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Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate

Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides $25 million to help them remove barriers, improve education.
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Chinese economy to become largest online betting site | NewsBiscuit

Chinese economy to become largest online betting site | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Betfair, Paddy Power and 'all our pension funds' are set to merge into the world's most irresponsible gambling company – China™. Punters will be able to speculate 24/7 on fickle share prices, cocaine-fuelled investment analysts and the 'three-thirty at Newmarket'. The Shanghai Composite has already fallen 16% in week, due to an accumulator bet involving the success of three rank-outsiders - Jeremy Corbyn, Leicester City FC and 'peace with Iran'. One excited gambler said: 'It's a real adrenaline rush, betting my mortgage on everyone else's mortgage. And for once, the odds are really stacked against the banker'.
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The think about good satire,there's always enough truth to make people uncomfortable.

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21 Reasons This Dog Is the Best Dog in the World

21 Reasons This Dog Is the Best Dog in the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In honor of National Dog Day, meet Maru the Shiba Inu, who's become an international canine star
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While I know that everyone of us has a "best dog in the world" in our hearts, this canine celebrity deserves our smiles—and our pats if we actually were to meet him.

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Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn - The Local | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An inmate at Norway's Halden prison hacked the TV system so he could share pornographic films and secret messages with fellow prisoners.
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While I can understand the need to control inter-prisoner communication in a high security prison, but perhaps making porn available as a reward for good behavior would make sense. It seems to me that would be privilege that many prisoners would value enough to control themselves. Indeed for many it might also give them a way to lower the tension that leads to acting out.

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Man killed during bull run in Spain pushes death toll to 10 so far for year

Man killed during bull run in Spain pushes death toll to 10 so far for year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As the number of towns holding bull runs grows to nearly 16,000, the death of a man in his 40s pushes the toll to equal the record of deaths set in 2009
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Tourists are an incredibly inane species, somewhat like the lemming or the dodo in individual intellectual prowess. Without that stupidity, the running of the bulls would never be such a major event. Let's face it, those who are watching want to see blood and those who are taking part—well, they want to feel that they are better than others. Yeah, I admit it, I'm not a fan of bull fighting either; but I do love a good steak, and that's no bull. Matter of fact, it's more likely a steer.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa Violently Arrested By Cops at LAX For Using a Hoverboard

Rapper Wiz Khalifa Violently Arrested By Cops at LAX For Using a Hoverboard | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Video of the incident was caught by onlookers and seems to show police slamming the rapper to the ground while yelling ‘stop resisting.’ He does not appear to be resisting at all.
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Once again we have to ask, "What is wrong with the police?" They are out of control, especially it seems when a person of color is involved. Is it actually against the law to ride a hover board in the airport? Even if it is, was the response proportional to the infraction? At least this time a celebrity is involved, which means exposure in the media.

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Explosion Reported at Chinese Chemical Plant

Explosion Reported at Chinese Chemical Plant | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dozen fire engines are battling the fire, according to state media
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There is and should be an inherent conflict between business  and government over the protection of workers and community safety. When politics and business become to cozy, too intertwined, as is clearly the case in China and the United States, that inherent conflict is weakened. The end result is poorer government regulation and supervision and greater danger to all.

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A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going.

A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The early results are in.
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A promising beginning. Of course, the real question is where those treated addicts go with their lives after release from rehab. Hopefully it will be into supportive programs, jobs, and decent lives. What is clear to me is that if they simply spiral back into addiction it might have made more sense to withhold the detox drug and allowed them to die. Which gets us to some number. If only one person in ten is saved, does that justify the program? One in twenty? Perhaps one in the hundred? What is your thinking?

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Petition Calls for Jon Stewart to Host a Presidential Debate

Petition Calls for Jon Stewart to Host a Presidential Debate | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
100,000 people have signed so far
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I think he'd do fine, but it would be an even better idea to have him do individual interviews with each candidate. Debates allow too much preparation and use of talking-points. Let's see how they respond to somebody pricking the balloon of their ego.

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Missouri Lawmakers Respond To Sexual Harassment Of Interns By Suggesting Intern Dress Code

Missouri Lawmakers Respond To Sexual Harassment Of Interns By Suggesting Intern Dress Code | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Missouri legislature would like to continue its internship program despite the program being marred by the recent sexual harassment of interns.

