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Now the nuts are playing pretend “fact checker”

Now the nuts are playing pretend “fact checker” | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The right thinks if you add the words "fact check" to something, it sounds more factual...

 

Reality, we need a free an responsible press to make sure that the lies are separated from the truth.

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Absolutely Stunning Photographs of the Sky

Absolutely Stunning Photographs of the Sky | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These new photos show everything from a meteor shower to the auroras dancing in skies above stark terrain.
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Absolutely stunning photographs of the sky. Take time to blow your mind and check out these incredible pictures. My favorite, the heron and the moon. Now that could inspire a great poem. 
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Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things'

Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists have generated a genetic portrait of a four-billion-year-old organism that they say may be the oldest common ancestor of all living things.
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The beginnings of life. This is the kind of science that makes my nose itch with excitement. 
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The fascinating way whales experience grief.

The fascinating way whales experience grief. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new report suggests that whales and dolphins mourn similar to humans.
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The question is not if animals experience a sense of loss or grief at the death of their young but if that sense of loss persists, if memory occurs. Instinct will drive much of this pst-loss nurturing behavior since the presence of the dead young and the hormonal pressures within are their to elicit it. But after the fact, will there be an ongoing awareness. For example, other female elephants will continue to support a female whose calf has died after they have left the area and after she has had time for her hormones to return to normal, but not as indefinitely as we humans do for a mother who has lost her child.
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Happy 68th, Snooty! World's Oldest Manatee Honored With Birthday Bash

Happy 68th, Snooty! World's Oldest Manatee Honored With Birthday Bash | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Snooty was born in captivity in Miami in 1948 and got a very special birthday cake on Saturday.
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Always celebrate a Manatee. I invited Snotty to join us on It Matters Radio, but he was scared of Punky the Cat, who'd have thought that manatee were ailurophobic? 
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The Slave Who Stole the Confederate Codes—and a Rebel Warship

The Slave Who Stole the Confederate Codes—and a Rebel Warship | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When three Confederate officers decided to go ashore for a night in Charleston, they left their gunboat in the hands of an enslaved pilot. It was a critical mistake.
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Of course, if you listen to It Matters Radio, you already know about Robert Smalls because we interviewed author Patrick Abridge, author of Steering to Freedom. Why does It Matter? Because we try to find the best topics and guests.
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The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka

The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Louis Sarno went to record the music of the Central African Republic's Bayaka community in the 80s and never turned back.
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As the world spins, the Baraka of the Central African Republic are hardly important players, but their musical traditions are unique and the story of their preservation is amazing. Be sure to listen to some of the Soundcloud connections in the article. 
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9 Women Who Pretended to be Men - ODDEE

9 Women Who Pretended to be Men - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the woman who lived as a man for over 50 years to practice medicine to the female jazz musician who found fame as a man, meet nine women who passed as males.
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Of course they missed Charley Parkhurst, the stagecoach driver, whose story is fictionalized by my friend Karen Kondazian in a great novel, The Whip. Still, this is a fascinating list of women who chose for one reason or another to take on the role of a man. 
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Top Saudi clerical body renews fatwa against Pokemon

Top Saudi clerical body renews fatwa against Pokemon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokemon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokemon GO mobile game.
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While I have no interest in searching for fictional characters, especially silly-looking ones, I think it great that people have been energized enough to actually get off their couches and go on a treasure hunt. I think one of the saddest things about Islam as it is practiced in much of the world is its comparative lack of tolerance for silliness. We should not put away childish things but revel in them. So I say to those who want to play Pokemon GO, have fun but don't be too much of a nuisance. 
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BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD

BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Official website for author Kenneth Weene.
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Sometimes the lessons of childhood make more sense when the world has changed and we are looking back.
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"Donald Trump’s Deals Rely on Being Creative With the Truth" - The Side Show of Politics

"Donald Trump’s Deals Rely on Being Creative With the Truth" - The Side Show of Politics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Over the span of his career, project after project has produced allegations of bad faith, broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.
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If you don't get it that the Donald is a theatre piece and not a leader, I suggest you read this article. Be sure you get to the end, because I honestly can't remember meeting Mr. Trump, but I do remember a guy with orange hair at the sideshow. 
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The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.

The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
First of all — this is not my writing.  It's a Facebook post by someone I don’t even know, a man named Michael Arnovitz in Portland OR.  But as a Facebook post it passes the fair use test and I’m quite certain he would not object that I share i
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I will iterate, I don't much care for Hillary Clinton. I find her lacking in the quality I call grace and I don't think she is empathic towards others. I also question her health, that endless cough worries me as does her bloated appearance. Still, I think she deserves a fair hearing, and this piece is one of the best defenses of her that I have read. 
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Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America — many without their parents

Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America — many without their parents | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gaspar Marcos stepped off the 720 bus into early-morning darkness in MacArthur Park after the end of an eight-hour shift of scrubbing dishes in a Westwood
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Gaspar is the kind of immigrant we need in this country. Let's forget the application process and focus on the individual. If he is willing to work this hard to get an education, imagine how hard he will work to make his new home and country serve once again as a beacon to the world. As for the school's principal, Kristen McGregor, I can only say, "WOW!" Now there is an educator who is trying to make a difference. 
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Trump Offers Jaw Droppingly Dumb Reason Why Sarah Palin Wasn't Invited To GOP Convention

Trump Offers Jaw Droppingly Dumb Reason Why Sarah Palin Wasn't Invited To GOP Convention | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump is claiming that he didn't invite Sarah Palin to the Republican convention because Alaska is too far away from Cleveland, Ohio.
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She's very important to Trump just where she is; he needs to keep eyes on Russia and Sarah's out on the porch with her bottle and her binoculars. 
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These photos won a National Geographic contest, and they're breathtaking.

