On Sunday, a record-breaking 8 million people watched live on YouTube as Felix Baumgartner jumped off a tiny capsule more than 128,000 feet above Earth. The Austrian daredevil broke several more records in his successful Red Bull-sponsored stunt, including becoming the first person ever to break the sound barrier in freefall. Boom, indeed.
In addition to achieving Mach 1 on the exact 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager's historic sound-barrier-breaking flight, Fearless Felix also broke records for the highest freefall and the highest manned balloon flight. Because he started to go into a flat spin just after four minutes into the flight, Baumgartner deployed his drogue (a multi-stage parachute) a bit earlier than planned, so he did not break the record for longest freefall — that’s still held by project mentor Colonel Joe Kittinger.
However, the early deployment allowed Baumgartner to get out of the spin and, after 9:09 minutes, land in the New Mexico desert on his feet in a gracefully executed run. The skydiver then sank to his knees and raised his arms overhead in a victory salute, before taking off his helmet and flashing a big grin.
The bravery — or craziness — needed to accomplish such a stunt is epic; just thinking about the view Baumgartner had from his capsule, looking down at the planet like a globe is breathtaking. To honor the man and the mission, we present a just-crazy-enough space jump cocktail: the Fearless Felix Flip.
The Fearless Felix Flip was created by mix master extraordinaire Colin Shearn, who previously managed nationally renowned Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia (featured in Food & Wine, Playboy, Esquire, Wall Street Journal). Shearn is now bar manager of the new St. Charles Exchange in Louisville, Ky., where he put in some research and came up with this recipe.
Describing the drink, he says, "A brave man deserves a brave drink! An OUNCE of bitters? What the hell is Green Chartreuse? An egg? Absinthe? All crazy talk. Only Felix could pull this one off. The champagne of course is to celebrate the fact that you're still alive." Shake one up and raise a glass to Fearless Felix!
Click here for the Fearless Felix Flip cocktail recipe.
— Danya Henninger, The Drink Nation
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The 65 Best Netflix Original Shows [March 2021]
William Sattelberg William has been with TechJunkie since 2017, writing about smartphones, games, streaming media, and anything else that technology touches in our current age. He also works as a video producer, writing and recording scripts for our video team and editing videos for TechJunkie's YouTube channel. William graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2016 with a degree in Video Production, and lives in Buffalo, NY. Read more March 2, 2021
When Netflix was founded in 1997, it was impossible to foresee where the company would end up. Initially offered as a way to rent movies through the mail for just 50 cents, the service struggled in its early years to outgrow the competition. Blockbuster was still enjoying the period of late VHS and early DVD selections, prior to cheap on-demand rentals through internet-based storefronts like Amazon and iTunes. In 2002, Redbox was founded with funding from McDonald&rsquos, which began to make instant, cheap DVD rentals a whole lot easier than waiting for your movie through the mail. It wasn&rsquot until 2007 that Netflix found the idea that would make them as big as they are today: instant video streaming, given as a side benefit to the traditional DVD-by-mail subscription fee.
Since then, well, you probably know the rest of the story. Netflix still offers a DVD plan, but the company truly is the streaming platform on the web, managing to stand in front of competition like Hulu and Amazon. More importantly, of course, is Netflix&rsquos innovation and push into original content. Starting with House of Cards in 2013, Netflix began purchasing and distributing original content both made for the online network and picked up from other sources (like separate companies or international offerings). Outside the US, Netflix even made a deal to distribute all CW shows on the platform. It&rsquos all become part of Netflix&rsquos quest to become the next HBO, a big undertaking for what started as a simple DVD-rental company.
Of course, with the success of Netflix also comes an obvious problem. Unlike a traditional network, or even a pay-cable channel like HBO, Netflix can essentially create unlimited amounts of content to air, since it&rsquos always on. It becomes difficult, then, to know what to watch next, a problem solved only by looking up full lists of what the network has created and distributed. Though all Netflix Originals are marked as such, there are different levels to how original their programming actually is. Some shows, like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, are entirely created by Netflix, designed and commissioned by the company to stream on the platform all around the world. Other shows are co-developed with international partners, or based off pre-existing properties that have had to leave their original networks for whatever reason.
We&rsquove chosen to focus mainly on the original Netflix content developed by the network, but thanks to some incredible options offered by Netflix, we&rsquove included a few co-developed and international offerings you must see. Also, this list is mostly aimed at teenagers or adults. Netflix has a lot of family-friendly content, but if you&rsquore looking for the next best show to watch on your own, you&rsquoll probably be happy with what&rsquos offered below. In no particular order, these are the best Netflix Original series you can watch right now. Let&rsquos dive in!
Universal's Volcano Bay Overview and Theming
Kia'Ora! Welcome. We couldn't help but be drawn into the story behind this water theme park with a huge volcano at its center. It begins with the native islanders who discovered Volcano Bay, the Waturi. As the legend goes, the Waturi traveled the ocean, searching for the Kunuku. This mythical fish guided the Waturi to Volcano Bay. Upon finding this island paradise, the Waturi made it their home — adding in all kinds of slides and experiences that used and celebrated water.
If the backstory is any indication, this isn't your typical water park. Universal is calling Volcano Bay its "third gate," a water theme park. The powers that be have poured in the same level of detail, storytelling and immersion for Volcano Bay as they did with Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Universal wants you to feel as though you've just discovered this island paradise and won't ever want to leave. There are thoughtful details that transcend the typical water park experience.
Families will especially appreciate the conveniences of family restrooms scattered around the park that include private, roll-in showers. There is also ample seating and umbrellas in the sand at most rides' end, multiple bathrooms and multiple life jacket locations. These seemingly little details make for a much more relaxing theme and water park experience. There is also TapuTapu. This free, wearable device allows guests to virtually queue and more (but you do have to give it back before you leave!).
The Island of the Idols is nearly upon us, the pre-season has finally commenced in earnest and with it Rob Cesternino is helping us prepare for the game ahead. And finally, I’ve been able to convince him to drop by and collaborate on our coverage.
While I will defend Jenna Morasca’s win until my dying breath, Rob without a doubt is in the top tier of Survivor players and along with Cirie is the one true answer for the best player to never win. Unless you factor in Australian Survivor, in which case you can loop in Queen Shonee because she is a bloody icon.
Rob’s dominance in Amazon truly changed the entire way people played the game – watch out 80% of the Game Changers cast – and without him, I honestly don’t think Survivor would still be on the air. So basically, we should all be grateful to the podcaster extraordinaire.
Like me Rob believes that Sandra will own the statue island, while Janet and Elaine will battle it out for the status of number one icon of the season. And that Tom is going to flame out spectacularly at his second tribal council. I don’t know why, it just feels right. Though maybe it is the Rob Cestroynino talking.
While a rob roy brings up memories of the terrifyingly boring film – to tween Ben, at least – of the same name, the drink is something that I will never pass up. A classic combination of whiskey and vermouth with the punch of bitters and the sweet addition of cherry? Swoon.
2 shots scotch
1 shot dry vermouth
a splash of bitters
2 maraschino cherries, to garnish
ice, to serve
Combine everything but the cherries in a cocktail shaker.
Shake. Pour in an iced glass. Garnish with cherries.
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As summer comes to an official close, it seems to be getting hotter and hotter in Alabama. (Some things must get worse before they get better.) Luckily for us, The Factory Café has concocted the perfect late summer cocktail to keep us cool through the last of these sweltering days. This cocktail was served at our most recent Supper Club.
1 bottle rosé
1 bottle Prosecco
2 whole peaches
6 dried juniper berries
Remove the skin and pits of both peaches. Cut one peach into 16 equal slices and purée the second peach in a blender with one tablespoon of water until smooth.
