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Horoscopes for September 2015

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Capricorn 12/22–1/19

September will be a period of intense connections laced with self-realizations, and growth. Your ruler, Saturn, goes direct at the beginning of the month which allows all these understandings to come your way. You will experience the death and rebirth of cycles with gross intensity as the Earth experiences the autumnal equinox on September 23rd. If you are looking for a sign, then look no further than your self. Prepare for this sign to open up your eyes, life is demanding, without understanding.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

Everything you experience on the outside is a mirror reflection on the outside—as above so below. This month is full of eclipses that will bring to light the darkness and expose cobwebs that need to be cleaned out.  The super full moon on September 28th will be a fabulous time to throw a party or go on a short road trip. Navigate throughout the month with small amounts of caution and a lot of spontaneity. Try to cut back on the caffeine this month; too much coffee can cause a latte problems.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

Your dreamy and ethereal nature will come into play this month. You are a sign represented by two fish, swimming in opposite directions that find a way to balance each other out. If you’ve been feeling out of sync, then this month will bring you back up to par. You’re one of the most romantic signs in the zodiac, so after September 6th your charming nature will be on, like Donkey Kong.  Make sure to go outside and enjoy September 28th, for this is a time to reap rewards.

Aries 3/21–4/19

You are one of the most passionate and intense signs, Aries. Your fiery nature may have been put on the back burner as of late and a lot of that has to do with Venus in retrograde. It goes direct on September 6th and this will be the spark you need back in your life. Your coals did not go out, they were smoldering beneath the ash. Once the wind of change hits your sails your half mast will rise, just like the phoenix.

Taurus 4/20—5/20

Your sign is down to earth and grounded, and other people come to you because of this fine trait, Taurus. September 13th marks a good time to recharge your batteries so you can help those that need you most. You’re having a great start to your autumn, expect this to be a time that will rejuvenate your spirit. Near the end of the month on September 28th, this will be a time that is perfectly balanced. The amount of darkness and light on this day is highlighted with a super full moon in Aries and shadowed by a total lunar eclipse.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

Communication will take the forefront of this monthly lunar adventure. If you’re always talking, then it may serve you well to learn the other side of the dialogue. Venus has been retrograde since July 25th and goes direct on September 6th. If your relationships have taken a nose dive lately then they will be coming up for air for quite awhile. All this training you’ve been doing is finally going to come into fruition and you will be tested. On July 28th,  clear out the cobwebs in order to make room for innovative prospects.

Cancer 6/22–7/22

Some people may describe you as, “too emotional.” This just means that you are in tune to your feelings, and to you they are reality. The seasons change and so do situations, so if there are things you’re willing to let go, now is the perfect time to do so. A lot of connections this month will help you remember where you came from and where you’re going. If your path is off route, enjoy the detour and get back on track. A total lunar eclipse on the 28th will expose the shadows of your subconscious so tune into whatever is presented.

Leo 7/23–8/22

The lessons of your birth month are going to be reincarnating throughout the year. Right now though, you’re wondering, “Is this it?” Well, If you want something you’ve never had, then you’re going to have to do something you’ve never done before.The fork in the road may seem like an all or nothing scenario but that’s far from the truth. Divine fireworks are being lit and getting ready to express their eye opening messages. You just have to get your head out of the sand and look up at the sky to see it.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

Ah, Virgo. The end of summer is marked by the beginning and end of your sign. This cyclical period is no coincidence and so the beginning of the end of summer must start with none other than yourself. The new moon on September 13th marks a triumphant time to put yourself in the dark and create the light in which you wish to see throughout the rest of the upcoming autumnal equinox. Creation is the fire beneath the spirit of humanity, hone into this energy, and manifest destiny.

Libra 9/23–10/22

As the Sun moves into your sign, there will be a lot of dramatics happening. The autumnal equinox is a time of death and rebirth. Less than a week later, on September 28th,  there will be a total lunar eclipse of the heart. Well, turn around, bright eyes. That feeling of living in the dark and occupying a powder keg that could go off at any moment will be put on the back burner as the world turns into a favorable time of all things you. This is a refresher, the first course of many splendiferous meals.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

Saturn is in Scorpio, it leaves, it comes back, it leaves, it comes back. It’s all a little repetitive, don’t you think? Well this time,Saturn is finally making the move and saying, “sayonara.” The celestial giant is sluggishly making its way into Sagittarius and won’t return to your sign for another twenty nine years.  A breath of fresh air is coming but not until September 17th. Until that time you may experience skeletons falling out of the closet. A good way to deal with them is to either get rid of them, or turn yourself in.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

A lot of changes have been happening lately and you’ve been acclimating to them quite well. Saturn, a major planetary player is moving into your sign this month and it’s up to you if you’ll be making it pay the proverbial rent. The Harvest Moon on September 28th marks an especially fruitful time for you. This is the perfect opportunity to lasso that which you’ve been chasing and to be really specific with your needs.

