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ao3tagoftheday: 186282397milespersec: ao3tagoftheday: [Image Description: Tag reading “yes its true Moscow ran out of vodka during the victory celebration of WWII”] The AO3 Tag of the Day is: Please ask me about the Russian vodka ban in 1914? What was the Russian Vodka Ban in 1914? Ok, time to nerd. So Russians like vodka, ok? I don’t think this is a big revelation to anyone, but I feel like I should make it clear. Vodka is…important…in Russia.So, in 1904, Russia was preparing to go fight a war with Japan. Because, you know, sometimes you’re trying to retain control of a warm-water port and also there’s racism and then you need to have a war about it. So the Tsar orders his army to mobilize to go fight Japan, only there’s a problem: instead of mobilizing in an organized manner, soldiers are buying vodka and getting drunk out of their minds and then, like, not showing up for the war. Which, I mean, valid. I might get drunk and not show up if someone told me I had to go fight a war, and I don’t even drink. But it was a problem, and it actually really messed up Russia’s mobilization plans.So 1914 rolls around, and the Russians are going to go to war with Austria. Because, you know, sometimes international tensions in a multipolar situation get really heightened and then some asshole in an ugly uniform gets shot and then you need to have a war about it. So the Tsar orders his army to mobilize to go fight Austria, and this time, he has a plan. Vodka will not defeat him! He bans the sale of vodka in Russia. All of it. First for the duration of the mobilization period, and then for the duration of the war. Great idea, right?Only there’s a problem. The reason the Tsar can just stop all vodka sales with a snap of his fingers is that the Tsar sells all the vodka. Vodka is a state monopoly. You literally can’t get vodka from anyone but the government. Which makes it very easy to ban, but, well….Remember how I said Russians really like vodka? I’m just gonna say it again: Russians really like vodka. Really, really like it. So it makes sense that, if you’re a government with chronic money problems, you might create a state monopoly on vodka sales in order to raise some cash. You might raise a lot of cash. A huge fucking ton of cash. Literally one third of the Russian government’s revenue came from selling vodka. One fucking third.Here’s another thing: Wars? They cost money. A lot of it. And if you’re the Russian state in, say, 1914, and you’re about to kick off WWI, it might behoove you to not literally eliminate a third of your fucking revenue with a snap of your fingers! I don’t think that’s such a hard idea to wrap your head around, but what the fuck do I know. But anyway, Russia had chronic money problems throughout the war and couldn’t outfit their soldiers or feed their people or any of that shit. Also there was a revolution and communism and such-like. The end.Anyway, this story has several morals and they are as follows:Getting drunk and not showing up for wars is a valid life choiceConsidering the possible effects of your policies before implementing them is important please do thatProhibition causes communism and therefore we should all buy as much alcohol as we can because we love god and america: yes its true Moscow ran out of vodka during the victory celebration of WWII, ao3tagoftheday: 186282397milespersec: ao3tagoftheday: [Image Description: Tag reading “yes its true Moscow ran out of vodka during the victory celebration of WWII”] The AO3 Tag of the Day is: Please ask me about the Russian vodka ban in 1914? What was the Russian Vodka Ban in 1914? Ok, time to nerd. So Russians like vodka, ok? I don’t think this is a big revelation to anyone, but I feel like I should make it clear. Vodka is…important…in Russia.So, in 1904, Russia was preparing to go fight a war with Japan. Because, you know, sometimes you’re trying to retain control of a warm-water port and also there’s racism and then you need to have a war about it. So the Tsar orders his army to mobilize to go fight Japan, only there’s a problem: instead of mobilizing in an organized manner, soldiers are buying vodka and getting drunk out of their minds and then, like, not showing up for the war. Which, I mean, valid. I might get drunk and not show up if someone told me I had to go fight a war, and I don’t even drink. But it was a problem, and it actually really messed up Russia’s mobilization plans.So 1914 rolls around, and the Russians are going to go to war with Austria. Because, you know, sometimes international tensions in a multipolar situation