government and alcohol

anonymous asked:

"who got vored by a weblum" is possibly the funniest thing i've seen in my life but realtalk alteans are fucking hardcore my dude (e.g. allura) i bet they did it as like a fucking sport or something and somebody was like "oh hey this weird blue shit does some cool stuff man check it out" like fucking alteans man

all i can picture is like..

young coran: (throws back a shot) ahm gonna do it. i’m gonna wrestle it

alfor: coran you complete and utter madman… i’ll hold your nunville


Jim, Bones

Summary: Three times Jim reveals something about himself to Bones while drunk, and one time he reveals something while sober.

A/N: @outside-the-government asked to be tagged when I wrote another Star Trek fic, so here you go! I hope you’ll like it!

Warnings: Alcohol consumption, mentions of alcoholism, mentions of neglect.

Words: 2 279

One bottle of something later and both Bones and Jim should’ve been incoherent messes, but if there was one thing they were both good at it was holding their liquor. Bones remembered a time when he’d scowled at Jim for his ability to not join the other freshmen in the bathroom or the floor or occasionally the emergency room (though Bones would’ve kicked his ass if he’d done the latter). Jim wasn’t that much older than the other first year students, but the fact that he didn’t sway after two glasses of whatever like the others meant that Jim was more familiar with booze than they were, and that had worried Bones to death.

Now, several years and a ship later, he’d learnt to not linger on it. Jim had never even so much as hinted about why he’d once had such an intimate relationship with alcohol, and Bones wasn’t exactly in any position to ask since he would’ve been the biggest hypocrite. But they were both better. Drinking less. Had to drink less due to their duties. But they didn’t mind. Sometimes, however, they needed a little something in their system or they might go insane. At least that was how Bones was feeling.

Jim’s face was flushed, and Bones was sure he wasn’t looking any more respectable himself, but other than that you could barely tell the captain was intoxicated. He kept squinting in Bones’ direction though, so he guessed not even Jim was completely immune to the bottle’s power.

“I’ve missed this,” he said, not even slurring. “Remember our nights out back at the Academy?”

“How could I forget.”

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substance abuse we associate patterns of addiction or substance use with the watery signs and houses - cancer, scorpio, pisces, and the fourth, eighth, and twelfth houses. neptune governs anesthesia, toxins, drugs, and alcohol. pisces can be seduced into intoxication to deal with everyday affairs. the world can be static with pisces. sometimes it can be better to feel numb. i have never read, or given any anecdotal experience to believe that cancer relates to the use of substances at all. this is of course a sweeping generalization, but most cancers are disinterested in losing control or reaching obliteration. many do enjoy indulging in a drink occasionally though. can i stress not all, and also, this could be said for all of this…maybe this relates to pregnancy, when we must detox from poisons and live cleanly. scorpio is on the crusade through the inner world. there is the need for isolation with scorpio. it’s like the pisces need to escape. the emotional responses to situations are intense. maybe substances attenuate this. the eighth house can entice one to dance on the borderline of life and death. this is especially true with neptune in the 8th. liz greene refers to this as the courting of oblivion. through becoming disinhibited the individual reaches the frays of consciousness, and this is where he feels the most safe. the substance use in the eighth could also relate to the intense receptivity, and also the suicide longings. maybe also the rage (mars/pluto) and the tug into the darkness. the twelfth house is like plunging into the open sea, but falling into the webs of god. the twelfth house does not long, or seduce. but the individual’s experience can be extreme, like tumbling into wells of darkness or feeling abandoned here in life. substances can be a remedy. the sixth house and virgo relate to health, and in every aspect there is duality, so maybe we see the abuse of health here too. virgo is also a sign of habit. destructive rituals can be formed with substances. also mercury rules the nervous system. the individual may seek antidotes for his anxieties. they feel their nerves will be the death of them. not everybody with these placements has such severe life experiences. if an individual is responding to this fragment of his personality, then there must be a high level of distress and unease within. these are the placements expressing at their worst. though the theme of transportation will play an important role. the use of drugs in the 8th house could be akin to falling into trance, which is possible without any substances. the neptunian element of drugs and alcohol can also be the experience of powerful meditative states and experiences of higher consciousness.


Whether you need some liquid courage for the night, something refreshing to quench your palate, or something comforting to warm your heat, Turkey has got you covered on drinks. Here’s a list of beverages you can find in Turkey. 

