Kenneth Weene
Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value
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Wine has so many varieties and varying degrees of value that it can be intimidating to order when you’re out to dinner. Gerald Morgan Jr, Sommelier at Simplified Wine, has some tips on choosing and ordering wine that can help alleviate the confusion and intimidation.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I like a good glass of wine; how about you?


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Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones
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A social media specialist for a Utah language school that teaches English to non-native speakers says he was fired for writing a blog post about homophones—words that sound the same, but carry different meanings—because his boss was afraid readers would think it was about “gay sex.”

Kenneth Weene's insight:

And people pay to go to a school run by this guy. I suggest that he might be in a better line of work, say working in a sewer, where his mind already dwells. Meanwhile, this teacher/blogger sounds a bit zany but is probably a great teacher.


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Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion
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GAO Report places cost overrun blame squarely on the shoulders of the federal government

Kenneth Weene's insight:

The real problem IMHO is that the government outsources such work instead of developing its own programming services. This is just another example of how outsourcing really is not a good answer in many situations.


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DOD releases arms to Israel, official says
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The Department of Defense has released arms to Israel from a weapons stockpile maintained within the borders of the close U.S. ally, a defense official confirmed Wednesday.”

"…the United States elected to supply 120mm mortar shells and 40mm grenades from the stockpile because the arms were approaching the date they would require replacement, he said. Israel regularly buys such ammunition when the United States rotates its stocks, he said, and the United States would meanwhile send new ammunition to refresh the stockpile."


Kenneth Weene's insight:

For years I have been saying that the military-industrial-espionage industry has a vested interest in war because it gives them a chance to use up and therefore buy more ordinance.


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The United States Has Outspent the Marshall Plan to Rebuild Afghanistan
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But the Marshall Plan has now been knocked off its pedestal as America’s most expensive nation-building project. Afghanistan now reigns supreme, having gobbled up $104 billion in American aid. And, unlike in Europe, that money hasn’t bought the kind of world-class infrastructure that became the cornerstones of numerous flourishing economies. Instead, the funds have mainly bought empty buildings, malfunctioning power plants, and a corrupt government that will be wholly dependent on Western — read: American — aid well into the future.


Kenneth Weene's insight:

And still the waste goes on. What could this money be doing for our own American Infrastructure, our own American farmers, our own American businesses? The grandiosity and stupidity of the American imperial agenda has to be stopped. Foreign aid should be rational and effective. If we really want to stop government waste, this kind of “nation building” is the first place to stop it.


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Politics Stalls House Resolution to Honor Pope Francis
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An apparently innocuous resolution intended to honor Pope Francis is having trouble making its way through the House of Representatives – reportedly mired in politics because some lawmakers view the pontiff as “too liberal.”

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I wonder if Catholics who have voted for Republican candidates in the past will recognize that the GOP has now pretty much said God is wrong. I really do want to know how my friends who are Catholics feel about this one.


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Prominent Conservative Pundit Tells Black Musician To ‘Shut Up And Play The Piano’
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Yes, he really said that.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I don’t care about any racist implications. It’s about the freedom of speech. Did he ever say something similar to Ted Nugent? Of course not. One of the things I have seen about the Right; they seldom want to hear anything. I guess that’s what comes of being so sure you are right. (pun intended).


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House clears way for lawsuit against Obama
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Both parties use suit, which targets Obama’s use of executive orders, as a rallying cry for midterm elections

Kenneth Weene's insight:

This highlights the need to change the political process in this country. Obviously, the suit will wind its way to irrelevance over the next two years. Meanwhile, it totally upends government functioning. I only hope that the vast majority of Americans recognize how the GOP has become a party of negativity and stupidity and send the idjits packing come Nov. 


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“This isn’t a joke to us”: Satanists get serious about challenging antiabortion laws
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A Satanic Temple member tells Salon there’s nothing funny about new campaign for abortion rights, post-Hobby Lobby

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Either we believe in freedom of religion or we don’t? If we do, this position makes perfect sense. Nowhere does it say that religious freedom has to include specific beliefs that agree with Christians or any other specified group. For my part, I love this.


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9 chain restaurant items that will basically kill you as soon as you order them
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Presenting the year’s unhealthiest menu offerings

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I know most of us have the good sense to think about what we are putting into our bodies, but I have to admit this stuff tastes good.


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