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The 1%

The 1%

Polygamous cult leaders bought $20M homes, $7M luxury cars with $1.1B in tax fraud profits

A superseding indictment filed on Tuesday and obtained by DailyMail.com reveals new fraud and money laundering charges against Jacob and Isaiah Kingston as well as their mother Rachel.

The $238 Million Penthouse Provokes Fierce Response: Tax It…

A pied-à-terre tax would institute a yearly tax on homes worth $5 million or more, and would apply to homes that do not serve as the buyer’s primary residence.

‘Brady Bunch’ star Barry Williams selling multi-million dollar Malibu beach house

Barry Williams—who played the oldest brother, Greg Brady—is selling his family beach home in Malibu, listing it for $6.38 million.

Deck with water views

Chicago man wins $20M lotto in first try at scratch-off ticket: report

A Chicago man hit a $20 million jackpot on the first scratch-off ticket he ever played.

UC Irvine pockets $2.14 million for house gifted by Laguna Beach professor

The UC Irvine Foundation has sold an ocean-view, three-bedroom house that the estate of Christian Werner donated to the university. The home, with an asking price of $2.295 million, sold for $2.14 million on Jan. 30.

For $6 million, you can live in Gov. Newsom’s house. (No, his other house)

Recently relocated to the state capitol, Gov. Gavin Newsom is selling his midcentury modern home in Marin County for $5.995 million.

Sunday Game News

Sunday Game News

Zynga hits Q4 earnings targets as CEO says ‘turnaround is now complete’

Zynga’s turnaround: How once-beleaguered game company plans for 2019 growth

Zynga went public in 2011, and it grew quickly on the strength of social games like FarmVille. But it hit the skids in 2013, and it began going downhill. Frank Gibeau, a former Electronic Arts executive, joined as CEO in 2016, taking over from Mark Pincus, the original CEO, who replaced his own replacement, Don Mattrick, who was Gibeau’s former colleague from EA. (Did you follow all that?)

^ Skullder went to work there a 2nd time haha.

Grand Theft Auto Online Cheater Owes Take-Two Over $150,000

Apex Legends is great because you don’t have to talk to anyone

I had very mixed feelings when Apex Legends was announced. On one hand, Titanfall and its sequel are two of my favorite shooters, offering an incredibly fast, almost balletic sense of movement that made otherwise standard skirmishes feel fresh and alive. The idea of developer Respawn taking that to the battle royale genre and throwing in charming Overwatch-style characters was incredibly exciting. But there was one very particular aspect of the game that made me wary: you can only play it in teams. As someone who spends hours in Fortnite solo and hates the idea of voice chat with strangers, this was an instant turn-off.

Putting Red Dead Redemption 2’s 23 million shipments in context

It seems like every few weeks, some major publisher puts out an earnings call or press release trumpeting some ridiculously large number of sales for its latest big-budget blockbuster. This week it’s Take Two, which yesterday announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has shipped 23 million copies since its October 26 launch last year.

Far Cry New Dawn: What’s Happened Since Far Cry 5

Far Cry New Dawn is just over the horizon, and it’s vibrant take on a post-apocalyptic future marks the first time we’ve seen a direct sequel to a Far Cry story. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to speed on what’s happened in the 17 years since the bombastic finale of Far Cry 5.

‘Battlefield V’ didn’t sell as well as EA hoped it would

Video game sales were particularly cutthroat last holiday, and it appears EA’s Battlefield V was one of the casualties. The publisher lowered the outlook for its revenue this quarter after revealing that its sales in the last quarter of 2018 “did not perform to our expectations.” While it didn’t explicitly blame BFV for the shortfall, that was undoubtedly the company’s flagship game — it otherwise relied on sports titles and the mobile-only Command & Conquer Rivals. The firm wasn’t shy about acknowledging “intense competition” as a factor.

People aren’t into revisionist history. They want Battlefield 1943. 

Female gamer has quadrupled her salary, after quitting her job as a bingo caller

Woman who makes £3K a month by live streaming herself playing video games has quadrupled her salary after quitting job as bingo caller – but claims she’s not taken seriously because men think she’s ‘beautiful’

Sunday Entertainment News

Sunday Entertainment News

‘The Walking Dead’ star Lauren Cohan reveals early talks for a Maggie spinoff

As fans of “The Walking Dead” are still reeling from the departure of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, another lost-but-living character may be getting a spinoff of her own. Lauren Cohan, teased a spinoff for her character Maggie during a recent interview.

Disney+ streaming service will feature non-Disney content at launch

‘Scrubs’ actor Sam Lloyd diagnosed with lung cancer, brain tumor weeks after welcoming son

“Scrubs” actor Sam Lloyd has been diagnosed with lung cancer just weeks after his wife gave birth to their first child together.

