Thursday Open Thread

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"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies."

–Robert Kennedy

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808 says:

    For all TV News people reading – I've got an awesome news story with great visuals this Saturday at 6:00pm, in both Golden (Mines) and Ft. Collins (CSU). Both schools have a lot of students participating in the code war and you'll get visulas like the ones near the end of this video:

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    A great read:

    A Middle Eastern Primer

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/opinion/cohen-a-middle-eastern-primer.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Now, if someone could please flow-chart this????

  3. BlueCat says:

    Seems most kids who are over weight or obese in kindergarten remain that way. The recommendations are for healthier food, less empty carb heavy choices, less sugary pop and juice and a lot of physical activity. Severe calorie restrictions aren't recommended as that could stunt height growth. Lots of concern over stressing kids about their weight. Fat chance these recommendations, especially on getting the kids away from the screens and out the door to play, will be followed.

    I remember futuristic predictions about human evolution from my youth. The projected picture was of humans, who increasingly had technology to perform tasks and therefore were increasingly sedentary, with larger heads and more delicate little bodies. Looks like we can scratch that ET look and pencil in rotund as the future norm. That and lots of diabetes.

    • See Wall-E for a look at our future, led by our robotic servant overlords.

      It's good that the report hit up on soda and crappy snacks. My school had no soda or snack vending machines – if you wanted crap, you had to pack it in. Now it seems like most schools vend snacks, often with debit card access.

      • BlueCat says:

        Mine either. And we had short morning and afternoon recess and whatever time we could grab by pounding down lunch and spending the rest of the lunch period outside. After school, we dropped of our books and hit the door for more play outside. We had maybe 20 minutes worth of stuff to do in workbooks for homework in elementary school.

        Moms didn't allow kids to sit around and watch TV on perfectly nice days and that was the only screen available. They bundled us up and sent us out the door in not so nice weather, too.  A very few kids were chubby and only the rare exception was really big.  We were always hungry from all that activity, ate plenty and most of us just burned it up. Kids weren't meant to lead sedentary lives.

        Mine's just old enough that he caught the end of the playing outside era. The family across the back from us is the only one around that still seems to do that. Their young kids, who aren't over weight, are out in the yard playing with the dog, jumping on the screened in trampoline, playing various games with various balls all the damn time. Makes my kitchen window like a window to another time. I love it.

        • notaskinnycook says:

          Me, too. I doubt many kids these days hear "Go outside and play." To begin with, there's no one there to say it, and second there'd be no one to play with if they did. The parental divorce wars of the 80s, when parents were "kidnapping" their own children pretty much ended that. Modern parents schedule every minute of a kid's day, mostly for their own peace of mind. They feel beeter if their kids are being watched and doing something "educational" . Blech. In my opinion all this has done is to create a generation that needs constant external stimulation. Kids can't entertain themselves anymore and I think it's sad. 

           

        • JBJK16 says:

          Damn kids today! 

          • BlueCat says:

            Unfortunately adults do seem to be damning them to a much less healthy and probably shorter life. Kids have never been anywhere near as sedentary as they are now and it's pretty obviously having a devastating effect. Not really that funny.

  4. gertie97 says:

    At my Catholic grade school, even if you packed it in it was subject to approval by the nuns. Milk (white, not chocolate) and simple sandwiches made the cut. Anything else was seized, allegedly for the poor children helped by the missions.

     

    • BlueCat says:

      All I know about Catholic grade school is my across the street friends went and described it as quite terrifying. Poor Linda was a tom boy with little interest in sitting at a desk all day and got the old ruler to the knuckles on a regular basis. The nuns were all Irish or Irish American which seemed to be the most terrifying kind back in the day. Other friends I met later who went to schools with mainly Italian and Italian American nuns had fewer terrifying stories and more fond memories. As for me in public school, suffice to say no one would have dared tell a Jewish mom what to give her kids to eat. No one. wink

  5. BlueCat says:

    Speaking of Jewish moms, apparently you don't have to be one to drive your kids nuts:

    In April 2013, the former first lady said "we've had enough Bushes" in the White House, brushing aside the idea of Jeb running for president. Barbara Bush said "there are people out there" who are qualified for the position outside of her own family.

    When asked about the comments, Jeb Bush said "she promised me she wouldn't keep saying this."

    "But she is 89 years old and if you have elderly parents or grandparents, you know they speak their mind," Bush said, according to CBS Miami. "There is not much stopping between thinking and speaking. I love her.”

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