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  1. I dunno on that one. I think that makes a lot of sense for someone yelling at you about, say, the wonders of Crossfit, but when we're talking about people being mutilated and gassed and tortured, that doesn't seem so much like a "need to make my mind up on whether or not it matters" kind of thing. It's a human reaction, I guess, but it bothers me. But then I guess it would.
  2. That comment about not knowing what to prioritise is true. One of the things that I notice a lot is that when we put out a report documenting some kind of abuse, at least half of the comments we get are complaints that we're not commenting on a completely different abuse somewhere else. I think many people have their 'pet' issues, which they have made the decision to be outraged about, and other things simply don't register as strongly.
  3. You definitely do become numb the more you see of it. My job is to deal with documentation of horrific human rights abuses, and there's just so much of it that it all starts to blur together after a while. I think the "tsk tsk" side of things is often simply that it's not happening to them or anyone they know, so seeing it and reading about it is in many ways not all that different to watching a movie. That's obviously not the case for everyone, but there is a sizeable population, I personally feel, who have a hard time feeling empathy unless the tragedy affects themselves. I have no idea how to solve that.
  4. A good chunk the concept of 'friend-zoning' seems to come from the idea that attraction and love is a sort of tick-box exercise. As in, if I do x, y and z, I've done the things that should make this person want to sleep with me/fall in love with me, and if they don't, that's their fault because I did all the right things, so I've got the right to be angry at them for still just seeing me as a friend. It very much seems to discount the fact that attraction, and even moreso falling in love, is a really, really subjective, individual thing, and even if I try to tick all the boxes that a person says they want in a partner, it doesn't mean that those things make me the person that they will want to be with. And that's obviously hard to accept, but it doesn't change the fact that no one can force themselves to be attracted to, or fall in love with, someone that they just aren't.
  5. As a fellow Brit, I agree. I don't really get the hatred. I don't really get the unlikeability charges either. She seems no less likeable than any other US politician I've seen much of. Certainly no less likeable than either Trump or Bernie. Maybe it's partly a cultural thing to some extent - maybe she'd do far better here in the UK - though I certainly know some people here in the UK who dislike her, but following the elections this time around, the whole thing has utterly bemused me. I really don't get it.
  6. I find these things fantastic for applying foundation and concealer. I can never get them to blend properly with a brush.