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Re: #Florida #recount: Donald #Trump accuses voters of wearing disguises. The madness continues. Does insanity ever end? Maybe you'd prefer a good book.

Re: #Florida #recount: Donald #Trump accuses voters of wearing disguises. The madness continues. Does insanity ever end? Maybe you'd prefer a good book. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Crazy conspiracy theories anyone?
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No doubt he thinks George Soros had a team of dressers on hand providing costumes to thousands of people. I don’t know who will eventually come out ahead, but one thing has become abundantly clear from the various states, the recounts are favoring Democrats, which suggests that their voters have had a harder time getting to the polls, having their ballots entered into the process, and being counted. Now, why is that? I think partly at least because the Dems get more support from poorer people and people from minorities who have always had a harder time being represented, but I also wonder about how some voter suppression efforts have actually been involved. 

I read about this White House and it reminds me of Memoirs From the Asylum. You can find that book and my others on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU
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The Mysteries of #Animal Movement - More importantly what is #science?

The Mysteries of #Animal Movement - More importantly what is #science? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A scientist’s unfettered curiosity leads him to investigate the physics at work in some very odd corners of the natural world.
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If there is one absolutely essential ingredient for good science it is curiosity. Sadly, many people think that if there isn’t some immediate and commercial payoff that discovery is unimportant. For my part, I don’t consider David Hu’s investigations Ig Nobel; rather they are the stuff of great wonder and enjoyment.
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A Dark Consensus About #Screens and #Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley - Should #children's #ScreenTime be limited, even prohibited? 

A Dark Consensus About #Screens and #Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley - Should #children's #ScreenTime be limited, even prohibited?  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“I am convinced the devil lives in our phones.”
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Screens, when I was a young kid the only screen I saw as at the movies. Later, when we got a television, there were more hours of test-patterns than of program. In high school, I had no access to television. Now, as a senior, I love my tv and my computer—not so much that smart phone. I probably spend more time at the keyboard than I should; walking is better for my health. On the other hand, when a new story, poem, or essay takes shape in front of me or when a good drama entertains me as a lounge in my comfy chair, I think that life has gotten better. So, what do you think about screens? Are they taking over our lives? Are they destroying our children’s minds? Has the Devil actually found the place to roost in our world? Or, are they good for us, a source of not only entertainment but ideas as well?

Speaking of screens, did you know that there are eBook versions of my work available? Seriously, visit https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU and find yourself a great read to go on that screen.
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Team of #Archeologists #Discover World's oldest intact #shipwreck in Black Sea. Ancient #Greek trading vessel just like we've seen on vases in the #museums. WOW!

Team of #Archeologists #Discover World's oldest intact #shipwreck in Black Sea. Ancient #Greek trading vessel just like we've seen on vases in the #museums. WOW! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Archaeologists say the 23-metre vessel has lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years
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Deep below the surface of the Black Sea, a team of archeologists have found an intact Greek sailing vessel from classical period, not just wreckage but the whole boat, about 75 feet long, just like the ones we’ve seen illustrating vases. What were they carrying? With whom were they trading? The wonder of those times. For now, I hope that British Museum will share their video with the rest of us. Oh, such a lovely adventure to discover the past.
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This #Horse remembered me from previous film, claims Liam #Neeson. I love happy stories about #animals.

This #Horse remembered me from previous film, claims Liam #Neeson. I love happy stories about #animals. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
‘He whinnied when he saw me,’ says Neeson as other actors claim horses they’ve worked with recognised them from previous film sets
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Just because some stories make me happy. I loved horses as a kid and my wife had a series of horses for many years. Each had their own personalities, likes and dislikes, and of course treated her differently. Of some, I was jealous the connection was so deep. Of some, I thought it a waste of hay to feed them. Some would greet her when she returned from a vacation or other separation, and some would not. Still, each was her horse for a while and there in the end she hated to have them pass on to another owner or to another plane of existence. So, bravo to these stories of horses and actors.

