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OP #AirCoverForHank

It was about time I wrote a sitrep, one year after I quit Ingress (for good, I thought at the time, deleted my account - level 11 back then), and some half a year after I started playing again, from scratch.

TL;DR version: one 4 layer gigafield, amounting to 416.810.520 MU ( 4 x approximately 104 million MU / layer), amazing international collaboration: Romania, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, and partially or entirely covering 15 countries on 2 continents. And what better time to create #AirCoverForHank  as he is heading to the ancient site of #Persepolis  , in Iran?
 
The long story goes as follows.

As if making the first ever Romanian multi thousand kilometers link to transport Lightman shard #34 was not enough ( story here: https://plus.google.com/+AndreiStreche/posts/5MRkbm1yv7U ).. we decided to make use of the initial clearing effort, the VRLA still in place, and actually create a Big Ass Field. I didn't even know what BAF stood for, before this (yeah, I had to look it up, as agents kept mentioning it on comm).

So after the shard #34 was successfully sent to Kazakhstan, it was business as usual. That means every other day @danboabes +Dan Boabes​​ would tell me he got keys from some city halfway across the globe, and that we should plan to make a big field. Today it's Svalbard, tomorrow it's Chernobyl, the next day it's Dubai, Singapore, and so on. After a while I started ignoring him.. having the keys is obviously not enough, and the planning, coordination and clearing efforts always seemed to be too much, close to impossible. But not this time! I was still a little skeptic, but lucky for us, agent @craiuVerde +craiu verde​​ got really (really!) excited about this, and soon dragged me into contributing to this plan.
Soon enough we were in contact with agents from Dubai, Turkey, Russia and Kazakhstan.

The easy part was choosing the anchor in Kazakhstan; we still had keys from the portal we sent the shard #34 to, and we knew the guys from Dubai had keys from the same(!) portal. Well, sifting through his huge collection of keys was not an easy task for +Dan Boabes​​, as we tried to select a good anchor in Dubai. But eventually one was chosen, "plenty" of time before the scheduled link time (4 hours away), and @craiuVerde and myself were still in Bucharest, planning, running for keys and VRLA’s. Yes we tried to create the fields before the very next CP. So back to the drawing board and coordination.

“Negotiations” with agent @clscoza(Dubai) started shortly after. Of course, who wouldn’t want to create such a field? But at that point we had only one layer planned. So we had to expand it :)
Yes, that meant taking down almost the entire town of Slobozia, as it was full of green blockers. Luckily one of our always extremely reliable local agents from Slobozia,@Hipernova +Eduard Emil​​ was already on top of it. Agents @ChieptanGeac and @Dima07 were quickly called in for support and off we went to Slobozia. Last moment stop, to get the Dubai anchor keys from @danboabes and extra VRLA’s, because he was unsure he was gonna make it to our anchor in time.


Credits

Russia (clearing lanes)
coordinator:@sprw
@DikiMyX
@MelanieBailey
@Rubikonc
@ZubiyZnak
@DNRublev
@Fleecez
@viddik
@ILICHok

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Georgia
@LONGMAN +Avtandil Kikabidze 
Info just came through, I Apologize for this delay.. Special thanks to agent @LONGMAN, who had to postpone his own OP to field Georgia, because of this gigafield, so he basically awaited for the next checkpoint, on top of the mountain. Like a true mountaineer! Thank you, mate!

Turkey (clearing lanes)
coordinator:@elrohirisilra +Emre YILDIZ​​ 
@theoryginal +Orhan KURULAN​​
@inanc +üstün inanc bayram​​ 
@yolgezer +Soner ÇONKARA​​ 
@Battlegazi +Özgür Ataş​​
@tahtakafa +murat aksoy​​ 
 
United Arab Emirates (clearing lanes, upgrading portals to link range)
coordinator:@clscoza +Craig Smith​​ 
intel & support:@davydd +Guido Freitag 
@LevelEight +Atif Siddiqui​​ 
@YoMamaSoooFat +Tajinder Singh​​ 
@rhX8 +Raed Hakim​​
@sk8rboi 
 
Romania (clearing lanes)
@mariusrazvan +Marius Razvan Varvarei​​ 
@aShotgun +Durlicioiu Albert​​ 
@SergiuD99 +Sergiu Daniel​​ 
@kykyneatza +Cristi Ciocîrlan​​ 
@decodorum
@ChieptanGeac +raluca vladulescu​​
@Dima07 +Dimi Ionescu​​ 
@Hipernova +Eduard Emil​​ 
 
@mariusrazvan once again drove for more than 4 hours, back and forth, clearing all the eastern part of Romania, in a huge area full of blocker links. And again, he and his team had to wait for the others to be ready (almost in the middle of nowhere).. I bow to thee, my friend!
 
