX Raid Date Perth/Mandurah EX Raids Bunbury EX Raids
December 11 9 0
December 18 17 2
December 25 21 2
 
Overall the dataset included 51 EX Raids from 49 different gyms. One gym had raids on both Dec 11 and Dec 25. One gym had two EX Raids on December 25 – one from 12pm-12:45pm and another from 1:30pm-2:15pm (edit: Zanzaid pointed out that it might be a case where someone viewed their EX Raid pass from a different timezone when they posted their invite screenshot. There was probably only one raid at this gym at 12pm)
 
For finding the OSM tags for each EX Raid gym I used the methodology described here. The OSM data was backdated to January 22, 2017. The results table below includes a list of tags that were exported.
 
EDIT: There is some evidence to suggest that the OSM data is actually older than January 22, 2017. See new section in findings below.
 
 

Findings:

Of the 49 EX Raid gyms that were analysed, my script identified that 46/49 occurred inside parks. Three gyms did not occur within a park: Kanangra Park, Tom Firth Park, Trevor Gribble Park East. In all three cases, the gym was located 1-2 metres outside of the OSM polygon for the park. A Google Map of these three parks and the gyms is available for closer inspection here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16jrkbjfn3vJjgZhz0FQGWo2kYC2SJQ5k&usp=sharing
 

Frequency of Tags:

Each gym was inspected to find out which OSM tag(s) was/were present. 44/46 gyms had one tag only, and two gyms had two tags (one leisure=park and landuse=grass, the other was leisure=park and leisure=nature_reserve).
 
Of the total 2700 gyms across the three cities, 970 were classified under one or more of the OSM tags. The frequency of these tags in both regular gyms and EX Raid gyms is compared in the table below. Note that percentages add up to >100% as some gyms contained multiple tags.
 
Tag Number of gyms (%) Number of EX raid gyms (%)
leisure=park 806 (83%) 42 (91%)
natural=scrub 59 (6%) 0 (0%)
leisure=nature_reserve 51 (5%) 1 (2%)
landuse=recreation_ground 30 (3%) 4 (9%)
boundary=national_park 22 (2%) 0 (0%)
leisure=pitch 18 (2%) 1 (2%)
landuse=grass 14 (1%) 1 (2%)
leisure=playground 9 (1%) 0 (0%)
leisure=garden 5 (0.6%) 0 (0%)
natural=heath 3 (0.4%) 0 (0%)
leisure=golf_course 2 (0.2%) 0 (0%)
landuse=meadow 1 (0.1%) 0 (0%)
 
There were no gyms in the studied area with tags associated with landuse=farmland, landuse=farmyard, landuse=orchard, landuse=vineyard or leisure=recreation_ground. This data cannot provide any evidence about whether these tags can results in gyms being EX Raid capable.
 
Overall the frequency of tags for EX Raid gyms seems roughly proportional to the tags within the greater gym population. Notably, however, there have been 0 EX Raids at natural=scrub or boundary=national_park gyms. There was one at leisure=nature_reserve, but this area was also tagged as leisure=park so it is technically possible it may have been selected for its park tag rather than its nature_reserve tag.
 
I have read that natural=scrub only forms nests if it has paths on OSM, so some of the areas marked as natural=scrub may not actually be nests. Also, gyms associated with these tags are typically less frequented do to their location and accessibility. There are four gyms in a large natural=scrub nest area in Bunbury, for example, which are rarely frequented because they are out of the way, almost impossible to get numbers for raids, and there are mosquitos and ticks. If Niantic is favouring gyms based on popularity then that would have the side effect of decreasing EX Raids in areas that are less populaaccessible (natural=scrub, boundary=national_park, leisure=nature_reserve).
 
TL;DR: It is possible that all nesting tags can lead to EX raids, but there is a bias towards tags associated with areas that are more accessible and heavily frequented.
 

EX Raid Gyms which Border Parks: Explaining Tom Firth, Kanangra and Trevor Gribble Park

I was struck my how close all of these gyms were to their respective polygons. Given that the polygons used the nest data from January 2017, I checked to see if the EX Raids used either older data or more recent data, however there had been no modifications to the parks since before 2016.
 
My next idea was to investigate s2 cells. s2 cells are a way of mapping a 3D globe on a one-dimensional line. They range in size from level 0 (globe sized) to level 30 (tiny). Niantic uses s2 cells extensively in Ingress and Pokemon Go. Below are some examples of where s2 cells are used to control aspects of Pokemon Go. (Much credit to WoodWoseWulf who contributed about half of this stuff and who set a direction for future researchers including myself.)
 
  • Capture location (level 10 s2 cells) (link)
  • Weather (level 10? TBD) (link)
  • Distribution of EX Raids (level 12 s2 cells) (link)
  • Biomes (level 14 s2 cells) (link)
  • Vision range on the map (level 16 s2 cells) (link)
  • Locations of individual spawn points (level 20 s2 cells) (link)
 
It occurred to me that Niantic probably does not store the information about the park as a set of latitudes and longitudes, but rather as a collection of s2 cells. Websites like https://s2.sidewalklabs.com/regioncovere show how you can generate s2 cells to cover a given area. www.s2map.com isn’t working at the moment, but their about page shows an example of generating a similar shape for a custom polygon (http://s2map.com/img/demo/polygon_covering.png).
 
Niantic could simply use the same library to generate the s2 cells covering the park, and by controlling the level they could control how closely the shape approximates the park. This could be how nests work in the first place. If a nest is defined by level 20 cells, and a spawnpoint sits at the centre of a level 20 cell (source), then all the server would have to do to check if a spawnpoint belongs to a nest is compare the level 20 s2 cell ID of the spawnpoint to a table of nest cell IDs and see if there is a match.
 
They could have then adapted this to identify whether gyms are in parks. They could calculate the level 20 cell id of the gym and see if it matches a park. But in certain cases it is plausible that a gym OUTSIDE the border of the park could still fall INSIDE an s2 cell which covers the park. This led to me investigating what level s2 cells could be used to define these three parks while still including their respective gyms. Unfortunately, with s2map.com’s ‘show s2 covering’ function not working, I had to go about it the long way. I used the sidewalklabs region coverer to draw a rectangle over the park area, controlling the minimum and maximum cell size to achieve the level I want. I then took a screenshot of my custom Google Map, showing the park polygon and gym pin, at the same zoom. I overlayed the two in Photoshop and used 50% opacity to line up the images, then coloured s2 cells green if they included the park polygon or red if they did not.
 
Here are the results:
Park s2 cell level Image link Success
Trevor Gribble Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/LcQb67G.png Yes
Kanangra Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/LspHJjz.png Yes
Tom Firth Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/tYCJBfX.png Yes
Tom Firth Park Level 21 https://i.imgur.com/PHzcNGf.png No
Using level 20 cells, all three gyms would fit inside the s2 covering of their respective parks. Using level 21 or higher would not work as it would fail the Tom Firth Park case.
 
TL;DR: It is possible that the shape of parks is stored as level 20 s2 cells. This means in certain cases a gym which is slightly outside the OSM border of a park may actually be inside for EX Raid purposes.
 
 

Significant update: Dates of OSM data

 
DrKillerZA provided me with coordinates for a gym in South Africa which was outside the range of a golf course. I attempted to use level 20 s2 cells to cover the gym, however it was still out of range.
 
I then double checked the history of the golf course in OSM, and it had been modified in November 2016. The previous version was slightly larger and the s2 cells from this version DID reach the gym.
 
 
This supports a finding by LimboMon that one of the Singapore gyms could only be explained using data from 2016.
 
TLDR: It is quite possible that the data used to judge if gyms are in parks is older than data used to determine nest spawnpoints.
 
 

Conclusions:

If my level 20 s2 cell hypothesis is correct, then 100% of EX Raid spawns in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury, Western Australia can be explained in terms of OSM tags. Using this information we can make better tools to predict which gyms are capable of EX Raids so that we can be more efficient with our passes and avoid spending money on non-EX Raid gyms.
 
 

Directions for Future Research:

  • Land-use tags: We need more data to establish whether all nesting tags are capable of EX Raids. We also need to determine whether the EX Raids are using data from Jan 2017 (last nest update) or from Aug 2017 (when the visual map data was taken from) or a different date entirely.
 
  • s2 cells defining nest borders: I only had three parks in my dataset that I could use to establish the idea that nests are defined by level 20 s2 cells. More EX raid gyms following a similar pattern would strengthen this hypothesis. Also, if a similar pattern is used to determine whether a spawnpoint is within a nest then it should be possible to find an examples of Pokemon spawnpoints which generates nest Pokemon despite being outside the borders of the nest. With many nests now being visually coloured dark green in-game, this should be possible to observe as a nest Pokemon spawning 1-2 metres outside the apparent border of the nest.
 
