ENTROPY UPDATE The Progressive Review
Reason - A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.
What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents).
Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communitieswe have lost all touch with reality.
"I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, anytime, that underestimates children's abilities more than we North Americans do today," says Boston College psychology professor emeritus Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, a book that advocates for more unsupervised play, not less.
In his book, Gray writes about a group of 13 kids who played several hours a day for four months without supervision, though they were observed by an anthropologist. "They organized activities, settled disputes, avoided danger, dealt with injuries, distributed goods... without adult intervention," he writes.
CBS Philadelphia - A popular new trend is the social media prenup. A typical social media clause states that couples cant post nude or embarrassing photos that might harm their significant others reputation.
Its just a way for people to really put down on paper what the expectations are that after youre divorced or when youre in the midst of a divorce that youre going to treat each other with respect, says Aaron Weems, partner at the law firm Fox Rothchild.
While social media clauses are new, prenuptial agreements are legally binding and the penalty in this case is usually monetary.
Social media prenups are not just for celebrities or high-profile couples.
Its for anybody that has a business thats really built upon and relies upon their personal brand, whether its an interior designer or an attorney, Weems says. These types of things are important and can result on people losing their jobs and their livelihood.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than 80 percent of divorce attorneys say the involvement of social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise.
Manischewitz now owned by Mitt Romney's old firm, Bain Capital
PAUL SHIINKMAN, WTOP
Boing Boing - Hammacher Schlemmer's Human Bowling Ball is a $4,500 amusement for children aged 5-12: it consists of a giant, inflatable hamster ball and an inflated bowling lane. You insert your progeny into the former and entice them to run quickly at the latter, caroming off the sides to the amusement of all.
More than a third of British 16 to 23-year-olds (36%) do not know bacon comes from pigs and four in 10 (40%) failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow, with 7% linking it to wheat,
Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said it would offer "substantial payment" to MTV's The Jersey Shore's cast members to stop wearing the brand on air. "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said in a statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."
Teach your kid to be a TSA agent