Combine the rosé, peach slices, peach purée, and whole juniper berries. Chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
In a wine glass, add 2 slices of peach to 3 ounces of the rosé mixture. Top off the glass with chilled Prosecco.
1985–1994: Early history
Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope) met in Oak Park, a suburb on the north border of Detroit, Michigan. Along with Utsler's brother, John, and friend, Lacy, they wrestled in backyard rings that they had built themselves.  They also listened to hip hop music, including 3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, N.W.A and local rappers like Awesome Dre.  In 1989, Joseph Bruce as Jagged Joe, Joseph Utsler as Kangol Joe and John Utsler as Master J, released the single titled "Party at the Top of the Hill" under the name of JJ Boys, but the group did not pursue a serious career in music.  Poverty and a difficult home life drove Bruce to move in with Rudy "The Rude Boy" Hill in River Rouge, a city near the industrial southwest side of Detroit. 
Feeling a sense of home and belonging, Bruce formed a gang called Inner City Posse, which was composed of Joseph Utsler, Rudy Hill, other friends of Bruce, and a number of other connections he had made in Southwest Detroit.  Bruce was jailed for ninety days in 1989–1990 for death threats, robbery, and violating probation  this experience convinced him to reduce his involvement in gang life.  Bruce began his professional wrestling career after getting out of jail, and it was at his first show that he met Rob Van Dam and Sabu, two other first-timers with whom he became very good friends.  During this time Bruce brought Utsler backstage with him, and all four became close friends.
Bruce became frustrated with the backstage politics of the wrestling business and began searching for another career.  Back on the streets, Bruce, Utsler and Utsler's brother John performed hip hop music at local night clubs, using the stage names Violent J, 2 Dope, and John Kickjazz, under the name of their gang, Inner City Posse.  Seeing a need for a manager, Bruce's brother Robert recommended his friend and record store owner Alex Abbiss, who established the Psychopathic Records record label with the group in 1991. Later that year the group released the self-produced EP entitled Dog Beats. 
Local radio broadcasters were reluctant to play the EP's single, "Dog Beats", because Inner City Posse's members were white.  While trying to get stations to play the single, Bruce learned that one of the stations he and Abbiss visited would be interviewing local rapper Esham, who Bruce considered to be a "superstar" Bruce had recently begun to collect Esham's albums, as he had done with other local rappers by the time he had discovered Esham, the rapper had released two full-length albums and three EPs.  Bruce met Esham for the first time at the station and praised him. Esham wished Bruce well and Bruce gave the rapper a copy of Dog Beats this began the friendship and professional relationship between Psychopathic Records and Esham's label, Reel Life Productions.  Growing popularity in the local music scene turned negative for the group's gang, which became the target of growing violence. After receiving jail sentences, the group members abandoned gang life. 
In late 1991, the group had the problem of having spent more money on production than was covered by returns. The group decided that its gangsta rap style was the cause: most emcees at the time used similar styles, making it difficult for Inner City Posse to distinguish itself stylistically.  Referring to local rapper Esham's horrorcore style, Bruce suggested the band adapt this genre, in a bid to have Detroit represent acid rap, much as Los Angeles represented gangsta rap. The group agreed, but not to copying the style of Esham closely. Instead, they suggested using horror-themed lyrics as an emotional outlet for all their negative life experiences. They were also unanimous in deciding not to rap openly about Satan, which Esham often did. 
After the change in musical style, the group decided it needed a new name. Utsler suggested keeping the "I.C.P." initials to inform the community that Inner City Posse was not defunct.  Several names were considered before Bruce recalled his dream of a clown running around in Delray, which became the inspiration for the group's new name: Insane Clown Posse. The group decided they would all don face paint due to the success of their former clown-painted hype man.  Upon returning home that night, Bruce says he had a dream in which "spirits in a traveling carnival appeared to him"—an image that would become the basis for the Dark Carnival mythology detailed in the group's Joker's Cards series. 
1992–2004: First Joker Card Deck
1992–1993: Carnival of Carnage era
The group began recording their debut album, Carnival of Carnage, with producer Chuck Miller. After recording only three songs for $6,000 with Miller, Alex Abbiss made his first major managerial move by finding another producer, Mike E. Clark.  The group finished recording the album with Clark, who continued to work with them throughout their career. The album featured appearances from local rappers, including Esham and Kid Rock.  Just weeks prior to the release of their album, John left the group because he felt that it was "taking up too much of [his] life".  When Bruce and Utsler attempted to call a meeting to talk about the issues, John did not attend. 
Carnival of Carnage was released on October 18, 1992, with distribution within a 120-mile (190 km) radius of Detroit.  Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine compared the group's performance on the album to "a third-rate Beastie Boys supported by a cut-rate Faith No More, all tempered with the sensibility that made Gwar cult heroes—only with. more sexism and jokes that. wind up sounding racist".  The follow-up EP, Beverly Kills 50187, sold well and gained a larger audience. Beverly Kills 50187 featured Greez-E, a fan that the ICP met earlier that year, as a replacement for John Kickjazz.  During a live performance of the song "The Juggla", Bruce addressed the audience as Juggalos, and the positive response resulted in the group using the word thereafter.  Greez-E left the band after the EP was released.  The word has been the subject of criticism from both Ben Sisario of Rolling Stone and Allmusic's Erlewine, who suggested the term is similar to the racial slur jigaboo.  
1994: Ringmaster era
The group's second studio album, Ringmaster, was released on March 8, 1994, and its popularity enabled the group to sell out larger nightclubs across Detroit.  Because Bruce and Utsler made reference to the Detroit-produced soft drink Faygo in their songs, they "figured it would be cool to have some on stage with [them]".  During a concert in 1993, Bruce threw an open bottle of Faygo at a row of concertgoers who were giving them the finger. After receiving a positive response, Bruce and Utsler have since continued to spray Faygo onto audiences.  A subsequent national tour increased sales of the album,  earning Ringmaster a gold certification.  The group's second EP, The Terror Wheel, was released on August 5, 1994. One of the songs from the EP, "Dead Body Man", received considerable local radio play.  The same year marked their first "Hallowicked" concert, which has since continued annually on Halloween night in Detroit. 
1995–1996: Riddle Box era
In 1995, Bruce and Utsler attempted to obtain a contract with a major record label. The duo eventually signed a contract with the short-lived Jive Records sub-label Battery Records,  which released the group's third studio album, Riddle Box, on October 10, 1995.  After Battery/Jive Records showed little interest in promoting the album, Insane Clown Posse funded the promotion of Riddle Box independently. This effort led the group to Dallas, Texas, where it persuaded several music retail stores to stock the album. Sales averaged 1,500 copies per week as a result. 
1997–1998: The Great Milenko era
Manager Alex Abbiss negotiated a contract with the Disney-owned label Hollywood Records, which reportedly paid $1 million to purchase the Insane Clown Posse contract from Battery/Jive/BMG Records.  The group started recording its fourth studio album, The Great Milenko, in 1996, during which Disney requested that the tracks "The Neden Game", "Under the Moon", and "Boogie Woogie Wu" be removed. Disney also asked that the lyrics of other tracks be changed, threatening to not release the album otherwise.   Bruce and Utsler complied with Disney's requests, and planned to go on a national tour with House of Krazees and Myzery as their opening acts. 
