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To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog

To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dogs do experience jealousy, according to a new study. And their motivations might teach us about our own.
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Teaching dogs to share affection is crucial. That only occurs when the human is the alpha animal. Humans who coddle their pets will experience more pet jealousy and even territoriality.

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The surprising truth about American manufacturing

The surprising truth about American manufacturing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump is doubling down on his assertions that free trade is destroying US manufacturing. But data show manufacturing is strong – and getting better. Part 2 of a five-part series: Free Trade in America.
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Did you know that American manufacturing is growing, that products are flowing off assembly lines? Yep. Of course there are fewer workers, but the jobs are there, in fact more jobs than workers. The problem is that with fewer workers on the lines, we have to rethink how our society employs people. 
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The world's most unusual military unit

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Why members of an elite Danish force patrol the rooftop of the world ... by dog sled.
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A fascinating look at an elite if very unusual squadron of the Danish army. 
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Health Care Costs Grow Dramatically Slower Than Expected After Obamacare

Health Care Costs Grow Dramatically Slower Than Expected After Obamacare | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new report by the Urban Institute analyzing government projections in U.S. health care spending shows that it is growing at even slower rates than what was originally projected with the passage of Affordable Care Act. The study predicts that the U.S. will spend $2.6 trillion less on health care between 2014-2019 than what was initially anticipated when Obamacare was passed in 2010.

“Health care costs have had several years of really historic low spending during the period, so overall, public programs, private spending is all less than we thought it would be,” said Gary Claxton, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Each year we see spending going up 3 percent, 2 percent, whatever, and not 5 percent, and because that stuff compounds, when it continues to go up more slowly ... it starts to really add up.”
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I'm not a big fan of the ACA; I would prefer a single payer plan for America. Still, you have to recognize that Obamacare has made some serious positive steps for healthcare in America. This is just one more piece of evidence that Mr. Obama's signature legislation was a good move. 
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Republican dads think they’re great fathers. Democrats don’t.

Republican dads think they’re great fathers. Democrats don’t. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The politics of parenthood
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A fascinating look at the differences (and yes some similarities) between self-identified Repubs and Dems when it comes to their views of themselves as dads.I love it when social science helps us to look at reality, in this case the interaction of the families we men raise and our political attitudes. 
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Will Egypt stop listing religion on official IDs?

Will Egypt stop listing religion on official IDs? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The draft bill to remove the religion field from national IDs and official documents sparked a debate among Egyptians, with some supporting the decision as it would eliminate discrimination and others arguing that it would further entrench sectarian tension.
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A small forward step towards inclusion in a predominantly Muslim country. Will it be enacted? Will it change the relationship between Muslim and Coptic Egyptians for the better? Who can say, but it is a small step forward. 
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It’s the first new U.S. nuclear reactor in decades. And climate change has made that a very big deal.

It’s the first new U.S. nuclear reactor in decades. And climate change has made that a very big deal. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meet the Watts Bar 2 reactor, which comes at a time of crisis for the nuclear industry.
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I find it ironic that the TVA is opening atomic reactors when it was the need for hydroelectric power to electrify the region that lay behind the creation of the Authority. Meanwhile, what do you think, should we have more nuclear reactors in this country as part of our effort to end carbon emissions? For my part, I think wind and solar should be the biggest contributors, but I do know that we are a country with a great and ever-growing hunger for electricity, so I guess some nuclear is good in the mix, especially since there is a need to get rid of some of the dams that were built in the twentieth century, dams that are interfering with water use and flow of rivers. 
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We Now Spend More At Restaurants Than at Grocery Stores

We Now Spend More At Restaurants Than at Grocery Stores | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Data shows that Americans are now spending more to eat out than to cook at home.
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Of course this story, as so many do, misses some important questions. How much of that money is spent at fast food joints that can be almost as cheap as eating at home and how much is spent on lavish, expensive meals that represent a real change in our way of looking at food? Eating chain slop suggests that we as a nation just don't care about nutrition or our kids but only about ease and greasy, salty, fat. One  the other hand, if we are using disposable income to celebrate the joy of food and drink, perhaps we are learning that there is more to life than just hurrying through it. If that's the case, can we look forward to having decent American cheeses and fish prepared with delicious and delicate sauces? Can we look to join the great cooking countries like Belgium, France, and the great Basque cooks? Dare I hope? So far there's little evidence of such a change, only another Starbucks offering a fast, plastic-wrapped lunch next door. 
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The Unrecognized - Roads & Kingdoms

