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Daily interview no.582 with multi-genre author Kenneth Weene

Daily interview no.582 with multi-genre author Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Welcome to the five hundred and eighty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with multi-genre author Kenneth ...
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Of course you want to know more about me. So here it is with a nice piece of flash fiction as an added bonus.

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This Is the World's Favorite Harry Potter Spell

This Is the World's Favorite Harry Potter Spell | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don't worry, it's not Avada Kedavra
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I want a spell that will drive self-serving people from politics. Of course, that might leave Washington a ghost town, but what the heck. 

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Rick Santorum Endorsed Marco Rubio. Rubio May Wish He Hadn’t After Seeing This.

Rick Santorum Endorsed Marco Rubio. Rubio May Wish He Hadn’t After Seeing This. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rick Santorum made his overdue departure from the Republican race official on Wednesday evening, endorsing Marco Rubio on his way out the door. “We dec ...
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With friends like this who needs enemies?

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Luxembourg to support space mining - BBC News

Luxembourg to support space mining - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Luxembourg government has signalled its intention to get behind the 'next industrial revolution' - the mining of asteroids in space.
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There is something wonderful about this idea of a tiny country taking over tiny space bodies. When you get passed the laughing, however, Luxembourg has managed to become an important economic and political player in the world.
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Elephant fatally gores Scottish tourist in Thailand

Elephant fatally gores Scottish tourist in Thailand | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
BANGKOK — A Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities said Tuesday.

Police Lt. Rotjanart Kiewjan said the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The elephant then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him.

Thai news reports said the elephant became enraged after its trainer, known as a mahout, climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Police think hot weather may have disturbed the 13-year-old elephant.

The mahout, who is from Myanmar, was also gored and Hughes was injured from her fall. Both were hospitalized.

There was speculation that the elephant might have been in a state of musth, when it becomes more aggressive during its mating cycle, but Cherdchai Jaroenwech of the Office of Livestock Development said that was not the case.

Cherdchai, who shot the elephant with a tranquilizer dart Monday evening, said it had been taken back to the corral of its trekking company owners, Island Safari, where it was attended to by its usual caretakers and showered constantly to cool off while remaining chained.

He said the elephant, dubbed Rambo but also called by the nickname Golf, will take a 15-day break from work and then be moved to another branch of the trekking company in either Krabi or Phang Nga.

Elephants are Thailand's de facto national animal and were once featured on the country's flag. Their numbers have declined in recent decades as expanding human settlements have reduced their natural habitats. Thailand now has fewer than 3,000 wild elephants and about 4,000 domesticated elephants, according to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

The beasts once were used for logging, but deforestation and a subsequent ban on most logging has led to many elephants now being used as tourist attractions.
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I always share stories about elephants in musth because such a pachyderm provides the denouement in Memoirs From the Asylum.Check out the book at http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Asylum-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984421955/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Unsettling 'Food Surgeon' Performs An Oreo Cream Transplant On A Reese's Cup

Unsettling 'Food Surgeon' Performs An Oreo Cream Transplant On A Reese's Cup | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Food Surgeon is just what he sounds like: a YouTuber who operates on food the way Dr. Frankenstein operates on cadavers.
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Don't try this at home; it may result in serious weight gain. 

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Groundhog predicts nine depressing months of Trump deluge | NewsBiscuit

Groundhog predicts nine depressing months of Trump deluge | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a departure from the traditional ceremony held annually in the Pennsylvania town, groundhog Phil refused to be drawn on whether the foresaw an early spring or another six weeks of winter. However, Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley claims that Phil emerged reluctantly from his hole to tell him that Americans could look forward to ' another nine months of moronic non-sequiturs from Trump and the dim-witted bigots that support him'.
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Well, we had to know this bit of humor was coming. 

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New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says

New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A program that includes family counseling, among other forms of support, can yield an improved quality of life that makes the higher expenses worthwhile, researchers said.
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It has long been apparent to me that providing supportive services would make the lives of schizophrenics better and therefore would also benefit their families. It's great to see that there is new evidence that this will also prove to be more cost-effective than limiting care to medication and bits of talk therapy. 

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Police Leaders Unveil Principles Intended to Shift Policing Practices Nationwide

Police Leaders Unveil Principles Intended to Shift Policing Practices Nationwide | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The recommendations include ways to defuse volatile encounters and sidestep violence, document and track the use of force, and, ultimately, restore trust in communities.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I am all for this process of reviewing principles and hopefully leading police to better awareness of their role in protecting and serving as opposed to controlling, I think that in the end real change will only come when the relatively small number of individual police officers who who hide their brutality behind a blue uniform are held accountable. 

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You're probably already a manatee fan. If not, here are 22 reasons to become one.

You're probably already a manatee fan. If not, here are 22 reasons to become one. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Plus 22 awesome pictures that will make you smile.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I loved manatees the first time I saw them in Florida. They are lovely, gentle creatures. When I watch them, I feel like I'm looking in a mirror—yeah, seriously! 

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Barbie’s Got a New Body

Barbie’s Got a New Body | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Read TIME’s cover story on Mattel’s radical makeover of an American icon
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I may have to rewrite my poem, "Barbie"

 

Barbie

 

Sprung full boobed

Ready role model

For a generation

Willing to die

Of self-starvation

For flatter stomachs

For thinner thighs.