Keys transport:
@sanshine +Andrei Streche​​ 
@blins +Arnaud Bellen​​ 
@danboabes +Dan Boabes​​ 
@tudork +Tudor Kovacs​​

 
This OP was full of interesting “side-stories”, but I’ll only mention two of them now (otherwise this sitrep would seem like an unending story written by a smurf as a sitrep, spanning on tens of pages :p).
After the shard battle, so many flip cards were used, that agents we don’t usually meet in person, because they’re too far away, ran out of ADA and/or Jarvis viruses. So in came the problem. Agent @decodorum would gladly help again, but he had used almost his entire supply of ADA viruses, he definitely did not have enough to drop all blockers from Fetesti. Nobody could get to him in time, to deliver more ADA viruses. So we placed desperate calls on the local channels, for anyone who would have (and share) an ADA code card, for another agent to redeem…  Response seemed late, and soon enough we needed a Jarvis code too, to send to Turkey…  As luck would have it, both were found in time, with one already redeemed, but a new one came through, so we seemed to be out of the woods.

The other one was about how blockers kept popping up in Turkey. Agent @elrohirisilra +Emre YILDIZ​​ kept finding solutions for the nasty blockers, be them green or blue.. But one was particularly difficult, because it was in an area where he had no contact or knew any of the local agents. His solution was to get to an agent he had never talked to before, who was only level 3, and he could not know that he could trust.
Hmm.. sounds interesting, risky and 20 different kinds of trouble, but it was the only hope. Well, how about the fact he was only level 3 and he had to take down a full level 5 portal, deployed by a lvl8 agent and shielded? Yes, he had 2 Jarvis and 2 ADA, but his max 5000 xm bar was not enough! He needed 5001 xm. He had also never used a virus before, he didn’t know what they were for. That’s when @elrohirisilra came with the brilliant and (should have been for me too) obvious solution: he only destroyed one resonator, portal became level 4, and he could easily use a Jarvis to take it down. Amazing!
 
Just like in Turkey, blockers kept popping up in Russia, and our fellow Enlightened agents were kind of busy with the shards and other local OPs of their own. After all, we had just decided we were gonna try the field.. So word came through from agent @sprw that blockers on their side could only be dropped at least 30 minutes after the CP. Decision time.. Do we still go with it? Will the other lanes remain clear? Do we take a chance now, or do we postpone? Do we cancel?
Agent @LevelEight +Atif Siddiqui​​ in Dubai had already been waiting for quite a while, it was way past midnight there, and the following day was a working day in UAE. We decided to go for it. So, some 30 minutes later, all blockers were down and it was link time!

The “legal” speed @danboabes touched while driving to get the Romanian anchor in time will not be mentioned publicly. Nor will the car trouble he had, or how other mates are currently sleeping on the door mat.. for being so late (home) that night :D

Before I forget: thank you agent @IsamuSosamu[KA] +Polivkin Dmitriy​​ for keeping the target in Taldykorgan green throughout the operation!

And so the first ever gigafield planned in Romania was created: Slobozia [RO] - Dubai [UAE] - Taldykorgan [KA], and then three more of the kind :)

@LevelEight  : 104.194.776 MU
@danboabes : 104.199.192 MU
@craiuVerde : 104.201.472 MU
@SmurFracker: 104.206.244 MU
 
 
Thank you all for the first ever (successful) international OP that I’ve had the honor of being part of! We worked as a great team and we managed to bring Enlightenment to more than 400 million minds! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

Many thanks go to the Romanian Enlightened community, the members of which keep the spirit of Ingress alive and who support us in all of our endeavors!
 

Until next time,
agent @SmurFracker 


+Ingress​​ +Matilde Tusberti​​ +Anne Beuttenmüller​​ +Joe Philley​​ +Enlightened Grassroots​​ 
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As I know it will come out sooner or later anyway, because, after all, there are few secrets left in this world, I was greeted by Claudia Glas as I exited the apartment which I believed was staged to look like Lynton-Wolfe was there.  She told me that it was good to meet me in person since she had only seen me through the scope of her 700.  I told her I appreciated her not pulling the trigger. She said she had fired once and missed. I don’t know whether she was telling the truth or it was her sense of irony. I doubt she misses. 

