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Should Violence Directed Toward Children Be Part of Free Speech?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by:

I’m all for freedom of speech, but don’t we have to draw the line somewhere? On Monday the Supreme Court struck down a law that banned the sale of violent video games to children. Believe it or not, the judge compared the violence in M-rated video games to the Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Saturday morning cartoons.

The videos that will now be available for any child who walks into a store with enough cash encourage players to act out a variety of ways to kill, dismember and even sexually assault images of other humans. What’s next? Legalizing pornography for 13-year-olds?

I’m all for protecting artistic freedom, but in a world where random shootings are on the rise what can possibly be gained by letting video game manufacturers market extreme violence to our youth?

Supersized Mini-Me's

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by:

Chances are your baby is bigger than you were as a child. Chances are he’ll also grow up to outsize dad, grandpa and grandma. Babies are bigger today than any time in history–and they’re growing quickly.

On a world-wide level, people have grown in height and weight more the past three centuries than many previous millennia. Why?

There are a few unknowns, but abundant supplies of food and nutrients–and less energy required to get it–are the biggest factors.

While much of our bigger stature is a good thing, there is a down side. Humans have been around for about 100,000 generations. Aside from the last 600 generations, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. It takes a long time for the human body to adapt. Basically, we’re still hunters and gatherers at heart.

What does that mean?

We need a diet rich in fruits, veggies and meat. And, we need to work out.

Our oversized children can grow into supersized adults. Obesity rates and related illnesses such as adult-onset diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers were virtually unknown amongst hunter-gatherers. If we want to avoid the pitfalls or our size we need to make like the hunters and gathers and work our bodies and stick to a more natural diet.

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