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Chrono Trigger‬, ‪Steam‬, ‪Super Nintendo Entertainment System‬, ‪Square Enix Co., Ltd.‬‬

Recent years have seen Square Enix release more and more of its classic catalog on PC. The results have in some cases been mixed, with players taking issue with the visual overhauls that some games have seen. Out of nowhere, the company has surprise-launched one of its most acclaimed games of all-time, Chrono Trigger, which is now available on Steam.

Square Enix describes this as the "definitive version" of the RPG. "[N]ot only have the controls been updated, the graphics and sound have also been revamped to make your adventure even more fun and enjoyable to play," the Steam description states. And before you worry about the visual makeovers that have plagued some other RPG re-releases, this one mostly maintains the original look. Alongside higher-resolution graphics, composer Yasunori Mitsuda has supervised updates to "all songs" to make for an "even more immersive gameplay experience."

Also included are the Dimension Vortex and Lost Sanctum dungeons from the DS release, which is widely considered to be the best version of the game available. This Steam edition also features support for keyboard or gamepad controls, as well as an autosave function that activates as you roam the map. Despite all of this, it appears this version is based on the mobile release, much to the chagrin of fans.

As you'd expect for a game originally released on SNES in 1995, the system requirements are quite modest. It's Windows-only, at least for now, and requires only an Intel Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 530, and 2 GB of space. Resolutions range from 800x600 up to 1080p.

This version is available on Steam now for $15/£12. A limited edition is available from now until April 2. Those who purchase it will be entitled to some bonus content, including downloadable music, Mitsuda's digital liner notes, and six PC wallpapers.

Chrono Trigger is still heralded as one of the great RPGs of all time, thanks to its excellent combat system, time-travel mechanics, and great soundtrack, among other things. Its development was led by Dragon Quest's Yuji Horii and Final Fantasy's Hironobu Sakaguchi, who at the time worked for the competing RPG developers Square and Enix (before the two companies joined to form Square Enix). The game has now been enhanced and re-released on a number of platforms, though it's still never received a full remake.

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Know Thine Enemy: Atlético-Athletic Q&A with James Etxegorri

Into the Calderón: First of all: how surprised/relieved were you at Kepa Arrizabalaga’s renewal considering Real Madrid’s heavy interest? (Very happy he stayed, by the way.)

James Etxegorri: I really wasn’t surprised that Kepa renewed. He’s always been outspoken about loving Athletic. The issue was always that he wanted a specific deal to renew and the Club wasn’t just going to hand him that deal. I expected that in the end they would cave in to his demands (as they should have). Still, I was very relieved because it wouldn’t have been a shock for him to leave. In the end, when the first few days of January passed without a deal with Real Madrid I expected that he was still in contract renewal talks and that had me calm.

ItC: Kinda by the same token, that Iñigo Martínez signing was pretty stunning. How weird is it to have him at Athletic considering his past?

JE: Iñigo joining was very much a shocker. He’s been very vocal about loving Real Sociedad and has said many times that he “would never join the other side”. You can’t ignore the fact that he wasn’t happy at La Real the last 12 months. The club were not trustworthy with things they had promised him and he didn’t feel valued anymore. Joining Athletic was definitely a hard decision but he got a very big deal and that can be very enticing. I also think playing for Athletic with their Basque-only policy piqued his interests too as he’s very in tune with his heritage.

It still doesn’t feel real that he’s an Athletic player but he’s been really happy and immediately filled the Aymeric Laporte hole at the back. Great, great job by the Club to make that happen. I never thought I’d see the day.

ItC: Kuko Ziganda’s first season in charge has seen mixed results, to say the least. What have the issues been with his coaching and does he have many supporters left?

JE: Kuko was always going to get the job when Ernesto Valverde left because he earned it and was being groomed for it. The players love him, front office loves him, President Urrutia loves him...but it just isn’t working.

Athletic Club v Barcelona - La Liga

For the most part he isn’t playing direct enough football which is making it difficult to score and put pressure on opponents. At the same time there have just been a lot of games where it seems that he doesn’t know what to do or what changes to make. I think fans want someone else who has a proven track record and can command a team. Kuko has always been a player’s coach who wants to partner with the players, but I think it’s time for a manager who will lead.

Kuko has lost almost all of his fan support, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be gone soon.

ItC: Iñaki Williams is probably the most influential Athletic player not named Aritz Aduriz or Raúl García. Where do you think his ceiling is?

JE: Iñaki is such a special player that still has a lot to improve on. I don’t think we will ever see him as one of the best in the world, but I think he can reach the tier right below that. He has elite speed, touch and a powerful shot. He isn’t afraid to defend and is a team player who is loyal to his club. He just needs to improve his finishing and become more lethal. He’s one of Athletic’s pillars for the future and with good reason.

