Author: John Bliss

Until early this morning, KISS Radio 104.9 FM was a typical soft-rock station based in Vancouver. But then something happened. Since at least 8 am local time, the station has been playing “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against The Machine, nonstop. There is no interruption for ad-breaks or DJ patter. There’s no weather update or traffic information. There is only Rage. There are a few theories. The Guardian speculated that perhaps it’s a stunt to indicate a change in the station’s programming, transitioning from contemporary soft rock to 90s hard rock. Maybe it’s a very late shout out to…

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An anonymous group calling themselves ‘Wizards for Justice’ posted an open letter on Twitter. In the letter, the group heavily criticized Hasbro, the parent company to Wizards of the Coast, for failing to comment on the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. The group claims to be employees of WOTC, which most notably makes Magic: The Gathering.The letter calls on Hasbro to “acknowledge the disproportional impact this ruling has on marginalized people, fully disclose details on additional healthcare travel benefits – as many other companies have already done, and include Wizards representation in future conversations about healthcare benefits…

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You might not have noticed, but most retailers actually have too much stuff. Not in a your-dad-complaining-about-how-consumerism-is-out-of-control way (well, not *just* in that way), but in an overflowing-inventories way. Stores are having to contend with a surplus of goods that people just aren’t buying fast enough or keeping long enough. Typically, this is solved by massive discounts but that doesn’t always cut it. CNN reports that some of the biggest store chains, including Target, Walmart, Gap, and American Eagle Outfitters are considering a new strategy: letting customers keep their returns. Walmart.com Burt Flickinger, managing director of retail consultancy Strategic Resource…

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Marvel Studios star Chris Pratt says his take on Mario will be “unlike anything you’ve heard.” Frankly, this has us worried. Mario mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto announced Pratt would be voicing Mario back in 2021, and people had some…divided opinions. In the wake of Nintendo’s Direct presentation which revealed the full cast of the upcoming animated Super Mario Bros. movie produced by Illumination, a lot of people voiced their disagreement with the casting. A lot. Like, a lot a lot. Pratt was not without defenders, but they seemed to be mostly either dismissive pundits, celebrity friends, or people invested in the…

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Amazon has a tendency to make things that are simultaneously the neat hallmarks of a technological future and features of cyberpunk dystopia. Their digital assistants are a great example; they can connect all your devices so they work together like never before, but they might also try to electrocute your ten-year-old. Oh, and they’re probably spying on you. Gizmodo reports Amazon is apparently working on a feature that can synthesize short audio clips of a person’s voice, and reprogram it as longer speech. In other words, it will analyze the pattern of your voice and combine those patterns into new…

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A Florida boy was stabbed by a catfish in a New Port Richey pond, about 35 miles northwest of Tampa. According to WFLA, the catfish’s barb went 1-1.5 inches into the child’s chest cavity. The boy’s mother called 911 when he began experiencing breathing problems. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Rescue personnel brought him as a trauma alert case. Thankfully, they were able to stabilize him shortly after admittance. https://twitter.com/PascoFireRescue/status/1538946132717477894 Anyone planning on interacting with catfish in the near future is probably a bit worried at this point, but you’ll probably be okay as long as…

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Singing, dancing, acting…writing? Yes, it turns out many celebrities who populate stage and screen also take time to write a little fiction now and then. And there are a lot of them who have tried it out. This list only covers a few, but they are some of our favorites. Young adult, detective, fantasy- there’s a wide range of genres here, so if something sounds good, maybe give it a read. Your favorite celebrity could still surprise you. Image by Dariusz Sankowski from Pixabay Aubrey Plaza Aubrey Plaza speaking at the 2019 WonderCon, for “Legion”, at the Anaheim Convention Center…

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A Union Pacific coal train derailed outside of Lawrence, Kansas. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the nearly 30 cars which detached from the engine did heavily damage the track. Further complicating matters, each of those cars carried what George Diepenbrock of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office helpfully described as a “large amount” of coal. This posed a serious problem for clean-up crews tasked with getting the trains running again. Massive piles of coal could easily hide several small fires, which could spread, and severely injure anyone who dug into them. Image by Florian Pircher from Pixabay That’s where infrared…

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Activision Blizzard is allegedly a terrible company with terrible problems. Regardless of one’s opinions on their games, they have consistently demonstrated a lack of compassion or respect for their employees. They are terrible at stopping a frat bro culture of alleged sexual harassment. They are terrible at preventing breast milk from being stolen (yes, seriously). And, they are terrible at maintaining the bare minimum of respect required to not openly joke about assault via the now infamous ‘Cosby Suite.’ Most recently, Activision Blizzard have proven that they are also terrible at internal investigations. According to a document filed with the…

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