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Operation: Mission Accomplished!

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It all started in Pittsburgh's South Side on a unusually warm Saturday in February... First Saturday, in fact. +Andrea Carriker  (@rainbeam) and I were talking about missions, and I mentioned that I had done only 4 missions up to that point. She laughed and scolded me, telling me that she already had her silver mission badge. Secretly, I made it my own personal mission to catch up and surpass her.

Of course, she noticed almost immediately (after I had done 10 missions in one night to get my own silver) and asked me if I was trying to make it a race. I begrudgingly said yes, and soon enough we were close to the same amount of missions completed (she being still slightly ahead). After some more discussion, it was agreed that instead of racing each other, we would try and beat our resident Mission Master, +Ivan Russell (@ivanrussell), to the gold SpecOps badge... together. Not that he was even aware he was under our sights! At that time, he had about 45 missions completed, and we had no idea when he planned to do more. Throughout the next few weeks, we would nervously check his stats to see if he had done any more missions and frantically message each other when we noticed his number increasing. The race was on!

Many nights followed with much lack of sleep. On February 28th, I completed 19 missions and she did 17, bringing us both at that time to the same amount and passing Ivan with 52 missions completed each. Thanks to +Matthew Baumgartner  (ENL @demonifier) and his penchant for making large numbers of extremely easy missions in Oakland, we had a reliable source of missions to do when we were busy or exhausted, even if we didn't approve of his laziness. The nights went by and gasoline usage increased exponentially. 

62 missions by March 3rd. 72 by March 12th. 80 by March 18th. We were starting to exhaust everything nearby, but Ivan seemed to have slowed down on his missions. A trip to State College, PA to help fellow SPAIRO member +Andrew Griesmann  (@djbassmekanik) try to set an Ingress record netted us an additional 5 missions. With Andrea having an impending trip that I wasn't going on where she would be doing at least a mission or two, we knew we had to finish our 100 by the weekend of March 21st. Trying to decide which mission badge would be cool for our 100th, we recalled that +Carey S.  (@zombieprincessc) had made a mission in Wellsville, OH (On Your Honor) with the SPAIRO logo as the badge. We knew that that one had to be number 100.

Our path was clear: get to 98 missions by Friday, March 20, leaving the Steubenville Pike mission which would take us to the Ohio border and 99 missions, and finally, Wellsville. Another long night in Oakland on Friday with 13 more missions each, several hard and annoying, finally got us to 98. We were set for Saturday.

The day was sunny and fairly warm as we set out from Pittsburgh, grabbing the Steubenville Pike mission and several uniques along the way to Ohio. We had long since left Ivan in our dust so we were relaxed a bit. However, we had heard stories about how the local Wellsville Enlightened liked to guard their portals, so we were worried that we would not be able to complete the mission as it was mostly capture/upgrade. However, our worries turned out to be unfounded, as the we had a relatively easy go of it in Wellsville, with only a few minor battles, and we had our 100th badge and our SpecOps gold!

We did the other mission in Wellsville for good measure bringing us to 101. Exhausted but victorious, we returned to Pittsburgh with smiles on our faces, knowing we had beat Ivan and everyone else we knew of in AM01-KILO-10 to the gold!

Totals Feb. 7 - Mar. 21 (42 days):
@bocoroth
96 missions completed
4,936,454 AP
952 UPV
337 UPC

@rainbeam
75 missions completed
5,081,414 AP
719 UPV
240 UPC

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+Joe Philley +Brandon Badger +John Hanke  +NIA Ops +Ingress 
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Carey S. (zombieprincessc)
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Just something I saw today , reminded me to keep the smack talk clean and fun . I really see no reason to take it to this level .
 
So lets talk about misogyny and Ingress. Read no further if you don’t care, because this is going to be a wall of text regarding more of my experiences and I don’t want to see any tl;dr in the comments. Fair warning. ☺

I’ve never really considered myself a feminist, I mean, its 2015, the act of being prejudice against women is so sixty years ago. At this point it shouldn’t need a title. I'm not going to lie and tell you my life is hard as a woman. I have been lucky enough to grow up in a time where I was given the same opportunities to advance myself as my male peers. I am thankful for that. Did you know that some people still really hate women though? Honestly I was pretty unaware until about a year into playing Ingress.

Attached are just a few screenshots of the type of misogynistic harassment that plague the comms around an area I frequent. Some old, some new, some directed at me, some to others close to me, none of which have ever been acknowledged or apologized for. All are edited as to not give the offenders any more attention than they deserve, and also to protect identities of those who are harassed. 

