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Montgomery high school teacher engages students by putting math lessons to rap

Montgomery high school teacher engages students by putting math lessons to rap | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“If you put a beat to it,” Jake Scott says, “students will memorize it.”...

 

If we can improve math skills, I'll take up writing rap, too.

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How Your Favorite Fast Food Meals Are Changing

How Your Favorite Fast Food Meals Are Changing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chains from Taco Bell to Pizza Hut are throwing out the additives and embracing the natural ingredients
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Since I don't eat fast food, this is not terribly important to me personally; but I think it represents a change in the way we think about our food. My question is will this be a fast enough and big enough change to save our food supply from companies like Monsanto that claim they are providing us with the best GMOs and chemicals. It bothers me that many who oppose big-brother government are willing to trust big-brother corporatism.

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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study has answers
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So the word is "Salute!" for a glass of red wine. But don't overdue. One glass a day will do just fine. Of course, the folks who hang out at the Dew Drop Inne take their drinking seriously, and it seldom includes red wine. "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" makes a great read while you're sipping that glass of Merlot.

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Modi’s Radical Plan to Remake Welfare in India

Modi’s Radical Plan to Remake Welfare in India | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The government says it’s taking “incremental” steps toward reform, but the plan to reshape payouts for the poor is nothing short of a revolution.
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As in the United States, the best way to help many, perhaps most poor is to give them money for the short term and training so they can earn on their own for the long term. However, there will always be those who need more supervision and protection because of their limitations and there will always be those who will take advantage and deceive. While it is certainly time for the government of India to end the feudalistic largesse programs of the past, it is folly to believe that the dependency of many can be ended so simply. The great contribution of Congress was to stabilize the country after independence and to develop great higher education. However, giving grain and sugar to the people only could go so far. India is becoming a major power and the poor must be allowed a chance to rise with the tide. Good luck to the people of this great country.

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After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’

After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With national elections expected in the fall, a sweeping victory this month by the left-leaning New Democrats in Alberta, a bastion of conservative voting, may signal changes to come.
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Even our most conservative Canadian neighbors are beginning to get it; conservatives don't provide good, effective government and don't help real economic growth. Now if the folks of Alberta have learned that, perhaps people in places like Kansas will get the message, too.

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News Flash! The Wait Is Over

News Flash! The Wait Is Over | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hello my friends, If you are receiving this letter, well, I consider you a wondeful friend who I cherish and adore and support 100%.  You also know me and how I tend to put my personal efforts aside so I may assist others in reaching their goals and dreams. For the most part, it is done via the It Matters Radio broadcasts and web-site, though I also spend tons of time marketing for others via social media, and often create videos for their music or book trailers.  Of course, all my efforts are d
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My dear friend Monica Brinkman's new book is out. I read an earlier draft and highly recommend it as a book that will make you think about your values and the meaning of life.

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enjoy the trailer and take a peek inside the book. Thanks much for all you do. 

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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Old woman in bus queue fails to disclose her age | NewsBiscuit

Old woman in bus queue fails to disclose her age | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An elderly woman in Beaconsfield who spent twenty minutes in a bus queue failed to disclose her age, despite several opportunities. People waiting for the number 39 circular were left stunned when their fellow passenger mounted the bus, having only complained about the weather, the price of digestive biscuits and the youth of today.
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As an old fart, I must admit this made me laugh. I do love British humor, or should I say humour.

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Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields
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While only a state court, this is a first step in the right direction. It is time to stop protecting agribusiness and start protecting our food supply.

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Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments

Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Obama plans to stop the federal government from distributing some military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country, trimming back a practice that drew scrutiny amid concerns about the militarization of local police forces.
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I wonder who will scream loudest, the NRA, the military-industrial-espionage complex with weapons to sell, or the law enforcement community. Any government that needs to use military weapons against its own citizens has lost legitimacy. Thankfully, such weapons are seldom needed in our country. When they are, the National/State Guard should be utilized. Mr. Obama is making the right move, but sadly years too late.

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25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist - StumbleUpon

25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Some incredible photographs of places that will amaze with their beauty.

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I've been to a few of these, and the world is certainly full of wonders.

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Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops

Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
David Baril carried out a string of terrifying random attacks on women in New York. When he raised the claw hammer above a stricken female officer, he was gunned down in three seconds.
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I often criticize cops for using their guns too freely, but this is an example of when a police officer's decision to fire is absolutely justified. If we want to be critical of undo force, we must also take notice of appropriate force.

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Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity

Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michael McAlister, convicted in 1986 of sexual assault, bore an uncanny resemblance to another man.
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Now comes the hard part for the victim, for Mr. McAlister is clearly a victim. I hope the state of Virginia will do all in its power to make the rest of this man's life comfortable. Clearly he will never have the career and accumulate the wealth he might have, nor will he have the children and the joy of raising them or the years of memories. As for the woman who was raped, I am sure she testified with honest motives, but a partial face recognition? Who was the lawyer who didn't show the inaccuracy of that? Or the prosecutor who was willing to go forward based on that? Especially when there was a beard involved, which makes men look more alike. I hope that she, the woman who was raped thirty years ago, comes forward to at least apologize and offer what comfort she can to her victim. Meanwhile, Mr. McAlister has shown his compassion towards her in ways I cannot imagine.

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11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti

11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Admiror, O paries, te non cecidisse, qui tot scriptorium taedia sustineas.”

“I wonder, O wall, that you have not yet collapsed, so many writers’ clichés do you bear.”

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I guess graffiti goes back to the beginnings of writing. Wait a minute, some of those cave paintings the archeologists are so interested in, were they graffito too?

