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March 21, 2019

True Facts: The Lemur

Filed under: Animals, Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 16:16

I love this guy and the videos he posts.  While he is factual and gives correct information, he is hilarious.   His voice is great and his is so funny you forget your learning.   I think Inspired will love this particular one.  Hugs

March 20, 2019

Republicans are trying to make it illegal for schools to teach about trans issues


Zack Ford of the progressive political site Think Progress has called HB 1108, “the first ‘no promo trans’ bill to actually have traction in the country,” comparing it to “no promo homo” laws currently active in seven U.S. states which forbid teachers from discussing any LGBTQ issues — including LGBTQ politics, queer history, or sexual health — in a positive light.

One of the bill’s supporters, Republican Representative Fred Deutsch, said, “We protect our children that we’re sending to public schools from the influences of other children that are suffering with different disorders.”

He continued, “I don’t want my grandchildren going to kindergarten and being confused if they’re a boy or a girl. Treat our children with respect, all of them, but let’s not subject them to notions of fancy.”

Deutsch sponsored a failed 2016 bill to prevent trans kids from using the bathroom matching their gender identity.

Ford points out that trans children identify themselves at an early age, and many age-appropriate children’s books discuss the issue. HB 1108 would effectively ban these books and disallow faculty from addressing the trans child’s medical and psychological needs.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Tom Pischke, has “a 100-percent rating from Family Heritage Alliance Action, South Dakota’s anti-LGBTQ political advocacy group,” Ford writes.

March 15, 2019

OHIO: Republican Bill Would Force Public Schools To Tell Parents How To Opt Out Of Vaccination Requirements

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Education, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:13

Why?   I do not get the gain of this for anyone.  We are seeing the resurgence of horrible diseases due to people not vaccinating.  Kids are dying!  Medical costs soaring!  Study after study shows that vaccines are safe and that they work.   What is wrong with our politicians.  Do they want people to die?  I get allergy shots each week because they work.  I will have to get shots all my life, because my system doesn’t hold the immunity.  If I do not get them I get sick, I get feeling ill , like having a full time cold every day.  I wonder if these anti vaccine people get shots for other things?   Hugs

The Dayton Daily News reports:

As other states are facing outbreaks of childhood diseases such as measles and mumps, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would require school districts to tell parents how easy it is to opt out of immunizations.

When schools notify parents of immunization requirements, they would be required to spell out available exemptions, according to a bill introduced in the Ohio House today. The legislation could lead to more parents deciding to skip vaccinations for their children, which would put the community at large at risk, experts say.

March 13, 2019

Will they never stop trying to force their ancient myths on the rest of us. By Zeus they need to stop

Filed under: Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:51

Betsy DeVos: Churches Can Get Taxpayer Money to Provide Services to Schools

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, always looking for new ways to hurt public education in the country, has decided the separation between church and state needs to go. Her office just announced that it will stop getting in the way of religious groups providing taxpayer-funded resources to public and private schools.

Ms. DeVos said that after consultation with the Justice Department, education officials determined that a provision in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law governing the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools, was also unconstitutional. The law calls for students in public and private schools to receive “equitable services,” such as special education, tutoring or mentoring, and allows districts to hire contractors to deliver those services. But the law requires that those contractors be independent of “any religious organization.”

The short answer is that those groups routinely abuse the opportunities in order to advertise their religion. Just look at what happens when Christian ministries are brought in to teach public school sex education classes or host assemblies encouraging kids not to do drugs. On paper, there’s nothing inappropriate happening, but there are countless stories about how misinformation is spread by Christian abstinence-only advocates and how secular daytime assemblies are used to advertise very religious nighttime assemblies.

Similarly, when a ministry offers tutoring services in low-income school districts, it often becomes a way to urge students to bring their families to church.

March 5, 2019

DeVos is a religious extremist who has made it clear she wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 12:50

Destroying public education: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is demanding $5 billion in taxpayer money go to fund private, religious schools.

Major Study of 650,000 Patients Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Filed under: Children, Education, Facts, Health, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 11:57

Two decades ago, a later-retracted paper published in The Lancet by the now-disgraced Andrew Wakefield led to a conspiracy theory about how vaccines were linked to autism. Wakefield had falsified the data, used a small sample set, and his results were never duplicated. Yet the lie took on a life of its own, promoted by celebrities and crackpots alike.

The study found no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine, no clustering of autism cases among children who were given the vaccine, and no increase in the rate of autism among susceptible children who were given the vaccine.

Australian immunisation expert Professor Ian Frazer, who along with his team at the University of Queensland developed the vaccine for HPV, said the Danish study definitively confirms the findings of previous studies that vaccines do not cause autism.

