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7 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Silly American’s are up in arms over Putin signing the Dima Yakovlev Law which forbids Americans from adopting Russian babies.

    Dima Yakolov was a russian boy taken to America, renamed as Chase and left to cook in a parked car for nine hours – he died.

    Even pedophiles have managed to get their filthy hands on Russian babies in the past FFS.

    If Americans want babies they should make their own, when they are able to in their twenties, as nature designed it not wait to their forties when it is too late and parasiticallly take babies from other countries.

    And they also should close down the abortion mills where millions of American babies die before they are born

    The internation trafficing of babies is a great crime, we do it too – children should never be taken from their motherland ever

  2. Neil says:

    Don’t know if I can agree with you Andrei.
    I think of the Haitian earthquake which left thousands of children orphaned. Many got a chance of a life out of poverty in the US by adoption.
    As well one can only think of the Romanian orphanages where children starved of love . Adioption gave them a better life.
    Disappointed to see you weigh into the abortion debate which is another matter.

  3. Glen Herud says:

    Andrei, you’re right. Orphans do end up with the wrong people, but most end up in loving families. Adoption is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, but I know many wonderful teenages who are will be valuable members of NZ society. If they were left in their Russian orphanage, their future is bleak. At 18 they have to leave the orphanage and many end up in the military or are preyed on by the many criminal groups.
    Many westerners adopt special needs children saving them from a terrible existence and its important to note that the stereotype of older woman adopting is not true, infertile couples in their 20s & 30s are The normal demographic.
    Putin is a cold heartless man and he is using the most vulnerable people to make a political point.

    Having said that, international adoption comes with complex emotional issues for both the child and the adoptive parents.
    An imperfect solution to an imperfect situation.

  4. Andrei says:

    Hands up anyone who believes that if polynesian babies became the next example of Californian chic that we would sit back and allow a trade in maori kids to America.

    Nia Glassie might have had a better life as a designer baby raised in Beverly Hills – no?

    But would the New Zealand people tolerate this?

  5. Andrei says:

    Disappointed to see you weigh into the abortion debate which is another matter.

    No it is a related matter, treating the young as disposible commodities, treating the young as tradeable commodities

    Hey ho

  6. TraceyS says:

    Social media is a superb modern invention. Wouldn’t you agree? There are a few acknowledged problems, but forget them for a while.

    I often wonder how the world might have been influenced if this technology had been available in the year 1900 when the likes of Einstein, Steiner, and Tesla, and were aged 21, 39 and 44 respectively. Some of their ideas shared much in common, but recognition of this was not chief among their many achievements.

    A early form of social media did exist in the form of public noticeboards in universities where scholars posted their ideas, philosophies, questions and such for others to respond to. But that must have been slow, limiting, and cumbersome. It is so much faster and easier nowadays and social media allows the coming together of views from a far wider demographic of society.

    If blogs and Facebook, Twitter and the like had been available in the year 1900 how would the greater opportunity to collaborate have changed the world we share today?

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