I keep seeing news stories about kids dying in daycare or at the hands of other people to whom their parents have entrusted them, and every time there is so much shock and rage as if people can’t believe it’s happening. I am so tired of it. Pay attention!
How many of the people in these centers did the parents actually meet before leaving their children there? Did they meet anyone? Did they spend any time there?
If you leave your children with childcare providers, how did you choose them? How well did you vet them? How often do you drop by unexpectedly?
Would you trust every single person in that facility with your car keys? Just hand them over and let any of them drive your brand new ride away, no questions asked?
How about your wallet? Just give it over, tell them your ATM or credit card PINs, give them carte blanche?
If the answer to both of the questions isn’t yes, why are you leaving your children with them?
Georgia Senate threatens dismantling of USA
They really did, by a vote of 43–1. On April 1, but it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.
The resolution goes on to endorse the theory that states have the right to abridge constitutional freedoms of religion, press and speech. According to the resolution, it is up to the states to decide â€œhow far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged.â€
Finally, the resolution states that if Congress, the president or federal courts take any action that exceeds their constitutional powers, the Constitution is rendered null and void and the United States of America is officially disbanded. As an example, the resolution specifically states that if the federal government enacts â€œprohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition,â€ the country is disbanded.
You better believe that I’m writing to our state senator right away. Yes, this nonsense was slipped in on day 39 of the 40 day legislative session, but that is absolutely no excuse. Our representatives have no business voting for anything they haven’t thoroughly read, understood, and debated. That’s their job!
Yet another reason I don’t want to live in Georgia any more. I seriously think this is a backlash against our election of a black Democrat to the presidency. I’m looking at blue states now.
It was National Grammar Day AND Gamemaster’s Day, and I didn’t realize either until the day was almost over!
It was date night, though, and my favorite GM and I did play, so at least there’s that. I’ll have to get him a make-up present, though.
You know all those different click-to-give sites? I very geekily gathered up all the ones that I know about and stuck the links on one page so I don’t have to try to remember them, or install shortcuts or toolbars or what-have-you. It isn’t gorgeous, but it is convenient.
I finally got started on Season 1 of Shadow Unit, now that Season 2 has started. Good stuff!
And finally, just so I can close the tab that’s been open for a couple of days, a new wrinkle in that whole nature/nurture debate: Child Abuse Alters Stress-Fighting Gene.
ETA: This was posted in February 2009. I haven’t heard of any ongoing need, so I think we can assume that the little one is healthy now. Thank you for all your kind offers of help!
I just received this from Elise Witt, who received it from a faculty friend at GSU:
Professor Anu Bourgeois delivered a tiny little girl on Wednesday of this week. She was born prematurely at 27 weeks and is in urgent need of blood transfusions. Her blood type is AB+ and needs an exact match. Please contact Anu at (redacted) if you or anyone you know have the AB+ blood type. Please leave a message if there no answer.
P.S. Anu and Doug would appreciate it if you would broadcast this message to your co-workers, friends and family members.
You know all those stories and worries about immunizations contributing to autism? Forget them. The doctor who wrote the study that started the scare back in 1998 has been charged with “fixing” the data. What’s more, the “study” only involved twelve patients!
The second story is a very good article about how the obesity scare is just leading to more health problems, especially for young girls.
While browsing the AJC this afternoon, I was surprised to find Gadsden, Alabama featured as a “one tank trip” destination. I lived there for 7–8 years as a child and spent several summers there in my teens, and hadn’t ever heard of any of the mentioned attractions other than Noccalula Falls. I was even more surprised to read that Gadsden was supposedly voted “America’s Most Livable City” by somebody back in 2000. I have to wonder if any of the voters actually lived there for any length of time, as I largely remember horrible schools (no libraries, even), staunch racism, and general intolerance. I do have some good memories, of course, but they’re of people more than places, so tourists wouldn’t have access to them.
Police allege man murdered by internet wife’s ex-husband
It’s the headline that bothers me. Just at a glance, I’d think that the murder victim had an online-only relationship with his “internet wife,” like those people whose MMORPG characters or Second Life avatars get “married.” But, no, he met the woman on the internet, and married her in reality after her divorce from the previous husband was final.
I’ve seen people refer to those who meet online and have a meat-world relationship this way before, but it’s annoying. If you meet someone on the internet, and the two of you marry, is that woman an “internet wife” and that man an “internet husband” forever?
By that logic, people should have bar, school, church, and gym spouses too, yes? My mother has a baseball game husband. My sister has a golf course husband. I think my brother met his wife at work, so she’s his work wife.
Now, if I thought people would follow this naming convention to its logical conclusion, and have multiple spouses, it wouldn’t be quite as annoying. Somehow, though, I doubt that brother is going to acquire a rugby wife or some such.
Anyway, the headline should have read something like “Police allege man shot by wife’s jealous ex-husband” (I’d prefer active voice, but it seems they don’t).
First, if you dog has a Pimple Ball With Bell (what an icky name!), take it back wherever you bought it and ask them to refund your money for the dangerous thing, and take the rest off the shelves.
After reading about the injuries at least four dogs have experienced due to the absolute refusal of Four Paws Products Ltd. to modify or recall their product after being informed of these problems. One dog had to be euthanized.
The company and its insurer (I wish I knew their name) have been irresponsible, at the very least.
Please talk to pet stores in your area about removing the “pimple ball with bell” from their shelves. Warn other dog owners about the problem. Consider talking to your vet, so he or she can do the same.
Consider writing to Four Paws, as well. E‑mail isn’t nearly as effective as a mailed or faxed letter, or even a (polite!) phone call.
I didn’t find the name of any executives on their web site, but will add that after I try calling tomorrow. Here’s the mail and phone information:
50 Wireless Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: (631) 434‑1100
Fax: (631) 434‑1183
Their parent company is Central Garden & Pet Company. The president of the “Pet Group” is James V. Heim
President of Pet Group
1340 Treat Boulevard, Suite 600
Walnut Creek, Callifornia 94597
Phone: (925) 948‑4000
I haven’t found a fax number. Yet.
I suppose it’s a sign of the AJC’s real priorities when the only stories they ever consider “urgent” enough to send out an email alert about are sports items. That’s the only part of the news that I have never cared about at all, in the least, period. I’m not being drawn into any heightened interest by getting the stupid emails, either.
What is it like to live in an area with an actual NEWSpaper?
Police: Man Shot Churchgoers Over Liberal Views
Knoxville, Tennessee—An unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its support of liberal social policies, police said Monday.
That makes a lot of sense. This whackjob is unhappy because he lost his job, gets a letter saying he’s losing his food stamps too, and instead of blaming the Republicans who have been in charge of the country for the past eight years, he trots off to the nearest UUA congregation and opens fire during a children’s performance.
Two people are dead, one because he gave his life in an attempt to save others. Five more are injured–no children, at least.
What did those people do to upset the homegrown terrorist?
The Unitarian-Universalist church promotes progressive social work, including advocacy of women and gay rights. The Knoxville congregation also has provided sanctuary for political refugees, fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to its Web site.
Goodness. How upsetting. Obviously, they caused him to lose his trucking job. Yep. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?
Sam Harris’ views on religion make more sense every day.