June 15th, 2017

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Green Room - Week 21 - Day 5

Every time there is something in the news, I hear the "It didn't use to be like this"/"things are so much worse now".

I'm not sure I believe that.

Cars crashing into crowds in London and people jumping out of the car to stab innocent bystanders - there's a reason why there are no trash cans downtown, and that's because the IRA used to put bombs in them. I remember when a bombing in London wasn't really "news" so much as it was just the cost of living in the city.

Members of Congress being shot? Been there. Done that before.

School shootings? Some are outsiders, but a lot of the time it's someone who goes to school there. It's "workplace violence", like UPS. Just younger.

I think we are hearing about it more, because the internet and 24 hour news cycles have made information more readily available. I think *how* it's covered has been amped up, not because the crimes are any more heinous than they were before, but because you need to scream things to get attention, in order to be heard over everything else.

I *do* think that things have changed. Because things always change.

But I also think that they've always been "this bad". Sometimes a little better. Sometimes a little worse. And that we learn from the mistakes and move forward - and then usually find a new variation of how to make that same mistake.

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A new variation of the same old thing can be found with the new topic, which is due TODAY: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1023224.html
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Vote - Week 21

I was going to eliminate the two people who let me know that they dropped. I was going to eliminate the two people who didn't make it to the starting line on time this week.

But instead, I'm going to show some mercy and include them in the final vote-out numbers for the week. It also gives them the opportunity to, if they are able to do so, get an entry in to be considered. Of course, every one is going to know they were late... but might as well go out swinging!

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If all of that sounds super vague, then you don't know what's happening this week.

It's a GATEKEEPER round.

I've gathered a group of trusted advisors to read and vote for their favorite entries. It's the first time this has ever happened in a non-"Open Topic" week, which makes me a little nervous, and a bit excited as well.

I certainly hope you brought your A-game.

You're going to need it.

When this week ends, next Tuesday evening at 8pm EDT, we will have our TOP 20.

And yes, the Jury will be voting for immunity, and there is still that Legacy Advantage floating around somewhere in the game. Which could very well make things interesting!

Good luck to you all.

You're going to need it! ;)