KEEP LIBRARIES FUNDED, OPEN AND STAFFED! SIGN THE PETITION!

Hey Miami-Dade County Commissioners…KEEP OUR LIBRARIES FUNDED, OPEN AND STAFFED! SIGN THE PETITION! 

https://www.change.org/petitions/miami-dade-county-commission-fully-fund-the-miami-dade-county-library-system

VIDEO:

WATCH: Mayor Makes OUTRAGEOUS Claim About Libraries

I’D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL THIS LETTER FROM THE FAMILY OF A MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA TEACHER:  

[WITH MY OWN THOUGHTS IN BRACKETS, OF COURSE LOL]

Hello all, 

I hope my intrusion into your interspace is not too much of a burden. 

I am writing to inform those of you who may or may not keep up with local politics about the situation with our local libraries.  

The Miami-Dade Commissioners and Mayor have decided that approximately the price of a bottle of water per month for Miami tax payers is too much to ask for the county’s library services.  

[WHY SHOULD WE CARE, AND WHY AND I POSTING THIS?]

The library has been penalized for being the only fiscally responsible department.  Because the libraries were able to maintain their budget and put away reserves for  “rainy days” the commission a few years back decided the fate of the libraries would largely go hand in hand with how long they could maintain off of a minimal budget and these remaining reserves.  Despite many layoffs, salary and benefit cuts members of the library system kept up the quality of service people had been used to and that had been nationally recognized just three years ago.  

We now face a dire situation in which the commissioners think it a prudent decision to lay off half of the remaining library workers as well as close more than a third of all county branches.  The remaining branches will be understaffed and in result only be open a modicum of their present hours.

[SERIOUSLY FLORIDA, NO WONDER WE’RE A NATIONAL JOKE – CAN’T COUNT, NOW CAN’T READ!]

Libraries offer more services to our public than free books.  

[I FOR ONE SPENT MANY HOURS IN THE LIBRARY, FOR SCHOOL AND ENJOYMENT.]

But even if the library to you is only this, then the cost in taxes is less than the cost of purchasing either a few books at Barnes & Noble or e-books from Amazon- saving you money.

[WHY SHOULD WE CARE, AND WHY AND I POSTING THIS?]

Libraries offer many programs designed to assist the public in a myriad of ways.

They are community centers that promote art, culture and education.  

They provide tutoring, reading programs, and volunteer opportunities for our youth. They provide internet services, and ways for the under-privileged and elderly to access social services and receive assistance.  

They provide education for new parents, and assist in building the future literacy and civility of our community.  

If you feel as strongly as I do, or even just the smallest of love for community please support our local libraries and let the mayor and the commissioners hear your voice.  

Thank you for your Time, 

William Noble

[SIGN THE PETITION! TELL YOUR GOVERNMENT THAT YOUR VOICE COUNTS, AND THAT OUR LIBRARIES SHOULD REMAIN OPEN AND FULLY STAFFED.] 

https://www.change.org/petitions/miami-dade-county-commission-fully-fund-the-miami-dade-county-library-system

EMAILS TO CONTACT:

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Hypocrisy

Hypocrites!!!!!

Using faith as a shield and a sword when their hospital needs funding (see article), yet when their doctors are responsible for the death of a woman and the 7 month old twins she was carrying that could have been saved, the hospital IMMEDIATELY throws their faith out the window and argues in court that fetuses are not people. Regardless of your stance on the status of life beginning at conception v. birth, the actions of this hospital show ME that money is more important than their own beliefs and their patients lives!

This is not a religious or political post. My views on both are private.

What this IS about is hypocrisy, and this should be called out if this was ANY hospital claiming to follow certain ideals – and then when they mess up they throw away those beliefs all to avoid the Monetary Damages from a wrongful death malpractice suit.

