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Today is Pony Fridays which means tomorrow is a new ep of S2; Savor it!!~

My name is Grass and I’m here to bring you the best news the internet has to offer along with memes and such silliness. We’ll head to the news in a bit, but first, go ahead and download that image up there if you want, it’s 3 memes in one and if you know all of them, you’ll  get the humor in it. But I wanna clarify this, I am not a /b/rony, I  am simply a guy who sees internet fads as what they are. And that’s the same thing that’s done in high school with cliques and their so-called “special interest groups.” The main reason I am against this is segregation of the true nature of the human spirit. I will not go on a philosophical debate, but I think the biggest reason for not being a /b/rony is the association of a children’s cartoon with the fact that the word /b/rony comes from the fact that it was a derision of /b/tards on 4chan. I am not a “b-tard” so why label myself /b/rony. Anyway, introductions aside, let’s hit up Japan, or more importantly Sankaku.

Our first story today is this article about the 10 most perverted girls in anime.

Top 10 Most Perverted Anime Girls

Author: Leon

1. Shirai Kuroko (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

2. Sarutobi Ayame (Gintama)

3. Nagatsuki Sanae (Shinryaku! Ikamusume)

4. Shichijou Aria (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

5. Miyamae Kanako (Maria†Holic)

6. Amakusa Shino (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

7. Takanashi Nao (Oniichan no Koto)

8. Kousaka Kirino (Ore no Imouto)

9. Tsuchiura Iroha (Oniichan no Koto)

10. Harukaze Asuna (Softenni)

I find it funny Kirino only ranked 8th,  yet the girl from railgun ranked 1st. Anyway, let’s move on.

Tomodachi ga Sukunai Sexy Game Anime

Author: Leon

Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems to be the firm (if not hard) otaku favourite of the season, with service aplenty and even a hint of plot.

Gallery post, enjoy yourselves.

Next up, figurines for March 2012.

Gertrud Barkhorn Strike Witches 2 Figure

Author: Leon

Gertrud again returns in figure form thanks to Alter’s craftsmanship. Heavily armed with two MG42, strikerunits, and wearing her fine trousers, she will be released in March 2012.

Idol Otaku: “This Is Your Future, Guys!”

Author: Artefact

Idol otaku are mourning the horrible fate which awaits them after Japanese TV’s latest expose of an elderly idol otaku.

As the report originates from Japanese TV there are the usual concerns about its veracity, but few are in much doubt about it being a realistic portrayal at the very least:

“A 50-year-old who likes idols!”

“This is your future guys! It’s here!”

“Here is your future path…”

“You guys!”

“Uwaaaah…”

“Harsh.”

“Don’t air this stuff on TV!”

“Gyaaaaa…”

“So this is how you’ll end up?”

“Horrible stuff.”

“This is our future?”

“You’ll end up like this!”

“15 years without a girlfriend…”

“He doesn’t need one any more.”

“He’s what’s known amongst idol otaku circles as a DD. Daredemo Daisuki [“Loves Anyone”].

The definition:

The present meaning:

He’s not a fan of any particular idol, but supports a number of different ones

He one of the ones you see at any and every idol event

The opposite type is the ‘only fan’ who only likes one idol”

“He was on TV in 2004 as well…”

“He looks pretty aged.”

“In 10 years I’ll end up like this?”

“Your future is bleak!”

Ya, that’s what you will become boys and girls. A basement dweller is what you will end up being much like that guy.

Now for news of the world…or what’s left of it.

Anon posted a video telling people to gtfo from Fakebook cause it’ll be dead November 5th and as of this post, that’s tomorrow. Obviously this won’t happen as we all know in true anon fashion anon hacks are done behind the scenes away from wary eyes.

Moving on. We have a bit of news I discovered back on M$ wanting to buy myFace.

Microsoft to Pay $240 Million for Stake in Facebook

Published: October 25, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 — Microsoft has won a high-profile technology industry battle with Google and Yahoo to invest in the social networking upstart Facebook.

The two companies said on Wednesday that Microsoft would invest $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. The investment values the three-year-old Facebook, which will bring in about $150 million in revenue this year, at $15 billion.

The deal ends two months of jockeying between three major Internet players for the right to invest in and forge close ties with Facebook.

As part of the deal, Microsoft will sell the banner ads appearing on Facebook outside of the United States, splitting the revenue with it. Last year, Microsoft struck a deal with Facebook to run banner ads on the site in the United States through 2011.

The astronomical valuation for Facebook is evidence that Microsoft executives believed they could not afford to lose out on the deal. Google appears to be building a dominant position in the race to serve advertisements online. Fearing it might lose control over the next generation of computer users, Microsoft has been trying to match and in some cases block Google’s plans, even if that effort is costly.

“We are now stepping outside what is typically a business decision,” said Rob Enderle, the founder of the strategy concern Enderle Group. “This was almost personal. I wouldn’t want to be the executive that’s on the losing side at either firm.”

