Juliana Whitney

35 Flips | 6 Magazines | @JulianaWhitney | MBA student, future author, adoptee

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Maybe I missed it in earlier issues of the country's largest and oldest magazine on adoption, <i>Adoptive Families</i>, but the ads in the latest issue, Winter 2014, show the definitive commodification of adoption in the U.S.. Similac pays for a full-page ad in an issue with an article on breastfeeding …

Couple who met adopted baby on TODAY say family is finally complete - TODAY.com

When the world first met baby Sky, so did her adoptive parents, in one of the most memorable moments on TODAY.<p>It’s been several months since Priscilla Devries and Richard Dros were introduced to their 1-month old daughter on live television in Studio 1A, both crying as they held the little girl …

India Finally Allows Minorities to Adopt Children With Full Rights

India’s top court ruled this week that non-Hindu minority communities, including Muslims and Christians, can now adopt children with full rights as …

3 ways to offset the high cost of adoption

Adopting a child is in many ways its own reward. But there are important financial benefits too.<p>And that matters, because adoption can get expensive. …

I Placed My Daughter for Adoption, But I Didn't Give Her Up

<i>Jessalynn "Jessa" Bills Speight, was 18 when she learned she was pregnant. She and her then-boyfriend went to Planned Parenthood to review all her options, and after careful consideration, she chose adoption. It was such a positive experience that she now runs retreats for birth mothers who have</i> …

Watch This Boy Surprise a TV Anchor Whose Story Helped Him Get Adopted

At around the 2:50 mark of this video, watch news anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA in Dallas break down in tears of happiness when she is surprised — on …

US adoptions of foreign children plunge to 21-year low in part due to Russia ban

The number of foreign children adopted by US parents plunged by 18% last year to the lowest level since 1992, due in part to Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans. Adoptions from South Korea and Ethiopia also dropped sharply.<p>Figures released Friday by the State Department for the 2013 fiscal year …

Special Report: Parents struggle to find assistance when adoptions go awry | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amanda Alexander always wanted to adopt. In 2008, when her adoption agency sent a picture of a Russian girl who was available, Amanda fell in love.<p>Amanda and Bryan Alexander stand in their adopted daughter's bedroom in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, February 15, 2014. …

10 Things You Shouldn't Say to Adoptive Parents

Here are the answers to the most egregious FAQs adoptive families face, so that you don't have to ask.<p><b>1. How much did she cost?</b> No child joins a family for free--think about those hefty hospital or midwife bills for a standard birth. When we adopted our daughters, we also paid for services …

White moms, black hair: Blogs teach adoptive and interracial families to care for hair - TODAY.com

Today<p>Rory Mullen's daughter Boo shows of her hairstyle called "threaded mini Bantu knots."<p>African-American women know well the work and time it takes to keep their hair healthy, styled and maintained. But what happens when you’re the non-black parent of an African-American girl? How does one learn …

The Toe Poke Blog

7 hours ago<p>Not that he's short of a few pairs, but Lionel Messi has been furnished with a pair of custom football boots that feature wonderful …

This Hacker Is Getting Out of Jail — But Not For the Reason His Supporters Hoped

A fed­er­al ap­peals court struck a blow on Fri­day against the Justice De­part­ment’s cam­paign to crack down on com­puter hack­ing.<p>The Third …

How Stephen Colbert Cracked Into Comedy And Made It To The Very Top

Colbert has hosted his own political news program since 2005, adopting the unforgettable character of an idiotic, conservative political pundit. In his new gig, he will leave his fictional persona behind.<p>Although many fans don't know what to expect, Colbert has proved himself as a smart and …

Reporters who broke Snowden story return to U.S. for first time | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the U.S. journalists who reported on spy agency analyst Edward Snowden’s leaks exposing mass government surveillance, returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since revealing the programs in 2013.<p>Laura Poitras, (L) and Glenn …

San Franciscans March In Protest Of A Google Lawyer Who Evicted Teachers From Their Homes

Click here to go straight to photos of the protest >><p>The protesters were directly targeting Jack Halprin, who is a part of Google's legal team. Eviction Free San Francisco says that he is evicting tenants from a building he moved into, including several so-called "Ellis Act evictions." The Ellis …

The Arbitrary Way Companies Are Labeled 'Anti-Gay'

GM, yes. Washington Post, no? The Human Rights Campaign’s standards for corporate America’s gay-friendliness have modernized—but it’s evaluation …

The House’s GOP Psychologist May Finally Get a Mental-Health Bill Passed

Rep. Tim Murphy sometimes get teased by colleagues about his profession. But in the wake of the Fort Hood and Pittsburgh attacks, he could see …

Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas

The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system. The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders …

Proof of Harry Reid’s ‘Koch’ addiction – watch him mention the Koch brothers 134 times

We now have what the NFL would call “indisputable visual evidence” of Harry Reid’s much-rumored addiction to bashing the Koch brothers. The video attached here shows the Senate Majority Leader displaying what some mental health professionals might consider “obsessive” or “unhealthy” behavior.<p>In …

Is religion inherently oppressive?

<b>(Reuters/Amr Dalsh)</b><p>Jimmy Carter’s right that religion doesn’t mandate sexism. But quibbling over Christian theology isn’t the answer<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>April 12, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>There’s little doubt, outside circles filled with self-delusional …

Clinton Shoe Thrower Apparently Conspiracy Theorist Obsessed With Aurora Shooter

The wo­man who threw a shoe a Hil­lary Clin­ton on Thursday night in Las Ve­gas ap­pears to the be same wo­man who in­ter­rup­ted the court …

The 2 percent’s Medicare swindle: How rich doctors are making out like bandits

New data reveal America’s wealthiest medical professionals are paid a quarter of the federal program’s dollars<p>The Hippocratic Oath says 'Do no harm.' It doesn't say anything about not bilking the system for millions of dollars.<br>When it comes to Medicare payments, according to a new report featured …

Barack Obama says voting rights face greatest threat in half a century

President Barack Obama on Friday made his second speech on race issues in two days, telling the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York that the Republican party was threatening voting rights more than at any time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.<p>On …

China’s princelings are taking over its private equity industry

In China, family really is everything. Alvin Jiang, the 28-year-old grandson of former president Jiang Zemin and head of one of the country’s hottest private equity firms, stands to make millions from two of China’s largest initial public offerings—those of e-commerce giant Alibaba and state debt …

China

High-earners are three times more likely to be victims of identity fraud

If you live in North America or Europe and are paid over $85,000 a year, you are three times more likely to be defrauded than those who earn less, according to Trustev, an online anti-fraud company. A salary of $85,000 is hardly enough to qualify someone as rich in those countries, but in the …

Identity Theft

Mixed fortunes in Lebanon’s refugee economy

Business has never been better at Abu Hazem’s tiny grocery shop, thanks to crowds of Syrian refugees who come to use their new, UN-funded debit …

BlackBerry CEO: Reports of Our Phones' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

No, BlackBerry isn't planning to exit the phone business, despite reports this week.<p>Reuters published a report Thursday saying BlackBerry "would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable," quoting company CEO John Chen. Several media outlets, including NBC News, picked up the …

Mobile

Tinder 'valued at $5bn' after Diller raises stake

Match.com owner reported to have paid $500m for 10pc stake in mobile-dating site<p>Most people who turn to Tinder hope it will spark romance, or at the very least a bit of fun flirtation. But now the mobile dating site has sparked something altogether different.<p>Bloomberg claimed on Friday that the …

Major economies express confidence about growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting …