“The article just scratches the surface. Not just clothing, but electronics, machinery, and everything else we buy that's made in China contributes to severe pollution to water and air in China and eventually, all the rest of the world.”
“I agree to helping the children. I just wonder how to help them in a way that doesn't reward irresponsible parents for bad behavior or even encourage them to shirk responsiblity.”
witchbyrd on Apr 20, 2012 at 17:38:18
“reducing drug addiction, alcoholism, and crime that is related to desperation and poverty to 'bad behavior' or 'bad choices' is really myopic and naive. i am so ashamed to live in an extremely rich country where things like shelter and medical care and food and education are referred to as a 'reward'.”
Texan2011 on Apr 20, 2012 at 13:28:30
“How are you going to 'stop poverty in it's tracks' when you can legislate or dictate consumer behavior? We've had poor people for thousands of years, in every culture, in every time period. Yet we think that we can 'solve' poverty - how? The people in this story made personal decisions, from joining gangs to using heroin, to fathering six kids with 3-4 different women - that is why they are poor. Sadly, they condemn their children to the same life - notice the son in this article, who won a scholarship for wrestling, but instead got in a fight and spent a month in jail, and is now going to be a 'father'.
Here's an experiment - since this article tells you where these poor victimized people are: Go to them and give them $2,000 to 'help them out'. Then go back in a month, and see what they've done with that money.”
“And if they don't give their children to others, what then? Should the government take them away by force?”
RubyMontana on Apr 20, 2012 at 19:37:59
“They already do!
Children & Youth.
If mom or dad is actively doing (or selling) drugs or behaving in any other illegal manner (the ones that skip out on the rent putting their little ones at risk for having no home) the county often takes them.”
“The author of the article confuses the issue somewhat by intermingling the stories of responsible, hard workers trapped in difficult economic times through no fault of their own along with stories of people struggling with problems mainly brought on themselves along with stories of children raised in this environment with little say in the matter. Commentary meant for one group gets confused when applied to the others.”
Carla van der Meer on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:36:10
“Whether the parent's have brought it on themselves is immaterial. The only way to deal with poverty is to stop it in it's tracks be ensuring these children aren't lost for good. Poverty is a generational problem, passed down like a genetic disease. Like a disease, if it remains unchecked, it will continue to spread, and we must be proactive. It makes good economic sense to invest the money now, so that this sad cycle doesn't continue, at an ever higher cost, both financial and human.”
“I don't smoke pot, I hate the stuff and what it does to those that abuse it. Making marijuana illegal has cost a great deal of money and has done nothing to stop its use. The war on drug abuse is worth fighting, but it needs to be done in the home and through education and through a public health approach, not through the legal system.”
“Making drugs illegal doesn't make them go away and is expensive. The war on drug abuse is worth fighting, but it needs to be done in the home and through education and through a public health approach, not through the legal system which is not cost-effective.”
“The house at West and Filmore (slide 3 of 17) is made of brick, not wood, yet it too suffered severe damage, although, strangely, the rain gutter remains intact. Maybe they should build the whole house out of rain gutter.”
theobserver4 on Apr 15, 2012 at 14:08:36
“Jointed steel for the frame is about all you can do. It would potentially save lives and that is the most important thing. There's next to nothing we can do to build tornado "proof" houses as they're just too powerful. Brick isn't much safer than a wooden/vinyl wide house at all honestly.
“We in the US won't acknowledge that the war on drugs has been a total disaster as long as the policy shields us from the violence and destruction those poor SOBs south of the border have to endure because of it.”
“After high school, I went to the local junior college, but I was just coasting without any direction or ambition. Much to my parents' concern, I dropped out for awhile so I could regain my focus. I have a lot of family scattered around that took turns putting up with me until I was ready to face what I knew was the best path. Once I was back in school, I met many like me who also struggled to find their focus. They stayed in school and wasted a lot of time and money and hurt their grade point average before finding their way. In the long run, I was better off waiting to go to school until I was fully commited.”
“These ideas would be helpful, but they don't take into account that that 80% of rape occurs between people who know each other, as was mentioned in the article.”
GetInformed on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:34:42
“I knew a very petite girl in college who as a freshman went on a date with a guy, went up to his dorm room at some point (perfectly normal, that was back when, for example, you had to go where your music was, not vice versa!), and then he locked the door and said she wasn't leaving until they had sex. Fortunately she had a black belt in karate, and after warning him she had no choice but to show him. We were all amazed by the story: realizing how vulnerable she would have been without that black belt, realizing from our shared experiences how often guys tried to intimidate women, and seeing the power of self-defense training to eliminate the guy's size/weight advantage. This was in the 1970's -- I'm guessing some (both boys and girls) are more aware and PC today, but that many others are much less so, being pulled and shaped by a media and cultural environment that is saturated with dominant-guy-wants-sex imagery and language.”
