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POVERTY IN THE USA.

35 million threatened by the fear of not knowing when they will eat next. 12 million are children.  POVERTY - USA - CHILDREN

A government that keeps spending in a war that makes no sense while people at home are threatened by new kinds of domestic wars, in form of hunger, unemployment, lack of healthcare, etc. has no credibility, no moral standing, no legitimacy to keep going.

But we won’t overthrow the government with violence but with accountability. The energy is there, now it has to be channeled in one new idea.

Can you lead?

PENAL ‘Restraint’.

The Yell County Juvenile Detention Center (USA), uses this restraint mechanism called the ‘Wrap System’.

Some juvenile detainees call it ‘Torture’.

POLICE - The Yell County Juvenile Detention Center (USA), uses this restraint mechanism called the 'Wrap System'.  Some juvenile detainees call it 'Torture'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full story: http://theantimedia.org/wrap-torture-arkansas/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

\FAB PICS\POLICE – The Yell County Juvenile Detention Center (USA)

CHILD HUNGER IS EXPLODING IN GREECE– And 14 Signs That It Is Starting To Happen In AMERICA Too.

CHILD HUNGER IS EXPLODING IN GREECE– And 14 Signs That It Is Starting To Happen In AMERICA Too. 

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The world is heading into a horrific economic nightmare, and an inordinate amount of the suffering is going to fall on innocent children. If you want to get an idea of what America is going to look like in the not too distant future, just check out what is happening in Greece. At this point, Greece is experiencing a full-blown economic depression. As I have written about previously, the unemployment rate in Greece has now risen to 27 percent, which is much higher than the peak unemployment rate that the U.S. economy experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s. And as you will read about below, child hunger is absolutely exploding in Greece right now.

Some families are literally trying to survive on pasta and ketchup. But don’t think for a moment that it can’t happen here. Sadly, the truth is that child hunger is already rising very rapidly in our poverty-stricken cities. Never before have we had so many Americans unable to take care of themselves. Food stamp enrollment and child homelessness have soared to brand new all-time records, and there are actually thousands of Americans who are so poor that they live in tunnels underneath our cities.

But for millions of other Americans, the suffering is not quite so dramatic. Instead, they just watch their hopes and their dreams slowly slip away as they struggle to find a way to make it from month to month. There are millions of parents that lead lives that are filled with constant stress and anxiety as they try to figure out how to provide the basics for their children. How do you tell a child that you can’t give them any dinner even though you have been trying as hard as you can? What many families go through on a regular basis is absolutely heartbreaking. Unfortunately, more poor families slip through the cracks with each passing day, and these are supposedly times in which we are experiencing an “economic recovery”. So what are things going to look like when the next major economic downturn strikes?

A recent New York Times article detailed the horrifying child hunger that we are witnessing in Greece right now. At some schools there are reports of children actually begging for food from their classmates.

As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.

“He had eaten almost nothing at home,” Mr. Nikas said, sitting in his cramped school office near the port of Piraeus, a working-class suburb of Athens, as the sound of a jump rope skittered across the playground. He confronted Pantelis’s parents, who were ashamed and embarrassed but admitted that they had not been able to find work for months. Their savings were gone, and they were living on rations of pasta and ketchup.

Could you imagine that happening to your children or your grandchildren?

Don’t think that it can’t happen. Just a few years ago the Greek middle class was vibrant and thriving.

And we are starting to see hunger explode in other European countries as well. For example, in the UK the number of people receiving emergency food rations has increased by 170 percent over the past year.

This is one of the reasons why I get upset when people say that “things are getting better”. Yes, the stock market has been setting record highs lately, but things are most definitely not getting better.
Even during this false bubble of debt-fueled economic stability that we are enjoying right now, we continue to see hunger and poverty rise dramatically in America.

Since Barack Obama has been president, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 32 million to more than 47 million.

Will we all be on food stamps eventually?

Will we all become dependent on the government for our survival at some point?

According to the Boston Herald, even Tamerlan Tsarnaev was receiving government welfare benefits.

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits.

Isn’t that crazy?

And yes, there are some people out there that are abusing the system. In fact, the cost of food stamp fraud has risen sharply to approximately $750 million in recent years.

But most of the people on these programs really need the help. Thanks to our incredibly foolish economic policies, there are not enough good jobs for everyone and there never will be again. The percentage of Americans that are unable to take care of themselves is going to continue to rise, and the suffering that we are witnessing right now is going to get much, much worse.

Not that things aren’t really, really bad already. Here are some signs that child hunger in America has already started to explode…

#1 Today, approximately 17 million children in the United States are facing food insecurity. In other words, that means that “one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.”

#2 We are told that we live in the “wealthiest nation” on the planet, and yet more than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.

#3 The average food stamp benefit breaks down to approximately $4 per person per day.

#4 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps before they reach the age of 18.

#5 It may be hard to believe, but approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.

#6 The number of children living on $2.00 a day or less in the United States has grown to 2.8 million. That number has increased by 130 percent since 1996.

#7 According to Feeding America, “households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent”.

#8 According to a Feeding America hunger study, more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

#9 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#10 Approximately 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#11 One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy 500 billion dollars each year.

#12 In Miami, 45 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#13 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#14 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

For many more facts about the dramatic explosion of poverty in this country, please see my previous article entitled “21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know”.

Unfortunately, most of the time statistics don’t really tell the whole story. Numbers alone cannot really communicate the soul-crushing despair that millions of American families are enduring on a daily basis at this point.

How can numbers communicate the pain that a child feels when her grandmother does not eat because there is not enough food for everyone in the family? But this is what some families in America actually go through because there is not enough money.

Vanyshia tells about the sacrifices her Grandmother makes so that she and her siblings can eat. “Sometimes my Grandma can’t even eat because she has to feed me and my brother and sister.

