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  1. It's not good, I would not want any President to inherit the mess- even if that president had been Hillary Clinton. I would not want any factors to speed up the coming of another financial crisis because it means jobs lost, pensions slashed and lives ruined. It means a whole wave of suffering which I would not wish for anyone; it is NOT something to hope for or get excited about. Those that do get excited about such things are doom-mongers and addicted to calamity- just as long as it doesn't happen to them. It's that whole: it's fun to watch parts of the world burn in the comfort of ones own room. This attitude plagues too many young people. I will admit a few years ago I was one of them. But I wouldn't get your hopes up about a terminal financial crisis. Just because central banks have gone all in doesn't mean there aren't temporary solutions to buy some time. For starters the Federal Reserve could cut interest rates deeply into the negative if there was another financial crisis. Another method to stabilise financial markets is to literally force feed major investors with cash to encourage them to hold onto their assets for longer- this was done in March 2009 when the Financial Crisis reached its climax. What I think is going to happen is that there could be a flair-up, a severe global financial crisis that will last six months maybe a year. It will cost tens of trillions of dollars to fix- remember now the US government must bail out all the derivative markets banks are heavily invested in: forex, mortages, government bonds, etc... https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/10/congressional-budget-big-bank-bailouts Which means the US government debt probably goes up by 5 to 10 trillion in a year or two and will continue exploding upwards. The financial world will be saved again but this time the cost is even worse: government liabilities that will threaten the welfare state due to yet another pension blackhole, negative interest rates which will force everyone with money to invest and from there I can only imagine the situation becoming so strange and weird that what happens next is impossible to tell. What I can see is extremists on both sides of the left-right political spectrum doubling down. The right will blame globalism for the mess and powerful nationalist forces will be unleashed. While at the same time the left will blame capitalism and go full-on Communist/Marxist. Both sides will be wrong since the problem is crony capitalism, amorality, greed and the power of money creation taken away from the government. It will probably be akin to the political fallout which happened after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Mark my words, brutes and tyrants will arise from this.
  2. Replies: Tyberius06: Thank you! JP Schriefer: Thanks! Krasner: That's good to hear. raynev1: These highlights would happened with or without the existence of the Trixies. I guess it is just good timing. will62russ: Ha ha! TekindusT: Thank you! rathefalcon: For a while SC4 was my playpark. mike_oxlong: But there is more, the real highlights (entries 111 to 154) are from 2016 and that's where most of the really good stuff is. kschmidt: Thanks for your comment! Moses Zal: It isn't a mod. There are diagonal and FAR buildings available on the STEX. Akallan: Thank you! The next set of highlights contains many more pictures from that river- the River Faver. Roman_Samudra: Takingyouthere: I think what worked well was that I cranked the NYBT W2W up to 11. _Michael: The end of this CJ is going to happen sometime in the Easter Holidays. Ernestmaxis: My CJ finale will have a very large montage video to wrap everything up. sejr99999: My plugins folder used to be pushing 8.5GB, I also became so familiar with where everything was that I could remember dozens of different patterns and configurations for fillers and lots. Abrams124: Cheers! The trick is that I keep things rather uniform- especially for the fields. I managed to find about a few dozen aesthetically-pleasing MMP field configurations. {---} Highlights from Entries 111 to 120 This is a monster entry with 85 pictures in total, but it does contain some of the best rural scenery I ever created with SC4. If you want to find links and captions then I suggest you start with the actual 112th entry which is Threlkeld and go through the entries until you get to the 119th one. There are links to all sorts in those entries. Anyway, I'm sorry this entry is a bit late. This is because I had two consecutive lesson observations: one last Friday in the afternoon and one today (Monday) in the morning. Also I am keeping the captioning to a minimum- 85 pictures is a lot to caption. Enjoy! NOTE: Fixed the image embedding issue- thank you matias93 for providing the solution. {---} 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. Crop circle. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. Bassenthwaite Reservoir. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. Thirlmere Lake. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. My favourite stretch of rural road. 72. I don't know why but I feel this is the best SC4 rural picture I ever produced. Maybe because it reminds me of the Lake District a bit with the lakes and forests there... 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. And back to Annuq. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. And the final highlighted picture from Annuq. {---} The next set of highlights are the diametric opposite of this entry- urban scenes from the city tile of Garforth.
