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    Kicked-Off Below Deck Guest Delores Says She Was Planning to Leave Anyway – Vulture - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The joy of watching Below Deck isnt about remembering the guests, but after her short-lived charter, it was clear Delores would go down in Below Deck infamy. The boat enthusiast became one of just a few guests to be kicked off their charter when she drunkenly jumped off the boat after dinner, which Captain Lee Rosbach called the ultimate fuck you to the captain. On January 18s Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen welcomed the woman to explain herself in a world exclusive interview. With a fitting video backdrop of a harbor, Delores told Cohen, You know, the water was just beautiful. I dont know what else to say. It was calling my name. As for the drinking, she added, Whos not drunk on vacation? Which, fair!

    Looking back, Delores even saw a flaw in the whole situation. There was no man-overboard protocol thrown out there, she noted. (Remember, Delores lives on a boat.) No one threw me a life ring; no one threw me a vest; no one got in the dinghy to haul my ass back in. But that wasnt her big, exclusive bombshell. When I went back to my room, I had already started packing because I was going to call a water taxi to leave the next day anyway, she told Cohen of her reaction to being kicked off. I think we were all on the same page there. Sure until she jumped off the tender boat on her way back to shore. The water was just stunning and beautiful, and I was on vacation and wanted to be in the water! Delores conceded. Well, were glad it was worth it.

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    All hands on deck on vaccine rollout in Stamford – The Advocate - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    STAMFORD Like every Tuesday, Mayor David Martin grasped at a way to describe the magnitude of the pandemics impact on American life. This Tuesday, he likened the loss of life across the country to something deeply familiar to any Stamford resident: traffic.

    Before the pandemic, the number of cars traversing the George Washington Bridge plus all the calls in the Lincoln Tunnel going both days was about 400,000 a day, Martin said during his weekly COVID-19 update for the city. Imagine if every single car that got under the George Washington Bridge or went into the Lincoln Tunnel never came out the other side.

    With that grim milestone in mind, Martin emphasized that hope is on the way for Stamford residents as the city continues to expand its vaccination program through a partnership with Stamford Health, a collaborative effort announced by the healthcare system last Friday.

    Stamford shuttered its own vaccine clinic in order to pool resources with the hospital, which is inoculating healthcare personnel, first responders, and people 75 and older at the Bennet Medical Center.

    Its all hands on deck to ensure that we have one of the best vaccination programs out there, said Stamford Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski.

    Stamford Health CEO Kathleen Silard said the hospital has vaccinated approximately 600 people a day since Monday. She projected the figure will grow to 1,000 people a day by the end of the week.

    When I went up to the site yesterday it really did my heart good to see our employees and the city employees working collaboratively together to be able to execute on this plan, Silard said Tuesday.

    But for Martin, 1,000 people a day is only the beginning.

    We are working on a second site that we hope to open in another week or two that would add another at least 1,000 a day, Martin said. On top of that, he put his weight behind opening a third vaccine site in Stamford that would allow the city to inoculate 20,000 people a week.

    The city has yet to formally secure a location for its second mass testing site, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

    Both Silard and city officials emphasized that only people over the age of 75 and those eligible under Phase 1a can register for the vaccine, a rule Silard said she is determined to enforce.

    Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday that Connecticut would take a tiered approach to Phase 1b to ensure that those with the highest risk receive the vaccine first. While adults between 65 and 74 and essential workers are also part of 1b, they likely will not receive the vaccine until February or March.

    Silard reported that 90 percent of the doses delivered to Stamford Hospital by the federal government are administered to the public.

    So far, Silard said that Stamford Health has administered 6,900 unique doses of the vaccine.

    Stamford seven-day average for COVID-19 cases sits at 85 new cases per day. Four Stamford residents died with coronavirus in the last week.

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    Below Deck: Everything To Know About New Deckhand Rob Phillips – Screen Rant - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Bravo viewers are so curious about the new deckhand, Rob Phillips. They want to know everything about this Below Deck star. Learn about him now.

    Since he is making waves onBelow Deck, fans want to know everything aboutthe new deckhand, Rob Phillips.

