"dark Bulgarian subject clad in a dark gabardine long coat, wide brimmed soft hat carrying an umbrella and a paper written with invisible ink pertaining to the routine movements of the Cherny subject...."
That is a very vivid depiction, and it reminds me that I could never speak with any credibility about how it might feel as a Bulgarian first to see the country shown as a primitive toilet and then to see it covered up by a black cloth. I've never been Bulgarian and I've never had the experiences some of you have with secret informants, communist teachings, and the many other things you've written and spoken about.
If my comment about the covering up of the toilet struck you as insensitive to that perspective, please forgive me.
Running along now,
Very nice Barometer, Maria Guineva!
One correction: "squat" instead of "squad" toilets.
I did have the same thought about putting the ugly black cover over Bulgaria. The least they could have done was to use velvet, reminiscent of a theater curtain that implies "the best is yet to come." Alternatively, a little black satin with some sequins and feathers, maybe some rhinestones to dress it up a little. There is a certain mystique about Bulgaria.
What a shame to do this in a piece commissioned for this organization, but the "artist" did poke fun at every country represented.
This is really great news!
I had already vowed never again to buy shoes manufactured in China regardless of what label they bore and how nice they looked, and now I know exactly why. This dermatitis is absolutely horrible and I hope that this ruling will force China to become more responsible in manufacturing and exporting. Now I wonder if this chemical is part of what is in those "silica gel" desiccant packets. It would be nice to know what to look for.
FYI, I just read that this chemical is also used to treat psoriasis, which has its own nasty skin manifestation. How bizarre.
Enough of the icky stuff. Have a nice day.
Third in Europe, but probably not anywhere near the top of the list worldwide. Bulgaria appears to be doing a lot to stop this kind of almost unimaginably evil activity.
In case anyone is interested in reading more, I've been reading an interesting document about each country's role in this, the US State Department's "Trafficking in Persons Report":
You're right, DA. There's an awful lot of that in Hollywood!
Oprah takes it to a new level. Now don't get me wrong, she does use her powers mostly for good, but wow- who else has gotten so unbelievably rich in the name of "empowering others?"
I'm sure she wants to use her show to motivate others to lose weight. I think that story line is getting old for her. You gotta wonder, how could anyone with a personal chef, a personal trainer, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and every possible resource known to man keep losing control of her weight?
That's Southern Methodist University near Highland Park. Laura Bush went there, and she has an honorary walkway near the library. Beautiful place and excellent school, for sure! Southwestern is somewhere else you might have been... maybe Georgetown, TX?
Sorry to butt in, but in what ways do you see the US as "too free and too open?" That's something you don't hear often. We have laws here to cover everything from toilet water usage to the temperature of coffee at McD's, it seems.
LMAO, or as I always say, hehehehehehe
With your lead, I have been led from lead.
I don't doubt it. For a while I was sort of researching real estate in Sofia, and I saw that there were several really posh areas with outrageously opulent houses and lots and lots of nice apartments available. Prices have really increased, and it sounds like you have a very wide range of prices there as well.
HEHEHE "We even played with toys which had sharp corners! We sucked the paint off of wooden toys, and nobody got sick." Well, you wouldn't necessarily get SICK, per se, but obviously you experienced some dulling of your intellectual capabilities. It's proven that lead causes brain damage. ;)
I mentioned Dallas, however, and I maintain that you could still get a nice house on a decent street for less than $100,000 there. Dallas had its own housing boom back in the 70's and 80's when there was a huge influx of midwesterners. They couldn't keep up with the demand for moderate houses like you described. Since that's not the current trend, you can buy them relatively inexpensively today. The neighborhoods like that have become much more diverse than you remember, but they're still safe. You wouldn't get the BEST schools or the BEST anything, but you'd be OK.
People still want the kind of childhood you described for their children, it's just much more difficult to achieve today. There's a lot more crime in those modest areas than there used to be, so you have to spend a lot more to have security and comfort these days. Not to mention good schools, parks, etc.
Have a nice evening.
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