By Frederik Joelving
(Reuters Health) - That clamor in the background? It's probably the TV, and it might be taking a toll on your toddler's development, researchers say.
According to the first national estimate of background television exposure, children in the U.S. spend nearly as much time around a switched-on television as they do in school.
Between the age of eight months and eight years, kids spend an average of 232 minutes a day with the TV droning on in the background, researchers found. Add to that the 80 minutes of active watching that previous studies have found, and you land at just over five hours of daily interaction with the electronic babysitter.
I recently wrote a blog post comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warnings about Iran to the flatly false declarations he made about Iraq a decade earlier. The post went on to refute three key assumptions built into America's anti-Iranian animus: That Iran is building a nuclear weapon, that Iran's leaders are genocidal, and that Iran's leaders are irrational. (It can be found at http://libertymcg.com/2012/09/30/netanyahu-the-bibi-who-crie... )
Last night around midnight, I was struck by receiving an impactful comment on that post from someone who identified himself as an Iranian man named Saeed. I've copied it here just as I received it, with all its imperfections:
One of the most troublesome developments for Americans who like Democracy is the rise of the "top-two-go-through" voting system. America's political system is already rigged to ensure that Democrat or Republican partisans always win, but this new voting system is set to make things even worse.
Under this new system, a primary election is held among all candidates (of whatever party) for a particular office. Only the two who receive the most and second-most votes may compete in the "general election".
In a nation with a healthy multi-party democracy, a case can be made for such a voting system, but in a political duopoly such as exists in the USA, maintained by federal laws that protect that duopoly against ballot access and media access by others, such a system is pro-Establishment and anti-Democratic. It ensures that even insurgent non-Republicrat candidates are excluded from general elections, and prevents their ideas from being presented to the electorate.
The simple "most-votes-wins" system at least allows a strong third-party or Independent candidate to force the "major" Republican or Democratic candidates (his opponents) to campaign hard to secure a win against the potential "spoiler" effect of an Independent's pulling enough votes from the Republican (Democrat) to let the Democrat (Republican) win. In contrast, the new "first-two-go-through" system allows the dominant party in very red or very blue districts to fill both slots on the ballot, securing the seat for the party without having to spend even a dime to compete with anyone else.
A better name for such a system might be, "The Establishment Always Wins".
Just a few days ago I commented on a post here on DailyPaul in regards to the nomination of Ron Paul for the Nobel Peace Prize! And I was stupid enough to express a glimmer of hope that I as a Norwegian citizen might POSSIBLY after all be able to be a little proud of being a Norwegian.
Today, Friday the 12th of October 2012 the shocking news coming out of the country I was born in, is that the Nobel Peace Price committee has, for 2012, awarded the Nobel Peace Price to........the EU!!!
This is so shocking and so wrong on so many levels I do not even know where to start! Except to say this: FINALLY the rotten game of politics has come to the surface in Norway also, more than ever before!! Giving this prize to the EU is even WORST that giving it to President Obama!! Much, much worse! And doing so in 2012 when the EU itself is creating so much unrest in country after country in Europe is at best just terrible timing! Except if you understand that the powers behind the EU project now are truly desperate in trying to give their failed project some "positive and good news."
Try to watch it with an open mind. If you do, it is pretty funny. If not, it will only make you mad.
I thought that was ignorant , although I think Ryan said nothing, and he pretty much agreed with Biden on foreign policy. Palin did much better than Ryan did in 2008.
What a crappy debate.
BREAKING! Head Of Security At U.S. Embassy in Yemen Assassinated
New Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli Preventive War on Iran
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is planning to press the Senate next month to pledge U.S. troops, money, and political support to Israel should Bibi Netanyahu launch a preventive war on Iran.
Graham claims his effort would merely make explicit that the U.S. has Israel's back. But when your friend is drunk, you don't hand them the keys. If Graham has his way, he will hand Bibi the keys and lend him our car, while the rest of us ride shotgun.
Jesse Ventura & Gary Johnson Tear it Up in Minnesota - Macalster College.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.
It might not clear up more than a decade of confusion that resulted from the state’s medical marijuana law, or reverse the proliferation of dispensaries. But supporters say passing Initiative 502 on Nov. 6 could make drug laws more reasonable, prevent thousands of arrests a year, and bring Washington hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for schools, health care and basic government services.
It could also set up a big fight with the federal government.
FNC senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Oakland, California's, lawsuit against the Dept. of Justice for shutting down marijuana dispensaries on Fox Business News' Varney & Co.
October 11, 2012
I've been pondering this topic for weeks, trying to find the words to communicate the full impact of this realization to which we are all increasingly awakening. Everything is rigged... the stock market, the news, the food, your taxes, public schools, the health care system, and on and on. Even Lance Armstrong's cycling victories were all apparently rigged (with doping), we're now finding out.
But what do I mean by "rigged" specifically? All these systems and industries are rigged to cheat you, to suppress you, and ultimately to suppress your human potential.
Think about it. The sick-care system is intentionally engineered to give you cancer, keep you sick, and keep you locked into a medical system that enriches powerful corporations while sacrificing human life.
The financial system is rigged to quietly steal the value of your money through endless monetary creation also known as "quantitative easing." The more money the Fed prints, the less valuable the money you worked so hard to earn is left remaining.
The political system is utterly rigged to give you the illusion of choice while parading in front of you two puppets of different skin colors who both serve the same masters (the banksters).
The food system is rigged with GMOs that actually poison you while spreading genetic pollution across farms and fields everywhere.