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Ryan Kennedy, 9-Year-Old Dying From Brain Cancer, Gets Help From Celebs To Trend On Twitter

Ryan Kennedy, 9-Year-Old Dying From Brain Cancer, Gets Help From Celebs To Trend On Twitter

Commented May 11, 2012 at 12:41:03 in Impact

“right... having done a bit of research I have found out that Ryan did NOT wish to be a twitter trend. He didn't know what twitter was until all this started and it has had to be explained to him. http://www.themorningsun.com/article/20120509/SPORTS/120509609/out-of-tragedy-a-trend-of-triumph-story-of-clarkston-s-ryan-kennedy-brings-world-wide-attention-to-brain-cancer&pager=full_story
Also the oddly eloquent quote from Ryan has become odder as that article says he is sleeping most of the time and their carepages entry says 'He is having a tough time communicating with us as the tumors are causing him speech issues' - I think the mum might have just been saying what she wishes her son could say rather than words he has actually said - which is fair enough. Shes his mom and he's 9 - she has the right to speak for him.
What is odd is that every mainstream article is giving the impression that Ryan actively wants to trend on twitter and is aware of the campaign. I think this story is being used by huffpost (and even more blatantly radaronline) to promote themselves through RTs. That makes me VERY uncomfortable.”

vigilantemind on May 11, 2012 at 15:42:41

“I was immediately skeptical when they said a nine-year old said "this really touches my heart." That's just not a phrase nine-year olds use.”
Ryan Kennedy, 9-Year-Old Dying From Brain Cancer, Gets Help From Celebs To Trend On Twitter

Ryan Kennedy, 9-Year-Old Dying From Brain Cancer, Gets Help From Celebs To Trend On Twitter

Commented May 11, 2012 at 10:46:24 in Impact

“I have questions about this.
1. How did this begin? How did Britney Spears etc hear that a kid wanted to trend on twitter?
2. Why does he want to trend on twitter seeing as how he doesn't have an account?
Is there any 'awareness raising' meaning? Cos I'v not seen anything like that in the press or tweets about this.
3. What kind of 9 year old uses phrases like 'this really touches my heart, that so many people are out there Tweeting, and caring about me'? I'v got a little brother and if he had said that when he was 9 I would have asked if he was quoting something. Is this kid *whisper it* maybe being manipulated for publicity?”

Shannon C92 on May 11, 2012 at 14:30:49

“Here are some answers to your questions
1. The Oakland University's Baseball team were initially the people who wanted to trend Ryan's name/raise awareness for Ryan. Oakland University's athletic teams are affiliated with Friend of Jaclyn Foundation and "adopts" a child to their team.
The baseball team initiated the trend, which passed on to the softball team as well as other student athletes who then started tweeting to celebrities and local public figures around the Detroit Metro area to help spread the word, seeing as how we wouldn't have been able to do it alone.
There is a MUCH (sorry Huff Post) better story that explains Ryan's situation in better detail as well as his relationship with the baseball team at Oakland Press: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/05/10/news/local_news/doc4faaf2149a704946474951.prt

I would suggest reading this version of the story over any others.”

Shannon C92 on May 11, 2012 at 14:25:09

“Here are some answers to your questions...
1. The Oakland University baseball team was initially the people who wanted to trend him on twitter/raise awareness for him. Oakland University's athletic teams are affiliated with "Friends of Jaclyn Foundation" and "adopts" a child each year. So, along with the baseball team, the softball team as well as some other athletes started tweeting #ryankennedy and sending tweets to celebrities to help get his name trending and spread the word, seeing as how we couldn't do it alone.

There is a much better story (sorry Huffington Post) about Ryan and it includes the relationship with the OU Baseball team as well as a lot more background story-- it's a great story: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/05/10/news/local_news/doc4faaf2149a704946474951.prt
huffingtonpost entry

Coronation Street: Tyrone Dobbs To Be Abused By Girlfriend (SPOILER)

Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 15:15:01 in UK Entertainment

“Isn't this just the 'angry black woman' trope?”
Mariafrancesca Garritano Fired From La Scala After Anorexia And Infertility Accusations

Mariafrancesca Garritano Fired From La Scala After Anorexia And Infertility Accusations

Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 12:20:44 in Home

“The way I see it, its fair enough for her to talk about her own body, her own issues etc but she crossed a line by talking about other people. She accused an entire group of people of having a mental disorder. That's just not ok. Imagine being a dancer in La Scala - fielding calls from worried mums who are wondering if their daughter is alright 'because the news said...' and finding people watching them eat their dinner with worried looks on their faces. Anything they say will be used as proof they are hiding something and all because they were let down by one of their own.”
Kerry Katona Dating 'Stalker'

Kerry Katona Dating 'Stalker'

Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 01:19:24 in Home

“is this legit? really? he hasn't just broken into her house, taken some photos and gone to a magazine with a fantasy about a relationship with his stalking victim? It seems like something a stalker would do.”
Babies Banned From Olympics Unless They Have A Ticket

