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While a flashy AI event raged in Dubai, a once promising robotics startup shuttered

The commercial chasm between Artificial Intelligence and physical robots is growing deeper every day — and the technology industry has chosen a winner.  In a massive convention center in Dubai, attendees of the AI Everything summit checked out booths from the likes of Google and Huawei, played with robots shooting hoops, and lined up for…


The commercial chasm between Artificial Intelligence and physical robots is growing deeper every day — and the technology industry has chosen a winner. 

In a massive convention center in Dubai, attendees of the AI Everything summit checked out booths from the likes of Google and Huawei, played with robots shooting hoops, and lined up for a Microsoft AI to determine the ice cream flavor they should have based on their mood. Based on social media from the summit, the message was clear: AI in all its forms is the future, the future is dope, and the future is here!

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Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Silicon Valley, the leaders of a celebrated and by all accounts innovative robotics company — once hyped by Apple — announced to employees that it was shutting its doors for good. On April 29, Recode reported that Anki was laying off its employees and shutting down for good. Despite having raised $200 million in the past, getting a debut on the Apple WWDC stage, and generating positive reviews for its playful robots, it was unable to secure the funding it needed to succeed long term.

“Despite our past successes, we pursued every financial avenue to fund our future product development and expand on our platforms,” a company spokesperson told Recode. “A significant financial deal at a late stage fell through with a strategic investor and we were not able to reach an agreement. We’re doing our best to take care of every single employee and their families, and our management team continues to explore all options available.”

Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University founded Anki, with ambitions to marry useful AI with personality-driven devices. Anki had success with its line of race car toys, and it upped the ante with its cute, smart, robotic companion toy, Cozmo. But it faltered with the 2018 debut of its Vector, which scored big on personality, but couldn’t compete with the skillsets of devices like Amazon’s Echo, powered by Alexa. As one Mashable reviewer put it at the time, “Vector’s purpose is a little unclear… [its] personality stands out more than any of the functions it can perform.”

Anki is not alone in its struggle to marry social robots with utility. The similarly cute Jibo robot announced to bewildered owners that it would cease to function in March. 

These tales of un-materialized robotic commercial ambition, set against the background of the Middle Eastern AI bonanza, tell a bigger story about what’s going on with AI. 

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Best Mother’s Day gifts 2019: Show mom some love

Mother figures are the backbone of the world. Yours may be your biological mother, or maybe she’s your mother-in-law, your best friend’s mom, or simply someone whose motherly instinct has helped you through hard times.  Moms teach you the adulting necessities, give advice even if the problem is your fault, and above all, they put…


Mother figures are the backbone of the world. Yours may be your biological mother, or maybe she’s your mother-in-law, your best friend’s mom, or simply someone whose motherly instinct has helped you through hard times. 

Moms teach you the adulting necessities, give adviceevenif the problem is your fault, and above all, they put up with your shit and (almost) never complain.

The game plan here isn’t just to snag the last bouquet at CVS just so you’re not the kid who forgot Mother’s Day (but definitely also get flowers). And you don’t even need to spend a lot of money. (Peep our list of Mother’s Day gifts that cost less than $50 here. Want even more cheap gift ideas? Go here.)

Skip the generic mugs and show your appreciation with a gift picked just for her: Whether it’s something to make a part of her life easier, something she’s mentioned wanting in passing, or simply something to make her feel like a damn queen, you can’t put a price on everything she’s done for you, but heartfelt gifts certainly help.

After all, they say “No matter how hard you try, you always end up like your mother.” But is that even a bad thing?

Here are the best gift ideas for Mother’s Day:

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AMAZON
BEST FOR MOMS WHO CHECK IN

The Amazon Echo Show

The mother of all Echo devices (yes, Mother’s Day pun intended) makes a great gift for moms who could use an extra hand. The Echo Show will act as her companion even if she’s not tech savvy, with a drop-in feature that lets her make video calls without the other person having to pick up. She can also watch live TV, call for recipe videos, and use voice commands with smart plugs or lights.

