commented on Saudi Women Might be Allowed to Drive in Other Countries
Yo if a lot more people started using and supporting public transit - there would be much more political will to improve and expand public transportation thus increasing the number of people with access to it. Considering over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas and that number is projected to reach 70% by 2050*, I don't think it's valid to argue that public transportation just wouldn't work for most people because they don't live in dense enough areas. Obviously if you don't live in a real city you can stick to trucks, tractors, and horse trams ;)
Also, they do wonders with motorbikes in Vietnam - you wouldn't know it by looking at one but a motorbike is both a family sized vehicle and a cargo hauler. I think that should be the non-public transit automobile of choice in the countryside and city.
*UN Habitat (2006) State of the world’s cities 2006/07. Earthscan, London
commented on What Is Agnotology?
They're just trying to balance out the truth with what people want to think! Is that so wrong??? I hate when the fact believers gang up on my irrational but staunchly held beliefs. But then I remind myself that they're all going to hell and the rage settles.
commented on It's Been A Couple of Days—How Are You Feeling About That Game of Thrones Rape Scene?
@5 Same thing I was thinking.
This post is making my headache worse. Is a poor televsion interpretation of a fantasy book series really a serious contributor to the undercutting of the seriousness and commonness of rape in our society?
I think pointing out that it IS different in the book and asking why the tv show felt the need to make it a rape scene would be a better topic for discussion.
I also think the tv show weakens all the female characters, relative to the book.