    Bravo's maritime-themed show has been a hit since its inception. Below Deck takes an in-depth look into a yacht crew and their filthy rich guests. Guests enjoy life on the high seas, and viewers are hooked on the drama. There are sometimes lines that cast members are unwilling to cross, such ascooking a 60-plate dinner. However, atother times, chief stews and other crew members are willing to respect the wishes of picky clients. The captain is in charge of keeping everyone safe and firing subpar workers. As the large yacht island-hopsthroughout the season, each Below Deck episode features a different group of guests. Rob Phillips is one of the crew members. He helps guests to enjoy true VIP experiences.

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    Below Deck Season 8 had its first lossas the spinoff'sviewerswatched Sustainable Shane Coopersmith walk the plank. In his place came Rob Phillips, who bonded quickly with fellow deckhand James and dubbed Francesca a "sexy nun." Bosun Eddie Lucas is thrilled to have a deckhand who knows what he is doing. Rob definitely knows how to tie a knot. See Rob on the water in his Instagram post below:

    Upon Rob's arrival, Eddie told cameras he was "happy to have Rob on the team. It seems like he has the experience, which is definitely gonna be a change of pace. Anything's better than Shane." Rob has a low-key Instagram profile with the tag@r0b.phillips. The newest reality star has under 5,000 followers but still loves showing off his traveling pictures. He is Canadian and comes from a "long line of sailors," but his true love is rocks. Geology, to be more precise. His first week on the show, he told viewers, "I'm an exploration geologist, which means, in a nutshell, I'm like a nerdy Indiana Jones. I look for gold, but as soon as the markets crash, I lose my job, which is why super yachting's kind of like the fallback sometimes."

    This Below Deck guy seems to have it all, including education, a sense of humor, and a strong work ethic. Captain Lee is bound to love him just as much as fans already do. While viewers doubt he will have the courage to make out with the chief stew, fans can watch his bromance with James bloom each week.

    Next: Below Deck Med 5: Jessica, Peter, Ciara & Alex Reunite For Bar Fun In Video

    Below Deckairs on Monday at 9 pm EST on Bravo

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    Jennifer is an avid Reality TV follower and is fluent in all Real Housewife drama along with the ups and downs of 90 Day Fiance sagas. When she is not writing she enjoys traveling the world in search of the best beaches! Jennifer has been writing for over 15 years and would like nothing more than to have a proper sit down with the women of the RHONY to 'Make It Nice.'

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    Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun Just Covered the "Suite Life on Deck" Theme Song for Wife Debby Ryan as "His Vows" – - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Just when you thought Joshua Dun and Debby Ryan had already reached ultimate marriage goals, they just took things on step further with their latest TikTok that is currently trending.

    The Twenty One Pilots drummer surprised fans with the ultimate drum cover of the Suite Life on Deck theme song, which Debby previously starred in the series back when it aired from 2008 until 2011.

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    If the video wasn't enough, he also added in the caption, "my vows to Debby", which had fans freaking out, especially due to lyrics like "This boat's rockin'! / Oh ay oh! / Ain't no stoppin' us now!"

    "Don't let Cody Martin see this," said one TikTok fan, referencing Debby's character's, Bailey, on-screen love interest who was played by Riverdale star Cole Sprouse.

    Another fan mentioned the running joke about Cody Martin's six month plan to get Bailey to fall in love with him, which had other fans laughing.

    Meanwhile, Debby also got to play her husband's drums back in May and decided to go with the band's latest single, "Level of Concern," which came out as a track about the currently coronavirus quarantine.

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    Sadly for us, they haven't been posting a lot of TikToks lately, but at least Josh and Debby always crush it with their amazing ideas.

    The couple got married on December 31, 2019 and recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary.

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    Here's hoping that they post more amazing gems like this video later this year, because we definitely can't get enough!

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    The Below Deck Yachties React to Having Multiple Crew Members Sick at the Same Time – Bravo - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Just when the Below Deck crew seemed to be hitting its stride in Season 8 with several successful charters under itsbelt, the yachties were thrown another major curveball in the January 18 episode of the show when several of the crew members became under the weather.

