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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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Mumps outbreak hits NHL teams

Mumps outbreak hits NHL teams | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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If you play kids' games, I guess you can get kids' illnesses. Actually, this can be much more serious and unpleasant for adults. I do remember my mumps experience as a kid. Thought I was going to be metamorphosed into a chipmunk.

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Palestinians Make Strides Toward Draft Resolution at U.N.

Palestinians Make Strides Toward Draft Resolution at U.N. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After a day of intense lobbying, the Palestinians persuaded Arab diplomats to support a draft Security Council resolution that is aimed at the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank.
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I hope the U.S. government will not block this resolution. It is way past time for the two-state approach to move forward. Israel needs peace and the Palestinians need to have not only peace but a state of their own.

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New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In Miami, home of the largest Cuban diaspora, two generations faced off on the streets. In Havana, demonstrators spoke of hope.
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For my part, I am delighted that U.S. — Cuban relations are improving and may, if the Senate can get behind the change, even become normal. However, I am not of Cuban heritage. I would love to read some thoughtful input from my Cuban-American friends.

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Howard Schultz Sounds Off on Racism in America

Howard Schultz Sounds Off on Racism in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a letter provided exclusively to TIME, the Starbucks CEO outlines his concerns over grand jury announcements in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases
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I hate their coffee, but given this attempt to make a meaningful contribution to the civic discourse on race, I might just have to go buy a cup if only as a small thank you to Mr. Schultz. How sad it is that we cannot have similar discussions in the public sphere. How horrifying that our political leaders cannot organize meaningful discussion that can lead to growth.

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5 things women wish men knew about sex

5 things women wish men knew about sex | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We typically know what will get us to orgasm -- and we can tell when you're doing something you saw in a porn video
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I believe that sex is a beautiful gift from nature (or God if you prefer). Too often people forget how to celebrate such a wonder. Here's some good input to enhance your experience. Men, take heed. Women, you may want to add your voices.

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As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are

As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The remote village of Shishmaref, Alaska, has been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits. (Photo: Gabriel ...
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Forget global warming or climate change. I can't imagine living in a town like this period. What a way of life. I think my major need would be bourbon, lots and lots. Of course, I wouldn't have to worry about ice cubes.

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Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs

Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It wasn't just an asteroid
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Perhaps the asteroid's impact started the volcanic process. Or perhaps both theories are wrong and it was over-hunting by humans. I do wonder how Adam and Eve survived in the garden with Tyrannosaurus Rex. Oh well, I'm sure they'll make a movie to explain it all. 

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French parliament readies new end-of-life legislation

French parliament readies new end-of-life legislation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - French parliament will debate from January a draft law that would move a step closer to euthanasia by allowing a right to deep and ongoing sedation until death for terminally ill patients
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Bravo! I am a strong supporter of the right to die with dignity. To force people to suffer is not only inhumane it is also a terrible waste of resources. No heroic measures here, just let me go. I do not want the end of my life to be about being the patient in bed seven or the unforgettable burden of those who love me.

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WASHINGTON: Police officers across U.S. upset at being seen as brutal racists | Courts & Crime | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Police officers across U.S. upset at being seen as brutal racists | Courts & Crime | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Police officers dispatched to investigate a 911 hang-up last week in an Idaho suburb were surprised by the reaction they got from the mother of the children who’d been playing with the phone.
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While some individual police are no doubt racist, I would imagine that the majority are not. But the system may be a different matter. Do Blacks get the same protection, for example are their alibis checked before arrest? Do the police do as good a job investigating before assuming probable cause? Do Black kids get pushed into the system while white kids are kept out of it and protected? Most importantly, are the racist few among the cops thrown out or protected? Finally, are the police being taught that they are in a war of "them against us" in which the them can so easily be seen as the racially different rather than seeing themselves as one with the whole community? 