If you can even believe it, absolutely nothing has been said to warrant the comments, (not that anything could justify it) but I have been told by some of my very own teammates that we need to “get over it”, because they wont get gear if the offenders wont upgrade certain portals or continue to supply it. Yeah, wow. 

I'm fine with being the target for these attacks. Not trying to play martyr, if you’ve seen me in real life you can imagine how laughable comparing me to livestock is. I would rather it directed at me than at a woman with less self-confidence or someone with body insecurity issues, the consequences can be devastating in real life. 

So, don’t get me wrong here, my message is not an attempt to cleanse the world of women-hating, self-loathing manchildren. Unfortunately, they will always exist. And don't feel bad for me, I hardly consider myself a victim. The real problem with misogyny and harassment is the mass enabling of this disgusting behavior in Ingress and real life. Since when is openly hating women an acceptable trait as long as you are “good” at a video game? Why are people so willing to downplay this kind of behavior? When is it worth openly discussing? 
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Shameful
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Will Rogers
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This is currently a group order/pre-order. Until April 15, 2015 or until a minimum of 20 shirts are sold none will be produced or shipped. Once the minimum order is met, orders will remain open for one week and this shirt will go into production, with shipping occurring 1-2 weeks after orders close. This is a one-time-only run and will not be brought back for a second production. Tees are printed on Gildan Ultra Cotton 6oz, 100% cotton tees. Hood...
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I wouldn't feel comfortable appropriating +Kim Payne​'s hard work.
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Cameron Crano

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 #MS
 
Was thinking about getting a cross faction group of agents to go to this if possible I will most likely be there if I am able to get a ride 
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Very good idea +Cameron Crano. I'm in the process of getting another Hack-a-thon together, but instead of it just being about me and max hacks, it'll be a charity event for St. Jude's or St. Baldrick's.
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So, +Matthew Oberlander and I are heading out of Pittsburgh.  New adventures, new life, new job (for him). But, we want to hang out with all you lovely Pittsburgh friends/acquaintances/weirdos one last time before we peace out.  So, if you're free Saturday evening, head over to the Sharp Edge and kick back a drink or two (or five) with us and we'll chat, play, sing, etc.  I'm gonna try to reserve the back room, but if not we'll just take over whatever space is available.
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Katie and I will be at a baby shower.  :(  Its not going to be the same with you two gone, but I am sure you'll find much success in Ingress and life wherever you guys settle down. 
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All agents please remember to play by the Ingress Terms of Service.  https://support.google.com/ingress/answer/2808360?hl=en&ref_topic=2799231 and https://www.ingress.com/terms 

This game is supposed to be fun.  If we collectively play by these rules, we will have fun.  If you see or suspect someone of cheating, please do not call them out in comms, or in real life.  Report them and move on.
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Will Rogers
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Missions can now be accessed via the Intel Map on desktop. Go to https://www.ingress.com/intel and click Missions to view missions nearby your current view. From Shinjuku’s Hanazono Jinja Shrine (http://goo.gl/ajQ8Oc) to Munich’s Marienplatz (http://goo.gl/x8DKn6), Agents have created thousands of missions to guide Agents to the hidden gems around them. To share a link directly to a mission, select the mission then click Link near the top of the page.

#IngressMissions
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Ivan Russell
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Face down, ass up, that's the way ENL like to hack.
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Congrats to those who participate in March First Saturday! 
AP Battle result:
-- [Level Gain] --
City: 9
RES: 2
ENL: 7
(R)@henriettacat @rainbeam 
(E)@TwistedNut76 @AstroJack @Microbaar @Pyrtolin @Agentk08 @Deviance1 @Subhhy
-- [AP Gain] --
City: 4358691
RES: 2158575
ENL: 2200116
(R)@MRROGERS 
(E)@Demonifier
-- [Hacks Gain] --
City: 2384
RES: 1026
ENL: 1358
(R)@MRROGERS 
(E) @OnyxDragon
And special thanks to those participating in the field art:)
Below is the spreadsheet for today's score:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G4GxvnkV2iqAC75T-jG7phRfCgB1MfiWX7pYrmSE6O4/edit?usp=sharing
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Pittsburgh #IngressFS Scoring Spreadsheet - MarSheet1 Resistance, Enlightened Agent Name, START, END, SCORES, Agent Name, START, END, SCORES Level, AP, hacks, Level, AP, hacks, Level Gain, AP Gain, Hacks Gain, Level, AP, Hacks, Level, AP, Hacks, Level Gain, AP Gain, Hacks Gain bocoroth, TwistedNut76 allielovefroden, AmishChaos superban...
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+Tam Urban​
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黄华韵(Subhhy)

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An art for the field art. Harmonious Spring: First Saturday for Pittsburgh!
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About this community

Ingress is a game. Games are meant to be fun and friendly, even with the other team. To that extent, this unofficial Ingress G+ community is here to foster friendly discussion amongst players in the region.

