The Closing Phrase: Browns reply in model, Jags shock the world! | NFL Information

One of the most dramatic news weeks in recent NFL history was capped by a batch of Sunday games that were equally stunning, entertaining and unpredictable.

Underdogs rose up across the league in Week Nine, including the Tennessee Titans. Their 6-2 record going into their game in Los Angeles showed they were no mugs, but few were giving them a chance against the 7-1 Rams. And that’s where this column begins…

Five Major Takeaways from Week Nine

1) Titans win another way

The Tennessee Titans had not won a football game without a guy called Derrick Henry in the line-up since 2015. But they had to enter a dragon’s den of sorts in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football and find a way to slay the fire-breathing Rams. And most of us expected the pattern to be the same if the Titans were to find a way to win.

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Brian Baldinger reacts to the news that the Tennessee Titans will be without star running back Derrick Henry for several weeks due to a broken foot

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We expected the Titans to stick with the running game, only this time behind 36-year-old veteran Adrian Peterson, and throw play-action passes off that; giving quarterback Ryan Tannehill easier looks in the passing game.

But the Titans only rushed for 69 yards as a team (their leading rusher was D’Onta Foreman with 29) and Tannehill threw for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Yet Tennessee won 28-16 and it was their defense that was the driving force.

Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Rams in Week Nine of the NFL

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Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Rams in Week Nine of the NFL

Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry combined for four-and-a-half sacks of Matthew Stafford, and David Long and Kevin Byard pounced for two game-changing interceptions in 26 first-half seconds. Good teams find a way to win and these Titans are well-coached, resilient and more than just good.

2) Jaguars shock the world!

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 9-6 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon is why the NFL actually play the games and don’t just run computer simulations based on prior form and current strength of the teams. The computer would most definitely have said “no” when asked if Jacksonville could win in Week Nine.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence celebrate after beating the Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence celebrate after beating the Buffalo Bills

Buffalo came into this contest as the number one scoring team in the league, averaging 32 points per game. Jacksonville were ranked 28th in points allowed, giving up 29 per game. It was not a rosy picture for Urban Meyer’s team.

But they did what so many defenses are doing this year. They took away the big play from Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and forced him to be patient when moving the ball down the field. That requires discipline and Allen failed on that front, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. Two of those turnovers came from Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, who also had a sack. He took the whole ‘Josh Allen’ thing personally on Sunday, that’s for sure!

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen registered a hat-trick of a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery against his namesake, Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen registered a hat-trick of a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery against his namesake, Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback

3) Denver beat Dallas with ease

Who was giving the Denver Broncos a chance to beat the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday? Not me, that’s for certain. Dak Prescott was back at quarterback for ‘America’s Team’ and Mike McCarthy’s side had not lost since opening night in Tampa Bay.

Nobody told Vic Fangio that his Broncos didn’t have a shot though and the wily coach dialled up a defensive game plan that kept the Cowboys – and Prescott in particular – on their heels all night long. What was most surprising about this 30-16 win is that it wasn’t even close. Denver were up 30-0 with six minutes remaining before Dallas picked up a couple of consolation touchdowns.

Watch Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tim Patrick against the Dallas Cowboys

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Watch Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tim Patrick against the Dallas Cowboys

This was a complete team win for the Broncos. The defense sacked Prescott twice and picked him off once. Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, threw for a tidy 249 yards and one touchdown and Denver rushed for 190 yards and two scores.

As I watched this one unfold, I kept wondering when Dallas would fight back and they simply never did. Stunning.

4) Cardinals send a message

There was quite a major bump in the road being travelled by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. They were coming off their first loss of the season and heading to play a division rival with star quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins out injured.

Some Arizona Cardinals trickery led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Christian Kirk against the San Francisco 49ers

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Some Arizona Cardinals trickery led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Christian Kirk against the San Francisco 49ers

Early in the contest against the San Francisco 49ers, the Cards suffered further adversity when running back Chase Edmonds went down with a high ankle sprain. They didn’t miss a beat though behind the neat passing of veteran backup QB Colt McCoy and the playmaking versatility of James Conner, who touched the ball 26 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a league-leading 11 on the season.

Arizona romped to a 31-17 victory that was largely comfortable. To do that without your two best players is mightily impressive. This team is now back at the top of the NFC seedings and with only two teams with winning records (Rams and Cowboys) remaining on their schedule, the Cards are in great shape to make a run.

Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin trucks over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a 21-yard touchdown run

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Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin trucks over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a 21-yard touchdown run

5) Browns respond!

The Cleveland Browns had endured a tumultuous week by the time they stepped onto the field to face the Cincinnati Bengals in the ‘Battle of Ohio’ on Sunday. The fallout between quarterback Baker Mayfield and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. escalated to the point where OBJ is now no longer on the team.

How would the Browns respond? There would have been Baker guys and Odell guys in their locker room, so would we see a divided team in a key game against the Bengals? Well, it certainly looked like 53 guys pulling in the same direction as Cleveland registered an emphatic 41-16 win.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb torches the Cincinnati Bengals defense on this 70-yard touchdown run

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Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb torches the Cincinnati Bengals defense on this 70-yard touchdown run

Baker was rock solid in throwing for 218 yards and two touchdowns but the real stars of the night were on the defensive side of the ball. Led by Myles Garrett, the Browns recorded five sacks of Joe Burrow. On the back end, the secondary came up with two interceptions and forced a fumble while holding the dangerous Ja’Marr Chase to just six receptions for 49 yards.

Player of the Week: Jeffery Simmons

Jeffery Simmons takes down Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during his dominant display on Sunday night

Jeffery Simmons takes down Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during his dominant display on Sunday night

With Aaron Donald watching on from the other sideline, Tennessee’s own dominant interior defensive lineman turned in a display that number 99 would have been proud of.

