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Are Child Abusers Sexually Attracted to Submissiveness? Assessment of Sex-Related Cognition With the Implicit Association Test.


Sex Abuse. 2014 Jul 29. pii: 1079063214544330. [Epub ahead of print]

Are Child Abusers Sexually Attracted to Submissiveness? Assessment of Sex-Related Cognition With the Implicit Association Test.

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  • 1Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Forensic Psychiatric Center de Kijvelanden, Poortugaal, The Netherlands Thijs.Kanters@kijvelanden.nl.
  • 2Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 3Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 4Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Forensic Psychiatric Center de Kijvelanden, Poortugaal, The Netherlands.
  • 5Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • 6Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.


Child sexual abuse is associated with social anxiety, low self-esteem, and intimacy deficits. This, in combination with the core belief of a dangerous world, might suggest that child abusers are…

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Slideshow: Scenes from Ferguson, Missouri


Slideshow: Scenes from Ferguson, Missouri

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Rob Schneider Demands Answers on CDC MMR Fraud

Rob Schneider Demands Answers on CDC MMR Fraud.

Rob Schneider Demands Answers on CDC MMR Fraud PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Canary Party
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:59
In light of the revelation that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientiest at CDC, has admitted guilt in hiding data that found that black males are 340% more likely to have an autism diagnosis when given the MMR before age 3, Rob Schneider has written to the office of the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to assure himself that Brown is aware of the fraud, and to demand answers and actions to protect California children. 

From: Rob Schneider

Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Subject: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud – CNN iReport

To: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor’s office < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Dear Ms. Park,

This is Rob Schneider. I want to first thank you for calling me several years ago when Governor Brown signed into law AB2109, the requirement for all parents of school children to have to “be counseled” to get a Doctor’s note in order to obtain a vaccine exemption to attend public school in California.

As you may or may or not know this has caused hardships all over the state as Doctors have refused to meet with parents who want the exemption form signed and families who have been threatened with or have been kicked out of medical practices for not going along with the exact Vaccine schedule, currently 49 shots of over 16 different Vaccines before the age of Six Years old. This in spite of a family’s objections whose child may have had another sibling that had a bad reaction to a particular Vaccine.

This policy of one size fits all Vaccine schedule for every child is as absurd as giving the same eye prescription glasses to every child. The fact is EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT and there is currently NO SYSTEM or thought to which child could be more susceptible to adverse reactions including permanent injury and death from any Vaccine or Vaccine ingredients.

Since I have opposed this undemocratic and onerous legislation (and Law) from its inception, I have kept up on how it has affected families in California. Now there is more reason than ever to be concerned, even outraged, by the CDC and by AB 2109.

A top Scientist and Researcher for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. William Thompson PHD, who did the major research safety study for the Measles Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR) has come forward as a whistleblower and admitted that the MMR study was in fact fraudulent. (I have attached a link of the news story from CNN for your convenience).

As a concerned citizen of the State of California, I feel compelled to share with you proof the CDC committed fraud (I have copies of the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed). One disturbing disclosure, AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN were and still are THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PERCENT more likely to develop Autism under the current Vaccine MMR schedule. This according to the original CDC study in 2001.

My question to you and Governor Brown is, how many children in California in the last thirteen years since this report have been hurt? How many children in the US have been permanently damaged?

Lastly, how many MORE children will be needlessly injured because of the bill Governor Brown signed?

Before I pay for advertisements in News outlets, Sacramento Bee, etc, I would like to hear what Governor Brown has to say in light of this new information.

This letter is being sent to my Representative in Congress, Congressman Sherman and to my friend Congressman Posey of Florida and to both our State Senators as well as to other media outlets.

I await your call or email and Governor Brown’s prompt response.

The children of California deserve nothing less.


