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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books

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It was great fun having Adele join us on It Matters Radio this past Thursday.

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A senator’s humble faith

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Sen. Chris Coons delivers a challenging message.
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This is a politician of a very different stripe than most. I would love to see the Democratic Party draft him for higher office; he we would not only be a great vice president, but in time a wonderful president.

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Ever heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain? Federal troops were called against 13,000 miners. Yep.

Ever heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain? Federal troops were called against 13,000 miners. Yep. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
1 million rounds of ammunition were fired during one event in West Virginia. No, NOT the Civil War.
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A few lessons to be learned here: First and foremost, those who have always seem to want to have more at the expense of those who don't have. Second, if you push people hard enough, they will fight back. Fourth, the government too easily joins the fight on behalf of those who have rather than the side of justice. And most importantly,  the fight for justice must never end.

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Keeping the faith? | Al Jazeera America

Keeping the faith? | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

American Druze struggle to ensure the survival of their 1,000-year-old religion by bringing young members into the fold. (The picture: 

A locket showing the Druze sheikhs, spiritual leaders of the community.Liana Aghajanian)
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In the great religious debates we tend to forget the small religions that still matter greatly to the small number of their adherents. Typically, what matters today is less the theology than the sense of identity. Here is one of the more interesting small religions, an offshoot of Islam, believers in reincarnation, and most assuredly little known. Meet the Druze.

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How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Jennifer Moss and Kayla Davis ended up discovering they had much more in common than a blood type and have bonded over a mutual love of pizza and corgis
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Did you hear this past Thursday's It Matters Radio? We were discussing the need to provide financial help for many organ donors. You can visit the ItMattersRadio.com website to hear the podcast and check out the American Living Donor Fund, which provides such assistance. It's a way to help heroes save lives.

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The most Googled products in every country in one crazy map

The most Googled products in every country in one crazy map | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How much does it cost?
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Google has shared some great maps of the world. What is the most commonly asked "How much does it cost----" question googled for many parts of the world. Some will make you laugh, some perhaps scratch your head. Anyway, enyoy.

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TX Gov Orders State Guard to Monitor Possible Military Takeover of Texas

TX Gov Orders State Guard to Monitor Possible Military Takeover of Texas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.
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The governor, donning his aluminum foil hat, will rally the state's psycho-defenders at the Alamo. Even the armadillos think this is crazy.

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The totally slimy, completely dishonest way some companies are getting rich in 2015.

The totally slimy, completely dishonest way some companies are getting rich in 2015. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It even makes the hosts of "Shark Tank" nervous.
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I just sent in my patent on "New Idea" I basically have claimed that new ideas must follow ah-ha moments (also known as epiphanies and Eurekas all covered and now trademarked as well), and since I have the patent on those types of moments, I claim all the new ideas in the world. My best advice to you, stop thinking before you send me your licensing fee. I am setting up a bank account in Nigeria.

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Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, expert says

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We are hearing a lot about small children using electronic devices; here is an essay suggesting that may lead to developmental problems.

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The other day I posted an article about the widespread use of electronic devices by toddlers. Here's a followup; does that use help produce an autistic attitude towards the world around them. I do know that many people seem to prefer texting to looking one another in the eye. Ever get a text from your dinner partner? My wife just kicks me under the table.

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Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE

Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From CTRL Z to NO FTCHX, meet some funny license plates circulating around the world. (funny license plates, funny vanity plates)
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I don't go for vanity plates, but if I did, I might try "Write*Stuff". What would your vanity plate be? Here are some very funny ones.

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Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton?

Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hollywood delivered for Obama in 2008, but some have warmed to Clinton.
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At last we have a challenger for Hilary. Let's see if she can stand up to some active campaigning and questioning.

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Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.
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While many Americans have forgotten why vaccines are important, the people of Africa can only pray that this partially effective vaccine will lead the way to one that will give the same kind of protection that those against polio, measles, mumps, and the like are already providing for billions of people. Meanwhile, malaria continues to be the scourge of Africa and tropical countries around the world.

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12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE

12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take a look at some curious welcome signs with bizarre slogans.
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Many of these look like great towns to visit. Take a look and plan a vacation of smiles.

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Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News

Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the strain of the Ebola virus present in West Africa, US-based scientists say.
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While I abhor the use of monkeys in drug research, I cannot help but applaud any success in the fight against Ebola and by extension other virulent viruses. We can only hope that this vaccine works on those who are infected and that the method will work on future strains of this fast-mutating virus.

