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Poem 002: Punchinello by Salvatore Buttaci

Poem 002: Punchinello by Salvatore Buttaci | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Welcome to Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group and the second poem on this blog. This piece is a Petriacan Sonnet by multi-genre author Salvatore Buttaci. You’ll also be able to find this po...
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Once again a brilliant poem from my friend Sal Buttaci

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10 Awesome Architectural Cakes - ODDEE

10 Awesome Architectural Cakes - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This is what happens when architects bake.
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Today I celebrate not the old saying have your cake and eat it, too but have your cake and want to live in it. Here are some great "architectural" influenced treats. However, nobody did an great Maine farmhouse, which shows they haven't read Broody New Englander or just don't get what a great place Maine is to live. 

You can find Broody at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 and enjoy reading it while you have a nice serving of cake or perhaps some blackberry-rhubarb pie. 
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Meet the man who may end gerrymandering: A retired Wisconsin law professor’s Supreme Court case could save democracy

Meet the man who may end gerrymandering: A retired Wisconsin law professor’s Supreme Court case could save democracy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bill Whitford and his friends met in a Madison tea room to talk politics. Now his case could shape history
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If you are really interested in American politics, you should read this article.

Nothing is more antithetical to democracy than gerrymandering. This is an interview with one of the plaintiffs in Whitford v Gill, a major challenge to that practice. Just today, the Trump Department of Justice asked SCOTUS to overturn the finding of a panel of judges that in effect would stop the gerrymandering in Wisconsin. If the Supremes support the panel's finding, it will be a major blow to the current methods used to pack voting districts so that the opposition's votes are wasted. The interview explains how this new criterion for redistricting will save democracy or at least make it a lot more likely to occur in all fifty states. 
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10 Awesome Miniature Crafted Cities (miniature cities, awesome cities) - ODDEE

10 Awesome Miniature Crafted Cities (miniature cities, awesome cities) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a New York City miniature completely made of staples to a model made entirely of sugar, meet ten of the coolest tiny crafted cities. (miniature cities, awesome cities)
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When I was a child, I loved to build small boats from toothpicks. Many an imaginary Viking went in fiery funeral down our toilet. That early fascination left me loving the people with the patience necessary to build true miniatures. Here are some great examples. 
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Arctic winter sees record low sea-ice cover

Arctic winter sees record low sea-ice cover | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s been a chilly winter here in the Interior and elsewhere around the state. But for the Arctic Ocean, it’s been one long warm spell. That’s led to another record-low year for formation of Arctic winter sea-ice cover. Listen now
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This is very disconcerting to those of us who are concerned about global climate change. Regardless of whether it is human caused (to a large extent is my belief) or natural, this change isn't good news for polar bears or the planet's life in general. 
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Archaeologists Have Found Evidence of Cannibalism in Spain 10,000 Years Ago

Archaeologists Have Found Evidence of Cannibalism in Spain 10,000 Years Ago | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ancient feast or funeral?
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How do you like your neighbor? Roast-stuffed, but if necessary a good stew will do. By the way, would you care to join us for dinner next Wednesday? Stop my Tuesday evening so we can start cooking. Enough with the cannibalism jokes. One problem with studying modern cannibal practices. It's difficult to find human coprolites (human remains in our poo) when we use modern toilets. Was she eaten in your house or mine? Only the tabasco knows. Meanwhile, I love archeology. 
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Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — Labrador retrievers have extended their record run as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings
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Not sure why Cardigan Welsh Corgis aren't at the top of the list or Airedales, my two favorite breeds. but any dog, pure bred or mutt, deserves a good home. 
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More Than One Way to Brew a Pot: Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same

More Than One Way to Brew a Pot: Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why is tea prepared in such a consistent style, while the market overflows with different coffee-brewing products? History, meet science.
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I consider myself a serious coffee drinker and my wife is equally serious about her tea. However, I must admit that between us we don't go half the distance that this article does. So, if you really love those hot beverages, here's a great article to study with a nice cup of hot beverage in hand. ENJOY!
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10 TED Talks on how ideas travel

10 TED Talks on how ideas travel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From Twitter to word of mouth, explore the ways ideas spread so quickly from person to person.
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I love algorithms that produce fractals that help me understand the world, at least I think I love all that. Maybe, I'm just a sucker for the great visuals behind this fascinating (to me anyway) TED Talk. So here you go and maybe if you, too, are an author, you'll end up wondering how a few of us might share ideas to enrich the human reading experience. For example Clayton Bye and I edited a book that represents a new approach to Westerns and speculative fiction. It's called The Nettle Tree https://www.amazon.com/Nettle-Tree-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1927915104/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Planned Parenthood's brilliant new ad features an unexpected supporter: Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood's brilliant new ad features an unexpected supporter: Donald Trump. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving care.
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What everybody is ignoring is not whether programs like Planned Parenthood's wellness services are good or whether Meals on Wheels is good. Clearly they are good. Nobody is saying women should die of cancer or old people of hunger. What they are saying is that the federal government is not the proper way to fund and provide such services. 

