Man Awakens After 12 Years in a “Vegetative State,” Says “I Was Aware of Everything”

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LifeNews 12 January 2015 In the 1980’s, 12-year-old Martin Pistorious became seriously ill with what doctor’s believed was Cryptococci Meningitis. His health started deteriorating and Martin lost his ability to move, make eye contact and even speak to others. His doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorious, to bring him home and let him […]

‘Restorative justice’ a bad joke

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Stuff co.nz 13 January 2015 OPINION: Michelle Smith’s powerful letter to The Press on Saturday (reprinted below) underscores the outright stupidity of the overcooked restorative-justice revolution that has been unleashed on our courts. In this case, her loved one, Terrence Martin Smith, died after being doused with petrol and set alight. How unbelievably insulting to […]

Kids of Single Parents More Likely to Witness Domestic Violence

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Family Studies 5 January 2015 Many studies have found that young people raised in single-parent families show more achievement and behavior problems than those who grow up with both their biological parents. Family sociologists often attribute these developmental problems to the meager financial resources that single parents command, and the less adequate supervision they can […]

Marriage Makes for Happier People, Study Says

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The Wall Street Journal 5 January 2015 Marriage may help people navigate a midlife crisis. A new paper by Shawn Grover, a policy analyst at Canada’s Department of Finance, and John Helliwell, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, finds that married people are generally happier than unmarried people. It’s a well-researched area and […]

Most child-abuse victims are babies under a year old

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NZ Herald 13 January 2015 The majority of children admitted to the Starship hospital as the result of suspected abuse or neglect are under 1 year old. Figures provided to the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal three children died at the hospital and 130 suspected abuse cases were referred to police between July […]

Here’s What Parents Of Transgender Kids Need To Know

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The Federalist 9 January 2015  As a former child transgender, my heart goes out to parents whose boy says, “I’m a girl” or whose girl who says, “I’m a boy.” The medical diagnosis is gender dysphoria—distress that comes from feeling one’s physical gender doesn’t match one’s internal perception. A flood of questions come with the […]

Leelah Alcorn: Auckland march in support of trans teens

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3 News 10 January 2015 Hundreds of Kiwis are expected to march today in support of a trans teen who took her own life after being told she would “never truly be a girl”. Supporters will march down Queen St in Auckland in memory of Leelah Alcorn, 17, who died late last year in Ohio. […]

Family of toddler abandoned at Auckland Work and Income office found

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Stuff co.nz 9 January 2015 The family of a toddler abandoned at a South Auckland Work and Income office have been found as family services say families are becoming increasingly desperate. Police said this afternoon that the man who left the child at the Work and Income office yesterday had been identified. The man had […]

What too many hours of screen time can do to your eyes

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CBS News 7 January 2015 Most Americans could hardly imagine — or get through — their day without screen time. But even as devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones have improved our productivity and quality of life, they are also the leading cause of a serious and growing health problem. According to the Vision […]

Woman marries her two pet cats

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MailOnline 6 January 2015 When Barbarella Buchner split from her partner-of-seven-years, the 48-year-old thought that she would never find love again. But then love struck again, albeit from a very unusual direction. Now Ms Buchner is happily married once more – to her two pet cats. Now the Lanzarote-based web designer says she’s never been […]

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