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Denver’s Wes Watkins dynamic new future-funk EP is from another planet

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Future-Funk Party Starter | Wes Watkins

Dreams Out from Denver’s best kept secret Wes Watkins wears so many musical hats it needs a rack; downtempo G-Funk homage and sweltering nee-Soul / Rn’B are all over this release, all covered with a thicc pop glaze and a penchant for electronic-sonic experimentation that keep every song fascinatingly adventurous while maintaining a danceability and groove that easily, easily warrants multiple listens. Don’t sleep on this one.


Lo-Fuzz Folkie | Hoi Ann

The beauty of Hoi Ann’s Tangenier lies in both what you can hear and what it may want you to not hear. Lo-fi folk and bedroom-pop are easily tangible on its surface, but the buzzy electronic tones that sparingly flourish the 5 songs of this release lie low and create a unique aural atmosphere for listeners, like hidden secrets for your ears only.


Indie-Punk Sweeties | Gestalt

The pop-punk shred-bois in Gestalt are back at it again; The irresistible combo of the Get Up Kids earnest midwestern-emo and smart pop-punk wit of the Wonder Years is strong on the tracks that encompass LongBoix, as is an acute fondness and growing appreciation for the finer indie rock of yesteryear. Well I guess this is growing up.


Psych-Rock Screamcore | Gone Full Heathen

On their criminally good self titled EP, Fort Collins heavies Gone Full Heathen friggin dare you to try and trap them in a single genre. Nice try, but they’ll just chew right through your puny ropes using a gnashing blend of crushing stoner-rock laced hardcore punk and overdriven psych-rock / post-metal induced bite like the righteous rock and roll wolves that they are.


All releases available for purchase now thru Bandcamp. Go Local!

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The Haze Craze for Lazy Days

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There are many different styles of beer. Ranging from light lagers (think Bud Light) and ales to sours, stouts, and IPAs.

Within those styles, however, are varying styles.

For example, one would think a sour beer is a sour beer, right? Wrong. According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, which defines every style of beer, there are six recognized European sour styles.

For IPAs, there are seven. American beers have four; stouts have three… You get the point.

Even with viewing the list of recognized styles, it’s not a complete list.

Take New England IPAs (NE IPA), as a prime example. Many breweries are currently mass producing this style of beer, and it’s selling like crazy.

You may have heard one of your annoying beer loving friends talk about drinking a “juice bomb,” or a requesting a “hazy IPA” at the pub, and shrugged it off. It turns out, they (sometimes) know what they are talking about.

What makes NE IPAs so popular when compared to a more traditional, West Coast IPA? NE IPAs have all of the hop flavors, without an overabundance of bitterness.

Instead of constantly adding hops throughout the boil to achieve a fruity flavor balanced by bitterness, the NE IPA has a small hop addition at the begging, and then nothing else until after the boil has finished.

That translates into a beer with very little bitterness, and plenty of hop aroma and flavor. Hops like Citra, Mosaic, Mosaic, Galaxy, and El Dorado are most common in NE IPAs, according to the Homebrewers Association. Those hops tend to impart a fruity, and dare I say, juicy flavor profile.

Between the juicy flavor and the seemingly natural haziness to NE IPAs, it’s not far fetched for an NE IPA to look like a tall glass of orange or grapefruit juice, only carbonated and full of alcohol.

NE IPAs are starting to gain momentum here in Colorado, with breweries turning their focus to the haze craze. Specifically, Odd13, WeldWerks, and Epic Brewing coming to mind.

Odd13 is based in Lafayette, Colo. and has a long list of NE-inspired IPAs constantly rotating through the tap room and distributed throughout the state. Codename: Super fan and Noob are two beers that are found in cans, and both offer a different approach to the haze craze.

