Well, that's the problem. "Normal Circumstances" is vague.
I get that we as a culture have embraced Paul's hard-on for the Roman tradition of one man marrying one woman for life as a representation of Jesus's relationship to the Church, and that a lot of resistance against gay marriage comes from that. I just wish that people would be more up-front about their theological motives, rather than waving their hands or making things up.
You've been told that your communication skills need some work. Part of communicating is asking for, and learning how to receive, feedback. So, I'd suggest the following:
- Go to the people who gave you the advice to improve your communications skills
- Ask them if they can point to specific areas where your communication needs work, and to provide examples
- Listen to what they say. Take notes - just bullet points - of the important stuff. Sub-bullet the examples, if provided.
- When they're done giving you specifics, ask them if they might have pointers on where to learn more about improving those areas.
- Dedicate real time - an hour a week at least - towards improving those areas.
- Practice, practice, practice, every opportunity you get.
- Get defensive
- Brush off their advice
I agree that the nutritional information should require transfat be declared in tenth of a gram precision to close up that loophole.
Are they trying to create an entire class of socially maladjusted kids? Because that sounds like exactly what they're doing. It's not like you can easily learn the subtleties of touch later on in life. Even a year gap can get you labeled a creep and carry nasty, debilitating consequences for decades.
My google search on the issue came up with Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Bangladesh. Two of which seem to be African, the latter South Asian I guess.
I'm sure you can come up with better data.
Besides infant mortality, there's probably unreported miscarriage.
When I was a kid I did Unicef collection every Haloween. We got an orange cardboard coin box at school, and collected donations to it along with our trick-or-treat. Unicef used these funds to build water wells for people in Africa who had only access to contaminated surface water.
A decade or two later, we found that many of these wells accessed aquifers that were contaminated by arsenic. And that thus we kids had funded the wholesale poisoning of people in Africa, and that a lot of them had arsenic-induced cancers that were killing them.
OK, we would not make that mistake again, and today we have access to better water testing. But it caused me to lose my faith that we really do know how to help poor people in the third world, no matter how well-intentioned we are.
And we had better not go around curing disease withoput also promoting birth control. Despite what the churches say, and the local dislikes and prejudices. Or we'll just be condemning more people to starve.
This might as well be how Blackberry, Nokia, and Palm blew it. And I'm probably leaving off a few companies.
IMO it all comes down to arrogance about your own platform. In Nokia's case that was Symbian.