  • Generating a new-and-improved map tool: The map I described in my earlier post has the potential to give false negatives when gyms are sitting on the outside border of parks. If someone could develop a tool that could take latitude and longitude inputs for a polygon, and generate the level 20 s2 cells that cover that polygon, then these false negatives could be eliminated.
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2017.12.29 17:16 Tntnnbltn test

Background:

There have been some studies posted relating EX Raids to OpenStreetMap (OSM) tags. The most significant was an analysis by LimboMon looking at OSM tags of 73 EX Raid gyms in Singapore. The vast majority of gyms corresponded with nests. One of the gyms was not currently tagged, but was tagged as leisure=recreation_ground in January when the last nest update occurred, suggesting that Niantic may be using older data for their definitions of parks.
 
A Silph Road report in December determined that ~80% of EX Raids occurred in either parks or sponsored gyms, with 20% from universities, statues, monuments or churches. However this data was collected through a survey and the respondents likely does not consider the OSM tags associated with their gyms. For example, a statue might be in a location which is marked in OSM as landuse=grass. A gym which happen in my state last Christmas was at a university, but when looking at OSM that gym actually lined up with a small park within the university grounds.
 
There has been limited other significant research in this area. One of the challenges in this research area is that people are often unwilling to share their data as they fear it will lead to spoofers targeting their EX raid capable gyms. Additionally, analysis of third-party data has been complicated by people posting partial information (e.g. not stating whether EX Raids were before or after trial period, not stating whether they were looking at current OSM tags or historical OSM tags, not stating which OSM tags they checked, etc.)
 
Recently I had been working on generating maps to show which gyms were in nest areas ("parks") using data from OSM. (For more information on this, see my post with instructions here. I sought to verify my map by comparing it to historical EX raid data. The following is a summary of my findings to date.
 
 

Methodology:

The area studied includes Perth and Mandurah (total pop. 2 million) and the regional city of Bunbury (pop. 70,000) in Western Australia. Combined these cities have over 2700 gyms.
 
Data about EX Raids was collected from the primary social networks used in each region: Discord in Perth/Mandurah and Facebook in Bunbury. I have a very high confidence in the completeness of the Bunbury EX Raid data due to the small close-knit raiding community. The Perth EX Raid data may be missing some EX Raids due to the much larger population and chance of local raiding groups who do not use the city-wide Discord.
 
EX Raids in the dataset were restricted to those which occurred after Niantic’s late November announcement (see table below):
 
EX Raid Date Perth/Mandurah EX Raids Bunbury EX Raids
December 11 9 0
December 18 17 2
December 25 21 2
 
Overall the dataset included 51 EX Raids from 49 different gyms. One gym had raids on both Dec 11 and Dec 25. One gym had two EX Raids on December 25 – one from 12pm-12:45pm and another from 1:30pm-2:15pm (I haven’t seen reports on Reddit before about a single gym hosting multiple EX Raids in a single day so I found this quite interesting).
 
For finding the OSM tags for each EX Raid gym I used the methodology described here. The OSM data was backdated to January 22, 2017. The results table below includes a list of tags that were exported.
 
 

Findings:

Of the 49 EX Raid gyms that were analysed, my script identified that 46/49 occurred inside parks. Three gyms did not occur within a park: Kanangra Park, Tom Firth Park, Trevor Gribble Park East. In all three cases, the gym was located 1-2 metres outside of the OSM polygon for the park. A Google Map of these three parks and the gyms is available for closer inspection here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16jrkbjfn3vJjgZhz0FQGWo2kYC2SJQ5k&usp=sharing
 

Frequency of Tags:

Each gym was inspected to find out which OSM tag(s) was/were present. 44/46 gyms had one tag only, and two gyms had two tags (one leisure=park and landuse=grass, the other was leisure=park and leisure=nature_reserve).
 
Of the total 2700 gyms across the three cities, 970 were classified under one or more of the OSM tags. The frequency of these tags in both regular gyms and EX Raid gyms is compared in the table below. Note that percentages add up to >100% as some gyms contained multiple tags.
 
Tag Number of gyms (%) Number of EX raid gyms (%)
leisure=park 806 (83%) 42 (91%)
natural=scrub 59 (6%) 0 (0%)
leisure=nature_reserve 51 (5%) 1 (2%)
landuse=recreation_ground 30 (3%) 4 (9%)
boundary=national_park 22 (2%) 0 (0%)
leisure=pitch 18 (2%) 1 (2%)
landuse=grass 14 (1%) 1 (2%)
leisure=playground 9 (1%) 0 (0%)
leisure=garden 5 (0.6%) 0 (0%)
natural=heath 3 (0.4%) 0 (0%)
leisure=golf_course 2 (0.2%) 0 (0%)
landuse=meadow 1 (0.1%) 0 (0%)
 
There were no gyms in the studied area with tags associated with landuse=farmland, landuse=farmyard, landuse=orchard, landuse=vineyard or leisure=recreation_ground. This data cannot provide any evidence about whether these tags can results in gyms being EX Raid capable.
 
Overall the frequency of tags for EX Raid gyms seems roughly proportional to the tags within the greater gym population. Notably, however, there have been 0 EX Raids at natural=scrub or boundary=national_park gyms. While this could indicate that these tags cannot form EX Raids, it is plausible that this difference is due to gym popularity. Gyms associated with these tags are typically less frequented do to their location and accessibility. If Niantic is favouring gyms based on popularity then that would have the side effect of decreasing EX Raids in gyms associated with these tags.
 
TL;DR: It is possible that all nesting tags can lead to EX raids, but there is a bias towards tags associated with areas that are more accessible and heavily frequented.
 

EX Raid Gyms which Border Parks: Explaining Tom Firth, Kanangra and Trevor Gribble Park

I was struck my how close all of these gyms were to their respective polygons. Given that the polygons used the nest data from January 2017, I checked to see if the EX Raids used either older data or more recent data, however there had been no modifications to the parks since before 2016.
 
My next idea was to investigate s2 cells. s2 cells are a way of mapping a 3D globe on a one-dimensional line. They range in size from level 0 (globe sized) to level 30 (tiny).
 
Niantic uses s2 cells extensively in Ingress and Pokemon Go. Below are some examples of where s2 cells are used to control aspects of Pokemon Go. (Much credit to WoodWoseWulf who contributed about half of this stuff and who set a direction for future researchers including myself.)
 
  • Capture location (level 10 s2 cells) (link)
  • Weather (level 10 s2 cells) (link)
  • Distribution of EX Raids (level 12 s2 cells) (link)
  • Biomes (level 14 s2 cells) (link)
  • Vision range on the map (level 16 s2 cells) (link)
  • Locations of individual spawn points (level 20 s2 cells) (link)
 
It occurred to me that Niantic probably does not store the information about the park as a set of latitudes and longitudes, but rather as a collection of s2 cells. Websites like https://s2.sidewalklabs.com/regioncovere show how you can generate s2 cells to cover a given area. www.s2map.com isn’t working at the moment, but their about page shows an example of generating a similar shape for a custom polygon (http://s2map.com/img/demo/polygon_covering.png).
 
Niantic could simply use the same library to generate the s2 cells covering the park, and by controlling the level they could control how closely the shape approximates the park. This could be how nests work in the first place. If a nest is defined by level 20 cells, and a spawnpoint sits at the centre of a level 20 cell (source), then all the server would have to do to check if a spawnpoint belongs to a nest is compare the level 20 s2 cell ID of the spawnpoint to a table of nest cell IDs and see if there is a match.
 
They could have then adapted this to identify whether gyms are in parks. They could calculate the level 20 s2 cell id of the gym and see if it matches a park. But in certain cases it is plausible that a gym OUTSIDE the border of the park could still fall INSIDE an s2 cell which covers the park. This led to me investigating what level s2 cells could be used to define these three parks while still including their respective gyms. Unfortunately, with s2map.com’s ‘show s2 covering’ function not working, I had to go about it the long way. I used the sidewalklabs region coverer to draw a rectangle over the park area, controlling the minimum and maximum cell size to achieve the level I want. I then took a screenshot of my custom Google Map, showing the park polygon and gym pin, at the same zoom. I overlayed the two in Photoshop and used 50% opacity to line up the images, then coloured s2 cells green if they included the park polygon or red if they did not.
 
Here are the results:
Park s2 cell level Image link Success
Trevor Gribble Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/LcQb67G.png Yes
Kanangra Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/LspHJjz.png Yes
Tom Firth Park Level 20 https://i.imgur.com/tYCJBfX.png Yes
Tom Firth Park Level 21 https://i.imgur.com/ejl2nlc.png No
Using level 20 cells, all three gyms would fit inside the s2 covering of their respective parks. Using level 21 or higher would not work as it would fail the Tom Firth Park case.
 
TL;DR: It is possible that the shape of parks is stored as level 20 s2 cells. This means in certain cases a gym which is slightly outside the OSM border of a park may actually be inside for EX Raid purposes.
 
 

Conclusions:

If my level 20 s2 cell hypothesis is correct, then 100% of EX Raid spawns in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury, Western Australia can be explained in terms of OSM tags. Using this information we can make better tools to predict which gyms are capable of EX Raids so that we can be more efficient with our passes and avoid spending money on non-EX Raid gyms.
 