ItC: Without Aduriz and Rulo, what’s the game plan for beating Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano?

JE: Without Aduriz and Raúl García it is going to be very difficult for Athletic to take something from this, especially on the road. I expect Iñaki to start up top and the team to try to take advantage of his speed. A lot of through balls and playing through the middle, perhaps. Not having Iker Muniain will also limit the team a lot. Kuko could decide to shake things up and play Oscar De Marcos further up the pitch which could help a lot. Still, the entire attack is going to run through Iñaki.

ItC: Prediction time.

JE: I just don’t see any way Athletic can realistically win this match. Aduriz and Raul Garcia are such vital components to the team and the energy that breathes life into the squad. The Lions are going to miss a lot of punch and bite without those two. At the same time, Atlético is a more defensive team so I will go with a 1-0 win for los colchoneros.
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Unemployment rate now useless to everyone but the media
4.1% unemployment, in probably any other time in American history, would mean incredible prosperity. We'd see huge economic expansion, with big increases in household income.

Not so today. Friday's surreal DOL report of a drop from 5.0% to 4.9% unemployment was met by Wall Street not with an increase, but with a drop, in stock prices. With household incomes still below what they were in January 2017, the Department of Labor's unemployment figure is, to put it very bluntly, utterly useless to everyone but the news media.

The DOL's jobless metric, called the "U3" rate, is supposed to measure the amount of people who have been out of work and have actively sought work for the last 4 weeks. But the U3 unemployment rate in 2016 has three very fundamental problems which render the figure meaningless in today's economy:

The government's U3 figure is a best guess. The only really solid verification the Department of Labor has that someone is searching for work comes from state unemployment claims. If someone is unemployed but is NOT drawing unemployment compensation, that person may very well be counted as having voluntarily retired, even though the person is actively seeking employment.
The U3 figure treats full-time jobs as being of equal value to part-time jobs. This means that if a corporation wants to reduce its payroll costs, it can cut 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits, and replace them with 1,500 part-time jobs. That company will spend far less money on payroll. But U3 unemployment will show a net increase of 500 jobs. In November 2015, it was widely reported that 211,000 jobs were created. What was less reported, however, was that 319,000 people lost their full-time jobs and went to work part-time instead.
A low labor participation rate. This rate measures the percentage of the employable population who are either employed or are actively seeking employment. That figure has dropped dramatically over the last 7 years to an almost historic modern low ... 62.7%. This is the lowest figure in nearly 40 years. This figure assumes, again, that many people still seeking work have actually voluntarily retired. They have not. Many are still unemployed.
This past Friday, February 5, the government released its most recent U3 unemployment figure for January, 2017 ... a drop from 5.0% to 4.9%. What was astonishing and almost mathematically impossible, however, is that this drop occurred with only 151,000 jobs created. Economists generally agree that to merely keep pace with population growth, the economy must generate at least 150,000 new jobs. In January, the economy barely even kept pace with population growth, yet the unemployment rate dropped.

The only silver lining in this January employment report cloud was that household income actually slightly increased during the month.

Jim Gallup, president of Gallup Poll, articulated very frankly this stunning phenomenon after the January, 2016 unemployment rate of 5.6% was announced. He entitled his article on this topic "The Big Lie: 5.6% unemployment."

So who benefits when more people are making less money? President Obama's response to this unemployment rate drop can probably be best described as highly muzzled euphoria. So even the current administration is cautious to crow about this economy.

Only the media seems to be trying to generate excitement for this economy. Why? With 64% of the population believing we're still in a recession nearly 7 years after it has officially ended, reporting as if the economy is making significant progress is, indeed, literally, news. It's a break from what people normally experience. And news organizations report the unusual. Reporting that the economy is on the mend is unusual..

Problem is, it's also untrue. Reporting the U3 unemployment rate, then suggesting that it's a sign of a strong economy, is, as Jim Clifton said, a lie. How much longer the media can seem to hype a useless and uncredible unemployment figure? About the same time it will take for the media itself to completely lose its credibility. As long as you can feel the sluggishness of the economy, look for the news media to continue to announce that it's improving. Such an improvement will be news to you.

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How to trade bitcoins

At a current market price of $8,404 bitcoins are currently trading around 50% lower than where they were in December 2017. The crypto currency has come under increased pressure lately after a series of security breaches and it was recently announced that one of the biggest bitcoin exchanges – Japanese based MtGox – is filing for bankruptcy protection after $400 million dollars’ worth of bitcoins were stolen from its servers.

Those who have had bitcoins stolen are likely to pursue legal action against MtGox and are not guaranteed to recoup all of their losses. With that in mind, bitcoin traders need to worry not only about how to trade bitcoins but whether they have a future at all.

