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Palestine vote: UN recognizes state of Palestine

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The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine.
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Pope Francis: Priests Can Absolve Women Who Seek Forgiveness For Their Abortion

Pope Francis: Priests Can Absolve Women Who Seek Forgiveness For Their Abortion | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women seeking forgiveness for an abortion with a "sincere heart" during the Holy Year of Mercy.
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It is good to have a pope who understands the human heart and the difficulty of life. I know there will be many who will object to this act of loving compassion, but I salute it.

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Auschwitz Caretakers Defend 'Showers' at Museum

Auschwitz Caretakers Defend 'Showers' at Museum | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Spokesman tells TIME temporary mist sprinklers were needed to cool down visitors
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How does one react to such a story? I want to laugh that people are offended over something so innocuous and cry that people can be so insensitive in their bureaucratic activities. But isn't it the nature of humanity that our answers are almost always more complex than a simple right and wrong? In the end, the real problem is not at Auschwitz but all over the world; we as a species go on killing one another in the crazy belief that somehow the deaths of others will make our lives better. Does anybody remember the Kingston Trio?

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The Best Cocktails from Around the World - StumbleUpon

The Best Cocktails from Around the World - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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With all these to chose from, why did Sal serve up a Killer's Delight? Find out in "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984721584/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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A nap a day could save your life, research suggests

A nap a day could save your life, research suggests | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggests a daily nap could reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks
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I would have shared this sooner, but I was asleep.

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‘Manspread’ to replace butter | NewsBiscuit

‘Manspread’ to replace butter | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The online Oxford dictionary has added the act of 'manspreading' as a low-fat alternative to 'moisturising your toast'. This somewhat unconventional spread involves rubbing cooked vegetables on the inner thighs of a hirsute man; this condiment then releases water-in-fat emulsion combined with the heady aroma of a festering jock-strap. The origins of manspread date back to the Napoleonic era, when aroused Frenchmen would regularly ferment cream in the folds of their 'nether regions’. Subsequently this butter substitute has proved very popular among dieters, who claim that calorie intake is significantly reduced when food is smeared in unappetising man juice.
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If this doesn't make you laugh, it will surely make you barf.

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The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed

The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sorry, Bill Kristol. The Iran deal isn’t one of them.
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An historical perspective on horrible treaties to which the Unites States has been a party. It is a good thing to remember that history much of the worst of histories stories are built on the foolishness of political leaders.

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Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes

Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on President Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S. next month after a tough day for global markets.
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Right!! Instead of diplomacy and reason, let's go back to the days before Richard Nixon made discussion with the Chinese possible. Does this idiot have a clue what foreign policy is? This is the kind of bombast that makes him not only un-electable but also a danger to his party. He does make one thing clear, however—that the GOP thinks the stock market is the center of America.

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Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is establishing a slavery museum and reconciliation center in an old cathedral as part of an effort to acknowledge its own complicity in the slave trade.
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While I applaud this effort by the Episcopal Church in Rhode Island to remind us as a nation of the truth of slavery, and a horrible truth that is, the real problem is that far too many of our forebearers came to this country well after the Civil War. As a result, many Euro-Americans do not recognize their share of the responsibility. If religion has a meaningful part to play in human affairs, the most important goal is to remind us that evil — once done — lingers in a land until it has been cleansed. It is not sufficient to sweep the past under the rug of repressed memory; we must all bear its truth or the "American Dilemma" will never be resolved.

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Which Country Is Best Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Which Country Is Best Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If Fear the Walking Dead came true, world governments from Putin’s Russia to Castro’s Cuba would need swift action, iron will, and plenty of bullets…
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When asked what I would do if New York City, not far from where I lived at the time, were bombed by the Soviets (yeah, that long ago), my answer was simple. "Get into my car if it will run and head to Central Park so I could die quickly." When the zombies come, I plan to be an appetizer. But, for those who are determined to survive, here is some useful (lol) information. Oh, and the charge for this service, forget the brains, I would an arm or a leg. My rotisserie awaits.

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Alabama tried a Donald Trump-style immigration law. It failed in a big way.

Alabama tried a Donald Trump-style immigration law. It failed in a big way. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Alabama backed off the 2011 measure, but the rise of Trump has given supporters a second wind.
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Since Trump is such a great businessman (I know he really isn't but that is what he claims.), shouldn't he demonstrate how easily a successful business can flourish in Alabama by setting one up in Alabama, doing careful background checks, and hiring all these fine Americans who support him because they "deserve a good job"? No need to kick all the "illegals" out, just show they aren't needed. Of course, we are talking about low-wage-workers in Alabama. Mr. Trump might just learn something about reality of the real world of Dr. Pepper, NASCAR, poor education, and meth-amphetamines. Not as  many employers are hiring illegal Mexicans because of wages (and those who do should be in prison) as because of the simple fact that few Americans (even those of Hispanic background) are prepared to do the jobs in question. If you don't know what I mean, try picking lettuce in Yuma.Heck, try to find somebody willing to take care of dairy cows in Vermont. But, I digress. 

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Malala Aced Her High School Exams

Malala Aced Her High School Exams | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Yousafzai got As and A*s on her General Certificate of Secondary Education exams (GCSEs)
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With grades like that, one can understand why this wonderful young woman may intimidate the paranoid and insecure men of the Taliban. What a great role model she is for girls, Muslim and non-Islamic.

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Josh Duggar Says He's 'the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'

Josh Duggar Says He's 'the Biggest Hypocrite Ever' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"19 Kids and Counting" star says he was "unfaithful" to his wife
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Warning to my far right religious friends: This is a sick puppy. Just as the rabid dog foams at the mouth, the rapid "Marjoe," is the biggest: sinner, hypocrite, liar. That way his imminent salvation will redeem us all and allow us all grace. It is the Protestant method of selling indulgences. If you don't remember Marjoe and don't know what selling indulgences means, might I suggest a quick trip through Wikipedia.

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10 Most Exclusive ONE Room Hotels - ODDEE

10 Most Exclusive ONE Room Hotels - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If exclusivity is what you look for when going on vacation, you can't miss these ten hotels that only have one bedroom.
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I love most of these. I'd pass on Disney World, but the treetops in Peru, wow. So enjoy some great travel ideas.

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These Are the Final Four Designs for New Zealand's New Flag

These Are the Final Four Designs for New Zealand's New Flag | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Three of the new designs show the silver fern — a plant indigenous to New Zealand that has become an important symbol of the country, its people, culture and sport. The fourth flag depicts the koru, a spiral symbol used in Māori art that represents an unfurling silver fern.

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Somehow I think they'll go with the one in the top left, what do you think? I'm not sure that this isn't a rigged choice since black in one's flag doesn't fly very well in the aesthetic world. I think that red triangle is the game changer. Whatever they chose, I love New Zealand and wish her people well.

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10 Rebel Kids Who Aren't Too Young To Sue - ODDEE

10 Rebel Kids Who Aren't Too Young To Sue - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Admit it. Americans are litigious. We will sue our neighbors, sue our businesses—and in some cases—we will even sue our mamas.
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Some of these suits make good sense. I always had a problem with Shirley Temple's suing Graham Greene. He did not defame her only made a clear statement about the existence of pedophilia. If anyone should have sued him it should have been the movie producers who chose to make the young star so alluring. But the kid who as tasered by a cop for refusing to help wash his police car. Well, that's another story.

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7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter - StumbleUpon

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Note that number 2 is read a book. Do I have some great books to suggest. Why not visit http://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU and pick.

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How 'Netflix and chill' became internet slang for having sex

How 'Netflix and chill' became internet slang for having sex | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's every teen's favorite euphemism.
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And with this story out, with the adults notified, the phrase will die away and be replaced. After all isn't the whole idea of talking dirty while sounding clean a crucial part of adolescence? So as I round third, just fly me to the moon. Now, what was in that note I sent Janice in eighth grade, something about coming by to look at my Dad's "National Geographics". Mrs. Garfield thought it was great even if I was passing notes. Of course what did a geography teacher know?

