Business Attire Dress Code Explained

Generally, the dress code business attire also called business formal or boardroom attire is the most formal thing you will encounter in a professional office environment. Even if it’s an unspoken dress code, it can often be required in traditional white-collar environments.

If you know the business attire dress code, you’re always appropriately dressed for client meetings, network meetings, board meetings, or general office occasions. You can wear it if you have to attend the funeral or if you are in court.

The History Of Business Attire

The frock coat used to be the proper business attire

The frock coat used to be the proper business attire

Until a few decades ago, the only appropriate garment for the office used to be a suit, meaning a matching pair of pants and jacket out of the same fabric in a dark color. This was a solid, sometimes faint stripes, there was always a conservative suit with a white or light blue dress shirt and some form of neckwear such as a tie.

Morning Coat

Morning Coat

At the turn of the century, business attire was really only worn by the elite and the majority of the workers were blue-collar workers. In the very early days, a black frock coat was the proper business attire with black pants or cashmere striped pants and white shirts and dark neckwear. Later on, the morning coat became more popular and then that was followed by the lounge suit.

Popular work wear during the 20's-30's

Popular work wear during the 20’s-30’s

1920’s-1930’s

Suits, as we know them today, became more popular and the morning coat became outdated and was really only worn by very old gentlemen who were just stuck with their tradition. At that point in time, business suit fabrics were still quite heavy and offices were usually cooler which is why you would see many men wear a waistcoat, it just helped to keep them warmer.

The rise of the suit

The rise of the suit

Just like with any war, the conventions afterward were a lot more relaxed than before and that was also reflected in the office environment. So basically, that meant hats would slowly but surely disappear, the waistcoat would disappear, but you would still wear a dark suit, a necktie that was somewhat conservative, as well as black leather dress shoes.

Notice the lapel width

Notice the lapel width

1950’s – 1980’s

The styles changed, lapel widths changed, the width of the tie changed, but other than that, the basic core principles of dark suit, white or light blue shirt, conservative tie, and black leather dress shoes, remained the same. Think of the saying “No brown in town”, that indicated that brown shoes were never appropriate for the office.

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

In the 80s and 90s, the power suit became popular; you’ve probably seen the movie Wall Street with Michael Douglas pulling off that style. Even though the power suit fell out of favor, afterwards, the core of the dress code business attire still holds true today.

In a nutshell, that means you wear a dark business suit, either a two-piece suit or a three-piece suit with a waistcoat. The shirt should be white or light blue or maybe a pastel color, it can be striped with a very small pattern, but overall, solids are preferable. You go with a conservative necktie either a dark red or dark blue, can be solid or a small pattern or stripes. You could either go with suspenders with a fishtail back or you can have a belt that matches the color of the shoes or you can just go without any of those two things and just have side adjusters on your trousers. It also means you have over the calf dress socks that don’t expose your hairy legs in the office and optionally, you can have a pocket square; it should have hand rolled edges and be folded in a TV fold. Now that’s just a broad overview, let’s dive a little deeper and define what all those things mean.

What Is A Dark Business Suit?

Ideal Colors

In terms of colors, that can be anything from navy to dark blue, charcoal, dark gray, medium gray, or light gray. The most classic form are just solid suits in one color, however, you can also have smaller micro patterns such as needle head or pinpoint.

Pinpoint suit and repp tie

Pinpoint suit and repp tie

They have two colors when you look at them up close but from afar, it looks like a uniform solid color. You can also go with a more textured fabric such as sharkskin or a hopsack.

Wearing an Alexander McQueen windowpane suit

Benedict Cumberbatch wearing an Alexander McQueen faint windowpane suit

If you want to go a little fancier, you can have a faint pinstripe or a chalk stripe, you can even go with a Prince of Wales check on a smaller scale and nothing with bold colored over plaids in pink. Another option would be a faint windowpane but again, less is more and it is a conservative business suit so when in doubt, always scale it down a notch.

Suit Styles

You can have two-piece suits or three-piece suits. If you have a two-piece suit that is single breasted, I suggest you go with a two-button jacket, you can also go with a three-row two or a simple single-breasted three-button jacket. Always opt for a notch lapel because that’s more traditional. I’d also opt for side vents, skip center vents because they’re meant for horseback riding. The side vents are much better, you can put your hands in your pocket and it doesn’t expose your bum.

Raphael Navy DB Suit Fort Belvedere Bow tie, pocket square and boutonniere

SRS wearing a white collar office-appropriate attire combined with Fort Belvedere accessories

If you go with the double-breasted jackets, go with a six-button configuration where two are closed or maybe a four-button configuration where two are closed but avoid just a single row of buttons because that’s too fashion-forward for a traditional business attire dress code.

Suspenders Braces pants trousers with inward facing pleats and side adjusters

Inward facing pleats and side adjusters

For your pants or slacks or trousers, you can have a flat front, you can have a pleated front. Personally, I’m a big fan of inward pleats because it’s more comfortable to sit in them. Your pants can have cuffs or no cuffs; if you go without cuffs, some consider it to be a little more formal. The advantage of cuffs or turn-ups is that they add a little more weight which makes your trousers hang and drape nicely.

Even though combinations, let’s say between a blazer and a pair of chinos, are very acceptable in most offices today, it’s technically not appropriate to wear a combination when a dress code requires business attire.

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

Dress Shirts

In terms of dress shirts, ideally you want to opt for French cuffs for cufflinks and the majority should be white and light blue.

Accessories

For cufflinks, avoid any kind of diamond cufflinks or colored stone or anything flashy. Stay with simple traditional gold and silver cufflinks; not combined but either/or. I suggest going with knot cufflinks because they’ve been around for a long time, they’re not flashy yet they work with everything in your wardrobe from your tweed coat to your black tie ensemble.

With a pocket square, the white pocket square is a classic staple, you could also invest in some silk pocket squares in subtle patterns and more muted colors that pick up tones of your neckties.