If you want to read some other stories that make me smile, get the Kindle ebook Sweet and Sour. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016B50KFM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7
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An excellent essay on the white #southerners who changed their views on #racism 

An excellent essay on the white #southerners who changed their views on #racism  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a follow-up to our piece on US southerners’ views on race, we talk to people about their racial miseducation
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     Slowly but surely the arc of history bends towards justice. The process of that progress is built not on confrontation but conversion. And conversion comes from communication, from coming to see the world through the eyes of others. As we include real diversity in our lives, we learn that others deserve the same respect as we ourselves. As we understand the hearts of others, we come to realize that our connections to them are the true gold to be found in this world. In the end, we are all brothers and sisters or we shall all perish in the battle over that last crumb—be it of bread of power.

     Racism is one of the topics that finds its way into Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, but my new book, Red and White, takes an even harder look at the topic. Watch for it. Red and White will be our soon. Meanwhile, visit the Dew Drop at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984721584/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
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Hoaxers Slip Breastaurants and Dog-Park Sex Into #Academic and #Scientific #Journals - 

Hoaxers Slip Breastaurants and Dog-Park Sex Into #Academic and #Scientific #Journals -  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three academics tested a theory about the intellectual integrity of peer-reviewed “grievance studies” by cooking up, and publishing, their own.
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Of course, there is much wrong with academia and academic research. Many studies fail when others try to reproduce them. And, yes, some are gibberish and don’t pass the simple smell test. Worse, because of the pressure to publish in academia, there are way too many studies that have no particular value. So, I applaud these hoaxers for their attempt to bring levity and reality into the world of academic journals. 


 From another perspective, this could be one half a what could be a meaningful study of the effect of political correctness on academic publications. What would happen if similar hoax studies were presented that reached conclusions and offered data that was at odds with the political expectations of the journals. To stay with the dog rape paper, what if another similar set of observations were offered, for example of dogs brought to dog-parties at suburban homes with a finding that male-on-male humping was more acceptable to the human hosts than male-on-female but with an interpretation that owners were subliminally acting out their own homoerotic urges? Or perhaps as study of overheard conversation purported to take place in Applebee’s in which men were more sexually revolting preoccupied than in the Hooters study which was then used as the comparison? Then we could see more clearly if or if not the process of peer review was politically driven or just based on whether there was a methodology proffered that made sense. 


 Meanwhile, I do have to remind myself and my friends that the publication of research, especially of good research is essential to the development of knowledge and to its dissemination. Since the time of Galileo, intelligent people have recognized that.
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.#Trump leaves Rose Garden listeners punch-drunk … even without alcohol. The incoherent #presidency continues. 

.#Trump leaves Rose Garden listeners punch-drunk … even without alcohol. The incoherent #presidency continues.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The president was ostensibly promoting a new trade deal but for 90 minutes he came across as a madcap carnival barker
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I’m not sure if I’m more impressed that the man can stand in the sun and talk for ninety minutes or concerned that he lacks judgement and coherence in what he says. I’m sure that my Trump supporting friends will go with the former. I’m kind of concerned that he is so unable to talk with women in a resentful way, that he can’t stay on topic and doesn’t know when others are on that topic, and that he doesn’t know to stop picking at scabs and to allow the process to go on. As to his comment about Mike Pence, I have no idea if the man is without sin, but I must say that was probably Mr. Trump’s second-best comment. His best: “I don’t drink. Whenever they’re looking for something good, I said never had a glass of alcohol. I’ve never had alcohol. You know, for whatever reason. Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I’d be? I’d be the world’s worst.”
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Shockwaves from WWII #bombing raids reached the edge of space. What is the consequence of #war for our #environment? 

Shockwaves from WWII #bombing raids reached the edge of space. What is the consequence of #war for our #environment?  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
While the impact of the massive bombing raids during World War II left deep and obvious scars on the land, a new study suggests that the shockwaves reached the edge of space as well. As a result, those shockwaves actually weakened Earth's upper atmosphere, called the ionosphere.
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         You may not have noticed, but frequently in my posts about climate change I have mentioned the military actions going on all over the world. My position has long been that war and preparation for war are much greater threats to the environment than those many small things that you and I can do to reduce global net energy absorption, things like recycling or reusing cloth bags when shopping. To be fair, some militaries are even trying to reduce their carbon footprints. However, this article is a reminder of just how dangerous humankind is to mother earth. When you realize that the bombs of World War II were affecting the upper reaches of the atmosphere, just imagine what the bunker-busters the US uses to day do and then there are the atomic weapons. We know that recently the North Koreans managed to knock down a mountain inside of which they were testing atomic bombs. Think if those forces had not been muffled by earth and stone what they would have done to the atmosphere. 


