American Democracy is Gone According to University Study

Has America ceased to be a democratic republic?  A joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests the days of republican democracy are over, and that America is now an oligarchy.

The researchers looked at 1,800 American policies instituted by politicians between 1981 and 2002.  “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens” showed what many of us have suspected: policies come more from special interest groups representing the rich than from the American people.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/americas-oligarchy-not-democracy-or-republic-unive/

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Why are Children Overweight? 95210

Why are American children overweight? Because they eat too much junk food and don’t exercise enough. Duh.

The obesity rate in children is four times what it was a few decades ago. Why?

I teach first grade and almost all my kids ride in a bus or a car to school. When I was a kid more of us rode bikes or walked to school in groups. I hear about all the TV shows they watch and video games they play which is too much. If you’re watching TV you aren’t exercising.

And more people eat more meals at fast food places that are high in fat, sugar, and salt and low in nutrients. And kids and adults eat too much food.

For kids, remember 95210 for each day:

9 hours of sleep

5 servings of fruit and vegetables

2 hours maximum of TV, video games and computer

1 hours of physical activity

0 drinks with added sugar

https://www.95210.org/

http://www.wholechildleon.org/95210/95210-The-Whole-Picture-of-Health

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There’s nothing indecent about feeding a hungry baby

Cover girl Olivia Wilde said, “There’s nothing indecent about feeding a hungry baby.” And there isn’t.  She told Glamour, “Breastfeeding is the most natural thing,” and “I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.”

This is World Breastfeeding Week. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and WHO and UNICEF are supporting it in 175 countries.

But America wants women to hide what’s totally natural. Some places insist mothers feed their babies in the restroom. Would you want them forcing you to eat there?

Support breast feeding and stop forcing babies to feed on the toilet!

https://www.yahoo.com/health/olivia-wildes-breastfeeding-photo-causes-a-stir-93893024387.html

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

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Goodbye Yahoo! Contributor Network

Yahoo! Contributor Network (any copyright/trademark remains with Yahoo!)

I have published several articles through the Yahoo! Contributor Network including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Voices, and Yahoo! Sports.  I just had one published a few days ago, and was working on another. That’s over.  They aren’t taking any more submissions, and within about a month, those articles I did have published will be gone. I and others received the following notice:

Dear Contributors, You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we’re focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before Contributor.Yahoo.com closes. With the exception of content you provided to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you. We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ (http://contributor.yahoo.com/help/#A571) for details. It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. -The Yahoo Contributor Network Team

I never made much money through it, but I did receive a small payment periodically which will now end.  And it was nice being able to say I was writing for Yahoo!.

contributor.yahoo.com/user/993162/alden_loveshade.html

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Eight Reasons to Have Sex — or Not

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The Kiss by Francesco Hayez

“Are you ready to have sex? Nobody can answer that question for you. It’s your body, your life, your decision. But here are eight reasons for having sex you might want to think about first….”

If you’re a virgin or know someone who is, check out my newest article for Yahoo! here.

http://voices.yahoo.com/eight-reasons-sex-not-to-12711442.html

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Good Fathers Touch Their Children

“The one promise I made to myself when my daughter was born is that I would be a better dad to her than my father was to me.,,,It was at age nine, with puberty unfolding relentlessly, that I no longer felt comfortable making non-sexual physical contact with her in ways that I had freely and openly been able to do for nearly a decade. When a caring, competent, protective, nurturing father abruptly stops freely touching you, that’s an unfortunate, disruptive event to body, brain, spirit and to relational wisdom-mind. For daughter and for dad.”

Neuroscientist Mark Brady, “How Estrogen Unexpectedly Turned Me into a Bad Dad

Photo is linked from the article; copyright is as stated there.

http://committedparent.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/how-estrogen-unexpectedly-turned-me-into-a-bad-dad/

 

America: Locking Away Kids Forever

Irredeemable at age 14?

America is the only nation in the world that locks up minors for the rest of their lives without possibility of parole.  They could be as young as 13 years old.

“Juwan is one of them. He was a 16-year-old kid when he was arrested after he saw a companion kill a pizza deliveryman. The shooter was never convicted, but because Juwan was present and had a gun, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.” — ACLU website

Learn more HERE.  Sign a petition to help stop this practice HERE.

Having Trouble Posting Blog Comments?

Apparently some people have been getting an error message when they try to post.  Often this is something saying, “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down” — even when they haven’t posted any comments in days!

We’re very sorry for the inconvenience, and are trying to find and fix the problem.  Thanks for your patience.

Reverend Loveshade and Ms. M.C.: Baby Two

All names in this entry are Discordian names.

Once again, it’s a baby! Ms. M.C. gave birth to Wunderkätzchen at 17:38 hours Thursday, 12 June 2014. Wunderkätzchen (Kitty for short)weighed in at 3,858 grams (8.5 lbs) and was 52.2 cm long (20.55 inches). Both Mommy and Baby are doing great.  Daddy, who worries too much, is recovering — but quicker than from the birth of their first daughter. Twinkleton is already wanting to help her younger sister.  They didn’t think they’d get the same midwife as for their first, but at the last minute Nurse Velvet Hands became available. Untroubled Teen V (remember, all these names are their Discordian names), Ms. MC’s ,15-year-old sister, helped with the birth which was at their commune.

Congratulations to the family!

Thanks to Produnis for taking the photo which is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation and the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Edited 18 August 2014

One Year Since We Learned of Massive Government Spying

“They Knew Our Secrets.  One Year Later, We Know Theirs.

“One year ago, the world had never heard of Edward Snowden, and we knew very little about the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. One year later, we are in a very different place….We know more than ever before about our government’s mass surveillance apparatus. We now have the power to rein it in.”

This also includes a powerful message from Edward Snowden on the one-year anniversary of his exposure of massive government spying on American citizens — and what you can do.

https://www.aclu.org/they-knew-our-secrets-one-year-later-we-know-theirs

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