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APPLE
BEST FOR TECH-SAVVY MOMS

The iPad Pro

Working moms need a sidekick that can keep up with their lifestyle. She’ll be psyched to have the new 11-inch iPad Pro and Apple’s most advanced technology yet at her side, especially if her projects involve drawing or graphic design (so grab the Apple Pencil while you’re at it.) It weighs one pound and lasts for 10 hours on one charge, so Netflix marathons and taking it on the goarea go.

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NORDSTROM RACK
BEST FOR ALL MOMS

14K gold initial necklace

A simple, understated necklace can go a long way. This 14K gold bar necklace features a single initial, which could be yours, your mom’s, or the first letter of the family name. This is also a great option if you’re on a budget, as you can save up to 60% off jewelry for Mother’s Day at Nordstrom Rack.

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HOST
BEST FOR MOMS WHO LOVE MIXING

Self-chilling marg glasses

Mother’s Day falls at the perfect time. With warm weather here to stay, every weekend can be a vacation for her with self-chilling margarita glasses. The freezable inserts keep drinks cold for about 30 minutes, with an insulted ring around the outside to prevent cold hands. There are also self-cooling pint, whiskey, and wine glasses. 

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UNCOMMON GOODS
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO’S FAR AWAY

Long-distance touch lamps

Moms miss you when you’re gone for a few seconds, let alone weeks or months. If she hates texting, send her an “I miss you” with the light of these touch lamps. Just set them up via WiFi, give one a tap, and the other will glow the same radiant color. To add more loved ones to the group, just grab another lamp and assign everyone a color.

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BEIS
BEST FOR ON-THE-GO MOMS

A shoe compartment tote bag

Traveling for work or heading to the gym straight from the office likely has her lugging around an extra pair of shoes every day. Instead of wrapping them in a plastic bag, this ultra-stylish tote bag has plenty of room for multiple changes of clothes and has a separate shoe compartment in the bottom. It’s water-resistant, has a padded laptop sleeve, and has a special strap for sitting on top of a suitcase.

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BEST FOR PINTEREST RECIPE MOMS

A utensil and tablet holder

There are moms who are quick to order out, and there are moms who insist on trying a new recipe every night. This utensil holder keeps her wooden spoons and spatulas in arm’s reach, and props her tablet for a clear view of Pinterest orThe Handmaid’s Tale. If she’s not a tablet gal, a decorative recipe book would look great, too.

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ANCESTRY.COM
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AncestryDNA®

Family is everything and there’s no way your mom’s not a little curious about her own background. Order your mom an AncestryDNA® kit and trace your family roots together. Receive free shipping when you use the code FREESHIPDNA.

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BEST FOR MOMS GETTING FIT

The Fitbit Inspire HR

Fitness trackers arethe accessory to have right now, but many can be just plain obnoxious. Fitbit’s newest tracker and heart rate monitor, the sleek Fitbit Inspire HR, has been called out by many as the model to choose over the Alta HR or Charge 3. This chic band can help her reach her goals by tracking her all-day activity, cardio score, and sleep cycle. Plus, it runs for five days on a single charge.

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BEST FOR RUSTIC MOMS

Wine soap

This isnotyour mother’s Bath and Body Works stash. These vegan soaps are handmade with whiffs of citrus, berries, plums, and apples to mimic the red and white wines that inspired them, and we’ve heard they make your hands soft too. If nothing else, she’ll get tons of compliments on her bathroom decor.

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EPSON
BEST FOR SCRAPBOOKING MOMS

A color scanner

Organizing and preserving old photo albums is a huge undertaking. If she’s finally decided to tackle the mountains of memories, give her a hand with a color scanner. The Epson Perfection V39 is the world’s simplest scanner and connects via USB to transfer photos directly from her computer or email. Images are scanned straight to the cloud in 4,800 dpi resolution, giving her peace of mind even if the physical photo gets ruined. 