Yeni rakı is the top rakı brand in Turkey. Turks consume an average of 1.5 litres of rakı per capita per year. 

  • Rakı: As one of the top choice alcohols in Turkey rakı can be seen everywhere. This aniseed based drink generally has a 40-45% alcohol level. Similar drinks are popular in the Balkans, and to a lesser extent Iran and other Turkic countries. Rakı is so popular in fact, it is considered the national drink in Turkey.  Rakı turns white when water is added. Due to this it has gained the colloquial title of “aslan sütü” or “lion’s milk”. In Turkish culture lions are seen as symbols of bravery and courage, hence implying it is a drink for strong men - it is popular among all types of people however. It is a popular pairing with fish and red meat dishes.  

Ayran is best served frothy. 

  • Ayran: Ayran is yogurt drink mixed with salt and cold water. It is usually paired with grilled meat dishes. Nomadic Turks have consumed ayran since before 1000 A.D. and some theorize that Göktürks had invented it when trying to improve the taste of bitter yogurt. Similar drinks are popular in Western, Central, and South Asia. 

Turkish coffee in a typical coffee cup with a side of lokum (Turkish delights). 

  • Türk Kahvesi: Sometimes confused as being a type of coffee bean, Turkish coffee is actually a method of preparing coffee. Roasted coffee is ground into a fine powder then simmered with water in a pot (cezve). The grounds are left in the coffee. A good cup of coffee should have a thick layer of foam on top. The coffee is typically served with biscuits or sweets and a glass of water. Turkish coffee is popular across the Middle East, the Balkans, and other parts of Europe. Turkish coffee has an interesting role in Turkish culture. At one point it was so popular in the Ottoman Empire that it left a mark on Turkish vocabulary. Breakfast is referred to as kahvaltı meaning under or before coffee. The colour brown is kahverengi meaning coffee colour. When a suitor visits a girl’s home with his family, the girl serves everyone Turkish coffee but puts salt in the potential groom’s drink. If he drinks it easily it is suppose to be a sign of his good temper. Kahve falı (tasseography) is also popular in Turkey. People read your fortune by interpreting the coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup after you turn your cup upside down on a saucer. Most people do not take the fortune seriously but treat it as a fun tradition. 

A tray of black tea served in typical tulip shaped glasses on the shores of Üsküdar with Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) atop the Bosphorus in the background. 

  • Çay: Çay is by far the most popular drink in Turkey. Turks drinks tea so much and so often that they actually boast the highest average consumption of tea per capital in the world. I’ve made a previous post about tea in Turkey that goes more in-depth, you can read it by clicking here. Below are some of the more common types of tea found in Turkey.
    • Black Tea: At every corner you’ll hear people clinking their spoons against the rim of tulip shaped glasses as they mix some sugar into their black tea. Black tea is the most common type of tea in Turkey. Much of the tea is sourced from Rize, a lush green province on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. 
    • Nane Limon: A common herbal remedy, mint lemon tea is usually drunk to relieve stomach ailments, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and to lower stress. 
    • Ada Çayı: Another popular herbal tea, sage tea is drunk to relieve upset stomachs, relax muscles, relieve sore throats and other cold/flu symptoms, and even reduce menopausal symptoms. 
    • Elma Çayı: Sometimes apple tea is thought to be the most popular Turkish tea by foreigners. This misconception stems from the fact that apple tea is typically served to guests and foreigners in tourist areas because of its sweet taste. It is not an everyday beverage for most Turks. 

A warm cup of salep garnished with cinnamon and coco. 

  • Salep: Salep is a thick warm beverage made from orchid root flour, sugar, milk, and cinnamon. It is commonly consumed in fall and winter. Salep and similar drinks can be found in many former Ottoman territories. 

Glasses of boza waiting to be served. 

  • Boza: Boza is a thick drink made from fermented wheat topped with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas. Boza was traditionally a fall/winter drink because it had to be kept cool in order to prevent spoling; however, with the invention of refrigeration it is now available year-round. The drink is believed to have originated from nomadic Turkic peoples in Central Asia as early as the 6th century B.C. 

A glass of  şalgam among a table of food at a restaurant in Istanbul.

