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So, What Should We Be Paying in Taxes?

Friday, April 10th, 2015 - by PJ Media

Americans for Tax Reform, Cato Institute, and Heritage Foundation hold a forum on tax reform.

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Watch as Christian Pharmacist Shoots and Kills Armed Robber

Friday, February 20th, 2015 - by PJ Media

"Abundance isn't God's provision for me to live in luxury; it's his provision for me to help others live."

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Instagram vs. Traditional Photography: How Entrepreneur Aubrey Chernick Created “Mystical” Filters in 1976

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by PJ Media

Over the last few years, the advent of smartphones plus Instagram has allowed virtually anyone to easily take and edit photos. However, some photo filter effects from the 1970s, which are very attractive, have not yet been implemented in smartphones or apps. The “Mystical” filter effect, created by entrepreneur Aubrey Chernick, is one such example.

Prior to the era of digital cameras and smartphones, amateur photographers would typically use a single lens reflex camera (Pentax, Canon, Nikon, etc.) to take photos. To create a special effect for those photos, they would use physical filters that screwed onto the lenses.


The age of digital cameras then ushered in a new phase of photography. Consumers had an increasing number of controls to make a few adjustments directly in the camera itself. If they wanted to make adjustments after taking a photo, they could turn to photo post-processing software programs such as Adobe’s Photoshop.

But it was the smartphone that really opened up special effects in photography for the average consumer. No longer did they need to lug around a heavy SLR camera and a bag of screen-on filters. They could use smartphones to take the photos, and then choose from one of many photo apps to make adjustments during or after taking the photo.

Today there is a vast array of photo-taking and photo-filtering apps available for both iOS and Android smartphones.

Recently, the Apple iPhone6 introduced a number of new photo capabilities:

It takes innovative technology to make a great camera even better. That’s why we added features to the 8MP iSight camera like a new sensor with Focus Pixels, improved face detection, and exposure control. So you can take the photo and let iPhone 6 do the rest.

Of course the current king of smartphone third-party apps is Instagram, an app that emphasizes capturing and sharing moments – but, perhaps more importantly, it also emphasizes “transforming” them:

Capture and Share the World’s Moments

Instagram is a fastbeautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.

Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram — it’s that easy.


Instagram helps people transform the look and feel of their photos through an ever-increasing number of photo filters. In December of 2014, they introduced five new filters:

  • Slumber
  • Crema
  • Ludwig
  • Aden
  • Perpetua

They now have so many filters that they created this Web page to help you “manage” all of them — although they note that you still cannot “customize” your filter. One of the more popular filters for Instagram that achieves higher levels of social engagement is the “Mayfair” filter.

But other filter effects created in the pre-digital era have not been implemented in Instagram or any of the other photography apps, including the “Mystical” filter effect. Created by Aubrey Chernick during a weekend sailing trip in Toronto, Canada, the “Mystical” effect incorporated the use of multiple filters to create a dream-like fantasy effect. We won’t give away the secret as to what specific filters were used — but you can read the story here.

Untitled(Example of the “Mystical” filter effect created by Aubrey Chernick during a 1976 weekend sailing trip in Toronto.)


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Islamic State Video Shows Confession, Execution by Young Boy of Two ‘FSB Agents’

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - by PJ Media

ISIS claims hostages were working for "FSB," the Russian intelligence service. Update: Faster-streaming video now linked at clip.

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Associated Press Calls Defeat for Cantor

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 - by PJ Media

Details at The Grid, your one-stop Website for 2014 midterm coverage.

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Dr. Ben Carson Honors Kirk Cameron, Aubrey Chernick, and Brooks Robinson

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by PJ Media

His Carson Scholars Fund recognizes 300 high-achieving students.

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The Pros and Cons of Attacking Syria

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 - by PJ Media

PJ Media's columnists weigh in on intervening in Syria as the Obama administration decides how to respond to the use of chemical weapons. Updated: Michael Ledeen, Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball provide their analyses.

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TIP LINE: Did Your Editor Spike Kermit Gosnell Coverage? Report It Here Anonymously

Friday, April 12th, 2013 - by PJ Media

Your employer is making serial infanticide a left/right issue. You know that's not what you signed up for.

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Election Predictions from PJ Media Columnists

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by PJ Media

Will Obama win re-election in a nail-biter? Is a landslide victory in the cards for Romney? Do Republicans have a shot at taking control of the Senate? Find out what Roger L. Simon, VDH, Spengler, Claudia Rosett, Roger Kimball, and the rest of PJM's columnists think will happen on Tuesday ... (Updated with prediction from Andrew C. McCarthy)

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The Jurassic Park of Propaganda

Friday, October 7th, 2011 - by PJ Media

Taxpayer funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty rarely broadcasts opinions in line with U.S. interests.

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