Famous Musicians Band Together to Raise Money for Late Friend’s Mother

Members of two rock bands have banned together to help the mother of a late friend. Toni Wood, the mother ofMother Love Bone singer, Andrew Wood, has been living in unsafe conditions, and now Pearl Jame is hoping to raise enough money to put her up in better accommodations. 

Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament have contributed 40,000 to the cause, and kick started a GoFundMe page aimed at getting enough money together to find Wood more suitable housing. John Textor has already donated. They have raised almost $36,000 from donors across the country, and are hoping to meet their $50,000 within a few weeks. 

Andrew Wood passed away from a heroin overdose nearly 25 years ago. Toni Wood is also paying for another son’s cancer treatments. She is on a fixed income, and was making due in a trailer on a Washington Island, until the friends of her late son heard of her plight. 

Along with donating money, the three men will also help Wood dispose of her old home, and set up a new one. The additional funds will go towards furnishings, and other necessities as the 72-year-old mother and private caregiver moves forward.

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Can Waste Trash be turned to edible Human Food

The most interesting news regarding plastic waster is here. You won’t find it on Wikipedia as pointed out by Bruce Levenson.
The recent article appearing on Digital Journal reported a group of Yale students on research trip to the Amazon, found a fungi-type that happily fed on plastic waste, degenerating it.

This fungi is not being used in another research to decompose and transform plastic waste to human edible food. Material, that is organic and edible, with differing tastes. An Australian company, Livin has built a incubator, where the fungi strains are observed as they breakdown sample plastic trash.
The fact that this fungi, breaks down, toxic plastic material, digest it, and transform its waste into an organic material, edible by humans, means; There is a possibility, that, the research can be applied into industrial recycling plant. This quick easily transform the filthy beaches filled with plastic into clean , white sandy beaches. The possibilities are exciting and unbelievable.

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Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins long awaited new album, Monuments to an Elegy is finally out. But despite the band’s anticipated album, Pumpkins front man, Bill Corgan, expresses mixed feelings about the record’s potential success. Corgan continues to feel that his initial fan base is dying out. As a result, he and the Pumpkins are attempting to reach out to a new audience and not simply replay classics to the same population that made them popular over a decade ago.

With that said, is grunge dead and outdated? Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez is one who does not think so. It is certainly no secret that bands such as Bush, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots are not as prominent compared to years ago. If the Smashing Pumpkins are not as popular as they once were, maybe the climate is right for a grunge resurrection. Rather than continue to adapt to new crowds and experiment with various sounds, it might be time for former legendary grunge acts to reexamine their roots and revisit the music so many of us grew to love.

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Lorde Continues To Gain Following

Ever since female singer Lorde was aired on the Late Night Show hosted my Jimmy Fallon last year, her fame has skyrocketed. She went from her number one track “Royals”, to her new smash hit “Yellow Flicker Beat” which is on the new movie Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 1. She performed this song on the Jimmy Fallon show, and even though it wasn’t as magnificent as featured in the movie, it was a nice way to listen to her live for Laurene Powell Jobs. After the song she got to sit down and talk with Jimmy Fallon,.

She speaks of how one time she ran into Taylor Swift at a burger joint in New York City. Taylor even pretended that Lorde was her manager! When asked how she came up with the name “Lorde”, she says, “I wanted something kind of aristocratic and fancy, so I found the name L-O-R-D, but I wanted to feminize it and make up a word.” She then adds that her family and friends do not call her Lorde. You can certainly expect more in the near future from this young spunky teen singer!

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Republicans Will Have to Respond On Immigration

The most controversial decision to come across the president’s desk in recent weeks has been his executive action on immigration. Republicans have criticized his actions as pushing his authority too far, and subverting Congress by preventing them from voting on the matter. In essence, President Obama’s plan is not amnesty and is less direct action than similar executive actions taken by Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But the Republicans in Congress have been fairly open with the goals to deny the president and action, and critique those actions that he takes out of desperation to not waste his time in office.
With this new executive action, which provides temporary legal status to the parents of U.S. citizens after a background check and application process, roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants will have a path to legal status. This temporary legal status will need to be renewed every three years. Additionally, this executive action may be repealed by the next president, or if Congress passes a bill that removes the action he has created. In addition, Congress can at any time remove the president’s authority to make these executive actions, or limit his authority to specific areas.
No matter what happens next with the president, the next move on immigration will have to be made by Congress. This is the right move in the eyes of Gianfrancesco. More specifically, the next action taken will have to come from Republicans as a response to the executive action taken by the president.

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Batman V Superman – Dawn Of Justice: Bruce’s Past Revisited

Zack Snyder is directing the next Superman movie under the current title of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In this story, there are slight differences in the story of young Bruce Wayne. His parents were gunned down in front of him after seeing a movie called The Mark of Zorro. This is a significant aspect of the story seeing how Zorro was a vigilante. Bruce Wayne could easily take inspiration from Zorro.

