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Drudge Report author caught in debate over Obamacare penalty claims

Drudge Report author caught in debate over Obamacare penalty claims | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Matt Drudge announced to the world that he'd made his first penalty payment after refusing to get health insurance. Not so fast, say his critics.
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I wonder if this obviously wealthy guy actually doesn't have health insurance? I hope somebody will investigate that. Seriously, not that I care about his well-being but because I wonder how much of a liar he is. I find it hard to believe that he isn't covered by a health policy; that would be very stupid, especially if he has a family.

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Arizona Gila monsters out earlier than usual

Arizona Gila monsters out earlier than usual | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gila monsters are out of their winter burrows about two weeks earlier than usual this year -- looking for chow now and lizard love in the near future.
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Got to love these critters - from a distance of course.

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A sex-in-public hall of fame

A sex-in-public hall of fame | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A couple's romp behind a dumpster hits social media. They aren't the first to see public sex turn into viral fame
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Birds and bees do, even fish in the seas do it, so why not humans everywhere? Seriously, would you want to have sex in public? What are some of the perhaps strangest places you have had sex?

Me? Oh, I'm one of those shy people, but if I were to admit my fantasy - The Bridge inside the glass globe at The Christian Science Church in Boston. So, if you have read "Widow's Walk" you now know why I mentioned that site.

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Conspiracy theories running rampant: How misinformation spreads on Facebook

Conspiracy theories running rampant: How misinformation spreads on Facebook | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers studied how people interacted with "trolls" posting false information -- the results are terrifying
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But it must be true, I saw it on the Internet. Why are we such a gulible species?

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Unskilled and Destitute Are Hiring Targets for Fukushima Cleanup

Unskilled and Destitute Are Hiring Targets for Fukushima Cleanup | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The operator of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has left the complex cleanup to a poorly trained work force that has made some dangerous missteps.
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If ever there were an example of the potential negatives of capitalism, it is Fukushima. From the building of the reactors, to the handling of the disaster, to the current efforts at containment and cleanup, it has been obvious that there should have been and needs to be supervision and sometimes even military involvement to spread the risk.

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Aardvark Aarives at Detroit Zoo - ZooBorns

Aardvark Aarives at Detroit Zoo - ZooBorns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A female Aardvark born at the Detroit Zoo on February 11 weighed less than four pounds at birth and has since more than quadrupled in size. The baby, named Kaatie, is the third offspring for 10-year-old Rachaael and 11-year-old Mchimbaji....
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Cute little girl. I hope she lives to eat many termites. 

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Full Metal Parrot

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With three hit singles to his name and more than 4,600 fans, Hatebeak is the best black metal band you’ve never heard of—fronted by a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot named Waldo.
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Not my kind of music, but then I may be the wrong kind of nut for an African Grey. So here's Waldo. (Couldn't resist adding that.)

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A Medication to Treat Anorexia? | TIME

A Medication to Treat Anorexia? | TIME | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Evidence that a brain chemical called oxytocin can help autistic people pay more attention to social cues is prompting some researchers to examine whether the drug could have any impact on those battling with anorexia, which lacks a pharmacological medication
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As psycho-pharmacology progresses, it holds great promise for the people of the future. At the same time, we should not make believe that drugs are the best answer to all issues of inner conflict and distress. Even if oxytocin does help relieve anorexia, we don't have an explanation as to why this relatively new "idiom of distress" has come to be so widespread in our society. Obviously, the victims of the disease have something more than a chemical imbalance that is eating at them even as they are not eating.

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Eight Myths About Jury Duty, Debunked

Eight Myths About Jury Duty, Debunked | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many people want out of jury duty because it disrupts their lives, and you'll find an endless amount of online information about how to escape. The problem? It's mostly BS. Let's take a look at some of the more common myths out there about jury duty and the truths you should know.
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Information worth having.

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Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry

Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
My son Cayden Taipalus who is a third grader at Challenger Elementary in Howell witnessed a child get denied a hot lunch because of no money on his lunch account. The child instead was offered a cheese sandwich. This upset the child along with ...
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What a great kid. Meanwhile, while politicians eat high off the hog, what are they doing to fund lunches for every school kid. Just so you know, the website to donate is

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7htY4

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Crazy for coconuts: Do the health claims survive scrutiny?

Crazy for coconuts: Do the health claims survive scrutiny? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Have we gone crazy for coconut? Just take a look around the supermarket these days: Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water.
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I love coconuts, how about you?

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Five Best Meal Planning Apps

Five Best Meal Planning Apps | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's a lot to be gained by planning your meals. You eat better, healthier food, do more cooking for yourself and put more thought into what you eat, try new recipes, and save at the grocery store at the same time. However, it can be a little daunting; sifting through recipes and making lists. That's why there are apps that help. This week, we're looking at five of the best.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Since most people don't live with my wife, the ultimate home chef, I give them alternative ways to plan menus.

