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4 Surprising Facts About the Universe We Just Discovered in a Cosmic Breakthrough

4 Surprising Facts About the Universe We Just Discovered in a Cosmic Breakthrough | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
News from space always arrives late — and in a discovery announced Monday, that meant 130 million years late.
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Some "fallout" from the new story in the world of astronomy. I'm not sure that I'd classify this information as breathtaking, like I already knew that the universe was expanding rapidly, but I certainly find it cool and fascinating. 

One thing about such discoveries in science, they reaffirm my faith in the wonder of the human mind and my belief that we humans are probably not alone in the universe, and that if there is a creator behind all of this, that creator is much grander and more indifferent to us than the one proposed in the bible. 

So, here's to Baruch Spinoza, the only rabbi I ever believed. 
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Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders

Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many young evangelicals are no longer identifying with that religious movement and that the biggest reason for that change is the growing belief in the rights of women and the dignity of LBGT persons.
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There is a great article from the Christian Science Monitor about the decline of evangelical membership in America. Here's the link to it: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1010/Amid-Evangelical-decline-growing-split-between-young-Christians-and-church-elders?

I think it is important that many young evangelicals are no longer identifying with that religious movement and that the biggest reason for that change is the growing belief in the rights of women and the dignity of LBGT persons. 

However, let us not be fooled by this change. There is an intense group of Americans who identify with the End Times, those who believe that we must prepare the earth for the Second Coming. It is those who hold the current administration in thrall. While they look to the evangelical community for support and use issues such as equal rights as bait to get the support of conservative Christians of an evangelical stripe, it is the hardcore Reconstuctionists and Dispensationalists who are the true threat to America. 


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Italian granted sick pay to look after dog

Italian granted sick pay to look after dog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a first, an Italian woman wins pay for time she took off to look after her ill dog.
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I love this story and I'm sure everybody else who has ever loved a pet will, too. They may have four legs and paws, but they're still part of the family. I'm sure we all send warm thoughts to Chcciola; who can resist those eyes?  
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French unions strike over labour reforms

French unions strike over labour reforms | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Schools and transport services are hit by protests over plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs.
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If there's one thing the French are good at it's striking. At least they haven't been barricading the streets in recent history, but grumbling is as integral to French culture as is cheese or croissants. Once when we were in Paris—for a show of my wife's paintings—we had to join in with the marchers to get from the gallery to our hotel. Viva la France. Meanwhile, the real issue for the entire developed world will soon be whether to cut jobs, to create make work, or exactly how to distribute income in a way that is acceptable to the people and not just to the uberrich. 

Of course, as long as there are some places that will indulge those who want to simply amass fortunes, there will be attempts to dodge the taxes necessary to distribute wealth. That is the real threat the flight of the wealthy not the demands of the workers. One way to stop that flight is to tax the amount of business done rather than personal income. Figuring out how to do that fairly so that the burden doesn't fall  on consumers or on the small stake-holders would be a challenge. For now, I hope that Macron finds a way not simply to economize but to better share the wealth of his nation so that all her citizens can eat good pain et fromage. 

 
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Here Are The Cities That Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Instead of Columbus Day

Here Are The Cities That Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Instead of Columbus Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Each year, more cities, states and universities opt to celebrate an alternative to Columbus Day: Indigenous Peoples Day
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Unquestionably, Columbus's voyage was a feat of daring and it changed the world. At the same time, the destruction of cultures and people that followed him across the Atlantic is hardly praiseworthy. The people who were here before the Europeans deserve to be honored. Their descendants deserve to be recognized. Given the carnage that sickness, guns, and slavery—especially slavery in the name of god, it is more appropriate that this be a day of solemn remembrance for the evil done than celebration of a discoverer. So, let us celebrate Native Americans or if you prefer the wording Indigenous Peoples or First Peoples and leave Columbus brooding on his pedestals in New York City and other cities. 

By the way, my own paean to Native Americans is to be found in Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. It's a combination of humor and serious themes as befits a book that reflects life. 
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3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet

3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Even generally healthy eaters can miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune.
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As far as it goes this is good information and reminds us to eat healthy. One caveat, too much of a nutrient can also have serious negative consequences. For example, too much B-12 can cause neuropathy, and some multi-vitamins contain up to 8 times the recommended daily dose. Add that to a good diet and you can have a recipe for pain and harm. However, as a salad, fruit, nut, and egg lover, I looked at this advice and smiled. 