    After Izzy Wouters was out of commission for parts of the last charter due to an illness, Rachel Hargrove, Ashling Lorger, and Elizabeth Frankini all started to not feel well as they welcomed the next group of guests on board. "I was like, we are so low on people right now," chief stew Francesca Rubi recalled feeling about the situation in the above clip from the Below Deck After Show exclusive to Bravo Insider.

    Rachel, Izzy, and Ashling all detailed what it was like to work while feeling sick during the charter season in the Below Deck After Show, above, where Ashling also revealed why she "felt like I couldn't admit why I was sick."

    Press play on the above video to also learn what it was like for Francesca, Eddie Lucas, and Captain Lee Rosbach to manage a crew that wasn't feeling100 percent and if any of the My Seanna yachties were worried that the coronavirus (COVID-19) could be responsible for the illnesses on board.

    Want more Below Deck? New episodes air every Monday at 9/8c or catch up on every episode ever through the Bravo app.

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    ‘Below Deck’: James Hough and Elizabeth Frankini’s Relationship Bites the Dust Has Any Boatmance Survived the Show? – Showbiz Cheat Sheet - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Elizabeth Frankini from Below Deck all but confirmed that she and James Hough are no longer dating.

    In addition to their fallout on the latest episode, Frankini dropped hints during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that indicated she and Hough definitely wont be headed to the altar any time soon. Frankini played Do You Regret It? on WWHL and her answers were very telling.

    She instantly regretted getting romantically involved with Hough. Frankini also insisted she stuck up for Hough when chef Rachel Hargrove was hammering away at his character during dinner.

    She also laughed and said she regretted drunkenly telling Hough to propose to her and then telling the crew they were getting married. Yes! she laughed. If you guys knew the context. He couldnt come to the U.S.! So I was saying it as a joke. Frankini later clarified what happened on Twitter. Some legal issue unexplained on the show! But yeah he literally cant [come to the U.S.].

    Unlike the last Below Deck boatmance, Frankini and Houghs relationship seemed to have possibly fizzled out. Jessica More and Rob Westergaard from Below Deck Mediterranean had a super passionate affair that ended as explosively as it began.

    And while the two shaded each other during the episode, Frankini and Hough still follow each on Instagram. Neither has started battling each other on social media yet. But Frankini seemed to regret several encounters with Hough.

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    She addressed a viewer question on the WWHL After Show about if she should have bunked with Hough. I had that thought but it would have been a bad idea, she replied. So, Im glad it didnt happen. More and Westergaard bunked together, which ended up causing problems when they started fighting.

    While romance makes for great reality television, reality television doesnt make for a great romance. Thus far no Below Deck boatmances have made it on land. In fact, the show may have helped to drive a wedge in between Malia White and chef Tom Checketts previously established relationship too.

    White and Checketts appeared on Below Deck Med together. They had been dating for close to a year and seemed to be very happy and in love. But social media drama took over when White turned in chief stew Hannah Ferrier for having an unregistered vape pen and valium. White and Checketts were inundated with hateful remarks and anger. Only a few months later, the couple broke up. White said Checketts cheated on her.

    RELATED: Below Deck Sailing Yacht: Jenna MacGillivray Says She and Adam Glick Are No Longer Speaking

    Other boatmances experienced a similar fate. Chief stew Jenna MacGillivray and chef Adam Glick from Below Deck Sailing Yacht tried to maintain a casual romance on land. But MacGillivray broke off contact with Glick. I will say this, she said on Another Below Deckpodcast. Adam and I were on very friendly terms up until last week. Something happened and we are no longer friends.

    Thus far, the only romance still going strong from the series is Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan from Below Deck Sailing Yacht. The couple appeared on the show but had been dating for several years. Since season 1 ended, Berry proposed to Duggan.

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    ‘All Hands On Deck’: National Mall Is Closed As Agencies Fortify D.C. – NPR - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    U.S. park rangers look at the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Security threats have prompted officials to shut down the National Mall and much of downtown Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

    U.S. park rangers look at the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Security threats have prompted officials to shut down the National Mall and much of downtown Washington, D.C.

