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Eta says it is 'ready to disband'

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Basque separatist group Eta says it is ready to disband, give up its weapons and enter talks with the French and Spanish governments.
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Twitter reacts to Colts, Bills playing football in brutal weather conditions

Twitter reacts to Colts, Bills playing football in brutal weather conditions | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Twitter had some fun with the brutal weather conditions at the Week 14 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills.
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I'm not a football fan or a fan of winter,, but this story putting the two together is just fun. 
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White House Says It Believes Saudi Arabia Will Open Yemen Port

White House Says It Believes Saudi Arabia Will Open Yemen Port | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
About 8 million people are on brink of famine with outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria
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I don't often get to praise Mr. Trump, but in this instance I am glad that he is putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to end the blockade of Yemen's port. There are many innocent civilians facing injury, starvation, lack of medicines, and death because of the rivalry between the Iranians and Saudis that has led to year another brutal war. 

Certainly one way to reduce the problem of refugees in the world is to reduce the number of people needing to flee their homes. I'm sure they people of Yemen want a return to peace and to their own way of life. So, kudos to Mr. Trump for doing something positive. 

What would you like to praise the Trump administration for? Want to share your views on It Matters Radio. Come Walk On the Weene Side with me. Contact us via the show website www.itmattersradio.com or my website www.kennethweene.com 
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Why Jeremiah Risked His Life For A Notebook

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Why he risked his life for a notebook.
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Doctors Without Borders is one of the great organization of the world. Its doctors and other staff risk their lives every day to bring help and hope to people in the middle of the worst conflicts and conditions. This particular story is from South Sudan, a country that is in terrible turmoil. Jeremiah is an HIV and tuberculosis counselor with Doctors Without Borders. His story illustrates the dedication of that organization and reminds us how very precious such men and women are in a world that is given to so much strife.

If you're interested in South Sudan, you would love to read the memoir I helped my friend Deng Mayik Atem write about his experience as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. While the book is looking for the right publisher, you can watch the trailer here. 

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How Neolithic farming sowed the seeds of modern inequality 10,000 years ago

How Neolithic farming sowed the seeds of modern inequality 10,000 years ago | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The prehistoric shift towards cultivation began our preoccupation with hierarchy and growth – and even changed how we perceive the passage of time
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A fascinating look at history and anthropology. The premise is that our hunter-gatherer ancestors were far less fearful of the vagaries of the gods or of the raids of enemies than the early farming communities that appeared so had less need for hierarchy. On the other hand, those farmers could, in good times, produce far more and live more comfortably. 

I wonder how many of the people who are preparing for the apocalypse are expecting to once again join bands of hunter-gatherers. Not may. I think they tend to expect more of that early farmer competition, which would mean starting over already in the wrong mindset. 

Not to worry, most of us won't survive anyway. But for those who do, I recommend you read Broody New Englander to get a better idea of what life in small towns is about. 

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Cold Moon, Meteors, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in December

Cold Moon, Meteors, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in December | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Get ready to see a stunning full moon, two meteor showers, and other celestial wonders this month.
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If you have a telescope or even a pair of binoculars, December is going to be a great month for looking up. 

During the twilight, when it's still a bit early to look at stars, consider some star reads. On of my favorites for the occasion, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Available i Kindle, print, and Audiobook, Dew Drop's dark humor will set the tone for a great evening of imaginings. https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay

Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth said that the church might accept same-sex marriage if the prince, now 4, one day found the love of “a fine young gentleman.”
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So here's your bit of bizarro news for the day. The kid is four and here is this "minister" praying that he will grow up gay. How's that for putting one's personal agenda ahead of the rights of others. When people condemn the extremism of the left, this is certainly a perfect example. Meanwhile, do you or I care whom this toddler may someday marry? Of course not. By the way, who is the woman his uncle is marrying? I've seen it in the news but haven't bothered to read any of the stories. 
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White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree

White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Apart from the fact that the president will never read them, the only thing the books in this festive display have in common is that they’re coloured green
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Yep, real evidence that the White House is shying away from a real Christmas feel. Too bad all you Christians who complain about a war on Christmas, this is your Trump White House. Yeah, you can google the Obama White House decorations if you want to see Christmas in the library. 

Back at the Trumps, the best part is that the books were chosen by the interior decorator for their color not for any meaning. Not that anyone things Mr. Trump reads anything over tweet length. 

