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White supremacy and slavery: Gerald Horne on the real story of American independence

White supremacy and slavery: Gerald Horne on the real story of American independence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's time to revisit America's heroic creation myth and what really happened in 1776, author-historian tells Salon
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How cool is this?  This morning, before this came out, I invited this author/historian to be on It Matters Radio on Aug 28. And he said yes, which makes me really excited.

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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Old woman in bus queue fails to disclose her age | NewsBiscuit

Old woman in bus queue fails to disclose her age | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An elderly woman in Beaconsfield who spent twenty minutes in a bus queue failed to disclose her age, despite several opportunities. People waiting for the number 39 circular were left stunned when their fellow passenger mounted the bus, having only complained about the weather, the price of digestive biscuits and the youth of today.
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As an old fart, I must admit this made me laugh. I do love British humor, or should I say humour.

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Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields
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While only a state court, this is a first step in the right direction. It is time to stop protecting agribusiness and start protecting our food supply.

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Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments

Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Obama plans to stop the federal government from distributing some military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country, trimming back a practice that drew scrutiny amid concerns about the militarization of local police forces.
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I wonder who will scream loudest, the NRA, the military-industrial-espionage complex with weapons to sell, or the law enforcement community. Any government that needs to use military weapons against its own citizens has lost legitimacy. Thankfully, such weapons are seldom needed in our country. When they are, the National/State Guard should be utilized. Mr. Obama is making the right move, but sadly years too late.

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25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist - StumbleUpon

25 Unearthly Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Some incredible photographs of places that will amaze with their beauty.

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I've been to a few of these, and the world is certainly full of wonders.

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Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops

Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
David Baril carried out a string of terrifying random attacks on women in New York. When he raised the claw hammer above a stricken female officer, he was gunned down in three seconds.
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I often criticize cops for using their guns too freely, but this is an example of when a police officer's decision to fire is absolutely justified. If we want to be critical of undo force, we must also take notice of appropriate force.

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Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity

Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michael McAlister, convicted in 1986 of sexual assault, bore an uncanny resemblance to another man.
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Now comes the hard part for the victim, for Mr. McAlister is clearly a victim. I hope the state of Virginia will do all in its power to make the rest of this man's life comfortable. Clearly he will never have the career and accumulate the wealth he might have, nor will he have the children and the joy of raising them or the years of memories. As for the woman who was raped, I am sure she testified with honest motives, but a partial face recognition? Who was the lawyer who didn't show the inaccuracy of that? Or the prosecutor who was willing to go forward based on that? Especially when there was a beard involved, which makes men look more alike. I hope that she, the woman who was raped thirty years ago, comes forward to at least apologize and offer what comfort she can to her victim. Meanwhile, Mr. McAlister has shown his compassion towards her in ways I cannot imagine.

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11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti

11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Admiror, O paries, te non cecidisse, qui tot scriptorium taedia sustineas.”

“I wonder, O wall, that you have not yet collapsed, so many writers’ clichés do you bear.”

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I guess graffiti goes back to the beginnings of writing. Wait a minute, some of those cave paintings the archeologists are so interested in, were they graffito too?

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What Am I Doing on The Radio?

What Am I Doing on The Radio? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
by Kenneth Weene As a kid, I was a great fan of radio, but it never occurred to me that I'd someday co-host a show. When he was in college, my old
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Have you ever thought about being on the radio? I hadn't; not until I realized I need to get people interested in my books. Now, well that's a different story. Anyway, I hope you enjoy learning a bit about my radio career.

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Is that a rock? Look again. It's an Appalachian hellbender, and finding one is a big deal.

Is that a rock? Look again. It's an Appalachian hellbender, and finding one is a big deal. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Got a healthy stream? You've probably got a hellbender.
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As a child I never caught polliwogs or fireflies or fished for sunnies. It wasn't that I didn't want to, it was that I cared about life too much to waste it, too much about nature to harm it. One of the great traumas of my young life was the death of my tropical fish—a story I will someday share. Anyway, here are some little critters that I never knew about before and find fascinating, a species of salamander native to Appalachian streams.

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5 Foods That Taste Better in May Than They Will All Year

5 Foods That Taste Better in May Than They Will All Year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Never know what’s growing now? Let’s take it one season at a time, with the Foods That Taste Better Now Than They Will All Year.…
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Some of my favorite foods. A good day to go to the farmers' market. Think I'll have my coffee and out the door.

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Meet the outsider who accidentally solved chronic homelessness

Meet the outsider who accidentally solved chronic homelessness | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sam Tsemberis was a psychologist doing outreach for the mentally ill when he stumbled upon a solution to chronic homelessness.
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The key for human survival is often belonging and feeling that one matters. It is better to be accepted on the streets than to feel like an animal in an institution. Programs like this that give a homeless person a decent place to call home and a counselor whose job is to help that person accomplish his/her own goals allows the once homeless to know that they matter and belong. Bravo to Sam Tsemberis, who is pictured here, for pointing out the obvious, that we are all more nearly human than otherwise and are all deserving of the dignity of life.

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Read TIME's Exclusive Interview with Narendra Modi

Read TIME's Exclusive Interview with Narendra Modi | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How the Prime Minister wants to change India
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While I had doubts about his commitment to the well-being of non-Hindu Indians and to the social welfare of the poor, I have been rather impressed so fare by Prime Minister Modi's performance. India is an awakening giant, and we can hope that he will be good mahout as this enormous elephant of a country moves forward.

