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The Nanny Who Was a Princess: How a Kindness Turned Controversial

The Nanny Who Was a Princess: How a Kindness Turned Controversial | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Norway’s Crown Princess went incognito to India to care for the twins of a gay courtier.

 

What a lovely person this princess must be.

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TV debates to be settled by ‘head punching contests’ say Broadcasters | NewsBiscuit

TV debates to be settled by ‘head punching contests’ say Broadcasters | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
TV broadcasters have decided to ditch the debating format trialed in the 2010 election in which leaders debated policy and outlined pledges and will replace it instead with a series of ‘head punching contests’, confirmed Sue Inglish, Head of Political Programming at the BBC. The move has been welcomed by the right wing media who have long complained that a lefty liberal elite from north London have been allowed to set the tone for the forthcoming election. Right wing media groups say the election should not be settled by ‘some Islington pinko shirt lifter debating policies about EU membership or immigration’ but by two grown men punching each other in the face until one of them cries.
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In a punch-out here in the United States, my money is on Hillary; but it would be brutal.

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Who Should—and Who Shouldn't—Take Vitamin D

Who Should—and Who Shouldn't—Take Vitamin D | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here's what experts say, based on the latest evidence
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What the experts always say is there isn't enough evidence to decide but don't take too much of anything. I have no idea if the 1,000 iu plus the D in an eye vitamin I take each day is a good thing or not, but at least it appears to be safe. One of the great dangers is combining supplements that can push one or more vitamins too high. Be careful not a sheep-consumer.

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Man Beaten by Hollywood Cops For Looking Homeless Wins $240,000 Settlement | TruthVoice

Man Beaten by Hollywood Cops For Looking Homeless Wins $240,000 Settlement | TruthVoice | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"(H)e was brutally beaten and falsely arrested by five Hollywood, Florida, cops, he claims in a federal lawsuit.

“They tackled me, smashing my head to the ground,” said Gozaloff, of Plantation. “I felt like Rodney King. They were kicking me from all directions. All five cops."

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While delighted that this case has resulted in some justice for the victim of police brutality, I wonder if there will be any consequence for the officers or their commanders. The pity is that police departments have insurance, the premium for which is paid for by taxes, which in turn are paid by people like Mr. Gonzaloff. Until there are consequences for gross injustice by "officers of the law," there will be no change in the way the police far too often brutalize without cause.

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Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel

Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia.

A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol -- a well-known alcohol-based biofuel.

It is estimated that more than 400 billion liters of bioethanol could be produced each year from crop wastage.
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If we can find an efficient way to use what is now agricultural waste to generate power, that would be a great step forward.

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Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)?

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human
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The price our species pays for the complexity of the human brain may well be the disorders of mind.

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These kids aren't all right. 7 photos show you a world of change.

These kids aren't all right. 7 photos show you a world of change. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Photographers from around the world share photos of kids to help us see what climate change really looks like. It's literally about fire and ice.

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No, the world isn't getting that much warmer at this point, because the ice is melting and that keeps the temperatures down. But the climate is changing and the net-absorption of energy from the sun is rising. As a result, disasters are looming larger and greater. Meanwhile, for some it's all about business as usual. Perhaps it's time for us all to see the threat we are creating for all our children.

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A Photographer Visited A Lost Mongolian Tribe. These Photos Are Stunning

A Photographer Visited A Lost Mongolian Tribe. These Photos Are Stunning | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Dukha are also known as the “Tsaatan,” a term that means “reindeer herder.”
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I have always wanted to visit Mongolia. This small but unique group are just one of the many reasons I have been for so long fascinated by this remote country, which is now finding its place in the world.

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12 Amazingly Beautiful Secluded Beaches (beaches, travel, places, islands, relaxation, sun, surf) - ODDEE

12 Amazingly Beautiful Secluded Beaches (beaches, travel, places, islands, relaxation, sun, surf) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's nothing like a relaxing day on the beach, but being surrounded by tourists and screaming kids might not be the day off you dreamed of. That wouldn't be a problem at these beautiful and totally secluded beaches from around the globe. (beaches, travel, places, islands, relaxation, sun, surf)
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I'm not a beach person, but boy this are beautiful spots. As our thoughts in the Northern Hemisphere turn to summer, I figured we could all do with a bit of beach time (even if most of these are south of the equator).

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Fish and Chups! How to speak like a Kiwi!

Fish and Chups! How to speak like a Kiwi! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A loving introduction to New Zealand.

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I've been to New Zealand and would love to go back. Truly a wonderful place even if they do speak funny.

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Jeb Bush’s tie to fugitive goes against business-savvy image he promotes

Jeb Bush’s tie to fugitive goes against business-savvy image he promotes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the 1980s, Bush used his family connections to help a health-care executive bypass federal rules.
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I find it reprehensible that the son or daughter of a major elected official should be able to use those ties to help a friend or business associate. That the associate in this case was a crook isn't (IMHO) the issue; we all run into lots of crooks in our lives. Why did somebody think Mr. Bush's call should be made or taken? Access preferred is fairness denied to all.

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Fishing for Readers: Using Social Media to Market Books

Fishing for Readers: Using Social Media to Market Books | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

As an author, I know there are no quick ways to writer fame. Of course, it's easy enough if one is already famous. Star athletes, politicians, even big-time criminals will find their books on the best-seller list. But it isn't that easy for authors, we have to scrap for each sale. 

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I'm always happy to share some of my insights into marketing books. I hope you find them useful.

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Are Beans Actually Good For Your Heart?

Are Beans Actually Good For Your Heart? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Relatedly: is there a correlation between the amount you eat and the amount you fart?
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Okay, Bostonians, let's hear it for those baked beans. For my part, I love all kinds of beans and so do the bacteria in my gut.

