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  1. I'm not so sure that it is. We're supposed to care for our children, and in extreme cases we may have to give our lives to save our children. The analysis is a little bit different at the very beginning of life, though. Is it really a good idea to orphan a child at the beginning of life? Doesn't the parent's life have value at least equal to the potential for life of a person not born yet? What if there are other children-- are we to leave them without a mother in order to bring a medically challenged pregnancy to fruition? If not, and that's the only differentiator, once again I think the value system may be wrong in completely disregarding the life of the mother. It just doesn't make sense to me from a logical or moral standpoint to have a rule that a mother's duty is to die to save an unborn child. I personally think it's a terrible situation, but that irrespective of any self-sacrificing motherly impulses, it's irresponsible to kill oneself in order that a child be born that one is also morally obligated to care for.
  2. I'd be shocked too. That sort of misinformation could actually hurt a child's educational and professional prospects down the line.
  3. How about this ode by Canadian cheese poet James McIntyre? Or this tragic poem?
  4. You can't assume there are no injuries in this case. I'm assuming there are significant injuries.
  5. ... or the hair shaving. A girl can look ordinary with short hair. I agree.
  6. Uness there are relevant facts not stated in the article, the lawsuit is frivolous. Hopefully a judge will see it that way and entertain a motion for attorney's fees.
  7. Try to verify whether what the IT person said is accurate. Then consider simpy removing it. In the meantime make sure the possibly infected computer is completely off your network (i.e. not connected to your wireless router), and I would let the kids use your other computers.
  8. If your husband was extended an offer of employment that he wanted to take, he shoud have taken it before it was rescinded. I don't think it's going to help to try to correct the record; the offer's off the table. One thing your husband could try is grabbing his cojones, going in there and telling them that he knows he's valuable to them or they wouldn't have kept him there this long, but that of course he has to keep looking for a job until they have actually hired him on. Part of the issue here is that he has weakly sat there and taken it as they suggest that it's his fault he hasn't been hired on. In your husband's place, I'd essentially tell them to sh** or get off the pot, while projecting that I knew my own worth and could go elsewhere. I'd repeat that I'd shown lots of patience with their endless shift changes in good faith, but that if there's not a job, I have to look elsewhere. You're always better off dealing from a position of strength. In the meantime I'd go ahead and work on the deck. He can make any number of excuses, but when the demands of the employer that will likely not hire him on permanently (and will likey fire him) interfere with his attempts to secure other employment, something has to give. It's time for your husband to push back appropriately. It's not time for him to simply quit, since that would worsen your financial situation in the short term. A side question: Are you sure he's getting paid for all this overtime that he's asked to work? I mean, are you directly in shared control of the finances and can see what he's getting paid, and can see the extra income from all the overtime at night, on the weekends etc.?
  9. Let me get this straight-- the judge imposed a sentence that the woman doesn't contest, then offered a measure of leniency that she accepted, and now she's complaining? Too bad she won't be forced to pay for wasting public resources with her BS complaint.
  10. One can be sexually dysfunctional without being celibate. If you really want to learn about this topic, I suggest reading up on it instead of guessing and making bad assumptions, based on what you admit are stereotypes. If one wants to discuss the prevalence of psychological causes of sexual dysfunction, one should eliminate physical causes as much as possible. Problems with low libido, arousal and achieving orgasm can all have physical causes as well as psychological ones. Explore the actual statistics and you may come away with a changed perspective. Nah. Sex and female bodies are overwhelmingly portrayed as desirable in U.S. culture, to the point that women are often objectified as objects of male desire. I suppose this might lead to a sort of "shame" at being desired just for one's sexual attributes, but it won't lead to shame over sex itself. In fact our culture is so sex-obsessed that I think many women feel that a level of sexual activity higher than they're naturally comfortable with should be adhered to. This could easily lead to angst of a sort, but not shame over sex itself, which tends to be glorifed. Meanwhile, kids are sometimes taught sexual techniques, how to apply condoms, etc. at school. This is the most open period in history about sexuality. I'm not going to make suggestions about seeking help, as they might be perceived as snide and you surely know how to seek out help on these issues if you would like to. Still, you sound like you have some sexual hang-ups that most definitely shouldn't be used to generalize about women or people in general. Men and women can struggle sexually, and it can be the result of parenting. You definitely can't conclude based on your own history that "women struggle with sexuality" in general. Sexual dysfunction statistics for men and women are available. They do reveal that more women than men experience inhibited desire, etc. but not that the majority do based on "shame". It's not natural for Christians or anyone else to have deep-seated embarrassment over nakedness and sexuality. We're not living in the Dark Ages. I'm sure that some religious groups preach more heavy-handedly about sexuality in general, and that certain types of people, such as gay people, are going to be more at risk for feeling bad about themselves sexually as a result of religion.
  11. None, though we do have an online gallery of family pictures. We have lots of other types of pictures on the walls.
  12. Go to aleks.com and click on the "free trial" link. This will give you a free trial that is quite limited, at 3 hours that must be used over the next 48 hours, but should be enough to find out if you'd like to use it.
  13. If she has a computer and web access, you might try m-w.com and dictionary.com . DS uses dictionary.com all the time. I do see value in learning to use paper books, but it's just the easiest way for him to look up words quickly from wherever he is.
  14. We found that one to be of too poor quality to use in learning-- portions missing at the seam, misprinted info, etc. This one is better although still not close to ideal: Replogle Globes Inflatable Political Globe, Light Blue Ocean Honestly, I don't know if a globe is a good thing on which to cheap out to that extent; good quality political globes seem to be only available at a higher price point, and not inflatable either. You should be able to find a good-quality laminated projection map that will do better for teaching. We bought this map and found it much better in terms of correctness and quality of the map itself, though the lamination is thin and it must be protected if you want to avoid wrinkles: World Wall Map Deluxe Laminated 50" x 32"
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