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Small Costa Rica gives troubled Central America big boost at World Cup

Small Costa Rica gives troubled Central America big boost at World Cup | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A win for Costa Rica against the Netherlands today could help unite – at least momentarily – this fractured, troubled region. Central America is the world’s deadliest region outside an active war zone.
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Years ago when I was in Costa Rica, one of the things which consistently amazed me was the love of soccer and the proficiency. Barefoot youngsters and young adults played fierce games all over the place. It was a passion that I have never seen for sports in the U.S. So, I am nor surprised that this small nation can field such an outstanding team. I hope they make it to the top.

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Year of the Dog : Top 10 Dog-Friendliest U.S. Destinations

Year of the Dog : Top 10 Dog-Friendliest U.S. Destinations | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Vacation rental site HomeAway compiled a list of American cities and towns that are best suited for travel with your pet in 2018
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Those who knew me then, know that Roz and I always tried to take Uncle, Jennifer, and Streaker on vacation at least twice a year Usually, one of those trips was to Vermont, to the Kedron Valley Inn, where Jennifer loved to swim in the pond and Uncle loved to drink at the bar. (Yes, they served her and charged me.) Streaker, well, she just loved. Of course, back then taking four-legged members of the family to hotels and resorts was kind of different and often difficult. Many times we had to settle for a lesser place because the one we wanted wouldn't allow "animals." Not sure what they thought about the two-legged ones who were way worse drunks than Uncle to say nothing of people who kept jumping into the pool and splashing poor Streaker. (She loved to sunbathe.) 

At any rate, our culture is changing. For my part, most of the dogs staying in a hotel are just fine. I do wish their humans were a bit faster on the pick-up, but hey you can't fault Fido for having to go. At any rate, this being the Year of the Dog, I wish all canine vacationers a great time. 
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The virginity fraud: A TED Talk About Virginity and the Hymen. Meanwhile, why are we obsessed with a woman's virginity? We should hope that women have good sexual experiences and that men should as...

The virginity fraud: A TED Talk About Virginity and the Hymen. Meanwhile, why are we obsessed with a woman's virginity? We should hope that women have good sexual experiences and that men should as... | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about female virginity and the hymen.
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Since most people don't know much about the hymen, I thought sharing this TED Talk worthwhile. That bit of anatomy really isn't what most of us were brought up to believe. Of course, the deeper question is why so many cultures make such a big thing about hymens and the notion of their being intact. Why is it so important to us that a woman be a virgin until she's married? Most of those cultures certainly don't have that same expectation about men. So, I leave you to learn more about hymens and to think about the importance—or insignificance—of virginity. 

By the way, if you want a sense of how not accepting our sexuality can really screw up our lives. might I suggest you read Widow's Walk. It's a great book to share with the person you love. 

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With blackface and monkey suit, Chinese gala Four-hour Lunar New Year show televised to millions across China on Africa causes uproar 

With blackface and monkey suit, Chinese gala Four-hour Lunar New Year show televised to millions across China on Africa causes uproar  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The show, cleared by government officials, was intended to highlight economic relations between Africa and China.
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It is a rare event for the Chinese to do something so poorly thought out. I'm sure that heads will be rolling at the Chinese state television company. Given how hard the Chinese government has been working at replacing the influence of the colonial powers, the US, and Russia in Africa, the last thing Beijing wants is to upset people from Khartoum to Cape Town. Meanwhile, this snafu should remind both us in the West and the people of undeveloped countries that China is looking for superiority and domination not necessarily for partnership. That's why the Chinese are buying up the rights to raw materials and using cheap and unneeded manufactured goods, including electronics with no electricity to run them, as trade items. There is still an opportunity for other developing countries to take a positive new roll in sub-Saharan Africa. But, sadly, I don't see anyone doing that. I'm sure next year's broadcast from China will sound much more respectful. If there's one thing about the Chinese government, they learn from their mistakes. 

