An American mom in Britain, prevented from adopting a fourth child, forced her eldest adopted daughter to impregnate herself with syringes of sperm bought on the Internet.
The daughter was forced to artificially inseminate herself seven times over a period of two years. When she was 16, she became pregnant and gave birth when she was 17. Caregivers became suspicious of the child-adopter/life-ruiner sociopath "because she was trying to prevent her daughter from bonding with the new baby."
We don't want any of that attachment thing," the mother said when a midwife suggested that the girl might want to breastfeed. After several such incidents the midwives alerted social services and police got involved in July 2011.
And just to cap off this most fucked-up tale, the child-adopter/life-ruiner wanted the unborn child to be a girl, and therefore subjected the adopted daughter/surrogate mother to "acid douches containing vinegar or lemon juice in the belief that this would influence an unborn child's gender."
A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: "Whatever the reason you're on Mars is, I'm glad you're there. And I wish I was with you."
On Monday, 17 years after the pioneering astronomer set out his hopeful vision of the future in 1996, a company from the Netherlands is proposing to turn Sagan's dreams of reaching Mars into reality. The company, Mars One, plans to send four astronauts on a trip to the Red Planet to set up a human colony in 2023. But there are a couple of serious snags.
Firstly, when on Mars their bodies will have to adapt to surface gravity that is 38% of that on Earth. It is thought that this would cause such a total physiological change in their bone density, muscle strength and circulation that voyagers would no longer be able to survive in Earth's conditions. Secondly, and directly related to the first, they will have to say goodbye to all their family and friends, as the deal doesn't include a return ticket.
...Nevertheless, the project has already had 10,000 applicants, according to the company's medical director, Norbert Kraft. When the official search is launched on Monday at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, they expect tens of thousands more hopefuls to put their names forward.
A human colony on Mars? Does this mean raising children on Mars? If so, this presents a profoundly troubling ethical question. It's fine if an adult woman or man wants to go to Mars and spend the rest of his/her life being bored to death by a planet that has little to nothing going for it. But to be born in this world, to realize it's not your world, and to feel everyday the frustrated instincts for a world that has rising from its buzzing surface a warm and biotic halo. What if these stranded children demanded that we on Earth come right away and rescue them from a boredom that has no beginning or end? They did not ask to be born on Mars. They are being punished for a crime they never committed. And what if they sue us Earth humans for trillions? What are the rights of these Martian brats? And finally there is this...
But the Mars One website states: "While a cosmonaut on board the Mir was able to walk upon return to Earth after 13 months in a weightless environment, after a prolonged stay on Mars the human body will not be able to adjust to the higher gravity of Earth upon return.
"There is a point in time after which the human body will have adjusted to the 38% gravitation field of Mars, and be incapable of returning to the Earth's much stronger gravity. This is due to the total physiological change in the human body, which includes reduction in bone density, muscle strength, and circulatory system capacity."
One solution is to make a Truman Show of the lives of these Martian children. They can never know of Earth, never know where their parents really come from. They have to believe this is all there is and will ever be...
So, three people were found shot to death in Idaho at a location that is both a pit bull breeding/sales location and a pot grow site. Children who survived the shootings were alone for a day. Beyond my ability to get my head around.
These days I find everything about Tom Cruise to be so incredibly annoying that I cannot value a film in which he appears. Even though Tom is popular with older folks (like Goldy), I suspect I am not alone in this sentiment. Maybe it's the whole Scientology thing, or maybe it's just that the man simply seethes with insecurity. I really love post-apocalyptic movies, but because Tom Cruise is in it, I can't get excited about Oblivion. Naturally, this bit of musing facilitates the need for a scientifically and legally binding Slog Poll™.
Whatever choices women make at work and in life, those choices are easier if they delay child-bearing. Having a kid while you are a still a teenager can seriously curtail your options. Which is why it is good news that American teen-pregnancy rates are at historic lows! The rate of teen pregnancy has been falling since 1991 and dropped again dramatically in the last four years. So, I must ask, why in the world, as the crisis is abating and fewer teens are facing the challenges of early child-rearing would the city of New York spend $400,000 on a campaign to publicly shame teen parents? That’s why this week’s letter goes to the man who signed off on that campaign.
An image of the ad is here. In the way I admire Robert Moses for being a master builder, I admire Bloomberg for being a muscular social engineer. But Moses built horrible expressways, and Bloomberg often makes mistakes. Teen pregnancy is actually on the decline; leave that matter alone. But what is on the increase?
A government report released on Wednesday shows pregnancy rates among women in their early 20s falling nearly 18 percent from 1990 to 2008. But pregnancies among older women rose far more dramatically: rates for women ages 40 to 44 went up nearly 65 percent. There were just 11.4 pregnancies per 1,000 women in that age group in 1990, compared with 18.8 in 2008.
This is what Bloomberg should be really addressing. Science has made what was once rare very common—middle-age pregnancy. Because humans as a whole should be making less babies, it's not at all good news that older women are now "picking up the slack." If babies are to be made, it makes more sense and seems more fair that it should be the business of younger women. Instead of shaming teenagers, Bloomberg should be shaming middle-aged women. The more rational and social thing for them to do is not contribute to the overflowing human pool but absorb the surplus—adopt a child.
The Brockton, Mass., boy, born Luie Rivera Jr., refers to himself as a "Coke Boy," rides (without a seat belt) in a Ferrari and slaps a woman's bottom, in a raunchy music video that is stirring controversy as it goes viral. The video has also triggered an emergency investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families after local police filed a complaint against the boy's father, Luis Rivera, alleging child abuse or neglect. The family's attorney denies any wrongdoing by father or son and calls the investigation "racially motivated." "White child actors are depicted in far more serious scenes, including violence and sexual content, and they get awards," Boston attorney Joseph Krowski, Jr. told ABCNews.com. "A young Hispanic male who raps - he gets an investigation."
I know a lot of white people will roll their eyes at the claim by made Lil Poopy's family and lawyer. It's the race card yet again. Minorities can only see racism everywhere. This is nothing but the exploitation of a child by his parents, and so on and so forth. I actually do think the boy is being exploited and the state should intervene, but white people, you can't tell me there's a real difference between what Lil Poopy's parent are doing and, say, what JonBenet Ramsey's parents did to her...
And there are lots of parents like Ramsey's parents and no one is asking the state to intervene in their middle-class form of sexual exploitation. Ramsey was sexualized, but in away that fits middle-class aspirations and realities. Lil Poopy is being exploited, but in away that fits under-class aspirations and realities.
SEATTLE — An employee at a Seattle private school has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly hitting two students with his belt during a before-school program last Wednesday.
According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, two St. Therese School students were roughhousing, throwing pencils and ignoring the morning program supervisor's requests to knock it off.
The supervisor, who was filling in for the regular morning program staff member, took off his belt and hit both students in the buttocks, according to the report.
That's the kind of schooling you get when you hire Pootie Tang...
This incredible Baby Mop outfit turns your baby from an eating, pooping, crying machine into a housework helper. No, it’s not a joke — this is a hot item on the betterthanpants.com website, boasting that in addition to polishing your floors as baby crawls, the $40 glorified onesie will ensure your baby develops a “strong work ethic” early in life.
On Saturday, more than 15,000 students are expected to file into classrooms to take a grueling 95-question test for admission to New York City’s elite public high schools. (The exam on Sunday, for about 14,000 students, was postponed until Nov. 18 because of Hurricane Sandy.)
No one will be surprised if Asian students, who make up 14 percent of the city’s public school students, once again win most of the seats, and if black and Hispanic students win few. Last school year, of the 14,415 students enrolled in the eight specialized high schools that require a test for admissions, 8,549 were Asian.
This is a remarkable achievement indeed. One shouldn't hate but feel pride for the students and their supportive families. It would be great if our society as a whole (and the government that represents it) was as serious about education as the families of these students.
If you're looking for something soothing to occupy your eyes whilst noshing on a sandwich or whatever, I suggest you check out explore.org's indoor puppy room, where right now, a mama Great Dane is on the cusp of giving birth.
At the moment there's not a ton of activity going on—just a lot of heavy breathing, poor ol' gal—but even that is weirdly hypnotic. And while you wait for her to pop, you can watch this wild brown bear stare at a river.
Nature! It's just like us!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The motherfucking bear disappeared. Still, trees are pretty, I guess.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 2: The bear's back! Or maybe it's a new one!!! It appears to be walking... now it's swimming. I'm no biologist, but it appears to be hunting for a fish sandwich.
A new study of 1,400 girls finds that the HPV vaccine does not alter sexual behavior. That is, those girls who receive the HPV vaccine do not engage in sexual activity earlier, more frequently, or riskier than those who do not. But what really fascinates about this this study is that it was even necessary:
Since public health officials began recommending in 2006 that young women be routinely vaccinated against HPV, many parents have hesitated over fears that doing so might give their children license to have sex.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States (nearly a third of teens age 14 to 19 are infected), and it is known to lead to cancer of the cervix, throat, and anus. And yet apparently, some parents would rather let their children die of cancer than have sex. Which they're gonna eventually have anyway.
I'm beginning to understand the Republican party platform—every life is sacred until it gets old enough to piss you off*:
A man running as a Republican for State Representative in Arkansas published a book in which he endorses the death penalty for rebellious children and much, much more.
In his book “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution,” published in April, former Arkansas Department of Human Services attorney Charlie Fuqua explains that he supports killing wayward kids because that’s what a Bronze Age tribe did in his favorite religious text.
