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From the National Weather Service for this area...

National Weather Service New York NY
338 AM EST Fri Feb 3 2023


[CT] Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-Southern Middlesex-Southern New London

[NJ] Western Passaic

[NY] Orange-Putnam-Rockland-Northern Westchester-Northeast Suffolk-Southeast Suffolk-


* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 9 AM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes....

sorry for the wall of text, but ....

"Write a trading card game where the players are tax cheats, hiding money and avoiding being imprisoned by IRS Agent Danforth. If Agent Danforth collects enough evidence to put a player in jail, the player has the option to bribe congress members to make the investigation go away."

Object of the Game: The goal of the game is to be the last player standing and have the most money hidden away.

Deck: The deck is made up of 60 cards in three categories: Evidence, Cheat and Action. Evidence cards are used by Agent Danforth to build his case against the players. Cheat cards are used by the players to hide their money. Action cards can be used to help players or hinder Agent Danforth.

Setup: Each player begins with a bank account of 10,000 dollars, a hand of 7 cheat cards and 3 evidence cards. The remaining cards form the draw pile.

Gameplay: On a player's turn they may play cheat cards to hide money, draw cards or play action cards. After playing, the player passes the turn to the next player.

Evidence: Agent Danforth uses evidence cards to build a case against the players. He may play up to 3 evidence cards per turn. When a player has 3 evidence cards of the same type in front of them, Agent Danforth has built a case and the player must discard the evidence cards. If the player has no cheat cards to hide their money, they must pay a fine equal to the amount of money in their bank account. If the player has cheat cards, they can reveal them in an attempt to avoid the fine.

Cheat: Players use cheat cards to hide their money. Cheat cards have different effects, such as moving money from one player to another or hiding money in offshore accounts.

Action: Action cards can be used to help players or hinder Agent Danforth. Examples of action cards include bribing congress members to stop an investigation or using a mole to uncover evidence.

End of Game: The game ends when all players but one have been fined or imprisoned. The remaining player with the most money is the winner of the game.

An update...

Chinese balloon now over central US as Blinken cancels visit

...A huge, high-altitude Chinese balloon sailed across the U.S. on Friday, drawing severe Pentagon accusations of spying and sending excited or alarmed Americans outside with binoculars. Secretary of State Antony Blinken abruptly canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing U..S.-China tensions.

The cancelation came despite China's claim that the balloon was a weather research "airship" that had blown off course. The Pentagon rejected that out of hand " and China's contention that the balloon, about the size of two school buses, was not being used for surveillance and had only limited navigational ability.

The balloon was detected earlier over sensitive military sites in Montana but had moved eastward over the heartland of the central United States by midday and was expected to remain in U.S. airspace for several days, officials said.

The development marked a new blow to already strained U.S.-Chinese relations that have been in a downward spiral for years over numerous issues. Still, U.S. officials maintained that diplomatic channels remain open and that Blinken was willing to travel to China at "an appropriate time."

President Joe Biden declined to comment on the matter when questioned at an economic event. Two 2024 reelection challengers, former President Donald Trump, and Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador, said the U.S. should immediately shoot down the balloon....

Another overview...

America's mind-blowing labor market

I will also want to add my usual... do not look at just one month, but the rolling three-month avergaes. While the rolling three-month average does tend to temper this month's results, the labor market still looks good with that average.

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