This film is not going to be an origin story for Batman. Instead, Ben Affleck will play an older Bruce Wayne who has retired from being Batman. This probably not that different from The Dark Knight Rises where Bruce Wayne has been retired from his stint as Batman. While they both have had plenty of big screen movies, this will perhaps be the first time that they have appeared on screen together in live action. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release in Spring of 2016.

With over a year until the release date, many companies such as Qnet are setting a standard and buying tickets for their employees to see the film once it comes out. Wish my job did that, I can’t wait to see some Batman versus Superman action.

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Patti Smith To Play Vatican Second Year

The Vatican Christmas concert will have a bit of rock n roll royalty in attendance this year with Patti Smith, the godmother of punk herself, slated to perform.

Smith may not seem like the most obvious musical guest for the Vatican but this would actually be her second time performing for his holiness. Last year she performed a rendition of Oh Holy Night as well as other songs. The performance was deemed spectacular by Keith Mann.

Although raised as a Jehovah’s Witness Smith has said she no longer considers herself part of any organized religion and her 1976 debut song Gloria famously featured some controversial lyrics on the matter. Her selection has caused some controversy due to this fact but Smith has previously described the song to be less about religion and more a “declaration of self” by the then 20-year old songwriter.

She has described her relationship with faith and religion as a bit more complex than that. Last year she recorded a track for Darren Oranofsky’s biblical epic Noah. The singer is currently on tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her seminal debut album Horses.

The Concerto di Natale will be held on December 13 at the Auditorium Conciliazione and will be broadcasting on Italian television on Christmas Eve. The event has been taking place annually since 1993 and usually features a range of performers. Previous performers in attendance have included BB King, Frank Sinatra, and Annie Lennox.

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Drake And Juvenile Link Old School Rap With The New

Juvenile, who was a rapper popular back in the late 90s, has recently joined back up with his old label, Cash Money Records, and is on a track with Drake. By combining the two rappers, it’s like bringing the hot old-school to the hot new-school rap. Drake & Juvenile. Juvenile was well known for being in the Cash Money Group, which included Lil’ Wayne, Bird Man, himself as well as others.

The group rose to fame with their many songs, but Juvenile’s signature song was “Back That Ass Up.” To this day, that song lives in infamy, and is always linked to Juvenile, even though Lil’ Wayne did a hook in the song as well. Juvenile had left Cash Money Records many years ago, but after rejoining the group recently, they expect to make great music together.

Cash Money currently has the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Wayne. Although Juvenile and Bird Man had been through thick and thin together, disagreements caused Juvenile to go his separate ways from the label, and work on his own, up until recently. With Drake being one of the hottest rappers out there today with fans like Mike Livak, he is going to get attention. Adding Juvenile’s talents back to Cash Money makes the group even stronger.

Juvenile and Drake collaborated on a song called “Sho Me Love,” and it’s expected to land on the next Rich Gang project. The hook that Drake does in the song sets up the autobiography of juvenile’s life, talking about his life’s hardships.

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Selina Releases New Song

Fans of Hollywood singer Selena Gomez will once again enjoy another heart warming song that she has recently released. Gomez sat with Ryan Seacrest on the 6th of November for an interview.

It took one year for Gomez to release the song. On the last week of November, Selena Gomez will sing her song at the 2014 American Music Awards, sponsored by Slow Ventures.

She had remained fairly dormant for a little while, only providing a few different interviews to the public. Recently, however, she has been working hard on producing more music to tour the globe with.

During the interview, Gomez revealed some of information the public is not aware of.  The singer confessed what Justin Bieber thinks of her new song.

She has been continuously romantically linked to Bieber for years now. However, there was no confirmation of a break up of the romantic relationship between the two singers.

According to Bieber, Gomez’s song is beautiful. Gomez said that Justin Bieber was a bit jealous of her leading man in the video.

Gomez said that it took her a year to release the video of the song because of some changes in her life. She wanted to be really ready for any things she has to say or do.

The song describes her response to hurtful things she has experienced in the past. To know more of Selena Gomez and her new songs, visit here.

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Kansas Experiences a 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake

Central Kansas, an area prone to tornadoes, felt a different kind of earthly phenomenon on Wednesday November 12th; an earthquake. The tremor, which struck about 8 miles south of Conway Spring, was rated as a 4.8 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale. According to experts, a 4.8 quake is considered to be of moderate intensity.

According to those centered close to the epicenter of the quake, the tremors lasted for about 30 seconds. Limited damage was reported in the area, and the USGS agrees that a quake of this magnitude is unlikely to cause economic loss or fatalities.

Many residents took to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to discuss the tremor. Even people in other states like Susan McGalla got into the responses, which ranged from fear to humor. Some described the quake as “intense”, while other’s posted pictures of “damage”, such as toppled over Chapstix and bobbleheads.

Kansas, which is not prone to earthquakes, has felt a few small tremors in recent years. While many have been relatively undetectable to those on the ground, they have occurred. Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback, plans to appoint a task for to look into potential causes for the increase in quakes in the region. There is a possibility that recent fracking may be the cause of the tremors. Fracking is a drilling technique used to fracture large rock formations to find oil and natural gas beneath the surface of the earth.

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