Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UFO's and The Sexualization of Children in The UK

Don't confuse the title as a conspiracy theory. I'm referring to two separate and unrelated (maybe) news items. Read on to see those, and other engaging news items from the last week. I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions.
  • The National Archives in the United Kingdom began the declassification of UFO documents back in 2008. Now the are up to sitings that have occurred in the last 20 years. Pretty interesting stuff if that kind of stuff tickles your fancy.
  • A BBC article about PleaseRobMe serves as a timely reminder that some information (such as when you are on vacation for a week and your house is unattended) is better kept private in the age of social networking.
  • Lengthy, but fascinating, suicide letter left by the guy who flew his plane into the federal tax office. This is by no way condoning his actions. I find it stimulating to engage radical ideas and conflicting world views. It makes you uncomfortable and forces you to dig deeper and think through why you believe what you believe.
  • Another great BBC article on how the UK is wrestling through the danger of premature sexualization of children through the media, products, and advertising. My favorite quote calls out adults to own up and take responsibility:

"The evidence shows that adults feel children are more materialistic than in past generations.

"Children themselves tell us that they value family and friends above money, but feel under pressure to keep up with the latest trends.

"We need a significant change at the heart of society, where adults stand up for better values."

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