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Eternal Bond By Rachel Rueben Chapter 1 - WHo can resist a good vampire tale?

Eternal Bond By Rachel Rueben Chapter 1 - WHo can resist a good vampire tale? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It was five years in the making but here it is my vampire novel Eternal Bond.  I hope you enjoy ...
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Arctic winter sees record low sea-ice cover

Arctic winter sees record low sea-ice cover | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s been a chilly winter here in the Interior and elsewhere around the state. But for the Arctic Ocean, it’s been one long warm spell. That’s led to another record-low year for formation of Arctic winter sea-ice cover. Listen now
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This is very disconcerting to those of us who are concerned about global climate change. Regardless of whether it is human caused (to a large extent is my belief) or natural, this change isn't good news for polar bears or the planet's life in general. 
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Archaeologists Have Found Evidence of Cannibalism in Spain 10,000 Years Ago

Archaeologists Have Found Evidence of Cannibalism in Spain 10,000 Years Ago | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ancient feast or funeral?
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How do you like your neighbor? Roast-stuffed, but if necessary a good stew will do. By the way, would you care to join us for dinner next Wednesday? Stop my Tuesday evening so we can start cooking. Enough with the cannibalism jokes. One problem with studying modern cannibal practices. It's difficult to find human coprolites (human remains in our poo) when we use modern toilets. Was she eaten in your house or mine? Only the tabasco knows. Meanwhile, I love archeology. 
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Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — Labrador retrievers have extended their record run as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings
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Not sure why Cardigan Welsh Corgis aren't at the top of the list or Airedales, my two favorite breeds. but any dog, pure bred or mutt, deserves a good home. 
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More Than One Way to Brew a Pot: Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same

More Than One Way to Brew a Pot: Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why is tea prepared in such a consistent style, while the market overflows with different coffee-brewing products? History, meet science.
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I consider myself a serious coffee drinker and my wife is equally serious about her tea. However, I must admit that between us we don't go half the distance that this article does. So, if you really love those hot beverages, here's a great article to study with a nice cup of hot beverage in hand. ENJOY!
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10 TED Talks on how ideas travel

10 TED Talks on how ideas travel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From Twitter to word of mouth, explore the ways ideas spread so quickly from person to person.
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I love algorithms that produce fractals that help me understand the world, at least I think I love all that. Maybe, I'm just a sucker for the great visuals behind this fascinating (to me anyway) TED Talk. So here you go and maybe if you, too, are an author, you'll end up wondering how a few of us might share ideas to enrich the human reading experience. For example Clayton Bye and I edited a book that represents a new approach to Westerns and speculative fiction. It's called The Nettle Tree https://www.amazon.com/Nettle-Tree-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1927915104/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Planned Parenthood's brilliant new ad features an unexpected supporter: Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood's brilliant new ad features an unexpected supporter: Donald Trump. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving care.
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What everybody is ignoring is not whether programs like Planned Parenthood's wellness services are good or whether Meals on Wheels is good. Clearly they are good. Nobody is saying women should die of cancer or old people of hunger. What they are saying is that the federal government is not the proper way to fund and provide such services. 

Let me be clear about my view: These are proper areas for federal involvement. We are one nation, not simply a federation of independent units. There are two reasons for that change. One, we no longer stay in one place and our personal connections are national. Don't understand what I mean? Visit Florida and ask people where they came from, or Arizona. Ask them where the headquarters of the business for which they work(ed) is located. Ask them where their closes relatives live. You get the picture. Second, there was the Civil War and its aftermath. Read my piece on the 14th Amendment; it might help clarify what I mean. ( http://www.kennethweene.com/what-does-the-fourteenth-amendment-ancho

If we are one nation, then clearly social policy should be national, especially when there is great variation in how those policies would be carried out by the various states. While we can, for example, leave automobile registration and operation to the states because there is wide agreement about the basic rules, we cannot leave healthcare to those fifty entities since that would leave some groups without care or alternatively with the option of moving and then burdening other states. Imagine if you will a migration similar to the movement of Okies to California during the 1920s but rather than those in need of jobs but of the sick looking for help. 

Why is there a call for the de-federalization of such programs? Is it about government inefficiency and waste. Perhaps in small degree. However, what many Americans don't understand is that we have a religious movement underway in our country. Reconstructionist Christianity preaches among other things that social policy should be at the Parish level and perhaps carried out at the county level. It is that religious group that pushes most strongly to reduce federalism except in the area of the military. It may seem strange to think that it is Christians who are pushing to limit help to the sick and the hungry, but we've seen lots of religious movements in this country that have distorted the teachings of compassion and love. You the Reconstructionists such caring by a central government is worse than allowing people to suffer and die because they believe that such centralized government is antithetical to the will of God. 