Rob Schneider

Laura Hayes, California mother and member of the Executive Leadership Team of HealthChoice.org, followed up on Mr. Schneider’s email, by notifying the Governor’s office of additional malfeasance that members of the public have wanted investigated and properly addressed for many years, and again requested that the parents be allowed to exercise their right to full and informed consent in vaccination in the state of California, by repealing coersive school vaccine mandate law.
from: Laura Hayes
to: Rob Schneider
cc: Lark Park < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, …
date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM
subject: Re: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud – CNN iReport
Dear All,
Thank you, Mr. Schneider, for bringing this critically-important news to Governor Brown’s attention.  Truly unbelievable, but unfortunately not surprising, that mainstream media hasn’t made this their top story since the release of the CDC whistleblower video.
Those of us who have been trying to bring forth the lies being told and perpetuated by the CDC know this latest revelation is but one of many CDC cover-ups.  There is also the transcript from the CDC-sponsored meeting in Simpsonwood, GA, in 2000, at which data was presented clearly demonstrating the link between the thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines and autism, in addition to its link to other developmental delays and disorders.  This information was never shared with the public.  http://www.safeminds.org/government-affairs/foia/Simpsonwood_Transcript.pdf
There is also the review of the NVICP, which revealed that the government had indeed been compensating cases of vaccine-induced autism for well over 2 decades, despite CDC representatives claiming publicly that such a case had never been compensated.  http://www.ebcala.org/unanswered-questions
There is also the CDC cover-up of what they found in Brick Township, NJ, back in the late ’90s.  They discovered a vaccine link to the epidemic numbers of young children with autism in Brick Township, NJ.  True to form, they left after their investigation without a word to the townspeople, never to reveal what they discovered.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tff7kXPoNxY
There is also the CDC’s continual citing of a study done by one of the FBI’s Most Wanted Criminals, Paul Thorsen.  Despite stealing the grant money given to him by the U.S., his study is still cited, as though it was valid (his study said there was no link between thimerosal and autism).  http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/press/2011/04-13-11.html
Many of these items, among other important issues, are covered in a “back to school” article I recently wrote:  http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/08/i-have-decided-to-vaccinate-my-child-because.html
I sincerely hope that you will respond promptly to Mr. Schneider. I also hope that Governor Brown will make it a priority to overturn AB2109 and AB499, both of which he signed into law.
Laura Hayes
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Nisteling: The art of deep listening  : Information Clearing House – ICH


Nisteling: The art of deep listening  : Information Clearing House – ICH.

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

By Robert J. Burrowes

August 28, 2014 “ICH” –  The word ‘listening’ has many meanings, and the context, in which it is done, will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening.

Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups, where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete for the opportunity to talk. A compulsive talker will ‘listen’ only as long as it takes for their fear to trigger the urge to talk themselves, ostensibly in response to what has just been said. And an audience might listen to a lecture, play, concert or film with considerable attention, partly because they know there is no opportunity for them…

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Are Youth Losing Ability to Read Emotions in our Digital World?

Are Youth Losing Ability to Read Emotions in our Digital World?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study.

UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices.

“Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues — losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people — is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.”

The research will be in the October print edition of Computers in Human Behavior and is already published online.

The psychologists studied two sets of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school: 51 who lived together for five days at the Pali Institute, a nature and science camp about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, and 54 others from the same school. (The group of 54 would attend the camp later, after the study was conducted.)

The camp doesn’t allow students to use electronic devices — a policy that many students found to be challenging for the first couple of days. Most adapted quickly, however, according to camp counselors.

At the beginning and end of the study, both groups of students were evaluated for their ability to recognize other people’s emotions in photos and videos. The students were shown 48 pictures of faces that were happy, sad, angry or scared, and asked to identify their feelings.

They also watched videos of actors interacting with one another and were instructed to describe the characters’ emotions. In one scene, students take a test and submit it to their teacher; one of the students is confident and excited, the other is anxious. In another scene, one student is saddened after being excluded from a conversation.

The children who had been at the camp improved significantly over the five days in their ability to read facial emotions and other nonverbal cues to emotion, compared with the students who continued to use their media devices.

Researchers tracked how many errors the students made when attempting to identify the emotions in the photos and videos. When analyzing the photos, for example, those at the camp made an average of 9.41 errors at the end of the study, down from 14.02 at the beginning. The students who didn’t attend the camp recorded a significantly smaller change. For the videos, the students who went to camp improved significantly, while the scores of the students who did not attend camp showed no change. The findings applied equally to both boys and girls.

You can’t learn nonverbal emotional cues from a screen in the way you can learn it from face-to-face communication,” said lead author Yalda Uhls, a senior researcher with the UCLA’s Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles. “If you’re not practicing face-to-face communication, you could be losing important social skills.”

Students participating in the study reported that they text, watch television and play video games for an average of four-and-a-half hours on a typical school day. Some surveys have found that the figure is even higher nationally, said Uhls, who also is the Southern California regional director of Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization.

