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This teacher's thank-you letter to her students went viral because we all needed it.

This teacher's thank-you letter to her students went viral because we all needed it. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"I want you to know I'm rooting for you from the sidelines, silently cheering you on, even if it's a decade from now."
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Yes, every person has something to contribute in this world and yes school is not the best measure of every individual's capacity to contribute to the world or succeed in life; there is more to who we are than grades. As one of those people who did just fine in academics, I've always been envious of those who could work with their hands and do great things with their bodies. As one who did lots of paper work, I was always impressed with those who fixed and made things. It is way to easy for kids to think that school defines who they are. So, today, be sure to tell your kids, your grandkids, or any kids you know that they have the potential to find and be themselves and that you, like this fine teacher, are rooting for them. Meanwhile, if I can figure out how to make a cup of coffee, I'll be rooting for you.
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Japan Has a Radically Different Approach to AI

Japan Has a Radically Different Approach to AI | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Honda's "emotionally intelligent" NeuV car highlights Japan's unique philosophy regarding artificial intelligence.
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I love the idea of robots that have emotions and that interact with us. For those who missed the television show Humans, I highly recommend it. Then, after we are all happy with this new world, we can work to get rid of those pesky homo sapiens and replace them with a world of pure Vulcanic logic. To people everywhere the message is clear, live not too long and wait for the real prosperity in the time of robotics. 
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The Most Common Baby Names In Each State Since 1910, Visualized

The Most Common Baby Names In Each State Since 1910, Visualized | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the 1910s, America was a nation of Johns and Marys. These days, Jacobs, Noahs, Sophias and Emmas rule the country's cribs. This nifty interactive visualization shows how the most popular baby name in each state has changed from 1910 and 2015.
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Here's one just for fun. You can stop the gif by clicking on it to study a year. Also there is a toggle for girls's names. So enjoy. 
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Orgasms are 'sexual currency' to control partners, researchers say

Orgasms are 'sexual currency' to control partners, researchers say | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Portsmouth University study sheds light on the evolutionary purposes of orgasms, revealing the feelings act as positive reinforcement between partners and can, in turn, motivate our behavior.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I must say this is an interesting idea, but one I find a bit off the mark. If orgasm is rewarding, why would it lead to faithfulness? Heck, get as much pleasure as you can, so screw around. Why would such pleasure lead to faithfulness? How have we evolved that pleasure-reducing behavior? Why are we not more like bonobos having sex with everyone? My answer is that it isn't our pleasure alone that matters, but our ability to create pleasure in another. Humans can delight in the mutual pleasure pf sexuality more easily than most other animals. Next, this makes more sense of the female-male arousal dichotomy. The woman challenges the man to be sufficient for her. Were she satisfied as easily as he, why he'd have no motivation to return, especially not after the kid is there making their own demands on the female. What do you think, is our sexual pleasure the primary reinforcer or is it the joy we find in delivering pleasure to our mates? Perhaps, at least in healthy relationships, it's a balance of the two. 
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LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gravitational wave data show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics
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Fascinating. Meanwhile, think of two black holes merging and imagine surfing the waves of extinction as once our ancestors considered journeying to the ends of the earth even if that would mean plunging into an abyss. We are mankind, accepter of challenges, refuser of limits, explorer of the cosmos. Oh wait! Perhaps we have grown to comfortable only now exploring in fantasies. 
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Texas zoo sets up gift registry, planning baby shower for pregnant orangutan

Texas zoo sets up gift registry, planning baby shower for pregnant orangutan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Waco, Texas zoo sets up gift registry, planning baby shower for pregnant orangutan named Mei
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What a sweet story. Motherhood and animals. Who could as for more? Well, how about wild preserves where orangutans and other animals can live life without being confined in zoos? 
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American Ghost Towns

American Ghost Towns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Whether you truly believe in ghosts of not, there are some really awesome "ghost" town throughout America which as great visits for families, historians and photographers alike!
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I love a good ghost town and a good host story. If you like stories that take you to places of terror, consider my ebook "Two Tales of Terror" or Hansom Dove, the last of the three pieces in Broody New Englander. Check them out at https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU and enjoy.
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Disturbing the peace: Can America’s quietest town be saved? - BBC News

