Archive | Bad Laws, Rules and Verdicts

My “Sex Offender Brunch”

. Meet my friends on the registry, Josh Gravens and Galen Baughman: . \ . I wrote  about my brunch in The New York Daily News. Here’s to laws that actually do what they’re supposed to — protect kids — instead of ruining the lives of people who do not pose a threat to them. – […]

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What a Suicidal Pilot Can Teach Us about Trying to Predict All Risk

. Like everyone else, I wish that the suicidal Germanwings pilot had been stopped from boarding the plane. I even think it makes sense for Europe to copy our “two people in the cockpit at all times” rule. Nonetheless,  I love this essay by Stacey Gordon on her blog Xray Vision about the impossibility of predicting and […]

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Yarn: The silent killer.

This Week’s Consumer Product Safety Recall is…YARN

. Gracious me! This brand of yarn can unravel! Have you ever heard of such a thing? It’s just too scary! How irresponsible can a yarn maker be? No wonder the Consumer Product Safety Commission just issued this dire warning: Name of Product: Bernat Tizzy Yarn Hazard: In finished knit or crochet items, the yarn can […]

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Would You Issue a Recall of this Sweatshirt?

  From the Consumer Product Safety Commission daily update (boldface mine): Recall Date: March 11, 2015 Kid’s Korner Children’s Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Kroger Due to Choking Hazard Hazard: The sweatshirt zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.   Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately take the sweatshirt away from young children […]

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Say bye-bye to your family, sweetheart. Daddy did a bad thing: He couldn't find you for a few minutes, which means he is an irresponsible parent!

Dad Accused of “Child Abuse” After Toddler Sneaks Outside

Lives there a parent who hasn’t, at some point, lost track of his or her kid? That’s just the way life is — imperfect!  Until the authorities deem it a crime. In this case, CPS gets it TOTALLY RIGHT…but not the prosecutor. So don’t read this letter if you were hoping to have a good day. […]

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Who gets to rule on how we raise our kids?

How Come CPS Gets to Decide If Kids Can Walk Outside?

Here’s a great comment on the post below this one, about the Meitiv case. They Meitivs were, of course, investigated for letting their 10 and 6 year old kids walk home together from the park in suburban Maryland: I think we need to start lobbying state legislatures for reasonable laws that provide some clarity and security […]

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