Monday, October 22, 2012

'ReConstitution 2012': Decoding Presidential Debates

YOU know the saying, “There are liars, damn liars, and there are politicians.” Well, not exactly, but so apt, no?

To help voters and potential voters break through the doubletalk, exaggerations, misleading statements and outright untruths of the major party candidates for the president, is “ReConstitution 2012.

From the brains of the art and technology studio, Sosolimited, ReConstitution 2012 is a free, live web app linked to the U.S. presidential debates. (See video above.) It can be used during and after the debates, the latest of which is scheduled for 9 tonight EDT. The focus will be on foreign policy.

Alas, alas, (alas, alas, alas!!!), ReConstitution 2012 does not extend to the debates of the nonDemocratic and nonRepublican candidates for president. One is scheduled for tomorrow night at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Answering questions from moderator Larry King in a program sponsored by the nonpartisan Free and Equal Elections Foundation ( will be Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

The debate of these additional candidates for president will air on C-Span and will be livestreamed via the Internet at 9 p.m. EDT. It will also be broadcast on WBAI 99.5 and its Web site (

Meanwhile, did President Barack Obama actually call the attack on the Libyan embassy a terrorist attack the day after as he claimed in last week’s debate? Was Mitt Romney really responsible for the success of Massachusetts schools as he repeatedly asserted.

Using algorithms and other means that most normal folk don’t understand, the app can take into account the candidate’s state of mind at the time of a statement. It can also provide insights into the meaning behind words.

Reconstitution 2012 is best viewed in Chrome or Safari.

Visit to learn more about Reconstitution 2012.

Zlatan Ibrahimović Takes Home Golden Foot

Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows off his Golden Foot award as Pele cheers him on at the Golden Foot award ceremony. Photos by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.

AND the winner is Zlatan Ibrahimović!

The captain of the Swedish national football (soccer to those in the United States) team beat out nine others to take the 2012 Golden Foot award at a lavish ceremony in Monaco at the Sporting Monte Carlo “Salle de Etoile.”

Upholding tradition, ZI – nicknamed “Ibracadabra” because of his technical skills and magic with the ball – left his footprint in the cement on the Champions Promenade aka the football Walk of Fame.

Pele receives his special Golden Foot award from Princess Stephanie of Monaco who is accompanied by sports agent Antonio Caliendo.

Among legends receiving special awards were Franco Baresi, Eric Cantona and Lothar Matthäus. Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pelé received a special Golden Foot award “as the greatest football player to have ever played the game.”

The Golden Foot Award is given each year to an outstanding footballer. The candidates are selected by a jury of 52 sports journalists from around the world and the winner is chosen by fans who cast their votes online at the Golden Foot Web site ((

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