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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
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babushka

the world is going down and im just on my blog like


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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witchesflower(They/Them, Xe/Xem)
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babushka

What's happening?

On January 23d, massive protests occurred in more than a hundred cities and towns of Russia. Thousands of people went in the streets, fully knowing that it's illegal, to protest Putin's regime and demand freedom for Alexey Navalny, where they were met with the police forces armed with rubber bats. Hundreds of people were arrested, despite the fact that the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful.

UPDATE: NAVALNY WAS SENTENCED TO 2,8 YEARS IN PRISON. Most politologists suggest he will be getting more and more prison time in the future based on other fabricated cases against him.

What are people angry about?

Putin has been president in Russia from the year 2000 to this day, with a brief break from 2008 to 2012, when he was Russia's Prime Minister and Dmitri Medvedev was president. The Constitution Amendments introduced in 2020 included the one which allows him to stay in power for two more presidential terms. Right now, Russia is filled with legal adults who haven't seen anyone except Putin in power for their entire lives, and a lot of them think it's time for a change**. Older generations, however, are skeptical about how someone else in power might bring a positive change to the country, since Putin is considered a "strong political figure", and the quality of life in Russia was significantly worse before Putin. That might partially explain why Putin manages to get the majority of the votes with every election, however, Kremlin critics present many cases of falsification on said elections, and the elections often aren't viewed as "fair" by foreign observers.

Russian people have many other issues with the current government:

  • essential workers in most regions not being paid living wages
  • said workers being forced to work in even worse conditions during the pandemic, with the lack of protective gear and no additional monetary support
  • basically poor living conditions in general, especially during the pandemic
  • overwhelming corruption to the point that every problem can be solved with a bribe
  • constant "tightening of screws" which includes making protests basically illegal, censorship growth, police violence, vaguely formulated laws that can be used to press criminal charges against people for as much as a social media post, etc.
  • and probably many more.

The reason for the protest was connected to the issues Russian people are facing in general, but are also linked to Alexey Navalny's arrest. Protesters demand the government to free him.

Who is Alexey Navalny?

Alexey Navalny is a Russian oppositioner, politician (tried to run for Moscow mayor and for President, both times unsuccessfully), and one of the most vocal critics of Putin and his party. On his youtube channel, Alexey and his team are publishing their own investigations about corruption among politicians and the government, which included a film about former president Dimitry Medvedev (mentioned earlier) which has allegedly lowered his rating of approval and lead to him not applying for the second presidency.

Why is Navalny in prison?

For more detailed information on the topic, I would suggest this video (in English) and also this video (in Russian). To put it shortly, after Navalny was poisoned in August 2020 by what foreign experts agree was a nerve agent called Novichok (lit. "newbie" ), which would link the poisoning to Russian secret forces, he was transported to Germany for emergency treatment. While being treated there, he was accused by the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of violation of his suspended jail sentence he faced back in for Yves Rocher case (European Human Rights Court has decided he was wrongfully convicted on this case by the way), because he didn't return to Russia in time. After Navalny recovered and returned to Russia, he was immediately arrested.

Now, let me be perfectly clear, I don't stand by Alexey Navalny's political program, because I haven't read it and didn't expect much of it. Not a lot of Russians can say that they stand by everything he says and does. But this entire situation obviously looks disturbing and incredibly unfair, to say the least, to most Russian people. It is seen as another example of Kremlin violently silencing its critics, that's why it has resonated with Russians. However, another thing that resonated even more, both in Russia and across the world, was the video about "Putin's palace".

What's Putin's palace?

Shortly after Navalny's arrival in Russia, his team has published a video titled "Palace for Putin - a story of the biggest bribe". It's 1.5 hours long, and it blew up on the internet both in Russia and outside Russia, currently having 80+ billion views on YouTube. This video is a documentary about a palace complex built near Gelendzhik, Russia, on the coast of the Black Sea, which has allegedly cost a hundred billion roubles ($1.35 billion) to build. The documentary claims this palace belongs to Vladimir Putin, despite, obviously, not being officially registered on him. The documentary also provides the plan of the palace and reconstruction of luxurious inner space, highlighting the details such as a toilet cleaner brush, which is worth 700 euros. Most Russians, struggling to survive on their minimum wage day by day, were understandably enraged by this luxury. At the end of the video, Navalny asked Russian citizens to protest on 23d of January and to "not be afraid".

So how did it go?

Here's a bunch of facts I've heard on the news and from people and cannot currently provide sources for:

A lot of people went to the streets, making the protest, according to sources which I can't find, the biggest protest in the last decade or so. For a lot of protesters, it was their first protest, but most likely not the last one. The protests weren't coordinated. Most people didn't have any slogans with them, but some carried toilet cleaner brushes. People in northern cities like Yakutsk have been protesting despite it being -50 C outside. In big cities, people have been arrested in batches, pretty randomly, not because of their specific actions or slogans. It's possible that some of the arrested people will face criminal charges and up to five years of prison time. However, in some cities, the arrest number was low. In Chita, the police people even refused to act against the protesters.