 

Directions for Future Research:

  • Land-use tags: We need more data to establish whether all nesting tags are capable of EX Raids. We also need to determine whether the EX Raids are using data from Jan 2017 (last nest update) or from Aug 2017 (when the visual map data was taken from) or a different date entirely.
 
  • s2 cells defining nest borders: I only had three parks in my dataset that I could use to establish the idea that nests are defined by level 20 s2 cells. More EX raid gyms following a similar pattern would strengthen this hypothesis. Also, if a similar pattern is used to determine whether a spawnpoint is within a nest then it should be possible to find an examples of Pokemon spawnpoints which generates nest Pokemon despite being outside the borders of the nest. With many nests now being visually coloured dark green in-game, this should be possible to observe as a nest Pokemon spawning 1-2 metres outside the apparent border of the nest.
 
  • Generating a new-and-improved map tool: The map I described in my earlier post has the potential to give false negatives when gyms are sitting on the outside border of parks. If someone could develop a tool that could take latitude and longitude inputs for a polygon, and generate the level 20 s2 cells that cover that polygon, then these false negatives could be eliminated.
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2017.12.03 18:19 Tntnnbltn OSM: The effect of landuse=residential on rare spawns

The following represents my personal research on the effect of landuse=residential tags from openstreetmap (OSM) on the prevalence of rare Pokemon spawns. I felt it of scientific research, but as with all OSM research please do NOT vandalise OSM in an attempt to get better spawns. The last dot point of this OP is a suggestion for how to improve the quality of OSM in a way which might also benefit Pokemon Go players.
 
 
Background:
 
The following data relates to the town of Bunbury, Western Australia, stretching from the CBD at the top down the suburbs of Dalyellup and Gelorup from the neighbouring Shire of Capel (https://goo.gl/maps/KkbZunHZhCC2). The area of mostly residential (both in terms of real life and its classification as landuse=residential on Open Street Maps).
 
There are also a number of non-residential areas of significance:
 
The distribution of spawns is roughly similar across the entire residential area with the exception of Gelorup, which is a low density housing area with low spawn density. In terms of rare Pokemon spawns, there are a few hotspots. The residential suburb of College Grove and the caravan park immediately to its west have been described as fitting the Mt Moon biome, with wild Dragonite and Togetic spawns. Some rare Pokemon (e.g. Larvitar, Snorlax) are also known to spawn predominantly at the outskirts of town (such as beaches) or in the parks surrounding the town.
 
Recently I was analysing OSM to determine if there was a reason why Snorlax spawns have been noticed on the beach of Dalyellup and whether this was tied to a certain tag in OSM. I noticed that the western edge of the Dalyellup landuse=residential polygon stops right near the beach where Snorlax spawns. When looking at College Grove, a well known hotspot for Pokemon like Snorlax and Dragonite, there was no landuse=residential polygon at all covering the suburb. Therefore I decided to further investigate the relationship between rare Pokemon and landuse=residential to see if these observations were coincidental or part of a larger pattern.
 
 
Process:
 
overpass-turbo.eu was used to map the landuse=residential areas of my town. I backdated the query to January 2017 as this was the roughly the date of the nests being updated. I do not know if biomes were also updated when nests were, but there wasn't a significant difference between this data and mid-2016. The polygons were exported and imported into Google Maps.
 
The link is available here: http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/tw0
 
[date:"2017-01-07T00:00:00Z"] [timeout:120] [bbox:{{bbox}}]; ( //Residential node[landuse=residential]; way[landuse=residential]; rel[landuse=residential]; ); out body; >; out skel qt; {{style: node[landuse=residential], way[landuse=residential], rel[landuse=residential] { color:blue; fill-color:blue; } }} 
 
One month of historical spawn data were collected for the following Pokemon: Snorlax (46), Dragonite (12), Larvitar (61), Chansey and Blissey (33), Togetic (17), Lapras (10), Ampharos (2), Aerodactyl (1). The latitude and longitude of each spawn was also imported into Google Maps. Chansey and Blissey were originally plotted separately but were merged into the same layer because they appeared to share a similar type of distribution.
 
 
Initial Findings:
 
A link of the map is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VelRMzBfmr6wtwnIGfPU9OX1wZYo2TUl&usp=sharing
 
Dragonite (https://i.imgur.com/ZkGzv3Z.png) and Togetic (https://i.imgur.com/N4AvNCO.png) share a very similar biome. The map shows the prevalence of both in the surburb of College Grove, which is residential in real life but was not mapped as such on OSM. Dragonite and Togetic also spawned at the Discovery Parks caravan park to the west of College Grove, and a service station wedged in between the landuse=residential areas for Dalyellup and Gelorup. All of these areas were lacking landuse tags. Dragonite also spawned in the landuse=forest section between Usher and Dalyellup, but NOT in the areas of Maiden's Reserve (leisure=park), Hay Park (landuse=recreation_ground) or Manea Park (nature=scrub).
 
The distribution of Snorlax is very clearly linked to areas not marked as landuse=residential. This includes College Grove and the Tuart Walk, like Dragonite, but also includes Hay Park in the centre, Manea Park in the east, Maiden's Reserve in the west, and other areas around the outskirts of town. Snorlax spawns in a whole range of different areas (landuse=forest, leisure=park, landuse=recreation_ground, and areas not marked as anything). The only unifying pattern seems to be that Snorlax spawns wherever landuse=residential is NOT occurring. The pattern around the southwest border of Dalyellup is quite clear in this regard (https://i.imgur.com/iPjsZoP.png).
 
There are three areas where Snorlax DID spawn in residential areas, all of which are near the border of the residential area cut-offs. Previous analysis of the electric biome by WoodWoseWulf showed that spawns are related to S2 cells (https://www.reddit.com/TheSilphRoad/comments/5s43ic/analysis_of_the_electric_biome_boundaries_and/). I am not sure if perhaps these three spawn points are in an S2 cell which is centred on a non-residential area, perhaps. Also note that one of those areas (Mooralup Turn in Dalyellup) used to be closer to the landuse=residential border back in mid-2016 (in December 2016 I expanded the residential area a bit to include new housing developments in the two streets north of Mooralup Turn).
 
For Larvitar, a much more common spawn than Snorlax, the data also shows a heavily aversion to the landuse=residential areas. Only 13 of the 61 spawns fell inside residential areas, despite residential areas including the vast majority of spawn points in the given area. The distribution of spawns around the north part of Bunbury (https://i.imgur.com/bAPfgkL.png) is once again very clearly related to the boundaries of the landuse=residential area.
 
Ampharos and Aerodactyl had very low spawn numbers which makes it difficult to analyse spawn patterns, but all three spawn points were outside the landuse=residential area. Nine of the 10 Lapras spawned outside the residential area (with one just on the border).
 
The two Pokemon which didn't appear to be affected by landuse=residential were Blissey and Chansey, which appeared mostly in landuse=residential areas. (I don't think this necessarily reflects a bias towards residential areas; it probably just reflects the greater number of spawn points in these areas compared to the non-residential areas.
 
 
Follow up investigations:
 
After investigating my local city, I looked elsewhere in the state. The regional city of Mandurah, south of Perth, is well known on a state level as having awesome spawns. There used to be a mapping service which covered from Perth down to Mandurah, and Mandurah would consistently have more rare Pokemon like Larvitar, Snorlax, Dragonite and Mareep compared to Perth. I wondered whether Mandurah lacked landuse=residential, similar to my small suburb of College Grove. Running Mandurah through the same overpass-turbo query revealed that virtually the entire city was not tagged with landuse=residential (https://i.imgur.com/OEPrw3X.png), possibly explaining the awesome spawns that occur in Mandurah.
 
