Dana Loesch skewers DC consultant class and Romney’s digital director

http://twitter.com/#!/DLoesch/status/268939589736071169

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch isn’t one to pull punches. She hitches up her skirt and fights like a girl every time. Last night she pulled on a pair of killer boots (as she’s known to do) and stomped all over the self-vaunted D.C. consultant class.

“Oh hey! Let’s create this mind-numbingly idiotic software to GOTV that we don’t test out until election day!” #DCconsultantclass

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Loesch is referring to Project Orca, the Romney campaign’s proprietary vote-tracking software that flopped massively on election day. Campaign volunteer John Ekdahl called it an “unmitigated disaster.” Loesch is far from alone in blaming arrogant, self-serving consultants and their absurdly super-sized egos.

“Hollywood conservs want to help us w marketing? No thx. We are cooler with our stuffed shirts & non-ironic suspenders.” #DCconsultantclass

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Loesch also ripped into Zac Moffat, digital director for the Romney campaign in a hilarious and spot-on rant. Grab a drink (and an AOL diskette coaster) and enjoy.

Next great media idea from the #DCconsultantclass: web pages made with Geocities. “This looks great,” said @zacmoffatt .

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

The #DCconsultantclass will hook up your GOP campaign with a sweet AOL account for $70 million. cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

“Every GOP campaign should have the hot new social media tool, Plurk” said the #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

“Are you guys on ICQ?” said the #DCconsultantclass

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

We wonder if Moffat hears that squeaky little ICQ “uh oh” in his dreams.

“We will redesign your website using Netscape Composer for a cheap $70 million!” said the #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

“Hey, have you guys heard of Napster?” said the #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

“Every website should have Flash. Loads and loads of Flash,” said the #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Q: Wouldn’t two cans on a string be better than ORCA?” A: “Yeah, but we can’t charge $70m for cans.” #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

OUCH!

Seriously don’t wear a hipster bowtie and get up in my grill about the #DCconsultantclass. As a warning: don’t.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

There is a subculture of snake oil salesmen in DC who need to have the hot lamps turned on them. #DCconsultantclass

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Hot lamps: the new disinfectant.

While avg Americans were traveling on own dime coast to coast saving the country, Little Lord Fauntleroys in DC were fleecing campaigns.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

I’d apologize for being harsh but I wouldn’t mean a word of it.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Apologize for nothing, Dana!

I know so many highly-skilled conservs in A&E, marketing, design, who could outpace the left w campaigns. #DCconsultantclass rejects them.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Her righteous rant inspired Twitterers to share their frustrations with the Romney campaign and mock ineffectual, self-absorbed Beltway consultants.

.@dloesch: The only creativity on display by the #DCconsultantclass is in finding new & different ways to fail when they should win. #caring

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) November 15, 2012

I’m curious as to why so many allies don’t view the #DCconsultantclass as the problem. @dloesch is exactly right. Know who you’re fighting.

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 15, 2012

Can’t say I disagree with @dloesch about her criticism of the #DCconsultantclass. I help raise that money they waste.

— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) November 15, 2012

@dloesch “Adobe PageMill will help you build forms online” said the #DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— Steve Ice (@steevice) November 15, 2012

@dloesch you hear that modem dialing up? That’s the sound of the future! #DCconsultantclass

— Mays (@jmaysnc) November 15, 2012

@dloesch But not just #DCconsultantclass, but the Romney campaign. Wouldn’t be the first time tech buzzwords wrote checks techs couldnt cash

— Tom Reynolds (@Beregond) November 15, 2012

@dloesch – Sadly, this is typical in the software/web consulting industry as a whole. Y2K to SOX to HIPPA to naive pols.. Cha-ching!

— jfrankcarr (@jfrankcarr) November 15, 2012

@dloesch LOL! I loved Plurk! Until the Navy blocked access, & my then-deployed DH could no longer real-time chat w me from his ship. 🙂

— Lorraine Yuriar (@thekytikat) November 15, 2012

Auto play music and glittery fonts#DCconsultantclass cc @zacmoffatt

— d (@tehd) November 15, 2012

@dloesch @zacmoffatt“Should we upgrade to Prodigy from CompuServe?…nah!”#DCconsultantclass

— Sgt Bravo (@Sgt_Bravo) November 15, 2012

Perhaps the worst part:

@dloesch The real point about Orca is that even had it worked, it would’ve been a waste of time.

