Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Most Nordic parents wouldn´t give it a second thought. For them it´s part of their daily routine. Daytime temperatures this winter in Stockholm have regularly dropped to -5C (23F) but it´s still common to see children left outside by their parents for a sleep in the pram. Wander through the snowy city and you´ll see buggies lined up outside coffee shops while parents sip on lattes inside
I like my bedroom cold and my bed warm. Hence the electric blanket. This does seem a bit weird but obviously it works for them. Back in the "old days" women would leave their babies outside while they went in to shop. Now that really seems weird and dangerous to me. I cannot imagine leaving a baby outside while I picked over the oranges but I know it was common at one time.
Vitamin D!! This may be unnessary now due to decent diets in the West, but my Mom even talks about how the women of her mother´s generation (just before the WWII gen.) used to wrap infants up and put them on the porch during the day to get some vitamin D. Rickets (Vitamin D) deficiency, used to kill many infants. this would be especially noticable in the far north countries. think about it
Do that in this country and you will spend a few years in the graybar hotel, have to register as a sex offender, and spend the rest of your life paying off the defense lawyers. That is if someone doesn´t steal the kid.
My grandmother always slept with her bedroom window slightly open, no matter how cold. She said it was healthier and she did live to 89 while smoking since the age of 14 so maybe she was onto something.
Decades ago I worked with a woman who was born in Germany. Her mother babysat the kids and like her mother, she believed that as long as it wasn´t raining or snowing, the children should nap outdoors. One winter day she go a call at work from her local police department, a neighbor reported granny. My coworker was not pleased, with the cops that is.
I used to bundle up my babies and toddlers in the winter and take them for hour-long walks if the sun was shining steadily. The temperature was usually below freezing and the humidity was low. One thing I made sure of was that their mittens were connected by a string up their arms and around the back of their necks...and that the mittens stayed on each hand. Every few minutes: Head count and hand check! The Vitamin D thing might have something to do with the fact that my children got fewer colds in grade school than the average. So did I!
I think fresh air, even cold, is good for us while sleeping. I am spoiled now and it will be hard for me when we get back home to Texas where I will have to live in AC. #11 I think there is something to that. Good for those parents. It´s not the weather, it´s if one is properly bundled up!
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A day after vowing to defy a National Parks Service mandate to shut down, the Pisgah Inn changed course Thursday. The lodge, which operates in a building and on land owned by the park service along the Blue Ridge Parkway, will close because of the federal government shutdown, general manager Rob Miller said. "Due to the fact that a resolution to the shutdown becomes more of a distant promise every day, the Pisgah Inn in cooperation with the National Park Service has decided to cease operations," Miller said in a written statement.
Dorothy Goldstein had just visited her late husband at the cemetery. Now she and her son were hungry for a nice lunch. So, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, they headed for a gas station. At the Exxon station in downtown Olney, they stepped up to the counter of Corned Beef King, where they’d dined before. To their left: a beef jerky display. To their right: keno on TV. All around them: the delish aroma of a New York deli. Goldstein, a retiree in Dolce & Gabbana glasses, ordered pastrami. Her son got the Angry Turkey Racheal. They ate at a
When President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ended their historic phone call today -- the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979 -- Rouhani signed off with, "Have a nice day." But Obama responded, according to Rouhani´s later recounting of the conversation via Twitter, with the word "khodahafez."Khodahafez is a Persian-language expression that´s used to say goodbye. It´s sometimes written as two words: "khoda hafez" and literally translates as "God be with you."You can practically hear cable news talking heads trying to decide whether they should be outraged by this choice of words, but it´s really
NBC News announced Friday that it will present a special series of programs and reports next week intended to “help Americans get the most out of the Affordable Care Act,” according to a press release. Timed to coincide with the rollout of new insurance exchanges, “Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law” begins airing Monday, Sept. 30. The series will appear on such network mainstays as “NBC Nightly News” and “Today,” as well as on social media and other digital outlets.
Another issue in the Los Angeles Unified School District´s $1-billion effort to equip every student with an iPad surfaced Wednesday: Are parents liable if their child breaks or loses the tablet? The question emerged after revelations that 300 or so students at Roosevelt High School skirted security measures on the device and visited unauthorized websites. In response, the district suspended all home use of the Apple tablets, which have gone out to about two dozen schools so far. Ultimately, officials want the iPads used at home — that´s considered a key element of their educational value. But their dollar value Headline corrected by Staff. Please proofread.
