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Daycare sent out an email promoting an article advising that it's bad to teach "babies" to read and is harmful to them.

I'm not sure I've ever been so angry at educational instruction, particularly as I read the details and their points, which included too many things that are "usual" but applied as absolute.

"Babies don't read, they memorize!" - Many do, sure. Some really can read though (my oldest was able to read an entire book the first time either of us had seen it, on his own, and it included words I don't think had come up much before, this was when he was 2).

A lot of it came down to problems with certain methods of teaching kids to read, and an instance that certain skills haven't developed in children under 3 that would allow them to effectively read. But "rote memorization on flashcards" is not the only way they can learn to read, nor do all children develop the same way at the same rate.

I have no problem with saying a young child doesn't NEED to read and shouldn't be forced into reading, but if a child is shows the ability, they certainly should be encouraged and helped, regardless of age.
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Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 62 percent in 2013, the first year of legalization of recreational marijuana. About one in five more youth are now reporting having used marijuana in the past month since its legalization. Marijuana-related hospitalizations in the state nearly doubled from 6,305 in 2011 to 11,439 in 2014.

There are a few other areas of the report that I think could have other kinds of explanations (like the increase in youth reporting to use the substance, that could just be an increase in those willing to admit using the substance due to de-criminalization and thus less fear of such an admission, though I've known people in other arenas where they accept and participate in a thing simply because the law accepts it). And one could argue some of the problems with organized crime stepping in to traffic it elsewhere could be the result of the surrounding area having it illegal, that would be curved by the rest of the country de-criminalizing, but that sounds like a proposal of "it looks bad now, but if we do MORE of it the problem will be fixed" which isn't particularly compelling.

Overall though, seems the most reasonable conclusion is this is a net negative.
A newly released report shows that traffic deaths, crime, emergency room visits and youth usage of marijuana have significantly increased in the two years since the legalization of recreational pot in the state of Colorado.
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+Paul Heimann I have not heard of such, personally. I have heard stories indicating opposite sentiments with regards to the police and enforcements level of care vs laziness, but I'm fairly sure it's not completely on any one side everywhere.
I also don't think most police really care if something is evil or not, they are just looking for some excitement (Police want to catch criminals, not because crimes have been committed, but because they like the act of catching them). Hell, one of the biggest drug users I've ever known wanted to become a narcotics officer so that he could do drugs with criminals while undercover. Makes their actions even less justified, of course.

"There is a huge difference between something people legal in theory and available, without risk, in practice. In order for a treatment to be available (and affordable) it won't do to set up unnecessary hurdles."
I'm not sure what you mean by the first part, but as for the second part, why is getting a prescription from a doctor an unnecessary hurdle?

You are right though, with almost any argument really you can find stats on either side of said argument. Hell, I don't fully trust the whole field of statistics due to how it can be manipulated.

As for whether Christians should fight legalization on moral grounds... meh, I'm actually on the fence on that one for a variety of reasons on both side of it.

I personally hate it for more practical reasons resulting from having to deal with those who have used it around me (thus, as a non-user, it has had some severe negative impacts on me). If there is a better solution for keeping the smoke and it's problems away from me and my family, I'm all for it. But we can't even keep legal smoke satisfactorily away right now, and giving everyone the right to Taze them on the spot may be a problem as well.
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For some reason, I've very recently become obsessed with the question and idea of Tony Iommi being in a coma.

As a result, I may very well require an "" to supply pertinent information on the topic.
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There is something a bit more disturbing about the fact that the proposal seems primarily driven by a feeling that specifically cops need more protection (or, more probable, harming police warrants greater revenge by the state).
“The State created life in prison without the possibility of parole. This renders a perpetrator harmless to society,” the bishops of New Mexico stressed. “We oppose Governor Susana Martinez’ plan to reinstate the death penalty and call on the Legislature to reject the legislation.”
The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent.
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Discovered Amazon Music has a feature while streaming music to view the lyrics for a song you are currently listening to (shown with a button next to the song title). That was a nice touch, but what I didn't expect was a nice, interactive interface that highlights the current line in the song and jumps the music to other particular lines in the song by clicking on said lines.

I'm not really sure if other music streaming services do anything similar or not, but I haven't seen this with ones I've used before at least. It's a very nice feature.
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Was expecting something that describes the Catholic Education ideal somewhat like Bl. John Henry Newman's "The Idea of the University". Instead, I have some rather mixed feelings with this article and a few areas of disappointment.

