ban-list

Based on the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classics list, which can be found here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
22. Native Son, by Richard Wright
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
24. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
27. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
28. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
35. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
38. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
42. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

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Command Zone: The Com-Banned Zone

Today’s Commander article is going to be a response piece to the last Command Tower article written by Adam Styborski. Last week, Stybs went through one of the cards he thought should be banned in Commander and then highlighted some of the cards we readers want to banish. I’ll be going through each of the cards talked about and giving my two cents regarding their ban-worthy status. Nothing complicated. Just keep reading. Go. Do it. Now.

Come Sail Away

Deadeye Navigator

The card Stybs would like to see banned is Deadeye Navigator. He talks about harmonic synergy, the way in which Deadeye Navigator makes thing more powerful just by existing. Literally any card with an enter-the-battlefield ability gets better with it around, and it helps other creatures dodge targeted removal. Without mass removal, trying to take out a Deadeye Navigator is like trying to choke an eel.

I agree with Stybs that the card is unhealthy for Commander. It’s not a card that can be easily outmaneuvered with the social contract; if you use Deadeye Navigator, eventually you’ll break a game. Even if you just blink an Ondu Giant, you’ll pull out such a massive advantage over everyone else. There’s no way to actually use Deadeye Navigator that doesn’t set you on the game-breaking path. Stybs’s solution was to not play with it, which should be the solution for everyone.

X Marks the Spot

Sorin Markov

Two cards set a player’s life total to 10: Sorin Markov and Magister Sphinx. They’re expensive for regular constructed formats where you will probably have a player’s life below 10 by the time you hit six or seven mana. But in Commander, these cards come down fast, blow out 75% of your life, and pretty much make you dead on the next attack. That’s not fun.

Worse yet, it’s very easy to find and recur a Magister Sphinx. If one card in this pair should get banned, that’s the one. Sorin Markov is only fringe playable in a lifegain archetype anyway, its only real purpose being the middle ability.

Does their raw power earn these cards a place on the ban list? Probably. Sway of the Stars and Worldfire are there for a similar reason, and I think it’s a little hypocritical for some cards that set low life totals to be banned while others are not.

Every Turn is My Turn

Prophet of Kruphix

Two related cards are Prophet of Kruphix and Seedborn Muse. Each one lets you untap your lands and creatures on other players’ turns, cramming extra value down everyone else’s throat. Each card comes with its own caveat. Prophet lets you cast creature spells whenever (read as: never on your own turn), while the Muse untaps your artifacts too. Each card sends you down a dangerously degenerate path, with the Prophet the clearly more powerful option.

Are they ban-worthy? Certainly Prophet of Kruphix has to be talked about. It’s a purveyor of harmonic synergy itself; if you play creatures, it makes your deck supremely better. Seedborn Muse is less abusable, usually letting you to things with activated abilities only. “Only.”

I can see myself in a future where Prophet of Kruphix is banned. I’m not sure Seedborn Muse is worth excommunicating along with it. After all, you can social contract out a lot of the Muse’s power, especially when it comes to including abilities in a deck. I think forcing players to add a second card to the combo to reach Prophet of Kruphix’s is enough to keep Seedborn Muse legal.

Double Trouble

Mana Reflection

I agree with Stybs that the final card submitted to the article isn’t worthy of a ban. Mana Reflection is an excellent card, there’s no doubting that. It’s very powerful, and that’s part of why I don’t mind it. If a player has the gall to cast a Mana Reflection, they have to be prepared to have it blown up almost immediately.

And let’s look at Mana Reflection for a moment. It doubles your mana. That’s it. It doesn’t protect itself, it doesn’t protect anything else, it doesn’t generate card advantage, and the tempo advantage is a trap. It’s tempting to just dump your hand onto the battlefield after sticking a Mana Reflection, but Wrath of God is much cheaper than whatever it is you just did. Mana Reflection enables you to overextend your hand, which isn’t something you really want to do.

Without massive card draw, Mana Reflection doesn’t do a whole lot for its controller. If they’re still only casting one or two spells a turn, then where’s the broken part of this card? It needs card draw and haymakers in order to make anything near a broken play. Its combo potential is far too fragile, baring Basalt Monolith shenanigans.

