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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending January 17, 2015

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  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district
    • The War on Children, January 11, 2015
    • The Science Of Spanking: What Happens To Spanked Kids When They Grow Up?
    • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'
    • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out
    • Students Protesting Conservative Rewrite Of History Get Their Most Important Endorsement Yet
    • Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers
    • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League,
    • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district, American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers)

  • Here are five ways you can take action to stop the intrusion of the military into people’s lives.
  • Forced Military Testing in America's Schools

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The War on Children, January 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • Part 1: Part 1: Do Americans Hate Children?
  • Part 2: Madness at the Gates of the City

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The Science Of Spanking: What Happens To Spanked Kids When They Grow Up? Adam Mordecai, Upworthy

Here's an infographic explaining what 36,000 people and 88 studies found: Even if you spank with control, discipline, and good intent, your kids are more likely to have depression and engage in aggressive behavior in adulthood.

Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think', Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post

  • Scientific literacy (this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature) is crucial for society to function effectively, which means that we can’t afford to be messing around with the way that it’s taught in the classroom (denying children academic opportunities by teaching creationism.)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out, David Waldman, Daily Kos

  • Six weeks of school (counting from the week of August 25), and three teachers have already accidentally fired their handy little safety tools in school. 
  • Looking sharp, people. Looking sharp.
  • The Hidden Cost of Gun Violence: Meet a Mother and Her 7-Year-Old With PTSD

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Pat Bagley

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Students Protesting Conservative Rewrite Of History Get Their Most Important Endorsement Yet, Matt Ferner, Huffington Post

"These students recognize that the social order can -- and sometimes must -- be disrupted in the pursuit of liberty and justice. Civil disorder and social strife are at the patriotic heart of American history -- from the Boston Tea Party to the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement. And these events and ideas are essential within the study of a college-level, AP U.S. History course." --The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.

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Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers, Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League, Michael Schulson, Salon

  • “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are.” --William Deresiewicz
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.

Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district

  • Here are five ways you can take action to stop the intrusion of the military into people’s lives.
  • Forced Military Testing in America's Schools

American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers)

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August 8, 2013 | How can you help stop the intrusion of the military into people’s lives?

Here are five ways (you can) take action:

Campaign for an ordinance for equal access in your school district.

Equal access mandates that for each military recruitment session done in the district’s schools, peace groups are allowed equal time and access to the students to offer alternatives to enlistment. See examples of other successful campaigns and how-to organizing guides

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.

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Forced Military Testing in America's Schools, Pat Elder, Common Dreams

Wed, 01/11/2012 | There is great reluctance in American society to stand up to the U.S. military, particularly concerning the way it runs a dozen programs in the nation's schools. Calls for transparency are met with silence and indignation, a terrible lesson for American high school students.
 

The War on Children, January 11, 2015

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  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • Part 1: Part 1: Do Americans Hate Children?
  • Part 2: Madness at the Gates of the City

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Do Americans Hate Children?

Only three nations have refused to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are Sudan, Somalia, and the United States of America, and two of those three are moving forward with ratification. My fellow Americans, WTF?

David Swanson, Warisacrime.org / countercurrents.org 

09 January, 2015 | Yes, I know you love your children, as I love mine. That's not in doubt. But do you love mine and I yours? Because collectively there seems to be a problem. Ferguson may have awakened a few people to some of the ways in which our society discriminates against African Americans -- if "discriminates" is a word that can encompass murder. But when we allow the murder of young black people, is it possible that those people had two strikes against them, being both black and young?

Barry Spector's book Madness at the Gates of the City is one of the richest collections of insights and provocations I know of. It's a book that mines ancient mythology and indigenous customs for paths out of a culture of consumerism, isolation, sexual repression, fear of death, animosity and projection, and disrespect for the young and the old. One of the more disturbing habits of this book is that of identifying in current life the continuation of practices we think of as barbaric, including the sacrificing of children.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.