Babies Banned From Olympics Unless They Have A Ticket

Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 01:14:06 in UK

“It is a really daft rule - after all what extra space does a breastfeeding child take up? On the other hand I do think its odd that parents are expecting to bring babies that are only weeks old to watch a sporting event. I mean its crowded, loud, theres nothing there to entertain the child, theres going to be security guards everywhere and its potential terrorist threat (ok the last one is pretty unlikely but still....) just don't know what about an olympic event parents think is suitable for a small child? It would be a waste of ticket if they DO buy them - the baby isn't going to remember the event or enjoy it. If breastfeeding why not just pump some milk and get a babysitter like you would for any other event?”
Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Don't Speak To Rupert Grint'

Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Don't Speak To Rupert Grint'

Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 18:58:52 in Home

“Thats weird. I'v seen pictures of them hanging out quite recently, with Rupert wearing a 'How to Succeed in Business' T-shirt with Daniels face on it. I mean, I get they'r probably not BEST friends, they live in different countries and seem to have very different interests with Rupert closer to Tom Felton and the Phelps's but just a text every 6 months? hmmm.....”
Gemma Barker, Girl Who Dressed As Boy, Created Identities 'To Grope Friends'

Gemma Barker, Girl Who Dressed As Boy, Created Identities 'To Grope Friends'

Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 13:40:04 in UK

“What I don't understand (and what no news report has yet explained) is why the girls went to the police with concerns they were being cheated on? If the cross-dressing was only revealed AFTER the police started investigating what were the police INITIALLY investigating?”
Bonmarche, Part Of Peacocks Group, To Be Sold For £10m With Hundreds Of Job Losses

Bonmarche, Part Of Peacocks Group, To Be Sold For £10m With Hundreds Of Job Losses

Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 13:25:50 in UK

“Hope they don't close my local store. I like their knitwear, its so cosy and reliable, as well as being half the price of marks and spencers similar products.”
'Dr Who' star Karen Gillan Single Again After Split

'Dr Who' star Karen Gillan Single Again After Split

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 07:09:11 in Home

“'Heartache' has to be the most overused word in headlines. She isn't experiencing 'heartache' and it doesn't sound like she 'insisted'. Stop trying to over-dramatize everything.”
Sheffield Student Advert Banned After Promising Students 'You're Going To Get Laid'

Sheffield Student Advert Banned After Promising Students 'You're Going To Get Laid'

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 07:07:23 in UK Universities & Education

“I hate the promotions aimed at students - everytime my student union promotes some tacky 'neds and chavs' or 'Flirt' night I die a little inside.”
The Biggest Web Outages Of 2011: Bank of America, Netflix, Reddit And More

The Biggest Web Outages Of 2011: Bank of America, Netflix, Reddit And More

Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 15:34:38 in Technology

“funnily enough Twitter has been down for me for about 4 hours now. -_- doesn't look like it will recover before I leave for New Year.”
Robbie Williams Would Go Gay For Pay

Robbie Williams Would Go Gay For Pay

Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 15:18:40 in Home

“Don't take it so seriously. Everyone has had the 'how much would it take' discussion with their friends. Whether the question is 'how much to make you eat a spider?' or 'how much would you have to be paid to sleep with the annoying one from Take That?' - its not serious, no one ever expects to have anyone go 'all right, heres £2m off you go.'”
Robbie Williams Would Go Gay For Pay

Robbie Williams Would Go Gay For Pay

Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 11:45:44 in Home

“That is a guy comfortable in his sexuality and his relationship with his wife.”

ivcruiser62 on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:46:07

“no this is a guy who is willing to be adulterous, REGARDLESS, for money.”
Alex Salmond: 'Scots Hungry For Independence'

Alex Salmond: 'Scots Hungry For Independence'

Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 11:43:16 in UK Politics

“Independence would be such a relief. The security of knowing I will never again have to live under a Tory government would be bliss. Scotland is a better, safer place to live right now and I'm so glad I live here. Independence would mean that it would be a better, safer place for the rest of my life at least.”

straightuptalker on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:24:28

“Having a sister-in-law from Scotland, I always wondered about her disdain for England and the Queen. Didn't understand it, really, and still don't.”
BBC Women Of The Year 2011 Provokes 'Pandagate' Outcry For Featuring Sweetie The Panda (Twitter Slideshow)

BBC Women Of The Year 2011 Provokes 'Pandagate' Outcry For Featuring Sweetie The Panda (Twitter Slideshow)

Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 14:41:41 in UK

“Women and animals are not the same things. The way this list lumps the two together really creeps me out.”
Britain's Population Timebomb Defused?

Britain's Population Timebomb Defused?