A Google spokesman said the company had no comment. Facebook is planning to comment on the deal later today.

Representatives of Facebook say the investment will allow it to add employees, expand overseas and aggressively develop its own advertising system that will tailor ads to the personal preferences users make public on their Facebook pages. Facebook is expected to introduce such an ad network at an event in New York next month.

The Microsoft investment throws the value of the holdings of Facebook investors into the stratosphere. Mark Zuckerberg, the 23-year-old Facebook founder who dropped out of Harvard to build the company, owns a 20 percent share which is now valued at $3 billion. Accel Partners, the venture capital firm that invested $12.7 million in May 2005 and owns 11 percent of Facebook, now holds stock worth $1.65 billion.

The high valuation also represents a belief that Facebook is creating an important new operating system — one that exists on the Web instead of on personal computers. In May, it opened its platform, inviting other companies and third party developers to create tools for the site and share in the advertising revenues.

The move unleashed a flurry of activity around the social network. More than 4,000 applications, like games and music-sharing tools, have since been created for the site, which in turn has accelerated Facebook’s membership growth. The company says it now has more than 42 million members and will exceed 60 million members by the end of the year.

“Once a social operating system takes over a country it’s like it becomes the native language of that country,” said Lee Lorenzen, a venture capitalist who is bullish on Facebook and notes that Google’s Orkut dominates Brazil, Friendster dominates the Philippines and Facebook is becoming the dominant forum in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Facebook boosters say that social networking represents the future of online activity.. Advertisers are attracted to these properties because they offer an opportunity to aim ads to particular users interested in their product or service.

Mr. Lorenzen and other Silicon Valley investors are often dismissive of MySpace, Facebook’s larger rival, which has more than 110 million active users and is owned by the News Corporation. “MySpace is not based on authentic identities. Facebook is based on who you really are and who your friends really are. That is who marketers really want to reach, not the fantasy you that lives on MySpace and uses a photo of a model,” he said.

I have a feeling Microsoft will buy out Apple some day.

Today’s special /b/rony news is brought to you by the Wall Street Journal.

Hey, Bro, That’s My Little Pony! Guys’ Interest Mounts in Girly TV Show

‘Bronies’ Enthralled by Cartoon Equines; Characters ‘Aren’t One-Dimensional’

By VAUHINI VARA And ANN ZIMMERMAN

BERKELEY, Calif.—Fifteen young men in this hotbed of activism gathered at an Indian restaurant on a recent Sunday and made an appeal: Could the waiter please switch the TV from the news to “My Little Pony”?

Then the men heaped their plates with curry and clustered around tables to absorb the Pony cartoon, share trivia about the characters and play show-and-tell with the various plastic Pony toys they had brought along.

Meet the self-described “bronies.”

The object of the bronies’ fascination is “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a remake of a 1980s animated TV show for preadolescent girls featuring plucky, candy-colored equines.

After the show launched in October 2010, video clips began appearing on 4chan, a website that largely draws geeky, tech-savvy guys. Before long, the bronies were born. They started holding local get-togethers, from Seattle to Brooklyn, where they recognized each other by the paper Pony cut-outs tucked in their shirt pockets. They’d discuss the latest shenanigans of Ponies with names like Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy.

Some bronies say they got hooked on the high-quality animation. Others felt they identified with the four-legged stars that flaunt luxurious, pony-tail like manes. “The characters aren’t one-dimensional,” said 15-year-old Christian Leisner, a brony in the Berkeley group. “They have flaws, they have backgrounds they’re ashamed of.”

Bronies—a mash-up of “bro” and “ponies”—established a quarterly New York convention, called BroNYCon, this year. They’ve spawned at least two Pony-themed websites and enjoy a thriving subculture of artists whose creations include Pony-inspired music and their own writings about Twilight Sparkle and the gang.

Jessica Blank, a 32-year-old computer programmer who is BroNYCon’s organizer, says people inevitably ask her whether the bronies—three-quarters of whom are male—are gay. “Actually, the overwhelming majority are straight,” she says.

Watch a video mashup of the My Little Pony cartoon and the introduction to the Cartoon Network’s “Venture Bros.” show by Cameron Tsuhako, one of a legion of young men who are Pony fans known as Bronies.

Bronies say their hobby has nothing to do with their sexuality or gender. “I don’t care about showing to the world that I am masculine,” says Jason Subhani, a 19-year-old college student in Astoria, N.Y. A Pony poster on his bedroom wall mingles with images of heavy-metal icons.

At the recent informal Berkeley gathering, Quinn Johnson, an 18-year-old freshman at the city’s University of California campus, showed a Rubik’s cube he had customized with homemade “My Little Pony” stickers. Michael Boveda, a 16-year-old high-school junior, proffered a plastic Pony carefully transported in a plastic food container. “I didn’t want to ruin the hair,” he explained.