 
Conclusions:
 
 
 
 
Actions and/or further research:
 
 
 
 
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2017.08.21 17:14 matlockga FMMF — Inside The Heartland’s Most Nihilistic Music Festival

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What would you say if I told you that you could go to a music festival and never have cell phone service issues, could easily walk up to the barricade for most every performance, and restroom lines were nil?
There’s a certain charm to Fashion Meets Music Festival, with its tiny lineup, bizarre combination of artists, and insistence upon a runway show inbetween sets. A baffling earnestness in the GeoCities/MySpace level design (with requisite auto-play music) that teetered on unprofessional over a decade ago. Just a hint of what was to come when the Groupon promotion supporting the music festival (at an economical rate of $25 for one day, $46 for two) was still live at the time of the show with 250 people buying in--or when the fest started running $20 one-day ticket promos through their own social media platforms. Some ominous feelings when reading the Columbus Alive review of last year’s festival, featuring the subheadline of “Concert review: With thin attendance everyone is a VIP at FMMF 2016.” Even before the show, the festival exuded the miasma of carefully-curated mediocrity and failed business venture. Regardless, for the chance to see Tegan and Sara and Third Eye Blind live for $25, it was easy to look past the obvious issues. Until I got to the venue.
Fortress Obetz, which replaced the admittedly more-appropriate-for-the-festival area of the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio, is a foreboding scene. Shipping containers, stacked in the shape of a fort, painted black. Bleak, stark; a fifteen-million dollar venture paid for by the village of Obetz to act as a staging place for community events, host a Major League Lacrosse team, and generally be a giant obelisk of darkness in the middle of a former speedway. After crossing the entrance gates, you’re welcomed by the stadium--which looks and feels more like a moderately high end high school stadium at best, lower level college stadium at worst.
While the aesthetics of Fortress Obetz were lacking, Fashion Meets Music Festival really started to shine when getting to the Michelle Branch set at the Pepsi Stage (still marketed as the TBA stage on the festival site, at time of publication) just over five minutes before posted showtime. A crowd of maybe two dozen were waiting for the formerly ubiquitous Branch to show. Over a decade past her peak with The Wreckers, fifteen since her solo career apex, and fourteen years since last album release, Michelle Branch came out on stage a minute past seven with band in tow. They all had off-brand red plastic cups, drinking some unknown potables.
Two songs in, a pair of teenage girls decided to make a mad rush through the small gathering (which was about fifty strong, at this point) and shoved people out of the way. After stepping backwards to give them space, I wound up stepping on a besandaled foot. A quick apology followed, as well as an exit to the unmarked Peroni Stage which lie about thirty yards to the left of the TBA Pepsi Stage. And why not? Tegan and Sara were undoubtedly a bigger draw, and the audience would be waiting there for their set to begin at 8:15.
There were eight people waiting for Tegan and Sara. Most were wearing Third Eye Blind merch.
While waiting, and still very much able to hear the Michelle Branch set, something seemed odd. This whole festival seemed to be a bleak, twisted vision of what a music festival should be. Nobody in attendance, artists playing to a largely empty crowd, a level of care that didn’t elevate past mild indifference from anyone inside the walls of Fortress Obetz. Branch’s set started to turn, with a dirge-like performance of Game of Love that drug more than excited. She and her band started slowing even more, stretching that 45 minute performance to its limits by sucking all of the enjoyment out of once-energetic and hopeful hits. A feeling of nihilism had finally started to set in, surrounded by pitch black staging and listening to a band transform powerful pop songs into a somber funeral march.
8PM, fifteen minutes before Tegan and Sara’s set, a crowd of approximately sixty were standing at the still-unmarked Peroni stage. I finally noticed the VIP Section, which was a markedly worse angle with near-zero benefit from being in the actual crowd. A gated area all the way to the right of the stage, which didn’t come close to justifying the near-tripled amount of the tickets. I started to see people filter out of it into the main area.
8:15, the band walked out, and the majority of current attendees were still at the fashion runway stage--which lie about fifteen yards away, between the two main stages. The duo made their way on stage and started into their performance, to which the audience started filtering to their stage. An absurd amount of photographers were on hand, blotting the concourse between the barricade and the stage. A joking comment was made by Tegan, three songs were powered through, and the photographers tried to stay. Security rushed in to escort them out.
Three photographers tried to stay.
A dwarf came in and shoved the lollygaggers out. One tried arguing their case, but he wasn’t hearing any of it.
This, more than anything at the show, as a highlight I’ll never forget. Because who gets punked by a dwarf at a music festival?
Past that, Tegan and Sara did a solid set that was obviously truncated for time constraints (the artists that weren’t the main act were allowed a restrictive 45 minutes, as opposed to the typical hour to hour fifteen—likely to fit the Fashion part in). They closed with Closer, everything was solid, and at that point the crowd, now closer to a thousand, was waiting for an encore.
There was no encore. Near simultaneously with the crowd’s deflation, the inflatable stage decorations had the air let out of them. And at 9:15, something special happened.
Festival staff finally remembered that they were supposed to have the sponsor banner up on their main stage. Without zip-ties, they hastily duct taped it to the stage. Black duct tape, of course, to match the pitch-black appearance of everything else.
A security staffer was wandering the concourse wearing cargo pants laden with water bottles, talking to people and obviously bored out of his skull. He offered to take pictures for people, whoever was still left at that stage. St. Lucia started to play, and I debated seeing their set or to wander the grounds and see the sights and life of a music festival.
Every stand that still had staff at it was at zero activity. A beach volleyball (?) setup was empty, with its staff playing euchre on the table leading into it. Merch tables were nonexistent, with two little “shops” containing only four pieces of fashion-lacking festival merch and two Tegan and Sara shirts laid into the shipping container fortress.
Then, when heading into the restroom, the realization fully hit me. At no point did cellular data lapse during the night. There’s no line at the restrooms. The merch and branding were nearly vacant.
This was the antithesis of the festival experience, a bizarre and twisted approximation of what the bloated beast that music festivals have become.
Walking towards the exit area, I saw the Donato’s Stage, a tiny setup with about ninety people enjoying the sounds of Columbus-area band Liberty Deep Down. Their performance at Bunbury 2017 had been pretty solid, so I stuck around. Liberty Deep Down’s energy was unfettered, a band whose infectious enthusiasm ran through the crowd. They finished their set, walked to the back, and the drummer came back out for an exceedingly long (and pretty solid) solo. Then the rest of the band re-assembled on the stage, plowed a couple of songs and a cover of Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). Whatever they were doing, they did it right, because this was the first set I’d witnessed that people were visibly excited for. They, as the last performer on the stage, ran way over. But nobody seemed to mind.
Following their set, everyone started filtering to the now-marked Peroni stage to assemble for headliners Third Eye Blind.
It was then that a redheaded woman walked up to me while I was checking my phone and messaging my girlfriend. She sauntered with all the grace of a rabies-ridden raccoon, leading with the inquisitive statement of “I’m looking for somebody, and you’re looking for somebody, so why don’t we [unintelligible].” My response, short and sweet, was “I’m not looking for anybody, I came here by myself. Are you alright?”
More unintelligible babbling happened as she got a little handsy, and I walked her back to the benches so she could sit down and try not to hurt herself or someone else. If you wanted a moment of peak sadness in this nihilistic landscape of music, it was this: a desperate attempt at a physical connection in a crowd of maybe two-thousand while wearing a blazer and breathing bourbon fumes. She was sat down, and I immediately ditched her to talk to a couple of random dudes with glitter beards and salmon shorts--hoping that seeing me talking to someone else would discourage her from approaching again.
It worked.
All of the lights went down for the closing act.
The band came out in--surprise--all black. Their set was straightforward, but the vocals were seriously off. This has been an issue with the band for quite a while, but tonight it seemed worse with Stephan Jenkins’ voice sounding hoarse and unspectacular. How’s It Going To Be played out in such a manner that the audience vocals sounded more on-key than his own, which seemed a bit wrong. At this point, maybe two thousand were watching.
Between that song and the next, something became apparent: Third Eye Blind was piping audience noise. Crowd cheers were going over the PA, louder than the actual crowd. I left then, because nothing could top this. And the kicker? No traffic on the drive out of the parking lot.
You could write a philosophic book on the capitalistic quandary of: What if you threw a music festival, and nobody came? Or you could come to Fashion Meets Music Festival.
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2017.01.27 06:23 Khavrion [Job - High Threat Continued] Second Strikes! (1/30/2017, 5pm)

