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Vocre for Android Translates Your Speech into Another Language in Almost Real Time
Android: We discussed Vocre when it launched for the iPhone last year. Now, the app has also landed on Android with more features, like a tabletop mode that translates and displays what you're saying and what the person you're speaking to is saying so you both can read, and a slimmer price tag. More »
NASA's Top Images of 2012
This set of jaw-dropping images of our planet and solar system are among the best from this year.
NASA’s Final 2012 Doomsday Debunking Video
Despite countless articles published over the course of several years to the contrary, despite videos and interviews with some of the world’s most prominent and well-respected astronomers, despite new archaeological discoveries and well-established knowledge, despite the laws of physics, for crying out loud (and, curiously enough, even despite the fact that parts of the world are, at the time of this writing, already well within the supposed “doomsday” with nary a Nibiru in sight) many people are still wondering what will happen on the much-touted December 21, 2012, aka “doomsday” per the end
Diana Morales presents Frederick’s of Hollywood 2012 Lingerie
We should be aware of fact that the Frederick’s of Hollywood 2012 Lingerie presents Diana Morales showing off her amazing curves. Or should I say her ass? Because she turned his back constantly for us to admire us all perfectly round butt, cheeks covered by see-through crowds. And from the number of words from before, “see-through” among others, but we have no luck this time either. All good see-through parts are not visible, so unfortunately you will have to blame it on Photoshop to steal some hot shots of us. Meanwhile, but Diana Morales offsets always with older assets. Let’s just summaries

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The Ayatollah-In-Chief: Obama Plays Role of Wise Priest In Aftermath of Sandy Hook False Flag
Read: 5 Reasons Why The White House Is A Faith-Based Institution. "All the world’s religions — so many of them represented here today — start with a simple question:  Why are we here?  What gives our life meaning?  What gives our acts purpose?  We know our time on this Earth is fleeting.  We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain; that even after we chase after so
"A Look to the Heavens"
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So, Who’S Appeasing Who In The Middle East?
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Alan Grayson Explains Why He Opposes A Conservative Plan To Unravel Social Security That Starts With A Chained CPI
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California’s Draft Fracking Regulations Lets Oil and Gas Companies off the Hook
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New World Next Week – 2012/12/20
Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans http://ur1.ca/c65j5 Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Co
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Interview 566 – James Corbett on Adam vs. the Man
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Powerful community
A word that comes up over and over in our work is community. I’ve been reflecting on various physical and virtual communities here at PAN, and the ways in which our lives and aspirations are woven together around our shared goals. Looking at PAN’s accomplishments over the past year, I’m feeling deeply grateful to each and every person in these communities — including you, Dear Reader. Be they a ha
Soil-building success stories!
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Guns and Contamination
by Doctor Science As I predicted, gun sales are up in the wake of the Newtown massacre, particularly the type of Bushmaster assault rifle the killer used. This is par for the US gun massacre course. Gun buyers all say that such post-massacre surges in popularity are because they're afraid that weapons associated with tragedy are going to be banned, so they're getting them why they still can. No-
Cleaning out the spam filter
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Subcritical Experiments
There was a minor dustup on Twitter between my colleague, Jon Wolfsthal, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Like many discussions on Twitter, 140 characters at a time just didn’t get the job done. At issue is an important article that Frank von Hippel wrote proposing transparency surrounding subcritical experiments.  Frank’s article was occasioned by a US subcritical test, named Pollux (along
How about an iPad?
The Department of State’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (which in any just universe would be abbreviated ACVC), in partnership with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Center for Policy Studies (PIR) in Russia, is launching an essay contest. Here is the formal explanation of the 2012-13 International Arms Control Essay Contest: Innovation Throu

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The Koch Brothers’ Gun-Control Disinformation
 Reprinted with permission from AlterNet The suicide/mass-killing in Newtown has provoked Senator Dianne Feinstein to propose going back to the assault weapons ban that George W. Bush let lapse in 2004. That’s a nice start, but increasing numbers of Americans are calling for a ban on all guns, except for those carried by people who actually need them. And there’s a strong argument to be made
Catastrophiliacs
When the financial crisis unfolded in the early years of the new millennium, many radicals hoped the end was nigh. The capitalist system had finally arrived at its terminus—the last stop on the line. Where the Left had failed, the inexorable limits to capitalism would deliver. Needless to say, it has not turned out so well. Expecting predestined forces to transform society for the better forms o

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Breaking It Down On Gun Violence
By @TomBales1 Here's another thought provoking graphic from Mansur Gidfar at Upworthy that illustrates the consequences of allowing a culture of hate to rule the country (The commentary is mine).  If it doesn't make you stop and think then I suspect you're one of those that have stock in the arms manufacturers either directly or through the numerous funds that have invested heavily in them
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
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The Tory who believes he was mugged by the police.
The old cliche goes that a conservative is just a mugged liberal.  Andrew Mitchell is that rare beast: a Conservative who believes he's been mugged by the police.  Amusing as it always is when those whose default position is to trust the police and the army while distrusting most other state employees discover to their horror that our brave boys in blue have the same flaws and potential prejudices

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Derek Black: Have Stormfront Founder’s Son’s Politics Changed?
There was a time, not so long ago, when Lamb and Lynx Gaede, daughters of an infamous Montana neo-Nazi, were considered the next big thing in the white supremacist movement. They were blonde, blue-eyed teenagers given to swastikas and Hitler worship, and they formed a white-power musical group called Prussian Blue, named after the color [...]
Mosque Arsonist Pleads Guilty, Implicates Fox News in Fueling Hate
An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to setting an Ohio mosque on fire told a judge he was motivated by media accounts – specifically those on Fox News – suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and were in control of parts of the federal government. Details made public at the plea hearing also revealed that the arsonist, [...]
Imprisoned FLDS ‘Prophet’ Predicts the End of the World — Again
Last year at this time, self-described prophet Warren Jeffs was predicting the end of the world. According to eight revelations he issued from a jail cell at the beginning of December 2011, divine vengeance was slated to fall upon a nation “fully ripening in iniquity.” Earthquakes were to rock Arizona, and “melting fire” was supposed [...]

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“Is an Alawite State in Syria’s Future?,”Cecily Hilleary interviews Joshua Landis
Is an Alawite State in Syria’s Future? December 20, 2012 By Cecily Hilleary @VOAHilleary It is an idea that was first introduced more than a year ago: If President Bashar al-Assad were to fall or be remove himself from power, would Alawites, for decades a ruling minority in Syria, retreat to their traditional western mountain enclaves and form a breakaway state?  As rebels gain more ground in Syr
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( Funny how Àlawite`comes from the same source as àl Qaeda`)
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