More information about the protest and police is most likely currently available on international news sources.

The new protest date was announced by Navalny's team, which is December 31st.

update: Lots of people were arrested on both protests. On 31st, the police was much more active and violent. People were also arrested at Feb. 2nd, as they got out of the house to go to the place where Navalny's trial was held. The prisons were full, so they held the arrested in the cars for 4+ hours. Human rights were violated these days.

Were you at the protest?

I will not share any information about me or anyone I know attending any protests. However, I am happy to inform you that my family and friends are safe.

How can I support Russian protesters?

ovd-info.org is an organization that provides relevant statistics on arrests and aims to get the lawyers to help all the arrested. OVD-info volunteers also have been passing food, water, and medicine to the arrested protesters, who have been held in the police stations for hours without food or water. You can donate to them here.This dude started making livestreams on his channel where he's accepting donations to help with the giant fines the arrested have recieved. The channel and the streams are only in Russian, tho.

** Pro-Kremlin activists put a lot of attention to minors being involved in protests. There are new laws specifically against involving minors in the protests now. They claim that the crowds at the protest consist of "brainwashed schoolers" and imply that the protesters are "hiding behind the walls of children". If you look at the videos, you'll find out that it simply isn't true. A lot of TikTok influencers have encouraged their followers to go to the protest, however, a lot of them also explicitly told minors to stay at home. Schools and universities did a lot of shady stuff trying to suppress the protesters, such as putting exams on the date of 23d, suddenly announcing Saturday is a school day, talking to students and pupils about patriotism, and promising to expel them immediately if their presence on a protest is to be discovered.

babushka

RUSSIAN PROTEST MASTERPOST


babushka

EDIT: added proper links to the videos! Cool videos!



siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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You can set your pronouns to be visible right after your username but you have only three options to choose from? *sighhhhh*


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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
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babushka

There is a certain approach from certain feminist blogs out there that I don't like, and it consists of telling men "Your problems are created by patriarchy, which was created by other men" and... not saying anything else. This is technically the truth, but often, this form answer sounds along the lines of "you're a man, don't ask us what to do. Just ask your fellow men to stop creating problems for you!"

Which is not only "not as easy as it sounds", it's just not easy at all, period. Men experience all sorts of shit from other men (including and not limited to physical violence) all the damn time. Yes, members of the majority are more likely to listen to other members of their majority, but that's about it. It's good when you are sitting and talking with your friends and are able to tell them "you know, I think we, as a collective, should do better" is nice. But when you are in an environment that is already mistreating you and creating problems for you, you can't just ask them politely to stop, because if you could, you already would have.

Of course, misinformed men often tend to blame feminists or women for their problems which mostly ends horribly, so the basic explanation on how patriarchal society works and affects people is necessary, and it's good that it's being provided. However, this explanation alone, especially delivered in a "go talk to other men about this and tell them to stop" doesn't really solve anyone's problems it all


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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Why can't I tag my DF, this is homophobia!!


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My and @mcatnip's trollsonas holding hands...


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Catch me going "there's a bruch for that?!" every five seconds while going through my teacher's set of brushes.


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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
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Ko-fi Commissions! ICONS (768x768px)

babushka

background + lineart (examples* below) - 1 ko-fi (3 EUR) (examples below)

background + line art + coloring (examples below) - 2 ko-fis (6 EUR)

background + line art + coloring + simple shading (examples below) - 3 ko-fis (9 EUR)

cool monochrome manga effect (examples below) - free!! (for those who have purchased line art, coloring, and shading)

Will draw:

  • humans or humanoid species
  • furries (ex. @lightningcats)
  • light injury
  • pride flag backgrounds

Won't draw:

  • real people
  • anything sexual
  • scalies
  • skeletons
  • south park
  • severe injury or gore
  • "yandere"
  • any hate or violence symbols or symbols I can't easily google and see if they promote something hateful or are associated with hate groups
  • clearly inconsiderate requests (ex. drawing a character who is a canon lesbian with a straight pride flag)

Terms:

  • My bio will say whether the commissions are open or closed. The commission post will be pinned while the commissions are open
  • Message me here off anon if you want a commission, name the character (X from Y, or X the OC), and briefly describe what you want
  • I will respond privately, then communication**, timing, and payment order will be discussed individually.
  • Please prepare a reference, a google search I can type in to get the references of the character, or a detailed verbal description of the characters (i might ask for additional pictures and or face claims if only the latter is provided).
  • I reserve my right to refuse the commission because of personal reasons.
  • Please do not edit my work after you've received the finished version. If you want something extra done, like a filter or a sticker, we can always discuss it!
  • if you're using my work on Waterfall, please credit this blog or the ko-fi page. if used as an icon anywhere outside Waterfall, please only give credit by linking my ko-fi page!
  • I do not know all the fandoms and all the media, so... If there is something to your character that a brief google search does not show to me, I expect that it's your responsibility to check if it violates waterfall guidelines, my "don'ts" or will give me severe backlash for drawing them, and make sure none of this happens.