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INSTANT POT
BEST FOR FOODIE MOMS

An Instant Pot

She probably already has a slow cooker, but shedeservesan Instant Pot. One of the lineup’s best-sellers, the 9-in-1 DUO Plus, pressure cooks, slow cooks, steams, sterilizes, warms, cooks eggs, cooks rice, makes yogurt, and makes cake. It’s the most tricked-out model she can get without too much of a learning curve, and is great for basic recipes and fancy Pinterest recipes alike.

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BEST FOR NOSTALGIC MOMS

Mystery Date Nostalgia Edition

Help ’70s moms throw it back to the good old days (you know, before children) with Mystery Date: The Nostalgia Edition. It was the board game to have back then and is now making a comeback in this rad retro tin. The game is so in-demand over 50 years later, it’s sold out nearly everywhere — meaning you had better get your hands on it before you’re forced to buy a used one at a yard sale.

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO HIT THE GYM

Under Armour workout clothes

If your mom is the kind of lady whose idea of fun is breaking a sweat on the regular, then she’s going to love some new gym clothes. Get her all decked out with Under Armour’s Spring Training Event and save 25% off select gear.

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IROBOT
BEST FOR TIDY MOMS

A robot vacuum

She cleaned up after you for atleastthe first decade of your life — it’s time for someone to clean for her. The Roomba 675 is iRobot’s most affordable connected vacuum and can be controlled via smartphone, Alexa, or the traditional buttons. She can schedule cleanings or simply let it roam free and find the concentrated areas of dirt, pet hair, and other debris.

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BEST FOR PARANOID MOMS

The Ring Video Doorbell

Empty nesting ain’t always retirement and vacations — being home alone can be hauntingly lonely, regardless of your age. The Ring Video Doorbell lets your mom keep an eye on the camera and check on visitors through her phone or Alexa device. She’ll even get a notification when motion is detected at the door.

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO LOVE THE BEACH

A custom sand bracelet

For the days that she’d give anything to have her toes in the water and a book in her hand, this one-of-a-kind beach-themed bracelet can remind her of her happy place. The sand in the charm can be customized to her favorite beach, too. Choose from over 1,000 sand banks, or send in your own sand. If she’s more into cuffs than beads, the designer makes those as well.

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BEST FOR MOMS WITH A READING LIST

The Kindle Paperwhite

Almost every mom has a book list (whether she’s gotten around to any on it is another story). Force her to carve out some me-time with a Kindle Paperwhite. The new model is waterproof, lasts weeks on one charge, and features a 300 ppi glare-free displayevenin sunlight. For extra brownie points, get her a Kindle Unlimited subscription. 

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO LOVE WINE

An automatic wine opener

Even the most experienced wine connoisseurs get stuck on a stubborn cork sometimes. An electric wine opener ensures that she won’t have to wait another second for her glass after a long day. This well-reviewed model from Secura just requires the press of a button and can open 30 bottles on a single charge.

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SpaFinder gift card

There is no mom on the planet who doesn’t deserve some major pampering on the regular. Help her treat herself with a SpaFinder gift card: You choose the amount and then she can use it at a nearby participating location.

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO *REALLY* LOVE WINE

A wine subscription

Sometimes, dreaming of that post-work glass is the only thing getting her through the day. It’d be even better without a pitstop at the liquor store, though. Winc Wine Club is a super customizable wine subscription with vino for those with casual palates all the way to connoisseurs with refined tastes. Each month, she’ll come home to a box with her desired number of bottles, starting at just $13 each.

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BEST FOR MOMS WORRIED ABOUT WRINKLES

A premium skincare set

Using anti-aging skincare doesn’t mean she’s old — it’s actually a process that everyone should start in their 20s. This citrus-scented set by Olehenriksen includes a serum, moisturizer, and nighttime gel to even skin tone and increase elasticity. The three-step regimen is quick enough for the busiest routines and easy enough for moms clueless about skin and makeup.

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NINJA
BEST FOR MOMS WHO LOVE JUNK FOOD

An air fryer

Life is too short to stress over a diet. An air fryer will let her make her favorite foods without the guilt. Using almost no oil, she can make anything from salmon, to pizza, to two pounds of french fries. This 4-quart model from Ninja can also roast, dehydrate, and reheat. 