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Alexandria Fiori's curator insight, November 5, 6:36 PM

If parents start to meal plan with their families it will be a good role model for the children and show them that fast food is not the answer. 

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Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought

Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We now have evidence they're some of the most empathic animals on the planet. Can we still justify their captivity? VIDEO
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It amazes me that scientists hadn't long ago realized that many animals can think, have moments of problem-solving insight.

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How to Find the Wasteful Energy Vampires in Your Home

How to Find the Wasteful Energy Vampires in Your Home | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How much power is your home using when you're not around? Probably more than necessary, and that's money wasted. By selectively unplugging devices when you're not home, you could save hundreds of dollars a year. The plugged-in users at Stack Exchange provide tips on spotting devices that guzzle juice when you're not around.
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Useful information that can help cut your electric usage and bill.

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Hot spots in the world's happiest countries

Hot spots in the world's happiest countries | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The happiest of countries have a robust combination of higher life expectancy, gross domestic product per capita, social support, generosity, freedom to make life choices and lower perceptions of corruption.
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Some great places to visit. One thing they all share is a sense of a country, a unique homeland. Part of that sense is from geographic isolation and part from a unique language. However, Canada probably has the great advantage of being not-the-United-States, which gives the Canadians a great sense of national schadenfreude.

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How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids

How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows that one in 10 hospitalized kids suffer from mental-health conditions—and many never make it past the emergency waiting room.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Having spent my career in mental health, and especially care of children and adolescents, I must add that prevention is as important as improving hospital care. Prevention must include not only psychotherapy for those who need assistance coping but also family education and economic assistance for those who need it.

And of course, you should read #Memoirs From the Asylum."

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How I Taught Myself to Listen Despite My ADHD

How I Taught Myself to Listen Despite My ADHD | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Those of you with attention deficit disorder might not make it to the end of this sentence. I had that problem as a kid, but I found ways to trick my brain into paying attention and listening properly. I'll never be a great listener, but I get by without medication because of three simple things I taught myself how to do.
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So you have trouble maintaining attention in a conversation, here are a few techniques that might help.

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10 Fascinating Albino Animals (Albino Animals) - ODDEE

10 Fascinating Albino Animals (Albino Animals) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Ten animals Albino animals, including adorable monkeys and fierce alligator, and especially Moby, the white whale.

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Had to share these great pictures.

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The birds and the bees are just the beginning

The birds and the bees are just the beginning | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on. (This talk describes explicit and aggressive sexual content.)
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Some interesting thoughts on sexuality across the animal world.

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Dangerous Foods Your Pet Should Not Eat

Dangerous Foods Your Pet Should Not Eat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There are some common food around your house that can be quite dangerous to your pets. Most pet owners know not to feed chocolate to dogs, but did you know about these other foods?
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I share this even though our dogs loved chocolate and one was an alcoholic. What the heck, dogs differ. At least bacon isn't on the list.

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7 Foods I Would Never Touch If I Wasn't Jewish

7 Foods I Would Never Touch If I Wasn't Jewish | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There are just some foods you couldn't pay most Jews to touch if we hadn't been weaned on them....
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As I kid, I learned to love most of these - not shmaltz nor kishka, but I have eaten them at least until my gallbladder gave out. Anyway, take a Tums before reading.
"You'll take some home. No arguments; I'm getting the Tupperware now."

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Fed Up With the Slutty Girl Scouts? Meet the Conservative Alternative.

Fed Up With the Slutty Girl Scouts? Meet the Conservative Alternative. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Want your daughter to learn all about camping, sewing and car repair, but with a heaping helping of Jesus? You could try to find a local Girl Scout troop with an especially Bible-thumping troop leader. Or you could just skip straight to the American Heritage Girls, conservative Christianity's very own copycat.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Seems to me that this group's agenda is far more rigid and intolerant than the Girl Scouts have ever been. In the process, the whole thing gives me some laughs. Of course if my kid wanted to join the AHG, I would most likely vomit, not because they encourage faith in God, but because they hid behind faith as an alternative to thinking.

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Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy.

Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Number 10 is "Resurrectionist" - gravedigger. 

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Fascinating set of pictures. I particularly want to bring back the knockers.

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A vibrant dance across the global spectrum of the popular imagination.

"Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: wheth
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Oh, what fun to lie safe beneath the covers and shake with terror at the monsters whom we can imagine.

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ST. HELENA, Calif.: California farmers hire dowsers to find water | National | Merced Sun-Star

ST. HELENA, Calif.: California farmers hire dowsers to find water | National | Merced Sun-Star | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
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When I was a kid, my father decided to drill a new well on our place in Maine. I watched him dowse with a willow branch. He found a sewer line, which convinced him that the technique would work, and proceeded to find the spot where he sank the well, into which he sank a lot of money for the slightest gurgle of water. Good luck to these desperate farmers.

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