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  1. Patters

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    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ed...cles/2007/11/02/big_brother_meets_big_mother/

    PRETTY SOON, we're going have to amend the favorite mom and dad moniker of the moment. Those much-vaunted helicopter parents are turning into black-helicopter parents. The image of parents hovering over their kids is morphing into the darker image of parents spying on their kids.

    Here is the latest bit of high-tech surveillance equipment being marketed to parents. A company inauspiciously named Bladerunner has begun selling a jacket with a GPS device sewn into the lining. For a mere $500 plus $20 a month, a parent can track a child, or at least his jacket, all day long.

    This is just a small addition to the family-friendly arsenal. We already have a full range of cellphones equipped with GPS. Indeed, the most common cellphone greeting is not "How are you?" but "Where are you?" Parents are being sold the idea that they can trust but Wherify - the name of one of the many manufacturers offering services that beam their children's whereabouts to their cellphone.

    Want to monitor what your kids eat at school? MyNutrikids gives you the scoop from the lunchroom. Want an automatic alert if he got a B on the pop quiz? Go to GradeSpeed. Want to monitor her instant messages? There's IMSafer. And want to know whether your 17-year-old is speeding? Alltrack not only tells you but lets you remotely flash the lights and honk the horn till she slows down.
     
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    Beats actually being a parent. People are so obsessed with making enough money to give their kids everything they want, that they can't be with them long enough to know them. In the process of being their kids money supply only, the kids grow up mal-adjusted, unloved, and paranoid while the parents usually find themselves unfulfilled and wondering where they went wrong.. With these "parental substitutes" they can also relieve their own guilt (temporarily) and show off to their friends at work what good monitors they are. Chumps. Too bad most parents don't realize that their kids only want to be with them more...but can't.
     
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    Thank the ACLU and the National Teachers Association, neither of whom know what a parent's role is because none of them are parents.



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    thanks for contributing nothing once again, besides deflection to something completely inaccurate and irrelevant...
     
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    And you would be the "expert" on relevancy and accuracy.



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    while no expert, certainly far more capable than you've proven to be...
     
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    Very...very well said Wistah --- I agree.
     
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    How about laying the blame where it belongs? People who can't control their lust for stuff and worship at the altar of consumerism. The government and media exist for the enabling of our consumerist society. The sheep continue to allow themselves to be manipulated by Madison Avenue and the government. What did the White House say we should do after the WTC attacks? "Go shopping". That was all they asked us to do as we allegedly entered the "greatest threat to face American freedom since WWII".

    So what do parents who won't have a relationship with their kids because they're so busy working to get more stuff do to fix their problem? Go out and get more stuff! Unbelievable!

    People in this country need to snap out of their sleep and get to the root of the problem. Blaming the teachers union and the ACLU is stupid.
     
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    Our New Liberal anything goes society "Created" the need for these things, as the old saying goes, "Its A Jungle Out There"

    Ozzie & Harriet, Leave It To Beaver, Andy Hardy, Father Knows Best and The Easter Parade THEY'RE ALL DEAD.

    WELCOME TO THE NEW AMERICA
    BUY A GUN
    BAR YOUR WINDOWS
    DEAD BOLT YOUR DOORS
    GET IN THE HOUSE BEFORE DARK
    DON'T LET YOUR LITTLE GIRL SIT IN UNCLE CHARLIES LAP
    DON'T LET YOUR LITTLE BOY SIT IN UNCLE CHARLIES LAP
    BLAME THE COPS
    BLAME BUSH
    DON'T LET YOUR DOG SIT IN UNCLE CHARLIES LAP
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    Change "Uncle Charlie" to "Father Flannagan" and you'll be about right. :eek: :rocker:
     
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    Wish I had thought of that :rocker:
     
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    We're a paranoid and neurotic society. A bad thing happens to a child and suddenly children across America are supposed to run away from strangers, never play where they can't be seen, always report home, even wear GPS devices. It's sick. There have always been crimes against kids and there will continue to be; but now we don't even let kids be kids. We include them in our paranoia by turning them into mini-GPS devices.
     
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    Now apply that logic to giving 11 year olds birth control behind a mom and dad's back, because there were a couple of pregnancies.
     
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    Human Beings are animals, all animals have the instinct to protect their young.
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