    Updated at 5:12 p.m. ET

    The National Mall, where millions of people have gathered to mark historic events in Washington, D.C., was closed to the public late Friday morning, as officials announced a string of security measures meant to foil any attempts to derail next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

    The National Park Service began a "temporary public closure" of the National Mall late Friday morning, citing a request from the U.S. Secret Service. The agencies say they're worried that pro-Trump extremists are planning new violence, building on last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    "The unprecedented nature of the recent civil unrest at the U.S. Capitol coupled with the real and substantial threat of violence and unlawful behavior poses an unprecedented public safety and security challenge," the National Park Service said on Friday.

    With the National Mall closure, the public will be barred from entering an area some 2 miles in length from the Capitol complex to the Potomac River; officials say the Mall will be off-limits through "at least" Thursday the day after Biden is inaugurated.

    Another attempt to block gatherings in the area comes from Facebook, which says it will stop users from creating new events close to the Capitol, White House or state capitols, and will remove existing ones that violate Facebook policies.

    Many streets are also being closed off, including the Memorial Bridge that runs from the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. across the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Other bridges entering the city could also be closed, though the timing and details are not yet certain, officials said.

    Two areas along Pennsylvania Avenue will remain accessible to a limited number of demonstrators, with up to 100 people allowed to gather in each zone.

    "They will be met by U.S. Park Police, escorted through magnetometers and then taken to these areas so that they can exercise their First Amendment rights," said Jeff Reinbold, the NPS superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

    Federal officials, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and others gave new details about their security plans at a briefing Friday. They urged people to enjoy the inauguration from home and to follow it online rather than in person.

    Once a security perimeter is fully in place, any vehicle that enters will have to do so through a checkpoint, where it will be "searched for explosives, weapons and other prohibited items," said Matt Miller, head of the Secret Service's Washington field office.

    Discussing needs to secure the rest of Washington and other areas that could be targeted, Miller said, "we can't create a fortress and allow the rest of the city to suffer in services" from fire, emergency and police agencies.

    "It's all hands on deck for our entire agency," said the Metropolitan Police Department's acting chief, Robert Contee. "Because our entire agency has responsibility for the entire city."

    Bowser acknowledged that while she agrees that the security measures, including a new fence around the Capitol complex, are necessary and prudent, she isn't happy that large chunks of her city now look like militarized zones.

    "I'm sad about it, I have to tell you, that it looks that way," she said. "I'm committed to making sure that we get our city back."

    But there is a special responsibility, the mayor said, to ensure "a peaceful transition of power in our country."

    The National Guard did not have a representative at the briefing. When asked what Guard members' rules of engagement will be, Miller of the Secret Service said the National Guard is "printing rules of engagement cards for each of its soldiers deployed on this exercise."

    Miller added that he believes that Guard members will be following the same guidelines as the agencies they're working alongside, such as the U.S. Capitol Police.

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    All hands on deck at AdventHealth as beds hit 100-percent capacity – Calhoun Times - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    AdventHealth Gordon has finally reached 100 percent bed-use capacity as Georgia continues to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases, according to Director of Marketing and Communications Garrett Nudd.

    The news comes as cases of the virus continue to rise state-wide and locally. In Gordon County, the weekend saw an increase of 68 confirmed positive cases and two deaths numbers that have only continued to rise as the week goes on. Statewide, cases increased by 12,310 over the weekend, with 154 new deaths reported as of Monday afternoon.

    Nudd said the hospital has been at or near 100 percent capacity for some time now but emphasized that despite the challenges of caring for so many patients at once, patient care is being taken as seriously as ever. Staff members are being treated with equal care, given the increased work load.

    Our staff is very taxed and tired but they have great morale. We are all pitching in and helping them where and when we can, Nudd said. Our staff and hospital leadership come in to help in the evenings with answering phones or doing temperature checks in the lobby. We cant provide clinical care, but we do things like that to help lessen their burden.

    Nudd himself has volunteered to answer phones. During one volunteer shift, he said a nurse pointed out two different hospital rooms with patients inside that they suspected wouldnt make it through the night and asked if he would pray for them. He did.

    I dont want to push spiritual beliefs on people, but if people feel moved to pray for our frontline caregivers we encourage that. When our nurses see that and hear about people praying for them, I cant tell you what it means, he said. They see a lot of people who have COVID and end up being fine, but they see a lot who dont make it 24 hours. Its hard, and that prayer really makes a difference.

    Asked what other ways members of the community could pitch in to help lessen the burden on staff, Nudd emphasized the importance of continuing to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing, properly wearing face masks and socially distancing whenever possible. He also said that though he knew some were hesitant to do so, getting the COVID-19 vaccine could save lives.

    I know some people are nervous about it, but theres never been a vaccine with more testing than this. Granted it was expedited and put together quickly, but the greatest medical minds in the country came together to do that work. The risk of not taking it far outweighs the risk of taking it, he said. If we ever want to return to a time when we can gather with our families and friends without worrying, we have to get people vaccinated.

    The Georgia Department of Public Health is currently only administering the vaccine to healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.), residents and staff of long-term care facilities, adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders.

    The exact date for when it will be available to the general public at large is not yet known, though plans for rolling out the vaccine to additional groups have been released by the DPH. Next up on the list of those eligible to receive the vaccine are essential workers outside of the healthcare industry who perform job tasks across critical infrastructure sectors. Following those workers, persons aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 will be eligible.

    At this time and for the foreseeable future, no vaccines will be administered without a prior appointment.

    Kelcey Walker is a reporter for the Calhoun Times in Calhoun, Ga.

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    Magic: The Gathering – How To Construct A Truly Great Mono Red Deck – GameRant - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Red deck wins. It's by far the most frustrating (for opponents) but the easiest way to cheese the competition in Magic: The Gathering whether the format is Standard, Modern, or Pioneer. It's also one of the most affordable, making Mono Red decks a lovely sight for players a bit light on the pockets. In fact, a good winning Mono Red deck can cost as little as $100 in Modern.

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    Building your own Mono Red deck is easy enough. Some might even say that the deck itself plays on autopilot and you don't need to do much but for that to happen and unfold while your opponent scrambles to put out the flames, you need to be meticulous with deck-building. Mono Red decks need to be min-maxed more than usual to have consistent win rates, and here's how to achieve that mentality, go make Chandra Nalaar proud.

    Blitzing your enemy before they could set up that winning combo or control the battlefield is the typical play for Mono-Red decks. Any other strategic or tactical variation just doesn't work as well as the typical Red Deck Wins composition. At least, that's how it is right now for Modern and Standard.

    Modern, most especially, has quick games that end in single-digit turns or just a few minutes and this is where Mono Red can shine. Focusing to do damage each turn-- even on turn 1, if possible, is mandatory if you have a Mono Red deck. Consider that when putting in the cards. Each one of them (minus the lands) must have the capability to do damage whether they're Instants, Sorceries, or Creatures.

    There is, however, one glaring weakness for the best Mono Red decks; if they haven't won by turn 4 or 5, then they start losing. By that point in the match, Red decks have already probably run out of gas or cards at hand and thus have minimal means of damaging the opponent apart from topdecking.

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    That's why including cards like Light Up The Stage (maybe on the sideboard) is always a welcome solution if you're emptying your hand too quickly as a Mono Red player. Still, the priority is still to win by turn 3, 4, or 5 so conceding one of the best-of-three games if that doesn't happen is a viable option to get your footing back up in the next game. Chances are, you're luckier that time.

    Unless you want a Mono Red burn, most Mono Red decks have to rely on creatures. Besides, Burn decks are usually a combination of Red and White, not just the former. With that out of the way, creatures with Haste are paramount to keeping pressure as early as turn 1.

    Monastery Swiftspear or Goblin Guide can make theopponent panic early on. Golbin Guide is also underrated as it lets you see your opponent's topdeck so you can plan ahead or hold off on some attacks depending on the card. One of the newest additions to the Red Deck Wins Haste pool is the Wayward Guide-Beast and it's a good way to annoy your enemy by denying him some lands.

