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GQ Icon: Stevie Wonder

GQ Icon: Stevie Wonder | Super Human | Scoop.it
Signed, sealed, delivered: the Motown prodigy turned funk-defining superstar.
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Erm, blindness is not a hurdle........

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Wu-Tang, Atomically

Wu-Tang, Atomically | Super Human | Scoop.it
As with most tales of great American fortitude, the Wu-Tang Clan’s starts at the bottom. Robert Diggs spent his early life in poverty, shuttling between two-bedroom apartments projects in Brownsvil...
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The music we listened to growing up.....hehe!

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Steven Gerrard and the 'top, top' chop

Steven Gerrard and the 'top, top' chop | Super Human | Scoop.it
Ken Early: How a line from Sir Alex Ferguson got the world wondering just how good the Liverpool and England midfielder really is
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You can easily see how coaches get into their players head.

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Where do Savant Skills Come From? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

Where do Savant Skills Come From? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Super Human | Scoop.it
There’s a scene in the 1988 movie Rain Man in which Raymond Babbitt (played by Dustin Hoffman) recites a waitress’s phone number. Naturally the waitress is ...
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"The purpose of memory is to simplify experience."

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Alone, Not Lonely: On Modern Hermits - Modern Farmer

Alone, Not Lonely: On Modern Hermits - Modern Farmer | Super Human | Scoop.it
Andy Wright looks at the history and experience of modern day hermits.
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"Carrie Bradshaw moment" haha!


Notice how being a hermit is ties to spiritualism……. It is not lost on me that you can be crowded in on by life.

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Machiavelli Was Right

Machiavelli Was Right | Super Human | Scoop.it
The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.
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"Machiavelli’s ethics, it should be said, were scathingly indifferent to Christian principle, and for good reason. After all, someone who believes he has God on his side is capable of anything." Really? I take it this is the writers opinion and not what Machiavelli said…


"Those who abused Machiavelli were hypocritical they were ashamed to agree Machiavelli`s truth. They were all practicing what Machiavelli told. There is old saying "if you want to support of people show them illusion [ or make them fools ] if you tell them truth they stone you"Machiavelli told the naked truth so people abused him"


"I can't help but agree with almost all of his advice, especially the part about arming the populace. A prince who arms his people, expecting them to defend their nation (and his regime), is showing strength in a way that everyone will respect, and it gives legitimacy that nothing else can, because he is in effect giving them the means to destroy him, showing them trust--the ultimate trust."


"war should not be avoided. Not because war is desirable, but because delay increases misery. Machiavelli says that the prudent statesman will see past the moment, which says that war is hell, to the future, where delay is worse."

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Untold Story: Real Reason Michael Jordan retired in 1993 -

Untold Story: Real Reason Michael Jordan retired in 1993 - | Super Human | Scoop.it
Here is the untold story of the real reasons why Michael Jordan retired from the NBA in 1993, according to sports writing legend Jack McCollum of Sports Illustrated
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Longform Reprints: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Joe Hagan

Longform Reprints: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Joe Hagan | Super Human | Scoop.it
The secret diary of Nina Simone.
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The Secret Language of Tennis Champions - Issue 6: Secret Codes - Nautilus

The Secret Language of Tennis Champions - Issue 6: Secret Codes - Nautilus | Super Human | Scoop.it
It’s a warm summer afternoon in New York City, and Bob and Mike Bryan are hitting the fuzzy covers off tennis balls, their looping…
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Me and an old flame tried to do this...... it hit the wall.

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Luambo Luanzo Makiadi Franco; the Tiger that Roared but never Pounced

Luambo Luanzo Makiadi Franco; the Tiger that Roared but never Pounced | Super Human | Scoop.it
By Mari-Djata Amadi kwaa Atsiaya---- mari_djyata@yahoo.com Of the most famous musicians that continental Africa has produced, DRC’s Luambo Luanzo Makiadi Franco has etched himself an eternal place....
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Very well researched article.

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Dr. Hoffman vs. the Mosquito

Dr. Hoffman vs. the Mosquito | Super Human | Scoop.it
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Stephen Hoffman did everything he could to keep his mind off the experiment. He took a vacation to Malaysia with his wife and three children. He worked out for 45 minutes a day....
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One word; resilience.
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Requiem for a welterweight: Manny Pacquiao may be broke, but is he broken, too?

Requiem for a welterweight: Manny Pacquiao may be broke, but is he broken, too? | Super Human | Scoop.it
Manny Pacquiao may be broke, but is he broken, too?
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There is a word in the English vocabulary "contentment" It sure is starnge to most fellows.

