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Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows

Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New observation of ‘peeping’ sounds made by humankind’s closest living relative suggest a possible evolutionary origin for human language
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I am trying to find a spokes-bonobo to interview on It Matters Radio. I wonder if any would like to review one of my books.

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Man, young girl killed when circus tent collapses in Lancaster, N.H.

Man, young girl killed when circus tent collapses in Lancaster, N.H. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A man and young girl were killed and at least 22 people were injured Monday when a severe storm blew down a circus tent in northern New Hampshire, officials said.
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I have always been keenly aware of the strange good versus evil quality of circuses. Have you read Two Tales of Terror? "Bela the Clown" is one of my favorite stories. (TTofT is available on Kindle) And, of course, there is the circus scene in "Memoirs From the Asylum." Based on a true event, that scene is madness at its height. So, no, I no longer go to the circus looking for ohhs and ahhs and smiles. I do miss the clowns for stupid laughs, but there's always politics.

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10 Amazing Modern Architectural Wonders - ODDEE

10 Amazing Modern Architectural Wonders - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From museums and hotels to tall buildings, take a look at some fascinating structures built in the last century.
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If you enjoy great architecture, this is a fascinating piece.

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Sundowners with Baboons by Trish Jackson | The Write Room Blog

Sundowners with Baboons by Trish Jackson | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Where do fiction authors get their ideas?  This is a question I am often asked. Usually I respond by saying the ideas come from our subconscious minds. Very often, for me, the story line for a complete novel is there and once I sit down and start writing it all just flows onto the computer screen without me consciously having to decide what to write.

Other writers have the same experience.

So where do our subconscious minds get their material? It can only be from our life’s experiences.

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An interesting personal experience from a fine writer, who is one of the disparate group of The Write Room Blog.

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5 Foods That Taste Better Now Than They Will All Year

5 Foods That Taste Better Now Than They Will All Year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here's what should be on your grocery list this month
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Tomatoes, melons, grapes, stone fruits like plums and peaches: no wonder I love August. Have some fresh produce today.

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Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King

Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chinese textile manufacturers drawn by cheap cotton, falling labor costs and government incentives are helping revive depressed mill towns in the American South.
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So American productivity is good but can Chinese industry learn to live with American workers who might expect more freedom, more control, and most importantly more material reward once the plant is running full-tilt? Or does management expect American workers to take on the driven desperation of the traditional Chinese? It will be interesting to see if once the investment is made and the contracts for product written if labor will want — as it should — a bigger piece of the pie.

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Kenneth Weene on Amazon - great books in print, Kindle, even audio.

Kenneth Weene on Amazon - great books in print, Kindle, even audio. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

You say that you like to read? You say that you want a good book? Well, let's make that easy for you. Here are some fine books waiting for you.

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There's nothing lime unmitigated marketing.

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Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building

Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A filmmaker and collaborator will project images of endangered species on a huge New York — and global — canvas on Saturday night.
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What a wonderful effort to make the world more aware of what is happening to so many species. Extinction is forever.

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The main issue is that people are basically shits, admits Twitter

The main issue is that people are basically shits, admits Twitter | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The major downside of a society that promotes free speech is that most people are essentially despicable shits, according to social network Twitter.
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As I have often said, "Homo sapiens suck; hetero sapiens suck too."

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THE THANATOPSIS PROJECT | The Write Room Blog

THE THANATOPSIS PROJECT | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"The second time he died was a Thursday."

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What is death? Well, here's a great short story by Sal Buttaci that raises some good questions. Check it out in The Write Room Blog.

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The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse

The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The West is burning up, and we don't have the cash to fight it.
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Of course, forest fires don't just have the cost of fighting them but also the cost of the damage to resources and the pollution caused by smoke. Prevention should have its own budget and there should be emphasis not only on forest land management but also on building the best fire-fighting infrastructure possible, including new tanker plane.

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A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal.

A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kids are the best.
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A simple but wonderful insight. Nut, why limit it to kids. I's want my stuffed moose with me if I need an operation. Hospitals are scary places for us all.

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It Matters Radio-Music-Interviews-Live On-Camera

It Matters Radio-Music-Interviews-Live On-Camera | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Melissa Price - Steel Eyes
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Here's a book you want to read,

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Republican Hopefuls Flail at New Hampshire Cattle Call

Republican Hopefuls Flail at New Hampshire Cattle Call | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three piped-in senators. Rick Perry calling the moderator the wrong name. And no future President Trump. Monday night’s forum is a sad harbinger of an epically painful primary season.
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When the clowns aren't funny, we have to ask if they are clowns or inmates.

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Why Your Brain Thinks This Picture Shows a Giant, Martian Crab Monster

Why Your Brain Thinks This Picture Shows a Giant, Martian Crab Monster | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's called 'pareidolia'
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There goes Jesus on my toast and the Buddha in the bush outside my window. Darn science, don't you want to hang on to those great mystical experiences instead of learning about the fusiform gyri?