During a music store autograph signing, Insane Clown Posse was notified that Hollywood Records had recalled the album within hours of its release,  despite having sold 18,000 copies and reaching No.63 on the Billboard 200.   The group was also informed that its in-store signings and nationwide tour had been canceled, commercials for the album and the music video for "Halls of Illusions" (which had reached No. 1 on The Box video request channel) were pulled from television, and that the group was dropped from the label.  It was later revealed that Disney was being criticized by the Southern Baptist Convention at the time because of Disney's promotion of "Gay Days" at Disneyland, in addition to presiding over the gay-themed television sitcom Ellen.  The Convention accused Disney of turning its back on "family values".  Although Abbiss told the press that Disney had stopped production of The Great Milenko to avoid further controversy, Disney claimed instead that the release of the album was an oversight by their review board, and that the album "did not fit the Disney image" because of its "inappropriate" lyrics,  which they claimed were offensive to women. 
After the termination of the Hollywood Records contract, Insane Clown Posse signed a new contract with Island/PolyGram Records, which agreed to release the album as intended.   Entertainment Weekly music critic David Browne gave the record a C-minus rating: "[With] its puerile humor and intentionally ugly metal-rap tunes, the album feels oddly dated".  The Great Milenko was certified platinum with over 1.7 million copies sold.  One of the group's first projects with Island Records was an hour-long documentary titled Shockumentary, which aired on MTV. The station initially refused to play the documentary, but Island Records persuaded them to air it as a personal favor.  Shockumentary helped increase album sales from 17,000 to 50,000 copies per week.  Island also rereleased the group's first two albums, as well as a 2-CD compilation album composed of rare songs and demos titled "Forgotten Freshness Vol. 1".
Two days after the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) program, Insane Clown Posse began its rescheduled nationwide tour with House of Krazees and Myzery. Their first concert, held in Orlando, Florida, was hand-picked by Insane Clown Posse and free to the public.  Halfway through the tour, Brian Jones of House of Krazees had a falling out with his band members. Jones left the group, forcing House of Krazees to quit the tour.  The success of the tour enabled Bruce and Utsler to purchase new houses both for each other and for their families.  Bruce even told his mother to quit her job because he would pay her expenses. 
In late 1997, Bruce took Myzery to St. Andrew's Hall. Eminem, then an unknown local emcee, approached Bruce and, according to Bruce, handed him a flyer advertising the release party for the Slim Shady EP. The flyer read, "Featuring appearances by Esham, Kid Rock, and ICP (maybe)".  Bruce asked why Eminem was promoting a possible Insane Clown Posse appearance without first contacting the group. Bruce said that Eminem explained, "It says 'maybe.' Maybe you will be there I don't know. That's why I'm asking you right now. You guys comin' to my release party, or what?"  Bruce, upset over not being consulted, responded, "Fuck no, I ain't coming to your party. We might have, if you would've asked us first, before putting us on the fuckin' flyer like this."  Bruce reported that Eminem attacked the group in radio interviews. Bruce and Utsler first responded by referring to Eminem's alter ego as "Slim Anus" on "85 Bucks An Hour" from Twiztid's 1997 debut, Mostasteless, and later in 1999 releasing a parody of Eminem's "My Name Is" entitled "Slim Anus". Eminem later released a skit on his album The Marshall Mathers LP depicting the members of Insane Clown Posse having sex with the fictional homosexual Ken Kaniff. In the skit, Kaniff asks Shaggy 2 Dope to "say my name." When Shaggy replies "Eminem," Kaniff is angered and leaves. Barbs between Insane Clown Posse and Eminem continued until the feud was ended in 2005 by hip hop group D12 and Psychopathic Records.  
The House of Horrors Tour
One month after ICP's Strangle-Mania Live, Insane Clown Posse began their second nationwide tour, "The House of Horrors Tour", with Myzery added as one of the opening acts. While searching for the second opening act, Bruce received a telephone call at his home from former House of Krazees members Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who told Bruce that the group was officially disbanded and asked to be on the tour.  Spaniolo and Methric provided a demo tape containing three songs: "2nd Hand Smoke", "Diemotherfuckdie", and "How Does It Feel?"  Bruce was extremely impressed, and immediately had a contract drafted with Psychopathic Records for the new group to sign. Bruce, Spaniolo, and Methric agreed on the band name Twiztid. The House of Horrors Tour thus featured Insane Clown Posse, with opening groups Twiztid, Myzery, and Psycho Realm. 
On November 16, 1997, Bruce was arrested on an aggravated battery charge after allegedly striking an audience member thirty times with his microphone at a concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bruce was held for four hours before being released on $5,000 bail.  The January 1998 issue of Spin magazine ran a four-page cartoon lampooning Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos, claiming that the group was offensive "not for their obscenity, but for their stupidity". Spin likened Insane Clown Posse's stage act to "a sort of circus karaoke" and portrayed the group's fans as overweight suburbanites. On the group's website, Bruce responded to the article by stating, "I could give a fuck less". 
After a show in Indianapolis, Insane Clown Posse's tour bus stopped at a Waffle House in Greenfield, Indiana. When a customer began to harass Spaniolo and Bruce, a fight broke out between the customer and all of the bands' members.  Months later on June 4, 1998, Bruce and Utsler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges (reduced from battery) in an Indiana court and were fined $200 each. Members of Twiztid, Myzery, and Psycho Realm were charged with battery.  The group's tour was briefly derailed in January 1998, when their tour bus drifted off a highway and down an embankment, leaving Frank Moreno of Psycho Realm with a concussion. As a result of the accident, Insane Clown Posse postponed two shows scheduled for Cleveland, Ohio, on January 22 and 23, but honored their promise to perform on January 25 and 26.  They face a lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment.  [ needs update ]
1999: The Amazing Jeckel Brothers era
On April 19, 1998, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bruce suffered a panic attack during a performance and was carried off stage.  Bruce, who later recalled being completely "out of it",  found scissors and cut off his dreadlocks.  After suffering another panic attack once he returned home, Bruce opted to spend three days in a Michigan mental health program.  Insane Clown Posse later cancelled the last two weeks' worth of dates on its United States tour,  but subsequently launched their first European tour.  
By late 1998 over one million copies of The Great Milenko had been sold,  and Insane Clown Posse was ready for its fifth album, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. Working with Mike E. Clark and Rich "Legz Diamond" Murrell, Bruce and Utsler developed their album with the highest of hopes. The group was known nationally, but were not taken very seriously. Hoping to receive the respect Bruce and Utsler felt they deserved, they planned to feature well-known, respected rappers on their album.  Bruce stated outright that he wanted to involve Snoop Dogg and Ol' Dirty Bastard. They paid Snoop Dogg $40,000 to appear on the song "The Shaggy Show". Snoop Dogg also helped them contact Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was paid $30,000 for his appearance. Ol' Dirty Bastard recorded his track in a matter of two days however, his recording consisted of nothing more than him rambling about "bitches".  It took Bruce and Utsler a week to assemble just four rhymes out of his rambling, and had to re-record the track and title it "Bitches".  Finally, Insane Clown Posse contacted Ice-T, who charged them only $10,000.  The group felt that Ice-T's song did not belong on the album, and was instead released on a later album, Psychopathics from Outer Space. 
To help increase their positive publicity, the group hired the Nasty Little Man publicity team.  The team set up a photo shoot for Insane Clown Posse that was to appear on the cover of Alternative Press magazine in Cleveland. On the set of the photo shoot, a member of the publicity team approached Bruce and explained that in the song "Fuck the World", the lyric that stated "Fuck the Beastie Boys and the Dalai Lama" needed to be changed.  Insulted, Bruce exclaimed that his music would not be censored again—referring to Disney's previous requirement for censorship.  Nasty Little Man told Bruce that the Beastie Boys were not only clients of the company but also personal friends, and the Beastie Boys told the company to make Bruce change the lyric.  In response, Bruce fired Nasty Little Man and asked its team to leave the photo shoot. 