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Tickets | iTheatre Collaborative presents: "Something About December..." | Herberger Theater Center

Tickets | iTheatre Collaborative presents: "Something About December..." | Herberger Theater Center | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Purchase tickets online. Herberger Theater Center ticket reservation system. Book your tickets instantly.
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Live in Phoenix? Love the holiday season? This is something to enjoy.

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‘Glorious 26th’ to mark start of first video camera drone shooting season | NewsBiscuit

‘Glorious 26th’ to mark start of first video camera drone shooting season | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Country sports enthusiasts are gearing themselves up for the Glorious 26 December, the official start of the Drone Shooting season. The skies are expected to be filled with the first wave of video camera drones flying in every direction across the UK as the wrapping paper is peeled off thousands of Christmas presents. Drone shooting has now been added to the list of popular country sports, outstripping badger baiting, organic cock-fighting and rent raising for tenant farmers.
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Beware, open season is only in Britain. In the US you shoot a drone and the espionage community will water-board you.

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Ohio man exonerated after spending 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit

Ohio man exonerated after spending 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kwame Ajamu, formerly known as Ronnie Bridgeman, was cleared of murder charges a month after his brother and a friend were also cleared in the 1975 killing of Harold Franks.
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$40, 000 a year for being in prison wrongfully. Not that any amount could compensate this man properly. Not that any amount of money can replace the marriage, the children, the sense of career he might have had. But a lousy forty thousand, and I bet it gets taxed. And what of the cops who pushed that 12 year old kid to lie? Will they suffer even one moment of discomfort? There is absolutely nothing the state can do to undo this travesty, but I suggest a lot more money might be a start and maybe prosecuting those cops and passing laws that make it a felony for cops to solicit untrue evidence. Yeah, those might be first steps.

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Michigan House Passed Bill Allowing EMTs To Refuse Treatment To Gay People

Michigan House Passed Bill Allowing EMTs To Refuse Treatment To Gay People | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, Republicans in the Michigan Statehouse passed a “license to discriminate” bill that would give just about anyone the right to refuse service [...]
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I am sure there will be some who say this is a question of freedom or personal religious rights. However, since EMTs are paid by government, then those refusing service to about 12% of the population should be paid 12% less. Of course if they refuse once they are on the scene, they should be liable for any civil suit if their action or lack results in death or harm. Besides that, I mean what could be wrong with building a society on discrimination.

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New light shed on emotional fear

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Bad experiences and unpleasant events can remain etched into the brain for a person’s entire life. A new study has identified the brain processes at work that enable ‘bad thoughts’ to remain.
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While the writing in this piece is poorly done, the essential information is fascinating. Small though it is, the amygdala plays such a powerful role in emotional development. From my own history of PTSD I can certainly understand why this is important research. Now can it lead to treatment?

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Council supports entire Walnut Canyon area for conservation

Council supports entire Walnut Canyon area for conservation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Flagstaff City Council will join county supervisors in recommending to Congress a conservation zone around Walnut Canyon National Monument
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There are many wonderful places in this country that should be protected for future inhabitants. Certainly the beautiful areas around Flagstaff, Arizona, should be on that list. However, I always wonder when conservative parts of the state (or the country) suddenly want the federal government involved. You can't starve the beast and then expect it have the necessary resources to help you.

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World's Fastest - ODDEE

World's Fastest - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a levitating train that runs at 581 km/h (361 mph) to the world's fastest rapper, check out some of the fastest things and people out there.
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Are you always in a hurry? Check out some things designed for your lifestyle. Me, I'm from the slower pace of New England, which is why you might want to take a little break and read Broody New Englander, just a respite in the storm. One reviewer even called it "a virtuoso work of writing."

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Munchkin the super cute Teddy Bear dog goes sleighing

Munchkin the super cute Teddy Bear dog goes sleighing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A really cute video.

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Okay, I admit it; I'm a sucker for cute.

