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The Stark Difference Between North And South Korea In 10 Stunning Photos

The Stark Difference Between North And South Korea In 10 Stunning Photos

Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 10:53:37 in World

“When I lived in China, I spoke to some people about what life there was like during the Cultural Revolution under Mao. The people were always living in fear, unable to trust even their own families. It's one thing to struggle financially as a family with limited resources when you've got each other and a lot of love to share. It's something else when you feel that someone from your own family, or a friend or neighbor is keeping close tabs on you. It can really beat down your spirit and make you question every thing you do. I believe that N. Korea is heading down the same path that China took and things will only get worse.”

Angie Daniels on Jun 12, 2014 at 13:22:54

“And yet I don't think any of their leaders are willing to change. Very sad.”
The Stark Difference Between North And South Korea In 10 Stunning Photos

The Stark Difference Between North And South Korea In 10 Stunning Photos

Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 10:37:16 in World

“Steve, you asked her if she knew something about N. Korea other than what the media wants her to know about it, and she told you - -she certainly DOES know! Your comparison to your cousin bring a doctor is irrelevant - -you asked her if she knew more than the average person might, and she gave a reasonable answer. I bet she knows a great deal about North Korea. I can tell you though, that I lived in China for two years, and MY family knows much more about Shanghai than any of their friends or peers. Thanks to personal narratives, photos, books, film, we can ALL learn a great deal about certain countries without actually visiting ourselves.”
Texas Restaurant That Refused 'Fag' Customers Touted As Gay Bar Online

Texas Restaurant That Refused 'Fag' Customers Touted As Gay Bar Online

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 17:05:58 in Gay Voices

“I had a former "Christian" housemate who used to tell me all the time that if we "allowed " gays to marry, we might as well let men marry goats, because it was the same thing. This man was on his way to becoming the next pastor of his church! How truly sad. So one day, I asked him, "Do you feel that a grown man has the ability to love another person with all his heart?," and he said yes. I continued, So why don't TWO men have the ability to love EACH OTHER? What do you think happens to that ability to love just because someone is gay? And why do you feel that a gay man with the ability to love has the same status as a farm animal? He didn't have anything to say, but the next day pulled out a bunch of bible quotes. But then I countered every old testament quote he found with the words of Jesus himself, that the greatest gift we can give each other is LOVE. There ARE Christians out there, who believe in God, and support gay equality 100 percent. Our ability to love and accept each other is our greatest gift, and also our most important. It's time for REAL Christians to step up and speak out in support of equality for us all.”
These Dreamy Photos Answer The Question: 'What Would I Have Looked Like In Another Decade?'

These Dreamy Photos Answer The Question: 'What Would I Have Looked Like In Another Decade?'

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 12:02:39 in Style

“It's an interesting project, but it's really a shame she missed the mark. She should have done a little more research into hair, makeup and clothing of the eras she portrayed. It would have been a really interesting look if she had done one frame as an average/middle class person and the other as a wealthy person, since it's the wealthy that set the fashion pace of the era. She should take a closer look at necklines in particular, since some of them are very incorrect. This COULD have been a really good project, but she resorted to a few stereotypes and it fell short, I'm sorry to say. If she's 16, then she could have looked at how a 16 year old would have actually dressed in that era.”
Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons Into The Air Is A Bad Idea

Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons Into The Air Is A Bad Idea

Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 10:57:29 in Weird News

“Yes, I'm glad they're gone, but take a walk in a city park and you'll see countless plastic bags stuck in trees, crushed water bottles in the ditches, and shiny foil bags from juice packets sparkling in the woods. We've all got to do better.”

evolvedtg on Apr 28, 2014 at 15:41:11

“Hate to admit it, but NY seems to be the worst. Whenever I come home from vacation, I'm struck by how other states don't put up with that crap as much as we seem to. I wish they'd enforce littering more than they do. I've got "people throwing the most unimaginable crap right on the ground" stories that would curl your hair.
Some people are absolutely filthy.”
12 Typical Baby Names That Are Banned Around The World

12 Typical Baby Names That Are Banned Around The World

Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 11:54:21 in Parents

“I did a fundraising project with the Philadelphia 76's and our contact was a very nice man named World B. Free.