Greenfield, director of the CDMC, considers the results significant, given that they occurred after only five days.

She said the implications of the research are that people need more face-to-face interaction, and that even when people use digital media for social interaction, they’re spending less time developing social skills and learning to read nonverbal cues.

“We’ve shown a model of what more face-to-face interaction can do,” Greenfield said. “Social interaction is needed to develop skills in understanding the emotions of other people.”

Uhls said that emoticons are a poor substitute for face-to-face communication: “We are social creatures. We need device-free time.”

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Read more at http://www.techswarm.com/2014/08/in-our-digital-world-are-young-people.html#xL1d4kkD0DTxGA70.99


It Aches & Hurts: “9-Year Old Chicago African-American Boy Murdered in Broad Daylight”


9-year old Chicago boy murdered in broad daylight

9-year old Chicago boy murdered in broad daylight

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Antonio Smith was a 9-year old who had the misfortune of growing up in the middle of the violence on the South side of Chicago.  His life was ended far too soon in the Greater Grand Crossing  neighborhood, where he was shot in the chest multiple times.

Smith was headed to the third grade and his family is making a public plea to the killer, who is still on the loose after this heinous crime.

“He was just a child, just a baby, still had a whole life ahead of him. And like, why? Just a child,” said Kenya Eggleston, his cousin.

The young man was shot at 4 pm on Wednesday.  One of the neighbors heard what happened, but didn’t know he was hearing gunshots.

“At first I didn’t know if they were really shots or not. I just heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pow. So I just kept doing what I was doing,” said Dave West, the neighbor.

“It hurts my heart, really, to see the young kids just, just killing each other. And school is getting ready to start,” said Robert Blake, another neighbor.

The boy was in the backyard of an apartment building that wasn’t his.   Police don’t know why he was there.

“We don’t know what happened. We don’t know if he was running from someone. This is a dead end alley. So he had to be running from somebody trying to go up on the tracks and cross over,” said Ashiea Smith, who has relatives who live in the building.

Police are searching the area to try to find the killer.  The boy was rushed to the Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“I just want whoever did this to turn themself in because he was a 9-year-old innocent baby. He didn’t deserve that,” said Rasheda Eggleston, the boy’s cousin.

Chicago has received a great deal of attention for the large number of killings in the city.  Most of the deaths impact young black males.  This comes at a sensitive time, as thousands are now in Ferguson, Missouri protesting the police killing of another young black man, Michael Brown. …







9-year old Chicago boy murdered in broad daylight

9-year old Chicago boy murdered in broad daylight

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Antonio Smith was a 9-year old who had the misfortune of growing up in the middle of the violence on the South side of Chicago.  His life was ended far too soon in the Greater Grand Crossing  neighborhood, where he was shot in the chest multiple times.

Smith was headed to the third grade and his family is making a public plea to the killer, who is still on the loose after this heinous crime.

“He was just a child, just a baby, still had a whole life ahead of him. And like, why? Just a child,” said Kenya Eggleston, his cousin.

The young man was shot at 4 pm on Wednesday.  One of the neighbors heard what happened, but…

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What works in Terms of Keeping Kids out of the Juvenile Justicesystem?

JJIE Evidence-based Practices Hub Blog

Read Benjamin Chambers introduction to the Evidence-based Practices section of the JJ Resource Hub, launching today, August 13.

The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub is a comprehensive source of information on cutting-edge juvenile justice issues and reform trends put together by JJIE and NJJN, with support from Models for Change and The MacArthur Foundation.

Visit the Hub » http://jjie.org/

Aid Scarce for Immigrant Children in South Texas

Aid Scarce for Immigrant Children in South Texas


A Hidalgo county constable gives water to a boy crossing the border with two other immigrants as they wait for the U.S. Border Patrol to arrive in August near Granjeno.

MISSION, Texas — A group of Honduran immigrants who had crossed into the United States illegally frantically waved down a deputy constable’s Chevy Tahoe as it approached them on a dirt road a couple hundred yards from the Rio Grande about 10 p.m. one Wednesday in early August.

The deputy parked the SUV a few dozen feet from the group — a 16-year-old girl, 12-year-old boy and a 20-something mother and her small child. The teenager broke away from the group and hurried toward the Tahoe’s backseat, sobbing.

