It’s a SNAP: 7-Eleven now marketing pizza with food stamp logo [photos]!/SweetLickKing/status/377843426924179457

Obama’s food-stamp nation, 7-Eleven edition:!/Dat_niggamarcus/status/378219561927331840

Looks that way. There’s even a sign at a Virginia 7-Eleven with the SNAP logo and not one, but two exclamation points.!/torpedostsunami/status/377846037299617792!/DarylT/status/378567754489425920!/georgecarl1955/status/377172059962748928!/_BoricuaBabyyy/status/378376612531544064

And if the line’s long, there’s always Starbucks for your “supplemental nutritional” needs”!/aicragxilef/status/355485760209698816!/SpoCntyConfess/status/378256237370294272

Can we get a ruling on this?!/collegepolitico/status/378543090228658176


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‘Who’s up for another government viral marketing fail?’: Meet!/iowahawkblog/status/445963567376773120

No, it’s not rape videos, it’s grape videos.

Once you’ve visited and clicked on a video, you’ll understand the need for the disclaimer, “No federal dollars were spent in the making of these videos.” After seeing the IRS’ Star Trek training video, it’s hard to tell just what the federal government will pay for.!/iowahawkblog/status/445991625026977792

Fruved, you see, is a mash-up of the words “fruit” and “vegetables.” Students at the University of Tennessee created the Fruved campaign to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Part of that campaign was the creation of student-made videos like this one.

Nick Gillespie gives an overview of the campaign at

The USDA has given $5 million in your tax dollars to a University of Tennessee campaign that tells kids to “Get Fruved.” Part of that grant is on display above in a 30-second that implores an unsuspecting college student (who I really hope is calling out a campus SWAT team) to “get fruved – grape style!” Where are ultra-restrictive campus speech zones when you need them?

We’ll let Iowahawk explain the rest.!/iowahawkblog/status/445950911677231104!/iowahawkblog/status/445954658792525824!/iowahawkblog/status/445956497755758592!/iowahawkblog/status/445964945566343168!/iowahawkblog/status/445995719120683008!/iowahawkblog/status/446011990931021824

Are the videos really that bad?!/jfisher736/status/445994077650436098

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10 Dangerous (And Expensive) Skin Care Myths That We Need To Leave Behind Forever

Whenever a new beauty trend hits the scene, I’m first in line to buy every product in sight.

Korean skin care? Way ahead of you. SPF serum? Sign me up. As a true junkie, I pride myself on knowing what’s up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked in by fads that fail to do a whole lot in the results department.

And that’s mainly because most of us, beauty addicts or otherwise, buy into a whole host of myths that have no evidence to back them up aside from word-of-mouth advice. Let’s take a look at the ones we need to ditch.

1. Myth: Lavender is great for calming irritated skin.

Fact: While that statement in itself is not false, here’s where adding lavender to your routine gets tricky. Although the soothing properties of lavender can calm redness, the plant can also make your skin photosensitive. That doesn’t bode well for anyone looking to spend time outside, especially when beach weather rolls around. To avoid burning and further damaging your skin, slather on some serious SPF if you use these creams, oils, and serums.

If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of using lavender-laden products, check this out.

2. Myth: You should never use oils or rich lotions on oily skin.

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Fact: As someone with an oily face, I can tell you that stripping your skin is never the answer. In fact, using harsh, drying cleansers and toners can actually trick your skin into producing even more oil. A good beauty routine starts with moisturization, so don’t be afraid of anti-aging oils and creams. Just use them sparingly. After a while, your skin will balance itself out. It can only do that if it’s healthy and nourished.

3. Myth: Eating too much of any junk food will make you break out.

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Fact: The association between all junk food and breakouts is a little too general. Instead of pointing the finger at every indulgence, blame high-glycemic foods. Treats falling into this category often contain refined sugars and carbohydrates, which cause inflammation. Studies have linked inflammation to breakouts, so that’s why zits appear after binging on stuff like pizza.

You can find more information about high-glycemic foods and their relationship to acne here.

4. Myth: All products labeled “hypoallergenic” will work for sensitive skin.

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Fact: Much like the term “organic” has turned into an unregulated mess in grocery stores, the term “hypoallergenic” tricks consumers with sensitive skin into thinking that products labeled as such will not cause irritation.

According to the folks at Paula’s Choice, “We’ve seen hundreds of products that are said to be good for sensitive skin that contain seriously problematic ingredients like fragrances, which are capable of triggering allergic breakouts or sensitive skin reactions.” Be on the lookout for ingredients like alcohol, menthol, and camphor. For further details, follow this link.

5. Myth: Using products from the same line will yield better results.

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Fact: You can chalk this up to clever marketing, people. While every brand under the sun claims that there’s a special relationship between ingredients in products from the same line, you can save some serious cash by doing your research. If you love an expensive lotion but can’t afford the serum that supposedly goes along with it, check the ingredients and look for them elsewhere on sites like Amazon and Dermstore.

