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Important Internet Radio--The Kennedy Years

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Back Channel is the first book of a remarkable memoir of a Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy. Known familiarly as Bertie Mac he reported directly to the President and his office was in the West Wing of the White House.
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Terror threat raised as Cotswolds Vicar declares Church of England Caliphate | NewsBiscuit

Terror threat raised as Cotswolds Vicar declares Church of England Caliphate | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With much of the world distracted by the campaign against ISIS in the Middle East, Britain faces a new home-grown terror threat, after Stow-In- the-Wold vicar Jeremy Blythe pronounced an independent Anglican Caliphate stretching across much of rural Oxfordshire. ‘We have seized control of the parish councils of Stow, Coln St Aldwyns and Daglingworth,' announced Blythe this morning, ’and as I speak, our forces are advancing on Shipston on Stour.’
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Oh the terror of it: being forced to eat cucumber sandwiches with the crusts removed. 

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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This one is for the language lovers among my friends and followers. I so enjoyed it that I shouted "bravo!" at the end. Now, I hear my stuffed moose calling me. My best capture of his sound. "MMMRhumPh." I think he wants me to go back to sleep, or perhaps it is my wife getting up.

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Firestorm Erupts in Anti-Smoking Massachusetts Town

Firestorm Erupts in Anti-Smoking Massachusetts Town | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents of Westminster object to becoming the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
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The question of prohibition raised once again. What is it in our country, don't we get it yet? We shouldn't be prohibiting the rights of individuals unless they directly impact the well-being of others. My belief: From the right or the left, prohibition is wrong. Smoke just not around others. Drink your Big Gulp. Go to the bar, but don't drive afterwards. Buy a gun, but not if you can't use it without harming people. Have an abortion if you must. Light up that joint, but recognize it might have neurological consequences We have as a society the right and obligation to try to educate you, to explain why your smoking is self-harmful, why drinking that soda is the same, why that abortion is (in our view) morally wrong, how to handle that gun, what addiction is. BUT we must not presume the right to impose our views on your individual behavior if it doesn't directly affect others. Prohibition was wrong when it was about drinking, and it is still the wrong approach for America. What is great is that the people of this small town in Massachusetts are ready to fight for individual liberty. That is the ultimate American value.

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Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual. But the results aren't strong enough to prove it.
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Is there anyone left who doesn't know that homosexuality is the result of genetics and not some choice? Well, anyone outside of places like Uganda and the American religious right where they don't believe that God actually works through the laws of science?

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In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.

In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were "Van Gogh was a mad genius," I would not be sharing this with you.

 

But I found this and I thought, "Oh, what a vaguely interesting thing." And then I got to the part about the Hubble Space Telescope, and, let me tell you: Mind. Blown.

 

We've got the set up here, but you have to watch the video for the full effect. It's all the way at the bottom.

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Although Van Gogh's ear was cut off in a dual, not a psychotic state, the rest of this piece is great for those who love art and those who love science.

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Broody New Englander: Kenneth A. Weene,

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Ready to buy, the paperback format. Kindle to follow shortly. They are even giving a slight discount for you early purchasers, so get your copy today.

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Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health

Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Every pet has the possibility of bringing joy and healing. So let's hear it for those goldfish and hamsters, those guinea pigs and tarantulas.

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The Invention of Sliced Bread

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Sliced bread: the greatest thing since...sliced bread.
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Makes me want a PB&J right now. Great read about fun stuff.

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47-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Horse, Unborn Foal Unveiled - NBC News

47-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Horse, Unborn Foal Unveiled  - NBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
MAINZ, Germany — Paleontologists have unveiled images of a 47-million-year-old fossil of a horse and its unborn foal. The fossil has provided scientists with...
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Little thing, about the size of an average dog, but with a great future—the modern horse. Love paleontology.

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Highway seizure in Iowa fuels debate about asset-forfeiture laws

Highway seizure in Iowa fuels debate about asset-forfeiture laws | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two men contend Iowa officers violated their constitutional rights by taking their money during a traffic stop.
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At least in this instance justice sort of prevailed except for the $10 grand or so that still hasn't been returned, the lost time and sense of security, and the damage to us all in the attack on our constitutional rights. The War on Drugs is part of a systematic attack on those rights. It is no longer enough to say "Well, I know I didn't do anything wrong." We must stand against such tyrannical law enforcement and the "secret" organizations behind it.

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11 Creative Pencil Sharpeners (creative sharpener, pencil sharpeners) - ODDEE

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Discover eleven different ways to have fun while sharpening your pencils with these creative and funny pencil sharpeners! (creative sharpener, pencil sharpeners)

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I was looking for a good pencil sharpener just the other day, but I ended up with something a lot less satisfying than these. 

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Pope Francis Demotes Outspoken Conservative Cardinal

Pope Francis Demotes Outspoken Conservative Cardinal | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cardinal Raymond Burke was the Vatican's highest ranking American
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I only wish Mr. Obama were as clear and decisive as Francis. This is a real leader in action.