WeldWerks is based in Greeley, Colo. and has accumulated a cult-like following in just a few short years for its Juicy Bits NE IPA. The brewery just started self-distributing locally, so you’ll have to make the trip to the brewery and pick up a crowler or four. Be sure to check the WeldWerks Facebook page for availability and limits. Yes, they have to place per person limits on how much you can purchase.

Epic Brewing recently announced its NE IPA, which will rotate between four different flavor profiles throughout the year. The cans will look the same but will be different colors as a quick way to tell identify which version you have.

So the next time you walk into a brewery or liquor store, it’s OK to ask for a hazy or juicy IPA. It’s a thing, and, frankly, they are damn good.

On Tap: By the time this hits newsstands, ThunderZone Pizza & Taphouse will have opened on the CSU-P campus. Located at 2270 Rawlings Blvd., the ThunderZone features 32 taps, a carefully curated tap list, and is locally owned.

At the opening, the tap list includes tasty brews from the likes of Florence Brewing and Lost Highway.

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Senators upend GOP health care bill in true Trump style… Twitter

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WASHINGTON — When Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran decided they were in ready to disrupt the GOP rewrite of the health care law, they chose President Donald Trump’s favorite medium.

They could not support Senate Republicans’ plan, the somewhat unlikely pair of conservatives tweeted at 8:30 p.m. Monday night, giving no heads up to the White House or Senate leaders before pressing send.

The story behind the statement reveals two senators willing to be branded as bill killers and seemingly unconcerned with trying to soften the blow with party leaders.

The announcement, coming after some 10 days of conversations between the men, stunned official Washington and left Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at least two votes short in the closely divided Senate from being able to move forward with the GOP bill, effectively sinking the measure. It landed shortly after Trump dined with a group of senators to discuss strategy – unwittingly plotting a plan that would immediately become outdated.

Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican leader, found out about Lee’s defection after the White House dinner of rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash. He “had no idea it was coming,” Cornyn said.

Another Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, found out from TV news.

Moran, a second-term lawmaker from Kansas who isn’t known for making waves, and Lee, a two-term senator from Utah who has clashed with Trump, have been talking over the past 10 days about the health care legislation and agreed the GOP bill did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare or address rising health-care costs. They decided to announce their position to make the bill’s fate clear and allow senators to move on, Moran said.

“It could have been prolonged for days or weeks while no one said anything,” Moran said in an interview.

Moran, who oversaw the Senate Republicans’ 2014 election campaigns, concluded last week he wouldn’t vote for the latest version of the bill but “gave myself a weekend in Kansas to think about it,” he said.

Lee had helped draft an amendment, along with fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones to lower costs. Cruz agreed to some changes in wording by GOP leaders, but Lee thought the new language allowed too many Obama-era regulations to remain in place.

After talking again, Moran and Lee agreed Monday night on a statement drafted earlier in the day. They issued their statement shortly after a White House dinner attended by seven GOP senators – all likely yes votes on the health care bill. Neither Lee nor Moran attended.

A Lee spokesman said the statement – and its timing – “had nothing to do with the White House dinner. It was not a reaction in any way.”

The statement was made public as soon as it was ready, the spokesman said.

Neither Trump nor McConnell received advance warning about the statement, although it’s likely that neither the president nor the Senate leader was completely surprised.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend calling lawmakers, including Lee and at least seven other GOP senators, according to the administration. Trump talked politics, while Pence discussed policy.

Trump called Lee on Saturday, and Lee told the president he was leaning against the bill, for the reasons he later made public.

Lee told Utah’s KSL Newsradio that he had a great conversation with Trump, when he told the president his “consumer freedom” amendment had been weakened and that he wasn’t sure that he could support the bill.

“He was encouraging to me and said, you know, ‘Just see what changes you can make to it,’ ” Lee said.

Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.

Trump, who frequently takes to Twitter to announce proposals or denounce opponents, was blindsided by, of all things, a tweet.

He told reporters Tuesday he was “very surprised when the two folks came out last night, because we thought they were in fairly good shape. But they did. And, you know, everybody has their own reason.”

Moran said while he remained committed to repealing the health care law, Congress needs to make a “fresh start” on writing a replacement bill in an “open legislative process.”

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said, in a statement that followed the tweet.

In his own statement, Lee said the GOP bill does not repeal all the Obamacare tax increases and “doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”

Both explanations were issued on social media.

“Twitter is a nice medium to get your message out,” Lee’s spokesman said.

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