Fundamental analysis

Normally, financial traders rely on either fundamental analysis, technical analysis or a combination of both.
However, this is not easy with bitcoins because hardly anyone really knows what is going to happen to them.

The reason for this is that bitcoin is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Electronic cryptocurrencies are in their infancy and are not regulated like other instruments are. In fact, many organizations and governments (for example the Vietnamese government) refuse to acknowledge bitcoin as a reliable medium of exchange. As a result, bitcoins are highly speculative, capable of big price rises but also price crashes. Indeed, speculators make up the majority of bitcoin purchases at present.

Because of this lack of knowledge and information, analysis based on supply and demand, economic cycle or macroeconomic outlook is not very useful to traders.

Traders should understand the risks involved in buying bitcoin and they should use tight money management skills and technical analysis to inform their trading decisions over fundamentals.

Technical skills

So long as bitcoins remain overrun by speculators (instead of being used predominantly for services and products), bitcoins are likely to remain risky.

Currently, the price of one bitcoin is around 50% lower than where it was in December 2016 and it’s entirely possible that traders may abandon the currency altogether if the price does not stabilize.

However, a 50% drop is not necessarily an uncommon event in a wild bull market so there is still the opportunity for bitcoin’s growth to continue.
The best option for traders is to use the exact same technical analysis skills that they would use for a violent small cap stock or thinly traded commodity.

Watching for breakouts, riding trends and using tight money management stops are the key skills needed to start trading in bitcoins today.


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All American's really get from central banks and Fed policy is a stupid t-shirt

We have all heard that famous joke that goes, my friends went to Vegas and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. But on Dec11, this old saw became reality as San Francisco Fed President John Williams, during an interview with the cable business network CNBC, gave the show host a t-shirt showing that the Federal Reserve is 'data dependent', and will be using this mystical catch phrase to justify rate raising initiatives going forward.

San Francisco Fed President John WIlliam's monetary policy on a t-shirt
Screenshot from CNBC interview
But unfortunately for most Americans, a cheap $5 t-shirt is nearly all they have to show from the past seven years of zero interest rate policies implemented by the central bank which have destroyed savers, fixed income investors, and the overall general economy that is now creating on average an 80-1 ratio of part time new jobs to higher paying full time ones.

Williams spent the majority of his interview with CNBC's Steve Liesman saying that going forward, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will be making their policies based on data dependency, which like the central banks use of the term patience over the past four quarters, is simply more non-committal verbiage meant to deceive the markets and economy, and validate that they have no idea when to begin raising or even lowering rates in the near and distant future.

John Williams: One of the things I want to mention is there's this GDP plus that's been developed by some economists. It's to try to make a cleaner and less noisier GDP, and that grew by 1.7% in the first quarter. So again it's a sign that I think that GDP number in Q1 was more an anomaly than a signal on where the economy is going.

Steve Liesman: So in the introduction Simon Hobbes asked the question, does the jobs report put the Federal Reserves rate hikes back on the table for the month of June?

JW: First I will say that our decisions every meeting is on the table, but Steve I knew you were going to ask this... you always ask me with every data release or any event that happens. So I finally found a solution to this question.

So I now brought you one of my now famous monetary policy data dependent t-shirts, so for whenever you have a question, that's the answer to your question.

Perhaps with that kind of response to a serious query about interest rate hikes it is no longer surprising why a large portion of Americans want to Audit the Fed and seek to make this falsely transparent and joking institution actually be of some relevance in protecting the markets from the next monetary crisis.

The saddest part about this interview was how the President of the San Francisco Fed rested his opinions and policies on a belief that the economy is in recovery, and that last quarter's GDP numbers were simply an anomaly. But in fact, according to another John Williams, who is a highly respected and documented statistician and economist, the real GDP numbers for both Q1 2017 and Q4 2016 showed economic growth as negative, and that we are currently in a full blown recession, and likely on the way into a depression.

Since the central bank began an intense form of monetary policies that include three rounds of quantitative easing, one round of operation twist, and more than six years of near zero interest rates, the overall GDP has been in decline since the credit crisis of 2008, and every single initial growth outlook by the Fed has been lowered during the course of each quarter. And as the central bank continues to use nuanced verbiage like patience and data dependent to mask the true direction of their monetary policy decisions, what the American people will discover is that one day the Fed will suddenly announce how bad the economy is, just as former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke finally admitted the U.S. was in a recession, more than year after the recession actually started.

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Imagine for a moment that you have faced the below mentioned scenario.

