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Attorney General Holder limits civil seizure process that split billions of dollars with local and state police

Attorney General Holder limits civil seizure process that split billions of dollars with local and state police | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago.
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Congratulations Mr. Attorney General on doing the right thing. Local and state police have been abusing this federal law for years. The "war on drugs" has clearly shown that government bureaucracies can become as unscrupulous as the worst gangs.

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Prominent Scientists Sign Letter of Warning About AI Risks 

Prominent Scientists Sign Letter of Warning About AI Risks  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other prominent figures have signed an open letter pushing for responsible AI oversight in order to mitigate risks and ensure the "societal benefit" of the technology.
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Will man create the next species, one that doesn't need us? Will those AI devices take over? Are we living in the age of a Steven King novel? I have an idea for a short story, which I won't share here but which scares me simply because I am thinking that way. If I can imagine it, maybe my computer can as well.

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Mitt’s “human being” experiment: Romney’s highly calculated strategy to show authenticity

Mitt’s “human being” experiment: Romney’s highly calculated strategy to show authenticity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On the third go-round, Mitt Romney wants America to see his true, natural self. This should be good ...
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Vanilla? If he really wants to get votes for being human he should have gone with ice cream that offered color, preferably a color that would clash with his dark blue, doesn't everybody dress like this, shirt. More importantly, he has no empathy, and I'm not sure he can fake that. This man is a true successor to Herbert Hoover. Don't get me wrong, Hoover was a great technocrat and probably a decent man. Just couldn't understand people and their needs.

 

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The Dogs Arrived Later

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Study shows dogs arrived in the Americas only 10,000 years ago.
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This shows how intelligent dogs are. They waited for us humans to settle in, get control over the predators, make sure there was a good supply of food, and of course buy decent doggie beds.

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Infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay

Infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behavior. But Milgram divided his subjects into just two categories: obedient or disobedient. After examining the experiences of more than 100 of Milgram's participants, Matthew Hollander, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sees a great deal more

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Too often those who know what is wrong are afraid to resist, or at least to go beyond token resistance. One form of resistance is insanity, which is part of the truth which I try to share in "Memoirs." However, in the end, it is not enough to resist what is wrong, it is essential that we stand up and declare that who we are and what we value.

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Dozens in D.C., Maryland paid the ultimate price for cooperating with police

Dozens in D.C., Maryland paid the ultimate price for cooperating with police | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some of the victims didn’t receive protection, but others were offered protection and turned it down.
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The right to cross-examine ones accusers must be protected, but so should the witnesses. One way to protect them is to allow depositions to be admitted if a witness is murdered before trial. This would actually make it foolish for perpetrators to use murder as an out. It might be reasonable if once the deposition were taken to allow the defense to also take a deposition in a protective situation. Then if the witness is killed, why both sides are available to the jury.

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Judge Raymond Norko: A different kind of judge

Judge Raymond Norko: A different kind of judge | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Judge Norko's Hartford Community Court in Connecticut provides swift justice for non-violent offenders while unburdening criminal courts and helping to break the revolving cycle of incarceration.
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The point is that saving people and their lives is the very essence of true justice.

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Obama: Make Community College Free

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President Obama unveiled a plan Thursday to make two-year community colleges free for “anyone who is willing to work for it.”

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While I applaud this plan, it is not enough. We should be using monetary rewards to keep kids in school and working towards useful educations much earlier in their lives. For example, why don't we create educational savings accounts for kids in high school and add to those funds based on their school efforts and learning. That way, by the time a kid has finished high school (s)he can have a nest egg for the next phase. Indeed, I would also give them part of that money during those school years so they could feel good about themselves. It takes a country to raise all its children.

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Kirby Sorensen's curator insight, April 15, 2015 2:03 PM

Fun stuff. I don't think the president will be able to pass it through congress with it battling the ideas of free commerce; but, if it does manage to pass, it will save millions (including me) of students college debt that they shouldn't have.

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12 Coolest Teapots You Can Actually Buy (teapots) - ODDEE

12 Coolest Teapots You Can Actually Buy (teapots) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. So why don't you surprise your guests with an unusual teapot while serving this traditional infusion? (teapots)
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I love tea and there are some great pots in this post. Of course, I don't actually use a teapot most of the time, preferring to brew by the cup. But I still want a giraffe. Anybody listening. My birthday is coming soon. Hint, hint.

