Maison Kitsuné Announces NBA Collaboration

Following collaborations with the likes of Nike and New Era, the NBA has now partnered with Maison Kitsuné for a special project. News in turn broke earlier today as the French outfit took to social media to announce the effort.


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For now, we have little details surrounding the collaboration, but with NBA All-Star Weekend set to take over Los Angeles next month, look for information to (seemingly) arrive sooner rather than later.

Just months ago, however, Maison Kitsuné opened the doors to its new New York City flagship.

In related news, Columbia has revealed freestyle ski team uniforms for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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Eminem Releases Explosive Chloraseptic Remix Featuring 2Chainz, Fires Back At Haters

Eminem recently released his latest Album “Revival” to some solid reviews and other not-so-positive reviews. Turns out that something must’ve rubbed Em the wrong way because he unleashed a very entertaining remix to his album track “Chloraseptic” featuring 2Chainz today, who delivers a lyrically top-shelf verse along with Phresher who fits in nicely in the mid-verse, leaving the runway clear for the Detroit native to unleash a thorough drubbing. Shifting flows and topics but aimed squarely at his detractors, one gets the feeling that this is the sort of motivation he needs to continue being great. The remix is so good that for a split second you forget that this is 2018; Eminem has used his voice as a guitar for so long he’s capable of bringing you right back to the musical pocket he occupies in rap almost at will. Even the reactions are in and this one’s a heater. Listen to the Remix below.

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Despite Legalization, Weed Still Banned From Coachella 2018

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Although California officially launched its recreational marijuana sector at the beginning of 2018, creating the most mammoth statewide cannabis market in the nation, organizers with the infamous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are still refusing to let adults get stoned at the event – even if it does fall on 4/20 this year.

It was recently revealed that the Coachella festival is once again banning the possession and consumption of all things marijuana when it opens the gates to its popular concert event in April. The event website explicitly states that, “Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.”

But try not to get too upset about this ridiculous policy, as it is nothing new.

Ever since Coachella began hosting some of the largest names in the music industry almost two decades ago, organizers have never given people the green light to smoke grass freely on the premises. Not even medical marijuana patients have been allowed entry with their stash.

But that was before the Golden State voters took a stand against pot prohibition in the 2016 election. Now, adults 21 and over can walk into their friendly neighborhood marijuana dispensary and purchase a variety of pot products in manner similar to beer.

Perhaps the Federal Government Has Coachella Organizers Frightened

It is conceivable the dimwitted forces of the federal government, specifically the big league thugs deemed the Trump Administration, may be one of the primary reasons Coachella’s anti-drug policy isn’t budging.

Sources close to the situation say that event organizers are still nervous about opening the concert up to weed due to some concern that it could become a hard target for Uncle Sam’s drug war shenanigans.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that has given states the freedom to experiment with legal marijuana without federal interference since 2013. The famed Cole Memo, which was never a binding agreement between the Feds and pot-friendly states, was sort of an illusion that gave everyone who cultivated and sold marijuana in a taxed and regulated market the sense they were safe from prosecution. But the smoke and mirrors of the pseudo policy could have come crashing down at any time. Why it took a year for Sessions, a man who has fought against weed since his days in the Senate, to toss this worthless piece of paper in the trash is anyone’s guess.

The consensus around the advocacy community is that this renewal of the war on weed is more symbolic than a heavy handed threat from the goons at the Department of Justice, but the folks responsible Coachella are not willing to take any chances.

Coachella Wants to Be Neighborly

It is more likely that Coachella organizers are maintaining the weed ban as a way to keep in good standings with the community. In the city of Indio, where the Coachella festival goes down, officials have taken a mighty stand against the concept of legal marijuana. Under state law, each city can choose whether to open its domain to the cannabis industry or it stomp it out. Indio has gone with the later. This means there is no cultivation, distribution or sales of anything pertaining to the cannabis plant allowed in the city limits. So, as a way to appease the town and prevent future hassles, Coachella organizers have simply decided to keep its prohibitionary standard in place.

“The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises,” Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall told the Los Angeles Daily News. “(For instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you don’t have the right to bear arms in my house.”

Final Hit: You’re Not Going to Jail As Long As You Use Common Sense

Much like last year, reports indicate that Coachella will provide “amnesty boxes at the entrance to the grounds as a way to give people one last chance to dispose of cannabis before stepping inside. Anyone caught smoking weed during the event will be punished under state law, which means they will be slapped with a $100 fine for public consumption.

But it is perfectly legal to carry small amounts of marijuana, so there is not really a possibility folks will be dragged to jail for trying to smuggle marijuana into Coachella. It’s not quite than draconian. Although it could get them kicked out of the event.

Furthermore, while “marijuana and marijuana products” have been banned from the show, a resourceful stoner can always find a way to enjoy the festivities without catching any heat from security.

This year’s Coachella festival takes place April 13-15 and again on April 20-22. The 2018 lineup includes Eminem, A Perfect Circle, Beyonce and a variety of others. Most of which we are sure will have weed backstage.

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Versace Family Blasts Upcoming American Crime Story Season As ‘Fiction’ — Read Their Grave Warning To Viewers!