Let me be clear about my view: These are proper areas for federal involvement. We are one nation, not simply a federation of independent units. There are two reasons for that change. One, we no longer stay in one place and our personal connections are national. Don't understand what I mean? Visit Florida and ask people where they came from, or Arizona. Ask them where the headquarters of the business for which they work(ed) is located. Ask them where their closes relatives live. You get the picture. Second, there was the Civil War and its aftermath. Read my piece on the 14th Amendment; it might help clarify what I mean. ( http://www.kennethweene.com/what-does-the-fourteenth-amendment-ancho

If we are one nation, then clearly social policy should be national, especially when there is great variation in how those policies would be carried out by the various states. While we can, for example, leave automobile registration and operation to the states because there is wide agreement about the basic rules, we cannot leave healthcare to those fifty entities since that would leave some groups without care or alternatively with the option of moving and then burdening other states. Imagine if you will a migration similar to the movement of Okies to California during the 1920s but rather than those in need of jobs but of the sick looking for help. 

Why is there a call for the de-federalization of such programs? Is it about government inefficiency and waste. Perhaps in small degree. However, what many Americans don't understand is that we have a religious movement underway in our country. Reconstructionist Christianity preaches among other things that social policy should be at the Parish level and perhaps carried out at the county level. It is that religious group that pushes most strongly to reduce federalism except in the area of the military. It may seem strange to think that it is Christians who are pushing to limit help to the sick and the hungry, but we've seen lots of religious movements in this country that have distorted the teachings of compassion and love. You the Reconstructionists such caring by a central government is worse than allowing people to suffer and die because they believe that such centralized government is antithetical to the will of God. 

I guess for those of us who are humanists, if there is a god to consider, that divinity is reflected in just such communal concern. 
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Syrian refugees get a warm welcome in Scotland

Syrian refugees get a warm welcome in Scotland | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scots and Syrian refugees come together to share their cultures and experiences.
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Consider the actual faces of the people who are seeking refuge. Who are these folks? I thought this article put a human face on the news. However, remember one thing, many of these small communities in Scotland need these refugee kids to keep their public schools funded. I wonder what will happen when the young children get to adolescence and start dating. Sadly, life is never that simple. On the other hand, we now know that the Neanderthal mated with the Homo Sapiens Sapiens so maybe there's still hope for the rest of us to find a better way. 
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The future will be battery-powered

The future will be battery-powered | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Inside the high-stakes race to build a better energy storage device.
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For years I have said that the country that solves the problem of batteries, how to safely storage significant amounts of electrical energy both for specific usage and to facilitate the reliability renewable energy creation will be dominant in the years to come. The search for the most efficient and affordable battery fuels competition and conflict as science and especially militaries consider the rare metals found in some of the most remote and primitive parts of the world. Why are they found there? Partly because those areas haven't already been picked clean and partly because the local geology has made them less inhabitable. What riches lie beneath the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or deep in under the ground of South Sudan, two countries that I particularly think about? How about deep in Congo? The future is not clear, but I do know that the space stations hovering above the earth will need batteries as will the rovers on distant planets. So, for me, this article is fascinating. How about you? Enjoy some science today. 
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Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights - Indian Country Media Network

Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thousands of indigenous people from tribal nations as far away as Bolivia and Tibet gathered for the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C.
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My soul goes out to these brave indigenous people from around the world as they fight not only for proper recognition of their cultures and lineages but also for the water that is vital for us all. 
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Nature Docs Might Offer Relief From Anxious News Cycles

Nature Docs Might Offer Relief From Anxious News Cycles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
More reason to catch "Planet Earth II."
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Of course, if you think about what we humans are doing to the environment, you may just get more anxious. Still, it does look like a great show. 
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The best dog-friendly inns in New England - The Boston Globe

The best dog-friendly inns in New England - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here are some of the best pup-friendly spots in New England.
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So you've read Broody New Englander and realized that you just have to go to Maine and the rest of that wonderful section of America. But, you realize that your dog just has to go with you to share the wonder and delight. Well, here are some places you humans and your great companion will feel most welcome. If you don't understand why this is a must trip, well read the book. Broody New Englander. It's great writing: 

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11 Adorably Dressed Dogs - ODDEE

11 Adorably Dressed Dogs  - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From frivolous costumes to high fashion, meet 11 canines outfitted to the nines!
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Here's a great dose of cute for your day. Of course a Broody New Englander would never dress their animals up this way. Well, maybe of L.L. Bean came out with a line of dogs-wear. Get your copy of Broody at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 and have a great read. 
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Attention small children and seniors: I know it's fun, but please don't feed the birds.