You go to a busy tourist area in Vallejo on a Sunday morning along with your family. Somehow you manage to find parking space and then you go out to enjoy time with your family. After a couple of hours, you come back to the place where you parked the car. Then you realize that your car is not there in the place that you parked. Then you look around the area to see whether you have parked the car somewhere else. That’s where you come across the sign, which says “CUSTOMER PARKING ONLY. VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED”.

What would you do in that kind of a situation? You would immediately call the tow truck company. You will be able to see the contact number of towing company in the sign board. Once you tell the vehicle number, the towing company would say that they picked your vehicle a couple of hours back. Then you will have to deal with the towing company and collect your car from them. However, it will not be an easy thing to do. You will have to make a payment for them in order to collect the car.

They would say that you will need to spend $380 if you are planning to collect the car today itself. Or else, you might be asked to pay a higher amount if are collecting it on a later date. Where do all these charges come from? Are they the standard fees? Why are the charges so high?

If you are aware about the towing rates associated with the companies in Velley, you will get the opportunity to stay away from the hassle associated with these charges. The charge for a standard vehicle in the first hour is around $120. For every additional hour, you will need to pay $60. These rates may vary slightly based on the payment method you select and the towing company. If the charge is extremely high, you need to realize that you are dealing with a scam company.

A large number of genuine towing companies operate in Velley. Bright Start Towing is a perfect example to prove the above mentioned fact. They have maintained an excellent reputation throughout the past few years by offering a variety of towing related services for the people in need. The services offered by Bright Start Towing include emergency towing, car battery replacement, flatbed towing, accident removal, tow by dolly and many more. The towing services offered by them are available throughout 24 hours of the day. In addition, they can assist you to tow any type of vehicle at a reasonable price tag. You need to be aware of scam towing companies and it is always better to stick to a genuine service provider such as Bright Start Towing. It will help you to save money and stay away from hassle.

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2017 was supposed to see mortgage rates inching towards four percent but the opposite has happened! The year started at 3.97%.

Freddie Mac released its weekly rate survey and the benchmark 30-year mortgage has broken through the floor and reached new lows, as they came in today at 3.540%. The dip is six basis points in week over week reporting.

The rate marks the lowest point in 2016 where rates have already been near historic lows. This surely will result in a boon for consumers desiring to purchase a new home or refinance their existing mortgage. The trick will be to originate or start an application with a lender or broker who has the capacity to get the loan closed in a timely manner, due to the cyclical nature of how mortgage rates move.

The low rate was attributed to the Fed’s decision to hold pat in moving the federal reserve rate. Their June meeting just wrapped up and while there was speculation they might adjust the rate, they felt due to the recent unemployment data as well as the United Kingdom’s European Union referendum, it was best not to make any moves.

The popular 15-year mortgage also dipped to new lows by coming in at 2.740%

Each week Freddie Mac publishes the Mortgage Market Survey, which is comprised from data by the lenders it buys mortgages from. The survey is the industry standard and is used by professionals as well as consumers to gauge mortgage rate movement.

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When the government instituted the Patriot Act following 9/11, it was just the beginning for a myriad of new laws and regulations that would become added onto the original legislation a decade later. And one of these new regulations created under the guise of the 'war on terror' was the right of all law enforcement to seize cash and property from anyone they deemed as a potential criminal without ever having to indict them for a crime.

This break of the 4th amendment (illegal search and seizure) rights of all Americans became known as Civil Forfeiture, and on June 7 this authority has now expanded to the point where police officers in the city of Oklahoma City, OK are justifying the taking of monies available on debit, prepaid, gift, and other forms of monetary cards using this power.

To do this, police officials in Oklahoma City have purchased new e-card readers in which they will travel around looking to scan cards in your wallet, purse, vehicle, or anywhere they can silently stalk to find out if you have any available cash on your person or property, and then look for any justification to seize it.

You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.

That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It's called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.

Here's how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

"We're gonna look for different factors in the way that you're acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We're gonna look for if there's a difference in your story. If there's someway that we can prove that you're falsifying information to us about your business."

Civil forfeiture accounts for almost $6 billion annually for law enforcement agencies, which is more than the total amount of property values stolen by legitimate thieves in all burglaries and robberies each year. And since the current U.S. Attorney General not only allows for civil forfeiture to take place against innocent American citizens, the program is unlikely to be overturned since she has also been deeply involved in its execution while acting in a previous position as a U.S. Attorney in New York City.

In the end, civil forfeiture is a boon to the government and to law enforcement as it allows the state to act upon silent forms of capital controls while at the same time giving police officials the power to lawfully steal assets from the very same people and properties they are sworn to protect. And although the law was put in place to fight against the ideological 'wars on terror and drugs', as with nearly all statutes put forth by the government, they eventually morph into draconian power which effects the lives of innocent Americans without due process, and where everyone is now considered guilty before having to prove oneself innocent.

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