Jeffery Simmons recorded three sacks, four quarterback hits and three tackles for losses for the Titans in their win over the Rams. He also provided the pressure up the middle for Matthew Stafford’s interception, thrown from his own endzone, that gifted Tennessee a short field for the first touchdown of the game.

That was as disruptive a pass-rushing performance as I have seen in the NFL this season and if it hadn’t been such a disappointing night for the Rams, Donald might even have nodded in approval.

Play of the Week

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward picks off Joe Burrow and returns it for a 99-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals

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Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward picks off Joe Burrow and returns it for a 99-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals made a very positive start to their contest with Cleveland, marching down the field on 10 plays to set up a 3rd-and-Goal from the three-yard line. The 11th play could very well have been a Cincinnati touchdown as Joe Burrow fired in the direction of Chase on an out route near the goal line. Instead, the Browns grabbed the momentum that would never be relinquished as Denzel Ward – who was excellent the entire game – jumped the pass, intercepted Burrow and raced 99 yards for the touchdown. It was a 14-point swing and the Browns never looked back!

Coach of the Week: Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick has masterminded a New England Patriots win streak that has them again hunting for a playoff spot in the AFC

Bill Belichick has masterminded a New England Patriots win streak that has them again hunting for a playoff spot in the AFC

We tend to give coaching awards to everyone but Bill Belichick because his greatness is already assumed. But let’s give a nod to the GOAT here who has led the New England Patriots to three-straight wins and victories in four of their last five. They are now breathing down Buffalo’s neck in the AFC East.

Belichick loves facing young quarterbacks and Sam Darnold was the latest target, who threw three interceptions for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s 24-6 beating. His team is not flashy, nor loaded with elite talent across the board, but they have played themselves into form and into the playoff picture.

New England confound quarterbacks on a weekly basis and they know how to go and get the football. On offense, they run the ball well behind a physical line and rookie quarterback Mac Jones is improving. Belichick deserves a load of credit for getting this team into a competitive state.

On my Radar

Cincinnati Bengals star rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase has been slowed the last couple of weeks in back-to-back losses

Cincinnati Bengals star rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase has been slowed the last couple of weeks in back-to-back losses

The early-season form of Cincinnati rookie wide receiver Chase was historic and fun to watch. But he has been shut down in the last two weeks as defenses put greater emphasis on removing him from Cincinnati’s attack.

The Bengals are still going his way as Chase has been targeted 22 times in defeats to the New York Jets and the Browns, yet he has only caught nine passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. All three Bengals turnovers on Sunday involved Chase – he was targeted on the two interceptions and also lost a fumble.

I refuse to believe Chase has hit the dreaded rookie wall already, so how will he respond? This is not only going to be key for his development, Cincinnati’s fight for a playoff berth is going to depend on getting their star man going again.

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GM-backed Cruise seeks last approval for robotaxis in San Francisco

Cruise Origin driverless shuttle

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General MotorsUS government-backed Cruise is seeking final California approval to begin commercializing its robotaxi fleet in San Francisco.

The self-driving car start-up announced Friday that it has filed for approval with the California Public Utilities Commission to allow autonomous vehicles to be used. It is the last of six permits required by the CPCU and California DMV to charge the public for travel.

It is unclear how long the review and approval process will take. Cruise is the first to apply for approval. Cruise CEO Dan Ammann recently said the company expects to begin commercialization as early as next year, pending regulatory approval.

If approved, Cruise could be the first to operate a taxi fleet without human drivers. alphabet-supported Waymo has also received approval from California DMV to bill Robotaxi rides, but their approval still requires a “safety driver” in the vehicle in the event of a problem.

The latest permit allows Cruise vehicles to operate on public roads in certain parts of San Francisco between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, even in light rain or fog. However, according to the DMV, they must not exceed 30 miles per hour.

Commercializing autonomous vehicles has been far more difficult than many predicted a few years ago, but Waymo and Cruise are considered two of the frontrunners.

Cruise was scheduled to launch a public transportation service in San Francisco in 2019. The enterprise delayed these plans this year to conduct further testing and obtain necessary regulatory approvals.

General Motors Cruise test vehicles

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Cruise received DMV approval for self-driving vehicles for the first time in June 2015. Since then, the company has slowly expanded its test sites and expanded its fleet to hundreds of autonomous vehicles, while also obtaining additional permits.

Cruise’s current fleet of vehicles includes Chevrolet Bolt EVs that are retrofitted with self-driving vehicle software and additional technologies such as cameras, radar and lidar that enable vehicles to “see” their surroundings.

The next fleet of vehicles is expected to consist of the Cruise Origin, a rectangular shuttle-like vehicle designed exclusively as an autonomous vehicle. Ammann said earlier this year that GM is expected to begin producing the Origin for Cruise early 2023.

GM acquired Cruise in 2016. Since then, it has been like investors Honda engine, Softbank Vision Fund and, more recently, too Walmart and Microsoft.

Ultimate Dallas Funds Restores Police Additional time Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

A record $ 4.35 billion budget for the city of Dallas, final approved on Wednesday, puts public safety first, but some other functions get extra money, including road repairs.

The final vote after months of community budget meetings and city hall debates was 13-2, with Members Cara Mendelsohn and Gay Donnell Willis opposed over concerns about rising property taxes.

In the closing hours of this year’s budget debate, city councilors restored a $ 10 million cut in police overtime they had approved just two weeks ago.

Part of the larger budget comes from COVID-19 aid funds that will not be available in the coming years.

“That’s a damn good budget. I think it’s the best budget we’ve ever seen, ”said Councilor Chad West.

West voted for the final budget, although he opposed the restoration of police overtime pay and cited the overtime cut two weeks earlier.

He wanted Police Chief Eddie Garcia to return to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee in the future if the money was required for overtime.

West said a preliminary audit report suggests there may have been a lack of police oversight of overtime in the past.

“56% of overtime was neglected in some way. That doesn’t mean that 56% had abuse. That means we don’t know, ”West said.

