By Jessica Williams
In this re-creation of her bestseller, Jessica Williams assessments the temperature of our global and diagnoses a malaise with a few surprising indicators. Get the proof but additionally the human aspect of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and unbelievable wealth; the unstoppable upward push of consumerism, psychological disorder, the medication exchange, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of our surroundings and extra. The analysis may glance bleak, but there's desire, Williams argues, and it really is all the way down to us to behave now to alter issues.
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It was really interesting to gauge the reactions of people I encountered while I was promoting 50 Facts. I was derided as a chunky-cardigan-clad, sandal-wearing twenty-something by one prominent Australian newspaper – which made me laugh, because only one of those things is true, and only then if you class flip-flops as sandals. Reviews on the internet were mostly really positive, though I was tickled by a supporter of the National Rifle Association telling one website that I’d got it all wrong about gun control.
In 2005, the US spent $554 billion on its military. This is 29 times the combined military spending of the six ‘rogue states’. There are 27 million slaves in the world today. 5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s enough bottles to reach all the way to the moon every three weeks. The average urban Briton is caught on camera up to 300 times a day. Some 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe every year. A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to Britain emits five times its own weight in greenhouse gases.
The bard himself may have had a few words to say about beauty in his time, but it’s hard to imagine that he would have put as much time and care into crafting a line as today’s cosmetics companies. A skim through a high-profile American glossy magazine yields a mass of girl-power messages. ’ ‘It’s a fact. ’ We’re not just smoothing on moisturiser, we’re making ourselves, and the world around us, better. And that’s a very potent prescription. Brazil prizes physical beauty exceptionally highly. In the land of bikinis so tiny that they are sometimes nicknamed ‘dental floss’, calling someone vain can be considered a compliment, because it implies they try hard to make themselves more attractive.