Quickies: Rejected Princesses, LGBT Youth Homelessness, and Stolen Nude Selfies

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. This is a great roundup. Three comments:

    1. I love how the news literacy people are showing appropriate skepticism of the value of their own product. I wish more charity education projects would do this.

    2. The problem of homeless LGBT youth is not only religious and, I believe, mostly not religious in nature. According to every source I saw, the disowned teen Daniel Pierce’s family was not actually very religious at all. They rarely attended church and had almost no religious trappings about the house. This is hatred of gays. If someone does hate gays, religion can provide an excuse. This is something that I try to get others (skeptics and religious alike) to understand: religion is largely used to justify bad behavior. It has a vanishingly smaller role in driving bad behavior.

  2. I saw the Cracked article. I never got the idea of celebrity nudes. It’s either a deliberate ‘leak’ (such as Paris Hilton), or people that, TBH, make me buy opaque drapes for every woman I know.

    A winkte (or in Crow, bote) is more like a third gender.

    If you want to see profit from poverty, look no farther than payday lending. And that’s really only the beginning.

    The story about gay teens gets worse. Many of them resort to prostitution. And being homeless also means being disposable; honestly, I don’t see much difference between disowning a minor and child murder for that reason.

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