    Apart from Red Deck Wins, another great Mono Red deck setup is centered around Prowess where creatures snowball up with buffs the more noncreature spells you cast. Again, Monastery Swiftspear is the champion in this category as it can easily become a temporary 4/4 creature by turn 2 or 3.

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    Soul Scar Mage is also another Prowess creature that works well in the aforementioned type of Mono Red Deck. On the off-chance that you don't draw them, then at least you can go down the burn route with some of the Mono Red deck staples...

    So which noncreature spells are the most sought-after for Mono Red? Pretty much any red Sorcery, Instant, or even Enchantment that deals 2-3 damage and only costs 1 mana. These cards do most of the heavy-lifting in most Mono Red decks.

    Modern menaces such as Lightning Bolt and Lava Spike are pretty much the cards in question. Skewer the Critics and Rift Bolt are also strong contenders and sometimes get included. In Standard, players have to make do with Shock or just 2-damage spells.

    Sure, 1, 2, or 3 damage every turn doesn't look as threatening as a huge green psuedo-T-Rex or the colorless nonsense of Eldrazi creatures but any player who underestimates Mono Red's attrition damage tends to lose early. That also includes you, never underestimate small red damage.

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    So don't be on the fence about adding creatures like Eidolon of the Great Revel or Leyline of Combustion (on the sideboard). These small damage procs are an investment and before you know it, the opponent is down to single-digits... unless they have a lifegain deck but those aren't that common anyway and for such cases, Skullcrack or Tibalt, Rakish Instigator work wonders.

    But what about those awesome red dragons in MTG that cost 6-7 mana and can end the game after two turns? It's best to ignore those if you're going Mono Red; leave the stompy and hulking creatures to green decks. Dragons and other high-cost red creatures are simply too slow.

    For one, you won't get to bring them out until turn 4, 5, or 6 maybe even later. That is assuming you get a consistent draw of oneland card each turn. Time building up that mana could have been better spent whittling down at the opponent's health incrementally. Besides, big creatures can easily get punted back to the hand or deck or even to exile. Such is the state of Modern.

    The reason why Mono Red decks are so fast? Because they like to keep their mana demands conservative. Most cards cost just 1 mana and are easily played on turn 1. In fact, if they wanted, Mono Red players can keep a deck that has no mana curve and stays flat at just 1-mana.

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    However, there's this pesky control card called Chalice of the Void and it will ruin any low-mana-cost deck. So making your choices varied by including 2-mana cards or even 3-mana makes the deck more resilient against "unfair" control attempts.

    The beauty in Mono Red decks is that the mana curve is low enough to disregard the most common deck-building woe in Magic: The Gathering: land. Most decks keep around 22 to 24 lands, that's more than a third of the deck already. Mono Red decks only need around 18 to 19. Some risky lads even manage at 17 lands.

    This frees up space for more important cards in a Mono Red deck. After all, you need all the damage you can get in an opening hand. You can also include some card draw in the space freed up by shaving off a few Mountains to make the deck less reliant on luck.

    Who says Red Decks can't do a bit of control? One plague of a red card that Wizards of the Coast introduced which favored Mono Red players even more is a wretched enchantment called Blood Moon and it makes all non-basic lands into, well, Mountains.

    It just so happens that most decks in MTG that uses more than one color love to skip the basic lands. This is one of the best options a Mono Red player has against control or fancy midrange decks. It's best to keep it in the sideboard first though, unless you want to make real-life enemies or compel more people to succumb to Mono Red for cheap victories.

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    Transcript: Kamala Harris On US Capitol Attack And Stimulus : Biden Transition Updates – NPR - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers remarks on Jan. 8 as President-elect Joe Biden looks on. The two are set to be inaugurated Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers remarks on Jan. 8 as President-elect Joe Biden looks on. The two are set to be inaugurated Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.

    On Wednesday, Kamala Harris will become the first woman, and the first woman of color, to serve as vice president of the United States.

    Twelve years ago, hundreds of thousands of people filled the National Mall to watch Barack Obama make history as the nation's first Black president.