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) November 15, 2012

Always a giver, Dana offered up a much-needed palate cleanser after exposing the slimy “subculture of snake oil salesmen in DC.”

To make up for the momentary vitriol, here’s a sneezing baby panda: youtu.be/Gt6Xr7iOGXw

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/15/thats-gonna-leave-a-mark-dana-loesch-skewers-dc-consultant-class-and-romneys-digital-director/

DUDE, that’s GROSS: Conservatives hilariously MOCK Michael Moore and his ‘TrumpiLeaks’ site

TrumpiLeaks … really?

We get what he’s trying to do here, make it a WikiLeaks just for Trump, but the visual is not good.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2017/06/06/dude-thats-gross-conservatives-hilariously-mock-michael-moore-and-his-trumpileaks-site/

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

Compare your predictions about the future with scientists’.

  1. 1. Do you think humans will succesfully land on Mars?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what the SpaceX founder thinks:

Forbes / Via forbes.com

  1. 2. Will we be cyborgs?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what neuroscientist and roboticist Paul Verschure, Ph.D., thinks:

BBC / Via bbc.com

  1. 3. Will we be able to control the weather?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

  1. 4. Will most people have driverless electric cars?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what the senior editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine thinks:

Philip Ross / Via spectrum.ieee.org

  1. 5. Will we be able to grow new organs in a lab?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what the director of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine thinks:

Smithsonian / Via smithsonianmag.com

  1. 6. Will computers take over most jobs?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what economist Carl Benedikt Frey, Ph.D., thinks:

Carl Frey / Via oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

  1. 7. Will we be able to stop the aging process?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what gerontologist Aubrey de Grey thinks:

Motherboard / Via motherboard.vice.com

  1. 8. Will most people be able to travel to space as tourists?

    1. Yes
    2. No

Can You Predict The Future With These 16 Questions?

SHARE YOUR VOTE!

This is what a space market researcher says:

TSA denies Marine was asked to remove prosthetics

http://twitter.com/#!/TSA/status/314510917868077056

The TSA in a blog post today denied that a wounded Marine with two prosthetic legs was forced to undergo an “aggressive” inspection and was humiliated by TSA agents on March 13 when passing through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The Washington Times reported the story yesterday, based on a complaint filed with the TSA on Monday by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

The TSA’s Bob Burns wrote, “After reviewing TSA video (CCTV), interviewing and receiving written statements from all Officers involved, we found that the soldier was not asked and did not remove his prosthetic legs. The screening was done by the book and lasted a total of 8 minutes from beginning to end.” The TSA also released surveillance footage of the incident to the media, but it hasn’t done much to help the agency’s reputation.

PR Fail RT @tsa: Marine Wounded Warrior Screened at Phoenix Did Not Remove Prosthetic Legs 1.usa.gov/Xqy5pm #tsa #military #aviation

— Aviation Litigator (@aviationlitig8r) March 21, 2013

@tsa I smell bull shit

— John (@JohnButler00000) March 20, 2013

@tsa I would suggest that your need to respond to this indicates you havea serious marketing problem.

— DCGomez (@AllThingsHLS) March 20, 2013

@tsa is this 1984 doublethink or just gaslighting?Reese the security fotage you liars!How many terrorists have you apprehended?

— Charles Smith (@UndeadBinLaden) March 21, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/20/tsa-denies-marine-was-asked-to-remove-prosthetics/

17 Of The Weirdest, Inexplicable Toys Ever Sold In Japan

It’s no secret that there are some very strange and creepy toys out there.

But while some look like innocent mistakes that companies may have overlooked during production, others are just plain bizarre and simply cannot be explained.

The following Japanese toys are perfect examples of this, because whoever created them has a seriously weird sense of what fun really is.

1. I’d really rather not, thanks.

2. What’s more fun than a roadkill cat?

3. This is supposedly a piggy bank, but that mouth sure is creepy.

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4. This figurine was found in a Japanese toy store.

Read More: These 23 Ridiculous Toys Are Ruining Children Today. How Was #1 Ever A Good Idea?!

