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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:31 am

That's really beautiful to see such open mindedness in students. That must really be a great school, when such initiative came out of the students. It's a sign that you should go there :-)

By the way, that is another thing we have in common- serious problems with Hungary because of historical development. It used to be quite explosive about 10 years ago when nationalism in both countries peaked. But I'm happy to say it has improved very much since then. All Hungarians I know are very friendly and kind people and I never had any conflict with them.
BTW, those questions you got are crazy :-) I would have no idea what to say! What grade did you get?
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:52 am

He gave me the C1. I just told him what he wanted to hear ( I know,I know, I'm a hypocrite) and just got out of there. This semester I don't even have to attend his classes. I only need 2 marks and that's all. Thank goodness!!
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:16 am

Sometimes it's best to say what is expected. Why cause yourself trouble?
Congrats on your C1! Now you can have a part time job tutoring German.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:10 am

Yes, as a tutor, translator or guide. I
During the summer, maybe I'll start helping my parents financially.

Anybody else proud of their countries? I am sure everyone can find something cool about their homeland.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:49 am

How are things in Romania going?

I'm glad that politicians from V4 (Poland, Czech rep, Slovakia and Hungary) are finally going to fight for a law that will make Western companies sell same quality products here as in Western EU.

Now there are available exactly the same products in our supermarkets, but we get much lower quality compared to Germany. Less fat in diary products, cheap chemicals and filllers, glucose fructose syrup instead of real sugar, etc. They complained in the EU Parliament about this in the past, but western politicians couldn't care less and said it was OK. This year, they want to fight aggressively to ensure we get same quality for exactly the same products.

We used to be 100% self sufficient during socialism and the quality of food was high (we didn't have bananas and oranges, that's true, but I'm talking about basic food such as grains, local fruit and vegetables, milk and meat now). I know there were parts of the USSR where people were hungry, but not in this area.

However, after the revolution many local producers couldn't cope with capitalism and bankrupted. This lead to need for import. And these western companies immediately started sending what was considered second class or waste for their customers.

What's more, the EU puts all barriers it can to prevent our government to support our small producers. We wanted to support them but the EU said it is protectionism and against free market.

Nowadays we have to import about 40% of food. Although even now I buy mostly Slovak products when available, I want to be able to get the same Nutella, same Coca-Cola (although I drink it very rarely and in fact I prefer local brand), same spices and same cosmetic products as people 3 hours drive to the west get.

Still, I'd love to read ANYTHING either positive or negative about your countries. It doesn't matter if it is nature or culture, I really want to know about your place :-)
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:00 am

Well, in Romania, people protested fot 15 days in a row, in the cold and the autorities only changed in the inesential places. The minister of justice was changed and they are going to put the law through the parliment( where there are the same people that voted for the law first time.) In the meantime, between the abrogation of the law and putting it through the parliment, all corrupted and prosecuted politicians, are set free and what they have done will just dissapear. Hopefully the pressure they get from the EU and USA will help and eventually convince them to give up on the illegalities. Right now, it really feels like it was all in vain.
The only good thing, is that we learnt how to work together and that other countries have pur backs too; see Canada, the USA, Germany, Bulgaria, Moldova and other eastern countries too, which is awesome and deserve a big thank you!

My country has the same problem Slovakia has with local producers. Eastern european countries are used as feedstock and as outlet by the western and more developed ones. This is awful, because the producers from here cannot develop their small companies or sell their products on our market and the economy is falling.

Positive part, no more animals allowed in the circus. The law put an end to their suffering, which might be the best thing that happened this year.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:22 am

What a shame that the politicians will be set free :-/ I hope that the pressure will work.

At least they saw that masses have power and will use it if needed. Hold on, it must be better soon.

What a great news about circus animals! Our activists have been trying to ban them for years and haven't succeeded yet, but I believe they will do it soon.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:51 am

I read your going to have a referendum but the question is not yet formulated?
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:22 pm

One weekend, three "accidents" of cars hitting people- Germany, USA, UK. Media say "It wasn't terrorism, they are mentally ill/drugged." How stupid do they think people are? This is getting sooo ridiculous...
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Shawn Blackwolf » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:46 pm

I, for one, am so proud of these "girls/women/goddesses of multimedia,"who have stood up against the forces of totalitarianism and patriarchy, and still are, continually inspiring people to do the same,and speak their truth...
Even if it gets them thrown in prison, and tortured...
I post their videos , any time I can...but here,I just provide a link...

Please Be Aware This Link Is To You Tube And A Girls Group From Russia

Some might already know who I am referring to, but due to decorum rules I shall not say/post their name , yet provide the link...I hope that is within the rules...

This is a disturbing video...as all their actions and performances are...

Yet what is more disturbing?

Those who seek to rule by keeping the world in darkness, or those who bring it to light?

ADMN : Please check this out...remove the link, if you choose...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-bKFo30o2o

For all who fight the good fight in whatever way...lock and load, rock and roll!
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:27 am

Last weekend there was a protest against nationalism /fascism in Bratislava (capital). It was connected with rise of these movements in Slovakia as a response to what is happening in the US and Europe.
The idea is nice however, they went to extremes. You could see people with crossed national symbols. There were transparents saying "We are not a nation", "Being proud of your country is being silly" and "Protecting the nation? Never!" last two signs were only translated loosely. But I think I caught their meaning in English.
This is definitely a sign that good intentions can turn into exact opposite of what they originally wanted...
Below are pictures of protest and official national symbol.
The symbol is derived from ancient symbol of Tree of Life used by Slavic pagans. During christianisazion process, they changed the tree symbol so that it resembled Christian cross.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:13 am

It's nice when people step up for what they believe in.
Also, there are always some that reach to an extreme, but in the end, the good guys win...only tjat they need a lot of patience.

I never thought about the tree of life or a cross when I saw this sign. I also thinl there is a bank in my Romania with that sign. Do you think those could be related?
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:54 am

I'm proud of my country for being able to host the European Gymnastics Championship. It's my favourite sport and being able to watch everything live, in my own country and being able to support the girls is awesome!
I'm really grateful for that!! smiley_dance
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby moonraingirl » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:09 am

That's cool! I like watching gymnastics, too. Being able to watch live is the best. I'm not a huge fan of sports but there were times I wanted to watch something but it was at 3 at night :-)

Also I'm sorry I didn't see your question above. I think they can be related. We have lots of common heritage and the cross was used in Austria Hungary so that's probably where it comes from.
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Re: Proud of my country!

Postby Bychan Wulf » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:24 am

I'm okay with watching something on TV at 3 a.m. What is special now, is that where they take place is really close to the city I have to go to in the weekend, so we just went there earlier and can watch in person.

Maybe. I really like the cultural mix :-)
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