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Mike Tyson Says This Psychedelic Drug Inspired His Return to Boxing

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Triller Presents Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.
Triller Presents Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.
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Mike Tyson Says This Psychedelic Drug Inspired His Return to Boxing
By Morgan Cook
Nov 30, 2020

Fresh off the heels of Saturday’s exhibition, many are wondering exactly what it was that got Mike Tyson interested in fighting again…

And according to Tyson, toad venom was part of what helped the fighter get into shape and back in the ring!

“I took the medicine, and the medicine told me to get into shape,” Tyson told USA Today. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.’’
The psychedelic (5-MeO-DMT) that’s found in the Colorado River toad can also be found in certain plants, or even made synthetically in a lab.

Made from the venom of a toad in the Sonoran Desert, the psychedelic is said to be six times more potent than other hallucinogenics. But according to the Addiction Center, toad venom is not a recreational drug, and they are now warning the public that it would not be safe to use at parties…

“Smoking toad venom has recently become a way for people to partake in a so called “religious experience” where the psychedelic venom from the Colorado River toad causes the user to trip and hallucinate,” the website states. “Some say it can cure depression, but other research shows it can be addictive and dangerous.”

Scroll down for more on the Colorado River Toad, including a photograph of the toad, wow?

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Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius) via Wikimedia Commons.
Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius) via Wikimedia Commons.

5-MeO-DMT: The Story Behind the “God Molecule

This toad venom is considered to be a less visual, yet more intense cousin of DMT.

Anna Wilcox / DoubleBlindMag.com
August 26, 2020

The Colorado River toad—a.k.a. the Sonoran Desert toad—is flat and squat. No distinctive markings adorn its swampy olive skin, and while a passerby may remark upon its large size, the toad does little to draw attention to itself. And yet, for an animal so easy to miss or ignore, the amphibian provides a surprising asset for psychonauts: The Colorado River toad is the only animal source of “the God molecule”—5-MeO-DMT.

5-MeO DMT: Sonoran Desert Toad Venom, Synthetic Psychedelic, Plant Medicine, or All Three?
5-MeO-DMT is a potent psychedelic found within the excretion of the Colorado River toad (Bufo alvarius or Incilius alvarius). Although, it’s also present in some plants and can be made synthetically—the latter being the most sustainable way to consume the entheogen. It belongs to a class of chemical compounds called tryptamines, which include psilocybin and DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine).

In the United States, the Colorado River toad is one of the most common and controversial sources of 5-MeO-DMT. Its native habitat runs along the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. But, the oldest known uses of 5-MeO-DMT come from South America. The chemical is a natural constituent in Anadenanthera peregrina seeds, which are used to make entheogenic Yopo snuff.

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Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant (Live at Farm Aid 2005)

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Alice’s Restaurant Massacree“, commonly known as “Alice’s Restaurant“, is a satirical talking blues song by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, released as the title track to his 1967 debut album Alice’s Restaurant. The song is a deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft, in the form of a comically exaggerated but essentially true story from Guthrie’s own life: he is arrested and convicted of dumping trash illegally, which later leads to him being rejected by the draft board due to his criminal record of littering (and the way he reacted when the induction personnel brought it up). The title refers to a restaurant owned by one of Guthrie’s friends, which plays no role in the story aside from being the subject of the chorus.

The song was an inspiration for the 1969 film also named Alice’s Restaurant. The work has become Guthrie’s signature song and he has periodically re-released it with updated lyrics. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”.

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Haitian Divorce

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You can go to Vegas for a quickie marriage, but what if you want a quickie divorce? In the early ’70s, Haiti made it easy, allowing foreigners to divorce with hardly any restriction; the big sell was that only one member of the married party had to be present and request it.

For Haiti, this was a tourism ploy, as travel agents would send Americans looking for a quick and easy divorce to the island, where they would often spend some time on a resort. In many cases, these divorces were requested so that the person could immediately get remarried – a service Haiti also provided. So it was not uncommon for a married man to show up in Haiti with his mistress, get a divorce, and marry the new girl all in the course of a weekend.

Who played guitar on Haitian Divorce?
Dean Parks

Steely Dan used a talkbox on this track, which is the same processor Black Sabbath used on “Iron Man” to create the robotic sounds. In “Haitian Divorce,” hired hand Dean Parks played the guitar, Walter Becker processed it though[sic] a talkbox to his specifications.
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Neil Young – Harvest Moon (Official Music Video)

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The song uses a moon motif, which Young has mentioned as being very important to him and having quasi-religious undertones. It is a tribute to his wife Pegi Young, and the two are dancing in a bar in the music video. Linda Ronstadt provides the backing vocals. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of D Major with Young’s vocal range spanning from D3 to F#4.

