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In Blind Poll, Republicans Choose Progressive Budget Solutions Over Their Own Party's

In Blind Poll, Republicans Choose Progressive Budget Solutions Over Their Own Party's | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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The vast majority of Americans just want fair, balanced, and commonsensical solutions.

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GOP Gov Calls Opponent A 'B****'

GOP Gov Calls Opponent A 'B****' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the female Hispanic leader who has been hailed as the future of the Republican Party, displays a vindictive side in previously unreleased recordings and documents that Mother Jones wrote about Wednesday.

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And another GOP "leader" shows why I vote Dem. If you can't control your mouth and you can't accept opposition, maybe you don't have a career in politics.

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New York City's former mayor is spending $50 million to fight the N.R.A.

New York City's former mayor is spending $50 million to fight the N.R.A. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In his first major initiative since leaving office, the former New York City mayor announced plans to launch a new gun control organization that he hopes can rival the National Rifle Association.
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As a gun owner and advocate of reasonable gun control, I am fascinated to watch the NRA and Bloomberg square off. As a rational person (or am I), I cannot help but wonder when saner, more moderate voices will take over this debate. Meanwhile, I have another reason to avoid watching network television. Ads are not discussion. What happened to the America where there was meaningful debate or did that end in Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas)?

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Wolves Don’t Really Howl at the Moon

Wolves Don’t Really Howl at the Moon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish’s three-second memory or a dog’s color-blindness (both also myths). There...
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I always howl at the moon, sirens, and just about anything else that comes my way. A good howl keeps anxiety at bay, better than a Valium. Of course other people may laugh, but the smart ones often join me.

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A Navy Powered By The High Seas

A Navy Powered By The High Seas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After decades of trying, U.S. Navy scientists have finally cracked the technology to turn seawater into fuel.
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This could be a game-changer not only for naval use and freighters but also for creating usable fuel on land. Sure it's years away, but it could truly change our energy needs and hopefully our environmental impact.

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Comic book character Archie to be killed off

Comic book character Archie to be killed off | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.
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Having grown up with Archie Comics--that was a long time ago--I am sad to see an old friend go, but at least he didn't die in a senseless war with Marvel or DC. I always feared that the Hulk would get him or that Batman would use him to replace Robin (We won't go there.) Farewell, old friend. Just think, your old issues will make even better memorabilia. Can you sign a few for me on the way out?

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Air travel reviews: Late flights are up, complaints down

Air travel reviews: Late flights are up, complaints down | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it.
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The best and worst airlines in four categories. Enjoy your trip.

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How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone's Camera

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone's Camera | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Camera phones have come a long way in the past few years, but they don't always take point-and-shoot quality pictures on the first try (let alone DSLR quality). Here's how to squeeze the best quality photos out of your smartphone's camera.
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As one of the least competent photographers on Earth given to cutting heads off of everyone, I still think the smart phone as camera is a great addition to my time-wasting tools. For some, however, this article may actually be useful. I just wish it were for yours truly.

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What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?

What Really Killed William Henry Harrison? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The accepted wisdom is that the shortest-serving president developed pneumonia after delivering a long Inaugural Address in cold weather. But that might not be true.
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I share this for two reasons: 1) Historical curiosity; I love a good historical story. 2) My sense of humor; the evidence that before it was today's fetid quagmire, Washington was a fetid quagmire of a different sort.

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WASHINGTON: A forgotten Japanese 'master of light' printmaker, Kiyochika, finally gets his due | Culture | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: A forgotten Japanese 'master of light' printmaker, Kiyochika, finally gets his due | Culture | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In 1874, a young artist returned from exile to his Japanese hometown of Edo to find it had a new name, new gas lighting, non-traditional brick buildings, steamships and trains, and was headed full blast in modernization.
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I wish I could get to Washington to see this exhibit. It looks just wonderful and fascinating from an historical perspective.

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Burning nine candles before Christmas put Ken Weene in the menorahty

Burning nine candles before Christmas put Ken Weene in the menorahty | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
  Literati! Let me remind you all that, in addition to posting contest entrees, we will gladly post your non-fiction essays, poetry, tributes to the editor-in-chief, short stories, etc. Your storie...
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I am very delighted and proud that A Word With You Press has shared my brief essay. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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How low can you go? This whale is the champion of deep diving

How low can you go? This whale is the champion of deep diving | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If there were a gold medal for cetacean diving, it undoubtedly would go to the Cuvier's beaked whale. Scientists said on Wednesday they tracked these medium-sized whales off the coast of California using satellite-linked tags as the creatures dove down nearly 1.9 miles and spent two hours and 17 minutes underwater before resurfacing. In fact, those figures represent both the deepest and the longest dives ever documented for any marine mammal, said Greg Schorr of the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, who led the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. However, there is a major difference between these whales and the other creatures living deep in the ocean - the fundamental requirement to breathe air at the surface," Schorr said.
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By comparison I can do six inches for about ten seconds.

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10 Uncommon Phobias You May Have (phobia) - ODDEE

10 Uncommon Phobias You May Have (phobia) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From didaskaleinophobia to soceraphobia, check out some weird phobias that are wholly or mildly present among us, undiagnosed.
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And there's Pneumatiphobia - Fear of spirits.

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Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An international relations lecturer is using her students' love of food to teach them about global conflicts. It's a form of winning hearts and minds that's gaining traction among world governments.
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I love the cuisines of the world, and that doesn't mean eating at Olive Garden and Taco Bell. Anybody want to open an Indonesian restaurant here in Phoenix? One of my favorites.