Eat well and feed your mind with good books and fine writing. Check for that mental stimulation at www.kennethweene.com 
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Trump says Puerto Rico's debt will have to be wiped out

Trump says Puerto Rico's debt will have to be wiped out | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump said that Puerto Rico's debt will have to wiped out.
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This would be a bombshell act by the federal government, but announcing it this way seems precipitous and perhaps ill-advised. If Mr. Trump is not talking federal policy but simply giving a warning to Wall Street about what he sees the government of Puerto Rico doing, I have no idea how that will impact either the Island or the bond markets. Of course, in fact the territory can't go bankrupt without congressional action, which is something that Mr. Trump could advise but not make happen. So once again, we have a not bad idea from an overactive mouth. As for the future of the island? Well, why the hell hasn't the commerce department or some such become involved in encouraging some form of industry there? Tourism is no where near enough to maintain that local economy and the people expect to live in something like a manner similar to other Americans. 
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I'm an Italian American who tried Olive Garden pasta for the first time — and it was a thoroughly mediocre experience

I'm an Italian American who tried Olive Garden pasta for the first time — and it was a thoroughly mediocre experience | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I tried Olive Garden's pasta for the first time armed with a Never Ending Pasta Pass. The experience left me underwhelmed for various reasons.
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I've been to Olive Garden twice and found the food to be eatable but uninteresting. Since I try to not eat bread or pasta, I'd only go for the salads, which are okay. However, I really thought this was a fun article. I cannot even imagine why anyone would buy this Never Ending Pasta Pass, but if you do sounds like the Alfredo is the way to go because everyone knows that Campbell's cream of mushroom soup should be used with canned tuna on toast. Now that's enough salt to retain Lake Superior. 

At any rate, Abbia un buon giorno. Oh and Mangi!

By the way, one way to make your day better is to read a good book. That's why I suggest your visiting. https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;
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Egyptian Barley Salad to Citrus Slaw: 8 Flavor-Packed Fall Salads

Egyptian Barley Salad to Citrus Slaw: 8 Flavor-Packed Fall Salads | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thanks to stunning seasonal produce, fall salads are the best! Fight off the urge to to reach for cold weather comfort food, and fill yourself up wit
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It's pomegranate season and that makes me happy as does this set of salads. Did I mention that I love salads, especially those that involve fruits and cheeses. So eat healthy and have a great day. 

Speaking of food, you might be surprised how often I use food in my books. Take Broody New Englander and blackberry rhubarb pie. Hey, we eat so shouldn't our characters? 

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How Vulnerable Are Societies to Collapse? - The Crux

How Vulnerable Are Societies to Collapse? - The Crux | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Archaeologists are plumbing the human experience to find out how various societies have responded to changes in climate, food resources and natural hazards.
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As we face a changing climate and changes to our economic system including movement from fossil fuels to renewable and the loss of manufacturing jobs, this article about archeology becomes highly relevant. Can we as a society adapt to change? Can we find new methods of organizing ourselves and providing for our people or will we collapse? Those who look to the past cannot see the future but those who look only to the future have trouble seeing a true destination. 

For my part, I am growing old and won't be here for the next incarnation of America, but I hope that it will include some of the beauty of my New England roots. For that reason, what better book for you to read after you read this fascinating article about a variety of cultures from the past than Broody New Englander. So here's that link. 
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Thai Rolled Ice Cream: The Cool Dessert Trend That Is Packing Them In

Thai Rolled Ice Cream: The Cool Dessert Trend That Is Packing Them In | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bubble tea is so over. The cool new trend in Asian sweets is Thai rolled ice cream. From Montreal to Brooklyn, Los Angeles to Atlanta, little ice cream parlors are drawing big crowds to order, and ogle, the making of the frozen treat.
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Okay, it's ice cream so I have to love it. Actually, unless they have sugar free, I will probably never even try it, but I do love the idea. I remember when the first Steve's opened in Boston. That was before Coldstone and other such blenders of flavors were on the scene and I loved the idea. However, I must admit that hand-manipulated ice cream will never hold my tastebuds the way the great delights of my childhood did. Is it my imagination or have consistencies and flavors gone downhill while the number of gimmicks has increased? What do you think? Have your tried rolled ice cream? Do you, too, yearn for the deep, smooth delights of the past? Anybody else from Boston, how about we go down to Bailey's for a hot fudge sundae? (Of course, we'd also have to travel back in time.) 

Sorry, I started out to discuss ice cream and I've taken you down a path of regret. That's what Broody New Englanders do. While I don't do an ice cream tour in the book, it is that kind of sentimentality that caused me to write Broody New Englander and you can find it at 
https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Carrot-coloured sports car tempts donkey

Carrot-coloured sports car tempts donkey | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Police say Vitus, from Hesse in Germany, may have mistaken the orange McLaren for a tasty snack.
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Seriously, what's a poor donkey to do when given such temptation? If that isn't a tasty looking carrot, what is it? As it is, Vitus only got a couple of nibbles. I have it on a an ass's authority that this $400, 000 sports car doesn't taste anywhere nearly as good as it looks, but I would love to take it for a spin. Of course, I probably don't drive as well as Vitus. The owner should be relieved that evidently the poor animal never learned to drive a stick. (Yes, the pun is intentional.) 
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The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind - Issue 52: The Hive - Nautilus