Commented May 31, 2012 at 09:19:03 in UK Lifestyle

“This seems a weirdly cheerful article considering its predicting a rise in the crime rates and the need for an expensive school building programme.
Not to mention all the other things that go hand in hand with with a boom in the birth rate - where are all these families going to live? What are they going to live on? In 70 years they will all be retiring and we will have the same problems of paying their pensions and providing care that we were already facing with this generations elderly.
We need a steady, constant number of children being born to maintain a generational balance, these steep rises and falls are the last thing we need.
Though surely the economic worries of the next couple of years will keep the birth rate low as no one can afford to have children.”
Fabrice Muamba Twitter Abuse: Liam Stacey, Jailed For Tweet, Could Be Released Friday

Fabrice Muamba Twitter Abuse: Liam Stacey, Jailed For Tweet, Could Be Released Friday

Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 06:08:55 in UK

“I'm not saying he shouldn't have received any punishment - I'm just saying prison wasn't the right one. A community sentence where he had to make redress to the community in some way would have been more appropriate. Perhaps some time spent with an ant-racism charity would have been the perfect way to deal with him.”
Fabrice Muamba Twitter Abuse: Liam Stacey, Jailed For Tweet, Could Be Released Friday

Fabrice Muamba Twitter Abuse: Liam Stacey, Jailed For Tweet, Could Be Released Friday

Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 19:32:32 in UK

“I was really surprised he got a custodial sentence at all. His was a nonviolent crime, he was a first offender and he couldn't be said to be dangerous or likely to repeat his crime so the public didnt need protecting from him. It seems like he was being held up as an example and got a harsher sentence as a warning to others which seems wrong to me - no one should be held responsible for potential crimes committed by other people they have never had any contact with. Someone convicted of a crime should be punished for their crime, not anyone elses.”

speelingmistake on Mar 30, 2012 at 06:08:55

“I'm not saying he shouldn't have received any punishment - I'm just saying prison wasn't the right one. A community sentence where he had to make redress to the community in some way would have been more appropriate. Perhaps some time spent with an ant-racism charity would have been the perfect way to deal with him.”
Last Jewish Ken Supporter Standing?

Last Jewish Ken Supporter Standing?

Commented Mar 24, 2012 at 19:47:30 in UK Politics

“Why would you want to meet a politician half way? If he's not the guy you want to represent your city then don't vote for him. Vote for someone else.”
Adele Would Have Got X Factor Axe, Says The Voice Judge Danny O'Donoghue

Adele Would Have Got X Factor Axe, Says The Voice Judge Danny O'Donoghue

Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 15:53:09 in UK Entertainment

“More likely she would have been eliminated because of the format. The X Factor demands contestants do a different style of music every week - artists like Adele who do one thing very well get kicked out for not being able to do a dance track.”
What is This Nonsense About Men Conceiving Babies!

What is This Nonsense About Men Conceiving Babies!

Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 07:48:45 in UK Politics

“Biology seems like a far more minor detail to me that it is to you. If someone presents themselves as male and considers themselves male then as far as I am concerned they are male. It doesn't matter what they have in their pants. I don't presume to impose another definition on someone who defines themselves according to what they feel they are.”

Sickofpoliticians2 on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:11:46

“What a load of tripe, I could present all I like its not going to make me a woman and its definitely not going to make me a good looking one either, all this messing about with nature is leaving us with a nation of throwbacks and mentally unstable wimps. Have your rights, be gay but you'll remain whatever your birth blessed you as.”
Letter From Doomed Titanic Officer Appeal Ahead Of Centenary

Letter From Doomed Titanic Officer Appeal Ahead Of Centenary

Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 17:31:23 in UK

“All these letters should be returned to the families for them to decide what to do with them. The trade in mementos of disasters like this needs to have a bit of a moral shake-up. People need to remember there were people behind the things they are collecting.”
huffingtonpost entry

Joel Osteen: What He Fails to Realize When He Calls Gay People Sinners

Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 20:22:52 in Gay Voices

“Does sexuality really HAVE to be an identity? Thats such a suffocating idea. I don't want to be defined by who I'm sexually attracted to. A heterosexual person doesn't have to feel defined by their sexuality why do I? It doesn't have any bearing on any other aspect of my life. A me in a parellell universe where I was straight would still like the same music, tv, clothes, movies. She'd still like cats more than dogs and prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream. I'm more than sexual attraction. I'm a whole person.”

drjoekort on Jan 23, 2012 at 00:14:28

“Identity is more than sexuality. The reason to self-identify--if you choose to do so--is so that others can be in relationship with you and honor the things about you that they otherwise would not be able to such as asking you if you are dating men or women (or both). If they ask if you are married how do you answer? If you say yes and they ask what is your "wife's" name--which is often the next question if you are male--than how do you answer? You could say, "Dave", and that is providing information about your identity whether you define yourself by it or not.

I agree that we are all more than sexual attraction. I am gay. If someone wants to define me as mostly or only that way I cannot do anything about it. I am much more than gay. I am Jewish, married, a therapist, a left-handed person and much more. And I am also gay and your knowing that tells you I love men, I have sex with men and I define my relational life around men romantically and sexually--not women.”
This House Believes the Conservatives Have Been Unfairly Demonised

This House Believes the Conservatives Have Been Unfairly Demonised

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 07:04:59 in UK Universities & Education

“The Conservative party are in a permanent state of victim-hood. They are the party that is in charge of the entire UK - despite not having a majority. They represent the richest,most powerful portion of society so dominate the country whether they are in power or not. What more do they want?”
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