Michael Kittredge on Apr 10, 2012 at 00:12:29
“Learning how to fight someone off is always helpful. most people, at some point in their lives, will wish they knew.
People just say It won't happen to me, or my family. We'll take our chances.”
“Excuse my ignorance, is Wolfinger a Black person? and why would he need to recuse?”
WinslowWong on Apr 9, 2012 at 21:19:32
“It's called getting out of the line of fire. Some Roman guy named Pilate did the same thing a couple thousand years ago. I think the jury is still out on that one too.”
looneydoone on Apr 9, 2012 at 21:16:17
“You can find his photo on the official Fl State Atty website. He's w white, 65 year oild male.
Who contacted off duty State Atty Wolfinger (at home ?) the night of the shooting ? And at what time ? Why did he drive 50 miles to SPD to engineer the release of GZ which allowed him to go home for the night....and return to the scene the next day to perform in a "re enactment" of events, accompanied by his retired Magistrate Judge father ? GZ should have remained in Police custody overnight, and NOT been released until after the " re enactment" (at minimum) Why were GZ's clothes not taken for forensic/DNA testing ?
Wolfinger stepped aside, citing " a conflict of interest". What "conflict" ? And diud that "conflict" exist the night he intervened to prevent arrest of GZ ??”
debberae on Apr 9, 2012 at 21:12:53
“No he is not and he stepped down so that the investigation could be handled by someone not involved in the initial decisions as to whether Zimmerman should be charged.”
“I suppose you and many others will be lining up to take their place? Never ceases to amaze me how the people loudly insisting teaching is such a cushy job never get anywhere near the front of the classroom.”
nygcruz80 on Apr 6, 2012 at 20:57:33
“There are plenty of young people out there looking for jobs...”
BIGTERRA on Apr 6, 2012 at 20:50:42
Does that apply to the 50,000 applicants for the 2,000 teaching jobs open in Chicago?”
anvilacres on Apr 6, 2012 at 20:10:34
“many teachers out of work would love to take these job even for less $$”
“I didn't say I believed or disbelieved. I'm not about to beleive just because someone says so, but on the other hand, I'm not about to disbelieve on someone's say so either. I'm willing to listen to reasonable arguements either way, but I want reasonable arguements, not threats or intimidation.”
Hillbilly49 on Apr 5, 2012 at 21:33:39
“If I am going to believe in an Invisible Supreme Being; I need more than a good argument, I need some proof.”
“If God exists, then I think God would have the power to do all things, but by the same token, if an all-powerful, all knowing God exists, I think no mortal could be expected to completely understand all the thoughts, intentions, and purposes of God. That fact that God doesn't act they way I expect doesn't prove there is no God. It is just as likely that God doesn't act the way I expect because I as a mere mortal am not capable of comprehending all the ways of God.”
Hillbilly49 on Apr 5, 2012 at 21:32:15
“It would be nice to have this Invisible Supreme Being you call God, actually do something; even something small.”
ResearchTheTruth1 on Apr 5, 2012 at 20:19:03
“So you choose to hang onto stories of some "Magic Man" in the sky?
I should just start telling people that God appeared before me and told me to write down what he says in a Book and then in maybe a few thousand years I will have millions of people following my BS story!
Because that is no different then what you are doing now!”
Apr 4, 2012 at 12:21:44
“As much as I would love to join in bashing people's ignorance, I have admit that confusion is quite understandable given the fictional story of Jack and Rose set in the historically accurate setting of the Titanic, people (Molly Brown, Ashtons, etc.), and their actions. I especially enjoyed the accuracy of the final song reportedly played by the musicians. Also, I wonder how many are making a sarcastic little joke when they ask if the Titanic was real or if Jack and Rose were fake.”
“I love and respect my parents, but they and others of their generation have the mistaken idea that life today is like it was when they were young, It's demoralizing to be unable to find work after looking so hard, and on top of that be accused of not trying or be told to find some temporary work that will lead to full time work or some other advice that is no longer applicable anymore.”
Erin Ott Shaw on Apr 2, 2012 at 16:54:36
“Of course it's applicable. My daughter graduated from college, couldn't find a job in her field so she interned. She did 4 different ones (unpaid) while waiting tables to make ends meet. She gained some very usefull skills and experience and ended up being hired at a very nice salary by one of the companies she interned for.”
5timesband on Apr 2, 2012 at 15:22:21
“and why is it not applicable anymore? A friend of ours just got a permanent job while first working for a temp agency at this company for 6 months. They hire the good ones, make yourself a good one.”
“I did too and it was no big deal for me either, however, I sacrificed in anticipation of eventually moving out of that environment and being able to live with my wife and children in a place of our own, not to continue living with strangers just barely getting by.”