Category Archives: Children

Delta executives consider 8 year old’s idea to improve plane safety

A future engineer in the making? Clever young man!

Ben's idea/Photo via Consumerist

Ben’s idea/Photo via Consumerist

Fox reports that a young airplane enthusiast received a welcome surprise from a Delta executive after sending the airline a series of suggestions on how to improve safety in the event of a crash.

Ben Treider, 8, watched a show about planes mysteriously disappear, which included a segment about the disappearance of Malaysia’s MH370. After watching the show, “I felt a little sad,” Ben told

Ben put his sadness to good. Right away this young inventor got to work, designing an emergency aircraft system he believes would make it easier to locate planes in the event of an ocean crash.

Ben’s mom, Laura Treider, helped her son pen a letter to Delta CEO Richard Anderson. “We could have a system that has neon orange balloons that rise up to the surface when the plane crashes in the sea,” reads the letter. “And there would be stones at the bottom so they would stay there. The balloon wouldn’t be light enough to float up into the air, and it would have reinforced rubber to withstand a lot of pressure.” Ben’s drawing of his design (shown at top), clearly indicates how the balloon would hold a radio frequency transmitter to make the aircraft easier to locate.

Laura served in the Air Force with her husband and says her son has been fascinated with planes from an early age. “He’s always been interested in aviation, particularly in the design of military airplanes,” she said.

A few weeks after Ben sent out his letter he received a special package from John E. Laughter, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Compliance. In addition to sending two model airplanes—which Ben says he quickly assembled—the young inventor got branded pencils and pens and a personal note commending his design.

“…I work with many Delta people, The Federal Aviation Administration, and airplane manufactures to solve problems such as airline tracking in an emergency. There are lots of experts thinking about ideas just like you send us. I will make sure to share your planes with them!” wrote Laughter.


Subway Guy sentenced to 15.6 years in prison


Jared Fogle, 38, who became a multimillionaire (15M) from being a spokesman for Subway, claiming he’d lost a ton of weight by eating just Subway sandwiches, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to 15.6 years in prison for sex with minors and possession of child pornography.

Bill Chappell reports for NPR, Nov. 19, 2015, that the case involved Fogle’s interstate travel to pay minors for sex, as well as at least 400 child pornography videos — many of which Fogle had received from Russell Taylor, the head of his kid-oriented non-profit charity, the Jared Fogle Foundation.

In April 2015, three months before Fogle’s arrest, Taylor was arrested for child exploitation, possession of child pornography and voyeurism. On May 6, Taylor attempted suicide at the Marion County Jail and was placed on life support. Taylor will be sentenced in December.

In July 2015, police raided Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Indiana, for child porn. When Fogle was charged, the U.S. attorney’s office in southern Indiana noted:

“His [Fogle’s] child pornography crime began when he learned that alleged co-conspirator Russell Taylor was sexually exploiting a 14 year old girl in March 2011. At that time, Mr. Fogle did nothing to stop the abuse or report it to authorities, but chose instead to receive and repeatedly view the child pornography involving the girl and those other minors produced by his alleged co-conspirator in the years that followed. Mr. Fogle admitted in court pleadings filed today that his actions caused the sexual victimization of a total of 12 minors in Indiana before his co-conspirator’s arrest in April 2015. He preyed on minor victims who did not have the ability to protect themselves.”

Soon after the raid of Fogle’s home, Subway announced it had severed all ties with him.

Subway had known about Fogle’s pedophilia as early as 2008.

In an interview with Business Insider, a Subway franchisee named Cindy Mills said Fogle told her he “had sex with” child prostitutes between the ages of 9 and 16 years old in Thailand and the United States. Mills said she had told Subway’s corporate office in 2008 but the company ignored her complaints. (Source: The Superficial)

Today, Fogle was sentenced to 188 months on each count, to be served concurrently. That amounts to just over 15.6 years. Fogle must serve a minimum of 13 years before he’s eligible for parole. After his eventual release from prison, he will be supervised for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors had sought a punishment of 12 years in prison, while Fogle’s lawyers asked for a sentence of 5 years. Fogle is also reportedly paying about $1.4 million in total restitution to 14 victims, some of whom live in his home state of Indiana.