Speaking of learning from your mistakes. I hope the Year of the Dog finds you ready to read good novels. You can find them at www.kennethweene.com 
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9 of the world's hardest-working cats

9 of the world's hardest-working cats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From assisting with weather observation to helping people get fit, these felines hustle.
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Of course, if you are familiar with It Matters Radio, you know that Punky was one of our hosts and an important part of the team. Now that she has passed, her brat pack have taken up the work load of enjoying our music and interviews. While Punky and her kids have always been willing to accept snacks and other emoluments, they never actually agreed to doing much. Not like these hardworking felines. 

You can find out more about It Matters Radio at http://www.itmattersradio.com and hare a purrfect day. 
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People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama's Portraits

People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama's Portraits | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

I took a day to think about these painting before commenting. 

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I took a day to ponder these portraits and decide what I thought. First, clearly  if they are to be hung together, the sense is that she is the dominant personality, not just because of the relative sizes of the images but also the intensity and determination of her visage. The only problem is who is she. I don't see much likeness to Mrs. Obama. Rather I think this is a portrait of "Strong Black Woman #1" 

Second, while Mr. Obama's portrait looks like him, I don't care for it. Sure, he's leaning forward and looking the viewer in the eye, but I see little of his warmth, wit, or charm. I cannot even imagine him sitting in that chair, which takes one back in time. As for the background, well I understand that the flowers were to some how be symbolic, especially of Hawaii, but for me the last thing I think of when thinking of Mr. Obama would be gardening. 

On the other hand, when I look at most of the presidential portraiture in recent years, I guess these aren't too bad, I do think my wife, who is a painter, could have done better. However, knowing her, she would have painted them together, possibly dancing or watching the sunset. I know they needed separate paintings for the collection, but I always think that they both, but especially he, need to be painted with another person, for that is who they are—people people.

Anyway, please share your comments. Oh, if you want to see an example of my wife's quirky work take a look at this book cover. 

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What's Happening With Television News? Can we end the biased reporting? 

What's Happening With Television News? Can we end the biased reporting?  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A public inquiry from It Matters Radio. 
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Television news has gone from being information to being marketing. One of the keys to marketing is the affinity felt by the target audience for the source. Sadly, as television news programs (and networks( have moved more and more to cement that connection between themselves and their audience, the American audience has become complacent and willing to accept simplistic presentations and sensationalism as if they were considered and balanced presentations. 

To be fair, freedom of the press has always meant that there was bias and sensationalism, but for some time people thought television was better. I think that may have been the result of some outstanding personalities. For my part, I believe in doing a lot of reading on-line and using multiple sources. However, at the end, I'm sure my thoughts reflect who I am and my biases. Heck. I'm human. 

 As co-host of It Matters Radio, I'm always looking for informed guests who want to discuss all kinds of issues. They don't have to agree with me and I hope that this post might find its way to some people who would like to contact the show via our website http://www.itmattersradio.com
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Corgis saved by The Crown: Queen's favourite dog taken off 'at risk' list after boost from Netflix show

Corgis saved by The Crown: Queen's favourite dog taken off 'at risk' list after boost from Netflix show | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They have long been regarded as a breed for the elderly and the genteel upper middle class, chief among them the Queen.
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Okay, they aren't Cardis, but they are corgis and that's enough to get my vote. I still miss my little dog, Champion Aragon Silver Streak. Streaker won me before she was weaned, and we soon went back to make her a Weene. I even had the pleasure of escorting her into the ring at Westminster. But, Streaker didn't like the show circuit, much preferring lying in sunbeams and playing—ever so gently—with her toys. If ever there was a dog designed to live comfortably with her humans, it was Streaker. 

As I say, these are Pembrokes, not Cardigans, so no tail and less thick hair and slightly different ears, but still winsome. Glad to hear that they are experiencing a comeback in the UK. Hopefully some of the other old breeds that have fallen off in numbers will as well. 

