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Fright night: Factory of Terror in Fall River and Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington

Fright night: Factory of Terror in Fall River and Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington | In and About the News | Scoop.it

Halloween fun ... if the storm doesn't ruin it.

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Fall 2012 SETI@home Letter

Fall 2012 SETI@home Letter | In and About the News | Scoop.it

This is not a joke or a hoax. I participate in this project and if you can, you should too. If you watched "Close Encounter of the Third Kind," you already know about SETI ... the search for extra-terrestial intelligence. They process massive amounts of data and are always looking for additional computers to help process the overwhelming amount of information. They are non-intrusive and you can feel that you are a part of something exciting. You never know: we might actually find ET and you could be a part of it.

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Television Weather Hysteria — What’s With That?

Television Weather Hysteria — What’s With That? | In and About the News | Scoop.it
I live in the forgotten country — the lost land of the Blackstone Valley — where no one tells you nothing. When weather people stand in the studio and do their predicting, they always p...
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Snow Job on Jobs

Snow Job on Jobs | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney says he has a plan that would create millions of jobs. It’s a five-point plan to nowhere.

 

You can count on your fingers. Numbers cannot lie. You may run out of fingers before you run out of lies, but give it a whirl.

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The Science Behind Foliage | Your Great Outdoors

The Science Behind Foliage | Your Great Outdoors | In and About the News | Scoop.it

The science behind the beauty of the season, from the Mass Audubon Society. One of my favorite organizations. They do good work to help preserve our natural world.

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JMS1kiddz's comment, September 25, 2013 10:54 AM
This is relevent as Spring is here, if you take an interest in nature you'll enjoy this article. It dicusses the science behind the leaves changing colour when the season's change. Interesting.
- Katherine Jones
Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:59 AM

I always wondered. Now, I know.

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Romney is winning the white vote — by a lot

Romney is winning the white vote — by a lot | In and About the News | Scoop.it

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/18/mitt-romney-is-winning-the-white-vote-by-a-lot/

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The 5 Coolest Pets Humanity Has Bred into Existence

The 5 Coolest Pets Humanity Has Bred into Existence | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Gene meddling isn't immune to awesomeness. Sometimes, just sometimes, what comes out from the test tube is a lot less Cthulhu and more like your new, kickass pet.

 

I feel like I should somehow disapprove of this, but in fact, I think some of these "created" pets are well .... awesome. Really! Not that I'd own a cat as big as a dog. I have owned many cats as big as cats and the amount of destruction they can wreak on your home while purring and making love eyes is indescribable. It makes some of our incorrigibly destructrive dogs look like teddy bears. When a cat takes it into his head and/or paws to redesign your interior ... well ... Hope you like shredded wheat because you'll be living in a house that looks like it's made of it.

 

Have fun with this!!

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Tablets to Replace Textbooks in Schools | Teach.com

Tablets to Replace Textbooks in Schools | Teach.com | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says every school should replace textbooks with tablets or e-reader devices. What does this mean for your students' learning?

 

I don't see the server issue since electronic books are stored in the device and do not require internet access except for the initial download.

 

My granddaughter carries a load of books that weighs almost as much as she does. It has caused damage to her back that's probably permanent. And she's by no means the only one.

 

I don't actually think any of the arguments against digital textbooks are valid. 

 

The reason schools aren't using digital books is because publishers believe they won't make as much money selling them and therefore don't make them available. For once, wouldn't it be be nice if the welfare of our kids was more important than how much money the publishers make?

 

There's a higher profit margin on e-books than hard copy because e-books are cheap to produce, but textbooks don't sell in the enormous quantity. Nonetheless, to keep breaking our kids' backs is wrong.

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Don’t buy pointy shoes: Technology and Stupidity

Don’t buy pointy shoes: Technology and Stupidity | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Pointy shoes hurt your feet When I was a young woman, I refused to wear pointy shoes. They hurt my feet. It took some doing, but I found non-pointy shoes from Fred Braun,  Bass and Keds. I wore com...

 

When did we get so dumb? Why do we apparently suffer fools who are completely clueless, yet are giving us advice? Worse yet, at least some of us are listening. We are suffering and epidemic wave of stupidity. I don't know about you, but it's scaring the bejeezus out of me!

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Constitution of the United States - Official

Constitution of the United States - Official | In and About the News | Scoop.it
The work of many minds, the U. S. Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

 

The US Government maintains a number of sites that have wonderful resources for anyone who really would like to now what this nation is about. If you have never read the constitution ... the whole thing, you should. People are always quoting pieces of it out of context, but it is so much  more -- and so much better -- than that.

 

The Declaration of Independencem the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the three foundation documents of our nation and every citizen should be at the very least throroughly acquainted with them. 

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Box office report: ‘Taken 2′ scores explosive $50 million debut; ‘Frankenweenie’ (un)dead on arrival | EW.com

Box office report: ‘Taken 2′ scores explosive $50 million debut; ‘Frankenweenie’ (un)dead on arrival | EW.com | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Liam Neeson has had an indisputably amazing year. Though the quality of the actor’s movies remains up for debate (We’re looking at you, Battleship. Well,...

