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Cloud9 The First North American Team To Win A CS:GO Major

In an unprecedented way, Cloud9 sets the record after winning the ELEAGUE Boston 2018 Championship

Let’s start by giving some background over the event. The Boston 2018 Major Championship was an eSports tournament that had players compete in the shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Normally the game has two ‘Majors’ a year, with one in winter and the other taking place during the summer. This years winter Major featured a total prize pool of $1,000,000 dollars, and its finals took place in the Agganis Arena found in Boston, MA. This competition was hosted by eSports agency ELEAGUE.

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Shot of the arena with the overhead screens featuring the sought after trophy. Image courtesy of the ELEAGUE Gallery.

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Russia Bans ‘Extremist’ Comedy The Death of Stalin

Russia’s Culture Ministry has banned the film The Death of Stalin from theaters across the nation, just days ahead of its release.

But what is The Death of Stalin, and what makes it such a controversial piece? Well, as you’d expect, the film takes place in the USSR, at the time when the infamous Soviet leader passes away. To set the scene, the year is 1953, and the communist powerhouse is left without a head of state. The country is left deep within the voids of a power struggle, and the higher-up officials/comrades of Stalin scramble to usurp his throne. The movie is a political satire, and in the same vein of “Er Ist Wieder Da” (Look Who’s Back), the 2015 German shock-humor comedy in which Hitler wakes up in modern day Berlin. The Death of Stalin shares a similar style of one-liners and mockery.

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Scene from Look Who’s Back, which features a similar style of humor. Photo courtesy of Constantin Film/Netflix.

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North & South Korea Convene To Discuss Olympic Participation

Officials and delegates from both South and North Korea decided to ‘break the ice’ in order to discuss the participation of the totalitarian regime in the 2018 Winter Olympics. This is the first high-level meet between both nations in the first time in over two years. The talks took place at the three-story Peace House, located in the South Korean border village of Panmunjom. The small town is technically a part of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Continue reading North & South Korea Convene To Discuss Olympic Participation

France Soon To Feature A Total Ban Of Cell Phones In Schools

Officials in France have pushed for a complete ban on students using cell phones in educational facilities.

Notice that this isn’t the first ban of phones in French educational spaces. For about a year now, they’ve just been banned specifically in classrooms. Students however are currently able to get onto their devices during breaks such as downtime between classes or lunch. The new law would change those rules, featuring a total ban on mobile phones. Continue reading France Soon To Feature A Total Ban Of Cell Phones In Schools

Net Neutrality: What It Is And Why It’s Important

Due to pushes by the FCC, people living in the United States may soon have major changes to the internet that would affect them everyday. What’s happening? The potential loss of net neutrality.

But what is Net neutrality? Well, according to Battle For The Net, it’s the principle that internet service providers such as Comcast, Time Warner/Spectrum and Verizon shouldn’t have control over what customers see and do online. Supporting net neutrality is supporting free speech, as ISPs would be prohibited from throttling or outright blocking different websites that don’t pay. This would include potential censorship of news organizations and social media.

Internet service providers would be allowed to slow down connection to any site they feel, which would promote monopolies and hurt start-up businesses. The creation of an internet “fast lane” would appear, where connection is free to those who would pay more for privileges we already have access to now. That would leave “slow lanes” for everyone else. For example, if a streaming service like Netflix wouldn’t pay up, users would have to deal with excruciating slow connection, or instead use the ISP’s own service. This grants companies like Comcast/Verizon a powerful monopoly over competition, and restricting the ability for the Netflix/Spotify of tomorrow has a fair opportunity to bloom. Continue reading Net Neutrality: What It Is And Why It’s Important

Famous American Criminal Charles Manson Dies At 83

You’ve probably heard the name Charles Manson before. It’s a name synonymous with insanity and lunacy. After spending over four decades in prison one of America’s most notorious criminals has now passed away at the age of 83.

But who was Charles Manson? In short he was a manipulative cult leader who held a very quirky and odd personality. He held the belief of an impending race war between blacks and whites that would arise from building racial tensions in the 60s. He felt that the Beatles were speaking to him with their music, and titled his predictions after their hit song “Helter Skelter.” To summarize his cult’s plan, while a racial war was going on, him and his crew would be in hiding in a discreet location tucked away under Death Valley, California. When the apocalypse was over and all whites in the world were exterminated, the Manson Family would rise up to meet the now “satisfied” blacks, who he felt were not capable of leading the world. Finally, he would rise up and become the ruler of all people.

Image: Charles Manson being escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in 1969.
Photo of Charles Manson being escorted by law enforcement to his arraignment over his involvement in Sharon Tate murder case. Image courtesy of AP Photo.

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Reforestation Efforts in the Amazon Aims To Plant 73 Million Trees

There have been efforts to curb the effects of deforestation for decades, however a new major project is in the works, and it’s shaping up to be historical.

What is this monumental task? A new project led by Conservation International will become the largest tropical reforestation plan to ever have existed. Over the next six years about 73 million trees will be planted in what is nicknamed the “arc of deforestation” that spans across the Brazilian states of Acre, Pará, Rondônia, the Amazonas and more. In the end the goal is to restore 70,000+ acres, about the size of over 30 thousand soccer fields, which have been cleared for pastureland.

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Stacked logs from a recently cleared forest. Moment captured by Russell A. Mittermeier of Conservation International.

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Controversies Spark As A Robot Woman Is Granted Citizenship To Saudi Arabia

Sophia, a robotic woman, has been granted citizenship to the Middle Eastern nation of Saudi Arabia.

But who is Sophia? Well to answer that you have to go back, back to a man known as David Hanson. Dr. Hanson founded the company Hanson Robotics in 2003 in order to, according to their press statement, “Bring robots to life, literally.” The Hong Kong-based company prides itself on creating the world’s most lifelike artificial intelligence. Shell bodies combined with ‘Character Engine cognition software,’ the robots can think for themselves, with the ability to perceive emotions and understand conversation.

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David Hanson on stage explaining the process of creating Sophia. Moment captured by Getty Images.

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