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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The sickest generation

A generation used to being at the forefront of social change, the baby boomers are about to achieve another first - but this time, the news isn't so good.

For as they edge toward retirement, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that baby boomers will be the first generation to enter their golden years in worse health than their parents.

"The baby boomers who are in worse health than their parents"
The Daily Mail (UK)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Boomer 'Zero Tolerance' policies under fire

Fifth-graders in California who adorned their mortarboards with tiny toy plastic soldiers last week to support troops in Iraq were forced to cut off their miniature weapons. A Utah boy was suspended for giving his cousin a cold pill prescribed to both students. In Rhode Island, a kindergartner was suspended for bringing a plastic knife to school so he could cut cookies.

It's all part of "zero tolerance" rules, which typically mandate severe punishments for weapon and drug offenses, regardless of the circumstances.

Lawmakers in several states say the strict policies in schools have resulted in many punishments that lack common sense, and they are seeking to loosen the restrictions.

"Zero Tolerance Runs Amok"
Washington Times