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The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This.

The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Denial is a river in Egypt, one filled with crocodiles. So let's keep it real.

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This is an important video in light of the stance that the NRA and some of the far right are taking on guns in schools.

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Tastes like chicken: a meaty history of cannibalism

Tastes like chicken: a meaty history of cannibalism | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the summer of 1870, the villagers of Hautefaye in south-west France undertook an act of extraordinary mob violence.
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And the publishers told my wife and myself that there would be no market for our new book, "Cooking With Children." Now, the key question, does everybody taste like chicken or does diet and culture matter? What do you think? 
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Trump Will Lose the Fight Over Bathrooms for Transgender Students

Trump Will Lose the Fight Over Bathrooms for Transgender Students | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Fortunately, the president can’t change what Title IX says and means. Those jobs still belong to Congress and the federal courts.
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As I read this well reasoned article and thought about how carefully the Obama administration had considered the issue, I was once again struck by how reactionary and unaware of legal issues the current administration is. But, this administration and its supporters came to power not to improve America but to take us backwards towards the archetypal memory of racism, discrimination, male chauvinism, and Bible thumping. While I know there are good people who voted for Mr. Trump—especially those who were motivated by their sense of the right to life—and many who just couldn't vote for Mrs. Clinton, I fear that our country is headed down a slope that is both slippery and steep. I am curious, however, what my friends think about the issue of transgender kids and bathrooms. For me, it is quite simple, let the kids use the bathroom with which they identify in terms of dress, behavior, and other social choices. 
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The 2017 World Hoop Dance Championships (photos) - Indian Country Media Network

The 2017 World Hoop Dance Championships (photos) - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This year's international Hoop Dance championship was the most competitive, powerful and inventive yet, as these astonishing photos easily prove.
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If you haven't seen Native American hoop dancing, you've missed an incredibly athletic rhythmic activity. Take time to scroll though the slide gallery in the article. 
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Life forms that could be 50,000 years old found in caves in Mexico

Life forms that could be 50,000 years old found in caves in Mexico | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The bizarre, ancient microbes and viruses found living in crystals in extremely punishing conditions deep in an abandoned lead and zinc mine
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Let's celebrate the awesomeness of nature. Imagine these life forms that can exist in such places. WOW!
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Fossil Shows Evidence of Live Birth by Egg-Laying Species

Fossil Shows Evidence of Live Birth by Egg-Laying Species | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By studying a dinocephalosaurus fossil, scientists spotted an embryo inside the mother's rib cage - which was proof of a live birth.
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Another fascinating paleontological find from China. A distant relative of birds and crocodilians that had live birth not eggs. 
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Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets…
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Fascinating exercise. I considered myself good to get 8 (half) correct. What a cool way to see some of the great cities of the world. 
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Trump commits to 'One China' policy in phone call with Xi

Trump commits to 'One China' policy in phone call with Xi | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke by phone Thursday evening, the first conversation between the two since Trump took office.
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So, once again, we see Mr. Trump backing away from his aggressive position taking. This is a victory for the State Department and for the Chinese and President Xi. Thanks to Sect. of State Tillerson we've moved in a more rational direction in this arena. 
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Peru’s Amazon Jungle: Rich, Lush and Worth Saving - Indian Country Media Network

The Manu Wildlife Center in Manu, Peru was establish to offer high-quality ecotourism, so Natives will have jobs in the Amazon.
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A reminder of the wonderful world of nature still to be found and very much in need of protection. 
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11 adorable baby sloth photos show how tough it is to release sloths back into the wild.

11 adorable baby sloth photos show how tough it is to release sloths back into the wild. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These sloths didn't have mothers, so this woman became their human substitute.
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I love sloths, but then who doesn't? Anyway, here's a story with pictures to make you smile. 
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10 Fascinating Songs About Historical Events - ODDEE

10 Fascinating Songs About Historical Events - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a missing elderly couple to one of the largest natural disasters in American history, check out ten tunes that are based on a true story.
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When crime, history, and music intersect, how can I possibly resist sharing? Sing along with your favorite crimes.
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Found: A Lost Continent! (Really)

Found: A Lost Continent! (Really) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A lost continent has been found below the waters of the Indian Ocean, beneath the tiny, 790 sq. mi. (2,040 sq. km) island of Mauritius
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Wow, a whole new continent to visit---as soon as I develop gills and fins anyway. Fascinating science. 
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Science Surprisingly Finds Why Dogs Often Tilt Their Heads

Science Surprisingly Finds Why Dogs Often Tilt Their Heads | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dogs are incredibly smart beings, no matter how silly they seem at times. That head tilt just might be telling you something...!
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Why do dogs tilt their heads? Turns out it's because they want to be absolutely sure what their humans want. What a great little piece to reaffirm the bond between us and our canine friends.
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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.
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Of course you should read every day, and what better place to find great books than www.kennethweene.com So what are you waiting for? Stimulate your brain and add to the quality of your life with a great book. 
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How smart is a bumblebee? Smarter than you'd think, say scientists.

