Category: Dad’s Blog

Aaron Sorking Has Never Heard Of The Internet

Aaron Sorkin apparently has never heard of the Internet.  I mean, apparently without big new American news journalists, how would secret information from movie studios ever get leaked?  If I can’t hear it from Brian Williams at 630pm on NBC… where or where can I hear it?Where could I possible read it?

Listen, I love his show The Newsroom.  In fact, the storyline runs pretty close to what’s been happening the last few + years.  The sensationalism of traditional and social media.  That said, it’s as if we don’t even need journalists anymore.  The people are the journalists! Who cares how accurate a story is, blah blah.  Now sure, leaking information about employee’s children and medical records is absolutely horrific but so is making a movie about killing one of the world’s most unstable and dangerous men.  I mean, how f8cking stupid can Hollywood be?  Get your heads out of your asses.  Your stupid “executive” decisions have now people hard working people’s lives at risk.  Hard working… not Amy Pascal or Scott Rudin.  Who can afford the extra security, who’s kids go to expensive private schools… So Hollywood needs to smarten the f8ck up.  Besides, what executive of the world’s top entertainment studio talks crap in an email, or in any other part of their lives.  They’re spoiled brats too.  Rich kids who need to STFU.   Aaron Sorkin’s Op-Ed

Who’s The Real Ass

The Internet has pretty much broken us.  We can’t seem to do anything without posting a f8cking picture of it.  Here’s a perfect example of that.  Kylie “I work really hard” Jenner.  People might say, “oh they’re just having fun…” but at who’s expense?  Yours and your children’s.  Their antics make parenting a lot f8cking harder.  As if it’s not already tough enough raising good kids, now you have to deal with crap like the Kardashians.  And their spitting out kids like a Pez dispenser, so there’s really no end in sight.  Right now I’m picturing Snake Plissken surfing down Sunset… it’s pretty much where we’re headed.

How Do You Spell Hypocrite: Jon Stewart

He didn’t really have to film in Jordan.  He didn’t really have to stroke Abdullah’s c8ck:

When “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart first interviewed King Abdullah II of Jordan in September 2010, the monarch and comedian really hit it off. Stewart praised Abdullah for his moderation, saying he had spent a lifetime “fighting poverty.” The king chuckled, thanked Stewart and returned the compliment. “I watch ‘The Daily Show’ every night,” he said, half-kidding.

As the two men chatted, a student named Hatim al-Shuli was spending his second month in a Jordanian military prison, after he allegedly penned a poem “critical of the king” — a crime that carries a three-year sentence. (Al-Shuli denied writing it.)

No one would ever suspect that the guest on “The Daily Show” that night, with his charming English accent and dignified demeanor, was at the helm of a family-run autocracy with a long track record of human rights abuses…

Using an actual Jordanian prison as a movie set, Stewart staged emotional scenes in which the Iranian secret police torment Bahari and accuse him of being a foreign spy. Stewart later said that he hoped that audiences would take away from the movie that “those who wish to express themselves should not ever be subjected to the terrible conditions that Maziar found himself in.”

Unfortunately for many in Jordan, Bahari’s plight would not be unfamiliar. For the past 15 years, political life in the kingdom has been dominated by Abdullah, Queen Rania and a close network of allied families known as east bankers, who hail from the east side of the Jordan river.  source

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

I’m guessing this also includes those LeapPad games…I’m totally guilty of this.  My kid who’s about to be 2, doesn’t really use the ipad per se, as much as he throws the thing around:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research.

1. Rapid brain growth
Between 0 and 2 years, infant’s brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).

2. Delayed Development
Technology use restricts movement, which can result in delayed development. One in three children now enter school developmentally delayed, negatively impacting literacy and academic achievement (HELP EDI Maps 2013). Movement enhances attention and learning ability (Ratey 2008). Use of technology under the age of 12 years is detrimental to child development and learning (Rowan 2010).

