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After Action Report: Operation Green Sunrise

AM01-CHARLIE covers most of Northern California, from Susanville to Visalia in the mountains, to Fort Bragg in the northwest, anchoring a chain of more and less “Ingress-famous” lighthouses down the Pacific coast. The most southerly lighthouse in AM01-CHARLIE is Piedras Blancas Light Station. Accessible only by guided tours, this location had never been used to field the Bay Area… until now. Novelty has its attractions for the dedicated fielder.

We also wanted to reap the rewards of much hard work done by west coast Enlightened agents, hiking and rehiking mountain and desert locations through the fall in anticipation of winter closure. Using keys that have been breeding for weeks or months also has its attractions for the dedicated fielder. We chose Sunset Lake and Clouds Rest in Yosemite (of which more later) and Downieville in the northern Sierras.

Point Arena Lighthouse on the Mendocino coast is more restored and accessible than Piedras Blancas. Visitors can even rent apartments that were formerly the living quarters of the lighthouse keepers. Familiar, well-loved portals, accessible at unusual times, also have their attractions for the dedicated fielder.

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So. Wanna go to a place and do a thing? Some fifty agents said they did. Challenges have their attractions for the dedicated fielder, and this operation had its share. Longest travel one way was a 6 hour drive. Shortest? Probably sprinting back and forth from one end of Point Arena to the other. A set of frequently-thrown Res fields in Napa provided a lane-holder that we staffed at both ends, not knowing if recent storms had left the road passable (check the boulder being cleared in the photo album!) The lane from PAL to Yosemite was the most demanding; if our clear dragged out for any reason, we would be actively opposed. So fifty agents went to a place, waited to be told to do a thing. Everyone collectively biting nails, holding breath, or playing Pokemon Go, waiting…

… for the agent on the Piedras Blanca tour to be approaching the first of two portals of interest.

“Everyone with multiple clears, go.”

“ALL CLEAR.”

“Link up.”

“All lanes up. Thank you, clear teams, you are the bomb.”

Throw teams, having held the lanes, carefully pieced together five layers over the northern field and six over the southern field for a total of 32.7 million MU at the noon checkpoint.

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A bit before 3pm, Resistance agents showed up at Point Arena for a successful takedown. As day visitors, they duly left at close. Reusing a lane you have just used is a challenge -- the other faction has started blocking it up and is super sensitized to further clearing. But this team likes challenges, and another five southern layers and single northern layer made the 5pm checkpoint.

“Only a single northern layer?” The northern rethrow was actively opposed even after the links from PAL to Yosemite had been re-established. Clear and throw teams were scrambled, creating even more northern layers for the 10p checkpoint.

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Throwing fields is enough fun that we could have gone on for longer, but at this point, Operation Green Sunrise received the ultimate Ingress compliment: a spoofer took down Sunrise Lake. At 1am. This portal is at roughly 9200+ ft of elevation; requires a demanding hike even when not snowed in; and the shortest route goes past Clouds Rest, which was left standing (one theory: because CR was not used by the northern layers). Check the photo album for a daylight look at the (intimidating) scramble between Sunset Lake and Clouds Rest in snow, and another shot of Clouds Rest, as hiked earlier in the year.

Finally, while rethrows were being discussed Sunday morning, another honorless, factionless twerp spoofed the closed site at Piedras Blancas.

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Spoofers succeeded in destroying resonators and denying guardian candidates. They were duly reported to Niantic (http://tinyurl.com/fuckspoofers will get you there), and Niantic duly closed the reports. What spoofers miss out on, and cannot steal:

* The exaltation of completing a tough hike.
* Meeting up with friends for your birthday, and getting to throw a 4+ million MU layer. (Happy birthday, +Anthony T!)
* Falling asleep to the sound of the waves and the wind.
* The sensation of being part of a 50-person smoothly working machine.
* The gift of being the person directing the aforesaid machine.
* Crushing the cell score for your faction in eight cells at once.
* The sensory assault that is California in late fall. It’s time to move!

My personal thanks to each and every agent who contributed.

Respectfully submitted,


CaseNghtmrGreen

+Ingress +John Hanke +Andrew Krug

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When you have to ada layers to throw up bigger layers. #firstworldproblems
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Consolations of Philosophy, con't.
 
'...art and philosophy help us to turn pain into knowledge.'
For the griefs of love, he may be the finest among philosophers. He was surely also one of the most pessimistic. Arthur Schopenhauer was born in Danzig in 1788.
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OMG hilarious.  Even if I have no idea which one I am either.
 
And to change the subject to something a little more light-hearted: there's a reason why I refer to my haircut as "queer mating plumage".

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Billie Holiday’s name has been in the news lately for some reasons that remind us of the tragedies she sang about and those she endured.
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Soooooo blue.  Looking forward to seeing what else springs up!
 
Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophilia) in our native garden's meadow
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Sing it, sister!

Something that has happened to me multiple times in California and never anywhere else: someone checks my ID. Looks at me, looks at the card, looks at me. Hands back the card while asking, "Oh, is your husband Mexican?"

"No, this is what a Puerto Rican looks like!"

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"I know that given the dismal shortage of representation of any kind of people of color in sf, I should be grateful for any Latino characters, and I am, but it’s precisely because Emilio is the only Puerto Rican that it’s important to me that he stays Puerto Rican. It’s precisely because in the future everyone is some mysterious monolithic 'Hispanic' that I want the world to know that 'Hispanic' isn’t enough." -+Isabel Schechter
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We have analyzed the results of the mission at document at UCSD.

Early Results:

- ADA attacked the Acolyte's compound
- OLW was not the target of the attack. He was given a warning 6 minutes before the attack to not be on site.
- The attackers targeted a cabin onsite at the compound, which the Enlightened defended with fanatical zeal.
- The attack was to confirm by ADA Roland Jarvis' body is in that cabin (which we have long suspected).
- Its believed the attack was an attempt to sever the bond between the Acolyte and Roland Jarvis; perhaps in order to weaken her.

#enlightenedfirst  

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I've reached level 16 as an #Ingress agent, 380 days after the initial addiction set in. 🎉
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"The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be. Unexpectedly, there are transcendent moments of deep tranquillity. For most of their lives their inner and outer ambitions are strong and in balance. But eventually, at moments of rare joy, career ambitions pause, the ego rests, the stumbler looks out at a picnic or dinner or a valley and is overwhelmed by a feeling of limitless gratitude, and an acceptance of the fact that life has treated her much better than she deserves."

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What kind of adventures produce goodness, rather than build résumés?
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Glyphing strikes again--
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I couldn't do this (because I would die of frustration doing all that quilting without a robot-controlled longarm), but it's gorgeous.
Tomorrow, which is Saturday March 14th, 2015, is being widely touted as a super-special pi day, because it's 3/14/15 and pi is 3.1415.... (Of course this only works in the US where we use the month/day/year system. Countries that use the more logical day/month/year system have their pi day on 31/4/15. Unfortunately April only has 30 days, so I suppose they have to celebrate it on May 1st.) But back to the subject of pi day: Needless ...
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A green day in the Calaveras hills--
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