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Archive for March, 2009


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If we continue to pile the blame for rising crime in our society on parents; many are led to believe that babies come with manuals and that every parent should know how to raise the perfect child. But this is certainly not so.

Just about every parent of today is raising his/her child just how their parents raised them, merely leaving out the areas they did not appreciate their parents doing to them. Few of them have read widely on the matter; even less has taken any classes and none can teach their children what was not taught to them. Many leave the raising of their children to maids nannies, or teachers.

And if this applies to mothers, it applies even more so to fathers who are often not present and when present, they leave this role to the mothers almost entirely. When we consider that young mothers are trying so hard to raise children in an environment that has changed considerably from the one in which they were raised, it is not surprising that they are struggling. Many present day parents have grown up without a TV, a cell phone, designer sneakers, or even without electricity much less having a fridge in the house.

Without making excuses for any parents, we know the sense of guilt mothers feel when they have to be out working all day and find little time to spend with their children. When they do get home, they must also attend to cooking, washing and cleaning, what happens then? They try to overcompensate. They want their children to like them so they buy material things for them and attempt to buy their love.

Sadly, in many cases they bend over backwards to please their children, and in so doing the child finds ways of easily preying on the mother’s desire to please them – also compensating for the absence of a mother’s love.

Let us shift from the blaming each other and let’s see what we can do to create an ideal society for our children.

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Certain vulnerable people can have potentially deadly heart rhythms triggered by anger or other powerful emotions, U.S. researchers have found.

Previous studies have shown stressors such as war or World Cup losses can cause cardiac arrest.

Dr. Rachel Lampert of Yale studied 62 people being treated for arrhythmia and found that when they recounted episodes from their lives that angered them, electrical instability in the heart increased.

Lampert said her study shows that “yes, anger really does impact the heart’s electrical system in very specific ways that can lead to sudden death.” She said people with healthy hearts are “likely very different.”

============My Personal Opinion============

This is just another useless study. Can we please just say that stress can cause heart problems? Most of us can comprehend that strong emotions will cause stress and do not need multiple studies on the same thing disguised as viable research. Stop dumping down science and spending our money!

Have your say: – Do you think getting angry can kill you? I’m curious to hear the different opinions in the comments below.

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Over at BBC Caribbean there is very interesting discussion forum on the “The Migrant Vote”, and weather or not migrants should be eligible to vote by their length of stay.

The Caribbean migrant vote was a key factor in the recent Antigua and Barbuda general election. And with Dominica’s general elections just around the corner, the whole issue of the migrants vote will definitely raise some political eyebrows.

In Antigua, it was heavily campaigned for (and against) and is felt to have influenced the outcome of the vote in some constituencies. This is not unique to Antigua and Barbuda, it’s also a point of debate elsewhere in the Caribbean region.

One matter being heavily debated is whether non-nationals should first be naturalized, rather than living in the country for a specific period, before getting the right to vote. In the Commonwealth Caribbean, the right is generally extended to Commonwealth citizens; however, the residence period varies. But in the US, voting for the president is restricted to citizens but residents of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands are not allowed to elect the president.

The question is: So should non nationals’ first become citizens of the country they are living in before they are eligible to vote? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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