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Beijing, Definitely, and Guns: BANG BANG WE CAN END GUN VIOLENCE. xphilosoraptorx: unlimited-shitpost-works: siryouarebeingmocked: 8lastrat8: american–support: kasaron: allriot-political-tshirts: American citizens own 40% of all guns in the world. Out of more than one billion firearms in the world, American citizens hold 393 million, for a population of roughly 326 million. That’s a lot of guns! The last time the US federal government managed to pass laws that limit the spread and use of guns was 25 years ago. It was 1994. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was temporary. It expired in 2004, resulting in a massive increase in mass shootings across the country. Republicans are running out of excuses, blaming the latest incidents in Drayton and El Paso on video games. We can end gun violence. Let’s start with gun control. What sort of gun control legislation would you like to see be put into place? OP, that claim of shootings increased is false. The violence and shootings didn’t change in that decade from the previous decade, and in fact, violence has been on the decline. WHAT HAS CHANGED is how much media is shoved down your throat. Thats it. The nonstop spam from legacy media of a single event for a month, if not months on end is what changed. It used to be a 5, maybe 10 minute story has now turned into a 4 week “constant coverage” of spewing the same info daily, with nothing added. After the early 90s, we saw a sharp decline and its been declining ever since. Meanwhile, ownership is at an alltime high, increasing, as if a plethora of armed citizens reduces the audacity of a potential killer to attempt knowing they’ll get capped. What has also changed is the increase in the absolutely terrible idea of “gun free zones” seeing as approximately 85-95% of these shootings are occuring in these zones. Seems like that’s your problem. Hmm, this graph seems to showcase that despite the US owning vastly more guns… homicide rate is lower than a hefty chunk of even the non gun owners… I’d just like to know how they propose to take our guns. If I got one logical explanation from one of these half wits that didn’t include magic or ridiculous gestapo tactics we could have a conversation but, every F’ing time it devolves into name calling, insults, and slander. They simply can’t explain how to take the guns away. Not a single one of them has ever responded to me without crass vulgarities and irrational screeching. myamberreason said:  Anyway, guys, why you need THAT many guns? I understand owned a few for protection or legal hunting, but why do you have around 40% of firearms in the world?? I’m sorry, are you implying the Yanks should meet international proportional quotas on guns? We do own a few for self-defense and hunting. It’s just that the rest of the world doesn’t own very many guns. The reason we all have so many guns is very simple: logistics. The point of the second amendment is for us, the citizens of the USA, to be “shit your pants, wake up in a cold sweat” terrifying to the people running this country, so much so that they involuntarily have second, third, even fourth thoughts about ever violating our rights. The 2nd amendment is the most important and most powerful of all the amendments. Every single right and amendment could taken away, and we could regain them all with that one. And I’m not the only one who recognizes the importance of the 2nd.And it definitely terrifies Beijing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t have to justify an amount of guns to you any more than I have to justify how many video games or coffee cups I have.
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Beijing, Tumblr, and China: natgeotravel: A purple haze falls over the Forbidden City in today’s Travel 365. Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux

natgeotravel: A purple haze falls over the Forbidden City in today’s Travel 365. Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux

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America, Anaconda, and Beijing: questionablefindings everything-is-connected penroseparticle My favorite thing is that Europe is spooky because it's old and America is spooky because it's big meduseld The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way." -Earle Hitchner burntcopper A fave of mine was always the american tales where people freaked out because 'someone died in this house and all the europeans would go ...Yes? That would be pretty much every house over 40 years old My school is older than your entire town. Sorry, you think *how far* is okay to travel for a shopping trip? American looks up at the beams in a country pub* Uh, this place has woodworm, isn't that a bit unsafe?' 'Eh, the woodworm's 400 years old, it's holding those beams together bedlamsbard A few years ago when I was in college I did a summer program at Cambridge aimed specifically at Amer- icans and Canadians, and my year it was all Ameri- cans and one Australian. We ended the program with a week in Wessex, and on the last day as we all piled onto the bus in Salisbury (or Bath? I can't remember), the professors went to the front to warn us that we wouldn't be making any stops unless absolutely nec- essary. We're headed to Heathrow to drop off anyone flying off the same day, then back to Cambridge All right, it's going to be a long bus ride, so make sure you're prepared for that." We all brace ourselves. A long bus ride? How long? Were Americans; a long bus ride for us is a minimum of six hours with the double digits perfectly plausible. We can handle a twelve hour bus ride as long as we get a bathroom break. The answer. "Two hours." Oh. derinthemadscientist English people trying to travel around Australia and wildly underestimating distance are my favourite thing marzipanandminutiae a tour guide in France told my school group that a particular cathedral wouldn't interest us much because "it's not very old; only from the early 1600s" to which we had to respond that it was still older than the oldest surviving European-style buildings in our country guana-sneeze China is both old and big. I had some Chinese colleagues over, we were discussing whether they wanted to see the Vasa ship (hugely expensive war ship which sank on it's maiden voyage after 12 min). They asked if it was old, I said "not THAT old" (bearing in mind they were Chinese) "it's from the 1500s." To my surprise they still looked impressed, nodding enthusiatically. Then I realised l'd forgotten something: ". mean it's from the 1500s AFTER the birth of Christ" and they went "oh, AFTER... ceescedasticity My dad's favorite quote from various tours in Italy was "Pay no attention to the tower- it was a scornful tone] tenth century addition." My last boss was Chinese, and she said when her parents came to visit her from Beijing they pronounced Chicago "A very nice village." blondegingersaxon This post keeps getting better 2thefingerfuckingfemalefury What I'm getting from this is both distance and time are Utterly Terrifying Source: penroseparticle America is so young.
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Anaconda, Beijing, and Tumblr: goddamnedzubat: sixpenceee: A Chinese artist nicknamed Brother Nut, made a brick out of dust he collected from the smog in Beijing in the past 100 days Hail Brother Nut

goddamnedzubat: sixpenceee: A Chinese artist nicknamed Brother Nut, made a brick out of dust he collected from the smog in Beijing in the p...