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Fonolo Skips Automated Customer Service Phone Trees, Now on iPhone

Fonolo Skips Automated Customer Service Phone Trees, Now on iPhone | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
iPhone only: Fonolo is a clever webapp for bypassing automated calling trees when phoning corporate customer service lines. Now the service has an iPhone app with the same great features as the site, but with more in-your-pocket convenience.
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If you hate pushing those numbers - 1 for English, enter your zip code, 3 to fill your prescription, that kind of thing, here's an app to avoid the nuisance.

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CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable

CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It must be incredibly frustrating to be an ACA critic right now. All of the recent news regarding the law has been good news.
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While I would still prefer a single payer system, the ACA or Obamacare as the right likes to call it, is looking a lot better than most of us expected. In fact, it seems to be working. Sorry about that to my Republican friends.

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Nevada range fight revives 'Sagebrush Rebellion'

Nevada range fight revives 'Sagebrush Rebellion' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The federal Bureau of Land Management returned a Nevada rancher’s cattle, avoiding a potentially dangerous confrontation. But the legal fight over grazing fees continues.
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Reminds me of the song in Oklahoma, "The Cowboy and the Farmer Can be Friends". If you think Mr. Bundy a hero, remember that he is taking advantage of your (public) land to make his living the same way a Uranium miner might. He is despoiling your land to help himself. On the other hand, if you think him a scoundrel, remember he is upholding a way of life that goes back at least a hundred and fifty years.
By the way, of course the government will get fines in place and then take his profits from any sales of his beef. He'll go broke, but it will take a while as opposed to him backing down. Which (IMHO) makes him a fool. Like I said, musical comedy.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.
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This is fun and good science and math as well. So "Enjoy yourself!"

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To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you ha...
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This is my feel good story of the day. Compassion matters. Whoever the lady is who did this good deed, I want to thank you as well.

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Ben Bradlee talks of 'The Kid', Katelyn McCarter of Wondrous Music

Ben Bradlee talks of 'The Kid', Katelyn McCarter of Wondrous Music | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Katelyn McCarter, a Four-time Music Award Winner has captured the attention of the industry. From a young age, Katelyn has taken every opportunity to explore her natural musical impulses. Katelyn's love for performance and talent was apparent to her family who supported Katelyn's creative inclinations, encouraging her to study voice, piano and dance. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Music in 2012. Katelyn is much more than her stunning, unforgettable voice. She is an active member of her community, staying involved with anti bullying programs, non-profit concerts and performing at events where she can be an example to the young. Her selfless efforts stem from her desire to serve God through her music and in her daily life activities. Ben Bradlee Jr. is the author of the New York Times best-selling biography The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, published by Little, Brown on December 3, 2013. He spent 25 years with The Boston Globe, 10 years as a reporter and 15 as editor. As a reporter, he served on the Spotlight Team at the State House bureau and as the paper's roving national correspondent. He covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and also reported overseas for The Globe. Bradlee has written three previous books, The Ambush Murders, the case of a black activist accused and ultimately acquitted after three trials of killing two white policemen, Prophet of Blood, the story of polygamous cult leader Ervil LeBaron and Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North. A graduate of Colby College, Bradlee served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. On his return to the United States he went to work as a reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, remaining there until mid 1975. Bradlee has three children. He and his wife Janice live outside Boston.
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Join us this Thursday (April 10- 9 PM Eastern time) for a great show. I am really psyched to be talking baseball with Ben Bradlee, Jr. His masterful biography of my childhood hero, Ted Williams, has been a pleasure to read. 

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During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spy agency labored long and hard to bring the novel’s humanistic message to the Russian people.
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In today's money driven world, it is easy to forget how important literature can be. We should celebrate and encourage the arts because they not only enrich our lives but help to remind us the purpose for our existence, and (IMHO) that isn't just to accumulate wealth.

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10 Most Fascinating Castles and Palaces (castles of the world, malbork castle) - ODDEE

10 Most Fascinating Castles and Palaces (castles of the world, malbork castle) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the Potala Palace, Tibet's greatest monumental structure, to another in Slovenia who's integrated in a cave. (castles of the world, malbork castle)
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The photo is of Japan's Matsumoto Castle. Some gorgeous palaces have been built in the history of the world; I guess that says something positive about oligarchies and rulers--of course how many decent homes for families could have been built is another side to the coin.

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Bamboo-munching giant panda also has a sweet tooth

Bamboo-munching giant panda also has a sweet tooth | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too. Scientists studying the endangered black-and-white bears said on Thursday that while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, which contains only tiny amounts of sugars, they showed a strong preference for natural sweeteners in an experiment. Sweeter foods like fruit may have been part of the natural diet of pandas before human activities helped drive the animals into their current mountainous habitat where those foods are scarce, the researchers said. "Giant pandas love sweets," said behavioral geneticist author Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, who led the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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I wonder if they like chocolate.

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Arizona wildfire bill stirring controversy over liability

Arizona wildfire bill stirring controversy over liability | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some people are watching a new bill moving forward very closely - worried it could hurt wildland firefighters.
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The good old Arizona GOP showing that money is more important to them than protecting our emergency responders, in this case our wild-land firefighters, our "hotshots."

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Use Ice Cubes and Your Dryer to Steam Out Wrinkles

Use Ice Cubes and Your Dryer to Steam Out Wrinkles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you're too busy to iron, but you need a shirt or pair of pants smooth and wrinkle-free for an interview, a night out, or just so you look good, this time-saving tip can help. Toss a couple of ice cubes (not too many) in the dryer with your wrinkled clothes. Run it on its hottest setting. It's strange, but it works.
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Just call me Mr. Wrinkle, but this sounds like a good idea.

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban awarded Pritzker Prize | Al Jazeera America

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban awarded Pritzker Prize | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ban’s innovative designs often use low-cost, locally sourced materials. He is also noted for his humanitarian work
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Be sure to watch the slide show of some of his great work.

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