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7 Strange Places Americans Allow Guns - ODDEE

7 Strange Places Americans Allow Guns - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Americans loooove their guns and take them almost anywhere, but here are a few places they're allowed that made us say “wow.”
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Actually, I thought most of these were pretty reasonable except for the teacher. The big problem is that most people don't actually know how to use guns in dangerous situations. I wonder how many of the waitresses at the Shooters Grill keep those things loaded, and a kid comes in... Oh, well, such is America.

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Former school bullies actually doing quite well | NewsBiscuit

Former school bullies actually doing quite well | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Revenge fantasies have been dashed today after it was revealed that all those who bullied you at school now have pretty good lives, and are not begging on the street or trapped in dead-end jobs after all. The new survey reveals that, despite their lack of formal qualifications from school, many have worked their way up and found highly aspirational careers using exactly those skills they gained pushing you around and laughing at your inadequacies. 'It seems all those years heading of a gang of thugs has honed their leadership abilities', Professor James Hawkes, who led the survey, told us. 'These are vital life skills simply not provided by years in Higher Education.'
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Soon to be published by me, a list of people who like fruitcake and other Christmas abominations. If you don't pay up (and you know who you are), I will tweet your names until you twitter in horror. Life is just filled with humor if we can only laugh at it.

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10 Most Amazing Home Bars - ODDEE

10 Most Amazing Home Bars - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you like to party and are planning to redecorate, check out these cool ideas for the most fun part of your house.
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I'm not much of a drinker and never actually had a bar in my home, but I do like good design ideas.

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Social Programs That Work

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Rigorous evidence should inform spending. Until lately, it hasn’t.
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Government is not the solution to every problem, and government without good planning can be come the cause of many problems. However, as this conservative, who worked for George Bush, points out, government programs that include proper ongoing evaluation can make a meaningful difference and help solve problems. The goal of government should always be to find that which works for the people and separate such programs from the chafe that only wastes  tax dollars.

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Governor Vetoes Controversial Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns

Governor Vetoes Controversial Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) bucked the National Rifle Association on Thursday and vetoed a concealed carry gun bill that would have allowed some people with restraining orders issued against them for domestic violence to carry a concealed pistol.
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Congratulations Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan for putting common sense and the safety of domestic violence victims ahead of politics and toeing the party/NRA line.

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Here's How To Get Kids To Eat 54% More Vegetables

Here's How To Get Kids To Eat 54% More Vegetables | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A simple schedule change can make produce seem way more appealing
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Brilliant. And just another consideration, playing before lunch may get the kids hungrier and in a more up mood, which makes eating their veggies more pleasurable. This is just plain rational thinking.

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Jailed Va. Delegate Wins Re-Election As Lawmakers Prepare To Oust Him

Jailed Va. Delegate Wins Re-Election As Lawmakers Prepare To Oust Him | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A jail sentence and an eleventh-hour police raid on his law office didn't stop Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey from winning a special election to retain his seat Tuesday.

Morrissey, running as an independent, was back in jail for the night when unofficial returns showed he won the special election with 42 percent of the vote to Democrat Kevin Sullivan's 33 percent and Republican Matt Walton's 24 percent, according to the Washington Post.

But if lawmakers have their way, Morrissey won't stay a del
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So he's going to jail for having sex with a girl who was too young, but she was old enough to be his receptionist. Somehow that isn't quite the same as having sex with a little kid. Sometimes the lines of the law seem to fine for common sense. But the really weird part of this is the speaker of the house of delegate's statement. "The honor and integrity of the House of Delegates," does any legislature still have honor and integrity? Anyway, herein lies the makings of a short story.

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Fox 'Terror Expert' Apologizes For Saying British City Is 'Totally Muslim' (VIDEO)

Fox 'Terror Expert' Apologizes For Saying British City Is 'Totally Muslim' (VIDEO) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Fox News "terrorism expert" was forced to issue an apology on Sunday after he wrongly stated on-air that one British city was "totally Muslim" while discussing extremism in Europe following the recent attacks in Paris.
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It isn't that he was so totally wrong that astounds. It isn't that somebody who is this incompetent is on Fox that surprises. Rather, it is the fact that somebody can call any of the clown on Fox an expert about terror or anything else that boggles the mind. When will people get it—Faux is a network of charlatans determined to spread bigotry, hate, and fear because they think the average person is too dumb to know better.

