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The Best 420 Albums Ever

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Posted April 20, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

If part of your 420 celebration includes listening to some awesome, crunchy tunes, AOTB has got a brief list of the most awesome, exceedingly crunchy tunes for you to groove to while you're experiencing an altered state of consciousness. Give ear and get groovy, music lovers.

The Best 420 Albums EverPink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon – I have listened to this album in its entirety probably over a thousand times. It’s one of those things that you can’t just listen to a song from it…you have to kind of experience the entire thing. I don’t put a lot of credence in the whole Wizard of Oz thing, because it’s mostly coincidence, so it’s not that. The album is so thick as to be nearly impenetrable, which is to say, there’s always something new in it that I can’t believe I never heard before. Also, the fact that it’s now 37 years old is completely astonishing to me. They shouldn’t have been able to make something this good that stands up for this long and sounds current no matter when you listen to it, but they did. - MD

Twiztid - Man's Myth, Vol. 1 - Whether you're the kind of stoner who likes to partake of the icky and think about aliens and government conspiracies, the type who likes to drift away into the atmosphere or the brand that smokes because you feel that cush enhances everything from video games to the horizontal mambo, I highly recommend Man's Myth, Vol. 1 from Twiztid. The album includes such classics as "So High," "Off the Chain" and "Karma." that you'll dig no matter what kind of smoker you are. - EM

Cypress Hill - Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol (The Spanish versions of their hit songs) - This album is great in English but if you're looking for something to really blow your mind while you're blowing your mind, it's this. - TC

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What would you say if I told you you'd never have to file a tax return again? No money comes out of your paycheck for taxes and if you win a million dollars on a game show, you get a million dollars. What if we could complete dissolve the IRS? You'd probably say yes to all these things unless you work for the IRS or as a Turbo Tax programmer. Today's actual moment in de-evolution is about changing the funky tax system. We've got a few ideas, the Fair Tax, the Flat Tax, and the Wacky Tax. One of them is ours, the best ones are not.
IRS Abolish
The best idea: The Fair Tax
Most recently and widely known to be touted by Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee in the 2008 election, the fair tax was first formally proposed in Congress in January of this year and the basic gist is that income tax would not be taken out of your paycheck, the IRS would be dissolved (or to put it more bluntly as they do in the description, ABOLISHED) and the job of collecting tax would fall to the states, who would increase their sales tax percentages to make up for the loss of revenue.
Here's why I love this idea: Everyone buys things. Regardless of your income, your citizenship status, or the number of kids you have, you will be buying goods and services year round. This goes for everyone. If your hamburger is $1 and a 25% sales tax was tacked on, your burger is now $1.25. But you know what else, it's also $1.25 for the illegal alien who just got paid under the table and would have never paid any tax on his income. It's also $1.25 for the drug dealer who lives off his illegal trafficking.
The trouble is, it's also $1.25 for the AIG CEO who makes $23 million a year. It breaks down here because you don't want to charge the bum who just scrounged together 100% of his income to buy a hamburger, while Bernie Madoff isn't paying anything close to a fair percentage of his income for the same burger. But economists and mathematicians a billion times smarter than us can figure out how to make this work and I hope that someday soon it becomes a reality.

Read the proposed House bill here sponsored by John Linder of Georgia

The next best idea: The Flat Tax

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Chris Gore will be on hand in today's show to talk about the DVD release of The Spirit. Before the movie got the grand treatment on the silver screen, it was a comic book by legendary creator, Will Eisner that most people hadn't heard of. Accordingly, today's Bonus Features will profile the big screen adaptations of some of the more obscure comic book characters ever created.

DVDuesday Bonus Features: Obscure Comic Characters WIth Major Motion PicturesHoward the Duck - Before he was the centerpiece of a bad Lucasfilm endeavor, Howard the Duck was the foul mouthed, acerbic, truth-spewing star of his own title from Marvel Comics. The character still makes appearances in Marvel books today (you can spot him in issue #6 of Secret Invasion, for example), although you're not likely to ever see him on the silver screen again.

Tank Girl - This multimillion dollar dud from 1995, actually helped bankrupt the magazine in which the Tank Girl comic originated. Who would have thought that an adaptation of a comic book about a chick in a tank who fights an evil megacorp, along with talking kangaroos, would fail?

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It's hard coming up with original, compelling characters in video games. In the quest for larger rosters, some developers have used slight alterations and color swapping to make it seem like their titles had a multitude of unique fighters. The following are some examples of actual de-evolution in fighting games. 