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers was released on May 25, 1999, and reached No. 4 on the Billboard album charts,  and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.  Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a "four out of five stars" rating, stating that "[Insane Clown Posse] actually delivered an album that comes close to fulfilling whatever promise their ridiculous, carnivalesque blend of hardcore hip-hop and shock-metal had in the first place".  Rolling Stone writer Barry Walters gave the album a "two out of five stars" rating, writing that "no musical sleight of hand can disguise the fact that Shaggy and J remain the ultimate wack MCs".  At the same time as The Amazing Jeckel Brothers ' release, Island Records merged with Def Jam Records. It quickly became apparent to Bruce and Utsler that Def Jam Records had no interest in them.  Eminem, who had begun to gain mainstream success, insulted Insane Clown Posse in interviews, tours, and the song "Till Hell Freezes Over". 
Big Money Hustlas
On Insane Clown Posse's previous tour (The House of Horrors Tour), they had watched the movie Big Ballers.  The group, as well as Twiztid, loved the video. After Insane Clown Posse finished its The Amazing Jeckel Brothers album, Bruce and Utsler decided to create their own movie, Big Money Hustlas, with the same low-budget comedy style as Big Ballers. Island Records gave them $250,000 to begin work on the movie.  Bruce and Utsler were contacted by John Cafiero, who said that he was a fan of Insane Clown Posse, and offered to direct the movie.  Insane Clown Posse asked Mick Foley to appear in the movie as "Cactus Sac", a parody of his "Cactus Jack" persona. Cafiero retained the Misfits, Fred Berry, and, at Bruce's request, Harland Williams.  The script was written by Bruce, and filmed in New York City.  Bruce played a crime boss and Utsler portrayed a police detective.   The stage crew members, who showed their dislike for Insane Clown Posse, were a source of contention. Despite the crew striking twice, the movie was filmed in two months. 
While on "The Asylum In-store Tour", Bruce and Utsler were informed by Abbiss that they were offered $100,000 to perform at Woodstock '99.  They were excited about the offer, as it indicated their impact on the music industry. Some people perceived participating in Woodstock '99 was a sell-out for the group however, Bruce and Utsler disagreed. As Bruce explains, "[Woodstock] sold out the mainstream style for us! Woodstock never came to us and asked us to change one fuckin' thing about us or our show! They wanted ICP just as ICP is, and nothing else. If that ain't fresh, then I don't know what the fuck is!". 
Amazing Jeckel Brothers Tour troubles
After Woodstock 1999, Insane Clown Posse began its "Amazing Jeckel Brothers Tour", along with musicians Biohazard, Krayzie Bone, Twiztid, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Coal Chamber.  Biohazard, Mindless Self Indulgence, Krayzie Bone, and Twiztid were well received by audiences  however, Coal Chamber was not. Insane Clown Posse fans were not purchasing tickets, as they did not like Coal Chamber.  For the three shows that Coal Chamber played, there were multiple ticket refunds.  Bruce and his brother, Rob, made the decision to eliminate Coal Chamber from the tour. After doing so, there were no tickets returned for the remainder of the tour dates.  Bruce and Utsler claimed that Coal Chamber had been removed from the tour because of equipment problems, but later revealed the true reason for their actions on The Howard Stern Show, which aired August 19, 1999.  Bruce continued by saying, "Nobody will tell you that, because everybody's afraid of your crumpet-ass bitch manager".  Later that night, Stern contacted Bruce and Utsler, asking them to appear on his show the following day to talk with Coal Chamber's manager, Sharon Osbourne. 
Before the show went on air, Osbourne bet Bruce and Utsler $50,000 that Insane Clown Posse's next album would not even sell 200,000 copies—a bet that Bruce accepted.  On air Osbourne informed Bruce and Utsler that Coal Chamber filed a lawsuit for breach of contract.  Osbourne stated that her group was to receive $12,500 per show for a scheduled two-month package tour. Bruce reiterated that Coal Chamber's music did not appeal to Insane Clown Posse fans, and that ticket refunds decreased after Coal Chamber had been removed from the tour.  Osbourne then made public the bet with Bruce about Insane Clown Posse's next album, also stating that the duo would be subsequently dropped from their distributor. In Osbourne's words, "You're dead. Your career is over."  Bruce predicted that the group's next album would sell at least 500,000 copies  however, the bet officially stood at 200,000 copies as agreed by both Bruce and Osbourne backstage. 
2000–2001: Bizaar and Bizzar era
On January 10, 2000, Utsler collapsed on stage during a performance at the House of Blues in Chicago and was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was diagnosed with flu-related symptoms and abnormally low blood sugar. As a result of the incident, the following week's concert dates were rescheduled.  In June 2000, Eminem physically attacked Douglas Dail, an Insane Clown Posse affiliate, threatening him with a gun in the parking lot of a car audio store in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Eminem pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for two years probation and a $10,000 fine.  In July 2000, Bruce and Utsler staged the first annual Gathering of the Juggalos at the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Michigan.  Described by Bruce as a "Juggalo Woodstock", the Gathering of the Juggalos was a three-day music festival that featured wrestling, games, seminars, contests, sideshows, and performances by all Psychopathic Records' artists.  Also featured at the event were Vampiro—who both wrestled and performed—Project Born, and Kottonmouth Kings.  On July 18, 2000, Big Money Hustlas was released direct-to-video. 
After the Gathering of the Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse set out to release its sixth and seventh studio albums—Bizaar and Bizzar—as a double album. While recording the albums, the duo had a fallout with long-time producer Mike E. Clark.  Bizaar and Bizzar were the last complete albums Clark would produce with Insane Clown Posse until his return in 2007. Bruce and Utsler flew to Denver, Colorado to add the finishing touches to the albums.  Bizaar and Bizzar were released on October 31, 2000, peaking at #20 and No. 21, respectively, on the Billboard 200.   In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Ben Sisario wrote that the albums "qualify as ICP's masterworks of both merchandising and music". Both albums were given a "three out of five stars" rating.  The combined sales were around 400,000 copies, exceeding the bet placed previously with Sharon Osbourne Osbourne did not come through with payment for having lost the bet. 
Two music videos were released from the albums: "Tilt-a-Whirl," from Bizaar, and "Let's Go All The Way", a cover of a Sly Fox song from Bizzar. MTV agreed to play "Let's Go All The Way" on their network, airing it once in the late evening.  Bruce and Utsler decided to bombard Total Request Live (TRL) with requests for the video.  While on their "Bizaar Bizzar Tour", Insane Clown Posse posted on its website that December 8 was the day for their fans request the video. Bruce and Utsler named that day "The Mighty Day of Lienda," meaning "The Mighty Day of All or Nothing".  On December 8, Rudy Hill, Robert Bruce, Tom Dub, and six other Psychopathic Records employees and friends drove down to New York City.
They were met by nearly 400 Insane Clown Posse fans standing outside in front of the TRL studio window, all with signs supporting the duo.  Thirty minutes before the show began, Viacom security guards and New York City police officers were dispatched to remove all the fans from the sidewalk.  When some fans, including Robert Bruce, refused to move because it was a public street and no other individuals were asked to move, they were assaulted.  All telephone requests for the video to be played were ignored, and Insane Clown Posse was never mentioned during the show.  MTV later informed Island Records that the heads of the network must choose the band first before it can become eligible to be featured on TRL. 
Bruce and Utsler left Island Records, signing a contract with D3 Entertainment to distribute every release on Psychopathic Records, which would remain independently funded, produced, and recorded.  Insane Clown Posse had their own studio built, called "The Lotus Pod".  In the spring of 2001, Insane Clown Posse's road manager William Dail was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska, for allegedly choking a man who waved an Eminem T-shirt in front of the band. Dail was charged for misdemeanor assault and battery. The charges were reduced to a $100 fine after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.  
