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Gender Specific Toys: Do You Stereotype Children?

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      An interesting topic that appears from time to time.

      The toys children play with have an impact not only on how they see themselves and on what skills they learn, but also on how their brains physically develop.

      Some psychologists argue that this helps to explain why certain professions are so male-dominated. An increasing number of parents and carers now say they try to avoid gender-stereotyped play.

      As this experiment shows, though, it’s not always easy to overcome your own prejudices.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-40936719/gender-specific-toys-do-you-stereotype-children

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      Trump's Empathy For White Racial Grievance Is Nothing New

      Donald Trump has a history with white supremacy that goes back to his days when he denied housing to African Americans, maybe before. Who can forget his blatantly racist attacks on Barak Obama with all that birtherism nonsense? And his initial reaction to Charlottesville did nothing to state the truth of what went on there. He's let his friends right into our lives now, front and center.

      https://www.arcamax.com/politics/fromtheleft/eugen...

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      We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled Review – Voices From Syria

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          "Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few actually talk to them. Perhaps that’s why Syria’s revolution and war have been so badly misunderstood in the west – variously as a US-led regime-change plot, an ancient Sunni-Shia conflict or a struggle between secularism and jihadism.

          "We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled bucks the trend. Here the story is told entirely through the mouths of Wendy Pearlman’s Syrian interviewees, hundreds of them, from all social backgrounds, Christians and Muslims, Ismailis and Druze, rural and urban, middle class and poor. These best of all possible informants – the people who made the events, and who suffer the consequences – provide not only gripping eyewitness accounts but erudite analysis and sober reflection.

          "The introduction, alongside a concise overview of developments from 1970 to the present, describes Pearlman’s method. She interviewed refugees (who are therefore overwhelmingly anti-regime) in locations ranging from Jordan to Germany. And she interviewed them in Arabic, enabling “a connection that would have been impossible had I relied on an interpreter”. The result is testament both to Syrian expressive powers and the translation’s high literary standard.

          "These heart-stopping tales of torment and triumph are perfectly enchained, chronologically and thematically, to reflect the course of the crisis. They begin with life under Bashar al-Assad’s regime, “not a government but a mafia”, when children were trained to lie for their family’s security. “It was a state of terror,” says Ilyas, a dentist. “Every citizen was terrified. The regime was also terrified.”

          "Assad inherited power from his father in 2000. His crony-capitalist “reforms” meant “the poor got poorer and people got angrier, day after day”. Interviewees recount the 2004 Kurdish uprising and smaller, isolated acts of resistance."

          https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/12/we-c...

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              "The Air Force has kept bombers on Guam for years, and the Pentagon and U.S. Forces Korea--the USFK referenced in Pacific Command's tweet--have long used the "fight tonight" motto in South Korea to reflect the seriousness of their mission."

              http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/‘fight-to...

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              Republican Tony Tinderholt's Comments About Abortion

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                  I know we are sick to dead about this subject but I just wanted to show you that it is again a man who is not only acting stupid but IS stupid and we all know whaat that means right! YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!.

                  How is it that it is always a guy that shoves always the blame on the women while he if he uses his noggin could understand that there are always two to tango but why would he do that now huh no he would rather forget yeah get this, forget that a man has something to do with this to.

                  And that thing about its so easy to get an abortion here , forget about it if you find a place that would do it there are plenty of demonstrators in front of the clinic to stop you so it is not that easy at all and for the record mr Tinderholt it is never the solution for when you skip your period and then right away think oh lets have an abortion you are so wrong you need to learn first about the woman train of thought and her action in why she would want an abortion it is not just for the fun of it you can take that from me and thousands with me so go home and ask your wife or maybe you don't have one and that is the reason your so stupid to say all this.

                  Republican Tony Tinderholt's Comments About Abortion

                  This Antiabortion Congressman Doesn't Seem to Understand How Sex Works


                  It's a rough time for women's rights in America, and it's only getting more outrageous: a Republican state lawmaker in Texas introduced a bill in January that would make it legal to charge a woman with murder if she has an abortion. But Tony Tinderholt's defense of the bill, which was published on Monday, is both disturbing and misguided.

                  Speaking to The Texas Observer, Tinderholt said he hopes that the so-called Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act would force women to be "more personally responsible" with sex. He continued by demonstrating his belief that women perceive abortion as a last-minute contraceptive.

                  "Right now it's real easy. Right now, they don't make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of 'Oh, I can just go get an abortion,'" Tinderholt told the paper. "Now, we both know that consenting adults don't always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they're gonna have, which is a child."

                  Mr. Tinderholt evidently doesn't understand how sex works, either, because it takes two people to conceive a child. A woman cannot be solely responsible for a fetus because of the nature of biology.

                  It's also worth noting that it is not "real easy" to obtain an abortion in Texas, as Tinderholt said. In fact, it's extremely difficult for many women to have an abortion in Texas, a state where only 19 clinics remain due to stringent restrictions on the procedure.

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                  Was The DNC Hacked Or Was It A Leak?

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                      Interesting piece from The Nation. This looks like the real agenda..

                      The president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled. Forced into a corner and having no choice, Trump just signed legislation imposing severe new sanctions on Russia and European companies working with it on pipeline projects vital to Russia’s energy sector. Striking this close to the core of another nation’s economy is customarily considered an act of war, we must not forget. In retaliation, Moscow has announced that the United States must cut its embassy staff by roughly two-thirds. All sides agree that relations between the United States and Russia are now as fragile as they were during some of the Cold War’s worst moments. To suggest that military conflict between two nuclear powers inches ever closer can no longer be dismissed as hyperbole.

                      https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

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