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babushka -

knowyourmeme is blocked in my country.

Im.


mcatnip -

russians are not allowed to know their memes

[shrug emoticon that gets messed up because it has two _ symbols in it]


babushka -

this 'memes are illegal in russia' phrase that i kept seeing on tumblr in all seriousness is true after all...


mcatnip -

only foreign memes are illegal, they're trying to stimulate Russian Meme Economy

you're only allowed to look at cats and мышь(кродеться)


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babushka -

really wanna address @kidd 's thoughts about Sinophobia in a separate post if they don't mind

I don't really know why this happens, but i guess, people really want to have something which is easy to hate on? Because when the actions of Chinese government started getting viral recognition, very few people started saying "Chinese government is bad". Most people just said "China is bad. I hate China" and so on. There was a wave of hate for everything made in China (which is a lot of things) or funded by China and it never really stopped.

The same thing happened to Russia before that. No one on the viral internet post says "Russian government is bad", everyone just says "Russia is bad". And if Russia is bad, that means it's cool and woke to boo Russian contestants on song contest, and uncool to even reblog pictures of Russian forests. Bad! Country!

It's so easy to label a whole nation or country as "bad", and i imagine that sinophobia got even worse since the virus... Why is this kind of logic, logic of someone who straight up writes war propaganda, is still allowed?!


fallow -

sinophobia is word for be racist to Chinese people right? if so then i wrote an essay on that! it has indeed gotten worse since the virus. lots worse. can share essay if people want read, was for english class but yeah my topic was racism+covid. was suppose compare with witch hunt in the crucible (assignment find historical thing where harmless group gets accuse of smth not their fault, mob mentality etc).

yeah is sad..people make generalization, try simplify complicated things...

which person you mention straight-up write war propaganda?

(also i havent seen original post so if something i say very off-topic is prob bc i dont have context ehe)


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babushka -

Americans use the Soviet Anthem in memes much more often than their own anthem. The only thing I know about American anthem from athens is that it's allegedly starts with "oh, say, can you see?" To all the blind Americans - hang in there.


fallow -

inara said "my [something]" and i corrected "our [something]" and i was expecting her to call me communist then she suddenly starts singing some song that i dont know and im like "is that the-" and shes like "yes yes it is"


fallow -

if we're getting serious for a moment the usa's national anthem is about war =(

when i read about norway's national anthem being about how cool nature is where they live i was like "dang...who knew one could be jealous of an anthem" its just. it feels like anthems say something big about the countries' values and i'm not a fan of glory in war being one of those values, nature is much better

i never memorized the usa's anthem bc i went to a private school where we didn't have to do that type of thing, never had a daily pledge of alleigance until high school (man was that disorienting when everyone in unison stood up and faced the same direction and talked in sync with the voice on the intercom [kinda droning too, just reciting the words without thinking or meaning] it was a real wtf moment for me, i didnt know public schools did it every day or with that level of normalcy)

the first few times i stood too because i was caught off guard/didn't want to get in trouble but all the times since then i've sat or knelt. one time i was even standing to get a paper from across the room and the pledge came on and i just plopped down in the middle of the floor where i was. at camp they did the pledge too and they had a small team of campers (it was a rotating job) carry out the flag each day and go through a sort of ritual to raise it. my counselor who knows my view on this sort of thing allowed me to just read the attendance part of the script and then pass it off to inara for the flag stuff. every pledge they did at camp I ended up kneeling since the counselors didn't like it when I just remained sitting and the gravel hurt on my knee but I wasn't gonna stand because that's not what I believe in and I don't think we should be bragging about our country having "freedom and justice for all" until it's actually true.

i read somewhere that kneeling is better than sitting because it represents showing respect for war veterans. so maybe next time i'll fully switch to kneeling instead of sitting.

as a fun comparison, here's what I can remember of the anthem:

"Oh say can you see
by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hail
at the twilight's last gleaming
whose red stripes and bright stars
through the perilous something
something something something
something something something something

and the rockets' red glare
the bombs bursting in air
gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there

oh say does that star-spangled
banner we hail
something something something something
and the home of the brave"

versus here's the actual copied+pasted lyrics from the internet:

"O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

[from wikipedia]

then it goes on for another three stanzas talking about war...i didn't know it was that long honestly, but i read it and i'm slightly taken aback. i mean it's not out of character, and i do think it's good poetry from a literary standpoint, but..."their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution"? really? as a national anthem??? now thats just threatening!! (not to mention the two lines following that which are even more threatening and apparently a civil rights organization recently called for the anthem to be replaced which I didn't know about either so thats interesting)

if any of yall have questions about what it's like here for me (unless the internet is too swamped in that already ehe) feel free to ask, i am absolutely filled with stories and more than happy to share!! also if you wanna share something about your experiences where you live i'd be downright happy to listen!


stop -

Today I learned the US national anthem in fact does not start with "USA can you see"


fallow -

omg top 10 misheard lyrics


mcatnip -

i know the daily pledge of allegiance is a real thing in the usa, but it still feels like it's not

i can't believe kids really live like this


babushka -

okay, three things

1) "bombs" is NOT a good word to use in ANY anthem what the heck

2) apparently there's two soviet anthems, 40s and 70s version, 40s one is a little war-oriented, and 70s mentions communism more. and russian anthem is a joke 'cause we just took the same tune the soviet anthem had and re-wrote the lyrics completely to make it more abstract. but i would say its decent, lyrics-wise.

3) we don't have any pledges but our russian language teacher in 5-7 grade or so made us all cite the poem by A.Pushkin in unison while standing up at the end of each lesson. i moved after grade 7 so i don't know if this tradition stayed. felt surreal

aaand i just remembered боже царя храни existed


fallow -

@mcatnip yepp
i know some folks who only stand bc they're afraid they'll get in trouble/lectured or something if they dont

hasnt happened to me, the most i've gotten is people assuming i don't notice what's happening instead of assuming i am making a deliberate choice (which is not. unreasonable as i dont notice most things) as well as weird looks but i get weird looks anyway i think that might be more a me thing than a not-standing thing sdfljkghf

have heard of some teachers who dislike it when you don't stand for the pledge though. one of my teachers said something thanking the class in general for standing for the pledge bc it showed virtue or something and i was just sitting there like "haha pasta"*

in response to the three things-

  1. wholeheartedly agree

  2. sldkfjgh thats really funny its just. *remixes national anthem* eh good enough

  3. oof yee i looked up боже царя храни and i see what ya mean-

*that doesnt mean anything in particular its just. @inara posted something that was just entirely the text "haha pasta" in the title and the body and the tags and then it became a thing, if ur confused the context i mean it in is something akin to "i dont know what to say to that so im just going to sit here and pretend nothing happened"


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babushka -

Americans use the Soviet Anthem in memes much more often than their own anthem. The only thing I know about American anthem from athens is that it's allegedly starts with "oh, say, can you see?" To all the blind Americans - hang in there.


fallow -

inara said "my [something]" and i corrected "our [something]" and i was expecting her to call me communist then she suddenly starts singing some song that i dont know and im like "is that the-" and shes like "yes yes it is"


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archfey-deactivated-2020MarTue-200317040331-276 -

if i learn that any of you put ketchup on potato chips then that'll be the last straw


coffee -

look i dont do that but i just wanna say; sauce+potato is a classic combination and shouldnt be so quickly dismissed until tried


emydoidea -

I’m biased against this particular combo because the only person I’ve ever seen do it was the blandest white guy ever who once cooked us all hamburgers with no seasoning at all ☹️

Also he would have like an entire bottle of ketchup to a bag of chips which was a little disturbing to watch 😣


fallow -

i put ketchup on bread


babushka -

russians put ketchup on tomatoes


fallow -


[id: tom from "tom and jerry" looks up from newspaper; he seems upset]

you what now


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fandomsandsuch asked:

what is the meaning behind the ussr joke?

babushka -

there is a famous phrase that says "there is/was no sex in the ussr". it originated in the 80s, when a soviet woman said "we don't have sex here" in a conversation with american woman about sexualized ads. the author of the phrase later implied that women in ussr "didn't have sex, they made love".

the phrase "there is/was no sex in ussr" became popular also because the subject of sex was a big taboo in ussr, and the phrase is often used to note that. but it's also used as a joke "hmm, there was no sex in ussr, i wonder how children were made..." so, when UK "banned sex", naturaly, i decided they and ussr are in the same boat now.