A necktie is probably the only way to introduce different colors into your outfit so traditionally, most business ties are either blue or some form of red or burgundy. If you want to branch out, you can go with greenyellow, purple, or other shades. Again, this is your chance to shine. The traditional material for ties is silk, usually, they’re either printed or it could striped like a repp stripe for example, or it can be just a jacquard weave in a classic muted pattern such as a stripe in silver and black which is the most formal, or you could have maybe a small Prince of Wales check which is very business appropriate.

For your socks, you traditionally want to match them with your pair of pants. You can also add a little bit of contrast by pairing the color of your socks to the color of your tie. In this day and age, that is acceptable.

Shoes

Ace Marks Cap Toe Oxford Black Antique

Ace Marks Cap Toe Oxford Black Antique

The first shoe you should in invest in for business attire is the black cap toe oxford without any form of broguing; that means no hole perforations. It’s a classic staple, it always looks good. Once you have that, you can also invest in a quarter brogue oxford that means there’s just a little bit of perforation along the cap toe or you can have a half brogue where there’s a little more perforation. You can also go with a full black oxford wingtip and in my opinion, it’s a little too much and I prefer the quarter brogue and a half brogue but if you want to go for it, no problem.  If you have more voluminous feet, you may want to go with a derby shoe which is technically a little less formal but if it’s in black color and has a nice leather sole, it’s still perfectly acceptable.

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

Hand burnished cap toe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

In terms of construction, most classic business shoes are either Goodyear welted or if they’re from Italy, they can be Blake rapid stitched. In general, Goodyear welted soles are a little thicker, they’re harder to break in but they also last for quite a long time. Italian shoes that are blake rapid stitch typically have a thinner sole.

While black is still the color of choice for business wear, you can also wear brown shoes. For dress code business attire, I would suggest you stick with darker shades of brown such as chocolate brown and you can also go with a dark oxblood color which can alternatively be worn with very casual outfits but also with business attire. Even though you can wear very light tan shoes in 95% of all offices today, I would stay clear of them if the dress code calls for business attire.

How To Stand Out Without Being Over The Top

Now as you can see, the dress code for business attire is rather strict and you may find it hard to stand out in a subtle sophisticated way. So in my experience, here are the good ways to stand out with business attire in a professional manner that isn’t garish or over-the-top.

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square

1. Faint Striped Suits Over Solids

Instead of just a plain solid suit, you can choose to wear a suit with a faint stripe. It’s different, its unique, it’s appropriate for business attire. You can also add a matching waistcoat to make it more formal and more unique. Most business suits today are two-piece suits so adding that matching vest really elevates you from the crowd.

2. Make Your Accessories Count

Go with cufflinks, maybe go with a slightly darker stone. Brighter colors such as yellow obviously pop more than a dark navy. Alternatively, you can also play with a texture rather than a plain silk tie, you can go with a grenadine tie because it has a wonderful texture. In any case, you want to avoid super bright pink ties or bright orange ties because that’s garish and over-the-top. Instead, maybe opt for a dark purple maybe with a light Paisley on it or a bottle green tie with a micropattern.

Maybe you want to wear a pinstripe suit and add a knit tie to it. If you do that, go for a solid color that is maybe in the blue family because the texture itself is similar to grenadine but it’s a little stronger and it’s already some kind of a statement. Don’t go overboard and have a two-tone knit tie with your business attire.

Green Madder Silk Pocket Square with Turquoise,Orange and Yellow Large Paisley- Fort Belvedere

Green Madder Silk Pocket Square with Turquoise,Orange and Yellow Large Paisley- Fort Belvedere

You could also choose a subtle pocket square. The white linen pocket square is great but having maybe a silk pocket square or a silk wool one with a paisley pattern that picks up the color of your tie is a great addition.

 

 

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton - Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton – Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

3. Opt For Oxblood Shoes

When it comes to shoes I think oxblood shoes are very underrated because they’re very dark yet they have a really nice color depth. They work well with navy and gray suits and they’re just slightly different without being as bright as let’s say tan shoes. Adding a cordovan is a great way to stand out with business attire.

What makes your business attire ensemble? Share your outfit combos below!


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‘Octopath Traveler’: The Job System Explained

While Octopath Traveler drew the eye of an abundance of gamers for its stunning visual direction and musical score, what sealed this game as a must-play for many was its robust job system. Like many classic JRPGs, Octopath Traveler utilizes a system of character classes to expand the abilities that any single character can use and create an absurd number of team compositions in battle.

Experimenting with the different possibilities allowable in this job system is sure to provide hours of fun, although this mechanic can be a bit overwhelming to those new to the genre or this kind of game design. Here is everything you need to know about Octopath Traveler’s engaging job system.

The Mechanics


What everything does and how to best use them.

Similar to other JRPGs like Bravely Default, characters in Octopath Traveler have a primary set of unlockable abilities and skills and can equip a second selection of techniques to unlock. Octopath’s protagonists cannot change their main job under any circumstance – Therion will always be a Thief and Primrose will forever be a Dancer – but they can freely equip and alternate their secondary job once it’s unlocked. This happens outside of battle through the main menu and playing around with different job combinations is almost required to deal with some of the game’s more difficult enemies.

The way new skills unlock in a specific job is also a bit unusual compared to other JRPGs. Each battle yields ability points which a player can spend to unlock the abilities in a role in any order, although you cannot access a job’s ultimate ability until all other skills are usable. Each ability unlocked in Octopath is either an active skill that’s usable in battle or a passive ability that provides benefits in the overworld. It’s important to note, though, that unlocked passive skills are available to equip at any time while active skills are only at a character’s disposal when they are using a specific sub-job.

How to Unlock Sub-Jobs in Octopath Traveler


To gain employment in ‘Octopath,’ you just need to go to a shrine.

There are 12 possible sub-jobs in Octopath Traveler, eight that correspond with the jobs of the main characters and four additional hidden sub-jobs. To unlock each sub-job, a player needs to visit a corresponding shrine that also hints at a bit of the game’s lore. The eight main shrines are in the beginning areas of the eight protagonists. So the Warrior shrine is found in the Highlands where Olberic begins his journey, the Cleric shrine is in the Frostlands where Ophilia begins her journey, and so on.