For instance, "Affectivity must be channeled in socially-accepted ways. For the most part, “Rap” culture exalts anti-social affectivity." This to a large extent seems to demonstrate a tremendous disconnect to the subject matter on two points. For one, "socially-accepted ways" would, in many places, rule out any kind of definite religious or spiritual ways, at least any kind of public version of that, as in many places any kind of public (and sometimes even mostly private) demonstration of ones faith or religion is not "socially-accepted". For that matter, as the writer points out even, anything Catholic was not "socially-accepted" at many points during the development of this country.

The throw in non-argument of "Rap" culture just seems like a rehash of decades old resistance to a style of music common among youth and the poor that carried varied prejudices with it. It was silly back in the 80s when artists like Run DMC were accused of corrupting the youth and encouraging anti-social behavior, when they had from the outset attempted the exact opposite (they even had a song and video about it called "Mary, Mary"), and the group is a cornerstone of the roots of Rap music. They have themselves at times lamented the direction popular rap has sometimes taken, as they've explained what Rap music, and "Rap culture" (usually, this should be referenced as "hip-hop" culture, which "rap" music is only one aspect of) was really based around was an escape from a seemingly hopeless environment that presented an alternative to destructive behaviors like drug use, womanizing, and so forth. It has also been famously described as the voice of the poor, for good reason.

Even if you look at what would seem to be a counter example in influential artists like Public Enemy, it's easy to discern that their primary motivation was to highlight social injustices and eliminating complacency towards such injustices for the good of society (reform), rather than for it's harm.

Is popular "rap song" a great and positive influence on the audience? Certainly not, but the same could be said of nearly any musical genre (even, interestingly, classical music, which arguably has worse problems in examples like "The Mass of Life" based on Nietzschean philosophy).
The word, educate, from the Latin educere, means to lead out of. Educators worthy of the name lead their students out of the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth, knowledge and wisdom.
“It’s back to school,” the many ads remind us. The noble work of education will soon begin anew. The word, educate, from the Latin educere, means to lead out of. Educators worthy of the name lead their students out of the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth, knowledge and wisdom. The Catholic Philosophy of Education To realize its Divine mission, the Church has developed a view of education that claims the right over all othe...
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Happened to see this linked, never been to the source site before.

5 year old, alone on an international flight from the Dominican Republic to New York City, put on the wrong flight by the airline. Airline was also apparently paid extra (required) to have a representative get him onto the plane.
The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was placed on the wrong JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic says that the airline has offered her a $10,000 ‘gift’ without consulting her lawyer after the news went public.
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Pizza with Chicken thighs as the "crust".

This seems brilliant, though maybe a bit difficult to make the fine slices out of and eat with your hands.

I've tried pizza with ground beef as the crust before, but it didn't turn out as good as it sounded (it was fine, but I think I had too thick of ground beef for proportion purposes).
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I do that because gluten free pizza crust is bloody awful... and I have to be GF, so the 'shrooms work fine for me.
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three unidentified men entered the house of the community...
The community of the Missionaries of Charity in Mar del Plata, Argentina, became the target of criminals late last week, as three men broke in, beat the sisters and desecrated their chapel.
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“It is not a surprise that international pro-abortion groups are trying to impose their agenda on Ireland,” she said. “Ireland’s excellent record of safety in pregnancy for women without recourse to abortion is a major source of embarrassment to abortion campaigners as it completely undermines their argument that abortion somehow helps women.”
“With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places,” the document says.
Wealthy abortion backers could use Ireland as a model to change pro-life laws in other Catholic countries, an apparent leaked three-year plan for George Soros’ Open Society Foundations suggests.
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It's sad, but I pray these nations keep their resolve...for they will do so with the Lord.
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“Depending on the power of humanity and the grace of God, we want to realize the high ideal of eliminating not only nuclear weapons but all types of weapons and violence from the world,” the statement says.

“By making efforts to complete the fulfillment and happiness of heart and body, work and private life, and relationships with God and people in particular, we must begin building peace within ourselves,” the bishops’ statement emphasizes.

Also, I had thought Japan was simply limited in military size and capabilities due to the terms of surrender and post-war agreements. I had no idea they are constitutionally an anti-war country (the two things may still be related, but still interesting).
In a message signed by Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, president of the Japanese bishops’ conference, the bishops said that “appropriate steps are required to be taken constantly” in light of issues of violence and discrimination which occur in Japan “on a daily basis.”
In the shadow of the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs and the end of World War II, the Japanese bishops have warned against legislative proposals they believe will cause their nation to become further entangled in world violence.
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I have a double majored degree in Theology and Religious Studies and English and enjoy continuing to learn along those lines, particularly Catholic Systematic Theology for the former and 19th-early 20th Century British literature for the latter though I often enjoy other related material as well. I work in tech, and have particular interest in both the development of new technologies and their history, especially in computer technology.

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