Random fandom, cute, and civil rights stuff.
Ugh, say what you want about men, but at least we don’t spend half of our time complaining about the opposite sex. There is a trending attitude among the women of Tumblr, and that is ‘impossible to please’.
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man complains about women complaining
doesn’t get irony
next at 11, women everywhere laugh at text post
tbh the seeming lack of reaction from the EU about the latest evidence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine is really unnerving. It does feel a tad like 1939. And I don’t say this lightly. This is one case where I think an expansionist country needs to be stood up to and it’s quite disturbing the most immediate neighbours aren’t. And there is no “but America is a hypocrite”. All countries are hypocrites and it’s always needed for other countries to point it out. Keeping quiet for the sake of moral consistency here is going to have terrible consequences for those in harm’s way. This isn’t to say the Russian government has anything close to the fanatical ideology of the Third Reich- but their tactics at engaging in stealth expansionism and banking on the apathy of neighbouring nations are extremely similar.
Where did it all begin? Because Ukraine was on the brink of signing an agreement with the EU- one more step moving further away from Russia and closer to the EU, as so many former Soviet satellites did. Amongst the upper echelons of Russian power, there is quite a bit of nostalgia for the old USSR- the superpower that held Eastern Europe and the world to its sway.
The Russian government did not want Ukraine to build further ties with the EU because it feared losing another friendly ally- putting pressure on the Ukrainian government which caved in- in a U-turn after promising to sign the Ukraine-EU association agreement. A large section of Ukrainians were furious at this- because the thing is Ukraine has been under Russian influence for a long time and there was quite a strong desire for change. And then, when pro-EU protests by Ukrainians forced Ukrainian PM Viktor Yanukovych from power, suddenly, Putin was without his stooge. (I say stooge, because let’s be serious- the current Russian government wants a Ukraine pliable to its interests and isn’t interested at all in any sort of equal relationship.) So he changed his tactics, banking on the lack of pushback.
Just a flashback to the 1930s- the Third Reich didn’t become a military colossus overnight. Hitler began by always making soothing noises about how he was interested in diplomacy, all the while slowly breaking the various Versailles agreements like the rearmament of Germany. And then slowly testing the waters of expansionism- like the annexation of Czechoslovakia, by giving lip service to all kinds of excuses for what’s otherwise the violation of another country’s sovereignty:
this sounds very, very uncomfortably familiar:
As wrong and terrible the US Iraq and Afghan invasions were because of the untold suffering they caused, there wasn’t really much of a pretext that they weren’t invasions of sovereign countries.
What’s disturbing is Putin is clearly doing anything to prevent what’s happening in Ukraine from being called by its real name- a covert invasion and Russian expansionism. And the tepid response from the EU just reinforces this.
More fun facts about ancient Celtic marriage laws: There were no laws against interclass or interracial marriage, no laws against open homosexual relationships (although they weren’t considered ‘marriages’ since the definition of a marriage was ‘couple with child’), no requirement for women to take their husband’s names or give up their property, but comedians couldn’t get married
It’s Adam and Eve not Adam Sandler and Eve