Snowflake alert finally being disseminated.

Children whose parents described them as “more special than other children” and as kids who “deserve something extra in life” were more likely to score higher on tests of narcissism than peers who were not lauded in this way.

Researchers also measured how much parents overvalued their children by asking how much they agreed with statements like: “My child is a great example for other children to follow.”

The children were between seven and 11 when they entered the study. They and their parents were surveyed four different times, with each session six months apart.

“Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others,” said study co-author Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.

“That may not be good for them or for society.”

Parental warmth and encouragement may be a better strategy than inflating the ego, the study found.

Youths who said they were often told they were loved by their parents were more likely to show high self-esteem but not narcissism.

Telling kids they’re special may foster narcissism: study.

There are just somethings that are instinctual for siblings.  Kudos to this young man who bravely hung onto the SUV to keep a convicted sex offender from abducting his sister.

The criminal, who was on bail for robbery, attempted to abduct the girl (12) on the side of a country road near the village of Cullahill in Laois.

She was playing with her two brothers near their home when the man stopped and asked for directions to the local priest’s house.

He then jumped from the stolen vehicle and grabbed the girl.

But her younger brother lunged through the driver’s window at the would-be kidnapper punching him as the jeep began to drive away.

The brave boy distracted the driver long enough so that his sister could jump from the moving vehicle.

via Boy (10) hailed as hero after saving sister from convicted sex offender.

Netanyahu: nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb – The Washington Post.

He wants to talk back.  My dear cocker Lucy has surgery today.  A mass was found on Saturday.  She came out of surgery okay, so now we wait to see what we are dealing with.  Lucy is the family dog dowagger.   She has always made us laugh and cry just like little Ramsey.

Dear Daddy, Thank you for working so hard for us.  I love you a lot.  Love Resi.

I’m sure that this makes the dad’s day much smoother.  Found hanging off a cabbie’s steering wheel in Sinapore.  h/t reddit

You can never leave.

HAFR AL-BATIN — The General Court has sentenced to death a young Saudi man in his 20s for denouncing Islam as his faith and various other acts of blasphemy, Al-Sharq reported.

A source from the court reported that the convict documented his apostasy by capturing a video and posting it on the social networking site Keek.

The source said: “In the video he cursed God, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatimah and ripped a copy of the Holy Qur’an and hit it with a shoe.

A shoe was thrown.  Back to the dark ages.

“The death sentence was issued after his apostasy was proven.”

The Hafr Al-Batin branch of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested him last year and his case was forwarded to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.

A sheikh at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs Abdullah Al-Enizi said renuciation of Islam is not a new phenomenon.

He said: “It has existed since the age of the Prophet and there are multiple Qur’anic verses on it.

“The phenomenon continued throughout the Islamic ages and cursing the Prophet and the Qur’an is a form of conversion that must be dealt with accordingly through the courts.”

via Apostate gets death sentence.

Palate cleanser…our Decorah Eagles are a symbol of freedom.

A camera installed by Raptor Resource Project to monitor the nest of a bald eagle couple on a tree in Decorah, Iowa, has shot the unsuspecting pair to Internet stardom.

After the camera livestreamed the mother eagle laying the first egg for the couple in the 2015 breeding season on Wednesday at about 6:07 pm, the couple’s live video feed has gone viral online, with nearly 310 million views on Ustream by Thursday.

Freedom, there is nothing like it.


Update:  Somebody said that they needed some shrinks in the WH.

h/t Brenda

Obama Blames Terrorism on ‘Older People’ Who Are ‘Boring,’ ‘Not Connecting’ with Youth.  Does the ass have a clue?  No.

h/t Adrienne


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