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Canadian cartoon cable channel Teletoon has acquired Angry Birds Toons from Finnish producer Rovio Entertainment for its Saturday morning schedule. The animated birds will land on the cabler every Saturday at 9:57 a.m. Teletoon acquired all 52 initial animated episodes based on the popular game.
The broadcaster, which debuted Angry Birds Toons on March 16, will also air the cartoon series on its website. Angry Birds Toons will also run on Comcast’s U.S. video platforms, including Xfinity on Demand, the Xfinity TV Player app and online at www.Xfinity.com/tv.
Angry Birds Toons shows how life isn’t easy on Piggie Island for the Angry Birds. Red and his fearless feathered companions, Chuck, Matilda, Bomb, Blues and Terence, must band together to protect their eggs – and their future – from the wily plotting of the Bad Piggies. With only their wit and determination to guide them, they must overcome the Piggies’ superior technology and seemingly insurmountable numbers. But they have one great edge … the Piggies’ astounding stupidity!
According to a just-released study, Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars is the most played children’s game since its release. The study was made by start-up Kytephone which offers tools that turn Android phones into kid-safe devices with parental controls.
Kytephone pulled this data from a sample size of 13,000 children, aged 8 to 14 years olds, in over 70 countries. Kytephone co-founder Anooj Shah says the team didn’t find any major differences in app usage between regions. He noted that everyone seems to enjoy playing Rovio games regardless of location. The company looked at this data during the holidays and then again in the new year to see if anything had changed.
During the holiday season, the company found that children were spending 51 percent more time in Angry Birds Star Wars, compared with Angry Birds, despite only having 40 percent of its install base. They spent 197 percent more time in the Star Wars version than Angry Birds Space, despite having only 57 percent of its install base.
The most popular games, in terms of time spent playing, were:
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Angry Birds
- Bad Piggies
- MineCraft (demo)
- Angry Birds Seasons
- Angry Bird Space
- Temple Run
- Logo Quiz
In honor of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s September 5 birthday, Rovio has released a new animated Angry Birds YouTube short using the song “Bicycle Race.” The video was produced to raise awareness for the special Freddie For A Day fundraising evening hosted by band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The event raises funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting AIDS Worldwide, in Mercury’s honor.
“Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message, and we’re delighted to be supporting them in our own Angry Birds style,” said Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio told The Hollywood Reporter. “Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all ages, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations of fans.”
Gamers and music fans can also help raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust by purchasing a new, limited-edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirt through the Angry Birds and Bravada online stores. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
Last year, Google create the Freddie Mercury Google Doodle and many stars and brands have lent their support to honor his life and legacy and to find AIDS worldwide.
Here is the video:
About a month ago, in California, Assembly member Tom Ammiano removed a pro-cannabis bill he authored (AB2312) from proceeding in the State Senate after determining that he wouldn’t be able to gather enough support from his colleagues.
The pulling of Ammiano’s bill, and the Feds’ continued attacks on legitimate marijuana businesses, kick-started a very heated online debate among pot activists and other political cannabis factions. The issue: “Is marijuana strictly only medicinal?” and, I’m paraphrasing, “By calling it a recreational drug, does it undermine the purpose and objectives that the medical marijuana movement has been trying to achieve for these 20 years?”
From that jumping off point the original conversation thread then splintered off in a variety of directions. Soon the discussion escalated into wicked name-calling and anonymous personal threats made by braggarts using melodramatic pseudonyms. Many cases of, “You’ll never work in this town again,” were levied by local power mites and even threats of bodily harm by some extremists.
Servers were overloaded as these resin-coated telecommunications bounced back from person to person and groups to groups. While the cyber war was being waged, in the payloads of the emails were addresses of innocent bystanders added by well-meaning friends, who thought others might want in on this fervent discussion. I happen to have one of those well-meaning friends who knew I’d want to witness this Babel Tower of emails.
At first there was a gentle give and take, a dialogue, as individuals stated their positions in brief, concise paragraphs, stating their opinion on the issue. One person, in their view, decreed it to be recreational. Soon the “Why can’t it be both?” question arose.
This became the dividing point for the two camps. Opinions raged into personal diatribes blaming anyone who didn’t share their beliefs as dissenters. Soon there were only two or three camps: and you had to pick one, even if you were just offering an opinion. If you weren’t absolute in your convictions; you’re labeled as “sitting on your hands.” For many it was, ‘Shit or get off the pot time’ or something like that.
Once the veneer of good manners was removed the emails were basically, “Fuck you.”
Countered with the thoughtfully conceived retort, “No, Fuck you.” You might receive 50 emails an hour with this kind of productive banter. These people were jamming their opinions down your throat.
The boiling point hit when a fundamentalist-inspired Medicinal Only faction called out the participants who believed that cannabis is recreational. The Recreates were being honest: they liked to get high, they liked their doobies, plain and simple. Part of the Recreates’ position is that if you want total legalization, might as well call it recreational. Leave the sticky politics behind.
The exchanges deteriorated to the ganja version of the Hatfields and McCoys. Neither side was seeing the other’s point of view while the cooler heads were hopelessly stuck in the middle, attempting to get the conversation to settle down.
The last email I read, after reporting one of the groups as spam, was from a woman who claimed that by leaving her group — I wasn’t the only one — that we were censoring her. The conversation is still Spamming in hyperspace as we speak.
When it comes to marijuana and where it is going, I have my own opinions, as most thoughtful people do. I know that when it comes to who we are as a marijuana culture, we’re as diverse and opinionated as any other newly hatching group. I’m just tired of the inability to accept a difference of views within the movement.
It became exasperating trying to communicate to my colleagues and fellow activists. We don’t all have to agree but is it really the spirit of the movement to call someone else an asshole for having a different opinion? That’s when they became spam to me, dead to me, if you will. I could no longer communicate with them as a group on a rational, adult level.
