Sunday, September 27, 2009

REPLY AWL

The August issue of Readers Digest has an article about a woman who had been a heavy drinker, but managed to cut down on her alcohol consumption. I'm glad she did this herself without having to resort to AA or something like that.

The August 17 issue of Maclean's has an article about a Dutch woman whose plans to have a ship roaming the ocean providing abortions and abortion-related services have been curtailed by the Dutch government. There are certainly some sick people in this world.

In the July-August issue of Canadian Geographic, Canadian author Don Gilmore wrote about his experiences at summer camp. I know going to camp taught me a fair amount of social skills and gave me lots of fond memories.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION

Elimination communication is based on the fact that babies know when they need to go to the bathroom. A parent can take advantage of this fact and, using things like cues and timing, allow the baby to eliminate in the toilet.

Method
To begin, start by observing your baby’s signs. You will notice that, before they eliminate they do certain things. Signs can include facial expressions, unexplained fussiness, squirming, etc.

When watching your baby, you will also notice that they eliminate at certain specific times, such as after meals, when they wake up in the morning or after their nap.

Once you notice your baby is about to eliminate, take them into the bathroom, remove their diaper and hold them over the toilet. Make a ssss sound if it is for urination, or an mmmm sound if it is for a bowel movement. This is to let them know that this is an acceptable place to relieve themselves. Eventually, they will learn to associate these “cue sounds” with elimination and will make the sound to let you know that they have to go.

Answering Objections

“It’s the parent who gets trained.”

Whether you are changing diapers or using elimination communication, you are going to have to deal with your baby’s elimination needs one way or the other. It might as well be this way as opposed to changing diapers for two years, then trying to toilet train your child when he or she is at their most oppositional stage.

“I can’t see myself doing this all the time.”

Elimination communication doesn’t have to be practiced full time. Even if you can only do it once a day or at some other regular interval, the infant still responds very well to it.

“What if you’re in a situation where you can’t get the child to a toilet?”

Elimination is very adaptable to different situations, such as in the car or out in public. However, if you can’t get the baby to a toilet or some other acceptable place, don’t worry. EC is like a bus. If you miss one, you catch the next one.

For more information on the adaptability of elimination communication, visit
Diaperfreebaby.org

Monday, September 21, 2009

COUNTING THE COST

Yesterday in church, our pastor preached from Luke 14.

"if any come to me and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters yea and his own life also he cannot be my disciple"

If we want to come to Jesus, we must first count the cost. Serving Jesus can cost us our relationships with our families, our standing in the community, all our worldly possessions, and even our lives.

In Grade 11 biology, our teacher showed a film about homosexuality.

She said, "If anyone says anything, they loose two marks."

This must have been two marks off our course because I don't remember getting an assignment on the film.

One student immediately said, and I'm quoting here, "They score by plugging guys up the ass."

The teacher said, "Eric, you loose two marks."

I didn't say anything because I was a fairly new Christian at that point and didn't really know what to say concerning homosexuality. If I had, though, I would have stood up and said a whole bunch of things. Oooh, I loose two marks for every remark I make. I'm failing this course and don't care about my marks anyway.

This film had a really bad spin, too. They interviewed a bunch of people who said things like, "When I was three-years old my dad took me to the gym and I can remember being in the shower looking around and thinking, "This is cool" or "When my son was six-years old I went into his closet and found Playboy magazines and I was surprised (when he said he was homosexual) because you can't get much more het than Playboy except for maybe Penthouse." For the "other perspective" they showed a Baptist minister at a protest in the southern United States. One of the mothers who had been interviewed earlier said, "I love my son." The minister replied, "I have no doubt that you love your son" then the mother interrupted him and they cut away to something else. When the Baptist minister was speaking, my teacher said, "But that's a 2000-year old book."

Now, let's carry this situation to a current classroom in the public school system, or even in some private school. The teacher is going to show a film about homosexuality, and she says if anyone objects to the content they loose two marks off the course. The students can't choose not to participate in the class because it's biology, not social studies so the film is being shown in the name of science and not in the name of pushing a social agenda.

There is a student in the class who became a Christian a few years ago. She knows all the arguments for why homosexuality is wrong. However, she has been a straight A student all through school. Her non-Christian parents prize good marks allmost above everything else. She can either choose to say nothing or stand up against this propaganda that is being shown in the classroom.

She waits till the film is over. Then she says:

"I'd just like to say that film sucked. That one guy was looking at other guys in the shower at three. So? Kids do things like that at that age. My aunt runs a daycare centre. The kids'll watch each other go to the bathroom. They'd run around nude if they could. And that guy who had the Playboy magazines at six. Did they bother to delve deeper into these people's pasts to find out other reasons why they might have become homosexuals? And the only thing they showed to give the film a "balanced perspective" was some minister at some protest who could hardly get a word in edgewise. As for what you said about the Bible being a 2000-year old book, so are all the Latin and Greek guys and we still listen to what they have to say."

The student has made enough remarks by now that she will be getting a big fat zero on the course.

At some point during these remarks, the teacher is going to say, "Jennifer (let's call her that), sit down or I will send you to the principal's office."

Jennifer can either risk being sent to the principal's office, or she can continue to speak out against this horrible propaganda.

She decides to speak out against it and is sent to the principal's office.

"Now, what's this about?"

"The teacher showed a film in biology class about homosexuality and said for every remark someone made against it, they would loose two marks off their course."

Here's a spoiler for any older folks reading this. "You mean the principal isn't going to stand up against the teacher's blatant unfairness?"

"You have no right to express your views in this public institution. You have no right to force your views on the other students. I am going to call your parents."

At this point, Jennifer can either recant:

"Mr. Principal, I'm sorry. I should never have spoken out like that. I won't do it again. Please don't call my parents."

Or she can do the godly thing and stand up for God and his principles.

Jennifer's parents are called.

"I can't believe you failed your biology course just so you could express your opinions. What were you thinking?"

Now, since the system likes to play with people like a cat plays with a mouse, the principal will say:

"I'll overlook it this time, but next time Jennifer does something like this, she will be suspended."

Believe me, there will be a next time. Maybe the next film will be about abortion. Does Jennifer stand up for her Christian principles or does she say nothing for fear of being suspended?

The thing is, she's already lost her course, so a one-day suspension doesn't seem so bad. The time after that, a three-day suspension doesn't seem so bad, until finally, getting expelled doesn't seem so bad. When you've lost everything, persecution doesn't seem so hard to bare.

Monday, September 14, 2009

ORLENA CAIN JOINS MIX 97

Orlena Cain has joined the Mix morning crew on Belleville's Mix 97.

Orlena Cain runs Sugar Cane Entertainment, an online magazine. According to its website, the magazine's staff is made up of "journalists, public speakers and media professionals" so presumably she isn't just on the show for her remarkable ability to get guys sexually aroused.

Due to the fantastic lack of details on the website where I originally found out this news, I don't know what happened to Ingrid Moore, the standard female broadcaster who was on the morning crew until only last week.

I don't know Quinte Broadcasting anymore!

Update 09/17: Ingrid Moore is co-hosting mornings at Mix 97's rival, Quinte's Best Music 95.5.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

REPLY AWL

An article in the March 10, 2009 edition of The Washington Post talks about how robots are being used to help children with autism and other disabilities learn to interact with the world. So far, these experiments are in their trial stage. I don’t know. Do we really want to get to the point where disabled children interact with robots most of the time instead of humans?

An article from the June 9, 2009 edition of The New York Times talks about the work scientists are doing concerning personal robots. In the future, they say these robots will perform tasks around the house, such as cleaning and laundry. This worries me a bit. These robots are powered by microchips. Given how easy it is to insert viruses, spy ware and malware into a computer, what unforeseen consequences might personal robots have.

For example, someone could get a hold of the code for the microchips controlling the Jones’s personal robot. Then, they could track the robot through a computer and learn sensitive information about the family. For example, the nefarious individual could see the robot carrying empty wine bottles, used condoms and porno magazines to the garbage from Mr. Jones’s study. The thing is Mrs. Jones is out at this time. The hacker could then use this information to blackmail Mr. Jones.

An itim in the July 31, 2008 Dr. Knowledge newsletter lists funny lyrics to country songs. The city boys who write these things don’t understand country music. They think all country and western songs are about trucks. Actually, the only true country song I’ve ever heard about a truck is C.W. McCall’s “Convoy.” They think all country songs are ridiculous and fit only for stupid rednecks. You have to grow up on country music, as I have done to appreciate it.

