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How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese

How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And how it changed Western Civilization forever.
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I love cheese, especially cheeses from cow and goat milk. Smelly, Blue, or simple Cheddar, any cheese is better than no cheese. Can everyone say "Fromage?"

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Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets.

Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Japan is trying an unconventional way to impress visitors to their country with both their technology and their gracious hospitality — a toilet "gallery" where it's just fine to touch, and sample, the exhibits.

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I have always been fascinated by the difference in toilets and bathrooms around the world. This exhibit and the one described in the second video of this article gave me a smile. Assuredly, Japan defines itself in terms of technology and order.

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Lien Le's comment, May 6, 2015 7:59 AM
I was really impressed by Japan’s technology. I feel like their technology is always one-step ahead the world. Japan is famous for technology and order, therefore, I was not so surprised anytime I saw their new inventions. This is a good step of Japan since it will attract more travellers to the country. After watching the short video in the article, I was impressed by the special seat for baby while their parent do their business and also a flip-down board that people can stand on while they get changed so they don’t dirty their socks on the bathroom floor. “Gallery Toto” in set in the departures section of Tokyo’s Narita international airport where can be visited by many foreign visitors.
To me, it’s hilarious when the Chinese spent $1 billion on toilet seats in Japan during a holiday season. It is such a mockery for China since the last two years China boycott Japanese goods. Anyhow, the article just makes me want to travel to Japan immediately.
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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.
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If you enjoy paleontology and physical anthropology, this is a great article. Imagine it; proto-hominids were making tools over half a million years before our species evolved. What does that imply about the role of handiness in evolution? These were probably not our ancestors but related to those earliest humans.

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A Fascinating Glimpse at the Rituals of Strictly Orthodox Jews Living in Israel - Feature Shoot

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Rituals of Strictly Orthodox Jews Living in Israel - Feature Shoot | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For The Lives of Orthodox Jews in Israel, photojournalist Yaakov Naumi sheds light on the rituals of the Haredi Jewish community in cities like Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, where daily life is conducted according to strict Orthodox adherence to Jewish law.
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We live in a strange world, but some people, especially the ultra-religious tend to make it even stranger. Here are some fascinating examples from ultra-orthodox Jews.

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Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote

Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments in groundbreaking vote | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Medicare is poised to overhaul the way it pays physicians and create new systems to reward high-performing doctors under legislation approved by the Senate late Tuesday.
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Bravo! Sometimes Congress actually tries to do things right.

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Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese

Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Your good bacteria love stinky fromage as much as you do
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I have seldom met a cheese I didn't love. I do try to avoid the processed cheeses of American corporations and find the great cheeses at the fromageries.

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The world's first hologram protest held in Spain

"With the restrictions we're suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last option that will be left to us in the end will be to protest through our holograms."
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A truly creative form of protest, but one which raises an interesting question. Do we need to use the anonymity of holograms in the face of growing state controls? From a more literary perspective, I wonder what happens if a hologram becomes self-aware. I have this sense that we need a scifi story here.

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9 Nicest Cops - ODDEE

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The reputation of the police has been in question these days, but it doesn't mean there aren't still really kindhearted officers around.
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Most of the cops in world are not violent or racist. Most are just decent men and women trying to do a difficult job and to make a difference on a day-to-day basis. A few manage to stand out for their acts of kindness and humanity. From time to time, we need to remind ourselves of those good officers. One thing I do know, we normal citizens don't thank cops often enough. It's easy for police to believe the world is filled with "skells" and "perps" if the average people don't interact with and appreciate them.

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Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge

Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Prior to his resurrection, Christ descended to the underworld -- a paradox most churches would rather not confront
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Did Jesus go to Hell? That and some of the other strange aspects of Christian faith. An great read for those who find religion and theology interesting.

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Why Chipotle Keeps Running Out of Carnitas

Why Chipotle Keeps Running Out of Carnitas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It dropped a pork supplier in January over food standards
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An interesting dilemma not only for this one company but for Americans. Do we go with lowering our standards to get "enough" food or do we continue to press for the quality we want and hopefully deserve? Certainly Chipotle is becoming the symbol for young people of what food quality should be. By the way, tonight on It Matters Radio we are discussing Mexican cuisine.

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10 Awesome Miniature Crafted Cities (miniature cities, awesome cities) - ODDEE

10 Awesome Miniature Crafted Cities (miniature cities, awesome cities) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From a New York City miniature completely made of staples to a model made entirely of sugar, meet ten of the coolest tiny crafted cities. (miniature cities, awesome cities)
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I love the world of miniatures; never had the patience to really build models or miniatures of anything, but still love visiting them.

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Large Hadron Collider could let foreign particles in, complains Farage | NewsBiscuit

Large Hadron Collider could let foreign particles in, complains Farage | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage has slammed the Large Hadron Collider for taking two years off work then coming back online to 'deliberately introduce dark matter into an already crowded Universe'. The UKIP leader has long highlighted quantum immigration as an 'explosive issue' for the general election. 'Frankly we just don't have the infrastructure to assimilate all these new particles', Farage raged, taking an earnest boggle-eyed bantam stance. 'It has been openly admitted that we don't really know where all these 'exotic particles' originate and we know far less about their skills and employment records. How do we know that the minute these particles are created, they won't go straight on benefits?'
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Let's admit it; science is the opiate of the intellectual elite.

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China Broadens Investigation Into 5 Detained Women Activists

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By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, April 8 (Reuters) - Chinese police are broadening their investigation into five detained women activists to focus on their campaigns against domestic violence and for more public toilets for women, their lawy...
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China is still a country that values the appearance of harmony over the actualities of justice. Even if the government in Beijing decides to move in the direction of gender equality, it will punish these women for speaking out. Just one example of why freedom of speech is so crucial to American society and so regnant in our list of values and rights.

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Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President

Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee, who's served as both a Republican senator and an independent governor, said on CNN Thursday that he will run for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Chafee has thusfar only formed an 2016 "exploratory committee" rather than formally declaring himself a candidate, but told CNN that he is...
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While anybody from Rhode Island has to be a little suspect—corruption reigns supreme in that little state—Chafee has always come across to me as a good man and he certainly merits some serious consideration. If nothing else, he symbolizes the possibility of a centrist party emerging.

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20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative

20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's time that we looked at the Holocaust differently. Here are twenty pictures to help us do just that.
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It is important to remember that in the face of the Nazi persecution many Jews (and others) maintained their sense of dignity and human worth. Let us not see those who suffered and died in the Holocaust through the lens of pathos but rather through the vision of a future without such evils.

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Splurge on Breakfast When You Travel to Get Out and Eat Like a Local

Splurge on Breakfast When You Travel to Get Out and Eat Like a Local | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Getting out of your hotel for breakfast can help kick start your day and let you see how locals start their own days. Depending on where you travel, it may be pricey, but it's worth the extra money.
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And that doesn't mean go to Starbucks or McDonald's. Go to the places locals eat and have a great breakfast.

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A restaurant owner left the most heartwarming note for the person who was digging through her trash.

A restaurant owner left the most heartwarming note for the person who was digging through her trash. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"You're a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster."

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Indeed, we must feed the poor and house the homeless. Kudos to Ashley Jiron. If you live in Oklahoma City area or are traveling through, why not stop by 5912 NW 38th St, Warr Acres, OK 73122 and enjoy a five-star sandwich. And tell Ms. Jiron that her humanity is important, too.

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Chris Christie Will Propose Social Security Means-Testing in New Hampshire Speech

Chris Christie Will Propose Social Security Means-Testing in New Hampshire Speech | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Leaning in to his potential 2016 presidential campaign identity as the candidate for the Republican Party’s budget-conscious moderates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give a speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday that proposes raising the Social Security retirement age, limiting benefits for those who make more than $80,000 a...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

What people won't get is that limiting social security benefits for the wealthy makes social security an entitlement rather than something that everybody has a right to. That will make it easier to attack the program over the long run. It would make more sense to raise taxes on those making large incomes.