Judge Pratt said Fogle was “obsessed” with pornography and having sex with minors. Responding to Fogle’s statement that his actions have devastated his wife, who reportedly is seeking a divorce, Judge Pratt interrupted him to say, “You gave your wife almost $7 million though. She’ll be OK.”

In a sequence that WISH-TV reporter Nick Natario describes as “disturbing and very graphic,” prosecutors in their portion of today’s hearing read aloud text conversations between Fogle and a prostitute who was also a minor, in which emojis and text shorthand such as “LOL” appear in discussions of having sex with minors.

At today’s hearing, Fogle’s defense presented two medical experts, including Canadian forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford, who effectively blamed Fogle’s Subway weight-loss for his pedophilia. Bradford testified by phone that when Fogle “lost weight it seemed that in a short period of time he developed compulsive sexuality.”

Forensic psychiatrist John Bradford

Forensic psychiatrist John Bradford

Fogle’s lawyer insisted that while his client had had sex with minors, his victims were adolescents and not children. But as Jordan Fischer of local RTV6 Indianapolis reports, some of the child pornography victims in the case were as young as 6.

Judge Tanya Waltan Pratt

Judge Tanya Waltan Pratt

Judge Pratt is widely considered the toughest judge in the Southern District in terms of prison sentences. While I applaud Pratt for her sentencing of Fogle, Gateway Pundit calls her a “far left” judge because in 2011, she put a stop to the enforcement of an Indiana law banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Because of her action, Indiana taxpayers are forced to pay for abortions to this day.


A boy appears in a Barbie ad for the first time

Pajama boy approved.


Sandy Hook School Shooting: A Medical Practitioner Analyzes the Official Report’s Errors and Anomalies

Dr. Eowyn:

A meticulous and well-documented analysis of Sandy Hook by a medical professional (respiratory therapist) with over 25 years of experience, showing how the proper procedures were not followed by the first responders at the scene. Here’s a pull quote:

“Because the school had been declared safe enough to be evacuated and to allow 3 paramedics and other officers to enter into the school, there is no logical reason that other EMS personnel shouldn’t also have been allowed in, to provide assessment and possible care. Knowing this, if more people were available to provide care, equipment and supplies (including assessment and resuscitation equipment) there would have been no reason to continue on with the Triage protocol of declaring a child dead without effort at resuscitation….

To close, in my opinion, certain sections of this document prove that, at the minimum, a new investigation MUST be opened, not only into the shooting and its aftermath, but also into the investigative team, including Newtown Police Department, Connecticut State Police, and any state and federal agencies, who responded to this event. The medical aspects are only one small part of all the inconsistencies, improbabilities and conflicting statements in the official report.”

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

Submitted by Diane Jakopovic

(PDF: Medical-Aspects-of-the-Shooting-at-Sandy-Hook-School-Final)

Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School-400x254Having worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in a pediatric hospital for over twenty years, over 10 years of which were in exclusively in the intensive care units, and 5 years working as a Registered Polysomnography Technician (RPSGT) in the Neuro/Sleep Lab, I felt qualified to address some of what was written in the official report of the Sandy Hook School massacre. I am also certified as a Specialist in Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care. However, I am not a physician, a nurse, an emergency responder, and I don’t live in Connecticut, so I felt it necessary to defer my logic and opinions to what their guidelines and protocols were, prior to the Sandy Hook shooting. Unfortunately, I was not able to find information to fit the exact circumstances at Sandy Hook (pediatric mass casualty) other than their Triage algorithm. I also found information that…

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Teacher restricts Lego-play to her girl students in the pursuit of gender equity

It’s not really “free choice” if someone is guiding you, now is it?

At Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary School in Bainbridge Island (WA), kindergarten teacher Karen Keller is telling her kids that boys can’t play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.”

The teacher says, “I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”

The teacher’s approach is angering some parents yet Keller is sticking to her guns: It’s all part of a plan to get girls building during “free choice,” the 40 minutes of unstructured play time embedded at the end of every school day.

Keller has taught at Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary since 2008 and has watched with discouragement as self-segregation defined her classroom — her boy students flocked to the building blocks while her girl students played with dolls and crayons and staples, toys that offered them little challenge or opportunity to fail and develop perseverance. (Because you know, boys will be boys and girls will be girls.)