I'm down with just about any name that uses letters only, and limits the use of excessive apostrophes, dots and spaces. And how do you address people who's first name is a letter, like M. Richard Smith?”

YOKEL13 on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:02:17

“"Mr. Smith"?”
Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons Into The Air Is A Bad Idea

Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons Into The Air Is A Bad Idea

Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 11:20:03 in Weird News

“One day I was out in the yard tying up a handful of helium balloons for a baby shower we were throwing, and I was tying them with fishing line to make it look "cool" like they were floating in the air. My dad came outside and told me the fishing line was a terrible idea. He has seen far too many birds (we're from Wisconsin) with fishing line on their legs and feet caught in trees and bushes. The consequences were horrible. I was so moved by some of the terrible examples he told me, I took all the balloons down and brought them inside, and have never purchased a helium balloon again. I guess my family members will have to suffer with plain old paper decorations for their parties!”

evolvedtg on Apr 27, 2014 at 00:16:59

“Same reason why you don't see those plastic six pack pieces anymore, they literally wreaked havoc on the ecosystem.”

Razpooten on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:42:22

“Prudent move Michele.”

AlisonCarnie on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:13:29

“On behalf of the planet, thank you!!!

Alie, your newest fan”
The Cost To Attend A Wedding Is Soaring, New Survey Says

The Cost To Attend A Wedding Is Soaring, New Survey Says

Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 10:21:44 in Weddings

“Perhaps the 'average" cost per guest is well over $200, but that can't be an accurate reflection. Much of what the wedding couple spends is for the two of them exclusively, and not shared by the guests. I have been attending weddings for a long time, and the focus has really changed from providing amenities for the guests (dinner and drinks) to creating show-stopping photo opportunities/moments for the bride. I'm a firm believer that a couple's wedding SHOULD be about the celebration of their marriage and not about throwing the biggest party for your friends, but I also believe that a wedding is NOT about launching a new career for the bride as some kind of reality TV star. I have attended weddings where we have spent so much money even before the ceremony begins that when it comes time to put the cash in the card, we feel completely tapped out, especially when we feel more like a background prop than good friends invited to take part in their important day.”
Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:25:55 in Women

“It IS sexist to call a "trait" masculine or feminine, unless that particular trait has something to do with being a man or a woman. For example, a feminine trait is a "v" and a masculine trait is a "p." I do not know if I can use the actual words in this forum. Traits are what we have inherited, or our physical or mental abilities, like athleticism or a beautiful voice or a very small body frame. But professions are not "traits" so no, sewing is not "feminine." Saying that sewing has traditionally and historically been done by women is NOT sexist. Calling sewing "feminine" is sexist, because it assigns a gender role to a specific profession.”
Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:14:34 in Women

“Calling something feminine or masculine is like labeling it FOR GIRLS or FOR BOYS. If we label something as FOR a particular gender or race, it sends the message that if YOU do that feminine thing, and you are not a girl, then you must be unusual or weird.

But you bring up a good point about history. We should ask ourselves, WHY were women "traditionally" sewers? Because sewing and laundry were one of the few jobs a woman could do from home, since she would not have been allowed to pursue an education or own a business, or even inherit one from her family. That's how men became "tailors" and could legally own their own shops.”

Natedogg265 on Apr 23, 2014 at 19:23:34

“No, it isn't. Being hyper-reactionary is just common.”
Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:03:49 in Women

“The problem is not that Garfield called sewing feminine (well, actually it is), but the REAL problem was that he made sewing an abnormal and dismissive thing for a MAN to do. He told the boy that Peter Parker sewed it with his own bare hands. Had he left it at that, we would all know that Peter Parker can do many things, and has many skills. But he went on, saying it was a "feminine" thing to do, but Peter Parker went and did it anyway. So, should we be in agreement that things done by women are not worth a normal/regular/macho man's time, or that Peter Parker is some kind of exceptional or unusual man because he did something that "women" do? Either way, it sends the message that sewing is for girls. Any MAN that sews must be "unusual" in some way.

