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This Israeli child has Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.  It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. WS affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide.

h/t Liz

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‘NOT ISLAM’ feel good story of the day

An Oregon garbage collector was going through his route when he saw that an American flag had been blown off its pole and scattered across a trash can. While he could have just ignored it, he instead stopped what he was doing, properly folded the flag as he’d learned in the Boy Scouts, and returned it to its owner.

h/t IJReview

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SOCHI: Despite Obama’s obvious anti-Putin ploy of loading the Team USA delegation with homosexuals, Putin pays a personal visit to the athletes

Gee, I’m surprised Obama didn’t also send along some of his Muslim Brotherhood associates with the Team.

USA Today USA House got its most famous visitor yet. Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped in on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s headquarters at the Olympic Park on Friday, removing any lingering tensions over President Barack Obama’s choices for the American delegation to the Sochi Games.

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How Conservative/Liberal are you?

TIME Magazine survey claims to be able to determine how conservative or liberal you are by your answers to a few questions.

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Click here to take the quiz. Post results in comments section.

BNI RESULTS:

I was rated 90% conservative/10% liberal. How about you?

Conservative qualities

  • You like dogs more than cats
  • You think kids should respect authority
  • You like a neat desk
  • You’re not wild about fusion cuisine
  • You think the government should treat the lives of its citizens as much more valuable than those of other countries
  • You don’t think your partner should be looking at porn alone
  • You think the world benefits from nations and borders
  • You prefer Times Square to the Met
  • You’re proud of your country’s history

Liberal qualities

  • You prefer documentaries over action movies
  • You think self-expression trumps self-control
  • You use a modern browser

How it works

We created this survey by drawing on several sources. Research by Sam Gosling, at the University of Texas, has found that liberals generally score higher than conservatives on the trait of “openness to experience.” They are more likely to seek out new experiences (such as fusion cuisine), choose to watch documentaries, or enjoy art museums. They have less conventional notions of what is proper in a romantic relationship, so solo pornography consumption is OK. Conservatives are more likely to stick with what is familiar, what is tried and true. Hence, they are more likely to use a PC than a Mac and are more likely to stick with that PC’s default browser, Internet Explorer. Conservatives score higher than liberals on the trait of conscientiousness. They are more organized (neat desks), punctual, and self-controlled (rather than emphasizing self-expression).

h/t WZ

 

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A welcome ‘paws’ from the relentless stream of depressing news at BNI

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The sole survivor from a 3-cub litter, this adorable polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo took his first wobbly steps yesterday – just in time to celebrate his two-month birthday. While the male bear doesn’t yet have a name, he’s got plenty of character as he squawked and screeched before tentatively walking for the first time.

UK Daily Mail  But life hasn’t always looked as hopeful as it does now for the cub. When he was born on November 9, he had two brothers – but sadly they died within 48 hours. And while his mother, Aurora, showed nothing but love and affection for this baby, she had a history of violence towards her own offspring.

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So when zoo staff noticed this cub getting weak, they swiftly moved him into an incubator in intensive care. Since then he has gone from strength to strength. Toronto Zoo carefully monitored his health and milestones: ‘He began showing his contentment by purring on November 15th, crawling on the 17th and rolling over for the first time on November 23rd.’

The bear weighed in at 25 ounces (700g) at birth, but has now increased this to 9.7 pounds (4.4kg) and is currently teething – mostly by biting his blanket. This cub has now had his eyes open for 35 days, is growing whiskers and developing a thicker coat, which will be helpful in the cold Toronto days to come. Most importantly, his biggest achievement so far is taking these first-ever steps.

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