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Surrogates Admit Romney Will Cut Medicare Benefits For Current Seniors

Surrogates Admit Romney Will Cut Medicare Benefits For Current Seniors | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

The GOP contends that a key difference between Obama and Romney is that Romney won’t change Medicare at all for existing beneficiaries — only future ones. Recent statements from his advisers and surrogates, suggest the claim is false.

 

I heard Mitt say it. I saw him write it on the white board. Now do you get it? The man lies.

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American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

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Like virtually everything else in the Trump era, poetry has gotten sharply political these days.
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As a poet, I, too, occasionally write politically charged material. However, my goal is still to stay within the universal human condition and not rile against specific policies or politicians. If you'd like to sample one of those poems, here's In Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgl0ubWc_jM 
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Amazing Photos Capture How Flowers Look Under Ultraviolet Light

Amazing Photos Capture How Flowers Look Under Ultraviolet Light | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Simply beautiful.
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We humans look at a flower and see beauty. But, what of the creatures who must be attracted and provide the services of pollination, what do they see? Their vision often includes parts of the spectrum that is beyond human capacity, particularly the ultraviolet end of the spectrum. So, here are some fabulous pictures using ultraviolet light. Have a day filled with color and with love of nature. 

By the way, if you want my celebration of nature, you'll find much of it in Broody New Englander. Don't have a copy yet? Get yours at: https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Photo Series Shows The People Of North Korea You Rarely Get To See

Photo Series Shows The People Of North Korea You Rarely Get To See | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Agence France-Presse's Ed Jones has been photographing North Korean citizens since 2016.
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I am struck by the stiffness of all these people and the photographs themselves. It feels like this is a different world, something of a robot-world. How sad. 
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12 Movies Shot in Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation - Indian Country Media Network

12 Movies Shot in Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Films shot in Monument Valley: The Searchers, Easy Rider, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Vacation, Back to the Future III, Forrest Gump, and The Lone Ranger
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I grew up in the age of the American Western and loved the scenes shot in Monument Valley, a place I have visited a few times. I hope my fill-buff friends will enjoy this piece as much as I did. 
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10 Fairytale Castles You Can Rent on Airbnb - ODDEE

10 Fairytale Castles You Can Rent on Airbnb - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Located on a beautiful 5000 acre English estate, Somerleyton Hall is widely acclaimed as one of the most stately homes in Britain, and it's the home of Lord & Lady Somerleyton. With open fires, huge, comfy sofas, and all the elements you'd expect including a grand staircase, and stuffed polar bears

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What a great collection of vacation destinations for the sybaritic among us. So, if you're up to paying about $3, 500 a night for a room, why not send me on vacation to this lovely English retreat? I'll even send you back a selfie with one of those stuffed polar bears. 
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Native American Students Win Rookie Robotics Award - Indian Country Media Network

Native American Students Win Rookie Robotics Award - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Native American students at Navajo reservation schools called an “inspiration” after winning rookie robotics competition, and they’re not done.
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What a great feel-good story. This young Navajo show us that growing up in what most of us consider deprivation can also lead to perseverance, creativity, and teamwork. 
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How a Heartbreaking Photo of a Boy at His Twin’s Gravesite Healed Their Family

How a Heartbreaking Photo of a Boy at His Twin’s Gravesite Healed Their Family | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A heartbreaking photo of a boy leaning against his twin brother's tombstone helped heal his family after the image spread around the world
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This is very much a tear-jerker of a story, and I wanted to share it. However, there is a caveat. While this youngster seems to have found a great way to deal with and help his family deal with the loss of his twin, over-emphasizing the deceased twin can put a terrible burden on the surviving child. There is a balance to be struck between remembering a dead child and recognizing the importance of the survivor, and of course that is true even when we aren't talking of twins but simply any sibling who has passed. My father had a brother who died in childhood, and I know the death haunted him and that it bothered him that later his family never acknowledged the loss. My brother, who for years claimed  he's an only child, never mourned my loss. However, I think that most families do and should try to keep such pain not buried but in the open where it can help everyone to be a better person. Walker Myrick, who is now ten, certainly has the right idea. Have you suffered the loss of a sibling during childhood? How have you dealt with it?
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WTF is '80% lean' ground beef, and why should I care?

