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Sounds pretty mega to me alright.

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is this getting flagged? why isn't it higher?

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It is getting flagged.

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Any idea why?

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Presumably because it's an intensely political story and there is likely to be little to learn from the discussion.

"If they'd cover it on TV news, it's probably off-topic."

https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

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This doesn't really answer your question but you might be interested in this book

http://patshaughnessy.net/ruby-under-a-microscope

http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Under-Microscope-Illustrated-Inte...

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a.) there are no gifts involved in the stories you posted

b.) it seems like the bbc witnessed the gift-giving

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That's not a counter argument

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Of course it is. It is evidence that many if not most Christians are perfectly happy with the notion of animals with souls, free will etc.

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I'm guessing that the parent was referring to a story about talking animals with heavy Christian undertones.

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just wait until the circus recruiters get a whiff of your profile

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Don't worry, they will come back

They only grep the CVs for words, if you put you're a lion tamer, archeologist, but has the word PHP in your CV (or something similar) you'll get a flood of IT jobs

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Yep. A good while ago, I added T-shirts, short hair, fig newtons, beer, speeding and disorderly conduct to my list of skills. Doesn't matter.

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"Think different. But not too different."

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I'm not sure if your parent was referring to interviewing at Apple.

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It was. Now edited

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"Drink different. Beer is too mainstream."

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I drink beer I've made, you've probably never heard of it.

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killing yourself is a pretty radical solution though.

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And that may be obvious to an adult or someone with a fully developed mind but let's not pretend that when you were this age everything felt 100x more important than it was looking back. This is always going to be the case but it get's better as you get older. At that age being ostracised by classmates and/or parents can feel like the end of the world.

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Of course, that's the point. When that teen is in their Tumblr bubble, and all the other teens in that bubble say, "yes you're right, this really is the end of the world", is it any surprise that some of them take radical self-harm actions?

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That's a very good point, still I worry about destroying, infiltratration, censoring these "bubbles". We don't know the stats of kids who were considering (or had resigned themselves to suicide) who then found such a bubble that gave them the support they needed to keep living. What I'm saying is the effort to stop this from happening may have worse consequences than doing nothing or rather working to fix the root issue instead of playing whack-a-mole when it is finally staring us in the face and we can't ignore it any longer (See: War on Drugs).

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Saying it gets better may work for a little bullying. Telling a transgender teen that "it gets better" is an obvious lie.

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How about saying "It gets better" to a gay/lesbian kid? (Real question, I'd like to hear your thoughts on it)

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At least in the western world, I think that's significantly less of a problem as much more progress has been made for example when it comes to marriage or representation in the media. It also appears that "peak resistance" has been overcome and further progress is inevitable.

Even so it has to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone can escape school, escaping a country, state or just city for a more accepting environment is a lot more difficult.

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While I 100% agree that gays/lesbians have it "easier" than trans I wouldn't come close to acting like it's no longer an issue. Trans rights still have quite a way to go but I really do believe that it will get better. It's not going to happen overnight but I do believe it will happen so I don't consider it "an obvious lie". Thanks for the response!

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did you just wake up from a coma? did you miss the whole discussion that has been going on for the last couple of years?

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This has been an active area of political dispute for at least as long as I’ve been able to understand language and comprehend the news, around 20 years.

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The third state is Washington.

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Oregon will join them on July 15th due to the passage of Measure 91 on last year's ballot.

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