Sen. Ted Cruz has been speaking on the Senate floor for almost 19 hours, as of this post. The talk is not technically a filibuster -- he can´t actually block the Senate from going about its business -- but symbolically, it´s more or less the same thing. The point is to show one´s opposition to something through a demonstration of physical will. Which is why you can forgive conservatives for being upset with the mainstream media´s coverage of the Cruz affair. When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status,
Over the weekend, the New York Times published the worst “Vows” column ever written in the history of the Times or the history of history. “Found, a Soul Mate” is a marriage story about two insufferable yuppie-hippies who fell in love over yoga. It was actually published in the one-time paper of record. These two are your average, yoga-loving Brooklynites, except for that the woman accidentally killed a little girl this one time, a plot point that is explained in just two throwaway sentences that serve to explain her calm presence: “On Aug. 17, 2008, Ms. Halweil was driving on
BERLIN—The elections set to take place here in Germany Sunday are expected to turn largely on the country´s solid economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel´s handling of the European debt crisis and social issues like women´s role in the work force. But add to that plate one more thing: Germans don´t want the government telling them what to eat. In what could be a cautionary tale for First Lady Michelle Obama´s efforts to tweak Americans´ diets, Germans look set to punish the Green Party for urging that public cafeterias go meat-free on a designated "Veggie Day" each week in order to help the
Gov. Jan Brewer ordered her agencies to stop using the term “Common Core’’ when referring to new education standards, in response to hostility from critics over what they see as a federal intrusion. In an executive order, the governor said she was “reaffirming Arizona’s right to set education policy.” Her order spells out “no standards or curriculum shall be imposed on Arizona by the federal government.” But it concedes the standards adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010 already are being implemented. And Brewer herself referred to them as Common Core in her State of the
Barack Obama has still never really sold the American people on anything but himself. For Obama supporters, the question has become frustrating and frequent: how can the man and the team who made a freshman senator the country’s first black president, and kept people with him despite Great Depression-level unemployment, have failed to truly turn public opinion around on a single
Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse. After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”Throughout a 50-minute interview on Thursday in her second-floor Capitol office, where the late Speaker Tip O’Neill used to receive
MSNBC´s Richard Wolffe raised two important points about media bias during a debate with conservative radio host Steve Malzberg on Wednesday: One, Fox News is the number-one cable news channel in the country; two, The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, is the number-one-selling newspaper in the country. To this, I would add the Rush Limbaugh is the number-one most listened to talk radio host in the country and Drudge Report, the conservative online news aggregator, is the number-one traffic driver for political news sites. So, let´s cycle back through that: The dominant players across all news
Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.” Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess. Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is
Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer Mass or perform weddings, baptisms, and other religious functions on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. About 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, some 275,000 service members, but there are only 234-active-duty priests. To fill the gap, contract or GS priests are brought in. But under the rules of the shutdown, many of those priests cannot
The bizarre attack at the White House and Capitol today was reportedly perpetrated by a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed in Connecticut. Miriam Carey, who was killed by law enforcement after ramming White House barricades and fleeing to the Capitol, had a toddler in the car with her, according to New York Post reporting: Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons. At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who had trapped her two blocks
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren´t any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they´ve been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to resolve the fiscal standoff that has closed much of the federal government heated up Thursday, the third day of the shutdown, with new talks over a broad budget deal and an effort by more moderate House members to break the logjam. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has initiated conversations with senior House Republicans on a broad deficit reduction deal that would allow some increases to federal programs squeezed by the automatic cuts known as sequestration in exchange for long-term changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The
American media outlets were finally able to track down a mythical creature — a person who actually signed up for the Obamacare exchanges online. But that person, Chad Henderson, admitted to the Washington Post that the premium for the plan he enrolled in was $175. Ouch! Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to lower premiums? Henderson’s going to pay a $175 premium and he won’t even receive vision or dental insurance. He has contacts, so not having vision insurance is kind of a bum deal. Henderson, as far as we know a healthy, 21-year-old college student at Chattanooga State Community College who lives in
A woman has been shot dead today after she rammed her car into a White House barricade with a young child inside then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, witnesses said. Up to 15 shots were fired at 2pm (ET) on Thursday with officers swarming the scene with machine guns while hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C. The female suspect was shot dead by police officers but is not believed to have returned fire. She is reportedly a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
Shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday afternoon and Capitol police were telling people to shelter in place. The incident appeared to begin around 2:19 p.m. and Capitol police say the Capitol was locked down. Officers with semi-automatic weapons were seen running for the exits on the first floor of the House side of the Capitol. Reports of shots inside were unconfirmed. As of 2:26, the Senate floor was still open and the Senate was on the floor, but police were in the hallways, reporters on the scene said. Rep. Gerry Connolly (R-Va.) was standing on a balcony of the