20090407

Capitalism Isn't Working

Someone please tell me how capitalism works.

20090406

Exercise of the Week: Rope Climbers

Try this ab exercise to work your middle.

Just pull yourself up the imaginary rope.

20090403

RIAA continues to be a bad deal

The Amerikan government flexes some muscle causing Russia to shut down music 'piracy' sites.

There is no such thing as stealing music, unless the name of your band is Coldplay and you stole a song written by Joe Satriani. That is what music copyrights are for. Not for sueing the pants off of regular people. Anyway, this is a good article. It provides plenty of opinion.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with listening to recorded music.

Here is to the eventual fall of the RIAA.

Learn more about the RIAA at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

20090402

Feed your toddler

11 to 36 Months: Feeding Your Toddler

Your toddler eats best when you give her both clear leadership and a sense of control. Get started with family meals, if you aren’t having them already. Give leadership by offering foods you choose, at sit-down meals and snacks, at regular and reliable times. At meals and snacks let her decide how much and even whether she eats from foods you have put on the table. Keep yourself comfortable by understanding her normally quirky eating behavior. You are following a division of responsibility in feeding.

The toddler is at high risk for learning to use food for emotional reasons. Toddlers are active, unceasing in their demands and prone to get upset. It is tempting to give food to quell the riot. Don’t. Instead, stick to scheduled feedings and sort out whether your child is hungry or sad, full or tired. Give attention, hugs or naps.

  • Have 3 meals a day at set times and eat with her—don’t just feed her. Offer her sit-down snacks every 2 to 3 hours between times.

  • Offer her the same safe food you offered when she was an almost-toddler.

  • Even though she will be skeptical even of food she has eaten enthusiastically before, do not short-order cook or limit the menu to foods she readily accepts. Instead, be family friendly in your meal-planning.

  • Let her eat her way—fingers or utensils, fast or slow, much or little, 1 or 2 foods.

  • Say no when she begs for food or drinks between times, except for water.


Copyright © 2009 by Ellyn Satter. Published at www.EllynSatter.com. For more about feeding your toddler (and for research backing up this advice), see Ellyn Satter’s Child of Mine; Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Bull Publishing, 2000. Also see http://www.ellynsatter.com/commerce/catalog.jsp/shopping to purchase books and to review comprehensive educational materials that teach stage-related feeding and solve feeding problems.

20090401

Obama administration to become fiscally responsible

In an unprecedented turn of events the Obama administration has issued a statement that the federal government will become fiscally responsible. During this morning's press conference White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, stated

"The Administration has decided that after some two hundred years of existence, the United States of America will become fiscally responsible. We pledge to create and implement fiscally responsible policies that will reduce and within three years eliminate the federal deficit. Public programs that millions of Americans depend on will be streamlined. Corporate welfare will cease. Corporate bailouts have happened far too many times. Taxes on capital gains will be returned to reasonable levels. We will crack down on military waste and fraud. Agribusiness will no longer receive subsidies totaling $30.5 billion each year.

These are but a few of the many changes that our government will implement. President Obama campaigned on the idea of change we can believe in. It is time that we not only believe it, but that we act on it. Government spending will be reduced. Profitable corporations will be fairly taxed. Salaries will be fairly limited. Unions will be encouraged. The wealthiest five percent will be fairly taxed. Income taxes for seventy five percent of the population will be decreased.

This country will finally be an example to the world. The United States will lead the way to sustainability and fiscal responsibility. The United States will never again be the laughing stock of the industrialized world. America will be the country it should have always been. Please see the White House Website for a detailed summary of the President's plan."

The Obama administration is clearly taking a huge step to rid the country of public corruption and to improve the lives of all Amerikans.