Sometimes I don’t eat as much as I want to because I leave some for my Grandma because I don’t want her to sit there and starve.

Sometimes she doesn’t have enough money to buy food, so she has to go to the bank and borrow money. It makes me feel sad. I don’t want her to be hungry. I just feel sad sometimes,” says Vanyshia.

Continue Reading: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/04/child-hunger-is-exploding-in-greece-and.html#more

GREEN SCHOOLS – RETHINKING OUR APPROACH TO SCHOOLING.

GREEN SCHOOLS – RETHINKING OUR APPROACH TO SCHOOLING. 

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Imagine if your child came home from school excited as could be because they had been learning how to plant trees. Or what if your kindergartner started asking you to buy more organic tomatoes and kale at the store, instead of Goldfish, because that’s what her science class harvested from the school garden and ate as part of their afternoon snack. Would you feel proud and excited for them?

In our hustled world of traffic, office buildings and grocery stores, many awake and aware parents envision a more natural, earthly schooling experience for their children. One that teaches them about our dependence and inter-connectedness with the natural world, and teaches them the truth about the many crises the planet is facing. A curriculum that inspires them to be part of the solution.

Schools around the world are starting to integrate more ‘green’ skills and sustainable practices to teach children how to live in balance with the earth. For example, Waldorf Schools, a popular alternative to public schools, often make gardening and raising animals such as chickens and rabbits part of the overall school experience. Most Waldorf schools recycle, and science curricula might cover issues such as deforestation, pollution and depletion of natural resources.

Unfortunately, however, most North American schools, public and private alike, primarily focus on scholastics and standardized testing, leaving little time for the exploration of nature and the examination of the lessons that we can only learn outdoors. This leaves children rather unprepared to cope with living on a planet faced with so many ecological problems.

Schools Can Teach Green Skills

Although most schools seem to disregard the importance of giving back to the community and relating to the natural environment, there are examples out there of genuinely ‘green’ schools, which focus on hands-on exploration of the environment and on making children more self-reliant. Both of the examples below show how ordinary people have taken initiative to invest their own earnings into creating a new vision for schooling and better way of raising our children.

The Green School, a school for pre-kindergarteners up through high-schoolers in Bali, Indonesia, is an amazing example of a forward-thinking approach towards schooling. In addition to covering arithmetic, reading, writing, and other college-required subjects, the school teaches sustainable thinking and practical skills to its students.

We are building Green School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want children to cultivate physical sensibilities that will enable them to adapt and be capable in the world. We want children to develop spiritual awareness and emotional intuition, and to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities. – John Hardy, Green School co-founder.

Another example of a similar educational model, although perhaps on a smaller scale, is Escuela Verde, located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Catering to pre-kindergarteners to fifth graders, Escuela Verde’s curriculum is focused on fostering within its students an attitude of personal responsibility as well as responsibility as a member of the community. It allows children to build a relationship with the planet by allowing children to explore their natural surroundings and learn how to become stewards of the land and sea.

Ben Macrory, Head of Communications at Green School, Bali, discusses what sets this model apart from traditional curriculums, and the types of things that kids experience here.

This model puts the future leaders of our world outside of the classroom and into the ‘real’ world at an early age, so that we may foster a future generation of pro-active, and tuned-in people who have the skills and interest in developing independence from the current exploitative cultural modalities we have built.

A Child’s Vision of Schooling

Today my daughter described to me the perfect school, at least to her. It would be built on a creek, with several bridges to help you get from one side of the school to another. It would be surrounded by tall trees offering plentiful shade, so it would be comfortable to have classes outside. Students would be able to have snacks and lunch anywhere, and they would always clean up after themselves. The school would make their own compost from leftover lunches. Students would have a class that taught them to grow fruits and veggies around campus, so they would always have fresh snacks if you forgot yours or didn’t like what your mom packed for you. Strangely, it seemed that she’d already read this article.

She never mentioned not learning, not sitting at a desk, not reading or learning math or science. When pressed if there’s something she would get rid of, she mentioned bullies … not teachers, tests or homework. Perhaps my daughter, being 8, hasn’t yet gotten a headache trying to finish a difficult chemistry lab assignment, but I think she shows us just how easy it would be to transform the environment where our children spend so much of their time into something more inspirational and empowering.

Become involved in your child’s school. Find out what they are doing to empower the children and how they are teaching them to address the challenges of tomorrow’s world.

Green Schools – Rethinking Our Approach to Schooling

TWENTY THINGS A MOTHER SHOULD TELL HER SON.

FAB / MOTHER – 20 THINGS TO TELL HER SON

TWENTY THINGS A MOTHER SHOULD TELL HER SON. 

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1. Play a sport.
It will teach you how to win honorably,
lose gracefully, respect authority,
work with others, manage your time
and stay out of trouble.
And maybe even throw or catch.

2. You will set the tone 
for the sexual relationship,
so don’t take something away from her
that you can’t give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee.
Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you’re young 
because you’re going to need it someday.

5. Allow me to introduce you
to the dishwasher, oven,
washing machine, iron,
vacuum, mop and broom.
Now please go use them.

6. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

7. Don’t ever be a bully
and don’t ever start a fight,
but if some idiot clocks you,
please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something
that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly.
Forever is a long time to live alone
and it’s even longer to live with somebody
who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do.
This includes her having a successful career
and you changing diapers at 3 A.M.
Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. “Yes ma’am” and “yes sir”
still go a long way.

14. The reason that they’re called “private parts”
is because they’re “private”.
Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing.
Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason
is always a good idea.

17. It is better to be kind
than to be right.

18. A sense of humor
goes a long way
in the healing process.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely.
My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me
spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother
because I might be missing you.