I understand we aren’t suppose to judge others, but when I read stories such as this one: Family dog finds, saves missing 3-year-old in North Dakota, I begin to have a tornado of thoughts form in my little brain. Things like, 1) Why was a three year old left outside to play by himself for who knows how long. 2) Why did it take the parents so long to go check on him – they noticed something was wrong when he hadn’t come back in from playing. Hello? Hi there, your son is THREE YEARS OLD. 3) Traumatic, I’m sure, but why weren’t these parents charged with some type of endangerment. Maybe there’s something else going on here.
I know, I know, I can be a bit crazy sometimes. But seriously, if I ever thought about tossing my 3-year-old child outside to play by himself while I went back in and worked on the house, I would hope someone was sane enough to call child services on me. But maybe that’s just me being a little too over protective.
To sum this up: Thank God the family dog was smart enough to keep an eye on the child because the parents certainly weren’t.
While I do not agree with the idea that social media is leading the mass population to isolation, I do believe it is getting a little out of control. I believe people (myself included) need to start putting the phone/tablet/computer aside and focusing on who is in front of them. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been out to eat with family or friends and at least one or two people – my wife is usually one of the first – start whipping out their smartphone and shoving it in, not only their own face, but the faces of other people. It’s become a new tool in the gossip war. You can now look up people’s profiles online and show their pictures that they posted to family and friends to whoever is around you. So, while this video strikes a cord, I don’t believe it’s as bad (yet) as this spoken poem makes it seem. But yes, put the phones up and talk to one another. You don’t need 400+ friends if you can’t nurture the relationship with 3 or 4 that you see every day.
Do you like creepy tales? Stories that touch on the unexplained? Modern urban legends? Maybe the names Slender Man, The Smiling Man, or Mold mean something to you. Well, there’s a name for those things on the internet: Creepypasta. In fact, there’s a website/wiki for them, all compiled for your restless, late night perusal. If for some reason you haven’t visited yet, or maybe even have an experience you can’t explain (or want to share!) then click on the following link. Just be prepared for some sleepless nights should you stumble across just the right tale.
Creepypasta – Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction
FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Sales for Plan B (Article from USA Today)
The FDA announced yesterday (Tuesday, April 30, 2012) that the “morning after” pill known as Plan B will now be available over-the-counter. The box will be placed on stores shelves by the condoms and other contraceptives. On top of this, the age limit required to buy the pills will be lowered to 15 from 17. Buyers will still have to show proof of age at the check-out.
I’ll skip over the personal feelings I have toward this product. Instead, I’ll say that, having worked in retail for 7 years, this is probably the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. First, why even have an age limit if you’re going to drop it to 15 years of age in the first place? Why not completely eliminate a required age to buy the pills? Second, do you really think people will be buying these suckers? Oh, sure, you might get one or two boxes at the register every once in awhile, but let me tell you how it works. You see, in retail over-the-counter contraceptive department, the folks (usually young ones, I’ll give you that, and occasionally some older folks) will just walk by, pick up a box, take it over to the least crowded corner of the store so they can rip the box open, stuff the contents into their pockets and walk back out without having to pay for them.
So, there again, why bother with an age limit if you’re going to sell these from the store shelves? No 15 year old is going to pay for this pill now. And as for anyone under 15 that just wants it, they’ll steal it like they do the condoms and other OTC meds they can rip open and shove into their pockets.
My faith in humanity slips a little more each day.