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Stories Ending in Tragedy

A church I drive by in Somerville, Maine frequently amuses me with its messages of dire religiosity. Here’s the latest:

That got me to thinking…

Could be true.

[…]

Those Poor Socialist Countries

Gene Berkman writes:

Rather than screw the poor, capitalism has created the most prosperous societies in human history. The socialist regimes are all charactized by depravation and loss of liberty. When government grows, it takes resources from the civilian economy, and makes everyone poorer.

From Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Statistics:

Life expectancy:

France […]

Where are the RFID Tags in Schools Now — and What are they Doing There?

Three years ago, I wrote:

Houston area school districts have implanted RFID chips into kids’ ID tags and installed gear around schools and buses to constantly keep track of children’s locations.

Get ‘em used to it while they’re young and they won’t think twice about it when they’re grown.

Where will implanted chip RFID tracking […]

Kids Can't Sit Still? Maybe You Can Blame Your Car.

If think you have hyperactive kids, well, much of that hyperactivity is probably a natural part of their childhood. If their active behavior isn’t appropriate to the setting, you might think about changing the setting.

There are some cases of hyperactivity among children, however, that are far outside the norm. There are children who consistently […]

School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to […]

Charlie Fuqua, for Killing Disobedient Kids and Religious Cleansing, is GOP pick for Congress

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party’s pick for Congress in Arkansas’ 5th District, wants the government to engage in religious cleansing in the United States: “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.”

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party nominee for United States Congress, wants […]

New Kid Danger: Squishy, Bubbling Feet

Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.

Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on […]

Should I Burn This Note Or Look Inside?

The envelope from my son says to burn it, not to look inside. Should I obey, or give in to temptation? […]

Nothing Funny About Rewarding Countries that use Child Soldiers

I tried to think of something funny to blunt the edge of letting you know that Barack Obama has extended waivers letting Chad, Sudan, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of the Congo off the hook for using child soldiers. But I just couldn’t do it.

The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 prohibits the U.S. […]

The Christian Right’s Counterargument for Bullying Gay Kids

The case for Spirit Day, October 20 2010:

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in memory of the recent gay suicides. Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this. Purple […]

They’re Tracking Your Kids in Texas… Are You Next?

Houston area school districts have implanted RFID chips into kids’ ID tags and installed gear around schools and buses to constantly keep track of children’s location.

Get ‘em used to it while they’re young and they won’t think twice about it when they’re grown. Where will implanted chip RFID tracking be found next?