Response to 16 Incredible Maps That Will Blow Your Mind:
No.1 should read “This map shows which bit of the USA is directly across the ocean from you”, since as No.2 points out - most of us don’t live in the USA.
What worries me is that since GRRM has had a discussion with D&D about how the saga ends, and presumably they are going to take the show more or less in that direction, albeit by a much more streamlined route - then the show is now starting to give us spoilers for the books that haven’t been published yet! If whole character arcs and seemingly huge storylines can be cut from the show, then it tells us that those people’s aims don’t come off and those events don’t impact on the eventual outcome - which seriously undermines a lot of what makes the books so compelling :-(
So, what have we learnt? That self-sizing doesn’t work and I will still have to traipse from shop to shop getting measured each time, and trying on tons of very slightly different bras to find one that fits properly - and that the ones that actually fit come from speciality lingerie shops that are way out of my budget. I have a drawer full of bras in different shapes and sizes and they are all uncomfortable in some way, but there is no way I can afford to re-stock from Rigby & Peller every year!
Response to Things Men Are Secretly Jealous Of About Women:
I have NEVER got into a club for free, or ahead of the queue. I have NEVER expected anyone to pay for me on a date, and can’t even remember the last time it happened. I absolutely do not agree that there is a huge range of beautiful flattering clothes just waiting for me in every shop - most things don’t come in my size, or are too expensive, or look hideous, or all three at the same time! My body type is definitely not considered the archetype of sexy, I can barely even find a bra that doesn’t try and attack me all day. I’m sure these nice men are being honest in what they think, but their idea of what being a woman is seems to be based on TV/films and stereotypes rather than real life.
Response to I Asked My Mom Why She Didn’t Vaccinate Me:
It amazes me that being ‘anti-vaccine’ is still a live issue in the US. Here in the UK and Europe, there was a media fuss about Dr Wakefield’s allegations (now completely debunked) that the MMR vaccine ‘caused’ autism, just after their publication in 1998. It lasted a couple of years, and nowadays everyone knows that it was an unfounded temporary panic whipped up by the media. In fact, since then we have introduced new vaccinations like the one for HPV which weren’t even available when I was a child, and they are routinely taken up by our citizens (for free, because we have a National Health Service).
Are the US citizens reading and commenting on these sorts of articles aware that pretty much everyone else, in every other country, think it’s insane that you’re arguing over a non-issue? Do you realise that the celebrities that make anti-vaccine statements in your media sound ridiculous outside the bubble of the US media? Especially when proven scientific facts are discredited on the grounds that ‘hippies’ and ‘vegetarians’ believe them? Do you understand that the anti-vaccination crowd (along with the guns-don’t-kill-people crowd, and the creationist crowd, and social-security-is-a-communist-plot crowd) make the USA look dangerously deranged to the rest of the world?
I wonder how many people would be quite shocked if they could just see how their society looks from the outside….