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The FBI sent out a scary alert about infant abductions:

It is relatively rare for infants to be abducted by strangers. But it does happen. And recent analysis of abduction cases by the FBI suggests there are new and troubling trends for expectant parents to be aware of, including women kidnappers using violence to commit their crimes and social media to target their victims.

Hospitals have become too good at catching old-fashioned baby snatchers. Now, the baby thieves are getting really “extreme” and “desperate.” Even though baby abductions almost never happen, the FBI thinks it’s spotted some “trends.”

One can never be too careful, right? Here’s what the FBI advises:

  • Be sure not to put balloons outside your house announcing a baby shower or the arrival of your new bundle of joy.
  • Don’t post anything on social media letting strangers know where you are with your baby.
  • Be wary of strangers asking any questions about your baby bump or infant.
  • Report any odd behavior to authorities.

It might be a good idea to look around when you’re at Macy’s buying baby clothes. That walk in the park with the stroller could be dangerous. In fact, hide your pregnancy and newborn altogether! A crazy lady who would do anything to steal a baby might be stalking you.

The next time you’re at Wegmans and coo over a sweet baby in a passing cart, when the mom quickly covers him up and walks briskly away, you can blame the FBI.

Links of the Day:

– Rochester city employees, including the police chief, get red light camera tickets while on the job, many for rolling stops while making a right turn.

Thruway toll workers could be replaced by machines.

Syracuse schools do away with recess. Rochester schools have inconsistent policies, with many offering the bare minimum for physical education.

– In Birmingham, Alabama, white parents are trying out black schools.

– We rarely hear about the shooting victims who survive. The Washington Post has a heartbreaking look at the toll of violence. Rochester is on pace to have more than 200 such shootings this year.

– I’ve never bought organic food. It costs more money, doesn’t look as good and I don’t mind regulated pesticide use. A recent study showing no benefits to organic food prompted a New York Times columnist to write “the organic ideology is an elitist, pseudoscientific indulgence shot through with hype.”

A man says pot makes him a better dad.

5 Responses to No More Balloons

  1. Astounding. Simply astounding. My 80 year old father will be in Gitmo by next weekend. he talks to every baby he sees.

  2. September 9, 2012 at 9:28 am Eric dannatelli responds:

    Just be carefully.Usually others in stores are also watching their surroundings too. We all have to watch out for each other.

  3. Very touching article about gun violence and people who survive. When I worked in the city I would meet people with this problem in various degrees. I’m glad we take care of them and they have a support group. Re: no recess in Syracuse schools: NYS has good and appropriate laws on gym and recess on the books for schools. They have never been enforced, time for parents, etc. to file suit and make sure kids are getting the time the state says they should have.

  4. You may not want to base your justification for not buying organic food on that study. Its been shown to be misleading and poorly done by multiple sources. Below is one. Also, keep in mind the best argument for organic food isn’t so much the health benefits to you (although there is an argument to be made there) as it is the fact that its far more sustainable than conventional farming. We can’t keep justifying destroying the earth because it makes tomatoes cheaper at Wegmans. http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/09/five-ways-stanford-study-underestimates-organic-food

  5. December 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm Richard responds:

    There are now studies coming out showing pesticides might be linked to food allergies. Combine that with the study you posted being junk science and hopefully you’ll start to think better about that more expensive, not as good looking tomato.

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