The shrines to unlock the hidden sub-jobs Rune Master, Warlord, Enchanter, and Augur also require the player to defeat powerful bosses. These bosses are too tough to take on until the last third or so of the game, and the shrines themselves are hidden away in the furthest corners of the game’s world. The trial is definitely worth it, though, as these sub-jobs offer some of the best abilities in the game and further expand the creativity available in designing your team.

Suggested Job Combinations


Where to start in mastering this enticing game design.

While a lot of the fun in Octopath comes from figuring out which job combinations and team compositions work best for an individual’s preferred playstyle, a little direction can go a long way in planning out an adventure. Here are some suggested class pairings to try out, and if you need more info on how sub-jobs affect character stats, there are plenty of resources available. 

One job combination that has a ton of potential is giving Therion the Dancer subclass. As a thief, he can inflict damage based on his speed stat, and the Dancer secondary-job boosts speed more than any other job in the game. If you’re looking for more of a defensive combination, giving Olberic the Apothecary sub-job can turn him into an HP tank capable of efficiently healing himself and his teammates with ease.

Another exceptionally potent combination involves giving the scholar Cyrus the Cleric subclass. Cyrus is the most adept magic user in the game, and Cleric abilities allow him to use light elemental magic on foes and reliably heal teammates as well. Giving Tressa the Thief subclass enables her to steal both items and money from enemies. This will make her an even more reliable source of income in the game and gives her access to the snatch ability that increases the number of items or amount of money she steals.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Post-Credits Scenes Explained

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains major spoilers from Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scenes. Proceed at your own risk.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be released after Avengers: Infinity War. Like all other MCU films, it contains post-credits scenes that provide glimpses into the future of the franchise.

This article focuses on the first post-credits scene, which drops hints at the yet untitled Avengers 4.

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the title characters team up to rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the mother of Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).


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Hope and Hank learn Janet may still be alive in the Quantum Realm.

Janet has been trapped in the Quantum Realm for three decades, after sacrificing herself to stop a Soviet nuke during a Cold War mission. With the aid of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Janet’s is successfully reunited with her family.

During her years trapped in the Quantum Realm, Janet learned many of its mysteries, including its powers of restoration. “This place, it changes you,” Janet explains. “Part of it is evolution.”

She uses her superhuman abilities to heal Ghost, a woman stuck in a state of molecular disequilibrium after being exposed to quantum energy.

At the end of the movie, Ant-Man embarks on the mission back to the realm via a quantum tunnel built in the back of Luis’ van. Hank, Janet, and Hope help Scott navigate from a station next to the van.

Scott goes subatomic and begins to collect quantum healing particles for Ghost, when communication cuts out. Cut to the real world, where fans see three pillars of dust disintegrating in the wind. The entire Pym-Van Dyne family falls victim to Thanos’ snap, which wipes out half of the living beings in the universe.


Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantum Realm
Janet warns Scott of the tardigrades … and time vortexes.

As a result, Scott is trapped in the Quantum Realm … with no means of returning.

But all is not lost. Right before she disappears, Janet warns Scott about the time vortexes. What she meant as a warning, may actually end up saving him. We know that Ant-Man will be in Avengers 4, as production photos reveal Ant-Man alongside the team during the Battle of New York depicted in Avengers. Will Scott use the time vortexes in the Quantum Realm to find the Avengers in the past? Fans will find out when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

The second post-credit is little more than a visual gag, with a giant ant playing Scott’s drums in his San Francisco home.

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Every 2018 World Cup Team Name Code, Explained

With the FIFA 2018 World Cup underway, fans less familiar with international soccer may take a look at the score and wonder: Wait, who’s playing in this game?

In most cases, World Cup team names take their scoreboard acronyms, also known as FIFA codes, from the first three letters of their name in English. But there are a handful of exceptions. Here’s a complete list of the FIFA codes for all 32 teams competing in the 2018 World Cup, along with explanations when their origin isn’t immediately clear.

  1. ARG: Argentina
  2. AUS: Australia
  3. BEL: Belgium
  4. BRA: Brazil
  5. COL: Colombia
  6. CRC: Costa Rica. Because Costa Rica’s name is two words long, the FIFA code takes the first letter from each word instead of the first three letters. The second “C” is from the “C” in “Rica.”
  7. CRO: Croatia
  8. DEN: Denmark
  9. EGY: Egypt
  10. ENG: England
  11. FRA: France
  12. GER: Germany
  13. ISL: Iceland. In French, “Iceland” is spelled “Islande.” The FIFA Code refers to the French spelling.
  14. IRN: Iran. The International Olympic Committee country code for Iran is “IRI,” which stands for “Islamic Republic of Iran.” The FIFA code removes the “a” from “Iran,” abbreviating the name to IRN, in line with the country codes set out by the International Organization for Standardization.
  15. JPN: Japan.
  16. KOR: South Korea. FIFA refers to South Korea’s soccer team as the “Korea Republic national football team.” The team code is the first three letters of that name. North Korea’s FIFA code is “PRK” for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” though only South Korea is playing in this year’s World Cup.
  17. MEX: Mexico
  18. MAR: Morocco. The name refers to the French spelling of Morocco, Maroc.
  19. NGA: Nigeria. The country code “NIG” belongs to Niger, so “NGA” is used to distinguish Nigeria.
  20. PAN: Panama
  21. PER: Peru
  22. POL: Poland
  23. POR: Portugal
  24. RUS: Russia
  25. KSA: Saudi Arabia. KSA stands for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  26. SEN: Senegal
  27. SRB: Serbia
  28. ESP: Spain. ESP comes from the French spelling for Spain, Espagne.
  29. SWE: Sweden.
  30. SUI: Switzerland. The FIFA abbreviation refers to the French spelling of Switzerland, Suisse.
  31. TUN: Tunisia
  32. URU: Uruguay

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 Timeline Explained (UPDATED)

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the complete Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline through Avengers: Infinity War. Proceed at your own risk.

An original version of this article appeared on December 13, 2016. It was updated on April 30, 2018 to reflect the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. See subheading “Wrapping Up Phase 3” for the newest info.

The juggernaut franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched Phase Three of its plan to dominate cinema in 2016. The year began with the massive superhero slugfest that was Captain America: Civil War, and ended by introducing magic and mysticism in Doctor Strange. Looking ahead to 2017, Phase Three continues with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. With another five films scheduled for Phase Three, the MCU will stretch to twenty-two individual films by the end of 2019.

Over the course of fourteen films starting with Iron Man in 2008, numerous interconnecting storylines have been weaved through the narrative. It can be hard to keep them straight, especially when the concepts jump films. Which Infinity Stone is which? How many are there? Who is Thanos? What happened to a certain character? What exactly is shawarma? As 2017 approaches, we look at where the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently stands, and what we can expect in the films to come.

The Avengers


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United in their common goal to defend the Earth from alien threats and the scourge of HYDRA, the Avengers soon faced a product of their own (well, mainly Tony Stark and Bruce Banner) creation: Ultron. Although they ultimately won the day, it marked the start of the Avengers’ downfall. In the wake of the battle, the Hulk went missing and Thor returned to Asgard, worried by a vision he had. And both Tony and Clint Barton effectively retired from the field. Steve Rogers organized a new Avengers team with himself and Natasha Romanoff as the core. They were joined by Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, Wanda Maximoff, and Vision.

A disastrous mission to Lagos caused international outrage as many considered that the US-based Avengers were operating unilaterally on foreign soil. This led to the creation of the Sokovia Accords which called for the registration of all super-powered individuals and vigilantes. The Accords also called for regulation of the Avengers under the auspices of an international oversight committee. The signing of the Accords split the Avengers along philosophical lines as they decided to be either pro- or anti-registration. During the signing of the Accords, the meeting was seemingly bombed by the Winter Soldier, killing the king of Wakanda, T’Chaka.

Steve’s refusal to sign the Accords and his insistence that the Winter Soldier was not behind the attack led to a Civil War between the Avengers. By the time the dust settled, the Avengers were torn apart with one major casualty – James Rhodes suffered severe spinal injuries that left him paralysed. Tony also found out that the Winter Soldier was responsible for the deaths of his parents, and that Steve knew the truth, leading to an almighty battle between the three of them. Now, the Avengers Facility stands virtually empty, home to only Tony, Rhodes, and Vision.

Captain America and the Winter Soldier 


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In the wake of the Avengers Civil War, Steve Rogers has given up his shield. As Tony pointed out at the end of their fight in Siberia, the shield was made for him by Howard Stark. The same Howard Stark who Bucky Barnes – the Winter Soldier – assassinated. And since Bucky is (literally) Steve’s oldest friend, he refuses to abandon him, knowing that he was brainwashed into committing murder. Tony considers him unworthy to wield the shield, and Steve agreed.

But Steve is still Captain America. And Captain America does not leave comrades behind. Because they supported Steve in the Avengers Civil War, Sam Wilson, Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff, and Scott Lang were imprisoned in the Raft. But Steve could not let them remain incarcerated, and broke them out. Now they are fugitives, but Steve promises Tony that the Avengers will be there when the world needs them. Which, with Thanos after the Infinity Stones, will probably be sooner rather than later.

Appropriately enough, Bucky Barnes lives up to the name of the Winter Soldier once more. Despite being free of HYDRA, Helmut Zemo proved that he was not free of their influence. Using trigger codes, Bucky reverted to the mindless assassin that HYDRA created. Afraid of what he might do if anyone else obtains his trigger codes, Bucky voluntarily returns to cryogenic suspension under the watchful eye of Prince T’Challa in Wakanda until he can be free of HYDRA’s influence.

Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda


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Wakanda has come out of its own self-imposed isolation after Vibranium was used by Ultron to create both Vision’s body and his own upgraded form. One of the Wakandan’s outreach missions was in Lagos, and eleven relief aid workers were accidentally killed by Wanda Maximoff as she tried to contain the explosion from Brock Rumalow’s bomb vest. The tragedy in Lagos set into motion the creation of the Sokovia Accords. During the signing, King T’Chaka was killed in a bombing perpetrated by Helmut Zero and blamed on the Winter Soldier.

Prince T’Challa has now taken the mantle of King of Wakanda after the death of his father. Not only is he now ruler of Wakanda, he is the superhero known as the Black Panther. He initially blamed the Winter Soldier for the death of his father and sought vengeance. Eventually, T’Challa discovered that the true culprit was Helmut Zemo. Seeing how the vengeance Zemo held against the Avengers had consumed him, T’Challa refused to follow the same path and let go of his own.

King T’Challa now leads Wakanda as they move into the international community. He has also provided refuge for Bucky Barnes, cryogenically freezing him at his own request to prevent him from being used again to hurt and kill.

Ant-Man and the Wasp


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By the end of Ant-Man, Scott Lang had found a sense of peace. He was a burgeoning superhero, a real hero to his daughter, Cassie, and finally on friendly(ish) terms with his ex-wife and her new husband. Scott was no longer a wanted man and had paid his debt to society. He was embarking on a romance with Hope van Dyne. And Sam Wilson was looking for him since the Avengers were interested in his abilities. Life was getting pretty interesting for Scott.

Scott’s association with Sam Wilson and the Avengers led to him siding with Steve Rogers during Civil War. During the battle, he demonstrated a new ability to grow to giant-sized proportions. Like all of Steve’s allies, he ended up imprisoned in the Raft after the battle at Flughafen Leipzig-Halle. Steve broke them all out at the end of Civil War, but Scott Lang is once again a man on the run. How that will affect his new relationships is yet to be determined.

Hope van Dyne pleaded with her father, Hank Pym, for years to let her wear the Ant-Man suit and was furious when he passed her over in favor of Scott. But now, Hank is finishing the suit he intended for his wife before she was lost in the Quantum Realm. Hope will become one of the newest superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the Wasp.

The Guardians of the Galaxy


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A group of ragtag misfits and criminals – Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot – were united by a common love of money and vengeance. They became the Guardians of the Galaxy and lived up to their name. They defended Xandar and the rest of the universe from the machinations of Ronan the Accuser and the Power Stone. But it was not without cost. Groot sacrificed his life to save his comrades. Pardoned for their previous crimes by the Nova Corps, the Guardians resolved to do something good. Or something bad. Or a bit of both.

