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I'm finalizing my portfolio for this year.

It's been a while since I made a big post. Lots of people are still messaging me about the energy sector post, especially for the ENPH tip, so I'm here to show my portfolio. I don't own all companies yet, this is partially hypothetical. I'm holding on to a reasonable cash position for a possible new downturn, but I have starting positions in most companies and will DCA.
I will try to keep it summarized, as I have done quite a lot of analysis on each of them. I'll draw the main picture and give the most important arguments for my choices, but I'm not expanding too much. If you're interested, you can DM me to talk about them more.
Let me start by saying I'm a growth investor. I always look for a combination of growth with a great track record, if possible at a reasonable price. There are exceptions as you will see below, but the main balance stays the same. I'm not a defensive investor, but no aggressive one either. My timeline is 2-5 years at least (due to a possible start of a small business), but I would gladly hold on to these companies 10+ years.
TLDR; For you guys not interested in my portfolio, I've added a short list of interesting smaller cap companies at the end, most of them trading at decent values.
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ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES - $AMD
This one is becoming a blue chip, but has more than enough growth potential to live up to those high valuations. Preferred by gamers and beating their biggest competitor in the CPU market hard. While AMD and INTC were close competitors at the beginning of the 21st century, INTC took the lead by a lot. Since 2017, they introduced 7nm CPU's and GPU's and they are closing the gap fast. Not only are their chips more performant, they are also cheaper. Market cap $60B vs $261b.
Those next generation chips lead them to new partnerships, often beating INTC. Microsoft, a long time Intel customer, began using AMD chips in their Surface laptops. Lenovo using AMD for their new servers. Nvidia started using the chips in their AI products. AMD is also used by Apple's high-end laptops, while Intel (used in the budget range) will probably get replaced by Apple chips made in-house. Apart from laptops, AMD has government contracts to deliver supercomputers in 2021/2023 and they are used in both PS and XBOX consoles, to give a few examples.
For the CPU market, AMD is destined to take over, but they're also taking on NVDA for their GPU's. They have been catching up for years and in 2019 they finally made a better performing GPU in the $350-400 price range. There is a possibility to gain GPU market cap since NVDA has been pushing their prices due to the lack of competition. Therefore, with AMD stepping up their game, they need to give up market share or lower their margins.
Financial
Assets over liabilities are x1.88. Cash to debt ratio well above industry average, debt to EBITDA well below IA. ROE 17.12% and ROIC 28.06%. Earnings were growing fast before Covid (125% in Q3, 78% in Q4). Yes they're overvalued, but with their future outlook, I would always buy below $49.
Doubts
Now that they are done catching up, the question is, will they outperform in the future. To gain more market share of Nvidia, they need to be better, not equally good. AMD also needs to control the heating better, as it is one of their long term problems.
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MASTERCARD - $MA
Fintech companies like SQ and PYPL are a great investment. However, a lot of big companies will (and already did) implement online financial services. MA is able to easily work with multiple of those companies and they're using their global presence pretty well, that's why they're my pick for the fintech industry.
They launched Mastercard Accelerate last year, implementing those online paying platforms and letting start-ups take advantage of their global presence to grow and transform very fast. Last year they acquired Ethoca (managing e-commerce fraud) and Vyze (platform to connect merchants with multiple renders, giving them the opportunity to get those financial needs for start-ups). MA is basically helping start-ups to grow faster, which will result in more financial transactions in the future.
Last but not least, they like to focus on expanding to countries where there isn't much competition yet. They are expanding their exposure to Middle East and Africa, working with local networks and e-commerce platforms. They are in a strong position to capitalize those regions in the future and take on market leader Visa even more.
They get compared a lot to Visa, so I'll expand on that subject a bit as well. While V is focussing on performance and speed, MA plays the cyber security card. They are already working on ways to implement cryptocurrency and Mastercard tend to have more growth potential vs stability from market leader Visa. While V is in the lead, MA is more widely used by fintech companies, which shows potential take-over in the future. Next to their credit services, they also own debit service Maestro, which is widely used in Europe.
Financial
Returns as high as 150% (ROE) and 60% (ROIC). Very large margins and perfectly stable balance sheet. High EPS growth YoY, 53% and 42% in the last two years. Quick ratio 1.87. V has more assets and even bigger margins, however MA wins in returns and cash. In terms of more growth, I like to focus on those last numbers more.
Doubts
It's a blue chip at a $300B market cap. Their growth potential might be limited, although I see them as one of the better picks between blue chips.
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ENPHASE ENERGY - $ENPH
I already talked about solar energy in another post, so I'm gonna skip the explanation. As some of you know my choices were ENPH and SEDG, so I'll explain a bit about why I choose ENPH here. Mainly it's because of their financials, so I'll dive that straight away.
Quick ratio - 2.35 vs 1.74
ROE - 142.94% vs 21.51%
ROIC - 85.51% vs 25.81%
Net margin - 25.81% vs 10.28%
However I think SEDG balance sheet is a lot better and safer, ENPH is working on their future more efficient. They are paving the way smoothly with bigger margins and return on investments. Although SEDG might be the better pick right now, ENPH will be the better one in a short while. ENPH is also a bit less overvalued and their PEG ratio is lower, which makes them the better pick to get in right now.
Diving into the products as well, ENPH just has the better and more efficient product. Their micro inverters are more durable (20 vs 12 years) and give the chance to increase or decrease the amount of solar panels easily, depending on your personal situation.
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GALAPAGOS - $GLPG
I'm not a big fan of biotech companies, but these guys have my attention. Not because they're working on Covid vaccines, but because of two reasons. First one is them getting back-up from Gilead Sciences. That's the push they needed to start operating worldwide, increasing their potential market cap. Now that they have the cash from GILD, they can keep on buying interesting divisions and increase their growth. While having almost no long term debt, they are set pretty well with about $4 billion extra in cash.
Second, they have multiple medicines in later trial phases, with Filgotinib as their biggest one. They had a setback on those results, but the company is very confident, giving an opportunity to get them at a decent price. I wouldn't be surprised if they partner up with another big pharmaceutical company in the metabolic disease section.
Financial
High PE (84 vs 44 average), but PEG ratio is 1.2. Quick ratio 9.28. ROIC 75.91% and ROE 7%. Became profitable this year with 16.25% net margin. 38.7% YoY EPS growth.
Doubts
Like all biotech players, there's a lot depending on medicines getting through phase trials and being commercialized. If Filgotinib will fail, their stock will obviously fall. However since they are backed by a big US giant, they can commercialize the product faster and on a bigger global scale if trials succeed. That's what gives them the advantage in comparison to other biotech companies for me.
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WALT DISNEY - $DIS
This one has got me doubting a lot. I've taken them off and put them back on my list multiple times, but eventually I decided to keep them at least 2 years to see how they will evolve into streaming.
Biggest advantage they have on their competitors is they basically have a monopoly on kids entertainment. Kids are growing up with electronic devices and content, so they're creating customers at a very young age. That's how Coca Cola used to work. They targeted 14-16 year olds, dumping loads of money into advertising which resulted in life long customers, as people didn't change cola brands often.
