So some links:
I have long been a vocal opponent of "anti-vaxers." This story of a little girl who nearly died from pertussis is a great example of why.
Speaking of privacy, the way in which marketers gather and use the information about what you buy is really scary, when Target can find out you are pregnant before your family does. [Very long, but very worthwhile reading. Also includes information on how the neurology of habits which I found fascinating. The pregnant teen story is on page seven, if you are only interested in that.]
**********A couple of links about Christianity:
From Abilene Christian University's Professor of Psychology Richard Beck, "Bait and Switch Afflicts Contemporary Christian Society". **
From jimrigby.org, "Ten Thing I Wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality." I actually think the church** knows these things -- they've been told often enough -- they simply ignore them.
*A good friend at lunch yesterday mentioned that people were aghast that she was not more concerned about privacy issues, given that she was a sysadmin and general computer geek. "That's because I simply assume I have no privacy anymore," she said frankly. I was horrified, but upon reflection decided that she was probably right, which horrified me even more. I have always assumed I was too small a minnow to attract anyone's attention, but the News International scandal in Britain made it plain how easy it is for unscrupulous individuals and organizations to get access to your private information. People become objects of interest through no action of their own, such as having a child murdered or having a spectacular incident involving a celebrity.
**It is a mistake to talk about Christianity and "the church" as though it were a monolithic whole. While it certainly has its very conservative faction, mainstream Episcopalianism holds far different views than Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics on a whole host of Scriptural and social issues. (This would be different than the Anglican Communion outside the US, which, other than a few outliers (New Zealand, South Africa) is very conservative, especially on the issue of sexual orientation.)