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Gaza’s Education in Rubble
The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent.
Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the first day of school. And thousands of students will need to adjust to sharing schools that escaped damage, because their old school now lies in rubble or remains a shelter for displaced families.
According to the United Nations and Gaza’s Ministry of Education, 228 school buildings were damaged to varying degrees during the latest fighting—143 government schools, 75 schools run by the UN, and 10 private schools – including 26 severely damaged or destroyed.
Priorities right now include clearing school buildings of any leftover explosive remnants from the fighting, and ensuring that displaced families living inside many dozens of schools find suitable alternative shelter. Textbooks and furniture will also need to be quickly replaced.
Gaza’s schools were already overstretched before the fighting, with a shortage of almost 200 schools. Around 90 percent of schools will now be running on a double shift, cutting each student’s school hours to just four hours each day. The school year is already starting three weeks late, and students will have weeks of psycho-social counselling and support before they are ready to study the regular curriculum. These students face tough challenges if they are to catch up with their compatriots in the West Bank in time for competitive exams next year.
Photo: A damaged classroom in the Jabalya girls school in Gaza. At least 10 Israeli munitions hit in and around the school on July 30, 2014, while more than 3,200 people were sheltering there. The attack killed 20 people. © 2014 Anne Paq/Human Rights Watch

humanrightswatch:

Gaza’s Education in Rubble

The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent.

Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the first day of school. And thousands of students will need to adjust to sharing schools that escaped damage, because their old school now lies in rubble or remains a shelter for displaced families.

According to the United Nations and Gaza’s Ministry of Education, 228 school buildings were damaged to varying degrees during the latest fighting—143 government schools, 75 schools run by the UN, and 10 private schools – including 26 severely damaged or destroyed.

Priorities right now include clearing school buildings of any leftover explosive remnants from the fighting, and ensuring that displaced families living inside many dozens of schools find suitable alternative shelter. Textbooks and furniture will also need to be quickly replaced.

Gaza’s schools were already overstretched before the fighting, with a shortage of almost 200 schools. Around 90 percent of schools will now be running on a double shift, cutting each student’s school hours to just four hours each day. The school year is already starting three weeks late, and students will have weeks of psycho-social counselling and support before they are ready to study the regular curriculum. These students face tough challenges if they are to catch up with their compatriots in the West Bank in time for competitive exams next year.

Photo: A damaged classroom in the Jabalya girls school in Gaza. At least 10 Israeli munitions hit in and around the school on July 30, 2014, while more than 3,200 people were sheltering there. The attack killed 20 people. © 2014 Anne Paq/Human Rights Watch

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"The only thing … is a good guy with a gun".

Yeah, right.

"The timeline released by Santa Rosa police says those shots were fired within 10 seconds of the deputies’ first report of a suspicious person."

I completely understand how a horrible mistake like this could happen, it looks like a real weapon and the cops are afraid for their lives and those around them, but 10 seconds? In 10 seconds they decided to kill this boy. Unless the person has already opened fire i think you need a bit more than 10 seconds to make the decision whether or not to use deadly force.

Mom ‘nearly pulled off six-year-old son’s genitals and then tried to repair them with superglue after he was naughty’

getoveryourselflady:

  • Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, a military wife living at a base in San Antonio, Texas, faces up to 10 years in prison after being arrested on Wednesday
  • She has admitted to getting so angry with the boy that she grabbed him by the scrotum and pulled as hard as she could
  • The boy’s father returned from work and found him crying in his room
  • The child is recovering from surgery and remains in his father’s custody

"A mom is facing assault charges after nearly pulling off her six-year-old son’s genitals during a rage and then trying to repair his wound with superglue.

Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, is a civilian living at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where the boy’s father is in the Army. She was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged by the FBI with assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction resulting in serious bodily injury. Vargas remains in custody pending a bail hearing on Monday in federal court in San Antonio and faces up to 10 years in prison.

The incident happened on Sept. 27 at the family’s home at the military base. Prosecutors say the father returned home from work and found his injured son crying in his bedroom. The father noticed bloody tissue in the boy’s underwear and the severe injury to his scrotum. He took his son to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where doctors found that the boy had a four centimeters long laceration to his scrotum and bruising to his penis area. ‘Due to the child’s extreme physical pain, the medical staff had to administer medication,’ the affidavit said, reports the Houston Chronicle. ‘The child was taken into surgery to repair the damage to his scrotum.’ The boy is currently recovering from surgery and remains in his father’s custody.

Vargas, the affidavit said, admitted to agents that while angry with the boy she grabbed him by the scrotum and pulled him to her as hard as she could, ‘thereby ripping his “sack” and causing a laceration.’ Vargas told FBI agents that she cleaned the wound with alcohol and then tried to fix it with superglue. ‘She applied superglue to the (boy’s) scrotum until the bleeding stopped, stuffed his underwear with paper towels, and then told him to go to bed,’ the affidavit said. ‘Vargas did not seek any type of medical treatment for the child.’

Vargas was not charged until now because the matter still was under investigation. She is currently being detained with bond and at Monday’s bail hearingprosecutors will argue that she continue to remain jailed. Federal investigators are looking at previous states where the couple have lived to see if there have been any prior interactions with child protection agencies, but the CPS said it hasn’t dealt with the family before.”

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lol what. no. children only need to know about sex when they are sexually mature themselves. and people lie to children all the time. santa, easter bunny, tooth fairy etc. im its like telling your child that your dog died instead of ran away. they dont need to know that its only going to traumatise them. im sorry but like society doesnt need to change and start telling children about sex thats stupid. i mean id tell my kids something realistic than a stalk, but theres nothing wrong with it.