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10 Amazing Sculptures Made of Typewriters - ODDEE

10 Amazing Sculptures Made of Typewriters - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Taking vintage typewriters and turning them into sculptures without using any kind of glue, welding or soldering may sound impossible, but not for Jeremy Mayer who has created these amazing typewriter sculptures by using cold assembly methods.
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As a writer, I'm always intrigued by stories about old writing implements. This set of sculptures blew me away. Something from Steampunk or  SciFi. Got to love it.

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5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry

5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The convicted murderer was granted a marriage license
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I find the women who fall in love with "bad boys" to be fascinating. It is a clinical study I always wanted to do, but never followed up on. Is it a fantasy of saving and redeeming, of sharing the impulsive and destructive behavior, or just a projection of some kind of special sexual powers? My hypothesis is that it's the latter. I did have a client once who fell in love with a mafioso because his she was turned on by the feel of his gun when they danced. Now that was a disaster.

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12 Funny Restaurant Names - ODDEE

12 Funny Restaurant Names - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From Thai Tanic to Bread Zeppelin, these pun-tastic restaurant names will leave you hungry for more laughs.
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With the exception of the last picture, I thought these funny enough to share. My favorite, Juan in a Million. Where would you go to eat?

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Broody New Englander: by Kenneth A. Weene,

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Three stories set in New England explore love and seduction, commitment and infidelity, death and mourning. Literary fiction with some hints of science fiction and the paranormal. Broody New Englander offers deep psychological and sociological insights and combines warmth of character and plot with lyrical language.

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Save ten percent if you order Broody now. Of course, you can add some of my other books and get free shipping, too.

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Wife: Groom died on way to get bottle of moonshine

Wife: Groom died on way to get bottle of moonshine | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ruth Bloomberg says friend was driving them to get bottle when he lost control of truck.
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There has to be a great short story in here. Their wedding present was a bottle of moonshine? Got to love that. Now, I've had good shine, but I wouldn't drive a hundred miles an hour to get a jug. Eighty five will do just fine. Of course, there were four folks in that pickup cab, and they may have been doing a bit more than just heading for the still. Yep, there's a story here.

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Border collie is named man's bestfriend

Border collie is named man's bestfriend | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Border collie came top of the study which ranked each breed on cost, intelligence, health, lifespan, and ease of grooming.
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For my part I love Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, but all dogs are great.

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10 Coolest Coffee Shops - ODDEE

10 Coolest Coffee Shops - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From having a drink with goats to doing so while seated in hammocks, check out ten cafes where the least important thing is their coffee.
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I figured we could all use a good cup of joe this morning. Here are a few unusual places to order that cappuccino.

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Autistic man spends 20 years converting his home into kitty heaven

Autistic man spends 20 years converting his home into kitty heaven | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Now this guy is a real cat lover. If you're into cats, you want to take a look at this piece.

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Dyslexie: the chubby-ankled font that makes reading easier for dyslexics

Dyslexie: the chubby-ankled font that makes reading easier for dyslexics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By weighing down the characters and distorting similar letters, this new typeface pins words firmly to the page
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If this actually makes it easier for dyslexics to read, it will be a wonderful contribution not only to education but to mental health. So often reading has been a devastating roadblock in the development of self-esteem.

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Veterans enjoy slew of freebies on Veterans Day

Veterans enjoy slew of freebies on Veterans Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Veterans Day is not only a time to honor those who have served in the military: For American businesses, it's also a time to back that appreciation up with a freebie.
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I think it's great that business give back to our veterans here in the U.S. and in every country. It does seem to me, however, that there should be a better way of doing it. I like that Great Clips is giving out a deal that can be used over the next 6 weeks and think that a better method. And how about all the vets who can't get to that free lunch? Some are too old, too sick, or just working—I'd like to see business doing something for them as well. I have a great idea. How about all those businesses send some money to the V.A. and have that bureaucracy distribute it to all our vets? Heck, they may get 2 cents of each dollar by the next millennium.

Seriously, I do support the honoring of those who have fought for their country and I hope you do as well.

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The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health?

The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The age-old question is finally answered
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I love coffee and tea, so this article made me very happy.

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86-Year-Old Great-Grandma Stunned By How Police Treated Her Following 911 Call (Photos)

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Two Colorado police officers went beyond the call of duty to help an 86-year-old great-grandmother after her purse was stolen. Julia Brecht was shopping at the Aurora Super Target when her purse was snatched from her cart, reports The Daily Mail.
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We see so many instances of police misbehavior and sometimes forget that are thousands of decent men and women serving our communities in blue uniforms. These two officers remind us what serve and protect should mean.

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Santa Muerte’s promise of prosperity

Santa Muerte’s promise of prosperity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Mexican folk saint has hit the mainstream as an icon commodified.
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This is a fascinating movement within the Catholic Church, one that is growing beyond the Mexican community where it started. The Church may not condone it, may not recognize the Angel of Death, she has both an aesthetic and a cultural appeal. What surprises me is that there is no mention of blood in the gifts offered to her. Did not the Israelites mark their doors with the blood of a lamb that the Angel of Death might pass them by?

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