Disney+ is a big hit and they won't get so much competition from other streaming services as Netflix and Roku will. They have one of the strongest defined brands out there and they know perfectly how to build and maintain their company. It's also still unclear how sports with public will evolve, but it's certain streaming will become even bigger after Covid. Therefore their money-losing ESPN acquisition could even turn into a moneymaker.
Financial
I can't really say great things about their financials. ROE is 12.67%, above 10% is decent. Assets over liabilities are x1.85 and debt to equity is 0.61. You could apply the saying "too big to fail' here, but that's about it. The bad financials are mainly caused by their big investment to streaming of course and they're working on it hard. They doubled their cash position, increasing their quick ratio from 0.75 to 0.89.
Doubts
I would say financials are their weak point here. They still have to go through some bad weather this and next year I would say. Them doubling their cash position in Q1 was soothing, as I see it being the biggest issue for the future. It might be better to wait it out and keep an eye on them for next year, but I wanted to take a position already. Not higher than 8% of my portfolio though.
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MICROSOFT - $MSFT
They don't really an introduction I guess. 2nd biggest player for cloud services with Azure. Naming Satya Nadella as CEO and making the transition from hardware to software in 2014 were the best decisions they could've made. Acquired the government contract with Pentagon, however there's still uncertainty about it. In short, Amazon is claiming they were about to win the contract, but Trump criticizing the company would've lead to calling off the deal. For me, that's probably the main reason why MSFT didn't fly as high as their fellow cloud competitors yet.
Financial
Assets over liabilities x1.67. ROE and ROIC respectively at 43.82% and 28.88%. Quick ratio of 2.88, 0.65 debt to equity and 1.86 cash to debt. Decent financials, great returns. Talking about blue chips, I would say MSFT is still fairly valued with a PEG ratio just below industry average. Also paying a small dividend.
Doubts
The Pentagon contract allegations could be pretty negative for the company. They will probably not come back on their decision, cause if they do, MSFT will claim they already made big investments towards them and things will just keep on dragging on. Even without the contract, MSFT should be a 10 year hold while buying on dips.
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INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES - $IIPR
Haven't read a lot about them here on Reddit, but they're a very decent investment. Basically, they buy properties from cannabis companies and leases them back to the sellers, giving them the cash they need to grow faster and IIPR keeps the long term advantage of renting out those properties. They need to buy about 6-8 properties a year to keep their growth rate going and they already bought 7 this year. They still have a lot of cash ready to take advantage of the crisis.
Not only are they 20% undervalued right now, they have a lot more growth potential after that and on top of it, they pay close to 5% dividend. I'm not a big fan of betting on the best cannabis company for the future, but IIPR is a great buy to have exposure in that industry. It doesn't happen very often I come across a company that combines growth potential with a high dividend, but IIPR does.
Financial
Quick ratio 6.75, cash to debt 2.8 (while REITs have an 0.07 average). Net margins 13% above average. Assets over liabilities x4.88. Annual EPS growing by more than 150% and about 41% in the last quarter before Covid. They just missed Q1 estimates, but it was only an 8% drop from Q4, performing way better than other REITs.
Doubts
IIPR has held a lot of new investment rounds, diluting shares. Of course extra capital will result in higher growth and will eventually be positive in the long run. There has been a drop in these last few days due to the announcement of selling 1 million more shares soon. I would look at it as an opportunity to get an even better price on them.
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TELADOC HEALTH - $TDOC
It's the only company I don't own yet. I can't force myself to invest more than $140 per share for them, although I really like their business model. A lot of people are skipping doctors visits these days, going straight away to get medicines and counting on the advice of pharmacists. A lot of times, there's more examination needed.
Not only do I see them succeeding in their field, I see them as an essential part of the automation of the pharmacy industry. It's a useful tool in emergencies, giving advice and deciding how serious the condition is, if (fast) medical care is needed. Teladoc will also play a role in insurance and giving the employers a checking tool. 98.9% of their shares are owned by institutions.
Financial
In terms of profitability and returns, not great of course. They are estimated to get profitable in 2023. Great balance sheet, assets over liabilities x2.66. Quick ratio 6.14, cash to debt 1.06, debt to equity 0.48.
Doubts
It's hard to see if a company is well managed before they are profitable. Their moat isn't very narrow, however I feel being one of the first ones gives you a big advantage in this field.
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DRAFTKINGS - $DKNG
Gonna keep this one pretty short, there has been enough posts about Donkey Kong. For me, the most important factor for choosing them in this industry is their fantasy sports section. They are widely popular and that division will only get more interesting while online gambling, and especially in-game betting, gets more and more legalized in the US.
Although they realized major revenue growth in 2019, they almost doubled their earnings loss. Main reason of course having to develop their platform and system. Good thing is, their technology is highly scalable, meaning they margin will grow massively while expanding in to more states and countries. Not many ratios available yet, so that's about the only financial information I own atm.
The only negative I see is their pretty wide moat, so this one should be monitored more closely in the future. But for now, they have the momentum and are one of the most popular choices, great investment.
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RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES - $RTX
As many of you know, two great companies (UTC and RTN) merged together in April. While United focussed on aircraft engines (Pratt & Whitney), Raytheon manufactured weapons, military and commercial electronics. They always delivered advanced technologies and them gaining multiple government contracts in the last decade is confirmation of their performant products.
Raytheon will continue to grow their leadership in different segments. Because of their diversity, they seem perfectly in place to grow even more into an aerospace & defense giant. Engines, aerostructures, avionics, sensors, cybersecurity and other software solutions are just a few examples of their working fields.
Financial
With a PE ratio of 13.58 and PB ratio of 1.41, this is probably the most undervalued stock in my portfolio. Assets over liabilities x1.43. The rest of their financials isn't that great. UTC was carrying a lot of debt, but because of the merger, it will be better balanced as RTN was only carrying $2 billion net debt. If they can decrease their debt and optimize their merger, they are set to be the new number one in defense.
Doubts
It's still unclear how the merger will work out financially and logistically. In theory, they should be very well armed (pun intended) to take on LMT as market leader. Their exposure to commercial aircrafts is also a big threat, but it's less of an issue because they can make up with their other practices.
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As you can see, I've tried to get the best blue chips with still some growth potential and stable growth companies together. Since a lot of companies already got mentioned on this forum, I'll include a bonus round of interesting companies I came across during my search for the best companies. I didn't include them in my portfolio mainly because I feel the chance of them succeeding and living up to their future potential is more risky than others. For you looking for higher risk, higher reward, check out these companies below.
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So, that's about all I have to share. This will also be my last big post a while. Analyzing stocks has been my main occupation for the last three months, but it's time to work on opening up the hotel and bar again. I hope some of you get something out of this. I'm not a professional so always check again for yourself. I'm gonna hold on to these companies for a while now. Will add some extra capital at the beginning of 2021, so you could expect another big post about my newest findings then. For now, I'm gonna take a break from following the market day in day out and enjoy the weather a bit more.
Have a good one!
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The Hater's Guide to the 92nd Academy Awards

