The depressing side of the US from a UK visitor

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Myself and my boyfriend recently went to San Francisco. He had a conference there for work so we booked a few days before and after to spend on a holiday, and we had a great time (and the dates worked out cheaper)!

There’s a lot of things that come off as unfortunate and “non-Western” about the US. The Americans constantly make the argument of freedom, but how free are they? I’d like to make the preposition that British people are a lot more free.

The fact that getting into an accident in the US could write off your financial future is so so depressing. It pains me to think this issue hasn’t been resolved. Obamacare was a chance to solve it, but of course, the democrats did nothing to get rid of the actual problem of expensive healthcare and instead try and force and supplement the insurance companies into doing something. This proved to be a failed approach, and Obamacare is rising by triple digit percentages for Americans next year. Not surprising is the fact that these insurance companies have donated so much money to the democrats and the Clinton foundation. Never have I valued the NHS more. The NHS is not great and has numerous issues, but I’d say that their emergency care is unparalleled. At least getting into a spot of trouble in Britain will not set your future into a crash course.

The tipping culture is also a little bit hard to digest. In complete contrast, when I visited Japan, the advice and recommendation is not to tip at all. The Japanese just don’t do it. They believe that if they needed to charge more for a service, they would simply charge more. I completely agree. If your restaurant prices are so low that you can’t pay staff, then you should increase the prices. That is common sense. People should not have to worry about supplementing a wage because the restaurants are not passing along the correct wage to their workers.
As a middle ground, I prefer the UK system. You tip if you receive expectational service, but it is not expected.

To add to what I said about healthcare, the US ads for medicine are just crazy and bizarre. I think almost everywhere else in the world it is expected that your doctor will find the medication you are suppose to be on, and if you have done your own investigation, I guess it wouldn’t be so bad to provide recommendations on medication to your doctor.
This is in complete stark difference to the US in where the pharmaceutical companies advertise directly to the customer. I think almost everyone would agree this is wrong. Especially when you hear that the side effects of some of these medications are — which is explained in the ads as well, so you’d think that would be enough to ignore them.

Very very bizarre. As lovely and beautiful as the US is, I cannot ever see myself living there. The culture is just too different.

What does Facebook have against Christmas?

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This turned into a bit of a rant! My apologies!

If you were on Facebook during Christmas time, you probably noticed something was lacking from the ‘Trending’ part of the site, which is usually on the right-hand side. Christmas.
I don’t think this can be attributed from lack of user activity, because at least in my circle of friends, and my partner’s circle of friends, there were many Christmas messages and photos being passed about.
And it’s trending on Twitter, still, as of Boxing Day.

So, what does Facebook have against Christmas? And is this a thing that is exclusive to the company? Or is it a bigger problem in Silicon Valley and attack on Christianity?
Why was Facebook happy to add Eid and Ramadan onto that list, but not Christmas?

I’ll start by expressing my opinion that there is a global attack on Christianity. I’m not even Christian myself, but my kindest friends in life have been Christians. The majority of modern Christians I’ve met have a ‘live and let live’ attitude to life, and it’s hard to compare other world religions to it. The closest parallels I can probably draw are to Buddhism. Both religions share the same level of passiveness and kindness, with very little doctrine-based hate crime or attacks coming from either.

Of course though, to the Buzzfeed and Tumblrite public, Christianity is seen as an oppressive and evil religion. Why? Because they see Christians as running all the current existing power structures.
Well, is that even true? Not really. But you wouldn’t get elected as president of the U.S. or a senate-grade position without saying you are.

When a Christian does deviate from what is politically correct, the media is quick to jump on them and call them every name under the sun. When we see similar behavior from “less-quiet” religions like Islam, we see them portrayed as the victim or the media simply ignoring it, if there is no way to make them appear victimized.

Every year, we see that Christian holidays consistently eroded.
Well, we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas should we, that’s a bit racist? What about religious group X? Well, it’s just consumerism isn’t it?
To the point, of course, that it’s becoming politically incorrect to say Merry Christmas, and instead we say Seasons Greetings or something similar.
The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, didn’t even issue a Christmas message or broadcast this year, didn’t say squat about it. But he issued such a message for Eid.

So really, Facebook censoring Christmas from their trending topics entirely is just the next progressive step.
Will Google do the same next year?