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10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE

10 Crazy Cremation Stories - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the teens who mistook human ashes for cocaine to the U.S. Civil War veteran whose was finally interred 102 years after his death, check out 10 unusual stories involving cremated human remains.
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I've always planned on being cremated, and I wonder if somebody will decide to steal my ashes from the saguaro around which they will be scattered or perhaps a coyote will come sniff them. Seriously, what do you want done with your remains?

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Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states

Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Democracy Alliance is urging its members to pump tens of millions into efforts to reverse a decades-long GOP effort that has reshaped statehouses.
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The issue at the state level is taxes and the local economy. While the trickle-down theory has been pretty well discredited by experience in states like Kansas, there are still those who push it. However, much more real is the sense of many taxpayers that they are being ripped off by government. That sense is heightened by the history of lack of restraint in many states. Progressive government at the state level has to communicate the ways in which change will actually make people better off, especially in their wallets but also in the quality of their lives. One place to begin is the quality of roads and transportation, which have often deteriorated under conservative government. Another is the use of public schools for multiple community functions which might make people feel that they are getting more back for their tax dollars. I also suggest providing state direct assistance opportunities for people such as clinic days and employment conferences, times when the average person can see their tax dollars doing something in their lives. Finally, states need to cut back on their use of prisons, which are a great drain on revenues with little return to the community. More creative approaches to offenders might actually cut costs, raise revenues, and cut crime. One thing that progressive state government can't do is hire and hire more.

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Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites

Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, r...
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Golly, gosh, if you attack the earth, the earth fights back. What a concept. Seriously, does anybody remember Buckminster Fuller? And let there be no mistake about it, fracking is as aggressive an approach to getting oil as you can find, much more disruptive of the geology than drilling. There is no question that we need to be more careful of our planet; it's the only one we have.

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, April 15, 2015 9:14 AM

 Good Grief how many red flags can we raise against Fracking and the list is growing.

(1) The millions of water used and then contaminated and put back in to the earth. There are reports they are using this process to get rid of Nuclear waste.

(2) Proof is can cause earth Quakes

(3)  Now this with Radon

(4) California needs fracking there like hole in the head with worst drought ever and lakes going dry ! How many more states will face same thing ?

 How many ways can the world scream "STOP FRACKING " ?

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Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them

Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The reasons for dog breed extinction have changed over the millennia. In today's world of post-functional dog breeds, no breed is safe.
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Because I love dogs, I thought I'd share this great article on dog history and breeds. In my life I've owned both purebred and mixed breed dogs. While I loved my Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, the ruler of the house was our poodle-terrier mix straight from the shelter. Some big rules: Be sure you are ready for the work of owning a dog. Be sure the characteristics of the dog are consistent with your lifestyle. Be sure you are prepared to deal with a dog's long-term life, not just the happy puppy days but the old, failing health days. 

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Moscow meetings on Syria produce six-point document

Moscow meetings on Syria produce six-point document | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Members of Syria’s so-called “tolerated” opposition agreed Wednesday on a six-point document to deal with the war, on the third day of talks taking place in Moscow.
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I have said it before, and I will repeat: The conflict in Syria can only be resolved in Moscow. Russia is the major support for the Assad regime and the only power that can effectively push him towards a solution. It behooves the U.S. to recognize that reality and to stop trying to be the world's policeman. I should add that when we look at some of the  behaviors of American police we can assuredly see one of the reasons many people here and abroad don't want us policing the world; they don't want to be shot in the back. Somebody has to say it; the U.S. is not a reliable or responsible policeman.

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Don McLean Finally Explains The Meaning Of 'American Pie'

Don McLean Finally Explains The Meaning Of 'American Pie' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don McLean's manuscript for "American Pie" went up for auction at Christie's on Tuesday and sold for $1.2 million, and though he's never really spoken publicly about the song's cryptic meaning, he somewhat spilled the beans in the auction h...
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If you like the American Pie metaphor, you'll probably love the discussion between Nick and Jose in "Times to Try the Soul of Man."

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CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe

CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown. Study of many billions of c
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Mankind explores the beginnings of the universe, but are we capable of using the knowledge for the betterment of our world?

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