Actual Great Moments In De-Evolution: Fighting Games Characters

Dan is de-evolved from Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter II - Dan first appeared in Street Fighter Alpha, wearing a pink gi and hurling autographed pictures of himself. Clearly, he's a comical version of Ken and Ryu, only with weak special moves and a little fart-cloud Hadouken.

Actual Great Moments In De-Evolution: Fighting Games Characters

The Ninjas are de-evolved from Scorpion and Subzero from Mortal Kombat - By the time Ultimate Mortal Kombat III had become the obvious favorite among arcade rats across the country, the game had amassed an army of ninja characters (some instantly selectable, others unlockable), one for almost every color of the rainbow. Reptile, Noob Saibot, Ermac, Rain and Smoke all fought either for or against the Forces of Shao Kahn and they were all mere doubles of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, except with different color costumes. Flawless Mockery! 
 

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A few years ago before Facebook was widely available to everyone and still confined to students, MySpace was the king of this burgeoning new world of online social networking. My friends and I were first understanding the idea of what having a version of yourself on the internet that anyone could see at any time really meant, when one of the more social among us died suddenly.

It was a traumatic and tragic way that he died but the ever-present geek in me eventually wondered about his MySpace profile. I checked it out. The comments section was jammed full of condolences and "I miss you"s, the most interesting of which were messages from family members and friends who had lost touch. I knew these commenters weren't that connected to him in real life, and it was powerful to see them reach out in a public forum and proclaim their regret and grief over losing someone not yet clear of their twenties. It must have had some therapeutic value for them, like going to a grave and leaving flowers or some other significant object as a gesture of love. Eventually, his profile disappeared.

More recently, a friend of a friend died under similarly tragic circumstances and the same thing happened. His MySpace profile was bombarded with well wishes and for a while an almost daily reminder from his sister, stating how much she loved and missed him. Being curious and slightly removed from the situation, having never met him, I checked the profile every day to see how things unfolded. Eventually I stopped checking as people posted less and less, their grief apparently dwindling and sealing up. Recently, I went to check out the profile and found nothing there. An empty internet void we're all too familiar with when there are no search results. A huge white space where a friend of a friend used to be. My search "did not match any documents."

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No one knows for sure what the future holds for us, but I've got some pretty good ideas. Some of my predictions are based on flights of fancy, others on past precedent, but all of them tickle me to no end. Here are the top five things I'm looking forward to in the next ten years.

The Five Best Things About The Next DecadeLou Bega's Gangster Rap Album -  Seeking another fifteen minutes in the spotlight, the short lived pop sensation is going to appeal to a whole new generation of fans with an album that's more geared toward the thuggish, ruggish set. His new album, Bega Up, Harlots Down will sell miserably. Afterward, Bega will find the fortune and the attention he craves by doing commercials which prompt people to sell their gold in exchange for cash.

Star Wars: Episode X, XI, XII - Following the incredible box office draw of the long, looooong awaited Episodes VII, VIII and IX in 2011-2014, George Lucas will announce that he's going to continue the story of Luke Skywalker and company in yet another trilogy of films. The fan community will erupt with joy and speculation will continue for years as the acclaimed director finishes his masterpieces. Most fans will ultimately be disappointed. Those who were raised on Episodes I - III will say that the newest trilogy wasn't as good as their trilogy, while Jedi weened on Episodes VII - IX will accuse Lucas of creating ludicrous characters that are responsible for ruining the franchise, and the fans of the original trilogy won't say a damn thing, because they will have all discovered women and moved out of their mothers' basements by then.

Enya's All Up - In 2014, celtic songstress, Enya will release an album entitled All Up. When she inevitably sweeps the Grammys in the New Age Album category, the celebrity announcer will read the results on national television and say, "The winner for New Age Album of the year is All Up, Enya." No one will find it funny but me, but I will laugh for days. Oddly enough, this album will still be more popular amongst hip hop fans than Lou Bega's comeback record.

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Barock the WorldIt can be argued that Barack Obama is the most popular man in the world right now. Not only is his presidency historic, but it comes on the heels of a disastrous presidency and in the middle of a financial calamity that has trickled down to the rest of the world's economies. Much like immediately following 9/11, the eyes of the world are trained on us, and Obama being the symbol of our rebirth in the global theatre, he is on the most important stage at a crucial stage in out history. So, why not put him on an actual stage?

I can see it now: Barack Obama's Barock the World with special guests Stephen Colbert and Bachman-Turner Overdrive

In July, before Obama was even president, he gathered a crowd of 100,000 in Berlin. They were there to hear him talk about the economy, but more just to see this incredible American who would soon make history. All across the country as he rallied support for his presidential campaign, record numbers turned out to see him speak. And they didn’t charge a dime.