5. This robotic cockroach is the perfect way to freak out everyone you know.

6. Nothing says having a good time like playing Russian roulette with the kids.

7. This strange toy allows you to poke inside a box to play with digital characters.

YouTube / twrarmitage

8. Who doesn’t love playing with a barfing cat?

9. The H-bouya toy is designed to plug into your USB port, and its eyes turn red and blink every time the “h” button is pressed on your keyboard. The disturbing part about this is that the “h” in the name may also mean “erotic” in Japanese.

10. The Sega robot cat responds to touch and engages in real-life cat behavior. Some of them even talk, like the creepy feline below.

11. Yes, Japan has turned Obama into an action figure.

12. This God Jesus robot acts as a Magic 8-Ball and answers all your questions while holding a cross.

13. Why eat edamame beans when you can play with them on a key chain?

Read More: These 20 Toys Were Made For Children, But They Completely Missed The Mark

14. This is an inflatable swan that you apparently wear on your crotch. Oh, and it honks when squeezed.

15. We’ve clearly been potty-training our little ones all wrong in the U.S.

16. When you hurl the Lokuloku pig toy at a hard surface, it turns into a puddle of goo and then amazingly bounces back to its original shape.

YouTube / gwblackwell

17. This would be really adorable, if not for the super-unsettling tag attached.

(via Oddee)

Well, that was definitely interesting, to say the least. Would you buy any of these odd toys?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bizarre-japanese-toys/

WWE fans fear Linda McMahon’s primary win means less sex and violence

http://twitter.com/#!/HustleLOP/status/235545906852810752

Former WWE executive Linda McMahon trounced former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays in Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary in Connecticut. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee lashed out immediately:

Linda McMahon is a greedy CEO who made millions marketing sex and violence to little kids, all at the expense of the health and safety of her own employees.

Wrestling fans, however, are clamoring for more sex and violence.

Starting in late 2008, the WWE began to tone down programming from TV-14 to PG levels to attract a younger audience. But in some corners of wrestling fandom, the theory is that McMahon neutered WWE programming to benefit her eeeevil Republican political career.

Now that McMahon has won her primary bid, some viewers fear the PG rating could be — gasp! — permanent!

Linda McMahon may have won her primary but she better not fucking win the gen. election!!! Or else we suffer under PG era for years to come!

— Bernie (@BigBernieCool) August 15, 2012

Linda McMahon won the senate primary, smh now WWE will continue with their pg programming

— Ryan (@Solidice94) August 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/CharDbell2012/status/235546024117161984

Linda McMahon will continue to have WWE be PG. I know what the problem is. Old people and kids are alike. They like nice. PG is nice. #FuckU

— Liam (@Scuff_n_Roll) August 15, 2012

So Linda McMahon has won her senate campaign, WWE is screwed especially with all the PG crap cause of this senate run SC

— Notadivingcunt (@TigerBloodWin97) August 15, 2012

Other fans suspect McMahon’s primary win will make the programming even tamer.

Linda McMahon wins Republican Senate primary in Connecticut. Does this mean the WWE will go from PG to G?

— Ernest III (@ErnmanSellsOut) August 15, 2012

Linda McMahon won the Primary? Well, this means we're about to go from PG to G.

— Riv (@realjasonrivera) August 15, 2012

At least one WWE superstar doesn’t seem too concerned about McMahon damaging the company:

Supporter in LA RT @Linda_McMahon: Thank you to everyone for your support! Can't wait to speak to my supporters here in Stamford soon #ctsen

— The Miz (@mikethemiz) August 15, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/15/wwe-fans-fear-linda-mcmahons-primary-win-means-less-sex-and-violence/

NBC anchor makes debut; Tweets apology after saying ‘f*cking sh*t’; Updated

http://twitter.com/#!/ClementeAJ/status/326102501331988480

Oh, sweetie. Bless your cussing heart! A.J. Clemente made his debut as an anchor on an NBC local affiliate yesterday.

You guys are looking at the new weekend Anchor/weekday Reporter of channel 5 in Bismarck, ND. I made it.… instagr.am/p/W2-W2kHcPR/

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) March 15, 2013

Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i amready for anchoring…..Awkward Turtle…….

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 21, 2013

Could not have gone worse is an understatement, as Deadspin reported.

On his 1st show last night this NBC news anchor started off by saying ‘fucking shit’! deadspin.com/brand-new-tv-n… (via @a51m)

— Rich Leigh (@GoodandBadPR) April 22, 2013

I need to pry myself away from #AJClemente tweets so I can get some work done…

— Anthony Miller Fox13 (@amillernews) April 22, 2013

Worst debut ever? Or best debut ever? To the video tape!