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10 Unbelievably Beautiful Places You've Probably Never Heard Of - StumbleUpon

10 Unbelievably Beautiful Places You've Probably Never Heard Of - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

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Some great places in this list. Enjoy the pictures and wish you could go. I know I do.

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Great Leaps Forward In Ice Cream History

Great Leaps Forward In Ice Cream History | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's one of the most complex food products you'll ever consume: a thermodynamic miracle that contains all three states of matter — solid, liquid, and gas — at the same time. And yet no birthday party, beach trip, or Fourth of July celebration is complete without a scoop or two.
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Ice Cream —what better topic for an enjoyable read in August? My all time favorite flavor, coffee with some hot fudge, nuts, and whipped cream if you have. Other choices? Feel free to share them.

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Teachers learn a lesson in loopholes when it comes to pumping breast milk

Teachers learn a lesson in loopholes when it comes to pumping breast milk | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some educators face a choice: Quit their jobs to keep breast-feeding their babies, or quit breast-feeding to keep working.
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As a society, we have to find the common-sense solution to this problem, especially for teachers. Of all the women who care about their children, who more so than these women who care so much for other peoples' children? Obviously, they should not have to quit in order to provide their own babies with breast milk. Hopefully, every state will take up this issue and provide a good solution, including the provision of temporary privacy areas inside the classrooms. How much would it cost to install a small privacy area in the classrooms, one which the teacher could use for the necessary few times a day?

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Daily Mail exclusive: Cecil the lion was depraved serial killer | NewsBiscuit

Daily Mail exclusive: Cecil the lion was depraved serial killer | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For days, the left has been wringing its hands on social media over the fate of 'Cecil', the iconic African lion who was shot dead by a brave, freedom-loving American hunter armed only with a high-powered crossbow. Now, however, the ugly truth about this distasteful animal is slowly beginning to emerge.
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The way I heard it, Cecil was lured with the offer of free dental work. You have no idea how difficult it is to get a good feline dentist in Zimbabwe. even if you are the boss of a cattel.

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Take A Tour Of The Vatican's Erotic Gay Art

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Here's your chance to have a gay old time at quite the unexpected location -- the Vatican.

A new tour from the LGBT-friendly travel company Quikky offers visitors a look at the homoerotic history i
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That the artists were gay doesn't surprise. That some of the priests (and even popes) have been gay doesn't surprise. That the art has erotic tones doesn't surprise. What surprises is that people now talk about the realities.

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New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.
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This study is consistent with others, for example while teacher reaction to misbehaviors of Blacks and Whites are the same when they are told it is a first offense, their reaction is much more punitive when they are told the misbehavior is a second offense.  Also, the language used by school therapists tends to differ; at least that was my personal experience as a clinician reviewing their reports. A White kid might be described as active, while a Black demonstrating the same qualities might be called disruptive.

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New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel

New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Outside advocates and political figures would do better to stray from their well-traveled hard line and follow the relatively pragmatic lead of the Palestinian people instead.
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Obviously, any movement towards a popular acceptance on both sides of a two state solution and of a solution to the issue of "The Right to Return" is a good sign. The world needs peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Certainly, the Palestinian people need peace for their own lives and the future of their children. The Israelis, too, need peace so they can continue their march into the future. Of course, it will take even more support for real change, but this is a good bit of news.

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The 9 teachers who just received awards from the White House were all in the U.S. illegally.

The 9 teachers who just received awards from the White House were all in the U.S. illegally. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A work permit can change your life.
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These fine teachers are one reason I support the Dream Act. There are many outstanding young men and women who were brought to this country as children, who are now here as adults and deserve a clear path to a visa and to citizenship. They are the stuff that has made America great and we should be supporting them not deporting them.

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Russia to Host World Military Games: China Brought its Own Tank

Russia to Host World Military Games: China Brought its Own Tank | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ‘World Championship Tank Biathlon 2015’ will kick off on August 1 near Moscow.
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As long as there are boys in the world, there will be war games. So have at it you warriors of August, may Mars make sport of your efforts.

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Iran’s Zarif Calls For Regional Cooperation Against Terror

Iran’s Zarif Calls For Regional Cooperation Against Terror | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for a united front among Middle Eastern states to fight against "the threat of extremism, terrorism, and sectarianism."
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Iran says it wants mutual security and an end to covert support of terrorism. Does that include supporting the government of Bahrain, which faces an internal Shia opposition group. Since Shia is the dominant form of Islam in Bahrain, this will be a real test of Iranian peaceful intent in the absence of sectarian self-defense. Is Tehran the bully and terrorist country conservatives talk about or is she ready to be a real member of the international community. The state departments of the world should be watching this teapot to see if there is a tempest lurking within.

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