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Nominations for 2015 spring uprising due in | NewsBiscuit

Nominations for 2015 spring uprising due in | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The United Nations applications deadline for the next country or countries to host a popular uprising expires today, with a wide field of candidates vying for the coveted spring 2015 slot. 'The annual spring uprising has become an international event,' said Lars Hofmeister, head of UN peacekeeping operations. 'The list of applicants this year was likely to be longer than ever,' he said, 'with around 30 to 40 nations all bidding for the right to hold a destabilising and potentially violent revolution to cause problems for or even overthrow an existing government.
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How come Texas didn't make the cut? Now that's a revolting place.

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Ebola: US welcomes Cuban support

Ebola: US welcomes Cuban support | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Isn't it time to stop trying to isolate Cuba and allow full trade.

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Commuter violently tarred and feathered after taking phone call in Quiet Carriage | NewsBiscuit

Commuter violently tarred and feathered after taking phone call in Quiet Carriage | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Commuter Darren Watson, 31, was viciously attacked yesterday by fellow passengers on the 07.18 Virgin Trains service to London. ‘The journey started pleasantly enough’, said Darren. ‘People were reading copies of Librarian Monthly or working on spreadsheets. I hadn’t even realised I was in the Quiet Coach until it all kicked off.' ‘It wasn’t even much of a call, just my wife phoning to ask what I wanted for my tea. When I looked up, all these people had risen from their seats. Some were wearing bandanas, and an accountant from Preston was stripping to the waist and smearing camouflage paint on his cheeks. They didn't make a sound, just used hand signals like in films.'
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There will always been an England—and with manners.

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European Space Agency confirms comet landing site

European Space Agency confirms comet landing site | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet.
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There it is: The "Heaven's Gate" cult should have waited for a better ride. Got to love science.

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Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants?

Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Southern California Edison wind-powered plant offers a peek at the potential for energy storage at power plants. Energy storage would allow utilities to bring more renewable energy power plants onto the grid.
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If affordable methods for storing energy from renewable sources can be developed, this will mean a real change in the way we think about energy. Batteries are certainly going to be part of the solution as might some of the other methods mentioned in the article.

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10 Amazing Movie Theaters (theaters, movies palaces) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Movie Theaters  (theaters, movies palaces) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
While there are plenty of ways to see a movie, these 10 theaters offer some pretty unique extras to heighten the experience. (theaters, movies palaces)
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When they make a movie from one of my books, I hope I get to see it in one of these wonderful places and not just in some interchangeable multiplex.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 - Press Release

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 - Press Release | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize

"The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. "

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In a world that often seems consumed with hatred and extremism and in which pessimism abounds, the Nobel committee reminds us that there is hope. Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on their prize and on their contributions to our world.

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Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse.
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An insightful article raising questions that really matter. I hope you'll read and think about it.

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Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high: Those born in 2012 have a life expectancy of 78.8 years. People aged 65 in 2012 have a life expectancy of 19.3 years, says a new government report on mortality.
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Growing old is not sufficient. Now we must concern ourselves with the quality of life in old age and the right to die.

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Federal Judge Finds Policing of Ferguson Protests Was Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Finds Policing of Ferguson Protests Was Unconstitutional | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A federal judge ruled on Monday that some of the tactics employed by the St. Louis County Police Department in Ferguson against demonstrators were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a preliminary injunction ordering the county police force to stop its blanket use of the “keep-moving rule”—also known as...
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Ferguson has become the symbol of much of what is wrong with police and with civil rights in the U.S. At least this is a step in cleaning out the cesspool.

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Seattle Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

Seattle Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Nobody discovered Seattle, Washington"
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This is way past due. Sorry to my friends of Italian origin, but the guy wasn't even sailing for your country.

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‘Green burials’ are on the rise as baby boomers plan for their future, and funerals

‘Green burials’ are on the rise as baby boomers plan for their future, and funerals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As baby boomers head toward the hereafter, they’re thinking about what will become of their remains.
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I have often thought that funerals needed to be simpler and greener. For years it seemed that only cremation was the only alternative to a casket. I'm all for a simple decay and return to the earth. Your thoughts?

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Stew over European food names complicates trade talks

Stew over European food names complicates trade talks | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As Europe and the United States pursue a lofty vision of a free trade pact that removes tariffs and eases regulatory burdens, it's not just disputes over automobile safety and digital privacy that are creating tensions.
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Wine and cheese, two of the best things in life. Yes, many of them are named after their place of origin; some have trademark in effect. We Americans have to get over ourselves and recognize that we are part of the world if we want the rest of the world to be happy doing business with us. Meanwhile our wineries and fromageries will have to learn how to say they make related products.

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10 of the Funniest U.S. Town Names (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual) - ODDEE

10 of the Funniest U.S. Town Names (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wait, WHERE do you live again?! (Towns, USA, America, Cities, Strange, Unusual)
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I thought I'd share these for a few giggles. Actually, I've been to Toad Suck and a couple of the others on this list.

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10 Creepy Clowns (And 1 Cool One) (clowns, creepy, evil, weird) - ODDEE

10 Creepy Clowns (And 1 Cool One) (clowns, creepy, evil, weird) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some are real while others exist only in media, but all of the clowns below (with the exception of one) give us the heebee jeebees. Check out 11 clowns that run that gamut from good to extremely evil. (clowns, creepy, evil, weird)
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If you suffer from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, this post is for you (or maybe not). Some really creepy stuff, not you crowd them in the little car at the circus type. By the way, my short story "Bella the Clown" is one scary read and is available on Kindle in "Two Tales of Terror." http://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413470274&sr=8-3&keywords=Two+Tales+Of+Terror

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Survival expert debunks myths about finding water

Survival expert debunks myths about finding water | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In any desert survival movie, the struggle to find water is key. Trying to remember all of the tips to finding water in the desert is difficult, at best, with the sun beating down and no help in sight and thirst setting in.
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Proper hydration is important for health and survival, but when you are lost in the desert, you are probably better off hunkering down and waiting for help. Every drop of sweat is a loss to your body, and finding actually potable moisture is a chimera.

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17 Amazing Images Of Sea Creatures From The Bottom Of The Ocean

17 Amazing Images Of Sea Creatures From The Bottom Of The Ocean | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

This is an octocoral, just one of the cool creatures shown in this great piece.

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We have to protect our oceans and the rest of the environment.

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11 Weird Vintage Appliances (appliances, household, vintage, retro) - ODDEE

11 Weird Vintage Appliances (appliances, household, vintage, retro) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some of these are so cool, we're still wondering why they weren't more widely used. Check out these 11 retro household items that made life easier – we think. (appliances, household, vintage, retro)
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Some fun stuff here. I remember some of the ads, but never actually lived with any of these items.

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Horseback protest targets BLM, but environmentalists say whoa

Horseback protest targets BLM, but environmentalists say whoa | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Got to love a good puThey're a dozen men and women riding horseback on a modern-day cross-country cattle drive, but with fistfuls of petitions instead of a herd of steers. Their wide-brimmed hats tipped low against the sun's glare, they're riding from Bodega Bay, Calif., to Washington.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Got to love a good publicity stunt, but when push comes to shove, these guys are just plain wrong. The entire idea of government is to organize the whole so that the end result is better than what could be achieved by individuals acting in their best interest. This is a perfect example of the need for such organization. If these "cowboys" would read the history of the West, they would realize that during periods of drought the failure to cut back on herds made things much worse as the remaining grasslands were devastated. They would also realize that in the end they would end up at war with one another over the little bit of water and grass that remained. While I think the Bureau of Land Management has done many things wrong, mostly in support of mining over humans, especially Native Americans, this time the BLM is clearly doing its job. "Doug Furtado should be praised, not pilloried, for doing just that.

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Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on Sulawesi had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.
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Fascinating archeology. I love the idea of early humans communicating through art. I wonder if I can write a story about it. What is the message behind these drawings? Don't you want to know?

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8 Strangest Things Done By Evil Dictators - ODDEE

8 Strangest Things Done By Evil Dictators - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's nothing funny about the reign of terror these brutal dictators caused, but you have to admit some things they did were quite odd…
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Some weird factoids about some horrible people. As a history buff, I approve this material.

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AA to launch nervous breakdown service | NewsBiscuit

AA to launch nervous breakdown service | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Professionals in the motoring and psychiatry world expressed surprise and delight at AA’s new roadside Nervous Breakdown service, available free with Home Start ‘Home is often where the trouble starts,’ said Doctor Keith Smith, recently qualified clinical psychologist and City and Guilds motor mechanic (grade 2). It could be anything from sudden psychosis syndrome to dirty spark plugs which ruins the start of a family holiday. An unfamiliar uncle can prompt latent schizophrenic symptoms that can be treated with drugs that all patrols will routinely carry.
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If you're going crazy, you might as well make the trip gets off to a good start. So in Great Britain call AA for service and everywhere be sure to read Memoirs From the Asylum you you know the way.

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Syrian Rebels Seize Russian Spy Station Near Israeli Border

Syrian Rebels Seize Russian Spy Station Near Israeli Border | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When the Free Syrian Army pushed Assad’s soldiers out of a town south of Damascus, the last thing they expected to find was a Russian spy post, a few miles from the Golan Heights.
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As I have said all along, the Russians consider Syria part of their sphere of influence and nothing good will be accomplished there without the Bear's cooperation.

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Hong Kong's Religious Revolutionaries

Hong Kong's Religious Revolutionaries | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Do Christians make good rebels?
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There is much that I detest about religion, but it can have a positive impact in the world, especially when it comes to pushing the goal of democratization. The story of Christianity in China is yet to be fully written, but it certainly is a major theme in Hong Kong's protests.

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Sanitation is a basic human right

Sanitation is a basic human right | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Warning: This talk might contain much more than you’d ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn’t everyone deserve a safe place to go?
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This is important shit. We have to start thinking about living in a crowded world, and, yes, that means thinking about sanitation.

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