Councilor Paul Ridley on Wednesday also voted against the restoration of police overtime pay.

“I think we need accountability. I think taxpayers expect us to be accountable, ”said Ridley.

Mayor Eric Johnson cited violence in Deep Ellum Sunday, which killed a second of six shooting victims on Wednesday, as a justification for overtime pay.

“The police’s overtime budget is initially our backing against the increasing violence in our city. Chief Garcia has applied for this funding to complement his efforts, and I don’t think we should get him to get this money that he tells us we are going to need badly, “said Johnson.

The Dallas Police Department is hundreds of officers smaller than it was 10 years ago.

In a 12-3 overtime vote, most city councilors approved Mayor Johnson.

“And I think it’s important to keep sending the message that we support our first responders, we support our cops, and we equip them with the tools they need, including overtime while we are understaffed,” Councilor Adam McGough said.

The new budget also includes money to hire 250 more officers, pay increases for police and fire departments, and buy dozens of additional patrol cars to increase police patrol presence.

The leader of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Sara Mokuria, urged the council not to provide additional money for the police. She said the Dallas neighborhoods need more investment to increase public safety.

“DPD has consistently proven to be an ineffective intervention in creating a safe public over time,” said Mokuria.

The budget allocates funds to community programs to improve lighting and reduce putrefaction, treat substance abuse, and expand mental health alternatives to take police action.

There’s also better pay to attract and retain 911 operators and garbage disposal workers, both municipal services that have suffered from a lack of hiring difficulties.

The streets of Bad Dallas are receiving a $ 150 million repair budget, the largest yet, to start a multi-year program to reverse decades of neglect.

But the police get the largest share of the budget at around $ 565 million, including the city’s largest police budget of all time.

“We have seen some early signs of success from the chief of police in a crime reduction plan, but we have a lot more to do,” said Mayor Johnson.

Slightly lowering the property tax rate in the new household will not be enough to offset soaring Dallas real estate values. Most taxpayers will see higher bills.

Most council members said residents told them in community meetings that they wanted the services the new budget will provide and that they are willing to pay for them.

The new budget comes into force on October 1st.

The city of Dallas received a total of $ 627 million in federal COVID-19 aid some of them have been included in the new budget and some have already been spent in the current year.

Closing Edge 95 construct for the Dev channel brings Home windows 11-style visuals and extra

Windows 11 style visuals in Edge Canary

Microsoft today released the final Edge 95 build for the Dev Channel which is making version 95.0.1020.0 available to users. The reason this is the final build for version 95 for the dev channel is because Edge is now following a shortened release schedule, with major version releases now happening every four weeks. This is the build that is now expected to transition to beta channel users as the company prepares to move to the next major release.

As for today’s build, there are a couple of major improvements. First of all, Edge now Windows 11-style design by default, with rounded corners and other updated design elements. In Windows 11, the browser also supports translucent items in the title bar and context menus. So far, these functions have been hidden under an experimental flag. It must be noted, however, that the new design is still in the works, so there may be rough edges and inconsistencies.

The second big improvement is in support for View recovery of PDFs on Edge. With this feature, users can pick up PDFs where they left them, which means that Edge now remembers the page number, zoom status and layout of the document, easily reads long PDF files and presents the reader in the browser as a useful alternative to others Apps. For those who need it, there is an option to disable the feature. The feature is shipped to all Edge 95 users.

Other enhancements made with today’s build include the ability to use a pen to annotate screenshots taken using the built-in web capture tool, support for opening local files in the iOS version of the browser, and adding some new administrative policies.

Here is the full list of new features:

  • Functions activated by default:
  • Administrative guidelines (note that documentation and administrative templates may not have been updated yet):
    • A policy has been added to control whether intranet file links are enabled, which controls whether File: URLs on intranet pages open File Explorer.
    • Support for Chromium Policy Enabled to control whether Cross Origin Web Assembly Module Sharing is enabled.
    • Chromium Policy Support Enabled to control whether the display capture permission policy is enabled.
  • Improved support for opening local files in the browser on iOS.

As usual, there are a number of bug fixes that make it into the browser. Here are the changes that will improve the reliability of the browser:

  • A crash when using the password generator has been fixed.
  • A crash when using the web widget has been fixed.
  • Fixed a crash when navigating an IE mode tab.
  • Fixed a crash when using tab groups.
  • A crash when interacting with info bars has been fixed.
  • Fixed a crash when closing an autofill popup.
  • Cell phone, mobile phone:
    • Fixed a crash on startup.
    • Fixed a crash when changing the device orientation.
    • A crash when logging into the browser has been fixed.
    • A crash on older iOS versions has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where checking for updates in Settings would sometimes crash Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where certain applications installed on the device would cause all tabs to crash as soon as they were opened.
  • A hang when opening Internet Explorer has been fixed.
  • Fixed getting stuck when closing the browser.

And here are the fixes aimed at addressing the changed behavior:

  • Fixed an issue with certain Linux flavors where the browser would not open.
  • Fixed another issue where users would be logged out of the browser after refreshing the browser.
  • Fixed a problem where the video volume was sometimes set to max.
  • Fixed an issue where favorites could sometimes not be clicked.
  • Fixed an issue where importing certain data from other browsers would fail.
  • Fixed an issue where Travel Finder wasn’t showing when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where travel recommendations would not appear in places they should.
  • Fixed an issue where the Define card would sometimes not go away when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where certain banner UI could not interact or be closed.
  • Fixed an issue where the link to test the HTTP version of a webpage on the error page that appears when the HTTPS version of the page is not available does not actually attempt to navigate to the HTTP version of the website.
  • Fixed an issue where PDF titles were garbled as shown in the browser tab.
  • Fixed an issue where pinned websites would sometimes be resolved after refreshing the browser.
  • Fixed an issue with older versions of Windows where browser installation would fail.
  • Fixed an issue where free text annotations in PDFs would not work at the edges of the page.
  • Fixed an issue where download notifications would sometimes not appear in pop-up windows.
  • Fixed an issue where Jump List Actions are missing from PWAs or websites installed as apps on Windows 11.
  • Cell phone, mobile phone:
    • Fixed an issue where InPrivate sometimes couldn’t be used.
    • Fixed an issue where the login screen would get stuck while logging in to the browser.
    • Fixed an issue on Android where menus would sometimes not work when sharing another app with the browser.
    • Fixed an issue where passwords cannot be edited or deleted because nothing works on the Password Settings page.
    • Fixed an issue where rewards would not work.
    • Fixed an issue where the button to go to the Immersive Reader would sometimes not be visible when it should.
  • Developer:
    • Fixed an issue in WebView2 applications where certain resources were left out when the application was published (Issue 730, Edition 1061).
    • Fixed an issue creating WebView2 apps that contain XAML islands (Edition 1716).
  • The administrative policy to control whether Internet Explorer integration tests are allowed has been deprecated.

Finally, there are a number of known issues that users should be aware of that the company will always list on these release notes. Here is the full list:

  • YouTube users may experience playback errors with certain ad blocking extensions. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to continue. See this help article for more details.
  • Some users still experience an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is out of date security or antivirus software from a vendor such as Symantec. In these cases this will be resolved by updating this software.
  • Kaspersky Internet Suite users who have installed the associated extension may sometimes find that websites such as Gmail cannot be loaded. This error is due to the fact that the main Kaspersky software is out of date, so it is resolved by making sure that the latest version is installed.
  • Some users still see favorites being duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced in Insider channels, but we’re still running it in stable. We have also seen duplication occur when the manual deduplicator is run on multiple computers before one of the computers has a chance to fully sync its changes.
  • Some users see “jiggling” behavior when scrolling with trackpad gestures or touchscreens, with scrolling in one dimension also causing the page to scroll subtly back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and appears to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to Edge Legacy behavior. So, if this behavior is undesirable, you can turn it off temporarily by turning off the edge: // flags / # edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

As always with these builds, they will be released in stages. While not all users will see the update, it should be rolled out to all development channel users sooner rather than later. Additionally, with today’s build released, both the Dev and Canary versions are now on the same version.

British tennis participant wins U.S. Open ladies’s ultimate

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates the winning goal to defeat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during the second set of her women’s singles final on day 13 of the US Open 2021 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)

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Emma Raducanu is the first British woman in 44 years to win an individual Grand Slam title.

The 18 year old defeated Leylah Fernandez, a 19 year old from Canada, and won 6-4 6-3 in the US Open final.

Their showdown lasted an hour and 51 minutes and was the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years.

Saturday night’s match had a dramatic final when Raducanu was forced to take medical time out after skidding on the pitch and injuring her leg while trying to return a ball.

It is an extraordinary, unprecedented achievement for Raducanu, who came 150th in the world in the US Open.

She didn’t drop a set during the entire tournament and played a total of 10 games, including three in qualifying.

No qualifier had ever reached a slam final – and Raducanu is not only the first woman to win a title in just two tournaments, but also the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004.

Every rally between Raducanu and Fernandez was fiercely competitive, with both women reading each other’s games in a way that their previous opponents failed to.

The last British woman to win a major tennis trophy was Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

Bitcoin: The First And Ultimate Rival Cash

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The Language of Bitcoin: 3

TL;DR – Bitcoin is the first monetary technology of its kind. It is also the last. If you insist on summing up our good and sound money with a broken monetary measure such as the dollar, you will forever be confused about the state of the financial world. The dollar’s infinite expansion will lead you to believe you have more Bitcoin than really you do.

Rational

Hard money pervades absolutely. When I say hard money pervades absolutely I am not talking about the price of Bitcoin. I’m talking about its ever-growing user base, who refuse to have their property adulterated and their money debased. Hard money pervades by way of slow and steady adoption. It is the process of knowledge being shared among a community.

A rational population that recognizes Bitcoin as the strongest store of value, and the easiest property to amass and protect, would exit the housing and the stock markets and pour into Bitcoin. If they were rational, people who sought stores of value in things that are of potentially unlimited supply, such as stocks, gold and real estate, would forsake these cumbersome objects for Bitcoin, which as we know is limited, and more salable across time, space, and scale than anything that’s come before.

The market is not rational. Nonetheless, Bitcoin adoption grows. Whether you believe Bitcoin adoption to be occurring too slowly or too quickly, the fact remains that there is a growing population of people for whom Bitcoin is the final money.

That is, we have chosen to exit the dollar, for good, because as Bitcoiners we recognize that we hold the superior asset class. Once we understood that, we found no rational reason to expose ourselves to the centralized financial risk that comes with holding lesser asset classes such as dollars, which are a primitive and an objectively inferior form of nascent money.

It seems unlikely that the person who first grasped the concept of a wheel could have kept this idea private. In this way Bitcoin will not stay niche, but rather, it will become ubiquitous, global money. Societal memes are ideas that are too good to stay niche. One of the fundamental features of lasting ideas that spread throughout society is that their use case is undeniable and easy to perceive.

One doesn’t have to have a technical understanding of how Bitcoin works to use it in the same way the overwhelming majority of people who fly in airplanes don’t have an engineering background or a clear understanding of how exactly it is they are flying. Bitcoin, like the wheel and the airplane, is too good of an idea to stay niche. Bitcoin’s success as a network ought to be measured less by its dollar price action and more through the growing number of people familiar with its most basic use-cases as a hard store of value, an immutable money, and as the most secure form of property, all traits for which it has no peers. Bitcoin promotes its own production and inhibits its destruction at the expense of energy, time, and that of its rivals.

So although the market in aggregate is not rational, and we may individually often make irrational financial decisions, the absolute advantage of holding Bitcoin over fiat is becoming undeniable. Ignore it, and you will soon look over your shoulders to find your friends and neighbors enjoying freedoms that you cannot afford.