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Beijing, Usain Bolt, and Gold: Usain Bolt winning his first Olympic gold medal (2008,Beijing)

Usain Bolt winning his first Olympic gold medal (2008,Beijing)

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Beijing, Black History Month, and College: <p>Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams.</p> <p>Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the fourth and youngest child of the family. The Williams’ were poor, the music was an important part of their lives. Camilla’s grandfather was a choir leader and she grew up singing and playing piano.</p> <p>She later trained at Virginia State College, now Virginia State University, and received her bachelor&rsquo;s in music education. She was then awarded a scholarship to study music in Philadelphia with a prestigious voice instructor, Marion Szekely Freschl.</p> <p>In 1946 Williams became the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, making her debut with the New York City Opera in the title role in Puccini&rsquo;s Madama Butterfly. She continued to sing throughout the United States and Europe with other opera companies and in 1951 she sang Bess in the landmark, first complete recording of Gershwin&rsquo;s Porgy and Bess.</p> <p>In 1977, she became the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University. She was also the first African-American vocal teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. </p> <p>I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series on black artists for Black history month. We’ve covered singers, dancers, actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and more :D I’ve had a lot of fun researching for this project and sharing what I’ve discovered with you.</p>

Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams. Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the f...

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Beijing, Crazy, and Future: Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours @balleralert Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A group of scientists in China are now looking to build a hypersonic plane that would reportedly make trips from Beijing to New York City, only two hours long instead of the normal almost 14-hour flight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To shorten the length of the trip, the plane would have to travel at more than 5 times the speed of sound. According to Newsweek, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are the ones responsible for the new aircraft design, which has been dubbed ‘I-plane’. They revealed details about the hypersonic jet in a paper published in the journal Physics, Mechanics, & Astronomy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While the project is only in the beginning stages, the authors have already begun testing a smaller version of the jet in a wind tunnel. Through testing, they found that the jet was able to hit high speeds without experiencing any oppositional force. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “It’s a crazy design, but somehow they’ve managed to make it work,” said one Chinese aircraft designer, who currently works on military research projects, to the South China Morning Post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ He also mentioned that the new design is connected to the country’s hope to develop new strategic weapons before the United States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “This will require original rather than knock-off designs,” he told the publication. “It could lead to a huge step forward in hypersonic technology.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In the United States, similar aircrafts have also been in the works. In January, Boeing showcased their hypersonic vehicle design that could “pave the way for a future high-speed strike,” according to Aviation Week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What do you think about this new creation?

Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A group of scientists in China are...

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Beijing, Children, and Memes: 0 AP Photowg an Guan First Lady MelaniaTrump wrapped up her trip to Asia with a trip to the Beijing Zoo. She visited Gugu the panda and gave out bald eagle dolls to children.

First Lady MelaniaTrump wrapped up her trip to Asia with a trip to the Beijing Zoo. She visited Gugu the panda and gave out bald eagle dolls...

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Beijing, Melania Trump, and Memes: President Donald J. Trump walks with China's President Xi Jinping, First Lady Melania Trump, and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.

President Donald J. Trump walks with China's President Xi Jinping, First Lady Melania Trump, and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan in the Great Hall of ...

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Beijing, Memes, and Chinese: President DonaldTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President DonaldTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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Apparently, Beijing, and Obama: China has decided to ban any mention of Winnie the Pooh from all of its social media platforms Posts that mention the Chinese name of the bear were suddenly censored on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, over the Any attempts to post Winnie's name on the site returns a message: Content is illegal. And a collection of Winnie the Pooh gifs was dramatically erased from the social messaging app WeChat No official explanation has been given, but the crackdown is apparently related to comparisons of President Xi Jinping and the chubby fictional bear, which ended up going viral. The bizarre ban comes ahead of the Communist party congress in autumn. Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the FT: Historically two things have not been allowed: political organising and political action 'But this year, a third has been added to the list: talking about the president.Qiao said he knew of a number of online commentators who were detained by officials after posting about the president, adding:'I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend. Although certain words are usually banned when big political events take place, they tend to be directly related to what's going on or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), rather than about cartoon bears. Xi was first compared to Winnie the Pooh in 2013, when Barack Obama visited China. The two world leaders walking together were compared to a picture of Pooh walking with Tigger. The comparison stuck from then on. The next year, in 2014, a photo of Xi shaking hands with the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was put side-by-side with a photo of Pooh and Eeyore. 习近平 Winnie the Pooh was banned in China for looking too much like Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh was banned in China for looking too much like Xi Jinping

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Basketball, Beijing, and Golden State Warriors: ChinaKlay sighting in the background of @ayeshacurry photo with Steph in Beijing! 🇨🇳 WARRIORSTALK

ChinaKlay sighting in the background of @ayeshacurry photo with Steph in Beijing! 🇨🇳 WARRIORSTALK

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