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6 Tips For How to Return (Almost) Anything | TIME.com

6 Tips For How to Return (Almost) Anything | TIME.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Just about anything ugly or ill-fitting can be returned if the giver was nice enough to include a gift receipt, but what if they assumed you'd just loooove their present and didn't include one (and you don't have the heart to tell them otherwise)?
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The Brits used to call it Boxing Day, I call it the start of the returns season. So you don't want three toasters or that bright green bathrobe. Return it. Here's how.

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House To Allow Vote On Flint Aid In Water Bill Amid Funding Fight

House To Allow Vote On Flint Aid In Water Bill Amid Funding Fight | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Republican leaders on Tuesday night agreed to allow a vote on aid for the Flint, Michigan, water crisis in a water resources bill, potentially setting up Congressional leaders to agree on a temporary funding bill to keep the government open until December.

The House Rules Committee had initially blocked an amendment on Flint aide to the Water Resources Development Act, but GOP leaders agreed to add the amendment providing $170 million in aid for Flint, according to The Hill.
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If there has to be a threat of a government shutdown to get Congress to help the victims of government mismanagement in Flint, then we have to ask ourselves what is wrong with Congress. We also have to ask ourselves what is wrong with a political party that is willing to ignore the plight of almost one hundred thousand of our citizens. 
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Pirate Party ready to sail Iceland's government into uncharted waters

Pirate Party ready to sail Iceland's government into uncharted waters | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The 'Pirates' look set to gain one of the largest shares of seats in Iceland's parliament. But why is a nation of conservative fishermen turning to a party of techno-utopian democrats?
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I've always loved Iceland and I loved it even more after we actually went there. That love has been intensified by the political change that has swept the small island nation. With people who are at once very modern and still believe in elves and ancient religions, Iceland is in many ways like a giant New England town meeting. What better place to test the idea of a new participatory democracy, one that relies on modern technology to maximize participation? 
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High Times: Vertical farming is on the rise — but can it save the planet?

High Times: Vertical farming is on the rise — but can it save the planet? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming, which doesn't break ground at all, raise hopes it can feed the world
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Fascinating idea, especially for those of us who like produce grown close to home. As renewable energy becomes more cost efficient, such vertical farming may become doable. Perhaps we could also add a copse of trees on the roof. In the end, we have to stop deforesting our world. 
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How this 14-year-old Syrian refugee is fighting to end child marriage

How this 14-year-old Syrian refugee is fighting to end child marriage | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Following in the footsteps of her role model Malala Yousafzai, Omaima Hoshan, a 14-year-old living in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, is raising awareness about the physical and psychological risks child marriage poses to young girls.
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We should all celebrate this young woman. Her determination to help other girls to find their own lives and to not be "cast" into marriage is heartening and important. 
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A Black Woman Talks About Race at Work

A Black Woman Talks About Race at Work | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"As the head of Human Capital Management for Goldman Sachs, I believe our ability to create a corporate culture where people can come together to share ideas, solve problems and, in that process, learn from one another defines the strength of our organization." Global Head of Human Capital Management Goldman Sachs
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What does racism look like? Having seen this on LinkedIn, I felt it important to share. This woman is a major executive but as a woman and a black, she is subject to all these little humiliations. It sounds like a "Chinese Water Torture" for the ego.However, this lady has the grit to know she matters. 
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These 11 childhood cliches are still totally on point.

These 11 childhood cliches are still totally on point. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If we follow the voice from childhood still ringing in our heads, we might do better at adulting.
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I like up this morning wanting to find something to give the day a smile and here it is. Some nice simple wisdom for us all. 
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Why do so many veterinarians commit suicide? - The Boston Globe

Why do so many veterinarians commit suicide? - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Column explores why so many vets take their own lives.
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If you know a veterinarian, thank them for their work and their caring. Many of them want so desperately to know that the care they give our pets matters to us and is appreciated. Remember that they too grieve when a dog, cat, horse, or whatever animal for whom they have cared dies and often it is much harder on them because they have had to euthanize an old friend. Make no bones about it, each of our pets is their old friend. How horrible it must be to have a dog you have known for years lick your hand as you insert that lethal injection to end their suffering. Sure, I know you pay the bill when your pet needs care, but be sure you add that application directly to the vet because they are special, caring people. 
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World's oldest fish hooks found in Japanese island cave - BBC News

World's oldest fish hooks found in Japanese island cave - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Archaeologists find the world's oldest fish hooks in a cave on the Japanese island of Okinawa, dating from about 23,000 years ago.
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I love little archeological treasure hunts and finds like this one. And what beautiful hooks they are. 
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6,200 years ago, did South Americans wear blue jeans?

