More children in Chicago have been shot than died from COVID

More children have been the victims of gun violence in Chicago this year than have died from COVID-19 across the entire country, according to police and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

The CDC reported that 214 children 17-years old or younger have died of COVID-19 nationwide so far this year — compared to 261 Chicago kids who have been victims of gunfire in Chicago, according to police statistics reported by Fox News.

More children have been fatally shot on the streets of Chicago than have died of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois.

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Forbes deletes article alleging psychological trauma in mask-wearing for kids

Forbes removed an article that alleges psychological damage of mask-wearing in kids after it was shared on Twitter and started to get traction. The ideas shared in the article contradict the public health bodies and government advisories on the importance of mask-wearing.

The article discouraging mask-wearing in kids went viral after it was shared by Twitter user NYC Angry Mom. They encouraged people to read the article, adding: “I’m just speechless that someone finally understands that masks on children are not benign.”

The tweet had been shared at least 400 times.

The deleted article (archive) was written by Zak Ringelstein, a PhD holder in Education at Columbia university and founder of Zigadoo, an educational and developmental app for kids.

Ringelstein begins the article by describing how he has spent his career advocating for the removal of standardized testing because of “the havoc it has wreaked on the mental health and well-being of American schoolchildren, especially kids from low-income families.”

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Nickelodeon to Parents: Teach Your Kids to Be Left-Wing Activists so They Won’t Turn Out Racist Like You

In 2021, there are few places one can turn to avoid hearing about the need for “social justice,” “equity” and “anti-racism.”

Apparently, not even Nickelodeon can offer refuge from these far-left ideas.

On Nickelodeon Parents, a website designed to provide the parents of Nickelodeon viewers with educational resources involving the channel’s shows, there just so happens to be a page titled “How Kids Can Be Allies.”

What does this page say?

That American parents are racist and, in order to account for that racism, must teach their kids various left-wing values in order to account for that bigotry.

The page offers a “list of actions” that parents can take to help their children “continue the fight against racism and bias.”

The sixth entry on the list reads as follows: “Acknowledge your own racism and racial bias. Because you live in a racist society, you hold racist ideas and beliefs. You cannot choose to not be privileged. The more aware you are of the ways in which your ideas and behaviors are shaped by race, the more effective you will be at reducing harm.”

Of course, the definition of “racism” chosen by Nickelodeon is of the “systemic” variety, with the page describing racism as “structural and a part of all aspects of our lives, including laws, public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms.”

This highly controversial theory of racism has its roots in the academic philosophy of critical race theory.

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Army Wants to Install Facial Recognition, Video Analytics at Child Development Centers

The Army wants to use facial recognition and advanced machine learning algorithms to monitor kids at base Children Development Centers and plans to launch a pilot program at Fort Jackson in the near future.

Army contracting officers posted a solicitation to SAM.gov for a vendor capable of developing a facial recognition and video analytics system and integrating that with the Fort Jackson CDC’s closed-circuit television system.

If successful, the system will be used for “monitoring the health and well-being of children in the CDC,” according to the performance work statement.

“The use of close-circuit television video-recording is common in CDCs for security purposes, however these feeds are not continually monitored during all hours of operation in live time,” the solicitation notes. “Instead, CDC staff log scheduled hours by watching the live video feeds periodically throughout the day for the mandated metrics.”

The center is hoping adding video analytics to the CCTV system will allow for continuous monitoring of students, “used as an addition to the human CCTV monitoring,” and capable of automatically alerting staff to situations as they arise.

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Judge rules Michigan’s storing of babies blood, use for research is unconstitutional

It happens when every baby is born in Michigan, blood sample is taken from the newborn.

But a judge has ruled the way the state of Michigan does this, is most likely unconstitutional.

Its a complicated legal ruling, but it may pave the way for changes in the newborn health screening process.

“They don’t tell the parents, they don’t explain it to the parents, they just do it,” says Saginaw County attorney Phil Ellison.

He is talking about the state of Michigan’s program where it takes a sample of blood from every newborn shortly after birth.

The blood is taken to test for diseases. He represents four parents and nine children, who claim the parents didn’t consent to have those blood samples stored and used in research.

A lawsuit was filed in 2018, claiming their constitutional rights were violated and recently a federal judge, in part, agreed.

“He ruled that the two parents of the two children who were born before May 1st 2010, had their constitutional substantive due process rights violated, basically your right to be a parent was violated when the government, being the state of Michigan, kept, retained without permission or consent the blood spots or blood samples of children that they had taken during the newborn screening process,” says Ellison.

The judge also ruled the process for blood taken from babies born after that May 2010 date, when consent forms for storage and research were in put in place, may also be unconstitutional, but wants to hear from the state on why blood samples are stored and exactly how many.

Millions of blood samples are stored in bio banks in Detroit and Lansing. Ellison says the health screening is important and should be done, but parents should be better informed about the whole process, including how the blood is stored and who has access to it.

“What starts out as a good, probably noble public policy idea of testing children early for diseases, now has turned into, we are going to keep the data, we are going to keep the blood samples , we are going to sell the blood samples, we are going to trade the blood samples, now law enforcement is accessing these samples, we have found out,” says Ellison.

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Woke Inc. Is Coming For Our Babies: How Children’s Brands Are Pushing Critical Race Theory

Toy giant Hasbro is the most recent household name to use their millions to push Critical Race Theory and the progressive agenda. Last month, Project Veritas reported a whistleblower from the company that outlined a disturbing game plan to bring the controversial and racest teaching to children as young as Kindergarten and preschool, with the help of their toys.

