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fallow reblogged naiad
naiad -

hello i'm fucking tired of hearing explosions every day


fallow -

me too
here they stoppd mostly after yesterday? dont remember hearing today but don't know that would notice, might be used to them by now


is just me or is ironic that same people who take first amendment free speech out of context and apply to say, being banned from website and things, seem heavy overlap with people who want less regulation on corporation??


first amendment is for usa government specifically, government can't get you legal trouble for saying random stuff (except maybe hate speech? dont remember) but it dont apply to corporation bc corporation is private entity is not government and is not control by government

conservative ppl tend support deregulate market and stuff, not want putting restriction on company, but also tend use free speech as argument against [insert anything here] which usually ends up being say that social media place violate free speech by ban them but if social media was required to not ban ppl because free speech then that would be government regulation of corporation?????????so dont understand their logic there maybe they just not think abt it???


fallow reblogged babushka
babushka -

I took this "white people have no culture" thing kinda skeptically since its mostly aimed at white americans and i have no idea what they're like culture-wise (USA is like. younger than my city let alone my country)

but i just saw this makeup challenge where an indian artist said "i saw this and thought about how indian wedidng wear, sari, is very colorful, i want to make a nod to indian culture and incorporate those colors into my makeup"

and a white artist just said "i was inspired by a camo print on a shoe"


fallow reblogged babushka
babushka -

so afaik america is named after a person who has enslaved native americans, why don't we rename an entire america, maybe this will solve the problem for once


fallow -

i was under the impression "america" was the name of a cartographer but it was a long time ago when we learned abt that time period and also maybe the cartographer had slaves hang on im curious now lemme look it up real quick-

ok yea looks like nobody's exactly sure just where the name came from but one possible origin is from the name of Amerigo Vespucci who was indeed a cartographer and had slaves; not sure what people the slaves were from but. yea

looks like some peoples have other names for the continent/s (or parts of it) instead of America--the Guna people, who live in the Panama region, call it Abya Yala, and I can't find other examples of existing names right now but what I read suggested there were more.

Personally (and it is possible that I am wrong; I'm not from one of the native peoples and do not know what is most important for them in terms of progress and stuff; the following is just my opinion based on what i know)

Personally I think there are more important fronts to be trying to make progress on in terms of equality and rights etc though if renaming america would help in any way then I guess that'd be good too? As a bystander I'm more concerned about the whole "forcing them onto reservations and then later building oil pipelines through the reservations" deal as well as some ugly stuff that's happened historically and the fact that that isn't being taught much at all in schools+that we learn vaguely about the groups in the historical sense but not in terms of where they are/how they're doing now, and I have the feeling that if we tried to rename America current ah powers-that-be would try to use that as another wedge issue to divide the populace even more than we already have been; I can easily see republicans getting pissed about that since they've been getting upset every time someone renames anything and that would become an entire patriotism thing blah blah blah.

Also I'm aware you prooobably didn't mean this post that seriously? I just like examining ideas.


fallow reblogged babushka

on the US Supreme Court ruling on DACA

zylphide -

i know the supreme court decision on DACA is likely to be overshadowed by their decision on gay and transgender rights, but i think it's really important to talk about this since it affects me personally.

i've kept my head down and tried not to draw any attention to myself about this, but you know what? fuck it.

for anyone who doesn't know, DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) is an obama-era executive order program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to america as children to legally work, get social security numbers, and just live without fear of deportation. approximately 650,000 people, including myself, are part of this program. it started in 2012 and trump tried to rescind it in 2017. this caused a whole slew of legal battles, after which it was kicked off to the supreme court.

now i hate that i even have to say this in the first place, but myself and other DACA recepients, as well as those who were ineligible to apply for DACA (you have to pass a strict background check and fit into a very specific set of criteria to be eligible), are american in every aspect except legal. we grew up here, went to school here, said that cult-y pledge of allegiance for however many years we were in school. we are your neighbors, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers. thousands of us are out there on the front lines fighting covid-19 right now. we don't fit into the cultures of wherever we came from, hell, some of us don't even speak the language of our "native" country.