Yes, I know that shelter dogs need homes and that breeding to standards has done much harm to many breeds of dogs. Still, the original development of breeds usually made sense. We've had both mixed-breed and pure and loved them all. Which really is the point. Dogs make life better even if you're a monarch. Hip, Hip, Hooray! 
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How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender

How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. Can science help us navigate?
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If you're interested in issues of gender identity, this article from National Geographic (January, 2017) is fascinating. While my own view of the evolutionary advantage of groups like the fa‘afafine of Samoa is that they provide extra helping hands from childless adults and limit the intra-community conflict for scarce resources. Consider the role of males among the troops of our near relatives, which is to be driven out. Forget apes, just think of polygamist groups that have broken away from the now reformed Mormon religion. That may help explain the connection between the hormone regulator somatostatin and gender identity issues and between the autism spectrum and such issues. Perhaps there is a neurological connection between non-competitive behavior and gender. 

Ah, the fascinating questions that emerge as one thinks about such issues. At any rate, I hope you'll find this article as interesting as I did. 
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Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide: Scientists have found a new catalyst that more efficiently converts methane to olefins which can be used to produce plast...

Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide: Scientists have found a new catalyst that more efficiently converts methane to olefins which can be used to produce plast... | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists have unlocked a new, more efficient pathway for converting one of our most potent greenhouse gases directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
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I have mixed feelings about this. First, the good. Methane is a major greenhouse gas. While there is more CO2 in the atmosphere, methane is much more potent at blocking the release of radiant energy out of the atmosphere. And, the amount of methane is increasing as that which has been locked in the frozen tundra (and to some degree in the oceans) is being released by global warming. (In effect global warming is helping to cause global warming.) So, yes, let's use that gas  and transform it into stable materials. Great>

Second, the bad. We have so much plastic floating around in our world. It is clogging our landfills and littering our oceans. Bits of plastic are poisoning our animals and larger pieces, such as soda can holders, are strangling them. Hopefully, all this new plastic material will be used not for throwaway consumerism. Can it be used for something better? I guess that will depend on the strength and durability it offers. Perhaps we can have a new form of plastic housing. Could it be used to create quality tiny homes for the huge numbers of people all around the globe who are in need? Could it contribute to lightweight cars and trucks? Could it, could it? 

Finally, will this and other techniques of countering greenhouse gases be supported by the governments of the world. Sometimes I fear that most of those governments have slowly taken up Malthusian thinking, that they are just waiting for the vast numbers to die off. Of course, those deaths can't be from  infectious disease because disease knows no class boundaries. However, if the air quality gets too bad or the weather becomes impossible, well the rich can wait out the storm in their safe places while the rest of the world goes away. I wonder who will do the work for them once we're all dead, anybody want to invest in robotics? 

Do you remember when we all believed that the key to better living was chemistry? Now, I'm never quite so sure about the fruits of science. Still, it would be nice to use that methane.
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My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead: A TED Talk worth hearing. 

My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead: A TED Talk worth hearing.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Anjali Kumar went looking for God and ended up finding something else entirely. In an uplifting, funny talk about our shared humanity, she takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage to meet witches in New York, a shaman in Peru, an infamous "healer" in Brazil and others, sharing an important lesson: what binds us together is far stronger than what separates us, and our differences are not insurmountable.
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Perhaps the most moving and meaningful discussion religion and trying to find god I've heard in a long time. Not surprising that it is given by somebody who was raised as a Jain and sent to a Catholic school. Why not surprisingly, because she had to find out what it all really meant. 
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Will I be able to do more work with three screens? How has the age of computers changed your life? How would it have been different if they had been around earlier?

Will I be able to do more work with three screens? How has the age of computers changed your life? How would it have been different if they had been around earlier? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Having more screen space makes people more productive, but it’s not necessarily best distributed over multiple monitors
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I use two screens. I'm not sure that I have the space for a third, but given how useful having two can be I'd sure love to try. Just a simple example, I'm working on a writing project and need to look up a factoid, just to be sure about it before including. Quick click on second screen, where my browser is at the ready. Type in the keyword and my search engine finds me what I need. Sure I could do it all on that one screen, but let me assure you, this method is a lot faster. And, when I'm writing commentaries like this to help get people aware of me, I have a sheet of possible links I might want to use on that second screen. For example, want to go to my Amazon page? Quick copy and paste right here for you.

Now, the fun fact of the morning for me. Go back thirty years ago and I barely knew how to turn a computer on. Of course, there wasn't much reason to know how since all these wonderful sites weren't there. I did own a word processor, well actually more of a new-fangled typewriter that actually had a bit of memory. I used it to write some of those first poems and essays. Boy, have things changed? I wonder if personal computers had been available when I was young how it would have changed my life. For one thing, it would have been a lot easier for me to start writing because I could have read what I had written. One reason I went into a profession rather than starting out as an author, it was too darn much work to try to write in pencil and then transcribe my own indecipherable words. 

If your old enough to remember a computer-less world, how would having computers have changed your life story? 


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This Type of Non-Dairy Milk is the Healthiest, Study Says

This Type of Non-Dairy Milk is the Healthiest, Study Says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows that soy milk is the most nutritious cow’s milk alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, as it’s rich in protein.
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I want my milk from a cow. Yes, I know that dairy farming is bad for the environment and hard on the animals. Still, that is my preference. And whole milk, please. I don't mind using half and half in my coffee, which is my primary use of milk. However, not those little plastic cups that are designed so the white stuff inside is supposed to outlast me. Not only do I consider that use of plastic obscene but I also have this distrust that the contents aren't real. Oh, absolutely none of that chemicalized flavoring. If I want chocolate in my milk or vanilla or whatever, I want to start with the beans not some new source of poison. Hey, I've already done enough harm to this old container.

I actually almost never drink milk. As I say, in coffee. However, I do love butter, cheese, ice cream, and even some yogurt. So, if you see me passing, you may want to keep your dairy herd in the barn and out of my ravenous way.  

What do you drink? Soy, almond, coconut, rice, or some other kind of milk or do you join me at the cowshed? 
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Phoenix Residents Have a Free Option For Non-Emergency Circumstances. A Healthcare idea that really matters. 

Phoenix Residents Have a Free Option For Non-Emergency Circumstances. A Healthcare idea that really matters.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"The program is not a substitute for ambulances and as Fire Captain Van Hook says, “we’re not using it because we are short on resources.”

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This is a great idea from the city of Phoenix. It provides assistance to those needing help getting to medical appointments and pharmacies while not tying up important resources like ambulances. Try calling 911 and asking for this service if you need help getting to that all-important healthcare. Sometimes, we forget what good government can do. 
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How Would Humans React to the Discovery of Alien Life?

How Would Humans React to the Discovery of Alien Life? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Perhaps not the way you’d expect …
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Okay, I know, the new dumbed-down National Geographic. Well, we have to live with that. Still, I got a chuckle out of this lightweight article. How many of us grew up on those terrible Saturday morning sci-fi movies where the aliens attacked or maybe in a few cases came to warn us. For my part, I loved the pug in Men In Black; how about you? 

Maybe, they're already here. My neighbor has green hair; isn't that a sign? Hell, sometimes I look in the mirror and wonder who that old guy is. Who's back there? 

So, my question, do you love sci-fi? Stories of aliens? If so, your favorite movie, tv show, character or whatever? Oh, I'm a Spaceballs fanatic so Hoover me up, Barf.

Next question, did you know that The Stylite, the novella in Broody New Englander, includes characters from space? You can find that gem at 
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HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The "hydrogen economy" may be a thing after all.
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We all know that hydrogen from water could provide a great source of energy. The problem has always been that it requires so much energy to breakdown that water, especially if we're talking about doing electrolysis on the move as opposed to carrying around dangerous and heavy canisters of hydrogen, which could be filled using cheaper, renewable energy. Years ago somebody asked me to invest in a new method for reducing the cost of running cars using a built in electrolysis device. We actually did a test run, using a vehicle outfitted with that device one trip with the device on and one with it off. The result was less than usable. Both trips used the same amount of gas. At least, that device didn't go into negative numbers other than my paying for the gas we used for the demo. 

