Archive for November, 2013

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Sweden’s advertising watchdog has slammed as “distasteful and offensive” an ad campaign featuring a picture from the Sandy Hook school massacre, an image the company official claimed she thought “looked Swedish”.

Sandy Hook pic used in 'offensive' Swedish ad

A picture from the Sandy Hook school shooting. File photo: AP

Sandy Hook pic used in ‘offensive’ Swedish ad

Published: 27 Nov 2013 14:43 GMT+01:00 Updated: 27 Nov 2013 14:43 GMT+01:00

Sweden’s advertising watchdog has slammed as “distasteful and offensive” an ad campaign featuring a picture from the Sandy Hook school massacre, an image the company official claimed she thought “looked Swedish”.

  The Swedish company, which mainly sells equipment such as trampolines for school gymnastics classes and  used the picture to market its product “The Life Line” (Livlinan), used to keep young children in line when out walking.
  The harrowing picture, which shows a teacher leading clearly terrified children to safety after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead, was accompanied by the text “It’s easier to keep the children together with ‘The Life Line’. Supple and soft to hold. Durable and affordable.”
  The company said the mistake was due to time pressure.
   “I had half an hour to put together an advert,” a company spokeswoman told The Local on Wednesday. She had simply searched for “children in line” on Google, which pulled up a selection of images and cartoons.
   “This one had nature that looked Swedish and the clothes were quite Swedish,” she said about placing the ad in the small pre-school magazine, which has a circulation of some 5,000 readers.
   “Everything was fine until one person told me what it depicted. I was so distraught I wanted to call in sick or resign altogether,” the spokeswoman said of the crushing moment she realized what image she had poached from the internet.
  The advert was published in Förskoletidningen, a magazine aimed at staff in the daycare industry in Sweden. An individual soon reported the ad to the Swedish Advertising Ombudsman (Reklamombudsmannen), an advertising and marketing industry watchdog.
  A review board of nine experts unanimously found the advert to be offensive.
  “The person who reported us must have had a special relationship to the shooting to react that way,” the gym-equipment company’s spokeswoman told The Local. “We showed that picture to 30 or 40 people and no one knew what it was, but of course everyone was horrified when we told them.”
  The RO Jury (Reklamombudsmannens opinionsnämnd  – Ron) also found that the advert was in breach of international trade regulations for advertising and marketing.
  “The complainant wrote that the picture used in the advert was distasteful and offensive, as the picture was taken during a school massacre in the US in 2012,” the summary of the report stated. “The image shows crying and terrified children.”
  The Swedish company responded officially to the complaint that it had not meant to offend anyone with the choice of picture.
  The ombudsman ruled that the advert was in breach of several paragraphs in the International Chamber of Commerce‘s Advertising and Marketing Communication Practice guidelines. Firstly, that advertising be created with a sense of social responsibility, in particular when in regards to children and youth.
  “The RO Jury concludes that the picture was taken at a school massacre in the US in 2012 and was widely published in the media,” the ruling stated. “The picture can be assumed to make many consumers feel very ill at ease.”

                    Ann Törnkvist (ann.tornkvist@thelocal.com)

“Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children” Joel Bakan

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Interview with author Joel Bakan     

Law Professor Joel Bakan discusses his new book “Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children”.  The book exposes the widespread exploitation of children at the hands of big business and how parents and families are often left helpless to defend them.  The advent of social media and mobile technology has provided even greater opportunity for corporations to access children.  Bakan even suggests there is a link between the explosion of children’s mental health issues and business both in the diagnosis and the medication

  “Corporate behavior is very similar to that of a psychopath.”
The diagnostic criteria for psychopathy is:

1. Unable to be concerned for others

2. Only advances their own self interest 3. Has trouble obeying the law and social conventions

Bakan wrote the book “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” in 2004.

This book for the basis of the film “The Corporation.”
Here he directs his attention at corporations and children.