get really heightened and then some asshole in an ugly uniform gets shot and then you need to have a war about it. So the Tsar orders his army to mobilize to go fight Austria, and this time, he has a plan. Vodka will not defeat him! He bans the sale of vodka in Russia. All of it. First for the duration of the mobilization period, and then for the duration of the war. Great idea, right?Only there’s a problem. The reason the Tsar can just stop all vodka sales with a snap of his fingers is that the Tsar sells all the vodka. Vodka is a state monopoly. You literally can’t get vodka from anyone but the government. Which makes it very easy to ban, but, well….Remember how I said Russians really like vodka? I’m just gonna say it again: Russians really like vodka. Really, really like it. So it makes sense that, if you’re a government with chronic money problems, you might create a state monopoly on vodka sales in order to raise some cash. You might raise a lot of cash. A huge fucking ton of cash. Literally one third of the Russian government’s revenue came from selling vodka. One fucking third.Here’s another thing: Wars? They cost money. A lot of it. And if you’re the Russian state in, say, 1914, and you’re about to kick off WWI, it might behoove you to not literally eliminate a third of your fucking revenue with a snap of your fingers! I don’t think that’s such a hard idea to wrap your head around, but what the fuck do I know. But anyway, Russia had chronic money problems throughout the war and couldn’t outfit their soldiers or feed their people or any of that shit. Also there was a revolution and communism and such-like. The end.Anyway, this story has several morals and they are as follows:Getting drunk and not showing up for wars is a valid life choiceConsidering the possible effects of your policies before implementing them is important please do thatProhibition causes communism and therefore we should all buy as much alcohol as we can because we love god and america
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thechekhov: ebonykain: isa-ghost: twitblr: 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 This is one of the most adorable Pride posts I’ve ever seen Scheduling this to reblog on the day before National Coming Out Day (Oct 11th). Because if your aren’t ready yet, for any reason, that is your right to not come out yet. If YOU are out but have a friend who is NOT, it is not your right to out them. Respect their wishes, respect their safety, respect their health. Encouraging your friends by promising to stand with them when they come out: Good. Bullying your friends by saying they owe it to the LGBTQIA+ community to come out: Bad. It’s okay if someone isn’t ready yet. As someone who was outed against my will LONG before it was safe for me to be out to my family, I’m gonna say this as loudly as I can:You don’t HAVE to come out! To anyone! You don’t owe it to anyone. Nothing is more important than your safety. If it’s better for your situation to stay closeted, please do that!Coming out should be a personal decision. It should be a choice you make because you feel you will be happier for it. It should be something you do when you believe it will enrich your life. : It's OK if you're not ready yet thechekhov: ebonykain: isa-ghost: twitblr: 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 This is one of the most adorable Pride posts I’ve ever seen Scheduling this to reblog on the day before National Coming Out Day (Oct 11th). Because if your aren’t ready yet, for any reason, that is your right to not come out yet. If YOU are out but have a friend who is NOT, it is not your right to out them. Respect their wishes, respect their safety, respect their health. Encouraging your friends by promising to stand with them when they come out: Good. Bullying your friends by saying they owe it to the LGBTQIA+ community to come out: Bad. It’s okay if someone isn’t ready yet. As someone who was outed against my will LONG before it was safe for me to be out to my family, I’m gonna say this as loudly as I can:You don’t HAVE to come out! To anyone! You don’t owe it to anyone. Nothing is more important than your safety. If it’s better for your situation to stay closeted, please do that!Coming out should be a personal decision. It should be a choice you make because you feel you will be happier for it. It should be something you do when you believe it will enrich your life.

thechekhov: ebonykain: isa-ghost: twitblr: 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 This is one of the most adorable Pride posts I’ve ever seen Scheduling this to reblo...