Brand New North Dakota Weekend News Anchor A.J. Begins Television Career By Saying, “Gay Fucking Shit.”#ICYMI youtube.com/watch?v=tfvbkm…

— Mentality Magazine (@MentalityMag) April 22, 2013

Twitter users are gasping for breath.

RT @clementeaj: That couldn’t have gone any worse! — It wasn’t that bad; it’s not like you said, ‘fucking shit’ into a live mic on the news

— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) April 22, 2013

The video of the news anchor saying “Fucking Shit” on air graduated from WVU, shout out to those professors at WVU

— Scooter Mullin (@ScooterMullin) April 22, 2013

Nothing better than a good laugh to start off your monday deadspin.com/brand-new-tv-n… Thanks @clementeaj – good luck to you 🙂

— Lindsey Constantino (@lconstantino) April 22, 2013

1st words on 1st day as news anchor? “Fucking Shit” I also like that he’s “Used to being from the East coast” joe.ie/s/0036858

— Julian Lee (@Julian_Lee76) April 22, 2013

And I thought I had a bad day… Rookie anchor suspended after first words on air are ‘fucking shit’ ow.ly/kicIp via @independent

— Jon Mitchell (@jonmitchell_jp) April 22, 2013

It’s so good. MT @opieradio: In case you missed it, here’s the fumbling mumbling anchor saying Gay Fucking Shit! – youtube.com/watch?v=HF6OyS…

— Steven Knight (@steveyknight) April 22, 2013

Imagine your first words on yr debut appearance as a news anchor were “fucking shit”. Imagine no more. shortlist.com/cool-stuff/the… (via @rhodri)

— Nige Tassell (@nigetassell) April 22, 2013

youtube.com/watch?v=SL3sZa… this is hilarious @ajclemente

— Tolu (@DArkMEATHOOK) April 22, 2013

Let’s hope @ajclemente did NOT sign a lease. Something tells me he’ll be moving very soon. nypost.com/p/news/nationa…

— Darren Sweeney (@dwsweeney) April 22, 2013

There’s first impressions…then there’s #AJClemente. Smh.

— Billy Howell (@CoachBilly1) April 22, 2013

Seriously, this is the best viral marketing for Anchorman 2 ever.#ajclemente

— Matt F. (@95Sports) April 22, 2013

@clementeaj mate! You’re a cult hero in Australia 😉 Would hardly have made news here and we’d have all had a chuckle with you!

— Dylan (@Dylan1913) April 22, 2013

Mr. Clemente took to Twitter and explained that he did not really say the “gay” part.

Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. Im truly sorry for mine. I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

@genepark I did not I was trying to pronounce the london marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

I just want to say that I did not say the word gay, I was trying to pronounce the London Marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

I would never disrespect anybody in that matter. Once again I’m truly sorry.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

Some Twitter users are offering support and protesting his subsequent suspension (on day one) with the hashtag #KeepAJ.

Hey Twitter, this just happened to @clementeaj tonight on his 1st outing. Can we come together to make #KeepAJ trend? youtube.com/watch?v=2vIxLA…

— Brad Friedman (@TheBradBlog) April 22, 2013

This is AJ’s #welpface (via sbn.to/15xRbSj) #KeepAJ twitter.com/BrianMFloyd/st…

— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) April 22, 2013

I once accidentally read the f-bomb during a radio show. Everybody is human. #KeepAJ @kfyrtv

— Rob Port (@robport) April 22, 2013

“I just graduated from WVU and you know, I’m uhhh, used to being on the East Coast” #KeepAJ

— Parkaveli Oswald (@ipoundbrew) April 22, 2013

@clementeaj rough day. hang in there, kid. it was an honest mistake. remember, americans always love an underdog/redemption story. #keepaj

— Vit (@molokococoa) April 22, 2013

#keepaj Everyone makes mistakes give him another chance. I laughed when I saw it. He shouldn’t have been suspended

— Mark Mason (@MaceMar1) April 22, 2013

Want to see him on Letterman. MT @thebiglead This guy is an instant West Virginia LEGEND bit.ly/15zyU7C #BoomGoesTheDynamite #KeepAJ

— Meredith D. (@YankeeBeatCheck) April 22, 2013

Heh. So, there’s that? Will he appear on Letterman? Stay tuned!

