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Eta says it is 'ready to disband'

Eta says it is 'ready to disband' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Basque separatist group Eta says it is ready to disband, give up its weapons and enter talks with the French and Spanish governments.
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Denmark’s New Lego Building, Modeled on Its Iconic Bricks, Captures the Beloved Toy’s Whimsy

Denmark’s New Lego Building, Modeled on Its Iconic Bricks, Captures the Beloved Toy’s Whimsy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This week the first six oversized Lego bricks were laid for the foundation of the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the Lego Group’s hometown. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the architecture of the Lego House is based on—what else but?—the iconic shape of the Lego brick. Unlike metaphorical Lego houses...
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Bravo. I love Lego as a company, a form of play, and as a source of creative thinking.

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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

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For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine, creeping into homes, and surviving on what he could steal. He became a legend. Then one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. His name was Christopher Knight
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This is the kind of great character you can find in Maine, which is why I will soon be publishing "Broody New Englander", a book with my novella "The Stylite" and two short stories--all three set in Maine. Meanwhile, all authors have to delight in people like Christopher Thomas Knight, for it is the unusual which so often inspires us to see the twists and quirks in the normal.

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'Salmon cannon' fires fish into air, saves lives?

'Salmon cannon' fires fish into air, saves lives? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Saving the environment is rarely as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. 
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Sounds like fun as well as a good idea. I bet human-sized ones would sell well at water parks.

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Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail

Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A flying reptile whose head was topped with a big bony crest shaped like the sail of a yacht swooped through the skies over Brazil roughly 90 million years ago. Scientists announced on Wednesday the remarkable discovery of about 50 fossilized skeletons of a creature called Caiuajara dobruskii, a type of flying reptile known as a pterosaur that lived alongside the dinosaurs, at a site in southern Brazil. These pterosaurs, whose wingspans measured up to nearly 8 feet (2.35 meters), inhabited a lakeside oasis in a large desert region during the Cretaceous Period, living in vibrant colonies with others of the same species of all ages, they said. "This helps us to have a glimpse on the anatomical variation achieved by this species from young to old," said Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist with Brazil's National Museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who led the study.
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Got to love those fossils.

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Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years

Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The rift between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over Syria that spilled into public view this week was three years in the making and was about much more than just arming the rebels.
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It seems to this observer that both approaches are fraught with peril. The most rational thing would have been to let the Russians, whose client state Syria is, take the lead. The other big player in the Syrian civil war is Iran, guardian of the Shi'ia, who make up a sizable portion of the Syrian population. The only American ally who has a serious concern about Syria is Israel, who may well have helped create the chaos.  Finally, there are the Turks, who might be concerned, but who certainly have done nothing I know of to get us involved. My bottom line, the U.S. shouldn't see itself as the world's policeman. Hell, we have trouble handling our police at home.

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When More Exercise Is Not Better

When More Exercise Is Not Better | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The latest research shows there may be an upper limit to how helpful exercise can be on your heart
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Okay, I admit it: for me exercise is mostly going to the fridge for a snack. Sometimes I vary my routine and take a nap instead. Still, I feel vindicated by this piece. That nasty gym teacher in eighth grade would never agree that there are limits to healthy exercise. Well, he was wrong, there was a good reason to sit on the bench when my team was in the outfield.

Seriously, living well means living in moderation.

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10 Surprising and Unusual Things Shaped like a Guitar (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar) - ODDEE

10 Surprising and Unusual Things Shaped like a Guitar (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"Occasionally, a guitar is not really a guitar. Sometimes it is a boat or a coffin or even a man-made forest. Check out these unexpected and surreal guitar-shaped objects that are only masquerading as musical instruments. (Nikki Kreuzer, Nicole Kreuzer, Guitar)"

"Musician John Graham left this world on the right note when he was laid to rest in a coffin that was fashioned in the shape of a 12-foot-long Fender Stratocaster guitar."

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Just some creative ideas that seem like fun.

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Organic for the people

Organic for the people | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents of Brooklyn's East New York aren't holding their breath for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's to open nearby. They're growing their own fresh, organic food.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is glorious. We can only hope that the children of East New York learn not only to appreciate good, healthy food but also that they learn that growing ones own food is a noble endeavor. More importantly, I hope that the people of New York recognize that a bit of local food production enriches not only the diet but also the aesthetic of their city. Community gardens are precious.

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Giz Explains: How to Actually Make Coffee

Giz Explains: How to Actually Make Coffee | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You probably brew coffee, like most people, the most insipid way possible: Using a Mr. Coffee that you fill with pre-ground coffee from the supermarket. There's a million other ways to make coffee, and they're all better. Updated.
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And I thought I was a coffee nerd. Well, here you have some real information; but don't try to process it before you've had your first cup of the day.

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New Study: Republicans Lie More Than Democrats

New Study: Republicans Lie More Than Democrats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
According to a new study by the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, Republicans are far more likely to lie than Democrats. Shocker.
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There really is a significant difference between the two parties.

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BERLIN: Munich threatens to bring its brooms into 21st century - and sparks an outcry | Europe | McClatchy DC

BERLIN: Munich threatens to bring its brooms into 21st century - and sparks an outcry | Europe | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After 850 years of using tied-together twigs to sweep the streets, Munich this summer decided to give newfangled plastic brush brooms a try.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I hate to see such traditions go by the boards. Sure, they'll probably have a twig broom festival as another tourism event, but that isn't the same. I wonder what the environmental impact will be.

