A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? What’s happening in your life? We’ve been here in France for two weeks and are still settling in. This week was full of more required + practical stuff. The kids had physicals so they can participate on the swim team (practice starts next week). Ben Blair joined the local gym. Today, we meet the kids’ music teachers and we’re looking at a couple more houses. And we still have a couple of big tasks to complete: We need to finish setting up our French bank account. And we need to make a decision on a car.

We’re not sure on our weekend plans. We may take a daytrip to Brittany, or we might try and knock off a few more to-do items on our list.

Ready for some weekend reading? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-Polio was nearly extinct. Then the anti-vaxx movement reached Pakistan.

-A 6-year-old girl wrote to a toy company asking why they didn’t make female plastic soldiers. The president of the company responded. And now, Green Army Women figurines will be available by Christmas 2020.

-Last year, an air traffic controller saw Jeffrey Epstein getting off his private plane with girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 years old. (So that means they are 12 and 13 now? Who are they? Where are they?)

-I loved Elizabeth Warren’s response about trade policy in last nights’ debate. She’s really good at explaining things in a way that everyone can understand.

-The Secret Files of the Master of Modern Republican Gerrymandering

-A Swiss artist named Klaus Kittmann planted a forest in a football stadium in Austria.

-“Being a sex worker is dangerous. But it’s not as though sex workers are surrounded by dangerous chemicals or heavy machinery or wild animals. It’s dangerous because they are working with men.” The article is about how headlines are written (and it’s really good). That sentence stood out to me. It’s not the theme of the article, but I’ve never thought about it like that.

-Someone asked, “Who are famous women you learned to like — after recognizing societal misogyny.”

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale came out this week.

-On this day in 2016, I was explaining what a Mormon Mission was.

-On this day in 2018, I was explaining that men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies.

Some Twitter threads and tweets I bookmarked to share (Twitter was really good this week and there’s a bunch):

-A sweet thread about having a Grandmother move in to your home.

Three years ago my husband’s grandmother moved in with us and on her first night she put a dress on the dish soap. My life hasn’t been the same since 🥴😂

…this might be a thread pic.twitter.com/4rd7EKOFaB

— Eunique Jones Gibson (@eunique) September 13, 2019

-She is tired of people who say they don’t like feminism, while enjoying all the benefits feminists have made possible.

Women who hate feminism make me laugh. You hate a movement that has contributed to your ability to vote, have access to education, be employed, get a salary, not be a child bride, progress in life. You’re not equal to men but then equally want to progress in society like men??

— Thandekile (@Chant_ella) September 12, 2019

-A fascinating thread about artificial intelligence and crochet patterns.

I trained a neural net to generate crochet hat patterns, and they showed a disturbing tendency to explode into ruffled hyperbolic yarn-eating brain shapes.https://t.co/9tu6mJOStv

image credit: Chunky Hat, crocheted by Joannastar. More in the linked thread. https://t.co/Icii4ymd9X pic.twitter.com/hVOGNXcwNM

— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) September 4, 2019

-A tweet about the cost of childbirth.

Healthy pregnant lady? ☑
Standard vaginal delivery? ☑
No epidural/anesthetics? ☑
Healthy baby — no extra tests, procedures, etc.? ☑
48 hours in @MountSinaiNYC?

Cost billed to mom: $27,015.57
Cost billed to baby: $27,355.46

The absolute absurdity of this speaks for itself. pic.twitter.com/hRAIYkAOt8

— Dave Mosher (@DaveMosher) September 7, 2019

-To take care of a bug problem, his wife brought in more bugs — 1000 baby praying mantises. I found this story fascinating.

My following has demanded my story about 1,000 baby praying mantises. So, here we go. About fifteen years ago, I lived in Tampa Bay. If you’ve ever been, you know it’s hot, humid, and grows bugs big enough to mug you for drug money. 1/ pic.twitter.com/LIBkY7boEe

— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) September 7, 2019

-A thread for men who want to write about women. (OMG I laughed so hard.)

A note from a very weary editor, to all male writers:

Women’s breasts are not communication devices. They are not sending you, or your male protagonists, encoded messages. They are, in fact, insentient. They neither dance nor issue invitations.

— Katherine May (@_katherine_may_) September 6, 2019

How to sneeze around the world.

How to sneeze around the world:

EN: Atishoo!
DK: Atju!
IT: Etciú!
PL: A-psik!
VN: Hắt xì!
NO: Aatsjoo!
JP: ハクション!
DE: Hatschi!
RU: Apchkhi!

— Present & Correct (@presentcorrect) January 6, 2017

I hope you have a terrific weekend. Does it feel like fall where you live? I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle

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