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Subject: Sesame Street Character with Autism

Forum: Sesame Street Character with Autism
April is autism awareness month. In celebration, Sesame Street added a new character named Julia who has autism spectrum disorder. What do you think of this addition?

Subject: Re: Recent Syrian Missile Strike

Forum: Recent Syrian Missile Strike
As a graduate, I sometimes pop in to Cnet when I have a few minutes, and then usually don't bother posting. This is my kind of post and the kind I feel there should be more of! Great topic Rebecca.

I am happy to see America take a stance on Syria as there are horrible things happening there. That being said, I feel that missile strikes were not the place to start. If we really cared about Syrian children and other innocent citizens, we would start by letting them come to our country as refugees. If we had allowed more refugees to come here and escape the horrors of their country's civil war, then they wouldn't have been there to be gassed in the first place. We also would have increased monetary aid to Syria and Syrian refugees, rather that cut it. For example, did you know that Trump has cut aid that was previously spent to ensure that Syrian women were able to deliver their babies in safe locations?

Let's not kid ourselves, Trump is a narcissist. The strikes in Syria were about him looking like the Big Man calling the shots. This was a wag-the-dog move to distract us from the fact that he isn't really doing anything except spend tax payer money to take trips to Maralago. If he stayed in Washington where he belonged and had his wife and son move there too, we would have money to pay for US AID, public TV/radio (those who know me previously will know that I am an avid NPR listener), the arts, our national park system, Meals on Wheals, and other programs that have been or are on the chopping block.

While I applaud action taken to put a stop to atrocities in any country, I don't know that I support missile strikes, especially without consulting Congress first. The thought of our current president being in charge of "the button" has literally caused me to lose sleep. I try to assuage my anxiety by reminding myself that we have checks and balances in place that are supposed to protect us. Let's hope they work!

Subject: Are you even watching the news?

Forum: Are you even watching the news?
I haven't been on CollegeNET very often over the last year, but with all the crazy news over the last week, I thought it might be fun to check in. I'm disappointed to find very few topics of substance.

What's up with that? Are you watching the news?

Subject: Re: Women's March: Did you participate?

Forum: Women's March: Did you participate?
I marched yesterday with my husband and my oldest daughter in Spokane, Washington.

There were 8,000 in attendance! They had planned for 2,000 to 4,000.

Subject: Women's March: Did you participate?

Forum: Women's March: Did you participate?
Hey Cnet! Just checking in to ask a couple quick questions about yesterday's Women's March.

Did you march?


How many people were there with you?

Subject: Re: Favorite poster from the historic Women March?

Forum: Favorite poster from the historic Women March?
Here's a few of my favorite signs that I saw:

A woman's place is in the House and Senate

I'd hate to be the man who pissed off all these women

We're the daughters of all the witches you tried to burn

My sign said, "Women hold up half the sky." This is a Chinese Proverb and inspired the book and documentary "Half the Sky," by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it!

Subject: Women can't be president because they menstrate

Forum: Women can't be president because they menstrate
I keep hearing the argument that a woman shouldn't be president because of their menstrual cycle. The idea is that changes in hormones during a woman's monthly cycle would cause her to be so unstable that she might start a war.

Is this a valid argument? Why or why not?

Subject: Re: Digital Heroin

Forum: Digital Heroin
Just to clarify, when the AAP is counting 'screen time hours,' this includes ANY screen: the TV, video games, tablets, computer, and cell phones. That's how the time adds up to so much.

Subject: Re: Is Colin Kaepernick in the wrong for his stance?

Forum: Is Colin Kaepernick in the wrong for his stance?
First off, I feel like calling him 'unpatriotic' for his peaceful protest is ludicrous. Protesting and make a stand for something you believe in is one of the most American activities there is and our right to do this is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. I do not see this action as being un-American or unpatriotic.

Second, Jackie Robinson also made a similar protest stating, "I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world." I think we should be asking ourselves why minority citizens continue to feel like outcasts in our society instead of questioning their patriotism.

Last, I wish that instead of questioning patriotism, we were talking more about the issues that he raised. Good for him for trying to start a conversation. Unfortunately, the greater American society is not ready to face the facts of racial inequality in our country. Until we do, we will continue to maintain the status quo.

Subject: Digital Heroin

Forum: Digital Heroin
There was a recent article in the New York Post about kids becoming addicted to video games:

We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.

The article questions how much time children should be spending on video gaming systems while acknowledging that children need exposure to navigate an increasingly digitized world. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates that the average 8-10 year old spends 8 hours per day in front of screens and teens spend 11 hours per day. The recommendation of the AAP is no screen time for children under two and only 1-2 hours for children over that time.

How should parents balance exposing their children to technology so that they are able to navigate the digital world vs too much time which could lead to digital addiction? How much time is too much?

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