The Elf On The Shelf conditions children to accept a surveillance state, argues professor

Elf on the shelfFrom: The Daily Mail

  • The best-selling children’s book tells the story of an elf reporting back to Santa each night on a child’s behavior
  • Professor Laura Pinto believes that the idea ‘sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures’
  • ‘You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,’ she said
  • It has sold over 6 million copies since 2005 and became a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for the first time in 2013

Best-selling children’s book The Elf On The Shelf is a disturbing cultural phenomenon which instills in young children the idea that a surveillance state is perfectly acceptable, claims a university professor.

Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, has published a paper in which she argues that the elf has a very sinister undertow. Continue reading

‘Highly contagious’ bird flu found at Netherlands farm

Men carry hens to be killed at a farm in Hekendorp, the NetherlandsBird flu: EU talks as Netherlands battles outbreak

From: BBC News

The European Commission is discussing protective measures to contain a “highly contagious” strain of bird flu discovered at a poultry farm in the Netherlands.
The measures will include killing all contaminated animals and the cleaning of their holding areas.
The Dutch government said the strain, H5N8, could potentially affect humans.
Authorities have already begun destroying 150,000 hens at the infected farm, in the village of Hekendorp. Continue reading

Gun Grab U.N. Arms Treaty To Take Effect Dec. 24

UN Gun ConfiscationFrom: Investors.com

Gun Control: To some, concern over a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty set to take effect Dec. 24 is much ado about nothing. But a president unconstrained by Congress or the Constitution may try to impose severe limits on gun rights.

All treaties must be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate, and that’s not about to happen in the case of the unratified Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), particularly after the 2014 election that gave the GOP Senate control.

The same, of course, could have been said about the Kyoto Protocol and other climate change deals that mandate that governments tie their economies in knots to meet arbitrary emission goals to save the planet. The Senate has not and won’t ratify any of those either. Continue reading