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Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight - a great op ed

Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight - a great op ed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sibling rivalry plays out at the dinner — or lunch or breakfast — table.
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12 best meat cities in America

12 best meat cities in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the possible exception of smartphone technology, nothing's seen more practical advances this millennium than food.
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I must admit I eat a lot less red meat than I used to, but I found this article interesting enough to share.

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Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid
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Can this good and caring man slowly shift the course of the hidebound Church; or will the old men, the conservative bishops who cannot see humanity through the veil of church power stand in his way? Even as church-based religion becomes less important in the "Western World," replaced as it were by spirituality and personal faith, still I think Francis is trying to make Catholicism once again relevant. I give him credit for the effort even as I laugh at the ceremony.

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Brittany Maynard’s brave choice: Why religious arguments against physician-assisted suicide fall flat

Brittany Maynard’s brave choice: Why religious arguments against physician-assisted suicide fall flat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A woman with terminal brain cancer is choosing to end her life on Nov. 1 — and that's her right
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I raise my voice in support of this woman's right to end her suffering and to die with dignity. Only four states Washington, Oregon, Montana and New Mexico allow physician-assisted suicide. Hopefully that group will grow. As to the religious issue, besides that being rightfully up to the individual, I would point out that God, if such exists, has given her the need, a terminal illness filled with suffering and degradation, and the means; so why should we assume that God opposes this woman's right?

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Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

Top-secret space plane lands on California coast | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.
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What a strange thing, a plane hovering over the earth for two years. Were there people on board? Perhaps there were androids. Perhaps, perhaps. This has the makings of some good science fiction or some really fear-raising ideas about what the U.S. government might do.

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Nominations for 2015 spring uprising due in | NewsBiscuit

Nominations for 2015 spring uprising due in | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The United Nations applications deadline for the next country or countries to host a popular uprising expires today, with a wide field of candidates vying for the coveted spring 2015 slot. 'The annual spring uprising has become an international event,' said Lars Hofmeister, head of UN peacekeeping operations. 'The list of applicants this year was likely to be longer than ever,' he said, 'with around 30 to 40 nations all bidding for the right to hold a destabilising and potentially violent revolution to cause problems for or even overthrow an existing government.
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How come Texas didn't make the cut? Now that's a revolting place.

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Commuter violently tarred and feathered after taking phone call in Quiet Carriage | NewsBiscuit

Commuter violently tarred and feathered after taking phone call in Quiet Carriage | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Commuter Darren Watson, 31, was viciously attacked yesterday by fellow passengers on the 07.18 Virgin Trains service to London. ‘The journey started pleasantly enough’, said Darren. ‘People were reading copies of Librarian Monthly or working on spreadsheets. I hadn’t even realised I was in the Quiet Coach until it all kicked off.' ‘It wasn’t even much of a call, just my wife phoning to ask what I wanted for my tea. When I looked up, all these people had risen from their seats. Some were wearing bandanas, and an accountant from Preston was stripping to the waist and smearing camouflage paint on his cheeks. They didn't make a sound, just used hand signals like in films.'
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There will always been an England—and with manners.

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European Space Agency confirms comet landing site

European Space Agency confirms comet landing site | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet.
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There it is: The "Heaven's Gate" cult should have waited for a better ride. Got to love science.

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Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants?

Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Southern California Edison wind-powered plant offers a peek at the potential for energy storage at power plants. Energy storage would allow utilities to bring more renewable energy power plants onto the grid.
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If affordable methods for storing energy from renewable sources can be developed, this will mean a real change in the way we think about energy. Batteries are certainly going to be part of the solution as might some of the other methods mentioned in the article.

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10 Amazing Movie Theaters (theaters, movies palaces) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Movie Theaters  (theaters, movies palaces) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
While there are plenty of ways to see a movie, these 10 theaters offer some pretty unique extras to heighten the experience. (theaters, movies palaces)
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When they make a movie from one of my books, I hope I get to see it in one of these wonderful places and not just in some interchangeable multiplex.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 - Press Release

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 - Press Release | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize

"The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. "

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In a world that often seems consumed with hatred and extremism and in which pessimism abounds, the Nobel committee reminds us that there is hope. Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on their prize and on their contributions to our world.

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Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse.
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An insightful article raising questions that really matter. I hope you'll read and think about it.

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Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high: Those born in 2012 have a life expectancy of 78.8 years. People aged 65 in 2012 have a life expectancy of 19.3 years, says a new government report on mortality.
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Growing old is not sufficient. Now we must concern ourselves with the quality of life in old age and the right to die.

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10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work (home remedies, homemade remedies) - ODDEE

10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work (home remedies, homemade remedies) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The strange cures for everything from bad breath to hiccups can be found in your cupboards right now. (home remedies, homemade remedies)
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Now can I find a home remedy for getting older?