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DewDrop

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The Dew Drop Inne - oh the stories I could tell. Wait, they were told in the book - available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audio.

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Like the man says, "Enjoys yourself"

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USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says

USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
USPS "prostituting" its stamp program, former postmaster general says as he quits panel
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Should we have pop culture stamps or should we go with more serious aspects of culture? Do you think that Harry Potter stamp would attract new philatelists? I'd especially like to hear from any stamp collectors out there.

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Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners

Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If ever you overhear someone comparing you to a dog, chances are it’s not a compliment. Yes, there’s the famous loyalty of dogs, their unbridled enthusiasm for life, their boundless love and devotion, their fierce protectiveness—qualities that any of us would be lucky to possess at even a modicum of...
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Of course we had three dogs, an Airedale, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a poodle terrier mix. The Airedale had my eyes; Our poodle terrier mix, who ran the house, looked most like my wife. The Corgi, the sweetest of all dogs, looked like our kid, David.

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DewDrop

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Stop by, have a drink and a song, maybe share a story.

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The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.
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I have no idea what attractions or businesses might exist in Ferguson, but I would not go near that damn town for anything. Indeed, I can only say I think that we should boycott Ferguson, Missouri. Indeed, we should treat its Black citizens who might wish as political refugees and offer them all possible assistance in moving out of that place of horrors. This is as much a disaster as any toxic; perhaps we should have FEMA involved along with the FBI. As for the police, perhaps they should be in Guantanamo; are they not the worst kind of terrorist? 

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25 Secret Small Towns in Europe you MUST Visit - StumbleUpon

25 Secret Small Towns in Europe you MUST Visit - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

From World of Wanderlust via Stumbleupon.

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Some really beautiful places to visit. Two are actually in North America, but with that caveat, get out your travel documents and make tracks to them all.

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The president has played nearly 8 times as much golf as George W. Bush, who took more than 3 times as much vacation

The president has played nearly 8 times as much golf as George W. Bush, who took more than 3 times as much vacation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Obama feels the heat over his summertime getaway to Martha's Vineyard.
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So Obama plays more golf and Bush spent more time clearing brush. Meanwhile, why shouldn't government leaders take vacations?

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The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating

The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Felis catus genome has been fully sequenced and annotated, which means your pet kitty is about to give up its genetic secrets to science.
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Meanwhile on the subject of cat-human symbiosis. Cats started out as independent contractors getting rid of vermin (most likely in China), but figured out that they could get better benefits with a few purrs. 

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Widows Walk

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Some books take you into the soul. Enjoy the journey.

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My first novel and one I still reread. Oh, the humanity of these characters.

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Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4

Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Brandon Workman allows a soul-crushing homer to Albert Pujols in the 19th inning.
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The kind of game that we dreamed of playing when we were kids; and every one of us was Albert Pujols. Of course, that's all fantasy: my mother would have called me in for supper by the eighth inning, certainly before the lights went on. Oh, well, that's what dreaming is for.

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Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains

Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.
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While I support decriminalizing pot, that doesn't mean I think it safe, especially for teens and young kids. Just as tobacco and alcohol should come with warnings and public education, so should marijuana. There is a health price to all substance use, and kids deserve the information necessary to make informed decisions.

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Tennessee Supreme Court justices win after GOP campaign against them

Tennessee Supreme Court justices win after GOP campaign against them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Tennessee voters rejected an effort Thursday to oust three state Supreme Court justices who were under attack by conservatives for being too liberal for the state.
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Congratulations to the people of Tennessee. Judges who write intelligent and well argued decisions that follow the law should not be removed from office by an electorate that wants a meaningful judiciary. It is judges who change the law or oppose commons sense, for example calling corporations people, that I want to see removed. Interesting that the figure head who lead the campaign to oust them congratulated them on their victory. Now, if the people of TN find themselves a new lieutenant governor, that I would understand. 

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5 most underrated National Parks

5 most underrated National Parks | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Last year, more than 273 million people visited one of the United States National Parks Service’s properties. A handful of national parks in the U.S. sit off the beaten path, underdeveloped or overlooked because of their proximity to other more popular parks, but those who visit these five lesser-known lands are rewarded with breathtaking views among the serenest of scenes.
 
1. Great Basin...
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Our national parks are gems to be admired and enjoyed. Here are five that stand out because they are so seldom visited. Check them out and all the others.

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Cherokee National Holiday celebrates 175th anniversary of Cherokee Constitution, Trail of Tears

Cherokee National Holiday celebrates 175th anniversary of Cherokee Constitution, Trail of Tears | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cherokee National Holiday celebrates 175th anniversary of Cherokee Constitution, Trail of Tears
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To the Cherokee people I send congratulations. To us, they send an heroic story of survival and of overcoming against all odds.

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Shawn Wright's curator insight, August 11, 7:55 AM

Come and join me celebrating 175 years of survival and growth of the Cherokee people after the trail. August 29th & 30th will be the culmination of several weeks activities celebrating and remembering our ancestors and hope for our children’s future.  If interested in attending contact me for a schedule and location map of events.

 

Trail of Tears Descendant  Shawn Wright