The Hater's Guide to the 92nd Academy Awards
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to discuss a century-old American tradition, one ruled over by a mostly white male organization that sees itself as progressive, but is ultimately the beacon of hypocrisy on social issues. This four-month slug-fest of onscreen excess begins as autumn arrives, with a familiar set of heroes and villains each season. When the New Year passes, we get a slew of head-to-head match-ups that weed out the frauds from the contenders. And it all culminates in February with a bloated, overstuffed finale that perpetuates the industry circle-jerk and angers more and more people. And yet we still trick ourselves into watching it again next year.
No, I'm not talking about the NFL. I'm talking about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! With their 92nd Oscar ceremony coming up, I'd like to go over this year's Best Picture nominees in a way that all you fellow Sportsballers and Yinzers can understand. Fortunately, many of you people watched more than 3 movies this year, so you'll all understand my references.
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I'm sorry, what were we talking about again? Oh right, the Oscars! Now onto the nominees!

1917 (SAVING LOTS OF PRIVATES)

Our first contender is the annual technical achievement, that big-budget, popular genre pic that's usually just happy to be here, but will usually dominate the tech categories, mainly VFX. After Christopher Nolan pulled off a unique take on European war movies with his non-linear structure in Dunkirk, Sam Mendes wants a piece of that glory as well, with a one-take journey through the harrowing French countryside, where a man has to travel to deliver a message to help save Tommen Baratheon's brother, who later turns out to be Robb Stark.
Thanks to a surprise run at the Golden Globes, box-office glory, and praise in the craft areas, Mendes might just get his 2nd win, and it's well deserved. Former Lolcow Roger Deakins is also looking to secure his 2nd win in 3 years, and Thomas Newman is also aiming to shed his Legacy of Failure. If this ceremony plays out like 1999, this might end up winning Best Picture...and fortunately, none of the lead actors in this movie are creeps, so this is an easy improvement.

Ford v Ferrari (LE MANS OF JUSTICE)

Finally, a movie made for Sportsballers! I have a feeling that for many of us, this is our movie of the year, as it's set during a time when professional racing had dignity! The racing scenes are intense, and Damon and Bale have a strong dynamic throughout. All the characters are great too, aside from that one marketing guy who was a mustache away from being the most obvious villain ever.
It's just a shame that this movie's biggest pitfall is that the other nominees are hogging up the attention; 1917 has all the technical love, Irishman and Marriage Story became the acting showpieces, and a bunch of living legends and promising newcomers are hogging up the Directing slots, so the director of Logan still won't be able to break through this year. He's becoming the directorial equivalent of Philip Rivers: getting hot at the wrong time.
But you want to know what really doomed this movie's chances? The fact that it's about a large American company that makes products for the masses, going after a smaller, more prestigious firm to prove it can also make a well-performing vehicle for high-minded adults. So it's basically about Disney owning Fox and dominating the Oscars now! Sorry Disney! You might be able to control 35% of the box office and the network that broadcasts these awards, but you can't have this one!

The Irishman (GOODFELLAS: ENDGAME)

What do you get when you combine a disrupting company that's emerged as the new big player in Hollywood, a culmination of decades' worth of a unique mode of storytelling, a 3-hour runtime, some mind-blowing VFX work, career-best performances, and a likely goodbye for the figures onscreen? Avengers: Endgame!
Nah, I'm just fuckin' with you, I know better than to put Scorsese down like that. In all honesty, I respect him for keeping this film in the conversation for several months. Like I said, the lead performances are all great, with all these legends onscreen, and I appreciate the film's epic sweep of decades of American history. This has all the surefire points needed to win Best Picture, right?
Well, I'm shocked it's not getting as much love this year. Despite 10 nominations including the most important categories, it turns out being on Netflix still isn't enough to help this film keep up momentum, even though De Niro and Pesci are probably at their best here. And what's even more odd is that Scorsese's film is fading but a diet-Scorsese film is gaining all the momentum right now! Oh, we'll get there...

Jojo Rabbit (MOON-REICH KINGDOM)

Ah yes, the Internet's quirky friend has actually made an awards-season crowd-pleaser. After directing an MCU movie and making vampires cool again, Taika Waititi is making his Oscar splash with a comedy about an Aryan male learning to befriend someone who his country is supposed to hate, with the hope that a big win at Toronto will carry it to glory. This is something it has in common with both the Boston Bruins and last year's Best Picture winner which shall not be named.
But it's kind of a shame that we have to lump these two films together, because I think this is really funny, visually interesting (even if it is basically Wes Anderson-light), gets surprisingly dark, and filled with several great performances by both the children and the adult actors (Stephen Merchant steals it for me). Scarlett Johansson also finally got a Supporting Actress nom, though between this and another film on this list, she's probably not going to win this category. Although she would have if the movie were set in WW2 Japan...

Joker (BABY('S FIRST TAXI) DRIVER)

Hooray, it's the annual black sheep of the Oscars. A movie that's so on-the-nose in its themes and writing, and has a director who's clearly trying to be Scorsese but doesn't understand his work, and whose behavior reminds me of that Rami Malek character from that one season of BoJack Horseman, has somehow won the Golden Lion at Venice and used Joaquin Phoenix's always exceptional acting to carry it throughout this season. And now, while Scorsese himself seems to have been neglected this season, Scorsese-light has 11 nominations and might actually win Best Picture this year!
Not to say that there isn't merit. Joaquin really does carry the whole thing, and De Niro might not be getting enough credit for his supporting role as the aftermath of his King of Comedy character. The score is also great, and it'd be nice to see a female composer win Best Score.
Then again, this film has made over $1 billion so far. For context, that's almost 90% of Endgame's opening weekend. And the rule of thumb lately is that the biggest box-office hit likely isn't going to win Best Picture, so that should kill this movie's chances...right? If not, I'm blaming Spanos.