6. Myth: Facial exercises can prevent and counteract the signs of aging.

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Fact: According to Dr. Frederic Brandt, the mastermind behind Dr. Brandt Skin Care, “The muscle contractions used in facial exercises can actually contribute to wrinkling.” Just think about how smile lines form. Over the course of a lifetime, those pesky parentheses on either side of your mouth become permanently etched into the skin. Repeatedly performing the same facial exercises can have similar effects.

7. Myth: Natural ingredients are always better than synthetics.

Fact: There’s a reason why businesses like LUSH (which is an amazing brand, by the way) do so well. They give consumers the option to swap out harsh synthetics for natural alternatives. The researchers at LUSH know exactly which processes their ingredients need to go through to make them safe and effective. For that reason, not all natural products are created equal. Citrus juices and coconut oil, for example, can actually harm and irritate your skin if they’re not processed correctly.

To learn more about which natural ingredients will actually help your skin, check out the LUSHopedia.

8. Myth: It’s best to use products that contain collagen and elastin.

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Fact: While all those claims about bioengineered collagen and elastin penetrating the skin and fusing with the collagen you already have sound great, they don’t hold up on a molecular level. The fact of the matter is that the particles found in these products are way too big to penetrate the skin, let alone bind with pre-existing collagen.

9. Myth: High-end products are way more effective than anything you could possibly find at the drugstore.

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Fact: According to most experts, the active ingredients in anti-aging products across the spectrum are pretty much the same. Even if concentrations of these ingredients in drugstore products are lower, you’ll still get similar effects over time. (And while we’re at it, I’d like to point out that no anti-aging lotion is going to make you look like you just had a facelift, even if you spent a small fortune on it.)

10. Myth: Baking soda is great for exfoliating and detoxifying the skin.

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Fact: This one is particularly maddening, since beauty gurus, DIYers, and even major brands claim that baking soda is something that you should be using on your face. In fact, Biore just came out with a face wash based on the harmful trend. You absolutely should not use baking soda on your skin.

Not only is it too harsh to use as an exfoliant, but it’s also way too basic. The PH level of baking soda can throw your skin totally out of whack — so much so that you could rob your skin of its natural ability to fight bacterial infections. Click here for more details.

The fact of the matter is that everyone’s skin is different.

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What works for me might not work for you, and that’s totally fine! While it’s important to acknowledge the shortcomings of beauty fads and call out problematic myths, the pros of using lavender oil may outweigh the cons for you, or you really might break out after eating any form of junk food. Just figure out what works (and doesn’t work) for you. Before starting any new regimen, it never hurts to do some digging online and consult a dermatologist!

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People Like Box, But They Love Its Sneaker-Wearing, Always-Tweeting CEO

Congrats Twitter, but for IPOs.

1. Box shares started trading today on the New York Stock Exchange, about ten months after the cloud storage and app company filed to go public. Shares rose 65% despite the company’s non-existent profitability thanks to high sales and marketing costs.

Box closed the day valued at $2.8 billion.

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Online data storage provider Box Inc Co-Founder and CEO Aaron Levie © rings the opening bell to celebrate his company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange January 23, 2015.

3. But everyone was really happy about it! It’s 2015’s first big tech IPO. Also Box’s co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie, who is Silicon-Valley-famous for his twitter quips, (sometimes) big hair, and colorful sneakers.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule: 7 AM: Wake up, drink lots of coffee8 AM: Do this and that10 AM: Work

— levie (@Aaron Levie)

Thanks to the amazing employees, customers, partners & investors who got us here! Now, I must take a nap.**Not a forward looking statement

— levie (@Aaron Levie)

8. Levie has spent a lot of time at the head of growing, but still private company (Box was founded in 2005), which has won him a lot of goodwill among investors and other tech executives who’ve gone through the process.

9. Like Drew Houston, the CEO of Dropbox, the other hot storage startup with that has “Box” in its name.

Congrats @levie and team at $BOX!

— drewhouston (@Drew Houston)

11. Or Y Combinator president Sam Altman

coming out of my twitter blackout for one tweet only to say CONGRATS @levie and @BoxHQ!

— sama (@Sam Altman)

13. And HubSpot founder Dharmesh Shah

Congrats, @levie on the IPO. Hope you had a nice nap and got some rest. It’s all easy-going from here. 🙂

— dharmesh (@Dharmesh Shah)

15. And the head of the biggest and most profitable software company of all time, Satya Nadella. (Funny enough, some think Box will get acquired or crushed by Microsoft.)

Congrats @levie on your #BoxIPO!

— satyanadella (@Satya Nadella)

17. Speaking of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise business, the head of if, Scott Guthrie, had an unflashy, utiltiarian congratulations.

@levie congrats Aaron!

— scottgu (@Scott Guthrie)

19. Former Windows boss Steve Sinofsky spread the congratulations all around to the company’s investors.

Congratulations to @dfjjosh. Made the bet when @boxhq was just 3 people!

