Mal Misbehaves in ONNAMON

36389_Enyo_Intaki_SyndicateI have been roaming LowSec space and the lower edges of HighSec looking for DED sites to run for the past two days in a PvE fit ENYO. I had been having zero luck until I reached ONNAMON where I scanned down a 3/10 Guristas Guerilla Grounds site. I landed on the first gate and set my D-SCAN to 1AU and saw a Stratios on scan. I warped into the first room just in time to see him take gate 2. I burned to gate 2 and warped to the Second Room. The gate was ~40km away so I burned to it, and orbited at 500m while watching him kill the rats. He never even approached the gate and stayed 40km off. Once the last rat died, I warped to the third room. I again burned to the acceleration gate that was ~40km off and set my orbit to 500m.

Surely he won’t let me do this a second time and it will be a race to the Dread Guristas Irregular frigate for the loot……

stratiosI watched in amazement as he entered the third room and proceeded to kill off the rats. One by one I watched the overview as the rats disappeared……5 rats……..4 rats…….3 rats………..2 rats………….1 rat…………..Gorram it he did it again!

I warped into the last room with him still +20km from the gate. I quickly found the Dread Guristas Irregular and burned towards him – he was 48km off the warpin. By the time I reached him, the Stratios was in the room. By the time he was within 25km, the rat died . . . I looted the wreck . . . . and warped to my safe.

The conversation below soon followed in local.

[ 2017.07.03 16:16:50 ] EVE System > Channel changed to Local : Onnamon
[ 2017.07.03 16:42:05 ] Darahk J’olonar > fcking noob
[ 2017.07.03 16:43:29 ] Darahk J’olonar > definetly going to be wardecing your azz
[ 2017.07.03 16:45:09 ] Diequietly STFU > i love reading highsec local tears
[ 2017.07.03 16:45:34 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > how can he wardec from the scope? lol
[ 2017.07.03 16:46:37 ] Diequietly STFU > looking at his board he would probably stay docked for his own war any ways.
[ 2017.07.03 16:47:15 ] Darahk J’olonar > lmao i just got back to the game and i have other 30m+ sp characters I use this one for hs exploration
[ 2017.07.03 16:47:47 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > mmmkay
[ 2017.07.03 16:51:16 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > I’m honestly quite shocked he let me steal that site. I mean, I loitered on 2 gates while he killed the rats so I could warp to the next room.
[ 2017.07.03 16:51:32 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > TWICE he did that. all while +40km from gate? in a Stratios?
[ 2017.07.03 16:53:37 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > Darahk J’olonar thanks for the loot….GL w/ that wardec situation.

I am glad that Darahk has come back to New Eden.  Not because I stole his loot for a quick payday.  I’m glad Darahk is back because the more people there are in space, the more stories we have to tell.  Good or bad – doesn’t matter.

I have plenty of my own stories like this where I was on the other side of it.  Just yesterday in fact when a pilot in a Gila took my Serpentis Vigil site from me.

[ 2017.07.02 18:19:06 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > hey
[ 2017.07.02 18:19:08 ] Brandon SlaneyTV > u doing combat sites ?
[ 2017.07.02 18:19:11 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > yes
[ 2017.07.02 18:19:28 ] Brandon SlaneyTV > how ya doing
[ 2017.07.02 18:19:34 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > fine…..
[ 2017.07.02 18:20:18 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > I’m guessin gyou are taking htis from me since I can’t take a Gila…right?
[ 2017.07.02 18:21:28 ] Brandon SlaneyTV > depends
[ 2017.07.02 18:21:39 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > on?
[ 2017.07.02 18:21:45 ] Brandon SlaneyTV > if u give it to me
[ 2017.07.02 18:22:17 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > I want it, but not going to lose my ship over it.
[ 2017.07.02 18:22:59 ] Capt Malcolm Reynoldz > so go on, take it.

In my mind I choose believe that Vigilant BPC did drop for Brandon SlaneyTV.  Though, from a quick look at his zKillboard and all the Gila’s he has lost lately . . . I think he probably needed that drop more than me.  But more than just that – it makes my story a little bit better.

