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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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12-Year-Old Michigan Boy Works to Support Detroit's Homeless - NBC News

12-Year-Old Michigan Boy Works to Support Detroit's Homeless - NBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Described as "fearless" and "an old spirit," 12-year-old Robby Eimers is on a mission to help the homeless.His efforts to serve the needy...
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Some stories just deserve sharing. Got to love this kid's simple decency.

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4 Pinocchios for a rocker’s off-base claims about taxes and the ’1 percent’

4 Pinocchios for a rocker’s off-base claims about taxes and the ’1 percent’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
KISS bassist Gene Simmons earns Four Pinocchios for asserting myths about the taxes paid by the top one percent.
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Some questions if I may: 1) I thought KISS had left the building, not just the stage; are they still around? 2) Why do rock musicians try to tell us anything; it isn't like being a musician establishes your chops in social policy? 3) Is it true that base players are the dumbest of rock musicians or is that just a rumor started by guitarists?

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Clinton, despite stratospheric poll numbers, is very likely to face primary opposition

Clinton, despite stratospheric poll numbers, is very likely to face primary opposition | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite her stratospheric poll numbers, the Democratic front-runner is likely to face a primary fight.
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I see a few names in the list of possible contenders I would prefer to Mrs. Clinton. How about you? Who would you like to see as the Democratic nominee?

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Study: Kids on screen-time diet lost weight, performed better in school

Study: Kids on screen-time diet lost weight, performed better in school | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggests parental monitoring of media consumption can have a lasting effect on a child's development
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While I certainly think this study tells us something important, I wonder how much of the effect was due to getting the kids away from those ubiquitous screens and how much was due to the greater amount of parent-child interaction that resulted or the simple fact that the parents were showing some interest and concern. I must admit that I am always torn when we go out to eat and see kids with their pads. Part of me applauds the lovely quiet. Part of me wants to yell at the parents, "Why don't you interact with your children?"

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Parents used to think that they cannot control children and technology. However, parents do have power and this is demonstrated in this article. Weight loss can be determined with the amount of technology we use. Additionally, the more time we use on technology, the more the weight gain! This could be due to the inactivity while we are on our devices thus not doing anything. Thus this article further reiterates the point on healthy lifestyle, especially so about inculcating certain healthy habits starting young.

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Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”

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So if parents tell kids that fantasy is true, the kids tend to believe fantasy; and if parents rear their kids knowing the difference, the kids recognize the difference. It seems obvious, but it isn't. Conventional wisdom has always taught that kids were naturally credulous.

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Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza

Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who's shown with his wife and dog. While Giza is famous for its pyramids, the site also contains fields of tombs that sprawl to the east and west of the Great Pyramid. The new painting was discovered in 2012 by a team from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has been excavating these tombs since 1996.
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Amazing, after all these years more wonders from ancient Egypt. Love archeology.

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11 Weirdest Jobs - ODDEE

11 Weirdest Jobs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From sleeping to eating barbecue, take a look at some of the weirdest occupations people are getting paid to do.
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Moving icebergs is one of these fascinating jobs. Check them out. Who knows, you may be inspired to the career of your life.

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5 atheist and Muslim billboards that drove the Christian right nuts

5 atheist and Muslim billboards that drove the Christian right nuts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Evangelicals are no strangers to inflammatory signs. Some people can dish it out a lot better than they can take it
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What do you think? Should Atheists and Muslims use billboards to support and publicize their beliefs? Or should only Christians and Jews (and what about Mormons) be allowed to advertise? For me, it is risible that people would oppose these expressions of religious freedom and diversity.

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Two Former Republican State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Two Former Republican State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two former Utah state attorneys general were arrested at their homes on Tuesday. Both Republicans face numerous charges, including receiving and soliciting bribes. The men were charged with a combi...
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And these guys are being arrested by the State of Utah, one of the most GOP dominated states in the Union. What is wrong with some politicians?

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Reluctantly, Patriot Flees Homeland for Greener Tax Pastures

Reluctantly, Patriot Flees Homeland for Greener Tax Pastures | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Another company is moving its headquarters to Europe, in part to pay lower taxes. This time, it’s led by the daughter of a United States senator.
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Now the world is engaging in the same tax rate bidding scheme that has existed among the U.S. states. Is it time for the world to agree on a fixed set of tax rates and sharing the income?

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Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong

Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not only does the Bible offers two distinct sets, the laws are more morally ambiguous than they might first appear
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If God really wanted to give humans a statement of guiding principles for our lives, what would those ten statements be? Be sure to read this powerful assessment of the ten commandments (both forms) and the alternative offered). This is a piece to make us all think.

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Studies ask whether MDMA can cure PTSD

Studies ask whether MDMA can cure PTSD | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Club drug Molly gives MDMA a bad name, but research on its medical uses are promising.
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Hallucinogens and other psychoactive drugs may have therapeutic uses which should be researched even if social use of the drugs can be very dangerous. Of course, one question is always the durability of positive changes. How long will the PTSD remain in remission or is it really cured?

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Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up

Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not only is the fruit high in vitamin C, it could be the secret to unlocking marijuana's true potential
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Interestingly, I am allergic to fresh apricots and pot and have a mixed reaction to walnuts and mangoes. Hmm. Anyway, I thought this information my marijuana smoking friends would want to have and personally found it one of those amusing factoids that make life more fun.