Unusual person and not in an entirely bad way.  Claudia has that feeling about her that she knows any day might be her last, so she wants to get everything out of it that she can. It wasn’t a social call. She said her boss wanted to talk to me. No big surprise. I wanted a meeting with Ilya, and I knew the best way to get one was to make him think that he was hijacking me.  Weird megalomaniacal types work that way.  There’s nothing in it for him in killing me, and probably a lot of problems, so I felt safe going into it.  

We had an interesting discussion.  I told him I’d keep it confidential and I’m honoring that.  Ten to one either +Hulong Transglobal, the NIA or +IQTech Research has a transcript and will release it.  As I said, there are few secrets left in this world.
 
One thing I can say is that Ilya has no better idea of the whereabouts of +Oliver Lynton-Wolfe than I do.  My guess?  His essence is somewhere in the Portal Network, and his body? No idea. 

I hitched a ride with Claudia to a destination I’ll disclose later where we were greeted by some unpleasant corporate types determined to make it her last day. It wasn’t. I sense that’s the normal rhythm of her life. I’ve lived that way, not keen to going back to it. We parted company. There’s a lot I have to learn before #Persepolis.
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On the morning of 9 march, enlightened agents in lebanon created a 2,2M MU field between lebanon and egypt, covering most of lebanon.

It lasted a couple of checkpoints, until an unknown enlightened account called @Psychojester ADAed the anchor portal in tripoli at 18:41.

At the same minute, a huge blue field appeared created by @fadfoud, a known local spoofer.

The photos attached shows undeniable proof of coordination between the taking down of tripoli anchor, and the creation of the blue field.

We tried reporting the mentioned account multiple times, but NIA never responded. I wonder when will NIA put an end to this, especially at this critical time, with shards in play.

We didn't react much to this action, as we were expecting it. We headed to the blue anchor and killed it. Then we redid our field.

23:28 the same portal was ADAed again by the same enlightened account
23:40 resistance agent @elmaniac blocked with a link from turkey to lebanon
00:30 resistance agent @assh0les threw another blocking link

these two accounts, among many others, are known in lebanon for killing guardians, destroying hard to reach field anchors(both in lebanon and outside lebanon).. and they're only level 1 (elmaniac is a lebanese curse words)

Everything in this post is documented with the attached photo, this is a last cry for NIA to put an end to spoofing in lebanon and worldwide.



+NIA Ops +Ingress +Matilde Tusberti +Brian Rose +Brandon Badger +Anne Beuttenmüller +Joe Philley 
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If you followed the Persepolis Lightman Shard game at all you probably heard a thing or two about DS-14, and ENL anchor for a blocking link, which was removed, along with the link. Reasons given ranged from safety to supposed inaccessibility, despite the fact that all the other portals in the same base were left in place. The one that was removed just happened to have hack mods and a blocking link. Lets not talk about how the dancing man below, somehow knew to throw a RES blocking link immediately after our link vanished. 

Then there was Cojo Ranch - also holder of an ENL link, also valuable to the ENL in the shard game, also removed. 

And now Lockheed Martin - ones the ENL used repeatedly for the shard game...gone.

All of the portals that were removed met portal guidelines - and in fact the official Niantic page asks that players NOT report them as none of them were on private residential property. (see  https://support.google.com/ingress/answer/3270467?hl=en)

Prior to today I just swallowed the pill. Whatever, I guess, the RES have a "community manager." The ENL do not have an equivalent face. I've tried to explain why this is to the newer players in our area, but I have no real explanation. I don't know. I've tried  to tell them he's technically there for all of us...but then gifs like this are made and portals are removed with his hand of influence, and it becomes really hard to attempt to say with a straight face that Joe is anything but a Resistance player on Niantic's dime who occasionally forgets to flip back to his blue account after being on his green account.