Can anybody say classless? 
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Greece prepares to do away with compulsory sharia in Western Thrace

Greece prepares to do away with compulsory sharia in Western Thrace | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
AS PART of a passionate campaign to solve an apparently non-existent problem, American state legislatures have been presented, over the past decade, with at least 120 bills that sought to outlaw the practice of sharia, the Islamic legal system, and 15 of them have been enacted.
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I love the vagaries of history. How did this small section of Greece fall under the sway of sharia? Well, that's a long story, goes back to the early nineteen twenties. But is it reasonable to have that anomaly continue in a modern EU country? Certainly not when even the Muslim country next door, Turkey, has done away with it. But, the sisters of the dead man want their share of his inheritance. After all, that's what the sharia rule is, so they went to court, yes the regular court, to force his widow to pony up. 

Meanwhile, realistically and especially in the area of marriage—as if marriage and realistic can go together—many people all over the world opt to give religious authorities a say in their lives. In some places, like Chechnya, there is a movement to increase the role of the religious courts. And, in the US, let's not forget the Roy Moores who want to make the bible the basis of our law. 

Some stories are just, well good for the soul or at least for the little grey cells. Exercise yours and tell me what you think the proper role of religion is in regulating lives. 
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A Finnish Bakery Is Selling Bread Made From Crushed Insects

A Finnish Bakery Is Selling Bread Made From Crushed Insects | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Finnish bakery Fazer is rolling out loaves made with dried cricket flour, which it says are the first of their kind available to consumers.
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Fascinating topic, but can they make a dung beetle sacher torte called the Kafka? Perhaps a locust based croissant called the Napoleon? A tiny ant based Danish called the Anderson? How about a cockroach based burger bun called———I'll let you fill in your political candidate's name here. 

Meanwhile, having never been to Finland, I'm not sure what normal bread would be for people in Helsinki, how it would taste compared to the Wonder of American or the true wonder of French. But, as a said, kind of fascinating. Would you try it? I sure would.

While you're in the mood for trying the unusual, might I suggest that you try some of my books. You can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;
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This Company Is Offering A Limited Run Of Civilian M203 Grenade Launchers To A Few Lucky Collectors

This Company Is Offering A Limited Run Of Civilian M203 Grenade Launchers To A Few Lucky Collectors | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Colt Defense is rolling out a handful of genuine production-standard M203 under-barrel grenade launchers to the civilian market for the first time ever
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Now here's something to be truly thankful for. Only $2000 and you can have your very own grenade launcher for those days when you really want to kill a deer or maybe take out your neighborhood taco truck. What could possibly go wrong? I hope they are calling this the Charles Manson limited edition; it seems appropriate since that great leader just died to help others follow in his footsteps. 

Don't get me wrong, I am not anti-guns only anti-gun-madness. 
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Trump Attacks Father Of UCLA Player Detained In China: ‘Ungrateful Fool!’

Trump Attacks Father Of UCLA Player Detained In China: ‘Ungrateful Fool!’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s nearly Thanksgiving and President Donald Trump is tweeting about gratitude. Or, a lack thereof. In a series o
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Part of me agrees with Mr. Trump. These three young men were incredibly stupid to try shoplifting in one of the most policed societies on earth. The university and coaches were also incredibly foolish to not better prepare the players, to better explain to them that behaviors that might be overlooked or dealt with lightly in the states could lead to major consequences in China. 

And, who couldn't foresee that the Chinese government would go out of its way to play on such behavior when the POTUS was coming to town? Clearly, somebody was handing out stupid pills that day.

I also agree with Mr. Trump that he probably did get those kids out of trouble. Of course, if he hadn't been there, the Chinese government would probably not have made such a big thing out of it and would have let them go after scaring the shit out them and probably getting a good solid fine. 

All that brings me to the next point, this is a POTUS who lacks grace and civility. I remember when people condemned Harry Truman because he occasionally used a swear word or got riled, especially if somebody criticized his daughter's singing. Hell, Mr. Truman was a fine gentleman in comparison to Trump. Donald Trump is at best a bore and at worst a bully. He is not the kind of person I want as a role model for any kid or the person representing me in any situation. 

Mean-spirited is the word that comes to mind. A mean-spritited and blowhard. Doesn't America deserve somebody with a bit of grace? 
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ICYMI, a sausage dog has just staged her own maternity photo shoot

ICYMI, a sausage dog has just staged her own maternity photo shoot | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When did maternity shoots start being a thing?
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Here's a bit of adorable for today. Just remember that life is too short to not enjoy and to serious to not celebrate. 
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New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.
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I loved the birds of New Zealand and hope that the Kiwis can save their natural fauna. However, eradication of rats all over the world, which might result from this approach, wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. Nature is such an intricate web. Anyway, this article and the ideas presented fascinated me. If you're into nature, conservation, and science, my guess is you'll find it fascinating as well. 
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This Maine hunter could have left a deer in need. Instead, he helped - The Boston Globe

This Maine hunter could have left a deer in need. Instead, he helped - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
STRATTON, Maine — As a general rule, deer that find themselves in the immediate vicinity of Justin Wyman do not fare particularly well.
An avid hunter, the lifelong Maine resident has spent much of his 28 years tracking the animals.
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This is the kind of story that makes us realize how very much most hunters care about animals and nature. Cheers for Justin Wyman and the other hunters involved and of course for the deer. I wonder if Mr. Wyman has read Broody New Englander. I'd love to send him a copy just as a way of saying thanks for his love of that glorious buck. 

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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Self Driving Vehicles in Michigan: Shifting Its Plan

Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Self Driving Vehicles in Michigan: Shifting Its Plan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The move will take advantage of lower costs and clear the way for a new Michigan plant to make driverless vehicles instead, which Ford said would mean even more jobs.
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Surprise, surprise, business will go on as usual. Big businesses are about profit and profit includes finding cheaper labor. Fine to invest in the more expensive American labor to build the new stuff, but let's head south of the border or across the Pacific to churn out the easier stuff, the stuff that they already know how to make. In this case, that means electric cars in Mexico and self-driving vehicles in Michigan. 

Of course, the one big problem that they may not have thought about is that making those cars in Mexico suggests a market nearby, which means electrical outlets for charging. That's hard enough in Mexico; in most of the rest of Central America forget about it. And, importing cars with a 300 mile range into Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona seems braindead to me. Has anybody looked at a map. The distances are way to huge. Still, I guess if they can be shipped cheaply enough or if say China or India were to decide to push EV. Well, who knows?

Speaking of electric cars, did you catch the Walking On the Weene Side show I did about driving a Tesla through Central America? Hey, if you missed it and like a great road trip, catch the podcast at 
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Ancient South African skeleton unveiled

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One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of our ancestors is unveiled in South Africa.
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Is that my great-great- to the umpteenth power grandmother? Probably not since she was too young to have kids when she apparently fell down that cave shaft some 3.67 million years ago. But this little Australopithecus maiden shows that human evolution goes back even further than we thought and that species of her genus were around even before that famous gal Lucy from Kenya. Anyway, I love physical anthropology.When I go to a natural history museum, that's one of the first departments I look for. 

When you go on line to Amazon, the first department you should check out is my author page. And if you like anthropology, check out my Kindle short read El Catrin. 

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How Neanderthal are you… and can you blame your DNA? – personality quiz

How Neanderthal are you… and can you blame your DNA? – personality quiz | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you’re brutish and promiscuous it could be your ancestors’ fault, says Ben Ambridge
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This is one of those just plain fun moments for me. Of course, I took the test and found out that I lacked much of a Neanderthal side. But I can't help wondering about some of my characters. You'll have to read Memoirs From the Asylum to decide if the narrator is a disturbed Homo Sapien or a bit on the Neanderthal. What about the characters in Two Tales Of terror? You can find those fascinating folks at https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;

By the way, I know you looked. How much of a Neanderthal are you? 
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How To Tell A Turtle From A Tortoise

How To Tell A Turtle From A Tortoise | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For one thing, tortoises have "tiny elephant feet."
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Sometimes I see a story that just has to be shared for the fun of it. By the way, just so you know that I do have some rudimentary knowledge, tortoises are a subcategory of turtles, but what a wonderful subcategory they are. So enjoy learning more about this hardbacked creatures with their enigmatic faces. 

While you're reading this article from National Geographic—no fair flipping the pages to find those fascinating pictures of women and/or warriors—I'll be making my slow way down the highway to my newest book. Have you checked out the ones that are already out there? Support your not-so-local author at:

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5 Stunning Natural Wonders You Can See in the U.S.

5 Stunning Natural Wonders You Can See in the U.S. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From Yosemite National Park to the Mendenhall Ice Caves, here are 5 natural wonders in the U.S. that make for an amazing adventure.
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Now I have to ask myself if I can ever forgive The Magazine for leaving New England's beauty off this list. Seriously, no autumn leaf-gazing in Vermont? No hike in the wonderful White Mountains? No gazing at Camden and then out to the Atlantic from high on Mount Battie? Well, that's okay because this Broody New Englander doesn't want this the best part of the world spoiled by too many tourists. Heck, stay home and just read about it starting with Broody New Englander. That's a lot less expensive than travel and in its way just as wonderful. 