WTF is '80% lean' ground beef, and why should I care? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What do the numbers on ground beef packages mean? We explain.
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Like a typical man, I just figured that fattier ground beef would taste better and lean would be healthier. But, it isn't that simple. Luckily, there is nothing in this article that my wife didn't already know so she has always told me which mix to buy depending on what she was going to make. However, you may find it interesting and it may even save you some money while giving you better tasting food. 
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EAVESDROPPING ON ROY COHN AND DONALD TRUMP

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Donald Trump and Roy Cohn in October, 1984. Many of Trump’s private conversations with his late mentor were eavesdropped on by Cohn’s longtime switchboard operator and courier.
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In my view, Roy Cohn was as close to a human cockroach as New York ever produced. A manipulator, fixer, and dishonest to the quick. He was also one of Donald Trump's mentors and legal advisors, at least until Cohn had to deal with his homosexuality and AIDS.
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Hotdoll: A Love Doll For Your Dog To Hump

Hotdoll: A Love Doll For Your Dog To Hump | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Does your dog not stop humping your child's stuffed animals, guests that walk through the door, or even your own leg? Then buying a hump doll for you dog might just be in order. The HotDoll as s
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Somedays I just need to find a good laugh; other days that laugh finds me. Either way, I had to share this one. 
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11 cold, hard facts that show why the snow leopard is unlike any other feline.

11 cold, hard facts that show why the snow leopard is unlike any other feline. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Compared to the rest of the cat pack, the mighty snow leopard is in a category of its own — a "cat-egory" if you will.

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Snow leopards: One of my favorite animals. Some fascinating facts and pictures. Enjoy and have a great day. And, for a great read, today's recommendation is Memoirs From the Asylum. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBUhagWFWt4 
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Pope Francis just opened a laundromat for exactly the people who need it most.

Pope Francis just opened a laundromat for exactly the people who need it most. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The pope opened a laundromat near the Vatican. Yup. A laundromat.
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There are way too many homeless people in every city be it Rome, or Phoenix, Arizona. Ideally, we should provide all of them with at least someplace to live, but that isn't likely to happen. What we can do, however, is provide them with a few basic services that will provide some human dignity and speak to our own human compassion. The Pope has certainly come up with one such service. For my part, I wish we could provide them not just with laundromat services but with showers, lockers for their belongings, a place to receive their mail (yes, so they can receive benefit checks and the like), and financial services so that those few dollars of benefits they get could all go to them. In a country as rich as America (and throughout the developed world), such services would in my opinion be the minimum to be given. Of course, in other places, especially in Africa, the Philippines, and the life, the needs are so great that we'd actually have to care about our fellow humans to do what is needed. Do we? 
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This “Artisanal Wood” Video Making Fun Of Hipsters Is Hilariously Accurate

This “Artisanal Wood” Video Making Fun Of Hipsters Is Hilariously Accurate | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hipsters and their wood, man. I'll never understand it.
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After you finish laughing at this great send-up piece, start thinking of a great fire roaring in the fireplace or Franklin stove of your New England home and order a copy of Broody New Englander. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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For Earth Day The Magic of Wintertime in Finnish Lapland 

For Earth Day The Magic of Wintertime in Finnish Lapland  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When she was a little girl, photographer Tiina Törmänen built castles out of snow. She spent her childhood in Finland’s Southern Lapland, surrounded by lakes and forests, and each winter, she dug tunnels, doorways, and rooms, illuminated by flickering candlelight. She sang songs to her beloved dog Nappi on dark nights. Törmänen was a child …
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This is a must see collection of photographs from Lapland. I liked this one best because it reminded me most of the birch trees and nights in winter Maine. Just another way to remind you that this Broody New Englander loves the earth and hopes that you do, too. 
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Can Iran stop Iraqi Kurdistan independence?

