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Pope Francis Says Kim Davis Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses Is 'A Right'

Pope Francis Says Kim Davis Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses Is 'A Right' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has defended his words of consolation to U.S. bishops over the priest sex abuse scandal but says — for the first time — that those who covered up for abusers are guilty of wrongdoing.

In a wide-ranging press conference en route to Rome from his first-ever visit to the United States, Francis also declared conscience objection a "human right," explained his love affair with American nuns and discussed his own star-power, which was fully on display during
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The sweet part is that this pope recognizes the individual as the true locus of religion rather than the institution. The sour side is that he didn't recognize that the individual right is set within the institutional framework. I respect Kim Davis's right to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but I don't recognize that right for a county clerk sworn to uphold the law. I might also recognize the right of an individual to choose to place the protection of a sex abuser above the right of the child to have his/her suffering addressed, but not the right of a cardinal of the church to protect an individual priest who has by such abuse violated the church's trust. Interestingly, the pope didn't recognize the right of individuals to use birth control, one area where there is no institutional framework. So on three issues, I think the pope had his miter up his a.., but he's still a decent guy and in my non-Catholic opinion way better than his predecessor.

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The Amount of Water You Actually Need Per Day

The Amount of Water You Actually Need Per Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hint: it's not always eight glasses
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Don't forget that you are also drinking other fluids and getting fluids in food. Those simple answers you were given as a kid seldom work out to be correct. Personally, I would guess I take in about 60-80 ounces of fluid per day. Be sure to check the info on hydration and exercise in this article, that is useful.

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10 Awesome Pieces Of Optical Illusion Furniture - ODDEE

10 Awesome Pieces Of Optical Illusion Furniture - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These funky and unusual pieces are a great way to add some fun to your home décor.
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I has to be a great day when you discover this fun furniture. Recently, we had to buy a couple of new pieces of furniture for our condo, but we never saw anything this off-the-norm.

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Police Investigator: Cops Beat Me Up

Police Investigator: Cops Beat Me Up | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The dash-cam went dark as soon as officers saw his ID. Then an officer allegedly taunted him, “What are you going to tell me next? You can’t breathe?”
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In cities across America a small number of police are running amok. It is time to get the Earps off the street and put them in prison along with the gangsters. There are plenty of cops who are honest and decent men and women and these wildcards shouldn't be allowed to tarnish a fine profession.

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Inside the US Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway

Inside the US Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Deep within a Norwegian hillside, thousands of US Marine Corps combat veterans await their next assignment.
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There is something incredibly not-reassuring about the idea of old military transports and weapons sitting around waiting to be used again. I can't say this is a bad idea, but somehow it seems both outdated (Can anyone say "Maginot Line?") and silly (why not use them in places like Afghanistan and put the new into storage so the best is available for rapid deployment, if you think such deployment will actually work?)

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Iran's president claims his military best defense against IS

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian president lauded his country's military as the most reliable force to take on "terrorists in the region," a reference to the extremist Islamic State group, in a speech during an annual military parade Tuesday.
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While it is difficult to see any positive in armies and talk of military interventions, I am delighted to see that Iran may be opening to working with other states in the Middle East, even Sunni dominated states. Of course, Israel will be having conniptions, but from the larger world view, in my opinion this is very positive.

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10 Amazing Examples Of Novelty Architecture - ODDEE

10 Amazing Examples Of Novelty Architecture - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the scary Witch House that kids flock to every Halloween to the iconic cafe that was featured in The Rocketeer, check out these ten great examples of programmatic buildings.
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Not great architecture, but fun. A few of these are really cool.

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Black teenager arrested by nine California police officers after 'jaywalking'

Black teenager arrested by nine California police officers after 'jaywalking' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Video shows unarmed teenager forced to ground by group of Stockton police officers after allegedly walking in a bus lane
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The problem is that teens are teens; they don't have good judgement and do stupid things, like jaywalking and then getting riled when corrected. And cops are no longer being trained to deal with people as people but rather to see them as objects to be pushed into place. This is also exacerbated by the fact that Black kids understandably see the police as enemies. Maybe, there needs to be a return to community based policing, especially in cities with large minority populations. Cops need to be more interactive with the community.

