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Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.
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The times they are a truly changing.

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Daily Mail exclusive: Cecil the lion was depraved serial killer | NewsBiscuit

Daily Mail exclusive: Cecil the lion was depraved serial killer | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For days, the left has been wringing its hands on social media over the fate of 'Cecil', the iconic African lion who was shot dead by a brave, freedom-loving American hunter armed only with a high-powered crossbow. Now, however, the ugly truth about this distasteful animal is slowly beginning to emerge.
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The way I heard it, Cecil was lured with the offer of free dental work. You have no idea how difficult it is to get a good feline dentist in Zimbabwe. even if you are the boss of a cattel.

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Take A Tour Of The Vatican's Erotic Gay Art

Take A Tour Of The Vatican's Erotic Gay Art | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here's your chance to have a gay old time at quite the unexpected location -- the Vatican.

A new tour from the LGBT-friendly travel company Quikky offers visitors a look at the homoerotic history i
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That the artists were gay doesn't surprise. That some of the priests (and even popes) have been gay doesn't surprise. That the art has erotic tones doesn't surprise. What surprises is that people now talk about the realities.

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New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.
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This study is consistent with others, for example while teacher reaction to misbehaviors of Blacks and Whites are the same when they are told it is a first offense, their reaction is much more punitive when they are told the misbehavior is a second offense.  Also, the language used by school therapists tends to differ; at least that was my personal experience as a clinician reviewing their reports. A White kid might be described as active, while a Black demonstrating the same qualities might be called disruptive.

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New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel

New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Outside advocates and political figures would do better to stray from their well-traveled hard line and follow the relatively pragmatic lead of the Palestinian people instead.
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Obviously, any movement towards a popular acceptance on both sides of a two state solution and of a solution to the issue of "The Right to Return" is a good sign. The world needs peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Certainly, the Palestinian people need peace for their own lives and the future of their children. The Israelis, too, need peace so they can continue their march into the future. Of course, it will take even more support for real change, but this is a good bit of news.

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The 9 teachers who just received awards from the White House were all in the U.S. illegally.

The 9 teachers who just received awards from the White House were all in the U.S. illegally. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A work permit can change your life.
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These fine teachers are one reason I support the Dream Act. There are many outstanding young men and women who were brought to this country as children, who are now here as adults and deserve a clear path to a visa and to citizenship. They are the stuff that has made America great and we should be supporting them not deporting them.

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Russia to Host World Military Games: China Brought its Own Tank

Russia to Host World Military Games: China Brought its Own Tank | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ‘World Championship Tank Biathlon 2015’ will kick off on August 1 near Moscow.
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As long as there are boys in the world, there will be war games. So have at it you warriors of August, may Mars make sport of your efforts.

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Iran’s Zarif Calls For Regional Cooperation Against Terror

Iran’s Zarif Calls For Regional Cooperation Against Terror | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for a united front among Middle Eastern states to fight against "the threat of extremism, terrorism, and sectarianism."
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Iran says it wants mutual security and an end to covert support of terrorism. Does that include supporting the government of Bahrain, which faces an internal Shia opposition group. Since Shia is the dominant form of Islam in Bahrain, this will be a real test of Iranian peaceful intent in the absence of sectarian self-defense. Is Tehran the bully and terrorist country conservatives talk about or is she ready to be a real member of the international community. The state departments of the world should be watching this teapot to see if there is a tempest lurking within.

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Another 12 of the Coolest Toilet Signs - ODDEE

Another 12 of the Coolest Toilet Signs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take a look at some of the funniest, creative and coolest restroom signs from around the globe.
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I needed a laugh today.

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6 fascinating facts about sex around the world

6 fascinating facts about sex around the world | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Who has the most sex? The least? What country is the most satisfied? It's time to find out
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Enjoy this romp through the international world of bedrooms.

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Poll: US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

Poll: US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.
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As the heroine of my novel Widow's Walk would say, "Christ hae mercy." I am convinced that were Jesus to return there would be a large number of American Christians who would want to crucify him. This pope has his flaws, but he is certainly trying to be a shepherd to all. At least he doesn't have to stand for re-election.