Time: 5pm EST, 1/22/2017. That'd also be 22:00 UTC on the same day. Time is a bit negotiable, so if you can't make this time but have another you'd like, feel free to post it.
Player Count: I normally try to take everyone who applies, but I think I'm limiting it to 4 or 5 for this one. Sorry guys.
Expected Duration: 4-6 hours. Hard Cap at 7 hours.
In game location: We Start in Seattle, but We'll Travel
Threat Level: High. See Below.
Job Type: Rescue...and more. See Below.
Mood: Home Game
Prerequisites: Standard characters. Knowledge of the rules, especially obscure ones specific to your character, is a plus.
Some good things have happened, like crossing a border without leaving a footprint. Some bad have happened, like the death of poor Rodney "Hicks". You've made it this far...and I'll assume you want to keep going.
This is part 2 of the Counting Coup series. I'll assume everyone from last time is good to go, but if you can't make it that's alright. I'll leave this posted as "Hired" unless any spots free up. Otherwise, this is mostly for organizational purposes.
The Story So Far:
The team has been hired under chaotic circumstances on a rescue op of Charlie Iron-Hawk, half brother of Amerind-runner Mika. The first problem is transportation: the job is in the Sioux Nations, and the meet itself is in the Salish! A corporate J might whisk a team with no problems, but for Mika, it's a problem. And, as the team is quick to learn, "Mika's problem" actually means "the team's problem." Problems also lead to opportunities, though, and Louie gives a hand. He gives some intel on the border crossing, sets them up with a few travel supplies (including the Sioux Nation's physical nuyen, yeesh), and offers to pay well if they make any solid connections for him in the Sioux. The team agrees.
So, first order of business: get across the border. This is a "Normal" border, from the Coyotes book, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Each car they send through a checkpoint is a risk, and every smuggling compartment stands a reasonable chance of being found. Even the cover story - since you'll have to provide some travel data when crossing the border - is a bit of work. In fact, they soon discover that they'll have to leave a lot of stuff behind if they intend to cross the border officially. It's so bad they even consider off-roading it...which might mean braving a swamp full of ghouls or the martichoras-inhabited of Tiger Mountain State Park. What to do? What to do?
Ultimately, it's the 'legal' approach: consolidate into three cars and leave most of the illegal stuff behind. Relying on fake SINs, decent smuggling, and semi-decent facing skills, the team tries the border. Ironically, it's Draioc and Bunbury (riding together) who get the most scrutiny...followed shortly by Mulder. Despite excellent blubbering, the three manage to get their cars searched, their questions triple-checked, and their (legal but ridiculous) foci noted. Perhaps this is part of their plan? In the distraction, EKO and Redoubt manage to run the border without close inspection, and Mulder's car search finds nothing. They get through just fine... or do they?
Not ten minutes after the border crossing, Bunbury and Draioc are pulled over by a Salish Trooper...and a familiar-looking border guard. The two officers go straight for Draioc's smuggling compartment, and keep loaded guns trained on the two mages the whole time. It sure looks like at least two of our team are going to get mugged by corrupt police! However, the very duplicity the officers hoped to use to mug Bunbury & Draioc means that neither evidence nor witnesses note when EKO takes them out. It's a tough thing, and the team leaves behind a VERY threatening message...which is probably going to keep these two border guards afraid of the Laesa for years to come. Somewhere in here it is pointed out to me that I'm doing "Held Actions" wrong, which is 100% correct because I am definitely doing them wrong. Live and learn!
Edge is low, and stun damage is high on at least one team member, at the meet location. This is the North Side of the parking lot at the Red Sunset Truck Stop. At exactly 10:20:36 pm, a beat-up Ares Roadmaster, driven by Rodney "Hicks" Hot and his eternally-fashionable red soul patch, arrives at the scene. He tells the team to get in if they're part of the job, and the team obliges. Inside, they also meet Mika, an Amerind sporting a broken leg. Before proper introductions can be made, the Roadmaster slams into motion, and almost everybody is thrown to the floor.
Mika does his best to tell them about the job as they drive, but it's tough work. In fact, he's only about halfway through his plan for the Sioux border when, suddenly, out of the blue, another runner team shows up. This other team is pissed. Mika himself was mid-job when he learned his brother needed rescuing, and this job was already going sideways. With no time to waste, he tried to do two things at once and made a mess of both. This other team, it would seem, had clashed with Mika's team and, after people died on both sides, the conflict was personal.
Fortunately, Mika had our runners there, who were able to resolve the situation with great personal effort. Unfortunately, in the myriad of threats, nobody took care of Rodney, and the hot-sim rigger was engulfed to death. Maybe he lives on in his Ares Roadmaster, but, in Mika's mind, he's just killed his best friend trying to save his brother. See, the rival runners would never have caught up with Rodney & Mika had they not diverted to pick up our runners.
It's a sad, nine-hour ride across the Salish, to where Mika's border-problem-solution resides. The team is just starting to wonder just how well-thought-out Mika's plan is....
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2016.05.28 22:36 wild-tangent Flying Lessons

