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Around the World in 20 Plates | Wix.com

Online kids TV show focusing on foods from around the world and presented by Ross Fiddes...

 

As a foodie, I love this idea. I know Vietnam and India are available.

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Reading makes your life better. Visit the "Weene Side of Life" and find a book you'll enjoy. Maybe another to share with a friend.

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If you haven't visited my website and checked out my books, now's a great time to do so. And, please tell your friends. Share this link and help get the word out.

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What were Obama's favorite childhood books?

What were Obama's favorite childhood books? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On a recent visit to a Washington library, Obama told students that he doesn't have much time for 'fun' reading these days. But he also eagerly shared the titles that he enjoyed as a boy.
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What, not one of my books on his list?! I wonder if I can send him a couple. I think he'd enjoy "Broody New Englander." Oh, "Memoirs From the Asylum" might give him ideas about how Congress functions. Then "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" might help him understand the GOP. Of course, "Times to Try the Soul of Man" would be a great pick if he really cares about what the CIA and NSA might be up to. I'll leave "Widow's Walk" out, the Secret Service might decide I was a threat.

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Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison

Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for the 2012 attack on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, the BBC reported.

Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head while riding her...
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I find it hard to believe that these men will actually serve out their prison terms and of course the chief perpetrator is yet to be captured, but this is at least a first step in establishing not just justice for Malala but more importantly justice and protection for all the young women of that region.

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Researchers Now Know Why Diets Fail

Researchers Now Know Why Diets Fail | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The hardest part of a diet are the cravings. That's because dieting goes against the body’s developed-over-millions-of-years instinct to feed when energy levels drop. There’s…
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This is the kind of neuroscience I love to read. Of course, what the researchers miss by studying mice is the wonderful reinforcement human dieters can set up for themselves when they do without those extra calories. As they say, "Nothings tastes as good as thin feels."

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How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her

How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frida Kahlo’s passion for her Mexican heritage showed not only in her art but also in her garden, which inspired and comforted her throughout her turbulent life
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The pyramid designed by Diego Rivera for Frida's garden in 1941 still stands. It reminds me of a structure at the Mesa Arts Center here in Arizona, which is why I chose this picture instead of one of Frida's from this article. But if you love her work, you really want to read this.

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10 Unbelievable Star Wars Stories - ODDEE

10 Unbelievable Star Wars Stories - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
To say that the internet went crazy when the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released is a massive understatement. Love it or hate it, Star Wars is a phenomenon that shows absolutely no signs of fading.
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Okay, I admit it, I'm playing to the Star Wars fans here. Nobody else will be in the least bit interested. So what does that mean about half the people on the social media, maybe more. Anyway, I'd do the same if this were a Dr. Who or an E.T., or even a Close Encounters story. So enjoy.

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6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones

6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Babies are using mobile media
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Over a third of the toddlers whose parents were surveyed were using electronic devices. That took me up short. "Why," I asked myself, "aren't the owners of dogs and cats reporting the same uptick in their pets use of electronics?" I wanted to start a movement for equality for pets, to buy them tablets and smartphones. Then it hit me, people with pets want to interact with their furry-children but parents of toddlers wanted those pesty little ones to just stay quiet.

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Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive

Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
University of Utah researchers offer a complete diagram of the plumbing of the Yellowstone volcanic system for the first time.
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Fascinating look into the world, literally deep into the world.

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Invisible Atheists in the Arab World

Invisible Atheists in the Arab World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spread of disbelief in the Arab world.
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One line I particularly liked in this very interesting and well-written essay. "In today’s Arab world, it’s not religiosity that is mandatory; it’s the appearance of it."

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Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit

Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the strapline ‘See Naples and die...before you get there’, one Tripoli-based cruise company is reporting a bumper season by tempting hundreds of African tourists to take up the offer of no-frills trips part of the way to the Sicilian coast. With five questionably seaworthy vessels and a fully refurbished, century-old dhow in its fleet, ‘Ahmed is Your Med Tours’ offers exclusive one-way trips to Sicily and whatever Mediterranean port it can find without the unnecessary expense of fuel or a rudder.
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Unquestionably one of the nastiest things I've seen in a long time, but still brilliantly funny.

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World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo

World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents in Tokyo have recently reported several sightings of possibly the most patient pet-walker in the world: an elderly man who takes his enormous African spurred tortoise (or sulcata) out for walks around the town. Judging by the tortoise's size, the mysterious pair has probably been together for a very long time, and the tortoise always plods faithfully by its owner's side. It even tolerates the occasional silly costume!
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Be sure to check out all the pictures.

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9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE

9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the 2700-year-old cannabis stash found in a grave in the Gobi Desert to the 3.3-million-year-old stone tools discovered in Africa, check out 9 more ancient objects.
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Hard to believe some mornings, but I'm not on this list. And, yes, that is a dildo, 28, 000 years old.