“The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline,” he wrote, according to an excerpt published by The Arkansas Times. “Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21.”
Our menu is very reduced and catered towards adults.
We do like children but we would ask parents to look after them while they are with us. Children can not access the areas of production. This is very dangerous.
Whilst many of our regular customers understand our concept in our coffeeshop in Auguststrasse, we have spent countless times explaining to others why they cannot enter our shop with their prams. With this experience in mind, we have decided to have a clearer entrance to our new space. A high volume of prams would make it extremely difficult to handle evacuation in case of fire. So we have decided to have none.
We really want to concentrate on our coffee brewing mostly and not arguing why this or that is not possible. We understand that this is not for everybody, but some will appreciate it a lot.
This is by no means an intention of discrimination against parents nor people with disabilities.
The cafe, also via its Facebook, "should be a meeting point for coffee admirers." As such:
We only serve our handbrewed coffees black—for us it would be like adding milk to champagne if we would serve it any other way...
This is also the reason we dont play music nor have laptops in our space. We think it disconnects people while they are here. If you must, we have dedicated a media table where you can please use your laptop or i-pad if you must...
Please enjoy your stay and forgive our passion and care that may restrict your habits.
A 28-year-old Woodinville woman and her 27-year-old fiancé were arrested during a speeding stop on I-405 in Bothell, after state troopers found a live dog locked in the trunk of their Nissan Sentra. Also, her three children, ages 5, 7, and 8.
But hey, who am I to judge somebody else's parenting philosophy?
Authorities have suspended a Delaware day care's license after three employees there allegedly encouraged a pair of toddlers to fight one another.
Cell phone video taken in March appears to show two three-year-olds fighting the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Dover, Del., while three female workers cheer them on, according to Dover Police.
Why is anyone shocked by this? We live in a country that on average pays more to people who mind our cars than those who mind our children. From the New American Foundation:
“It’s sobering to remember that the majority of our children, before they enter kindergarten … are in programs where people are paid really low wages, maybe $15,000 to $20,000 a year,” says Whitebook, who directs the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California at Berkeley...
Whitebook starts the interview by confirming that, yes, child care workers are typically paid less than parking lot attendants.
Not only that:
Here at the New America Foundation, Phillip Longman and David Gray have made a similar point. Their 2008 paper, A Family-Based Social Contract, includes a chart showing average salaries of various workers. (See the graph on page 11.) The data, based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that animal trainers make $5,000 more per years than preschool teachers.
As the former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Peñalosa, once said: "Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people."
The study looked at women in Finland. The women’s microbial makeup changed dramatically between the first and third trimesters. The array of microbes in the gut went from looking normal in the first three months of a pregnancy to resembling what’s found in patients suffering from metabolic disease in the last three.
The reason for this change is not understood, but scientists suspect it has something to do with the immune system. And now that you are reading this closing sentence, know that I'm ending this post without saying a mean thing about pregnant women.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 The week continues in Tacoma, where this evening Last Days had the mind-bending pleasure of attending Nadya "Octomom" Suleman's meet and greet at the Castle Megastore, where Suleman was autographing copies of her brand-new porn film. As history buffs will recall, Suleman burst into America's consciousness in 2009 as the lady who had the desire, drive, and funding to get her face surgically altered to resemble Angelina Jolie's and give birth to octuplets conceived via in-vitro fertilization. Then it came to light that Suleman already had six children that had also been conceived in-vitro, and that the Angelina Jolie–resembling mother of 14 was unemployed and on public assistance. Which brings us to today, when, after years of vowing never to do porn and insistently rejecting the nickname "Octomom," Suleman appeared at the Tacoma Castle Megastore to promote her new porn film, Octomom Home Alone. As its title hints, Suleman's porn tape involves no sex with anyone else, but is merely a series of "erotic vignettes" that require Suleman to diddle herself in various rooms of a house. At the Castle Megastore, the Octomom Home Alone DVD was on sale for $19.99—a price that also got you a face-to-face with Suleman herself. Now perhaps you're wondering: What kind of people show up to see a woman who's famous for cutting up her face, implanting things in her uterus, and being forced by financial necessity to make masturbation porn? Answer: Stranger columnists and about a dozen or so others—a couple of older men alone (sure), a couple of younger men with dates (romantic!), and at least one family (more later). As for Suleman, she looked pretty (getting Jolie's face carved into your face has its benefits) and was very friendly—asking people's names, posing for photos, and responding to fans' kind words with a gushy "Theenk you!" Perhaps unsurprisingly, Suleman was dressed like a porn star in a tight, tiny strapless dress that covered her from bust to upper thigh and super-high stripper heels. More surprisingly, attendees seemed genuinely happy to meet her. "Stay strong," said a military veteran who treated Suleman as if she were just another American struggling through tough times. Then there was the aforementioned family, featuring a senior-citizen mother with two adult children, all of whom crowded around Octomom for a photo and autographed DVD. God bless America, and good luck, Octomom.
In short: Going to see Octomom's meet and greet at the Castle Megastore is the poor man's going to see Marina Abromovic's The Artist Is Present at MoMA.
Progress for Washington, the super PAC funded entirely by Laura Ruderman's mom, reported spending another $21,328 on printing and postage in support of Laura Ruderman's mom's daughter's election in Washington's 1st Congressional District. This bring's the PAC's grand total to $319,782.
(Confidential to Laura Ruderman's mom: Cienna would like to know what it takes to be Laura Ruderman's mom's daughter, as Cienna's real mom is a goat herder and she's looking for an upgrade.)
Progress for Washington, the super PAC funded by Laura Ruderman's mother, just reported another $21,328 expenditure for printing and postage in support of Ruderman in the crowded WA-01 primary, bringing the PAC's total to $298,454. I guess that sounds like a lot of money, but it's nothing compared to the $2.3 million of personal funds Suzan DelBene has now spent on her own campaign.
Progress for Washington, the Super PAC funded entirely by Laura Ruderman's mother, reported spending another $37,864 on postage and printing today, bringing its total reported expenditures to $277,126.
Today's report included two expenditures reported as "supporting" Ruderman. A previous mailer allegedly supporting Ruderman included attacks on Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene, but I'm told that yesterday's supporting mailer included entirely positive messages.
Too bad for Laura, because negative advertising works.
Progress for Washington, the Super PAC that as far as we know is solely funded by Laura Ruderman's mother, reported another $21,328 printing a postage expenditure today, this time for a mailer "supporting" Ruderman. (That said, their previous mailer "supporting Ruderman" included attacks on Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene.) This brings the PAC's total reported expenditures to $239,262.
In other 1st Congressional District news, DelBene received endorsements today from Representative Adam Smith and the Everett Herald, while Burner announced that she has received her 9,000th campaign contribution. Burner is averaging only about $40 per contribution, DelBene likely many times that, but it's impossible to calculate from the FEC reports.
Also in the 1st CD there have been numerous reports of an alleged "push poll" attacking DelBene. Some people say it includes positive messaging about Ruderman; others say it has positive messaging about Burner. Maybe they are two different polls? And alleged "push polls"—disguising messaging as a poll—usually aren't. Rather they are usually efforts to test potential messages for effectiveness. But nothing would surprise me in this race.
Progress for Washington, the super PAC funded by Laura Ruderman's mom, today reported spending another $21,328.38 on a sixth mailer in Washington's closely contested 1st Congressional District race. This mailer, like four of the previous five, is reported as opposing Suzan DelBene, and brings the PAC's total reported expenditures to $217,934.
That total could be smaller, as reports indicate that the PAC may have pulled its anti-DelBene TV ad before the $75,544 buy was complete, so it's not clear whether part of the money is being repurposed to mail, or whether this represents additional resources.
So little is expected of kids that even adolescents may not know how to operate the many labor-saving devices their homes are filled with. Their incompetence begets exasperation, which results in still less being asked of them (which leaves them more time for video games). Referring to the Los Angeles families, Ochs and Izquierdo wrote, “Many parents remarked that it takes more effort to get children to collaborate than to do the tasks themselves"...
Today’s parents are not just “helicopter parents,” a former school principal complains to Marano. “They are a jet-powered turbo attack model.” Other educators gripe about “snowplow parents,” who try to clear every obstacle from their children’s paths. The products of all this hovering, meanwhile, worry that they may not be able to manage college in the absence of household help. According to research conducted by sociologists at Boston College, today’s incoming freshmen are less likely to be concerned about the rigors of higher education than “about how they will handle the logistics of everyday life.”
This BBC piece on the controversy (imagine that all British-like, con-TRAH-versy) surrounding "baby boxes" (public receptacles in which one can deposit a baby) is mostly straightforward:
Boxes where parents can leave an unwanted baby, common in medieval Europe, have been making a comeback over the last 10 years. Supporters say a heated box, monitored by nurses, is better for babies than abandonment on the street—but the UN says it violates the rights of the child.
Then it ends on this gem of a paragraph:
There is no clear right or wrong in this. It is an argument between well-meaning people. The one voice never heard is that of the mother who walks the path with the baby she bore secretly hours earlier, to return without the bundle. Her tears can barely be imagined.
Either way, pro ("the warmth is safe and reassuring") or con ("The baby hatch is so anonymous, and so removed from the availability of counselling, that it creates a damage and a danger to the mother and child."), who doesn't want to read a letter that begins "Dear Mother of a foundling"? A good use of 10 minutes on a rainy afternoon.