You are quite full of yourself aren’t you?

It still lying, sex is very natural it’s only in the some cultures (Westernized or conservative) that we think it’s wrong to teach children about sex until they are sexually active. In many places children still share rooms with their parents and those 3 years olds aren’t traumatized by their parents having sex.

Now I understand you were clearly raised differently than myself because i was never made to believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy, and when i had questions about sex I got a truthful answer. The thing is, i knew how babies were made by age 8 but i still didn’t know exactly what ‘sex’ entailed. i never picture my parents fucking because i didn’t know what ‘fucking’ was.

Like i said, if they are old enough to ask they are old enough for the answer. Be very simple and don’t give any more info than they ask for, use words they can understand, and everything will be fine. I’m not asking society to change, i’m just saying you seem to think everyone should handle the sex talk the way you think is appropriate and you’re wrong. Different people have different ways of dealing with it and that’s fine, i just feel it is more beneficial to the child not to lie to them and just answer their questions.

Because they didn’t look the part these children were taken from their parents. I’m so happy they were returned because I’ve been seeing the story about that little girl all over the place lately and I feel so bad for her and her family. When will people begin to realize that color has very very little to do with your ethnicity, these little blond kids were Roma Gypsies and their assumptions caused these families a lot of hurt and stress

Solidiers

This is something I wrote last night, it is short but I think get’s to the point well enough. I feel very strongly about this topic and every time it is brought to national attention I end up in many an argument because if it.

The other day my sister was telling me about a video her teacher showed her class of some U.S. soldiers over in some country doing heinous shit to a group of civilians. Before either of us even got an opinion out on the matter our grandmother starts talking about how “we can’t judge them” because “we don’t know what it’s like” and “put yourself in their shoes”. This mentality pisses me off. I don’t have to imagine myself as a soldier and better understand them, i already know i couldn’t handle it hence why i am not a soldier. These people volunteered, were selected and trained for this job, they represent the United States, hold the power of life and death in their hands. I won’t apologize for thinking that they should be held to a physical, moral, and psychological standard not only better than Joe the plumber but damn near perfect and if they can’t then i don’t think we should be giving them assault rifles and sending them into high stress environments.

It’s like any time someone shoots up a mall or an elementary school; we delve into their lives and usually find they were horribly bullied, suffered from depression, and were all around under great deals of stress. We may sadly nod and look angrily at a failing mental healthcare system but we don’t excuse the crime because of it! We don’t say ‘Well if you were in his shoes you might slaughter a bunch of unsuspecting bystanders too.” Society tends to agree that nothing justifies mowing down babies with a machine gun; Unless you are a U.S. soldier and the babies aren’t our babies, that is.

Now before I post this i do want to say that I have nothing against our soldiers or any of the men and women all over the world who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. What I do have something against are murderers, especially when those murderers get away with their crimes. The same goes for the police; these people are held above the average man in society and I expect them to act like it and if we are being fair be punished harsher because not only did they break the law and take innocent lives they did so while hiding behind the badge/uniform of someone meant to protect us.

He Mele No Lilo

Seriously guys it’s babies dancing and it’s the most precious thing ever, watch it! The smallest has to be on 3.

Why I Don’t Donate My Hair -Bishonenrancher

I am more interested in finding a cure for cancer than simply giving someone a wig. Instead of donating my hair, I donate blood since some cancer patients often need as much as 5 pints of blood to recover after a chemotherapy treatment or surgery. I also spent nearly 7 years studying biochemistry and working in microbiology labs, studying cancer pathways and trying to contribute to the scientific community. I like to think that helping people find a cure for cancer will have more of an impact on patients than making half a wig. After all, no cancer = no chemotherapy = no hair loss. More importantly, no cancer = better health and higher quality of life.

Many people don’t pay attention to the rules stated by “not-for-profit” hair donation companies, which results in those donators’ hair being either sold or thrown away as they’re not suitable for wigs.
I don’t believe it’s morally right for many of these companies to exploit children with cancer in order to draw in more donations. For example Locks of Love makes wigs primarily for children with alopecia; only children who’ve received radiation on the scalp may receive a wig from LoL as that treatment can result in permanent hair loss. While I do believe that people with alopecia deserve wigs, I don’t think it’s right for companies to be playing the “cancer card” in order to invoke pity from the public who think their wigs are going towards a dying child.

These organizations receive money from at least 3 different places: from monetary donations by the public, by selling much of their received hair, and by subsidizing the wigs to the families of the patients - many companies do not in fact give their wigs for free. Wig applicants are highly scrutinized before accepted to receive a wig from these companies.

Yes, I have long hair. It’s my preferred hairstyle. I find it easier to manage than shorter styles. Just because my hair is long doesn’t give strangers the right to tell me what I should and shouldn’t do with my hair. That is called discrimination. People who keep their hair in pixie cuts do not receive the same bullying to grow their hair and donate it, and nor should I have to tolerate that kind of pressure.

Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too.

"It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," Ballew said.

It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.

Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.

The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name.

The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy’s two siblings — Micah and Mason.

"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," Martin said.

Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.

"The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," the judge said.

Are we serious right now? She has no right, well i guess she does, to change this babies name and tell the parent they can’t name their child what they want. Messiah is a beautiful word and if that is what they want to call their child it is their business. He may face some trouble but it is a bridge they will cross when they come to it, for now this is wrong and I hope something is done about it because last time I checked this was #Merica and we had this little thing called Freedom and even if it’s being slowly revoked we still had the right to name our children whatever we wanted.

We need to be angry about this. Children are dead in one of the few places children should always feel safe.