Just before they’d left and prior to my flight to the Lunar Base...
I knocked on Professor Mercy's door, then turned back to Caleb, AKA “Bolts.” "We gotta get You hooked up, young man. Seems everyone here ties the knot. Though I do appreciate having some bachelor company..."
The technicians and aides accompanying ignored my commentary- they were largely used to it. Some carried briefcases, others entire medical carts. Mercy opened the door only a few moments later. She had a stack of paperwork on her desk, and a scowl on her face. She looked tired, and glared at me, "Yes?"
Bolts's attention turned from rolling his eyes at me to Mercy when she opened her door. "Hello, Professor Mercy." I figured I’d let the two of them work it out for now. "I apologize for the intrusion, but President Jameson and I require your assistance."
"What do you need me to do?" Her usual annoyance surfaces again, she didn’t have the patience for formalities, clearly.
"To ensure that our volunteer patients survive, naturally!" I said quickly.
"Volunteer patients?"
"Yes, why, we have a few... uh, volunteers. In test subjects, it seems to be nonlethal, but they're limited in scope and breadth, incredibly specialized until just recently and the results were promising, so we thought to try them on some students here, and... well, let's see how they go. Can you think of a student on campus? Preferably, we'll need one without a Voice, and one with. Any troublesome but bright students? And, may I just say, you are looking... well, are you sure you're up for this? I brought a masseur along for the train ride. She gets the knots right out. I'm telling ya, tiny asian chicks with impossibly strong hands." I imitated the kneading motions with blissfully half-lidded eyes and an exaggerated sigh.
"You want to experiment on UMASS students?" She ignored my other comments.
"No, no, not at all!" I said quickly to placate her. What good were UMass students at this? "Smith students!"
"Why are you coming to me? That is a matter for Pearl, the headmaster of Smith."
"Pearl okayed it but wanted you to look over proceedings to ensure minimal casualties." Bolts piped up.
"It should be safe," I said. "We already ironed out the kinks. A few casualties early on in the program, a few behavioral issues, but they may have been pre-existing, but we modified just in case..."
"Then I will look over the proceedings. I won't pick any students. Find someone else, I have work to do." She moved to shut her door. (I’m wounded, really.)
I couldn’t help but looked stunned. "I was hoping you had some healthy ones in mind, miss Mercy. If we picked ones who weren't of sturdy stock... I trust my medics to a point, but you have access to medical files. Regardless, we can always just ask another professor or grab a Smithie at random. You, uh, you rest up, we'll be back in a few minutes. Where can these guys set up shop?”
She paused just long enough to hear me, then responded, her tone icy. "I don't know what this experiment is, why would I pick anyone for it?"
"I can assure you, it's worth the time and risk." Bolts said calmly. Ah, a man of science.
"It could save lives. Here, uh, it's designed for a better implementation of these grapple hooks, remember those? Maybe you've seen Jessie running around with one? I hear they’ve saved lives. That counts."
"I won't pick anyone if there is the slightest risk involved. I did take the Hippocratic Oath. If this has the chance to save lives, ask for volunteers."
"Good idea, actually."
An hour later, Maine was present, along with three other paid 'volunteers.' "We have this helmet. It's simple- we're going to put it over your head, and then take some feedback to these laptops, and switch them on. Then I want you to activate your grapple hooks- and that's all for now."
"As agreed you will all receive an extra meal ticket, allowing you one more meal on any day of your choosing." Bolts added.
"And first crack at the tech if it's ready," I finished. "Professor Mercy will be on hand in case she's needed, but you should all be safe." I retrieved the first brain-bucket. It had a series of LEDs, none of which were lit. "Okay," I reached up towards Maine, who had bent down so it could be placed over his freshly-shaved head. He'd taken up the style since Artemis left, apparently. Mercy took a clipboard from the wall, then sat back in a chair, writing notes as the experiment progressed. She still looks annoyed, but remained silent. I like her, but honestly, that attitude… Bolts pulled out his own notepad, taking notes of a different nature. I reassured the students. All are marginal passes. "Marks for bravery," I commended them.
"Helmets are ready, sir."
"Good. Please, pick up the grapples, attach them as normal, and hook the white wire into the port... very good."
"And... activate."
The LEDs on the helmets lit up emerald green. "Well. No one's screaming, twitching... everyone's okay?" Three 'yes's' and one growl.
"Looks good so far."
"Alright. Activate the targeting system."
Everyone seemed to jump at once as their vision was suddenly impeded by targeting reticles. "Don't be alarmed- this is part of the test. At least, it ought to be, if you're seeing numbers, figures, lines and the like. Yes, like a fighter jet."
One of the helmet's lights started blinking red. Bolts walked over to the student, and opens the electronics panel. He stuck a screwdriver in the side of the helmet and started making adjustments. Mercy writes a few more notes, but doesn't speak, or move, or really react in anyway. The lights blinked a few more times, then the helmet rebooted and the lights turned green again. Bolts closed the panel and scribbled on his notepad.
"Alright. Please aim the grapple hooks- do you see the circle with reticle moving? Numbers? Good. Now, please, imagine- yes, imagine, where it might land." His eyes turned towards the data readouts. "Imagine the ideal setting- no, don't adjust it at the wrist, leave it how it is, thank you. Good. Yes, all of you, very good. That's perfect, even. The adjustments are being made according to your own desires."
"Begging pardon, do you mean it's adjusting to our thoughts? Like, we will it, and it does so?" Asked a British-sounding student. He had a thick mustache and muscle, which was strange for his aristocratic voice and demeanor. Jack must have loved failing him.
"Pretty much. It is taking baseline readings on your brain, and trying to adapt to what you're thinking." Bolts explained.
"Fascinating," he said- then waving his arm around and giggling a bit.
Mercy gives the vitals monitors a cursory glance, noting that Maine and the Brit both had elevated vitals. She reached Maine first, and gave his monitoring equipment a sharp shake, then repeated that with the Brits’- sometimes the machines give a wrong read. She backed up, watching to see if it climbed more. Neither did. Maine gave her a quizzical look, but didn’t act further. His scores in medicine were abysmal.
"Hm. Seems Maine and... Laramie, was it? Laramie's data readouts are significantly faster, and integrate with the helmet far better. Interesting. Tell me, Laramie- everyone here's got issues with their scores. Maine, I know you're struggling with reading and math, though your grades have begun to improve. Why are you not doing well in your classes? You seem educated."
Laramie scoffed. "I’m failing in Construction Corps." He scoffed, face a sneer. "Peasant work."
"But otherwise- your combat scores?" I quizzed further
"Almost off the charts," Laramie boasted.
I nodded- and began writing at last, folding it when done so no one else could read it. "Thank you." That meant we’d succeeded- and that my hunch had paid off. These were optimized for those who had the voice already activated.
Mercy pays no attention to that, watching the monitors, and observing Maine and Laramie for any physical signs of medical distress. Bolts did his part, writing shorthand.
"Alright. We're going to take the helmets' power supply off- there's enough juice in there for a minute's power- it will download the data after you return here in under that time. Impress us." At that, he nodded, and the cords were pulled from the base of the neck. Maine aimed for the gymnasium ceiling and was whipped off his feet, jumping with the cable in perfect sync- and then it disconnected, with Maine still in midair. I gasped and sucked in a breath- but the cable retracted so fast and whipped around the rafters that Maine literally swung down, like Tarzan, feet inches from the floor as he swooped up atop the square basketball backboard and balanced atop it.
Bolts whistled in amazement.
Laramie, meanwhile, had opted for the windowsill, landing gracefully and bowing to everyone below- and then firing his off and swooping across at an angle. The other two, still effective, had managed nothing nearly as impressive, but still managed perfectly accurate shots to their destination, albeit nothing flashy.
I applauded happily. They returned to the ground, and the technicians paused in their applause to fumble with the cables and make sure everyone was hooked up to the right terminal before the power to the helmets ran out.
Mercy wrote on her clipboard, her expression blank.
"How do we look?" Bolts asks the technicians.
"Good, all done here." I was watching Maine remove the helmet. Maine didn't take his eyes off it. Laramie, however, didn't and shook both of Jameson's hands. "That boost of confidence, I felt like I was flying, quite excellent, good show! I must say I do feel a bit lightheaded, could be from the flying, though." I met his eyes and smiled.
"Well, thank IuNetAnna. She created a reduced version of herself, a little subroutine, really, into the helmet. They're not exactly fully-functional, but we're working on targeting systems and other goodies as an on-board HUD assistant."
"These helmets are have VI integration? I should have guessed, how else would it calculate so many things at once..."
I was grinning ear to ear and clapped Bolts on the shoulder. "Do you know what this means? What this opens the door to?"
"Another excuse to come bother Smith girls?" Bolts asked sarcastically.
"Hm...you're right, we ought to have cute girls next time. Good thinking. But no, it...ah, well, that's classified for now, we can talk outside?"
"Dammit." Bolts shook his head. "Let's go." It's worth noting that Laramie looked ready to puke and a bit faint. Maine seemed unperturbed. Looking at the readout their vitals had spiked during the flying- beyond even what the other two test subjects had.
The nurse Mercy spoke to noticed, and wrote it down in her own notes. The other two subjects looked a bit unsettled, nervous, and kept eyeing the helmets. "Is something wrong, gentlemen?" Bolts asks
"No, just.... Thought there was something strange going on while I wore it, that's all. Could swear I heard something."
"See, Bolts, this might upset Nurse Ratchet, but this utilized the Voice- in a purely non-cerebral manner. We optimized it for your Scouts. It turns out those guys with the voice? While it can be expressed, once done so, it can be utilized like a tool. Thus why Maine and Laramie here seem to have mastery so quickly, I suspect. They worked with the equipment intuitively. We designed it that way, for use with your confederacy's troops."
"And you didn't think we should maybe, I don't know, be aware of that!?" Bolts exploded quietly.
The nurse piped up, "Actually Professor Mercy had a meeting. She also didn't see the need for her to be here." Everyone’s a critic.
"Right," I said, then double-taking on the nurse and giving her a charming smile. "Can you do me a huge favor? Check their vitals, I’d be very distressed if anything happened to our allies because my researchers' errors. After that, stop by my office and I'll want a full report."
"Jameson, if you get a UMASS nurse pregnant Professor Mercy might actually kill you." Bolts folded his arms. Duly noted.
"I'll send the report along with someone else." She walked over and began taking vitals. "Professor Bolts is right, and she would kill me too." Hm. That wouldn’t do. But only if we were honest about who was doing it. Bunbury might have done it. That orderly, you know, the handsome one. Maybe he did it.
I shrugged nonchalantly. "Best from the source, but if you want to gamble with patient safety..."
"I can have Professor Mercy take it to you, she was present as well."
I steered Bolts away before she could object or press it further. All I said was "On my desk, six o'clock." He didn't specify what would be on my desk. "So, yeah, I have to urge intense caution meddling with the helmets, especially input and output, if it's not done correctly, let's just say it took a lot of work to make it as safe as possible."
I smiled. Mercy would be gone that evening, picked up by the Borsons. I’d see the nurse later- I did notice the way she was staring. Still. Toast to a brave new world.
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2015.04.16 10:10 CyanideRemark Anyone used the free wifi in Bunbury CBD recently?

Chappettes & Chaps;
So I don't have a roaming 3G/4G dongle and my prepaid phone data is pretty miserly. I'm visiting rellies in Bunbury over the weekend but they're of the generation with no PC or internet at their place however I will be taking my lappy down with me as I need to get a job application in by Monday
A quick Guggle around reveals this : Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Bunbury CBD Just wondering if there's any bods here that either have used it recently or are using any of their Access Points with any regularity at the moment?
I wouldn't expect lightening fast but more just curious about coverage & signal quality.
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2014.09.03 08:32 greenlinearmy Price Change Predictions [an attempt]

Things we know:
1) The source data is different than it was earlier in the season.
2) The columns no longer line up with the previous labels.
3) No one column seems to be neatly giving us the Net Transfers Balance number that "Col5" used to.
4) These predictions will not be 100% accurate. (Birnbaum rose!?)
Here goes an attempt (if you are basing your moves, on what follows, you are either making an act of faith, or doing it wrong)...
Might go up:
Might go down:
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2014.03.24 04:16 greenlinearmy Predicted Price Changes

Please note, recently this list (and the formulae it is based off of) has been over-predicting changes (those who should be changing don't for some reason). I haven't had time to delve it the data and look at rejiggering the formulae to account for the exceptions. Generally, those who have already risen multiple times seem less likely to rise for some reason.
Risers:
Droppers:
These two are also in the dropzone, but they're flagged, and I don't know whether they'll drop.
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2014.03.23 06:41 greenlinearmy Predicted Price Changes

Please note, I haven't had a chance to pour over the data from the past few days, so the thresholds I'm using may need some tweeking. That said:
Risers:
Drops:
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2013.09.02 13:51 tabledresser [Table] IamA Senator Scott Ludlam AMA!

