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Most Americans Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the 80s

Most Americans Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the 80s | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Most Americans in 2010 paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago.
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Watch: Young Baseball Fan Learns About The Pain Of Defeat

Watch: Young Baseball Fan Learns About The Pain Of Defeat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks, teaching a boy a hard lesson on losing.
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Isn't it wonderful that baseball can still elicit that kind of reaction.

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Dine with Local Businesses and Support AIDS Awareness | Local First Arizona News & Events

Dine with Local Businesses and Support AIDS Awareness | Local First Arizona News & Events | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On Thursday, April 24, support a great cause while enjoying a great meal at Dining Out For Life. Participating restaurants raise funds for AIDS awareness by donating a percentage of their sales for the day.
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Live in Phoenix or Prescott? Tomorrow, April 24, have a good meal and help fight AIDS. Check out these fine Local First restaurants donating part or all of their proceeds.

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Pet duck attack prompts $275,000 lawsuit

Pet duck attack prompts $275,000 lawsuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Pet duck attack: A retired nurse is seeking up to $275,000, including about $25,000 for medical expenses, after another woman's pet duck ambushed her, she says.
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A pet duck you say. No doubt protecting the magic word. She is entitled to $100. Sorry, but it is kind of difficult to sympathize with somebody who is run off by a duck. Actually, birds when sensing a threat can become fairly aggressive.

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It's Earth Day: Making Nature Happy Is Easier Than You Think

It's Earth Day: Making Nature Happy Is Easier Than You Think | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You don't necessarily have to buy an expensive hybrid or install a pricey wind farm in your backyard to make your life a little bit greener. It's not rocket science: you can be kind to nature and to your wallet, too.
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So Earth Day is over, now make it an Earth Lifetime. Here are some steps to take.

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Study: 2 In 5 Americans Earning Degrees After High School

Study: 2 In 5 Americans Earning Degrees After High School | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Lumina Foundation says nearly 40 percent of adults held college degrees in 2012 — the biggest one-year jump since 2008. And it says that 60 percent college attainment is "within reach" by 2025.
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Improving the education of the American people is essential to maintaining our standard of living. However, we must not allow that financial motive to overshadow the importance of education in improving the political process and the personal and aesthetic growth of individuals.

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Wild Chimps Prefer a Firm Bed

Wild Chimps Prefer a Firm Bed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Chimpanzees are quite choosy when it comes to their sleeping arrangements, and new research suggests the apes prefer a firm bed made from stiff, resilient wood.

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Even a chimp knows a good night's sleep is important.

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Loch Ness Monster satellite image ‘sighting’ stirs controversy — again

Loch Ness Monster satellite image ‘sighting’ stirs controversy — again | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It couldn't be, could it?

Satellite pictures have picked up on something very strange in Scotland's famous Loch Ness.

An image shows a large 100-foot long shape, with apparently two large flippers, all in the waters that are "home" to the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
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I have no idea what it is, but I do hope it's Nessie. I love the legend and the speculation. o the best of my knowledge, Nessie has never killed anyone, turned over a boat, or even stolen a dram of good whiskey. I wish her a happy rebirth.

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G.O.P. Discovers Useful Voter Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes

G.O.P. Discovers Useful Voter Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Online weapon giveaways have become one of the fastest growing ways for Republican candidates to build up donor lists and expand support.
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And all the Democrats ever offered me was a chance to have dinner with Barack Obama. Maybe I should become a Republican and get a gun. Sorry, but in my mind this is sick. (Not that the "dinner invitation" wasn't; I never responded to those appeals.)

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WASHINGTON: Ann McFeatters: Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer | Opinion | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Ann McFeatters: Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer | Opinion | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton says she still has to figure out why she'd run for president of the United States. "The hard questions are not do you want to be president, or can you win. The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference."
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I love politics and political discussion. I think this piece asks a great question. Sure Hillary is very likely to be the next POTUS, but why should she be? What vision does she offer? How, in her opinion, would she make this a better country through her leadership? For that matter what vision does any possible candidate bring to her/his job application, his/her appeal to us the employer?

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Awful Religious Stereotypes? Shattered. By Two Girls And One Absolutely Stunning Performance.

Awful Religious Stereotypes? Shattered. By Two Girls And One Absolutely Stunning Performance. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They were raised to see each as "the other." So they're performing together?
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A two person slam poem that absolutely blew me away. WOW!

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Fonolo Skips Automated Customer Service Phone Trees, Now on iPhone

Fonolo Skips Automated Customer Service Phone Trees, Now on iPhone | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
iPhone only: Fonolo is a clever webapp for bypassing automated calling trees when phoning corporate customer service lines. Now the service has an iPhone app with the same great features as the site, but with more in-your-pocket convenience.
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If you hate pushing those numbers - 1 for English, enter your zip code, 3 to fill your prescription, that kind of thing, here's an app to avoid the nuisance.

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CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable

CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It must be incredibly frustrating to be an ACA critic right now. All of the recent news regarding the law has been good news.
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While I would still prefer a single payer system, the ACA or Obamacare as the right likes to call it, is looking a lot better than most of us expected. In fact, it seems to be working. Sorry about that to my Republican friends.

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Nevada range fight revives 'Sagebrush Rebellion'

Nevada range fight revives 'Sagebrush Rebellion' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The federal Bureau of Land Management returned a Nevada rancher’s cattle, avoiding a potentially dangerous confrontation. But the legal fight over grazing fees continues.
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Reminds me of the song in Oklahoma, "The Cowboy and the Farmer Can be Friends". If you think Mr. Bundy a hero, remember that he is taking advantage of your (public) land to make his living the same way a Uranium miner might. He is despoiling your land to help himself. On the other hand, if you think him a scoundrel, remember he is upholding a way of life that goes back at least a hundred and fifty years.
By the way, of course the government will get fines in place and then take his profits from any sales of his beef. He'll go broke, but it will take a while as opposed to him backing down. Which (IMHO) makes him a fool. Like I said, musical comedy.

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Diego Rivera's Detroit mural now a national landmark

Diego Rivera's Detroit mural now a national landmark | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The historic artwork of the city is painted on a wall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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A small, but significant step for a great piece of art.

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Rand Paul Has Long History of Dissing Reagan

Rand Paul Has Long History of Dissing Reagan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rand Paul, by most accounts, would like to be the Republican Party's nominee in the 2016 presidential election. He also has a libertarian, isolationist background that has lately been causing him problems with the hawkish party establishment in re: foreign policy. Today Mother Jones documents what could be an even...
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It is time that Libertarians recognize that Regan was a terrible POTUS who never really believed in smaller government, less spending, or lower taxes. He also didn't believe in following the law. Simple reality, he never actually understood what he was doing any more than he had understood movies. He was an opportunist who did our country and the world much disservice.

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The NRA Quietly Backs Down On Domestic Violence

The NRA Quietly Backs Down On Domestic Violence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those act...
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Nice to see some sanity coming from the NRA. Yes, threats of domestic violence is a good reason to take somebody's guns.

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‘Noah’s Ark,’ at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

‘Noah’s Ark,’ at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The children’s exhibition “Noah’s Ark,” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, helps exemplify that center’s mission to record Jewish heritage and serve a diverse audience.
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This sounds like fun. Think we'll have to get to LA to experience it.

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7 Most Amazing Caves of our World (biggest cave, cool caves, deepest caves) - ODDEE

7 Most Amazing Caves of our World (biggest cave, cool caves, deepest caves) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

This cave is in New Zealand. All those lights and filaments? Glow Worms. Check out all 7 caves.

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Nothing like an interesting cave. Here are seven of the world's best.

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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books: It Matters Radio

Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books: It Matters Radio | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Thanks so much to Adele Park for her kind words about It Matters Radio. Do you listen to our weekly broadcasts? Checked out our website www.itmattersradio.com ?

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Baby squirrel falls from tree, wears little red cast, gets help from City Wildlife rehab center

Baby squirrel falls from tree, wears little red cast, gets help from City Wildlife rehab center | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A tiny squirrel is recovering with the help of veterinarians and a little red cast after falling 75 feet.
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Here is our AWWW! story for today. Of course, since his parents hadn't signed up for Obamacare, the little guy will spend the rest of his life gathering nuts for the vet.

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Here's the Electric Car That Could Replace NYC's Horse-and-Carriages - ANIMAL

Here's the Electric Car That Could Replace NYC's Horse-and-Carriages - ANIMAL | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bill de Blasio's plan to ban horse-and-carriage rides in NYC has hit some setbacks, but the mayor says he remains committed to getting the despondent anima
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I'd ride in it. I have to admit I love horse drawn carriages (if the horses are cared for properly), but this is kind of neat, and it's electric, which means not only no manure, but no emissions.

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Lost sea lion pup found high 'n' dry in California orchard

Lost sea lion pup found high 'n' dry in California orchard | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Up a river without a paddle.
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Something to give you a smile on this lovely day.

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GOP Gov Calls Opponent A 'B****'

GOP Gov Calls Opponent A 'B****' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the female Hispanic leader who has been hailed as the future of the Republican Party, displays a vindictive side in previously unreleased recordings and documents that Mother Jones wrote about Wednesday.

As Mother ...
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And another GOP "leader" shows why I vote Dem. If you can't control your mouth and you can't accept opposition, maybe you don't have a career in politics.

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New York City's former mayor is spending $50 million to fight the N.R.A.

New York City's former mayor is spending $50 million to fight the N.R.A. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In his first major initiative since leaving office, the former New York City mayor announced plans to launch a new gun control organization that he hopes can rival the National Rifle Association.
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As a gun owner and advocate of reasonable gun control, I am fascinated to watch the NRA and Bloomberg square off. As a rational person (or am I), I cannot help but wonder when saner, more moderate voices will take over this debate. Meanwhile, I have another reason to avoid watching network television. Ads are not discussion. What happened to the America where there was meaningful debate or did that end in Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas)?

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Wolves Don’t Really Howl at the Moon

Wolves Don’t Really Howl at the Moon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish’s three-second memory or a dog’s color-blindness (both also myths). There...
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I always howl at the moon, sirens, and just about anything else that comes my way. A good howl keeps anxiety at bay, better than a Valium. Of course other people may laugh, but the smart ones often join me.

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