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Why I visit prostitutes

Why I visit prostitutes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Just as sex workers are shamed by society, so are the clients who see them. It's time to tell my side of the story
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Personally, I have never paid for sex (or love), but I know people who have. As a shrink, I also knew a few women who were in the life even though they did not need to be; it was more for their own pleasure and excitement. I have often wondered why a society like ours in which almost everything is about money is so resistant to the sale of sex. Sex, drugs, or once alcohol: making activities illegal only makes it go into hiding and thereby make it harder for all who want to be involved. So, yes, I think prostitution should be legal with good medical supervision and the right of the women (and men who ply the trade) to organize themselves as part of the community. What do you think?

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Book Discussion with Talk Show Host and Author: Fran Lewis

Book Discussion with Talk Show Host and Author: Fran Lewis | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Four Eastern, Three Central and Two Mountain: Book Discussion welcomes author, Talk Show Host of All that Matters Radio, Dr. Kenneth Weene. His new original title Broody New Englander is a compliation of short stories that will get readers and listeners thinking about life, families and family relationships. The boundaries created by families often create obstacles that cannot be overcome and at times leave members empty, alone and cold. Within the three stories presented and crafted by award wi
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I'm delighted to be on Fran Lewis's great show to discuss my new book. Hope you'll join us.

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Boys asked to leave school after dressing like women

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When students at White Pass Junior and Senior High School in Washington state were told to dress like their favorite celebrities, organizers likely expected Miss America and Nikki Minaj to be on someone's list.
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Sometimes the educational bureaucracy has to be taught by the students. Kudos to these kids and to their fellow students who supported them.

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10 of the Funniest U.S. Town Names (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual) - ODDEE

10 of the Funniest U.S. Town Names (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wait, WHERE do you live again?! (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual)
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I thought I'd share these for a few giggles. Actually, I've been to Toad Suck and a couple of the others on this list.

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10 Creepy Clowns (And 1 Cool One) (clowns, creepy, evil, weird) - ODDEE

10 Creepy Clowns (And 1 Cool One) (clowns, creepy, evil, weird) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some are real while others exist only in media, but all of the clowns below (with the exception of one) give us the heebee jeebees. Check out 11 clowns that run that gamut from good to extremely evil. (clowns, creepy, evil, weird)
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If you suffer from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, this post is for you (or maybe not). Some really creepy stuff, not you crowd them in the little car at the circus type. By the way, my short story "Bella the Clown" is one scary read and is available on Kindle in "Two Tales of Terror." http://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413470274&sr=8-3&keywords=Two+Tales+Of+Terror

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Survival expert debunks myths about finding water

Survival expert debunks myths about finding water | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In any desert survival movie, the struggle to find water is key. Trying to remember all of the tips to finding water in the desert is difficult, at best, with the sun beating down and no help in sight and thirst setting in.
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Proper hydration is important for health and survival, but when you are lost in the desert, you are probably better off hunkering down and waiting for help. Every drop of sweat is a loss to your body, and finding actually potable moisture is a chimera.

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17 Amazing Images Of Sea Creatures From The Bottom Of The Ocean

17 Amazing Images Of Sea Creatures From The Bottom Of The Ocean | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

This is an octocoral, just one of the cool creatures shown in this great piece.

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We have to protect our oceans and the rest of the environment.

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11 Weird Vintage Appliances (appliances, household, vintage, retro) - ODDEE

11 Weird Vintage Appliances (appliances, household, vintage, retro) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some of these are so cool, we're still wondering why they weren't more widely used. Check out these 11 retro household items that made life easier – we think. (appliances, household, vintage, retro)
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Some fun stuff here. I remember some of the ads, but never actually lived with any of these items.

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Horseback protest targets BLM, but environmentalists say whoa

Horseback protest targets BLM, but environmentalists say whoa | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Got to love a good puThey're a dozen men and women riding horseback on a modern-day cross-country cattle drive, but with fistfuls of petitions instead of a herd of steers. Their wide-brimmed hats tipped low against the sun's glare, they're riding from Bodega Bay, Calif., to Washington.

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Got to love a good publicity stunt, but when push comes to shove, these guys are just plain wrong. The entire idea of government is to organize the whole so that the end result is better than what could be achieved by individuals acting in their best interest. This is a perfect example of the need for such organization. If these "cowboys" would read the history of the West, they would realize that during periods of drought the failure to cut back on herds made things much worse as the remaining grasslands were devastated. They would also realize that in the end they would end up at war with one another over the little bit of water and grass that remained. While I think the Bureau of Land Management has done many things wrong, mostly in support of mining over humans, especially Native Americans, this time the BLM is clearly doing its job. "Doug Furtado should be praised, not pilloried, for doing just that.

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Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on Sulawesi had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.
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Fascinating archeology. I love the idea of early humans communicating through art. I wonder if I can write a story about it. What is the message behind these drawings? Don't you want to know?

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8 Strangest Things Done By Evil Dictators - ODDEE

8 Strangest Things Done By Evil Dictators - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's nothing funny about the reign of terror these brutal dictators caused, but you have to admit some things they did were quite odd…
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Some weird factoids about some horrible people. As a history buff, I approve this material.

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