Ronan may have been the main villain of Guardians, but it was Thanos who set events in motion. Thanos, known as the Mad Titan, is seeking the Infinity Stones for his own ends. Through his machinations, he has now tested the mettle of the Avengers and the Guardians. Thanos is now heading for a confrontation with the assembled superheroes. But not just yet.

Armed with an entirely new soundtrack, the Guardians are joined by unlikely new recruits Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis. They are heading back into adventure, and this time, Peter Quill will be meeting his father. Oh, and Groot? He’s kind of still alive. Or a version of him is, at least. And he is adorable. The biggest question though, will be whether Cosmo the Spacedog will join the team. Or if Howard the Duck will make another cameo.

Thor, Loki, and Asgard


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Following the Dark Elf assault on Asgard that left Queen Frigga dead, Asgard stands at a crossroads. Thor left for Earth to be with Jane Foster and generally pal around with the Avengers. Loki was seemingly dead, slain by Kurse in Svartalfheim, and Odin was grieving for his wife. In reality, Loki sits on the throne of Asgard, disguised as Odin after faking his death and returning to Asgard in secret. Whether Odin is dead or alive is currently unclear, and will most likely be cleared up in Thor: Ragnarok.

Loki has his own agenda, and no one on Asgard is any the wiser that their king has been replaced. But Thor knows doom is coming to Asgard. Wanda Maximoff used her powers to give him a vision of Asgard and Heimdall claiming that Thor would lead them all to their deaths. Thor sought clarity in the Water of Sights, and learned that at the time that four of the Infinity Stones had been discovered. Following the defeat of Ultron, Thor returned to Asgard seeking answers.

From the post-credit sequence of Doctor Strange, it becomes clear that Thor learns of Loki’s survival and (presumably) his impersonation of Odin. The brothers come looking for him in New York City, and enlist the help of Doctor Strange. Thor’s absence from the events of Civil War were explained because he was on vacation in Australia, taking some “me time,” and rooming with Darryl. He was not idle however, investigating the Infinity Stones and Thanos (purple, magic glove, doesn’t like standing up).

The Masters of the Mystic Arts


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The Masters of the Mystic Arts, led by the Ancient One, have protected the Earth from extradimensional and mystical threats for centuries. While heroes like the Avengers protect the physical world, the Masters protect everything else. Their order is secret, spoken of in whispers. But they stand as Earth’s defense against the likes of Dormammu.

Doctor Stephen Strange has now joined their ranks, showing remarkable talents that allowed him to harness the power of the Time Stone to defeat Kaecilius and Dormammu. However, the battle to stop them resulted in the death of the Ancient One. With the Ancient One gone, Doctor Strange now stands to inherit her mantle as Sorcerer Supreme. But while he is now the protector of Earth from mystical and extra-dimensional threats, he is still learning to be master his new powers.

Doctor Strange may be one of the new superheroes to surface in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is quickly becoming a player. Now in charge of the New York Sanctum Santorum, Strange maintains a watchlist of otherworldly threats to the Earth, which includes affably evil Asgardian schemer Loki.

Spider-Man


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Captain America: Civil War introduced not only Black Panther, but was the debut of one of the most popular Marvel superheroes – Spider-Man. Fresh from the deal with Sony allowing Peter Parker and his webslinging alter-ego to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest incarnation of the wallcrawler has firmly established himself as a fan-favorite.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow Peter’s adventures as he attempts to establish himself as a bonafide superhero and prove himself to Tony Stark while presumably keeping him away from flirting with Aunt May. This is no origin story, though. Peter is already well-established as Spider-Man, and soon faces his greatest threat to date: Batman Vulture. Also, high school.

The youngest hero to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming promises a departure from the standard superhero story. In much the same way as Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the MCU to vastness of the galaxy, and Doctor Strange introduced the mystical and magical, Homecoming looks to show what happens when an average person gains powers. And the responsibilities that come with it.

The Infinity Stones


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Tying the Marvel Cinematic Universe together are the Infinity Stones – six gems of extraordinary power. In the fourteen films so far released in the MCU, five of the six stones have been discovered. The Space Stone, introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger as the Tesseract; the Mind Stone, introduced in The Avengers within Loki’s scepter and now residing in the forehead of Vision; the Reality Stone, introduced in Thor: The Dark World and known as the Aether to the Asgardians; the Power Stone, introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy and now safely held by the Nova Corps; and the Time Stone, introduced in Doctor Strange and encased in the Eye of Agamotto.

With the reveal in Doctor Strange that the Eye of Agamotto houses the Time Stone, only one Infinity Stone remains undiscovered – the Soul Stone. Viewers have kind of seen it already in Guardians of the Galaxy, and we know one thing: it is orange. But that’s pretty much the extent of our knowledge. Where it will show up, we can only speculate at this point. Considering Thanos is after all six, we can assume that it should make its debut before Avengers: Infinity War. Of all the films in Phase Three, the most likely film for the Soul Stone to debut in is probably Thor: Ragnarok.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor learned that four of the Infinity Stones had been discovered, and knew their discovery in recent years was no coincidence. He believed that someone was playing their own game, and they were little more than pawns in his scheme. One thing is sure: once the Soul Stone comes on to the board, Thanos will make his move to secure the stones and assemble the Infinity Gauntlet.

Wrapping Up Phase 3


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The bulk of this article has covered the earliest events of Phase 3, mainly the films Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. However, A LOT has happened since then. Asgard was completely destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok, as was Mjolnir, Odin, Hela, the Warriors Three and a large amount of Asgard’s population. The survivors of Ragnarok were almost completely wiped out during the first few minutes of Infinity War, including Loki and Heimdall, which means Thor is currently without a family, without a planet, or without a people.

Spider-Man is currently an Avenger. While he wanted to keep a low profile in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he was “knighted” as an Avenger by Tony Stark during Infinity War. The events of Homecoming grounded Peter, they humbled him, they also taught him the valuable lesson of how to be a hero when the mask isn’t on.

The Guardians, who are currently MIA after the events of Infinity War, except Rocket, lost both Yondu and Peter’s father, Ego during Guardians Vol. 2. Star-Lord’s father turned out to be a self-obsessed galaxy killer, so Peter and the Guardians took him out. Sadly Yondu was lost in the battle. Nebula and Gamora also healed the rift between them during the film, which set up one of the most emotional moments in Infinity War: Nebula’s torture and Gamora’s surrender of the Soul Stone to Thanos.


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That brings us to Wakanda. During the events of Black Panther, Wakanda came under siege from Kilmonger — T’Challa’s cousin. Kilmonger succeeded in becoming the new Black Panther, but not for long. At the end of the film, T’Challa and Shuri agreed to open Wakanda’s borders to the outside world. In Infinity War, Captain America brought Vision to Wakanda so Shuri could separate him from the Mind Stone. This proved unsuccessful and Vision was killed by Thanos when the Mad Titan ripped the gem from his head.

That leaves us with the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos used the gauntlet and wiped out half of the universe, including half of the Avengers. The only Avengers left are Black Widow, Captain America, War Machine, Iron Man and Bruce Banner. The only Wakandan leaders left are Shuri, M’Baku, and Okoye. As for the Guardians, only Rocket and Nebula are left. Even Nick Fury and Maria Hill vanished at the end of the film, which brings us to the final stand-alone movie of Phase 3: Captain Marvel. Her logo appearing at the end if the film signals that she will be a key part of Avengers: Infinity War.

The next three films in the phase are Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4. Hopefully each of these films will bring the right sense of closure to what has been the most unpredictable phase yet.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8th 2019, and Avengers 4 on May 3rd, 2019.

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The highest paid TV actress just explained how to negotiate pay

‘When you’re asking for a raise, you’ve got to be willing to walk out the door if you don’t get what you want.’

Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama, with her new two-year-deal with the show earning her £414,000 per episode – that’s over £14 million a year.

But according to the 48-year-old actress, this was a long time coming – reportedly fighting for equal pay for years.

That’s right. Earlier this year, the actress told the Hollywood Reporter that even as the show’s main character – you now, playing Meredith GREY in GREY’s Anatomy, she had to fight behind the scenes to be treated as an equal to her male co-stars.

‘They could always use [Patrick Dempsey] as leverage against me – ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’ – which they did for years,’ she explained of her male co-star, referring to his exit from the show as a ‘defining moment’. ‘I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals,’ she explained. ‘But there were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that.’

She continued: ‘At one point, I asked for $ 5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.’

Eventually getting her pay rise in the end, she is now calling for other women to rise up, giving her own advice on how to negotiate a pay rise.

‘The only time you ever really have power in asking for anything is if you’re willing to walk away,’ she explained. ‘When you’re asking for a raise, you’ve got to be willing to walk out the door if you don’t get what you want.’

She continued: ‘Be 100 percent honest. No, no, no, no, no, wait, wait — 98 percent honest. One hundred percent honest with yourself, 98 percent honest with the rest of the world. In being honest, it’s best to sort of start with the positive. Find something positive and lead with that, and then get into the more truthful parts of it.’

Her final piece of advice? ’Stop trying to be perfect. Nobody’s fucking perfect. I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, and no one can expect us to be. The closest we can get is to be true and respectful to each other. Be okay with your flaws. We all have them. Stop trying to speak perfect, look perfect, act perfect. Men don’t try to be perfect.’

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9 of the Best Soccer Easter Eggs and References in ‘Early Man’ Explained

It may have escaped your notice, but the latest stop-motion Claymation film from the Oscar-winning Aardman studios is a sports movie in disguise. Presented as a prehistoric animated comedy in the same vein as other Aardman films including Chicken Run and The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, Early Man quickly morphs into a film about a team of misfit underdogs taking on the big-hitters. The movie climaxes with a soccer match upon which everything’s at stake. It’s not a coincidence that the film is released ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

But if you’re coming to the film without an in-depth knowledge of footy – and in particular, the British game – you might find that some of the references soar over your head. And given that director Nick Park and the Aardman team have gone to great effort to embed them in there, you’re going to want to understand them. That’s where this guide comes in. Here’s an explainer of all the best soccer Easter eggs and references we found – with Nick Park himself contributing his insight exclusively for FANDOM in the video above.

Goona


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Goona’s name references the fans of a London soccer team.

Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams voices a character called Goona. She’s a Bronze-Age girl who meets Stone-Ager Dug and befriends him. A talented footballer, she finds herself at the mercy of sexist attitudes that prevent her from playing for the Bronze Age team, which is populated by European-accented prima donnas. She finds her place as player-coach of the Stone Age team – aka the Stone Age Brutes – and helps them in their pursuit of victory. The Easter egg here is in Goona’s name – ‘gooner’ — is a slang term for a fan of London-based Premier League club, Arsenal.

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Nick Park explains that he pitched the film as exactly this. Which clearly did the trick, as it got its funding and is about to hit screens. It’s an amalgamation of the name of the film and Manchester United – or Man United as it’s frequently shortened to – a football club based in the north of England that has seen a lot of success over the years. They’re one of the most famous teams in the world.

The Robot

During the football match, you’ll see Hognob, Dug’s wild boar companion, pulling out some moves on the sidelines. He’s mimicking a famous goal celebration by an exceptionally tall football player named Peter Crouch, who famously made ‘The Robot’ his own. He first pulled out the move during a pre-2006 World Cup friendly match, and reprised it when he scored his 100th Premier League goal.

Queen Oofeefa

The Queen’s name is a reference to association football’s governing body FIFA. The letters stand for ‘Fédération Internationale de Football Association’. It’s French: the organisation’s headquarters are based in Zurich, Switzerland. As Nick Park explains, they couldn’t use the name ‘FIFA’ for legal reasons, hence the reason it’s spelled differently.