Relevant Sections of Article:

“The lead defendant in the case is Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood-based nonprofit that runs St. Thomas More Hospital as well as roughly 170 other health facilities in 17 states. Last year, the hospital chain reported national assets of $15 billion. The organization’s mission, according to its promotional literature, is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.” Toward those ends, Catholic Health facilities seek to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those rules have stirred controversy for decades, mainly for forbidding non-natural birth control and abortions. “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.””

BUT

“when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.”

“As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.””

hy·poc·ri·sy

/hiˈpäkrisē/
Noun
The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
Synonyms
cant – dissimulation – double-dealing – insincerity

Bullying May Be Linked to Mental Disorders, with children MORE LIKELY than other kids to BE BULLIES

Bullying May Be Linked to Mental Disorders, with children MORE LIKELY than other kids to BE BULLIES.

“Much research probing the link between bullying and mental health has focused on how being bullied contributes to the development of issues like anxiety and depression. But a new study suggests the relationship goes both ways, finding that boys and girls with mental health disorders are three times more likely to be the bully.” SOURCE.

But what type of mental disorders were identified?

Depression,  and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, apparently.

Here’s the Scoop:

Children with mental health disorders are more likely than other kids to be bullies, a new study finds.

The study, “Association Between Mental Health Disorders and Bullying in the United States Among Children Aged 6 to 17 Years,” was conducted by Dr. Frances Turcotte-Benedict, a Brown University masters of public health student and a fellow at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. She and her colleagues used data provided by the parents and guardians of children ages 6 to 17 as part of the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health, which included nearly 64,000 children.

In 2007, approximately 15 percent of the children were identified as bullies, and that children with mental health disorders were three times more likely than their peers to bully other children.

“There is a larger story behind why children bully,” said Dr. Turcotte-Benedict, a Brown University masters of public health student and a fellow at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. “And part of that story may include the diagnosis of a mental health disorder.”

It is well-established that victims of bullying are at increased risk for mental health illness and suicide, but few studies have examined the mental health status of bullies.

Depression was associated with a three-fold increased risk of being a bully, while a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder increased the risk six times.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder. That disorder, which affects between 1 percent and 16 percent of school-age children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is characterized by many of the traits that are associated with bullying, such as aggression.

Turcotte-Benedict said the new study emphasizes the need for continued research into the complicated link between mental health disorders and bullying in order to improve prevention efforts.  “We need to assess bullying prevention programs for their effect on children with mental health disorders,” she said, “and whether psychological support for these children has any impact on bullying behavior.”

Sources:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/bullying-mental-health-problems_n_2001583.html

Bullying May Be Linked to Mental Disorders – MedicineNet.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-children-mental-health-disorders-bullies.html

A Cause Worth Fighting For… Rett Syndrome Awareness

Rett Syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting little girls worldwide,

One (1) out of every 10,000 to 23,000 births.

It affects little girls of all racial and ethnic groups, and it is rarely seen in boys.

This syndrome has been misdiagnosed by many as autism or cerebral palsy.

Rett Syndrome is developmental disorder, not a degenerative disorder.

These girls will never have the ability speak.

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON RETT’S SYNDROME,

HERE IS A FACT SHEET

from the National Institutes of Health.

God’s Innocent Angels Foundation was created in 2011 to raise awareness for children affected with Rett Syndrome.

G.I.A.’s Foundation’s mission is to create awareness and to open a center for children and families affected by this debilitating disorder.
To do this, they need your support on every level, not just financially, but by supporting the cause.
The foundation is 100% volunteer-based and no founder or director of the organization takes a salary or benefits in any way from the proceeds.
ALL FUNDS will be used to build the GIA Center for Children and Families affected with RETT Syndrome.

The organization was named after Teri Rio’s niece GIA, who has been affected by this disorder, she’s an angel of God.