3. Epidemic Obesity
TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity (Tremblay 2005). Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have 30% increased incidence of obesity (Feng 2011). One in four Canadian, and one in three U.S. children are obese (Tremblay 2011). 30% of children with obesity will develop diabetes, and obese individuals are at higher risk for early stroke and heart attack, gravely shortening life expectancy (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2010). Largely due to obesity, 21st century children may be the first generation many of whom will not outlive their parents (Professor Andrew Prentice, BBC News 2002).

4. Sleep Deprivation
60% of parents do not supervise their child’s technology usage, and 75% of children are allowed technology in their bedrooms (Kaiser Foundation 2010). 75% of children aged 9 and 10 years are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are detrimentally impacted (Boston College 2012).

5. Mental Illness
Technology overuse is implicated as a causal factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and problematic child behavior (Bristol University 2010, Mentzoni 2011, Shin 2011, Liberatore 2011, Robinson 2008). One in six Canadian children have a diagnosed mental illness, many of whom are on dangerous psychotropic medication (Waddell 2007).

6. Aggression
Violent media content can cause child aggression (Anderson, 2007). Young children are increasingly exposed to rising incidence of physical and sexual violence in today’s media. “Grand Theft Auto V” portrays explicit sex, murder, rape, torture and mutilation, as do many movies and TV shows. The U.S. has categorized media violence as a Public Health Risk due to causal impact on child aggression (Huesmann 2007). Media reports increased use of restraints and seclusion rooms with children who exhibit uncontrolled aggression.

7. Digital dementia
High speed media content can contribute to attention deficit, as well as decreased concentration and memory, due to the brain pruning neuronal tracks to the frontal cortex (Christakis 2004, Small 2008). Children who can’t pay attention can’t learn.

8. Addictions
As parents attach more and more to technology, they are detaching from their children. In the absence of parental attachment, detached children can attach to devices, which can result in addiction (Rowan 2010). One in 11 children aged 8-18 years are addicted to technology (Gentile 2009).

9. Radiation emission
In May of 2011, the World Health Organization classified cell phones (and other wireless devices) as a category 2B risk (possible carcinogen) due to radiation emission (WHO 2011). James McNamee with Health Canada in October of 2011 issued a cautionary warning stating “Children are more sensitive to a variety of agents than adults as their brains and immune systems are still developing, so you can’t say the risk would be equal for a small adult as for a child.” (Globe and Mail 2011). In December, 2013 Dr. Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health recommend that based on new research, radio frequency exposure should be reclassified as a 2A (probable carcinogen), not a 2B (possible carcinogen). American Academy of Pediatrics requested review of EMF radiation emissions from technology devices, citing three reasons regarding impact on children (AAP 2013).

10. Unsustainable
The ways in which children are raised and educated with technology are no longer sustainable (Rowan 2010). Children are our future, but there is no future for children who overuse technology. A team-based approach is necessary and urgent in order to reduce the use of technology by children. Please reference below slide shows on www.zonein.ca under “videos” to share with others who are concerned about technology overuse by children.

Technology Use Guidelines for Children and Youth

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I Won’t Be Ignored Dan

So the other day, the wife and I decide to take the kids to the mall.  I mean what better way to spend some quality time together than 8pm on a Friday, at the mall… Anyway, as we’re walking I hear a lady behind me start to scold her kid.  “Next time I tell you we’re leaving, I expect you to come.”  “You need to listen to me when I tell you something…” I couldn’t help but smile.  We’ve all had the same conversation with our kids time and again.  The lady wasn’t finished, she kept telling her kid how she needs to listen better etc. etc.  At this point, they started to make their way across the mall.  I took the opportunity to look over at the lady (who was still talking to her kid)…much to my surprise, the lady was texting the entire time.  The girl, eyes red and puffy from crying, was clinging to her mother’s arm dragging herself along whilst the mother, never looking up once continued texting while explaining the importance of listening.  I can’t even…

Rhiannon Giddens Killing It!