The Iconic Vuvuzela

If you watch closely as the film reaches its grand finale, you’ll seen Queen Oofeefa reach for a long, narrow horn to pipe out a sound. This is the humble vuvuzela – a controversial musical instrument of sorts that became a mainstay in the stands during the 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa. Used by fans to rally their team, it emits a loud, buzzing sound when you blow into it. Fans, players and broadcasters cultivated a love-hate relationship with this unassuming plastic horn.

Commentary Team


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Alan Hansen sits bottom row, left; John Motson stands top row, right in 1998.

As with many sports comedies, there’s a commentary duo to crack jokes and help jolly the proceedings along. In Early Man, the twosome is made up of a couple of characters British football fans will find familiar – although the actual voices are provided by comedy actor and impressionist Rob Brydon. He’s mimicking former Scottish international-turned-pundit Alan Hansen, and legendary commentator John Motson.

Football Chants

As you watch, you’ll hear the crowd chanting ditties while the game is played. These are actual fan chants that have grown from humble origins on the terraces at football grounds to become extremely widespread and well-known. In Early Man, the words have been tweaked to make them funny and relevant to the time-period and storyline. For instance, “You’re going down the mine” is a jibe by the Bronze Age fans to the Stone Age team that they’re going to lose, and consequently end up working down the mine.

Classic Commentary

If you’re watching, and you get to the end, and you really don’t get this line: “The giant duck is on the pitch! He thinks it’s all over! It is now!” allow us to explain. It’s a reference to a classic line of commentary that’s dear to every English football fan’s heart. The original line goes: “Some people are on the pitch! They think it’s all over! It is now!” It was spoken by BBC broadcaster Kenneth Wolstenholme, just as Geoff Hurst thumped the ball into the back of the net in the dying moments of the game. He was commentating on the 1966 World Cup Final in which England historically beat West Germany 4-2. It’s the only time England have ever won a World Cup Final.

Early Man hits screens in the UK on January 26 and in the US on February 16.

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‘Justice League’: Cyborg’s Powers Explained

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains very mild spoilers about the Justice League film and the character Cyborg. Proceed with caution.

The Justice League has some pretty heavy hitters, but its most powerful member may be the half-human, half-machine Cyborg.

The character (played by Ray Fisher in the new film), was introduced via cameo to the DC Extended Universe in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Character Origin

Footage of his “creation” was found in the files Wonder Woman hacked. Before his transformation, Cyborg was Victor Stone, a star football player. He was mortally wounded in a car accident, with much of his body beyond repair. Victor’s father, the scientist Silas Stone, was able to salvage his son’s head and upper torso. (Sharp-eyed fans will recognize Silas’ portrayer, actor Joe Morton, as the cybernetic scientist Miles Bennett Dyson from Terminator 2.)

Unwilling to let Victor die, Silas developed a cybernetic body, but couldn’t complete the project. With the help of an alien Mother Box, Silas was able to connect Victor’s human consciousness to an extremely powerful robotic body. Batman and Wonder Woman need extra firepower to combat Steppenwolf, so they recruit Cyborg into the ranks of the Justice League.

Cyborg’s Powers Explained


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Cyborg commandeers an even bigger bot.

So what exactly are Cyborg’s powers?

His cybernetic body grants him superhuman strength and durability. It houses sophisticated systems that allow him to interface with other computers, and also create tools and weapons.

Cyborg’s “organic and biomechatronic body parts” (as Wonder Woman describes them) give him a variety of combat options. His primary weapon is an arm-mounted sonic cannon. He’s able to create a jetpack for flight, and additional armor to cover his human (aka vital) areas.

One trailer shows the hero taking control of an even bigger, heavily armed mech — adding to the League’s firepower.

Justice League opens on November 17 in the U.S. and U.K.

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Tupac Shakur’s Unsolved Murder: Music’s Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

The unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur is to this day one of the most widely debated homicides in music history – even now, over 21 years later, people still speculate about what exactly happened that night.

This is what we know for sure: On the evening of September 7th, 1996, Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight, the then-CEO of Death Row Records, attended a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in

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The bigger the name, the weirder the theory.

Paul McCartney became a household name when he rose to prominence as part of the Beatles in the 1960s, and his star power has held steady ever since the band broke up in 1970. But some conspiracy theorists believe that the Paul we know and love today is not

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‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Crafting Explained

Some of the usual techniques are still in play in Assassin’s Creed Origins crafting, but the big difference is Senu. This video walks you through how crafting is linked to hunting.

As one of the eagle’s many uses, it can see icons for all the animals from its birds-eye view. This is a quick and easy way to hunt down the extra materials you need for upgrades. You don’t even need to know which animal your hunting. Just match the icon!

Of course you’ll want to take note of the more dangerous animals. Sometimes those icons will lead you straight into shallow water — where the territorial hippos and hungry crocodiles linger. But before long you’ll be able to take them on easily enough.


Senu in Assassin's Creed Origins helps find resources

Weapons are also upgraded a little differently to gear. In our short time with the game so far, we received weapons more commonly as rewards. These would scale with your level at the time you got them. Expect to replace these often. If you get a legendary weapon at a certain point, after a few levels you might start seeing better ones elsewhere.

Gear, however, seemed less common and is meant to be upgraded with the resources you find in the world. I saw only one shield drop, but had the chance to level up my chestplate and bracers to give myself more hitpoints and damage.

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“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name


“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

The moment was brief, but This Is Us just answered one of our *burning* questions in tonight’s episode! If you haven’t seen Season 2, Episode 3, “Deja Vu,” now might be a good time to skedaddle because #SPOILERS. Last chance, because we’re about to get into plot details…

This week’s This Is Us saw Rebecca take Jack out on a romantic date to try to work through some of their marital difficulties.

She makes a move, but he rebuffs her advances so the pair head back to their home pretty quickly. Once there, Jack tells Rebecca that it’s been difficult to open up to her as of late, but that he wants to keep talking to her. Rebecca throws their burgers into the grass, and follows him back into the car so they can continue their date.

That may seem like a little detail about the burgers, but as we’ve learned time and time again…there are NO small details on This Is Us. That burger attracts the attention of a dog, who starts chowin’ down. And not just any dog. No, no, no, this is the dog we saw Kate clutching at the end of the Season 2 premiere. This is the dog that appeared out of nowhere, but is a potential clue about Jack’s death.