Please click on the link and meet Gia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDiwmaeY-U

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP MAKE GIA’S CENTER FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES A REALITY,

CONTACT TERI RIOS:
godsinnocentangels.org
5200 S. University Drive, Ste. A103
Davie, FL 33329

Another teen lost . . . Another star has faded…

Please take a moment to read the
Extraordinarily in-depth Full Article Here

Five weeks after posting heartbreaking YouTube plea begging bullies to stop tormenting her, Amanda Todd, 15, was found dead Wednesday night in Coquitlam, Canada. Authorities believe she committed suicide.

Her mother wants her daughter’s anti-cyber-bullying video to be used to help other young people.

“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted,” Carol Todd, Amanda’s mother, told The Vancouver Sun in a message on Twitter.

View Amanda’s message to the world via YouTube:

 

Direct from NVEEE:
“Amanda, we are saddened by your death. Such talent. Such beauty. Such a bright soul. Thank you for leaving behind videos to give us a glimpse into your life. Please watch and share this video of Amanda singing. We will pray for your family and friends and ask for strength and guidance in the upcoming days as these will be the toughest moments in their lives.

To all the kids who are bulling others, who are being bullied, and who are watching it happen without saying anything… Just know there is another way. When you think its never going to get better, just know there are organizations and regular people out there who are standing strong for you. We just need to find each other. COME FIND US. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND ACCEPTED!!”

http://www.nveee.org

 

Rest In Peace Amanda.

A Plea Deal Made Him Do It! Justin Beiber Releases Anti-Bullying PSA

I just learned that Justin Bieber has made a new anti-cyberbullying video, which was released Wednesday, October 10.

OK, so he’s doing he is part…

wait…

what was that?

He has a PLEA DEAL that calls for him to make an anti-cyberbullying public service announcement?

While it’s great for the anti-bullying crusaders out there, and for Beliebers everywhere, that he has made a PSA video on this topic,

does it lose it’s effectiveness when you know that he was forced to make it by New York prosecutor as part of a plea deal?

Not in the mood to read the FULL ARTICLE?

HERE IS A BASIC RECAP OF EVENTS:

1. Bieber’s Twitter account stated he was going to be at a mall in 2009.

(Remember New Kids on the Block/Debbie Gibson Mall Tours circa 1982? Yeah, just like that. They still do that kind of thing.)

2. Too many tweens showed up and safety issues arose (a mall “frenzy” lol).

(Tween: “a girl ages about 9-14…too old for toys, but too young for boys” – Thanks Urban Dictionary!)

3. Police asked his staff to pretty please send a tweet out that the event was cancelled.

(Not too hard, right? But WAIT…THERE’S MORE!)

4. They couldn’t do so because JB’s manager had changed the password to prevent anyone from cancelling the event.

FAIL.

Bieber’s Manager Braun and Def Jam Records executive James Roppo were charged with misdemeanors.

(oh yeah, did I mention that shortly after they were arrested 2 tweets were sent out cancelling the event, it took all of 15 MINUTES for the crowd to vanish?)

The charges were later dropped in a plea agreement that permitted Bieber’s record company and a management company to plead guilty to fire code violations, as well as reimburse Nassau County almost $8,000.

WHICH LEADS TO THE MATTER AT HAND:

The agreement called for Bieber to record the anti-cyberbullying public service announcement video.

I understand the need to learn from one’s mistakes and for them to repay the county for costs associated with their communications failure.

That being said, and after being privy to the facts behind the making of this video, does this change the effectiveness of this PSA?

Let me know your thoughts.

Oh yeah, here’s the PSA.

I’m going to go watch something NOT involving a young boy who eerily reminds me of a blonde  VELMA from Scooby Doo in this video…

Kids Create Anti-Bullying Flash Mob!

WATCH the video – LIKE it on YouTube and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for these kids who created an ANTI-BULLYING FLASHMOB!!

In honour of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message about Acceptance and challenge others to use social media as a positive tool. Choreographed by Jheric Hizon, Directed by Anita Perel-Panar – A Star Studio Productions.

 

 

 

HOW’S THAT FOR STANDING UP AND SPEAKING OUT CREATIVELY?