aluox:

last one for now i need to go get my own breakfast \^q^/

aluox:

last one for now i need to go get my own breakfast \^q^/

Anonymous asked: I guess Hollywood bosses are simply not trying to do some research on other cultures because they expect people to show up and give them money anyway- thinking that no one will give a shit. For example: I remember countless times seeing some Cyrillic-like gibberish instead of proper Russian on screen in the movies, when it takes like 2 seconds to use at least google-translate.

That’s actually bad because yeah it certainly must yank you out of the movie for a second because the mistakes break the movie illusion! It really sometimes does suck to watch films as a foreign audience yep :/ and I imagine, nowadays, also as an American- because of how the population is getting more diverse- and sometimes the mistakes are really just so obvious anyone would see them.

I really hope they do start paying attention nowadays- and I’m optimistic that at least the burgeoning global movie marketplace will encourage that :) 

bluejamjarart:

asura should learn how to shut the fuck up before his brother beats his disgusting dead ass in the afterlife

Anonymous asked: This is random, but I love your blog. I've actually learned quite a bit about history and politics from you that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else.

thank you! :P I’m glad you find my blog interesting and that you learned some stuff :D

I hope I don’t give some of you whiplash sometimes, because I know my blog’s tone sometimes goes from very serious to very inane. (You can have me ranting about current affairs in one post and then later posting a dumb spongebob gif :P) 

shoutout to my APH followers especially!! because i do serious stuff like the American Civil War in one post and in another it’s Alfred accidentally burning his house down trying to kill a spider :P

Anonymous asked: I'm shocked at the students' comments about not learning much outside of US history. When I was in high school we covered the WWs, and all the major world happenings going way back to the Roman empire. But high school was over 10 years ago for me. I do agree that with how big US is the curriculum can definitely differ from place to place, but if education here has just gown downhill in time, that's also saddening.

I think if it may have gone downhill in some places, sometimes it’s also about funding cuts :( But overall, I think at the same time, it’s easier for US kids in my generation to learn more about the world because of the Internet. Even if let’s say a person didn’t look it up on their own, they’d hear things on twitter, facebook, tumblr etc. 

I do wonder if the end of the Cold War may have led to a different shift of emphasis in the US? For me tho (I’m not a US citizen), I didn’t get to learn all the major world happenings, but we did learn ancient history (Rome, Venice, Indus Valley, Ancient China etc) in grade school, then later about WW2, the Cold War, the immediate post-Cold War world (Rwandan genocide, Somali civil war etc) and the War on Terror. 

missabnormal asked: I'm from Puerto Rico and from kindergarden to 4th grade I studied Puerto Rican history (although it was... biased, to say the least), 5th US History, 6th World History, 7th Puerto Rican, 8th Geography, 9th Ancient Greek and Roman History, 10th End of East Roman Empire/Middle Ages/Renaissance/Islamic Empire/Byzantine Empire/England/Spain/France/Portugal/Germany/Italy/etc, 11th US History, and 12th Puerto Rican History (the only year that the class was extremely good and educating)

Wanted to add that the World History one from 6th and the US History from 11th also taught the two World Wars, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Civil War, etc. 11th Grade US History was from the nomads coming to America (although I heard that is disputed now?) to George Bush, Sr.’s presidency (we didn’t have time to continue after that because classes had ended)

Thank you for sharing! Now that you mention it, I think it’s actually important that US schools teach about the Cold War like yours did- considering how much the US was involved- and sometimes, not in a good way. Yes, it’s not pleasant to learn about the bloodstained side of your nation’s history as a superpower, but I think it would go a long way to helping a lot of people understand why some countries have a lot of anti-American rhetoric today. 

Sometimes, I hear people like Rush Limbaugh going on about “why do they hate freedom” about Iran or something and I’m just like, “because the US represented oppression to them!” (The CIA  overthrew the democratic Iranian government in 1953- reinstated and propped up the anti-communist, but authoritarian Shah of Iran. He jailed and summarily executed thousands of political prisoners and other dissidents. Although the present regime is also problematic, from a historical standpoint, the 1979 Revolution was honestly, a long time coming considering his brutality.)

i-was-fine-till-i-met-you asked: 1/2My 8th grade history class was really Broad as well. I think they just really want you to pass the constitution test and so they focus on that era a lot. At my high school you take "world history" (American history ft. Chapters on the renaissance + enlightenment, ottomans, French Revolution) then you take a more intensive American history class followed by government. (I'm not a senior yet so i have no clue what that entails) our freshman can take history but it's like honors ancient history

Oh ya and our geography is super bad. My friend thought Argentina was a state as in one of our states. Ok I’m done now

I just laughed out loud at this last bit because I saw your message after I posted that thing about how from the antebellum to American Civil War era, plenty of slave owners and Southern politicians wanted to annex ALL of Latin America- all the way from Ciudad Juarez to the Patagonian ice sheets of Argentina- so the US could have more slave states, without violating the Missouri Compromise Line the abolitionists were watching with an eagle eye! And there were in fact, a number of (failed) US military expeditions sent out in an attempt to seize parts of Latin America (primarily Central America). 

But it’s great to hear that actually the US school system really isn’t always as bad as stereotypes make it out to be. I understand there may be some bad schools or some counties where the curriculum isn’t updated, but it’s nice to know plenty of US kids are learning very interesting things :) 

ask-that-cupcake-babe asked: adding onto that anon, as a Puerto Rican I can understand their pain when they mix up the two nations. I've actually had some one say that Puerto Rico is in Cuba [which really bothers me because Puerto Ricans and Cubans realllly dont get along] or even that Puerto Rico is a state[this one really irks be because there are people pushing to get this to happen]

Oh dear! I have heard someone said Puerto Rico wasn’t even US territory and was like somewhere far down South America :O (granted, at least, it wasn’t an US citizen saying that).  

Interesting fact: During the antebellum era- in 1854- right before the American Civil War, the American government tried to buy Cuba from Spain :P. What the US wanted was not only Cuba’s natural resources but extremely fertile climate- which would be ideal for plantations. Yes- they envisioned Cuba becoming another US state- because the abolitionists were insisting that the government limit the legality of slavery to below the Missouri Compromise line (36°30′ )- and Cuba was below it. This is really hilarious, in retrospective. Cuba, a US state???? 

I don’t know how well known this is, but there were also plenty of slave planters who even argued that the US should go and annex all of Latin America, ALL the way down to the ice sheets of Argentina- so they could get around the pesky 36°30′ limitation, AND still have plenty more slave states (and hence, territory for plantations) (oh dear!). Just imagine….

taka-no-hime said: hollywood spends lots of money in effects but they never spent money in research about the locations they’re planning to use.

shygaladriel said: There needs to be a smart person to correct these kind of things on set at every movie.

lmao this is so true! I kinda understand if they made mistakes back in the 1950s, but now you can LITERALLY just Google to check that you’ve got it right in seconds! 

Which is why I’m kinda glad for some movie like the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the cities (Johannseburg, Seoul) they’re filming in are “playing themselves” :P I totally do understand if for example, it’s not practical to film in that actual country for safety reasons (like the Hurt Locker or the first Iron Man), but if that’s not the case it’s a bit “ehhhh”. Like it sometimes takes me out of the movie because I’m like, “hey no, that’s not how that city looks like!”