Let’s Make Things Better for Children

Portrait of a sad girl

April 2021 was National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  With everything else going on in our world, that may have escaped your notice.  It did mine until I read Dr. Richard Grossman’s article called “Let’s Make Things Better for Children.” His article is reprinted here, along with an introduction to 4 The Children, a nonprofit that advocates for children’s rights. Child abuse is morally repugnant and deserves our attention.

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The Ten States with the Highest Covid Positivity Rates

  According to Becker’s Hospital Review, as of March 23, 2021, these ten states have the highest Covid positivity rates in the United States: Idaho:  21.6%.  The testing rate is 78 per 100,000 people. Iowa:  19%.  The testing rate is 51.1/100,000. Alabama:  14.1%.  The testing rate is 73.4/100,000. Mississippi:  13.5%.  The testing rate is 72.7/100,000.…

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The Greatest American Novels

  According to Ranker, these are the top fifteen greatest American novels ever written. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald…

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Wacko Legal Defenses

Defense attorneys and their clients are often wildly creative when it comes to justifying a defendant’s criminal actions, particularly when there is no doubt that the accused was in fact responsible for what happened.  Among the strangest legal defenses are these: Dan White and the Twinkies defense.  In 1978, San Francisco city supervisor Dan White,…

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Australian Recruit’s Letter Home

This joke has been around a while, but if you haven’t seen it, you should.  It’s very funny.  An Australian Army recruit sends a letter home.   Dear Mum & Dad, I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin’ on the farm…

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Covid Humor

Sign on a bookstore window:  “Please note:  The post-apocalyptical fiction section has been moved to Current Affairs.” “At first, I thought I had Covid because I couldn’t breathe.  Then I unbuttoned my pants and it was all okay.” “It’s amazing how badly we’re screwing up an apocalypse on the “easy” setting.  We’re clearly not ready…

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