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Staff Sgt. Christoper Piper, 43, served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and was awarded a bronze star for his combat service. The Green Beret died when his convoy was bombed June 3 in Afghanistan and a right-wing Protestant Christian church group from Topeka, Kansas is planning to demonstrate at Piper’s funeral services at the Old North Church. They claim U.S. soldiers like Piper are dying because the country is being punished for its tolerance of what they see as immoral behavior, such as homosexuality.
For the record, Staff Sargeant Piper leaves a wife and children. This same group has been protesting for the past few weeks in different Massachusetts towns and police have been protecting their freedom of speech.
That doesn’t make it any less disgusting that they would protest at a soldier’s funeral.
Paternity leave schemes in Denmark and Iceland are among the most generous in the world – and new statistics prove the benefits to society, experts say.
Last year, nearly all Icelandic fathers used their entitlement to three months off work on 80% of their salary.
The new paternity law came into effect in 2002. Iceland now has Europe’s second highest birth rate after Turkey.
More Danish men are taking paternity leave now – 46,000 in 2004. New parents can share a year of paid leave there.
In 2004, Danish fathers spent an average of 3.6 weeks off work with their babies, compared with the mothers’ average of 42.3 weeks.
Not only have divorce rates gone down, but it seems that when fathers take a more active role in raising the first child, the couple is more likely to be more stable in general and to have more children. Not that the world needs more babies, but family stability is a nice thing. As is the idea that fathers might take an active role in raising their children and be happy and proud to do it! And be recognised by society as doing a good thing!
I dream big. What can I say?
From Cingular! My first bill! Oooh!
Okay, hardly exciting. It just seemed funny when I opened the mailbox and that’s all that was in there.
I’ve already gotten a bunch of happy birthdays today, the first two from my roommate just after midnight and when she woke me up to say goodbye before heading off for the week. Getting woken up at 6am wasn’t really necessary, but I just smiled and rolled over and went back to sleep.
CNN’s QuickVote Poll right now is asking about gas prices: ‘Is your budget able to absorb higher gas prices? Yes, I can afford higher prices; No, I’ve cut other items to pay for gas’
What about a third option: ‘I have chosen to use public transit more often, or to carpool, or to walk, or to find other ways to reduce my gas consumption.’
Just a thought.