I guess for those of us who are humanists, if there is a god to consider, that divinity is reflected in just such communal concern. 
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Syrian refugees get a warm welcome in Scotland

Syrian refugees get a warm welcome in Scotland | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scots and Syrian refugees come together to share their cultures and experiences.
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Consider the actual faces of the people who are seeking refuge. Who are these folks? I thought this article put a human face on the news. However, remember one thing, many of these small communities in Scotland need these refugee kids to keep their public schools funded. I wonder what will happen when the young children get to adolescence and start dating. Sadly, life is never that simple. On the other hand, we now know that the Neanderthal mated with the Homo Sapiens Sapiens so maybe there's still hope for the rest of us to find a better way. 
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The future will be battery-powered

The future will be battery-powered | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Inside the high-stakes race to build a better energy storage device.
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For years I have said that the country that solves the problem of batteries, how to safely storage significant amounts of electrical energy both for specific usage and to facilitate the reliability renewable energy creation will be dominant in the years to come. The search for the most efficient and affordable battery fuels competition and conflict as science and especially militaries consider the rare metals found in some of the most remote and primitive parts of the world. Why are they found there? Partly because those areas haven't already been picked clean and partly because the local geology has made them less inhabitable. What riches lie beneath the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or deep in under the ground of South Sudan, two countries that I particularly think about? How about deep in Congo? The future is not clear, but I do know that the space stations hovering above the earth will need batteries as will the rovers on distant planets. So, for me, this article is fascinating. How about you? Enjoy some science today. 
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Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights - Indian Country Media Network

Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thousands of indigenous people from tribal nations as far away as Bolivia and Tibet gathered for the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C.
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My soul goes out to these brave indigenous people from around the world as they fight not only for proper recognition of their cultures and lineages but also for the water that is vital for us all. 
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Nature Docs Might Offer Relief From Anxious News Cycles

Nature Docs Might Offer Relief From Anxious News Cycles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
More reason to catch "Planet Earth II."
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Of course, if you think about what we humans are doing to the environment, you may just get more anxious. Still, it does look like a great show. 
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11 Record-Holding Roller Coasters (roller coasters, rides, theme parks, amusement parks, travel, places) - ODDEE

11 Record-Holding Roller Coasters (roller coasters, rides, theme parks, amusement parks, travel, places) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Theme parks are always trying to outdo one another with bigger, faster, steeper—and all around crazier—rides. (roller coasters, rides, theme parks, amusement parks, travel, places) The idea sketched above, is, however, different. It's designed to kill its riders. A great way to go if your time is now, What do you think about suicide by amusement park ride? 

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I used to love riding The Cyclone at Coney Island and often went to Great Adventure in New Jersey. So, how could I resist this great trip through the world of roller coasters? However, the one that fascinated me, is the coaster that hasn't been built, the one designed for euthanasia. What do you think about suicide (or execution) by amusement park ride?
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Rising Numbers Of Alzheimer's Patients Could Bankrupt Medicare

Rising Numbers Of Alzheimer's Patients Could Bankrupt Medicare | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Baby boomers are heading inexorably into the peak risk years for the disease.
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It isn't just the financial cost that matters but the horrible emotional price paid by those with Alzheimer's and those who love these patients; fighting this scourge of the elderly (and often not so elderly) is important, including finding if their are environmental factors that contribute to the increasing numbers of sufferers. For my part, as an older person, I think we need to increase the availability of assisted suicide for those who wish it and instruct it when competent. Not only would this save our healthcare system great amounts of money but would make our society a more humane one. Have you dealt with dementia in somebody you love(d)? At what point would they have wanted the relief of death? 
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Why Exonerations of Falsely Accused Are Reaching Historic Levels

Why Exonerations of Falsely Accused Are Reaching Historic Levels | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New numbers on the wrongly convicted
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It is a good thing that the number of exonerations has gone up since that means that more people are receiving—however late—justice. However, there remain many issues. For example, why was somebody who was not breaking a law taken into custody to begin with? Then, in the huge number of drug related exonerations, why were legal substances misidentified and why did it take so long to find out this error? Nobody wants to see victims of crime go without a sense of justice, but does finding a scapegoat really make those victims better off? Were I serving on a jury, I would have this piece in mind before I voted to convict. And, it certainly raises issues about the criminal justice system's capacity to force guilty pleas from innocent people. Quite simply, over-worked and under-trained defenders are often in collision with the district attorneys in getting pleas, especially if they lack access to the money needed for investigators and lab tests and therefore can't fully examine what the police have done. 
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Powerful images capture the lives of children across the globe

Powerful images capture the lives of children across the globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These portraits have all been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, capturing everything from tribes in West Africa to Syrian refugees.
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Great photography of children from around the world. 
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Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art - Indian Country Media Network

Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Artist Jeffrey Gibson has turned Pow Wow Regalia raw materials into modern art at his 'Speak to Me' exhibit at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
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Gibson's take on the Native American clown particularly speaks too me as I am currently working on a book based on the Native American experience. Red and White is a story I think people will find as engrossing as I do its writing. Meanwhile, too bad that Oklahoma City is so far away; this is an exhibit I'd like to see. 
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Meals on Wheels Sees Donations Surge After President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Meals on Wheels Sees Donations Surge After President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meals on Wheels' usual amount of daily donations increased by 50 times on Thursday after the White House proposed cuts the program's funding
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It's good to know that people care. I wonder if we could get a shadow government in place to funnel donations that we could all make to offset the irresponsible cuts that get made. I'd vote for Michelle Obama to head up that "charity," and I certainly would contribute. How about you? Your choice to head it? Would you contribute? 

Helping one another is a basic American value. Hey, even the folks who hang at the Dew Drop Inne believe in it. You can read their tales at https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984721584/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox - Indian Country Media Network

Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Woodhenge, at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, will be the site of a vernal equinox celebration to welcome spring a day early on Sunday March 19.
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As I learn more of the histories of the pre-Columbian Americas and of Africa, the more I realize that the Euro-Centric model of history is way off. So, let us celebrate the vernal equinox not by talking Stonehenge but by visiting the Native American site at the Cahokia Mounds. 
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5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before

5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Feeding a growing population and coping with global warming will require a global agricultural revolution
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The times they are a changing and often for the better, at least when it comes to utilizing science for better farming. While I'm to so sure about GMO crops, especially corn and Monsanto, this Broody New Englander appreciates the growth of urban farming and applauds better water management. At any rate, here are a few areas in which science and technology are making a difference and some of these differences can help not only agribusiness but also small farmers in rich and even poorer countries. Meanwhile, if you long for a simpler time, read Broody New Englander and enjoy Maine in the mid-twentieth century. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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10 Funny Graphs That Perfectly Explain Everyday Life

10 Funny Graphs That Perfectly Explain Everyday Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hilarious charts and graphs that sum up all our everyday frustrations, from trying to find something to watch on TV to the moment when your iPhone battery dies.
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So here are some graphs that explain nothing but are kind of funny. Why not share my huh/smile with the rest of the world?
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12 Most Realistic Lego Sculptures (realistic sculptures) - ODDEE

12 Most Realistic Lego Sculptures (realistic sculptures) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a Stadium to NY City, meet some amazing lego creations that almost look real. (realistic sculptures)
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Just something for fun. Have a great day. 
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12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More

12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not all foods are created equal—even the healthy ones—and you might not be getting as many vitamins and nutrients as you believe.
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Why do I so often post about nutrition? Because I want you healthy enough to visit www.kennethweene,com and find yourself a good book. Di you know reading is great exercise for your mind and provides the best nutrition for your intellect? Absolutely! Meanwhile, here's some good information about your diet, so eat properly and enjoy a great book. 
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10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World

10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
German beer, Italian cheese, Mexican tequila and Irish whiskey all have strict laws surrounding their production.
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You like your pizza, your beer, or your pasty, but are they exactly up to code? Fascinating rules for foods. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may run out of bread, cheese and wine.
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Pot for pets: Cannabis treatments catch on for dogs and cats

Pot for pets: Cannabis treatments catch on for dogs and cats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some pet owners say marijuana works better than veterinarian-approved drugs
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We Americans love our pets more than anything. If pot will help our dogs and cats, that may well push the legalization of marijuana over the top. From the anecdotes I've heard, it really does work, especially for animals that are in chronic pain and maybe dying from cancer. I sure would have given it to our dogs if it would have made the end less painful. I hated seeing them suffering. Shouldn't government policy aim for the reduction of pain and suffering among not only our pets but our people? Maybe that was what was missing in the Clinton campaign. How about a political party that wants to end pain and suffering and we can model it on how we would choose to treat our animals? Too bad PetSmart is taken; it might make a good informal name for that party. Anyway, no, I'm not high, just ruminating. 
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9 Weird Movie Theaters - 

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Hey, this guy even has an usherette serving popcorn.

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I love movies. Usually, I watch at home, which is relaxing if lacking good smelly popcorn. However, I do love a good movie theater when I find one. No, not the modern multiplex kind of theater but one that has personality. Here are a few I'd love to visit and a couple that are weird but on which I'd pass. 
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Paleo diet revamped? Prehistoric plaque reveals what Neanderthals ate.

Paleo diet revamped? Prehistoric plaque reveals what Neanderthals ate. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you are what you eat, Neanderthals might have been a diverse, flexible bunch … just like their diets.
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Fascinating piece; of course, I love anthropology. One takeaway: Don't be a Neanderthal, brush and floss regularly. 
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