Scotties Toy Box

July 21, 2019

Because your REAL question

Filed under: Children, Education, Family, History, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:48

The best way to end the sentence

Filed under: Cartoons, Ideas, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:32

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July 18, 2019

Is this your fantasy about being a hero?

Filed under: Cartoons, Education, Gun Control, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 19:44

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Children being held hostage by the CPB to be able to arrest undocumented parents

Damn it, are we not better than this.  How can any adult justify this?  Ron told me I am about to have an aneurysm over this crap.  But this is the country I served two military tours for and I am a survivor of childhood abuse and this holding kids hostage is as wrong as some one holding them to sexually traffic them.  How the hell are these kids to deal with the fact that if their parents do come for them they will be sent away?  Fuck me to tears I am so angry right now!  Hugs

Let’s talk about solutions to the conditions….

Filed under: Children, Education, Health, Ideas, People I like, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 18:03

July 16, 2019

The word you are looking for

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Education, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 17:34

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July 12, 2019

Truth about tRump’s wall

Filed under: Construction, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:27

July 10, 2019

Trump’s costly July Fourth event bankrupted Washington’s security,

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 15:06

Why is god so powerless and horrible.

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:20

“God” is limited by blood magic.

Peas in a terrible, terrible pod.

Religion: the only fandom where they literally go to war and kill people over the plot holes and continuity errors.

 

July 8, 2019

This simply should never happen !!!

I read this and was stunned at the inhumanity of these people.  Hugs

Have you

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:17

Which one

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:15

This is stunning. Public school students deliberately being kept ignorant of the holocaust.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, Hate, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:26

Is this an attempt to increase fascism by not letting young people know what happened in the past.  Why are they allowing deniers of history dictate this policy?   This smacks of anti-antisemitism to me.   Why are public schools becoming place of not learning, of place where history and science are debatable as not facts?   We better correct this fast.   Hugs

Florida Principal to Parent: “Not Everyone Believes the Holocaust Happened”

The principal at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida told a parent the school couldn’t teach kids more about the Holocaust because, as a public school, they had to remain “neutral” on political issues.

As if the Holocaust was up for debate and not a historical fact.

… As far as holocaust studies and the curriculum it can be dealt with in a variety of ways. The curriculum is to be introduced but not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs

So Holocaust denial needs to be respected…? Is this how they deal with evolution and climate change, too?!

“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” he wrote, according to email records obtained by The Palm Beach Post through a public records request. “And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”

He went on to say that as an educator he had “the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school.”

I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Latson wrote.

 The school district did nothing to seriously admonish Latson and they didn’t put in any reforms to prevent Holocaust denialism from taking hold.

He was still reluctant to treat the Holocaust with the seriousness it deserves when he met with the parent (and another mother) weeks after that email exchange. While he insisted the Holocaust was taught in school, he wouldn’t require teachers to document their lessons and readings. Nor would he definitively say the event was real.

To question the Holocaust is to deny the Holocaust. The students need to be educated on it enough so that they never give the kind of response Latson did to this parent.

What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Filed under: Children, Education, Health, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:48

July 7, 2019

How to measure HOW MUCH PEE IS IN YOUR POOL

Filed under: Education, Facts, News, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:33

July 6, 2019

Four Years After Obergefell: Has the Sky Fallen?

July 5, 2019

A Crime by Any Name

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 21:09

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/border-facilities/593239/

Americans have again recoiled in shock and horror over the past few weeks as observers who visited immigration detention facilities in the Southwest reported that children were being held in cruelly austere conditions. These observers told the press that the children at a facility in Clint, Texas, were sleeping on concrete floors and being denied soap and toothpaste. They described “children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears … caring for infants they’ve just met.” A visiting doctor called the detention centers “torture facilities.” At least seven children have died in U.S. custody in the past year, compared with none in the 10 years prior. More than 11,000* children are now being held by the U.S. government on any given day. As if these conditions were insufficiently punitive, the administration has canceled recreational activities, an act that, like the conditions themselves, likely violates the law.