“Agua,” she cried. “Water!”


Nearly 63,000 unaccompanied children — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — crossed into the United States between Oct. 1 and July 31 without prior permission, according to government data released early in August.  Another nearly 63,000 people crossed with family members. The numbers represent an increase of nearly triple over the same period last year.

Under federal law, children from countries other than Mexico and Canada, and any family members traveling with them, are allowed to stay in the country temporarily until an immigration judge can assign them a more permanent status.

Central American immigrants overwhelmed federal authorities on the border earlier this summer, as Border Patrol and other immigration enforcement agents could not quickly enough process them and move them on to their destination cities — Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, New York — across the U.S. interior. …

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How to get children to eat vegetables

How to get children to eat vegetables.

How to get children to eat vegetables


Many parents struggle with getting their kids to try healthy foods, but there are methods children respond well to (and other bad habits they mimic)
Many parents struggle with getting their kids to try healthy foods, but there are methods children respond well to (and other bad habits they mimic)

Vegetables are better for children than crisps, fizz, sweets and burgers. Vitamins, fibre and antioxidants are more likely to ensure a healthy, lively slim child than sugar and crisps. We all know it. It isn’t exactly headline news.

A survey in March found that only one in five children eat vegetables every day, and ten per cent refuse to eat vegetables at all. Action on Sugar say one in five 10 to 11-year-olds in the UK are now obese, while one in three are overweight. So why do so many desperate parents allow children to fill up on junk food to the exclusion of anything green and leafy?

Many children start refusing vegetables as toddlers. It’s partly the taste. “Most vegetables are not as innately pleasing to the human palate as many of the modern processed alternatives which have been designed to be very appealing,” says Jane Wardle, Professor of Clinical Psychology at University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. “Many are an ‘acquired taste’ – you can get to like them but it takes time. Few of us look back fondly on our first sprout.”

And of course there are plenty of ways of encouraging a child to try pea, beans, leaves and roots so that they acquire new tastes.  “Offer a vegetable and recognise that it may take many repetitions to persuade a child to sample something new” suggests clinical psychologist Edward Abramson PhD, Professor Emeritus at California State University.

“Start with a tiny taste – a piece smaller than a finger nail – and offer a sticker reward for tasting” advises Wardle who recommends the Tiny Tastes game.

Food neophobia – a  fear of new foods – is probably natural and inherited. We are born preferring the sweet taste of high energy food. It was useful for survival, when food was scarce, if an early human being could get a lot of calories without much effort – from honey for example. The same unchecked instinct, given our sedentary life style is a major factor in worsening 21 century obesity throughout the developed world.

Many experts believe that chariness about unfamiliar tastes is an evolutionary safety mechanism to protect wandering small children from, for example, poisonous berries. And perhaps it helps anxious parents to understand that children are programmed to react like this. They are not necessarily just being awkward or rebellious.

Parental attitudes may, in some cases, exacerbate the problem. Children watch and imitate adults. It is how they learn. If a child doesn’t see adults enthusiastically tucking into vegetables then he or she is unlikely to take to them. “Don’t let Dad tell the kids he doesn’t like vegetables” says Wardle firmly.

“Vegetables tend to come with a topping of parental pressure anyway” says Wardle. “How often have you had to say ‘finish your chips’ as opposed to ‘finish your salad’? There is nothing wrong with a bit of pressure but children may read the underlying message: ‘this isn’t very nice but you’ve got to do it.’ “

So what about strategies for concealing vegetables? One company which manufactures pasta sauce has just introduced a range called Hidden Vegetables to enable parents to get vegetables into their children’s stomachs unseen and without battles. It’s a clever marketing idea. It would probably work too but it still isn’t really doing anything to help the child change his or her long term eating habits.

Jane Wardle recommends putting tiny pieces of vegetable in soups and casseroles and gradually making the pieces chunkier as the child gets used to them. According to a survey by Ragu pasta sauces the most popular vegetables with children are carrots, peas, cucumber, corn and broccoli. The thumbs down goes to Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, swede/turnip and mushrooms.

When I was a young mother struggling to get vegetables into my children I used to put them in quiches, finely chopped. And both boys would happily eat thinly sliced parsnip in a baked gratin dish although neither would consider it roasted or boiled in chunks. They’d cheerfully, and knowingly, eat chopped spinach in sauces and other dishes too although noses would have been turned up at a heap of wet soggy leaves on a plate.