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EU fence-making industry booming | NewsBiscuit

EU fence-making industry booming | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the migrant crisis showing no signs of abating, the EU today reported that the fastest growing industry within its borders is the manufacture of fences. The news came on the back of reports that both Croatia and Slovenia are considering controls on their borders, similar to the ones implemented by Hungary over the last week. With both Hungary and Bulgaria looking to fences as a method to control the flow into their countries, the news has further bolstered the burgeoning fence industry.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This may be satire, but it hits close to home. And a home is what people need. It is a basic need that so many people around the world are forced to do without. How sad.

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U.S. Aims to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030

U.S. Aims to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Let's feed people, not landfills"
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And, while were at it, let's get people eating more healthfully. In fact, those two goals go hand in hand since a lot of what goes to waste in this country is vegetables and fruits.

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Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows

Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kids now consume 12% of their calories at fast food restaurants, a trend that may contribute to rising rates of childhood obesity.
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When I read this one question kept popping through my head. Why do people think this stuff tastes good? Too much salt, too much sugar, too much fat; I prefer a good salad and fruit; burgers not so much. Have we as a nation taught ourselves to love the wrong tastes? Of course, I'll still go for friend chicken (not from any of the chains) and love greasy tuna from Subway (on a sald not in a sub). Heck, nobody's perfect. So what are your healthy food choices and your guilty pleasures?

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10 Things That Can Wake You Up Better Than Coffee (wake up, coffee substitute) - ODDEE

10 Things That Can Wake You Up Better Than Coffee (wake up, coffee substitute) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Are you a coffee junkie in the morning? Check out ten things that can wake you up faster than this famous hot beverage. (wake up, coffee substitute)
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Yeah, sure! I might have a cup of cocoa or tea on days I want to relax, but my morning cup of coffee is sacred. Whether first used in Yemen or Ethiopia, coffee has become the sacred beverage for much of the world. My guess is Helios starts each morning with a cup.

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Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity

Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A commission appointed by the governor after the death of Michael Brown is calling for sweeping changes on matters of policing, the courts, education, health care, housing and more.
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Congratulations to Gov. Nixon for creating this commission and to the members of the commission for creating a meaningful report. Now, the big questions: Will the legislature of Missouri do anything to create real change? If not, will the voters of Missouri turn the rascals out and replace them with legislators committed to a just and equitable society?

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Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS

Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Russia left the United States scrambling by reaching an understanding with Iraq, Syria and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State militants.
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The sweet side of this, Russia and Iran are going to be spending their energies fighting the Islamic State. The sour side is that the United States has to face its loss of hegemony in the Middle East. Wait, maybe that's sweet too. Maybe it's time for the U.S. to stop trying to be the policeman of the world.

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Pentagon to investigate casino, strip club expenses

Pentagon to investigate casino, strip club expenses | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The audit comes at the behest of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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What's another million in military waste? At least they were having fun. Seriously, isn't that why people join the Army to see Las Vegas and and enjoy the nightlife?

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2 dead in Sparks were paranormal investigators

2 dead in Sparks were paranormal investigators | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sparks police identified the couple found dead inside an apartment on Tuesday as Mark and Debby Constantino, local paranormal investigators featured in the Travel Channel hit series "Ghost Adventures."
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Domestic violence, hostage taking, and murder are not light matters, but how can I resist this story? I keep thinking what wonderful speculative fiction this can lead to. So, for my writing friends, here's a great prompt. Will they come back? Will the help solve the crime from beyond? Keep the rest of us tuned in.

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5 Confucius Quotes To Guide Your Life

5 Confucius Quotes To Guide Your Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Confucius practical approach is the reason why his quotes widely resonate with the people of the modern world. Let's take a look how we can benefit today.
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It goes 1, 2, 3, 5, 5, which reminds us of another truth, order is but another word for chaos.

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I Pledge Allegiance

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The day before our mothers had brought us to the classroom door. Miss Buckley had greeted us with a smile and questions. “Do you like to color?” Do you like music? Do you—?”



Most of us had nodded, too shy to speak.
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Join me on my first day of school and in a discussion of what we were taught about patriotism.