Drew Barrymore Really Wants Pizza but Fans Encourage Her to Stick to Her Diet and Exercise Plan

‘Wonder Years’ star Danica McKellar says she tried to break free from Winnie Cooper, explains her new role

‘Wonder Years’ star Danica McKellar says she tried to break free from Winnie Cooper, explains her new role

Nintendo Labo kits are on sale for $40, down from launch price of $69

The Nintendo Labo line, the delightful cardboard accessory kits for Nintendo Switch, is on sale for $40 at GameStop. That includes the Vehicle Kit and Variety Kit, which were $69.99 at launch, as well as the Robot Kit, which was $79.99.

Saturday Random News Roundup

Saturday Random News Roundup

Pilot in deadly Yorba Linda crash twice disciplined by federal air safety board

The pilot of a plane that broke up in the sky and crashed into a Yorba Linda neighborhood on Super Bowl Sunday, killing him and four others inside a home, apparently was twice disciplined by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to federal documents.

Jury awards $123M to victims in Seattle duck boat crash

A Seattle jury awarded $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat accident that killed five and injured 60. Both the maker of the vehicle and current operator were blamed.

UK: More than 1,000 children and teenagers are admitted to hospital with stab wounds in just one year 

Doctors are increasingly worried about the ‘Zombie knives’ favoured by gangs which are made to kill, as knife crime soars among those under 19, with the number admitted for wounds up 55 percent.

Southern California’s lack of economic freedom

Californians continue to be on the move. According to North American Moving Services, California lost residents and had some of the highest rates of outbound moves in 2018, according to moving truck rental data. In contrast, Texas and Florida were among the states with the highest rates of people moving in.

Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’

Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’

I got so screwed. I’m short like $3,000!

The White House said in October 2017 that the average family “would get a $4,000 raise” when it was pushing for passage of the law. Now that the new filing season has begun, some taxpayers are finding out that the tax man giveth — but also taketh away, especially as it pertains to their annual refund.

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Apex Legends Tips

Apex Legends Tips

I played some games and my kid started playing. It feels exactly like fortnite but better. I’m glad they don’t have the stupid building. Otherwise I suck at the game and have no idea about the weapons/mods or how to actually kill people yet.

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Apex Legends microtransactions guide: explaining Crafting Metals, Legend Tokens, and Apex Coins

Apex Legends has already proven its popularity with 10 million players. While some of those players likely won’t stick around, for those that do, the game’s microtransactions and currencies will be the gateway to new skins and characters.

Apex Legends earns 10 million players in three days

Apex Legends is already becoming a hit. The battle royale’s official Twitter account revealed that the free-to-play game already has 3.5 million players.Read More

EA’s ‘Apex Legends’ already topped 10 million players

‘Apex Legends’ Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of ‘Fortnite’

The battle royale field is crowded with competitors, but some inventive game mechanics help this one stand out.

PSA: The ‘Captain Marvel’ website will make you think it’s 1997

PSA: The ‘Captain Marvel’ website will make you think it’s 1997

Check out this 1990s

captain marvel website
captain marvel website

style web site.

We knew the upcoming Captain Marvel took place in the ’90s. We did not know that the movie’s official website would be a full-on meta blast to the past of the early world wide web.

You won’t have to fire up your dial-up connection, but you will want to look out for pop ups of that old lady Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers punched in the face in the first trailer.

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‘Willy Wonka’ star Julie Dawn Cole reveals what it was really like working with Gene Wilder, being Veruca Salt

‘Willy Wonka’ star Julie Dawn Cole reveals what it was really like working with Gene Wilder, being Veruca Salt

The 61-year-old British actress, who famously starred as demanding brat Veruca Salt in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” is proud of her child star roots and a few years ago went as far as releasing a memoir, titled “I Want it Now!,” about her time filming the cult classic.

Wednesday Random News

Wednesday Random News

Royal Caribbean announces $136G gig for someone to travel world as a ‘Shore Explorer’

earn 6,000 pounds (around $7,775) for the whirlwind, three-week gig — or the equivalent of a 104,000-pound ($135,000) “annual salary,” according to Royal Caribbean.

UK people only. Lame. 

Man Swimming Under The Crystal-Clear Frozen Surface Of A Lake

This is a video of freediver Petr Kapoun swimming under the frozen surface of Lake Milada in the Czech Republic.

Costco selling 24-pound cheese ‘Wedding Cake’ capable of feeding 150 guests

 

And the price for such a privilege? $439.99, shipping and handling included.

F-35 pilot describes how cutting-edge plane is a key weapon in America’s arsenal

Lockheed Martin F-35 Pilot Billie Flynn is a former F-18 Pilot who flew attack missions over Serbia. Here he gives a pilot’s view of war in the F-35.