and yet, the president of the united states of america went up there on his podium and told us that we should have our ability to work taken away, that we should be allowed to be deported on the whims of ICE. let me be clear - we had to submit a lot of information to get DACA, including our current residential address and our biometrics. ICE has that information and could get us whenever the fuck they wanted, if DACA got repealed.

now, he might have said that he was rescinding the program so it would force congress to pass more permanent legislation for undocumented immigrants, but there's no guarantee that congress would do that. they'll probably just sit there and do nothing, which is exactly what happened 2012 when obama tried to pass the dream act.

from september 2017 to june 2020, a period of almost three years, me and the 650,000 other DACA recipients were wondering if we would be at risk of losing everything.

thankfully, the justices ruled in our favor (and just barely, at that).

but just because we won this battle doesn't mean that everything is fine and dandy now. the supreme court said that trump was not allowed to rescind the program based on the justifications he gave, however, he is allowed to try again, with better justifications, which is exactly what he's going to do if he gets re-elected. he says he wants immigration reform, but it'll be his kind immigration reform, you know, the kind that places travel bans on people from the middle east? it won't be immigration reform that helps people in my position.

DACA doesn't provide us with a path to citizenship, just says we're allowed to work and not be deported, as long as we don't commit any crimes (not to mention it costs $495 every two years to apply, and you don't get that back if they reject you). people who are ineligible for DACA are still fucked. we're still living in legal limbo, with no status to speak of.

i know most of this site is european, but for the americans out there, we need your support. get involved and get voting, if you can. but most importantly, remember that we are among you. we may lower our heads and hide, try to become so integrated in american society that we are rendered invisible, but we are here.


fallow reblogged fallow
fallow -

ok srs tho why do i hear fireworks at night

friends said they hear same burstnoise see flash of white light

havent seen light but then again i tend to avoid window when burst sound at night

dunno what would be


fallow -

looked it up after heard another friend say they hear firework and apparently is not just local, all over usa people popping firework

what better way to lead up to fourth of july than by breaking law (i guess??????)


fallow reblogged inara

speaking of national anthem post

do this happen in american stores every time make purchase?


inara -

As an American, I can confirm this happens every time.

Really sucks when you're in a rush.


fallow -

u have to sit through the whole thing or theyll sue u, its in the 27th amendment


fallow reblogged babushka
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"


fallow reblogged stop
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


supermario asked:

As someone who was always in public school, I can say that they had you reciting the pledge of allegiance from around elementary onward to high school, so basically your whole student career. My state also had a state pledge of allegiance that we had to recite after the national pledge.

huh interesting, we dont have a state pledge over here

[thinking face] i never considered states might have their own pledges but this is further evidence to put into "the usa is just 50+ countries in a trench coat" pile, lol


fallow reblogged fallow
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!


fallow reblogged babushka
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 reblogged babushka
babushka -

*whispering to myself* don't. don't make a post about death penalty. this is a wholesome site. you're a wholesome person. don't


babushka -

anyway


death penalty is not about "well some people just DESERVE to die", it's not about who deserves what is about is what a government is legally allowed to do to you

"well, we'll just assure the system can never make a mistake" every system can make a mistake (not to mention people meddling with the law deliberately), but not all mistakes are reversible. if someone is in jail by mistake, they might live to see freedom or let out earlier when this mistake is corrected. if someone is fined by mistake, a compensation can solve it. if someone dies - well, whoops.


fallow -

ye my dad and i have talked about this

- i told him about a time in history class when our assignment was to put the nazis on trial and decide what to do with them. specific nazis i mean, specific people hitler put in charge of specific stuff, dont remember their names. the entire rest of the class put them all to death. i do think i was the only person who argue against it. when i say no and try to explain why (say something along lines of "death is too easy, they don't have to deal with aftermath [more on this later]), one my groupmates says "oh yeahh solitary confinement is worse than death we should put them in solitary instead!" and i just look at them like no this is not what i meant, i-