Little Women (MARCH MADNESS)

In the 7th film adaptation of this classic coming-of-age story, Greta Gerwig's plan to make it feel fresh and original is to make it for the A24 crowd. A non-linear structure, some meta aspects, and casting Timothee Chalamet as a manic pixie dream boy will do that for you.
That said, this film is amazing for a sophomore outing, and Gerwig shot this like a pro. It's told out of order in a way that connects the characters' childhoods and adult lives, and contains great seasonal auras to bring the narratives together. All the actors are great, especially Saorise Ronan and Florence Pugh, who at least got credit here so the Academy could make us forget that they didn't watch Midsommar.
But seriously, no Directing nom? She did everything the males have to do to win! Now Film Twitter will never let me hear the end of this!

Marriage Story (DIVORCE F*CKING SUCKS)

Netflix's other entry is clearly the year's big acting showpiece. Thanks to a fantastic script from the writer of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, we get great and balanced performances from Adam Driver and ScarJo. My main takeaway from this is that our legal system is as fucked as the Knicks, so divorce lawyers will get tons of money to push the buttons of their clients and make them say and do things they'd normally never do about their spouses. But damn, if it isn't worth watching other people go through a divorce just to see a heated argument near the end!
In what looks to be a Lakers-style showing for the actors, all the love is probably going to the individual players instead of the whole piece. Laura Dern is a shoo-in for Supporting Actress, but the Lead Actor category seems like a long shot, because Adam Driver's performance had heart, but Joker in the society had a Joker in the society. Scarlett Johansson looks like the only other possibility for a win, and she proved here why she's actually a great actress, and all she needs is for momentum to swing away from Renee Zellweger to get a win here, just like Ed Orgeron finally got this year.
Speaking of Scarlett, a word. You are still one of the most attractive people on the planet. We have been waiting years to give you an Oscar, and you'll soon be starring in a follow-up to the new highest-grossing movie of all-time. Please don't fuck up this golden opportunity by defending Woody Allen. Or talking about what races your characters should be.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (L.A. CON-FEET-DENTIAL)

Welcome back, Quentin! You've reached the ceremony with your most complete movie since at least Inglorious Basterds. Hateful Eight was a bit sluggish, and Django Unchained was too excessive and lost me after Christoph Waltz's character died, but this tale of a Hollywood long forgotten feels like his best chance to win it all at the tail end of his career, just like John Elway.
While Tarantino may be a lock to win Screenplay, Leonardo DiCaprio−who joined the city of Cleveland by ending his Legacy of Failure back in 2016 after crawling around in the snow for 2 1/2 hours−is looking for another win by playing a failed Hollywood actor. Brad Pitt might also get the job done after only spending most of his career as one of the most attractive people in movies. If this movie manages to clean up at the Oscars, and it has a great chance, it will be among Tarantino's many feats of wonder.
I said feats of wonder, not feet of wonder!

Parasite (CRAZY RICH (AND POOR) ASIANS)

In a world where American audiences are too lazy to watch foreign films, here's one that I think transcends borders, and is equal parts comedy, drama, thriller, and tragedy, all while touching on class issues in the developed world. And even the guilds seem to be taking a shine to Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece. Doing a bunch of genre work with American actors will do that for you.
Even being pigeon-holed into Best International Film shouldn't keep this film from winning the kind of awards Roma won a year ago, although the film's best shots appear to be in Production Design and Editing. A lack of acting noms may have also hindered this film's chances. But win or lose, this feels like a brave step forward in foreign films becoming popular with American audiences!
Wait, they're making an HBO series for this movie from Adam McKay?! Looks like I spoke too soon!

Final Thoughts

As many of you are aware, we have nowhere to go but up from last year with this field. I mean, sure, our last winner was the latest installment in the Miss Daisy Extended Universe, but that was only the 3rd or 4th-worst nominee. Remember, its competition included a watered-down biopic of a musical icon, a ham-handed political movie with some baffling editing choices, and a groundbreaking but formulaic superhero movie with a 3rd act out of a PS2 cut scene. But this year's field is full of great stories, with over half of the nominees having a chance to win.
So I bet you're all hoping I pull a jinx for Joker to win Best Picture as movies implodes and moviescirclejerk has years of material to work with. But I'm going with something that'll be even more controversial:
1917 wins, Mendes and crew sweep the technical awards, and everyone gets mad that another war movie won Best Picture instead of appreciating the craftsmanship involved in making this movie work and the fact that a WWI movie from a talented filmmaker without known actors in the leads was a box-office hit.
(On a side note, I had an earlier draft of this script where I said that Martin Scorsese is too good right now, and then The Irishman lost most of its momentum. Even in my drafts, I manage to jinx other people! It's only a matter of time before this prediction becomes wrong, too. God help us all.)
*Outro clip: Moonlight winning Best Picture instead of La La Land* 