This cat named Michael Scott is the World’s Best Cat

Brittney Jernstrom, a 26-year-old Office superfan named her cat Michael Scott after noticing some striking similarities between him and Steve Carell’s careless and beloved character in the NBC comedy. The funny feline is really living up to the name.

EA says holiday quarter was ‘difficult’ and missed expectations

Electronic Arts reported earnings for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31 that missed the company’s and Wall Street’s expectations. This comes on the heels of launching a new battle royale that dominated online discussion Monday. Analysts expected EA to post earnings per share of $1.94 on revenue of $1.75 billion on a non-GAAP ba…Read More

Navy builds two new large surface attack drone ships

The Navy is building two new large drone ships to coordinate synchronized attacks, perform command and control across fleets of Unmanned Surface Vessels and conduct high-risk maritime missions such as anti-submarine operations, mine countermeasures, surface warfare and forward-deployed surveillance.

PayPal Blacklists Jewish Conservative Activist Laura Loomer

PayPal has blacklisted conservative activist and investigative journalist Laura Loomer.

E-scooter injuries keep piling up

 It totaled 250 people sent to the ER and 100 with head injuries. Now Consumer Reports has found throughout the country more than 1,500 scooter-related injuries that can be blamed on the two-wheeled vehicles.

Kayleigh McEnany says Instagram removed her Elizabeth Warren post for ‘harassment or bullying’

DOJ to investigate plea bargain awarded to Clinton-linked sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but watchdogs say probe is tainted

The Justice Department has opened an investigation into a plea bargain awarded in 2007 to a wealthy, politically connected financier accused of abusing underage sex slaves by a top prosecutor who now serves President Trump’s secretary of labor.

Iron Alliance: U.S. To Purchase Israel’s Iron Dome Weapons Defense System

On Wednesday, the United States Army confirmed that plans have been finalized to buy two of Israel’s Iron Dome weapons system batteries for $373 million.
I thought they got that from us.

Colorado runner mauled by mountain lion choked animal to death

A Colorado runner who was attacked by a mountain lion on a running trail Monday reportedly pummeled the animal with a rock before wrestling it to the ground and ultimately choking it to death, state wildlife officials said.
Tuesday Games

Tuesday Games

Respawn’s Apex Legends hits 1 million players in 8 hours

Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends drew more than a million players in the first eight hours that the free-to-play battle royale shooter was available.

Titanfall Battle Royale Game Apex Legends Is Out Now

As expected, development studio Respawn announced its Titanfall spinoff battle royale game Apex Legends this afternoon, and it’s out right now.

Titanfall creator Respawn takes on Fortnite with free shooter Apex Legends — and it’s out now

When Titanfall studio Respawn gathered members of the press at a hotel in Los Angeles last week, the crowd knew they were going to see a new game, one with a peculiar shroud of secrecy around it. In fact, up until that point, no trace of the title had been talked about, leaked, or discussed before. And afterward, even knowing the game’s name, I was unable to find any shred of its existence on the internet — that is until it starting leaking over the weekend.

Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says

What was once Titanfall 3 has become Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game that launched today. In other words, a third Titanfall is not currently in development, despite the critical acclaim for the first two.

Mackey McCandlish interview — Why Respawn made battle royale shooter Apex Legends

Mackey McCandlish, Respawn’s design director for Apex Legends, talked with GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi about the design of the battle royale game.Read More

U.S. video game sales reached new high in 2018

In 2018 there was an 18% increase in video game sales since 2017. Video games also beat North American movie box office sales in 2018, which recorded $11.9 billion. The Nintendo Switch became the United States’ best-selling console last year, topping the Playstation 4.

Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great

This afternoon, I went to a concert in Fortnite. I don’t entirely know what I was just part of, but I think I loved it?

Avoid Pay to Win Games

Avoid Pay to Win Games

After two years of pay-to-win mobile games, let me tell you, avoid them like the plague! Here’s why.

Sliding a Credit Card Doesn’t Bestow Skill

Anytime you associate skill with a credit card purchase, it’s a losing battle.

Games offer more powerful units, or more energy (remember the worst offender FarmVille ?),  more skill slots, permanent stats, or more powerful items for purchase. This gives players an advantage over other players usually to the point of beating them without any challenge in the worst offending pay-to-win games. This however gives the purchaser a feeling of skill over the lesser equipped players, yet in reality it’s at the person who didn’t pay as much expense.

The illusion of skill. Sliding the credit card gives power buyers the feeling of power over lesser spenders.

The Lesser Skilled Power Buyers Often show their complete lack of skill…

…much to the rage of the casual buyers. How do you know this is the case? Try fighting an even battle and see who wins, or see how much they run away when the fight is remotely fair. Losing to mother’s of two who don’t even play real games? Welcome to pay-t0-win.

