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Something must be in the air or I am aging at a rapid pace. I have been sleeping almost 10 hours a day (mind you I work 8 hours a day, so my life is literally work & sleep) and even with that I can’t seem to do anything right and I still feel like a zombie. Maybe this is my body’s natural reaction to the grown-up life, but really, we shall never know.

In one of my recent zombified, lackluster states I turned to the one failsafe thing sure to put a smile on my face- googling cute cat pictures. What can I say? Other than how can watching something like Maru & the Giant Box NOT put a smile on your face (just look at that little man’s face!). Even my brother the sports fanatic, known for the time he ripped a phonebook in half after a disappointing Yankee’s loss, laughs everytime.

Needless to say, I was overly ecstatic when I found That Cute Site. It has video and photos of our cute furry friends with categories such as pugs, cats and hedgehogs there is something for everyone. For instance, I may have been sidetracked when writing this blog by the Two Adorable Rabbits in Paper Cups. It is about as exciting as the dramatic staring gopher, but the rhythmic motion of their tiny noses is mesmerizing.

Meanwhile, back at my Little Man House, my cat Butters is attempting to climb my back, which means I need to wrap this up before he

BUT, before I go I must leave you with this.

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If the X-Files have taught us anything it should be 1) trust no one and 2) especially do not trust the government. Case in point- our governments recent apology for infecting hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge.

Psch, well that’s just too bad for Guatemala, isn’t it? We would never do that in America…right? Apparently some people forgot about a little something called Tuskegee– i.e. infecting unknowing “test subjects” with syphilis. Did I mention it happened in Alabama to poor black men for forty years?

Great job, America. You did it again. I can’t wait to see what other great, dark secrets you hold or should I say what other viruses you happily spread. I’m sticking with Fox Mulder on this one- trust no one.

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Kids can be cruel. This is something I learned as a kid and still continue to see. It will never change- children will inevitably think in a superficial manner until they are mature enough to grasp reality. Even then, I feel, some people will continue to behave in this manner during adulthood, but that is another story…

One of the greatest things about being an adult is the absence of the aforementioned bullying. Like most children/adolescents I was very awkward and on top of that I was a short adorned with glasses and braces. Naturally, I had my fair share of time spent in lockers or trash cans. I never got in a full fledged fight, but when people did try to push me around I would retaliate by swinging my tiny limbs around and running away.

Nowadays, I see all articles popping up about “cyberbullying.” At first I wondered how this virtual means of bullying could be problematic. How could a facebook wall post be worse than being stuffed in a trash can? The more I thought about it the more it made sense. When something is posted online it is practically immortal. Sure things get deleted or have glitches, but think about all the forgotten blogs, webpages or message boards that you once created/frequented. Most likely you could search for one of these pages and find that it still exists.

When I read this disturbing article the other day, about a suicide related to cyberbullying, it made me realize how much worse it is than the “old school” bullying.

This generation of youth has grown up with accessibility to networking sites such as myspace or facebook (it is what the cool kids do) AND on top of that most kids are armed with a cell phone before third grade.  Then you have these networks of school kids that post/text every detail of their school day, including who did what social faux paus, who fell down some stairs, who is now deemed uncool-and so it begins. You can get anything from a vicious status update to embarrassing video and it is visible for all to see in a matter of seconds.

Now flashback to the 90s during my elementary school career-

Okay- maybe some things are better left in the past...

let’s skip the “Hangin’ Tough” part. If I did something mortifying like fall down some stairs I would be laughed at by those that witnessed the tragic event. Naturally, the story would spread like a wildfire, but then it would be quickly forgotten once somebody else peed themselves during art or something along those lines. None of this posting for all to see.

The worst part is this trend has only just begun. Technology’s rapid evolution will continue and kids will continue to be kids.


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