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Facebook Credits Program Pays You To Watch Video Ads

Facebook introduced a new program on Thursday that attempts to incentivize users to watch ads… by paying them in Facebook Credits, the company’s virtual currency. Just last month, Facebook finally announced Credits could be cashed in on its Groupon competitor, Facebook Deals.     More…


Facebook Deals Tips: 11 Things You Need To Know

The daily and social deals space is getting hotter everyday — Google launched Offers just last week — and Facebook showed up early this morning with a serious offering that could shift the tech world’s intense focus away from industry darling Groupon.

Facebook Deals is noticeably different from competitors like Gilt, Groupon and LivingSocial, so click on to see what sets it apart, how to find deals, adjust your notifications, and why the News Feed is so important.   See slide show of FaceBook Deals here…


Google Business Photos Brings Street View Inside

TechCrunch reports that Marissa Mayer, Google VP of Location and Local Services, told a crowd at the Social Loco social networking conference that Google Business Photos will soon be bringing Street View indoors. With the new service, users will be able to explore restaurants, stores and other businesses in a panorama interface that’s very similar to Google’s Street View. While sites like Yelp let businesses and users upload photos, Google Business Photos is relying on its own photographers to populate the pages, and Google requires businesses to opt in before letting photographers visit businesses. Think of the photographers like flesh and blood Googlemobiles.     More here…


Marijuana Crop Found Near Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan Compound

Details are continuing to emerge regarding Osama bin Laden’s top-secret Abbottabad compound, but the discovery of some high-strength marijuana plants just yards from the home has set the blogosphere aflame with speculation.

Said to be worth $1 million (though that estimate is now hotly debated), the home of the world’s most feared terrorist has attracted crowds of Pakistanis and media to its now sealed-off gates. But a stroll around the 20-foot-tall, barbed wire-ringed walls led CNN’s Nic Robertson to the cannibis crop, barely hidden alongside a garden of cabbages and potatoes.   More here…


Oil Prices Plunge In Record Sell-Off

Oil prices took a nosedive Thursday in a historic selloff, erasing weeks of gains and indicating that the months-long climb in energy prices may have hit a ceiling.

Crude oil plunged 10 percent as startled investors unloaded their positions and a weeklong decline accelerated into an outright freefall. The price of U.S. crude went from triple digits to double digits, falling below $100 after opening at close to $110. Brent crude, a European benchmark, lost $12 at one point in a sell-off that exceeded the one following Lehman Brothers’ collapse, Reuters reported.        More…

Ken Cuccinelli Wants To Be One Of Bin Laden’s 72 Virgins, For Some Reason

Has Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli taken leave of his senses?  Well, one would have to assume that he had some sense in the first place.

Huffington Post – Jason Linkins

I’m really not sure if this is an example of a bit of tweet-snark gone terribly awry, or maybe an account that’s been hacked, but Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent one of the strangest tweets ever in response to the death of infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden.

How much would I give to be one of the 72 Virginans Osama is ‘hanging out’ with since Sunday?

less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®



For real: what is going on here? Why is Cuccinelli going all Mitch Albom on Osama bin Laden? Does he really want to service bin Laden, sexually, in the great beyond? Maybe he plans to give the dead terrorist the “blue balls?” And is Cuccinelli a virgin, or was he — perhaps more disturbingly — shooting for “Virginians” with this tweet? It’s possible that Cuccinelli is trying to say that he wishes he had been part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, more informally known as “SEAL Team Six,” who conducted the raid on bin Laden’s compound and who are garrisoned in Virginia at the Naval Air Station’s Dam Neck Annex. But this would be an odd way of communicating that desire.

At any rate, until I hear otherwise, I’m just going to assume that Ken Cuccinelli wants to make love to Osama bin Laden in hell. Keep calm and carry on!

UPDATE: 10:43 AM — It may be that Cuccinelli is referencing a (very poorly written) joke. In which case, here are some suggestions for “best practices” on Twitter. First, it’s “Virginians.” Second, you might want to include a link to the joke in your tweet, so that people don’t think you’ve taken complete leave of your senses.

Glenn Beck Celebrates Bin Laden’s Death With Marching Band (VIDEO)

Glenn Beck is still a looney toon. 

Huffington Post

Glenn Beck celebrated the death of Osama Bin Laden with cookies, confetti and a marching band: but not before pretending to castigate people for participating in the same kinds of celebrations.

Beck began his Monday show on a seemingly solemn note. He said that footage of the celebrations at the White House, Ground Zero and across the country reminded him of the rejoicing by some over 9/11. He called those celebrations “offensive” and said, “America, we are better than this. We are better than jumping into lakes and holding signs and cigars. I think we’re better than that.”

Then, Beck abruptly switched gears.

“I mean, why hand out candy when you can have cookies and confetti and a marching band, huh?” he said. With that, confetti began falling from the ceiling, a plate of cookies was produced, and a marching band emerged. Beck even danced a little bit as the band played.

He then said he had started by feeling “bad” about the celebrations, but thought, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”

‘Behind The Scenes’ White House Press Briefing On The Osama Bin Laden Operation (Highlights)

I watched this briefing on television yesterday and was amazed at the information that was forthcoming about the Osama bin Laden raid and his subsequent demise.  Below are highlights of the briefing.  

The full 49 minute briefing can be found here…

H/t: Democratic Underground

Limbaugh: ‘We Need To Open The Program Today By Congratulating President Obama’

This won’t last, but for today at least, bipartisanship is in effect across the country…


Amidst all the revelry on Twitter last night, tons of people were voicing their concerns that the death of Osama bin Laden would inevitably be twisted for political gain, that some person would force this huge moment straight into the political Spin Machine. Let it be known; Rush Limbaugh is not that person. Limbaugh opened his show today with huge praise for his President, his military, and his country. That’s right, folks. America can still get along.

While Limbaugh pointed out that President Obama was successful because he continued President Bush’s, a cynic might have expected the host to harp on this point. That’s not at all what happened.

“President Obama has continued the Bush policies of keeping a military presence in the Middle East. He did not scrub the mission to get Bin Laden. In fact, it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off. You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb as they always do. They wanted to drop missiles and drop bombs and a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. President Obama. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces.”

While he was glad Obama didn’t listen to his military advisers, Limbaugh was just as effusive in his praise for the brave men and women who protect our nation and pulled this mission off. “Last night,” he said. “I was as proud of the US military as I’ve been in I don’t know how long.”

You know how people always talk about getting back to the way we were on September 12th? It may have just happened.

Check out the opening of Limbaugh’s show below:

See video at end of article here…

President Obama Announces: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

The crowds outside of the White House, shouting “USA!” has grown from about 45 at about 11:00 pm to “thousands”, according to Wolf Blitzer of CNN.

By the way, May 1, 2003, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared (with a sign)  “Mission Accomplished”. 

Bush stated at the time that this was the end to major combat operations in Iraq. While this statement did coincide with an end to the conventional phase of the war, Bush’s assertion — and the sign itself — became controversial after guerrilla warfare in Iraq increased during the Iraqi insurgency. The vast majority of casualties, both military and civilian, have occurred since the speech.[1] (Wiki)

Huffington Post

Osama Bin Laden is dead, President Obama announced Sunday night, in a televised address to the nation. His death was the result of a U.S. operation launched today in Abbottabad, Pakistan, against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding, according to U.S. intelligence. After a firefight, a small team of American forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body, the president said.

The announcement that Obama would speak came at 9:45 p.m., less than an hour before he was initially scheduled to go on the air. The unusual hour, and the fact that the White House gave no details about the topic, set off a flurry of speculation.

Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding in a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.


President Obama’s Announcement…