6,200 years ago, did South Americans wear blue jeans? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not Egypt but Peru? A discovery at an ancient temple site in Peru means that indigo dye was used to color cotton at least 1,800 years before scientists had previously believed it was.
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"The people of the Americas were making scientific and technological contributions as early and in this case even earlier than people were in other parts of the world," Splitstoser told LiveScience. "We always leave them out. I think this finding just shows that that's a mistake."
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Why Not a College Degree in Sports?

Why Not a College Degree in Sports? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Colleges should award degrees in athletics, just as they do in music, dance and theater.
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Every now and then an idea comes along that take me by surprise and then I say, "Yeah, that's a good idea." Here's one such. The big differences would be offering athletes classes that actually connected to their primary interest, sports, and recognizing that education is not simply about the arts and sciences but also about perfecting one's abilities. What's great about this idea is maybe we can start differentiating between those athletes who are gladiators and those who are trained beyond the arena. I have no problem with the gladiators who want to go out and earn their way playing a sport, but I do think that we should recognize those who want to master themselves as part of the process. Next, how do we give those great musicians, dancers, artists, and writers who are working towards their degrees the support we give to athletes? 
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U.S. News college rankings: Princeton, Williams and UC-Berkeley at the top, again

U.S. News college rankings: Princeton, Williams and UC-Berkeley at the top, again | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

As a proud Princeton alum, I share this good news with the world. Meanwhile, remember that the best school for any kid is the one in which they fit in best, the one at which they feel most at home.(Photo is Nassau Hall, P.U.)

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When I graduated high school, a private school now called Governor's Academy, I was given the choice of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and Princeton. I didn't want to stay near nome in Boston, I disliked New Haven, and my mother refused to have me "flying all over the country." Hence, Princeton it was. Looking back I have mixed feelings. Yes, I'm a proud Tiger, but I'm not sure it was the best match for me. Actually, I think something smaller and co-ed, which Princeton wasn't in those days, would have been better. As to why the limited choice: I was the top of my class and did well on the SATs, and private schools in those days wanted their graduates to generate good press, that is to make them look good. And, no, they would not have sent my transcript to any other school so I honestly had no choice. Anyway, orange and black! 
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US, Russia Seal Syria Cease-Fire, New Military Partnership

US, Russia Seal Syria Cease-Fire, New Military Partnership | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Click here tThe United States and Russia working in lockstep against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria. A rejuvenated truce that will compel President Bashar Assad's air and ground forces to pull back. New flows of badly needed humanitarian aid.o edit the content
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We can all rejoice that Mr. Kerry, working with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Lavrov have come up with a plan that can potentially stop the carnage in Syria and possibly move the world towards peace. Of course, what actually will happen depends on many other players who have had no part in this discussion but who are very much involved in the conflict. 
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Times Issues Correction to Its Correction About Mistakenly Corrected Story

Times Issues Correction to Its Correction About Mistakenly Corrected Story | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
OK, so: 1. Thursday morning libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson went on MSNBC and responded to a question about Aleppo, Syria, by saying h
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The level of ignorance about foreign affairs is startling, whether we're talking about the candidates or the media. This is one sad example. At least, nobody thought the question was about dog food. 
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Endorsement: Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America ahead

Endorsement: Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America ahead | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Arizona Republic editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for president.
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In what is not only a precedent break but a clarion call, the editors of the conservative newspaper The Arizona Republic have called for Hillary Clinton's election. Follow the link and read their very long and detailed list of reasons. 
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Hess Triangle: The Smallest Piece of Private Property in New York City

Hess Triangle: The Smallest Piece of Private Property in New York City | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At the southwest corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue, in front of the entrance to the Village Cigars store, there's a smal
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Because you deserve al laugh today, especially one at the expense of government bureaucracy. 
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Five unexpectedly cool places to see fall foliage that aren’t in New England - The Boston Globe

