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Should Family Seeking Asylum in U.S. to Home School Their Children Be Sent Home?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has overturned a ruling by a U.S. judge that initially granted the Romeike family asylum after they fled Germany five years ago.
According to the Huffington Post, Uwe and Hannelor Romeike and their six children moved to the U.S. in 2008 when Germany refused to allow them to home school their children. The report says that under German law, the parents of children who don't attend a state-approved school face fines, jail time and possibly lose custody. The family was granted asylum by the U.S. in 2010, but the Department of Homeland Security then challenged the ruling and overturned it, saying the case did not rise to the level of religious persecution.
March 24, 2013
Proposals Aimed At Raising Money For National Parks Include Higher User Fees
During a breakfast seminar in Washington, D.C., this morning, 16 proposals (attached below) for raising money for the parks are being discussed at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The program, cosponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association, is intended to spur a national dialogue to identify non-appropriated funding strategies that can generate bipartisan support for the National Park System. Some of the ideas propose tapping existing federal revenue streams, others would have park visitors pay more for a variety of park experiences, Among the 16 ideas: * Jigger the fee structure for visiting national parks. Recommendations within this proposal vary greatly, from boosting the $10 lifetime pass for seniors 62 and over to $80 and lowering the age of free admission for youth from 16 to 12, to charging international visitors more than U.S. citizens and changing entrance fees to a daily, not weekly, fee.
March 20, 2013
Planet organic: achieving sustainable food security and environmental gains
The global farmland area certified organic has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares since 1999, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute.
The Institute argues that organic farming has the potential to contribute to sustainable food security by improving nutrition intake and sustaining rural livelihoods, while reducing vulnerability to climate change and enhancing biodiversity. "Organic farming is now established in international standards, and 84 countries had implemented organic regulations by 2010," wrote Catherine Ward and Laura Reynolds, Worldwatch researchers and lead authors of the report. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements defines organic agriculture has a production system that relies on ecological processes rather than the use of synthetic inputs (e.g. chemical fertilizers and pesticides). While organic farming has been practiced throughout most of human history, its modern roots lie in the middle of the last century.
March 20, 2013
Organic Baby Food Might Not Be More Nutritious, But I'm Still Buying It
Some experts are saying that organic baby food may not be more nutritious for your little one -- just more expensive. Okay, be that as it may, it can't hurt to buy organic, can it? And why does everyone hate organic food all of a sudden?
I'm certainly not going to argue with a person who holds the title of "Director of Pediatric Nutrition", and I definitely think that feeding children a wide variety of foods from the start isn't just the healthy thing to do, it's the smart thing -- of course we all want kids who are willing to try different things! But when it comes to my baby, I'm sticking to organic, because that's what I think is best for her.
March 20, 2013
Health News - System fails foster children and parents
New research shows that early intervention and support for families is critical if foster children are to be reunited quickly and safely with their birth parents.
The UNSW study, Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Children, launched this week, followed 168 children from 96 NSW families over a four-year period. The study explored the perspectives of caseworkers, carers and parents in the NSW Barnardos temporary care program.
March 20, 2013
Grocery Chains Pledge Not to Sell Modified Salmon
Several supermarket chains have pledged not to sell what could become the first genetically modified animal to reach the nation's dinner plates - a salmon engineered to grow about twice as fast as normal.
Several supermarket chains have pledged not to sell what could become the first genetically modified animal to reach the nation's dinner plates - a salmon engineered to grow about twice as fast as normal. Under existing F.D.A. policies, the salmon, if approved, would probably not be labeled as genetically engineered. The agency has said that use of genetic engineering per se does not change a food materially.
March 20, 2013
U.S. Attorney General says homeschooling is not a fundamental right
Americans have it pretty good when it comes to homeschooling. The federal government leaves homeschool families alone. Individual states are left with the decision to manage homeschool, and it is legal to homeschool in every state.
However, this may soon change. A dark cloud is rising over U.S. parent's right to homeschool. It is starting with the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBN News quoted Holder on March 18, 2013, saying that homeschooling is not a fundamental right.
March 20, 2013
Teenager Wendy Broadbent's inside story on foster care
WENDY Broadbent knows all too well the difficulties children in foster care face: being removed from their family and then being placed with another.
