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Barbie’s Got a New Body

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Read TIME’s cover story on Mattel’s radical makeover of an American icon
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I may have to rewrite my poem, "Barbie"

 

Barbie

 

Sprung full boobed

Ready role model

For a generation

Willing to die

Of self-starvation

For flatter stomachs

For thinner thighs.

 

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10 Craziest Foreign Objects Found Stuck In A Rectum (found objects) - ODDEE

10 Craziest Foreign Objects Found Stuck In A Rectum (found objects) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ouch! You got what stuck where? (found objects)
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Okay, some people tell me I have my head up there, but here are some really strange things, including live ammo. Now that could lead to an explosive discharge. 

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Technology Addiction: Fran Lewis | The Write Room Blog

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Walking the streets of Manhattan a few weeks ago I observed something that was to some quite interesting and to others mundane.

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My personal peeve is the use of cellphones at dinner. Please, I don't need you to google that fact; I need you to take part in conversation. 

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OPINION: A Norse temple for the 21st century

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What’s behind the resurgence of neo-pagan religions?
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I love this. It is certainly time for us to re-invent the religious experience. Meanwhile, I shall drink my mead and worship nature as she unfolds. 

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A Perfect Storm in Central Asia

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For years, the five ex-Soviet republics have enjoyed surprising stability. But Russia’s economic crisis is shaking their foundations.

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I feel for the people the region of the stans. These five countries have had little chance to emerge from the Soviet days and I see upheaval in their futures as their economies fail. Does Mr. Putin care? I doubt it. Therein is his greatest weakness; he can't see beyond his fantasies of a greater Putinized Russia. 

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14 Amazing Excuses Kids Have Used To Stay Home From School

14 Amazing Excuses Kids Have Used To Stay Home From School | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Major points for creativity.
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I love these. In my life I suffered from Von Munchausen's by proxy and  had to fight to go to school. Anyway, good job kids, keep up the creativity and you may become marketing directors or even politicians. 

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World Islamic body backs Saudi stance in Iran spat

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The world's largest Muslim body backed Saudi Arabia in its weeks-long diplomatic spat with Iran in a statement issued on Thursday night, accusing Tehran of backing terrorism and meddling in other countries' affairs.
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And the rift between Sunni and Shia continues. For the rest of the world, this is perhaps a good thing, for the people of the Middle East it is a major problem. Can anybody remember the Middle Ages in Europe? You know when the Protestants and the Catholics killed one another off. Yep, here we go again, man being stupid in the name of god. 

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The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Q-tips really are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America.
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Never stick anything into you ear. That said, the article is fascinating. 

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WHY I LIKE ASTROLOGY Hazel Dixon-Cooper | The Write Room Blog

WHY I LIKE ASTROLOGY Hazel Dixon-Cooper | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

My fascination with the stars began on summer evenings spent lying on my back in the grass staring up at the darkening sky. As most of us did, I learned to spot the North Star, the Big and Little Dippers and a few other constellations. I wondered whether men from Mars existed and were lying on their backs in the red dust wondering the same thing about us.

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I never appreciated astrology as a way of looking at myself until I got to know the wonderful Hazel Dixon-Cooper. Here's a chance for you to get to know her, too.

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The Surreal Republican Debate Scorecard

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The only kind of grades these people deserve.
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If you love them or if you can't stand the Republican candidates, you can stillt laugh at them. This is great political humor.

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Donald Trump: NFL ‘football has become soft like our country has become soft’

Donald Trump: NFL ‘football has become soft like our country has become soft’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
But he still loves Tom Brady.
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This is a sick puppy calling for more brains damage to young athletes. I guess he'd have no problem sending our troops into danger or ordering federal authorities to fire on civilians. Just what we want in America, a dumb, hate-filled, jerk who likes violence. 

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Camron Rauch's curator insight, January 14, 10:49 PM

1. In this article, Donald Trump explains an extended metaphor between the National Football League and the United States in a speech he gave in Nevada. He says, like our government, the game of football has too many regulations, even if it protects the player's(citizen's) safety. He states that the NFL and the USA are not as strong and credible as it used to be. According to him, he plans to change that.

2. In class, Donald Trump is the topic of discussion numerous times. We also learned about political parties, him being the leading Republican in the polls.

3. This article is biased against Donald Trump.

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‘No safe limit’ for pizza | NewsBiscuit

‘No safe limit’ for pizza | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, 66, shocked the UK’s population with the announcement today that there is no safe consumption level for pizza. Dismissing the notion that pizza is OK as part of a balanced diet as an old wives’ tale, Dame Sally said that even one slice a day could lead to muffin top, manspreading and even bingo wings. While apologists point to the role of pizza as part of the fabled Mediterranean diet, the new guidelines advise that even a small hand-thrown crispy margherita is literally the thin edge of the wedge, leading rapidly to the family-sized deep-pan meat feast and related problems such as being unable to get off the sofa, drinking Stella, shouting and watching The X-Factor.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I'll be eating that last slice of my meat lover's pie when they put my body in the oven. Wait, how about being buried in a coffin that looks like a pizza carton. So much for those food guidelines. Pass the chianti. 

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When a giant squid appeared in the harbor, this man grabbed a camera and jumped in.

