Hmm... OK. See, this is something I've been wondering about. I thought like this: If I give 002 more food it will grow quicker, and a new citizen means more shields worked. So I thought the long term effect of the growth would pay off more than investing etra shield now. Am I thinking wrong? Yes, the Oracle is good but it was out of our hands here. Good info on the workers, I did not know that. I admit it was too risky... I'm sorry and it won't happen again! Your last sentence, is that a rule of thumb, or only in this situation? And how do you think we stand up to now, Spoonwood?