Hey, maybe this system with better catalytic agents will work. We can all hope so. 

For those who've had the good sense to read Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, I should mention that the method I was trying didn't involve any yaks. (If you didn't read the book, well, the joke's on you.) You can get your copy at 

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Mind-bending new paper could explain the strange 'patterns' within our Solar System - Does Pilot Wave Theory help us understand quantum mechanics and astronomy?

Mind-bending new paper could explain the strange 'patterns' within our Solar System - Does Pilot Wave Theory help us understand quantum mechanics and astronomy? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets increasingly distant from the Sun in a predictable and quantifiable regularity.
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So, in effect, the mass of a planet includes its own propensity to find the place where it is most comfortable in its interactions with other masses. Obviously, the concept of comfort not being what we would ordinarily mean but rather in the sense of where the various forces acting on that position are the most harmonious, least perturbing. While this makes sense at some integrating level of my brain and certainly is extendable not only to quantum mechanics and astronomy but also to human events, it is really going to be difficult for most of us to wrap our heads around. I sense this idea will create a disturbance in the force which may require a positional shift. 

Only one thing to do when confronted with such new and forceful ideas, read a good book. I suggest a visit to my website where you can find yourself something more easily comprehended and certainly more easily enjoyed.

http://www.kennethweene.com home of some darn good comfortable reads 
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Kansas dog with 'anti-squirrel agenda' cannot run for state's governor, officials say

Kansas dog with 'anti-squirrel agenda' cannot run for state's governor, officials say | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A dog can be man's best friend -- but not its governor, the Kansas secretary of state’s office said.
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Given most of our politicians, I wouldn't mind seeing some good dogs and even cats get involved in running things. Certainly, this Wirehaired Vizsla looks more intelligence than a lot of the candidates out there. 

Did you notice that the Sect. of State whose office quashed Angus's run is himself running for the job. Is that squirrelly or not? 

Meanwhile whose endorsement could mean more than Angus's owner: "I do believe that he is a caring, nurturing individual who cares about the best for humanity and all creatures -- other than squirrels."
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Trump's budget proposes making part of the food stamp program a meal-delivery service like Blue Apron

Trump's budget proposes making part of the food stamp program a meal-delivery service like Blue Apron | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

While Mr. Trump enjoys his snack, he has offered a serious proposal that might help or harm the food stamp program.

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Mr. Trump's administration has come up with an interesting idea for food stamps, providing direct delivery of food to recipients, at least to those receiving over a certain level of aid. This is potentially a great idea since it could guarantee that nutritious food is made available rather than leaving recipients to just go with perhaps less desirable snack foods. Of course, there are some potential problems that have to be considered. First, that the foods distributed might reflect more of which groups push the hardest and which producers have the biggest surpluses rather than balancing nutrition. Second, that individual dietetic needs may be ignored. Third, that some people have better skill or just availability of means for preparing so what is optimum for one family may not be for another. If you want to see how badly some of these problems can impact a program, just look at food distribution to Native Americans living on reservations. Even distribution to public schools which hire nutritionists can be problematic.

For all those negatives, I do think it great that Mr. Trump is trying to improve the food stamp program. Not only might this approach provide better nutrition but it could save a substantial amount. 

Of course, had a Democratic administration tried this, the GOP would be screaming about government control. For my part, I think that those who receive support from the government should also accept that there needs to be accountability in using those resources. Expecting people to eat reasonably is not, IMO, a bad thing, especially when we are talking about how parents feed their children. 