The second Gathering of the Juggalos was held from July 13–15 at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio.  The event featured the same activities as the first Gathering of the Juggalos, as well as guests such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Vanilla Ice, and Three 6 Mafia.  On June 15, 2001, Bruce was arrested in Columbia, Missouri for an outstanding warrant in St. Louis stemming from an incident in February 2001. That incident involved Insane Clown Posse allegedly attacking employees of a St. Louis radio station over disparaging remarks that a disc jockey made on the air. The police used several squad cars to detain Bruce, Utsler, and two associates a few miles from a venue where the group had completed a concert. Bruce was transferred to St. Louis the following day and released on bail without charge on June 18. 
2002–2003: The Wraith: Shangri-La era
The face of the sixth Joker's Card is "The Wraith", a personification of Death. The card features two "exhibits", Shangri-La and Hell's Pit, each of which would be given its own album.  On November 5, 2002, Insane Clown Posse released their eighth studio album, The Wraith: Shangri-La, which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums chart.  The album was notable for its explicit acknowledgment of ICP's belief in God.
Ben Sisario criticized the album in the Rolling Stone Album Guide, writing that "the whole thing was some bland divine plan" and asking, "Is this man's final dis of God, or His of us?"  Some critics perceived the spiritual element of the storyline to be a joke or stunt. Allmusic writer Bradley Torreano wrote that "Even if it is a joke, it isn't a funny one, or even a clever one."  In September 2003, Insane Clown Posse was voted the worst band of any musical genre in Blender, with The Wraith: Shangri-La named as the group's worst album.  However, the magazine also gave the album a positive review for its "charming, good-natured idiocy". 
According to Bruce, "Some people might've been upset [by spiritual themes in The Wraith: Shangri-La], but through our eyes all we did was touch a lot of people. We definitely wanted it to be something everlasting. Maybe a 19-year-old might not understand or like that ending now. But later, when he has four kids, he might think, 'That was the shit.'"  Following the release of The Wraith: Shangri-La, Bruce and Utsler signed a new contract with Sony BMG's RED Distribution and launched the Psychopathic Europe record label. 
The duo went on the 75-date "Shangri-La World Tour", where they performed across the United States, Australia, and Europe.  While in Australia, customs confiscated all the group's Faygo, assuming that they were bringing it for commercial purposes. Insane Clown Posse tried to explain that they are performers and that the soda was part of their act, but were still unable to use the Faygo and forced to use a different form of soda for their Australian tour.
2004: The Wraith: Hell's Pit era
Following the release of The Wraith: Shangri-La, Bruce admitted that he was considering not completing the production of Hell's Pit. He is quoted as describing Shangri-La as "the end of the road. It's the end of the Joker's Cards. After this I could do anything I want, for the rest of my life. The positivity was so unbelievable".  On August 31, 2004, Insane Clown Posse released their ninth studio album, Hell's Pit, the second exhibit of The Wraith, intended to warn listeners of the horrors of Hell. Bruce described the album as the darkest, most painful work he had ever done.  Two versions of the album were released, each containing a different DVD. One release featured a live concert and a twelve-minute music video for the song "Real Underground Baby", and another featured a short film for the song "Bowling Balls", which was the first 3-D film shot in high-definition video.  In 2005, D12 and Insane Clown Posse ended their feud, with the help of member Proof.  Attempts to officially end the feud between Eminem and Insane Clown Posse have been unsuccessful,   but Bruce states that the rivalry has ended. 
2005–2006: Post-First Deck era
On February 1, 2006, Insane Clown Posse fan Jacob D. Robida attacked individuals in a gay bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts with a handgun and a hatchet—a weapon featured in the logo of the group's record label, Psychopathic Records.   Robida had a swastika tattoo and flaunted Nazi insignias and paraphernalia on his website.  On February 5, Robida shot and killed a traffic officer during a routine stop. When police pulled Robida over during a later stop, he killed his girlfriend, Jennifer Bailey of Charleston, West Virginia, then opened fire on the police. Robida was shot twice in the head during the shootout with the police, and later died in the hospital.  On February 7, Insane Clown Posse released a statement on the Robida attacks. The group's manager Alex Abbiss extended Bruce and Utsler's condolences and prayers to the families of the victims, stating that "It's quite obvious that this guy had no clue what being a Juggalo is all about. If anyone knows anything at all about ICP, then you know that they have never, ever been down or will be down with any racist or bigotry bullshit". 
On October 21, 2006, Insane Clown Posse performed at one of twenty benefit shows organized by Myspace as part of the "Rock for Darfur" campaign to raise awareness of the War in Darfur and funds for the region's aid. 
2007–2008: The Tempest era
On March 20, 2007, Insane Clown Posse released their tenth studio album, The Tempest, which debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and sold nearly 33,000 copies in its first week.   In 2008, Bruce and Utsler starred in the film Death Racers. It was released direct-to-video on September 16, 2008, by The Asylum.  In December 2008, John Antonelli filed a lawsuit against the group after being struck by an unopened two-liter of Faygo during a performance at the Fargo nightclub The Hub, formerly known as Playmakers. Antonelli is seeking at least $50,000 in damages. The lawsuit also names the venue, Playmakers, as a defendant. An attorney for Playmakers states that only Bruce should be held liable. 
2009–present: Second Joker Card Deck
Big Money Rustlas
Filming of Big Money Rustlas, a Western spoof, began in January 2009,  and concluded on February 24, 2009.  The tenth Gathering of the Juggalos took place at Hogrock in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, from August 6 to 9. The event had the largest attendance in Gathering history with over 20,000 people.  Over 120 musical artists performed at the event, including the likes of Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Ice Cube, Gwar, Coolio, Vanilla Ice, Onyx, Scarface, The Dayton Family, Bizarre, Esham, and NATAS.  At the event, the Big Money Rustlas trailer was screened twice.  An infomercial for the event was released online by Psychopathic Records.  After the event, a friend of Esham's handed Bruce a copy of his album I Ain't Cha Homey, which depicted a clown committing suicide with a gun on the front cover. Bruce listened to the album and saw it as a diss towards Insane Clown Posse.  While Esham claimed that the album was not a diss in his podcast,  the album strained the relationship between Bruce and Esham, and the two have not spoken since its release. 
2009–2011: Bang! Pow! Boom! era
Insane Clown Posse's eleventh studio album, Bang! Pow! Boom!, was released on September 1, 2009. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200.   The album was later revealed to be the first of a "second deck" of Joker's Cards.  The Detroit News music critic Adam Graham gave the album a B rating, describing it as "the best material the Clowns have touched since 1999's The Amazing Jeckel Brothers". 
On December 5, 2009, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch titled "Kickspit Underground Rock Festival", which parodied the Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial.  Bruce stated that he was not offended by the parody, and that he thought that the sketch was "hilarious" and "a humongous compliment".  On February 17, 2010, Psychopathic Records signed a contract with Universal Music Group's Fontana Distribution.  On March 9, 2010, Insane Clown Posse were interviewed by Nightline journalist Martin Bashir. Bruce hated the segment, stating that Bashir took statements made by the duo out of context, pairing one of Bruce's responses with a different question than he had been asked. 
The trailer for Big Money Rustlas spawned a parody video called "Juggalo News", which achieved popularity on CollegeHumor and Funny or Die, and was praised by Bruce on his Twitter account.  On April 6, 2010, Bang! Pow! Boom! was reissued in a "Nuclear Edition", which featured previously unreleased material and music videos for the songs "In Yo Face" and "Miracles".  During this period, the duo won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist/Group.  On April 17, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch which parodied the "Miracles" music video, featuring host Ryan Phillippe and cast member Bobby Moynihan.  Insane Clown Posse responded favorably to the parody, and asked to appear on the show. 
