Abstinence Programs Don’t Work. Well, duh!

A recent review of 13 studies found that Abstinence programs do nothing to reduce the risk of HIV infection or pregnancy in teenagers.

Um… duh? That’s why the old addage of, “Don’t go skydiving without a parachute!” is so important. That’s what you’re doing when you have unprotected sex with someone who’s sexual history is unknown to you! Not to mention the fact that you’re risking bringing a child into the world that you’re not prepared to care for.

Now… I’m not saying all teenagers should run off and have sex.

What I am saying is, teenagers will run off and have sex in spite of what authority figures have to say about it. The best thing that authority figures (parents, schools, etc… ) can do is make condoms easily accessible. Keep a box in the house somewhere, have them in vending machines in the school bathroom stalls, where they can be acquired by students in some measure of privacy.… [Read More]

Bullied Student Sentenced to Life

I posted yesterday about a young man who was bullied by other students in his school so badly that he felt backed into a corner, so he brought a gun to school and wanted to use it to scare the principal into doing something about the bullying.

The young man was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting.

I find it sad that this young man is going to jail. I don’t feel this way because I think he doesn’t deserve to go to jail. It was monumentally stupid of him to grab a gun and take it to school and think that it would change anything. Guns don’t solve problems. The thing is, when school officials don’t act on what students are telling them, students often have no alternative but to lash out at the source of their pain. This means resorting to violence in one form or another.… [Read More]

Canada gets pissed… ?

The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever seen more inflammatory statements from Canadian political officials, but I can’t say that I blame them. Putin sent divers to plant a Russian flag on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, staking a claim in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 15th century. This part of the Arctic Ocean has long been part of Canadian territory, but Russia has been trying to stake a claim to it because of the lucrative natural gas rights, and potential for oil and other mineral deposits in the area. These deposits have always been thought to be there, but getting at them has been so difficult that no one has really given it a serious go. Russia has made it clear that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get at those deposits.

While this makes sense for Russia in an antiquated and desperate way, the reality of the modern world is that we don’t go around slapping up our flags and staking claims anymore.… [Read More]

Rampant School Bullying

I swear this country is almost as bad as Japan, where the teenage suicide rate is through the roof due to excessive bullying that is ignored by school staff and parents.

This poor kid, resorted to taking a gun to school to scare the principal into stopping other students from bullying him. Some examples of the bullying? His head was stuffed in a toilet, he was stuffed in lockers and shoved into bushes. I don’t know what school you went to, but when I was in school and I went to the principal’s office to tell him that I’d been stuffed in a locker, the students responsible got suspended from school for a week. Phone calls were made to their parents, and their parents came to school to pick them up with the most angry, pissed off look on their faces that a parent could ever make. Those kids, got into serious trouble.… [Read More]