In our quest to bring monetary freedom to the world we will succeed because we will hodl Bitcoin longer than the market can remain irrational.

Irrational

The market is irrational. People are irrational. Their trades are predicated on their limbic system, their immediate wants. They want to get rich quickly. Their time preference, in aggregate, is very high. Most Americans behave in a way that befits the title of consumer over that of producer. Americans in aggregate are not capitalists. Capital production requires the reallocation of resources and capital, and not their absolute consumption. Americans rather, make choices every day to consumer rather than produce, with money that they do not really have, and as was discussed last week’s essay, delayed gratification is key to a successful life of capital accumulation. Unfortunately, Most people make impulsive, emotionally influenced, high-time-preference financial decisions.

Holding Bitcoin is not only exiting the U.S. dollar, it is recusing yourself from the need to constantly make difficult financial decisions and trades. Buying Bitcoin tends to become an organizing financial principle for hodlers. The strategy is simple:

1) Trade your time to create value for others daily.

2) Trade this value for capital.

3) Trade some capital for Bitcoin.

4) Deploy the remainder of capital to increase your means of production to create more value for more people.

5) Trade profits for Bitcoin.

6) Hodl indefinitely.

*The in-between step is do not consume your capital.

If you find yourself perpetually on steps 4 and 5 you might be a financially productive person. There is no limit to how productive a person can be. The common denominator of this process among bitcoiners is that we are constantly buying and holding Bitcoin. We’re effectively making one solid trade tirelessly, out of U.S. dollars and into the superior asset class. In doing so we’re taking activity bias, emotions, and high-time-presence impulses completely out of the financial equation. It’s quite liberating.

CAGR

No Bitcoiner who has held their stack for at least four years has lost money when denominated in fiat terms. And after just months of holding Bitcoin it dawns on most that perhaps the benefits of hodling increase as time goes on. Indeed, the longer you have held Bitcoin, historically, the greater your reward in fiat terms. You have gained buying power and you have also maintained and appreciated your wealth. This is cannot be done when holding dollars only.

Newcomers to Bitcoin largely come for this “number go up” technology, meaning they want to watch their wealth appreciate in U.S. dollars, which is admittedly exciting and fascinating to behold for the first time. As you hodl it becomes increasingly difficult to turn a blind eye to the U.S. dollar price of your Bitcoin stack. You may even begin to understand and experience the fiat based formula for compounding annual growth rate (CAGR).

People who think of Bitcoin as an investment might run the dollar value of their Bitcoin stack through this formula. Over the years it will yield increasingly impressive results in fiat terms, which is fun and good. But at what rate are you compounding your Bitcoin stack? Somewhere along the trajectory of perpetual learning that Bitcoin incites, many cross an event horizon, after which, there is no more trading back into dollars. There is only forsaking dollars for Bitcoin. For many bitcoiners it is after this point in understanding that Bitcoin ceases to become an investment, and begins to become a lifestyle.

The CAGR equation looks much different if for the beginning and ending values you input amounts of Bitcoin, rather than the same Bitcoin’s value in fiat terms. This perspective of the CAGR will likely give you more incentive to increase your productivity, rather than remain idle and content with your stack. Remember, Bitcoin’s value when compared to every fiat asset will always rise, because assets which can be issued by decree are unlimited in number. If you value your Bitcoin in fiat terms, the numbers are sure to impress you over time, but you probably won’t accumulate with the same urgency you would had you understood your Bitcoin on its own terms. When valuing your Bitcoin in fiat terms you risk complacency. Number go up is besides the point.

So the longer people hold Bitcoin, generally, the more inclined they are to think of equations like the CAGR in Bitcoin terms? Actually, I would postulate that by denominating your Bitcoin in fiat terms you are subliminally priming yourself to one day execute a trade out of the hardest money in the world. It follows that most long-term hodlers value their Bitcoin in Bitcoin terms.

The longer you think of your Bitcoin in fiat terms the less likely you are to become a long-term hodlr who denominates your Bitcoin in Bitcoin terms. So there’s a survivorship bias among long-term Bitcoin hodlers. We tend to overlook or under appreciate just how many denominated their bitcoin in fiat terms and never functionally recognized that 1btc=1btc, and as a result didn’t make it.

If you insist on summing up our good and sound money with a broken monetary measure such as the dollar, you will forever be confused about the state of the financial world. The dollar’s infinite expansion will lead you to believe you have more Bitcoin than really you do.

Remember that when people speak of the price fluctuation of Bitcoin denominated in U.S. dollars, this is an entirely misguided understanding of what Bitcoin is. Bitcoin itself is agnostic to U.S. dollars.  Naturally when comparing a scarce asset to an infinite asset, you will perceive extreme volatility.

The most maximalist among us might say that if you’re trying to use Bitcoin to make “bank”, you’ve lost the plot. Your Bitcoin is your net worth. The dollar price of your Bitcoin is meaningless.

There’s no reason to discourage people who are thinking in fiat terms, as surely no one alive was raised without learning to think in this way. The test is really whether and to what extent one can begin to denominate their life in Bitcoin terms. The change in character this brings about, the renunciation of an old and errant way of life, one littered with misunderstandings, is why bitcoin maximalists often have the luster of something like the newly sober, the honeymooning, or the very religious.

The current transition from a fiat worldview to a Bitcoin worldview predicates on one having been wrong about basically everything. Ergo, most adults don’t, and won’t understand Bitcoin. But the first few kids who were raised on a Bitcoin standard are soon to enter their teenage years.

It is when this nascent generation of bitcoiners begins to participate with consequence in the global markets, and they in turn raise more children on a Bitcoin standard, that the scales will really tilt in our favor.