The Green Mile

For the most part, the Commander community knows what’s bah-roken and what’s simply just powerful. Deadeye Navigator, Sorin Markov, Magister Sphinx, and Prophet of Kruphix are top contenders for the ban list. I think Seedborn Muse can squeak buy, and Mana Reflection is fine as it is. I’m surprised Derevi wasn’t mentioned in Stybs’s article, as her status on the French Commander ban list surely should bring her name up for the rest of the format.

Until next time, planeswalkers, may you get away with your heinous crimes before the rules committee comes and shuts you down.

Mega Rayquaza just broke Pokemon.

CC here! So as of lately on Smogon (the main competitive Pokemon battling scene), and can be confirmed now, Mega Rayquaza is so impossibly strong that it had to be banned from Uber tier, which was ALREADY the banned list/broken tier, and they had to create an entirely new tier called Anything Goes (AG). In this tier, all restrictions are removed except for the Endless Battle Clause, and is the only competitive tier in which Mega Rayquaza can be used. 

Holy crap, Game Freak. What have you done? 

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The Flip Side of BETs Banned Artist List: A Fine List to Get Your Hip Hop Music Collection Going

Today I was introduced to what is the suggested list of artists whose new music is banned, blacklisted from airplay on BET. Apparently it has been around the web since 2005, patently upsetting Hiphoppas for the continuous lacking representation, actual boycotting of constructive content and BETs agenda, though its legitimacy is debatable.

An official response or source was never given yet my thought was this; regardless of its authenticity and use; it’s a great list, a quite compact but impressive index of dope Hip Hop artists. Call me a stargazer but I see how we can take our advantage of this list, and turn the negative into a positive.

If you’re just discovering Hip Hop music and looking for a lead to wether start video playing, playlist assembling or record digging; here you go!

Still a nice range of styles, from KRS to Mos Def, the people listed below are – besides ‘irrelevant’ to the BET public – all talented, conscious and unique individuals with flow and a vocab and a passion for life, the arts and the culture. If like me you listen to fine beats and rhymes to vibe to, work to and stimulate your happiness and brainpower; really, look no further.

Now here’s the full BET Banned Artist List, along with two sample tracks to illustrate the point.

Kool G. Rap

Craig G

MC Lyte

Buckshot

Kool Keith

A Tribe Called Quest

A+

Jeru

The Liks

The Artifacts

AZ

Bad Seed

Bahamadia

Da Brat

Goodie Mob

Bone Thugs N Harmony

Black Moon

Methodman

E-40

Canibus

Afu Ra

Cappadonna

Channel Live

Cocoa Brovaz

Freddie Foxxx

GZA

El-P

D.O.C.

Diamond D

Dead prez

De La Soul

MF Doom

Camp Lo

Geto Boys

Brand Nubian

Boot Camp Clik

KRS One

Black Sheep

Raekwon

4th Avenue Jones

Heather B

Jayo Felony

Killah Priest

Lil Cease

McGruff

Mic Geronimo

Monie Love

Mos Def

Ice Cube

Hieroglyphics

Inspectah Deck

Jean Grae

Nate Dogg

O.C.

Onyx

 Jeru

Bahamadia

Recognize the realness? If you’ve been down with Hip Hop, you’ll know most of the list but you can still get back to it, share it and make sure to support these artists with views, shares, purchases, exposure and appreciation. BET (and basically every other mainstream media outlet) sure as hell won’t.

Since it’s out there, we might as well let it serve a purpose, right?

Peace, prosperity and positivity,

Nadia

Lmao E-40 got banned it must’ve been cause of that Jesus christ had dreads line he used in Tell Me When To Go

I wonder if people realize that gun owners don’t want guns to protect themselves from other guns. 

They have guns to protect themselves from knives, clubs, hammers, fists, chains, brass knuckles, various appliances, weaponized chairs, rape attempts, strangulation, racist mobs and lynching, lethal homophobia, bath salt face eaters, needles, lethal islamophobia, lethal religious intolerance, lethally corrupt police officers, tire irons, crowbars, rabid dogs, rampaging moose, deranged ex-spouses that will not obey their restraining orders…

And if someone who’s threatening you just so happens to have a gun, well, you’re on equal ground.