As for Mr. Trump's personal diet, well that's another topic. By the way, if you read Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, I actually write quite a bit about the food choices of the poor. Here's the trailer, which includes Irish coffee. Hey, I know that isn't nutrition, but it is fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDm0ugyphoI&list=PLJ_qhHy1ypHMPY8u5Ng3KfXCdzRt0fk_K&index=3 ;
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With Westminster on the way, where to hang out with 135 dog breeds in New York City this weekend

With Westminster on the way, where to hang out with 135 dog breeds in New York City this weekend | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever wanted to cuddle a corgi, nuzzle a Newfoundland or pet a pumi, Saturday’s the day.
That’s when the ninth annual Meet the Breeds
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If I were in New York today, I know I'd be down at the West 55th St. piers where I could get to pet dog after dog after dog. Yep, this is a lead-up to Westminster, the top dog show in the US. I know there are lots of mixed-breed dogs that deserve love and there is something a bit creepy about breeding dogs, kind of like eugenics. Still, I can't resist these lovely animals. Maybe it's a genetic thing between my Neanderthal forebears and their canine companions expressing itself in me, but I look at this mastiff and I just want to howl. 

Anyway, pat your dog for me and remember our pets need care. 
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Trudeau picks up promises amid US immigration uncertainties. Is Canada going to raid American jobs? Will Americans leave for greener pastures?

Trudeau picks up promises amid US immigration uncertainties. Is Canada going to raid American jobs? Will Americans leave for greener pastures? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau picked up promises of investments and jobs during his first official visit to San Francisco where he promoted Canada as a destination for California technology firms frustrated by uncertain U.S. immigration laws.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced the online business software company will invest another $2 billion in its Canadian operations. And San Francisco-based AppDirect, a cloud subscription service whose co-CEO first met Trudeau in political science class at McGill University in Montreal, said it would add another 300 jobs in Canada in the next five years.
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It isn't just that tech companies use a lot of foreign workers, it's that a lot of American workers in the tech industry are questioning the future of the country and the future of tech in this country. Seriously, if I were a young entrepreneur or an innovative engineer, I'd be looking to cross the border. Sorry, America, but our best days surely and sadly look to be behind us. 

I'm curious, if you could up and leave the US for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, perhaps even India, would you go? Doe the future look better elsewhere to you? 

For my part, I wish I had settled in New Zealand when I left college. Not just because of politics but because I truly loved the country when we visited. 

Well, at least I have the fantasy worlds of my novels and you can share those with me at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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Linguists Discover Previously Unidentified Language In Malaysia : While only spoken by about 300 people, Jedek is not dying out. These previously nomadic people have developed a language over years...

Linguists Discover Previously Unidentified Language In Malaysia : While only spoken by about 300 people, Jedek is not dying out. These previously nomadic people have developed a language over years... | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Swedish researchers were studying one rare language in Southeast Asia, when they discovered a group of 280 resettled people speaking a different language, never observed or documented before.
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This story just sings to the social scientist at my core. Imagine this small community that has wandered through southeastern Asia developing its own mores and its own language. Now, they live in a settled place, but they have kept many of their ways and still use their language not just for daily life but more importantly for sharing their common history and their stories. 

Nothing is more important to a social group than its shared stories. That insight is one of the bases for the book on which I am currently working. Red and White has numerous "native" stories interspersed with the narrative. While these stories are of my creation, I have tried to make them feel authentic and they inform the lives of the books characters. I hope to have Red and White finished by April. Of course, then comes the editing and the finding of a publisher. However, I do hope that you'll be able to read it soon. 

Meanwhile check out my other offerings at Amazon:

Remember, authors need your love so buy a book and make me feel wanted. Oh heck, just buy a book for the sheer joy of reading.
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A taste for the beautiful: How evolution shapes attraction. Here's to the beauty in us all. 

A taste for the beautiful: How evolution shapes attraction. Here's to the beauty in us all.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new book provides stories of sex and beauty, from the lab and from the field.
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Exactly what is beauty? Are there perfect forms that exist separately in the universe, say the perfect peacock tail? Or do we learn to find beauty by what we see in the world, which of course does little to explain the choices of peahens but a heck of a lot to explain human dress and behavior. Yes, that preening gym-goer is one kind of beautiful, but then what about the brilliant author hiding behind his gorgeous books? Isn't he handsome, too? (Just making sure you love me.) 