I don't know if he had a hand in Cojo Ranch or LM portal removals, but it is pretty hard not to draw a conclusion from gifs like this. It is pretty hard not to throw your hands up and say "what the hell is the point of sleepless nights and hours of time invested into all of this if Niantic employees are going to openly dance on the stage like this?" The pill is becoming harder and harder to swallow +John Hanke

+Niantic Project +Ingress +Brian Rose +Brandon Downey  

**ETA** 

For all those who have had a lot of trouble reading, not once did I ask for Joe to be fired, for him to be tarred and feathered, or for him to be taken out back and beaten. I also specifically stated that I didn't know whether he had anything to do with Cojo or LM, and now, as it appears RES have confirmed that at least one agent bugged LM until LM contacted Niantic for removal, I can accept that explanation (however I disagree with the removal and the behavior of the agent(s?)). I know the number of a good eye doctor if you are having trouble reading the screen. 

Niantic could avoid creating such a frustrating environment for both factions if they took a hard stance on these kinds of portals, and then administered it fairly across the board. I stand by my feeling that a community manager dancing like this is not cool. 
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On May 5th, VP of Product Management Jerry Dischler announced new AdWords products on our annual livestream. Missed the livestream? We’ve got you covered:

-Watch the video recording: https://youtu.be/2EV8VC8n24E -Read the summary on the Inside AdWords blog: http://goo.gl/N0SDXc
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Crime against both factions.
 
FU Botmaster!
Spoofing is a no go - no matter of the color!
Shame on you and your helpers - there's no pride in doing such shit.
We want to build real fields - so f**k off!

+NIA Ops please remove this field and the bots instantly and do not count the MUs to local and global MU statistics.

+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Joe Philley +John Hanke 

#Ingress     #RealAgentsBuildRealFields  
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As I know it will come out sooner or later anyway, because, after all, there are few secrets left in this world, I was greeted by Claudia Glas as I exited the apartment which I believed was staged to look like Lynton-Wolfe was there.  She told me that it was good to meet me in person since she had only seen me through the scope of her 700.  I told her I appreciated her not pulling the trigger. She said she had fired once and missed. I don’t know whether she was telling the truth or it was her sense of irony. I doubt she misses. 

Unusual person and not in an entirely bad way.  Claudia has that feeling about her that she knows any day might be her last, so she wants to get everything out of it that she can. It wasn’t a social call. She said her boss wanted to talk to me. No big surprise. I wanted a meeting with Ilya, and I knew the best way to get one was to make him think that he was hijacking me.  Weird megalomaniacal types work that way.  There’s nothing in it for him in killing me, and probably a lot of problems, so I felt safe going into it.  

We had an interesting discussion.  I told him I’d keep it confidential and I’m honoring that.  Ten to one either +Hulong Transglobal, the NIA or +IQTech Research has a transcript and will release it.  As I said, there are few secrets left in this world.
 
One thing I can say is that Ilya has no better idea of the whereabouts of +Oliver Lynton-Wolfe than I do.  My guess?  His essence is somewhere in the Portal Network, and his body? No idea. 

I hitched a ride with Claudia to a destination I’ll disclose later where we were greeted by some unpleasant corporate types determined to make it her last day. It wasn’t. I sense that’s the normal rhythm of her life. I’ve lived that way, not keen to going back to it. We parted company. There’s a lot I have to learn before #Persepolis.
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After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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How resistance stole shard in Ukraine 

#shards   #Ukraine  
At 01:29 spoofer resistance L7 agent @Vedmydeeks destroyed the portal in Chernobyl with our contr-link on it.
At 01:30 spoofer enlightened L1 agent @Sharder321(controlled by resistance) created cross-link from Olevsk (agents first link 210km long).
At 01:39 real resistance agents @Jucico, @Edelveys, @Okarenkov, @dober86, @chameleon1986 captured the portal with shard #14 in Ostrog.
At 01:40 spoofer resistance L1 agent @Sharder8721 created 2 cross-links from Chernobyl (one to Belarus 140 km long, second to Zhurivka 110 km long).
At 01:46 spoofer enlightened L5 agent @vuster(controlled by resistance) created cross-link from Novohrad-Volyns'kyi to Yemil'chyne.
At 01:51 spoofer enlightened L1 agent @VoffkaRV(controlled by resistance) created cross-link from Chudnytsyia to Shepetivka (agents first link).
At 01:53 real resistance agent @Jucico linked shard #14 portal to Belarus.
At 02:00 shard is stolen.

+Matilde Tusberti​ +Brian Rose​ +Niantic Project​ +NIA Ops 
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