The stories and player interaction is what keeps me going in New Eden.  The stories and interactions we have are unique and will never take place again.  In a vast world of MMO’s – that is something rare, special and to be appreciated beyond anything else the gaming world has to offer.  We have a choice as to how and where we spend our time.  For those of us who call ourselves “Capluseer” we know all too well that  The Butterfly Effect is real.

But only for those who dare to be bold.

Fly Dangerous, Capsuleers!

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Take Me Out To The Black

The Summer is drawing to a close and Fall is rapidly approaching.  With that comes many things within New Eden, most importantly – pilots.  It is a long standing tradition in New Eden to take time off during the Summer to spend time with family and friends.  We get outside, stretch our legs and for a while enjoy being planet side on this biological ship we call Earth. But when the days grow shorter and the nights colder it marks the returning of Capsuleers from their leave of absence and back to the serious business at hand that is Internet Spaceships.

The Fall and Winter have long been my favorite seasons since I was a kid.  It marks the beginning of the holiday season where you can start looking forward to extended family visits with excessive amounts of food and late in the month of December just as Winter takes a firm hold – presents.  CCP is giving us an early gift this year in the form of Clone States that has me feeling like a kid again waiting for Christmas.

I am excited at the prospect of seeing the Launcher Log In Screen boast a number of more than 30,000 players.  I am jealous of the awe and raw excitement that the brand new Capsuleers will feel as they get to experience New Eden for the very first.  I look forward to the new posts about the anguish they felt when they had their first fight with a pirate in lowsec and lost their ship.  More than that, I look forward to their unbridled determination as they to learn how to fight back and the rush that comes with racking up their first kill.  I look forward to reading and listening to each story from those who care to share them because those stories are what keep all of us coming back again and again.

As I too return from my summer reprieve and settle back in to running The Crew, I have so much that I am looking forward to seeing and doing.  Though we never lose touch and are talking to each other almost daily on #SLACK – nothing beats undocking with The Crew and heading out with no other goal than to misbehave.

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The 57th Joins Circle-Of-Two

The 57th left Cede Nullis after just over seven months of service and has now joined Circle-Of-Two as of 05 JUNE 2016.

Leaving Cede Nullis

The departure from Cede Nullis came at the end of what started out as a mutually agreeable situation with similar goals, interests and beliefs.  However, that turned into a complete lack of respect towards the 57th and CN Leadership losing sight of their original and humble beginnings.  Those of you who know me well know that I believe any pilot, regardless of age or Skill Points, can make a difference to whatever cause they apply themselves.  This ideology, by principal, is extended to small Corporations who join an Alliance.  CN Leadership forgot this and in the end it lead to some conversations with them that I am neither proud of or feel the need to apologize for.

A false sense of loyalty on my part lead to the last two months in CN seeing the lowest participation from The Crew in the short history of the 57th.  Being told time and again “no” to plans for defense; ignoring suggestions for additional fleet doctrine ships to allow lower SP pilots (or those new PvP) to participate in fleet operations; dismissing plans for strategic placements of Citadels or even to something as simple as bubbling inbound gates to our space – after two months finally broke the morale of The Crew.  Fleet participation dropped to being almost non-existent.  Ratting seemed pointless and we found ourselves roaming Fountain looking for other ways to spend our time.  It took far too long for me to realize the loyalty was one sided and was a lesson that was harder learned than what it should have been.

I owe my Crew better than that.

I gave the order to quietly evacuate the 57th’s assets out of L-1SW8 and within a few days we had extracted to a lowsec system and began moving the rest of the way to JITA.  Once our Citadel was brought offline and extracted from H-NPXW I dropped the 57th from CN.

 

Joining Circle-Of-Two

Prior to joining Cede Nullis an offer had been made to me by The Judge to join CO2 so that we could learn how to live and survive in Sov Null Space.  It was an offer that at the time would have brought us into the Imperium which was something I couldn’t do and respectfully declined.  I have been fortunate enough to keep in touch with The Judge since then.  With their recent departure from the Imperium, I reached out to him and asked if the offer from months ago still stood.  He responded in kind simply saying “Lets get the ball rolling” and within a few days the 57th had a new home.

