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'Deadstream' review: A 'canceled' prankster crashes a haunted house for likes

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The internet is full of horrors, but there's a unique grotesquery in the Youtube prankster. Desperate for followers, this reckless fool refuses to take anything seriously or consider anything sacred — except for their sponsorship deals. Inevitably, their quest to shock and awe audiences will go too far, drawing the attention of more than their fans. A wider world disgusted by their ruthless idea of humor could spark so-called cancellation, costing them access to monetized media platforms. Now, imagine such a clown tossed into a haunted house, where he might face a grim comeuppance. This is the mercilessly clever setup of the SXSW premiere Deadstream, a wickedly fun found-footage horror movie that offers scorching commentary on internet fame. In a frenzied opening, audiences are given a cra

Google's new Pixel 7 line is here. Is it worth the upgrade?

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October's Made by Google 2022 event marked the full launch of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Thanks to some credible leaks, we saw a lot of this coming, but now we know the lowdown on all of the phones' exciting new software features — like macro mode and Photo Unblur. Now that the Pixel 7 line is officially official, one question remains: How do the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro compare to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro? SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 7's new photo features seem like the real deal Let's break it down.Pixel 6 vs. Pixel 7 The Pixel 7 comes in a soothing lemongrass color. Credit: Google DisplayThe Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display while the Pixel 7 co

In Historic Move, Biden Announces He Will Pardon Thousands of Federal Cannabis Offenses

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Today President Joe Biden announced that he will pardon people with federal convictions for simple possession of cannabis. Going further, he announced that he will direct the U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to begin the process of reviewing the classification of cannabis at the federal level. The official White House statement was published October 6, noting that under current federal law, cannabis falls under Schedule I alongside deadly drugs like fentanyl. The White House will  “review expeditiously” the plant’s current classification. The New York Times reports that the move will affect upwards of around 6,500 people who were convicted on federal charges for simple possession of cannabis during th

Fat Bear Week is back and it's the best one yet

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Large, living legends dwell in the remote Alaskan wilderness. They're the internet-famous bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve, and they grow impressively fat over the summer on the livestreamed explore.org wildlife webcams. A majority of these bears — like the singular, persevering Otis — return to feast on calorie-rich salmon in the park's Brooks River each year. Katmai celebrates the success of these wild animals by hosting an annual Fat Bear Week contest in the early fall.In reality, every bear is a winner for surviving in the harsh northern wilderness. But the public (that means you) gets to vote online for the fattest bear in a light-hearted tournament. It's a superb way to learn about the fascinating lives of these animals, and how they thrive. After months of chomping salmon,

'The Super Mario Bros Movie' trailer: How does Chris Pratt's Mario sound?

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Ever since Chris Pratt was revealed to be voicing everyone's favorite video game plumber in The Super Mario Bros Movie, we've had one question on our minds: What in the world is he going to sound like?Now, with the release of the first trailer, we have our answer. Pratt's take on Mario sounds like... Chris Pratt. That's it, that's the truth. Sure, maybe there's a hint of an accent on his delivery of, "Mushroom Kingdom, here we come," but "It's-a me, Mario!" it is not. SEE ALSO: No thanks, Chris Pratt. The perfect 'Super Mario Bros.' movie already exists. The rest of the trailer features some Mario Easter eggs and pretty cool animation, including a look at Bowser's (voiced by Jack Black) forces taking on an army of penguins. There's al...

Google Pixel 7's new photo features seem like the real deal

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Google is saving terrible photographers (like me) from ourselves.I got to try out the new Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch devices shortly after the Made By Google 2022 event. While there’s still a ton that I can’t judge about these new devices based on some brief testing with display units (like many of the Pixel 7 phones’ new AI features and all of the Pixel Watch’s health tracking features), the little bit I was able to try out left me hungry for more Pixel camera shenanigans. SEE ALSO: Everything Google announced at the 2022 Pixel event New Pixels, a lot like the old PixelsLet’s start with the part where I literally put my hands on both new Pixel phones. While I didn’t have either of the Pixel 6 models on hand for a direct co

Morocco Issues First Cannabis Production Permits

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The northern African nation of Morocco formally launched its legal cannabis industry this week with the issuance of the country’s first 10 permits to produce cannabis. The Moroccan government legalized the regulated production and commercialization of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes in March of last year, giving its limited stamp of approval to an industry that has thrived in the country for hundreds of years. Under the law, farmers in Morocco’s northern mountainous areas who organize into collectives will gradually be permitted to cultivate cannabis to fill the needs of the legal market. Abdeluafi Laftit, the Interior Minister of the Alaouite kingdom, Morocco’s reigning monarchy, said the legalization of cannabis is part of the government’s plan to create new “developmen

Amazon, Supporter of Cannabis Reform, Continues To Ban Grinders

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On one hand Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, openly supports specific pieces of cannabis legislation for reform and allows unregulated employees to consume cannabis on their own time. But on the other hand, harmless accessories like grinders are inconsistently flagged and banned from the platform, sending mixed messages, as Harris-Bricken’s Canna Law Blog pointed out. Arnold Marcus, 68, who operated the vendor Golden Gate Grinders on Amazon, detailed to The Seattle Times how his cannabis grinder listings were suddenly flagged as a violation of company policy prohibiting the sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia, after he built his business up for nearly 10 years. Losing Amazon seller account privileges is like the kiss of death, given how much success depends upon e-sales nowadays.

I Tried Compressed Cannabis ‘Pucks’ and They’re Strange, But Really Good

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I remember buying weed from my friend’s boyfriend one muggy day the summer after I graduated high school. After whispering an ashamed “hello” to his wheelchair-ridden grandfather in the living room and avoiding the tiny, yapping pomeranians nipping at my ankles, he shuffled me up the stairs. His loft, if you could call it that, consisted of no more than an old couch in front of a massive television with an XBOX and some crooked Grateful Dead posters pinned to the scuffed walls. The smell of half-smoked joints and Nag Champa hung thick in the air. “You can sit if you want,” he mumbled with a crooked smile through his dreads. Before I could get comfortable on the stained cushions he handed me a clear hose. “Breathe in. It’s just weed,” he reassured me. As I inhaled, he held up the othe

California’s Newsom Signs Bill To Offer Alternative Plea For Those Facing Drug Charges

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is drawing plaudits from drug reform advocates after signing a bill into law last month that will create the option for an alternate plea to individuals facing certain drug convictions. Titled the “Alternate Plea Act,” the law enables prosecutors to offer some defendants who have been charged with drug-related offenses a public nuisance plea. As the Drug Policy Alliance explains, the “public nuisance plea will carry the same criminal penalty as the drug offense charged but without triggering the collateral consequences.” “With this plea option, individuals will be able to resume their life after incarceration and not be blocked from securing housing and employment,” the group said in a press release last month. Under the law, prosecutors will be abl