August 3rd, 2012


[share] "Trapping Children Indoors"

Originally posted by ysabetwordsmith at Trapping Children Indoors

Here's an illustration of how children's freedom has been curtailed over the generations.

If it's not "safe" for children to roam free, then either we have failed at creating a decent society, or we have failed to prepare young people for life; or some combination of those two.  If they are not taught how to navigate the world, assess and deal with its risks, then they will arrive at adulthood without those crucial survival skills.  And they will have access to far more dangerous things than a sidewalk to bike down or a tree to climb.  They'll be driving cars and managing their sexuality, and gods help us all if they don't know how to handle dangers safely before then.

This is so sad. It was already obvious when I was a child in the 70s and is now ridiculous, IMHO.

Links that I emailed myself overnight

… from the BBC News app on my iPhone:

Palm trees 'grew on Antarctica'
A massive scientific drilling mission off Antarctica's eastern coast turns up evidence of palm trees during a warm period 53 million years ago.
"The early Eocene was a period of atmospheric CO2 concentrations higher than the current 390 parts per million (ppm )- reaching at least 600ppm and possibly far higher."

Police apologise for rape poster
West Mercia Police apologises for a poster campaign which an anti-rape charity called "inappropriate".
Ms Anderson said: "The problem was the poster put the blame on to alcohol and women who are raped, suggesting if they didn't drink they could avoid rape.
"I think it's great the police have realised that the poster was giving off an inappropriate message and admitted on this occasion they got it wrong."

Brain training best value for ME
Exercise and behavioural therapies are the most cost-effective and successful ways to treat Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, an analysis shows.
An earlier version of this research, published last year, showed that cognitive behavioural therapy (changing how people think about their symptoms) and graded exercise therapy (gradually increasing the amount of exercise) were the most effective treatments.
However, the study provoked anger from many patients' groups which argued that pacing therapies (learning to live within limits) were both better and safer for patients.
Using data from the same set of patients, researchers compared improvements in levels of fatigue and activity with the cost to the NHS of providing the treatments.
It concluded that only cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy could be considered cost-effective.

Stem cells drive tumour growth (This is a misleading headline IMO because this article is about CANCER stem cells, not ALL stem cells.)
Three studies appear to confirm the view that tumour growth is fuelled by cancer stem cells
Three separate studies on mice appear to have confirmed the view that the growth of tumours is driven by so-called cancer stem cells.

Mild mental illness 'death risk'
People with mild mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression are more likely to die early, say researchers.
"The fact that an increased risk of mortality was evident, even at low levels of psychological distress, should prompt research into whether treatment of these very common, minor symptoms can modify this increased risk of death."

I emailed myself these links mainly so that I could read the articles on a bigger screen but I thought that I would post them here in case anyone else finds them interesting. Feel free to repost them elsewhere - doing this has used up my LJ-posting-foo-spoons for now.

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