Rival

Every monetary vehicle outside of Bitcoin is in competition with it, and will have its monetary energy drained from it, because Bitcoin is the only rivalrous money. Rivalrous means every Bitcoin I own is one you can’t own, unless I transact with you or give you access to my private keys. Think of MicroStrategy. Think of all the Bitcoin supply Michael Saylor has taken off the table. Does this not incentivize you to double down on your stacking efforts? It’s supposed to. When a good is scarce, it incentivizes competition. Bitcoin is the only rivalrous asset. Fiat and gold are both horns of plenty.

Gold is non-rival. I could in theory acquire gold until the end of my days and it wouldn’t effect how much gold is available to everyone else. It isn’t scarce. The total supply of gold is in direct proportion to the resources that are allocated toward mining it. Gold can be mined until there is no more of it left in the universe. Even in terms of the local gold supply, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the Earth.

Bitcoin is very much a bounded game. Inversely, fiat is an unbounded game of cards, meaning it expands so on ad infinitum. That is, there is no limitation imposed by the tools of the fiat game. They are not playing with a definite supply of numerals but instead with a system for constructing numerals indefinitely.

The government may claim ignorance of the fact that it has created a system for printing money indefinitely. The most insidious and savvy of governments enjoy this exploitation of their citizens time and energy somewhat covertly. The population has been misguided for so many generations it just takes taxation and simultaneous currency debasement as an unavoidable fact of life.

But the money printing is overt now. They’ve abandoned the phase of pretending it’s only temporary, or that they are raising the debt ceiling just a little more to get through X or Y crisis. The crises are chronic. Always have been. If I had to make a future prediction I would forecast that virtual emergencies and cyber pandemics are next. People are desensitized to real world problems. It appears to me that the majority of us are already isolated, functionally comatose, living in an entertainment state of perpetual catatonia. This is a topic for another time. Do not surrender your ability to think and speak freely.

There was no “well intended” or ignorant government phase. If governments didn’t understand the power of exploiting the money printer we would still be using objects we chose to meet our coincidence of wants. We would store all of our wealth in things like goats or shiny rocks. But even in the age of gold, the government found ways to clip and debase the currency.

In Bitcoin, you can imagine what ties our digital ship to the wharf as rope. The rope consists of fibers. The rope does not get its strength from any one fiber running through it, but rather from the fact that there is a vast number of fibers overlapping. The metaphor is more apt if you imagine many ships secured with thousands of ropes. As nodes we are attesting to a single history, a single order of these ships, our anchors are myriad and decentralized.

Bitcoin is rivalrous and bounded. The process of Bitcoin accumulation offers you healthy competition and fraternity for life. It incentivizes cooperation to facilitate capital growth. Every Bitcoin you own is one I can’t, but perhaps if we collaborate to provide a service, we can both increase our stack. Meanwhile every Bitcoin that is lost is removed from the conversation entirely.

Time

Nietzsche said that what can happen must have happened before.

This is not so.

It must be stressed that before Bitcoin, it was impossible to associate events with points of time in decentralized systems.

Bitcoin emerged, in part, from an effort to work around trusting third parties to time stamp digital documents. Centralized time servers are inaccurate to degrees that may seem minute to humans, but in terms of ordering transactions on a ledger, it is imperative that there be no discrepancy. Remember that even the time dilation between a person on the ground and a person on a plane is enough to make the order of their transactions on a ledger inaccurate. This why Bitcoin doesn’t rely on any third-party time-keeping server.

Satoshi originally designed bitcoin as a digital time-stamping server, as found on the first page of the White Paper: “In this paper, we propose a solution to the double-spending problem using a peer-to-peer distributed timestamp server to generate computational proof of the chronological order of transactions.”

Or as found on the second page: “We need a system for participants to agree on a single history […]. The solution we propose begins with a timestamp server.”

Consequently Bitcoin has become the only decentralized narration of past events in the world. No history is comprehensive, nor is it intended to be. When we talk about history it is a mistake for us to try and account for causation. Humans cannot perceive causation, only a succession of events.

In the universe, most of what occurs is too fast or too slow. Too big, too small, too far, too close, or invisible. Thus, you can imagine Bitcoin as but one lens through which to view the history of the modern world. What’s unique about our framing is that this story is completely decentralized, and the longest chain has undergone the most proof of work to secure this history. Bitcoin is the story we’ve agreed upon.

There is no centralized time mechanisms for Bitcoin. It runs irrespective of our clocks. Every individual tick of the Bitcoin clock is unpredictable. Relative to our clocks, the Bitcoin clock appears to be imprecise and spontaneous. But this is irrelevant, as Gregor Trubetskoy points out: “It doesn’t matter that this clock is impre­cise. What matters is that it’s the same clock for everyone and the state of the chain can be tied unambiguously to the ticks of this clock.” So the Bitcoin clock is probabilistic, but it isn’t illusory.

When does the future become the present?

Bitcoin accounts for this. The mempool is a description of the future, a forecast we’ve committed to bring to carrying out.

Where does the present go when it becomes past?

Bitcoin accounts for this too. Nodes usher blocks present into the past, where they are recognized again and again, many times per day by every node, as past.

The longest chain serves as proof of the sequence of events witnessed, and also proof that it came from the largest pool of CPU power. In this way, Bitcoin is also proof of story.

Future

Bitcoin is the first monetary technology of its kind. It is also the last. Most people have yet to realize that Bitcoin is the culmination of civilizations’ failures at creating money.

The seeds of global Bitcoin adoption were planted at its birth and our only job now is to water and tend to them. Bitcoin is the first money the world has ever seen and the last money it will ever see for centuries to come.

29 August 2021

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Allegan County Truthful pronounces remaining leisure lineup

ALLEGAN – The Allegan County Fair has announced its final program of entertainment, including a host of musicians and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.

The organization’s final announcement came last week, including Casting Crowns, Crowder and Phil Wickham on Thursday September 16, and Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Bryant on Friday September 17.