    But when Harris takes the oath, the mall will very likely be nearly empty.

    A surging pandemic had already led President-elect Joe Biden and Harris to urge supporters to watch the inauguration from home. Now, after a deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump, thousands of National Guard members have been deployed to protect the transfer of power against more violence.

    The brazen attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden and Harris' November election victory was unprecedented. But for Harris, the undercurrents of hate and racism it represented were not.

    "It was the same thing that went through my mind when I saw Charlottesville. I mean, it's the same thing that went through my mind when I saw a picture of Emmett Till," Harris told NPR in an interview Thursday, when asked how she responded to images of the Confederate flag being paraded through the Senate's hallways.

    "Sadly, it is not the first time I have seen a demonstration like what you are describing in the history of our country," she added. "And and it is it is a reminder that we still have a lot of work to do."

    Like Biden, Harris is determined to take the oath of office outside, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, despite security concerns that have led to the garrison of soldiers inside the building for the first time since the Civil War. "I think we cannot yield to those who would try and make us afraid of who we are," she said.

    And, like Biden, Harris is equally determined to move forward with an ambitious legislative agenda despite the fact that the early weeks of their administration will likely also see a second Senate impeachment trial of Trump.

    "We know how to multitask there," Harris said. "We have to multitask, which means, as with anyone, we have a lot of priorities and we need to see them through."

    Harris spoke to NPR on the day Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion rescue package that would expand unemployment benefits, issue another round of direct stimulus payments, spend billions on coronavirus vaccination and testing efforts, and raise the federal minimum wage to $15, among many other provisions.

    The full interview, including Harris' thoughts on last week's attack and the measure she's calling the Biden administration's "highest priority," is below.

    I want to start with last week with the Capitol attack. You were in Washington, D.C. What was that day like from your vantage point?

    It was horrific. It was a day that wherein we witnessed an assault on America's democracy, a day when we witnessed the terror that a few can wreak on so many. And it was probably, you know, it will be in history recorded as one of the worst days in terms of an attack on the integrity of our democracy.

    You are, of course, about to become the first woman of color to serve as vice president, and I'm wondering what went through your mind seeing racist symbols, Confederate flags, parading through the Senate hallways where you've spent the last four years?

    Well, I mean, it was the same thing that went through my mind when I saw Charlottesville. I mean, it's the same thing that went through my mind when I saw a picture of Emmett Till. Sadly, it is not the first time I have seen a demonstration like what you are describing in the history of our country. And and it is it is a reminder that we still have a lot of work to do.

    Looking forward, we currently have troops quartered at the Capitol for the first time since the Civil War, there are more frightening details about last week and future threats coming out every day. But President-elect Biden is insisting that the inauguration go forward as planned on the West Front. Why is it so important to you to stick with the planned ceremony and take the oath outside?

    I think that we cannot yield to those who would try and make us afraid of who we are. We are, for all of our faults and imperfections, we are a nation that was founded on very important principles and guided by extremely important ideals. And we cannot abandon that. We are a work in progress, but we cannot abandon the appreciation that we should all have for the traditions that are symbolic of our commitment to our democracy, which includes a peaceful transfer of power, which includes what we do to bring in one administration after another in a way that is about upholding basic standards, and in particular, those standards as outlined in the Constitution.

    Shifting gears to this proposal that the president-elect laid out, this is a massive bill. It's just short of $2 trillion. Ticking through some of the details $20 billion for vaccinations, $50 billion for expanded testing, $130 billion for schools to reopen safely. If this is passed and signed into law, how quickly can Americans expect to see life to return to normal?

    Let me be very clear that the president-elect and I know this is not going to be easy, but we are putting everything we've got into this, and to deal with it as soon as possible, which is why we're prepared right now to, on day one, push through and get this package, so that it hits the ground and hits the streets and we get relief to the American people.

    And that's why we've called it the American Rescue Plan, because right now we see a lot of folks need to be rescued.

