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Romney jokes about his birth certificate; Obama campaign accuses him of embracing ‘birtherism’

Romney jokes about his birth certificate; Obama campaign accuses him of embracing ‘birtherism’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney made a joke about his birth certificate at a Michigan rally that many in the crowd heard as a swipe at the president.

 

The Obama campaign shouldn't have been so thin-skinned. Now if they had said, "and both the Romneys came out just the right height," I think that would have worked.

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Boutique hotel wins a style over substance award for its impractical bathrooms | NewsBiscuit

Boutique hotel wins a style over substance award for its impractical bathrooms | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A trendy London hotel has won a prestigious award for the innovative design of its very pretty but utterly useless bathrooms. Described by judges as ‘a superb combination of good looks and frustrating lack of usefulness’, the Eighty Four Hotel in fashionable Bethnal Green has been awarded The Kelly Brook Prize for Beauty Without Function. ‘We are very proud to receive this recognition of our efforts to make our hotel look impressive on-line’ said the hotel proprietor, Mr Theo Whitehall. ‘Even if it is at the expense of our guests’ comfort and convenience.’
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Okay, this is just for laughs.

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Our government is a dysfunctional mess. Here are 4 ways to fix it

Our government is a dysfunctional mess. Here are 4 ways to fix it | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
D.C. is a disaster, but former journalist and campaign pro Michael Golden tells Salon there's reason for hope
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Four reasonable suggestions that might improve the functioning of the federal government. For my part, I think them good ideas if perhaps beyond our national will. The only one I am not too wild about is getting rid of the filibusterer; it has served some good causes in its time. However perhaps lowering the vote necessary to end one might be a good idea. If you are interested in government and political theory, this is a piece you will find very interesting.

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt.

They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.
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I have for years been saying that the key to the future is the development of better batteries so that renewable energy can be stored and used economically and safely. Hopefully, this is a real step towards that goal.

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How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese

How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And how it changed Western Civilization forever.
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I love cheese, especially cheeses from cow and goat milk. Smelly, Blue, or simple Cheddar, any cheese is better than no cheese. Can everyone say "Fromage?"

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Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets.

Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Japan is trying an unconventional way to impress visitors to their country with both their technology and their gracious hospitality — a toilet "gallery" where it's just fine to touch, and sample, the exhibits.

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I have always been fascinated by the difference in toilets and bathrooms around the world. This exhibit and the one described in the second video of this article gave me a smile. Assuredly, Japan defines itself in terms of technology and order.

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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.
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If you enjoy paleontology and physical anthropology, this is a great article. Imagine it; proto-hominids were making tools over half a million years before our species evolved. What does that imply about the role of handiness in evolution? These were probably not our ancestors but related to those earliest humans.

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A Fascinating Glimpse at the Rituals of Strictly Orthodox Jews Living in Israel - Feature Shoot

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Rituals of Strictly Orthodox Jews Living in Israel - Feature Shoot | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For The Lives of Orthodox Jews in Israel, photojournalist Yaakov Naumi sheds light on the rituals of the Haredi Jewish community in cities like Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, where daily life is conducted according to strict Orthodox adherence to Jewish law.
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We live in a strange world, but some people, especially the ultra-religious tend to make it even stranger. Here are some fascinating examples from ultra-orthodox Jews.

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Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote

Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Medicare is poised to overhaul the way it pays physicians and create new systems to reward high-performing doctors under legislation approved by the Senate late Tuesday.
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Bravo! Sometimes Congress actually tries to do things right.

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Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese

Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Your good bacteria love stinky fromage as much as you do
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I have seldom met a cheese I didn't love. I do try to avoid the processed cheeses of American corporations and find the great cheeses at the fromageries.

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The world's first hologram protest held in Spain

"With the restrictions we're suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last option that will be left to us in the end will be to protest through our holograms."
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A truly creative form of protest, but one which raises an interesting question. Do we need to use the anonymity of holograms in the face of growing state controls? From a more literary perspective, I wonder what happens if a hologram becomes self-aware. I have this sense that we need a scifi story here.