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“SAH-MAH-LEE, SAH-MAH-LEE, SAH-MAH-LEE!” It was an incongruous chant from the small crowd at a rudimentary soccer field nestled between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, but one that over the week would be regularly and passionately echoed from the stands. The Somaliland National Football Team, a gregarious squad representing a controversial disputed territory in …
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I played a bit of soccer (football) when I was in high school. I wasn't very good. Maybe instead of playing in that school league I should have created my own "national" team and had a go at this competition. Seriously, I don't see why such want-to-be countries can't be part of the corruption-ridden FIFA. I'm sure if they paid a few bucks an exception could be found. 
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11 Alarm Clocks That Guarantee To Get You Of Bed - ODDEE

11 Alarm Clocks That Guarantee To Get You Of Bed - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Waking up will be much easier with the help of these ten gadgets. This one runs away and hides, no way to snooze here.

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The reason we have mornings: Because no good night's sleep would go unpunished.
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Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee

Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
♫ The best part of waking up is overwhelming anxiety in your cup ♫
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Hilarious piece about the anxiety of finding the right coffee. For me, that's really easy, I drink Arbuckle's, which I brew at home. I've even had the head of that great company as a guest on It Matters Radio. Anyway, time to brew my first cup of the morning. 
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Meet the Olympic Gymnast Who Overcame a Drug-Addicted Mother

Meet the Olympic Gymnast Who Overcame a Drug-Addicted Mother | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How the athlete overcame foster care and a drug-addicted mother
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If you haven't seen this extraordinary athlete in action, here's a video that will delight you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM9TJJi9eWw 
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The Weird Thing That Makes You Drink More Wine

The Weird Thing That Makes You Drink More Wine | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Drink too much? Blame your wine glass. Serving alcohol in a larger glass seems to make people drink more, finds a new study
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I've always figured that a larger glass was more pleasant to use since I could better smell the wine and because it is visually nicer. Since my wife and I share one glass of wine if we have wine at all, obviously I don't drink more or less but always the same amount, three sips to her five.What I do know, however, is that sipping good wine improves a meal and drinking too much wine or inferior wine makes the food unimportant and is waste. So "chin-chin" and drink with moderation and style. 
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Why the Breakfast Most Americans Will Eat Today Is a Corporate Scam

Why the Breakfast Most Americans Will Eat Today Is a Corporate Scam | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wake up and smell the McCafé: Cold cereal, donuts and orange juice are breakfast staples because somebody somewhere wanted money.
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I love a good breakfast, but what that means has never been quite clear. I do know that much of what I was told about nutrition as a kid was then deemed false and now much of it is coming back. My typical breakfast, a bagel that has been scooped out, cheese, smoked salmon (lox), and coffee. My coffee choice is neither the tasteless traditional American nor the designer branded but solid Arbuckle's. On fancy days I go for eggs and bacon and a side of fruit with my coffee. What about you? 
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This could be the start to a whole new world of chicken

This could be the start to a whole new world of chicken | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's good news for people who care about how the chickens they eat were treated.
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I celebrate the movement towards more humane raising and slaughtering of chickens. In addition to the ethical improvement, my bet is the birds will taste better without the forced growth and stressful deaths.I know there are some who say we shouldn't be eating meat at all (or eggs according to others), but as an unrepentant omnivore, I happily support better animal husbandry. 
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How a Gaza Christian became a blind Muslim's eyes

How a Gaza Christian became a blind Muslim's eyes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The longstanding friendship between a blind Muslim man and a Christian demonstrates how Gaza residents feel that everyone is in the same boat regardless of their religion.
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If there is a loving god who created this world. we can find him here, in this story of simple friendship. Christian and Muslim, two men of decency and faith. 
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Gaza lighthouse guides fishermen, sends message

Gaza lighthouse guides fishermen, sends message | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A lighthouse in Gaza was recently inaugurated, inspiring hope for Gazans to open up to the world.
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What a lovely little lighthouse. For me, it symbolizes that Gaza and the Palestinian people have the right to a safe haven in this world.
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The Trump effect: Could Arizona go blue for the first time in 20 years?