After entering foster care at age 12, the remarkable young woman is now studying at university to be a child protection worker and is today launching a book she wrote called Just a Kid.
March 18, 2013
State Raw Milk Bills
It's been a busy session for raw milk in the state legislatures. So far, bills have been introduced in 15 states with all but one either expanding or legalizing raw milk sales.
In addition to the states listed below, raw milk proponents will be introducing a bill in the Wisconsin legislature as well. Here is a state-by-state rundown on the raw milk legislation so far.
March 12, 2013
Park ranger: Supervisors pushed sequester cuts that visitors would see
A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public.
Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut "interpretation services" -- the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers. Nonetheless, memos have surfaced from National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis appearing to show the agency put a priority on telling the public how the cuts would affect them.
March 10, 2013
Court orders inspection of child welfare homes in all districts
The Madras High Court has directed the authorities to inspect Child Welfare Homes (CWHs) in all districts in the State to find out whether the facilities were recognised or unrecognised.
Mr. Narayanan submitted that in order to effectively prevent inter-State trafficking of children in the guise of running orphanages, to protect such children from exploitation and to ensure that justice was done to those who had been trafficked in the recent past, there was a need for a detailed and time-bound investigation by the CBI's Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.
March 10, 2013
DOJ seeks deportation of family persecuted in Germany for homeschooling
The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools.
In the United States, the right to homeschool ones' own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law. The Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 after they faced mounting fines and the potential of imprisonment.
February 27, 2013
Eugenics & 4 Year Olds - Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
How many ways can the statists take away your life and liberty? At this point it is becoming harder and harder to count them all.
From healthcare to education, from housing to food, the Federal government, under the dictatorship of Barack Obama, is in the process of taking everything in your life out of your hands. I have read that the "Affordable Health Care Act" contains language to allow the state to demand your organs upon your death without your consent. Not at all sure that is so, but if Mayor Bloomberg can mandate what you can't buy to drink and can restrict the use of salt, is there any limit to what the government can and can't do with your body?
February 21, 2013
Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education
Did you know: that on any given day, 64% of babies between 1 and 2 watch TV and videos for an average of slightly over 2 hours; that in 2011 there were 3 million downloads just of Fisher Price apps for infants and toddlers.
Research tells us that developing children thrive when they are talked to, read to, played with and given time for creative play, physically active play, and interactions with other children and adults. And there's no research showing the benefits of introducing children to new technologies in the first years of life. Yet educators face increasing pressure to increase the amount of time children spend with digital technologies in early childhood settings, taking valuable time and resources away from activities proven to benefit learning and development.
February 21, 2013
The Shaky Science Behind Obama's Universal Pre-K
"Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road," said U.S. President Barack Obama in Feb. 14 speech in Decatur, Georgia.
Obama wants to help our nation's children flourish. So do I. So does everyone who is aware of the large number of children who are not flourishing. There are just two problems with his solution: The evidence used to support the positive long-term effects of early childhood education is tenuous, even for the most intensive interventions. And for the kind of intervention that can be implemented on a national scale, the evidence is zero.
February 21, 2013
Child Welfare Law Sparks Fears Among Parents
A bill redefining the conditions under which children can be seized from so-called "socially vulnerable families" has provoked fear among critics that more minors could be taken into state care due to petty infractions.
Amid a renewed push by authorities to decrease the number of children in state care, 84 percent of whose parents are still alive, the bill's opponents are concerned that it could have the opposite effect. Critics also say it follows a Western model that they say allows the government to overstep its rightful authority, and that it could breed corruption at social services agencies, whose funding depends on the number of children in their care.
February 18, 2013
Does Real Salt have the iodine we need?
A panel established to determine the cause discovered that soil in the Midwest (and therefore much of the region's population) had become iodine deficient. Without iodine we humans tend to develop goiter.
So a group of Very Smart People set about finding ways to supplement our diet with iodine. (We could have started eating more fish, seaweed, cow's milk, onion, garlic, pineapple, or artichokes, but Very Smart People have always thought that relying on nature is old-fashioned.) Eventually, these Very Smart People discovered that potassium iodide could be added to table salt, and as long as they also added sugar (dextrose) to prevent the iodide from yellowing the salt, the population wouldn't be able to tell much difference.