        What is the good of children fighting over a toy if in the end the toy is destroyed in the midst of their scuffles? The planet on which we live isn’t just a silly toy and we must not act like children.
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Earliest known #drawing found on rock in South African cave. What does this design mean? #Science #anthropolgy

Earliest known #drawing found on rock in South African cave. What does this design mean? #Science #anthropolgy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers believe the pattern on the fragment of rock is 73,000 years old, but are perplexed as to what it might represent
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Ask yourself, what would be the first thing that one of mankind’s earliest artists would want to communicate to others, what would they be creating as this first sign? Perhaps it is come this way or use this. Perhaps it is don’t stay out, this is owned, this is occupied. Perhaps it is something more cosmic, this is where god has been. Perhaps the first artist, maybe the one who left this chip was saying nothing more than Kilroy Was Here. Or just perhaps, that artist was reminding us that everything we know and use is part of a divine plan. We will probably never know what that artist or the other early artists who used this particular design meant by it. Then, half the time I have difficulty knowing what I mean by my own jottings, especially if I’ve used pen or pencil instead of keyboard. What I do know is that I hope you’ll check out some of those jottings at www.kennethweene.com 
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When #Parkland #students hit the road to end #Gunviolence – and diversity becomes key part of their fight other young people get involved and wow are they impressive. 

When #Parkland #students hit the road to end #Gunviolence – and diversity becomes key part of their fight other young people get involved and wow are they impressive.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As a bus tour for gun-violence prevention wraps up, black and brown Americans are working to ensure their voices are heard
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When I read this article, when I hear about kids like Bria Smith, kids who are trying to make a real difference in our political system, I have hope for America. I can certainly believe that this young lady has a future as a leader and that her leadership at whatever level will add to the dignity and worth of those around her. Sure, she is only 17 and there will be pitfalls along the way. Sure, the world is complex and there are multitudes of intersecting issues not just the specter of gun violence. Sure, there will be those who will become riled and outraged when she speaks out. Sure, sure, sure! In the end it is young people like Bria Smith who care, who think, and who act that can help America to move forward towards justice, equality, decency, and compassion. Perhaps what is best about her, however, is that she is just one more young person who is coming forth from the cauldron of modern America to share a better vision. Imagine that whole bus, all those great kids, working together to heal our nation. Wow. Yes, America we can do better.
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"Sorry to Bother You" shows why #Black #Americans code-switch to survive #Language is just another part of #racism in our country. 

"Sorry to Bother You" shows why #Black #Americans code-switch to survive #Language is just another part of #racism in our country.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Switching from African American vernacular to a ‘white voice’ isn’t just about comedy – often, it’s the only way to get by
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As an author who often writes dialect, this is a film I want to see. Sad as it may seem, I think it's a often necessary for people to speak differently in different situations. For Black Americans, it is a key to survival, and that is just part of the entire legacy that has been slavery, reconstruction, and segregation. While most of my Black friends sound a hell of a lot like me when we're talking, I do wonder how they sound when the White guy isn't around. Anyway, I think this is a film that I hope white folks will watch and learn from. 
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The #black #police detective who infiltrated the #KuKluxKlan - Get ready for the block buster #movie #BlackKlansman 

The #black #police detective who infiltrated the #KuKluxKlan - Get ready for the block buster #movie #BlackKlansman  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The local KKK leader thought he’d found an enthusiastic new recruit. In fact, he’d inadvertently signed up a black policeman. Ron Stallworth reveals the often hilarious saga that has now become a Spike Lee film
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Yep, this is going to be a blockbuster film. Did you know it's editor, Barry Alexander Brown was my guest on It Matters Radio? Yep, from Cannes where Black Klansman was a hit. You can catch that interview with Barry at https://tinyurl.com/ybxogxo8 ;

 
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On #Election night people gathered at City Lights #Bookstore to hear #authors read #poetry. It is, after all, almost like #prayer.

