Mainstream news sources have been established with the priority to conjure a bias, so that rather than present objective information in a way that can be utilized by the masses constructively, this misinformation directs the unthinking majority to assume and behave in a way that benefits those orchestrating our status quo. There is also an emphasis to dramatize trivialities, which sustains a shallow, uncritical disposition collectively.

Adhering blindly to any news station only cultivates a self destructive, irrational dependency on these mediums. If it isn’t tangible, direct perception, we are left with the responsibility of filtering any asserted information through a process of skeptical contemplation, lest we unconsciously consent to being manipulated.

- Paul John Moscatello


Illustration I did for Santander Music 2015, which will be held on July 30th to August 1st this summer. I will be visiting Santander to give lectures at the masterclass on July 29th and 30th at the Santander Exhibition Center. An exhibition of my artworks is also planned at the Artesantander International Art Fair on July 25th through July 29th.

Natalie Dormer running the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

 “Game of Thrones” stunner Natalie Dormer is tackling the TCS New York City Marathon in November.

The actress will pound the 26.2 miles across the five boroughs to raise money for the Team for Kids charity, which funds youth running programs across the country.

“I’m so excited to be running the TCS New York City Marathon this year as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador,” Dormer said in a statement to the New York Road Runners, who organize the annual race. “I am inspired to take on this challenge and to run for such a worthy cause.” (x)

Cannabist calendar: 50-plus things to do in March 2015

March 1: Adam Devine.  Comedian and actor Adam Devine of Comedy Central’s show “Workaholics” and movie “Pitch Perfect” performs two standup shows. 6:30 and 10:30pm.  $25 in advance, $27.50 day of show. The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Click here for details

March 1: Boulder Comedy Show. Weekly showcase featuring comedians from across the country. $3. 7 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder. Click here for details

March 1: Lionversary. The Lazy Lion is celebrating its second anniversary. Gasmask slabs dropped every hour. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lazy Lion, 2502 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. Click here for details

March 2: Bellinis Beer Bong Bingo.  A singles mixer. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and play bong bingo with Jeffrey Peterson, the 420 Comic. Gift bags for all attendees. 7 p.m.. $40. Must RSVP in advance to get location info. Click here for details

March 2: Sexpot Comedy Open Mic Comedy Night. Sexpot Comedy presents open mic stand-up on Monday nights. Hosted by Jeff M. Albright. Free. 8 p.m. Goosetown Tavern, 3242 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Click here for details

March 3: Kara Smokey Karaoke Club.  Cannabis karaoke hosted by Hoss-Style. $5. 8 p.m.-midnight. Speak Easy Vape Lounge, 2508 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. Click here for details

March 4: Too Much Fun. The Fine Gentleman’s Club, with comedians Chris Charpentier, Nathan Lund, Sam Tallent and Bobby Crane bringing comedic talent every Wednesday. Free. 10:30 p.m. Deerpile, 206 E. 13th St., Denver. Click here for details

March 5: Cool Shit: A Comedy Show. Comedy show  every Thursday night produced by Zach Reinert, Andrew Bueno and Ian Douglas Terry features stand-up, sketch and video elements. Free. 9 p.m.  3 Kings Tavern Basement (Phoenix Lounge), 60 S. Broadway, Denver. Click here for details

March 5: First Thursday Reggae Night. Organic education night with information and music by opener DJ Bloodpreshah and Rebel Rockers HiFi. See dancers, artists and local vendors, try carefully concocted cocktails.   Free. 6-10 p.m. Grow Big Supply, 4501 Wynkoop St., Denver. Click here for details.

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UFO Fleet Photographed Over Philadelphia?

While driving northbound along Frankford Avenue, a man claims that on the night of February 26th, 2015 at around 7:38 p.m., he spotted a peculiar group of light in the sky. They were swirling around, and at first he thought they might’ve been reflections. When he realized that they weren’t reflections, he pulled over to get a better look. He was able to photograph the mysterious lights, which were in a V formation, as well as record video (unfortunately, the quality was reportedly poor). The man says the lights eventually disappeared into the sky.

One could argue that these were just Chinese lanterns. On some level, they do look similar. However the odds of a group of lanterns creating a V formation is pretty slim, though not impossible. Since the lights simply disappeared into the sky, that could be a sign that these were just Chinese lanterns that eventually burned out. What are your thoughts on this sighting? Did this man witness a fleet of extraterrestrial aircraft? Or were they simply something like Chinese lanterns?


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News: Clan Fight Rules Standardized in Professional Play

This evening Bushiroad’s international branches announced their adoption of Clan Fight regulations, a system of rules that has been implemented in Japan since the release of VG-BT16: Legion of Dragons & Blades. Under these regulations it is against the rules of the game for cardfighters to mix cards of different clans in one deck, with a small pool of exceptions. The rules were originally implemented in Japan because all units printed after TD14: Seeker of Hope do not require same-clan vanguards for their skills to activate, and no grade 3 units from that point onwards have the Lord skill that prevents them from attacking if a unit on the field does not share their clan. The game designers are thus designing cards around the presumption that cardfighters may only use a single clan.

Bushiroad’s decision was preempted by that of Alter Reality Games, organizers of the 2015 US national championships. ARG had already adopted Clan Fight a week earlier as a result of strong demand from the community. The decision was made following massive player outcry against the results of the Louisville regional qualifier, where half of the top 8 decklists ran the Spike Brothers unit Frozen Ogle while using no other Spike Brothers cards in the decks. Frozen was primarily used in Cat Butler Raizer decks to search for the eponymous grade 0, but also saw play in a mixed Dimension Police deck to bring out Commander Laurel and Mist Ghost. After considering the players’ reactions, ARG elected to implement Clan Fight at all of its tournaments beginning on March 8th with the Fort Lauderdale regional qualifier.

Bushiroad’s move to imitate ARG may be in an effort to salvage the company’s official tournament system, which has progressively fallen out of favor with fans as the company as repeatedly failed to introduce best-of-three competition.

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Felicia Day’s Book Announcement

Te abriguei, nem precisei abrir a porta para você entrar. Você chegou e causou, causou algo tão intenso a ponto de acabar em alguns instantes.
—  Cogitava.

Oil Industry Illegally Dumps Fracking Wastewater into California’s Aquifers

Reports obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity show that the oil industry has illegally dumped almost three billion gallons of wastewater from fracking (hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas from deep underground) into aquifers in central California. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the leaking occurred through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of contaminated waste. The aquifers that were affected supply water for human consumption as well as irrigation for crops that provide food for human consumption.»

[ARTICLE] 150304 EXO Tops Forbes Korea’s ‘2015 Korea Power Celebrity 40’

EXO has been listed as number one on Forbes Korea’s ‘2015 Korea Power Celebrity 40.’

EXO ranked number one on the list of ‘2015 Korea Power Celebrity 40’ as selected by Forbes Korea, beating numerous other stars in various fields and proving its status and influence as a globally popular group.

Forbes Korea selected 150 nominees promoting in various fields, such as films, dramas, variety shows, music, sports and more, based on the most searched people on the portal site (Daum Kakao) in 2014 and named the winning celebrities based on the four categories of sales, media exposure, broadcast activities and professionalism and announced the seventh list of winners, since it began in 2009.

EXO Tops Forbes Korea’s ‘2015 Korea Power Celebrity 40’

EXO caught attention by being the only celebrity to list in the top 10 for all four categories (sales, media, broadcast, professionalism) and climbed to first place after ranking number five last year.

Meanwhile, EXO will be launching its second solo concert EXO Planet #2 – The EXO’luXion – on March 7-8 and on March 13 to 15 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena.