Regarding the news part. I like the way the story titles are displayed in the left column with the first few lines of the story. I like having the option of breezing through quickly to get the general gist of what's going on and having the option to click "more," see the photo, etc.
Wouldn't it be great if the forum posts were displayed the same way? Author, subject, a few lines to get the gist, and the option to click "more" (or not?)
I didn't notice if anyone else has already pointed this out, but "Author" is misspelled.
It is unfortunate that the "subject" of each forum post is not a link, so there's no way to go back to read the original article or even the thread of other opinions if you read something interesting in "latest opinions." Having name/nick as a hyperlink doesn't provide much useful information at all.
Although it's not a bad idea, I find the flashing "in pictures" distracting, particularly on the screen where I'm writing my reply.
"That's crap. I suppose there's an increase in baseball games because they're televised now? Don't be ridiculous."
Bill, that is just the point that DA is making. There may or may not be more baseball, but now that baseball is televised, there is a much greater awareness of baseball in society. The viewership is much higher than it was before TV and night games. You can't open a newspaper without reading about some All Star player using steroids. You can't escape the stats, etc.
By the same token, there probably has not been an increase in altar boy abuse in the Catholic Chuch either, it's just that so many things that were hidden from the public eye before are exposed in the media. Things like teenage pregnancy fall under this unbrella as well. It happened, but the shame of the family kept it a secret. Alcoholism, mental illness, domestic abuse, drugs... have they increased, or are they simply more visible (and seen as treatable!) now?
Back to the topic of parenting. I think we all agree that a mother's role is critical to a child's development. Tell me, Bill, what is the role of the father in a child's development? Regardless of whether the mother stays home to care for the home and family (as I do, incidentally) or not, does the father have an emotional responsibility in addition to his financial and, presumably, lawn care and automotive maintenance duties? You have repeatedly voiced your opinion on mothering, so now let's hear what dads are supposed to do for the children's wellbeing.
In both traditional families and in dual career families, I'm seeing some great dads in my community. They take their parenting as seriously as they take their careers, and that's just great for all involved. I think the women's fight for equality in the workplace has come full circle toward men improving their position within the family. It's empowering for both men and women, and it benefits children to see parents on equal footing.
I'll bet you are right about that guy not being a native French speaker. I don't speak French, but I've noticed that spacing thing. If I had to guess, I'd guess that his native language is one that doesn't use the Latin alphabet; and again, that his French is a little better than his English (because of the spacing thing.) I've had a few Indian and Pakistani colleagues in the past who always put a space before the period and all of them spoke French as a second or third language too. Their grammar in English was impeccable, though, so I don't think so. "Other" immigrant in Belgium? (No offense intended to anyone.)
I don't know, but it is interesting to watch the patterns you see among the various nicks. :)
Have a wonderful evening,
jm (you too, Bill! You always wonder how the working folks find so much time for forum chat. I think they're just used to more multitasking than you are these days. People are slow, computers are fast. A lot can be done.)
"Your grammar is bad, you write English like you are translating from German or Dutch or some peculiar language. lol"
I think Stealthy either speaks French or, at least, speaks more French than he does English. When writing French you leave a space before the punctuation, and it isn't natural to do this if your native language is Dutch or German. They also use something that looks like these <> as quotes. I can't remember anyone else using spaces that way, so it's possible he is not a sockpuppet, but...
Just my observation,
Have you seen the video?
It does show an ugly view of Bulgaria, with several people huddled in front of an electric stove for heat, a crowded and dirty apartment, people hanging out the windows yelling, etc.
50% more Chinese Tourists in Bulgaria
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