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Old 19 May 2017, 11:24 AM
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It's not just a church, it's St Basil's which is in Red square.
Yes, it's clearly St. Basil's! I can see why they picked it, rather than any building of the actual Kremlin, as a symbol of Russia though.

The actual buildings of the Kremlin aren't nearly so well-known, apart from the big wall, and the standard photo of "The Kremlin" seems to be a photo of Red Square, with the Kremlin along one side but St. Basil's looking far more distinctive in the background, so there must be a lot of people who think it is part of the Kremlin.
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Old 19 May 2017, 01:27 PM
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For a long time in my youth, I thought St. Basil's was the Kremlin.
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Old 19 May 2017, 02:21 PM
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To be fair, the US Capitol building does look a lot like St Paul's cathedral, so not too odd that we'd think a church was a capitol building.
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Old 19 May 2017, 03:17 PM
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I guess it's not a meme that annoys me but a reaction to a meme that triggers the nitpick reflex. Time magazine made a cover of the White House "transforming into the Kremlin" or, as some are putting it, "a Kremlin-like building". People don't know what the Kremlin looks like. That's a church. The Kremlin doesn't look much like it at all. Not that I'll be the first to point this out but, gee.
Does Time refer to it as Kremlin-like? I ask because St. Basil's is a well-established symbol of Russia. (Synecdoche). I would take the visual of the Time cover to mean that the White House is being taken over by Russia, or transformed into something Russian. I guess I'm just asking for clarification--the thing that annoys you is the inaccurate descriptions of the picture, which are from people who are not from Time?
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Old 28 May 2017, 11:19 PM
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Any "back in my day" meme that includes "We survived no helmets/no seatbelts...". Newsflash: a lot of kids didn't survive, and you don't hear from them.
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Old 29 May 2017, 12:19 AM
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The "back in my day" ones that kill me are the ones my kids friends share where apparently they, children of the '90s, lived their lives outdoors on bikes, hiking through woods and canoeing etc. Uh huh. I knew most of those kids. They were the ones sitting in front of their home computer or their Nintendo most of the day. The only outdoor time they got was when they took their Game Boys outside.
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Old 29 May 2017, 12:29 AM
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Any "back in my day" meme that includes "We survived no helmets/no seatbelts...". Newsflash: a lot of kids didn't survive, and you don't hear from them.
And some of the people posting the memes grew up with kids who didn't survive- and likely post where surviving relatives or friends can see such a post. Seems like an odd thing to brag about.

I suppose many people aren't bragging- maybe they're just ostentatiously grateful that they were fortunate enough to have escaped unscathed, and are looking back with a sense of wonder- but that doesn't really go with the tone of the rest of the typical laundry list of sarcastic "survivals" the poster endured.
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Old 29 May 2017, 01:07 AM
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My brother K posted one of those "I survived. . . " memes the other day. It especially bothered me coming from him. He's smart enough to see the obvious logic fail, for one thing. But what really bothers me is that he knows better, from painful personal experience, than to romanticize his childhood that way. We had a cousin, D, who was just about the same age as K, and they were very close. D lost his hearing to meningitis when he was a baby, and he died at 19 or 20, apparently of complications from cerebral palsy (people with CP had much shorter life expectancy in the late 40s/early 50s).
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Old 29 May 2017, 01:39 AM
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And the people who pass around those "I survived" memes, ignore the fact that they were the ones who invented all those technological/safety advances, because it turns out that death and/or permanent trauma, is actually something worth worrying about and isn't just fun for the whole family.
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Old 29 May 2017, 02:57 AM
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Does Time refer to it as Kremlin-like? I ask because St. Basil's is a well-established symbol of Russia.
True. And, in answer to everyone who pointed it out, I don't really have any problem with it being used, as it has for the past century, as the political cartoon representation of Russia. Just don't say it's the Kremlin. Or do. It both annoys me and it annoys me that it annoys me because it's a bit of a pathetic nitpick.
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I never thought I'd see the day when the 1960s were remembered as a time when young people got good grades and listened to their elders.
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Old 29 May 2017, 02:35 PM
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You've got to remember: some people had two fifties and then moved right on into the seventies. I got that from an eighties movie.
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"If you're a US citizen then Trump is your president." Obviously no one ever taught the people spouting this nonsense the difference between a citizen and a subject.
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Old 03 June 2017, 01:30 AM
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"If you're a US citizen then Trump is your president." Obviously no one ever taught the people spouting this nonsense the difference between a citizen and a subject.
It's a bit hard to parse if you're not used to contractions, but not necessarily wrong. Let me break it down for you:

Verb = are (from you're)
Subject = you (also from you're)
You = a US citizen

Ergo, by the transitive property, a US citizen = subject. QED.
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Old 03 June 2017, 01:40 AM
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I never thought I'd see the day when the 1960s were remembered as a time when young people got good grades and listened to their elders.
That's not what it's saying at all, at least imho. It's saying that "back then", when a child received bad grades, the parents were angry at the child, not the teacher.

One of my sisters is a teacher, and I hear far too many horror stories from her about crappy parents who blame HER for their kids failures, when it's either because the child is not receiving help at home, tutoring (as she recommends), or the kid just plain doesn't care. Instead, it's all HER fault, for not simply giving their kid passing grades.
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Old 03 June 2017, 01:52 AM
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Except at the bottom it says "See the problem?"

Do you think they're asking us to contemplate on the social problems of the 1960s and how much better things are today, now that we've fixed everything? Probably not...
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Old 03 June 2017, 01:58 AM
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It also is kind of nice that today's schools may be like, "Hmm...does this kid have some kind of learning disability or something that may be giving him/her trouble?" rather than leaping straight to "Kid's a lazy, spoiled brat." Granted we probably do go too far, but still think it's better to err on the side of compassion than the alternative.

Because while the majority of teachers are good, nearly everyone has memory of someone terrible, someone who had long lost their passion for the job, and only inertia and the childish delight they take from humiliating someone one-eighth their age, keeps them going.
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Ergo, by the transitive property, a US citizen = subject. QED.
It may get even more complicated.

All US citizens are US nationals, but not all US nationals are US citizens.

My US passport uses the language:

"...to permit the citizen/national of the United States named herein to pass...."

I it my understanding that those US nationals who are not US citizens would have a statement in the passport"

"The bearer is a United States national and not a United States citizen."
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The "back in my day" ones that kill me are the ones my kids friends share where apparently they, children of the '90s, lived their lives outdoors on bikes, hiking through woods and canoeing etc. Uh huh. I knew most of those kids. They were the ones sitting in front of their home computer or their Nintendo most of the day. The only outdoor time they got was when they took their Game Boys outside.
I hear similar statements from older people who forget how many times they were told to turn off the television and go outside.
It's similar to the way people expect grandparents to be baking brownies and smoking pipes. Grandparents grew up with the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. They might be smoking pipes and baking brownies, but not around the grandkids (we hope).
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Grandparents grew up with the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. They might be smoking pipes and baking brownies, but not around the grandkids (we hope).
Thanks, I needed this.
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