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BEST FOR HYDRATED MOMS

A patterned water bottle

Help her cut down on plastic and declutter the floor of her car with a reusable water bottle from S’well. This BPA-free stainless steel works to keep cold drinks cold or hot drinks hot for at least 12 hours, and does so while preventing condensation. Choose from 20 of S’well’s stylish patterns including marble, metallics, and florals.

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BEST FOR DOG MOMS

The Furbo Pet Camera

Whether she’s strictly a dog mom or just babies her dog more than her human kids, the Furbo Pet Camera is a must-have for anyone who keeps a picture of their dog in their wallet. The two-way camera and app-enabled treat dispenser allow her to watch, talk to, and throw treats to her dog (or cat) when she’s not home.

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Tous choker with charm

The ’90s are back in full force, which means chokers are once again in fashion. Help mom stay on top of the trends with this charming selection by Tous. Get a gold and mother of pearl pendant in the shape of a little boy or girl for free when you buy a Hold choker or bracelet and help make your mom the coolest on the block.

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BEST FOR NOSTALGIC MOMS

A digital picture frame

Documenting anything and everything that happens is just a requirement of being a mom. Once she’s tired of finding space for picture frames, this 8-inch digital one by Nixplay will swipe through 10 GB worth of her photos, giving each one its time to shine. It’s Alexa and app enabled, and can even access photos and videos from social media.

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO LOVE LEARNING

An online course

It could be painting, coding, or writing a book — there’s bound to be some sort of hobby or skill that she always talks about wanting to learn, but never has time. Udemy offers over 3,000 affordable online courses in business, IT, design, and more. There’s something for every interest and experience level, and she can do it all on her own time.

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BEST FOR MOMS WHO NEED A BOOST

A Nespresso coffee maker

A constant IV of coffee may not be possible (yet), but busy moms can get the next best thing with their own personal espresso maker. The Nespresso VertuoPlus by De’Longhi offers barista-grade espresso, coffee, or iced coffee, all for cheaper and faster than Starbucks. It even comes with 12 flavor capsules.

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BEST FOR ECO-FRIENDLY MOMS

An indoor mini composter

Help her save the environmentandhave less trash to take out with the Food Cycler. This indoor mini composter is sleek enough to blend in with other appliances and can sit right on the counter. Fill it with scraps like egg shells, vegetable peels, tea bags, and even coffee grounds, and it will quietly reduce up to 90% of waste in as little as three hours.

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There are officially too many damn video-streaming services

Disney’s upcoming video streaming service, Disney+, sounds like a really sweet deal.  For $6.99 a month or discounted annual subscription of $69.99, you get access to content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subscribers will also get content from Fox, which Disney now owns, starting with the complete series of The Simpsons. Disney…


Disney’s upcoming video streaming service, Disney+, sounds like a really sweet deal. 

For $6.99 a month or discounted annual subscription of $69.99, you get access to content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subscribers will also get content from Fox, which Disney now owns, starting with the complete series ofThe Simpsons.

Disney is promising more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films from its library within the first year. And the company’s also considering bundling its other streaming services, Hulu and ESPN+, with Disney+ in the future at a discounted price.

Like I said, Disney+ sounds like a hell of value at launch. And judging by the overwhelmingly positive reactions on social media, Disney will likely sign up a ton of customers on Nov. 12 when Disney+ launches.

But while I agree that Disney+ is probably worth it, I’m also growing more annoyed at how confusing and expensive “cutting the cord” is in practice. The “great unbundling” that everyone once welcomed has quietly become an ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.

Choosing a streaming service used to be simple. A decade ago you had two big ones: Netflix and Hulu.