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Morning prepper

An emerging market selloff focused on Argentina and Turkey has begun to spread to other major economies in the developing world as contagion fears ripple through the markets. Indonesian equities sank for a fifth day as policy makers attempted to support the rupiah through measures including interest rate hikes, while South Africa's rand, hit hard by the country’s first economic contraction since 2009, is now this week's worst-performing emerging market currency.
Economy
Senior officials from the U.S. and Canada are due to meet in Washington today in a bid to settle major NAFTA differences amid pressure from the Trump administration. "No NAFTA is better than a bad NAFTA deal for Canadians and that’s what we are going to stay with," Justin Trudeau told reporters, stating he would insist on keeping the Chapter 19 dispute-resolution mechanism and existing protections that ban U.S. media firms from buying Canadian cultural industries.
Australia's economy sped past all expectations in Q2 as rapid population growth fueled demand for homes and infrastructure, while bolstering consumer spending despite painfully slow wages growth. GDP was 3.4% higher than a year earlier, ahead even of the 2.9% growth boasted by the U.S., a remarkable feat given the nation's ever-changing procession of prime ministers.
Concerns about economic damage from a powerful typhoon weighed on Japanese shares overnight, resulting in the Nikkei's fourth consecutive day of losses. Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit the country in 25 years, rammed through Western Japan, killing at least ten people and leaving more than a million homes without power. It also briefly submerged a large part of Kansai Airport. Many chip plants operate in the region, including Toshiba Memory (OTCPK:TOSYY).
Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, but oil prices are partly reversing a strong jump from the previous day, when dozens of U.S. oil and gas platforms were shut in anticipation of the impending disruption. Not as strong as expected? The storm was shifting eastward late Tuesday, reducing its threat to producers on the western side of the Gulf and most Gulf Coast refineries.
Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel for now, according to OPEC and industry sources, as the world's biggest crude exporter strikes a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until U.S. congressional elections. Shortly after announcing the flotation of Saudi Aramco in 2016, the kingdom began pushing for higher crude prices, but that changed in April when President Trump put public pressure on Riyadh to keep prices in check.
Stocks
Amazon briefly joined Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) yesterday to become the second publicly listed U.S. company in the $1T club. The e-commerce giant is so far up 75% in 2018, adding over $435B in market cap - or about one Walmart (NYSE:WMT). Analysts cite Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) ever-diversifying portfolio as a value driver, including the purchase of Whole Foods, last-mile deliveries and its push into advertising.
Big Tech goes to Congress... Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey will testify today before the Senate Intelligence Committee about how the big technology companies are preparing for midterm elections. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) executives Larry Page and Sundar Pichai were also invited to appear, but the offer was declined. The hearing is a follow-up to the one convened in November on Russian election interference.
The health joint venture formed by Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) has hired Jack Stoddard, most recently general manager for digital health at Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), as chief operating officer. Author and physician Atul Gawande started as CEO in July. The project was formed to deal with the problem of high healthcare costs for the three companies' combined 1.2M workers.
Theranos, the once-celebrated Silicon Valley blood-testing firm, is about to dissolve itself months after top executives were indicted for defrauding investors. The move follows a failed attempt by the company to sell itself, during which it reached out to more than 80 potential buyers through Jefferies Group. Theranos (THERA) will attempt to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash in the coming months, WSJ reports, adding that big name investors had lost about $1B.
JD.com CEO Richard Liu was arrested in Minneapolis on Friday following an allegation of rape, according to a public information police report. He had spent last week at a residency for a Ph.D. program in business administration offered by the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and the charge surfaced by a female student from China. Despite denying wrongdoing and being released by police, JD.com's ADRs (NASDAQ:JD) fell 6% to $29.43 on Tuesday.
A big pivot toward e-commerce... Facebook's (FB) Instagram is working on a standalone app for shopping, The Verge reports, which would allow users to browse goods from merchants that they follow and seal the purchase inside the app. There are few other details around the plan for now, but more than 25M businesses already have Instagram accounts, 2M of which are advertisers.
Britain's William Hill is expanding further into the U.S., signing a 25-year sports betting deal with casino operator Eldorado Resorts (NASDAQ:ERI). William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHY) shares rose 5.5% in London on news of the third such U.S. deal in just over a month, following a U.S. Supreme court ruling in May that lifted a ban on sports betting and opened the door to states regulating the industry.
Bayer's $63B Monsanto purchase has suffered delays, legal battles over Roundup herbicide and now will yield lower earnings than earlier forecast, but the company's CEO said he has "no regrets." "The Monsanto business is very healthy," Werner Baumann told Bloomberg. Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) shares still slipped 2.3% in Europe on a series of mixed results and the weaker profit outlook.
30 more cases of illnesses linked to Salmonella contamination of Kellogg's (NYSE:K) Honey Smacks cereal have been reported, according to the CDC, bringing the total to 130 cases across 36 states. So far 34 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have occurred. While Kellogg in June decided to recall 1.3M boxes of Honey Smacks, the contaminated cereal is still being sold in some locations.
Toyota is recalling more than a million of its Prius (NYSE:TM) and C-HR compact crossover vehicles globally due to the risk of fire. If dust accumulates on the wire harness or the cover, the insulation on the wires could wear down over time due to vehicle vibrations. This could cause an electrical short circuit, which could generate heat and lead to a risk of fire.
Boeing's KC-46 mid-air refueling tanker program has finally scored FAA certification. Earlier in July when Boeing (NYSE:BA) reported quarterly results, the company said it would spend an additional $426M before taxes on the program as it worked through test delays and production changes. Analysts had said they were worried that the additional expenses would slow shares, adding that the higher tanker costs came with unchanged earnings and cash flow forecasts. BA -0.8% premarket.
Tuesday's Key Earnings Workday (NYSE:WDAY) -2.4% AH despite Q3 beat, guidance raise. Today's Markets In Asia, Japan -0.4%. Hong Kong -2.6%. China -1.7%. India -0.4%. In Europe, at midday, London -0.5%. Paris -0.9%. Frankfurt -0.6%. Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.4%. S&P -0.3%. Nasdaq -0.3%. Crude -1.4% to $68.89. Gold +0.1% to $1199.70. Bitcoin -5.2% to $6977. Ten-year Treasury Yield flat at 2.9%
Today's Economic Calendar 7:00 MBA Mortgage Applications 8:30 International Trade 8:55 Redbook Chain Store Sales 9:20 Fed's Bullard: U.S. Monetary and Economic Policy 12:30 PM Fed's Williams Speech 4:00 PM Fed's Kashkari speech 6:30 PM Fed's Bostic Speech
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Discussion: The specifics of the operators gadgets

