Judge G. Philip Arnold. Jackson County, Oregon Anti-family Court. Looking for the Line Between Feminism and Child Abuse.
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Monday April 12, 6:03 pm Eastern Time
Safety hazards at child-care facilities cited
WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters via Yahoo!) - Two-thirds of all U.S. child-care facilities have one or more safety hazards, that have resulted in at least 56 child deaths since 1990, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Monday.
In a study last year, officials visited 220 licensed care settings, which fit at least one of four categories -- sites run by the federal government; operations providing in-home care; those run by nonprofit groups; and those run for profit.
The survey found two-thirds of the operations had at least one of eight hazards cited in a checklist for child-care providers and parents, the commission said.
The commission said at least 56 children have died in child-care settings since 1990. In 1997 alone about 31,000 children under the age of five were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered at child-care facilities and school settings.
The commission said 38 percent of child-care facilities allowed children to wear outerwear with drawstrings, which could get caught on playground equipment and cause strangulation.
Playgrounds were poorly maintained in 27 percent of facilities and 24 percent had unsafe surfaces -- such as dirt, grass or concrete -- on which children could be hurt if they fell, the agency said. Safe playground surfaces include wood chips, mulch and padded rubber materials.
The commission said 19 percent of facilities had cribs with soft bedding, which can cause suffocation, and 13 percent did not use child safety gates to prevent falls on stairs. Five percent used playpens and cribs that had been recalled.
``Some hazards are obvious, like playground surfacing that has worn thin. Other hazards are hidden dangers that may not be obvious,'' commissioner Ann Brown said in a statement. ``Even the best parents and child-care providers may not be aware of these hidden dangers.''
The commission on Monday joined Hillary Rodham Clinton in releasing a child-care safety checklist that recommended using only safety-certified cribs, snug-fitting mattresses and mats of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials on playground surfaces, and cutting the loops on window cords.
``The Child-Care Safety Checklist will provide parents and child-care providers with the information they need to ensure that children are safe in all child-care settings,'' the first lady said in a statement released on the agency's web site. The commission is an independent federal regulatory agency that monitors consumer products for safety.
Its web address is http://www.cpsc.gov.
Looking for the Line Between Feminism and Child Abuse
In view of the accumulating evidence of a genocidal campaign unleashed against Kosovo's Albanians by Serbian forces directed by President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia, the conduct of ordinary Serbs is starting to attract the kinds of questions raised in Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's book, "Hitler's Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust."
I draw an analogy between that sort of genocide and what I call a "America�s pediatric holocaust", as well as between ordinary Germans/Serbians and Americans today.
America�s feminists and, by extension the American people and their institutions, have attacked babies and children in the name of feminist and other self interest, just like Milosevic has attacked Kosovo Albanians in the name of Serbia's people.
Goldhagen�s controversial book examined how some long-standing "eliminationist" myths within German culture predisposed what might be thought of as normal citizens to accept, support and in many instances actively carry out Nazi policies of Jewish extermination.
Those policies remain a benchmark of evil in this century, and there are, of course, great differences of scale distinguishing what happened in Germany from what is happening in Serbia, but not the huge scale of Americas pediatric holocaust, perpetrated by America�s vicious feminocracy.
Focusing on actions of common men and women in both places and the willingness of many to follow murderous leads, does not, at the moment, seem inappropriate.
Goldhagen himself thinks that questioning the behavior of the Serbian nation is essential. "Right now is the time when we must ask the question of how ordinary people have acted while it can still influence events. Those who support what has been happening in Kosovo should be made aware that they will be held complicit in what will most likely be the last enormous crime of the century," said Goldhagen, a professor of government at Harvard who is working on a study of genocide in the last 100 years.
This is also a good time to question the people of America about the massive mistreatment and destruction of their children. After all, the continuing, deliberate risking of children�s health and life, in the name of personal enrichment of their parents, has already led to public policies that not only overlook dangers to children, but condone and encourage parental practices that are well known to be risky to children, all in the name of a feministic rationalization of adult "needs".
Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, who is also a former U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia, raised a similar point last week in an op-ed article in The New York Times:
"Although Milosevic is the prime mover behind the murder and agony that have filled our television screens for the better part of a decade, he has not acted alone. He may plan the strategy, but the Serbian people are the willing instruments of his terror. There are, of course, many decent Serbs who decry the violence, just as there were decent Germans under Hitler, but that does not excuse the Serb nation for its part in making a killing field of so much of the former Yugoslavia."
Usually, and probably rightly, issues of collective responsibility remain taboo in polite society, particularly legalistic, adult oriented societies, such as the United States. Within the pluralistic tradition, there is a reluctance to assign guilt to all, or most, or even many citizens of an offending state, and instead focus blame on culpable leaders.
But as Goldhagen has persuasively argued, there was a correlation between Hitler's policies of extermination and
the willingness of a sizable German population to support such ideas. In an escalating manner the actions of the Nazi leader and the approval of those he led mutually reinforced and encouraged each other.