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A new crop of stress toys is here to take over where fidget spinners left off

March Mindfulness is our new series that examines the explosive growth in mindfulness and meditation technology — culminating in Mashable’s groundbreaking competitive meditation bracket contest. Because March shouldn’t be all madness. Reaching for your phone as a distraction from uncomfortable situations has become a reflex at this point. It’s a handy tactic to avoid eye…


March Mindfulnessis our new series that examines the explosive growth in mindfulness and meditation technology — culminating in Mashable’s groundbreaking competitive meditation bracket contest. Because March shouldn’t be all madness.


Reaching for your phone as a distraction from uncomfortable situations has become a reflex at this point. It’s a handy tactic to avoid eye contact in public, but bolting to social media or even self-care apps when you’re stressed or anxious could subconsciously be making you feel worse.

It’s time we find something to focus our energy that’s more productive than listening for Twitter’s refresh “pop” sound every five minutes.

Mindfulness and the focusonfocus aren’t new by any means, but have increasingly been in the spotlight due to a mass fixation on self care. Sure, being open and curious about the present without judging other ideas rattling your brain sounds great, but here’s the thing: It doesn’t come easy for everyone. Mastering mindfulness can take time — and the right level of expectations. For those who aren’t ready to hop on the meditation train, there are other options to help you chill out.

Enter: stress toys. When social media has become a dumpster fire and self-care apps just aren’t cutting it, something as simple as a physical toy can help you decompress. And while the fidget spinner is now just a memory rolling around on the floor of your car, its short life had a bigger impact than making Toys R Us airfreight tens of thousands of them to meet demand: It opened up the conversation about stress, nervous energy, and how seemingly useless little toys can affect how we focus. 

There hasn’t been a lot of peer-reviewed scientific research done on the science of fidgeting, but the mass obsession with the fidget spinner leads us to believe that stress toys are something people really want — and is hopefully opening the door for more research on the benefits. Forbes journalist Bruce Y. Lee dove into the idea of fidgeting:

“One thought is that fidgeting may occupy parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts. […] Fidgeting may prevent your mind from being occupied by obsessive and unhealthy thoughts such aswhat is the meaning of life,what do other people think of you,why aren’t you more attractive,why do others seem more successful on Facebook than you, andwhy isn’t Justin Beiber [SIC] returning your phone call?”

The modern stress toy market has expanded past fidget spinners and long beloved stress balls in an attempt to satisfy all the different ways we can work through this excess energy: Whether that’s squeezing, squishing, spinning, rolling, molding, building, or a mix. Similar to the way meditation apps guide you through breathing or have you stare at bubbles, these toys provide a way to regather yourself during an overwhelming situation or to simply channel some nervous energy.

A few seconds of focusing your energy on a stress toy — or simply giving your fingers something to do that’s not nervously biting your nails or picking at your skin — can help you slow down. Toys may not free you of other thoughts like meditation aims to, but they’re something that can help you pause when everything else is spinning. Plus, they’re perfect for daily use.

TL;DR: Everyone needs an outlet for stress sometimes, and it’s totally fine if yours is a stress toy. Here are eight of the best new stress toys you can buy on the internet.

Best squishy toy

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The Good

Stimulates multiple senses at once • Nine scent options

The Bad

Reviews mention receiving the wrong size

The Bottom Line

Knead your worries away with this pliable dough that feels great on your hands and smells good, too.

1. Pinch Me Therapy Dough

Knead your worries away with this pliable dough that feels great on your hands and smells good, too.

  • Stress-relief method:Squishing, molding
  • Scent options:Spa, beach, melon, spice, ocean, sun, citrus, chill, tropics
$29.95 from Amazon
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t touched Play-Doh in 20 years. The satisfaction you get from rolling, molding, and kneading something squishy doesn’t go away with age.
Pinch Me Therapy Dough comes packed in perfectly portable jars and is designed to release tension via kneading, squishing, and rolling. Available in nine colors and scents, like lavender, spice, and melon, you’ll be able to squish your way to inner peace and enjoy some calming aromatherapy in the process. Aromatherapy’s whole thing is about using scents to promote relaxation and general wellbeing,butwe can’t prove that it actually works. However, getting a whiff of something pleasant while sitting at your mundane office job could definitely be comforting. 