Before the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse were contacted by Jack White, who invited Bruce and Utsler to his mansion because he wanted to collaborate with them.   White played the track he was working on, an arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Leck mich im Arsch" with live instrumentation by JEFF the Brotherhood, for Bruce and Utsler and explained that the title of the track translated to "Lick My Ass".   Bruce perceived that the scatological nature of the composition was the reason why White asked Bruce and Utsler to appear on the song, but once White explained Mozart's sense of humor, they became excited to work with White, went back to their hotel room to write their lyrics, and returned to record with White and JEFF the Brotherhood in White's home recording studio.   Bruce and Utsler's vocals were recorded in one take.  The song was released as a single on September 13 by White's label Third Man Records, paired with another song, "Mountain Girl", which Bruce describes as his favorite of the two songs recorded with White, and "more ICP's feel".   
Big Money Rustlas was released on August 17, 2010.   Insane Clown Posse returned to Europe for a tour.  The group released a three-disc compilation of their guest appearances with other artists called Featuring Freshness in November 2011.     The compilation also included new songs with artists Paris, Cold 187um, and Tone Tone.  
At the 2011 Detroit Music Awards, Insane Clown Posse received the Distinguished Achievement Award.  In June, Insane Clown Posse issued a cease and desist notice to the Upright Citizens Brigade, threatening legal action over a planned performance, "The Gathering of the Juggalos For A Mother Fucking Baby Funeral". 
2012–2014: The Mighty Death Pop! era
At their 2010 Hallowicked concert, Insane Clown Posse announced that the second new Joker's Card would be The Mighty Death Pop!  The album has two faces, the first of which was revealed at the Hallowicked concert.  The Mighty Death Pop! features appearances from Tech N9ne and Hopsin.  
Additionally, the album was released in three variant editions, containing three individual full-length bonus albums.   The first variant edition, dubbed the Red Pop edition, contains an album of cover songs entitled Smothered, Covered & Chunked, which features appearances by Psychopathic artists Twiztid, Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Cold 187um and Boondox, as well as Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and rapper Lil Wyte.   The second variant, the Black Pop edition, contains the album Freaky Tales, consisting of a single, album-length rap, inspired by Too Short's song of the same name.  The third variant, the White Pop edition, contains the remix album Mike E. Clark's Extra Pop Emporium, which features remixes, outtakes and leftover songs recorded during the Mighty Death Pop sessions these tracks include appearances by Kottonmouth Kings,  Three 6 Mafia,  Color Me Badd,  Ice Cube,  Scarface,   Geto Boys,  Twiztid,  Kreayshawn,  Swollen Members  and Willie D.  ICP said in their December 21, 2012 Hatchet Herald edition that they will be releasing a sideshow EP for The Mighty Death Pop! in 2013. The EP is titled House Of Wax set to be released on November 25, 2014 packaged inside The First Six.
2013–2014: Continued legal troubles
Insane Clown Posse sued the FBI, whose National Gang Intelligence Center listed Juggalos as "a loosely organized hybrid gang" in a 2011 report. The report states that Juggalos are "recognized as a gang in only four states. law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets". The report also noted that New Mexico was seeing a lot of Juggalo gang expansion due to their attraction to "the tribal and cultural traditions of the Native Americans".  The lawsuit asks for the documents that the FBI used to reach this conclusion in August 2013, federal authorities had "filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying they had already released several news media reports about Juggalos involved in criminal activity". The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is working with ICP's lawyers in order "to ensure the right of Juggalos everywhere to gather together and express their support of the I.C.P. without having to worry about being unfairly targeted and harassed by law enforcement".  On January 8, 2014, Insane Clown Posse, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, filed suit again against the FBI. The suit aims to have Juggalos no longer considered to be a gang and to have any "criminal intelligence information" about Juggalos destroyed.  ICP announced in the edition of December 21, 2012 of the Hatchet Herald that they will be releasing a sideshow EP to The Mighty Death Pop! in 2013. After no word was heard on the album, it was speculated that it had been scrapped. In mid 2013 it was announced that ICP would be releasing their first ever box set titled The First Six. After the release date came and passed, The First Six was not released. In a February 2014 interview with Faygoluvers, the question was asked if we would be able to get the box set. ICP thought it had already been released. Dog Beats (the first ever release on Psychopathic Records) was set to be the bonus album in the box set, ICP went back and decided to put House of Wax in the box set instead. The First Six was set to be released on October 28, 2014. After a minor setback, was ultimately released on November 25, 2014.
Additionally, Psychopathic Records is pushing back against a former publicist who is suing the label for sexual harassment.  In late 2013 ICP teamed up with Da Mafia 6ix to create The Killjoy Club, and released their debut album Reindeer Games on September 2, 2014. ICP went on "The ShockFest Tour" with Da Mafia 6ix, Mushroomhead, Madchild and Jelly Roll, additionally Big Hoodoo joined the tour to perform before the ticketed acts. To close out the shows on the tour Insane Clown Posse and Da Mafia 6ix performed on stage together as The Killjoy Club, doing only two songs.
2015–2017: The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost/Found era
During their 2014 Hallowicked concert, ICP revealed the 3rd Joker Card in the 2nd Deck of the Dark Carnival saga. The first part of the third card is titled The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost, which was released on Violent J's 43rd birthday, April 28, 2015. The second part of the third card is titled The Marvelous Missing Link: Found, and was originally set to be released during the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos, July 28, 2015. It was released three days later.
On December 5, 2015, Violent J announced that original member John Kickjazz (Shaggy 2 Dope's older brother) had died on November 20, 2015 at a group home in Michigan.
Young Wicked of the Axe Murder Boyz posted on his personal Instagram account that The Marvelous Missing Link was one of the Insane Clown Posse's best albums ever. He stated specifically that it was going back to the Insane Clown Posse's roots in the era of the first deck of Jokers Cards. Young wicked also made a statement that referenced the idea that he may have some featured spots on one of the albums.
On April 7, 2015, The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost was made available for digital download preorder. Those who preordered on that day received the first single off the album, titled "Vomit". The rest of the album automatically downloaded on the release date, April 28, 2015.
Michigan-based author Steve Miller wrote a book, Juggalo: Insane Clown Posse, Their Fans, and the World They Made released in 2016 via Da Capo Press, the book details the fandom associated with juggalos and their struggle with the FBI.
In late 2015 2 flyers were released with the Phantom: X-tra Spooky Edition, promoting 2016 solo album releases from Violent J titled, Karma Forest, and Shaggy 2 Dope titled, F.T.F.O.M.F.. On December 10, 2015 it was announced that the sideshow EP for The Marvelous Missing Link albums was released titled Phantom: X-tra Spooky Edition.
In an April 8, 2016 faygoluvers.net interview with Violent J, he stated that Shaggy 2 Dope has been working with Young Wicked, who also produced the album, without asking Violent J for any help this far. After an internal conflict between Young Wicked, Violent J and Jumpsteady, it was rumoured that Young Wicked had left Psychopathic Records but wasn't made official until December 31, 2016 when it was announced that he had signed to Majik Ninja Entertainment.
In a January 19, 2017 ICP interview with Faygoluvers.net, Violent J stated that Shaggy 2 Dope and DJ Clay were working on the album. The album features Violent J on the song "'Foggin' Up the Window" and DJ Clay on the bonus track (only available digitally) "Awww Shit". The album was released on May 26, 2017 and charted on the Billboard 200 at No. 72, Independent at No. 1, R&B/Hip-Hop at No. 39, Top Album Sales at No. 18 and Artist 100 at No. 96.
