WaPo: Kids would rather play Xbox than make money shoveling. It’s pitiful.
“A couple of teens going door to door in New Jersey last year were stopped by police for operating without a license, just like the summertime lemonade-stand crackdown. Politicians actually debated whether kids should have to get a $450 business license to shovel Old Lady Johnson’s walk down the street before passing a bill giving them special permission to shovel. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed it into law last week, just in time for the snow.” My incredulous italics. Via Medley on FB.
The Millions: Worlds Upon Worlds - On Growing Up Book-Rich.
Lovely opening: “I grew up in a middle-class family in rural upstate New York. We had a mortgage and a car loan, and my brother and I wore hand-me-downs. It was a nice, ordinary American upbringing: quietly blessed, reassuringly average, except for one thing: in books, I have always been rich.”
Guardian.UK: Obama declares Flint water emergency as Sanders blames Michigan governor.
New Yorker: Constitution of the United States, Edited by the College Sensitivity Committee.
AJ America: Newborns Addicted To Opioids On The Rise.
What the mother takes, the baby gets high on. I walked the floors with ‘crack babies’, I know it to be true. Even antidepressants, supposedly ‘safe’, give you odd behaviors in newborns.
FastCo: Federal Law Now Says Kids Can Walk To School Alone.
“Ironically, kids walking to school today are actually very safe — safer than their parents were. The crime level is back to what it was in 1963.” Jeebus, a bit of common sense actually passed. HOORAY FOR KIDS.
Macleans.ca: The collapse of parenting - Why it’s time for parents to grow up.
Mashable: 10-year-old is pissed her parents ‘ruined her life’ by revealing the truth about Santa.
PS Mag: Trigger Warnings on College Campuses Are Nothing but Censorship.
“Rather than engaging in dialogue about how these writers viewed their world, students want to see only that which supports their own point of view.” Is this something the internet’s exacerbated?
MSNBC: Flint toxic water tragedy points directly to Michigan Gov. Snyder.
Rachel Maddow lays it out clearly. Watch the whole thing. Snyder aside ... Mr Obama, where’s FEMA right now?
BBC: Virginia schools shut in Islam calligraphy row.
Teachers didn’t imagine this bit of script would be incendiary? How stupid can you be? Worst timing ever, to try using a statement of faith as a calligraphy lesson. Recitation of this in front of witnesses is considered the only formal step in conversion to Islam. And they offer this to kids in Baptist country. Jeez-oh-man.
SciAm: Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Autism.
“The overall risk is low – less than 1 percent of the nearly 150,000 babies in the study were diagnosed with autism by age six or seven.
But children of women who took antidepressants during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 87 percent more likely to develop autism than kids born to women who didn’t take the drugs ...”
Guardian.UK: ‘American Isis Twitter scene’ reveals social media’s power to radicalise.
“They are kids of their generation playing with avatars. Some change pictures almost on a daily basis. These are very suburban, normal American culture kind of kids with an Isis sympathy. It’s a hybrid identity.” Look on Tumblr, you’ll find lots of teens and twentysomethings looking for ‘meaning’, craving love and attention. They used to outgrow the stage in isolation, but now that isolation is shared with the world via internet. Known in the past as ... pigeons.
Kids should be allowed to remain young and naive. Our world no longer tolerates it. Sad.
PS Mag: Trouble Ahead for Ritalin?
“Meanwhile, many American parents seem to struggle with their decisions to medicate their kids, worrying about how difficult it can be to draw a bright line between behavior that’s restless, but “normal,” and behavior that’s worthy of treating with drugs.” I’m betting most kids are simply bored spitless at being ‘helicopter parented’.
Mashable: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ trailer proves that actual sloths run the DMV.
Wait for the protests. “Microaggression!”
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Bringing Up Genius.
The Economist: The right to fright.
Ridiculous. Have none of these kids ever seen “Animal House”? Yale has the “Skull and Bones” group on-campus. Reality is completely weirder than National Lampoon - college teaches valuable lessons in this vein. I give you the immortal John Belushi on propriety ...
Later: Seems Yale is also succumbing to ‘microaggression theory.’ I’ve warned folks, this latest psycho-fashion is becoming pervasive on college campuses. It has no theory by which empirical tests can be performed.
Medium/Benloulou: Why I dropped out of design school.
Sounds like things haven’t changed at design schools. Back in the day, this used to be the fashionable-but-socially-approved “no-work” degree to have, for daughters who were ‘creative’ amongst the Ivy League set.
Aeon: Reading should not carry a health warning.
“At universities around the world, students are claiming that reading books can unsettle them to the point of becoming depressed, traumatised or even suicidal.” Today’s students sound like ‘70’s parents, wanting to hide certain magazines behind solid shelves. I think there are solid arguments to be made for age appropriate reading (some books cannot be appreciated without meaningful life experience). Yet I hear of wide swaths of college freshmen popping Adderall and Xanax like Pez. Different world from mine - I’d say the education system needs a rethink, if kids are drugged up to their eyeballs.
Guardian.UK: Planned Parenthood vandal with hatchet damages New Hampshire clinic.
Politicians and press continue to impress with ideological irresponsibility. Instead of using facts, they goose the outrage, encouraging their beloved ‘edge cases’ to go postal.
KOB.com: Family grieves 4-year-old girl killed in road rage attack.
Albuquerque, yesterday. Dominating our local news cycles at the moment. No news on the shooter.
Later: News on the shooter. Head to the bottom of the article. A real prince.
Guardian.UK: Ahmed Mohamed accepts scholarship in Qatar after Texas clock incident.
Unfortunate. I understand why, but this will not help other US Muslims.
ArtDaily: Old, prestigious Pennsylvania collection of US coins to be auctioned.
The Atlantic: The Recession Hurt Americans’ Retirement Accounts More Than Anybody Knew.
“If someone had $10,000 in 2008 and lost 25 percent of it, they’d need a gain of 33 percent just to stay even. In fact, we found that the average gain was far smaller than what would have been needed to recover from the steep losses in 2008.” Read this idiocy. And they don’t even mention those who, because of the recession, had to make early withdrawals (with penalty). Few of my acquaintance have recovered their losses.
When you have a kid, slug about $5K in the best interest-earning account you can find. They should be taken care of, when they reach retirement age. In fact, the government should just go ahead and do it.