Working on the internet means I see a steady stream baby animal videos pretty much all day, but these puppies go far beyond any level of preciousness I’ve ever seen. I mean, being chased around by golden retriever puppies all day is what heaven looks like, right? They even make winter weather look fun!
The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a number of ex members who have been excommunicated from the Church — descended upon the post’s comments section accusing Miller of essentially penning an endorsement for the controversial faith, while others implied that Miller might be a Scientologist herself. Miller defended herself in the comments, writing, “I’d only heard the story from an outsider’s perspective, and I was curious about what an average, active member might have to say. The piece was meant to present — not endorse — her opinions and experience to the reader.” While I believe Miller’s intentions were good (and I don’t believe she’s a member herself), I’d like to join those ex members in calling bullshit on her methods. Her “profile” of “Elaine” reads very much like straight up propaganda, not journalism. Keep reading »
Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Missouri holds an annual powder-puff football game to raise money for the school’s prom. At the game, which was held November 5, the team stormed the football field in blackface. The school’s principal, Jennifer Schmidt, was initially shocked to see the girls’ faces but decided to overlook it (what the hell!?). She told the Riverfront Times, “And then I thought, ‘Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.’ I didn’t think anyone did. Evidently, someone did.” Well, of course people did. Keep reading »