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Poor girls aren’t condemned to pregnancy, poverty

Posted by dupid2 on May 24, 2012

Teen pregnancy is a problem that the united states is faced with. Some people even consider it a new fad thanks to mtv shows like teen mom and sixteen and pregnant. Why do kids think that being a parent at such a young age is a good idea? Instead of learning about the issues and problems that these young mothers go through they want to end up like them? I personally don’t find the situation that these girls are in appealing at all. I feel horrible for the girls that have to go through that’s why I had to share this article with yall.

one of the points brought up to why teen pregnancy exists is that 

Having a baby at 16 doesn’t change the “low economic trajectory” of poor girls; they’re going to be poor whether they’re doing 2 a.m. feedings or not.According to the authors, poor teens know this. “[I]f girls perceive their chances at long-term economic success to be sufficiently low even if they do ‘play by the rules,'” they write, “then early childbearing is more likely to be chosen.” Sex education and more access to birth control don’t make much difference because, in economist-speak, early childbearing is a rational choice for poor girls.

Though this seems to be a resonable way to look at the situation it should not be the way that young girls should be looking at their situation. They should not be setteling for what they have they should be looking and finding ways to excell in life. My mother always says that if you eat beans right now you should find a way to eat rice and meat in the future. Your lifes dicissions are up to yourself and you should try hard to make the most of your life.The truth is 

that poor girls who “play by the rules” actually have a pretty good chance of moving out of poverty. According to the Swedish economist Markus Jantii, Americans have the lowest rates of upward mobility of any developed country; a full 42% of men born to a father in the bottom fifth quintile are still there as adults. But for women, Jantii found, the odds are very different.About three-quarters of daughters of low-income men managed to move out of poverty. In fact, when it comes to economic opportunity, American girls are much closer to their counterparts in the egalitarian Nordic countries than they are to American boys.

Scholars who study mobility have learned a bit about who the movers are. Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill, both of the Brookings Institute, have calculated that if someone at the bottom does three things — completes high school, works full time and marries before he or she has children — the chance of staying poor falls from 12% to 2%, and the chance of joining the middle class or higher rises from 56% to 74%.

so ladies why settle when you can excel? 

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5-year-old overdoses on over-the-counter medications

Posted by dupid2 on April 16, 2012

When I first read this article ( ) i was completely amazed! How could this possibly happen? Parents need to be responsable and keep the medicine out of read of their children as well as read the labels and know how much they are supposed to be giving them.The labels are their for a reason and everyone should take the opportunity to read them before taking the medicine. Whenever anything like this happens I personally feel like there is no excuse this should NOT have happened and its something that could of been easily prevented if the right precautions would of been taken.

 Not only is there a problem with accidental overdoses there’s also the problem of abusing the over the counter drug.  Read the rest of this entry »

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why soccer isn’t fully appreciated in the united states

Posted by dupid2 on February 13, 2012

Here are some points Richard Greener makes to Why Americans Don’t like soccer

 American sports fans love action in their team sports. Sure, they love scoring too, but most of all they crave the excitement presented by the chance of a score on every play. Be it the crack of the bat, the snap of the ball, or a shot on basket or goal, every time there’s a real chance points will be posted on the scoreboard.

To me this is just an absence of understanding; how in the world are they supposed to shoot shot after shot? Soccer isn’t about just scoring from one side of the field to the other, if they wanted to do it they could; the talents that these kids have that make it to the big teams are completely amazing. Yes soccer might not have a “score on every play” but the plays that these players do are amazing. Soccer is an art, a beauty, a part of a culture that brings people  together.I wish soccer was as big in the united states as it is in europe and latin america. Maybe if there was a little bit more of excitement and support for american soccer the MLS wouldn’t suck as much?

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Casa Marianella

Posted by dupid2 on October 30, 2011

Casa Marianella has to be one of the most amazing things that I’ve been able to do while in austin.For those of y’all that have never heard of it here’s a few videos so you can learn a little bit about what im trying to get across here. (Though none of these videos really captured the true beauty that is Casa).

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