Jul 30, 2017

Ah, the sounds of summer camp: Crickets, campfires ... cellphones sewn into stuffed animals

Getting kids to spend a week or two unplugged and immersed in nature is hard enough, administrators say – but it's made more difficult by helicopter parents in need of constant connection. Even camp-provided online updates aren't enough: "They'll get that phone call: 'Hello, camp director, I was on your website and I don't see them. Are they OK? Were they sent to the hospital?' "
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The Obamacare repeal effort is dead. For sure, this time. Maybe?

John McCain helped scuttle Republicans’ last-ditch effort early Friday and Senate leaders from both parties suggested the time had come for a more bipartisan approach. But later in the day, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump seemed to suggest the GOP might continue to pursue the repeal that Republicans have championed for seven years.

“We'll get it done, we're going to get it done,” the president said.
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Not just a trend, a through-line: Amplifying women’s powerful contributions to popular music.

It's arguable, says critic Ann Powers, that “beyond getting the groceries, lists are fundamentally lies.” But they’re also a valuable way to start conversations, she says — and that’s still badly needed when it comes to women’s place in music history. Most “best albums” or “top performers” lists have just a couple of female artists anywhere near the top, and that becomes self-reinforcing. So nearly 50 women who play a role in public radio have come together to create a new canon.

These 150 albums deserve more R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
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For some summer camps, the problem isn’t homesick campers — it’s parents who can’t let go

Few sleep-away camps allow Internet access or cellphones. Kids get used to the break, but some parents used to hourly status updates have a harder time, even helping their kids sneak phones in or mailing them inside care packages. The college-age camp counselors also seem to have a tougher time disconnecting, administrators say.

Even the counselors’ parents can be a pain.
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When an NBA player's opinion can convince kids the planet is flat, what's a science teacher to do?

There's a lot of bad information out there online. One professor recommends that teachers help kids understand empirical reasoning and the scientific method — and hope they find their own way away from sketchy propaganda and conspiracy theories. And students aren't the only ones at risk:

A recent study shows science teachers themselves can be receptive.
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A horrifying crime in Pakistan is taken to a tribal council. It hands down an even more unspeakable sentence.

After a 12-year-old girl was raped by a teenage boy, her family didn't go to law enforcement. Instead, they went to a traditional panchayat, an influential pseudo-legal body led by local landlords. They couldn't convince the rapist to marry his victim, so they chose a different punishment: On their orders, the victim's brother raped the accused teen's sister.

Now both families have brought in the police.
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Jul 29, 2017


This is dated 11/16/2013.  I'd say it's time for an update.

One and a half weeks with no tobacco in my system and yes I want one right now. Method, cold turkey, drinking water, more water and lots more water. Sleep as much as possible and the three bottles of wine I bought helped a lot. I can now have coffee in the morning without thinking about a smoke. However if I get mad the first thing I want is a ciggie. If some old found butt showed up would I smoke it ! ?

Sent from Sue Edling

It's spelled MAsshole!

Wouldn't you like to be a MAsshole too?

Jul 19, 2017



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From: Christopher Mulei <christophermulei@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:46 PM

Jul 18, 2017


Oh, when I was out in the world of sin
I had no one to be my friend
Jesus came and he taken me in
Glory, hallelu
And he taken my feet out the miry clay
He placed them up on a rock to stay
I thank God that I can say
Glory, hallelu
O, Glory how happy I am
O, Glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
O, Glory how happy I am
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
I was out in darkness and I could not see
Jesus came and he rescued me
He claimed me and gave me a victory
Glory, hallelu
And one day while Jesus was passing by
He set my sinful soul on fire
He made me laugh and he made me cry
Glory, hallelu
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I am
Oh, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
When I could not understand
Jesus, he give me a lending hand
Led me away to the promised land
Glory, hallelu
Oh, well he give me a horn and he told me to blow
Go in peace and sin no more
He led me away to the upright shore
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Well, glory
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
I know something that's mighty swell
A sweet little story I love to tell
Jesus saved my soul from Hell
Glory, hallelu
Oh, stand back Satan, get out of my way
I don't want to hear not a word you say
I'm on my way to the King's highway
Glory, hallelu
Well thank God I got over at last
Thank God I got over at last
My feet is planted in the narrow path
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I am
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
When I had no home to claim
I begin to call on Jesus' name
He saved me from old Satan's chains
Glory, hallelu
Now I'm fire-baptized and holy ghost-filled
I'm out here to do my master's will
I must keep going, I must keep
Glory, hallelu
Well, glory
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Yeah, glory how
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu


Oh I'm sailin' away my own true love
I'm sailin' away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I'll be landing ?

No, there's nothin' you can send me, my own true love
There's nothin' I wish to be ownin'
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean.

Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Made of silver or of golden
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona ?

Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss
For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'.

That I might be gone a long time
And it's only that I'm askin'
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time more easy passin' ?

Oh, how can, how can you ask me again
It only brings me sorrow
The same thing I want from you today
I would want again tomorrow.

I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from her ship a-sailin'
Saying I don't know when I'll be comin' back again
It depends on how I'm a-feelin'.

Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way
I'm sure your mind is roarmin'
I'm sure your thoughts are not with me
But with the country to where you're goin'.

So take heed, take heed of the western wind
Take heed of the stormy weather
And yes, there's something you can send back to me
Spanish boots of Spanish leather.