You automatically agree to these terms as soon as you send me the message about the commission.


*characters on the pictures are Ves-Ves and Palla-Palla from Sailor Moon. Images are scaled down to 500x500.

** here, through email or through discord

@pyromanicsea (hope the mention works under readmore)


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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I think I went a bit too far with experimenting with filters and brushes, but I like the result, TBH. IDK, does it still count as blue hair?


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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I've just used the belts prompt as an excuse to draw this beefcake, all the muscles from memory, cause I've just been practicing that the day before yesterday. Also I may have or may have not been thinking about bara when I was drawing this.


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I don't have energy to finish this but... "Victorian" fashion, amirite?


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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
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babushka

I'm YELLING my frkin coworker just wrote to me and I QUOTE "hope you get well despite our healthcare system"!

despite

DESPITE


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fallow(ae/em)
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ok damn inspirobot

fallow

its just giving a friendly reminder, wouldnt want humans to get too complacent



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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
Time ago
babushka

Im not the best person to post about Armenia here (probably not a person to begin with), but its not like anyone else can do it

babushka

so there appears to be a very nice carrd with a bunch of links and donation funds which doesn't contradict with what i've seen so far

https://helparmenians.carrd.co/


as i was explained, there's Azerbajan-Armenian conflict, but Azerbajan is backed by Turkey and Turkey is financially backed by US so that's really unfair, and armenians basically consider this the continuation of Armenian genocide

everything is complicated and i might be wrong but here we have a bunch of info and a good place to start and yeah. there's another conflict in the world that goes largely uncovered so if you wanna research it there you go



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idioticsilverware(they/them)
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i always see the left side talked about more than the right side so I'm like 'hm. maybe I shouldn't tell my therapist about my suspicions. I'm probably wrong anyway' and then I remember!! wait!! shits a spectrum

anyway I'm more the right side except for the part that's like 'unaware of pain' like. i know all and see all, and all there is is pain


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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Pat doesn't mind Pocus glomping her cause that means ey's comfortable around her.


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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2000s fashion featuring my fave babes!


siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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The protagonist of my story literally dates a sex worker catgirl and you can't do anything about it :p


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mcatnip(they/them, оно)
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mcatnip

yo i think my therapist is breaking up with me

siriumb

OωO What happened?



siriumb(ey/em, оно)
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What's up, my glip glops? I'm doing Cringetober 2020! And here's the first prompt, heterochromia. This is my OC, Pocus, and before drawing this I had no idea what eir eyes, skin and hair colors are going to be. And, well, heterochromia, especially with these particular colors, seemed too be a nice touch.


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synthesystem
Time ago

Things about DID systems that everyone should know (Made by a system)

synthesystem

  • Sometimes alters date other alters in the same system- this is NOT incestual. Alters being direct siblings is a totally separate thing- we are not "all related"
  • Alters cannot control what they look like (This is a looser rule- some are shapeshifters, some systems can change at will in the headspace.)
  • New alters are not always formed from tr/uma- extreme emotions, even good ones, can affect splits.
  • Systems can vary wildly
  • Control when it comes to switching is not a guarantee that accidental switches won't happen
  • When one alter does something wrong, the entire system must take responsibility. System responsibility is a real and important thing.
  • You should NEVER trigger an alter front unless it is an emergency.
  • Alters are not always the same gender, sexuality, religion, etc- They are completely different people. This is why calling alters "personalities" is offensive to most systems.
idioticsilverware

most of these are head on but here's some more

  • child alters are literal children
  • alters don't have to act like their age
  • alters can have years difference from the body
  • alters sometimes dont have ages!
  • dissociation can happen without there being a switch
  • frequent splits are nothing to be ashamed of!!
  • integrations are when two alters merge together. they cannot un-merge, to my knowledge

synthesystem

Here are some more from us as well:

  • It can take YEARS for alters to know things about themselves. We don't just pop into existence with everything figured out- that's a rare occurrence.
  • Systems can be unaware of the fact that they are a system for years, and they may never find out. It has probably happened a few times before.
  • A system that is unaware can still gain alters, have alters integrate, and so on.
  • If one alters is dating someone, and then another alter is dating someone completely different, this does not make the entire system poly. Alters can still be fully committed to one person. And the reverse of this is true- if one alter does not date multiple people, that doesn't mean that one alter might be poly.


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