  • Şalgam: This sour drink is made from turnips (şalgam), pickled red carrots, salt, spices, and fermented wheat. It is commonly served along side rakı. Şalgam is sometimes used as a hangover cure. Adana touts itself as the home of şalgam. 

A chef pours gravy on top of a plate of iskender kebap served with a bottle of Şıra (top left corner) at a restaurant in Kadıköy.

  • Şıra: Şıra is a highly sweet non-alchoholic fermented grape drink. It is usually served with iskender kebap, a specialty of Bursa.  

After an advertising ban on alcohol in 2013, Efes put out these ads as a way around the law.  The picture on the left reads “Görmesek de biliriz.” meaning “Even if we don’t see, we know.” The one of the right reads “Ne bu şişe?” meaning “What is this bottle?”. The company wanted to show that they could still generate sales because of how iconic the Efes beer brand and its bottle shape is in Turkey. 

  • Bira: You can’t talk about drinks in Turkey without talking about beer. Beer is the most consumed alcohol in Turkey, accounting for 63% of all alcohol consumption. The largest beer company in Turkey is Efes Pilsen, dominating over 80% of the market. Since the AKP took to office, the government has attempted to lower alcohol consumption by levying heavier taxes, restricting sales, censoring advertisement, and imposing partial drinking bans (by area). However, consumption hasn’t been affected much by the policies and is generally on a slow trend upward. 

Red wine is poured into a glass looking out at the hot air balloons and beautiful rock formation in Cappedocia. The area is one of the largest wine producing regions in the country and historically had some wine production when Christians used to live in Central Anatolia.

  • Şarap: Anatolia has a long history of wine production and is thought to be one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world dating back 7000 years. Even when Islam was introduced into Anatolia, the tradition continued not just among the Christian communities (for whom it was permitted) but among Muslims despite attempted bans. At one point even the Hanafi school of thought, the leading basis for Islamic law in the Ottoman Empire, allowed for the consumption of alcohol. Hanafis later changed their position on this subject disapproving it. Red wine is the most common wine in Turkey. Alcohol consumption varies in Turkey. The Marmara and Aegean region boast the highest percentage with 20% and 18.8% of people consuming it respectively, with South Eastern Anatolia having the lowest at 4.7%. Overall consumption across the country stand at about 17%. 

Some of the most popular brands of sparkling mineral water in Turkey. 

  • Soda: The word soda in Turkish is often used to describe sparkling water. This might seem like a mundane beverage to put on this list, but it is commonly ordered off of menus at restaurants and bought from grocery stores as it is thought to help digestion. Though we have Perrier and San Pellegrino in North America, these are marketed as luxury sparkling waters and are not as widely consumed compared to Turkey’s demand for sparkling water.  

A man gets ready to eat balık ekmek (fish sandwich) with a side of turşu suyu.

  • Turşu suyu: Similar to şalgam, turşu suyu (pickled vegetable juice) is a sour beverage made from pickled vegetables ranging from beets, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, onion, peppers, garlic, etc. all placed in chunks in a glass of pickle brine. Also like şalgam, it is sometimes considered a hangover cure. Turşu suyu is typically drunk with fish. 

A cold glass of cherry juice ready to drink on a hot summer day. 

  • Vişne Nektarı: It may seem odd to feature a fruit juice but I wanted to put this one of the list because it’s rarely found in North America, cherry juice. Vişne is sour cherry, and this juice is particularly popular in the west coast of Turkey and in Afyon which is known in the country for its cherry production. 

Glasses of lohusa Şerbeti being prepared to serve up at a baby shower welcoming a new born a few weeks after birth. 

  • Lohusa Şerbeti: Lohusa Şerbeti is as sweet spiced drink. Traditionally it is drunk by new mothers before birth in order to increase milk production. It is also served to guests at baby showers which, in Turkey, take place after the baby is born. 
The Animal Inside - werewolf!Calum pt. 1

Author’s Note: Guess who finally got around to finishing and posting the first part of werewolf!Calum?? It’s me… If you didn’t catch that. I’m actually really excited for where this is going because I’m sticking to Teen Wolf-style werewolves but I’m also doing my best to avoid a similar story line. Let me know what you think!

Rating: Mature (mild smut) - don’t read it if you shouldn’t or I’ll tell your mom

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Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.

The Australian Government is considering restricting the sale of Vegemite in “dry” Aboriginal communities, i.e. communities where the government has already banned the sale of alcohol. Because it’s supposedly being used to brew moonshine in bathtubs. 