Update:

Welp, easy come, easy go. Clemente tweeted out to his followers that he’s officially been given the boot:

Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent.Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive.Wish i didnt trip over my “Freaking Shoes” out of the gate.

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013

Yeah, better luck next time.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/22/worst-debut-ever-nbc-anchor-makes-debut-tweets-apology-after-saying-fcking-sht-on-air-video/

Infographic: Subsidy for PDS kerosene and LPG has seen a steady decline – Times of India

There has been a steady decline in government subsidy for kerosene sold through the public distribution system and domestic LPG. This has been driven largely by the dip in oil prices, and helped by the surrender of LPG subsidy by some consumers. A little over Rs 27,000 crore was the subsidy amount given in 2015-16 which equals one-third the amount given as subsidy to oil marketing companies two years ago.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Subsidy-for-PDS-kerosene-and-LPG-has-seen-a-steady-decline/articleshow/53922444.cms

I Had No Idea Cool Versions Of These Actually Exist. Wow.

If I didn’t see photographic proof that cool bus stops actually exist, I never would’ve believed that it were true. You would’ve have had an easier time trying to convince me that a bus was going to show up on time (and we all know that’s a statistical improbability).

While it’s doubtful that a cool bus stop does anything to decrease the amount of time you spend waiting, it certainly seems like it would improve your experience. It’s hard to worry about being late for work when you’re sitting in a strawberry.

Take a look at these awesome bus stops!

1.) This one doesn’t do much when it comes to protecting you from the elements, but you can probably see the bus coming from miles away. Assuming it is coming, of course.

Sou Fujimoto

2.) Wow. I think this one is nicer than my house!

Alexander Brodsky

3.) Real bus stops have curves.

4.) Sweet! How unhappy can one possibly be while sitting inside of a fruit?

5.) How spacious! I hope they don’t expect this thing to fill up with people. If that’s the case, maybe they should have spent that money on another bus.

RintalaEggertsson Architects

6.) Don’t worry, I’m sure it only looks like it could be blown away with the wind.

Vydler Vinck Taillieu

7.) Sk8, w8, or die!

8.) It’s like a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award you can sit in. Awesome!

9.) All that’s missing is a bonfire. Please do not try and start a bonfire.

Ensamble Studio

10.) I didn’t know Steven Spielberg did bus stops.

11.) It’s a party!

12.) Ooh! A fun house bus stop!

13.) If that bus doesn’t have bubble wrap walls too, don’t even think about trying to get me to board it.

14.) It’s like sitting in your living room, but with pants on.

15.) Enjoy waiting in this modern bus stop, but be careful not to poke your eye out.

(via Dark Roasted Blend, Thrillist)

With bus stops like that, you probably feel disappointed when the bus comes. Imagine that!

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Read more: http://viralnova.com/cool-bus-stops-are-real/

Department of Energy thinks ‘The Onion’ just may be on to something. Yes, ‘The Onion.’

http://twitter.com/#!/ErnestMoniz/status/469551031882620928

It’s really good to know that the Secretary of Energy’s staff has time to surf “The Onion” during work hours, but it’s disturbing that they think they may have found something valid there.

They’re not the only greenies doing it either.

http://twitter.com/#!/JigarShahDC/status/469566001236156416
http://twitter.com/#!/UCSRachel/status/469221810882760704
http://twitter.com/#!/TorranceCoste/status/469247156348801025

You know that last guy is a totally super-legit enviro-warrior because he’s shouting through a bullhorn in his avatar.

Let’s break down this lame joke they’re all trumpeting as sage wisdom.

Stating that they just want to make sure it’s something everyone keeps in mind going forward, an international consortium of scientists gently reminded the world Wednesday that clean energy technologies are pretty much ready to go anytime. “We’ve got solar, wind, geothermal—we’re all set to move forward with this stuff whenever everyone else is,” said Dr. Sandra Eakins…

Sorry, we couldn’t detect the humor over the din of your unwarranted smug.

“Again, we’re good to go on this end, so just let us know. You seriously should see these new hydrogen fuel cells we have. Anyway, just say the word, and we’ll start rolling it out.”