Rolling Stone ranked “Harvest Moon” as the #37 all time Neil Young song. Allmusic’s Matthew Greenwald strongly praised the song, stating that the song epitomized the album and “the power of nature and music, as well as a feeling of celebrating lifetime love are the focal points here, and Young captures it all in his typically literate, artless style.” Greenwald praised the melody as “positively gorgeous, and it’s one that could have easily framed a heavier song.” “Classic Rock Review” called it an “absolute masterpiece of a title song” that “celebrates longevity in relationships and love affairs with a flawless melody backed by a perfect music arrangement.” They went on to say that “from the upfront acoustic riffing to the picked steel guitar, subtleties of ethereal sounds, soft brush strokes on the drums, and beautiful background vocals, this song captures the essence of beauty and romance as well any song ever.”

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Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by Ayse-Deniz

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Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by AyseDeniz

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by AyseDeniz
Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by AyseDeniz

A lot of us like to say, that Columbus discovered America.

I like to say, that I discovered, AyseDeniz.

This classy woman with hectares of talent is, good looking, brilliant, vivacious, personable – in fact – she’s bursting with personality.

Ayşedeniz Gökçin (Anglicised as “AyseDeniz Gokcin“) is a Turkish classical pianist and composer who was born in 1988.

After graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music,*[3] Gökçin completed a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011.[1][4]

She is known for recording an EP of her arrangements for solo piano of the music of the rock band Pink Floyd in the style of Franz Liszt, Pink Floyd Lisztified.[1] The EP comprises three tracks, which, she says, form a fantasia. These are: “Hey You”
“Wish You Were Here” and “Another Brick in the Wall.”

*these notations are from a WiKi page.

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Here is AyseDeniz performing an impossible rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean:

Here’s more stuff about AyseDeniz: Biography, Short

AyseDeniz is a classical/rock crossover pianist currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, London, and Istanbul. She started playing piano at age five and was considered a child prodigy in her native home of Turkey. She completed her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at Eastman School of Music in New York and her Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

AyseDeniz is recognized internationally for her ability to unite the classical genre with classic rock and creating original rock arrangements and compositions, which she now performs for fans worldwide to sold-out shows. She has appeared on BBC News, Vogue, Classic FM, Prog Rock Magazine, and more. The Arts Council England endorses her under the Exceptional Talent Visa.

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Take a look inside the top luxury RV resort in the US, where lots sell for up to $800,000 and come with infinity pools and private boat docks

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Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California, was named the best luxury RV resort in USA Today's 2019 Readers' Choice rankings.
Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California, was named the best luxury RV resort in USA Today’s 2019 Readers’ Choice rankings.

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Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California, was named the best luxury RV resort by USA Today.

The 80-acre resort is made up of 400 RV lots, a nine-hole golf course, a fitness center, multiple swimming pools, three tennis courts, and a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a private restaurant and bar.

Motorcoach Country Club is both an RV park and a country club. Travelers can either rent RV lots for between $114 and $211 a night, or buy their own lot for between $56,000 and $799,000. The monthly membership fee is $549, or about $6,600 per year.

Some of the most lavish RV lots come with outdoor infinity pools, casitas with full kitchens and living areas, and patios outfitted with furniture, fireplaces, and BBQ grills.

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The resort stopped accepting guest reservations on March 27, but lot owners were able to stay onsite, Paul Johnson, the club’s general manager, told Business Insider. The city of Indio has said the resort can reopen on June 19.

Take a look inside the swanky California RV resort that will reopen in less than a month.

Motorcoach Country Club is an RV resort and country club in Indio, California. It was ranked the best luxury RV resort in the country by USA Today’s 2019 Readers’ Choice rankings.

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Appeals Court Denies Former Manson Follower’s Bid for Release

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In this June 5, 2013, file photo, Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif.
In this June 5, 2013, file photo, Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif.

A state appeals court panel Wednesday rejected a bid to release former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten or her own recognizance or bail after an inmate in her prison housing unit tested positive for coronavirus.

Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, wrote in a new motion filed Monday that his client is now 70 years old and that “her age makes her a very high risk to succumbing to this life-threatening pandemic” although she is in “relatively good health.”

He noted in the filing that an inmate in Van Houten’s housing unit tested positive for COVID-19 and is being quarantined. He wrote in the motion that Van Houten was “not opposed to home confinement” and that she can arrange for all costs outside of prison.

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Van Houten has been recommended for parole three times, but those recommendations have all been reversed — twice by then-Gov. Jerry Brown and once in 2019 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

In February, the defense had asked the panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal to speed up her appeal of Newsom’s decision.

Van Houten — who is serving a life prison term — was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles “Tex” Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the August 1969 killings of grocer Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, Rosemary, who were each stabbed multiple times in their Los Feliz home.

The former Monrovia High School cheerleader did not participate in the Manson family’s killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon mansion the night before.

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iHeartMedia Makes a Move to Downtown Las Vegas

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YOU SORT OF CAN’T MISS IHEART’S NEW DIGS ON FREMONT STREET.
YOU SORT OF CAN’T MISS IHEART’S NEW DIGS ON FREMONT STREET.

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iHeartMedia’s deal includes a 15-year lease, so they’re in it for the long haul!