But we quickly realized we had much more than that.

The welcome my Crew received from CO2 was beyond belief.  We were welcomed on comms with a hearty “Welcome home!” and were immediately treated with respect and with offers of assistance should we require any.  The organization and professionalism with which their Leadership manage the Alliance is astonishing and impressive.  Day one saw the 57th’s participation in Fleet Operations and CTAs.  We even saw put into action first hand the ideas and suggestions we had made for CN which finally affirmed and removed any doubt we had about our strategies and their viability.  The FC even took the time afterwards to join us in our comms channel within the CO2 TS3 server to discuss the culture within the Alliance and how it is all about respect, partnership and striving to be the best.  It was easy to see and understand why so many who welcomed us did so by indicating that we likely have just joined our forever home.

 

When you can’t run, you crawl, and when you can’t crawl – when you can’t do that anymore . . . you find someone to carry you.

There is a bond I have worked hard to establish within The Crew of the 57th and is one that we are all proud of.  It is what makes us Browncoats.  It is what makes us a Crew and is what kept us together when things got to their worst in recent months.  If it wasn’t for that bond, the 57th would have broken and not be here today.  It was apparent from the first interactions with the members of CO2 that they shared that same brotherhood and were without hesitation extending that to us.  I struggle to put into words the incredible organization that Gigx and his Leadership have put into place and am humbled to be a part of it.

The environment they have created and have allowed us to become a part of has brought back to the 57th a level of excitement and energy which mirrors that of our first experiences within New Eden when we first emerged in our Rookie Ships.  It is a debt of gratitude that I will forever owe to The Judge, Gigx and all of CO2.

~ Mal

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The Great Revolt: New Edens Revolutionary War vs The Imperium

Breaking The Silence

Those of you who have known me since I first began blogging my thoughts and exploits under TAZ at Tales From Taz know that this war against the former Cluster Fuck Coalition now re-branded as The Imperium is one I have advocated for since I first began learning the vast and harsh landscape that is the history of New Eden.  Even then as a new resident here I felt a pang of disdain anytime I read what the Imperium had done in the past and was doing currently.  In reading the stories both online and in print I became fascinated with the history and quite honestly I grew to appreciate and even admire all that The Mittani had accomplished with his ever growing and powerful empire. Many have criticized me for claiming to be against The Imperium due to my respect and admiration for them.  It is for that reason that I have gone silent on the matter until now.

Disclaimer

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a series of articles about the war that has begun and the impact it will have on New Eden. I am not a military strategist or a political theorist.  Know here and now what I write for this series after this initial post are my opinions and thoughts alone and are my take and first hand experiences on what has happened, what is happening and what may come because of those events.

Before I continue, let me be abundantly clear on something.  It has always been my belief that unadulterated hate for your enemy causes you to not respect their resolve and blinds you to what they are capable of.  If you want to defeat your enemy, you must first respect them and that which they have done which has given you cause to rise up against them.  For that reason I have been careful to keep my emotions in check and do my best to let logic prevail.  This is something that I think a few individuals need to work on as this war begins to take shape.

A Necessary Evil

With that being said and out of the way lets get to the heart of things.  I believe this war, “The Great Revolt” as I am calling it, is a good and necessary thing.  The reasons why I believe this are many that go deeply into the history of New Eden and the culture that has grown from it.  I will not go into those just yet, but to put it simply the war creates content for everyone.

Many times we focus on what a war destroys, but wars also create as well.  They create content for the PvP pilots who long for a reason to fight other than just another kill-mark on their hulls.  They create jobs for the Industry corporations who will build the ships and munitions we use to fight our conflicts in.  They create a demand for minerals and ore for the Mining corporations, Planetary Interaction materials and a desperate need for Logistics pilots who can quickly and safely carry them to their intended destination so that they can be put to good use. All of these things create jobs and revenue for those who work them.

This war – regardless of the outcome – is good for New Eden.