February 18, 2013
Fewer Bees in US a Threat to World's Almond Supply
In an almond orchard in California's Central Valley, bee inspector Neil Trent pried open a buzzing hive and pulled out a frame to see if it was at least two-thirds covered with bees.
The number of bees needed is expected to increase as almond demand grows and orchards continue to expand. Already, more than half of the country's honeybees are brought to California at the end of February for almond pollination, which requires about 1.5 million hives from out of state, and another 500,000 from elsewhere in the state. Honeybees are preferred for commercial-scale pollination, because they are social, build larger colonies than other bees, and their hives can easily be moved.
February 16, 2013
65.4 Million Gun Purchases Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush's First-Term Total
There have been 65,376,373 background checks completed for Americans purchasing firearms since February of 2009, the first full month of Barack Obama's presidency.
According to data compiled by the FBI, the number of Americans purchasing guns has skyrocketed since Obama was elected. In 2009, there were 13,984,953 background checks for Americans buying firearms. If we subtract the 1,212,860 checks completed in the month of January, the total checks for the year under Obama were 12,772,090. For 2010, background checks totaled 14,320,489. In 2011, checks were 16,336,732, and in 2012, 19,463,832. Background checks for the month of January 2013 were 2,483,230.
February 12, 2013
Farmer's use of patented seeds Yields Supreme Court tussle
Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto's pursuit of new products it says will "feed the world."
"Hell's fire," said the 75-year-old self-described "eccentric old bachelor," who farms 300 acres of land passed down from his father. Bowman rested in a recliner, boots off, the tag that once held his Foster Grant reading glasses to a drugstore rack still attached, a Monsanto gimme cap perched ironically on his balding head.
February 11, 2013
FDA approves first GMO flu vaccine containing reprogrammed insect virus
A new vaccine for influenza has hit the market, and it is the first ever to contain genetically-modified proteins derived from insect cells. According to reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the vaccine, known as Flublok.
According to Flublok's package insert, the vaccine is trivalent, which means it contains GM proteins from three different flu strains. The vaccine's manufacturer, Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), explains that Flublok is produced by extracting cells from the fall armyworm, a type of caterpillar, and genetically altering them to produce large amounts of hemagglutinin, a flu virus protein that enables the flu virus itself to enter the body quickly.
February 8, 2013
Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules
The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods.
In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions. "Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school day," the proposed rule states.
February 4, 2013
Taiwan: Say No to Ractopamine Tainted American Meat
Ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing feed additive, is banned in Taiwan and more than 150 other countries; some shipments of United States (US) beef were banned from entering Taiwan upon discovering traces of ractopamine in meat last year.
Ractopamine was developed by an American pharmaceutical company, Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. It is used in the feeding of pigs, cows and turkeys for improving "feed efficiency" and enhancing "carcass leanness" in meat. The Food Standards Agency, Codex Alimentarius, did not have a consensus on the maximal residual level (MRL) of ractopamine yet. The Codex Alimentarius will continue its discussion on the MRL of ractopamine in July, 2012.
January 29, 2013
ID Theft: 2013 Top Trends
ID theft is a growing global problem. Eva Velasquez, head of the ITRC, outlines how public and private organizations in 2013 can update approaches to ID theft prevention.
The ITRC is trying to build awareness, she says. "More than 25 percent of our calls in 2012 were from victims of some type of government ID theft, meaning that their personal information was used either to secure government benefits, to apply for a tax return, or even to apply for job and work or to collect unemployment."
January 28, 2013
CannaBus To Travel From California To Montana To Support Chris Williams
A courageous cannabis caregiver from Montana will have a busload of allies standing behind him as he learns his fate for providing medical marijuana for terminally ill and disabled patients.
Chris Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to life in prison when he goes before U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen on February 1st. His case is among a handful that have been heard by a Jury, after hundreds of federal raids on state-legal medical marijuana operations across the country. Since President Obama took office in 2008, more than 70 federal indictments have been been issued against otherwise law-abiding patients and caregivers.
January 28, 2013
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