Attention small children and seniors: I know it's fun, but please don't feed the birds. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Put down the bread. The birds will thank you.
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Of course some people provide seed and other appropriate food for birds, but let's be mindful that in the old days on board ships putting a sailor on bread and water was a serious punishment for a reason. So is feeding it to ducks and other wild foul. One of the best things I used to do when we had a house and yard was to refuse to spray the trees and lawn. Sue we had a few more bugs than our neighbors, but we had a many more birds, usually in mating pairs, who ate the bugs and made our lives more beautiful. 
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Powerful images capture the lives of children across the globe

Powerful images capture the lives of children across the globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These portraits have all been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, capturing everything from tribes in West Africa to Syrian refugees.
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Great photography of children from around the world. 
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Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art - Indian Country Media Network

Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Artist Jeffrey Gibson has turned Pow Wow Regalia raw materials into modern art at his 'Speak to Me' exhibit at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
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Gibson's take on the Native American clown particularly speaks too me as I am currently working on a book based on the Native American experience. Red and White is a story I think people will find as engrossing as I do its writing. Meanwhile, too bad that Oklahoma City is so far away; this is an exhibit I'd like to see. 
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Meals on Wheels Sees Donations Surge After President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Meals on Wheels Sees Donations Surge After President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meals on Wheels' usual amount of daily donations increased by 50 times on Thursday after the White House proposed cuts the program's funding
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It's good to know that people care. I wonder if we could get a shadow government in place to funnel donations that we could all make to offset the irresponsible cuts that get made. I'd vote for Michelle Obama to head up that "charity," and I certainly would contribute. How about you? Your choice to head it? Would you contribute? 

Helping one another is a basic American value. Hey, even the folks who hang at the Dew Drop Inne believe in it. You can read their tales at https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984721584/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox - Indian Country Media Network

Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Woodhenge, at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, will be the site of a vernal equinox celebration to welcome spring a day early on Sunday March 19.
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As I learn more of the histories of the pre-Columbian Americas and of Africa, the more I realize that the Euro-Centric model of history is way off. So, let us celebrate the vernal equinox not by talking Stonehenge but by visiting the Native American site at the Cahokia Mounds. 
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5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before

5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Feeding a growing population and coping with global warming will require a global agricultural revolution
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The times they are a changing and often for the better, at least when it comes to utilizing science for better farming. While I'm to so sure about GMO crops, especially corn and Monsanto, this Broody New Englander appreciates the growth of urban farming and applauds better water management. At any rate, here are a few areas in which science and technology are making a difference and some of these differences can help not only agribusiness but also small farmers in rich and even poorer countries. Meanwhile, if you long for a simpler time, read Broody New Englander and enjoy Maine in the mid-twentieth century. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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10 Funny Graphs That Perfectly Explain Everyday Life

10 Funny Graphs That Perfectly Explain Everyday Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hilarious charts and graphs that sum up all our everyday frustrations, from trying to find something to watch on TV to the moment when your iPhone battery dies.
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So here are some graphs that explain nothing but are kind of funny. Why not share my huh/smile with the rest of the world?
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12 Most Realistic Lego Sculptures (realistic sculptures) - ODDEE

12 Most Realistic Lego Sculptures (realistic sculptures) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a Stadium to NY City, meet some amazing lego creations that almost look real. (realistic sculptures)
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Just something for fun. Have a great day. 
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12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More

12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not all foods are created equal—even the healthy ones—and you might not be getting as many vitamins and nutrients as you believe.
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Why do I so often post about nutrition? Because I want you healthy enough to visit www.kennethweene,com and find yourself a good book. Di you know reading is great exercise for your mind and provides the best nutrition for your intellect? Absolutely! Meanwhile, here's some good information about your diet, so eat properly and enjoy a great book. 
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10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World

10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
German beer, Italian cheese, Mexican tequila and Irish whiskey all have strict laws surrounding their production.
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You like your pizza, your beer, or your pasty, but are they exactly up to code? Fascinating rules for foods. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may run out of bread, cheese and wine.
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