  3. Great pictures.
  4. Brilliant job with Costco's retail store and the warehouse!
  5. You are out of your mind. Secession and/or civil war in the USA? In a nuclear-armed superpower? California is the only state where the idea of secession could be the most popular, but even then it would never happen due to the consequences. The drug cartels would take over and without the US military or Federal funds California is suddenly the sick state (read poorly) of the North American continent. So the very things keeping the liberal dream alive are what the liberals spit on... But I digress... So relax, Trump is not the pariah the media made out to be and the US system of checks and balances has already kicked in. Also consider that in terms of both domestic and foreign outcomes both Bush and Obama and their respective administrations were rather similar: War on Terror, To Big To Fail, more welfare state, more wars, poor relations with Russia, more government debt... Economically the Obama administration left things unchecked and allowed the biggest economic and financial bubble of all time to grow: student loans, banking derivatives, Federal Reserve intervention, government bonds, US government debt, personal debt, the tech bubble 2.0... In 2009 there was an opportunity to step away from the insanity and restructure banks and change the means of monetary creation. It was utterly squandered and now this bubble is coming close to bursting with the Federal Reserve's interest rate rises- each rise brings us all closer to the end of the most spectacular economic/financial/tech/government/debt bubble mankind has ever witnessed. And guess what? In the US Trump and his administration are the fall-guy; the scapegoats. Mark my words- this raising of interest rates from the Federal Reserve will ensure Trump only has one term. This is the real danger and this is what will cause suffering to tens of millions of people who will lose jobs, pensions and their money. It will bankrupt the welfare state if radical measures aren't taken to change the nature of monetary creation. So the rug has already been pulled out from under Trump's feet. That's what happens when ZIRP lasts for eight years: it helps to blow the mother of all bubbles. After the Dot-com bubble had finished bursting in 2003, the Fed decided to rise interest rates from mid 2004. Three years later and the subprime bubble burst. Four years later and the Financial Crisis of 2008/2009 happened. I kid you not, the first rate hike was in 2016 and I think the time which elapses before this bubble bursts is even less because the bubble is not just subprime, it's in so many other areas too: government debt, tech stocks, student debt, China's excessive building, the EU and the PIIGS, Japan, central bank assets... Globally central banks have gone all in whereas before the financial crisis they had far more options, ammunition and flexibility. The current financial order is coming to an end... Who knows what will replace it...
  6. Tarkus- NAM Champion. This interview also explains that long spell between NAM 32 and NAM 33, it must have been 2014/2015. Tarkus is the guy who will show off every single new flex intersection and road piece on SC4D and still everyone slobbers for more. Good interview!
  7. Replies: Takingyouthere: I believe that after about 110 entries I fully switched the CJ over into the dedicated CJ section. Annuq had many highlights and it holds up very well. But the thing is I went even further with both the quality and the layout, now Annuq had both rural and urban scenes and I really thought I could not go any further at the time. Well I developed my rural skills even more in Faverdale, and I reckon the best-looking urban work was in Garforth; that was my peak. Finally I combined the rural and the urban together in Erinsberg as one complete package. Furthermore Annuq was created in mid 2015, Erinsberg was made in early to mid 2016. Not only was I using filler sets that I once thought would never work (FrankU's parks and plazas for instance or SPAM), but there were new toys available which gave me further options. So Annuq is very good but it's not my best. It was a template for the progression I made last year. JP Schriefer: Thank you! The 2016 highlights simply double down on all that you said. mike_oxlong: It does take time and I had to do it on an industrial scale as I sought to complete a large city tile. {---} Highlights from Entries 101 to 110 From this point on we get to the VERY good stuff: starting from late 2015 in the CJ's history and moving forwards all the way to the present. And it only gets better moving towards the present. Now, most of the entries are from Annuq with a few towards the end from the rural city tile of Faverdale. So enjoy! {---} 1. The heart of Annuq's downtown. Always go full W2W. 2. 3. 4. 5. It was getting to the point where even that small area with the church required about thirty minutes or so to get right. 6. Another overview of Annuq. 7. 8. 9. Annuq's city centre east. 10. 11. rsc204's TGN mod in action. 12. 13. Being from Britain, roundabouts often feature as centrepieces to entrances to industrial and/or retail estates. 14. 