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9 Nicest Cops - ODDEE

9 Nicest Cops - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The reputation of the police has been in question these days, but it doesn't mean there aren't still really kindhearted officers around.
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Most of the cops in world are not violent or racist. Most are just decent men and women trying to do a difficult job and to make a difference on a day-to-day basis. A few manage to stand out for their acts of kindness and humanity. From time to time, we need to remind ourselves of those good officers. One thing I do know, we normal citizens don't thank cops often enough. It's easy for police to believe the world is filled with "skells" and "perps" if the average people don't interact with and appreciate them.

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Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge

Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Prior to his resurrection, Christ descended to the underworld -- a paradox most churches would rather not confront
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Did Jesus go to Hell? That and some of the other strange aspects of Christian faith. An great read for those who find religion and theology interesting.

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Why Chipotle Keeps Running Out of Carnitas

Why Chipotle Keeps Running Out of Carnitas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It dropped a pork supplier in January over food standards
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An interesting dilemma not only for this one company but for Americans. Do we go with lowering our standards to get "enough" food or do we continue to press for the quality we want and hopefully deserve? Certainly Chipotle is becoming the symbol for young people of what food quality should be. By the way, tonight on It Matters Radio we are discussing Mexican cuisine.

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Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a raisin case before the Supreme Court, the government will try to defend its kleptocratic behavior.
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Kleptocratic, what a great word. It does describe the way in which the government feels entitled to take possession of the property of the people, much like the throne of England against which the colonists rebelled. There is a subtle interplay between the property rights of the individual and the powers of the state. Is it a legitimate role of government, a positivist function if you will, to maintain the price of raisins? While in times of an agricultural price crisis such interference in the free market might be appropriate, why is it appropriate now? For my part, I think it time for the Supremes to put some limits on the kleptocracy.

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POEMS BY KENNETH WEENE: Saturday, Artistry, Love in the Time of Transportation | The Mindful Word

POEMS BY KENNETH WEENE: Saturday, Artistry, Love in the Time of Transportation | The Mindful Word | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three poems by novelist Kenneth Weene, including Love in the Time of Transportation.
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Always so delighted to have my poetry shared with the world

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Scientists Film Rare Sperm Whale Encounter 600 Meters Below The Gulf Of Mexico

Scientists Film Rare Sperm Whale Encounter 600 Meters Below The Gulf Of Mexico | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
During a recent scientific expedition off the coast of Louisiana, researchers with were paid a surprise visit by a very welcome guest: a magnificent and humongous sperm whale.
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I've gone whale watching, but of course I've never seen a sperm whale WOW!

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Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President

Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee, who's served as both a Republican senator and an independent governor, said on CNN Thursday that he will run for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Chafee has thusfar only formed an 2016 "exploratory committee" rather than formally declaring himself a candidate, but told CNN that he is...
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While anybody from Rhode Island has to be a little suspect—corruption reigns supreme in that little state—Chafee has always come across to me as a good man and he certainly merits some serious consideration. If nothing else, he symbolizes the possibility of a centrist party emerging.

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20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative

20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's time that we looked at the Holocaust differently. Here are twenty pictures to help us do just that.
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It is important to remember that in the face of the Nazi persecution many Jews (and others) maintained their sense of dignity and human worth. Let us not see those who suffered and died in the Holocaust through the lens of pathos but rather through the vision of a future without such evils.

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Splurge on Breakfast When You Travel to Get Out and Eat Like a Local

Splurge on Breakfast When You Travel to Get Out and Eat Like a Local | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Getting out of your hotel for breakfast can help kick start your day and let you see how locals start their own days. Depending on where you travel, it may be pricey, but it's worth the extra money.
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And that doesn't mean go to Starbucks or McDonald's. Go to the places locals eat and have a great breakfast.