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10 Fascinating Old Things that Still Work - ODDEE

10 Fascinating Old Things that Still Work - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At a time when almost everything has an expiration date, it is hard to find anything that works for a year before it's time to replace it. We have managed to find 10 things that work even to this day.
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Silene Stenophylla is an approximately 31, 800 year old plant. At least that's when it last bloomed before Russian scientists resurrected it from seeds found in thawing permafrost. Check out the other great oldies in this set. My only question: how come they didn't take a picture of me as the world's most ancient novelist (note I didn't say oldest, just most ancient, which is how I feel many days)?

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My Uber got pulled over by the Denver police — and then things got really weird - GeekWire

My Uber got pulled over by the Denver police — and then things got really weird - GeekWire | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Colorado is the self-described “vanguard" of innovation. But that's not really how it felt to me on Friday after the Denver police stopped the UberX I was
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I'd never heard of Uber before and thought it sounded like an interesting idea. More to the point, there is clearly something wrong with the behavior of this police officer. It illustrates why we have a growing distrust of the police in this country. Hopefully, he will be identified and properly disciplined. Of course, the driver will end up paying dearly for the speeding, which is as it should be.

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Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball

Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
She hoped no one was watching. Unfortunately, everyone was.
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One of those moments the real fans will be talking about come winter. When I was a kid, the best of Red Sox fans were the old guys in Maine who could spend a week around the  checker set chewing this one over and over.

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New Clinton Docs Disparage Ginsburg, Underscore Security Concerns at Atlanta Olympics

New Clinton Docs Disparage Ginsburg, Underscore Security Concerns at Atlanta Olympics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Among other revelations in the newly-released papers, the White House warned of the Supreme Court candidate's "halting speech" and "laconic nature" in one memo
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This is the kind of honest assessment any POTUS should be receiving about potential appointments. It is to Mr. Clinton's credit that he nominated somebody who saw her dignity and values as more important than the White House's dignity. IMHO, Justice Ginsburg has more than lived up to the faith the president placed in her.

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Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring

Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body.
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Always good to know that neuroscience is moving forward. I wonder if I would have gone into psychology if it had all this hard science available back then. Maybe, I would have gone directly to writing books. I like personality and behavior more than I like neuroscience. But I do love learning this stuff.

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Pennsylvania will now shame convicted lawmakers with plaques that note their crimes

Pennsylvania will now shame convicted lawmakers with plaques that note their crimes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You do the crime, you do the time. And get an updated plaque in the Capitol portrait gallery.
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Strikes me as similar to those dog-shaming pictures in Facebook except unlike dogs, we have no hope that disgraced politicians will ever learn.

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Why Is the Nash Equilibrium So Important?

Why Is the Nash Equilibrium So Important? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, currently working on From Tryst to Tendulkar: The History of Independent India: Game theory is a study of strategies involved in complex games. Almost every human interaction—politics, economics, law, and religion—can be modeled as a game. You are in a game if your fate is impacted...
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A basic view of game theory. As an economics major, I did my thesis on price leadership. Too bad I had no knowledge of game theory, or I might have made a better contribution.

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Why do we have blood types?

Why do we have blood types? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.
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A fascinating and informative read. And, yes, there is discussion about the blood type diet fad.

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U.S. Military Takes Robotic Mule Out for a Stroll

U.S. Military Takes Robotic Mule Out for a Stroll | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Marines have named it Cujo.
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Does it nicker when offered a plug-in? Got to love this.

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Ancient Coins Found Buried in British Cave

Ancient Coins Found Buried in British Cave | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Digging through a cave in central Britain, archaeologists uncovered 26 ancient gold and silver coins belonging to the Corieltauvi tribe, a group of people that lived in Britain before the Roman conquest. The discovery of the coins was a surprise, because they were found at a site called Reynard's Kitchen Cave, which is located outside the Corieltauvi's usual turf. "It might be that we have a member of the tribe living beyond the boundary that is more usually associated with the territory," Rachael Hall, an archaeologist at the National Trust who led the excavation, told Live Science in an email. This more recent find at Reynard's Kitchen Cave might be additional evidence that members of the tribe once hoarded coins.
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Nice to know there's still buried treasure to be found in the world. Got to love this kind of chance archeological find.

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The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often

The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Americans don’t trust government. Armed with data, a new generation of policy makers is trying to remedy that.
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The use of outcome measurement is a great way to improve the function of government, but it misses of of the most important truths, beginning programs tend to work better than the same programs once fully implemented. Call it bureaucratization or simply a decrease in enthusiasm, but a decline in quality of outcome seems inevitable. Even in programs where there is great personal motivation for the recipients, such as newborn health care or college performance counseling, the recipients tire of the process as do the providers. The ultimate question is can government (or the private sector) ever motivate people sufficiently to keep positive results occurring. So, yes, let's try to improve government functioning, but let's not forget the lessons of GM and other large private sector components, failure to thrive beyond the creation of the bureaucracy is a human propensity.

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Study: Organic Produce Has Fewer Pesticides, More Antioxidants

Study: Organic Produce Has Fewer Pesticides, More Antioxidants | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New research comes down on the side of organic food, but doesn't make any claims about health effects
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Of course much of what is sold in supermarkets as organic is somewhat questionable in actual provenance and is more expensive. But, I prefer to buy organic when I can and especially at farmers' markets. 

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