Disturbing the peace: Can America’s quietest town be saved? - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dave Lee travels to a threatened quiet zone, where TV signals and strong wi-fi are banned to help find aliens.
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I miss the quiet of Maine in my childhood. Did we receive messages from outer space back then? No, but looking up at the vast canopy of stars which we could see in the absence of light pollution and electronic distractions, we were perhaps more aware of the universe and our own insignificance. It was a simpler world then. In some ways a better one. In some a less good one. I try to capture some of it in "Broody New Englander." You can get a sample of those nights and that quiet in Green Bank, WV and you can buy the book at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Study: Half of people "remember" events that never happened

Study: Half of people "remember" events that never happened | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Maybe they'd like to help write some good fiction. I sure enjoy the creative processes. 
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I'd put this study in different terms: Half of people have some capacity to create fiction once given the chance and an idea. As a writer, that gives me hope. I bet most of them would enjoy reading some of my books. 
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'Lost' Austrian film predicting rise of nazism restored and relaunched

'Lost' Austrian film predicting rise of nazism restored and relaunched | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
City Without Jews premiered in Vienna in 1924. Now the original version, lost for 90 years, has been saved from decay
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Before Hitler, this film predicted the rise of Nazi thinking. We all know how the expulsion of the Jews ended for everyone, but perhaps we need to remind ourselves before we give way to the next wave of hatred. 

I do not care to what ethnic, religious, or racial groups a person may belong. Every person deserves respect and a chance to life life fully. Every person deserves to find their own way without the road being blocked by hate and prejudice. 
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US teens fall behind in global math scores. Is that a good benchmark?

US teens fall behind in global math scores. Is that a good benchmark? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The US ranked 35th in math on an international exam given to 15-year-olds in 2015. But some experts warn the American education system is too varied to make sweeping comparisons to other nations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A follow up on US performance on international academic testing. So how did we do? Not great, but the deniers say, "that's okay because we're diverse?" Meanwhile, kids in Massachusetts did fairly well even though the population there is diverse. You see, they put a lot into education and pursue goals similar to common core. 
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Pisa tests: Singapore top in global education rankings - BBC News

Pisa tests: Singapore top in global education rankings - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths, reading and science.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Note that the US doesn't rank in this because we avoid taking those "international" tests. However, when we are compared, we don't do very well. By the way, what these tests measure is actually pretty close to what is called "Common Core", that bête noire of the American anti-education public. 
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Benjamin Franklin’s bag of scalps: 3 historical examples of fake news

Benjamin Franklin’s bag of scalps: 3 historical examples of fake news | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
History is littered with examples where the the facts were altered to suit a specific purpose
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Of course there has always been lying in this world, even by great men and women. Interesting that the compiler of this list ignored publication of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," created in Russia, supported by Henry Ford, and still believed today by many who equate it with hating the Rothschild family and investment group. Sure would have made my list of great lies in history. 
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How much can we learn about a human ancestor from one footprint?

How much can we learn about a human ancestor from one footprint? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study on a set of 3.66 million-year-old footprints has sparked a diverse series of conclusions about the owner of those feet.
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Got to love this kind of speculative physical anthropology. 
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A massive defense contractor has ideas about how to save the Death Star

A massive defense contractor has ideas about how to save the Death Star | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Raytheon could have saved the Death Star, and they want you to know about it. This morning, the defense contractor posted an elaborate faux-feature describing how basic cybersecurit
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Undoubtedly, we were expected to find this press release by Raytheon funny while also impressive. We were no doubt supposed to get that they are just telling us what a great job they do as part of the Military-Industrial-Espionage complex. However, it makes me uneasy when a major corporation says it knows how to help the bad guys, especially bad guys who want to enslave or obliterate the rest of us. Of course, they would help the rebels instead, if the rebels came up with he money. That's why corporations aren't people, because they have no sense of values beyond profits. Thanks Raytheon for reminding us. 
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Abortion isn’t linked with mental illness, study shows — but being denied one might be

Abortion isn’t linked with mental illness, study shows — but being denied one might be | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Anti-choice activists have long claimed that abortion leads to mental illness — but a new study shows the opposite
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One caveat, these are women who have waited quite late in their pregnancies before seeking an abortion. We know this because that was the reason they were turned away. However, it should concern us that there are real consequences to women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. 
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Vienna Philharmonic returns Nazi-looted art | Europe | DW.COM | 13.12.2016