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A good man in Rwanda

A good man in Rwanda | Super Human | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, Rwanda descended into the madness of genocide. UN peacekeepers were stretched to breaking point – but one stood out, taking huge risks to save hundreds of lives.
By Mark Doyle
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I like how this story ended...... H/T

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[VINTAGE VISION] 30 Years Post-‘Purple Rain,’ Prince Upholds the Funk

[VINTAGE VISION] 30 Years Post-‘Purple Rain,’ Prince Upholds the Funk | Super Human | Scoop.it
When Prince announced he would appear on The Arsenio Hall Show with his all-fem (all White) band 3rdEyeGirl, Black folks got excited. Not since election night 2008 had so many folks of color been gathered…
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James Brown was mentioned......
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LRB · David Runciman · The Stuntman: Branson

LRB · David Runciman · The Stuntman: Branson | Super Human | Scoop.it
Richard Branson is the mirror image of a Russian oligarch. This is not to say that where they are bad, he is good. If even half the things in Tom Bower’s new biography are true, Branson is far from being good. He is playing the same game as his Russian counterparts, but it’s the . . .
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‘There’s too much sugar in the world – let’s put some of it in our planes,’

This is one of the entrepreneurs that is daring.

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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

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"A carved paddle from Easter Island. The elongated, exaggerated face of a wooden mask from Nigeria. Pre-Columbian Aztec and Mayan stone figures from Mexico" primitive art?
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In the Darkness of Dick Cheney

by Mark Danner

In the Darkness of Dick Cheney<br/><br/> by Mark Danner | Super Human | Scoop.it
No turning back would be a good slogan for Dick Cheney. His memoirs are remarkable—and he shares this with Rumsfeld—for an almost perfect lack of second-guessing, regret, or even the mildest reconsideration. Decisions are now as they were then. If the Mission Accomplished moment in 2003 seemed at the time to be the height of American power and authority, then so it will remain—unquestioned, unaltered, uninflected by subsequent public events that show it quite clearly to have been nothing of the kind. “If I had to do it over again,” says Cheney, “I’d do it in a minute.”
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“enhanced interrogation techniques,” including prolonged sleep deprivation, beatings, forced nudity, “walling,” cold water immersions, and waterboarding," Not sure what the names for these techniques are here in Kenya. Dick needs to have a big heart for these inmates In the black sites.

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Boko Haram: Sons of anarchy

Boko Haram: Sons of anarchy | Super Human | Scoop.it
Meet the young men and boys who are taking a vigilante stand against Nigeria's radical Islamic terrorist group
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Boko haram – Frankenstein monster

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Voice Hero: The Inventor of Karaoke Speaks - Vol. 1, No. 4

Voice Hero: The Inventor of Karaoke Speaks - Vol. 1, No. 4 | Super Human | Scoop.it
Daisuke Inoue never learned to read music but he changed our musical lives forever when he invented the karaoke machine. He shares the charming, humble, thoughtful story of his life with The Appendix.
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The World's Best Bounty Hunter Is 4-Foot-11. Here's How She Hunts | Threat Level | Wired.com

The World's Best Bounty Hunter Is 4-Foot-11. Here's How She Hunts | Threat Level | Wired.com | Super Human | Scoop.it
Michelle Gomez is a genius at finding people who want to stay lost. But she'd never gone after anyone like Ryan Eugene Mullen before.
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The Suárez Conundrum

The Suárez Conundrum | Super Human | Scoop.it
Liverpool star Luis Suárez is Uruguay’s best hope in the World Cup. But he also makes them one of the most despised teams in the tournament.
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I am not a big football fan.

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Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music | Super Human | Scoop.it
In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner hunts for the personality of the great composer.
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The king of Cantatas?

This man annotates carefully. IKR.

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How Braille Was Invented

How Braille Was Invented | Super Human | Scoop.it
Braille was invented by a nineteenth century man named Louis Braille, who was completely blind.
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I just could not ignore the military angle to it.....
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Raising the Dead

Raising the Dead | Super Human | Scoop.it
Ten minutes into his dive, Dave Shaw started to look for the bottom. Utter blackness pressed in on him from all sides, and he directed his high-intensity light...
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DUI drysuit and Thinsulate underwear……dive plan was like an underwater symphony. The bends….what! Body locked by rigor mortis in the free-fall position. You dive your plan….don’t get heroic!
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