40 Maps to Help You Make Sense of the World

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    Silly. First, lots of families can and do afford it. In fact, 37% of mothers with kids under 18 do not work outside of the house. The number would be **WAY** higher if it weren't for the fact that 46% of babies are now born out of wedlock. It's kind of hard to be a stay-at-home mom when you're cranking kids without a spouse around.

    Second, a good portion (I have no idea how many) of corporations and government entities offer short-term disability policies that cover maternity leave. In my experience (including my last three employers), the ST disability policies are offered free-of-charge to the employee and usually cover 80% of their salaries while out on maternity leave. In other cases (like Federal government employees), the employees have the option of buying the policies for a relatively small fee.
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    FMLA requires that companies with 50+ employees to provide guaranteed leave, meaning you can take up to 12 weeks and not lose your job. It doesn't have to be paid leave though.

    But seriously, who would rather live in Burkina Faso or the Congo or some such place because of their great maternity leave.
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    How much time off (with pay, I presume) should be given to raise kids? Birth to age 18, or ... ?
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    If Burkina Faso or the Congo were the only options you might have a point.
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    I though it was funny that us and Burma were the only countries that don't use the metric system. Not sure why it didn't catch on here. So much easier and makes so much more sense.
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    Don't forget Liberia!

    But yes it is sort of an interesting historical anomaly. I'd love to know why.
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    I remember the big push for it when I was in elementary school (70s), but it never caught on. Hell, even the English, whose system we use, went the logical route. It's puzzling to say the least, especially when you consider how exponentially more sense it makes. Remember a host of random factors or move the decimal point? Can't believe we chose the former.
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    I have a pretty distinct memory of that too (was in elementary in the 70s as well)
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    Part of the problem re: point #2 I believe that women continue to be caught in a real time bind when it comes to pregnancy/family and working in the private sector so even if such companies have policies available, what actually happens is that some/many women won't take advantage out of fear of losing their standing or inhibiting their upward advancement within the company. You are right to point this out, but keep in mind, at a real personal level, numerous women see a big risk of utilizing such policies as they perceive it as likely to disadvantaging them professionally.
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    Same here. Lot of us old guys in this thread. We did use the metric system quite a bit in my engineering classes in college. When I joined one of the engineering societies, an engineering manual was included in the membership. We had the option of S.I. or I.P. and I chose S.I. They still sent me the I.P. (inch-pound) version. I guess they knew the S.I. version was useless in this country.
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    #29 caught my attention. A shift to the East started after WWII in the 50's. And really didn't take off until after 2000.

    And it looks like the first big leap to the West was because of the industrial revolution and the growth of the USA economy.
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    Very interesting! Thanks
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    I'm sure Somalia gives 26 weeks of paid leave.... Fact check.
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    I wonder how much paid leave women get in Somalia after they are forced to have a female circumcision?
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    Great link.

    (except that now I can't get that stupid rubber ducky song out of my head).
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    That one was cool. How the Hell did they get under the polar ice cap? Amazing.
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    Other interesting notes:

    More ppl. living in 'that circle' (India, China & Japan....) than not;

    All the rivers that flow into the Mississippi;

    4 of the 10 busiest airports in the world, in the same city--Tokyo (and the fact that Cape Town made the list at all--and not one US or European airport made the list);

    How much vegetation was shown in Russia (I thought it was mostly tundra over there...hmm).

    Just my observations...
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    What was interesting about this, IMO, was how few (if any) flow into it below the LA border. Guess everything just weaves its way to the sea at that point geographically.
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    Anyone else wish they grew up in Scandinavia or Iceland with all those 15 yr olds losing their virginity and drinking coffee?
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    That is perfect levity for this thread.

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