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Part 2: Madness at the Gates of the City

The Myth of American Innocence

Reviewed by Elizabeth Breau, Forward Reviews

Madnessatthegates/Home_files/Cover.jpgDecember 17, 2010 | As voices from America’s different political camps vie for supremacy, explanations about why our society contains the imbalances and injustices that it does often rely on unspoken assumptions about the relationship between the self and the state. The far left and far right both participate in the fray, and to many, it seems as though Tea Partiers and their ilk use far more ink and bandwidth than the voices of Amy Goodman or Thomas Friedman.

Barry Spector’s first book goes a long way towards redressing that imbalance with a Jungian-based analysis of the perpetual American “myth of innocence.” His starting point is Euripides’ last play, The Bacchae, which concerns the fall of the House of Thebes, and whose king rejects the god of wine, Bacchus/Dionysus, because he represents blurred boundaries, ecstasy, and “matricentric” celebrations of birth, growth, and death. As Spector uses myth to explore how order suppresses disorder and power relies on disempowerment, readers will appreciate how seamlessly the guilt and repressed anxieties of Athens were transferred to the New World even as our Constitution’s framers sought to reproduce its best contributions to American political life.

Elizabeth Breau: Award-Winning English Teacher, Tutor, and Writer, Ph.D.

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True Statistics about ‘Rape Culture’

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If the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) data face continued resistance, this would lend credence to a disheartening, though highly plausible claim: that the concept of “rape culture” is political theater designed to impose gender policies and solidify voting blocks. Stay tuned.

Wendy McElroy, Independent Institute

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January 6, 2015 | Rolling Stone magazine’s poor editorial judgment in publishing its shoddy University of Virginia rape article muddied the already murky waters surrounding the emotionally charged topic of rape and sexual assault in America. Fortunately, a federal study released last month sheds light on the underlying topic. Published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the report finds that about one in fifty women fall prey to such predations on campus—a far cry from the “one in five” claim that many activists repeat like a mantra. Moreover, the agency’s data show that “the rate of [sexual] assault is lower on campuses than off,” writes Independent Institute Research Fellow Wendy McElroy. “Females are safer on campus.”

What accounts for the discrepancy? Perhaps the most fundamental reason is one of definition: The BJS looked at rapes (attempted, threatened, and actual) and sexual assaults, whereas the “one in five” claim derives from two online surveys that included additional categories of sexual violence, such as unwanted groping and forcible kissing. Perversely, the revelation that rape and sexual assault are much less common on American campuses than many had believed may be unwelcomed news in some quarters.

Wendy McElroy is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. Her books include the Independent Institute volumes, Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century, and Freedom, Feminism, and the State.

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is a federal government agency belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice and a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System. Established on December 27, 1979, the bureau collects, analyzes and publishes data relating to crime in the United States. The agency publishes data regarding statistics gathered from the roughly fifty-thousand agencies that comprise the U.S. justice system on its Web site.

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The Science Of Spanking: What Happens To Spanked Kids When They Grow Up?

 

  • Here's an infographic explaining what 36,000 people and 88 studies found: Even if you spank with control, discipline, and good intent, your kids are more likely to have depression and engage in aggressive behavior in adulthood.
  • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

Adam Mordecai, Upworthy

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kiddies.jpgDecember 19, 2014 | You know what the most annoying thing in the world is when you are a parent? Other people telling you what to do as if they know better. Backseat parenting drives me crazy. Until I'm the one doing it. I have dear friends who spank their kids, and I always try to talk to them about the science of it. They always respond with, "I know what's best for my kids, just like you know what's best for yours." Which is exactly what I'd say if someone told me that I was doing it wrong. Every kid is different. Every kid has their needs.

However, during those discussions, I'd say there is science that backs up doing something other than spanking. They'd always ask for specifics. I never had them. Until now.

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Adam Mordecai: I curate stuff for Upworthy. I want my gay friends to be able to get married. I want my undocumented friends to gain citizenship. I want everyone to have healthcare. I want the media to do their job. And I want politicians to learn shame. Also, side note, I think Jon Stewart is some sort of oracle.

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Related:

Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think' Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post  

  • Scientific literacy (this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature) is crucial for society to function effectively, which means that we can’t afford to be messing around with the way that it’s taught in the classroom (denying children academic opportunities by teaching creationism.)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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