- Why in the world do celebrities sell pictures of their babies and then get irate when the paparazzi take pictures of their toddlers? Where is the sense in that double-standard? Why is it okay to print staged pictures of infants, but not candid shots of toddlers? Either print them all or print none, I say.
- Why do we find ourselves to be amused at back-handed "compliments," but cannot take a joke? Why do we not understand irony? People really need to think before they hit the "Discuss Article," button on the New Republic website until they've had a chance to process the concept being discussed.
- Why does NPR feel the need to force us to re-invent the American dialect? Why are we no longer allowed to pronounce the city of Beijing like Bay-zhing, and now have to pronounce it as Bay-jing? Was there something wrong with the former American pronounciation? Do we need to start referring to other countries in their native tongue? Espana? Deutchland? We speak English and have a different accent than other countries (diversity, I know, it's crazy) and it isn't necessarily wrong to pronounce the proper nouns differently.
- Why do seemingly intellectual people invest their efforts into the most ridiculous of pursuits? For the 1,000-or-so years that the world was referring to our calendar system as B.C./A.D., were non-Christian peoples around the world spontaneously combusting into flames? I understand the necessity of religious sensitivity, but this switch from B.C./A.D. to B.C.E./C.E. is probably not really addressing the heart of the issue.
Long blog, short--get your heads out of your butts, people. Stop being concerned with the children of people you don't know, and trying to fit others into your box; instead, redirect your attention at addressing some of the issues that require necessary, significant, and sustainable changes. And France, let people drink Red Bull if they want to.