Kitty Levin

I stalk:
Eastern European nations, particularly Lithuania and Russia
Singers from the aforementioned nations, especially those who've been in Eurovision and/or are ludicrously famous
Languages (stress patterns and all)
Anything cool that has to do with history, international relations, or linguistics.
I obsess over this stuff no end, to the benefit of whoever's interested.
日本語を少し話す, и сейчас я занимаюсь русским языком. Ir studijuoju lietuvių kalbą! Please feel free to write to me in any of the aforementioned languages . . .
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Cool Blogs and People

fydonatasmotiejunas:

kittylevin:

istrige-namuose:

kittylevin:

fydonatasmotiejunas:

Happy Happy Birthday @DonatasMot !

from @TeamMotiejunas @JusitaDem @HIGE13_ @prnzs @DELFINOGIRL2 @ontarioosmile  @LinaOffic @gabrielemartin_ @cyt19921013

Why does the first one say “Donatas Montvydas” haha

They should hang out though.

Because they are different people.

Donatas Montvydas (Donny Montell) - singer

Donatas Motiejūnas - basketball player

Was that like, a clip of him explaining that he’s not Montvydas though?  Or mislabeled?  Should someone correct it?

(Did you know that Donny Montell wanted to be a basketball player when he was a kid!?  If he weren’t better at singing there might be two D-Mo’s on the court right now. :P)

hello guys… sorry about the confusion with the name… I just made the gif from a clip from one of D-Mo’s interview w/c was Lithuanian… I think the interview is supposed to be funny… that’s why they confused him w/ another Donatas :-D

Haha, aišku!  I thought maybe it was something like that.  Mystery sollllved!

istrige-namuose:

kittylevin:

fydonatasmotiejunas:

Happy Happy Birthday @DonatasMot !

from @TeamMotiejunas @JusitaDem @HIGE13_ @prnzs @DELFINOGIRL2 @ontarioosmile  @LinaOffic @gabrielemartin_ @cyt19921013

Why does the first one say “Donatas Montvydas” haha

They should hang out though.

Because they are different people.

Donatas Montvydas (Donny Montell) - singer

Donatas Motiejūnas - basketball player

Was that like, a clip of him explaining that he’s not Montvydas though?  Or mislabeled?  Should someone correct it?

(Did you know that Donny Montell wanted to be a basketball player when he was a kid!?  If he weren’t better at singing there might be two D-Mo’s on the court right now. :P)

fydonatasmotiejunas:

Happy Happy Birthday @DonatasMot !

from @TeamMotiejunas @JusitaDem @HIGE13_ @prnzs @DELFINOGIRL2 @ontarioosmile  @LinaOffic @gabrielemartin_ @cyt19921013

Why does the first one say “Donatas Montvydas” haha

They should hang out though.

It’s hard to use a word like preserve with a language. It’s not like putting jelly in a jar. A language is used. Language is consciousness. Everybody wants to speak English, but those lullabies that allow you to go to sleep at night and dream — that’s what we’re talking about.

kqedscience:

As Moscow’s Landfills Near Limits, Recyclers Do Whatever It Takes

In the absence of a broad municipal effort, die-hard recyclers have to rely on a hodgepodge of private, for-profit companies that are not always willing to accept small batches of recyclables, usually take only one kind of material, and are both far away and hard to find.

“The system is not user-friendly,” said Mr. Tsygankov. “You have to be really, really aware and sensitive to this issue to care.”

Tatiana Kargina, who began recycling paper when she moved to Moscow from Irkutsk five years ago for a job in education, falls into this category. Four years ago, when she discovered a brand-new, environmentally minded collection point that took not just paper or glass, but a range of recyclables, she started collecting all kinds of household waste — even batteries, which were not recyclable in Russia at the time. (When friends flew to Europe, they took the batteries with them.)

Every two months, she gladly made the 40-minute trip from her apartment to the recycling center. “The taxis were shocked when I put all this sorted garbage in the car,” she said. “They thought I was crazy.”

Read more at the nytimes.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand. It represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression — all the things that make this country great

Eugene Kashper, chairman of the company’s board, which has just been acquired by the Russians (via micdotcom)

Haha, PBR is gross.  Sorry for unleashing this horror on you, Russia.

communistpartyforeverybody:

blue-eyed-hanji:

boxlunches:

imdeanbytheway:

robotsandfrippary:

earthlyghost:

mormondad:

melancholic-fangirl:

southern-conservatism:

drugsound:

Government is good.

Big Brother is watching you.

The State wants to take care of you.

north Korea scares me to death. the fact that a place like that still exists in modern day. those people are prisoners.

1984 is here and now

this is too 1984 to be real

why the fuck have i barely heard anything about this shit? Why aren’t more people outraged about this? and talking about this? this is fucking horrible! Something has to be done it’s fucking 2014 why the fuck is this even happening

i have family in North Korea that no one has seen since the war.

Why isn’t anyone telling us about this?
I’m a sophomore in high school. Who gives a shit about The Second Great Awakening? What about this? What about the Korean Reich that’s strangling it’s own people? Why hasn’t anyone at least pretended to care? Fuck Beyoncé, fuck whatever is coming soon to theaters. Why isn’t the suffering of human beings the first headline in the NY Times? Why hasn’t my history teacher taken a moment out of the 53 minutes in our class to inform us? Why?

Why?

There’s no oil there to steal, so the richer countries of the world couldn’t care less.

no one is talking about this because no one is supposed to know this information

But also the Soviets had similar voting procedures and practices of slavery. We should be outraged, but everyone claims that we have “defeated” these “Communist” nations…

I get irrationally angry at the kids saying “BUT WHY DOES NOBODY TALK ABOUT THIS!?!?  WHY AREN’T WE DOING SOMETHING!?”

People DO talk about this.  Politicians, op-eds, magazine, books, scholars—everyone knows this shit.  And we’ve been trying to do things about it—trying to make North Korean leaders improve human rights in their country, sending humanitarian aid, helping South Korea—LITERALLY SINCE NORTH KOREA BECAME A COUNTRY.

If you say “why don’t we talk about this/do something” you just mean “why didn’t I know about this before?”  Because people are talking and doing; you’re just living in a bubble of ignorance.

There are other places in bad situations that actually don’t get talked about.  Look up some news from Sudan, why don’t you.

But wait!! The best part of that Yulia Volkova quote yesterday was left out.

Her son can’t be gay, but her daughter could be a lesbian because “it seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.”

Oh Yulia.  Oh honey.