is an adorable toddler with a rare and terrible medical problem: West Syndrome
, a.k.a. infantile spasms. Her father Mike has been active in the online Special Needs community, chronicling her story for years now at his blog Marissa's Bunny
. Last year, his readers raised almost $30,000 through a ChipIn fundraiser to offset the costs of Marissa's neurosurgery. As a sort of 'thank you', and with the help of matching funds from his employers, Mike offered to give away and/or raffle 40 iPads
to the special needs kids of his blogger friends, to be used as assistive technology devices for many of their non-verbal kids. This follows on the heels of several other iPad raffles
he's held in the past year.
Guess what happened next. The Special Needs Parenting blog community is on the case: Ellen Seidman
(and her commenters), Rob Rummel-Hudson
, Sarah and Joyce Hely
, Shannon Des Roches Rosa
and others are putting together the pieces right now.
(previously on MetaFilter: the unravelings of Kaycee Nicole, JT LeRoy, Kodee Kennings, Alexa DiCarlo, and Amina Arraf)
posted by Asparagirl
on Jul 18, 2011 -
[Warning: some links NSFW
] Callgirl and blogger Alexa DiCarlo had some questions raised about her authenticity dating back to 2008
, but her website RealPrincessDiaries.com (archive.org cache
) still attracted huge traffic and she was even named the #1 sex blogger of 2010
. A student at SFSU's master's degree program in sexuality studies
, she also volunteered her time providing sex education advice to teenagers online under the name Caitlain or Cathy. And she mentored newbie sex workers via e-mail, giving them pro tips and even sharing with them one of her top clients, Matt, whose identity and safety she vouched for.
But in true Kaycee Nicole
/ JT LeRoy
style, it now turns out there wasn't
any "Alexa", "Caitlain", or "Cathy". Outed by the anonymous blog Expose A Bro
, combined with the anonymous twitter account @ExposingAlexa
, the real story has emerged. Alexa was apparently a married middle-aged guy named Pat, not a student at SFSU, had no formal training from which to be sharing "advice" (or naked photos!) with those teenagers online, and he was the "client"
that "Alexa" had sent to her protégées to sleep with... [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl
on Nov 22, 2010 -