Do these enviro-nauts actually think that this is what scientists do—”rolling out” technology like they work for S.T.A.R. Labs or something?  It’s kinda cute how they skip from lab coated scientists right to worldwide mass production. Engineering? Raw materials? Marketing? Economic feasibility? Bah. Gaia craves not such things. It’s funny, until you realize that these people are in charge.

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/22/department-of-energy-thinks-the-onion-just-may-be-on-to-something-yes-the-onion/

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.

(via Real Simple)

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!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/skin-care-myths/

Drudge teases Condoleezza Rice as Romney VP frontrunner

http://twitter.com/#!/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

Change of subject … RT @DRUDGE: ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER… TONIGHT @DRUDGEREPORT.COM

— 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 Negative-G.com (@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 — http://t.co/dPnuh46Z

— 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 http://t.co/4FnHDoKg

— Michi I. (@michi83) July 12, 2012

https://twitter.com/DefendoLibertas/status/223565240506396673

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

Squirrel!

Hmmmmm…Condi Rice???? http://t.co/AHJUAydo #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.

https://twitter.com/demsRliars/status/223569947232702465

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.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/12/drudge-teases-condoleezza-rice-as-romney-vp-frontrunner/

Olbermann gloating about impending death of Current TV?

http://twitter.com/#!/KeithOlbermann/status/187766298632134656

Taste the schadenfreude. The failed TV anchor gets in a “told ya so” jab as rumors of the demise of Al Gore’s Current TV percolate.

Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV (REUTERS) http://t.co/hxx88YZv

— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) April 5, 2012

According to three sources with knowledge of the situation, Time Warner Cable Inc’s carriage agreement with Current TV stipulates that, if the left-leaning political news network fails to meet a minimum threshold for overall viewers in a given quarter, financial penalties such as Current TV being required to increase marketing and promotion spending on the cable operator’s systems are triggered.

If Current TV misses the audience benchmark in two consecutive quarters, another clause is triggered that would allow Time Warner Cable to drop the channel. The condition was built into the most recent distribution pact between the two parties, which was signed in 2010.

Reaction on Twitter:

Olbermann slams former employer, Current TV: "If you buy $10M chandelier, should have house to put it in." Also true for stray dogs. #tcot

— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) April 4, 2012

Less TV=less global warming, right Al? MT @Reuters: Low ratings could end cable deal for Al Gore's Current TV http://t.co/mqORjlui

— Ed Driscoll (@EdDriscoll) April 5, 2012

Job opportunity: Senior Editor – SF at Current TV – San Francisco Bay Area #jobs http://t.co/LPf7WUzq

— Victor Balta (@VictorBalta) April 5, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/05/olbermann-gloating-about-impending-death-of-current-tv/

Everybody’s got a Michael Kors watch!

http://twitter.com/#!/LivEmanus/status/283526879560990721

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Designer Michael Kors was trending this morning on Twitter, but not in an entirely good way. Apparently, many men across the country all had the same last-minute idea: Get their gals a Michael Kors watch.

Everyone and their Ma got a Michael Kors watch this year..

— Leanne Woodfull(@LeanneWoodfull) December 25, 2012

Everybody got Michael kors watch awwwww

— Emmee Johnson (@EmmeeJohnsonxXx) December 25, 2012

damn everybody got a Michael Kors watch for Christmas lol

—  (@Samir_Roberts) December 25, 2012

Michael kors watches being posted to Instagram and twitter at alarming rates.. I can’t handle it.

— Joe (@Joebonics) December 25, 2012

Told y’all –> RT @foxxfiles: lol what’s with all these Michael Kors watches?!

— Ice (@OfficiallyIce) December 25, 2012

I think I’m one of the only girls that doesn’t have a Michael Kors watch

— Charlotte Gee (@Charlotte_Geex) December 25, 2012

Small box.Michael Kors watch. It’s the Escalade of women’s watches. Everybody has or gets one.