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Tickets for the concerts will be available from Thursday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. allegancountyfair.com/events. cards are available for Jeff Dunham’s performance on Friday September 10th and 3 Doors Down with Chayce Beckham on Saturday September 11th.

The Allegan County Fair runs Friday through Saturday September 10-18.

The event, Allegan’s biggest celebration of the year, was canceled in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The fair will be completely open,” said Saree Miller, CEO of the fair this year’s plan. “We’re going back to everything; we’re going to have all of our events.”

A community event, a butterfly exhibition, allows visitors to feed butterflies with a nectar stick for free. There is also harness racing, food, exhibitions, livestock and the popular carnival of the fair.

Tickets for bike shows such as the tractor train, demolition derby and rodeo are available online. Admission to the fair is $ 7 for adults and $ 4 for children in grades 1-12. Younger children have free entry.

The fair will have reduced or free admission for certain groups – such as seniors and children – throughout the week.

Ultimate Fantasy Ought to Honor Yoshitaka Amano’s Artwork Type

Although the series is the man who brought Final Fantasy to life, it has yet to reflect Yoshitaka Amano’s style – and it’s time that changed.

Yoshitaka Amano is one of the most important names in video game art. Best known for character and concept designs for the Final Fantasy Series, the products of Amano’s decades of career have received worldwide recognition for their unmistakable, dreamlike quality. His work is as iconic for Square Enix’s flagship franchise as his Magic and Moggle, and it’s one of the show’s biggest charms, especially the older entries.

Despite the positive response to Amano’s art, no main Final Fantasy game has really reflected his work. From the beginning of the series there has always been a clear visual separation between what Amano drew and what the developers were able to represent on screen. That made sense in the 90s, but times have changed and the graphics are better than ever. Yet despite all of these advances, no Final Fantasy really looks like Amano’s work is coming to life – and it’s high time that changed.

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Final Fantasy Yoshitaka Amano

Although Yoshitaka Amano has largely stepped down from his role as the character designer of Final Fantasy, he is still arguably the most iconic artist the series has ever had. His work is fantastic, sometimes interpretive and often extravagant in the best possible way. It strongly highlights the “fantasy” half of the franchise title, with its black-clad knights, long-bearded wizards, and beautiful virgins wreathed with power. It’s hard to call it realistic, but that’s exactly what sets it apart, especially at a time when the series has embraced photorealism for its core games.

That’s not to say that people like Tetusya Nomura and other artists have taken over the character designs of the series are bad at what they do – far from it. These YouTubers have their own pull and have clearly earned their fair share of fans. As such, they have been determining the visual direction of the series since the late 1990s. Although Amano is the first name in Final Fantasy art, he never received the same honor. Not only have newer games distanced themselves from his style, remakes of the titles he worked on are more faithful to the original sprites than his concept images.

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It makes sense that the remasters stay true to their originals. Fandom’s mixed take on the iOS remake changes proves that the old sprites are still popular. Changing them again, even in honor of Amano, would likely be controversial. This very fact is probably why Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster looks a lot like these earlier games. However, this does not explain why the potential of Amano’s work is still being ignored after so long.

Final Fantasy Yoshitaka Amano

Final Fantasy games consistently do well critically and commercially, but all that success can’t hide the fact that they are no longer as visually unique as they once were. Each step towards realism removes the series from its magical origins and opts for a rougher artistic tone instead. While that makes sense for urban fantasy games like FFXV and FFVII remake that purposely conjure up a world much closer to the real thing technologically makes it a lot less for titles like Final Fantasy Origin.

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In fact, Origin is arguably Square Enix’s biggest missed opportunity for an Amano-style game. Not only does it bring players back to an environment he has drawn, but his creepy-looking fiends and terrifyingly inhuman “Cloudsea Djinn” design for Garland would have fitted perfectly into a darker, horror-bordering Final Fantasy game. Instead, Origin throws photorealistic characters into a dark temple. While the brooding color palette and eye-catching effects make it look good by AAA video game standards, its lack of visual cohesion or creativity makes for a surprisingly uninspired game.

Origin still has time to free itself, but its nondescript first performance only exemplifies the need for a Final Fantasy game that truly represents Amano’s work. Although there have been some attempts to bring its characters to life in the current Square Enix graphic style, the combination of realistic people and its imaginative costumes has never looked completely natural.

It would be more appropriate to design an entire game like one of Amano’s paintings and create an aesthetic more akin to Okami than any of the modern day Final Fantasy games. Something like this could be a gamble, especially after so many years of realistic-looking titles, but Amano’s importance and the masterly beauty of his work make it a risk worth taking.

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Overland Park pickleball leisure venues at Prairiefire, 91st and Metcalf win remaining approval

The Overland Park Planning Commission swiftly and unanimously approved final development plans for two entertainment venues around pickleball courts on Monday.

A new Chicken N Pickle restaurant and bar is on already under construction at Prairiefire along 135th Street, but the developers had made some minor changes to the site plan that needed approval.

The commissioners have also given the final site plan of the SERV Promontory the green light, a venue in the 91st and Metcalf This includes pickleball courts and several restaurants that are housed in converted shipping containers.

Both points fell under the approval agenda of the commission, which was unanimously adopted with 9: 0 without discussion.

Chicken N Pickle Optimizations

Chicken N Pickle, which operates its popular flagship location in North Kansas City, laid the foundation for its Prairiefire franchise last year with the hope of being able to open sometime in the fall.

The new zoning plan approved on Monday reduces the number of outdoor pickleball playgrounds from five to four.

A rendering previously filed with the Overland Park Planning Commission depicting a new chicken and pickle at Prairiefire on 135th Street. A green area planned for the site can be converted into an ice rink in winter according to the development plans. Photo credit Yaeger Architecture.

This allows a nearby building with indoor spaces to be relocated to make room for electrical equipment that can be mounted on the floor and shielded from the view of passing motorists.

