Guardian.UK: Fukushima’s children at centre of debate over rates of thyroid cancer.
If equipment sensitivity is suspected, it’s easy to prove. Pick another group of children, far removed from Fukushima, and run the same tests. Every experiment needs a control.
Independent.UK: Creative writing courses are a waste of time, says Hanif Kureishi.
“A lot of my students just can’t tell a story. They can write sentences but they don’t know how to make a story go from there all the way through to the end without people dying of boredom in between. It’s a difficult thing to do and it’s a great skill to have. Can you teach that? I don’t think you can.” Look, you give kids the basics. Many years later, once they have a stable of experiences, those seeds you plant will take root. It’s a worthy thing to do, teaching creative writing. Stories make up our modern internet!
CNN: Baby left in toilet now 27, curious.
Born in ‘87. Middle of the crack cocaine epidemic in a state that suffered particularly badly throughout. There were many worse outcomes than being left in a bathroom.
ArtDaily: Very first Wolverine artwork, not known to exist, surfaces for auction at Heritage.
Letterology: Press Kit.
“Various model press kits included tiny rubber type, spacers, ink, adhesive back picture dies, tweezers for handling type, an inking brush, ink ribbon, mounting slugs, the rotary press and paper. Instruction manuals encouraged kids to print up handbills and postcards to advertise their yardwork and baby-sitting services, and to write and publish home, school and club activities in newspapers.” This one’s before my time; but I remember one of my friends had a press like this. Very cool then ... still cool today.
Public Books: Stop Defending the Humanities.
“This negative stereotyping takes wing, in part, from the sense that humanities academics and the students whom they send into the professions acquire their privilege too easily, exempt from the hard scrabble of working in small business, farming, factories, supermarkets, and so on.” Yet the ‘liberal arts’ universities are the crucible for future captains of industry. Bite (and amputate) the hand that feeds you. Go figure.
nakedcap: What Good Are Children?
“Recent work by Benjamin et al (2013, 2014) confirms that people do not exactly maximise their wellbeing when making life decisions, but they often come very close. If so, those whose wellbeing will be improved by having children will have children, and those whose wellbeing would be worsened by having children will not. ”
NY Times: When May I Shoot a Student?
Mixing guns and young men’s first experiences away from home is a supremely bad idea. The anarchy and idiocy I experienced in my first years in college remain a mental trauma.
Slate: Breast-feeding study - Benefits of breast over bottle have been exaggerated.
“When children from different families were compared, the kids who were breast-fed did better on those 11 measures than kids who were not breast-fed. But, as Colen points out, mothers who breast-feed their kids are disproportionately advantaged—they tend to be wealthier and better educated. When children fed differently within the same family were compared—those discordant sibling pairs—there was no statistically significant difference in any of the measures, except for asthma.” Higher risk of asthma. You’re not subjecting your child to a guaranteed life of asthma. Now, can people stop fearing the occasional bottle?
ScienceDaily: Causal link found between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis & autism in new study.
Interesting. I believe one can have D levels tested via mail order kits. Thanks, Dan B!
NY Times: Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade.
Boston Review: Does Reading Literature Make You More Moral?
Jury’s out, IMHO. “Of Mice and Men”, “The Scarlet Letter”, “Oliver Twist”, “Slaughterhouse Five”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” … did little to civilize my compatriots in high school. As Norton Juster said in “The Phantom Tollbooth”: “You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and not get wet.”
SF Gate: Police - Abused 4-month-old New Mexico girl dies.
“… on charges of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and aggravated criminal sexual penetration.” I’m usually not fond of the death penalty, but in cases like this … I can’t help but prefer it.
Guardian.UK: Should meat be displayed in butcher shop windows?
“In fact, his meat delivery arrives in a van from the abattoir round the time that children are walking back from school, past the butchers. ‘They’re not squeamish at all,’ he says. ‘The whole pig carcasses come off the back of the lorry, and it doesn’t seem to bother them in the slightest. If anything, they’re intrigued, and their parents like it, because they know they’re buying meat cut from the whole carcass.’” Beats bleach-soaked, gas-pumped shrinkwrapped bits, if you ask me.
Correction: See comments.
WaPo: ‘Shaken baby syndrome’ and the flawed science in our criminal courts.
NPR: Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh’s 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny).
ArtDaily: ‘Flying Spaceman’ on motorcycle summons superpowers to land in top slot.
Another month, another antique toy auction. I don’t miss stamped-steel toys. (My fingers remain whole).
Pacific Standard: Not-So-Tortured Artists - Creativity Breeds Happiness.
“New research finds college students are happier than usual when they are engaging in creative activities.” Unless they attend RISD and have a crit the next morning … (wink) …
LA Times: John Henson, son of Muppets founder, dies at 48.
BBC: Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia.
The moral/ethical ramifications are staggering.
Guardian.UK: Does the world care more about Russia’s animals than humans?
“Online, people like and support causes and charities having to do with animals almost 2 to 1 over causes having to do with just about anything else, according to a study that came out last summer.” Walking around town, dogs are always kept on a tight leash at stoplights. I’m considered something of a beast for asking young mothers to pull their strollers onto the sidewalk, and not shove their children into traffic at crosswalks. I really don’t get it.
PS Mag: Violent Video Games and Bad Behavior - The Evidence Mounts.
BBC: Violent video games leave teens ‘morally immature’.
“Many teenagers could play these games without any evidence of a change in attitude. And non-violent games seemed to have no adverse effects on “moral reasoning”, regardless of time spent. But the problems arose with teenagers who spent more than three hours every day in front of a screen, continuously playing these violent games without any other real-life interaction.” No [wo]man is an island.
MediaMatters: Conservative Media Attacks ABC News Over Kids And Guns Broadcast.
“You can’t educate curiosity out of a child.” Best quote of the article. And, as I keep harping on … kids will, in the absence of direct experience, believe what they see on television. Even over what a trusted parent says. Trigger locks and gun safes. May not like ‘em, but if you’ve got kids, you’d better use ‘em.
Guardian.UK: Peanut allergy study raises hopes of cure for children.
This technique can also work for seafood allergy, or so I understand. Same caveats apply (this is NOT medical advice).