    That's why we have the direct payment. It's gonna supplement the $600 that came in December with another $1,400 for $2,000 [total]. That's why we are expanding SNAP benefits we used to call it food stamps. It's about getting support to hungry people and hungry families. And that's why we are saying that we're going to have community vaccination sites, because we need to support local governments and local leaders, mayors and governors, in terms of what they need to do to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

    We can't tell you that it's all going to be over on a certain date. But I can tell you this, on January 20th, we're hitting the ground running.

    How quickly can this get passed? Democrats have the narrowest of narrow majorities in both chambers.

    Well, let me tell you, it's our highest priority. It is our highest priority.

    And the reality of it is that this pandemic, we all know, does not see political lines. It does not ... care about who you voted for in the last election. In that way, it is an equal opportunity offender. And in red states and blue states throughout the country, we are seeing profound damage in terms of the loss of life, the loss of income, the loss of just, normalcy.

    And we intend to work across party lines to do what is necessary to get this passed. ... The proposal that we are making is very reasonable. It's about doing things like saying, "Hey, we all need and want our kids to get back to school." Those kids could care less who their parents voted for. We are saying, "Let's get assistance to local leaders and local governments to get these vaccinations going," because why? Vaccines once administered in the arm of the people who need it, it will save life. And we hope and we expect and we will work at the kind of compromise and collaboration that is necessary to get this pushed through, because it's just the right thing to do.

    It's your top priority. But there is going to be so much else going on, including now a Senate impeachment trial. So you have not only this bill, you have to confirm the Cabinet through the Senate. There is an impeachment trial. How does that affect everything you're trying to do beyond legislation and confirmations? Just the simple fact that so much of the Biden-Harris campaign was about turning the page on Trump and now he's going to be on trial on the first month of your administration.

    We know how to multitask [laughs]. There's a reason that word exists in the English language. That's what's going to be required. We have to multitask, which means, as with anyone, we have a lot of priorities and we need to see them through.

    I think a lot of people have a lot of questions about the vaccines right now. This proposal has billions of dollars to fund vaccine distribution, but it's not just funding. There are distribution problems, information sharing problems. There are trust problems, supply problems. What can the federal government do immediately in the coming weeks to start to fix these?

    Well, part of it is pass our plan because we are, for example, putting $50 billion into increased testing and tracing, as you mentioned earlier. We need to increase the supply of PPE. And so that is a big part of what we're doing and including using the Defense Production Act, knowing that that's one of the great tools in the toolbelt of a president in times of crisis, a national crisis. And so these are the things that we can do immediately. And I will tell you, the president-elect [and] I have spent a lot of time on the phone and talk with mayors and governors to make sure that we get and bipartisan, by the way, Republicans and Democrats, mayors and governors, to make sure that we get them relief as quickly as possible so that it gets to the people of their cities and states.

    And what are you specifically going to be focusing on in all of this? Of course, when Biden was vice president, he took the lead on that first stimulus package. This is a major stimulus package coming through. Are you going to be a point person in getting it passed or in any of these areas once it starts going to effect, if he does sign it into law?

    Let me tell you something, on every decision that we have made as an incoming administration, we're in the room together, Joe and I, the president-elect and I. And on every, you know, I can't even tell you how many meetings we've been in together that range from this to many other topics that are priorities for us. And so all of the priorities are going to be a priority for me and for the president-elect, obviously. And we're full partners in this process.

    There's a lot of incredibly serious things going on right now. There's a pandemic. There is this attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    What are you going to be thinking about next week when you take the oath of office and you take the oath of office in an incredibly strange Capitol ceremony where the National Mall is going to be ringed by thousands and thousands of soldiers.

    There will be a lot of thoughts going through my mind at that moment.

    I will be thinking about my mother, who is looking down from heaven. I will be thinking about all of the people who are counting on us to lead and are counting on us to see them and to address their needs and the things that keep them up at night. And I'll be thinking about the fact that we have to hit the ground running immediately to support the people of our country, to support the children of our country, and to help get us out of the crises that we're facing, but also to, you know, let's get on and move forward and do the things that will allow us to grow and innovate and prosper.

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    Transcript: Kamala Harris On US Capitol Attack And Stimulus : Biden Transition Updates - NPR

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