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Iran's president claims his military best defense against IS

Iran's president claims his military best defense against IS | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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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Church of England demand God’s right to prolong suffering | NewsBiscuit

Church of England demand God’s right to prolong suffering | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken out on behalf of the increasingly impotent God, on a difficult issue that has arisen from His regretful decision to give mankind free will, rather than just His own perfect will. Fortunately for God, the Archbishop Welby has the kind of power and influence over the affairs of man that He could only dream of, as well as having a very fancy outfit with lots of gold bits, a massive hat and a crooked stick which shows just what a terrifically wise man he really is.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Those who, in the name of God, refuse the dying the right to end their suffering, represent a religious view that God does not want man to gain mastery over his world. For my part, that such mastery and understanding is the task that God has given us.

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10 Coolest Public Bathrooms & Urinals - ODDEE

10 Coolest Public Bathrooms & Urinals - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
People normally hate to use the bathroom when they are not at home, but these public restrooms are sure to make them change their minds.
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From shark urinals to ice cream palace bathrooms. Let's call this plumbing for fun.

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Here's An Early Look At MoMA's New Picasso Sculpture Exhibition

Here's An Early Look At MoMA's New Picasso Sculpture Exhibition | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The exhibit opens on September 14th.
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What a great exhibit. Wish I were in New York to see it.

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New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room

New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG—The discovery of a new species of human relative was announced today (Sept. 10) by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society and the South ...
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I love the mystery of human evolution and the archaeological and paleontological studies that elucidate it. So welcome, H. Naledi to my  to my  genus.

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The Wildest Theme Restaurants (Yes, these are real)

The Wildest Theme Restaurants (Yes, these are real) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ninja servers. Neon-lit robots. Toilet bowls for seats. At these 11 trippy restaurants across the globe, anything goes. And we mean anything.
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Wherever you have dinner today, I hope it's delicious, peaceful, and filled with good fun.

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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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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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U.S. Wants Former Salvadoran Ally to Face Justice in 1989 Massacre

U.S. Wants Former Salvadoran Ally to Face Justice in 1989 Massacre | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The United States government, which spent more than $4 billion in assistance to El Salvador’s military during its civil war, is now working to bring some of the officers to justice.
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The foreign policy of the Reagan administration was filled with human rights disasters and with disregard for reality. El Salvador was just one of the places horribly impacted by the GOP "We run the world" mentality. Sadly, the chaos of the movie script gone awry presidency continues to haunt those countries. 

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Thespian 'actor' robot applies for Screen Actors Guild card 

Thespian 'actor' robot applies for Screen Actors Guild card  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A robot named IRB 2400 (pictured) has applied for a Screen Actors Guild card. Membership benefits include health care, pension, and competitive rate mortgages.
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I've been thinking a lot about the ethical issues of robots. At what point do we consider them as living beings? Calling all fans of "Short Circuit" to contribute your notion of what it means to say, "I'm alive." No Turing criteria to be considered.

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9 Modern-Day People Who Live In A Different Era - ODDEE

9 Modern-Day People Who Live In A Different Era - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the family whose feet are firmly planted in the 1950s to the woman who loves all things Regency, check out these nine stories of 21st-century people who live in another time.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I love the idea of this. For my own part I prefer my very normal modern life complete with computer, cell phone, and all those modern conveniences, but there is a certain style. I suppose if forced, I could live in the jazz age, just stay drunk. So cheers to all these wonderful people.

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8 Companies That Time Forgot - ODDEE

8 Companies That Time Forgot - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

You won't believe these companies are STILL in business… and thriving! Yes, that's a DeLorean and almost ready for time travel. 

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Some great retro here.

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Tuskegee Airman Who Flew 26 Missions Over Germany Dies at 90

Tuskegee Airman Who Flew 26 Missions Over Germany Dies at 90 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Calvin Spann participated in the longest bomber escort mission in 15th Air Force history
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America must never forget the Black soldiers, sailors, and airmen who helped defeat The Axis despite the prejudices at home. And let us also remember the Japanese-Americans who fought while their families were in concentration camps and the Native Americans whose culture and lands had been expropriated but who still fought valiantly. Let us remember all those men and women and speak of them every time some political hatemonger tells us that one group or another is not worthy to be Americans.

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