A Cautionary Tale:  The Teachings Of Shan Yu

There is a lesson in Firefly that I want to bring to mind here.  Shan Yu was the Sun Tzu of the Firefly universe.  Shan Yu was quoted as saying:

Live with a man 40 years.  Share his house, his meals.  Speak on every subject.  Then tie him up, and hold him over the volcano’s edge.  And on that day, you will finally meet the man.  – Shan Yu

This war that is just beginning is the attempt of many citizens of New Eden to right a wrong they feel has been allowed to go unchecked for far too long.  It is in their minds a just and righteous endeavor for those brave enough to take up arms against the Imperium.  But in doing so I want to caution that we are in essence tying up The Mittani and holding him over the volcano’s edge.  Who will be the man we eventually meet in doing so?  And what of those who choose to follow him?  We are by default doing the same to those people as well.  If we have learned anything from history it is that people who are force to defend themselves and their home often times become very dangerous and difficult to break.

Being on the perceived right side of a conflict does not mean that it carries with it an innate guarantee of success.

We must always remember that men who achieve power and are able to sustain their grasp on it for as long as The Mittani has are not fools to be taken with disregard.  All of us who embark on this journey should from time to time reflect on not only why we are doing so but to also consider those whom we face and the strength of their resolve to protect what they hold dear.  Successes and losses should be weighed and measured constantly with a clear and open mind.  Otherwise we leave ourselves open to becoming that which we are trying to abolish.

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Being The Underdog

Being the underdog is easy in New Eden, especially if you have been playing less than two years.  But being the underdog does not mean you are ineffective, unable to affect change within the game, it’s politics or even achieve a lofty goal that you have set for yourself.  In fact, because you are the underdog any achievement you have be it great or small will be amplified exponentially because of the odds being stacked against you.  Succeed?  You weren’t even expected to survive!  As CEO of the 57th Overlanders Brigade I know a thing or two about being the underdog.  In fact, it is even stitched into the lining of our standard issue Browncoats that we are known throughout the ‘Verse for.

ZKB_Mal_Underdog_04 SEPT 2015Taking a quick peek at my zKillboard you will notice right away that I am still under 50% efficiency when it comes to PvP.  Though I’m not too far off at roughly 44%, it still tells you that the odds are in your favor when fighting me and that you are more likely to get a kill than I am.  But do me a favor really quick and go take a peek at my very first fight.  I took out a Coercer in a T1 fit Tristan with Hobgoblin II’s being the best thing fitted – solo.

We all have had those fights that we should have won (or lost, as the case may be) and are left with no explanation as to why it went the way it did.  Maybe your enemy got lazy after seeing your red killboard and low skill points and didn’t turn on their repper.  Maybe it’s because you want it just that much more than your enemy that the fates granted you the kill.  You can analyze it from now until eternity looking for answers in the science of it all, but I think it’s much, much simpler than all of that.

There is an intangible bonus to being the underdog.

Recent events in New Eden over the course of the past 24 hours have given me cause to pause and think on this subject quite a bit.  You see, I had forgotten that I am and likely will forever be the underdog.  Successes over the past week have lead me to believe I was greater than I am.  They gave me a false sense of security and I allowed the idea to overtake my mind that maybe after all this time the balance of control had shifted to my favor and that I was now fully in the Captain’s seat and master of my own destiny.  The assault on J2 yesterday and the events that immediately followed left me questioning myself more than I had answers for.  It forced me to take a good long look at what the reality is as opposed to what I thought it was just a few short hours ago.  And the reality is there in red and green for all to see.

I am 43.9% effective.

I had allowed myself to lose sight of the fact that I was the underdog in that first fight all those months ago and I continue to be to this day.  I’m actually okay with that and am grateful for the events that unfolded to bring me back to that realization.  Why?  Because I see it as an advantage.  It reminds me to never underestimate my enemy regardless of their age, skill points or ship they are flying against me.  It reminds me that in the face of overwhelming odds you can do great and amazing things if you commit yourself fully to whatever it is you dare to achieve and simply go forth and try.

The key is to allow yourself permission to fail – and give it hell and try anyway!

