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Bound Together – Free Shipping Day

One year ago, the thousandth person took the Giving What We Can pledge, promising to donate 10% of their income to the most effective charities in the world – for example our recommended charities – all throughout their life.

We want to celebrate the anniversary of this milestone by offering free shipping on our comic book Bound Together for all orders on May 25, 2016 (according to EDT). You can subscribe to our newsletter for a timely reminder!

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The donations benefit the Against Malaria Foundation that just finalized plans for the largest distribution of mosquito nets in its history – a milestone that is also your achievement!

AMF has signed an agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to fund 10.7 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for distribution in Uganda’s upcoming universal coverage campaign (UCC). The nets … will protect 19.3 million people. … Every donation, large and small, has made this possible.

Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Uganda, with high incidence levels seen across many districts. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

Of course you can also order your Bound Together right away.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.


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In-Kind Donations for Pony Congress 2016 Charity Auction

Equestria, Griffonstone, or Crystal Empire; Winona, Elizabeak, or Mooriella – ponies have taught us that every feeling individual counts, no matter who or where. Many of us have made it our goal to find those who suffer the worst hardships in the world, to find the best ways to help them, and when we do, to buckle down and get it done.

Pony Congress 2016

If you attend Pony Congress, then you have two chances to join us: the convention will run a charity auction in which you can bid, and for the charity auction to be a success, you can now also contribute in-kind donations!

Pony Congress will take place on June 25–26, 2016, in Elbląg, Poland. The convention team is accepting contributions through:

The Donation Form.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

About the Animal Equality

When animals are abused or suffer, Animal Equality is there to defend them. The international organization has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and India, from which it conducts investigations to bring to light cases of animal abuse and educate the public about them. Animal Charity Evaluators estimates that it saves multiple animals for every dollar donated and recommends it as one of the best animal charities in the world.

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Clip for “Hearth’s Warming Tail”

By Princess Lollipop

By Princess Lollipop

The My Little Pony Facebook page has put up a clip for Saturday’s episode. Check it out after the break.

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By Jumblehorse

By Jumblehorse

Discovery Family has a press release that goes into more detail for two episodes of Friendship is Magic that are airing in June, as well as the season finale for Littlest Pet Shop. In addition to this news is that the second episode of Friendship is Magic airing in June will be the mid-season finale of season 6, meaning a mid-season hiatus will take place during the summer. Check out the synopses after the break.

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Friendship is Magic #42 Preview

Friendship is Magic #42 cover by Andy Price

Friendship is Magic #42 cover by Andy Price

This sort of slipped by me since it hadn’t shown up on iTunes. Friendship is Magic #42 will be released tomorrow. Comic Book Resources has a preview of it. You can check it out after the break.

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Unfortunately, this is the inspiration for this editorial. Of course, this is just my opinion and does not necessarily reflect those of anyone else at Derpy News. This covers two points. First, just because you have a Twitter account and a member of the show staff has a Twitter account, does not give you the right to be a moron/jerk towards the latter. There are ways to address show staff about things, but please show some respect. The linked “discussion” is a prime example of how not to do that. In all honesty, the same goes at conventions when you meet them there. Please be respectful of VIPs at conventions and give them their space when they need it.