  • my thinking is this: should not kill them because is not much practical reason to. other than people's sense of vengeance what reason is there? pretty sure there are enough resources to keep the big baddies from escaping jail, is not like they'll dig secret tunnel out or something. they did terrible, terrible things. in my mind is not reason to kill them; is reason to have them work (in reasonable, fine working conditions) to make things--clothes, shoes, bandages, literally anything--that will help people, esp if possible the people they hurt. obvs need to keep under supervision make sure they not sabotage but. this is my thought.
    reason for this is...in general, things in this world are messy. aftermath, i said that word before--aftermath not something you must deal with if you're dead. you are just out. no have to help clean up. everyone else do the cleaning up the mess you made, you don't have take responsibility for any of it.
    if have them do good work, even if is not voluntary, they are still helping people. may not be personal choice but: people are being helped. if they dead they can't help people! basically...i think is wrong to kill in general, and people who did verybadthings should be (kindly) put to work because then they will put some good into world, even if was not personal moral change, even if will not outweigh or cancel bad. Just think is responsibility.
  • Dad have concern like you said of sometimes government not get the right person. He say he not a fan of assassination too. our family generally support obama but he say one thing obama do that he not in favor of is the killing. drone strikes&what have you. we had conversation about this was good to talk about, he got emotional, he very glad that I agree with him that should not kill.
  • after that conversation i did this:

    [id: photo of a cat holding their paw up as if pumping their fist; overlaid text says "while you studied the blade I bonded with my dad over a shared moral objection to capital punishment and the current state of the usa prison system" end id.]

fallow reblogged babushka
babushka -

wanna post hot takes while americans are asleep...


fallow -

bold of you to assume we're asleep


fallow reblogged babushka
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 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 fungus
fallow -

really wish i could do cooking in the metric system tho like what even is a cup

im trained for the lab not the kitchen and i didnt even kno that a tablespoon was 15mL until a few months ago seems kinda unfair 2 me 2 just give things random names and never tell anyone what it means


beefox -

bee uses metric but no idea what cup is. cup is cup, use mesure cups and has things.

ohoh think cup is 250ml or 200ml! bee mesure cups have on them. but don't remeber


fallow -

[id: screenshot of a search bar and answer. in the search bar is typed "how many ml in a cup" and the answer is "1 Cup (US Legal) = 240 Mililitre". end id.]

oh yes yes it is 240mL! that's funny i never knew cup lined up to a whole number of mL

side note, why are there multiple types of cups,

[id: screenshot of a dropdown menu of units of measurement. There are lots of them listed alphabetically. The highlighted one is "Cup (US Legal)". Above that there is one that says "Cup (Imperial)". end id.]

ok apparently theres diffrent us/imperial versions of all those type of measurement?? looks like they only slightly different but seems like it would get confusing...[this is probably why lab use metric only not use cup or ounce]


fallow -

@requiemarchitect commented:
they forgot Cup (US Illegal)

how dare u hide this in the comments fdjkghhg


fungus -

wait i thought imperial was the us legal measurement system


fallow -

i thought that too but only bc i watched school house rock when i was little sooo

idk man i jus live here

for the record on that conversion thing it looked like the only difference besides name was that imperial made long decimals when u converted it to grams

i think usa just snagged imperial system took off the decimals slapped on a new name n calld it good


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 beefox
fallow -

really wish i could do cooking in the metric system tho like what even is a cup

im trained for the lab not the kitchen and i didnt even kno that a tablespoon was 15mL until a few months ago seems kinda unfair 2 me 2 just give things random names and never tell anyone what it means


beefox -

bee uses metric but no idea what cup is. cup is cup, use mesure cups and has things.

ohoh think cup is 250ml or 200ml! bee mesure cups have on them. but don't remeber


fallow -

[id: screenshot of a search bar and answer. in the search bar is typed "how many ml in a cup" and the answer is "1 Cup (US Legal) = 240 Mililitre". end id.]

oh yes yes it is 240mL! that's funny i never knew cup lined up to a whole number of mL

side note, why are there multiple types of cups,

[id: screenshot of a dropdown menu of units of measurement. There are lots of them listed alphabetically. The highlighted one is "Cup (US Legal)". Above that there is one that says "Cup (Imperial)". end id.]

ok apparently theres diffrent us/imperial versions of all those type of measurement?? looks like they only slightly different but seems like it would get confusing...[this is probably why lab use metric only not use cup or ounce]


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 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...


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?


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]


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?


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-


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