On September 16, 2017, an estimated 1,500 Juggalos gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to organize a concert and all-day rally in protest of their gang classification, and "class-based discrimination by law enforcement".  
Friday, March 22, 2013
1 oz Blanco Tequila (Piedra)
1 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Dry Sherry (Lustau Oloroso)
3 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist.
Two Mondays ago, I attended a Boston USBG-sponsored talk about aperitifs and digestifs at Backbar. In one of the recipe handouts was Jamie Boudreau's Latin Trifecta, and its tequila, Cynar, and sherry combination seemed alluring. While the sheet did not give a source for the recipe, it does appear in Food & Wine: Cocktails 2009. So two Wednesdays ago, we decided to start the evening with this libation.
The Latin Trifecta presented a dark Cynar aroma that was offset by the bright orange oil notes. A rich caramel and grape sip led into the tequila followed by orange, nutty sherry, and herbal Cynar on the swallow.
1 oz Bols Barrel-Aged Genever
1 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry
1/2 oz Bittermens Citron Sauvage Liqueur
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
Two Mondays ago, we ventured down to Estragon for dinner. For a drink, bartender Sahil Mehta showcased a recipe, the Borgias, that he created for an upcoming cocktail-paired dinner. The Borgias is to be paired with a duck dish, so he needed an acid-forward, food-friendly drink to accompany it. To that effect, he reached for Palo Cortado sherry which he described as sweet but containing lots of acidity. Also in the mix were barrel-aged Genever, Maraschino liqueur, and the Bittermens Citron Sauvage -- a grapefruit liqueur that contains herbal notes including a decent gentian signature.
The Borgias greeted the nose with a malty and Maraschino aroma with hints of citrus peel. A malty sip shared the grape's acidity, and the swallow was fruity from the Maraschino and grapefruit liqueur. Finally, the drink ended with a bitter botanic finish. Probably a less acid-driven light sherry like a Fino or Manzanilla would work better if the cocktail is not drank with food.
Space Jump Cocktail: The Fearless Felix Flip - Recipes
The legion veteran tactical squad is an elites option for the 30k space marine army. It blends aspects of the 40k sternguard, (or even chaos space marine chosen) with a whole slew of options available to it.
What sets these guys apart from their brothers is their vast experience. They have a rule called "Veteran tactics" to represent this. In brief, this allows the fielding player to select from fearless, sniper, furious charge, outflank and tank hunters prior to beginning the game. More than anything, this is the singular rule that sets aside these squads from the more regular tactical squads. That, and an extra base attack.
I personally can see a multitude of roles for these guys. So, fundamentally, its up to the controlling player to determine the purpose of these squads in advance and build them accordingly. The real challenge is not to sink too many points in to these squads (in my opinion) and to not waste a valuable elites slot which is dominated by a plethora of very viable and exciting choices (which I already started reviewing with the legion destroyer squads).
Here are some sample builds to whet your appetite.
Legion veteran tactical squad, 10 members, 2 missile launchers with suspensor webs, upgraded with flakk missiles, legion vexilla (270 points)
This is a tank hunters special rule squad. Sit at the back field and shoot at will. Move up (thanks to the suspensor webs) and carry on shooting as you go. Use the other marines to sacrifice in favour of the missile launchers. Take out fliers with the flakk. The legion vexilla provides a re-roll for morale tests, just in case.
Legion veteran tactical squad with 5 members, all with melta-bombs, all with power weapons, rhino (235 points)
A squad that rides up to an enemy tank, applies some melta charges and chews up any transported enemies with their power weapons. Nasty - but its a bit pricey. Terminators probably do this better, especially if equipped with combi-melta guns. Probably give the furious charge rule to these guys?
Legion veteran tactical squad with 10 members, 2 heavy bolters with suspensor webs, sergeant with a power fist, 3 other veterans with power weapons (285 points).
Give this squad fearless. Then go hunting for enemy infantry. This squad is nicely suited to countering enemy assault squads or devastator like squads. The fearless makes them great at moving around the board unhindered. But remember: they still die like every other space marine on failing a 3+ save, so be careful about their placement and deployment!
Legion veteran tactical squad with 10 members, 2 plasma guns, sergeant with combi-plasma and power fist, all with melta bombs (280 points)
Give this unit outflank (or even sniper, to be honest) and set them up to cause a little bit of back line havoc to the enemy. Add a rhino, legion vexilla, and/or nuncio vox (especially if deep striking) to taste.
Legion veteran tactical squad with 9 members, 2 melta guns, sergeant with power fist, rhino (265 points)
This might be an entertaining option to place a legion HQ choice alongside with if the Legion command squad is not doing anything for you. Hop in the rhino and drive around doing general damage and mayhem wherever is required. Take sniper for fun with the melta guns perhaps…?
J. walter thompson buys the carlton agency
Every great ad man knows how to sell. Thompson also knew
how to buy. For $500, he bought the Carlton & Smith Agency.
Another $800 for the furniture and a year later, James Walter
Thompson established the J. Walter Thompson Agency.
fun fact: Our founder chose to call his company J. Walter
Thompson because there were too many James Thompsons
A stylish J. Walter Thompson with his wife in the late 1870s.
The first commercially sold typewriters
were produced in 1873. Mark Twain was
among the first to purchase the machine,
which he termed a "curiosity- breeding
little joker." Copywriters agreed.
By the 1870s, steamship ocean liners begin to connect
the world in a way that allowed faster communication
and business. The global economy begins.
Skilled work, when published, costs no more than the
work without skill: so that the best work, such as I give, is
the cheapest because it brings better results."
1880–1889: the birth of modern advertising
The Gilded Age, which began in the late 1870s and persisted into the 1910s, saw rapid industrialization , groundbreaking innovations in science
and technology, and the rise of big business. J. Walter Thompson saw an opportunity. Why not employ writers and artists to create interesting
advertisements for these companies, thus replacing the often banal ads created by in-house businesses? This was a seminal moment in the
history of advertising, injecting creativity into what was once mundane communications.
Of Communists and Radical Sons
A few days ago, I was notified that Vile 666 had agreed with me on something, which means I — of course — immediately checked myself to make sure I wasn’t off track.
No, I was still right about the mechanics of collapse not happening in the way it’s shown in the movies, ie. what I refer to fondly as a Mad Max future. At any rate, and to make me stop doubting myself, they made a disparaging comment about my still having a problem with communism.
When I was told this (I don’t actually have time to waste on these sites, and if I did, I still wouldn’t because I’d rather be writing) it struck me as very funny. Because, I mean, come on, let’s toll the bell of communist successes, from the Cultural Revolution to the Stalinist purges, from Holodomor to the immiseration of Cuba.
My first thought was Yeah, it sure is weird that I have a problem with such an ideology. It would be like having a problem with the Aztec religion or the charming Carthaginian practice of baking babies en croute as an offering to the gods.
And then I remembered well meaning leftist/pagan friends who argued violently that the Aztecs had been innocent pacifists and that the Carthaginian’s had been maligned by the Catholic church (this was modified to “the Romans” when I pointed out their slight chronological slippage.
In fact, if you google either the Aztec sacrifices and/or the Carthaginian baby-killing you get varying degrees of apologist.