It was a matter of finding ways of serving vegetables palatably rather than hiding them. The Ragu survey found that  32 per cent of parents try to disguise vegetables and 26 per cent mix them in sauces.  It is, surely, a matter of being adaptable and developing strategies – and positively role modelling every day that vegetables are great and not just an unpleasant but necessary evil imposed on hapless children by horrid adults.

And if you want to tell a few harmless porkies I don’t suppose the children will  actually believe that broccoli will put hairs on their chests or that spinach make them as strong as Popeye – any more than most really believe in the tooth fairy and Father Christmas once they’re old enough to think straight. And there is even a grain of truth in the old one about carrots helping you see in the dark – vitamin A, retinol and all that.

Parents and grandparents have always told white lies with a twinkle. My grandmother used to tell me that eating cabbage would make my hair curl. Even at about three I knew it was nonsense (and my hair was OK as it was, I thought) but I humoured her. Sometimes I even ate those pesky greens. I’m hardly a traumatised adult and today I eat any vegetable with real pleasure.

These Side-By-Side Photos Show Exactly What Media Bias Looks Like With One Stunning Question


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    In response to the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, and the biased media coverage of the victim that followed, young people of color on social media began wondering how they might be portrayed if the same happened to them. These pictures are powerful reminders of how stories get told in America.

    The image on the left is the image of shooting victim Michael Brown that many media outlets used in the aftermath of the killing. The image on the right is another that surfaced on social media.

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    ….. http://www.upworthy.com/these-side-by-side-photos-show-exactly-what-media-bias-looks-like-with-one-stunning-question?c=upw1

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    Kids ‘forced to swim Rio Grande as diversion’


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    Immigration groups allege abuse of migrant minors by US border patrol

    PImmigration groups allege abuse of migrant minors by US border patrol

    Alliance of immigration and civil rights organisations file complaint claiming ‘widespread and systematic’ abuse of unaccompanied migrant children in border agency control

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    The groups say the documented reports reflect ‘widespread and systematic’ abuse of children in border agency custody. Photograph: Jose Munoz /EPA

    An alliance of immigration and civil rights organisations have filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on behalf of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children, some as young as five, alleging abuse by US Customs and Border Protection, in a document which they say reflects a “humanitarian crisis” at the border.

    The groups, who have urged the DHS to investigate the allegations, say the documented reports reflect “widespread and systematic” abuse of such children in border agency custody, and warned that the crisis is compounded by the recent surge in unaccompanied migrant minors to the US. …

    read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/11/us-unaccompanied-migrant-minors-abuse-border-patrol







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    Sonderschulquote wächst rasant – Schweiz

    Heute, 18. August 2014, 05:30

    Sonderschulquote wächst rasant

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    Jan Hudec Heute, 18. August 2014, 05:30

    Mit der Umsetzung des neuen Volksschulgesetzes sollten Sonderschüler in die Regelklassen integriert werden.
    Mit der Umsetzung des neuen Volksschulgesetzes sollten Sonderschüler in die Regelklassen integriert werden. (Bild: Adrian Baer / NZZ)
    Die Förderung der integrierten Sonderschulung hat dazu geführt, dass die Zahl der Sonderschüler massiv angestiegen ist und die Kosten explodiert sind. Dagegen werden im Kanton nun Massnahmen ergriffen.

    Den Volketswilern geht es wie so vielen Schulgemeinden im Kanton: Die Kosten im Sonderschulbereich sind in den letzten Jahren kontinuierlich gestiegen. «Das Verhältnis der Ausgaben pro Sonderschüler und derjenigen pro Nicht-Sonderschüler ist aus dem Lot geraten», sagt Michael Anders, Leiter Bildung der Schulgemeinde Volketswil. 4,6 Prozent beträgt ihre Sonderschulquote. Bei fast jedem 20. Schüler in Volketswil wird heute also eine geistige Behinderung, eine Verhaltens- oder Lernschwierigkeit diagnostiziert. Die damit verbundene finanzielle Last für die Gemeinde ist enorm: Von einem Schulbudget von knapp 40 Millionen Franken investierte Volketswil im vergangenen Jahr 7,4 Millionen für 94 Sonderschüler, gleich viel wie für 480 Sekundarschüler.

