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Nice way to wrap up the series
Lately there have been a few stories that caught our eye coming from the anomaly sites in #Portland   and #Nashville  and were definitely worth sharing 

For starters the amazing Operation: Sock It in Portland, shared by +Daniella Arianne . On any given night over 4,000 people sleep on the street or in shelters in Portland. While we can't solve these problems overnight, there are little things that you that go a long way. And that is what they did.
Donating socks! Socks are the number one most requested item at homeless shelters. By providing a shelter with socks we can help free up their funds to assist in programs to help people get jobs and off the streets on a permanent basis. It's a simple and inexpensive act that goes a long way. 
This operation was such a great success that they were able to collect 1057 pairs of brand new socks to help the homeless in their community. This warms our hearts here. #deploywithcompassion

Also, if any of the visiting agents to the Portland anomaly wondered why that Morisson Bridge was so lovely green when you arrived and left? Was that Shaper influence? Yes! But the Portland Enlightened helped a bit by donating to the Light Brigade to welcome our fellow enlightened agents to the city!

From Nashville, we certainly can't forget this great anomaly day field that stayed up for almost 3 measurements. Where even the people that oversleep get badges (we hope the speeding ticket was worth it ;-)) Thanks for sharing this sitrep for Operation IllumiNadia +Jason Sanderson

While under this lovely green field, more magic happened when two Enlightened agents attending the Tennessee anomaly from Arkansas got engaged! We can't wait for the Ingress-style wedding photos Bethany Robbins!

Keep tagging us with your stories, fellow Enlightened!
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Battle for Connected Cells

During the last few anomaly series we've seen the connected cell becoming more and more interesting. Entire cells go all out. Where the last series was a battle for an entire fielding cycle, in #Persepolis  there was a 5 hour window in which you either had to increase your own MU, or decrease your opponents'. These are a few of the great stories we received

One of the most amazing stories came from +Ibrahim Abdul Rasheedh who shared the battle for [AS09-Foxtrot 15] aka as the island group of the Maldives.
By amazing teamwork between both the Sri Lankan and Maldivian Enlightened agents, they were able to field almost all of the cell!

+Kwang Lee gave us a quick count on the 12 layered fields totalling 275,592,981 MU's in the South Korean cell [AS16-ROMEO-13], where they made sure that they showed Koreans are not only masters in throwing blocking links to stop shards reaching the resistance target, but they field like legends too!

In Guatemala they also took no half measures. +Gerardo Diaz showed us the final fields they made from the 6 ideas they had for cell [AM06-Hotel-04]. With a lot of resistance in the area, they had to switch plans in the build-up to measurement constantly, but finished with a field between three countries; Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador. This was probably their biggest operation yet, but judging by this sitrep, there is definitely more to come!

In [AM05-FOXTROT-04] many good things happened leading the Enlightened to a great victory in Guadalajara Mexico as connected cell for third time. +Saúl Castro shared with us a great sitrep with over 100 great pictures of the sites they went, agents in the field and in the war room, and the bad weather.

In the south of the African continent, the goodness just keeps on coming. Operation Gridlock Green was a great success, where only a last minute drop of the field before measurement stopped them from winning the cell. But 61 players were part of the larger fields planning and execution and did amazing!
Thanks for sharing +Paul de Kock !

For connected cell [AM-12-SIERRA-15] in Brasil, +Thales Vieira and team were almost certain neither side could field the entire cell, so the Enlightened split up in multiple groups, some to break down most of the blue on the map, other setting up fields across the cell. Their delta was over 80.000 and they certainly made sure they won!

And last but not least the story of +lester avila for [AS10 - ROMEO 12] Davao City. Read all about it on their blog:

Thank you all for sharing your stories with +Enlightened Grassroots  agents, and keep them coming!

If you want to know what is happening on the other side of the fence, head over to +Julia Vivienne Loverdose page, she writes great weekly roundups for the blues.
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Who's gonna join me in Dallas, TX for some good livin on the 3rd? 
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thats just crazy talk to me! You both are awesome in my book :)
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That was a fun round
The #Persepolis anomaly has come to an end. And we can safely say this was the most exiting anomaly to date. In the end it was only 429 points between the two factions which means everybody performed to the top of their abilities. Enlightened performed amazing! Share with us your stories!
From the perfect blockers in SE Asia ( to the fights for connected cells (

Send us your pictures, stories, sitreps. E-mail or tag +Enlightened Grassroots in your posts. We will be sharing a lot of stories in the weeks to come!
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Operation Grand Whortlesday
June 7th, 2015 - Midnight Checkpoint

15 layers over Grand Rapids (approximately 440K MU each)
10 total layers over Milwaukee
6 local layers over Milwaukee (approximately 570K MU each)
1 fish field (approximately 20K MU)
4 remote layers over Milwaukee from South Haven (approximately 590K MU each)

Intel / Operators: 
+Jim Doolittle  (@Cornwuff)
+John Wartke  (@urbandictionary) 
+Kelsey Choi  (@KecMagik) 
+Trinyan X  (@Trinyan)

Key Farmers:
+Sacrilegend E10  (@sacrilegend)
+Michael Brzycki  (@deciuss)
+Danielle Knutilla  (@urbansuccubus)
+Steven Kaye  (@derteewhortleby)- Happy Birthday!

