khar_muur: (mongolia_flag)
Happy Mongolian National Day!

Some history of the national anthem of Mongolia at Wikipedia.

I was going to write about the national anthem, myself, but I noticed that the Wikipedia article covered absolutely every fact that I had been planning on sharing. Sürs. I really recommend you check it out - the lyrics they had under the Soviet reign were fairly interesting. An excerpt:

Connect faith with the Soviet Union
Agree with progressive people
Agree with direction
Bravely follow glorious communism

The lyrics they use now are actually quite beautiful, and so is, of course, the melody. Most countries' national anthems are sickeningly pompous and musically incredibly dull, most likely so that everyone could learn it easily. Nothing wrong with that, I think, as I am definitely as non-patriotic as they get and generally don't support any form of deliberate nationalism. But Mongolia's anthem is both simple and beautiful, amazingly enough. And this I say without as much as a hint of bias.

Now I shall go back to imagining myself sitting in the middle of the great Gobi in mid-day sun. 'Tis not hard right now. Ulaanbaatar is at 23 degrees C currently.
khar_muur: (dragon)
Do your share in dropping carbon dioxide rates down to reasonable levels.

Doing your share is not hard. Don't get into the car. If you must, don't everybody drive alone to the same place. Use the bike (the one without the engine, you git).

You one for cuteness? Polar bears won't have ice to tread on and they drown if all the ice melts. That's why it's not better to have a warmer climate, not here in the North nor anywhere else.

Wanna do something passive? Stop breeding. If you're Finnish and think *we're* going to go extinct if *you* don't start producing babies, adopt one from China or India - if you absolutely must have one. (If that's impossible, only have one child.) Mixing genes is good. Overpopulation is bad.

This here is a matter which applies to you, not just everyone else. It's more important than earning money or getting good grades or my mental health. One must learn to prioritise. Forget economical growth; the only growth necessary is the percentage of square kilometres of land covered with woodlands and with glaciers.

Start today.

Yes, I did just watch An Inconvenient Truth, thank you for asking. And no, there wasn't much new information to me; some, yes, but not a lot. Seeing it just encouraged me to speak up a bit, even if it's to be only in this small, stupid LJ blog of mine which reaches a very small number of people, most of whom are well informed about this issue, on top of that.

</environmental rant>


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