On #Election night people gathered at City Lights #Bookstore to hear #authors read #poetry. It is, after all, almost like #prayer. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There was no way I was going to let election night 2018 happen the same way election night 2016 did. OK, so maybe I didn’t have any more control over Tuesday night’s results than I had two years ago. But if I couldn’t influence the results, at least I could choose the environment in which I heard them. I knew from past experience that sitting around, waiting for returns — even with good food and good wine — would only make me (more) anxious and agitated. So when Zyzzyva, the San Francisco literary journal, asked me to participate in an election night reading at City Lights Bookstore, I jumped at the chance. First of all, it was City Lights.
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If I had been there, I too would have read poetry. What poems would I have read? Well, I know In Concert would have been one. You can read it here with appropriate musical accompaniment (Copland’s Fanfare For the Common Man) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgl0ubWc_jM&t=2s&list=PLJ_qhHy1ypHPKgtbKTc6wtvXVtcMbY5gs&index=4
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Capitalists On #CapitolHill: Meet 10 Exceptional #Entrepreneurs Running For #Congress In 2018. One is even from #Maine. 

Capitalists On #CapitolHill: Meet 10 Exceptional #Entrepreneurs Running For #Congress In 2018. One is even from #Maine.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Forbes analysis found that entrepreneurs make up 16% of today's Congress—and 18% of the contenders in Tuesday's election.
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If the American public wants to find truly qualified business people ready to run for office. it appears we have a few, including this group of ten very successful people provided by Forbes. One problem, like so much of American business, this list is dominated by white men. On the other hand, the split is actually 6/4 Democrats, which might surprise anyone who hasn't figured out how the GOP has so completely changed. In fact so strange have things become that a Democrat from Maine is on this list. When I was a kid, there was open season on Democrats down East. Now, this young billionaire might give the Vacation State a Democratic senator.

Speaking of Maine, why not a good book for a change? Broody New Englander, three tales from Maine. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QCUYK12/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5
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The real reason people carve Jack-O-Lanterns for #Halloween 

The real reason people carve Jack-O-Lanterns for #Halloween  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A 'Merry Halloween' vintage illustration with a black cat and carved pumpkins by Ellen H. Clapsaddle, 1909.

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Are you getting ready for Halloween? While we’re all hallowing the Ween(e)s, I thought you might enjoy this story about Jack-O-Lanterns. Of course, it’s not quite true. Actually, the tradition goes back to that dreadful time when the Weene family were fleeing Transylvania. Oh, the peasants were out for our heads—literally, they wanted to cut them off and stick them onto posts to scare of the crows. You know how it is, ugly has its uses and those simple farmers thought Weenes were about as ugly as you could get. Since, as everyone knows, we Weenes have an inner light, one of my ancestors came up with a way to fool and possibly placate those rampaging rustics. Quickly he organized the family. “You scoop.” “You carve mouths, yes big wide grins.” “You’re on eyes.” “You noses.” Quickly the orders were given and even more quickly executed. Then putting a burning in each hollowed pumpkin, he placed them on fences, in bushes, even atop barns.” Then he sent the family’s last faithful servant into town to tell people that the Weene’s had gone into hiding to avoid their Samhain wrath. (Samhain of course the night when the dead can come back and wreak havoc on those who had wronged them.)

The locals grabbed their pitchforks and torches and when on a Weene hunt. A hunt, which thanks to my brilliant ancestor Jack Weene, turned out to be as useful as hunting snipe. By the time the peasants had regrouped and marched on the Weene castle, our ancestors had fled the county, only to show up in America. Well, at least those pesky peasants were happy we had left Transylvania, happy enough to shout, “Hallelujah the Weenes are gone.” Which of course was shortened to “Halloween.” Seriously, Transylvania diction was never that good.

Hey, if you enjoy a good scary story, might I suggest my eBook, Two Tales of Terror which you can find at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FHZIKE6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4
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The #TrumpProphecy: the Liberty University-affiliated #film that promotes #ChristianNationalism A crisis driven by distorted #faith challenges #America

The #TrumpProphecy: the Liberty University-affiliated #film that promotes #ChristianNationalism A crisis driven by distorted #faith challenges #America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Trump Prophecy, a new evangelical film, wants to convince you God chose Trump.
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I have said it before and will continue to say it, Reconstructionist Christians are the greatest single threat to America today. This is the kind of anti-democratic crap they produce and preach. Behind it all is not only a belief in accepting authority but also that the real authority will in the end be local and religion driven. It is Calvinism at its worst. And, of course, the funny part of it is that Mr. Trump has not a clue what it is about. To them I would quote Hosea 8:7; “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal; if so be it yield, strangers shall swallow it up.”
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America's first #robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' #machines #ArtificialIntelligence (#AI) is it a boon or a threat?