    Fast dreimal so hohe Kosten

    Volketswil ist kein exotischer Einzelfall. Der massive Anstieg der Sonderschulquote ist im ganzen Kanton zu beobachten: Lag sie 1999 noch bei 1,7 Prozent, stieg sie bis 2012 auf über 3,7 Prozent an. Entsprechend zugenommen haben auch die Kosten für sonderschulische Massnahmen von knapp 140 Millionen Franken im Jahr 1999 auf rund 380 Millionen im Jahr 2012. Dabei hatte man sich in der Bildungsdirektion erhofft, dass sich die Zahlen anders entwickeln würden.

    Mit der Umsetzung des neuen Volksschulgesetzes …


    Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza Zoo

    Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza Zoo


    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcases of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo.

    Related Video: http://news.yahoo.com/animals-caught-crossfire-trapped-gaza-zoo-031222490.html?soc_src=copy


    don´t judge people by their looks: Parental Incarceration Can Be Worse for a Child Than Divorce or Death of a Parent

    Parental Incarceration Can Be Worse for a Child Than Divorce or Death of a Parent


                             SHAME IS A HEAVY BURDEN FOR A CHILD!


    …by their parents!


    Activist PostWith more than 2 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. This mass incarceration has serious implications for not only the inmates, but their children, finds a new University of California-Irvine study.The study found significant health problems, including behavioral issues, in children of incarcerated parents and also that, for some types of health outcomes, parental incarceration can be more detrimental to a child’s well-being than divorce or the death of a parent.“We know that poor people and racial minorities are incarcerated at higher rates than the rest of the population, and incarceration adversely affects the health and development of children who are already experiencing significant challenges,” said study author Kristin Turney, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Irvine.

    When comparing children with similar demographic, socioeconomic, and familial characteristics, the study found that having a parent in prison or jail was linked to a greater incidence of attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), behavioral or conduct problems, learning disabilities, speech or other language problems, and developmental delays.

    “The results suggest that children’s health disadvantages are an overlooked and unintended consequence of mass incarceration,” Turney said. “In addition, given its unequal distribution across the population, incarceration may have implications for racial and social class inequalities in children’s health.”

    Turney will present the study at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, and the research will appear in the September edition of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

    “About 2.6 million U.S. children have a parent in state prison, federal prison, or jail at any given time,” said Turney, who noted that “Sesame Street” recently introduced a Muppet named Alex, whose dad is in jail, as a way to address the stigma associated with having an imprisoned parent.

    The likelihood of having an incarcerated parent is especially high in certain groups. “Among black children with fathers without a high school diploma, about 50 percent will experience parental incarceration by age 14, compared with 7 percent of white children with similarly educated fathers,” Turney said.

    Compared to divorce, parental incarceration is more strongly associated with both ADD/ADHD and behavioral problems in children; compared to the death of a parent, parental incarceration is more strongly associated with ADD/ADHD.

    “These findings have important implications for health professionals,” Turney said. “Physicians serving poor communities where incarceration is common may consider screening for parental incarceration, as it is a risk factor that, in some cases, is more consequential than other forms of parental absence like divorce.”

    Turney’s study used data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, a population-based and representative sample of 0- to 17-year-olds.

    More information: The paper, “Stress Proliferation Across Generations? Examining the Relationship Between Parental Incarceration and Childhood Health,” will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. PDT in San Francisco at the American Sociological Association’s 109th Annual Meeting.

    Sen. Reid: Protect Children from Human Trafficking

    Sen Reid: Protect Children from Human Trafficking

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    About the Petition

    Since last October, U.S. border patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

    Maria* was 12 when she was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to a home, where she was held captive. She was beaten and raped on an almost daily basis and forced into prostitution. She became pregnant and gave birth to a girl while held in slavery. Maria fled with her baby to the United States, riding on top of trains, so that they might escape the sexual bondage.

    Maria is not alone: Many unaccompanied children flee to the U.S. every year, with nowhere else to turn. These unaccompanied children are also at risk of being trafficked, which is why legal provisions in place since 2008 ensure they are afforded basic legal advice and access to support.

    Congress has introduced legislation that would deport children to their home countries without meaningful screening. Sending these children back to extreme violence is an effective death sentence. The U.S. has the responsibility to protect these children from murder, rape, and trafficking.