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The international flag of Earth is kind of a big deal. Here's why.

The international flag of Earth is kind of a big deal. Here's why. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's a pretty nifty start to world peace, I think. What do you think?
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I thoroughly enjoyed this article and the video that goes with it, but then I am one of those weird people who believe that we are all one world.

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10 Coolest Dental Offices (dental office, cool offices) - ODDEE

10 Coolest Dental Offices  (dental office, cool offices) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The dentist's office is not a scary place anymore. (dental office, cool offices)
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I'm happy with a normal dental office with a good dentist and good hygiene. My dentist has large windows in his exam rooms that look out onto a quiet space often inhabited by birds. Works for me, but if you are looking for wild design to calm your fears, here are some great dental offices. My favorite word for fear of dentists is odontophobia, what's yours?

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Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Beans and Cod by Kenneth Weene

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Beans and Cod by Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

“You’re going to boarding school,” my father proclaimed. It was December 1954. I was thirteen, in ninth grade and not really ready for this dramatic announcement. I was not, however, completely surprised. My father didn’t like me; that had been amply demonstrated the summer before. I could not forgive his rages and my multiple humiliations. From everything he said, it was obvious he could not remember any of those horrible episodes. Any references to the summer’s events met a look of incomprehension.

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I seldom right non-fiction, but I wanted to offer a different take on my "home state" of Massachusetts. Hope you find it interesting. By the way, if you comment, you may win a free copy of one of my books.

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Listen to a Grammy Award winner's song about world hunger. It's simply stunning.

Listen to a Grammy Award winner's song about world hunger. It's simply stunning. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A haunting plea by four-time Grammy-winning singer Sade.
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The "Pearls" in this song, the ones referred to in its title are grains of rice the woman and child are gleaning from the highway. This haunting song is about famine, and the internecine warfare in Somalia. It is also a great song.

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Fifty Authors from Fifty States - Beans and Cod

Fifty Authors from Fifty States - Beans and Cod | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

“You’re going to boarding school,” my father proclaimed. It was December 1954. I was thirteen, in ninth grade and not really ready for this dramatic announcement. I was not, however, completely surprised. My father didn’t like me; that had been amply demonstrated the summer before. I could not forgive his rages and my multiple humiliations. From everything he said, it was obvious he could not remember any of those horrible episodes. Any references to the summer’s events met a look of incomprehension.

 

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As I get older, I become more willing to share my life story with others — the true memories, not just the bits and pieces that I use in my novels. So, if you are curious about who I am, here is a piece you might want to read. If you're not curious about me, well you may still enjoy reading it because it has a wry humor. (No, wry not rye; no alcohol is consumed in the writing of my blog posts.)

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One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day

One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The fragile, 2,000-year-old fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls will make a brief appearance in Jerusalem.
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It is interesting to me that the only quoted commandment given in the article is actually not the same as our modern Biblical version. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." is how we receive it but it says "so you will have a long and healthy life", a small but significant difference. One establishes the primacy of Israel as a political entity and the other the primacy of life as God's gift. One can only wonder at when and why this divergence took place. Was this a political statement by the people making this particular copy, or did other scribes change the text as response to the diaspora?

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She helped unlock mysteries of one of earth's most remote, beautiful places.

She helped unlock mysteries of one of earth's most remote, beautiful places. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gorgeous.
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So nearby and yet so remote. The question that always haunts me: Is nature better off observed by well-meaning humans or simply left alone?

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10 Myths You Probably Believe Because of Movies & TV Shows (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows) - ODDEE

10 Myths You Probably Believe Because of Movies & TV Shows (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We all know that writers and directors like to take creative license when telling a story, but there are some things you've seen so many times that you probably believe them to be true even though they're anything but. (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows)
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This is a great piece to read if you like crime fiction, like to watch crime movies, or are a writer of crime stories. For my part, since I want everyone to read "Memoirs From the Asylum," I have to mention that pleading insanity is not only usually unsuccessful, but those who do so successfully end up in that nuthouse I describe or one even worse.

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Police: 160 people arrested in Waco biker gang shooting

Police: 160 people arrested in Waco biker gang shooting | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A handcuffed biker makes his way onto a bus as authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco. Authorities said the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs.9 a.m.
update: Police have revised their number of arrests following fatal shootings in Waco on Sunday.

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Sounds like a TV show to me; let's call it breaking dumb. Too bad it erodes the image of all the good folks who ride motorcycles.

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Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish

Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Other fish, like tuna, have only a limited form of warm-bloodedness.
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I kept tropical fish as a kid and have always been fascinated by the creatures who live in the deepest oceans. So I share this fascinating story with you.

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14 Adorable Animal Instagram Accounts - ODDEE

14 Adorable Animal Instagram Accounts - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a Chiweenie with an overbite to a domesticated white fox, meet 14 four-legged friends with great Instagram game.
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I thought this a great list of Instagram accounts to follow if you have a great need to see pictures of cute animals being dressed up and anthropomorphized.

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Oath Keepers Founder: Traitor McCain Should Be 'Hung By The Neck Until Dead'

Oath Keepers Founder: Traitor McCain Should Be 'Hung By The Neck Until Dead' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The founder of the Oath Keepers, a loose-knit group of current and former law enforcement officials and military who pledge to defend the Constitution, called for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to be "hung by the neck until dead" for treason last week as the president of the Arizona Senate looked on.
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The far right gets loonier and more outrageous every day. I may not like John McCain, but a traitor? I don't think so. Now if you told me this was like a scene from my novel Memoirs From the Asylum, I'd say possibly. Yep, there is a crazy guy wanting to take over the world.

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