#RhiannonGiddens ~  I’m pretty cynical.  Most things I hear or see these days sucks ass.  So imagine my awesome surprise when I stumbled up SHOWTIME’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.  To discover something fresh in today’s world of over-hype is pretty unique.  Of course it should come as no surprise that these are Bob Dylan songs… so naturally it’s going to carry some weight.  Show highlights are: When I Get My Hands On You (Marcus Mumford) and Liberty Street (Taylor Goldsmith) – who I just stumbled across for the first time.  Safe to say I’m going to start listening to DAWES.  Blah blah… it’s Sunday, time to return to the couch.  Just thought I’d drop a little post on you … sharing something awesome.  Turn it up…

Our Biggest Challenge. The Kardashians.

How amazing is this girl?  BUT… did you know you can get the same fuller lips as Kylie Jenner, using a technique called, “over liner…” but more about that later…

At 16 years old, Dira Noverani is making it her mission to help educate children in Indonesia about the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene.

“In my country, more than 63 million people practice open defecation; 46% of households do not use improved latrine facilities.”

Dira Noverani of Depok, Indonesia was recently acting as an instructor at a youth programme in a facility with an intolerable sanitation situation. The lack of a proper toilet caused her to become sick and eventually hospitalised. Following that experience, Dira made it her mission to spread awareness about the importance of personal hygiene to young children. more

I’d Rather Live In An Orphanage Than Be A Kardashian

How stupid is Kim Kardashian… as if I need to remind you?  Anyway, this feel good story proves that even children without parents, or a real future feel they are better off than if they lived a Kardashian life.  Read how stupid Kim sounded when she spoke of becoming an influence in a child’s life.  Like totally…

After the visit, Kim declared on camera: ‘When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life. And I think that looking into adoption would be amazing. ‘I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told (husband) Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.’read more

Kardashians Help Recruit American Jihadists

I was telling my buddy the other day how discouraging it is to raise a daughter these days.  Everywhere we look, everywhere we read, in one way or another, vapid women are celebrated.  There only seems to be 2 choices there days, give up your morals and flash your crotch, or join ISIS (which I guess is also giving up your morals).  So if I were a 15 year old girl, and every day I had to contend with all the shit that is thrown at me every day, all the pressure caused by the media, I too might think about joining some far off militant group.  If we need any further proof of how ‘effed up we are, look no further than TIME MAGAZINE’s list of 25 most influential teens.  The f8cking Jenners rank higher than Malala Yousafzai.  It’s simply not right. Is it TIME’s fault, no.  They’re just the messenger.

So you can do an amazing job as a parent, but your kid will be drawn more to Reality TV, than to reality itself.  If you think the bullsh8t Kardashians aren’t hurting our country, you’re wrong.  Why worry about terrorist cells hiding in Michigan, when there’s a whole f8cking family of them living right here in Hollywood.  There’s no reward for doing the right thing anymore…

Scooby-Doo Sells Out

So it’s been a while since I watched Scooby-Doo.  But now that my daughter is a bit older, we enjoy watching all the episodes together.  All the OLD episodes on Boomerang.  I get that everything changes.  But listening to the new Scooby-Doo theme song, is down right offensive.  In fact, watching the new Scooby-Doo is brutal.  In one episode, Thelma actually told Shaggy to “shut-up”.  I get the need to update graphics, but to change the entire theme of a show from a group of laid back mystery solvers, to a group jacked-up, electric foul mouth kids is wrong.  Same thing with Tom and Jerry.  Since when could Tom talk?  F8cking brutal.  Not everything needs to be sped up, in your face.  Kids need calm.

Listen to the old intro, then the new one.. you’ll see what I mean.  Feels like my whole childhood was a lie.  It was.  But this makes it sting a bit more.

 Original: Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts

New: Simple Plan

The Fat Nanny and Hand Sanitizer

I’m thinking that if you’re going to hire a nanny, at least make sure she can keep up with your kid.  Or just stuff the kid full of crap, so she won’t be as fast.  That’ll work too.  I see scores and scores of this at the park.  Fat nannies sitting on a bench, texting, or watching movies while their kids run a muck all over the playground.  My Saturday night was awesome.  I got to spend about an hour scrapping Cinderella stickers of my daughter’s mirror.  The trick is to use hand sanitizer.  Soak the stickers then take a scrapper and get to work.  I simply used a plastic lid from my kid’s fake dishware.  So much fun.

cleaning stickers of a mirror