I was looking though the operator videos and noticed smoke say "I know what you're thinking, what's in the canister?" and that got me thinking about the real-life specs of each operator. So I pose the question: What is the best real world tech that matches up to each of the operators? I'll start off with what I can think of.
Direct exposure to the skin can cause irritations and burns. Only very high concentrations of the gaseous form cause immediate distress: 10–20 ppm can cause mild irritation of the nose and throat, 25–50 ppm can cause edema leading to bronchitis or pneumonia, and levels above 100 ppm can cause death due to asphyxiation from fluid in the lungs.
Also, I think this link makes it clear.
"When you mix fuel, metal oxide, and metal powder in just the right way, it burns at 2000o Celsius. Hot enough to cut through nearly any barrier known to man."
Sounds straight forward enough, right? Well yea. Thermite (the substance) is usually composed of Iron Oxide and fine Aluminum powder. Also sometimes Sulfur or magnesium additives. Now it's iffy to say whether what's used in game is actually thermite, or if it's thermate. Thermate is made of the same components as Thermite, but with an oxidizer such as barium nitrate. Thermate has a higher burning temperature and is used by the military to decommission artillery and armor. It's honestly hard to tell from in game footage, but I think Thermite actually uses thermate in his gadget.
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I will make more as the day goes by, but please let me know what you think so far! And please add on to my work so far.
Edit: Let's keep this going for no reason other than to complete it.
Assuming that the jammers in game are maybe set to a non-standard radio wave (being that mute probably knows the radio length of what the attackers are using), and they appear to be powered by a battery, it's safe to assume that the range of the jammers is actually smaller than would be realistic.
Class calls my name so I must depart. I will return to finish the American Ops by tonight and maybe the French.
Edit 3?: I'm back for a bit. Let's finish out the American Operators.
[EDIT]- zironicdk has pointed out that combination of adrenaline and morphine would likely not have the effect that I thought it would. So Doc probably uses something more attune to fentanyl.
[EDIT]- It appears that the material for Blackbeards shield is actually based off the TAGS or Transparent Armor Gun Shield used in the Israeli Defense Force and US Army M1 Abrams, as well as some HMMWVs. Credit to mrtrotskygrad for that one.
Quick break for now. I'll try to finish some more later tonight.
Edit 12000: Let's get back into this.
[EDIT]- Many people have pointed out that even discounting the voltage of the batteries, it's be hard for bandit to find a ground to connect to in order to shock attackers via a wall. thanks jaffa1987
[EDIT]- Never just look at a wiki page when you're strapped for time. The ACTUAL gun that Chanka Uses is a DP-28. Really cool stuff. Credit to craigmitchell44
Welp guys I'm going to go ahead on go to sleep. I'll be up in the morning to finish the Canadian ops and the Brazilian ops.
Edit 803245: Some corrections. I'll finish the other ops in a bit. Thanks for the help so far guys!
Alright! Let's finish the operators!
Well that's it for now. Please comment and critique what I've got so far. And feel free to add suggestions! Cheers!
Edit: Let's do the last of the year 1 operators, just before the 6 month limit is up.
Cheers guys, and if you're wondering about Mira and Jackal, I point you to their respective links:
Mira
Jackal
Have a good Siege!
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DraftKings, Resorts casino go live with N.J.'s first legal online sports betting