February 21, 2019

Nan sent me this, and it is an interesting read

Filed under: Earth News, Education, Nature, News, Political, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 19:03

Thank you Nan for sending me this interesting read.  I have a story to add to this.  Recently I went alone to the grocery store as Ron was sleeping after working a 12 hour shift.   When I got to the register at a store I am well known at, the cashier told me I did not have to put each bottle on the conveyor belt.   I explained I really need to as I need a bag with handles to get the groceries inside my home.   I love this store.  First the cashier told me they would put them in bags for me with out me having to lift them, and second the woman doing the bagging offered to get me non-plastic bags to put the grocers in so I could carry them.  Now to be openly clear we do use some plastic bags to hold the material from the cat box but even our cats can not poop and pee enough to use as many bags as we get.  So to make a long story short, I talked to Ron about this and we are going to buy as many bags as we may normally need and put them in the car.  We will use these as we can.  This is our small attempt to make this a better planet for everyone.  Again thanks Nan.  Hugs

February 17, 2019

An 11 year old boy has an arrest record due to the stupidity of an ignorant teacher. By the way the boy is a POC

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:27

February 11, 2019

New Study Warns Of Plummeting Insect Populations

Filed under: Earth News, Education, Harm, Nature, News — Scottie @ 11:40

The Guardian reports:

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems,” according to the first global scientific review.

February 10, 2019

WYOMING: GOP State Rep Compares Homosexuality To Pedophilia And Bestiality In Meeting With LGBT Youth

Republican politicians are so warm and caring.  Hugs

“Fourteen- and fifteen-year old high school students wishing to engage with the legislative process should not have been confronted with the comments made by Senator Hutchings.”

According to Wyoming Equality’s letter to the president of the state Senate, Hutchings said this:

“If my sexual orientation was to have sex with all of the men in there and I had sex with all of the women in there and then they brought their children and I had sex with all of them and then brought their dogs in and I had sex with them, should I be protected for my sexual orientation?”

The students met with Hutchings while participating in the annual Gay-Straight Alliance Civics Day at the Capitol.

Hundreds Of Idiots Protest WA Vaccination Bill [VIDEO]

Filed under: Children, Education, Family, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:08

An estimated 700 people, most of them opposed to stricter requirements, lined up before dawn in the cold, toting strollers and hand-lettered signs, to sit in the hearing, which was so crowded that staff opened up additional rooms to accommodate the crowd. Many gathered outside afterward for a rally.

Anti-vaccine activists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent vaccine conspiracy theorist, claimed that health officials are covering up vaccine dangers. Some said their children had been injured or sickened by immunizations. One falsely said the majority of people diagnosed with measles have been vaccinated.

February 8, 2019

Christianity in a Nutshell

Filed under: Atheism, Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Ideas, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:14

I wish there was a transcript of this as many of my viewers do not care for videos or have time for them.   If anyone knows of one please let me know and I will add it to the post.  Thanks.  Hugs

Understand vaccines do NOT cause autism. They save children from horrible diseases they need never be afflicted by.

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Education, Facts, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 08:05

Vaccines do cause autism. The entire topic triggers what one might call a form of rational autism in some people, who have difficulties with information processing, and exhibit restricted and repetitive intellectual behavior. We call these people...

Again religion tries to ruin education for all children

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Criminal, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:33

Religious politicians try to again force their myth in to the education system and on to everyone’s children.  Why teach children the facts as best we know them?  Why use the science that has shown what our reality is?  Why teach what we can show and prove when we can teach an unfounded myth that has no evidence to show it is anything more than a fable written in the iron age?   Science has moved us into the modern age, it is time to leave the fables behind.   Hugs


February 7, 2019

STUDY: Children Of Gay Couples Do Better In School

Filed under: Children, Education, Facts, Family, Gender, Homosexual, Love, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:31

The Washington Post reports:

Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists. The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than children raised by different-sex couples.

January 31, 2019

Another armed MAGA ( brown shirt ) Thug

TEXAS: Armed Trump Supporter Arrested At Houston Library Hosting Drag Queen Story Hour Event

A Drag Queen Storytime protester allegedly trespassed in the Freed-Montrose Library this weekend after previously being banned from the premises. James “Doc” Greene Sr., who was issued a trespassing warning last month by the Houston Public Library (HPL) stating he could no longer visit its Montrose location, was detained, disarmed, and escorted out by police on Saturday, Jan. 26, for entering the building and refusing to leave.

He repeatedly asks a library worker for her name and the reason why he is being asked to leave the library. “We have a bunch of homosexuals that are molesting children,” Greene says in the garage. “They are doing it with your help.”

January 29, 2019

Sex, Evolution, And How The Patriarchy Gets It Wrong | Abby Hafer

Another Republican Christian wants kids taught their fables in science class

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Education, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 12:09

If Baxley wants alternatives to settled science taught — because he’s a Christian who doesn’t accept reality, or a conservative who doesn’t accept reality, or a Republican who doesn’t accept reality — it would come at the expense of teaching kids what experts already know is valid. There’s no controversy about, say, climate change among scientists who study the subject for a living. Much like anti-vaxxers, the only people who doubt the science are people who have a lot to gain from spreading misinformation.

January 28, 2019

3 serious things to know about. Hugs

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Education, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 13:40





January 23, 2019

Some information from one who lived through the bigotry there

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