Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2014

Yes, it’s time once again for what you’ve been waiting for all year: an end of the year letter from me!

This has been another year of ups and downs. My freelance gig writing and taking photos for Yahoo, including Yahoo News and even Yahoo Sports (OK, one article on treading water–hey, I’m a sports writer!), is over. It’s not just me; Yahoo cut their contributor program. I actually sold them an article the very last day they accepted contributor articles. It wasn’t earning me a whole lot of money, but getting lots of little checks was nice, and being able to say I was writing professionally for Yahoo was pretty cool.

But I got some stories and articles published, am beginning to edit a book, and am looking to publish another. And I perhaps reached my solo guerilla editing pinnacle this year. Forget my pointing out errors to megacorporations and the U.S. government. I finally hit the big time: I got a missive from an associate editor at Merriam-Webster that they will review and almost certainly make changes I suggested to a future edition of the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. Compared to that, correcting the IRS is nothing.

More seriously, I lost an uncle and a cousin. My mom had heart surgery twice, but after three months went back home. One of my brothers has been in longer, and right now is in a rehabilitation/nursing home about 500 miles away.

Less seriously, The Loveshade Family was featured as the Ace of Hearts in the Flying Buffalo deck of cards distributed at some of the biggest gaming conventions in America. And I’m finding myself quoted on increasingly divergent websites, ranging from New York University to Daily Inspiration to Grossmont College to Gunlaws.com to Wikiquote.org. I even found myself on one or two Indonesian sites translated into “Kebencian itu seperti api, ia membakar siapa saja yang memegangnya.” Did I say that?

But everything I’ve done this year pales in comparison to one thing: I figured out how to put up a mailbox. Sweet!

Wonderful Christmas, Great Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Happy Yule, Fine Winter/Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!

Yours,

Alden Loveshade

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Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

I’m a first grade teacher. Some of my students who are only six years old already believe stereotypes about boys and girls. But at least they are in a coed classroom where they can learn differently.

But some people still want to push “separate but equal” classrooms where boys and girls are kept apart. It doesn’t work!

“For example, teachers are instructed that girls should not have time limits on tests because, unlike boys, girls’ brains cannot function well under these conditions; and that boys who like to read, do not enjoy contact sports and do not have a lot of close male friends should be firmly disciplined, required to spend time with ‘normal males’ and made to play sports.”

Learn more at https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/teach-kids-not-stereotypes

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I Watched No Political Ads

I did it. I managed not to watch or listen to a single political ad this campaign season. I voted based on who I felt was the best candidate based on their experience and record, and not on their TV time. I know that’s a radical, un-American way to do it, but I did it. And I feel glad I did.

Thanks to those who joined me. If everyone ignored those hostiles ads, they would not produce results and consequently would go away.

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I Will Watch No Political Ads

I, Alden Loveshade, vow to neither watch or listen to any political ads this campaign season. I might catch bits and pieces without meaning to, but will avoid them.

I am tired of seeing ads that show that everyone who wants to represent me is both the perfect American and should be locked up in prison. If you’re tired of it to, join me.

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Homosexuality is Disgusting?

Girl kissing girl. If you’re not politically conditioned, does this make you disgusted and afraid?

Of course I don’t believe that. I love seeing two guys kissing. And I’ve kissed girls. And I suppose girl on girl videos are popular because people hate them?

But Bryan Fischer says God can’t handle it! He says it makes God recoil. “Recoil” means you back away suddenly in fear or shock. I guess he believes God is afraid of homosexuals. Poor fearful God. Does he really believe God is that weak?

He also says when we think about homosexuality we have exactly the same reaction. We recoil too. He says if you aren’t politically conditioned to accept it, you think it’s not normal and it’s disgusting.

So according to him, everybody starts out feeling homosexuality is disgusting. But if that’s true, then how did it start at all?

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Read an article and watch the clip of Bryan Fischer talking at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/bryan-fischer-homosexuality-_n_5700605.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Photo is by Giorgio Montersino. It’s under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

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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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