 

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10 Craziest Foreign Objects Found Stuck In A Rectum (found objects) - ODDEE

10 Craziest Foreign Objects Found Stuck In A Rectum (found objects) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ouch! You got what stuck where? (found objects)
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Okay, some people tell me I have my head up there, but here are some really strange things, including live ammo. Now that could lead to an explosive discharge. 

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Technology Addiction: Fran Lewis | The Write Room Blog

Technology Addiction: Fran Lewis | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Walking the streets of Manhattan a few weeks ago I observed something that was to some quite interesting and to others mundane.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

My personal peeve is the use of cellphones at dinner. Please, I don't need you to google that fact; I need you to take part in conversation. 

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OPINION: A Norse temple for the 21st century

OPINION: A Norse temple for the 21st century | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What’s behind the resurgence of neo-pagan religions?
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I love this. It is certainly time for us to re-invent the religious experience. Meanwhile, I shall drink my mead and worship nature as she unfolds. 

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Lego's new minifigure may be tiny, but its impact will be huge.

Lego's new minifigure may be tiny, but its impact will be huge. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This toy is a big win for inclusivity — and for speaking our minds.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is a great movement by Lego and other toy manufacturers. Now if we can teach children that those dolls and action figures that are "different' are equally beautiful, good, and likable. Then, perhaps, this movement will make a real difference. 

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Here's What Pope Francis Wants You to Give Up for Lent This Year

Here's What Pope Francis Wants You to Give Up for Lent This Year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
No need to throw out the chocolate, booze, and carbs. Pope Francis has a different idea for Catholics' Lenten fasting this year.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As a non-Catholic, I must admit I'm constantly impressed by this man's understanding of the human condition. In the battle between the darkness of self-service and the light of concern for the greater good, he offers a bright candle to light our way. 

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A Politician Dies And Has To Spend Just One Day In Hell. This Is Priceless!

A Politician Dies And Has To Spend Just One Day In Hell. This Is Priceless! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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This is an oldie, but a goody: the punchline will make you think.
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GOP-led states increasingly taking control from local school boards

GOP-led states increasingly taking control from local school boards | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Governors are seizing control of struggling urban schools, prompting bitter resistance.
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A paradox, the GOP usually pushes local control as a value, especially when it comes to the federal government. But, here they are dealing with the failure of many large cities to provide good educations. Parents will be outraged and local politicians will scream foul, but there really are questions about local school boards, local financing, and local control. On the other hand, we've seen in places like Flint Michigan what central control can produce. About time we all took a good long look at public education and how to make it work for all our kids.

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10 More Unique Beaches - ODDEE

10 More Unique Beaches - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the black sands of a Hawaiian vacation spot to the shifting dunes of a Brazilian lagoon, check out 10 more ten more bizarre beaches with a little something extra.
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It's a great day for the beach. Just don;t forget to bring a good book. But where to find one? Ah, try this great page. 
http://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU  ;

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Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them

Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The original genetic modification.
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Fascinating. I must admit some of the originals don't look that appetizing, but I wish I could try them. 

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This US Map Shows The Craziest Laws By State And You've Definitely Broken A Few

This US Map Shows The Craziest Laws By State And You've Definitely Broken A Few | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

So those Broody New Englanders in Maine have to get their Christmas decorations down by Jan 14. Now that's sad, but living here in Arizona I can't let my donkey sleep in the bathtub and that's tragic. 

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This is a fun collection. 

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7 new breeds have just become eligible to compete at the Westminster dog show.

7 new breeds have just become eligible to compete at the Westminster dog show. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The dogs are unique and adorable, but is all of this OK?
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I love dogs and these breeds look delightful, but is it really good for animals to be bred into stereotypes? My corgi was a champion, my Airedale was just a delight, and my poodle terrier mix was a queen; the papers for two didn't make them better then the one. Nor did those papers make them healthier. Anyway, if you're a dog lover, you'll find this fascinating reading and great pictures. 

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Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study provides researchers with their first biological handle on the disorder, and helps explain why it often begins at a relatively young age.
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As a psychologist, I am excited by this contribution to our understanding of schizophrenia. Hopefully, this will lead to ideas for treatment and prevention, but for now at least it gives us a new understanding. Sadly, too much of a good genetic thing can be bad for one. So how can we monitor and reduce the expression of this particular genetic trait in young people who are at risk? Yet another reason for universal medical care. 

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Women pay more for living

Women pay more for living | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There’s gendered pricing in dry cleaning: Just the latest installment of women having to pay more for things Women can pay more than twice as much as a man to have the exact same shirt dry-cleaned
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Find the video report at http://www.salon.com/2016/01/27/theres_gendered_pricing_in_dry_cleaning_just_the_latest_installment_of_women_having_to_pay_more_for_things/?source=newsletter 

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Hillary Clinton’s Phony Attack on Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton’s Phony Attack on Bernie Sanders | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton has suggested as much. Don’t be so sure.
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It is not naive to seek peace rather than prepare for war. It would be naive to not be ready for battle when it is necessary, but it is childish to not see the options for peace as worth pursuing. I have serious questions about Hillary's capacities in foreign affairs.
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World's Rarest Giraffe Spotted

World's Rarest Giraffe Spotted | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
She was named by a local guide after a brand of detergent.
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Got to celebrate the wonder of nature. 

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