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Hundreds more youth surge across border, overwhelming U.S. officials

Hundreds more youth surge across border, overwhelming U.S. officials | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At least 1,000 unaccompanied children who crossed illegally into the United States through Texas are being taken to a makeshift emergency shelter in Arizona over the weekend, the latest effort by authorities scrambling to handle what has been described as a humanitarian crisis.
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IMHO, this sad state of affairs is the result of people misunderstanding the Dream Act, which of course has not been passed. Without a clear law, it is impossible for the U.S. government to inform the rest of the world what it means, so people desperate for better lives for their children are sending them here in the hopes that the Dream Act will give them a future. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to encourage the drug trade which is decimating the countries of Central America. It is time for some real change, starting with passage of the Dream Act and clarification for the future and then followed by legalization of most drugs so that the drug cartels are less empowered.

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Rock Theft 101: University Missing $30K Gold Nugget

Rock Theft 101: University Missing $30K Gold Nugget | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Looks like the University of Arizona has lost itself one pricey rock: The school reports that a 3-inch, half-pound hunk of gold worth $30,000 has been stolen from its Mineral Museum. The rock went missing... Crime & Courts News Summaries. | News...more
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Couldn't resist sharing this photo. $30, 000; now that's a rocking rock.

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Quebec passes 'dying with dignity' bill

Quebec passes 'dying with dignity' bill | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Terminally ill patients in Quebec have the right to choose to die. The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

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Bravo! Bien fait. Well done.

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Pope Francis Urges Couples to Raise Kids, Not Cats and Dogs

Pope Francis Urges Couples to Raise Kids, Not Cats and Dogs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Pope Francis said that staying childless will ultimately bring married couples nothing but "the bitterness of loneliness"
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Did I miss something? Here is a man with neither wife nor children (that we know of), not even a girl(or boy)friend. The poor man must be suffering the very pits of loneliness and bitterness. Perhaps we should be sending him and his colleagues our children so they won't feel so lonely. We can offer those kids at the altar of ... Wait a minute here. I think the Pope has just officially made an ass of himself. Too bad, for the most part he seems a good man. It's always the same, let the best of men start thinking about (and with) his penis, and a fool soon appears.

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Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results

Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Ah, but what about people who are loved by dogs versus those loved by cats? Just asking. Meanwhile, enjoy the story.

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Most of us prefer dogs over cats, but what does that say about us? This is some fun stuff.

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Ohio town's Korean War memorial under fire for blunders

Ohio town's Korean War memorial under fire for blunders | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An Ohio monument unveiled this week to Americans who fought and died in the Korean War has drawn calls for it to be replaced because of glaring omissions and historical inaccuracies including images from the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. The black granite slab at Ross County Veterans Memorial Park in Chillicothe, Ohio, has sparked criticism from some families of those killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War because names of locals who died in the fighting were left off a plaque honoring area war dead. Herman Strausbaugh, 81, a Korean War veteran who helped get the memorial built, said he wants to memorial to stay despite the complaints of "nit pickers." "It represents the people that went over there and fought.
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Outsourcing a monument to American war dead to India - what could go wrong? This would be funny were it not for the dead part. Sure outsource your local chamber of commerce website, why not? But your monument to war dead?

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These 33 Dogs With The Most Unique Coats On Earth Took My Breath Away. My Favorite Is #7!

These 33 Dogs With The Most Unique Coats On Earth Took My Breath Away. My Favorite Is #7! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These amazing dogs have such unusual colors and markings that once you see them, you’ll never be able to forget them. Some of these markings are a result of a rare genetic variations or conditions, but all of these dogs are undeniably beautiful. Of all the adorable and stunning dogs on the Internet, Reshareworthy.com collected […]
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Some are funny and others are just gorgeous, but all these pictures are worth your time.

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The Worst Waiter in History

The Worst Waiter in History | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Edsel routinely cussed out patrons, sexually accosted female diners, and unapologetically spilled soup on laps -- and his customers came back for more.
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And I thought the waiters in New York were bad (or good). What a character. Not sure I would have wanted to eat there, but I would have loved to watch the show. Interesting, no mention in the article about the quality of the food.

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Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game

Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Conrad Gregor thanked his parents for making a five-hour drive to watch him play by driving a home run over the wall to where his father was standing.
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Here's one of those, "Hey, isn't this cool" moments.

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Pope lends tacit support for Palestinian state as he arrives by helicopter in Bethlehem during Middle East tour

Pope lends tacit support for Palestinian state as he arrives by helicopter in Bethlehem during Middle East tour | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638645/Pope-lends-tacit-support-Palestinian-state-arrives-helicopter-Bethlehem-Middle-East-tour.html#ixzz32jYTIAbH
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I never thought I would be posting fan pictures of the Pope, but this guy seems to be the real deal, a man who talks the talk and walks the walk. It is well past the time for a Palestinian state; maybe he can actually help bring that about. Perhaps the sharing of prayer can work.

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Inside the 11-Story Building That's Calling Itself the People's Republic of Donetsk

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The pro-Russian ministate in Ukraine is the smallest country in the world. It must also be the most insanely bureaucratic. 
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This may be the funniest story of the week. I can only wonder what will happen when they don't pay their electric bill. Who will collect their garbage? Where will they get food? Certainly they have nothing to offer in trade. Just too weird.

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French rail company orders 2,000 trains too wide for platforms

PARIS (Reuters) - France's national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs.A
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Isn't it good to know that the U.S. national system isn't the only one plagued by bureaucratic bungling?