These photos won a National Geographic contest, and they're breathtaking. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is open to amateurs and people outside of Nat Geo's employ.
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Enjoy some great photographs from around the world. 
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In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a paradise for peacemakers

In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a paradise for peacemakers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Aland Islands were once contested by Finland and Sweden, their immediate neighbors. But the dispute's peaceful resolution has worked so well that Aland now serves as an example to other cultural conflicts.
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It may seem anachronistic, but in some ways, this tiny Finnish province is the most modern place on earth. It holds out a promise to us all, telling us that we really can get along, that we really can stop the fighting and the wars. Let's hope so. 
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World's largest Yazidi temple under construction in Armenia

World's largest Yazidi temple under construction in Armenia | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The new complex will also feature a museum and seminary, designed as a symbol of resilience for the persecuted worshippers
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I love the human will, the determination to pursue what we believe in the face of all of reality's challenges. Here we see that determination in both its greatness and its madness. The Yazidi are shrinking in number; they are under horrible attack by ISIS in Iraq, they have faced, by their count, 72 genocides. What better to do than build a temple. At least they've picked a place where people know about the horror of genocide. 
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My brother loves politics. But he thought his disability meant he couldn’t vote.

My brother loves politics. But he thought his disability meant he couldn’t vote. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Too many Americans are still left out at the ballot box because of accessibility issues.
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No, I'm not naive. I know that our votes usually have little to do with what happens in this country. I know that politicians have become a class unto themselves who are in bed with lobbyists and the rich. I know that for all the differences in platforms, the two major parties are more like one.Still, I consider voting a sacred act, one that I personally exercise every election, general or special, and primary. When I've changed residences, one of mu first acts has always been to register. I guess that's why I thought this heartwarming story something I should share. I hope it encourages everyone who reads it to vote. Maybe if we all raise our voices in this manner, it can make a difference. 
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Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier.

Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new army of volunteers and professionals works quietly to assist the passage out of life.
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When I was a child, death was a taboo topic and dying was considered an unacceptable if universal act. It was something not to be talked about except when absolutely necessary, kind of like defecation.Slowly, we are moving to a more loving and accepting view of death, especially through hospice. Many of us, including me, believe that physician assisted suicide in a human right. Death Doulas help those who are dying to accept the process, and that makes them true heroes. In the end this is article is a great celebration of the human soul both in individuals and its expression as a common force  in us all. 
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FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's Republican Convention Speech, Annotated

FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's Republican Convention Speech, Annotated | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NPR Politics adds context, analysis and checks facts in Trump's Thursday night address to the Republican National Convention.
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I thought Mr. Trump delivered his speech well. However, I didn't think it very accurate and far longer on calling people to arms than in offering real solutions. Here is the text along with some commentary that might help you decide your view of the speech. 
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Here's Why Some People Handle Stress Better Than Others

Here's Why Some People Handle Stress Better Than Others | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ventral medial prefrontal cortex part of the brain shows greater flexibility in people who cope better with stress, finds a new study
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At the same time, people with more flexibility in that region are also more likely to use food and drinking as ways to reestablish comfort levels. In other words, this is the area of the brain that says "I must be comfortable no matter what the hell is going on." Reminds me of some politicians. Heck, it also sounds like me. 
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Trans Student: School Forced Me To Wear Wristband To Use the Bathroom

Trans Student: School Forced Me To Wear Wristband To Use the Bathroom | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A trans student and his family are suing a Wisconsin school district, claiming officials wanted him to wear a green wristband to ‘monitor and enforce’ which bathroom he could use.
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I don't know this young man, but I applaud his efforts to educate the school which he attends. Too often we forget a simple maxim: When justice is denied to one person, it is denied to us all. Meanwhile, I wonder how his fellow students feel about Ash using the mens' room. My hope is they could care less. 
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New Microscope Shows Coral Colonies Kissing, Fighting and Eating

Scientists use a new underwater microscope to observe coral in its natural habitat for the first time.
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These underwater, microscopic pictures put the world of coral into a new light. Kissing, cooperating, and competing: they behave like the tiny animals they are. 
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12 Bizarre Door Knobs and Handles - ODDEE

12 Bizarre Door Knobs and Handles - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don't let this small detail in home decor go unnoticed—check out these 12 door accessories that really make a statement!
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"Knock Knock" "Whose there?" "Bang" Come on in." Anyway, there are some really creative door handles here. Personally, I like the Greek mythology approach. 
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Inside Gaza's traditional tribal courts

Inside Gaza's traditional tribal courts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Known for their efficiency and simple procedures compared to the official judiciary, tribal courts hold a significant position among Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip who resort to them to resolve their disputes.
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I love the idea that instead of a jury, these tribal courts identify conciliators to bring the parties together. Of course, I notice that there is no method for finding that no offense was committed. Therein lies a great secret of tribal life, that people are expected to avoid making false or frivolous claims of damage; unlike our court system in which lawyers work hard to gin up business. 
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Is South Korea Regressing Into a Dictatorship?

Is South Korea Regressing Into a Dictatorship? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Is South Korea Regressing Into a Dictatorship? « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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I find it unsettling to once again see South Korea slip towards an authoritarian government. The "police action" in Korea was the price paid by American and other soldiers to keep South Korea free. It was the opportunity that allowed the growth of a vibrant economy and a nation of many strengths and fascinating culture while the dictatorship to its north has produced stagnation and slavery. Hopefully, America and other countries will pressure President Park to move back towards freedom. If she really thinks that there will be a people among her people for rule from Pyongyang, then perhaps she should not only resign but also get medical assistance. 
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