When a giant squid appeared in the harbor, this man grabbed a camera and jumped in. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On Christmas Eve, a 12-foot-long giant squid was found swimming near some boats in Toyama Bay in Honshu, Japan. This diver's amazing footage helps show how mysterious the ocean really is.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Watch the video. The narration is in Japanese, but the creature is fascinating.
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Women pay more for living

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There’s gendered pricing in dry cleaning: Just the latest installment of women having to pay more for things Women can pay more than twice as much as a man to have the exact same shirt dry-cleaned
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Find the video report at http://www.salon.com/2016/01/27/theres_gendered_pricing_in_dry_cleaning_just_the_latest_installment_of_women_having_to_pay_more_for_things/?source=newsletter 

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Hillary Clinton’s Phony Attack on Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton has suggested as much. Don’t be so sure.
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It is not naive to seek peace rather than prepare for war. It would be naive to not be ready for battle when it is necessary, but it is childish to not see the options for peace as worth pursuing. I have serious questions about Hillary's capacities in foreign affairs.
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World's Rarest Giraffe Spotted

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She was named by a local guide after a brand of detergent.
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Got to celebrate the wonder of nature. 

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Exclusive: Obama on Iowa, Clinton, Sanders and 2016

Exclusive: Obama on Iowa, Clinton, Sanders and 2016 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO's Off Message podcast, the president offers his most expansive comments yet on the race to succeed him in the White House.
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While I prefer Bernie and Mr. Obama apparently prefers Hillary, he continues to impress me with his careful thought and self-effacing approach to the office. I think Mr. Obama has done a more than credible job and once again demonstrates that he is a statesman in a world of pols. 

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10 Weird Service Animals - ODDEE

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From rats to kangaroos, unusual support animals are popping up everywhere.
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Okay, I believe that your rat, iguana, pig, etc. help you get through the day, but I do question some of the ill-behaved dogs wearing vests that seem to be filling our streets. Seems to me that there should be some criteria for actually being considered a service animal. Now about my protection rattler, why can't I bring her into the bar with me? She wouldn't hurt anyone who wasn't going to hurt me."

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, January 26, 4:40 PM

I agree there are many strange animals being called a Service Animal but also believe that their value is undeniable saving lives and there are regulations in place. Meet our Maggie who has saved my life countless times since her age of 8 weeks. Thank you for this post so people that are in violation may reconsider and heed the rules for the better of those who need this help.http://www.MaggieTails.com

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‘Everyone’s a winner!’ – Award ceremonies to become more inclusive | NewsBiscuit

‘Everyone’s a winner!’ – Award ceremonies to become more inclusive | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In attempt to combat accusations of cultural, ethnic or skill bias; the Oscars are planning to award prizes to ‘every person with a selfie-stick’. The short-list for Best Actor 2016 has now extended to include 1.4bn people of dubious talent, although a disproportionate number of the nominees are now teenage girls called ‘Harper’. While there is a legitimate argument that employment data should mirror demographics, it is odd to suggest that ‘success’ should be equally as fair; which could lead to midgets winning basketball tournaments.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

For my part, I don't think a lot of movies are worth giving awards, but I wish instead of recognizing "The Best" the academy recognized the "good" giving awards to all those that are truly deserving. In my opinion, some years we should have more than one winner and in other years zilch. As for race, well there are some great Black actors and film makers who should be recognized; but more importantly we need to have more opportunities for Black artists to make films. 

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Chris Christie vetoes law banning gang members from purchasing guns

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New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie vetoed a law that would have prevented convicted gang members from buying guns in the state.
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Another self-proclaimed straight-shooter from the right turns out to be a panderer, in this case to the NRA. Yep, got to get those votes from the far right. Now, Republicans, how do you feel about this? Anybody ready to throw your hands up in disgust? 

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Match-fixers still can’t make Tennis interesting | NewsBiscuit

Match-fixers still can’t make Tennis interesting | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite the best efforts of organised crime, secret files reveal widespread ‘boredom’ even at the top levels of the game.  Illicit syndicates may have manipulated the outcome of Wimbledon matches, but they have done very little to make the sport more engaging to watch; with an Andy Murray anecdote considered to be the season’s ‘highlight’. Tennis or as it is known to its fans - ‘two posh kids hitting a ball back and forth’ - has had a chequered history in terms of excitement; with Bill Cosby alleged to have used footage to comatose his dates.
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Pretty much how I feel about all professional sports. I keep wondering why people care about watching other people playing games. 

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Titanosaur unveiled in New York City

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One of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered at 122 feet long, it doesn't even fit in the museum's gallery
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WOW! I remember being wowed when this beast was discovered. Now that the skeleton has been prepared for display, I'm in total awe. 

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Wonderful Words: Guest Author, Kenneth Weene

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What did we know of him? He had been an officer in His Majesty military—navy, marines, or army, the story did not say. We also don’t know what he thought of his sovereign’s madness, the regency, or the great affairs of state that took place across the Atlantic. Indeed, we know only his first name, Reginald, his rank Lieutenant, and his manner of death, hanging.  

 
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Thanks to my friend Maggie Tideswell for sharing one of my ghost stories. Hope you enjoy Stargate Love. 

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LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice

LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The recommendation marks the first time that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has called for charges in a fatal on-duty shooting.
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It is good to see that in some cases police violence will be properly scrutinized. Of course, the trial hasn't yet begun and we certainly don't know the verdict, but at least there is a beginning. 

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Three Little Pigs awarded contract to build 13,000 new homes | NewsBiscuit

Three Little Pigs awarded contract to build 13,000 new homes | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister has taken the unprecedented decision to be guided by fairy tales from the land-of-make-believe or his ‘big society’ as he calls it. Drawing on the construction acumen of a family firm of pigs - claiming a long history of ‘keeping the wolf from the door’ - David Cameron has said that best examples of affordable housing are fictitious, citing numerous gingerbread residences as an example.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While this satiric piece is aimed at the British government, it is universal in both the amour and the truth. Meanwhile, if you want another great read, might I suggest A Tale of Three Pighs by Sal Buttaci? Here's the link Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Three-Pighs-Salvatore-Buttaci-ebook/dp/B015BWSBPM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1452007626&sr=1-1&keywords=Pighs
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