15. Annuq's city centre west. 16. This is probably the largest, compact, urban interchange I have ever built. 17. 18. The coolest thing about newer versions of the NAM is the interconnectivity of avenues and the altered MHW. 19. 20. The roundabout of grid-busting. 21. And now moving on to northern areas of Annuq. 22. As much as I love to build cities and create urban environments, I love to create rural areas and agriculture even more. 23. 24. It is in agriculture and rural areas where one can truly grid-bust. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. The greenhouses are from FrankU's farm fields set. 31. Since ionionion's OMCO filling gravel (MMP) has a wide range then it can cover streets and roads with dirt and grit. 32. The factory and large car park surrounded by fields and green areas was an industrial concept I should have explored more. 33. I also started experimenting with MMPs to expand the lots of buildings and ploppable structures. The car park is fully MMP. Inspiration for this came from Fasan's Krokanien MD work. 34. MMPs can also connect lots which are "incomplete" and not "self-contained". 35. 36. 37. A picture taken from Faverdale. The field dominating the picture is my favourite field, I used three MMP layers to create a thick, vibrant flowery look. 38. And back to Annuq. 39. This is in north-western Annuq. 40. Mixing W2W with semi-detached properties and apartments can yield some impressive results. It emulates what is seen in British cities with clumps of semi-detached housing, apartments, terraces and other W2W residential. 41. But while I build in a British way I mix up European, USA and British buildings together. 42. That offset house in the centre is the Stax house. 43. Eastern European Commie blocks are the best. 44. 45. Welcome to Faverdale. 46. Faverdale was the first of three completed city tiles which I made in 2016. 47. 2016 was the year where I worked out to create something reasonably realistic and then ran with it. 48. Faverdale's theme was that of rural settlements and the countryside. I did most of my best and varied MMP work in Faverdale: fields, forests, grassland, rocks, rivers, marshes and agricultural scenes. 49. It was in Faverdale that I heavily used SPAM: fences, buildings and MMPs. I'm glad I used it as it provides much needed agricultural variation. 50. Using one of Bipin's petrol stations. They work well: both in grungy urban environments and in rural ones too. {---} This Friday stayed tuned for more rural delights from Faverdale- which includes some of my most favourite countryside pictures ever.
  8. In Russia Korver builds you.
  9. Special props for sorting out the transit-enabled CTD. It's been the stuff of nightmares trying to cram in TE pieces and- oops it's gone over and ten/fifteen minutes of work have been lost.
  10. So I decided to start this topic to post updates on the war against ISIS. While ISIS has terrorist cells in many Muslim countries around the world: Afghanistan, Libya, Indonesia, etc... It's territory is spread over Syria and Iraq. Most of this territory is desert but in that desert there are many oil wells and gas extraction facilities. ISIS are still selling oil to fund their war efforts and Caliphate, but now they are being pummelled on that front. ISIS is a quasi-government inside a quasi-country. It imposes an extremely strict Sharia law based on the extremes of the Wahhabi ideology. Non-believers must convert to Islam or be either exiled or killed, anyone being homosexual or suspected of homosexuality is executed- no questions asked. Rape and massacres are common-place, Christians are hunted, killed or chased out of their homes. ISIS fight with mercenaries, jihadis who come from around the world, suicide bombers, ATGMs (Anti-tank Guided Missile), VBIED (Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices), tanks, mortars, mines, hell-cannons and jeeps/humvees fitted out with machine guns, AA-guns and other turrets. Various Jihadi groups (known as Jihadists) such as Al-Nursa and Al-Qaeda sometimes coordinate with ISIS, but it should be noted that ISIS are not the only extremist Jihadi/Islamic faction in Syria and Iraq. This fight against ISIS and the Jihadists is really a Muslim world war, it could be said to have started during the Arab Spring in 2011. Since then many millions of people have been displaced from their homes, probably million are dead already. ISIS are losing the fight and the best comparison would be Germany 1944- losing ground on all fronts. I think in a year or two the ISIS caliphate will be no more. /// Anyway here are some videos- R&U Videos is a youtube channel which keeps a track of the various fighting in Syria and Iraq. Please note anything in the spoilers is where viewer discretion is advised. 1. The Iraqi assault on Western Mosul. 2. Jihadists on the offensive. 3. Jihadist boobie traps and IEDs left behind in East Aleppo. 4. Syrian ghost towns.
  11. That is utterly brilliant, and the FA petrol station is such a cool touch.
  12. Thanks; I wouldn't have gotten into grungy industry without your BATs.
  13. Just want to say that right now your Falcon Falls series has some of the best urban design in the Cities: Skylines youtube community.