America's first #robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' #machines #ArtificialIntelligence (#AI) is it a boon or a threat? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Iron Ox, based in California, aims to improve labor shortages and pressure to produce crops by using AI and heavy machinery
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     This is a great use of AI, but what does it say about the future of human labor? Do we need to rethink the way we distribute the benefits of society and move away from the work-based capitalism of the past or perhaps to redefine what work should be remunerated? At least for a first step, perhaps it is time for us to cut back the numbers of hours we expect people to work. Otherwise, the trajectory is towards a lot of unemployed and under-employed people not able to enjoy the largess of a new, robotized world.

     One more thing, perhaps little to some but huge to me, hydroponics is a good example of a real problem with AI. I’ve eaten hydroponic food and found them lacking in taste. Sadly, robots have a real problem with the wonderful little differentiations that make life aesthetically pleasing. Sure, with good programming, you might get some added minerals in that pool of spinach or kale, but nature has produced not only the wonder of its bounty but also our capacity to appreciate that bounty. 

     Still, when we think of a future of toiling robots, let’s focus on the benefits and at least hope that mankind will be better for the change, not hiding in caves and hoping that the new search-robots will be thrown of the scent. Instead of aliens from another planet, will we create our own earth-invaders? 

     The whole thing gives me pause.
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How three #disabled sisters in #China carved a living for themselves. Will you laugh, cheer or cry? 

How three #disabled sisters in #China carved a living for themselves. Will you laugh, cheer or cry?  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They might have endured a lifetime of pain and hardship, but Peng Yan, Peng Jiangqiu and Peng Jiangdan from Chongqing in southwest China know just how to make their 260,000 fans smile with their…
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I didn’t know whether to laugh, cheer, or cry when I watched this video from China. By the way, if you find it a powerful story, check out my Walking On the Weene Side interview with Ming Canaday, who came from China and found a life in America. Today, Ming advocates for others with disabilities to travel and especially to work to improve their physical health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly10MF8bEPg&index=2&list=PL7nztxPtknQ7h_WKXRJTy5c47H2MziLuC&t=0s
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.#Melania #Trump, in #Africa (and Far From Washington), Seems at Ease - Let us wish the #FLOTUS well.

.#Melania #Trump, in #Africa (and Far From Washington), Seems at Ease - Let us wish the #FLOTUS well. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With an ocean between her and the turmoil of the White House, the first lady showed a side of herself the public rarely sees: the happy one.
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First, I want to iterate my regard for Mrs. Trump, who has in my estimation done a credible job of showing care and concern for other people in her capacity as FLOTUS. While this is her first big solo job, I think she has been trying to do the job properly all along. Second, I want to point out that in Mr. Trump’s head that job is pretty inconsequential, consisting not of representing America or him but simply “hugging and kissing children”. 

 I hope that Mrs. Trump will get more accomplished than that and more than handing out blankets and teddy bears. Perhaps, when she returns to Washington, she may even get a chance to tell her husband something of what she has observed and learned. 

Meanwhile, I wish her well and thank her for her efforts.
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Many #Migrant #Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City - What has happened to #American values? Is this the behavior of a #Christian country? Of a civilized one? 

Many #Migrant #Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City - What has happened to #American values? Is this the behavior of a #Christian country? Of a civilized one?  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The federal government has been moving hundreds of children a week to a tent city on the Mexican border in West Texas where there is no school.
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My heart weeps for these children, for their parents, and for the soul of our nation. 


 If you believe these are the actions of a civilized nation, shame on you. If you call yourself a Christian and believe that these are the actions of a Christian nation, I fear that you have condemned yourself to eternal damnation. If you are the progeny of an immigrant and think this is proper and just behavior, I know that your ancestors weep for you. If you claim to care about children and their right to a life and you defend this behavior by the United States government, then your eternal burden shall be leaden robes, for never shall you be lifted to eternal life. 