The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind - Issue 52: The Hive - Nautilus | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the preface to Saint Joan, his play about Joan of Arc, the teenager whose visions of saints and archangels stirred soldiers into…
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is a fascinating topic. Let me get to my personal chase. I hate going to dinner or sitting around with a "friend" who spends half their time using a cell phone to check facts. Sure, I use a GPS some of the time, but often I prefer to just try to find my own way. How much of your humanity do you give up by allowing the hive culture of the Internet guide you? And, let us not forget that the loudest voice, the one that tweets the most or has the most google hits, may not be the best source. So, let us take back out lives and not allow the machines to run them. Wait, in my pocket in this picture, is that a cell phone? Yes, but notice that at least it isn't in my hand. 

If, however, you do want to read provocative material, get to www.kennethweene.com
For example, have you read my essay on abortion"
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NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.
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Is there a god? If so, NASA recently got to see that deity at work sculpting the universe. Forget about the puny affairs of mankind and look to the forces of science to really appreciate the power of creation. By the way, it is good to see government funding being used so we can learn. Go NASA.
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10 Fall Soups for Instant Comfort

10 Fall Soups for Instant Comfort | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When temperatures start to drop and a bowl of comfort is what you crave, look no further than these body- and soul-warming fall soup recipes.
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Share your When the weather cools and the leaves start changing there's nothing that makes this Broody New Englander happier than a bowl of soup for lunch. Here are some great recipes for delicious bowlfuls. Of course, if you're making one of these, be sure to invite me over to share. I'll bring my sense of humor and maybe even a copy of Broody New Englander just for you. 

Not making soup, well you can still get a copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

Don't like a good bowl of soup for lunch, well, then I suggest reading Memoirs From the Asylum because you're just bonkers. 

Now, what kind of hot soup do I want today? Wait, no turning leaves, darn sometimes I wish I didn't live in Arizona, that I was back in Maine. Guess I'll go with a gazpacho. 
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The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The long read: In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences – or even host their own fake ones
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Just how does the clandestine world of the CIA work? Here's one view and it certainly sounds a lot like the movies. As to how nefarious that agency is, well that's a whole big ball of wax, a ball I try to melt just a bit with Times To Try the Soul of Man. You can find it at
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Utah Cop Who Violently Arrested Nurse Is Fired

Utah Cop Who Violently Arrested Nurse Is Fired | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“I have lost faith and confidence in your ability to continue to serve,” the police chief told Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne.
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While I applaud these decisions, the fact remains that many cops who are "fired" find ways to legally force their departments to keep them on and others simply move along to other departments. At least for the moment, this story has a proper ending. 
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In hot water again, Dove? Soap giant accused of racism over body wash advert

In hot water again, Dove? Soap giant accused of racism over body wash advert | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ad, for a widely available Dove VisibleCare Creme Body Wash, features a 'before' and 'after' skin chart behind a black woman, a possible Latina and a blonde standing beside each other.
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Obviously, Dove soap is not suggesting that its product will change skin color. The labels of before and after are for the panels behind the three women, panels which were probably intended to illustrate the texture of skin. That said, this may be the most insensitive ad I've seen in quite some time. I trust at least a few heads will roll. 
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This Tiny Country Feeds the World

This Tiny Country Feeds the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.
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Not only has the tiny Netherlands become a world food powerhouse, but the Dutch are teaching others from all over the world how to expand not only food security but also to do so with fewer chemicals and less use of resources. WOW! Of course, I always wonder if greenhouse foods, especially when hydroponics are used, will taste as good as those grown in soil. But, it does seem that the Dutch are doing a great job. 

I have to add that I loved Holland when I was there, yeah the whole country not just the region. It is a lovely country with some great museums, nice people, and an orderly way of life. So forget your old notions of a nation of tulips—more of which actually to be found in Denmark anyway—herring, and gouda cheese. This is a nation set on feeding the world. 
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12 Alternative Ways To Carve Your Pumpkin - pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, halloween, carving, art, holidays - Oddee

12 Alternative Ways To Carve Your Pumpkin - pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, halloween, carving, art, holidays - Oddee | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Tired of your usual jack-o-lantern carving technique, but still want to feel the satisfaction of piercing through pumpkin flesh? Then try these clever ideas instead.
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Since the Weene family holiday is coming, I figured I'd help with the decorating. Well, not help so much as make suggestions, which believe me is preferable to my actually doing anything. At any rate, do enjoy this Halloween pumpkin ideas and don't forget to join me on the 31s for a special Halloween Walking on the Weene Side, part of It Matters Radio. Find out more at 
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Fuel Deliveries Finally Start To Arrive In Hurricane-Damaged Puerto Rico

Fuel Deliveries Finally Start To Arrive In Hurricane-Damaged Puerto Rico | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Fuel scarcity has been one of the major headaches facing Puerto Rico, which relies on gas shipped from the U.S. mainland.
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Some good news from Puerto Rico, gas deliveries are beginning to arrive and the shortages are getting smaller. The bad news, there's still a long way to go and with the economy in tatters how long will people be able to pay for gas and therefore how long will stations be able to order deliveries. 

