September 7th, 2004

Worship Chaos

Aaaaaaaaand Back To Normality

...Or something like it, anyway.

Well, Erik starts third grade today. Yikes, eh? Personally, I'm hoping that the school system actually starts treating the kids like kids and not like babies, but I don't see that happening. On the other hand, as hard as I am on this school system, I had a bit of a revelation the other day: I was in the "gifted" program all through elementary and middle school (an advanced class for exceptional students), so I suppose most 'normal' elementary/middle schools will seem sorta weak to me. I still say this school system is whacko, though, just maybe not quite as whacko as I once thought.

He's already planning ahead; if anyone asks him what he did over the summer, he's responding with a hearty "I ROCKED." Yeah, that's my little shadow. Speaking of him being a "little Frank" (hell, even HE'S said it a couple times), he accidentally called his Dad "Frank" last night on the phone...christ, I'd have paid money to have seen that fuckhead's face...

Finally got annathema667's package sent out, late last week, so she should get it soon...I don't want to reveal anything about it until she gets it, so just hang tight.

Oh, and I haven't had any more of those weird pains. Still haven't heard back from the doc about whether or not their tests turned anything up, but with the holiday, I'm not surprised. I figure, in the end, it was nothing, which is damn good.

OK, enough of that...back to what you were doing.
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Wired

Review: Aliens Vs. Predator

OK, I finally broke down to see it. Fact is that it was killing me...I've been too huge a fan of both the "Aliens" series and the "Predator" series to not see this, but various comments and factoids made me shy away. Still, that's in the past.

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Wrong!

Indiana University study: having children significantly lowers parents’ IQs

By Mike Gaddis, THG News

A five-year study run by Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction proves what many in the scientific community have always suspected: having children significantly lowers the IQ of both male and female parents.

Researchers at the Kinsey Institute began their study in 1999 by giving 200 married couples who were planning on starting families within the next four years Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests. By 2003, all but 27 of these couples had conceived.

Another IQ test was given to each set of parents successful in conceiving and birthing a baby six months after their child was born. These results were compared to the previous intelligence tests.

In every single one of the 173 cases, both parents scored at least twelve points lower on the second IQ test, with the majority of parents losing twenty or more IQ points.

Dr. Hosung Lee, director of the study, was not surprised with the findings. “The research proved that our hypothesis was correct. Having children does retard one’s brain activity, and since both parents lost intelligence, we must assume that this loss has a psychological rather than biological cause.”

The IQ tests show that when a child is born, the part of the brain that makes one think objectively takes the biggest hit when it comes to losing brainpower. “This explains why every parent thinks their child is the smartest kid in class or the best athlete, even if that child is as dumb as a box of rocks or needs a calendar to time their forty-yard dash. People who before were intelligent and open-minded turn into raving lunatics who want to blame a teacher or coach every time their mediocre child fails,” said Lee.

Lee says the Kinsey Institute will continue to test the couples participating in the study to determine if the loss of intelligence is reversible once children grow up and leave the nest and if parents who continue having children lose even more intelligence.

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The emphasis is mine. Christ I hate seeing this, but I do, all the time. Ordinary people, generally in possession of their minds, seem to turn into idiots when it comes to their own kids. THEIR kids can do no wrong, it's not THEIR kid's fault, blah, blah, blah.

Much thanx to cyanidesgirl for the link
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