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Last person to understand iTunes dies | NewsBiscuit

Last person to understand iTunes dies | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Patrick Wilbert, believed to be the last person on the world who understand how iTunes works, passed away yesterday, aged 39, after a stress-related illness. Wilbert had dedicated the last 14 years of his life working out how to get music on and off his iPod via iTunes. He was successful with nearly every version of the app, and there is evidence that he was even able to use iTunes with the Windows operating system.
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I have given up trying to understand technology. Luckily, I can usually find a ten-year-old who will save me when drowning in the world of electrons. However, I am not a Luddite. I use Spreecast to co-host It Matters Radio on Thursday evenings (9 ET) and I can post—sometimes even saying things that matter. Life is good.

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Why Jell-O Could Disappear Forever

Why Jell-O Could Disappear Forever | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
One analyst says the Heinz-Kraft merger would put Jell-O on the chopping block
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The legions of housewives past and present who have relied on a jell-o mold to grace those special tables are recoiling in horror at the very thought.

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Marcus Bachmann Refused Service in Indiana, Store Owner Assumed He Was Gay

Marcus Bachmann Refused Service in Indiana, Store Owner Assumed He Was Gay | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS – Marcus Bachmann, husband of former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, unwittingly became the first public face of Indiana’s newly-enacted Religious Freedom Re...
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Truly funny. I just love the irony.

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Breakfast Is Not The Most Important Meal Of The Day And Other Facts

Breakfast Is Not The Most Important Meal Of The Day And Other Facts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This week we learned breakfast is unimportant, there are nearly 200 people running for president and the crucial difference between white oak and red oak.
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Some fascinating factoids to make your day seem a little happier.

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4 scientifically proven ways to be a better spouse

4 scientifically proven ways to be a better spouse | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A wealth of research and a touch of game theory can do wonders for your marriage. Here are a few simple pointers
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The writer of this piece and her spouse are clearly headed for marriage counseling or maybe divorce. She thinks she can change him. Ha! The real success is learning to laugh at one another and with one another. Compromise can be surrender disguised. Reinforcing the behaviors we like, while an effective strategy for increasing the frequency of those behaviors, will not lead to improvement in all those other areas. Another key to success, honest and assertive communication about ones own needs and a mutual recognition that both persons' needs are important.

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AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers…
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There is no more despicable act than enslaving others. If the U.S. wants to lead the world, let us lead towards the freeing of all slaves and the punishment of all those who would enslave others?

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A struggle worth having for students

A struggle worth having for students | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Learning to teach to Common Core standards made us better teachers.
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In this brief essay, the author highlights both the strength and the weakness of Common Core. The strength is getting teachers to think about the goals of instruction and to better understand how to implement those goals. In that process of struggling with the concepts and applying them, their teaching has to improve. The weakness is those teachers (and parents) who do not want to do that very necessary work. I so often see posts in the social media praising the educational past, for example about cursive writing, rather than struggling with how to improve new skills and understanding. It is time to celebrate teachers like Kyle Schwartz, teachers who want to be the best for the sake of the best of our children.

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The Father of the Digital Synthesizer

The Father of the Digital Synthesizer | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After being ousted from Stanford University in the 1960s for fiddling around with computers too much, composition professor Dr. John Chowning changed the course of music history.
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If you are into music, read this. If you are into engineering and computers, read this. If you are into celebrating the individual as a creative being, read this. Heck, if you just like a great story, read this.

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The Economics of Busking

The Economics of Busking | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Want to be a street musician? Busk smarter, not harder, with this guide to serenading the streets.
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Maybe I'll write short story about a couple of buskers. If you've read "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne." you may wonder what happened to Ephraim after he goes looking for his mother in Iowa. Well, therein lies another tale, not from the Dew Drop, but have you been to the Watering Hole? No, there's one in every town and ...

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10 Geological Wonders you didn’t know (hidden wonders) - ODDEE

10 Geological Wonders you didn’t know (hidden wonders) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the Eye of the Sahara, to the Crystal Cave of the Giants in Mexico, some of the most amazing geological wonders you might have never heard of. (hidden wonders)
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I've posted this before, but today I needed something beautiful to remind me that the world is grand even if many of the people in it are sometimes selfish and destructive.

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Ireland Pays Tribute to Choctaw Nation’s Kindness

Ireland Pays Tribute to Choctaw Nation’s Kindness | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By creating an empty bowl symbolic of the Great Irish Famine formed from the seemingly fragile and rounded shaped eagle feathers used in Choctaw ceremonial dress, it is my aim to communicate the tenderness and warmth of the Choctaw Nation who provided food to the hungry when they themselves were still recovering from their own tragic recent past.
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The great potato famine of Ireland was during the middle of the nineteenth century, a period when "the red savages" of the Americas were being hunted and hounded like animals by the more sophisticated and cultured Euro-Americans. So much for stereotypes.

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The High-End Chocolate World Hates Mast Brothers 

The High-End Chocolate World Hates Mast Brothers  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Beards. If you’ve heard of the Mast brothers, that’s probably the first word you came across, even before chocolate. Yes, Rick and Michael Mast make craft chocolate in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, and they have big, bushy beards. With features in magazines like Bon Appétit, a popular cookbook, and three retail...
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Chocolate, what more is there to say?

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10 of the Worlds Weirdest Flowers - ODDEE

10 of the Worlds Weirdest Flowers - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From an orchid with a monkey face to another one that looks like a bee, take a look at some of the most exotic flowers out there.
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Just pucker up and enjoy these wonderful and unusual flowers.

 

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