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Lincoln, Equality, and the Declaration of Independence

Lincoln, Equality, and the Declaration of Independence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I’ve recently completed two books on the American past, both of which, albeit for different reasons, argue for the enduring importance of the Declaration of Independence for our nation’s political ...
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If you are wondering why I'm excited to have historian John McKee Barr on tonight's It Matters Radio, read a bit of his thinking here.

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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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Bernie Sanders draws his biggest crowd yet — in Arizona of all places

Bernie Sanders draws his biggest crowd yet — in Arizona of all places | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Vermont senator draws more than 11,000 people in Phoenix.
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I would have attended were I in town. Since I wasn't, I want to thank all of those who showed up in my stead. Bernie Sanders is an outstanding man. e may not beat Hillary, but he is awakening the Demicratic party from the complacency that has been so common in American politics.

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A Navy diver thought he heard someone talking to him underwater. Turns out it was a beluga whale.

A Navy diver thought he heard someone talking to him underwater. Turns out it was a beluga whale. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It might be a while before we see something like this again.
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One more good reason why we should worry about the oceans. Whales matter.

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Dates: A Powerhouse of Health and Goodness

Dates: A Powerhouse of Health and Goodness | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dates are powerhouse of goodness and health. Please share with us some more benefits of dates and we are happy to share the same!
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While they have too many carbs for me to eat, dates are one of my favorite foods.

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Sheriff: Man went to Ariz. for 'sex acts' with horse

Sheriff: Man went to Ariz. for 'sex acts' with horse | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Man landed in Phoenix believing he would meet with a horse owner he'd met online, sheriff says.
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Three questions. First, while I detest the idea of zoophilia, why does this man come to Arizona where the act is a felony instead of staying in Pennsylvania where it is a misdemeanor? Second, why is a local sheriff running a sting operation across state lines? Third, why is a local sheriff spending this kind of local resources on what amounts to an Internet and interstate issue instead of passing it to the FBI? I have no idea about the answer to one except the guy is dumb as well as bing sick. But two and three are about a grand-standing sheriff who is playing the media. This guy, Arpaio, should be put out to pasture. Once there, I suggest a vet psychiatrist try to figure out if Sheriff Joe has his own animal perversions.

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The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss

The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Try corn and beans
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Fascinating, and number 1, coffee and cinnamon, is one of my favorite treats. Maybe I should set the cinnamon powder next to my Aero Press.

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Give this a try. And let me know what you think!

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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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8 Amazing Stories of Voting Determination (voting day) - ODDEE

8 Amazing Stories of Voting Determination (voting day) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a woman who voted while in hard labor, to a man who died and came back just to vote, meet eight people who went to incredible lengths to vote. (voting day)
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Too many people fail to vote. It may be an imperfect system, but it is still important. 

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Why don’t Americans vote? We’re “too busy.”

Why don’t Americans vote? We’re “too busy.” | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don't act surprised.
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I want to run a very different reason by you. Could it be that the continuous political advertising drives many to feel that elections are just big used-car sales events? How many of us reach a point at which we are so sated with the claims and counter-claims that we just no longer care or see any difference? Were I running a campaign, I would put almost all the money and energy into creating direct contact with voters and spend as little as I could on the media circus. Oh, and the where that money comes from. Do candidates and parties really think that email after email and donation letter after donation letter makes me more likely to vote for them (or contribute)? I think they have that one backward, too. Please share your thoughts.

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Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms
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It ain't rocket science to know that a person's behavior reflects mood and mental health. I have mixed feelings about methods that big brother can use to keep track of how I'm feeling and functioning. Still, as a psychologist, I thought this an interesting study.

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Webb, Mary | Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life

Webb, Mary | Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Biography and bibliography of British author Mary Webb (1881-1927), best known for Precious Bane (1924) and also the author of The Golden Arrow and other
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An interesting piece by my friend Dane Denton.

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He was supposed to kill these 2 bear cubs. He saved them instead. Now he might lose his job.

He was supposed to kill these 2 bear cubs. He saved them instead. Now he might lose his job. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thousands of people are trying to get him his job back.
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This is one of those feel good but wait a minute stories. Sure the cubs are cute and who would want to harm them, but do we really need to save black bear cubs? The species is hardly endangered, especially in the Vancouver Island region. Which brings us to a reality—nature is cruel. We humans are strangely ambivalent about the creatures that surround us. We fight for them and then decry the reality when they become a problem for us, for example when deer raid our gardens or coyotes eat our dogs and cats. Anyway, I think it wrong to tell a firefighter that he has to kill animals. If you want to euthanize an animal, the least you can do is get somebody to do the job who is willing, not somebody who is dedicated to saving life.

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