The idea the lawmakers have come up with? Imposing a dress code for the interns to "help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters."
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Sex and the Interns: is this a new reality show? Where are the Kardashians—there has to be Kardahians? Seriously, any person elected to political office who isn't capable of knowing what sexual harassment is a Bill Clinton. And any young person, male or female, who applies for an internship and doesn't know that they are entering the land of unrestrained libidos is a Monica Lewinsky. That two Missouri GOP legislators are trying to dye the dress just makes them another part of the American political farce.

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Russian police bust $30 million contraband cheese ring

Russian police bust $30 million contraband cheese ring | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police said Tuesday they have busted an international ring involved in producing contraband cheese worth about 2 billion rubles ($30 million), arresting six people. The arrests are part of a government…
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Glad to know that the Russian government is depriving its people of one of life's greatest pleasures. Take away my Camembert and you'd have one unhappy camper. 

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A 14-year-old girl disproves a college professor's published theory on racism ... by Googling it.

A 14-year-old girl disproves a college professor's published theory on racism ... by Googling it. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
No racists need apply.
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A fascinating story that reminds us how much discrimination exists in history and in the world today. It also reminds us that individuals do matter. My novel, "Widow's Walk" is in part about the Irish experience in America and how many Irish men and women came here with nothing to forge a life. Coming from Boston, I was brought up in the sordid mix of Anti-Irish, Anti-Italian, and Anti-Jewish sentiment that swilled around us. Long ago, I realized that such claptrap existed to keep the "common people" from joining together to change the world. Let us remember that no matter what a person's race, religion, national origin, or sexual identity, we are all more nearly human than otherwise.

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California’s Saint, and a Church’s Sins

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Pope Francis will canonize the Rev. Junipero Serro next month. But to Native Americans, that story has a dark side.
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I look at history, at what man —even among the best of men — has done to his fellow in the name of God, and wonder if religion is perhaps the creation of the Devil. Certainly it allows us to feel a tribal identity and superiority. Today those feelings are clearly seen in Jerusalem, in ISIS, in Chinese treatment of minorities (yes, China's religion being their brand of communism), and in the Republican party.  Van Pope Francis canonize this symbol of Euro-American destruction of the Native population in a way that recognizes his faith while condemning his methods and inhumanity?

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I was a compulsive masturbator

I was a compulsive masturbator | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
My habit started at the tender age of 4. It took an abstinence-only sex ed class to teach me that I was not alone
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This is a great personal piece by Chloe Stillwell. I hope that she has now obtained a quality vibrator and perhaps a good partner.

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The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed

The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sorry, Bill Kristol. The Iran deal isn’t one of them.
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An historical perspective on horrible treaties to which the Unites States has been a party. It is a good thing to remember that history much of the worst of histories stories are built on the foolishness of political leaders.

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Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes

Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on President Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S. next month after a tough day for global markets.
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Right!! Instead of diplomacy and reason, let's go back to the days before Richard Nixon made discussion with the Chinese possible. Does this idiot have a clue what foreign policy is? This is the kind of bombast that makes him not only un-electable but also a danger to his party. He does make one thing clear, however—that the GOP thinks the stock market is the center of America.

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Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is establishing a slavery museum and reconciliation center in an old cathedral as part of an effort to acknowledge its own complicity in the slave trade.
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While I applaud this effort by the Episcopal Church in Rhode Island to remind us as a nation of the truth of slavery, and a horrible truth that is, the real problem is that far too many of our forebearers came to this country well after the Civil War. As a result, many Euro-Americans do not recognize their share of the responsibility. If religion has a meaningful part to play in human affairs, the most important goal is to remind us that evil — once done — lingers in a land until it has been cleansed. It is not sufficient to sweep the past under the rug of repressed memory; we must all bear its truth or the "American Dilemma" will never be resolved.

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Which Country Is Best Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Which Country Is Best Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If Fear the Walking Dead came true, world governments from Putin’s Russia to Castro’s Cuba would need swift action, iron will, and plenty of bullets…
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When asked what I would do if New York City, not far from where I lived at the time, were bombed by the Soviets (yeah, that long ago), my answer was simple. "Get into my car if it will run and head to Central Park so I could die quickly." When the zombies come, I plan to be an appetizer. But, for those who are determined to survive, here is some useful (lol) information. Oh, and the charge for this service, forget the brains, I would an arm or a leg. My rotisserie awaits.

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Alabama tried a Donald Trump-style immigration law. It failed in a big way.

