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I don't claim to be smarter, but from what I gather, the best policy against irrational fear is education. Superstitions hold nothing over you if you know they're just a product of fiction.
But we're dealing with real people here, not fairy tales. Except... that's what that is: a nightmarish tale spun by people yearning for attention and views for no fucking reason whatsoever. What could a possible benefit be from scaring half a country into a lonely corner?
So what do we do? I don't know. I wish I would, but I don't, so I eagerly await the smarter person along your side. In the meantime, this kind of reasoning is what we could use (watch for a full minute).
You know, I'm not gonna reply to that right now. I realized that I feel patronized by the remarks about my "good English", and I have no idea why, so I'm gonna give myself some time to think about it.
What I'm gonna say is: I know you meant no harm. I've known you long enough to say it even without your explaining yourself.
I figured that's what you thought. No apology necessary. At least now you know what I understood - and now, you speak a bit more Russian than you did an hour ago.
The stories from you and francopoli are absolutely, utterly fucked.
I don't even know what else to say. It's fucked. As a man aiming to be a teacher, I find the situation appalling and incredibly stupid.
This begs the question, though: why haven't we banned kitchen knives yet? They kill people, don't they? Sharp melee weapons at an arm's length in every house. So easy to just reach out and slash someone you don't like: your neighbour, their dog, their car... Why haven't we banned them? WHY?!
Because it's fucking stupid, that's why. The risks are abysmal compared to proper, appropriate use of sharp tools - or even compared to no use at all. I care about human life and safety as much as the next guy, but at some point, your cost-benefit analysis yields extremely poor results and you have to consider that maybe, the shit you're gonna do for safety's sake will drive people insane for that 0.32% increase that has no real effect on the situation but looks oh so comforting.
- I know exactly zero jokes or innuendos in Russian.
You also speak zero Russian. I, on the other hand, am here, conversing with the natives in an almost-fluent way where no one would suspect I'm from anywhere else on the planet. Then I'm given shit over my E being SL because I didn't get a local reference.
Dude, get me: I'm not trying to make it seem like you did a bad thing. Your explanation helped. The matter is: I'm supposed to be good at this, with you in particular praising my fluency in plain text. Even if I wasn't, what the fuck does it matter if English is my second language? Does it make me a second-rate speaker all of a sudden? Of course not - and I don't appreciate being treated like one over a small misunderstanding.
I was referring to the fact that it's just about the same in Russian, pertinent to the story.
Don't treat me like I'm clueless just because I didn't know a thing. There's nothing other to learning a language than learning.
- He was a dick.
...you either are making a very sly reference or have no idea about the depth of that puddle.
- the most productive in our lifetimes
Wayne Brady on Whose Line is It Anyway?:
- Ohhhh! You'll never find me in Alabama,
no no no no nooooooo!
Because being there, it's no fun! I get a workout,
'cause all I do is run!,
in Alabama, in Alabama, in ALABAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Just because you have to work doesn't mean it's the good type of work.
EDIT: mk, the preview didn't show the proper line breaks in the ballad (which are present in the end version of the comment).
Fun fact: "Petya" is a Slavic dimunitive of the name "Pyotr", the Slavic variant of "Peter". #slavicbynatives
- Please keep the neckbeard jokes to the minimum.
Plenty could be said about your disposition withour resorting to neckbeard jokes. >:)
- I was then promptly told to "fuck off."
Aren't they lovely.
Shame you had to move. Remember our discussing using the phrase "I AM THE LAW!"? Now's a good time to use it. In the middle of the night. BAM! "We've had noise complaints".
- Got 5.5 from the CFT exam
Fucking congratulations! You told me 5.5 is reserved for extraordinary achievements, so - fucking hell, nice work!
- to grok
This is becoming a thing, isn't it? ref's gonna skin you alive.
- Wouldn't recommend it as a first programming language