Aug 31 2012

Feeling Inspired, Proverbs 3:6

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Aug 27 2012

Political Ad Lie Detector

Super PAC App' knows when political ads stretch the truth. CNN

 

What if every political ad came with a "truthiness" disclaimer?

That's essentially the goal of the Super PAC App, a new project from former students at MIT's Media Lab.

Their free iPhone app, which will be available on Wednesday, listens to political advertisements on television and matches the ad's audio waves against a database -- much like the Shazam app identifies music. It then tells the app's user who paid for the ad and how much they're spending on the campaign before pointing them to nonpartisan sources -- PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and others -- to try to verify the ad's claims.

The app is free of advertising and is funded in full by a grant from the Knight Foundation, according to Dan Siegel, one of the app's co-creators.

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Aug 27 2012

Mandisa on Good Morning America with TobyMac

'American Idol' Singer Loses 100 Pounds After Simon Cowell Remark. Good Morning America

When Mandisa Hundley auditioned for "American Idol" in 2006 she thought it would be her chance to make it big in music.

Instead, the opportunity turned into heartbreak, thanks to a comment from then-judge Simon Cowell.

As Hundley, 35, stood before the judges, Cowell, known for his often brutal appraisals of contestants, commented not on Hundley's soulful sound, but her size.

"Do we have a bigger stage this year?" he said.

"It was just hurtful and mean and the one thing I didn't want to have happen," Hundley said.

The gospel singer, who told Cowell on that show that she forgave him, also took Cowell's words to heart and changed her life.

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Mandisa Hundley Performs 'Good Morning' Live. Good Morning America

The "American Idol" star plays a song from her latest album, "What If We Were Real."

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