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is it ok for me to troll my workplace's parent company?

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speaking as a kid who has never worked and is probably a bad influence: yes

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side note do other countries have a pledge of alleigance or is it just us?

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Norway apparently does have a pledge of allegiance, but as far as i can tell it's only ever used at the optional (and not that popular) seremony that new Norwegian citizens above the age of 12 get invited to. The immigrants all recite the pledge, which roughly translates to:

"As a Norwegian citizen, I pledge allegiance to my country of Norway and the Norwegian society, and I support the democracy and human rights, and I will respect this country's law. "

(original pledge in Norwegian under cut)

"Som norsk statsborger lover jeg troskap til mitt land Norge og det norske samfunnet, og jeg st√łtter demokratiet og menneskerettighetene og vil respektere landets lover."

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huh, interesting! that makes sense as a new-citizen thing. social contract and all that.

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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.

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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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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!

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

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omg top 10 misheard lyrics

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OK I'm doing some research to get the RGB values I need and apparently there's two lesbian flags? I remember there was... some sort of controversy over one of them, so which is the right one to use?

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there's like a million lesbian flags, but i'm assuming you're referring to the all pink one vs the pink and orange? I, and i think a lot of the community prefer the pink and orange one, since the all pink 1) originally only was for the lipstick lesbians and 2) was made by a transphobe. The pink and orange flag is a combination of the lipstick lesbian and butch flag, so it includes more of the community.