If you live in the Phoenix area, one way you can help is by attending the open mic at the KAX Stage of the Herberger Theatre on Oct 22 (4-7 PM). Our goal is to raise money to help our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Admission is free and all who wish may perform. 
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, October 3, 1:24 PM

Lord God have mercy on the people with needs as only you can in your special ways.

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Dinosaurs are invading the Phoenix Zoo! 23 prehistoric creatures will descend on the Zoo's Desert Lives Trail 

Dinosaurs are invading the Phoenix Zoo! 23 prehistoric creatures will descend on the Zoo's Desert Lives Trail  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Starts Oc 6.

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Now this is the kind of exhibit that I want to see. Anybody else about 5-8 years of age in your mind and near Phoenix? Let me know, and we can go together. Adults without the capacity to make believe should stay home. 
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Air Force Academy investigates racial slurs at prep school; superintendent says racists 'need to get out'

Air Force Academy investigates racial slurs at prep school; superintendent says racists 'need to get out' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The head of the Air Force Academy stood all his 4,000 cadets a
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Lt. General Jay Silveria spoke out. While his speech of about 5 minutes was lacking in rhetoric and long in tautology, he did make it clear that writing racial slurs–messages such as "N.......rs get out"—on message boards, was unacceptable and that the perpetrators needed to be driven from the Air Force Academy's community. Now, of course the questions are will they find the idiot perpetrator(s), will they send them home, and most importantly will this actual reach not simply into the behavior of individuals but into their sense of personal values? 

You know, discrimination in the military was first abolished in 1948 by a presidential order from Harry Truman. That after the Tuskegee Airmen, the Go For Broke Battalion, and the Code Talkers had all fought so valiantly to prove that "people of color could serve with the best." 

Think about.it, now 70 years later, there are still some pathetic souls in this country who haven't gotten the message. While the general's "better idea" is that they should just get out, I fear that will hardly be sufficient. Let us, instead, start real dialog everywhere in which we ask people to be honest about their prejudices but also to understand how such views demean not others but themselves. If you cannot accept the person next to you in the queue of life, can you actually respect yourself? Can the world respect you? 

At any rate, it is good to see that Gen. Silveria is outraged and hopefully the vast majority of the staff and student body at the Air Force Academy share that indignation.
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Libya's eastern rulers place reciprocal ban on US travelers

Libya's eastern rulers place reciprocal ban on US travelers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Libyan government based in the east of the country will bar American citizens from entering Libya in retaliation for the latest U.S. travel ban.
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While I can't imagine any Americans other than fools who've watched too many episodes of Homeland wanting to go to Libya, especially to the part controlled by the government in Benghazi, the simple fact is that Mr. Trump's determination to impose travel restrictions on groups of people and residents of countries has to produce some retaliation and in the end I'm not sure how many American citizens will find themselves or their families suffering as a result. While many may hate the reality that we live in a globalized world, it has become that, not just economically but more and more in terms of sharing this single relatively small planet. I don't have to trust everyone from a country to recognize that there are also many people there worth knowing and doing business with. 

So let us meditate on this Bible verse. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19:34) 

Yeah, I know, I'm not really into scripture, but I figure it's time to start addressing the Judge Moore side of America, for they are getting stronger, and that rise of Reconstruction Christianity scares me far more than ISIS. If not, perhaps you've never heard of Savonarola, the burner of vanities and destroyer of much beauty. 

Of course, as an author, I fear the burning of books. Were they to consign one of my children to the flames, it would truly hurt. Of course, you can help keep that from happening by buying a copy to read and then to keep carefully on your shelf. Find them all at http://www.kennethweene.com 

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Brazil Declares It Won't Abolish Massive Reserve In The Amazon, After All

Brazil Declares It Won't Abolish Massive Reserve In The Amazon, After All | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
About a month ago, the Brazilian government said miners would get access to an expanse of rain forest larger than Denmark. After public resistance and a legal setback, it reversed course Monday.
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You may remember that a while back I had commented on the horrible idea of further encroaching on the tribes of the Amazon  to say nothing of destroying more of that unique bit of the world. Glad to see that the Brazilian government has changed plans. Of course, they only did this because they read my posts. (Humor there not grandiosity.) At any rate, let us celebrate this decision. 
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