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Brainwashed into Believing Things are Bad

This is a topic covered often by commenter Donald Christensen, who points out that repetition turns into belief. So when the media repeat the same type of stories day after day — murder! kidnapping! danger, danger, danger! — our brains soak it up and eventually incorporate it as “The way things are.” This brilliant short […]

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I am going to grab you...with a scary story that rarely, if ever happens.

A Sex Trafficking Reality Check

More insight from the real world about trafficking: Dear Free-Range Kids: First, I want to thank you for your crusade!  It has inspired me to be a more relaxed mother & help my friends relax a little too.  We are all new at this, my son is the oldest & he’s turning 4 next week, […]

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These are not the steps the boy died on. But I needed a photo and did not want to show the boy himself.

Is Newspaper Trying to Make this 5-Year-Old’s Death EVEN SADDER?

. If you can stand it, please take a look at this article from the Sydney Morning Herald about the death of a 5-year-old boy who tripped on his pre-school’s steps. Is it just me or is the way it’s presented…sickening? The story features photo after photo of the sweet-looking child: five of them, one sadder […]

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Maybe they shouldn't make gingerale/maraschino cherry flavor?

Kids Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer: CNN’s Latest Fear

. A bunch of you sent me this CNN piece about the hidden dangers (every TV producer’s favorite kind!) of hand sanitizer. While the video is about teens deliberately drinking the stuff, the written story is about Purell-pickled nippers, and that’s what I’d like to discuss today. It starts with a story that’s almost too strange […]

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THIS is Breaking News?

[brightcove vid=1777239257001&exp3=1684488549001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=35121359001&pk=AQ~~,AAAACC1laJk~,tMO2d6O4mickzCfG8Kpt2wQCZRxpuzpo&lbu=http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1777239257001&w=300&h=225] Readers — Will you please watch this news report and tell me what is going on? A man in a pick-up truck calls out to a girl, “Come here” and this is the BREAKING STORY OF THE DAY? Every single cop car is ON THE CASE? The newsroom is scrambling its reporters to […]

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