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Chinese economy to become largest online betting site | NewsBiscuit

Chinese economy to become largest online betting site | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Betfair, Paddy Power and 'all our pension funds' are set to merge into the world's most irresponsible gambling company – China™. Punters will be able to speculate 24/7 on fickle share prices, cocaine-fuelled investment analysts and the 'three-thirty at Newmarket'. The Shanghai Composite has already fallen 16% in week, due to an accumulator bet involving the success of three rank-outsiders - Jeremy Corbyn, Leicester City FC and 'peace with Iran'. One excited gambler said: 'It's a real adrenaline rush, betting my mortgage on everyone else's mortgage. And for once, the odds are really stacked against the banker'.
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The think about good satire,there's always enough truth to make people uncomfortable.

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21 Reasons This Dog Is the Best Dog in the World

21 Reasons This Dog Is the Best Dog in the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In honor of National Dog Day, meet Maru the Shiba Inu, who's become an international canine star
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While I know that everyone of us has a "best dog in the world" in our hearts, this canine celebrity deserves our smiles—and our pats if we actually were to meet him.

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Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An inmate at Norway's Halden prison hacked the TV system so he could share pornographic films and secret messages with fellow prisoners.
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While I can understand the need to control inter-prisoner communication in a high security prison, but perhaps making porn available as a reward for good behavior would make sense. It seems to me that would be privilege that many prisoners would value enough to control themselves. Indeed for many it might also give them a way to lower the tension that leads to acting out.

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Man killed during bull run in Spain pushes death toll to 10 so far for year

Man killed during bull run in Spain pushes death toll to 10 so far for year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As the number of towns holding bull runs grows to nearly 16,000, the death of a man in his 40s pushes the toll to equal the record of deaths set in 2009
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Tourists are an incredibly inane species, somewhat like the lemming or the dodo in individual intellectual prowess. Without that stupidity, the running of the bulls would never be such a major event. Let's face it, those who are watching want to see blood and those who are taking part—well, they want to feel that they are better than others. Yeah, I admit it, I'm not a fan of bull fighting either; but I do love a good steak, and that's no bull. Matter of fact, it's more likely a steer.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa Violently Arrested By Cops at LAX For Using a Hoverboard

Rapper Wiz Khalifa Violently Arrested By Cops at LAX For Using a Hoverboard | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Video of the incident was caught by onlookers and seems to show police slamming the rapper to the ground while yelling ‘stop resisting.’ He does not appear to be resisting at all.
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Once again we have to ask, "What is wrong with the police?" They are out of control, especially it seems when a person of color is involved. Is it actually against the law to ride a hover board in the airport? Even if it is, was the response proportional to the infraction? At least this time a celebrity is involved, which means exposure in the media.

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Explosion Reported at Chinese Chemical Plant

Explosion Reported at Chinese Chemical Plant | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dozen fire engines are battling the fire, according to state media
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There is and should be an inherent conflict between business  and government over the protection of workers and community safety. When politics and business become to cozy, too intertwined, as is clearly the case in China and the United States, that inherent conflict is weakened. The end result is poorer government regulation and supervision and greater danger to all.

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A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going.

A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The early results are in.
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A promising beginning. Of course, the real question is where those treated addicts go with their lives after release from rehab. Hopefully it will be into supportive programs, jobs, and decent lives. What is clear to me is that if they simply spiral back into addiction it might have made more sense to withhold the detox drug and allowed them to die. Which gets us to some number. If only one person in ten is saved, does that justify the program? One in twenty? Perhaps one in the hundred? What is your thinking?

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Petition Calls for Jon Stewart to Host a Presidential Debate

Petition Calls for Jon Stewart to Host a Presidential Debate | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
100,000 people have signed so far
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I think he'd do fine, but it would be an even better idea to have him do individual interviews with each candidate. Debates allow too much preparation and use of talking-points. Let's see how they respond to somebody pricking the balloon of their ego.

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