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babushka -

*opens news feed*

"USA is about to gift Germany to Russia"

*closes news feed*


fallow -

i thought that happen a while ago smh

[id: monkey puppet meme. monkey faces to the right. in the first panel the monkey looks out past the viewer; in the second panel the monkey stares straight ahead. in both panels the monkey's mouth is a straight line like monkey is trying to hide reaction. end id.]


fallow reblogged babushka
babushka -

there have to be the ways to protest without gathering big crowds since the corona threat is still very real, and we have some here that we do (since crowd protest are illegal) but maybe i just shouldn't talk about this...


fallow -

that was a thing i was concerned about too when i saw the news...what kind of protests do you guys do instead of crowds?


babushka -

two things that come to mind are one - person - at-a-time protests and virtual protests, and my earlier reply got erased and im too tired to say more, i am also not a protest-attendant so not a reliable source


babushka -

article about this


fallow -

oh interesting, thanks for the link!

man...2036? dang...


fallow reblogged mcatnip
fallow -

friend sent me a post saying the usa was 50+ little countries in a trench coat pretending to be a big country and i was like haha yeah thtas. thats surprisingly accurate i


fallow -

@mcatnip commented:
kinda same with Russia tbh. no country needs to be this big!! calm down!!

oh yeah for a while ive been. kinda idly wondering about russia like

why is it so big??how does it like. not split into pieces or something,, is everyone in russia just really spread out or does it have like 72853974846 people or-


mcatnip -

most of the people live in the western part of russia

(population density from Wikipedia lol)

some reasons for not splitting the country might be

a) owo country big hehe patriotism

b) a lot of russians are very politically passive. they either don't care or think they can't change anything. (see also: his highness emperor Putin sitting on the throne since 1999)


fallow -

oh thats really interesting, i didnt know that! i wonder if everyone just went west for the world wars and never went back dsfljkgh/j (nah i kno its probably climate reasons)

huh.. ok i have a question [perfectly fine if yall dont wanna talk abt it] but,

what happens when putin dies?


mcatnip -

bold of you to assume putin can die


fallow reblogged mcatnip
fallow -

friend sent me a post saying the usa was 50+ little countries in a trench coat pretending to be a big country and i was like haha yeah thtas. thats surprisingly accurate i


fallow -

@mcatnip commented:
kinda same with Russia tbh. no country needs to be this big!! calm down!!

oh yeah for a while ive been. kinda idly wondering about russia like

why is it so big??how does it like. not split into pieces or something,, is everyone in russia just really spread out or does it have like 72853974846 people or-


mcatnip -

most of the people live in the western part of russia

(population density from Wikipedia lol)

some reasons for not splitting the country might be

a) owo country big hehe patriotism

b) a lot of russians are very politically passive. they either don't care or think they can't change anything. (see also: his highness emperor Putin sitting on the throne since 1999)


fallow -

oh thats really interesting, i didnt know that! i wonder if everyone just went west for the world wars and never went back dsfljkgh/j (nah i kno its probably climate reasons)

huh.. ok i have a question [perfectly fine if yall dont wanna talk abt it] but,

what happens when putin dies?


fallow reblogged fallow
fallow -

friend sent me a post saying the usa was 50+ little countries in a trench coat pretending to be a big country and i was like haha yeah thtas. thats surprisingly accurate i


fallow -

@mcatnip commented:
kinda same with Russia tbh. no country needs to be this big!! calm down!!

oh yeah for a while ive been. kinda idly wondering about russia like

why is it so big??how does it like. not split into pieces or something,, is everyone in russia just really spread out or does it have like 72853974846 people or-


fallow reblogged babushka
babushka -

why are americans like "well if i feel like that person is dangerous for me i'll just shoot them! i am so glad to have this right" like? you won't go to jail afterwards? for murder?


phantomflame03 -

There is this thing that is legal in some states called the "stand your ground" law or whatever. Conceptually it is so that people who are being attacked already can protect themselves without getting in trouble.

Unfortunately eince its been instated it mostly is used to excuse white men who kill black people. It is horrific. It isn't legal in my state. (Note this is different than a basic self defense idea).

"Stand your ground" isn't legal in every state (I'm pretty sure it isn't legal in my state), but ya its terrifying.


babushka -

That sure sounds terrifying. Why do you need to stand your ground? Is is zombie-apocalypse, is it THAT unsafe, is the govt unable to protect its own people??


phantomflame03 -

Okay so to put it simply (I don't study law so I could miss some nuance, but also I think it is a stupid and dangerous law) To not be convicted when you kill someone in Self Defense there must have been no other option. If you could have retreated safely or otherwise escaped without harming the other person, but instead chose to take their life you would still be punished by the system.

This is not the case in States with the "Stand your Ground" law. This establishes a right by which a person may defend one's self or others (right of self-defense) against threats or perceived threats, even to the point of applying lethal force, regardless of whether safely retreating from the situation might have been possible.