He then tried to minimize that concept by saying it was feminine because it was a fine and delicate thing to do, an example of fine craftsmanship, which is ANOTHER commentary about expected gender roles. The average, "normal" man doesn't do anything fine and delicate that involves craftsmanship, like his MOTHER, who sewed his first Spiderman costume when he was three years old. Then you've got Jamie Foxx jumping in there with "Oh no, not me! I don't do ANYTHING feminine at all! No way! All macho for me!" It COULD have been a teachable moment, but it wasn't really.”
Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 18:37:48 in Women

“Reacted like what? She asked him, "How is that feminine?" She wasn't "insulted." Why assume (by either yourself or any other man or woman) that if a woman asks a question, she must be "insulted?" He gave a really great answer to the boy's question. He said Spiderman made his own costume with his own bare hands. THAT was cool. But then he mucked it up by saying it was really feminine, but he did it anyway. What did that teach the boy? That Spiderman has many skills and can do many things, or that sewing is for girls? Notice how Jamie Foxx had to jump all in there as fast as he could claiming. Oh no, not me, I don't do anything feminine like that, only macho things, further illustrating that sewing is for girls! Jobs are jobs and you don't become any less masculine or feminine by doing any of them.”
Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Emma Stone Calls Out Andrew Garfield's Casual Sexism In The Most Perfect Way

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 18:23:20 in Women

“Yes there IS something wrong in saying that a job, ANY job, ANY career, ANY field is "masculine" or "feminine." The job itself is not a "masculine" job. The majority of people who work in a particular field may be male or female, but that does not mean that the JOB itself is masculine or feminine. For example, is "teaching" a feminine job? Kindergarten? Harvard medicine? Yale law? The college president? ALL teachers, yet people have already assumed expectations on the gender of the person doing ANY of those jobs. THAT is the problem, and THAT is what's wrong with describing ANY job as a masculine or a feminine job. A job is a job.”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 12:27:32 in Women

“I am FROM the Midwest, lived and worked in the non-profit field based in Philadelphia and Washington DC for many, many years, (although spent much of that time traveling as part of my career in international relief) and moved to the South with my husband, who works for a newspaper corporation a few years ago after finishing my PhD and becoming a professor. Now, just what EXACTLY has been confirmed about YOUR opinion of people from the South?”

trjones87 on Feb 3, 2014 at 12:57:48

“Fanned and Faved!”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 12:10:15 in Women

“Betty, I think you nailed it. It's not an us vs, them. If you have kids, and you're happy, I think that's wonderful, and I have been celebrating their life choices my entire life by spending thousands of dollars over the years on onesies and car seats for child loving friends and family. I would NEVER tell a parent that I think they have made the wrong choice by having a child. Why can't parents do the same for us? When we say we had a wonderful vacation seeing the antiquities of Rome, or the Great Wall of China, or the steppes of Mongolia, don't tell us "Well, I would NEVER give up my child for that." WE DIDN'T ASK YOU TO! Why can't you just be happy for the things WE want to do? Don't assume that when we share the parts of our life that bring us joy that we are able to do because we are child free, that we are critical of you for having a baby. Just be respectful of our choices, as we respect (and support) yours.”

BrightBetty on Feb 3, 2014 at 12:29:47

“I absolutely agree, and most of my friends are CF, they adore my spawn, because she's cool and they don't have to go home with her lol. But I often see seething comments about parents on these threads, and the other way around. Every one has a different life, respect it. I never planned on a child, I was medically in the CF group, and I was fine with that. My uterus had other plans, apparently, so I went with it. I don't regret it :) And parents who think they "can't do this or that" because they have kids, are letting themselves down and their kids. Having a child hasn't stopped me from going on vacay's and enjoying life-sometimes with the spawn, sometimes not. I think the moment I stop living *my* life, hers will become less enriched as well. Maybe my earlier expectations of being CF is why I parent the way I do, though.”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 11:50:49 in Women