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Courage award for man who threw out old computer cables | NewsBiscuit

Courage award for man who threw out old computer cables | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Admitted he could not remember where they came from.
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Who among us does not have a pile of old cables and the like? Actually, I have gotten rid of a lot of my collection, but not in the trash. Electronics related recycling is easily available at most stores that sell this stuff, and that is better for the environment and allows the materials to be reused. Don't forget those batteries as well.

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The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought

The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Since the time of Socrates and Plato, humans have pondered the origin of our words. Now we're closer to an answer
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As an author, I am constantly faced with language as I know and understand it and my fascination with creating and recreating it. Sometimes, I add words or more typically forms of words that have not previously been used. My editor gnashes his teeth, but if the meaning is clear and the sound right, why not? In the novella which begins "Broody New Englander," I include extraterrestrials whose language does not admit of personal pronouns. That, too, is an experiment in language. How might it change our understanding of the social world if we did not differentiate among me, you, and him? Anyway, this book, "The Domestication of Language", seems worth the reading.

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Dublin priest receives standing ovation after saying he is gay during Mass - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Dublin priest receives standing ovation after saying he is gay during Mass - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A priest in Dublin received a standing ovation from his congregation as he came out as gay after his sermon where he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland.
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Bravo, Fr. Dolan. Now how long will it take for the Catholic Church to be ready for an openly gay pope?

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The Cheesemaking Monk of Manitoba - Modern Farmer

The Cheesemaking Monk of Manitoba - Modern Farmer | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Six elderly monks keep a recipe for a delicious handmade cheese -- one that may soon disappear.
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A great story for those of us who consider cheese proof of God's existence. As a true turophile, I applaud this monk and only wish I could visit for a taste, or perhaps an entire wheel.

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Twelve amused and four left laughing in satirical attack on IS headquarters | NewsBiscuit

Twelve amused and four left laughing in satirical attack on IS headquarters | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Twelve members of Islamic State have been left seriously amused after a ruthless gang of satirists forced their way into its headquarters and proceeded to ridicule up the place. Sarcasm, parody and irony are all said to have been used in what many are seeing as a broader attack on everyone's freedom to stone homosexuals or cut babies in half.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If we cannot laugh at the terrorists, they have won. With that in mind I share this and only add, "Moi ausi, je suis Charlie.

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Stuart Carruthers's curator insight, January 8, 2015 11:50 PM

The freedom to make fun of other people's beliefs is a human right regardless of whether they're religious, political, lifestyle or whatever. And those who are offended have a perfect right to be so, they can't however impose their beliefs on others and hurt those who mock.

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The Mysterious Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica | Amusing Planet

The Mysterious Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica | Amusing Planet | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

In the 1930s while clearing the Costa Rican jungle for banana plantations, employees of the United Fruit Company began uncovering large stone spheres buried in the forest floor. Almost immediately, the mysterious spheres became prized lawn ornaments, ending up on the front yards of government buildings, homes of wealthy buyers and fruit company executives throughout Costa Rica. Many spheres were broken in transit, and others were purposely dynamited by treasure hunters in search of hidden gold. By the time authorities intervened, dozens of stones were destroyed. Over the next several decades around 300 stones were unearthed mostly in the Diquis Delta region. The spheres range in size from a few centimeters to over 2 meters in diameter, and weigh up to 15 tons. Some remain pristine in the original places of discovery, but many others have been relocated or damaged due to erosion, fires and vandalism.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I love archeological stuff like this and the science fiction ideas it immediately conjures in my mind. "You majesty, those idiots in the last space ship left their ballast for us to clean up." "Not to worry, my vassal, we'll just leave it and know-it-alls in the future will use those giant alien turds for lawn ornaments."

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Sarah Palin to PETA: ‘Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.’

Sarah Palin to PETA: ‘Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Palin responds to criticism from PETA over a photo of her son.
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As a lover of nature and animals, I have to dis-congratulate PETA for having allowed itself to be trapped so easily in a Palin publicity ploy. How else can her-irrelevancy get noticed except by stirring up somebody, in this case animal lovers. Please, guys, we can expect more pics of Trig doing dumb things intended to get the half-gov into the news. 

 

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Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread

Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They’re not strictly ballroom—but they are strictly illegal. For the mullahs it’s all dirty dancing. But underground classes have Persians getting with the beat.
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How does one praise Allah for giving humanity the capacity for love and joy, for having given humanity the ability to create music, and then say that same creator does not want us to dance? Silly mullahs, they are trying to hold back the tide.

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