Sabelmouse

Vegans, Pro-Lifers, Animal Rights Activists: Do You Know What’s in Your Shots?

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In American media discourse, when Palestinians overwhelmingly kill soldiers (95% of the Israeli death toll) who are part of an army that is blockading, occupying, invading, and indiscriminately bombing them and killing their children by the hundreds, that is “terrorism”; when Israelis use massive, brutal force against a trapped civilian population, overwhelmingly killing innocent men, women and children (at least 75% of the Palestinian death toll), with clear intentions to kill civilians (see point 3), that is noble “self-defense.” That demonstrates how skewed U.S. discourse is in favor of Israel, as well as the purely manipulative, propagandistic nature of the term “terrorists.”
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trichandotherthings:

Let me guess, someone didn’t colour-coordinate their shirts well enough for you? That’s not OCD.

trichandotherthings:

Let me guess, someone didn’t colour-coordinate their shirts well enough for you? That’s not OCD.

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browngirlblues:

Women against feminism are basically just arguing that their individual lives are fine and they don’t care about what other women go through

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Telling children the truth about sex isn’t giving permission for them to have it — and this is the most important part — because when the right time comes, nobody has the right to deny them permission for sex but themselves.

And that’s the thing I try to keep in mind when I say things like, “We don’t touch our vulvas at the table.” Sex is something that ONLY happens when both people WANT it to happen. And that means that the only people in the entire world with any kind of say over whether or not my daughters have sex is them.

I don’t get to tell my daughters they have to have sex, but I also don’t get to tell them they can’t. They’re in charge. Your body, your decision.

I never want to be responsible for setting the precedent that another person gets to tell them what to do with their bodies, and especially with their sexuality. I don’t want to be the gateway for a manipulative, potentially abusive boyfriend.

So I teach boundaries. Appropriate places. Hygiene. I teach my children that nobody is allowed to touch their bodies without permission. When we get in tickle fights and they say, “Stop!” I stop.

And when we talk about pregnant friends, we talk about uteruses and sperm and eggs.

And most of the time, it’s not uncomfortable. Most of the time, I’m verifying information and the conversation lasts 15 seconds.

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It seems simple enough—let’s help children find mentors—yet in practice school has diminished our imaginations and actions to the point that most parents believe only professional teachers in professional buildings can help children learn meaningful things (namely, what is on the current education checklist). The origins of school are rooted in the industrial revolution and the checklist approach works well for mechanical processes—but people are not machines. There is plenty of research that shows our brains do not develop like computers, gaining more information as new codes are added to it by programmers, but are more like rain forests that are startlingly interconnected and work like ecosystems (“Brain forests” as Dr. Thomas Armstrong refers to them). Nonetheless, we continue to push school processes and workplace needs over child development and community, to marginalize parents and other adults from children’s education because they are not properly certified or trained by school.
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victorianhouses:

№ 2520 Octavia Street

victorianhouses:

№ 2520 Octavia Street

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exposethetpp:

This is what happens when corporations rule the world: bit.ly/rencocase So what are you going to do about it?www.ExposeTheTPP.org

exposethetpp:

This is what happens when corporations rule the world: bit.ly/rencocase

So what are you going to do about it?

www.ExposeTheTPP.org

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neurosciencestuff:

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Does handwriting matter?
Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.
But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.
Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
Read more

neurosciencestuff:

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

Read more

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Hate GMOs? Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Wants You to ‘Chill Out’

takepart:

he doesn’t defend the science he doesn’t understand the science. how can a scientist not know the difference between selective breeding and gmo?

unless he’s shilling when he talks about chilling!

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