 Shame on us, America. As we do unto the least of these his children, so also do we do unto him. For each life we cost—either through death or lasting trauma—we have cost the entire world.
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New 26,000 pound species of #dinosaur found in #SouthAfrica 

New 26,000 pound species of #dinosaur found in #SouthAfrica  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If humans had lived 200 million years ago, they would have marveled at the largest dinosaur of its time. It's name means "a giant thunderclap at dawn."
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WOW! The largest animal ever to walk the earth. This baby could have fed a pack of saber-tooths for a month, to say nothing of how many bales of barley it would need for its own lunch. Seriously, if they can clone one for Jurassic Park, who’s going to clean up the poo?
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Small town #Georgia #Police Dept. Defends Use of Taser on 87-Year-#OldWoman - What if it was your #grandmother?

Small town #Georgia #Police Dept. Defends Use of Taser on 87-Year-#OldWoman - What if it was your #grandmother? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The woman, Martha Bishara, was cutting dandelions with a knife when officers asked her to drop it. Her family said she speaks very little English.
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A few observations: First, if this elderly woman has lived for years in the US and she doesn’t know to drop a knife when the police are standing there, she has clearly become oyver-botl, yeah senile. Which raises clear questions about her family and presumably the community who are still allowing her and her husband to live alone and unsupervised. Secondly, while I understand the legal necessity of the employee of the Boys and Girls Club to call the police, I’m surprised that in such a small town they didn’t know the woman who lived right across the street and didn’t have the name of somebody to call. Forget that this is a social-service organization, we’re talking small-town America. All that said, the only one I’m not going to fault are the cops. I think they did their best. What if it had been my grandmother? Hell, if she was walking around with a knife today, I’d be yelling for silver bullets. Seriously, yeah, she’d have to be from the walking dead. But, this lady is just old and out of it and needs better supervision. That’s what the world needs, more help for those who require assistance in living.
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.#Wages Are Rising in #Europe. But #Economists Are Puzzled. - What is my insight? Well, read the post. #work #labor

.#Wages Are Rising in #Europe. But #Economists Are Puzzled. - What is my insight? Well, read the post. #work #labor | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Increases in worker pay have given the European Central Bank confidence to end its main stimulus measure. Yet there is no consensus on why it took so long.
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      Let me throw my hat into the theoretical ring. The loyalty and continuation of a worker is of real value to an employer. Training is an expense not only because of wages paid during training but also and even more so because of waste caused by inexperience. The period of dislocation that was caused by the information revolution and in particular by the development of chip technology has slowed. Most workers now can use that new technology at the level of their day-to-day jobs. So, the advantage of getting rid of those who were being paid a lot and who still needed training is gone and in its place is the traditional business situation in which keeping the skilled employee is advantageous. Yes, whether we're talking the top engineer or the fry cook in the cafeteria, somebody who can do the job already is better than somebody who can't. 

      The funny thing is that last night I was dreaming about this very topic. To what degree do we look for talent and skills in running businesses? To what degree can we use interchangeable humans? Anybody remember the difference between the CIO and the AFofL? Maybe, we're back dealing with that same difference. Which brings up the role of education in the job market. I, for one, agree with Donald Trump (at least he said it once) that community colleges should be places to learn job-related skills not just general liberal arts education. Of course, there could be a strong case made that even in high school there should be more emphasis on work skills training. However, that would mean changing our requirements for teachers to allow more people who have been in the industrial workforce to transition into the educational field. 

      This brings up one more thought, that the use of arcane knowledge to block job entry, the old guild system if you will, is no longer the best way to have wages raise. Rather the best approach is to constantly add value through productivity increase based on new knowledge. 

      Or to say this a bit differently and to tie this entire post together, work skills increase the value of employees and make them more difficult to replace. However, if those skills aren't real but are based on the creation of arcania, then their contribution of value and deserved share of the wealth falls. In the end, the better educated the work force, the better off we all will be.
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Still with gold medals around their necks, the New Zealand players stripped off their black jerseys and performed a stirring rendition of a haka dance in celebration of their Rugby World Cup Sevens championship Sunday night on the AT&T Park infield. The first three-time champion in the event’s history, New Zealand had moments earlier beaten fourth-seeded England 33-12 in the capper to the party-like atmosphere that filled a sun-drenched weekend in San Francisco.
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Admit it: Nobody else was going to tell you how the rugby world cup ended and you really wanted to know. So here it is with all glory to the Kiwis. If you love reading stuff you wouldn't otherwise get to know, I bet you'd also love reading my novels. Have you tried Broody New Englander? Why on earth not? Get your copy at https://tinyurl.com/y83lwlew ;
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