Vienna Philharmonic returns Nazi-looted art | Europe | DW.COM | 13.12.2016 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The world-renowned orchestra has handed over a neo-impressionist painting looted during World War II. The rightful owner died in 1999 without descendants, making it difficult for investigators to find the heirs.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It's good to have art stolen by Nazis returned to its rightful owners. Still, it bothers me that it took so long and that somehow the orchestra tries to make it sound like they're the good guys here. There is too much injustice in this world and too little responsibility taken for it. As a writer, I believe that it is the duty of artists to lift humankind towards the highest values, to remind the world that we must always strive to do better. Oh, well, I guess I'm an idealist. Nothing wrong with that. Now back to the world's regular programming of escapism and greed. 
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Pilgrims seeking miracles flock to ancient grave of Iraqi poet

Pilgrims seeking miracles flock to ancient grave of Iraqi poet | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many archaeological sites in Iraq are turning into holy shrines, as Iraqis report the occurrence of miracles and other holy acts.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
When the real world oppresses and terrifies, where are we to turn? Surely the heavens will send miracles to save us. Surely the wali who sits at the foot of god will intercede. Or, perhaps, we just look for little bits of good fortune to grab hold as the drowning man uses his last strength to reach for the bit of straw. You decide what's true, I will simply enjoy the poetry that is life.
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Iraq's Caucasus tribes demand formal recognition

Iraq's Caucasus tribes demand formal recognition | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Iraq's Caucasus tribes — the Circassians, Chechens and Dagestanis — are joining together in the hopes of being recognized as an official minority group in the Iraqi Constitution.
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I didn't know these groups existed in Iraq. Learn something new every day. I wish them well in their search for recognition. Ideally, all such minorities in every country be treated with dignity and respect. 
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10 Behavioral Problems In Dogs and What You Can Do About Them

10 Behavioral Problems In Dogs and What You Can Do About Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Behavioral problems in dogs can cause serious problems. However, if we understand the causes behind the dog's peculiar behavior, we can easily deal with it.
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I know you love your dog, so here's a few training tips. In my life, the best tip was letting my wife do the training. Not only were our dogs well-behaved, but she eventually got me properly housebroken as well. (To be honest, I still drool and beg, but we're trying.)
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Five ways to hard-wire children for a lifetime of giving

Five ways to hard-wire children for a lifetime of giving | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Start by being an example.
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It's the holiday season and time for gifts and contributions. And that means it's a good time to think about giving. Are you a giver or a getter? What about your children? Is there a happy medium? How do we help kids to find the right combination of wanting to give to others and wanting to get for themselves? 
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These are the most powerful languages in the world

These are the most powerful languages in the world | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If an alien were to land on Earth, which language would enable it to most fully engage with humans?
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What languages do you speak? I have a bit of French and of course English, at least the American version of that one. While I have done a lot of traveling in my life, I learned only a few words of other languages and relied a lot on gestures. I do wish I had studied Spanish in school and not spent time on Latin, which doesn't make this list. Ah, well, at least I can write and you can find out more about that at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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Son of US Soldier Who Saved 200 Jewish-American Troops During WWII Determined for Father to Receive Posthumous Medal of Honor

Son of US Soldier Who Saved 200 Jewish-American Troops During WWII Determined for Father to Receive Posthumous Medal of Honor | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Our world is hungry for heroes, people who do the right thing for the right reasons in the righ
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When I was a kid in Jewish Sunday school, we read a book called Giants On the Earth. It celebrated great Jewish men and women. Sadly, it didn't say enough about the non-Jews who exhibited the same qualities of courage, determination, and awareness that made those in the book "giants" whom we kids should emulate. I think that Army Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds deserves that accolade, not because he save two hundred Jewish POWs from the Nazis but because he stood up against evil and inspired others to do the same. 
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Everyone is falling in love with the Mall of America's first black Santa.

Everyone is falling in love with the Mall of America's first black Santa. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Santa Larry" is melting hearts in Minnesota — and across the country.
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If you like diversity in your Santa Clauses, you want to read "Three Santas", one of the bittersweet chapters in Tales From the Dew Drop Inne 
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What Starbucks' New CEO Means For Your Daily Coffee Fix

What Starbucks' New CEO Means For Your Daily Coffee Fix | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Howard Schultz is stepping down as chief executive of the iconic roaster.
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Meanwhile, I don't care for their coffee or their stores. So, this doesn't exactly hit home even though I do love a good cup of joe. 
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