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China's president to launch major economic corridor through Pakistan | The Japan Times

China's president to launch major economic corridor through Pakistan | The Japan Times | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chinese President Xi Jinping was due in Pakistan on Monday where he was to launch $46 billion in projects linking the old allies, a figure that far exc
Kenneth Weene's insight:

For years the U.S. has tried to be a friend to Pakistan, now it's China's turn. Of course, China is not concerned with maintaining friendship with India, so it should be easier for President Xi. BUT, Pakistan itself is pretty impossible, and the key area of Pakistan for this project is Baluchistan Province, one of the centers for both political and religious turmoil. It should be fascinating to see if the modern world's preoccupation with money can overcome the ages-old preoccupation with Tribal and religious differences. My bet is this will cost way more than the Chinese think and will result in at least one overthrow of the Pakistani government. Meanwhile, back in India, this might actually work to the advantage of President Mukherjee who is seen as a Hindu-first leader. As for the U.S., I hope we can sit back and allow China more of a leadership role with the attendant headaches. I want other countries to become major players. Russia, China, Iran, Brazil (perhaps), India (perhaps). The EU but not the individual countries. It is time to see the world as interconnected spheres rather than as the hegemony of the U.S.

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How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Jennifer Moss and Kayla Davis ended up discovering they had much more in common than a blood type and have bonded over a mutual love of pizza and corgis
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Did you hear this past Thursday's It Matters Radio? We were discussing the need to provide financial help for many organ donors. You can visit the ItMattersRadio.com website to hear the podcast and check out the American Living Donor Fund, which provides such assistance. It's a way to help heroes save lives.

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The most Googled products in every country in one crazy map

The most Googled products in every country in one crazy map | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How much does it cost?
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Google has shared some great maps of the world. What is the most commonly asked "How much does it cost----" question googled for many parts of the world. Some will make you laugh, some perhaps scratch your head. Anyway, enyoy.

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TX Gov Orders State Guard to Monitor Possible Military Takeover of Texas

TX Gov Orders State Guard to Monitor Possible Military Takeover of Texas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.
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The governor, donning his aluminum foil hat, will rally the state's psycho-defenders at the Alamo. Even the armadillos think this is crazy.

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The totally slimy, completely dishonest way some companies are getting rich in 2015.

The totally slimy, completely dishonest way some companies are getting rich in 2015. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It even makes the hosts of "Shark Tank" nervous.
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I just sent in my patent on "New Idea" I basically have claimed that new ideas must follow ah-ha moments (also known as epiphanies and Eurekas all covered and now trademarked as well), and since I have the patent on those types of moments, I claim all the new ideas in the world. My best advice to you, stop thinking before you send me your licensing fee. I am setting up a bank account in Nigeria.

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Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, expert says

Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, expert says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

We are hearing a lot about small children using electronic devices; here is an essay suggesting that may lead to developmental problems.

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The other day I posted an article about the widespread use of electronic devices by toddlers. Here's a followup; does that use help produce an autistic attitude towards the world around them. I do know that many people seem to prefer texting to looking one another in the eye. Ever get a text from your dinner partner? My wife just kicks me under the table.

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Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE

Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From CTRL Z to NO FTCHX, meet some funny license plates circulating around the world. (funny license plates, funny vanity plates)
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I don't go for vanity plates, but if I did, I might try "Write*Stuff". What would your vanity plate be? Here are some very funny ones.

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Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton?

Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hollywood delivered for Obama in 2008, but some have warmed to Clinton.
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At last we have a challenger for Hilary. Let's see if she can stand up to some active campaigning and questioning.

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Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.
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While many Americans have forgotten why vaccines are important, the people of Africa can only pray that this partially effective vaccine will lead the way to one that will give the same kind of protection that those against polio, measles, mumps, and the like are already providing for billions of people. Meanwhile, malaria continues to be the scourge of Africa and tropical countries around the world.

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12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE

12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take a look at some curious welcome signs with bizarre slogans.
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Many of these look like great towns to visit. Take a look and plan a vacation of smiles.

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Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News

Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the strain of the Ebola virus present in West Africa, US-based scientists say.
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While I abhor the use of monkeys in drug research, I cannot help but applaud any success in the fight against Ebola and by extension other virulent viruses. We can only hope that this vaccine works on those who are infected and that the method will work on future strains of this fast-mutating virus.

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Turkey will let Armenians hold memorial for 1915 victims

Turkey will let Armenians hold memorial for 1915 victims | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Turkey will permit Armenians to hold a religious service this week to commemorate the massacres and deportations of a century ago, Turkish officials announce.
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It is a small step, but at least it is a beginning. It is certainly time for the world to recognize the full range of genocides that have marred our human history. Perhaps once we have recognized the true scope of the problem, we may as a species try to eliminate unreasoning hatred pf those who are different.

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The Dog in the Garden - a guest post by Kenneth Weene.

The Dog in the Garden - a guest post by Kenneth Weene. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thank you to Kenneth Weene for the below guest post. (You can find a brief biography of Kenneth at the end of this article). The Dog in the Garden a reminiscence by Kenneth Weene What a beautiful g...
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Please enjoy this guest blog post I wrote for Kevin. At the end of the article, there is a link to the anthology he and others have written to support the Guide Dog for the Blind association. Please consider buying a copy and supporting this great cause.

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