Will Rogers
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Please don't do this!  Be safe out there, agents!
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I don't even drive 
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Ivan Russell
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Ok, I've found your hideout. 
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Should've posted that one week earlier - 3.14 15
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Is it cool if I ask for some portal appeal help here? If this becomes a portal, we should have some crossfaction beer there sometime. Or maybe even if it doesn't.

https://plus.google.com/110028623417333097448/posts/CBnfyyeRwEt
Type of Appeal: Rejected new submission Reason given for rejection: Does not meet criteria Portal Title: Carnivores Location: 215 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont,… - Matt Buchwald - Google+
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Voted yes 
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I guess I should start saving for a future trip to anywhere in the world...
Google's experiment with augmented reality games may become a convention before the end of the year, its creator said at South by Southwest today. Ingress, a conspiracy sci-fi game that pits...
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Nathan Duchene
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Just an FYI if you haven't noticed yet.
 
Whats this? New XM levels for those above L8!

Boost recharging also costs a bit more :)
Just now we have noticed a change in the max XM possible. Level Old Max New Max L9 10,900 11,500 L10 11,700 13,000 L11 12,400 14,500 L12 13,000 16,000 L13 13,500 17,500 L14 13,900 19,000 L15 14,200...
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Hadn't noticed. Then again my flair for the obvious is missing lately 
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Nathan Duchene
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Attention Agents:  Thank you for your reports.  We are investigating the intermittent issues with Portals and inventory and hope to have it resolved shortly.  We will continue to monitor for reports of this issue, although we may not respond to every report individually.
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平和之春 Yo!
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Welcome to Spring! With all the efforts done by agents in Pittsburgh during #IngressFS , we successfully depicted a lovely blue bird surrounded by green spring leaves. The art itself shows a harmonious spring with the collaboration of the both factions, indicating a thing treasured by human as a whole: Peace.

The field art was done between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., right before the AP battle began. Agents, delicately involving in the art, linked and fielded in an orderly manner. Besides, two missions were created, separately for the bird part and the leaf part, in order to facilitate agents to collect keys in advance. 

When the final piece was done, everyone is cheerful to see their accomplishment. We are parts of a group, and the group is composed by us.

Well done, YINZGRESS Pittsburgh!

Total Agents Involved: 22
Designer:
@Subhhy(E) (+黄华韵)
Fielding:
Resistance (Bird):
@bocoroth(+Matt Lisiak ),@rainbeam(+Andrea Carriker ),@robsimpson(+Robert Simpson ),@camillabella(+Camille Rolla ),@tungstenirish(+Jeremy Rolla ),@superbanite(+Amber Wedig ),@groden( +Michael Kennedy ),@allielovegroden( +Allison Kennedy ),@lizb00(+Liz Lucas ),@slipkid(+Don Bennett )
Enlightened (Leaves):
@creyx(+Corey Miller ),@onyxdragon(+Amanda Kroft ),@subhhy(+黄华韵),@demonifier(+Matthew Baumgartner ),@agentk08(+Kayla Donnelly ),@deviance1( +devlin kimaball )
Operator:
@krycek1013(E) (+Ralph Krycek )
Rover:
@MRR0GERS(R) (+Will Rogers )
Stand by:
@eulic(E)(+Eiji Hayashi ),@HAC(E)(+Jason Housel ),@ivanrussel(R)(+Ivan Russell),@1trailrider(R) (+Charles Young )

Thanks to all the agents above!

+Ingress +Olga Garcia +Joe Philley +John Hanke +Anne Beuttenmüller +Brian Rose 
 #IngressFieldArt #FieldArt
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mkoscisnski is his agent name. No problem, thanks
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Cameron Crano

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Went to ingress first saturday event at the poarch at shenley park and lvled up 
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Yay!
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