— Gypie Galore ❤☀ (@Plane_No_Jane_) December 25, 2012

I thought the world should know I got a Michael Kors watch and I am the happiest girl in the world. IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

— Sarah Schugel (@SarahSchugel) December 25, 2012

Unfortunately ,the “limited edition” watches don’t seem very limited.

https://twitter.com/katiecraig927/status/283578796462977024

SANTA brought me my Michael Kors watch!!!! #MK twitter.com/brydazzzle/sta…

— Bry Atchison(@brydazzzle) December 25, 2012

My beautiful new rose gold Michael Kors watch from mom and dad!!! Thank you!!! ❤❤❤ @ No Place Like Home instagr.am/p/TqaDLAH-Yi/

— Paige Thoman (@Paige_Lyna23) December 25, 2012

I feel like everyone got the same Michael Kors watch

— Sydney Karrick (@Sydddnnney_) December 25, 2012

Why does every guy get their woman a Michael Kors watch now a days…….my Instagram is full of MK watches

— Adam Samir™ (@SCOOOOCH) December 25, 2012

😭 RT @jmitch27: Instagram feed looking like a Michael Kors watch shrine

— Not Him (@FliCityRome) December 25, 2012

If you post an Instagram picture of your Michael Kors watch its safe to say I’m never gonna talk to you again #basic

— Chris Murphy (@ChrizMurph) December 25, 2012

Scrolling down Instagram and I feel like I’m on the Michael Kors website…

— Anna (@mstaylorface) December 25, 2012

If I see one mo Michael Kors watch on Instagram tho…. 😐

— I’m A Nice Guy™ (@AintEeenTrippin) December 25, 2012

Lmao RT @imrwhondernyk: So everybody got a Michael Kors watch?

— Mr.CheckYaDm(@DJ_BMONEY) December 25, 2012

This Michael Kors thing trended like I thought, when EVERYONE has it, it’s not the same. but all you got my name on your wrist 😊

— Suit Up✅™ (@MrC_M_A) December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to a marketing genius!

Michael kors is brilliant

— georgia edwards (@georgiaedwardss) December 25, 2012

Michael Kors laughing at the bank right now

— Chris Berchie (@Bxrchie) December 25, 2012

Should have bought shares in Michael Kors for today, I’d be laughing!

— Dan De Stefano (@Dan_DeStefano) December 25, 2012

Pro tip:

Michael Kors watches are so cheaply made and usually way overpriced. Buy from a real watch company.

— CJ Mandarin (@CJMandarin) December 25, 2012

Heh:

My new Michael Kors watch >>> twitter.com/TweetLikeAGirI…

— Tweet Like A Girl (@TweetLikeAGirI) December 25, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/25/everybodys-got-a-michael-kors-watch/

Ken Wahl on possible congressional run: ‘I don’t want your money’

“Wiseguy” actor Ken Wahl has attracted a conservative Twitter following for his tweets supporting wounded warriorsblasting Obamacare, slamming Hollyweird politics and skewering limousine libs.

The Daily Mail reports that Wahl is now considering running for Congress.

TY @DailyMailUS Ken Wahl-one-time 'sexiest man on television,' may run for Congress supported by Playboy Barbi Twins http://t.co/gon7mUN79x

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 8, 2013

If Wahl tosses his hat in the ring, he would run as an independent.

‘If I were to do it, one of the reasons would be to go against this antiquated two-party system.’

‘Now, I don’t think that I would win,’ he conceded. ‘Maybe I’d wake up a few people. But I think it would be worse for me personally, and for the country, if I ran on a Republican ticket.’

But don’t whip out your checkbook for Wahl for Congress or WiseguyPAC. The potential candidate would rather you donate to charity instead.

I believe in free markets but US elections shouldnt b 4 sale-It's been "whoever has most $ wins" 4-2 long-Vote 4 principles not fund-raisers

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

4 those of u that wanted to give me campaign $-thank u but I don't want ur $! $ corrupts pol process-Give 2 #PetRescues & #veteran charities

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

Naturally, he has the support of wife Shane Barbi.

DAILY MAIL: Animal Lover KEN WAHL may run for office! He has my vote!… http://t.co/bghWVti0R0

— Barbi Twins (@Barbi_Twins) April 8, 2013

Support also poured in from followers who say, “Run, Ken, run!”

@KenWahl1 Do it!! #RunKenRun

— Donovan Payton (@dtpayton) April 9, 2013

Wise Guy for Congress HOOOAH Run Ken Run @craftylady55 @KenWahl1 @skew11

— Joseph (Joe) M Ryan (@JosephMRyan1) April 8, 2013

Endorsed! RT @daboccio: @KenWahl1 Congressman Ken "The Brick" Wahl. See how the left likes running into that.