Any documentation of this? Nah, we just have to accept Nigel Scullion’s word that this is happening. And, unlike the celebrated narrative of white Americans fighting Prohibition, that this is a bad thing that needs to be quashed. We certainly shouldn’t take it as a sign that prohibition never actually fucking works, and that a safe, regulated supply of alcohol is much better than pushing people towards moonshine with a mystery concentration of ethanol and other, more toxic fermentation byproducts.

We *could* fund extra mental health resources to address the links between intergenerational racialised trauma, alcohol abuse, and interpartner violence. We *could* be a society where alcohol abuse is treated as symptomatic of illness, where the sufferer deserves compassion and respect.

But nah, much better to treat every Black person trying to buy a jar of nutritious spread as a potential criminal.

I can’t begin to express how much I hate this government.

8 Things We Should Stop Spend Less Time Complaining About

1. Your appearance

Complaining about your appearance is just a wasted opportunity for building your own self esteem and learning to understand your own beauty. I get that we all have days where we don’t feel so hot and that most of us have something we’d change about the way we look, but both of those decrease dramatically the more energy you focus on liking your appearance as opposed to harsh self-criticism.

2. Boys

I’ve kind of always been a brat, so I know how much not getting what you want sucks. It sucks not getting the morning text, the attention, or the relationship you think you deserve, but since we’re not middle schoolers in jean mini skirts and Hollister t shirts anymore, you’d think we’d stop blaming the opposite sex for all of our problems and disappointments. If there’s anything that my two decades on Earth have taught me, it’s that boys suck, and that girls suck just as much as them. We need to collectively grow up.

3. Society/The Media

As a communications major and political science minor, I know that there is plenty wrong with both society and the media, but it’s time to stop making generic, uninformed generalizations about society every time something bad happens and scapegoating the media for things we should be holding ourselves personally responsible for.

4. America

As someone who bleeds red, white and blue, I firmly believe that there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by what is right with America in the words of Billy J. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with constructive criticism about American policies or that patriotism is believing that one’s country is incapable of wrongdoing, but I have a huge problem with my nation being defamed with ignorant, audacious statements by people that don’t know the Constitution from the Declaration of Independence. I also have a huge problem with people pretending that corruption or injustice are produced and manufactured exclusively by the United States. 

5. The Drinking Age

It’s inconvenient that every other sovereign nation in the free world recognizes the drinking age as 18, and has a much more casual attitude towards alcohol. It’s ridiculous that an 18 year old American is legally capable of laying down his life for his country, but is deemed not responsible enough to handle a beer. It sucks. It’s dumb. But it’s also not that big of a deal. It would be great if that law was changed, but we’re all going to keep underaged drinking in the meantime, and if the drinking age is your legislative priority in amidst of everything happening in politics, you need to sort out your priorities.

6. How Expensive Makeup Is

Makeup is super expensive. Even cheap makeup is expensive. Drug store lipstick costs $8 that could be spent at my favorite pizza place for two slices, each the size of one of Nicki Minaj’s butt cheeks. But girls have imagined makeup into a basic living necessity, when it’s really not. If you want to wear it every day, you’re absolutely welcome to, but no one’s forcing you under penalty of law to spend your money on it.  It’s not even a basic aesthetic necessity for most people, but when people use it every day it becomes hard for them to see where the makeup ends and their beauty begins; in their minds, their beauty becomes synonymous with and dependent on makeup. 

7. Judgment

People are going to judge you until the day you die, and instead of being mad at people for having opinions, you should live your life in a way that makes other people’s opinions of you irrelevant. When you believe in yourself and what you’re doing, you’re not very concerned with what people are saying about you.

8. Condescending adults

Millennials need to stop embarrassing their generation with this whiny foot stomping and demand of respect when collectively we’ve only proven that we’re good at complaining and taking selfies. Adults treat us like we’re stupid because for the most part, we are. Contrary to popular belief, taking SOC101 doesn’t mean you’ve got it all figured out yet.
The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition.

Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.

Although mostly forgotten today, the “chemist’s war of Prohibition” remains one of the strangest and most deadly decisions in American law-enforcement history. As one of its most outspoken opponents, Charles Norris, the chief medical examiner of New York City during the 1920s, liked to say, it was “our national experiment in extermination."