I'm going to post the rest under the cut. I have a basic example that people use for it.


The scenario is you are at home. It is the middle of the night. Someone breaks into your house. For self defense to be an acceptable action without the Stand your ground law, you must have nowhere to go and have reasonable understanding that you or others are in danger.

With the stand your ground law, you could have the option to escape but "hell naw, this is Murica (pronounced Mur-ih-ka) and I have a RIGHT to shoot anyone who dares to come on MY property and threaten MY family."

This is why when Black (men usually) people get killed,the argument is that the white (usually men but not always) person felt threatened by them existing or showing "suspicious behavior" like walking down the street.

The law came under fire (in my memory) when a 17 black boy was killed for the crime of being black whole wearing a hoodie at night in a predominantly white neighborhood.

Anyway I have lots of feelings about this, which is mostly Fuck that!

Lots of aggressive white men have this fantasy about someone "threatening their family" so they can shoot them and become a hero. But then they refuse to help out around the house and actually take care of their kids.


babushka -

oh that's where "shoot first ask questions later" comes from

we have quite the opposite situation here in russia since a lot of people go to jail for literal self-defence from a person actively trying to assault them but i don't know the legal details of that.


fallow -

oof...


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babushka -

why are americans like "well if i feel like that person is dangerous for me i'll just shoot them! i am so glad to have this right" like? you won't go to jail afterwards? for murder?


fallow -

i, live in the usa and quite frankly i have no idea
[ramble about guns and stuff below the cut]

had a conversation with my dad about guns a while ago and it was interesting though
he was saying we shouldn't entirely ban guns [in response to something i said] and i was like "y tho guns are bad" and he was like "its more complicated than that"
and he gave me an example of, "say theres a person who just broke up with her ex, but the ex is creepy and she thinks hes like stalking her or something, shouldn't she be allowed to have a gun in her house so that if he tries to assault her or something she can defend herself?"
that got me quiet for a bit thinking because i had not considered this before...i still do not know what to make of this entirely, though it brings to mind that video of someone fending off a burglar with a fantasy-nerd-custom-battleaxe fdslk;dhjgj

me i am not so much concerned about going to jail for murder i am more concerned about if people are having guns (which they are) then there are increasing chances of me or other people being the people who are being shot which is. very scary! i do not like this!

i know some people like to collect guns and some people think it's fun to hunt other animals with them (which i am morally against but yaknow. it's a thing that exists) or shoot targets and things but yeah I don't know what's up with people having guns to defend against other people, it seems like that just makes the entire situation more dangerous...

it is weird though i remember hearing thing saying in some school shooting or another [that was sad phrase to type........] or maybe a different place not school I don't remember... there was news article referring to second person who had a gun calling them a hero, like apparently the shooter came so a random person nearby who also had a gun went out trying to shoot the shooter??

anyway yeah the whole gun thing is a big mess here in the states but some states are better about it than others and yeah thats my two cents on the matter

//i also had an interesting conversation with my dad about how to behave around police officers and also that time he tricked one into not ticketing him dsflfkjdgjh but thats a whole 'nother story-


babushka -

some heavy topics below

"say theres a person who just broke up with her ex, but the ex is creepy and she thinks hes like stalking her or something, shouldn't she be allowed to have a gun in her house so that if he tries to assault her or something she can defend herself?" - and what if an ex also has a gun? like?? it's like nuclear weapons, either everyone has them so everyone is afraid of each other and won't attack but still has the potential to or no one has them at all and no potential nuclear catastrophe? and afaik it's hard even for a trained person with a gun to take a stand against another person with a gun.

and well, here where i live you can have a gun under some circumstances, say you're a hunter, so people who live far in the woods are considering it as a defence weapon, because like. bears don't have guns and you have to get a licence for it or something and not just?? buy it at walmart or how it goes in america i really don't know.

and of course pshych exam because i've read somewhere that apparently people who die the most from guns are the ones that uh. shoot themselves. it's quick, easy and free if you have a gun home and are mentally unstable, and you don't have to feel threatened to do that.

also in WHAT country you have to defend yourself instead of police/government helping you out (in every country now sadly, i know)


fallow -

yeet

re: first paragraph -
yeah thats what i was wondering! i think in dad's ideal world the ex would not be able to get a gun because background tests would reveal he was creepy or something but yeah i agree it does feel like a mutually-assured destruction thing...

one thing i've heard against straight-up banning guns is that then there'd be a gun black market [pretty sure there already is one tho] and itd be like the prohibition but for guns
...i dont think that quite translates when you get to thinking about speakeasies and stuff because guns aren't something you use at parties like alcohol (i hope??) but that's the jist of it-- ive heard a lot of people say that when we've had discussions about guns in history class and stuff

(i laughed at "bears dont have guns" its true but. funny)

ok so here's my personal knowledge of guns in the usa combined with wikipedia since i dont have much personal knowledge since ive never tried to buy a gun-

guns are not at walmart but you go to a gun store *[this sounds ridiculous but i swear im not making this up*] and they're supposed to check to make sure you're a legal citizen, and that you haven't got put in jail for a year/convicted of domestic violence/restraining order because you were a stalker/etc, and that you're not a drug dealer, and that you haven't been to a mental institution, and stuff like that, and then you can just. buy a gun. and just like, leave with a gun. and like congratulations you now have a gun. (????)

looks like there's no federal law about who can do concealed carry so the states decide on their own, all of them have laws about it but some of them make it really really hard to get a license to concealed carry because like. they don't want people doing that

but yeah a lot of the time people who should not have guns end up having guns anyway and i don't really know if the government is doing anything about that but yeahhh

also I read an article the other day about how retail workers are supposed to be enforcing the six foot social distancing but it's scary for them because the customers have started carrying guns??

[sigh]

i live in california and here people can't do concealed carrying because the licenses are really hard to get. since all the states have their different rules they get to decide whether or not they accept other states' gun licenses or not which I think is interesting? i put a link to an article about that from ap news at the bottom if you wanna read, it has a person talking about how he wants to carry a gun all the time and he's annoyed that if he goes to california he won't be able to (to which my thoughts are hahahahaGood-)

re: paragraph 3 - yeah that makes sense...that is sad..

eheheh yeah....., i hope someday we'll figure out how to build healthier societies, but until then all we can do is our best to live and be kind to each other ! and share ideas and ask questions and all that good stuff.

resources:

wikipedia -

[gun ownership statistics] [eligibility to own a gun in usa] [usa concealed carry laws]
ap news -

[a discussion on usa gun law]


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current mood


fallow -

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babushka -

oh so deviantart blocked in russia now! just noticed that.


fallow -

aw,, did that happen recently?


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babushka -

american boomer moms with aschleyigh, kVIIIlyn and the like VS. soviet names урюркос, валтерперженкос, даздрастперма - fight


babushka -

while white suburban moms were looking for unique names, soviets were about inventing completely new names which would reflect the soviet culture, not be old-fashioned and the like. a lot of kids were named after Lenin, but not everyone could be Vladimir, so there were some different abbreviations of Lenin's name and initials such as Vladlen, Vilen to call the kids. Other names were abbreviations for popular slogans and big events in current history.


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babushka -

no one:

absolutely nobody:

my news feed: Russian Government just moved the ending date of WWll!


fallow -

msorrywhat???


babushka -

context : from the official words, more detailed research was done about when the peace pacts were signed and the war ended, and the date has been postoponed because it was factually corrected

however its better (or worse) out of context


fallow -

bfhpfaahahaa

agreed


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awakeingdreamer -

Ya'll...know you can still go outside...right?

I'm still seeing stuff float around saying "STAY INSIDE ALWAYS". Like, no, guys, that's not how health works. Go outside. Sit in your yard and read, go for a walk on your deserted street, go to the store, go explore some random place, go hiking, go horseback or bike riding. Fresh air and sunlight are so good for your health and immune system it's actually kinda crazy. The key is to stay away from people, not to hole up inside away from sunlight and lock yourself inside stale air. That's not healthy. Like, in general, not just with this coronavirus stuff.


babushka -

i mean. unless you are literally can be arrested and charged money for going outside for non-emergency reasons...


fallow -

(in response to ur tag ["#wait its not like that where you live????"])

idk where op lives but where i live (california) there's no legal penalty for being outside, the governor publically stated something along the lines of "we wont have to use police force to keep people in their homes" which sounded vaguely threatening but yeah. some people are still going outside without taking precautions (my dad is very mad about this, for good reason) but most of us are staying inside/only going out sometimes because everything's shut down and yakno. because we're supposed to/scared/because it's the best thing we can do.

hope u found this informative!

(if i may ask, where u live, are people still like. allowed to go out for groceries?? hopefully eating is considered an emergency reason...?)


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