Apparently Keller did some research and determined on her own that something had to give as she believed her girl students were indeed missing out. Keller found in her research that Lego play has been widely attributed to accelerating development and helping children fine-tune spatial and math skills, two of the largest areas of cognitive disparity between men and women. Further, female STEM role models are few and far between, and part of the reason for their underrepresentation, Keller believes, are the gender stereotypes women are socialized into from an early age.

The teacher blames toymakers for reinforcing those roles — “the stuff LEGO is marketing for girls is just so limiting;” ‘girl’ sets replete with themes such as baking, cooking, care-giving, homemaking, decorating and hair styling — but she also faults teachers for not taking action. I just feel like we are still so far behind in promoting gender equity,” Keller explained.

So Keller then decided to try an experiment in her classroom. If girls were given the opportunity, would they develop different play preferences? She thought so, and she could cite a study or two to back the claim up.

Here’s where the teacher decided to guide the childrens’ “free choice”. Keller tried enticing her girl students with pink and purple Legos. “But it wasn’t enough,” she said. The girls weren’t interested and the boys just expanded their palettes.

When Bainbridge Schools Foundation announced its Classroom Enrichment Grants, Keller saw her chance to affect change. Keller requested funding to purchase LEGO Education Community Starter Kits for three Blakely classrooms, writing that “while it’s not necessary to board up the playhouse and adopt the babies out, concrete steps can be taken to ameliorate the gender gap in the kindergarten and present engaging ways to develop girls’ spatial skills.”

Keller left out one little detail in her request: The boys wouldn’t get to play with the new 1,907-piece sets. “I had to do the ‘girls only Lego club’ to boost it more,” she explained. “Boys get ongoing practice and girls are shut out of those activities, which just kills me. Until girls get it into their system that building is cool, building is ‘what I want to do’ — I want to protect that.”

In Keller’s mind, it’s a fair practice “because fair is getting what you need to succeed or to get better.” Fair doesn’t have to be the same, and she says her kindergarteners get that. At least for now. While Keller sees more girls in the building area than before, it’s still not the norm, she said. So the boys will just have to wait their turn.


A good weekend in Chiraq: Only one killed and 13 wounded in gun violence

Pretty sad when just one murder and 13 others wounded is considered a good weekend. But it’s Chiraq, after all.


MyFoxChicago reported Sunday afternoon that 14 people had been shot — one of them fatally — across Chicago since late Friday.

The homicide happened at 12:30 p.m., when a 25-year-old man was walking in the 1600 block of West Howard when someone walked up and shot him in the chest and back, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he later died, police said.

The two latest non-fatal shootings happened within half an hour – see if you spot a similarity:

  • A 24-year-old woman was shot in the head in West Ridge’s 6000 block of North Western Avenue. She walked into Swedish Covenant Hospital about 4:15 a.m. and her condition was stabilized, police said.
  • About 3:50 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot twice in a drive-by attack in Irving Park.He was sitting in a vehicle in the 4100 block of North Drake when another car pulled up and someone inside started shooting. The boy was struck in the shoulder and back and the driver took him to Swedish Covenant, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Nothing good can be happening in Chiraq between 3:00 – 5:00 am in that city. Nothing.

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Homeless dog saves newborn baby from garbage dump

A homeless dog has more humanity than human beings.

Katherine reports for LifeWithDogs, Nov. 4, 2015, that a stray female dog is being called an “angel sent from the heavens” after the homeless creature saved the life of a newborn baby boy.

While rummaging in a garbage dump in Campinas, Brazil, the hungry dog found the newborn boy with his umbilical cord still attached. As seen in the photo below, the dog gently carried the baby in her mouth to a house near the dump.

homeless dog saves newborn from garbage dump

The humans in the house rushed the baby to the nearest hospital. Doctors found the baby unharmed by the canine heroine and in good condition.

Local residents are in disbelief that a mother would throw away her baby to die in a garbage dump. Authorities are now looking for her.

Thanks to this gentle stray dog, the baby boy is alive today.

Although there is an account claiming the incident was in Oman instead of Brazil, LifeNews confirmed the Brazilian locale, citing Univision as a second corroborating source.

LifeNews also reminds us that this is not the first time that a canine angel rescued an abandoned newborn human. A similar incident occurred in 2013 in Thailand when a family dog rescued an abandoned newborn baby girl from a roadside dump.