“You're lucky YOUR company does! We're stuck with the "family plan" as well for all our dental, medical, and optical insurance too, with deductibles we will never meet, as two healthy adults. When we discuss this with our HR rep, we're told that we WILL meet the deductibles after only 4 exams or only 1 trip to the ER, or that if we had a child, it wouldn't be an issue. You know, it blows me away that there is a push is for "overweight" people to pay more, no matter what their health status is, yet there isn't that same pressure for people with 19 kids and counting to pay more, all in an effort to "keep costs low for everybody."”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 11:41:25 in Women

“That is absolute complete and utter drivel. Are you insinuating that people without children must be incapable of love or too irresponsible to care for another living being, like a dog or a cat? People without children make the BEST pet owners!”

courtneykilledit on Feb 3, 2014 at 22:06:04

“I'm pretty sure she means that people not completely committed to pet ownership, those just testing the waters to see if they like caring for another living creature, shouldn't get a pet. You should be fully committed to getting a pet before you bring it home or else you're doing the pet a great disservice. That is how pets end up in shelters, poorly planned, irresponsible decision.

And there's no need for competition, but, for the record, I'm a GREAT pet owner, thanks. :)”

heidihaspaws on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:54:12

“Save the fake outrage. The article implies that you should get a dog to see if you are capable of having kids. Once again my opinion of people from the south has been reaffirmed.”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 11:34:37 in Women

“Why on earth would YOU see a childless person being grilled by a parent unless you were one yourself? It's also much, much worse for women than it is for men too. Do you have any idea how many times in my life, my co-workers, friends, anyone who has EVER conceived a child come to me, privately, "as a friend," to tell me how I am missing out? How I am SELFISH? How I am unaware of the true miracle I am ignoring? How having a child is the greatest experience they have ever known and the greatest GIFT they can give to the world? You should see what some of these "gifts" have given to the world today. Yet my years of work in a non-profit field where I helped THOUSANDS of children is NOTHING because I didn't have one of my own? Even a friend of mine who was child free well into her 40's, came to me after she and her husband spent well over $100,000 to IVF her one miracle son just to tell me we (she and I) were both so WRONG to think we could ever be happy unless we were mothers, and now that she is a mother, she knows the TRUTH. Maybe we "go on" about it because it stops people from telling us that our lives are just that crappy, but we dont even know that yet because we aren't parents.”
'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

'Try Not Having Kids' Parody Shows How Many Perks There Are To Being Childfree

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 11:07:20 in Women

“I spent 20 years living and traveling all over the world and didn't get married until I turned 40. Now my husband and I do the same. I didn't think it was right to have a child without a father. We talked about adoption but maybe it's just fine if we don't have kids. In fact, it IS fine if we don't have kids. The only thing that I dislike abut NOT having kids is the people who have been telling me over the years how much more "rewarding" my life would be if I had kids. Like Chris here, who just told us all that hearing his baby boy say, I love you dada is so much better than his "snobby" friends who go clubin'. Has it ever occurred to you that many people are unable to have kids, and over the years, they have come to accept that and even embrace that, and look for its advantages? If we didn't have so many "caring" people telling us all how their lives with kids are so full of love telling US our empty lives are so unfulfilled, then ALL children would be better off. Every child would be a wanted child, and adoption would be easy, available, and truly FREE.”
Eugenie Bouchard Makes Tennis History -- And Then Gets Asked This Sexist Question

Eugenie Bouchard Makes Tennis History -- And Then Gets Asked This Sexist Question

Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 22:50:30 in Women

“What kind of questions was he asked about Sharapova exactly? Was he asked if he thought she was hot and did he want to date her, or was he asked something general like what did he think of her game, which did NOT have to be a sexual implication. If he was asked about Shrapova's dating situation, I think that is certainly an indication that sexism is alive and well, even in women's tennis. And please take note: sexism occurs when a PERSON or a group of people (a single man or woman, or a group of men or women) are denied certain rights, or treated differently because of their sex. It doesn't matter if the reporter is a woman or a man. The tennis player was was denied her right to be treated as an athlete who had just won an important match, and instead was treated like a sexual doll who's sexuality is available for comment and criticism by a bunch of horny jerks in the audience. Why was the reporter taking orders from a bunch of losers in the crowd? It was a clear example of sexism in sports.”
This Is The Happiest Relationship Ever, According To Science