 

Jay Leno commented last night that for all divorced guys, this has to be a perfect movie. "Ex-wife abducted? Yeah! I'll watch that!" I thought the first one was a bit much, but I enjoyed it anyway because Liam Neeson is always fun to watch. However, I have to say that given this family's prior experiences, wouldn't you think they'd just avoid traveling to places where their know deadly enemies hang out?  I mean ... I'm no chicken, but I also don't stand on the railroad tracks and dare the train to hit me. 

 

Obviously this does not bother most viewerrs and I'm sure we'll catch it when it comes to cable, but not going out of my way to see it on The Big Screen.

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Gee Whiz! 8 Hilarious Restroom Signs

Gee Whiz! 8 Hilarious Restroom Signs | In and About the News | Scoop.it
These nine ridiculous restroom signs make me feel pretty good about my aptitude in the loo, and make me wonder what the heck is going on out there.
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Hurricane Sandy to reach Massachusetts late Sunday night

Hurricane Sandy to reach Massachusetts late Sunday night | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon as the Category 1 Hurricane Sandy loomed off the eastern seaboard.
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Why ‘Frankenstorm’ Is Right for Hurricane Sandy

Why ‘Frankenstorm’ Is Right for Hurricane Sandy | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Sandy, the hurricane that appears set to pummel the East Coast, promises a historic potential for damage and a terrifying look at what may be in store for us—ever more frequent assaults of not-so-natural origin.
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Breakthrough Hair Color System -eSalon is here!

Breakthrough Hair Color System -eSalon is here! | In and About the News | Scoop.it

They may be a young company in the hair care arena, but eSalon.com is ruffling feathers of stylists across the country.

 

It may not be earth-shaking or deeply philosophical, but for many women, THIS is REAL news! Ladies, revv your engines!!

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Mass Audubon | Spiders

Mass Audubon | Spiders | In and About the News | Scoop.it
So, what kinds of spiders are you likely to see in and around your home, and what do their webs look like?

 

Just in time for Halloween ... and I am afraid of spiders. Ew.

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[culture|religion] The modern persecution by the Christians | jlake.com

[culture|religion] The modern persecution by the Christians | jlake.com | In and About the News | Scoop.it
One of the more ridiculous things I hear from some of my Christian friends on a reasonably consistent basis is that they are being persecuted for their...

 

Persecution doesn't mean that you can't have it your way all the the time. It doesn't mean that other people don't agree with you. Time for self-declared Christian groups to recognize they od not own the Truth, not even according to other Christians, much less by non-Christians.

 

That such are issues in America in 2012 is appalling and demonstrates just how far we have  fallen from where we began. 

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Romney is winning the white vote — by a lot

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Is anyone even a little bit surprised that white voters want a white President? Race is the subject that no one talks about, but it is the single biggest issue in this election. People are not voting their convictions or their self interest. They are voting their prejudices and hatreds and that's a very bad thing for this country and our future.

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About Those Acorns | Your Great Outdoors

About Those Acorns | Your Great Outdoors | In and About the News | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, acorns are quite a controversial subject around here. Everyone believes absolutely that huge acorns predict a heavy winter. Of coure, since most of our winters are pretty bad, you have a good chance of being right regardless, but this is an article from the Audubon society in which they take on the divisive issue or the season: What does those huge acorns really mean? 

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Why Tuesday? The Case For Moving Election Day

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Why Tuesday?The Case For Moving Election Day...

 

I never did understand why we vote on Tuesday. It's convenient for no one.

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Demystifying the Law: The U.S. Constitution

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In recent months, I've written a number of articles attempting to demystify various aspects of the law. This is intended to help demystify the U.S. Constitution.

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The PC is dead. Long live the PC | ZDNet

The PC is dead. Long live the PC | ZDNet | In and About the News | Scoop.it
Summary: PC shipments are expected to decline for the first time in over a decade. Is it the economy, or a post-PC evolution?

 

This is the kind of article that makes me seriously wonder if the people who write these articles live on the same planet I do. Do they never consider the possibility that most of us actually have enough computers, so whatever we are buying, it will be something else that we don't already own? Are they seriously that stupid and out of touch? It makes you wonder. It makes ME wonder.

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Amazon.com: Marilyn Armstrong's review of Large Print USB Computer Keyboard (White w...

Amazon.com: Marilyn Armstrong's review of Large Print USB Computer Keyboard (White w... | In and About the News | Scoop.it

I don't usually recommend products. but this one has really improved the quality of my life. I can actually read my keyboard, even in dim light. It's comfortable to type on. The keys ae full size and a bit springy, which took a bit of getting used to, but it's a huge improvement over the standard Dell keyboard I got with the computer. Woth it ... and it wasn't all that expensive, either!

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Life is a game of Chutes and Ladders | Washington Times Communities

Life is a game of Chutes and Ladders | Washington Times Communities | In and About the News | Scoop.it
This spirit of climbing up the ladder remains with us throughout our lives. Sometimes, in a positive competitive manner and sometimes in a negative manner.

 

There are way too many chutes and far oo few ladders.

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