Kenneth Weene
How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher
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Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here’s expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

If you’re a parent, take the time to meet with your child’s teacher(s) and go to those meetings prepared. Here’s some useful advice.


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The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms
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The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Tradition, the old ways, still hold sway in many places of the world. They worked when the options in life were limited and when everyone’s life was supposed to be like everyone else’s. Often rooted in religion and myth, the old ways make it difficult for people to face modernity. Be it child marriage, limiting education, or enforcing tyrannical patriarchal organization, modern humanists want such forced traditions to give way.


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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage
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For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I do not understand how companies can, from a religious perspective, have moral choices since they have no souls to be judged. If the owners of a company have the moral responsibility for making decisions such as the coverage of birth control, how can they then avoid liability for other actions by their businesses? So, can we please have a trial of all GM stock holders, BP, and the list goes on.


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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick
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By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

We should have a single-payer system like most of the advanced countries of the world. This country is so preoccupied with the myth of capitalism that we can’t get out of our own way.


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The Islamic State of Sexual Violence
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The jihadists’ rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women’s issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won’t anyone in Washington talk about it?

Kenneth Weene's insight:

The real challenge is getting Islamic clerics to speak out with certainty to condemn this behavior. It is reported that “during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, a rapist was punished based on only the testimony of the victim. Wa’il ibn Hujr reported that a woman publicly identified a man who had raped her. The people caught the man and brought him to the Prophet Muhammad. He told the woman to go, that she was not to be blamed, and ordered that the man be put to death.” On the other hand, we have this: “Qur’an 33:50—O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war …” which clearly gives possession of women taken in war to the fighters making it not rape but rightful possession. So it isn’t clear if Islam condemns this as a crime against Allah or not. Again, how do we get the clerics to condemn the behavior?  


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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?
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The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

We have become a nation preoccupied with war and militarism. What is more horrifying is how many of our “political” leaders share that preoccupation. It is one thing to help solve world problems; it is another to constantly intensify them and create them with the unthinking deployment of the military. If the countries of the Middle East don’t want to help stabilize their own region, we can’t do it. If Iran, Russia, and Turkey aren’t on board, things will go badly. The only real way forward is through shared effort and mutual recognition of the legitimacy of differences and identities.


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Scottish Athletes Face Tough Choice
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They’ll lose British funding, coaching and facilities if they compete for an independent Scotland.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I wonder if an independent Scotland would push to include some of those strange events from “Highland Games” to be part of the Olympics. I can see cabers, sheaves, and stones flying about the stadium as bagpipes birl. Ach, now maybe then I’d be watching the telli with me bottle of Kilt Lifter.


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Scientists examine colossal squid found in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea
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The 770-pound colossal squid is as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I love good calamari, but not sure I’d want to try chewing on this baby.


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Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women Bill
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As expected, Senate Republicans filibustered legislation on Monday aimed at helping women fight for equal pay in the workplace, a vote held by Democrats to attack the GOP ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The vote was 52 for, 40 against, falling short of the 60 needed to defeat a filibuster.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Is it the proper role of government to protect workers from the tyranny of employers? To protect one class of citizens from discrimination? To make sure that the sine qua non of capitalism, the free flow of information, is available to all? I think so. The Democrats in the Senate seem to think so. But there are those who will still vote for the GOP. I suppose that makes sense for some men, those who are getting the advantage, but for women and those who believe in fair play and equal opportunity?


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Cribs: 12 Totally Awesome Cribs - ODDEE
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You’re gonna wish you were a baby again to be able to sleep in one of these.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Some great crib ideas here. Probably outside most budgets, but just imagine the baby cooing within.


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