Kamala Harris’s Simplistic, Self-Serving Attitude Toward Truancy

(Disclosure:  This post underwent minor revisions on February 1 and February 2, 2019.) At the end of this post, please click the link to Nathan Robinson’s opinion piece on The Guardian’s site. The new Junior Senator from California, Kamala Harris, is one of the early candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.  Bear in mind that the next President will appoint a Secretary of Education. Our current Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, is far to the right in her political beliefs and does not believe in the constitutional requirement of Separation of Church and State.  People who wear red … Continue reading Kamala Harris’s Simplistic, Self-Serving Attitude Toward Truancy

When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Twitter wasn’t yet in existence when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed a mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  I recall a confusing media reaction to the Columbine tragedy which may have the same root as some posts we’re seeing on Twitter now, though. There were conflicting reports on whether Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied by classmates prior to their rampage.  Actually, the reports flip-flopped like a weather forecast.  To this day, if we look hard enough we’ll find only speculation, and very few people even want to discuss the possibility that two teenagers … Continue reading When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Bulimia in Men

Please click the link below to read an excellent article by Tom Pollock on The Guardian’s site, in which he identifies himself as someone we rarely hear about: a man with bulimia. Although there’s a legitimate concern about addictive foods, many eating disorders aren’t rooted in food.  Often, some type of personal issue gets the cycle started. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/28/bulimia-hidden-in-men-pig-out-puke-after-gym-diagnosis Continue reading Bulimia in Men

Humanists Address Bullying

The website thehumanist.com has an interesting online conversation (part of it in the comment section) on bullying among young children. This is an especially delicate topic for me personally, and I was careful not to get too emotional in my replies.  So, be warned that I held back some serious stuff that’s bursting out now. It should be noted that both of my parents are deceased, and I have ambivalent feelings about describing their past behavior.  Still, what happened, happened. I was bullied when I was a child, and the onset of it was especially bizarre.  For the first two … Continue reading Humanists Address Bullying

Be Skeptical When You Hear “We Didn’t Know.”

Most of us can remember when we first heard allegations of Harvey Weinstein being a sexual predator.  Immediately, Meryl Streep, a Hollywood insider, issued a statement emphasizing she didn’t know about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior until the scandal broke. Cover-ups are everywhere.  Many of the people who know about dangerous skeletons in someone’s closet may wish they could speak up, too.  They stay quiet because they fear whistleblower retaliation, and they doubt whether they can get the abuse stopped.  Later, if the horrifying situation becomes common knowledge, some of those people who stayed quiet insist they were blissfully ignorant the whole … Continue reading Be Skeptical When You Hear “We Didn’t Know.”

Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!

Here’s a link to an excellent opinion piece by Katie Edwards on The Guardian’s site.  Please note that she never suggests that women and girls should be locked up for their own protection.  She suggests societies have to stop protecting the assholes who abuse women and girls. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/21/silent-child-abuse-religion-rotherham-weinstein   Continue reading Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!

Excellent Piece by Nancy Jo Sales on Sexual Harassment of Children by Peers

Please click the link below to read an honest, level-headed article by someone who knows how these things happen. Many of us agree that men must speak up and make it clear that sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable, and that they want nothing to do with men who commit those offenses.  Maybe the instances of sexual misconduct by male children and teenagers could be curbed if boys clarified the same rules for their peers.  That’s just my own suggestion. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/11/metoo-school-children-teens-sexual-harassment Continue reading Excellent Piece by Nancy Jo Sales on Sexual Harassment of Children by Peers

The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

Last February, Bethany Shipsey died of an apparent overdose of diet pills in the Accident and Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, England, U.K.  The Coroner has not yet released a full conclusion to the investigation, but an announcement is expected next month. For years, we’ve heard about the tax burden on the wealthy in the U.K. being eased during the Nineteen-Eighties, as well as the consequences for the general population.  Today, Steve Morris, a journalist with The Guardian, posted a report on the death of a patient last year in an N.H.S. Trust hospital.  It seems likely Bethany Shipsey’s death … Continue reading The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening