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What Would You Do? More Importantly, What Will You Do? SOS Children


SOS Children

Norwegian Boy Freezing - SOS Children

A social experiment was done recently in Norway. Hidden cameras were set up to cover it and the results show something in the human spirit, no matter whether in the US or abroad, that gives hope that we as people really care.

An 11-year-old boy sat shivering, freezing, and jacket-less at a bus stop in Oslo on a cold winter's day. Others saw him, alone and chilled to the bone. Watch and see how they reacted. How would you have handled this? What would you do?


The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children's Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.

"People [everywhere] should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy," Synne Rønning, the information head of SOS Children's Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.

Doesn't this video show us that we do care? Now how about those hundreds of thousands of displaced children in Syria? Want to help? Here's how:

To learn more about SOS Children's Villages International click here.


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As A Parent, Don't Ever Think You're Not Loved



I'm a parent of two -- a father of a boy and a girl. So I'm blessed with two perspectives on life for every situation. Actually three if you figure in what my wife tells me is the right way to handle things. But that's another story.

There isn't a day that my kids, while growing up -- I guess they're always going up -- but until they leave for college or move out, there isn't something that you're called upon to offer some guidance. Oh, they may not ask you directly, or even want your input indirectly, but they do hear you. And you know what, they do appreciated it. They won't want to tell you to your face, more likely the opposite is true, but they really do love us.

Recently my wife was lamenting that with our kids both gone, out working and living their own productive lives, there's a void. And as a dutiful husband, I assured her that she's thought of all the time by myself and our kids. But just like most empty-nesters, I couldn't shake her fears of being left behind. And to what legacy?

Then I saw this video. Though it's intention was not specifically to deal with empty nest syndrome it really touches on what's important. It's what you're kids really do think of you. And no matter whether they're three or thirty-three, they're yours and the bi-product of your love.

So in that spirit, the reinforcement that we as parents of kids any age have meaning, purpose and really generally do right despite occasional over-protectiveness or laxity of oversight, I invite you to a few minutes of positive reinforcement. It may stir up some really wonderful memories or tease you with what's upcoming for you newer parents. Enjoy and feel good. It's time to accept being loved.


Dep't. of Obvious: The GOP "really seems to be struggling with that compassion thing."



The Republican party needs to do more than just “de-kookify and disassociate with the nuts.”

Here is First Read's take. They appear to have a flair for stating the obvious:

Lacking that compassion thing: There’s one other point we want to make about the GOP: The party really seems to be struggling with that compassion thing. Take passing the farm bill WITHOUT the food stamp program. Or the scant attention to the plight of the undocumented immigrants -- and their families -- who are currently living in the shadows of this country. Compassion is a powerful thing in politics; remember, George W. Bush won a presidential election (in 2000) on that theme. Republicans are going to need to figure out how to add a compassionate element to their austerity push. Of course, conservatives would argue the one place they show the most compassion (on the issue of abortion) doesn't get the attention it deserves. Then again, on abortion, there is another side that believes there is a lack of compassion for women on this issue. Point is, the GOP has a perception problem on this front -- something the Republican National Committee noted, and they've done little to fix it.

Where to start, where to start? Well, first, there's this: GOP on the Verge of Committing Political Suicide. But I digress...

1. I've been writing about "that compassion thing" for ages. You can find all my posts on the Republicans' so-called "outreach" efforts (scroll) here. This isn't about any compassion they want to convince themselves that they have, it's about the perception of compassion, which I will address later. It's a sham. It's a facade. It's a game of Charades. It's a movie set without good actors or a decent script. It's a whole bunch of phony baloney wind-up mechanical stuntmen who lack souls.

2. Not providing needy Americans (a good number of them are employed and white, by the way) with food stamps, AKA a way to stay alive by, you know, eating, shows no compassion. None.

3. Not caring one tiny bit for anyone who doesn't look, sound, think, or believe the way white male Christian conservatives do is not anyone's idea of compassion, empathy, or outreach. Correction: It's white male Christian conservatives' idea of compassion, empathy, and outreach. My bad.

4. How can there be a compassion element in an ill-timed, unnecessary, harmful austerity push? Oxymoron.

5. Supporting forced-birth is compassionate? Making doctors read scripts filled with lies to scare their female patients is compassionate? Shoving trans-vaginal probes up women against their will when there is no medical need for them is compassionate? Male legislators determining what women should do with their lives and bodies is compassionate? Forbidding women to make very painful, very personal, possibly life-saving decisions about their own health is compassionate? Withholding health services, including cancer screenings, is compassionate? Shaming women publicly and politically is compassionate? This isn't "lacking that compassion thing," this is lacking that heart thing.

6. If all you're striving for is the "perception" of compassion, then you're a fake. Your goal is to fool people into believing that your slogans mean more than your intentions and legislative outcomes. You're playing the role of the fast-talking salesman who will say anything to make the sale, to get you to buy a defective product, or a product that could result in injury or even fatalities. Anyone who's watched a TV commercial knows that sales pitches can look attractive and sound enticing, but if the merchandise is inferior, if it doesn't work, if it's unsafe or ineffective, then it's as flimsy and substandard as the advertiser's credibility.

No, the GOP doesn't have a perception problem. They have a policy problem. They have a trust problem. They have a people problem. They have a humanity problem. And that means they have a voter problem.

outreach my ass reach out inclusive