“All My Exes Live in Texas”: This is a classic song! It was first sung by Waylon Jennings, I believe.

The rest of the songs on the list are pretty obscure, not the type of thing you’d actually hear on the radio.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

STEVE MARLIN AND MIKE HILL FIRED FROM CJBQ

Recently, Quinte Broadcasting employees Steve Marlin and Mike Hill were let go, which is to say fired.

Marlin had worked at Quinte Broadcasting for 28 years and had been doing middays on Cjbq for the past two years.

Hill had been with the company six years and had been a full-time music director for the past two years, occasionally filling in on-air.

Quinte Broadcasting president Bill Morton called the firings "simple restructuring."

What the buck. Quinte Broadcasting used to be the type of company that never fired long-time employees. What earthly good could this move have for Cjbq and Quinte Broadcasting as a whole?

Replacing Marlin in middays is recent Loyalist College grad J.D. Brown. He's very talented and personable but this decision still sucks.

I just don't know this industry anymore.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CKWS-TV, CHEX-TV: FALL LINEUP

At this time of year, I like to check out Ckws and Chex-tv to get a look at their new fall schedules. This season, they have made the following changes:

Both stations now have an hour and a half of Cbc Kids programming instead of an hour.

Evangelist Rod Hembry is on at 10:30. I think this is a good thing. It helps make them distinct, and is better than the infomercial that was previously in that time slot. Hembry isn't the only preacher that airs weekdays on Ckws and Chex; James Robinson is still on at 8:30.

At 2:00, it's "One Life To Live." I don't know if this is a good choice of programming since soap operas are becoming less and less popular. However, they literally have nothing else to put on the air since "Stephen And Chris" is on hiaydis.

At 3:00, it's Divine Design/Take This House And Sell It. Again, the last thing anyone needs to see is another home makeover show but they don't have anything else to put on the air. Cbc apparently hasn't renewed the rights for Martha Stewart.

At 4:00, it's Ghost Whisperer. Though I personally disapprove of this show, this is a good decision from a programming standpoint since you can't see reruns of Ghost Whisperer many other places. It also might attract teenagers coming home from school.

At 5:00, Ckws and Chex were faced with the problem of what to run, due to the fact that Cbc is no longer rerunning The Simpsons, showing an expanded newscast in it's place. In answer to this question, these two stations have chosen to run The New Adventures Of Old Christeen. Personally, I don't know anyone who watches this show, but again it has the factor of being a program you can't see reruns of anywhere else.

On the whole, Ckws-tv and Chex-tv's fall lineups offer distinct programming, but they also smack of these two outlets just trying to stay on the air.

Further details as they become available.

Update 9/09: It turns out Ghost Whisperer is also being shown on the main Cbc network.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

REPLY AWL

There was an article in the June 24 edition of the Independent which talked about children under five being suspended from British schools for "sexually explicit behaviour."

The problem is, the article doesn't mention any specific sexual behaviour.

"Reported incidents included biting, a persistent refusal to follow instructions, swearing, running away from staff, kicking or hitting staff, climbing the school fence and throwing chairs."

Doesn't sound like sexually abused children acting out to me. It just sounds like undisciplined children.

An article in the June 23 edition of The Guardian talks about flexi-time, where children spend part of the week in school and part of the week being educated at home. The writer predicts this practice will become more widespread due to new home-schooling regulations in the UK.

"Badman (appropriate name, AH) called for restrictions for full-time home educators, forcing families who opt out of schooling to register annually with their local authorities, submit learning plans and undergo regular inspections."

Want to guess how many learning plans will be aproved and how many parents will pass inspection?

I really don't think flexi-time is a good idea. Homeschoolers should not be bedfellows with the public school system.

A post on the public school system is coming up.

The writer sites the social benefits of flexi-time. I'd like to point out that home-schooled children don't suffer less socially than children who go to regular schools. They can play and participate in activities with their publicly educated friends outside of school hours.

I would remind UK parents of the axium "you can't have it both ways."

As for home schooling parents having to submit learning plans, where's the guy who mailed the anthrax letters when you need him?