The iHeartMedia Las Vegas headquarters move is part of a new partnership with Fremont Street Experience.

The new headquarters will be state-of-the-art, housing iHeartMedia’s brands and franchises, including Sunny 106.5, 93.1 The Mountain, 95.5 The Bull and Real 103.9.

Glynn Alan, Region President for iHeartMedia Las Vegas, said, “We’ve specifically designed this new location to invoke collaboration and raise awareness within the downtown area of Las Vegas while embodying the iHeartMedia brand.”

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The new partnership between iHeartMedia and Fremont Street Experience will not only help create awareness about downtown, iHeartRadio in-studio guests and musical acts may also perform on our stages.

Our free concerts are legendary, and the new partnership is sure to build upon that reputation.

Our CEO and President, Patrick Hughes, summed it up perfectly, saying, “The opportunity to create and deliver amazing concerts and events is amplified when combining iHeart’s tremendous media and distribution platforms with Fremont Street Experience’s world-class entertainment offerings.”

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. The company, with its quarter billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon – 10:17 PM; January 20, 2019 Pacific Time

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The Full Moon for January 2019 reaches its peak on the 21st. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Wolf Moon. This year, we’ll also be treated to a total lunar eclipse and a Supermoon! Read about how this Moon got its name—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.*

The Full Moon for January 2019 reaches its peak on the 21st. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Wolf Moon. This year, we’ll also be treated to a total lunar eclipse and a Supermoon! Read about how this Moon got its name—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.

THE “SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON” ECLIPSE

This year, thanks to the Moon being both a Supermoon and part of a total lunar eclipse, January’s Full Wolf Moon is being called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” How’s that for a name?

Total Lunar Eclipse (“Blood Moon”)
Just a few hours before the peak of the full Moon, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of North, Central, and South America.

  • The partial eclipse begins at approximately 10:33 P.M. EST (7:33 P.M.PST) on January 20.
  • The total eclipse begins about an hour later, at 11:41 P.M. EST (8:41 P.M. PST), and will last for approximately one hour. This is the time to look skyward!*

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, which causes the usually bright full Moon to turn a dark, ominous, coppery-red (giving the eclipsed Moon the nickname ”Blood Moon”).

Supermoon
In addition to a total lunar eclipse, we’ll also be treated to a Supermoon. A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full AND reaches the point in its orbit where it’s closest to Earth. A Supermoon is ever-so-slightly larger and brighter than a typical full Moon, though the difference is negligible when viewed with the naked eye.

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Judge Upholds Governor’s Decision to Reverse Parole for Manson Murderer Leslie Van Houten

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Leslie Van Houten, pictured here at 19 years old, a member of Charles Manson’s “family” who was convicted of the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, is escorted by two deputy sheriffs as she leaves the courtroom in Los Angeles, Dec. 19, 1969 after a brief hearing related to the case.
Leslie Van Houten, pictured here at 19 years old, a member of Charles Manson’s “family” who was convicted of the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, is escorted by two deputy sheriffs as she leaves the courtroom in Los Angeles, Dec. 19, 1969 after a brief hearing related to the case.

BY LOS FELIZ LEDGER ON JUNE 29, 2018

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LOS ANGELES — A judge Friday denied a petition challenging Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to reverse a state parole board’s recommendation of parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of the 1969 murders of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.

“While petitioner may someday be suitable for parole, when her commitment offense is no longer predictive of current dangerousness, it is not yet that day,” Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan wrote in a 16-page ruling, in which he called the crimes “among the most abominable committed in California in the second half of the 20th century.”

The judge wrote that he had concluded that there was “some evidence” to support the governor’s determination that petitioner poses an unreasonable risk of danger to society, and that all of petitioner’s due process rights were met and found that the petition challenging the governor’s reversal of parole “must be denied.”

Van Houten’s appellate attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, has vowed to continue to fight for Van Houten’s release. He said he plans to ask a panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal to intervene.

Van Houten, now 68, was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles “Tex” Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, who were each stabbed multiple times.

The former Monrovia High School cheerleader and homecoming princess did not participate in the Manson family’s killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon mansion the night before.

A state parole board panel had initially recommended parole for Van Houten in April 2016 after she had been denied parole 19 times between 1979 and 2013. But the governor subsequently reversed that decision, finding in July 2016 that “the evidence shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”

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At a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom last summer, a woman who once lived at a ranch with Manson testified that Van Houten was “extremely docile” before the killings and that she believed Van Houten would have done anything the cult leader asked. Catherine Share’s testimony came during an Aug. 31 hearing to present mitigating evidence now allowed under state law because Van Houten was 19 at the time of the killings.

Last September, a parole board panel again recommended that Van Houten be granted parole. But the governor reversed the recommendation, finding in January that she “has not wholly accepted responsibility for her role in the violent and brutal deaths” of the La Biancas.

Manson — who died last November — and many of his other former followers have repeatedly been denied parole.

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