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 45%. (I'm a bot)
Resorts Casino Hotel and DraftKings Inc. on Monday became the first companies to offer online and mobile sports betting legally in New Jersey.
A week after receiving state regulatory approval, the companies launched DraftKings Sportsbook - an app and website offering sports fans the ability to place multiple and live in-game bets on major U.S. and international sports.
"We have put immense thought and significant resources behind the development of DraftKings Sportsbook and I'm confident that sports fans in New Jersey will enjoy using it to make the experience of watching the games even more interesting and thrilling," Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings, said in a statement on Monday.
The companies won a heated race to be the first to offer mobile and online sports betting in New Jersey.
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company headquartered in Boston and offering daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in eight countries.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law earlier this year legalizing bets on sports games, both online and at the state's casinos and racetracks.
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News roundup for the previous week.
In International news
  1. Ice cream gift from Vladimir Putin to Xi Jinping warms ties between Russia, China at G20 summit
  2. French stage anti-racism protest after Chinese man's death
  3. China’s Advance in Latin America: Geostrategic Implications for Europe, the US, and the Region Itself
  4. G20 ‘staircase snub’ for Obama was United States’ decision, reveals Chinese official
  5. Asia's Most Innovative Universities (China has 22 among top 75, the most of any country, India has only 2.)
  6. Yao's pivot from China to U.S. became center's biggest move: Eight-time All-Star became a gracious global ambassador of game
  7. To become a global leader, China must first be ready to do some heavy lifting
  8. Thousands rally in Paris to protest crime targeting Chinese | At least 13,000 people attended a rally in Paris on Sunday to protest against what they say is a crime wave targeting the Chinese community in France, police said, after a Chinese textile designer died after being mugged last month
  9. Russia Supports China’s Stance on South China Sea
  10. Chinese Tourists Targeted by Upcoming Las Vegas Casinos: “The Chinese do quite enjoy a very Chinese experience,” Fitch Ratings gambling analyst Alex Bumazhny stated. “They do gravitate toward Asian amenities.”
  11. Made in China G20 and its geoeconomic significance
  12. China’s Sports Diplomacy in Africa: Who Gets What?
  13. Chinese Red Star scores 6 goals to win in first KHL home game: The KHL’s first Chinese team is formed by a mix of Russian, European and North American skaters, and only includes five Chinese players at the moment. The team was set up as a vehicle to promote and popularize ice-hockey
  14. Canada joins Alibaba's new online hub in bid to access Chinese market: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alibaba founder Jack Ma announced the launch of a Canadian "pavilion" on the Tmall platform
  15. China, Turkey pledge to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation
  16. Russia, China Building Yuan-Based Alliance Against Dollar: According to Andrei Ivanov, head of the trade financing department at Sberbank CIB, shifting to national currencies should be considered in the perspective of Silk Road integration plans
  17. Saudi Arabia ‘ready’ to meet China energy demand: “The Kingdom is ready to fulfil the rising energy demand in China in the coming decades,” the SPA quoted Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih as stating
  18. Turkey, China sign energy, nuclear security agreements at G20
  19. Giant panda no longer endangered - WWF: The giant panda's population grew by 17 percent in the decade leading up to 2014, announced the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  20. Kyrgyzstan says Uighur militant groups behind attack on China's embassy
  21. China's metro tech takes Iran onto faster track - Business
  22. Australia’s growing fear of Chinese business is drenched in hypocrisy
  23. PH, China eye intensified trade, financial ties: Specifically, the Philippine and Chinese governments would like to “revitalize” cooperation in five key areas: agricultural trade; bilateral financial cooperation through currency swap; customs; project financing; and tourism
  24. UAE, China trade to hit $80b in two years: The UAE is one of China's top trading markets in the Middle East and is a strategically important trading hub in terms of imports, exports and re-exports. UAE's open visa policy for China has indeed been a huge boost to the business and trade
  25. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insists Australia's friction with China is modest, despite being given "disproporionate attention". Mr Turnbull insists Australia has an independent foreign policy and does not have to choose between China and the US, amid growing tensions between the two super powers
  26. The broad relationship between Singapore and China is in "working shape", with bilateral cooperation progressing on many fronts including a new government-led project in Chongqing, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
  27. Taiwan Tourism Companies plan massive protest on 9/12 (mainland tourism to Taiwan declined 55% overall, "Free"/No-Guide tourists from mainland declined 16%)
  28. Jack Ma: I'm not worried about anti-China sentiment on US campaign trail, people will come to their senses after the election. (lol)
  29. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Britain and China were enjoying a 'golden era' and the strategic partnership would not be derailed by her decision on whether to back a part-Chinese funded power station at Hinkley Point
  30. India, China plan military drill on terror
  31. Yao Ming, the 'emperor' of Houston and Chinese basketball
  32. Obama's Pivot to Asia Fails to Deter China
  33. Russia and China Taunt NATO with Show of Friendship in the South China Sea
  34. Indonesia leans toward China: China, Indonesia’s top trading partner, is seen as a friendly counterpart with strong innovation in its digital economy, especially in e-commerce and financial technology, said Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice chairwoman for international relations
  35. China claimed seven gold medals to top the standings after the first day of competition at the Rio Paralympics
  36. Careless Consumption: Developed Countries Responsible for Worsening Pollution in East Asia ''Although global pollution is largely generated in developing countries, it is foreign demand that drives much of the goods production and associated pollution.''
  37. China’s military arrive in Syria to help Russia!
  38. China has bought back to the country one-third of those on its top 100 list of most-wanted corruption suspects who have fled overseas. Over the past 2 years, since setting up a team to chase graft suspects across the globe, returned 1,915 people from more than 70 countries along with $1.12 billion
  39. China, the US, and Europe have pledged their support for a new deal to cut down carbon dioxide emissions by airlines, which is due to be finalized at a meeting of the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organisation in September and slated to go into effect from 2021
In Domestic news
  1. China wary after record voter turnout for crucial Hong Kong election
  2. Hong Kong election: Youth protest leaders win LegCo seats - BBC News
  3. 60 per cent of Chinese women control family finances: Report
  4. China blames "dark shadow of the Stars and Stripes" for Hong Kong independence push
  5. China warns Hong Kong democracy activists after election - BBC News
  6. China Opens First Space Travel Theme Park, Hopes to Take Tourists to Near Outer Space
  7. Liu Yang, 38, hailed as the first Chinese woman in space, became one of the three new part-time vice-presidents of the All-China Women's Federation. Liu credited its efforts in promoting women's development as a major reason why the country began to enroll female astronauts
  8. China is making "big stride" in quality education: UNESCO chief
  9. Luxury clubs closed in China amid graft crackdown
  10. China Pushes Ahead with Independent Committees to Select Top Court Officials
  11. How one man is saving China's endangered bees
  12. Should Genetically Modified Foods Be Legalized? A crop of genetically modified corn found in western China has brought the controversial topic of genetically modified foods back into the national conversation
In SciTech news
  1. Science-led economies: China is focusing on collaborative centres that tap into the success of it's basic research labs and spin out their findings into practical technologies (S8)
  2. Nvidia partners with Baidu to build a self-driving car AI
  3. China Pushes Coding for Kids in Effort to Tackle Innovation Gap
  4. Is China the world's new scientific superpower? - Technology & Science
  5. Revival of Aging Ukrainian Aircraft AN-225 May Serve Chinese Space Program: AN-225 is currently the biggest aircraft in the world, with a takeoff mass amounting to 640 tons and a working load of 250 tons
  6. China: High-tech transformation. Chinese researchers are benefiting as the government looks to science to lead the economic transition to become a world-leader in the production of high-value technology
  7. Chinese scientists convert sand into soil with new method
  8. Huawei talks up cloud ambition, rides IoT elevators with Schindler: Chinese networking equipment vendor outlines future cloud deployments it says are necessary to facilitate enterprise transformation and inks new partnership to build "smart" elevators
  9. Terminator-like liquid metal machine now can 'jump' and 'run': new discoveries on liquid metal made by a joint team of scientists from CAS and Tsinghua University that were published in global academic journals this year
  10. JD's first-ever self-driving delivery vehicle to hit roads soon: The company formed a partnership with robot maker Siasun earlier this year to automate its logistic network and to develop delivery drones and driverless vehicles
