We keep hearing about all this generalized American anger. Swathes of the population there are feeling filthy about the way things have turned out after decades of neoconservative nonsense from both sides of a two-party federal system. This generalized anger in turn explains the success of Mr. Orangeface Clownpants. Trump has been able to say pretty much any nasty-ass thing he wants to say and still get ahead because of the funk and fury the American voter has sunk into and seethes with respectively. Rage serves to peg in place political illiteracy these days. Hillary Clinton offers herself as the calming Mommy to the tantrum-throwing voter and so she benefits from the unfocused rage as well.
So, how about you Americans focus a little. Dare we even suggest an apoplectic unity on behalf of the children who will someday inherit your republic? A good starting point would be this kick in the head of a paper from March this year. Half of all children in America are in poverty or pretty damn near it. Half of them! What does the lackluster alumni of US federal political party leadership have to say about this topic during the weirdest of elections ever? Looks to be pretty much nothing.
Poverty and child health in the United States
(abstract & link to .pdf file)
Council on Community Pediatrics
Why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters
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From our unscientific standpoint scanning the Internet for items on suburban poverty, it looks as if US headlines like this one have tailed off a little. That doesn’t mean the reality is any better, though. Well into a federal election poverty is taking a distant backseat to such nonsense as Donald “Crazy Man” Trump’s proposal for a wall on the Mexican-US border or Hillary “It’s My Turn” Clinton’s email server impropriety.
Eighty-one dollars a month is a modest sum well spent in the form of Manitoba’s Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit. Strong hints of the social blessings associated with basic income are found here.
$81 a month buys a healthier baby. Lift out of poverty helps women give birth to fewer premature and low-weight babies cbc.ca/news (video 2:07)
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New work from University of Toronto indicates a not inconsiderable peril for the health of the GTA’s children.
Toronto’s growing food insecurity crisis. With the latest research showing one in eight households in the city experiencing food insecurity, food banks are busier than ever
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Children in poverty more likely to have problems with friendships, study shows. Children who live in poverty are more likely to be solitary and to fall out with friends or be bullied, the National Children’s Bureau says
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Let’s Raise Our Kids in Condos
image: Emerald Stone, Calgary, AB by Qyd via Wikimedia Commons
See the map accompanying this Toronto Star piece? Where are the red dots for rot?
Students’ rotting teeth show ‘inequality of health’ Toronto Public Health dental health screenings find 44 per cent of schools designated ‘high risk’ based on condition of children’s teeth Toronto Star
image: detail from Library & Archives Canada photo taken at Hospital for Sick Children via Wikimedia Commons