    The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 is the law that strengthens protections for unaccompanied children and ensures these kids are afforded basic legal protections. It does not provide additional immigration benefits—only time to identify children already entitled to relief.

    Children like Maria clearly need protection, care, and rehabilitation: Yet this new proposal would see them stripped of their rights and turned away at our borders. Changes to the TVPRA would jeopardize the lives of children seeking refuge in the United States. Rolling back the law is not the right answer. Forcing vulnerable children back into dangerous or deadly situations is simply too high a cost to pay. Tell Senator Harry M. Reid to protect trafficked and persecuted children and stand with the TVPRA.

    To: Sen. Harry M. Reid, Senate Majority Leader

    Tens of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children are arriving in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

    Senator Reid: Children fleeing violence deserve protection, not punishment. Keep the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act strong, and prove the U.S. is a leader in the fight against human trafficking.


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    Police Identify Officer in Fatal Teen Shooting


    MO: Police Identify Officer in Fatal Teen Shooting trauerkerzeR.I.P.

    Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:15

    Police Identify Officer in Fatal Teen Shooting

    Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in…

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

    Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference where he also identified the officer involved as Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since he shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

    Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were suspected of taking a box of cigars from a convenience store in Ferguson…

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    The Shoe Trick That Could Help Prevent Kids From Dying In Hot Car Tragedies

    The Shoe Trick That Could Help Prevent Kids From Dying In Hot Car Tragedies

    By Melanie Payne for News-Press

    A 22-month-old boy in Georgia died last week after his dad forgot about him in the back seat of his SUV. A 9-month-old baby girl in Rockledge died two days earlier having been left in the back of a pickup. Four years ago, just blocks from The News-Press office, a toddler died in the back of her dad’s SUV.

    These tragedies could have been prevented. And I’m proposing a way to make that happen.

    If you are driving a child, after you put them in a back seat – in a car seat, booster or buckled in with a seat belt – put your left shoe back there too. I bet you will never forget your precious cargo.

    A lot of you who read this will say, “There’s no way I’d ever forget my kid.”

    And a lot of you will be wrong.

    This year, according to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, there have been 13 deaths from children left in cars, and summer has just begun. Last year 44 children suffered this horrific death. …2196928970_beaba6c33f_s4p48v3jdykosdb7h9hcv_normal



    TransCanada Energy East & Chrissy Swain

    My Blog for WOMENinSHADOW

    TransCanada Energy East open house: Women’s Warrior Song and Chrissy Swain

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    BILDSTRECKE: Erwachen in Truemmern


    Familienmitglieder von Haydar al-Masri suchen ihr Haus auf, das durch den israelischen Beschuss unbewohnbar wurde. Sie sorgen sich, was sie im Winter ohne Kleider und ohne Obdach tun sollen.
    Familienmitglieder von Haydar al-Masri suchen ihr Haus auf, das durch den israelischen Beschuss unbewohnbar wurde. Sie sorgen sich, was sie im Winter ohne Kleider und ohne Obdach tun sollen. (Bild: Pietro Masturzo / OnOff für NZZ) …

    Erwachen in Trümmern

    Wohnhäuser und Infrastruktur im Gazastreifen sind zerstört, doch der Krieg hinterlässt auch tiefe seelische Narben. Seit die Waffen schweigen, kommen die Bewohner des Gazastreifens allmählich zu sich. Bis die Wunden des Krieges verheilen, wird es lange dauern…



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    Suspected child abuse fugitive caught by facial recognition after 14 years

    Suspected child abuse fugitive caught by facial recognition after 14 years

    Neil Stammer spent 14 years on the run under a false name, but an FBI trial of facial recognition technology connected his fake passport to a 1999 photo

    Wanted poster for Neil Stammer
    Facial recognition technology was used to track down Neil Stammer, who skipped bail after being charged with child abuse 14 years ago. Photograph: FBI

    A man suspected of child sex abuse has been caught halfway around the world after 14 years on the run from authorities, thanks to facial recognition technology.

    Neil Stammer, 48, of New Mexico, was caught in Nepal hiding under the alias Kevin Hodges, after his photo from 1999 was recirculated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on a reissued wanted poster in January. …

    READ MORE: Suspected child abuse fugitive caught by facial recognition after 14 years  http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/13/suspected-child-abuse-fugitive-caught-facial-recognition?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

    Police officer arrested for shooting a black teen who was dating his daughter


    Police officer arrested for shooting a black teen who was dating his daughter


    Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons out of Tulsa Oklahoma has reported a crime on his website that you should probably know about.