And while, as Eagleburger noted, there are Serbs who have deplored the violence, a similar reverberating process has been under way in Serbia since 1987, when Milosevic broke Titoism's major precept of never discussing ethnic tensions in public. Instead, he openly played to Serb nationalist sentiments, affirming widespread Serb feelings of victimization and martyrdom stretching back centuries.
In the case of America�s children, my own experience has been that, not only is it hard to find anyone willing to acknowledge the children�s needs for parents (as opposed to paid strangers or institutions, so that parents can pursue their mindless "American way of life"), but also a maniacal resistance to even acknowledging the reality of the actual dangers, which are frequently shown in the media (many children die in day care centers, not to mention the thousands of abandoned children, including thousands of infants thrown in dumpsters and toilets, by their own mothers), or the visible results (85% of the world�s Ritalin production is consumed by American children).
The sense of the collusive relationship between Milosevic and the populace that both empowers and follows him has been evident in the tone of such Serbian public expression as has reached beyond Yugoslav territory. Some has been in the form of e-mail messages to media organizations, universities, and addresses pulled out of the air, like messages placed in bottles and thrown into the ocean.
There have also been the images of people at rock-concert rallies in Belgrade and other cities, dancing in defiance of NATO and in support of the man they call Slobo. According to sources in Belgrade, the first of these rallies, which included some placards critical of the leader, was spontaneous, but later ones were organized and criticism disappeared.
What is so striking about these expressions is how stridently they clash with images of other people that the world has been watching, images of people burned out of their homes, standing in lines that have stretched for 15 miles trying to enter countries that have no room for them or do not want them. Or images of people from many different villages telling the same stories -- of their friends and relatives shot and killed, of men being taken away to places unknown. All of this is happening to Albanians at the hands of Serbs less than 200 miles from Belgrade, but given the responses of Serbs it might as well be taking place on the moon.
Even in 1913, during a similar uprooting of Kosovars, there were louder voices of dissent in Serbia.
Obviously, neither Serbs nor any other people can be expected to look much beyond their own fear and suffering when their cities are being struck by rockets and bombs. It is unrealistic to assume that any Serb might denounce the Serb assault on Albanians or that any such cry inside the country would be loud enough to be heard above the cheering and rallying around the chants of wartime chauvinism.
Those few media organs in Serbia that have bravely struggled for years to maintain independence in the face of government control have been squelched. The radio station B-92 was shut down by police last week but even before that it reported that it was not able to report on what was happening in Kosovo. The journal Vreme has suddenly suspended its previous criticism of the government.
The images of the Albanian refugees that have been telecast all over the world have not been carried by Serbian television and have been seen only by those Serbians who have dish antennas and cable service.
Is it possible that people just don't know what is happening to the Albanians and that therefore they bear little or no
responsibility for the support they show? Here too, Goldhagen saw similarities with the Nazi period. "How many Germans knew that there was a formal program of Jewish extermination? My guess is not many, but almost all knew that their civilization was killing Jews by the tens of thousands."
America�s case is no different. A good example of the apathy, the total, deliberate disorientation, the callous lack of compassion for one�s own children and massive denial was the "Boston nanny" case and its treatment by U.S. media. The Louise Woodward Case involved a teenage nanny, imported from England by a Boston couple, both of whom were physicians.
What I found most disturbing was that, in spite of the extensive media coverage, not for a moment did anyone in prime time question why two advantage parents, who were physicians no less and, therefore, aware of the important needs of infants, would abandon their baby with a stranger, so as to pursue their own career goals. I was horrified by an prime time interview of a father, whose child had suffered a similar fate, while under the care of a baby sitter.
When asked what lessons he learned from the experience, i.e., the death of his baby, he said that he would be "more careful" about who he would hire to watch his child. It is as if the option of personally caring for one�s own child never enters the Americans� little heads That such monumental stupidity would go unnoticed in the U.S. is a sign of the massive detachment and utter disregard of American parents for their own children.
My own experience is of being severely penalized by choosing such a "non-feminist" option. My child and I suffered severe consequences in the hands of America�s barbarians, merely for choosing to be with each other.
Goldhagen noted that it would require a sizable force to burn villages and set hundreds of thousands of residents to flight and that the people carrying out such tasks all have relatives and friends who would bring the accounts to general attention.
The e-mail from Serbia is characterized by an overwhelming sense of defensiveness and unredeemed victimization. As the correspondents denounce NATO and the United States, there is no sense that the rockets are a response to Serb conduct.
The Albanians, if they are mentioned at all, are referred to as Muslims who wish to establish a base for guerrilla terror, or narcotics traffickers, or former allies and beneficiaries of the Ottoman Turks. As for Serbs, they are persistently portrayed as defenders of Christianity in Europe, heroic fighters in two world wars whose contributions to civilization have gone unrewarded. Even writers who identify themselves as Milosevic's opponents show more scorn than sympathy for the Kosovar Albanians, blaming them for keeping him in power by boycotting elections rather than voting with the opposition.