At a processing center in El Paso, Texas, 900 migrants were “being held at a facility designed for 125. In some cases, cells designed for 35 people were holding 155 people,” The New York Times reported. One observer described the facility to Texas Monthly as a “human dog pound.” The government’s own investigators have found detainees in facilities run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement being fed expired food at detention facilities, “nooses in detainee cells,” “inadequate medical care,” and “unsafe and unhealthy conditions.” An early-July inspector-general report found “dangerous overcrowding” in some Border Patrol facilities and included pictures of people crowded together like human cargo. More than 50,000 people are being held in facilities run by ICE, and something close to 20,000 in facilities run by Customs and Border Protection, and more than 11,000 children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.*  (The government describes them as “unaccompanied,” a label immigration advocates say is misleading because many were separated by the government from the relative who brought them) Some of the people detained by the U.S. government have entered the United States illegally or overstayed their visas; some are simply seeking to exercise their legal right to asylum.

The initial rollout of the family-separation policy, and then its denial, showed the Trump administration that its campaign of dehumanization against Latino immigrants is weakest when it targets children. This is the reason for the secrecy behind the squalid conditions at immigrant-detention facilities holding minors, which contrasts sharply with the very public announcements of “millions of deportations” by the president himself.

“They don’t want eyeballs on the actual conditions of these places,” said Amy Cohen, a doctor who consults on cases involving the 1993 Flores settlement, which continues to govern the conditions for children in immigration custody. “What they tell you is that they are protecting the privacy of these children. That makes no sense. What we need to be doing is protecting the lives of these children. And unfortunately, that does not seem to be a priority of the government.”

The Trump administration has denied reports of shocking conditions at its immigration facilities, but contrary to those denials, the government is fully aware of the atrocious conditions. According to NBC News, one internal DHS report described cells so overcrowded that detainees could not even “lie down to sleep,” with temperatures “reaching over 80 degrees.” With inadequate showers, the migrants were “wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks,” and agents struggled to “quarantine outbreaks of flu, chickenpox and scabies.”

The Trump administration has previously deliberately inflicted suffering on children to deter illegal immigration, with its use of family separation. It has altered immigration policy and the asylum process so as to force the authorities to hold migrants, whether they have properly sought asylum at a port of entry or crossed illegally, and has made it more difficult for children to be released to sponsors in the United States by threatening to arrest and deport family members who lack legal status. By deliberately throttling the asylum process, the administration has pushed desperate migrants to risk death by crossing the border illegally rather than presenting themselves at ports of entry, and has sought to prosecute those who would help migrants survive the journey by leaving them food and water, effectively making the federal misdemeanor of illegal entry a capital crime. In private, some Border Patrol agents consider migrant deaths a laughing matter; others are succumbing to depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

The Confederacy faced a genuine shortage of supplies for prisoners at Andersonville—but it also refused the obvious solution, declining a prisoner exchange. Upholding white supremacy was the reason for the Confederacy’s existence, and therefore too precious a goal to abandon. Above all else, the Trump administration wants to send the message that immigrants, especially those of African or Latin American descent, are not welcome in the United States, and as far as detention facilities are concerned, incompetence or indifference will serve that cause as faithfully as malice.

“The adamant posture of this government in trying to detain every single asylum-seeking family or child is making this worse,” said Nora Preciado of the National Immigration Law Center. “This is not new, but it definitely is the most horrific we’ve seen, again because of some of the Trump policies that are in place.”

That would relieve the pressure on overstressed detention facilities. But it would also be insufficiently cruel, and therefore weak. And the cruelty is the point.

The argument over whether or not these facilities amount to concentration camps is almost beside the point. The semantic dispute obscures the true conflict, over whether the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants amounts to a historic crime, whether future generations will wonder how those involved could possibly have gone along with it, whether there will one day be memorials erected to commemorate it, whether historians write solemn books about it, whether those looking back will vow never to repeat it.

These facilities are just such a crime, by whatever name you choose to call them.

More at the link above as always.   Hugs

How Christianity works

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:32

 

Patriotism v. Nationalism

July 3, 2019

Let’s talk about why they can’t fix their country….

Filed under: Bigotry, Education, Facts, Greed, Harm, Hate, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 19:45

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