Package engineer David Johnson told Project Veritas President James O’Keefe during an interview “They want to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they’re really able to understand what race and racism is.” In pursuit of their goal, Hasbro has contracted with Conscious Kids, an education, research, and policy organization that programs tiny tots on how to “disrupt racism.”

Conscious Kids Co-Founder Katie Ishizuk can be seen in a leaked video telling Hasbro employees: “at three to six months, babies are beginning to notice and already express preference by race,” and that “[Babies] as young as two are already using race to reason about people’s behaviors.” Ishizuk claimed that daycares and playgrounds are full of racist behaviors, evidenced by how tykes choose or exclude playmates.

While Hasbro isn’t the first company to impact the way our kids think, they might be the most persistent. A few months ago, the toy company was at the center of a controversy when it attempted to rebrand “Mr. Potato Head” by stripping him of his “Mr.” status. After a massive public outcry, the company decided not to reinvent the beloved toy.

Mr. Potato Head notwithstanding, the threat of woke culture surrounding children is still genuine, however. Parents who hope to bring their children the same experiences they enjoyed as a child are forced to either comply with the progressive “woke” programming coming at them from every side or to avoid many major children’s entertainment companies altogether.

A few short months after the death of George Floyd, PBS’s Sesame Street and The Cat in the Hat both released tools to help tiny tykes tackle white privilege. PBS’ Focusing on Young Learners included “Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching,” featuring Dr. Aisha White, who is also the founder of P.R.I.D.E. (which stands for Positive Racial Identity Development In Early Education). White teaches parents that kids are never too young to focus on the race of their playmates.

“Yeah, I think the first thing we need to do is to acknowledge and understand the inhumanity that has been netted out towards people of color in this country because that helps us to see why the inhumanities still exist,” White said.

Sesame Street also put out an anti-racist guide for White parents to guide them on parenting race-conscious kids. At the same time, PBS’ cartoon Arthur teaches “anti-racism” in an episode honoring the late Rep. John Lewis. Penguin Books has also created an anti-racist portal as a companion to their anti-racist baby book, written by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, which turned out to be a best-seller.

Not to be outdone, Disney came in strong when they gave a drag makeover to one of their Muppet Babies in a show targeting children as young as 3-years-old. Also strange was a Cinderella storyline that shows a beloved character who left a shoe behind at a ball and later transformed from Gonzo into “Gonzorella” saying he didn’t tell the other Muppets who he was because they “expected [him] to look a certain way.”

Anyone who thought they would be able to keep away from indoctrination by avoiding entertainment should think again. One of the countries largest online preschools, The Waterford Upstart program, has incorporated anti-racist training for parents that mirrors Hasbro’s CRT program. The program serves 90K students in 28 states like North DakotaUtah, rural Montanna and WyomingIdianaNorth Carolina and claims to get children ready for school by starting in Kindergarten.

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8 Things Children Are More Likely to Die From Than COVID-19, According to the CDC

 Last week I received a letter from my children’s school district.

“We will start the school year this fall – in-person, five days a week – strongly recommending that all students and staff in our buildings, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings,” Lisa Sayles-Adams, superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools in Minnesota, wrote. “At this time, we are not requiring face coverings.”

This was welcome news. My children—like most, I imagine—have expressed their dislike for wearing masks all day long, which was the practice last school year (when school was open). They struggled all year with COVID-19 protocols.

This summer, my son said he was enjoying school much more, and his enjoyment was visible. I asked him about it.

“We don’t have to wear masks now,” he told me.

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Medical Journal Declares That Parents Should Lose Their Authority to Object to Transgender Surgery for Children

A major medical journal in the United States is facing widespread criticism after it published an article declaring that parents should lose their “veto power” to object to their children trying to seek gender-altering surgical procedures, Breitbart reports.

The Journal of Medical Ethics published an article titled “LGBT testimony and the limits of trust,” authored by Dr. Maura Priest, a professor of philosophy and bioethics at Arizona State University (ASU). In the article, Priest claims that “it is no longer the job of physicians to do their own weighing of the costs and benefits of transition-related care,” as “only the patient can make this assessment, because only the patient has access to the true weight of transition-related benefits.”

Furthermore, Priest declares that “taking LGBT patient testimony seriously also means that parents should lose veto power over most transition-related pediatric care.” Priest had expanded on this assertion in a pre-publication draft, where she said that “guardian veto power over identity-affirming care [results] in injustice whenever such power means one trans child is denied the care that another receives.”

The article was called out for its authoritarian overtones by numerous commentators on social media. Daily Wire host Elisha Krauss said that “if you want to change my child mentally, hormonally, and physically, you’re going to have to go through me.” Author Tom Quiggin declared that “they are out to get your children,” while commentator Derek Hunter said that “leftists want everyone to be wards of the state.”

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Announces They Will Only Help Fully Vaccinated Children

Make-A-Wish Foundation CEO Richard Davis has announced in a video that they will only be helping vaccinated terminally ill children.

Children and any relatives accompanying them to get their wish will all need to have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior.

The charity said it will not require proof of vaccination but will make families sign a waiver saying that they are.

Davis did not appear to make any exceptions for children who are under 12-years-old and cannot be vaccinated in the video. The Gateway Pundit has reached out to them for clarification and will update when it is provided.

Wishes that involve air travel will resume as soon as September 15.

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