    Two police officers in Tulsa Oklahoma are now under arrest for a crime that has shocked the community.  Sergeant Dave Walker says that the two officers are Shannon Kepler, 54, and his wife, Gina Kepler, 48.    According to Walker, the two are connected to the shooting death of 19-year old Jeremy Lake, who is African American.

    The crime is difficult for a community that also happens to be the scene of the Tulsa race riots, when thousands of African American families were terrorized and had their property destroyed nearly a century ago.  Racial tensions remain high in Tulsa because reparations have not been paid to those who lost their property, and the black community is but a shadow of what it once was.

    According to Newson6.com, Lake was with Kepler’s daughter and was confronted by the girl’s father.  He was driving a black 2007 Suburban, which the daughter identified as belonging to her dad.  According to police, the daughter went over to speak to her father, who demanded to know why she was in the area she was visiting.  After the girl walked away, the father got out of the car and confronted Lake.

    Lake told the father that he was his daughter’s boyfriend, and that’s when the man allegedly shot the teen two or three times.  According to police, he also shot at his daughter, but missed her.  Afterward, he drove off.

    Police say that when they called the family, Kepler’s wife Gina already knew why they were calling.  They agreed to surrender to police and put the weapon used in the crime in the trunk of their car.

    According to Sgt. Walker, “enough evidence was developed to arrest Shannon Kepler for first-degree murder and Gina Kepler for accessory to murder after the fact.”

    According to Tulsa police, the Keplers have been on the force for the last 24 years.  They’ve been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.

    TPD Chief Chuck Jordan released the following statement about the crime:

    “Last night two Tulsa Police officers, Shannon Kepler and Gina Kepler, were arrested. Both have 24 years of experience with the Tulsa Police Department. This case, like all homicide investigations, leaves little information that can be released due to the ongoing investigation.

    Shannon Kepler was booked into the Tulsa County jail for 1st Degree Murder and Shooting with Intent to Kill. Gina Kepler was booked for Accessory after the Fact.

    I as well as the whole Department am saddened for both families involved in this tragic event. The circumstances around this incident drives home the fact that domestic violence is a societal problem and transcends all economic groups.

    We as a department, honorably and objectively, continue to serve the citizens of Tulsa.” read more:



    Black and Hispanic Kids Have a 50 Percent Chance of Developing Diabetes

    Black and Hispanic Kids Have a 50 Percent Chance of Developing Diabetes

    A major new study finds diabetes risks skyrocketing for all Americans, but especially among certain racial and ethnic groups.

    | Wed Aug. 13, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    The good news: According to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet, American children diagnosed with diabetes can now expect to live more than 70 years with the disease. The bad news: Black and Hispanic individuals have about a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the course of their lifetimes, and Americans overall have a 40 percent chance. The authors of the study, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, used mortality data of nearly 600,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011 to determine the risk that Americans face of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, categorized by race.

    The results revealed a substantial difference in risk levels between races. Dr. Edward Gregg, the lead author of the study, said that researchers analyzed race because that was the data available, but “socioeconomic status is probably as important as race, if not more important.”

    The study also revealed a rise in diabetes risk overall between 1985 and 2011. That increase was “the main thing that surprised us,” Gregg said. In 1985, American boys had a 21 percent chance of developing diabetes, and girls had a 27 percent risk. By 2011, that risk had jumped to 40 percent for both boys and girls. This risk was partly (and somewhat counterintuitively) due to the fact that people are living longer, meaning a person has more years during which he or she could develop diabetes.

    This is the first study in more than a decade to calculate the lifetime risk that Americans face of developing diabetes, but the CDC has been tracking the prevalence of the disease and the rate of new cases for years. They’ve found that rates often correlate with how far you got in school and where you live:

    The Lancet study didn’t analyze causes for the various risk levels, but Gregg said that decreasing risk levels for type 2 diabetes would primarily involve the things you’d expect: “having more healthy food options, having more information about what we eat and what sorts of foods we eat are healthy,” and “having more options to be physically active.”

    …read more: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/black-hispanic-children-diabetes-rate