I've never understood it, not charging for high-demand events, like The Late Show with David Letterman. I understand they want to make sure they have a full, happy audience, but with lines that stretch around the block and people getting to the theatre at 7am just to see Dave, you've got to figure they can charge $2 or even $10 and still have a full, happy audience and an extra $4,000 a show. And that show happens 4 days a week in the same spot.

In politics, the general conceit is that you don't want to charge people to get involved. It would seem inappropriate and exploitive. But now that he is the president, what's to exploit? It's become more of a show to see him at this point. Let's give the world a glimpse at our greatest icon, and in American fashion, let's charge them for it.

THE NUMBERS

The highest grossing tour in 2008? Bon Jovi, a band that hasn't had a hit in 20 years grossed $210 million in 2008 playing 99 sellout (excuse me SOLD out) shows with a total attendance of 2.1 million and an average ticket price of $97.60.

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Crack The Spine: Character To Watch: The HoodRarely do I find any comic book character to be frightening, but New York's new Kingpin of Crime, The Hood is truly one scary dude. While Wilson Fisk, the former Kingpin has gone soft in the pages of Daredevil, The Hood has been busy running the New York supervillain syndicate, making a grab for power as one of the Dark Illuminati and kicking the collective ass of the super hero community.

Taking advantage of the vacuum created by the Civil War event, The Hood first rose to power by using the abilities granted to him by the demon, Dormammu to gain the unwavering obedience of NY's greatest supervillains. You don't get that kind of obedience from murdering psychopaths if you're not someone to be feared (plus, nobody wants to anger a guy with enough balls to shoot Wolverine in the crotch at point blank range). Both the Avengers and the Punisher have learned on multiple occasions that, like the Wu Tang Clan, Hood's criminal underground ain't nothin' to #*@! with.

Recently, The Hood joined the ranks of Norman Osborn, Dr. Doom, Emma Frost, Namor and Loki in the Dark Illuminati, a secret cabal which has designs on world domination. Not only did that make him and his criminal organization untouchable by law enforcement, it also garnered him personal support from the kind of people that take over countries. Not even at his strongest did Wilson Fisk ever have that kind of power on his side.

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'AOTS' Thursday, March 12

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Posted March 12, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
Women of the Web counts down 10 girls with a hot web presence that makes you just keep on clicking for more.
It's hot to spy on people and even legal when they put the info out themselves on Twitter. Well, we did a little research on some of Twitter's more talkative ladies and we present now the ten hottest Twitter fiends.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Johnny Galecki from CBS's hit comedy, 'Big Bang Theory' is here to chat about the show that references 'Star Trek,' 'World of Warcraft,' and complex physics, often in the span of about 10 seconds.
Resident Evil...
We've been impressed by Samsung's touch screen cameras and now that they've combined them with a phone, we'd like to test out the Memoir's touch screen 3G browsing, email, GPS, 8 Megapixel camera with Xenon flash to see how it stacks up.
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Onion Giant Crabs, World's Toughest Astronaut, TNG Classical Concerto, Hercules Hooks Dub, Hazing in Public.
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Joining us from New York is Caroline McCarthy, a social networking expert, to walk us through the Facebook redesign, what people are saying, and what people want to see in a new Facebook.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Alison got a little tour of the set for the new NBC show 'Kings' which is based on the King David stories of the Bible, but set in modern-day New York.
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Ms. Kristin Adams is here for your Thursday Feed and she's pulling out stops on Google news regarding the phone company they bought a while back, Facebook's facelift, and Mickey Rourke among others joining the cast of 'Iron Man 2.'

Gene Unyons' Weekly Movie Reviews

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Posted March 12, 2009 - By Gene Unyons

Hey, everyone! Friday the 13th is on us once again, like a deja vu from last month, so prepare to be cursed for yet another day. I will celebrate by hiding under my bed and rubbing my lucky rabbit's foot until it is time for my medication. But that won't stop you from going out into the world and watching some movies that are coming out this week! And, though I will not see them with you, near you, or in the same space-time continuum as you, it doesn't mean that I can't review them. And so I shall.

 Gene Unyons' Weekly Movie Reviews

The Last House on the Left - This mostly-blue film seems to center on the struggle of two families to beat the hell out of each other until everyone dies. From the commercials, it seems like it's lit like a horror movie, which I know the original one was, but it might just be a regular old thriller. However, I don't see my names on enough movie posters, so I'm going to provide a pull quote for this one. The Last House on the left is breathtaking. A laugh-a-minute thrill ride that puts viewers on the seat of their pants. Fantastic. - .0000028

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