Best for subtlety

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The Good

Something you can wear every day • Unique gear design

The Bad

Pricey for a stress toy

The Bottom Line

Keep your fingers busy without whipping out a toy with this mesmerizing spinning gear ring.

2. Spinning Gear Ring

The gears in this stainless steel ring move in unison and subtly keep your fingers busy.

  • Stress-relief method:Spinning
  • Options::Stainless steel, gold, rose gold, gunmetal
$165 from Kinekt Design
For serial finger tappers, pen clickers, or nail biters, this spinning ring keeps your fingers busy thanks to its gratifying turns and silent clicks. Its main selling point is the unique working gear design — but for anyone who cares about style, the stainless steel and intricate details make it a stellar accessory to boot.
Unlike other spinning rings that work with a smaller band inside a larger one, these micro-precision gears actually turn in unison like the gears in a bike. Just watching the video is hypnotizing, and seeing it IRL is guaranteed to have people asking to try it on. (But if you let them, you might not get it back.)

Best for creativity

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The Good

Adds an element of creativity • 31 color options

The Bad

May be even smaller than you expect • Individual balls are easy to lose

The Bottom Line

Speks has found a way to make magnetic balls squishy, and with 31 color options, the possibilities are endless.

3. Speks Magnetic Balls

Meet the tiny magnetic balls that squish like dough and can create limitless geometric designs.

  • Stress-relief method:Squishing, molding
  • Options:31 colors to choose from, sizes range from 512 balls to 1,000 balls

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Filter concert in Texas canceled after band shares anti-Trump Facebook post

Rock band Filter had their show cancelled on Thursday night after frontman Richard Patrick posted an anti-Trump video on Facebook. The problems started during the band’s soundcheck at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso, Texas. Patrick, the lead vocalist, uploaded a video live from the venue to the band’s Facebook page promoting the…


Rock band Filter had their show cancelled on Thursday night after frontman Richard Patrick posted an anti-Trump video on Facebook.

The problems started during the band’s soundcheck at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso, Texas. Patrick, the lead vocalist, uploaded a video live from the venue to the band’s Facebook page promoting the show later that night.

“A lot of trump bashing!” Patrick promised, along with a request that former U.S. Democratic Congressman and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke come to the performance.

Not long after the video of the band’s soundcheck hit social media, Patrick to share that the show had been cancelled.

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FILTER(ED) IN TEXAS Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, TX, the Tigua Tribe’s Casino / Resort / Music Venue has cancelled tonight’s FILTER show, due to a humorous Facebook post written by vocalist, Richard Patrick, and the band’s plans to use the American flag turned upside down in their background video on stage. The “offending” post, which included a short video of the band soundchecking at the venue: This is sound check!! We’re Playing El Paso!!! Get here later and it will be packed!! A lot of Trump bashing! Does anyone know Beto?? Bring Beto! The band was told the venue “didn’t like” the post and that they were getting threatening phone calls and bomb threats from Texans who didn’t like it either. The tour manager was in the green room and woke up from a pre-show nap to 30 yellow-shirted security guards and the General Manager shouting expletives and telling the band they were not welcome at the venue. “The First Amendment does not exist in this Casino. Get the [email protected]*k out,” they said. Management also told Patrick that it was illegal to display the flag upside down in their video. The law to which they might refer is Title 4, US Code “(a) The flag should never be displayed with union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” Patrick explains “This is a dire emergency! This country is totally jacked up!! This is my right to artistic expression. If they are going to tell me that I am un-American for saying that about the President, I’d ask them if they have been to Iraq or Afghanistan. I have been over there and love and respect the job that our troops are doing over there – fighting to ensure our rights to say what we like. As a matter of fact – I was asked recently what FILTER stands for and THIS IS IT – our freedom of expression!” In addition to the First Amendment, The Texas Constitution, in Article I, sections 8 and 27 protects the “liberty to speak, write or publish … opinions on any subject.” You have the right to express your views in these ways regardless of how unpopular or controversial they may be. #freespeech #amer

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