If the message of the movement is becoming lost on me, a person who wants the plant to succeed, one can’t expect those that are suspicious of our motives, or are less educated about cannabis, to have an understanding of the issues at play. If we, as a group, cannot allow for the inclusiveness of other schools of thought, we don’t stand a chance at legalizing any of it.
So, the challenge for us marijuana advocates remains, how do we move forward and incorporate the competing goals within the movement? It becomes that much easier for the Federal Government to infiltrate and destroy the industry if we remain splintered into ideological subdivisions.
So, back to the question: Is it heretical to see marijuana as anything else besides medicinal?
Can the duality of the marijuana plant that clearly possesses both psychotropic and medicinal qualities ever be reconciled by a divided movement? We still have a lot of work to do as nearly half of our society still claims to be unfamiliar with marijuana.
The paradox is the plant herself. She intoxicates the senses while simultaneously providing healing qualities and treatments for those in pain. There are compounds now found in pot that can be isolated without mood altering side-effects. Other treatments rely on the divine interaction that happens when THC and her nearly sober counterpart CBD work in tandem.
The argument on the direction the plant should take might be answered in Clint Werner’s book, Marijuana: Gateway To Health. Werner brings up a very salient point that I feel gets overlooked much of the time in this debate. He cites the importance of CBDs and the hundreds of other compounds in marijuana that not only save lives, but could spark a new generation of scientific breakthroughs.
“Research on its psychological effects led directly to the discovery of a new chemical signaling system in the human body which is now recognized as playing a crucial role in regulating our neurology and physiology,” Werner writes. “In the context of the last hundred years of propaganda and prohibition, it is both ironic and amusing that this system never would have been discovered had it not been for widespread ‘recreational’ use of marijuana. The discovery of this profoundly important biological regulatory system-arose from the search to find out how marijuana gets people high.”
As long as our fellow marijuana users are being arrested and sent to jail, doesn’t the debate over who’s right seems very elitist as we in California, and other states where medical marijuana is legally available, can go to a store to purchase our weed? Or do the 34 other states just need to wait their turn for their medicine?
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld’s sculptures in a Berlin park were meant to promote world peace, but the 79-year-old German now finds himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe which accuses him of stealing a sacred pink stone known to them as “Grandmother”.
The Venezuelan government is championing the Pemon Indians of the “Gran Sabana” region by demanding the return of the polished stone from Berlin’s Tiergarten park – putting the German government in something of a dilemma.
With Caracas calling it robbery, and the sculptor arguing that the stone was a legal gift, the monolith is emitting more negative energy than its esoteric fans in Berlin are used to.
Blissfully unaware of the diplomatic tug-of-war, Robert, a Berlin gardener, got off his bicycle to light joss sticks among the stones from five continents that form the “Global Stone Project”, awaiting friends for an afternoon shamanic ritual.
But newly arrived Venezuelan tourists Grecia Melendez and Juan Carlos Brozoski knew all about the war of the stone and suspected there were political motives behind the protests.
“(President Hugo) Chavez always wants a conflict with someone,” said 32-year-old Melendez, taking photos of the 12 cubic meter stone, which is engraved with the word “love” in different languages – and graffiti with couples’ names and hearts.
Von Schwarzenfeld, a frail figure with whispy white hair and scuffed brown shoes, waved a sheaf of documents authorizing the removal of the stone from the Canaima National Park in 1998.
As with all the stones arranged in a circle in Berlin, a “sister” stone remained behind. Every summer solstice, their burnished surfaces reflect the sun “as a symbol of a united mankind, hopefully one day in peace”, he said.
The project was inaugurated in 1999 near Berlin’s landmark Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate. As children played among the stones, Von Schwarzenfeld defied Venezuela to take back what he called a “gift to Berlin” from former president Rafael Caldera.
“Peace for me does not mean the absence of conflict,” said the artist, undeterred by threats and what he too suspects are “political motivations” behind the tussle over the stone.
ALL THE ANTS YOU CAN EAT
A video circulated on Youtube has mobilized public opinion in Venezuela, recounting the mythical origins of the Kueka (grandmother in the Pemon language) and its pair, and voicing locals’ sense of loss.
“This man decided to take the Kueka without caring about its cultural value for the Pemon community,” Venezuelan activist and ecologist Any Alarcon says in the video.
Culture Minister Pedro Calzadilla told state television the donation was “illegitimate” because the stone was part of “the cultural patrimony of the (Pemon) community”. Prosecutors are looking into the stone’s removal because “whoever authorized the removal of the Grandmother committed a crime”, he said.
After Pemon tribespeople demonstrated outside Germany’s embassy last week with spears, feather headdresses and banners saying “The Pemon People Want Our Wise Grandmother Back”, the German envoy promised to relay their feelings to Berlin, while telling them it would be no easy task to return the stone.
German Foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said Berlin wanted a solution “agreed by all sides – Venezuela, the indigenous groups, the artist and the city of Berlin”.
Von Schwarzenfeld was not convinced, saying the stone’s removal would sacrifice “the 15 years of my life and all the money I spent. If it is taken away, it ruins the whole project.”
Beside him stood German anthropologist Bruno Illius, who has studied the Pemon tribe for two decades. He said there was “no such thing as a ‘holy stone’ for the Pemones, just small magical stones with practical purposes, like helping you to catch fish”.
Illius rubbished stories about the stone’s removal bringing misfortune on the tribe, like drought and the disappearance of the ants they eat in spicy sauce, saying he had eaten plenty of ants on three visits to the region, as recently as last year.
“This is all a fraud, a deception,” the professor said.
(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Reuters Television, editing by Tim Pearce)
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