— stevesi (@Steven Sinofsky)

Best time for messaging? While on the NYSE floor and @SquawkAlley way to go @levie and team.

— stevesi (@Steven Sinofsky)

22. Venture capitalist and early Twitter investor Chris Sacca got in on the #congratstwitter action

@levie Hell yeah, man. Congratulations have been a long time coming.

— sacca (@Chris Sacca)

24. Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane, whose company was the hottest enterprise software IPO of last year, wondered what took so long.

@levie about effing time. But welcome to the club. And congrats on a fantastic opening!

— mikkelsvane (@Mikkel Svane)

26. Former Facebook executive and venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya

This: $BOX. Congrats @levie and @mamoonha

— chamath (@Chamath Palihapitiya)

28. Anthony Noto has seen tech companies face the public market from every angle: he was Twitter’s lead banker during its IPO and now serves as its CFO (he also was going to work for the hedge fund that owns a big chunk of Box but joined Twitter instead).

Congrats to Aaron @levie and the $BOX team! Huge milestone to celebrate

— anthonynoto (@Anthony Noto)

30. .8% of all of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tweets have been for congratulating Aaron Levie and Box.

Congratulations to @levie and the Box team on their IPO and for creating a great company!

— tim_cook (@Tim Cook)

32. Congrats Aaron, your Box stake is worth about $95 million! Now you have to explain this to investors every 90 days!

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Drudge teases Condoleezza Rice as Romney VP frontrunner!/DRUDGE/status/223542928386174977

On a day when the Romney camp was hit with (and hit back against) the outrageous “felon” assertion, some question the timing of such an important leak.

Lefty journos in my timeline now complaining about Drudge/Romney camp trying to change the conversation. #HowsItFeelBitches

— E-Du (@ezradulis) July 12, 2012


— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) July 12, 2012

If the Mitt campaign really just leaked their VP distraction story to *Drudge*, of all people, I think even less of them.

— Hunter (@HunterDK) July 12, 2012

It's Condi Rice. RT @KKoz22: Someone out there needs to scoop Drudge Report on this "Surprise VP."”

— Hesiod Theogeny (@Hesiod2k11) July 12, 2012

That Drudge article on the Romney VP search is just so chock full of information. Hard to get through it all!

— Jeremy Stahl (@JeremyStahl) July 12, 2012

Question: Will Drudge get amnesia and leave this headline on til tomorrow? ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER

— Jen Kuznicki (@jen5309) July 12, 2012

Desperate Drudge Day again. On the heels black & white day, running a cryptic headline about Romney's VP pick w/no link.#marketing #notnews

— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) July 12, 2012

Fortunately, that “Developing…” tease didn’t take long to develop. Drudge now reports that sources say former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the current favorite.

Drudge says Condi Rice is the front runner for the VP spot. I'd get psyched about her as the VP!

— Paul (@NegativeGcom) July 12, 2012

I would cry tears of joy for that!! “@nicktjacob: Drudge says Condi Rice is Romney's VP frontrunner.”

— JTTallman (@JTTallman) July 12, 2012

Drudge is reporting that the leading candidate for Romney's VP is Condi! That would be a #gamechanger

— Chris Guizlo (@chrisguizlo) July 12, 2012

How is a Drudge VP pick like a "psychic" doing cold reads? How ISN'T it?

— Burt Likko (@burtlikko) July 12, 2012

LOL Drudge thinks Condi Rice on Romney's VP short list. Um, is she supposed to drag in AA's? Good luck w/that

— Jody (@FishHawkRdJody) July 12, 2012

Up to 19.4% on Intrade. 547% jump today! RT @politico: Drudge: Condi Rice near top of VP list —

— Adam Corey (@frumpy) July 12, 2012

So, is this news real or just a distraction from the felon story that wasn’t really a story?

1. Condi will not be VP. 2. Romney using DRUDGE as a distraction. 3. Everyone is falling for it.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 12, 2012

Definition of "Smoke Screen" RT @trscoop: Drudge Report: Condi Rice frontrunner for Romney VP

— Michi I. (@michi83) July 12, 2012

So Bain attacks scared Romney camp enough to pull out big distraction w/Condi as veep. Two more bad news cycles they will be leaking Trump.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 13, 2012


Hmmmmm…Condi Rice???? #veepgames #squirrel

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 12, 2012

While Twitter explodes with speculation, let’s review this exclusive report. Drudge says that Romney himself has narrowed the field to “a handful” and Rice is “now near the top of the list.” Hmm, maybe we should put the siren back in the box for now.

The day Condoleezza Rice chooses to run for office is the day the media stops talking to Donald Trump. Ain't gonna happen. GOP, move on.

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 13, 2012

Multiple assurances from Team Romney tonight that Condi is not happening for Veep.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 13, 2012

Twitchy will update the story as it develops.

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