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Caught in the dragnet

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Zero tolerance is a failed police strategy.
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Of course the quality of life matters. We want the dog poop picked up and the drunk and disorderly quieted, but are these the proper concern of the police? Have we made to many laws or should the less egregious misdemeanors be dealt with in other ways? How to balance personal freedom and community quality of life; now that's a big question. I'd love to hear some of the political leaders of our country speaking out on that one.

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Quick Fire At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With Kenneth Weene

Quick Fire At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counsellor by education. His short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications and...
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Always fun to do an interview, especially when the interviewer is Richard Goodwin. Hope you'll read this, leave a comment, and share the link. Richard asked some interesting questions—made me think—not your everyday interview.

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Kenneth Weene

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Reading makes your life better. Visit the "Weene Side of Life" and find a book you'll enjoy. Maybe another to share with a friend.

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If you haven't visited my website and checked out my books, now's a great time to do so. And, please tell your friends. Share this link and help get the word out.

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What were Obama's favorite childhood books?

What were Obama's favorite childhood books? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On a recent visit to a Washington library, Obama told students that he doesn't have much time for 'fun' reading these days. But he also eagerly shared the titles that he enjoyed as a boy.
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What, not one of my books on his list?! I wonder if I can send him a couple. I think he'd enjoy "Broody New Englander." Oh, "Memoirs From the Asylum" might give him ideas about how Congress functions. Then "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" might help him understand the GOP. Of course, "Times to Try the Soul of Man" would be a great pick if he really cares about what the CIA and NSA might be up to. I'll leave "Widow's Walk" out, the Secret Service might decide I was a threat.

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Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison

Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for the 2012 attack on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, the BBC reported.

Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head while riding her...
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I find it hard to believe that these men will actually serve out their prison terms and of course the chief perpetrator is yet to be captured, but this is at least a first step in establishing not just justice for Malala but more importantly justice and protection for all the young women of that region.

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Researchers Now Know Why Diets Fail

Researchers Now Know Why Diets Fail | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The hardest part of a diet are the cravings. That's because dieting goes against the body’s developed-over-millions-of-years instinct to feed when energy levels drop. There’s…
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This is the kind of neuroscience I love to read. Of course, what the researchers miss by studying mice is the wonderful reinforcement human dieters can set up for themselves when they do without those extra calories. As they say, "Nothings tastes as good as thin feels."

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How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her

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Frida Kahlo’s passion for her Mexican heritage showed not only in her art but also in her garden, which inspired and comforted her throughout her turbulent life
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The pyramid designed by Diego Rivera for Frida's garden in 1941 still stands. It reminds me of a structure at the Mesa Arts Center here in Arizona, which is why I chose this picture instead of one of Frida's from this article. But if you love her work, you really want to read this.

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10 Unbelievable Star Wars Stories - ODDEE

10 Unbelievable Star Wars Stories - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
To say that the internet went crazy when the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released is a massive understatement. Love it or hate it, Star Wars is a phenomenon that shows absolutely no signs of fading.
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Okay, I admit it, I'm playing to the Star Wars fans here. Nobody else will be in the least bit interested. So what does that mean about half the people on the social media, maybe more. Anyway, I'd do the same if this were a Dr. Who or an E.T., or even a Close Encounters story. So enjoy.

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6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones

6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Babies are using mobile media
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Over a third of the toddlers whose parents were surveyed were using electronic devices. That took me up short. "Why," I asked myself, "aren't the owners of dogs and cats reporting the same uptick in their pets use of electronics?" I wanted to start a movement for equality for pets, to buy them tablets and smartphones. Then it hit me, people with pets want to interact with their furry-children but parents of toddlers wanted those pesty little ones to just stay quiet.

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Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive

Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
University of Utah researchers offer a complete diagram of the plumbing of the Yellowstone volcanic system for the first time.
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Fascinating look into the world, literally deep into the world.

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Invisible Atheists in the Arab World

Invisible Atheists in the Arab World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spread of disbelief in the Arab world.
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One line I particularly liked in this very interesting and well-written essay. "In today’s Arab world, it’s not religiosity that is mandatory; it’s the appearance of it."

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Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit

Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the strapline ‘See Naples and die...before you get there’, one Tripoli-based cruise company is reporting a bumper season by tempting hundreds of African tourists to take up the offer of no-frills trips part of the way to the Sicilian coast. With five questionably seaworthy vessels and a fully refurbished, century-old dhow in its fleet, ‘Ahmed is Your Med Tours’ offers exclusive one-way trips to Sicily and whatever Mediterranean port it can find without the unnecessary expense of fuel or a rudder.
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Unquestionably one of the nastiest things I've seen in a long time, but still brilliantly funny.

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