  11. Lowering the cost and environmental footprint of white LEDs: Kuang-Lieh Lu, Yang-Fang Chen and colleagues developed more cost-effective and environmentally friendly white LEDs using graphene and a strontium-based, metal-organic framework (MOF) that does not include rare-earth elements
  12. China's homegrown AI sector takes off: China looks to build a native artificial intelligence industry reaching 100 billion yuan ($14.9 billion) by 2018, with over 100 such firms materializing so far
  13. China's Quantum Science Satellite is operating well in orbit after testing and will begin its experiments this month, according to the project's lead scientist Pan Jianwei
  14. The Chinese Academy of Sciences unveiled 60 new science and technology projects to accomplish in the next 5 years. The areas cover organ repair and reconstruction, water pollution control, research on Moon samples, a low-frequency radio telescope and a ground application system for the Mars mission
  15. China successfully develops quantum radar system
  16. First gravitational waves form after 10 million years: Technology Islamabad, the University of Heidelberg and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has now calculated this for the first time using an extensive simulation
  17. Nobel Winner Says China Should Not Build Particle Collider: ChenNing Yang called costs a bottomless pit, comparing to US project that cost $3b then scrapped. Wang Yifang believes collider will attract overseas talent, cultivate young scientists at home, and be a leap for China in high-energy science
  18. Nano-lipid particles from edible ginger could improve drug delivery for colon cancer: according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University...and Southwest University in China
  19. Chinese scientists are developing a family of high altitude airships that can help with Earth observation, maritime monitoring and communication signal relays
  20. China betting on advanced robots. According to the International Federation of Robotics, Chinese are creating an “industrial internet” which gathers information and uses it across manufacturing networks. Their robots are connected systems with advanced sensors, sophisticated software and actuators
  21. China Plans To Build A Deep-Sea ‘Space Station’ In South China Sea: If the plans go ahead, the station would be located 3000 metres below the surface, inhabited by humans, and would be used to hunt for minerals. There are also concerns that it would be used for military purposes
  22. The new breed of cutting-edge catalysts Advances in catalyst research could create a superhighway to clean energy sources and more-sustainable chemical industry. Chinese Academy of Sciences Can Li has used platinum and cobalt oxide nanoparticles to create a catalyst for splitting water with sunlight
  23. Sugar transforms a traditional Chinese medicine into a cruise missile: tests of triptolide in human cells and mice are vastly improved by the chemical attachment of glucose to the triptolide molecule. Preferentially seeks out cancer cells
  24. More Chinese contestants active in robot competition- China.org.cn
  25. China Accomplishes Five Petawatt Laser Pulse Output
In Economic news
  1. China Holds Three High Cards In Hand To Gain Bigger Say In Global Economy At G20 Summit: "Beijing is betting on its key role in a new multilateral bank and in an alternative currency, as well as its pull with the rest of the developing world"
  2. Four Considerations on the Chinese Economy
  3. China Box Office: Growth Returns in August After Prolonged Downturn
  4. Microsoft to sell off MSN China
  5. China Is About to Get Serious With Bad Debt
  6. China's banks had provided a total of 7.26 trillion yuan ($1.09 trillion) in "green credit" by the end of June this year, part of its efforts to steer its economy onto a more environmentally friendly course
  7. Taiwanese travel firms feel the pinch with fewer Chinese tourists
  8. China's Export Machine Is Grabbing More of the Global Market - China’s global export share climbed to 14.6, the highest proportion of exports ever in IMF data going back to 1980, "All the talk we have heard over the last few years about China losing its global competitive advantage is nonsense"
  9. Russian, Chinese Investment Funds Set Up Joint Fund Worth $500Mln: the joint fund will invest in agriculture, transport, retail and tourism projects
  10. Jim Rogers on Oil, Gold and Why China Is a Buy
  11. Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story: Economists agree that consumption is the most stable component in GDP composition as compared to investments and exports. More significant is the sheer size of the retail market, with e-commerce in China estimated to reach USD 899.09 billion in 2016
  12. ‘Created’ in China: Shenzhen is making hardware like Silicon Valley makes apps
  13. Charting China’s rise to trading superpower
  14. Fast Food Giants Unload Their China Units Amid Increased Competition
  15. The Man Who Incubated Drone Giant DJI Wants China To Fly High On Tech: Prof. Li Zexiang of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has funded a number of student-led projects, including electric boat engine maker ePropulsion and robotics start-up Quotient Kinematics Machine
  16. China's Reform of SOEs May Look a Little Odd to the West: Goldman
  17. China's evolving trade picture, in charts: China now accounts for more than 12 percent of world exports, more than any other single country in the world, according to the IMF. Domestic value added has grown sharply, and especially so in "knowledge intensive" production
  18. In North Korea, China's Xiaomi gets the people's pulses racing
  19. Cashing In On Low Prices, China's Oil Imports Surge: reports indicate that reserves may now be reaching full capacity
In Military news
  1. War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable (August 2016 RAND Study on War between China and United States)
  2. PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel: Chinese military’s interest piqued after Haiyi-7000 makes it 5,751 metres down world’s deepest ocean trench
  3. China's Air Force Apparently Receives First L-15 Jet Trainer
  4. China Holds Military Drill with "Local Fishermen": A joint operations system involving the navy, coastguard, and local fishermen has been fine-tuned in recent years through joint drills,” a PLA Navy media outlet said
  5. China says developing new type of long-range bomber
  6. China’s Surface-to-Air Defense Missiles Get Major Upgrade
  7. China: Military deployment along Indian border non-aggressive
  8. Picture: PLZ-05 below firing the ERFB-BBBRA. Rocket Assisted Norinco 155mm projectile has a range of 53KM. It can be GPS guided and with a maximum rate of fire of up to eight rounds a minute
  9. The People's Liberation Army has equipped all of its ground force aviation units with advanced WZ-10 combat helicopters
  10. The US, China, and Anti-Satellite Weapons: Skewed Perceptions, pre-emptive attack on satellites as asymmetric warfare China could use. China’s military dependence on satellites may be greater than US. Perhaps why some US officials argue the US should refuse limits on use of anti-satellite weapons
Other Notables
  1. Obama urges Beijing to avoid flexing its muscles in South China Sea (lmao @ the comments. "oh but it's RT", same thing on CNN actually)
  2. How Modern Cleanses Are an Ancient Taoist Tradition: ‘Bigu,’ a method where people purge their bodies of harmful toxins through fasting, has been practiced by the Chinese for over 2,000 years
  3. Meanwhile in China: Over 100 excavators dismantle overpass bridge
  4. Is rural China safe for living?
  5. The Heat— China Peacekeeping 09/01/2016
  6. Sinophobia, the last acceptable racism
  7. A young construction worker has shot to fame on the internet after videos of him performing death-defying acrobatics on construction site equipment wowed Chinese netizens
  8. G20 in China: Performance and fireworks on 1st day of summit
  9. English-language books on China's Rise?
  10. Italy-China movie cooperation dominates talks in Venice: Current status and future chances of filmmaking collaboration between the two countries were widely addressed at special event "Focus on China" promoted by Italy's National Association of Cinematographic Audiovisual Multimedia Industries
  11. Chinese soldier is hailed as the 'prettiest bodyguard' after being spotted at G20 summit
  12. British Pub Claims Its Ghost Was Stolen, Demands Chinese Artist Return It. Lu Pingyuan said the ghost agreed to be captured for an art exhibition (lol)
  13. Answer on Quora Regarding Chinese Technologies
  14. Exhibition on "ever victorious" Chinese general opens in U.S.: Sun Li-jen, known as Jungle Fox or Rommel of the East during World War II
  15. Shariah With Chinese Characteristics: A Scholar Looks at the Muslim Hui
  16. A 24-year-old graduate from a rural village in central China's Henan Province posted her calligraphy works online recently in an attempt to raise money for her badly-injured mother who is recovering from a traffic accident
  17. A Chinese dad who runs a factory used his resources and nearly $70,000 to build a 13-foot-tall working mecha robot suit for his son
  18. Higher Brothers - Black Cab (Official Music Video) | China
  19. unified moral code of China
  20. How did the Ottoman Empire successfully fight against Western powers when the Qing Empire failed, despite both having inferior technology?
  21. Treasures of the Tang trail - The influence of ancient China on Kyoto and Nara is now attracting more Chinese visitors keen to glimpse their own past
  22. 100 more state-of-the-art 4D cinemas coming to China: 4D cinemas provide audiences with a 360-degree immersive viewing experiences and seats that can simulate scents, rumbles, wind, water and other sensory phenomenon, as well as having full motion capabilities
  23. The History of China (Youtube series)
  24. WWE Signs Seven Chinese Recruits Ahead of Shanghai Live Event
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worldnews Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will warn China’s leaders that the United States is prepared to step up missile defenses and pressure on Chinese financial institutions if they fail to use their influence to restrain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs United
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