“Why is the Today Show giving this small minded group any air time? They aren't reporting on the demands of the KKK are they? It is ridiculous and sad. What drives your reporting NBC? What is your purpose? Your mission? You seem lost and confused.”
“There is a case study you might enjoy - called "Million Dollar Murray". Another fun read is Jerry Jampolski's book, Teach Only Love - he is a psychiatrist that himself had become an alcoholic with a borken marriage when his brother, a doctor who was studying the healing methods of older cultures, died. He was at a loss himself so he decided to finish his brother's work, only since his focus was on the mind, he went off studying what ancient cultures do about mental health. His book focuses on one story of working with a doctor in the Andes in a small remote village. "What do you do when someone is crazy?" he asks. The Andes healers says, "We love them". Dr. Jampolski reacts, "But what if they are really crazy?" The healer responds "Oh, yes, well then, we love them even more."
Bronfenbrenner's Ecological System is another fun thing to explore - just google it. Social psychologists help us recognize the power of a situation, or really, an environment, over someone's disposition.
Anyway you cut it, someone without any resources, is going to be better off with them. Maybe don't give her money - because maybe she will spend it on the wrong things - but give her a place to live, food, clothes and most of all - friendship.”
“So, hmmm - who in this woman's life has enough cash to take care of her and still take care of him or herself? It makes me so sad that as a society, we don't take care of each other in this way - there is more than one person from this woman's past who could take care of her instead of allowing her to suffer like this”
Vicky McNabb on Nov 11, 2012 at 13:45:26
“But if she has underlying issues that are steering her in this continued direction (alcohol/mental health), that help will mean nothing. If they pitched in and bought her a new trailer paid in full, that wouldn't stop drunken fights that destroy the interior, that won't get her a job, that won't KEEP her employed. You can't put a band-aid on a gaping wound and expect it to heal itself.”
“Why is it legal to lie in an election? Isn't that slander or libel or something? Romney is just out there lying and confusing the people - what a smoke screen. Now I find out this is how he gets so rich - profitting by putting companies - and all the people who work there - out of business by sucking all the money out of them. Wow, third country society, here we come.....voter oppression, lying - he is going to steal the election no doubt - too. I saw a photo, probably here in the huff, of a river choked with garbage - from one of those countries that makes all our stuff but no one makes enough money to pay for social services - that is where we are headed, isn't it? The beaches are already getting dirtier and dirtier around here - no money for services to clean up the garbage anymore.”
“Romney is such a typical guy - telling you what you want to hear as a smoke screen to take what he wants - you can not hold onto any words he says because he does not use words to describe his beliefs or actions, he uses words to deceive”
“Why the urge to make the world a scarier place? Now he is seeking safety from community - I don't think he really understands how up until getting caught, his nightly endeavors undermined what works for all of us - safety in community”
“I read an opinion in our local paper declaring Obama has not supported women's rights because of all the lost jobs....hello country, Obama is not the cause of the crisis in our economy, the loss of our jobs, the attack on women's health services (that's right, going after abortion clinics has resulted in the loss of women's health services in many areas of our country). I can't say the President really holds that much power when it comes to building economy, seems like Congress is where the power truly lies - but when it comes to which candidate supports women's rights - well, take a look at the woman Obama chose - takes a whole lotta confidence in a man to marry such a competent and successful woman.”
Stephanie Eaton Agosta on Oct 17, 2012 at 21:47:32
“smart women know all that. smart women know our economic freedom lies in our ability to marry or not, who we want and to control when we want families and the size of those families.
Smart Women understand that giving up choice is giving up your right to control your own life.”
“I took the opposite approach with my daughter. We skipped secondary school, used community college starting at 14 to supplement a fun, family based alternative program that allowed my daughter sleep in, get all her studies done and have time for fun - she transferred to a fancy four year university as a junior at 18, graduated with honors and got a job in her field right out of college. What I learned from the experience is that she never lost her intrinsic motivation to learn. I think school is traumatizing. Think about it.”
“Imagine being in a room full children expecting all to sit still and learn. Teachers are not the problem, the system is - designed over 100 years ago to keep children safe, not help them excel, especially not in today's world
Today, youth development research points the way - but is mired by our youth deficit culture.
My daughter attended an alternative public secondary school. The recipe for success:
almost as many adults as children; she got to mentor, learn, and hold a job. Balancing autonomy with expectation empowered her to excel in college earning $50,000 a year right out of college - in her field of study.
People want to see my daughter - or me - as the reason. We are not any brighter or motivated - we sleep late, eat milk duds and, like most, focus on getting the most with the least amount of effort.
The difference? Her secondary school environment.
She attended community college during high school and transferred to a UC at 18.
I went to college (yep, had no degree) studied Child and Adolescent Development and learned that school traumatizes - our brains need support to build resiliency.
That's what my daughter's edge on the average student - resiliency.
We have the makings of a solution in the Community College system.
The public school program that saved my daughter - AFE - Alternative Family Education - all her classmates attended college - many on scholarship - yet this program struggles, unrecognized, pushing at”
“Thank you for saying what I am thinking and seeing. The more I learn about how our tax system has changed and the way rich companies and people use "foundations" to NOT pay taxes which could support social services, yet ironically get praised for setting up these foundations and giving out bits of money to supposedly help the needy, the more cynical I get.
I did some research about funding programs at one of the most diverse state universities - to help first time college students, many from the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, stay in college and excel - and I could not find any sources - six large, well known foundations have an initiative to increase college graduation rates - but the money all seemed targetted to paying someone to study the problem instead of actually helping college students graduate. How very, very sad - and the problem with these problems is they are hidden and the consequences will be the society we live with in a decade. Yep, I am cynical.”
“I am curious how you define "early life". What time of development are we decribing? I want to assume, based on the description of when the mice were deprived, that early life means infancy? Then again, the article talks about adolescence and the importance of socialization, and how the prefrontal cortex is still developing - developing myelin sheaths? Sorry I am not smarter about the timing of myelination.”