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Torturers and torture victims to be tortured until they tell truth about torture | NewsBiscuit

Torturers and torture victims to be tortured until they tell truth about torture | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After revelations that the CIA used ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ to torture prisoners, it has emerged that British forces may have to be tortured to see if they admit to having taken part in similar practices after 9/11 and during recent Middle East wars. The army believes that, unpalatable though it is, this may be the only way to the truth. ‘If we simply ask them whether they used torture, they will say no. If we ask their prisoners if they were tortured, they will say yes,’ said Brigadier Sir John Smythe. ‘The best solution is to put both guards and prisoners in a big room, re-torture the lot of them and see if either side changes their story. The nightmare scenario is if the soldiers admit to torture and the enemy changes its tune and says they weren’t tortured after all. It’s a tortuous process, so to speak.’
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And the torturous discussion goes on and on. Glad I only have to pull out my own fingernails. Time to drown myself in the shower.

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7 Children Who Were Raised By Animals - ODDEE

7 Children Who Were Raised By Animals - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Abandoned children, found living among animals, walking on all fours, and unable to speak – stories about them have been circulating since ancient times. Every once in a while, these so called
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I have no idea how much truth there is in any of these stories, but they surely make for interesting reading, maybe even ideas for a piece of creative writing.

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22 Things You're Doing Wrong

22 Things You're Doing Wrong | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's okay. These little tricks will help you become the highly advanced human you've always dreamed of being.
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My wife sent this to me, which made me a bit paranoid. Oh no, 22 things I'm doing wrong. Well, actually the one I cared about, peeling a banana, I was doing right. Most of this list is just great fun. Besides, being a man I really don't care about how to peel a potato or fold a fitted sheet; but you might actually get some good information.

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The Private Lives of Syria’s War Widows

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RAMTHA, Jordan — It was a rare happy occasion for Salma and her neighbors, Syrian war widows struggling to make lives in exile in this dusty…
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Too often we forget the hundreds of thousands of innocent people whose lives are disrupted by the cruelty of war, but the stupidity of intolerance, but the selfishness of self-righteousness, by the power-hunger of authority, and by the meanness of the world's indifference. But sometimes, even in the midst of all that there can be hope.

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Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree'

Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird 'family tree' ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify the evolutionary relationships of modern bird groups and reveals the genetic underpinning of traits such as singing, toothlessness, colorful feathers and color vision. ...
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Imagine that hummingbird outside your window, that robin singing, that parrot talking trash: all the wonder of birds. Now thing they all survived and were descended from the dinosaurs. Wow! Will they survive man? Will we cause another mass extinction?

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Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans. Researchers unveiled on Wednesday what they called the most scientifically rigorous estimate to date of the amount of plastic litter in the oceans - about 269,000 tons - based on data from 24 ship expeditio
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We must each hold ourselves responsible for what we do to the environment. This is our world, the one we will leave for our children and our children's children. By all means, lead a full, rich life; but think about what you are doing, what you are throwing where, how your actions will affect the earth.

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The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's a difficult world out there, people. War, poverty, brutality, corruption, social and racial injustice … these are not civil times we live in. Which is why, more than ever, we NEED the comfort and warmth that only life inside the Williams-Sonoma catalog can provide. Follow me, America. Follow me inside these glossy pages, where there is no anger. No violence. No internet commenters explaining why YOUR SO STOOPID.
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As a foodie, I love dropping in at a Williams-Sonoma store just to giggle a bit about the overpriced under-useful stuff they offer. Here's a great guide to their holiday season gift catalog. Please, don't send me any of these, not even if they are wrapped by a talented Japanese man.

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How income inequality holds back economic growth | Al Jazeera America

How income inequality holds back economic growth | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wealth divide cost US roughly 7 percentage points of GDP growth from 1990 to 2010, OECD report finds
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If a man can't buy products, then the demand for that product is lessened so it's production is smaller. And so on round and round. Siphoning wealth into the "Ponzi scheme" of the stock market only appears to grow the economy. The real economic wealth of a nation is in the actual goods and services it produces and the wellbeing of its citizenry.

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