Children, killed in Afghanistan…

Furious Afghan president says US drones have struck a home in Helmand, killing a small child and wounding two women.
President Hamid Karzai has condemned the drone strike as yet another example of US disregard for civilian life. The strike comes in the midst of a standoff between the Afghan government and the US over a security deal.

Posted November 29, 2013


Did you know that one in five of the nation’s children is living below the poverty line? One in 45 is homeless.

Did you know that one in five of the nation’s children is living below the poverty line? One in 45 is homeless.
What are their lives really like? Our 2012 film Poor Kids gave some of these children a voice and a chance to speak for themselves.
This weekend, look back on this unforgettable portrait of child poverty in America — winner of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy journalism award.
Watch Poor Kids online anytime. It’s one of the more than 150 films streaming for free on
FRONTLINE’s website.
AND HERE ARE MORE LINKS, please, read them:

Map: Where is Childhood Homelessness Getting Worse?

November 6, 2013, 4:47 pm ET ·  and Bill RockwoodFour years into the nation’s economic recovery, the issue of childhood homelessness has only grown worse.

Live Chat Transcript — Helping America’s Poor Kids

November 20, 2012, 9:59 pm ET · Join a chat for “Poor Kids” with the film’s producer Jezza Neumann, author Alex Kotlowitz and poverty expert Ron Haskins, Wednesday 11/21 at 12 pm ET. You can leave a question now.

What Does Poverty Mean to Children?

November 13, 2012, 10:43 am ET · Today, FRONTLINE is hosting a conversation at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to explore what is being done to alleviate child poverty — and how we can address this urgent national issue.

Fran Keller, Woman Convicted Of Satanic Rituals, Child Sex Abuse, Released After Lack Of Evidence


Fran Keller, Woman Convicted Of Satanic Rituals, Child Sex Abuse, Released After Lack Of Evidence


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman convicted 20 years ago for engaging in ritual child abuse was released on bond Tuesday after the district attorney’s office agreed the only physical evidence against her was faulty.

n Keller’s attorney, Keith Hampton, said he hopes to gain her husband’s release next week and eventually prove his clients’ innocence. A jury convicted Fran and Dan Keller in 1992 after therapists testified that they helped three children recover memories of satanic rituals and sexual abuse at a preschool Fran Keller operated. …

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/28/fran-keller-abuse-release_n_4355652.html?

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Ohio Couple Return Adopted Child Back To State 9 Years Later! See Why & Can You Feel 4 The Parents?

Krystal Muhieddine (14) missing from Sydney (NSW) since November 16, 2013


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Police are on the lookout for a teenage girl who went missing from Hunters Hill on Sydney’s north shore on Tuesday morning. 14-year-old Krystal Muhieddine left her home at 5.30am on Tuesday November 26 without telling her family where she was going.

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Circle of Hope: “We call for a cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people…”

Sacramento CPS Won’t Explain Why It Left 2-Year-Old Homicide Victim In Dangerous Home

ADHD on the Rise: Real, or Just Really Good Business?

Added by Heather Pilkinton on November 24, 2013. Saved under Health, Heather Pilkinton Tags:

ADHD, business

ADHD, once a disorder affecting less than 5% of children, has had a skyrocketing rate of diagnosis over the last decade. This has led some to speculate whether this is due to more accurate detection methods, more rigid learning environments focusing solely on the test, or, considering spending on medication for the disorder can run upward of $260 billion a year, just really good for business.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a substantial rise in the number of children, especially high school students, smacked with ADHD label. Nearly 11 percent of kids, with boys getting diagnosed more often than girls (1 out of 11 girls vs. 1 out of 5 boys), are now diagnosed with this disorder, and 66% of these kids are currently taking some sort of ADHD medication. …

Please, read more:  http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/adhd-on-the-rise-real-or-just-really-good-business/

ADHD: The Fraud Continues

ADHD: The Fraud Continues

Added by Michael Blain on November 25, 2013. Saved under Health, Michael Blain Tags:

ADHD: The Fraud Continues

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly referred to as ADHD, is on the rise in the United States according to reports.  Diagnoses have increased by over two million people in 2011-2012, compared with a study conducted regarding data in 2003-2004. This is a tremendous increase in comparison with any scale and the other factors at play must be placed under serious scrutiny.  A diagnosis of ADHD from an outsider’s point of view may appear to represent a more accurate clinical observation process, or that people (most often children in this case) are becoming more susceptible to disorders, but this is simply not the case. …

Read more:  http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/adhd-the-fraud-continues/

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

North Carolina 3-year-old shoots another 3-year-old after parents leave rifle in playroom

North Carolina 3-year-old shoots another 3-year-old after parents leave rifle in playroom

[Stock photo of a toddler with a toy gun via Shutterstock.com]

Little boy/toddler with toy military-style assault rifle (Shutterstock.com)

Two North Carolina parents are facing multiple charges after police said that one 3-year-old child accidentally shot another 3-year-old child near Asheboro this week.

According to WXII, deputies believe that 27-year-old William Monroe Simmons’ daughter was in a playroom unattended when the other 3-year-old shot her with a .22-caliber rifle that was left in the room.

Read more, please: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/27/north-carolina-3-year-old-shoots-another-3-year-old-after-parents-leave-rifle-in-playroom/ VIDEO


Christian school backs off expulsion threat to bullied African-American girl over ‘natural’ hair

Christian school backs off expulsion threat to bullied African-American girl over ‘natural’ hair

By David Ferguson Tuesday, November 26, 2013 15:30 EST
Vanessa VanDyke via screencap

A Christian school in Orlando, Florida, told a 12-year-old African-American girl and her family that she must change her naturally curly, voluminous hair to a more conventional style or face expulsion from school.

According to Eyewitness 10 News, when seventh-grader Vanessa VanDyke reported to school officials that she was being bullied and harassed by other students, they issued her an ultimatum. …

Read more, please:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/26/christian-school-to-bullied-african-american-girl-straighten-your-natural-hair-or-get-out/

The Chain of Domestic Violence…

How Can We Keep Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System?

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The Connecticut Health Foundation believes that early identification of mental health issues in children can prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system or deep-end treatment.

With a grant from CT Health, the Center for Children’s Advocacy conducted a longitudinal study of 102 of their clients’ educational records to identify early mental health risk factors that had been missed by the educational and health care delivery systems.

Their report


contains policy recommendations that can prevent kids with mental health issues from slipping through the cracks.

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4 ‘Magic’ Phrases to Use if Cops Stop You with Pot | Alternet


4 'Magic' Phrases to Use if Cops Stop You with Pot | Alternet.

4 ‘Magic’ Phrases to Use if Cops Stop You with Pot

A lawyer’s advice on how to assert your rights when it comes to drugs and the police.

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November 21, 2013 |

This article originally appeared on Ladybud.com.

If you use pot you are a criminal.

This is true [according to federal authorities] even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation to try and stop you (though state police cannot legally enforce federal law). Fortunately, you do not have to help them. The United States Constitution gives you rights that protect you during police encounters. It is the job of the police to find…

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The enigmatic nature of human evil…


Evil Deeds

    A forensic psychologist on anger, madness and destructive behavior.
    by Dr. Stephen Diamond

ORPHAN is Coming: Are There Really Evil Children?

       Are there really evil children?
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imageOrphanis a new and already controversial horror film scheduled to be released on July 24th by Warner Brothers. One of its producers recently interviewed me on camera here in Los Angeles for the film’s forthcoming DVD and bonus documentary (Mama’s Little Devils: Bad Seeds, Evil Kids and Orphan) regarding one of the film’s central themes: the enigmatic nature of human evil.

First, let me make something very clear: I haven’t seen the movie. So this isn’t any sort of review, critique or endorsement. Nor was my interview. Rather, we discussed in broad terms the early psychological…

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If You´re a black male in the UK…

Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care – Boston Globe


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Boston Globe Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care Boston Globe Six years after the state launched an unprecedented effort to address the mental and developmental needs of young children, doctors in Massachusetts are…

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Sometimes I want to stop blogging, because I weep to much: “Real Teens Real Time”