Crocura Takes Instagram A Notch up

Crocura aims to make using Instagram on the web a much smoother affair. It allows those who have an instagram account to view their feed on the web. The users can also view / comment / and Like photos on the web.

Crocura is not the only game in town but it does the best job when it comes to user experience and interface. You can see the photos in a much clear way and when you especially like a particular photo you can click on it to view in the enlarged mode.

You can also search for user photos using various terms.

The quality of photos is top notch and that adds to the user experience.

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Tim Pawlenty Offers a Google Test

Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty offered up an innovative way to cut government waste and spending last week.  He called it the “Google Test.”

“We can start by applying what I call ‘The Google Test,’ he said, according to CNN Money.  “If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.”

Needless to say, you can find every conceivable good or service via the Internet.  And Pawlenty certainly left himself an out with the word “probably.”  But he did give a few concrete examples of what he would rid the government of (and he was correct, you can find all of these things if you google them).

He said that the U. S. Postal Service, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and the Government Printing Office should all be cut.  He noted that those organizations “were all built for a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products. That’s no longer the case.”

Craig Jennings, director of federal fiscal policy at OMB Watch, a budget watchdog group, allows that Pawlenty’s approach was an “interesting strategy.”  But he also noted that one could find investigators online as well as private labs that test food products — so does that mean that the FBI and the FDA should be done away with?

Perhaps a “Google Test” should be done on Tim Pawlenty.  If we googled the former Minnesota governor, what would we find?

First, we might find that as governor, Tim Pawlenty was not the economic wizard he would want voters to believe he is. He left the state of Minnesota with a $5 billion deficit.  According to John Avlon’s investigations at The Daily Beast, not only did he detract from the previous governor’s headway in returning the state to a more secure bond rating status, but he also repeatedly cut personal taxes while allowing property taxes and “user fees” to increase by $2.5 billion.  When asked if Pawlenty had actually left the current governor a deficit of $5 billion, the Minnesota Taxpayers Association answered with a direct, “Yes.”

Then we might find that as a presidential candidate that he’s rather good at wordsmithing.  Besides the “Google Test,” he came up with “Obamneycare,” which he shared with Fox News to describe President Obama’s national health care reform and its ties with his competitor for GOP presidential nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and the health care legislation passed when he was governor.  However, when confronted by CNN’s John King during the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate on Monday, Pawlenty hedged and equivocated, saying he was only using the president’s characterization of his health care reforms.  Romney stood there the entire time with a smug look on his face while Pawlenty squirmed verbally.

So if you can google these things about potential Republican nominee Pawlenty so quickly, by using his own test, does that mean that the government probably does not need to be involved with him?

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Video: Regis Philbin Announces Retirement On ‘Live With Regis & Kelly’

It’s the end of an era …

TV legend Regis Philbin announced on Tuesday morning that he is retiring from “Live With Regis and Kelly” sometime this year. Continue Reading

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Who Could Replace Retiring Regis Philbin On ‘Regis & Kelly?’

TV legend Regis Philbin announced on Tuesday morning that he is retiring from “Live With Regis and Kelly,” which has left fans wondering … who will replace him? Continue Reading

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Acne Attach and your Winning Counter Attack

Argan Oil Benefits Face Ance

Argan Oil Can Make You Glow

Argan oil is the new miracle oil that is gaining an ardent fan following by the thousands every day. The amazing qualities of this oil including the high content of vitamin E in this makes it the right choice for millions who want to protect, heal and rejuvenate not only their hair, but also their skin and various ailments that they have.

A very popular question that I get everywhere I go is whether Argan oil can help treat acne. There is no easy answer but I will try and give it my best shot.

In a nutshell, yes. To elaborate on this, it depends on the acne and what kind of argan oil you are considering. Keep in mind that not all argan oil is the same. Due to its recent popularity, many new entrants have jumped in to make a quick profit so you  need to make sure you go with a trusted and reliable player.

Arzoyi is one of the most trusted brand names for Organic Argan oil in the market. From harvesting to packaging, from bottling to customer service, they are on top of their game. But not only that, they give a portion of the proceeds from every sale to a non profit that is helping women and children get much needed nutritional vitamins.

Whether argan oil can help acne also depends on the kind of acne one is looking to treat.

The severity of your acne should not be too high. Anything from mild to moderate, your skin needs to get used to the oil and the amount you use should be very little.

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Start with a few drops, no more than 1-2 drops for your entire face. Also, keep in mind that application will change depending on the climate it is.

For climates that are cold, you can go ahead and increase the amount but do it gradually so as to give your skin time to get used to the product.

For hotter climates, you should use no more than a few drops at a time.

It is important that you record the progress of your application of argan oil on your face. Some people get clear with argan oil right away and acne shows a negative trends while for others, they experience bumps or increased blackheads.

Thats why it is extremely important that you keep track of the regimen and continue based on the results that you see over a period of time.

Same goes for oily skin. Typically if your skin is oily, once would think that they do not need to apply any more oil but keep in mind that it is the Vitamin E in the argan oil that is playing the crucial role here. It is the nutritional elements and fatty acids that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. That work hard to ensure you get a smooth skin and fight aging with a strong arsenal.

Below I am going to summarize how Argan oil helps fight Acne

One way is to use chemicals and artificial products. A better way in my opinion is to use organic, natural and pure products like argan oil which ideally should be your go to products to fight acne. When argan oil is used on a daily basis, your skin is nourished and mild to moderate acne will go away.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Argan oil is inherently rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. All of these help immensely with preventing cell

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oxidation and resulting skin issues. Vitamin E is the most significant antioxidant in organic argan oil. At the same time, another great positive in my opinion is that vitamin E naturally decreases skin inflammation caused by acne.

LINOLEIC ACID

While traditional factory made scrubs harshly strip away dead skin cells, linoleic acid prevents excess dead skin cells to begin with. This is an essential fatty acid that nature has bestowed within the kernels of the argan fruit. With daily use, linoleic acid encourages healthy skin cell turnover to prevent clogged & dead hair follicles.

OLEIC ACID

Oleic acid encourages and rejuvenates body levels for sebum production. If you have rough skin that needs to be moisturized, then argan oil can help by enabling additional natural oils that won’t end up clogging your pores. On the other hand, oleic acid in argan oil can help keep extra sebum at bay in oily skin types. Talk about a double whammy.

Acne Cleansing Routines with Argan Oil

Argan oil is the best complement to a daily nightly cleansing regiment. Hear me out.

  • Wash the affected area two times a day with a natural cleanser that does not contain parabens and synthetic materials.
  • Most definitely do away with products that contain cleansing beads as this can exacerbate your acne issues.
  • Pat yourself dry. But do it softly as excessive hard drying will end up irritating acne and also make the skin lose its natural oils.
  • Apply few drops of organic pure argan oil.
  • Massage gently into the affected area until the oil is completely absorbed.
  • Repeat the process daily for two times a day.
  • Do note that acne is mostly found to occur on face but if you have it in other areas, repeat the above process where you have acne.

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U of M Football Coach Rich Rodriguez Reportedly Fired

University of Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez has reportedly been fired after three years with the Big Ten team. Continue Reading

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Playmate Crystal Harris Playboy Photos Must-See

Playmate Crystal Harris Playboy Photos Must-See

Everybody’s looking for Crystal Harris’ Playboy photos, especially now that she’s engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Hugh Hefner.  Nothing like taking a gorgeous woman out of competition to get people interested in finding out what they might be missing.  Since Hefner’s announcement hit Twitter on Christmas day that he had given Crystal Harris an engagement ring, the story has been on fire — and Crystal Harris’ Playboy photos have been in demand.

“After the movie tonight,” Hefner posted.  “Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve.”

He later said she burst into tears when he gave her the ring.  He quickly clarified: “Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. I didn’t mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all.”

Although the 84-year-old Playboy founder said that he doubted he would marry again — but allowed it was “possible” — when he filed for divorce from his wife of 21 years in 2009, by April 2010 (after the divorce was finalized in March) he seemed to be leaning toward marrying Harris, a young model that had been chosen as one of the replacements for the three stars of E! Television’s Girls Next Door that had just left the show (one of which was Kendra Wilkinson).

Crystal Harris, who is 60 years younger than Hugh Hefner, not only became one of the Girls Next Door, along with the Shannon twins, Karissa and Kristina, she also became Playboy Playmate Miss December 2009.  Hefner dated all three women until January 2010.

No date has been set for the wedding as yet.

There has been no word if there will be a Girls Next Door spin-off to “document” the engagement.

Photos of Crystal Harris can be found at Playboy.com.

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: NORAD Santa Tracker Follows His Flight

Santa Claus is coming to town next week! Be sure to track his Christmas Eve flight with the NORAD 2010 Santa Tracker. Continue Reading

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Snow and Ice Close Bluewater Bridge and Highway; 300 Cars Stranded

A long stretch of Ontario’s Highway 402 is shut down indefinitely and under a state of emergency due to heavy snowfall on Tuesday.  The snow has also led to the closure of the Bluewater Bridge, a gateway between the U.S. and Canada.
Icy and snowy conditions have Highway 402 in Ontario designated as “closed” from the Bluewater Bridge to Highway 401 in London.  The Canadian military was called in for help, with search and rescue helicopters and snowmobiles looking for stranded motorists.  Front-end loaders were also reportedly brought in to remove drifts burying the vehicles.
“We have up to 300 motorists who’ve been stranded for up to 15 hours now,” Sgt. Dave Rektor of the Ontario Provincial Police western region said Tuesday morning. “It’s still snowing heavy, nonstop dense snow. We have snow banks four and five feet high we’re trying to traverse on snowmobiles to get to those people.”
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is open and ready to take commercial and passenger vehicles that would otherwise use the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron, according to reports.

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Watch and Compare: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Classic vs. Funny Or Die

Leave it to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to turn a Christmas classic into an instant modern-day classic. Continue Reading

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