Alabama tried a Donald Trump-style immigration law. It failed in a big way. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Alabama backed off the 2011 measure, but the rise of Trump has given supporters a second wind.
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Since Trump is such a great businessman (I know he really isn't but that is what he claims.), shouldn't he demonstrate how easily a successful business can flourish in Alabama by setting one up in Alabama, doing careful background checks, and hiring all these fine Americans who support him because they "deserve a good job"? No need to kick all the "illegals" out, just show they aren't needed. Of course, we are talking about low-wage-workers in Alabama. Mr. Trump might just learn something about reality of the real world of Dr. Pepper, NASCAR, poor education, and meth-amphetamines. Not as  many employers are hiring illegal Mexicans because of wages (and those who do should be in prison) as because of the simple fact that few Americans (even those of Hispanic background) are prepared to do the jobs in question. If you don't know what I mean, try picking lettuce in Yuma.Heck, try to find somebody willing to take care of dairy cows in Vermont. But, I digress. 

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Malala Aced Her High School Exams

Malala Aced Her High School Exams | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Yousafzai got As and A*s on her General Certificate of Secondary Education exams (GCSEs)
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With grades like that, one can understand why this wonderful young woman may intimidate the paranoid and insecure men of the Taliban. What a great role model she is for girls, Muslim and non-Islamic.

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Josh Duggar Says He's 'the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'

Josh Duggar Says He's 'the Biggest Hypocrite Ever' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"19 Kids and Counting" star says he was "unfaithful" to his wife
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Warning to my far right religious friends: This is a sick puppy. Just as the rabid dog foams at the mouth, the rapid "Marjoe," is the biggest: sinner, hypocrite, liar. That way his imminent salvation will redeem us all and allow us all grace. It is the Protestant method of selling indulgences. If you don't remember Marjoe and don't know what selling indulgences means, might I suggest a quick trip through Wikipedia.

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10 Most Exclusive ONE Room Hotels - ODDEE

10 Most Exclusive ONE Room Hotels - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If exclusivity is what you look for when going on vacation, you can't miss these ten hotels that only have one bedroom.
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I love most of these. I'd pass on Disney World, but the treetops in Peru, wow. So enjoy some great travel ideas.

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Corgis are for extroverts: What your favorite dog breed says about you

Corgis are for extroverts: What your favorite dog breed says about you | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Science suggests your dog is an expression of your personality type. Find out if you and your pooch are a match
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Have fun. Of course they skipped Airedales, which are one of my two favorites, and forget that there are Cardigan Corgis, not just Pembroke, Cardis being so wonderful. But still it is fun. What's your favorite breed, and no fair saying mixed, All American, or mutt.

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Russia Burns Dutch Flowers Amid Netherlands’ Inquiry Into Malaysia Airlines Crash

Russia Burns Dutch Flowers Amid Netherlands’ Inquiry Into Malaysia Airlines Crash | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Russian crackdown on Dutch flower imports is seen by some as a response to an investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
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I wonder where Russian flower lovers would get their blooms were Dutch flowers unavailable. Perhaps the Dutch importers should require the Russian importers to pay insurance on shipments to Russia thereby raising the cost to those consumers. While cut flowers are certainly not essential to the Russian people, every little sanction helps if the Putin bear is to be brought to bay.

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Air Force Botches Bomber’s 10-Year Costs in Reports to Congress

Air Force Botches Bomber’s 10-Year Costs in Reports to Congress | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The U.S. Air Force misstated the 10-year cost for research, procurement and support of its new long-range bomber in annual reports to Congress.
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When I went to post this story, this picture was the one that came up with it. I can't keep myself from laughing. Were this the bomber in question, I would probably take no issue with the DOD's lack of proper planning. Sadly, they are talking about a weapons system designed to kill people, including possibly beautiful women, handsome men, and innocent children. So, yes, I think more care should go into those budgets. Perhaps the money might be better spent on schools, roads, and human services.

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Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn't like in Hollywood

Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn't like in Hollywood | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
People who claim to be vampires are in the thousands, with demographics transcending class, race and gender. But there’s a reason they stay in the shadows
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Some stories just fascinate. I do know that sufferers of Porphyria may exhibit a craving for blood. Of course, the Massai have a tradition of drinking the blood from cows. Given the small quantity of blood that seems to satisfy this craving it blood banks might not consider this a legitimate medical need. Anyway, put away your garlic, silver bullets, and stakes and forget holding up that crucifix.

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