Pay-to-win Creates Untouchable Bullies

For 1 and 1/2 years we’ve played against 3 players who can kill anyone in the game at will and no one can do anything to stop them. You can’t even gang up on them because they just run at any somewhat fair fight and pick people off when they are not teamed.  On top of that, they spend time talking trash in chat, or just blatantly harassing players that have no prayer of even damaging them. They’ve spent $30,000+ on their bases. Who wants to deal with these fux for years at a time with no prayer of hurting them except by outspending them.

Pay-to-win Games Attract Extremely Wealthy People

Remember the “Am I Rich?” App on Apple Play Store? People paid $1,000+ for an app that did nothing except show that they could buy it without any concern for the price.

Have you ever played games with an oil Barron? People from Dubai? Well pay-to-win, especially mobile games are your chance to actually play in games with these people.

I’ve seen people spend $3,000 in 10 mins. It’s very similar to gambling. Ironically they’re spending this much on gambling on video game items having the right stats. haha.

Pay-to-win Result in Class Shaming

One thing you’ll see for the first time is the rich players shaming anyone who doesn’t spend as much as them. That’s the appalling shit you only read about or see in old 1980s movies but if you join these types of game, be prepared to be called POOR by big spenders. Ironically you might be richer than they are and are just smart enough to not waste it on a stupid video game. hah.

Good Game Makers Make Every Item that affects Balance Available for Free

Proper game makers make things available (even if difficult to get) for everyone, whether they have paid or not. That allows everyone a chance at being the best, even if they have to play more to get the rare items.

Game makers that want to rob you blind, offer you more powerful things if you pay more money.

Examples: higher levels, better units (super ship 3 vs. super ship 1), 200 power weapons vs., 130 power weapons., etc.

The top bases in Mobile Strike are as much as $200,000. And don’t talk about Eve Online or Star Citzen.

Pay-to-Win Game Developers Prey on Gamers’ Desire to be #1 or to win

Gamers want to  compete and win and these game makers prey on that by continually selling you better versions of things to help you do better in the game. They’re even preditory by selling you more and more expensive “packs” after you buy each one. For example they’ll sell you a $9.99 pack, then a $19.99 pack, and so on until for some people in a game I’m playing, they’re getting offered $299.99 packs haha.

Pay-to-Win Game Developers Prey on Addiction

They always keep giving you new deals that you HAVE to buy to keep up with other players. You get sucked in and you keep spending until $1,000+ have been spent. It prays on people susceptible to gambling. It’s sad to watch. One player put in $5-10K then quit. Another player put in $35,000, lost their base due to cheating, then had to start again and put another $30,000 into their base. Insane.

Pay-to-Win Developers Scam you with LOW DROP Chests/Boxes

Watch out for things being offered but the percentage to get them is extremely low. For example this company was selling get the best ship for $19.99 but the actual chance to get the item was 1% in the box. They then sell/have a special DOUBLE CHANCE box/event where it just changes to 2% to get the ship. haha. If there’s ever a place to look up the drop rates, make sure you check out how low the actual drop rate really is. The other day I watched a girl in my guild spend $100 for 5 packs and didn’t get the item at all. They give you other minor stuff like resources and crap you didn’t want in return but don’t actually give you the item you thought you were buying.

Myself I got conned by a “guaranteed item” for an item set. There are 6 pieces in the set and I already had 1. So I bought the $20 pack and I got the SAME item I already had and even a crappier version of the item on top of that. So it was completely useless and in no way worth $20. They should have ran a check to see if I already had the item and gave me one of the 5 other items I didn’t have but these guys are jerks and want you to keep buying again and again until you get the right item despite telling you it’s a guaranteed drop.

But do you get anything from these games?

  • Always something to upgrade – Because they want you to never quit playing
  • Always something to do – Unless you run out of energy.
  • Bonuses for logging in every day – To keep you playing
  • Great game tech support – To keep you playing/paying
  • Temporary Maintenance Rewards – These games actually make you feel good about maintenance because they give you great rewards including stuff you couldn’t normally get without paying. You’ll be wishing for maintenance in these games
  • Great game Updates – They want you to never quit so they keep adding new cool things to keep you playing. These have been the best continual game updates I’ve seen for games you’re paying nothing for (but can’t ever win)
  • Somewhat nicer quality of gamers – Because these are non-gamers who just pay to play on their phone, they’re typically a lot nicer than the people you run into in regular games. You can meet some great people.
  • You can hang on the coattails of the big spenders – We had the #2 person in our guild and it was great following them around looting their leftovers. Until they quit, haha. We had to kiss his ass though. But what ends up happening is the #1 player has a guild who are all unstoppable when he’s around but are terrified to quit because then they’d actually lose and have a challenge in the game. So they’re all his bitches. haha.

 

But overall, stay away. They’ll suck your life away.