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Naked and Afraid (TV Show)

Naked and Afraid is a Discovery Channel reality show. Each episode follows two survivalists (a guy and a girl) spending twenty-one days in the wilderness naked. They really are naked and afraid, get it? The survivalists are strangers and they first meet each other in the wilderness and in the buff. They each get to bring one item along. Most of the time they take a fire starter or a machete, but one bitch brought a pot. Of all the things that you can bring, she brought a fucking pot. Oy. So they get dropped off in the wilderness and then they have to get to know each other while building a shelter, starting a fire, and looking for food. Some of the personalities are bound to conflict and that makes for some good reality TV.

Naked and Afraid goes all over the world. They go to jungles, remote islands, swamps, coasts, deserts, and grasslands. Each episode is always two new survivalists, so there are always new characters to love or hate and it always seems fresh. It’s not a contest. They aren’t trying to compete. They are just trying to survive the wilderness and each other for three weeks. Sometimes they get along great, and sometimes they butt heads. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes someone taps out. It’s always entertaining. It proves that nudity makes reality shows better.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Walk in the Park

I am lucky enough to live next to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, one of the best parks in the world. It’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park. That means it is better. Popularity and politics aside, if you are lucky enough to live close to a park too, I suggest that you take some time and enjoy a walk in the park. You’ll experience fresh air and sunshine. You’ll see birds and squirrels and trees and flowers and be reminded that Nature is a real thing and not just something you see on the Discovery Channel.

It’s good to be out in open space, standing on grass and dirt rather than concrete and trash. Sometimes you forget about nature when you live in a city. A walk in the park makes you remember that your roots are in caves, not in cubicles. And going outside is free entertainment. Appreciate it and take advantage of it.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Weed Wars

A Discovery Channel reality show that focuses on the medical marijuana industry and the politics and controversy that surrounds it.  The show follows the staff and patients of the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA. And it makes you wanna blaze.

The show provides a lot of insight as to how medical marijuana dispensaries function. The staff looks like regular people, they are ready for business but still have crazy dreads, facial hair and tattoos. They are professional stoners. Some are clerks, and they ask what the customer is looking for and what symptoms they have to better find a product to help them. Some work as purchasers who inspect a potential seller’s product. They check for molds, fungi, and the overall quality of the plant.

You meet a lot of patients while watching the show. Some are scamming the system, but a lot of the customers have debilitating problems and marijuana is the only thing that gives them relief from pain. You can clearly see why we need legal dispensaries where these patients can buy weed that is safe to smoke and safe to obtain. It would be a crime to close these clubs, because these people need them.

There is a lot of emphasis on states rights versus the federal law. A lot of conversation is devoted to the economics of the industry. Cannabis is worth billions; it is a huge cash crop. The plant provides a lot of jobs and tax revenue in a time of severe economic turmoil. We already lost the war on drugs; it is time to legalize it.

Critically Rated at 15/17

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