“Hey, looks like someone got to enjoy the burgers tonight,” Jack says upon finding the pup.

Rebecca wonders if it’s a stray, and Jack picks the dog up. It looks like love at first sight if you ask us, which means there could be a lot of sentimental value attached to that dog, WHICH MEANS Jack could, IDK, be willing to run into a burning house to save it??? Just some food for thought…

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Our guess is that the Pearsons adopted the dog in this moment — or pretty soon after. In any case, we finally know *where* the dog came from. Now, can we learn its name already? And we need to know what connection, if any, this pup has to Jack’s death. But also, can we learn its name already?! For now, we’re just going to think of it as Sparky Pearson.

And here’s hoping we learn that darn name when This Is Us returns to NBC next Tuesday.



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Kanye West wasn't wrong to appoint himself Yeezus back in 2013, but according to some ardent music conspiracy theorists, his destiny to become one of music's most innovative, controversial figures was determined long ago. Say, back in 1972, exactly five years before he was even born.

That was the year when the late David Bowie released his seminal rock-opera album The Rise and Fall of

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Interband Beefs Explained: Fifth Harmony, Journey and More

Interband beefs are an essential part of rock and pop lore. Such tensions are currently plaguing acts young and old, from hitmaking girl group Fifth Harmony to prog veterans Yes. Read on for a rundown of who's currently at odds.

Journey's Neal Schon vs. Jonathan Cain
The story: Just months after Journey entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, guitarist Neal Schon began

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Your Virginia Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply

Your Virginia Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply


Few people want to think about what would happen to their families if they become disabled or die; however, planning for these occurrences in advance will reduce potential stress on your family later in life. The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. This book will take the guesswork out of planning your estate and help you finally understand the complex processes. Your Virginia Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply will help you glide through this complicated process. This book has been adapted to offer Virginia residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Author Linda C. Ashar, attorney at law, has crafted an estate-planning primer that allows Virginia residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Your Virginia Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply will provide all the information you need to choose, set up, and execute a will, trust, or estate. You will learn the legal terminology, including beneficiary, probate, trustor, trustee, assets, guardianship, and executor. You will also learn about trust agreements, trust property, settlement costs, life insurance, durable powers of attorney, marital deductions, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, tax deferred accounts, and advance directives. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed. This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.
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Most people find thinking about the possibility of disability or death extremely unpleasant; however, planning for these occurrences in advance will reduce potential stress later in life. With the help of this new book, you can take the guesswork out of planning and finally understand the complex processes. The Complete Guide to Wills, Trusts, & Estates will provide you with all the information you need to choose, set up, and execute a will, trust, or estate. You will learn the terminology, including such words as beneficiary, probate, trustor, trustee, assets, guardianship, and executor. You will also learn about trust agreements, trust property, settlement costs, life insurance, durable power of attorney, marital deductions, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, tax deferred accounts, and advance directives. Furthermore, you will learn how to protect your financial privacy, how to plan for long-term care, how to reduce or eliminate taxes, and how to choose beneficiaries and executors. By reading this book, you will understand the differences among living trusts, 529 plans, limited term trusts, life insurance trusts, estate freeze trusts, qualified personal residence trusts (QPRT), privacy trusts, A/B trusts, qualified terminable interest property trusts (QTIP), child’s trusts, and irrevocable trusts. You will know which will, be it holographic, nuncupative, self-proving, statutory, simple, joint, living, mutual, ethical, electronic, or video, fits your needs. In addition, you will be provided with estate planning strategies in easy to understand language that will make the task seem much less burdensome. Whether you are writing yourwill, establishing a trust, or planning your estate for the first time or you are updating or revising your previous plans, The Complete Guide to Wills, Trusts, & Estates will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to decide where your assets will go when you die and to whom.
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No matter what type of healthcare insurance coverage you have, Jiggered will help you understand where you fit into the overall scheme of things, how your specific type of insurance works and how it will be affected in both quality and quantity over the next few years. You''ll find that the only real crisis in healthcare is the one caused by the Federal government''s inability to fiscally control and monitor itself.

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Citizens United, Explained With Dogs

It is an antiquated rule banning cameras from the Supreme Court, when they are public proceedings affecting all Americans. John Oliver was right to challenge this seclusion from the public eye on his recent episode of Last Week Tonight when he had no choice but to dramatize courtroom proceedings with a bench of jurist dogs. Clearly a better means of public information is necessary for the highest court in the land.

Until then, here is a case that is often mentioned, though is still not clear to all: Citizens United vs. FEC, which said that corporations have the right to spend unlimited outside money in elections. Working with interviews compiled for my documentary exploring the Citizens United decision, PAY 2 PLAY, I have re-mixed the footage to include the Supreme Court of Canines.

This election cycle shows that the impacts of Citizens United are no laughing matter, with more anonymous money flowing through our elections than ever. While our campaign finance laws may have gone to the dogs, our democracy does not have to. On Election Day, use your voice at the polls, because you don’t want just any old hound dog representing your needs.

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Not a comprehensive instructional guide, this book rather aims to serve as an introductory primer that educates the general public and traditional martial arts enthusiasts about the Krav Maga system of self defense, fighting and fitness.The purpose of this book is to serve an invaluable complementary resource to the excellent instructional Krav Maga self defense books and DVDs out there.Here’s a small sampling of what you will learn from this book:• What Krav Maga is and why it is the ultimate self defense program for everyone.• A brief history of Imi Lichtenfeld and how he founded Krav Maga.• Why Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art.• The basic principles and philosophies of Krav Maga.• Rules and laws of self defense that you need to be aware of to protect yourself legally.• Why Krav Maga World Training Centers are the absolute best way to learn Krav Maga.• Three proven ways you can learn Krav Maga at home.• Three Results You Can Expect From A Krav Fitness Program … Guaranteed!!!• What Every Parent Needs To Know About Stranger DangerThis book is a must have for anyone searching for a personal self defense system for themselves or their children.

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