A layperson-friendly analysis
of a seminal (1100+ cites) study
on obesity that found no correlation between environment/upbringing and obesity, whilst finding very strong correlation between genetic heritage and obesity. To sum up: adopted children's body weight matches their biological parents, not their adoptive parents.
posted by seanmpuckett
on Jul 29, 2013 -
Callie Mitchell, a 25-year-old student and photographer, documented
her pregnancy and decision to place her child for adoption. Photographs
posted by lalex
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Why People Really Love Technology: An Interview with Genevieve Bell The thing I love about Intel researcher Genevieve Bell is that she finds surprising things by looking at what's left out of the dominant narratives about technology. She finds data that's ignored because it didn't fit into the paradigm of, say, how people adopt technology. The dominant narrative is that young men determine the popularity of phones, computers, websites, and the like. But when Bell looked at the data, the story we told ourselves about how the world worked was not reflected in the numbers.
That's why I wanted to talk to her about what gadgets people around the world might be using over the next decade. I figured she was someone who could look past the conventional wisdom and find the missing pieces of the future
posted by infini
on Nov 29, 2012 -
In 2010, 1st grader Katie Goldman was the bullied kid at her school for being a girl who was into Star Wars
(which is, of course, only for boys). Geeks and fans across the net rallied to give moral support to Katie
("The Littlest Jedi
") for standing up for who she wanted to be. Katie and her mother went on to lead an anti-bullying effort at Katie's school
(which now observes December 10th as "Proud To Be Me Day") and Katie became a symbol
of geek pride
and anti-bullying, standing up at a birthday party for a boy who wanted to have his nails painted like the girls were getting. The experience became the source of book Bullied
. In 2012, it was Katie's turn to show geek solidarity. The 501st Legion/"Vader's Fist"
, who had been so supportive when her story went viral, were now among those being taunted online for their cosplay geekery at a con
, and Katie wanted to be a stormtrooper for Halloween to show her support. When the troopers heard that, the 501st's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment
came together to raise the funds/materials/expertise and build a full-on custom-fitted set of proper stormtrooper armor ('77 movie specs and all)
, with just days to spare before Halloween, as a gift for the little girl whose courage inspired them so much. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Nov 2, 2012 -
In 2006, Hannah Overton was charged with the death of her 4-year-old foster son, Andrew Burd. Media accounts
at the time claimed that Overton had force-fed her misbehaving son a mixture of water and creole seasoning, leading to death by salt poisoning. Convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole in 2008, Overton's case led angry bloggers to call her "the ultimate evil,"
part of a cult of "child abuse groupies,"
a murderer that "church cronies"
are working to free.
This month's issue of Texas Monthly
paints a fuller picture of the short life of Andrew Burd and the conviction of the mother who was working towards adopting him.
posted by mudpuppie
on Dec 20, 2011 -
In the state of Virginia, it is now legal
for licensed adoption agencies and foster facilities to discriminate on the basis of a potential parent's sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability, political beliefs, or family status. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Dec 16, 2011 -
Everything went silent, Judi told me, as if she'd been pulled underwater. She read the sentences over and over, trying to comprehend them.Part 1
The boy Sulaiman Suma had been looking for all these years was her 16-year-old son, Samuel.
. Part 2
. Part 3
. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia
on Aug 10, 2011 -
of international adoptions, from the superlative Schuster Institute
for Investigative Journalism. The site contains an amazing amount of information about corruption in international adoption in countries like Nepal
posted by the young rope-rider
on Apr 19, 2011 -
, there were 423,773 children in foster care in the U.S., one of those children is "Jacket," who at age 20 months in December 2009
was placed into foster care with her foster mother Rebecca
. Rebecca, single and in her early 30s, had already fostered a few young children and started blogging
about it. [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Mar 25, 2011 -
Matthew Roberts, a 41-year-old DJ who lives in Los Angeles, said the shock of discovering his father
sent him into depression.
posted by Balisong
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Anita Tedaldi shares her experience terminating an adoption
at the NYTimes blog Motherlode
. Her response to the support and criticism in comments is here
; in a subsequent Motherlode post Lisa Belkin muses
on the ethics of blogging about children.
posted by lalex
on Sep 9, 2009 -
The child you saved by adopting him might just save you in return
. A quiet first-person story of how a married guy became a single dad to an adopted son - the wife moved on, but the boy remained. (SLYahooV)
posted by micketymoc
on Aug 31, 2009 -
may not necessarily be helping the disadvantaged in Third World countries as advertised. In some countries, like Guatemala
, children are simply stolen from their families. The Hague Convention
governs the rules for International Adoptions, but like all rules, they aren't always followed. Many adoptive parents believe that their children have been given up, but in some countries, "orphanage
" doesn't mean what you think it means. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon
on May 10, 2009 -
already have laws
[PDF] related to abortion ultrasounds
. Eleven more states have recently introduced bills that demand that a woman who wants an abortion be forced to look at the ultrasound, while a doctor describes what she is seeing. All of these bills are because the legislators believe that adoption is the only choice a woman should make. This essay, On Living Pro-Lifer's Choice for Women
, explores the difficulties faced by birth mothers who choose that path.
posted by dejah420
on Mar 17, 2009 -
Generations of Hope
is a non-profit set up to bring kids out of foster care and into extended families with grandparents. The community of Hope Meadows
was repurposed from housing on a closed Air Force base
in Illinois. (The NYT article erroneously refers to the community by the non-profit's name. No matter. The story is still inspirational.) [more inside]
posted by yiftach
on Sep 16, 2008 -
looking for a nice, big kitty to let into your heart? Princess Chunk
, at 44 pounds, might fit the bill nicely. Just two pounds shy
of the world's record, the pudgy kitty was roaming sans collar in Voorhees, NJ and is now in good hands at the Camden County Animal Shelter.
Chunker's owners have until Saturday to claim their big pal - after that, this big quarterback of a kitty is ready for a loving home.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jul 30, 2008 -