The leads to the second problem we have in the fandom—the unwillingness of some to accept or even acknowledge differing opinions. Too often, we hear people go at each other’s throats on social media over just about anything from shipping, to people on soap boxes, to even the pettiest of disagreements. We as a fandom really need to agree to disagree on certain things, be it what we thought of a certain episode or how conventions are run. No one needs to fly off the handle at the slightest of disagreements.
It’s exacerbated when the person is so wrapped in his or her head canon (like the example) that he/she lashes out at show staff. Show staff have feelings to and it can get to the point where they may no longer want to engage fans on social media. The entire fandom loses on that and just creates more trouble.
Unfortunately, there are some in the fandom who live for drama. I won’t mention names, but they can be just insufferable at times if not incorrigible. There will be those who don’t think much of the fandom at all. You can’t really do much about them. That’s their loss. What we can do is do our best to show the very best of this fandom such as charity work or acts of kindness.
Of course, the grand irony is that I don’t engage all that much with fan fictions or the latest ships. To each their own on that end. However, the general point I’m trying make that that there is a proper way to address show staff with questions or comments. What happens in the example is an example of how not to do that. Just because you have a Twitter account and a member of the show staff/or the so-called “horse famous” has a Twitter account, does not give you the right to be a moron/jerk towards the latter. The second point is that we can agree to disagree on things within the fandom without causing flame wars on social media.
Both come down to doing a better job policing ourselves in the fandom. I don’t mean have several watchdogs target miscreants, but I do mean is that sometimes you do need to confront someone when it comes to misconduct like in the example, but try to be professional and mature about it. I still believe this is a tremendous fandom for a tremendous show and we have tremendous people working on it and I feel privileged to interact with them from time to time, but the fandom is now without its flaws and some of them need to be addressed. The task is to do so without creating drama or flame wars.
There are times when some in the fandom need a reminder of why we are all here and this is one of those times.

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In this episode, a spot on the Wonderbolts has opened up and it now belongs to Rainbow Dash—fulfilling a lifelong dream. She will be part of the troop when they perform in Ponyville in a couple of days. Spitfire gives Rainbow Dash an orientation and Dash does not make the best of first impressions. In fact, she’s given the name “Rainbow Crash” which brings back bad memories for Dash at Flight Camp. Of course, this being a military setting, troops do tend to get nicknames that are embarrassing.

The nickname still stings for Dash, but she it not really ready to talk about that. Instead on the next day, she imitates the rest of her friends and it’s funny the first time, but the more you see it, the more it can become cringeworthy. So on the day of the show, Dash asks for Scootaloo’s assistance to do a stunt outside the routine and it does not go nearly as well as last week’s stunt with Trixie and Starlight Glimmer.

In the end, Dash does admit that the nickname hurt her, but it turns out all of the Wonderbolts have an embarrassing nickname that they carry around. Spitfire’s is so embarrassing that we don’t mention it on here and that they’ve been waiting to include Dash for a long time. In the end, Dash is just glad to be a Wonderbolt at long last.

Here, we have a missed opportunity to explore why the nickname, “Rainbow Crash”, hurts her so much. They do mention how Dash (with her friends) has saved Equestria countless times, but that could’ve been done earlier. Honestly, Acts 2 and 3 were considerably off compared to the first act. I mentioned military nicknames and how they do get embarrassing, but the way things carried out might send mixed messages.

I really wanted to like this episode, but neither Rainbow Dash, nor the Wonderbolts are at their best in this episode (yet again).

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Dash is a Wonderbolt!
  • +  The first act
  • –  Dash’s imitations are cringeworthy the more you see them
  • –  Neither Dash, nor Wonderbolts at their bast
  • –  Acts 2 and 3 overall compared to the first
  • –  Might send mixed messages

GRADE:  D+

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The big dark spots on the surface of our moon that give it the appearance of having a face were caused by massive pools of moon lava that cooled billions of years ago.  When we first started sending satellites up there to take pictures of the “darkside,” we expected to find similar dark blotches.  There were none.    It was a uniform shade of white, pocked with regular old craters.  There was no face –  no Mare in the Moon.

Current data suggests that the “darkside” of the moon has a crust that is 40 miles thicker than the side that we can see, so very little moon lava ever made it to the surface, thus the “darkside’s” lack of a “face.”  After decades of mystery, recent computer simulations doing intensely complex moon math have figured out the most likely reason for this major difference between the two sides of the moon.

Once upon a time, there was not one moon, but two – a big moon, and a little moon – both born of the same collision with Earth.  Over the course of billions of years, the two moons fused, creating the wonder we see today.

So when you look up at the night sky, and see those dark patches (that really do look like the Mare in the Moon), remember: that imprint is only there because a long, long time ago, a big sibling imprisoned a little sibling there.

-Sprocket

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