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The J2 Chronicles: A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home:

J2 Chronicles Default TCU Image_AUG 2015This past weekend A Band Apart was able to establish our first “Home” in SOV Null Space.  It was a fun and exciting experience to see the Local Channel grow hour by hour until the timers came out of reinforcement.  With every new pilot that entered the system and logged onto TeamSpeak, our anticipation and anxiety grew.  Everyone felt it.  Would we encounter resistance?  Would we be able to capture the Station?  Where the hell did we put that iHub?!?!?? (Those who were there will get that reference….) But at the end of the weekend we were able to see the fruits of our labor and see the beginning of a new chapter in everyone’s career.

Though things didn’t run as smoothly as they possibly could have, everyone agreed it just wouldn’t have been an ABA Op if it had.  The lessons we learned will help us in the near future as we continue to grow and expand our presence.  Things will become much more polished, mechanics of SOV will be learned and jobs to do clearly defined for all of our pilots.  We all agree that the “how” of this past weekend wasn’t the prettiest or most organized, but we stuck together and ultimately achieved our goals and that is what matters most.  That is what makes us “A Band Apart” from all others.

None of us know where this adventure is going to take us or how it will play out.  Will we be able to hold on to our new home?  We are already under attack in one of our systems and facing our first defense timer tomorrow.  Systems will be gained and systems will be lost.  That’s just how SOV Null works.  Defend your space or lose it and try to take it back another day.  It’s not a failure or an indication of your strength or weakness.  It’s content – pure and simple.  It’s a reason to undock and fly your ship to the best of your ability and contribute to a story that we all are writing together.

I will do my best to chronicle our story here in these pages as we continue this journey.  I have boldly named this post and those like it to come in the future “The J2 Chronicles” to pay homage to our first System, Station and iHub captured together in this endeavor.  J2-PZ6 may only be ours for a short time or we may hold it indefinitely.  But it is where our story began and for that it deserves to be remembered.

Recruiting Ad:  The 57th Overlanders Need YOU!

Browncoats Recruiting-2_MikePerryArtDOTcomThe 57th has a very specific role to play in the Alliance in regards to holding SOV space.  We have a job to do.  In order to do that job we need pilots who are willing to step up and take on that responsibility.

The 57th is not a Crew of PvP Pilots who undock in search of glory personified by killmails.

We do the dirty work which involves losing ships, reshipping and doing it all over again.  Do we get kills?  Absolutely!  But that’s not why we exist and not the reason we undock every day.  If you want to know what it really means to be a Browncoat and what it takes – then contact me in game via EVEmail, private convo or in our public chat channel “War Stories: Browncoats Local Chat”.

PSA for FozzieSov:

As we continue to grow in numbers the possibilities that the long hours over the past weekend have now afforded all of us are more than just exciting.  They are rejuvenating.  They are bringing back the spark of curiosity of the unknown that made us all login for the first time, undock and gawk mouth wide open at how scary and beautiful New Eden is.  For some of us, that feeling has been missing for quite some time.  It’s an incredibly amazing thing to hear back in their voices and to see in chat “I never thought I’d say this but I’ve missed NULL.”  To me, that is where FozzieSov has succeeded in it’s design.  Bringing back those who originally left due to a system that promoted stagnation instead of growth and opportunities for everyone no matter their Skill Points or size of their Alliance.  Many long time SOV residents are quick to point out the flaws in the new SOV mechanics.  Though they may have a fair argument on some points, those issues can and will be fixed.  What they fail to realize is that the old way of things prevented for thousands of people what I heard and saw this weekend in our Alliance.

For giving back to those pilots what they thought they had lost, I say to CCP – Thank You!

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The 57th Overlanders Brigade: Open Recruitment for SOV NULL Deployment

I like to keep things simple . . .

Life has a habit of getting complicated quickly so the more you can boil things down to zero entropy the better. It is the philosophy I have had since starting the 57th and the one I continue to employ to this day in all matters related to The Crew. And my Crew mean everything to me. We have a bond and brotherhood that not many share and those are the types of people I am looking to recruit. Those who believe that one pilot can make a difference – even solo. That fighting together outnumbered and outgunned with those you trust and respect is better than blobbing with the namelss masses.

That mindset has brought me to where I have developed three basic rules/laws/credo – whatever you want to call it.