— Heather Hampton (@6LambsMom) April 8, 2013

https://twitter.com/TaurusPT111/status/321309542161997824

@RosieChihuahua I would vote for Ken Wahl!

— JD Ledford (@firedogledford) April 9, 2013

https://twitter.com/HuntzmanBlog/status/321303657788346368

https://twitter.com/Chillytimbo/status/321363488175976449

Just saw that @KenWahl1 might run for congress! Best news I have heard all day!

— heather (@CFHeather) April 8, 2013

Wahl continued slamming the Obama administration today and took a couple of swipes at Hillary 2016.

When Obama said "Hope & Change" I took it to mean,I hope we have some change left after he's done taxing the hell out of us #tcot #TeaParty

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

Miracle of technology gives us the most democracy n r history-Use it wisely-Think independently.Nothing's more American-It's time 4 a change

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

Obama says he's 4 the poor but had nothing but uber-rich "limo-liberals" at his fundraisers-shame!-Think Hillary will b any different? #ccot

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

If Hillary is such an independent woman why doesn't she use the name Rodham instead of Clinton? Obvious-She's all about $ & marketing #tlot

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

YES-special interests run r political process-That's where $ comes from 2 run campaigns-$ makes process fully corrupt-don't them buy ur vote

— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) April 9, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/09/actor-ken-wahl-tweets-about-possible-congressional-run-i-dont-want-your-money-give-to-charity-instead/

Klein: Climate activists must ‘get comfortable attacking capitalism’

http://twitter.com/#!/dukesy12/status/520270362727436289

Author and activist Naomi Klein is out selling her book attacking capitalism. This time she’s using “climate change” hysteria as a platform to promote her far left agenda.

Naomi Klein says climate activists need to get comfortable attacking capitalism http://t.co/97Yw64DlPp pic.twitter.com/c2bn8yi06c

— grist (@grist) October 9, 2014

.@grist @tan123 As opposed to just attacking it anyway?

— Foxgoose (@Foxgoose) October 9, 2014

As opposed to what? RT @grist: Naomi Klein says climate activists need to get comfortable attacking capitalism pic.twitter.com/ue7VaWczMZ

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 9, 2014

Seriously. Is she saying “climate activists” are currently uncomfortable attacking capitalism? Maybe she wasn’t paying attention during the recent “Climate March.”

‘Socialism is the cure’: Climate marchers call for end to capitalism

Moonbats like this seem pretty comfy.

Capitalism is global suicide. @DemSocialists #PeoplesClimateMatch pic.twitter.com/WDgRUJraLD

— Max Newman-Plotnick (@maxwellnp) September 21, 2014

With left wing progressives you have to consider which idea is the means and which is the end. They sell “ending capitalism” as a means to “save” the climate, but aren’t they just using fears about the climate to achieve their goal of implementing socialism?

well of course, @charlescwcooke @fredsgarden @grist that's been @naomiaklein's REAL goal since forever. #socialist #wsws #communism #uppers

— Sean (@SeannyRotten) October 9, 2014

@Foxgoose Because what better way to affect the climate than by… erm… trying to push a political system on everyone? @grist @tan123

— Andy Mac (@AndyMeanie) October 9, 2014

@fisherynation @grist Promotes socialism while selling books for profit supporting capitalism/How typical

— Peter Wolf (@PeterWolfffff) October 9, 2014

@grist @Foxgoose Because "climate change" has nothing to do with science and everything to do with control.

— Cayce (@CaycePryhs) October 9, 2014

@grist Not only climate activists – all those resisting the Anthropocene – climate change is only one symptom of #earthrot.

— Glenn Ashton ekogaia (@ekogaia) October 9, 2014

Resist the anthropocene! Because it’s totes racist and stuff.

Kudos to @JonKay for explaining @NaomiAKlein's strategy for marketing Marxism — NOSTALGIA. http://t.co/2XUQ8CuHjF pic.twitter.com/SawCGNSOvw

— JunkScience.com (@JunkScience) October 9, 2014

@grist Promoting socialism is what she's talking about. Another nut.

— Bore Head (@fisherynation) October 9, 2014

Yep.

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Who else hijacked today’s climate march? PETA, 9/11 truthers, Code Pink, free Gaza crowd

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/09/naomi-klein-climate-activists-have-to-get-comfortable-attacking-capitalism/