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Horoscopes for October 2014



Horoscopes for October 2014

“A sure fire bet”—Times Magazine

Capricorn 12/22–1/19

You’re going to have quite an exciting month, Capricorn. It seems that the long trek you’ve been taking is finally leading somewhere and you’re finally going to gain some perspective on your proverbial mountain. Those born in the early signs of Capricorn can experience a breakdown, and this is an excellent time to rebuild your life—especially if you have strong foundations. Those born later in the month aren’t affected as much by the lunar eclipse that will occur on October 8th.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

Happy October, Aquarius! There is going to be a large scale modification to the way you perceive the world. Usually, you doubt how others can’t see the world the way you do, but this month you’re going to be in harmony with everything. The proverbial walls are going to break down and the transitional lines will begin to blur. On the other side of the month, Pluto is going to try to break things down so you can build it back up.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

Oh what a beautifully cruel world, Pisces. You’re not going to be lacking any creative motivation this month. There is just so much going on, that this will be one of your major releases. You are a character of immeasurable hidden strengths, and as a challenging road lies ahead, your ethos will get you through to the end of the journey of a lifetime. Manage your assets wisely, and reassess the vision of your ideological world. After the 26th of October, you’re going to be smooth sailing again.

Aries 3/21–4/19

There is a total lunar eclipse that happens in your sign on October 8th. This is the second to last in the series of these particular eclipses until 2032. Pluto will affect your chart in a lot of different ways. The tiny mass may start to break down all that you know, in order to rebuild anew. This month will have all of the signs all over the place. It’s as if the universe has eaten everything at the cosmic carnival and is now getting on the most ridiculous ride. Prepare your celestial chip for some fresh cavalcade salsa.

Taurus 4/20—5/20

The universe has prepared a little pop quiz for you, have you been attending to your studies? This month the planets are playing a little game, and it’s up to you to rise to the forefront. Others may be seeing the world just as different as you, which can unify your perceived solidarity—if you choose. If not, choose Jiff. There are a few challenging eclipses this month and Mercury is also going retrograde. Make sure to drink some celestial tea mixed heavily with Dramamine.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

The limelight is on you this month, so get ready to feel attractive! Some people are going to be drawn to you, for various reasons. Make sure to check the fine print before you sign any contracts these people are making you mark, especially while you are under the influence of their passionate kundalini. A blast from the past may come shooting your way near the end of the month, the decision to karate chop it off the block, is up to you.


Cancer 6/22–7/22

As soon as September ends you’re going to be in the eye of the storm. All will be calm where you are, but do not put down your guard at any point until after the 26th. Why don’t you choose a snack instead of partaking in the scrambled egg messfast that the universe is creating? Change will be inevitable this month—so be as calm as a cucumber, because per the usual, you’ve got a rep to protect.

Leo 7/23–8/22

Your proverbial plate is full but you are still hungry. Get another plate and fill it up with all of the things that you want—balance is key. The planets are keeping you very motivated. This energy may drive all of the other celestial giants off their kilter but you thrive in this environment. Take advantage of all this passionate energy. Mercury going retrograde may cause some delays but it will all be worth it. Towards the end of the month your romantic life gets muy caliente.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

Since you usually have good advice, the masses are going to be headed in your direction for some life coaching. Things may get overwhelming so you may need to tell them steer clear of your bubble, before you cosmically blow all over their aura. Harness your own energy for some selfish reasons. You need to take care of the most important person in your life before you can take care of others. Don’t take anything at face value this month, so it may be a good time to stop, hibernate, and listen.

Libra 9/23–10/22

This is the time to break out of the shell that you’ve been hiding in and grab life by the horns. Don’t just grab the horns, ride the bull into the sunset of your dreams. It is 95 percent more successful to ask for forgiveness than to ask permission. The universe is aligning into all things you. This can be quite the severe month, so take things easy as you gain your confident fervor. Mercury is going retrograde throughout most of October, be prepared to breathe more relaxed towards the end of the moon phase.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

When October begins, you will get a sample of the upcoming year. Your sensitivity will poke and prod you throughout the month—but for the better. This month will have you take an assessment you weren’t prepared for. You will pass the proverbial pop quiz with your intense focus and knowledge of the force. Keep moving to channel the fanatical energy and turn it into something positive. Change is inevitable this month. Keep a journal and jot down your jovial tribulations. Don’t make any major decisions until after the 26th.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

It is as if the beach boys are playing a personal soundtrack for you this month. Good vibrations are sending you goose bumps all over your life. The fire energy in the solar system is concocting something amazing. If you have any planets in Sagittarius, then prepare to have it positively influence your life. If communications go awry this month, then you can thank Mercury going retrograde–this isn’t likely to affect your sign, as much as the others.

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




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



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



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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