Well, this new book makes the case that beauty is to be found in the evolving brain, that there is a connection between what evolves and what is "thought". That makes a lot of sense to me, but I'm an evolutionist. Now, here's the thing about evolution, since in most species the female is the one who limits reproduction simply by the availability of her eggs, it is the evolution of her sense of the handsome that is more important. Sure, she has to be close enough to the expectations of the randy male to get him turned on, but eventually she has to want him. Which explains another facet of animal behavior. If I were the only guy in the herd, then all the gals would be going for me. So, even if I'm not the handsomest, no wonder I want to get rid of all the other males. So, again, not surprisingly, masculine physical strength comes to be part of that physical beauty. Again, what happens to brain guys? I guess we better build weapons or discover new food possibilities or only those guys in the gym are getting any. 

Well, as everyone who knows me is aware, I'm not gym goer. Still, I must have something because my wife loves me. Should I take her to the eye doctor or just go with my good fortune? 
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4 Crazy Groundhog Day Facts You Probably Never Knew — But Should and a special commentary by Herchaw, a captive ground pig tormented in Punxsutawney, PA.

4 Crazy Groundhog Day Facts You Probably Never Knew — But Should and a special commentary by Herchaw, a captive ground pig tormented in Punxsutawney, PA. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why do we celebrate Groundhog Day? And what's Punxsutawney Phil's relationship status? Here are four fun facts you probably didn't know
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February 2: Let us celebrate the Ground Pig.  Yeah, that's me!

Okay, I know he's a woodchuck sometimes called a groundhog, but if these humans can make fools of themselves, why can't I at least get to use a different name? And Phil? That's drivel. Humans think they get to name everything and everyone. My name is Herchaw, which is our language means "give me some idiot to bite." 

Speaking of idiots, that Bill Murray character; I bit him a couple of times while we were making that movie. He got rabies shots, which he didn't need since I don't go in for high-risk sex. Still, it served him right. That blighter never brought snacks to the shoots, at least none for yours truly. 

So what's the scoop on this winter stuff? First, don't trust those guys in the funny hat. They don't really consult with me. If they did? What do I know? You think I work for the Weather Channel? Besides, they keep me locked up in a cage with its own climate. How's a rodent supposed to know the weather when there is no weather to know? I ask you, does that make sense? 

What I can tell you, if I could get out of that crate and hop on a plane, I'd join my bud Ken Weene in Arizona. Who needs winter when you can chaw down on sghuaro and prickly pear? 

If you're of a mind, or at least of half a mind, check out Ken's website at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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Natural painkiller nasal spray could replace addictive opioids, trial indicates. This may mean reduction in addiction but also in the profits of big pharmaceutical companies. 

Natural painkiller nasal spray could replace addictive opioids, trial indicates. This may mean reduction in addiction but also in the profits of big pharmaceutical companies.  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Risk of overdose could be far lower, say researchers, as fundraising for human clinical trials begins
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This could be a major breakthrough not only providing faster and easier reduction of pain for those in need but also hopefully limiting addiction to painkillers. These are compounds that can't be administered orally or even in the blood stream because they break down too quickly and end up in the liver with only a dosage that is way to small getting passed the blood-brain barrier. However, administered nasally, they get into the brain much more easily and quickly. 

Of course, the biggest hurdle for such a new approach will be vested interests of big pharmaceutical companies that are already making fortunes over the more addictive and less effective painkillers that are in the market. This is the kind of medical advance that will test which is more important to a country, the health of its people or the health of its corporations. 

Anybody care to guess how this story is going to come out? 
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Is Your Cat Left-Handed? Here's How to Tell.

Is Your Cat Left-Handed? Here's How to Tell. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Female cats tend to be more "right-handed," a new study says.
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How could I resist this charming story about cats? I thought it fascinating that male cats were more likely to show a left-pawed preference than did females and that southpaw-ed and ambidextrous kitties showed more anxiety. Now, I have never owned a cat, but many of feline has curled up in my lap for a good petting. One thing I know, left or right-handed, they usually shed and I typically ended up sniffling for a day. So, here's to the kitties out there. Whichever paw you prefer, have a wonderful day of dominating your humans. 
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