  14. Replies: _Michael: Thank you! Abrams124: The ABBT buildings have been somewhat obscured, but the BATs are timeless and a must-have for any W2W area. RandyE: Cool! Simmer2: Thanks; it's all about space and what's behind the buildings. mike_oxlong: Cheers! PaleoCardio: I don't use the Lot Editor, so all I can do is improvise and experiment with the plugins I've got. kschmidt: A lot of the buildings were plopped. A lot of the industrial BATs are often early to mid 20th century- which I like. Thanks for your comment! matty575: Thanks! TekindusT: Correction; how to build industrial areas almost two years ago. There are now new toys to play with. Akallan: Thanks! And to answer your question I have two words: NAM 32. This was before the existence of the insane flex-piece wizardry of NAM 35, if I had had NAM 35 two years ago then this interchange would have been very compact. BugeyedDragon: Two links and just two: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2578 and http://www.simcitypolska.pl/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=193. {---} Highlights from Entries 91 to 100 This is a bigger update since I tried to get more highlights from the 100th entry. Now, in these ten entries all the pictures are from Annuq. So prepare for canals, oil refineries, heavy industry, commercial, suburbs, ruins, wasteland and dense W2W areas. On a different note entirely, I have also been recently working on a few small areas to get some fresh pictures for the finale entry- once the highlights are all done. {---} 1. Diggis ponds, MMPs and NBVC's modular oil port. 2. In Annuq I decided to combine canals with industry. 3. City centre. 4. Never go full diagonal! So much time lost... 5. 6. 7. Forestry and ruins. 8. Heblem's legendary Mall del Sur. He released this mall in early 2015 and I believe it is the biggest mall BAT/LOT ever created. 9. And an overview of Annuq itself. This was the first city where I actually checked every building and made sure it fitted. Annuq was my own personal benchmark; at the time I thought I could not go any further but the 2015 SC4D Christmas Calander BATs and LOTs really changed that, so too did Simmer2's and KOSC's custom content work... 10. Dead centre is Annuq's oil refinery. 11. For the oil fields I used Deadwoods oil fields- http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=472. 12. 13. And for the oil refinery buildings (those grey, grimy ones) I used Citynut's Modular Oil Refinery- http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1549. For good measure I combined all of this with NBVC's Modular Oil Port. 14. Throw in T Wreck's IRM IHT fillers and they complement NBVC's oil storage tanks. 15. 16. As I was building Annuq I began to throw in more MMP elements to add some more to the wildness and griminess of industrial areas. 17. The smoke stacks can be found in Bipin's Industrial Essentials. 18. 19. 20. Industrial wasteland. 21. 22. 23. nos. 17's relots of malls and FrankU's warehouses really go well together. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. I chose 5x5 residential plots to expand the size of the city blocks, the idea being to give the impression of larger, sprawling mid-rise suburbs. 30. rsc204's TGN mod in action; grass texture unification. I first used this mod in Annuq; it's very subtle but it changes the whole dynamic of urban areas and green areas inside of urban areas. 31. T Wrecks 5x5 apartment relots in action. 32. Some middle-class mid-rise suburbs. 33. Add in small T-junction street entrances/exits to visually connect RCI lots to road networks. 34. 35. T Wrecks W2W IRM in action. 36. W2W IRM is great for mid-rise industry located in residential/commercial areas. It can also be used to create large city blocks; infill them with T Wrecks IRM fillers. 37. Who said vanilla SC4 industry had no place in cities? See centre-right! 38. One of my favourite intersections in Annuq. Count up how many street entrances there are to buildings and car parks. 39. This is KingOfSimCity's Lakeside Place relot- the massive office building. 40. 41. One of the trickier things to design is W2W building variety and suitable back alleyways. 42. The blue glass building is Xyloxadoria's London Bridge Quarter Place 1; a fantastic mid-rise commercial BAT. Even better it is squat and chunky and those kinds of commercial BATs are hard to come across. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. And back to the industry. 49. In early/mid 2015 I started combining fillers, MMPs, diagonal buildings, fencing and ruins to give a more dynamic and grungy feel to industrial areas. It's a type of industrial SC4 haute cuisine. 50. 51. 52. The Chelsea Mills Grain Elevator- http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1367. A VERY cool industrial building and lot! It has both railways and canal sections! 53. 54. The remains of two levelled factories- sure would draw Trump's ire! But seriously this sort of thing can be seen across the northeast of England. 55. Since the start of the new millennium a lot of these wasteland sites have been redeveloped in the northeast: they are now housing, shops, supermarkets or leisure facilities. 56. My first foray into lumber and the timber industry. 57. 58. 59. {---} The rest of the highlights are from 2016 with a small remainder from Annuq, I posted 47 entries last year so there will be six more highlight entries and then the finale. To be fair the 2016 entries are the real highlights of this CJ; so stayed tuned for some SC4 magic. {---} Bonus: These pictures and many more will be included in the finale of this CJ. No Lot Editor was used.