Many of the letters mention the sacredness of Kosovo to Serbs and cite the battle there in 1389 at which they were defeated by the Turks. There are far fewer references to the more contemporary history of Serb conflicts with Croats and Bosnians over the last eight years. For instance no one mentions the destruction of Vukovar by Serbs in 1991 or the massacre of Bosnian men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, an atrocity for which the military and political leaders of the Bosnian Serbs have been indicted. Such things appear to be missing from the current context although there are occasional accurate references to the Croats having waged campaigns of ethnic cleansing that chased Serbs into flight.
America�s savage treatment of innocent children has these and other dimensions, as well. There is plenty of denial, covering up and papering over the deaths, the neurological damage, the learning disabilities and the psychological traumas. There is active, intentional rationalization, such as the frequent surfacing of "studies" that show how supposedly unaffected by parental neglect children who grow up in day care are. I was told in no uncertain terms, by a chief of a child development center, that there is "nothing wrong" with strangercare, because, after all, she put her own babies in day care. I was told by a physical therapist that "day care is good", because babies there are exposed to germs, building up their immunity. There is more than this pseudoscientific voodoo.
There is a public policy that favors adult pursuits over children�s well-being. And, of course, there is the legal framework, which currently puts the U.S. in the company of a handful of third world countries which have executions of juvenile delinquents in the books.
And finally, besides Somalia, which has not had an effective government in decades, the U.S. is the only country in the world that has not ratified the Universal Convention on the Rights of Children, the fastest and most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. But then, why would an adult oriented, money and sex worshipping, self absorbed and antisocial population want rights for small children, who don�t vote don�t produce dollars for them and are not big enough for sex?
But where does patriotism end and complicity in war crimes begin? Surely there is a difference between people who are chanting "Slobo, Slobo" and those who are burning homes, separating wives and husbands, and shooting civilians.
Aryeh Neier, the president of the Open Society Institute and the author of "War Crimes, Brutality, Genocide, Terror and the Struggle for Justice," argues that in recent wars like those in Rwanda and Bosnia, there was a greater degree of criminal responsibility on the part of ordinary citizens than was the case in Nazi Germany.
With the Nazis, he pointed out, the killing was highly bureaucratized, and the victims were generally unknown to those who killed them. In Rwanda and Bosnia, he said, many of the perpetrators knew the victims, often having lived with them, gone to school with them and in some cases married into their families. In both places, Neier said, because of the way people were killed, there were almost as many killers as victims.
As for Kosovo, he said there was insufficient information to determine what was happening or how to apportion responsibility. In Tirana, the Albanian capital, there lives an Albanian writer named Fatos Lubunja, who under the regime of the late dictator Enver Hoxa spent 17 years in prison. Now he edits an intellectual journal and monitors human rights abuses. In a message to a friend he traced many instances of Serb attacks on Albanians, dating from expulsion in 1878 when Milan Obrenovic, a Serbian king, rallied his countrymen with the words, "The more Albanians you kick out of our land the greater patriots you will be." Lubunja cited ethnic cleansing campaigns of 1913 and 1920, and then he addressed the questions that Goldhagen raised in his book.
He was, he said, suspicious of judgments based on assumptions that people inevitably repeat the conduct of their ancestors. "But if we can speak of collective guilt, I think we have to consider a long historical process of manipulation; all those politicians, historians, writers, teachers, who have created and nourished some dangerous myths, have manipulated history and, in the end, created those closed-minded horrible human beings who are ready to kill the others."
But if Milosevic�s victims are known to the population, then America�s children are surely not faceless victims to their own parents, no matter how self absorbed those parents may be.
As far as I am concerned the American people, who only recently graduated from "Indian" genocide and Southern slavery, have no excuse and, worse, no shame, when it comes to neglecting, brutalizing and destroying their own children. Mothers, women, are, naturally even more to blame. They do, after all, have the final say on bearing children and, in today�s America, they have plenty of options, including contraception, abortion and welfare. To chose to have a child, only to neglect and abuse him/her or to send the baby from delivery room to the first stranger who would "care" for her/him for a few dollars, so as to allow the mother to pursue her more "important" priorities, is unconscionable. Worse, the issue with the feminists is that, if a woman belongs in the White House, what�s a man doing changing diapers, and this has led to the maniacal pursuit of those fathers, such as myself, who chose to personally care for an infant, so as not to allow a vicious mother to abandon her in the hands of strangers. The consequences were devastating to me and to my child, and for that, I have made it my purpose in life to expose America�s children�s holocaust.
SWITZERLAND: GLOBAL CHILD ABUSE
An estimated 40 million children suffer from abuse, the World Health Organization in Geneva said. After studies in 19 countries on children up to 14, W.H.O. said sex abuse was inflicted on about 34 percent of girls and 29 percent of boys.
In the United States, W.H.O. said, it costs $12.4 billion a year for health services for the estimated two million children injured by abuse.
Elizabeth Olson (New York Times)