The Aztec ones because more recent, and I suppose more archeologically undeniable/well known are dressed up as “but they really believed this was needed.” (Yes, and Charlie Manson really believed he was bringing about a race war that would bring about paradise. Does this mean he’s innocent?) The Carthaginian ones are blamed on everyone’s misreporting or the numerous Tophets still unearthed in the Iberian peninsula (I always suspected there was one under the heart of the village, because of regional names that indicate a Carthaginian cultic center. I probably could point the right spot to archaeologists, though I’d frankly rather not know) and other Carthaginian colonies are either someone else’s problem attributed to the Carthaginians OR on this being a place to dispose of dead babies, but not sacrificed babies. The archaeology of such sites makes this poppycock, of course, but our fuzzier fellow westerners hold on to this because it allows them to hold on to their idea of the noble savage, that creature who was never guilty of aggression, slavery or murder, unlike we, evil westerners. (Jean Jacques Rosseau should be burned in effigy every year, for crimes against humanity.)
So if I say something about the horror that was the Aztec religion or the Carthaginian religion, they’ll jump all over me as racist (well, Carthaginians did settle in the North of Africa and probably were as tan as… as I am.) Because these people in their heads are “little brown people” and therefore innocent of the manyfold sins of humanity, which are, of course, part of white privilege. Or something.
In the same way I realized they were upset about my reviling of communists because what they are thinking of are not the same communists I’m thinking of.
No, the communists they are defending, the ones that they don’t wish maligned, are the communists they knew at college, which were probably the same communists I knew at college. (Well, not the same, let’s face it, while I’m no spring chicken, most of these people could spot me ten to twenty years. But the same model, give or take.)
They are the young men and women who don’t fit in, who continually critique the status quo. Some of them are actually compassionate, quick to stick up for the underdog. Some of them engage in extensive charity, or give money to beggars. Others are more faux-charitable, and yell at you for using the wrong word to refer to the victim of the week, or concoct elaborate narratives to explain how the latest mass murderer is really a victim.
These people were often some variety of “cool” — in my day this involved peasant blouses and elaborate tapestry jackets, the later mostly for the boys — and more often than not from very wealthy backgrounds.
In my day too, they organized protests in solidarity with the people of Mozambique or Angola, the same people at that time being massacred in batch lots by Cuban guerrillas in the pay of the Soviet Union. But of course, they were supposed to have a revolutionary government and so everything was okay. In my day — and now — they wore t-shirts with Che Guevara whom they idolized as a sort of communist hippie (even in those days this was unforgivable, but now that the full history of this psychopath is available for anyone to read, including the glee with which he killed students [more on this later] this is frankly inexcusable.)
In their day, too, probably, since the left has ensconced itself in Academia, they met more of these “radical sons” that fit the model laid out by Agatha Christie, in a book whose title evades me just now: he read the Daily Worker and he lectured everyone about the rights of the workers and the coming Communist revolution, but really he was just an upper class Brit and had even secretly married his girlfriend.
Agatha Christie nurtures a certain fondness for this type of character, which comes through in her writing, and I even understand it. Some of the nicer people I met growing up, some of the people I grew up with were of this mold. The “communism” was a trendy veneer, to look “intelligent” and to afford the opportunity to critique everything, but at heart they were decent human beings.
They were however adolescent (or just past) human beings. There is an age at which people naturally are at odds with everything around them, and communism offers a framework for this.
Other philosophies offer a frame work for this. Mine at the time was rather chaotic and anarchic and later hardened into hard core Libertarianism, which was blown apart by 9/11.
However, of all the prisms that adolescents use to critique their world, Marxism has proven the most persistent pathology and also (that I know) the only one that has managed to fill 100 000 000 graves (a number the Colonel tells me is lowball, and it might very well be.)
Yeah, okay, so the mass deaths aren’t caused by the sort of college Marxists I described. Except when they are, of course.
What I mean is that a lot of the most horrible things done by communists (and the less horrible but still terrible things done by socialists who kill economies softy and destroy futures in the name of equality) are done by people who started out exactly like those “radical sons” (and daughters) who were communists, but still decent human beings.
The philosophy itself, with its flaws, drives them to either greater radicalization OR… to the wall.
You see, Marxism’s great flaw is its misunderstanding of economics.
But Sarah, you’ll say, how can economics fill that many mass graves?
Well, see, the great ink stained angry blot (which is how someone described Marx as a human being) understood about as much of economics as my cat understands of rhetoric. Maybe less.
What he principally understood — in a life spent mooching off wealthy friends — is that he was done wrong! And that in a just world he would command a lot more power and money, but particularly power.
There are many errors in his damned (literally) theory, but the most important of them is that he visualized wealth as a closed pie.
Unfortunately this appeals to a certain instinctive human understanding of wealth, because in the hominid band there were only so many berries, or mammoth haunches and if someone was boggarting the food they were the villain.
If wealth really were a closed pie (nonsense on its face, else, our ancestors in the caves were all far wealthier than us, since there are more of us) then everyone who has more than average is by definition stealing. And everyone who has less than average is by definition a victim.
And the implication that things are badly arranged appeals to every adolescent, EVER, particularly the wealthy ones who have more time to contemplate how they should have a lot more of whatever the heck other people have and they don’t: power or race cars, women/men or prestige.
The philosophy, in fact, appeals to anyone who is envious of others. I remember reading a biography of the sainted (ptui) Evita saying that knowing there were rich people in the world made her unhappy. This is a sentiment you see oft repeated by communists and their soft-sisters, the socialists. Our very own president said that even if raising taxes decreased the amount collected (which it does, after a point) it was still “the right thing to do.”
Marxism/Communism/Socialism, by its belief in the closed pie, takes envy and removes all stigma from it, conferring upon it the power of a sacrament.
The problem with that is that envy is not just considered a sin by some religions, and is not just “a bad thing, ‘mkay” — envy is poison to the character. When you make envy “righteous” and “justified” you empower people to completely wash their hands of any of their failings. It’s not their fault “it’s the system.” They’re only not rich because “behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” It has nothing to do with their lack of application, talent or effort, no, it’s all “the man is keeping me down.”
Even if you start out sane, that way of thinking will slowly corrode anything worth saving in you. Just by virtue of sanctifying envy, you’re going to start uplifting the despicable and hating the admirable.
If you want to figure out how slippery that slope is, just ask your “nice” communist friends (or even socialist friends) what they think of Mao, Stalin, Che, the Kims, and watch them make excuses.
Worse, though, is that this sort of philosophy, by its very nature attracts the crazy. Of those, those who never grow past teen whining are the least threat. They continue wearing their cool bandannas and complaining against the man, in their academic jobs. But a certain number of those who present that way simply see that environment as a good one to hide. And those are the certifiable psychopaths. We’ll call them the Ches.
These are people who genuinely want power and who often want to kill people. Because the philosophy enshrines those who are angry, and those who are envious, it leaves people with no defenses before these psychopaths.
Any philosophy that requires no personal sacrifice, no personal work, but just louder denunciations of “the enemy” is going to grow these like brambles.
And when people give power to communists, whom they imagine to be like those communists they knew in college, what they end up with is Che, or Mao, Stalin (no, Lenin wasn’t much better, he just disguised it more and didn’t get to the massive purges.)
Which is why eventually all communist revolutions end up as a sort of fanatic and sanguinary top-down hereditary monarchy, like the Kims in North Korea or the Castros in Cuba. Unless of course the would be titular is too crazy even to establish an hereditary monarchy in which case you get fascist states like China.
The decent ones among those college “communists”? The ones who really thought this was for the downtrodden, and who confused the Communist party with the order of St. Francis D’Assissi?
Those usually end up as splatter against whatever wall the Ches are using to satisfy their psychopathic urges.
So yes, I DO have it in for communism. Yes, I am against Marxism. Given the amount of poverty, death and desolation the philosophy dreamed up by the crazed scribbler has caused, I don’t see what other position is moral or sane.
I disapprove most heartily of a hundred million untimely deaths. I disapprove of killing people and taking their stuff.
If you don’t, you should ask yourself why not, and precisely what is wrong with you.