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One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day

One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The fragile, 2,000-year-old fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls will make a brief appearance in Jerusalem.
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It is interesting to me that the only quoted commandment given in the article is actually not the same as our modern Biblical version. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." is how we receive it but it says "so you will have a long and healthy life", a small but significant difference. One establishes the primacy of Israel as a political entity and the other the primacy of life as God's gift. One can only wonder at when and why this divergence took place. Was this a political statement by the people making this particular copy, or did other scribes change the text as response to the diaspora?

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She helped unlock mysteries of one of earth's most remote, beautiful places.

She helped unlock mysteries of one of earth's most remote, beautiful places. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gorgeous.
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So nearby and yet so remote. The question that always haunts me: Is nature better off observed by well-meaning humans or simply left alone?

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10 Myths You Probably Believe Because of Movies & TV Shows (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows) - ODDEE

10 Myths You Probably Believe Because of Movies & TV Shows (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We all know that writers and directors like to take creative license when telling a story, but there are some things you've seen so many times that you probably believe them to be true even though they're anything but. (crime, science, biology, myths, movies, tv shows)
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This is a great piece to read if you like crime fiction, like to watch crime movies, or are a writer of crime stories. For my part, since I want everyone to read "Memoirs From the Asylum," I have to mention that pleading insanity is not only usually unsuccessful, but those who do so successfully end up in that nuthouse I describe or one even worse.

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Police: 160 people arrested in Waco biker gang shooting

Police: 160 people arrested in Waco biker gang shooting | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A handcuffed biker makes his way onto a bus as authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco. Authorities said the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs.9 a.m.
update: Police have revised their number of arrests following fatal shootings in Waco on Sunday.

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Sounds like a TV show to me; let's call it breaking dumb. Too bad it erodes the image of all the good folks who ride motorcycles.

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Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish

Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Other fish, like tuna, have only a limited form of warm-bloodedness.
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I kept tropical fish as a kid and have always been fascinated by the creatures who live in the deepest oceans. So I share this fascinating story with you.

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14 Adorable Animal Instagram Accounts - ODDEE

14 Adorable Animal Instagram Accounts - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a Chiweenie with an overbite to a domesticated white fox, meet 14 four-legged friends with great Instagram game.
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I thought this a great list of Instagram accounts to follow if you have a great need to see pictures of cute animals being dressed up and anthropomorphized.

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Oath Keepers Founder: Traitor McCain Should Be 'Hung By The Neck Until Dead'

Oath Keepers Founder: Traitor McCain Should Be 'Hung By The Neck Until Dead' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The founder of the Oath Keepers, a loose-knit group of current and former law enforcement officials and military who pledge to defend the Constitution, called for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to be "hung by the neck until dead" for treason last week as the president of the Arizona Senate looked on.
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The far right gets loonier and more outrageous every day. I may not like John McCain, but a traitor? I don't think so. Now if you told me this was like a scene from my novel Memoirs From the Asylum, I'd say possibly. Yep, there is a crazy guy wanting to take over the world.

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9 More Amazing Ghost Towns - ODDEE

9 More Amazing Ghost Towns - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the Pennsylvania hamlet destroyed by a mine fire to the seaside resort turned war zone, check out 9 more unusual ghost towns and the stories behind their abandonment.
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I can see this collection of locations spawning too many Steven King style stories. But the realities are quite interesting and some of the settings really lovely. I've been told that living in a ghost time can drive one insane, but I've never found that necessary a necessary condition.

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Anti-Discrimination Backlash in Town Best Known for 'Christ of the Ozarks'

Anti-Discrimination Backlash in Town Best Known for 'Christ of the Ozarks' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Nestled in the hills of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs has long relished in its dual personalities — known for its play depicting Jesus' final days and a 66-foot-tall "Christ of the Ozarks" statue as well as its reputation as a gay-friendly tourist destination, bolstered by being the first in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
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Eureka Springs is one of my favorite towns in America. I spent a wonderful three weeks there working among other things on "Broody New Englander." The people are friendly and diverse. The setting is magical. The mix of extreme religiosity and belief in personal freedom is a tribute to the people who live there. Whatever the vote on this issue, I am sure that the town will continue to welcome people of all kinds.

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10 Coolest Themed Apartments - ODDEE

10 Coolest Themed Apartments - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's one thing to have a room dedicated to your favorite show, but these diehard fans managed to transform their apartments into the subject of their obsession.
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No Dr. Who apartments in this collection, but these are fun, especially for me the steampunk apartment. For my own living, I prefer comfort and variety, but I do love real fans.

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The 2016 presidential slogans, ranked

The 2016 presidential slogans, ranked | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Defeat the lame, generic slogans. Unleash the patriotic ones.
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How do any of these slogans connect to the candidate? How do any of them connect to you, me, and the American voter in general? How about this one I would love to see used by current first choice, Martin O'Malley ?
      Working for America

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Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A small number of very premature babies are surviving earlier outside the womb than doctors once thought possible, a new study has documented, raising questions about how aggressively they should be treated and posing implications for the debate about abortion.

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We should celebrate the good medical science and practice that makes this possible. The question is do we as a society dedicate the resources necessary to provide that medical care to every child who is born so early in gestation? Do we then say to the mother who wants an abortion that she can have a birth instead and that the state will provide the baby's healthcare? And of course, that ultimate question: When we stop a woman from having an abortion, do we as a society take on the responsibility for the resulting child? And, one more question, if we save a preemie, do we then take responsibility for the developmental issues that infant may show? What if we save a preemie who has a genetic disease that leads to suffering and very early death? Some genetic issues come to light only during the second trimester. These are difficult questions, especially for a country that is unwilling to accept the notion that every child should have access to housing, food, medical care, and an education. Just yesterday, there was a report that the U.S. has slipped in the provision of maternal and child care.

 

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