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Native American boy pulled from class over Mohawk haircut

Native American boy pulled from class over Mohawk haircut | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"It's a symbol of who we are," said the boy's father, who called it ironic that the Utah school is named Arrowhead.
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I don't know about you, but I find this kid's smile very disruptive of my concentration. Seriously, as a school administrator you didn't know that Mohawk haircuts are a Native American tradition? Seriously, you think that after fifteen minutes the other kids in the class will be distracted by the neatly coiffed Mohawk? Let us consider the real issue behind this—no not cultural bias and bigotry—the growing propensity of schools to see themselves are enforcers of conformity. Don't get me wrong, I believe in community standards, but I also know that our country is based on individuality. Sadly, more and more we as a people search not for a process that balances those two goals but engage in bullying techniques to impose the one and rebellion to obtain the other. Law and order has become synonymous with imposition of compliance, and the schools have become allied with law enforcement rather than law exploration. This leaves the small number of people who opt for cultural diversity and freedom pulling their hair in frustration. The takeaway here is that the school administrators weren't even willing to accept the parents' statement that Jakobe's hairstyle was culturally correct but required a letter from an "authority." It seems to me that our "wars" in drugs, terror, and the like have become wars on ourselves and on our free and rational thinking, and the people of St. George, Utah, have some serious thinking to do about the underlying values of their town. Meanwhile, I will be smiling all morning in response to this kid's grin.

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Irving Police Chief Defends Response to Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

Irving Police Chief Defends Response to Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The father of Ahmed, 14, said his son would withdraw from MacArthur High School in Texas, where his homemade clock was mistaken for an imitation bomb.
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I think the real problem lies with the teacher who said the clock looked like a bomb. She, and she alone, caused the ruckus. The tech teacher was unwise in his advice, which should have been to take the clock to the office or leave it in the tech room. But it is the second teacher's over-reaction that resulted in blowing things up. As for the police, if they weren't told why the boy brought the object to school, they have a serious question with which to deal: why not? Clearly, the youngster was not unwilling to tell them if he had been asked. Nor was the tech teacher had he been asked. Why wasn't that simple question raised? Were this a White kid, would the reaction have been different? I can only guess that it would have been, especially the reaction from that teacher. The problem I have with the police chief is that he can't use hindsight to question how things went to an extreme because he's too busy pushing the rightness of his officers' response. As for the school itself, I have only contempt for their reaction which is totally self-defensive. They still are unable to identify a single rule this kid broke.

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U.S. Begins Military Talks With Russia on Syria

U.S. Begins Military Talks With Russia on Syria | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The diplomatic initiative amounted to a pivot for the Obama administration, which seemed to acknowledge that Russia’s moves, like sending combat aircraft to Syria, had effectively changed the calculus in the civil war.
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Long overdue. My biggest critique of the Obama administration's foreign policy and of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State has been the failure to recognize that Russia is a great power with legitimate spheres of influence. It is sad that Russia has had to resort to such gambits to get the U.S. to actually start discussing how to fight ISIS and how to deal with Syria. Making enemies is easy, dealing with friends is easy, but the real work of diplomacy takes negotiation and is difficult. Sadly, Congress has effectively militarized our foreign affairs by downsizing the diplomatic corps and pushing the growth of DOD. To learn more on that, you might want to catch the end of my discussion with Lt. Col. Ron Capps on It Matters Radio, Thurs., Sept 17,. Go to the show website and click on the podcast.

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What happens to restaurant crayons? This dad found out and decided to do something about it.

What happens to restaurant crayons? This dad found out and decided to do something about it. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
One person's trash is another person's great idea.
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What a wonderful idea. This is the kind of story I want to talk about on It Matters Radio, the show I co-host on Thursday evenings (9 PM Eastern U.S. time)

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Carly Fiorina Slays Sexist Trump Onstage

Carly Fiorina Slays Sexist Trump Onstage | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cool, calm, and collected Fiorina took a golden opportunity to stand up to Trump for insulting her looks at Wednesday’s CNN debate.
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I'm not a Carly Fiorina fan, but I applaud her standing up to the obnoxious bore that is Trump. Can we all hope that the Trump amateur hour will soon be over?

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Mary E. Martin's curator insight, September 20, 2015 5:09 PM

Wouldn't it be interesting if Fiiorina  and Clinton were in the race for the presidency?

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24 fruits and vegetables that will extend your lifespan

24 fruits and vegetables that will extend your lifespan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
No one food is going to change your life, but a diet rich in these fruits & vegetables will start you on your way
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The only food on this list I don't love is kale. (Sorry kale devotees.) The big point is berries, fruits, and veggies are good for us, and a slice of tomato on your cheeseburger just doesn't do the trick.

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Parents Sue School Over Son’s ‘WiFi Allergy’

Parents Sue School Over Son’s ‘WiFi Allergy’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Massachusetts family is suing their son’s school, claiming he has a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity—and the school’s WiFi is to blame.
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What do you think: electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)  real physical illness or psychological problem?

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