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Most hated word in the English language revealed

Most hated word in the English language revealed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Oxford University Press have undertaken a survey, based on a poll of people in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, to find out what the least favorite word in the English language is.
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What is the most disliked word in the English language? Well, for me it has to be millennial. For two reasons. 

First, I fear the influence of millennialism on our society. I don't want the final days. Hell, I don't even want the walk-up to the final days. I'm perfectly happy leaving the Apocalypse and those who would bring it about someplace in unread fantasy literature. The same for post-apocalyptic movies and novels, although I did enjoy Cormack McCarthy's The Road and some of Doris Lessing's writing. 

Second, I hate the thought of the millennial generation. Seriously, how to make somebody born in the middle of the previous century feel even older and irrelevant. 

Nope let's get that m word out of the dictionary. Meanwhile, what was the most hated word according to the survey. Well, read the article and find out. While you're in a reading mind, why not also hit my website and look for a great book and all the other stuff you can read there.

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Cavalcade of Lights 2017 | Facebook

Cavalcade of Lights 2017 By Little Italy BIA · Updated 36 minutes ago · Taken at Little Italy BIA...
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This Type of Alcohol Makes You Feel Sexy, According to Science

This Type of Alcohol Makes You Feel Sexy, According to Science | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Different types of alcohol inspire different emotions, finds a new study. Here's when to order red wine and when to try spirits instead
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I enjoy wine, but my usual go-to drink is a margarita. Do they affect me differently? Absolutely, wine mellows me. That tequila energizes. Port, which I sometimes drink, makes me more introspective. What about you? What do you like to drink and how do different things affect you? 

By the way, I almost never drink beer, but when I did I had one reactions, to want to drink more. 
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Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Are Within Your Control, Researchers Say

Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Are Within Your Control, Researchers Say | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists calculated that four in 10 cases of cancer are caused by modifiable risk factors, such as smoking or lack of exercise
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More and more it appears that cancer is there result of both genetic and environmental factors. I have an interview coming up for It Matters Radio to discuss the genetic component of breast cancer. In the meantime, here are a number of things we can all do to reduce the likelihood of developing cancers of various types. 

How carefully do you approach your diet and behaviors? Are you cancer conscious? 
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Historians say the time 'when men were men' never really existed.

Historians say the time 'when men were men' never really existed. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

John Wayne was more the exception than the rule.

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As a human male, I know that I cry. I also know that as a kid I was expected to withhold tears when I was hurt or lost a game. Of course, my mates and I knew that the great cowboys we saw on the silver screen never cried except when they had to put down a good horse. Heck, maybe Shane didn't even cry then. 

More to the point, we men have been taught to cry in private. I suppose that might have been especially so in that broody place I grew up, New England. I've always loved this quote from British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

Sooner mayest thou trust thy pocket to a pickpocket than give loyal friendship to the man who boasts of eyes to which the heart never mounts in dew! Only when man weeps he should be alone, not because tears are weak, but they should be secret. Tears are akin to prayer,—Pharisees parade prayers, imposters parade tears. 

What about you, do you cry in public? What were you taught about manhood and crying when you were growing up? 

Oh yes, and did your parent, usually my mother, ever say something like this to you? "Stop your crying or I'll give you something to cry about."


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How nature creates new species such as grolar bears, hybrid cats and coywolves

How nature creates new species such as grolar bears, hybrid cats and coywolves | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Coyotes, wolves and dogs are all interfertile, meaning that they can make puppies that in turn can make even more mixed puppies.
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I've never seen a grolar bear, but they are coming to northern Canada and Alaska. Is this one of the ways in which evolution works, not just by the appearance of separate species over time but also by the interbreeding between related species? If so, can we deliberately breed humans with something of a higher order such as bonobo? Would those peace loving apes want to breed with us? Well, at least they're open to all sexual possibilities. 

On the other hand, do you get the impression that way to many people have themselves been the result of interbreeding between homo sapiens and jackasses? That might explain some of our political braying. 

If you were going to breed with another animal, but not a human, what species would you pick? Come on, admit it, that golden retriever can look very appealing. That tabby unlocks the beast(ial) in you. And there's always Sylvia the goat. 

By the way, did I mention "Sometimes you can hear 'em" one of Two Tales of Terror, one of my kindle short books? Here's the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsmLaFPVvWg 
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