Can Iran stop Iraqi Kurdistan independence? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Iraqi Kurdish political forces have recently increased their calls for a referendum on Kurdish independence, but Iran may try to prevent this from happening.
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There is no question that Iran would be happier to not have a united and independent Kurdish nation. For one thing, the Kurds are fierce fighters and for another they are predominantly sunni. On the other hand, the Kurds have been a bulwark against ISIS, which is a far greater threat to all Islamic states than a small independent Kurdish nation would be to anyone. As a balance against Turkey, an independent Kurdish country would certainly help Iran's hopes of becoming a major powerbroker in the region. Of course, to Syria the Kurds, while opposing ISIS, would be a great threat as they work to break off a Kurdish region and Iran is supporting the current Syrian government. To the US, a Kurdish state would be a great ally in a region where American influence is waning  and our presence is often unwanted. Ah, the strange webs that are woven by the nations of this world. Which brings up something else: So many small regions and ethnicities want to establish their own national identities. The world is still dealing with the arbitrary maps drawn primarily by Whitehall during the years of the British Empire. From Pakistan to the Shetland Islands, from Iraq and Syria to South Sudan, all over the world people have to figure out how to create a new order. 
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‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions.
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Fascinating. My guess is that electrical stimulation effects the sodium-potassium exchange pump which in turn effects the effects the concentration of anions. Normally, a neuron has a strong negative charge inside in part due to the imbalance of potassium and sodium. Even though both potassium and sodium ions have positive charge, their imbalance within the cell apparently helps to maintain those anions. On stimulation, the gradient that maintains that difference in levels is disrupted and allows the neuron to do its thing, which means that a cell assembly can be established with other neurons. So stimulation would presumably alter the gradient of the moment, either for good or bad depending at which state it was then in. Any other ideas? 
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A Lump of Rock, an Otter and a Secessionist

A Lump of Rock, an Otter and a Secessionist | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A growing number of Shetlanders are being drawn to calls by a ‘nutter’ for more independence for their remote and scenic isles.
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We've been watching the BBC show, Shetland, which is obviously set among these remote islands. Rich in fish, oil, birding, and natural beauty and with only about 26,000 inhabitants, it is a fascinating sounding (and from  photos looking place). Someplace I would surely want to visit, but only in summer and unquestionably with a good bottle of whiskey and a poetry notebook. Strangely, in this article Shetland ponies are mentioned but not shown and so far I've seen nary a one in that tv show. At any rate, my guess is that they might do better to become a separate over-seas colony of Britain than to remain part of Scotland. And, for genetics sake, they best hope for more shipwrecks. At any rate, I will stay tuned to both the show until we finish watch it and the news from this fascinating bit of the world. 
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Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines - BBC News

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists find live specimens of the giant shipworm, described as "rare and enigmatic".
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Being a Broody New Englander, my first question is, "will they make a good chowder?" Next consideration, red or white? Not really, of course it would have to be white. Seriously, I'm always amazed when new forms of life are found. True, we knew this clam/mussel (not a worm) species existed, but now we can actually see them. 
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12 Curious Traffic Signs - ODDEE

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Some road signs really make you wonder.
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Here's a few laughs. Slow down and have a great day. 
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Woven Through Time: Native Basketry Exhibit Opens in Arizona - Indian Country Media Network

Woven Through Time: Native Basketry Exhibit Opens in Arizona - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you’re in Tucson, check out Arizona State Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art.”
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We've be talking about going to Tucson this month. April and May are wonderful times to be in the Old Pueblo. Now I have another great reason to go. I love indigenous cultures and arts and particularly enjoy the basketry of the Southwest. We have been to this museum before and loved it, so I can see a good part of a day  at the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona. Maybe, we'll see you there.