The Trump effect: Could Arizona go blue for the first time in 20 years? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Democrats see an opportunity thanks to Latinos galvanized to defeat Trump.
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As an Arizona voter who will choose Hillary over the paranoia guy, this article excites me, but it also scares me. I don't want the rest of us Euro-American, light-skinned Democrats to feel complacent. We may not have the votes to dump McCain and Arpaio or to turn the electoral votes blue without the help of our Latino and Native American neighbors, but that doesn't mean we should shrug our shoulders and become complacent.. We, too, have a real investment in turning the state a good solid blue, just like our incredible sky. 
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Is ‘The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ a fake? - The Boston Globe

Is ‘The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ a fake? - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Harvard professor who rocked the musty world devoted to studying early Christianity when she presented a tiny swatch of papyrus that referred to Jesus as married now concedes the fragment is probably a forgery.
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I remember posting about this when Dr. King originally released her study. I thought then and still think that it made sense for a charismatic young rabbi to have a significant other. While celibacy was practiced by many Essenes, it was not required. However, the practice was generally to have very long engagements, three years typically. So my guess is that Jesus did have a special someone in his life. Was it Mary from Magdalene or somebody else? That of course we don't know. The simple reality is that we know very little of this man's life, only the legends that centered on a short time, about three years if we believe the gospel of John who references three passovers. At any rate, I for one, do not begrudge him a bit of honey to go with his oil.
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After Chinese tourist destination folds, the main attraction — monkeys — terrorizes residents - The Boston Globe

After Chinese tourist destination folds, the main attraction — monkeys — terrorizes residents - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A scheme by Chinese villagers to support the local economy with dozens of tame monkeys has gone horribly awry.
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China deals with a new population problem, and this one is monkey business. 
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When the light goes out: The uncertain future of lighthouses - The Boston Globe

When the light goes out: The uncertain future of lighthouses - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Age-old lighthouses are now being cast in a new light, what with global warming and private purchases.
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Even though I now live in Arizona, where there has never been a history of lighthouses, as a "Broody New Englander" I love these beacons of the coast. So I call on all my friends who live near the coasts of the world, take care of your lighthouses even if they are no longer keeping clipper ships from running aground on the rocky shoals. Oh, and of course, read "Broody New Englander," available in print and Kindle on Amazon.
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The tear-jerking open letter Joe Biden wrote to the Stanford rape survivor.

The tear-jerking open letter Joe Biden wrote to the Stanford rape survivor. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul."
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Thanks to Vice President Biden for writing this letter. He says what needs to be said. He articulates our common outrage and calls us to a celebrate courage and decency. 
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What should be the restroom sign of the future?

What should be the restroom sign of the future? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We asked designers to take our gender-neutral sign challenge. Here’s what they came up with — and how you can do it, too
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Interesting and at times humorous attempts to deal with the changing norms in restroom identities. 
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Is it Eid or not? Muslims take step toward resolving calendar dispute

Is it Eid or not? Muslims take step toward resolving calendar dispute | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Religious representatives from Islamic countries agree to embrace a common calendar to overcome a long-standing conflict on the start of Ramadan, but their past record inspires little optimism for a genuine compromise.
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I found this a fascinating look at how a religion, in this case Islam, can both unite and separate people at the same time. I find the idea of using astronomy and telescopic observation nice and clean and modern,  but can we not all imagine those children watching the sky to see that first lunar crescent. "Momma, come see, it is the moon. The holiday can begin." 
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Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast

Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers report success in an experiment that keeps a gas tied to global warming out of the atmosphere permanently.
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While I love the idea, I do wonder how this will change Iceland over time as its very geological foundation is transformed. Also, of course, the other question is how much CO2 can be handled this way. Anyway, score one for science and another reason for people to hold one of my favorite countries in esteem. 
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Amah Mutsun Band Returns to Mount Umunhum, Sacred Site of Their Creation

Amah Mutsun Band Returns to Mount Umunhum, Sacred Site of Their Creation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After 200 years the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has access once again to sacred ceremonial grounds at Mount Umunhum in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Something to make us a little happier about the world in which we live. After many years, the Amah Mutsun people have new access to their sacred places and we all have a a beautiful natural place to celebrate. It may not be Maine, but it makes this Broody New Englander happy to see. 
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