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A restaurant owner left the most heartwarming note for the person who was digging through her trash.

A restaurant owner left the most heartwarming note for the person who was digging through her trash. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"You're a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster."

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Indeed, we must feed the poor and house the homeless. Kudos to Ashley Jiron. If you live in Oklahoma City area or are traveling through, why not stop by 5912 NW 38th St, Warr Acres, OK 73122 and enjoy a five-star sandwich. And tell Ms. Jiron that her humanity is important, too.

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Chris Christie Will Propose Social Security Means-Testing in New Hampshire Speech

Chris Christie Will Propose Social Security Means-Testing in New Hampshire Speech | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Leaning in to his potential 2016 presidential campaign identity as the candidate for the Republican Party’s budget-conscious moderates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give a speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday that proposes raising the Social Security retirement age, limiting benefits for those who make more than $80,000 a...
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What people won't get is that limiting social security benefits for the wealthy makes social security an entitlement rather than something that everybody has a right to. That will make it easier to attack the program over the long run. It would make more sense to raise taxes on those making large incomes.

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10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE

10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the teens who mistook human ashes for cocaine to the U.S. Civil War veteran whose was finally interred 102 years after his death, check out 10 unusual stories involving cremated human remains.
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I've always planned on being cremated, and I wonder if somebody will decide to steal my ashes from the saguaro around which they will be scattered or perhaps a coyote will come sniff them. Seriously, what do you want done with your remains?

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Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states

Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Democracy Alliance is urging its members to pump tens of millions into efforts to reverse a decades-long GOP effort that has reshaped statehouses.
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The issue at the state level is taxes and the local economy. While the trickle-down theory has been pretty well discredited by experience in states like Kansas, there are still those who push it. However, much more real is the sense of many taxpayers that they are being ripped off by government. That sense is heightened by the history of lack of restraint in many states. Progressive government at the state level has to communicate the ways in which change will actually make people better off, especially in their wallets but also in the quality of their lives. One place to begin is the quality of roads and transportation, which have often deteriorated under conservative government. Another is the use of public schools for multiple community functions which might make people feel that they are getting more back for their tax dollars. I also suggest providing state direct assistance opportunities for people such as clinic days and employment conferences, times when the average person can see their tax dollars doing something in their lives. Finally, states need to cut back on their use of prisons, which are a great drain on revenues with little return to the community. More creative approaches to offenders might actually cut costs, raise revenues, and cut crime. One thing that progressive state government can't do is hire and hire more.

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Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites

Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, r...
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Golly, gosh, if you attack the earth, the earth fights back. What a concept. Seriously, does anybody remember Buckminster Fuller? And let there be no mistake about it, fracking is as aggressive an approach to getting oil as you can find, much more disruptive of the geology than drilling. There is no question that we need to be more careful of our planet; it's the only one we have.

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 Good Grief how many red flags can we raise against Fracking and the list is growing.

(1) The millions of water used and then contaminated and put back in to the earth. There are reports they are using this process to get rid of Nuclear waste.

(2) Proof is can cause earth Quakes

(3)  Now this with Radon

(4) California needs fracking there like hole in the head with worst drought ever and lakes going dry ! How many more states will face same thing ?

 How many ways can the world scream "STOP FRACKING " ?

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Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them

Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The reasons for dog breed extinction have changed over the millennia. In today's world of post-functional dog breeds, no breed is safe.
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Because I love dogs, I thought I'd share this great article on dog history and breeds. In my life I've owned both purebred and mixed breed dogs. While I loved my Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, the ruler of the house was our poodle-terrier mix straight from the shelter. Some big rules: Be sure you are ready for the work of owning a dog. Be sure the characteristics of the dog are consistent with your lifestyle. Be sure you are prepared to deal with a dog's long-term life, not just the happy puppy days but the old, failing health days. 

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