How smart is a bumblebee? Smarter than you'd think, say scientists. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists trained bumblebees to score goals with miniature balls, suggesting 'unprecedented learning abilities.'
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This fascinated me. Insects capable of learning and abstraction. WOW! Now, can they learn how to bottle and sell their own honey instead of having the fruits of their labor stolen by humans and bears? Have a sweet day. 
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'13th' wasn't around to watch in your history class. 13 reasons to watch it now.

'13th' wasn't around to watch in your history class. 13 reasons to watch it now. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary is a must-see. But what comes next?
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This is a Netflix film that I'm planning to watch. I know it will get me angry and I hope it will stir up others as well. There is no question that we have used the criminal justice system to perpetuate discrimination, and it's time for Americans to stop fooling ourselves and make the world different. 
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St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals

St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

 I thought we should all be reminded of what some of our "evil" Muslim neighbors are doing. How dare they try to help restore cemeteries that goonish white Christian Americans have vandalized? Sure the vandals are small in number, but let's not lose sight of who they are. 

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Every now and again people in the US take action agains the evil around them. Such times make me happier and prouder to be an American. In this case, I celebrate the decency of the Muslim community of St. Louis and hope this story will give pause to those who are so quick to think that Islam is inherently anti-American values. 
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So Long, Thimble: Hasbro Axes Classic Monopoly Token

So Long, Thimble: Hasbro Axes Classic Monopoly Token | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
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Like most boys, I never wanted to be the thimble (or the iron which was removed a few years back) and always went for the race car and the dog first. What were your favorite tokens? I see that there is now a cat, which we didn't have back in the dark ages. What would you like the replacement for the thimble to be? My choice is an iPhone, but it should come with some great apps, like a free-pass at Boardwalk. 

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Opinion | While Trump scandals mount, Chaffetz decides to investigate... a cartoon character

Opinion | While Trump scandals mount, Chaffetz decides to investigate... a cartoon character | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sid the Science Kid is in big trouble.
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On behalf of Muppets and preschoolers everywhere, this has to be shared. It would be funny as hell were this man not actually in a political office and blatantly unwilling to do his job competently. 
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10 Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World (great gardens, amazing gardens) - ODDEE

10 Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World (great gardens, amazing gardens) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meet ten of the most beautiful places created by the amazing combination of men and nature. (great gardens, amazing gardens)
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If I were young and had the money, I would take a trip to visit these ten beautiful places. How gorgeous they are. 
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15 Creepy Vintage Valentines - ODDEE

15 Creepy Vintage Valentines - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Back in the day, love was a dangerous game.
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Am I the only one who is creeped out by Valentine's Day? There's something threatening about the whole idea of declaring infatuation and expecting a response. Stalkers anyone? But these cards add a whole new dimension, kind of like adding weird clowns to the mix. 
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Many Apply, Few Qualify: Canada Rejects Indian Status for Thousands

Many Apply, Few Qualify: Canada Rejects Indian Status for Thousands | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Canada has rejected more than 72,000 applications from people seeking Indian status, the latest turn in a chaotic process to decide who in Newfoundland qualifies as a Native Canadian.
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There has come a time when those who once hid their connection to the Original People of this continent are now not only proud of their ancestry but others wish to claim it as well. So, who is Native American and who is not? This will not be an easily decided question for the people of Newfoundland. At least we know that the process will be civil and mannerly. 
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Queen's 65-year reign a milestone in a record-breaking life

Queen's 65-year reign a milestone in a record-breaking life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Pip, Pip! Hooray. 
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It may not be so great to be the queen, at least not any longer. On the other hand, she has managed to reign without having one of her relatives lead a revolt, not a worthy usurper in the lot. I wonder if Chrales will ever get to wear the crown? Probably not. Poor chap. 
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These States Are the Happiest and Healthiest

These States Are the Happiest and Healthiest | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
See where your state ranks on a major national survey of social, financial and physical well-being
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Obviously, where we live affects the quality of our lives. Sorry, you'll have to got to the article to actually find out how your state ranks unless you live in Arizona with me. We're number 8, but of course that dies;t include the arts, which are important to me. For fans of Broody New Englander, Maine is 4, but it's a bit chilly this time of year. 
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Did Custer Have a Cheyenne Mistress and Son? Native Oral History Says Yes - Indian Country Media Network

Did Custer Have a Cheyenne Mistress and Son? Native Oral History Says Yes - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Recorded Native oral history has several sources that say George Armstrong Custer had a son named Yellow Swallow with a Cheyenne woman named Meotzi.
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If I weren't currently working on a novel set in the nineteenth century and bridging the world of the Native Americans and the White Men, this is a story that would get me writing. I wonder if there are any Indians who know more about this, perhaps somebody with some idea of what happened to Yellow Swallow. I would love to know there great of the tale. 
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Canada to Offer Temp Permits to Those Stranded by Trump Ban

Canada to Offer Temp Permits to Those Stranded by Trump Ban | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Canada to Offer Temp Permits to Those Stranded by Trump Ban
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Thanks to Canada for being a moral compass as America loses its way. 
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