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During the shutdown, a HUD employee put thousands on his agency credit card for hotels, groceries

During the shutdown, a HUD employee put thousands on his agency credit card for hotels, groceries | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
HUD officials said the fraud went undetected because no one was at the office to monitor purchase cards during the shutdown.
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It seems the asylum is everywhere, or at least its madness. Maybe we should give credit cards to all the inmates. Meanwhile, what gets me is that when the realities come to light the bureaucrats can bicker about who reported them and how quickly instead of getting  on with cleaning up the mess effectively, which would mean creating a different kind of government credit card, one which only allowed certain specific kinds of purchases. hat would mean an automatic flag on a purchase from any but permitted types of vendors. Of course, maybe giving people credit cards is inherently folly.

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The criminalization of poverty: Houston police arrest mother after she goes to a job interview

The criminalization of poverty: Houston police arrest mother after she goes to a job interview | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The criminal justice system keeps working to keep poor people poor
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The vulnerability of the poor and the greed of a system in need of self-justification often combine to create the farce that we too often call justice.

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NY's JFK Airport Will Soon Have a Luxury Animal Terminal

NY's JFK Airport Will Soon Have a Luxury Animal Terminal | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ARK is billed as the world's first air terminal for animals
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This is a good thing for the animals, now what about better facilities for people?

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Kenneth Weene on Amazon - great books in print, Kindle, even audio.

Kenneth Weene on Amazon - great books in print, Kindle, even audio. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

You say that you like to read? You say that you want a good book? Well, let's make that easy for you. Here are some fine books waiting for you.

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There's nothing lime unmitigated marketing.

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Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building

Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A filmmaker and collaborator will project images of endangered species on a huge New York — and global — canvas on Saturday night.
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What a wonderful effort to make the world more aware of what is happening to so many species. Extinction is forever.

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The main issue is that people are basically shits, admits Twitter

The main issue is that people are basically shits, admits Twitter | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The major downside of a society that promotes free speech is that most people are essentially despicable shits, according to social network Twitter.
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As I have often said, "Homo sapiens suck; hetero sapiens suck too."

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THE THANATOPSIS PROJECT | The Write Room Blog

THE THANATOPSIS PROJECT | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"The second time he died was a Thursday."

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What is death? Well, here's a great short story by Sal Buttaci that raises some good questions. Check it out in The Write Room Blog.

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The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse

The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The West is burning up, and we don't have the cash to fight it.
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Of course, forest fires don't just have the cost of fighting them but also the cost of the damage to resources and the pollution caused by smoke. Prevention should have its own budget and there should be emphasis not only on forest land management but also on building the best fire-fighting infrastructure possible, including new tanker plane.

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A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal.

A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kids are the best.
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A simple but wonderful insight. Nut, why limit it to kids. I's want my stuffed moose with me if I need an operation. Hospitals are scary places for us all.

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It Matters Radio-Music-Interviews-Live On-Camera

It Matters Radio-Music-Interviews-Live On-Camera | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Melissa Price - Steel Eyes
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Here's a book you want to read,

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10 Most Beautiful Libraries Around Europe

10 Most Beautiful Libraries Around Europe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Libraries have a very special atmosphere. These beautiful libraries even more so.
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Of course, no matter how beautiful a library might be, if it doesn't include my books it isn't doing the job. Please tell your local library to order copies of my work, which they can find at http://www.kennethweene.com

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Feel Anxious and on Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods!

Feel Anxious and on Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

mg flavenoids/100 grams of the food.

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As every black bear or grizzly can tell you, eating berries makes you happier. Eating well is more than just counting calories, it's also eating for mental health.

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Former Baltimore Police Will Perform in Blackface to Fundraise

Former Baltimore Police Will Perform in Blackface to Fundraise | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
To raise money for officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray
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And so the shame of American racism moves on to greater depths and denials. Pathetic. Were I mayor of Baltimore, I would ask the Chief of Police to do a performance evaluation of every cop who attends this farce. Like checking out who goes to the funeral of somebody who has been murdered. Yep, the criminal often shows up.

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Novel Compounds May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects

Novel Compounds May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A new study by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified promising compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours while minimizing side effects. Although they have not yet been tested in people, the compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications.

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I hope they can control the addiction issues that GABA antagonists are prone to produce. These include alcohol and Valium to give you an idea.

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Restaurant Food May Be Unhealthier Than Fast Food

Restaurant Food May Be Unhealthier Than Fast Food | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And restaurant takeout is better for you than dining in
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I certainly don't recommend dining at the Dew Drop Inne, but it's a great read. Meanwhile, eat healthier

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