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Could this drug help millions of American addicts? | Al Jazeera America

Could this drug help millions of American addicts? | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Heroin addicts and alcoholics have said ibogaine helped them kick addiction, so why is it illegal in the United States?
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There is no silver bullet for addictions, but this is an interesting possibility. Seems to me the government, which spends billions on its failed war on drugs, could provide the funding for the testing and possible development of this treatment. Of course, no big pharma company will get the big bucks in the end, but here we go again: What is the proper function of government?

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Stunning fossil eggs provide insight on ancient flying reptiles

Stunning fossil eggs provide insight on ancient flying reptiles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A spectacular fossil find in China - a prehistoric egg extravaganza from 120 million years ago - is providing unique insight into the lifestyle and gender differences of pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs. Until now, only four pterosaur eggs had ever been found, and all were flattened during the process of fossilization. But Chinese scientists said on Thursday they had unearthed five pterosaur eggs preserved beautifully in three dimensions at a site in northwestern China that also includes no fewer than 40 adult individuals of a newly identified species that lived in a bustling colony near a large freshwater lake. "This is definitely the most important pterosaur site ever found," said paleontologist Zhonghe Zhou, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.
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I wonder how they would taste poached?

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What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage?

What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Read these stories and you'll understand why unions are important, why a living wage is important -- Because people are real and have real problems, families, needs. Notice that the casino involved didn't close its doors. It didn't go broke. It just has to treat these human beings decently.

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Did Your Mom Ever Tell You To Finish Your Meal Because Of Starving Kids? This Makes Way More Sense.

Did Your Mom Ever Tell You To Finish Your Meal Because Of Starving Kids? This Makes Way More Sense. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The best restaurant window sticker since the one with the big "A" on it.
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Sounds like an awesome idea. Not sure if it will require some changes in laws to protect businesses that take part, but it would be wonderful if we could use surpluses to end wants instead of adding to waste.

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Greek yogurt’s amazing success is causing a big problem for manufacturers

Greek yogurt’s amazing success is causing a big problem for manufacturers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
America's are falling in love with Greek yogurt, but producers don't know what to do with one of its byproducts
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Here's the whey to go. Lots of information here for those who love cheese and yogurt.

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WASHINGTON: For many in military, Shinseki remains an American hero | White House | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: For many in military, Shinseki remains an American hero | White House | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As the words left President Barack Obama’s lips on Friday that he had accepted the resignation of retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs, a pained groan emerged from a crowd of troops, veterans and civilians who’d gathered around television sets at the Pentagon.
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While the buck may have stopped for the moment at General Shinseki's desk, the real villain is the creation of a bonus system that rewards paperwork rather than real work. Just as in the derivatives and mortgage scandal of 2008, we as a society have been enthralled by the lure of money and have to own that distortion before we can do better.
This story, like many reminds me of Easter Island, where the natives created gods (statues) in thanks for the great wealth of their island filled as it was with the bounty of natures. Those great stone figures leached their heavy metals into the earth and things no longer did so well.
The moral, create a god and the god will destroy you.

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White supremacy and slavery: Gerald Horne on the real story of American independence

White supremacy and slavery: Gerald Horne on the real story of American independence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's time to revisit America's heroic creation myth and what really happened in 1776, author-historian tells Salon
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How cool is this?  This morning, before this came out, I invited this author/historian to be on It Matters Radio on Aug 28. And he said yes, which makes me really excited.

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The 9 Most Eerie Books and Grimoires Of All Time (old books, grimoires, black magic, occult, necronomicon, spells, creepy) - ODDEE

The 9 Most Eerie Books and Grimoires Of All Time (old books, grimoires, black magic, occult, necronomicon, spells, creepy) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A list of eerie, creepy books and grimoires ranging from 10th century black magic and demonic evocations to modern writings taken from insane asylums and posthumous 15,000 page manuscripts about child torture. Have fun! (old books, grimoires, black magic, occult, necronomicon, spells, creepy)
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Strange books filled with ranting, rage, and claims of magic. I wonder about the "Grand Grimoire" the Gospel of Satan. Owned by the Catholic Church and nobody allowed to read it - what magic might it allow? Not therein lies a tale or two. To say nothing of a cloven hoof.

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Mary Edwards Walker: The Only Woman to Receive the Medal of Honor - NBC News

Mary Edwards Walker: The Only Woman to Receive the Medal of Honor - NBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In 1916, a high-ranking U.S. military board revoked Medals of Honor from nearly 1,000 recipients, a move that sent shockwaves across the country as former se...
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Certainly a true American heroine, but also a wonderful American eccentric. Who better to remember on Memorial Day when we honor those who served and those who sacrificed.

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Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies

Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some days the science news just turns me on. How about this one? This seems like a good argument for evolution. I don't think a god would have bothered with an entirely different branch of life just for ctenophores.

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Never-before-seen meteor shower this weekend: How to watch it

Never-before-seen meteor shower this weekend: How to watch it | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Camelopardalids, a meteor shower expected on Friday night and early Saturday morning, could potentially put on a spectacular show, say astronomers.
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Don't you love it when nature gives us free entertainment. Just lie back and enjoy the show.

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New Study Proves Republicans Are Significantly More Likely To Lie Than Democrats

New Study Proves Republicans Are Significantly More Likely To Lie Than Democrats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A non-partisan study found that Republicans lie way more than Democrats, surprising absolutely no one with any common sense at all.
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This is fun for me, because I tend to see the right and the Republican party as no longer capable of honest debate. It is upsetting for me because I tend to see the right and the Republican party as no longer capable of honest debate and I know that such debate is essential to our political system's health.

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AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law

AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Arkansas Democratic Party pointed out the cruel irony of the voter ID laws:
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Which goes to show that some GOP leaders may not be that bright. Who would have thought?

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