The revised plan of Chicken N Pickle also dispenses with fabric covering the outdoor areas and replaces them with a metal roof.

In a memo to the commission, city officials said this was done because the fabric material did not work well on the elements at another Chicken N Pickle location.

A large green area seems to be planned on the site, which can be converted into an ice rink in the winter months.

Details on the SERV foreland plan

The final plan for the development of the SERV foothills on 91st and Metcalf was largely unchanged from the plan approved by the planning commission in April.

This plan includes six indoor and two outdoor pickleball courts, seven repurposed shipping containers that house restaurants, bars or coffee kiosks, a performance stage and a large outdoor TV screen.

The latest SERV Promontory plan included traffic and environmental impact studies. City officials concluded that the development would not have a negative impact on traffic flow along the busy Metcalf Corridor.

A rendering of the SERV Promontory project planned for the 91st and Metcalf, which will include an outdoor entertainment area with a large TV screen, a performance stage and several converted shipping containers with restaurants and bars. Image via Overland Park Planning Commission.

The staff note also came to the conclusion that SERV’s design plan would not require any additional rain or flood protection measures, as the site plan would reduce the amount of “impermeable surface” compared to today’s.

There are still concerns about the noise that the SERV Promontory will make after its completion.

The city employees stated: “The applicant is aware of these concerns and must mitigate complaints from surrounding property owners and comply with the noise ordinance.”

Concerns about possible noise problems led Commissioner Holly Streeter-Schaefer to cast the only vote against the plan in April.

However, together with the eight other commissioners, she unanimously agreed to the SERV plan on Monday.

The developers had previously announced that they would break the ground at SERV Promontory this year, with the aim of opening sometime in 2022.

Petersburg meeting strikes cash round in ultimate finances

The Petersburg District will try to replace the logs that provide shelter from the wind and waves at Banana Point on the southern end of Mitkof Island. (Joe Viechnicki / KFSK)

Petersburg district assembly made some changes to the final district budget, which it approved on Monday. This includes some design work for a secluded boat ramp and dock, snow removal for Papke’s landing pad, and some cash to maintain two public toilets.

The budget for the fiscal year beginning in July puts the districts spending at $ 9.7 million in the total fund, only slightly higher than last year. And like last year, this budget is also using reserves to balance expenses and income. The district built those savings by using federal emergency aid towards the salaries of first responders and other district workers during the pandemic.

The assembly changes mostly move money from one planned use to another or use some savings, but do not add to the overall fund spending.

Congregation member Dave Kensinger suggested paying up to $ 40,000 for conceptual plans. They would consider upgrading or replacing the breakwater at the Banana Point boat ramp on southern Mitkof Island and the dock at Papke’s Landing about 10 miles south of Petersburg.

“I think anyone who uses these facilities will see that they are very important to the economic viability of the region,” said Kensinger. “They are very important to people who are relaxing in the area, and they are not used by a specific part of the community, but by the entire district.”

Kensinger said the planning is a starting point and could help the district grant land through a federal infrastructure bill. The design work would be funded from the district’s land development fund. This is money that is made available to buy or improve land or buildings.

Mayor Mark Jensen noted that despite some previous talks to transfer some to local government, the docks and boat ramps remain the property of the state.

“I think that’s what worries me if we don’t have permission to continue working, apply this design to the facility, when we don’t have rights to it,” Jensen said.

The vote was 5-1 in favor of this change, with Jensen voting no and Jeigh Stanton Gregor not voting at the meeting.

The meeting also approved a proposal by staff to increase the budget for replacing the sewerage system on Ira II Street. The contract for this work goes to the local company Rock N Road.

Another budget change was to provide revenue from the borough’s maritime passenger ship fee for cleaning two public toilet trailers this summer. This fund includes approximately $ 50,000 from a fee for cruise lines investing here.

Kensinger suggested this budget direction, thinking that it would be a good use of the revenue from these cruise lines.

“This is a really easy sale to these companies as their passengers have to use the restroom,” he said. “And right now, as it has been in recent years, much of the toilet use has fallen on local businesses in the city and they are ultimately bearing the cost of cleaning their toilets and providing those supplies. And if you have a designated location right in the center of the city, I think you will eliminate a lot of the conflicts that have arisen in finding a place for the toilets in the city. ”

It is not yet clear whether a county employee or a private contractor would do this work. Jensen was also the only one no-vote to this change.

It was a unanimous vote to spend $ 10,000 from a district emergency fund that will be given to members of the emergency response center for their work during the pandemic. This money could usually be spent on unforeseen expenses.

Congregation member Bob Lynn suggested that $ 10,000 be removed from the roadside budget to pay for snow plowing at Papke’s Landing. This contractually agreed work was financed in the last budget, but was not included in this year’s personnel proposal. Lynn said the service was promised with the district formation in 2013 and only Jeff Meucci voted no.

The overall budget was accepted at 5: 1 and Mayor Jensen was the only opponent.

“There are several reasons why I will not support the budget as I did not in the second reading and that of the fire truck,” said Jensen. “And the change was made on first reading to get more funding for the KFSK, even though they are getting a few hundred thousand dollars from the federal government, and I have problems with some of those changes that were made just today. Therefore I will not support the changed budget. “

The plan calls for a fire truck to be replaced for up to $ 650,000. Various district offices make regular payments into a vehicle fleet fund to cover the high anticipated costs of this and other vehicles used by the district workers. The KFSK receives an increase in its district funding from this budget as well as a one-off payment of over $ 203,000 in emergency federal aid. The radio station has lost its government funding, approximately $ 88,000 for each of the past two years.

In a separate vote, the assembly also approved a property tax rate for the coming year – with the same rate for property owners in supply area one and a slight increase for the rest of the district. And although the new fiscal year is only a few weeks away, the district still has no final word on government funding. But the local government does not expect any school project debt to be repaid this year either and plans to fill this gap with reserves.