This Is The Happiest Relationship Ever, According To Science

Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 17:21:39 in Women

“I'm surprised this article has no mention of health as a happiness factor. A partner with a serious physical or mental illness can really cause a strain on a marriage, especially if that illness is brought on later into the marriage, like a hoarding problem or something like that.”

hp blogger Cate Pane on Jan 23, 2014 at 19:43:38

“Excellent comment!”
Eugenie Bouchard Makes Tennis History -- And Then Gets Asked This Sexist Question

Eugenie Bouchard Makes Tennis History -- And Then Gets Asked This Sexist Question

Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 09:19:21 in Women

“I watch a lot of tennis and I have NEVER seen a man asked that question ON THE COURT, after winning his match, as he's standing there with the towel around his neck, sweat dripping off his forehead. NEVER! So don't tell me it's all about equality or some lame justifications. The "reporter" should have known better.”

Leslieng99 on Jan 23, 2014 at 19:25:25

“It was a woman reporter who asked the question, so how could it be sexist? Dmitrov was asked by ESPN questions about Sharapova and he politely declined to answer, Eugenie could have easily done the same...”
Lake Michigan Is Full Of Ice Balls The Size Of Boulders

Lake Michigan Is Full Of Ice Balls The Size Of Boulders

Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 06:49:22 in Green

“I grew up in Wisconsin and like most Great Lakes states residents, have seen all kinds of cool, amazing, sometimes frightening, wonderous natural occurrences that spring up when frigid cold air meets water. These ice balls are definitely amazeballs! Thanks to Youtube, all this nature stuff can now be shared with the rest of the world!”

bonjupatten on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:38:26

“none of this is good. Amazing perhaps but it's not a good thing.”
Forcing Children To Kiss Relatives May Be Harmful, Sex Education Experts Claim

Forcing Children To Kiss Relatives May Be Harmful, Sex Education Experts Claim

Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 05:55:57 in Fifty

“I had a similar experience with an uncle, who was actually just a family friend and not even a relative. It's very common in my large extended family to just refer to any and all people at big holiday gatherings as "uncles." We'll just call it the "mistletoe" incident and I was a naive 14 at the time. It's really an awful feeling when it happens--you don't know whether to make a scene or push him him away and the entire family is in the living room opening presents, having drinks, and you're just sort of paralyzed with shock. I wanted to tell my Dad, but I knew he'd be furious and I didn't want THAT scene either. We are a big Catholic family and I felt that somehow my dad would be angry at ME. It's very complicated, which is why I DO NOT understand the people here saying things like, Obviously a child knows the difference between affection and abuse. Well, yeah, in a way, but that certainly doesn't mean they'll know WHAT to do if it happens or how to react, especially if it's not discussed in a family, AND it's someone IN a family. I guess I just never felt empowered that anyone would take me seriously enough or blame me, so I never spoke up about it at all.”
6 Tips For Dealing With Difficult (Even Impossible) People

6 Tips For Dealing With Difficult (Even Impossible) People

Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 11:29:37 in OWN

“My sister has a lot of problems with people she works with, and I give her the same advice every time. You WORK with these people - -they are not family, you do not socialize with them (and the after-office happy hour is not quite the same thing), and their primary concern is THEIR job, not YOUR feelings. Sometimes the absolute best thing to do is to maintain an arm's length relationship with co-workers - -be friendly and civil, warm and open of course, but your life should not be an open book to them. Don't give them the ammunition to use against you, and believe me, they will one day. If you must, learn to say, I appreciate your kind concern, but I really have to work this out with my (husband, boyfriend, landlord, whoever) on my own. Tell them to do the same. Once people know you are a co-worker and a person who will not have time for office drama, it's amazing how you no longer get it thrown in your lap.”
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