And, of you're interested in native cultures, you  might enjoy El Catrin, my magical realism short fiction based on the traditions of a coastal Mexican tribe. Here's the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBp0LAR9ey4&t=6s ;
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Trump demanding ride in queen’s gold carriage during Buckingham Palace visit: report

Trump demanding ride in queen’s gold carriage during Buckingham Palace visit: report | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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I know that others such as Putin and Xi have ridden in the Queen's carriage, but something about Mr. Trump requesting this rankles me, perhaps it's because he has taken on so many trappings of royalty so quickly. Do we Americans really want him in that coach? And, I might ask, do the British people want him there either? What do you think: should he get his ride or be sent to Disney World? 
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7 Little Known Facts About Mt. Everest

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We share seven little known facts about the tallest mountain on the planet - Mt. Everest.
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Never in my life have I wanted to climb Everest. My idea of a mountain was the ones I climbed in Maine as a kid. However, I do find the notion of the Himalayas fascinating if unreachable. I guess that's what I was excited to see a new Tibetan center here in Phoenix, AZ. At any rate, I figured I'd share this great set of factoids for those who like the vicarious thrill of knowing. 
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Rescued chimpanzees and orangutans: This woman’s lifework is caring for them

Rescued chimpanzees and orangutans: This woman’s lifework is caring for them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Patti Ragan founded the Center for Great Apes near Wauchula, Fla., which has become a model for ape sanctuaries across the US.
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What a great cause. I love apes, especially orangutans. I wish I could visit this sanctuary. I will definitely contribute to it. 
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Why America dropped the "mother of all bombs" on ISIS

Why America dropped the "mother of all bombs" on ISIS | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The MOAB was the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped by the U.S. military — so big it had to be pushed out of a cargo plane attached to a parachute.
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So even by US military estimates, we spent over $444,444 per killed fighter in this one attack. And to what real end. ISIS won't succeed in that area of the world for a simple reason, it is not an Arab population. ISIS is devoted to the idea of an Arab-based caliphate. As I have been saying for years, the Taliban, while Muslim in ideology, is primarily a nationalist Pashtun organization. The Turkmen, Uzbeks, and Tajiks are similarly ethnic groups driven by their own sense of identity, which is one reason the Soviet Union never absorbed them into a Russian nation but allowed them to keep their own identities while flooding ethnic Russians in to those lands in an attempt, which failed, to create a great assimilation. 

Let's be hones, American military policy and what there is of American foreign policy have not done well for some time, but with the kind of "bigly" thinking involved in blowing off huge bombs, I fear things are going to go downhill. As far as North Korea goes, even if we wanted to blow up all their potential missile sites and nuclear facilities and even if we knew where they were, we probably don't have enough of the giant bombs to do the job, besides which my guess is North Korea has better defensive weapons than ISIS in Afghanistan. This is the same kind of "We'll show them" thinking that led to the ill-advised invasion of Iraq after 9/11. 
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The global guide to getting all up in someone’s personal space

The global guide to getting all up in someone’s personal space | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How close is too close to stand next to a stranger in Malaysia? Or to a colleague in the Czech Republic? In a massive study of almost 9,000 people in 42 countries, an international team of researchers has attempted to measure just how physically close people around the world are willing to get to strangers
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This reminds me of a simple social psychology experiment I would do with classes when I taught intro to psych. Of course, by the time we got to that part of the course, everyone in the class was acquainted, but we would map how close was comfortable if the same sex, opposite sex, hands occupied (holding something) or free, approaching from in front or behind (even though the approached person was free to turn their head). I always wondered about all the other variables we didn't consider since this was just a class demo and not a real experiment. Still, it was pretty clear that people had great differences in their personal space needs. What about you? Do you like to get close and personal with strangers, acquaintances, even close friends? 
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