Clearing Team: 
+Steve Karolek  (@urbanframeup)
+Aly T (@d3m0nspawn)
+Brett T ( (@urbankikadik)
+Frank Feingold  (@ffeingol)
+Ben Wochinski  (@handsoffate)
+Colin Galvan  (@mref)
+Kristen Casey  (@n3rdgrrl)
+Tim Johnson ( (@tjsharky)
+Laurie Buss  (@pebbles53066)
+Cathryn Eggers  (@urbananarchy)
+Jason Eggers  (@urbanmahem)
+Ben Woodford (
+Barbara Woodford (
+Jeremy Oertel  (@montresko)
+Gary Kramlich  (@rwgrimm)
+Beth Peterson  (@bethropolis)
+Sacrilegend E10  (@sacrilegend)
+Pamela Alanen  (@flamecranium)
+Adam Ortiz  (@djortiz)
+Steven Kaye  (@derteewhortleby)
+Ron Slocum  (@KamikazeKat)
+Jacob Dykstra  (@MajorRazor)
+burkboyz  (@Burkboyz)  
+Chris Kreeger TreeFTY  (@TreeFTY)
+Leanne Palmer  (@Babygirl2007)

Link Throwers:
+Jacob Dykstra (@MajorRazor)
+Ron Slocum (@KamikazeKat)
+Chris Kreeger TreeFTY (@TreeFTY)
+Leanne Palmer (@Babygirl2007)
+Tim Johnson (@tjsharky)
+Sacrilegend E10  (@sacrilegend)(Platinum Illuminator)
+Jeremy Oertel  (@montresko)(Gold Illuminator)
+Pamela Alanen  (@flamecranium)(Onyx Illuminator)
+Ashleigh Bronkema @queequee)(Gold Illuminator & Level 4)
+Vito Lange  (@shakes22)
+Steven Kaye  (@derteewhortleby)(Onyx Illuminator)

OP was planned to celebrate the birthday of @derteewhortleby and attempt to successfully deploy an Enlightened field array over Milwaukee which hasn’t been done in over a year.

Key farming of the northern anchor was surprisingly generous, so plans were presented to Michigan to annex onto the Wisconsin fields for a baseline to throw additional fields over Grand Rapids.

@sacrilegend and @derteewhortleby planned to have a leisurely trip around the lake to exchange keys with @djortiz in South Haven and take the Lake Express Ferry back to Milwaukee. Unfortunately their trip was extended when they didn’t account for Eastern Time and missed the ferry. It wasn’t a total loss as an amazing gourmet pizza was enjoyed in South Haven and the return trip afforded them time to drop some blue lake fields at St Joe’s Lighthouse and collect countless uniques. 

On the afternoon of the OP, a blue blocker appeared from the Milwaukee lighthouse (only accessible by boat) to Ludington, Michigan blocking 100% of the plan. At this point we thought the op was finished, but with strong will and dedication agents in Michigan were setting out on the road for the three hour drive to take down the link from Luddington. Fortunately, a boat was secured in Milwaukee and the agents were spared the three hour journey. Special thanks to Pirate Steve for commandeering a boat to shuttle the birthday boy on a cruise down the river and out to the Milwaukee lighthouse to drop the blue blocking link.

A team social event in Milwaukee was setup to smash and farm the Third Ward (a blue stronghold & farm) repeatedly to draw blue agents into battle which raged for nearly three hours.

Clearing proceeded as planned with only one additional delay when a blocking anchor was discovered in a park that closed at 9pm and a police officer was posted to ensure it remained closed. The plan was on schedule and there was enough time to compensate for the setback.

All lanes were clear by 10:25pm and the first fields were up by 10:35pm. Some cellular network lag delayed the final throw from the southeast Wisconsin anchor on top of a bluff on  the shore of Lake Michigan, but it finally completed and the six local layers were strong over Milwaukee. 

South Haven completed the last four layers over Milwaukee while agents in Ionia completed the last of fifteen layers over Grand Rapids. All Milwaukee layers and fourteen Grand Rapids layers were up four minutes prior to and stood for checkpoint.

It was a phenomenal display of patience, cooperation, organization and determination by agents on both sides of the lake that resulted in a successful deployment and an epic birthday celebration. 

On a final note and for the record...@flamecranium remained sober & wore pants and @urbandictionary was drinking beer & pantless for the duration of the OP. 