Five unexpectedly cool places to see fall foliage that aren’t in New England - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here’s a quick look at some unusual places to see Mother Nature’s most dazzling displays of so-amazing-this-must-be-Photoshopped leaf-stravaganzas, across the globe.
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This Broody New Englander loves fall foliage, so I had to share this great lists of places to go besides Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. Ok, New York and Connecticut have some nice trees, too. But how about China and Iceland? Have a great trip.
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This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some schools are replacing detention with meditation, and science is backing them up.
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A pretty impressive and innovative idea in education. It may take some extra effort to get a program like this started and lots volunteers to help get the kids to feel like they matter, but the payoff sounds great. There is nothing more important for a kid than having caring adults take an interest and help them to control and channel their impulses and emotions instead of learning that the world is trying to suppress and coerce them.  
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A 5th-grader wrote 7 rules for talking to girls — but grown-ups could learn from them too.

A 5th-grader wrote 7 rules for talking to girls — but grown-ups could learn from them too. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sure, Zoë's letter to Noah is cute and hilarious. But it's also full of poignant relationship advice for people older than fifth grade too.
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Yes, this is cute and good for a laugh, but under that "oh, they're just kids" laugh there are some really good points to be made about how we men treat women. So take time to read this nice piece by Thom Dunn
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French hitchhiker 'goes berserk' in New Zealand after four days stuck without a lift

French hitchhiker 'goes berserk' in New Zealand after four days stuck without a lift | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Traveller arrested in tiny town of Punakaiki after allegedly attacking road signs and abusing locals following almost a week without a ride
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I love New Zealand and hope this is their worst terrorist moment, Seriously, the guy didn't have the sense to change hitching locations or even to ask a local where a good spot might be. I thought the French had better sense. Anyway, take a look a the scenery and you'll understand why I want to go back to NZ. 
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It's Talk Like a Pirate Day—But Where Does 'Pirate Talk' Really Come From?

It's Talk Like a Pirate Day—But Where Does 'Pirate Talk' Really Come From? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Shiver me timbers and walk the plank—it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Here's the surprising origin of pirate talk
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Of course no pirates talked in "Pirate Talk." But then there was the fun of the Disney movie, Treasure Island, one of the best kids' movies ever. So, "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum to all me hardies." 
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How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting

How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.
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How about some good common sense about child-rearing?. 
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Trump and Clinton Diverge Wildly on Questions of Science Policy

Trump and Clinton Diverge Wildly on Questions of Science Policy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump expressed skepticism at the need for the federal government to weigh in on a wide range of scientific issues
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If there is one topic that is under-explored in most elections it is the candidates' attitudes towards science. With climate changing, the oceans getting less healthy, natural environments shrinking, and potential health hazards growing, protection of privacy in an age of electronics, science is one of my major concerns. So I was delighted that there has been a survey of their views—or at least three of them, the Libertarian has not responded. This is a brief summary from Time, but the link to all the answers is at the top of that page. My view, Hillary and Jill win in a walk on this issue. If it doesn't make money for him, Mr. T. doesn't seem interested.

"The Republican nominee expressed skepticism at the need for the federal government to weigh in on a wide range of scientific issues, and dismissed outright certain policy concerns. In contrast, the Democratic candidate offered detailed responses on what role the government should play on even the least glamorous of issues."

The takeaway, if you care about science and the world, vote Hillary.`
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Polar Bears Trap Meteorologists on Remote Island

Polar Bears Trap Meteorologists on Remote Island | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Five Russian meteorologists are trapped by polar bears in their remote weather station.
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This is one of those man and animal stories I just have to share. 
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The surprising link between the tapirs of Costa Rica and climate change | Ensia

The surprising link between the tapirs of Costa Rica and climate change | Ensia | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New studies suggest that protecting tapirs and other large seed-eating mammals is key to preserving carbon storage in rain forests.
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Cutting through all the science is the simple fact that tapirs are just delightfully cute animals. That they may also be important to the health of the forests seems almost secondary to those sad eyes and long prehensile snout. At any rate, let's try to save all the animals and our planet. 
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The fastest-growing counties for Latinos are in . . . North Dakota?!

The fastest-growing counties for Latinos are in . . . North Dakota?! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Yup. And most of them don't speak Spanish, either.
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If you look at these numbers, the big takeaway is that Hispanics are having very much like all immigrant populations in America, including starting in a few central points of initial recruitment, chasing the dream to different places and assimilating by learning the language and becoming part of the economy. 
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