The Versace family wants to warn you about the upcoming season of American Crime Story.

Less than 10 days before its premiere, the fashion family wants viewers to know that this season of FX’s crime anthology, which examines the murder of Gianni Versace, was not done with its blessing.

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On Monday, the family said The Assassination Of Gianni Versace should be considered as only a “work of fiction,” writing in a statement:

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”

A slap in the face to Ryan Murphy.

The family’s gripe mostly comes from the source material: Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth‘s book about the murder, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History — a nonfiction the Versaces also did NOT authorize.

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But FX is standing by it’s use of the “heavily researched” best-seller. The studio said in response:

“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

FX has Ryan’s back!

Such a statement from the family wasn’t exactly shocking, given that the Versaces did not give costume designer Lou Eyrich any support in designing the wardrobe for the season. Without a thread from the family, Eyrich instead bought hundreds of vintage Versace from dealers around the world.

Will you be watching the piece of *fiction* when Versace premieres January 17 on FX?

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French Consumer Fraud Group Investigating Apple for ‘Alleged Deception’ and ‘Planned Obsolescence’

French consumer fraud group DGCCRF, part of the country’s economy ministry, last week launched a preliminary investigation into Apple over “alleged deception” and “planned obsolescence” of Apple products, reports Reuters.

The investigation follows Apple’s admission that it slows down some older iPhones with degraded batteries during times of peak power usage in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

Apple introduced the power management feature in iOS 10.2.1 following complaints of unexpected shutdowns in the iPhone 6s, but Apple did not make it clear to consumers that it was due to battery deterioration nor did Apple inform customers that it could cause occasional performance slowdowns.

Apple has since apologized for its lack of communication and introduced a new policy that allows iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE owners to receive a one-time no-questions-asked $29 battery replacement for their devices, as a device with a depleted battery that is affected by throttling will return to normal performance with a battery replacement.

According to Apple, the power management features that prevent unexpected shutdowns by occasionally throttling older iPhones with batteries in bad condition are designed to preserve the life of the iPhone for as long as possible and were not implemented to force upgrades. From Apple:

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

Despite Apple’s efforts to correct the issue, in addition to the French inquiry, the company is now facing more than two dozen lawsuits accusing it of intentionally slowing down older iPhones and failing to disclose the changes that it introduced in iOS 10.2.1. One of those lawsuits also stems from France, filed by French consumer group “HOP,” which translates to “Stop Planned Obsolescence.”

The French watchdog’s investigation could take months to complete, and based on the findings, the issue could be escalated to a judge for a more in-depth inquiry or dropped all together.

If Apple is found guilty of planned obsolescence in France, the punishment could be a fine of up to five percent of its annual sales.

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Bam Margera Arrested for DUI, Released on $15K Bail

Professional skateboarder and stunt performer Bam Margera was arrested on Sunday, January 7, in Los Angeles for driving under the influence, TMZ reports.

According to the site, Margera approached California Highway Patrol officers while they stopped another driver, and as he slowed down, cops saw him on his phone while driving, and told him to pull over. During speaking to Margera, the authorities sensed a strong smell of alcohol, then proceeded to give the Jackass star a sobriety test.

Eventually getting booked for DUI, upon discovering that he had alcohol in his system, Margera’s bail was set at $15,000 USD, and he was then released shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to documents obtained by TMZ.

Interestingly, this is Bam’s first DUI arrest, after opening this past fall about how he beat bulimia and alcoholism.

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New Species of Spider Named For Bob Marley

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In high seas or low seas
I’m going to be your friend
I’m going to be your friend
High tide or low tide
I’ll be by your side
I’ll be by your side

These words of unity in the face of adversity, from the song High Tide or Low Tide by the legendary Bob Marley, have led an international team of researchers to name a newly discovered species of spider after the reggae superstar.

“The song ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ promotes love and friendship through all struggles of life,” according to Dr. Barbara Baehr, an arachnologist with the Queensland Museum and member of the group that made the discovery.

New Species of Spider Named For Bob Marley

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The spider, dubbed Desis bobmarleyi, was first collected in 2009 from the intertidal zone along the northeastern shore of Queensland, Australia. This ecosystem is a challenging habitat that cycles from exposed shoreline at low tide to water up to 18 feet deep when the tide is high, and further inspired the scientists to honor Marley.

As the tide rises, D. bobmarleyi uses silk to seal itself into small air pockets in the rocks, coral, and seaweed that make up its home. Once submerged, the spider can continue to breathe, safely tucked inside the bubble of air it has trapped. At low tide it emerges to hunt, catching prey such as small invertebrates with its large fangs.

Dr. Baehr is also one of the authors of a paper describing the new species in the life science journal Evolutionary Systematics, which was published in December 2017. She told that the researchers, all Bob Marley fans, were listening to his music on the night the live specimens were captured. Her colleague, Dr. Danilo Harms of the Center for Natural History (CeNak) in Hamburg, Germany, suggested the name for the discovery.

Dr. Baehr said the name is “a symbol for working and struggling together for a surprising outcome.”

The team has proposed “Bob Marley’s Intertidal Spider” as the common name for the new species.

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