Happy Birthday, +Steven Kaye  @derteewhortleby:)

+Joe Philley +Brian Rose +Ingress +Niantic Project +John Hanke 
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I'm sure there is as well. Can't wait to here all the anomaly low down after this weekend. Sucks I'm going to miss out
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Satellite Focus: Jakarta

The #Persepolis  Anomaly #3 came to SE Asia and Oceania. The series was underway and as exiting as ever. After anomaly #2 the Enlightened was just a few points behind, but gaining fast with shards scored and preparations for this series.
Where Perth and Sendai chose for mega fields, Jakarta chose to battle it out on the ground and stopping resistance from fielding the site, in which they succeeded perfectly. See a great video of the day here:

The Enlightened of Jakarta were able to win all 4 measurements by making skilled links and fields within the clusters. Only in the last measurement did the resistance figure out to counter the tactics used, but it was already too late. Resistance - 239 - Enlightened - 410.

All this was made possible by the crazy amount of people that flew into Jakarta from all places. 
The newly formed Enlightened Foreign Legion gathered 80+ agents from 7 nations for the Battle of "PercyPolice" Jakarta and emerged victorious!

Agents from the Philippines also flew over and were ready to take another battle after their shardnanigans:

Another great story from +Max Darmawan about his Semerang team and their fight over the last volatile without backup. In a single day they had walked for 20+ km in blistering Jakarta sun. He himself had it alright, because it was the third day of holy Ramadhan month, where Moslems fast from sunrise to sundown. So some had a bottle of water with them, but others were not able to even drink a single drop.

That great flag you see in the background on some of the photos belongs to the Enlightened of Bogor. The glyphs read Stick.. Together.. Defend.. Truth. And that's exactly what they did!

And we mustn't forget the agents that stayed behind that had to battle for their connected cell:

All in all, this was one of the best sites to look at. The fun and the spirit around deserves another Indonesian anomaly next series!

To find out more about the Indonesian Enlightened, visit their page at
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Operation K9
On June 19 and 20, to coincide with the Perth Persepolis anomaly, the Western Australian ENL in partnership with Mauritian ENL conducted a series of fielding operations that culminated with 300 points being awarded to the Enlightened for the anomaly.
The Distraction Fields
At 7:30pm on the 19 June (27 hours until first measurement) the Enlightened began a series of distraction fields from a secure location in Mauritius to a hard to access location near Millstream in Australia’s far north, to the second highest elevation in Western Australia, Bluff Knoll. Throughout the night further layers were added to anchors at country towns Tambellup, Boyup Brook, Bremer Bay. The purpose of the fields served two primary purposes. Firstly, to protect corridors for the primary field, and secondly to drag Resistance fielding and counter fielding agents out of position. Although the Resistance were able to remove 2 of the layers, the final 2 layers remained standing until they had achieved their purpose.
The Primary Fields
At 8:30am on the day of the anomaly (3 ½ hours until first measurement), the team at the secure northern anchor linked from a secondary portal at Millstream to McMurdo Station in Antarctica, setting the primary fielding plan in motion as the Millstream team got in place to drop the distraction fields. The Mauritian and Millstream fields were then dropped in sequence with a series of corridor protection, allowing for a hard anchor in Hamelin Island to link to Millstream as well as Antarctica to close the field. The Resistance were unable to reach the Hamelin Island anchor, although attempts were made.
The Aftermath
The fields allowed the ENL to control the Perth anomaly and contributed towards a 590 – 116 point victory on the day.  However, unintended consequences have resulted in the field standing for many days (and is still standing 99 hours after establishment at the time this sitrep was published), resulting in the Enlightened being able to reduce the Resistance score to 0 MU for the Perth cell (AS-November-09).

Special thanks to the following agents who did not attend the anomaly due to this operation:

Agents Involved:

Apologies if I missed anyone, it is a long list.

+John Hanke  +Matilde Tusberti +Brian Rose +Linda Besh +Joe Philley +Anne Beuttenmüller 
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Father's Day grind with +Jon Coffman

1 warm up lap (light jog)

2 rounds of up/down bleachers
10 pull ups
100m Sprint
10 burpees ​

1 cool down lap (light jog)

Pouring rain, check, dedication, check 
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Future people

For those close to the dateline, it is Saturday! Anomaly Day! 
We hope that all agents in the field, and all operators across the globe have a wonderful time.
Whether you have been sending shards to California, or have been defending them nigh on perfect from reaching Taiwan; whether you're already on your way to one of the #Persepolis  anomalies or going to field your area for a connected cell; Whether you're sitting at home with a headset on or just going out and play your game: ENJOY TODAY!

The Australian Enlightened started the day with a little field and battlecry! 

Let's Go Enlightened! Let's bring this one home!
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Shard #38 is in a park that is closed from sunset, which is 8:37pm CST, until 9am. I certainly hope no one goes after it at 7am.,-98.416458&z=16&pll=30.274154,-98.416458

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