My least favorite Christmas song of all is “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, the 1984 Band Aid hit to raise money to help with the famine in Ethiopia. Have you really listened to the lyrics to that song? A few choice lines:
There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas: First of all, no, it doesn’t snow in most of Africa most of the time, because the head of the continent lies on the equator. It doesn’t snow in Africa around Christmastime because December in Africa falls in their summer. It does snow in Africa during their winter, in some parts, sometimes. What that has to do with famine in Ethiopia, I’ll never know, not least of all because Ethiopia is hardly representative of the entire continent of Africa.
Where nothing ever grows, no rain or river flows: The famine in Ethiopia lasted from 1983-1985. It’s not that nothing ever grows. However, the famine had already started when the drought began. The primary cause of the famine was war, not a lack of water.
Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you: If people are dying, I’m not going to thank God for it, thanks, Bono.
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Finally, a social experiment I can get behind: Australian morning news anchor Karl Stefanovic decided he was going to test viewers’ differing attitudes toward him and his female coworker, Lisa Wilkinson, after she did a segment on the negative feedback and unsolicited advice she gets about her wardrobe. He wore the same suit for a month and no one noticed, so he told Wilkinson and their producer about his idea, and decided to extend the experiment for a whole year.
The grand total of comments he’s received on his wardrobe is a whopping zero. He says he does get other feedback, though: “I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor — on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.” Keep reading »
Don’t worry, Pasquale Sciarappa, I am never entirely sure how to pronounce Worchestershire sauce either, but if you ask me, your Italian pronunciation, “won-cha-STEER sa-OOH-chay,” is abbastanza buono. Check out all of Pasquale’s Italian cooking demos on YouTube. [Reddit]
The Vatican described Brittany Maynard’s choice to end her own life as “reprehensible,” and it wasn’t alone in that sentiment, writes John La Grange. He recounts one of the many lines of thought he heard: that Maynard’s husband should have fought against her choice, so as to have every possible moment with her. But as La Grange writes for Slate, “I would give anything to not have experienced the last week of my wife’s life.” She died of cancer, and the last days were brutal, forming memories that La Grange struggles to erase “of vomit and bedsores and things so horrible that I cannot bring myself to type them into this keyboard.” But it’s not just the images that entered his brain that trouble him; it’s the thoughts, too, the “wishing that his wife, his partner of 38 years whom he loved with all his heart, would die.” Read more on Newser…
TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs tacked an apology onto the magazine’s “Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?” article this weekend, expressing regret for including the word “feminist” in the poll. She writes:
TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.
I so would like to be pleased with this apology. I so don’t want to say, “This is not an adequate apology.” I hate to be that person, and I get tired of taking issue with the details of the language we use, especially if that language is contained in what looks to be a genuine attempt at apologizing. Keep reading »
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The job application process is kind of the worst. Looking for jobs is a nightmare and half, and then when you finally find something that you want to apply to, you have to do the thing that everyone hates so very much — the cover letter. Cover letters feel like the worst kind of writing, a way to sell yourself without coming off as needy or desperate, but they’re necessary, and very important. Resumes are usually a requirement, but the cover letter is where you’ve got to shine! Here are some tips for writing a cover letter that grabs a potential employer’s attention and gets you one step closer to landing an interview… Keep reading »