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petermorwood: victoriancuddler: roachpatrol: mama-sass: systlin: underlandwarrior: Practical, not sexist or supposed-to-look-hot female armor which actually protects you. Look.  Look at the lack of tit cups.  Bonus: argument: captain phasma’s armor is supposed to look hot. but, this is the crucial thing, it looks hot from the point of view of the character herself, and makes perfect sense in the context of the story.  “Phasma had the armor polished in chromium, which had been salvaged from a Naboo yacht that had once belonged to Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, the First Order’s precursor.” phasma has spent like all her life in the first order, as a storm trooper. you ask any storm trooper ‘what would be the sexiest possible modification to your armor’ and none of them are going to say ‘cut a boob window’ they’re gonna say ‘plate it with something HARDCORE’.  after they finish high-fiving, they will probably add, ‘AND STICK A CAPE ON.’ #other hot thing about phasma armour: #Gwendolyn Christie is inside (via @holdbeast) I wasn’t aware of the EU background info regarding Phasma’s armour. It’s a great bit of detail.: 0-o O0-o petermorwood: victoriancuddler: roachpatrol: mama-sass: systlin: underlandwarrior: Practical, not sexist or supposed-to-look-hot female armor which actually protects you. Look.  Look at the lack of tit cups.  Bonus: argument: captain phasma’s armor is supposed to look hot. but, this is the crucial thing, it looks hot from the point of view of the character herself, and makes perfect sense in the context of the story.  “Phasma had the armor polished in chromium, which had been salvaged from a Naboo yacht that had once belonged to Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, the First Order’s precursor.” phasma has spent like all her life in the first order, as a storm trooper. you ask any storm trooper ‘what would be the sexiest possible modification to your armor’ and none of them are going to say ‘cut a boob window’ they’re gonna say ‘plate it with something HARDCORE’.  after they finish high-fiving, they will probably add, ‘AND STICK A CAPE ON.’ #other hot thing about phasma armour: #Gwendolyn Christie is inside (via @holdbeast) I wasn’t aware of the EU background info regarding Phasma’s armour. It’s a great bit of detail.
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the-lady-of-lothlorien: patron-saint-of-smart-asses: curvella: supesean: dillonstpepper: leah-black: o———-w———-o: blackqueerblog: This really a strong ass picture. Black women are super heroes! I love everything about this, but might I ask. Why the FUCK is schooling so bad in America that a woman who just gave birth has to prepare for an exam tomorrow? @the American education system, bitch I remember getting ready to fight a teacher because he kicked out a single mother who’s babysitter fell through. The baby wasn’t even crying. I got his ass fired. I remember my friend taking her exam while her water was breaking, because her professor wouldn’t allow her to take the exam at a later date. you know, maybe we shouldnt glorify this shit and start working on making it so that women can have fucking kids and not get fucked over by the system. i was gonna say….this made me kinda sad lmao she should be resting. this isn’t “strong” it’s a sign of a failed system For anyone reading this: you have rights as a parenting/pregnant student under Title IX. You can reschedule in the event of a birth, among many other things. You can learn more at pregnantoncampus.org Reblogging for any of my followers that might need this : Kodak Jack @thatgirlljackie Follow When you just gave birth but you have an exam tomorrow the-lady-of-lothlorien: patron-saint-of-smart-asses: curvella: supesean: dillonstpepper: leah-black: o———-w———-o: blackqueerblog: This really a strong ass picture. Black women are super heroes! I love everything about this, but might I ask. Why the FUCK is schooling so bad in America that a woman who just gave birth has to prepare for an exam tomorrow? @the American education system, bitch I remember getting ready to fight a teacher because he kicked out a single mother who’s babysitter fell through. The baby wasn’t even crying. I got his ass fired. I remember my friend taking her exam while her water was breaking, because her professor wouldn’t allow her to take the exam at a later date. you know, maybe we shouldnt glorify this shit and start working on making it so that women can have fucking kids and not get fucked over by the system. i was gonna say….this made me kinda sad lmao she should be resting. this isn’t “strong” it’s a sign of a failed system For anyone reading this: you have rights as a parenting/pregnant student under Title IX. You can reschedule in the event of a birth, among many other things. You can learn more at pregnantoncampus.org Reblogging for any of my followers that might need this
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