  • Every Pilot Counts & Can Make A Difference

  • Focus On What’s In Front Of You

  • Always Stay Loyal To & Look Out For “The Crew”

Those three points are at the very heart of The Manifesto I wrote for the 57th, which reads:

The long and the short of it all is I want the 57th to be a corporation where people feel welcome and PROUD to say they are a “Browncoat“.

A place that they are able to contribute in a positive way to something greater than themselves. I want them to know they are now part of a brotherhood and have people they can depend on, trust and feel free to pursue their own objectives and goals as well as those of the 57th.

The 57th Overlanders Brigade has a saying:

When you can’t run, you crawl, and when you can’t crawl – when you can’t do that anymore . . . you find someone to carry you.”

Come see what it is really like when you fly with others who truly have your back and if needed – will carry you.

What I am the most proud of today in regards to the 57th is that those words I wrote almost a year ago still hold true today and are at the core of everything we do. Not everyone agrees with how I choose to run the 57th, and they have a right to their opinion. I’ll never fault anyone for doing what is best for themselves. Even if that means they choose not to join us – or as in some cases, choose to leave.

I’m telling you all of this because I have moved the 57th to NPC Null space sitting on the boarder of SOV NULL and am looking for like-minded pilots to join the 57th to help us achieve my dream of someday owning and defending a handful of systems to call our own. I want pilots who are not afraid to undock and do their jobs. I want pilots who believe in what we stand for and are trying to do. I want pilots who believe a Good Fight is more important than a killmail.

The 57th is a rag-tag bunch of pilots who fly kitchen-sink fits with the sole purpose of searching out good fights wherever they are, breaking blue donuts that happen all to often in NULL and to shake up SOV Space that has been stagnant for far too long! So it was an obvious and easy choice to accept Rixx Javix offer for us to join A Band Apart once he heard of my decision to finally make the move to NULL. I learned a great deal from my time in Stay Frosty and Rixx knew my reason for leaving was because I wanted to eventually hold SOV. Coming back to the Alliance with my own Crew who’s sole purpose is to do just that is in a way a “Coming Of Age” story that I couldn’t be more excited to see playing out.

In keeping with liking things simple the way I see it is that you only have two choices. You can either join the 57th and come have fun on this crazy road I’ve started us down and fight with us, OR you can move in next door to wherever we decide to hang our hat . . . . undock . . . and come knocking to see if we’re home.

If we are, I can guarantee you one thing – a good fight.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The 57th Joins A Band Apart Alliance

the 57th joins ABA_1 AUG 2015Today the 57th Overlanders Brigade officially joins the Alliance A Band Apart as what will become their first ever NULL Sec Corporation.  This is a new undertaking for both -ABA- and the 57th that we believe is mutually beneficial and align with our individual and collaborative goals.

Any of you who have been a part of my story to date in New Eden know I was a former member of Stay Frosty and it is where I learned most, if not all, of what I know to date of how to live and survive.  While a member of Stay Frosty under “TAZ” I made many friends who have supported my efforts and vision for the 57th since the beginning.  When I publicly announced three weeks ago my decision to officially move the 57th to NULL, I was pleased when Rixx Javix contacted me and opened the discussion of joining A Band Apart as the Alliance we aligned with.  I told Rixx then that the respect I have for his organization made the decision simple.  I would rather attempt something that seems impossible and potentially fail with those I know, trust and have an emotional tie too than to align elsewhere and possibly succeed.

But failure is not part of our vocabulary in the 57th and therefore is not an option.

This undertaking is an experiment laced with the resolve and fortitude of past successes and failures that have taught us and which guide us on our path.  The sum of our collective knowledge and experiences will support our goals as we turn into a reality that which none thought possible.  The journey will be long and wrought with successes, failures and setbacks – we have no disillusions about that.  But we will hold true to our objective and stay the course until it has become reality.  Many will join or efforts.  Many will try to stop us.  However, to put it in terms we all can relate too I will say it like this.

“We are prepared to face the challenges ahead with Knowledge as our Shield, Experience as our Armor and Passion as our Structure.”

I’ve said it here before but it stands repeating as we embark on this new adventure.  There are those who for now have an advantage over us and there are those who always will.  But that is what makes us special.  We aim to do the impossible and that makes us mighty.

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