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Hey Scott, I'm a current ALP member thinking of joining the Greens because the ALP has generally gotten terrible on every front. Hey ps please join the greens that would be excellent.
Hi Scott, are you aware of the existence of the Scott Ludlam Appreciation Society? What's your reaction to it? My reaction was one of horror and then grudging respect and finally resigned acceptance. i don't think i should become a member though.
G'day Scott, Just wondering, since it was asked on /Australia today, whether you could explain the Greens' policy on the NBN, and how it differs from the ALP's? Thanks for coming back! We all appreciate it. Hoi, we support the building of a Fibre to the Home National Broadband Network] ([Link to greens.org.au) We won a set of amendments to prevent privatisation, so that the parliament has to decide if its in the public interest. The Coalition's Fraudband policy is faster and possibly cheaper for a reason: it provides a quick fix that we will regret. Their proposal would leave existing customers stranded on obsolete copper while new estates get glass fibre installed. It involves the installation of tens of thousands of powered cabinets on street corners around the country that would be enormously expensive to maintain and vulnerable to weather events. This approach was explicitly rejected in 2009, because it would be obsolete on the day it was built.
What will you do to ensure that we continue to get Fibre to the Home if the Coalition is indeed elected? Well the best thing would be not to elect them. the second best thing would be to increase our senate numbers so we can stop them from unpicking the enabling legislation, but that's as murky as hell. to be honest, if they're elected we will do our best but they seem intent on stuffing the nbn. it's the kind of thing you can do if you're the government.
You ask some probing and sometimes cheeky questions - but as a Senator are you entitled to see confidential information or get private briefings which can't be published to followers? Yes, I have. we do get access to private briefings sometimes, if open hearings drift into areas of national security or suchlike. in the early days I got a briefing on Australian submarine capability, and i had the opportunity to visit the Pine Gap spybase outside Alice Springs with a committee. found both occasions frustrating. it sucks not being able to then use the information. it's not something i will choose to do again apart from exceptional circumstances, because it is of no help to the people i represent to be getting secret squirrel briefings.
Question here: If you received a secret briefing of this sort that revealed something absolutely appalling happening, would you be able to reveal it publicly on the floor under parliamentary privilege? I'd imagine that'd probably put an end to future briefings, but beyond that would there be any real consequences? It's a bit more complex than that. the information provided to those committees is privileged; disclosing it to the chamber if it has been delivered in camera would itself be a breach.
If there was one thing you could change about Australia's political system, what would it be? Am i only allowed one?
I'd like proportional representation in the house of reps so that it more accurately reflects the voting will of the population. it would crack the incumbency of the old parties and might even turn the parliament back into a deliberating chamber.
Hey Scott, do you want us west Aussies to vote above or below the line this weekend? Greens, Wikileaks, Secular Party, Animal Justice, HEMP, Stable Population, Australian Sports Party, Democrats, No Carbon Tax, Sex Party, ALP, Family First, Palmer, Katter, Socialist Equality, Nationals, Liberal party, Australia Voice, Motoring Enthusiasts, Smokers’ Rights, Australian Christians, Fishing and Lifestyle, Shooters and Fishers, Lib Dems, One Nation, Stop the Greens, Rise Up Australia.
If you're ok with that general fall of the cards, vote above the line. if not, shuffle up the order some.
You got your order wrong. You didn't preference the "No Carbon Tax" party between Democrats and Sex Party. They are between Smoker's Rights and Australian Christians. Incidentally.. why do you preference the Socialist Equality Party after Family First? WA Senate Group Tickets. Because they are terrible.
It seams like politics attracts some really sorry excuses for human beings, it's really refreshing to see someone like you playing the game and playing it well. The Greens supported most of the media reform proposals that came forward in March although the process the Government chose to pursue the bills was pretty appalling. We had two very detailed and broad inquiries – the Finkelstein and Convergence Reviews. Most of that work has gone to waste. Australia has one of the most concentrated media ownership structures in the world, as I suspect you know.
What is your view on media reform in Australia , especially with the pro Abbott barrage from Rupert Murdoch? The problem is a serious one though. Any law that would stop the daily telegraph from running Tony Abbott's election campaign for him would be a dangerous law.
What can be done to prevent this kind of journalistic abuse, why is no one accountable? Our work on the media reform bills is here] [Link to scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au
How about a law that ensured we have 8 major papers with different owners so if one paper pulls this the daily telegraph running Tony Abbott's election campaign for him. Kind of disgraceful stunt there will be other papers to run a campaign on behalf of the Greens etc. Newspapers are going out the door backwards. by way of replacement, perhaps, the internet.
Hey again Scott, Are there any gag laws which might be preventing or discouraging the media from commenting on the NSA debacle or privacy infringements in general in Australia? This is a pretty big one. I wonder whether the question might be one of self-censorship rather than gag laws. I had a very simple motion calling for the Attorney General to tell us what the implications for Australians privacy actually were. You can find my efforts here to find answers on PRISM] ([Link to scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au)
Hey Scott, what house do you think should sit on the Iron Throne and why? This is a very important question -- given the current state of politics and my overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, it could quite possibly be the one thing to change my vote. Ok hai.
My answer to this question is #september8.
I need to be up front about this. i have not watched game of thrones. it is my #september8 plan, three seasons one after another. all i know about it is that something really, really bad happens at the wedding.
Hi Scott. Thanks for helping making me way less cynical about federal politics in the last few years. You're welcome. events like this make me less cynical too. We believe an additional $70 million per year in emergency funding for safe assessment centres in Indonesia would provide shelter and welfare services to refugees while they wait for assessment and resettlement, and to boost the capacity of the UNHCR in Indonesia and Malaysia to speed up assessment and resettlement.
I really admire youthe Greens stance on issues like privacy and refugees, but those issues aren't really a deal breaker for me, it's economic issues that swing my vote. I just don't feel like the Greens have tested credentials on this- why should I trust the Greens on economic issues? Fair enough.
Here is some work we've done on economic issues – (Link to greenswa.net.au.)
You might like to check out the open economy project, which is a first cut at a unified financial infographic; needs more work but have a poke around and see what you think - (Link to scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au)
Thing is, the Greens have the only fully costed election platform in this election. Not one cent has been spent that hasn't been found, saved or sourced - it an entirely costed platform - over 80 of our proposals are on the PBO website, while the Coalition dicks around with releasing things at midnight this Thursday.
Shit that open economy thing is cool! Labor and Libs need something like this, respect to you Senator you have my vote I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE LIKES THAT THING! the code is sitting on github please pass it on and hack the shit out of it.
Hi Scott, The senate ballot papers are rather ridiculous in size due to influx of minor parties and its making it harder than ever to vote bellow the line. What can we do to make voting in the senate easier for those who want to control their preference flow? While lots of voices are not a bad thing, fact is the far-right are getting very good at creating sock puppet parties that are basically preference-harvesting shell entities.
I would really like to see above the line preferential voting in the Senate - it would do away with most of the preference shenanigans if people could number across the top on the senate paper rather than having to spend half an hour voting below the line.
Thanks for the answer scott, I totally agree above the line preferences would certainly help a lot! I have found the website www.belowtheline.org.au to be a massive help in getting things sorted before entering the polling booth. You definitely have my vote Yes was a bit remiss in not posting that link - it's a keeper.
Hi Mr. Ludlam. Thanks for doing this AMA. I read the policy PDF on the Greens website and I must say I'm very impressed with what I read. My question is this; what is the thinking behind the policy to change the legal voting age to 16? Does the party feel that people this young will be mature enough to make such an important decision as selecting our nation's leader? Why not make it optional at least? any 16-17 year old who opts in to vote is likely to be doing so because they have a clue.
Hi Scott. What do you believe it will take for Australia to reach a 100% renewable energy economy? Do you think that it's possible in the next decade? YES.
So, this: my commissioned research to demonstrate we can have 100% renewable energy on the SWIS grid in WA by 2029, see Energy 2029 Report] ([Link to www.greenswa.net.au for the details.
Nationally, the best work was done by Beyond Zero Emissions and more recently by AEMO. This latter study was delivered as part of the Clean Energy Act negotiations by Senator Milne.
The Greens' policies on animals are a step (albeit a small one) in the right direction. However, apart from live exports and native species, these issues are rarely discussed by candidates. What would it take to put these issues more prominently on the agenda? What plans do the Greens have to reduce the exploitation of, and untold suffering inflicted upon, animals by people in Australia? Unfortunately what it often takes are actions that put the issues in peoples faces. without crew going under cover into abbatoirs, or exposing the reality of animal experimentation, these things fade into the background. These things lie rather uneasily in the collective subconscious where we know industrial-scale horror is being perpetrated but it's become so normalised that it needs the occasional shock to remind us what is going on.
Here is some information about our costed election initiative on animal exports] ([Link to www.greens.org.au - it is an important place to start because it has hit the headlines over and over again.
One caution though - spend a bit of time with farmers and you'll know we can't simply turn the lights out on the industry overnight. this has to be a transition, and it's not something farming communities can cop without a fair bit of assistance.
From a privacy perspective, what do you think should be done about ID Scanning in local pubs? Should it be legislated at a federal or state level and what digital rights should each individual expect to be protected? I haven't given this a lot of thought, but one idea would be zero data retention. if they insist on doing it, scan and then forget. this is one clear cut case where the venue has no need to retain the information.
As a side question, why do the Greens preference the Labor party in the lower house, is it a case of the lesser of two evils? Sorry missed part 2 - we tend to stand a better chance of getting progressive things done under a labor government.