The group included four “Pegasisters,” as the small minority of female bronies sometimes call themselves in this male-dominated world. Voices escalated, and Ohad Kanne, a 27-year-old studying videogame design, crossed to the TV and turned up the volume on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Hasbro Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. revived the “My Little Pony” franchise on a new television network called The Hub, an executive told investors the remake was for “the three- to six-year-old girl and her mom, who has fond memories of ‘My Little Pony’ from her childhood.”

The Ponies confront knotty challenges—such as an invasion of adorable but hungry insects called Parasprites—and report to a ruler named Princess Celestia about the life lessons they learn.

This is the sort of thing discussed at Equestria Daily, a brony website with links to such enthusiast-pleasers as free Pony coloring books. Shaun Scotellaro, its 23-year-old founder, says he cut back on his community-college classes to run the site out of his parents’ house in Glendale, Ariz., and has since become a cult hero.

“Growing up, ‘My Little Pony’ was basically on my list, being a boy, of things I’d probably hate,” says Mr. Subhani, the college student from Queens. Then he found the remake, he says, and “before I knew it, I was going on Equestria Daily more than any other news website.”

Mr. Subhani tried to get his rock-band mates to play some Pony-inspired covers. They declined, so he formed a new band of bronies called Neighslayer, in which he plays guitar-heavy renditions of such “My Little Pony” songs as “Art of the Dress.”

The show’s producers have caught on to the phenomenon. This September, “My Little Pony” supervising director Jayson Thiessen was a special guest at BroNYCon, which drew 300 bronies to a studio in Chinatown. Mr. Thiessen, 33, addressed a raucous crowd of men, Neighslayer performed and the guy in the best Pony costume won an award.

Later, Mr. Thiessen wrote on Twitter that the enthusiasm “completely floored me!”

“Hello Kitty for Americans? Neat-o!”

—Mike Edwards

In an email, a Hasbro spokeswoman said of the bronies: “From what we’ve seen, they are a small group of ‘My Little Pony’ fans who don’t necessarily fit what one might expect to be the brand’s target audience.”

Sales of “My Little Pony” merchandise are growing, says Hasbro, which declined to provide figures or comment on who, exactly, is buying the stuff.

The Hub Chief Executive Margaret Loesch said she is aware of the show’s strong following among young males, but says the majority of adult viewers are still overwhelmingly female. “I think part of why it resonates is the funky, flying mystical creatures,” she says. “The combination of plenty of action and heart gives it broad appeal.”

Some bronies disdain Hasbro’s Pony figurines, which they find too commercial and not “show-accurate.” A pet peeve: On TV, Princess Celestia is a heavenly white, but the toy is cotton-candy pink. So the bronies frequently buy unofficial merchandise from each other, including treasures such as pipe-cleaner Ponies.

Leaving the Berkeley gathering, bronies discussed loved ones’ reactions. “My sisters say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ ” said Mr. Kanne, who wore a Pony T-shirt. “Luckily, we have this community that understands.”

Ya, didn’t see that coming either…Thanks WSJ.

Our last bit of news is Palin endorsing Ohio issue 2.


Sarah Palin Endorses Ohio Issue 2 As Anti-Union Measure Heads To A Vote

Sarah Palin Ohio Issue 2

The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/4/11 03:52 PM ET

Ohio’s Issue 2, a referendum on a controversial law curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees, picked up the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Friday.

A “yes” vote on the issue would uphold S.B. 5, which bans public employees from being able to collectively bargain for benefits and requires employees to pay a certain percentage of their health and pension benefits. A “no” vote repeals the law.

Palin said on Facebook, “As a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members, I’m encouraging you to learn the facts about Issue 2 in Ohio.” She added: “To the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Ohio and throughout our country: I believe that Issue 2 is needed reform. It will help restore fairness to Ohio taxpayers and help balance the budget.”

Issue 2 looks, however, headed for defeated in next week’s vote. Recent polls show it losing by double digits.

Conservative nonprofits are spending their funds to pass the measure. Alliance for America’s Future, a conservative group whose leadership includes Mary Cheney, sent out mailers tying the measure to President Barack Obama.

“Liberals Want You to Help Him by Voting NO on Issues 2&3” reads one mailer showing Obama. The second page of the mailer reads: “This November, Stop Their Momentum Before it Begins,” showing a picture of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. (Issue 3 is a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit a federal, state or local government from mandating people to buy health insurance, rebuking the president’s health care law.)

A White House spokesperson recently told The Huffington Post that the president supports efforts to overturn S.B. 5, after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to take a position on it in a press briefing. Obama is unpopular in Ohio, with 52 percent of voters disapproving of him and 43 percent approving of his job performance, according to a late October Public Policy Polling survey.

Citizens United, better known as the plaintiff in last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the campaign finance system, launched an ad buy of over $100,000 supporting Issue 2.

Despite Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) campaigning for Issue 2 and signing into law S.B. 5, experts say that he will face few long-term consequences from the vote, since he has three years left in his term.

Ohioans vote on Nov. 8.

Enjoy your new brony episode tomorrow. See you all, Monday.