Why do you think Malcolm Turnbull avoids doing an AMA? Because people would ask him anything.
Scott, what is up with the Greens Communication strategy? Wouldn't it be better to stick with one spokesperson and one consistent message at a time? Nope. I have a bunch of excellent colleagues and I think it's good that we all get to represent our portfolios.
What's your take on the spectacular implosion of the Wikileaks Party? That it was avoidable.
It seems the Libs have been playing a "low-profile" election campaign.. avoiding questions and scrutiny, not submitting their policies for costings etc. I would have thought it should be obvious to most that they have some fairly nasty surprises in wait for the Australian people if they win this weekend. *1*. Have the media failed to hold our policians to account in this election? What should they be doing differently to counter this "avoid everything" tactic? 1 yes. I would prefer they concentrate on policy that actually matters to people rather than calling it as though it's a horse race. stop reporting polls and political minutae, and hold people to account for what they're actually proposing.
How can modern communication technologies / online tools be used to improve efficiency across the public sector? How can this be done without existing public servants becoming scared of losing their job? One (slightly glib answer) is the gov2.0 and gov hack work that Kate Lundy has led in Cbra - really nice examples of applying the theory. big fan.
Hi Scott, WA voter hoping you get back into the Senate. For the first time in my life I have decided to vote Greens as I believe they have Australia's best interests at heart out of all the bigger parties and the one that is dedicated to leaving a lasting legacy to future generations. However what I am most concerned with this election is the Liberal party's Fraudbrand. What is your view on the the Liberal party's broadband plans and realistically will they be implemented or will we have to wait another decade to catch up to the world? What really makes me angry is Mr Turnbull is positioning it as though #fraudband is just like the NBN only cheaper. they won't front up to the fact that imposing a 25MB copper choke on the vast majority of people is entirely inferior to the FTTP build that is under way.
Please do not vote for these people.
WA (and in particular, The Kimberley) is home to some of the most disadvantaged Local Government Areas in Australia. Hoi - sorry missed this on the first pass.
What are your policies on remote Aboriginal communities? A big problem is the native title act is just a one way dispossession machine - people have no right of veto, no right to say no - they have to negotiate away rights to country and culture even if they have proven to a white court that they have maintained continuous occupation in the face of everything.
How do you hope to prevent the enormous pressure placed on remote Aboriginal communities to sign mining deals (like JPP) to help pay for basic services and infrastructure that the rest of Australia enjoy without question? Senator rachel siewert has some ideas on native title reform to fix this, and some of her work on the NT intervention can also be found here. (Link to rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au)
I'm wondering what the Greens need to do to break the stigma of being a "minor party" put on them by the mainstream media. Just last week I was watching The Drum on the ABC where the shows participants put the party in the same category as other parties like Wikileaks. AFAIK the Greens are still the only party with a fully costed policy portfolio which in my mind makes it a major player in the election. Why does the stigma still exist? Edit: typos. It's changing slowly. part of the stigma is there because both the incumbent parties and some sections of the media work very hard to maintain it. we're working at it though.
You have sat on the foreign affairs, defence and trade committee in the senate, and are probably familiar with the so-called shipbuilding "Valley of Death." How do you propose to combat this impending workforce issue? Part of is based on having a small shipbuilding industry that has been tasked to build small numbers of large vessels.
Roy Morgan had the Greens at 13.5% in WA today. How confident are you of staying in the Senate? Also, what do you think is going to happen on Saturday in general? The 13.5 thing is probably an outlier. much as i would be happy if it were true, the polls are volatile and small sample sizes.
What in God's name happened with preferences? Besides optional above the life voting, how can we ensure that voters have a good idea who they are electing, and to make the whole thing more transparent? Or does the whole thing need a total overhaul? Above the line senate voting i reckon - sweep away the whole preference swap thing.
Hey Scott, Twitter very quickly decided the abbott internet plan should be called #fraudband. i agree.
What is your opions on Abbots Internet plan and do you think it's will benfit Australian families? Also what do you think about same sex marriage? Same sex marriage should be available to those who want one, and those who don't want others to have one should kind of mind their own business.
As the Greens have a very anti-nuclear policy, would they be open for consideration of future nuclear technologies like thorium reactors and (hopefully one day) fusion reactors? Also, can you play the ukulele? I am open to fusion power as long as the power station is eight light minutes away. thorium still feels like an expensive and polluting distraction, but i know that's probably needlessly provocative. thorium only looks good (on paper) when you sit it next to an old fashioned occasionally exploding light water uranium fission plant. seriously, can you have a quick browse of this (Link to greenswa.net.au and tell me we need thorium?
Probably not, and no, but thanks for your good wishes all the same. I am open to fusion power as long as the power station is eight light minutes away. Thorium still feels like an expensive and polluting distraction, but i know that's probably needlessly provocative. thorium only looks good (on paper) when you sit it next to an old fashioned occasionally exploding light water uranium fission plant. seriously, can you have a quick browse of this (Link to greenswa.net.au and tell me we need thorium? Ok a dear friend bought me a ukulele a few years ago and i was just dismally terrible at it even though listening to one played well nearly always makes me happy.
Hi Scott, what do you think about direct e-democracy in the 21st century and the SOL movement in Australia? Promising. we need new tools because some of the old ones have been pretty badly paralysed. very interested to see where these things go in years to come, and have a few ideas of my own.
Why didn't you rap on Friday? Because i know a few things that i am crap at and and rapping is one of them.
What do you think an Abbott lead government will be planning behind the scenes, that will really shock uninformed voters? This: (Link to fieldnotes.org.au)
Tl;dr - they are going to run the place like it was a mining company.
Hey Scott, on the off chance you aren't re-elected do you see your self continuing to work for the Greens or will you change careers and if so too what? I have no idea. no plan b. ask me in five days :-)
Do you have any comments about the Liberal Party apparently buying followers for Tony Abbott? Voting Greens this year, good luck mate! We definitely think it's a bit of a problem. It's also very funny how hard they've been busted. shout out to the many, amazing, hardworking and steadfast bloggers and journalists working to unmask abbott's zombie army.
What type of potatoes do you like? Chopped up into chip-shaped objects and covered in salt.
Would you rather fight one hundred turtle-sized Kevin Rudds, or one horse-sized Tony Abbott? I think for the next three years it looks like it's the horse-sized abbott.
Can you please post the link to first dog on the moon cartoon about your hair? Well ok since you asked - i only have a facebook link tho (Link to www.facebook.com)
Are you going to watch Q&A? No #qanda for me because i am here answering your anything.
I'd like to second this. If I remember correctly the ALP one has some element of privatisation and the Green plan doesn't. Yes that's right. we won that one, but if there's a change of government and we lose our senate numbers, there will be very little to privatise and it becomes a bit academic.
Great Question Luke! Things like spotify are helping to revamp the music industry for the digital age. We definitely need to encourage these types of services. Problem with spotify is the artists still only get a tiny fraction of the revenue.
Can you speak a little bit about Australia's housing crisis and what needs to be done to help overcome this issue. Ok well I'm glad you asked.
Australia has a housing affordability crisis. The Greens have a number of detailed costed election initiatives to address the housing crisis] ([Link to greens.org.au Almost one in three Australians rent. Pensioners can’t afford private rentals. Workers on minimum wage can’t afford private rentals. The Greens have released a number of fully-costed initiatives to tackle the housing crisis and also the growing crisis of homelessness – up 17% in five years. Housing supply bonds will unlock private investment and boost the supply of social housing. Our rental policy will expand and improve the national rental affordability scheme and introduce a Convert To Rent program, delivering 85,000 new affordable rentals in ten years. We can boost housing supply without increasing urban sprawl through urban planning reform – delivering affordable housing close to jobs, schools, public transport and other services. And today in Bunbury we launched a plan to boost local jobs by using plantation pine for prefabricated housing construction. This is cutting edge technology and a growth industry of the future.
Thanks Scott! Keep up the Great work! Ok i will.
One (slightly glib answer) is the gov2.0 and gov hack work that Kate Lundy has led in Cbra - really nice examples of applying the theory. big fan. Here's another one (am i allowed to post this twice?)
(Link to openeconomy.org.au) I think the Government should upload the budget here and crowdsource submissions on how to improve it. Srsly.
sigh WA Senate candidate doesn't answer question from WA resident about remote Aboriginal communities in WA. Hey there were a lot of questions. probably missed a few. i will go find it and write something up.
Ok have another look...
I don't have a question. Just want to say thanks for standing up to the luddites for the past 6 years. I hope you get to come back for another six. Well thankyou. I think I am probably a relative of Ned Ludd - i kid you not - (Link to en.wikipedia.org i think the luddites were probably a bit misunderstood and maligned. they weren't anti-technology as suchm they just didn't like being exploited and thrown out of work. but anyway, thanks :-D.
Murdoch has been waging a war against Kevin Rudd across all his media outlets. What can / will the Greens do to curb his influence in Australian politics. Stop buying his terrible newspapers.
Scott, in 2003 Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle heckled George Bush when he addressed the Australian Parliament. Would you ever do this and if so, who to. (Side note, someone suggested to me that you and Lee Rhiannon would probably talk all the other Greens into it) Probably i would heckle lord monckton because he is not even a lord.
That's almost a quota. Should get in. (Sex, Dems, possible leftover ALP prefs combine to push over the line.) No really. last week i was apparently on 9.5% and losing the house. WA polls have tiny sample sizes and should be treated with extreme caution.
Hi Scott, I'm just laying in bed on another part of the world. Just thought I'd say Hello, and keep up all the good work. Cheers mate. Hello.
Where are your preferences going. Wherever you put them. your preferences are yours, not mine.
Labor doesn't have a 'u' in it. Also, thanks for coming to ECU - that was an interesting session.
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